Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Lady in Red Kate in McQueen & Simone Rocha for Queen's Birthday Party in Berlin!

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent their first day in Germany with the Queen's Birthday Party at the Ambassador's residence in Berlin.


The Duchess arriving.


It's been quite a day for the Cambridges who travelled with George and Charlotte from Warsaw to Berlin this morning. Upon arrival, they began a packed day of engagements which saw them meeting Chancellor Angela Merkel, visiting Brandenburg Gate, going on a walkabout and a visiting Strassenkinder, a charity which supports young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. They also met with President Steinmeier at the Bellevue Palace. After the long day, I'm sure William and Kate were looking forward to a glass of bubbly!


The couple were joined by 600 guests.


The Duke and Duchess met guests from the worlds of business and culture, as well as representatives of the British Community in Germany.


An overview of the party.


Refreshments on offer.


In a diplomatic speech, William raised Brexit: "This relationship between the United Kingdom and Germany really matters.  It is the product of many years of working closely together.  It will continue despite Britain's recent decision to leave the European Union."


William's full speech:

'Vielen Dank, Herr Botschafter. Guten Abend, meine Damen und Herren. Thank you, Ambassador, and good evening, ladies and gentlemen.
 It is a pleasure for Catherine and me to be with you on this occasion as we celebrate the birthday of my grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen. It is just under a year since I was last in Germany, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and Britain’s role in its creation. I am delighted to be able to return so soon – this time with Catherine, George and Charlotte.
We have seen powerful symbols of the historical events which helped shape modern Germany, and spoken with those who carry that that legacy forward today. I thank President Steinmeier and Chancellor Merkel for welcoming us so warmly. We have also experienced the city beyond the monuments and corridors of power. This afternoon we visited the Strassenkinder project in east Berlin, which supports homeless children and young people. It reminds us of the difficulties faced by some of the most vulnerable people in society, even in prosperous countries such as Britain and Germany, and the value of both countries looking at examples of best practice in the other.
But we also want to get to know and understand Germany outside the capital. Tomorrow, we travel to Heidelberg, and on Friday to Hamburg. Our visit will reflect, and I hope reinforce, the strong and wide-ranging ties between Britain and Germany. These include political, cultural, historical, commercial, sporting, academic and scientific links. The United Kingdom and Germany proudly share the same values as open and democratic societies, and the same determination to champion those values and to defend them - not least through our very close defence and security partnerships. Today, we share a fundamental interest in the peace and prosperity of the continent of Europe to which we both belong. 
This relationship between the United Kingdom and Germany really matters.  It is the product of many years of working closely together.  It will continue despite Britain's recent decision to leave the European Union.  I am confident we shall remain the firmest of friends. With this confidence in mind, I am particularly pleased that the British and German governments have agreed to double their funding of UK-German Connection, the bilateral initiative for school and youth links. UK-German Connection was established after the State Visit of the Queen to Germany in 2004, and it provides a wide range of UK-German activities, networks and funding for schools and youth groups. The youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow, and we want to establish friendships between our young people that will last a lifetime. '

The Prince concluded with a warm message from the Queen:

'Prince Philip and I send our warmest good wishes to all of you gathered for this special Garden Party, on the occasion of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's official visit to Germany.
We have fond memories of our five State Visits to Germany, from our first in 1965 to our most recent in 2015. Over the course of those fifty years, British-German relations have thrived, allowing us to face the challenges and embrace the opportunities of the 21st century together.
I am delighted that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will experience the beauty of this country and the warmth of its people when they visit Berlin, Hamburg and Heidelberg.
I hope you all have a most enjoyable evening.
 - Elizabeth R'

Time to take a look at what Kate wore tonight.


Kate's dress is by Alexander McQueen (with thanks to Regal Replikate).


Cut from cotton and silk-blend chiffon with a crinkled finish, this vivid red dress is shirred along the off-the-shoulder neckline and waist. The Off-the-shoulder shirred cotton and silk-blend crinkled-chiffon maxi dress is available at Net-A-Porter and FarFetch reduced from £2,075 to £1,453.

Net-A-Porter

The dress is from Alexander McQueen's Spring '17 collection which captures the beautiful landscapes and folkloric history of the Shetland Islands.

Net-A-Porter

Kate Middleton Style notes the dress is also available in pink at StyleBop.

StyleBop

A departure for Kate in the jewellery department tonight - Kate wore the Crystal earrings by Irish designer Simone Rocha (with thanks to HeavenQRF).


The $265 pair are described: "Red flowers punctuated a host of looks on Simone Rocha's Fall '17 runway and translated effortlessly into accessories, too. Made in Italy from faceted crystals, these earrings graduate in size with the smallest stone almost brushing the shoulder." They are available at Net-A-Porter.

Net-A-Porter

Tonight marks the first time Kate has worn the Irish jewellery designer. More on Simone Rocha's bio:

'Simone Rocha was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1986. In 2008 she graduated with a BA in Fashion from The National College of Art and Design in Dublin continuing in 2010 to graduate from the acclaimed Fashion MA at Central Saint Martin’s College, London. Simone debuted at London Fashion Week in September 2010.
Her collections have gained her some of the most prestigious stockists in the world including Dover Street Market, Browns, Colette in Paris, Ikram in Chicago, Bergdorf Goodman and 10 Corso Como in Milan, Seoul and Shanghai.
Simone continues to create in-store installations and windows within her premium retailers. She has shop-in-shops in Dover Street Market London, New York and Ginza as well as IT Beijing Market. She has also worked with Dover Street Market worldwide on special installations for seasonal re-openings, anniversaries and collaborations, always featuring her signature Perspex furniture and hand-made sculptures. She has also had window displays in Colette and Le Bon Marche during Paris Fashion Week. In August 2015 Simone opened her first store in London on Mount Street.'

The earrings also come in 'clear' and olive green.


Kate's shoes are by Prada, they are very similar to the pair Kate owns in plum.


With thanks to those who left links - a closer look at the Prada Quazo Sandals.


And that's a wrap on day three!


Today:

If you're just joining us, catch up on all the day's events by visiting our earlier post here.


Tomorrow's Schedule:
  • Day four begins with a visit to one of Germany's most enchanting cities, Heidelberg, which has been twinned with Cambridge since 1965. The Duke and Duchess’s first stop in Heidelberg will be the German Cancer Research Centre.
  • William and Kate will proceed to the centre of Heidelberg, situated by the riverside and overlooked by the ruins of its famous castle. 
  • They will wander through the central market square, on which a British-German market will be set up offering local food and drink before the Mayor of Heidelberg leads the way to the River Neckar.
  • A fun event as the couple will take part in a friendly rowing competition on the River Neckar.
  • That evening, the Duke and Duchess will attend a reception in the vintage mirrored hall of Clärchens Ballhaus.

We'll see you then!

228 comments:

  1. At first glance she looks sensational!

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  2. Oh, no. I never, ever say anything negative, but this is just so wrong on so many levels. Who is she listening to on this trip?

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    1. I agree, if they were visiting Spain maybe?

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    2. It us not Spain, but she is sensational!

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    3. Sonja from Bavaria19 July 2017 at 21:13

      My thoughts exactly! But this is a visit to Germany, not Spain or Mexico etc. so it is a huge miss here unfortunately :(

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    4. Why is it wrong? Just curious.

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    5. I'm all for sartorial diplomacy...but people in spain and Mexico don't actually dress for flamenco performances in daily life (or for cocktail affairs) so I don't understand why she couldn't wear an off the shoulder dress by a mainstream designer for an event in Germany. She's a real person, not "Princess Kate: Germany edition."

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    6. When in doubt, recycle! I don't see why she couldn't have worn the red or black Preen dresses again. Both are fabulous and woule have worked beautifully at a this event. I hope that she retires this dress.

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  3. Rebecca - Sweden19 July 2017 at 19:26

    Good speech by William. Well walked tightrope. Now another evening of schmoozin before them :P

    I like this dress. It's very "on trend", but also calls back to Kate's look when she was the girlfriend. Very nice. Flowy and rather casual, but still fitting for a cocktail event. I'm not into the shoes though, but that's a nitpick. She always looks great in red and this dress is no exception. I have a hunch that this dress might get quite a bit of use from Kate, but mostly in her private time.

    I look forward to better pictures :) And then yet another day tomorrow :)

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    1. I think she looks lovely, and I know you're right about the trend because I've seen this style a lot myself this summer, but in different settings, beach restaurants or beach house parties mostly. My daughter has a similar dress (didn't cost nearly as much!) that she uses mostly for day wear I'd say.

      So once again I am left feeling that Kate looks out of place here, especially next to William in the dark business suit and tie. The few pics I've seen the men are in dark/darker suits, all wearing ties, and the women seem to be in more business/cocktail dresses. So it's an odd choice to be, but not the end of the world ;) Comme ci, comme ca!

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden19 July 2017 at 22:49

      I think it's more the styling. I would have added bracelet, some more attention pulling shoes (maybe strappy gold) and a loose, curly/wavy updo with some bling earrings.

      I don't think there is anything wrong per se with this look, but it's not how I would have styled it.

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    3. I think these types of engagements are far trickier to dress for. How does a Duchess dress formally without looking too formal? :-)

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    4. She was a de-facto hostess technically. The material has a nice flow, she stood out, the color seems to agree her, and she carried on well; stepping out to a cocktail garden party from her guest residence / the embassy.

      I am positively partial liking it more and more. Some people talked about the H & M version of it, beach outwear and Latina version. The pattern had been around in all its variations, and some other cultural undertone not limited to Spain and Mexico It should not necessarily be dismissed just by its very image.

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  4. Wow!! When the Duchess embraces her trendy side, she goes bold. This is a fabulous choice! It is modern and up to date but still completely appropriate. Plus a bit fun and flirty. The cut seems a bit heavy but I think that is the style of the dress. Her hair seems a bit heavy, but other than a fun ponytail, I am not sure what else might work. Certainly not a formal updo.

    As much as I personally don't like this style, I have been waiting and hoping to see her really jump in to something that is actually trendy and not just something that skirts the edges of trendy!

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  5. Right off the bat - "I LOVE IT!!" For those that think she keeps playing it safe, we have this dress and the geometric white one from Poland on this tour. The girl is TRYING to please us all! Wow, she looks like an ethereal goddess. Sexy too!

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    1. My thoughts too! I love that she's been pushing herself on this trip with some different looks. And she always looks great in red.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden19 July 2017 at 20:12

      I agree, it is really fun. I am not one of those who has a problem with her "uniform" looks. I get them, they have their place and they do the job. But that doesn't mean that I don't appriciate her experimenting. I like it1

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    3. I agree! Wow! Fabulous summer dress. She looks fantastc.

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    4. I was just saying the same thing--that I love how she's going out of her comfort zone and trying different styles and color-- including earrings and shoes! I am so glad she went shorter with her hair, too.

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    5. There is trying other styles and then there is trying others styles. First, make sure your new style attempts fit the venue. No offense. :)

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  6. Oh dear. I have a feeling Kate really likes flounced dresses because she's worn silhouettes similar to this one before, but it's a major miss for me! There's just too much ruffle. She also looks oddly informal next to William in his suit. I know it's a designer item and costs thousands of dollars, but it looks like something you'd wear at a beach or BBQ! Perhaps some jewelry would have helped.

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    1. Yes, I agree, the dress looks very casual for the event. Something is off, I'm not sure if it's the length, the shoes, or her hair (forgive me, love her length but hate the big curls still). Waist up she looks pretty good though. I do like the earrings.

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    2. Yeah I agree that she doesn't need to constantly curl her hair especially with this length. Super straight would be nice or let her natural waves do their thing.

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    3. I think it's the lack of jewelry. The earrings are hard to see. I think if she had a necklace and a bracelet it would dress it up a bit. She also has no purse so that might be why it seems to be missing a few elements.

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    4. Agree with the jewels these kind of dresses are begging for big bracelets and earrings and maybe hair in a sexy twist. I think she looks amazing but needs some tweaking. The matchy red earrings don't pop at all.

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    5. I agree... big miss. The color, however, is wonderful...

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  7. I saw a lot of this style in Barcelona last week. Some looked really great. I don't like this look though. I think it would have actually been nicer as a floral so that the ruching wouldn't be so noticeable. And I really don't like the strings. I do like her hair and make-up though.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden19 July 2017 at 20:00

      Going floral might have made it a smidge too casual for the event, I think. The solid keeps it more on track, in my opinion :)

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    2. Mmm, maybe floral would have been over the top Rebecca. Especially after yesterday. I just can't get past those STRINGS on the sleeves. Makes me want to quietly slip up to her (I am very short) with my scissors and snip them off while she wasn't looking :D Have to admit that seeing more of the photos, the dress did flow nicely and it fit in with what other women were wearing in a nice way, longer than others but just as simple on the top. And after all if Letitia can bare her shoulders, why not Kate?? And those earrings! I don't shop at high end stores in Ireland (my earrings come from village craft shops) but if I did, and if I had a longer neck....

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    3. I think a floral print would make it too busy with the ruffles, so the solid red balances it out a bit. It might look more on the casual side because of a lack of jewelry. We can barely see her earrings.

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    4. Jo,
      I don't like the strings either ( I had similar top with no strings). Still, Kate's variation is interesting.

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    5. Jo, Jo, Jo. Your short self sneaking up and cutting off those strings made me belly laugh. I can see you doing that AND it the right thing to do, btw.
      Carry on.......

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  8. Um. I think this dress is a major fail from me. I normally don't comment too much, but follow blog faithfully. It's just... it looks like something I'd buy on vacation or at a discount store to cover up my swimsuit and being McQueen, must have cost a pretty penny. I don't want to wear designer and look cheap.

    I normally give her outfits that I dislike a second or third glance before I decide on it, but yeah, no. Not this one.

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    1. Sonja from Bavaria19 July 2017 at 21:12

      I agree with you! This does not look like a mcqueen for probably a thousand dollars at all. It looks like something you buy at a discount store or at h&m or forever21 for nothing more than 20 bucks (if not less). And it looks like a dress you wear to the beach or to the pool, not for a garden party at the embassy!

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    2. I so agree with you! It looks cheap & I would like to cut off the ties. When I saw the picture I groaned out loud. One of the other comments is right on, she does seem to like flouncy! I like quite a bit of what she wears. Meaning the classic things which I guess could be described as her work wear but this is well...a miss! I lived through the sixties & seventies as a young person & this style with the ties should be retired forever unless you're maybe sixteen on the beach. I've liked pretty much all that she's worn on this trip so far but with everything she has at her disposal I'm wondering who is advising her on this.

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  9. Another dress for a wrong event. Is this a garden party with friends or a reception for the royals and the Queen?

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    1. Being at the embassy and that it is in fact billed as a tea party/birthday party, outdoors, I don't get the extreme reaction. And yes many people there are indeed "friends" and invited for their like-minded pursuits, or their social position. It is very different from meetings this morning with two presidents/wives and Chancellor Merkel. It is indeed a friendly setting.

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    2. It is in fact, billed as an outdoor tea party. That's pretty close to a garden party.

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    3. 21:03,
      Quite a few people have mentioned " the occasion, the occasion, on and on". There are also people like you who explain it. This dress has much divided opinions.

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  10. sorry too nancy from oliver for me

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  11. I don't like this dress *at all*
    I think it is the first miss of this trip IMO.

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  12. Robin in Ontario19 July 2017 at 19:54

    Not carrying a clutch... so rare.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden19 July 2017 at 20:13

      Oh, I didn't even notice :D

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  13. Love this dress. Perfect for a summer party. I think I see long red earrings peeking through. That would be fantastic. Makeup is excellent. I quibble with hairstyle. I'd prefer a high or low pony tail. Or braid! If you are going Spanish - go all the way.

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  14. Courtney Providence Village, Tx19 July 2017 at 19:56

    I gotta say...I've NEVER liked the "butt cut" (splitting the crown of your hair down the middle lol ;) and I'm not fond of it on her... :( I sure wish she'd side sweep them. With that short of a cut, I think smoother curls are a must. ESPECIALLY if your in a puffy dress as well. If your hair is a all bouncy and round, and your dress is all bouncy and round, it becomes more costume-y and does nothing for the women's sillouette to me. If her hair was different (pulled back), I might enjoy the dress more but it's just not as formal as William seems. Maybe somewhere else, but not here… It's a miss for me.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden19 July 2017 at 20:13

      Hahah, I've never heard it called "butt cut" before. That's hilarious!

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    2. "butt cut"? that is a rude name. So many nationalities and especially young school girls section their hair like that. The side sweep comes in handy particularly if the root is growing the natural color, and the rest of the hair is a dyed color.

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    3. Although the men were wearing suits, this was a garden party, not a formal event. And Will's suit was far from formal anyway. It's one of those things about men which continues in the church I attend--they are asked to wear suits on Sundays whilst women wear dresses or skirts (with an appropriate top implied.) The men always look more dressed up than the women. It's something about jacket, matching slacks, white shirt, tie....

      Still don't like those danged strings on her sleeves though.

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  15. Remember, at the British Embassy she is technically in the UK. It is billed as a tea party/birthday party for The Queen. The cotton/silk blend is most likely lightweight and comfortable and a relief to wear. It is on trend plus her ruffle at the bottom. I don't think she cares whether we see her legs.

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  16. LOVE this look! Very cute/sexy. MUCH MUCH better than today's earlier look, imho. More current and modern.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden19 July 2017 at 20:14

      I think both looks were good and fitting for the different purposes.

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  17. I was in a Mexican cantina recently and the dancers were wearing a similar dress. Although wonderful for dancing, is it really right for representing the British royal family?

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    1. Sonja from Bavaria19 July 2017 at 21:08

      That's what this dress reminded me off
      It would have been better suited for a visit to mexico or spain, but not germany.

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    2. Tammy from California19 July 2017 at 21:27

      I can not stop laughing at your post. I mean, snot outta my nose laughing. I really really like the top on this dress but I have to admit a cantina was my first thought!
      I will think of this comment and laugh for a long time to come!

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  18. I like her dress. The length is not for everyone, but she makes it work. And I'm glad she left her hair down with this off-the-shoulder look.

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  19. A serious question to those: Julia, Bluhare,Claudia and everybody who read and know a lot about royal history. Do you think there is someone who advises Kate before the tour? Frankly, I am surprised of her choices lately.

    Or she has a yes man kind of staff like William, the ones that the media talked and wrote about.

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    1. Anett, Sir David Manning was assigned to them early on for preparation and insight, and he accompanied them on other foreign tours, has anyone spotted him here? However, I doubt he'd get into the weeds on matters of fashion, largely because he wouldn't anticipate that need. After all, other households have more mature and experienced staff in *all* areas, KP needs some Manning types in the day to day runnings as well, in my humble opinion ;)

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    2. From my readings she is very much advised on tour clothing. A crew is sent to locations sometimes a year in advance to map out specific details of each stop and each step for security reasons as well as clothing reasons (even specific camera angles are considered and planned during these "scouting" visits). Her clothing is based on the local custom, the event, the backdrop of the event,the weather, and any political or religious customs or issues. Her outfits are very very much planned in detail by a team of people well in advance. I would think she has less "say" over her clothing on official tours than she does back at home for her official duties in the UK. I'm sure her personal style is very much considered and she probably has some "room" to adjust a few items here and there but generally she is told what her parameters are. These are very important, very expensive trips and they are taken quite seriously as they represent Her Majesty and the whole of the UK. That is one reason I had to laugh at those who thought her wearing a floral dress to the concentration camp was a misstep on Kate's part. There is almost zero chance a team of people whose sole job is to consider how W&K come across to these foreign countries would've dared told her to wear (or allowed her) to wear something even close to offensive.

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    3. I will add that I don't always like the choices but I do not blame Kate, especially on tours. :)

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    4. I don't comment too often but I too wonder how she decides what to wear on official occasions, sometimes her choices seem so random. Do they archive the clothes by date or occasion. There are so many outfits that were worn once on earlier tours that have never been seen since.Some of these dresses would work really well for this type of occasion.I like this dress and red is lovely on her, it's very on trend but for a more casual occasion, it's a summer BBQ look and everyone one else looks formal garden party.

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    5. Claudia, David Manning is with them on the trip. He is listed as part of the entourage.There is a team assigned to advise on all aspects of the trip including clothing. I also believe the team includes people from the foreign office.

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    6. Louise, London, UK19 July 2017 at 22:57

      I do think Kate's clothing is taken way too seriously sometimes. Yes, she has to dress appropriately. Yes, there will be some nods to the host country. But her wardrobe choices really won't be regimented in the way you suggest. The queen was very fashionable in her younger years and went through a phase of wearing kaftans as formal evening wear. Her sister too. Camilla often wears looser long evening dresses too. Anne might be set in her ways with a wardrobe to match but she had her finger right on the pulse when she was younger. Kate looks amazing and the dress is perfectly suitable for a summer birthday garden party.

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    7. Anett, I'm no royal historian expert, but I just wanted to say your question touched on something that I've felt for a long time. I have a hunch that W&K don't have the right advisors. After Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton left, that's when they started having problems with their PR etc. IMHO. I think they do have a bunch of yes men/women around. I feel that there is not much senior input guiding them anymore. It's just a hunch that I have, I can't really articulate properly why I feel this way.

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    8. Julia from Leominster20 July 2017 at 00:09

      I do think they are closely briefed on who they are to meet - and hopefully read those briefings (I was shocked when William said he didn't for someone went to that work.) I should imagine there are briefings with secretaries and those from the foreign office and a discussion of intended goals and a review of speeches especially.

      But I think Kate is allowed quite a bit of discretion over her clothes - if there are rules to be observed, those would certainly be mentioned such as in the Middle East and there will be a dress code for each event. There might be advice on picking designers or colours from a particular nation - it's hard to know if this blue business is a mistake on Palmer's part or if it came from a royal source and perhaps was not the best choice made. But I don't think anyone tells Kate whether to wear a red boho dress to a party or a flowered dress to a camp. (If it creates controversy, to my mind it is a poor choice, no matter who made the decision.) Having watched a royal show on Diana picking fashions for a tour back in the eighties - I do think there is a fair amount of choice with royal and designer as to how to interpret guidelines that have been provided but no outsider is vetting every fashion choice. But I would think any wise secretary is looking at reactions to every event and every outfit and would know for the future that people might be uncomfortable with sandals in a concentration camp or unpainted toes in the American south (I didn't know that!) One time Maxima wore a coat that people saw NAZI symbols on - clearly not intentional on her or the designers part - but it shows the minefield royal fashions can be. But if Kate were that closely observed we wouldn't have skirts flying up at the Ghandi memorial - she was obviously told she would have to take her shoes off but not that it might be quite windy and a skirt should be weighted or a narrow one chosen. Like anything, it's a process. After there were comments on the queen's and Kate's choices for the 9-11 memorial, Sophie wore a much more subdued outfit.

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    9. florida girl, assuming there is blame to place, why not blame Kate? After all, we're told that she spends a lot of her time preparing for these things. I would also assume she gets final say on what she takes.

      Anett, I've read books that recon is done before these things; not sure who does when it comes to clothes. I think that's why the Queen has a dresser, who figures these things out. That dresser archives the clothes with where they were worn and what with; that sort of thing. I assume Kate has the same sort of system and it would be an easy thing to do nowadays by uploading photos and plugging in descriptions and when worn into a database.

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    10. Oh that Kensington Palace would have some David Manning types and a couple of Jamie Lowther Pinkerton types thrown in for excellent measure. And, a real stylist. And, a real stylist......

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    11. Trixie in North Carolina20 July 2017 at 04:59

      Could not agree with you more Florida Girl!

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    12. Thank you Claudia and florida girl, Nead.

      Very interesting insight you provided all.

      I tend to see she gets a lot of briefings about customs and the place they visit but lately and not just at this tour she seems out of place, wearing a day wear for an evening reception etc.

      I could not laugh at her floral dress or have the same feeling towards thise who feel she made a right decision there. I just feel certain about a stylist who could help her out. I would not put any money on that theory that she has no or little to say in what she is wearing. Her lack of work experience and knowledge of world just came back and bit her in the a.. IMO.

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    13. Interesting information, Florida Girl. Thanks for sharing!

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    14. Thanks everyone! I hope Julia, you are right, and all the necessary consequences will be drawn, but to be honest, after those many Marilyn moments, I am doubtful.

      I do not think we take her choices too seriously, she makes those choices, fine, and we comment on them, also fine. Scrolling down is always an option. On the other hand, there is hardly anything to talk about the subject matter of the blog yet.

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  20. Upon opening the blog to see this post, the first photo popped up on my screen with the bottom portion of the dress cut off. I liked it enough, until I scrolled down to see the bottom ruffle. Then upon seeing the photo that shows the dress closer up, I decided I really don't like this. My daughters tell me that off the shoulder and ruffles are fashionable right now (they told me that a couple weeks ago), and maybe that's true...but it's a trend I don't care for.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden19 July 2017 at 20:15

      They are very very very trendy. But people don't like all trends. A secure person (not a fashion plate) picks the trends they like and that work on them and leave the rest for others :)

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    2. Rebecca,
      Interesting observation. One fact I observe though is, the young see style through the eyes of what is trending. Believe it or not, they can be drawn or distant based on what is on the outside. For people under 25, over 35 is old. May be because they don't realize they just about ended the lingering late teens and early twentys.

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  21. Courtney Providence Village, Tx19 July 2017 at 20:08

    I find her to be one of the most beautiful women I've ever seen but she really does need to lighten up on the eye make up. I think it age as her terribly. :((

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    1. Courtney Providence Village, Tx19 July 2017 at 21:08

      *ages

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    2. I've thought that since before the wedding.

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    3. Out of curiosity, Courtney, did you used to live in NC?

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  22. Delighted with the earings.Lovely including an Irish designer again.

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  23. No! It's nice above the knees but something's wrong with length and detailing under the knees. It's a pity, it's a nice colour on her and it looks really nice above the waist. Maybe she can have it reworked.

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    1. I forgot to mention the length. Thanks, 20:11 for reminding me. Just when you thought that there couldn't possibly be a hundredth thing wrong with this dress, you notice proportion, i.e., the length.
      This dress will have to go down as a "prime, all-in-one example" in the annals of "everything not to wear". Incredible. No offense to anyone.

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  24. This is quite the change from the all-blue coat ensemble and painfully-pinned hair she was wearing earlier. I like this much better, although it doesn't seem to fit the occasion, somehow.

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  25. Julia from Leominster19 July 2017 at 20:12

    The dress is of the moment, Kate wears it as well as it can be worn - it's probably suitable enough for the occasion if you think boho is ever suitable, and I loathe it with a passion.

    Worse, I have a dress I got in Stockholm with those same droopy sleeve ties - although not otherwise as boho - I can't explain why I bought it (something else didn't work and apparently my credit card demanded exercise) or why I keep wearing it (comfort plays a role) but never would I wear it to a birthday party for the queen. Kate is young and beautiful - she doesn't need to wear tributes to my mistakes! (All right, when I was a bit younger than her and OFF DUTY I did wear boho outfits and got stopped at airport security a lot.)

    There's a small difference in price - mine was about 50 euros and dear at that - the price on this red thing is outrageous - I don't mind in the least royals wearing expensive clothes if they look expensive, fine fabrics, expert tailoring, beautiful embroidery, - but you can get a crinkle cotton maxi dress for a song at any high street shop - in fact you have to plow through racks of them if you want something else at the moment. This time, the price does offend me - I don't feel it's worth it (who knows what Kate paid but that's not the point.)

    I was fine with the slightly boho looks she wore in India because they fit the events and they mostly weren't too outrageously priced, (although some were higher than what they looked like that green thing that looked like a bed coverlet.) I thought her garden party dress there was fabulous - but this is just sad. I'm sorry. Kate is very pretty and her hair looks wonderful - I'll stop there except to say sack Mcqueen - they aren't doing well by her of late.

    Kate has lovely shoulders and I would be glad to see her show them off but leave this boho business to Mette-Marit who is incurable and to Tatiana of Monaco who looks like she might be recovering from it (one can hope but I wouldn't be surprised at a relapse) There have been a few other affected royals like Mary but they have mostly left these excesses for informal events. For Kate I hope it is a very brief digression and we won't see anything like it again. It will do for private Norfolk barbecues but has no place in public life.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden19 July 2017 at 22:53

      I'm actually kind of glad when Kate goes a bit boho. It's more of her style from before and I think it's refreshing that she allows some more of her own style to break through the royal uniform :) But I absolutely get that it's an acquired taste.

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    2. Julia,
      You might loathe the style, but I bought my first and last exact same top in white, and the skirt exact same cut with the ruffles, maxi ( tiny and med size flowers sprinkled on black back ground skirt) in down town London ages ago. I probably bought it from a high end store with discounts (about 52 pounds) on a student budget. It never faded, tore or changed its original quality, and kept as almost souvenir for over ten years. It left me an impression clothes in London are nice and long lasting. I never bought anything similar again because I had much sentiment about it, including personal passage of time (got it for a 17 yrs. BD gift for myself, and it served for me for much more than that). I still have photos in the whole set.

      I see something similar on line through the years. Some label it as “peasant top”, the skirt is “bohemian”/ country/ 60s-70s style too.

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    3. Actually, I like it all over again. It was comfortable, and it looks comfortable here. The waist did not have ruffles. My top hugged the waist and ruffled down about 4 inches. Tack it in or wear it out. The skirt formed a slightly form fitted, and spread out after the knees. Alexander McQueen product, however the cut similar, is a different item all on its own / may be material and wise. Kate looks beautiful / trying hard here not to create a subconscious alter ego via image.

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    4. But Julia . . . . what do you think about boho looks?

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    5. "got stopped by airport security a lot", lol, lol.
      Julia you are one of a kind. (meant in the very best way. :)

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  26. This dress is lovely,summer,light and very trendy. She looks great. In the morning she was smart duchess but in the evening she is radiant girl. So fresh!

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  27. Kate-totally smashing and on trend. William- how many blue suits do you own? He needs a stylist....

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  28. She looks lovely, healthy, and happy - so I'm happy to see this. Red has always been a good color choice, I like the off the shoulder look, and the trendier style is nice.

    That said (and I love and appreciate expensive clothing and accessories as much as the next person, don't get me wrong), I can not for the life of me understand the price tag of this dress. It looks inexpensive, similar to dresses I've purchased at Nordstrom in the $150-200 range and worn on a Caribbean vacation. Certainly not a couple thousands of dollars! Perhaps the camera does not capture the exquisite fabric? Or perhaps the ruffles and ribbons make it appear more folksy or casual? The shoes also give the overall look a more relaxed, beachy feel.

    Just my 2¢. I am enjoying following the tour, per usual.

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    1. The most memorable price tag is the 10,000.00 pounds Chanel suit she wore in front of Eiffel Tower in Paris. Ok, some fashion houses make the cream of the cream, but it is also a matter of brand, and making history. It becomes above and beyond $$$$ value. Politics somewhere else, might as well enjoy the liter side of life here.

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  29. She's prob not carrying a clutch because they are staying in this very same house (Ambassador's Residence). Also, I think the playfulness of the dress and sandals are because a) it's summer and it's hot, b) it's a "birthday party" (celebration). Third, the red color is to honor the red in the German flag. She nailed it.

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    1. It seems to kill a few birds all the same time. In coordination with her husband's outfit, it also complements the flag of the honorary monarch's and her own country's flag color.

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    2. JP, I think you're exactly right.

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  30. Stunning!!! And the best of it is I normally can't stand these styles And this one has two major no-no's for me, the shirred Bardot top AND the exaggerated hem flounce. But the superb quality McQueen fabric softens the effect of these & Kate has stepped waaay out of her comfort zone & delivered a knockout! ❤

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  31. *sigh*

    While I'm usually not critical of Kate's choices, I abhor the prairie flounce/ruffle dress style she chooses pretty regularly.

    I also really dislike the middle part. It just isn't the best look on her.

    The fabric makes this more casual than the occasion seems to call for.

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  32. Marija Micevska19 July 2017 at 20:36

    I like the dress but maybe she should've paired it with pumps (red ones). It's a little bit odd how it cuts the sandals. Otherwise it's festive, the color looks good on her.

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    1. I have always thought these are best with sandals, and they are generally warm weather outfit and style/ comfortable, carefree and yet "proper" at least in the eyes of the beholder, the occasion and times.

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  33. Stunning!!! And the best of it is I normally can't stand these styles And this one has two major no-no's for me, the shirred Bardot top AND the exaggerated hem flounce. But the superb quality McQueen fabric softens the effect of these & Kate has stepped waaay out of her comfort zone & delivered a knockout! ❤

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  34. Absolutely love this. The dress, the earrings, the shoes - all super stylish and perfectly casual yet elegant for a garden party.

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  35. As much as I've liked every outfit so far, especially the fabulous white dress last night, I must say this red dress is a total miss on many levels. If she was trying to don the dirndl look because she's in Germany, that is probably the last thing a German would wear except if you're at Oktoberfest or a fair. Take away that ruffle at the bottom and the dress would actually be on trend--the off shoulder look is very "in" right now. Also the overall length is just strange, almost like she should be going to a square dance. So many options for an afternoon cocktail party are available to her, just don't know why this particular dress was chosen. Most of the time Kate stands out in a good way, but this is just the opposite.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden19 July 2017 at 22:54

      To be fair, the "Dust ruffle" is also very on trend.

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    2. This is a weird tour I feel like everyone is reacting like George lol. It's getting very mixed reaction which seems to be throwing people!

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    3. Cold shoulder tops are everywhere in right now too.

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    4. Barbara. A barn dance, hootenanny, does come to mind but this dress would NOT even work for that as the dress overwhelms her just by sheer volume of fabric let alone all the many gathers and ruffles. No offense Kate, but this dress is hideous, as was the white with black Edward Scissorhands cone bra dress the other night. Questions of talent aside, I thought Natasha liked you.
      I do not, do not like her hair parted in the middle and the haircut makes it look flat in the back.The cut is angled wrong. Add the rick rack shoes, the fabric store earrings to the hootenanny dress and you have strange mess. No offense anyone. Just being honest. This is the second worst outfit in a decade (or two). About the dress being "on trend", if the trend fits your body type, at least make sure it is a pretty dress. This is not. (rant over).

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    5. P.S. Oh, and the dress does not go at with the event. Not at all. It is so out of place there (and in this universe, lol).

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  36. Laura in Canada19 July 2017 at 20:48

    Just have a quick minute....but wanted to say...THIS I love. Very on trend!!

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    1. Love it too! Very Boho and hippie!

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  37. Love this dress! She looks fantastic. Is it just me or does her hair look darker than usual??

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    1. Over all from the neck up, some Mona Liza look is created, or has brought out a side of her not noted before.

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  38. Bluhare, I've been meaning to thank you for explaining about extensions and volume (something I've never had a problem with, my hair was always a rival for Janis Joplin's.) I lost track of which of Charlotte's posts the original discussion was on so I am putting it on this one :)

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    1. You're very welcome, Jo. (And I think it was the welcome to Poland post with the white suit.)

      I can also relate to Janis Joplin hair sometimes!

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  39. Sonja from Bavaria19 July 2017 at 21:06

    On German TV they said that there were so many mosquitoes at the party, it was almost unbearable. Apparently, the waiters handed out anti-mosquitoes-spray next to champagne to the guests. Oh dear.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden19 July 2017 at 22:55

      Oh no! But sounds about right if Germany is anything like Sweden. Sounds like the typical summer evening :P

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  40. The fashion blogs that I just looked at are all raving about this look so she must be doing something right for that to happen. I like the details of the dress and since there are no photographs showing any of the other ladies in attendance (that I've seen so far) ... how do we know that she has stubbed her toe with this garment?

    She can't win with a lot of the commenters of this blog as most of the time she gets dinged for being too conservative in her dress (when I suspect that is what she is comfortable in and if yes, then more power to her) but when she steps up her game and brings in current trends to her clothing for an event, then she gets raked over the coals for that too. I'm thinking about the flowered Erdem gown she wore with the ruffle (which I loved and she looked beautiful in) and on and on.

    She is no one but herself and to be constantly comparing her to other royals is very unfair I believe.

    -- btchili

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    1. What you say reasonates with me so much. I've been following Kate on this blog since the New Zealand/ Australian tour and besides the pink coat in NYC, I've never seen this amount of rigidity and harshness towards her clothing choices. A lot of people seem to have very black and white ideas of what is or is not appropriate. It isn't even about opinions or taste at this point as posters are basically saying this is sartorially the worst planned tour ever riddled with faux pas after faux pas. We all know that can't be true because, like Florida Girl, I'm pretty sure her tour clothing choices are made with the utmost care and knowledgeable advice.

      Perhaps, the real issue here is that people are living in the past and haven't made that jump forward to what is acceptable for a young modern royal to wear for certain events. All the royal women being held up as role models for how Kate should dress are women in their forties- even the Queen is being held up as an example and she's an elderly woman! Kate is only thirty five. She should not dress like Letizia or Maxima or Mary etc.... or QE2. It is natural for her to embrace the trends of the moment dressing in a more youthful and current way. Thats what everyone has been clamoring for, isnt it. Well, here it is. Perhaps, this McQueen is what a royal summer garden party can look like for the youngest senior royal on the world stage. She should look like herself and not a caricature of what others think she should look like. This is a restrained version of how her peer group would dress. How can she appeal to the younger generations if she doesn't look somewhat like they do? She needs to be relatable through her dress as well as through her work. For every one negative review, I'm seeing several positive ones. In general, a lot of people like what she is wearing on this tour. This dress is fashionable and why shouldn't the DoC be a fashionable lady and wear it.

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    2. Couldn't agree more!

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    3. Most of the other ladies were in knee length fitted summer dresses.

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    4. Wonderful words. I totally agree. Some people say they hope she reads this blog but I hope she doesn't. People on this blog have become very mean and critical about everything she wears. She looks lovely and her children are lovely and she's doing a great job.

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    5. Anonymous 21:19,
      This blog has a mix of commenters who are dedicated to style, at times the trend, and including high fashion, and season wear update. Others seem to see things through their own test and preference. Most times that is the case in general. It is good if and when commenters include, it is not my test, but... etc. It is when people declare "what the hell is she thinking?" and sound like fashion police on someone else's test, which sounds unappealing.

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  41. To me the ONLY good thing about that dress is the color.

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    1. LOL, I'm sort of in agreement with you. I just think this was the wrong occasion for this type of dress.

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  42. William delivered such a well thought out speech. It seems times are so "prickly" these days and it was nice to see how he navigated sensitive topics. It appears from the way the DOC is smiling in the photos she is enjoying herself. It has been my experience that enjoyment comes from, in part, feeling good in my clothes. That being said, I also find her dress to not be appropriate for this occasion. In my humble opinion, it looks like something to be worn for dinner at her parent's home.

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  43. I Love her in this dress but feels it's way too casual for this event with William in a suit. She looks great.. just not for this elegant Party, it reminds me of her BAFTA awards dress which I also thought was too casual in style for that event.

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  44. I had a thought and wanted to run it by you all. It appears to me that the colors selected for this part of their tour are more representative of Britian than their host country. Is anyone aware of any reason this may be the case? Also, wanted to comment on the level of security on this tour. It seems quite heavy.

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  45. I find it so baffling that they brought the kids on this trip. They can't have much time to spend with them. Being shuttled from home to Poland to Berlin and back home, even with minimal time zone changes, must be stressful on G&C. And for what? Photo ops at arrival and departure? I can see the logic of having the kids get some practice meeting dignitaries and dealing with the shutterbugs, but why not do that at home, so they can do their little waving, curtseying and handshaking, and then head home to the comfort of their own beds. Other than balcony appearances at Trooping, have either George or Charlotte ever accompanied their parents on an Official Engagement in London?

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    1. Yes, George has. He attended an air show with his parents last summer.

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    2. Not a good idea to tell others how to raise their children. That is out of bounds. This is becoming tabloidish. A pity.

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    3. They're a family and OBVIOUSLY they like to be together!!!
      So, yes they can take their children along with them if they choose to do so because there will come a time when the children's schooling will take precedence and they won't be able to accompany their parents!!!

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  46. Kate is right on trend with this dress, and it certainly looks summery and cool. The color suits her. I think the gorgeous Tory Burch maxi dress she wore to the dinner with the King of Bhutan would have been perfect. She is a beautiful woman.

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    1. Tedi, I completely agree with you. I had the same thoughts when I saw this dress that for some reason reminded me of the Tory Burch dress and the dinner with the King of Bhutan. The color is beautiful on her, the style is definitely on trend as are her earrings and her shoes. She looked fresh and summery for a garden party. cc

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  47. I had a similar dress for my grade 8 graduation just not off the shoulder and about the same amount of jewelry. Enough said.

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  48. I dont think this red maxi dress material was right for the event ..I think kate could have chosen maybe a silk material in red which would have been finer...

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  49. I don't understand her choices lately either. The colour is lovely, but otherwise, there is nothing I like about this dress. It wears her due to all the volume and there's so much sleeve!!! I also don't like the earrings or hair. I know some people are sick of the Letizia comments, but I think it's because once you put the two women side-by-side there's a glaring difference. They both have missed, but Letizia looks so polished yet edgy. Kate is a good looking woman, but she makes herself look so dowdy. Someone on here commented about her having a sensible, working wardrobe since she's working for the people. I can get behind that, but sensible doesn't have to mean a snoozefest! I manage to look polished and professional even in a leather pencil skirt or colourful shoes. It's possible to look appropriate without being a snoozefest.
    Sorry for the rant but I've been frustrated with her for a while and not just with her wardrobe.

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    1. Everyone had individual tastes with clothing. There is nothing wrong with Kate's choices. If she prefers to dress conservatively, and is not interested in fashion trends, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Women should be able to wear the styles they feel comfortable wearing, regardless of what fashion or the public dictates. She dresses appropriately for her role and makes choices with care.

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  50. The first miss of the tour for me. No. Just no. She's lovely as usual though. My fave so far was the floral two piece. Fab look.

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  51. As the day and tour progressed yesterday I enjoyed Charlotte's excellent research more and more. The posts are thoughtful and beautifully expressed. They are prompt and a pleasure to read start to finish. Thank you, Charlotte for the depth of attention and love you give to this platform. Words can't convey how often I pop in and how much I enjoy your work. I blog too and know what it takes to publish as much and as frequently as you do, especially on tours.

    Alas, I cannot say the same for the comments. I must be honest. They disappointed and bothered me more and more as I checked them throughout the day. Not because of the differences of opinion. At one time I coached debaters and judged debates. I'm all for a brilliant analysis and respectful discourse on a wide range of subjects. I love a kill shot to a worthy opponent's flawed argument.

    I am very liberal in my thinking and can accept all manner of points of view other than my own; however, as the day wore on the tone seemed to degenerate into sniping about this that or the other thing. Unless I was misreading something, the comments seemed more and more petty and tainted with a high school mean-girl tone.

    This morning I opened the post and saw a beautiful blue conservative look and the numerous charming shots Charlotte had posted. "Well, today's comments will be a cut above yesterday's. How can anyone find fault with that? It's right up there with the Canada arrival look," I thought. Unfortunately, no.

    Normally I bypass the comments guaranteed to be downers--nothing ever good enough or something minor to nit pick over. But that's getting harder to do. Now mid-afternoon here on the West Coast of Canada, I checked back to find the red dress. Since I opened the post with only 25 comments listed, I did a little count. Was it as bad as I imagined? Sometimes perception does not equal reality. I like to analyse & check. Three comments could be called neutral. Fourteen were negative swipes at this that or the other thing.

    So for now, until I am willing to test the waters again, I'm choosing to savor what Charlotte writes and will the bypass reading comments. Often the comments are as much fun as the post, but there's little joy in it for me at present. In general, I enjoy the community on Duchess Kate and the insights offered by the numerous contributors, but not right now. I wanted you to know.


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    1. I find your comment to be unnecessarily judgmental. If the comments here offend you because you like her red dress, then don't read them! It seems strange to count the number of comments that disappoint you and fixate on them as you have.

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    2. I will miss your comments, Philly.

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    3. Wow, Philly, you summed up exactly how I've felt for almost a year. Besides trying to add something positive today, I haven't commented on the blog since I saw them on the Canada tour last Sept. What some say may be "nitpicking," seems like another form of being mean. I'm over the jabs too. I now don't read anyone's comments except my sister's as she & I have a deep love & respect for the entire BRF & usually agree on wardrobe & their good works. In short, I know I don't need to feel protective over them when I read her comments. The comments section shouldn't be a place for sarcasm either - it's often read as mean even if it isn't intentional.

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    4. MizBev in Colorado19 July 2017 at 23:10

      Philly,

      I have to agree with you. I do not comment with any regular frequency but I visit this site regularly to enjoy Charlotte's insightful posts about Catherine and her life, much the same as I followed Diana. But the negativity in the comments has led me to believe that reading the posts only is what I need to do and to stay away from the comments as well. I guess that is what happens when you get a bunch of people under the same "roof" but I just don't enjoy this part of it anymore.

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    5. Sometimes kates on a roll and everyone loves her look, sometimes it's a miss. People FROM germany took exception to the blue, the red dress is pretty different and bohemian for royal standards. The more Kate branches out the more mixed reaction there is, I don't get why that bothers people. Hey fashion is art, eye of the beholder and all that.
      I also don't get why people announce they're going to stop reading comments that's always stumped me lol

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    6. I like it for personal and sentimental reasons. At the same time, I wish people avoid wearing anything red and glittery objects in sunny outdoors, especially for polite meet and greet where sunglasses would look a barrier than a practical shade to wear. Red and glittery objects are bothersome for eyes to the companion, observer, and including the person who wears it etc. At least some people are bothered by it.

      Kate's hair and make up seems to be redefined differently. She almost looks like a picture. Change is typically refreshing.

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    7. Thank you for expressing these sentiments Philly. I agree with you. Charlotte does such a great job writing and maintaining this blog, but the comment section has become very critical and negative. While I try to skip over the commenters who are constantly critical towards Kate, it makes it difficult to even enjoy reading others. I know that some express how bored they are with Kate's style or with her in general, and I wonder why someone would continue to follow Kate if doing so only elicits a critical or apathetic reaction. If you can only find fault with Kate, then why continue to maintain interest in her? One of the downfalls of social media is a drastic decrease in compassion, understanding, and kindness, and as a mental health counselor and therapist, I see firsthand how such a critical environment can affect people. It is one thing to offer constructive criticism occasionally, but it is something else altogether to continually criticize without just cause. It is one thing to express that you don't care for something Kate is wearing, but to say that "she should wear this" or "should style her hair like this" is wrong. Like all of us, Kate is her own person, and she wears what is most comfortable to her. If she favors coat dresses or more conservative styles, that is perfectly okay. She doesn't need to change her style to satisfy fashion experts or the public. Truthfully, I could care less about her clothes. I care much more about who she is on the inside; her character. She is a wonderful mother, a compassionate and caring person, and she is invested in her family, role, and outreach to others.

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    8. Julia from Leominster20 July 2017 at 00:25

      Sorry you feel that way Philly - personally, I rejoice in our differences - I loved the covered buttons on Kate coat - Rebecca didn't. To an older person like me, covered buttons are elegant - to a young woman, they look staid. I happen to loathe boho on almost any royal lady - others think it's fine - even sexy. I loved the edgy cocktail dress - others didn't and were upset with the darting I found outre. The reaction at the camp choice only told me what a hugely emotional issue we were dealing with. I was far more concerned with comments in some papers that bordered on-antisemitism. I saw nothing of that here - just as I never see the harsh reaction to royalty seen elsewhere.

      These differences speak to the wide range of readers here - our ages, our nationalities, the way we were raised, what we like or don't like. How dull the world would be if we all felt the same - some like Kate's hair long, some like it short - an emotional visit sparks all sorts of reactions - frankly. I think it's beautiful and interesting. Yes, sometimes I massively disagree and other times I do agree - but either way I learn. It wouldn't have occurred to me some people would see the blue coat as too conservative - people who were born after the seventies don't have the ruffle phobia some of us oldies do. I was surprised to find out that the blue could provoke different reactions in Germans from what the rest of us took to be a diplomatic choice. (Maybe it was, maybe it wasn't.) Now I know something I didn't know previously. And to me that isn't a bad thing. The one thing I see here is that we all want Kate to do well.

      Should I meet Kate personally and loved her outfit, I would be the first to praise it. If I didn't, I would find something else to praise, the hugs from the children, the wonderful warm welcome, how much I loved her new haircut. But this blog has a fashion element and I don't expect us to all think alike. And I'm not going to say I like a dress I don't - there would be no point, it wouldn't be honest - and the next person may love it.

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    9. Really well stated Philly. I posted a similar comment under btchili's post but you have said it so much better.

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    10. Philly, I am currently experiencing the same.

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    11. I have really liked Kate's outfits this trip. I do not like this dress, but I do not like this style on anyone for any occasion. She looks gorgeous of course.

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    12. I totally agree with you Philly. I have come to notice how picky some get on here and others down right rude.
      I am not a fashion person but I think the Duchess researchers al the countries they visit, the countries colors, national flower etc etc. but done here just don't get it.
      I have not really read the comment section much only becauseningetnpisst off at all the negative comments and nasty comments.
      But I decided to read the comments for this tour hoping things have changed. But they have not. So I will go back and just read what Charlotte writes.
      Charlotte thank you for all your hard work. I continue to enjoy your blog.

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    13. I agree, Philly. I will also delight in Charlotte's excellent posts and skip the comment section.

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    14. Philly, Thank you for expressing so well exactly what I have been feeling for a while now. I very much enjoy Charlotte's blog and will continue reading it but I have not been enjoying the comments section very much lately and will refrain from reading them for a while. Perhaps in the future I will try the comments again, but in the meantime I will simply enjoy Charlotte's blog.

      Marla from New Hampshire

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    15. Philly, I totally agree with you. Of late most comments have been downright negative, if not toxic. While I thoroughly enjoy Charlotte's postings and appreciates her keeping us informed on Kate's activities and fashions, most of the comments, except for a few noteworthy ones, have been nasty, snarky and downright ugly. So in order to avoid dealing with those gratuitous, toxic postings, I will join you Philly, by totally bypassing them for a while. After all, I don't gain any constructive insights from what they have to say anyway.

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    16. Philly, you have articulated beautifully what I have been thinking for some time. I love this blog and think Charlotte does a brilliant job. But I can no longer read the comments. Do I like everything Kate wears? No. Does it really matter? But she inspires me to look at styles and combinations that I never would have considered. And I love how she is so classy and refined in a world where people barely dress themselves any more. And consider how much stress she has been under since the engagement. It makes me sad to see how much she has aged and how tired she sometimes looks. She deserves more from her fans than these petty and snarky digs.

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    17. I very much agree, Philly. Charlotte consistently writes wonderful and informative posts covering the events of the day as well as the context behind them, and yes, details about sartorial choices. I'm perplexed how such respectful content like this is then distilled down to criticism about parenting, fashion, haircuts, etc. Thanks for sharing your concern-you're not alone! I hope it doesn't deter the amazing effort that goes in to making HRH Duchess Kate one of my favorite places on the web! ~L.A. Lady

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    18. I understand your reaction, and believe it to be a reminder to us all.

      It is important to remember, however, that most people commenting here are the royal family's most loyal subjects; people Kate and William will need to inspire and sometimes comfort. What should worry our couple, though, is the silent crowd: the mass that couldn't care less. K&W might be missing the point of what the current political climate is doing to the UK: poverty, unemployment, Grenfell Tower, Brexit.

      How many McQueens does she need? After all these years, I had hoped that she could re-use more of what's in her wardrobe already. Does her hair need to be that elaborately styled every time she goes out? Could she do with a more pared-down tour wardrobe? Is she a modern woman – is she a modern royal? All in all, it's not up to us – but up to her.

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    19. Dee, Adelaide AUSTRALIA20 July 2017 at 10:49

      My dearest Philly, I feel like I know you from the many years I have absolutely loved reading Charlottes beautiful work. You have echoed my thoughts today exactly, I actually am beginning to feel sad for people. It actually feels like nothing our gorgeous girl does is good enough .... her hair is parted wrong, her shoes don't match, her look is too casual, her dress is an offensive colour, her dress looks like it's for the beach, her handbag is the wrong shade, her posture is bad, her necklace is too heavy, the colour of her outfit is offensive, it's to expensive, it looks cheap, she holds her wine glass wrong, you can see her extensions, her dress shoes to much cleavage, she should have worn a hat, it's not appropriate for the sombreness of the event, the contstant comparisons to Letizia ... it feels like it never ends. I LOVE this blog, I love Charlottes work ... but I'm with you Philly, no more comments section for me, it actually makes me sad - and I was bought up, if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it. I'll brace myself now for the comments against my post.

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  52. nicole from France19 July 2017 at 22:30

    well .... do you think the Duchess reads this blog ? since some weeks, she has been sporting plunging necklines (which I am quite happy with ), nice little dresses such as the two dresses at Wimbledon) with flowing lines, she even wore some jewels others than engagement ring and earrings . I was quite happy to see that , she is a lovely slim gracious lady, she deserves to look brilliant. but that red thing .... looks like a beach gown, or ... the colour is beautifull, definitely , but that's the only thing I like .... and, again, no blings at all, mismatching sandals .... and the ruffle , she does love ruffle, apparently ! but, for godness sake, she is not entertaining friends in the pool house . so sorry she does not get proper advices , or .... does she have them but don't follow them ? someone should tell her that all fashion is not made for any woman , we do have to choose ...

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  53. I may be in the minority, but I LOVE this look! Kate has been killing it on this tour, IMHO

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  54. This would have been an amazing dress for a beach party!
    For a royal tour... not so much.
    Although stylish and an expensive designer there is nothing in this dress that makes me think it was a good choice. I honestly also don't see anything in this dress that makes it worth more than 150 pounds... buying this type of dress from a designer over just an high end brand is just not giving it anything extra.
    I do like the earrings!

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  55. The peanut gallery at my work(aka my boss who caught me commenting and thought I was critiquing) said 'Why critiquing, she looks great. Maybe smoking hot!' So, there's some male perspective for you(also, he's like my big brother, so his politeness filter was way down).

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  56. Oh no...I'm so on the fence with this dress. I love it, personally...but I don't think it's suitable for this type of event. She looks gorgeous, but as others have mentioned, it looks more suited to a friends beach party or bbq. I know it's McQueen, it just looks a bit too casual. I love the shade of her dress, the shoes & the earrings are nice. Would've preferred her hair up here (not a chignon), although it does look lovely down after wearing an updo all day. I like that it's something different...but I think she missed the mark on this occasion.

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  57. Well as expected (and feared!) the BBC pay list dominates tomorrows front pages. Only two had something on the tour on the front and of course it was the children - "sleepy George" etc. Thanks for the coverage Charlotte!

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  58. I can't believe the price! I know it is cotton AND silk chiffon but reminds me of an inexpensive 100% cotton gauze dress one dons to go out for a casual dinner at the beach after getting a bit too much sun on the back of the legs. Nice, airy and comfortably loose below the waist as needed for sunburn but really not an "ambassador's residence/embassy party dress." Bare shoulders are no problem. No reference to Letizia is needed---Kate has bared her shoulders before and it's fine. While I personally did not like the white dress by the Polish designer it did have a more dressed up feel. Quite a contrast. IMO this would have been a great excuse to wear a pretty "little black dress" since black is a color in the German flag. But maybe that's just me.

    I am starting to wonder if reports are correct that someone new is advising her.

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  59. That is a gorgeous dress, and I love it. The fabric is absolutely exquisite. Whilst Kate looks fresh and fashionable, I think it's William who needs to switch it up a bit. His blue suit is pretty boring really! I'm looking forward to today's engagements, once Europe wakes up!
    Cheers from downunder.
    Royal Watcher

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  60. Couldn't agree more. Well said Philly.

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  61. Woman are at the party in short ugly dresses. Duchess Catherine is dressed as she should be. Beautiful, Regal, and Confident. Meeting the people and making every single person she talks too or smiles toward feel happy. Oh maybe the shoes the model has on would be correct!! Jane

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  62. Why would she wear boho & William wear a suit & tie? Boy this looks cheap! Retire this look unless you're sixteen & on a beach!

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  63. Absolute 'NO' for me on Kate's dress. She is one of the most beautiful persons in the world.

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  64. I am so enjoying this blog during the tour (as always!) and very much appreciate the time and effort! Love all the fashions thus far and was delighted to see another CW this morning as her designs are impeccable! Love Kate in anything red! Have my favorites of course but never criticize Kate's choices because she needs to remain true to just herself! I personally find her gentle and ladylike demeanor to be a wonderful asset and just enjoy her more than Letiza. To each there own........my preference only!

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  65. I like this dress...it's summery and i assume appropriate for the occasion, as if it wasn't Kate would not wear it. Kate is never going to be the fashion plate that people want - her style is British, conservative and retro 50's housewife...hopefully Harry will marry Meghan and she will fill the fashion void in the House of Windsor!!!

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  66. I think I've found a picture of the sandals online (but can't post for some reason). They seem to be the Prada Suede Wavy Strap in Quarzo.

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  67. Sarah from Calif.20 July 2017 at 01:01

    Charlotte, as usual you are doing a fantastic job with your posts!
    I am especially enjoying seeing the children.

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  68. Charlotte, thank you very much for your remarkable coverage of Day 3!

    "Is everyone aware of the Load More button below the comments? You need to keep clicking it until it disappears, in order to see all of the messages. It appears when there are 200 comments, and continues in 50 message increments until the current number is reached."

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  69. Pure beauty. So appropriate. In my eyes.

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  70. Loved the outfits from today!! She's showing different sides to her. I also have been enjoying the duchess wearing more jewellery. Loved the pics of the kiddos and esp with Charlotte curtseying. Thanks Charlotte for the prompt posts and all of your hard work!!

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  71. Love it! This dress calls to mind the prairie/boho trend like Gunne Sax dresses of yore, and is totally appropriate for an outdoor early evening garden party. As someone who has scouted eBay looking for originals, I wholeheartedly approve

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  72. I just had a feeling we would see the Duchess in red during the tour, but I was expecting it earlier in Poland. I thought we might see Kate recycle her red poppy Beulah dress (as I understand the red poppy is the national flower of Poland). This red is really a lovely color on the Duchess and I like the neckline. I absolutely ADORE the new Simone Rocha earrings (and very much hope to see them again).

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  73. Your blog Charlotte is always so classy and with very interesting flowing information. You have such a talented gift. Thank you.

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  74. Check out Loeffler Randall's Amelia High Heel Sandal.

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  75. I am speaking to all when I say this but I have shopped off the rack, vintage and I when I go to an event I go for high fashion, and in all my experiences, the top most exclusive designers really don't impress me, they are too busy trying to create something artsy, unique or really advant garde for my taste, almost over doing it or trying to convey their personality instead of mine(your clothes should be about you, not the designer by the way) my point is this even if you have have tons of money, beautiful clothes just aren't as abundant as you think, even in the world of high fashion you have to try on and try on to find something that suits you, same as cheap clothes! And when I do opt to really purchase something special, never have I ever completely relied on the designers creations 100%, I always have to adjust something. I really believe there are millions of talented young designers who are wonderful but because they don't have money funds or the ability to distribute, they remain obsecure. The best advice I can give anyone wanting designer, classic lines, is to go the the best seamstress in your town, purchase a pattern in classic styles, and you will walk away with a garment every bit as quality as the ones Kate wears and you'll have a lot less money in it, the trick is to make sure your seamstress is buying quality fabric.

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  76. Well, I really want to find something positive (other than the hair, which I really like a lot more cut this length) but despite trying, I am afraid I can't. This dress is so casual, I actually am making up some scenarios in my head that perhaps something happened to the real dress she wanted to wear (something got spilled on it? it got ripped? she learnt that someone else was going to wear the same one she had planned?). Hard to believe. Trendy or not, it's a mostly cotton dress. For a formal reception in honour of the Queen. Can't get over it. Earrings are equally out of place (they would work with that dress at the barefoot beach party at a Caribbean resort though). And those sandals look equally ugly in this colourway as they do in purple. Although I suppose the sandals are the only formal-enough component of her outfit tonight.

    I am hoping for much better things tomorrow. At least some type of nod to German couture. Between the so called national flower failure and this dress, the quarter-German in me is 'schrecklich enttäuscht' - or terribly disappointed...

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    1. I think the red dress is meant to be a nod to the red in the German flag. I also think we'll see her wear a German designer yet, perhaps Hugo Boss.

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  77. Oh i love her dress she looks lovely hmm its summer time and its a garden party hmm the spain comment makes me laugh What wrong with red hmm upon the tour started. The amount of security. Here quite heavy even in secure place. There sucurity always follows

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  78. I'm having flashbacks looking at the retro dresses Kate is wearing. I sewed a bridesmaid dress similar in style to the red McQueen (Simplicity 8956). It's a fun party dress, but would look better without the bottom ruffle and accessorized with more jewelry. The red earrings were lost in Kate's glorious hair.

    I love the expressions on William and Kate in that first photo. William isn't too sure about the dress either, but Kate is totally sold. :)

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  79. I really admire the sophisticated looks of the blue outfit and the white cocktail dress, but this red dress is not my style at all. It looks like a nightgown. I guess I am just old-fashioned or maybe just old!

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  80. I think I would have loved this dress if she wore it for a private occasion (e.g. on holiday). I just can't decide if this dress is appropriate enough for this kind of event.
    She still looks wonderful though!

    I'm so excited for today's engagements in Heidelberg as I lived there for seven years. I love this town and I'm sure William and Kate will also fall in love with the cobblestones, old alleys and the castle! It's a very special and historical place in Germany.
    I can't wait for the pictures!!!

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  81. When I saw the Duchess of Cambridge in her trendy red dress, I saw relaxation and fun. After the day she has had, she deserves it. She wore it to a garden party; fun, relax, mingle, talk. Thanks that her dress is NOT attempting to make any political statement. ENJOY the garden party!

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  82. Trixie in North Carolina20 July 2017 at 05:14

    I feel Catherine dresses appropriately as the Duchess of Cambridge. Everyone wants to put her side by side with a Queen. She is not a Queen yet. She is not even the Princess of Wales yet. She has plenty of time for her style to keep evolving. Give her a break!

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  83. Philly at 22:24,

    Philly,
    Some commenters might have not gone through the times when this set used to be popular. Fashion makes the rounds as you are well aware of, goes away and comes back. By then, a new generation which views style through their generation comes of age. I think, basically people are expressing their truth, and it should not necessarily always be viewed in association to Kate. It is as much on the object of her choice. It does not seem a major disaster, as long as commenters don’t degrade, attack and most of all dictate. The opinion of those who were there when it was popular and never liked it, is as much interesting. People associate certain style to somethings either from personal experience, or it is not their taste. Truthful opinion also makes a nice polling for the designers also w/o having to pay for pollsters

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  84. Oh Philly I am sorry you have come to this conclusion. Sometimes it's best to step back from a situation and give some clear thought. I think that most posters here love Kate. After all, we are not shipping kidneys, we are just observing, from afar, a very lovely lady. We don't really know her, nor can we judge what goes on behind the palace doors. Anyone who pretends to know what is in her mind, or William's is just deluding themselves. I, personally, enjoy the camaraderie we enjoy here, for the most part. I sincerely hope you will come back to the fold.

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  85. I think Kate wore Prada sandals... https://store.prada.com/it/pradait/woman/woman-shoes/1X675F-008-F0482-F-D115
    Emanuela

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  86. Greetings,
    One should bear in mind, that Kate, herfels, has very little to do with the choosing of her work wardrobe; people should really limit their personal attacks on her style. Designers send mock shots of their styles to the palace, where advisors select the best looks for the country, occasion, political climate, etc. Then, a fashion show is held with live models where the advisors and the royal view the garments. Then the outfits are selected for Kate which she is fitted for and accessoried. They are then bagged and tagged for the trip and placed in her wordrobe in descending order of appearance. If one is to only view her public style that is really not getting to know her personal style, because her choices and the choices of all of the upper-level members of the family are made by the firm.

    Mrs. Charles Hollingsworth

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  87. Eva M. from Bavaria20 July 2017 at 08:43

    At first, I was a bit surprised by this outfit. Okay, it was very hot here in Germany yesterday, so a loose cut dress was certainly comfortable. But then it began to dawn on me: she might be trying to give a nod to the German flag (the top is black, the middle red, and then gold). Her dark hair, then the red dress "in the middle", and then very light coloured shoes!!!

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  88. Does anyone know how the british etiquette describes how to hold a glas?
    I learned that a cold beverage like white wine or bubbles should be hold at the stem of a glas, so it doesn't warm up in your hand. So I was a bit surprised to see them holding a glas like that. Just being curious :)

    Julia

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  89. The shoes are Prada. http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com/Prada-Suede-Wavy-Strap-Sandal-Quarzo/prod118840049/p.prod

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