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Kate and William At Americas Cup World Series

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Happy Sunday! We don't often convene on the first day of the week, unless Kate is actually out and about, which she was today. I know it is almost champagne-o'clock, but let's try and get this in before everyone runs off for rest and relaxation.  Kate has only been a royal for four years and as she has slowly taken on her royal duties, she has usually been the who accompanies William to one of his charities. Today was interesting in that William was accompanying Kate on an event at which she was the star royal. The pair arrived in a blustery and stormy Portsmouth this morning to watch the America's Cup World Series in support of Ben Ainslie, Britain, and the 1851 Trust, of which she is patron.


Regrettably, as you are probably all aware, the races were cancelled due to dangerously high winds and torrential rain. Despite this disappointing change in the day, the royal couple continued on with the majority of the schedule. They toured the BAR facilities, which include state of the art training equipment and tactical tools, and met skippers and crews from USA, France, New Zealand, Japan, Sweden and, of course Britain.



Kate popped onto this machine that simulates a heaving deck. I believe that it actually moves, but I think Kate only used the video equipment to get a sense of the experience. The Duchess remarked that it felt "weird".



Kate has toured this facility before, as you probably recall, while pregnant with Charlotte, but I imagine this is not one of the station's she tested at that time. :) 


This is the first public engagement that Kate has undertaken since Princess Charlotte's birth, and so this time there were gifts for Charlotte and George. The royal tots received little toy boats that will likely sit on a shelf rather than go into active use in the nursery, and personalized pullovers that matched their parents' set. this little guy was very excited to meet a princess!



The couple also visited the Southsea Castle, built in 1544 by Henry VIII. It has beautiful ramparts that overlook the sea. It reminds me very much of a port town in Brittany, France that is so, so dear to my heart. I love this:

@KensingtonRoyal Twitter 


Kate discarded her racing sweatshirt and flats for the medals ceremony, changing into her Zara blazer and Stuart Weitzman wedges. 


Here is a quick video via Kensington Palace:







Let's talk about fashion! This was obviously a sporty event, and so some variation of jeans and top was to be expected. I loved William and Kate in their matching BAR (Ben Ainslie Racing) pullovers, and Kate's hair up in a chic ponytail was a great choice. She was wearing Zara jeans, her Me + Em top, and her Sebagos. For the record, I cannot get enough of Kate in the Sebagos. The dressed down look is so cute on her, and I thought this really worked. She was adorable.



I do have to say, though, a little more variation would be nice. When Kate changed for the medals ceremony, she wore the same Zara blazer from New Zealand. I was disappointed. I couldn't entirely put my finger on why I didn't like this ensemble and then it clicked. So, Kate has worn this twice before, while on tour. The first time she styled it just the way she did today, with her Me+Em top and her Stuart Weitzmans:



She then switched her Breton top for a Gap checkered shirt when she headed to the wineries around Queenstown, New Zealand:



I liked it with the crisp blouse, I was not crazy about it with the boatneck Breton. Particularly  buttoned up, the two don't mix to my liking. I don't like the boat-neck with the v of the blazer, and I frankly am not sure I am in love with the busy and casual vibe of the stripes with the double-breasted, big brass buttons of the blazer.



I don't know that I am in love with the blazer--it didn't grow on me the way some pieces do, and I think even I am beginning to have light fatigue with the same ensemble. I would love for Kate to get a little more creative, even if she just changes some small things. For instance, does anyone read the lifestyle/fashion blog The Londoner? Probably a lot of you do, because she is a huge blog, and if you like Britain and fashion, you have likely stumbled across Rosie's space. This morning I was scrolling through my Instagram and there she was at America's Cup, too! As is pretty usual, she looked awesome, and the white jeans were fantastic. (Below is a snap of Rosie from her Instagram this morning!)





How fun would it have been if Kate had worn white jeans? That would have been in keeping with the color scheme and added a pop of her favorite color, and given the ensemble a certain trendy vibe. For the medals ceremony, it would have been great to have seen her in a  new top, or an unusual sweater. Also, Kate likes crops, and it would be fun to have her switch it up every now and again and go for a longer cut. I understand that the genre is limiting, but I think there is room for some ingenuity. Kate is a princess, and while seeing her wear a uniform for these events is certainly grounding, since we all are the same way, I would like a little more pizzaz from my favorite royal. We love you, Kate! That's just my two cents.




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  1. I really liked the matching jackets today! I do agree though, I am getting a little tired of the Breton tops. It's a great look for her but I would love to see her in a shirt that's not striped lol. And I agree on the white jeans. Or maybe her coral skinny jeans! Here's some looks on my pinterest I think Kate would look good in - https://www.pinterest.com/pin/288371182367492762/ basically the same outfit but in different colors, https://www.pinterest.com/pin/288371182366189551/ cute and quirky, https://www.pinterest.com/pin/288371182365739757/. Personally I really like the blazer but with the gingham shirt instead.

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    1. Also this one https://www.pinterest.com/pin/288371182365739745/ and this one https://www.pinterest.com/pin/288371182365739732/

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  2. Well, I think it's time to stop dancing around this issue and face it head on. This is awful. Kate is no longer a royal girlfriend, or fiance or even newlywed. She is a senior member of the BRF, the wife of an heir and mother to an heir. In the not too distant future her father-in-law will be His Majesty King Charles. She needs to start looking the part at all events. Skinny jeans paired with a striped top and fleece? It looks like she stopped by on the way to a workout. She is attending an official event as member of the BRF and as patron to the charity. Step it up already. If you have a job interview, new date, meeting the parents, you would dress to impress right? Because like it or not, how we dress for an event generally reflects how we feel about the event. I'm not saying Kate or her assistants are deliberately being indifferent, but it's starting to come across like that. Do you know the effort that goes into planning a Royal event? Do you know the lengths people go to hosting the event and preparing for it? They're getting ready for a princess, a princess better show up. You may love the shoes Jane but they have seen better days, this whole look is way too casual. For goodness sake, Diana was more put together walking through landmines!
    And, as patron, the obvious goal is to bring attention to the event and charity. Turn up the volume!
    This look needs to be retired and pronto.

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  3. Woah woah woah, I think this is entirely unfair. I don't think I've missed one look of Kate's throughout her 4 years as a royal and while sometimes her outfits might not be to everyone's sartorial liking, she ALWAYS looks appropriate for the event. These are not spur of the moment events. Information is exchanged, plans are put in place, and people talk. Kate and her team know exactly what they are doing and this outfit was entirely appropriate for the event. They are wearing those jackets for a reason and she would look out of place if she wore something more *fancy*. While I like this ensemble and don't think she needs to stop wearing it, I can understand why some might want to see something different. But I think it is entirely untrue to say she's dressing for anything other than what the event calls for.

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    1. I'm aware the significance of the pullover, and surely you agree there is more than one way to dress appropriately for an event? Let's reverse the situation, if you were going to meet the Queen or the Prince of Wales would you wear an old outfit or get something new? Would you show up in old shoes with scuff marks? I'm not being unfair, I am being realistic. As William stated quite clearly on both birth certificates, she is a Princess of the United Kingdom, the Duchess of Cambridge, a future Queen of England. She has an official role in the country and Commonwealth and in my opinion needs to assume that mantle a little more in how she presents herself. Friends of Kate are not doing her any favors by ignoring these facts.
      The white jeans are a good thought but would have been impractical in the weather, I agree the shirt would have been preferable. Look at how it took William to a more business casual look.

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    2. Your comment brings to mind the famous quote regarding the late Queen Mother during WW2; when the public came to see her they would wear their best clothes, so she should reciprocate in kind. Casual in the classic royal sense doesn't include worn shoes, skinny jeans, and a T-shirt....

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  4. Faith from BostonJuly 26, 2015 at 8:45 PM

    You are right Jane! We have seen this outfit too many times and we don't want to see it ever again! I liked it one. I liked it twice. I do not like it the third time. Enough is enough. It looks old already, and those Sebagos look really old. I love your suggestion of the white jeans. That could have been fabulous paired with the right top and accessories.
    I feel like she just doesn't care which makes me sad.

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    1. I don't feel like she doesn't care, I think she is still transitioning into a royal, honestly. This whole ensemble was appropriate for the occasion and in her closet. She looks cute in it and so she wore it. I was actually fine with the first look, as I say, it would have been more fun with a new color of jeans, but... I just don't like that double-breasted blazer she changed, too. That is where I really wish she has done something a little more unique. But, as I say, she is so normal. I think the more time passes, the less we will see repeats like this, but time will tell. :)

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    2. You're right. She is still transitioning and these multiple repeats should eventually lessen, I hope. I actually like the Zara blazer but am tired of seeing it, especially in this combination. I like that she rewears clothing but it is becoming so uninteresting that she seems to have only one polo/shopping/sporting event
      outfit. I feel as if she is going backward instead of forward. Anyway.... Has anyone seen Jenny Packham's 2016 bridal collection? It's inspired by Midsummer's Night Dream and it is very pretty. I would love to see Kate in one of the dresses in a color for a formal event. They are feminine and sparkly, and she would look fabulous.

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  5. With you, Jane, on your fashion remarks; time for Kate to step it up a notch, particularly at events such as this. And,yes, more diversity in footwear would be nice. The Sebagos have seen better days and now look the worse for wear, and I am very,very tired of Kate's penchant for breton tops, inexpensive, ill-fitting, navy blazers, and inexpensive skinny jeans in ANY colour. Style tip for Kate: Inexpensive clothing is generally ill-fitting on most people, including yourself, and if you like your Sebagos, probably due to their comfort, then again, step it up a notch and move on to the real McCoy, either expensive smooth leather loafers or expensive smooth leather boaters--preferably both. Both can be hand-or-spray polished, providing protection from the elements. Properly cared for, they last for years, and because both are fashion classics, will remain in style a lot longer than, say, ballet flats.

    On the positive side, Kate's hair looked great today and had the added advantage of standing up to the rather nasty weather. Well done. And I do like her pearl earrings, altho I wish she also had a similar pair set in white gold.

    The best part of today was Kate's obvious delight in the proceedings, the ease she seems to feel when with Ben Ainslie--not that I detected any kind of flirtation; I put it down to two people who both love sailing. I imagine that she was very disappointed that the races were cancelled; she was probably really looking forward to seeing that.

    This event, and Kate's wardrobe, reminded me of her Olympic wardrobe, particularly the fact that she and William looked like the Bobbsey twins, the main difference being that at the Olympics, the twins sometimes became triplets, when Harry was with them. Probable cause: Charles charged one of his several valets with the task of purchasing the wardrobe for both/all three, something I think Charles has done for many years--how else to explain the fact that, for years, William and Harry sported the same ties, etc.--to the detriment of both/all wearers. Unfortunately, the valets Charles employs have no discernible taste, and no respect for individuality.

    Just my opinion, of course.

    JC
    taste.

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    1. JC, here is my take on it....for what it's worth, lol.

      I think Kate's goal is to dress appropriately while remaining below the fashion radar. She is more than capable of stepping it up, and she has done so when needed, but doing so *consistently* may cause some twitching within the firm! :) Her (and William's) approach is also in keeping with a less formal monarchy. Would I love to see her wear something new more often, of course, but being able to do so doesn't necessarily make it the wisest move. IMO, she is well aware of Diana's history within the firm and she is doing her best to honor the good parts and avoid the twitch inducing aspects of it.

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    2. Well, she did achieve her goal. She remained completely off the fashion radar. This look makes no sense to me at all. Being less formal is not what this pair do. Sorry.

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    3. She's a princess of the United Kingdom, so "remaining off the fashion radar" isn't an option, it's being *on* the fashion radar that's part of the job.

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      Kate clearly thinks otherwise:-(

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    5. Julia from LeominsterJuly 27, 2015 at 9:57 AM

      I'm always stunned at the idea that Kate needs to avoid so many things connected with Diana. Millions mourned Diana when she died. It was mostly because she seemed to care so much about people but part of caring about people is looking your best for them. People loved her because she was beautiful and good but also because she was such a pleasure to look at.

      I've never had the feeling that William was anything but proud of his mother's achievments and that she is put forward so often now as some object lession Kate needs to avoid just seems wrong to me. Diana was married to a jealous unfaithful man and that was her main problem in the royal family. She actually brought the family nothing but favourable attention during her marriage.

      Diana dressed very plainly when working with land mine victims and that seemed very appropriate. But sporting events are another matter - and I see no reason why Kate can't dress with tasteful elegance for them. She had a wardrobe of stylish casual clothes before she married - why not recycle some of them.

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    6. I agree with you royalfan, I really do think she is trying to avoid the problems of Diana. By not wearing something different, bold or colourful she is keeping the attention on the event/charity and not on her fashion.

      Anon7:57, I am not sure that " being *on* the fashion radar that's part of the job" is really accurate. Perhaps this perception started with Diana, but I really don't think most members of the BRF see themselves as fashion icons. I think they see their role as bringing attention to the charity or event. They dress appropriately for the event they are attending. Yes the Queen Mum was known for her statement about wearing her best clothing, but that was during a different time in history and was quite appropriate for the time and situation. However it ai a different time now and I think they all try to dress appropriately for the current situation and try to not "outshine" others around them.

      The above being said, yeah, I would like to see something a little different, but in the end if she was comfortable OK and it was just great to see her out and about.

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    7. Anon, being on the fashion radar is not part of the job of a member of the RF. If it was, Anne would be failing miserably. Kate's responsibility, as it pertains to fashion, is to be dress appropriately for the occasion.

      Julia, I never suggested that Kate should avoid "so many things connected with Diana". As a matter of fact, I have defended the way W&K honor her memory while others have commented that it's over the top. I do believe Kate is treading carefully in the areas that ruffled royal feathers back in the 80's and 90's; the firm (not just Charles) did not appreciate Diana's cover girl status and the attention she received, and her wardrobe was a significant part of the overall equation.

      And to be fair we don't know how Diana would have dressed for other more casual events if she wasn't married to Charles. The man wore a suit and polished shoes to visit flood victims not too far back. Kate has no such dilemma.

      Eva, very true....different times indeed. My understanding of the Queen Mother's statement was that she was actually defending the way she planned to dress when questioned by a courtier who asked the QM if she felt it was quite correct to wear her best dresses when visiting bomb sites. And that was back then! Imagine how out of touch it would appear today.

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    8. Royalfan, I would just like to point out that in hindsight Diana is not remembered as being an extravagant clothes horse but a humanitarian. In addition, typically, Diana wore British labels which ended up putting Britain on the fashion map internationally in way no one did before. For all the quibbling that went on about her expenses (and there will always be quibblers no matter what), she poured a lot of money back into the economy.

      We actually do know how Diana would have dressed for casual events as she did several post divorce. In particular, I'm thinking of when she walked through the land mine field. Cropped chinos, white button front shirt and moccasins. It was ordinary, simple, comfortable and appropriate but she did not wear it over and over again to each casual event. Basically, Kate is developing a uniform which is showing up at each casual event and as another poster mentioned one has trouble differentiating pictures from one event to the next because she appears so similar in all.

      You are right. It is not part of her job to be on the fashion radar but it sure helps. It creates an interest and without that interest, the royal family is going to have trouble remaining relevant. There aren't any fashion/lifestyle blogs devoted to Anne as far as I know, and although she is one of the hardest working royals, her appropriate practicality just doesn't garner her all that much attention. I mean, would we show up week after week to see what Kate is wearing if she were to dress unfashionably most of the time? There is a huge middle ground between being a pinnacle in fashion and rewearing the same clothes or the same style of clothes repeatedly. I would like to see Kate get back to that middle ground again.

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    9. Maybe some have forgotten that when Kate stepped out from her illness and did the engagements at the end of last year and beginning of this year, she basically wore new things most of the time. |So why go on and on about this outfit. She wore it again and to many she still looked good and appropriate.
      She also contributes to British fashion and the Kate effect is apparently real.
      And yes, I agree with RobinfromCa below, in that Diana did turn to fashion and the media to further herself and her causes because she was not in a happy marriage and was not a secure person.. Diana looked for the limelight, Kate does not.

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    10. If Diana appeared at. only "several" casual events ( post divorce), how is the conclusion made that she didn't wear the "same outfit over and over again?" Was she photographed over and over again at casual events, as Kate
      is?
      I would also like to suggest that local people are showing up week after week not primarily to see what Kate is
      wearing, but just for a chance to see her in person, share the same space for a few moments;, perhaps a
      smile, wave, or handshake. Read crowd quotes. They don't gush,"Oh, she was wearing McQueen!" No, the
      quotes are more- she talked about George, she hinted her due-date, she was kind, friendly, so good with
      children. That is true relevance-being able to connect on a personal level.
      Other royals make appearances, unveil plaques, cut ribbons-all a part of traditional royal duties. The thing
      that makes some royal appearances less enthusiastically received isn't what the person is wearing: it's how
      that royal makes each person feel. Again, relevance.mk

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    11. Faith, it was not my intent to suggest that Diana was a clotheshorse, nor that it is her legacy. She was so much more than that and what a pity that the RF didn't embrace and appreciate her. My point was that her love of clothes contributed to her cover girl status and the popularity did not do her any favors within the firm. I believe Kate is wise not to "go there." She is not next in line and IMO her wardrobe reflects this, for now. If she did so at this point, it could get ugly. (I'm referring to the "costly renovations" and "no work" brigade. :) When Kate needs to step it up, she will.


      And I stand corrected...we did see Diana in casual clothes more often after her divorce. And if you consider the khaki pants, button front shirts and moccasins, they would still be in style today! All classic pieces, not unlike many of Kate's casual clothes.


      As for the middle ground you refer to, well, I believe she is standing on it. :) She will wear a McQueen's dress one day and high street the next. Again, I think it's the right balance at this point in time.


      Anon 1:02, I agree. Kate did wear many new pieces within the last year. And I too agree with Robin's statement that Diana turned to fashion.....for reasons that Kate will never have to endure. Thank goodness!


      Anon/mk 3:38, I totally agree that people are happy to see and meet Kate, and even happier if they end up with a tidbit to share. I don't see unhappy faces in the crowd because a certain shirt or pair of jeans has made another outing. If anything, it makes her more relevant to the folks waiting for her.

      And JC, now it's my turn to ask where the heck you are. You post a comment that inspires all this wonderful feedback and you're MIA. What the hey? :)))

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    12. Yep, MIA pretty much describes me, Royalfan, thanks to Jenny. (Maybe I should listen to my husband and get an upgrade.) And I am going to make this post short, lest Jenny act up again.

      Just because I post a comment which *inspires all this wonderful feedback*--your words--does it follow that I am obliged to respond to all and sundry? Everyone has a voice, and as long as it falls within the parameters set by Jane, they are entitled to express an opinion, pro or con. (Okay, I admit that if Jenny was behaving herself--she operates in fits and starts--I might have responded with some vigour to a few; it is a great comfort to know that lucky you, with a laptop which actually obeys, is out there to carry the ball when I cannot. On the other hand, it is something of a blessing; we both know how blunt and honest I can be and the trouble I can get myself into as a result.)

      I made a fashion comment, and, lets face it, in the grand scheme of things, fashion is secondary to other considerations--

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    13. Full moon and I'm back. I would like to have a word with Jenny.mf I miss your delightful hodgepodgeness.

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    14. Not obliged, JC. But I do enjoy your comments. And if Jenny is the culprit, then I am with your hubby on what to do about it! :)

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    15. I believe William and Harry have the same ties because they went to the same schools and belong to the same clubs. I don't know enough about it, but I expect their contemporaries can read their ties. That is part of it.

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  6. Given that they were probably asked to wear the sweaters and that they were supposed to board a boat to watch the sailing, I think her choice of clothing was entirely appropriate for the event. I agree with Anon 8.29, Kate always looks appropriate for an event, even though some may not agree with her choices. Also to me it shows just how comfortable Kate is in her sense of self in that she has no qualms in presenting herself in her "uniform" over and over again.

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  7. Wasn't Kate supposed to go sailing today, so she'd need to be pretty casual. But I do agree, a different color top to pants would be a nice change.

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  8. Jeanne, VancouverJuly 26, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    Anon 8:29! Exactly my thoughts. While we might secretly wish kate was decked out in some amazing outfit, her "uniform" here completely works. This was a sporting event! And her Zara jacket is chic and understated so as not to draw attention to her rather than the ceremony. So here she shines, not her clothes. :)

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  9. How about that William? He let her take center stage, he gave his wife proud, adoring glances AND he had NEW SHOES!
    No trainers! Let's take a moment to celebrate that.
    I can understand the wish to have Catherine dress as a princess. On the other hand, this is a princess that is part of a team that is trying to down play the royal razz-ma-taz. Rosie is trying to establish herself as a fashion maven, while Kate is
    apparently trying to dis-establish her fashion maven-ness.mk
    By the way, did anyone get a good look at the Swedish bicycling royals or the the casual Queen Margarethe, or the Queen
    with the monkey on her head- Mathilde? All official, non-pap photos, as best I can tell. The European trend is less, not more.
    William and Catherine know this.
    I believe Trooping was Catherine's first public engagement post Catherine, but who cares. The photos are the best to be had, as usual, Jane. Your selection shows a great deal of thought and probably comes with a sizable price-tag.Thank-you.

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    1. Sorry, I was thinking official engagement, but public is what I see I wrote. Oops! :) This is her first official engagement since Charlotte's birth.
      I am really glad you enjoyed the pictures...very appreciate your comment! xo, Jane

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    2. Well deserved, Jane. I had a little oops of my own...post Charlotte, not post Catherine.mk

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  10. Jeanne, VancouverJuly 26, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    I agree with you Anon 8:29! Faith, you might not want to see the outfit again but I do. Disagree it looks old & tired. While we might fantasize about her wearing an amazing, colourful outfit, this was so chic, understated and so appropriate for the occasion. Plus, she matched William :) White jeans on a blustery, rainy day would not have been sensible - a splash of mud and ugh. And I still like the Zara jacket. Kate dressed so she did not stand out and draw attention away from the ceremony.

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    1. But Jeanne there are so many appropriate, casual options she could wear instead of rewearing these pieces over and over again. Even William had a new pair of pants and shoes! I don't think white jeans would have been the disaster some seem to think. She has a knack for remaining impeccable no matter what. I mean, she did paint in a white coat after all. However, she could have worn any orher brightly colored jeans or pants. Anything new and not obviously well worn would have been nice. To me, she looked like she walked Lupo and then decided to go straight to the event. I agree with the posters who believe she is representing the BRF and should shine at as a princess at these events. I don't think it would draw attention away from any ceremony, only enhance it. There is a certain mystic to royalty that helps perpetuate the institution. I really think most people don't want them to turn up at events looking just like you and me.

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  11. I really like JC's comments here. The outfit wasn't her best. I agree with Jane there, but our Kate was a full on Princess in her obvious enjoyment of the day, her delight in meeting those kids, her expressive and natural faces - all of those things made this engagement a win for me. I think the boating outfit was fine and appropriate for going out in a boat. I would have liked to see a different blazer and top for the award presentation, but overall she looked amazing and I'm sure made this a special occasion for those attending especially given the unfortunate cancellation of the races. She's a busy mom. Maybe she hasn't had time to shop for her "working wardrobe" post Charlotte.

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    1. Jane 10:26- I mostly agree with you. As my Mom would say, (paraphrased)- "Princess is as Princess does." Not as Princess dresses.She becomes one with the crowd. They looked and spoke as though they both admired her and related to her-which is evident, once
      one gets one's mind off the window dressing and sees what's in the store.mk

      ps to my 10:26 remark-I meant post-Charlotte, of course.
      Mr. Ainsley did not change clothes, did he? (or anyone else) If not, how would it have looked if Kate had donned a
      stylish outfit, while everyone else stayed in sailing garb? A bit snobbish, that's how. Not the image, certainly, that
      Catherine wanted to project in this economically blighted community-which the project hopes to help remedy.

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  12. I'm really surprised at some of the negative comments here. In my opinion, Kate was nicely and appropriately dressed. I think it would have seemed odd—and very out of touch—if she had gotten dressed up for an event like this! No, this is not my favorite outfit, but I wouldn't expect it to be. Kate doesn't need to get glammed up for every outing. And the kids certainly seemed happy to meet a real life princess.

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  13. Well, Jane I agree with you on everything with only one exception. This outfit is getting a little tiresome for me ....the skinny jeans/stripped top/ corkswoon wedges is just getting drab! (And I own the Corksoon wedges and LOVE them...but enough...). I do think she needed to be casual given the event but please....mix it up! I also agree the checked shirt is much better with the blazer than the striped shirt but I am not as offended by the strip shirt as you are Jane.

    The one area I disagree on .....is the white jeans. While they would have been uber chic ....not at all practical for the event. I just bought myself a pair for summer and in 15 minutes of wearing them I had a big smudge of dirt on them. And all I did was walk from the house to the car!!!

    On the plus side the ponytail was awesome (especially in nasty windy weather) , loved the drop earrings to dress things up, and thought the personalized jackets were super cute. But most of all I loved seeing how wonderfully the princess interacted with the guests. her genuine interest in everyone she spoke to is what makes an event like this special for the people involved. Well done Kate!!

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  14. i really love their matching jackets too bad the weather was awful love those new wedges

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  15. No matter how lovely she usually looks, I wish she would be a little less conservative and a bit more adventurous. I wish she would take some inspiration from our Dutch Princesses. And I know, they don't always get it right either!

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    1. I don't think we will ever see Kate dressing more adventurous. Considering a prior report (which has since been reported as inaccurate) about the Queen telling her to lengthen her hems, I suspect Kate will do nothing that she knows the elders would disapprove. I would like to see her in a new outfit every outing, but can you imagine the backlash from the anti-royals about her spendthrift ways? I would like to see her someday in a very classic tailored pantsuit. I know Sophie has worn them and I believe even Camilla wore pants appropriate to an overseas country she and Charles toured. My big complaint is that her Sebagos look pretty rough now. Time to get new ones if they are available. I got mine last year so don't know if they are still produced.

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  16. I completely agree with you here, Jane. The cropped jeans/wedges/blazer combination was great when she debuted it four years ago, in part because it was a fresh new look for royal events. She now needs to add some variation to her casual styling because this frankly now looks like she lacks creativity.

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  17. They arrived dressed appropriately for what was planned----sailing on the Solent on a wet and windy day. Unfortunately the wind became too strong for the race to take place and William and Catherine gracefully adapted to all the changes of plan.
    Had the day been pre-planned all indoors, the Duke and Duchess would doubtless have chosen different outfits.
    They had taken the trouble to upgrade the outfit for the presentations, but changing her shirt would have meant having somewhere private to change, which might not have been available.
    William changed his shirt---but it is much easier for a man.
    Catherine has been twice before to this charity and has dressed beautifully and appropriately for the occasion, as they both did today.

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  18. Carmen, The NetherlandsJuly 27, 2015 at 3:57 AM

    Yes, she could mix it up a bit more, but I like the Breton top combined with the blazer. As a matter of fact, I wear this combination myself on a regular basis :D
    Today I heard on a morningshow that Kate is poledancing as a workout. Did anyone else hear about this, or know more?

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    1. LOL at the poledancing. Didn't hear this but it's plausible. A friend has one in her house - you can buy tension set ones for personal use. Maybe getting ready for baby # 3? Haha. I'd be surprised in the sense of "scandal" over this type of workout if a photo ever leaked. However, I don't think it's ridiculous to think she might give something else a try.

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  19. you are absolutely right, Claudia! I love Kate, but this is getting ridiculous! I'm soooooo over this look:(( Jane, she has actually worn this look many, MANY(!) more times than those two times in NZ: most of the 2012 Olympics, the volleyball game after George's birth, twice at polo alone among several other times. Enough already!!!!! I think even a good pair of denim and changing up the top would still look put together and professional but still appropriately casual like William is wearing. I don't know about anyone else but I'm still one of those girls that tends to not wear something in public more than a couple of times because my friends have seen it too many times haha. That should apply double when its the world and the media watching;)

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    1. Sorry, I was only referring to this particular jacket, which she has only worn twice. I think the jackets make a difference. For instance, I love the Smythe blazer and thought it looked great at SportsAid. I don't love his double-breasted Zara piece.

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    2. anon 6:03 am- Has anyone suggested that the Queen does not respect the venue, charity she visits because
      she wears exactly the same pearls, earrings, shoes, and handbag to every single non-formal event?
      It's her uniform of sorts. We identify the combo with her. True, she probably has a closet full of identical
      items, which are changed out on a regular basis. I doubt she has to concern herself with that.
      Try enumerating every event she wore those to. I suspect one reason is it decreases the number of
      wardrobe decisions she has to make, as well as representing things she is comfortable wearing.
      Hey, I'd love to see a Disney princess, too. But IT IS NOT WHO SHE IS.mk
      My druthers? Sure, a different blazer, blouse, shoes would be fun for us. But- the crowd seemed engaged and
      happy to have her. Ultimately, it's their opinion that counts.

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    3. The difference anon 4:06 is that the queen is 89 and Kate is only 33. So sad to see Kate establish a predictable uniform at such a young age.

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  20. My first (sarcastic) reaction when I saw Kate's outfit was "It's too bad she can't afford new clothes." I'm sure she has her reasons, but I am so tired of seeing that striped top.

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  21. The whole thing is, being on the cutting edge of fashion is not Kate's things which is totally fine. More power to her for being true to herself in such a public role!:) It is also apparent and understandable that she doesnt want her clothing to get more attention than her charity. Kate seems to know that when a casual ensemble is called for an engagement (obviously boating) it is completely acceptable to "dress down" in denim and a nice shirt or blouse that isn't necessarily designer. However!!!!! What I don't understand is wearing the EXACT same thing to these kind of engagements until they are literally getting faded and worn. Other Princesses around the world (Princess Mary of Denmark and Princess Madeline of Sweden come to mind) seem to have no qualms dressing casually when the occasion calls for inexpensive tops and skinnies but still having some basic variety. Kate's going to far to the other extreme and frankly it's just getting distasteful. If you had a friend that wore the same thing every time you got together wouldn't it start to seem a little odd (not to mention a little unhygenic?) to you?

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    1. Unhygenic?

      I am quite sure the clothes are washed regularly.

      But I agree that they are getting to be a bore. I wish she would push that striped shirt to the back of the dresser or closet. Or at least find a new color combo. I like the skinny jeans but a new color would be nice. There are other casual pants that would be appropriate for this event. She seems ....stuck.

      Her hair looked great! She was obviously thrilled to be at the event ....look at her expressions! William was great at playing second fiddle ....no jealousy there.

      Nice article once again Jane.

      Nina

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    2. Unhygienic and distateful! You are surely joking..

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    3. unhygenic and distasteful? that's a stretch no??

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  22. I am getting bored of the Breton tops. And the wedges/skinnies combo. The blazer was a nice "quick change" option (but not the best; I'm mixed on the buttons), but those boat shoes (that's what they're called where I'm from) can retire. The fleeces were cute and appropriate. What's best about this event is how comfortable and happy Kate looked.

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    1. Great post, Jane. Thanks.

      What necklace was Kate wearing at Portsmouth?

      Katherine USA

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    2. Victoria, OregonJuly 29, 2015 at 3:41 PM

      I saw the answer to that on "What Kate Wore," but can't remember the name of it. You'll find the answer there. :)

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    3. It's the Mappin and Webb fortune pendant, I believe.

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    4. Hi Katherine! Faith is correct, it is the Mappin & Webb. As it happens, I created a whole website to answer just such tough questions quickly. ;) Sorry it took me so long to get the ensembles live, but you can see the necklace at www.katesclothes.com and see the other times she has worn it, too. Happy browsing! xo, Jane

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  23. I totally agree with all of the comments regarding this look. It's tired. I do think it was appropriate that Kate dressed casually, given the planned events, BUT it's time to update the "casual" uniform. The striped shirt/cropped skinny jeans/Sebagos combo is great at the park, but it's telling that there are very few distinguishing factors between yesterday's ensemble and those worn at many of the various sporty events she's attended in the past 4 years.

    On the positive side, I thought her hair looked very nice; I do wish she'd wear it up more often. Also, on other sites (looking at you, Daily Mail), many commenters were critical about the matching fleeces, and particularly the titles emblazoned on the back. I thought they were fine, and very clearly offered to them by the organizers.

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  24. Yes, Kate could use some new blazers and casual shirts. I do, however, think she was dressed appropriately for going out on a boat.

    (Sidenote: anyone else wish she'd wear pantsuits from time to time? She always opts for skirts or dresses instead.)

    Did anyone catch which necklace she was wearing?

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  25. I keep hearing people refer to her unchanging striped top and skinnies as her "uniform" as if that's somehow normal. Um...royals are not part of some random team or activity. You are required to make presentable (and varied) appearances as representatives of the BRF. Please go shopping Kate!! Even Princess Anne shows more originality than this:((

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    1. LOL your Princess Royal reference is extreme - the outfit she wore to W&Ks wedding is what she wore to C&Ds wedding. Etc. google how she frequently recycles DECADES old outfits. Although I guess "originality" means different things to different people :-)

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    2. The Princess Royal reference was meant sarcastically. She at least waits 30 years before repeating an original outfit. My advice was for Kate to try the same with her striped tops, skinnies and those darn wedges:)

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    3. Just read a comment on another site from a lady who saw Kate in person at this event and she describes her as looking absolutely "stunning." Guess that says it all for me.

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  26. I think the outfits were appropriate for the occasion and what was scheduled. While Kate can dress to the nines she is not as preppy as William. It's okay to be bored with Kate's attire - it doesn't hurt anyone or kill anyone so c'est la vie. She has an infant at home and is focusing attention on a charity. I don't like the blazer, but I don't think this was a miss or offensive in any way. We complained she is doing a sport charity instead of something more "important" then we complain she dressed too boring.

    Jane - you didn't ID jewelry, and you don't engage/respond to your readers like you used to. Is you heart still in this? Just a blip on the radar while life has other challenges?

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    1. I forgot all about the jewelry! We had a busy day yesterday and then we had dinner guests, so I really squeezed this in and I had to wrap it up quickly. There have been some changes on this end, yes. I am sorry if that has been self-evident. I actually have a post in drafts that addresses my challenges, as you say, and I might post it this week. I don't want to make a big deal of it, but if the change is becoming noticeable, I will finish up that post and give some explanation as to my withdrawal.

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  27. Thought she and William both wore appropriate outfits for the event and original planned sailing. Liked her ponytail. Love the necklace.

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  28. I totally agree with your comments regarding her choice of attire. Very boring. Like you, I believe that she needs some new jeans in different colours, different jackets, etc. She seems to stick with a nautical theme when dealing with the boating but in ome ways it can seem a bit "naff" after a while. Just because you are at a boating event doesn't mean you have to wear navy. Disappointing overall, but in some ways expected.

    KiwiNic

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  29. I think she looked stunning. Hair, make-up, jewelry - all perfect. She looked happy, well rested, and completely besotted with her husband. Do I wish she had worn something new? Of course! I like the blazer with the Breton top but I do agree that she has got to get some new shoes. Those Stuart Weitzmans need to be retired for good. I don't agree with the suggestion of white pants. Rosie looks wonderful but, let's face it, if she got a splash of mud or a smudge from brushing up against something, a photo of it isn't going to be splashed across every magazine on several continents with some clever caption about being dirty or some such nonsense.

    My favorite part of the day was the way William deferred to her as patron and the way he looked at her with pride. Diana had nothing to turn to except her wardrobe as her husband was indifferent at best when they were together. If there has been a lesson learned from Diana's experience it is that William married for love and he is completely supportive of Kate. The BRF benefitted hugely from Diana's popularity and were so completely blind to it (not to mention that Charles behaved like a jealous, spoiled child) and she was criticized for everything - including how much she spent on her clothes. Kate is still third in line. When she is the Princess of Wales she will step it up even more. Until then, she dresses for the occasion and does not give the British press more to complain about. They already don't like what she spent to update KP and Amner Hall so why give them more fuel?

    On a side note: I hope you aren't withdrawing completely, Jane. Your blog is the best Kate blog out there and we would all be so sad if you were not here. That being said, I hope all is well with you and that you do what is best for you.

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    1. "Diana had nothing to turn to except her wardrobe. " Great point! Thank you for reminding me of what I enjoy most about Kate - the fact that she and William seem to actually love each other and are building a real life together.

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    2. Robin, I agree with every word you wrote. Did you hear the cheering? :)) Fantastic post!

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  30. It seems like everyone has forgotten that she has a toddler and brand new baby. Probably the most exhausting time in a mother's life. Shopping is likely last on her plate, as it well should be. That, and a transitioning body. She likely does not want to shop for an outfit now let alone one that will be worn once.

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  31. "What Kate Wore" is recording that her top was by the same designer as the fleece---meant for sailing and was new!

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    1. Victoria, OregonJuly 29, 2015 at 3:40 PM

      I went to "What Kate Wore" and there's an update about that: She says it is the EM (sp?) one, not by the designer of the fleece. And it's not blue, but black. (Which I had thought it was blue - so she at least changed up the color :)

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    2. Hi Jean, Yes, I have recorded it as the Me+Em in black stripe on www.katesclothes.com. I see WKW concurs, although I think there were a few other reasonable guesses. I really think it is a solid Me+Em ID.

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  32. I've always admired the style of Queen Letizia of Spain. I wish Kate would dress a little more sophisticated like her.

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    1. I do like many of her choices, but she has stepped it up in a big way since becoming Queen. Prior to that she played it safe and appeared to have a monopoly on grey and navy pant suits (and very basic ones at that).

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    2. Agree, royalfan. ...in order not to out-shine Queen Sophia, I think. .Also, Letitizia may have had a bit of a past to over come. Image.
      How does the defense advise the femme fatale defendant to dress? Modestly.

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    3. I also am thinking of someone who would do well to emulate this advice....in the jewells and hats department.ha!mf

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    4. LOL mf. I do not see it happening anytime soon.

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  33. Great post, as usual Jane! Loved the video. I loved Kate's dressed down look, and the more dressed-up version with the blazer. I thought the stripes looked striking and crisp under the blazer. On the whole I think Kate has been a little more subdued in her fashion choices since the beginning of her second pregnancy. More mature looks, longer hemlines, and a lot of repeats which I think is both her wanting to look like a royal mother of two as opposed to a freshly-minted princess, and wanting to send a subtle message that these events are not all about her. Maybe she is trying to guide the focus away from her fashion choices, and towards the charity itself. She is such a humble lady. While I admire this sentiment I personally miss her more fun fashion and wish she'd branch out too. :)

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  34. http://www.popsugar.com/celebrity/Prince-George-Carole-Middleton-Beach-37994406


    New pics of George and Grandma Carole! I love how close these two seem to be..... how lucky these children are to have such a close relationship with their maternal grandparents. I am glad they have Carole ...

    Nina

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    1. Thank you so much for the post, Nina. And Amen to your comments!

      These have to be my favorite photos of Carole and George. The look on her face says it all! Love it!

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    2. http://www.popsugar.com/celebrity/Prince-George-Pictures-Beach-Carole-Middleton-37994399?slide=opening-slide

      Actually the link above has 57 pics.. love George in the water. .

      Nina

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  35. Thanks Nina! Great pictures!

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  36. I have got to say, has any charity ever expressed the idea that a well-dressed or even glamorous patron ever "took away the spotlight" from their cause? No. That is because publicity and interest in their royal patron can ONLY benefit their organizations. Diana achieved so much for causes like AIDS and landmines, and she did it all by drawing attention to herself and thus, to her causes. It was almost as if dressing up was a duty that she did to help her humanitarian interests. Take note, Kate!

    Beth in SF

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    1. You said what I've been trying to say much more succinctly and in a better way Beth. Fashion is not what it is all about and, of course, the main focus is always the charity
      and it's cause but I think how one dresses
      at these events is important too. If anything its a pro not a con to be fashionable and glamorous when you're a patron.

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    2. We should all dress like our mothers-in-law did in the 1990s. ha! Kate is not Diana. Now is not then. A Patron used to be a sort of Lady Bountiful. Being fashionable and glamourous in the midst of poverty was expected. Times are changing. There is a bit of nostalgia associated with that image, but the fact is- Prince Charles was severely
      criticised for showing up to support flood workers in a fashionable suit and dress shoes. He soon learned that his
      grandmother's tactics were no longer acceptable.
      The key is dressing appropriately for the particular environment- including how others are attired, for the event, and for
      the needs and comfort of the visitor.Kate seems to want to get people to stop focusing on her. It may be a long
      process.She will probably never be Lady Bountiful, swooping down on her subjects and gracing them with
      her immaculately-dressed presence, while maintaining a descreet distance. And certainly no touching and
      casual conversation.mk
      ps-yes, Diana touched people-in many ways.She was no Lady Bountiful. She was the vanguard of the future.

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    3. Anon12:35. You have made some excellent points. Thank you. Ali

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    4. I don't think anyone is suggesting Kate be Lady Bountiful mk. No one is saying she should show up extremely overdressed to any event. My main gripe has been, why is she showing up to virtually every casual event in the same outfit. If she keeps doing it, she's going to become a caricature of herself, like Hilary Clinton and her pantsuits. I understand why she does it off duty but I'm finding it odd that she is doing if in an official capacity. I know times are different but there is a big difference between having two or three casual outfits to alternate between and rubbing one's wealth in people's faces. We would find it odd if she wore the same dress and shoes to EACH every time she went, wouldn't we?

      In my mind why shouldn't a princess be ever so slightly better dressed than others at an event. It does make her shine and creates a heightened interest as a result. None of which is a negative. Being fashionable is quite different than being ostentatious. Scuffed up shoes and worn out jeans are just not fashionable no matter how casual the public engagement. People want to look their best when they see her, and she should look her best to see them.

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    5. I believe people remember Diana's handshake with the AIDS patient...not so sure the same could be said about her dress. Granted, that was a particularly memorable moment in her life, but my point is that if a royal lady is stiff and unapproachable, a couture outfit will not make it a better experience for charity and the people she meets. I agree with mk..."appropriate" is what they need to consider...and that may or may not always translate into entertaining fashion.

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    6. That's exactly it royalfan. Diana was always impeccable but we remember the moments not the clothing (although I think it was a fitted blue dress:-)), yet she
      left a legacy of beautiful photos for
      history to remember her by in the
      process. So, the argument that Kate
      wants to play herself down in order to let
      the charity and the cause shine isn't
      valid. The event will be remembered as
      opposed to her clothing inspite of how
      fashionably she dresses. That is something both Diana and Kate had/havein common. Their personalities always shine through no matter how well they were/are dressed. They wore/wear their clothing not the other way around. Kate can be impeccable and the events will still stand on their own merit. Appropriate and fashionable are not
      incongruent. One can be both
      simultaneously. The outfit was cute as Jane pointed out but she has worn it over and over again, and it looks like it. She
      needs at least one other casual default ensemble imo.

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    7. And what a disastrous if she had worn a dress and a Marilyn Monroe moment. Boy would we have had an explosion on social media then.

      In some respects I think Diana used her wardrobe as part of her identity, but Kate is just as comfortable in her "Uniform" so as to speak and doesn't need clothes to bring attention to the event. She fit in and not outshone the others in attendance. My point is she was there, presentable, appropriate and interacted very well with the people she met. A much better way to be remembered or to make an impact than what fashion she wore.

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  37. Except for the little girl in the tiara, everyone was dressed extremely casually among the crowd. I doubt they were wearing their
    Sunday best. That Queen mother reference needs to be retired, not Kate's outfit.mk

    Thank-you, Ali, for your kind remarks@1:17 pm.

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  38. Faith, perhaps you could elaborate on what you consider "fashionable and glamorous." We all may be thinking of different
    meanings for the terms.Hopefully, we can define terms without referring to past or present Queens or CPs.
    The word glamorous was particularly jarring to me when referring to something a patron should wear to an event that
    was to include sailing in an area considered in need of economic aid.
    By the way, Kate was most likely splashing through a few mud puddles that day.

    By all means, she should have bought brand new foot wear. We really don't know how much is scuffing on the shoes
    and how much was due to the weather. Appropriate for the conditions. Imagine her sporting a new pair of ballet flats, (I
    think that was suggested). I hate to think what would have been said about THAT. "What extravagance! What a waste of
    tax-payer dollars-ruining a brand new pair of shoes!"mf
    Another thought-try being "impeccable" during a rainstorm blowing at 30 knots/or mph, whichever it was.
    Judging by the pictures, RD did not look like she was in the mood to help Kate stay impeccable. No convenient ladies in
    waiting, either.

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    1. Hi anon 3:02. I know the train has kind of left the station regarding this post but wanted to sum up what I had tried to send previously anyway. I didn't mean that I wanted her to look glamourous at this
      event. I was just agreeing with Beth that a glamourous, fashionable patron has never been a detriment to any charity as far as I know. My main gripe about this outfit is that we see it over and over again. The same Sebagos, Corkswoons, old skinny jeans, navy jacket and dark striped shirt. I would like to have seen maybe a red striped Breton or a different jacket with newer pants and shoes. In the photos with Rebecca Deacon, Rebecca looks more polished from the waist down because her pants and shoes are in better shape. I know the weather and the nature of the event was an issue but Kate can still be practical and appropriate without wearing the exact same pieces together all the time for these events. She needs a few more casual staples that are not identical to what she already owns, and she can get those without having to break the bank. I'm getting the impression that she can't think outside the box when it comes to casual engagements.

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    2. I think I understand now, Faith. mf

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    3. I think I understand now, Faith. mf

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    4. Thanks for listening :-)

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  39. Hey Jane, did my reply to anon 3:02 get lost in some cyper space black hole?

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    1. Hi Faith: I never saw it. :( It isn't in spam either, I just checked. I am so sorry. Sometimes things just don't make it to me.

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  40. I hate when that happens but such is technology sometimes. Thanks for checking. I appreciate it. I'll rewrite tomorrow if I have the time.

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