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Kate Visits Anna Freud Centre in Ralph Lauren

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Fall is in the air, isn't it? There is a crisp edge to the wind, and that scent of winter coming, to my delight--and to the detriment of my diet--Starbucks has rolled out their pumpkin scones, but most importantly, we have finally arrived at the Great Royal Return! This morning, Kate undertook her first, official, solo engagement since the birth of Princess Charlotte. She arrived at the Anna Freud Centre around 11:30am in a brand new dress from American label Ralph Lauren!


Kate went up on tip-toes to greet the Chair of the Board of trustees. Many were interested to know what precipitated Kate's warm greeting. The Duchess usually shakes hands and reserves the continental kiss for close acquaintances. As it turns out, though, this is Michael Samuels whose wife was a friend of the late Princess of Wales's and who is one of Prince George's godparents! I thought Kate on tiptoes with her lips puckered was pretty cute. Anyway, one mystery solved.



The Princess was at the Anna Freud Centre to see the work they do for children with mental health issues. Kate has been very active in mental health. You probably remember a number of her public engagements that have centered around this topic, including the symposium she attended hosted by Place2Be. While pregnant with Charlotte, HRH appeared in a video highlighting Children's Mental Health Week. It is clearly a cause of great interest to her, and I suspect we will see her do more and more in this particular field.



After her time at the Centre, she headed to the Family School, a campus sponsored by the Anna Freud Centre where they use teaching techniques to "ease behavioural and mental health-related blocks to learning and provide learning opportunities that will keep pace, day-by-day, with the pupil’s renascent ability to learn and achieve." Below, Kate plays a coordination game with Kaionel, a student at the centre.



It was almost instantly confirmed by royal reporter Richard Palmer that Kate was wearing Ralph Lauren. You can imagine my excitement! Kate is quite a fan of the label, but has only worn Lauren to official events once or twice. I am hoping we see more of his clothes at official appearances, and someday maybe an evening gown. Some of the designer's very simple, stream-lined gowns would look amazing on Kate. This was a piece from RL's Black Label collection.

Ralph Lauren


A 100% silk shirtdress in a houndstooth print, it flattered Kate's (pretty much perfect) figure. In a more casual setting, this would like amazing the way it was styled for the product shot, with a popped collar and maybe a button or two more undone. Still, Kate's styling of the dress was chic and crisp, paired with black Stuart Weitzman pumps, and her Mulberry Bayswater. It is a win for me!



More than one person has pointed out that the slit on this dress is pretty high, but I have found high button placement to be par for the course with these sorts of dresses. It is also just the kind of situation where you would put the dress on, tell yourself it's on the edge but fine, and head out the door. By the time you discover that you've changed your mind, it is too late! That being said, I don't think this was a faux pas.  It is a little more leg than I expected Kate to bare this morning, but HRH, and you all, know my position on that score.



Kate accessorized simply. @MeAndMyMumKate tweeted me at my Kate's Clothes handle to point out that Kate is wearing her Cartier watch under that graceful sleeve. Good eye! The Duchess also was wearing her much-loved Annoushka drop earrings. It is proof positive that Kate has been gone far too long, when I had trouble being sure these were in fact the Annoushka Baroque pearl drops! Do these not look huge to you?! Huge in a luscious, luxurious way. I think they are swinging forward in this shot, which is revealing the teardrop bottom more prominently.



Dare we discuss the bangs, or for my friends across the pond, the fringe? I am pretty biased, since I sport bangs myself, but my first thought this morning was how great these look on Kate. I know some felt they looked a little too wispy on Sunday morning, but today there were full and thick and added a great dimension to her face. I thought she looked remarkably well, to phrase it like a Jane Austen character.


Overall: such a great appearance. This really put a smile on my face today. It really is a relief to finally come out of August and have royal outings to look forward to once again! Speaking of...We see Kate again tomorrow, as she joins William and Harry at the Rugby World Cup opening ceremony. If you check Kate's Calendar, you already know this, but for those of you less dedicated fans (I joke) Kate has another addition to her planner. She will attend the world premiere of the new James Bond movie Spectre, on the 26th of October. Not a chance the boys would miss this one, both William and Harry will squire Kate that night, and I am hoping they all really glam it up! Fingers crossed.

Until tomorrow!

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62 comments:

  1. I liked the dress very much, sometimes a bit revealing though, it is true. She didn't take wind into consideration, it was her lucky day not to be that windy.

    I don't know what to think about her bangs, you chose very flattering pics. Sometimes it looks good, sometimes terrible. Time will tell.

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  2. Thanks for the shout-out Jane! What an honor. I look forward to hearing @livelovelaughvr review on the dress. Question to you, have you ever tried reaching out to a company like that? What an awesome opportunity for someone with influence like you and @Livelovelaughvr!!

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  3. Love the Ralph Lauren dress! The bangs are growing on me, although I'm not a huge fan of parted bangs on anyone. But I don't hate them. I mostly loved how genuinely thrilled she seemed to be there.
    My dad and brother hopped across the pond for the Rugby World Cup, and I begged them to somehow make miracles happen and get Kate to be my new best friend, but they refused to even try. Peasants.
    Looking forward to more appearances from Kate, and the movie premiere!
    -TMM

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    1. Hahah! "Pesanta". Hope your dream comes true at some point!!

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  4. I don't really know why, but in the last picture, Kate reminds me a bit of Keira Knightley :)

    She looked fantastic today, I really liked the Ralph Lauren dress and that she only paired it with black accessoires. But the pearl drops looked huge, you're right! Her fringe looked great today, much better than on Sunday. In the Sunday pictures, she looked a bit older than 33 with that hairstyle, but today, her hair was picture-perfect, so glossy!

    I wonder if Kate will wear a floor length gown to the James Bond première (like to the ones of War Horse and Mandela) or a short cocktail dress (like to the african cats movie)?

    I'm so looking forward to tomorrow, I just hope that she'll surprise us with her outfit choice :)

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    1. Sonja-I'm hoping for a Ralph Lauren gown appearance. His designs are elegant and classic.
      Speaking of classic-shirtwaist! Can be frumpy and flatter chest and waist issues- as was mentioned last post.
      Keira Knightly. I was just watching yet another version of Pride and Prejudice last night. I do see the resemblance.
      I also thought a little bit like Superman's girlfriend from a 70's ? film. mk

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  5. I liked the look. I love Ralph Lauren's style as he seems to design to flatter women's figures. Bangs-I suspect in a month they will disappear back into the sides again.

    Looking forward to tomorrow's ruby appearance-I'm suspecting she'll wear a nice dress/blazer and scarf combo as she has done with other opening ceremony events.

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    1. I love the RL dress too anon 2:11. I think the brand especially flatters tall thin women like Kate. It fits her and flows with her in a lovely way. I think the little bit of leg flash keeps it from potentially being a too mature dress. Also, very happy she didn't wear a coat or a coatdress.

      Unfortunately, I don't love the hair. The bangs look too heavy and out of place.I think they need to be layered more or the rest of her hair needs to be layered. I agree with the poster who said it looked like two different hair styles going at once.

      Anyway, I'm soooo happy she is back in business. Nice to go online and see her out and about.

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  6. Well Jane, I had the opposite impression! When I saw that brief photo of her Sunday I thought she looked great, not even pinpointing the hair etc, just overall thought she looked very well. And I still think she looks great in that photo, I never saw the negative things others saw.

    Now that I see more of the hair today, I do think it's quite unfortunate and a poorly done cut. It almost looks like two separate hairstyles. And I hate to criticize the great Ralph Lauren and his superb Black Label, but this dress does not work for me here, the whole look seems out of sorts, to say the least. I just don't think it's doing anything for her. Maybe it's the hair that seems to overwhelm and even detract? These photographs of her today are not the best, and it's quite rare for her to take a bad photo.

    I think she would really benefit from a brand new, experienced stylist to look at her hair (and maybe wardrobe) and recommend some options, taking into account her life as a mother and a working royal. We all need a new set of eyes on us from time to time! I know she probably eschews the role of a fashion plate, but fact is she is a public official, representing the British Head of State at every event.

    I usually stay on the sidelines on these fashion discussions and enjoy the post and comments, because when I don't like something I hate to leave what may read as a rather negative comment on her appearance. So I will end by saying that most importantly, she's out on an engagement bringing attention to a very worthy cause.

    Claudia

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    1. Claudia, I absolutely agree re a stylist--everybody in Kate's position should have one. However, I do like the RL dress, high slit and all. Guess she's allergic to slips, tho, so good thing Kate has great gams. Like the houndstooth print, like the length of this garment--perfect, I think, for Kate--, like the fit, especially in the sleeves and at the waist, and like the fact that this dress is more-or-less a classic and could be worn a decade from now.

      Re her hair, I have previously remarked upon it, so all I will say, this time round, is that its too long; she really could use a quality trim. (Poor William! His wife has too much of the stuff, whilst he doesn't have quite enuf.)

      All in all, a delighted two thumbs up, here, and may Kate continue to wear American designers!

      JC

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    2. Totally agree, Claudia! Its a VERY poor cut:(( I think the problem might be the bluntness of her bangs that makes the look so terrible. A good stylist would have blended the fringe with shorter layers throughout so it wasn't quite so severe. It's very aging and unflattering:( Love you Kate but please let these grow out!

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    3. JC, I know you were wishing for a RL gown, so this is sort of a wish granted :-)

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    4. I liked everything about the dress...the cut, pattern, and material. Classic and timeless in everyway.

      But as much as I liked the hairstyle on Sunday, I did not care for it today. Sunday's look appeared "intentional"...new fringe with hair (partially) pinned back. Today, it looked sort of like when a woman gives up on bangs and wants to grow them out.

      I'm with JC all the way...shorter hair with more layers cut into it. Something young and modern to frame her face.

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    5. Faith, got it in one! Love RL. However, in my own defence, when I first saw Kate in this dress I had no idea that it was by RL. I loved it then, too. (In fact, I virtually passed out when I realized it was by RL! Style will tell.)

      I am becoming a real fan of American designers--RL, Michael Kors (hope I got that right), Lela Rose--god, how I loved that Lela Rose Kate wore Down Under!

      However, I would still like to see Kate in an evening gown by RL or Valentino. She deserves it, IMO.

      It's getting so bad that I am beginning to question my own patriotism! Do I secretly want to be an American or an Italian? One thing is certain--I don't want to be a Brit. :)

      JC

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    6. Royalfan, it seems that our comments missed each other in the ether known as internet.

      We can talk until we are blue in the face about Kate's fashion choices and hairstyles; I would like to suggest an alternative: why don't you and I volunteer a year as stylists to Kate? My kids are old enuf to survive my absence, my husband would enjoy the break from Kate this or that, and I can afford it if you can. Seriously, this could put a spring in our steps and, God knows, Kate needs us--not that I am a trained stylist, but I know what I like when I see it and so do you. Furthermore, we have Kate's best interests at heart; one of us can tackle her hair, and the other can convince her to indulge in a few lovely slips (black, white, and nude).--Truthfully, I hold my breath every time Kate steps out in a dress which doesn't have a pencil skirt; don't you?

      We, of course, will have to sit down with Mike and Carole and convince them to sponsor Kate's metamorphosis--hair and clothing. Shouldn't be a problem; they recently cleared off huge debts of James; we can shame them into it.

      Well, heck. Why not? Or better put, if not us, WHO?

      Give it some thought--and mull over sharing a cramped bedsit with moi.

      JC

      P.S. I am only half-kidding. She needs us.

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    7. I'm glad to find some here that agree with me. I think this style of dress fails to flatter Kate, while practically anything else flatters her. And I dislike the bangs. It will be interesting to see what they do with those bangs for the state dinner.

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    8. JC, funny that you should make this suggestion. The more I look at this dress, the more I love it and would buy it in a heartbeat if the price tag was a bit more reasonable. I have been imagining it as an elegant, fitted suit with a slightly bolder version of this print. Perhaps with a patent belt and matching shoes (I want to see her in black patent!). A light, season-less fabric or a thicker, textured fabric with a V-neck and black camisole? How about a touch of red in the mix? Granted, not exactly original ideas, but I do like a fitted and feminine suit and the houndstooth print got my attention!

      And I'm good with the cramped bedsit, by the way. I'll even buy the first cheesecake.... :))

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    9. Royalfan, I just KNEW you and I were on the same page, fashion-wise. YES to elegant suits--so timeless--, and how about a few pantsuits for sporting and get-down-and-dirty kid events? Beats skinny jeans by a country mile. And YES to the black patent shoes (with very high heels), also elegant. Hard on the feet, tho. Guess we will have to throw in a few flats to make up for the torture--along with some tips on when to wear killer shoes. Red carpet springs to mind, especially if followed by a darkened theatre or even a sit-down dinner, where she can slip them off for the better part of the evening. (We don't want to encourage bunions, after all, not on a woman who will probably die with her boots on, so to speak--altho I secretly hope that William will introduce a retirement scheme, aka The Netherlands.)

      It occurs to me that I have largely ignored the cause Kate was promoting. After trolling the internet, what strikes me most is the word *kindness* which Kate appears to have exuded thruout her visit. That would make George and Charlotte two very lucky kids, and should--if he has a grain of sense--make William a contented man. Children's mental health is a terrific cause!

      JC

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    10. JC, excellent point about her kindness. It does shine through, does it not! :) William was lucky to find her, and wise to marry her.

      P.S. I had to giggle to myself at the office today; the houndstooth pattern was coming at me from several directions! I sense a bit of retail therapy coming on.......... :))

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    11. Wait, wait, wait...I go away for a week and you two, royalfan and JC, are planning on being volunteer Kate stylists without me? Move over and bring an extra fork for that cheesecake - I'm inviting myself along!

      BTW, I absolutely agree that I would like to see Kate in a nice tailored suit. I think she needs to mix things up with some patterns and not always wear a solid colored coat dress as the winter months come along.

      I love the charities she has chosen to support. You're right, JC, the word 'kindness' absolutely describes Kate's approach to everything she does. I am so glad the royal vacation season is over! Two weeks from today I'm headed to London. Kate is running out of time to schedule an appearance while I'm there!

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    12. LOL Robin, I just welcome you back in another post. :)) And there is plenty of cheesecake to go around!! No worries. :)

      P.S. I so envy your trip to London!! Yay! How I wish...I am due for a refresher, lol. If it's not too personal, do you have any particular must-see's on your list?

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    13. Oh, good! I hate to miss out on fashion gossip and cheesecake! ;-)

      Not too personal a question at all. I have been fortunate enough to have been to London many times but it's been 10 years since my last trip. I'm so looking forward to it! I have two must see items for this trip. 1) There is an exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery called 'Audrey Hepburn: Portrait of an Icon' that only runs through Oct. 18. It is an exhibit of never or rarely seen photos of Audrey. It's my first stop! 2) I haven't visited Bath since the official Jane Austen Centre opened so I look forward to going there as well. It's just a short train ride from London. I'm going with my sister-in-law and my niece and they've never been. They want to goto the Tower of London and Tower Bridge (which everyone should see), Big Ben, and they want to see Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace as well so I'll definitely take them to those places. Then we'll see where the wind takes us! If I could, I would take everyone I know to London. I love it there!

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    14. Robin, I do understand where you're coming from. I have enjoyed every visit to my favorite city. And your plans sound wonderful. I'd love to chat with you over tea at Fortnum & Mason...I can taste the Victoria Sponge now! :) Just don't forget the sunglasses when you go to the Tower. ;)

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    15. Sunglasses - check! Oh, tea at Fortnum & Mason sounds glorious! When you mentioned the Victoria Sponge my mouth started watering. We could plan Kate's wardrobe in style there! I also have to make a stop at Harrod's. My mother loves their blend of Earl Grey so I always get charged with that task when I go. Poor me. ;-)

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    16. LOL. Poor you indeed. If you need a volunteer to carry your Harrod's bag, let me know. Done! :)

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  7. Love both the dress and the hair. I thought she looked beautiful and seeing it on TV as it happened, scarcely saw any leg.
    Children's mental health needs the attention Catherine brings to it.
    Prince William, too, was busy today--an Investiture at Windsor this morning and his "Tusk" charity this evening.
    The film premier in Oct will surely be black tie as it is this year's Royal Command Film. William and Catherine seem to be alternating at that with The Prince of Wales and Camilla.

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  8. I was really looking forward to seeing Kate again after such a long haitus, but.....it was a complete disappointment!
    Kate looks tired and unhappy/stressed, as if the media attention is getting to be too much for her. I can understand thisis stressful and obviously with two young children she has a lot on her plate, and possibly there is still a bit going on about the PG paparazzi issue behind the scenes, but I just feel something's not quite right. She's not our young, happy, bubbly Kate anymore!
    The hair.....don't do this to me!! She needs to stop going with the fringe, and get something major done. We need it shorter and some new styles for less formal engagements as it blows everywhere in the wind when it's down!
    The dress....this is a major fail for me. It reminds me of the brown Hobbs animal print from earlier in the year. It makes her look so old, and....dare I say it.....frumpy. Some of the European royals such as Queen Letizia and Princess Mary have such an edgy, modern style, and I'd really like to see Kate go for something more daring! It looks great in the product shot, and maybe she could have pulled it off with either the black tights or sleeves rolled up, but for me, it's a no.
    I love Kate, I am a major, major fan, but I really want to see her change her style just a bit. It would really start people commenting, not just comments about how much leg we saw this time!
    I agree with you about the leg this time, Jane. The first picture I saw was one with a lot of thigh, and I thought, "Woah! Not again!", but seeing further pictures, it's fine and was really just a split second, that got captured on camera.

    Hoping for great things in October at James Bond and China State Banquet, but not getting my hopes up for the rugby, for fear of our Sebagoes, jeans and "sailor" top once again....
    Once again, thanks for the great post Jane!

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    1. I agree with everything you said 100%.

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    2. Ditto! Come on Kate! Act your age and go for something more youthful and fun. You're a lovely girl and can wear anything! (Just hoping she picks up on this somehow! LOL)

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  9. Hi Jane! Unfortunately I have to fully disagree with you on this one... Kate looked, to say the least, a disaster. Her hair doesn't flatter her and it certainly amost cover her face, which is btw covered most of the time. The dress was nice but nothing special and whashed her out... When will she learn to wear a slip o to do something to prevent showing too much on such occasions? I think she should have worn something brighter... those kids needed a pop of color. But what really worries me is her thinness. Yes I know this is a hot topic, but I've never seen her so thin, not even after the wedding, when she lost a lot of weight. Sorry, but to me she also looked very absent-minded. Hope everything is fine with her.

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    1. I agree about how thin she is. So soon after Charlotte birth, I was very surprised to see how thin she looks in these pictures. Just worried about her is all!

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    2. Hm no i cannot see that at all. I was actually rather surprised how healthy she looked! i was a bit scared of finding her very skinny today, but to me she seems glowing, and basically the healthy Kate as during her pregnancy, minus of course the bump :) im really glad for her!

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    3. Hm no i cannot see that at all. I was actually rather surprised how healthy she looked! i was a bit scared of finding her very skinny today, but to me she seems glowing, and basically the healthy Kate as during her pregnancy, minus of course the bump :) im really glad for her!

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  10. I liked her look today and I really like the bangs as I think it softens her face. The DM have some great pictures and she looked really happy and enthusiastic during the visit. Thumbs up from me.

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  11. I must say, I was a bir disappointed today! In my opinion, the fringe has some purpose, like we all look for it, to distract us from anything else. She did it once, when she got pregnant the first time, I guess.
    I'm not very fond of fringes, and I also don't like it on her. I guess it would look better if she layered her hair.
    In a positiv way, I really like the dress. The pattern is good and it is faithful to Kate's style.

    MC

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  12. Wow, doesn't she look great? she always does but she just looks so... healthy? and happy. Being a mom really does her well. I love how happy she looks when she goes to events like these and how much she interacts with the kids. Really doing such great work for the community.

    I do like the bangs, she looks adorable with them. Can't say I like them better than no bangs but I have no complaints :) Love love love the dress, chic and fresh. Great! Can't wait to see even more of her tomorrow.

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  13. Jean-the flash of leg probably lasted a second or two and probably only once. It happens to royals in the wind. At least
    Catherine has decent legs to flash. . I wonder if anyone will notice the longer length and high neckline, too?
    Thank-you for the news of William's activities. The two must try to coordinate their London area activities. mk

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  14. Hi Jane. Thanks for the great post. I have looked at a lot of photos from today and I love Kate's new look. The bangs keep the sides from falling across her face - in the side shot of her sitting with one of the children, the hair is not back behind her ears and you can still see her face. I think this cut will "cut" down on her fidgeting with her hair all the time. It isn't like the previous fringe she had as this one is shorter, so it doesn't fall across her face like the previous fringe did. The dress is gorgeous. The top button is undone and the little bit of leg just confirms her youthfulness. I didn't think it was inappropriate at all. I thought this whole event was a win. She looked great. I don't see any of the stress, strain or unhappiness that a few others have remarked on. I just don't see it.

    So glad to have her back. She looks great!

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  15. Appreciate the post, Jane. Amazing. I don't know how you are managing posts with your schedule, but I'm very glaad you are
    .
    Do you think the announcement of the film engagement late in October, without mention of the China banquet is
    significant? Surely these affairs take months to plan. Is it on hold, do you think? Any news? There was a lot of build-up
    and now nothing. Of course, it has never been announced by BP, KP, I don't believe. Some people erroneously complain of cancelled engagements that were never scheduled to begin with. It can complicate KP's PR job, I would think. mk

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    1. It does not seem as if the dates of the State visit has been confirmed. Until they do there probably won't be an announcement of attendance.

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  16. Carmen, The NetherlandsSeptember 17, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    Love the dress, she looks fantastic in it! The fringe also looks good on her, but if I have to admit that I prefer the "old look". She could wear any (and I literally mean ANY) hairstyle though, and still look gorgeous!
    Yaay, Kate is back! I am one happy royalist :)

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  17. The hair color has got to go. It completely washes her out. She needs dark, chestnut type hair. This is awful.

    I'm not a huge fan of the bangs, but whatever. The color needs to be axed pronto.

    Chloe

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  18. Not overly happy with the dress or fringe. Not a fan of shirtdresses so that doesn't help. For some reason I do not like a fringe on her. Not sure if its a bit heavy or whether its the central parting. But thought she looked in top form. Back to prebaby body and looking lovely and refeshed.

    KiwiNic

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  19. Jane, did you say ONE mystery solved? mk

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    1. I think Jane was referring to Kate's warm welcome of Mr. Samuels.
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  20. I am so happy to have Kate back on official engagements! I have really missed seeing her.

    That being said... I am not a fan of the fringe. It looks way too wide this time, like far too much of her hair was turned into bangs. I think it makes her look so much older, and like she has come to the future from a past where those bangs were the thing. They just do not look modern or stylish to me at all. :( Looking forward to them growing out, or her tucking them back or something.

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  21. For me, fringe on the Duchess of Cambridge is just unnecessary. I personally only think it works well on those with high or large foreheads and those with the proper aesthetic (i.e. those who wear less structured/ more relaxed elements on a regular basis). I am sure Kate is much more casual on an everyday basis, but since we see much more of her "work" (as opposed to "home") attire, I prefer a slightly more formal hairstyle. The crux for me is that bangs are much more prone to misbehavior, and it can be difficult to achieve a sleek or formal look with them. That being said, if she's going to have bangs, she picked a good style. They aren't unflattering for her, but then, really, what would be?

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  22. Beautiful hair and a great new dress - too much leg though.

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  23. Yay, Kate's back! Despite the leg action, I felt the dress was a solid & safe choice. Not the biggest fan of the shirt dress, but she looked healthy and polished.
    I love the fringe, but Chole's remark re: hair color has a point - the highlights look a bit too painted. So happy to see her out and about & looking forward to the next appearance!

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  24. First off, I like the bangs. The new hairstyle is different, but not too different, from Kate's signature look. But I do think that having a few longer layers on the side would make the bangs blend in better. Also, I love the dress. I've always liked shirtdresses. I think they look flattering and youthful on most women, but I don't see too many in the stores. If I were Kate, I would have added an extra button closer to the bottom hem. Personally, I don't think she showed too much leg; however, in her position, it would probably be better to err on the side of being a little more conservative. The jewelry and shoes are nice, too. All in all, this is a very pretty and classy ensemble. I think Kate looked fabulous.

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  25. I think she looks so happy and I'd kill for that smooth skin! I love the dress as it's styled in the ad and I'm okay with it as styled by Kate. Too bad it was $1,500 I might actually have wanted this one!

    Must agree with the comments on the bangs - why aren't they blended at all and why are they so thick? I don't love them, don't hate them. Overall based on the dress and makeup I say it's a win! And so nice to see her out and about!

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  26. Thought I would jump over here from the other blog, the atmosphere here is a little more "subdued". Anyway, after waiting so long with all of you fellow Kate watchers, i must say that I am pleasantly surprised and cautiously optimistic about her choice of outfits today. I love anything Ralph Lauren (if it's on sale, ha). He is stylish and classic, but never dowdy, and that is how I saw Kate today. No dreaded coat dress, no heavy looking solid colors. Her dress is airy and flowy, stylish yet conservative.
    The slit showing her thigh does not bother me at all..she has the legs for it! I can't imagine how one would wear a slip under that; having a slip peak out is way more tacky than showing a little leg.
    However, I am still seeing a lack of attention to those little details that truly pull an outfit together, or make it pop, such as a strappy black shoe instead of her standard pumps; or maybe a clutch in a contrasting color.
    I like her bangs okay, but they need to be trimmed very very often, to keep them that way. But....she really needs to cut 4 or 5 inches off her hair. It is just too too much hair and frankly, it seems very unsophisticated for a person of her age and position.

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    1. Barbara, I agree with your comments.

      I love RL as well and if the price of the dress was three digits vs. four, it would be very tempting indeed. And "yes!" to strappy shoes. It's a nice look in the summer or for a "sexier" evening look.

      Regarding your thoughts on her hair, I am with you all the way. You stated it perfectly. Kate is a beautiful woman and she looks terrific, but her hair is an "accessory" that isn't being utilized to its maximum potential.

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  27. I knew the "pied de poule" motif was coming back ! My mum used to wear that in the 90', and it's lovely !
    I love the bangs/fringe ( what multiple word for a simple "frange"!)
    Good to see her back!!

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  28. I like the switch up on Kate's hair, but I want to toss something out to consider, from a young mother's perspective - when your infant is about 4 to 6 months old (which Princess Charlotte is) a mother's hair goes through major changes due to still changing and settling out hormones. My own hair became fragile and broke in several places and I had to change up my hair style to accommodate the changes I couldn't control. It truly takes nearly a year for your body to settle out after giving birth. While I know the bangs/fringe is something she's done before, I wonder if it isn't a postpartum freshen up!

    I do like the dress too, yes, these dresses usually have a high button placement on the last button but the focus on her legs does bother me a bit. The thing of it is, to me at least, is that Kate is "in motion" she's walking, it wasn't a constant. It is however what the press has chosen to share and focus on.

    She looks as stunning as ever and certainly happy to be there supporting people she knows and learning about the work of the centre.

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  29. I loved the dress! So happy to see her again - and so excited for so many upcoming events!! eek! I'm not sure about the hair yet! I like it in some pictures, but then in others I'm not so sure. I feel like they don't blend into the rest of her hair very well, and I wonder if a deeper side part would look better on her. But of course, she looks flawless always, and can do no wrong in my eyes :)

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  30. A fringe on Kate isn't my preferred look, but that's mostly because she just looks so much better without it. She wears it well, though. I don't really understand why a few people have been saying that she needs to see a "good" stylist - Richard Ward is a superb hairdresser and if the Duchess wants a fringe every now and again, that's her choice.

    In terms of the dress, she looks beautiful, although I don't like houndstooth much, myself. The shape is fantastic, and if it were a different fabric I'd be envious of it! I agree that she seems a bit tired, and she probably is. Two kids under two (well, two and a bit) plus all the stress she's exposed to sounds tiring to me. I think let's give her a few months and see how she's feeling. At any rate, I'm glad to see her out and about!

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  31. Mhmm..lovely comeback! Love the dress, the smile and the hair! Thanks for your lovely article, beautiful as always. And good luck with your studies as unis have just started here.
    Something else that I mean to ask you for a long (long) time: I was wondering, Jane, why we didn't get a 'Best of 2014' ? Was it because of the Kate's clothes creation? I miss it.. I really loved the flashbacks.. :/ Will we get one this year?
    Much love,
    Alice

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    1. Ooh, Alice, you gave me a scare! I did do a "Best of" 2014, but I see I have not added it to the "Best of" page, which is my mistake. I will try and amend that soon, but in the meantime, here is the link: http://fromberkshiretobuckingham.blogspot.com/2014/12/kates-2014-best-of-list.html I guess that makes this New Year's Eve early. :) Have a lovely evening!!
      Thank you for the kind wishes. So far, so good! I love sneaking away to blog and appreciate that you come by and read!
      xo, Jane

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  32. I've been out of town for a week and decided to only take my phone with me. I missed these appearances and seeing the clothes. I love this RL dress! She looks absolutely fantastic and I like the bangs much better this time around. The pearls accessorized perfectly! I will go back and read all the other comments after I look at the World Cup photos because I must see all the fashion first!

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  33. Here are two short videos of Kate when she visited the Anna Freud Centre.

    http://news.itnsource.com/?cat=Royal

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  34. I was skulking around the British press reports of Kate's visit to the Anna Freud Centre and found a video of her arrival. Jane, you mentioned her 'continental kiss' for Michael Samuels, and I noticed in the video that as she got out of the car she put her hand out to shake his. He is the one who initiated the kiss. A bit of a breach in protocol but forgivable given who he is.

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