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Kate Wears Hobbs for 4th Time as the Cambridges Are Snapped at Crathie Kirk

Sunday, September 13, 2015

There was much speculation last week that the Cambridges would travel to Scotland to celebrate the Queen's milestone as she overtook Queen Victoria as Britain's longest reigning monarch. There were more than a few disappointed fans when it emerged the royal couple were not in Scotland that Sunday. Happily, the family of four boarded a private plane on Tuesday and jetted to the Highlands in time to be with the Queen on Wednesday as Britain, the Commonwealth, and many around the world celebrated the historic occasion. This morning, William and Kate were snapped waving to happy fans as they arrived at Sunday morning services at Crathie Kirk, the church at which Her Majesty worships when she is at Balmoral. 




There has been a fair amount of chatter about the mode of transportation they took north, i.e. private jet. According to The Express, the plane is owned by the Duke of Westminster who is Britain's 9th richest man, clocking in at approximately £8.6 billion net worth. I guess he can afford to shuttle the future kings about every now and again. The story said, 
There were three cars waiting on the Tarmac for them as they landed. William and Kate got in one car with Prince George and then Charlotte, who was carried in a car seat, went in another car with the nanny. They had quite a few bodyguards with them.
It is interesting that the other time William and Kate took a private jet to Scotland was in 2013 when George was around the same age as Charlotte and had had the same limited exposure to the press. On that occasion, he had actually not even been presented to Prince Philip, which was the byline of the visit. I suspect the Cambridges are anxious to keep a very tight hold on pictures of Charlotte just yet. She has only been photographed twice since her birth, and doubtless they want to keep her from the lens for as long as they can. Again, we saw the same pattern with George. I think it likely they will relax a bit when the princess gets little older.

The other relevant element is sickness. Anyone who flies often can tell you that passenger planes are a veritable breeding ground for the common cold. Stuck in an enclosed space with 200+ people is an ideal environment to be exposed, and I often come down with something after commercial flights.  Since Charlotte is still so young, I am sure that Kate wants to avoid that, too.



The Duchess recycled her Hobbs "Celeste" coat, which seems to be a popular coat for her. She first debuted it on Valentine's Day in 2012. At that time, she styled it much the same as she did today, with a black turtlenecked dress from Oasis. 



Today's black turtleneck is not the Oasis. The Oasis was ribbed, but this morning's is quite smooth, much like the one Kate wore while pregnant with George.  From left to right you can see the ribbing on the Oasis (picture form Liverpool) the smooth of her pregnancy turtleneck dress in the middle, and finally this morning's, which although grainy, is not ribbed and seems to have a similar sheen to the mystery piece in the center. 


[Update] One of my awesome readers, Alejandra--a veritable fashion whiz--has suggested that Kate is wearing the Séraphine dress from her trip to NYC. I think this is a significant possibility!



Kate wore the Hobbs again toward the end of that year when she was snapped, looking a little wan, on Christmas morning in Bucklebury. The princess was pregnant with baby George and stayed close to her mother and family for the holiday.



Finally, she wore it again a little later in the same pregnancy when she visited Grimsby in March of 2013. That time paired with the "Great Plains Cezanne" dress, and it is my favorite wear.


It seems Kate is wearing her Kiki McDonough Citrine drops, but I cannot be sure. What jumped out the most was, of course, Kate's new bangs--or, if you prefer, her fringe. The last time Kate did this it was not a huge success. You might recall the night she debuted those bangs. She was at the Natural History Museum in that green Mulberry:



I think they were a bit heavy and she let them grow out quickly. I know this is a divisive issue, but I really like the bangs she has now. They are lighter and give her face a new frame. I don't think Kate will stay with them very long, but it is a cute change-up that speaks to her process of "reintegration" after Charlotte's birth.


Kate will be whisked back to England soon, because she has a busy week ahead. I look forward to seeing you then! 

53 comments:

  1. "Much like the one she wore when pregnant with George"... I heard some comment that she is also featuring her fuller face that we only see when she is pregnant.

    I think all of Kate's attempt at bangs age her. Some people just aren't meant to have bangs.

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  2. I really think she looks lovely with bangs. I loved them the first time. I Enjoy changing my style hair after a bit and I'm sure she needs a change every now and then. I love her style. She is always so chic.

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  3. Wow, such a nice surprise! I think I really shouldn't have been but, honestly, it never crossed my mind that they would be out today. She looks great.

    Like anon 3:56, I haven't been a fan of any of her attempts at bangs. They just seem to look messy. I'll reserve judgement until Thursday though because I can't tell from these pictures what is really going on.

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  4. Personally, I love the bangs (both these and earlier versions). They're an easy yet appreciable way for her to play with her hair and appearance without having to alter or depart from the "brand look." Silvia

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  5. So often moms have a little hair loss during or after pregnancy. My guess is that Kate's bangs have been cut to help camouflage the regrow. Regardless, I think it looks very pretty!

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    1. Exactly what I was thinking! I started having hair loss about four months post-partum. This is a common cut to help the new growth blend in. I can't imagine being in such a spotlight with two little kids to manage. She does it beautifully!

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  6. Jane I totally agree with you. The fringe is lighter (they go down to her mid-ear vs. chin level). IMO she looks younger...and it was time for an updated look. :)

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  7. I think long bangs can look great with layers - maybe these are short layers? It's hard to tell in the pics if she got all of her hair cut or just bangs cut in. Regardless, she seems happy. :)

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  8. A little disappointed. I don't care for the bangs for two reasons. First, I just don't care for the way they look on her. Second, she has a tendency to play with her hair a lot. I feel like these bangs are going to make this even more prominent because she won't be able to tuck them behind her ears. I think there will be a lot of pictures of her with her hands in front of her face. I am also not a fan of the fourth wearing of the Hobbs. I know we all wear our own coats every day for ages so it seems absurd to say that I'm disappointed she wore a coat for the fourth time but, I am. Hopefully, we will get a debut of something new in the weeks to come. This was obviously a family event instead of an official appearance so I'm sure she just wore what was comfortable. Let's not remember that green Mulberry anymore. Some things are better left to consignment.

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    1. LOL. Okay, so we disagree on the bangs, but we agree (totally!) on the green Mulberry. It was frumpy with a capital F. :))

      Regarding her choice today...my guess...the color would not compete with whatever the Queen may have been wearing.

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    2. I have commented elsewhere on the bangs being a horrible length. Having worn long hair forever and having worn bangs of that length they are a problem. She will be fiddling with her hair more than ever. She either needs below ear bangs and layers or eyebrow length bangs. Someone on another blog swore they had post prego hair loss issues and that is why her side hair, i.e. bangs, are chopped, no idea if this is true, but it does seem she went to this odd bang length post pregnancy before, so maybe the hormonal hair issue is true for Catherine.

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    3. LOL, royalfan! I guess we can't be twinnies on everything! But we will hopefully never see the green Mullberry again.

      I also had postpartum hair loss issues (back in the day) but I can't imagine that cutting bangs would be the answer. It's more of an overall thinning than can be fixed by just cutting bangs. She probably just wants a change or she has baby fingers getting tangled in her hair a lot so this is convenient for now.

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    4. "Here we go round the Mulberry dress"- (paraphrase of English nursery rhyme)
      Robin and royalfan-in defence of that dress I'd say there have been frumpier and it has its redeeming
      qualities. The green brings out her eyes and highlights in her hair. The embossed pattern is pretty.
      I think the problem is the square shoulders-not a flattering style for her-and the high neck.Shirtwaist style
      dresses are classic, but can appear dated or frumpy. A slight v neck with no collar? We also remember that
      she was in very early weeks pregnancy at the time. I don't really know how that explains anything but it does for
      me.The expanding waist. The blossoming chest.
      Frumpier, in my opinion-the russet dress she wore to the NPG early in 2013. Again, waist, bust issues can explain
      a lot of fashion choices.
      Time for another quick visit to Kate's Clothes. I can't be sure of the stats on that dress. mk

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    5. mk, I want you to know that your reference to the nursery rhyme made me smile....and take a second look at the dress/coat. Unfortunately, it didn't help. :) I don't dispute the points you are making, but for me the pattern and the shorter sleeves missed the potential that was there had it been a solid color. For example, imagine it in solid red...perhaps with a red headband rather than the stiff hat...

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    6. royalfan-I did take a stroll through the Closet. I couldn't find the dress under event. Or color, since the lighting seemed yellowish and made the dress look orangish to me in my memory of the dress.. Found it under Burgundy and it turns out it is a shirtwaist
      with just the changes I wanted for the Mulberry-v neck, no collar, and rounded shoulders. It's the one she wore to view her
      portrait. I have no idea why I thought it was frumpy.
      I think we're talking about two different dresses, royalfan. Hat?
      It taught me to never ever rely on my memory to describe a dress. I think the belt and color look different
      from the sample on the dress search page.
      I am SO not a fashionista. mk

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    7. mk, I believe this is the dress you referred to...?

      http://www.katesclothes.com/dress/sophie-rae-burgundy-dress/

      Kate wore it with a black belt...

      http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/01/11/article-2260655-16E018EE000005DC-108_306x440.jpg

      And here is the Mulberry coat with the hat (not one of my favorites :)

      http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/04/21/article-2312481-196ABF7D000005DC-260_634x930.jpg

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    8. Right, royalfan. The Sophie Rae. It looked so different in the picture taken at the NPG then the sample photo. At
      least to me. I also think shorter sleeves look better on Kate-perhaps because of the length if her arms? mk

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    9. Oh, mk, I did laugh at the "Here we go round the Mulberry dress" comment as well! I definitely agree that the green brought out the green in her eyes. Other than that, I really just dislike this dress. The fabric, the shiny gold buttons, the pleats, and the overall structure of the dress.

      royalfan, you brought up a coat I had forgotten - also a Mulberry. Also not a fan of that one. I'm guessing that I don't like Mulberry in general. I haven't looked at any of their other designs so I can't be sure but I don't care for the pieces Kate has worn. I'm casting a "nay" vote for them.

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    10. I hope I didn't refer to Jane's Kate's Clothes as Kate's Closet.

      Robin, you seem like someone who loves to laugh. I think Kate does. Watching her as the perfect foil to impish
      Harry and teasing William is a joy. I hope the meaness that sometimes surrounds her never dulls her spirit. mk

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  9. I've always liked longish side-swept bangs. I liked it when Kate had bangs a few years ago, and I like the bangs now. I think they give her more styling options. At the same time, this isn't a radical change from her signature look. I agree with Jane that Kate probably won't keep the bangs for very long, though. It's hard to tell what this new hairstyle really looks like from so few photos. Luckily, we'll have the opportunity to see more photos of Kate later this week. I can't wait!

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    1. The problem is that they are not side swept bangs, they are just chopped cheekbone length bangs. If a really good hair designer had cut a layered bang then they would work, but she has what looks like chopped off eyebrow length bangs that she is trying to grow out. Like when you are a little kid:)

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    2. I actually think they frame her face nicely. They are not flat, they have a little lift to them some height.

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    3. I wasn't going to add to the hair comments. I think just about everything that can be said about hair has been
      thoroughly covered. I will comment on the oft spoken of tendency to play with her hair. Is it possible that
      photographers are well aware of this polarizing subject and watch for a hair touching incident and snap it.Or that
      photo editors pick a hair-touching photo out to represent an entire event?
      Only one an event? Not exactly an extreme habit. I thought about-what if a photographer followed me around-
      how many times do I touch my hair?
      We also need to consider that many of her activities happen outside in the elements. Of course, she could
      spray an entire can of extra-hold (hopefully enviro-friendly kind) and end up with hair looking like a mannequin's wig, as
      some royal tresses do.
      I constantly ask myself when looking at material from the internet: who is publishing this;do they have an agenda; is there evidence of slanting facts or presenting photos in order to elicit a particular thought or emotional
      reaction? mk

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    4. mk, you're absolutely correct and for this very reason I like to check websites like Getty, for example, where you may see an entire series of photos from a particular event.

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    5. Oh, I hope they aren't only publishing the hair touching photos on purpose! The professional photogs can snap dozens of pictures a minute, which is why we should never see a closed eyes photo, but to pick something to make someone look bad is just rude.

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    6. royalfan-good idea!
      Robin-it is done all the time. Have you ever noticed a photo accompanying an article about a politician varies,
      relating to the news source's editorial views? I've seen some really ugly pictures of people who aren't really
      that bad looking and vice-versa. Some people who won't read the article will see and remember the photo.
      Kate may very well have a frequent hair touching habit. I don't know.
      I remember one year for Remembrance Day one site
      featured only one picture-she looked like she was twirling her hair, but video elsewhere showed she was just
      brushing a wind blwn lock out of the way. Who hasn't done that? mk

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    7. Re hair touching, I noticed that her last balcony appearance she 'flipped' her long hair at least twice, seemingly giving no thought to Prince Harry standing right behind her. And this was a video, not still shots.
      Appearances certainly can be deceiving, but it struck me as incredibly rude.

      http://fromberkshiretobuckingham.blogspot.com/2015/06/trooping-2015-not-exactly-finest-hour.html

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    8. Well, now, "flipping" is an entirely different manoeuvre from touching.There is also fluffing, patting, and swishing.
      Maybe Jane could do a post on them.
      I couldn't find that video. I'm sure your point is well-taken. mk

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    9. Here's one video:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TA--g2EeX6Y

      Jane doing a post on them (hair manoeuvres) is an excellent idea!

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  10. El rostro de Kate luce igual a cuando estaba embarazada de George

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    1. De acuerdo pero pienso es porque del corte de pelo nuevo.

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    2. Sorry can you write in English do we all can enjoy your comments. Not trying to be rude.

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    3. I think it is great that people speaking languages other than English can enjoy this blog and want to write in a language they feel comfortable with. Thank you for your contribution, Sofia and Faith!

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    4. Thanks for your support anon 9:52 :-) I like the idea of posters writing comments in which ever language they are most comfortable as well. It lends a nice
      international flavor to the comments section, and with readers from around the world, everyone should be able to find other native speakers or someone dying to practice some old skills (me).

      Anon 2:06. I should have posted a translation to my comment. Claudia translated Sofia's comment in her post. Sofia said that she thought Kate's face looked like it did when she was pregnant with George. I replied that I agreed but I thought it was due to the new haircut.

      I don't want to talk for Sofia, obviously, but she may not have realized that she posted en espanol. Bilingual people go back and forth between the languages so easily that it often happens when writing.

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    5. Agree, post in the language you are most comfortable. All of us have access to translation devices on the computer or good dictionaries at home. Love seeing the different languages and the nuances of those different languages in conversation. Plus many readers on the internet, if not most, are competent in more than one language.:):)Ali

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    6. Thank you Girls. I'm from Perú by the way

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  11. I thought she looked great --- It's such a limited and brief glimpse that I feel strange discussing it too much, but the biggest thing that struck me was she just looked good overall, healthier even. Sofia thinks she looked like she did when she was pregnant with George... that thought crossed my mind, but it could just be the hair and turtleneck!

    Again it was only a glimpse at barely her head and shoulders :) but my first impression was that she looked quite well!

    Claudia

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  12. I think Kate looks really greaz with that fringe! I liked this hairstyle when she first debuted it in 2012 and I like it now.

    I'm so happy that we finally get to see Kate again, it has neen such a long time! Looking forward to Thursday :)

    The Hobbs Coat is one of my favourites - the colour is beautiful, very autumnal and looks great on her. I also think it looked best when she wore it in Grimsby.

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  13. the duchess is a carbon copy of her mother I love the coat as well looking forward seeing her on Tuesday

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  14. Maybe I should post this on the fashion thread, but as the matter is being brought up here I can only join the comments. I think the fringe doesn't suit her at all, but this one that Kate wears is far better than the awful bangs she sported during the early days with George's pregnancy... I think that maybe a more defined a clear-cut fringe would suit her better.... IMO this one is because hair has grown and with the baby and all she hadn't had time to cut it LOL. Otherwise I don't know why she would let her hair like that... I think Kate prefers her hair back to normal... I am almost sure those bangs will vanish once she visits the hairdresser...

    For a moment I thought she had cut her hair because should-length would look quite good on her.... that I saw it was just the pic that made it look like that.

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  15. Guess I am in the minority, then, regarding this coat. Altho I like the general style and cut, I dislike the colour on the grounds that its too muddy. Nether brown nor wine, it appears to be some combination of both--which has no name--and, IMO, winds up looking drab.

    Regarding the fringe, I am of two minds. If, as some have suggested, Kate had it done to camouflage post-partum hair loss, then good for her, but if she just felt like a change to give herself a lift, then I think she made a mistake. Instead of bangs, she would've been better off going to a good salon in London and getting 3 or 4 inches cut off the bottom of her hair, and maybe getting a few layers cut to frame her face--altho none shorter than her chin. This would've provided more lift at the top without compromising her ability to wear her hair off her face in an updo. Nor do I like the mid-forehead part; it lengthens her face and does her no favour. Just my opinion, but given the shape of her face, Kate should avoid bangs, unless, as stated, she was suffering from hair loss, due to pregnancy.

    But ladies, there is another point which seems everyone has missed; Kate attended church at Balmoral hatless! Surely, this constitutes a deliberate breach in Royal protocol. Either that, or Kate did not have the funds necessary to commission a bespoke hat--and it would've had to have been bespoke, given the strange colour of her coat--and so was given a Royal pass.

    JC

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    1. Maybe she put it on prior to entering the church?

      Maybe it didn't fit well in the Range Rover and she waited till they arrived. There are no photos of them at the church so we really don't know that she broke protocol. IMO

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    2. JC, I would not object to shorter hair and layering. And have said so... :)

      Regarding the hat, well, I missed that one! I admit that it never occurred to me until I read your comment. Perhaps it isn't "required" since they are not on duty? Just a guess on my part...

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    3. I agree with you, I don't like the color of the coat either. I think part of it for me so she is a brunette, and with no accent color other than black it is very bland. The Christmas she was pregnant with George I liked it much better with the red scarf and red clutch.

      This affinity for brown reminds me of this past Christmas. I think it could have been a bit more youthful and stylish (while still classy and elegant) if she incorporated a bit more of a pop of color.

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    4. Royalfan, get those bifocals out! I know you missed the hatless thing--seems everyone did, except, of course, (puffing up chest) yours truly. Not that I care, one way or the other, but since this is a fashion site, I thought it worthy of note. If anything, I am inclined to think that hats are both passé and too bloody expensive, not to mention frequently hideous. (Exceptions would include visits to Norway, Russia, Winnipeg, in winter, and visits to either pole at virtually any time of year. Under such circumstances, only fur will do--I know, I know, not politically correct, but preferable to frostbite.)

      Anon, Sept. 14/15 @ 7:09 PM. Think you nailed it; brunettes should steer clear of med-dark brown. (And so should most blondes and redheads.) Brown is a wretched colour. I absolutely love some of its first cousins, tho--taupe, camel, caramel.)

      I have concluded that attending public--if you live in North America, read *private*--schools in G.B., renders most female attendees fashion-stupid. After all, they are forced to wear ugly--they're all ugly--uniforms from Mon. to Fri., elevating jeans, which they are allowed to wear on weekends, to the positively decadent, almost indecent! I base this not just on Kate, but upon many female Brits who attend high profile weddings. We normals in N.A., have already had years of experimentation under our belts, often to our detriment, but, by the time we are 18, we have begun to grasp--even if we cannot all afford it--the fashion basics, altho, to be sure, none of us go on to be subjected to the view of Edwardians, like HMTQ or the current POW.

      The fashion deck has really been stacked against Kate.

      Just some random thoughts.

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    5. Guilty as charged, JC. It's not often that I am accused of missing something (or as some might say..."letting it go.") LOL. Perhaps it was the hairstyle; it was *the* hot topic. I attempted to do a search for "dress code at Crathie Kirk," but did not find anything to share. Again, my only guess is that hats are not mandatory (and Sunday service is open to everyone).

      But I confess to liking hats with wide brims. The smaller hats or fascinators favored by Kate are not my number one choice. Think Queen Maxima or Princess Michael of Kent; they pull it off beautifully. And I want credit for saying this (lol), but I also believe it's a good look on Camilla.

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  16. Possible her hat was with her just not worn in the car? Did anyone see any picture of the Queen going to church that morning? Any pictures of Catherine and William walking into or out of church?

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  17. I like the Hobbs coat-- I think it's a lovely fall color and don't mind the rewear at all. On the other hand... I have to go against the grain and say I greatly dislike the fringe/bangs on Kate. I feel like she refuses to commit to them and I think parting them in the middle ages her and isn't flattering. Side-swept bangs are my favorite, so I think she either needs to go all the way (ie, commit to the fringe) or shorten her hair a bit and add some layers to frame her face.

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    1. Agree. She may just suffer from that post baby instinct to change something about oneself, suffered from it myself till my third:) Ali

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  18. This weekend was very cold. We were up quite near the Scottish border for a family wedding and it was freezing there---a lot father South than Balmoral. I suspect she wrapped up in the warmest clothes and if she hadn't a matching hat with her, chose warmth.

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  19. She looks amazing ! Love her hairstyle, she looks absolutely great and that coat is beautiful....

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  20. really she looked so beautiful and loved

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