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Duchess Kate Visits Dundee In Bespoke Christopher Kane

Friday, October 23, 2015

What a week! Kate kicked it off on Tuesday with her appearance at the State Banquet, glittering in the Queen's diamonds and wearing a stunning, bespoke gown from our favorite Jenny P. She quickly followed that up with a new label debut on Wednesday when she wore Dolce & Gabbana for the first time! The question was, of course, could the Duchess close the week on high? The bar was pretty high, but how could we doubt her? Kate and William were in Dundee today for a slew of engagements in the Scottish town and friends, this might be my favorite look of the week. 



The Duke & Duchess blended work and play for this Away Day. The couple travelled north to Scotland yesterday, and spent the night at Old Course Hotel in St. Andrews, the town in which they met and fell in love. The hotel commands a stunning view of the ocean and golf course.



Today they undertook a number of engagements that highlighted their campaign to promote a better understanding and support for people with mental health problems. 



During a lot of these events we get little tidbits about the Cambridges' life or individual personalities. Today, I was charmed to learn that Kate doesn't like computer games (nor do I). According to People, William remarked:

"I can't educate her, she's not interested."

Apparently, Kate had trouble getting the hang of it, but was able to enjoy a lightly more bucolic game:
A quieter game was shown the couple toward the end of their visit. Based on an intricate William Morris floral print, "Strawberry Thief" is activated by striking fingers over the face of a tablet computer as insects gather berries.
"Prince William said he could see how calm it was and that Kate would like it," the game's designer, Sophia George, 25, tells PEOPLE. "So that's definitely made my day."
I love her. A woman after my own heart. 


Kate also proved she is a hyprocite for love..aren't we all. 
Outside the Dundee Rep, Kate and William took the time to speak to several well-wishers, including a 28-year-old who asked Kate if William was still riding his motorcycle...She responded, “He’s still riding it. It always fills me with horror when he goes out on it,” continuing, “I’m terrified. Hopefully, I’m going to keep George off it.”
William loves his motorcycle, supposedly he enjoys the anonymity of the helmet, but let's be honest. he is a boy. He likes motorcycles because they are...motorcycles. I cannot speak to recent history, but certainly in the past Kate has been spotted riding with William around Anglesey. Still, a woman can ride a motorcycle and it can still fill her with horror. For some reason, this is an area we either can't win, or simply indulge for its adolescent enthusiasm. You know what they say: the only difference between men and boys...is the price of their toys. 


Often, when William and Kate undertake an engagement in an area they aren't usually in, they will schedule a cultural/tourist event. Today, they visited an historic ship, which seems appropriate given their love of sailing:


On to fashion. First let's talk about the look objectively. Do you remember once upon a time Kate wore a shiny blue coat from Christopher Kane? She debuted it at the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony Welcome Reception. I was...non-plussed. En fait, I disliked it very much. Shiny, odd structure, the list goes on...We didn't get any full length photos from that event, but I was not hopeful.



Kate recycled it at the Order of the Garter in 2014 and my worst fears were confirmed. This is a bespoke and heavily tailored coat. It should have been a smash hit, but it was such a disappointing flop. I shouldn't be too harsh. Kate can transform almost everything (except The Dreaded Moloh and the Reiss Delaney...). I didn't loathe it, but I didn't love it. Don't be fooled, these old dudes are swooning over Kate, not the coat:



We all have off days. We all have that moment where we walk into the mid-term feeling like a champ and leave feeling like a chimpanzee. Good news, you can recover, and that is just what Christopher Kane did today. He didn't just recover, he cleaned up. This bespoke coat is very much like his first creation, a veritable variation on a theme. He has tweaked a few elements and those changes have made all the difference. Most importantly, he changed the fabric.  This lighter material, in a delicate houndstooth, has more movement and is far more flattering than the first go-round:



He also changed some design elements. He gave a flare to the skirt and incorporated a loose lapel, which added an unusual and interesting element that gave the coat a soft and feminine edge. This was drop-dead gorgeous. Underneath the coat, Kate had a matching "kilt" skirt, obviously a nod to her Scottish surroundings. 


The skirt was in a matching houndstooth to Kate's coat, and featured the requisite pleats and over-sized buttons to qualify as a kilt:



Why did I love this ensemble? I loved this because it was Oh. So. Kate Middleton and it hearkened back to another time she walked the brisk streets of a Scottish town, in a turtleneck and those same Aquatalia boots, as she waved at fans:



When she took the coat off, the skirt and turtleneck reminded me so much of the old days. Kate had a real penchant for turtlenecks and mini-skirts, and it seems she hasn't lost the proclivity:


And, of course, it is in the black and blue style that Kate loves so much and does so very well:



Anytime William and Kate return to Scotland I get nostalgic. Not just for their romance, but for my own past, the furtive hours I spent as a teenager tracking Kate on the massive computer in my parents' bedroom, the excitement at a single picture every three or four months, my detailed repliKating...before that was a thing. Today, Kate displayed how she has changed, matured, evolved, what you will. She was more polished, and more perfect, but I saw so much of the girl she has been when we all were scanning the papers for the Mahiki and Whiskey Mist reports and wondering when, OH When, was William going to pop the question.



Some things haven't changed, though. The same enthusiasm she had as a bride-to-be, on the brink of a royal life...



...is still present today:


And the joy and love we could saw between the freshly engaged couple, flushed with happines and excitement...



...is now earning them the title of "Longest Running Honeymoon-Couple":


Life has odd twists and turns. On October 23, 2010 William and Kate--in the exact same color scheme, I might add--confidently walked into a little church in Gloucestershire with a very special glow. Unbeknownst to anyone, they were finally engaged to be married:


On October 23, 2012, in the glittering reception rooms of Buckingham Palace, HRH the Duchess of Cambridge, in her capacity as a senior royal of the British Royal Family, congratulated medalists of the Olympic and Paralympic Games:


On October 23, 2013 a radiant Kate carried her first-born child and the future king of England out of St. James's Chapel Royal after his christening:


On October 23, 2014, pregnant with Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, Kate lit up the pink carpet for Action on Addiction after battling through her crippling HG:



Today, October 23, 2015, Kate was back in Scotland carrying out multiple engagements and walkabouts with her Prince Charming, just a hop, skip, and a jump from where it all began. Yes, life has twists and turns. Thankfully, Kate continues to overcome every hurdle along the path of her happily ever after... 






70 comments:

  1. He gave a flare to the skirt and incorporated a loose lapel, which added an unusual and interesting element that gave the coat a soft and famine edge"
    I think you meant feminine edge? Not sure if this is more feminine but I agree it's a more flattering color and the fabric drapes well, except across the bust where the placket and darts are a bit strained. The sweater might have added a bit of bulk. This is a MUCH better look than the lacey number on Wed.-- so much more professional and tailored. She also seems to have a hunky new security guy (a bit James Bondish) who never took his eyes off her.

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    1. Sorry, yes feminine. It has been amended. :)

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  2. Forgot to mention that my favorite photo of the day's events is Kate racing up the stairs ahead of William to take the helm!

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  3. LOVE everything about this coat. She looks marvelous today. When I saw your pictures of her in turtlenecks and short skirts I badly wished I was young enough to dress like that. Actually, I guess I think that quite often when I view pictures of Kate. Oh well, I cannot turn back the clock so I'll have to be content to admire her style.

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  4. Thanks for another great post Jane. So nice to see the October 23rd events all laid out like this. Strangely, I think her hair shows the most change to a more sophisticated, grown up style. How beautiful and luscious it looks here. You can love them or hate them (I love them) but the bangs add a dimension to her style that just wasn't there in the pictures from previous years. Absolutely love the coat and skirt. She really does rock the blue and black (another combination that some love to hate). What a fantastic week. Have a restful weekend Jane. More to come next week.

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    1. Thanks, Jane! I am hoping to get a lot of sleep, certainly! :)

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  5. Another win for Kate this week! All great looks and all so different they can't even be compared. I do wish she would wear hose and tights that didn't bag at the knees. That is my only complaint about today's look. Everything else - coat, skirt, boots, earrings - was a win! Great retrospective, Jane!

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  6. Hi Jane Another great post. Kate again hit it out of the ball park today. Love seeing them together. You can tell they are so in love just by the looks they give each other. I bet thye enjoyed there night alone with out the kids. Parents need a night alone away from the kids.
    Cant wait to see them on Monday then Kate doing two solo engagements on Tuesday. I am afraid that will be the last time we will see her and William together for awhile. Hope they enjoy their time on holiday if they take one in November.

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  7. Your post may have taken awhile, but it was worth it. Lovely post. I really enjoy seeing what Kate was doing on the same day through the years.

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    1. I am so sorry about that! It has been a long week burning the candle at both ends and last night was the first time in years that I thought about not finishing the post and leaving it for the next day...obviously not na option. I am sorry it was so late! Glad you enjoyed it, though. :)

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    2. Jane, absolutely no apology needed!!!! Your post was so very well written and heartfelt it was well worth the wait. THANK YOU for taking the time during your very busy schedule to continue this blog and Kate's Clothes. How was you exam.

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  8. I waited and waited and then waited some more...until you finally posted, Jane. Totally agree with your take on the two Christopher Kane coats. What was Kate thinking when she wore that sheeny-shiny pastel blue coat, especially in the daytime? For that matter, what was behind Kane's thinking to produce such a disaster?! Yesterdays version, very similar in design, was a MAJOR improvement; the lapel was much more interesting, but it really was the material which made the difference. Hats off to both Kate and Kane.

    I also liked the matching skirt, and the use of black accessories, altho, IMO, this should be the last winter for these boots--I like them, but they are beginning to show some wear. (Shout out to Kate: Why not replace them with a pair of smooth black leather boots, and while you're at it, get yourself a pair of matching smooth leather gloves and a smooth leather purse/clutch? Time to branch out a bit from your obsession with suede.)

    All in all, tho, I have to give this outfit a solid two thumbs up, despite the fact that I dislike opaque black winter tights; I much prefer the more translucent black nylons. (Kate, I managed to get through many a Canadian winter on the latter; tights are for children, particularly in your more moderate climate.)

    According to reports, William and Kate actually arrived in Scotland the night before, and spent the night at the Old Course Hotel--so named because it overlooks a used?disused? golf course--in St. Andrews. Could this be the same hotel where, once upon a time, a younger version of themselves once went swimming together?

    Lastly,I have to mention Kate's hair--truly a remarkable achievement over 2013/14.

    JC

    P.S. The mental health of youth is a great cause to highlight!

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    1. I have to agree with you about the suede. I saw some gorgeous new Aquatalia boots in a store in Knightsbridge that were smooth leather and they would look fantastic on Kate!

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    2. I'm sorry, but I have to disagree with you :)
      I love the Aquatalia boots, and I am a big fan of suede. These boots highlight her slim legs and look very classic and preppy. For me, they are typical 'Kate Middleton'. They look fantastic with black stockings and a short dress/coat /skirt. I also prefer suede over leather, just my honest opinion .

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    3. I agree with you Sonja, I like the suede accessories as well.

      I also liked the ice blue Kane outfit when she wore it for the more formal Garter Ceremony, I definitely did not consider it a "disaster" especially for this more formal occasion.

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  9. Kate looks wonderful. I love that shade of blue on her.
    I wonder where Mr Security is these days......?

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  10. It really is lovely to see Kate wearing her trademark short skirt and turtleneck again. I haven't enjoyed as much the skirts past the knee, and prefer this younger silhouette. Thank you for all the photos and commentary, Jane. I particularly like the one from this visit where Kate is looking up at William, eyes full of trust.

    Please do forgive me if my question is something that's been discussed ad nauseum previously. I'm new here. When Kate, as this article shows, wears a kilt in keeping with her visit to Scotland, or wears, in symbolic fashion, a lotus tiara with a nod to the Orient when meeting the Chinese president, who is behind all these ideas? Much as I love Kate, I can't imagine her at a clothing store plotting this all herself, so who advises her on these intricate fashion details?

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    1. Hi Allie, welcome! Kate has a team including, but not limited, to Rebecca Deacon, Natasha Archer, etc. I am sure someone on the team researches colors, floral significance, etc, and gives Kate a brief on all those elements. Whether she thinks about that while she shops or whether they also present her with options to choose from probably depends on the event and even her mood. But, yes, when she wears something obviously heavy with symbolism, I assume someone gave her a rundown of what to consider. :) I think Kate probably shops online a lot, too.

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    2. I was thinking that too, Allie, I really like the turtlenecks combined with a shorter (straight) skirt and black hose. It's a look that can be dressed down, or up.

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    3. I like this look too Allie and royalfan. Its power dressing with a Scottish twist. Agree with JC and Robin that new black boots would be a welcome change. I guess I'm the only one that likes the ice blue Christopher Kane. I thought the unusual color looked great on her and I like the structured style. The coat is not ordinary and I like that. My wedding
      gown was ice blue (my something blue) so I guess I am partial toward the shade.

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    4. Faith, I do like the ice blue Christopher Kane. The color works well with her complexion and it's very elegant. And your wedding gown sounds lovely! I love choices that are "different" ... :)

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    5. I actually like the ice blue coat, too. Thought I was the only one. :-)

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    6. Oh good, I have company royalfan and Victoria:-) I was beginning to think I had bad taste and didn't know it. Btw thank you for putting up the video links royalfan. They are great. Enjoyed watching them.

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    7. I'm glad you enjoyed the videos, Faith.

      And we're up to three on the ice blue coat. :) I forgot to mention that I *love* the blue topaz earrings she is wearing in the first CK photo...even more so when her hair is up!

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    8. Ok...well count me as a fourth on the ice blue coat. I quite liked it..especially with the hat. I think the reason people dislike it is the Satin...it is a hard fabric to get right. I think it brings back memories of the terrible bridesmaid dresses of the 90's with the puffy lambs leg sleeves that were so popular. But surely Jane is too young to remember those?

      I can see why some people would disike it but you can put me in the plus column for. it. The color was lovely on Kate.

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    9. Laura I think you have got it right about the satin:) It is a gorgeous color and looked lovely on Catherine. I wonder if the fabric looked much better in person. I am always so amazed at how different fabrics in color, texture and pattern look in person under natural lighting and how different they appear in photos or video. ali

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    10. Are we up to five? :-)

      Royalfan, the blue topaz hoops are my favorite Kate earrings and they were perfect with that coat. The color of the material really brought out the blue in the earrings. Beautiful pairing actually.

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    11. Laura in Canada I think you got the exact reason for the dislike of the ice blue dress. The color is great but that satin is not. I don't even like satin much on bridal gowns unless there is a lot of lace and beading to go along. I also don't think satin looks good tailored. I have to agree more with Jane on this one because that fabric is a problem. The earrings are beautiful! I hope she wears the color again, though, because it looks fabulous on her.

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  11. Love the outfit---but what does that matter, when she has the most beautiful eyes and a lovely smile.
    Jane---you certainly choose the loveliest photos.
    The last couple of pieces I have submitted have lost the "from Lancs" bit. Sorry about that, presumably I pressed the wrong button.

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  12. Carmen, The NetherlandsOctober 24, 2015 at 4:24 AM

    How lovely that they spent a night in beautiful St. Andrews! My husband an I visited St. Andrews last year during our honeymoon in Scotland and it's such a romantic and magical place. Great for them that they fell in love in such a special town.
    The blue coat looks lovely on Kate. Hair and make-up are beautiful as well! She's glowing, maybe because she had a great time with William in Scotland, or maybe because she is always glowing and almost too pretty to be true :)

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    1. I would LOVE to visit St. Andrews. I have never been to Scotland. Hopefully in the next few years. :)

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    2. You would LOVE St. Andrews, Jane. It is so beautiful. The photo above does not exaggerate the loveliness of the Old Course and the Old Course Hotel. Very romantic place for them to spend the night - especially with the added significance of it being in the town where they met and fell in love.

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    3. Marion from GermanyOctober 24, 2015 at 11:37 AM

      St. Andrews is truly wonderful, as is the rest of Scotland. My family and I spent our summer holiday in Scotland this year. We rented a lovely cottage between Glasgow and Edinburgh and did not regret to go there. My husband was afraid of a rainy summer and did not want to go there in the first place, but I was successful in persuading him and he liked it as well.

      The only negative aspect is that St. Andrews is incredibly crowded in the summer time, but as we were part of the tourist crowd, we had no right to complain. The same is true for Edinburgh, which is one of the most beautiful and impressive cities I have seen so far, but also very crowded. But the Scottish people have nerves of steel and are extremely friendly. It is definitely a great place to go.

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    4. It is a fantastic place to visit.. I was able to spend four weeks touring Scotland from below Edinburgh up to St Andrews over to Oban and then the Outter Hibberdean Islands up to the northern tip of Scotland and then Orkney and Shetland - ALL if it exquisite and all very different. I would love to go back and just live in a small cottage foe the summer.. Jane I really hope you can spend a chunk of time in this beautiful country.

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  13. I wish she would lose those boots. Love the coat and like the skirt.. but the boots? Nooooo

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    1. I actually think they really contribute to the youthful look of the of the outfit and actually pulls the whole outfit together.

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  14. Two things - does the coat seem to pull funny at that top hidden button? I think she would look better with a touch of color on her lips. She has the strong eye thing going and a little color would help balance that. Maybe it's just me, I'm not a fan of the whole nude-lip trend.

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  15. Loved this look - and Kate's enthusiasm:)

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  16. LOVE that coat! And loved this post Jane. The look backs are always so fun :)

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  17. Hello everyone...Nothing better than enjoying my Saturday morning coffee and a wonderful post from Jane!!

    This outfit is spot on. And kills more than one of the concerns that some naysayers have out out there....."oh..I wish she would take her coat off when inside" - done! "Oh..I wish she would wear more skirts and not just dresses ....done! " oh...I wish she would dress more youthful, " ...done!!

    This outfit was smart, vibrant, classy and youthful. Love the matching skirt and jacket. Love the colour and love the skirt. The buttons on the skirt are way cute and I only wish we could see it better.

    I know the tights and boots is not everyone cups of tea but it very very common over the last couple of years. Plus not only are tights warm ...the risk of getting the a run in them is much lower. Can you imagine if Kate was wearing nylons/hose and she suddenly found herself with a run or snag in them.?? It would be a media frenzy! I know that I can barely get out my front door without discovering a run in mine let alone spending three hours walking, talking and kneeling at an event with a thousand cameras on you.

    The boots are getting a little old but I still think they work for this outfit and the only reason I would campaign for a new pair is just for my own entertainment!

    Two thumbs up all the way around. This was a great outfit and capped off a great week for our favourite Duchess!

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    1. Laura, great post...all good points. :)

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    2. Spot on Laura. Couldn't help but think somewhat in the same manner. This was such a youthful look without looking (for lack of a better term) "immature girlish". I sure hope no one will try to call this outfit "dowdy" or say it makes her looks so much older. Wish I could wear this type of skirt.

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  18. Great comment Laura, but I would add one more in "check" column. Many naysayers complained about her constantly fidgeting with her hair. The bangs have solved that. Since she had them cut, I've not seen any fidgeting or pushing her hair behind her ears. In the looks back that Jane has included here, I am reminded of how often she had to do that to keep her hair from falling in her face. So, "I wish she would stop fidgeting with her hair all the time" - done!

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    1. Good point. I am so-so on the bangs put you are absolutely right. They do not hang in her face and I liked the way they were styled today. Excellent point.

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  19. It is so cute that they stayed in St Andrews for the night :) must have brought back so many happy memories.

    I really like her outfit. The slim fitted and taylored ssilhouettelooks so great on Kate, much better than the Reiss coat fot the Rugby Worldcup Opening (which was the same colour, but too huge and boxy on her), this coat is so much better!
    It's a classical Kate piece, I really like that she wore a kilt to honour Scotland.

    I also hope Kate is going to keep George off the motorcycle - but as you said, boys are boys ;)

    Do you think they may have secretly visited the University of St Andrews if they were already in town? I know that I would have if were Kate...

    Thank you for this great post! Was definitely worth the wait :)

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  20. Thank you Jane, once again for the great post with great photos. :) I must admit you've changed my mind about this look, originally I thought it a bit boring, same old royal blue (she wears a LOT of primary colors which to me seems a bit Nancy Reagon-ish, lol, not that Kate herself is anything like NR, just the colors), and the cut was so straight and simple, I didn't really like it. But now I see the detail, the subtle houndstooth of the fabric and the matching kilt - I really like it, and it seems totally appropriate in every way for the function. I love her turtleneck and black boots/tights, she looks pulled-together and warm. She looks so much more mature now with the new hair, and the major life experiences she's had in such a short time. She is becoming the most poised royal out there, actually she's always been that, but it's more obvious every time I see her. What a lady!

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  21. I'm just going to say it: She has lost a lot of weight, and I personally doesn't find it very flattering on her and it even ruins the whole wardrobe for me this time.
    I really don't want to open up a 'is this even healthy' or 'is she mybe under a lot of stress' discussion, for obvious reasons.
    But I personally feel a little bit sad that her pregnancy and newly-mum cheeks are gone and that she is a part of holding up that enourmous high bar for already very strict body images of women.
    Alice

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    1. Marion from GermanyOctober 25, 2015 at 12:14 AM

      I can see your point Alice, but given that nature of Kate’s public position and every detail of her looks being monitored and commented (!) on, I understand that it is “easier” for Kate to regain and keep a very slim figure than bearing the mean comments that woman with a “normal” body shape have to endure. Just think of what the York sisters had to read in the past years about how they look. Beatrice opted for a strict diet and I cannot blame her for that.
      Can you just imagine the hurricane of malicious and derogatory comments if Kate had not “bounced back” in next to no time to size zero?

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    2. Sonja from BavariaOctober 25, 2015 at 1:56 AM

      Well, I personally don't think that she's lost too much weight. She is slim and has gorgeous legs and her clothes look great on her. But sometimes, I also miss her newly-mom cheeks or her fuller face during her pregnancy, I just like it when her face looks softer...

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    3. Over the years, I have read many comments about Kate's figure and the theories behind it. My take...I honestly don't see the mystery. Aside from a fuller face when Kate first came on the scene (what I consider to be normal "puppy fat" associated with age), she has always had a great figure. And likewise for Carole and Pippa from day one.

      I think Kate's figure is a combination of good genes, good choices, and taking pride in her appearance. Naturally, our faces and bodies change as we get older, but I don't see a drastic difference here; certainly nothing that cannot be explained by considering the normal aging process, stress, taking care of an infant and toddler, and a proactive approach to health and fitness.

      It does become more difficult as one gets older, but it CAN be done, even without their bank balances. :)

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    4. I honestly hesitate to speculate about anyone's health or wellness based solely on photos, especially since there is a wide range of body types that are all "healthy." However, even looking at some of the old photos Jane posted here, it's abundantly clear that Kate lost a great deal of weight between her girlfriend days and her duchess days. Royalfan, your comment about Kate's figure being a "proactive approach to health and fitness" concerns me - she was a slender, athletic woman BEFORE she slimmed down, and is probably still quite healthy even though she's noticeably smaller (at least, I have no reason to speculate that she is not). I'm just concerned about sending the message that in order to be proactive about health one must be be extremely slim. Many, many female athletes, and healthy women generally, have thicker figures than Kate, and there's nothing at all wrong with that. Kate herself had a fuller figure at one point and looked wonderful and was clearly quite athletic. I can't even pretend to understand the extreme pressure she must feel to fit a certain, narrow media ideal of beauty, which is probably the reason she's so incredibly focused on maintaining a particular kind of figure now, but I don't think health-consciousness necessarily leads to extreme thinness. Sorry if I misunderstood the point you were making . . .

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    5. Anon 6:06, as ironic as it may sound (I realize), I commented on this subject because I do NOT like the speculation over her weight and health. I attempted to point out that she was in great shape from her university days, and I do not believe she is obsessed with her weight (again, I point to Carole and Pippa).

      I mentioned normal, natural reasons for a degree of weight loss over the last ten years or so. And my reference to "proactive approach to health and fitness" was not intended to suggest anything more complicated than my *guess* that she does exercise because she is tone (Pilates perhaps?) and, instead of reaching for a bag of chips, she may opt for a healthy snack.

      I hope this comment is a bit clearer than my first may have been... :)

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    6. She looks about the same as college days. Her face is slimmer, pretty much natural change over ten years. Her legs look a bit slimmer but mainly less muscular. She may be 5 lbs different and she may have gone that way no matter what her lifestyle, maybe she was 10 pounds heavier during her college years than she was at any other time in her life. Most of us fluctuate 5 to 10 pounds over the years, I also happen to look much thinner now than at a lower wight 10 years ago due to natural aging and less muscle mass. It happens:)

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    7. Another aspect to take into consideration (besides the fact that your face has a tendency to slim down as you get older) is that she's not a partying college girl anymore. No clubbing, not as much alcohol, no eating late during study sessions. I can see ten pounds going away when the college lifestyle goes away.

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  22. I love the outfit, great colour on her, very chic and beautiful. I even liked the previous CK coat. I also like the fact that she changed it up a bit. Hope they suport this cause more.

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  23. Does Kate have hair extensions?
    I have the Rhumba boots and love wearing them with black tights.
    I am not a fan of her Bobbi Brown makeup. Maybe give Charlotte Tillbury a try?
    It has been a joy to see Kate mature.
    Julie Boston, MA

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  24. Jane, I forgot to add that I enjoyed the same date retrospect. Gives one a nice overview of time.

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  25. Jane, forgive me for the random question, but I'm just wondering - are there any other women you admire or follow as much as you do the Duchess? Between your description of following her during the dating years, and the many times you've effusively praised her character, looks, and relationship, I'm just wondering if any other person has captured your interest the way she has. I'm particularly curious because I'm a lawyer, and I know you started law school, and I can think of a lot of pretty inspirational women in the legal profession. Not that I'm trying to dissuade you from your interest in the subject of this blog, I was just wondering if there were other people you looked up to as much

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    1. I am curious, too, Jane!

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  26. Oh, come one - she can't even look at him without it being cringeworhingly reported as "the look of love?" Jane, you can do better then that, you are a good writer.

    The look - I like it very much. I don't wear turtlenecks as I don't like fabrics to envelope my neck but Kate looks super comfortable.

    Her hair looks great! Definitely extensions and nothing wrong with that, I say!

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  27. Jane, I hope it's okay to post this...

    Two short ITN videos from yesterday's visit to Dundee.

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

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  28. oh I love her outfit very much and I love her hair and I love they stay in the night its their dating years im quite learning she been relax now than the her state dinner and with mr and mrs president outing just observation

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  29. Did anyone notice that her eyeliner did not totally encircle her eyes on this day? Yay, no raccoon eyes! I always think Kate looks stunning and I love her look today. Martha in SC

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  30. I can't seem to reply to comments here today but thank you, royalfan, for that link. Video clips of all kinds of royal events!

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    1. You're welcome! I have the link saved to my favorites and (when I remember :), I like to take a peek at the latest royal engagement.

      As I watched the videos from Dundee, I thought, they really are an amazing team; in sync doesn't begin to cover it.

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    2. They are a great team. Best thing to happen to the BRF for a long time.

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  31. Can I make a prediction? I feel like this coat might get an outing on Christmas day at Sandringham...

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    1. Georgia, you may be right! I love this outfit. Every bit of it.

      This was my prediction a few weeks ago, but me thinks I have competition :))

      http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/catherine-duchess-of-cambridge-and-prince-harry-attend-the-news-photo/488991728

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  32. A new dress premiered at BAFTA event today! Can't wait to see what photos Jane chooses!

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