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Kate & William Watch Wales v. Australia at Rugby World Cup

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Friends, you win some, you lose some. I learn this weekly in Torts. Today, I was reminded of it in fashion. We saw Kate earlier in the afternoon when she recycled her Tory Burch for a visit to Mind in Harrow.  It was a win. A big win.  To universal delight, the Duke and Duchess changed and attended the Wales v. Australia rugby game at Twickenham. She wore the Reiss "Delaney."


To which coat does Jane have the greatest aversion? If you are a longtime reader, you better be shouting, "The Dreaded Moloh!" I'd mark you correct for your answer, but I think even that coat is displaced by the Reiss "Delaney." I very frankly and unabashedly believe that Kate has almost never made a fashion miss-step. Everything she wears is pretty much perfect in my mind. But, when you are exceptional, you are held to higher standard, so the few times my fashion muse has failed me...it really has left an impression.

I always get in trouble when I am negative, but I just can't put a positive spin on this coat. Kate debuted it in the winter of 2013. She wore it with corduroy like jeans and her furry booties.


I am not going to drag everyone through the analysis again, if you need a refresher, this is the post on that appearance. Today, We didn't really get the full effect. Most of the shots barely show Kate, and what we can see looks good. Grey is a fantastic color on Kate and she mixed it with the mysterious back top, which we now know is not a dress. I thought she looked great in these barely visible shots. Love it. Grey, deep red, and black on a glowing princess. It's practically perfect.

The caveat is, of course, that she put this coat with jeans and her Aquatalia Rumba boots. I myself own the Aquatalia Rumba boots and love them. But, they don't go with jeans. Kate is the Queen of boots. She taught me how to wear boots. These boots don't go well with jeans.


To sum up, the ensemble looks fine in the majority of the photos we actually have, but I am absolutely certain I would have disliked this had we gotten the full effect. So, 85% win on pictures, not a hopeful outlook were I to judge the complete outfit. I think Kate wore this as revenge for my position on pap photos of her children, and she almost has me crying "uncle." :)



No melt-downs in the comment section. I know it is just clothes, but, that is half the reason we are here. Kate looked gloriously gorgeous. It was just that coat. We need to bribe Rebecca Deacon to trash it while Kate is off playing with Charlotte. 

105 comments:

  1. Well, I already admitted to not being fond of the coat the first time around, but I thought it worked today. The combination of black jeans/boots/top made the jacket more flattering than when it was combined with navy and black. IMO of course. :)

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    1. Part of my opinion is based on speculation about what more thorough photos would have shown. I agree it is better than the first wear. Far, far better. :) I just really dislike this jacket. I also don't think the Rumba boots should go with jeans. But.... The good news is, I really think it looked nice in the limited scope we saw it. Just the sleeves paired with her cherry scarf, etc. That all looked good.

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    2. Understood. :) Ironically, these boots contribute to my favorable opinion of today's look. I did not care for the wedge boots.

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    3. Totally agree with royalfan and Jane. This jacket just doesn't do it for me - it's boxy, not feminine or flattering in any way - but it was much more modern today. Plus it was hidden by a scarf, which helps! She looked great overall but ugh that jacket. Send it away!

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  2. I do not love the coat, but I don't hate it with these black skinny jeans, turtleneck and boots. I think she looks chic, I like the way the boots and jeans blend together so her legs look a mile long. I also like the choice of bag because it's just off from the same shade of the coat. She looks a little glamorous, but warm and pulled together. I think it's pretty good, not great, but not too bad. I'd love a different coat or cape or something more modern with the black jeans /boots combo though. And I love the Reiss dress, it looks great on her, she is sooo slim!!! I agree the bangs just get better and better. She is glowing. :)

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    1. Diane, yes! Her legs do look a mile long in comparison to the navy/black combination from last time. And I think the turtleneck makes a difference too. With all the black going on, this time she wore the jacket...it didn't wear her.

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  3. Kate always manages to look beautiful, and I love all the pieces ( boots, jeans, coat ) - just not together. Ladies, can you imagine every outfit you wear being critiqued?? Oh my, I envy Kate for many reasons, but not that. Good to know that no ones life is perfect!!

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    1. Couldn't agree more on the "always be criticized!", Caught a glimpse of my image in a glass door today as I was running errands and thought..."Darn good thing there is no papparazzi chasing me and taking pictures..". Must be exhausting having to have the perfect outfit every time you step out your front door!!

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  4. Great photos of the lovely couple. Wonderful that Kate is back to her normal life and she looks wonderful, they message they is that they enjoy being together, sharing their love for sports.

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  5. She wore black jeans and black boots and her gray Tod D bag. It all looked great.

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  6. Really? I tend to agree with you on Kate and fashion.I thought this coat went way better in today's wearing than the original bit I also own the Rumba boots and don't really get your aversion to wearing them with jeans. I think they look awesome with jeans, so I'd count this one a win.

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  7. I have never understood your aversion to this coat. I rather like it. I like it far better than an Emilia Wickstead which she wore during her first pregnancy. But my opinion seems often to be with the minority.

    It looks like William and Kate had fun at the match. Always nice to see.

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    1. I completely agree - I'll even go further to say that I love this coat. I have a jacket that is very similar, and have recreated her first outfit wearing it a few times. I don't mind the slight boxiness and sharp edges, but that's part of my personal style aesthetic, and I could see how some might not feel it fits DC as well stylistically.

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  8. I agree with you royalfan. I thought the look tonight was very good....and I too hated the first wearing. Don't even get me started...the pants were terrible on their own and made worse by the fact that they did not work with the jacket. But I digress. Tonight though...I agree..the grey coat with black jeans/black rhumba boots looked quite sleek and sophistictaed. And the darker burgandy scarf was a great accent.

    Jane if you follow the link you gave us at the bottom of the post you did earlier in the day...in takes us to a picture of the Duchess as she is coming into the stadium...a good full view of the total outfit. From that shot the boots look fine with the black jeans. But I will take your word...as I do know what you mean some boots look weird when you tuck your jeans in...usually because they are more mid calf length and need to come up higher (I usually think at least to just below the knee) in order for tucked in jeans to look okay. You can't tell from the picture where the boot ends...so it maybe is masking this point. I will take your word for it.

    All the same...it was great to see our favorite princess and I am excited that it sounds like we may see more of her before the month is out.

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    1. I agree too, Laura. First wear was a big yuck! Besides the furry boots and those leggings, the jacket didn't seem to fit correctly. However, this time, from what I could see, it looked pretty good. Maybe it was the addition of the turtleneck and the fact that it was unbuttoned. The color does work well for her and the detailed construction on the back of the jacket is
      nice. Not really excited about the earrings. A little too sweet for my taste but I am always interested in seeing new pieces.

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    2. Faith...we are so on the same page today. Not crazy about the earings....a little too cutesy...they are okay but not something I would run out and buy myself....(even if I could afford the price tag...) and that is saying something as I have several Kate pieces in my closet including the LK Bennet Sledge pump in 4 colors! (In their defense and mine...they are likely the easiest heel to walk in I have ever owned!!)

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    3. You do? :-) Which colors do you have? No wonder she favored them. So hard to find an attractive comfy pair of heels.

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    4. Sorry for the delayed response Faith....it is Thanksgiving here in Canada and have had a house full of family.

      I started with the shoes in beige/sand color very close to Kate's ...then got a red pair and then the grey pair and finally a pair in navy. Love the heel height and the fact that they are so easy to walk in.

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    5. No worries. Hope you had a great holiday. You are a wonderful advertisement for the Sledge. I might have to try a pair.

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  9. Hi Jane,

    Hahaha I loved this outfit and I loved it the first time :-). I found a link to a full length photo of Kate arriving at the match yesterday. Here it is:

    http://www.gettyimages.com.au/detail/news-photo/prince-william-duke-of-cambridge-and-catherine-duchess-of-news-photo/492141900

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    1. Oh - thanks for the full length - I definitely don't like it.

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    2. Wow! Actually, in full length I kind of like it..The one thing I didn't like about the coat the first time was how big the front parts are (pardon my fashion-english :)) and also something about the tailoring or length. But in combination with the whole black ensemble underneath and maybe also because of the turtleneck, it looks much more like a flattery-style cardigan, if anyone gets what i mean.
      It has this chic, urban style flair around it. I don't know if I would have loved an extra layer of scarf, which seems to be missing in that picture.
      Not a 10/10... but definitely better.

      Alice

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    3. Alice, I do get what you mean and I love your description of it!

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    4. Oh thanks for posting! I now agree with Jane on the boots: not so great with jeans. Looks like you have to have some gorgeous thin legs to pull these off and can't put any rumpling fabric anywhere near them! I do love the boots though.

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  10. Sonja from BavariaOctober 11, 2015 at 3:55 AM

    I didn't like it the first time, either. It is just too big, loose and 'boxy' on her. But today, it was way better (probably because we didn't get a proper look on it, you're right). Love to see William and Kate together, especially at joint engagrments or sports games. Love Kate's facial expressions!
    But I have a question: in the meanwhile, has it been confirmed that they'll attend the state banquet? It's already 11 October and the banquet is on 20 October, right? I really hope they'll go!

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    1. The full details of the state visit have yet to be announced---probably will be next week. As far as I can remember who is attending the banquet is not announced prior to the event, but I am not too hopeful that William and Catherine will be there---HM seems to prefer to invite her cousins, rather than the younger members of the family.
      I suspect William and Catherine might meet them and escort to Horse guards for the official welcome by the Queen.

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  11. Myeh. Not my favorite Kate item.
    But she looked like she had a great time, so bravo for that. Let's write Rebecca;)

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  12. Your post is hilarious. I, for one, love the look of the grey jacket. I would be interested to see how she did the boots with jeans, are there any pictures of that?

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    1. Yes! See the link that Lize from SA put up above! It's a Getty Images photo of the complete outfit. And I love it!
      I'll copy it here!
      http://www.gettyimages.com.au/detail/news-photo/prince-william-duke-of-cambridge-and-catherine-duchess-of-news-photo/492141900

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  13. I completely disagree with you Jane :) - I think it's a very chic look, especially with the black boots, jeans paired with the grey coat and handbag. Better than the first wearing.

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    1. Jayne, I also like the look.
      Ali

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    2. I agree with you, Jayne. I like the jacket. I liked it the first time, and I like it now. Kate looks casual but chic. A very nice outfit, in my opinion. I don't know why so many people dislike it.

      On the other hand, I do not like the Tory Burch dress. Sorry everyone... but it seems dowdy to me.

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  14. Well, I dislike this jacket/coat/long blazer; I dislike its style--which reminds me of the style of the Molol, which Ioathed. It has something to do with the way the bottom half flares combined with its awkward, neither-here-nor-there, length. I also don't like the material--to me, it looks cheap.

    Further, I think the most appropriate footwear with this sort of outfit would have been a pair of smooth back leather shooties.

    Whilst Rebecca is busy disposing of this grey whatever-it-is, she would be doing Kate a favour if she also got rid of the Moloh, whatever-that-was, and she might as well toss in that thoroughly awful white winter coat--at least, it was recognizably a coat--the one first worn by Eugenie at Xmas, then worn by Kate some time later, the one with the very large lapels, full skirt, and ridiculous thin pink belt.

    Two thumbs down, here, on all three of the above.

    JC

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    1. Sonja from BavariaOctober 11, 2015 at 3:57 PM

      You mean the Max Mara coat? Not a fan of it either. :)

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  15. Her hair doesn't look great in that 2013 photo.

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  16. Jayne, I agree with you, get rid of that coat.

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  17. The Moloh coat's tartan fabric is quite colourful and 'Scottish', but the outfit looked very odd when Kate wore it like a dress coat, as though she had forgotten her skirt or trousers, far too short & inelegant. Not quite sure why you hate it SO much, though!

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  18. I absolutely agree with both your reviews - of the too small/way too short Moloh plaid "Workers" coat (and the brown Molah she wore on Christmas Day 2014 - also very blah, boring & lack lustre) and this grey Reiss coat. The coats do nothing for her. Though I do agree the Reiss coat looked better this time than the previous outing in 2013. Kate can do better; she should take some advice from Prince Harry who always looks great in casual mode!

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  19. I actually LOVE this coast and would be ecstatic to own it (well, maybe HRH can donate it to me....both you and I would be happy, then!). :) Silvia

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  20. Thank you. I hated it the first time it was worn and completely agree it was the worst outfit she's ever put together. (Or if someone on her staff put it together they should be fired. Instantly.) Regardless, it seemed to be styled slightly better in the shots we could see, but as you said, we could barely see anything. On another happier subject - I love the facial expressions of our Duchess when watching games!

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  21. I'm with you, Jane - the coat is better with this ensemble than the first time Kate wore it but this isn't a winner for me, either. I actually think this outfit might have worked better if she'd worn the furry booties this time around - they somehow seem both better for a sporting event and better with jeans than the Rumbas.

    With no disrespect meant, Kate does sometimes have a funny way of putting together outfits - the first time she wore this coat being one example and perhaps the most standout jumble being the Jenny Packham/Katherine Hooker combo to William's cousin's wedding...

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    1. I liked this outfit but I have to agree Georgia Rose that some of her choices when putting outfits together is not what I would consider the best. I tend to put some off things together and need someone else to point out I might have wanted to take another look at myself:) I think Catherine to look her best really needs someone to put together outfits for her that she can just grab and go with. Including her shoe, scarf, belts and jewelry. However if she loves what she wears then she can be like me and just say "too bad if I am a miss at times but I am dressing how I want".:) ali

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    2. Ali, it seems to me that Kate's choice of jewellery is often based on sentiment and bonding, as well as her feelings, more than any dictates of fashion. I definitely don't think she was feeling the Hyderabad necklace.
      Her wedding earrings are an illustration of that theory, as well as the earrings she wore to the last rugby game.They may seem out of place to us, but make sense to her.
      I doubt her tastes will ever satisfy those who long for a typical princess or fashion queen. We can celebrate
      her choices as being simply Kate. mk

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  22. Jane, on a totally different, state dinner note, this is a fun piece :)

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3268258/Jewels-fit-duchess-Kate-borrow-tiara-Queen-choose-one-Princess-Diana-s-favourites-state-banquet-Buckingham-Palace.html

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  23. I cannot help wondering why William and Catherine's attendances at the Wales rugby matches are not recorded on the Court circular. He is vice patron of Wales Rugby and has been three times, whilst Catherine has been twice.
    Visits by Princess Ann and her husband are duly recorded and one by the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester is listed.
    At the end of the year, there is always someone who counts all visits and compares what all the members of the family do.
    Seems like their PR man is slipping

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    1. I appreciate your comment, Jean. I didn't realise that, although I suspected the CC listings involved a bit of
      political manoeuvring. We can't blame the PR people-they don't determine what actually gets printed.
      If enough people make enough noise about the uneven coverage, perhaps something will be done. There is no
      excuse for including Timothy and Anne and not William and Catherine.
      It isn't just the end of the year totaling: there is a whole blog dedicated just to counting and recording Kate's day-by-day
      event attendance-apparently in as biased a way as the CC.
      This is an area that is critical for the Cambridge's future and even the monarchy. I think the royal staffers who
      decide what and who gets counted are doing their bosses no favors, in the long run. mk

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    2. Maybe their PR guys finally realised one can't sell sports events as work all the time.
      Maybe both of them could give a second thought of visiting charities equally as sports events.

      By the way, at the weekend there was certainly less coverage on their joint engagement. Go and check twitter. A few months ago it was pretty different.

      But I am sure now that they attend the State Banquet, there will be plenty of pics of Kate in tiaras and jewels. Good publicity is certainly needed.
      If it is the case, I can't really see any point in people denying how they use press according to their needs. Because of the scarcity of pics after an average SB which they didn't attend.

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    3. Jean and mk, I agree with your concerns. If everything isn't reported in the CC, how on earth can it be considered a credible source? It should be all or nothing; that would seem both fair...and logical! On the other hand, when W&K make an appearance it's front page news. If they continue to be down to earth, likeable, and relevant (vs. grand and stuffy), they will be their own best "PR."

      It may be frustrating, but when I consider the big picture, I see blue skies ahead.

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    4. "Katie"----The point was the uneven, biased coverage in the CC, which is used by some to undermine the Cambridges. The World Cup is a big deal for GB. William attends in his official
      capacity. It is indeed "work." Is work one enjoys not considered work?

      "Sell sports events as work-" I'm sure the Queen would be surprised to learn her attendance at certain horse-racing events was not considered part of her diary of royal engagements-noted in the CC.

      I'm not sure where you were going with your Twitter comment. If it was in reference to the media, did you mean to
      imply that KP was not providing coverage or that reporters have initiated some sort of embargo? Both are
      popular rumors. The reporters need to take care not to shoot themselves in their collective feet. The
      monarchy has been around a lot longer than the internet. mk

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    5. The Cambridges do not need any help to undermine their image, they do it all by themselves.

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    6. Concur with royalfan.

      Rather harsh commentary there Katie

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    7. And that last remark fom "Katie" is indicative of why I, un-optimistically, see grey skies ahead. Attacks without
      substantive justification. Refusal to engage in logical debate.
      I remember the last time "Katie" made an appearance. Harsh indeed. mk

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    8. I propose we all begin to just not engage or acknowledge such comments in future mk.
      Stop providing the fuel?
      I just suggested this on another blog as it had taken the turn regarding work ethic. Tiresome.
      Anon 9:02

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    9. My previous answer did not make it, so let's try again.

      Mk
      To be honest with you, I did not answer because I thought it is not worth it. I do not want to get involved with anybody any kind of row or exchange of words because clearly our opinion is very very far from each other.
      And we won't clearly convince one another.

      I could say my point was that I would like to see Kate doing EQUALLY charities and sports events, if you read my comment it is up there. Your answer is the Queen. Everyone who has a different opinion than me, tend to use this argument that what about other royal family members. But is it fair to even mention the 2 ladies on the same page? How many engagements does the Queen do annually? Of course there is a huge difference btw them, but still. I love sports there is nth wrong with Kate attending them, simply I wanna see more.

      My Twitter reference was about not finding a simple report on their event, at that moment. There was no refernce from any royal reporter I follow. Maybe I follow the wrong ones.

      Lastly, I read lots of negative words regarding my comments: when exatly this topic became a field of war?
      Why do you use words like attack? Who is attacking who? Have I EVER written any derogatory words about YOUR opinion? Have I ever said you are harsh and illogical? Have I ever questioned your right to express your opinion even if I clearly disagree with it?

      And finally, Jane, last time I remember, you said people should concentrate on the topics here not the PERSON who writes it. Now what happened to that? I got a lots of negative comments but not just me anyone who doesn't follow the mainstream.....here.

      The next thing is that I am gonna get is why you come here. This is as appalling as the previous behaviour. Yes, it is a fan site, you prefer hearing, reading nice things. But not everybody is happy with ones sees. Can I express that here, that remains the question.

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    10. The "work ethic" debate is one of Jane's no-nos. I agree, Anon 7:42, it's best not to engage.

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    11. Hi Katie, I held your responses until I could come and look at the thread and determine what was up. Your initial comment was fine and fell within the scope of accepted disagreement. Your 2nd comment I probably should not have allowed to go live. It was a sharp and direct attack on the Cambridges that understandably riled other readers. I won't insult your intelligence by thinking you did not know a comment of that nature would upset many Kate fans.
      I agree MK should not have made any illusion to your past posts, since this is an anonymous forum and you could be any Katie. The rest of her response was fine, though and I let it go live based on those merits. The rules are not here to allow critical readers to say whatever they want about the royals and then claim immunity from what will likely be sharp defense from fans. You may express your criticism within limits, but be aware that the closer you edge toward the limit, the stronger the response might be.

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    12. Jane
      I disagree with you, my 2nd comment was not an attack on anybody. It is again not a war. It is my opinion. I should have written that they are not perfect and they make mistakes regarding PR so on. Did it make anybody mad or edgy probably not!?
      I did not claim immunity, I claimed being fair and not singling me out. Thanks for reading!
      In the future, I hold my tongue, let this place to be what it is.

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    13. Katie, while that comment may be your opinion, it was said very harshly. It could have been stated a little more kindly and less blunt!
      But while I am a fan of Kate I do agree that she should have more engagements to keep the public's interest up. Even just one a week would make it look better, instead of three or four in the space of two days. That would be the same amount of work, but more appearances which might help the public opinion.
      Just my two cents!

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    14. Katie- I must have missed the above few comments, including your longer one and Jane's. To be fair, some of the remarks you
      attributed to me I did not make or did not originate.
      However, that does not excuse my referring to past comments and I do sincerely apologise for doing that. It was
      wrong and I realised it soon after posting.
      I wish I had a tiara for every time I put my foot in it. I have said sometimes obnoxious remarks and some
      hurtful ones. The apparent anonymity of the internet is seductive. . I just have to keep trying to do better next time. Please don't let this discourage you from
      commenting, Katie. mk

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    15. Exactly why I use my Google ID on blogs and I don't use a made up name. My name is Robin and I live in California. (I don't use my last name or town for security reasons.) But, I want to hold myself accountable so I think twice about what I say. Not that I don't put my foot in it sometimes as well, but if anybody I know personally were to look on this blog they would know full well who I am so the anonymity "safety" to say just anything is curtailed. You're right, mk, anonymity is seductive.

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    16. Mk

      Let's put it behind us. Thanks for your encouragement to come back.

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  24. Jane I love you! Even when you don't like something you comment with style and humor. You are just the best!
    Although, I have to say, I really liked her coat. I feel like this Riess coat is something I could wear in my MiddleOfNoWhereVille with my counterparts wearings sweatpants and me not feeling overdressed. I must say it, if you considered THIS a train wreck, I think you are forgetting the Pleated Pencil Dress from Stella McCartney. Or, for that matter, the Armani coat. Hopefully and thankfully Rebecca Deacon has already torn them up. Anyway, another stellar post, dear Lady!

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  25. Agreed...I'm just not a fan of the jacket ALTHOUGH I do think it was a better combination then the first time she wore it. This jacket must make her feel comfortable and casual with a twist of fancy. We all are guilty of having that one item in our closet... Now, just to get ahold on Rebecca...;)

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  26. I am hearing on multiple sites that Kate will indeed attend the dinner for the Chinese President.

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  27. yeah indeed the duchess will attend dinner for the Chinese president and added double engagement on 26 oct spectre and BTFA and oct 27 change uk 100 woman hedge funds and gala dinner art room

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  28. haha No! I loved this coat the first time and I love it now :)

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  29. I like the coat, but not necessarily how it has been styled. I think it deserves better than what it's been worn with so far.
    On a somewhat unrelated note, there are currently many ready-to-wear dresses from Suzannah that would be perfection on the Duchess. I reeeeeeeeally hope she wears a few. They are so Kate!!!!

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  30. I don't love this coat but I don't hate it. I like the combo of the grey and black - a favorite. Again, the stand out is the relationship between these two.

    Fashion report from having just walked the streets of London for the past week: 80% of the women wear short skirts with black tights and black flats. I would love to have seen one of these ladies put on a grey jacket or a pair of boots!

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    1. Did you have a wonderful trip Robin? I gather all the rearranging didn't let you see Kate :-( That's pretty much the uniform here in the metro Boston area too.

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    2. Robin, welcome back! :) I'm glad you got home safe and sound. Did the weather cooperate...?

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    3. I did have a wonderful trip! I didn't get to see Kate :-( but we sure packed a lot of activity into one week! One of the highlights was a fashion exhibit they've got going at Kensington Palace right now where they have some of the Queens dresses from her younger days, some of Princess Margaret's dresses, and some of Diana's dresses on display. Some of the details on the beaded dresses and especially the fabrics on Diana's dresses were amazing!

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    4. Thank you, royalfan! The weather was fantastic the whole time we were there. Slightly cool and breezy with some sun and some cloudiness but it only rained for about 15 minutes one day and we were sitting in a restaurant so it didn't bother us a bit. And, yes, I did have Victoria Sponge! It was my birthday cake!

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    5. Robin, a belated "happy birthday!" wish to go with the Victoria Sponge you enjoyed. :)

      And I'm glad you had good weather (although I confess to not caring about it when I am there. I'm just happy to be in London...lol).

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    6. So glad your trip was great Robin but how could it not have been being London and all :-) Wonderful you were able to see the dress exhibit. It looks lovely from the pictures I have seen and can imagine how beautiful many of those dresses must be up close, in person.

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    7. Thank you royalfan and Faith! It is always wonderful in London! Faith, the beading on the dresses was incredible up close. I was awed by a couple of them!

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  31. If anybody wants some royal fashion while we wait for the next Kate appearance, the Swedish royal wedding provides some great entertainment. Kate seems to have inspired wedding dresses with long, lace sleeves - setting the same trend Princess Grace did back in the day. Heavy company! Some of the guests wore beautiful gowns, some wore truly hideous gowns, and two ladies actually showed up in the same gown! Oops! The Count and Countess of Wessex represented the BRF well. Sophie looked lovely. Here is a link to check out:

    http://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/fashion/news/g4843/dresses-from-the-swedish-royal-wedding-you-have-to-see-to-believe/?src=arb_fb_d&mag=cos&dom=fb

    P.S. Go back through them a second time and look at some of the goofy hats the men had to wear with their uniforms!

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    1. Robin, thank you for posting the link. I tend to agree with you; some of the dresses were beautiful while others qualified for 100% refunds (no questions asked!). :))

      CP Mary nailed it, as usual. Likewise for Maxima and Mathilde. Sophie did look lovely, but I can't help but think that if Kate wore the identical gown and accessories, she would be referred to as "playing it safe."

      Queen Sonja of Norway surprised (no shocked) me with the bright yellow gown. She is a very elegant woman, but this choice was out of left field. And Queen Margrethe of Denmark's red gown was a bold choice for a wedding, but she pulled it off quite well.

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    2. I think the biggest difference between Sophie and Kate is an age/generational thing. I think people want Kate to be a little more cutting edge. Sophie seems to have to also limit herself to whatever will go with the Aquamarine tiara. It's beautiful but it does need coordination with the wardrobe. I don't think she has another one. C'mon, Your Majesty, gift or loan Sophie a neutral tiara!

      That bright yellow, pleated, off-the-shoulder gown was a shocker to me as well. Really unattractive on her and, IMO, inappropriate for the occasion as all guests should try to blend in and not take focus away from the bride. Queen Margarethe looked gorgeous in that red gown but I also feel it inappropriate for a wedding.

      Some of those people should be glad their names weren't mentioned. Who was that woman with the bright red hair, bright red lips, and the bright blue gown? And the one wearing the beaded sack with the explosion of pink ruffles coming out of the "crotch-al" area, oh my gosh! Then they embellished it even more with those flowers up around the neck! Wow.

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  32. Royalfan, your loyalty knows no bounds :)

    Sophie will be 51 in January, the same month Kate turns 34... so yes, there may be less than glowing reviews for a 30-something wearing a gown more suitable for a 50-something, just as there would be for a 51-year old wearing something more suitable for a 34-year old!

    Great look at all the fashions though, thanks Robin.

    Claudia :)

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    1. Claudia, point for you. Fair observation. And an A+ for diplomacy in your opening statement. Thank you for the smile and giggle. :)

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    2. And speaking of Sophie, Camilla Tominey's extensive and impressive interview is online today. It's a very candid conversation covering many topics. Of fashion interest, Sophie says at first she "railed against fashion" then realized the importance of it when someone said to her, "this is part and parcel of what you're doing" which I thought was interesting. (and I wondered who told her this...)

      She talked about how she came to terms with her royal role, the Queen and balancing her charitable work with her children and home life, it's a good read, I recommend it.

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    3. Do you have a link for the article, Claudia? I've always admired Sophie. She and Edward took some real criticism when they first married and they wanted to work. She also had to deal with people saying that she was trying to look like Diana. I can see why she felt anti-fashion at first. She and Edward also have to deal with the responsibility of being senior royals without the budget the others have. He is, as Jane Austen would say, a younger son. Not so much in the ££ department because he doesn't have a lucrative Duchy from which to draw. They've survived well and, IMO, are proving to be more well adjusted than any of the Queens other children.

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    4. My apologies for the delayed response Robin, I just saw this! How do I post a link? (Sorry, not up to speed on everything comment related yet!)

      If you Google "Sophie Wessex" you'll see the news articles, just look for the Express link as that's the original story, by editor Camilla Tominey.

      And I admire Sophie myself and agree they've both grown into their roles very well, it's a shame they don't get more press coverage. I think that's how Tominey got the interview, by agreeing to cover this event. It's so hard to get newspapers to authorize any travel for correspondents, even tours involving the Queen or Charles aren't seen as priorities when the budget is concerned. The interview seems to be getting a lot of very positive attention and reaction which is good sign.

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    5. Thanks, Claudia. After I posted that question I had the big "duh" moment and googled the article. It was a very nice article and I really don't think there was any subversive reason for Sophie doing it now. I think she just saw an opportunity to shine some light on her charities. It would be nice for all of us to pay attention to what she and Edward do and how the comport themselves.

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  33. Any hint why Sophie decided to talk at this particular time? Her 50th birthday might have been an appropriate time for those
    topics.A kind of retrospectIve . Kate was pregnant then, wasn't she? Perhaps the attention would have stayed focused on Catherine.
    Very interesting timing, with Kate taking up duties again after Charlotte's birth.
    Is there any indication which palace PR this interview went through? Or did Sophie wing it on her own?

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    1. Sophie did an interview for her 50th birthday as well, and would never wing something like this on her own. I think it's a stretch to look for conspiracy theories here.

      In my opinion this was probably a "quid pro quo" with the Express and Camilla Tominey for coverage of her tour to Qatar and World Sight Day. I figured for Tominey to go along on that trip had to mean she was going to get access for an exclusive interview.

      And why not? Frankly I think if we're talking modern royal life, regular interviews have to become the norm, speaking out on important matters. This brought attention to one of Sophie's chief causes, very smart. I would love to see other households follow her lead :)

      I'll stop there so I don't interrupt royalfan's good mood!

      Claudia :)

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    2. Well, I too wonder about the issue of timing. Sophie had a career in PR prior to marrying Edward, yet for most of her married life, it seemed that she made a career out of staying below the radar. In recent years, not so much. Is there a correlation with the timing of other events within the Firm? Perhaps yes. I don't find fault with it; it is human nature, is it not?

      The interview itself...I thought it was a good dose of PR for herself, including her admiration for the Queen and PP. What I do not understand...if Lady Louise's condition inspired her to become patron of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness and a global ambassador for Vision 2020, why did she (and Edward) allow the misreporting regarding Lady Louise's condition? Wouldn't that be counterproductive?

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    3. Hi royalfan, I feel maybe the " misreporting" of Lady Louise's condition may have been one of those situations where there was a "no comment" policy on personal situations. Maybe they weren't ready to make public all the information regarding her eye condition until it was corrected now that it has and Sophie has taken on this charity she can now relate it to her work. Perhaps it was through researching Lady Louise's eye condition that she found out about this charity and decided she could be helpful therefore being productive and not really counterproductive.

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    4. All kinds of possibilities. Still doesn't answer the question of - why now? Not really.
      Of course Sophie would have BP/CH backing .The "wing it" comment was rhetorical.
      I actually admire Sophie. She is perfectly capable, in view of her work history, of putting together a PR campaign
      such as this. I hope she did. I would hate to think BP/CH could manipulate her to this extent.
      If W&C PR people can be accused of deviousness and media manipulation, then-fair's fair.


      I don't believe the 50th interview was anything like this one in range.
      Agree with "Quid pro quo."
      The Queen doesn't give interviews. Are you saying she should? Your "other households" remark. Look what happens everytime William gives an interview-(which is way more often than Sophie-which begs the question-why Sophie and not Edward?-) Every little word analysed and picked apart. He can't even talk about his babies
      without snarky responses. The Queen is a very wise woman in that respect: no interviews-no media fodder.

      Incidentally, mentioning the use of "conspiracy theories" and interfering with rf's good mood seems a bit
      condescending to me .I think personal put-downs and failure to avoid terms that directly ridicule a commenter's
      arguments are usually tricks of one who has a weak argument. See-personal remarks and put downs-not part of
      a friendly discussion.
      Eva-interesting and viable arguments. What /who would change the "no comment policy.?" And why now? In this instance? In your opinion, of course.

      My opinion-perhaps a little distraction of the smoke-screen variety from the implications and various logistics of the China visit. The effort to include everybody and the added non-alcoholic tea party with C&C has the visitors rushing from one PR -op to another.This -Sophie's campaign-is a common neutralizing
      tecnique to counter bad PR-(C&C's expected non-appearance at banquet) W&C hve been accused of this many times. (fun events followed by charity visits etc.) Please don't say this is a conspiracy theory- I didn't originate the idea.

      Forgot the mk in my 8:58 post. Probably wasn't necessary, anyway. Ha! mk

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    5. Eva, that is a valid point and, as parents, E&S have a right to make decisions on behalf of their children. Absolutely. Perhaps it was based on privacy.

      But I think the misreporting and speculation (which was considerable given that they also kept her out of sight for a number of years), would bother me more than being honest while still having control over how much is revealed.

      mk, if you were facing the prospect of downsizing, would you assist in the PR department? Ha! right back at you. Meant in the nicest way, honest. :)))

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    6. I wonder if they aren't all making themselves a little more "available" to take pressure off of individuals. If there is something news making from different members of the family on a regular basis then maybe W&K won't have to carry the whole load of royal PR and won't take so much criticism when they want to spend time with their family. Sophie is PR savvy so this may be her scheme and the whole family is on board. In the end, we're all just speculating and there may be absolutely no reason for it other than this timing worked with all the schedules involved.

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    7. Funny royalfan, how there are different perspectives. I always felt they kept James out of sight more than they ever did of Louise. James still has not ridden in the carriage atTtrooping of the Colour and I think this was his first appearnce on the balcony for this event. Maybe it was just what they were keeping both children out of the lime light just as William and Kate are currently doing with both.

      mk and Anon. I tried to answer the question as to "why now" in my response.. Prior to Sophie taking on this charity and her last trip to promote this charity there was no need to make it common knowledge. I suggested she may have even found out about this charity because of Louise's eye condition. Even if the condition was misreported it was an eye condition, I am not sure that it makes a big difference in the type of eye condition by which she was affected. Sophie has now made ithe exact diagnosis clear. Has there really been any true documentation that Louise actually had surgery to correct?

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    8. You mean downsizing my comments, royalfan? mk

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    9. MK I must say I'm a little startled by your caustic attack on my comment.

      First, regarding Royalfan: If you read the previous comments you would see we shared a laugh over a Sophie vs. Kate issue. When I followed up with my Sophie interview comment, I joked that I did not want to say anything critical of the Cambridges for fear of disrupting that good mood. I would be astounded if Royalfan took that as "condescending" or a "put down" and am actually surprised she did not straighten that out herself in her response to you.

      I responded to your take on the Sophie interview with a comment, a comment that was not vicious in any way, that did not attack you or suggest any ill will on how you came to your opinion.

      Feel free to disagree with anything or everything I post, but you can do that without calling me "condescending", accusing me of "personal put downs" or "ridiculing a commenter's arguments" or "using tricks"... it's not only laughable it's truly ironic, considering I attacked no one in my comment, yet you launched into a personal attack on me.

      Jane writes a lovely blog, and as I've said before, her work on Kate's Clothes and the impeccable cataloging system there is second to none. Maybe she's too busy to read comments closely before she gives them the go ahead. I am all for a hearty debate but appreciate polite and civil discourse, so maybe this comment section is not the forum for me.

      Claudia

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    10. Conspiracy theories? mk

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  34. What I like about Kate's outfit is how well it coordinates with William's. She's got the black turtleneck and grey coat, and he's got the black sweater with a grey shirt underneath. Perhaps that is why she (intentionally or not) picked the coat for the event.

    I'm commenting here for the first time, so let me take the opportunity to tell you how much I enjoy your blog.

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    1. Welcome, Allie! We have wonderful conversations (and sometimes debates) here. Jane keeps us in line if we break the rules of decent behavior on occasion. ;-)

      Good observation on William's outfit coordinating with Kate's. I hadn't even noticed!

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  35. Court Circular: William and Catherine attending State Banquet tonight! Hooray!.....mk

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  36. Exciting thought, but maybe rumor-read at British Royals twitter site. It was noted in comments that CC only
    covers past events. I just checked it. Story was probably a hoax...I'm sure Jane knew this.......mk

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  37. Confirmed that William and Catherine will be at the banquet

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  38. Sonja from BavariaOctober 20, 2015 at 2:05 PM

    Check out british royals twitter, Kate looks so beautiful and stunning!

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  39. Sonja from BavariaOctober 20, 2015 at 2:07 PM

    She's wearing the Lotus flower tiara, her hair in a gorgeous updo (it looks so glossy!), and an orange-terracotta coloured gown.

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  40. Obviously did not get the honour from the Queen that was reported, but she looked beautiful.
    Nice to see her getting her due position at the top table.

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