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[Updated] William, Kate, and Harry Walk to Sunday Church at Sandringham

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Good morning and Happy Sunday! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the Sunday service this morning at St. Mary Magdalene and briefly greeted assembled locals afterward.  Kate debuted a new blazer and skirt, and used favorite accessories to round it off. 


You might remember that when Kate attended the final ANZAC service in Australia she had the entire Kate-watchign community at confused as we searched for to ID her gorgeous, blue jacquard swing coat. This ensemble was a bit of a replay of that hunt and the answer turned out to be the same: Michael Kors.


I am fascinated that Kate has worn Kors a second time. This blazer was described by the designer as having a vintage inspiration, and I agree that Kate looks very Downton Abbeyish in her apparel. Michael Kors is not entirely divorced in style from another American compatriot, Ralph Lauren. Ralph Lauren helps fund Downton Abbey and as you are aware, designed an entire collection inspired by Downton and that era. That creative collaboration was very successful and we have seen the style seep across the runways over the years.



Of course, Ralph Lauren and Michael Kors are drawing this inspiration from a classic, country style that Kate and the British have been championing for some time. This ensemble does remind me very much of some of Kate's earlier outfits, including the very famous ensemble she wore to Cheltenham in 2007. Wills and Kate split shortly after this photo was taken, so the image was used many times in papers and magazines over the summer they spent apart, as the world speculated about their relationship:


This was a classic Kate Middleton ensemble, but you could also just call is simply classic. She had another similar look that I loved very much, also worn to Cheltenham:


This long skirt, tailored blazer, and boots combo has been a favorite for some time. I really like it. Something about it is very elegant, as has been mentioned quite vintage, and I think very chic.


In this photo you can see Kate is wearing a turtleneck with the blazer and is carrying her Bayswater clutch:



With security levels at critical highs all over the world, it was no surprise that those who wanted to get up close to the royals had to be scanned first. Police has metal detectors in addition to manual searches of purses, strollers, and the like.


Verdict. This was a win. I think this ensemble is absolutely perfect for the occasion and location. Certainly Kate might look a little odd strolling King Street in this, but for many of the events that surround her country lifestyle, this is endlessly classic and very elegant. It was very reminiscent of the Kate Middleton of old. I really love the Rhumba boots, too, and am always happy to see them. Check out the full ensemble at Kate's Clothes here.


150 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, what an unexpected treat!!! I thought we wouldn't see them again for a month at least. Love that hat on Kate, love the color of her beautiful tweed suit, but I don't love those long skirts too much. A bit shorter perhaps to the knee or just below would be lighter, fresher. But she's perfection anyway. And both Wills and Harry look so contented. :) Happy New Year to the royal family!

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    1. Diane I absolutely agree with your comment about the length of Kate's skirt. The length is too long for her. I think the skirt would look better on Sophie because she's older. If the length was the same as the blue Kane skirt Kate wore it would look better. And yes Harry does look handsome. I'm sure he will make a good husband to a lucky lady.

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    2. Wow the poor girl can't win. It is either to short or to long. Can't we just be happy we got yo see her abs William today.

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    3. Ditto, it's the skirt length. Otherwise a nice winter Sunday church outfit for the country.
      ~ A

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    4. Anon 1:30. I think we are all happy to see new pics of Kate. I think we were all just stating our opinions. There's nothing wrong with that.

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    5. It's so much fun to talk about fashion, and even when I don't love everything Kate wears or does to her hair, I admire her so much for doing her own thing. Besides of course she always looks incredible, no matter what! What a gracious person she is, and it adds a level of refinement to everything she does or wears. Loved loved her xmas day look, it was almost like a dark green version of the white christening ensemble she wore for Charlotte's day. So lady-like! Her hair up and under a smart hat makes her face just radiant. :)

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  2. Isn't this an old outfit from her Kate Middleton days? Looks like this to me http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/img-thing?.out=jpg&size=l&tid=45156357

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    1. The skirt is different, but the vibe is definitely 'Kate Middleton when dating William'. She used to pull out the odd English country style of outfit.
      ~ A

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    2. I agree with other readers that this look is too old for Kate, and a lot of it has to do with the skirt length. The English country look of tweed with a blazer/skirt isn't bad, but the length ages her.

      You can tell it was a DIY hair day and she didn't want to spend time in curling it. Not judging, it's just rare that we see her hair that straight and unstyled - obviously she straightened it, but that seems to be it.
      ~ A

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    3. PinkyMe at first glance it did look like the same suit. I think the suit is by Real Wild Clothing( I hope I got the name right).

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    4. My money is on the designer/brand being Really Wild...but we'll see once it's IDed :-)
      ~ A

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    5. That is exactly the picture that sprang to mind for me too. I really don't like her in heavy, flared midi skirts like this, particularly when paired with knee-high boots. She's still gorgeous, don't get me wrong, just not the most flattering in my opinion. The suit itself is really gorgeous overall, though. Just... too long.

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    6. My first thought too! :) I may not be in the majority, but I love it and I don't think the skirt is too long. This is a smart, classic suit for the country and perfect for such an occasion.

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    7. I looked at the Really Wild site but didn't see this fabric - let alone the skirt or jacket - anywhere. Not on the RL site either. This will take some sleuthing!

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    8. Robin I checked the Really Wild site too, and I think that it could be an older piece, if it is theirs.
      ~ A

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  3. Lovely suit and the length is great when worn with boots.
    Security was very tight

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    1. I heard security included body scans of everyone waiting to greet and see the royals. I mentioned in the last post that I think it's because of the state of Europe, and the recent assassination plot of William and Charles. My guess, at least, for what it's worth.

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    2. I read about the security, Jean. Seems even tighter than on Christmas Day. There may have been "chatter" as they call it in the intelligence community. Well done for the royals to forge ahead!

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  4. Has Kate been doing a little shopping in Lady Mary's closet? Quite a retro look here.

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    1. Yes, it also reminds me of Downton ensembles or clothes from long ago in general.

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    2. It reminds me of the afternoon riding outfits that are worn for a leisurely (horse) ride after lunch. At least it was so in my gran's time on the east coast. Skirt was arrayed over the saddle; allowed for a modest mount and dismount. Have photos of gran in outfits such as this.

      Lucy

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  5. I thought it was a repeat too but the material seems completely different , more check this time? Waiting for the expert verdict!!

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  6. Gorgeous Kate.Love the country look.

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  7. Lovely to see them out and about again. Love that hat, always have but the outfit I think is far too old looking for her. I wouldn't want to see it on Sophie either.

    KiwiNic

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  8. I like the overall look very much. Perhaps I am older than other readers but I think the length is fine. A wee bit shorter would be OK but not required. And if cut as short as to the knee, it would leave an awkward gap between her boots and the bottom of her skirt. That could be filled visually by wearing opaque tights but Kate has the height to wear it the length it is... and personally I don't think she looks as polished when so many things are cut to inches above the knee. She's not a college girl after all. She doesn't need to look overly matronly but in her 20s she's not. And in the business world in the US I don't see many successful 30-something women who regularly wear skirts cut way above the knee.

    I also am VERY glad to finally see her in a suit. Some of the dresses she wears are too short-waisted and look like she's outgrown them. (In many of her dresses the waist hits at the same level as her elbow bend on the inside of her arm...try extending your arm by your side palm forward. Is YOUR waist at the same level as that inside bend? Mine sure isn't)

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    1. I agree with you 100%, lizzie!

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    2. Well,I'm quite short handed but my waist hits pretty much the line you described:) maybe 1 cm (not inches!)below

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    3. I'm very short waisted, long-legged and my waist hits exactly as you described, lizzie. But I know that Kate is very long waisted and has shorter legs proportionately. She dresses purposefully to offset that.

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    4. Hi Victoria... I had tested on myself and 3 non-relative friends and all our waists were below the bend. I had also looked at magazine pics of strangers and saw the same. But maybe my sample was off! I had read Kate intentionally wears "waists" above her real waist for the reason you mention but I am not sure it's very successful. I am not the only person who has commented that many of her dresses look too short-waisted on her. And while she may be long-waisted her legs surely don't look short in jeans! Nor are they likely to look short with the height of heels she wears. But a short-waisted dress TENDS to look like a poor fit, or childish (because that is the way rapidly growing teenagers might have to wear last year's waisted dresses) or look like maternity styles.

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    5. My waist is right at the bend, it hits exactly where the pointy bone on the side of the elbow is when I bend my arm.
      Ali

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  9. I do not mind the length, it probably keeps her warm and then no need for a coat!

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  10. I love the plum-colored tweed and the intricate seaming of the flared skirt. The length is great; any shorter and it wouldn't have the same swing and silhouette. Perfect with the boots and hat. A very classic winter outfit for the country!

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    1. I agree Diane. The color is very pretty and the silhouette flattering. The length of the skirt is perfect and any shorter would ruin the effect. Actually, I think this length may come off as matronly on an older woman but works really well on someone younger. It is a very nice outfit and a pleasant change from her usual look. From the hat to the boots, the whole look is great.

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    2. I agree with both of you. This outfit was perfect for the occasion (this setting) and as some are saying a country style. Kate can wear this because of her figure and who she is. Her hair looks so good without a fringe (may still be there but not visible today). So classy!!!

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  11. How unexpected, but what a lovely surprise! This outfit looks like an outfit from the Kate Middleton who dated william to me - she wore skirts at that length and in that 'British country style' often, for example to Cheltenham.

    I really like that hat on Kate :)

    How did those well-wishers know that the Royal Family would be there (so they brought flowers and stuff)? Do they attend with all the other people every Sunday and ggreetthem and William and Kate just usually don't join the other family members?

    I hope you enjoy the wedding and the time off from law school! :)

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    1. When the Queen is known to be at Sandringham people know they can line up to see her as she worships regularly on Sundays. The surprise was seeing Will & Kate. I think some of the remaining BRF members accompany her every Sunday post-Christmas, you just never know who will go. This year W&K, Charles (Camilla heads off to see her family), Zara & Mike, Andrew and one of his daughters. I think it's like when she's at Balmoral, you know you can see her driving to church every Sunday...and if W&K are visiting, they'll accompany her too.
      ~ A

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  12. I think she looks amazing. Love everything about this look including the length of the skirt. Just perfect. So much better than her Christmas day look.

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  13. I looked and looked and cannot find a photo of the whole suit from the front. I'm sure if it's out there you will find it, Jane. From the side view I like the silhouette and the fabric. The hat is one of my favorites!

    I think she looked lovely and I don't understand the theory that if you wear a longer length skirt you are somehow old. On an obviously cold day with questionable weather in the English countryside she looked classy and perfect. One does not need to always be in danger of showing one's backside to look youthful. I'm curious to know the approximate ages of all who are constantly disappointed in her longer length skirts and dresses. Also to know how many have young children to tend to and/or interact with on a regular basis. Kate is no longer the young college student we first saw. She is a mother of two who is approaching her mid-thirties. If she were still wearing minis with her hair down to her waist she would look foolish. Instead she is wearing what's comfortable, stylish, and appropriate as she represents the Queen and Great Britain.

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    1. Ditto, Robin. I haven't had any luck in finding a good photo.

      And I do agree with your assessment of the suit. I have one word for it... x3. Classic, classic, classic. :)) It is not a business suit; it is a "country" suit worn in place of a coat.

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    2. Well said RobinfromCA! I hope readers who say she needs to wear shorter skirts will provide their ages. I am nearly 50 so I do sometimes wonder if I am just not in touch with the times when I see statements about outfits I like "aging" Kate. I admit I do cringe when I see Kate trying to pull down a short skirt when sitting (like at the women's prison/halfway house) or exposing more than she may realize when bending over to take a child's flowers. She does need to look professional IMO.

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    3. This is what I have noticed on this blog, a lot of opinions fall along the lines of the posters' ages. I can say this because I am in my 30s. I remember Diana very clearly (her death, I cried and cried) and I can appreciate William and Kate's story too.

      I see that those who don't remember Diana think that Kate created all this attention simply by being her, when it is really her position that causes this hoopla. And then I see the older generation wanting to make Kate older than she is and also wanting her to toe the line to the queen constantly!

      Ugh. Both sides drive me crazy - LOL! So yes, I agree. A lot of the opinions on here are directly related to people's age.

      BTW, I hate Kate's new hair, BUT I wanted to DIE when she flashed everyone with her too short skirts, over and over again! WHY?!?!!?

      I also think one of the great parts of life is having different ages all together. And that can be found on this blog in spades! So it is all good!:)

      P.S. I peg Jane to be 24-27.

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    4. Totally agree with Robin, royalfan, and lizzie. This is such a classic, elegant look. I think she looks lovely. A longer skirt length doesn't make her look older. Love how the skirt appears to move/swing. Wish we had video.

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    5. Hey ladies, I'll share :-) I'm 32 and I made a comment above about the length of her skirt. I think it's an English Country style, and I quite like it. I personally just think the longer length of the flared skirt with the knee high boots, along with tweed, looked a bit older than her age. It's a fashion blog :-) I don't think it was horrid, and I know it is winter. I know she is mid-thirties and a mom of 2. It's not making me think awful things of Kate. I quite like the outfit, I like her boots, I just don't love it together. I don't dislike today's look, I just don't love it. I probably have other complicated thoughts, but I'm trying to keep it simple :-)
      ~ A

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    6. Robin, I am 24 and a shortie, and I love Kate's skirt length - so comfortable! As a kid I wore long skirts to climb trees and ride bikes. They never impeded me running, fighting, or swinging from branches. ;) I find the main issue is making sure the skirt suits your figure.

      Here's my Pinterest page with some of my current skirts.
      https://www.pinterest.com/caelwen/clothing-hopes/

      As for Kate's outfit, it's not colourful or fashionable, but it's a classic, and the skirt construction gives it interest.

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    7. I'm 64 and I favor longer hair and shorter hemlines on Kate. Having said that, I also am attracted to midi-length skirts or coats with boots in colder weather. What I find matronly are hemlines at the knee or slightly below. And I don't care for the rhetoric of those who say what is or is not appropriate given one's age or that one is a mother. Part of the women's movement was to get away from those strictures. IM0, one should dress as appropriate and practical for the event/activity and one's figure. Kate is beautiful and generally looks great. If Kate dresses as she does and it's her choice, then I say "you go girl".

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    8. If what one likes is a matter of age, I ought to adore everything the Queen wears and I certainly do not---the headscarves when she travels to Sandringham and Balmoral being my pet hates.
      I usually do not comment if I don't like something Catherine wears, but there has been very little that I absolutely hated. During my lifetime skirts have gone up and down several times.
      However this suit is an English classic--Regency young ladies wore a similar outfit whilst riding; HM had outfits based on the same style, for Trooping the Colour when she rode side-saddle.
      It would not look good with shoes, but with the boots---lovely.

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    9. Im 43 and feel exactly the way you do anon 6:06. I love her shorter hemlines and longer hair, and feel the knee length skirts and dresses age her. I really like
      this midi length with the tall boots too. Its a perfect silhouette for her figure and this suit specifically is a welcome change from her ubiquitous winter coats. Thank you for verbalizing what has always ticked me off about the "rules" of what is appropriate for Kate to wear given her age and marital status. When I read your comment, I realized that, yes, these are limiting expectations that are putting a modern woman back a few generations to when women had to conform. She should feel free to experiment with various hemlines that complement her figure and work for the specific event. She is a modern member of the BRF and she should be able to dress accordingly.

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    10. I didn't expect so many ladies to tell their age! Girl power!

      I am Diana's age and, as such, went through her public life along a parallel path with pregnancy, etc. She was very forward thinking in her fashion and set trends the world over. Of course, it was the over the top 80s and I look back now and think "I really wore that wide, white collar?" but it was very much in fashion. She also brought back longer hemlines as Kate has done once again. She brought the monarchy into modern times while dressing youthfully and appropriately for her job. Once Diana was no longer HRH she did raise her hemlines a bit.

      Those of us who followed Diana as closely, as everyone here is following Kate, didn't have the internet as a place to pass judgement on everything she wore. I also think that the internet has given us a venue to pass a harsher judgement on others because, although you know my name and where I live, I am still fairly anonymous. I don't agree that we follow Kate, or followed Diana, because of their titles. The title draws our curiosity but if they weren't beautiful, stylish women, the fascination would have ended with one look. But, as we talk about what is appropriate or not, we have to remember that they do/did need to please the Queen. Diana was very harshly criticized by many who thought her stylish clothing upstaged, or was an attempt on her part to upstage, Her Majesty. Even Charles made jokes about Diana's wardrobe that he probably thought were funny but supported the theory that she should step it back. When we think Kate is dressing in drab colors or not changing up her style enough, it is not unreasonable to think that she is very conscious of what happened to Diana. William lived through it and I can't imagine he hasn't helped Kate along with some general advice in that corner. I do love that so many ages are represented here. What a treat!

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    11. Robin, I agree that it isn't about the title. The title makes them famous, but it doesn't necessarily draw my attention. I have to find the person appealing and I am NOT basing that strictly on looks alone. A lot has to do with the personality (at least my perception of it).

      I was a few years younger than Diana, but I remember the first photo (engagement day photos from BP gardens). She appeared to be a very young, attractive, and sincere young woman. And although she also seemed to be on the conservative side, she was such a breath of fresh air in a very starchy setting. The more I read about her, the more interested I became.

      IMHO, Carole is equally aware of the good and bad parts of Diana's life and I believe that her input has been quite helpful to Kate.

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    12. Faith, I am not directing this at you, but I do see some irony here...

      There are other examples of ways Kate has been expected to "conform". For example, what about when she is criticized for putting William and/or her children first? Some women want (no, expect) her life to be more of a parallel with their own and it is simply not realistic or fair.

      I wish more of the decisions that Kate has made in her life (and they were/are hers to make) would be respected. Is it the actual choice that makes a woman seen as being modern or liberated, or is it the ability to make the choice (whatever it may be as long as it is her own)?

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    13. I agree that the wide age range on this blog is fabulous! That's why it can be so interesting wirh all sorts of points of view.

      I know it is always assumed that Kate is trying to dress conservatively to please the Queen but how do we know that. Is it true just because that's what the media writes? Sophie doesn't seem to overly worry about "outshining" the Queen as neither do Beatrice, Eugenie, Zara and Autumn. I know Zara and Autumn don't have titles and the York girls aren't working royals but they are all members of the Queen's family and their behavior does reflect back to her. Why would the Queen expect Kate to adhere to a vastly different set of rules? The Queen has always said that she enjoys the younger generations of her family. When she was in her twenties, she dressed fashionably for her era and she did not dress like her mother or grandmother. I would think that she would want her grandchildren and the wives of her granchildren to enjoy the fashion of their own era as well.

      As far as Diana, the media ranted about her clothes but can we know if any of that came from the royal family itself? On the other hand, Charles was jealous of the attention Diana garnered and would have been happy if she had a dull and
      drab wardrobe. He did not have her best interests at heart, obviously.

      I do think it may be possible that William doesn't want his wife's image to be as strongly associated to clothing as his mother's was but I really hesitate to think that he has asked her to tone down her style. So I guess my take on Kate's plunging hemlines is that it is her preference for whatever reason and not some strongly worded edict that came down from the Queen but, of course, I could be wrong.

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    14. Yes, I get that royalfan :-) It is the ability to choose that is what the feminist movement was all about and that needs to be respected even if the choice is not the one we would make.

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    15. royalfan and Faith, you are both spot on about the feminist movement. Instead of choice it seems to have become some other monster that derides women who want a more traditional lifestyle. The fact that Kate married into and embraces the royal world indicates that she is a somewhat more traditional girl given the republican movement afoot in Britain.

      royalfan, I agree completely that Carole has been a great guide for Kate because she knows what went on in the media with Diana. Also that these two women's personalities keep us interested. Kate appears to be a very intelligent, modern girl with traditional sensibilities and a warm and caring heart. Diana's love of others, particularly those with serious challenges, made her a very likable person. When all of her troubles started to manifest themselves she became, for me, a sympathetic person. She took her troubles out on herself instead of on others - very sad that she felt the need. She paid the price and paved the way for Kate to be who she is today. The Queen and Prince Charles were still living in the royal dark ages until Diana came along. They both learned from her and I don't think Her Majesty would have been so over thrilled with the younger generations of her family if she had not experienced the public's reaction to Diana and her death. She has even softened somewhat toward Fergie. Through her children's scandals and divorces she was forced to move into the future.

      As for Carole - I say yippee! She is a few years older than I am but she represents a stylish grandma and I love that since I have 3 1/2 grandkids of my own! Go Granny Carole!

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    16. Anonymous 6:06 Dec 28 makes some good points about feminism. My memory of the initial movement was that it was more about not being defined by one's husband (or lack of husband--- hence "Ms."), not being treated as a sexual object OR judged by one's appearance, equal pay, and reproductive rights (as well as some spirited bra burning!) But today it means choice more broadly.

      As I have said before I am one who doesn't like too-short skirts in professional-type settings because I think that when sitting or leaning over we see way too much of the woman's upper thighs (although I realize that isn't fully respecting choice. If a woman wants to show us her thighs she should be able to.) But its also not respecting choice to say longer skirts age a woman so women of certain ages should wear short skirts or look "old". It seems like to me those two opinions are just different sides of the same coin--judging a woman by her appearance and her age with appearing youthful the most important goal. Sure, we all have a right to our opinions but when feminism is raised many of us here (including me) may be off the mark.

      For me, I like Kate's hair shorter. Its not SHORT after all. But as the earlier photos of Kate wearing suits and the lookback to Centre Point show us, Kate's face HAS changed. In the 2007 photos she almost seemed to still have "baby fat" even though she was in her 20s. And her face now is much thinner and more angular than it was even in 2011. And women's faces DO change. Feminism suggests we embrace those changes. But longer hair on a thinner face (male or female) can make the person look tired (and a mom of two may often BE tired) or make it look like she's all hair. Also whether we like it or not fiddling with our hair (twisting it, brushing it back, etc) as Kate sometimes did is widely interpreted as a sign of insecurity and something we often see with teenagers. That doesn't mean Kate was feeling that way but it didn't help her present as a modern confident woman.

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    17. Well, CP Mary brushes her hair back, too. Anyone who thinks she is insecure needs to have a look at the recent photos of her on the beach in Australia-and numerous other
      instances showing a strong, secure woman.
      The thing to remember is-if there is a millisecond of Kate touching her hair, the
      photographers will snap it and certain sites will publish it-to feed the" Kate isn't up to it" rhetoric.
      Otherwise, lizzie,great comment and I agree with your remarks.

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    18. Yes, ladies it is about the ability to make a choice and whatever it may be, hopefully it is respected.

      Robin, I couldn't agree more regarding Diana's impact on the RF and Kate's current role in it. Feel free to laugh at this, but I truly believe that Kate is exactly the type of girl that Diana would have wanted for William. She is traditional enough for the role, while being loving and caring enough to value what really matters in life.

      Lizzie, I do agree with much of what you say, but I wonder how much of Kate's fussing with her hair had to do with the length and volume of it rather than a sign of insecurity.

      Anon 11:53, exactly right! A millisecond can turn into a major personality flaw.

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    19. I believe you're right, royalfan. Diana would have embraced Kate. It's not a coincidence that William would be attracted to Kate's personality as he admired his mother so much and would want someone who had the same values she instilled in him.

      I do think Kate's fussing with her hair was just a habit. I don't think there are any underlying insecurity issues associated with it at all. Although, the consequent cutting of the fringe and length may be as a result of all the speculations and commenting in the public and media about her fussing. Until then she probably never realized how much she pushed it out of the way.

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    20. -I think perhaps Kate's locks took a dip in Charlotte's porridge one too many times. Or George's sticky little fingers..I know we like to think she follows our advice, but if she is as wise as I think she is-she ignores it.Otherwise, one would become a raving maniac, as illustrated in this blog's long hair/short hair, long shirts/short skirts etc.
      conflicting opinions. I think her supposed hair dresser was right-a shorter hairstyle suits her needs as the mother of two small children.
      Again,I think the media highlighted and exaggerated her hair-touching.

      I think there was a time when HM's grouchy expressions were gleefully captured by the press. It made her look like she walked around all the time looking angry, which I'm sure she didn't. Perception is everything and these days we must be very careful about making
      judgement calls based on images seen in the media.
      I do agree that any actual non-purposeful hair touching was likely a habit.

      Unless she used industrial-strength hair products or a complete wig, as I suspect at least one senior royal wears,her frequent arrival and departure photos often mean wind-blown hair that will need smoothing. Since no one seems to arrange a few minutes for her
      to do so in private, we get hair-touching photos. Remember that much published hair fiddling photo from the balcony one Remembrance Day? Different camera angles and video later showed she was simply brushing a lock away from her eye.She was outdoors, afterall.
      I suspect she and William are still at the stage where he might enjoy
      running his fingers through her shiny tresses. Cardboard stiff hair would certainly
      put a stop to that.I imagine other,more perfectly coiffed ladies, might give up that
      image for a husband as romantic as William seems.

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    21. It is possible many photos just caught split second hair-fiddling. Videos are a different story of course. But as Anonymous 11:53 said even if it was split second fiddling, pictures were published *perhaps* to support the insecurity narrative. So that kind of makes my point-- I didn't say Kate WAS necessarily insecure.. I said hair-fiddling is widely interpreted as such by many people perhaps becauses teenage girls do it more often than older women. And it may be as Royalfan suggests..it was just a consequence of having so much hair. So I'm glad its shorter for many reasons (including those mentioned earlier like face shape)

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    22. I love how intelligent this blog's readers are! The comments are fantastic.

      I'm 31 and in my opinion a woman should choose the length of her skirt based on what looks better for them and the occasion. I think Kate looks better with knee length which work for most occasions. But I like this look, I think it fits the occasion, is very english-country-style I suppose.

      Regarding Princess Diana, I didn't follow her as I was a kid them, but I think Kate is very different than her, I'm not so sure they would get along. Kate is a very confident, strong woman, Diana had so many insecurities, seams like she was more dramatic and sensitive, while Kate seams to be more objective and rational. I don't think William ever wanted a woman that was too much like her mother because he new the "job" was maybe harder for people with that kind of personality.

      I mean, look the topless picture scandal, Kate dealt with that perfectly, she was out in public in the very same day, that's tough, I think I would lock myself in my room and cry for a week. Diana never had to deal with something like that, I think she would go nuts.

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    23. Lizzie, I think judgement and opinions or preference are being confused here. We all have likes and dislikes which are totally subjective. All of us will never agree on hemlines because we perceive things differently for a variety of reasons which is clearly evident each day in this comment section. However, when we start making statements like the DoC should never wear skirts and dresses above her knees because now she is 33 and a mother of two, we are getting into murky territory that really puts women into finite limiting boxes.

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    24. Hi Sandra! I agree with you that skirts/dresses should fit the occasion. As those of us who like the knee or mid-calf length are fond of pointing out, Kate has to bend over or stoop down to a child's level so often the longer length is far more suitable. It also leaves her free from peeping photographers lenses when she is seated.

      As someone Diana's age, let me share some things about her. Since her death, all that is published now are things that have been pre-approved by the BRF to sanitize her and Charles's marriage and divorce in an attempt to make Charles look better. Those of us who followed her from the start saw the scrutiny she was under constantly. The way the paparazzi follow Kate around is not anywhere close to what surrounded Diana. Diana didn't have the luxury of a long courtship, she was only 19 years old when she entered the world stage as the fianc├ę of the Prince of Wales, and Charles has admitted he never loved her and had an affair with Camilla during his marriage to Diana. During their engagement interview they were asked about being in love. Diana said, "Of course!" Charles said "Whatever 'in love' means." Unlike William, who is so very obviously besotted with his wife, Charles was never affectionate toward Diana and was jealous of her popularity. He would make rude comments about her extensive wardrobe in public and make sulky comments about how more people wanted to see her than him. Diana dealt with all of these things while they were being shown to the world through the eyes of the photographers lenses and her personal life spread across the headlines in every country and every language. All the while she was also trying to protect her sons from the ugly gossip and headlines about their parents. Diana was a confident and strong woman in her public life and always kind-hearted and charitable. She put on a smile and made a public appearance the evening a television interview aired in which Charles admitted his affair with Camilla. William was very close to his mother and he knew her strength and compassion. I think Kate and Diana would have been great allies. If topless photos of Diana had been published like Kate's were, Diana would have gone out and done her job - and she would have done it without the love and support of her husband. Diana was not "nuts" she suffered from depression because of her circumstances. Since her charitable work meant so much to her she dealt with her depression through anorexia and a couple of attempts at self harm instead of letting down her charities and the royal family. For her trouble Charles told people at dinner parties that whatever she ate "was just going to make a return appearance later." Such sympathy for a wife who was dealing with an eating disorder. Never let it be said that Diana was not a strong woman. She dealt with her problems alone and put on a smile and showed compassion throughout all of it. That's why Camilla doesn't use the title Princess of Wales - even though she technically is. The public would never stand for it because of the role she played in the break up of C&D's marriage. Diana was loved by everyone for her courage and compassion. Yes, Kate and Diana would have gotten along fine and William knows he married a woman equally as strong as his mother.

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    25. Robin...GREAT reminder of what happened at the time! There has been some serious revisionist history re: Diana. We tend to forget too how young she was when she married and that she was only a little over a year older than Kate is now when she died.

      And Faith...agree we are all entitled to opinions. There wouldn't be much of anything to say on blogs if we weren't! But my point was saying Kate shouldn't wear longer skirts because they "age" her is just a different sort of limiting box as the short skirt opinion based on her current age being too old for short skirts (versus holding the opinion occasion, duties, expected activities like bending over etc have to be considered before wearing short skirts)

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    26. Just for the record, I love Princess Diana, I understand that she went through a lot with Prince Charles and the media. But I don't agree with a few things Diana did, I think she could have dealt with things better, but again, she was much younger than Kate and didn't have the support Kate has. It's really a shame that she die so young, just when she start to enjoy her life and I believe, take control of it.

      But I may disagree with you, I do think depression, bulimia, self harming and suicide attempt are signs of weakness. I'm a rational person myself and find very difficult to understand how can people not be able to see what's going on and do something about it. And I do think Diana and Kate have very different personalities.

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    27. Yes, Robin, I agree! And that's why I said those that don't remember Diana think that Kate is so much better. She isn't. Everyone thinks their "icon" of the moment is it. And they don't have the perspective of living the history. I am in my thirties, about the Diana/Kate cut-off age.

      There has even been a lot of talk on here that Diana shouldn't have acted the way she did because it ended with her getting a divorce! She wanted the divorce so she could pursue her happily ever after! People that don't remember forget have horrible Charles was to her, what a evil person Camilla is, etc. Diana deserved to remarry, have more children which she wanted, etc. Divirce is horrible, but in this case, needed.

      And the younger people think Kate is a bigger "star" than Diana. They don't remember the crowds, etc. Someone commented about the Kate Effect on sales. Diana had the same thing in spades! So is baby William. What is happening now is nothing new, it is just a new generation experiencing it.

      The royal family back then and especially Diana, drew much more attention than they do now. That is why it was conceivable when the York daughters were little that they could be working royals. Lesser royals had a working royal job, people came to their events at local fairs, local library openings, building dedications, etc. Now they simply don't. If people still came to those things and supported the RF like they once did, the York girls wouldn't be out of a job!

      You just can't compare Diana's fame to Kate's. The attention and love she got was beyond.

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    28. I can't remember any instance of the DoC wearing a shorter skirt and showing too much either sitting or bending down. She has had a problem with wind but that has nothing to do with hemline length. Skirts well below the knee can blow up given the correct circumstances. Am I forgetting an instance when she was in danger of being indecent?

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    29. There have been quite a few instances, Faith. Take a look at this photo for instance http://royal-fans.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Kate-Middleton-Short-Skirts-001.jpg
      While taken at a bad angle, dhe was continually trying to pull this down when with HM on this engagement!

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    30. Faith...For many other examples of too-short skirts (IMO too short to appear professional) just google "princess Kate short skirts" and select "images". While some are "wardrobe malfunctions" due to wind (but the wind DOES blow most places) many others are not. For example, the yellow/cream dress where Kate is seated and seems to be trying to cover her legs with her clutch purse.

      Sandra..I know its your opinion and you are certainly entitled but science tells us avoiding mental illness isn't just a matter of "being strong." For example, there are often biological/genetic factors at work too. Mental illness carries a stigma already but attributing it to personal weakness may not help.

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    31. I don't consider Diana having a mental illness. Ask anyone whose husband is cheating on them and refuses to stop, makes fun of your eating disorder, and is a cold father (refusing to stay with William during and after his head surgery) and I think they would be very upset, dare I say DEPRESSED, too!

      As for those that say Kate went through more than Diana with Kate's nude picture scandal. Diana was chased day in and day out. Everything was put in the papers, from Squidgy Gate on....And yes, Diana had her own topless pictures, least people forget. Diana is why William is so protective of Kate, he doesn't want her to suffer like his Mom.

      Diana didn't just have to fight the media, she had an abusive husband, where Kate gets to have a loving and supportive husband who protects her. Makes all the difference.

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    32. For the record, bulimia, if it reaches a certain level is considered a mental illness and is listed in DSM 5 (and in earlier editions) Depression if it reaches a certain level and involves a certain number of symptoms is also a mental illness. Self-harm and suicidal thoughts/attempts MAY be symptoms of mental illness too. I don't know if Diana's symptoms reached a clinical level. My only point was that these days medical and psychological sciences suggest mental illness is not a result of personal weakness or a personal failing. Did a bad marriage contribute to Diana's difficulties? Very likely. But not everyone in a bad marriage reacts the same way. Genetic factors and early childhood experiences (neither of which is a person's "fault") may also play a role.

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    33. Robin and Anon 1:08, I love your comments! Well said ladies.

      I will just add that if you understand and acknowledge past events, the current scenario makes sense.

      I do wish William would get more credit for the man, husband, and father he is. His childhood wasn't perfect, but he recognized, and has run with, the good.

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    34. Lizzie,

      My point was that many describe Diana as "mentally ill" when she was actually suffering from extreme cruelty. Charles set out to make her feel that his affair was all in her head, his assistants, the palace staff, etc. all supported this hoax. People get depressed without being mentally ill and most of us will never suffer the extreme circumstances that Diana did.

      So let's be careful how we use the word "mental illness".

      And for those that say Kate is stronger than Diana.... Diana did 300-400 engagements a year, with two small children. On top of her horrible husband, the press, etc.

      Kate barely ever shows for anything. And she is very thin, as thin as Diana at the height of her bulimia. Kate is very protected and treated with kid gloves by the palace staff. We would never even know if she had depression, etc. Diana was very brave to tell her story in hopes of helping others. And Kate is very lucky to have William.

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    35. Anon...I agree people can "get depressed" without being mentally ill. However, it is impossible to have "clinical" or "major depression" without having a mental illness as it is 100% certain and not a matter of opinion that clinical depression IS a mental illness. IF Diana's depression symptoms rose to the level of diagnosable clinical depression (and none of us can know if they did), she DID have a mental illness. Bulimia nervosa is also a mental illness per the American Psychiatric Assoc. Bulimia *symptoms* may not be severe and pervasive enough for diagnosis and most bulimics are NOT thin (that's anorexia) so weight is not a reliable yardstick. None of this is to blame Diana if she did have an illness (any more than we blame someone for getting breast cancer)...in fact, my original comment spoke about not blaming victims for mental illness!

      None of us really knows exactly what Diana endured as published reports--even those that are more pro Diana-- may not be entirely accurate. It is true though that extreme stress does not always result in depression (see studies of concentration camp survivors) That's not to excuse Charles' cruel behavior (or anyone else's) but many factors contribute to mental illness.

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    36. The other thing to point out about Diana is that she came from a broken home where the divorce was very bitter and she and her younger brother were the pawns in a custody case. It is well documented that Diana said from a very young age that she would only marry for love because she never wanted to be divorced. What could be a more sure thing than a prince who could never divorce without jeopardizing his future as Defender of the Faith. Little did she know how that law would be manipulated to suit her husband and his philandering, as well as Camilla and her ambitions. I also agree that we need to watch how we bandy about the term mental illness. Yes, there are technical lines drawn, but I don't think they apply (or should apply) to those who display behaviors that are a result of circumstance and the actions of others.

      Addressing the issue of Diana not getting help for her problems, she did. She tried everything from doctors to hypnosis. Charles camp made fun of her. Nice move by the man who triggered her eating disorder by telling her she was chubby which resulted in her trying everything to make herself pleasing to her husband. It wasn't until after the separation that she put the weight back on that made her look healthy. These days, and in a world where Charles has no power and no mother to sanitize his reputation, he would be looked upon as a chronic mental abuser.

      royalfan, I really agree with you about William. I don't know why people turn against him and say awful things about him. Those are people whose heads are turned by everything they read from the media. Why does the media put forth unkind stories about William's character? Because he only tolerates them and recognizes their part in his mother's misery. He has become a good man, husband, and father. A far better man than his father. And, now that the partying of his youth seems to have passed, Harry is also becoming a wonderful man and role model.

      I love Kate and think she is a kind-hearted woman who is a great wife and mother. She has done so much to help William and I love following her on this blog. But I don't think she can ever be compared to Diana when it comes to life circumstances. Kate has William 100% in her corner and a close and loving family. I also don't believe she's anywhere near as thin as Diana was at the height of her anorexia. I think she comes from good genes with the great blessing of being tall and willowy. Lucky her!

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    37. Lizzie,

      I think you WANT Diana to be classified as having a mental illness. I have dealt with family members who were so depressed, they were manic depressives. That is NOT the majority of people with depression. And to label someone with having a "mental illness" is going too far IMO.

      People have actually written books calling Diana mentally ill, accusing her of having split personalities, etc. So when you use that term about her, you are treading in a explosive area.

      Also, people can have both bulimia and anorexia.

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    38. Whoa Anonymous! I am sorry you have had mental illness in your family but I think you are making unfair and unfounded judgments about me. My first post on this topic was **in response** to a post that characterized Diana's depression, bulimia and self-harm as weakness. Mental illness is not due to weakness or personal failings. None of us know (including you) whether Diana had a diagnosable case of depression. I agree (as I have said before) that Charles was cruel to her. But that doesn't mean she didn't also develop Major Depression. We cannot possibly know. People may develop depression when they are in abusive relationships. People may also develop diagnosable depression following bereavement. Simply because we can identify a prior trauma doesn't mean its not "real" depression. Diana's childhood experiences would also predispose her to adult depression. That doesn't mean she had it of course. I am not claiming she did as NONE of us can know.

      I never said Diana had Bipolar Diorder (the current term for manic depression) That is a completely different illness from Major Depression. Its not just severe depression. In fact, people can be more impaired by a severe case of Major Depression than a milder case of Bipolar Disorder. I also seriously doubt Diana had Dissociative Identity Disorder ("split personality") but I admit I've not read the books about Diana you mention. I also said I do not know if Diana's **widely reported** bulimic behavior rose to the level of a diagnosis. But people cannot be properly diagnosed per DSM with both Anorexia and Bulimia. Anorexia requires a person to be significantly underweight. (Diana was slim but hardly significantly underweight.) If a person with Anorexia purges like a bulimic, she is diagnosed with purging subtype. If she engages in compensatory activity only (constant exercise, for example) that a different subtype as is "restrictive" subtype. For a diagnosis of Bulimia the person is not significantly underweight. So both diagnoses cannot be given at the same time as a person cannot be both underweight and not underweight.

      For the record, I admired Diana. But perhaps because I do not view mental illness as a personal failing, I am willing to consider the possibility that she developed Major Depression or other mental illness. I don't "want it" to be true but I'm not afraid of the possibiliy either. And if she did develop depression that doesn't let Charles off the hook. But it was a very different time too. Remember he HAD to marry a physician-certified virgin. I think also Diana MAY have been the first to avoid having officials in the delivery room to avoid the possibility of a "baby switch."

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    39. The mental illness card was played by Charles' camp in order to make Diana appear unstable while creating sympathy for the circumstances he was faced with. The public was very sympathetic to her and that was the last thing he and the Firm wanted. What better way to shift the blame than to make it appear that he, and the marriage, didn't stand a chance because of Diana. Ironically, it was exactly the opposite if you consider Camilla's presence in C&D's relationship from day one. Yes, Diana had an unfortunate childhood and it affected her, but this combined with a bad marriage does not equal mental illness. The only thing that was "unbalanced" was the intent of each of them going into the marriage.

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    40. Thank you, Royal Fan, I couldn't agree more.

      Lizzie,
      You were the only person to bring up here about Diana having a mental illness. To try and now deny that was the point you were trying to make is laughable. You were trying to say, she wasn't weak, she was mentally ill! Yes, that's sooo much better. And most of what you have said, from her age at death ( she wasn't a year older than Kate is now, Kate is 33, Diana was 36 when she died) to saying she was a certified virgin (that was an old wives' tale which isn't true), is simply false.

      You sound

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    41. Anon, If you read the thread carefully you will see Robin first brought up the issue on Dec 30 at 8:56. Another poster then responded saying depression, etc was due to weakness. Only after that did I post on the issue. Those are the facts but apparently facts do not fit your narrative. Depression is a mental illness as is bulimia. Those are also facts. I never said Diana definitely had those..just that she could have as other posters already mentioned these emotional issues. The facts are also that 1 in 4 women in the UK will require treatment for depression (that doesn't include bipolar) at some point during their lives. That is alot of wmen and given her situation and childhood (effective loss of mother due to divorce) there's no reason to think Diana would be somehow "immune" to this common mental illness.
      http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/help-information/mental-health-statistics/men-women/

      Charles may very well have spread rumors...during a marital split partners often say awful things. Depression can follow abuse but it is still depression according to professionals. That's really not a matter of debate these days.

      I must say I am surprised so many people still seem to find depression somehow shameful. As supposedly liberated women, looks like some here share Charles' s decades old thinking that mentioning depression is an effective way to criticize a woman--or else there would not be such a strong need to "defend" Diana's memory by way of what comes awfully close to personal attacks (and might have been one had your last message not ended with "you sound..."

      And for the record, I beieve Diana died less than two months after her 36th birthday. Kate will be 34 in about a week. So saying Kate is now a bit more than a yr younger than Diana was when she died was no more off the mark than implying Diana was 3 yrs older when she died than Kate is now. For pete's sake, the quibble is over a few months!!!

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  14. Do any of the royal family attend church services regularly? If so, are they normally private or public? And where?

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    1. I don't know about the rest of the family but I think the Queen does attend services regularly. I do think they are mostly private. I'm trying to remember where I heard or read that - it was years ago.

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    2. I know that Charles used to take a "private" communion at Highgrove and a minister would come by and do a private, short service just for him.

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    3. I have heard that William and Kate only attend church for BRF obligations or when visiting the Queen. I can't speak for other members, although I think Charles is semi-religious. I wonder what the future of their church is, as I think the Queen is very devout and a true believer, while others seem to do it as obligation. Although I will say that church doesn't always equal faith.

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    4. The queen is technically the head of the Church of England. Similar to Episcopalian here in the US. That was the huge issue with Charles marrying Camilla, he will be head of the church. So now Charles says he wants to be "defender of all faiths".

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    5. Re the BRFs church attendance, the Queen, as I think most would acknowledge, is first and foremost wedded to Great Britain and to her duty as Monarch. As such, she may or may not be genuinely religious, but as head of the Church of England, she would at least pretend to be. Nor do I think that spirituality can be measured by how often a person attends church.

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  15. The skirt length is fine. That is the look with that style. Any shorter and it wouldn't hang properly or swing. The jacket looks a little big and maybe if it was more fitted, people would like the skirt more. There would be the contrast between the tight silhouette on top and the long swinging skirt on bottom.

    Harry just gets better and better with age. Even the facial hair looks good. Hot.

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    1. Harry really does get better with age! He's spent so much time working, travelling, meeting people old and young, he looks to have matured greatly. He still has his good natured sense of humor obviously, but it's less adolescent now, he seems much more at ease with himself. With his new maturity, his beard and his fit physique Harry looks the part of a very handsome, jolly king of england. (or, the king's brother anyway.) :)

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    2. I'm not seeing that the jacket looks too big. If you look closely it appears---at least to me-- that Kate's shoulder blades are poking out the back. How much tighter could it be?

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    3. Yes that Ginger is a hottie! I hope he finds a female wounded warrior to settle down with. Any Chelsy lookalikes in the armed services should apply!

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    4. I think the jacket fits perfectly. I don't see a problem and must agree with Lizzie here.

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    5. My shoulder blades are like Kate's, they always stick out! This totally depends on how your body is made. But through the bodice and at the waist, it looks like it could use a tuck.

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    6. I think her shoulder blades also stick out because she carries her purse in front with both hands. Still not seeing how it could be much tighter anywhere but maybe that's me. I don't like the look (or feel) of skin tight casual clothes.

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    7. Not skin tight, just more fitted. The tiniest nip can make all the difference!

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  16. Tweedy. Pretty pattern. A great treat to see her (and it looks like the hair is growing out!) but this look is too fuddy duddy for me; the skirt is okay for the look she's going for, but not my cup of tea. Congratulations to Kate for the health recognition thing (can't remember the exact name) & thanks to Jane for popping this post up:)

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  17. I harp on Kate's boots and shoes so much I thought I'd share some things I think would look great on her:

    BOOTS
    Ralph Lauren: http://www.ralphlauren.com/product/index.jsp?productId=66048986&cp=12150841.34641416&ab=ln_women_cs_shoes&pg=2&parentPage=family

    http://www.ralphlauren.com/product/index.jsp?productId=35514906&cp=12150841.34641416&ab=ln_women_cs_shoes&parentPage=family

    Aquatalia: http://www.aquatalia.com/dalena/d/1017C99?CategoryId=200

    EVENING:
    Gucci: http://www.gucci.com/us/en/pr/women/womens-shoes/womens-sandals/gg-sparkling-leather-sandal-p-362317B8B008106?position=4&listName=ProductGridWComponent&categoryPath=Women/Womens-Shoes/Womens-Evening

    Stella McCartney: http://www.stellamccartney.com/us/stella-mccartney/slingbacks_cod44644214mt.html

    DAILY - DO SOMETHING FUN!
    Manolo: http://www.barneys.com/manolo-blahnik-striped-tayler-d%27orsay-pumps-504331207.html#prefn1=productAccess&sz=632&prefv1=isPublic&pageviewchange=true&start=17

    Louboutin: http://www.barneys.com/christian-louboutin-new-very-prive-pumps-503955271.html#prefn1=productAccess&sz=59&prefv1=isPublic&pageviewchange=true&start=40

    Just some thoughts...

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    1. Robin, WOW. Just wow! :) I love the Aquatalia boots, the slingbacks are incredibly sexy, and the Louboutin pumps may just be in Maxima's closet. It has her name on it and I do enjoy her sense of fun.

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    2. LOL I love that you are putting your $ where your mouth is and backing up what you mean. it isn't that she can't wear boots, just that they can be different boots. Some of these are definitely fun, yet still practical and conservative enough for an HRH!

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    3. Beautiful choices, Robin! I could (or have?) seen some of those choices on Queen Maxima or Queen Letitzia.

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  18. Did anyone else notice the lovely striped scarf one of the spectators is wearing? It's in nearly every photo. Wow; she sure wears it well. She's wearing the Canadian Hudson's Bay iconic colours.
    See this link for the scarf: http://www.thebay.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/thebay/hbc-/bq-2015-hbc-coats-accessories/brushed-striped-scarf-0082-f15hbau334--24
    Wish Kate would get this scarf, too!

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    1. Oh yeah, good eye! Maybe on Kate's next visit to Canada (whenever that will be) they will be given some HBC goodies. They have cute kids things too, and the mitts alone are fun!

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  19. They sure do! My two little guys have their mitts among other things. People love seeing those colours! My baby, Hudson, just got the cardigan­čśë for Christmas.
    Well done to that spectator! She stands out beautifully.

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  20. Hey everyone I just read that the suit that Kate is wearing is from Michael Kors.

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  21. Did anyone see the boots that Bea, I think that was the sister, wore to this event? They were really gorgeous! I was surprised. Haha

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  22. Having read thru the comments, I can see that I am going against the tide, but I have to say that I disliked this look, pretty much from head--have never liked that hat, and live for the day that George gets his hands on it and ruins it a valorous attempt to flush it down the toilet. Ditto, the earrings.

    The suit looks like--not saying it IS--something that Kate picked up in a second-hand store--very 1980s, and very drab.

    As for the boots, like Robin from CA, IMO, they needed to be replaced a few years ago.

    Conclusion: Like Sophie Wessex, until recently at any rate, Kate is either being kept on a shoe-string clothing budget OR due to centuries of mismanagement, the BRF is going belly-up, financially. I think both.

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    1. JC-

      Your conclusion is funny!

      Sophie for sure doesn't have Kate's budget. But I too have wondered why she doesn't have more new outfits for public events.

      I think similar to putting Charlotte in the same dress for both pictures, Kate tries to "appear" conservative in her clothing budget. But, like Charlotte, we know she has more clothes, they just aren't on display for public consumption. I think it is a calculated move on her part.

      I remember a few years ago seeing her get into a car with William after a private party. She had on a gorgeous D & G black leather and suede coat. I remember thinking, where has that been hiding??

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    2. Agree the boots need to go but I know how hard it is to give up a favorite pair of boots. Given that the tweed ensemble retailed earlier this year for around $2500 and the Christmas green coat for nearly 2K I think Kate's clothing allowance is probably intact! No price has been published for the new green hat but $4500 to dress for two private church services isn't really chump change :)

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    3. Ahhhh, Lizzie...... Everything is relative, isn't it?

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    4. lizzie, I agree with you and I think that is the real secret behind Kate's choices. She wears very expensive clothes but she wears them frequently leaving people hard pressed to cry foul on her budget. It's actually quite brilliant!

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    5. JC sorry but I think Kate's budget is intact. I just think you aren't liking her choices :-)

      Anon 1:09pm I also remember as a newlywed she wore a pink Stella McCartney dress to a birthday dinner...and that's the only time I've seen it. She does recycle a lot, but she has so much we're not aware of.

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    6. Also, it seems lately at least 30% of the outfits have been on sale when she (or her rep) bought them. I doubt the source would have put them on sale AFTER Kate had purchased them.
      That would tend to drive the price up, I should think. Weren't both the tweed and the green coat on sale recently?

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    7. No one would know when she bought them and even if they did, they would not know when she would wear it publicly. Unless it is a bespoke piece that she has commissioned for a certain event.

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  23. I'm not liking thise outift on her. But, th hair looks really bad this time. It distracted me from looking at the esemble. What do you think of her hair, Jane? DOn't say, it was combed!, Please! ;-)

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  24. hmm can believe that micheal kora the duchess also reminds me lady mary from downtown abbey clothes country retro

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  25. Scuffed and dirty boots are never attractive and, she often appears wearing boots that are not maintained. I understand walking on a mud and pebble path gets boots dirty but she also appears in city with the same dirty boots. She also seems to favor suede shoes and boots and that type requires a bit more maintenance. I wonder why she doesn't wear smooth leather boots and booties. Last, I dislike the black suede boots because of the obvious zipper tag showing at the ankle. I find that exposed zippers on boots make me think that the boots are made of inexpensive materials and not intended to be worn for more that two years at most. I prefer boots with a covered zipper, color matched zipper tags and leather that has been selected for best wear over time. Match the leather to the conditions. Suede fairs poorly in wet or muddy conditions. The boots become an investment and will last many years if maintained.
    ~Nina

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    1. Thank you about the lack of maintenance for her footwear! I have said that before.

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  26. I wonder if expensive scuffed boots represent the same sort of attitude that holes in
    designer jeans do? An attempt to avoid the appearance of trying too hard.
    I think imperfection in grooming means something different to different sets of people.
    The asymmetrical look, the wispy, loose lock in a hair style...mis-matching accessories-
    all might say, "I don't have to prove my worth" or "Being perfect is not a priority of mine."

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    1. Maybe it's the equivalent of the shabby gentry?

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    2. No, I wear ripped jeans and shoes don't do that same look. I can see shoes for mucking about that are worn looking, but for occasions like this, no. She's not at the park or playground.

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  27. Whilst we wait for the much anticipated "Best of" from Jane, (I've already got my vote for hat!) I have a question that struck me browsing in a jewelry store earlier. When you have so many beautiful pieces of jewelry, like Kate, how do you decide which earrings, or necklace, or bracelet to wear? Which pair of gold earrings? Which necklace? Is it a mood? How do you decide what to buy when your budget is bigger than most? Thoughts?

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    1. Robin, I believe that Kate's choices are based more on mood and what they mean to her than any other factor. And I would categorize the majority of her everyday jewelry as being more personal than accessory, if that makes sense. She does have some beautiful pieces, but a lot of it doesn't photograph well or ends up getting lost when she wears her hair down. But to her credit, I think it's more about the personal significance than it is about monetary value.

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    2. I didn't mean to imply monetary value played a role in her choices but just that, because they are really good pieces, which makes them more beautiful than most daily jewelry, how does one decide. I think you're right, it must just be what strikes her at the time. But when it comes time to purchase a piece, there's the tough decision!

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    3. Oh, I didn't think you implied that at all, Robin. That was just my own observation. :)

      She does have some beautiful pieces, but I wonder if she purchased any of them herself, or if they have been gifts from William or her family...

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    4. That would be a fun thing to know! Which jewels should I wear today? Oh, to have that problem!! :-)

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  28. This is what drives me mad about Catherine. She has many gorgeous very well made solid gold or steering pieces both new and family pieces and yet she often wears what I consider almost drugstore pieces! Not well made and probably not that comfortable etc. It is one of those what I consider very odd choices she makes. Ali

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  29. Wow I have to LOL at all the angst towards Kate's footwear. Oddly, it doesn't ruffle my feathers like it does others. And that even baffles me, because I have always believed that footwear makes or breaks an overall look. If you saw my shoe closet and how well I maintain my footwear you would think I should be disappointed in Kate's footwear - I own shoes that are several years old that people think are brand new. I have my trusty Shoe Doctor (that's what I call him), dust bags, etc.

    Either she does it intentionally to seem down to earth. Or she thinks clothes & accessories are more important than well maintained shoes. Or she's blind to it. Or another option I haven't considered. Honestly, I know she's a Princess/Duchess, but maybe she thinks that for how expensive the shoes are why would she toss them over scuffed suede - seriously, the sole/traction is probably still good and she may just be practical. As much as she has adjusted to a royal budget (renovating two homes, expensive clothing), she's still an upper middle class Middleton - she was raised with nice things, but I don't think she would have grown up thinking of good quality items as disposable, and many raised in wealth do.

    Anyway, my two cents. We'll see if the new year brings new footwear to make my fellow readers happy :-)

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    1. I agree that she certainly wouldn't toss them but maybe not wear them on official outings. She certainly leaves herself open to shoes that damage more easily (especially in bad weather) with her preference for suede.

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    2. I agree, Robin. I've purchased 2 pairs of suede shoes. While I love the look/texture, they scuff too easily so 2 pairs is the max for me!

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  30. I think she is blind to them. But that is where a truly good assistant would should make sure her shoes were in good shape:) She does not need to think about it, one of her staff should.

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  31. I completely agree with you, Jane, that the tweed ensemble resembles the suit that Kate wore at the Cheltenham Festival shortly before she broke up with William. I was instantly reminded of that outfit when I saw the photos.

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  32. Shame we can't see Kate's outfit from the front.

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  33. With all the scuffed shoe comments, I decided to do a survey of my own. I think I actually
    found one possible image, but since all others taken of an event showed very neatly brushed boots/shoes, it makes
    me wonder about the minority few that did show scuffed shoes during the same event. I doubt she bent down mid-stride and tidied her boots. How to account for photos showing both scuffed and unscuffed miraculously appearing and disappearing? Perhaps another bit of fancy photo fiddling? (excluding sports events and outside activities, of course, such as the polo events where she was running after George,for example)

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  34. I like the outfit but I just don't care for the length of the skirt. I feel like it looks old and matronly. If it was a few inches shorter (right at or slightly above the knee) I think I would love it.

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  35. I'm still a teenager and I really love this outfit on Kate! I feel it makes her look younger rather than ageing her! Happy new year everyone, hopefully it will bring us lots more of Kate and the children!

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  36. this outfit on Kate! I feel it makes her look younger rather than ageing her! Happy new year everyone, hopefully it will bring us lots more of Kate and the children!

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  37. More flooding in the North. Jean,are you and your family safe?

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    1. Thanks yes, at the moment all is well
      Happy New Year everyone

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    2. Happy New Year, Jean! Stay dry and safe!

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    3. Happy to hear it. Stay safe.

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  38. A happy, healthy, and safe New Year to everyone. :)

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    1. :) Hope you're having a good New Year's day...

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  39. Kate is so lean that her bottom has all but disappeared.

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  40. I quite like the suit, would like to see the front. It's in a pretty dull shade, though.

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  41. I cannot image Diana in such a drab hue.

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