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The Middletons Join Kate to Celebrate Her 34th

Sunday, January 10, 2016

When Kate was photographed at St. Mary Magdalene the Sunday after Christmas she was wearing a new Michael Kors ensemble that we only got to see from the side and the back. Many hoped we would get a second look at the ensemble, but I was secretly dubious as to what event this would be a proper recycle. It seems 2016 is already off to a lucky start. Today the Duchess recycled the ensemble almost to a T as she attended a service at St. Mary Magdalene this morning. 


The entire Middleton family joined the royals this morning as the Queen marked the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli. Surrounded by her family, Her Majesty presented a commemorative wreath as those gathered mark a respectful moment of silence. 


The Gallipoli campaign actually launched in April of 1915 and ended on the 9th of January 1916. You might recall that William and Kate closed their tour of Australia and New Zealand commemorating ANZAC Day, whose origins lie in the Gallipoli campaign. I think it is interesting that the only other Michael Kors ensemble that Kate has worn was to that event:


The pair placed poppies on the Wall of Remembrance and then bouquets at the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier:


I like the connection in the fashion. Today, Kate's recycle of her Lock & Co. Fairytale hat has to make it her favorite hat to-date. 



In fairness, I suppose it cannot be assumed it is her favorite, but certainly one she feels is versatile and flattering. By my count, today marked the 7th wear for the structured beret. These are its other six wears. I think the angle of this hat really makes or breaks it.  


To my absolute delight, the Middletons joined the party this morning. Doubtless, they were all up to celebrate Kate's 34th yesterday. According to Emily Andrews, Kate spent the day shooting with William and I am sure, the Middletons and some assembled friends. I very truly believe that both Pippa and Carole are wearing Kate's hats. Here is a picture of Pippa. Does the hat look familiar?


In 2006, Kate Middleton wore a sumptuous mink hat to Cheltenham. This is one of my favorite hats of all time. It makes me think of Anna Karenina and Christmas balls at the Winter Palace, and basically everything that is nostalgic and gorgeous about "back in the day" winters. Pippa also has a big fur hat, but hers is smooth. Given the Middleton ladies penchant to borrow, I think she could very well be wearing this hat.


Speaking of shooting and fur hats, I am not entirely sure these are the same, but they re very similar. In 2008 Kate, William, Harry, and a mystery blond. Chelsy was also on this hunting trip,w which took place at Sandringham, so this woman must have just been a friend. 


Carole, too, I think might be wearing one of Kate's toppers. Can you guess which one? 


I think it is another Cheltenham piece. The "Betty Boop" from Lock & Co.!


Kate has actually worn this four times, but one of those wears was to Cheltenham. I cannot be sure if Carole is wearing this hat, but I think she might be wearing it with the bow at the back, rather than on the side. I imagine that packing hats is kind of a bother and they may have felt it was easier to rifle Kate's ample closet.


I could be wrong, but I think all the Middleton women (Kate included) are wearing Aquatalia's Rhumba boots. This is my favorite family. It is always a treat to see the Middletons with Kate and I revel in any situation where the Middletons hang out with the royals. 


The only thing Kate changed in her ensemble today was her hair. This morning she opted for a more pulled together up-do:


Verdict: This is a special outfit. It is very specialized. I love it. But it wouldn't work walking into a church in the middle of London. It is very particularly British country. As we have discussed before, it conjures up Downton Abbey, and solid British heritage. I really liked how she switched up her hair, and I prefer this outfit with an updo. I really like it. 



Kate pulls of this look to perfection. She sets a standard, she creates a fantasy, she reminds us of traditional and history. Incidentally, that is exactly what the Monarchy is built on, so all in all a very successful outfit. All the Middleton women looked glamorous and gorgeous. This made up for the Cambridges missing the communion service on Christmas morning. :) One final thing. William cut his hair and it is causing quite the ruckus. I didn't really notice until someone pointed it out. Thoughts?  



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  1. I'm rot a huge fan of this look but it works and the close recycle seems strategic. I noticed William is cutting his hair shorter, must be to blend in the hair situation which is common.

    Don't forget that two of Charlotte's godparents are there: Sophie & James. Sophie looks like the fun, eccentric spinster aunt (google her for past photos of her fashion). Looks like Anmer Hall was almost full to the max, bedroom wise!

    For sure Pippa is wearing Rhumas as you can see the zipper detailing and heels are the same. I felt Carole's boots may have had a different heel, but we know they share and own similar brands so it's very possible all three are Aquatalias. As for the hats they may have borrowed from Kate. Keep in mind we know Carole and Pippa have been seen in fur hats before. Carole even wrote a letter to one company thanking them for hats they sent to Kate - she said something about Kate not being able to accept them, but she (Carole) would enjoy them.

    ~ A

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  2. I love the outfit with her hair up too. I love that you pointed you all the things about the Middletons. Don't you think James looks like Jude Law?
    Also, I noticed right away that Prince William looked different...I think the haircut makes him look way more bald than before. I'm sure it'll grow back...

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  3. I think the duchess looked lovely.
    She looks much better in my opinion today, with an updo.
    I'm glad we had the chance to have another look at this outfit. It',s very classic and suits her very well, although I'm not keen on see it twice in a row
    But it's a winner for me
    MB

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  4. This recycle changed my mind about this ensemble. Originally I was in the "too long of a skirt" camp, but Wearing it with her hair up and the hat at a jaunty angle really elevated the look and made the skirt look much more graceful. Love it with the turtleneck too, she just looks so chic! William's haircut makes him resemble Prince Edward to a degree. I think it's cute! I have to say I don't love all that fur the ladies are wearing, the hat though romantic from an Anna Karenina point of view, looks very dated to me, and the fur-bobble trimmed poncho on the woman accompanying them (not a Middleton) is just silly, IMO. Also am I the only one who thinks Pippa's hemlines are always too short or too long? My apologies to anyone if that offends, it's just a sartorial opinion, not a personal one. :)

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    1. Diane - the fur-bobble trimmed poncho is Sophie Carter, one of Charlotte's godparents. I see her sense of style as eccentric. Google her and you'll see other photos...it's her sense of style. She seems quite opposite Kate, which is probably why they are such good friends :-)

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    2. Diane I think Pippa's hemline today for (1) church (2) with the Queen on a (3) historic, somber anniversary was not appropriate. I just gave 3 reasons why I think today it worked against her. She's young, she's not married into the BRF, but I think given the above she should have chosen a longer skirt/dress.

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    3. Further thoughts...in regards to Carole and Pippa borrowing from Kate's Anmer closet, it seems practical and inline with their past actions. What I've wondered, is how big is her Anmer closet? How much do we think she keeps at Anmer vs. KP? I wonder from a practical perspective of dressing for events, as well as the convenience of planning outfits for working. If she's remotely like me I like to lay out or hang my outfits, or sometimes try them on. Does she keep her casual clothes at Anmer, then keep her "working" clothes at KP, then just pack what she wants to take to Anmer? I always overpack when I travel, so I can't imagine having her pressure for dressing and having two homes!

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    4. Thanks for identifying Sophie, Anon! She looks fun and you're right, a good friend for Kate, and I give her a pass for her quirky fashion eccentricities. :) As far as Pippa, I totally agree, it was def. the wrong occasion for such a shorty short hem, and really there aren't many appropriate occasions, unless its super-casual or summer, and after a certain age, that window narrows even further. Pippa always seems to be searching for the right proportions, she isn't as tall and long as Kate, and sometimes seems to be competing with her. (Both christening outfits.) And James...what a dandy. His little vacation slippers and printed jeans are kind of ridiculous IMO. I really love his beard, though, wish he would lighten up and smile a little! :)

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  5. Wow! William did cut his hair! I like it. Embrace the baldness! I bet his head was cold, though, considering the hats the women wore. Maybe William should bring back the wearing of hats for men.

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  6. I too love this outfit. It looks so comfortable. That must be a crazy experience for William and Kate's friends to attend church with the Queen. William's hair looks great! I think it's very manly to own it by letting the pate show. Does anyone know who the older lady in the red coat is? I'm always curious who the other people are in the royal photos.

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    1. The Lady in the red coat is Mary Morrison, a Lady in Waiting of HM and, I believe, a distant cousin (not sure whether I recall this correctly). She is frequently photographed when she accompanies the Queen to the Sunday church service at St. Mary Magdalene.

      Thanks for the great post, Jane. Love the outfit/hair-do combination - it looked spot on for the occasion.

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    2. Addendum
      Hon. Dame Mary Anne Morrison, GCVO (b. 17 May 1937), Woman of the Bedchamber to HM Queen Elizabeth II since 1960 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Morrison,_1st_Baron_Margadale
      I should have checked Wikipedia before I first posted - amazing what can be found there :P

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    3. I think I read somewhere that she is a Lady in Waiting for the Queen.

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    4. Miol Mor
      Thank you how fascinating. She has worked for the Queeen for 46 years if Wiki is correct and she is still with the Queen. Does anyone think she still works for her or is retired and now a friend? This is the part of all the Roya Family trappings that will cease with the Queen and Phillips deaths. The number of permanent staff appears to be so reduced from 50 years ago. Not good or bad, just different.

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    5. So this is nit picky but I think Catherine did her own hair or had help from Pippa. The device used to create the bun is easily seen, a really good hairdresser would have covered the wire with Catherines hair or a hair piece so it disappeared.

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    6. Did anyone notice how perfectly the plaid on Catherines jacket back seam matched. I love it when it is done correctly. Would need to see a close up of the entire back seam to see if they kept it matched all the way. I have some suits where it matches at the top but not all the way through the curves.

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    7. Anon 1028 I think that "wire is simolt a Bobbi pin

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    8. I did. Its an exceptionally well tailored piece. Even if one doesn't like the suit, one has to admire the design and workmanship.

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  7. I hate thi s outfit. She is way to young to be wearing something like that. I love what Pippa is wearing.
    Also any engagements for Kate before she goes on holiday? I would love to see her dedicate more time to EACH and the museum this year!

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  8. Michael Middleton is a hottie! I hope George continues to look like him as he matures. Carole and Michael make an extremely handsome couple. I think Kate looked stunning as always!

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  9. Kate looks great! I'm so glad we were able to get a good view of the front of her ensemble this time. I think Kate's gloves also help contribute to the polish of this whole outfit. The black gloves, along with the black purse, and black boots help streamline the look.

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  10. I still don't love this, but I liked it better this time. It is only suited for certain occasions/places.
    I love that the ladies raided each other's closets (hasn't Carole worn the big fuzzy hat before too?) & are likely all wearing Aquatalia. I like Pippa's peppy short skirt/coat combo!

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    1. I agree with you...this outfit for me is nice, but nothing I'd write home about. I think it looks much better with the hair in an updo, for sure. I'm a far bigger fan of the MK she wore in New Zealand...Love these Middleton ladies! I think Pippa looks great, too. The hemline is a bit short but eh...I like her outfit much more than Kate's on this occasion.

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  11. I really loved this outfit the first time but it looks even better this time with her hair up and the hat sitting at a better angle. Along with you, Jane, I love to see the Middletons with the royal family. I'm also happy to see them borrowing from Kate's hat collection - which it seems obvious they did. Maybe Kate said "Don't bother packing hats, just use one of mine." I think Pippa's skirt is a little too short for attending a church service with the Queen but at least nobody will accuse her of trying to copy her sister. As for William's hair, it just seems like a guy getting a haircut. (Although, secretly, I wish he'd get plugs. I know it's superficial but he's so cute and I loved it when he had hair in the front. However, he would really take some flack for it if he did and he doesn't seem the type.) I wonder where Harry was.

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  12. Oh, what a difference the hair made! I am completely in love with the ensemble this time!
    I agree to the traditional English country nodd and find it very beautiful.
    Happy new year, dear Jane!
    Alice

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  13. hmm its look like a family affair I love the duchess outfit so classy it should one of the classic one too its should recycle carole and pippa really dress up as mother and daughter sharing outfit love that they share outfit

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  14. I wish Kate wouldn't wear fur... I love her style and I love her outfit, but I'm kind of sad that she promotes this cruel practice just for fashion. So yeah, the outfit is a win, but the fur is not necassary in my opinion.

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    1. Where was the fur on Kate?

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    2. Anon 9:09, I think the previous poster was referring to the picture of Kate at Cheltenham in 2006. I have to agree. I hadn't seen that picture before and it was disappointing to see Kate wearing fur. :(

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    3. Iris, 2006 was a looong time ago and I do not recall Kate wearing any fur since her engagement and wedding so why bring it up!

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    4. Kate has worn fur before, at Cheltenham and the fur hat when shooting with William. If we believe Kate leant Carole and Pippa hats, Pippa is wearing a fur hat. Correct that in recent years we haven't seen Kate wear fur. But above Jane reports that Kate was seeing shooting the other day...not much difference, in my opinion, between shooting and wearing fur. It seems to be the royals way. Personally I'm anti-fur, but I understand why a lot of people don't think of the cruelty associated with it.

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    5. Hunting and wearing fur have been customs of royals since the beginning of the
      monarchy. It is also identified with the country upper class.Fortunately, fox hunting
      is nearly a thing of the past and I doubt the Queen wears newly-purchased furs.Ermine
      is on the crowns. It is a part of tradition and history of the monarchy.
      On country estates, the culling necessary to keep down disease and over-population
      is done by park rangers as well as family and guests. It is kinder than starvation
      from over-population.
      I personally have never hunted and hope I never have to. I let other people kill my
      food for me-though not in as humane a manner.
      If one is going to take part in a blog about royals, one might need to accept that
      there will be fur and there will be hunting.Thank goodness the excessive hunting
      done during the time of Edward VII is in the past.
      Besides-all this discussion over what is probably one hat, which we don't even
      know for sure is real fur.

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    6. I agree that wearing (or owning) fur is troubling. As is shooting. Of course, just my opinion, but it is a cruel and outdated hobby I wish this generation of royals would move away from. I also think it undermines William's conservation efforts and makes him look hypocritical.

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    7. I totally agree Heather! It undermines the amount of time, energy and money being spent on all of the wildlife conservation and nature conservation work that William, Kate, and Prince Charles support!

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    8. OK, I'm going to rant for a second: Supporting the hunting of meat that can be used for food is not something one can compare with the killing of an elephant for its ivory tusks or a rhino for its horn. I don't think William in any way is being a hypocrite. Some African animals are endangered because people hunted them for a trophy. That is what William's conservation cause is about. However, if you claim to be dead set against hunting and the wearing of fur in every instance, I hope you are prepared to become a vegan who does not ever wear or sit on anything leather or suede. If that's who you are and you live by it, more power to you for really standing by your cause. If it isn't then maybe William isn't alone in this claimed hypocrisy.

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  15. We were all wishing for a better view of the front of this outfit and we got it sooner than we expected (or hoped). One of my favourite outfits and great with hair up or down.
    I suspect that Catherine keeps mostly casual clothes in Norfolk, so possibly not too much choice with what to wear for another Church visit. I think I spotted the Countess of Wessex walking to church with the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince William and she was wearing the same coat and hat as she wore a fortnight ago--not to mention the DofE was wearing an overcoat he has worn regularly, for the last 40 years or so.

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    1. Ha! You're so right, Jean! People critic everything worn by everyone else but the DofE never changes anything. I think his shoes might even date back a couple of decades! So funny!

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  16. I am 33 years old and by no means someone who dresses very "young" for their age but I would never, ever wear something like this suit. It is so old fashioned. I know the Queen is there and she's not going to arrive in a mini skirt but a pencil skirt, a-line dress, one of her many fab coats??? I like Kate and four or years ago in the glory days of her 2011/2012 dressing my friends and I would covet nearly everything that she wore...now it's like the pressure to lower the hemlines and dress like someone twenty years older than she is has taken over. This is particularly the case with day wear, (still mostly love her gowns! Don't get me wrong there are exceptions that I have loved but I compare this to the plaid McQueen she has worn in Sandringham before, or the maroon coat from her first Christmas and I just think it's way too old for her. I see her style being compared to Sophie's regularly, isn't Sophie Wessex in her fifties?? I know she probably wants to move away from being seen as a fashion plate but I long for the days of the SE Asia tour or even some of the highlights from Australia/NZ (the Roksanda,the pale pink McQueen). I don't get how someone do loved those stylish sheath dresses, bold prints and variety of cuts can be the same person who likes an outfit like this? Honestly I feel like it would be more appropriate on Princess Anne. It is possible to dress conservatively and professionally without being dressing older than your years..I hope we see some recycles of the old stuff soon, I want to be drooling over her outfits again and wishing I had the money to buy them! Love the blog btw!!

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    1. I didn't like that plaid McQueen at all! Absolutely shapeless at the waist, and the skirt lacked style.

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    2. English countryside vs. the cities. Walking to attend church in the countryside with the Queen probably conjures up outfits like this. Personally, I'm not crazy about this outfit either. I'm 32 and would feel 20+ years older if I wore it and looked in the mirror. So I'm not crazy about it either, and hoping she still flirts enough with her sleeker, bolder outfits. But I will accept that she is starting to embrace these kinds of outfits more.

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    3. I'm usually the first one to wish she'd go back to dressing a little 'younger' but this actually didn't strike me as old! I mean it is old - it's based on really classic, vintage looks. But when someone brings back a vintage look that was popular in 1905 you don't say 'OMG she's dressing just like the 110 year olds!' This is a throwback to another era, not a frumpy, too old look. My biggest wish is that she'd style outfits in a younger, more edgy way. Just look at how this outfit was styled by Michael Kors on the runway! No one looked at that and said anything like the comments here. She obviously isn't going to wear this the exact way that Kors put it down the runway but she could definitely skip the turtleneck, change up the shoes, etc. I often have this quibble with her outfits though and I don't think it'll go away any time soon. But, to me, the clothes aren't the issue - the styling is.

      Just imagine that Erdem (the famous ruffle one) with a red lip and a side chignon. It would have been so beautiful. Oh Kate. Why.

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  17. I absolutely do not like Kate's outfit. I think it makes her look older than she is especially with her hair up in this wearing. I feel it is too long, too drab, worn too close to the last wear. I like most everything she wears, but for some reason, I don't like anything about this look. It is nice to see the Middleton family. Thanks for the post and all the pictures. Joan from Ohio

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  18. Ugh!! Why the back to back rewear?? I am a fan of this suit but am very disappointed to be seeing it immediately after we last saw it. Also, have to say that I prefer her hair down with this hat and suit. Looks spartan this way. I think everyone looks nice but Pippa looks amazing. Love the mod Cossack thing she has going here. Anna Karenina meets Twiggy! Longer gloves would be my only critique.

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  19. P.S. I was relieved to see Kate's guests family included, this past Sunday altho I think it unfortunate that all--Kate's family and Kate's birthday guests--were expected to attend a church service in the middle of what was clearly supposed to be a weekend celebrating Kate's 34th.

    But then, I have never been a fan of HMTQ, much less of HMTQM, both of whom seem to have had a penchant for doing things which break up royal families--or worse, of attempting to keep families they have arranged together!

    JC

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    1. Sonja from BavariaJanuary 11, 2016 at 3:27 PM

      Please keep in mind that it would have been rude and impolite if the Queen hadn't invited them to Church and you can't reject the Queen :)

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    2. P.P.S. This is getting complicated! My original post, gone missing, was meant to support, I think, Anon, Jan.11, 8:00AM. To wit, IMO, this outfit was another total miss. Drab, ill-fitting, and definitely not classic. (Seems to be a revival of a 60s trend--note: trend; it died a quick death and should've stayed dead1) Trumpet skirts are ugly, always have been, always will be.

      JC

      Of further note, I prefer this look to the previous one; i.e., sometimes hair can make a big difference, and Kate certainly looks much better with her hair up--lends to the overall feeling of a governess, severe, but mildly pleasant, altho, of course, Kate isn't a governess--or is she?

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    3. How do you know they were 'expected to attend'. For all we know that was a given. It was wreath laying ceremony that cannot be postponed for a birthday?? None of them were forced to attend that nor do I believe they were forced to attend church. Everyone looked pretty darn happy in the pics.

      Little snide JC don't ya think? Not sure why some always make assumptions. If I was there I would be thrilled to attend services with the Queen. I respect her and I think to say they have a penchant for breading up families is rather harsh. The Queen has gone out of her way to welcome the Middletons and losen up the Firm. I totally disagree with you are that point JC.

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    4. JC, how do you know "that all--Kate's family and Kate's birthday guests--were expected to attend a church service..."
      Maybe Kate and William invited them to attend church with them. OR maybe they all asked to go. They certainly were not "expected" to attend the memorial ceremony.

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    5. And another snide remark there JC. Regarding Kate and the governess comment.

      I am a long time follower and have watched many leave this blog due to the snide commments. Sometimes I truly believe that JC is here to stir the pot. Why do you follow this blog? You don't seem to like the BRF. I just don't get your need to always throw in a less than polite comment.

      Makes this blog sad to me.

      And 3 people ask you about that and you ignore them and make another snide remark. Unreal. This is not the road for a good debate.

      Ugh

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    6. JC - Maybe they truly wanted to thank God for Kate on her birthday weekend, thank God for all their blessings and keep the Sabbath Holy?

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    7. I would have to agree with JC and didn't take her comments as snide.

      Kate's outfit looked like casual daytime wear favored by a woman in her 50's or 60s. The 80's style turtleneck didn't help matters. Kate didn't look regal or elegant which I think is what JC, I and perhaps others hope to see. I thought Sophie Carter looked great and wish that Kate would occasionally wear something with pizazz. Honestly, her Mom is generally more stylish than her. I distinctly get the impression that Kate wants to dress as safely as possible to avoid criticism.

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  20. I do love a bit of fur in the winter, and I don't think it makes people look older. I do agree with those saying Kate's outfit is a bit old for her, though. She dresses very matronly at times. I wish she would look like she's having fun with her fashion more often, and experiment much more (wouldn't she look great in super modern, artsy-printed sheaths and such?)

    I'm curious why Kate herself doesn't wear fur any more. There are plenty of faux options and a nice collar would pair very well with all her jewel-toned pieces.

    Also, Kate please please PLEASE wear a pantsuit someday! It can be just as feminine as the perpetual jacket-and-skirt or jacket-over-dress look she sports.

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    1. I've read that Kate feels that her legs are too short, hence she may be unlikely to do this.

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    2. I don't think you can expect artsy-printed sheaths at this time of the year--even if it has been a little warmer than is usual.
      I can imagine the outcry there would be if Catherine appeared wearing fur--and on a photo, it is difficult to tell faux from real

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    3. Hmmm, how odd. Definitely not true, from what I can see! Especially in heels.

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  21. I love this outfit-and definitely suited for a country setting. I thinks is great that the whole family look like they are wearing the Rhumba boot. Though it looks like Pippa's dress is a tad on the short side
    annicke

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  22. Much better with the re-wear! The hair really made all the difference. It looked like she had just rolled out of bed and plopped a hat on before - so nicely put together this time. I love the boots, but not so much with this outfit. She needs something that matches the period of this style - something like a Mary Jane.
    Regarding William's hair - I don't think it's all that bad. What else is he to do? Comb over a la Prince Charles? I don't think that would suit William at all. I have a feeling we're going to keep seeing his hair (that's remaining) get shorter and shorter. Although, I will agree that the length of the top of his head shouldn't be shorter than the sides...

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  23. Sonja from BavariaJanuary 11, 2016 at 3:24 PM

    I like this outfit much more this time! It is very Downton Abbey and very british country style, classical Kate middleton and I love that! Perfect for the occasion and I loved her updo it's gorgeous. I'm also a fan of the hat, it really suits her.

    Pips looked cute, but I think her coat was just a tad too short for church (considering HMTQ was also there!)

    I really like the way Carole wore the hat, with the bow in the back. Hopefully, Kate will also do it that way when she wears it for the next time, I love this hat.

    Until I saw the close up from the back, I had no idea the pattern was blue and red checkered! From further away, the colour looked like something between taupe and mudd to me.

    What an unexpected treat to see Kate (and I like Will's new haircut!) :)

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  24. Nice to see this suit from the front. That hat has earned its keep! I agree with you Jane, that Pippa's hat could well be the one that Kate has previously worn, love how you make these links: it's the sort of thing that interests me. Carole MIGHT be wearing Kate's hat, not sure.

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  25. Kate's suit has a bit of an 'Edwardian' feel: very classic. The Daily Mail said she looked a little 'austere' compared to Pippa (also with her hair drawn back etc.)

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  26. Yes, Jane, just seen your 'Downton Abbey' comment, that's how I felt about this look as well.

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  27. Kate's hair has probably been achieved with one of those 'roller' type devices. It wouldn't need a hairdresser to do this.

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  28. Is Carole's hat a bit wider at the front, though?

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  29. Did people see Jan Moir's comments here in relation to Kate & William? Have a look:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3380834/JAN-MOIR-sock-Time-ring-crashing-bores.html

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  30. Did anyone else notice that this is the same hairstyle that Kate had on Christmas Day?

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  31. I liked the outfit a lot when Kate wore it last. Now that the front is visible, not so much. Like many of Kate’s fitted outfits this one also seems to pull across the bust. She is not large busted but other posters have suggested it may be because of size and shape changes due to pregnancy and breast-feeding. Could be but this seems to be a consistent problem with many of her high-end but off-the-rack clothes. Maybe she needs a different size/style bra after two pregnancies? It is reported that as many as 50% of women DO wear the wrong size bra. This is a minor problem but it is a consistent one that keeps her from looking as polished as she could. Overall though I’d say the outfit is a win for the occasion and she looks long, lean, and lithe.


    For me, Pippa’s outfit falls into the “what was she thinking?” category. Too short for the occasion! A few weeks ago posters here went round and round about whether there is an age-connection to skirt length. That seems to be coming up again with comments about Kate’s skirt being “too long for her age” and Pippa’s being somehow age-appropriate. I disagree but don’t want to go there again—but I do think Pippa’s skirt is too short for a country church service with the Queen. (Other articles report the Middletons returned to Amner Hall after the church service and did NOT attend the actual wreath-laying with the royals about 150 yds from the church. So maybe she gets a break on the historic occasion aspect but not the church aspect!) The hat may be Kate’s but I think it looks silly. I don’t like fur but even if it was a high quality faux fur I’d think the “Siberian Winter/Dr. Zhivago” look doesn’t match a short skirt and bare wrists from wearing “bracelet” length sleeves. Also, the brown color of the hat 1) doesn’t go with the grey dress and 2) doesn’t flatter her St. Bart’s tan and hair color. While we don’t have a frontal view, unlike Kate, Pippa looks short, dumpy, and chunky in this outfit (I know she’s not)


    Although none of us can know, I’d bet Kate keeps ALL or mostly all her clothes at Amner Hall. Not all her professional engagements are in London after all. And while she could instruct a staffer to make the 5-hour car trip to KP to get her a dress, that seems silly. MY bet is one of the 10 bedrooms had been converted to Kate’s professional clothes closet. While it was announced Amner Hall would serve as a “country retreat” when it was gifted to W&K, they have made it clear that for now it is their primary residence. So why wouldn't she have her clothes there versus at KP?

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  32. I'm glad William is keeping his hair so short. I think it's sexy and a much better option for men who are balding on top, as it keeps them from looking like Homie-the-Clown :-)

    Belle

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  33. Looking back on your pictures from ANZAC day when Kate wore that fabulous Michael Kors blue coatdress and hat makes me very excited for their spring tour in India and Bhutan. Can't wait to see what she chooses- I think we'll see some prints and some bold colors (and some new designers!)

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  34. Beautiful pictures - I'd like to think that everyone was there for her birthday but maybe Church was a bit last minute - hence some borrowing, Pippa's maybe too-short skirt, Kate's repeat. Who knows, maybe they all had a lovely time together on Saturday and got the invite. Fun to speculate :)

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  35. Does anyone know why HM is driven to the church for services? Everyone else (including Prince Philip) walks there. Perhaps it is a safety issue. Just curious.

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  36. I would love to see Kate's outfit with accessories in a warm pink or red, instead of so much black, to match whatever the colour is in the check pattern. It would be a stunner then.

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  37. Sorry, but I don't like this outfit at all. I didn't like it the first time she wore it, and I like it even less this time. It's sooo dowdy. Also, in my opinion, she would have looked better with her hair down. I know I'm in the minority here, but I think this hairstyle is too severe and, consequently, very aging. Oh, how I miss the youthful-looking and always-stylish Kate of just a few years ago!!

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