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Kate Visits Scotland & Plays Some Tennis

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Today, the Countess of Strathearn (Kate's Scottish title) undertook her very first solo engagement in Scotland. She travelled north to for three separate engagements highlighting Place2be, The Art Room, and finally an initiative we have not seen Kate appear for before: Tennis on the Road.  I know we are excited for the tennis, but let's start at the very beginning.



Kate arrived at St. Catherine's Primary school to meet staff and students and to see the work that Place2Be is doing at the school. This event focused on well-being and tied into Kate's mental health work. Look at these cute two practicing their curtsy and bow before Kate arrived! (photo via @byEmilyAndrews on Twitter) So sweet. 

Via @byEmilyAndrews

A lot of fans were excited to see that Kate was recycling her green SportMax coat, which the Duchess debuted on Christmas morning. I really loved this coat when she first wore it, and today we got a chance to get a second look and to appreciate the lovely details better.


I think this coat is better proportioned than her blue SportMax (I know that was a little big, because she was pregnant) but objectively speaking, the lapels on this coat are better proportioned for the style and look a little sharper and more streamlined, which I like. I might like the other coat in Kate's size and belted...but, let's not get off topic. Today's coat has cleverly concealed slit pockets, but "architecturally" appealing, angled flaps that give the coat a graceful contour. 


The Duchess participated in various group activities at St. Catherine's. Note that Kate kept her coat on while at St. Catherine's, even while inside. She does that often, but today I think there was a special reason, which you may have already guessed.



When the princess moved on to the Wester Hailes Education Centre, she removed her coat to reveal (fully) what could be termed her second look of the day. Underneath the SportMax coat, Kate was wearing a new label, Le Kilt. A Scottish company, Le Kilt specializes in traditional designs with a modern flair. Kate likes to wear tartans and kilt/kilt-inspired pieces when in Scotland, and it was fun to see this new piece!


This skirt is very much like the Dolce & Gabbana from her HuffPost appearance, as well as the kilt she wore the last time she was in Scotland! Both feature wrap skirts with side-fastening, and today's skirt melded the fringe and side fastening of the D&G with the pleats of the Christopher Kane kilt very beautifully. I think of these three skirts, today's skirt was my favorite.


We are seeing two of Kate's fashion love-affairs continue to develop here. Her penchant for pleats and her gravitation toward houndstooth! She is on a houndstooth streak! Kate paired her kilt with her black turtleneck and I am dying to know what the label on this top is. It has a very faint brown trim on both the collar and at the wrists.


Here is a close up of that bit of brown. If you recognize this piece, be in touch to become the most popular reader of the month. :)


Kate's 3rd appearance of the day was to participate in a tennis program designed and run by tennis champion Andy Murray's mother, Judy Murray! Kate has watched Murray compete many times, so the must have been a really fun afternoon for her.


On this 3rd stop of the day, Kate changed a final time. She put on a new sport ensemble featuring a snug Nike top, trendy track pants by Monreal London, and blue ASICS.


Tennis is perhaps Kate's favorite sport and she is reputed to be very good. In some ways, it is also a private and hidden sport. We have seen plenty of pictures of Kate sailing, and lots of pictures of Kate skiing (two other sporty passions) but we have never really seen her with a racket in hand. One of the few times Kate took legal action herself against the snappers was when a paparazzo took photos of her playing tennis over a Christmas holiday with James. She won that case, and we haven't seen any photos of her with a racket in hand since. Until today!


The smile on Kate's face never left for a second. As you probably recall, Kate and William are renovating their tennis court (hopefully it is nearing completion, or finished) and I expect Kate will be out teaching George to start handling his racket this spring. These shots of Kate doing floor exercises made me want to get back to Pilates!


This Nike top was a pretty quick hit. It's a greta color on Kate and features the 3/4 length sleeves of which she is so fond.



I like it because the collar is a little unusual, and it reminds me of the green Katherine Walker Kate wore in Canberra. Look, it's the same collar!


It was a really fun day in chilly Scotland! The Duchess cleverly recycled and mixed in new pieces, and was able to give each stop its own ensemble. (She may have taken her coat off for a meeting with Place2Be leaders, but there were no major pictures from this tête-à-tête) I am a big fan of the SportMax coat, and I liked the new kilt. Seeing Kate with a racket in hand was a particular treat.

93 comments:

  1. I must be tired, but I am missing the hint as to why she left her coat on. Can you enlighten us Jane? :D

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    1. Was it as to distinguish 3 different looks related to 3 visits? Or because the ongoing rumour that she is pregnant with twins is true...

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    2. Oops, I wasn't clear enough. I will try to edit in the morning. The only point I was trying to make was that Kate very thoughtfully wore a "different" outfit to each stop, so the photos are easily distinguishable and each charity got a special excitement.

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    3. That is a excellent answer and my initial assumption, but I thought I was missing some encoded message. :)

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    4. I thought she left it on because it is the same color as the school colors.

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    5. RobinfromCA - This was also my thought. Her coat matches the kids coats.

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    6. I was going to ask he same question - but yes, Jane, that's what I assumed too!

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    7. I agree with Jane; Kate did manage to keep the three visits separate by keeping her coat on. Otherwise, only the tennis engagement would stand out, with the other two blending together.

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  2. Hi Jane,
    Thanks for yet another wonderful column. I'm curious what your thoughts are on belting coats, a trend the Duchess seems to favour. What does one do with the belt when it comes time to remove the coat, especially when it's an additional embellishment and their are no belt loops to keep it secure?

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    1. Hi Erin....I have a couple coats that came with belts....simple solution is to put the buckle of the belt over the hook of the hangar. Easily keeps the two pieces on the same hangar....

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    2. I think Erin might have been referring to when removing the coat while still out on an engagement. I would just tuck the belt in the coat pocket but I have no idea what Kate does. She has 'people' and I don't. ;-)

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    3. Her coat has belt loops on the back. The belt would remain attached to the coat. If your coat was not originally made to be worn with a belt than the prior suggestions would do the trick.

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    4. For this outing, she wore the original belt that came with the coat. But during the previous sighting, it was a croc skin (mock croc) belt. was there an ID of the belt?

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  3. I think she looked happy and relaxed at the tennis event. Some of the best photos I've seen of her in a long time. She looks amazing in white. I'm glad her outfit for tennis was not too form fitting. No jeggings --yay!

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    1. I completely agree with you!
      Alice

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  4. Her coat colour matched the colour of the school's cardigan

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  5. I just love her. Perfect? No. Human? Yes! She was just totally engaged per usual. How anyone can doubt her sincerity and passion is beyond me.

    Love the kilt! The coat! The NEW uniform!

    Love her grit in light of the ongoing news regarding Willam and the job. BUT Catherine has always been steely. She has proven this for almost 15 years now.

    She is going to be fabulous Queen!

    DB

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    1. Looking back over seventy odd years of watching the BRF, I cannot remember any of them becoming as involved with the children as Catherine does. She is certainly a breath of fresh air, but s most probably she will be be heavily criticized for it.

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    2. Oh, I hope this isn't any criticism, Jean. She was so charming with the children! I love how she also will bend or stoop down to look a child in the eyes the way Diana did. It makes them feel so important.

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    3. IMO she doesn't have the same charm with kids like Diana did and Harry does.I even consider Sophie to be more of a natural in front of kids.
      This isn't criticsm.Its alright not everyone has got that special way with kids.Catherine is fine with them.

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    4. Robin,
      sorry if I appeared to criticize Catherine---I do not. I am just aware that some people do.
      I think she is the best thing that has happened to the Royal family, within my rather long memory.

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    5. Jean, I didn't take your comment as criticism. As I looked back on my comment I made a typo, it should have said "I hope *there* isn't any criticism." Sorry about that.

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  6. The color of the coat goes particularly well with her current hair color and the coat looks better with the thinner belt.
    I appreciate photos of the Countess of Strathean(just had to insert her Scottish title here)doing something athletic b/c in the sports arena we get to see her in her element.

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  7. Great look at every stop. I actually like this thin belt with the coat better than the other one - which actually surprises me. The pockets on this coat are so much more flattering than the blue McQueen. At first I wished she'd accessorized with a brooch but then, after I saw that she took the coat off, I realized having to look after a piece of jewelry would have been less than ideal.

    I love, love, love this kilt! What a great look on her and a very nice complement to Scotland. I hope we see this one again!

    The sport ensemble looked terrific on her but the neon yellow with the blue shoes was odd to me. Love the shoes though.

    Have you seen the video of her singing and doing the songs hand motions with the children? It is really charming and my favorite moment of the day! She really shined all day today!

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    1. I did, Robin; cute, and upbeat and involved with the occasion was my impression.

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    2. Mine too, JC. I loved that she kept up with trying the hand motions she didn't know and then smiled and sang right along with the kids as she got to the part she did know. I think this may be her most successful engagement yet!

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    3. Robin, I definitely prefer this coat over the blue McQueen. The proportion of the pockets is better on this one. And I could see this kilt with a red or electric blue turtleneck. I love it, and it was an ideal choice for a school setting.

      Most importantly, Kate was in her element and it was a very successful day for her.

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    4. royalfan, we are on the same page. I actually went over to Kate's Clothes to see if she had a red sweater that would also go with this kilt! If she does, we haven't seen it yet but either red or blue (what was that shade of blue called?) would be sharp with this kilt.

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  8. Her coat is the same colour as the kids' cardigan

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  9. Liked the coat at Christmas, but in my opinion it was even better today. Last time, the wider belt seemed to be much too high, but today the narrower one was at her waist.
    Loved the kilt and her final sporting outfit. Great that the children at each event will easily identify which are their photos.
    Mrs Murray commented that Catherine was taking over the Wimbledon patronage---wonder if she knows that officially, or just quoting what the newspapers have said.

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  10. I adored her christmas ensemble with this coat, from the beautiful shiny "eternity" belt to her incredible hat. This time, it's pretty, but not spectacular. Loved the kilt, that a-line knee-length look is so classic and lovely on her. I totally agree with the "no jeggings" comment, yes yay! Good to see her in these not-too-tight track pants, so cute! And I wonder too what one does with a belt with no loops to hold it...tuck it in your purse? That's what I would do, but I'm sure Kate has "someone" to hold it for her. Just one of the perks of being a princess, lol! :)

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    1. I agree about the coat. It seeams to be hanging funny from the waist down. Maybe it's one of those garments that looses its shape after cleaning. Loved the kilt, was astounded that you noticed the sweater had brown trim. Would not have noticed that in a million years.

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  11. Lovely solo! I liked all the looks, especially the smiles:)

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  12. I find the first outfits boring - just blah colors with nothing to jazz it up. All the pieces are nice though and she looked nice, just boring. But I liked the sporty look a lot!

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  13. I love the color of the coat on Kate. I think it compliments her hair and brings out her eyes. So pretty. I also thought her hair during the tennis workshop was so cute, just easy and relaxed. Kate is doing such a good job of working with what she is passionate about; it shows in each engagement she undertakes! (I wouldn't mind if there were a few more :) )

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  14. Jane, have you seen this new candid of Kate?

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3456584/Dressing-like-Duchess-means-pushing-price-tag-Kate-s-duty-look-worth-3-028-not-including-5p-shopping-bag.html

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    1. My guess is she has, because it was hard to miss. What I think is funny is the twitter-verse seemed to think she'd wear her Lululemon purchase(s) at the tennis event. Myself, knowing Lululemon's product lines, and their love of mini skirts for tennis, thought it was unlikely.
      ~ A

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    2. I saw that one too! So much for the criticism that she's too dowdy or old fashioned. She dresses to the occasion as one should in her position.

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  15. As others have already mentioned, altho I liked the coat at Xmas, I liked it even more today, which I put down to the thinner belt and perhaps its somewhat lower position.

    But for me, the best fashion article worn yesterday was the kilt, and I loved it in houndstooth, such a neutral tone that it can be paired with virtually any colour, rendering it a real fashion staple. I also liked the length.

    And like many, so glad she didn't go for a new pair of athletic jeggings. This looser fit and longer length is so much more flattering, IMO. (I noticed that some comments on other sites thought these sports pants too expensive, but quality sports gear isn't cheap, and if Kate ever decides she wants to begin using her Honorary Membership at Wimbledon, it probably wouldn't do to be too underdressed. Cut-offs, etc. are fine for the backyard, but Wimbledon? with its penchant for dress protocols? And Kate was attending a coaching event with Judy Murray today; no doubt, the last thing Kate would've wanted was to leave a bad impression with her.)

    I enjoyed all three events and Kate certainly seemed to, as well. Two were tied to her worthy patronages...maybe soon, Tennis on the Road, sponsored by the Lawn Tennis Association, will make it a hat trick.

    JC

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    1. Oh, those people who complain about the cost of her clothes! They give me a twitch. They're just high street - not designer - and if she showed up in something from Marks & Spencer they would say she wasn't representing British Fashion well enough and, therefore, wasn't worth whatever they perceive she costs the taxpayers. Blah.

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    2. I agree wirh you mostly Robin, but I am curious as in which way would you answer those who complain about the numerous second/third very look-a-like green/blue coats or black lace dresses?
      I absolutely do not care about the price tag but am really curious why anyone would buy and wear so similar pieces when there is so much to chose from and when I myself for example can't really see any significant difference.
      Maybe someone has an opinion on that?
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    3. Well, Alice, I can only speculate, but perhaps when Kate gets rave reviews on, say, lace, she goes with the flow. Or maybe she personally decides she likes lace, or houndstooth, or green coats. Or perhaps it boils down to having very limited time--at least these days--to hit the London shops, which would support my above suggestions.

      I agree that Kate tends to wear similar looks, but again, without ready access to London, and all that it offers, she is at something of a disadvantage. Actually seeing clothing, seeing new items, and being reduced to shopping a la internet, are two different things, particularly as Kate seems to lack a dresser, who could do some of that groundwork for her.

      Lastly, I suspect that Kate's wardrobe is, by many, compared to that of Diana. They forget that Kate has nowhere near the clothing budget that Diana had. Kate isn't married to the Prince of Wales and only he and the Queen are truly rich.

      My two cents. :))

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    4. I think she just has an affinity for the lace dresses. I remember when Diana went through her polkadot phase - I think they called it "spots" in the UK - and she turned up in them everywhere. With Kate, for example, to me the difference between the long Temperley black lace dress and the DVF long black lace dress was huge. The Temperley I don't care for because the seams stand out against the light lining but the DVF is one of my favorites because I love the lace and the long line it gave Kate without those distracting seams. I think we also don't see the differences quite as well in photographs. The feel of the fabrics, the subtle color differences. The Queen's dresser keeps a careful diary of everything she wears, the date, the event, and the accessories. I believe Diana had the same thing. Someday Kate will have that as well but for now it seems as if she chooses what is appropriate for the event and the weather with what she's got in her closet.

      I agree with JC that she doesn't have the budget for clothes Diana had. One day, when she becomes Princess of Wales, her budget will triple and so will her engagements.

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    5. Fair questions, 12.58. My theory is that Kate is determined to avoid "fashion princess" territory. She knows what she likes and what works, and she doesn't mind having similar pieces in her wardrobe. I give her A LOT of credit for self-control...it would be far too tempting to go to town!

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    6. I know you are correct royalfan but in my heart of hearts, I selfishly wish she'd embrace the fashion princess territory just a bit more.

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    7. I'd love to see it too, Faith, believe me, but I suspect it will be a while before she does so.

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  16. Well what a lovely day. As many have noted Kate was upbeat, engaged and personable. So wonderful for the children that were in attendance.

    In terms of her satirical choices it was all good from my perspective. The green coat does go well with her hair and coloring and while it is not really a "wow" outfit...it does have an understated elegance. I too like the thinner belt with it this go around. The kilt and turtleneck combo is great...classic, elegant and polished. But I wish she had chosen a different pattern for the kilt...not a fan of houndstooth and she already has a couple of outfits it that pattern. But that is just a personal preference.

    Loved the tennis engagement. As many have said the workout pants were the right pick. Not too skinny and not too full.

    And it appears that the fringe has not grown out but it has been "altered". I think it has been thinned out and blended more with the longer hair pieces on the side. I didn't like it in the fall but this Fringe 2.0 is much better. I quite like it.

    Jane hope the studies are going well and thank you once again for an outstanding post....

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  17. Probably a really stupid question, but- is Catherine addressed as "Lady Catherine" in
    Scotland as she is a Countess there, or YRH. I guess I don't understand the purpose of
    having a different title in different parts of the UK.Somehow I thought it originated
    to emphasise that English royalty wasn't recognised, but the nobility was. That the
    English king wasn't THEIR king.

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    1. Interesting point. She wouldn't be Lady Catherine, because her father isn't a duke or a marquis, but perhaps she's Lady Strathearn. Is she Lady Cambridge in England or is there another surname attached to the Cambridge dukedom in the same way that the Duke of Devonshire is called Cavendish, for example? Or is this trumped by the title Princess William? How complicated it all is.

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    2. HRH trumps all. She is, when meeting the first time "Your Royal Highness" and from then on its Ma'am (rhymes with jam) Applies wherever she is.

      William - Your Royal Highness, then Sir.

      Queen - Your Majesty, then Ma'am

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    3. Thank-you anon 2:32

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    4. I think the different tiles is the English way of trying to acknowledge Northern Ireland and Scotland as having separate identities. You know, not completely robbing these countries of their histories and identities. In Northern Ireland they are the Baron and Baroness Carrickfergus. Honestly, I'm disappointed they haven't visited Norhtern Ireland yet, after almost 5 years of marriage. I know visits there aren't very common, but I think necessary as he is the future King and the Queen is very old.

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    5. I believe her title of Duchess of Cambridge and The Princess William of Wales - second in line for the throne - both outrank being a countess. Diana was the Duchess of Cornwall (before that other one), Duchess of Rothesay, Countess of Chester, and Baroness Renfrew (in Scotland), but being Princess of Wales outranked everything. The biggest title of all is the HRH. That's why the BRF took that styling away from Diana at the divorce. Technically, Camilla is now the Princess of Wales but doesn't use the title because it would cause an outrage. Charles may be clueless but he's not stupid.

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    6. So is she always considered HRH The Duchess of Cambridge?

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    7. What makes it a kilt and not a skirt? Or is it the same thing?

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    8. Jane - thank you for always including the previous pictures in your column.. It helps me, to see what you are referring to and I enjoy the look back as well! This engagement is in my top 3 of all time favorites!!! Loved the outfits, loved the interaction, loved her personality! Love love love!!

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    9. I understood that HRH trumps all. I just thought there must be a reason why such a
      point is made of the different titles.
      I think A may be on to something.
      I believe the Queen went to Northern Ireland for an historic visit within the past
      year or so. She wore green.I imagine the Cambridges will make their way there in
      time. I picture Catherine taking Gaelic lessons to prepare.

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    10. I think you're right, Anon. 10:27 - Kate is definitely the type to take some Gaelic lessons to prepare for a visit.

      I think the titles are all very old ones that were associated with the lands surrounding the place of the title. They've been around since the 1400s and some of them are designations that are held specifically for the successional heirs to the throne. I believe the titles in Scotland are feudal titles and not peerages but they are ancient in a world where such titles demand respect. I went back and looked at the videos from Kate's visit but I couldn't find one that showed her being introduced to see which title they used. Whichever it was it was preceded by HRH.

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    11. Oh, Valerie, I forgot about the kilt question. Traditionally a kilt has knife pleats in the back and it wraps around to the front (without the pleats) and fastens with leather straps. The edge is usually fringed. It sits at the natural waist and falls to the top of the knee.

      A regular skirt has no rules or boundaries as we witness daily. Pleats, no pleats, to the ground or barely there, and everything in between.

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  18. One reason why I love Jane's blog here is that you see some pictures that are not anywhere else! Some of these really show off Kate's radiance and I would never have noticed the brown detail on her turtleneck! Kate was in her element today- beautiful in every way. William should send his wife out more-that's the way to squash the negative press! Now can we have some official pics of those cute kiddos! I bet little Charlotte doesn't look like a baby anymore! Have Arthur Edwards take some candid family snaps in the back garden of Anmer and all will be well! They should hire me at KP!

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    1. HoosierLori, you can share the attic apartments at KP with royalfan and I!

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  19. http://store.nike.com/us/en_us/pd/baseline-half-zip-tennis-top/pid-10516593/pgid-10298025 here is the Nike top on Nike website

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  20. I thoroughly enjoyed your column! As always. I didn't like the coat that much at Christmas but today I really liked it! It just goes to show that she really does think about what she wears to engagements in other countries.. Love the 3 outfits in one day and only one change!

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  21. I bet we can track down that turtleneck's brand! Keeping an eye out for it. :)

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  22. Thank you for your post Jane!
    I like evey outfit from that day. I adored her hair while playing tennis. I think it suits her to get it out of her face, it looks younger and fresher.
    There is a particular question on my mind, and I don't mean to sound hateful or malicious, but when you see close-ups on her face you just wonder: Didn't she age quite a lot these last two years? Especially when I think about her first pregnancy, she looked so much like a young bride- maybe because she had some rounder facial features, too. I kind of miss those, as I have pointed out before.
    But do two years of caring for a child and having two pregnancies age one so much? With all the extra help she certainly is getting from family and staff? Or is it just time/her age/her genes? I do wonder if anyone agrees with me. She has been genetically lucky in other parts concerning her beauty but I don't think she ages well.

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    1. Kate is an attractive woman in her early 30s, full stop.

      Having children ages you, sunburns age you, and life itself ages you. Reading your comment aged me: have we really had 40+ years of feminism for this?

      If you want to criticize Kate, there are plenty of things to choose from. Throwing shade at her for aging "so much" (how dare she look more than 28!) is ridiculous.

      - K.

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    2. Alice - I agree with you and I don't intend to sound malicious or snarky or anything. It is actually a bit concerning that she has visually aged so much in the last year. Perhaps the pressures are too much for her. I'm concerned for her due to her rapidly aging appearance - perhaps she is giving too much and not taking care of herself as she should.

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    3. Anonymous, 7:28 am. Your response to the above Anonymous is why I hesitate to write in to this post, even though I love following Kate and the Royal Family. The woman made it clear she was not attempting to be catty or malicious, and was simply musing out loud at what she believes is a strong and surprising change in Kate. She did not come across as mean, spiteful, or a "hater", so please just relax already. I myself have been struck at how Kate's face has seemed to age once she became a mother. It is certainly impressive how she has maintained her lovely athletic figure. Even though good genes run in her family, you know she works very hard at remaining slim and fit. Let's allow this blog to remain a "chatty, friendly" blog and not take offense so quickly to any comment that seems in any way critical. My humble opinion only.... Have a lovely day everyone.

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    4. Alice I agree she has seemed to age alot mostly in the last two yrs. There could be many reasons for that as you and K say. Personally, I think it is her weight loss/strict diet because her face was VERY different (and younger looking) right after Charlotte was born and she still had "baby weight."

      I'm not sure why posting about this topic is anti-feminism while posting about Kate needing to grow her hair longer and wear shorter skirts to look more "youthful" is OK.

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    5. I don't think anon is being malicious. This has been a topic of several threads in various posts due to significant visual changes. Instead of throwing shade, I think the general tone is" how is this happening" . My opinion is that the two close pregnancies with their respective bouts of HG are the culprits. I think it took a huge toll on her body.

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    6. You might just be stirring up the waters with that comment Alice, unless you are honestly wanting an answer? I do not personally think that Kate has aged, rather she has matured from a girl into a lady. In my opinion, a mature woman of any age is more attractive than a young girl bride. I believe that Kate's confidence shines through, but with this also comes seriousness and the fact that she is representing the British Royal family in earnest. Her input now has impact, and Kate knows it. I would say this reflects in her look, and I like it!

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    7. Faith, I think you hit the nail on the head with the HG and two close pregnancies. Also, I do believe that she tries be as hands-on as possible with the children. But I recognize that she has help and I'm not suggesting that she doesn't take advantage of it when she needs it.

      And just a general statement regarding Kate and the subject of aging... It *can* be a hot topic because some of Kate's critics have been referring to her as "old" since she was 25. :)

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    8. I happen to agree that her face has really aged beyond what I have seen with 4 sisters and tons of friends going from 18 to 40. I am not being snarky, I am blond, tanned a ton and did not have forehead or eye wrinkles anything like her till at least 10 year later. She is what she is, I am a feminist, it is just a fact that she does not look like someone in their mid 30s. My views are not based on botoxed celebs or photoshopped celebs, but on my own experience and seeing my friends, no work done and family no work done age from their teens to age 50 plus. ali

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    9. I've noticed this too, and not as a criticism (why should it be bad that she looks like she's aged a few years? She *has* aged a few years). I imagine that, what with increasing levels of work as she builds relationships with charities, a bit less of the newlywed glow, and a whole lot more child-induced rambunctiousness in the home, as well as working to keep up her fitness, relationships, hiding from the press, etc...well, it'd be enough to make anyone look their age. I think her face looks lovely as always, perhaps a shade slimmer than in times past, and as though she is fatigued a bit more often than she used to be, plain and simple. :-)

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    10. First off I'd like to say that Kate is gorgeous. An exceptional beauty. Her bone structure and the coloring are striking. That said, I also agree that Kate looks far older than her 34 years. I think that her weight loss contributes to this quite a bit. Case in point: she looks ten years younger every time she gets pregnant and gains a few pounds. Her face aged much more quickly after the children were born. Of course staying up nights contributed to that. But I feel that her rapid weight loss contributed more. Not only does she have extremely prominent wrinkles but she actually has jowls which are uncommon even for 50 year olds. My sixty two year old mother has less prominent jowls than Kate. That, I think is because of her food habits. If she had gone a bit easy on herself with the dieting she may have been able to avoid the latter. I would speculate that after each kid Kate eliminates all fatty food and that is why she loses the fat from her face first. If she would diet but retain whole milk/yogurt/chia seeds/butter/avocado in her diet I think it would have been easier and kinder on her face.

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    11. I think the high number of people who saw my first comment as a simple discussion base and contributed to it in a calm, constructive way have check-mated some of the few comments such as the first one.

      I didn't and still don't feel like I have to make it clearer that there was no intention of nagging on Kate in general.

      As someone who follows Kate and this blog for over four years, I am still amazed by the harsh responses critical comments sometimes still get here. And I don't think there's any good in being so overprotective and sensitive about her that you can't even open up discussions.

      Alice

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    12. I have to agree with the comments that Kate has aged just in the last couple of years. Possibly due to as written above pregnancies too close together and whatever method chosen to get back to what she considers best too fast. She did look younger right after her deliveries. It seems to be very important to Kate to look thin no matter the cost. She still is a beautiful woman.

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    13. Ouch to this thread.
      Yes, sometimes she looks older than her age, sometimes younger. And the same can be said of most of us, especially the mothers of babies and toddlers. She has inherited the title of World's Most Photographed Woman from Diana. But there is a whiff of schadenfreude and blaming to some of these comments, which probably was not the intent of the writers. Such is the lack of context on the internet. She has a very mobile and expressive face; this coupled with her Northern European genes predisposes her to early development of facial lines and wrinkles. We are not privy to her personal anti-aging regimen, which is as it should be.
      Aging, like weight, can be a touchy topic.
      I was going to add my comment as a feminist that such attention isn't paid to male royals, but then I remembered the scrutiny given elsewhere to William and Harry's hair, or ongoing loss thereof.
      So let me end on a throwback note - does anyone else remember the portrait of Kate painted shortly after her marriage, in which the nasolabial lines were big gray streaks? Now that was premature aging.....

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    14. I wrote my initial comment too quickly, so it came across as grouchier than I intended. Apologies for that! However, I make no apologies at all for saying that criticizing a 30-something woman for aging is ridiculous and unfair. It really is.

      Several others (especially anon at 3:10) made good points, so I'm going to leave it at that.

      - K.

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  23. I only like the sports gear. Kate and I are the same age and the coat/kilt/turtle neck look more appropriate for my 57 year old mother. PLEASE bring back some 2012 clothes.. I loved her look so much then!

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  24. Jane,

    In the photo showing a good view of the new kilt, there seems to be a string hanging towards the bottom coming from the fabric. Any idea what this could be? My eyes may deceive me, but it almost appears as if a weight hangs from the string. Thoughts?

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    1. I think what you're seeing is her kilt pin. They look like great big safety pins and they keep the wrap around skirt closed at, or near, the bottom. Very traditional.

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    2. Are you referring to the kilt pin?

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    3. I think the kilt pin is slightly pinned wrong so you are seeing the edge of the material behind. I admit I have never seen kilt pins placed nearly so low down...but the Scottish co shows them that way on ladies wear.

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  25. Great engagements! Everyone looked happy to see the DoC and she looked happy to see everyone. I think she is more charismatic on her solo engagements. She was in her element during the tennis workshop.

    For the first time ever, I don't quite know what to say about her clothing. She looked lovely as always but it is all very uninspiring. I do like the ASICS as well as the kilt with the turtleneck. She left her final engagement sans belt, and I have to say that I preferred that. It hung beautifully from her waist without it.

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    1. She does shine, I agree, Faith. NOT that she looks unhappy during joint engagements (LOL), but it may be easier to jump in without worrying about timing (for example, when they split up and talk to people individually).

      And I must say that I am very fond of my ASICS. I do a lot of hiking and power walking and the comfort and support is wonderful.

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    2. I like unbelted coats best myself except for tie belts. While Kate may have been given a private room in which to remove her coat and later to put it back on, most women aren't. Seems it would be hard to manage *gracefully* slipping on and off a coat with a fussy buckled belt.

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    3. Royalfan, joint engagements are definitely harder to navigate. I always feel as if she tones it down a bit so as to not overshadow him. Great endorsement for ASICS from you. I might have to get a pair. I like their look.

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    4. Lizzie, I'm with you on the belts. I'd be leaving the buckled belts behind everywhere I went.

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    5. Faith, I hope you do check them out. A couple of years ago, I did some research and, for my needs, it pointed me to ASICS GEL Kahana 6. After the first couple of hikes, I bought two additional pairs. No commission here, just love the sneakers. :)

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  26. Kate should definitely do more sports events, this really is her element!
    I loved the skirt (this is my favourite shape for skirts on her!) and her fitness ensemble was also great.

    I don't know if anyone is interested, but the Cambridges have recently been criticized (for several things, but also for hiding the George and Charlotte to give them a normal childhood). I do not agree with this criticism, but the Norwegian Crown Prince and his wife were also criticized that they say they want to give their 12 years old daughter Ingrid a normal childhood. Several people in magazines have conplained that this is bad and not helpful for someone who will be king one day. (I disagree, what's your opinion? )
    Some of their arguments were that her life is everything but normal as she goes to private school, isn't allowed to join Facebook and always has bodyguards with her. I can't say anything about the bodyguards, but I also went to private school until 10th grade and wasn't allowed Facebook until I turned 16 and my upbringing was definitely 'normal'.
    I know this is a blog about the Cambs (Kate) and I'm curious to hear your thoughts on criticism for trying to give royal kids a normal childhood. :)

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