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Kate's Day With The Huffington Post

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Kate made a big splash for mental health today by guest-editing the Huffington Post UK, shining the spotlight on children and early prevention. Several rooms in Kensington Palace (not Kate's private home, but the office section) were transformed into quasi-newsrooms and Kate was joined by the leaders of several organizations working in the trenches with young people. 

Kate Publishing Her Blog Post

Throughout the day, Huffington Post was updated with a number of blog posts and articles, from leaders in the industry to celebrities lending their star power and prestige to the event.



I hope some of you got a chance to check in throughout the day. It was a very exciting, high energy, and I believe, successful initiative. At one point the homepage was featuring art therapy. We all are familiar these projects thanks to Kate's involvement with organizations that promote art, such as the Art Room. You might remember Kate naming the Clore Art Room in early 2015?



Clore put together a video for today's event:





In this video, Kate learns a little bit about blogging as she clicked the button to publish her post and asked how quickly the post would populate. She was told the cache was a pretty short one and that people would see the post within a few seconds. When told millions were viewing her post, Kate's eyes popped a bit. Maybe she'll catch the bug and start a blog. :)  Can you spot someone hovering in the background of this video? It's Mr. Security on the job!




Kate chose a chic business ensemble, leaving a suit aside for separates. She mixed High Street and big label fashion in a Reiss blouse and Dolce & Gabbana tweed skirt.



I think Kate looks so gorgeous in these airy, chiffon blouses. She is quite fond of them for business events. You may or may not be familiar with the Ted Baker "Stardy" blouse she wore to a Charities Forum meeting. I LOVE it:


While on tour in Canada, Kate wore a ruffled blouse from Ralph Lauren:


She wore another creamy blouse to the Calgary Stampede. This was a Temperley top and I think everyone universally loves it:


Today, Kate paired the blouse with this heavier tweed and finished the look with black stockings and her Stuart Weitzman pumps. I love that she wore the black stockings and shoes.  



The ensemble was very polished. I have heard some chatter that Kate looked like a schoolgirl, but although the stockings underlined her youth, the look was very professional and right in keeping with a trendy business look for 20s-30s. It was cute and appropriate. 


The blouse is busy, and the skirt is even busier. In rather classic Kate style, it was a bold pairing (she does like those) but I think by keeping the color simple, she got away with the varied textures. 


Someone mentioned on our Facebook page that Kate's hair is back on point. I thought it looked great today, too. The waves are back, even if it remains relatively shorter than usual. 


There was some speculation on how successful this day would be, and I think that Kate settled any doubts. By all accounts it was a fabulous success. To put the cherry on top of an already triumphant event, it was announced that Kate is now patron of the Anna Freud Centre. We have been speculating on that here for some months given the attention she has directed at the charity. It seems appropriate given her increasing concentration on mental health. Great work today, Kate. You can guest edit here at From Berkshire to Buckingham anytime! 


38 comments:

  1. LOVED the blouse, but thought it didn't match with very with the skirt. Would've been better if the skirt didn't have the side buttons and whatever that fringe detail is.

    Still not into her hair either. The bangs are just not working, even grown out. Wish she'd pulled them back into some sort of half-up, half-down style. Still seems like she's trying to hide behind them out of shyness sometimes.

    Kudos to her for highlighting children's mental health issues. I do hope at some point she pairs her patronage of such charities with initiatives emphasizing family meals and families spending time together. So many of society's problems are linked to unstable environments at home or absent parents.

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    1. Right on point about the skirt! I looooove the top! It is so chic. but skirt not so much! I think the texture and the buttons and the white line in the edge of the skirt does not match well with the top. Could not help but it reminds me something out of Grandma's closet :/. It would be better if she wore some thing sharp with that top.

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    2. We call that a vintage 'something out of Grandma's closet' :)

      I have 2 and they are classic and timeless and I always am asked where did I get that skirt. Vintage is fun!

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    3. We call that a vintage 'something out of Grandma's closet' :)

      I have 2 and they are classic and timeless and I always am asked where did I get that skirt. Vintage is fun!

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  2. I loved this day. Kate looked fabulous, but more than that she accomplished something different and relevant. Some of the articles and blog posts were really heartbreaking to read and others were inspirational. I thoroughly enjoyed all of it and learned a great deal about mental health. The work that must have gone into this should quiet the naysayers for a while. Kate did a great job and say what you will about the Huffington Post, they came up with an idea, had the courage to approach the Duchess about it and she had the good sense to take them up on their offer. Maybe that will give some of the so-called mainstream media in Britain something to think about.

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    1. In my humble opinion, yesterday was Kate's equivalent of Diana's handshake with an AIDS patient. When Kate stated that she would not hesitate to seek help for George and Charlotte if they suffered from mental illness, I couldn't help but compare the significance of Diana's gesture and Kate's words.

      Like Diana's famous handshake as it pertained to AIDS, yesterday was all about educating, getting people talking, encouraging them to be proactive, dispelling misinformation, and combatting the stigma associated mental health issues. Kudos to Kate, to put it mildly.

      And Jane (Canada), I am so happy to hear someone else express a desire to see another wise editor step up and present a similar idea to KP. Hopefully, someone somewhere is acknowledging that it was a win-win for all, and wondering how to share in such a "partnership." Far better than some of the sour grapes tweeting that has been going on regarding W&K and KP.

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    2. I completely agree! And, you're right, royalfan, about the sour grapes going around. They criticized the idea in the first place (because they didn't think of it and carry it through) and now they don't want to admit the success. I'm no great fan of the Huffington Post but this was brilliant and Kate was perfect. This is her triumph much in the way Diana's handshake was. William must be very proud.

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  3. Great day. Obviously a great deal of hard work had gone into this, starting with the first approach from Huffington Post in the summer. It headed the TV news throughout the day. Strangely the "Daily Mail" never mentioned it on their site---doubtless sour grapes. The comments on "Huffington" were almost all from people thanking Catherine for what she was doing.
    She looked good too, but then in my opinion, she has learned an important lesson for a member of the BRF ---to dress for the occasion.

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  4. Hopefully,this event contributed to the reduction of the stigma surrounding mental health.I suppose the first step in creating awareness would be to have people suffering from mental disorders share their stories,let them open up,however I would have also liked to see articles by psychologists and psychiatrists.I particularly liked how her other charities got highlighted in this event.
    Moving on to her outfit-its overall effect was smart,but I found the sheer blouse inappropriate.Her outfit could have easily worked for a 'work party'.I'm kind of dissapointed by her interpretition of business attire.
    The dailymail has published an article about this eventhttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3450658/Kate-guest-edit-website-bid-raise-profile-child-mental-health-issues.html
    Their article also contains the article that Kate herself wrote for the event.

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    1. Yes, but they didn't record the event as it was happening---but most of the broadsheets did.
      Reverse of what usually happens

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  5. Loved this so much! I did a little research to figure out what room of the late Princess Diana's old apartment they were in and it was her former office! Here's a picture of how it was when the princess lived there. Pretty neat. http://www.princess-diana-remembered.com/uploads/5/3/3/5/5335384/dianas_apartment_desk-001.jpg

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    1. Thanks for sharing that! What a lot of memories it brings back. I was touched all over again by the ballet shoes hanging from a hook on the door.

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  6. This poor woman can't win. First she "doesn't wear enough separates" and "never changes her hair" now she does both and gets endless critiques. I thought that this was an incredibly chic, sophisticated look. Love the blouse, love the skirt, love the pairing. More importantly, her article for the huffington post was beautiful and poignant. This is clearly a topic where she is knowledgeable and passionate. Kudos to HRH.

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    1. Agreed! I don't usually like to comment on it because of course with the whole world watching, someone is going to have a problem with it, but I totally agree :) I thought this was a major major win! Her blouse may be sheer but there's a cami underneath! Also I've heard both "she looks way too matronly" to "she looks like a little girl" to "her skirt it too long" to "whoa that skirt is too short!" Makes for a good laugh though. Anyway, I thought this day was fab-u-lous. She was so engaged, she really knew her stuff, she brought up some great points (her article was fantastic) and it definitely shows how much work was put into this event. Well done Kate!

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    2. I agree! She looked absolutely fabulous. Her outfit was chic, sophisticated, modern and youthful. I really do like her in a shorter skirt with a dark, opaque leg.

      Also, I agree that her blog post is insightful and truly empathetic, and the entire event was very successful. It was a pleasure to see her so engaged and invested in her cause. It was a wonderful change from the usual show up and smile public engagement. I hope she does more out of the box projects in the future.

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    3. Anon, Alex, and Faith, I'm with you! I loved the look and thought she got it exactly right for the occasion and setting. And Faith, I too love a shorter skirt with opaque pantyhose. And this skirt is beautiful. I love the pattern, texture and color. Classic, sophisticated and young at the same time.

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    4. Total agreement here! Some people just want to complain. Too long, too short, too sheer, too old, too young. It's becoming laughable! She looked fantastic! Sticking with just the black and white (or cream) the blouse and skirt paired well together. I'm not a great fan of short skirts most of the time but she really did look great. Her hair was also lovely and I like that the bangs are growing out. The children needed a little fashion guidance but Kate was perfect.

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    5. I like her outfit and think the event seemed like a success. But I think it's completely fine for people to have opinions to the contrary. And everyone has different opinions so it would make sense that one says too long for a skirt and another says too short - that's what's interesting. I just don't like when people are mean either to Kate or to other commentators for either liking or not liking something. If an opinion is stated respectfully, I like reading the different opinions!

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    6. anon-4:02-opinions are fine. They should be stated as opinions, not a confrontational-type statement. Some who make a habit of criticizing Kate are
      getting to the nit-picking, ridiculous point. At least be accurate. For example,
      her skirt was not a mini. It was not even mid-thigh, as I read elsewhere.To then
      imply that her judgement was faulty or that she wasn't up to the task, based
      upon a faulty statement is negative criticism-no matter how the comment is
      sandwiched in among a few complimentary remarks.
      I think there are Kate critics who feel justified-maybe even on a mission.
      However,true republicans have not done themselves a favor by constantly jumping
      on any excuse to denigrate W&C. The complainers have acted like a catalyst and
      initiated a resounding backlash from those who feel W&C now need defending. Some
      of those people may have had sympathy for the anti-monarchists at one point.
      The republicans have shot themselves in the foot with this one. Helicopters, houses, etc.

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    7. I'm the anon 4:02 - to anon 5:10 - certainly some comments are made the way that you describe, but some are not and are simply opinions on an outfit. I'm an American, so I'm guessing that I'm not reading as much into the comments - I see them as fashion statements more than anything else. An interest in fashion is why I follow blogs like this one - that and a bit of fascination with history in the making (which is what the royals represent to me). I can very much see how for Brits or those in the commonwealth criticisms or compliments carry more of a political alignment as well, so I get that sensitivity.

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  8. I loved the look and would happily wear it myself.

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  9. This was just perfect. Kate wrote a very good text and the day was a success. And her outfit was just picture perfect! Very chic, business-like, and something different than usually. I love it, especially the skirt!

    I hope Kate will do something like this again in the future, seeing her at the news conference and with all those editors was great :)

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  10. I loved this outfit and I don't think she looked schoolgirl-ish at all. I'm just a little younger than Kate and I, and all my corporate colleagues, wear stockings like this with separates all the time :)

    I also think the blog was fantastic - I really learnt a lot clicking through it over the course of the day.

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  11. Jennifer from the SouthFebruary 18, 2016 at 9:35 AM

    What a wonderful day, and I am so glad that she is bringing light to this topic. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Kate's blog post and the others yesterday.

    The hair is definitely back on point. I love it this length, and it looks like she added some layers back in, which were definitely missing and were missed from the original chop. I do hope she doesn't grow her hair back out too much. This is the perfect balance.

    I never thought that Kate looked like a school girl yesterday. The outfit was incredibly polished, appropriate, and would not be out of place in any of today's formal corporate environments, tights included. I actually loved the look and the pairing of the blouse with the skirt.

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  12. Does anyone else think that this might be the blouse Kate was wearing at the Clos Maggiore dinner with Carole and Pippa back in December?

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    1. I think it may very well be the blouse. What a good eye Iris

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    2. You made me look and I do wonder!

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  13. I loved the outfit especially the skirt. She dressed as many young business women today do. Also, Kate obviously did a lot of work to prepare for today, not only her own blog contribution, but organizing others to contribute. Maybe it will change others' opinions that she doesn't work enough. A lot of behind-the-scenes work went into today's event.

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  14. Like just about everyone here, I really liked this outfit, from head (great hair; I love the length), to toe. Very pretty blouse and a lovely skirt which I thought was both age and event appropriate. Sure the skirt was on the short side, but not too short, especially when paired with opaque black tights. Looked comfy, cozy and chic. An unreserved two thumbs up here!

    And another two thumbs up for the cause. So often, at least in my experience, western countries tend to sideline two groups, when it comes to delivering quality health care, both physical and emotional/mental: the elderly and the young.The true litmus test for any nation, IMO, is how well they treat their most vulnerable citizens, frequently the above two groups.

    I sincerely hope that Kate continues to champion this cause in the years to come and am glad that her new patronage,the Anna Freud Centre, is part and parcel of this initiative.

    JC

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    1. I really agree about the two groups you mentioned. It is such a wonderful thing Kate has chosen to focus on. I wonder if there is anyone from the BRF who focuses on the other end of the spectrum. Having a father with dementia I am always hoping more will be done to bring awareness to, and encourage research for, senior mental health issues.

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    2. Bit late to reply, but just wanted to express sympathy--my Dad too, and that of my closest friend. Best wishes.

      JC

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  15. Wow! Well done Kate!! Not in love with the skirt but super excited about the length. Not my favourite white button down blouse but there is certainly not anything wrong it. Not crazy about her hair still but it doesn't look bad. Maybe she should have worn tan hose instead of black but they aren't horrible. Why do people have to be so mean? She did a great job bringing children's mental health issues into the spotlight. People should leave the woman alone and let her do good things!! Maybe if she didn't have so many neigh sayers she would do "more". I know no one here is saying that but if it was allowed there would be those type of comments. I particularly like the picture of her with the children. Not sure what it is but her hair looks better in that picture. And as I said to begin with I'm very happy to see her wear a shorter length skirt! I think all in all she looked fantastic and did a fantastic thing! I'm glad it included more than one organization. Way to go Huffington Post and Kate are Co!

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  16. I think she looked so cute for this. I love the one of her grinning in the chair, with her hands clasped together. She's so cute! Her hairs looks spectacular, though I do love it a little longer.

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  17. The "neigh- sayers"aren't horsing around.
    "Those type(s) of comments?" Not allowed here? You just did it.

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  18. I think she looks fine but I don't like the skirt myself. The trim at the bottom looks odd to me...I can't believe this skirt cost nearly $900! I think the skirt would look too short if not for the black tights so I am glad she chose those instead of nude hose. The blouse is pretty but it isn't something women would wear (except for an office party) where I have worked, at least not without a jacket. By itself, it COULD convey a "sweet young virginal" vibe and for many young professional women that can be the kiss of death career-wise. But this isn't Kate's regular workplace and she doesn't have to wory about future promotions so I think it is fine. To me, her hair looks like it did when she and William announced their engagement. Maybe a bit shorter but not much. That's fine too but hardly a change! It is a change from intervening years though when she let it grow quite long.

    I am glad to see a broader focus on children's mental health. Kate's apparent earlier positions concerned me. Of course love and family are important. But many disorders that manifest themselves in childhood/adolescence (e.g. ADHD, autism, learning disorders, schizophrenia) can't be "loved away." So to focus exclusively on "loving" as Kate seemed to do was misleading IMO and likely to make even blameless loving parents feel guilty if their children had problems.

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  19. I think she looked great I'm just not a huge fan of the skirt.. I like the Temperley blouse better. I also like her hair a bit longer. Still she looked fantastic and it was a total win imho.. I'm just a tad surprised by the separates

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    1. I think its refreshing to see her in separates..a much more "natural" look to me. Also as I've said before in comments to other entries I don't like that so many of her dresses look so short-waisted. I have read that's intentional to make her legs look longer but for me, that just makes it look like she's an adolescent who has outgrown her clothes. So hurray for separates!

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