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Kate Wears Cream for Farewell to Mumbai and Arrival in New Delhi

Monday, April 11, 2016

Good afternoon! Today dawned bright and early as the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge began a second day on tour in India. The royal couple, who spent the night at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel after the Bollywood event the night before, and this morning William carried out an investiture at the hotel. Kate was present at the investiture as well, which I believe marks her first time at such a ceremony. Afterward, the two bid farewell to their hosts. 

Taj Palace Hotel 

I have always liked how the royals take the time to thank the hotel staff, who must be so hugely excited to have such famous guests, and doubtless put time, care, and attention into making the visit as perfect as possible. It is very thoughtful and gracious of William and Kate.

Taj Mahal Palace Hotel 
The Cambridges had a final event in Mumbai before flying to New Delhi. The pair always fit in a GREAT Campaign event on these tours, and India is no exception. They launched the GREAT Tech Rocketship Awards that promotes entrepreneurship and collaboration with the UK.



One of the entrepreneurs had created a dosa crepe machine and much as made on social media about the fact that Kate declined to try it, even though William tasted it. Kate rarely taste tests when out on the road, but I think people have to remember she has doubtless brushed her teeth, possibly popped a breath mint before exiting the car, she is wearing some kind of lipstick or even worse for eating, lip gloss, etc. A girl doesn't want to mess all that up. It is very natural to decline these things unless it is an integral part of the visit--like when she had an alcohol free cocktail when she visited The Brink bar in Liverpool or the occasional exception we have seen.

Indian Express

The couple had a great time navigating the various displays, and Kate gave some insight to into the little people who are on her heart while she travels, by typing "George" into a braille machine.

Gordon Rayner

Rebecca Deacon on the sidelines wreathed in smiles:

Kensington Palace


The Duke and Duchess were then off to their next destination, New Delhi. The flight took them from the state of Maharasthtra to the state of Delhi. This is India's seat of government. There are 29 states in India, and 7 union territories. It is one big place. 



New Delhi

Most of the press pack went ahead to New Delhi--which is always a problem for pictures. I remember during the tour of Australia and New Zealand the majority of the photographers, including James Whatling, I think, went on ahead to Sydney and there was a dearth of photos from that final engagement. The one in the rain with Kate in blue that matched the police academy cadets? That one. Today, William and Kate were flying north, the press was already on the ground in New Delhi sharing snaps of the India Gate:

Rebecca English, Daily Mail via Twitter

Everyone was ready when Kate and William arrived in New Delhi and made their first stop at the India Gate to pay their respects to the country's war dead. Kate stayed in the same ensemble she debuted earlier in the day. I think this is probably because she is trying to limit the number of pieces she wears and because it was a very appropriate ensemble. The level of formality was commensurate with her duties at the India Gate, and just a little later, the creamy ensemble would match the tone to tour Gandhi's museum. The dress did provide us with our first little Marilyn moment. Kate had trouble with the wind tunnel as she approached to place the wreath when the blustery wind ballooned the generous skirt.


But, it ran wilder when she had to use both hands to place the wreath with William.



I just don't think these moments are that big of a deal. The still shots make them seem catastrophic and the tension Kate displays after this, given the cameras all trained on the incident, shows it upset her, but really it was a split second wind drama. Nothing was revealed and it is not at all clear to me that weights in the hemline would address the problem. Practically speaking, weights in the hem would fundamentally change the motion of this dress, and weights heavy enough to contend with a wind that strong are unlikely to be usable. Kate seems to be trying to mask her thought process, which is probably already anticipating the headlines her aids will read her tonight, but nothing about this dress was ill-planned, it just happened.



The couple then made their way to the home where Gandhi spent the last days of his life before he was assassinated there in 1948. It is now a museum. As is the custom, the couple removed their shoes to walk the final steps Gandhi took and I notice that Kate withdrew her feet under the cover of her skirt while waiting for William. 





It was a little tip of the hand that she sees the press and just like anyone else with feelings, it impacts her. She has nothing to hide, her feet are perfectly lovely, but it was a slight protective motion that suggests she doesn't want every toenail analyzed by the long lens.


The couple made their way to place Gandhi was assassinated in the garden:

Gordon Rayner

The couple enjoyed the property in the late afternoon sunshine before retiring to prepare for the Queen's birthday celebration at the British High Commissioner's.

Richard Palmer

Let's talk about the fashion! Kate debuted another piece from a tried and trusted label in her closet. This wool crepe dress is from Kiwi designer Emilia Wickstead and is just what we have come to expect from the brand. Clean lines, substantial looking fabric, but always easy texture and motion. This ensemble tapped back into Kate's love for all things cream and white. The Duchess once said white is her favorite color and we saw a lot of it in 2011-2012. This dress reminded me of the red LK Bennett dress Kate wore to Wimbledon.




The dress has the usual unexpected elements that we have come to expect from Emilia Wickstead. In this dress, those elements took the form of these pointed breast pockets, which drew mixed review on social media. I have to say that they took me aback just a tad when I first saw them. I still can't say that I have a definite opinion. I think if this were bespoke, I might ask to have those rounded out, but since it's off the peg, I can see buying the dress despite it. Additionally, in many of the photos Kate's hair obstructed the generous collar, but when Kate's hair was pushed back the difference between the the rounded collar and the pointed pockets was thrown into contrast. Am I trying too hard?



I love the color combo she chose here. Kate had her Bayswater clutch customized in this almost siege pink suede. You probably recall she already has this in black suede and in aubergine.

Gordon Rayner


I think at this point the Bayswater ranks with the iconic Muse fleet. She debuted new shoes, also in a very blush/beige pink. These are from Rupert Sanderson and are his Calice style in cracked pink. These muted tones are endlessly flattering on Kate. They'd wash lots of women out, but her tan can handle the lights colors.




The pointed pockets were a small thing and did not substantially detract from the ensemble. I love Kate in cream and I love pink. This was a big win for me.  Next post will cover the evening event!   

81 comments:

  1. Alejandra RamírezApril 11, 2016 at 4:36 PM

    Amazing post! I love your insight of the windy situation.
    I honestly believe it was an accident, wind suddenly decided to pay an unexpected visit and sadly that has been THE headline of the day .
    I really like the dress, minus the breast pockets. :)

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  2. It looks to me as if there ARE a couple of weights in the hem of the dress or rather the under skirt.

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    1. Jewel, I agree. In the third picture down I believe I can see the outline of weights sewn into the hem. What a shame the New Dehli wind was too strong for them to cope.

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  3. I am one of those people who did not like the pockets. For me they seemed out of place and did not follow the collar. Apart from that I really liked the dress. A bit safe again but nice. It did suit the tone of the day.

    If Kate is at all concerned regarding her dress blowing up it can be an easy fix. Instead of having the skirt lined with a full skirt, such as the outer fabric, all she needs to do is have it changed to a straight skirt lining or have one inserted. Then no problems will occur if it blows up.

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    1. Good idea about the lining. Nearly worth letting her know.

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    2. But it would be quite uncomfortable for a 2 hour plane ride.

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    3. Not necessarily. It doesn't have to be tight just fit close enough to the body near the bottom that the wind won't lift it and that can be pretty loose...just not as loose as this skirt. Or a culotte slip would work too. Plus she's not crammed into a middle seat in tourist class when she flies! If I were her I would be embarrassed this continues to happen on every foreign tour. That would be the uncomfortable part for me.

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  4. A lovely look for the Duchess and I must say I'm a little disgusted at the attention the press gave to the Marilyn moment and something completely immaterial about her unpainted toes. Give me a break. I find that kind of thing petty and uncalled for. This woman has feelings. Have a heart people.

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  5. Jennifer from the SouthApril 11, 2016 at 4:59 PM

    I adore this white dress. It is gorgeous and well tailored. I dislike the pockets but can forgive their presence. I love the collar.

    I am of the opinion that Kaye didn't mean to flash here - I agree with the above that it looks like the hem actually WAS weighted for once. But, I also think she should be embarrassed and it is a big deal. I don't mean this to be unkind, but she should know better. She has five years of experience and this is a huge, chronic problem for her. As a result, the headline is her skirt above her head with only her pantyhose on instead of what she was actually doing or even for just wearing a pretty dress. She needs to figure this out. She needs to have a stylist help her with proper foundation garments. A slip would have spared her blushes. She has got to think about these things or it will be more of the same, tiresome, "whoops Kate flashed everyone again!" Headlines.

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    1. I have to agree she knows it can happen, she needs to be prepared. As many times as it's happened I'm kind of shocked that she wasn't wearing a slip. I did adore the dress and liked the breast pockets. I think they add interest to a very simple design.

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    2. The skit was NOT above her head. This nit-picking is ridiculous both by the media, posters on all blogs and in social media. Everyone is just waiting to pounce to bring down this lovely lady. They don't like her toes, they don't like she didn't taste something, they don't like her pockets, her dress is too matronly, her dress is too youthful, her hair is in the way, she wore suade scrappy sandles instead of ... No wonder she wants to stay put in Amer Hall.

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    3. Since this is mostly a fashion blog I don't mind people giving their opinions on the fashion. But to pick apart things she has no control over is cruel. The whole thing about her not tasting the crepe (was it a crepe?) is ridiculous. I've never seen a female royal eat anything in front of the cameras. It used to be that they weren't even supposed to be photographed with a drink in their hands. Since the media has been so unkind to Kate in general, can you imagine how delighted they would be to put an unflattering picture of her chewing on their front covers?

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    4. Remember that big brouhaha in 2011-12 about not tasting some peanut butter? In
      Copenhagen re UN or Red Cross packets was it?
      All kinds of speculation from pregnancy to you name it.
      Small, insignificant aspects are blown out of proportion-over and over.
      It would be a huge "win" for some if this tour can be spun as a failure.
      Do we, as admirers of the Cambridges (or not) want to contribute to this?
      So many great and lovely moments already on this tour.
      Why focus on the insignificant details.
      See the big picture. The people of India seem to be enjoying and responding to
      the couple. William and Catherine have seemed to be taking it all in and responding
      in turn.
      I blame the weatherman.
      And those pockets-a nod to the military.
      Do the slum children and the hotel employees really care that her dress has pockets
      or that the wind blew her dress?

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    5. This is exactly what I was thinking. She should be more prepared. Why not take Queen of Spain Letizia as a role model. She is always appropriate, well dressed and let people focus on what she is doing. Rather than discussions on the hemline.

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    6. She was wearing a straight silp it is higher up in addition to the underskirtand weights. Give me a break if it's such an embaresment don't print the photos it happens to many other royals, politicians/wifes, Celebs. People need to get over it and stop harasing her. Honestly it looked as though some turned on a high powered fan no wind all day and suddenly enough to blow her skirt up right at the memoreal when bending down and all the photographers are super close. I work in fashion specially photoshoots and to get movement like that with that kind of dress let alone one that is weighted is highly unlikely without a very high powered fan even outside on a windy day we still need the high powered fan. She looks Beautiful love this dress my favorite. Thank you for your lovely Blog enjoy reading very much.

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    7. The dress was lovely except for the pocket flaps, which are only acceptable on women if they are in uniform. Hope there is a skilled seamstress available on her return to remove them so we can see this dress again, perhaps with a bracelet or brooch. The skirt and sleeves of this dress are beautiful. We've seen a lot more of the Duchess in bathing suit shots than what the wind inadvertently revealed here. As for the toes, they are not in the public domain. Foot fetishists should know their place, and it's not on this tour.


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  6. I'm a just-say-no to breast pockets kind of gal. They never look really good. They might not look *totally* awkward, but they never look 100% right imho. Faux flush pocket seams would have been much better.

    This dress is actually so lovely in its simplicity {other than said pockets} that I don't think it needed any sort of breast detail at all!

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  7. I like the dress. I still wish for color ...India ... but it was a perfect dress for the day. I did not like the flaps/pockets at all. It's distracting. I do like the collar the more I see the pictures.

    As to the wind I just felt so awful for her. We all know what the press is going to say and write. She did look a little sad which made me sad. It must be extremely difficult to be on the world stage like this and have this happen. I believe I saw weights in the dress. The wind was very strong and even Williams jacket blew up.

    Then we have the feet. Leave it to the DM to write a complete article with foot doctors to add in their two cents. First thing I have to say is this ~ who cares if she doesn't wear color on her toes? She is and has always been a very classic girl and you rarely see color on her toes through the years.

    The total medical assessment of her feet was just tacky and mean to me. I mean they dissected her feet. Just so awful.

    With that said I saw her feet and thought oh well she is human like the rest of us. I didnt see what the DM saw but just a foot that wears high heels alot. Its not a shock. If you wear heels all the time it takes a toll on your feet. So what? That doesn't make it fodder for print. When she placed them further back.. I almost cringed for her. No I did. She knows her feet are beat up a bit from her shoes. MOST WOMEN DO! To think that they would take pictures of her feet? Is anything off limits?
    I personally felt bad for her today. But as usual she carries on beautifully and smiles all the way.

    I am also loving the wave in her hair. She really does have beautiful hair. She looked gorgeous today. Considering the heat and wind she was magnifique in my book!

    Tomorrow should be exciting !

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    1. Oh my gosh! I completely agree with you, Diane, about the feet! Actually, I hadn't read the Mail's article about her feet, only read the items earlier in the day. I'm aghast - how rude! And her feet were perfectly fine - I didn't see any red marks or dry, cracked skin (ugh, that I even felt I had to look at the photos!). Just because you don't have nail polish on your toes doesn't mean that you haven't had a pedicure. The Mail is the worst!

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    2. I agree with you on the whole foot issue. The DM is up to its usual tacky reporting. I cannot imagine having to constantly think about every single natural element, body part, or facial expression being photographed, discussed, and criticized all the time. No wonder she likes to stay at home.

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    3. Jennifer from the SouthApril 11, 2016 at 6:17 PM

      I so agree with the feet issue! Bless her, I also cringed when I saw her tuck her feet in. She knew it would be dissected...and it was, and this is something she had zero control over. I can't imagine having people tear apart my feet! Her feet are fine, no one has great feet, and at least hers are groomed.

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    4. Agreed I'm still disgusted about that daily mail
      Article she is such a classical lovely lady and to dissect her feet when honouring Ghandi is just so wrong. Fuming from Australia
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    5. Whoever wrote that DM article should be ashamed. There really is no excuse for that kind of bullying.

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    6. Ladies, I do agree. It was tacky, unnecessary, and unkind. Likewise for many of the reader comments that followed.

      This is one to file away for the next time the freedom of the press argument comes up. To quote another poster, "ha!" ;)

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    7. I truly believe the press is on the attack. It's relentless and they are all acting like school children. I don't believe I have ever seen them photograph the feet of any other Royal? I mean these were zoomed in pics. Why? I doubt that the masses are just biting to have a look at her feet! No no no! It was a deliberate attempt to be cruel and strike out at her when she is shining on this tour.

      These are the reasons that I have a hard time feeling sorry for the press when they are shut out of events. No wonder KP is hitting back. Not always in a good way but at least KP is fighting back.

      I digress.... sorry. Just felt so bad for her today.

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    8. This is exactly the reason that I don't read any of the articles on DM anymore.... I wouldn't even go to their site at all if it weren't for the fact that they publish a plethora of pictures of the Royal family. I do so love the pictures! Poor Kate. She can't win with the press.

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    9. royalfan 6:35- Haha! and touche. FOP= Freedom to be rude and tasteless.

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    10. I agree Diane, they are just looking for a way to dismiss her success on this tour. I don't blame W&K for shutting out the press on personal holidays now. The behavior of the press in the past several months has been very deserving of a snub or two.

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  8. A plain dress is fine after the initial color and glitz...but the Wickstead is too close to white for India to me. Might make sense to wear it to a memorial (not even sure of that) but to a tech fair? And I see we are back to the high-waisted, sort of juvi look again...sigh. I don't like the pointed flaps jutting out right over “her girls” Ick! No one but maybe Madonna in her youth would think that is a good look. I agree Anon/KiwiNiC the insertion of a half lining that isn’t so full would have stopped this wardrobe malfunction. Or worn a slip. Yes, it’s hot for a slip (also hot for ANY kind of wool crepe which this dress is) but a wardrobe malfunction at a memorial in a conservative country seems worse. Or maybe just don’t wear full skirts for outdoor activities? I don’t think it’s the end of the world but after working so hard to dress conservatively….... Also, what’s with the constant wear of the Temple earrings? (I’m starting to think of them as the Temple of Doom earrings they just won’t go away!).

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    1. Jennifer from the SouthApril 11, 2016 at 6:20 PM

      This dress is a copy of a dress Diana wore during her Indian trip, except Diana's had gold buttons instead of pockets. The color, wool crepe, full skirt, sleeves to the elbow, and length are identical.

      Wool crepe, when it's lined, is actually incredibly cool and airy in the heat. It's the perfect fabric for the climate, actually.

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    2. She DID wear it to a memorial. Everyone had a field day when she wore Pink in NY to the Memorial for 9-11. This time she wore white to a 2 memorials, the color for such a thing in India.

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    3. I would have never guessed that wool crepe is cool and airy but, since you're Jennifer from the South, I will trust your word on that to mine any day. I live somewhere where our temperature swing averages 50º-80º year round. I will defer to your more educated opinion.

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  9. Honestly at this point, if I were Kate, I'd keep on wearing those skirts whenever I darn well please. Because the crazy things people say about it are laughable to the point of insanity. First off, her skirts were weighted, you can tell. Second, how was she to know that a huge gust of wind would blow then? Should she never wear a full skirt for fear of it whipping her skirts? And last... you couldn't see anything! A gush of wind made her skirt whip around her a bit and she handled it like a pro. I don't understand. There is literally not one shot where we are seeing something we shouldn't. I honestly just don't understand some of these comments!

    That rant aside :) this dress definitely grew on me. I was eh with the pockets when I first saw them but the beautiful white (no wonder she didn't eat the food!) and the crisp and elegant design definitely made up for it. And then that last dress! :0 can't wait for the post on that one!

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    1. Wool and a suffocating color seems like a poor choice in tbe heat. I've mentioned it before but why doesn't she wear Culotte Slip | Petti Pants | Pettipants | (not sure what tbey're called in the UK). I wore them for years when I was teaching to avoid just such moments.
      As far as her feet, I didn't see the mean articles, but I do worry about her feet and back with her herel height. She is an orthopedic's dream patient. Fortunately, her Temperley dress for the reception later was stunning!

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    2. Jennifer from the SouthApril 11, 2016 at 7:11 PM

      YES! A culotte slip would be PERFECT!! She needs that asap. It would be incredibly comfortable and appropriate at the same time.

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    3. Yes I don't like wearing slips or half slips and so the culotte slip is perfect for me. So a good suggestion for the Duchess.

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    4. So then the headlines would read: "Duchess Reveals Underware." Culottes being seen as
      pantaloons.
      I'd rather get a peep at those gorgeous gams. Oh, to be Young again!
      There are certain members of the RF who would do better revealing underware than
      their legs. Kate isn't one of them.

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    5. Alexandra - a voice of reason. Don't know what the DM is but if it a tabloid, why do people read it? And if they are bullying Kate, what are people on this blog doing with their rants about Kate's skirt & the wind? Also, she got clear varnish on her toe nails - many prefer that natural, classic look. The dress is very chic, a clever nod to the occasion. For those who don't seem to know, lite weight wool is one of the coolest, breathable fabrics & never creases.

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  10. Love this beautiful dress, despite the slightly awkward pocket flaps. The color, accessories, flared skirt, peter pan collar, all very sweet and elegant and pure Kate. Beautiful, elegant choice for a hot day in India I thought! Too bad about the skirt, it happens to the best of us. No biggie in my opinion, I hope she doesn't stop wearing full skirts! I haven't weighed in on the other India outfits, so for the record I LOVE the McQueen arrival dress, liked the soft mult-colored afternoon dress, a little bit hippy in my opinion, but pretty nonetheless and probably so comfortable, so it's still a win, and barely like the blue ball gown. Just a bit...almost tacky. Kind of Golden Girls on a cruise, and I agree with whoever likened it to an ice skating outfit, lol. However, the context is everything and I'm sure it was couture beading and absolutely DELICIOUS to wear! How fun must it be to be dripping in hand-sewn crystals, your beautiful hair up, and with those amazing blue earrings? I thought they were unexpectedly large, but a knock out nonetheless! She carries off color as well as she rocks the white. We haven't mentioned tonight's amazing Temperley gown yet, but OMG what a stunner! Fave so far. But that's the next post. :)

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    1. Agree, agree, agree!

      I have never felt more for Kate than today, with full press coverage of her feet and her Marilyn moment! I refuse to click on the Daily Mail article, it's so ridiculous and insane. Good reminder of why I love Kate but don't necessarily envy her life.

      Except the clothes. Because she's hitting it out of the park this tour! Except the 'Temple of Doom' earrings (haa!) and the Hillary Clinton in an Ice Skating outfit aspect of the blue dress, though that did have much to save it.

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    2. omg you are hilarious. Hillary Clinton in an ice skating outfit aspect! I hate it when that aspect crops up, happens to me all the time, lol! The press is the worst. Kate's grace is unparalleled and that is what they should focus on. Such a lady! :)

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  11. Upon reflection what I’d like to see her wear if off-white is OK in India is a button down the front, short-sleeved fitted but not tight or waisted sheath dress. V-neck shirt-type collar (but not too revealing) Fabric covered buttons, Gold bracelets and earrings (not the temple ones please), heels. Maybe linen..it wrinkles but she was standing much of the day today…this would be climate perfect, make the most of her long and lean body, not have an obvious too-high waist like the Wickstead, cool but not encouraging of wind accidents, Maybe not daring but certainly classic. To me that’s a look anyone from 15-60 can wear. I just don’t know who thought “point right at the center of my girls” flaps made sense for Kate to wear! And a Peter Pan collar….guess it’s a matter of taste.

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  12. I love the simplicity of color for this occasion. I think the cream color is very respectful for the visit to the Gandhi museum. I even like these shoes! Love the pink and, though they tend toward a suede look, they aren't actually suede. Hallelujah! I am confused as to why she would wear wool crepe in the heat. I love the structure of the dress with the flowing skirt and the collar but those pocket flaps made me cringe. Those would have made me pass this dress up. Now on to those earrings. . . did she forget to pack any others. I don't like those earrings on the best day but enough is enough. So, today was an iffy day for me. Love the color and the shoes. Don't love the dress because of those pocket flaps and am really beginning to detest those earrings.

    I don't think the "Marilyn moment" was a tragedy. It can happen to anybody. None of the photos taken that I've seen so far showed anything more than a little extra leg. A big deal will be made out of nothing. I did see an extreme close-up of her feet already. Honestly, what drives these people?

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  13. The dress is lovely without the silly pockets and with more of a natural waistline. The busy high-waisted look of the top with miles of skirt is just not flattering. She does look beautiful in white. I am finding her posture and the never changing, hands clasped in front at all times, a little distracting. As for wind...Kate looks stunning in straight skirts...so why take the chance....over and over and over again.

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  14. She could wear a nice pantsuit. She would look really chic

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    1. YES! Why on earth is this woman so opposed to pants? I hear she thinks she has short legs or something. Well, a.) that's what heels are for and b.) it'd probably be better than having to worry about wind gusts on certain days/occasions.

      C'mon, Kate. Pull a Katherine Hepburn!

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    2. The "Marilyn moment" was not a disaster, but I felt for Catherine. I so wished for her to have a "perfect" run.. Perfection is not to be achievedthey say, and it shows that she is human. Catherine tries her very, very best, that is obvious to see, and she does so well. I think the dress was lovely, and the pockets looked fine on her, Catherine has a small bust, she can wear detailing like that just beautifully. It is a fresh and modern look, and being a soft white colour, the dress contrasts nicely to the warm and vibrant colours of India. I agree that a Katherine Hepburn look would be perfect on Kate, and also a slimmer skirt for outdoor engagements would prevent any sort of blowy moments.... Catherine could go either way "to heck with it, I like flowy skirts" or "I don't want this to happen anymore, I'll play it safe" : )
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    3. We must remember that they are there to represent HM. The Queen would NEVER wear pants to an official engagement. It would be considered too casual and a sign of disrespect. When Kate is queen she can change that sentiment if she wants but until then that's how it is. I know members of other royal families wear pant suits but this is not the British way and I don't think anyone wears pants on an official engagement in another country.

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    4. You can't even wear pants to meet British royals if you are a woman. There was a story about the NZ woman who did George's shawl. She was going to meet WK during the NZ tour and the instructions were no pants. She had to wear a dress

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    5. Not quite so Robin. Camilla has worn pants. Here is one example from India in 2013.


      http://www.emirates247.com/news-in-images/prince-charles-and-camilla-duchess-of-cornwall-in-india-2013-11-10-1.527546


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    6. I distinctively remember Camilla,Duchess of Cornwall wearing pants on official trips
      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2507762/Camilla-wears-Queen-Mothers-tiara-dazzles-Prince-Charless-side.html
      http://cache3.asset-cache.net/gc/163599917-camilla-duchess-of-cornwall-and-prince-gettyimages.jpg?v=1&c=IWSAsset&k=2&d=GkZZ8bf5zL1ZiijUmxa7QeuRSWMX5PjAVWQdn92k2%2FJuwh0sDm13hd3W7K4eXfWXjcsorXEXySxicNhVEhW5Wg%3D%3D

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    7. I did not know that, it explains why we never see her in them.

      Still, seems a bit sexist, right? If a firstborn daughter can inherit the throne over a younger brother now, shouldn't she be able to wear pants as well? Would love that to be the next modernization step!

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    8. Oh I agree, she would look amazing in a pantsuit! Kate has the longest, most beautiful legs! Her proportions are just about perfect, she could wear anything. I do not mean to be unkind at all, but it's a certain female sibling that has the shorter legs in the fam, maybe Kate thinks they are similar, but they aren't. Kate was blessed, for sure!

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    9. The Duchess of Cornwall in pants -and doesn't she look lovely in them.
      PS They are an adaptation of another Indian tradition. Not exactly Letiza and Mary-type trousers, which is what the commenters seem to be referencing.

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    10. Let me clarify - pantsuits. The Duchess of Cornwall and Diana on one occasion wore this type of flowing pants with the long tunic style because they are a traditional form of dress in India but they aren't pantsuits. If Kate wore these she would be blasted from here to eternity for dressing too old for her age.

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  15. I too thought wool crepe too heavy of a fabric for India, but obviously not heavy enough for wind. Felt bad for her after the wind incident, didn't even hear about the feet article til now and won't bother - I don't care much for anyone's feet, much less my own;)
    I really didn't care for this dress. It looked like a little girl's dress, and those pockets... No. Just no. A friend of mine joked they were breast-feeding pockets, which I thought funny; they just didn't flatter her, not did the wide collar. A bit of a miss, but she made it up with the evening outfit:)

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  16. Hello everyone....Just catching up here and so much to comment on. Start with the dress. I actually quite liked it. The color was beautiful and the fit perfect. I have not been a fan of Emila Wickstead in the past...her tailoring has seemed a little sloppy to me. But this one was absolutely perfect. The pocket flaps didn't bother me and Jane...I don't think you are stretching ...combined with and contrasted to the collar made it feel very fresh and modern.

    Having said I didn't mind the pocket flaps myself...I am absolutely surprized that someone on Kate's team didn't recognize and state the obvious...the tips do point at her nipples. Surely they could have foreseen that the media would make an issue of that. For someone who won't even wear a sleeveless top (or so it seems....) I don't know how everyone could have given this a thumbs up on that account. But like I said...personally they didn't bother me.

    The wind issue is really overblown. (Pardon the pun!). As others had said, nothing was seen that shouldn't have been and honestly...Kate doesn't control the weather. Having said that...again knowing full well that someone would make an issue of this...would maybe be wiser to select straight chemists on days that involve a lot of outdoor activies. However, for those who are taking Kate to task on this....saying she should know better by now...there are lots of examples of this happening to Princess Anne and even the Queen herself.

    Finally...I loved the shoes (ANOTHER new pair...my I am being spoiled on this tour!) and for the record...I also love the Temple earings. Perfect for India!

    Hope you are doing well Jane and that school is not too stressful!

    Caught a glimpse of tonight's outfit...and all I will say for now is WOW!

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  17. This dress was just wrong is so many levels, the collar, the pockets, the color, the length, the wide skirt... Kate really didn't make a good this decision on this one, how could she not predict that a dress like that would cause a "Marilyn moment"? I feel sorry for her because the British press is already giving her such a hard time because of it (Daily Mail is being specialty nasty), but it's difficult to defend her this time because the dress is not even beautiful. Having said that, I love the shoes!

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    1. I kinda agree.. If she's going to wear this type of dress it's simply going to happen... Simple. I love Kate it's just hard to feel sorry for her at this point.. Maybe they are hoping the people and press will grow up and get over it and she's just going to wear whatever she wants... Who knows?

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  18. So frustrating! Lately, it seems that unless my comment is brief, it never shows up. Is anyone else having similar priblems?

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    1. Hi Faith: I have been reading your posts on the back end and approving them. Are you getting confused about which post you commented on? I checked spam, and there are no lost messages from you there. :( So sorry you are having trouble!

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    2. Thanks for checking Jane. I know how busy you are. They must be getting lost in some black hole. I commented last week and then on yesterday's Bollywood post and then on this post. Not a big deal. Was just wondering if it was only me. Hopefully the next one will make it.

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    3. It's not just you - one of mine from this post got lost too. (Don't think it was blocked, I didn't say anything on the "no" list.)

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  19. Love the color of the dress and the accessories, and love the ensemble from the waist down. However, the top half just isn't working for me. Between the pockets and the collar and her hair being kind of all over the place and the earrings - there's just too much going on in contrast to the elegant simplicity of the bottom half.

    I wish she would have gone in this direction for the top: http://www.katesclothes.com/outfit/pink-peplum-adelaide/

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  20. I love this dress! Love it, love it, love it! Even the 'Marilyn Moments' gave me such a good idea of that gorgeous fabric. I am a more casual girl so I am drawn to her more 'casual' looks instead of formalwear, but this is lovely. I enjoy showing my girls (ages 14 and 12) these posts, Jane, and pointing out how graceful and elegant she dresses. Thanks for your hard work to keep us updated!!

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  21. A perfectly good dress minus the flaps at the chest region.I also like how she accessorized with that yellow bag.

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  22. I commented further up the thread about the Daily Mail article about Kate's feet. The more I think about it, the more annoyed I am - so I have written a note of complaint to the editor. (I contemplated writing to the Independent Press Standards Organisation, but it seems that they don't cover issues of taste or decency.) It probably won't have any effect, but it made me feel better! Here is the link in case anyone else would like to make their displeasure known:
    http://www.readerseditor.dmgmedia.co.uk/contact

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  23. a lovely look for duchess I don't think white dress are for funerals

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  24. Sonja from BavariaApril 12, 2016 at 12:03 AM

    The shoes are so lovely on kate! I once bought a similar pair to her LK Bennett sledge pumps for prom but it was rather a very pale rosé/cream and you youldn't tell where my legs ended and where the shoes started :(

    I really like the silhouette and colour of the dress, but the faux breast pockets kinda bother me.
    These events were very important. I am sorry for Kate that her skirt flew up, I don't think it is that bad, but the media and people on twitter will make a big deal out of it.

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  25. I think you were dead on in your analysis of the videos.. Just one thing the video of them taking off their shoes showed and I'm not sure if it's a British thing, royal, or just common courtesy thing.. She waited for him to finish and stand up before she stood.. I totally understand her waiting for him, it just seems to me that she still looks to him for what to do.. Which is fine too, he's more experienced at going to strange places and doing random things.. It is a little sad that she has wanted to go for so long and given their royal status they really can't vacation in foreign countries they have to wait for something like this.. Poor them I know but still..

    The dress.. I quiet like it.. The pockets make it different and I like different from Kate! She has pulled off every outfit beautifully! Even with her Marilyn Monroe moment.. She must despise the wind!! It's just part of it, if she's going to wear flowy dresses it's bound to happen..

    Jane thanks so much for taking the time to tell us about things here and there.. I'm learning a lot about India. I really enjoy your style of writing!!! The DM, Sun, etc should be taking notes from you! You always take us back to when she did this or wore that and I thoroughly enjoy it!!

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  26. When I saw her in New Denhli, at the Gandhi museum, I think I realized how much work must go into selecting her outfits. Surely it was no coincidence that she wore a crisp white. With the white building in the background, that beautiful blue sky, and the well manicured green gardens, doesn't she stand out beautifully??? Sure another colour may have worked well, but to me this is just perfection.

    As to the actual style of the dress... well, I'm with the majority. I don't like those pointed pockets at all. They detract from the dress as they are the first thing that draws the eye. I barely even noticed the collar when I first saw pictures of her. The full skirt is divine and, for me, saves this dress! Shame about the wind mishap, although as others have mentioned she definitely had weights sewn in to her hem. You can see them in the 3rd picture. Love the pairing of the pink accessories but still not a fan of those earrings. I really dislike them actually. Can't believe she has worn them on 3 separate occasions in the last week. Sigh.

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    1. Patricia 09:20 -Ha! "...it seems they don't cover issues of taste or decency."
      Indeed! Explains a lot.
      Thanks for the link.

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  27. This is my first time to comment. I have been surprised that no one has picked up on the 'colonial' look of the dress. This seems to me to be a modern version of the shirtwaist style worn by women in the colonies back in the day.

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  28. My summary:
    1)I don't think those are actually the Temple earrings. Look at the close-up toward the
    end of the post.
    2)in that same close-up, note the various lines and wrinkles.Lighting, shadow differences?
    Certainly no Botox.
    3)those who are lamenting her lack of breast emphasis should feel greatly relieved.
    4)Jane is one of a kind. Honest, direct.No pretense. Plus-beautiful top-quality photos.
    Winning combo.

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    1. Ad1) they ARE.

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    2. The Queen wore the same necklace/earring combination seven days in a row when she
      was on a tour at Catherine's age, to India, among other countries. I doubt people made a point out of that.

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  29. Jane, I just want to say "thank you" for writing such a sensitive and culturally aware blog on the Dutchess of Cambridge. Your blog has become the "go to" for me as your tone, perspective and respect has captured my interest. I really appreciate all your hard work!!

    I also want to thank most of the commenters who usually have kind and positive things to say. It breaks my heart to have the Dutchess so criticized for what she wears or how she looks etc. I do realize she has a high position in society and because of that, she is held to higher accountability, but she is also a human who has choices on what she wants to wear, how she wants to look and then she has to constrain that within her current and future title in mind. Not an easy situation to be in. So thank you for giving her the benefit of the doubt and not tearing into her when you don't like an aspect of her hair or dress or shoes. And thank you for making it a kinder place to read comments, as I really enjoy some of your thoughts. :)

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  30. I have been mulling over how I feel about this dress for the last day or so... I have come to the decision that I love it. Clean, modern, and the color seemed a perfect choice to go to all of the varied events today. She looked cool, she stood out, white is perfect for a memorial (it is also the color for mourning as is black) and she was appropriate. Take away the controversial pockets and the dress becomes ordinary. The most surprising thing for me today was her choice of accessories- that creamy pink was totally unexpected. She could have done nude, navy or black- that little bit of ooh la la really elevated that look for me. Kate has always done modesty well- let's remember that India is a land of many faiths, and Kate is keeping her arms covered and her hemlines longer so as not to offend. Looking back at Diana's tour in 1992, she kept her hemlines longer too. As we go father into the week, and we're seeing more color and prints, this will be a stand out outfit for me in its simplicity and sleekness. Plus, she can use this with other accessories back home! I also love that we're seeing bolder and bigger earrings on this tour. Like me, she prefers a simple stud or drop earrings. Having these bolder chandelier type earrings reminds me of my and Kate's student days...

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  31. Love Kate but VERY TIRED of all the excuses for not dealing with skirts blowing up--there is a simple solution if she wants to deal with it -the fact that she doesn't is odd-so we have her laying a wreath -a solemn occasion and the event is pre-pmpted by the skirt ...then same problem in Bhutan !!!After a while there are no excuses especially when during the Canada Tour the skirt blow-up was particularly revealing .

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  32. Dress is very plain.

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