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Kate Wears Saloni Illusion Dress To India/Bhutan Reception

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Although William and Kate's feet are still firmly planted on English soil, and despite the fact we are several days away from their departure, the spring 2016 tour of India has (in some ways) just begun! This evening, the Duke and Duchess hosted a reception at Kensington Palace to meet young people from India and Bhutan who are living, working, and studying in the United Kingdom. The event serves as a preliminary event to the tour and will certainly be grouped with the tour when we think back in years to come. Kate debuted the first dress of the "tour collection" by choosing this blue dotted dress by Indian-born designer Saloni Lodha.


We are already familiar with the label, because Kate wore Saloni last November to an event for the Fostering Network. The label features beautiful mixes of colors and textures and elegant designs with a contemporary edge. The Maxine crinkle dress Kate wore in November was a perfect example, featuring a diamond back and structurally pleasing box-pleats. 



The first photo I saw of Kate tonight was from the back, but I knew the dress featured a plunging front. I couldn't wait to see a shot from the front to find out how Kate had handled that! Did she have it altered? Did she dare to bare? 

Via Victoria Murphy, Daily Mirror

Kate compromised and, per usual, hit perfection in doing so.  The dress is substantially the same as the original, but that plunging front is an illusion panel. You can see a secondary panel across the bodice, if you look carefully. 



Kate loves plunging necklines and has favored them for many years. You likely remember all of these classics, which by happenstance, are also some of my favorite Kate Middleton looks ever.  


Tonight's dress is so Kate in every respect.  It is simple and slimming, highlighting her waist and trim build.  Kate loves dots, and we see her gravitate toward them with some regularity. Many women might shy away from this pattern, but Kate really pulls off the mix of formal and sweet in one ensemble. I love the soft motion this gown has and particularly the high ruffled collar.   


Kate has featured ruffles in her wardrobe for many years. But, just recently, she wore a high collar similar to the collar on this dress, which also featured a delicate little ruffle. The Vinnie Button Blouse from Reiss tapped into the same style. I just love it! 


This dress had no need of a necklace and Kate generally doesn't carry a clutch when at an event at KP, so the accessories were very simple tonight. She wore her "Temple of Heaven" tiered earrings and Rupert Sanderson's "Malory" pumps in blue suede. 




I am most interested to see just how much "India" Kate will wear this tour. I am thinking about this primarily because of our experience with the tour Down Under. (Doesn't that seem like just yesterday? Crazy.) Anyway, on that tour, we expected to see something of a never-ending runway of pieces from various Australian and New Zealand labels. We didn't, though. Instead Kate turned to established brands already in her closet to craft her wardrobe, and debuted only a handful of labels, most of which were American! 

Princess Kate wearing Designer Labels

This time around, I think we will see her highlight the host country far more. I am going to say now that I think Saloni will be the Erdem of this tour. When Kate wore Erdem for the tour through Canada it was natural to assume that she would wear the brand a few times in Canada, because she was there, but that we wouldn't see the designer again. As we are all aware today, it became a staple label. I don't think Saloni will be a one-off for this trip--as, say Prabal Gurung was from SouthEast Asia--rather, we will see Saloni pop up in her rotation as time moves forward. At least, I hope that turns out to be the case. It is such a lovely label and fits right into Kate's style niche. (Sidetone: I love the girl leaning in really close to Kate. She knew not to waist this moment to rub elbows with royalty. :))


The verdict this evening is an absolute win. I loved every element of this dress. The delicate fabric, the airy sleeves, the faux plunge, the hint of skin in the diamond back, and the Victorian-esque collar. Oh, and not to forget Kate's absolute favorite color combo in the whole world, black and blue.  The dots are actually  deep navy, but they appear black unless the light is glinting just so. The Daily Mail has a video with highlights form the event, including the Cambridges in the courtyard getting their picture taken. At the end, as they return to the Palace, there is a sweet moment as William puts his arm briefly around Kate. 



Here is the video:




Quick note: I promised you a post early this week and I didn't fulfill that promise. I have had at least one peeved reader expressing dissatisfaction. I apologize. It is very hard to balance law school and this blog and we are in a rather crucial time right now. Class loads are heavy and I am in the midst of a faux appellate oral argument competition. The last thing I want is to be standing in front of a panel of judges unsure how to answer the question on the First Amendment because I was playing on my blog the night before rather than reviewing case law. I really wanted to get that post up, but it just wasn't possible. I hope to soon. Certainly, I want to be clear that I expected to get it up, and I wasn't trying to lure people into checking the blog for no purpose.



I am excited for this tour! I hope you are, too! 


94 comments:

  1. You are doing a great job. Good luck for the competition!

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  2. I have mixed feelings on the dress. It actually reminds me a bit of the James Bond dress in that I think Kate looks too thin in some pictures, and in other pictures looks good. In some pictures the dress seems to hang on her, but in the close ups I like the details especially in the back. Her makeup is pretty, but I think it would be really great with a brighter lip shade. The video of Will and Kate leaving is very sweet. I am looking forward to the tour, as I personally have always wanted to travel to that part of the world!

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  3. Kate looks beautiful, and I LOVE this dress on her. Dots, ruffles, blue; this dress has all the essential "Kate" elements. I do wish she might have worn her hair up just to set off the lovely collar and so we could get a better look at the dramatic back, but if I had gorgeous hair like that I would be tempted to let it flow around my shoulders too. Thank you, Jane, for all you do to feed our hungry obsessions with Kate and get this blog out to us so faithfully.

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  4. Did anyone else notice the ride on car in the background of the video? I'm assuming that its George's.

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  5. I love everything about this!!! Dots are my favorite, so anytime she wears those I get a thrill. I also love the daring(ish) necklines and the keyhole back--she doesn't often do both of those in one garment.
    My only tiny quibble is I wish she'd start wearing her hair up when she wears high necklines. It's possible she tried it and it looked too severe, but with the right updo it would be possible and we'd get an even better look at the top of the dress!
    Overall, though, I'd say it's a big win!
    -TMM

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    1. Anon 6:56pm I don't think it even needs to be an updo (although that is obviously idea to fully showcase the dress), but even if the hair was pulled back away from her face it would highlight the dress more.
      ~ A

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  6. Thanks for the stills showing William with his arm around Catherine. I would have
    missed it.
    I agree. Clever fashion choice.

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  7. I hope she doesn't wear American designs again. The photos of this tour will become iconic and shown all over the world. Every American designer she wears is a wasted opportunity to pay a sartorial tribute to India and to champion British fashion. She is of course free to wear what she wants but as she likes to use fashion to make statements it would be nice of her to take British designs to a country with such a developing economy/market.

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  8. I love the colour and detailing on the dress, but I have to say, I am not a fan of the collar. I LOVED the collar on the Reiss blouse, but I just don't think the collar works as well with this dress. Nonetheless, Kate looks lovely (as always), and I can't wait to see what she chooses to wear this tour!!

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  9. I didn't like the dress at first glance, but the more pictures I saw the more I think I really like it alot. Wasn't crazy about the earrings though, they seem to structured for such a pretty dress. And hey, whats wrong with American designers ;)

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  10. Lovely look-I agree that it seems very much a "Kate dress" in terms of the style details and silhouette.

    Shame on the person complaining about the post-it's your blog and you're right to focus on your education first.

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  11. The first photo I saw was of W&K walking. I initially though Kate was wearing a jump suit, which wpuls have been a fabulous new look.
    I am loving the satorial choices and hope we see more Indian designers - there are so many that I think Kate would wear so very well.
    While I cant wait to see all fashion choices, for some reason I am really keen to see Kate's choice for the visit to the water tank. I think she would want/need to dress appropriately for a royal tour, but low key enough to not be intimidating to the locals.

    Jane, good luck with the competition! You do a great job with studying and writing such brilliant posts. Keep up the good work.

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  12. Thank you for each and every post! You deliver such perfect commentary and please don't worry about delays...we'll just be here patiently waiting. :)

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  13. Your education has to come first. I enjoy every bit of your blog, but we all have our limits and you, just like the rest of us, have to prioritize. I enjoy what you post when you can and thanks for all you do. New Hampshire, USA

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  14. Beautiful dress. My only quibble are the earrings. To me, they don't add anything to the look. Her saphire earrings would have been great here.

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  15. Jane, Please put you Law School studies before this blog. I am sure most everyone on this blog understands. We will be here when school is over waiting for your posts. I really enjoy you blog and the positivity you bring.

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  16. Wow I LOVE this!! And I haven't said that for a while :-) So many fun and beautiful details, but done in such a way that it all flows. I was surprised at how sleek the skirt was, which made her look taller her and skinnier.

    Very sweet moment of them walking away from the cameras!

    ~ A

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  17. Awe... So sweet! That video is too cute! The end of it any.. Wills has that I'd rather be anywhere but here look on his face.. I agree about Saloni, I think we will more than likely keep seeing Kate wear it as time goes by.. I'm a fan of this dress, I just wish Kate and William would stop wearing so much blue! It's a great color for Kate but they both tend to wear a lot of blue, especially William.. They are starting to give new meaning to royal blue!! 😉

    Also, everyone knows the Queens birthday is coming up, did you know you can send her a card or letter and get a response? Her or anyone else in the BRF just Google their address and mail away.. It tends to take appx 2 months to get something back from HM but not so long with everyone else.

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  18. The 1st picture of the 3 together, where and when was it taken? I don't think I've ever seen it before and I love it!!

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  19. Brilliant post!

    I am *dying* to see her wear the Queen Mothers Fringe Sapphire earrings again and I can't help but think tonight would have been perfect. Yes, perhaps just a little overdressed but they are still so pretty! I loved the dress, loathed the shoes, and adored her makeup look tonight. I swear she does not wear foundation/skin perfecter, its all in the eyes!

    I understand a bit how you feel, I just finished Aeronautical Ground School. During those 4 months I put out 2 posts on my teeny tiny blog. I have no idea how you can keep up with school, friends, life, AND do the blog. You, Jane, are a wonder and I wish you all the best in your endeavors.

    This sentence made me chuckle: "Certainly, I want to be clear that I expected to get it up, and I wasn't trying to lure people into checking the blog for no purpose."

    I can't tell you how many times I have popped over to your blog for a quick read of the days events, only to get lost in a rabbit hole in the deep archives of 2012 or 2013. I have little self control when it comes to the DoC!:)

    Have a great night. I look forward to seeing tour posts!

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    1. I like your suggestion of the Queen Mothers Fringe Sapphires; would've been perfect! Never been crazy about the earrings Kate chose to wear here, and here, they simply seem to add to the already rather fussy front top panel of the dress, which incorporated an extra panel, polka dots, and a frilly collar. A lot going on. The sapphires, whilst also busy, add sparkle and that would've added a nice touch of India, IMO.

      JC

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    2. I wonder if the QM's sapphires might just shout Royal Family. A bit in your face?
      It seemed Kate was trying to blend in and form bridges.
      I didn't realise they were from India.

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    3. I was also thinking those earrings might make it a little to formal. I think she may have worn the long dress out of respect for the culture of the attendees at the reception. She also needed to not be to over the top.

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    4. I love the QM's earrings, but agree that it would have been a bit much for a daytime engagement. Personally, I think a white metal or her white topaz stud earrings would have worked quite well.

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  20. Sorry, I wasn't clear enough on my question.. The group of pictures with the plunging neckline is the group of pictures I was asking about the 1st one.. Thanks so much for all you do and take your time! So sorry it seems some people are just rude!!!

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  21. "The last thing I want is to be standing in front of a panel of judges unsure how to answer the question on the First Amendment because I was playing on my blog the night before rather than reviewing case law." The last thing I want for you is to not be able to answer a crucial question in front of a panel of judges. Your education comes before this blog and I think Kate would agree. :)

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  22. As usual, I haven't read any comments before sharing my initial reaction. First, I have to say that I am absolutely appalled that someone would criticize you, Jane, for not putting up a post! I hope it was only one ignorant person and not a trending thing. As if law school isn't hard enough! I'm sure I am not alone in saying that we completely support you in your schooling and appreciate that you keep this blog up with your heavy schedule.

    Now, onto the fashion... I have mixed feelings about this dress. I love the fabric, I love the color, I love the back and how she managed to make the front more modest, but I'm not sure the collar is to my liking. I actually like high collars and ruffles, I just don't care for them on this dress. I would also have liked to see her sapphire earrings with it and something other than those infernal suede shoes. Silk shoes would have looked so much more appropriate with this dress. Still, she looked beautiful, as always, and the photos of her and William are the real prize of the night! Can't wait for the tour!

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  23. I quite like this gown.... though at first I thought that I would have preferred it with an updo. The more I think about it though, the more I wonder if an updo would have made her whole look more formal and thus perhaps too dressy for the event. Hopefully, she will recycle this gown in the future to a more formal occasion and I will get to see it again with a stunning updo! On a different note I have never really liked those earrings. I don't know why but there is something that makes them scream horrible costume jewelry to me. Maybe it's that I had a similar pair when I was younger (I am the same age as Kate) and they were very cheap looking up close. Every time I look at them now I shudder (my pair). :) Time to get rid of them! lol

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    1. Nerissa, I quite agree with you on these earrings. I'm sure they're not cheap but they do look it. Too much with the high collar, wrong style, and I prefer silver with blue. Her smaller sapphires would have been much better.

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    2. Robin, I agree. Silver is always my preference with the majority of the blue hues. Navy in particular. Her small sapphires would have looked divine & wouldn't have clashed with the high structured collar. I feel like the dress & the earrings are in competition with each other rather than working harmoniously together. Overall though it's a look I like & i would like to see it recycled with some minor tweeks.

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  24. The dress is very Kate- blue and a slim silhouette. I am just not lovin' it this time around. It reminds me of the 2 piece ensemble with the blue satin skirt she wore when newly pregnant with Charlotte. I hope she can indulge in a bit of daring or whimsy on this tour. I want bright, jewel colors that would look so fab with her coloring. I would really like a knock'em dead dress for the Bollywood event. Something that makes William (and us) go "wow, Kate's hot!" Just like he did at university. She could even repeat the teal Jenny Packham from 2012 and I would still be happy. This dress does the duty but it doesn't thrill me.

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  25. Im not overly keen on this dress. Thought Kate looked great but the dress just left me a bit cold. I can't quite pick why though. So looking forward to the tour. Love to see the new clothes and places they go. Roll on 10th.

    I too Jane am a uni student and understand completely about the pressure of it all. I think you do an amazing job with this post and studying at the same time. I know the pressures of law school (I did half a law degree before sociology stole me away) and the Moots (what we call the argument competition) need a lot of prep. I wish you the best with uni.

    KiwiNic

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  26. Alejandra RamírezApril 6, 2016 at 10:29 PM

    Excellent post! One of the things I love about you is that you provide super big high-end quality photos. I was finally able to see the panel in these photos.
    I have to say, that is one excellent job with the panel. It is almost invisible, how did they manage to blend the skin and the panel so well? Amazing!
    Good luck in your tests!

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  27. hmm jane its ok I love the dress and I love the color plus im thankful even your busy schedule never forget the blog

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  28. I love polka-dot patterns. I love the colour. She looks beautiful and radiant. But I just am not ... wowed. I mean it's nice. Just seems wrong for the occasion? I see others in long dresses..but those are sari's and ethnic attire. Not saying I hate it just seems off....for me.

    With that said I am so excited for the tour.

    Oh..and I love LOVE how William puts his arm around Catherine. These two are smitten. That was not done for cameras. They are truly in tune with each other. I think that is glorious and they will be magnificent as King and Queen Consort if the love and respect remain. I think it will. This is a love match. I wish people would ease off on them with the workshy and slacking. It's not their time yet. Let them be...have a family.

    Ok ...enough.

    India! Bhutan!

    Colour and happiness!

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  29. Jane...anyone you would even think to imply that you made a suggestion about a blog post to come..just to get them to keep coming back to your blog...is someone who is no follower of your work. Those of who read your blog regularly...know that you have higher morals than that! We also know that you have a very full plate with law school...and totally understand when it needs to take priority! Please, continue to focus on your studies...it seems like a lot now, but once you are done...you will carry that education and accomplishment with you for the rest of your life!

    In terms of our favorite Duchess...I have to say I am so-so on this dress. Not crazy about the ruffled collar. Do agree that an partial undo or a ponytail...would have help show off the keyhole at the back and would have made the whole look feel a bit more youthful and current. But the selection was very appropriate for the event and fit in nicely with the outfits of the other attendees who were also in long skirts and colourful garments.

    Bing on the tour! I am looking forward to 6 blissful days of wonderful fashion and sharing it with all the great readers of this blog!

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  30. i watched the video and saw the last few seconds with William and Kate chatting away and he put an arm around her .... i had a ahhhhh moment its so lovely to see them together and whats more so happy and warm with each other! 5 years of marriage + 2 small children add all the pressure that is put on them both but there love for one another and what seems a strong friendship and sense of humour shines through! I loved the dress and her hair is looking amazing again and i am very excited for India! Also pleased for William and Kate to enjoy some alone time away from Gorgeous George and Charlotte!!! thank you for your blog I always look forward to your opinion
    Emma, London

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  31. Sigh...I find the dress to be hideous.I'm not feeling the plunging neckline and the collar is matronly.Colour is nice.The Duchess always seems to get the colour right.
    I'm not impressed by Saloni's designs,so I hope we don't see her much in the future.
    @Jane Barr:balancing law school and regularly updating this blog.I'm impressed.

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    1. Agreed--I don't think I've ever used hideous in connection with Kate, but this truly is. The ruffled neck and the whole piece overwhelmed her. A cocktail dress, as the other guests were wearing, would be more appropriate, esp since William was wearing a business suit. I wish she'd hire a stylist--she's so lovely and should "own" her individuality.
      I thought the parting shots walking away were very sweet, but it almost looked like he was comforting her.

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    2. There is a photo taken from the front while they were returning inside. She was smiling and definitely not looking in need of comforting.Actually, if you watch the video, she seems to be trying to catch up to William. He may have been trying to move her along.I prefer the romantic, hug version, though.
      I can hear the conversation:"Well, William, one down..." "I say, Babykins, you looked
      smashing!" " Lovely you think so, Wills-can't wait to read what the blogs have to
      say." "Should give us a giggle or two, Princess." "They do go on, don't they, my
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  32. Is this part of the apartment in which they live? I figure it is one of the entertaining/reception rooms...but gosh was it drab. I would have thought that the reception areas would have been refurbished to a higher standard, but perhaps it was the lighting? There is an adorable small car outside, which I assume belongs to young George. I think I loved getting a sneak peak into their KP rooms even more than the dress (which was a big hit for me btw).

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    1. This room used to be Princess Diana's sitting room at KP. It has been refurbished (and I imagine understated for a reason) for use as a reception room. It's been getting a lot of use since William, Kate, and Harry are all living at KP.

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    2. Anon, as Robin stated, this was part of Diana's KP apartment. And the courtyard where they posed for the photo is not connected (directly) to W&K's apartment. It's very possible that the car belongs to another child.

      http://theenchantedmanor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Kensington-Palace-Princess-Diana.jpg

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  33. Stunning in my book, especially after seeing high-red photos. Blue/black is really a classic combination for Kate. The high collar is very interesting and looks great with her hair length. I just love the dot pattern and sheer panels. I think the dress could easily look like curtains (sorry, had to say that) but both give it enough interest without going over the top. There have never been any arguments about Kate's fantastic figure, but you forget how slender she is until you see this sort of light fabric against her frame.

    Agree with above commenter about screenshots--thanks for capturing, Jane! A commenter on a different site also pointed out the child's electric car (or Jeep?) sitting off to the left as W&K walk by. Maybe something George plays with at KP? Love little glimpses into their home life.

    Jane, best of luck with school. I am always excited to read your take on fashion and events, no matter when they post!

    Emily, USA

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  34. I loved this dress. To me it appeared a nod towards the national dress of Bhutan---a straight column, high neck and long sleeves. Wondered if we might see it again in Bhutan.
    Thanks for taking the time to do this blog---don't know how you fit it in and you always have some of the best photos.
    Do you think the reception was in their private apartments or in the state rooms?
    Suspect the toy car belongs to George--at a recent interview, Prince Harry said that when in his flat, he could here the squeak from George riding on his car.

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  35. Again not sure about this one - might have been better as a tea length - but it has strangely grown on me the more I examine it.

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  36. At first I thought the dress was a bit too dark but it has grown on me a bit. Still it’s not my favorite look. I agree with the people who have said the high collar would look better with her hair up or at least pulled back. Otherwise there is just too much going on around the neckline especially with dangling earrings added. I think I’d have liked it better too had the dress been styled with just a high neckline and not a ruffled one. It seems sometimes designers just can't leave well enough alone!

    The other guests seemed to be much more informally dressed. I wonder if they felt underdressed compared to Kate? Also, does anyone know if there are cues in UK invitations to tell guests how to dress? I know in the US there are.

    Kate seems to generally prefer classic earrings with diamonds and other precious stones and I have wished she’d wear other styles more often. But ’m not sure these earrings were the best for this dress. I also think some sort of sandal might have suited better than these shoes that look something like a power pump. But maybe that’s just me. I also think the length is too long. In some pictures it looks like it is dragging the ground. While I don’t wear styles like this I don’t think the bottom should drag on the ground. And once again, Will’s pants are too short!

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    1. It feels like Kate was dressed for a different event than everyone else. When I'm the hostess of an event, I do like to dress up as a sign of respect for my guests but, to me, there's too much of a gap in style between the Duchess and her guests.

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    2. lizzie 9:38-a kind and well-constructed critique.
      Agree about the sandals. Maybe about the collar.
      As there was one woman in black pants,some in cocktail-style dresses, some business attire, some
      traditional dress-very éclectique selection,I doubt anyone felt over or under-dressed.
      I do feel Kate succeeded in a combo of all. The earrings were a nod to India, the dress to Bhutan....maybe.
      Most of the women seemed to have their hair down. I believe it was a late afternoon
      reception? Less formal. I understand the hair-hiding opinions, but I think that is Kate's way of expressing a mood, just as her jewellery does.

      As one Kate blogger likes to say:" William wore blue." ha!

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    3. I see the dress as a compromise. She needed to cover her legs in respect for the culture of the people she was hosting and continue acting as a representative of the Queen. Hair pulled back might have made it another degree of formality. Looking forward to see what she might wear on this tour being in a country where the women cover their legs.

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  37. There's an added announcement today that the Indian Prime Minister will host a luncheon for them on
    day 3.

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  38. For goodness sake, why should you have to apologise for putting your studies before your blog?! Obviously the person who complained about the lack of a post does not have a life. Of course your readers look forward to your posts but most of us understand about priorities. All the best with the competition and we look forward to future posts when you can fit them in!

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  39. My initial reaction was to love this dress but the more I look at it, the less I do. I think this dress was meant to be worn as designed. The adjustments made for modesty did not work. The whole premise of the gown was to take a very prim and proper style and make it wow through the keyhole back and the sheer plungung neckline. I understand that she can not show that much skin, so I think she needed to wear another dress. It would have helped if her hair had been off her shoulders so that the neckline and the keyhole back could be seen.

    The elements that I do like is the gorgeous color and the lines of the dress that make her look statuesque. I think the material moved beautifully with her and I was happy to see a different silhouette than we usually do (long dress, straight skirt, semi open
    back). I do lik these earrings with the gown. They impart a more bohemian/ casual feel than her sapphires or other gems would have. Gemstones would have made the look too formal and even more demure.

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    1. I am with you Faith. I liked it some as to colour and the dots. But it wasn't wowing me. I too seem to think 'meh' each time I see it. It's the front. It is little old fashioned and closed off. It fits well for sure and she looks great! But not a big fan.

      She does look good. Not tired and hair is nice colour and cut.

      Very excited for this next week.

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  40. Ok, well I'm just going to say it...I don't love it. This dress is so overwhelming. I like twp things about it - the color, the faux plunge...but IMO it is very school=marm and too busy and kind of gunny sack (remember them?) and I just don't love it. I feel it is definitely aging, and a little bizarre - like something you'd see on a Victorian mannequin in a museum or something. I hate to criticize because I ADORE KATE! But from a purely sartorial point of view, IMO it is just too much. As was the Erdem ruffle gown IMO. Both (although diff designers) have an overwhelming element to them. The huge ruffle WITH the huge floral print, WITH the shiny taffeta...and in this case the high neck, the dots, the gown length, the long sleeves, the hair down - but I totally agree this dress would have been more successful with an updo -it would have elongated and lightened the line, showed off her neck and broke up all that heavy dark...but oh well. She is still gorgeous! And she and Wills are the sweetest, can't wait for the tour!!!

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  41. Looking at the long sleeves on this dress I wondered if it would be practical for the trip so I took a peek at the weather in India while they're there. It is supposed to be anywhere from 99ºF to 106ºF every day they are there. I cannot imagine those long sleeves and high neck in weather like that - even in the evening when it cools down to a balmy 80ºF. Maybe this is why Kate chose to wear this dress now while in London with the much milder weather.

    I also looked at the Saloni collection for this spring and summer. I didn't like it at all. Unless Kate has ordered some bespoke pieces (which is entirely possible) I can't see her wearing any of what I saw. Even the fabrics are mostly drab. I'm still hoping for Naeem Khan if she's going to give a nod to Indian designers. He uses color beautifully. I also think there is a chance we will see the Erdem with the beautiful fabric and hideous ruffle again.

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    1. Oh RobinfromCA I am so with you on the Naeem Khan collection. He is fabulous and I almost gasp at some of the dresses. I could see Kate in so many of his designs. And the colour! WOWOWOWOWOW


      Won't be long now!! :)

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    2. Robin (from CA), I hadn't considered that Erdem gown before, but you're right! She could pack this; I have before, more than once, expressed my dislike for that brand, altho of all--too many--Erdems Kate has worn, this was the only acceptable one, IMO. I hasten to add that it only passed muster because it was bright, cheerful, unexpected and made me smile--I rather doubt that it was Kate's intention, but it was as if she was saying: Up your, ladies! Oh ye staid and ever so rich and so predictable women, watch me differ!

      At the end of the day tho, I am in agreement with Jay, below. Both Erdem and Saloni need to be put in the Out Basket, for good.

      The long gown Kate already owns which I had considered appropriate for this tour is the red Packham, worn at the Chinese State Dinner; right colour for India, good sparkle, demure and classic, hair up. (The Bollywood affair is going to be chockful of VERY rich women; the Erdem won't cut it. I shudder at the thought.)

      I actually had another, brand-new to Kate, gown in mind for said affair; think Temperley--I will say no more, but the red would do.

      Closing with stating that never before have I appreciated Burton for McQueen as much as I do now; if it were left to me, Kate would be draped in it for half of her tour. Damned expensive tho. :))

      JC

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    3. Oh, JC, I forgot Temperley! Just took a look at their spring/summer lines and there are some really beautiful fabrics and dresses that Kate could "tweak" just a little to suit the occasion! There is a particularly wonderful red on there! ;-)

      I wonder if Sarah Burton is still with McQueen. Didn't we hear that she was jumping ship to Dior?

      Jenny Packham also has some really gorgeous things she could wear. This one http://www.jennypackham.com/pages/ss16-catwalk-1 which is only listed as TTD158L is particularly pretty and would stunning on Kate.

      Erdem is starting to use prints with some big pops of color as well. Not quite as striking as some others but getting better.

      I think the royal clothing budget is upped when they go on tour to represent HM. I think the red gown she wore to the state banquet for China will make a return appearance. I was thinking in Bhutan but then I thought again. Doesn't Bhutan have the same sticky relationship with China as other countries in that region? Even though the BRF aren't in political offices, I would imagine that they have to play the political game quite carefully as they represent HM around the world. I must be exhausting learning about all of the traditions of every country and diplomat they encounter on a regular basis.

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    4. I'd think the gown worn when hosting China wouldn't work in either country on this tour. While it was a nice dress I can't really imagine Kate wearing it again anywhere but the UK since it was debuted in honor of China. I'd think that about any memorable evening gown first worn for a gathering for another country as no country wants to appear a weaker "recycled" second.Silly in some ways but if that sort of stuff didn't matter, why have royal tours at all?

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    5. lizzie, don't be such a party-pooper! Talking fashion here, not common sense. Altho, one of the reasons I thought of said *Chinese* red dress was cost. ( I am sick to my teeth of the pathetic wardrobe both William and Kate exhibit when casually dressed for trekking, sporting activities,etc. So, I thought I would rather see a rewear of said red dress if it meant a top-to-toe better wardrobe for their climb to the Tigers Nest Monastery, not to mention their time spent at Kaziranga National Park.--I will go to my death believing that these events are set up by miserly Charles.) So lets have some fun while we can. :)

      Robin, I have just recently also discovered the Packham collection you referred to, and WOW, its terrific! To give this designer her due, she stars in evening gowns. Just hope that if Kate goes this route, she doesn't fiddle with perfection; easy to ruin a great piece just to get something made specifically for her, a one-off.

      Re the possibility that Burton has moved to Dior,...who wouldn't, in her position? Sad for Kate, who doesn't have the clothing budget to follow her--when it comes to money, I remain convinced that either the BRF is cash poor, or that Charles is particularly niggardly. Perhaps both. What I am sure of is that Kate's sister is often better dressed than our favourite Middleton-now-Windsor. On the bright side (maybe), once William becomes Duke of Cornwall, he too will be rich, and then, Kate will be able to purchase from Dior, etc.

      I say we meet in the middle; you're crazy about Khan, I like Temperley, and we both favour Packham--myself, undiluted Packham. Packham it it is, then!

      Looking forward to chatting with you thruout the tour--you too, lizzie; with the friend with the great computer screen, you're bound to set me right on the details. Many thanks.

      JC

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  42. On a positive note, Kate looked far less tired at this event than she has looked in the recent past. And her hair has recovered its healthy shine.

    But, as for the dress...tastes differ; someone above said that the yellow gold earrings Kate chose look cheap--I don't disagree--and in my eyes, this Saloni dress looks cheap. However, I personally dislike small polka dots on adult clothing, think a ruffled collar has no place on a long gown, and theres something off about the skirt--its not strictly straight for that would require a kick pleat, but its not gathered either; its just THERE and its too long, dragging as it does, on the ground.

    This is one dress that I think Kate should sell. Neither the fabric nor the execution make it a worthy repeat. I hope that in this upcoming tour, we see no more Salomi--I hope that we see Kate pull another Down Under repeat; that is, I hope we see her branch out, trying clothes that are not necessarily Indian, Bhutanese or British, but clothing which looks good on HER. Its easy to give a nod to her host countries via using the colours in their respective flags or national flowers. Why sell herself short?

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    1. I agree with JC. Please, no more Saloni (and while I'm at it, no more Erdem ever!). I really dislike this dress. Hope this is not a precursor to the tour wardrobe. I'm actually a bit worried. I really want her choices to be brilliant for the tour.

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    2. I like the dress, it is unusual and flattering, she looks great

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    3. Jay, Kate cannot please all the people all the time. There are some who like this outfit and others don't as is the case with everything she wears. I am sure she will do the British proud on this tour as she has done with every other tour, but as I said she won't please everyone. We also have to remember that she is not the newlywed of five years ago. She is a mother of two and her role in the BRF is starting to gain more importance and her choice of clothing will reflect this.

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    4. Anon 4:17, I agree that no one can please all the people all the time. At the same time, I want the tour to be a huge success for W & K!

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    5. Success will be measured more from their diplomatic performance than from Kate's wardrobe choices and I think that they are more than up to the task.

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    6. Success might be measured by both given the media's current temperament regarding W&K.

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    7. I'm with you, RobinfromCA. How to define and measure success? It's subjective. Multifaceted.

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  43. I love Will and Kate, enjoy every picture. Unfortunately, I am amazed at the number of times Kate's fashion choices seem dowdy. This dress is unflattering and seems out of place at this reception. The earrings have no relationship to the dress, the high collar and long sleeves chaste to the point of silliness, not to mention the design change for modesty obvious rather than flattering. Kate is a beautiful woman and can wear just about anything. That does not mean that she should.

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  44. She looked happy and healthy, hair game strong. The dress did not suit my taste for many reasons others have mentioned. She hasn't got much up top (I'm not trying to be mean, all bodies are beautiful) so a less modest neckline wouldn't have been the end of the world.
    Good kick off event for the tour, though, and safe travels to them!
    Don't let anyone hassle you, Jane - school comes first:)

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  45. This was REALLY a huge miss. The design of the dress is totally weird, neither fish nor flesh. But nothing compared to the styling, from top (=totally unappropriate hairdo) to toe (the usual boring pumps, same colour as the frock)... oh dear, I am determined not to be offensive and I will not be.
    Then, she is so beatiful that she looks gorgeous anyway, but in terms of fashion ... give me next, please!

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  46. I am usually the first one to think she dresses in styles that age her but I actually love this! It's unique enough that it feels modern to me! While I don't love the ruffle collar and think this would have been better styled with a soft up-do and shoes that weren't the matchy matchy suede, it's still my favorite look of 2016 I think! I guess that might be because her other 2016 looks have largely failed for me. This I love!

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  47. It's ok for the delay, Jane. Law school takes priority. As a paralegal school dropout, I know it takes a whole other level of mental gymnastics and concentration.

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  48. If you look at the last picture with the students from Bhutan, Catherine seems to be completely in keeping with what they are wearing.

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  49. Kate looked lovely, as always: bouncy hair, bright smile, statuesque and fit figure in a gorgeous colored gown. The gown itself was interesting, though I can see why opinion was divided. It looked a bit off to me in the execution. Somehow it appeared askew. At first I thought it might just be from how she was standing or the position of the photographer, but then I noticed the dots relative to the seams. Note the dots just below the waist band. They do not run straight across, nor are they symmetrical in how they slant from the midpoint of the waist. Yes, I am nit-picking, but this kind of workmanship is not what I would expect from a bespoke dress.

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    1. I see what you mean Anon. The dot lines do run down at the sides instead of being horizontal. That might have been unavoidable given the cut of the skirt. But if you look at the posed photo (and enlarge it if needed) it is clear the dots aren't evenly horizontal in the very center below the panel. So it just looks sloppy for something designed for Kate. The dragging on the ground at the sides of the hem isn't good either. 


      I've not studied the look and workmanship of custom dresses as much as I have with Kate but I've seen other designer-bloopers of this sort in other custom pieces she's worn. Pattern matching and hems that hang properly were pretty much covered in Home Ec 101 way back when I was in school. Guess designers don't worry as much about those basics these days and given what their stuff costs it's a shame. 

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  50. Thanks so much for your efforts, Jane. I know how hard it is to balance life and blog, let alone manage strangers' expectations on top of it. I appreciate you still coming here when time allows and giving us a glimpse into Kate's life. I also hope you kick ass in your argument competition!

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  51. Good job on prioritizing your law studies over blogging. Kate's fashions will come and go, and we'll be here to read your insights and opinions whenever you have time. I really enjoy your blog, and the fact that you are always positive and complimentary about your subject.

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  52. Thanks as usual Jane for great photos and description. A long time ago I stopped reading the comments: just so mean and school yard catty. Unfortunately, I looked at them today and now I'm in a bad mood. Nothing's changed. Can Kate ever wear anything right? :-(

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  53. Although I do like the color of the dress and the pattern, I too am not in love with it. :) Perhaps because there is a lot going on here...polka dot pattern, length, ruffles, and sheer panel and sleeves.

    To be fair, it was a tricky look to pull off. Kate's goal was to wear a long dress for a daytime engagement, but our eyes may be judging it by evening gown standards. I could see it being recycled as a knee-length dress.

    Whatever we thought of the dress, it *was* a thoughtful gesture on her part. I hope I don't offend anyone by saying this, but I was actually a bit surprised to see her where a long length given that she is in KP. Different cultures have different traditions and, ideally, *mutual* respect is needed.

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    1. Royalfan I agree Kate meant the outfit to be respectful and I give her kudos for that. But I have to admit I am confused about general protocol/manners (for anyone not just the BRF) If I were entertaining (in my own home) someone from a country where clothing is more conservative I would probably wear something on a conservative side for an American. But I don't think I'd try to imitate the other country's clothing even if I could afford to any more than I wear a head scarf if entertaining Muslim or Jewish women in my home who do cover their heads.  If Kate (as well as some commenting here) think it would have been disrespectful to her guests to show her legs in her own home, does that mean she will only wear floor length garb when in their country? I guess we'll all find out but I am truly puzzled. On the other hand, if she simply wanted to choose an Indian designer and there weren't many to choose from that would work for her, that's a bit different.

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    2. Lizzie, I appreciate your reply. Thank you. After I posted my comment, I did wonder about how it would come across.

      I believe (if I am understanding your comment correctly), that we are on the same (or similar) page. Kate is in her country, and in her own "home". I understand wearing something conservative (it is polite and respectful), but I'm not sure the floor length dress was necessary. Did Kate's guests, who were invited into her home, dress to please her or give a nod to her customs? A fair question/observation, IMO.

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    3. Yikes! I meant WEAR...not where. :)

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    4. That's exactly what I was wondering Royalfan.

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    5. It is the hostess's responsibility to make her guests feel welcome, not the guest's
      responsibility to welcome the hostess.

      I think the outfit may have been chosen in view of the photo-op with the Bhutan students/leaders. If she had worn her usual above the knee dress, it would have
      looked strange.
      It's a maxi dress. People wear them all the time. What's the big deal?

      I realise other blogs lead with a headline emphasising her floor-length dress, but it really
      serves to encourage petty criticism. Just as a huge discussion about a few seconds
      of the Duke and Duchess's interaction on the terrace-what's the big deal? Conclusions have been formed
      and judgements made based solely on someone's conjecture. Nobody knows what they are
      talking about.Hand-shaking protocol? Catherine had met and visited with the women inside KP. This is varified on film. There is no footage of William meeting and greeting them previously to the outdoor one that I can find. It is quite natural and reasonable for her to then introduce them to William.That very well could logically explain Kate's gestures and movements.
      For all we know, she may have had a meeting with them previously.The end result-?
      lovely moment between the couple is spun into "Kate's inadequate and Will had to comfort her."
      I honestly think some well-meaning Kate fans are buying into some of these
      micro-critical attempts to degrade Catherine.It is very frustrating for me to see
      this. It's not that I am a huge Kate fan. I just worry about what the lack of empathy
      or even common sense and logic spreading like a fungus on the internet is doing to
      taint basic altruistic human instincts.

      It is also unbelievable to me that the word "expectations" related to Catherine's future
      plans can be introduced essentially as gossip and spread over and over as fact-again, the end objective is likely to discredit KP, the Cambridges, and in time, the monarchy.

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    6. I'm not sure which comments prompted some of your comments Anon nor am I sure I even understand all of what you are saying. I can explain MY comment though. Yes, the dress was a maxi...something I don't think we've EVER seen Kate wear since her marriage (evening wear excepted.) It was also by an Indian designer and as another poster pointed out, very much the "style" of dress the students wore. My question, in response to Royalfan's post was a general question about a hostess's job. Of course, it is to make guests comfortable. But if I have people as guests who wear saris, I don't don one myself nor do I don a dress that imitates a sari. Same with guests who wear kiminos or head coverings or any other national or religious dress. Some also suggested Kate covered her legs to be respectful and if so, the dress didn't just accidentally happen to be a maxi. And since  the gathering was in her home in London not in their home or their country I wondered how far a hostess is expected to go. Seemed an innocuous enough topic to discuss since this IS a discussion blog.

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    7. 8:22, I'm not sure what prompted some of your concerns in this particular thread, but I thought Kate went ABOVE AND BEYOND what was necessary to entertain her guests. It was not my intention to be critical or undermine her. (And I believe this sentiment was at the heart of Lizzie's comments as well.)

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    8. lizzie-8:56-and royalfan 1:33- I really think it possible Kate's outit was chosen with the photo-op in mind.Just picture the picture with Kate in an above-the knee dress.
      I thought I clearly said that.I was responding to the comments immediately before mine.
      The concerns were mentioned in conjunction with the dress-length discussion-they were
      examples of taking a relatively insignificant fact (or non-fact) and exploiting it
      in order to make unfavorable remarks. This tactic is epidemic on social media and
      blogs.
      I believe this has also been a concern of yours, royalfan. I know you have often strongly objected to commenters coming on a Kate fan site, only to disparage her judgement. Saying Kate apparently did not know protocol and chose incorrectly is a
      direct reflection on her judgement. Not just an every day what shall I wear shopping
      kind of choice. Your comment just surprised me and seemed at odds with your usual
      remarks.
      Lizzie-I am an anon who has complimented you more than once on your comments.
      Beyond just an "agree." Nothing personal was meant about anyone on this blog.
      My intention was not to accuse you of anything, anymore than yours was to be critical
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    9. Definitely Royalfan. Just thought it was as valid a topic as any other to discuss..was not intending my comments to "undermine" anyone. In the final analysis though, even if I HAD been critical on this blog about some gathering I can't see that would undermine the monarchy so I think I must still be missing something.

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    10. 3:35, it's quite possible that the dress WAS chosen with the photo op in mind, although I'm not sure it's even relevant to the point I was making. And, yes, I CAN imagine the photo with Kate dressed in a regular dress and I would see absolutely nothing wrong or disrespectful about it.

      At no time did I question Kate's knowledge of protocol or suggest that she did something inappropriate. As a matter of fact, I specifically stated that I thought she went **above and beyond** in honoring her guests. I, too, must still be missing something.

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  54. Maybe this is all just an out-of-sync electronic misunderstanding. Like Royalfan I had also given Kate kudos in my comment for her apparent attempt to respect her guests. But I didn't understand the comments about handshaking Anon and who greeted guests nor how that related to any comments made in the near "electronic vicinity." I also didn't see any damaging comments re: the BRF.  Maybe I was just missing something and still am. 


    Like Royalfan, I don't think it would have been a faux pas if Kate had been in a shorter skirt in the picture anymore than I think Will's western suit is a problem. But we are all entitled to our opinions and sometimes we won't agree. But that's OK. That's part of what makes a discussion blog interesting! 

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  55. If you read my 8:22 and 3:35 comments carefully, I explained again how the examples I cited - the handshaking, the greeting-
    related to the thread
    theme-the "floor length" dress.Another new example of an insignificant, benign occurrence being fanned into a major unfavorable statement about the Cambridges: the vegetables for
    lunch discussion on at least one other blog.A simple statement by the Taj chef about their choice of a light lunch of
    vegetables was turned into a political statement by the Cambridges about religion, among other accusations.
    If you read my comments carefully, I never said anything about a faux pas. Just that it
    would have looked strange or out of place. To me.

    Good point about William's clothing-although, who really pays that much attention to his
    clothing choices? Maybe there is a reason why he makes repetitive choices. Ha!

    "Comments damaging to the RF;" well, that can compare to erosion. A trickle of a stream can cause a Grand Canyon. Seemingly innocuous, harmless "constructive criticism" that focuses on a theme, if repeated often enough, can erode the confidence in the monarchy when trickled through
    the large readership of tabloids- those who want their information simple, fast,and
    titillating if at all possible.
    I think a current tab theme is "Kate isn't adequate;she's not up to the task;she doesn't know
    what is the correct thing to do." You will see this theme repeated over and over and
    encouraged in some formats.Same as the work theme. The weight theme feeds into the inadequate theme-hints of anorexia and mental instability.
    The broken marriage theme. The not taking their roles seriously theme.
    And yes, if a strategy demeans a future Queen Consort, it can absolutely damage the
    strength of the Monarchy. I must add, this includes remarks about the Duchess of Cornwall.

    I'm not saying one must not criticise. Just be careful about taking up remarks, phrases,opinions without taking care the facts are accurate and reasonable and by all means,
    take care what/who the source is.

    Whew! If Jane actually publishes this-it is my final remark on this subject.
    The people who care will read it carefully and understand.Others, ignore or deny it.
    I'm basically shouting in the wind here.

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