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Three Dresses for Day Three of #RoyalVisitIndia

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Today is only Day 3, but I feel like it will be hard to beat the fashion we saw today. Kate wore three ensembles, all of which we will cover in this post, and each has proven to be wildly popular. Let's start at the beginning. The Cambridges began their day at Salaam Baalak Trust, a non-profit charity and NGO that focuses on children. As some of you may know, New Delhi is under a heightened security watch due to a threat from the Islamic State, so this event was unannounced.



Salaam Baalak gives aid to street children--children who, for whatever reason no longer have a home.  According to royal reporter Rebecca English, over 100,000 children arrive in New Delhi every year escaping desperate circumstances at home. Salaam Baalak offers these children a place to stay, a variety of humanitarian aid, formal-education help by channeling these children into private or government schools, and non-formal education that the foundation itself provides to supplement. This charity fills a great need in the New Delhi area where many children are in need of shelter, attention, and love. They also provide mental health resources, which Kate was keen to discuss during her visit.



I think when I imagined this tour, this is what I envisioned, only the reality is better. The sweet snaps of Kate cross-legged on the floor, coloring and interacting with the kids was heart-melting.

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Don't forget about William, he looked pretty cute, too, sitting there on the floor with his dapper shoes I like so much.

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Probably the most discussed moment was when a little boy asked Kate to draw her home. As you might expect, Anmer Hall won over Kensington Palace, as the princess drew a (downsized) version of her country hideaway.



This dress was also the style I was hoping we'd see Kate wear, although the exact design I certainly could not have articulated. When I saw the pictures of Kate this morning I immediately thought, "Yes!"  I love this. She looks so comfortable and beautiful culturally appropriate, but still within her own boundaries.



The dress is by Glamorous and retailed for around £50! Seeing the stock photos of this dress didn't do much for me, and I think it is safe to say that the duchess truly transformed this dress. The navy sash/belt at the waist did a lot to add some polish to this boho look.  I loved it. 





Outfit II: Lunch with the Prime Minister & Arrival in Assam


Kate shifted gears for her next slew of engagements. The couple were due to have lunch with the Prime Minister of India at Hyderabad House and Kate changed from her maxi dress into an intricate, cool, mint dress by Temperley.



This dress is exquisite. Made of cotton, the mock-lace design, fitted bodice, and fluted skirt are figure flattering and feminine. She paid tribute to her daughter by pairing the dress with special edition Kiki McDonough drops that were created to celebrate Charlotte's birth last May, and she completed her ensemble with her very popular Natalie clutch, and new L.K. Bennett "Fern" heels. 



I don't think it takes rocket science to predict that this dress will be a top contender for best dress of the tour. I don't know all the other ensembles Kate has packed in those bags that Natasha Archer is toting about, but this was a beautiful dress. Of course I am happy to wrong. :) I think Kate has probably planned some very delicate and breath-taking looks for Bhutan.



I don't know what these three are chuckling so cheekily over, but I would love to snag that desk while they are distracted. 



Following lunch with Narendra Modi, William and Kate met with victims of violence and abuse to discuss women's rights in India. William specifically requested this meeting, which I think gave the event an added oomph. It is good for William, as a man, to stand out as role model in this area.

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The couple then took a flight to the far eastern end of India, to Assam, which is very close to Bhutan.



The couple will be staying here by Kaziranga National Park for a number of events, leaving Thursday for Bhutan. Kaziranga is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the couple will be exploring it in more depth tomorrow.



Outfit III: Kaziranga National Park in Assam 


The Assamese are celebrating their New Year, Bohag Biru, and William and Kate were scheduled to attend a campfire-side celebration complete with dance and musical performances. Due to the low cellular connections in the area, we had to wait a seemingly interminable time to get any news, but when the pictures did trickle through, I was very surprised to see Kate's third and final ensemble of the day. (Note Mr. Security is on duty giving people very scary looks, per his usual awesome style.)



This dress is by American designer Anna Sui and is inspired by "mid-century Scandinavia," which is interesting. I am not in love. A lot about this dress could be so right. I like the colors and I even like the prints, but it isn't coming together. The cut on Kate isn't as flattering as it could be, it seems to be an awkward length, too, and I just am not loving her black wedges, which jump out at me and seem to underline the odd length of the skirt. 



It was a disappointment, but it was not a disaster. Certainly, the fun of the evening outweighed whatever drawbacks the fashion presented. This little man apparently shows his affection physically. Someone is going to have to scrape that mud off Kate's shoe later.



The focus was on the incident between the little boy and Kate, but William really enjoyed interacting with him. Both royals seemed completely taken with his charm, and by the look of the shy smile on his face, he enjoyed meeting them, too. 


It was a long and full day. The Cambridges covered a lot of ground and drew attention to a range of issues. In terms of fashion, it was another successful run for Kate. The morning maxi was perfect, the mid-day middy really marked a highlight, and even this final dress is not a complete failure. I don't love it, but it was colorful and fun for a vivacious and celebratory evening. My favorite focus and my favorite ensemble remains the morning visit to Salaam Baalak. 

What was your favorite? 

82 comments:

  1. Except for the lovely earrings (both pair) and the beautiful afternoon hair style, I thought the last 2 dresses were a miss. The Temperley with its high neckline and tight bust looked fussy and constricting. Hard to make ruffles look elegant. The first dress of the morning was colorful and suited to the climate and activities.

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    1. Totally agree on the Temperly. I think some, erm, undergarments were MIA.

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    2. I thought the SAME EXACT THING! Someone needs to teach Kate about foundation garments.

      There was a weird tube-like thing going on with her chest.

      Also, is it just me, or have her curves disappeared lately? Can't tell if it's the clothes or if she's just lost a lot of weight.

      The bra situation detracted quite a bit from this otherwise-lovely dress.

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    3. Anon 8:43 I think strapless bras are tricky anyway but you def need a good one...

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    4. Loved the Charlotte earrings. Loved the green dress! It's definitely my fave so far!
      I must have those earrings!

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    5. Completely agree. The bust area in the Temperly is really weird, and not flattering at all. I love the color and the fabric and even the shape for the most part, but the bust was very distracting.

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    6. I have to agree, at first sight it's a gorgeous dress but in some pictures the bust area doesn't look quite right.. What I wouldn't give to be her best friend or even slave for a day she was shopping on!! I wonder how she picks an outfit? Does she try everything on first or just the bespoke pieces? Does she have the age old battle where she goes through her whole closet and changes 5 times or what?? Does she simply wear whatever she likes, it sometimes seems that way..

      I have said this once already but I'm liable to say it 10 more times, I wish Kate would dress like this all of the time!!!! Maybe not every day but for the majority of the time because she looks great in these colors!! I'm loving the prints as well! So, for me it was win, win, and win! Thanks so much Jane!!! 8)

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  2. What a busy day for the Cambridge's. The green dress is my favorite. The detail is stunning and Kate looked elegant and serene. My second favorite is the red dress, and I liked the flat shoes. More suede (lol)...I wonder if Robin noticed? ;)) And although I am not wild about the last dress, but it doesn't matter. The best part of the day (tour!) is the amazing chemistry between this couple. They are beyond in sync and it makes me happy to see it.

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    1. I did notice the suede! ;-) But, I was so happy to see something different that it was OK this time! Besides, the L.K. Bennett right after that made up for it! Seriously, though, this is so much what I wanted them to do while there and I couldn't be happier!

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  3. I completely agree! With a few minor adjustments this 3rd dress could have been lovely. No matter, the other two of the day were perfect. Love the small boy muddying up Kates shoes, so typical of little guys and nice to see W&K not the least bit bothered. This morning's engagement really was perfection.

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  4. I loveed the first two dresses, perfect! And I love William's dapper shoes as well! Does anyone know where they're from?

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    1. They look like Clarks. British brand.

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    2. The style of William's shoes is called Desert Boots. I know Clark's makes a version of them but it's a classic style and I'm sure there are many manufacturers.

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    3. I actually think they are russell and bromley.My dad has a similiar pair.Very comfy by all accounts!

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  5. Lovely post Jane, but I feel you're being way too harsh on the Anna Sui. It was my favourite outfit of the day, I thought it looked wonderful on Kate!

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  6. I liked the second dress but her chest was off.it was like she wasnt wearing a proper bra for the dress

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  7. Loved everything.

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  8. I think the seafoam Temperly might be one of my favourite Kate outfitst of all time, along with the Temperly from last night!

    I totally agree with your analysis of the Anna Sui, Jane.

    With the first outfit, I have to say, I've had a weird moment where I think what she wore was perfect for the engagement but I just didn't like it for some reason...I think it may be that I really disliked the shoes she wore with the dress although again, I think a flat, closed toe shoe was the right choice for the morning engagement...

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  9. Jennifer from the SouthApril 12, 2016 at 7:32 PM

    Jane your comments on today's outfits echoed my own thoughts exactly - loved the first dress as it was so appropriate for the mission. The second mint dress was stunning and likely a best look of the tour. The third dress - meh - but not a total disaster. Looking forward to all the other outfits this week!

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  10. Hello Jane! I weited all day to see what did you have to say about the "chesta area" in the sencind outfit i think she shoud have worn an other bra or something more "up lifting". Sory my bad english i'am mot a native speaker.

    H

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  11. Well done on your fantastic coverage of the tour. I think it is the best. I loved all the dresses, even the Anna Sui. I'm still thinking about the blue Jenny Packham which I was not a fan of, particularly the very large earrings. I think Kate has done a wonderful job selecting outfits and is maintaining enthusiasm and warmth at all the events she attends. We probably don't realise how much work and preparation goes into each visit by her and William and their staff. I already feel for her about being away from her children.

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    1. Here is a short but good little article written by Patrick Jephson (Diana's former personal secretary) about what goes into planning for a royal tour. We can be sure that this has been a major focus of personal preparation for them for the past few months. I believe I read somewhere that William said Kate was trying to learn a few words in one of the languages!

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    2. Oops, I forgot the link. HERE is a good article by Patrick Jephson: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/princess-dianas-secretary-gives-duke-duchess-cambridge-advice-india-1554012

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  12. The mint Temperley is just gorgeous. HAs to be my favourite!

    I also noticed Will's shoes right away and have to say that I'm in love!

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  13. Today is such a big WIN for me! The morning visit is exactly what I was hoping for during their time in India and they are always at their very best when they are with children. The dress was wonderful and, I agree, the addition of the belt is the topper! It looked comfortable and perfect for the event. My favorite moment is when William asked "What can people like us do to help?" and the answer was "Get the word out." IMO this is the best part of the trip and will probably remain so.

    I love, love, love the green dress! So very feminine and the color is so different from other shades of green we've seen her in. And - you got your wish for Kiki McDonough earrings, Jane! I was also happy to see them sparkling away on her ears. Love the shoes as well. Definitely in the running for best of the tour!

    The third dress was made much better by the alterations Kate had made. If you think that length looks odd on her, trundle on over to look at Anna Sui's website and see the original. It's part of her Fall 2015 collection and I'm not sure how Kate saw through it. I think if she had worn flat shoes again it might not have looked so short on her. The shoes were a little clunky but they were outdoors at a campfire so I'm sure she wanted something sturdy. I think she would have looked adorable with a pair of coordinating flat espadrilles. Tory Burch has cute pairs out this season but even a pair of TOMS would have looked fine.

    All in all, today is my favorite! I loved the fashion and the feel of all they did. Well done, William, to highlight the women's issues as well! It made my heart sing to read that! If they didn't do anything but what they did today on their visit the whole trip would be worth it!

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  14. So relieved to see Mr. Security on watch. He must be iving a nightmare. How does one secure
    some of those areas?
    My favorite-I couldn't wait. I told it last post. Kate sitting amongst the children
    on the floor-all totally wrapped up in what they were doing.
    OK William was kinda cute, but not looking quite as relaxed as Kate.
    I liked all the outfits, but the mint green keeps drawing my eye. Lovely color, great
    design, good fit, and appropriate.
    I am imagining HM back home in England so proud and cheering them on.

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    1. I was thinking the same thing about Mr. Security. Especially having to watch them in a place that is under heightened security right now must be a nightmare for him. I think his "death stare" kicked it up a notch today!

      Sadly, men never look comfortable sitting on the floor.

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    2. Great to Mr Security at his security best! A very good steely glare.

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    3. Robin- I think you're right about men and floors-at least Western men. Even in other cultures, men don't sit completely on the floor, as women do.
      Could it be a status, dominance thing? Deep in men's psyche? Ha!
      Kate bends, stoops, sits-anything to get closer and at eye-level to the children.
      I don't think she emulates Diana; I think William chose her because some of her
      qualities are reminiscent of his mother.

      Steely glare indeed.

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    4. I don't think it's a dominant thing, I think it's a comfort thing. For the most part they're just not built as flexible as we are. My husband wishes he could be comfortable sitting the way I do no the floor but he just can't unless he has something to lean against. Even then he doesn't last long. If you look behind the boys in the picture of William you will see a gentleman in an orange-ish shirt and he is stooping.

      I do think the gracious, hands on approach Kate has (like Diana) is part of what attracted William to her. Kate has a natural compassion like Diana did. It's a gift some people have and some people don't.

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    5. I had to laugh- I saw a picture showing William -in a villiage gathering?- anyway,
      he looked like he was sitting on the floor at first; then, I looked closer and I
      think he was actually sort of squatting, which has to be more uncomfortable than sitting cross-legged.
      Robin, in the same photo you mentioned, there is a litttle boy in the lotus
      position. If I were to try that they'd have to surgically untangle my legs. ha!

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  15. Alejandra RamírezApril 12, 2016 at 8:26 PM

    Excellent post Jane!
    I absolutely agree with all your comments on the three outfits.
    I see your point with the wedges, but she was walking on mud so heels were out of the question. However, I think maybe the wedges of Day 1 would have been better.
    Thanks for the big photos and yes, Mr. Security is always there
    I have also seen another "Mr. Security", he has been in the background of almost all the events.
    Maybe a post about the PPOs would be awesome and fun! :D

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  16. I loved the first dress. So much in fact that I pre-ordered for May delivery. It is very much my style. I am a total bohemian 😊😋

    The jade dress was elegant and I liked it very much. However, the pleats didn't make me happy. They seem overly 'pleaty' . Is that a word? Am I the only one? It was too many pleats to me.

    The dress at the festival was fun but I thought the length was odd. I also think flats would have been so much better than the the wedges with the odd length.

    With the that said it was a great day. I really enjoyed the first engagement with the children. This is where Kate really shines. She is so natural. William was brilliant too! I watched a clip of them asking about if they were in danger at the railway and the look on their faces when told YES was apparent. As a parent myself to know that these children face terrible danger daily is an awful fact. I am sure the Cambridges were shaken. I wonder if they are able to perhaps help in some way?

    I am loving this tour. The obvious love and fun between them is wonderful. Five years nearly and I think all of us can say that the look they share and the body language between them is really a lovely thing to watch. It is a marriage of love and respect. Her Majesty must be smiling watching her beloved Grandson ..the Heir and his wife carry out their roles as Senior Royals.... and see that they will be magnificent when they step into the top job.

    Thanks Jane for the post and keeping us smiling :)

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    1. I agree with you, Diane, about their relationship. Even though William is, by technical rule, supposed to be a step or two ahead of Kate, he always reaches out with a guiding hand and brings her next to him. So respectful. Not only must HM be smiling but I'm sure Diana is smiling down on them as well.

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  17. The first dress was stunning, the second was a great color - the only thing I didn't like was the bust was a bit unflattering. Jane! I never would've noticed the Charlotte/earrings connection! Thank you! I do love Kate in green. The third dress I like, but the slingback wedges... Not so much.
    Golly, this is like fashion Christmas.
    Did anyone else catch the pro-Kate/feminist article by Vogue today? They shamed/called out the whole "Kate's feet" and "how do you lose weight?" stuff in a very nice way:)

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    1. I just saw that article and thought it was very well done - that kind of sexism should be pointed out more often!

      Totally agree with your assessments of the outfit, down to the slingback wedges.

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  18. I love today's choices. I love the Anna Sui dress on Kate. My favorite look for her so far. She looks amazing and her skin is glowing (and not only because of the fire, I'm sure). How adorable is the little dancer? Perfect day!

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  19. I love the mint Temperley, but I think a new strapless bra might be in order. That one makes things look a bit...lower... than one would desire.

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  20. This BBC article (with video) about this morning's visit is wonderful.
    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-36022647

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  21. Ugh, I want so much to love the green Temperley, but I'm too distracted/dismayed by how poorly it fits in the chest area.

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  22. Definitely had a dress like the red print in the late 70s. The neckline was a bit different and it was a midi but otherwise it was pretty identical. I wore it out but used pieces in a small quilt I still have. So I love this dress and think it was good for the setting. And finally, Kate in flats! Do think the shoes are still too formal for the dress though especially with the pointy toe.


    I very much like the mint lace for the lunch with the PM. It's not a color I think Kate should wear alot but its perfect here. And it's not too short-waisted! I do think a different bra might be in order. Sorry if that offends some readers but a light colored form-fitting dress does reveal how foundation garments are or are not working especially in photos. I like her hair up but wish her hairdresser had integrated the fringe instead of pulling it back separately in separate little twists as shown on another site. It seems it could have been done by pulling up longer pieces to fold the shorter pieces into the overall chignon.


    I like the colors in the 3rd dress but...something seems off with it. Not a favorite. It could be "Indian print overload" for Kate's clothes (not India overload) for me..don't know.

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    1. An Indian designer, I assume, would have known how to cleverly pull together all these prints without it giving you a print overload.

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    2. That's probably true Anon.

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  23. I love the Temperly but the other two are just so disappointing for me. I appreciate that its hot, she wants to be respectful but they are just so ho hum. This morning for me a tunic type top with trousers underneath would have been a fantastic nod to India but also very practical. The Sui dress for me is just awful, far too busy and illfiting.
    I love seeing the change in her style but I just don't like the choices. I am loving the Indian experience vicariously and looking forward to what is to come.

    KiwiNic

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  24. We are all friends here so I'll just say it. I'm very uncomfortable with all this talk about Kate's chest and bra choices and whatnot. I may just be sensitive because I'm still really seething over the disgusting reporting yesterday about the blowing dress and the feet thing. I know none of us means to be critical, but it just seems a little unkind to say that a dress makes her look flat chested. But that's just my opinion. I loved all three outfits today. It just seemed like the perfect tour day for these two love birds.

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    1. @Jane in Canada I totally agree with you It is very disrespectful to talk about such private things. But some here it does not matter.

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    2. I'm with you on this, Jane in Canada. It's no better than the feet thing.

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    3. I'll consider myself lucky that I missed out on the feet criticism. As for the bra I don't judge it just reminded me of my own struggle to find strapless bras that are flattering. A lack of straps isn't going to flatter any woman, and she either didn't want to or this dress wasn't suitable to have sewn in ones - and even then without boning and such nothing would really hold the cups up. I agree that we shouldn't be commenting on her chest size.
      ~A

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    4. I don't think anyone was being intentionally mean. I think it's hard not to notice and as women we know foundation garments can make or break the look.

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    5. I don't think anyone was being intentionally mean. I think it's hard not to notice and as women we know foundation garments can make or break the look.

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    6. Sonja from BavariaApril 13, 2016 at 8:30 AM

      What as about her feet? I seem to have missed that... maybe it is better that I did :)

      I agree Jane in Canada, it must be really hard for Kate if she reads what so many people write about her being 'flat chested'. This is mean . And a very private issue.
      Kate is not in high school anymore, could people stop being like a 17yr old guy and comparing which girl has a big chest and who doesn't?

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    7. Of course people noticed it-and then moved on to the really beautiful features of the dress and Kate's lovely demeanour.
      One need not verbalise everything that flits through one's mind.
      Meanness does not enter the equation.
      I do think there are some very young commenters here,although I've seen some very
      astute remarks from those who have given an age. I suspect there may be commenters here who also comment on other, less Kate-friendly formats. Such observations may
      be common there.
      I've stuck my foot in it more than once. You just apologise and carry-on,trying to
      do better next time.
      I'm a little disappointed because I had been so happy the comments had been generally
      kind and in good taste.

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    8. I agree Jane in Canada!

      It's just so tacky and shows a lack of class to be discussing her breasto in my opinion. Saying a dress needs support is one thing but to personalize it about her chest is crossing a line in my humble opinion.

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    9. Ladies, I agree with several of the points that were shared in this thread.

      Personally, I'd rather not focus on undergarments or pedicures. I do understand the former coming up on a fashion blog but, unfortunately, more often than not it is a swipe at Kate. Whenever I read a comment referring to what Kate should or even needs to learn, well, me thinks Kate could share some insight where kindness and compassion is concerned.

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  25. Job well done today Will and Kate. Great job representing Great Britian and the Queen.
    I can say I really liked all of outfits on this tour. I really loved the green Temperly today as well. It is my favourite colour and it looks really great on Kate. I find nothing wrong with the fit of the dress. I really find it upsetting that people have to continually nit-pick Kate. Yesterday it was her feet and toe nails, today it is her "undergarments". Her breast line is the same on all her dresses. It certainly did not detract from the beautiful look of the dress. I really wish everyone could just enjoy that she has given us eight beautiful outfits thus far, all totally appropriate for the situations, plus incorporating colours, fabric and styles congruent with India?

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  26. What I love is the behind-the-scene photos. Seeing the female assistants carrying William's monogrammed suit bags and an army of Longchamp bags. Either Kate has influenced the women in her inner circle, or she has a larger collection than I was aware of.

    As for today's outfits I liked them much better than yesterday's. Sorry, how do the new Kiki earrings tie into Charlotte's birth? Stones used? Commissioned by William? The first pair of earrings she wore today date back to their dating days - this girl sure hangs onto her jewelry, inexpensive costume or higher end!

    ~ A

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    1. Maybe Kate gifted the Longchamp bags to her assistants! Pure speculation, of course, but I like the idea of it.

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    2. Anonymous @ 11:38 PM - the reporter Rebecca English tweeted the earring/push gift information, as told to her from Kiki McDonough: https://mobile.twitter.com/RE_DailyMail/status/719859695624675329

      Johanna

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  27. Hi Jane in Canada. . . :) I don't think people are as much saying she is flat chested as this dress has a poor or ill-fitted strapless bra. I find that strapless bras generally don't give the needed support, causing saggy-looking breasts. Kate doesn't have to look like her chest in the middle of her torso. . .Remember her wedding dress and how well she looked there? All of these type of sartorial comments are in the realm of respect, especially on a fashion blog.

    I absolutely loved the first two dresses. But two modifications were needed:
    1) The first dress was a polyester dress! Are you kidding me? What a terrible fabric for this climate. I call it "poly-no-breathe" Check out the dress online; it states 100% polyester. Imagine paying that much for polyester. I loved the print so much, but the fabric is sub-par, and so inappropriate. I'm truly astounded that this dress made the cut for this trip. . .given her access to the best dresses in the world, and counsel for the trip.

    2)As mentioned earlier, the second mint green dress needed additional breast support.

    Overall, the meeting with the children hit the crux of the matter. Is there anything more precious, more vulnerable, and more heart wrenching than children? I think of the people giving their lives for this charity. These acts of love and service will echo into eternity.

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    1. I did not realize the red dress was poly, Sara. Ick. Also must have been hot like being wrapped in plastic wrap.

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    2. Sonja from BavariaApril 13, 2016 at 8:25 AM

      Oh my god, how can she wear a polyester dress in the indian heat and not melt away? I hadn't realized it was polyester.


      And yes I agree, strapless don't really look that good. It would have been better if she had worn a normal nude bra with spaghetti straps.

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    3. Polyester isn't always that same shiny, suffocating fabric it started as. I've looked at labels on garments and thought, "There is no way this is polyester!" and yet, there it is.

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    4. I have traveled frequently in tropical climates. There are new synthetic fabrics, "technical clothes" if you will that are superior to cotton, silk and other natural fabrics. They wick moisture away and breathe better. I'm not saying that this dress is a technical fabric because I don't know, but I'm assuming it worked very well for the climate.

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  28. Sonja from BavariaApril 13, 2016 at 12:06 AM

    This really was a packed day, William and Kate must be so exhausted!

    I love the 1st maxi dress, and it is great that Kate tried sth different and paired it with flats! Red is such a stunning colour on her and the dress was perfect for sitting on the floor with the poor kids.
    Fashion verdict: win

    The lace temperley dress was also so beautiful! Kate really looked great in jade and the colour was a great contrast against her hair. This dress was so pretty (I love lace) and the vibrant colour just right for India.
    Fashion verdict: win

    The last dress... I'm not quite sure about it. I agree with you that the silhouette looks rather odd. But I really like the colour and the pattern.
    Fashion verdict: Okay...

    3 outfit changes in 1 day! This tour has really proven to be one of the most exciting yet thus far. I'm looking forward to seeing what else Kate has packed to wow us :)

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  29. May I step away from what Kate's wearing and mention Wills please? He is looking so dapper! His blue linen shirt from the morning followed by his grey chinos in Assam are a departure from his usual...and I personally am just loving it! I wonder if these are what he ordered from Mr Porter?

    Moving on to Kate - I loved Kate's maxi from Gorgeous (the details that she added gave the dress a wow factor); I think her Termperly had potential but was far too ill-fitted for a state lunch; the Anna Sui was a disappointment (not all prints are Indian-inspired so this was a miss even the "cultural appropriateness for a Royal Tour" department).

    Her jewellery today was spot on. The Kiki's were perfect for the dress and the occasion; the green ones in Assam were great for her dress. I wish she would add a bracelet, esp as she isn't wearing her watch during this tour.

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    1. Sonja from BavariaApril 13, 2016 at 8:22 AM

      Yes I agree, William has looked pretty handsome lately on this tour!

      And I agree again, a bracelet would be so great ! I am in love with thomas sabo bracelets and have been collecting many charms. I love that each one represents sth/has a meaning. Kate should definitely get a Thomas sabo charm bracelet, too ;)

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    2. He is looking rather handsome...he looks like he is enjoying himself and is beaming so much (when he is usually rather grumpy)...that's contributing for sure. In fact, both of them are beaming. India is a very hospitable culture and take pride in hosting guests...I think HRHs feel that coming through.

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    3. anon 3:56-....that, and mayhe something else inspiring them.

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    4. And then there's that mother of all bouquets-almost a garden by itself. I love pink baby roses. I hope they
      smelled good, too.
      There were actually two different bouquets.
      What a welcome!

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  30. I found the red maxi dress charming.
    As for the dress that she wore to meet the PM,I adore its colour.The lace is very pretty and it is elegant.However,for me the pleats make the dress a bit over elaborate.So I'll give it a 9/10.Oh and score with the Kiki earrings.
    I fully agree with your perspective on the third dress Jane.I can see pretty patterns individually,but all those patterns together make the dress too 'messy'.

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  31. The red dress was my favourite for the day. I am really enjoying Catherine trying different things and wearing PATTERN (yay! I get so bored with all the plain colours we usually see but that's just me). It will be difficult to choose an overall favourite. On a completely different note I just have to say how hilarious your "Mr Security" comments are. I chuckle every time you spot him and point it out to us. C & W are in very safe hands with him around :)

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  32. Holy wow! Kate and William were in the vicinity of a 6.9 earthquake! Even here in CA that's a biggie! By the time the tremors reached them they were probably only in the 4 area but that's enough to get your blood pumping.

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    1. OMG. My heart goes out to the people impacted by it. And I wonder if it will affect the tour..?

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    2. if my 2:38 reply to Robin had appeared before your 4:29 reply, I could have saved
      you some anxiety, royalfan.
      Blogger has mis-placed a number of my comments over time, including one to Patricia in a recent post.
      I think Faith and others have had trouble, too.
      Blogger must be having difficulty keepng up with the Tour blogging!

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    3. royalfan and Robin-I must apologise. I did not realise there was another one today, in Burma. It was 134km deep, but still felt in East India, Bangladesh, and Nepal.
      No apparent deaths or major damage, but still quite scary for them, I would
      imagine.William and Kate are already on their way to Bhutan.
      anons 2:38; 6:01

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    4. No need to apologize. We respond to news as we become aware of it...and the intent was all good. ;)

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    5. Thank-you, royalfan.
      anon 8:35

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  33. It was deeper than the quakes California used to have and much deeper than the 4+&5+ earthquakes Oklahoma now has. The deeper the quake the less it is felt. Considering the
    depth and distance, they probably felt nothing. Harry, on the other hand, has been in Nepal
    helping re-build an earthquake-destroyed school. Since some seismologists felt the aftershocks from the large Himalayan quake were not large enough to have released all the
    built-up pressure-another large quake could occur.That is worrisome to me.

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