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Kate is a Cover Girl! The Duchess's Debut on Vogue's June Issue

Sunday, May 1, 2016


I think Kate's transformation to international princess is complete. The Duchess of Cambridge will appear on the June cover of the fashion world's ultimate Bible, Vogue, in a relaxed and natural, but endlessly posh shoot in her new home turf of Norfolk, England.  These images were taken at Sandringham in January of this year and the entire shoot benefits from the clear cool light of winter and the earth tones of the dormant countryside. 


I remember when Kate first became a duchess she was, of course, a cover girl multiple times over, but I recall wondering during her glamorous entrance at the ARK Gala, if and when she would do a sanctioned shoot for a major publication such as Vogue. At the time, it didn't seem likely, and indeed we have waited five years for her to agree. 



This shoot is one more step into the limelight for Kate, and it signifies how comfortable she has become as a royal and how much she has grown in that role. I think when Kate first married she was such a glitzy celebrity to her legion of fans, that she could not have done a photo shoot without it feeling a little Kardashian-esque. Perish the thought. The royal spokesman almost issued an excuse for this shoot, making clear Kate has never done something like this before. We know, we know. It's a very exciting first:
Since 1916, Vogue has been a leading champion of British portraiture. The Duchess was delighted to play a part in celebrating the centenary of an institution that has given a platform to some of the most renowned photographers in this country's history. She is incredibly grateful to the team at Vogue and at the NPG for asking her to take part. She would like to thank Josh Olins for being such a pleasure to work with. The Duchess had never taken part in a photography shoot like this before. She hopes that people appreciate the portraits with the sense of relaxed fun with which they were taken.
The royals are supposed to have a certain gravitas and history behind them, and they shy away from anything that could smack of cheap fame. Five years on, these images of Kate, in her country element, ooze a sophistication and glamour that will last across the decades. 



The images of Kate were taken as part of Vogue's centenary exhibition celebrating 100 years of style, currently on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Two headshots of the Duchess are on display, and Kate will be at the gallery on Wednesday to see the pictures for herself. The National Portrait Gallery is one of Kate's patronages and she has been a frequent visitor throughout her five royal years. The gallery had the distinction of displaying her first official commissioned portrait in 2013, so this shoot is a continuation of a strong relationship between the Duchess and the NPG. Below, Vogue's editor-in-chief Alexandra Shulman, poses next to the portraits at the NPG. Doesn't that look like one of Suzannah's tea-dresses? A little tip of the hat to her cover girl's favorite "Budding Hearts" frock? 


Kate was not a passive participant in this shoot and she had a say in what she wore and even the composition of some of the photos. She wore British brand Burberry and slipped in a red Breton top by Petit Bateau, which melded beautifully with the warm earth tones around her, and maintained her style and personality. The most striking part of this shoot, however, is Kate's change in make-up. According to The Telegraph's Gordon Rayner, this is the first time Kate has allowed a professional to do her make-up. The MU artist persuaded Kate to forego her trademark eyeliner and blush, which is part of what makes these images really stand out. The Telegraph notes:
Kate has a love of strong eyeliner, famously doing her own for her wedding. This time, the make-up artist Sally Branka, who has previously worked with Emma Watson on a Vogue cover, has given her heavier eyebrows, a healthy peachiness and a softer line on the eyes.
The June issue should have several more images of Kate. I predict (hardly going out on a limb here) it will sell like mad both in Britain and around the world. We don't have long to wait, either, since the issue hits stands on the 5th of May. 


We will see Kate at the NPG this Wednesday on what will be a packed day of engagements for her. If you didn't see this morning's post, the Cambridges released new images of Princess Charlotte to commemorate her birthday tomorrow. See that post here


122 comments:

  1. Although I like the more natural look in make-up, the heavier brows are a bit much. I do love the photos she took of Charlotte--just beautiful.

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  2. Her eyebrows don't work for me at all, they really distract from her lovely face. I know natural heavy brows are in, but I'm just too old to love them ;)

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  3. Sonja from BavariaMay 1, 2016 at 11:21 AM

    Will this be available for purchase only in the UK or worldwide?

    I was so surprised that she was on the cover of vogue, so thrilled! This was a huge step for her. I love the photos, she is a perfect mix of girl next door and a country lady like a modern Mary Crawley :)
    The only think I don't like is how dark and thick they styled her eyebrows. I'm all for styling your eyebrows, but that was a bit too much.

    How many more photos will there be in the magazine? And is there any chance there will be one of her in a gown and a tiara?? I really really hope so!

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    1. Often international newsstands and even some larger chain bookstores regularly carry Vogue from several countries--when I had a Barnes & Noble near me, I could find Vogue UK most of the time. Sometimes it's not on shelves here the same day it goes on sale in its country of origin, but usually if they stock it there's a regular date they expect the next issue to be available.
      -TMM

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  4. I LOVE the brows! I've got the luck/curse of thin brows that always look perfectly tweezed (the lucky part) but that I can never get full enough to do the full-brow look (the curse). I'm so envious of those with full brows, like Jennifer Connolly, and now I have just one more thing of Kate's to covet. ;P
    I also never had a problem with the eyeliner, but now seeing her without it, I infinitely prefer this style! Perhaps she favors the liner for public events to define her eyes better for people looking at her from a distance (similar to what stage actors do to highlight their features and avoid washout on stage), but for a close up portrait the lighter look is perfect!
    100% love love love! Can't wait to get my copy of this magazine (maybe even two?)!
    -TMM

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  5. The Duchess doesn't look like herself on the cover to me.Not a fan of the eyebrows,but if she's feeling her look then good for her.The Duchess and her brother James look more similar to each other compared to anyone else in their family.I like the pictures.They give off a sunny,relaxed,outdoorsy vibe that is the Duchess in surroundings where she is comfortable.

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  6. I'm with Candice-if the Duchess is ok with it, then so am I.
    Just wondering-would a different photographic angle, lighting, and/or make up style have better
    displayed her facial contours (and nose) ?
    Anyone want to bet whether or not she will let a professional make-up artist touch her
    face again?
    If she is really pleased with it, I will try to adjust and see her viewpoint.

    But the NPG? Again? THAT picture? Id need to see the other photographs.

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    1. Anon 12:30pm I'm not a fan of the lighting either...I think small tweaks would have yielded her better lit, and then I would like them better.
      ~ A

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  7. I hate to say it but I was aghast when I saw the cover photo:( out of the millions of photos taken of Kate over the course of her Royal life, there literally has NEVER been a bad one. Kate is gorgeous and unbelievably photogenic...which is why I guess we have to blame either this photographer and/or the stylists for the first unflattering photo ever taken of our Duchess. Between the bad lighting, weird size and shape of THAT hat, the unflattering makeup plus the extreme close-up that magnifies every little wrinkle makes Kate appear frumpy, aged waaaaay beyond her years and unattractive. The palace confirmed that Kate will be seeing the photos for the first time when she sees them at the gallery! It's bad enough to publish that one but to put it on the cover and then on display in the gallery..seems unfairly cruel to her. She should have had the choice to pick what was released. The one on the fence is better and much more appealing but still not cover material IMO. Oh for modern photographers of Cecil Beaton's talents!

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    1. Then it's not just me? (anon 12:33-34)
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    2. Are we all looking at the same photographs? I can see that some people may not appreciate the style of the photographs but to say you are aghast and that's its cruel to display them in the gallery is a stretch I think, and, perhaps, a bit of backhanded concern.

      I think the pictures are lovely and that she looks younger in them than she sometimes looks out in public. The coat and fedora are fabulous! Unfortunately, Burberry is way out of my price range but that hat might just make its way into my closet.

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    3. Anon 12:33 and Anon 1:06 ~ I agree! Sadly. The painted portrait and these images and quite unflattering. She is beautiful, but these prominent artists fail to capture it. Yet other artists have captured her beauty, and the media photographers have successfully too. Sad to see her legacy include such official photos that are some of the least attractive images of her I have ever seen.

      ~ A

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    4. Aghast? Legacy somehow now tainted? I don't get that at all. I am with Faith on this. They are quite different pictures than the norm. I am not a fan of the thicker brow but I think that is especially noticeable because she is not wearing eyeliner and so the focus shifts some. I love the hat and the clothes and that they are outside.

      I doubt anyone us aghast here. They are great shots. I like that she allowed them to do her makeup and take a step into the world of a Vogue shoot! I wouldn't expect her shoot to be the typical look or vanilla.

      Yay Kate! I like them. It is very different than what I am used to seeing so at first look it's a bit startling but this IS Kate crinkly nose and all and I love it!

      As for Charlotte? One word GORGEOUS!

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    5. I can appreciate different preferences when it comes to lighting, wardrobe, pose, or location, but I find some of the more personal criticism to be over the top and, frankly, unnecessary. Backhanded indeed, Faith.

      In her day, Diana posed for some interesting photos that were truly out of the box given her position, but that was part of their appeal.

      Diane, I can appreciate your reference to "startling". Yesterday, I commented elsewhere that I had a similar reaction to some of Diana's Vogue covers: unexpected, fresh, simple, and stunning.

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    6. royalfan-no one is criticising Kate here.The make-up, lighting,camera angles, but not Kate.
      I'm not sure just which remarks you considered over the top, personal, back-handed
      criticism....

      speaking of over the top...

      Some of Diana's photos were unexpected-true.But they always looked like a best version of her. But hold that Kate hat picture uo to any other Kate picture,,especially a posed one. Can you tell me this is the best
      photo of them all? It's going on the cover of Vogue and hanging in the NPG. That was
      my point.

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    7. Hey all, just popping in to quickly say that I didn't see anything out of line in Faith's comment. These photos are in a particular style and it is ok to voice dissatisfaction. Some people love them, others intensely dislike them. I didn't see anything that would preclude a comment from publication on the blog.

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    8. Faith called some comments "back-handed concern." I'm not aware of any criticism directed at Faith. In fact, royalfan agreed with her.

      Busy, busy few weeks for Kate bloggers. Maybe a small respite?
      Apparently, Kate will continue to work behind the scenes as events have indicated.
      Oops.Forgot about May fourth- three engagements.
      Maybe a rest after then.
      Since this shoot was done in January and probably in the works months before then,
      at least it can't be said it was KP reaction to the royal writer's negative campaign.
      "Full of sound and fury;signifying...nothing."

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    9. It's Vogue and I expected more glamour. Disappointed.

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    10. Yes, royalfan and I were agreeing about the backhanded concern. So all is well here unless there were some private complaints. Thanks for checking on us though , Jane, and making sure everything is kosher :-)

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    11. Faith, you beat me to it. :) I was planning to post a similar comment. (I have been busy painting (walls...lol) as part of my Spring cleaning agenda. Loving the results, but I am pooped!)

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    12. Anon 1, perhaps there will be more surprises to enjoy when the magazine hits the newsstands... :)

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    13. No complaints from me! I agree with the comments Faith and royalfan. Backhand indeed.

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    14. Adding my voice to Faith, royalfan, and Diane.

      How are the walls coming, royalfan? I don't envy you the task!

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    15. Thank you for asking, Robin. :) I am taking a break this evening (as you may have guessed from my contribution to the comments...lol). The kitchen is done... and now to pick that "perfect" [new] shade of pale yellow for the living room...

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  8. I hate to say it but I was aghast when I saw the cover photo:( out of the millions of photos taken of Kate over the course of her Royal life, there literally has NEVER been a bad one. Kate is gorgeous and unbelievably photogenic...which is why I guess we have to blame either this photographer and/or the stylists for the first unflattering photo ever taken of our Duchess. Between the bad lighting, weird size and shape of THAT hat, the unflattering makeup plus the extreme close-up that magnifies every little wrinkle makes Kate appear frumpy, aged waaaaay beyond her years and unattractive. The palace confirmed that Kate will be seeing the photos for the first time when she sees them at the gallery! It's bad enough to publish that one but to put it on the cover and then on display in the gallery..seems unfairly cruel to her. She should have had the choice to pick what was released. The one on the fence is better and much more appealing but still not cover material IMO. Oh for modern photographers of Cecil Beaton's talents!

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    1. I guess it is in the eye of the beholder, but I think these pictures are exquisite and everything you think they are not. Each to their own!

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    2. Agree Non 1:02pm! Art and photography is very subjective...that is why photographers with all different styles are employed, because people pay for the style they like :-)
      ~ A

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    3. For me she is lovely and without her heavy eyeliner and usual makeup you can see Kates natural beauty pretty good. Ok, the brows may be a bit dark and strong, but could this be done to have an artistic effect? Nevertheless - for me they fit somehow and I never have seen her in such a beautiful and natural way. Hopefully Kate will use this new makeup from now on!

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    4. Shot was in January. So, no, she does not use this new make up.

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    5. The woman standing next to Kate's NPG photograph seems to have found the blush
      and heavy eyeliner that Kate lost.I only mention this because as Vogue head she likely approved of Kate's makeup change and certainly the resulting image.
      It just seemed ironic to me.

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  9. I think she looks like a health model. I like the close up and didn't mind the glamour eyebrows, but that coat... It looked too big. I know it was a January outdoor shoot, but...
    I think with *Vogue* (yes, it should be available in your local B&N, my fellow US folks) I expected more glamour, and while I'm fine with the country Kate look - relaxed, happy, laughing, - I think the editors and stylists could've done a better job. I love her smile, though - so genuine. I hope Charlotte (who looks very Windsor to me) inherits that Kate smile:)
    And, just for the record, I'm tired of the Diana comparisons, especially in regard to the Vogue pics (that's aimed at the Daily Mail more than anyone else). I like Kate as Kate. Kate is not Diana.

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  10. I love everything, everything about these except the eyebrows. The lighting is sublime and the change to her makeup is so fresh.

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  11. Jean from LancsMay 1, 2016 at 1:14 PM

    I cannot understand why photographers so love the black and white pics--are they supposed to be art?
    For a large chunk of my lifetime there was no choice, but there is now and the black and white pic of Catherine, in my opinion does her no favours. The difference in what is practically the same photo in colour, is so much better and I love the one of her leaning on the gate; her natural beauty comes out in that.
    The TV is reporting that there are 8 photos altogether.
    I love the idea of the less formal dressing for the country.
    Dare I say that the pictures Catherine took of Princess Charlotte are so much better than two of these.

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    1. Jean, I understand where you're coming from. :) I happen to like black and white photos and my thinking behind it is that colors can be a distraction. It narrows the focus to the subject, if that makes sense.

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  12. She does look lovely without the heavy liner (which I have never minded) and as a girl who lacks eyebrows, those are somethin'!!! Love her more casual attire, too. Although it kinda makes her engagement ring scream "look at me!!" Fun day with these pictures and Princess Charlotte's!!

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  13. I'm just going to go ahead and say it.
    Charlotte's picture-
    I realise the style etc. etc. differences, But-I Agree with Jean. Much more professional quality than the ones of Kate
    ( and that is definitely Kate, not Catherine)
    Also-I swear I'm not a troll-if that's not a future Queen we're looking at,, I'd be surprised. Look at that body language-the ramrod posture, hands firmly placed and is that
    little pursed mouth not the image of determination?
    I'd hate to pick a fight with her. I'd lose, hands down. ha!

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  14. I'm sort on the fence with these photos. I do remember in Jan/Feb when Kate was trying out the super-heavy eyebrow look. I guess we now know that look came from this shoot. But thankfully (IMO ) she seems to have abandoned that extreme  look more recently. The cover photo seems awfully wintery for a June mag cover to me. Of course it will sell no matter what but if the cover was always planned for late spring/early summer, a suede coat and hat seems an odd choice for the Vogue stylist to make.

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    1. Forgot to say in my last comment I think she does resemble Jecca C in the cover photo. I've never seen a resemblance before although others apparently have.

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    2. Good points, lizzie.

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    3. I meant the 3:27 comment, lizzie.
      5:27

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  15. The eyebrows are just a bit heavy but I'm not sure why so many people don't like these photos. I think she looks healthy, happy, and beautiful. I never objected to her make-up before but I do like the way she looks without the eyeliner as well. The red Breton - Love it!

    I wonder if this 100 year issue will feature covers from past decades.

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    1. Kate has naturally dark, heavy brows. It is noticeable in that photo in the pigtails
      about age three. She had this delightful grin.
      I have black eyebrows and lighter-colored hair naturally. Maybe she is actually
      trying for a more natural look.
      But if that is make-up, maybe it is exaggerated and emphasized with the low hat brim.
      Her brows don't seem as noticeable in the photo by the fence.
      Of course she looks healthy, happy,and beautiful.
      I just think that that photo could have been presented better, especially since it is on the Vogue cover and in the NPG.

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    2. Why so manydon't like these photos? Because everybody has different taste, preferences, expectations. Thanks God!

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    3. Yes. It would be a boring world if we all thought the same.
      But it would be nice to have the same language.

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  16. Loved the photo of Kate in the black and red breton top, lounging against the gate, minus any HAT. Of the three photos of this shoot I have seen, THAT one was most cover-worthy; the one chosen was the worst--I preferred the black-and-white, with the hat--SUCH an unfortunate hat and so unflattering on Kate.

    Whomever chose the photo for the cover, needs their head examined and I feel same, re that ridiculous hat.

    Don't mind the make-up at all--but then, I didn't mind the way Kate chose to apply it, either; neither way is outrageous from my POV.

    Super pleased to see Kate on the cover of Vogue, tho, especially on their centenary issue.

    Two things: What passes for W, K and Hs media/press team, got it wrong, again; this is NOT Kate's first photo shoot; back in her university days, or maybe, just after, she had one, promoting tweed, I believe. Certainly, tho, she has never had one as prominent as this.

    And, this shoot came about due to a collaboration between one of Kate's patronages, the NPG, and Vogue; I believe that it may well have been the participation of a patronage which got her the green light from TPTB; without that component, it wouldn't have been allowed by the Queen, and never mind that Peter, Zara, and some other members of the Queens family regularly cash in because of their royal connections. Any commission Kate may have made will either be going to the NPG or to another of Kate's patronages; she would never be allowed to personally bank it.

    The two photos chosen by the NPG, from this shoot, to put on display for their exhibit showing some 200 Vogue photos taken over the years do not, thank god, include the cover photo.

    JC

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  17. Love the photos! They are so beautiful and British! However I don't really see a transformation happening in the Duchess. Rather I see this fashion shoot as a rite of royal passage following in the footsteps of Diana, Anne etc.. These photos depict the Duchess for who she is, a low key kind of country girl. I think if Kate was interested in international celebrity she may have chosen American vogue.

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  18. I like the Vogue photos. They are very different makeup-wise and I think it's getting a big reaction both positive and negative alike. We are really just seeing Kate in a different way here and personally I think any change from the "usual" makeup style is interesting and worth exploring (in this case via mag). :)

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  19. Thick liner under the lower lashes looks unattractive and skanky to me, no matter who does it. I have never cared for Catherine's eye makeup.

    So these pictures and the ones from India have been a real treat for me. I'm hoping she has broken that trend and continues to embrace this more natural looking eye makeup.

    Although I'm puzzled why they darkened her eyebrows even more than they already are. She has naturally beautiful eyebrows as well!

    Belle

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  20. Prince William has 2 beautiful ladies at his house- he must be very proud of his girls!

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    1. As every man who has a partner and a daughter (or two, or three etc.)

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  21. Victoria, OregonMay 1, 2016 at 11:37 PM

    I'm so excited that Kate will be on the cover of Vogue, and the centenary issue to boot!

    Does anyone else think that she resembles a young Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman actress) in the picture with the red and black shirt (my fav picture of the shoot so far)?

    I think I'm going to have to buy a piece of history and get the UK issue when it comes out. She looks so young, healthy and beautiful.

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  22. hmm ia these available outside the us or uk

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  23. Jennifer from the SouthMay 2, 2016 at 8:42 AM

    While I am thrilled to see Kate on the Cover of Vogue, I admit that I was disappointed with these photographs. In fact, I first spotted them in my Facebook feed and didn't even immediately recognize Kate!

    Kate Cambridge is one of the most photogenic people on the planet, and these photos are lacking...something. I love the less heavy eye makeup but am shocked at how heavy her brows look. They take over the picture. I do not like that hat at all, and Kate looks great in a hat. This hat is too small and, while it's better in the NPG black and white portrait, on the cover, well - it's unfortunate looking to say the least.

    I love the relaxed, country-chic look that Kate was going for, and that Burberry coat is stunning, but the execution by whomever took these pictures is seriously lacking. I think that they are unflattering and leave much to be desired.

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  24. I'm thrilled by these pictures! I think Kate looks timeless and natural, and classically British! She's known to be very sporty and was apparently not much into fashion when she was younger, so these pictures make me imagine this is her "at home" face and the natural look her friends and family know and love

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    1. Classically british?! She wears a hat!!

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    2. Why oh why? The brows, the coat, the colours, the hat?! I hate it when fashion photographers (Testino himself at the christening also) try to do 'something else' and just ruin it. It's not Kate anymore, not even BRF. It's Texas Cowgirl in the desert sun. Awful!

      CHarlotte's pictures are beyond cute. Happy Birthday to you, princess!

      Alice

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    3. Alice. This shoot is trying to show the other side of Kate. She is not all gowns and jewels. She is a down home girl who puts her husband and children first. And she is a country girl at heart. So what is wrong with take???

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  25. I really like the pictures of Kate. I'm not sure who Karen Kay is, but her article in the DM today about this photo shoot really is low. And she should do some fact checking before she mouths off.

    First, she says that Kate released these pictures to coincide with Charlotte's birthday. Isn't Vogue's centennial issue being published this week? Isn't that why the pictures were released by Vogue and the NPG? I'm sure Kate had nothing to do with it. But Karen claims that this is an example of Kate maintaining "determined control" over her family's public image.

    She manages to insinuate that Kate is deliberately holding her hands to showcase her mother-in-law's engagement ring. Kate's been wearing that ring on that same finger in every picture of her for more than 5 years now. Imagine the outcry if she wasn't wearing it.

    Karen says that Kate "chose" Josh Olins as the photographer. Every quote about this photo session indicates that Vogue chose the photographer - that Vogue has a history of show casing brilliant photographers. There is no mention anywhere that Kate chose the photographer.

    She intimates that Kate is leaning over the gate in the one photo to "hide" her slender waist so people won't complain that she's too thin. Really?

    Karen even manages to disparage Kate's teeth by saying that "at least" she hasn't taken on the Hollywood trend of over whitening them.

    This kind of article just makes my skin crawl. But it does confirm that cyber bullying is alive and well and running rampant at the Daily Mail at least.

    Karen whoever she is should be ashamed of writing an article such as this. Unfortunately, she isn't the only one.... So strange to me that the worst offenders (Liz Jones comes to mind) always seem to be women...






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    1. Jane-appreciated your 11:26 comment. There are some who don't think what some royal writers have been saying about Kate is bullying. From what Ive read here, I actually think some of the stories would
      verge on character assassination, if they weren't so petty and mean-girl juvenile.(including the male-written stories)

      Meanwhile, the writer's tale says more about her than it in reality says about Kate.

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    2. Jane (Canada), I wish I could say I find it strange (regarding women being the worst offenders), but it seems to be a familiar theme.

      Anon 1, I agree wholeheartedly! It does say much more about the writer than it does about Kate, and the motivation is quite obvious.

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    3. Maybe William should take on the people who bully is beautiful wife. The woman who ever she is has not facts correct at all.

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    4. 2:36, I hope he does. Bullying is as easy as it is anonymous, thanks to the wonderful internet. But the saddest aspect of it is that people enjoy doing it.

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    5. That is kind of a sad commentary on our times, isn't it royalfan? So true, but sad. Basic civility is being lost and being mean anonymously is such a coward's way out. Or, as Shakespeare would say, "a jade's trick."

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    6. Isn't making blanket statements about "mean" and "brutal" and not citing which remarks
      you are targeting also a bit unfair?

      Anonymous? I couldn't pick any of you out of a crowd-whether you use "anonymous" or a
      made-up or a partial real name. We are all equally anonymous, except for a few brave souls who
      post under their real, full names.
      And now we have "coward" added to the epithets. Is bullying under one's real name more acceptable than as an anon? That's what the royal writers are said to be doing.
      Facebook and other social sites also include ID and they represent the largest bullying source, according to some reports. Certainly those that target young
      people.

      The difference on fan sites, as it is in any publication, is in the discretion and
      ethics of those who run the site. If there is a problem of name-calling and destructive criticism on a fan site, you can be sure it is because the owner of the
      site allows it. They are part of the problem, not innocent victims of phantom comnenters who somehow sneak in and say mean things.
      That us why I appreciate our admin Jane so much. She takes responsibility for the
      content of her comment section.

      Otherwise, the paps will keep snapping, the tabloids will keep printing those ridiculous stories as long as it keeps selling.
      These are exactly the issues William must deal with in confronting online
      bullying. As his task force is only concentrating on the 12-14 year old age group,
      Kate and others will have to hang in there awhile longer.


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  26. ps Jane- how is it possible that anyone could not see the difference between comments like those in the article and suggestions that a change of makeup, lighting, or camera angle might
    help?
    That writer makes assumptions and conclusions about attitudes and feelings that would require reading Kate's mind or being an intimate associate-which I doubt on both counts.

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  27. I'm with Jane from the South. For some reason these pictures really, really lack something for me. I like the heavy brow and the new make up but I just don't like what she's wearing or the styling of the pictures. I think I'd just rather see either truly stunning shots like the iconic casual ones of Diana dine by Testinio or more interesting clothes and styling...None of which is going to prevent me from buying this issue as soon as its out :)

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  28. It could have been as simple as having Kate lift her chin slightly and turn her face a little off center. And move the photographer back or adjust the focus.
    I know this is what we call "Monday Morning quarterbacking" in the US (hindsight), but an
    experienced photographer committed to showing his subject's best and truest attributes
    should have known and done this.
    Even Annie L. must take a bad snap once in awhile. I just don't understand why that photo was chosen for the Vogue cover and NPG out of all the alternatives.
    OK. I'm done.

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  29. For all of the fans admiring these photos and the not-so-much admiration group I just have to share that my husband saw these on my screen and said "She really is very pretty." This confirms to me what we've all known for ages, but don't always admit to ourselves, that women are far more critical of other women than is strictly necessary.

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    1. No one has directed ANY criticism at Kate, Robin. On the contrary, those who didn't like the photos were all quick to defend Kate's beauty and were simply voicing disappointment that the stylist and/or photographer failed to capture it. If anything, far from being critical of a fellow woman's looks, those who disliked the photos were upset that her beauty wasn't given its due not the other way around:)

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    2. Except for the eyebrow issues. Those are on her face! I prefer a thinner brow but some of the comments are kind of mean. Maybe I'm too idealistic, but I think a critique doesn't have to be a brutal criticism.

      But, my original comment had more to do with the fact that my husband only saw the beautiful woman and not the jacket, the hat, the eyebrows. He also has a photographers eye (from a past life as a professional photographer - which doesn't put food on the table) and didn't have any negative views of the style. He also thought Kate did a really good job with Charlotte's photos. (He wasn't crazy about the Testino photos from the Christening.)

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    3. "Brutal criticism?" Here? The eyebrow comments were directed at the whomever made the
      make-up decisions, which apparently was Not Kate.

      Calling Kate's usual undereye-liner "skanky" Was a bit mean-girl, though. Other than that, which eyebrow comments were mean? I spend half my time on this blog objecting to destructive criticism. I didn't see Anything directed at Kate and even the
      criticism of others on the shoot was done on a technical, non-personal
      manner. I'm not sure what you're getting at here. Jane admin. did not see anything "brutal." Maybe I missed something.
      Agree with 7:21p
      Robin, perhaps the brutal criticism you referred to was from that article Jane Canada spoke of?

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    4. Kate's eyebrows are a perfectly normal slim width as we have seen in many candids. These eyebrows are NOT on her face RobinfromCA. She normally does not darken her brows with liner to appear this thick. It seems that the Vogue stylist did precisely that, probably because thick eyebrows are "in". Most people seem to object to this because it makes her look different and in a very artificial way. If they had just left the brows alone the whole effect would have been a hundred times better.

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    6. Anon 1 - I read the comments the same as Robin. We had a detailed discussion last Christmas about Charlotte being "Photoshopped", which was not the case, but this really looks like a photoshopping disaster and NOT of Kate's doing.

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    7. anon 1, the comments from that article were awful! It makes one wonder what the DM's objective is with these horrible articles they publish. But some of the wording used in some of these comments struck me as quite rude. Saying that dark eyeliner looks "skanky" no matter who uses it was pretty low, I agree; that the close-ups show every little line; she looks frumpy, aged, and unattractive, etc., etc., are very mean girl. Basically, by stating over and over how awful the stylist, photographer, editor, or whatever, have done is still saying she doesn't look good especially since Jane said that Kate had a say in what she wore and even in the composition of the photos. Saying she's beautiful before and after the criticism about how awful these photos make her look doesn't lessen the blow. I think we can say we don't like the lighting or the hat or clothing, but talking about how horrible they are making a beautiful woman look is a bit outside my comfort zone. Maybe it's just me and I'm being too sensitive.

      I don't think Kate would have let them make her up in a way she disagreed with and she certainly had some approval on the photos chosen to go both in the magazine and, most especially, in the NPG. If they had photoshopped her I think she would have strongly objected.

      Regardless of whether the eyebrows are penciled in or not I do believe they are still on her face.

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    8. The article was just mean girl over the top. I try to avoid DM and the rest as hey are so bad on so many fronts.

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  30. I love her brows especially thicker like in the photos. It's not plucked to perfection and that is why I like it. I think the whole idea of this cover was to set a whole different vibe for the photos. In her royal life there hasn't been a bad photo of Kate. But she looks like a beauty queen in all of them. I think the photographer wanted to move away from that side of Kate and wanted to have a more organic feel to the photos. I think the team nailed it! And she looks even more beautiful. And nothing about it looks staged or formal. Remember those staged photos of Diana and Charles with the picnic basket? And Catherine would definitely have given her go ahead before photos were published.

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  31. I am not a fan of the pictures (while being a staunch fan of Kate's) - My first thought was "Hello this is Vogue -not Horse and Hound!" - the photos are drab - the one of her in (yet another) striped top (and I too have a penchant for the stripes but again for Vogue??!) is ok.. such a missed opportunity to have some stunning photos in a beautiful gown or two for one of the most iconic and prestigious publications in the world.. maybe Kate wanted the country feel of the pictures to come through- but I personally find them dull and uninteresting - I reiterate that I love Kate -but do not love these photos..a major miss..

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    1. I don't know if you are British, Susan, but this seems to me a great contrast between British Vogue and American Vogue. I love the country feel of these photos. Vogue is very fashion forward so, you never know, in two years everyone may be wearing these clothes. I prefer these photos to some of the weirdness of the clothing on American Vogue covers - if they're wearing much at all in the first place. (I am American, BTW, so I'm not criticizing another country - I just want to make sure everyone knows that. ;-) )

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    2. Wasn't the Queen on Horse and Hound cover once? Or was thst Sophie?
      Camilla?

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    3. ps I knew it! -the Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, in 1946 at Windsor on her horse.
      On the cover of Horse and Hound.
      A whole issue full of the Queen's horses for her 90th celebration. I imagine she has been on more than one cover.
      I see your point, Susan. Kate isn't a horse person, but she does have a hound.
      Those photos would have fit in perfectly. In fact, I am suggesting it, if the
      H&H people are listening.There is already a darling picture of her with Lupo!

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    4. Hi Robin from CA- Irish not British, so I am au fait with ways of the country set and how they style themselves! I think the more I look at them that some of the photos are quite passable but again a bit strange styling wise - the one with her leaning down to pet lupo - those dungarees are hideous - Duchess Kate, you are better off making your own fashion decisions - perhaps she deferred to Vogue for obvious reasons, but they got it so very wrong - the timbre of these photos is also very unusual -and perhaps a little off putting.. I hate being so negative about them but god they really aren't great are they?

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  32. Yikes! Just saw the rest of the pictures from the Vogue shoot....um, I guess now I understand why they chose what they did for the gallery???...the other options were even worse:(( why? WHY???? did they choose this photographer/stylist???? Ugh! Kate, you are gorgeous! But please never work with Vogue again:((( They did you no favors:((((((

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    1. I think these images are definitely going to divide public opinion. For those who haven't seen them, Emily Andrews shared some snaps and they are on FBTB Facebook page, see here: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1099821900059640&id=199925463382626

      The picture with Lupo is cute!

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    2. I still love them. To satisfy my curiosity I googled "british countryside outfits" and I really feel like this photoshoot would fit right in on the first page of results. While I don't love the hat, I don't think it's terrible and I can see someone wearing similar while walking through the fields.
      Lupo is super cute, I'm happy to see him again!

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    3. As a very loyal Kate fan, I want so much to love these pics for Kate's sake but at the same time I resent how poorly she was portrayed in these photographs!:(( I hate to admit it, but I cringed when I saw them:( You know how you would have your best friends back when someone posts an unflattering pic of them on fb and you try to have it deleted for them so they aren't embarrassed? That protective instinct is coming out for Kate right now. Nobody better misrepresent our Gorgeous Duchess!

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    4. I think whether you like these pictures or not depends on expectations. Having followed the duchess since her university days, my thoughts are that she is understated and does not like the limelight and to me these pictures bring out that quality of hers. If you read the covering story I think that is what they wanted to achieve and I think it is successful. I like the pictures a lot . Certainly better than Diana's first cover, which resembles a startled deer in headlights.

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    5. I agree with Anon 9:33. These photos are art and tell a story. And like it or not, I think these pictures show a side to Kate that we rarely see. This is Kate Middleton, not Princess William of Cambridge. Personally, I like it a lot. I agree that I don't think she likes the limelight and (horror of horrors) I don't think she likes jewlery much either. At least not the dripping jewels of which the Monarchy is made. I noticed that when I was watching William and Harry watching the Queen's home movies. Did you notice how in awe they seemed to be of the jewels? They both gasped a little. Made me think they see it as being from another era. I could be wrong, but I don't think so. I think the crown jewels will be kept securely in the vault when it comes to Kate. At least for the most part. Tiara sightings will be strictly few and far between.

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    6. I love this casual Kate. It shows her other, and more comfortable, side and it's delightful to see. What we've gotten this week are photos that show a lovely country girl who loves to take pictures of her children. The fact that W&K are relatable is what will save the monarchy. Royalty dripping in diamonds and always dressed to the nines are of a bygone era. At some point Kate might wear more of the jewels but she's young and loves the country. She's got young children and, as she is not yet "next in line", she is taking the opportunity to be a good wife and mother to her young family. I say, Brava!, Kate!

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    7. Today, a 30-something friend who knows I follow the royals (she does not aside from seeing magazine covers or the occasional coverage in the US) asked if I was planning to buy this issue of Vogue. I said yes, and added that the photos have received some "interesting" reviews.

      She was quite surprised and said, "I like them very much. We can see her in a gown or dress anytime, but THIS is the real Kate and I appreciate seeing this side of her."

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    8. 9:33, I think your comment about "expectations" is quite relevant. When we think of Vogue and the Duchess, we all have different ideas ... or expectations. :)

      I can understand the desire to see her in a taffeta ball gown, covered in sunglass-worthy royal jewels. Would I have been disappointed? Nooo. Do I like and appreciate these photos? Yes.

      There will be plenty of time for the regal and dramatic later on. At this point, I give Kate credit for opting for this type of photo shoot. If she was a vain or insecure woman, she would have gone for the grandest look possible to highlight her status. She did not. Clearly, she's comfortable in her own skin and this decision on her part speaks volumes about the woman she is, both inside and out.

      To all the folks who have felt that she is too easy going and needs to speak up, well, may I suggest that she did exactly that? And to the more persistent critics of Kate, I would like to add that you cannot keep saying she needs to be her own woman and make her mark, only to shoot it down when she does.

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    9. Your friend is very astute, royalfan! If it were up to me - which is isn't - I wouldn't do the big glam with jewels and tiara photo shoot until she becomes Princess of Wales.

      I wonder if that Breton top has sold out yet. As of yesterday it was still available via the Petit Bateau UK site. I would love to have it but, alas, I exercised a modicum of control.

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    10. Casual, country Kate is fine. Classy, cultured Catherine also ok. One of my first remarks on this subject was that the photos were Kate, not Catherine.

      What I found diffcult to understand, as I and several others have repeated:
      with all the lovely photos available, some from that shoot, why choose the one that
      some people could not even recognise,that exaggerated her features by photographic
      and make-up techniques-why select that particular photo for the cover of Vogue and
      to hang in the NPG?

      By the way, it s my understanding that the team at the NPG chose from a selection offered by Vogue. I don't know what input Kate had with the cover selection.
      Kate may be a part of the retrospective-she is not the whole show.

      I would be absolutely delghted if KP comes out and says she called the shots, chose the sites, the wardrobe, the lighting and ultimately chose which photos woud appear on the cover and at the NPG.
      If she did not choose and dd not speak up, maybe the relentless royal writers have
      hit their mark.

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    11. anon 1, I believe this had more of Kate's input than not. For a woman who has been quite conservative and cautious, I find it difficult to believe that she would place herself in a position that could reflect badly on her, or the Queen. And from what I have read, she only agreed to do it if her patronage, the NPG, was involved.

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    12. Yes, Robin, she is. :) I shared my friend's reaction because she is NOT a royal follower and her opinion is more neutral than the typical royal fan or "fan".

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    13. royalfan 09:52- I hope your opinion about Kate's input is the correct one.

      However, you might want to rethink your belief she wouldn't place herself in a position that would reflect badly on her. lol She has done and as recently as the last tour- at least that is how some spin it.

      Robin-yes, even if she were a big glam jewel kind of gal,it might be a mistake to
      compete with the other royal ladies at this point. Anne, whether those Vogue photos were true to her or not, Was the Queen's daughter; Margaret, her sister; Diana, the Princess of Wales. Although reportedly at heart Kate is a humble person in the finest sense of the word. I think it likely she has made a conscious choice to
      know and remain in her place in the royal pecking order.

      Sometimes yielding to others is a wise decision and not a giving in.

      As I obviously should do at this point. ha!

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    14. Anon 1, I do agree with you ... yielding to others is NOT the same as giving in. And I believe Kate is doing exactly that.

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  33. I am not a huge fan of the photos but not because I want to see a more glamorous Catherine but because they are to my eye just not very interesting of a casual Catherine in a country setting. Too me when I looked at the photographers other work these photos looked almost identical to his other work, all of which to my eye wash everything including the person being photographed out. So while they might do a great job of highlighting the fashions, which is his job, they do not do much to highlight the person. Frankly to me these photos do not even show off the clothes that well. Oh well as has been said to each their own.:) ali

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  34. Anon 8:57, hee hee I googled your search and I have to say to me the images that popped up looked almost nothing like these of Catherine. Someone either on this blog or another posted they looked like old school Ralph Lauren shots. I have to agree they look like they are straight from an American Western:) Now I have not seen the photos as laid out in the magazine which might alter my perceptions as I am seeing these photos in isolation on a computer screen. ali

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  35. Jennifer from the SouthMay 3, 2016 at 12:03 PM

    Oh oh oh.

    I just saw the rest of the pictures.

    Kate does look SO pretty, especially in the plaid shirt.

    But the STYLING - UGH.

    I have no idea what was running through Kate's mind if she chose these clothes. It's not chic, it's not country chic. It looks frumpy and from the 1970s.

    The lighting is weird and makes Kate blend in too much. The lighting makes her clothes and hair look an orange that is not flattering to her skin tone.

    These pictures could have been SO amazing with how gorgeous Kate is.

    Instead, it's a huge disappointment.

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    2. Was not her choice of clothes. Blame Vogue

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  36. I have mixed feelings about the Vogue pictures - I recognize that we all have different opinions and tastes, but it is hard to understand how those heavy dark brows can be considered attractive.. That being said, there is an "artiness" about the pictures and their casual vibe that is appealing...

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  37. So interesting that the ARK Gala styling was chosen to discuss the Vogue-styling. The ARK styling is among my two favorite appearances of the DoC. I love the hair, makeup etc. While I don't have an issue with the casual aspect of the Vogue shoot, that make up especially the eyebrows is not good. I can't believe I am discussing Kate's eyebrows, but there are many women in public life where the eyebrows just don't make it. She's just one of several. To Kate I say "thin them out, get some eyeliner on you. Look at your most successful photos like ARK and copy them." You know what to do!

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    1. But Kate didn't do her make up so why blame her.

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  38. I'm sorry to say I was disappointed with the Vogue photos...the eyebrows are insane..the clothing for the most part, awful. WHAT is she wearing with the plaid shirt? Again, take some styling and fashion hints from Letizia of Spain!

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    1. Kate was not in charge of the wardrobe. Why are you blaming Kate?

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    2. She determined what she wanted to wear.

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    3. Not according to the article. It said that after flipping through the clothes the stylist had brought,she told them they could dress her in whatever they wanted.

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    4. Gosh! What HAVE they done with her eyebrows? Caterpillars?

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    5. So they agreed on the scene so the stylist brought clothes, she chose. Or is she a puppet?

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  39. Feel slightly disappointed with the photos, saw them in Vogue today. Would have been nice to have had a very clear close up of Kate's face, in good sunlight, not part shadow etc. looking directly a the camera, and in colour. In the photo with the bike she looks like a schoolgirl with her hat high on her head; her eyebrows jump out of the picture in the black & white photo in which she is wearing the checked shirt (Kate is looking up).

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  40. Jean from LancsMay 4, 2016 at 4:27 AM

    Oh dear---now i have to eat my words. Having had a little moan about the first black and white photo released, I find myself loving this latest black and white. Perhaps I have looked at it differently.
    In fact I like this set very much, although in the one with the belted trousers--they look too big for her.
    They are certainly different from the usual "royalty" photos in "Vogue". Remember the ones they did of the Princess Royal---they just were not her at all.

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  41. Jean 4:27- the belted trousers photo- as I remember, the photographer was below and shot up.
    That would make her lower half appear larger, perspective-wise.
    At least one of the photos was shot out of focus.

    I've just jumped in here. Perhaps I should read the other new comments first.

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  42. Kate seems to be trying to be a bit of an 'unobtrusive mouse' in the photos. But, it is pointless agreeing to be photographed for Vogue and then wearing drab, muted clothes, hiding under a hat, not looking directly at the camera, face partly in shade, standing sideways on (looking at Lupo), photographed in black and white etc.

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  43. anon 4:14-your remark is quite similar to one I read in another comment section.
    Ms. Schulman of Vogue was actually quoted by this commenter as saying she was "desperate" to nab Kate for a cover and gave in to all her demands. That story is in complete variance to remarks several other people involved had said- that she had been cooperative and concerned that they were "getting what they want."
    Calling her a mouse and then saying she was calling the shots isn't very logical, it would seem.

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    1. Yes, I wrote a similar comment on another blog; didn't know if either would be published. One can call the 'shots' and still want (and get) very understated, unobtrusive photos.

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  44. anon 7:53-yes, but a" mouse" ,as you called her,wouldn't do that. A mouse brings images of someone who doesn't speak up and hovers in the shadows.
    If she called the shots, she's definitely not a mouse, modest image or not.

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    1. I agree. There is such a thing as quiet strength and if Kate didn't have this quality surely she would have lost her sanity by now. :)

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  45. Girls fashion and their age are always inversely proportional. You have fantastic stuff on this blog that keep the girls young and beautiful with you fashion tips. Being a fashion artist I really appreciate your efforts and work.
    Love from Royal Lady

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