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Kate Wears Spring Green to Chelsea Flower Show

Monday, May 23, 2016

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their first appearance at the Chelsea Flower Show this evening, joining the Queen, Prince Harry, and a generous sprinkling of other royals who had turned out to view the show on its opening night. It is always a good day when Kate is surrounded by flowers. Such a plethora of loveliness in one place can only ever put a smile on one's face. 


There are a number of activities that strike this American as quintessentially British and a flower show is one. Certainly the Chelsea Flower Show is now world famous as Britain's foremost horticultural presentation, nevertheless, the broader category of flower show conjures up all sorts of visions of perfect English summers. I think of the competitive rose show in Mrs. Miniver, or more recently the Dowager Countess's floral battle in Downton Abbey. It seems to bring out the best of Brits love for all that is charming, bucolic, and gracious.  


Beulah London, a brand Kate favors heavily and one that champions causes fighting modern slavery, designed a special dress for the Garden Show. The company announced the dress would be unveiled at the show, and shared a sketch of the springtime frock on Twitter several days ago.

Beulah London


I was excited to see that Eugenie was wearing this dress this evening. The princess was at the show with Beatrice and their respective boyfriends. Eugenie looked lovely in the dress, and I also think that given the design, this dress is very suited to Kate's love of white. It would be fun if she wore it sometime in the future.

Rose Tinted PR

Harry, for whom the Flower Show is old hat, seemed to enjoy showing his brother and sister-in-law around as they navigated the colorful displays. If Harry ever does find "the one" his knowledge base gleaned from his time at the Chelsea Flower Show can only be an advantage to locking her in. 


The Duke and Duchess seemed delighted to view the chrysanthemum named after Princess Charlotte. I am sure they were also pleased to know that 50% of the proceeds of the special flower are set aside for one of Kate's favorite charities, EACH. 

Rebecca English, Daily Mail

In 2013, Prince George got a special daffodil named after him. Daffodils are my favorite, so I am prejudiced towards those, but these mums seem to fit what we have seen of Charlotte thus far. The colors are particularly suited to her.

It was quite the family affair. The trio bumped into other royals who were wandering the exhibit, keeping royal reporters and fans plenty busy track of them all:





It has been noted and I admit that William did look like a bit of a Moody Judy several times today. Let's just say his energy didn't seem to be at raging 100%, shall we? 



It is possible the Duke (as well as the Duchess) was having a light allergy flare up. Kate was snapped powdering her nose, which I am not sure that I have ever seen, while William wiped his eyes. You have to assume that the pollen concentration around that place was higher than average. Ah well, roses all have thorns, what? 


The Duchess recycled her green Catherine Walker first worn in Canberra while on tour in 2014. This bright green coat dress is a mix of two Walker styles, melding the zippered top of one coat with the flared skirt of another. Perhaps even bolder than the design is the bright, nigh neon, hue. 


I don't have the aversion to this dress that many of you have expressed. I like the tight zipped collar and I think it has a modern and trendy edge. I would use a different belt with this, something that isn't so matchy matchy, but in every other respect I don't dislike it at all. This was a win for me, although it wasn't perfect.  



Perfect for today would have been pastel, something that complemented the delicate and feminine nature of the flowers. Despite that, Kate's coat was a shade sharper than the greenery that surrounded her and she seemed to almost stick out as the chief stalk. I liked it. She popped out particularly well by the poppy display, a sweeping carpet of red blooms paying tribute to the fallen. (Rebecca Deacon alert!)



Kate accessorized in nude, carrying her new Nina clutch from LK Bennett and her Fern pumps by the same brand. She chose to wear her Lauren diamond studded leaf earrings, presumably in a nod to the theme, although as we have noted here before, these earrings seem to be fast becoming a staple in her everyday wardrobe. All in all, the rain held off and the royals seemed to enjoy their evening in the garden. I was delighted when it was announced that the pair would attend, and although they might have made an exception because it is the Queen's 90th birthday year, I hope we see them at this lovely event many times over the years.






64 comments:

  1. I too thought something was off today between them. They were not their loving toward each other as they are normally are. Can't put my finger on it. Let's hope this has nothing tondo with her engagement on Fridsy.

    Sarah.

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    1. I don't know if I would characterize it as off between them as just William was off. He looked like he enjoyed himself, but he seemed tired. Can happen to the best of us. :)

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    2. Maybe he had a shift today. And only had enough time to shower and dress.

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    3. She doesn't have an engagement Friday
      It think it is a absolute shame that during hospice week she couldn't be bothered by visiting a hospice. She sent a letter smh

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    4. Do you think maybe the poppy exhibit got to him? It is quite inspiring and possibly a
      melancholy experience. Maybe some of the royals were snitty.
      Apparently, William was working his air ambulance job this week as well as other
      responsibilities.Maybe he's just tired.Maybe this online anorexia nonsense reached him. Maybe we're over-analyzing. ha!
      The first picture clearly shows it's not their relationship.

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    5. why what happen on Friday they seems so good I see no problem on that

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    6. This is a good example of much speculation based on one or two photos and on one or two comments by strangers... please...

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    7. Reading the article by the Daily Mail it seems as if William was in fine humor and joking around quite a bit. Surprisingly, the DM actually did a positive article. It was also nice to read that people overheard he and Kate calling each other "darling" which is sweet.

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    8. Emily Nash reported that they called each other darling a lot. So there is affection between them and there been photographed laughting.

      Maybe William looked of because(there can be many resons):
      -He could habe an allergy.
      -He might not be that interessted in flowers.
      -He could have had a shift.
      -His kids could have kept him awake at night or after a night shift.
      -He met the guy (don't kwno the name) who is redoing Althrop, Diana's grave. Being there to look at Charlotte's flower and being remembered that your mother is dead and will never be able to meet her grandchildren and daughter in law isn't easy.

      There are many explanations for his behavior.

      (Sorry for any mistakes. I'm not a native english speaker. Sorry)

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    9. It has been reported they were heard calling each other "darling" on several occasions during this event. With today's high speed shutters on cameras the photographers can take so many shots then pick out still shots of him to portray him in a negative light. Perhaps he was having an off day, having worked over the weekend or perhaps they both have colds or as Jane points out the pollen was running rampant.

      Please, let's not start playing into or start rumours of marital discord that the media would like nothing more than to pounce and create another royal scandal.

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    10. What the heck is everybody talking about??? I saw hundreds of photos of them walking around the exhibit and never once did ANY of them show William and Kate at odds! He wasn't smiling in maybe 3 or 4 shots out of the approximately 900 shots taken...oooh so must be a marriage on the rocks?!?!?!? Get a life people! Not too many people who are on the brink of divorce laugh and joke with each other and call each other "Darling" incessantly as Emily Nash reported yesterday. Not in my experience anyway haha!

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  2. Hi Jane. Another great post. I always look forward to your blog. I just love seeing these two together.
    William did look a little out of sorts today. But like you said it might be the flowers causing both of them so trouble. But again William can not keep his hands off is beautiful Duchess. Always placing a loving hand her her back. Maybe just his way of telling her how much he loves her.
    I did read on Twitter that some one heard them calling each other "darling" through out their visit. That is cute if it is true.

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  3. I like this dress and was happy to see it recycled. Her pop of color did allow people to spot her in a crowd and Sophie has said that this is why HM wears bright colors. That new Beulah would have looked so much better on Kate. Now that Eugenie has worn it I doubt we'll ever see our duchess in it. Too bad because it's a great dress.

    Is it just me or are we all getting a little impatient waiting for Harry to find the right girl? I hope he is secretly dating someone perfect!

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  4. I really love the construction of this coat but would prefer if she kept the straighter skirt of the original coatdress. I think it looks sharper that way. Mashing the very traditional full belted skirt together with the almost futuristic style of the top is a bit jarring IMO. And reads to me as if she's trying too hard to create a super modest, conservative, covered-up look.

    Also perhaps I've missed them but I cannot think of a single coat or coatdress where Kate leaves a top button undone or a zipper slightly open. It's as if she compulsively MUST do up all the buttons or the full length of a zipper or what have you. Like, it's there, must do it up!

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  5. Oh and I -LOVE- this green on her and for the occasion. I think a nice, bright, solid, non-floral color allows the flowers at the show to pop. She's not competing by wearing a busy floral pattern, nor is she blending in. I actually think this is a much bolder and more modern choice than Sophie or anyone else who went floral. But I do have a strong aversion to anything "costumey" (looking at you McQueen "navy uniform" from a few days ago) and would have rolled my eyes if she showed up in an overtly floral ensemble. The twee little leaf/petal/heart shaped earrings she wore today went far enough as is.

    I personally would pair solid colored clothing with a pop of contrasting color in accessories but that has almost never been Kate's style. The one time I can think where she did go with bold accessories was the Canada trip with the white dress and red accessories. I'll ignore the maple leaf motif for that one, though :).

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  6. I just wish she'd changed it up a little; unzipped the top with a blouse or tank beneath maybe. As I was scrolling down I was thinking please not the dreaded nude pumps and sure enough it was the dreaded nude pumps. Maybe Wills is a wee bit jealous. Sir Ben and Kate seem to have chemistry and the helmet buckling seemed a wee bit personal;)

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    1. It is a dress that looks like a coat:) not an actual coat. I do not think you can wear anything under it, she could of course have not zipped it all the way up.

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    2. I don't think this particular dress would look good unzipped a little. The top is so structured and it would ruin the line if it were unzipped.

      Stop with the Ben and Kate rumor mongering! Watch the videos and you'll see they were in conversation. The photos the press decides to share are done so with a motive in mind. "IF" William was out of sorts - and I don't think he was - it would be more likely because everyone is so willing to spread unfounded rumors about his wife.

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    3. Great observations, Robin; but since so many who share and spread these rumors likely do it as a form of entertainment, I doubt they wish to be confused by contrary
      evidence. I also think some of the remarks are bandied about the blogs so frequently they must be automatic, knee-jerk responses.Sometimes they aren't even appropriate to the specific situation.
      The fact that Jane publishes some of these indicates this comment section
      is not unfairly biased toward Kate.
      Great observation re the zip/unzip-distort the structure.

      I'll repeat: those comments reflect more about the writers than they reveal about Kate. Some remarks just exhibit immaturity and smallness of spirit.

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    4. I don't think William was out of sorts. There are numerous pictures around where he looks like he is enjoying himself. The Ben/Kate harping is so silly as is the Jecca Craig harping. Congratulations to her on the birth of their child, whom I am sure William has met because it was already born before the wedding. The constant need to look for unfounded rumours with W, K, and H is beyond ridiculous and makes the fandom look foolish.

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  7. This dress seems more of an early spring dress to me vs a late spring one. But Kate's choices sometimes do strike me as a little "out of season." The coral checked suit with 3/4 sleeves worn this yr in early March seemed much more spring-like to me than this dress so I don't think it's a difference between London weather and weather where I live. This full-skirted belted style isn't my favorite anyway--bespoke or not it reminds me of late 1950/early 1960 styles (like June Cleaver on Leave it to Beaver). I'm also not crazy about the zipped up high neck on this particular dress. I would like it much better unzipped a few inches and/or with a colorful scarf at the neck or a dramatic pin at the shoulder but Kate does not seem to be a scarf or pin person. I agree the color does contrast with the flowers and the green of the grass though and maybe that was the point.

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    1. Lizzie agree that she often is a bit of a miss, which is why I think she needs a really good stylist to just take over:) I think she really just does not care that much, but has some very specific ideas that a stylist could make work. On her own I do not think she cares enough to have a consistent high fashion profile.

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    2. The retro look of this is exactly what I do love about this dress. But I would love to see a pin/brooch of some kind on it or a contrasting belt.

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    3. I attended the Chelsea Flower Show a few years ago and absolutely FROZE. Soooo I can very well relate to wearing this outfit. If you look at the pictures, the Queen, The Princess Royal and Sophie all are wearing long sleeves or coats. In all fairness, perhaps unzipping the top would expose an unfinished edge so Kate would then be criticised for not zipping it up. Whatever the reason, I respect Kate for wearing it however it makes her most comfortable.

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  8. Alejandra RamírezMay 23, 2016 at 7:33 PM

    Amazing post! As usual your comments abotu the outfit were perfect!
    I loved the color; I'm a bit biased because people commented that in Australia it was too hot for the coat. I think I like it the style, minus the belt. Maybe a lower neckline could help.
    I really liked the combination of everything, shoes and colors, and she wore her hair in your favorite (is it?) hairstyle :D
    Great job!

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  9. No way to know but I wonder if it was the news of Jecca Craig's pregnancy/baby becoming public that was throwing him off today?

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    1. Oh yeah right, eyeball roll.

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    2. Why would the news get him down? Or bother him at all.

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    3. More fodder for the tabloids!!! UGH.

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    4. Not that he actually has anything to do with it, but rather another friend being dragged through the media because of their connection to him! It always seems to weigh heavily on him when negative news stories about Kate appear as well. If she is a close friend I can see how he would be so frustrated.

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  10. This whole look was a miss for me: I really dislike the dress, and again paired with the dreaded dull nude pumps, as well as the unflattering hairstyle and twee heart-shaped earrings (best left to little girls, not grown women). I wish she'd taken style tips from Sophie or Beatrice & Eugenie, who all looked lovely today.

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    1. I have to agree that Princess Beatrice is the best dressed today.

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  11. Mary from Nebraska, USAMay 23, 2016 at 7:41 PM

    Beautiful flowers! I would love to be there in person. Poor William! Might he be suffering from a little Ben Ainsley-itis?

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    1. Thought the same thing. Or that his ex love had a baby.

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    2. Dorothy from KansasMay 24, 2016 at 12:27 PM

      Thanks for the update on tabloid fodder. Why be confused by the facts? It is much
      easier to just be told what to think.

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  12. This was a disappointing repeat for today's event. The green is so strong and overpowering, the cut of the dress so prim and buttoned up - and as always - totally unimaginative shoes. Kate has morphed into a rather drab and predictable dresser - managing to pull it off because she is lovely and has an impressive tall, slim figure. Her sense of fashion is quite disappointing.

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  13. One never knows what else may be going on. Tiredness, maybe something about this show reminds William of his Mother or another relative, maybe one of the kids is not 100 percent, maybe work related. They did both look as though the pollen had gotten to them:) and they both may be suffering from allergies at home also which is tiring. ali

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  14. I have to admit I like these Rebecca Deacon sightings. She's usually lurking in the background with her eyes on Kate. I'm not being critical. It's her job. I like looking for her in photos-it's a bit like Where's Waldo :)

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    1. Hee hee Jay, I like looking for that sort of thing also...

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  15. I would've liked to see something more airy. I love Kate in green, always, but this looked too heavy. She looked happy and healthy though, and agreed, the Beulah dress on Kate is something I'd like to see. Loved her color pop though, and the poppies installation was magical.

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  16. As I look at these photos I can't help but wish she had recycled the white Emilia Wickstead from the India leg of the most recent tour. Sure, she just wore it, but it would've been stunning against the competitive background.

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  17. hmm I love the coat the queen compliments the flowers the York girl seems fine there outfit what the buzz they never look fine

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  18. I hated this dress when she wore it on tour, but today I love it! I think the reason is previously I only saw it straight on at the front; I still don't like that angle, primarily because the belt is too big. However, from the side and the back in think it is beautiful, and there are several photos from those angles today.

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  19. Going to stick strictly to fashion, today...and to keep it short, this coat, or if you prefer, coatdress, is growing on me. Didn't like it the first time out, and am still lukewarm.

    PS Royalfan, I posed a question for you; just scroll back a few posts. I would be most indebted if you would reply.

    JC

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  20. I wasn't crazy about this outfit the first time I saw it, but I don't dislike it either. I like the full, swingy skirt. And I also like the color. I think Kate should wear green more often (a deep shade of green would be especially flattering with her coloring). But I have to admit that I don't really know what a coat dress is. Is it primarily a coat? Or a dress? Or could it be both? This looks a little heavy and more like a coat to me, but I assume that Kate is not wearing a dress underneath. So I guess it could be worn as both, right? Like Sarita, who commented before me, I don't know why Kate insists on zipping and/or buttoning her outfits all the way to the top. It actually looks rather uncomfortable to me... personally, I don't like the feel of clothing against my neck (for years, I wouldn't wear turtlenecks). I think this outfit would look younger and fresher if Kate weren't so covered up. Just leaving the zipper open an inch or two would have made a big difference.

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  21. I liked this look on the Duchess. I thought it nicely complemented her surroundings. I very much did not like Sophie's choice. didn't think it flattered her or that it was appropriate for the occasion. Sophie's look was a big miss for me.

    The DM made a big deal of the fact that W&K haven't been to the flower show before, but it could be that they both suffer from hay fever and stay away for that reason. This year, obviously they went to support the Queen. But that may be why William looked a bit out of it. Like most women, Kate would be better at sucking it up than her husband would be. Lol.

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    1. I have to agree with you on Sophie's dress. The fabric had promise but the design was just not a good choice. Maybe if it had been warmer and she didn't need the jacket it would have looked better but this did not translate well in photos.

      Prince Andrew, as usual, looked like he had been eating sour pickles. I'm starting to think that Princess Anne believes the monarchy would fail if she ever changed her hairstyle. The 60s were many decades ago, YRH, wake up and smell the dry toast!

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    2. Robin, you crack me up! :)))

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  22. Those earrings. Please no more of them! My six year old niece would give those out as a favor at her birthday party (well, a bit cheaper version).

    Dunno why everyone hates on the nude shoes - those are classics! They don't bother me one bit. I loved Beatrice's outfit today and I covet HER shoes, which is not always true. Go Beatrice.

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  23. I liked this coat the first time Catherine wore it and to me, it looked even better today. It provided a backdrop for the flowers--rather like the lawns in a garden emphasize the flowers.
    I suspect she zips it up to the top, because if she left even an inch unfastened, she would be accused of something or other.
    I didn't like most of the floral dresses; they could not compete with the beauty of the acres of the real things.

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  24. I think Kate looks quite fatigued here again - I imagine it's hard sometimes doing these walkabouts and having to feign interest in a number of different things - (Im sure they are interested but sometimes you have to be in the mood as with all things in life!) As for Wills looking a bit off - he is a bloke and blokes and flowers are pretty immiscible though Harry looks remarkably enthused by it all!

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  25. I read that Kate had a meeting with another group concerning one of her patronages prior to this event. Perhaps she was tired @Susan Larkin

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  26. I sort of like this dress. I really like the structure of the dress. The top stitching, the cut of the raglan sleeves and the zipper structure. You have to look closely at some of these to see how they are very different than other dresses. Sometimes still pictures from a distance are difficult to appreciate all the little details found in this dress The belt takes it more to the dress side of styling and less to the coat side. All in all it has really grown on me so as to speak, I only wish I could wear this as well as Kate 😉

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    1. This dress is really nice actually and, I think, the perfect foil to all the floral and pastels at the event. She stood out in all the photographs. Besides the gorgeous color, the zipper and wide belt are great elements that make this dress both interesting and stylish. You are right about looking closely Eva. The details of this dress and how it was constructed especially in the bodice area contribute to how well the garment is worn by and moves with the DoC. Great rewear!

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  27. I note that yesterday afternoon Catherine held a meeting for people supporting women in prison.
    Must have been before the flower show.

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    1. If the cameras aren't on her she really doesn't get credit for all of the work she does behind the scenes, does she? It's a shame.

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    2. Oh, my goodness! The Garden Party photos are up on KP- the Duke in a top hat, the Duchess in one of her most fabulous outfits..I won't ruin the surprise.
      I know-world hunger,etc. But a dose of beauty and joy after all the snarky comments
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  28. Sonja from BavariaMay 24, 2016 at 11:24 AM

    Not a huge fan of this coat/dress the 1st time shoe wore it & also not this time. I don't hate it, but I'm not a big fan of it either. Maybe it would have looked better with a ponytail and black accessoires (just my opinion)?
    But seeing them at the flower show with Her Majesty and Harry was lovely.

    These flowers are just gorgeous and so is the poppy installation. Maybe Wills was really fighting allergies? He seemed a bit off or maybe tired but that could have many reasons.


    By the way, did you see this adorable photo of George sitting on a police motorcycle? Kate appears to be wearing a sundress:
    https://mobile.twitter.com/PoliticalPics/status/735132561744269312

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  29. I like the coatdress. Perfect for this event. Did the job.

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  30. In KP gardens with the kids. https://mobile.twitter.com/Ashleyguitrau/status/734985169459924992

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  31. A strange 'cover-up' coat. With its zip right up to the neck and thick belt it doesn't even look particularly comfortable.

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  32. Does anyone know who the gentleman is in the video? The one Kate greeted after Princess Alexandra

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