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Duchess of Cambridge Makes Her Royal Ascot Debut

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

It is time for a proper post covering Kate's debut at Royal Ascot. This year has marked a number of first time attendances. William made his first appearance at a BP Garden Party, the couple attended the Royal Windsor Horse Show and the Chelsea Flower Show, and today they participated for the first time at Royal Ascot.  This was certainly a highlight of the royal year.


Ascot sees the royals process to their enclosure via horse drawn carriage. This tradition was launched by George IV in the early 19th century:

Although Kate has never been, her parents were guests of the Queen in 2012. By the way, Mrs. Carole, we haven't seen you out and about in some time, and although I am sure royal-granny-duty is keeping you busy, a little something for the masses would be appreciated. A shopping excursion on Kensington High Street, or a society wedding. Just about anything will do, but your fans miss you! 


My hope was that Kate would wear white. It is such a great color on her and it pops beautifully against the green backgrounds. Her white ensemble at Epsom was perfection and I was hoping for a similar ensemble today. I got part of my wish. As the carriages swept in Kate was seated next to William in white lace with a contrasting Jane Taylor hat in a neutral cream:

If that lace looks familiar, it should be. Kate recycled her Dolce & Gabbana lace dress first worn to the Windsor Horse Show to...extremely mixed reviews. I believe I likened the dress, such of it that we could see, to a Miss Havisham ensemble. Today, we could initially only see the bodice, which didn't look too shabby, so I waited with baited breath to know if we had a hit or a terrible miss.

Via Elliot Wagland

Kate exited the carriage and we had a mixed result. This dress is not as bad as it looked with that bulky swing coat at the WHS. Kate is quite lithe and the fitted bodice went a long way in righting the wrongs done to the dress on its first wear, but I just don't know that I can reconcile myself to that dust ruffle at the bottom. Perhaps if the lace were not such a busy pattern or if the ruffle was not such a tight bunch.



It was an odd ensemble for me and made me think of that Pavarotti song I Hate You Then I Love You. I have vacillated so many times. I think if I didn't already have a deeply rooted antipathy from the first wear, today's scales would tip in favor. The dust ruffle is regrettable, but I still like the overall impact.  When you can't stop looking at pictures it must be a win.  I will tell you what I love, I love that Jane Taylor hat. It just makes the entire ensemble work.

Via Ascot Facebook

This is the Una mesh disc hat with feather accents which retailed at over £1,000. It features a beautiful rose just the way roses ought to be featured on hats. ;)


Something about the flair and the way it angles reminds me of some of the hats in The Duchess (such a great movie) particularly this one below. It lends Kate's ensemble almost a period feel, which works at an event like Ascot.


Kate was wearing Gianvito Rossi pumps in praline, carrying her Natalie clutch, and wearing what appear to be new earrings from Kiki McDonough:


In 2013 one of the races was renamed to honor the Duke of Cambridge and today he presented the trophy for the Duke of Cambridge Stakes. The couple were cuter than ever together as they enjoyed an afternoon that had seemingly miraculously cleared of rain. Kate looked radiant as her dapper husband kept her close, continuing to foster relationship envy the world over. :)


Rumor has it we have more surprises coming this week, but if nothing turns up tomorrow this engagement ends a streak of consecutive public engagements for Kate. If so, this was a very strong finish to a succession of successful events. Well done, Kate! 

189 comments:

  1. Now, this is where this dress can shine! Love the ensemble.

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    1. Yes! The very same thought here, Kailaa. I like it so much more in this setting and it was wise to recycle for the first appearance to make it less of a fashion statement (if that's possible!).

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    2. Think it is a really great choice for Ascot, soft and flowing. Appropriate for a day out at the races.

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    3. Eva, I like your description...soft and flowing.

      When I look at some of the tacky and over-the-top outfits on display (I'm referring to the general public), this is pure class and elegance all the way.

      I did admit to not being a fan during the first wearing of this dress, but today the earrings, hat and setting make this a win in my book.

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    4. Great idea, Jane! A lovely image to wake up to.

      Some of the comments not so lovely. A bit snippy and adolescent. I'll let the decision about which ones fit that description go to the loudest objectors. ha!

      Eva, royalfan-, I agree. I think she looks lovely--the hat is pure Ascot, the earrings perfect. If you look at the image that her recent wardrobe choices reflect, she seems to be
      going for-- younger princess/-duchess/-gracious royal lady-- and the dress fits right in. "Soft and
      flowing."
      Looking forward to seeing Fred and Mary's photos. Were they already in town for the Garter ceremony? Their queen is a Knight.

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  2. Who are thei guests riding with them?

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    1. Wentworth Beaumont and wife Vanessa

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  3. Sarah Maryland USAJune 15, 2016 at 8:56 AM

    I would love this dress if she cut off the bottom part of it!
    And it is nice to see the crown princess and prince of Denmark! They are distant cousins of the windsors
    The current queens great grandmother was a princess of Denmark and her father was king!

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  4. Can't say I'm loving this at the moment. The hat and new earrings are spectacular. The dress is A LOT of white lace. Too bridal for my taste.

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    1. I agree. I don't like it, it looks like a very very expensive nightgown for me, sorry I couldn't find a better word:-/

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    2. Yeah, Eliza Doolittle at the races and Pollyanna also went through my mind.

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    3. I love love love the hat. Earrings spectacular . Dress leaves me flat, maybe a belt?

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    4. Anne of Green Gables, anyone?

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    5. A belt would help and, maybe, a shorter length. Can we see the shoes? They look like nude courts which won't really help.

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    6. Yes! I thought bridal too, especially when she's walking with her clutch in front of her like a bouquet, lol. Too much ruffle imo, it would have been perfection if it was knee-length. OMG Anne of Green Gables, too funny!

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    7. I somehow missed the first wear so this is gorgeous in my book!! Not so much the first time but for an at the races dress it's a win for me!!

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  5. Love the hat. The dress, I'm afraid, still leaves me cold.

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  6. She's been dying to wear this dress, glad it finally made it's debut, for her sake.

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    1. How in the world would you know that, Ari?

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    2. Why in the world would you post such an offended, silly post, Anon 1? Please.

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    3. Anon 12:18 I don't think Anon 1 comment is a offensive one. All they are doing is asking Ari how they knom she was dying to wear this dress again. I was wondering the same. I just think it is a guess on their part. or Do they have an inside leed to W&K.

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    4. Because she wore it at the Windsor Horse Show which I didn't think was a good occasion to wear it. She had to put the Red Zara coat on which ruined it. She did the dress justice this time.

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  7. Love love love this whole thing. Kate can pull off that length wonderfully so while I'd usually say a bit shorter would be nice, this looks so glamorous on her. The hat is great, the earring are GREAT and her hair is looking fabulous pulled up.

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  8. oh my goodness! it's like Kate is on tour! I love seeing her so much.

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    1. @Shauna, Right?! It's so much fun seeing them attending so many prestigious events right in a row!:) I wonder how long it will last. I hope they keep up such a busy schedule!!!

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    2. When August and September hit we need to remember this glut of appearances so we don't get annoyed with the vacation drought.

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    3. Excellent thought Robin, let's be sure we keep these dates so we can remind some that the do work, behind the scean as well as 7 day straight in the public eye.

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  9. Love the hat and the dress is growing on me but the white is still a bit stark for my taste. Love the new earrings and that Kate seems to be getting more comfortable with duchess-level bling. These seem to be an "update" of her annoushka drops much like yesterday's earrings reminded me of her go-to citrine drops.

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    1. Yes, I agree about the earrings.

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  10. Although the dress wasn't visible to us when Kate wore it before, it could been seen on the designer's website. At the time I said I thought it was too young and too bridal (and the designer noted it was a romantic dress suitable for wedding attire) Seeing it on Kate I haven't changed my mind. I also don't like the ruffle and would never have guessed it was a $6000 dress!


    I know Kate is royal and can well afford to do it  but I don't really understand why she keeps acquiring so many new earrings especially since many of the new pairs are quite similar to pairs she already owns. It seems unlikely all are gifts but maybe they are. Instead of new earrings today and other times this past week or so personally I would have preferred to see a new dress for NI (rather than a 5th time recycle) 


    I do like her hair up (her hairdresser really has been putting in overtime this week!) but am a bit undecided on the hat with the dress colorwise even though I like the hat. I don't think it would have worked well with her hair down.


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    1. I love that she wears new earrings! She is most often photographed from the waist up and it's a great way to change up a look. If I had her budget I would do the same thing! Besides, a girl can never have too many pearls!

      As for the Northern Ireland recycle, let's look at it as she chose something that is one of her favorites to wear. It's not my favorite, or someone else's favorite, but Kate obviously loves this coat and she chose to wear it on an important visit and dress it up with a new hat and earrings.

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    2. Interesting perspective and positive take, Robin. A valid assumption. Also, those who are well-versed in the history of the area will realise that it wouldn't do for a royal to flaunt
      an entirely new outft. Possible explanation.

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    3. I see your point Robin...I do like it when she experiments and wears new earring looks/styles for sure. But how different can one pair of pearl drops look from another? Unless people are really into fashion or reading a fashion blog I seriously doubt most could tell the difference between some pairs. And people expect jewelry especially quality jewelry to be reworn. That's all.  But an entire dress, especially a brocade, is pretty memorable even paired with a new hat or seen/photographed from afar. And since she and Will had not been to NI since they were married, it just seems odd to me there wasn't a new dress. But you are right it may be one of her favorites.

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    4. I guess anything is possible Anon 1 but even with its history, going to a garden party at a royal castle in NI is hardly the same as visiting the slums in India where that issue was considered. And if that WAS the explanation for the recycle, it seems it wouldn't make alot of sense to decide to appear "sensitively frugal" by updating an older dress with a $900 new hat and new earrings customized from a pair selling for a base price of $4000. But anything is possible.

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    5. She may get earrings as gifts from William or other family members, maybe?

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    6. Imagine having so many family members with the budgets to gift wonderful jewelry and then having the lifestyle to wear it all! I'd say she is one lucky lady!

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    7. I wonder if I am alone in feeling this way, but I think it says something about Kate and Mary that they recycled for an event such as this where fashion does play a role. Two stunning women who could have dressed to the nines, yet they reached into there closets and pulled out "old" dresses. It suggests to me that they are comfortable in their own skin and have nothing to prove or compete with.

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    8. I don't understand why it would bother you how many times Kate greets new earrings. By what inhavevread, William lives to surprise his beautiful wife with gifts. Yes they are very costly but he has the money to spoil get.

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    9. "That issue" has nothing to do with slums and frugality and everything to do with the republicans
      who remain in the area, lizzie. The royals like to maintain a low profile, relatively speaking. There is a difference between showing up in a new outfit and simply adding
      new earrings and a hat- to an old outfit--no matter the cost.
      But I did present it as a "possible explanation." I like Robin's theory better and
      I suppose there is no sense in debating the question.

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    10. This is only the forth time she has worn this beautiful coat in 10 years. I certainly wear my clothes more than four times in 10'years.
      I also feel that it is more than appropriate for her to wear a new dress to the slums and then to recycle to a garden party in Northern Ireland. It says "I care about the people no matter where they live". The people attending the garden party are no more important than the people in the slums of India. She didn't exactly wear sloppy inappropriate clothing to either event.

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    11. I love the fact after 10 years and two children she can still wear the brocade coat so well. She is amazing.

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    12. Hee hee agree.

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  11. Look at the third photo Jane posted here...towards the left. Princess Anne is wearing the outfit and hat she wore to W&K's wedding. (With the addition of dark accessories.)

    http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/catherine-duchess-of-cambridge-and-anne-princess-royal-news-photo/540327322

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    1. Didn't they all look lovely together? I love seeing them interact as family members and it's so much fun to see Kate so self assured in the family now.

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    2. I noticed that, royalfan 9:55. They also appear to be having a nice chat.
      Is that Sophie in the all blue ankle length outfit? And RD walking alongside of Catherine? A whirlwind week for her, too.
      I am restraining my remarks about RD for that reason. Surely not Eugenie?

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    3. Royal Fan
      That wasn't the first time she wore it---that as either Charles and Diana's wedding or The Duke of York---might even have been both.

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    4. I believe it is the woman who rode in the carriage with them

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    5. Anon 1, not Rebecca, but I am not sure of the actual identity. And yes, Anne and Kate did spend some time chatting.

      http://www.gettyimages.com/photos/june-15-2016-princess-anne?excludenudity=false&family=editorial&page=1&phrase=june%2015,%202016%20princess%20anne&sort=newest

      Thank you, Jean. You made me look :) and I see that Anne did wear this outfit to a BP Garden Party and Ascot. I thought she was dressed in yellow for C&D and A&S's weddings, but I will do some more checking... :)

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    6. You are correct anon 1:14. Thank-you.

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    7. Yup, Princess Anne recycled a truly hideous outfit and made it even worse with dark accessories!

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    8. You're right royalfan, Anne was in yellow at both weddings and two different outfits at that!

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  12. Wow, she just keeps knocking me out. What a stunning lady!!! I adore this new hat, the earrings, the updo, and the dress - from the knees up. Kate is radiant and ethereal, until you get to the big ruffle. I don't like these heavy ruffles, they are outsized, dated, and ill-proportioned. If only it was a knee-length, a-line or pencil silhouette it would elevate this look to the angelic level. But it's near-angelic anyway in my opinion. She is lovely. :)

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    1. I agree completely! This is perfection, from the knees up. Though really, I don't mind the nude shoes at all either, it's just that large and ill proportioned ruffle that does this dress in. Outsized and outdated, exactly! Too bad too, because I love lace, I love white, and I love D&G. This is actually one where should could have done beautiful curls instead of that updo but that is the first time I've ever said that in five years so I am busy celebrating the updo. Whoever talked her into embracing that hair style has done her a LARGE favor. What a fun week!

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    2. I was thinking the same, Anon 12:17. I love her hair up, but this is one of the times that curls would have looked lovely. The dress slightly shorter minus the ruffle/flounce would have been much better.

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  13. This is Ascot ladies. so a white lace dress on a Wednesday afternoon is par for the course. Love the hat and the earrings---she has had a splendid 7 days.

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    1. Thank-you for that, Jean. And you would know, better than some of the commenters across the pond. Her outfit reminds me of Ascot 100 years ago. Not that I was around then.ha!
      Very romantic, traditional attire.All she needs is a lace parasol and lace mitts.

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    2. Jean, definitely a splendid 7 days. She has looked amazing and, so far, Trooping was my favorite.

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    3. I can't decide between Trooping (because that pink hat was so fantastic) and the service at St. Paul's. I did love that blue Catherine Walker!

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  14. Very nice Kate. Not a dress I would choose for myself, but she can certainly pull it off and it looks very appropriate for the occasion. She looks stunning and royal and that's all that's required in my books.

    Once again, Sophie didn't get it right. That dress, from the very little I can see of it in this picture, does absolutely nothing for her. Don't like the hat either. Can't see much of Princess Mary's dress, but the color leaves me cold.

    I'm so happy to see the Queen having such a wonderful time. I don't like the look of that bruise on her leg though. It's been weeks and now she has it covered up. I know that wounds take a long time to heal as you get older, but it's been quite a while. Must have been a nasty gash when she first did it.

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    1. Jane, I really think that the Queen's leg ulcers/bruises are related to a medical
      condition, not an injury. They are worrisome. At one point they almost looked like vein-stripping scars. Surely not at age ninty-although, when I was working in
      CCU/SICU, we had octogenarian heart bypass patients.

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    2. I think Sophie looks gorgeous. That colour is amazing on her!

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    3. Jane, I think Mary's dress needs to be assessed with the accessories to get a true feel for it. As far as Sophie's outfit was concerned, I loved the color (quite flattering), but I'm not sure she has the height to pull off the dress.

      http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/crown-princess-mary-of-denmark-and-sophie-countess-of-news-photo/540429794

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    4. Sophie looked lovely. She's not as svelte as Kate but her hat and dress were beautiful. That cornflower blue looks gorgeous on her.

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  15. Not my favorite dress either. Just too much lace and ruffle for my tastes. She does look beautiful and love the hat. Not crazy about Mary's dress either. Sophie's was very nice, the Queen looked wonderful and all the men very sharp. ali

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  16. Princess Mary recycled a dress from 2012 and her hat reminds me of the one Kate wore for the Trooping.

    http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/crown-princess-mary-of-denmark-attends-day-2-of-royal-ascot-news-photo/540328092

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    1. The hats are similar! :-)

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    2. Yes, it does, royalfan. And I love the Q in pink! She does look genuinely happy and like she is having the time of her life. Of course--horses. But still, an extra special beaming expression. Phillip, too.
      Enjoy your comments at this time of day. Usually we have to wait until later, royalfan.

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    3. Anon 1, today I was home to accommodate furniture and appliance deliveries. A pleasant opportunity to multitask! :)

      And I like Mary's shoes too!! Neutral and fun (I'm not generally a fan of straps, but Mary has slim legs so it works).

      http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/crown-princess-mary-of-denmark-and-sophie-countess-of-news-photo/540429794

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    4. They are similar! I like Kate's better because I'm not a big fan of the feathers sticking out.

      Agree, anon 1, the Queen looks very happy and that shade of pink is beautiful on her. But, as Jane in Canada said, that sore on her leg has been lingering for quite awhile and is a little worrying.

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    5. Waiting for deliveries can be tiresome. Luckily you had Jane's great posts to
      distract you and we all got to have a nice visit.
      New things to live with. How exciting!

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    6. Oh, thank you, Anon 1. :) And yes, it can be tiresome. Preparing for deliveries, the waiting game, and then the cleanup. At this point, I only have energy to lift a glass...one that happens to have a stem! :)

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  17. I'm probably in the minority but I love it! It's summery and fun. I'm thrilled she's not wearing a coat dress and the ruffle gives it something extra; it sets this dress apart from what feels like a myriad of lace sheaths in her wardrobe. The hat is a vision and her updo is once again, lovely. As always, shoes are her weak point but I'm actually tired of talking about how boring her shoes are!

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  18. Is the button a "thing" for the royal ascot? Do she and William really need to wear a nametag like someone won't know who she is to let her in the box? LOL!

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    1. I think the name tags allow security to know who is allowed in the royal box. Sure, there are faces everyone knows but there are also guests and minor royals that may not be as recognizable. It seems far more diplomatic (to me) to have them all wear the badges instead of creating the perception that there are some who are more important and should be recognized. "We don't need no stinking badges!" Sorry, the old movie buff in me comes out in quotes sometimes. ;-)

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    2. Another insightful observation and quite gracious and positive, Robin.You lift the tone of the comments--"stinking badges" aside.. I tend to be cranky and skeptical. I don't even know if I can do gracious. ha!

      Is there a site for old movie buffs? I fear the breed is vanishing. We must form
      a support group.
      ps is that old-movie buffs or OLD movie buffs?

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    3. Good point! In any event, I love the dress. I think it looks great and love seeing it without a coat. Perfect for a summer event.

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    4. Why, thank you, anon 1! And, yes, there are several blogs for old-movie/old movie buffs! Now, I think I need to look up the origin of the "buffs" because typing it this many times has me curious.

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    5. Ha! Easier to find than I thought!

      (def 4) originally a person enthusiastic about firefighting and firefighters, allegedly after the buff uniforms once worn by volunteer firefighters in New York City

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    6. the volunteers were sort of amateurs-doing it out of love (ama) and not for pay.
      Maybe "enthusiasm" is the key.funny how words evolve. Not so funny if English isn't
      one's first language.

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    7. I don't understand how your last sentence anon 1 has anything to do with the topic of this blog

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    8. I was responding to Robin's comment.
      There are a number of commenters on this and all of Jane's posts for whom English
      isn't a first language, anon 11:01. I was simply acknowledging that fact, as I have done before. We native English-speakers sometimes forget this.(some Brits may dispute that Americans speak
      proper English)

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  19. I love the earrings and hat, but not the dress. The dress is just too much lace and the flounce at the bottom is too girly. This dress would look good on Lady Louise.
    I wonder why the ascot dress code states no fascinators.

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  20. I am not a fan of big ruffles at the bottom of dresses so I don't like that aspect of this dress. The rest of the dress, however, looks absolutely gorgeous on her. I love the new earrings and I love the hat. I'm not sure I love this hat with this dress. Overall she looked lovely and very appropriate for Royal Ascot.

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  21. Love it! Love the dress - it looks so flowy and light. I love her hat. I really love what she has been doing with her hair up these days, she is nailing the bun. :) She looks lovely. William looks nice. This is a fun one.

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    1. Zoe-did you notice how handsome William looked in his black suit at the Embassy?
      I thought he looked very sharp.

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  22. Jennifer from the SouthJune 15, 2016 at 12:16 PM

    The dress is hugely improved this time around. Love it.

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  23. Sonja from BavariaJune 15, 2016 at 12:28 PM

    Love the hat, like the deess, but I think she should have worn sone contrast colours - maybe a navy clutch? Emerald clutch? Or shoes?
    But she looks lovely, I adore her earrings and the updo! She has really worn some gorgeous updos recently :)

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    1. I agree, a pop of colour and some spectacular jewels would have just lifted the outfit

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  24. I get a very My Fair Lady vibe from this look, which I love, though personally the dress is not to my taste (not a fan of the giant dust ruffle on the bottom). But I think Kate looks fabulous! The white is perfect from Ascot and I love the hat!

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    1. Great comment CR! I can absolutely see that now you mention it.
      All we needed her to do was yell out "come on Dover move your blooming a**e" love it!
      I did love her hat and hair especially!
      It feels like the Queens 90th may have been a watershed moment for William ... Full time Royal status feels but a moment away ...
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  25. I like this silhouette on the DoC. Her sartorial choices over the past few engagements
    Were amazing. I don't mind that the new jewelry resemble pieces she has already, imo these new pieces are bigger.
    I am with Lizze in wishing the DoC had worn a new outfit to NI. Over all we are watching a queen in the making in front of our eyes. Ruth from Brooklyn.

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  26. I like this silhouette on the DoC. Her sartorial choices over the past few engagements
    Were amazing. I don't mind that the new jewelry resemble pieces she has already, imo these new pieces are bigger.
    I am with Lizze in wishing the DoC had worn a new outfit to NI. Over all we are watching a queen in the making in front of our eyes. Ruth from Brooklyn.

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  27. I like this look. Absolutely classic and elegant. When she wore it before for the horse show I wondered if she'd picked it primarily for dinner with the Queen beforehand and was thinking that what would mostly be seen 'in public' was the jacket. If the Queen liked the dress on her then and said as much then that would make sense for Kate to bring it out today. We know she picks her clothes primarily to compliment and please the people she is with rather than for her own pleasure.

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  28. Very much enjoyed this dress, and thought that Kate lovely in it; however, the cut of it strikes me as trendy rather than stylish. Nevertheless, since it came from the likes of Dolce and Gabbana, it may stand up to the test of time. It is not a dress which will look fashionable in another five years tho; maxi lengths come and go as quickly as mini skirts do.

    All in all, I have been quite impressed with Kate's sartorial choices in the last six days--I do think it may be time to the Catherine Walker dress coat she wore in Ireland, unless, of course, it is her intention to replicate the far-from-fashionable Princess Royal.

    Unfortunately, the level of society where Kate now resides requires style, and in-style, and that costs big bucks.

    JMO.

    JC

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    1. It wasn t Catherine Walker in Ireland. It was Birger Mikkelsen.

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    2. I stand corrected, but still think it should be ditched.

      JC

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  29. Kate's face looks so radiant !
    I am not a fan of the lace, straw and suede trifecta.
    The lace dress appears too short waisted and a more lifting under garment is needed.
    BUT..........Kate still looks elegant.

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    1. That is the first thing I noticed as well, boobs at half mast! She has this problem occasionally, remember the pale green lace in India? Her "team" needs to upgrade her underpinnings. It beggars belief that one would ruin the lines of an expensive designer gown, when it could be so easily corrected by one little run through. She needs a real lady in waiting and a better personal tailor, then these little foibles would be a thing of the past.

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    2. Take a good look at some of the other royal ladies, anon 11:24.

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    3. In this post there are several photos of Kate (standing, sitting, and from the side) and I honesty don't see an issue with her undergarments.

      Anon 1, I have...noted! :)

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    4. Since several ladies appeared this week in both the exact same dress as the green one from India, it was interesting to note they all had the same appearance in the but line. Me thinks it is the construction of the dress. In any event, I see nothing with this dress indicating a problem with her undergarment..... as royalfan has stated.

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    5. Oops this darn auto correct - was suppose to be "bust line" - "not but line". Oh well even when re reading didn't catch. Sorry.

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    6. Eva, sometimes auto correct is more like auto change with a mind of its own! :))

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    7. Sometimes autocorrect is just hilarious! When I first read your comment Eva B. I was wondering how you could see her butt and I thought that was the mistake. My little pea brain caught up, however, and I got a good laugh!

      I'm with you royalfan, I cannot see anything wrong with the fit in the bust line.

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  30. Kate has spent the last week buttoned up, zipped up and otherwise elegantly trussed up for her many engagements. I imagine she was relieved today to wear something soft and flowing and perhaps comfortable to her. The whole look is a win to me!

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  31. She looks beautiful. Like the young wife and mother she is. Oh, and Duchess. 😉 LOVE the Kiki jewelry--every set she wears is perfect. William is very affectionate with her and it is very sweet, but definitely not enviable to those of us who have that kind of relationship in our lives already. I don't have the clothes or the jewelry, but I have the love! What in the world will we do if/when we don't see her tomorrow?!

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      No envy here either on the relationship side of her life:). I too have been in a a lovely long affectionate marriage.

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    2. The two of you are lucky. That's hard to find.

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    3. But why? If a man or a woman expects this from a marriage why should it not be 90 percent of what all relationships are about. Believe me, my marriage takes work, but we both are respectful and considerate. Some years more so than others:), but if you are that way to your spouse why should they not be the same back. Why would anyone marry someone who was not a lovely respectful person? All relationships take work, they ebb and flow, but each partner should never settle for anything less than a loving relationship, and that loving relationship in my opinion can take many forms. Some people are openly affectionate, some very reserved, but all should be respectful and agree on some fundamental principles:)

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    4. In a perfect world, that's how it should be but the world is not that perfect nor that simple.

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  32. The last pic you posted, looks like a part of the lining of the dress came loose.

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    1. Absolutely noticed the lining of the dress. . . . Oh!

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    2. You would think that on a garment the price of a D&G the lining would have been more secure. Not very good advertising for them since what Kate wears is a subject the world over.

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  33. Like that dress a lot. They say if you were around for the first round of fashion, then you shouldn't wear it the second time, and as a child (teen) of the '70s I would not be seen dead in a ruffled skirt - but the Duchess is young enough to carry it off.

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    1. I just realized what it is about this ruffled dress that is so familiar. Margaret, you're right! In the 70s this was a style by a manufacturer called Gunny Sacks. Seriously, Google it and you'll see what we mean! There aren't a lot of styles from the 70s that should be repeated and these giant ruffles are included in the "do not repeat" category!

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    2. She loves the dust ruffle (ahem that floral Erdem best forgotten), and she looooves lace, add a peplum on somewhere and it's Kate's closets' love child!

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    3. Ladies, I'm imagining the dress without the ruffle, and I think it would be too short. I also believe it's the ruffle that gives it the vintage effect.

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  34. Oh! Kiki has a new line called Apollo! I think we may see our duchess in something from this line at some point!

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  35. I love the dress. I find it summery and appropriate for the occasion. I know that hats are required at Ascot, but I'm getting tired of the steady parade of hats over the last week.

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  36. Alejandra RamírezJune 15, 2016 at 7:09 PM

    Very nice post! I see your point with the dress. I personally I'm not a fan of lace always, this seems a tad busy and yes, the ruffle doesn't help.
    The hat is gorgeous but I think the lace is too much

    She looked great and what an amazing week! :D
    I bet the susprises are, almost 100% sure, the kids attedning a Polo game and what if, they attend another Ascot day? :D

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  37. simmply beautiful! The hat is so elegantand she wears it with such confidence. She seems to grow more beautiful and gracious each year. The role of Duchess, wife and mother seems to be very well suited to her!

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  38. I like the ruffle on the dress. I'm really tired of the whole lace dress thing so the ruffle and swingy skirt is a nice change from the fitted lace dress that everyone has been wearing - for it seems like ages. Adore the earrings and hair worn up too! She and William together are just to cute for words.

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  39. Ah... yuch. Too Miss Havisham, too much lace, the bodice fit strange in some photos, and the prarie hem on this just doesn't work for me. Love the hat and the expressions on her face while watching. But not this dress.

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  40. I amaze myself with my own hypocrisy: I dislike the flounce on this dress, yet I have often lamented (to myself) the sameness of Catherine's dresses (as regards style). I guess I'm happy to see her choose a different style, and I almost love this dress, but I can't help thinking "grandma's tablecloth" every time I look at it. And yet, if anyone can improve a dress by wearing it, Kate can.

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    1. I think we've all been there, bristowmom! That initial "Oh, doesn't she look lovely!" to "But I don't like that dress." Proving your point that Kate can improve a dress by wearing it!

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  41. Loved the hat, hair, makeup, jewelry, shoes, clutch, and movement of the skirt.
    But... the lace belongs in curtains or tablecloths.
    As for the dust ruffle, who let Valentino sneak into the D&G atelier?

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    1. Hee hee. I did wonder a bit about how D&G managed to put this out there.

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    2. Lace does not wrinkle from prologed sitting as do some other fabrics-a fact which
      some other ladies will note when they view their photos.An adequate lining also helps.

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    3. D&G should sue for defamation!! There is no way they would design this!!!

      I am only joking of course, but it is really bad!

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  42. Definitely a miss, the dress looks like a Laura Ashley dress form the 80s, suede(?) shoes in that colour don' t fit, last weeks outfits (trooping, lunch, garter) were perfect

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    1. I loved this look ..... And still do!!

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  43. I'm not a fan - the lace is nice but the bodice/waist look like it doesn't fit properly and the skirt is not for me. I much preferred Princess Mary's orange Marc Jacobs dress. I'm also getting a little bored of Kate's shoes - Mary's looked a little more interesting.


    Great blog post as ever Jane though - I always look forward to reading your thoughts and write ups. It's been a good week! I wonder if we will see Kate at Wimbledon?

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  44. It might not be my favourite frock (I hate it indeed) but she pulls it off beautifully. With that hat, with horses and green lawns as a framework, it works perfectly. Also, I give her credits for making those nude pumps work with the outfit. In terms of fashion, that frock + that hat TEAMED WITH elegant nude stilettos promise to be an awful ensemble, but she still shines: this is what being a beauty brings about, I believe!

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  45. In my opinion it is the overall effect that matters and throughout the day Catherine was perfect elegant Ascot.
    The new earrings are lovely and I suspect they are gifts from William---having realized that she liked the earlier ones, repeats them with different coloured stones; my late husband used to do that.
    There are photos around of Catherine and Princess Mary together and they looked so much alike.
    I have withdrawal symptoms today, but assume Catherine is back with the little ones and most surely Nanny Maria must have earned a day off.

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    1. You are so right, Jean. And I'm betting that they are very happy to have a day off to be with George and Charlotte and Nanny Maria must be happy for the day off too. We know for sure that we will see them again in a couple of weeks when they go to France with Harry. They sure shine when they are out as a trio!

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    2. I am having very happy thoughts imagining the family relaxing in the country in
      at least some privacy. Playing ball, swimming, tennis, dinner with friends...

      The truth may not be quite so idyllic, as William may have a 3-4 days rotation
      with his other job as well as duties for the Queen. They still have their
      Foundation and other charities, including a new, ambitious project recently launched.
      William has been giving interviews and meeting with people regarding their anti-bullying
      campaign we recently learned. Perhaps he is busy with more of that. Catherine has
      at least one charity/project in the nearby area.
      All that, and I haven't even mentioned children, family, and friend obligations
      and activities, as well as preparing wardrobe,(Kate only!), speeches, logistics,
      for the coming engagements, some perhaps not even known to us yet.
      WHEW!

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    3. No time off for William. He's playing in a charity polo event all weekend. Kate and the kids weren't in attendance Saturday but maybe she will be Sunday. Harry and Zara were there to cheer William on and little Mia stole the show with her somewhat exuberant personality.

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    4. Robin, I suspect that Mia keeps mom and dad on their toes! She is absolutely adorable!! Seeing the photos of Harry with Zara and Mia just makes me hope (even more!) that he finds HIS "Kate" very soon.

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    5. William not only rode in a charity polo match Saturday, according to KP he met with
      fathers and mentors of their Heads Together charity Sunday. I think we can excuse their absence from a Sunday polo match. He likely was not even scheduled to appear,
      but fans and media were assuming again about a hoped-for appearance.

      I do have to admit, the photos from the polo matches with George starring in his own
      little show are among my favorites. I just don't think the Cambridges need to be shamed for not showing up for an event that wasn't even on their schedule.
      (I'm sure no one here would do that)
      William has been very busy indeed outside the home, Robin.

      Anonymous formerly known as anon 1-

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  46. I agree with Jean from Lancs, the overall effect of this is really lovely. I still am not the biggest fan of the dress but it benefits from being freed from the Zara coat and this is probably the type of context in which it looks best.

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  47. Can't stand the hat or dress. Ugh.

    Loved seeing Carole and Micheal. Carole's suit is lovely, wonderful color.

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    1. I may be wrong, Anon, but I think the photo of the Middletons is older, from 2012.

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    2. Oh, well! She still looks good!:) thanks, Kaye, for letting me know. So much respect for Carole as a business woman and mom!!

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  48. Oh yes Miss Havisham! Kate still looks BEAUTIFUL. Please no more suede shoes until autumn.
    In one picture I noted some water staining so maybe.......

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  49. Amongst all the talk of fashion I forgot to mention that, along with Jane, I miss seeing Carole Middleton too. I know she's a private citizen and all but maybe just a glimpse of the world's second most famous grandma. Maybe during Wimbledon! Those of us in Carole's generation (I will point out that she's older than me but - I do have a 34 year old daughter) love to see what she's wearing!

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    1. Robin, I do like her style. Carole is one of those women I look at and think, "I want to look like her when I grow up". ;)

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    2. I agree! I think the Middleton women do an excellent job showing how to dress beautifully at any age

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  50. Ascot - Thursday

    I like Princess Michael's outfit, Princess Anne looks nice, Eugenie looks young and attractive, and Bea, well, not her finest hour (don't understand the hat and hair).

    http://www.gettyimages.com/photos/royal-family-ascot-june-16-2016?excludenudity=false&family=editorial&page=1&phrase=royal%20family%20ascot%20june%2016,%202016&sort=newest

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    1. Thanks for the link, royalfan. Princess Michael-the hat, a cape! Eugenie, very stylish yet demore and her hat youthful and fun and pretty; Beatrice-two immediate impressions, 1940's women in prison movie outfit and I guess the hat was in the Queen's colors and the jockey, but also reminded me of an 18th century British sailor. I realise that is tacky and ungracious and I'm sorry. But it felt GOOD.
      Royalfan, I think Bea's hair goes with the women in prison motif.

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    2. ha! demure. Maybe "demore" is like "de-licious, de-lightful, de-lovely" in the
      the old tune. de-more
      I apologise to those who may have looked for a translation of "demore."
      anon 1-anonymous 10:14

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    3. Princess Michael looked fantastic, as usual. She's always had a flair. Sophie also looked really good. Eugenie looked very nice. Poor Beatrice. With that hat all she needs to do is put a garter around the top of her arm and she could break into barbershop singing. Oh, and Sarah's outfit from today. . . those black satin bows through the giant grommets . . . oh, my.

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    4. Ladies, I too think that Princess Michael is very stylish; she has a true flair for fashion and really knows how to make a statement. Bea's navy dress would have been okay with an elegant, large brim hat. Perhaps a white detail in it, pearl earrings...

      And I just checked the Ascot photos from today and Sarah and Eugenie are definitely mother and daughter. The fussier, the better. They should team up for fashion lessons with Princess Michael and Lady Gabriella!

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    5. Fashion lessons are definitely in order! lol

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  51. Dust ruffle!! I'm dying! Jane, your sense of humor (and dead on descriptions) are the best!

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  52. Kate's dress at Ascot is just like my wedding dress. I thought it was a miss.

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  53. It is confirmed that Catherine will attend the "Taste of Norfolk" dinner in aid of EACH next week and The Duke is going too

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    1. Wonderful...thank you, Jean. :)

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    2. Can't wait. Hope we will be seeing the whole family this weekend though.

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    3. It was rumored before that Catherine would appear alone and act as host. Turns out, they will both be there as honored guests. Quite a difference. But that's press scuttlebutt for you. Their goal is sometimes to be first with the news, not necessarily the most accurate.

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  54. Apparently, the new earrings are not from Kiki McDonough.

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    1. I haven't been able to find these particular earrings on the Kiki McDonough site either.

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    2. RobinfromCA, I just love those earrings and would love to find out more about them.

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    3. I'm sure Jane will let us know as soon as they've been ID'd.

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  55. Jane did you see this video from the most recent Trooping? When William is kneeling next to George (but looking back talkin to Harry) The Queen gets after and tells him to stand up. I have mixed feelings ... on one hand he is getting on his child's level and engaging with him, something not common in the BRF. But I do understand she probably wanted him visible and paying attention, especially since he is second in line and given the prominent spot of standing next to her.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3646291/Hilarious-moment-Queen-gives-Prince-William-telling-off.html#v-4621035777967243058

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    1. Very unfortunate and does not show HM in the best light.
      The young generation of the family always get down to a child's level---not something older generations did. but 6ft 4ins must seem gigantic to a child.

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    2. I really think this video is doctored. I do not think the Queen would not want William explaining to his son what was about to happen or engaging with him. Just the Daily Mail/Express in their usual kind of suspect journalism.

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    3. I just watched the full length of the balcony appearance on youtube and the DM is simply stirring the pot, once again. W&K were engaging with G&C which is important given their ages. Kate was doing her best to keep Charlotte from being fussy and William knelt down more than once to keep George focused on what was happening, with the Queen smiling and enjoying herself throughout.

      The DM turned a five second moment and turned it into yet another "Bad William" story. Pardon my mood here, but I find this beyond sad and ironic as I sit here and listen to news pundits minimize the true evil and threats that exist in our world today.

      The balcony appearance begins at 2hr 42 min...

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vb9hrWbb2NI

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    4. But it actually happened royalfan. She is clearly saying "stand up" and making an upward gesture with her hand. In turn, he immediately stood up and did look a bit sheepish. I didn't find it negative but rather an interesting family moment. They are humans after all and it is nice to see their humanity here and there. This story does not minimize the evil in this world but does give us some levity in the face of it which is always welcome as far as I'm concerned.

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    5. When are you guys going to stop paying attention to the DM? They always try to create headlines and are not to be taken too seriously imo. I never read it.

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    6. So much tempest in a teapot. Yes, it happened. Was it a big deal? No. Did William stop stooping down to talk to George? No. Is the Daily Mail searching through every millisecond of video footage to create a stir? A thousand percent yes!

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    7. 2:59, I'm not denying that it happened, but it was all of five seconds. I just dislike the William bashing that articles like this generate (I'm speaking in general terms).

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    8. It is my understanding that she wanted him to stand because the flyover was coming, stand to show respect. Like taking off your hat for the Pledge or the Star Spangled Banner.

      I don't think the DM was making a mountain out of a mole hill. It was a very interesting and human moment. Makes the RF more real to people.

      But once again nothing can be said about this or we are bashing. Please grow-up, people!!

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    9. It seems like a moment that could use a little more context - it's entirely possible that there are certain moments they know photos will be taken and it's important to have everyone in the "right" place for the photo op at that time (remember Jane's post about Trooping last year & the bad PR stemming from missed opportunities to get a good pic of Kate, Williams & George). HM might be perfectly ok with William stooping down to George's level, but nudged him if he was about to be late getting into position for a planned pic.

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    10. All of which would illustrate beyond doubt that the Queen is in control, the matriarch, and calls the shots in the RF.
      You can't have it both ways: a Queen who admonishes her grandson, but also a future king, in public on camera; or a Queen who "lets her family make their own decisions-"about which engagements to attend, for example.

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    11. Agree with the last two Anonymous posts from today Standing on the balconey IS a photo op and while Will bending down for a few seconds was likely no big deal to HM, since he was front and center I expect she didn't want it to go on too long and/or be occurring at the wrong moment such as during the flyover. Some of the stills with Will bent over if viewed out of context DO look a little odd and I expect HM anticipated that as a potential problem. Of course, with the value of hindsight it might have been better if Will had carried George while Kate carried Charlotte (and also avoided the near tumble) 


      This story is now being reported in all the papers not just DM but the ones I've read don't seem mean-spirited in tone to me...more just along the lines of "listen to granny" and/or a highlight of ordinary family interactions. 

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    12. I honestly think everyone is wrong bc it wasn't until he was turned around talking to Harry and not George that she did that..I don't think it had anything to do with him talking to George.. Simply bc at that moment he wasn't,he was talking to Harry.

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    13. Or anon 910 is correct and it didn't have a lot to do with him bending talking to George but when he was doing it.. ie right before the flyover and picture time..

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    14. Whoops this may be a repeat. This is a very sweet moment. I have no idea what actually happened but no matter why the exchange it is a lovely moment between Grandmother and Grandchild. I have live through a few elderly parents and this exchange would be considered mild mild compared to most. Who knows what the exchange was, but at its worst it was a Grandma and a Grandkid exchange, should we all be so lucky.

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    15. Anon 2:59. I am not sure how you are anyone that wasn't next to them say what happened. She could just as easily said "watch him William" gesturing toward George. I think the Daily Mail/Express have made it in to something when may not have happened as well. I watched the whole thing live and didn't see it. I have watched the snippet of film and she could have said anything as well as it could have been spliced together to make something out of nothing.

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  56. Oh, I love this outfit. I think she looks so charming. One of my all time favorites is the black length DVF evening gown she wore when just barely pregnant. I kept thinking it was so becoming on her and I feel the same way about this dress. Maybe I like it because I am old enough to appreciate the throwback to what I wore in my teens and 20's, in terms of the flounce at the bottom. My prom dress had this type of flounce. I think if this dress didn't have the flounce it would look too wedding like. For me the flounce makes it a bit less formal and more fun. There are moments in which she captures a "feeling" that is very evocative in her sartorial choices and I think this is one of them. I do envy how gorgeous she is.

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  57. Oh i love the duchess dress she looks so young

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  58. The amazing hat saves this dress and just about makes it all work - it's not her finest hour dress wise, but certainly not her worst either - in another life, the dress could be mistaken for a cheap lacy number from New Look or DP (both high street stores in UK and Ireland), not D & G!!- they both look delighted with life which is lovely..

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  59. I've been really busy lately and haven't been able to keep up with W&K like I normally do so sorry if I'm asking something that has been run into the ground so to speak.. This was Kate's first time ever going to Ascot? Why now and not before? Bc she was pregnant or just had a baby? I'm assuming that royal girlfriends just DO NOT get invited to this sort of thing?? It just seems to me that hm gave them 5 years to start a family and is just now requiring them to become full time royals? Are they considered full time royals now? They have pretty much NOT stopped since the tour. ONE short ski holiday that we know of? I'm extremely convinced that the trio work way more than they are getting credit for. Is there even a difference in what is considered family function and what is considered working functions? Like the Royal Ascot for instance or Trooping? One is celebrating the 90th bday of the Queen who happens to be his grandmother.. I'm guessing that private family functions are more rare than we know? Or do they happen more than we know? I have all sorts of questions like that...Anyone willing to swap email info to have royal chats would be greatly appreciated!!

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  60. And where has Carole and Pippa been hiding?

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