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Kate Cambridge In Black for Orlando Victims

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their way to the American Embassy in London today to sign a book of condolence for the victims of the Orlando terrorist attack.

via Kensington Palace Twitter
William and Kate have clearly been given the condolence circuit. They are the BRF's "Big Draw" and so sending them is a special nod to whatever country has been wounded and whichever people is suffering in these natural and human disasters. 

Kensington Palace Twitter

Kate often recycles for these events, and today she mixed new and old. The familiar piece was her versatile black Ralph Lauren jacket. The Duchess has had this for many years and we have seen her wear it for a fairly even mix of public and private events. Most famously, she wore it the morning after her wedding to leave Buckingham Palace by helicopter. We believe she has carried it on several occasions to various stadium events in case of chill, but never ended up putting it on. 


At first blush I thought the dress might have been the Great Plains in navy/ebony, but on closer inspection this is a new frock. I haven't run it to ground yet. The pattern is making it difficult to get a sense of the material, but it looks substantial. Thank you to a number of you who got int touch to tell me the dress is Tory Burch's Sophia dress!


Kate wore her Lauren leaf drops and black heels. 


Sometimes as I survey the destruction the world has been laboring under in Iraq, Syria, and the entire Middle East and the horrors we have seen in Brussels and Paris, Boston and San Bernardino, the evil feels overwhelming. I know many others feel the same, but I believe in the incredible power of prayer. The Light has overcome the darkness. I know we all join the Cambridges in sending prayers to the victims and families of the Orlando attack.  May peace and healing be brought quickly to the families and the wounded. 


William and Kate arrive in Northern Ireland shortly. Coverage on that to follow. 

80 comments:

  1. While fashion is of course, a completely secondary thought to this engagement, I thought she looked fabulous. The dress is very pretty and I've always loved that jacket. A+

    Jane, I just want to thank you for everything you do. I've been reading this blog since practically the beginning and your witty words and conversations always brighten my day. Sometimes people wonder why the royal family is needed or why people follow them, but I really do believe that the happiness they bring others, the work that they do, and the continuity and stability they represent is a true asset.

    While my heart hearts for the events of the past week, it always helps to look for the good and the love and the peace - and while it may not always seem like it, those can be found in the little and big things every day. Thanks Jane for helping to bring that joy.

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    1. Beautifully expressed, Jane and Alexandra.
      The pictures and text Jane contributes truly do add a little joy to my life.

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  2. Thank you William and Kate for the touching support.
    Wish Kate was not fiddling with her hair.

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    1. Kate was adjusting her hair, not fiddling, like a 12 year old.

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    2. Agree totally. She really should be wearing it up if she constantly feels
      the need to fiddle, adjust whatever.

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  3. "William and Kate have clearly been given the condolence circuit. They are the BRF's "Big Draw" and so sending them is a special nod to whatever country has been wounded and whichever people is suffering in these natural and human disasters."

    I don't think people who have been shot, injured or have loved ones killed in tragedies such as this one could care less about whether or not they get a big draw from the BRF. I'm certain the BRF aren't tasteless enough to think that they can use Will & Kate at such a time to improve their image and it is also completely insensitive to suggest so.

    While I often enjoy this blog, I sometimes think that the blind hero-worshipping of Kate goes too far and completely over-shadows what's actually important. Frankly, it doesn't matter who out of the BRF signs a book - even the so-called Kate the Great - they won't bring back the people who have lost their lives to this senseless violence. I think a bit of perspective is needed. It would probably have meant a lot more and Kate and William would have better served the LGBT community by making a speech condemning the actions or meeting with local activists to demonstrate real tangible support as opposed to signing their names in a book and doing a walkabout in the US embassy for a meet n greet. That would truly have been a "Big Draw" and a special nod.

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    1. I will try to say this as politely as I can, but I think you are the one that might need a perspective adjustment. I never suggested the BRF was trying to polish its own image. It is a sign of respect to send senior officials to funerals or memorial services when another nation is suffering grief. For example, if the President can't make a high profile event, he sends a representative. When he does so, he sends an appropriate member of the administration, he doesn't send the bell boy. William and Kate are the biggest draw in the BRF. It is a sign of respect for them to take their time to make the public statement of grief on behalf of the Queen, the BRF and Britain. Recognizing that the currency of the royals is popularity and that William and Kate have a lot of popularity isn't hero worship, it is reality.

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    2. Completely agree with everything you said Jane. Also, William said he was going to appear in "Attitude," the UK's leading gay magazine. For a royal, that's a pretty big and important thing.

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    3. Also, seeing W&K there gets media attention which reminds people of the tragedy. Life is busy and reminders from the news or a Kate blog remind us to remember those affected and appreciate our lives...even if for a short time before we get distracted again by work, traffic, life, etc. That's part of how I interpreted "big draw" - who will draw more attention to those impacted.
      ~ A

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    4. Very well stated Jane. I will not waste my time responding the Anon 9:15 comment for you would not post what I would say. It just sounds like who ever wrote this is not a fan of the royal family. So I don't understand why they bother to visit this great blog to read about them.
      Great job Jane. I love this blog.

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    5. Anonymous 9:51: I venture to say that you are the one who is totally insensitive here. Jane is entirely correct, it is a sign of utmost respect to have W&K do this today. You say they should make a speech... how self-serving would that be? The Queen sent a message and now W&K have gone to the Embassy in a sign of support. And I'm sure they were more than happy (please don't misinterpret that word) to do so.

      If you took any time at all to read any of the coverage of this meeting at the Embassy today, you would know that W&K spent time speaking with members of the LGBT community. William said that he will be featured in the UK's gay publication Attitude coming out later this week. Although not brought on as a result of this tragedy (apparently his participation has been "months" in the planning) I think W&K have a much better handle on how they can support and make a difference in whatever matters in the world. Much more than you do Anonymous. You really need to get over yourself. There isn't a damn thing you could possibly "teach" William and Catherine about how they can best serve anyone or any group.

      On behalf of those of us who have a heart, we appreciate your post and your message of prayer for peace and healing.

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    6. Well spoken, Jane. I agree. It is a sign of respect and a gift that William & Kate are responding on behalf of their nation and family in this way. It has nothing to do with a popularity contest.

      Thank you, Jane, for the intelligence and beauty you imbue this blog with. My heart leaps with joy every time I see you have a new post.

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    7. Exactly Jane! Kate and William are paying their respects on behalf of the a Royal family. I don't think anyone on here is worshipping Kate as a hero. I do think they are just being compassionate and respectful human beings and acknowledging support for a great ally country. Like it or not, they are wonderful representatives of their country, and I think they are doing a very nice thing. I would think that William is no stranger to grief in a public setting, and he and Kate seem to be very likable and compassionate people.

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    8. Really think your rant is a bit unjustified Anon 9.51 as Jane is correct in saying that the Cambridge's seem to get the condolence book signing as do the Wessex's get the overseas weddings. This would not have been the time and the place for William and Kate to speak out on LGBT issues. I am sure that the US Embassy would not even have condoned such a move. However William did reveal that he is featured in the latest leading UK gay magazine which comes out on Wednesday.

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    9. Jane, you have the patience of Job.

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    10. Well said Jane and everyone else who commented.

      Not sure how this could be 'twisted' in such a manner. I refuse to acknowledge the Anon person.

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    11. Obviously Jane is entitled to use whatever language and take whatever perpective she wishes since it's her blog!


      W&K do seem to have been given "condolence duty" for whatever reason. But if we accept that's their assigned duty within The Firm, then its not really fair (as has sometimes been done) to criticize Charles and Camilla for not also doing that very  same duty. We can't really have it both ways...saying that what W&K do (or don't do as the case may be) is at the direction of and with the blessing of HM, yet find other BRF members lacking if they aren't doing what W&K do or lacking if they don't do something neither W or K does.


      So far as making a statement, I don't think that would have been appropriate at this point. I don't recall Will made public statements after the Paris attacks and those were practically right in his "backyard." There is alot we don't know yet about the shooter's motivation but to the extent the BRF is supposed to steer clear of politics, setting a precedent for speech-giving in these situations doesn't seem a good idea. Honestly, I don't know how much of a positive emotional effect signing a condolence book has (even for survivors and immediate family members much less for other citizens from the affected country) My guess is there is relatively little effect. But it is traditional so NOT doing it would be a big deal.

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    12. There is a difference between conscientious critique and negative criticism. Anon 9:51 has negative criticism down to an art: "while I often enjoy this blog, I sometimes think that blind hero-worshipping of Kate goes too far and completely over shadows what is actually important". First the compliment and then the jab. Jane your response is spot on. Ruth

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    13. There is a difference between conscientious critique and negative criticism. Anon 9:51 has negative criticism down to an art: "while I often enjoy this blog, I sometimes think that blind hero-worshipping of Kate goes too far and completely over shadows what is actually important". First the compliment and then the jab. Jane your response is spot on. Ruth

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    14. There is a difference between conscientious critique and negative criticism. Anon 9:51 has negative criticism down to an art: "while I often enjoy this blog, I sometimes think that blind hero-worshipping of Kate goes too far and completely over shadows what is actually important". First the compliment and then the jab. Jane your response is spot on. Ruth

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    15. I do hope William and Kate haven't just "been given the condolence circuit". I hope that they have actually wanted to extend themselves in these situations. That's what I have always assumed. I didn't think about the very probable possibility that they are representing the entire BRF. I still hope and believe that it is something they want to do.

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    16. Well, the two shouldn't be mutually exclusive. They are the only royals present, but are we to then assume that the other royals don't wish to extend themselves? I would not doubt their genuine concern. :)

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    17. Not at all, but as Kate is the only member of the BRF that I follow on a regular basis, I haven't been aware that she and William have been the only royals who have been present.

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    18. I'm gonna go out on a limb here and suggest that we all show anon 9:51 some compassion and kindness. Many of us were emotionally affected by this tragedy, and we don't know their situation. "Be kind, for everyone you know is fighting a hard battle."

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    19. I thought that, too anon 8:51- until the "The Great Kate" jibe. Sounds more like
      mean-spiritedness than someone in mourning or devastated from tragedy.

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  4. Thank you Jane for your respectful response. As an American I am touched by the support from BRF.

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  5. Im very appreciative of their support. Global recognition helps us feel we are not alone. My wish is that all of our childten inherit a world in which occaisions like this are unnecessary.

    Like Alexandra, I feel guilty talking fashion but I think she is right in that things that bring us joy during sorrowful times have great value.

    She looks very nice. I'll be interested in the dress ID. Her hair looks nice today. I wonder if we will see a side chignon this afternoon. I thought Queen Letizia looked wonderful when they went to sign their condolences this morning.

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    1. It IS a side chigon and a recycle in Ireland.

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    2. I just saw that:-) She looks beautiful.

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    3. I wonder if that is the reason why she wore her hair over one shoulder...to train the hair to fall to that side since she had a side signon again later in the day. She probably had her hair done into the signon soon after this appointment.

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    4. That was exactly my train of thought Lizzie. I liked her hair to the side. Something different.

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    5. Not actually me earlier...but I agree with both Lize and Faith.

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    6. Oops, sorry Lize! I read too quickly. I'll be careful to differentiate next time.

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    7. Dress ID: It is a Tory Burch crew neck jersey dress

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    8. What a nice nod to the U.S., anon 6:00! I hope she wears it without the jacket so we cam get a better look. I like the print.

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    9. I like her hair! It's fresh and youthful looking to me. And I am also happy to hear about PW being in a lgbt magazine and the BRF showing their support. some people want much more, but to me it shows solidarity with England and the world against the horror of Isis. I remember the UKs support with the 9/11 attacks. As an American to have other nations support makes it so much easier to bear this news. We are not alone in grief. And I know that our president would go to the british embassy and do the same thing if roles were reversed.

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  6. It s a repeat in Ireland. The yellow brocade coat worn the fifth time.

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  7. A very thoughtful gesture by William and Kate on behalf of Her Majesty and some very thoughtful and lovely words written by you, Jane. I too believe in the power of prayer and pray for peace from the condition we find the world in these days.

    Kate chose a very respectful ensemble for their visit today and she looked lovely. One wonders if this is her mourning outfit. Wherever they go, members of the BRF bring a mourning outfit with them in case they need to return to the UK upon the death of a family member.

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    1. Really Robin? I had never heard that about mourning outfits although I can see how it makes sense...it just seems slightly morbid. Although I tell my husband we always each need one pair of perfectly polished black shoes and dry cleaned outfits in case of last minute parties or funerals. Once you hear someone has passed there isn't the time or energy to prepare a respectful outfit so I feel you always need one ready. For me that's a sign of respect.
      ~ A

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    2. Just the queen does that.

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    3. I don't think it's just the Queen. I know Diana always had one packed as well. I believe it's a carryover from when HM father, King George VI, died while she was abroad. It really makes sense as one certainly wouldn't want to get off a plane wearing whatever had been taken on tour. Think of Kate's wardrobe for India - none of those outfits would have been appropriate if they had needed to return early because something happened to a member of the family.

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    4. I don't know if Kate packs an outfit for that purpose or not. One difference though...Elizabeth was next in line for the throne when her father died and Charles was the direct heir (and still is obviously) when married to Diana. W&K not yet. Also private plane use may be more common now than it used to be. So I really don't have a guess but it this is Kate's emergency "mourning" outfit the fact that it was from an American designer is a coincidence.

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    5. You have a point in your last sentence, lizzie. However, the mourning outfits
      carried for out of town use were not needed, as the Cambridges were at home in London.I doubt her wearing an American designer for the first time this week was a
      coincidence-judging from her history of making thoughtful attire choices.

      Robin, I do think Kate must include such an appropriate outfit when traveling
      overseas or anywhere she would be seen publicly on her emergency journey home.
      Even if William is not next heir, the death would likely involve close family and
      appropriate dress would be required.


      Also good point, lizzie, about private transportation being more often used now, theoretically keeping royals out of
      the spotlight during such a journey as the Queen had to make after her father's
      death. However, W&C travel commercially overseas on the longer trips and would be
      seen by fellow travellers, or at least airline staff. And they rarely take a helicopter trip without an announcement/photos being widely distributed.

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  8. Speech-making is lip service and rather over-done and self-promoting at times such as these.
    Signing a condolence book is a simple, yet meaningful act and HM and the government chose to send the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
    We know the organisations and charities they support, but not all the individuals they touch.
    We do not know what support or condolences they chose to offer the survivors and
    families privately, out of the spotlight. To assume they have done nothing else is to perceive
    through a very narrow, subjective view. Perhaps a matter of perspective.
    Before the "Kate the Great" remark, I assumed you were closely affected by this latest
    tradgedy and thus made allowances for your bitter words.

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    1. Just a note-my 11:54 comment was in response to 10:51s post. I'm not sure how it got moved down amongst the outfit and extension discussions.
      Blogger taking liberties again?

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  9. RIP and condolences for all who lost someone in this totally senseless attack.

    I was a bit stunned about Kate's hair today, this is how it looks in reality without extensions and blow outs.

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    1. She for sure never has worn extentions!!!!

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    2. On the contrary, anon 12:44, she has for sure worn them!!

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    3. I think otherwise.:-(

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    4. Where's the proof of hair extensions. Her hair looks fine and a few hours later was in an up do for the garden party.

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    5. An 1:22 pl can you give any prove she wore extentions?

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    6. On one hand who cares, on another - when you are trying to make accusations, please provide proof. If you are just trying to stir the pot- you are not going to change out opinions about Kate.

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    7. Well said Eva. Thank you.

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    8. Im not trying to stir up the pot at all. Wearing hair extensions is not a negative. Most actresses have them in when working and making public appearances. Most women do not have that much hair. On WKW and Duchess Kate as well as this blog several hair stylists have suggested that during the 2011-2012 years, James Pryce used hair extensions to get that voluminous look. I will look for the pictures and video . I know there were several photos out there where an extension was visible and in the Diamond Jubilee video in which she is wearing yesterday's hat and the red McQueen, she can be seen adjusting an extension on the side of her head next to her hat. I didn't mean to imply she has them in today but to make a blanket statement that she has NEVER worn them is not correct.

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    9. I have no idea if Kate wears extensions on occasion.  And really, so what if she does? I don't really see the difference between those and certain kinds of makeup including false eyelashes. What is the big deal either way? I do think she uses a "donut" or other sort of form underneath to plump up her chignons. Do I have "proof"? Not being her hairdresser or a fly on the wall when her hair is done obviously I do not. But her recent chignons/buns are MUCH larger (wider and thicker) than those we saw several years ago when her hair length was much much longer. So it seems something must have been added. But again, so what?

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    10. Since when does the suggestion that someone uses extensions constitute an accusation? Is it a crime?

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    11. On one hand it was not meant to be a criticism, simply I have seen a different hair that she usually presents. On another, when exactly people turned this sour.

      This attitude might keep the die hard fans around here but last time I checked, bloggers write these posts for all, and sometimes earn the keep to license pics, so why not play nice and let others voice their opinions too. Thank you!

      Anon 12.05

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    12. I find the idea that whether or not someone has worn hair extensions would change one's opinion of them to be somewhat bizarre. On the contrary if extensions are Kate's secret I'd like to know so I can try them myself just like I've experimented with nude tights and certain cosmetics following her inspiration!

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  10. So many young people dead; so many badly injured; so many grieving families.
    Such atrocities affect us all and they are in our prayers.
    The Duke and Duchess went to the Embassy to represent us all, it is sad that some people cannot understand that.

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    1. Well stated, Jean. How can a controversy be stirred over something that was a compassionate act? It baffles the mind.

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    2. Tempest in a teapot, Robin 5:46. I suspect it is one anon arguing with itself to give the appearance of discord. Kind of pitiful, really.

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  11. Jennifer from the SouthJune 14, 2016 at 12:31 PM

    Outfit is great. Very appropriate.

    Love the dress. I think it looks like a lighter material.

    I feel as though Kate has replaced all the shoes in her closet with pointy toe shoes. I don't mind a pointy toe here and there, but I think an almond toe is infinitely more flattering. But, I will take small victories in that the platforms seem to have been banished.

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    1. Which 'all shoes'? She had two or three pairs of trusted nude sledges almond shape.

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    2. I prefer almond toes as well. I think it's mostly because pointy toes kill my feet!

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  12. To those who take their joy in guerrilla attacks on Jane and Kate-
    and this includes those who make token positive remarks to sugar-coat a rude, un-justified,or inappropriate remark-(a tacky hair comment in a post about death and loss?)
    keep 'em coming for as long as it takes for you to grasp the fact that this is essentially a Kate fan site and such tactics are not welcome. The fans who comment on this site are
    a group of intelligent, well-spoken individuals and will ignore or respond as needed.
    Of course, I really can speak only for myself.

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    1. Tory Birch dress, Ralph Lauren jacket--nice nod to the US.

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    2. Martha, I hadn't even connected the US fashions to the visit. Good observation!

      Anon 1, I think we will never be rid of the Negative Nellies so trying to engage them in refuting their remarks is just a waste of our time and interrupts the fun we have.

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    3. Robin 6:07- that's why I prefer "HMMMMM..."

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  13. I agree that it almost doesn't feel right to talk about fashion in this instance. But I must say that I think Kate looked lovely this morning! I love the dress and the jacket. Kate's hair looks nice. I also like the fact that she kept her jewelry to a minimum. Everything just goes well together, without it looking like she spent a lot of time trying to match everything. This ensemble is sleek, professional and youthful looking, all at the same time. I wish Kate would dress like this more often—in outfits that are dressy but not fussy. In my opinion, simple is usually better.

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  14. My only wish was that Harry had accompanied them to sign the condolence book, seeing as he was IN Orlando last month. Other than that, I have no quibbles with this appearance or their expression of support to us in the USA.
    -TMM

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    1. There was a report that Harry has been in personal contact with those people he worked with in Orlando last month. He seems a very sensitive and compassionate person so I'm sure the report is accurate.

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    2. I don't doubt that at all--my other thought was he probably feels quite a bit of private grief over the events that he may not have felt up to a public display of condolence. I don't fault him for not going, it just would have been nice to see the royal most recently connected with Orlando making a public appearance to show the support of the BRF. I'm sure that wasn't overlooked by the palace, which tells me Harry may not have been up to it emotionally.
      -TMM

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  15. New dress today - Tory Burch Sophia floral print in black/cream.

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  16. Just saw this.
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BGomFvsorfl/

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  17. No doubt the" Prince and Duchess" (why is it the DUKE and Duchess for W&C?)-
    they must likely have met privately with those affected and Charles will have an interview
    in an appropriate publication, as well.

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    1. I believe it's "Duke and Duchess" for William & Kate so that their titles "match" but Camilla declines to use "Princess" because of that titles association with Diana and Charles wouldn't use anything other than Prince since he is the next in line - hence the "mismatch" for C&C.

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    2. I think it highlights the fact that the public would likely shout down any reference to Camilla as Princess of Wales. I imagine it is a point of constant irritation for her. If an opinion poll came out tomorrow that the British public endorses her use
      of Diana's title, one she has earned by right of marriage to the POW, I doubt she
      would turn it down due to sensitivity to Diana's memory. If she had been concerned about Diana,she wouldn't even be Duchess of Cornwall now.
      Surely their PR crew could come up with something less jarring. Perhaps Mr. and Mrs. Wales? Now there's an honest title.

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  18. What's up with her hair?

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