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Kate of Carrickfergus: The Baroness Returns to Ireland

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

After the couple paid their respects at the American embassy this morning, they flew to Northern Ireland for their first visit since the Engagement Tour of the UK just before their marriage. The Baron and Lady Carrickfergus, as they are styled in Ireland, were due at a garden party hosted by the Secretary of State at Hillsborough Castle. 



Hillsborough is the official residence of the BRF in Northern Ireland. Located in County Down, not far from Belfast and a little north of Carrickfergus, the historical center of the title the Cambridges hold in Northern Ireland.  



Kate recycled her brocade coat from DAY Birger Mikkelsen. Kate has had this coat for many years. She first wore it to the wedding of Camilla's daughter Laura Parker Bowles in 2006.



At the time of the initial wear (2006), Kate paired it with one of my all time favorite dresses, the champagne lace cocktail dress by Collette Dinnigan. This might be Kate's most frequently recycled coats. She has worn it four other times, often pairing it with the same lace dress. It looks like she was wearing the dress again today. 


I think its best wear was at Zara's wedding where the sunshine highlighted the exquisite fabric.



Kate debuted a new hat by Lock & Co. today. This is the "Morning Rose" perching hat made in circled sinamay to look like the flower. The website says it is available in any dyed shade you need to match your ensemble, which is clearly what Kate did.


It looks like a morning rose. I get it, I do. However, it also looks like another morning item--a sticky cinnamon bun. It's just missing some drizzled frosting. I can't come up with a positive comment about this hat, it is dreadful. It will give me fashion nightmares tonight, I am certain of it.


If you are familiar with Irish heritage you know the beautiful song My Wild Irish Rose, and I suspect this is what inspired Kate. Maybe roses as detailing would have been better. I am assuming that Kate was drinking champagne and shopping online when she chose it. We've all been there, so no judgement. This champagne color is a tough shade to pull off. The coat is so sumptuously gorgeous, with its deep gold highlights and rich brocade, that it always looks great, but in general I think Kate should contrast with another color when wearing this coat. Next time! 


Many have commented about the fact that William and Kate have not been to Ireland since their 2011 visit, but the fact of the matter is that this region remains contentious. There is a very valid reason that both their visits were embargoed and announced in close proximity to the event. It remains dangerous for British royals and caution must be taken.

Via Kensington Palace

Kate wore her Fern pumps, carried her Nina clutch, and accessorized with the Shamrock brooch by Cartier. This brooch is owned by the Irish Guards and on loan to Kate. It is a lovely piece and a great addition to today's ensemble.  Kate's earrings are a new debut. Another set from Kiki McDonough. Soon Kate will own the entire Kiki collection, I think, which suits me just fine.


That being said, these aren't my favorite Kiki's either. They are lemon quartz drops surrounded by diamonds and are currently out of stock. I don't love yellow, but as we know, Kate certainly does.


For all the elements I would have tweaked, Kate was glowing today. Her elegant chignon, lithe figure, and bright smile were striking. Against the lush background of this Irish country house, she was a vision of British beauty.


It is fun to see the two back in Ireland. This was a good event because it was easy to control security. I hope their next visit sees them back among the people, and maybe out in the countryside. The fashion verdict, hat excepted, is a win.

Kensington Palace

135 comments:

  1. Sorry, Kate, but I hate this coat! It's too heavy, too beige, and too old!! The best outing was definitely Zara's wedding with the gorgeous peek-a-boo flower hat, but even back then I didn't love this coat. I want to relegate this and that ugly yellow Emilia Wickstead coat to the rubbish bin. Jury's out on the hat; I don't hate it but with this coat/dress, shoes, and clutch it's too bland and oatmeal for me. I'll wait until we see it with something else.

    I do like her side chignon and the earrings, though! And of course, overall, I think Kate looks appropriate, I just don't love the pieces.

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    1. Please don't ever suggest "rubbish bin," even if kidding! Gently used clothing needs to be charitably donated, thank you.

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    2. Love this look. The hat is very fun the earrings really punch it up. I love good quality clothes that last thru the years, and to me this coat does. I do think it is an item that is better in person than photos as is the hat:) She looked great and I loved the whole look.

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  2. There are so many things I would have had her do differently with today's outfit. With that historic and beautiful brooch with the emerald in the center I would have put her in her emerald drop earrings. I also would have had her wear emerald green shoes and hat and possibly even a green dress under the coat. It seems a little "on the nose" but since visits are so rare the nod wouldn't have been lost on the people.

    I think this coat has had its day in the sun and should be retired. The cinnamon bun hat should go with it or, at the very least, re-dyed to a different color. I'm not crazy about the structure but it does look far better in the red than in the color Kate wore. So, for me it was a 50/50 day but, on the other hand, she has had a fabulous week so it's hard to complain too much.

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    1. I agree with your suggested edits! Or even scrapping this coat altogether-- she has plenty of green things in her wardrobe! I would personally love to see that cute mint coat she wore when pregnant with George again.

      If she does keep this coat, I think it needs to be altered so it opens at the center; I feel the off-centered buttons/closure are what's making it look too heavy.

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    2. That mint coat would have been lovely! I do agree that adding some green would have been a nice touch and would have really highlighted the beautiful shamrock broach.

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    3. Robin interesting ideas! I would love to get some insight as to why she didn't incorporate more green, because the shamrock event usually incorporates a lot of green in her attire (except the one year she went all brown).
      ~ A

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    4. My guess is she didn't go all "Irish green" for fear it would remind everyone of how she skipped out on Shamrock duty for the Guards, breaking the 100+ year tradition.

      Not her finest moment and she probably doesn't want to stir up criticism again.

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    5. A, Let's not remember the "brown year" because I don't like brown and I especially don't care for it on Kate. I choose to ignore that year. IMHO, brown should only come in the form of leather. :-)

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    6. Cat Ray - I wouldn't have chosen this coat either but if she loves it that much I was trying to think of something to move it beyond bland. Maybe if the bottom of it was removed altogether and it was made into a cute, short jacket I could get on board with another wear. Or take the bottom hem and put it under the belt line and make it a jacket with a peplum. Rework instead of a straight repeat. Of course, she doesn't care about my opinion so I just work these things out for my own amusement. :-)

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    7. As an Irish woman living in the Republic -I understand why Kate avoided green. Symbolism such as flags and particular colours can still be unfortunately seen as quite contentious.

      Kate wearing green to Northern Ireland could be construed as been overtly political - traditionally green is associated with nationalist community while orange is associated with the Unionist community.

      Kate wearing green at the Irish Guards ceremony in the UK is entirely different as the UK has thankfully experienced secretarian warfare in recent history.

      I know the nusances of this most likely appear quite petty ! but in my opinion I think Kate was well briefed and thus avoided been seen to align herself to any group on particular.

      Jane I am a regular reader - thank you for your well informed and balanced blog

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    8. Half the Northern Irish population would probably demand orange hat etc.
      Sensible Catherine to go very neutral

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    9. Robin I quite agree with you regarding the "brown year" and brown in general on Kate. ;-)

      Anon 2:34 thanks for the info I didn't know to see it that way!

      ~ A

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    10. I thought she wore a subdued color in respect of the the tragedy, but of course
      your explanation makes more sense diplomatically. I suspected the was a good reason for the neutral color. There usually is with Kate.
      Thank-you for that information.

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    11. Okay, Robin, there is something we disagree on. :) I loved the "brown year" despite not being a fan of brown in general. It must be a combination of the super elegant coat, the hat I love, and the elegant monochromatic look.

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    12. Thank you to those above who explained so well the green/orange divide;
      makes perfect sense from that perspective.

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    13. I didn't understand the green/orange aspect of the visit. Thanks for the information. Now it seems very appropriate that Kate chose to be completely neutral.

      It's OK, royalfan, we don't have to be twins. ;-)

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    14. What about the brown tweed coat with the orangy-red lining she wore Christmas 2014, while pregnant with Charlotte? (was that already mentioned?) I thought her total
      look stunning.

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    15. Kate USA - Kate didn't skip the Irish guards and break a 100 year tradition. William is the royal colonel and the duty would fall to him. Kate has accompanied him and stood in for him in 2012 (I think) when he was abroad. The court circular makes it clear she was there was his rep, not in her own right. I don't think she was ever due to attend this year but the press, particularly the Daily Mail, expected her to and stirred it up when she didn't - mainly as click bait I assume. As for this 100 year old tradition, Google it. There have been years when no royal presented and many years when no female royal presented. The critics is inaccurate and unfair.

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    16. Robin ... :))

      Anon 1, I had forgotten about the brown tweed coat! I liked it very much. Kate seems to have a real penchant for vintage designs, doesn't she? It's a look that works for her and these outfits tend to be my favorites.

      2:45...thank you! :)

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    17. yes, 2:45- you said everything I wanted to say but I am too weary of saying it.
      The idea is to keep repeating the DM and actually
      i think, Express stories until people believe it. It has reached urban legend status. It has a life of its
      own. I doubt the proponents even want to know the facts.

      Royalfan-I think she has the panache to carry off vintage. There is something
      timeless about her, as well as most of her clothing, I think.

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    18. http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/kate-middleton-faces-public-backlash-for-breaking-115-year-old-st-patricks-day-shamrock-tradition/ar-BBqyEjS

      Who said anything about the Mail and Express?
      Queen Alexandra started tradition in 1901.

      From our own Jane Barr:

      "n February of 2011, Prince William was made Colonel of the Regiment of the Irish Guards, and the annual St. Patrick's Day parade has been a staple on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's calendar ever since. Kate always discharges the traditional duty of the wife of the regiment colonel by presenting the shamrocks."

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    19. Re: link in 9:18 comment-if one chooses to believe this article in its entirety,
      please note:
      It is from IBT, a publication based, I believe, in a country with relatively recent
      acrimony concerning the BRF
      It cites un-named "sources" and is known to base its articles on stories from the
      tabloid press. For eample, today's lead story, declaring Kate pregnant with a baby girl, was credited to Star magazine.

      No, you did not mention the Express or DM, but much of the content of that article
      covered rumors publicised on those sites. The only quote from KP did not varify
      remarks attributed to KP statements.Both KP and the court circular stated it was
      Prince Williams's responsibility. She was looking forward to the shamrock ceremony in future.Period. It was likely a reporter's embellishment that started the much quoted "don't get used to her doing this" type of remarks.

      I'm sure Jane is capable of speaking for herself about your quote from her.
      Since it is not dated and is taken out of context, at this point it is difficult
      to ascertain just what she meant. It was possibly written prior to March, 2016 and
      at that time many ASSUMED Catherine's part was going to be a yearly tribute. The
      100 year unbroken female royal tradition has been proved essentially urban myth.


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    20. I don't like the characterization that she skipped out on the St. Patrick's Day event. There is nothing etched in stone that says she has to be there historically, her husband was there as commander and she really is not a prop for fashion entertainment, nor is she an irresponsible person. And not wearing green today had nothing to do with whether or not she attended that event.

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    21. Goodness, why is it perfectly okay to say the Duchess has made a fashion mistake or a hair styling misstep, but no one is allowed to suggest she's capable of a scheduling error??

      As Jane Barr eloquently pointed out in her Trooping the Colour post (2015) PR is all about perception. If an event (or non-event) is capable of being badly judged, that is a PR mistake.

      The 115 tradition is certainly not "urban myth" - see BBC"
      http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-35833089

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    22. "100 year unbroken female royal tradition." Not true.

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    23. Very interesting, 4:32. Unfortunately, there is no explanation of who handed out shamrocks between the end of Queen Alexandra's time and the beginning of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother's years. Not always a female royal family member.
      A period of decades.If you can document by year during that period which female royal family member handed out the shamrocks, I will cheerfully eat an entire bunch of shamrocks.
      No 115 year unbroken tradition. That period is omitted because it does not support the stories disgruntled press writers were promoting which were picked up by other sources, none of which bothered to actually research the full history before writing the stories, apparently.

      For example, King George VI handed out the shamrocks in 1950. Source: The official
      Duke and Duchess of Cambridge site. So blame him, not Catherine, for breaking tradition.

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    24. Anonymous, you may find this interesting, I know I did:
      http://royalmusingsblogspotcom.blogspot.com/2016/03/oh-what-utter-tosh-or-research-matters.html

      I certainly will agree with you that it's not an unbroken tradition, but tradition it is. It appears Princess Mary, the Princess Royal, was active in the interim between Queen Alexandra and the Queen Mother.

      So, no need to eat shamrocks, my dear ~ altho they're probably good for you.

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    25. I wonder what would happen to the cries of broken tradition if we switched the participation of men and women on St Patrick's Day. Would there be OBJECTIONS to Kate doing it if the honor had been dominated by men?

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  3. Have to agree, that hat is ugh. Better in the red, but too literally like a flower, and not flattering. Also the coat - too big on her, and too heavy. I love the idea of a champagne-colored jacquard, but something brighter, or lighter, or just not overwhelming her frame the way this one does. Loved her hair and the jewelry, and her own beauty makes this look work anyway. It's hard for Kate to have a total miss, she can carry off anything.

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  4. As someone from NI, it's great to see William and Kate in the province - although I am irritated that this is their first visit since their wedding - long overdue. I do take onboard security concerns, but that can be managed - senior royals have visited in the past and it has always been well managed. From memory I dont think Harry has carried out visits here either.

    Bearing in mind how historic this visit is, I'm a little peeved to see her pulling an old coat. Of course, she can't wear new everyday, and nor should she, but on her first visit to Northern Ireland as Baroness Carrickfergus, I expected something better. I presume that due to the number of appearances lately she decided it was a smart move to recycle.

    Even if this wasn't a recycle, I loathe this coat - it's so dull and aging. The entire ensemble is too beige. The hat is hideous - like a horrible flower has been planted on her head. Too literal.

    Yesterday's recycle from the Garter was so much more breath taking.

    Separately, Jane, many thanks for all the hard work you put into this blog. I love that you include your opinion and view on things.

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    1. Anon 5:01pm I agree with you. I understand security is tricky (even Ireland is having their fair share of issues), and their visits will be more rare than Wales or Scotland...but still. Over five years ago they were styled Baron and Baroness, so this is long overdue. The *long overdue* is what has been my issue. Security concerns aside, I believe there are people in Northern Ireland who would appreciate them visiting, plus as future King/Queen they need a presence as often as can be safely coordinated.

      ~ A

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    2. A- I do wonder whether the Queen/government decides who visits what country and
      when (and why) I doubt W&C can just decide on their own to make an official visit to any place. I sensed a tone in some remarks that seemed to give an impression that they are responsible for not visiting more often.

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    3. Anon 4:54 when working for the BRF I suspect W&K are told when and where to go, to some extent. It's possible they wanted to return sooner but were told in due time, as I believe they have some say but not the ultimate say. Big picture the BRF has to coordinate many senior royals so I wouldn't solely or mostly blame W&K for this.
      ~ A

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    4. I'm with Anon 1 here; I do not believe W&K are able to call as many shots as people like to give them credit for. They visited prior to their marriage (a significant sign of respect, IMO), and they have done so in what is a very special year for the Queen. Given their rank in the Firm, and the big picture (my "jobs for life" scenario), I think this is perfectly fine.

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  5. Cinnamon bun is right but the hat does look better in profile or from behind. It's an ok look for me. Her hairdresser definitely has the updo down pat with a lot of practice of late. If Kate's not careful, she'll end up like Princess Anne- wearing the same chignon for 50 years!!! My favorite accessories with this coat were the black pillbox and shoes that she wore to a friend's wedding. When she first wore it to the Parker-Bowles wedding, she wore a great hat but I thought the ensemble was a bit matronly. She must be in love with this coat- we all know the feeling!

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  6. But it's the wrong color for a cinnamon bun! :-) I guess Im the only one who likes this outfit. I agree that the best wear was at Zara's wedding but I thought this was really nice. Although it doesn't photograph well, the color of the coat is pretty and the texture is interesting. I think the hat keeps it young and fun. A bit of whimsy perched on her head. It really does look like a rose opening up in the morning. The earrings are stunning , although I prefer the original lemon topaz stones. A win for me!

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    1. I agree, Faith! She looks cute!

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    2. Oh, good! I have some company :-)

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    3. One more vote for this hat, Faith. :) Normally, I am not a fan of these, but I think this design is softer and more feminine than others she owns in this category. And *my* favorite wear of this coat was the very first one with, yes, another fascinator! :) The feathery fascinator looked great with her hair and it added a contrasting color to the coat. And if she continues to wear it, she may be following Princess Anne's lead with the outfit she wore to C&D's wedding. But hey, if it fits many years later, who are we to laugh? ;)

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    4. I am with you...I like the hat. It is just different enough to be interesting without being so far out there that it is weird. I think it would have been better if positioned more to the side like in the picture from the website...but I still like it. From a distance in particular I thought she looked very much like a royal.

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    5. I'm so glad someone else likes the hat!!!! I think it looks lovely with the coat (which I'm not terribly fond of). By far the best wear was at Zara's wedding, but this is a close second in my opinion.

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    6. I have to agree, I really like the hat and I like the coat. It looks like a rose and goes well with the coat. All in all we haven't see it regularly - four times in ten years - not frequently. Hair was again great. She looked beautiful to me.

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    7. I really like the way this outfit has been put together. Simple and elegant. There are some beautiful pics out there which show that it is not as bland as some seem to think. I think Kate has done well this week considering she does not reportedly have a dresser who archives her clothing. That in itself must be quite the job and moving forward she will need that kind of assistant.

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    8. Lots of company actually:-) I'm glad because I think its a unique hat.

      I agree, royalfan. It is feminine without being fussy.

      Laura from Canada, I like your synopsis. Different without being bizarre.

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    9. More company. I think she looked like a Duchess/Baroness. I'm glad she didn't wear head to toe green,especially considering their morning's activities. Somewhat subdued
      and appropriate. Maybe the hat is her answer to some of the rather quirky or voluminous hats a few other royals have been known to wear.I still think the whole
      outfit as a unit appeared well-put together. I kinda liked Robin's idea of the emerald and gold earrings to complement the brooch. Maybe a green purse?

      The brooch was the right touch. At first I thought she was mirrorng the Queen's stock
      attire-but no pearls. She's still Kate, or perhaps Catherine now.

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    10. Faith I liked the look too, as a non-fashion guru that I am, I think she looks lovely & the hat is playful & a little different which is fine & dandy. Busy week for the Duchess in public! Love seeing her in Ireland ๐Ÿ’š✳️♻️๐Ÿ€☘
      Love your blog more & more Jane.
      From a kiwi living in Australia Theresa

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    11. I, too, love the hat, in fact loved the whole outfit; well put together.
      The Belfast newspaper on-line is stating that the brooch was a wedding present from the Irish Guards

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    12. Not the brooch the QM and Princess Anne wore, afterall, then.

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    13. IT is the brooch that QM and PrincEss Anne wore. A London paper made the same mistake and their source was the Press Association. The London paper checked and changed their statement.

      it isnt a personal gift, it is linked directly to the Irish Guards connection.

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  7. I loathe this whole outfit.

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    1. What a strong reaction to a well put together outfit.

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    2. Clearly, I do not think it is "well put together". It is gag worthy.

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    3. HMMMMMMMMMM.....

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    4. Wow, that kind of comment is totally unnecessary. "Gag worthy," really?

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    5. Please, It is only clothes, regardless, your use of "gag worthy" and "loathe" show a total lack of respect for both Kate, jane and the readers on this blogt. You obviously are not a fan of Kate, so please, there are other sites to get the same information Jane gives us, so please go there and engage with them. You will get a lot more support there.

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    6. And the other blog will get the revenues from clicking so before you encourage anybody to leave, give this a second thought!!

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    7. Can people please calm down a bit? This is a fun blog and there's no need for the word police, insinuations about other blogs or dictates to "go elsewhere" if one doesn't comment just so. Nobody is actually trying to wage a battle here!

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    8. 7:55, yes, it IS a very pleasant blog. Perhaps too pleasant. Therefore, if words like loathe and gag worthy are met with the sort of response(s) they appear to elicit, well, I believe calls for calming down are misdirected.

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    9. It is also a blog read internationally - meaning that not all commenters speak English as their native language. Therefore assuming one's use of the word "loathe" could only be intended as a sign of disrespect doesn't take into account that words and expressions don't always translate perfectly.

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    10. royalfan--this anonymous seemingly talking to itself brings on a bit of dรฉjร  vu
      to me. It sometimes seems, from the time intervals involved, that the dissenter comments immediately after the original commenter. Quite a trick on a non-Twitter site. Also, the "I bring clicks so beware criticising me." seen not so long ago on this blog. A tad deluded.
      I doubt very many "click" on this site seeking acrid, bitter, unreasonable, tacky comments about Kate and her choices. It is disruptive. I have also noticed some negative commenters
      from another site have come out from behind "anonymous." I hope not to attempt turning
      this comment section into the free-for-all seen elsewhere.

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    11. I agree, Anon 1. As I stated, not as resistible as claimed.

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    12. As one of the "anonymous" posters you have lumped together with other anon 1 I can assure you I am not having a conversation with myself.

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    13. Wow. Ok. Now we can't even comment on the CLOTHES without being attacked for the words we use?!?

      Yes, I said loathe and gag worthy. This is a fashion site and I hate this outfit. If that's too much for people, then too bad.

      Amazing that other commenters want to control their fellow posters. Weird and, quite frankly, infantile. And it seems to be only a few posters that can't abide any comments from others. Grow up.

      Anon 5:20 & 7:59

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    14. As one of the Anonymous posters you have lumped together with others I can assure you I am not talking to myself anon 1. I have also never posted a comment on another site. I cannot understand your insistence that comments suggesting we should try and give other commenters the benefit of the doubt that they meant no harm is somehow "stirring the pot"

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    15. I am with you Anon 6.27

      It is for Anon 1:

      Before throwing anons into any conversation and branding them, what is your name exatcly? Last time I read it was Anon 1. So how exatcly are you different from any of us? You don't dare to use your own name, but calling out others for the same reason, or for being negative. Do you think that is okay?

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    16. Hi ladies: I haven't been able to closely track comments this past week because it was so busy with Kate, but I wanted to pop on and say that it might be best to let this one go. Many are anonymous for many reasons and everyone is welcome here, anonymous or identified. I try to be sure that no matter the ID I don't let a comment go live that crosses the line. I think the individual who expressed distaste for this outfit did so quite strongly, but nothing suggested it was targeted at Kate. I thought it was fine.

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  8. Not a win for me. Cinnamon bun or not, I tend not to like hats/fascinators that look glued to the forehead. I also think a new dress was needed given the historic aspects of the visit. After all, we've seen Kate in several new things over the last few weeks.

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  9. I think she looks so pretty. The hat is fun and I LOVE the earrings! It has been interesting lately, with all her appearances, that I tend to like what you do not and I don't love what you love. I am quite a bit older than you and Kate, so maybe it's the age gap? I have a bunch of kids and life is crazy (good), so I just enjoy the respite of seeing what Kate wears. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It's been fun seeing her so many days in a row!

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  10. I love the entire outfit, especially the hat :)

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  11. A win for me also. I suspect the whole outfit worked much better in person. I like the coat and see no reason to retire:) Tne hat and earrings punched it up along with the hair.

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  12. The hat is fine it compliments the rest of her clothes. British hat fashion has always been rather quirky (see royal ascot). W&K need not only to visit Northern Ireland more but Scotland, Wales and even the North of England too. W&K simply haven't engaged with these communities. Being relevant outside of London is going to be a problem for the young royals going forward

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    1. They've been to Scotland officially and unofficially (including just four months ago) and they lived in Wales!
      Oy vey.

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    2. Not sure how you can say they " haven't engaged" with Scotland and Wales. They have regularly in Scotland and in Wales. I can understand not having been in Northen Ireland given the security issues. The queen hasn't even been there very frequently.

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    3. Robin and Eva "engaged" can mean different things to different people. My guess is Anon 6:01 thinks they need to do more to engage the public in these areas, whereas you two think they engage enough. It's subjective :-)
      ~ A

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  13. This is one of my favorite coats and I always enjoy seeing it again. My favorite wear would be Zara's wedding followed by the feathered fascinator. Today's hat looks fine from the back and sides, just not the front. But otherwise Kate looks gorgeous as always!

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  14. Yes but if you were from the UK you would know that most places outside of London and the South are not currently aligned to monarchism. This article sums up Scotlands attitude - http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/what-street-party-scottish-twitter-8164882#RkBYr0CaBlT5kMFz.97

    Its ok for the Queen because her longevity see's her endure and most people (even republicans) respect her. Will and Kate are gonna struggle for relevance going forward and I say that as a big fan!

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  15. The first miss in a week of wins. The all over champagne/yellow wasn't her best look, but she did look well. I laughed at the "cinnamon bun" hat - she's a royal, silly hats were inevitable:)

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    1. Yes, an average day ending a week of wonderful. I didn't mind the cinnamon bun hat but something about the cinquefoil setting of the earrings just wasn't appealing.

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  16. I love this hat! I am not wild about the coat, but the combination of hat and coat and elegant hairdo is lovely.

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  17. Really liked that she wore the Irish Guard's brooch. Glad she thought of it. Kate being thoughtful as usual.

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    1. Eva I agree, but how it's said is that the Irish Guard decides who they will loan it to. But I suspect Kate's people called their people and based on the situation and who she is, of course they wouldn't say "no". I would be very surprised if she didn't wear this brooch.
      ~ A

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    2. She's worn this brooch several times. They must like her a lot!

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  18. I like the hat by itself. What I don't like about this wear is that having a bun does not balance out the hat. Her hair should be down. But it's classic and respects the occasion.

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  19. I feel about this coat like I do about the red one from Garter Day - it's dated! It's a decade old and now it looks a decade old - the v-neck collar with wide lapels really date the piece. Kate as always looks lovely; I definitely approve the new habit of updos with hats. I also kind of like the hat (beige is not really my colour, but the design is fun and whimsical).

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  20. Not a fan of the cinnamon bun (said that early today on another blog) but I do like the coat.

    And I loved the pictures of them holding hands at the garden party. It's all over the net. There is no doubt that these two are very much in love. They are such a united duo in all things. They will be fabulous as King and Queen Consort. I hope I live that long! They are so connected and Kate is so good for William. He probably was not easy to handle with his anger and trauma. Kate has soothed that in him. Sorry I am sappy but as someone who watched the Diana years and the sadness and media coverage play out and the final acts of that play (which I still have difficulty grasping at times) end...it's so wonderful to see the Cambridges as a loving couple.

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    1. Diane, well said. I can relate to, and support, every sappy sentiment you expressed. And I sincerely hope that Harry will be equally lucky one day. He, too, needs someone loving, supportive, and firmly in his corner.

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    2. I completely agree with you both. You know Diana is up there smiling and hoping for Harry to find his own Kate soon.

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    3. Thanks royalfan :)

      Oh Harry :) I hope and pray and even do a little witchy stuff;) bahahaa that he finds a woman that will be his Kate. Not replicate but someone who will he his kind of a Kate. A person who gives to him what Kate has given to William. She is out there and I hope it happens soon. I think he is finally ready. Not sure anyone noticed his face on the balcony bit I noticed on so many photos his almost sad state at PC.. at PG...at his brother...at Kate. He wants that life so much. I have always thought Harry was more into having a family and children than William. I also think Harry desperately wants love... true love. I wish Chelsey could have handled the life because she was a good mate for him. I think his sometimes antics are to deflect his real pain and want. Not saying he isn't a happy guy here but many of us use humor to offset pain. I will admit that is my MO too. But one grows weary and cones a time when it's not doing it for us anymore. I think Harry is at that point. I am sure many young ladies are put off by much and partly because how does one compare to Kate? But I just don't think that is a real issue. If the person loves Harry I think William and Kate would be supportive and then we would have the quartet! That would be great!

      Anyway...Ramble ramble rambling rose. ....

      Oh my goodness we have Ascot tomorrow and surprise guests? I must go to bed because I have to be ready to go for tomorrow's blogs haaaaaa

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    4. I also noticed Harry looking at the Cambridge family on the balcony. You can tell he loves those children and he was definitely looking more contemplative that day. Along with you I wish Chelsea could have been that girl for him and she seemed to get on so well with William and Kate. Sometimes I think he just dates the wrong kind of girls. Those blonde party girls were fine in his youth but it's time to look at more serious candidates. I hope he's not dating a pop star as has been suggested. That will lead nowhere.

      Ascot tomorrow! Oh, how I love the hats. Now that's when I want to see the bizarre and outrageous! I think Her Majesty must be exhausted! How does she do it at her age?

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    5. Diane, if Harry read your comment it might scare him. In a good way! :) Me thinks you nailed it...on every single point, I might add.

      Robin, I always check Getty's coverage and I did notice Harry's contemplative moments on the balcony. Until the day comes when he finds the love of HIS life, I am happy he has such a close bond with W&K and the children. Harry needs a special girl...one that will be able to match his wild streak, yet tame him at the same time. AND one who loves him more than she may dislike the inevitable restrictions and complications that come with being his g/f and wife. To date, I don't believe he has met this type of woman.

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    6. I agree with your assessment of the type of girl for our Harry. I think his "wild" days are behind him and he's so much more serious about his work as a royal now. Maybe he needed to get to this point to find the perfect girl. It took Edward a long time to find his Sophie but it's the most stable first marriage of all the Queen's children. Here's to Harry finding his one true love!

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    7. I suspect Sophie deserves a lot of credit for the marriage holding together, supported no doubt by her great friend, the Queen. I don't think she has the option of disappearing to her own private home when the pressure mounts, as at least one
      other royal does. The practice of keeping a public image of an intact marriage while
      living essentially separate private lives is a concept available to the aristocracy
      and the wealthy.I'm not saying that applies to the Wesexes.

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    8. Anon 1, you're probably correct about Sophie. And I certainly agree on the bolt-hole and have made references to it when folks had issues with W&K fixing up two primary residences that they will live in for years to come.

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    9. Bolt-hole definitely something certain people adopt (ahem, rottweiler) when bad publicity hits. With the Wessexes though, there has never been even a hint of infidelity or looking as if they're absolutely miserable in each others company. The Queen loves her and that says a lot.

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    10. In the interview, Sophie referred to their close proximity and connection to HM
      several times. It seemed she was attempting to elevate herself by association (I'm more royal than the royals) to me at the time; but on reflection, I wonder if she
      may have been acknowledging the important role the Queen has played in their
      private life. That would be appropriate in an interview given to honor the Queen
      on her 90th birthday.

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    11. Anon 1, elevate is a very nice and diplomatic way of stating it. What soured my opinion early on was something I read which seemed quite reasonable and believable given the circumstances. Sophie was an eyewitness to the Windsors' treatment of and feeling towards Diana. She was well aware of everything and, from what I read, she used it to her advantage and scored points with the future in-laws by knocking Diana, and doing the exact opposite to please them. We know that for the majority of her married life, she was known for being below the radar and actually appeared to enjoy the title. Her fashion was very safe until she started to experiment in recent years. And look at the very traditional and old fashioned style of clothing we see Lady Louise wearing (and not just formal occasions). There's a term for it in the business world but I suspect you know where I'm going with this. I'm sure many people took advantage of Diana's circumstances, but I can't skip over that.

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    12. Give me a break here, royalfan. I was trying to be gracious ha!

      Could you be referring to the theme of "All About Eve?"
      Tallulah Bankhead and I can't remember the name of the actress who played her wolf-in-sheep's clothing, treacherous assistant. The the snake in the grass assistant gets
      her comeuppance from a very young Marilyn Monroe.
      That what you mean, royalfan?

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    13. Anon 1, with consideration to Jane, I'd rather not say more here. I just wanted to respond to your comment and share my view on the subject and explain what it was/is based on. I hope you understand... :)

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    14. As this is a blog primarily about Kate, I have to say I am somewhat taken aback at how frequently commenters who are also fans of Diana feel this is an appropriate spot to make un-kind assumptions and insinuations about other members of the BFR vis a vis Diana. Anything that may or may not have happened there happened a long time ago & we will never know the story - since then everyone has moved on with their lives, surely changed by their experiences and hindsight. Kate is a great champion of mental health & she and William are both involved in anti-bullying campaigns - how would Lady Louise feel if she came across these comments?

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    15. Spot on! Anon 9.31.

      How funny is that Kate and William advertise anti-bullying, and if you take a good look among royal fans, this is exactly what is happing here many times.

      You are being bullied if you write a negative post. Bashing the York girls, Camilla or Sophie is just stating one's opinion.

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    16. Well, 9:31, if you're expressing this concern then I assume that A.) you always post comments that are strictly related to the current post, and B.) you have never stated anything about Kate that would trouble George or Charlotte if they read it.

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    17. The thing is-there is only one royalfan and one anon 1, which makes it easy to shame us for a particular comment. There are many (or one-who knows?) who comment as
      "Anonymous" and are thus shielded from responsibility for comments.The only recourse
      is to treat all "Anonymous" posters as one, if one wishes to post an objection to a
      line of comments.

      Royalfan, I will say I had a gulp-worthy moment, thinking of Louise or any family member reading some
      of the comments, much less ambiguous than ours, that appear on many sites, apparently, that make unkind or inaccurate remarks about Sophie and Catherine and all the other royals.
      I also think that remarks made about Kate's family are likely just as hurtful
      to the Cambridges, even as adults.
      The likelihood that Kate's assistants could inform her of comments seems greater than
      the chance that Louise will read this blog.Can't imagine her parents allowing her unrestricted internet access.

      Anonymous formerly known as anon 1

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    18. 11:33, yes, it is rather difficult to hide if one picks a moniker and sticks with it, but I'll choose integrity over flexibility any day.

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    19. There are many reasons one might post as "Anonymous" other than "lacks integrity"

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    20. Absolutely, 8:05, I do not disagree, but it also allows one to play games, and enables a total lack of accountability.

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    21. Hello ladies, I think this might be a chat that has run its course. I know sometimes it can be hard to fully communicate tone and attitude in written comments, so I hope everyone continues to have patience for fellow readers and approaches all comments with a positive attitude. Certainly, if a comment isn't blatantly offensive, try to accept it in the most positive light possible. Really, if I comment is live on the blog, in general I probably thought it was ok, and if you think I made a mistake, definitely email me, but we might avoid trouble if in general everyone ignored a comment they weren't sure about rather than engaging the author.

      I want this comment section to be welcoming to everyone. The majority of you post anonymously, and I want to make clear that anonymous posts are entirely welcome on this blog.

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    22. It is very difficult to carry on a coherent conversation when multiple posters comment under the same name, however.Just imagine a panel discussion with a moderator
      wherein each panel member has the same name. Moderator: Betty, fourth from the left, you may respond." Betty-4th-from-the-left: "I agree with Betty." Moderator:"Which Betty would that be?" It would be easier if isolated comments were given in
      soliloquy-but then, that defeats the purpose of a blog comment section. Or if only "Agree" was an acceptable response.

      I assume blatant personal attacks (see the recent comment sections) on individuals who do use individual, consistent ID
      will NOT be accepted in a positive light, any more than blatant attacks on Kate will.
      I also hope that if any such personal attacks get through, individuals will be allwed a response. Unfortunately, Kate is not present to defend herself.

      I'm afraid this opens the gates wide to commenters who will now be able to push the
      limits on remarks about Kate and her family during your busy times, as those who disagree will be silenced.It's like taking an antibiotic for a bacterial infection, which destroys the bacteria but allows yeast to then run rampant.

      I've no doubt those anons will play nice for a time now, but
      I promise you-if they are allowed to make those remarks while no one is allowed to
      address them, they will be back at the first sign of your inattention. It has happened here before.

      I am afraid you have just allowed an apparent focused attempt to succeed at turning this blog ,known for peaceful, rational discussions, into one such as "that other blog-" was until a recent emphasis on close monitoring started a few weeks ago on that site. Cheers and applause.


      I don't expect this to be published. I would email, but that address, along with my ISP ID which is readily available to you, allows complete identity and I wish to
      remain among the majority -anonymouses.
      anon 1

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    23. "Rampant yeast" seems a bit harsh... Diversity of opinion isn't always an attack or an attempt to "stir the pot" - each reader of this blog comes to it with her (or his) own perspective on fashion, Kate, the BRF & life in general, which can add to the richness of the comments. I for one enjoy hearing how one person's 'hit' is another's 'miss' :)

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    24. Anon 1: I do not have acces to either your email address or your IP address.
      Everyone is entitled to an opinion about this comment section, but it is my opinion that this comment section is generally quite lovely. I can say that the few big problems i have had in the past five years have actually stemmed from well-meaning comments that attempt to do my job for me, that is moderate other ladies' comments. I think the best way to keep the peace is to allow me to do my job and--if you take issue with a comment--either address the content, not the person who wrote it, email me, or just move past it. That would probably be the best solution.
      However, I repeat that anonymous posts are welcome on this blog.

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  21. I've also loved this dress and coat since I first saw it. Paired with the "potato chip" hat, it was a stunning look for Kate at Zara's wedding, and it remains one of my favorite looks.

    The cinnamon bun forehead-bolter is much less successful. I'd be happy to never see it again. Not especially pretty or flattering, Yikes.

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    1. I suspect the BRF has good reasons for what they do. I love commenting on these blogs but really I do not assume that those I am commenting about are somehow so much more clueless than I am a total outsider about what is appropriate and what is not or what is fashionable and what is not, or what is PC and what is not etc. etc.

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  22. I am such a fan of Kate's fashion choices and rarely offer a word of criticism but the choices she selected to wear in Ireland are definitely a miss.

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  23. So Kate comes to NI, ends up 26 miles away from me, and I'm stuck doing exams...typical!!

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  24. That hat seems to have become a sort of mini Rorschach test amongst the blogs.
    Various comparisons and interpretations. Truly a conversation inspiration.

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    1. You're right! I found myself counting the rings on the hat Kate wore as opposed to the rings on the red version which, IMO, looks better. Kate's seems to have more rings. That sort of makes it sound like determining the age of a tree. LOL!

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    2. It has also been compared to a target (horrible thought) and whipped cream, along with cinnamon bun. Sort of revealing of one's unconscious-like the ink blot test.
      So glad Jane had sweet rolls on her mind. I'd be interested in exploring the
      whipped cream comparison. ha!

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  25. Looking at how the Duchess wore this coat over the last 10 years shows how she has matured from the carefree girl-friend of a prince to the beautiful; elegant; confident wife and mother of future monarchs. Princess perfect---quite a story.

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  26. I actually really like this hat. The coat not so much. It seems too heavy for the season and her tiny body frame. Her earrings are gorgeous! Wish I had her Kiki collection! Overall, though she looked pretty today... But then again she could wear a sack and still look pretty!

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  27. White Dolce and Gabana and new hat for Ascot.

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  28. This coat can be retired now. I'm surprised to see so many people who like it. It's not TERRIBLE and is not on my Top 5 Looks to Be Loathed but it's so solidly mundane and staid, it's hard to even work up a comment about it. It looks ill fitting and doesn't photograph well. I hope this is its last outing. The same for the hat.

    Looking through the comments I'm struck by how seriously people take one another here. Please - the words 'gag' and 'loathe' are used in colloquial sentences all the time. The ones who make reading comments unpleasant are the pearl clutchers among us. I truly can't imagine being Jane and having to read all of those. If you don't like the tone of a comment but the content is not offensive just do us a favor and move along. Really, you're terribly difficult to bear if you take offense to every single thing.

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    1. I'm going to assume you meant your reply as a joke anon 1 because otherwise please just stop.

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    2. Amen, sister!!

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    3. Appreciate your support, anon 1:48 AM.

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    4. Sorry, anon 1. My "Amen, sister!!" was for the original poster and anon 2:43.

      I don't support your silly hmmm... comments all the time.

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    5. Just some of the time anon 4:38?

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  29. Most times she hits it just right and other times she picks items that are dowdy and age her. I have never liked that coat. It reminds me of an old pair of curtains or upholstery from Windsor Castle. Maybe I would like it better if she had worn a contrasting color hat, and preferably not brown. Kate can make anything look good, but this has to be my least favorite look I have ever seen her wear.

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  30. Catherine filled-out this coat much better the first few times she wore it. These latest pictures show how much weight she has lost since. It seems to be a little baggy on her now.

    Belle

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  31. I saw photos of Kate and William holding hands (with each other) at this event. First time I've seen that happen during an official engagement.

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    1. Jay, it reminds me of their holding hands during the family Christmas walk to
      church. She wore that Blackwatch tartan coat, I believe. I think the context was
      amid a spat of rumors of marriage difficulties. It was quite reassuring to see.
      Catherine held up beautifully at Ascot, but it must have been like running the gauntlet.
      A gentle reminder of William's faith and support couldn't have hurt.

      I may have it all wrong, of course.

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    2. anon 1, I love to see the caring gestures between those two. The hand holding I am referring to happened during their recent engagement in Ireland.

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    3. William and Catherine are doing things their own way with regard to their relationship and raising their children, in spite of the strict royal traditions and protocols still embraced by the Queen. They have been widely criticized for having too much to do with their children, and now The Queen seems to be getting in on the act... William crouched down to answer Prince George's question, and got scolded by granny on that balcony!

      https://twitter.com/brandonmcg/status/743210283389304834/photo/1

      Belle

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  32. I quite like the hat - it's quirky and whimsical in an Alice in Wonderland/Philip Treacyesque kind of way - would love to see the Duke and Duchess visit the Republic of Ireland one day following in the footsteps of Queen Elizabeth's historic visit in 2011 - Charles and Camilla have also been a few times - I agree re the coat, it's had it's day - she can retire it now - though it's not awful, it certainly doesn't owe her a whole pile..

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