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Pippa & James Middleton at Wimbledon Day 1 + What Will Kate Wear?

Monday, June 27, 2016

Wimbledon is here at last. Every year we look forward to this summer staple that always draws the famous and fabulous, chief among these the Duchess of Cambridge and her family. Although it is likely we will have to wait some days before Kate turns up, the royal box had a little extra glamour today with the appearance of Pippa Middleton, escorted by her brother James. 



The Duchess's sister wore a Suzannah sun-dress to watch Djokovic face off against James Ward on Centre Court. The £1,200 dress is 100% silk de chine and features a vintage poppy print. Pippa carried an Emmy clutch, a brand that Kate also favors. 


Pippa has been indulging a lot in florals. Earlier this month she was a guest at a picnicking in the park fundraiser for the Bryan Adams Foundation.  It included opera, so it must have been the perfect picnic and she chose the perfect dress. 


Pippa wore a £450 frock from Beautiful Soul London. Both the pattern and the design are very busy, but somehow it all still works. I wish we had more pictures of Pippa in this dress. The purple looks great with her dark coloring and I loved the ruffled front. Kate would look great in this, too, I think, and it would be a bit of an unusual choice for the often minimalist Duchess.

Speaking of Kate and what she might wear...as we look toward her next appearance at Wimbledon let's look briefly over her past choices. HRH stuck to Wimbledon white for the first few years of her marriage. I absolutely loved this Temperley that Kate wore to her first Wimbledon as a princess.


In 2012, she wore two recycled white ensembles, the McQueen sailor dress from Canada:



...and the Joseph shift dress from Canada with the tweed blazer from Epsom:



2014 was the year Kate broke with her Wimbledon white. The Duchess missed 2013 because of Prince George, but in 2014 she came back in white Zimmermann recycled from Australia:



For the final, however, she surprised us all in her aqua green sheath dress from Jonathan Saunders.



In 2015 Kate only attended Wimbledon once and she wore bright red from L.K. Bennett. That was a debut rather than her usual recycle, perhaps because she was still moving back to her normal size after the birth of Charlotte.



This year it is anyone's bet. Kate has been pulling from her 2011/2012 closet frequently over the past few months, so it might be instructive to look to that era if you are trying to make a prediction. That being said, I think some of her more recent styles might be more appropriate at Wimbledon. She likes to pull from tour closets, which makes my mind move to India's pieces. The white Wickstead would be a similar silhouette to the red L.K. Bennett from last year, and would be a return to the classic white.


It is possible that Kate would wear the seafoam green dress from her visit with India's PM:



The Madison shift that Kate wore on a dinner date with William in 2015 would also fit last year's profile.


Kate has been pulling from the 2011 wardrobe, but she has also been far more willing to wear new pieces, so she could easily show up in something entirely new. Unfortunately, it has been a little chilly in London, or I would really be hoping for something a little more in keeping with that first sundress from 2011. As it stands, though, Kate could wear any number of dresses from her closet and be quite cool in the royal box. Time will tell! A Wimbledon appearance has not been confirmed, but barring something unusual, I think it a very safe bet that Kate will attend at least one day.



80 comments:

  1. Alejandra RamĂ­rezJune 27, 2016 at 2:50 PM

    Nice post! I think the Temperley and the LK Bennet you mentioned are a tad formal for Wimbledon, but who knows?
    I believe that she sill attend more than one day since there is teh rumor that she is now the Patron of the Tennis Club (is that the correct name?)
    We'll see :D

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  2. Did pippa get the same haircut as Kate?

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    1. That's what I was thinking!! :)

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  3. I'm watching your blog to see if/when Kate shows up and what she wears. I love the first white dress she wore!

    Completely unrelated: I was just reading tweets from KP about Prince Harry and Sentebale. The pictures with Joss Stone caught my attention. I've never heard of her, but how cute are they together? I think she's far better looking than Chelsea or... (forgot the name of the last blond!) Yet she seems to fit the mold he goes for. I'm dreaming of a suitable romance for Prince Harry. :-)

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    1. Joss Stone is a British sort of R&B/pop singer. To me she would be totally unsuited to Harry but the type he might go for. She has been known to be very crude and has said some hugely controversial things. I think he needs to change his M.O. before he finds someone suitable enough to settle down with. Fortunately, she is just part of a group of entertainers teaming up to raise money for Sentebale.

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    2. Great singer though :-)

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    3. She does have quite the voice, Faith.

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  4. We've had a bit of rain but it's not exactly chilly in London or the UK! I wonder if the top shop India tour dress might make an appearance. It would be perfect for a hot day. The Jaeger yellow or Mulberry blue tour dresses might be possible if Kate stays away from white.

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  5. Love the pic of Pippa at Bryan Adams Foundation event. The dress is beautiful on her for sure, but she is just radiant

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  6. Jane, in the first photo on the right: is the blond haired woman one of Kate's PPOs? Looks an awful lot like the woman who often was part of her team immediately before the wedding. I guess people "change jobs" but this seems like an extraordinary coincidence, if it is her...

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    1. I don't think one of Kate's PPO would be protecting Pippa. As far as I know the Middletons to not have security people on staff.

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    2. We can speculate on her official "role" on this occasion, but it definitely appears to be the same PPO.

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    3. She may no longer work as a RPO and may do part time work as security at Wimbledon

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    4. I don't think a female RPO would carry anthing in her hands, as this woman is.
      I thought the young man behind in the glasses might be a member of the press. Maybe because he reminds me of Clark Kent/Superman. ha!

      The rules for the royal area at Wimbledon must differ from those at Ascot. I see ID
      on the two walking closeby, but not on James and Pippa.

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    5. The woman's badge says AELTC Security and that's security for Wimbledon.

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    6. Thanks, lizzie. How DO you read that? But not an RPO- I've never seen them carrying anything. Is Clark Kent also AETLC?
      Oh! AELTC. I like TLC better.

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    7. No magic or superpower vision, Anon 1. I clicked on it and zoomed in on the badge :)

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  7. Were Pippa and James actually seated in the Royal Box? I would find that surprising as they were not seen arriving with any Royals.Thanks to anyone who knows. No idea what Kate might wear, but if she recycles my favorite i the first white dress she wore. ali

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    1. They were seated in the royal box. Royals don't have to accompany guests to the royal box. It is a select area and is by invitation only, but all sorts of celebrities and foreign dignitaries are seated there. It has 74 seats.

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    2. Thank you Jane. I had no idea it was that large of an area :) I was thinking it was maybe 10 seats. ali

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  8. That first picture of Pippa makes me think of those Jurassic Park dinosaurs that have that big flap on their neck that puffs out. I don't like that dress at all. That top ruffle thing seems so misplaced to me.

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    1. Also not a fan of the shoulder ruffle. ali

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  9. At some point, I hope Kate recycles the first two Wimbledon dresses (the white Temperley and the McQueen sailor dress). And my favorite Pippa dress (featured here) is the bluebird print peplum dress. I have nothing against the other two, but I am fond of the peplum (in general).

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  10. I think the fabric of Pippa's Wimbledon dress is very pretty, but somehow the cut of the dress is not working for her. In the photo it looks as though the lower part has become bunched up while she walks. Perhaps the sizing is not quite right. As for Kate at Wimbledon, maybe she will wear the blue and white sheath dress from her visit to the Taj Mahal.

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    1. anon 10:09- I just think it is a problem with the lining-lack of one or an inadequate one. Also, wearing a cotton slip instead of a silk one or one of synthetic material
      might help.

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  11. oh dear - I just don't think poor Pippa has the natural style of her sister - there is always something a little off about what she wears - the clothes always appear to wear her -anyways I would live in dear hope Kate recycles that beautiful Temperley of 2011 -there was something so Daisy Buchannan about it - gorgeous..

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    1. I have to agree with Anonymous and Susan L Pippa's poppy dress does not fit very well. I looked at pictures on other sites thinking maybe the one shot here was just a bad split-second but in most pictures the dress looks too tight under the arms and across the waist/hip. So it does not move with her body without pulling awkwardly.  I would have thought a fit this bad would have been obvious in the dressing room as most women do try moving about in clothes before buying them. Honestly I've bought dresses for less than $100 that fit better than this nearly $2000 dress. Plus it doesn't look like much attention was given to placement of the poppies when cutting out the dress (Home Ec 101) And what's with James' s worn out shoes, purple socks (with a blue-checked shirt and burgundy tie?) and too short pants? He looks fine from the waist up so it looks like some effort was made. Maybe its his way of saying I won't conform to expectations. But its not likely he was forced to go to Wimbleton and sit in the royal box. In other words, I can understand resenting the intrusion of photographers in one's "regular personal life" but not in this setting!

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    2. Don't quite get the transition from purple socks to resenting photographers.
      Not sure how one leads to the other.
      Perhaps he's colorblind.
      I only noticed how beautiful his eyes are.

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    3. Brightly colored socks for men (sometimes even with patterns) are a bit of a trend at the moment

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    4. He could be color-blind Anon 1 but based on what he's been photographed wearing in the past coupled with no reports of that condition, I sort of doubt it. If he is, since the condition is usually genetic (X-linked) and so passed on by the mother, that could mean Kate and Pippa have about a 50% chance of being carriers. So I hope not. I think its more likely the lavender socks and worn out shoes were a way to "resist expectations" knowing he'd likely be photographed- like sneakers with a tux. Or he is following a trend (but men I've seen with bright multi-color socks still matched at least one of the colors to the outfit) Or he had no clean socks and no shoes that were less worn!

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    5. Even wealthy bachelors are sometimes known for lack of attention to grooming,although his GeorgeV-type beard is meticulously trimmed.
      lizzie, I saw something on television just last night about a man not having "that well-cared for look." Dear Harry can also lack attention to details, but we accept it- his purple shoes were universally praised a while back.
      because it's HARRY. Perhaps they both need domestication.

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    6. Could be that too Anon 1.

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    7. Not sure when you last walked the streets of Shoreditch but James looks exactly like any other hip guy in London these days, purple socks and shorter blue trousers included. I don't think the 'well cared for' look is in, and James has toed the line here between looking like other young guys do and respecting the formality of the event - after all, his beard is meticulous and he's not sloppy. Guessing that he might be color blind because he's wearing bright socks is cracking me up. I think he's just younger than 40!

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    8. Tongue in cheek, anon 2:38. Also, why would someone who doesn't pay attention to fashion be so careful about other details of his person.Irony.
      I wonder if there is an emoticon for irony, tongue-in-cheek etc.?
      Obviously,one is needed.

      11:37;1:26

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    9. I'll take your word Anonymous that all the hip "under 40" (Why that particular cut-off?) guys in the UK wear suit pants cut short enough for wading. I don't think it's that way in the US. I guess this means that Will is more hip than Harry (who knew?) because his pants tend to be wading length while Harry's are the more traditional length.


      I now see these shoes are the same ones James wore to Wimbledon in 2014 (also with short pants) so its not unexpècted they'd be worn I guess.

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    10. I love the fabric of Pippa's dress but the fit is off a little. It's just too tight across the back or something and it pull strangely. As for James, he is the quintessential Englishman. Seriously, have you seen Hugh Grant in photos where he's just out and about? Even Colin Firth (sigh), with his oh so stylish Italian wife, occasionally turns up looking like he just rolled out of bed and put on the first thing he saw. Women who come from wealth and privilege seem to have the need to prove it. Men who come from the same seem to feel like they don't need to bother. JMHO

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    11. Robin-my thoughts too, Robin. That last sentence tells the tale.
      We're both from the other side of the pond. Wonder what a real Englishman or woman would say.

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    12. I tend to agree with Anon 2:38's assessment.

      I think James likes to dress with an edge, so he is conforming to a degree, but he's adding his own personality to the mix. Nothing wrong with that, IMO. He's young, single, fit, and never looks like he's unfamiliar with a bar of soap. All good! ;)

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    13. I really didn't notice anything out of order. I probably was focusing on Pippa, to be honest.

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    14. Obviously I'm in the minority here re: James' s total look and thats OK. Thanks to this discussion I've now learned that short pants with a traditional suit and thicker bright socks is considered stylish these days. I knew about shorter casual pants with  shoes worn without socks but not this look. I also knew about bright socks for men...lavendar socks and a pink or yellow shirt, turquoise socks and a purple or black shirt..yes, for sure. Purple socks and a blue and white checked shirt..news to me! I also think though Robin has a point that even in these days of increased equality men don't have to do much compared to women. They can get dressed in the dark and as long as it looks like they showered recently, its all good!

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    15. So true, lizzie. I am not overly fond of the shorter pants look. I also like a traditional cut when a man wears a suit and not the skinny look. There is also a new trend I can't get on board with - brown shoes with blue or black slacks/suits. So many guys do that now and it just screams "tacky!" to me.

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    16. Perhaps the men have taken a back-seat to women in fashion too long and are saying, "Hey, look at me!"
      At least it isn't the foppish plummed hats,garish colors, knee breeches, and buckled shoes of 18th century.

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    17. Oh my, anon 1! Let's hope we never see that again! Sink me!

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    18. Lizzie @10:07, I want you to know that your summary made me smile very early this morning as I was making coffee. I giggled...and agreed with you! :) I may "get" the trend, but I don't want to be seen with it, thank you very much.

      And Robin, let's not get started on brown shoes. LOL. They stick out like a sore thumb. IMO.

      Anon 1 10:23, "hmmm" may be the best response here. :)) Interesting thought!!

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  12. Pippa's bluebird peplum dress is also a favorite of mine. I don't think it would work on Kate, but it is perfect for Pippa.
    The green Susannah? The yellow Roksanda-"banana dress"- from Australia New Zealand tour?
    I can't imagine wearing a sheath style and sitting and walking about the steps in a grandstand. Seems uncomfortable to me. Maybe not the yellow.
    I do like seeing her in Wimbledon White.Or perhaps the yellow broderie anglaise from the zoo.
    Hope I didn't mangle the spelling on that too badly.

    If the press rumors-"palace sources?"-was that an exclusive?- of her taking over the patronage are true,I can't
    imagine that she would just attend one or two.That story did seem to die out.

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    1. I agree with you on a snugger sheath not being the best option for Wimbledon. During the recent tour, I mentioned the idea of adding red shoes, belt and bag to the white Wickstead. Wouldn't this be a wonderful opportunity to add such a playful, feminine touch to this feminine and "flexible" canvas!?

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    2. My big sister had an outfit with red shoes, hat, and purse-in the 50's. I thought it
      terribly smart and sophisticated and made it my goal to one day have such an outfit.
      So, yes to adding red touches to the white. While we're at it, why not a splash
      of blue for a union Jack tribute. ha!

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    3. The 50's is exactly the retro/vintage look I am imagining! :)

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    4. Good choice royalfan! I love the 50s retro look! I actually have an entire Pinterest board with just 50s fashion on it. There are some things there I would love to see Kate wear!

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    5. I especially liked the "New Look" of the early to mid-fifties, I think. Some of the tea length dresses she has worn recently are reminiscent of that style, at least to me. Royalfan, one of my favorite dress from around 1956-58 was a red Jonathon Logan
      with white trim around the square-cut neckline and I think on the edges of the cap sleeges. As I remember, it was princess style with a full, gored skirt-required lots of crinolines,voluminous petticoats.
      Grace Kelly was famous for wearing this style. I have a vague memory of her appearing on the cover of a US magazine featuring a story on the new style.

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    6. If Grace or Audrey wore it then it's a classic. That is our family mantra!

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    7. Robin, it sounds wonderful. Something I would definitely enjoy! :)

      Anon 1, I just Googled Jonathan Logan and I smiled at all the dresses that popped up. Feminine and lovely!

      http://www.vintageinn.ca/2013/02/jonathan-logan-a-classic-vintage-dress-label/

      Three of the dresses remind me of ones worn by Kate. ... the dark gray, the mini gray check, and the dress on the right (behind the Dalmatian).

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    8. Great mantra, Robin!

      royalfan-yes, the grey behind the dog. Almost identical in style.Thanks for the
      site. Makes me very nostalgic. My red dress was quite similar to the red lace dress,only neck and sleeves different. I think the material was cotton broadcloth(?)
      It had a wonderful swish and swing. I actually prefer these designs to Dior's New Look. They look quite comfortable to wear, while Dior's first concern wasn't comfort,
      but fashion. He was going for a change in approach to women's clothing. In an attempt to glorify femininity, I think he made prisoners of women in their own clothes.
      He acknowledged a return to the Victorian fashion.

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    9. Anon 1, I prefer JL too (a softer look, IMO). I must admit that most of my favorite looks on Kate fall into the vintage category.

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    10. royalfan, some of her gowns are reminiscent of the 1930's, my favorite style decade.
      The one shouldered silver one and the Spectre gown, for two. Maybe mid-fifties for daytime and thirties for evening.

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    11. royalfan, I think you mean the Ora Kiely? I should check Kate's Clothes.
      I just like to see if I can remember. Never hurts to test the recall. ha!

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    12. Cannot find the Ora Kiely-grey, pleated skirt, tie belt, black embroidery on bodice -recently re-worn, last few months? Did I dream it?

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    13. http://fromberkshiretobuckingham.blogspot.com/2015/10/kate-recycles-popular-orla-kiely-daisy.html

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    14. That's the one. Thank-you, Jane.

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    15. Anon 1, yes, that's exactly the dress I had in mind. :)

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  13. I was just in London for two weeks and froze my bum off. Rain, yes, and also chilly jacket weather! To whoever said it's just rain but not cold, brava, you are a true Londoner. It's cold for other people. Therefore I can't see her repeating that Temperley dress but I wish she would! The wool pocket flap situation from India seems most likely to me.

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  14. How fun to see the Middletons out and about! Not only am I hoping we see Kate at least once, I'm hoping we get to see Carole as well!

    If I could pick a recycle for Kate - in keeping with the Wimbledon white - I would choose either the Jaeger white and navy sheath (because it's one of my very favorites of her day dresses) or the LK Bennet poppy sheath because she looked so stunning in it. Something new would also be very welcomed as she seems a tad more comfortable with debuting new things.

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    1. Carole and Michael at Wimbledon today!

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  15. Does anyone else see an uncanny resemblance between James and Tsar Nicholas II?

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    1. And Prince Michael and George V :-) Its the beard.

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  16. Yes,annmartina, due to a beard similar to George V's-who was a cousin of the Tsar and resembled him . The Tsar also had his beard trimmed in same style. It was popular then. Also, something about the eyes and the face shape. I think James resembles George V more than he does the Tsar.There was another cousin-Kaiser Wilhelm II?
    who had a resemblance. Can't recall just now.

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  17. thanks, Faith. Prince Michael. That's the other one.

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    1. The resemblance is uncanny, isn't it?

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    2. He does resemble King George V and Tsar Nicolas who were very similar looking cousins. I don't think Kaiser Wilhelm II looked as much alike. Thank goodness because Wilhelm was a beady-eyed, evil little man.

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    3. Prince Michael was/is very handsome. I'm not a fan of the full beards that are in style today, but I do like a more traditional beard on a man who can carry it off. And boy can he!! Rex Harrison was another favorite. (Yikes, I may have to watch The Ghost and Mrs Muir again!) Older men than my years perhaps, but exactly the spark that makes my heart smile! ;)

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  18. Faith-Blogger won't let me reply under your 1:07 comment.
    Yes. Quite striking. Did George V have blue eyes? I think it is more than the beard.
    I'd like to see side by side photos. I'm sure the resemblance has been noted somewhere before-including James, I mean.

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  19. How about the Taj Mahal dress for Wimbledon?

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  20. I tried to leave a comment earlier but do not see it?

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  21. Not so sure she'll wear white anytime soon simply because of the cream/christening rewears.. Both of them.. I'm extremely happy she did I just don't know about a Wimbledon white rewear as well.. I say the Taj dress just in case I'm wrong though!! I've never understood Kate's refusal to wear red ( or any colour really) heels they would go well with the blues and whites she's so fond of!! If I had my rewear pick I do love the mint/ seafoam dress!!! However can you all please help me out with one question I do have.. It doesn't sound nice and there's not really a nice way to say it really, so forgive me and here goes...... In the seafoam green dress and the silver Spectre number just to name two instances, Kate does not wear a bra, at all...???? Why not a strapless bra? Or she could get by with just the type that the cup sticks to you... Is it a British thing? Fashion? Personal preference? I seriously do not understand?

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  22. I think it well within the realm of possibility that Kate will wear her typical white/cream at Wimbledon, possibly, the Wickstead dress debuted in India, or possibly, the white lace D&G worn recently at Ascot.

    More to the immediate point, what will Kate wear in France? I vote for the blue McQueen coatdress, last seen Down Under and something else--maybe the seafoam/teal dress first worn when taking lunch with the PM of India.--How easily that last phrase rolled off my tongue: taking lunch with...; a big ask for a 34-year-old, if you ask me, and not an easy task for a 44-year-old. Not really, not when you know that your husbands *career*, and your children's hang in the balance.

    I think it rather unlikely that Kate will become Patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Cricket Club this year--maybe Judy Murray shot her mouth off, spoiling the secret and aggravating the Queen; the Queen gives every indication, from where I sit, of being an extraordinarily silly, petty woman--and lets not get into a discussion re Kate's lack of the RFO; why not save the latter for the First Bucklebury Jousting Tournament?

    Speaking of the latter, whilst I watch Wimbledon, my mind sometimes wanders to the jousts. I hereby declare absolute ownership of the colour red; I intend to tie a most beautiful red silk scarf to the very sharp end of my spear, a gift for the fair lady I ride for who looks most becoming in said colour.

    I would also like to take this opportunity to invite all and sundry to enter the lists, in particular, the many still silent readers of this site, who have little to fear from the likes of us.

    More updates to follow.

    JC

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  23. You might be right JC about what Kate will wear but I hope not! I really disliked the pointy pocket placement on the Wickstead but if a jazzy belt was added maybe the pockets wouldn't scream "look right here" so much. I did not like the D&G prairie lace either (thought it was too high-waisted, too bridal, shockingly overpriced and a bit young for somone 34) but could see it was suitable for Ascot wear. A tennis match, not so sure. Also the dress looked hot (as in the sweating kind of hot not the other kind of hot) with its long sleeves and high neck. Not sure that look will work sitting outside  in the sun. I'd like to see a new summery floral print myself. Or a rewear of one of the Australia tour dresses.

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    1. lizzie, I don*t necessarily disagree with your comments, altho I rather liked the D&G--better tho, if Kate had a light tan. I simply stated what I think she might choose to wear, given her wardrobe.

      I, too, would enjoy seeing something flattering and summery, and if possible, new; but am not holding my breath.

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  24. I think the blue McQueen coat sounds great or the entire Easter outfit from Aus.
    for the Somme commemoration. I think she has been holding it for something special.

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  25. oh I love pippa middleton dress

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