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Service of Thanksgiving for Queen's 90th Birthday

Friday, June 10, 2016


It is a busy royal weekend! Last night Kate hosted an exclusive gala at Kensington Palace, tomorrow is Trooping the Colour, and this morning the royal family gathered at St. Paul's Cathedral in London for a thanksgiving service paying tribute to the Queen's 90th birthday.



St. Paul's Cathedral isn't a venue at which we have seen Kate all that often, which might add  to the excitement. Last year, while heavily pregnant with Charlotte, Kate attended the Afghanistan Service here, the first time she had been at the church since 2012. At the time, I was struck anew by how special it really is to London:
Designed by celebrated architect Sir Christopher Wren after the Great Fire of London in 1666, it is a masterpiece of English Baroque. We have seen a number of royal events held in the magnificent space, and of course, it is the church in which Diana and Charles were married. The iconic dome is almost synonymous with London and features in any skyline of the city. 
Part of what makes St. Paul's such a fun church for royal events is the imposing stairs that mount up from the street to the doors. It gives both the royal arrivals, but especially the departures, an added boost of majesty and a great photo opportunity for the waiting cameras. Let's jump into all the family and fashion that was happening today.  A quick video to get you in the mood:


Watch the highlights from the thanksgiving ceremony at St Paul's Cathedral, kicking off a weekend of celebrations to mark the Queen's 90th birthday.
Posted by Press Association on Friday, June 10, 2016

Kate wore a brand new ensemble, as she generally does for royal family events of this caliber. Today she went bespoke in a light blue coat dress by Catherine Walker. Kate has been expanding her Walker wardrobe at a slow but very steady pace and this could be her best yet. I think this might beat even the red ensemble she wore for her arrival in Wellington.


As usual at these family functions, Harry kept Kate laughing throughout the morning. It is always fun to see the prince teasing his sister-in-law, who clearly takes it all in stride and enjoys the banter. 


The Queen was the star of the show, but it isn't hard to see that her attractive three grandchildren command attention, injecting glamour and energy into the proceedings. 


A little more of this and the Queen will have to cast the kids a warning glance to pipe it down.


Kate has never failed for a St. Paul's event, but today was a particularly huge fashion win. This coat is very reminiscent of the Catherine Walker that Carole Middleton wore to the Royal Wedding, but it also reminds me very much of the Temperley we all loved so much from the tour in Southeast Asia. Note that she wore the same mystery earrings with that dress that she paired today with her similar coat. 


Just like that Temperley, today's coat in blue with white overlay is delicate, fresh and feminine. I love how Catherine Walker pieces have structure, but plenty of movement. This coat looks light as a feather on Kate, airy and springlike. I am particularly delighted by the way the embroidered overlay extends a little beyond the hemline, giving the front of the coat a scalloped detailing. 



Kate carried her new favorite clutch, the Nina from L.K. Bennett, and wore the mystery drops she has worn for some years now. She added a new necklace that has not been IDed. It rather looks like it matches the earrings, don't you think? That would be a noteworthy development. The earrings and necklace make for a beautiful set and complement the color and style of the coat to perfection. That hat is the one Kate debuted at Charlotte's christening, designed by Jane Taylor. It is nice to get a better of view of it today. 


I like this hat very much, so I am not intentionally drawing ire when I say that from certain angles it "puts me in mind" of Kate's Maleficent hat from ANZAC Day. Watch the pictures. You'll see whispers and hints of it.  Still, a beautiful hat. Note Eugenie in the background who killed it in her red and black ensemble--really lovely. 



It isn't a real celebration without food and the royals know this as well as the common folk. After the service, they moved to Guildhall, London for a few more tributes and a luncheon.  Basically being a royal is like being a perpetual wedding guest. 



I feel entirely spoiled after yesterday's beautiful evening gown and today's striking coat. The Duchess just doesn't miss a beat when it comes to family events and they are certainly some of my favorites. 


See you at Trooping the Colour tomorrow! 












102 comments:

  1. Hi Jane, I just wanted to ask if when you put your blog name on the photos if you could try and not cover up Kate's shoes. It would be appreciated :)

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  2. I don't think powder blue and other very light pastels are Kate's best colors but this is a pretty dress and a sweet repeat hat.


    Even leaving aside that they are suede :( I don't think tan/nude shoes and clutch go very well with a light blue and white outfit. I know "nude" is said by many to visually lengthen the leg but tan is still tan. A light blue shoe would have been much better IMO. Or maybe even the right shade of grey or white but not tan. (In one picture the peep toe of a woman's white shoe can be seen so apparently white shoes are worn in the UK!) Also, in many pictures including those on other sites the dress looks shorter in front than back. (I'm not talking about the uneven pattern from the lace)  I think that's because Kate tends to tilt her upper torso back and we've seen similar uneven hems with other dresses--most recently with the repeat of the dress from George's christening. But since most of Kate's "event" clothes are either bespoke or altered-for-her designer dresses (and this dress is bespoke), I would think her typical posture could and should be taken into account by seamstresses.  

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    1. I agree with your assessment about the color of the shoes (and the ever present suede) but I love this dress so much that I'm ignoring them today. You are right, though, that her grey suedes may have looked better.

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    2. Nude shoes were perfect, suede even better as they are so en vogue. lizzie, see Catherine Walker's website - she pairs this very dress with nude pumps. The dress fits her to perfection & is a very appropriate choice for the occasion.

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    3. I agree the dress is appropriate for the occasion Anonymous.  But since Kate's dress is bespoke I don't see how it can appear on the CW website. I did look at the site and there is a slighty similar dress listed in the section for "mother of bride/groom" dresses. But so far as I can see, that dress is not light blue with white lace. And while that dress is shown with "nude" shoes those shoes are lighter in color and feel than Kate's suede ones plus the model is wearing a more tailored hat that is also nude/taupe not a hat with"fluffy" white feathers. Tan shoes just look out of place to me given Kate's pastel palette, a palette that also includes light blue jewelry. So far as the fit, the hemline issue is more obvious in other pictures than the ones shown here. And that's not a big deal but something that I think shouldn't be an issue at all on a bespoke dress.

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  3. Watched this on TV this morning---beautiful outfit, she looked elegant and graceful.
    The laughter as they reached the top of the aisle was caused by William suddenly spotting that she was about to put her foot in a grating, and moved her away from it.
    Someone asked on an earlier blog how Catherine and Camilla got along together. Today looked as though they did just fine. The Queen was very late and the two of them were chatting, leaning across Prince William.

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    1. Thank you for the first person account, Jean. We don't get to see these things here. I've never doubted that Kate and Camilla get along. They stand together quite a bit and seem just fine.
      I hope they run this on BBC America later today.

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    2. I just read that the Queen was late due to a traffic accident at Embankment. There are some things we all have to deal with.

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  4. What a lovely day for them! They all looked wonderful and slightly coordinated. Well except for the one Skeletor outfit. Just so out of place.

    I love the red on Eugenie she looked wonderful. Lady Louise is growing up WE HAVE A HAT AND A PURSE :) and James in his first State Event. What a wonderful celebration for Her Majesty and birthday boy.... Phillip..make that the Duke:)

    I thought Kate looked lovely but I am still lost in the Divine dress of last night and it's hard to look at anything else. LOL

    Very excited for tomorow because we will have more family and my that I mean George and Charlotte. I cannot wait to see the expression on Charlotte's face from the balcony. It should be a wonderful day.


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    1. We are getting so spoiled by all of these events, aren't we? "Skeletor outfit" cracked me up! The girl needs some help! Lady Louise looked cute in that pretty pink coat and her proper ballet flats and her Mum looked lovely. I wonder where Princess Anne was. She has missed some significant events lately. I hope she's healthy.

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    2. Diane, your "Skeletor" comment is a wonderful example of the woman on woman "psychological warfare" discussed in the comments on the post about Kate and the York girls. It's clear that Beatrice's personal style involves pushing fashion boundaries that Kate (and many others) wouldn't - and as with all risks some outcomes are more successful than others. Your snarkiness about her personal aesthetic is nothing more than an attempt to shame her for making a different choice than you would have.

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    3. She was there with her husband. They sat on the opposite side of the aisle along with the York's including Andrew and Anne's Peter et al and Zara et al. She had some kind of pheasant feathers in her hat (Anne).

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    4. Anon 6.10 I am not a snarky person. Your comments are snarky on that you arenjoy shaming me publicly on this post. This is a fashion blog. I commented about her dress NOT HER PERSONALLY. I would never attack another person at that level. You do not know me and I ask that you not make assumptions about my character. Very below the belt. You don't know what choices I would make so that is not relevant point. I said she looked out of placevery for the venue and event. I have the right to comment about FASHION on a fashion blog.

      You tried on the other post to engage me and others and it's not going to work here either. Though since there were so many Anonymous posters who knows which one you are. Have a lovely weekend .

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    5. Sorry anon 6:10 no "psychological warfare" here. Beatrice dress could only be classified as attempt to stand out and take the attention away from the queen and onto her which she accomplished. In looking around the congregation I saw no one else in such a hideous outfit.

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    6. I saw photos of her later on. The first few photos released didn't show that she was there. And, remember, ignore 6:10.

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    7. Thank you and agreed Eva B 😊

      And yes RobinfromCA you are right. We must ignore thosé that attempt to engage us in a battle :)

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    8. Anon 6.10

      Nicely put. I fully agree with every word you said. Sad that people regard different opinion as a personal insults and part of a battle(?????)

      Engage me Anon

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    9. Well said, anon 1 I completely agree with your Hmmmm...(!!!!!!)

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  5. Hi Jane, I am very surprise that you find this a "win". As you said yourself, "This coat is very reminiscent of the Catherine Walker that Carole Middleton wore to the Royal Wedding..."

    My take: It looks like something Camilla would wear, and has!

    Why is Kate dressing like an old lady when she is not? Not to diss Carole and Camilla, but they come a generation before her. Why is she wearing clothes suitable for much older women? If she thinks this is appropriate because she is a future Queen Consort, I think she can do much better than this. This was a very big fail in my book. Last night she hit it out of the park and today she struck out swinging.

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    1. Totally agree. It's beautiful but she's only 30...

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    2. Lynn, I very much agree with you!

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    3. I second you Lynn. I find the outfit aging, also her hairstyle didn't help the overall look. It is just off, and I can't even explain it properly why.

      I think with a pair of white shoes it had been better.

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    4. I agree with all of you. I think she has formulated this idea of how she is supposed to look at these ceremonial events and she is boxed in by it. She could look so amazing all of the time.

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    5. Yes, this is a beautiful dress. Any of the Royal women could have worn it: Camilla, Anne, Sophie, even Beatrice and Eugenie. It's a timeless style and flattering to every age and shape. I would just love for Kate to embrace her youth and wear something that celebrates her youth. However, after yesterday's dress and the negative comments about the exposed zipper and concerns over her slim frame, I'm realizing the challenging balance Kate has when choosing what to wear!

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    6. Catherine Walker was Diana's go-to designer as well and I don't think anyone would suggest that she dressed like she was in her 60's. :)

      Could Kate dress younger and more trendy, of course. Should she? IMO, not on occasions such as this. All eyes are on her anyway and it's important that she dress suitably, not necessarily fashionably. NOT to imply that she didn't look great. I really do like CW designs ... very classic and elegant.

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    7. I love this coat dress and I in no way see it as "ageing" and agree with Jane and royalfan. Last night's dress was great for that event and this outfit was perfect for today. She will never (hopefully) try to outshine the queen. She is a future queen and is acting appropriately. I hope you weren't expecting her to wear something similar to last night to a church service. This was "very classic and elegan"t as rf stated.

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    8. I feel that the label has changed so much since Catherine passed away, royalfan. With Diana, every CW was a smash hit. Other than the one dress the DoC wore during the NA tour, I don't see the same sense of aesthetic. I keep hoping I will fall in love with one of the CW designs she wears but other than that one off, it hasn't happened.

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    9. I realize people would like Kate to stay the same age forever but she is 34 years old, a senior royal, and must show respect to her position and to the Queen. She looked perfect today. She didn't try to outshine the Queen but remained beautifully dressed in an elegant and subtle way. Heaven help her and the backlash she would get if she dressed in bright, short, sleeveless dresses. I'm curious as to what "youthful" dresses people would have her in. Give us a link to something you think would be more appropriate.

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    10. Yep, I agree with you, Robin. Given Kate's position she has little choice but to dress in an acceptably appropriate British royal manner--again, to do otherwise, to be a rogue like Diana, would only result in her being sliced and diced by the same people who did exactly that to Diana. (Who knows? Maybe Kate has an aversion to being served up on a mortuary slab. And NO I don't buy into conspiracy theories, but I do buy into the domino effect.)

      Given the dress restrictions Kate has to live with, I happen to think that, on this occasion, Kate made a stellar choice; she came within a hairs breadth of outshining HMTQ, a difficult quest, given Kate's youth and beauty. When compared to, say, Zara or Beatrice, Kate hit the stratosphere, IMO. And THEY aren't in the direct firing line.

      Gotta give Kate a two thumbs up, here--likewise, yesterday. Time for a repeat; guessing that she might wear the pink two-piece, by McQueen, first seen Down Under tomorrow. (I am always wrong in my forecasts--its just a thought.)

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    11. Robin

      We stated our opinion there is no need to come up with any justification from our part.

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    12. Robin,
      Ahh, that is the trick:) I agree she looked great and I loved it. She wore what was "her" and fit the occasion. She can dress edgier, but if I was her I would save that for private events:):) otherwise too much criticism:)!!!

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    13. Faith, I understand where you're coming from. I admit to not caring for the green coat but, generally speaking, there is a feminine and timeless elegance to the designs that I do like. The head to toe brown St Patrick's Day outfit, for example, is among my favorites.

      Robin, I have often wondered if the fact that we've been aware of Kate since her younger, "puppy fat" days isn't a factor in some of the analysis. :)

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    14. I second Robin's request.  I have not found Kate's choices to be too matronly and in fact, a few choices have seemed too "girlish" to me. So I'd love to see examples of better choices from those who think she's been dressing "too old" recently. About all I have been able to gather from comments on this site (not just to this article) is "youthful" MAY translate to formfitting, hemlines a few inches above the top of the knee, use of bold and bright fabrics, and on occasion,low-cut tops. If that's so, I'm not understanding what sorts of actual outfits could meet those "youth" requirements and still work for a mid-thirties senior royal on formal occasions particularly when HM is present. Or even for informal charity events where Kate has to be able to sit down comfortably and be seen from various angles. (I am a proponent of well-cut slacks for less-formal events but that's unlikely I know)

      I also agree with Faith the Walker label has changed since CW's death.

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    15. Lizzie, I can only speak for myself but I would have loved to something along the lines of the hray McQueen she wore Down Under for Easter or the nude lave McQueen worn for the 2011(?) Diamond Jubilee Thanksgiving service. I'm not saying she should have worn a repeat but I'm just giving examples of what I think looks impeccable on her. These dresses are sophisticated, modern and not aging but at the same time completely appropriate. As the RM gown exemplified, there is a way to dress that is youthful and modern but still regal and conservative without resorting to clothing that looks like you raided your mother's or grandmothers's closet. Between the A line silhouette, pale pastel color, lace applique and fussy hat, the CW ensemble screams mother of rhe bride which is not a great thing when in your early thirties.

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    16. Ladies, just to set the record straight -- NO, I do not think the blue dress would be appropriate for the church service. These are two quite different events. I am a middle-aged lady, not a trollop. I only meant that she did well at one and not at the other. The CW coatdress is beautiful. I only meant that I didn't like it because it reminded me of something that a generation older would (and has) worn. I am not going to search the archives for items that she has worn or search the internet for items that I think would have been better - I am too busy for that. My only point was, don't wear something that Camilla or her mother would wear, specifically the cut of the dress is almost identical to things that I have seen Camilla wear and it reminded me of her (matronly). A simple comment/opinion. Some of you like that she dresses like her mother and Camilla, nothing wrong with that. I just respectfully disagree.

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    17. I gripe about the suede shoes all the time but I found some others a few posts back that I thought would look great on Kate and posted some links since it's my big complaint. However, I've been informed (apparently by the royal "we") that the "dress more youthful" opinion does not need to be justified.

      I'm in agreement, royalfan, about the "puppy fat" days. :-)

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    18. Thanks for the info Faith. As I said I'd not really been able to understand the matronly complaint that appears many places. I am older and however pretty the dress I would NEVER wear a baby blue dress with a white lace overlay as it seems too young. Not sure I can know if Camilla would wear that (as she is the frequently used reference point) even though she does wear light blue. But thanks to your wllingness to explain I think I've sort of got the idea. 

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  6. I also love Rebecca Deacon's hat here! Overall everyone looks lovely!

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    1. Just wondering, since this was basically a family affair. Why was Ms. Deacon present. Can't they attend anything without her there.

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    2. I didn't see Rebecca at the service at St. Paul's but she was there for the reception at Guildhall as I'm sure the other royal ladies assistants were.

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    3. Royal aides and ladies in waiting were present at St Pauls and the Guildhall.

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    4. That is what I saw as well. Not at the service but the luncheon.

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    5. Agree, the assistants were there for the follow ups:) and they are needed for those!

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    6. But why would the assistants need to be present at a luncheon? These are grown people mingling with other grown people. I am sure the royals can talk without needing there sidekicks.

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  7. Kate looks beautiful and very regal today. I think her posture has improved. I love her hat. I think I would have liked the coat more if the lace had stopped at her waist (similar to Carole's coat at Charlotte's christening). Kate's coat today has a tad too much lace, but is still lovely!
    I love what Sophie is wearing and also Eugenie.

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  8. In the photos here and elsewhere, I noticed that Kate was one of the few ladies (maybe even the only one that I could see) that placed her clutch on the floor while seated. Just a small detail but interesting :)

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  9. Thought everyone at the ceremony looked lovely. So fun to see all the Royals. Catherine looked great, gorgeous dress although I am not a fan of all the lace. I am not seeing her dress being shorter in the back in the photos. I also like the nude heels and am not a fan of white shoes except maybe with a white wedding dress and even then it is the rare pair I like.:)

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  10. I love this outfit. I don't think it is reminiscent of Carole's outfit at the wedding - the shape is completely different- but it does remind me of the outfit she wore for Charlotte's christening. The shape and detailing are similar but I also think the variations in colour and lace make them two very different outfits. I'm sure the Daily Mail will write yet another article about their shared and matching outfits.

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  11. Always, she looks lovely no matter what but this look will never be a favorite for me. I liked both of the orginal CW designs better. To me this very pale shade just washes her out and, with the dress design, we are back to a more matronly design and silhouette. Also, imo this is the wrong hat for the dress. It competes with the lace work and the lace work competes with it. I prefer the angle at which she wore it for the baptism. I don't remember the two horn like tendrils rising up from the back before. Unfortunate.

    Sorry for being so critical. I probably would have liked this outfit more had the one from last night not knocked it out of the ball park for me and made me more optimistic for the return of pre PG and PC. Kate. On a positive note, I really liked what Princess Eugenie wore as well the the Earl of St. Andrews daughters. Special shout out to Lady Louise's pretty pink hat.

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    1. Don't wish to sound negative either but Catherine is never going to be pre PG and PC. She is not the same woman. Older, more responsibilities and more changes to come. She is a senior royal now. I think that if that is what you want, then you will be disappointed.

      What she wore last night was right for the occasion - stylish and young, the sporty princess meeting with both young people and benefactors (important to remember that).

      Today was Formal Princess Church occasion. And what she wore was spot on.

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    2. I think last night proved that she can be conservatiive and appropriate while being stylish, youthful and modern at the same time. For many of us, today did not
      hit those marks. The DoC has rocked
      Formal Princess Church before but this
      wasn't one of those times in my opinion.

      Btw, last night and several other times recently, I have not been disappointed. Older, wiser senior royal does not necessarily mean an end to knocking it out of the park.

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  12. I saw pictures from this before I had to leave this morning and was looking forward to seeing what you had to say, Jane. I LOVE this dress! Catherine Walker is a wonderful designer and seems to know exactly the right design to suit an event. The color, the lace, the structure - perfect. I do hope Kate turns to her more often. I was wondering about the earrings and necklace. Do they look like aquamarines to anybody else? Quite a bit of mischief going on there between her and Harry. I think the wonderful thing is that he keeps the mood light and the nerves away. Probably especially good today when the press has been writing all of those Kate v. Yorks pieces. Lovely to see Kate in her curtsy with William and Harry in their respectful bows. Those boys really do love and respect their Granny.

    I did notice that Eugenie looked splendid in her red dress and I like that she accented with navy. Beatrice, well, not so much. Too much going on there. But Sophie looked beautiful and Her Majesty shined in her bright, cheerful yellow! The video was fun and set to one of my favorite pieces of music!

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  13. Alejandra RamírezJune 10, 2016 at 3:56 PM

    Looooooooooooove your post and views!
    A lovely look! I just love St. Paul! It is stunning and magnificient! :D

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  14. Catherine's outfit is in the same color scheme-pastel and beige tones -and similar style as the other senior royal ladies, including Princesses Anne and Michael. They very carefully blended in, not to distract from HM in her bright yellow coat.I think Catherine may have been more concerned about dressing appropriately for the occasion and her role than she was in giving off a young fashion maven vibe.It was Sunday morning
    high church in London attire.
    Young Viscount James was dignified and serious in that one photo.
    Lady Louise looked stylish with a tiny fascinator. Sophie's outfit was quite elegant, I think.
    I imagine one could single out just as many photos of Catherine looking respectful and
    serious as photos of her smiling and talking to Harry.She does love to laugh, it seems, and Harry has found the perfect foil for his
    antics. The whole group behind them in the congregation as the two walked toward their chairs
    was gently smiling and seeming to enjoy their high spirits.It seemed like a joyful celebration-two birthdays .

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  15. I think this outfit was perfect. I'm always a fan of Catherine Walker. Everything she does looks crisp and lovely.

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  16. CW has always been a favorite in my book. Kate looked elegant and beautiful. Camilla and Sophie looked lovely, as did Princess Michael and Lady Gabriella (apples and trees comes to mind). :)

    Eugenie looked nice and the dress was quite flattering, but lighter colored accessories would have been a softer look for this service, IMO. Beatrice in a word...fussy. The outfit overpowered her. This would have been a wonderful occasion to wear the outfit she wore to W&K's wedding...sans the hat of course!

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    1. I have to say this to go along with what we were talking about earlier in the week. As I said above, Eugenie looks wonderful in this dress but . . . looking at photo of the family all together on the steps of the church after the ceremony, which two stand out to the crowd? It happens so often I just can't imagine it's not done on purpose.

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    2. Which photos? I truly did not see Eugenie standing out. All this subterfuge in deciding what dress to wear based on a color or style I do not buy. I think all of us wear what we think will make us look great and stand out, cause we all want to look lovely, but we do not base our choices on what others may do. How would one ever know what others would wear? Did Lady Amelia pick out her dress to upstage Catherine, did she choose black cause she thought Kate would chose blue... It is not wrong to want to look great:):)

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    3. I had the very same thought, Robin. My theory...Sarah's misguided input.

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    4. My theory, royalfan? If you can't join 'em, beat 'em-which includes stealing the
      spotlight or just giving off a vibe of-so what if we're consigned to the second
      row, it just means we can wear what we dang well please.None of this milquetoast
      fuddy-duddy correctness for us.
      Or maybe the second row seating had more to do with their fashion choices. Andrew
      is senior to Edward; I don't really understand the seating arrangement.

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    5. Anon 1:37 - It's not wrong to look great but in their world it is proper not to upstage the Queen. She should always be the focus. This was her day and a religious ceremony as well. These girls were brought up in this environment and know the protocol. The whole family chooses to follow that except them. Search around the London papers and you will see a photo of all of them standing on the steps at St. Paul's (the Queen and the Wales contingency already gone by then) and with all of those pastel and subtle colors there is Eugenie in that fire engine red (which she looks fab in - just not the right occasion) and Beatrice in that concoction she wore. They knew the world was watching and photographing. I'm not saying the rest of the family chose what they wore based on what others were wearing, but they chose to be subtle so as not to stand out.

      And, yes, royalfan, Sarah's misguided input. How did she go so wrong?

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    6. Anon 1, under different circumstances, I would absolutely cheer your theory. However, in this case, if B&E want to be recognized for being the royal blooded princesses they are, then they should get with the program. The top tier (Anne, Camilla, Kate, and Sophie) ALL got the memo. I say this in jest, but I recall reading that there is some discreet checking behind the scenes regarding colors, etc. Not among all of them, obviously, but certainly among the most senior ladies. Weddings, christenings, Christmas appearances ... thought and planning goes into it.

      And I do agree, Robin. Naturally, every woman wants to look her very best, but a royal lady needs to factor in her role in the BIG picture. This was not a Hollywood red carpet event and photo competition. At this rate, we may see pink neon at the next coronation.

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    7. I understand what everyone is saying. But I also noticed in the picture that catches audience members two elderly ladies seemed to be dressed in red from head to toe and red IS a joyful color. I really don't see anything wrong with B (or E's) outfits. They are also in an odd "tween" place. Not senior royals (and purported not welcomed by Charles) NOR married with children but also NOT teenagers who might be (essentially) told what to wear for big events. I really don't see that they are doing any harm to anyone and see them as "quirky" at worst. And if HM is like most grandmothers she was likely very happy they were there whatever they wore.

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    8. Well, royalfan, my theory was proposed from the perspective of the York girls, as
      I see it. I certainly can't agree with that attitude. They will reap what they sow and it may be the grapes of wrath.
      I think they looked considerably toned-down today. As did Harry. I wonder if Granny
      gave them a talkin' to.
      I doubt Charles will put up with that nonsense. There is a time and a place for being free-spirited and St. Paul's Cathedral and the Queen's birthday isn't it.
      As Robin ? said, the red carpet it ain't.

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  17. PS I adore the aerial shot of William with his hand on Kate's back. A picture is worth a thousand words. :)

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    1. Yes:-) , and that's the one shot I've seen that makes this dress look beautiful to me.

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    2. I love how tender and loving he seems to be towards her. Says much about their relationship. It's rock solid in my opinion. So lovely to watch them grow. They will be spectacular as King and Queen consort. I hope I am around to see it all.

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    3. Agreed, but a different thousand words to some people ;-)

      I really don't mean to nitpick because I know a lot of Kate's fans find William's hand-on-Kate's-back gesture to be romantic . . . but I will offer my unsolicited opinion anyways! I don't know why, but every time I see it I think, "geez let poor Kate walk somewhere without steering her for once! She won't get lost!" It just looks a little bit controlling, maybe? But I think I'm in the minority on this one :-)

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    4. I think he is not steering her but letting her know in a very discreet display of public affection how he feels about her and supports her. It is a discreet way of expressing his love. So special!

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    5. My husband does the same thing for me. He is in no way controlling or steering me. It is a gesture that says "after you" in a gentlemanly way. In William's world, where the proper protocol is for her to walk behind him, I always see it as him bringing her next to him as an equal.

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    6. Oh my Anon 9:19 I do think you are reading too too much in to all this:):) Catherine is far far from a wilting violet:):)

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    7. 9:19, I honestly don't see an element of controlling here and, trust me, if I had such a man on my hands he would be packed off and sent back to his mother to "get it right". ;)

      W&K can be quite tactile and spontaneous when they're off duty. This is an example of a more traditional version of it. I don't see controlling...to me it's loving and supportive. It's an acknowledgment that he is with his wife and she matters to him. Even more significant since he is the blood royal.

      I'm giving Prince Philip a pass here, but how often have we seen other Windsor men walk with their hands behind their backs, acting like real princes (pardon the pun), and seemingly oblivious to the fact that their wives are even there.
      Sorry, but William's gentleman gene has his mother's fingerprints all over it and I'll give that a thumbs up any day. :)

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    8. To 9:19- Hmmmm.....

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    9. Good points Robin and royalfan. And perhaps an unconscious symbolic gesture indicating what his
      time in BP will look like. (although I doubt they will live there-offices, entertaining official guests only)

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    10. Anon 1, I too believe that BP will be office space when William is king. And I wouldn't be too surprised if they continue to live in KP, Clarence House would be an option at some point, but I'm not sure they would want some of the history. Also, the garden at CH is not as private as their current walled garden. (CH is connected to SJP and there is no formal separation out in front.)

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    11. Anon 9:19. I think you are off base. William has always put his hand around Kate' back I.e. Guiding her in a very loving way. He see's her as his equal. If you ever notice she always walks next to him, not one step behind. And when they are standing together they are very close, almost touching shoulders. These two are vey much in love and try to show it in their own private way.

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    12. I agree anon 1 that they will probably not live in BP. From what I hear the place is pretty tattered and torn. Maybe Charles will fix it up and bring it up to date. He's known to be a penny pinch in some areas but not where his own comfort is concerned.

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    13. royalfan-I was trying to figure out what Clarence House had to do with Sarah Jessica Parker. ha!
      It really feels like a monumental struggle is going on behind the scenes with the RF.
      And I'm not talking about palace upkeep.
      Robin-I imagine BP is too symbolic of the British monarchy for Charles to give it up.
      I'm not even sure there is enough money to completely repair, renovate BP. They
      might have to sell off some of their assets. Ha!

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  18. Would someone PLEASE get Eugenie a better bra? This is a problem she always seems to have. Undergarments can make or break an outfit! It takes her curvy figure and turns it into a negative instead of a positive.

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  19. I thought this one was a bit matronly, but I think Kate is playing it safe and doesn't want to upstage HM (Kate, Camilla and Sophie all wore pale blue and Anne a muted neutral/brown and it made HM's yellow pop). Agree that Eugenie looked fab.

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    1. I'm an elderly matron. I'd wear the coat with minimal trim as Carole did, but
      the version Catherine wore with the extensive lace embellishment is entirely too youthful. I'd be stared out of my pew.
      I agree with the commenters who said the outfit is classic and timeless, as is
      Eugenie's dress. I just don't think bright red with a tight bodice with cut-outs was
      appropriate for the occasion. Lovely for dinner out, however.

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    2. Did you also notice Camilla and I think Anne,and maybe Sophie, were also wearing tan/beige/neutral shoes? Camilla with a blue coat close to the shade of Catherine's
      coat dress. HM is the only royal I recall wearing dark shoes with a lighter-colored outfit to family/royal church events since Kate introduced her LKB sledges.

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    3. But there are some really beautiful shoes out there in leather with cutouts that would have complimented the lace so perfectly! Branching out from the suede pumps - it is my dream for Kate!

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  20. I so loved seeing so many of the Royal Family. They all looked great, male and female:) Kate's dress is really quite spectacular. After having viewed it a few times in different photos, it is really beautifully made. I love the hat with it, the different shades in the hat are to make the flower/lace embellishments show up against the base:) and I love not having everything the exact same shade of "white", lace on dress to hat:). Lady Amelia and her sister looked spectacular, but they are both in a whole different category and age...but they did look special. Lady Louise looked sweet and I thought Anne and Zara were great. Both so beautiful. I really found the ceremony an all those who attend so wonderful. Really loved sharing from afar.

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  21. Is that Rebecca in the background? I can't remember her name at the moment and I know the focus is Kate but I'd love to know where to find that navy dress she is rocking. I love it. Kate's dress is pretty but it doesn't wow me like her royal blue gown last night. That really popped.

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  22. Jane,
    I was delighted to see you had published the photo of the two Princes bowing and Catherine curtseying. They were standing at the top of the steps and they did it as the Queen's car started to move off.
    Of course there are lots of similar pics, but usually when they first see her. have never seen that before and other members of the family did not appear to join in. Just found it interesting.

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    1. I noticed that too, Jean. The respect from the Wales/Cambridges was touching. I also noticed that it didn't extend to those surrounding them.

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    2. You mean Beatrice and Eugenie standing behind Kate?

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  23. wonderful photos and thoroughly enjoy your insight and perspective. keep up the good work, thank you.

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  24. Thank-you for providing some context for that rare photo, Jean.
    I'm trying to catch some late coverage on BBC.

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    1. I posted my 7:56 comment as a response to Jean's 3:11 comment, where it originally was positioned. I see it has dropped down below some later comments. Is this a Blogger thing or creative editing?

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  25. I would like to know what is with the creature on the picture of Kate with her maleficent hat. It is very disturbing to me that the duchess of Cambridge be compared to it.

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  26. I absolutely loved what Kate wore. I have a real preference for Kate in McQueen at these events but the Catherine Walker was just beautiful and like you, Jane, I loved the way the cutout worked at the bottom of the dress. I also absolutely LOVED that Kate wore pinkish shoes with this - I feel like her go-to would have been white (or pale blue if she has them) and this is just the kind of break from total colour blocking I've been hoping for :)

    I want to jump into the Beatrice and Eugenie conversation. There was a lot of chatter that they got a stylist after the disaster of the Royal wedding outfits. I'm not sure what the stylist is thinking with the outfits Beatrice has been wearing of late. They just don't suit her. I

    think Eugenie looks wonderful in this particular outfit and personally, I have no problem with the red. Zara wore dark blue and looked perfectly appropriate. What I do have a problem with those cutouts. It is just not ok for a church event. I have some similar thoughts on what Beatrice wore today to the Trooping of the Colour. I'm not sure what is going on with both sisters styling for these events but I really think someone needs to jump in with a guiding hand...

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  27. Why all the long sleeves all the time? Is it not chilly there. I find this odd.

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    1. The weather report for London was a high of 72º but I would bet that it was only in the 60s when they were out for the parade. While I find that perfect shirtsleeve weather, my family always thinks I'm nuts for not wearing a sweater or jacket. So, I'm assuming they were very comfortable.

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  28. Hello everyone....

    I have been somewhat silent for awhile just because work has been demanding my attention. But I have been following all of the Jane's posts and the commentary for the last couple months and loving all of it (even the debate on the York girls!)

    Today's dress is just exquisite!! There is not one thing about it that is matronly. It is fresh, youthful and the lace just gorgeous. (And that is from someone who does not wear lace AT ALL!). I loved the way it went around the back of the collar. I thought the hat was was perfect. The only thing I would have changed was the shoes.....Kate's are not bad....and I don't have a problem with the suede...but a different color would have been better. A soft grey or died to match blue...would have just taken this outfit from a 9 to a 10+ in my book. But generally outstanding.

    In terms of the York girls...I really do feel for them. The red was fine...but as many people have said...just not appropriate for the place or occasion. And the patterned black and white was not at all flattering. I just feel that they have been very misguided or maybe not guided at all....

    And on a final positive note...last nights Rouland Moret was just stunning!! Loved ever inch of it. So on trend and chic.

    Can't wait to see Jane's blog for today's trooping the color!

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    1. Welcome back, Laura! I'm waiting for Jane's take on Trooping the Colour as well. Kate was just perfection and Charlotte was so adorable! An nobody was going to outshine Her Majesty while she was wearing that color!!

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  29. Kate and Harry's continual banter and laughter remind me of how Diana and Sarah used to do the same at public outings. Diana finally outgrew this behavior. William is almost always not included in the frivolity and seems isolated by his brother's constant attention to Kate. Why does Harry's have difficulty showing the requisite reserve and aplomb during these momentous royal ceremonies and why does he implicate Kate who is being scrutinized with press comments for every move she makes? While I'm sure they are enjoying themselves, it gives an impression of immaturity and disregard for both tradition and for Queen Elizabeth. The Queen would never behave like this in a public occasion filled with gravitas. Perhaps the younger generation should follow her example to preserve the dignity of the occasion and to show the proper respect for Queen and country.

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    1. I understand your point about Kate being included by default, but I don't know about "continual banter", 11:48. These are moments in time that are captured, and there are just as many images of the three of them enjoying the moment together, or being very thoughtful and respectful.

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