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The Cambridge Family Debuts At Trooping the Colour

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Kate is always beautiful, but there are some engagements when she is absolutely breathtaking. When I saw the early photos of Trooping the Colour come across the wire this morning, I very literally sighed with joy. This. is. absolute. perfection. 



I thought it possible that Kate would recycle, since she has worn a number of new ensembles recently, (although more and more such an assumption is less certain) but I didn't expect to see Charlotte's christening dress/coat again so soon. Kate recycled the ensemble's hat yesterday and today she rewore the bespoke coat and dress! It couldn't have been a better choice, in my opinion. I am thrilled that Kate has been turning to creams and whites so often, just as she did in 2011. (Note she is carrying her relatively new Mulberry clutch in a custom beige.)



The hat and hair are major elements of the Trooping, because we never get a full view. Because so much of Trooping takes places from a distance, from carriages or from the balcony of Buckingham Palace, Kate seems to splash out a little more in her style when she chooses a Trooping hat, which always makes my day. The perchers that fill her hat boxes are lovely, but I do get excited by the occasional bigger hat. This sweeping topper is from Philip Treacy and is a delicate pink sinamay that features a rose under the brim.



This is now one of my favorite hats to-date. The pink works very well with the cream of the dress and sets off Kate's make up--the soft blush on her cheek bones and the delicate pink lip color. Anytime Kate wears the proper soft pinks, I think her eyes pop in a particular way, too, so today was such a beauty win. 


Finally, Kate switched it up just a tad with her hair, styling it in a off-centered chignon that was interesting, fresh, and flattering. This was A-game material today. :)



Obviously, the highlight of the day was seeing the entire Cambridge family on the balcony together. The four were coordinated beautifully and make the most striking family picture. Although he only had a handful of engagements on the tour in New Zealand and Australia, we really got a very good sense of George's personality during those three weeks. In many ways, the public came away feeling like they knew the little prince. 


There has been no such introduction to Charlotte and she has remained something of a mystery, although the more recent birthday photo-set was a revealing treat. Seeing her today, though, was the the first time we really saw her in her family unit, as one of the Cambridges. To me, it is a more natural background than the solo shots we have seen and helps to begin to shape the sense of Charlotte's character. 



Prince George could not be more precociously adorable. He lasted all of six seconds in Daddy's arms before hurtling down to stand and watch the excitement on his own two feet, at one point sending all his family into panic as it seemed he planned jump onto the ledge. He was enthralled by the event, turning to Gan-Gan with a question about the proceedings. (Side note: can we have a discussion about the Queen's color choice?)



He seemed to have all sorts of questions for Daddy, too, who may or may not have had all the answers from the look on his face. Meanwhile, Uncle Harry lurked in the background going through his Little Black Book in his head and trying to choose the most likely candidate to help him get in on family fun of his own.  (Kate cuddled with Charlotte a number of times throughout the time they were on the balcony. Normal for any parent, but still so sweet to see.)


After last year's debacle Trooping, I was so thrilled to see the royals get this one right. These photos could not be more charming and idyllic, the very picture of love, joy, and stability. (Hats off to the Palace PR team, y'all came back strong.)


Just like his mother on her Royal Wedding day, George had to turn for one last look down the Mall before heading back inside. I think he's going to be a natural at this whole royal thing. 


Many apologies for the very late post. My French Parents [my exchange parents. The French family that I lived with in France to learn French better and to learn the culture.] are in America and have come to visit for the weekend. I am thrilled to be spending time with them, but it threw our schedule here on the blog. Thanks for your patience! 

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  1. I love the photos you chose for today's event. I too thought Kate was absolutely perfect! I love her in the wider brimmed hats and that one (being in one of my favorite colors) has moved very close, if not all the way to the top of my list.

    Little Charlotte looked just adorable in her traditional pink smocked dress with her matching shoes and socks. What a cutie! In one of the videos I watched (and in one of the pictures you chose) it was clear that Charlotte did not like the loud sound of the planes flying over. George on the other hand couldn't have been more excited and a couple of times fell off the little step he had to stand on - definitely giving everyone else a bit of a scare!

    Jane, I'm surprised you didn't mention Kate's new earrings. I don't think we've seen her in those before, have we? They were perfect with the whole ensemble. I also thought her hair was just right.

    As for the Queen's color choice . . . I think she's probably the only woman in the whole world who could get away with that! She certainly stood out! Not even the half peeled orange perched in Beatrice's head could outshine it. It did look like the dress HM had on underneath was a very pretty white with flowers the same color as those on her hat. The coat and hat were in the same green as the stems and leaves on the flowers. Quite the natty combination for a 90 year old!

    I have a question for everyone. Why doesn't Andrew wear his uniform like all of the other Windsors at Trooping? Phillip, Charles, William, Harry, and Edward (and even Anne) wore their uniforms but Andrew does not. He was in the military and even fought in the Falklands. It's odd to me.

    Jane, have fun with your guests!

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    1. The new earrings are lovely but don't you think they overpower the delicate necklace? But I agree, her balcony look is perfection and I especially love the colour coordination with her daughter.

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    2. I agree, Kaye, that the new earrings did overpower her delicate Mappin & Webb necklace but they did look beautiful with the rest of the ensemble.

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    3. I think the earrings did overpower the delicate necklace. Since the earrings set off the hat perfectly, I think she needed to get rid of the necklace.

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    4. Andrew was in the navy and I think all his military patronages are with the navy and Trooping is an army thing.

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    5. That makes sense, Jean. Thanks!

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    6. Robin, I cheered the larger earrings. Not only did they show up in photos, but it was less for Charlotte to tug at, compared to dangling earrings. Although I do agree that they overpowered the necklace and I would go with Faith's solution ... no necklace required.

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  2. Oh, one more thing! I noticed in one of the videos that it appears George calls William Papa. Very cute!

    I do wish Harry could find his own Kate!

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  3. You want a discussion on the colour the Queen wore? At 90, I'd say 'good for you to properly stand out'! She ought to be seen by everyone and this colour was sure to attract attention. But yes, I prefer Kate's subdued colours much more. Karin

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    1. Agreed, Karin. In the documentary where they intereviewed family members for the Queen's birthday, Sophie said the Queen intentionally wears bright colors do people can see her. On a packed balcony, far away, she gave people the opportunity to spot her.

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    2. I think it was "Take that, B&E!" You're not the only ones who can play that game.
      I think HM won that round. There's a lot of fight left in the old girl and I bet
      the message was received loud and clear. I don't think George got the message about
      not stealing the Queen's thunder-but then everyone expects to be upstaged by a
      lively child.

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    3. I smiled when I saw the Queen's outfit because I mentioned neon yesterday. Although I was NOT referring to the Queen. :)

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    4. I think it's fabulous that the Queen wears bright colors so she stands out. I also think it's hilarious that the Internet realized her coat would work as a green screen. Google "Mashable queen green screen" and enjoy.

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  4. How lovely to see the Cambridge family all together, I suspect the snippets we have heard from William and Kate about George being "lively" don't tell the half of it! Kate looked so beautiful, a real English rose and I thought the hat and side chignon gave her something of a 30's look?

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  5. Catherine looked beautiful. I agree that the hat and the earrings are the things that matter for Trooping; we see little of the rest, especially this year when she was holding Charlotte.
    When competing with the red uniforms; acres of gold braid and shiny guns, the only thing to do is choose white (or cream) like the Duchesses and the Countess--or go neon at ninety like the Queen.
    Certainly had no difficulty keeping an eye on where the Queen was.
    Lovely to see the children; both have got the wave and behaved beautifully.
    Off subject and though not actually about Catherine, I believe anything that affects William affects her. On Thursday HM held a privy Council meeting, to Which both William and the Duchess of Cornwall were bidden and made members. This is the Queen's advisory Council and responsible for proclaiming the next monarch when a monarch dies,or when a regency becomes necessary.Members can also be given sensitive or secret information. Quite a serious thing. Certainly underlines who are the senior royals.

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    1. Oh, Jean, you always have the best information! I hadn't heard about the Privy Council meeting or appointments. Quite the honor!

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    2. Has this story been promoted anywhere other than the Daily Mail and a copy-cat version in another tabloid?

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    3. It's reported in the Court Circular .

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    4. ITs mentioned in the Daily Express

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    5. Just the bare fact that Ccamilla (as spouse of the heir) and William (as next heir)
      attended a meeting of the Privy Council as new members. The speculation about Camilla's future role and the Queen choosing Camilla because of great faith in her, for example,
      are the story I meant. Really, where would a tabloid get such personal statements from HM? "Highly placed royal source." Who benefits the most from that story who is
      perhaps needing a PR boost?
      I'm a little skeptical.

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    6. Jane, just wondering if you had checked the Court Circular for the validity of these facts. I have tried, but I have not been able to negotiate the site and find this information. At this point, I have only read it in the Express by Richard Palmer. I tend not to take his information to heart or to take it with a grain of salt. It very well mY be true, I just can't verify. I can see that William and Vamillia attended, but not sure his take on the meaning behind their, especially as to Camilla is totally accurate. Would really like to verify the facts myself, but am having trouble doing so.

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    7. Eva, I also have trouble navigating that site. I just took what Jean said and combined it with what SEEMED verifiable from RP's story. Another blog's commenter
      indicates the same quotes from the highly placed royal were in the DM.
      It would certainly clear up a few points if Jane would run this story down for us,
      not that she's sitting around with nothing to do.
      anon 6:49-the Palmer story appeared in the Express-the other tabloid I mentioned.

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  6. Beautiful family. I can see Pippa in that wee Charlotte.

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  7. I watched the Trooping live and I was blown away when I saw Kate. What a perfect choice of outfit and for me, this was hands down one of my favourite hats she's ever worn. I was particularly thrilled to see Kate looking so amazing because I haven't always loved her Trooping of the Colour choices. The white McQueen with the black Philip Tracey percher was a smash hit for me but I personally didn't like the Erdem outfit or the hat that went with it and I wasn't particularly thrilled with the pale grey McQueen or the hat on that outfit. So this was a wonderful treat :)

    Jane, do we have any ID on Kate's earrings? They are new, I think.

    The Queen's colour choice was bold to say the least but I did love how the little purple flowers on her dress peeped out.

    I thought Eugenie looked lovely but Beatrice's outfit was a miss - I don't the Trooping of the Colour is the place to wear your orange fascinator but I'd be interested to hear the thoughts of others.

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    1. I think Eugenie has had "wins" two days in a row, while Beatrice has had two "misses" in a row.

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    2. Definitely another miss for Beatrice. She needs some fashion advice.

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    3. They both wore dark-colored, rather plain dresses. Quite a contrast to yesterday's fire-engine red and In your face geometric print. Harry's kibbitzing was apparently toned down, too.

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    4. Maybe he got a scolding after yesterday! I think he certainly gives them a human face and a picture of a loving family.

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    5. I enjoy watching Harry and Kate. In some ways, I think he has adapted the D of E
      role-I imagine he's lightened up many a moment for HM.
      I think he is transitioning from the clownish, center of attention little brother
      and finding a more mature role. I always thought the Duke's colorful remarks
      weren't slips of the tongue so much as his way of coping with the strictures of
      living life three steps behind the Queen.
      I think the trio complement each other well. While Harry eases tension and gets
      Kate's mind off who is watching, Kate is soothing William's ruffled feathers at
      times. William in turn offers Catherine steadiness and reassurance. I think
      William also serves to put a damper on some of Harry's higher spirits.
      At least that is how it all appears to me. A lovely circle of friendship and caring.

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  8. Disappointing you give no credit/courtesy/respect to the photographers who took these great photos. No photographers, no great photos of Royals.

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    1. Actually, what is more disappointing is that I spend thousands and thousands of dollars a year to legally license beautiful hi-res photos of the Duchess and put in hours of my personal time and someone such as yourself is rude enough to come into my internet living room and make this impertinent comment.

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    2. Sonja from BavariaJune 12, 2016 at 1:04 PM

      Anon, can't you see that there is always a copyright splash news sogn or something like that in Jane's photos? She spends so much money to do the right thing and give back to the photographers.

      It is great that she legally purchases the prettiest photos of the duchess to present them to us and you should not accuse her

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    3. If this were a blog dedicated to photographers, I'm sure she would anon 4:46. How many photography
      sites thank Kate for being such a great money-maker for them? Or thank Jane and others for buying their photos?
      At any rate, I think the only response such a comment deserves is
      HMMMMMMMMM.....

      I always say, Jane,you obviously take your time and give immense thought and planning
      into your selection of photographs. I don't actually say those exact words, but
      I'm always thinking them.

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    4. Thank you Jane---you so often have photos that others don't bother about, like the one from Friday of Catherine curtseying and William and Harry bowing as the Queen's car drove off.
      It was an unusual time to do it and thus very interesting.

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    5. Jane, we Kate fans truly appreciate all you do. These anonymous people who come on here to disturb the peace aren't worth having to defend your choices, criticize you, or belittle those of us who enjoy Kate and William. I know you're fair, diplomatic, and try to give everyone a voice but I, for one, would be OK if you didn't publish the comments of those who are only trying to stir something up if they've posted as Anonymous.

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    6. I kinda agree, Robin-as a quasi-anon. However, since few of us have revealed our true identities, we are mostly all anonmymous in theory.
      It might turn into a bit of a slippery slope for Jane. What about the regular posters with a consistent identity? Are they allowed carte blanche to stir away without
      restriction? I'd hate for this blog to become more trouble than it is worth for Jane.

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    7. Sorry Jane, I must have missed this comment this Am or I would have commented. Thank you so much for running a beautiful and tight blog site. This Anon I am sure is one of the negative disasters on Kate on other blogs and is trying to get a reaction. Please as Robin States please feel free not to publish these hateful comments. You do a great job and are much appreciated. Thank you.

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    8. Oh my this is disappointing to read. Ignore the rudeness Jane. We all know you work so hard on this blog for all of US. This is one of the reasons I dislike the use of Anonymous. While it's true we can still pick a fake name it does cut down on the ugly comments such as these. It seems to me that lately there are quite a few MORE Anonymous on this blog and they are quite 'rude' and I know I am not the only one who feels they are deliberately attempting to cause probless. Not sure why but it's annoying . I am sorry that you have to deal with this Jane. Desperately lonely angry people always like to hide behind ugly words. Keep on doing what you do!
      I appreciate all you do here!

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    9. Anon 1 - whom I actually don't consider completely anonymous :-) - I don't think it's too slippery a slope. I think it should just apply to comments like those above that come here to criticize without actually contributing to the discussion or have anything constructive to say. This comment was only to criticize Jane with absolutely nothing to say about what we're here for - to follow Kate. If this person doesn't like the way Jane runs this blog - which is fantastic - then don't come here. To just criticize Jane without taking part in the discussion is classless.

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    10. Jane's response was on the money, truly, and I agree with the thoughts shared by Sonja, Jean, Robin, Eva and Diane. Anon 1, I would second Robin's response to you; it's about the purpose and contribution. If the "concern" regarding the photographs was sincere, it's easy enough to email Jane to express it. The goal here was transparent, and if this "worship-only" (not my description) blog was as resistible as some folks have suggested, they wouldn't feel compelled to share their personal contentment at this address.

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    11. royalfan-I did not disagree with Robin,Sonja, Jean, Eva, Diane. I just worry that she lets those sorts of comments go live because there are many others she must edit that don't go live. Perhaps the thinking is our responses might help discourage such comments. On the other hand,
      Jane has said she gets busy at times and comments get through. Unfortunately, the
      annonymous pot-stirrers are opportunists and pick up on these times to saturate the
      blog with their acid remarks. I think it is up to us to refuse to take the bait. It is hard to ignore when Jane is the target.
      I suspect a few may be commenters from another blog who swear hey don't read or comment on this blog. Especially the ones that fiercely defend royal photographers
      and writers. At any rate, Jane has means to know if the anonymous commenters all
      stem from a single or few sources as well as the ISP location.

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    12. Wow.. I've learned so much from this blog!! I had no idea Jane has to purchase the pictures??? Wow!! That's fascinating even in it's self.. Not to mention gorgeous Kate!! A perfect 10!! I was surprised as well about you not IDing the earrings, but if course has no clue you'd lived in France either so with your sub parents in the US you get a pass!! I'm joking course, thank you as always for great details!! The picture without the Queen with Kate in the middle of the balcony who are the ladies to the right of Prince Andrew? It looks like the nanny, Maria, in the back and maybe Amanda Cook Tucker?? Curious if the earrings ever got IDed ty?

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  9. Sonja from BavariaJune 12, 2016 at 4:48 AM

    This really was one of Kate's best looks yet. I am absolutely in love with the hat, especially the flower! It natched Charlotte's dress so well. And she should really do that hairstyle more often, I think the last time she wore it was for the Afghanistan service in navy blue while pregnant.
    I am also in love with those earrings! Habe they been ID'ed yet? (Although I'm sure they are probably several thousands so way too expensve...)

    The Queen is the only woman who can pull of such a colour! And that at 90! Sone people have made kermit the frog jokes, but I think it really shows her personality and affection for bright vibrant colours.

    George and Charlotte were lovely and adorable, as usual. But poor Charlotte seems to be teething, poor girl. George will surely be a heartthrob when he's older. He seemed very interested in everything and I loved that they seemed to have put up some sort of chair or box for him to stand on. Very thoughtful :)
    Charlotte's outfit was sooooo cute! And so was george's, but I wish they would not always dress him in William's old clothes for such occasions (while they are adorable, but I just think he should be able to show some of his own... personality? I don't know how to explain it)

    It was a huge win (fashion and family-cuteness) and I am shocked and delighted at the same time to see how much Georgie has grown since last year's trooping.

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    1. I really appreciate their dressing George in his father's outfits for these ceremonial occasions. To me it shows respect and a little reverence for the past. It may be a way of remembering Diana if she picked out Williams clothing, or perhaps if the queen chose William's clothes (as I did for my grandchildren) it is a way for showing respect for her. George will have many more times to assert his personality. In the meantime Kate is giving him some history to relate and perhaps instilling in him a feeling of respect for the history these outfits represents.

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    2. I totally agree with you Eva B.

      Best Regards,

      RW.

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    3. Sonja, I too think this is one of Kate's best looks...ever! Loved every detail.

      Eva, I do agree with your take on the children's outfits. Respect and reverence. We're talking about a couple of formal occasions and the rest of the time George is dressed like a very normal little boy. Likewise for Charlotte, I assume.

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    4. I think I'm going to go with you on that take of PGs clothes, Eva, I quite like it.

      I love Kate's ensemble!! It was very nice the first time, the second it's outstanding!!!!! Perfection.All.4. Cambridge's.

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  10. Oh Jane you (your parents) are French? I always thought you were American and from Missouri? :)

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  11. Polished, poised perfection! Just the night before I was remembering Diana's love for pearls and how often she wore striking pearl ear rings and necklaces. They always seemed to add a creamy, luxurious lustre to an outfit. I wondered whether Catherine purposely stayed away from pearls to establish her own jewellery style apart from Diana comparison's. And then.... these beauties! Some comments that I've read elsewhere have suggested they are too big. I think they are gorgeous and add to rather than detract from the overall look. This was a big win in my book and is certainly one of my all time favourite style ensembles.

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    1. I thought the earrings were just perfect for the hat, and hair style Kate chose. The hat was positioned exactally right for viewing everything and most important for holding Charlotte and keeping a sharp eye on George. I just love how she planned her outfit and the pale pink rose to match Charlotte's dress. Kate continues to be so thoughtful.

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  12. Loved how Kate and Charlotte looked together. Can you or anyone tell me why everyone wears long sleeves, at yesterday's event too? I'm assuming it's warm there and George and Charlotte are in short sleeves. Is there something inappropriate about showing your arms?

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    1. I could be wrong...but George and Charlotte were outside much less time than the adults. Young children cannot fully regulate their body temperature, so *sometimes* it is best to keep them comfortable and cool (and thus happy). I don't think London is having a heat wave, so for this time of year I could see the sleeves being suitable, and perhaps part of it is out of respect for the Queen (like a church service).

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    2. The children didn't have to ride in open carriages earlier in the morning as the adults did. Temperatures were mild in London yesterday but I'm sure they were much cooler in the morning.

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    3. Plus this is UK and we can have four seasons in one day, so best not to bank on short sleeves.

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  13. You are so funny Jane! Harry looking through his black book...lol!!! No kidding though - who is Harry seeing right now? Anyone? Kate and Will are going to be a very hard act to follow. Kate's ensemble today was sheer PERFECTION. A gasp-worthy moment when I first saw her. Unbelievable! One of my all-time favorite looks. Her beauty is truly unparalleled, and so much of it has to do with her natural grace. She is just such a radiant person, those children are so lucky to have her as their mother. Her outfit/hat/hair/makeup/jewelry are just amazing. That hat shows off face and coloring to perfection - and I love it from all angles. The rose side is like a work of art and the other side shows off Kate's slim neck so gracefully - it's all just a total win. As was the day before's look with the Catherine Walker coat/dress and christening hat. Kate is so slim right now she just cuts an amazing figure in these pieces - and I love her shoes these days, so tall and slender - very ladylike!!! She is the epitome of a Princess/Duchess/Future Queen. :) And speaking of Queens, ahem. That color is horrrrrrrible. I know she likes to be seen, but you can't unsee that color. Acid green!!! There is a picture of the Queen and Prince Phillip - a closeup in the carriage where he is wearing that huge black furry hat and she in her acid green and I thought, OMG this is about as punk rock as it gets! Wow.

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    1. You're pretty funny yourself Diane -"you can't unsee that color!"

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    2. But there is no denying that even Phillip's giant furry hat did not overshadow HM in that color! She could be seen for miles and nobody walked away from that crowd saying "I think I saw the Queen." because they KNOW they saw the Queen! :-)

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    3. Her color choices must be a nightmare for the RPO's.

      Punk rock! I hope someone reads that remark to HM and Phillip.They would love it.

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    4. lol! The Sex Pistols would be proud! God Save the Queen's Acid Green Regime! But seriously you're right Robin, they certainly knew who they were looking at, whereas Phillip might have blended in with the other furry hats, nobody could mistake Her Majesty. :)

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  14. I agree, she was breathtaking! That leaves a lot of high expectations for today after Friday and Saturday. It seems she must have been a bit sentimental lately with rewearing her children's christening outfits. Do you ever think she wishes she could try on her wedding dress again, but probably doesn't because it's in some royal storage vault (or something to keep it safe for future exhibits)? I was married shortly before W&K, and while I haven't tried mine on in a while, I can always sneak a peak since it's kept in my home.

    Can we comment on their parenting skills? Both W&K are interacting with their children, and both got down on George's level...from my understanding that is case & point how William is actively doing a better job of parenting than Charles. Even when George took his stumble, while he may have just been slow to react, Camilla Kate and William swoop in, while Charles stands there.

    I love how last year there was an outcry over Kate in the background, but no one seems to care that Harry is. I don't think Harry cares, and I think he'd rather be standing around his brother Kate and the kids. Thankfully some uncles were also in the background, so there was a bit more focus on the monarchy's future being front and centre.

    I wondered why we have seen Autumn but not Peter, turns out his company was contracted to plan at least Sunday's party, so he has literally been too busy working and unable to dress up and stand on the balcony with his wife. Dang, for as quirky as Anne can be she really raised down to earth kids who seem to be hard workers. I saw photos this morning of Peter in jeans literally on the ground working for setup. And for Beatrice between the garden party and this weekend she managed to work by going to Milan Italy for a fundraising gala ;-) Sorry, I couldn't help but draw the comparison/contrast, and I am fully aware Zara gets paid to go to Australia to promote events.

    ~ A

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    1. There is actuallly oome pic you cam see Peter on the balcony second row

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    2. I saw Peter on the balcony. The press pictures focus on the heirs but in some of the videos you can see he and Autumn walking out with the crowd.

      I agree 100% with you about W&K's parenting skills. William is the kind of parent Diana was. Thank goodness he didn't take his cues from his father.

      I wish someone in Milan had given Beatrice some fashion advice. I don't believe she got paid to go to Italy. I can see where Zara might get paid (at least her expenses) to go to Australia because it is part of the Commonwealth. Italy is not.

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    3. Peter was interviewed by the BBC on the way back to Buckingham Palace. You then saw him appear behind the queen at the end.

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    4. I checked back on some photos and can see Peter on the balcony behind Prince Philip. Today Peter was seated between the Queen and Philip, which I think is very sweet. So today was a long day for him, outside in the morning working on setup, then dressed up for the family portion. I guess my point was he was working and juggling family responsibilities this weekend, which is refreshing. Of course it's an act of love towards his grandmother, too.

      ~ A

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    5. Robin I wasn't implying Bea was paid, just that Bea isn't the only one who travels to attend events. But Zara gets paid and it's work, whereas Bea may have paid her own way (via daddy), or someone paid her expenses to be seen there, but I don't think Bea was paid a salary.

      ~ A

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    6. Sorry, my misunderstanding. I thought you were saying that Beatrice was paid to go to Milan.

      I agree with your assessment of Peter. He seems to be a very hard worker and I love that he is recognized for it. Anne's children are very likable.

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    7. A, I too noticed that Camilla, Kate and William responded to George while Charles did not appear to move a muscle. It looked like he said something, but the normal instinct would be to move towards the child and grab him/her. And I totally agree with you and Robin regarding parenting skills. George and Charlotte are very lucky indeed.

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  15. I'm sure I am in the minority here--  I think Kate looked very pretty but I wasn't as wowed as I hoped to be. Not a fan of the hat with the huge  under-brim flower coupled with the sideswept hairdo-- just a little too much asymmetry for my taste. (I would have liked it better with a standard low chignon.) I think the peach hat color goes nicely with the repeat dress and like seeing Kate in larger hats... but also think in some ways the smaller "upswept" hat Kate wore to the christening was more flattering to balance out the dress's wide lapels. I am also very surprised Kate repeated a dress for an event this important but if she, Sophie, and Camilla decided to coordinate and all wear cream/white (and it seems unlikely to have been an accident as its not happened at other Troopings) there was no reason to buy a new dress. I hope Kate continues to wear larger earrings on occasion but don't think these with their bluish-white pearl & cool diamond color go terribly well with the cream dress or peach hat as cream and peach are warm tones. And they certainly don't go with the very dainty necklace to me. But they will work with other outfits (although they look a little like costume jewelry from the 1980s to me..Linda Evans style..and dare I say it....even look a little matronly :)


    It was nice to see both PG and PC on the balconey.To me, Charlotte is lookng more and more like Carole M these days. I'm not sure I'm liking George's outfit recycle this time as a little of that symbolism goes a very long way and it now seems a bit forced (and this wasn't one of Will's balconey outfits.) At least Charlotte's not recycling or if she is wearing Kate's baby clothes here we don't know it! 


    I loved HM's unusual color choice!

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  16. Win, win, and WIN!!
    Wow what a treat!

    The Cambridges looked like the perfect family! Kate looked spectacular!
    Is there something different with her for the last few events?! The Sports Aid gala, the Thanksgiving at St Paul's, and now the Trooping.... She has a gorgeous glow about her, more than usual that is!
    Could it be different make-up? What are your thoughts?! I can't figure it out!

    As for the Queen, to me she can do no wrong, so I might be the wrong person to chime in here... But she has always said that she must be seen to be believed. And by-jove we all saw her! She is one woman who can pull EVERY colour!! Long may she reign!! :)

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  17. I think I just about died and went to heaven seeing these pictures and watching the live stream. What a beautiful family.

    First of all, I completely mirror your reaction to Kate today. It is perfection! While some might think that she dresses too "old" for her age, I think she is always stylish, glamorous, and beautiful. She is just so classy! The makeup, hair, hat, and coat was just perfect. She looked so pretty. And William sure does look handsome. I saw a side by side picture someone posted of them on the balcony at their wedding and now, 5 years later, with their 2 children. Brought a tear to my eye.

    George and Charlotte are just the most adorable children. I loved watching George - he's so grown up. He seems very curious - asking questions, talking to everyone, being very interested and mindful of his surroundings. And Charlotte was just SO cute. She was 100% more interested in eating her hands and Kate was being such good mummy. :) Bouncing her, explaining things to her, pointing things out. Just as William was, bending to their level, making sure they were all ok. It was wonderful to see them all together.

    And one last thing. I know everyone says Charlotte looks like the queen and I see it a bit but I think she is all Middleton. She looks just like George, Pippa, and Carole all at the same time. She's going to be a stunner when she's older, just like her mama!

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  18. Jane, sometimes you talk about Kate having true Duchess moments. Well, for me, this is one. She was absolutely breathtaking, as you wrote. The hat is delicious, and the simple lines and impeccable structure of her McQueen garment was the perfect backdrop to showcase it. Also, love the off centered updo as it is more modern than the it's centered cousin. The only thing that would have pushed this ensemble up from breathtaking to pure nirvana would have been the addition of one of Diana's choker (without the earrings). I'm thinking the three strander with the turquoise clasp. The hat and open neckline of the dress is just calling for it in my eyes.

    Lizzie, I don't think this outfit is at all matronly. Looking at today's photos and yesterday's, I think the key is if the hat is fussy, than the dress needs to be streamlined and vice versa....and the Queen? That's how not to look old at ninety! Gorgeous neon green color! She looks amazing.

    Real treat to see the children and, especially, PC. Like Jane, this is the first time I felt like I got a sense of her personality. Can't wait to watch these two growing up.

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  19. Oh my gosh Jane you are French (or your parents)?? So am I!!! Je suis enchanté que tu es aussi française!
    And I always thought you were American LOL

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    1. I have spread confusion! My exchange family, with whom I became quite close, are visiting from France. Usually I go back to visit France, so this is a treat to have them here. I'm sorry to disappoint, but some of my heart is definitely French. :)

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    2. Oh, I'm sorry I must have understood it wrong - as you know English is not my 1st language :)

      That is great that you still have xontact with your exchange fanily, how wonderful!
      And one definitely notices that you love the French language and culture so sonsider youself to be a small part French ;)

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  20. Well...good morning everyone...

    I am in the classic gorgeous camp on this outfit. That flower is probably one of the boldest hats we have seen Kate wear and I just love it. Her makeup was also perfect when combined with the hat...soft, dewy...very graceful. The earings are bold...and while I am not sure I would love them with other outfits..they just worked with this one. The flower on the hat is so big and bold that Kate's usual simple drop earrings (which I normally just love!) would have been lost. These provided enough of a presence to work with the hat.

    What I found interesting was seeing Kate interact with her children. She appears to be very hands on and very connected to them. Reminded me of how Dianna was with Will and Harry. There are several pictures through history of her...decked out to the nines in 4 inch heels but still squatting down to put her hand on one of her son's shoulders and whisper some gentle guidance to them. A calm but firm approach. I very much see Kate taking the same approach. Lovely.

    The Queen's outfit should have a big "Do Not Try This At Home" warning label. As everyone has said...she is the Queen at 90 so more power to her. But for anyone else..this color would be horrible.

    I thought Beatrice's navy blue dress looked like a very good fit..Which is not often the case for these ladies...and would like to have seen a better picture of it. But the orange fascinatior is problematic. But that is often my biggest issue with their hats...they are always in a contrast color that is so strong that nothing seems to be coordinated. Hats in opposite colors of the rest of the outfits is hard to pull off....there needs to be some connection with the rest of the outfit....There always appear to be the first one they pulled out of the closet on their way out the door.

    Overall lovely day!

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  21. I am in the it was pure perfection camp as well! I loved the pink hat and the big rose! Fabulous! The sideswept chignon was sophisticated and very Duchess like. I even loved the earrings. For me the pieces all worked in harmony and she was stunning! The children were such a delight and PG is so precious. Curious and chatty and appeared to be completely thrilled...beyond thrilled. I am sure he was chatting up Mummy and Papa and Gan Gan for hours after the event. PC? Well she is a beauty. Perfectly coordinated with Mummy. I love the vintage look and I kept my daughter in smocked dresses alot! I think PC m8ght have enjoyed her hand and Mummy's necklace a bit more than the flyover. Overall both childrent were well behaved.

    Truly they are a lovely family. One look and you can see devoted parents, happy children and a loving marriage. 'We've come a long way baby" rings through my head when I see this happy family and a unified family (along with Uncle Harry) standing on that balcony. The Queen must be happy and relieved that the monarchy is strong and established for the future in her 90th year.


    While thwe the last few days have been absolutely wonderful for us Kate fans.I have to say that today is a very sad day in America. The world needs a whole lot of prayers, love and light ~

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    1. Thoughts and prayers for the families so terribly affected by the murders in Florida.
      The whole world is affected by such needless violence.

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    2. Very sad day indeed.

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    3. A big Amen to that Diane and Jean. Too much violence and so many people need our prayers.

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    4. Yes...pure perfection and bliss discussed here today vs. pure evil in Florida.

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  22. Loved the outfit and hat, but the earrings were far too big to go with the beautiful Mappin & Webb Empress necklace! This necklace is very delicate but stunning on its own. I own the very same Mappin & Webb Empress necklace and I would never wear such huge earrings with it!

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  23. Put me in the "win, win, win" column. I can't stop looking at pictures of Kate's hat, especially the gorgeous rose. I've always been a fan of her in updos, and this style was perfect. The Cambridge family all together - what a treat! And I actually loved the Queen in her bright green. I think it's a fun color and, as someone else said, she apparently chooses vibrant colors so that people can see her. But even if she chose the color simply because she liked it, I applaud her.

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  24. A definite win again today, is it just me or has she toned down the make up? It's definitely softer than a few weeks ago, less eye liner but more blush and lip to balance? It's a very flattering look whatever she's done. Poor Charlotte though, certainly teething with the hands in the mouth and a bit of ear pulling. Lovely to see them all together as a family

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  25. A tradional centered chignon would not have worked due to the hat's base possibly being positioned where the bun normally would have gone. The side-chignon may have been an practical choice as well as an aesthetic one.

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  26. Kate looked stunning and happy. She always looks genuinely happy when she's with her children and William.

    I actually thought Bea looked presentable today. But they both looked like they were dressed for the Fall season. Especially Eugenie with the dark green dress and dark plumage in her hat

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  27. I loved this look. It was so nice to see her with her family.

    Your comment about Harry's little black book has me daydreaming.... I know the rumor is that he is dating Ellie Goulding, but I am hoping they are just friends and Ellie sets him up with Taylor Swift! Ha, ridiculous and off topic....But it would be really wonderful if Harry found someone with a strong family, like Kate's, and who won't be thrown off by all the press attention. He seems happy for William and Kate but does look lonely.

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    1. I agree with you - not Ellie Goulding but also not TayTay. I love her but I think Harry needs someone from a long standing royalist family and not a celebrity. There is one picture (and I can't remember which publication) of them on the balcony where Harry is looking so lovingly at little George. What a great uncle for those precious babes! When it comes to celebrity blondes, Harry just needs to Shake It Off.

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  28. Jane, I agree with you. The royals did get this one right! What a difference compared to last year.

    I loved everything about the day and, without a doubt, it has become my favorite Trooping appearance. Seeing the four Cambridge's made my day. Kate looked regal and glamorous and the children are adorable. And doesn't William look like a very happy and proud husband and father!

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    1. Every inch the proud husband and father. That is a happy man right there!

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  29. Another win for Kate today in a color block Roksanda!

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  30. Jane i love the trooping colour the duchess seems to relax mother princess charlotte was seems stress at the end of the day prince george i think he does want leave balcony

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  31. Baby Charlotte has her fingers in her mouth. I was thinking this may be due to her cutting teeth. It would be nice if Kate would give her a little bit of Tylenol to ease the pain of her teeth coming through. What beautiful pictures of the whole family.
    Kathy Towers. USA Colorado

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  32. Kate is just perfect--love the hat, earrings, the entire look. In the last few days she's appeared more confident, more regal. I guess it's the natural progression of things, not unexpected, and lovely to see.

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  33. Kate is just perfect--love the hat, earrings, the entire look. In the last few days she's appeared more confident, more regal. I guess it's the natural progression of things, not unexpected, and lovely to see.

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  34. I loved everything about today's event and sartorial choices. The hat and earrings were so different and unexpected, but absolutely perfect. So nice to see the whole family out and about, and better framed than last year. :)

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