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[Updated] Kate and William Watch Murray Win Wimbledon

Sunday, July 10, 2016

I have been too busy to follow Wimbledon this year, but when I saw on the news this morning that Murray made it to the final I thought, ah, Kate and Wills will be at Wimbledon. Sure enough, the Duke and Duchess watched Andy Murray play for the Grand Slam title today in the royal box, and they both looked pretty dapper doing it.


Five years ago, on June 27th, newlyweds William and Kate cheered on Murray in the men's quarter-finals. They left Britain just days later for their tour of Canada, but maybe they took the star power with them, because Murray didn't make it to the finals that year.  Djokovic played Nadal and won his first Wimbledon title, instead.


In 2012, Kate and Pippa watched Murray play Federer in the final. The competition was stiff, but Murray ultimately succumbed to Federer. Kate is a fan of both players, but was visibly moved (not pictured) by the Scot's defeat. 


In 2014, Kate and William were back again to watch Murray play in the quarter-finals, but they were doomed to disappoint as Murray lost in straight sets that year.


In 2015, the royals cheered on Murray in the quarter-finals. The Scot won that match, which may or may not have elicited a happy dance from William, but the tennis champ was thwarted shortly after and didn't make it through to the finals. 


Today's victory was a long-time in coming, in Murray's own words: "I have had great moments and tough losses here, which makes this win extra special."  [I thought it was pretty general knowledge that Murray won in 2013, but I think I was not clear on that score. This post is focusing on the times that Kate was at Wimbledon to cheer him on. Murray's 2013 just so happened to coincide with the year she did not attend due to George. Hope that clarifies. :)]

via Wimbledon Twitter

It must have been a euphoric win for Murray and for the Cambridges, too, who have been at so many matches to cheer him on.



Kate is wearing a new dress by McQueen. This is the label's Obsession-Print silk dress retailing at almost $3,000.  It looks like Kate had it lengthened, though, as it is considerably shorter in the product shot.


I like the design of the dress--the pleating and the silhouette--and I love the use of the pattern to create the geometry within the dress. From a distance, when the pattern looks like it could be dots or flowers, I am all onboard. It is light and feminine and fun.


On closer inspection, however, I am less than enthused. Did her phone dump all its emojis and the Candy Crush game all over her beautiful silk dress? I assume McQueen was shooting for whimsical and possibly even thinking cool, but to me it's...a fail. I'd rather all that clutter were back in the phone, the disorder is stressing me out. Reiterating, I love this dress from a distance, so I like it in literally every photo, I just find the random items jarring and outside my comfort zone.  If I saw this on the rack, I would pass it up with disappoint. It's so close, and yet so far.



In more positive news, Kate's hair was on point today. Peeking out from under her luscious locks  are her Gold Charm earrings from Brora. Brora is a Scottish company and although these were debuted while on tour in April, they are certainly a nice nod to Murray today.


William's new suit deserves a double take, too. To be clear, I am a huge fan of his smart blue suits. In my book, a man can't really improve upon a dark blue suit, but I welcome the occasional switch up. This lighter ensemble was fun, and together these two looked summery and chic. The tie seemed to bother William, though. He spent a lot of time adjusting it. More than he usually spends tugging and pulling on his jacket on the average public engagement. ;)


The couple had a nice long chat with Andy after the match. He seemed a little at a loss for words, likely from sheer exhaustion. William half joked that Murray's energy was very good for a man with an infant, and the two briefly discussed their children before moving on to some chatter on the mechanics of the game.


They figured as long as they were dressed up and had a babysitter with the kids, they might as well make a day of it. Although many in their section dispersed, the royal couple returned and watched the mixed doubles in the slanting afternoon sun. The winning momentum kept rolling for the Cambridges as they cheered Heather Watson and Henri Kontinen's victory before heading home to their little ones.


It was a charmed day at Wimbledon. Even if I wish I could erase the lipstick and weird objects from the dress, I thought Kate looked fantastic. Her hair was up to the standard of 2011 and she herself was glowing. Win, win, win for everyone today.

173 comments:

  1. Thanks for the quick pic, Jane!!! Amazing, I LOVE this dress! Such a classic, flattering silhouette in such a youthful, edgy print from the impeccable McQueen - and for tennis! I just love it all!!! Kate just seems so at ease now in her fashion, how she is so classic but still pushes the boundaries, and surprises us regularly, always elegant and just plain gorgeous. I think she might have been a little inspired by the Duchess Rose she visited the other day - that beautiful lady's quirky, high-end style is very cool and would look lovely on Kate too. I could see Rose in this dress! (oh and can I just say how fresh she looked yesterday at the airshow - even though that dress is old and simple, she made it practically new with that sweet retro headband and hair, and her super-slim figure in nude heels - she is every inch the duchess and fabulous mother.)

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    1. Enjoy the posts and comments. DoC brings fun and fairytales about. Do you mean the Marchioness of Cholmondeley? Not sure who Duchess Rose is.

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    2. As the dress is bespoke, it was likely purchased months ago-long before Rose's snake-dress or charity gala appearances.
      Kate was an Art History major and has displayed a flair for personal style when not attending staid, official functions. Sport and theatre -type events allow more flexibility of choice.

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    3. oh yes Nicoline, I did mean the Marchioness of Cholmondeley, lol- sorry about that! I was so excited I didn't bother to double-check her name/title. Oops! But I do love her style, and this dress reminds me of her! :) And you're right anon 1, it's just Kate's own fashion instinct guiding her, she is kind of a genius at it IMO! :)

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    4. Love it - fun, light, airy and like someone said, a little edgy. Not so sure it's bespoke - there's a black version in the longer length.

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  2. I find I really wish she'd gone with the shorter off the rack version--I find the proportions more appealing. However, even without loving this print, it's a very charming dress on her.

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    1. The shorter version looks like a little girl's dress. I don't think it would suit at all.

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    2. I agree Robin, the original would be far too short for her - not appropriate for royal mother of two. The knee-length is perfect!

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  3. I love LOVE THIS DRESS!!

    It's quirky and fun with skulls in the print. How fun and out of the box is that? Kate seems to be going full steam ahead with some new style which is fun and shows her playful side.

    Also love those earrings. I bought a pair this morning when I saw them identified. On sale ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜‹

    Nice that they came back out to watch the doubles match after the men's final. The stands were a tad slim. But they were there to support. Very nice.

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    1. Glad to hear you bought the earrings, Diane! I bought them after she debuted them in India and they are so pretty in person! I have received numerous compliments every time I've worn them. You'll love them!!
      ~ A

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    2. Excited! I have two of her dresses....a pair of shoes.. a scarf...and now these earrings. Does this make me a stalker? Obsessed fan?

      LOL

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    3. Diane, I just giggled at your "stalker" comment. LOL. Not at all! If you're inspired, go for it! :)

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    4. I just purchased the earrings, too! They will be my first Kate pieces and I'm so excited!! Diane, which dresses do you own?

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    5. I purchased two pairs of earrings she has - the Monsoon Filligree Bead earrings she wore on the India Tour, and the Zest Antique Golden Chandelier earrings she's had forever. Both adorable and so inexpensive! :) Thanks Kate!

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    6. Kait I have the Glamorous Print Red/Navy maxi dress that she wore to meet the children that live in the train station at the centre they go to during the day. And I have three Anita Dongre Gulrukh Tunic dress that she wore the day they played cricket.

      They are both wonderful. The maxi had to be tailored because it was at least 9 inches of fabric beyond my foot. It apparently runs very long. It had to be taken apart at the waist to fix as you cannot hem or it ruins the print. It's so comfy.

      Yay that you got the earrings too!

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    7. Alright Diane...so I have to fess up here. I think I out "stockerish" you. I own one of Kate's dress, 3 versions of her Smythe jacket (black, white and navy), one pair of earrings, two pairs of shoes and to top it all off...I have the "dreaded and most hated" sledge pump in 4 colors (red, black, taupe and grey!)

      In my defence the two pairs of shoes I had before the Duchess wore them....!

      But you have inspired me to try one of the maxi dresses from India....I love them for summer!

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    8. Hahahaha Laura in Canada!

      You win ๐Ÿ˜‚ I think you should mentor me bahahahaa:)

      You have to get one of the India dresses. I want the Topshop dress she wore feeding the baby rhino but it's been back ordered for months!

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    9. Diane, the print red/navy maxi is one of the few Kate dresses I thought of owning AND wearing.
      It was just the right touch for her visit-colorful, feminine, yet modest and allowed for floor sitting with the children.I think that engagement was one in India
      that impressed me most.

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    10. You should get anon 1!

      Its quite reasonable. But as i said I needed to have it tailored due to the length. I am 5'7" and it was so long. Even with some heels I was drowning. The tailor was only and additional $35 USD. Well worth it. Its so comfortable.

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    11. Diane, I thought about ordering that maxi myself but I'm glad to know about the length. I'm only 5'4" so it would probably be way too long.

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    12. Yes I would think so RobinfromCa. But a good tailor? It also comes in a tunic length so maybe that is an option?

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  4. Such a whimsical dress. I like the design and I think I like the fabric. She looks good in almost anything!

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  5. I love this dress!!!! If she could be McQueen's muse, I would be a happy woman!!! Packham does a nice and serviceable evening gown, but for art's sake, I'd rather have skulls on my frock to go along with my tiara. And a big fashion shout out to William today! So nice to see a really nice sport jacket on him and not the dreaded blue suit. Maybe Kate is able to have a quiet word with him on his fashion....

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    1. Lori ~ perhaps Kate just bougtht it for him, and said "look honey!". I think William has a dressing assistant so maybe he also helps with his shopping, and maybe Kate mentioned he should think out of the box a bit on a couple pieces.
      ~ A

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    2. See, the skulls are what I'm not sure about on the fabric. I don't like the skull trend. I also don't like the weird eyeball or the thing that looks like a little cartoon bomb. But I like the overall look of the fabric and the playful feeling of it. The structure of the dress is fantastic on her and, I agree, William looked great.

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    3. I love the quirky dress RobinfromCA ☺ I am a collector of Day of Dead items so skulls are right up my alley. Hehee... though as I said these are collectibles. Makes for a great conversation starter between those, the cross's and the voodoo dolls.... it's ART... hehee

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    4. I'm glad Kate had a little fun with this dress, because whimsical it is! :)

      But isn't it ironic that there appears to be as much chatter over this print as there is talk about her needing to step outside the box. Lol.

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    5. To me it shows she is comfortable enough in her "duchess" clothes that she can start to play around a bit which seems to be the part of her personality we get to see the least of. I love it!

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    6. Totally ironic royalfan!

      It's a 'darned' if she does and 'darned' if she doesn't LOL

      I say run with Kate! It's fun and it's good to have some fun with your clothes !

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    7. William's jacket- many of the royal area male visitors wore light-colored jackets, especially the members of the sizable royal contingent. I think the Duke of Kent
      and even Zara's husband. Note the man behind W&C.
      I have also noticed a trend in women's Wimbledon dress away from Wimbledon white toward bright colors and now, geometric and other prints. Kate inspired? Her impressive bright red dress appearance, for exaample. I noticed Anna Wintour was wearing a colorful geometric print.

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    8. If you think Anna Wintour takes fashion clues from Kate... I assume you must be kidding. Not a bad joke either...

      AV

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    9. Although the end result is the same--Kate should develop her own style--to me a more fitting saying would be "you can't please all of the people all of the time." To me (maybe only to me) "darned if you do, darned if you don't" implies the exact same people criticize no matter what with same people saying Dress A is too long, Dress B too short. At least on this blog, it doesn't seem that way. It seems there are generally three loose factions regarding her clothing style choices: One faction typically says Kate's clothes are "too matronly." Those folks seem to welcome edgier youthful clothes that have limited style lifespans and rewear possibilities and are more likely to criticize more classic styles that can be and are worn by women of many ages. The second faction doesn't typically find her classic choices too matronly but may criticize a youthful outfit that would look just as appropriate worn by a mature 16 yr old. (I belong to that group most of the time.) The third group is a bit more eclectic in its tastes. 

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    10. I agree with you, Lizzie; Kate *should* develop her own style. But the irony is that there's always someone ready and willing to define it for her. ;)

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  6. Sorry Jane, but I love this dress :-) Sometimes we need those whimsical, fun, not so classic dresses! I love the lines that the pattern creates, as Kate relies a lot on her clothing to give her shape and curves. And yes I loved how stylish and summery William was today; quite the departure! Perhaps Kate challenged him to up his game to match her dress. Sometimes it's fun to have fashion fun like that as a couple.

    As for those earrings, I am a HUGE fan!! I actually purchased them after she debuted them in India. I have received so many compliments on them! The funny thing is I paid $85 USD for them ... and was charged $40 CAD in duty upon delivery ... and my husband is the one who greeted the courier delivery man and paid the fee. LOL, a tad embarrassing and hilarious, but they were worth it. I just probably won't order from Brora again, but would love to check them out on my next visit to Scotland.

    Tonight was a blacktie Wimbledon Champions dinner party. Do you think in the future Kate would attend once she is patron?

    PS. Rebecca Deacon was there, so perhaps she is a fan and as a hard worker she was invited again. I could have easily just not seen her, but I don't recall her at Wimbledon in previous years.

    ~ A

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    1. Why can't Wills and Kate go to an event (not a royal engagement) with out Rebecca being there? She is not even sitting near by. So it seems she was not a guess if theirs. Don't understand why. Yes they might be friends but come on they can't even go on a "date" as husband and wife.

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    2. KP announced their attendence ahead of time so its hardly a private date. Just because it's not in the CC doesn't mean it's not an engagement

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    3. The Court Circular on line has not been updated since June 29th.
      There really is little point if it is not updated regularly---they have not yet entered the Somme Commemorations.
      certainly they were treated as though an official engagements, being brought into the Royal box just as the players came on court and there were pictures of them behind the scenes before that.

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    4. This is certainly not a "date" for Will and Kate even though they both enjoy tennis. There was plenty meeting with dignitaries and other sports personalities which is set up by the personal assistants, in this case Rebecca Deacon who many times does double duty for William. Followers of Kate are more aware of Rebecca, but all Royals have their PA or lady's in waiting with them. Kate does not have a lady in waiting. Sophie Wessex was with her lady in waiting on Thursday and she sat next to Sophie.

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    5. Anon 9:14am Sophie has a lady in waiting?! I didn't know this. If it was more of a work engagement I can see why Rebecca would be there.
      ~ A

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    6. The lady in blue sitting next to Sophie and standing next to Rebecca Deacon on the balcony is her lady in waiting.

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    7. Forgive my ignorance but what does a lady in waiting actually do these days?

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    8. They are personal assistants. Camilla has reportedly got three. Rebecca Deacon is Kates private secretary but does duty as an assistant as well on engagements.

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    9. From the Court Circular: "In the current Royal Household of the United Kingdom Lady-in-Waiting is a woman attending a female member of the Royal Family. A woman attending on a Queen Regnant or Queen Consort is often (informally) known by the same title, but is more formally styled either: Woman of the Bedchamber, Lady of the Bedchamber or Mistress of the Robes, depending on which of these offices she holds. The Women are in regular attendance, but the Mistress of the Robes and the Ladies of the Bedchamber are normally required only for ceremonial occasions. The phrase Lady-in-Waiting to The Queen has, however, been used in formal documents to denote which of the Women is actually "on duty" at any one time."

      It is perfectly proper for Rebecca to be there in "regular attendance" with Kate whenever she is out. Even if she and William are not specifically on an "official visit" he is an heir apparent and Kate his future consort. When they are out they have to meet expectations and do their fair share of hand shaking and ambassadorship for the BRF. As such, Kate needs someone to carry all of those things she may have need of (like the big bag with the jacket and headband needed at the airshow) to leave her free to visit and shake hands. Sophie's lady-in-waiting serves the same purpose for her.

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    10. So what is the distinction between a private secretary and a lady in waiting? Not trying to be snide - honestly curious

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    11. Technically I believe the personal secretary helps with correspondence and the actual organizing of the official visits. I think, in Kate's case, Rebecca does both things.

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    12. The LIW position has historically been more of an honor than a job. The women are known previously to the BRF and are often from aristocratic families. They tend to the queen's more immediate needs, such as carrying grooming items and cash for her.I don't
      believe they deal directly with the public, although in smaller staffs, I imagine the
      LIW duties might be more varied. (Sophie's, for example)

      The private secretary doesn't usually attend the queen at engagements; the function is more BP oriented.She deals with some of the correspondence and I imagine some details and arrangements not handled by other BP staff.
      I think Rebecca Deacon is essentially a PA. I don't believe she was referred to as a private secretary by the media until Natasha Archer bcame well known. The title could be used
      to delineate the two, as NA is known as Kate's PA. If anyone has a reference of RD being called a private secretary by the Cambridges or KP, I would be interested in seeing it. I think it
      may be another phrase prompted by media needs.

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    13. So is Natasha Archer a lady in waiting but without that title?

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    14. All correspondence coming from KP which Rebecca answers for Kate lists her as Miss Rebeeca Deacon Private Secretary to HRH Duchess of Cambridge. There was a picture of such a letter recently on tumblr. It's not media driven, that has been her position since marriage. What may be media driven is Natasha Archers position.

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    15. Are ladies in waiting paid a salary (as I am assuming Natasha Archer is) or some kind of stipend or is that the distinction between Natasha and Sophie's lady in waiting?

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    16. 12:03- I'm perplexed what would prompt KP to post a letter from an employee on
      "tumblr."
      If KP did not publish it, who did and why? Obviously, RD , but who else? It is
      just hard to believe that someone hired as a private secretary to a royal would post
      or allow the posting of a private letter from KP on such a site.
      I'm not convinced by the credibility of a random post on tumblr. Can't anyone post
      just about anything there? And use it to validate whatever.
      I meant something from the KP Twitter site , the official royal site,or in a direct quote from W or C. There is a list open to public of RF staff, their positions, and salaries. I just don't know how to access it. That's what I really had in mind.

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    17. Anon 1 KP did not post the letter. People who receive letters from KP and BP post pictures of their received letters all the time. They receive thanks for birthday, anniversary and many other wishes sent to the Royals. Gerts Royals, who runs a very nice and accurate blog recently posted the response she received from William for his birthday. The one I referred to on tumblr was in thanks for a copy of a book sent to the Duchess. I am not sure why you are so perplexed

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    18. The Queen has Ladies in Waiting who reply to letter's from the public on her behalf - so in some cases LIW do deal with the public.

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    19. 3:20- "Directly" ...writing letters is not dealing Directly with the public-such as
      making logistic and on-site arrangements. The LIW are there for the Queen's personal needs when in public, not to handle engagement details.
      I said "I believe," "...except in smaller staffs."

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  7. Loved Kate's dress. She always looks stunning. William surprised everyone today with his choice of dress. Maybe Kate did some shopping for her man. He looked good. But I missed those loved up moments they share. But it was good seeing them out together on a "Date".

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    1. Okay, I may be in the minority here, but I miss William's blue suit. This jacket reminds me of one of Charles' summer suits. :)

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    2. Maybe he is entering a new fashion era as Kate is?

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  8. The dress is interesting! I wonder if she's trying to be more edgy while still looking classy?

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  9. Love the dress; love the print; love the hair.

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  10. Alejandra RamรญrezJuly 10, 2016 at 7:49 PM

    Excellent post and excellent recollection of photos!
    No wonder he was so excited and happy! It's been soooooooo long!
    Love the shape and cut of the dress, I really like the inverted pleats.
    I love how you describe the pattern of the dress and how you love it from a distance and not so much up-close. I think we can all relate!

    The photos are superb, I love the one where William is adjusting his tie. They looks so perfect and in concordance with each other!
    Great day!
    Thanks for the hard work!

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  11. I had hoped Kate would wear a summery print and so I like the dress for that reason. I also like the general style, colors, and sillouette.  But I guess I'm old-fashioned because I really do not care for the trademark McQueen skulls.  Since Kate went to the trouble of having a McQueen clutch made for her without the skull clasp I am sort of surprised she'd choose this print. Yes, it's modern but IMO its also the sort of print that in 10 yrs people may wonder "what was she thinking?" (And some like me will wonder that now!) In other words, its not a "classic" print or one that is likely to survive to come back as "retro".


    I am sure designers are very happy when Kate wears their clothes. But I also do wonder how some of them may  feel inside when she (or anyone else with the means to do it, not just Kate) requests bespoke details that change the character of the design (in other words when the change is more than adding a modesty panel or making minor adjustments for fit.) This seems a very different dress from the original design due to the length change.

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    1. Lizzie, I cannot imagine the designers objecting too much to any changes that Kate may request. They could turn an evening gown length into a miniskirt or vice versa and it wouldn't matter because, at the end of the day, it's still the DoC wearing their label.

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    2. And, while this dress is bespoke, there are still a couple of other items made with this fabric that will probably sell out this week! I don't think they're crying on their way to the bank.

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    3. I'm with you on the skulls - yuck! Otherwise a lovely dress on Kate.

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    4. Lizzie good point that perhaps the artist within feels a bit of a loss when they go beyond their designs ... but I think they really are happy and they have the right to say "no". We see all the times designers have said "yes" perhaps she's been told "no" and we don't know that. These designers also realize they are working with someone who needs to be more modest etc. Or sometimes like her "banana" dress she wore a few days ago they just swapped out colours for her. Either way Sarah Burton is obviously very accommodating of Kate as she has customized her designs many many times.
      ~ A

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    5. You all are probably right. Kate is obviously a money-maker for designers and that's probably all that matters. I did wonder though as A also mentioned if an occasional designer thought of him/herself as an artist first and thought "if I'd wanted that kind of zipper/coat pocket placement/sleeve type/hem length I'd have done it that way to begin with!" when wealthy clients ask for design changes. Of course as A said he/she could say no (with risk of no more sales to said client) and perhaps some have said no because the requested changes simply would not work (as not all of Kate's changes have been modesty changes) and we'd never know.

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    6. still, one can't imagine a wealthy client saying, "Hey, Picasso! A little more
      shape to that hodge-podge."
      McQueen's designs were recently featured in a museum design retrospective, but it
      seems that house is not immune to client whims. I don't think Catherine's usual McQueen
      designer (the wedding dress one) designed that dress.
      I think it possible the focus of the fashion house has shifted since the glory days
      of Mr. McQueen.

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    7. I totally agree anon1. It would have been interesting to see where they would have gone under his direction.

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    8. It's a tricky situation. Maybe more personal expression, less pandering.
      The problem is it's the catering to wealthy client's whims that keeps them afloat
      financially.
      Apparently, please correct me if I'm wrong, Sarah Burton did preside over the
      creation of the Obcession line.

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    9. Anon 1, yes, I believe SB did preside over the creation of the line. According to Vogue, I believe, but I cannot find the link... :-(

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    10. Not sure if this is what you saw royalfan but yes Sarah Burton was involved:
      http://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/pre-fall-2016/alexander-mcqueen

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    11. Yes! Exactly...thank you, 6:43. :)

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  12. Looking through photos from the day and I saw Kim Murray in the oddest sartorial choice. A beaded Jenny Packham for an afternoon tennis match? Very strange indeed. I love JP but not on a tennis court on a Sunday afternoon.

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    1. I thought it seemed a bit evening-ish, but I also think the color was perfect. Maybe it carried some personal meaning, maybe Jenny gifted it, who knows. Either way when your husband is playing the finals at Wimbledon who cares?! ;-)
      ~ A

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    2. Robin and A, it caught my eye too, for the reasons you mentioned, but I think the yellow with the pearls does work for daytime.

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    3. Maybe a convenience for the later gala? As with some at the Queen's birthday horse extravaganza.

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    4. It wasn't just a random day at the tennis court either - she was watching her husband win Wimbledom. And she knew she would be photographed extensively. I think it was fine

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    5. I thought it was too, 4:47.

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  13. I admit to being a "bit" older, and probably horribly old-fashioned, but I absolutely don't get the trend of skulls. To me it conjures up thoughts of dark, dead, evil, and I wonder why on earth would the DOC want to promote any of those things?

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    1. Right there with ya, Laura. In my world skulls = Halloween decor.

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    2. I am not "older" and I agree, never liked them. I think it is personal taste and not generational.

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    3. Personally I don't wear skulls. We've seen Sarah Burton customize things for Kate in the past to remove the skull (I can think of at least one clutch). However skulls have been very trendy the last few years from high end designers to Banana Republic and cheaper. I find this whimsical emoji dress is easier to participate in the skull trend more quietly. We're looking at zoomed in photos many probably didn't notice. I imagine she'd be selective where she wears this if we ever see a recycle.
      ~ A

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    4. I imagine it's probably harder to customize a print than the hardware on a clutch.

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    5. Anon 10:56am I guess it would be too. My point was Kate has consciously avoided the skulls before, but this time she embraced them. If she was totally anti-skulls she wouldn't have purchased this dress.
      ~ A

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    6. I believe there was another McQueen she wore that had the skull print as part of the fabric - like a jacquard or something. Will see if I can find a link.

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    7. True. It's much easier to alter a clutch than a print design. The skull is also more prominent on a clutch vs. a print where it isn't as obvious. Also, the clutch is something she will use far more often than she will ever recycle this dress.

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    8. The ice blue suit for Trooping-sort of embossed into the fabric. Very subtle, anon 5:53

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    9. That's the one anon 1!

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    10. There is a picture of the skull jacquard Kate previously wore on the WKW site in the article about this dress.


      I don't like skull motifs and personally would never wear them (realizing they can carry different cult, cultural, and religious meanings) but I also doubt Kate chose clothes with that motif (either time) to "send a message." I think this illustrates the point I posted about in the article about Kate's recent lace dress. It is possible judging from afar we often read too much symbolism into Kate's clothing choices. As Freud is supposedly credited with saying, "sometimes a cigar is just a cigar."

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    11. Oh, lizzie! (6:18) mentioning Freud and cigar together...I recall a certain politicised
      scandal...
      sometimes a cigar is a cigar and so much more.
      And sometimes wearing both a Scotland-associated dress and earrings to watch a Scotish tennis player is not a coincidence.
      Nor is wearing a lotus-themed dress and then tiara (along with the red dress)
      to meet a leader from a counry with lotus connections.
      I don't understand what the problem is in giving the Duchess credit for thoughtfulness and just plain doing her homework whether she does the actual research herself or not-she approves and wears it)

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    12. There is nothing wrong with the examples you cite Anon 1 nor was I trying to avoid giving Kate and her staff "credit" for anything. But there has been alot of discussion here about the skull motifs. And do remember the discussion of the symbolism of a palm motif in the lace dress worn at Somme. Some posting here were sure she chose to have that dress made for the occasion because palms are symbols of mourning (and symbols of many other things) and those folks could be right. Some also said the Somme lace was the same design as her wedding lace. Yikes! Mourning for wedding lace? And as we know,  while skulls can have many meanings--some benign, others certainly not benign, skulls MAY BE symbols of death and in the western world that is a very common meaning. If we look for "symbolism" in every stitch of clothing and every piece of jewelry Kate wears, must we also explain why she chose to wear death symbols to Wimbleton or more importantly, however subtle they were, to wear them to the Trooping ceremony? Or do we simply dismiss as meaningless symbolism that does not please us? Or, if we are sure the symbolism WAS intentional, are we left simply to argue over alternate, and perhaps less common meanings of those symbols? (Skulls can also mean victory..was that also a nod to a Scottish victory? Palms can mean victory too. Some might view a wedding as a victory I guess) Or do we decide she wore that particular dress to Wimbledon *regardless* of the motifs because of the Scottish origins of the designer? As if there were no other McQueen dresses or other Scottish designers? OK by me but we aee then stuck with the skulls. And while we may note possible symbolism in wearing clothing  designed by a native of a given country to match an event (ex: wearing an American designer to sign the Orlando book) what about when there isn't a match between designer nationality and the involved nation? Was the mismatch intentional? Did her staff fail her? I think no on both.


      All I was trying to say: I do think **sometimes** there is nothing  terribly complicated or of a "deeper meaning" in Kate's choices. They  simply represent an attempt to develop a style she is comfortable with and a desire to look pretty and role-appropriate in a particular setting. If that view appears to be a put-down of Kate and her staff or to somehow discredit them I just don't know what else to say.


      So far as my cigar comment, like many others I associate Freud with the interpretation of symbols. The cigar quote is a statement widely attributed to Freud from a century ago in spite of the more recent association Bill Clinton gave us!

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    13. I think it's hard to interpret any "symbolism" of Kate wearing a McQueen piece with a skull print without acknowledging that skulls are an integral and iconic part of the McQueen brand. Have tried to make that point before but my comments haven't been published - not sure why that's so controversial

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    14. I must have missed the comment that said Kate was sending a message with skulls.
      I have stated that, while I thought her choice of FRENCH lace,( not "wedding" lace)was
      likely a nod to the host country, the palm motif probably wasn't.

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    15. There have been multiple commenters musing on what skulls could represent and whether or not Kate might have actively avoided them

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    16. I think Kate is thoughtful and respectful and many of the "nods" we have seen over the years have been intentional. Some more obvious, some not so much.

      The IRONY, I see here is this ... take a moment to consider how many comments we've read over the years where Kate's outfit was criticized for being "too young and schoolgirl-ish", "too old and frumpy", "too High Street" (after all, she is a Duchess), "too boring" (yawn...she needs to step out of the box!), ETC.

      Well, this dress hit everyone of those points ... it's not too young or frumpy, certainly not High Street, not boring and certainly is out of the box, yet Houston, we [still] have a problem.

      IMHO, Kate was drawn to the dress because she is a vintage-gal at heart and this pattern certainly qualifies. It's a modest cut, but a bolder print and she mixed the two for a game of tennis. She was not entertaining foreign dignitaries at BP or landing on their soil...it was an afternoon at Wimbledon. Whether we love, tolerate, or hate the skulls, it IS the McQueen signature and the rest of the pattern is simply quirky vintage.

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    17. Well, you said it all,royalfan. Good synopsis. As far as I'm concerned, case closed.
      I'm reading and commenting from the bottom up, but this will be my last on the subject.
      How many millions in free advertising do you think that design house got from the skull discussions? I actually think it was more of a polarising catalyst for
      various Kate commenters than a real fashion discussion.Otherwise, it would be accepted right off that it is a McQueen talisman and get on with the comments about cut, tailoring, movement,etc.

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    18. royalfan-re:my 9:18 last comment remark. I did make another skull and another leg-covering garment remark or two in response to an anonymous, apparently mostly the same person, who seems to enjoy arguing with me.
      I am now on hiatus. ha!

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    19. Hiatus? Not too long, I hope!

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  14. Prince William is looking goood!

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  15. I love the dress on her. Love the print the only "charm" I do not care for as much for is the lipstick design, but I am never a fan of lipstick prints, which over the years are a popular print motif for ladies clothes. Gorgeous dress design and Kate looked relaxed and lovely. Agree Kim's choice was odd but maybe it is a favorite of Andys.

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    1. It must be retro-who uses lipstick in tubes anymore?
      Maybe they're back and I'm hopelessly out of the loop. ha!

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    2. Yes, very vintage, Anon 1. Here's a good closeup...

      http://www.alexandermcqueen.com/us/alexandermcqueen/mini-dress_cod34637858us.html#dept=w_dresses

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    3. Thanks royalfan for that close up. Is that the same print that has people upset? I
      see no skulls. It all looks rather benign and sweet to me. Could Kate's dress actually be made from that design?
      What someone called a bomb looks like jewelry, a pendant. There is also a cameo and oher trinkets.

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    4. I believe the particular fabric used for Kate's dress does have skulls. For example, look at the first picture (zoom in if needed) There are two skulls between her clasped hands and the sort of phallic lipstick motifs. They may not be as prominent as on other dresses from this line. Since this dress was changed alot from the original (waist, length) Kate may have asked that the fabric for her dress be cut to minimize the skull motifs. But I think they are there.

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    5. Anon 1, when you go on the link, left click on one of the two dresses on top of the page. You will see the skulls, although they are not very obvious. This is the print without the blue, gold and floral border on Kate's dress.

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  16. Jane, Murray won Wimbledon in 2013. Kate was pregnant with Prince George so she didn't attend. - Elizabeth x

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  17. Ditto on the "50/50" love of the dress (looks good 50 yards away, going 50 mph). The up close of the print... very early 90s, kitschy. Love the earrings and the hair. Gosh, that hair...
    The happy couple looked great, otherwise, and I'm glad they enjoyed a Scottish win:)

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  18. This is not Murray's first win at Wimbledon. He also won the championship in 2013.

    Agree about the dress, mainly the print;it is not just the skulls. Tooo many odd things. As Jane says looks like she spilled her purse. This is the first time I have ever questioned her choices in clothing,but this I find just weird. Also in some pictures it seems that the waist of the dress is slightly above the DOC's natural waist.

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    1. Yes, this was his second win. Sorry, I thought that was common knowledge, but so many have been confused I have added a note to the post to clarify.

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  19. There is something off about this dress.

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  20. I love the duchess kate outfit she looks great hmm and prince William looks good in new suit too he looks handsome kim murray looks great too she is sunshine in morning keep a stylish on Wimbledon player box I think

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  21. Hello Jane, great fan of your blog, follow it regularly. Just two pointers on this post - I think the dress is a bespoke piece, not only is it longer but the pattern is different as well, as you can tell from the design at eh waist, or lack thereof. Secondly, you've written, "on closer inspection, I was less unenthused". I think you meant 'less enthused'. Greetings from India

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    1. Oooh, oops. I just fixed that. I initially wrote that I was "entirely unenthused" and by the time I finished writing the post, I decided to dial it back a notch. Bad editing job. :) Thanks for catching that and for reading the blog!!

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    2. MC Queen offers a dress her length and her design in black.

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  22. My main impression was that I was happy to see Prince William in something different. I like his jacket if for no other reason than it is different!

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  23. I so totally agree with you about this dress, Jane. I loved it when Kate walked out into the Royal Box and then on closer inspection, I just couldn't get on board with the lipstick and other emojis. I do also agree that her hair looked amazing, as did the earrings and while I didn't like the dress, I do applaud Kate for going with something different and more daring.

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  24. no it's a very strange dress - pattern wise a definite miss - from a zoomed out perspective - looks kinda like a kind of Indian inspired design - but a strange pattern indeed to choose to wear..

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  25. Hi Jane,

    Thank you for your post!

    I really have to comment because I haven't seen this said yet. The men's final match was a tremendous personal achievement for Canadian, Milos Raonic. Andy Murray clearly outplayed him and deserved the win after several seasons of his own challenges. Nevertheless, Raonic is an amazing athlete. Canada is very, very proud of him! I'm sure this is not his last "big" day at Wimbledon!

    I agree with you. I like the McQueen dress from a distance but the items depicted in the print are a little creepy and busy up close. Still it's a fresh, summery look for Kate.

    William looks much better in something different than his usual navy blue "uniform".

    I guess we've been spoiled and can now expect them to "disappear" for August-maybe to visit Balmoral with the children?

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    1. RMJH, I totally agree with you. Not one comment- other than yours now, about the other side of the net. Understand that the focus is on the winner and in particular the fact that he is British, but any balanced overview of the game should include a couple of words about the fact that it was not an easy win for Murray. Especially from an American blogger (not a British one, that is). You and I know that yesterday was the best day Canadian tennis (between first man in a major final and the juniors win) had in a while. There will be more to come.

      I think it totally disgusting for anyone of any age to wear skulls, in particular if they consider themselves Christian. No need to say more for those who really are. Those who don't get ii, I suggest visiting the church and actually listening, versus having your mind otherwise engaged.

      From a distance, they sure make a dapper couple (several of them in the royal box- have a look at Benedict and his wife!! and no skulls).

      So overall, for the couple, my view is a 6-7 out of 10, and that's also because of William finally getting over his mental limitations


      Canadian tennis fan and royalist

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    2. 12:58, I may not be a huge fan of the skull trend, but I would not dismiss it or call it "disgusting" without considering that perhaps there are other meanings associated with it (not sure if this is "Christian", to use your apparent definition of the word).

      http://patch.com/pennsylvania/limerick/the-symbolism-of-skulls

      Also, this is a DoC blog and Jane did not write a post covering the game itself, so while I understand your personal passion, I do believe your criticism is misplaced.

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    3. 12:58

      Well while I don't wear skulls I certainly have some in my art collections. I also find them fun at Halloween. No wait I do have a pair of earrings for Halloween and some socks.

      I think your comment is very derogatory. "Disgusted" seems a bit much. And I think the comment regarding being a 'Christian" is really below the belt. I believe the Bible says that we should pass judgement lest you be judged. You just "judged" some by telling us to listen as if we do not. I find that really offensive frankly.

      This is not a blog about religion and the comment is out of place. I hope you didn't mean what you wrote?

      A person could take many symbols and make them into something dark. The Nazi swastika is a variation of a cross. Does this mean crosses are disgusting? I think not.

      Let's not go there anymore please.

      We do not judge each other in that manner here. This is not a place for religious discussion.

      I am sure you are a lovely person but I am stunned ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜จ

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    4. The Swastika is a sign in its own right. The misuse was that it was turned 45 degrees. In Indian context it is very positive since it is mot turned and it is NOT a variation of a cross.

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    5. Well that was my point Starched. Many symbols can be interpreted in a negative light. I know that it is considered in a positive light in many different cultures. I was trying to make 12.58 see that the skull is not necessarily evil and that this is not a place for religion. I am removing myself from this thread now.

      Let's talk about Kate :)

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    6. The constant autocorrect gives me a headache. Why does this happen? I proof before I hit publish and yet it changes my text all the time. Ugh apologies

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  26. From a distance the dress was pretty and colourful: couldn't see exactly what was on it. I suspect the only person who could see would be the Mayor of London sitting behind her and he didn't look to upset by it.
    They are going to Portsmouth again on the 24th, to watch the yacht racing and meet children involved with her patronage.

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    1. Thank-you and thank-you, Jean. That man's face was familiar, but the name had
      escaped me. He was also wearing a lighter-colored jacket, as William did.
      And I had read of the engagement on the 24th. I am glad you mentioned it.
      I suspect there may be one or two other engagements that week as well. Not to
      mention a certain young man's birthday.

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    2. I hope we get some new birthday pictures!

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  27. I honestly can't decide if I like this dress or not. Like you, Jane, I think I like it from a distance. But I'm surprised that so many people are describing it as summery--to me it's much more autumnal with all the oranges and browns and I would like it much better had Kate worn it in the fall.

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    1. I can see this as an autumn dress too (although I don't like the print) but my previous use of the word summery to describe it was used in a relative way. It is summery to me compared to the buttoned to the chin long sleeved coat worn in France last week. It is summery to me compared to the cream off the shoulder long sleeved knit dress worn to the NHM the other night. (That dress came from the designer's *spring* line but the sleeves apparently were changed for Kate from 3/4 to long sleeves which for me made it seem more odd for July) It also seems more summery than the red McQueen worn to the Garter ceremony as well as the lace D&G worn to the Ascot. While that was white, it was also high-necked and long sleeved and so seemed more springlike to me. Since the current dress has short sleeves and isn't a heavy knit, I probably would have called it summery regardless of color!

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    2. Order of the Garter was Carherine Walker not Mc Queen.

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  28. anon 12:59- Can't seem to reply under your comment. I wonder if you or another can tell me how much a garment has to be altered to qualify as "bespoke." Or does it always mean an entirely different piece?

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  29. anon 11:48- (Blogger is being picky today-Can't reply under the appropriate comments)
    I meant the red dress as I indicated. I really hadn't noticed many bright colors at Wimbledon
    before she made an appearance in that red dress. She stood out like a flashing neon sign.

    The Anna Wintour remark was just someone else there in geometric or patterned fabric. I hardly think she
    could have waited to catch a view of what Kate was wearing before heading out to Wimbledon.
    Perhaps YOU were joking.

    I may be wrong, but your comment seemed a little snide to me. It reminds me of another "You must be joking" comment directed at me a few posts ago.
    Perhaps you enjoy finding humor in other's remarks.

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  30. I really dislike the print. (I must be really out of it because I had no clue that skulls were in style). With the skulls and emojis and whatever else there is, it’s just way too busy for my tastes. The style of the dress itself is OK, although there's something about the cut that seems very juvenile to me. Kate's hair does look great, but frankly, that's all I like here. After a string of wins from Kate over the past week, this, in my opinion, is a big disappointment.

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  31. I have not yet read the above posts--sometimes, I like to state my POV entirely without influence, altho, this often means I am simply repeating what others have said.

    To wit, as some posters no doubt know, I generally dislike small prints, but occasionally, one surprises me, as did this McQueen. I liked it, I liked the cut and style, I liked the fact that the background was obvious and the print was colourful and not all the same. The dress managed to be appropriate for the event, didn't shout: Look at me! (unlike the Queens recent choice of bright neon green), yet was pretty and feminine, and contained nary a trace of lace. In short, a winner.

    William looked spiffy, too, altho the fit looked wrong--looked too tight in the upper arm, and maybe too small thru the body; he left it unbuttoned, possibly for that reason, possibly because it was hot out.

    Anon 1, regarding your reply to my last message on a different post: Occasion! Occasion!, I would point out that both the Queen of Spain and the Queen of the Netherlands wear trousers to more formal events than an airshow, and get away with it. In fact, both are lauded for their fashionable appearance. (All hail to the Edwardians! And so what if the continental royals are light years ahead of their British cousins, in many, many ways.)

    JC

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    1. Perhaps Catherine doesn't like to wear trousers and I can think of no reason why she should do so, because others do.
      Is the Queen of the Netherlands really lauded for her fashionable appearance? I suppose that's just a matter of opinion.

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    2. She is indeed Jean, in the opinion of some of the top names in the fashion industry. Just as many may or may not have that opinion of Kate. No need to put one down as you build another up.

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    3. "Top names," for example?

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  32. JC- J thought anon 12:58 was you. ha!
    re BRF females wearing of pants. Have you not read a thing I (and royalfan etc.) have said on the
    subject? Different women, different individual tastes, different rank/role, different cultures, Different World.
    Oh! Almost forgot. Had me going for awhile.

    Well, JC, the continental royals may be more up-to-date fashion and child-sharing wise, but nothing beats the BRF for sheer influence and as a publicity magnet.

    PS I don't think Letizia's Spain is considered "on the continent," at least by Spain.
    I could be wrong.

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    1. Anon, Are you trying to be funny or are you very bad at geography ???

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    2. Terrible at geography. I try, I really do. I study maps daily. I have a dear friend
      in Spain who doesn't seem to want to claim any conection to Europe. Maybe that's where I got the idea.

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    3. I don´t really understand....Spain is Europe and always it has been Europe if the Continent means that...
      In fact, it was the most important country in Europe.....

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    4. Agreed,12:41. My dear friend in Spain is Basque, by the way.

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  33. I forgot. Queen Maxima has this orange jumpsuit...it's the new black, you know.
    Letizia wears trousers greeting heads of state and diplomats.Maybe even to church. I suspect she knows she looks good in them, just as Kate undoubtedly knows what effect flashes of her killer legs have on William and in general when she wears dresses.

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    1. As I have said before Kate has never been a pants wearer. She has always worn dresses or jeans. I don't think I have ever seen her in a pant suit or dress slacks. I think she just doesn't like them. In fact none of the Middleton women wear slacks very often.

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    2. I think you're right Robin that Kate just doesn't care for trousers. I think the whole idea that she is somehow forbidden from wearing pants until she achieves a certain rank is a bit of a red herring and the reason she "avoids" them is because she simply prefers skirts or dresses.

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    3. Anon 6:06-I believe the idea was just the opposite-the higher the position in the BRF, the less likely to be seen at a non-sports engagement in trousers. I recall someone mentioning
      the European royals having more freedom the higher the rank, but it is the opposite for
      the BRF.
      The Princess Royal was performing official duties this week in uniform,wearing a skirt with it, not trousers.
      I do think it quite possible Kate prefers dresses for non-sport work events, but she seems to
      prefer trousers for off duty, casual events. How much of that is due to RF custom
      or expectations we just don't know for sure. We can only compare her habits of attire to other female BRF members. They are rarely seen at an official, non-sport event wearing trousers.

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    4. Other than jeans I can't remember seeing Kate (before or since becoming a member of the BRF wearing trousers) - I'd love to see a link

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    5. Maxima is from Argentina, not European, so her tastes might be different...

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    6. No need for a link, 10:26.Go to Kate's Clothes and look under "Pant." Many non-jean
      items Kate has worn. She tends to wear her trousers/pants more fitted, but she has worn many to private events or official sport-related events.

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    7. I guess I don't consider colored denim or jeans-style pants to be trousers, a word I use to describe non-denim pants tailored in a different style. Semantics....

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    8. The Catholics wear trousers to the church. I don't know if people of other religions do the same...

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    9. anon 2:05- I was originally replying to anon 6:06, who used trousers and pants interchangeably.

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    10. When I think of pants I, too, think of a dressier pair vs. jeans or snugger denim-like pants. I've asked this before, when have we seen Kate (or even Carole) dressed in pants *other than* jeans/denim? I don't ever recall... So I do believe it's part preference and part what is expected in her environment.

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    11. Pants, trousers, jeans, culottes, jumpsuits-quibbling aside, the point was, the higher on the BRF totem pole, the less likely to see a royal lady in them,
      outside private/sports activities. I don't consider whatever it was Camilla wore
      in India trousers-more maxi dress with seams. They actually billowed, I think.
      This isn't opinion. It is easily measured. There are certainly enough photos around these days.

      By the way, if you look carefully in Kate's Clothes pant section and consider that Kate likes a snug fit-leg
      covering clothing item or dresses, you will see a number of items not jeans/denin that could qualify as dress trousers- Just imagine letting the seams out a bit.

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    12. Except the seams aren't let out. It seems a bit forced to insist that Camillas pants aren't actually pants and Kate's denim is actually dress trousers if you squint hard enough. Seems to be the general consensus that Kate has a personal preference for skirts/dresses that predates her joining the BRF - not sure why it needs to be anything more than that

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    13. 10:07-..." ...a number of items NOT jeans/denim..I Excluded the denim and no squinting mentioned. Apparently, the point here is to argue with me, anonymous, which is fine, if you pay attention to what was actually said and base your arguments on that.
      Also, I am supporting the supposition that Kate likes and wears pants (leg-covering garment) Just not to
      official, non-sport engagements.I'm not sure how many times I've emphacised that;but I am getting tired of saying it and I'm sure commenters are tiring of reading it.
      If she prefers dresses for sports, casual events, why all the fuss about her "uniform" which consisted partly of leg-covering garments?
      And-
      "...maxi dress with seams....billowed" What part of that can actually be taken
      seriously? I was trying to lighten the tone.
      Perhaps I should have added a ":-) "

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  34. Anon 1, Maxima has also worn a lovely taupe pantsuit. As for Letizia, she wears trousers just about everywhere, yes, even to church. So far, she hasn't worn them to State Dinners or royal weddings, but, who knows what might be next?

    Even Diana wore them, occasionally, prior to her divorce--saw a pic once showing her at some gala wearing a female version of a tux. Charles was with her, and, apparently he didn't like it--actually I might've seen a series of pics or possibly it formed part of a docu I viewed on U-tube; I didn't follow her--because he elbowed her off the walkway, causing Diana to lose her balance, momentarily. What a knight-in-shining-armour, eh? Don't we all want a husband just like him?

    Jean from Lanc, impossible to disagree with your general observation, except to note that Britain isn't the power it once was, nor do monarchs exercise direct power over national political issues--altho I suspect that the Queen attempts to influence politics behind closed doors (called soft power), sometimes with great success, sometimes not.

    Yes, Jean, I have read your comments re Kate, but I beg to disagree. Different women, different cultures, different places, different ranks. But, if its a case of different ranks, as you stated, then, what you seem to be saying is that until her rank, influence, and financial resources increase, she has to tow the line, and oversteps it at her peril, much as Diana did--and its a no-brainer that she wouldn't want to come to the same sorry end (less contact with her children, who are very young, divorce.) As Sarah Ferguson reportedly once said: No woman leaves the royal family with her head.

    I guess that means that until she becomes the wife of the Duke of Cornwall, I won't be sure whether Kate prefers flyaway dresses or skirts, or whether she would love to don a nice pantsuit/jumpsuit.

    JC

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    1. I don't believe I made any comment on Britain's position in the world; nor on different ranks.
      I merely commented that it might be Catherine's own taste.

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    2. Maybe you meant anon 1's 3:45 comment about the BRF "sheer influence"?

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    3. JC mixed us up, Jean. It was I. Sorry you took the fall for my nonsense.

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  35. With all the money, and access to the absolute best tailors, how is it that William's jacket looks so badly fitted? He looked uncomfortable. Kate's dress was neither here nor there for me; definitely seemed to have no relation to the occasion, though. Weird pick.

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  36. After seeing Sophie and Kate together on the balcony at Wimbledon, the thought went through
    my mind-What about Sophie as Patron and Catherine as President?
    Their appearance together with their assistants just looked purposeful, not random, to me.
    It just took me awhile to sort out a possible why: to plant the thought to inspire comment?
    The way this Catherine/ Wimbledon thing has been handled seems strange. Her actions this week at Wimbledon lend credence to Judy Murray's leak, but was KP/BP behind it?

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  37. Thanks for the close-up link, royalfan, as I could then identify the skulls. Owing to their presence, I don't consider this outfit appropriate.

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    1. Is it the dress Kate actually wore? Or a sample of the generic Obsession fabric.

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    2. Kate's dress clearly has skulls as part of the print. It is most apparent on the skirt which you can see in any of the pictures Jane posted showing Kate standing up. There are skulls on either side of the skirt, upside down underneath the butterflies. Looking at photos published elsewhere you can also see skulls on the top part of the dress as well.

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    3. Anon 1, it doesn't matter...trust me here. :) The skull appears in both, and I can only assume that those who object the most have never referred to her clothing as frumpy or boring, or stated that she should step outside the box. :)

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    4. I said there were few skulls. I never said none. I just didn't think they dominated the design physically in terms of numbers and space taken. There are so many other items. They do seem to be magnified beyond what their actual numbers would warrent in some minds, however.

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    5. July 11 @ 4:35

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    6. I obviously was referring to the print from the site royalfan mentioned. Not Kate's dress. Royalfan apparently understood this and told me to left click for a magnified , or close-up, view. Anon 2:54 seems to have had the same problem ("...thanks for the close up link, royalfan...") Otherwise, people have been talking about Kate's dress primarily, not the print on the site.
      If we're citing chapter and verse, I suppose I will, too.

      Meanwhile, perhaps a magnifying glass should be offered with the sales of the print to assist
      in identifying the skulls....and other things. This vagueness was likely purposeful and stimulates imagination.The goal of most art ( and inkblot-type tests) I'd say the design was quite successful in this regard.
      This subject is very tiresome, but since you brought it up,

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  38. What a strange print. I feel...befuddled. Don't love it, don't hate it, but I definitely don't get it. I think the cut and fit are lovely, so would love to see it in another fabric.

    Also love that we give some attention to William's clothes here too, it's only fair! Thumbs up for that. Thanks, Jane!

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  39. Oh heavens, it is a McQueen dress, no big deal what the emblems on the fabric are and no big surprise, do not over analyze:):) She and William looked great, the dress is gorgeous, the fabric is great, may not be everyones taste but it is great:):), this whole discussion has become silly. I also do not think Catherine over thinks her clothes and symbols, I think she does a bit but not to the extent those on the blogs and media may think. My gosh who would:). She and her husband looked great, she is for those of us who love fashion, trying and expanding her clothing routine, and as always she and her hubby almost always look great, and the few times they do not, hey they are only human:).But she is busy with kids and engagements and not overthinking her clothing choices, which if she does not have a uniform like the Queen means she will be hit and miss on her choices. Ali

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  40. In many of the Wimbledon pictures--past and present Catherine is seen speaking to and sitting beside a blonde woman. Does anyone know who that woman is?

    Belle

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