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Duchess Kate Recycles Lasa in Luton

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


This has been the year of royal change, hasn't it? The Duke and Duchess have shifted their momentum these past eight months and royal fans are reaping the rewards. Their year had a busier start than usual and they kept the schedule booked even after their trip to India. As soon as the couple returned from tour, they threw themselves into a whirlwind week of engagements with perhaps the longest run of consecutive public outings outside a tour. Now, they have cut short their usual month of rest to return to the public before September has even knocked at the door. It is safe to there seemed to be a uniform excitement this morning:


Today, the Cambridges traveled to Luton in Bedfordshire for a series of engagements. They started their day visiting with Youthscape, continuing the royal couple's campaign to highlight mental health and promote more discussion on a topic from which many shy. The duo's arrival looked like it could double for a Range Rover commercial. Sparkling luxury car pulls up and a glamazon crests the hill accompanied by a handsome mystery man. It's just missing the music. And I guess we all know who William is, but since he's a prince, losing the mystery doesn't dull his appeal.


Kate has really learned on the job these past five years and that has been evident in many areas, but one is that Kate now eats when she is offered food "on the trail." So we've gone from her polite demure to some form of peanut butter paste (although, seriously, who can blame her?) in 2011:


To this enthusiastic consumption of homemade brownies today. Maybe becoming a mom helped Kate relax on the calories, I don't know. She told those gathered that when she makes brownies with George the sticky ingredients end up everywhere. In this photo William looks like he is weighing the final product: George v. Youthscape? Kate is thinking: This is all being photographed, but I. will. eat. it. anyway!


Kate also said she has been reading The Girl on the Train, which is about to be released in a feature film starring Emily Blunt. This is where my faith in Kate is really put to the test. She says the book is "really, really great" but I watched the trailer for the movie and it looks like Gone Girl in a new get-up. If you haven't seen Gone Girl, don't, and if you have...I'm sorry for us both. If someone tests his or her faith and reads the book, let me know. I have a prior date with the Federal Rules of Evidence. Below Kate is giving away the ending of the book.* Everyone looks happy...


The second stop highlighted Kate's investment in hospice work, and William's interest in helping grieving families cope with the loss of loved ones. The two visited Keech Hospice Care where they met with a broad array of people - young to old - who are sick or have lost family members. William, of course, is eminently qualified to empathize given his particularly traumatic and public loss. For him it is quite personal and I think for Kate it takes on a vicarious depth, because she has intimately experienced William's grief.

Leech Hospice Care

Speaking of William, let's pause to address his sporty ensemble. The coat that caused the kerfuffle at Wimbledon is back and generating the same positive headlines it did on its initial debut. I am a big fan. He is also wearing his Frenchman pants, which aren't as popular amongst the general public, but are also a hit with me. That being said, let's talk about the break on William's pants. I was just chatting with my brother about this this weekend, so I am warmed up.



In his blog post about different lengths for men's trousers, Brian Sacawa of He Spoke Style lays out four primary lengths. William is sporting the "no break" length which is quite hip right now. My middle brother likes to pull this with some regularity, and does so very successfully. Sacawa hilariously describes the kind of guy who chooses this length, and from my experience, he is spot on:
What It Says About You: I’m modern, hip, care deeply about precise tailoring and aspire to be a fashionable European gentleman.
Looks Best On: slim dudes, short dudes, Italian guyswannabe Italian guys, young bucks, the fashion set.
I myself prefer the more traditional medium break, although for men in my age-range, either of the first two lengths are fine, too. I think the point, which is alluded to, but not stated explicitly, is that Americans remain more traditional when it comes to dress, and our fashion preference is to have a break. The hipster movement has shifted that in the past decade and now many men prefer a smoother line, but we still stay to the "break" end of the spectrum. Europeans, however, have always been a little more cutting edge, and the "no break" is more mainstream. Even so, William might have overdone it a little.


Ultimately, men should wear the length that fits their personal style profile and their body type. I mean really, boys have to pay attention to that, too. My verdict on William: he is just barely getting by with this look. I'd like to see at least the second tier break in the future. Still, he is obviously working on upping his style game. He has updated his shoes (awesome) and these trousers are a step in the right direction. Certainly they are better than the same baggy trousers we saw in Australia. It's all positive change in my book.


The couple's third stop was to Hayward Tyler, a company that manufactures industrial grade motors and pumps. The company received the Queen's Award for Enterprise and the Cambridges paid the call to present the award and to open the corporation's new facility. Today's visits really ran the spectrum of usual royal engagements, didn't it?


Kate was absolutely radiant today. The Duchess has recently returned from a long holiday in France, which might explain it. The princess was really on point, from her luscious locks to her pointed toes. This hair is almost circa 2011. It has a little more wave throughout, but it certainly is matching the overall glam impact we had back in those days. I love it.


Kate recycled her Lasa poppy dress. Every time I have broached the topic of Royal recycles on the blog I have been surprised that this dress always makes the list. You all are enamored with it. The Duchess debuted the L.K. Bennett shift dress in Brisbane, Australia, during her April tour in 2014.  It was an instant hit and the company has created variations on a theme ever since.


Today, we got some better close ups of the dress and I have to say that I was reminded what a lovely dress it really is. The fabric has an interesting texture that was thrown into relief by the bright sunshine, and the deep blue poppies against the crisp white make for a fresh and flattering frock.


In 2014, Kate paired the dress with blue accessories, but today she indulged her penchant for taupe and tapped her Nina clutch and Fern pumps in "trench" neutral.



This was a fabulous return of the royal season. The dress was the perfect choice for what was, be all accounts, a blistering British day. Plus, it was smart of Kate to recycle since she is about to expend quite a bit for her second tour of the year!


Finally, several weeks ago I was interviewed by Erika Adams who is a reporter with Racked.com. We chatted for some time about Kate-blogging and my time following the Duchess of Cambridge. Erika was doing a piece on royal bloggers and interviewed several of my Kate-colleagues as she put together what is a really great article on the varying perspectives among the royal watching set. You can read the article, These Kate Middleton Style Bloggers Are The Hardest Working Women on the Internet, here. I hope you enjoy it. Let me know what you think!


*Not factually accurate. 

93 comments:

  1. Sonja from BavariaAugust 24, 2016 at 6:55 AM

    Yay! I am so happy she recycled this dress, I love it! Also, did anyone notice how gorgeous her hair looks today? So full and glossy, I really envy her ;)

    By the way: I really like William's jacket, it is something different than usually and I must say he looks very handsome in it.

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    1. This is one of my favorite Kate dresses as well, so I'm thrilled to see it too. It's feminine and summery without being too sweet. The brilliant blue pops against the white while the random floral pattern creates nice visual interest. I agree that her hair looks fabulous. I think she looks best as a dark brunette.

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    2. I can't decide it is her blow out or her hair extensions or both that make her hair so big and shiny.

      Lovely dress though!

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    3. Sonja-agree with the general gorgeousness of the couple. She Is glowing. Let the
      rumors begin-or continue, actually. Or her recent vacation in sunny southern France
      may have done wonders.

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    4. Faith, your description of Kate's dress is perfect!

      Anon 1, I like that :) "Let the rumors begin - or continue, actually."

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    5. I can't help it, royalfan. My mind immediately goes there. She is just absolutely at her most beautiful when she is enceinte. And their children are so darn cute.
      The latest has her due in December-twins. She must be carrying them in that cary-all Rebecca totes. No room in the Lasa.
      On that subject- I actually like the new version with a deicate pattern of cornflowers better, but as Faith says, the Lasa is more photogenic.

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    6. I love both versions of this dress, the new and the Lasa! It's a great style and the pop of carefully orchestrated flowers on each are stunning!

      I don't think they even though about making #3 in France or Kate would be in the middle of her horrible HG while on tour in Canada.

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    7. Anon 1, I think Robin is correct about the tour factor here. Perhaps within the next year ... that I could see.

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  2. How lovely is Catherine and William handsome..love her dress. I am always pleased to see her wear recycled dresses. This one is beautiful.

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  3. One of the best dresses EVER and William's outfit from Wimbledon. I am over the moon.

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  4. I love this dress and am so happy to see it again but I don't love he nude accessories - maybe a colored shoe?

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    1. I agree, I'm getting nude shoe fatigue! A white shoe may not be quite right, but a blue shoe could have been very exciting!
      -Tess

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    2. I believe she wore a blue suede shoe last time.She may be trying to vary the look a little-different shoes, purse, hairdo. She really hasn't worn nude shoes that often this past year when you consider their versatility.

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    3. She did wear blue suede last time which might have looked too heavy for a summer event like this one but I would have preferred something other than the nude pumps. I agree they are versatile but in my opinion she has fallen back on them too often recently.

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    4. I had forgotten about the blue shoe she wore before! I much prefer that look to the nude with this one. That said, my closet is full of nude shoes, because they're versatile! So perhaps I should branch out in my own shoe wardrobe before I throw stones at Kate. ;P
      -Tess

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    5. My first thought when I saw the nude shoes, was I am sure everyone will be happy she did not wear the blue suede as some were unhappy with Kate wearing suede during summer months. My second thought was she used the nude colour to coordinate with the tan of William's jacket. Whatever her reasons they both looked great and it was wonderful to see them relaxed and concentrating on their charity.

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    6. Lovely to see them today and I am so in love with that dress! September is going to be great!! By the way Jane - 'Girl on a Train' is a very good read, I could not put it down. It knocks 'Gone Girl' out of the park - enjoy !!

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  5. Always love seeing them doing joint engagements. They are so good together. And so much love there.

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  6. Agree, I was also thinking of blue shoes. But it is clear why she chooses nude as it prolongs her legs!

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  7. She and William both look wonderful. What a wonderful series of events they attended. Kates hair looks wonderful. Hope she does not go back to "swoopy" short side bangs/layers. She is looking very rested. I found my overall look really improved one year post pregnancy. Physically I had recovered from all the stress/fatigue hormonal stuff of pregnancy and those early months of baby. Hoping they get up to Scotland to visit the Queen and for the kids to play on the land that the Queen has always found so special.ali

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  8. Will looks quite sunburned. If that's what's left from the trip to France, he must have been really fried.

    I like the color of his jacket but think the fit could be a bit better through the arms (and thought that last time he wore it)

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  9. Both William and Kate look fabulous today, the dress is beautiful [still]. And her hair.....oh my goodness, it's gorgeous.

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  10. Hair extensions, anonymous? I think not!

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  11. Suzanne in ColoradoAugust 24, 2016 at 2:28 PM

    Does anyone else think that the Duke tailors his slacks too short? I always notice this, even when he is in a suit.

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    1. I agree Suzanne about the good-for-wading length of his pants but he's done it for years. As I said in an earlier comment I don't think the sleeves of this jacket are well-tailored either so maybe he just needs a new tailor!

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    2. I don't disagree about the length of the pants, but it is the style right now. Look back at some of the photos of the Beatles from the 60's. :)

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    3. I do have some old vinyl records and have seen the Beatles wearing narrow pants and high heel pointy-toe boots,  royalfan. I also vaguely remember "Twiggy" fashions, bell-bottom jeans, Nehru jackets, leisure suits, and while a little tie-dye can look cute, there used to be so much in some pictures of the 60s/early 70s it looked like there had been an explosion at the Rit dye factory. But I also hope none of that is considered stylish again! (And certainly hope not to see Will and Kate dressed that way even if it does become "current" fashion for some :) 


      I agree Robin that Harry does manage to look nice and modern without the short pants.


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  12. It appears to be the style these days. Take a look at Nick Cannon on America' s got Talent. As for hair extensions, this comes from the anti- Kate group. She has always had thick hair and with the wind her hair takes sometimes extensions would not stand the test of the wind.

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  13. Harry must not have gotten the style memo. His pants are more the traditional length and when he and Will stand next to each other Will's pants look even shorter (including when they wear tuxes)

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    1. I am not a fan of the skinny, short suit pants worn these days. They all look like six year olds who've outgrown their school clothes. William needs some better fashion advice. Harry always looks sharper than Wills and he still has the modern edge.

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    2. I don't know. To me Harry's pants always appear too long and baggy on him.

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    3. I agree lizzie. I mentioned that myself here a while back. You can see the contrast when William and Harry are standing next to each other.
      I think Frederik of Denmark wears narrower dress/suit pants, but they are still a good length.

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    4. 7:09, I'm inclined to vote with you on this one. :)

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    5. P.S.

      Pants can be lengthened, ladies, but a man cannot be stretched to stand a few inches taller. When I look at a man, I don't want to see eye to eye. :)

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  14. I just read the Racked article, Jane. Nice to see the Kate blogging community and, you specifically, recognized like that.

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    1. Jane gave it, Robin.

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    2. She beat me to it :-) I think you'll find it interesting, Robin. Gives a nice peek behind the motivation for Kate bloggers, and the hours and effort that goes into it. My big take away was how the press relies on the blogging community to fill in the blanks regarding information not released by the palace. Gave me a new appreciation for all Jane and her compatriots do.

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  15. I am so excited to see this dress again! I do wish she had a pair of royal blue shoes to go with it but then I'm always complaining about her shoes.

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  16. If it's okay to post this, Jane, here are two ITN videos from today...

    http://itnsourcenews.com/

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  17. I've read the book and quite liked it but can't vouch for the movie!

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    1. I've read both Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train and enjoyed both. I don't intend to watch either film, though. Somehow, to me, thrillers are usually always better in the book version. Maybe it's because suspenseful things are better left to one's imagination, or perhaps the inevitable editing during in the adaptation/film-making process seems to take something away from the author's original intent.

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    2. IMHO, a book is always better than the movie!

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    3. Agree Robin :)

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    4. My daughter is usually a good judge of books and she enjoyed The Girl on the Train.

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    5. I enjoyed Girl on the Train too. Not the best book out there but pretty darn good. Well constructed and a nice take on perceived reality. The subject matter is rather dark but it's wrapped up in a stylistic little bow. Interesting part is that none of the characters are likeable but one does become invested in them. I will see the movie with a bunch of girlfriends since we all read the book at the same time but I am sure it will disappoint. I wish they didn't change the location.

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  18. First time commenter but I just have to say I highly recommend The Girl on the Train book, but agree the trailer looks awful!

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  19. both the duke and duchess looks perfect looking forward to joint engagement like these the duke very touching about he miss his mom she told the boy

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  20. Jane thank you so much for another great post. In particular thank you for the information on mens pants lengths. I love to understand and follow not only fashion trends but also the do's and dont's and I had not heard this bit about 4 acceptable lengths for men's pants. Very informative!

    I am also with you on the book ...Girl on the Train. Read it on a long weekend get a way and was "meh" on it. Won't be rushing out to see the movie.

    I have read several reviews on today's events and by several accounts William really connected with these boys who lost their mother less than a year ago. So very moved that he can open up about his experience and use it in a positive way to help others. Beautiful to see.

    PS: Love the dress and still can't understand why I have not picked up anyone of the many subsequent versions LK Bennet has run of them. (They had a red and yellow version at one point!!)

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  21. Thanks for the post Jane! I really wonder what's driving William's fashion change up. I started dressing my husband a year or so after we started dating and it's definitely been a noticeable change toward trendy but he's no newlywed, so I wonder what's happened after all this time. Either way, I love checking in on his style here sometimes too. It's only fair.

    Also, thank goodness for the return of The Hair (Kate's, not William's - that return would be an even more fascinating a discussion topic).

    SSM

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  22. I read the article about bloggers via Emily Andrews on Twitter. I was happy to see you recognized for your work here. Good job!

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  23. Lovely dress; gorgeous hair and a very full day of meaningful engagements.
    This younger generation of William; Catherine and Harry, don't just turn up to open things, but participate fully in whatever way they can..

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  24. Hello Jane,

    Typo spotted! Keech, not Leech Hospice Care subtitling one of your pictures.

    Cheers.

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  25. Hello Jane,

    Typo spotted. Keech, not Leech Hospice Care as subtitled for one of the pictures.

    Cheers.

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  26. This is one of my all-time favorite dresses from Kate's very extensive wardrobe. I kept hoping for a repeat, but after more than two years, I was afraid we'd never see it again. So, I'm thrilled that Kate finally wore it again. Kate looked absolutely lovely! I can only hope that she will wear it again one day.

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  27. Love this repeat, and golly that hair.
    I hated Gone Girl, but the Girl on the Train isn't by the same author and the plot is different. Careful!:)

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  28. Why do people still call her Kate Middleton?

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    1. There's been quite a bit written about that - it primarily has to do with how people search for information about an individual who may hold several legal names or other titles over the course of ones life. Continuing to call her "Kate Middleton" provides continuity.

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    2. It's one of those head scratchers for me too. I have no idea why people insist on using Middleton as if nobody would know who she was otherwise.

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    3. I'm not sure the continuity angle is relevant 5+ years later, 6:42. Personally, I think there's a degree of intentional disrespect on the part of the media in referring to her as KM. My two cents! :)

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    4. One word: Google.

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    5. I would believe that royalfan if we didn't have the Internet

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    6. Not sure what that has to do with it. Do we refer to Mary, Maxima, Mette Marit or Letizia by there maiden names??? No continuity issues there.

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    7. A lot of people who casually follow Kate aren't that checked into her title. Particularly in America. She is still Kate Middleton to a huge number of people. The other royal ladies never reached the level of public interest and notoriety that Kate did as a girlfriend. It isn't a good comparison.

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    8. It may be a little unusual for writers to use "Middleton" but I don't see it as intentionally offensive. A shared last name isn't needed for a successful marriage nor are maiden names somehow something icky to be gotten rid of ASAP like chewing gum stuck to a shoe. Because Kate was a longtime girlfriend (as Jane said) and because the Middleton family itself became so well-known (unlike other royal in-laws) Middleton may stick more. 

      As an American, I do find the "what to call royals in the news" issue a little confusing anyway since last names and titles seem so fluid (including the current non-Germanic official last name of Mountbatten-Windsor) 

      I seem to remember Sophie WAS referred to by her maiden name in the US press for several years after her marriage. And didn't Will choose to go by the last name "Wales" (not Mountbatten-Windsor and not Windsor) when he was in school in the UK? But once he became the DoC upon his marriage we can call the couple and later the family "The Cambridges" without offense? So if George needs a last name now for nursery school is it Cambridge? Later, assuming Will is given the title PoW when Charles become King, if George is still in school and needs/wants a last name will George Cambridge then become George Wales? Or might he choose to keep Cambridge? Or some other name of his choosing? (Same questions for Charlotte of course except that she's not in school now)

      I think it was easier to make the shift from Diana "Spencer"/Lady Di  to Diana, PoW for several reasons (including that there was no google then.) The public had been aware of Diana only a very short time (maybe a yr?) before the marriage AND Charles had been the PoW for over a decade when he married Diana, not  less than a day as was the case for Will as the DoC. So a shift to "Wales" for Diana was easier. Also, there seems at times to be a feeling that "Duke/ Duchess" aren't as good as "Prince/Princess" (and if the Telegraph is to be believed, Will didn't want to be a Duke either) Finally, there are some other fairly famous "Kates" (Spade, Moss, Bosworth, Winslet, Beckinsale, Hudson, to name a few) and while I may be wrong the only other famous Dianas at the time DS was PoW I can think of were Diana Ross and Diana Rigg. So to get  clicks "Middleton" in internet stories may serve a practical purpose. In fact, entering "Kate" in google brings up Kate Spade first. And today, the top "Kate" news is about Kate Gosselin. 




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    9. Jane, I agree with you and there's no denying the interest and notoriety factors in Kate's case. Heck, I could even understand a certain timeframe for transitioning from KM to DoC. But here we are 5 years and 2 children later and I just think it's unnecessary and inappropriate to refer to her as KM in current headlines. That's where I was coming from and likewise, I believe, for jolanta0024. At least that was my understanding...

      Perhaps Camilla is a better comparison. She was known to the public as CPB for many more years than Kate was in William's life as KM, yet the press got on board with her royal title ... even the American press for the most part, and that's saying a lot because on the ball they are not when it comes to royal coverage. :)

      Lizzie, as I said, I understand a period of time to transition, but I think we're beyond this being *the* reason for continuing to refer to her as KM. And I agree regarding the different names for the royals (Wales, Cambridge, etc.). Even Princess or Duchess Kate, for example. All good. But at least these options acknowledge her royal rank.

      I have female friends who are very successful and have held onto their maiden names. I get it. :) But Kate married into the BRF... a slightly different world.

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    10. I feel like you don't understand how Google (and other search engine) algorithms work. It's not a sign of disrespect to continue to call her Kate Middleton - it's about how information is archived and accessed in the modern era.

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    11. 5:34, I may not be a techie, but the wheels on my car are round. :)

      However search engines work, I do know that I can Google "KM" and find news and photos on the "DoC", and likewise, I can Google "DoC" and find news and photos of KM.

      And considering the example I just shared above, no, I do not understand how sticking with *old* information is the way to record current events. Someone please fill me in the "requirement" to do that..... :)

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    12. But searching "DoC" will not connect you with years of information from back when she was just Kate Middleton. The continuity is about connecting present info with old info not recording current events. My point was that it is likely an unemotional and practical choice of the publishers trying to achieve their business goals/purpose rather than an emotional or otherwise intent to show disrespect.

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    13. Well, 6:22, if that is how it's done, I think it is a flawed method. Although, your explanation would explain the shift to Duchess of Cornwall! Ha! ... as Anon 1 would say.

      And on that note, I will pour a glass of Pinot Noir and bite my tongue until it is bruised. :)))

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    14. It is what it is :) And your Duchess of Cornwall example suggests the KP team may be giving some pointers to CH - changing how she is named in current news makes a disconnect that might bury some stories she would rather not have appear in a search if you know what I mean ;)

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    15. I just found this delightful discussion. How did you all ever manage to have such a scintillating debate without my input? Ha! I think royalfan 7:56 and anon 8:57 have
      summed it up: bringing up KM hisory is encouraged; bringing up CPB history is not. We must not forget that one now has the right to erase Google entries if one has the means to do so.
      Also, the use of KM for Google searches is understandable, with the reminder that all G searches are not created equal. However, it does not excuse the use of KM in
      stories by royal reporters. I have noticed the increased use of Catherine, Duchess of
      Cambridge ( I'm not sure that is correct for a current wife) in the more respected news outlets.
      Let's talk about the many names and stylings of the royal family. It Is a bit confusing. I have two observations.
      1)a "A rose by any other name..." does not always smell as sweet.The surnames Battenberg and Saxe-Coberg certanly soured during the time of WWI.The RF did its best to shed its strong German heritage and associations in the eyes of the public.The Firm, as royalfan would say it, is painfully aware of the political and emotional connotations associated with a name-never mind Google. It's possible the prolonged use of KM combined with the burying of CPB may be related.

      2) What to call George? official, legal documents-birth certificates, marriage licenses, law suits-actually vary in use of surname with the BRF.I was born with one surname.
      As life went on, I added a few, dropping the old to add the new. We are used to doing this with females in the basically male-dominated, patriarchal Western society.
      Royals just do it with males, too. What's the big deal?

      In short-I completely understand and agree with royalfan. There is more to the prolonged use of Kate Middleton than making access of archives easier. I sense
      a change in the air. Since some of the more respected, serious news sources have
      increasingly used Cambridge and Duchess, does that mean the prolonged use of KM isn't
      really all about Google afterall? Or maybe, in one sense, it is. Is it really easier to print Duchess of Cornwall than Duchess of Cambridge? There Is one more letter in Cambridge. Perhaps that's the problem.

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    16. typo- "KM hisTory, not hisory. Although, "hiss-ory" might be appropriate.

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    17. "However, it does not excuse the us of KM in stories by royal reports" - I have to completely disagree. Royal reports have to balance addressing her in the style that KP would like them to use while also doing their actual job which is to get eyes on their pieces. Using KM in a headline WILL get more readers/viewers because it draws in more casual observers who either don't know or don't care about her evolving title or whatever KP/BRF want her to be called. And quite frankly I would hazard to guess that the people who are primarily getting their news electronically (which is what the KM usage is aimed at) are likely a demographic that doesn't care one bit about CPB's past and so the publishers have less incentive to bring it up REGARDLESS of what KP/CPB would like.

      At the end of the day I think it is likely a BUSINESS decision made by the publishers rather than anything else when they refer to her as KM. It doesn't mean that they cannot or will not use her proper title as well, but it would be a very poor business decision to cease using KM completely. Some royal fans may wish to imagine intentional sleights, but that doesn't mean that's what is really going on.

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    18. 8:57, very possible... :)

      Anon 1, I'm glad you chimed in. I sincerely hope you are correct and that the tide is changing. And to all the editors out there who continue to print Kate Middleton in the headlines, please note that "Duchess Kate" is less characters. It may not be perfect, but at least it acknowledges that April 29th 2011 wasn't just a dream! Bobby Ewing, anyone? :))

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    19. 11:31, if editors must use inaccurate headlines to capture our attention, what does that say about their readers, or the general public?

      I have a difficult time with some of the reasoning here. If someone is interested in following Kate they will figure it out, no? And if they're not then what difference does it make?

      Why do we not continue to refer to Hillary Clinton as First Lady? Or President Obama as Senator?

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    20. We can argue about how it "should" be but you won't convince me that there isn't a very practical choice driving the use of "KM" in headlines and/or news stories, one that is driven by WHO the target audience is and HOW they consume news. Will have to agree to disagree...

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    21. You may be right 7:53. The forums using KM are primarily tabloid in nature these days. There are such headlines as," KATE MIDDLETON WEARS IVORY? Those who get news from quickly scanning headlines will not notice the punctuation or read the story which denies
      she actually wears ivory. By continuing to use KM in headlines, the image of middle class girl meets prince is constantly presented. Just as the continued use of CPB
      would bring up the image of a home-wrecker-true or not.
      Whatever the justification or intent, the actual result and consequences must be
      considered. The days of CPB ended with a ceremony in a registry.

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    22. ps-for example, saying "I didn't know the gun was loaded" does not erase culpability
      or change the consequences.
      (I realise intent plays a significant part in law, but it only gets your charage reduced. It doesn't free you of responsibility)

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    23. I actually meant the age of the readers (younger people consume more news electronically which is where the algorithm issue comes in) rather than "quality of publication" but I agree that tabloids have almost no incentive to use her correct title

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    24. Um that's not true anon 1 @ 1:42. In law sometimes intent or lack thereof is exactly what is at issue and demonstrating lack of intent means you are not *legally* responsible.

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    25. 4:32- maybe in civil cases, but not in criminal law. For example-slander/libel.

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    26. Well..conviction for 1st degree murder requires the state to prove not only was the defendant responsible for the killing but he/she had fintent and premeditation. No proof of intent = no conviction.

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    27. Anon 1 you are correct that intent can be the difference between criminal law and tort, but the vast majority of law is not criminal/tort law.

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    28. lizzie- I said, and I quote:" ...it only gets your charge reduced. It does not free you of responsibility." Once the accused is charged, the scenario changes. A good
      DA would go for a manslaughter charge if circumstances indicate the lack of
      premeditation.
      Anon 9:35 has helped me remember that publishers are more likely to be involved in
      tort law. My example was poorly chosen. I do think the power of the pen at times can
      equal the power of the sword. Words can destroy reputations and careers and sometimes lives. If you don't believe that you have been living in a fantasy world.I object to
      some of what is done in the name of freedom of the press and some the methods of attracting attention.
      That was my intent.

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    29. Why is there a bunch of argument about the law on this blog? I have seen this "intent" concept come up all over the place in the comments recently, but I think it is out of place on a blog about fashion. It also sounds like not everyone really knows what they are talking about. Can we stick to just chatting about Kate and fashion?

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    30. My apologies Anon 1:35. As an attorney it's a major pet peeve of mine when people throw around legal terms and "knowledge" in a way that perpetuates common misunderstandings, but I shall bite my tongue in the future :) And focus on the fashion! (This blog is my "escape" after all)

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    31. I agree anon 1:35. Fashion only-dresses, hats,shoes, purses.No "She's too thin;" "She doesn't work enough;" Her hair looks too young, too old, to dark, too light;" "Tax-payer-funded" etc. etc.
      The law discussion was a tangent of a discussion of her name variations.
      Tangents are half the fun of blog-commenting.
      However, I promise not to bring up law as long as no one discusses those other non-
      fashion topics. But, hey! Our writer is a student lawyer,so...
      Intent? ok, I won't bring it up until someone quotes or refers to a tabloid headline
      that dances around the facts.
      Deal?

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  29. Jane, I bought into the buzz and spent an awful date night at Gone Girl! Stunned and horrified at the same time. I've heard about Girl on the Train - even from our President for what it's worth :) but will avoid, avoid, avoid! Thank you!

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  30. I like this dress but there really are so many recycles on UK engagements: it's not quite right.

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  31. I don't like the clothes that William has worn on this engagement: I don't think they suit him. The trousers also look too short. The shoe colour (brown) doesn't look right with the blue trousers: I don't think the style of the trousers flatters him. Nor that skinny tie! His outfit is an uncoordinated 'mis-mash'!

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  32. Alejandra RamírezAugust 28, 2016 at 6:30 PM

    Great post and great/funny comments!
    I read the article and I really enjoyed it!
    It's nice to see your work recognized, maybe one day Catherine will too! :)

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