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Kate & Dippy The Dinosaur at Natural History Museum

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Hello, hello! I should be packing to catch my flight north to Wisconsin for turkey and cranberry stuffing this Thursday, but Kate the Great is out and about and I had to share this snap of our favorite duchess before popping off. She joined primary school students at the Natural History Museum for a party celebrating the famous Dippy the Dinosaur, who is going on tour soon. 


The party included excavation games and a table where guests could decorate faux dinosaur eggs. Kate wore a new dress from L.K. Bennett, the Cersei, which features a blue and black floral pattern interspersed with tufts of velvet. She is wearing her
Lauren earrings and those are new, grey pumps! 

There was cake. Natch.

Kate mixed up some paint and tried her hand at egg decorating. A little early practice for Easter, eh?

Kensington Palace
I love, love, love the Natural History Museum. It is such a stunning work of decorative art in itself.

Kensington Palace

I don't love this dress. Kate is the champion of blending cerulean blue with black, and it works in big color blocks, but I am not as enthused about these busy patterns. It is too busy for me. Kate has really gravitated to this style this year. She has been buying this silhouette from L.K. Bennett like candy. Below, you can see her wearing the Addison on the left and the Madison the right, at a private dinner with William. All three of these dresses (Today's Cersei, the Addison, and the Madison) all share the same silhouette and fabric details. I don't mind the cocktail length, but...I think I miss Kate 2012.



I am hoping she changes for the Place2Be Awards tonight. Hopefully, we get more of an evening dress vibe. I think it is probable she will change, and if she does, likely we could get a maxi of some kind. We shall see. This was a fun surprise and I probably have a few more comments that I will add in tonight's post about her appearance at the Place2Be awards.



36 comments:

  1. I don't like this dress either, blah. What is going on with her cheeks? They look a bit well, touched??? Or is it only the pictures?

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  2. The event was associated with her patronage NHM and her charity, Place2B, a children's mental health organization.
    None of the other Kate blogs I look at had this yet, Jane. Only Daily Mail-although their version of that initial photo had a lot of lines and deep creases on her face. I thought-lighting, but they don't appear on your copy nor other photos of her today.It is on KP Twitter, a few photos, along with many, many photos of Harry doing his thing in the Caribbean. It is hard not to think of Diana when I see such photos of Harry.

    Scars on her right hand look like an animal bite or burn scar from an oven rack.
    I like blue and black combo and twirley, swirley skirts, so I'm happy. :+)

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  3. I like this dress a lot and think she looks lovely. The dress conjurs a dinosaur feeling and this almost turquoise blue looks good with the black and grey. I think it's a mistake to continuously hearken back to previous years. She has evolved as a person, fashions are evolving and allowance has to be made for that.

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    1. I like this dress as well. From what I can see, the fabric is quite pretty. Something knee down is bothering me. I'm not sure but it might be the length of the dress with these particular shoes or just the shoes in general. She would not considered turquoise shoes but they would have been fabulous.

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    2. anon 11:56- please see my reply to you @ 12:25- it landed out of place.

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    3. This was a favorite style of mine back in the 1970s and I sewed a number of them although I made them about 6 inches or so shorter. I usually wore these dresses with boots, never dress pumps. And for those with a black background I often added a black vest to break up the pattern. I guess it's true, wait long enough and most things come back in style!

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    4. Faith-could that something be weights in the hemline? I commented below about this.:+)

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  4. Not a big fan of this dress. Not bad but not a look for me. I love her shoes, her hair looks great. I think the dress would look better shorter and the waist is way to high. Ali

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  5. A Wisconsin Thanksgiving--you and Annie Hall! Have a good one!

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  6. Agree, anon 11:56. Four years doesn't make much difference at my age, but four years in the life of an early thirties newlywed transitioning to a mid-thirties Duchess/Princess mum of two is significant.
    I imagine the youngsters she was interacting with enjoyed the colorful dress.
    Looking forward to a few hours from now for another Place2B-sponsored event with Kate.Since the NHM is close to KP, she will likely pop home for a change of outfit and a cuddle with G&C.
    This dress could move into evening, but I think she'll come up with another. I understand the
    wearther is frightful today.

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING JANE AND US (Canadian?) B2B FANS!

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  7. I don't mind this dress at all. This is a silhouette that looks fantastic on her and the flowing fabric, combined with the length, allows easy movement when interacting with children. I **love** the shoes! I am so happy she is branching out in her shoe choices! She looks wonderful!

    Happy Thanksgiving to everyone here in America!

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    1. Did you see the shoes she is wearing tonight Robin? They are fabulous. Major shoe wins today!

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    2. I like the flow and length of the dress as well, Robin. And the shoes made me smile; a nice surprise to see another new pair.

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  8. Pretty dress. I love the colours and the flow as she moves.
    I love the whole look.
    The Director of the museum said that the Duchess goes often to talk to the scientists about their work.
    We do not know everything she does on the quiet.
    Just seen a quick photo from the mansion House. She has changed.

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  9. I actually like this dress a lot and I ordered it. My first "Kate purchase." I've been looking for a dress in a similar style and, more importantly, length for months. Can't wait to see it!
    I like this much better than the Addison.

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  10. I like the dress but I think she would have looked great in the skirt, styled just as on the LK Bennett web site, with a black turtleneck and some cute black ankle boots. More youthful and appropriate for the activity, in my opinion. http://www.lkbennett.com/Collections/Clothing/Cersei-Evergreen-Silk-Skirt/p/CSCERSEISILKVISCOSEPrintEvergreen

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    1. That would have looked great actually.

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  11. I like this. It's pretty and smart.

    You are going to love tonight's dress though Jane! I've see early pictures......

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    1. Yessss E! Different color though 🙄 gorgeous!

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  12. Nope. I love the shoes. I like her glow.
    But my first thought on the dress was: Borrowed from HMs closet? :/

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  13. Kate was wise to choose a dark patterned dress while interacting with kids and crafts. And this dress is lovely. Just the right vibe for the event.

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  14. Our Kate looks lovely- so pleased to see her.

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  15. I love this dress but I can't explain why. Something about it just speaks to me. I do agree that the waist is too high and the shoes, while great, aren't the ideal match for this dress, but those don't stop me from feeling 😍 About this look

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  16. I didn't care for this dress--too dark, and yet another print, although, I confess, I have never been a fan of same. (Once every five years, I find a print I like, but they are always blouses, meant to create interest in a solid colour skirt or dress pant; I would die first before purchasing a print dress. And I equally detest them on little girls--or elderly women.)

    The dark grey shoes worn with the dress were also unimpressive, altho they were at least in smooth leather, a change for Kate; but the grey was too dark a shade when worn with this dress.--Having already seen pics of Kate's evening engagement at Mansion House, I think she might've done better had she switched footwear, or worn the black Prada to both engagements.

    Lastly, I don't like the Kiki earrings she wore; they're childish, altho, in the not-too-distant future, Charlotte could wear them for special occasions.

    On a positive note, Kate's hair looked great and I also liked the general style of the dress--just not in such a dark and drab PRINT.

    JC

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    1. JC

      Thanks for stating the obvious about those earrings. I can't put into words how much I dislike them.

      I applaud the new shoes too!

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    2. I wish she would bring back some of those early kikis - I too am not a fan of these leaves. I think they are a bit twee

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  17. I'm so glad to read others feel the same way about these earrings! Every time I see them I give a little sigh of disappointment....just not my favorite. Overall, this daytime look didn't wow me, but she still seemed really happy and relaxed to be there...and that's what counts :) loved her second look at the awards!!

    I was surprised to see the Preen again (albeit in black) so soon. She must really love it! I know I sure do.

    Happy Thanksgiving, Jane!

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  18. Meh, such a granny silhouette. We wore dresses like these in the 1960's, but with boots. Maybe booties would shave some years off the dress.

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  19. Pretty happy with this look, except for the keyhole opening on the bodice. Looks like the dress is on backwards.

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  20. I'm not sure how I feel about this dress. In some photos, it looks nice, but in others, it looks a little dowdy. I can't see any velvet in any of the photos, but I do love the flowy fabric. And the blue and black combo looks nice on Kate. I, too, miss Kate 2012. But I suppose the longer length was a good choice for an outing with kids.

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  21. Taking another look at the hemline-it looks as though it could have weights sewed in.
    There are bulges in the hem that seem to hang lower than the areas on either side.
    Or I could be seeing things. :+)

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  22. This dress reminds me of the one she wore in Assam for the campfire. I'm glad she's finally experimenting with new shoe styles !
    - Soha

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  23. I'm imagining she wears this dress style to be comfortable. It looks to be so, but it also bores me. I like the poster who sewed these type dresses but shorter with boots!
    Loved the repeat dress, even with the belt. Her shoe game is the winner for these past costumes!

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  24. Poor Kate..She must have pretty thick skin to insure all of the negative things thrown her way.. I imagine she is more comfortable in dress's this length when she's having to bend down so much speaking to small children.. I don't love it but I'm not sure there are enough dresses that she can hit it out of the park everytime she leaves the house.. I personally would wear a lot more pant suits but she's obviously a girly girl and loves dresses... I don't.. I'm she's under pressure from everyone to not have a wardrobe malfunction still wear dresses all of the time.

    I'm loving the new shoes this entire year really. I think what may be off with these is that have a shorter heel?? Idk I'm just glad they aren't nude LK Bennett's!!!

    I also believe we'll see more phases of Kate.. At first the sexy college girl, then we got our Duchess.. Next will be Princess of Wales, then I think we'll see even more bold choices and jewelry, then Queen when she should be dripping jewelry and top notch clothing.. Right now I think she's trying to figure out what works best and looks nice as well..She IS the most photographed woman on earth.. Every pic can't be perfect, nor can her hair and make-up be on point at all times.. She does do a wonderful job trying though!!!!

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  25. The length of this dress is so frumpy to me. She looks lovely though, very bright and happy.

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