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William Wears Breeches to Buckingham Palace

Friday, December 9, 2016

I thought I'd switch up the headline today. ;) Last night, the Queen hosted the Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace. This is an annual event that is usually kept quite private. The date is not released to the public with much advance notice at all and the royals don't release photos from the very formal evening at which the ladies always wear tiaras. We usually get arrival photos taken as the cars arrive at Buckingham Palace. This year for the first time since I began paying attention to the Diplomatic Reception, and possibly for the first time ever, the Palace released a photo of the royals from inside the exclusive event.


As I think most remember, there was exclusive video of the 2015 Diplomatic Reception in the documentary Our Queen at 90, which was the way we got a full-length peek of Kate's absolutely stunning
evening gown from Alexander McQueen. 



This year, the princess chose to recycle her bespoke red dress that she first wore to the China State Visit. I was irritated that we never got a high-resolution photo of the dress from that event, which I thought was a real shame at the time, and which I still wonder about when scrolling through those photos.


To the delight of many, Kate also chose to wear the Cambridge Lovers Knot again. In addition to the Diana connection, which I think is important to Kate,  this is a beautiful tiara in its own right and utilizes pearls, which likely makes it attractive to Kate, too. The Duchess loves pearls as anyone who tracks her earring choices can attest. Speaking of earrings, Kate is wearing the same earrings she wore to the Wellness in Schools Awards last month. They are loaned from the Queen, but have no special history.



Getting to see Kate's dress last night in a little more definition was quite a treat, but it might have been William's attire that requires just a bit more scrutiny. I have received countless messages asking what the Duke of Cambridge is wearing. Those, my friends, are breeches, and you are actually already familiar with them from history--both European and American. My mother used to dress my younger brothers in "knickerbockers" like these for big holidays like Christmas. They didn't love them, and from William's face, he isn't much of a fan either. Doesn't his face scream: "Dear God, are we truly going to do this? Are we actually going to release this picture to the public? This image is about to hit the press and everyone is going to see me in stockings and patent slippers...with bows on top..."



Yes, with bows on top:


Breeches were the standard style of dress for men in one iteration or another from the early 17th century all the way until the very early 19th century when the style of dress drifted to full-length trousers. Think of the American Founding Fathers, of portraits of Louis XVI or George III, or you have seen them featured in period dramas like the Scarlet Pimpernel or Poldark. The men are all wearing high boots with breeches or for more formal events, these breeches, stockings, and slippers/shoes. Here is a painting of George Washington relaxing with his family at Mount Vernon wearing stockings and breeches. 


Some have suggested that William will do away with these out-dated styles of dress when he is king, but I hope these traditions are kept alive. The royals don't wear knee-breeches that often and the few times they do remind us of the history and pageantry that makes the British monarchy such an enduring and special institution.





I don't think that Kate can do anything other than win on a white tie event, and certainly she was the picture of loveliness last night. I hope the royals continue to release a posed photo from the event as time moves forward. I see little reason to keep it private and it is good PR to have a nice full photo in addition to the arrival images. 



P.S. Thank you to all who pointed out the missing 'd' in "Good morning" from yesterday's post. :) It is fixed. 

93 comments:

  1. This tiara looks so much better with short hair (Diana, Queen Mary) than with long hair, for some reason which I just can't figure out. So i am delighted that she wore her hair well up to this event. Its like she read my mind :)

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    1. That came into my mind too. Almost all the British royal ladies had/have short hair, eg: Mary,Elizabeth 1 and 2 , Margeret ,Diana and even Camilla. I have only seen Anne with tiaras on long hair. Anyway I think no one can beat Diana's image in this tiara. So regal and elegant.

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  2. I hope they keep the traditions as well. They are what sets the BRF apart, as well as being part of the mystic and pageantry that we have come to expect.

    Kate looks beautiful. I think this is her best tiara wear to date. The tiara is placed in a more prominent position and hair style is the perfect complement. Also, I like this wear of the dress better. It might be that we can see the details better. The brillant red is ideal for the season and for some unknown reason, I feel that it fits this event better than the state dinner. Very very elegant look and her makeup is perfection.

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    1. Just one more comment..... the profile photo with Kate's hand to her neck is one of the best I've ever seen. It would make a great portrait.

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    2. Agree! Maybe they can commission is to replace that horrid portrait they put in the national portrait gallery!

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    3. I couldn't agree more. I think this is my favorite photo ever of Kate. It perfectly captures her gorgeous profile and her natural poise and elegance.

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    4. Excellent point about a portrait, Faith. And 5+ years into her marriage, me thinks it's time for another one.

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    5. I think it is high time for a new and better portrait too.

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    6. Ditto on the portrait! I thought the one in the National Portrait Gallery would look better in person but, alas, it was not to be. This would be stunning!

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    7. Was it even worse in person, Robin?

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    8. No, it wasn't worse but I thought that maybe not seeing it through a computer screen I would like it better. It's just an "OK" portrait but she just doesn't look as beautiful in it as she is.

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  3. I'd like to know what and who was behind the decision to release that photo of The Six.
    I think it is evidence, along with the wedding bracelet and other serious family and royal jewels, of the Queen's acceptance for and respect of Catherine.
    The CLK tiara was commissioned by Queen Mary. The Greville was worn by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, but it did not have a royal origin. It was from a bequest from a non-royal.
    No one else has worn that special bracelet.
    So...who needs the ivory-tainted RFO ,anyway? HM has very pointedly given Kate her seal of approval. :+)

    Jane, it is fun things like "goo morning" that spice up your posts.If I had the gumption to write a blog, I'd throw in a few typos from time to time, just to see who is paying attention. :+) Anyone can come up with
    sterile, politically correct copy. Boring!

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    1. Agree:-) The goo gave me a chuckle and a sugar crave.

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    2. Hahaha..Actually goo is a slang for sh*t or cr*p in my language. So basically is like wishing a crappy morning !! :D

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    3. Lol. Jeepers! That's horrible. What language is that?

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  4. Jennifer from the SouthDecember 9, 2016 at 11:22 AM

    Curious as to why Kate doesn't wear gloves?

    Love the dress, love the jewels!!

    But it feels unfinished to me... Surely if William can trot out his breeches, Kate can wear gloves? I didn't think gloves were optional with white tie....

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    1. Agree about the gloves. They would add to the pageantry of the event.

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  5. Kate looks truly lovely...........poor William !! :)

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  6. Kate is stunning (and appropriate) as usual and the photos of her in the car show a serenity I have not seen before. I especially like the bracelet. Still, I am not a fan of this dress. It strikes me as twee, something a little girl might wear after watching one too many Disney princess movies. And the neckline and sleeves seem awkwardly bunched up.

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  7. Red is the one colour I refuse to wear and I'm never drawn to accessories or anything else in the colour. And yet, for some reason, this is my absolute favourite dress the Duchess has ever worn. It's so perfect that I don't think it could be improved even in a colour I love. Giant win

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  8. Great to get a proper look at this lovely dress.
    Catherine looks beautiful.
    I notice that the binding at the bottom of the tiara which was cream coloured when worn by the Princess of Wales has been changed to dark brown---suggest to me that we will see her in this tiara often in the future.
    Nice to see the gentlemen all dressed up--the diplomats wear National dress, so they have to do something rather different.
    Incidentally, I cannot see Catherine ever wearing the family honour as it is ivory. I suspect she would feel that would be disloyal to William.

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    1. Good spot on the binding of the tiara! This would suggest it's on permanent loan as it was to Diana. I don't think anyone else could get away with wearing except Kate.

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    2. I can't imagine any other royal would want to wear that tiara

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    3. My thought too, Robin; I cannot imagine anyone else wearing this tiara. And, as with Kate's engagement ring, I did not expect to see it again for many, many years to come.

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  9. I love this picture so much! Kate is gorgeous and really stands out in that group photo, in a great way. The red is so pretty on her, especially compared to the other two bland dressed in this photo. She is the best in that picture by far. I personally love William's breeches. I think they look nice and I love the pageantry. But Kate really steals the show here.

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  10. I laughed out loud at the close-up of the bows on top. Hee hee!!! But I agree - I think it's historically charming. And by the way, though I think you nailed his expression, lol, it's also such a handsome look! He looks mature in a good way - grounded, happy. And handsome! Oh and also TALL!!! William really towers over his father and Prince Phillip, who used to tower over everyone. I can't believe PP is still with us, actually. An amazingly-long life, and active to the end! The Queen is very fortunate in that regard. Speaking of tall, Kate's height is so complementary to William's - I'm so glad she can wear her sky high heels and not tower over her prince. They both look so elegant. xoxoxo ps: wish Kate had more formal events!

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  11. The different sizes of white bow-ties are cracking me up.
    And Kate's updo with the tiara this year looks so much prettier than last year's meh floppy bangs coming out the side. The white and red dresses together are so Christmassy!

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  12. The expression on William's face is priceless. Beautiful picture of the six, and I am glad they released it to the public. Kate looks gorgeous, as always. Love the tiara, and I love the fact of that bracelet. It speaks volumes of both The Queen and Prince Philip's high regard for her.

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  13. I love how the bottom of Kate's dress just seems to float on the beautiful carpet--it looks so ethereal!

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  14. Kate is picture perfect princess in this outfit. I just wish she would let go this pair of earrings. I don't like the odd spacing between the diamonds, it gives a cheaper look. I just wish Kate would wear some long pearls with this tiara to match the pearls on the top.

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    1. when HMQ lends you a very special pair of earrings you don't just "let go" of them. Lovely earrings like the tiara although I find it looks heavy (as apparently it is). Hope she wears the Papyrus again. I think it suits her.

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    2. I agree about the Lotus/Papyrus, CP.

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    3. I love these earrings! Pearls would be nice also but I prefer diamonds with this tiara. I usually pounce all over cheap looking jewelry but to me these looked very high quality. ali

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  15. Any thoughts about Kaye's red dress when both the other women wear white? I am not saying there is anything wrong with her choice in a red dress - I think she looks beautiful! But this has happened before where Camilla and the Queen match and Kate stands out. I would just like to hear other thoughts or takes on it.

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    1. I noticed that too as well as Kates hands held in front when both the other ladies held their purses by their sides. I don't think it's a huge deal since she is lower in rank (and the only one not wearing a sash) and her red dress made her fit in well with all the red decor of the palace but if she had opted for something other than red or white it might have looked strange.

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    2. Jennifer from the SouthDecember 12, 2016 at 9:54 AM

      I do think Kate shouldn't have worn red - I love the dress, but don't think this was the proper venue given the "dress code" - and Kate's dress in years past have conformed to that dress code (ice blue McQueen). Not sure why she wore this dress instead... I also prefer the lotus tiara with this dress, but I am not going to scoff at a reason to trot out jewels!

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    3. Dress codes are cleared by the royal household at these type of events. Kate and her staff will be well aware what is correct and what is not and the household would also be aware what she is wearing.

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    4. Anon 10:05 Agree 100 percent:) ali

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  16. Worth noting that the men's fashion is very intentional - the garter on their left leg is part of their Order of the Garter. It's not a stylistic choice, and as such it's hard to imagine it ever going away no matter who is King and/or Queen.

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  17. Kate looks lovely. But other than the connection to Diana, I really don't like this particular tiara on her especially when it is worn almost as a flat headband. That makes the pearls fall oddly. I think it is designed to be worn a little more horizontally as others have done (including Diana) But I am not sure what Kate could do with her hair if wearing it that way. 

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  18. Am I the only one incredibly disappointed that this dress was a repeat? Kate wears clothes so beautifully that I was hoping for a debut!

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    1. I too was disappointed - actually a little shocked - really? Again so soon? I think the repeats are a bit much - and too close together a lot of times. I don't think she needs to prove how thrifty she is anymore. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Kate's grounded-ness, her common sense, humble attitude, etc- it's probably my favorite thing about her. But a little more variety for the formal occasions would be much appreciated, and if I had a xmas wish it would for an end to the high-neck, long-sleeve, lace, midi and maxi 70's dresses on more casual occasions. Gone with 2016!

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  19. I first saw pictures of Kate's side profile in the car and was so excited! But then came the full length picture and.... her hairstyle looks so severe! Is it just me? There is no softness, the tiara is very prominent but I think she needs a fringe. It ages her a great deal without some softness as she already has a matured look.

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    1. oh God - please not a fringe - most of social media will go into melt down if she changes her hairstyle again

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  20. Thank you for the post on the breeches! You forgot to mention the most important part of the men's apparel - the Garter worn on the left leg. This is the famous Garter of the Order of the Garter, the highest order of chivalry. It is seldom that the actual garter is worn - usually only the ribbon or star - so it is a treat to see!

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    1. Yes, it would be fun to see them with any other members of the Garter who were at this reception. Does anyone know if they wear the breeches at the actual Garter ceremony in June? The capes and hats are so eye catching that I've never noticed
      if they wear breeches or trousers.

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  21. I think this is one of Kate's biggest wins to date! The dress is gorgeous (and not as boring as the white), the tiara is perfect in both its beauty, its name (who could resist Cambridge Lovers Knot?), and the nod to Diana. Her hair and make up are just right. I'm not a huge fan of those earrings but they are certainly blingy and didn't detract at all.

    OK, I was a little taken aback by the breeches. Who knew? But, I guess they are part of the Royal Order of the Garter. No wonder they wear those long capes! As if the feather in their caps weren't silly enough! That being said, I love the tradition, the pomp, and the ceremony associated here. Quite frankly, Colin Firth did quite a lot for the appeal of the breeches in their more formal wearing in Pride & Prejudice. I mean, honestly, who could complain about that?

    On to the Royal Family Order. Do you think Kate has it but doesn't wear it because of the ivory issue? It doesn't stop HM from wearing it and PP was the first of the royal family to stand up against ivory poachers and tortoise shells decades ago. It is time for Kate to have some sort of visible recognition. I'm a little disappointed that she doesn't. I know that this photo is certainly a step that way but they've been married for going on six years and it's time.

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    1. I guess that going forward they could always adapt the materials used for the family order so ivory isn't used - I can't believe they would need to do away with the tradition entirely simply because attitudes towards ivory have changed.

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    2. I think it very possible she already has the order in her possession, with the understanding that Kate will not wear it in public. It would still be a meaningful gift,
      perhaps more so than the status symbol it seems to have become for others.

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    3. Isn't the entire point of an order that it literally is a status symbol to be worn by someone who has been granted it?! Hiding away an order granted as a "meaningful gift" rather than wearing it as intended strikes me as akin to using "Mrs." rather than"Duchess" - if W/K truly are opposed to ivory that Kate would refuse an honor bestowed upon her by the Queen it would seem odd (and more than a little hypocritical) if she would actually accept and privately cherish the ivory order. If opting out of public displays of orders were an option I imagine Will would have left his tights and ribbons at home.

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    4. The order is by definition a status symbol

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    5. By name, it is a Family gift or token, not an award for service. It is obviously not a symbol of status in the succession, as Alexandra is way down on the totem pole and she has one.It is a token of affection and
      connection-if that means status to you,then yes.

      What Is the definition of the Family Order? According to....?

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    6. But isn't it a gift intended to be worn? I guess it's possible Kate received it and said "thanks so much but since its ivory I'll never wear it, OK?" That seems unlikely to me but I guess it's possible. But I don't think the reverse is even possible...that people who DO wear the gift are somehow "showing off" or only wearing the honor as a status symbol. Wearing one also honors the giver after all, not just the recepient.

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    7. If it is given as a token of affection, then the Queen is not very affected toward Kate.

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    8. Lizzie, I tend to agree ... If Kate received the RFO, she would wear it. It is an honor to receive it and, at the same time, respectful to wear it on occasions such as this.

      But I cannot agree that her not having it (we assume) reflects a lack of affection or approval towards Kate. Sorry, but that comes across as wishful thinking. Perhaps it is linked with easing W&K into full time royal duties and distinguishing them from C&C who are next in line. Because, quite frankly, I could almost see a debate about her needing to step up and do more since she received it. Me thinks the Queen is wise and knows what she is doing as W&K raise two very young children in a manner that she herself was not permitted to do as a young mother.

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    9. I'm sure HM is well aware of Williams's wildlife/ivory/horns efforts. The bracelet,tiaras, earrings, DR photo etc. may be her Plan B for Catherine.
      I have a cameo and many other items of jewellery from my Grandmother's family. I take them out to look at them from time to time. It is not necessary for me to wear them to appreciate their meaning.

      Lizzie-of course it is meant to be worn in most cases. I just think Kate is secure enough to be be able to enjoy its meaning in private.
      Mostly, I don't like it when assumptions are made that judge Kate (or ANYONE) without
      considering alternate explanations. Just because we don't see Kate doing,wearing,
      attending something doesn't mean it hasn't happened.
      There is life beyond the tabloids and pap photos.

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    10. I'm sorry anon 1 but I have a hard time imagining that Kate is secretly cherishing her ivory "token of affection" while refusing to wear it publicly. I think more likely is that Kate hasn't been given the order yet and that is totally ok. The Queen clearly approves of and feels fondly towards Kate - every other sign including the loan of family jewels and letting W&K have the time to build a strong foundation for their marriage and young family speak volumes. I agree with royalfan that *not* giving Kate the order at this point in time is a gift in and of itself - it avoids conflict with the York girls and gives Kate room to breathe. There is no sleight or disrespect if Kate hasn't been granted the order yet. If, however, the Queen granted Kate the orde and she flat out refuses to wear well that would be the sleight.

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    11. Anon 1.. All I was saying was that I think it would be odd (and frankly a bit insulting to the Queen) for Kate to have the Order and not wear it especially in officially released photos like the one with this article. Not sure what that has to do with pap photos and tabloids. All kinds of alternative explanations for its absence re: Kate are possible but I don't find the idea that it was awarded and is hidden away in Kate's dresser drawer very credible. I also think for a variety of reasons (as I've said before and some of which are mentioned by Anon Dec 11, 12:01) Charles will award it to Kate. I don't think its absence now is a big deal but others seem to. But deciding Kate has it but isn't wearing is is too far for me to go.

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  22. Kate is looking so lovely- I would just like to see her in a jewel green gown next time. I am sure the royal blue Jenny Packham she wore in India might do for a banquet or two down the road. Love seeing William looking the Prince- I am dancing that he isn't in that old blue suit.. He he...

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    1. Oh, I had forgotten about the royal blue JP gown. It was spectacular, wasn't it? Fingers crossed for a repeat...

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    2. I think Kate would look great in a few shades of green, but I think she needs to be very careful. The few times I have seen her in green have not been my favorite. ali

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  23. My first impression is that Kate looks stunning. But she also looks out of place next to HM and DOC? Both not wearing white, not wearing gloves, and not being able to bear a sash or the pin I be,wife is referred to as an order? I have seen pictures of Princess Diana without gloves, so perhaps this is a generational thing? What are thoughts on her lack of an order/sash? I am not trying to criticize, just to understand.

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    1. Diana didn't like to wear gloves either. I suspect it's a little bit generational as well as not loving the reason for the tradition of royalty wearing gloves which is that the royal skin doesn't come in contact with others. Quite frankly, while a personal, skin to skin handshake is nice, if I had to shake hands with that many people I think I might opt for gloves as well just for the germ factor. But, Diana and Kate prefer the personal touch (both literal and figurative) so I can understand that.

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    2. I am right there with you! At first glance you are like wow she's stunning! Then I think why THIS dress when we've actually been given a pretty decent viewing of it at the Chinese State Dinner,where red plays a significant role in their culture. I don't think we've ever seen the blue dress have we? And then there's the whole thing with the other ladies in white? It just makes me wonder... They've all been photographed together wearing different shades of blue, was that a huge coincidence?? Then I wonder if they are told the Queen is wearing this color do or don't wear it, the gloves, and the RFO as well? I didn't know that it was made out of ivory do I do see the hippocracy if she was to wear it, but what about the blue sash? It almost seems like they are leaving her out of the loop so to speak. As hard as they have appeared to make sure she was ok with everything and not abandoned as Princess Diana complained, this one picture seems rather telling to me.. I don't understand why she hasn't at least been said to have one that she chooses not to wear because it is ivory, or if that would be rude to HM than it should be changed anyway to a different material. She came into the family under the reign of the Queen and shouldn't be made to wait for Charles to become King to receive the RFO..
      PLEASE don't get me wrong she looks fantastic!!!! Her hair, the tiara, how could she resist it with its name??!! I simply think the light blue would have been better for not standing out as much.. We all know she is the star of the BRF!! I certainly hope William doesn't do away with the breeches!! Too cute!! Maybe they ALWAYS take pictures like these, but these are just the first to be released?? It would be a shame if they didn't I'm sure they are quietly photographed together much more often than we know!! Thanks Jane for everything you write goo and all!!

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    3. The blue sash represents the royal Victorian order which normally comes after the RFO. Diana never received the Victorian Order. Besides the RFO being made out of ivory which would be a problem for W/k it is also worth noting that non of the grandchildren have the RFO. Given the current circus around the blood princesses, HM may hold out on giving the RFO to an in law. Maybe it will only be given in Charles reign when new ones will be made without ivory and William is the heir.

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    4. Valerie G, I--and Anon 1--did a fair job of answering your question re Kate and the RFO. Scroll back, if you're interested.

      JC

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    5. Excellent points anon 6:53. I hadn't thought of it exactly that way.
      Valerie also makes a valid point- that Catherine came into the family during QEII's reign.

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    6. Anon 6:53, I wondered if the whole "blood princesses" thing played into it as well. I can image the tantrums if Kate got one when a "blood princesses" didn't.

      The fact that Camilla got the Victorian Order after all of the turmoil and scandal she caused the family, and Diana never got one, really seems to prove out that Diana was not treated well within the family.

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    7. How long was Camilla married to Charles before she got the Victorian order?

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    8. Diana appeared on national television. Camilla did her work behind the scenes. Because she could.
      No less destructive to the royal family image in the end.
      Also, Camilla had/has Charles under her thumb and Charles can still play the abdication card.

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    9. Sophie Wessex has several orders. I don't know how long she was married before she was given her first. But she has certainly earned them. Wonder if there are orders which are not made of silk or ivory?

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    10. Some might wish Charles would play the abdication card. Just sayin'. Camilla was given the Family Order after 2 years of marriage and the RVO after 7 years. She is also the first British princess by marriage to be appointed to Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council along with two other orders. Diana only had the family order. This tells me that HM, PP, and Charles really did treat Diana with a great amount of disrespect no matter how the Palace PR firm tried to convince us at the time that they were unhappy about C&D divorcing. I think Charles could possibly hold the scandal of abdication over his mother's head where Camilla is concerned. Wouldn't that be a waste of a life if, after waiting for the top job, he gave it away because his family didn't like his mistress turned wife. Edward VIII all over again.

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    11. Robin, Charles will never abdicate. I don't even see the thought of it on the radar. He has waited too long and put a lot of effort and money into having Camilla accepted as his wife. And do you see her allowing it to happen? Right. Never. :)

      I agree that Diana was disrespected by the Firm... and they turned it around on her to shift the blame. And although I didn't cheer when Camilla *was* recognized by the Queen, I suspect that it has more to do with securing the monarchy than it does with Camilla. The Queen must be aware of the overall climate here and realizes that the situation warrants her seal of approval...heartfelt or not.

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    12. Charles may be a good bluffer and abdication is likely a blind spot of the queen.
      I do see your view that she would compromise personal feeling for the sake of the succession. HM still manages to get her points across,(support of Catherine), even when giving the official seal of approval to Charles' spouse.

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    13. Exactly, anon 1.

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  24. Hi Jane, could you comment on why Kate doesn't wear gloves? I thought short sleeves meant gloves needed to be worn in these events.

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  25. Hi Jane, could you comment on why Kate does not wear gloves? I thought that for these events gloves were required if wearing short sleeves.

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  26. Why isn't she allowed to wear a sash? Anything in particular? Because she wasn't royal before?
    Maybe there is dresscode, that she isn't allowed to wear white so that the queen can stand out? But then why is Camilla wearing white?? (Besides, that looks like a wedding gown to me!) and if there is a dresscode: she stands out with red more than with white.
    I think she is too young for gloves! Good lord! She isn't even 40 yet!!

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    1. I was under the impression women in the BRF (*regardless of age*) by tradition wear white, cream, or light pastel gowns, tiaras,and gloves to this event. Last year Kate wore ice blue so I was very surprised to see her in red. But I doubt anyone told Kate she "wasn't allowed" to wear a lighter color. I assume a red gown without gloves was her choice this year even if it isn't traditional. And she's not wearing a sash because she doesn't have anything to put on it. (I am one who thinks HM believes giving the order to Kate and any "younger generation folks" should be left to Charles. Yes, Sophie got one. But she is HM's daughter-in-law and is older than Kate.)

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    2. White dresses are not traditional at this event. If you look at the clips of the 1992 Elizabeth R documentary than includes footage of this event, the Queen and other royal woman are in a variety of rich colors. Only Diana was in white. Also the Queen in recent years almost always wears white to all tiara events. So I wouldn't look much into Kate not wearing white. It seems to be a matter of personal choice rather than a strict dress code.

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    3. I think it is tradition that they wear white to the Opening of Parliament. Correct me if I'm wrong on that one.

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  27. Kate looks so much better with all her hair combed backwards. Without any separations. Well... I hope you understand me :)

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  28. Do you mean without a part? I agree. I think this style opens up her face and is one reason why that profile photo is so impressive.

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  29. Red is Kate's power color lately! Stunning... And she carries that tiara well; I'm loving the hair style discussion regarding tiaras on here!
    Great headline, Jane:)

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  30. I wonder if the photographer wasn't an acquaintance and had been teasing W on his get-up?
    Jackson? Would only the Queen's personal photographer take such a photo?

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  31. Jane, I just loved the title of this post as well as your telling of the inner dialogue surely going through William's head in that photo. Gave me the best laugh of the week, much appreciated!!!! Regarding Kate in red (not white) with no Royal Order, etc. My hunch is that the Queen and all involved are not repeating past behaviors that did not turn out well. Rather than bringing Kate on fast, as happened with Diana (probably had to happen given she was married to first in line) they are allowing Kate time. Time to ripen into her role, time to solidify her marriage and family. And also, time so that Charles and Camilla and the natural order of the monarchy are not usurped. Somehow I doubt that there is malice or purposeful hurt here. Simply some wise choices for the longevity of Kate and William, and the monarchy itself. Mind you, I'd LOVE to see her in higher stature personally. Just saying I have a hunch that there is wisdom behind all of this.

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  32. Is that Victoria and Albert in the portraits on either side of The Six?

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    1. No, they are Princess Victoria ( Queen Vic's eldest child) and her husband Frederick of Prussia. They were the parents of Kaiser Wilhelm who reigned during WW1.

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    2. Thanks. It didn't really look like Albert. I muse sometimes what if the male primogeniture law had been changed then. I always thought she would have made an excellent queen in her own right. Imagine-no Edward VII. With all the difficulties they had heir-wise, it could have been a solution. I do believe British women got the vote before US
      women. Is that correct?

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    3. Yes anon 1 British women were granted the right to vote before American women were

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  33. Last night I watched the programme marking 60years of the Duke of Edinburghaward and was delighted to see that the Duchess was in one part of it. It was the evening of the reception at BP for Olympic medal winners, some of whom were previous DofE gold medal winners. These were seen separately in side room by the Duke, accompanied by Catherine, who herself won the award whilst at Marlborough. Gold medalists in this award always have it presented by a member of the Royal family and Catherine received hers from the Duke of Edinburgh at St. James' Palace---years before she met Prince William.
    The programme is repeated on Wed at 10:40 pm on ITV and will probably be on U_tube later.

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  34. No need for a new post, Jane, or comment s update. A simple "I'm alive and well and incredibly busy" will do. :+) Or " I have a raging case of the flu, confined to bed, and What Blog?"

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