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Sandringham Birthday Weekend for Kate's Friends & Fam

Sunday, January 8, 2017

As I strongly suspected, after spending Christmas and the New Year in Bucklebury, William and Kate returned to Anmer Hall with the Middletons to spend time with the Queen and to celebrate the Duchess of Cambridge's birthday tomorrow at her own home in Norfolk. As they did last year, too, they have invited friends to stay, and a number of their closest chums accompanied them to St. Mary Magdalene this morning.


God bless William. This isn't his best look, but those are the breaks of the game when you are teasing back and forth with folks on a Sunday morning with snappers about. It happens to the best of us. ;) Spirits did appear to be high between locals and the royal party. This is Kate's first public appearance since the new year, and of course the entire royal-watching world is breathing a sigh of relief to see Her Majesty the Queen out and about.
She has not been seen in public for a month after catching a very nasty cold just before Christmas.


When Kate gathers her friends and family together, I am always interested to see how the ladies pull their ensembles together. Last year, you probably remember that Carole was wearing Kate's Betty Boop hat, which the duchess absolutely loves. This year, I scanned Carole and Pippa to see if either had raided the Anmer Hall closet, but both ladies put together their own ensembles.  But, tell me if you think that Sophie Carter (one of Charlotte's godparents, pictured here in red) is wearing Kate's ASOS fur stole from Christmas? Fur seemed to be the theme this morning and perhaps Kate leant Sophie her stole to add a punch of pizzaz?


Carole knocked it out of the park in this ensemble. I love that she continued her penchant for pillbox. Smaller is chicer at Sandringham on a Sunday such as this, and so she couldn't go with the wide-brims she favors at fancier events, but these pillboxes are more flattering than a percher on her. She was pure elegance this morning. Also, notice the woman in the dark hat just behind Michael? That's Rose Cholomnodeley with her husband David. The couple live at Houghton Hall and you will remember the sparkling party they threw last year. Here she is with Kate at A Taste of Norfolk, and the ladies are trailed by their respective spouses:


Pippa and fiancΓ© James Matthews followed Carole, James M, and Papa Middleton. Happily for us, and possibly by design, the Middletons walked on the side closest to the cameras, so we got great shots.


Unfortunately, the view of Kate the Great was obstructed by William both when they walked in and when they left.

Here is James Middleton with Papa Middleton. Michael Middleton is so dapper. I love this guy. George really resembles his maternal grandfather, in my opinion, and that can only be for the good as the years tick by.


A royal watcher has suggested that Pippa is recycling a Stella McCartney dress she wore in 2012. Looks pretty close to me.




Despite the dearth of good pictures of Kate, we can see the princess recycled her SportMax coat which she wore for Christmas last year and recycled in Scotland in 2016. She paired the coat with a grey fur hat and added a pop of color with the Sammi scarf from L.K. Bennett. In this picture from Mark Stewart, it looks like Kate is wearing either her sapphire and diamond drops, or her emerald and diamond drops.



I am disappointed that there were not better pictures of Kate, but some photos are better than no photos. It was really fun to see the Middletons again, too, and of course to get a sense of the house party that has gathered at Anmer Hall for a weekend of birthday celebrations.


The verdict is a win. Green and grey is an unusual color combo, but it is a winning one in my book. I particularly like these fur hats on Kate. She has worn them a few times and she always comes off as a modern Anna Karenina to me...just without the family drama, of course. ;) I can't wait for the 11th, when we will see Kate undertake her first official public engagement of 2017. 



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  1. Some of my favorite photos of W & K and the Middletons are from these morning walks to church. Not sure if it's the quality of the light, the mist perhaps...

    Carole looks amazing!

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    1. Completely agree. She really was perfect today; frankly probably the best ensemble of the whole party.

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    2. Yes, everyone looked really, really good today and you can almost sense the good mood prevailing ~ the Queen is better and there's a birthday to celebrate!

      My only quibble is the length of Carole's coat; one more inch (to the top of the knee) would make it seem classier, warmer and more appropriate.

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    3. Agree about the length Kaye!

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  2. The walk was probably by design, William keeping to the outside. Kate may have had one of those days where she wasn't feeling up to photographs and said, let me stay on the inside! We've all been there. But being seen is part of the job.
    Don't care for her hat with her coat, seems odd pairing for her. I agree Carole looks lovely and pippa very trendy, but I was not feeling their attendance today. Maybe because so much anticipation was on the Queen, I don't know, seemed a little inopportune.

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    1. Don't think your reasoning makes much sense 12.16 because she would be on full view for the numerous people watching the walk. Quite possible many of them have taken pictures on their phone of her and they did stop to talk to people there.

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    2. That's true - but being seen to a small crowd with iPhones is different to giving clear shot to professional photogs and seeing yourself on the front pages tomorrow.

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    3. This is a ridiculous hypothesis. She is not hiding from photographers. What is the purpose of even floating this made up stuff?

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    4. This is a private outing and not a public one. I think the last thing on Catherine's mind is to make the front pages of news outlets. If anything it will be HM.

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    5. As much as we love Catherine, William will be King one day. It worked out great, as we can see from photos, that he was able to joke and chat with people who came to see them. Photographers could see that. He needs to do that and do that more often! :-)
      ~ A

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    6. I don't think we need to assign an ulterior motive to everything that happens. Kate is usually walking between two people on the Christmas walk. If anything, I would guess there were fewer photogs around as this is not a given appearance by the family. The real story today is the recovery of HM.

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    7. @Robin πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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    8. I understand those were long shots. No close up shots. Security looked pretty tight for the Queen. Those bystanders were likely well known to security and possibly William, as well as likely vetted. According to one in the group-certainly a much smaller one than usual, these are people who live in the area and have been waiting outside St. Marys for the RF for decades.
      Kate walked to his right on the way in and to his left on the way out. I think it was a purposed move. What the purpose was, who knows?
      PS I think Sophie is wearing Kate's faux-fur. She would sooner do that than copy her,
      I should think. A bit of the sleepover party vibe. No braids, I see. ha!

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    9. When did everyone become so prickly!! I didn't mean anything sinister or "ulterior motives" Robin! And in fact there was a very large press contingent there today because of the Queen.
      Just wondered if Kate wasn't up for photos the way she kept to the other side of William going in and out. And if she wasn't I don't blame her, happens to everyone as I said. And maybe she wasn't feeling 100% as someone else thought.
      Honestly the more I comment the more I think the reaction by some people here is worse than anything someone writes - No need to pounce on people ladies!

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    10. Perhaps Sophie already had a fur stole of this sort and Kate copied her? We can't really know and they are friends supposedly aren't they? To me it does not look like the same item.

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    11. Well, I think what counts is that the Queen was feeling their attendance, otherwise the Middleton party would not have been there. For anyone who followed Charles and Diana, it is beyond refreshing to see Kate surrounded by loved ones on holidays and other special days. And kudos to William for staying true to his words from the engagement interview.

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    12. 6:50, with all due respect, prickly is an interesting words to use in describing the comments of others when you yourself are following it with more than one exclamation point. Food for thought... :-)

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    13. With all due respect royalfan I'm not sure what the significance of a single additional exclamation point reall is, especially when it is entirely possible that a question mark auto-corrected in that context. I'm not the anon who made that comment but your follow up inspired me to jump in because wow did you just underscore her point.

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    14. Guys, SHE'S PREGNANT! I've been saying it for weeks. Maybe why they announced her next outing so early? They can release info early on Instagram/their website and then get all the photo ops out of the way later. They'll have to announce it sooner rather than later, it must be getting harder to hide for her.

      There was a pic on Daily Mail yesterday that had caught her a little bit ahead of William holding her clutch to her stomach and you can definitely see a bump.

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    15. The word ulterior does not mean "sinister" or any other word implying bad or wrong or unfavorable. Just saying...

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    16. Sorry Am, I just do not see anything in any pictures, including the clutch one.:)

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    17. Really?! Pregnant? Whoa - does anyone else think she's pregnant? Time will tell...

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    18. It was most certainly done on purpose. Now wether she wanted the attention on someone else in her family or all the news about the Queen being back in action who knows? I do think everyone has their right to have their say and Anon 12:16 shouldn't be any different. Sometimes the things we comment can be taken wrong, I don't think she meant any harm.. Before I comment anything anywhere I always think to myself, if I were Kate's friend is this something I'd say to her. Or I think if Kate reads this will she be hurt. Sometimes there is too much infighting we all clearly have a soft spot for Kate & Co let's all try to be less judgemental of each other!!

      I'm not sure what to think about the fur stole that Sophie Carter is wearing. Is it a Middleton trend, Carole is wearing one as well, is it an London trend, just fashion trend? Kate probably does have every color or perhaps she gave them as Christmas gifts this year? I don't think for friends to have the same color stole would be uncommon would it? Or is that simply a no no in the higher class circles? I'm clueless. It matches her coat so unless it's a fashion faux pax I would've thought it was hers.

      Carole looked amazing,as always. All of the gentleman look dapper as well. I do wonder if someone forgot to tell James that Harry has trimmed most of his beard so he clearly won the beard challenge and can shave now?!? In all joking aside both men look fantastic with beards.

      Has Donna Air ever been included on a family get together like this, besides the one vacation that Kate and Wills didn't go on, or if her and James are still together?

      I like Pippa's outfit, if she was going for country chic she hit the mark. I've always wondered what types of dresses they wear under their coats. Thanks to Kate and Jane I know more than I did but I've never seen one worn with a sleeveless dress and certainly not undone all the way at the bottom like Pippa has done here. Is that the norm? I don't expect she'd keep her jacket on at all times but I'd think it would be too cold in the church to wear sleeveless? I like the fact we can easily tell what she's wearing. Most of the times I'm in awe of how you ,Jane, can tell that Kate is wearing anything at all under her coat!! What makes a coat a coat dress instead of a dress coat?

      And finally to Kate. As I stated at the beginning there is a reason why she walked in and out the way she did. Not much is left to chance when it comes to the Royal Family. My first thought was she's pregnant, second went to Pippa and trying to give her little sister time to shine on the countdown to her wedding, third was the Queen's return to the public eye. Fashion wise I was a bit surprised she didn't wear her Rhumba (sp) boots. It is that time of year! As we can't really see what she's wearing I totally agree that it is a very odd color pairing but from the side and back looks absolutely phenomenal together!! Win! Can't wait to see what she sends in response to her bday card!! I do love this time of year it keeps giving!!

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    19. Valerie I do think it was done to keep the focus on the Queen. We had great photos of the Cambridge's from Christmas day and this was HER day. Not giving the media the photo they want is a familiar royal tactic. :-)

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    20. Agree re focus, royalfan.

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  3. Loving Kate's look today - what I can see of it. Is it possible more photo's will be forthcoming? So happy to see the Queen out, about, and feeling better.

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    1. Unfortunately, no. On these sorts of events that first release is generally all there is. Every now and agin I have seen maybe one slightly new angle show up hours later, but if there had been a better angle on Kate, it would already be up. :(

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  4. I have a feeling that some happy William & Catherine news is about to come out after this family weekend :)

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    1. Zara was pictured in Australia playing polo and took a tumble. She and Mike looked happy. I don't think it would be too soon for a birthday announcement.
      Yes, I read the Daily Mail- or rather looked at the pictures. Trying to find a better one of Kate. You're probably right, Jane. What you see is what you get.

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    2. Yup, totally agree. I've been saying for weeks that Little Baby Cambridge #3 is on the way!

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  5. I thought Sophie's outfit was the best:) ali

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    1. Add on. Favorite looks in order: Sophie, Rose, Carole, Kate, Pippa. The Queen to me me is always in a category of her own and her outfit and hat were fantastic. ali

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    2. I think so too. The fabric and color of the coat along with the stole is so beautiful. I'm not sure from these photos if it is Kate's stole. Kate's seemed not as vibrantly colored while a bit longer and less full but it certainly could be the same.

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    3. I'm on the fence about the maroon stole as well Faith - the color looks almost identical to the one Kate wore on Christmas, but the one that Sophie is wearing appears fuller around her neck. Perhaps Kate was inspired by a stole that Sophie already owned and her ASOS version was a "repli-Sophie" ;)

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    4. Yes, they don't look quite the same, do they anon. I love the repli-Sophie idea :-)

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    5. Quite possible re: the stole. I posted something similar that hasn't appeared yet Anon 6:10 before I saw your post (although not worded in such a cute way. Repli-Sophie..I love it!

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    6. I suspect there is no clothes sharing in this group unless an emergency:)

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    7. I think it's Sophie's as well.. It matches her coat.. Who knows!! It's almost enough to drive one mad!! I don't think there would be clothes sharing outside of Carole and Pippa and very limited then. I'm a bit surprised it doesn't happen more often though.. Just imagine her closet compared to 1 year ago. 2 years.3, 4, 5 years ago. Where does it all go? I'm surprised they can have that many guests at Anmer!! Where do they keep it all??

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    8. Yes, Valerie! I would LOVE to find out what her organization system is. I'd love to give my own much smaller wardrobe the royal treatment!

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  6. Agree Jane, George looks so much like Michael Middleton.He looks like a lovely Father/ grandfather at that.
    So neat to see the family out and about together. Have a lovely day/ evening everyone.

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  7. I think you are right Jane---Sophie's stole looks like the one Catherine wore at Christmas, but, of course they could both have bought one. The party is more or less as it was for Catherine's birthday last year.
    Love Catherine's hat and also the green grey combination; over the years have had several very successful outfits with those colour combinations.
    Great to see HM out, but thought the Duke didn't look too well.
    Do you know who the other older lady is--I think she may be one of HM's Ladies-in- Waiting?

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    1. The Lady in Red with Pippa is Lady Susan Hussey. She is one of the Queen's Ladies in Waiting and is also William's godmother

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    2. Why would she be walking with Pippa, not the Queen? I kinda thought she could be James Matthew's mother. She looks like a solid Scots-woman. :+) I do think we have seen her with this group before. Or somewhere. I keep thinking in France, but surely not.

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    3. Anon 1, the Queen was accompanied by Prince Philip. And Lady Susan was positively id'd. I smiled and thought, yet another stamp of approval in the Middleton's direction. ;-)

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    4. I know, royalfan. But sometimes one likes to imagine. Perhaps Lady Susan is giving Pippa Lady lessons. ;+) Her future husband will have a Scottish title, I believe.

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    5. Lady Susan wasn't walking with the Queen because the Queen was being driven to church with Philip. Also Lady Susan isn't Scottish but the daughter of the English Earl of Waldegrave, whose family seat is in Somerset, which is in the southwest of England.

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    6. I don't find it strange that she would be walking and talking with her godsons sister-in-law. Assuming she is actually involved in Williams life it's quite likely that she and pippa have met on previous occasions and have at least a casual acquaintance.

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    7. Perhaps the Queen asked her to walk with the Middleton group to advise & assist them along the way?

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    8. Anon 1, I have imagined all sort of royal scenarios. One can imagine... :) And "Lady lessons" ... thanks for the giggle.

      6:41, I agree. Most likely not the first time they have met or had a conversation.

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    9. Am, very possible theory...especially if they left from and were walking back to Sandringham House.

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    10. That's what I was thinking, royalfan and 6:41. I'm sure they've met several times over the years and are well enough acquainted to chat on a walk to church.

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  8. Very happy HM is up and about. Somehow all seems right with the world again. Her absence drove home to me how much of a void will be left when she is gone. For so many of us, she has always been
    The Crown.

    I can't say enough how much I love this fur topper on Kate. She has the height and the face shape to carry it off. Its a stylish winter option with a dash of glamour from the Russian Golden Age. Also, I really like Pippa's outfit. For me, she's perfect from head to toe. I think her fedora works well with this style coat, and the sky high heels with the expensive black leather gloves bring together the whole look. Sometimes the most simple acessories

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    1. I love the hat, and I'm glad she's having fun with fashion instead of just going for her usual uber-preppy look. (I also really liked the dress she wore to the children's party pictured on their thank you card for the same reason.)

      I'd really love to see Kate in some sort of A-line, very graphic-y knee-length dress one of these days. Like the Roksanda one she wore in Australia, but less fitted and more arts-y. I think she could pull it off.

      Carole stole the show, imho.

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  9. Oops- last comment sent before I finished. Should say- Sometimes the most simple acessories can make the entire outfit.

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  10. I love Carole's outfit, Kate's not so much. I don't like the hat. It's "Siberia in Winter" vibe doesn't go with no gloves and bare (nude) legs to me! And while Kate looks great in a number of colors, I don't think *light* grey is one of those especially with recent hair dyes emphasizing the red tones in her hair. I'm kind of on the fence about grey and green as a combo anyway.  If the scarf had tied those two main colors together, I would have liked the look much better. (The scarf might have some grey flecks but they look light blue to me. Regardless, the scarf doesn't have any green but has blues and reds instead.) I think I would have liked Kate's brown fur "Siberia/Dr. Zhivago" hat (mink..yuck for me...but I'm talking about color) and a different scarf better with this coat. This look kind of reminds me of Pippa's Christmas outfit...kind of a mish-mash. People said then maybe Pippa's brown floral scarf was a gift and so that why she wore it with a plaid grey coat..maybe Kate's hat and scarf were birthday gifts? 

    I don't think Sophie is wearing Kate's fur stole for a number of reasons.

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    1. On another blog, a poster suggested boots and a hand muff to match Kate's hat. I thought that would have created a great look.

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    2. That would have been nice too.The grey hat just seems kind of mismatched to everything else to me.

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    3. ^^^"It's "Siberia in Winter" vibe doesn't go with no gloves and bare (nude) legs to me! "^^^
      Lizzie, that's an excellent point.

      I wonder why the Duchess is the only lady to go gloveless?

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    4. I'll guess that Kate likes to greet people gloveless. One ends up peeling them on and off or not wearing them to begin with. HM solves the problem by keeping her gloves on for greeting. I notice the Queen
      does often keep gloves off for private audiences in the palace, such as handing out awards.

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    5. Just had a flash. No, not that kind. Maybe the Duchess doesn't wear gloves because they are tricky with Diana's ring. Catching or not fitting over.
      That makes more sense to me than the shaking hands thing.

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    6. She has worn gloves on many occasions:

      http://www.katesclothes.com/outfit/royal-christmas-2014/

      http://www.katesclothes.com/outfit/washington-coat-in-nyc/

      http://www.katesclothes.com/outfit/arrival-in-new-york-city/

      http://www.katesclothes.com/outfit/st-patricks-day-aldershot-2013/

      http://www.katesclothes.com/outfit/sandringham-christmas-2013/

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    7. Appreciated your Google efforts. Can't seem to get the links to work. Can one tell if she is wearing the ring underneath the gloves? Perhaps showing her at an event after gloves removed. At least, it proves that she does indeed wear gloves at times.

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    8. Those are all photos from Janes other website

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  11. Can we talk about both Sophie and Thomas being there??!! I am hoping this means they are dating...and then things continue from there ;-)

    From early on I have believed George takes strongly after Michael and I have loved that.

    I thought Kate's large fur hat was odd considering she, and no other ladies, were wearing knee high boots. It couldn't have been that cold if you're baring that much leg. Her knee high aquatalias and that hate would have told me it was chilly there.

    Love that Pippa's James was there! Well, I guess both James's. Don't know when the Middleton fold will ever involve Donna. Love that the Queen is accepting Kate and her clan (whether it is Pippa's fiance, her family, her friends, etc). The Queen is probably just so happy she can get that many young people to church. Ha!

    ~ A

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  12. Today was about the Queen and not about Kate, her family, friends or upcoming party. Everyone else was there in a supporting role. If you read the regular news (printed or online) people cheered for her majesty and paid almost no attention to anyone else present, Cambridges and Middletons included.

    If they all took the walk together, it's a sign that the more senior royals were not present.

    The hat Kate wore was just terrible in my opinion. Makes one wonder what she was trying to hide. Maybe a new hairdo. Can't think of any other reason for that hideous (in my humble opinion) thing to be put on her head. Anna Karenina would have never worn anything cheap and cheap looking like that (if you read the novel you will get a feel for her character's personality and style). Can't think of many worse misses than this - by my book it's in the top 3 worst choices she's made.

    Overall, great to see her majesty out and about again, so happy she has recovered!

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    1. I think the only thing I want to address is that I have, in fact, read the book Anna Karenina.

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    2. So have I, and I can perfectly imagine her in such a hat + hair up and with curls and a beautiful long grey coat. It doesn't look cheap at all to me...

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    3. And I think Jane is going to be a tremendous lawyer.

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    4. So have I and I think people may be confusing Lara in Dr. Z. with Anna K., who committed suicide in the end. (SPOILER ALERT) You may be thinking of the film Dr. Z and the many promotional photos showing the Lara character in a gorgeous outfit with a white fur hat. I think we got so used to seeing that white fur outfit that gray may seem off-kilter.
      Just a suggestion.

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    5. Julie Christie. I've been trying to think of that name all night. Google is cheating. Ha! Omar Shariff, may he rest in peace. Dr. Zhivago. I think Greta Garbo was in the original Anna Karenina. film. Maybe not. It is my favorite version. Actually, I think there was a silent version.

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    6. There was a black and white version with Vivien Leigh in it. Not sure about a Garbo one.

      I sadly never saw the Keira Knightley one.

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    7. Garbo's Anna Karenina was in 1935, co starring Frederick March.
      I love Kate's hat, nothing cheap about it at all. She looks regal. Lovely to see HM out and about, and all the Middleton's, plus friends with them. Kate's birthday must have been quite a celebration. Cheers!

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    8. Thanks, Tedi. She was ethereal. Garbo. Carole-close.

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  13. Loved it all! Glad the Queen is up and about!

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  14. My favorite look of the day was my granny guru, Carole! She looked fantastic! The coat, the hat, the shoes were perfect. I wish I knew what dress was underneath. Maybe the blue and white Erdem she's worn in the past? Maybe Kate's recycle habit is in her genes.

    I did not mind the color combo of gray and green and thought Kate's hat was very pretty. After reading Faith's comment above, however, I do think boots and matching muff would have been lovely with it. I agree that Pippa recycled the Stella McCartney but that dress seems ill-suited for a winter walk to church. I love the hat and coat and wish I didn't know what was under it. :-/

    Fashion aside, it is lovely that the Queen has embraced the Middleton family on these occasions. It speaks well of their role as in-laws in the family that they are all so comfortable together. I also love that Pippa's James was there. I have to agree with ~A that Donna just doesn't seem to fit in well. We only see her and James M. together but she is always conspicuously missing from the big family get togethers.

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    1. Haha! Robin! Granny guru. Love it!

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    2. Robin, Carole's outfit is my favorite also. Elegant and perfect from head to toe. I also like (and am not surprised) that the Middleton ladies were very understated compared to the Queen's vibrant blue (gorgeous color!). In a word...class.

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    3. I think the ladies are the epitome of good taste. And good sense.
      Carole's outfit Is elegant but I suspect there are few senior royals who could carry off that outfit as well. Too short or too stout. Beyond that, I think she has a certain graciousness of spirit that contributes to the total effect.
      Michael-so dapper, but do you think he looks well? And Phillip-my goodness. If
      grit and determination can keep one going, that man may live forever.

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    4. I thought Michael looked fine but PP is showing his years. I'm sure he has been worried about HM which would also tend to make one look tired.

      I agree that the Middleton ladies (including Kate) made an effort to not upstage HM in that beautiful blue. I find it interesting that Lady Susan was in bright red. Her standing in the family is sure!

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    5. anon 1, sometimes I do think Prince Philip may live forever! The Queen & him have certainly had a good run :)

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    6. I agree Robin, Lady Susan must be confident of her place to be able to pull off wearing bright red in the prescence of HM! ;)

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    7. Kiwi-this sounds a bit macabre and probably inappropriate, but I hope they pass away together peacefully in their sleep,( years from now.) I can't imagine one going on without the other for long.
      Given that they have separate suites that may be logistically off. :+) However, I am reminded of aging former US presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson -who had kept up a lively correspondence, passing away the same day on their beloved country's birthday, July 4th.

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    8. Me too, anon 1. I want to refrain from thinking of them passing, hopefully it is not for a long time yet. What an amazing story about John Adams & Thomas Jefferson, that is so touching.

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    9. Touching, I agree. A little unbelievable, but absolutely true. They were adversaries for most of their lives but agreed to disagree at some point. Letter writing was an art at that time and a necessary one. No email. :+)

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    10. Lady Susan's coat looked like it had seen many an outing. She is of a generation that
      experienced the sacrifices of WWII in Europe. You don't discard a still-serviceable garment. Familiar becomes comforting, like an old shoe or a favorite battered old hat for men. The Queen, from descriptions of her habits and dress when relaxing away from the spotlight of BP, probably appreciates this and doesn't give the red coat a second thought.

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  15. The hat is jarring: not a good color match, not a good style/silhouette match and no apparent weather based requirement for it. It's another mystifying accessory choice from Kate but that's a consistent occurrence that I've come to expect and am okay with (obviously - or I wouldn't be reading this blog!). Her sisters look is equally disjointed and also a smidge short for a church service with HM, though better than Christmas! Carol is divine and either of her daughters would look great in that outfit; she's the clear "winner" of today's fashion stakes though I must say HM herself looks excellent in that bright outfit with thoughtful details.

    What a fun tradition for them all to get together to celebrate Kate's birthday. I am near Kate's age and have largely given up celebrating birthdays outside of a family dinner, let alone a whole weekend celebration! I'm sure it's a good weekend to ensure they're getting time with the people they miss when they're juggling other priorities all year.

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  16. What a pleasant and unexpected surprise!
    And yes, I agree, it is sad that there are no better photos of Catherine but instead we got great shots of the Middleton family (whom we do not see often) so today it was like No Catherine but lots of the Middletons!
    Great post! So glad the Queen is out and about! :D

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  17. Pip's future husband needs to step-up his game. That outfit (coat, pants, etc.) are not dressy enough for this occasion. I noticed this same problem on Christmas Day. I fully understand a more relaxed approach to dressing. However, his outfits don't even hit that note, they just look tone deaf to the event at hand. Mr. Middleton, the Dad, looks great!

    Also, the texture of the fur Kate and her Mom are wearing, seems so lacking. It makes it look really bad. I love a good fur look, but these aren't it. Kate's hat looks more like a stuffed teddy than a hat. Plus the color is horrible. And Carole's look's moth-eaten. (And I'm a huge Carole fan.)

    I know I'm in the minority but this was just not a fashion win for me.

    And I don't think that friend is wearing Kate's fur from Christmas. The friend's is much more plush than Kate's.

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    1. I think it's James Matthews' pants that don't seem up to par. They look like the same type of jeans he wore to church the last time. I'm all for casual dressing as well, but not when you're going to be photographed at church with the Queen!

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    2. I have to agree on James Matthew's pants. Not quite appropriate for church with the royals. He needs to take a page out of James Middleton's book and look more the part while still looking trendy. Pips needs to help him along. Even if he were not a royalist, this is the sphere into which he is marrying so proper respect should be shown. It's not like he doesn't have the money to step it up a notch! Guys can be so weird about their clothes.

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    3. Robin- I agree about guys being weird about clothes sometimes. Some men hate to shop, for one thing. Maybe clothes choices are somewhat like car choices-ego-involved more than a matter of efficiency or economy, or trendiness.
      I wonder if his choice might be a reverse snobbery. I think some young men in the
      upper classes don't want to look like they try too hard. As though, "Hey! I don't need to make the effort. I'm beyond fashion." I've seen photos of the Harry set (other than at weddings) that indicated this attitude. Maybe he was making a subtle political statement. Who knows?
      I do know that he and Pippa have stayed out of the public eye and that this man has scowled at photographers at times and may not be inclined to tolerate the invasion of privacy that" comes with the territory." Harry has spoken out about this situation. I hope James, like Catherine, perseveres.

      PS I actually did not notice his clothes. I was distracted by Carole, Sophie's red, and
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    4. I wonder if James Matthews might not have packed for church at all but instead packed for a casual weekend? I realize it is pure speculation (as many comments appearing here are) but I suspect the "Kate's birthday house party" might not have attended church if TQ had not gone to the service. Men will be men its true, but I think women are more likely to pack for the unexpected than men are. Also older men of a certain class/type (like Michael) are less likely to travel without a suit (at least in my experience) so this general hypothesis isn't inconsistent with others here.

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    5. Regarding James Matthews... me thinks there's an element of him holding onto HIS own identity and not looking like he's trying too hard to fit in. Personally, I do not blame him.

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    6. I blame him a little bit. Royal family or not - he's going to church. Dress for the occasion. I'm not sure I would want my identity to be "the sloppy one" in the crowd.

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  18. Quick fashion note - I hate Kate's hat. Frumpy, dated, and looks too much like real fur. Doesn't go with the coat at all. And bare legs with a fur hat look weird. And a side note about "bare" legs - Kate's hose always looks so pale and kind of thick, I wish she could go back to actually bare, tan legs instead. However at this time of year she should wear tights and boots, IMO. Or at least tights, not pale hose. Ugh. I thought Pippa's hat was sharp, and very cute. But I don't like that dress Pippa is reported to be wearing under her cute trench though - too short and too tight. Carole looked pulled-together but Sophie's red coat is too over the top, very costumey, and I can't believe she'd wear that same faux fur stole Kate did - whether it was her own or not.

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  19. Jane, I love your style of writing and sense of humour! God bless William indeed :) Not the best shot of him, but it's great to see him being jovial with the crowd. It's so good to see the Queen & Philip out together in public again. Michael Middleton does look like a wonderful father/grandfather...so glad George takes after him in looks.

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  20. One of the rare days when Pippa and Carole look better than Kate. I'm not anti-fur but the maroon Yeti collar did not improve on second viewing, and the giant hat looked costume-y. Occasionally James Middleton bears a slight resemblance to Czar Nicholas, and today was one of those days.

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    1. omg agree with everything you said (except I am anti-fur, lol) - and James looks exactly like the Czar! What a classic face he has, especially with the beard. You can just see him in a royal portrait with a uniform and a sword. Yeti collar, lol!!!

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    2. Ha! I've thought the same thing about James Middleton looking like Czar Nicholas! I thought it was just me!

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    3. I believe they were cousins. Not James and the Czar. :+0
      The Czar and George V. We have discussed this. It's not just the beard. The eyes.
      That watchful, wary gaze. A little world-weariness.

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  21. I love the way this hat frames Kate's face. She looks 10 years younger; I am reminded of one from her single days.

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    1. Kate does look younger in this hat, just like the brown furry hat you mentioned from her younger days.

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    2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KATE!

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  22. Dear friend I love your site. I just thank all the info you bring here. I want to ask you , where have I must send a letter to congratulate The Cambriges or H.Majesty and above all, to Kate on her birthdasy?
    Thank you so much xx

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  23. A question for all: has Kate completely changed her style approach over the last two years? I feel there has been an enormous shift - in the early days when I fell in love with Kate's style I felt she could not a foot wrong. Every choice was spot-on, from proportion (so important!), to fabric, occasion, poise, hair, everything. 99.9% of her ensembles were surprisingly fantastic. Always chic, always classy. Then...the Erdem gown. Was the beginning of this shift, IMO. The beginning of the overly-long, heavy, 70's, frumpy, dated, unflattering looks. Kate still hits it out of the park in spectacular fashion now and then - thank goodness! But more often than not these days her choices are slightly bizarre - you have to stretch to "get" them - I gave her the benefit of the doubt early on (for example that white lace dress under the red coat - remember that?) because she'd always made such amazing choices I thought she must just be more fashion forward than me, but now I think she's just dropped the ball. Maybe she had a stylist back then? I always thought it was Kate who chose her clothes, but maybe not? Anyway, it's disappointing. I dont' even feel the fashion talk is what it used to be, all the admiration for these heavy, unflattering looks just feels forced, like we're making excuses for it. That hat is hideous. So is her brown furry hat. "Dr. Zhivago" look is so 80's - didn't Ralph Lauren use that huge fur in at least a decade's worth of tired advertising? Ugh. And if you're going to wear a huge fur hat (but don't) please don't have bare legs with it. Oh well, I realize she doesn't owe anyone sartorial perfection, she has a right to wear whatever she wants. And I also realize she's a busy mother of two (although she has a LOT of help and money) - I just miss that old perfection. Thoughts?

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    1. I completely agree with everything you said. I still like Kate but it's not the same with her fashion choices anymore. Gone are the days of her chic, put together looks.

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    2. Ironically, there was a lot of criticism for some of her choices early on. T Too short, too High Street, too young, not royal enough ... etc. I think I would go with safe and conservative too. :)

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    3. I'm going to have to agree with you, Anon 9:48. I miss those days of perfection also. As of recent years, I've sometimes been left scratching my head at her sartorial choices, especially the heavy, retro 70's styles that you mentioned. I thought it might be an experimental phase & that she's branching out. Maybe it is Natasha's influence...Kate always looks gorgeous regardless, I just don't get as excited about some of her choices compared with previous years.

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    4. True, there was criticism then for some of her choices. But there is also some criticism now. So essentially, her choices will always be criticized. Which is why I feel for her. I suppose she's just going with choices she likes in the moment. Which is fine, except for me and some others (like the poster above), following her fashion alone has been disappointing lately. However, I'm confident she'll bring back that style confidence she once had. We all go through blah periods, and for some of us Kate fans, we feel this is her blah period.

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    5. I love "....(but don't)....". Now that's funny! Lol

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    6. Good point royalfan, but IMO these choices aren't safe or conservative really, just ugly. But to be honest, I'm pretty critical fashion-wise - I usually can't stand what Pippa is wearing, or Sophie - remember that fur-ball scarf Sophie wore a couple of years ago? Ugh!! I often think royals that others think are fashionably-dressed - like Zara - are wearing awful outfits, so I'm usually in the minority. An example would be Carole Middleton's outfit - it looks nice, fairly classy - but IMO it is just TOO short, which makes it a fail, IMO. And the pill box hat is dated too - looks very Jackie O, but that is a tired look, like the giant fur hat. I wish there was a blog where actual stylists could talk about the fashion. Like a Royal Fashion Police, lol! The reason being that it's fun, number one, but also because these people ARE in the public eye, for better or worse their clothes DO matter, and they get it so wrong, so much of the time, it's worth remarking on. If you're into that kind of thing, as I am. ;)

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    7. Fashion is in the eye of the beholder. If something thinks it is not good others think it is great. Same with stylists. What is good for one is not good for another. For a woman who is constantly on the world stage she certainly won't please everyone and it is sad if she does because that would be a boring world. Also she in herself is maturing, has become a mother and her role is evolving, so there have to be changes. Also fashion trends change and fashions of decades ago come back. So we can critique in a nice way and not everyone will agree with the critique. There is a fine line between love and hate, so when I see someone says "I hate", I just think it's OTT and not necessary. There are nicer ways of saying something.

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    8. Ladies, I don't think it's possible for one woman to please everyone's taste in fashion. :) In the end, Kate needs to dress appropriately and the fashion angle is not the most important factor. It may be fun to observe, without a doubt, but it isn't her number one goal.

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  24. I loved all the fashion here and agree, Jane, that Carol really knocked it out of the park. Such a fun event, I wish we saw more candids like these!

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  25. In case folks haven't seen...WKW has identified the hat http://www.lacorine.co.uk/sumac---luxury-alpaca-fur-hat~86

    The company says Kate bought 3 colors. The animals aren't killed for the fur the co. says. The fur is gathered from animals that have naturally died during rough winters. (Still would make me queasy but that's me :) 

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    1. Wow, Lizzie, just wow. :)) It looks so much better in these photos. It makes me wonder if a damp climate affected Kate's hat...?

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    2. Oh no, I was really hoping the hat was faux fur.

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    3. Alpaca fur is actually harvested from the animals much like wool is harvested from sheep. It's insanely soft! I can't imagine Kate is wearing a hat made from the skin of the animal.

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    4. I don't know Robin. The blurb on the website says the hat fur is obtained from "natural herd loss during brutal winters" so it didn't sound like shearing sheep (although I know alpaca can come from living animals like wool from sheep)

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    5. Sadly, I don't believe the company. If the animals were dead the fur would be damaged especially in those harsh conditions. They are lying.

      Robin- you are thinking of alpaca fiber being woven into things. This is an actual hide with fur. Different. We could debate forever I guess. I personally don't wear fur, use products tested on animals, eat veal, or liver pate. Everyone has their own reasons and lines they don't cross.

      I thought for sure Kate had issued a statement a number of years ago about not wearing real fur when some protested something she wore. I will see if I can find it. Although she does wear the shearling hide coats in the winter.... I will look and see. Maybe I am remembering incorrectly.

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    6. Actually, harvested, but more humanely than with sheep. Those sheep-shearing scenes from The Thornbirds used to give me nightmares. The alpaca used in these hats is from naturally shead fur. There is no animal skin.
      I'm sorry if this echoes something up above. Just getting started with only a few sips of coffee under my belt. ha!

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    7. My last comment hasn't appeared but here is more recent information anyway. A DM article about the co. It doesn't look like the hat fur comes from shearing but other things they make do. (I don't think one can have actual animal "fur" without animal skin...with any kind of animal including sheep)
      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4102914/Kate-s-grey-Sandringham-hat-baby-ALPACA-fur-designer-says-uses-animals-die-naturally-freezing-Peru-mountains.html

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    8. According to the Lacorine website, the fur comes from animals who died from natural causes.
      Maybe it's the same as wearing leather, I don't know. I still wish she had made a different choice.

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    9. Sorry Anon 1..believing those hats (or any fur hats) are made from naturally shed animal hair is a little like believing mom when she said the family dog "went to live on a farm in the country."  (I am willing to believe this company uses "ethical practices" but I'm pretty sure there is still animal skin in those hats. And the DM article shows pelts.)

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    10. That hats in three colors idea is from a 2013 story about Pippa wearing a Lacorine alpaca hat to
      Cheltenham. At that time, it was said that Kate bought three of the hats, none of which , including Pippas, was from the luxury style. Actually, the one Pippa was wearing very well could have been one of the hats and the one we saw last year on Carole another. Three hats. Further, not one of the hats Kate was said to have bought was gray/silver. The company has made no claim of her purchasing three luxury style hats since the 2013 or earlier purchase. The luxury style has a higher brim and appears to be made from "...first shearing from baby alpacas.."
      The company states that no animals are harmed during this process. Skinning would cause harm, I would think. By the way, I believe the words were "from loss during..."

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    11. Anon 1..This Peruvian company makes many alpaca products besides fur hats..scarves, blankets, ponchos, etc. Those other products are made the way products are made from sheep's wool...the animals are shorn in the spring and yarn is spun. This company claims to do their shearing in a way that does not cause undue distress to the animals and that may very well be true (although we'd have to be an alpaca to know for sure :) But the FUR hats are made not from shearing but from pelts.The company says in its advertising THEY don't intentionally kill the animals. Instead they use pelts from alpacas that died naturally, often as young or baby animals, during the cold winters in Peru. They use the term "natural herd loss" to describe how the fur is obtained. So if true (and I have no real reason to doubt it except for a niggling concern about supply and demand), the animals aren't "harmed" by skinning because they are already dead. Many UK companies selling this style fur hat--not just this company---advertise their fur is "ethical" because it was obtained after natural death vs the animals being intentionally slaughtered. So whether this hat came from Norfolk, Peru, or somewhere else entirely, if it is alpaca *fur* it includes skin since fur cannot be manufactured from shearings (at least as far as I know..if anyone has a source explaining how natural fur can be manufactured from shorn wool please share!) An alpaca fur hat includes skin just like a sheepskin coat lining, a bearskin hat, a coonskin cap, or a zebra rug. Some will be comfortable wearing or using fur or other parts of an animal, either domestic or exotic, obtained after a natural death, and others won't be just as some are comfortable wearing leather/suede obtained from animals already dead from slaughter for food while others are not.

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    12. Sheeps need to be sheared every summer if not they will die due to the heat.No pain at all if the shepherd is skilled. I have seen it a thousand times. Some animal things nowadays are becoming into nonsenses...
      Anon2

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    13. Another thing, I have never seem a coat or hat made by sheep skin, only the wool is used..

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    14. I meant , kiling a sheep to obtain the skin....another thing is when it has died...
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    15. PS Charles had four alpaca on his farm at the time of the article.They are used to keep away the foxes, who were killing off his prize lambs.
      One article about British alpaca farming , in an actual professional publication,states than the alpaca "fibers" do not mix with the sheep wool "fibers" which indicates that alpaca do not shed. (I actually read the "from naturally shed" in one alpaca hat maker's site- perhaps they need to be told the dog to the farm story) Apparently, they are sheared like sheep, as is indicated in the blurb about "from first (which would tend to mean no killing) shearing of baby alpaca." Since the baby alpaca are bigger than your average sheepdog, no need to squirm. It does not involve skinning. Just a nick or two at times, which was what bothered me about the sheep-shearing contests.
      There may be hats somewhere that use animal skin. Kate's apparently had knit fibers on the crown area in addition to the natural fur on the brim. No skin.
      And we haven't even discussed how those hats could help support some Peruvian alpaca farmer-although there were 70,000 alpaca in GB at the time of said article. Perhaps a new source, other than importing from Peru.

      I don't know. Which site to believe? The DM or the Lacorine site and the professional alpaca farmers' site? It is possible such tabloid articles are a back door approach to maligning William , who is starting to look quite promising, via pathetic references to Kate's hat-buying practices.

      You mean Dad DIdn't take Laddie to a farm in the country with that nice farmer and his wife?

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    16. What about the leather of our shoes ...

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    17. The alpaca wool is a jewel and much better than the sheep wool...

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    18. Anon 1 you have lost me. How is it maligning William to report that Kates hat is made from alpaca?

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    19. Alpaca spit, like camels. ha!

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    20. Remember the hullabaloo in 2012-13 when some UGG wearers discovered the fuzzy side of those boots is not composed of shorn fleece? That when the company says their boots are made of "twinface" sheepskin it really meant the skin part? (I googled to remind myself of the date that happened...came across a HuffPo fashion article in which the writer insisted shorn fleece was used to line UGG boots..said saying skins were used was a PETA plot... guess her dog Laddie went to live with that nice couple on their farm too :) 

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    21. 12:39, IMO it's about creating negative distractions to eclipse any potentially positive coverage.

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    22. I'm sorry but I don't understand what this debate is about. Her hat may or may
      Not have been wool or fur. But Kate wears leather and suede and fur and in my opinion that is not a crime so why is everyone freaking out?

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    23. Yes, royalfan, preemptive strike. They were criticised for not showing up for the RF walk to church, even with the Queen absent. So here they are with the Queen at church to welcome her back and that fact is blunted by a tabloid story about Kate's hat, of all things. Also, William's animal rights/wildlife efforts-it's a stretch, but innuendo has cast a shadow on many a reputation. The rationale: claim William's wife is wearing inhumanely acquired fur-therefore William is a hypocrite by association.

      There was a big build-up to a Carole sponsored Boxing Day hunt that was some of the same. Guilt by association. With the Queen's aging and recent illness you can count on these sorts of subtle and not so subtle whisper campaigns aimed at maligning the character of the most substantive, appealing heir the royal family offers. Without William and Catherine in the wings, in my opinion, the future of the monarchy would be a lot less promising and extremely problematic. Kate was never the end-game. It was getting to William via his wife, his in-laws, and his children. The more she is the object of vitriol,, the more William will be provoked. When he has had enough and responds, the press has a field day.They have learned, despite the Queen's efforts, that no one with influence will step up and speak for him. And It's a shame.

      Rant out.

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    24. Anon 1, did you hear my applause? Thank you!

      I am reminded of the tactics used against Diana...and the spinning used to make HER look like the problem. Sadly, with the Internet it has become a far more dangerous game.

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    25. She wore a hat. It was reported that she wore a hat. They hunt. Sometimes it is reported that they plan or have gone hunting. It's not always some grand evil conspiracy. Get a grip.

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    26. I seem to have started this discussion by posting the WKW hat ID so I feel the need to respond. Yes, it was the Queen's first outing after illness but this is a fashion blog! (And we felt free to discuss Kate's clothes plenty while HM was actually ill) Although I don't wear fur or leather I NEVER said Kate's hat was inhumanely produced and pointed out---multiple times---the IDed co and other companies selling Alpaca hats say that while they (humanely) shear their animals to make many products, they use FUR only from animals that have already died natural deaths.I also posted the DM link about the fur being ethical.I said people differ on their feelings about using products harvested from dead animals including leather. I did also say one can't make "fur" from fleece or yarn. Even if (as Anon 1 suggests) this hat has a knitted crown vs being fur as it appears to me, it definitely has a band of fur. Fur=animal hair attached to a tanned hide (skin) or from Merriam-Webster,fur is "a piece of the dressed pelt of an animal."

      In the past we've discussed apparent conflicts between Will's public views on hunting and conservation and his private behavior. We've discussed his willingness to shoot birds raised for sport shooting, birds released from pens and flushed out by human "beaters" to be shot en masse. I don't shoot or hunt but don't have a problem with those who do if they eat what they kill. But I find those bird shoots inhumane (and can easily criticize Will without involvement of Kate or her clothes!) Many of the birds in the center of the flock are likely so full of pellets they aren't fit for anyone to eat while others on the edge of the group may be only injured, dying slowly and painfully (and that also reportedly ruins the taste of the meat). We've also talked about the absence on formal ocassions of the RO for Kate with some suggesting Kate has the RO, treasures it but keeps it hidden because she and Will think its wrong to wear ivory (even when the ivory came from an elephant killed yrs before the ban.) That rationale for the RO absence is not credible to me (I think it will be awarded to Kate by Charles) but if true, it WOULD suggest a level of hypocrisy IMO.

      I don't find it odd Kate would wear a fur hat. She wears leather/suede, she's worn mink in the fairly recent past, she's been photographed wearing a coat lined with shearling (shearling = hide of a sheep/lamb shorn shortly before slaughter, usually slaughtered for food, she's participated in hunting. So far as I know though Kate has never taken a public position on animal products. More importantly, I would hope in these modern times she would be entitled to her own opinion vs having to blindly adopt her husband's somewhat inconsistent "do as I say not as I do" views. So while I don't find Kate's choice to wear fur odd, what I do find odd is the lengths some here have seemed to go to deflect or "whitewash" Kate's choice almost as if THEY think her choice may have been wrong and therefore needs defending, even going so far as to suggest that while other people's Alpaca fur hats may have come from pelts Kate's hat is somehow different from all other natural fur hats on the planet, made by gathering strands of naturally shed hair and/or somehow reconstructing fur from gently shorn fleece! (The same argument some UGGS wearers vainly hoped was true.) 

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    27. Ok lizzie. I have only read your first two sentences and I must respond. I absolutely did not intend to implicate ANYONE ON THIS BLOG, Jane included ,in my remarks about the apparent tabloid/ republican efforts to despoil the monarchy. Although in these days of twitter the statements of a lone individual can sometimes ignite a firestorm of shaming and dissing, I doubt anyone here has the least desire to overthrow the monarchy. I enjoy sparring with you, lizzie. My life would be really boring without you, royalfan, Jane, and a few others in it.Your comments are probably the most excitement I get all day. Ha! Bring it on!
      Now I will finish reading your comment, lizzie, after I give a nod to royalfan.

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    28. royalfan-6:09 am- I hesitate to take a bow to your applause. Although I meant every single word of it, you will notice the lateness of the hour when I posted my comment. It was written after watching tv news, which I have been trying to avoid for some time.
      I will not elaborate, except to say that I was in fine fettle in a state of near-rage. The worst part is thinking I may have offended anyone-which I tend to do on a
      daily basis anyway. Plus, it IS a FULL MOON.
      But I meant every word.

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    29. lizzie, I did finish reading your comment and replied with what was, I felt, was well-organised, cogent, and fascinating rebuttal. And then my battery died,( both on my device and my inner battery) and the comment was lost.

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  26. Oh my I was one who thought it did not look like that hat. Just shows how different a professional photo makes a garment appear. I thought Kate's hat had a smaller, i.e. less wide, brim and the fur seemed less fluffy and luxurious. But if the company is definitively saying she bought the hat in three colors then I guess that is what it is:)
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  27. I agree ali. Looks like a completely different hat. I wonder if she's had it for a while.

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    1. I agree, Faith and ali and royalfan. From what I can tell in those photos. I thought it was made in Norfolk. That would make more sense. Didn't Charles have an Alpaca farm as one of his sponsored projects? If the company is the one mentioned and is giving out information on her purchases, I doubt they'll see further business with her.

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    2. I'll have to do some googling about that farm, Anon 1. Interesting theory...

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    3. Other companies have confirmed Kate purchases and and has continued to purchase from them. Thinking of Seraphine in particular.

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    4. The Company itself or an individual employee? There's a difference.

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    5. Companies are non-human entities anon 1 so other than through an employee I'm not sure how a company could communicate.

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    6. I apologise, anon 5:57- sometimes I forget English is not a first language for a number of commenters.I would be happy to explain the difference between a corporate
      and individual identity in making public statements.
      By the way, I believe the SCUSA ruled that Corporations are considered individuals with individual rights in respect to political campaign donations, a big contention
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    7. I am a native English speaker anon 1. My point was that you were trying to parse a distinction that's a bit absurd. Any company confirming Kate purchased or wore their clothing does so through an employee - or in the case of a smaller design house through the owner/designer.

      And as far as Citizens United that stood for the proposition that money equals speech and first amendment protections extend for money as speech extend to corporate entities.

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  28. I love Kate's hat. It is perfect on her, and she looks beautiful. When doesn't she? So happy HM is feeling better and up to going out. It was lovely to see all the Middleton's, and I imagine there was quite a bit of celebrating Kate's 35th. Happy Birthday Kate!

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  29. Does anyone know if a blog dedicated to Carol Middleton exists?

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  30. I absolutely LOVE the hat. She looks stunning.

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  31. Carol and Michael are such a handsome, elegant couple.

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  32. 9:38- Not letting me comment above...
    How can a "non-human entity" have First Amendment rights. ;+) That was a point in fact.

    Think of it this way-the difference between the Queen putting out a statement and a Lady in Waiting.
    The president of a company or a sales clerk, who have been asked about Kate's purchases and responded, many times in the past. The clerk might get fired, but Kate will continue buying, most likely.
    However, if there are issues with the designer (think Issa) or if the President/designer of Lacorine were to say:"Yes, the Duchess bought X number of hats from us for X price
    as gifts for her family..." that could be a deal-breaker. There was no specific Lacorine employee quoted in the 2013 information about the three hats.
    For that matter, Kate's gray hat could have been a birthday gift. No info given out this time.
    That's SCOTUS, by the way.
    You're good at lawyer talk. Are you one of our FBTB legal eagles? Why not choose a name and stand by your comments? You seem to enjoy confronting me by my name. You can only do so because I chose one name and stick to it.
    And if I'm "parsing," you're quibbling.

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  33. Fair point anon 1 I'll try to keep my quibbling in check :)

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    2. JC...was that you? Where have you been?

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  34. No international travel plans for 2017, thicker glossier hair....Kate is pregnant?

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At times, an acceptable comment just goes missing. If you felt your comment should have been approved, but did not show up within five hours, again, pop an email to the above address.

Happy chatting!