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Kate Goes 2011 in Gorgeous Erdem "Evita"

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Royal Trio, as I like to call William, Kate, and Harry, stepped out this morning to promote their Heads Together campaign. They were out and about to deliver a briefing in which the three royals mapped out the direction for their mental health initiative in the coming year.


The event was held at the Institute of Contemporary Arts along the Mall. As the name suggests, it celebrates modern art, but for my architecture and history fans out there, it has plenty of history and classic style, too. Carlton House Terrace was built in the 1830s under the direction of John Nash. Apparently, he was inspired by Ange-Jacques Gabriel's designs around the Place de la Concorde in Paris. The design includes a level of Doric and Corinthian columns.
I might add that I was standing on the steps of the United States Supreme Court last night touching the massive Corinthian columns that grace that imposing facade and all I can say is, from London to Paris to D.C., Corinthian columns are all kinds of beautiful and I love them. Today, London's Carlton House Terrace houses both private homes and institutions such as the Institute of Materials, Minerals, and Mining and the Institute of Contemporary Art. Here you can see the royals posing on the terrace with the Corinthian columns behind them, and of course, that stunning view of central London.

Heads Together

One of the fun things about a Heads Together event is that all three royals generally say a few words. Today was no exception. This video from 5 News gives a fun overview of The Trio's arrival and the course of the event.



In a second and longer video put together by Heads Together, each of the royals is featured separately sharing his/her message. It adds some extra video from the KP launch and includes Kate chatting with kids in that sweet Breton top from J.Crew. 


Kate's speech is here:




Let's talk fashion, because my gosh was this a big day. A lot of you have been messaging and commenting that you are really missing Kate's younger vibe. Even I had decided it was time for a return to some of the older, but younger, styles. It seems she has heard your pleas. 2011 was representing today and it was drop dead gorgeous. 


This is a sheath dress from one of Kate's favorite labels, Erdem. It's their £1,050 Evita dress from the 2016 pre-fall collection and features a matelassé in a dark color colorway sprinkled with florals.  The yellows dominate, but there is a generous selection of corn flower blues and even more subtle burgundy petals. 




When Kate put down the foundations of her royal wardrobe in Canada, Erdem was a pillar and it has remained one of her strongest labels. Over the years, it certainly has garnered mixed reviews, but I think that today we are all in agreement that this was a smash success. The fitted and stiffer structure of this dress is part of what makes it a real throwback to 2011/2012. It reminds me of her second Erdem and her Amanda Wakeley Felt dress. 


The duchess paired the ensemble with burgundy accessories by carrying her suede Bayswater and wearing her Tod's fringe pumps that feature those super chic block heels. 


Aubergine/oxblood/burgundy is my absolute favorite accent color for the winter and it is fabulous to see Kate branching out this winter away from her black and nudes to the blues, greys, and burgundy hues. For this dress, the purse and heels drew out the bits of burgundy in the dress which adds crucial warmth to the look. 


Kate has switched up her make-up a little, most notably easing up on the liner along her waterline. I think she just debuted this in 2017, but I'll need to sift through some pictures to verify. She's added some oomph, though, to her liner along the lid.


Also making a come-back today was Kate's big, bouncy hair. Look at this movement! This is the lift and luxe that won Kate multiple "Best Hair" awards and made her hair her most iconic attribute. I was really excited to see the big hair back again! 


The verdict is very clearly a big home run. Kate has been channeling a more demure look in the past year and I have enjoyed the midi style. She pulls that longer length off well thanks to her height, and I like the juxtaposition of youth and dignity that it provides. But, this fitted dress certainly has injected a glamour that we have all begun to miss.  It's young and fun and sexy and smart. Everything 2011/2012 gave us. I hope she sticks with this look as we roll into 2017. I'm up for a vintage year.

Ask Jane 


*Someone asked in the comments or in an email, why I thought Kate doesn't wear Amanda Wakeley anymore. I think it is really just about what catches Kate's eye. She only has so many events that she needs to fill and she fills those events with the "tried and true" like McQueen, Jenny P, L.K. Bennett, and Erdem, and with test runs and fresh labels like Eponine, The Fold, and others. Kate doesn't wear much Orla K anymore, as I noted in the last post, and that's probably because the designs got a little too avant garde. Kate doesn't wear Issa anymore because of the Al Fayed connection. But, I think the only reason we haven't seen Amanda Wakeley recently is that it hasn't clicked into her current style profile, which has been a) her L.K. Bennett looks and b) her fresh designs for which the press and public have been cheering.

I am sorry I can't remember where this question came from. Life has been super hectic. I moved to a new city and am running around trying to find an apartment and start a new semester and keep all the balls in the air. It's been wild, but it has been a great adventure, too. Thanks for all the lovely comments, even when I can't get back to each personally. xx, Jane 


110 comments:

  1. Loved her makeup today! More emphasis on the upper lid, with no strange looking eyeliner rim on the lower. It almost reminds me of Adele's makeup look. Very gorgeous!

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    1. That was the first thing I noticed today! The almost cat-eye she had. I have updated the post with a picture. :)

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  2. I did not really like the Tod's heels when Kate wore them in Canada. But today and Christmas they were perfect! I love the silhouette of this dress, the colors, and Kate's "shampoo commercial" hair!!!! Win, win, WIN!!!!

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  3. Thanks for pointing out the make up change.I knew something was different! Do you think Kate wears hair extensions?

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    1. I'm not sure. Some people think she does. I have worn extensions for some shoots and they can look very realistic, but they can be heavy. Kate could get this volume and lift with a really great professional blow out and styling and it looks pretty natural from most angles. I am very inclined to say no. She is a pretty natural girl and I think she'd be uncomfortable in extensions. I don't see any evidence to suggest (or mandate) her hair needs that kind of help.

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    2. Your reasoning is sound, but there's SO much difference between her hair now and pre-engagement. Please work your magical research to find out what unicorn-tear-fairy-dust supplements or products or whatever she's using to achieve this!

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    3. Jane thanks so much for answering this question related to hair extensions. The mere fact that extensions can be so natural looking makes one pause. I sure cannot tell but there are many who think she does along with wiglets. I do agree with you. I just think that Kate would not bother and appreciates the natural look for something like hair. I do not know what all is involved but I would think she doesn't have time for something
      like that especially with young children. When we have seen her in non public situations natural is her style.

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    4. If you take a look at the Christmas church photos, I think she did wear extensions.

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    5. You can look at her pre-engagement her hair was always thick. The difference is
      https://68.media.tumblr.com/020983a722c5cbae7b2c88cfd8919d66/tumblr_mnehaqtxiC1r8zvw2o1_250.jpg
      https://68.media.tumblr.com/f5dad159b5fb1f883854b116d6cced81/tumblr_mnehaqtxiC1r8zvw2o5_400.jpg
      https://68.media.tumblr.com/4461799555bd453e1891609cbccc2639/tumblr_mnearnYKMd1r8zvw2o2_1280.jpg
      https://68.media.tumblr.com/4461799555bd453e1891609cbccc2639/tumblr_mnearnYKMd1r8zvw2o2_1280.jpg
      One of the main difference b/w now and than is the professional stylist and she used to layer it

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    6. This is her hair at university
      http://images.fashionnstyle.com/data/images/full/21890/kate-middleton-2001.jpg?w=600
      https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/08/5c/95/085c9506e9cf2f9a64972900c32bd4e0.jpg
      In 2007
      http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/09/02/article-2408581-1B9090F3000005DC-590_634x422.jpg
      Gap year in Italy
      https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/40/2c/1a/402c1a123d7b733c20e854fd895345ee.jpg

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    7. The people who swear she wears extensions can never decide on which type she wears. One day they swear they can see the track and claims she is wearing clip in/ glue in tracks (Why Kate would wear glue in weave , I don't know). The next day they swear they can see the bonds so she must have fusion extensions. The next day still they claim you can see where the wiglet begins and her real hair ends. The lack of consensus is why I don't buy the weave argument.

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    8. I don't think she does because I have very similar hair. My hair can be full and gorgeous and wonderful like hers was at this engagement when someone blows it out. My dearest friend is a stylist and she can make it do amazing things. Left to my own devices I can make it look good, very good even but not this level of fullness. So if people saw a photo of me with very nice hair and then a photo of me with my hair done by a pro they'd see a massive difference in the volume.

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    9. From the links posted here by Anon 6:59, I see more curls and not necessarily more hair. I agree with Anon 5:45 and tend to believe it has to do with styling more than anything else. And who knows, perhaps she has it thinned these days; I do although you'd never know just how much. :)

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  4. As soon as I saw the first photo of Catherine I thought AH! A very happy and pleased AH! I love the texture of the dress, the pop of yellow that brightens the look without being overwhelming. The whole look is so fresh and appealing. I was beginning to despair at the rather matronly choices that seemed to be dominating her choices. And these shoes look fantastic with the dress.I hope that this is a sign of a more modern, young look for Catherine in 2017. She was at her stunning best!

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  5. Apologies if this is a repeat - my original comment seems to have been swallowed whole by the comment interface.
    Thanks Jane for responding to the Amanda Wakeley question - I was the one who asked on Twitter. I had been wondering if maybe there was some background issues or concerns with the brand that caused her to stop wearing AW (they way she stopped wearing/using Moloh and James Pryce after their indiscreet comments) but your suggestion makes sense. I do find it interesting though that Kate hasn't worn too much of prominent Brit designers like Victoria Beckham and Stella McCartney - wondering if its because these two brands in particular are very wrapped up with a larger "celeb" image and she would rather avoid the associations. Victoria Beckham in particular has some designs that would look stunning on Kate.
    I was thrilled with todays look - especially the A game accessorising! I do hope we see a return to a more modern, streamlined aesthetic this year - fingers crossed!

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    1. Meghan, the only Victoria Beckham I've seen on Kate is the tote she was carrying at Wimbledon (if I remember right). Has there been anything else?

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  6. Love the dress, REALLY love the shoes, and her hair and make-up are perfect! Wish I could see the earrings. Great outing and huge win!

    P.S. Corinthian columns are my favorites too!

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    1. She's wearing the Oscar de la Renta pearl earrings she has worn a few times recently. At first I thought she might have been wearing the new Kiki amethysts she debuted in Bhutan, and quite frankly I think I might have preferred those with this ensemble even if they might have been a bit much for a day time look.

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    2. Thanks, 7:18. I can see why she chose those earrings as they seem just right for this dress. Not my personal favorites but not a horrible choice.

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  7. I love the entire look. Young and fresh, and her hair is fabulous. She really knocked it out of the ball park. Wonderful event too, and a much needed focus on mental health.
    Hope all goes smoothly for you Jane, as you settle in to your new town.

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  8. Today's look is fantastic! Everything on point. This became one of my favorite dresses of Kate. The dress makes her to look younger.
    But I wish if Kate do something about her public speaking skills. She checks her notes too frequently, in the middle of the sentences disrupting the flow of the speech. I think Kate should have practiced a little since this speech reaches not only the audience present that location, but to a worldwide audience. Also she looks like she is not confident when she speaks. These thing caught my attention very well as I watched Mitchel Obama's speech and Meghan Markel's UN speech very recently. They never look at notes, and say the things like they are coming from their hearts. I wish Kate can get some professional help and polish up in this area.

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    1. They do look at notes, its call a teleprompter

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    2. They do not look at their notes because they have teleprompters in those situations. Royal reporter Emily Andrews, who was there, says she spoke very well and passionately yesterday. Watch Harry and William, they both look and their notes and the Queen has always only read her speeches.

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    3. I am sure Kate has practiced since her public speaking is better than when she first got married. Nobody in the royal family is a great orator so I don't think its fair to expect Kate to be one. Also Michelle and Meghan use teleprompters as opposed to written notes so they are not making up speeches as they go along.

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    4. Teleprompter-assisted or not, one can't doubt Michelle's passion for her causes. I think Kate comes off as fairly passionate judged on a British passion-displaying scale. And BRF at that. Referring to notes: I never could understand how a speaker could glance down for a second, find his place and read it, and continue speaking. I wonder if a written script is more of a security blanket or even a talisman? In days gone by-and Tedi, you will likely understand this-in my drama days, I would hang on to the script for dear life, although I knew every word of my part as well as everyone else's. Ha!

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    5. I've looked at the clip here of Kate reading her speech and I agree that she does need a bit of help with her delivery. She seems to lose the sense of what she is saying at some points with pauses to look up.

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  9. I really like the dress and how William coordinated his tie with Catherine's accessories. I do not like her hair styled this way. It is too much "Barbie" for me and it overpowers her own beauty and the beauty of the dress in my opinion.
    Eventhough she did tone down her eye makeup, it is too much for a day time event, if you ask me, but at least it looks fresher than her normal look. I love her dress!

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    1. I think it's essential for Kate to wear heavier eye make-up than you or I might choose because she is constantly photographed and, especially today, knew she would pose for photographs. Imagine how everyone would criticize her for looking washed out if she didn't have her make-up a little heavier!

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    2. I agree, Robin. Most of us consider daytime vs. nighttime makeup, but Kate has to consider the distance factor as well (which is the reason she may look "tired" when she's "off duty"). :)

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  10. Gorgeous Kate is back, that's for sure!!!
    Apart from the makeup, I think her hair has that rich chestnut color back that really does her looks justice!!!

    Jane, thank you for a very comprehensive coverage of the whole event including all the details about this iconic building!!!

    Filakia from Greece xxx

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    1. It absolutely astounds me when commenters from various countries take part. I know you are all there somewhere, but hearing from each of you is a treat. It takes huge courage to put oneself out there in the intimacy of a blog such as this, but to do so in another language (I assume) is doubly brave. The names have an exotic ring and it fascinates me, Filakia. Regarding Jane's coverage: I admire that instead of summerising what was said or selecting a few quotes, Jane gives us the whole enchilada in video.

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    2. Anon 1, I do live in Greece but I was born and raised in Melbourne Australia, I've been teaching English for the past 33 years and I was a great fan of the late Diana!!!
      Consequently, no courage whatsoever is needed to put myself out there as you say.

      As for "filakia", it means "kisses" and my name is "Vasiliki" which, I agree, does sound exotic!!!

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    3. HaHa! filakia to you, too. Still, exotic! I have friends and family in your birth area. If ever there was a graphic illustration why we should not make assumptions, that was it. However, my comment still applies because I know some of you are out there struggling to cope with the intricacies of the English language. English teacher. Now I'm thinking of all my run-on sentences, misplaced modifiers, comma splices, disagreement of subject and verb....not to mention SPELLING. :+) If you care to share the background of your name , I think others would be interested, too.

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    4. Vasiliki, I love your name and love that you signed your comment Filakia/Kisses! What a fun thing for us to learn! There are many of us here who were also great fans of Diana and we're always happy to hear from others who remember her as well!

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  11. Oh my, I am in love with this for so many reasons. First, as you say, Jane, it's a great return to a more youthful look. More than anything though, I am so happy that Kate picked out one of the undertones of the dress - the red/purple -- and wore shoes and carried a bag in that shade, instead of going with black or nude accessories. I love it! (PS I know it sounds funny, but I also never realised until I thought about it after this post how very often Kate has worn Erdem over the years -- for some reason in my mind, it's one of her lesser-worn designers but in reality, it's been a pretty solid wardrobe staple right from the start).

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    1. I agree! I had the same impression of Erdem, but she really has worn more of it than I'd remembered. Thanks goodness Jane keeps track of these things, eh?

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  12. I thought Kate looked great. Less lower lid lining really opened up her eyes. The dress seemed seasonally appropriate, not too high-waisted, not a 70s throwback (wasn't a midi "granny attic print" with a loose droopy fit) ...just very nice and feminine without being too frou-frou although only someone very slim could wear so much pattern at the waist. I didn't love the shoes though. The color was interesting but the style seems a better style for slacks or a tweed suit, not a dainty fitted dress. But it was nice to see a change up in footwear.

    Her hair looked very pretty too. However, (I'm likely in the minority), it seemed a bit too "beauty contestant full." I agree it looks like it did when she was in her 20s. But she's no longer that age and as a result, her body and face have changed. She's slimmer IMO and so "big hair" looks really big especially with a fairly fitted dress. I also think its possible she DOES sometimes wear extensions (I'd see nothing wrong with that if she does.) A blow out or use of a flat iron can make hair less wavy so it looks longer. And a blow out can make hair look much fuller of course. But to my knowledge styling can't make hair look both fuller AND longer at the same time. Sometimes Kate's hair seems to "grow" an inch or more in length between weekly appearances while also gaining or at least not losing any fullness. Hair usually grows about 1/2 inch a month,not a inch every week.

    Although addressing a complex problem I was hoping the HT campaign would make more progress in stating its goals by now. "Removing stigma" is important although there is already much less than in years past. (In the US think Thomas Eagleton's short time as a VP  candidate, Rosemary Kennedy's lobotomy, ADA, changes in educ practices.) "Having a conversation" is also good but after a year it's wearing thin. I know WK&H must avoid politics and I know social support is critical (for everyone) but when dealing with mental illness, access to professional services is probably more important than having a co-worker who will listen (but may not know what to do.) Some research also suggests people tend to *unconsciously* reject depressed people..it's not "stigma" per se because often they don't even KNOW the people ARE depressed. But depressed people *may* speak slower than usual, have fewer facial expressions, seek excessive reassurance, disclose personal info prematurely...so recommended conversations may not always go well leading to an even worse outcome. I'm also not sure that talking is terribly useful in prevention or treatment of most psychotic illnesses but HT seems more focused on what used to be called "neurotic" illnesses.

    Some interesting summary refs:

    http://psychcentral.com/news/2015/02/28/rejection-seems-to-hurt-depressed-people-longer/81758.html

    http://www.tarnowcenter.com/tarnow-articles/431-depressive-behaviors-and-interpersonal-rejection.html

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    1. Great comment. I, too, think sometimes those are extensions. I really loved her slightly shorter look last year. It was just as gorgeous but more realistic. Not mumsy at all!

      And I agree about mental health. As someone who suffered from depression for a long time, conversations don't cut it. Sorry. Drugs help! And professional therapy. And the people they talk to are often those that need major social services - people are depressed because they aren't employed, are in bad jobs, have difficult family situations, critical aspects of modern life that can be helped more directly. I don't really get this campaign and I wish it was more policy directed.

      That said, she did look gorgeous.

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    2. The blow-out is not what gave the hair the waves, its the rollers that gave the hair waves and make it have volume.
      Here Catherine in rollers http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ca2MHY_ZLw0/ToJ9BIE8GBI/AAAAAAAAA4g/8Fgy99-m99M/s1600/Gets+Hair+Done+9232011.jpg

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    3. I believe what they do is very helpful in a country like the UK, where speaking about one's concerns is simply not done. The fact that they, who are the standard of good behaviour, are open about a subject that is shameful for many people destigmatises it. It is no small achievement. I suppose those who live in a more communicative society, like the US where people are very candid about themselves don't see the importance of getting people to speak because they already are!

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    4. You are quite correct Anon 8:23. I am guilty of looking at the issue from an American perspective. We don't do the "stiff upper lip" routine as a cultural rule although we aren't all totally "out there" either. But in a culture where more reticence is considered the norm, I just wonder how realistic it is to think the HT campaign can change the overall long-standing culture (especially since reticence isn't related *only* to mental health matters and stigma.) And I wonder if those who are struggling suddenly open up to family & friends how that would be received by the culturally reticent family and friends? (I say old chap, pull yourself together?) Given that the syndrome of depression in both the UK and US involves social withdrawal and may involve unwarranted but deeply felt beliefs about personal worthlessness, and given the research on functional brain differences in depression when socially rejected (differences that likely aren't culture-bound) I'm just not sure telling people to have conversations is a good solution without having additional things in place. (Like also publicizing hotlines staffed by trained people? I'm sure those exist in the UK but I can't remember hearing WK&H speak of them; rather they seem to suggest talking to ordinary folks in one's social sphere.) There are also differences in health care between the US and UK. But from what I've read, wait times for mental health care can be quite long in the UK. So it sounds like demand already outstrips resources for those who do break through their reticence and ask for help. To my knowledge rates of depression are not significantly lower in the US so talking alone won't preclude the need for professional interventions. But I do appreciate the reminder about cultural differences!

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    5. Well said 8:23. They can't be seen to give medical advice but they can encourage others to be more respectful and accepting of those who have issues. I think the hope is that those with problems will be able to reach out to a friend without fear and take that first step toward talking to a professional. Not all mental health issues are in a critical state and helping those who are going though tough times before they get to a breaking point is so important. Since they are the only really high profile people in the UK discussing mental health I would hate to throw cold water on their efforts. They are doing a good thing.

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    6. Having professional services available and actually bringing oneself to walk through the door are not the same. This is a incremental approach.They are focusing on those who delay or hesitate getting help and the reasons for this. I'm sure there are other organisations to see to the funding and staffing of treatment facilities, although these are admittedly under-funded at times. On the other hand-what use are all sorts of services available if one cannot bring himself to let his needs be known and then ask for help and walk through the door? In the UK and most other countries other than the US, this is a function of the government. Anyone who has tried to get a family member or tried himself to be admitted to a rehab facility will understand the focus on removing the barriers to seeking help. Climbing over that wall is a first, necessary step.

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    7. Amy, respectfully, you obviously were in an environment where you felt safe in asking for and seeking help. This program would not be geared toward your needs, but I feel it is a vitally important one for others. The talking they espouse isn't meant for a treatment, but rather as a means to heighten awareness and decrease stigma as a way of encouraging those in less favorable circumstances and mind-set to seek help. Also, would we even be discussing mental health here now ,if it weren't for this initiative? For this reason alone, I feel the program has been successful so far. All aspects of care and treatment are important; this just happens to be the area WCH chose to focus on.

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    8. I think both sides of the question are true: talking isn't enough but talking is a necessary first step. I see it more as Diana's famous handshake. Handshakes don't cure, but she achieved a lot with that simple gesture. There is a sentence they have repeated a few times, about the fact that nobody is ashamed to seek help for a broken arm, and that it should be the same for mental health. If through them mental health is simply considered like physical health, it can be huge.8:23

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    9. Publicising hotlines staffed by trained people? They've been there, done that, will likely do it in future and were said to help privately as well. The last visit I think was not announced ahead because of security concerns, which aggravated some royal writers no end, she wore red...is it all coming back?

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    10. I, too, think that this push to destigmatize mental health issues is essential. Focusing on conversations about trouble people are going through *is* a fantastic way to help - yes, other aspects are obviously necessary, but feeling allowed to open up to those close to you can make the difference between life and death.

      Having gotten through major mental health crises multiple times, I can vouch for the relief I too rarely felt when, admitting I wasn't doing well, I was met with compassion and a sense of ease. Mostly, those around me were so uncomfortable that it added deep shame and stress on top of what I was already struggling with. Thankfully I was encouraged and able to get proper care, but had it not been for the willingness of others to speak about mental health issues - and treat me as a normal human going through them - I don't know what would have happened.

      And now, I'm happy and healthy and better for the experiences. Conversations helped! The trio is doing a good piece of the work here! Let us not discount the power of social approval.

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    11. No, Anon 1 their work "publicizing hotlines" is not coming back to me. I recall a single trio visit related to hotlines (the one where Will said he was too stressed by his ambulance work to listen to calls.) If I was struggling with mental issues I might not be following WK&H's every activity as closely as readers here and might not have even noticed that visit months ago-- nor am I (with or without mental illness) in much of a position to know what work they do privately except that it's not direct "publicity!" At any rate if I lived in the UK I'm not sure anything they've done makes it easier for me to actually find a hotline if I have an inclination to reach out. Perhaps the only purpose of HT is to promote conversation. But the mention of announcing goals and directions for the new yr made me think differently.

      I'm not suggesting stigma isn't a problem and I agree conversation is useful. But it just seems that folding in mention of hotlines *at the same time* as saying "talk to a friend or mate" would make the most sense. Distance from or avoidance of family and friends because of feelings of worthlessness isn't just an effect of depression or an effect of a standoffish culture...it can be  a symptom of the illness itself.

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    12. .....but I can't remember WKH speaking of them." That was your comment. I responded to that. It really is just the beginning. Give it time. Think of the work for alcoholism, children's rights, LGBT rights. Not to mention women's rights. That battle has been on-going since before Susan B. Anthony and others campaigned to give us the vote. Now mental health. It takes time. Many causes are lost, I believe, because those involved don't lay the groundwork, become inpatient and expect to some how reach the goal without first running the race.

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    13. I think there is a general misunderstanding going on here. WK&H encourage people with mental health problems to seek help wherever they can find comfort but they are also making great efforts to get the general public to be more accepting of those with those issues. Removing the stigma has to cover both sides of the issue because if WK&H can't encourage those who do follow them as closely as we do here to be more accepting of those who need help then there is nowhere for those who are ill to go. This also isn't a one time event for them. This is their ongoing program and they will take different occasions to call attention to different aspects of the help needed.

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  13. Sarah Maryland USAJanuary 18, 2017 at 5:05 AM

    I wonder if she finally got a new hair stylist lol
    But omgod I saw pics of her yesterday and I was like yessss! Ive been screaming at her to go back to vintage Kate and not listen to whoever has been given fashion advice! She made a lot better choices when she was on her own!

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  14. As always thanks for the post!
    I always enjoy hearing the Duchess speak because I like her voice.On to fashion,this dress is lovely-its made it into my all time faves list. Her look is reminiscent of 2011 which was a great era sartorial choices wise. Today was encouraging-quite a few personalities talked about their battles against mental health. Hopefully people suffering from disorders are inspired to come out after this event.

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  15. Love the look and the shorter length is perfect.

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  16. Loved this look and love this initiative. Kate for the win!

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  17. This look was a HUGE win for me! I LOVED that dress, the shoes, the youthful vibe. I noticed the change in her make-up right away. And OMG - her hair!!! Sorry, I just can't contain my enthusiasm. She was gorgeous.

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  18. Yay! My heart skipped a beat and sang a happy song when I saw the first picture. Kate looked magnificent, definitely one of my all time favourites! I hope she keeps with this general style this year.
    Best of luck with your move and the new semester, Jane!

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  19. Yayyy! Her hair really does have a life of its own when it's looking like this :) She looks amazing, very yummy mummy! I'm with you, Jane, in hoping that she keeps with this streamlined look circa 2011/12. I've always been a fan of Erdem and their floral sheath designs (like the one she wore to a private engagement at the Goring hotel), they're very feminine and stylish and I'm glad she brought them back. On a male fashion note, is that a new suit for William? I like it :)

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  20. I thought Kate looked incredible. It was so nice to see her getting back to some of her more traditional style roots. Selfishly, I was a bit disappointed by her svelte appearance and choice of dress because I think this means that an announcement about a third baby are not as imminent as many of us had hoped! Either way, she looked beautiful and happy.

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    1. I commented some time back that Kate tends to alternate roomy, high-waisted outfits with fitted sheaths. Way to keep them guessing! :+)

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    2. I remain hopeful ;). There's room for a tiny bump here. She's definitely thicker around the middle, and she doesn't yo-yo weight-wise. She was actually really skinny around the Canada tour. (I do worry about the upcoming stress for her of being a senior royal, poor lamb. I know she knew what she was getting into, but it's different once you're actually in the role.)

      If she's not pregnant, she's certainly been dressing like it for some strange reason - the maternity dress at Christmas, all the loose dresses since October, and then that blue Eponine that she raised the waist way high up on. Oh, and hiding behind William at Sandringham. That was odd. If she's not, I hope she gets a new stylist/consults a different friend! A-line would be much better than basically empire-waisted for her.

      She can pull off lower waists very well - think of the green, clock-less dress in Canada. That was a knock-out. So why does she avoid them?



      I also think that if she's not pregnant again soon, they're probably stopping at two. I think they would've stayed at Anmer instead of switching to Kensington this fall if they were planning on a much-later third baby.

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  21. Hi Jane, thanks for your blog, I so enjoy following it! Do you have any suggestions as to why Kate hasn't worn Victoria Beckham clothes??

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  22. Like most everyone, I was super excited to see the DoC step out in this Erdem. It really was a very welcome flashback in time. This is how she looks best. The dress is sleek and elegant while the floral pops of color against the dark background are youthful and fun.

    I do love her hair dark and big like this. She is glowing. I'm wondering if she has gone back to James Pryce as this is his signature look. Also, thinking she had her make done professionally for this event as well. It is flawless. Regardless, I hope we continue to see this look throughout 2017.

    I have to say I'm in the camp that she has used extensions and/or hair pieces. I don't know if they were used for this specific event but it wouldn't surprise me if they were. There are a lot of great products out there now that can change hair texture, thicken and create oodles of volume but huge hair is
    usually the work of extensions or added pieces. The
    difference between this hair and last week's is huge.

    Good luck with your relocation, Jane. I know it feels like a lot right now but you will be settled in before you know it.

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    1. Faith I think the hair is fabulous, but it's not a shampoo commercial. If I may gently add my opinion that it was too much for this event and dress. It was too bouncy and curly and I do agree likely aided by some pieces. (Most celebrities swear by them) Her hair in 2011 was a "straighter" less voluminous version of this, not sure how to word that!
      I personally think with a "busy" print and statement dress sleeker hair would have been better, as shown on the model.
      It also has been taken a few shades darker and I think it's too dark without enough dimension and washes her out. I don't think it's James Pryce, I think it's someone attempting an imitation.
      Which in my opinion, and I know I'm in a tiny minority as everyone loved it, it actually looked a little too bouffant and dated to me, not sleek and professional. If they had dialed back the bouncy volume and curls it would have been much better and more Pryce like!

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    2. I understand your points anon 9:20 but we will probably have to agree to disagree :-) It isn't a shampoo commercial but, for me, she can get away with this bouncy do for an event like this. Although she isn't a celebrity, she isn't a professional working women either. Being royal, I think, affords her the luxury of more glamour than most of us would get away with. For me, the look wasn't busy but just a very stylized and rich, if you will. This event received a lot of attention in a good way and I think her knock it out of the park look contributed to that.

      Probably, you are correct that this is not Mr. Pryce's work as I think that ship sailed a long time ago but it is darn good. Its a look that seems to have eluded her stylists for the past four years. Taste is so subjective because I actually think that the darker color makes her glow and that the lighter shades wash her out.

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    3. No problem with disagreement Faith, makes for interesting discussion -
      I liked her hair darker when she was a fan of tanning! She could carry it off more. But she's much paler, even sallow now so has to be careful I think. I think she needs a little more brightness and radiance overall with hair and make up. But I know people see that differently.
      No one has duplicated Pryce in my mind, her look was consistently great then she should have kept him!
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    4. I'm with you on the darker hair color, Faith. I love it when opts for the rich brown tones as they compliment her eyes and her skin tone.

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  23. Thanks for the post Jane, really appreciate such an informative post in the midst of your relocation. Best wishes for your next semester and new home! I absolutely loved this look, every bit of it was a hit with me. When I saw the first pic I was brought right back to Canada 2011, perfection, same girl just with the added confidence that comes with 5+ years! The shoes didn't wow me this past fall in Canada, I liked them a little more on Christmas, but thought today they really complimented the outfit. The yellow and blue were nice bright pops of color but the burgundy really pulled the whole look together for a warm winter feel. I thought her hair was gorgeous, rich, and those curls! I do also love when these three get together, especially for such a worthy cause. Looking forward to more of their work with HT this year in the lead up to the marathon.

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  24. I loved her look! She looks young, fresh, beautiful just as she should. Also it is a very good idea to go lighter on lower lid eyeliner, her eyes look bigger and brighter. This is indeed a big win. I really hope she sticks with this style.

    I would also love to see her in more business kind looks - pencil skirts, blazers etc. I think she would look amazing in it and also very professional.

    Now, about the hair. My hair is very similar to Kate's, and it's just unbelievable what a different styling can do. If I use curling iron, or flat iron, or rollers, or just a blow out, difference in body, volume is astonishing. So I can completely understand why her hair looks so different on different occasions. I do believe she sometimes use hair pieces, but I think it's completely ok.

    I listened to her speech and I can say that she was good, and comparing to her previous speeches she got significantly better in it. But it's still obvious that she is nervous and she comes of a bit insecure, which is understandable, public speaking is hard. But I think with some practice she will get better.

    Jane, thank for your hard work, and I wish you all the best this new semester and hope you find an amazing place as soon as possible.

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  25. Just read Jane's post-not comments yet. Wasn't Carlton House Terrace seen in the theatricals Upstairs, Downstairs and Pride and Prejudice? I enjoyed the historical tidbits. I think I read that some of the buildings are just facades to maintain the architectural symmetry.Although Kate looks especially lovely and the print is attractive by itself, I can't help but be reminded of English Country style couches. In fact, I received a cloth carry-all as a gift that bears a remarkable resemblance, but I wouldn't want to wear it. Ha! The pattern emphacises the bottom, which could be the point. The way the flowers are placed in front, it could serve to distract from a tummy. One is looking at the pattern, not the figure underneath. I see the whole effect as the outfit wearing Kate. I am puzzled why one would praise this print while panning other busy-looking prints she has worn. I also believe it is very similar to a dress she wore to a private event, I believe, while she was pregnant with Charlotte. At that time, I felt the pink-based Erdem pulled rather tightly across her middle and did not seem to be a maternity-purposed dress.

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    1. I'm one that almost always loves the busy prints so this is perfect for me. I'd wear it in a heartbeat and I'd wear it with the block heels - which I love!!

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    2. I really liked that Erdem you mentioned when she was pregnant with Charlotte, it was so pretty. Just a shame it was tight over her tummy, as it wasn't designed for maternity wear, like you said.

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    3. Kiwi -I did, too. I think the pink tones are more flattering for her than yellow-although, Banana Dress!

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    4. Robin- the shoes are fabulous. What a turn around from nude LKBs! And suede. Ha!

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    5. Haha Banana dress - I liked that one too, although I agree the pink tones complement her skin tone beautifully.

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    6. I also loved the Banana Dress but she does look so pretty in pinks. And, yes, anon 1 - so much better than the constant nude LKBs and suedes! I have a pair of those nudes but I don't wear them with everything!

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  26. I've been quick to complain about the money spent on, as lizzie put it so eloquently "(wasn't a midi "granny attic print" with a loose droopy fit)!! but this dress is lovely.

    Re the hair, if your hair makes everyone debate the use of artificial additions, then your hair is perhaps bigger than it has to be...Barbie Beauty Queen?

    But what a good cause, and I like Jane's nomenclature of "Royal Trio."

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  27. Meg- excellent point about Jane making this post in the midst of the upheaval of re-locating. The Department of Justice building, I believe? It's been awhile. Is that a hint at future plans or just a stop on the tour? It adds to the enjoyment of Jane's posts to have a sense of the real person behind them. I hope you are at Georgetown University, although there are many fine universities and law schools in the DC area.

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  28. Thought Kate looked wonderful. Not a fan of the earrings. Shoes and purse worked but might have gone with a different shoe style. Her hair looked great and to me not too big. Her make up looked very good also, much lighter on the lower lid which helps. With her hair I usually focus on the color as it seems to change up quite a bit, not sure if it is due to the lighting or if she does adjust the color.

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  29. Gorgeous hair; lovely well fitting dress; shoes remind me of those my mother wore in the 1940s. Think they called them Cuban heels then, but they seem to be fashionable now. Overall she looked lovely.
    Most importantly the engagement was well organized and all three spoke well. I think we will hear a lot more of this up to the Marathon in April.
    Pity yesterday's coincided with the PMs speech about Brexit, which filled the newspapers and TV, so they got less publicity than they deserved for this topic.
    I read that they wanted to run the marathon, but security vetoed it.

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    1. I may be wrong, but I don't believe they would be Cuban heels. Growing up, Cuban heels pertained to men; men's high heels. And occasionally to women's dance shoes that resembled Flamenco shoes.

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    2. I believe, as I recall, that is correct, anon 12:50.

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    3. Jean, it would have been fun to see them all running. Bet Kate could have William in the dust-judging by those photos of the mountain climb in Bhutan. :+) Re the PM speech- I think the US readers, some of them at least, may be so gob-smacked by what is going on here at home that the Brexit issues don't register as strongly as they should. I know I didn't realise that the Marathon}HT coverage got lost in the newspapers . Brexit issues are truly current news. WCH are in it for the duration. The documentary will hopefully be broadcast at a more opportune time.

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  30. Loved the dress. Yay to the shorter hemline. She just looks fresh and fantastic head to foot. I too have naturally curly/frizzy hair as the DoC. My look and texture changes dramatically based on what technique I use to style my hair...Curlers, curling iron, blower, dry shampoo, wrap, etc. The only time I suspect an extension or hair accessory may have been used was for a pony tail and more height was needed. There were a couple of occasions where that retro look was presented. We used to tease our hair in the 70's to achieve that look of height. But the teasing was so damaging, I can't see anyone doing that today.

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  31. I loved this dress immediately, so much that I went straight to the Erdem website to see if it was available. They had just 1 size left, and it was mine! Alas, the price is far beyond my budget. Oh well, for a few brief moments I thought I enjoyed thinking I could be like Kate.

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  32. I only have a few minutes...work is crazy busy! But wanted to pop on and say ...GORGEOUS! Love this look from head to toe! Okay...maybe not quite to the toes. The shoes are not my cup of tea....not a real fan of Tods. But the look is fresh and youthful but polished and professional. I agree the hair is very full but as someone above said....she is royal and can get away with a little more "glam". I totally agree with that. I will also say that I don't think she wears extensions.....I have worn the fusion kindfor several years. The ones I wear are very high quality and installed by a very acclaimed hairdresser (I did a lot of research before I decided on him!) and as much as I love them...they are very time consuming to put in...after about 4 weeks they start to grow out and become very noticeable if you do a pony tail or up do and when you do take them out...your own natural hair is often left in rough shape. For as often as Kate is in the media...I think some of this would be noticeable. I have never tried a weave but have been told they are even worse and way harder to maintain.

    Love ever bit of today's event. I know lots of people wish they were doing more for mental health. However I suspect they are being guided by a host of health care experts in the field who know what and how the Royal Trio can help the most. THe stigma around mental health is still very much alive in the population at large. Until this is broken down....you can have all the resources In the world but they won't get to the people who need them. I agree, there is other work that also needs to be done in this area but I firmly believe that what K,W and H are doing will have a big impact.

    Jane...all the best to you on this new venture. If you have landed in DC for awhile...I am insanely jealous. It is an amazing city with so much rich culture! Your nations capital for a reason!

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  33. Reminds me of Kate's Lasa blue poppy dress (L K Bennett)

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  34. Yet another new dress. And it's a silhouette we've seen so many times before on Kate. I feel a bit bored with Kate's clothes choices: sorry!! And yet Pippa has so many different looks yet still looks smart and professional .

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  35. Kate looks stunning and I am SO happy to see her channeling her old style! I love the darker hair--it nicely compliments her light complexion. And your hair can never be too big--the higher the hair the closer to heaven!Emma

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    1. Emma, you made me giggle! Are you from the south by any chance? My daughter lives in Texas and I've never seen bigger hair (outside of the 1980s) anywhere. I love your saying "the higher the hair the closer to heaven." :-)

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  36. Good morning, Jane. This question has nothing to do with fashion but I am wondering.... with all the recent tweets about the gifts given to the Cambridges in the past year, what happens to them? Are those gifts utilized by the recipients, given away to charities, "regifted"? Some of them seem extremely practical while others clearly are not. I'm imaging a giant storehouse with miles of shelving holding gifts carefully labeled with date and giver's name. Fantasy?

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    1. I think I read somewhere, way back in the Charles and Diana days, that a combination of all of those things happens with the exception of regifting.

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  37. I note the official announcement of the family being mainly in London from the Autumn and that both children will go to school in London
    The Duke will leave the Air Ambulance after the 2 years he promised.

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    1. Jean, I thought it interesting that KP statement continues to refer to Norfolk as their "home" and KP as their "official residence." Also, no mention of the word "move," as was touted in the press. The words were that the Cambridges would simply be spending "more time" at KP come "Autumn" as they gradually increase royal duties and George enters school. The statement left no doubt that Anmer Hall is still considered their home.

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    2. I suppose there is a difference; Anmer Hall belongs to them; a gift from HM, so they can do whatever they like with it, within the law. Kensington Palace is theirs only as long as William is a direct heir to the throne.

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    3. annie, I'm guessing that where they feel most comfortable is where they consider "home" to be. HMTQ prefers Windsor and refers to that as her home and BP as her official residence. None of them have to "move" because they have a full compliment of furnishings, etc., for each place. It's just the press deciding to use that word. My guess is that the most "moving" the Cambridge family needs to do is relocate some clothing and favorite toys for the kids.

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    4. Actually, I believe St. James Palace is the official official residence of the monarch.

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    5. St James Palace is the official residence of the sovereign and the official base of the royal court but it is not the principal residence of the monarch. Buckingham Palace is the official London residence of the reigning monarch.

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  38. Jane, did you get anywhere near the inauguration yesterday? On a strictly (very strictly) non-political note - Melania's powder blue dress with matching gloves and shoes was stunning! I kept thinking that Kate would look so gorgeous in that style as well. Oh how I wish she could wear more RL!

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    1. I didn't. I was frankly concerned about security. It's a different world out there these days. I heard a report about the possible use of acid, which particularly put me off. I watched it on TV. It was a lot of fun to guess who the designers were! I thought Michelle O's ensemble looked very Emilia Wickstead in silhouette. I don't know who Jill Biden wore, but it was a great color combo and vintage style. I LOVED Melania's Ralph Lauren. That neckline reminded me of Kate's green Catherine Walker!! I wasn't as excited about Ivanka's Oscar de la Renta on Inauguration Day, but the green she wore deplaning on Thursday looked super "Kate" to me. She also wore Carolina Herrera to the morning prayer service. Frankly, All these designers are labels I want Kate to wear (in the case of Oscar de la Renta) or wear more of (RL and Carolina H) in the future. So, yes, politics aside, it was a real fashion fest for me!

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    2. I don't know why but I assumed you were living in California not DC. The clothes are great to see. I am hoping for a blog on the fashion of the new First Family. I loved most of Melania's choices. The blue RL fantastic, her white ball gown I loved. I loved Ivanka's Oscar de la Renta cream top and pants on Inauguration Day not so much her ball gown or the deep burgundy wrap dress/coat she wore to the National Cathedral. Oh as an aside the RL Blue neckline did not look like Kates green Catherine Walker at all to me, wasn't that a fitted zipper modified high neck.

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    3. What a diplomatic way to handle that topic, Jane. :+) I could definitely see you in the Diplomatic area. I wonder, aren't those mostly American based designers? Do you have any idea where those acid rumors started and who were the acid throwers supposed to be? That kind of rumor can cause panic in the huge crowds of the women's march.

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    4. I agree that the security issue is a good reason to stay away. And there were some violent protests so I'm glad you chose the safer option. Definitely a fashion fest! You're right, Michelle Obama's dress was very much in the Emilia Wickstead style. I wonder who designed her ensemble. I would also love to see Kate in some Oscar de la Renta and more, more, more of Carolina H. and RL! Every time she wears RL it's a win - especially that houndstooth dress! I think we are in for some great fashion out of DC over the next four years. Again, politics aside, she's gorgeous and wears beautiful clothes beautifully!

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    5. I loved Melania's RL outfit. It was beyond my expectations and they were high. :) As far as gowns are concerned, Ivanka won first prize that night. How I would love to see Kate in a similar gown (perhaps in light blue?). I also thought of Kate (or my wish for Kate) when I saw Melania in the navy coat with patent belt and shoes at Washington Cathedral the next morning. Patent...love it!

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    6. I agree, royalfan. All of those outfits were fabulous! I kept picturing Kate in those same outfits and thought she would look lovely in Ivanka's gown in lavender! It's been awhile since she ventured into the pinks and lavenders for evening wear and she looks fab in them!

      Today's outfit, the green Hobbs, left me with mixed feelings.

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    7. Robin, lavender would look dreamy for lack of a better word. With her Kiki earrings of course ☺

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  39. I think it notes the difference because Amner belongs to the royal family, Kenington Palace is not owned by the royal family-- they live in a state owned apartment there. Maybe this is the difference.
    Good for them to be speaking about the struggles of reaching out for help right before and after the holidays. Holidays can be a painful time for many people. Especially families who have lost a member.

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  40. Good luck with settling in to your new city and life, Jane! It's unbelievable how you manage to blog so beautifully through it all.

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