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Kate Reveals Bespoke Lace Temperley for Portrait Gala

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

It has been three years since Kate attended the National Portrait Gallery's third annual Portrait Gala. She doesn't attend these big ticket events for every charity every year, so when it was announced she'd be back at the Portrait Gala in 2017, excitement was high. A lot of people were having flashbacks to Kate's mega-watt jewelry on the last occasion and hoping for a similar showing. 


The Duchess arrived to the usual flash of cameras, and tonight, the robust shouts of "Bellissima!" It is an accolade we will be taking up in chorus together at the end of this post...I hope. I'm going to take a head count, so shout it loud when the time comes.



This evening, Kate was very frankly smoldering in a deep green lace Temperley and gold accessories that complemented the rich chestnut of her hair and eyebrows and brought out the color in her eyes.


This was another event where initial shots made the dress look black. At the end of this arrival video you can get a peek at the back of the dress.



The program kicked off with a tour of two different exhibits. The Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends and Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun: Behind the Mask, Another Mask. After viewing the art, Kate and the assembled guests enjoyed dinner.


According to Kensington Palace, proceeds were benefiting a project called "Coming Home" which would help pictures of iconic people "return to places that are special to them for a loan period of over three years." It sounds like an interesting idea that could create buzz in local communities and promote art and history at the same time. 


Kate goes to a variety of events and meets an array of people, but tonight there were a number of familiar faces in the crowd. Her uncle-in-law Charles Spencer was present, as well as her brother James's lovely girlfriend Donna Air, and Samantha Cameron.


The duchess also met some new people who could become more familiar faces soon. There were several couples at the event who are parents at Thomas's Battersea where George will start school in September. Kate chatted about the school and got a hearty recommendation before noting that she might "see them at the school gates."

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As mentioned, Kate made a real impression on her first appearance at the Portrait Gala by wearing that super-sized Cartier diamond necklace from the Queen's vault. Paired with her off-the-shoulder Jenny Packham, it still sticks out as one of her more glamorous evening ensembles.


Tonight, Kate did a quasi-debut. This dress is almost new to us, but it isn't actually the dress's first wear. Anyone who has celebrated a milestone with a grandparent knows what a big deal it can be. A 50th or 60th wedding anniversary or maybe a 90th birthday?? :)  When your grandmother is the Queen of England you put even more attention into your dress. The Duchess was spotted next to William as she was whisked into Windsor last April for a private party celebrating Elizabeth II wearing this gown.



Kate didn't leave anything to chance for GanGan's birthday bash. This is a bespoke Temperley that Kate's Closet notes looks to be a mix between Temperley's "Ariel" and the "Amoret," with which we are already familiar.



It looks to me like Kate switched out the neckline and lining of the Ariel, but kept the other structural elements of the Amoret. As you can see from the picture above and the two product photos below, Kate retained the skirt of the Amoret.  


Kate's Amoret gown was a fan favorite and if number of wears is any indication, one of the princess's preferred gowns in her closet. It was the first evening gown Kate not only recycled, but wore three times. The Ink Blue Jenny P (featured above at the 2014 Portrait Gala) is the other evening gown she has worn three times. She had already worn the Amoret twice before she even debuted the blue Packham, so this dress would seem to have had a sweet spot in her heart. We then had a slew of recycles in 2014 before she hit a new fashion era in late 2015 and 2016. 


So, the Amoret is really a classic Kate piece and it is interesting to see tonight's quasi reincarnation with a twist. I particularly love this green with the gold, and I am not even a Notre Dame fan. ;)


Kate was carrying her Wilbur & Gussie Charlie clutch and wore her Jimmy Choo Dart sandal heels. These were both last seen on tour in South East Asia at the State Dinner in Kuala Lumpur. 


Although the busy lace dress didn't allow for a second jaw-dropping necklace, Kate didn't entirely disappoint us.


She debuted a new pair of eye-watering earrings from favorite Kiki McDonough. These are the Candy Pink Tourmaline and Green Amethyst Drop Earrings. The are currently on sale for £5,340 down from £8,900.


I thought at first the verdict would just be a win, but after looking through all the pictures, this is such a smash hit! If you loved the Amoret, it would be hard not to love tonight's dress. The glove like fit of the bodice, the waist-defining bow-belt, and the graceful flaring skirt are just sumptuous. But building on an already successful foundation, and propelling this to a fresh win, are the light tweaks, like the change from the plunging v-neck (which I looooved) to this illusion neckline and very importantly the color scheme. I am so excited to see green with gold rather than black. It really makes the ensemble pop. Add the new super-sized drops, her big hair back for an encore, and London Town as the location and I don't know if this is Kate Middleton at a fundraiser or a Bond girl with her bodyguards. She is just stunning tonight.

via National Portrait Gallery

Now is the time for that chorus. All together: Bellissima, bellissima, Your Royal Highness!




168 comments:

  1. Sarah Maryland USAMarch 28, 2017 at 9:18 PM

    I wonder why she doesn't go to major events like this for her patronages very year? Plus I'd love to see her attend any event that has her wearing fab jewelry

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  2. This color is stunning on Kate and I like this gown much more than the black one. But, IMHO, an updo would be ideal. Her neck and shoulders are lovely and I wish she wouldn't hide them, and the gown, with all that hair.

    And I am wondering if Sophie Agnew received the BLUE memo... ;-)

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    1. It appears that two pages got stuck together on Sophie's memo. ;-)

      How well do we think Kate knows Charles Spencer? Not something I ever thought about until right now.

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    2. I love this dress too! And while I love Kate's hair down I think an updo would have been lovely with this dress and those earrings.

      What is the blue memo?

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    3. The blue memo was a reference to Rebecca; she always dressed in blue. 👗😉

      Robin, I have wondered about that as well. I'd like to think that a reasonable relationship exists given that a member of the Spencer family was included as George's godparent. More "behind the scenes" activity that we may not know about...

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    4. I have wondered that, too, Robin. My bet is not as much as they would have seen the Spencers had Charles not made his impassioned funeral speech.

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    5. What speech, Jane?

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    6. She refers to the speech he gave at Diana's funeral.

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    7. I have to agree that, while he was cheered by the public, Charles tread a very fine line in his speech. I do hope, however, that there is still some contact with Diana's family. The Spencers were at W&K's wedding.

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    8. At W&K's wedding, Harry stopped to chat with the Spencer family as he and William walked down the aisle. I believe William did as well, but I definitely recall seeing Harry do so.

      I recognize that the speech put them in a tricky position (because of their father and the rest of the RF), but it needed to be said. With age and hindsight, perhaps they have a better understanding of the attitudes and emotions involved.

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    9. There's a time and a place to say certain things and her funeral was not it and quite frankly if the effect was to strain the relationship in a way that impacted William and Harry I'm not sure his choice can be so easily excused. But I am very happy to see that any rift may have been healed over the years.

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    10. My guess also is that she doesn't know the Earl Spencer that well. I do think that Harry seems to have a pretty good relationship with the Earl's daughters (there are pictures of them out together) and it's clear that William and Harry want to maintain links to their mother's family - William attended Jane Fellow's daughter's wedding (and we have to assume, weddings of any other Spencer cousins) and the entire family had prime seating at the Royal Wedding.

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    11. I'm guessing their relationship is very cordial. Diana's death shined a great big beacon on all that was dysfunctional in the family - on both sides. I would imagine that time has softened the harsh feelings displayed in the midst of overwhelming personal and public grief. Diana will always be in the hearts of the people as herself, as the mother of her boys, and as the missing grandparent and that cannot be changed. Given that Charles was only able to marry Camilla because of Diana's death I think they've all figured out how to play nice. We must also remember that Diana's sister is married to the former personal, private secretary to HMTQ and that her children and William and Harry grew up next door to each other at Kensington Palace. Kate will follow Williams lead on anything there but I imagine she probably wanted to know whatever she could about the real Diana and not the public/media interpretation of her.

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    12. I don't know obviously. But I thought there were possibly hard feelings about the handling and maintenance of Diana's grave. As adults W&H may have a different view of The Speech but they may also have a different view of the choice of burial spot as well as other things about Charles Spencer. I'm not saying they are "estranged" from all the Spencer relatives. But W&H also "grew up with" and seemed close to cousins from the "royal" side of the family who it seems they don't see much of as adults. It seems that is more true of Will than Harry so I do wonder how often the Cambridges (including G&C) have contact with members of Diana's family.

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    13. I read Frances Shand-Kydd's book and it was my impression that Diana had more contact with her family than other sources may have revealed.

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    14. It does make sense that they would have more contact with the royal cousins as Charles is the remaining parent. It is also true that the BRF's annual family events are pretty much public - big birthday bashes, church on Christmas morning, Christenings. If there have been visits back and forth with the Spencers I'm sure we would never know it.

      I have also thought of the reported condition of the grave but some of that has been refuted and, since nobody can go out there and actually see anything, we'll never know the true story on that one. I believe that many years down the line, when William is King, he will have Diana moved to a royal grave. I also believe he will posthumously restore the HRH to her name. By then it will not become a sort of undignified crazy people shrine that was feared when she died. If anyone deserved to rest in *peace* it was Diana.

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    15. How did I miss that Frances Shand-Kydd wrote a book? Now I'm rolling my eyes at myself!

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    16. Robin, I do recommend the book. "Frances: The Remarkable Story of Princess Diana's Mother". 2004.

      I believe that contact does exist between W/K/H and the Spencer's. How much is anyone's guess and doesn't every family have their own dynamics. Diana's sisters and their children were in the picture when W&H were growing up so I do believe they had contact with their cousins. And, again, choosing a Spencer as a godparent for George does suggest that a relationship exists and that it is W&K's desire for it to continue.

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    17. Could the lack of information about a relationship be to protect the privacy of Diana's sisters and their families, at least in part?

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    18. Definitely, Anon 1. And, IMO, to not rub it in the Firm's collective faces.

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    19. I just ordered that book from Amazon, royalfan. Thanks for the suggestion, I can't wait to read it. I agree that there is a great deal of discretion where the boys relationship with the Spencers is concerned. Like you pointed out, a Spencer was chosen as a godparent for George and, while the nod was subtle, it was there.

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    20. Robin, I believe you will appreciate the additional insight she had to offer, although some of it was heartbreaking to read.

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  3. I really loved this glamorous, sophisticated look. I liked the back scallop of the dress, and the green... I love her in green! She looked really excited about the art too, which is cool. Love those earrings, but would almost prefer sparkly diamonds or just something more sparkly to offset the deep color of the dress. Also... I am getting lace weary. Kate stunned in this ensemble & event overall, I'm just picky;)

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    1. I'm getting tired of lace and flowers too.

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    2. Though I do love this dress--on her, she does have enough Lace dresses now. I wish she had gone with the Ariel Lace which is prettier, instead of the Amoret. Since it was Bespoke she could have done that.

      Belle

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  4. I wonder if we'll ever see the dress from Kuala Lampur again. That remains an all time favorite of mine!

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    1. That dress seemed to be themed for the location IMO due to the abundance of gold embroidery. It might not be generic enough to fit into some of the general UK events. But I've wondered about some others that we haven't seen again... the lavender McQueen (BAFTA event in the US) and a black dress with an embellished fern on the shoulder from the Australia trip, I can't recall the designer, although it wasn't quite a gown per se. Certainly could be worn to a cocktail reception at BP.

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    2. The black silver fern dress was designed by Jenny Packham as a homage to our New Zealand national emblem. I wonder if Kate would wear it to some NZ related event in the future. I don't really see it being appropriate for any other type of event, as the silver fern is quite distinctive. Just like the hibiscus flower being the national flower of Malaysia, I'd love to see her in that gown again, too. I just don't know what context that gold/white gown would fit into, as the symbolism is exclusive to Malaysia.
      I'd also like to see the lavender McQueen again, I really hope Kate re-wears it in the near future.

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    3. Kiwi- Was that NZ dress a two piece or perhaps the embellishment is removable? it is a classic design...still, I think it is an historic gown and will be preserved as such.I think the lavender McQueen-one of my favorites also- is closely identified with the BAFTA event in Los Angeles. There are a number of her outfits I remember but not necessarily the occasion where she wore them. Some are closely linked to specific overseas events, even without a native symbol attached, and from an historical perspective-look at the QEII and Diana clothing exhibits-may never be worn again. I don't include gowns she first wore in the UK, such as the blue-green JP she later wore in NYC that we have seen again. I don't think it involves the source of funding; I think it is the association, as you suggest, Kiwi. There are some gowns including I think some of her evening gowns/arrival outfits from more memorable occasions and worn in other countries on tour that may never be seen again outside a museum or exhibit. I do hope her Bollywood gown isn't one of those. I'd love to see it again. And the beautiful bluish-white Beulah dress worn with the head covering in SE Asia tour. She wore it just after the French photos hit the news and I think of them in association, unfortunately.

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    4. Here, here on the lavender McQueen! One of my all-time favorites of her evening gowns and would love to see it again! I would love to see her wear more lavender in general.

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    5. anon 1, I agree. The association with a certain time or place is quite strong with some of her outfits, especially those that are debuted on international tours. The white lace/ice blue Temperley also comes to mind, when I think of the SE Asia tour & when the French photo scandal broke. That dress & the Beulah are two outfits I'd like to see again, but the association is a negative one. The black JP worn in NZ was a one-piece dress, I think, & the beading of the silver fern might be hard to remove. The blue JP from India, on the other hand, I'm sure we will see again.
      Robin, I'd love to see Kate in more lavender & purple shades, the McQueen is also one of my favourite gowns that Kate has ever worn.

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    6. I really loved that black dress with the silver fern she wore in NZ but, as you say, it was pretty specific to the occasion. Too bad, it's really lovely. That tour was her sartorial best so far although Paris was quite nice as well.

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    7. Robin your comment just made me imagine this green gown in a midi length. I do like it on Kate.

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  5. I think I will be in the minority when I say that I'm not a huge fan. The lace of the dress screams "tablecloth" to me. The color of the dress and her accessories were on point. Love her new earrings!

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    1. Haha yes. The pattern is just too big. My grandmother had curtains like that. I love the blue polka dot dress she wore to meet young Asians before yer trip to India. And the shimmeey Jenny Packham she wore when she when to the BAFTA gala with William. She's too tiny to pull of big prints and patterns and anyway it's so dated.

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    2. I think there is a fine line between "dated" and "classic." ;+]

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    3. Im not a huge fan of the dress either anon 10:08, although I don't dislike it. I think when the lace is dark wih a heavy large floral design without any contrast, there is that danger of looking like household fabric. While the color is gorgeous, certain elements are pretty and the fit is impeccable, this dress isn't in the same class as say her black lace DVF or the Amouret. I do like her accessories quite a bit however. The Kikis are beautiful. I think her emeralds would have been too much for this event. Women were wearing fine jewelry but nothing huge. She would have been way over dressed. As a footnote, her hair and makeup are on point here. Very pretty look.

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    4. Overdressed--as she was with the Queen's Hyderabad necklace? People loved that necklace and criticized her endlessly for not wearing her hair up to better display that necklace. I do agree, on second thought, that the emeralds would have been-lovely, but too much for this event, perhaps-as she undoubtedly knew that HM's necklace was at the 2014 NPG event. Thus the hiding with her hair. She has her hair back this time and I had no trouble seeing the Kikis. It was unexpected and I think "youth-anized"" her ensemble.

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    5. I guess i'm in the minority too since I cried in disappointment when i saw this dress - how many lace dresses/gowns can she possibly want to wear!!! It's just so boring, and I agree it did look like a tablecloth as well. Her dress style has become so conservative since she got married - she was much more fashionable in the early days of her marriage. I feel a lot of her outfits age her with the entire neck and arms covered. Why? She's young and gorgeous. I understand she does not want to be known for her fashion, but there is a way to be fashionable and have people pay attention to your causes. If she keeps dressing so dull, nobody is going to want to see what she's wearing and less people will know what she's doing. Diana and the European Royal's do a great job of looking fabulous and are taken seriously.

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    6. Yes, anon 1, I agree that the Kikis added a shot of youthfulness to her whole look. The emeralds are gorgeous but with this dress for this event not at all sure that would have worked. I mean,the emeralds are HUGE.

      I forget what the theme was for the 2014 gala. Fire and Ice or something like that? Whatever it was, the Hyderabad diamonds worked well for that and did not seem out of place.

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    7. Eh--s'okay. I love the color, it's not ugly or inappropriate at all (she's almost always appropriate), I'm just so tired of the heavy lace dresses, especially paired with heavy hair and heavy earrings.

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    8. Well, here I go again, but if Kate had worn her hair up the "sheer" upper portion, sleeves, and V-cut in the back would have provided a nice contrast to the "solid" green. IMO, a very nice feature of this gown was hidden.

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    9. but royalfan, that would ruin the whole Jessica Rabbit look.

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    10. Ha! 😀😃😄😊

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    11. You made me laugh Anon 1
      Jessica Rabbit! Love it :-)
      What a figure!

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    12. Luckily, she didn't follow Queen Margrethe's lead and wear red. :+0 PS- don't encourage me Ha!

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    13. Well, speaking of red gowns, I do love this one...

      http://us.hellomagazine.com/imagenes/royalty/2014031817595/princess-mary-marie-denmark-gala/0-92-60/princess-marie--z.jpg

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    14. I remember that one. Very pretty. I'm trying to figure out which came first: Marie's or the Queen's? Do you think that lace part is separate and removable-for versatility-or not. That might be the answer for Kate's lace fondness (or William's-:+) Lace accents or removable parts. A stole, a lace overlay top that can be switched out....

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    15. I'll have to do some googling to answer your question. Regarding lace accents...great idea and ohhhh the possibilities....

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    16. You know I hate to Google, royalfan. ;+) Thanks. I'm thinking lace mitts, parasols, shrugs... pinafores --ha! Meanwhile, a whole new post is waiting.

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  6. I had a moment's thought about the emerald /green stone earrings and bracelet from the NYC St. Andrews gala. I like the deep side part with the flirty wave over her forehead. I gotta say, if you have to be surrounded by heavy security, let it be gorgeous guys in tuxes. William who?

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    1. The emeralds would have been stunning as well!

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    2. "William who?" is right, anon 1. How does Kate keep her composure with those PPOs in tuxes by her side? I'd be a blithering idiot in their presence ;)

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    3. HAHA, Kiwi! Another thought-how do those RPOs keep their focus with Kate near-by. Ha!

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    4. Where is Mr. Security? Has he been seen at work recently?

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    5. He was front and center in Paris, Jay. I understand BP and Windsor have put up additional security means.

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    6. I'm sure Kate would be very distracting for them, anon 1, but they are the ultimate professionals.

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    7. What a relief, anon 1. I'm glad he's still with them so we get to see him on occasion ;)

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    8. Emerald earrings would have been a very nice touch for sure. Green does look very good on Kate.

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  7. She was beyond stunning tonight!! The dress, the jewels, the hair, the makeup, everything was absolutely perfect!

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  8. This is my favorite Kate dress ever.

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  9. I hope that there is a third pregnancy announcement soon!

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    1. I'm hoping for an announcement soon, too! There seems to be all these weddings going on, I think it's time for some baby news :) Or engagement news...hint, hint, Harry ;)

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    2. Not to repeat myself-ok, I will-I think there will an engagement announcement a couple weeks before the May event for military children- and appearance together there, if it wouldn't detract from the children being recognised. There are a whole lot of issues to be settled, just as in any marriage of two people from different countries, for example. I don't see her acting career as a conflict. She has already established an identity apart from her acting. I think that the officials of her television show would turn her loose early-think of the publicity for the show of her engagement to Harry. She may return only briefly to Toronto to wrap things up. Barring unforeseen circumstances, I think Harry is ready and things will progress briskly.

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    3. I think things will move quite quickly for Harry, too, anon 1.

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    4. Ladies, I cannot share your optimism where Harry and Meghan are concerned. I had my reservations prior to the wedding they attended, but after seeing the photos from that day, I am doubtful that she is "the one". And the odd "silence" since then only reinforces it.

      If I am wrong, I will admit it. :-)

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    5. @royalfan Apparenty a couple weeks ago she was back in London for a weekend with Harry (after Jamaica). While I haven't seen photographs, sometimes she does fly under the radar.

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    6. I think that was last weekend or the one before. She supposedly has been staying at Not Cot and they visited a museum. There is official word that he will be in Toronto April 4 for Invictus.

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    7. Thank you Anon 10:11. Where was this reported?

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    8. Hmmm... As we said before, time will tell.

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    9. RETRACTION: 3/29,11;45- Harry will attend trials for Invictus 2017 Toronto April 7 at Univ. of Bath. Not in TORONTO. Per KP Twitter. I was watching the HT films and saw that announcement.

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    10. I'm with royalfan on the Meghan front. I've never felt she was the one for Harry and as time goes on I am more convinced. I know Harry wants to be settled and have kids but if he pushes for it, instead of letting it happen, I fear he will be heartbroken.

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    11. I'm curious royalfan and Robin who you think would be a more appropriate match for Harry?

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  10. At first glance, I was disappointed. Not another lace dress! But then--she does look stunning in it: this shade of green, the gold accessories, the earrings.

    If not for all her other lace dresses (long as well as short), I could like this look more.

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  11. Gorgeous dress and gorgeous setting! Love your views as always and I agree with them except with the hair. Maybe the hair up would had been better?
    In any case, she looked great! :D
    Good job on the post and the videos!

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  12. "Bellissima!" She did look quite stunning tonight. The Amoret gown is not one of my favorites because I don't like dark lace over a light lining but this dress doesn't have that issue! The gold is the perfect pop along with those earrings. Quite the win for the evening!

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  13. I absolutely love the way she's making up her eyes now. And that dress is gorgeous on her.

    Bellissima, bellissima, Your Royal Highness!

    Belle

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  14. I love lace and I've not tired of Kate's extensive collection of lace gowns. It's such a classic, I don't think it can grow old. I adore the Amoret and I feel pretty good about this dress too, though I prefer the modern touches on the other to this classic look (the V neck, the 3/4 sleeves). So happy she went with gold accessories rather than black and those earrings are gorgeous. They're unexpected with the dress but I like that, so for me this is a big win and I say Bellisma!!

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  15. The hair and make-up: on point.

    I LOVE the black lace dress with nude under. Stunning. Sophisticated. Sexy.

    But this was not that. (Sigh.) I think we have seen more lace dresses on her than anything else. Over it.

    Honestly, if she ripped the lace off and just worn the dress that was under it, that would have been so much better. Minimal, but sleek and sexy, a great balance to her hair.

    And don't comment, "Oh, that would be too sexy. She's a princess now." Kate has worn far sexier and revealing things than that!

    I love Carole but Carole and (God help me) Camilla could both have worn this dress.

    Sorry, Jane, but I'm holding my "Bellissima!!" for a future occasion.

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  16. I can say nothing but "wow". Kate, you were perfect tonight.

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  17. I personally thought it looked like a customisation from Temperley's Cleo dress!! That one came in beige and blue and is identical to this one. Stunning.

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  18. Kate truly is 'Bellissima!'. The green shade of the lace with her hair/eyes & the gold accessories - divine! The back of the gown is stunning...like royalfan said above, I wish she had her hair up this time to show off the dress more. But her hair is still gorgeous, even though the earrings got a bit lost in it. I personally think pink & green is a strange pairing for earrings, but they're so big, who cares!

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  19. Love the color, fit, and silhouette. Love the gold accessories. Hate the lace. Hate the jewels - I wanted something more sparkly.

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  20. Lovely dress, another blog thought it was a repeat. The clutch and shoes, not a fan of, the earrings ok, but only ok:)
    She looks good. Do like the color on her that is a rave and like the back. Jane, I might be booted off, but have you gotten help on writing your blog due to your Law School work load?

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    1. It is a repeat if you count that glimpse in the car on the way to Windsor, yes.
      Oh no, why would you be booted off?! :) No, I don't have help. I still write and format everything myself.

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  21. Kate looks absolutely fabulous! Her lace forest green dress is gorgeous, and it fits her perfectly. Her hair looks simply amazing, so glossy and healthy-looking. The earrings are exquisite and pick up the color of her dress. Her make up is picture perfect too. She looks dazzling, elegant and comfortable in her own skin. She looks happy and seems to be thoroughly enjoying her visit to the National Portrait Gallery. I could not care less how many lace dresses Kate has. By now, people should know that Kate wears what she likes and considers appropriate for each event. This dress is pure Kate. What I enjoy is to see her shine as brightly as she did tonight.

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  22. The colour is stunning as is the back of the dress - the lace material I am also becoming a little weary of - I loved the flare of the dress as it graduates to the floor - another material and this would have been a win - for now a sorta win - I love the different parting of her hair though, really makes a difference.

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  23. Beautiful!
    Elegant and every inch a princess.
    She does not need the royal jewellery--though I do like to see her in some.

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  24. It's a nice dress and I think Kate looks very pretty in dark green but her "sense of seasons" baffles me. I thought the print gown she wore to the BAFTA event looked like a summer dress (not to mention she must have been freezing) and some commenting (either here or on WKW..can't remember which ) thought the Paris ice blue gown looked too spring-like. I was on the fence about the color of the Paris dress (it wasn't officially spring on Mar 18 but was close) but the style and color of this dress screams fall/winter to me. But it's nearly April? I just don't get it. I have never thought Kate dressed "matronly" but wearing this covered-up long sleeved large-motif lace dress--as pretty as it is-- on a spring evening might make me change my mind. I agree with Anon 11:43 that either Carole or Camilla could wear this style. I do like that the skirt is cut full enough to accommodate her normal stride unlike the JP Paris gown. 

    I like larger earrings on Kate for a change of pace but wish she'd branch out from Kiki M. I'd rather see historic or "royal" jewels vs very expensive but kind of ho-hum contemporary stuff. But obviously she a Kiki devotee and that seems unlikely to change. Also BTW if I am looking at the right earrings, the sale price on the KMcD site is higher than what is quoted in Jane's article. Raised the price to cash in on the "Kate effect"? (Although at even the quoted sales price there's probably not a huge effect)



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    1. I thought the same thing too when I saw it, perfect for fall/winter. The color would have worked better at Christmas too. Kate seems to do this a lot, disregard the seasonal "look" of things. And I'm not a stickler for fashion rules. But, in this case, it's more a feel for how the outfit looks than an actual rule.

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    2. Lizzie, this was exactly my thought! In principal, I really like this dress but the colour and the style are just so much better for the autumn or winter. In addition to that, I think this gown works beautifully for an event like the Queen's dinner but it just didn't seem right to me for this event - in a way, it was too formal an evening gown and something slightly lighter and breezier would have worked better (for example, something along the lines of the stunning Jenny Packham gown that appears in Jane's picture when she comments on this blog).

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  25. The Duchess is certainly beautiful and I love her appreciation for the arts. In regards to the fashion, what I think fell a bit short, was her hair color. It is hinting towards the red family instead of the deep rich brown that so compliments her features. The deep brown hues are far more flattering on her, in my opinion. While I love her hair down, it would be fabulous to see it more in pin waves to reflect high end glamour and elegance. The accessories she chose and the lace textures of this gown were spectacular. I would have loved to have seen this gown in either a lilac color or in a taupe/blush color. It would have likely been the difference between beautiful versus exquisite.

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    1. I wonder if the green of the gown brought out red tones? Also, flash photography does strange things to color and the difference between inside and out. The close ups showed a rich, shiny brown to me.

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  26. I liked Queen Margarethe's blue lace version at last nights state dinner much better.

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    1. She has a killer red lace gown she has worn multiple times, notably for her 70th birthday bash. I think she's the model of a modern constitutional monarch. She is Queen Regnant, but I think also a good model for a queen consort. Not mentioning any names. Could be any of the ladies in waiting for the crown.

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    2. This one?

      http://ekstrabladet.dk/incoming/article5606069.ece/IMAGE_ALTERNATES/p900/Prince%20Carl%20Philips%20and%20Sofia%20Hellqvists%20wedding,%20Stockholm,%20Sweden,%20arrivals,%202015-06-13

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    3. It is certainly red, royalfan. I thought it was a straight skirt and all lace. I saw it on OSS.

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  27. I love everything about this look! She looks STUNNING!!! You know another gown that I'm longing for a repeat of was that long silver one shoulder gown she wore back in 2011 or 2012 at the palace. Anyone remember that?:) The way she wore her hair with that dress would have complemented this gown tonight as well:)

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    1. Silver Jenny Packham at the National Memorial Arboretum in 2011: http://www.katesclothes.com/outfit/national-memorial-arboretum-appeal/

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    2. Which is exactly where William is/was today, I believe.

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    3. Yes he was opening a new Remembrance Hall and laid a wreath for the police officer murdered last week,
      The Trio are at a Service of Hope at Westminster Abbey next Wednesday.
      William was out today visiting Ambulance Service and St Thomas's Hospital.
      The films they commissioned released today.

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    4. Thank-you, Jean

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  28. The Duchess looked lovely her hair and skin glowing, the dress is ok, the colour really suits her but a bit the style is a bit dull and matronly , why oh why didnt she wear the New York emerald earrings think the outfie needed diamonds to add a sparkle.

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  29. Belissima.....Belissima......I thought a HUGE win.....the color made her eyes pop! You're right, fit like a glove......and I am loving her hair these days....the color is spot on and the added volume at the crown makes her look so grown up glamorous. When her hair didn't have so much volume I preferred the updos....but now her hair is so perfect! SLH

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  30. I thought she looked lovely, particularly liked her hair, and those earrings. Gorgeous. My one negative comment, and it's nit picky, I admit, is that i thought the dress (like a few others she owns) seems a bit long - did anyone else think that? I'm surprised she hasn't tripped yet. And this time there was no Will to take her arm as she lifted her skirt to walk up the steps. Given her height, and the height of the heels she always wears, it always strike me odd that her skirts seem so long - look at the photos - the dress is dragging on the ground in most of them. But, as I said, too picky. Green is not my favourite colour, but on her, I think it's lovely. Nice to see a different outfit.

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  31. Hi Jane - small correction from a girl that was born into the Notre Dame family. Notre Dame's colors are blue and gold, not green and gold :) And yes, the Duchess looked absolutely stunning!

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    1. Ha! Well now you really know I am not a Notre Dame fan. :) That must just be the green and gold hoodies I see in my FB newsfeed on game days.

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    2. P.S. Nothing against Notre Dame, of course. Just not a college football fan. :)

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  32. The dress and color are nice enough.
    We have seen this look so many times. How many lace dresses day and night wear would there be.
    There is no WOW factor here, it is a repeated look, boring.
    Queen Maxima and Crown Princess Mary always look stunning. You may not always like there choices but they are the complete package and definitely have the WOW factor happening.
    This dress is lacking jewellery, brooch nicer earrings these don't look nice at all.
    The color suits the Duchess and her hair and makeup look nice, but considering the high neckline and low scope at the back, a up do would be much nicer.
    She really needs a stylist, she tries hard but just doesn't pull it off.
    I wonder if she has a stylist, or goes with her own ideas anyway

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    1. I'm beginning to think Kate does not have a stylist. I think she consults her "team" maybe but doesn't have a person specified to be a stylist. She is getting bolder with the big earrings and she seems to need to ease her way into things. I love this look and think it's just classic beauty all the way around. If I step away from that I might have put a plum belt with amethyst earrings and plum shoes with it. If it were Diana, she would have called attention to that lovely back by wearing 20s style pearls down the back with a knot which, with the gold shoes, Kate could have done with Tahitian or South Sea gold pearls. Heck, she can afford them!

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    2. I had visions of Diana's pearls as well. ☺

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    3. Great minds, royalfan, great minds. :-)

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    4. Plum accents would be lovely for a recycle of this dress. In general I wish Kate wore wear more amathysts and emeralds - both would look lovely on her!

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    5. Absolutely, Robin. 🌹

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    6. Susan at WKW suggests that the necklace Kate wore in Paris wasn't Trinity, but one of Diana's rings worn on a chain as a necklace. It would have been a nice remembrance. Diana also had a large pearl ring on in one of the photos.

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    7. Anon 1, I'd be more inclined to consider that if Kate wasn't wearing matching earrings.

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    8. Ha!, royalfan. Nice idea, though. Susan Was pretty convincing with photos and back-up.

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    9. Yes, I did check the photos. 🤓 And I agree...nice idea.

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  33. This look continues to grow on me. At first, it just seemed like an old dress we have seen before. But... the color is so beautiful on her, it is classically elegant, and her hair is enviable to say the least! I KNOW the dress should have an undo, but her hair looked so great last night, it would have been a shame to have it bundled up! :)

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  34. Lace-ugh, forest green (really? at the beginning of spring?)-ugh. I'm so over the lace dress thing and especially one that looks almost identical to her other 20 lace dresses. I think about 4 lace dresses back I was tired of lace dresses (not just Kate's). I did like her earrings and gold shoes.

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    1. This particular shade of green is bursting forth all over my garden: certainly suggests Spring to me.
      I suppose it depends on where you live.

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    2. I have light green bursting forth (southern US) but dark green isn't something I see in the garden now except for the evergreen trees. Those looked festive with snow in winter and remind me of Christmas. As does this pretty dress unfortunately.

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    3. In Europe in general green is not related with Christmas...In some countries , Southern , not even the red colour...if not gold and silver..
      Green and red reminds me poppies among the wheat in spring..

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    4. ...poppies among the wheat...a lovely picture, Anon2.

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    5. Interesting regional differences! I had assumed green represented Christmas most places Christmas is celebrated given the history of December celebrations going way back to Saturnalia. And Kate did wear that R&G print near Christmas. But maybe it wasn't supposed to be Christmas-y.  

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    6. Green and red at Christmas is related to Lutheranism...not Catholicism..In UK is Church of England, a mixture....

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    7. Agree about Saturnalia, all holy festivities have its beginning in pagan things related to seasoms..

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    8. Plus, down-under, one often goes to the beach for Christmas and it's too hot for roast turkey for Christmas dinner. ;+)

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    9. In Argentina, where it is summer too, people gift pink underwear to bring good luck..

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    10. Good luck with what,Anon2??

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    11. The New Year!!

      Anon2

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    12. We just eat black-eyed peas and greens on New Year's Day for luck during the year but I think I like the pink underwear idea better Anon2! (Does that apply to men too?)

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    13. ha,ha!! Men like pink these days too!!

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  35. Stunning!! I particularly love the earrings!
    ~ A

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  36. I think Kate looked gorgeous. I'm not a big fan of lace, and forest green doesn't exactly evoke springtime, yet I'm surprised by how much I like this dress. I think it's mainly the color. Dark green looks beautiful on Kate. It really brings out her green eyes. Also, I love the back of the dress (which isn't shown here). It's sexy without being overt. Kate's hair is very nicely done, too. I agree with you, Jane... Kate looked stunning! This is one of my favorite evening dresses ever.

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  37. For those interested... Looks like Wetherby is doing a branch in NYC (who knew??) on the Upper East Side in Sept. And parents are peeved that George isn't going there.

    http://pagesix.com/2017/03/29/ues-parents-feel-royally-screwed-by-prince-george-school-pick/?_ga=1.218102998.1396168552.1483996360

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    1. So ridiculous to be upset by this. Honestly, not even on the same continent! I do think that Kate will regret choosing a school so far away. The traffic in London is horrendous and going that far twice a day, five days a week, is going to get old really fast. Bridge traffic alone is a nightmare.

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    2. I'm not sure where it is (location, street, etc.), but some of the royals (I know Diana had this) have a device that either changes certain lights to red so they can go through or something like that. I can look it up if people care. It was in one of Paul Burrell's books. I'm not saying they will depend on this to get to school. All this talk of London traffic just reminded me of it. I think little tidbits like this are so interesting!

      From your knowledge, about how long do you think it will take from KP to Battersea? I know traffic makes everything different, but the map says only a few miles. I think they picked Battersea because it's very middle class, like the Middletons. Unless the Kensington location didn't offer George's grade, I think that's what it is. Kate doesn't seem to care for William's friends & they come from the KP neighborhood.

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    3. I'm not at all sure the Battersea location is so middle-class compared to the Kensington branch unless that term means something else entirely in the UK. I've heard the Middletons described that way and that is true in terms of their being non-aristocracy. But in terms of income, not so much. If there had not been education trusts and possibly money from an uncle that might have been true (in terms of the experiences and schooling the 3 sibs had growing up)

      I don't know why they chose this location. A nursery for Charlotte seems an insufficient reason as she won't be in nursery long and I don't believe the nursery is located within the school itself anyway. The Kensington branch is coed too (a feature that I agree could be good) so that isn't a difference but it only goes up to age 11 not 13 like the Battersea branch (although both start at 4.) My suspicion is that there can be better security at Battersea because the school is pretty much in one GIANT building unlike the Kensington branch. But red light devices aside (I feel for London commuters if that's the plan to handle George's daily commute) it seems a long way for a 4 yr old to travel every day (and super-long for Charlotte for nursery.)

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    4. I hope helicopters aren't the plan. Sounds pretty unsafe to me in an urban area. But maybe I don't know enough about them. I also can't imagine justifying that as a daily expense. (And it would get out..there are 500+ students at Battersea!)

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    5. I can't imagine them helicoptering in everyday!:)

      I think, over there, "middle class" can mean higher income but it also means, whatever your background, you work hard to achieve what you want. While Mr. Middleton's family has trust(s), Carole was born in public housing. And although his family had resources, he was working for an airline. Not exactly finance or something. I think his family trusts heavily tied the money up into certain things, education, real estate. (I have wondered why, with his trust $ for education, didn't he have a better job?)

      I have read that Battersea is doctors, journalists, small business owners... people who reflect the Middleton values. As Americans, we love what Carole built. But over there in some circles, ambition and bootstrap wealth don't go over well. Think of Prince Charles being against his own granddaughter inheriting the throne! Old ways die hard, sadly.

      I'm betting the coed part was also a factor. It's all a more modern way to raise their kids.

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    6. Ha! Imagine!!! 🚁

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    7. Helicopter would be a bit over the top I think - and very expensive. I would guess that, in the morning traffic, it could take up to 30 minutes to get to the school. Probably less to get back if he gets out early.

      I agree re: the "middle class" assessment. The Middletons were definitely of a much higher income than what an American middle class family would be considered. I think the more accurate definition of the Middleton family is that they are commoners and not royalty or aristocracy - remembering that being a commoner in GB is not the same thing as being called common here in the US. No titles or ancient heraldry in their family. The queen granted Mike Middleton a coat of arms when Kate became engaged to William and then Kate's coat of arms was derived from her father's as is tradition.

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    8. Many children travel that far to school and they will be going in opposite direction to the worst of rush hour traffic.
      I suspect they plan Eton or somewhere similar later and they take children from 13yrs, which fits with Battersea.
      Doubtless they have chosen what they believe most appropriate for their child.

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    9. ...should have put a smiley face by my helicopter remark. Ha! royalfan. Although...think of the security saving over a ground transportation entourage. At least two SUVs and more RPOs than a helicopter trip. Kate did tell those parents, reportedly, that she would "see them at the gate." Maybe that means she will be escorting him to school. Also, do we know for sure George will be attending five days a week? Four is so young. Perhaps expectations are different in London for children.

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    10. Traveling 30ish minutes to get to school as a child is a normal thing? Wow, we really are very spoiled here. And parents still can't manage to get them to school on time! I agree that they probably assessed the curriculums of several schools before deciding which they thought would best represent what they wanted for their children.

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    11. I'm in the States and frankly many children don't walk to school and have a commute of 30 minutes or more. Plus if picked up by a school bus proximity to school is not relevant, it's how long you are on the bus while others are picked up that matters. I'm sure the commute was considered by W&K and deemed not an issue measured against other considerations and benefits

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    12. Like I said, I don't know alot about helicopters, Anon 1. But I doubt it would be cheaper. And I doubt safer either if it was known a helicopter flying over London at predictable times Monday-Friday was ferrying PG.  

      I wasn't in "school" at 4 yrs old. Later when I rode a school bus it could take 30 min to get to school because of the stops. But I was having a good time giggling with my best friend (we were allowed to have best friends back then) so the time passed quickly. Not sure it would be the same being in a limo at age 4! 

      The school expects all students (even 4 yr olds) to attend 5 days a week according it its webpage, Anon 1. Absences for family trips are highly discouraged although I am sure exceptions would be made for PG. Kate may be planning to do the school runs twice a day but I doubt it will work out that way because of schedule conflicts.

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    13. The commute with meetings, athletics, visiting friends etc. etc. is long and does get old, however I agree with lizzie that it may be the security concerns and the hope to keep the kids at home till 13 that drove the decision.

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    14. We were allowed to have best friends back then! hahaha:) Ah, those were the days!

      IMO five days a week for a 4 year old is too much. I think half day K is the best, so 4... way too much. I think we are stressing kids out to much these days and with most parents working, that's why we have 2 year olds in "school". My children put enough pressure on themselves to do well, having them at 4 in school 5 days a week, I shudder. We did preschool at 4, 3 mornings a week. Plus dance, swim lessons, etc. And yes, they were well prepared with knowing their numbers, letters, reading, etc. before K.

      Also, schools that frown on vacations.... recipe for disaster IMO. Everyone needs a break sometimes. Kids learn a lot by traveling. And letting George out but not the others, as a parent, I'd be ticked.

      I thought this school sounded good, but the more I learn, I'm not so sure.

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    15. Thanks for the info, lizzie. Lots of variables, but I was hoping they would go for day school until older. Thirteen sounds good. Kids are all about their friends and school activities then. My thirteen year old grandchild acts more mature than I do half the time. The other half she is a giggly teenager. Just had a thought. George could be heir by then. Or at least his Dad. Poor Charles. I hope he doesn't have to walk down the coronation aisle with the aid of a walker.

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    16. I don't know how long the school days are for the Thomas 4 yr olds. I didn't see that on the school's webpage. Maybe it is half days on the 5 days. But it will be a change from PG's reported nursery experience of a few days a week. But all the 4 yr olds likely will be faced with the same sort of adjustment issue.


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    17. One would hope half-days. I just realised that's two round trips a day for someone. If Nanny takes George, what to do with Charlotte? I think as their schedule continues to increase perhaps another child-care assistant. Continue the plan of W&C taking turns staying home, whenever possible? That was the goal, anyway. Weekend engagements/ Lots of logistical challenges.

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    18. Our Kinder is now all day and still five days a week. With the cut off for registration that the child must be 5 years old by Dec. 1, that means many Kinders are 4 years old when they start. I'm not a fan of this. There are many studies proving that there is negligible advantage in the learning process for starting school at earlier and earlier ages and for longer periods of time. It's pretty much a free day care. Some public schools (in the US these are the free schools) are starting to offer Pre-K. Again, free day care. Or day care on the taxpayers bill. I read a study about one of the Scandinavian countries (Norway?) that their kids are thriving and learning better because they've increased the amount of outside free play time they receive daily. There is nothing better for a child than fresh air and time to play with friends to create healthy minds and hearts in children. OK, I'll step off my soap box. I'm very passionate about the education of children and really hope PG is in a school that encourages learning instead of drilling it in.

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    19. Wow, cut-off Dec 1? Ours is Sept 1 and many, if their child is not 5 by June 1, wait until the next year which is really the recommendation of teachers in our area. Those months make a huge difference in a child so young. My mom did both ways, she sent my sister with an August birthday and then did not send my brother with a June birthday. She recommends waiting to everyone.

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    20. Anon 1, I believe Kate (or William) will do the school run whenever their schedules permit. If I recall correctly, Diana did most of the morning runs because, generally, daytime engagements were scheduled for late morning.

      The afternoon run...? Kate, William, Nanny, or perhaps even the PPO's as they will be at the school with George.

      Here is William arriving at KP in 1986 ...

      http://i.huffpost.com/gen/1331538/thumbs/o-1986-570.jpg?1

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    21. Thanks for that, royalfan.. Is that a PPO? Not a manny? William's dislike of photographers didn't start with Diana's death. Frequent exposure is not the best way to prepare some children.

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    22. Sometimes I read these comments and wonder where the other commenters live because the schedules they think children should have vanished many decades ago in many places in the US. I do not disagree that kids should be allowed to be kids I am just aware that such a belief does not hold much water in many many places

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  38. Perfection ! Yes where is our Mr Security?? I was thinking that very same thing.

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  39. Bellissima! Bellissima! Absolute perfection.

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  40. Not sure if this has been discussed previously, but for jewelry like these Kiki earrings do we think Kate buys or borrows them? I doubt she will be getting much use out if them and I'm sure the designer would be more than happy to loan them to her, much like a celebrity at the Oscars. Thoughts?

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    1. I have wondered about that when the larger earrings started to appear, but it is also quite possible that they are gifts from those near and dear.

      I also wonder where the fine line is between the access Kate has to the royal vaults vs. her apparent preference for smaller pieces.

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