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Kate and William Join the Queen for Easter Sunday Matins

Sunday, April 16, 2017

This morning, Kate and William joined the Queen and other members of the royal family at St. George's Chapel for Easter Sunday Matins. 


This is the first time that William and Kate together have joined the Queen as she celebrates this sacred holiday. The Queen keeps the Easter weekend at Windsor and although many other members of her family join her, royal watchers have been wondering if Easter would be a holiday the Cambridges reserved for themselves. As the years ticked by the couple did not attend, that seemed a likely hypothesis. 


Kate recycled her gorgeous white Catherine Walker coat from Canada:


Just as in Canada, Kate is wearing the white pleated skirt or dress under the coat. Many have suggested this is the pleated skirt from Whistles that Kate wore for her final day in North America in 2011. Kate again wore her pearl and diamond earrings on loan from the Queen and carried what appears to be a new envelope clutch in a complementing neutral. 


The Duchess wore her hair in a chignon and debuted a new, cream pillbox. I love pillboxes and I love them on Kate. The only problem with the pillbox today is that, possibly because of the color, or maybe because it looks almost squared off in some of the pictures, or because of the way it works with the coat, or a combination of all three...she looks a little like a WWII nurse. In some pictures. I am as excited as the next person to see her out, I am just saying... A beautiful WWII nurse with the best tailor in town, but that's just my overall impression scanning the photos. love the neutral colors on Kate, but...


Just as at Sandringham's Christmas walk, the two did not bring their children today. In 2014 William, Kate, and George were on an epic tour of Australia and New Zealand. The little royal family spent Palm Sunday in Dunedin, New Zealand, and a week later they were in Sydney, Australia, for Easter. The Cambridges left George at Admiralty House while they attended the Sunday morning service, pictured here.



I am not sure on the timing, (whether the couple did the Easter egg hunt with George before or after the service) but the new parents were pictured in the grass at Admiralty House encouraging baby George to "hunt" for eggs. Pictured below where William is planting the bait and Kate is encouraging George to come and get it:


He got it:


Yesterday I was thinking what a busy day it must be for Kate! Three years ago she was in Australia trying to teach chubby cheeks George what an egg was, let alone how to hunt for a colored one. Now three years later George is fully old enough to aggressively hunt those Easter eggs, and even has a little competition from Princess Charlotte. If her enthusiasm at the Children's Party in Canada is anything to go by, she'll give George a good run for his money. So I am guessing Kate had a lot of Easter eggs to dye. Thanks to Pippa's wonderful book "Celebrate," we have a little insight into what the Middletons' Easter looked like:
As children, the day before Easter we would make marbled eggs by hard-boiling them, cracking the shells and leaving them in water colored with food dye, which would seep through the cracks. It was always fun eating our creations for breakfast the next morning. We would look forward to a huge Easter egg hunt, which was (and still is) quite competitive in our household, and then have a family lunch, often with roast spring lamb, but always with plenty of chocolate before and after! 
As Pippa points out in her book, traditions around Easter are quite strong, and I suspect that Kate has carried her family traditions when she started her own family with William. I am guessing that Charlotte and George made a lot of marbled eggs yesterday.



Here, the Cambridges are seen leaving the church after the service:

This view from the back shows that the hat is absolutely love. It is squared off and in satin, two very unusual elements for Kate. I really like it from the back. This would be a great hat in another color. 



"Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia! Once He died our souls to save, Alleluia! Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!"




151 comments:

  1. You are amazingly quick with the updates, Jane!
    I am so happy that the Cambridges spent Easter with the Royal Family. It is the right thing to do after all. I would not be surprised if they spent the earlier part of the weekend with the Middletons (speculating of course).
    I loved Kate's "Easter outfit" from Australia, it was very elegant, and that dove-grey colour looked exquisite on Kate. The cream is obviously lovely too, but I don't know why I think she looks like a nurse from the 1950's? Maybe it is the hat :-)
    Happy Easter from Royal Watcher

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    1. OMG I didn't realise that Jane had made that comment. I don't feel so silly now. It IS a nurse outfit!!
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    2. If attending Easter services with the Queen is the right thing to do, apparently, Charles doesn't care about doing the right thing. The next heir also attends the Commonwealth Day services at his convenience. I don't understand why William is held to a higher standard than Charles is.
      When I saw that the Cambridges were with HM today, my first thought was--"I wonder what some will find to criticise ." The professional fashion critics think her outfit was classic and elegant.

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    3. I'm not one to always hold up Charles as an example of what Will should and should not do. And as I've said before, for some of us there is a difference between being abroad doing "royal work" on CW Day (like being in the Balkans as C&C were last yr) and going abroad to a spot known to be full of photographers to ski and drink as Will did.

      I am curious though, who are the "professional fashion critics" whose opinions apparently are to be considered infallible? Certainly not anyone who writes for a magazine hoping to "kiss up" to the  royals!

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    4. I suppose Charles held for a higher standard based on the amount of work he does/did,and I won't drag here any numbers.

      And because we all wade in with our opinions fashion wise: she looked 20 years older, awful hat with awful hairdo for a 35. Too monocrone, if she is standing against a wall, you can't tell the difference.

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    5. Anon1, Charles was not there because he is in Scotland, where he and Camilla went to church at Craithie Church. I think you should check your facts before criticising.

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    6. Barbara, the point is he was NOT with the Queen! He always is in Scotland on Easter. The point was also that William is NOT next in line to the throne and until this summer he is not a so called "full time Royal", however, many expect him to act this way. So checking facts before criticising goes both ways.

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    7. The point was attending Easter services with the Queen, which Charles never does, not just attending church. William and Catherine have attended Easter services every year they have been married except possibly the year Charlotte was born. They attended church while visiting Kate's parents and they attended while living in Wales. Frankly, I am not the one who needs to brush up on facts. I know the gossip sites and tabs say they never attend Easter services, but that is not true- although it is none of our business. I did not say Charles did not attend Easter services at all, at any rate .William has been criticised as "future head of the Church of England" for not attending with HM. Yet when I turn the criticism around to Charles, all of a sudden, it is ok for the heir himself to miss services with the Queen, just as long as he goes somewhere. They are primarily on vacation when they are in Scotland at Birkhall, by the way.

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    8. I'm confused. Who exactly holds Charles more accountable than William? It WAS nice to see the Cambridges at church with the Queen. And I thought that we were all fashion amateurs who just enjoyed "having a crack" at voicing our opinions without claiming to be experts. You see what you see after all. And Kate could wear a potato sack and still be gorgeous :-)
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    9. The Cambridge/Easter/Windsor issue comes up every year and it does amaze me that no one wonders why C&C do not attend services with the Queen. Or even Harry.

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  2. Ha! jJane, you made me giggle with the nurse comment! But I completely see your point! The hair and the hat, I think contributed to that reference! Catherine always looks impeccable, however, and this outfit is lovely, piece by piece, the total effect is a bit sterile. In any event many happy returns of the day to all! And thank you,Jane, for posting!

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  3. Thank you for the post and pictures. I agree with you about the hat. Thank you for the beautiful music.πŸ¦‹

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  4. Jennifer from the SouthApril 16, 2017 at 7:47 AM

    Thanks for the quick post!

    Love the outfit. Loved the hat until your nurse reference, Jane... And now I can't unsee it πŸ˜‚

    Happy Easter to all!

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    1. I thought the same too about the hat, remindedicated me of a nurse.
      Fan from Toronto, Canada.

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  5. I have a hypothesis....

    I wonder if they have been staying at Carole and Mike's all weekend, and that they came to Windsor for the service that morning. I say that for a few reasons:
    1. I looked on Google Maps and it is under an hour drive
    2. Kate curtsied at the Queen, which indicates that is the first time she had seen her that day (saw that on Twitter I believe)
    3. I bet the kids are home w grandma and grandpa while Mum and Dad are at church
    4. I kind of get the feeling that Kate did her own hair and makeup today - she looks great, but there is definitely a difference between how she looks when her hair is done professionally and how it looks today - especially from the back.

    Just saying...I think it is nice to see them make the effort to come to Windsor, while also balancing the kids and the holiday. This obviously isn't groundbreaking, but these are my thoughts this morning. :) Thanks for the quick post, Jane! Happy Easter!

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    1. Nina, I 100% agree with your hypothesis! I thought her hair looked different to when it's normally styled for engagements & came to the same conclusion as you :) I'm also pleased to see them at Windsor with the Queen & the other royals.

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    2. Nina, #2 is so interesting. I had no idea. I guess it makes sense to limit such a greeting to the first meeting of the day. If not, everyone would be bowing or curtsying constantly :)

      Thanks for sharing!

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    3. I agree that she did her own hair, Nina. It looks like she stuffed it all into a hairnet. In any case, it looks very well done for having managed it herself. I could never get my hair to look that good.

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    4. Nina, I also completely agree! While it still interrupts Easter Sunday with their kids, this is really about the best balance they can get. Maria gets the weekend off, they get to spend it like a "normal" family with the Middletons, while still celebrating with grandma (grandmum?) and having a good chunk of the BRF together on a holiday. I suspect they had lunch with the BRF before heading back.

      Astute observation regarding her hair! I didn't think of that...but it explains the rogue strands on the right side of her head. I'd guess that Carole and Pippa (if Pippa was there) helped her out, so it wasn't just her.

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  6. When I first so the pics. I said she looks like a nurse from back in the day. I love the coat when she wore it in Canada and love it now. But I wish she would have change the accessories. The hat and shoes could've been in a different color. Anyways she look nice.

    Happy Easter

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  7. Glad William and Kate attended Easter service with the queen and family. She looks nice. I hope she rewears the grey coat outfit again. That was my favorite from the tour.

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  8. Being at Windsor, it would be easy to pop over to Buckleberry in the late afternoon if they haven't spent time with them already this weekend. Peter and Autumn didn't bring their girls and they are older than George so no way where George and Charlotte going to attend the service.

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  9. Definitely see the nurse vibe. I agree with Anon 7:38 who said the outfit looks "sterile." This wasn't a favorite formal day look from the Canada tour for me anyway. (I loved the arrival outfit.) I think this coat even without the "nurse hat" might have looked sterile in Canada too had Kate not had her colorfully-dressed children beside her or in her arms. The darker tones they wore-- blues and maroon-- both livened up and grounded the outfit IMO. To me this outfit could benefit from a brooch or maybe from wearing shoes and carrying a clutch that weren't so matchy-matchy but it still wouldn't be a favorite of mine. I was glad to see W&K at the service though.



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    1. I think Kate meant for the children to shine and stand out then and I think she meant for the Queen to be the focus today. She obviously coordinated the outfits in those departure photos. I doubt she chose the children's outfits to flatter her own. Just the reverse.

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    2. So I suppose that makes the DoC a fashion martyr for the sake of letting everyone else around her shine.

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    3. I have to say I am not one much for the she deliberately decided to downplay it theory. I think there is a distinction between dressing appropriately for the occasion, so maybe don't make a *huge* fashion statement at a wedding where you aren't supposed to be the one taking everyone's breath away and going even farther and saying that someone would deliberately choose a less flattering cut or put together a less than perfect ensemble. No one gets up and gets dressed for the international press and thinks, I want to make a fashion error so that I don't outshine xyz. I am not sure if my point makes sense, I don't know that we are all always talking about the same kind of fashion restraint. I think the first kind is what we do every day. The idea that you would deliberately mess up seems a little unlikely to me.

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    4. Completely agree with you , Jane! I also thought that Catherine is missing the additional eyes of her assistant to tweet the ensemble. A different hat or a pop of color from a brooch or silk flowers on the coat would have made a huge difference. Nevertheless, she always is stylish, demure, and appropriate.

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    5. I do think neutral colors were chosen so as not to compete with the queen's outfit. Similarly, you don't see any flamboyant hats. The religious holiday also might dictate conservative attire. I love how the hat frames Kate's face.

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    6. Agree Jane. I always think it's ridiculous when someone suggests that.

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    7. Ridiculous?
      Kate was criticized for upstaging the Queen by wearing the red Mcqueen dress at the diamond jubilee flotilla. The Queen was wearing white at that event.
      The Queen was annoyed with Diana for debuting a new hairstyle at the Queen's address to parliament.
      Kate is a magnet for photographers.The others royal ladies... not so much.
      I think she dresses conservatively in colors that won't clash with the Queen. Kate once said white was her favorite color. I don't think she sets out to pick unattractive outfits. She wears what she likes.

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    8. Kate wore red and the Queen wore white at the Chinese state banquet so clearly they got over any tiff over that color combination.

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    9. Kate also recycled that red gown at the annual Diplomatic Reception not too long ago. On that occasion HM also wore white, I believe. Surely Kate wasn't trying to upstage HM on either occasion. It doesn't work IMO to say neutral colors must have been worn by Kate to avoid taking attention from the Queen (like at Easter) yet ignore all the other times Kate hasn't worn anything close to neutrals when appearing with the Queen. One may like Kate in neutrals or not but a justification for Kate's clothes colors based on HM's presence would seem to be an all or nothing situation.

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    10. The Queen wears white to State occasions. Whether or not it is rational to criticise Kate for trying to outshine HM , she is still criticised. The flotilla was specifically in honor of the Queen so I can somewhat understand the criticism.For all we know, HM and Kate got together and decided to be the Union Jack. The Chineese State banquet was in honor of the President of China and she wore red in his honor.Kate is criticised for a number of things that sound like irrational criticisms, but-there it is.
      We don't know the nuances of behavior acceptable within the RF. We can observe that the senior royals, such as Anne, Sophie, and Camilla usually wear outfits less prominent than HM. Louise, Autumn, are not senior royals. Neither are the York sisters. There may be different protocol. Protocol or custom may also differ, depending on whether or not she needs to be seen in a crowd outside or if the event is held inside, for the most part. Although the Flotilla took place outdoors, HM was situated quite prominently on the boat.
      I don't think I indicated in any way in my 01:50 comment that I thought Kate chooses to dress in unflattering clothing. Read my comment. I thought she meant for her children to shine-and they did. My rationale is that If she had chosen to wear bright green or orange, for example, it would have clashed with the children's outfits.anon1.

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    11. I don't think Anne, Sophie and Camilla are particularly snazzy dressers anyway. I think they dress how they like not how they can blend into the woodwork when the Queen is around. Besides there is a whole range of colors between off white and garish green or orange.

      Also, I never heard any negative chatter about Kate wearing red at the Jubilee. Maybe the tabloids drumming up business again?

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    12. I doubt any of us really and truly  knows what the Queen thought about Kate's Jubilee dress. Some papers (including the WashPo) reported at the time Brits were upset by the perceived upstaging, while others said Kate blended into the colors inside the boat, or mentioned the dress was a bespoke version of one worn by Kim Kardashian. Finally some said the Middleton women's "theme dressing" as a group in red, white, and blue was a mistake at that kind of event. Regardless, Kate HAS worn bright colors in the Queen's presence at many official events since. So it is hard to see Kate's Easter choice as "dressing down." And as others have said there are lots of colors between cream and bright orange...and Kate has lots of pastel dresses and coats. (But I think this coat with a brooch or scarf and different hat/hairstyle would have looked lots better too.)

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    13. Given the blood princess brouhaha I'm not sure the York girls would appreciate being told they are not senior royals.

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    14. I think Kate does not want to upstage the Queen. If she knows she is going to be photographed next to the Queen she will probably pick colors that will not compete with the Queens outfit and will look good together.

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    15. I think the general rule for any royal lady is to not wear the same color as the Queen. I do recall a documentary many moons ago where one of the insiders said that phone calls (by staff) are made prior to these appearances to ensure that this does not happen.

      But there is an extra factor that Kate must consider. (Princess Diana, anyone?) It's true that Kate, like Diana, is much more of a magnet for photographers than the other royal ladies which puts her in a very awkward position, especially with blood royals. The best game plan is to go with an understated, elegant look (as Kate did at Easter) and let the others knock themselves out if they wish. I also believe that this is the reason we see B&E walking ahead of W&K. If there is any "conflict" within the Firm over rank, etc., what better way to diffuse it than to allow them to take the lead and enjoy their moment.

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    16. Well said royalfan.

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  10. Jane--thanks for breaking into your break to give us such a rapid report. Love the coat---not so keen on the hat, but the overall look is lovely and it was great to see so many members of the royal family.
    As I started my nursing career only a few years after WW2, I can assure you our uniforms never looked like that.

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    1. Um, that would make you @90

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    2. And your point Anonymous? Honestly how rude ...
      Jean I remember being in hospital in the 60's and 70's and living the nurses uniforms - starched aprons and hats and sisters on the ward who ensured everything ran like a well oiled machine - so different from today where uniforms seem a thing of the past and I've no idea who's in charge.
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    3. Jane, I agree with you, my cap never resembled Kate's Hat today, and in the UK, I believe the colour of the uniform was blue not white as is used in the U.S.






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    4. Well, anon, I HOPE she is 90! Wish my grandparents were that age. Sadly, they aren't around anymore. I remember my Maw-Maw discussing ladies that were "high style" and she always talked about how sad it was that the Queen's sister couldn't marry the man she loved.

      Bravo to you, Jean! Happy Easter and please give your grands and great-grands, or any of your loved loves, an extra hug. I think of my grandparents often and miss them a lot.

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    5. I'm sorry, but anon 6:38's comment really upset me and I have to add one more thing. I grew up very close with my grandparents on a daily basis and I know being exposed to people their age really helped me learn different things and have a greater perspective. Equally, they loved being around a young generation and instead of making their attitudes more closed as they got older, they actually broadened theirs. My point is, generations mixing is beneficial to all and science also bears this out.

      We are very lucky to have you on this board, Jean!

      Plus, it is a true blessing to have a long life. Hopefully, someday, anon 6:38, you will understand this.

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    6. Hi Jean,
      Caps had become a thing of the past in the U.S. when I received my nursing degree but I sort of secretly wished I'd gotten one, if only just for the ceremony. This sentiment ignores what the males who were 20% of my class would have received as an equivalent. So let me take this opportunity to thank you and all the nurses of your generation who gave so much to those who followed in your footsteps. I always enjoy your comments and find them insightful and enjoyable.

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    7. Oh, 6:38, how incredibly tacky and rude. One never asks a lady her age - no matter what it is. Maybe we need to learn some of the finer points etiquette before typing in public. Where have all the manners gone? And, for the record, I find Jean's comments to be some of the most well informed and interesting on this blog.

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    8. A. 10:30, very interesting observation about male nurses and caps. It may be a part of nursing history, but I don't recall hearing it put that way before. I think it was during the time after the Viet Nam War /Conflict that army medics, at the time mostly male, made their way into the nursing field. It was also about the same time that the wearing of nurse hats began to drop off. Some years later,mine was the last class that had a capping ceremony-it became a pinning ceremony. Nurse hats were interesting because they were unique to each school or university, although television and film portray a standard cap in depicting the time of nurse hats. That is likely where some commenters got their image of a nurse hat. In reality, there was quite a variety of shapes and styles. One cap was actually shaped like a Stetson cowboy hat, only smaller. One hat looked like a little organdy, pleated inverted teacup sitting on the head. They indicated the nurse's education/rank by the number or presence of stripes on them-similar to service stripes. Nurse hats were also almost impossible to keep clean. Just as some physician's ties and everyone's shoes, they were depositories for every germ in the hospital. I think it was partly for this reason that nurse hats fell out of use. The increase in the number of male nurses another. More advanced means of testing for surface contamination proved that hats had to go. I was a little disappointed that the nurse hat and stripes I had worked so hard for I never got to wear, outside of school. They weren't worn at my first job as an RN. anon1
      PS. Yes, I know I have talked about being a teacher. It was my first career, but Nursing was my first love and fortunately there is a lot of teaching involved in the work of Nursing.
      PPS- obviously, "nurse hats" is a sensitive subject for me. Ha!

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    9. Very interesting information about nurse hats! I'm scared to death of needles (can't even look at them on TV) so nursing was never a consideration for me and I never learned these things. I can see the point with the surface germs on the hats. Regular washing would never allow them to retain their shape. Now I want to see a picture of the Stetson nurses hat! :-)

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    10. Agree its interesting info! It has also been shown though that neckties worn by male doctors are sometimes horribly infested with thriving germs (nobody launders silk ties on a regular basis and I suspect for many people they aren't even dry cleaned unless a favorite gets a visible spot) Yet it seems docs in hospitals still wear them!

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    11. The Stetson was from University of Nevada, Reno, I believe--not Texas! The cupcake I believe Columbia U, or somewhere in NY. I imagine Google or Wiki would have it.anon1

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    12. The cupcake /teacup hat was from Bellevue Hospital Nursing School in NYC.anon1

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    13. Thank you for this discussion on nurses hats! I've yet to find a photo of the stetson hat but I've sure had an enjoyable time looking through all the others.

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    14. I was recently in the hospital and saw a bunch of nursing students who looked like they were in costumes from the 1920's. I asked what was going on.... those were the uniforms they had to wear until they graduated! OMG. I was stunned. They literally looked like they walked off a movie set. Puffy capped sleeves, a huge ruffled apron that tied in the back... it was beyond. And this was at a huge hospital in a major city. The germ issues alone... I was disgusted.

      What they heck is wrong with scrubs and a name embroidered on them that says "Nursing Undergraduate" or whatever. In 2017, it is disrespectful to their profession to expect them to dress like that.

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    15. I imagine the Nursing College alums had a voice in the uniforms-tradition. I agree with you, anon 6:07. Scrubs that are left and laundered at the hospital are the best way to go. I even removed my work shoes, placed them in a bag before I got in my car and changed shoes.

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  11. I hate to be negative on Easter and I loved this coat the first time but the hat and hair ruin it. She looks old and old fashioned. Very drawn. It borders on costumey.
    I think autumn phikkips looks striking in her blue and much more modern and fashionable.

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    1. I enjoy seeing Autumn Phillips at these royal family events because she does such a nice job fitting in between the York girls fashion-forward (and in my opinion borderline inappropriate at times) ensembles and Kate's always proper but sometimes borderline boring outfits. Wish Kate had recycled her Australia ensemble!

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    2. Ugh just noticed my typos, hate that! And I agree 10:07!

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    3. Was it not to long ago that posters were wishing for a "pillbox" style hat. She has accommodated and now she is being criticised for wearing a pillbox.

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    4. Anon 9:20 & Anon 10:07 ~ I think Autumn always does a great job, too! She owns lots of colorful coats, some of which are from J. Crew!

      ~ A

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    5. Has anyone mentioned Sophie's shoes? Wow! I think there are some great photos on Huff Post site. Also a good shot of Lady Louise's hat-really sweet and age appropriate, yet fashionable.anon1

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    6. Well, THIS pillbox advocate is not complaining. I'll take this over feathers glued to a slanted plate any day of the week. LOLOL.

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    7. LOL-Would you prefer flowers on a slanted plate, royalfan?
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      ? Ha! anon1

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    8. Anon1, in a word ... NO. Glad you appreciated my humor. :-)

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  12. Love the coat but paired with the hat literally screams lack of imagination and WWII nurse's uniform!

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  13. I've never been too keen on Beatrice's wardrobe, but must say I love this fresh and airy dress on her. In comparison, Kate looks, like Lizzie and the Anonymous poster said, sterile and austere.

    And Eugenie ~ always a little crumpled!

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    1. If Kate's outfit is reminiscent to some of WWII nurse, Bea's outfit reminds me of Bette Davis in "Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?" I thought at first Brigitte Bardot in "Babydoll." ------One person's sterile and austere is another's classic and elegant. I assume Jane wished to stimulate discussion with that nurse remark; if not, I do apologise for adding my bit to the discussion.

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    2. No Anon1

      Jane stated her opinion on today's look. Certainly, you should stop insinuating something which is not there.

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    3. I just meant to point it out and readers may take it or leave it. I am generally not writing to spark a specific reaction, but just to share my thoughts and welcome your responses. The conversation can go where it goes.

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    4. Kaye, agree on your take on Bea's dress. She wins the fashion war today in my eyes. Very romantic pretty dress with enough edge to make it unique and interesting. Immediately I thought of a steampunk Wendy.

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    5. "Anon 1.0" love your name! And I think I know the meaning!;) hehehe

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    6. Anon 1.0 in hacking language meaning "anonymous external attack" ... hopefully that's not what is meant!
      Simone

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    7. Yikes! Thanks, Simone. Not funny. Maybe I Should change my name. Ha! Perhaps to MM? Maybe annett? Seriously, there does seem to be an anonymous who has been following me, Jean, and others around, possibly trying to intimidate and stop the person from commenting. I believe it started with the accusation awhile back about older, wealthy women and their opinions. That remark got quite a backlash, as I remember, and perhaps someone is acting out a grudge about being called out. Jane could check it out. It is easy to determine if those one-liner attacks are coming from the same area. She has stated she watches as each "little town" pops up. I enjoyed the image at the time, but now it could be helpful in slowing down the anonymous targeting of commenters.
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    8. Anon 8.54

      You do? Tell me:)

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      I had no clue. I picked it to tell the difference from Anons.

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    9. I thought both York girls looked crumpled.

      Anon 1.0 - I hope your name doesn't imply what it does in code because we can do without that.

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    10. I commented above as 8:54, but I did not know the hacker connection with "anon 1.0". I was laughing about something else!

      Anon 8:54

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    11. I'm so confused. Is Anon 1.0 the same person as anon 1?

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    12. No. Anon1 signs with no space between anon and 1. Anon 1.0 is a different person. That's why it would be great if all of you anonymous posters would at least sign your names the same. Anon1, ~A, JC, they are anonymous to Google but we know who they are. Otherwise it's just confusing!

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    13. I didn't care for Eugenie's outfit. I did like Bea's dress, but her accessories screamed "Sarah". The dress would look better with softer, lighter accessories instead of the "dark and heavy" shoes and hat...and a bag in yet another shade of purple.

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  14. I don't know if Beatrice's frock has been ID'd yet but it reminds me of the green Temperley from the India tour. http://fashion.hellomagazine.com/fashion-news/201604124772/kate-middleton-alice-temperley-india-prime-minister/ I prefer Kate's!

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    1. Yes! This is where my brain went too. Except I actually like it better on Bea. Not that either woman looks less then stunning.

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    2. I thought that also, when I first saw her, I think Bea looked great!

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    3. I don't like the dress of Beatrice, it looks like a dress for a little girl which is too small for her and the colour looks washed out.

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    4. I agree on the style of the dress but I also agree that I didn't like it on Beatrice. The color looks like a dingy white and it didn't lay well on her. The clunky, dark shoes didn't help. I loved the neckline on Eugenie's outfit but didn't care for any part of the rest of it. I think, overall, HM is the only one who got the memo that it's spring!

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  15. I so wish the Duchess didn't make herself look 30 years older than she actually is. She is a stunningly beautiful woman, but she may benefit from the guidance of a proper stylist I think. I hope she will learn to balance her love for a classic style (think Jackie O) with softer accents, so that the overall image doesn't age her so. Oh and I love a pill box hat, but no ... just no to this look today. It was positioned to far back to be flattering unfortunately. A hat placed towards the front and paired with a less constructed hairstyle would have been far more complimentary. The outfit itself is actually quite lovely, but it really needed a flower brooch or something to offset the lack of shape. It needed texture ... maybe a floral accessories pinned to it ... and it would have been fabulous. I love a monochromatic look, so the lack of color is not an issue, just the lack of dimension.

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    1. I thought the squaring off of the pillbox was rather unique and flattering on Kate giving her a more youthful look.

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    2. This was SO aging, i was taken aback when I saw her.
      And she looked so out of place, like she had time travelled. Such a shame.

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    3. I'll jump in on this thread of Kate's look...this classic JackieKO look is coming back. Even Ivanka Trump is trying to emulate it. I think we may be seeing an element of Kate's personal style. I think we also may see her trying to be very respectful of her role. Sometimes I think "hmm, I wouldn't wear that" (she's a year older than me), but I try to think of why she'd do it. She went from wearing lots of short dresses/skirts to engagements and was criticized for being too showy of her legs. Then she dresses like this and is told she's too old. Poor girl can't get it right.

      ~ A

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    4. I agree ~A. No matter what she does, someone is not going to like it. I have to say, however, that if she is going to err I would rather it be on the conservative side. At least the paps can't take advantage of an awkward situation and embarrass her.

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    5. I'm confused because Jackie wore some of her pillbox hats exactly as Kate did here. Of course there are different angles, but if this one is aging on Kate, then Jackie was equally guilty. ;-)

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    6. I understand what you are saying royalfan but for me that comparison doesn't really work. Jackie's shorter hair was styled quite differently from Kate's so even an absolutely identical hat (which we don't have) worn at the same angle isn't going to look the same. Jackie usually had alot of fullness in her hair around and below the hat including around the hat in front. Many of Jackie's pillboxes were larger and many were worn at a different angle than Kate's Easter hat. But even if everything WAS the same, this isn't the early 1960s. Something that looked fashionable and fresh then can look dated and aging if worn now IMO. For example, Jackie frequently wore white gloves (wrist and elbow length) and she often wore triple strands of pearls. While I think those are "classic" looks that can be worn by women of many ages even now, I am sure others would not like to see Kate in them (and many would cry she was dressing "too matronly and too old" most likely.)

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    7. Lizzie, you're correct about Jackie's hair. I guess I just like the feminine aspect of the style that Jackie favored and I am happy whenever it makes a reappearance. Diana, too, had pieces in her wardrobe and I think it's as timeless as a classic Chanel suit.

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  16. I am still laughing at the WW2 Nurse image. Nice to see them with The Queen and Prunce Philip. Kate looks very elegant, but I do prefer a more youthful look on her. She is so very beautiful, and 35, not 55!
    Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday.

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  17. My very first impression seeing these pictures was that she looked like a nurse from the middle of last century. Even the very pale colored stockings. That was before I came to this site and read the commentary and realized I was not alone in that impression. I could not see past that.

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  18. Love the coat. She looks very Springy. Don't care for the hat. Not sure why but I've never liked pill box hats. Princess Mary of Denmark wears them too. Maybe it's because it makes them look matronly. Lady Louise looks so grown up.

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  19. I'm so glad you said something about the hat, Jane. I loved the recycling but the hair/hat wasn't working. Delightful post!

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  20. I love the coat and was happy to see it again. The hat and hairstyle were unfortunate choices. Agree with the nurse comparison and also so much white washes out the duchess, especially with her hair pulled back. Would have loved this with a colorful hat, even a pastel would have been nice. Beatrice and Eugene don't always pull it off, but I appreciate that they take some risks!

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  21. Just had a thought, what if she had worn the pale pink hat she wore to Trooping the Color last year? It paired so well with the white coat and was really spectacular!

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    1. You could be right VM. But I'm not sure it would have worked. This coatdress is sort of a yellowish  or tannish cream vs being a more "neutral" cream. That's not so obvious here but was more apparent in the Canada photos when seen against the white background of Charlotte's dress (and can be seen a little bit here when the pure white skirt pops out.) I'm not sure that pale a "clear" pink would work for that reason. I'm also not sure the "garden party" style of the pink hat would work with the very structured dress and high neckline/collar. I wondered about the percher style hat she wore for George's christening? That dress which she also wore at the Trooping seems a more neutral cream so lots of colors go with it of course. But that hat seemed to match the antique looking lace on the christening gown so the color could be right.

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  22. Wonderful update! It's fun to see Kate out and about although I am afraid I share Jane's view of the all neutral outfit. I celebrate that she didn't have the dreaded suede shoes on her feet but wish she would have accented this coat with a pop of spring color in her accessories. I love the color HM wore and would love to see Kate in that color some time. I think the pillbox hat might not have looked so 1940s nurse-ish if she had worn it just a little more forward on her head. Either way, she looked very classic and polished. My second favorite today was Lady Louise who looked adorable in her classic navy suit with the whimsical daisy buttons. It's fun to see her out more as she grows up.

    On a personal note - Thank you, Jane, for sharing my favorite Easter hymn at the end and quoting my favorite lyrics from that hymn. We sang that one this morning at church with joy and gratitude.

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  23. Hah! I had that same thought Jane. I love that coat, but the hat made her look like a nurse!

    I actually liked what Beatrice was wearing, but she looked like she was having difficulty walking in those shoes--though I liked them too.

    Belle

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  24. I liked this coat the first time around. Today, I'm not so sure.

    I love Beatrice's look. Her dress reminds me of the frock Kate wore in India to meet the Prime Minister (Kate's was mint and longer).

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  25. I think Kate looks very smart, if a little clinical. Given that it's Easter and springtime she could have gone wild and added a pop of colour with a bag or something....

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  26. I think the hat was the culprit. Perhaps a hat with a brim and pastel trim with the pastel repeated on a brooch or flowers on that stunning coat would have made the difference in an appropriate and becoming manner. Just a thought.

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      The coat is beautiful though
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  27. Jane, if you see a good frontal pic of the coat please post it to Kate's Clothes!

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  28. Whoa! I was expecting you to still be on your break, so I'm surprised to see 60 comments already ;-) Happy Easter!

    I think she was gorgeous in cream! She looked radiant. Poor girl had some rogue, loose hair that slipped out of her updo. I love seeing her curtsy. Sophie still gets credit for the deepest, most dramatic curtsies - I suspect she is less shy than Kate is.

    I love how Peter and Zara are much more affectionate with their spouses. I loved seeing Peter holding Autumn's hand. William is still in a ski-trip funk - why no hand on the small of her back as he used to do all the time?!?! They're still a bit out of sync, physically, but Kate radiated joy.

    Is it possible George and Charlotte were in Bucklebury? That William and Kate left in the morning and would be back for dinner? Where would Kate and William have come from that morning? Based on the curtsy we are to assume they had not seen the Queen yet - do they drive in from London (dressed like that?), stay in Windsor, or drive to Windsor get ready then walk in?

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    1. I read somewhere that the royal family aren't that fond of the grand, dramatic curtsy. Kate's seems to be just right. Deep enough, straight back, classic. It must be hard for someone with very long legs to curtsy while wearing high heels. I know I would fall over and I don't have anything resembling long legs!

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    2. And yet Sophie is an acknowledged favorite of the Queen so grand curtsies can't be offensive to all members of the BRF...

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    3. I think CP Mary's curtsy to King Wilem Alexander is probably the mother of all curtsies. Her knees were nearly on the ground. Autumn has also had a few impressive curtsy moves. One forgets that at one time -before Victorian age, along with a gentleman's bow, a curtsy was a social greeting of respect common among the middle class. Jane Austen? The custom carried over even into American folk/square dancing and continues today.Some try to turn it into a sign of subservience and therefore anathema, but it is really just a sign of respect. Kate isn't declaring her lack of royal blood by curtsying any more than Beatrice is making a point of hers by standing completely straight next to the curtsying Kate. That particular photo proved quite popular in the blogs and few sites I looked at. For whatever reason, it captures attention and possibly tells a subtle story without using words..anon1

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    4. True. Although, to be fair, the article didn't say they were offended just that they weren't fond of it. Maybe it's the one who performs the curtsy that makes it less favorable. They did point out (and show photos of) Joan Collins and how "she just can't help herself" and that it was a bit of an inside joke.
      https://www.pinterest.com/pin/165436986282097708/

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    5. Anon 2:32, do you have a link for the CP Mary to King Willem-Alexander curtsy?

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    6. Jay,---thanks for the correct spelling of Willem---I don't do well with links. I can tell you there is a discussion of curtseys, including Mary's, and I think photos in the March 29, 2015 Royal Forums. Interestingly, Mary's curtsey is compared to Princess Diana's deep curtsey. Of course, the DM has it for March 17, 2015 with many photos, including a curtsey to Queen Maxima. I noticed Mary clutched their right arms for balance and I can't imagine anyone clutching HM's arm that way. The whole situation seemed to be in a friendly, amused atmosphere--Willem was grinning at Mary's efforts. I also noted that Mary was wearing an outfit similar to Kate's Easter outfit this year, pill box hat, light-colored coat and all---including nude pumps. Someone gave her shoe fashion as an example of what the well-dressed senior royal wears on her feet. Perhaps she lacks confidence in her role. Ha! Her hat was in contrast to the coat-black with black purse and gloves, which gives an idea of what several commenters felt would have looked better with Kate's outfit.---anon1

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    7. As I have stated multiple times anon1 my comment was *not* about Kate's confidence per se. And pointing out that Mary once wore neutral shoes and Kate often wears neutral shoes has nothing to do with my general observation that *in general* Kate plays it safe when it comes to shoes. I really don't understand why you persist in repeating your incorrect interpretation of my comment. Perhaps you are trying to start a rumor through repetition?

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    8. I think I did find the link of CP Mary:

      https://www.google.com/search?q=crown+princess+mary+willem&tbm=isch&imgil=x9BU2QgN-6BhpM%253A%253B0JnQtsDPvfJ8EM%253Bhttp%25253A%25252F%25252Fwww.dailymail.co.uk%25252Ffemail%25252Farticle-3000564%25252FA-feast-fit-Queen-two-Maxima-Mary-dazzle-diamonds-centre-stage-state-banquet-Copenhagen.html&source=iu&pf=m&fir=x9BU2QgN-6BhpM%253A%252C0JnQtsDPvfJ8EM%252C_&usg=__b3Dnm4upQo-svYoCSQYKCKw2dOI%3D&biw=1707&bih=886&dpr=1.13&ved=0ahUKEwi3_4vki7HTAhXoxlQKHdPOCiUQyjcIMQ&ei=raT3WPf0COiN0wLTnauoAg#imgrc=F6s03HN4rAv9BM:

      On the subject of spelling anon1, is it curtsey or curtsy? I've seen both used.

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    9. "Once?"
      anon1

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    10. Yes "once" as in at one point in time and more specifically the one point in time you reference. There is no implication that it was the only time Mary has ever worn neural shoes. You seem to enjoy hyper-analyzing my word choices and twisting what I say without ever acknowledging my broader point. It's becoming tedious.

      Shoe Lover

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    11. anon1 - Since you insist on misunderstanding my initial comment, here are some specific examples of what I was actually talking about:

      Mary: https://www.google.com/search?q=princess+mary+denmark+shoes&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwitvM_u07HTAhVkwVQKHRZRCVUQ_AUICCgB&biw=1280&bih=590#imgrc=tjXvDmajOAMGmM:

      Victoria: https://www.google.com/search?q=princess+victoria+shoes&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiIxoif1LHTAhWGjVQKHUhlCRkQ_AUICCgB&biw=1280&bih=590#imgrc=Y52QDJNOZJwFQM:

      Maxima: https://www.google.com/search?q=queen+maxima+shoes&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiepuj_1LHTAhULw1QKHdIfB9UQ_AUICSgC&biw=1280&bih=590#imgrc=8RJ68HOEh6l-zM:

      Letizia: https://www.google.com/search?q=queen+letizia+shoes&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiL1cuG1bHTAhWhjlQKHVJpC4UQ_AUICCgB&biw=1280&bih=590#imgrc=YrM09k4CFyoObM:

      Sophie: https://www.google.com/search?q=sophie+wessex+shoes&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjBqOnh1LHTAhUFrlQKHSrdCV4Q_AUICCgB&biw=1280&bih=590#tbm=isch&q=countess+of+wessex+shoes&imgrc=3flcLw3gbhTjIM:

      (that last one was meant to be silly)

      Do those ladies usually wear more neutral shoes? Of course. But that was never my point.

      Shoe Lover

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    12. First, what was your point? Just checking.
      I apologise, Shoe Lover. Guess I missed my hormone shot this week. ;+] You didn't seem to get my point about making assumptions either, so it was futile and frustrating, I imagine for both of us. Kate has really expanded her shoe wardrobe this past year ( if you don't believe that, take a look at the shoe section in Kate's Clothes and review Jane's posts for the last year) She rarely wears the nude shoes. Some people actually said they missed her original pair.

      To me, it also seemed you were associating her wearing the nude shoes with lack of confidence, which presents the converse that royals who don't wear nude shoes are confident. Kate's alleged lack of confidence is a theme that has been perpetuated by some who take every opportunity to declare it as a fact with no real proof offered. If Sophie wants to admit to it in an interview, that is fine. But no outsider can look at behavior and make that judgement, especially those who have never known her personally. Especially when a person's choice of attire is used as the measuring instrument. It is very possible that her fashion choices reflect a combination of her and William's preferences combined increasingly with the more mature style she may see as modeling the Queen. None of that says lack of confidence to me.

      I will happily concede that you just like to see expensive shoes and meant no disrespect to Kate---if you will concede that the lack of confidence theme is no longer appropriate and that she truly has upped her shoe game the past year.anon1.

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    13. Such passionate discussion, ladies! ;-)

      My two cents: shoes do and do not dictate a woman's level of confidence. They may even help her feel more confident. My thought is Kate is trying to tow a line of fashion, expectations and respect for her role & place in the family. Remember her pre-wedding purple velvet shoes with a matching clutch?
      ~ A

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    14. Except I wasn't associated Kate's choice of neutral shoes with lack of confidence anon1 that was your twisted reading of my comment. So I concede nothing. But I seriously question whether or not I should seek out a new blog to get my Kate/Cambridge news from because this is getting ridiculous.

      Shoe Lover

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    15. http://www.instyle.com/news/where-find-purple-pumps-kate-middleton

      Even in her pre-engagement days she favoured those tan kitten heels with a small buckle. It may partly be Kate's style.

      ~ A

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    16. Jay-that's the one. You see what I mean about the hand on WA's arm? She did the same thing with Maxima, otherwise I would have thought she had stumbled. Curtsy/curtsey. I think depends on what country you're from? I saw both and I think both spellings are acceptable.anon1

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    17. Thanks for your input, A. I don't recall the purple shoes but I only got interested in Kate during the SE Asia island tour. I had read a lot about the BRF as a child even, in Look and Life magazines, McCall's. I do have recent memory of red shoes and purse, some snazzy oxblood red stacked heels, some sexy stiletto scandals... You are likely correct that her fashion choices reflect compromise. So many variables to consider, as royalfan explained so well above.anon1

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  29. I really love pillbox hats but Kate's hat just does not work here - I think it's a combination of the colour, where it sits on her head and the fact that her chignon was not great (I agree that perhaps she did it herself). Totally also agree that Beatrice's outfit was the best and I thought Sophie's was a close second.

    Great to see the Camrbidges' though!

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  30. Her pillbox hat looks so similar to Princess Di's one here in this link., in spite of the square shape to her round one.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/16/prince-harry-sought-counselling-death-mother-led-two-years-total/

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  31. I love her monochromatic look. To me, it's clean, simple and modern. Some of the other members of the royal family look fussy and overdone.

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  32. Thank you for the Cambridge Singers, Jane. The service at St. George's must have been wonderful and moving for the Royals.

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  33. So surprised but happy they attended!

    Im disappointed in Kate's first Windsor Easter ensemble though. I like all the pieces separately but put together it does look like a nurse uniform. Just like actually. Next to the photos of the sublime Australian Easter Sunday outfit, this one looks so uninspired.

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    1. Faith I agree. How does one woman wear something so divine one year and then trot this out. Why she hasn't reworn the NZ one I don't know.

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    2. I telly like this outfit and don't at all find any fault in her outfit. I like the one from Austraila as well.

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  34. Funny line on huffpo,
    "if I didn't know it was Easter I would have thought it was Halloween and Kate Middleton was coming as a First Lady "

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    1. Yup thats about right.

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  35. Alejandra RamirezApril 17, 2017 at 6:06 PM

    Great post and views!
    Your nurse comment made me laugh! And now I cannot unsee her as such :P

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  36. The hat the Duchess wore for Easter is almost identical to one worn by Diana, Princess of Wales. Diana's was round but had the same bow at the back. You can see it at the Daily Mail www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4418336/Celebrities-wishers-praise-brave-Prince-Harry.html

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    1. And it is blueish or greyish not cream. Alors - a completely different hat.

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    2. Other than the light color and satin fabric those hats are not at all alike. Diana's hat reminds me much more of Kate's Brown Betty Boop hat (once also worn by Carole)

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    3. I actually had the same thought when I saw that picture. Similar fabric and bow, just a slight difference in colour and Kate's a little more squared off. I do like Kate's hat.

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  37. I just watched the arrival video and noticed as they walked up to the church it seemed as if in no particular order, but then it appeared they lined up in order of succession as the Queen walked in. I assume that is normal protocol but never really noticed before the intentional lining up in order.

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  38. I just watched the arrival video and noticed as they walked up to the church it seemed as if in no particular order, but then it appeared they lined up in order of succession as the Queen walked in. I assume that is normal protocol but never really noticed before the intentional lining up in order.

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  39. I'd so love to see this coat worn with the deep red pumps that she wore for the garter service last year. I love this coat, it's one of my favourite Catherine coats, but I don't think the hat is a good choice with it. But Catherine certainly is her 'own' person regarding what she wears and I champion that! Sorry to use the formal Catherine when referencing Kate, but I like to use the name William favours :) ;)

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  40. Looks as though the Spanish State Visit will be cancelled again.
    The Prime Minister has announced a General Election for June 8. I doubt they will want to have a State Visit covering the actual election date.

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  41. Quite a shock that she called the election isn't it?

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  42. One wonders if the call for the election for the final day of the scheduled visit was coincidence. Ha! Ms. May would be involved in the election during the visit. One source suggests the visit could be seen as a boost for the Conservatives. (Thanks to my European friend for that source) Gibraltar has become a hot issue again. One wonders about the timing of that, too. It seems to me neither side is anxious for the visit. I was looking forward to a State banquet because I think William and Catherine would have been there with the Queen, while C&C could be conveniently scheduled to be elsewhere. The tricky situation would require subtlety and diplomacy.anon1

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    1. What State visit? What are the issues between that country and Britain?

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    2. There has been anticipation of a state visit by Spain to Britain. There has also been, for many centuries, a bit of a contention over Gibraltar which is a British Territory but shares a border with Spain. Spain thinks it should belong to them. The back and forth over this bit of land ebbs and flows with the politics of the time. Right now it's ebbing which could make a state visit a bit tense.

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    3. Gibraltar should belong to Spain because of the Utrecht treatment.

      Nowadays Spain only wants to stop The Rock being as tax haven....

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    4. I meant, Treaty of Utrecht, sorry.

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  43. From the first time she wore this coat, I always thought it had a tiny pink tint to it. Love the square pillbox hat - such a fun twist on a classic design.

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  44. Sophie's shoes! Were they d'orsay? Beatrice's dress put me in mind of a Self Portrait creation.

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