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Kate Goes Casual For Heads Together Meet Up at Kensington Palace

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

It was big news when Heads Together was named the Charity of the Year for the London Marathon in 2017, and with less than a week until the big day, William, Harry, and Kate are pulling out all the stops to promote the initiative they have been working on for so many months. This afternoon, Kate hosted Heads Together runners at Kensington Palace:


Kate debuted a new, cheerful striped top from Luisa Spagnoli. FoodFashFit and Laura F. were the fast IDers when they saw the little LS on the sweater top, right by Kate's left hip. 



Kate has only worn one other Luisa Spagnoli, but we all are very familiar with it. The red suit of St. Andrews and then Christchurch fame is one of Kate's faves and she wore it again just recently for her speech on behalf of Place2Be. 


The amount of work that goes into running a marathon is extraordinary, so I am sure this final week is, in itself, full of anticipation and butterflies. Add the royal factor and these are some very stoked team members. Jerrika shared a picture on Twitter of her mom, who will run the marathon, standing with Kate--the big smiles say it all:


The Duchess wore her Superga trainers and Kiki McDonough drops to complete her dressed down look. Kate is mic'd up in this photo, you can see in her back pocket and the mic at her collar.  You can watch the video of her chatting with runners here at ITN. Although Kensington Palace may be planning to use this tape for future use, even more importantly they need the publicity right now. Harry has spoken on a podcast about mental health, William has just spoken emotionally at a Heads Together event, and Kate's voice needs to be out there, too. 


A few comments about this video. I think this is the first time we have heard Kate speak so extensively "off the cuff." That is, we have never heard so much raw audio from Kate. Her manner of interacting and chatting, even her real talking voice, as opposed to her formal speech giving voice.  Very fun insight. And, she sounds like Carole!! :)  Anyway, The Heads Together headband will be decorating a number of post boxes around London, and Kensington Palace shared on Twitter that a number of other major London landmarks will also sport the trademark blue and white headband. Is Buckingham Palace due a little accessory on the big day? 



Heads Together 

I think that Kate switched up her make-up a bit today and wore a deeper lip color. It worked really well with the light shirt. She was so radiant in the spring sunshine. 


The verdict is a big win. Kate has given us a little break from her "casual uniform," and this veers back toward the skinnies/Breton combo, but still with a twist. I really liked this entire look. The white Supergas are so, so en vogue right now and the Luisa Spagnoli top is fresh, but still in Kate's style profile. And even the weather cooperated.  Big win all around! 


In other news, William presented Victoria Beckham with her OBE today at Buckingham Palace. Kate has carried VB's bag, as we have discussed on the blog before, and I am still holding out for a full ensemble one of these days. Fun to see Victoria receive her honor from William!


Also of interest to Kate fans, Jessica Ennis received her OBE from the Duke of Cambridge today, too.



You will remember she is the athlete who won 2nd at the Sports Personality of the Year back in 2012, when Kate was pregnant with George. She has been involved in SportsAid, of which Kate is patron.



Ok kids. This is a crazy week for me, so the posts will be a little shorter by necessity, but hopefully we should be back on track come May! See you tomorrow for an event with the Royal Trio! 

98 comments:

  1. I'm so disappointed. Really? Skinnies and stripped top??? Again??? How many does she have?!

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    1. I disagree on the outfit but simply HAVE to add: Those earrings? Again?? ;-)
      Seriously though: Isn't everyone sick of them?

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    2. Amen to Anon 4:29.

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    3. Anon 4:29 ~ it's a look she obviously loves. WHy does this make people so upset? This sweater is the colours of the GB flag and she likes those nods in her fashion choices (particularly at sporty engagements) for what she represents - the BRF.

      ~ A

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    4. Kirsten I commented on that below. I'm not sick of them I just don't understand what she likes about them so much. I'm wondering if it simply comes down to her green eyes and how flattering yellow/gold is to green eyes. Also, they're obviously easy to wear, so easy to default to.

      ~ A

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    5. Anon 5:28: Obviously she must have a reason for wearing them that often, maybe cause they are flattering, maybe because they are convenient, whatever it is, I don't get it either. I usually just sort of "ignore" them but keep thinking to myself that they are the most boring and non-descript earrings on this planet. There certainly must be better options out there.

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    6. Kirsten, it's personal style, but I love these classic easy-to-wear Kiki's. I think they're low key, but would pop better than the citrine Kiki's.

      http://www.katesclothes.com/earring/grace-white-topaz-diamond-studs/

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    7. Anon 6:47 I like the diamond studs but have to wonder if they wouldn't get boring too over time. Maybe it's just me but all the Kiki earrings she has (except those huge emerald ones) are so similar that it often seems like she only owns one pair that she wears over and over again.

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    8. All of you who don't understand why she might wear those so-so earrings so often: Perhaps they have sentimental value to her. Maybe she gives a nod to whomever gave them to her every time she wears them! :)

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    9. I think we can call this her signature look! It appears as though she has a lot of them. It's almost like her uniform for casual events. But, I agree, let's mix it up Kate.

      Loved her make-up and hair!

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    10. I don't believe it's sentimental value since, as anon 7:51 pointed out, she seems to own quite a lot of earrings in this same style, but who knows! :-)
      I have a feeling they're not going anywhere despite my distaste for them:-D



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    11. Kate fits in with the athletes without dressing exactly like them. I honestly don't understand the fuss over her skinnies. Look around...they're not exactly out of style and if Kate cannot wear them, no one can!

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  2. Nice to see Rebecca Deacon back at her post beside Kate.

    This is such a great cause and WK&H have done a tremendous job with it. William and Harry's interviews have been top of the news feeds here in Vancouver, Canada all week. Diana would be so proud. Wish I could say the same about Charles. He's been oddly silent throughout about this project. Guess his stiff upper lip is too stiff to crack.

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    1. Jane I also wonder if he is the type who doesn't know how to support people that are different than him? There are lots of those people in the world! He has very different passions than his sons, and perhaps he is simply incapable of understanding how or why he should support them. Maybe it's too foreign to him. Sad, but true in so many families.

      ~ A

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    2. Or this is their cause and Charles is letting it be theirs. --LR

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    3. Anon 6:32, I was thinking the same thing! Charles doesn't need to say anything publicly. He's most likely proud of the work they are doing and supportive behind the scenes.

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    4. Where is Rebecca? Unless she has totally altered her appearance...

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    5. I'm glad you mentioned Rebecca Deacon back on the scene! Is it weird that I gave a smile when I saw her in the video?! For whatever reason, I'm not a fan of her possible counterpart who's been filling in for her :S

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    6. Charles is , quite simply, an a**. Pushing Camilla on his boys right after their mom died and then marrying her?!?

      You cannot tell me that some of Harry's pain was not about that. Will hid this part of their sadness/anger (Camilla) because he doesn't want to be tabloid fodder. But those boys hate that woman and have anger at their Dad over what happened. To think otherwise is simply beyond common sense. Harry having to repress all those emotions too, along with his grief, truly heartbreaking. And Charles deserves a lot of the blame.

      Alexis

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    7. Diana said that Charles related better to his garden than he did to people outside his limited circle. She also said that she didn't think he would enjoy the "top job" because she "knows the character." I'm sure William and Harry love and support their father but I'm also sure that, to a certain degree, there is a loss of respect for the things he's done and said. They wouldn't be the first people in history to love a parent they don't completely respect.

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    8. I don't view Charles as being the supportive type; far from it and certainly not in an area that is out of his comfort zone.

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    9. Alexis I won't go as far as calling Charles that, but I think it's more than him silently supporting them. He was jealous of his (first) wife, so I think it's a good possibility he would be jealous of his children. He waited quite a while to marry her, IMO, and unfortunately lots of parents force new partners on their children. Partners that have directly caused or been involved in causing deep hurt. It has never happened to me, but I've seen many friends hurt and struggle with that.

      ~ A

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    10. But isn't this mental health issue they are supporting exactly good for letting the past go and concentrate on the future? Keeping this hatred and disrespect some mention here, and some feel still towards members of the RF is not helping this cause but hinders it. I think it is always good to take the time to examine our mental health too. Just saying.

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    11. I'm guessing none of you give any credence to the sororal that Charles ever tried to help his children through their grief in whatever awkward way he may have tried. Surely the close relationship the boys seem to have with their father must be a total fabrication. All the commenters here must have an inside line into the feelings of the BRF and the complexity of their family relationships.

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    12. Why would anyone wish for William and Harry to hate or resent their father or Camilla? How is hating your family members a good thing? I don't get it.

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    13. 1.0, There's a difference between hatred and disrespect. To actively hate someone is unhealthy. I agree. But to lose respect for someone based on their actions, and to voice opinions based on it, is just that...opinions expressed.

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    14. How do you know William and Harry have lost respect for Charles? That they disrespect Camilla? When have they come out and expressed those opinions?

      - Anonymous 6:45

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  3. Love love love this! She looks young and fresh and glowing. I sometimes think her more formal outfits and updos make her look older than she is but today her hair is gorgeous and the outfit is on point for the occasion and the season. Stripes are always a thing in spring and love that she has picked up the white sneakers trend.

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  4. Yaaaaaawwwwwnnnn.
    Great initiative, she looked happy and well, and the reworked make up looked good. And that hair tho;)

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    1. Oh! I loved the hair! A+ from me.

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  5. Kate looked radiant! I was immediately struck by her lips and how they show up better - I hope she keeps this lipstick up! I agree her outfit was a twist on her casual uniform. I've never understood her love of those citrine earrings, but on further thought maybe they play nicely off her green eyes?? So hard to tell in photos that aren't closeup and strategically lit.

    I applaud Kate for opening up more on her feelings. I will say that there is restraint in how much she shares. I'm not criticizing. There is a big difference between Harry's level of honesty and Kate's guarded "mixed emotions". I champion those that can be very open about their emotional & mental health, but also understand as I'm a private person too. It will be interesting to see if she evolves over time, or if she has personal boundaries for the long haul.

    ~ A

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    1. I also thought the lipstick looked good on her. It especially made a difference from afar. How long til we see her sporting a bold red statement lipstick? I would certainly love that :-)

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    2. Kate has spoken quite honestly about her difficulty adjusting to a newborn. Women she has spoken with say she was very open and honest. Harry just recently began to deal with his emotions per his statements. He is bound to be more emotional than William, who began talking and dealing with his mother's death years ago. Kate has never known the loss of a beloved parent. She can't share what she has never experienced. She has played a supportive role. At any rate, a child's loss of his mother may cause a deeper emotional response in a listener to the story than a new mother's difficulties . She has repeatedly said she was fortunate to have had the childhood she did. ---Lucky for William and Harry that she did.anon1

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    3. Agreed anon1. Kate has not had the same level of difficulties William and Harry have had. I applaud her for her openness when speaking one on one with others. It show a genuineness that, with the exception of Diana, the BRF has never had. As William said, it's time to drop the "stiff upper lip" and talk to and listen to others. Her life may have been short but Diana has left an impact that will serve the British people very well going forward. As lovely as HM is, a gloved handshake and a smile is not the same as having your sovereign take your hand and say "I've been there and I felt the same way and it's OK to feel that way." Bravo to her boys.

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    4. Kirsten, yes, red lips at an evening event!
      ~ A

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    5. anon1 7:54 I think I understand where you are coming from, but I disagree. I think Harry is practicing more vulnerability and is taking a huge leap, for the BRF no less, to be this candid! I definitely applaud him and Kate for what they have both shared!

      Kate has been very lucky by anyone's standards. However, we can't quantify and compare her struggles with Harry's. Without a doubt what happened to him is horrific and unfair - he is so lucky it only took him 30 years to deal with this, some never do or do so at a much older age.

      I guess my point is, maybe we don't know the extent of Kate's struggles and grief. Children these days are committing suicide over bullying - who are we to say "she was only bullied"? New mother's can experience dark depression and hopelessness due to hormones, lack of connection with baby (I.e. breastfeeding issues, etc). Women are hurting or killing themselves and/or their babies over postpartum. Kate may have experienced dark, scary places and we just don't know it. Mental health is largely chemistry. Between her genetics, chemistry and support around her, she just may be luckier than others. She also may be more private than others.

      An example of how I recognize the difference is that when Kate overcame her struggles as a new mom, particularly after George, she has a beautiful child to continue making memories with. Harry (and a William) will never wake up from he nightmare of having lost a parent at such young ages.

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  6. Wonderful cause! Kate looks great. Her hair and make up looked fresh and well done. I like the outfit. Very cute sweater and the pants, tennis shoes and sweater looked perfect for the occasion. I really like the earrings, a nice bit of color and sparkle without being matchy, looking too formal, or looking inexpensive.

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  7. Oh, harsh judgment. I think she looks gorgeous! This is a casual occasion and she looks crisp in her patriotic red white and blue. I love Breton tops (and own three myself) and her's are all just a little different and so on trend. Her hair and make-up look wonderful and she looks healthy and happy. I don't know why she can't wear jeans, a smart top, and favorite earrings for a casual outdoor event like the rest of us would without criticism.

    It's interesting that William has been doing the investitures in HM place of late instead of PC. Good for him for stepping up and doing the more mundane royal duties.

    Now, let's talk about how long we think it will be until that Heads Together post box headband will be stollen.

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    1. There are 70 of them along the route, Robin-but you are probably right. They will need security to watch over them. Ha!anon1

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    2. The one Kate placed is probably already gone! :-D

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    3. Yes, I've noticed William has become a regular fixture at these! I never gave the Charles piece much thought. I just assumed it was a good way to accustom him to the more formal work he'll have to increasingly take on.
      ~ A

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  8. I think she looked great. I don't see cause for negative criticism if she continuously chooses to wear striped tops, jeans, and those earrings. They're her favs; just be happy they're relatively inexpensive things we can choose too! Being in the public eye, one can never please everyone!
    ;)

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  9. If she wears new items, articles complain about how much she spends on her wardrobe. If she wears her tried and true favourites, she's boring.
    Honestly, I'd hate being criticised for every little thing like which earrings I chose to wear! And I don't think most of us would like that either!

    Focusing on the great cause I think is what's important here :)

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    1. (Eye roll) Do you know what I don't like? People that complain about what a tough road Kate and Will have. Give. Me. A. Break. They have more wealth, privilege, and power (and so will generations of their descendants) than you can even imagine. I think they can take the critiques that come their way! Not sure why sycophants can't understand this.

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    2. That is just rationalization.

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    3. Wow, 7:39. Just wow. I think that's a sad way to look at life. Being wealthy doesn't make a person less deserving of kindness. Equally, one doesn't have to be wealthy to have a generous spirit.

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    4. Name calling 7:39? Nice. And when did having more money than others mean that you don't have feelings or that you can be a target for every unkind word hurled at you and it should be OK? Sad, sad, sad.

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    5. Anonymous 7:39

      I would like to point out that while different and varying opinions are most welcome on this blog, only when they are presented in a respectful way. Even my teenage child knows that an "eye roll" is a sign of disrespect and shows a lack of maturity.

      Also by definition "sycophant" means someone who acts obsequiously to someone important for personal gain. I highly doubt that Anonymous 6:36 or anyone else on this blog is likely to get any "gain" from W or K no matter how many positive or nice things we say. So your use of the word is not only insulting it is incorrect.

      Anonymous - 6:36 I agree exactly with your comment. The world needs more empathy/sympathy...just because one is wealthy does not mean they should not be afforded either.

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    6. I think our eye rolling friend should let this topic (privilege) go, the rest of the commenters the fact that you can't hate an earring or outfit here. I think both are ridiculous topics today.

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    7. Sorry, Laura, but you don't have to expect to gain something to be a sycophant. And it has nothing to do with wealth. (And really?!? The wealth angle is such a lame argument.)

      Will & Kate are figures in the BRF and will be king and queen someday. To attack those expressing their feelings and opinions about them as being unkind or thinking that K&W can never make anyone happy..... that's just childish complaining IMO. They actually have a gov. role in their country. That comes with the public expressing opinions and thoughts about them. Don't like it? Exit stage left.

      It comes with the territory. In exchange for the public knowing so much about their life (and yes, also caring deeply about them), they have roles to fulfill and many advantages that go along with it. To expect one without the other is childish and yes, makes you a sycophant.

      And it's not a "rationalization". People can't have opinions, sometimes very negative, about W & K? We can't talk about her earrings?!?

      It was reported that she spent over $70,000 just so far this year on clothes. Hello, people! The jig is up. She expects us to comment on her fashion, whether good and bad. That's why she spent so much money on it!

      This public give and take with the RF is what keeps them in business. When people no longer care, poof, the laws will change and they will be gone.

      So, when people scold those giving an opinion, even about Kate's earrings, I find it laughable.

      Yep, and it gets multiple eye rolls.

      I mean, the WHOLE point of this blog is to discuss and give opinions about what Kate wears!! And now people are going to attack those with a negative opinion of her dress as being unkind and, sniff, sniff, we should avoid talking about her clothes and focus only on the cause.(another eye roll) Hate to break it to you, but most watch Kate only for the clothes. Are there blogs devoted to Kate's clothing or Kate's causes? Get my point?

      Let people have their opinions and express them without being the word police on here.

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    8. Sorry but the word police have one more comment. As copied and pasted from the dictionary:

      sycophant
      noun
      1.
      a self-seeking, servile flatterer; fawning parasite.

      Nobody objects to the fact that you don't like Kate's outfit, 7:39. Plenty of others have expressed the same opinion. What is objectionable is your name calling and, in particular, your choice of names. Either you didn't read the comments well or you are willfully misunderstanding what the objection was. The eye rolling didn't help either. Go back to the original comment. Anon 6:36 stated that sometimes Kate can't win and that she wouldn't like to be criticized for everything she wears. You are the one who went on the attack.

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    9. Name -calling or petty or mean-spirited criticism directed toward another is not justified because a person is rich or has a public role. To say it is justified is rationalizing ones behavior.

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    10. Robin-

      That's one definition. Cambridge has another that says something like "usually" for gain, as in not always. Those fans of the RF who refuse to allow anything negative to be said about them without jumping to childish defenses also psychologically gain something by defending someone they love/admire. It's part of the crazy.

      And yes, 6:36 was attacking people for commenting negatively about Kate's clothes on no less than a Kate fashion blog.

      If anyone needs to reread anything, it's you. I never said I didn't like Kate's outfit. I actually do. What I have a problem with is the "word police" ( which you failed to grasp the meaning of in my post), as in people on here who are trying to police others words.... taking offense at anything not 100% rah-rah for Kate.

      7:39

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    11. I think the commenter was suggesting that some people were excessively negative and hypercritical. There was nothing that suggested the commenter was against discussion.
      Topics can be discussed in a mature way without emotionally charged words which are meant to disparage others.

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    12. Not true. 6:36 wants us to focus on the good cause instead of Kate's clothing on a site created for discussing Kate's fashion. That's being against discussions. And no one has been "excessively" negative on this thread and who's to judge that? (Besides Jane.) I think it's immature for some to constantly attack comments that are in any way critical of Kate and then hide behind the guise of "be nice" or "be kind". When, in reality, those being unkind are the ones trying to control every little detail of the discussion.

      When people are advocating for restricted discussions of Kate's clothing on a Kate fashion blog, you people have hit a new low.

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    13. The blog includes discussion of the events they attend. Jane routinely mentions their charities, and people often comment on those aspects in their posts. It's not strictly fashion. I don't think the commenter was addressing only the posters on that one thread. It was more general. I don't see anyone constantly attacking comments that are critical of Kate. If you include derogatory words in a post you can expect disagreement. No one is trying to control anything; they are expressing their opinion.

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    14. I have had my comments twisted and labeled as criticism so yes some people do try to control what other commenters say about fashion.

      Shoe Lover

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    15. Any kind of disagreement can be characterized as trying to control someone else. The only person who controls anyone is Jane.

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    16. No, like Shoe Lover said, even when it comes to fashion, people on here try to control the comments when anything is perceived to be not totally pro-Kate in every way. When there's snarling at others and attacks, it drives those commenters away which is precisely their goal. That's trying to control.

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    17. I totally agree Anon 10:34 and would add that some commenters have a very narrow view of what can be considered a "pro-Kate" statement or position

      Shoe Lover

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    18. It seems odd to me that someone who labels some commenters as "syncophants" because of their point of view is claiming that people are trying to control her.

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    19. Everyone knows that 3-4 posters on here try to control this board, harassing others about any posts they think are negative to Kate. A few of them are above. The rest, who normally post under a name, I believe are posting on this topic under anon.

      This is not a shocking complaint. Everyone on here knows it. Shoe Lover is simply one of many who feel this way.

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    20. Debate does not equal control. Jane encourages debate.
      If someone mistates your position you can clarify it.
      It doesn't matter who is doing the commenting. It's the content that counts.

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    21. Hey, the above thread is pointless, as it is based on a false premise. Anonymous 6;36 said "articles complain." She did not refer to commenters here. Unless blog comments have reached the "article" designation, there was no reference to commenters on this blog.
      An excuse for contention and proof that some commenters are either not reading carefully, or are purposefully ignoring what was said-the words stated.
      I commented on this several days ago, but my comment was deleted. I referenced a name of a commenter on another blog who has a very distinctive style, which I have seen in the comments in this thread. Jane was justified in not publishing it.

      However, the remark about people with handles elsewhere commenting under anonymous here was mentioned by anonymous 11:04. anon1

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    22. "Misunderstanding" someone's comment so you can attack them and tell them that the content of their comment is somehow out of bounds is not debate. As a specific example, anon1 misunderstood a comment I made about shoes. I clarified the "misunderstanding" and she persisted in attacking me by refusing to accept that my initial comment simply did not say what she claimed it did.

      Shoe Lover

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  10. Love the lipstick. I think the eye make-up looks different too. She looks wonderful. I really like outdoor pics of her in the natural light. Some of my faves!

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    1. I especially enjoyed that gorgeous close-up photograph of her in the sun. I also liked hearing about what else William has been up to. anon1

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  11. Great lip colour. I loved hearing her interact with the guests.

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  12. So excited to see a change in lipstick! Holding out for red someday. Stripes are fun for spring and she obviously agrees - she's glowing despite those tired yellow earrings which seem an odd choice. Lovely event all around!

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  13. Loved her speaking oh my gosh she is the cutest most darling chatterer - what a treat to hear her 🎀 mic up and see her genuine care and also the tricky art of small short conversations. Absolutely gorgeous Kate - effortless & beautiful yet still has a vulnerability I saw as anyone meeting new people and then walking away at the end back to her home through the alleyway - what a unique life of intensity & then peace at home (with family) - of popularity & scrunity that she chose when she fell for William! Love her! Thanks Jane - go well in your busyness xx 😘😘
    Theresa QLD Au

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  14. I understand your point, Jane, about Kate's voice needing to be heard. But, honestly, even though this is all three of their causes, Harry deserves to rightly have his moment. He can speak about this issue from a personal perspective with much more authority than Kate.

    Even if she was bullied, Harry has been through a personal hell in his life that greatly affected his mental health. Luckily, Kate hasn't. Harry's the one with the stronger voice on this issue, IMO.

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  15. Kate looks happy and comfortable in this casual outfit. Although I'm not usually a fan of tight pants for "work" events, I think the outfit is fine for this kind of event.

    That said, *personally* I am not a big fan of striped tops. Just never have been and while I've owned  a few, I don't think I've ever owned one with a white background. But if I was a fan of stripes, and if I could spend so much for a casual top, I don't think I'd want one with that odd (odd to me) waist-level logo! But other than refusing to wear jeans without the Levis logo very long ago in my youth, I've never been much of a clothing logo fan either :)

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  16. I noticed her face looked slightly fuller at the Easter service and today. I wonder if baby three is on the way!?

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    1. Maybe...I also feel she has always had a full, round face. I feel like she has gained a few healthy pounds as of late, and her face shows this. Our weight gains/losses all show in different spots...
      ~ A

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    2. Or any enchancement that you wouldn't dream of??

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    3. Look at a variety of photos with her head in different positions-bending down, turning, looking up. Most of the new fullness is along her jaw-line and is more marked when she tilts her head down. Her cheeks have always appeared fuller when she smiles broadly. There is a different shape to her cheeks when her face is at rest or she has a softer smile. "Enhancements "don't alter with movement or position. That's one clue that it is not natural. (Baywatch babes, anyone?) If they do, there is likely a problem.---;+] anon1

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  17. Hello from Brazil. Did you realized she stayed less than 10' in the "event"?

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    1. Less than 10min? How do you know this? If that's true I'm a bit disappointed. That's a lot of effort for hair/makeup for it to be that brief. However, it may be possible that it was essentially a photo op. She may have been doing some behind the scenes stuff today. Perhaps more media type stuff that will be released in the future.
      ~ A

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    2. She was there less than 10 minutes? Where did you hear this? If true, that's really disheartening.

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    3. As the Duchess continues to evolve in her role, it seems that timekeeping has become yet another way to minimize her. Where did you read this "Brazil"?

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    4. It may be that the ITV broadcast lasted ten minutes. That was one reason why she was "miced-up" Also, with the marathon so close and the intense promos the three have been doing, it is possible she had other interviews with runners, charity heads, etc. inside KP, away from the noisier outside.
      Out of sight doesn't mean out of existence.
      You'd think by now people would have learned that there is usually a plan that will unfold in due time. Just because we aren't privy to all the under-structure of their activities doesn't mean it doesn't exist. Remember when the complaint was Heads
      Together didn't have much substance? No plan?


      Yeah, royalfan. Time-keeping, cost-counting-what other BRF family member has the cost of clothing routinely mentioned in a supposed "news" story? The bullying and post-partum depression theories have never been reliably verified; they have taken on a life of their own and I suspect there are some who want her to validate the speculation -perhaps why there is a push from some sources for her to "admit" them- show emotion and vulnerability is the demand, but that may be the reason for it.. There are theories and stories about her beauty regimen-creams, hair products, as well as theories about her diet and exercise. Anything for a story; unfortunately, some people believe those fabrications.All just that. Until Kate publically acknowledges prior difficulties or any other personal business, that is all they are-popular suppositions presented frequently as fact.
      Each of the suppositions by itself seems harmless and just part of the Kate commenting process. Together, these subtle digs at her integrity can constitute character assassination .It has happened before and Diana may be one example.
      The possible long term effects of bullying and postnatal psychosis can be life-destroying. The HT initiative is working at overcoming the stigma; but in actuality, the stigma remains and could be used to cast doubt on Kate's ability to function as a royal. It is wrong but it works.anon1

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    5. Anon1, me thinks you're on the money about the video and time link. It didn't look like a particularly large gathering, but she could not have spoken to even a handful of people in 10 minutes.

      Kate is a photographer magnet as well as a story/rumor magnet. Her name sells just as Diana's name did (does!). Period. And I'm not comparing the two women, but both share the popularity factor.

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    6. The reports today said that she held a reception for those people at KP. There were reports of much longer conversations than we saw on the video with those who attended. I'm thinking that the 10 minute time keeping is in no way accurate. If it was a reception I'm sure she was there for 30 mins. to an hour at least.

      BTW, royalfan, I'm reading the book you recommended. Between this, Ken Wharfe's book, and the Andrew Morton book we get a far more accurate of the real behind the scenes back then. I'll never look at the Queen Mother the same way again.

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    7. Yes, Robin. The longest ten minutes in history. ;+) With the reception, the BBC1 surprise live visit this morning and the taped conversation of the three at an apparent quiet spot near KP, we can see the plan continues to unfold. I am not being allowed to comment on the two newest posts, but I would like to reply to those who imply that this initiative is a recent effort only and is happening only "now." This has been at least a year's work, just organizing the HT association and drive for the marathon. As Kate, I believe, pointed out-the mental health theme is inherent in every charity they work with. I think I actually pointed that out recently .It is a very involved, obviously time-consuming effort. With Kate having two little ones at home and apparently still one nanny likely only 40 hours a week, it is an amasing feat to have come up with this concept and seen it through. I doubt we need to tell them to "keep it up." It has been ongoing already and I am sure this is far from the end of their efforts for mental health.anon1

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  18. Hushing up people because their circumstance/problems/tragedy isn't as bad as someone else's is exactly what Heads Together is trying to overcome. Yes, losing a parent in the manner William & Harry lost their mother is HUGE, but it doesn't lessen the scars of a child who was bullied. Everyone can speak. Nobody should hold back whatever bothers them. We lost a very dear friend to suicide less than two weeks ago and I'm feeling very raw about your comments that one person should have their "moment" over someone else who also had a painful experience. If nothing else, I would hope that everyone learns this lesson from following what W, K, & H are doing with Heads Together and not come away with the opinion that one shouldn't express what happened to them because others have it worse. SMH

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  19. Anon 7:56 above I stumbled through a somewhat lengthy response to Kate vs. Harry. I don't think we can compare people, especially their mental health, so black & white. I think their campaign speaks to that, too. Being bullied, post-partum and the spotlight have claimed their victims.

    I think with Harry he has gone through horrific experiences that are unfathomable to most - losing a mother at such a young age, how we saw the BRF support (or lack thereof) the boys, and PTSD from combat - things we can easily *see* as horrific. Harry has been dealt a tough hand in life, without a doubt. Harry also shows us his huge capacity for empathy. His ability to relate to people and literally get on their level - whether it is how he constantly squats for children and those in wheelchairs or how he is being honest about his emotional and mental struggles. That is HUGE for anyone, let alone someone in his family, in the British upper crust. He isn't better than Kate, he is different than Kate. But, absolutely, we should applaud and support his BRAVERY.

    I like the thought that we never know what someone is going through and we are ALL fighting a battle others know nothing of.

    ~ A

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  20. Apologies, I have totally rambled, but I wanted to share his video of William & Lady Gaga. She talks about how nervous she was to speak out because of the shame. How she felt she had too many good things in her life to feel how she felt. How someone's life can look amazing, but they can struggle. Huge props to Harry for being as brave as he is. But we only know what we can see or what people show us and we can't judge on the limited information we have.

    https://youtu.be/RCagUZ2zubY

    ~ A

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  21. Jane, I have to agree with you, Kate does remind me a bit of Carole when you hear her chatting with the runners. It's nice to hear her speaking with others in a less formal situation, she is sooo cute! I'm glad they mic'd her up for this event so we can hear her more clearly. It puts emphasis on how important these conversations about mental health are and we get her perspective on the subject. I'm super proud of the three of them. Particularly Harry, for being so open and vulnerable in his podcast. William is also showing his emotions more, too, which is touching to see. I can definitely see Diana in her boys. As Harry said, she would be impressed to see people being more open to discussing mental health issues, thanks in part to the work that her sons and Kate have done with this initiative.

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  22. Great job posting! Thanks for doing that for us in this hectic week for you! Truly appreciated! :D
    Like the makeup and lip, thanks fro bringing that up! :D

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  23. I was at KP yesterday on holiday and kept hoping to catch a glimpse of this event but it wasn't meant to be! Theresa, I too was struck by the irony of having such a private sanctuary in such a public place!

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    2. Hi Anon 1:23 oh that's amazing you were there I hope you had a special time! Thanks for agreeing so nice to dialogue here as no one I know in Australia or NZ shares my love of Duchess Kate! Just seems such a unique set up there at KP & Kates life there! I've never been to London but when I do one day I will there touring if possible.
      Theresa QLD Australia

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  24. I am totally impressed by this initiative and how they are carrying it on. One year ago, there was no room for mental health, at least for me. I am amazed how this campaign has changed my own perception, and I am sure that of many other people. The way they have done it is very clever, using all kind of events, media, personalities, reaching from the lady Gaga fan to the war veteran. And their personal implication, with Harry's interview and William's sharing his shock is in Kate's words brilliant. A wonderful and well done project.

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  25. So recently I've noticed a trend on here towards some folks who are fussing over peoples posts critiquing Kate's choices in fashion - implying that the "posters" are being too judgmental etc. Since this is in part a fashion blog (duh!), I see nothing wrong with sharing our opinions on the topic of style! Where I would think it would be out of bounds would be if people were being rude about important things, like her mental health, parenting etc - and thankfully those sorts of comments are rarely seen on this site. Fashion is a lighthearted topic people so lets lighten up! What one likes the other dislikes, it's not a big deal! Anywayyyyyy.... on to this outfit. I loved the hair, makeup and cute white trainers (need to get a pair myself lol). The skinny jeans were totally appropriate for the occasion. I thought the earrings were a bit odd for the event - anything dangling seems strange to me when the event is so casual. I think maybe gold balls or something like that might have been cuter. While I'm kind of over the whole striped shirt thing, I get that it's her favorite, so maybe should could try a bolder/thicker stripe ... think Ralph Lauren navy top with a few bold red stripes across the top or something like that? I will say that I actually loved the little logo on the bottom of her chosen top though - kinda cute! Oh and my favorite part was hearing the Duchess talking with everyone. She was very inviting and supportive - quite the advocate for her cause!

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  26. I think this is one her best make up looks. I like that she is foregoing the heavier liner on her bottom lashes.

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  27. As soon as I saw the skinny jeans and striped top, I knew it would be controversial. LOL. But, I think she looks great and totally appropriate for the event.

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    1. I wish that striped top wasn't so expensive! It would be in my closet right now!

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