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Kate Debuts Rochas at Royal Chelsea Flower Show

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Show of hands! Who thinks it is high time to talk about the Chelsea Flower Show? It's overdue, I know, so here we go. On Monday, May 22, 2017, the Duchess of Cambridge attended her second Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London.


According to the infallible Wikipedia, [I shouldn't mock Wikipedia, it really is the most convenient thing on the internet...], the show has been held at Chelsea since 1912. KP said 1913, you decide who to believe. Anyway, Wikipedia goes on to say that the Chelsea Flower Show of 1912 (or 1913):
...is the most famous flower and landscape gardens show in the United Kingdom, and perhaps in the world, attracting visitors from all continents. Highlights to the Chelsea Flower Show include the avant-garde show gardens designed by leading names with Floral Marquee at the centrepiece. The Show also features smaller gardens such as the Artisan and Urban Gardens.
Obviously, it is the kind of event we would expect Kate to attend given her green thumb. Kate does a spot of gardening herself, since she has told fans that she grows potatoes and other edibles at Anmer. Whether she also strays to the purely aesthetically pleasing plants I do not know. Certainly, she always looks lovely among flowers. 

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The Duchess toured a number of different exhibits. Here, according to Kensington Palace, she is pictured visiting the exhibit that included the rose named in 2012 to commemorate her own royal wedding: 

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There it is, the William and Catherine, an English Musk Hybrid. Roses named after Kate always remind me of the flower competition in Mrs. Miniver

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The Duchess was pictured enjoying a hearty laugh with Mary Berry. Kate first met her in 2013 on a visit for Child Bereavement UK. Kate is a self-professed fan of the baking guru and apparently has many of her cookbooks.

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Kate debuted a new designer for her visit. This green floral midi dress is by French label Rochas. Turning again to Wikipedia for a little intel: "Rochas is a fashion, beauty, and perfume house founded in 1925 by French designer Marcel Rochas (born 1902, died 1955) the first designer of 2/3-length coats and skirts with pockets." 




Aside from the fact that this is French, which always puts me in a brighter mood, who thinks the 3/4 sleeve tidbit is fun? Kate is the queen of 3/4 length sleeves. She chooses 3/4 often, when purchasing off the rack and when ordering bespoke, so it seems appropriate she found this label. 


This is a video that shows the dress in motion as Kate arrives, although the rest of the video covers the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh:


Kate made headlines when she was given a cherry to tomato to try. The princess accidentally dropped it, but picked it up quickly and still popped it in her mouth. As my grandfather would say, you eat a pound of dirt in your life. It has also been my experience that the parents of toddlers and two-year olds are phased by very few things in the germ category. ;)

The dress is pleated silk and I don't want to ruin it for anyone, but notice that there is a very subtle ruffle. It is such a deep ruffle, you might be able to call it a dropped skirt, but is starts right below Kate's hip--you can see the change in pattern in some of the photos. The skirt is already full, so it doesn't add much other than a break in the pattern, really:

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Kate has been wearing a lot of midi dresses in the past year and a half, certainly her collection of L.K. Bennett midis come to mind, but she chooses midi when wandering to other labels, too. A fatigue with the style has developed, even for fans of the chiffon midi, but today's dress is a crisp breath of fresh air, even for those who don't like the usual L.K. Bennetts. The jewel-neck and short/cap sleeves give it a youthful punch, which Kate helped along by wearing her hair in a polished pony. (An updo also showed off her Siren Wire earrings from Monica Vinader).


This silk crepe de chine holds its shape well, possible aided by the covert ruffle, which gives the dress a very elegant silhouette. 


The dress reminds me just a little bit of her Suzannah tea dress with a more modern vibe:

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The verdict is a big win. This dress is simultaneously elegant and flattering, but also fresh and youthful. Kate loves green for these gardening events and she accessorized really well with her relaxed Siren earrings and Fern pumps. The ponytail really made the whole look picture perfect.

The RHS

87 comments:

  1. I thought of the Susannah dress when I saw this one as well! I loved it and am so happy she opted for this rather than the thicker, heavier coat she wore to the flower show last time. I quite like those earrings but I do wonder why she wears them rather than emeralds when she wears green earrings. Fantastically beautiful ensemble and perfect for a garden show!

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  2. I love this dress and the midi length. No fatigue for me with this style. I have coat dress,skinny jean, wedge shoe, and solid pump fatigue. This is the style I think she should have worn to the Kids party in Canada and Party at the Palace instead of that short cream dress she wore. This seems so much more practical for bending and stooping to play with children and shooting water balloons.

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    1. Agree, this would have been lovely for garden parties. I do like the cream dress as well but can see why it might be a tad bit too formal for events where chidren are invited.

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    2. Silk and water balloons?

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    3. Anon @3:01--My thoughts exactly.

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  3. Beautiful dress & beautiful post! I love the silk fabric & the colour. Yay, she wore a ponytail :) These earrings are a lighter green than the shade of the dress, I wish she'd worn emeralds or plain gold earrings, but I do like the Monica Vinaders! In that photo of her eating the tomato, I'm sure Chris Evans is thinking, "ewww..." - only joking! She is a mother of two under 5, as you said Jane, so I'm sure it was no biggie for her to eat something that fell on the ground (I would've done the same!). I always enjoy seeing photos of the gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show, I think Kate blends in perfectly with her surroundings :) And doesn't Mary Berry look great! I'm a big fan of her cooking/baking, too.

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    1. Yes, that is her munching on a cherry tomato that hit the ground. Plus, what was she going to do, be like "here, take it back, I won't eat it now." Hahaha, I would have eaten it, too. :)

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    2. Haha, that would've been more awkward! :)

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  4. Hello! The Suzannah tea dress was much more beautifu than this one, in my opinion :(
    Liseli

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  5. About catching up: I kindly request you express your detailed analysis of the red Armani April 20th. I would really love to read your opinion o. It. <3 Starchild

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    1. Oh yes, I forgot about that. Ok, I will try to write that this week. :)

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    2. It will be highly appreciated since the suit was a very surprising choice for me.

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  6. Have you noticed Rebecca Deacon at the background of picture after tomato's one? Any news about her?

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  7. I like a number of things about this dress. The print is cute and while I don't like all midis,  I like the length here. But for such an outrageously expensive designer dress (I know its silk but still it is quite expensive) it should have been better tailored. The chopped-off flower at the center of Kate's neckline is unattractive (placement is better on the model.) It is always reasonable to consider pattern placement when cutting out a dress, *especially at the neckline* as that frames the face. Also the belt rides up so the waist seam is exposed. It is that way on the model too. Perhaps this wouldn't be noticeable in a different print but it is glaring to me here. 

    I love the ponytail, hate the earrings. They look cheap and while everything doesn't have to match, the yellow-green clashes with the dress to me.


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  8. Jane as I read your description of the dress/look I kept thinking "I should like this I should really like this!"

    I don't dislike it, but something is off for me. Maybe the high neckline, the ruffle skirt, does she just need brighter make up and accessories? I honestly don't know I'm just asking, this feels a little flat to me. Maybe it's just this color and pattern.
    And you're right as a mom with a toddler you get used to things you would never have dreamt of! :o

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  9. Not a fan of the dress but the fabric does move beautifully. I find the waist detail very odd, I also am not a fan of that sleeve style on anyone. The earring color is fine I just have always found those earrings inexpensive looking. Her hair looks great. She looks relaxed and happy.

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  10. Kate should visit the chelesa show more often. Love the ponytail she needs to rocked it more. Jane being seen as hardly anybody can get on board on the meghan train maybe you should leave her off your blog until she actually becomes a member of the family. Seeing as you didn't really mention cressida on here besides the breakup. Being a long time lurker seems nobody can have a decent discussion without adding a personal attack. I know it's your decision but it would kind of be nice if meghan would be left off the Kate blog

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    1. Sorry, but isn't that more a reflection of the readers here than Jane? Jane should stop a topic because people can't behave like adults?

      Anon 1247 I do understand where you're coming from but I think you're missing the mark. As soon as Cressida became known publicly she couldnt take it and it fell apart. Every single royal reporter think this is very different so I see why Jane writes about Meghan. Whoever marries Harry will be a big player in Kate and William world.

      I don't understand the deep hostility directed toward her but I don't understand a lot of the cat fighting in the comments lately. Again, to me it says more about the poster than anything else. Everyone chill!

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    2. That's true about some poster's on here. It's probably why I like lurking on here than posting. And on the meghan front it might be Harry first mature relationship but the royal reporters don't know more than us really. There just happy he's with someone that makes the money. Considering the Cambridge's is boring to write about. So they have the next best thing.

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    3. The royal reporters don't know more than we do? Of course they do! They can only print probably 10% of what they really know.

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    4. I understand what 12:47 means. I think it is a divisive subject that has sadly become an unpleasant one on this blog. Some posters take it personally and are aggressive. Perhaps it should be avoided, like US politics? It seems it is mostly Americans that feel so strongly about Meghan.

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    5. We really don't know where posters are from.

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    6. This American thinks politics should be verboten on the blog but thinks Meghan talk is appropriate (because she's more linked to Kate's life than, say, the Trumps (unless they meet); Will & Kate met with the Obamas = appropriate post). We know Meghan & Kate have at least seen each other, re: Pippa's wedding reception).

      I thought the look was pretty but a little aging, but Kate looked elegant as always. Loved the ponytail!

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  11. Zoom in on Mary Berry's necklace, it is gorgeous.

    I'm not big on statement necklaces, I prefer a diamond at the throat. But this is lovely.

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  12. I've been tired of her L.K. Bennett midi dresses for quite a while cause they seem very matronly to me. This however I can get on board with. Lovely colour and print. I also like the short sleeves and flowing skirt and am beyond thrilled that she's not wearing those kiki drop earrings. A definite win in my book!

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    1. I think the pattern and the tailoring look quite matronly to me, apart from showing her nice arms. I do like the hair though.

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    2. It's not exactly high fashion but I think it's a huge improvement compared to the L.K. Bennett midi dresses she's previously worn. My overall impression is a positive one but opinions differ. :)

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    3. I saw your matronly comment and I can see that in some if her clothes too. I like the give and take among posters, why we like something or don't. It's really like a fashion critique and I like to hear what everyone thinks. Sorry if I upset you.

      I completely agree about the KiKis. I honestly wonder how many pairs she has. At this point, Kate should invest in the company.

      Did you like her hair?

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    4. Anon 12:47 and anon 3:53 are you the same person?

      If you are: Don't worry, you didn't upset me! I just felt the overall look was really nice compared to some other matronly midi dresses because she made some changes to her usual "uniform" (short sleeves, different earrings, bold pattern, contrasting shoe colour). What bothers you about the outfit? Courious to hear!

      And I did like the hair! I know a lot of people want to see her wear more updos while I usually prefer it when her hair is down, but the pony tail looks really good and suits her.

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    5. Sorry, yes, same person!:)

      I didn't think the dress flattered her shape (the top part) and I wasn't a fan of the print. Maybe just as a skirt it would have been OK? But Kate's a pattern girl, so that's expected.

      I agree about the hair. I love it down too, full and beautiful. I think that's one thing I liked about the ponytail, it was still full and bounced. I think her hair is such a signature of her look, I usually love it.

      I think most liked this look, I'm in the minority. But I like the discussion and looking at the clothes from a different perspective.

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  13. I love the dress and the pony tail!

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  14. I agree with you Jane... this dress manages to be both elegant and youthful. I wish it were a few inches shorter, but I love the color and the print. This shade of green is very flattering on Kate. I also like the earrings. I don't think they need to be the exact same color as the dress. And I love the ponytail. This look is a definite win, in my opinion.

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  15. Jane, I have always felt we were kindered spirits given our shared love of Kate, however your Mrs. Miniver reference made me like you even more! Not many in our generation have seen this classic!

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  16. I digress - but I liked Q Letizia's bubble pony tail

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    1. I also digress--I bought Rochas Man cologne for my hubby for Christmas. It is decadent. Main accords, according to Fragrantica:
      coffee
      sweet
      vanilla
      aromatic
      woody
      fresh spicy

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  17. The design of this dress is not complimentary. The shoulders are cut in a way that gives Kate extra broad shoulders, which she doesn't have. Then the waist is too high and the bust/top area is puller so tight, it smashes her chest and makes her look prepubescent.

    And then the cost, about $3,000. I understand beautiful clothing costs a lot, but this is not worth that much. Why would you spend so much on this dress?? She doesn't spend that much on her suits or a lot of her evening wear.

    Loved the hair. Especially for the event. Perfect.

    I'm not a pattern lover, but a pretty floral would have been great for this. Sometimes I think Kate dresses in a vacuum, like her choices are tone deaf. I wonder what she was thinking when this is her $3000 choice.

    Interesting article two days ago in the DM about William. He and Harry have contributed to a documentary about Diana's death. This was the second DM article previewing. I believe it has been removed because I wanted to directly quote W and I can't find it anymore.

    Anyway, W says something to the affect... he holds those accountable who didn't help his Mom as she was lonely and isolated. It was very strong words considering how royals normally talk. I think he is talking about Charles. The next day, the article was gone and a new article, discussing how Charles talked about his painful marriage to Nancy Reagan was up. The new article even took swipes at W and H.

    So the documentary should be something to watch. I wonder if Charles' people put pressure on them to edit that out. It wouldn't be the first time. We shall see.

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    1. That is interesting, Anon 8:32, re the article...I think it is still there, was that the one where he said they let Diana down and couldn't protect her? I think it is a very sad admission. The BBC documentary will definitely be a must-watch.

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    2. I don't think he's talking about Charles. You have to remember they were separated a while and divorced at time, and actually on good terms. According to anyone with knowledge.
      I think that was directed toward Fayed first and foremost.

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    3. Diana had just negotiated her divorce settlement and lost her HRH, which she saw as a mean and spiteful thing to take away from her. She had to fight hard even to stay in her apartments at KP. The Duke wanted her downsized to a closet at KP. The settlement took a lot out of her and that was about a year before her death.

      Being on "good terms" means they could talk about the kids and do things together concerning them like taking William to Eaton.

      I think he was talking about Charles. We will know more when it comes out.

      While I'm no fan of the al Fayeds, they were there for her when she was lonely and isolated, which could be William's point. Because others turned their backs on Diana, she was off with the al Fayeds. Who made her lonely and isolated? Everyone knows that answer. Lonely and isolated are direct quotes from William.

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    4. Eton, iPhone problems

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    5. No, the Fayeds took advantage of a lonely confused woman.

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    6. I strongly believe that William's comment is about Charles and the Firm in general. "Lonely and isolated" doesn't describe a vacation or two; it was Diana's reality within the Firm.

      Yes, she Diana had come to terms with the divorce, but the need to make HER out to be the reason for the marital breakdown while making Charles out to be the poor victim who was forced to turn to Camilla for support was very much a reality. And the campaign to blame Diana and question her mental stability is alive and well. :-(

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    7. Diana was not confused.

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    8. Hi Kiwi,
      The not "protecting" her was in the first article. Then a day or two later, a second article came out with W saying he held people "accountable" and his mom was lonely and isolated. I tried to Google it, the second article is gone. Very strange. But both articles are heartbreaking. Raw and emotional.

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    9. Could he have been talking about the Spencer's? Her brother gave a passionate speech at her funeral, but that family still let their young and innocent girl get into a situation over her head and haven't exactly maintained her gravesite.

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    10. I don't know what the original DM article said as I am not a regular DM reader. BUT in this May article (link below) lifted from the GQ interview, Will speaks of Diana being "lonely and isolated" (that's a quote) and it is pretty clear from the context "the people" (plural people,  NOT singular "person") he says he holds "accountable" (word quoted) are "media executives" (term quoted.) He certainly isn't talking about Charles there. That doesn't rule out he used the exact same words to blame Charles elsewhere but it seems a little unlikely (although not too long ago Kate was quoted as saying  motherhood made her feel "lonely and isolated" so maybe those terms are commonly used in their household when talking about emotional pain.) 

      http://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/811640/Prince-William-Diana-s-death-Britain-grief-1997-funeral-Paris-car-crash

      I think we have to keep in mind he's a married 34 yo with children talking about experiences he had at 15 when Diana died (or even younger and  he became aware of Diana's fragility.) What he thinks now isn't necessarily what he thought then. That can be true for any of us as our memories of the past are often reconstructions viewed through the lens of the present. But our revised views as we age aren't **necessarily** more accurate in describing past feelings about situations and people. It seems to me that, for whatever reason, the feelings Will has about blame for Diana's death have grown stronger over the years and *perhaps* have been applied to more people. I am very sympathetic for his loss but that is still unfortunate as it suggests he really hasn't dealt with his grief as well as he seems to say he has. For him, the culpability for the accident rests with other people (although **I** haven't ever seen him blame the driver who was drunk and drove at an excessive speed.) And this view means he works hard to "protect" his children from other people and the media while allowing them to ride in cars without car seats, most recently at Pippa's wedding. No matter who else we hold accountable I expect we can all agree that if Diana had been wearing a seatbelt that night she would have had a better chance of survival. 

      While we are all flawed human beings who wear self-imposed blinders some of the time, unresolved issues (like grief but not only that) keep us from seeing current realities.
      And I think that's certainly true for Will.

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    11. Oh, thanks, Anon 11:11. It's a shame the article isn't available anymore...very strange indeed. I would of liked to have read it.

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    12. Interesting insight Lizzie. I wonder if some of Williams thinking about the subject changed once he became a parent himself and could start to understand his parents in their own roles as his parents. Just as his marriage to Kate might have given him insight into Charles & Diana's marriage that he might not have had before he was a royal husband himself.

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    13. Hi Lizzie,

      No, it was an article about the documentary not the GQ. I will continue to look for it.

      The carseat scandal at Pip's wedding was nothing but hype. A few days later, it was revealed that they were on a private drive within the estate. No one was on that private "road" except the wedding procession all in classic cars. The kids were completely safe.

      I don't think Diana was fragile. If anything, she was quite strong. She had been abused by Charles' and that family since she was 19. Yes, she should have been wearing a seat belt. It's peculiar that she wasn't considering everyone said she always faithfully wore one.

      But, a lot went into getting her to Paris that night. From the palace denying her a trip with her boys to the US, which would have taken place that week, to the Queen refusing to let Diana's security no longer report to Charles' security (which is why she dumped them), I think it is too simple to blame her death solely on Diana or the drunk driver. Many steps got her to that night which were beyond her control.

      As an adult, William can now see this. I also think saying that William is remembering things not as accurately with the lens of perspective is a tricky argument. I think his age allows him to more accurately assess what happened.

      I do agree that him seems to be too protective of the kids about letting people see them. One or two pictures a year is ridiculous. No one wants paparazzi chasing them, but releasing more pictures would be a good idea.

      The documentary should be interesting, for sure!

      And for the person who mentioned the Spencers, I thought of them too. They certainly didn't do much to help her either.

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    14. You could be right, Anon 8:15. Even minor events can change how we look at and remember the past and marriage and fatherhood definitely aren't minor! I think though as we get farther away from those major events like marriage, we become even more able to recognize and to acknowledge other aspects of the past that may have affected our parents. (We likely can't ever be truly objective in part because our childhood perceptions still affect us but we move closer to objectivity.) I am not sure *based on what he has said publicly* Will has gotten to that point yet. W&K have choices/options that weren't available to C&D (in part because of distance to the throne, in part because of changes in the BRF some due to Diana some not, in part because of societal differences between the 1980s/1990s vs this decade, in part because of differences between Charles as a father to Will and PP as father to Charles.) Neither time was necessarily "better" but its a pretty sure bet that even if they had wanted to, C&D didn't really have the option to live together before marriage like W&K did. As PoW I doubt Charles could have worked a job like Will has even if he had wanted to. C&D also didn't seem to have the option of a light royal workload for a number of yrs to begin their marriage and to tend to their children. But C&D didn't live in a social media or 24/7 news cycle world either.

       

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    15. RF,

      Your second sentence describes it all. With you 100%.

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    16. Certainly any event involves a multiplicity of causes Anon 1:13. I didn't mean to suggest all the other aspects that led to Diana being in that car that night in Paris were unimportant. (One I believe was not mentioned here--D&D could could have stayed at the hotel that night) But if the driver had not been drunk the accident most likely would not have happened. I know some have said he was blinded by flashes from the cameras and maybe he was. But if he had not also been driving at a very high speed the crash likely would not have been so severe, if it happened at all. And if seat belts had been worn injuries likely would have been much less severe. Of course other factors were involved but anyone who has had even a fender-bender without injury probably has had thoughts like: Why was I in this spot right now to get hit? What if I had taken another route? What if I hadn't taken that late phone call and had left work 5 min earlier? But if the driver who hit us ran a red light, the delaying phone call that contributed to our being in his path isn't usually seen as the most critical cause.

      I had heard the children weren't traveling far (although they somehow got to the church before the service too and they didn't come with W&K.) Even on a private road though an animal can run out, a defective tire can blow. A fatal crash under those circumstances would be quite unlikely but small children could be injured if not restrained. I didn't think of it as a "scandal," but just odd in the context of the topic being discussed.

      So far as Will's memories go as I've said I agree that age sometimes results in a more accurate understanding of the past. But a great deal of memory research addresses the reconstructive aspect of memory. One well-known researcher is Elizabeth Loftus. She is probably best known for her work showing the factual difficulties with eye-witness court  testimony (when witnesses are trying to tell the truth) but she has also done work in the area of autobiographical memory. And through extensive experimental work she has shown that what we remember often isn't what happened and often changes across time based on intervening experiences and current assumptions. Trauma can make us even more vulnerable. Further, we aren't consciously aware of the reconstructive aspect. Altered memories feel true and real but they often aren't accurate representations of what happened. Of course, I have no idea if that applies to Will but it applies to many (likely most) people. Here is a link to a news repprt of a simple study done by one of Loftus's grad students.
       http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=98195&page=1

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    17. Lizzie, I am quoting the Express article (from the same link that you provided above)... and here it is again just to give proper credit ...

      http://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/811640/Prince-William-Diana-s-death-Britain-grief-1997-funeral-Paris-car-crash


      "The former spin doctor questioned the future king about the "argument" his mother "cultivated her own friends in the media" and fed the interest in her private life.


      The Duke replied: "I know some games and shenanigans were played, but she was isolated, she was lonely, things within her own life got very difficult and she found it very hard to get her side of the story across."


      He went on to say: "This was a young woman with a high profile position, very vulnerable, desperate to protect herself and her children and I feel strongly there was no responsibility taken by media executives who should have stepped in, and said, 'morally, what we are doing, is this right, is this fair, is this moral?’”

      The Duke said he still feels angry that he and Harry were not old enough to do more to protect her and that he still holds "a lot of people to account that they did not do what they should have done, out of human decency."


      My take: Clearly, William is acknowledging that Diana used the media and he is blaming media executives taking advantage of her vulnerability, but he is not saying that she was lonely and isolated because of THEM.


      And I am repeating this quote because it is KEY here:


      The Duke replied: "I know some games and shenanigans were played, but she was isolated, she was lonely, things within her own life got very difficult and she found it very hard to get her side of the story across."


      I have been saying this for a very long time. Yes, she used the media, but they were her voice when she found herself faced with difficult and humiliating personal circumstances and was living within a system in which she did not have a voice. William is stating that she needed to share her side of the story.



      We need to remember that there was a campaign to make her out to be the cause for Charles turning to Camilla. Diana had to be seen as being unstable and impossible to please. And, most importantly, she feared losing her boys.


      Also, in response to the discussion here about memories in general ... again, this is a very, very unique situation. Surely, W&H would have been aware of some of the problems in their parents' marriage, but imagine how much more information they became aware of in the years after Diana's death. Just consider the books, biographies, articles, interviews, etc., that they have access to. How many people can say that their personal lives are documented in this way? I think they know what they are talking about and William's comments (as I quoted them) are the perfect balance of general and specific. A code book is not needed to understand the true message.


      And I will add this ... if not for the ongoing campaign to smear Diana's memory, if not for similarly dirty tactics used against the Middleton's (and Kate), and if instead of continuing (after Diana's death) with Campaign Camilla SOME regret had been expressed in words or actions, perhaps W&H would not feel compelled to speak out on their mother's behalf. To "Diana's boys" I say, "AMEN!!"

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    18. I would add, RF, that people who say Diana "used" the media, that's a very distasteful description.

      I think that comes from people who want to belittle the love Diana had from the public. As if to say, oh, those silly people, they don't realize Diana used the media to manipulate them. It's jealousy from Charles & Co. because the public didn't take his side. We understood the whole story and we supported Diana.

      I also think Carole was a Diana supporter too.



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    19. I'm interested why you feel that saying Diana "used" the media is distasteful Anon 12:46. The BRF and the press might have a strange relationship but they also need each other in some ways. And quite frankly nobody except Diana knows or understands the true story.

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    20. William and Harry have access to Diana's diaries too.

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    21. 12:46, oh, absolutely! Excellent points.

      And I agree about Carole. Many, many blessings for William when his path crossed with Kate's.

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    22. Anon 1:51,

      I replied a few days ago to you but it looks like my comment got lost. I think when people say Diana "used" the media it is distasteful because it is never applied to Charles, the PR machine of the RF, etc. It is only said about Diana in a very negative way. It's like the royal family is the only ones allowed to speak through the media and everyone else is "using" it. So, that was my point.

      I know the press office at St. James literally feeds unsourced stories, line for line, to many reporters. One time, the DM released a story that had questions for the head of the press office in parenthesizes within the story. Such as... (Does this read alright for your office, so-and-so?) Everyone in the comments section was in hysterics. And these are stories that "officially" the palace isn't commenting on, but actually came from the palace.

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    23. Just saw your June 6 post royalfan as I was offline for awhile. I don't know if you'll see this but I did want to respond to a couple of points.

      I thought the topic of the thread was who Will "held accountable." Clearly in the article I cited he said he held media execs accountable. He may hold lots of people accountable for aspects of Diana's life and death--the full BRF, Camilla, the Spencers, the Fayeds to name a few--but in that article there was no mystery about Will's assigning accountability to media execs. 

      The points I made about the fallibility of memory, schemas, and memory reconstruction came from research into human cognition. I cited Loftus' s work but there has been alot done in this area going back to Sir Frederic Bartlett at Cambridge in the 1930s ("War of the Ghosts" study) Much work has been done in this area related to trauma and "flashbulb memory." Perhaps W&H's memory systems operate differently from other humans but I kind of doubt it. Of course, it must have been awful for W&H to read (or deliberately choose not to read) all the press accounts about Diana written both before and after her death. But the fact that there WERE so many accounts available to them--and many were likely wildly factually inaccurate--would lead proponents of Bartlett and Loftus to suggest those inaccurate press accounts would likely alter the accuracy of personal memories also. 

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  18. Going out on a limb here--but I think Kate's Stuart Weitzman Minx espadrilles would have looked great with this dress and the garden theme of the visit.

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    2. http://i1.mirror.co.uk/incoming/article182733.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/kate-middleton-polo-outfit-image-4-263075337.jpg

      Sorry... a better link! :-)

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    3. Yes! I quite like those shoes and wish we would see them again. They would have lightened up the overall look. Maybe next time :)

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    4. royalfan I forgot about those shoes! Agree they would have worked well.

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    5. AND, they would have added to the vintage factor, IMO. :-)

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  19. I bet Kate doesn't pay full retail price for her a lot of her 'work' clothing...think of the free advertising (and bump in sales) designers or companies receive when Kate's seen at an event wearing something identified as theirs. I imagine they're happy to propose a special deal for her (or her stylist).

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    1. I wondered about that too - similar to the deal with Audi. Which makes me wonder if Pippa is able to get the same discount by extension.

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    2. What Audio deal?

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    3. Audi has a deal with the BRF which is why Kate drove an Audi when she was dating William before they got married

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    4. As I understand it, the Royal Family is not allowed to accept free merchandise or discounts, clothing or otherwise.

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    5. Also with Range Rover and the Middletons are part of the Range Rover program/deal too

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    6. It's not free Anon 12:22, but they can enter favorable contracts much like a corporation might with respect to its corporate fleet.

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    7. Orange County GrandmaJune 7, 2017 at 4:35 PM

      The Duchess does not except free clothing. This has been said many times in different articles. She has a huge clothing allowance given to her by Prince Charles. This also has been stated before. All her clothes she wears on tour and engagements are paid for with that allowance. Plus she purchases clothes with her own private funds.

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    8. Their contracts are not like corporate fleet rates. Audi and Range Rover have a "celebrity" lease program. They come to you and ask if you want to participate. Each Middleton family member was asked and agreed to participate right after the wedding. You "lease" the cars for practically nothing, literally - unlimited miles, service, etc. I bet they even come and pick-up the car for washing & cleaning so it always looks good in pics. In exchange, you are photographed in their car and they get the publicity. They call it a lease and exchange a very, very small payment to avoid any tax issues.

      I think most people don't understand to what degree the royal family receives free or practically free things like this. I remember the interview with the lady from Mustique who secured the houses for W&K's vacations down there. She said (it quoted her) that when she first met W, she told him he should visit Mustique. Are you ready for this? He told her it was too expensive for him and he didn't have the money. So, she offered to find someone to lend them a house. She said she was really surprised and felt bad for him.

      Of course he had the money. He just wanted a free vacation because that's what he is used to, people offering them stuff all the time.

      For the wedding, people had to park off site from the Middleton estate and be driven in. Instead of a luxury bus, Audi and Range Rover supplied 50 vehicles to move the guests back and forth.

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    9. That's all true Orange County Grandma but it also has nothing to do with the arrangement between Audi/Land Rover and the BRF.

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    10. it has to do with Kate's clothes, which was the original topic of this thread, not car contracts of the BRF. OCG was responding to the original comment.

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    11. I wonder if it is true that Kate doesn't receive discount so on the clothing. For instance, in the year Diana died - I can't remember the designer, maybe Versace? - but they sent her their whole runway line one season. Paul Burrell talked about it in a book. She was constantly getting stuff sent to her for free. I know Charles gets Kate's work clothes bill, but I tend to believe that's not the whole story.

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    12. Anon 2:20 AM - my understanding is that Kate is also often sent clothes and jewelry by designers or a lot of times she requests a bunch of their stuff at once, but then after trying everything on, she picks the few things she will actually keep and sends the rest back with a check for the ones she has now officially bought.

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  21. I love this! She looks great, the dress is lovely and the ponytail works so well! I'm not a fan of the LK Bennett midis so I'm hoping this is Kate's entry into printed midis from other brands :)

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  22. Also, Jane, I'm really hoping you do a post on Pippa's honeymoon and the all outfits we've seen her wear during it :)

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  23. Would love to hear your verdict on the red Armani skirt suit Kate wore a while back ;) You made some interesting comments in your preview post

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    1. Yes, please, sweeten the long waiting time for us with your thoughts about this red suit.

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  24. Part of what makes this look successful to me is her lighter makeup. So glad she has moved away from the heavy eye makeup. It has made a world of difference.

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  25. I do like this dress, though normally not a fan of the midi length. The color and print is beautiful, and Kate looks gorgeous. Love her hair too.
    My heart is heavy for all the sadness, and the barbaric events England has had to endure.

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  26. I really hope Pippa announces her first pregnancy and Kate announces her third by the end of the year

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