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Duchess Kate at Crathie Kirk During Scottish Holiday

Sunday, August 20, 2017

We were just talking about Kate's hats on Wednesday (Hats Off to Jane Corbett) and several commenters mentioned they hoped Kate would trend toward larger hats. Those of you who agreed will be pleased to see that the Duchess of Cambridge has recycled her Tiffany hat on her way to a Sunday service this morning at Crathie Kirk, Balmoral.



We never get much of a view of the actual surroundings, so I really enjoyed this photo of the Queen leaving Crathie Kirk in May. The church is in the background and you can get a sense of where the royals are when we see these zooming car shots.

The Scottish Sun

This morning, William and Kate were pictured arriving at church in a car with Prince Andrew, and spirits appeared high. William was driving the Range Rover with Andrew in the passenger seat and Kate smiling in the back. In one picture, she was far more visible than usual, which permitted us a great view to ID her ensemble. 

In addition to the Lock & Co. Tiffany hat, Kate recycled her Hobbs Celeste coat, which she has worn on multiple occasions, pictured most recently below for the Christmas morning service in Bucklebury.


Underneath, Kate is wearing her L.K. Bennett Addison dress, which she wore in April of 2016 for the Obamas' visit to Kensington Palace. 


I love when the Cambridges visit Balmoral and I hope we get a few images of the party in wellies and Barbours wandering the heath (or at least in their Range Rovers, as we have gotten in years past). It always gets me in the mood for fall, which is certainly much later in coming on this side of the pond. One of my friends just took a trip the United Kingdon and hiked the trail that runs along Hadrian's Wall. Her Instagram was full of pictures of overcast skies and lush wet greenery dotted with sheep and cows. It had me poking around my closet for my sweaters, despite the 90 degree heat here in the U.S.

Balmoral 2009
Hopefully we see more of Kate in Scotland this trip, but the church shots are better than nothing. I'm off to my own local "kirk." Happy Sunday!  

57 comments:

  1. Hi Jane, actually Andrew is driving and William is in the passenger seat, steering wheels are on the right side of the car in Britain.

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    1. I was just about to make the same remark. Andrew is definitely driving.

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    2. Ditto! Pics show Andrew clearly behind the wheel :-)
      ~ A

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  2. Sarah Maryland USAAugust 20, 2017 at 11:47 AM

    It looks like she just grabbed a random hat dress and coat and just threw them on and didn't bother to check that they actually went together

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    1. I think the hat goes with the dress...the dress has navy in it. I don't think the coat works with the rest of the outfit though.
      ~ A

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    2. Sarah Maryland USAAugust 20, 2017 at 4:56 PM

      Plus isn't the dress longer than the hem of the dress?

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  3. I have to agree with both Anon, Aug. 20th @ 11.19 AM and Sarah Maryland USA, same date, @ 11:47 AM. To add to Sarah's observation re Kate's mismatched outfit--these two dark colours, blue and muddy burgundy do NOT work together (are quite drab, mostly because of that coat, which I loathe). Also, if Jane has correctly identified the dress under the coat, then I suspect that the bottom of the dress hung out below the hem of the coat, in which case, Kate must've looked like a refugee from Eastern Europe, wearing a borrowed hodgepodge of an outfit. A really unexpected low, after such a successful sartorial tour.

    The good news is that I was happy to see Kate at Balmoral, after learning that William had accompanied his father to the Royal Edinburgh Tattoo on this past Wednesday. (Balmoral was long ago dubbed "amoral Balmoral", for those not in the know, and knowing that Charles and Camilla used Birkhall when both were married to others...well, let's just say I was worried that this might've been a case of "like father, like son".

    I thought the vehicle seating arrangements were strange, to say the least, and thought it even stranger that William and Kate didn't travel with Charles and Camilla--in fact, those two travelled alone.

    JC

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    1. I feel like I'm usually calling out anon1 for stating rumors but JC I'm not sure why you're looking for controversy - thinking that Will might be up to something naughty, insinuating something by the travel arrangements... without knowing where everyone is staying on the estate and what their daily schedules look like it seems like a reach to make a big deal out of C&C in a different car than W&K. Equally as plausible as they are in a big dispute is that C&C went on a walk while W&K fed the G&C breakfast so they had different schedules. Not everything has to be drama.

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    2. The driving arrangements don't seem strange to me. Like any family gathering they were probably just dividing up who would fit in which car. It would have been more strange if Andrew were driving and William and Kate were in the backseat. Then Andrew would have looked like a chauffeur.

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    3. "Kate must've looked like a refugee from Eastern Europe" bahaha, JC! I agree, the dress must be longer than the coat.
      ~ A

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    4. Anon @ Aug. 20 at 2;50 PM--Nonsense! Not trying to state any rumour, just trying to remind readers not to invest too much in the William-Kate marriage. Why set yourself up for disillusionment...and given recent, and not so recent, British Royal history, there's plenty of reason to remain somewhat detached. Just be careful, that's all. And by the way, I do really hope that this marriage, is not just the partnership shared by the Queen and her husband. (The latter worked in the early-mid 20th century, when the stigma of divorce was riding a high, but nowadays...no.)

      And what I was getting at, rather obliquely, when I spoke of the seating arrangements, was just how horrifically misogynist it appeared. (Both Zara and Kate were relegated to the backseat, solo. Why? Maybe, the Queen needed an extra car, which would've allowed William and Kate and Zara and Mike to sit together--the extra car could've carried Andrew and Edward.)

      Hope the above satisfies Anon @ Aug. 20, 3:52 PM.

      And thank god, and in particular, thank you, Anon @ Aug. 20, 7:50 PM, with a shout out to Lizzie, below, humour hasn't died out yet.

      JC

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    5. That remark about looking like an eastern European refuge might be offensive to some people.

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    6. I wear dresses longer than the coat, I don't understand the nonsense and I am neither from East Europe nor a refuge, which is very offensive in my opinion...poor people who need to leave their country..

      Vega

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    7. It may also be that the future Kings may not travel together in the same conveyance - just as they are not to fly together. Remember the Queen had to provide special dispensation for George to accompany William on their overseas trips.

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    8. No one would think it appropriate to use the term "African refuge" in a similar context; therefore to me "Eastern European refuge" is also offensive.

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  4. I LOVE this dress so much that I bought it! It's beautifully speckled with multiple jewel tones. I think this makes the dress very versatile, but NOT with this coat! The coat, makes what is otherwise a beautiful outfit, look dreary (minus the shoes we can't see).

    Charles has his own house on the same grounds as Balmoral, right? When he becomes King, would W&K be gifted that property while they are the Wales'?

    Agree; I love seeing photos of them in Scotland, particularly with the royal family. It seems the Middletons join them almost every year. Fingers crossed more photos come out!

    I think with larger hats we have to be careful what we wish for...they can obscure our view of her eye makeup, etc. However, I think seasonally appropriate they can work. Personally, I love her in smaller hats :-)

    ~ A

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  5. We went to Balmoral this July, and it was LOVELY. So removed and beautiful, I can absolutely understand why the Queen loves going. Walking and driving around the area is stunning, a real highlight of Scotland!

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    1. How wonderful that you got to visit Balmoral, Molly. I think the castle is hideous, but the surrounding area is absolutely beautiful.

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    2. This was the first time I have seen pictures of the landscape in Balmoral. It looks heavenly.

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  6. This outfit feels like a rushed out the door, really hoped the photographers wouldn't be there kind of look. I could sort of see it coming together if it's a different dress underneath, but it does looks like that LK Bennet dress. Am similarly hoping for countryside stroll pics!

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  7. My goodness, I could not agree more. Does she have rollers in her hair or are those super tight curls?

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    1. Seriously, it does look like she might be rocking some rollers. Ha!

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    2. Seriously, it does look like she might be rocking some rollers. Ha!

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  8. This is a bit off topic, but I just read an article stating Kate spent a night in the hospital earlier in the week and the guess is a third pregnancy leading to another bout of hyperemesis gravidarum. Anyone else see anything about this? Marla from New Hampshire

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    1. This is a bit of a stretch, so here goes. I would love to see a third baby soon, and wouldn't it be fun if Pippa and Kate were pregnant at the same time? Seems that as they are so close, they would want the cousins to be close in age too. My sister and sister in law were pregnant within months of each other- the cousins enjoy that special built in bond especially during holiday occasions. I know William and Harry have always had a close bond with their cousins too.

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    2. I googled this and only found two articles from aussie news sources - if there is truth to this perhaps the UK media is intentionally not reporting this. It could be HG or another health issue. I have resolved that IF she is pregnant again I'll get excited when the palace confirms it - too many false rumours so I'm not going to hold my breath. :-)

      It is interesting though that they comment on some BRF members being hospitalized and then this one, if true, is under the radar. But perhaps since she had no scheduled engagements they don't believe they need to.

      ~ A

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    3. Meanwhile, we have the gorgeous George and delightful Charlotte. I enjoyed seeing that Christmas church picture again with Charlotte looking as though she is trying to use her candy cane as a walking cane. anon1

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  9. I enjoy seeing photos from Balmoral and hope W&K are enjoying their time there.

    Regarding fashion...love the hat, but not with this coat. :-)

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  10. Ugh, not sure this hat goes with the coat. Looks very mismatched and odd. I must be one of the few who is not a fan of that hat. I didn't like it on the first outing either (though I do love the blue tweed Michael Kors coat she wore that day), and this one is not any better. Kate can do much better than this! It reminds me of the odd ensemble she wore to Emily McCorquodale's wedding back in 2012 - a real mismatch of pieces that just don't go together.

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    1. Sadly I agree. I love the idea of the hat but I think it makes her look older than she is. It's great in theory but I just think smaller hats look fantastic on her.

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  11. I've always liked this coat. And I like the dress, too. But why wear a winter coat in August??? Yes, I know it never gets hot or really summerlike in Scotland, but it couldn't have been that cold. According to the weather report, it was in the low 60s F today. Even if it was nippy in the morning, I can’t imagine why Kate would choose this particular coat. Certainly, she must a more lightweight spring/fall coat in her extensive coat collection!

    Anyway, it was nice to see Kate and the other royals today.

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  12. When the discussion about her using a stylist comes up again - just think of this outfit. Maybe this is DIY Kate. I have to assume a stylist is responsible for when she is not looking like someone who only owns one hat and one coat and unfortunately they do not match.

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    1. I kind of agree, Sally. I think since this was a private occasion this is Kate styling herself...and we know she was never very interested in fashion.

      I don't think her working outfits consistently point to a stylist, but I think she at least has someone like Natasha helping her out. Making recommendations, but not explicitly stating "here is an outfit 100% styled for you, Kate".

      ~ A

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  13. Dear B - Just to let you know that it does get hot and we do have some lovely summer days in Scotland making it an even more beautiful country! I live in the wonderful capital city Edinburgh and it does have a summertime!! It must be extremely difficult always to get every detail of clothing correct for every occasion. However, I would agree that this looks a particularly autumn-like outfit - even for the Highlands in August. Nevertheless, Catherine is a gorgeous girl, wonderful for William and a real credit to our RF. Perhaps she was not feeling a hundred percent - we all have off days. The only difference is that we don't get scrutinised from head to toe - thankfully!

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  14. I like the individual pieces but not the overall look. Unlike the majority here I don't even think the hat goes with the dress! The color likely matches but the dress is so filmy/flowy and the hat is kind of heavy. I do like the larger shape but the material and exact style just seems suited for fall or winter. The coat? I guess Kate might not have anticipated cool weather at church time but this isn't her first trip to Scotland in Aug so I don't get it. Maybe none of her many many coats are long enough to cover this dress which is pretty long. I'd have gone with a shawl myself, I think, vs risking the East European refugee look :) with the dress hem hanging out. I think a velvet blazer might have worked too. It can't be THAT cold. Cars have heaters after all (and the BRF's probably have heated seats too.) And while the church may be cool, at least a blazer or shawl would look OK indoors unlike this coat.

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  15. Since I think this comments on numerous comments above: *if* there are truth to the rumours Kate was recently hospitalized overnight (for HG or any other health issue) she may be feeling ill still, dealing with chills, etc and she may have wanted a heavier coat. Last week I was ill and I put a quilt on the bed and was wearing long johns under my winter fleece pajamas and it was 30C (90f) out!

    ~ A

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  16. Upon closer look it looks like the hat is navy not black. The navy hat goes well with the dress but not the coat.

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    1. I agree it is navy, there is a lot of navy in the dress so it matches nicely, and Kate loves navy/blue probably due to her sapphire ring. The last/first time she wore this dress she styled it with a navy belt and navy heels. The dress does not tie-in to the dress. At all.
      ~ A

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    2. In my country blue and brown match, you Americans are a bit odd...

      Vega

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    3. I am an American but I have traveled extensively and I have to agree with you, Vega, that some of my fellow Americans are far too judgmental about the styles and preferences of people who do not think or feel the way they do. Please know that it isn't all of us.

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    4. Anon 7:26, That's good to know.ha!. America is humongous...

      Vega

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    5. Anon 7:26 judgmental views are true of some of those in every country I have visited and with all those from other countries I know, not unique to American or French or Chinese, or any other country.

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    6. If you've ever looked at an English/British tabloid or paper they are very judgmental.
      ~ A

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    7. True ali, However I notice Americans are more conservative in some way than Europeans in general, the middle class, I wonder..I'm not sure..

      Vega

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    8. Tabloids are not the people...they try to generate controversy..
      Vega

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  17. Kate has a beautiful dress on. Her hair has some natural wave , let's be kind. She is suppose to be on a holiday and quite possibly the weather was chilling & she needed a warm coat & this was the choice to go with the correct length to cover the dress. Her clothes are beautiful . I am stunned at all the criticism . She wasn't performing royal duties, she was attending a church service while on vacation.

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  18. I agree Anon 12:58. Also to add, she's never made it a secret that she's not trying to be a trend setter as Diana was. She just wants to be herself. Such a critical lot we have all become. Her job is not to model clothing after all. I think we could all start having a bit more grace with one another. So much negativity behind keyboards I'm sorry to say. Keep it kind fellows.

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  19. Charles and Camilla typically arrive at church services separately from the Queen's house party of cars because they have their own residence. It is Birkhall, a manor house on the Balmoral grounds but quite a distance away from the castle. No point in driving to Balmoral first, it would be a waste of time and petrol.

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  20. Again, that is the difference between Europe and America.
    Please note that in Europe we no longer worry about the coat covering the dress. It is not a "thing".
    As a citizen of a European country that has taken in and cared for many refugees for decades, I agree with Vega. It is offensive to compare and make comments about refugees from anywhere. They are probably quite sad that they had to leave behind most of their belongings that they had worked hard to acquire, like the rest of us. If all they could gather together was a dress and a coat, I think they took the most comfortable, warmest thing they could grab, then get out.
    Please, the purpose of this blog is to talk about Kate's fashion, not be disrespectful towards people who are suffering.

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    1. Respectively Royal Watcher, the worry about the coat covering the dress is not an American thing:). I do not know any Americans who would find it an issue, are there individuals that might, I assume yes as some on this blog have stated that.

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  21. Just curious Jane - your thoughts on Kate and William's official calendar? It seems to me that they have been doing far less last year and this - than they did in the earlier days, and I miss them! I know they were given a bit of a pass because of the children, but now there seems to be nothing but "down times" whereas it used to be only in August, correct? Maybe I'm wrong, but it seems months in between appearances now, and no pics whatsoever of the children or the Middletons - except for the recent weddings and tour that is. lol - maybe I'm just wishing too hard, but curious about what you think of the number of appearances this year? Cheers!

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    1. They have only had August off. The Duke did not finish with the Air Ambulance until July 27 and on the 30th and 31st they were in Belgium; William had the engagement in Scotland on the 16th Aug and all three have one on the 30th.
      I don't think anyone has ever said that Catherine will be a "full time royal", just that William will.
      I suspect that Catherine will still make the children her primary concern whilst they are still so young.

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    2. Thank you Jane! I wish we could see more of her but it's best that the children are the priority. It would be wonderful if they had a third! And I'm really excited about any new Harry and Meghan news - I didn't see anything about the end of their Africa trip, or any photos, waiting with baited breath for an engagement! :)

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    3. It's been a little lighter, but last year was unusually busy for them, which might have changed your point of reference a little. I think the move to London is probably what has impacted Kate schedule. It's a milestone for their family.

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  22. Jane, (or anyone!) do you know where Kate's eternity whit gold ring comes from?

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    1. I assume you mean her eternity band? The diamond eternity band is by Annoushka.

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  23. Taking a few minutes to enjoy some Kate time. Harvey has provided our area with a respite of sorts before Round Two. Sending good thoughts to everyone in Harvey's path.

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