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William, Harry, and Kate Remember Princess Diana at Kensington Palace

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Twenty years ago today Diana was staying at the Ritz in the Place Vendôme. She dined with Dodi al-Fayed and was scheduled to fly back to London the the next morning. Shortly after the bells struck midnight, however, she was in a chauffeured Mercedes racing along the dark Seine. Diana was just across from the Eiffel Tower, which had been sparkling a mere twenty-three minutes before, as it does every night at midnight, when her driver lost control and slammed into a pillar in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel. Because Diana survived the crash and did not expire until 4am, both days are caught up in the horror and tragedy of her death. It is interesting that William and Harry chose today, the last full day she lived, the day that set in motion a continuum that ended in her death, and the last day they went to bed with their world intact, as the day they paid public tribute to her memory. 







The What & The Why
William and Harry have been paying tribute to their mother in a series of video programs and initiatives these past months in the lead up to the 20th anniversary of her death in Paris in the early hours of August 31, 1997. Today, joined by Kate, the two visited the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace that has been transformed by white blooms to honor the late Princess of Wales. The trio met with representatives of  a number of charities Diana's was involved with before her death.

The Where
Kensington Palace's Sunken Garden. 


The Labels
Kate debuted a new Prada dress featuring a floral print with poppies sprinkled on greenery. Given the role poppies play in Britain and Commonwealth countries, I assume that Kate deliberately chose this a dress with poppies as a symbol of loss. No clutch today, but Kate wore L.K. Bennett's Fern heels, and her Monica Vinader Siren earrings. 

Fashion in Motion 



Jane's Thoughts  
I loved this dress.  I knew Kate would debut something, because this is too important an occasion to pull a recycle. I think some people feel that when Kate wears a recycle it somehow creates less of a fashion splash, and with some recycles that could be the case--certainly not always, though. But every recycle has a history and we can link old events to the current event and create all sorts of content out of a look Kate has worn before. I see nothing wrong with a fresh slate for this tribute to Diana.  Laura pointed out on Twitter that this dress looks very, very close to a dress that Diana once wore.



To me, this confirms what I have felt for a long time, which is that Kate is influenced by Diana's life and style. It makes sense that even before Kate met William, she would have been a fan of Diana, and certainly once she met William, (and then began dating him) well, you'd start paying attention if you hadn't been before! I don't think it takes effort for Kate to emulate Diana at these events, either. Just like you can likely spot repliKates because you are familiar with the Duchess's wardrobe, my guess is that Kate is very familiar with Diana's wardrobe. I think it is sweet that she likes to give the occasional nod to the mother-in-law she will never meet. Although there are times when I feel royal watchers read too much into attenuated connections, today certainly seemed to be a deliberate tribute and it was a lovely one. 

Even without the nod to Diana,  this dress was a big hit in my book. The length was a good choice for the occasion while still being just a little shorter than what Kate often chooses. The longer L.K. Bennett midi was wearing on a lot of you, and even though I like that veritable fleet of dresses, even I had begun to grow a little tired of the style. This length is a little fresher and the high neckline with the little bow tie is a trend I personally love right now. I can't wait for fall fashion, and this has me all the more excited! 



The rain looked very dismal before the trio emerged from the Palace (definitely not a difficult commute to work today), but I found that the addition of the umbrellas and the patter of rain was a fun change, and Kate had no trouble brightening every picture with her mega-watch charm. Plus, big props to the aide who checked the weather report and tracked down a suitably complementary umbrella to work with the Duchess's dress! 

The Verdict
I wish Kate had worn different shoes. Maybe dark green or even black, but for some reason, I didn't love these neutral pumps today, so it is an 8/10. 

Question for you: 
After the three royals toured the garden and chatted with members of various charities, Harry and William made their way to the KP gates for an impromptu walkabout, and to view the florals and tributes to their mother that have amassed by the gates. Kate didn't accompany them. Do you think she should have, or that it was appropriate the two went alone? 


P.S. Harry's face in this picture makes my heart hurt for the little Harry twenty years ago. 





79 comments:

  1. I thought it was appropriate that William and Harry spend the last part of the engagement together. Diana was after all their mother and I thought it was touching that they would spend part of it just the two of them

    I love the pattern of Kate's dress but am not crazy about the smocked waist. I agree that a darker shoe might have been the way to go here; but, off the top of my head I cannot think of any black or as you mentioned dark green shoe Kate has that is not suede. Suede would not have been good in the rain today!

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  2. Popping in for a comment on this most solemn of days for those of us who were just married and having our children at the same time as Diana and followed her every move. I love Kate's nod to Diana in her dress choice and completely agree with you that this was done on purpose. A lovely tribute. The high neckline with a bow is making it's 30+ year return as Diana started this trend early on in her marriage. I think I had three or four blouses and a dress with the same thing back then. She didn't follow trends, she initiated them.

    As to Kate not joining with William and Harry as they went to the gates, I think she did the right thing. Twenty years ago the people watched those two young boys as they looked at the tributes to their mother during a period of intense mourning. Of course, Charles had to be there with them back then. Today they were there again, as grown men, doing the same thing. It was private and public at the same time and it was a time for just the two of them. Diana's boys, her greatest legacy. Anyone else, even Kate, would have seemed an invasion on their private reflections.

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  3. I think it was appropriate for William and Harry to visit the gate just the two of them. That moment must have brought back strong memories and feelings - while Kate is certainly part of the "trio" there are certain bonds and moments that are rightly between the brothers only. I think that by Kate stepping aside for that moment she allowed William and Harry to have a special moment in their relationship together as they work through the emotional aftermath of their mothers death.

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  4. I believe Diana wore nude flats with her dress pictured above. Kate's dress is beautiful and her dress and shoes are a perfect tribute to Diana. I think it was just right that William and Harry then went to the gate just the two of them.

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  5. `All three looked good today and it was a poignant move to have the boys go out alone. Made me think about the day 20 years ago, and not Kate smiling away. Sometimes she needs to just chill a bit.

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    1. I agree with you...I love Catherine to pieces, and I think it may just be an automatic thing she can't control (she IS happy and positive by nature)...I just cringe a little bit when I see the broad grin in situations that might call for more solemnity.

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    2. I'm not sure that the garden called for solemnity - after 20 years it might be ok to feel joy that such remembrances are happening. One cannot stay in mourning forever. William & Harry were appropriately solemn at the gate. Anyone who thinks that Kate's smiles were inappropriate is looking for something to be upset about.

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    3. I think it was appropriate for Catherine to be there as a support to both William and Harry at a memorial created specifically for this anniversary. The personal "reliving" of that time 20 years ago outside the gates was a personal memory for the boys. The balance was just right. If Catherine hadn't gone out to the garden I think she would have been criticized for not supporting William.

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    4. I agree. She is subject to criticism no matter what she chooses, unfortunately. I think the right choice was made today.

      I do think, though, that commenting on her behavior (i.e the smiles) at events is fair game. Did she have to be dour the whole time? Certainly not. Was she? No, and that's okay. I think it's just us putting ourselves into the situation -- would we have been smiling brightly? I suppose it is to each their own as far as how we remember and honor the fallen.

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    5. I guess I just disagree that the graden tour event was intended to be solemn. There were representatives of charities Diana worked with there which suggests to me that there was an expectation that people would be coming together and discussing happy memories of her legacy. In contrast the visit to the palace gates was clearly a solemn moment.

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    6. Well, this was not a funeral and Kate was not the only one smiling, as these photos clearly indicate.

      http://www.gettyimages.com/photos/royal-family-the-white-garden?excludenudity=false&family=editorial&page=1&phrase=royal%20family%20the%20white%20garden&sort=newest

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  6. Lovely tribute to their mother. Kate did the right thing in not going with them to the gate. She supported William and in a sense Harry earlier on, but the gate was something only the brothers could share.

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  7. Jane, your comment about the little Harry twenty years ago is spot on. I saw that little boy all over again as well. So volunerable and lost. They've grown so much. What a beautiful legacy Diana left behind. And what a special moment the brothers shared today at the gate, appropriately alone.

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    1. Jane, did you see Susan's shout-out to FBTB and you
      on What Kate Wore? She recommended your Jane Corbett hat post.
      A recent post of hers. anon1

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    2. I had not! How sweet of her; thank you for telling me!

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  8. Yes I also agree just William and Harry was appropriate. Didn't like Kate's dress. Thought it was dowdy, sorry to all who loved it!

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  9. I read elsewhere on social media that some folks deemed Kate's presence in the garden a bit unnatural and uncalled for. I, however, think today's events were perfectly balanced. Kate is very much a part of William and Harry's world, and she is a source of comfort for them both. I am so glad W&H took that impromptu (I read it wasn't planned until today) walk around at the gates on their own. It brings tears to my eyes, both in sadness for the grief they felt as boys and in pride for the men they've become in these twenty years without their mummy.

    PS - Interesting format change! I can imagine a block format is faster and more efficient for posting, but I have to say I do miss the traditional blog format. You have a wonderful gift for the written word, Jane. Your site is one of my immediate go-tos for all things Kate!

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  10. My thoughts about the Princes going to the gate without the Duchess....When I saw the videos online, my first thought was that perhaps the intent was to let people know that they are fine....as with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's photo op at the Taj Mahal, this photo op/walkabout was intended to send a strong message about the present along with the reminder of the past - "see where we were, look what we've become." How proud their mother would be of them, their accomplishments professionally, and above all the men they've become. The two of them standing there, paying tribute to her (alongside the grief-stricken photos of them 20 years ago), will be a powerful image many years into the future, a continuous reminder of the power of a mother's love, the impact of her loss, and the choice of the two of them to "sing openly", just as their mother planned.

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  11. I don't think she should have gone with them. While yes, she is married to William, she didn't know Diana...and this is about her boys having some time to remember their mama. My heart too breaks for Harry...So sad for those boys...

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    1. This is such a personal time to be so public. I'm sure today was a very emotional day, but I think days like today have to help. They remind these two boys(now grown men) that other people miss their Mom too. She was such a special person.

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    2. It was very appropriate for Kate to be there with William and Harry. The three are very close, and I would have wanted my spouse there for moral support even if they did not know my mom.

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  12. Kate's dress was lovely & I did think it was similar to one Diana had worn. A nice suttle tribute to Diana. I felt it was very appropriate that only William & Harry went to the Kensington Palace gates to observe the flowers left In remembrance of their mother. Those boys need time together at a moments such as this and the future. They are a great trio when promoting charitable causes. This event however was a moment of reflection that William & Harry that had a previous history with.

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  13. Such a beautifully thought out and written post Jane. It was a lovely tribute to Princess Diana. Such a charasmatic woman, who shone her light on so many worthwhile causes. She will never be forgotten.
    It was poignant to see the three of them together, but I am glad that William and Harry were alone outside the gates. It was fittingly appropriate.

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  14. I thought maybe William and Harry were doing a redo of history with the walkabout-replacing memories of what they described in the Seven Days film as a confusing public demonstration of affection with an acceptance and even assistance with the crowd's efforts to honor Diana. They may even have been regretting what was said about the KP episode in the interview and wanted to show gratitude and understanding as adults for something they were re-living through the eyes of a child during interviews.
    I thought of the walkabout as Diana's sons overcoming possible negative feelings of a specific episode, without the immediacy of her death and the presence of Phillip and the Queen.

    I thought of the garden experience as creating new memories for the three of them.
    I don't understand why anyone would find inappropriate a wife accompanying her husband to a memorial for his Mother.
    I thought her outfit was a quiet statement, not a fashion moment-which seems to be Kate's way at times. This was not a time for boldness. anon1

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  15. I think it was appropriate they went alone. There are bonds only siblings have.

    I was also a little turned off by Kate's constant smiles today, especially when William and Harry looked in each picture like, well, someone had died.

    Kate can be tone deaf on occasion and today was certainly that day.

    Mega thumbs down.

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    1. There are pictures and videos of William and Harry smiling and waving at people at this event. The idea that a person has to remain stone face at all times is ridiculous.

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    2. Stone faced is not necessary. But the big OTT grins like she's walking out to meet people at the garden party was not appropriate. And obviously it really stood out since a lot of people found it out of place and inappropriate.personally I think it's her nervous energy or something but she needs to work on it cos it comes across very poorly

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    3. Except that she was in fact walking out to greet people in the garden directly outside of her home. It would be incredibly rude to not smile at the guests in that situation.

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    4. The same is true for Will and Harry anon 4:06. KP is their home too. Yet they weren't smiling quite so broadly or nearly so often in most photos I've seen. IMO Kate was quite nervous. And IMO she often smiles--*sometimes inappropriately*-- when she's not sure what to do. I posted earlier that I thought it would have been fine for W&H to do this entire event alone if they had decided to do it that way. (Later comments about Pippa and cupcakes aside :) Sure she's Will's wife and must offer him alot of emotional support day in and day out--we all know that. That doesn't mean Will needs her physically at his side for "support" whatever he's doing. (At least emotional support doesn't mean that in "everyday life" for the rest of us!) And while "death anniversaries" can be very powerful, it HAS been 20 yrs.

      Kate didn't know Diana. Will kind of made a point of that when he talked about that HE had to be the one to tell the children bedtime stories about Diana since Kate didn't know her. So for a ceremony with W&H to "Remember Diana" Kate was sort of the odd man out. I think that may have been why she seemed nervous/unsure about her role that day, at least that's the way it seemed to me.

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    5. This was a solemn occasion if there ever was one. Her smile was too, too much.

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    6. Perhaps you didn't view all the photos then Lizzie bc there were several in which Harry & William were smiling. It could also be true that Kate was smiling in compensation for what the boys weren't up to because their emotions were more raw. Then again perhaps you feel it is appropriate to greet your guests with a grimace. I would be surprised if the actual guests were as offended as commenters here seem to be.

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  16. Kate looked wonderful. Thinking of those princes today, they will be hurting.

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  17. Loved the dress and the gardens are beautiful.
    Glad Catherine left the viewing of the flowers etc to the two Princes. Had she gone too, it would have left Harry looking alone: might be different when)or if) he marries.

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  18. On the fashion, I totally agree with your verdict, Jane. Beautiful dress, wrong shoes - they somehow stood out a bit in a way that didn't quite work. But, overall, I thought Kate looked lovely and I agree that both the poppies and the style were a nice tribute to Diana.

    I think it was totally right that William and Harry walked out the gates alone. Ultimately, as William himself said during his interview for Diana: Our Mother, Kate didn't know Diana and wasn't with William and Harry through the days following her passing - it seems right that the two brothers who went through those days together stepped out to the gates by themselves.

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    1. I agree about the shoes. I think sometimes Kate assumes that a tan shoe is always "neutral" but sometimes it stands out rather than blends in. With this dress a darker shoe would have probably been less noticeable than the the ones she wore.

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    2. I'm thinking the shoes she planned to wear might have been suede...which wouldn't have worked for the rain. So she just made due with neutral ones at the relative last minute.

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    3. Jess, I totally agree. Suede is not a good choice in that kind of rain!

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  19. Jane, is it normal for people to say that someone has expired when they've died? I've never heard it before and it makes her sound like a piece of food.

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    1. Expire is more formal and not used as often today, for a variety of reasons I can imagine, but it is completely proper and in many ways a beautifully descriptive way to say someone has died. Expire is from the Latin exspirare, which means to breath out. Ex is out and spirare is spirit or breath. So, it is used to mean death in addition to denoting your food passing its sell-by date. :)

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  20. The dress is too matronly for my taste, but I imagine she had to be careful what to wear so as to not detract from the colors of the gardens.

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  21. This is the worst dress I have ever seen Catherine wear. It is dowdy and the material is one of the ugliest designs I have ever seen. It looked like something my grandmother would have worn. The inclusion of poppies is a nice reference to remembrance but I would have preferred her Lasa poppy sheath dress which is much more age appropriate.

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  22. Closer to God in the garden as the old saying goes - hope those boys feel closer to their mum in this beautiful garden.

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  23. At first I thought this dress looked a little saggy in the bust, but after seeing the side-by-side with Diana, I love it. I think it was definitely an intentional nod to Diana, and I think it's charming, and lovely. The print looks great on Kate, and the length is also really nice. I like it a lot.

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  24. I thought it was best for W&H to go to the gates alone. I think it would have been fine if they had done the whole garden tour alone today **if that's what they had wanted to do.** But I think Kate's presence was fine too.

    I know I'm in the minority (again) but I don't much like the style of Kate's dress. I know many of the 1980s looks are coming back but once was enough for me! While I'm kind of neutral to slightly positive on pussybows on blouses worn with suits at work I have never liked them on dresses. I recognize this outfit is "current" but it's just not my cup of tea. I would have liked the print fabric quite a bit in a V-necked, short sleeved A-line fit and flare type dress but this dress style plus the bow plus the print just seems fussy to me. And doesn't seem to have the same "feel" as W&H's casual outfits. Finally as I've said before, I find efforts to dress like Diana a bit odd. If it was Kate's intention to dress like Diana did in her early 20s, I wonder if Will even noticed? Those kinds of details WOULD escape many men!

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    1. I agree with your comments Lizzie. I find it odd that Kate would intentionally try to dress like Diana did- its one thing to dress George in clothes that William wore (many families might pass down special clothes), but to try to dress like her mother-in-law doesn't make sense to me. There are other ways to honor/pay tribute to Diana.

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    2. I'm not so sure that Kate dresses like Diana for *William* (because honestly that might get a little weird) but Rather I have always assumed she looks to Diana's fashion as a nod to Diana's role as a royal princess and to keep her memory alive in general.

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    3. I have to agree with Lizzie, JF and Anon. How many of you are in relationships? Why oh why would you ever want to dress like a partner's parent? The very thought is weird, of course it is! I can't think of anyone who would do that. Think of a man wearing something that was his wife's father's, so that she looks at him with love and sees... dad???? Talk about an instant turn-off. It's creepy.

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    4. First, I can't believe you all are having this discussion! (Eye roll)

      Second, Kate isn't trying to "dress like Diana" here. Poppies are a flower of remembrance in Britain. The style of the dress, I think is just a coincidence. We could probably troll through the thousands of pics of Diana and find something to match everything each of us is wearing today, including jeans and sweats.

      And last, Kate does nods to Diana (the polka dots at George's birth) because of several reasons. And her doing this is unlike a regular person dressing like their MIL (that gets two eye rolls). They are public figures, carrying out official duties, and basically Kate and Diana are the only two people in the world who shared the same role, did the same things publicly. Kate's following in Diana's footsteps. Diana's beloved and respected and also no longer here. This is a way to pay tribute, in a small way, to her. Like using her engagement ring. I think things like this are sweet. I remember on one foreign trip, on Diana's b-day, Kate wore Catherine a Walker. Diana's #1 designer.

      I don't know if any of you have ever lost anyone really big in your life or at a very young age, but these kinds of little nods to Diana really resonant with people and I'm sure William and Harry certainly appreciate it. It's a way to show respect to Diana, a way to show love, and a way to remember her - for the boys and public. We all really miss her!

      And I hope you all understand my eye rolls were meant to be cheeky not offensive!;)

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  25. I think it was correct that Catherine did not accompany William and Harry to the gates. I think it was a moment for them to have alone especially since Catherine did not know Diana and did not experience her death the same way William and Harry did.

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  26. Long, flowing, floral print dresses in a garden. What could be more appropriate or more British? People have lost their sense of romance these days. Tailored/structured clothing would have looked so out of place in this setting and definitely not a reflection of Diana. I don't look at it as "copying" her so much as honoring her - particularly today.

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    1. I love this comment. I am keeping my sense of romance! :)

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    2. Diana was definitely tailored, structured clothing. For the majority of her public life, that was her look.

      I'm not commenting on Kate's outfit here, just the Diana reference. I would agree though that tailored and structured are not Kate's usual look.

      Although, Kate does do nods to Diana, their tastes were completely different even accounting for the change in fashion.

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    3. I agree Diana wore tailored clothing later in her life. And you could be right anon 8:43 she wore those styles for "the majority" of her public life but when I think of Diana I am just as likely to think of "poufy" romantic or flowing styles. Her wedding gown, the polka dot dress she wore when Will was introduced to the world, the raspberry print flowing dress worn for Will's christening, the white satin poufy sleeved dress she wore for formal photos with Will and infant Harry, the light blue blouse with gathered full sleeves she wore in the photo at the piano with W&H, the poufy green dress when helping Will learn to walk, the many pussybow outfits, most of her Trooping outfits and many of her ball gowns...I do agree though that when she was in her 30s Diana wore tailored clothes. But I'm not sure I agree tailored structured clothes aren't Kate's usual style. Her wedding dress was very structured. My favorite daytime Kate looks have NOT been romantic poufy looks but are pretty structured too: the white and blue Taj Mahal dress, the blue Canada 2 arrival dress, the yellow and white color block dress, the white and blue poppy sheath...I think those fitted structured styles are very flattering for a long lean frame like Kate's. What's interesting is Diana wore poufy at the start of her royal life and graduated to tailored in her 30's while Kate seems to be moving towards poufy in her mid-30s. Of course the times played a role in both women's choices. But I wish we weren't going back to the 80s!

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    4. Lizzie, I don't believe that Kate is going backwards; I do believe that we saw examples of both poufy and structured styles during her single days.

      In Diana's case, I believe it was a combination of styles changing and her increased confidence.

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  27. Kate may have been making a nod to Diana with that dress, but when Diana wore that style it was fashionable. It is dowdy today.

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    1. I agree. And I also think what we see in Kate's style sometimes, which is a problem, is literally British fashion and taste. People can disagree with me x 1000, but it's true. They have a very different aesthetic than Americans. Look at the BAFTA awards clothing vs. the Emmy or Oscars. OMG. It's night and day. Diana had a much more American style, especially 4 to 5 years into her public role.

      Even when Kate wears American designers, she tends to pick items that are more reflective of her British taste: many prints and wide use of them, fussy designs, aging styles, MOD designs.

      I think some are going to like MM's style better, she has an American style. And no, this does not mean trashy or cheap!!! As I know some will go there. It means, current, modern, sleek, feminine, and clean lines.;)

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    2. Anon 2:23 agree with your take. Not sure if Kate's taste is British per se, I am not British, and I see many an American women dressing in a similar fashion as Kate. She does lean towards a style that is not my taste, i.e. prints, puffs, a bit fussy, etc. I am much more clean lines and simple. Kate does wear that style also but she has a huge number of the more ultra feminine look also. True that Diana had some awful prints, puffy sleeves etc. outfits and clearly her taste was much much more sophisticated and both more classic and modern as she got older.

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    3. Anon 2:23, you are so right! No disrespect, but I was shocked by some of the outfits worn by guests at Pippa's wedding. Beautiful people, not flattering clothing. Contrast this to the clothes just worn by Amal Clooney, which were breathtaking. Chalk it up to access I guess. I have had the experience of going into a clothing store and seeing only ugly clothes. Doesn't' make sense, but cost does not correlate to good design!

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  28. Kate is William's wife and she appears to be very close with Harry. I cannot imagine her not being there. And if she had not accompanied William, OMG. Me thinks she would be accused of everything from staying behind to bake cupcakes with Pippa to designing a third kitchen for KP.

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    1. "Cupcakes With Pippa"
      My imagination is running wild. A cooking show, A Day in the Life Documentary, or perhaps the title of a new magazine column....
      anon1
      PS I really enjoy her style of writing so I am half serious here. I miss seeing her out and about, too. Although, she is likely relishing the quiet and privacy.

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  29. I am confused and would like commentators on this blog, who are more knowledgeable than I am about fashion and Kate's role as part of the royal family, to help me to understand the dichotomy that I see. Some commentators defend Kate's style sense and remark that she does not want to be known as a "clothes horse", which was part of Princess Diana's image-a fashion icon. Others comment that it is unfair to compare Kate with Princess Diana in fashion or other ways, as they are different people. Yet when Kate appears to emulate Princess Diana's style and commentators also say Kate's fashion style is "on trend", isn't Kate consciously inviting the comparisons with Princess Diana and indeed follows fashion trends? And doesn't that naturally extend to comparisons beyond fashion?

    I can not relate to comments that Kate's clothing choices that reflect Diana's style are a way to honor her mother-in-law.
    Regardless of Princess Diana's fame, in my humble opinion it is strange and juvenile to immulate Princess Diana's fashion style as if Kate was a fan of a celebrity and wanted to look like that celebrity.


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    1. Opinions are always a mixed bag.:)Take what you like and leave the rest behind. Haha

      I personally don't see Diana as a clothes horse because dressing was so much apart of her job. And she used the publicity it garnered to do a lot of good. I think this clothes horse label comes from Charles, to be dismissive, was picked up by William, who doesn't want his wife attacked the same way. However you cut it, the position requires A LOT of clothes, why not make them beautiful? And I honestly don't get Kate's "recycles". I think that's more for publicity, she has plenty of new clothes to wear at every occasion.

      I do think it's very sweet when Kate wears something honoring Diana, like the polka dots for George's birth. Especially since Diana's not here. It's a kind thing, it's a respect thing, it's just a little nod to her. Like saying, K&W are thinking of her.

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    2. Should be "Diana is not..." I'm klutzy when posting from my phone.

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  30. As an ardent Diana fan who followed her as we both grew up, this week has been especially poignant for me and I am sure for her sons, even more. I love the tributes they have made to her, and I think the full impact of her life will continue to unfold as William and Harry steer the monarchy as an institution in the coming years. As for Catherine, she hit all the right notes for me- both sartorially and as a quiet support for these two men. It wouldn't surprise me if the boys take a small stroll in the quiet hours of the morning to walk around the gardens or Kensington Palace alone in meditation from time to time to talk to Mum. I would love the white garden to be a permanent tribute to Diana every year as she is the most famous resident of Kensington Palace in the last century.

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  31. No Jane, I don't think it was necessary for Kate to accompany W&H to the south gates at KP. Much as she might've liked Diana at the time, she wasn't Diana's child, unlike W&H. Best to take a backseat, IMO...and maybe sneak George and Charlotte over for a visit to the White Garden, give them a chance to feed the carp whilst Daddy and Uncle Harry kept the press otherwise occupied. Just an improbable thought.

    I liked this dress, which I first saw, on an off chance, c/o CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation). I loved the flow of the skirt, and the colours. It was so Kate, with her emphasis on symbolism--the orange poppies. I liked the shirring at the waist, too. I also liked the fact that Kate didn't carry a clutch--so refreshing. The one sour note for me were the shoes; seems that all light-coloured shoes are labelled "nude" these days. What I saw was a pair of very pale dusty pink shoes, which really didn't marry well with the orange poppies. On the other hand, I did like the brown shade of the umbrella she carried--it matched well with the orange.

    JC

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    1. Agree. She seemed totally out of place and self conscious, nervous smiling etc. first time I've thought this but she really seemed to not belong.

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  32. Diana described herself as a "fat Sloane Ranger" when she was remembering back to the engagement announcement interview with Charles and his famous "whatever in love is..." answer. Kate definitely has a Sloane Ranger vibe.

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  33. She is Princess Diana not 'Diana'. Please show some respect.

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    1. So funny the people who are so judgmental and firm in their facts are usually incorrect. She was NEVER Princess Diana, the press just took to calling her that. She was Diana, Princess of Wales. And no longer HRH after divorce. The title is like a last name. If called Princess anything it would be Princess Charles, like Princess Michael. Only BIRTH royals can be Princess and name like Anne Margaret Eugenie Beatrice.

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    2. Sorry but her correct title was Diana, Princess of Wales, so calling her Diana is redpectful

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    3. Diana's title was actually Diana, Princess of Wales so not disrespectful to call her Diana.

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    4. I was lucky to have met her more than once, and guess what I called her...Diana. Perfectly fine and not a bit disrespectful. I didn't add Your Royal Highness or Princess. I believe there is a quote somewhere from her 'just call me Diana, not Princess Diana'.

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  34. What a lovely memorial this garden is to their Mum. In regards to the fashion, Kate's a bit of an old soul and she enjoys expressing herself through patterns and nods of symbolism. I think in this case the pattern and prints were on the mark. For me the miss was in the fabric, as it reads too much like the old polyester of days gone by. It's unfortunate because a thicker material would have made this garment a true standout for future wears and justified the cost better. It would have taken the nod to Diana and beautifully blended it with Kate's own style.

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  35. I think it is totally fine that Kate didn't go to the gates. I also think it would have been totally fine if William had wanted her there for support and she did go. Whatever felt best for William and Harry on this difficult day.

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    1. I agree that Kate staying away from the gates gives W & H some privacy with their mother. Dress is good. She looks great it in, and the color/poppies are very good. I hear you about her dark green shoes being suede in the rain, but black would have been better than the nudes. Also, I wish she had worn her Kiki combo turquoise/peridot (not sure I have the stones correct) earrings with this dress. Lovely event. The garden looks spectacular.
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  36. "Their world intact" Jane this is why I love you, you take the worlds right out of all of our heads and write it down so eloquently. God bless always.

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  37. I think it was previously agreed that the brothers would do this walkabout alone.. We all know Prince Harry's love for Kate but I think this is something THEY needed to do together and it evened things out a bit... As for Kate's dress I didn't like it until I saw the dress Diana had worn and the obvious tribute.. I totally love the small things she does like this! At first I worried William would want her to be her own person and not copy his mother but with dressing George especially he seems fine with it... Besides they are going to be compared anyway so might as well get it right!! I think the umbrella was the first thing I noticed.. Why do you think they have shied away from the clear umbrellas the Queen often uses? Lovely post as always!!

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