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Full Post: Kate Recycles Another Goat Coat in Birmingham

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Kate seems to have decided this is the Year of the Goat! The Duchess of Cambridge (along with her duke) traveled to Birmingham today for an Away Day that marks their second trip to the city. The duo began at the Jaguar Land Rover plant, and as the Duchess stepped out of her own Range Rover, we saw she was giving her second GOAT London coat a rewear!

The Cambridges toured the plant, which employs over 10,000 and met with workers, including those hired via a program that helps ex-military personnel join the workforce. 

The royals, of course, drive Range Rovers quite a bit, and the company creates various specialized cars for the BRF's public duties, as well. KP shared this snap of the two enjoying a look back at the modified Range Rovers that were used for the Patron's Lunch.


The highlight of the visit saw Kate get behind the wheel of a Range Rover to tackle a bit of off-roading. The Princess had some trouble getting up this very uneven terrain, although let's be honest, I bet she has navigated some bumpy roads at Balmoral. Without the cameras on her, she is doubtless willing to hit the engine a little more aggressively.

Next on the royals' agenda was a stop at the AVFC Foundation to visit with a Coach Core group. We knew when Kate arrived at the start of the day wearing black skinnies that she'd likely shed the coat at some point. Away Days often require ensemble modifications, and sure enough she took her more formal coat off and put on the red duvet ski jacket from Perfect Moment, which she wore for the Heads Together training before the London Marathon.

Gary Laybourne

Kate, ever the eternal optimist, seemed as if she thought she could zip this coat up, but, no. Baby Cambridge #3 is already asserting herself/himself and would have none of it.

The couple finished their day at the ACME Whistles factory, a family business that produces whistles for sporting events and the Metropolitan police, as well as whistles for dogs. Some of the whistles sound at certain levels that only dogs can hear, and Kate pointed out that different dogs hear at different levels. William and Kate said they had one for Lupo, and William was able to give the exact number of the whistle!
Ok, let's talk fashion here. Kate wore the Washington coat, her Lauren leaf earrings from Kiki, and these new Hi Ride boots from Russell & Bromley. She carried her Bayswater clutch which generally appears to be a very flat envelope clutch, but Kate had it full to bursting today and it exhibited a more rounded shape [see opening picture], which was interesting.

I don't think I win brownie points with GOAT London by reminding you all that I haven't loved Kate's Goat Coats to date. I liked her recent recycle of the Redgrave even less than its debut, but today the Duchess took what was an "ok look" in New York to a real stand-out here in Birmingham.

The turtleneck peeking out added a little extra oomph to the ensemble. It made the trim of the coat stand out more and underscored the 60s vibe. So that was really cute. However, the new boots took this ensemble triumphantly into the end zone.

A couple of years ago, Kate wandered away from her trusty Aquatalias and she has, very frankly, been wandering in a bit of a boot wasteland ever since. As I mentioned in the post on the Redgrave recycle, she has been wearing boots with very square and heavy heels, and I just haven't found them flattering.

These Hi Ride boots have two important features. First, they don't hug her legs completely, but hold their structure and give her legs wiggle room, so they are very slimming. Second, although they feature trendy block heels, those heels are tapered, which creates a more graceful and feminine silhouette. They are a throwback to circa 2011-2012, and even before--Kate has been a boot princess for years. Boots can be heavy and are not foolproof fashion accessories. Kate's struggle to find great boots over the fast few years has been (secretly) one of my greatest fashion disappointments, and I am ecstatic over today's boots. Huge home run!

So, to leave no ambiguity, I thought this was a great styling. The skinnies/jeggings are the right way to do black! Unlike her jeans at the start of her pregnancy, these couldn't be darker and as a result, they look polished and put together. Actually, they look like the J.Crew twill jeggings she wore in New York, and I wonder if these are J.Crew as well. Whatever they are, they are black jeans done right. A great day in Birmingham!

Range Rover

Meghan Markle Musing: Meghan has been spotted in London shopping and generally having a holiday time of it. There was a story that she would be heading back to LA for Thanksgiving with her mom, but does anyone else think she'll bring her mom to London and cook Harry his first American Thanksgiving? Maybe even have William, Kate, and kids over? Just asking... That's what this American would do!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American compatriots. I am thankful for a lot of things, among them all of you who faithfully read the blog, even when it's late! For the royal correspondents on the ground who gather such fun quotes, share minute-to-minute videos of engagements, and dig up information, or call and wrangle Palace staffers, for the news we like to chit chat about. And of course, for the photographers who provide the beautiful images we all enjoy!


  1. Just wanted to say thank you for a great post! I don't comment all that often, but I do read all of your posts, and I think you do a wonderful job. I find them fun to read and informative. Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!

  2. Happy Thanksgiving to you Jane. I appreciate your efforts to keep your blog up to date. They are always worth waiting for and I love the way you write very much. I also thought Kate looked great in Birmingham and am looking forward to seeing what she wears tomorrow night to the Variety show.

  3. I am thankful Jane must have a few days off from work/school and decided to spend part of her time with us creating extra posts.
    We know you have a choice and are glad you chose us. Ha! (to paraphrase a popular company slogan)

    Agree. Those trousers are new-looking and fresh. Who knows what that shadow was on the knee. As active as Kate gets with her visits, it could have been a scuff which she brushed off.

    Thank you for not making it seem William and Catherine were just out for a good time.
    I suspect if they had not been working they might have enjoyed a drive in the country with their little ones instead of the RR drive; a romp with Lupo instead of a tour of a factory that makes dog whistles; a kick-back on their couch at home to watch a football game instead of a trip to Aston Villa. Although the Coach Core visit was at William's favorite, W&C were playing with other people's children, not kibitzing with football players.
    A fun day? They certainly have the gift of looking as though they are totally wrapped up in and enjoying whomever and wherever their work takes them.
    If it looks like a fun day it is because they made it look fun.

  4. Gahhh, I just can't agree, Jane :( I disliked everything about how she put this together and I thought the first styling of the coat was better. I just don't think the skinnies, the coat and the boots all work together BUT I do think these boots are great, so good news there :)

  5. I was very happy to see the new boots as I've never been a fan of the aquatalias. Happy Thanksgiving!!!

  6. I like both looks. Thought she looked great and managed two easy to switch up outfits for different events. One comment surprised me. The one about Kate not being able to zip up her jacket? Looking at her and the jacket it does not look like that would be an issue:). I will pass on those earrings, just too cute for my tastes.

  7. I think Kate is a lovely women, but her style is just so boring and unsophisticated. She's in desperate need of a stylist, but I get the feeling she is trying too hard to be the anti-Diana and won't get one. I realize she is a member of the Royal Family and needs to err on the conservative side, but every outfit is just not put together or styled so it always looks like something is off. I can't wait for Meghan to come on the scene - her street style is smart and chic without being her!!!

  8. Mary from ManchesterNovember 23, 2017 at 1:55 PM

    Happy Thanksgiving, Jane. Thank you for this lovely blog.

  9. Oh boy, Jane. Usually I agree with all of your fashion verdicts, but not this one! The first time I saw this coat in NY I thought the styling was perfect - classy, and polished. It reminded me of Jackie O. or Audrey Hepburn. Today the coat looked frumpy and out of place with the rest of the ensemble in my opinion. I don't think the length works with jeans, even skinny ones. A shorter coat or sport jacket would have worked better in my opinion.

  10. Thank you for your posts and time. Enjoy your writing style too. Hope you have a great Thanksgiving break. I sure hope Kate grows her hair longer....looks scraggly these days. Such gorgeous long hair.... her crowning glory to her beauty. Ms. Quinn looked the best I've ever seen her...interesting that she had a small purse. Take care.

  11. I like the boots. I know how hard it is to give up a pair of comfortable boots but had thought some of her older pairs had been looking a bit scruffy & best worn at informal private events. That said, I'm not sure the coat really goes with jeans/jeggings. I would have liked it better with slim trousers & booties. And it seems a little odd to me to carry a dressy suede clutch with jeans.  

  12. I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving Jane! I miss the aquatalias too, but she's spending more money on her wardrobe. Maybe she'll pull them out one of these days after reading your blog.


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