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Kate Dusts Off the Goat Coat for Hornsey Road Children's Centre

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

I told you that GOAT is Kate's maternity label! Ok all, it's time to talk about the Duchess's visit to the Hornsey Road Children's Centre yesterday. If this event sounds familiar, Kate was scheduled to visit the centre on September 4, but instead she announced her third pregnancy and stayed in bed, poor girl. Yesterday she made it up to the charity by going through with the planned visit, but blooming with health thanks to the delay. 


Hornsey Road Children's Centre provides a variety of support for parents, including mental health support, which is a subject Kate has been very focused on of late. Kate chatted with support staff and parents and children who benefit from the centre's services. 

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According to Richard Palmer, Kate told one single dad, who initially struggled with raising his daughter, that William found fatherhood a tough transition, as well. Kate connected with the kids, too, telling one sweet little girl that her own daughter Charlotte's favorite color is, of course, pink! I don't think that Kate makes up all the events she has to cancel while pregnant and sick, so this was a special event and highlights her commitment to this cause.

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Although Kate has certainly been down on the ground before for various events, particularly sports, this video of her on the floor with other parents struck me. Coat and all...

Family Action runs the centre, and the Queen is patron. I suspect that Kate will take this over when HM decides to hand over the reins. 


Kate likes to recycle, but for some reason I was astounded to see her wear the GOAT Redgrave coat again. Talk about a blast from the past! Perhaps because Kate has recycled very few (read almost no) maternity ensembles, or maybe because she doesn't wear all that much GOAT to begin with and we just saw her in what I thought would be the single GOAT sighting of the maternity line-up. Maybe because I never felt this was her best look, I don't know, but I was very, very surprised. [Look who was on the look-out! The one and only Mr. Security was on duty.]


If you need a refresher, and I suspect all but the die-hards among us do, Kate debuted the Redgrave at the Child Bereavement UK headquarters on March 19, 2013. This was back in the good old days when the "Redgrave" was affectionately referred to as The Goat Coat, because it was the only GOAT London piece in her closet! 


Underneath the coat on that occasion (and yesterday, too), she wore the Topshop "Contrast Collar" dress that features her favorite kind of collar--a Peter Pan!


Yesterday, Kate did a complete recycle (but for the Bayswater clutch), wearing both the dress and the coat, and the Annoushka pearl drop earrings with which she accessorized on the first wear. As I mentioned, I didn't love this ensemble when she first wore it. The collar contrasts with the coat just enough to be noticeable, but not enough to look planned, so I felt it lacked a certain polish. And as mentioned very recently, I also don't love the bell shape silhouette Kate has championed in her maternity wear, although I am acclimating quickly.


However, I am warning to the Goat Coat (I am going to go back to calling it that). We didn't get to see that much of this coat on its first wear, because the Duchess removed it for the majority of the visit. We got more angles and shots on this most recent event, and I admit it is a lovely coat.


This is a win for the novelty. It is a win because it was fun to see a complete ensemble recycled four years later, and it was very interesting to hear how many people really loved it the first time around! I might have come around to finding a win in the style stakes, too, had she worn this with heels, or even better, with her Aquatalia Rumbas. But, I am very picky about heels on boots, and I find these Half n Half boots too heavy for this look. I am not warming to the boots. So, although it was super fun to see this ensemble again, when we thought it was out to pasture permanently, I don't think this was her best fashion moment. But, more of those to come, certainly, in the weeks ahead! 

52 comments:

  1. I love the Goat Coat - it has a lovely feminine shape. Those boots are just not right for it though - far too heavy and clunky. I imagine they are comfy though.

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    1. I love this coat too and wanted to see it again but not like this. Agree that the boots don't go at all. Too bad because it is a pretty coat.

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  2. I've been waiting for you to post these photos. I love this coat. She looks amazing in it, especially with the black tights. Thank you, Jane.

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  3. Great post, Jane! Thanks very much :) I'm in agreement over the boots: not a fan of them with this particular outfit...maybe I'm not even a fan of them at all! But I love this coat AND the adorable peter pan collar of the Topshop dress. The photo of her sitting on the floor talking with the parents struck me, also. It's refreshing to see a royal do that. Also happy that you pointed out Mr. Security for us...I've missed seeing him ;)

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    1. Kiwi Gal, I thought that about the boots, too. Love the tights and heels.

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  4. I think this is a great look at what is the most difficult stage of pregnancy, when each day seems to see a change of shape. It looks bright and youthful for the kind of engagement she was doing.
    There are no further engagements listed, so am wondering if the nanny is on leave, or catching up on time owing. Whilst Catherine was sick she must have been working long hours, as William seemed to have engagements every day.
    Interesting to note that building has commenced this morning on the new EACH hospice in Norfolk.

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    1. I've been confused by the absence of engagement announcements because I assumed it would be a busy month for her but this makes sense. I'm sure the nanny must have put in a lot of overtime when the DoC was suffering from HG. Very possible she is having much needed and overdue time off.

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    2. IMO, it has more to do with the fact that the Scandinavian tour would have started now. Nothing could have been pencilled for this period. And it isn't easy to improvise engagements.

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  5. I like some aspects of the outfit but not others. While the design isn't one I'd wear, the coat is cute and the color is nice on Kate. And she  looks more confident compared to the first wearing of it. But I think the skirt is way too short especially for sitting. I've seen promo shots of the coat & sometimes it was styled with a mini dress but the coat was worn open. Other times the skirt hem was about 3 inches longer than the coat, not less than an inch! The first photo I saw I thought Kate was wearing the usual jeggings because of the boot wrinkles. Then it looked like tights with nothing on underneath. I'm really OK with shorter skirts on Kate but this one looks like it hits about 5-6 inches above the knee. That's REALLY short even with opague tights. I would have liked a longer skirt--not "matronly" (a favorite term of criticism around here it seems) but maybe 2-3 inches above the knee-- or slim trousers--not jeggings--MUCH better. Didn't much care for the peter pan collar--I never do if the wearer is older than about 12-- but maybe if it wasn't white against the cream coat? The coat has a "mod" 1960s vibe but the collar doesn't. 

    I also think it was odd to wear this particular coat for the entire visit. Maybe if it had been worn open indoors & the dress underneath was a black turtleneck sweater dress? As it was, it really did look like she was ready to dash out any second!

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    1. The skirt was too short--it appeared to be riding up when she was sitting at the low table with the children. It's an odd choice for this engagement. I like the coat, but not the boots.

      A very beautiful and unusual bouquet of flowers!

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    2. My eyes immediately went to the flowers, too, Jay. Not your usual royal posy for not your usual royal princess. I'd think Kate would appreciate their uniqueness.
      Do you think the posies have been getting progressively larger? They are closer to bouquets such as HM receives than the token offerings of Kate's earlier days.

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    3. Technical issues replying before, so apologizes if I am repeating my comment. I noticed these flowers particularly, and they do seem more elaborate. It would be interesting to do a quick comparison over the years! They were given to Kate when she was leaving--a bit unusual.

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    4. That would be interesting, Jay. Compare the posy from this Goat coat appearance with the one from the last one, for starters--Jane has the photos back-to-back.
      I think presenting the flowers on her departure is genius and eliminates the problem of what to do with it during the visit. It makes so much sense I can't understand why this has not been the practice with all royals. The flowers presented at the beginning complicate the greeting and hand-shaking. The royals have to almost immediately hand them off to an assistant. What is the youngster, who was probably awake half the night contemplating the honor-not to mention scrubbed to within in inch of his life-what's the kid to think when his gift is set aside? Departure presentation means the royal herself walks to the car with them, as though taking them home. Much more satisfying.
      Also, I absolutely could not imagine Ms. Quinn following Catherine around with a bouquet. I hope other hosts continue this convenient plan.

      A parting gift, so to speak.

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  6. I love the Goat Coat but not with the Peter Pan collar Top Shop dress underneath. I would so like to see such a beautiful coat styled differently. And I do think a feminine ankle boot would look more polished with this coat rather than these boots, which I think would suit a casual jean outfit better. On another note...methinks our Jane has a crush on Mr Security! Cute :) He is rather dashing isn't he? He would suit a Jane Austen character. Which one ladies?
    ~Mo

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    1. Mr. Darcy! He looks like the strong and silent type :)

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    2. Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility-he ended up with Marianne. He had both sense and sensibility and was infinitely patient. The Military bearing...

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    3. As much as I adore Mr. Darcy, I think I have to agree with anon1 on Colonel Brandon. Strong and silent, yes, but when I add in loyal protector - Mr. Security has it all!

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    4. Good reasoning--I agree with you both, anon1 and Robin!(Lets hope he reads these comments).

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    5. Colonel Brandon? ;+)

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    6. Love your replies. My two choices were either Mr Darcy or Colonel Brandon too. But in the end I had to go with Brandon, for the same reasons as anon1 and Robin. And let's face it, Colin Firth has made it extremely difficult for anyone to step into the shoes of Mr Darcy since his portrayal of him. (in my opinion!)
      ~Mo

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    7. Wentworth in Persuasion also comes to mind. The adaptation with Rupert Penry-Jones. Highly recommend this version ;)

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    8. Not Wentworth. He is not silent enough. Colonel Brandon.

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    9. YES!! Dignified, honorable, yet self-effacing. There is pride, but not presumption.
      I actually pondered the Mr. Darcy comparison last night while trying to get back to sleep after a middle-of-the night dog-walking. (she's old)
      If we are comparing Colin Firth to Mr. Security, there is actually a physical resemblance to him in that film; not the character so much. I formed my image of Mr. Darcy from many readings of P&P and I think a 1930's film version. He was a bit of a dandy. If there is any one word to describe our favorite RPO, it is not as a "dandy."

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  7. Ugh, I am not on board with this outing for the Goat Coat. I don't love it but I preferred it on the first wear with heels, as opposed to these clunky boots. Seeing the old pictures also reminds me that I really miss Kate's long hair...

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  8. I love the coat. I've seen it in other colors, primarily jewel tones, which I like even better. But this looks nice on Kate. I like the black opaque hose. And I've always liked short skirts (if you've got nice legs, why not show them off?). However, I think this is a little too short. I hate the Peter Pan collar. Also, unlike most women, I've never really been into boots. I think the pumps she wore in 2013 looked much more professional.

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  9. I like this coat and I liked it the first time around. I agree these boots are not right for this outfit and I think this dress is too short for a formal engagement, especially when one is sitting on the floor with children. Cute dress, just needs a couple of inches at the bottom. Still, she looked healthy, happy, and beautiful so those things always win out over a fashion misstep.

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  10. Agree on every point. Pretty coat, but IMO the proportions aren't great with the Peter Pan collar and the boots. I looooved her first maternity wardrobe with George - I felt it was a delicious combo of a kind of retro 60's vibe with its short, vibrant sheath dresses and perched hats, and modern with the clean lines and luxe touch. I miss that wardrobe! I think this coat would shine in two ways - dressed up with a light-colored dress and no collar - bit of bling, updo, maybe a hat - or dressed way down with ripped skinnies and a printed tee. Not for any official appearance of course, but maybe for a lunch out with her sister, or a shopping trip. Getting tired of the black on black tights/boots thing - and those boots are way too heavy, and too old. There are SO many gorgeous boots and booties out there, why does she and her sister always look as thought their shoes come from Payless? Ouch. More catty than I meant - but kind of true, imo. LOVE her makeup, and her hair is very pretty this length. She seems so happy and healthy, I'm glad! Can't wait for that bump to grow!

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    1. I do think her shoe game has improved ever so slightly but I reckon she's not that much into shoes or she's trying to keep it extremely timeless. Anywho, if I had her shoe budget... ;-)

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  11. Loved the outfit the first time around. I am not a fan of it with those boots, however, on this outing. Too clunky. I like when she wears shorter hemlines. They are more of her age and she never goes too short with them. Also in the winter she always pairs them with black tights which makes is VERY appropriate. I also still am not on board with the hair...mainly because her long hair, especially when she first got married, was the best hair ever.

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  12. This was a favorite outfit for me when she was pregnant with George. I thought it was perfectly styled then! Along with others here, I am not a fan of the block heel knee high boots. It makes the ensemble look too casual and takes away from her showing off her legs ( which I think was the point in the 1st wear due to the flow-y shape of the dress & coat). As another reader said, a thin pointed heel bootie would have been another great option. It seems maybe she wanted her footwear to be casual so that when she kneels down or sits on the floor with the children, it doesn't look too out of place. Kate still looked beautiful and very happy to be there!

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  13. Mr Security has got taller! Nice coat on Kate too.

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    1. Or Kate got shorter-flat heels today, usually stilettos when he is around. I am glad to see she seems to be choosing lower heels this pregnancy.
      Other than William, I can't think of anyone I'd rather see at Kate's heels than Mr. Security.
      The Queen out and about in Yorkshire today. Sussex next on November 30.

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  14. I'm definitely in the minority with my opinion on this outfit, but I actually do like the coat and dress with the boots. Maybe not for that particular official occasion, but can definitely picture this outfit being a cute choice for a walk in the park or an afternoon of shopping.
    Sidenote: Has the clutch been ID'd? It appears to be velvet.

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  15. I agree with many. Not a fan of the peter pan collar or boots with the coat. Just an odd combination of looks.

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  16. Well, Jane, I love ya, but I think she kilt it with the boots. I honestly hated the outfit the first time around with heels. With the boots, she looks much more cool and comfortable.

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    1. I totally agree! I guess we are in the minority liking the boots. I think the dress is about 1-2 inches too short though. She looks like she's trying to keep covered every time she sits.

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    2. I keep picturing the outfit without the coat and it would look so off with those boots. If she was going for total comfort and working with kids she should have opted for pants. I do commend her for not letting wearing a dress stop her from getting on the floor.

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    3. I agree Ellen, if she didn't have the coat on, then yes then it'd look off. I think this is one of those outfits that she threw together herself, like she did with the Baby Blue Blazer. In reality, we'd all dress as comfortably as we can.

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  17. I'm just going to have to say something...the little girl...with the finger...I bet that photo gets framed and hung on an Anmer Hall wall. I can see Harry roaring with laughter.
    Well, maybe not a good example for George and Charlotte; although, I believe they have each indulged.
    Now I am imagining the Princess Royal sitting there instead of Kate.
    Most fun I've had all day.
    Thanks, Jane. I needed that.

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    1. Haha! That's the first thing I noticed, anon1. The little girl having a dig LOL That one should be framed...Jane always picks the best/comical photos :)

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    2. ...and Kate carrying on as though nothing is amiss. This is the true Princess test. To heck with the pea under the mattresses.

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    3. Sorry, I'm missing the joke. I don't get why the Princess Royal would be there with the little girl instead of Kate?

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    4. anon 11:37-please read my 11:42 comment below.

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  18. I think that video of her on the floor is reason enough to accept those boots - wow, how she sat like that without looking awkward in that lovely outfit, is amazing! Jane you ALWAYS without fail entertain me with the photos and videos you choose and pay for. Love your perspective.
    Theresa Australia

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    1. Sharp eyes anon1. I was so focussed on Catherine that I didn't notice the little darling in the foreground with the finger! I'm not imagining the Princess Royal but Prince Philip. With some of the choice comments he's become known for over the years I'd love to hear his take on it:)
      ~Mo

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    2. Of course, Prince Phillip, Mo. :+) I'll miss those moments.
      I was just thinking of Anne's likely efforts to control her face--
      I think the Queen might laugh or at least smile. I am thinking of HM and Phillip's reaction to
      that little boy throwing a doozy of a tantrum. I think she appeared concerned at first, then realised he was just acting out his objections to the situation. Someone said that the royals live for such moments as a relief from the structure and protocol.
      I think Kate was also just really focused elsewhere at the moment. Or she realised a laugh might embarrass the child--and the parent.
      There may be video out there showing a reaction. I think she smiled when the little boy escaped to the hide-out in the corner. Great idea to have one of those handy.

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    3. I think I get it now. The little blonde girl with her finger at her nose reminds me of Mia doing it. Is that what you're talking about? I could see Princess Anne getting a laugh out of that.

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    4. I tend to assume everyone is inside my head with me, MK. Ha! Sometimes I go from A to Z and expect others to follow.
      I forgot about Mia!
      I thought Anne would want to laugh but struggle not to, so not to embarrass the child's Mum and mortify the little girl. Being used to Mia's antics, Princess Anne would likely do as Kate did and carry on. They've seen it all before..

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  19. I've always liked this Goat coat. I love the fabric and the cut. It lays so nice and uniform whether she's sitting or standing.

    On another note, I read today that Princes William and Harry are making a cameo in the next Star Wars movie! They'll be Storm Troopers guarding someone in an elevator, so we won't see their faces.

    Belle

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  20. William and Catherine are doing the Royal Variety performance next week and also an away day to Birmingham/
    Catherine is visiting the Foundling Museum the following week

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  21. I love the coat but not with the boots. I'm not a fan of the dress. It looks like it belongs to Wednesday Addams.

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