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Kate Wore GOAT for Place2Be Forum

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Today, Kate was up and out early with a morning engagement at the Place2Be's School Leaders Forum. The Princess pulled out a new GOAT dress in an autumnal burgundy and paired it with some previously seen accessories for a very classic Kate Middleton Maternity ensemble. 


Place2Be is a patronage with which we are all very familiar. The Duchess has been promoting the charity's work for four years now. You probably remember her appearance in April of 2013 while pregnant with George, so it is fun to see her back today and pregnant again! 


Today, George is a happy four year old, has a rambunctious sister, and Kate has a third on the way. Time is moving along fast, but, these past four years as a mother have provided Kate a bit of background to address her charity's focus.  The Duchess to advocate for support and early detection of mental health issues in young children (see video at bottom of post).

KP

I happened to wear this same wine color today, and when I popped on the elevator to get coffee, an attorney in the elevator mentioned that a number of women in our building were wearing the same color, too. I secretly believe that we all checked our phones this morning, saw Kate, and reached for our burgundy outfits. Sadly, I couldn't take a poll, but I am sure that is what it was. 



As mentioned, this is another GOAT London dress. GOAT is such an unusual label in Kate's closet. Obviously it isn't Tier I, but I wouldn't have labeled it Tier II. I think that is because it is predominantly a maternity label for Kate now. It didn't start that way, and she has several non-maternity pieces, but she has worn a GOAT piece for both her first and second pregnancies. Because it doesn't crop up all that often, seeing it in both pregnancies, and now with this third, makes it a maternity label in my mind.


The GOAT style suits Kate's maternity preferences, surely. Kate likes higher hemlines and generally loose silhouettes when she is expecting. Today's dress is the Eloise and it checks all those boxes. Super, super simple with just a row of shiny buttons and a sixties style neckline to give it flare, this is right in the typical GOAT profile, and right in Kate's maternity wheelhouse.


The Duchess accessorized with her black Mulberry Bayswater clutch, her Empress earrings from Mappin & Webb, and wore her new Tod's block heels with her pre-marriage signature black stockings. This was a super, super Kate Middleton look.


To me, this is Kate's first real event back on her game. She had those first few events where she was out earlier than she probably preferred, but getting into the swing of things, and then a few where she seemed back to normal, but still accompanied by William, and then last night's gala dinner was a special event, but today we are back to business. Also, seeing Kate pregnant and in that fashion mode is taking me back to 2014/2015 and even 2013. That is always fun. 


This is a win. It isn't a home run. For me, GOAT is generally a little too unstructured. I don't think I have loved any one of the maternity pieces she has worn from GOAT, but this is certainly the best of the three. Kate's coloring is incredible in this merlot and I always like to see the opaque stockings and suede heels in winter. It wasn't too short and the collar scored big points with me, so it wins, it just isn't a walk-off.



We need to get back to the tour recap, right? This weekend! 

60 comments:

  1. I noticed a lot of burganday today too!

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  2. Very seasonal color for sure. :-) I like the shorter dresses and skirts with black opaque pantyhose and shoes. It's youthful and edgy. More importantly, Kate looks happy, healthy and confident.

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  3. My opinion of this dress varies depending on which photo I'm looking at. There are some where it looks quite nice and others where it looks completely awful! Certainly not a huge hit for me, but I imagine it's comfortable and I won't begrudge her that - especially when she's pregnant!

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    1. I'm in total agreement with you! It's also a bit short, which adds to the fact that she is still young!! Valerie from the US

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  4. I thought she looked great- very old Kate Middleton. Jane, since you always do a great retroactive look, do you remember any previous visit to this forum? Kate referenced coming two years ago, but I can't remember.

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    1. Yes, Kate has gone to a few Place2Be forums, but I suspect she was referring to this one, which was her first. I remember she stayed extra long that day: http://www.katesclothes.com/outfit/place2be-forum/

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  5. Kate prefers shorter hemlines when she is pregnant, I think. This length seems fine with the opaque stockings.
    I really would like to see her with longer hair--even a bit longer. This seems to be an in-between length to me.

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  6. I LOVE this look. GOAT is really my style so any time she steps out in something from them, it's a win for me. She looks so incredibly chic. Her hair looks great, makeup looks great, perfect accessories, and her speech was one of her best. A+ in my book.

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    1. I agree! I've really liked everything she's worn from this label, and this dress is no exception. The 60s inspired dress with the black tights is a great pregnancy look for her. Very flattering silhouette that looks fresh and youthful. The plum color is so rich and fabulous while the chunky heels match the strong lines of the dress. I love this outfit and hope we see more like it.

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  7. Although I'm not a fan of rows of buttons as decorations I do like the outfit overall. I think the color and style are seasonal (and that's not always the case for me with Kate's choices. I'm in the US  but often wonder if we are sharing the same hemisphere!) I also think jewel-type tones are more flattering on Kate than are some pastels. Like royalfan, I like opaque tights especially when paired with non-stilletos. I do agree with those who say it looks a bit baggy. I think I would have liked it a bit longer (an inch or two) & a bit more fitted (esp since it apparently is not a true maternity dress and woulď not need to be this early.) It's not that I think it is too short as it is. But I think if it had been more fitted it would have looked much too "skimpy" at this length. There would have also been more of a chance it would "ride up."

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  8. Gee She looks pretty in these photos 🌺🌺❤️♥️ Her complexion beautiful with this colour; well spoken Duchess and never truer words it’s a huge adjustment and feels quite wrong and hard for some time leaving your baby at the school gates to ‘grow’ with someone else’s influence every day! Gets much easier once second or third are there somehow! The teachers have such a lasting profound influence I definitely know the village sentiments Kate makes in her speech!
    Theresa Australia

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  9. Burgundy is a great color on Kate. The black opaque hose looked lovely with both the dress & the shoes. I would enjoy seeing the hair straight with half up. I think it would be a nice look on Kate. What really doesn’t coordinate is the new private secretary. She just seems like she should be with someone like Camilla. It doesn’t appear like a good fit. What could they possibly chat about in the car other than the event they were attending? With Rebecca Deacon Priestly they grew together & were in the same age category. No dis repect....it just doesn’t appear to be a compliment for either person.

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    1. I respectfully disagree about her new private secretary not being a good fit. In my opinion, Kate is an old soul who from day one appeared to be sensible and mature beyond her years. Add Ms. Quinn's resume and life experience and I believe you have a winning team with even more potential. CQ comes to the table with an awareness of the history of the RF and a successful career. I truly think it's a win-win situation.

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    2. Perhaps Kate wants someone with wisdom and professional expertise. Not available with a contemporary. From someone over 50. IMHO
      J

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    3. I think Rebecca was good for the first chapter of Kate's royal life and Catherine Quinn is good for this next chapter of Kate's royal life as she transitions her work role to something more professional and involved than in the early years.

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  10. Can't really focus on the dress cause I'm just too excited to see that short hemline! Love it! I can't stop picturing Kate whipping out all the short dresses from her closet as soon as she finds out she's pregnant. :-D

    The only thing I did notice about the dress is that it seems just a tad ill-fitting in the shoulder/chest area. Maybe it's just the movement that makes it look like that.

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  11. Love it---takes me back to what I wore when pregnant in the sixties.
    Your first photo of her when pregnant with George was on a visit to a school in Manchester and I saw her there. She positively glowed, but later on I saw a photo of her leaving the train in London and she looked so tired, after a long day with several train changes.

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  12. In some photos the dress looks burgundy; in others, more of a cranberry. I've also seen it described as plum. I agree with Jane's description that it is really a burgundy. Whatever the exact shade, it is a lovely color--one of my very favorites. And it looks great with Kate's coloring. I like short skirts, but I think this would look better an inch or two longer. I love the opaque hose, too. This is a great look—vintage Kate, for sure. The only thing I don't like is Kate's hair. I just can't get on board with this new shorter length. It looks so generic. I miss Kate's long, glossy locks. If she’s not going to grow her hair out, then I think a straighter style would look much better. It don’t care for the almost ringlet curls at all.

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  13. What really stood out to me today was her public speaking skills - or lack thereof. With all due respect to Kate, I find myself surprised that this is a skill she hasn't completely mastered. I am a young professional, and like most young professionals, I have to dedicate myself to nailing down the foundation of skills required for my position. For Kate, that's public speaking (along with some other skills of course) but she seems to be content to simply read from a piece of paper. If this were a young woman on my team at work I would be coaching her through identifying a good process for her to follow to improve. If you google other women in the spotlight who give speeches for their charities you'll see quite a strong contrast between their ability to connect with a crowd and that of the Duchess. I don't mean to be overly negative about it, but does anyone else note this seeming disconnect between her dedication to her profession and her performance?

    That said, I do love this look for her. While not my personal style, she looks good enough for me to consider copying it! I absolutely love the burgundy for Fall!

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    1. Nobody is a great orator in the BRF. The Queen has been doing this for 70+ years and has always read from a piece of paper. Not sure why people expect Kate to be some powerful speaker. I can understand her and she gets her points across.

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    2. Commented below, but agree that her speaking is not an issue. Also who knows how much work she has already put into it. People bring different basic skills to their work, you can almost always improve, but frankly not always. I rarely hear a truly outstanding speaker, even from the top CEOs or politicians out there. I hear many more average speakers and they are often talking about the same product, policy issue etc on a regular basis. She is speaking in a wide variety of settings, and about a wide variety of subjects. Could she be a better speaker, yes, however I do not think her current ability is an issue in her work.

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    3. I think some of the criticism of her public speaking is rather harsh. As people have stated previously, even the Queen refers to her notes.

      Public speaking is not Kate's number one job requirement, although it is a part of her position. I believe that Kate brings many more qualities to the table that are far more important than delivering a speech without looking down at ones notes. Compassion humility sincerity relatability all matter and without these qualities even the best public speakers are not as great as they may believe themselves to be. IMO.

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    4. Some of those young professionals who perform well when addressing a crowd as a group completely lack skills to relate to and draw out others on a personal level , other than perhaps with friends and acquaintances. A public speaker is by definition impersonal and not required to respond in that role to another's individual interests, needs, or opinions. There is no need for this when behind the shelter of the public speaker role. It is a one-way communication, no matter how many times the speaker gazes at the group or smiles or tells relatable anecdotes. I think it possible that those who enjoy being on display are best at public/large group speaking...actors, some politicians- those who are used to being the center of attention and admired.
      There are exceptions, of course. I am sure there are those who speak publically who can also relate on a personal basis. Likewise, there are those who can become involved on a personal level who can also speak to groups effectively. I think most of the time the key to what type of speaker one will be lies in childhood. Younger siblings sometimes are used to being admired as cute and tend to enjoy the spotlight, while not always focusing on the needs of another. Princess Margaret supposedly was an entertaining public speaker, but apparently quite self-centered. Queen Elizabeth seems to rely on information fed to her by her assistants and often communicates in one-liners and observations, rather than in back and forth conversation. I don't think she looks comfortable in one-one settings with strangers. I have seen photos of her chatting away with those involved with her horse-racing, however. I firmly believe that talking comfortably with individual strangers is part of the requirement expected of a modern royal at least as much as speaking in public.
      Judging by many instances over the past six years of Kate's interaction with the public one-one, I have seen and read evidence that she thoroughly enjoys persons, young and old, with whom she converses-just met or long-known. That is a gift as surely as being able to speak to a large group.
      On another subject, somewhat, I have been struck, in reading the few blogs I check, by some comments about Catherine Quinn and her anticipated relationship to Kate. I wonder if people realise how insulting it is to Kate to label Ms. Quinn as either too good or inappropriately matched for Kate. I am beginning to get the impression that any commenter-approved speech, outfit, action by Kate from now on will be credited to CQ and any disapproved speech, outfit, behavior will be blamed on Kate. Ms. Quinn is being credited with "changes" that actually have been part of Kate's routine for years. I haven't noticed that trend here so much and I hope FBTB commenters will continue to resist the CQ bandwagon. Since her assistant may be a Charles recruit and some have said they thought he was behind Ms. Quinn's appointment, one may wonder if these employees will primarily answer to Charles or to Catherine Cambridge. I think that is an interesting, worthwhile point to ponder.
      There is evidently some sort of power struggle going on in the royal ranks and I hope William and Catherine can each have the freedom to remain true to themselves. I think the Queen has made it clear that she also has this desire.

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    5. Professional women that have jobs where public speaking is a requirement choose those jobs and possibly choose them because they are comfortable with this aspect of the job. Catherine just married who she loved. This is just part of that life she choose so she has to deal with it. I don’t feel we should criticize her. She is trying!!! Plus, she isn’t just making a business presentation....she is speaking not just for the group but for the world since recordings are shared. That has to be intimidating.

      On the fashion side I’m so happy to see the shorter hemlines. I miss those on her!

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    6. Orange County GrandmaNovember 9, 2017 at 7:09 PM

      My god every royal I have seen give a speech uses notes. So some of you are saying Kate can’t use notes when giving speeches. Another thing people remember Ms Quinn has only been on the job since October. And Kate is just getting back to,doing engagements. I think Ms is the best fit for Kate. I think she will be a lot better fit the Ms Deacon. I feel Ms Deacon wanted some of the lime lite during Kate’s engagements. Ms Quinn is more professional by far then Ms Deacon.

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    7. anon1, I think your take on speaking is spot on. I also had that same thought about the comments about Ms. Quinn and Kate. I personally do not have the take that Ms. Q is somehow worlds above Kate in sophistication or intelligence. Does she have more experience in certain areas, yes, that is why she was hired:).

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    8. She's surely quite intimidated, and perhaps wouldn't have imagined herself in a job where she'd have to speak publicly. None the less, here she is - and any woman who found herself in a job where she was performing poorly at *one* of the key skills and who relied on that job to support her family or took herself seriously in it would put in the time and effort required to improve. I think that equally applies to the Queen. It seems silly to treat this like some kind of character issue, or something she's inherently poor at; I think she just needs more practice!

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    9. Anon 1, your last two paragraphs resonated. I am one who thinks that Catherine Quinn was a Charles choice, quite possibly recruited to do his bidding, not Kate's. Just going by Quinn's CV, it's hard to believe that she and Charles were strangers. And I always keep in mind that Charles is the paymaster of W,K,&H's office staff; hence, they answer to him, if they want to keep their jobs.

      I fully agree that it's an insult to Kate whenever anyone remarks that CQ seems too professional/too accomplished/ too good for Kate.

      Re your last para, my understanding is that there is a power struggle going on behind the royal doors, altho it might be more correct to say "there was". It would seem that Charles has won, aided and abetted by his brother, Andrew, has managed to oust a few of the Queen's key staff members, including Sir Christopher Geigt(sp).

      I expect that Charles is, de facto, in charge these days via a bloodless coup d'état. The Queen is still the face of the monarchy, but Charles is the power behind the throne.

      That being said, and if it be true, I have no idea where this leaves WK&H. They might be better off--one master instead of two--or worse, if the Queen was in the habit of running interference on behalf of her grandsons. And she has reportedly done that in the past; for instance, in the aftermath of Diana's death, and for some years thereafter, she made sure that William was never pictured with Camilla, whose reputation at the time was in shreds.

      I rather doubt that W&K have ever really had the freedom to be their own man/woman, and there is nothing to suggest that they do now.

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    10. Exactly, ali. Whatever could a person who has less experience contribute?
      I think they will have a meeting of the minds and work well together, if they are left to forge the relationship without interference. Catherine is modest and knows the only way to survive long as a royal spouse is to keep your head down and your private thoughts to yourself. What do we really know about Autumn's or Mike's thoughts? On the other hand, there was Sarah.
      Kate's no push-over, either. She holds her own in that family and seems to be able to get her message across without shouting it from the rooftops or demanding to be the center of attention in the family. Her messages include the value and sanctity of family life and the need to pay attention to what children are feeling. There is no need for a showy presentation that would draw attention mostly to herself; true, listeners may not go away saying, "How great Kate was!" The goal is to leave with her message in mind. Her message is clear, although quietly reinforced with a consistent and firm resolve over time.

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    11. "I am beginning to get the impression that any commenter-approved speech, outfit, action by Kate from now on will be credited to CQ and any disapproved speech, outfit, behavior will be blamed on Kate."

      anon1, you totally nailed it!

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    12. I agree with several points: she didn't choose a job, she married the man she loved. She is trying hard to improve her public speaking and it has visibly improved. Her speeches are better than the Queen's. Her one to one interaction skills are excellent, and she uses them constantly. I think she is a good professional at her not chosen job.

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    13. Public speaking is difficult enough, but when you know that whatever you say or however you look, you will be torn to pieces in almost every newspaper in the world, must be horrendous
      Catherine's strong point is speaking person to person and listening to what is being said to her.

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    14. I worry you are correct about the outcome of the apparent power struggle, JC. I think the day Charles managed to triumphantly appear by HM's side for opening of Parliament, despite the announcement that she would appear without C&C, was the day it all changed. At least she got half of her plan.

      One question that intrigues me is: if Sir Timothy was fallout as a Queen favorite, it seems unlikely that other staff changes were unrelated. My opinion was that he may have shared royal business via the staff meeting inappropriately or inaccurately and it was the Queen who allowed his resignation, not Charles. She has since shown her approval and even acceptance as her own effort of WCH mental health projects, which an "insider" had hinted HM disapproved of, along with their other personal endeavors. I am thinking of the dueling
      BP/St. James Palace receptions on the same day and her words at a garden party and at the Manchester Hospital for example. I also like to think that HM helped smooth the way for Catherine to choose her own private secretary.
      I may be wrong. Time may reveal otherwise. HOWEVER,
      The Queen may be temporarily down, but don't count her out just yet.

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    15. Thanks, Jay. Unfortunately, sometimes in the process of my nailing something, a few stray nails wind up hitting me. :+)

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  14. I love this whole look, preferring shorter hemlines on Kate. She looks chic and young. Her speech shows a marked improvement in her skills. She displayed more confidence, and her smile at the end was charming. A win win week so far.

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  15. Similarly, I ended up wearing the same dress yesterday as Catherine Quinn wore -- the Clifton dress from The Fold. For me, it was pure coincidence as I had no idea she had worn it until I looked at What Kate Wore this morning.

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  16. I completely agree with your assessment. I am a teacher. I teach speaking skills to my young elementary kids. Kate's speaking and lack of engagement makes me cringe a little. Kate is an educated young woman, whom, I assumed had to speak in college and create presentations. I would think that the charities she supports would love someone who can speak well and off the cuff. I don't want to sound negative as well, but there comes a time when Kate should be able to really speak seamlessly, without bobbing her head up and down.

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  17. I don't see anything wrong with her public speaking. I think her sincerity and charm are apparent and engage the audience.She should just be herself.

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    1. Anon 12;15, I have to agree with you. She is fine.

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    2. If only we could all just "be ourselves" in our respective professional work places and have it be enough! Alas, it hasn't worked for me!

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    3. I agree with some of the points made about Kate's public speaking skills (in various threads--wasn't sure where to reply) and disagree with just about as many others.

      I think Kate's skills--while initially weak--have improved. Watching her used to be very painful (even a yr or two ago) To me waves of almost visible anxiety just rolled off of her. Clutching the lecturn so tightly, a nervous wavering voice,  often a swaying posture, odd pauses apparently to take a much-needed breath or to find her place in her notes, a tiny worry on my part during one speech that she might actually faint ...I usually had to exit most videos after less than 60 seconds (I don't like watching puppies being kicked either...so sue me ;) But she IS better now IMO. 

      I also agree some folks are naturally better at public speaking vs engaging in 1-on-1 "chit-chat." But I also think it is not that hard for the chit-chatters to become good public speakers if some level of motivation exists. I am not sure the reverse is so easy or even possible in some cases (good public speakers becoming good chit-chatters.) So I do wish Kate & Will would work on improving their skills (or work harder if they are already working on it--not sure if Kate's improvement is due to actually working actively on her skills or merely due to exposure to unavoidable speaking events.) I agree with the original poster who said despite the initial anxiety people may have, this stuff CAN be learned. Pretty easily I think. 

      It is true HMTQ often reads her speeches. But as many here have frequently pointed out, she is from a different era. When Elizabeth became Queen, most people who heard her speeches likely heard them on the radio. Many others never heard them but read them in print form. Some may have seen her speeches on TV but back then, EVERYONE on the news was looking down and reading notes. (No teleprompters ..maybe some "cue cards" at best.) I don't know what it was like in the UK, but in the US during pre-cable times hearing "we interrupt this program.." too often meant something awful had happened but ALWAYS meant we'd see newcasters clutching sheaves of papers as they read us the breaking news. That isn't the way things are today. Looking good on video during speeches & during interviews (since the younger royals DO give interviews) is critical. While many applaud WK&H's desire to "modernize" the monarchy (I am not so sure about all their efforts myself) and many seem to encourage them to reject HMTQ's traditions, why in the world retain the "royal tradition" of having to read one's speeches?  (Actually I have seen Charles give some good speeches without all the head-bobbing to read them. And a couple of those were sort of long.)

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    4. I think some of the times Charles spoke directly without referring to notes may be the times he went off script and gave his personal opinions, much to the delight of the press and public and the chagrin of TPTB. Actually, Charles's speeches may have sounded good, but have you ever compared the speech spoken to the one the press published? Do we really know those speeches were memorized or just Charles talking. I think he is allowed more latitude for this than Kate is.
      I think most of these speeches are written down ahead of time to distribute to the press. That is the reason for the need to be sure the script is followed. If the delivered speech differs greatly from the published one, there could be difficulties.

      I think the increase of instant communication and the daily ruin of efforts and reputations by this facet of modern life will maintain and justify the need to make careful note of what one says in public. I think the reading will continue for this reason and for the convenience of the press. Word-perfect memorization is possible, but why risk it? There are better ways to occupy one's time. I do think historic speeches such as an Inauguration address play better when memorized. I do believe Lincoln in his speech referred to notes he had written on a scrap of paper on his way to Gettysburg.

      In the times you speak of, lizzie, a little time and reflection came between an event and the critiques. Television reporters still read the news, just not from visible notes.In fact, some of them are called "news readers" before they move to reporter status-who have gadgets in their ears to prompt them for supposedly spontaneous comments. (I am trying to imagine the Queen or Charles wearing one of those ear things; I think it would end up in the bin.)
      Now reporters and instant communicators leap on any and every action to find fault. In today's royal environment there is not much wiggle room for human error.
      ASIDE-I use closed caption for television viewing, including films. I think it is fun when the actor's dialogue departs from the cc taken from a script. Ad-libbing is fine for actors and comedians; not so great for members of the BRF.

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    5. You make some good points anon 1. But I'm not sure we are really talking about the same thing. I am not suggesting W&K's (or Harry's) speeches be given without benefit of notes. I agree it can be very risky to do that although I would argue that some of the recent apparently largely unscripted TV interviews W&H have given were also unwise for much the same reason. I am only suggesting that for planned speeches SOME memorization and MUCH more prep than appears is being done is definitely in order. Having to look down to consult one's notes every 3rd word or so during an *exceedingly short* speech is not a good look in this day and age of teleprompters, ear buds and so on. My point about the old days and breaking news wasn't to say news isn't still read. Of course it often is. But we very rarely see people obviously reading from a script like we used to. So we've kind of been weaned off seeing obvious reading. For a trio that claims to want to "modernize" the monarchy, and for posters here who seem to want that to happen, it just seems odd to defend their reading of speeches (speeches that are often peppered with um, er, and uh as they search their notes) with "yeah, well, HMTQ reads her speeches." She does lots of things the trio doesn't do or won't do so why copy her behavior/habits on this one thing that doesn't really fit with expectations for speaking on camera in the 21st century? Plus, it looks like HM is clearly reading as she always has and is not apologetic about it. No pretense. With the pretense of "hey maybe we are not reading this" that we sometimes get with the trio, we tend to get lots of the ums and ahs. Followed by the defense that HM doesn't memorize her speeches either.

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    6. Modernizing the monarchy is not about giving speeches.
      Given the fact that they are under immense scrutiny I can understand why they prefer to read speeches. I can't imagine that this bothers most people.

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    7. Actually Anonymous I've seen a number of comments about it on various blogs, particularly the many ums, uhs, & the lack of eye contact can reading produce, especially when the speaker does not appear to be very familiar with the speech. I do agree modernizing the monarchy isn't about ONLY being effective speakers. But much of the modernizing W&H mention seems related to being less visible--fewer ribbon-cuttings, fewer bread and butter engagements & more "behind the scenes" concentration on fewer charities. So public speeches that are given need to be effective. The Queen is already very visible (perhaps less so in the last yr) but it doesn't sound like the modern monarchy plans to be.

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    8. A few commenters on several blogs does not constitute a large population.

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    9. A brief consult of the KP log of William's engagements clearly shows that his weeks are filled with traditional royal engagements. The CC does not list all his activities nor always give him credit for work when he is representing HM. Add to this multiple out of the country engagements, with yet another one coming up--Finland.
      Also, I was beginning to think Harry had been cloned. He seemed to be popping up everywhere. Considering William is doing all this in the heightened terrorist threat, with a pregnant wife who will still be recovering from the damage of HG and two little ones who--he just remarked in Wales--keep up awake at night... I just don't understand what more one human can do and maintain his health and sanity.
      The Queen made her choice-duty before family. William seems to be trying to give them both priority, at least while the children are so young and he has years to go before he himself is a monarch. It seems possible to me that W&C have returned to the plan of keeping at least one parent available to the children in the evenings. I don't think that aspect of William's attending a patronage in Wales Saturday but not the Albert Hall function has been mentioned in the various discussions.

      The measure of the effectiveness of a public speech about a charity is how much it gets people talking and what effect it has on the charity. I don't think the various speeches can be assigned as worth X number of dollars each; however, the effect is also evident in remarks made by those who support and by those who are served by the charity.

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  18. Re: the color, I was in Paris in September and saw this merlot colorway in every shop window. Leather jackets, sweaters, skirts, coats -- this is going to be a very popular color this winter.

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    1. I agree with Diane. This seems to be the color this year. I think it looks lovely on Kate, with her dark hair and fair complexion. I think it makes a wonderful maternity dress.

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  19. I too think this is a win but not a home run. The color and the buttons along the collar look wonderful but, IMO, the opaque tights are the only thing saving this dress from being inappropriately short for the occasion. I enjoy her new shorter hair style and think it makes her hair look very healthy. It frames her face beautifully. I have to agree with the public speaking assessments above. After this many years I would hope that she would only need to occasionally glance down at her notes for such a short speech. Harry seems to be the only member of the family with a natural ability for public speaking. Maybe they just want to be careful not to make really dumb off the cuff remarks as Philip, Charles, Andrew, and occasionally even William have done. Then again, when you're a high profile public person you should have a better filter between your brain and your mouth.

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    1. HAHA! your last sentence, 12:38...one would hope for filters ...or perhaps between one's brain and one's I-phone.
      Harry is front and center right now and popular but he has been known to drop an inadvisable comment or two. I think when people are popular their actions are judged more leniently .I also think all those examples you listed may be behind some of the perceived carefulness and reticence in HM's, Anne's, Kate's and in the past, William's public speech as a sort of compensation.

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    2. I agree that Harry has made some faux pas in the past but, in this instance, I'm strictly referring to his ability to speak casually and conversationally even in a speech. He's a natural. It could also be because he knows he's not going to be scrutinized quite as carefully as his grandparents, father, and brother will be so he relaxes more.
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    3. I agree with you on both points, anonymous 8:56. It does seem to come naturally to him. To others, not so much. If you review photos of Harry before Diana died you will see an impish, scene stealing child. He usually captured the attention away from William and sometimes even Diana. This continued into the present day. He has become a bit of a court jester and has had Kate giggling on a number of occasions--most notably the balcony appearances. I was just saying some of this may account for his appeal in speech-making. He appears comfortable in the spotlight.
      He seems to truly have come into his own. It could have gone either way and did at one point. He has said that William encouraged him to deal with his grief. I am so glad he became involved with the AIDs orphan project some years ago. He seemed at his most relaxed and comfortable among the children at the time.
      His candle is burning brightly now. A paraphrase, "My candle burns at both ends; it will not last the night; but .....it makes such a lovely light."

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  20. I quite liked this outfit--young, but not too young, and chic. I do suspect, given its cling, that this quite expensive daydress is unlined, a faux pas, but then, I don't expect much from British fashion.

    JC

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    1. The website says it is 100% Wool and lined.

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    2. It did look like it clanged but I also read it was lined. Maybe it was just the wind or the first few photos after the car ride that made it look like that. Good example of how different items can come across in a photo as compared to in person. In the video it appeared to be very windy.

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    3. Windy indeed, ali. Her hair was blown straight out behind her. I defy anyone to walk through such wind with an unmoving garment.I would also like to mention my favorite wrinkles versus folds argument. Wrinkles don't come and go and do not shake out. I think she might intend to wear this dress at least once more, perhaps later on in her pregnancy and has left room to grow-causing folds. It also seems like a good dress for the first weeks after childbirth when the baby weight-gain remains.
      ASIDE: A very strange thing I noticed on the morning of this appearance=before I saw the photos-there was a dress on my msn feed identical in shape and color, lacking only the buttons. I am sure there are enough cookies on my computer linking me to Kate to supply the entire Girl Scout cookie campaign. That could be an explanation. If I had been going out that day and had owned a burgundy-colored dress, I probably would have worn it.
      Then, I started to wonder what subliminal forces are out there on the internet. Scary thought.

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  21. Reminds me of an observation you (Jane!) have made on a number of occasions: that HRH highlights/emphasizes her beautiful legs as a way of balancing out style, beauty and confidence with her need for midriff privacy and flow-ier choices during her pregnancies and immediate post-pregnancies. Silvia

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  22. PS-kinda hoping she'll grow out really long tresses, even though I think her current mid-length style is what I overall prefer for women in their 30s (but, heck, taking advantage of those pregnancy hormones might be a good thing!). But, she looks gorgeous any way she chooses to style her hair ( I love the more reddish red hue she's using). And, as the mom of 2.5 children, I get HRH's need for easier-care lengths. Silvia

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  23. I think she uses a vegetable rinse when she is pregnant--henna? Or it may be lighting.

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