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Kate In A New Evening Gown for Diplomatic Reception

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Good evening all! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace this evening. It's the annual royal tease-fest, when we get just enough of a peek at the fancy clothes and glittering diamonds to whet our appetite, but not enough to satisfy. Oh well. Better than nothing! 


Kate's tiara, the Lover's Knot, has been her signature piece for several years now. It is an absolutely stunning tiara and Kate loves pearls, so it is a great choice in and of itself. Nevertheless, I think the connection to Diana, who made this tiara famous, plays a part in Kate's decision to make it her tiara, too. To me it is her subtle way of embracing her role as the future Princess of Wales. It is a very substantial and regal piece, with so much glamour and history. By wearing it so proudly, Kate seems to confidently embrace her role in the royal continuum, and the glamor and history she will write in her chapter. I really love that she wears this tiara!




Kate is wearing a new evening gown, which we can't see much of (per usual with the Diplomatic Reception), but it looks in lock step with Kate's preferences. Unlike her last bejeweled dress, though, this one looks like something I might really like. I hope it is an Empire waist with a flowing and airy chiffon skirt... Whatever it is, the pristine white with the sparkling diamond necklace (on loan from HM!) and her Collingwood Pearl earrings, I am sure she was absolutely striking tonight. 
You all have been asking about Pippa lately, well we got a bunch of pictures today. Pippa is an ambassador for the British Heart Foundation, and she was recently at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children as part of the Christmas appeal. She looks fantastic, and although I am not always on board with her ensembles, I love this skirt and turtleneck!


Seeing her in these photos reminds me how much I have missed seeing the Middletons around. It's been a quiet fall with Kate under the weather and down for the count. (Ring alert belong!)


Tonight was Henry Van Straubenzee Memorial Fund Carol Concert, and Harry, Pippa, and Carole Middleton all attended, as they do most years. Obviously, William and Kate were otherwise occupied, but even when the Cambridges don't have the Diplomatic Reception, we haven't seen Kate at this Christmas staple in so many years. I love it for the opportunity to see Carole and Pippa, but...I do miss the old days. You can see pictures of the guests here

35 comments:

  1. Wow. For some reason I don’t often see much resemblance between the Middleton girls and their mom. However on that last picture of Pippa I certainly see how she resembles Kate. The similar (albeit shorter) recent hairstyles and penchant for turtlenecks helps.

    Late looks wonderful and I also am hoping for a swishy chiffon skirt. Lovely to see a nice wide neckline, will go back and look at pics but i think the royal blue bespangled dress and shawl that Kate wore one evening in India (a movie awards show or somesuch?) sported a similar neckline.

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    1. I think Kate looks like her Dad, with the rounded features. And I think Pip looks like Carole. They are both pretty girls.

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  2. Kate looks stunning! Really hoping to see photos from inside the reception.

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  3. Kate looks dazzling tonight, so beautiful. Wish we could see a full length picture of the gown, but she will probably wear it again. I love that tiara.

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  4. And that picture completely exemplifies why Diana was the best. ❤️

    On another note, I hate Pip’s hair.πŸ˜’ Hope she lets it grow!

    BTW, I saw a few old pics of Diana the other day and I was surprised... she was well-known for her tip top physical condition, workouts, etc. But by today’s standards, I think she would be considered a little meaty. And she wasn’t at all. I think our standards have gotten a little warped.πŸ˜” Seeing how much weight Pip has lost here reminded me of this.

    I’m going to go eat a burger.πŸ˜‚

    Katie

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    1. LOL, Katie! I hope you enjoyed your burger!

      I don't know which old photos you saw of Diana but she was a healthy weight when they got engaged and then Charles told her she was pudgy. She never got over that and was obsessed with how she looked in the millions of photos snapped of her. It was the beginning of her struggles with anorexia and bulimia for which he then also criticized her. The photo Jane chose above is of a healthy and recovering Diana just shortly before the divorce. She was at a great weight and she had stopped chewing her nails. It is not just getting over the tragedy of her death that has William and Harry interested in mental health, they saw their mother struggle through many issues connected with her insecurities.

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    2. Hehe Yes, it was good, Robin. πŸ˜‚ I'm old enough to remember Diana in realtime. At that time, she was considered, I think, to be in the pinnacle of health, good figure, etc. I certainly thought she was. This would have been the last few years of her life. (I remember her very, very thin years too.) But when I saw it now, my 2017 thinking subconsciously thought she looked a little meaty. And that's crazy, she wasn't. But then I saw Pip and realized how far our visuals have changed. Made me sad.

      I'm five years older than W & K but was a big royal watcher of Diana's. I remember reading the Morton book and I could hardly believe it. Then, of course, she visited her friend who was in the book and we realized that it was all true. I think everyone was heartbroken for all she had gone through.

      It's so nice to see the boys and their wives now too. And the grandchildren. But Diana's like a friend everyone list. πŸ˜”

      Katie

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    3. I meant lost.

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    4. I watched Diana realtime as well. We got married around the same time, had our first babies 5 months apart. Everyone wanted to be like her. Of course we didn't know about all the heartache at that time. The Morton book was a real eye-opener. Haven't been able to stand Charles since.

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    5. Hmmm... I have a difficult time seeing this image of Diana as her looking "meaty". I have seen some of her clothing and my first impression was that Diana was quite slim. And I am referring to items she wore near the end of her life.

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  5. I loved seeing Kate in this necklace - it used to be worn often by Princess Margaret, including on her wedding day.

    https://www.express.co.uk/pictures/pics/10129/Lord-Snowdon-Death-Princess-Margaret-Marriage-Life-in-Pictures

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  6. I wonder why Kate doesn't ever switch it up with tiara's? Why hasn't William made/ given her one? And will Kate ever be given an order of the Queen, I've gone blank on which one it is, or is she waiting for Charles to? Is it the ivory thing? Or could she doesn't have to wear it? I think it's quite odd her not having one! Camilla received one what 5 years in? I hope that Kate doesn't let all this Meghan rules the world and now she's in the back seat run her down. She should feel delighted that not as many people in the press bothering her!! But those who are, I'm sure, still bothering about Meghan.. Meghan does seem like the "fun" one, I hope it doesn't become the same as Di vs Fergie, at least to the lines Prince Charles took it like saying, "why can't you just be fun like Fergie"? Kate is very British, Meghan is very LA..

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    1. I think Kate is more secure in her relationship with William than Diana ever was with Charles and I cannot see her ever feeling second best or left out. Diana spent a lifetime being abandoned by family members adding to her insecurities whereas Kate has always had strong support from her family and from William. The bloom will come off Meghan's rose with the press. It always happens. Then they will criticize her for her American ways and praise Kate for her British reserve. Not many in the media are very nice people when it comes to who has the most sensational story to tell.

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  7. This also looks like a dress I'd love Jane. I already thoroughly approve of the little that I can see; the white is beautiful on our Duchess. I've always enjoyed that necklace on HM, it is so regal. It certainly does step up Catherine's profile as a senior royal to be wearing it. Has anyone else noticed how William always looks so tense in photos on the way to large receptions? His jaw often looks clenched and Catherine often looks at him in a reassuring way. It intrigues me especially since he is the royal born.
    ~Mo

    Has anyone else noticed how tense William always seems to look in these car shots in the way to receptions. I've noticed it on many prevous occasions.

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  8. Even the Kensington Palace twitter doesn't mention this. We're lucky to get just a glimpse, because they have to drive to the event.
    Love that she wears this tiara, it looks even better against Catherine's hair and the earrings match beautifully.
    She has borrowed several necklaces fro HM, but this one suits her the bestt, the stones are beautiful, but it is not too heavy.

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  9. Kate looks beautiful, and I wish we could see more of the dress! Love Pippa's outfit. It would be fun to see photos of the two sisters together more often!

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  10. I'm with you, Jane, I love that Kate has made this her "go to" tiara. It is such a lovely compliment to Diana and really keeps her memory alive. It must make William very proud. I am excited to see her wearing one of the Collet necklaces as well. They are perfectly suited to Kate's style. I hope they release an official photo like they did last year as I really want to see that dress.

    Thanks for sharing photos of Pippa. She looks fantastic! I was kind of hoping for a baby bump from her but maybe soon. Did Pip's hubby and Meghan attend the Van Straubenzee event? I too have missed seeing the Middletons out and about.

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  11. Apparently, William was upset over one of his entourage's outrider motorcycle riders taking a fall .He is trained to respond to such accidents and he had to keep going on.
    I am so impressed with the Queen's necklace. I think it is the best-suited to Kate and her style of all the HM necklace loans. Understated yet elegant and fit for a Queen.
    However, the look of compassion and concern on Catherine's face is the look I most admire. I can hear her say, "William. There are people right there to help him. He will be all right. It is not your fault. I am sure he doesn't expect you to stop." anon1
    PS And meanwhile, people gawking and flashbulbs flashing in his face. Which sort of makes me a hypocrite since I so enjoy seeing this photo. Could this have been taken with a long-lens, possibly? I hope so.

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  12. Completely off-topic, BUT...Cup of Jo. in the sidebar--"Chocolate peanut butter fudge with just four ingredients" I have never heard of two of the ingredients and what kind of PB is that? It still sounds wonderful. A fun granddaughter project.

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    1. It appears that the PB is some sort of natural peanut butter. There is a link for coconut butter in the comments. I hope this helps ;)

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    2. Thanks, Beth. It is featured as a healthy fudge. I'm all for that! Just so it is chocolate-85% -and not the kind mixed with unknown powders. And not carob. (not to my taste) There is also almond paste.

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  13. Wearing a lovely coat in Manchester this afternoon, Didn't see the dress as, of course only saw her outside.
    Beautiful.

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  14. Ditto on Kate and super ditto on the Pipster!

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  15. What a pleasant surprise! As far as I'm concerned, this is the prettiest choice of jewellery Kate has worn to this sort of affair, including those worn at State Dinners.

    This Collet necklace, far simpler and less elaborate than some of the Queen's others Kate has worn--altho I did like the three-strand pearl choker--, looks great with the neckline of Kate's gown; I, too, like Jane, am hoping that the dress has an Empire waist, making it wearable, maybe with a bit of adjustment made at the bust line, post pregnancy. Can't wait to see it full length.

    Here's a bit of not-so-trivial trivia I've come across recently which I found interesting; hope I'm not repeating something already discussed; a new yougov poll was taken at the end of November, and some of the results were startling. To name just a few, when asked to indicate whom they viewed as the best future King and Queen, Charles and Camilla did poorly at 13% and 8%, respectively; William and Kate came out far ahead, at 56% and 63%, respectively; Harry and Meghan, at 10% and 3%, respectively. ( I put Harry and Meghan's low numbers down to the fact that Harry has dropped from 3rd to soon-to-be 6th place in the line of succession; realistically he's out-of-the-running.)

    52% of those surveyed said they were "indifferent" to the latest Royal engagement, and by almost two to one, Brits want Harry's wife to have a normal job; only 26% want her to devote herself to Royal duties.

    After reading thru the rest of the survey, my general impression was that the British public are galloping along right into the 21st century, leaving the Royal Family behind in the dust. No wonder that so many would choose, if they could choose, William as the next monarch; Charles doesn't reside in the same time as the public; he seems to prefer the 19th-early-20th century.

    The monarchy needs to change, and it needs to pick up the pace at which it does so; just another good reason for introducing a retirement age, IMO.

    JC

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    1. We must also remember that YouGov polls aren't just taken by the Brits but by anybody signed up with them. I'm not sure my opinion on the BRF holds any water compared to the actual situation. I do think, however, that C&C will never be overly popular. They are too insulating. They have their well-bred, aristocratic, horsey set of friends and never leave that circle. Charles is definitely the stuffiest royal around and has all the charisma of a fish out of water. He's never been relatable to the people and that's why Diana was the superstar she was. Think of Charles in hospital situations. Diana, Kate, William, and Harry all sat/sit close to the patient, touch them, hold their hands. Charles stands about three feet away with his hands clasped behind his back. His sense of humor runs a lot like his father's which Philip could get away with because he's not actually The Monarch. Camilla, whatever title they want to pin on her, will always be the other woman. It will never happen but I think the BRF would benefit from giving C&C the miss and going straight on to W&K.

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    2. I don't know Robin....being stuffy is not a bad thing for a future king after all.The Queen cannot be more old-fashioned but she is respected for it. I rather think Charles could be a good king, he has the knowhow, and he would be well respected. Camilla is another question, there are feelings against her and it might be too difficult for the public to accept her.

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    3. Robin, I'm not saying that it will happen, just that it could. It isn't simply left to the monarch, or to tradition, to determine the next monarch; other important people, known as the Establishment, have a voice. The Establishment seems to consist, primarily, of the aristocratic-gentry class, those big in the Church of England, and Parliament, both Houses. And they generally back the person who offers them the best deal; that is, it is in their best interests to protect themselves and that means protecting the monarchy. If they come to the conclusion that it's necessary to back W over C, that's what they'll do, just as they once saw to it that King Edward VIII was ousted. Or did you think he voluntarily abdicated?

      Nowadays, I expect that the Establishment has expanded to include industrialists, and others of the filthy rich.

      It could go either way. And in the meantime, I wouldn't be at all surprised to see Charles's PR press gang going all out to bill Charles and Camilla as the best thing since sliced bread, which, if the past is indication of the future, will mean VERY bad press for W&K, going forward. (Charles lacks much to promote himself with; he tried the whole duty/work ethic line, and if the above poll is anywhere close to accurate, it was a massive failure, so, he'll resort to tearing down perceived rivals in hopes of building himself up.)

      Could be interesting, going forward, but if I were W&K, I'd be battening down the hatches before the first missile was fired. Don't get me wrong; W&K have plenty of ammo, but no money to buy the powder to fire a cannonball, let alone send a missile back.

      JC

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    4. JC-not just the best thing since sliced bread; the best thing since cinnamon- raison bread with icing. (a personal favorite) The PR is on-going and is working, at least with the royal media. Have you read the royal reporter tweets lately? When they aren't adulating Meghan they are touting Camilla. What a great old gal--she always takes the time for the media--always a wave and a smile! And what a good sport! She doesn't mind making a fool of herself to provide us with visuals. (posing with men in masks resembling a well-known political leader, for example-not something the wife of a future monarch should be snapped doing) Some day the royal rabble may get a clue and realise she is courting THEM and they are falling right into step behind her.

      What interests me is the promotion of Harry by KP Twitter, compared to William. It is a little less obvious recently, but Harry is definitely their guy. I think it a pretty good bet that what you call the Establishment will never support him for king. He is charming and we wish him the best, just not the monarchy. I think featuring Harry is meant to distract us from the impressive job William has done both in assisting in HM's duties and in carving his own path among business and technological leaders. He doesn't attend many royal weddings, but he has met with an impressive array of world leaders.anon1

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    5. king Edward was a Nazi sympathizer-that made him a threat to the nation.
      I don't see a future King Charles as a threat to anyone.

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    6. Interesting statistics. Thank you for sharing. I also do not see anything wrong in the way Charles and Camilla handle their engagements. A future monarch needs to have a little bit of mystique and dignity, just as the Queen, and can't be acting like a rock star. Otherwise, what's the point of monarchy? William and Kate's approval rating is actually really high in comparison with the rest. It means people respect them, which is essential. But there's also a lot of indifference with the monarchy in general, which is worrisome. I have lived through both William and Kate, and now Harry and Meghan's, engagements. It may be early to say yet, but already there is a difference in interest. Seven years ago people were more excited, I feel, and that excitement included awe and respect. These days, everything feels more celebrity-like. If anything, I'd like the monarchy steer toward the characteristics that stood them the test of time. More Princess Anne and less Fergie, please!

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    7. Anon1--I'm unsurprised to hear that KP twitter would build Harry up over William. Lest we forget, Charles is the boss of the KP office staff; he's the one who pays 'em. And it would be utterly naive to think that Charles would hesitate to set brother against brother, if he thought it would work to his own advantage. Or haven't you heard? Some have had the temerity to suggest that the office at Clarence House is akin to Wolfe Hall; in fact, critics of same have difficulty deciding which is more malevolent.

      On the other hand, we mustn't forget that, typically, the monarchy tends to go into overdrive to promote those who marry into the family--yet, my gut tells me that Charles isn't the nicest guy in the world and that only a fool would trust him, not to mention his chief of staff, his dear wife.

      JC

      PS Yes, Anon, that is true. It's also true that the Establishment was firmly pitted against Wallis as Queen Consort. The question remains: which was the real reason Edward was ousted, and which was the excuse fed to the rest of the world? Or, did both play a part?

      Personally, if these poll numbers are accurate, then putting such an unpopular man on the throne, not to mention his even more unpopular wife, is a threat to the monarchy, and any threat to the monarchy is a danger to the status quo, a status quo which suits the Establishment. And since the Establishment just might consider that if the monarchy fell, they--at least many of them with titles and vast estates at stake--would be next.... Do you seriously think they'd collectively put the nation's best interests, and that may well include dismantling the class system, before their own? If so, why not take a long walk off a short pier and see what happens? :-)

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    8. There is also the thought that anti-royalists might support Charles as monarch and downplay William BECAUSE C's monarchy would be unpopular and lead to the eventual downfall of the whole shebang, while William's methodical progress in both human and animal rights and care could revitalize the monarchy.
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      However, power usually has money behind it. Right now, the oil nations and producers have a good chunk of the world's cash. I read some Arab prince paid 25 million for some artwork or such at auction. Charles and Camilla court and are courted by the Arabs. They count Arab princes as friends-remember the Charles-sheik hand-holding photo? Remember their hard to miss presence at W&C's wedding? Sophie recently was there, (Bahrain?)but I think as a part of her eye charity.
      As long as he has the backing of the money people C doesn't have to really worry about anyone else.
      Which brings up a puzzle to me: how to reconcile his impressive conservation and ecological interests with his life style and courting of the oil powers?I realise the UK is vulnerable because it is not itself an oil-producer, although---British Petroleum!

      I think that is a much farther-reaching issue than William's hunting deer and boar, mostly I the past, as part of a culling procedure. As we said in a previous century, I think his conscience has been raised.
      The damage caused by the practices of mining, producing, and transporting fossil fuels has reached the point of no return with only a few world leaders willing to say the words and do the deeds needed to slow it down. Is Charles one of those?

      Of course, I write as a non-subject of HMTQ as well as one who can only claim many years of living, and 18+ years of formal education, with none of those years in any subject I am opining on. Ha! anon1

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  16. That little girl in the picture is so cute and her face says it all.

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  17. Eh, color me unimpressed. I'm just not a fan of her in beaded, crystal-encrusted things. Looks too prom-esque, or too much like what the older royal women wear.

    Still wish she'd become besties with Queen Maxima and get some oomph from her (yes, sometimes QM fails, but at least she really goes for it!).

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  18. Something about the neckline makes me think of that blue JP "Bollywood" dress she wore while on tour. Initially I thought it looked like stiff satin, but now the more I look at it the more I am reminded of that other dress.

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