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[Full] Kate in Carolina Herrera at St. Paul's Cathedral

Thursday, December 14, 2017

I remember the morning I woke (before dawn) and opened my news feed to find it filled with pictures of a high-rise engulfed in flames. In a year that felt like it had more than its fair share of tragedy and death, the Grenfell Tower blaze still seared itself into a place of prominence in the public consciousness. 

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Today, William, Kate, Harry joined Charles and Camilla and a collection of celebrities at St. Paul's for a National Service of Remembrance with families and friends of the 71 victims killed that dark night. 
It would be hard not to be moved by the plight of the victims, but Kate was just at a Christmas party for children and families of the Grenfell Tower on Tuesday, so the reality of the horror and the lives that have been affected by loss, are even more concrete for her.

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The royals had the opportunity to talk with survivors and family members:
There is no doubt that some of my favorite royal events are at St. Paul's or Westminster. These churches are such beautiful environments, whether celebrating, grieving, or comforting. 


Anytime Kate has a memorial service or a formal church event like this, she always hits the right note with color and construction. This ensemble was no different. The Duchess chose a navy Carolina Herrera coat that features a stand-up collar and pleated sides, plus the front buttons that Kate favors so much. 


When I saw the first picture I thought for a brief moment that Kate had altered her gorgeous blue McQueen from Armed Forces Day in 2011. This ensemble reminded me of a mix between that coat and her blue Beulah for the Afghanistan service.


The Queen Letizia Style blog shared on Twitter that the Spanish princesses have Carolina Herrera coats that are close to Kate's, which I thought was really cute! (You probably remember the red coat from Canada, it was Kate's first full House of Herrera ensemble!)


Kate's floppy hat has caused some waves, and split the fashionistas. I am breaking toward win on this. It took me off guard at first, but I don't think it is so floppy that it is inappropriately casual. It is certainly an unusual look for Kate, but variety, as they say, is the spice of life. (It's very Blake Lively, don't you think?)


Right now, this hat is a UFO, but it is very similar to her Tiffany hat (below), which is Lock & Co. However, her disc hat from the Afghanistan service (above), which could also be by the same designer, is Jane Taylor. Time will tell, I suspect. 


Kate finished her ensemble with her sapphire and diamond drops, her Cornelia James gloves, her L.K. Bennett Frome clutch, and Georgia Jimmy Choos.


Kate has such an unusual role. Global goodwill ambassador, representative of Great Britain, Princess of the United Kingdom, fashion icon, and sometimes mourner-in-chief. Today, she wore so many of these very different "hats" simultaneously as she represented her royal family, presented a polished and regal appearance, and brought her natural warmth and empathy to the sorrowing. Although it can be a hard line to walk, Kate does it adeptly and in so doing really shows the part that royalty plays at its best.



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  1. I saw this look and thought wow. Simply love it. I'm still waiting for a look that will surprise me as much as the Olympics Jenny Packham but this look is great, love the hat
    -Ruby

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  2. This outfit is a mess. Alone, the pieces are fine. Together, none of it blends. And the hat.... the hat is cute. BUT, for such a solemn occasion, she needed a hat with more structure in fitting with this type of event. The hat is way to casual for this day.

    Rating this a C.

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    1. How do you figure it does not blend. It is a coat with a dress under which we do not see. Her gloves match as does her shoes and hand bag. Her stockings are black. The hat even matches. What about Camilla’s hat. It is really ugly.

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    2. I agree that it doesn’t blend. It is all navy but it just doesn’t fit together for some reason.... I really blame the hat at the shoe/stocking combo. Maybe a nude stocking and a smaller less casual hat would have made it better. It isn’t BAD but it isn’t really and outfit. It’s jusg matching clothes.

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    3. I see the stockings navy also...

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    4. I totally disagree. I love the hat and actually prefer it to the more structured Locke & co hat.

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    5. I wasn’t a fan of that hat either!

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    6. About hats: don't you feel they have almost human characteristics? They can be aggressive, flirty, haughty, naughty, serious, silly or sad...IMO this hat was a soft, kind hat, a hat showing compassion, and definitely not a condescending hat.

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    7. About hats: don't you feel they have almost human characteristics? They can be aggressive, flirty, haughty, naughty, serious, silly or sad...IMO this hat was a soft, kind hat, a hat showing compassion, and definitely not a condescending hat.

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    8. 3.53, yes they do!! 👍

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    9. Thanks for that, anon 3:53! A smile and a tickle to my imagination. You are right. The hat was in your face, take it or leave it. She does find her way around the royal muzzle. Not on the order of the York ladies' wedding hats, however. I think we have all speculated on what that said.
      Haha! I was just thinking the same thing about hands and I said to myself, "Better not say that. They'll think you're barmy for sure." I had noticed how gently William's hand is resting on Kate's back in the lovely photo Jane posted. Sometimes his hand seems tense and impatient; sometimes guiding; sometimes protective. This time, I thought...comforting.
      I agree about hats. I think this one says I may be William's wife but I am not in lockstep with the royals. With the rest of the outfit conservative she added a touch of whimsy. I thought it had somewhat of a Aussie Outback hat flair.
      Maybe she just wanted to distract attention from her middle. I think it worked.anon1

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  3. An extremely poignant service, which I think Catherine found very difficult. She looked beautiful, but very sad.
    At the end of the service they separated and each went to a small group who had been bereaved.
    Not the easiest thing to do.

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    1. I agree, Jean, I think it was difficult; the photos on Getty's site certainly reflect that on the face of all the royals.

      Regarding the outfit...I think it was appropriate.

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  4. Really lovely, and perfect for the occasion.

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  5. Hurraaaaaayyy my favorite colours.. I am huge fan of navy blue and different shades of it. The hat ist not a win..but everything else is great. Q: Why is this one button on the coat looking so crooked?

    Alice

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    1. Some of the buttons are pulling because she barely fit into the coat because of her pregnancy.

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  6. Another question: Where I come from hats in a church are unacceptable. I have seen women wearing their hats on wedding ceremonies inside a church, but this was different for me. So it felt like disrespect. How is it handled in the UK (or anywhere else) in general?

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    1. I’m in the US, we can wear hats in church. Easter is probably the best example.

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    2. I'm from the US, and Baptist. Hats are a hugely important part of church wear for ladies in my experience. Large elaborate hats are a thing, no matter how solemn the occasion. I'm talking hats like this https://i.pinimg.com/564x/f8/b5/75/f8b57550a6c7542ea00153549f1f6b57.jpg

      or this:

      https://i.pinimg.com/564x/62/7b/8d/627b8d288d9c0ca835dd1f50302ad596.jpg

      I mean this could be cultural, we're also African-American but I seriously doubt any disrespect is meant by wearing hats. The British seem to wear hats at important events.

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    3. In general, with those that are most observant, both in Judaism and Catholicism one is expected to cover your head. It could be a scarf, piece of lace or a hat. In many other denominations hats are worn to church. I don't see why you find this disrespectful

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    4. Interesting! Where I come from, hats are very welcome at church.

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    5. At one point, in the Catholic religion (which C of E is based on) women HAD to cover their heads in church with either a hat or a scarf or a lace mantilla or something. Now it isn’t mandatory but ok for women not men.

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    6. Women always must wear the hat on, even having lunch or dinner, men only outdoors...

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    7. In the UK women wear hats in church (not to general services unless simply for warmth) but for occasions such as weddings, funerals etc... Men remove their hats before they enter a church.

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    8. I wrote a fairly long post which got lost as I tried to publish it but it included a couple of links on hat-wearing etiquette here in the U.K.

      Debretts is the main etiquette guide:
      https://www.debretts.com/debretts-a-to-z/h/hats/

      And here's an article from the BBC about various bits of royal wardrobe etiquette which may be if interest:
      https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-40640634

      As a Brit, I would find it very odd to see a royal lady at a formal church event (Christmas, Easter, weddings, funerals, memorial services, christenings) not wearing a hat. Granted that if it were "just"a regular Sunday church service they were attending privately, it may well be different!

      I'm not a huge fan of yesterday's hat but can't put my finger on why, and I didn't love the Tiffany hat either. And yet Kate and wide-brimmed hats go amazingly well together - Trooping 2016 springs to mind as an absolutely stunning hat moment. So I don't know why I'm not bowled over by these two navy and black ones, but isn't the subjectivity of fashion what makes it fun?! :)

      Kx

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    9. Not only are women wearing hats at church services in Britain acceptable, but especially when members of the Royal Family are attending the services if is nearly compulsory.

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    10. Thanks for the explanations & links to the articles! They are just great!

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  7. Just commenting on the fashion here, not the sad and apparently well-handled event. Long ago learned that matching navies is so hard as to be not worth it. Love the coat but this hat belongs with a shearling in the country - so wrong to my eye.

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  8. Difficult indeed. The children...she has met some of the survivors and can put faces with the grief.

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    1. My 2:11 comment was a response to Jean's 12:08 comment and should have appeared directly below it, judging by the time stamps. It obviously relates to it--"difficult," and makes more sense following Jean's comment than stuck in another thread. I related the service to her recent meeting with survivors.
      I only mention this because this has happened several times to my comments recently and I thought there might be a problem with the process that could be fixed.anon1

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  9. A knockout look. I love that she's going for bigger/different shaped hats. The navy is a great choice and I like the coat/hat combo. Very appropriate for the occasion.

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    1. I agree. I think she looks stunning and very appropriately styled for the somber occasion.

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  10. i agree this look is a mess, i feel like as a pregnant woman you want to see her bump accentuated..and the hat is a mess.. needs to be more structure less floppy?

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    1. Not all pregnant women want to show off their bump. Many like to hide it especially at her stage. She doesnt owe it to anyone to put it out there to be scrutinized.

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    2. Ellen,

      No one said Kate “owed it” to anyone nor would she have been scrutinized. I remember many of her bespoke pregnancy outfits that showed off her belly and everyone loved them.

      Not sure why the angry tone in your post. I think most people love pregnant women and just have good wishes towards them.

      If I see a pregnant lady in line ahead of me, I always congratulate her and ask when she’s due. What a special time in her life!!

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    3. I no longer congratulate pregnant ladies, having unfortunately misjudged the reason for the woman's girth, which resulted in embarrassment and the sudden desire for the earth to open up and swallow me on the spot. Have also had awkward moments related to due dates. I find it safer just to smile sweetly. :+) anon1

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    4. Sorry you took an angry tone from my post. That was unintended. I just personally dislike when people, who are well meaning even, all of a sudden when they know a woman is pregnant cross lines and ask personal questions or make comments about their bodies etc that they normally wouldn’t to a a non pregnant woman.

      Kate is in the kind of showing not really stage which is the hardest to dress for. Also, she has yet to really showcase the bump and doing so the first time at this occasion works have been the news not the event.

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    5. Hi Ellen,

      Yes, that's what I took from your comment - thinking people are "crossing a line" with pregnant women. I hear this online sometimes.

      And frankly, this type of thinking bewilders me. People are happy for pregnant ladies and we are simply sharing in their joy. I think the world has become a jaded place and if we can't ask a pregnanct lady when she is due or if she knows what she's having, wishing her the best of luck, etc.... then how very sad for all of us.

      When you have a child, in many ways, the world rejoices with you, enjoy it, appreciate it, be grateful.

      😘Xo

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    6. Anon 9:24.... That sounds great, but sometimes children suffer illness or syndromes when you are pregnant and all is not so good...

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    7. I will add this to the conversation...

      A dear friend of mine was bulimic in her late teens and early twenties. Her "dear mother" used to refer to her as "the chubby one" in the family. Meanwhile, mama had weight issues and her daughter was not overweight.

      When she was pregnant, my friend would end up close to hysterical whenever a wellmeaning soul would comment on her figure no matter how innocent it may have been. For the record, she was thrilled to be pregnant and is a very loving and devoted mother. (And determined to not repeat the cycle!)

      This is not a typical example, I do realize that. But my point is that *perception is reality*.

      And I do understand Ellen's point about crossing a line. Using another example as a comparison...in my single days I never understood why some people felt they had the right to ask me questions that they would never direct at a married woman because it would be considered too personal and inappropriate.

      Just my two cents ☺

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    8. It is less than a generation that women actually showed off and highlighted their pregnancy bump. It used to be thought of as unseemly. Women who were pregnant, wore muu-muus or tent-like dresses and overblouses. In later stages one avoided being seen and did not go out. If you look at Diana's pregnancy outfits there's no highlighting of the bump; she wears tent dresses. Celebrities have changed the trend over the last several years. Now we are visually accustomed to form fitting clothes, even bare midrifts and a celebration of the bump. But that doesn't mean that everyone should show everything. And that photographers should be zooming in on a bump. What I appreciate about Catherine's pregnancy style, is that she consistently finds a way to look appropriate and elegant at events. She is neither covered up in tents nor spandex.

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    9. It is not less than a generation since women showed off their bumps. I'm 40. We have tons of pics with my mom in the 1970s with sun dresses that tied on the shoulder (remember those?) with her bump fully out there. My aunt, who had kids in the 80s, wore shirts tightly around their bumps. We live in the Midwest of the US.

      I'll continue to say sweet things to pregnant ladies. I'm not closing myself off from the world. I will continue to send out love.❤️

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  11. Sad day. Kate looked so elegant, I love her hat.

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    1. I love her hat, too. She looked sombre, yet appropriate.

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  12. Ok, I have to say it: It's a big no for me. Not a fan of the allover navy AT all. The individual pieces are all beautiful but all those different shades of nsby

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    1. I accidentally sent this too early (again)... Wanted to say that the different shades of navy don't really look that great together. Th hat seems particularly out of place. I guess she wanted to do something like an all black look,and probably figured all navy would work too.
      Apart from that, the coat is absolutely stunning and I need those cute gloves in my life!

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  13. I think that her hat is neither flattering nor appropriate for the rest of the outfit.
    By the way, I find it an oddity that she wears a hat every time she dresses formally, as all the other royal ladies do. Is that something typical of the Anglosaxon world or a Royal-family related thing? Or both?
    Where I live hats are extravagant, a very few people wear them.
    I might like some of them, but in general terms I find that they make outfits heavy and aging.
    I am very curious to see whether Meghan will embrace the hat trend.

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    1. It is a very British thing to do so not uncommon in her world. I wish the US women still wore hats like that. It seems fun!

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    2. In South Europe is considered as extravagant.. and I haven't seen it i the rest of Europe either. . Certainly, British..

      Europe

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  14. The hat ruins it for me. It is just too floppy or something. It looks like something that would look better with jeans!

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    1. YEAH, absolutely reminds me of the floppy hats you'd see fashion bloggers wearing. :)

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  15. I love the navy!! However, I’ve said this before but will say it again, I think hats that cover her forehead prematurely age her beautiful face.

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  16. I think she looks lovely and very appropriate to the occasion. What a sad day.

    As for the hats in church and on formal occasions, it's very British to wear a hat on special occasions and in some churches it is always preferred for a woman to keep her head covered. Only the men are required to remove their hats. It's very traditional and respectful.

    Meghan, I am sure, will wear a hat on all appropriate hat occasions because that's what members of the BRF do. I don't wear hats for two reasons, the first being that here in CA we tend to be very casual most of the time; the second because they make my head itch. If I wear a cap to a baseball game I am always in the dilemma of deciding whether the itching or keeping the sun out of my eyes will win the day. However, if I were to attend an official church service, something like this memorial or a wedding, in Great Britain I would have my itchy self front and center in a hat because that's what is appropriate. Sadly, it would always be askew because I would constantly be slipping a finger underneath it to scratch that itch!

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  17. Wow, that's a lot of navy! I think a black coat (I believe Kate has several ;) would have worked but I think a navy outfit was fine for the service as some time has passed since the tragedy. I wonder though if the navy hat worn to the Iraq- Afghanistan memorial service would have worked better. This hat  seems a little "informal" but the other one might not have been the right shade of navy. While I'm becoming less of a fan of double-breasted styles, I think the coat is fine on Kate especially considering it's not a maternity coat. But I really don't like the button placement apparently characteristic of CH's coats. Plus, the middle row of buttons is farther from the top row than the bottom row is from the middle row. Had the middle row been placed *slightly* higher so the rows were equidistant from each other, the middle row would not have fallen in such an awkward spot. Not only is the middle row oddly placed, the buttons don't seem to line up (either horizontally across each row or line up in the same way vertically down the two columns.) I realize a photo represents just a moment in time & if someone isn't standing up straight or is in motion, clothing details can be distorted. But the buttons don't line up on the models in CH's own promo photos either! Misplaced buttons aren't unusual in cheaper clothing. But in a coat costing thousands of dollars *featuring* shiny gold buttons it seems unacceptably sloppy. (And in cheap clothing, at least in my experience, often the buttonholes ARE properly placed so one just has to reposition the buttons. Here it looks like the buttonholes match the buttons so the misalignment can't be fixed by the customer.)  Maybe lack of attention to this kind of detail doesn't bother most people though or they wouldn't keep shelling out the big bucks for designer clothing with flaws students used to be taught to avoid in Sewing 101! Or maybe most folks today never took sewing in school so they don't automatically notice those kinds of details.

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  18. I think she looks beautiful, but I don't care for how the buttons on the coat are placed. I felt the same way about her red Carolina Herrera coat.

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  19. I think the buttons need to be a little bit closer together to look right.

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  20. To everyone asking about the hat, it would be *extremely* disrespectful if a royal lady did not wear a hat to an occasion like this. It is definitely a cultural difference, just like wearing a coat indoors, and might be an oddity for Americans but is the way it is done in the country she represents. I absolutely LOVED this outfit. She looks incredibly elegant. The all navy went together with the navy suits of the boys and black would have been inappropriate. She hits all the right notes as always.

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  21. A very moving ceremony... Kate was lovely in her coat, and I loved her hat ! I like very much her wide-brimmed hat, I find this very stylish !!!
    I loved seeing them talking to family members, it was very moving !!! (sorry for my english very approximate...)

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  22. I like that she tried a different look, is it a win - not for me. I feel this is more afternoon walks in the countryside-or perhaps with another assemble. However, she tried something new - and not all new things can be a hit with everyone.

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  23. There's something weird about the construction of this coat to me... I think it's a bit widening (obviously she's pregnant, but she's never been wide in her life haha), and the little buttons don't help... I think it might be a bit tight across her chest (although changing pregnancy body, that might've been an unexpected change) and the way the pockets and pleats hit, it just seems... off. I understand what she was going for, but don't love it at all.
    I like the hat, but think it feels a bit casual with this and would be so much cuter with jeans, boots, a coat & scarf, less tightly curled hair etc out in the country...

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  24. For me, also not a win. I actually adore this hat and would buy one just like it to wear in a more casual setting - send me the Replikates! However, this looks like a large blur of mismatching Navy, with a particular jarring difference between the shades of the shoes and the tights. I wouldn't be comfortable in this mismatch for my own day to day, let alone showing up to be photographed! I think she could have re-worn the Tiffany hat with a chignon and the Beulah dress and nailed it. Maybe the shades didn't match - but neither do these! This is a very common choice for her, to choose things that look too matchy matchy but just aren't even quite there, with related but mismatched shades. It's been one of my quibbles for years. But she shouldn't listen to me, of course!

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  25. I thought the outfit worked for the solemnity if the event, & am in the pro floppy hat camp:)
    Random Q for fellow Kate style watchers: Why do you think Kate wears so much navy blue/blue in general? I think she's looks fine in the color, of course, but I'm always wishing she'd play with greens a bit more (she's got such beautiful green eyes). Admittedly, she does have very lovely green pieces in her wardrobe. Obviously keeping her engagement ring in mind would be one reason ... Just a question:)

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  26. Loved at first glance, and even more when seeing the components. Presumably, many survivors were present so it wasn’t a time for finery, rather low key, somber, almost smart casual, was appropriate. Adore the hat! Easy for people sitting behind to see over the low crown.

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  27. I love the coat, but IMO it is too much navy, nude tights would have broken up that all navy look as she did it with the Beulah coat. I don‘t like the hat, it reminds me of the floppy hats worn in the seventies

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  28. I think the hat balances the changes her body is going through at this point in her pregnancy. I also agree that not all women care to accenuate their pregnancy and prefer a more relaxed approach, neither accenuating or attempting to hide it. I think it is a very beautiful approach.

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  29. I like the hat. She needed to look formal but not ignorant of the need to be welcoming to a wide range of the community when meeting after the service. She looks approachable but in her role. Many in the cathedral were in casual clothes- and should feel comfortable being there. It was important mourners looked welcomed and that they belonged. The Duchess looks aware of her role but not too grand for the sake of the true point of the service.

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  30. I thought the Duchess looked very appropriate. I am a big fan of navy blue, and colour blocking - the only thing I would have changed up is the shoes - something slightly chunkier in a very dark blue/black leather rather than suede. The colour just didnt look right.

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  31. While I normally don't like outfits that are too matchy-matchy, I do like this ensemble. I've always loved the color navy. I think it's a nice alternative to all-black, which can sometimes look harsh. I really like this hat. I do not think it is too casual. And I also love the gloves. The bows are such a nice touch.

    I also liked the navy Beulah coat Kate wore when pregnant with Charlotte. We've only seen it once, right? It’s a shame Kate never wore it again.

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  32. I love this hat. I think it's modern, young, and quite European. I do wonder if she will be influenced by Meghan markle's fresher American style.

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  33. I really admired that William & Harry & Kate wore navel blue. They looked splendid. I thought Kate’s outfit hat to shoes & especially those gloves were so lovely.

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    1. About color perception: I have a pair of slacks I thought were brown and wore tops with brown detail
      with the slacks. I finally got a good look at them in natural light and realised they were actually aubergine. Kate's aubergine outfit she wore her first royal Christmas has been a favorite of mine and here I had that color in my wardrobe and didn't know it. We saw it outdoors at Sandringham, in natural light, not in artificial light or worse, flashbulb light.

      I think the all navy items, whether they "blended" together or not, allowed her to blend into the scene. If she had worn a cream hat and gloves or carried a contrasting-colored purse, the eye would have been drawn to her clothing. As it was, my eye went to her face and to the faces around her. anon1

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    2. The more I look at this ensemble and the more people complain about the hat, the more I like it. I keep trying to see what everyone is unhappy about and I just can't see it. I also think the hat is not quite at its best because it was obviously very windy and the ladies kept having to push their hats down on their heads.

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    3. Completely agree, Robin, I love this whole outfit. While I like many of Kate's, fascinator's, it's really nice to see a proper hat and I think this works really well for the occasion. I really like that when she does wear bigger hats, Kate experiments with different brim styles.

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  34. I side with Jane on this one. Love the navy and I do like the hat. Don't love the hat, but I do like it when Kate ventures on different silhouettes with her headgear. The teensy fascinators she wore up to her wedding seem so passé now. And I think she may take into account whether or not she may get emotional during a service such as this. If I started tearing up, I would probably wish to camouflage my face a bit with a wider brim. Again, it's not about her, it's about the victims of this terrible tragedy. Note that the Royal Family is represented by the Prince of Wales and his sons- this is the face of the Royal Family in the coming years....

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  35. I find that I can't even begin to focus on her outfit because I am too distracted by Kate's ridiculous eye make up. I am the only one who finds it way over the top? Bordering on clownish?

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    1. Andrea, I really did not see anything odd about her eye make up in the photos above from the service? I am fine with the hat and the all navy look. Mentioned earlier that I love the coat and think it looks great on her and for the occasion.

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  36. It looks the same as her eye make-up in the Tiffany hat to me. And certainly better applied than for that magazine-cover shoot.anon1

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    1. Again, mis-placed comment. It was a reply to Andrea's comment. It should be directly under Andrea's, judging by the time stamp.
      Apparently this juggling of comments is intentional. I understand it is sometimes an editorial decision but it obscures the meaning of my comments, especially when they end up in a completely different thread. My previous comment -when the positon was changed- seemed like I was saying matching navy colors was "difficult" when I was referring to Kate's role in the service.
      I think I get the message now. anon1

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    2. anon1, Jane can only approve or disapprove a comment. Blogger puts them where they land. The time stamp should determine it but there are glitches the blog administrator has no control over. Make sure you click reply right under the comment and not at the bottom of the page where you're automatically placed as you log in to a particular post.

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    3. Robin is correct. I will just add my experience .... sometimes even if I click on reply in the appropriate thread, if I use the preview option or need to sign in to my Google account, it can move my comment to the bottom of the page. However, if I scroll up and click on the appropriate reply again, it moves my comment back to where I want it to appear. Hope this makes sense. 🤓

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  37. Jane, we never got to hear your thoughts on the engagement interview! Can’t wait to hear them..

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  38. I've learned that it is never a good idea to wear too many blues at once, because there are so many shades of blue, they're impossible to match up perfectly, which ruins an outfit.

    Even if you CAN match them up perfectly, it's blue overkill, which is what I'm seeing here. I think it's mostly the blue stockings with lighter blue shoes that are off. Maybe nude stockings and slightly darker blue shoes would have made the difference.

    Belle

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  39. I know this is going to sound quite strange, but is it just me or do William's nails look quite long in the pic where he is resting his hand on Kate's back?

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  40. Loved the overall monochromatic navy. The hat was different, but I think it went well in that the Duchess really comes across as approachable.

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