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Kate Debuts Another GOAT Coat in Essex

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Since her trip to Sweden and Norway wrapped up Friday, the Duchess of Cambridge has a had a few days to let her hair down, relax in privacy, and soak up time with her two little ones. Today, though, she was back in action as she arrived in Wickford, Essex, this afternoon to launch one of Action on Addiction's new treatment centers. 
Her arrival made headlines (literally) when she stepped in a grate and was briefly stuck. Kate, who has been favoring her Tod's block heels a lot of late, was wearing her Stuart Weitzman "Power" pumps, and the thinner heels slipped right into the crevice. And all the boys were like, uuuuuhhhhh...


The even better part of this tale is the man who greeted her is Vice Lord Lieutenant of Essex Jonathon Douglas-Hughes. You know him from Kate and William's visit to Stewards Academy last year, where he fell and got a helping hand from the Duke. 


Apparently, his wife told him not to have a repeat, and here was Kate almost in need of a return favor! :) [Purse alert: that's her Aspinal London clutch created in collaboration with Beulah London.]


Kate has been patron of Action on Addiction for years now. It was one of her earliest charities, and some of her biggest fan-favorite appearances have been at their events. Today, Kate was in Essex both to open the new centre, but also celebrate the charity's new program "Clouds in the Community," which attempts to help people recover without recourse to a center, i.e. by staying at home, with their families and in their communities.
Kate gave some lovely comments, mentioning how long she has been working with Action on Addiction, and saying twice how special the charity is to her. 
Water glass in hand, with her hair tucked behind her ears, Kate socialized with gathered guests, and we got a peek at her beautiful tanzanite earrings from G. Collins & Sons. These are so beautiful, and they work so well with all the blue in her closet. I love that of late, she has been wearing them more and more.


Speaking of all the blue in her closet... Aaahhh! Who thought Kate would debut another GOAT coat?!   I wish I worked at GOAT just for these nine months. Do you think they have an office party each time Kate wears another one of their pieces? Send the intern down the hall announcing, "Kate will be out today, cake in the conference room at noon!" Congrats, GOAT, really. All y'all have a come a long way from that first Goat Coat. I say that with affection.

Kate can continue to debut blue coats for the next fifty years (and absolutely will), and I will be happy as a clam. I love this color on her, and I love the bow at he neckline. This is a super classic GOAT style. I thought the color was a smash hit on Kate, but from a design perspective it was a little too minimalist for my taste.


Overall, it is a win, it just isn't a smash hit. Although I have acclimated to it, this silhouette has never been my preferred one on her, and this particular coat is almost devoid of embellishment, save the bow at the neckline. The color, though, speaks for itself. This cobalt just leaps off the screen, and I am sure it was electric in person, too.  Kate looked magnificent, so let's give a hand to the GOAT team...and I'll just assume they are reading this cake in hand. To Kate, great return performance post tour!

Tina Wing


47 comments:

  1. I read 3 blogs on Kate and all 3 are always most interesting and are written with class. I enjoy the comment sections and have learned so much about fashion. My fashion sense use to be nearly nil due to fact my clothes growing up were chosen from a catalog without my input. Kate just becomes more and more likeable and an endearing person. One feels like getting to know someone in a cyber way in their royal duties personna. Your words leap off the page and hence you appear to be a very upbeat person, Jane.

    I really liked the color on Kate. I like how she looks in these shorter hem styles. Side views give a truer account of her pregnancy versus the front views that make her look barely pregnant. Her hair looks so much better with less curls. She just looked gorgeous. The impromptu speech was wonderful. She has grown so much in confidence. Kate is always going to be my favorite royal wife.

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    1. Katharine I can sympathize with your "growing up" clothes. I grew up with 4 older sisters, so hand-me-downs were my thing, and let me tell you some of those clothes were old fashioned! I married into a more fashion conscious family and had to step up my social dressing game, which I enjoyed very much :-)

      Belle

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  2. I love, love, love everything about today's look!! I just wish we could have gotten a peek at Kate's dress.

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  3. Love her earrings!

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  4. I love the colour as well and her speech was sweetly delivered. Go Kate!
    But did you look at the close-up photos of her heels? They seemed to be quite scuffed and well-worn even before the grate incident. Personally I prefer the slighly chunkier heels in day events anyway.

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  5. This is such a beautiful look on Catherine. I don't mind that it is minimalistic because I lean towards less is more. I would have liked an up do though to show off the neck bow that I thought was a lovely addition. I'm sure that she could wear this post pregnancy and I'd so love to see it styled with trousers as on the model. And with her hair in a ponytail so the bow can be seen.

    The photo of the men standing looking with wide grins down at Catherine's stuck shoe really amused me to. Like little boys admiring the girl they all have a crush on! :)
    ~Mo

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    1. He's the same official who fell at the event earlier this year with W&K; and who William assisted. That's why he was laughing at the stuck shoe kerfuffle

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  6. I think today's coat was perfection! It may be the first Goat coat that I've liked. Color: check. Length: check (perfect on Kate). Bow: check (LOVE it!) In my opinion, the minimalist style is perfect during pregnancy. Details would add bulk, which one does not need when pregnant! Kate looked absolutely lovely today.

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  7. Who is her blond assistant? It is NOT Catherine Quinn.

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    1. I have been wondering the same thing!! She seems to be present when Catherine Quinn is not, perhaps an assistant?

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    2. She has been at a number of engagements now. It has become clear that Catherine Quinn doesn't do all events, and this girl seems to handle those Quinn does not.

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    3. So far I'm not all that excited about Catherine Quinn. Her other responsibilities coordinating Kate's schedule and such surely can't take that much time. Rebecca was nearly always with Kate when she was out. CQ goes on the big trips and is MIA in town. That doesn't seem right. Since this assistant to the secretary is with Kate an awful lot can we find out her name?

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    4. Jane, that's what I recognised too. Meantimes I know her name is Laura Baker and she is assistant private secretary to Catherine.

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    5. I think Catherine Quinns job is more than just handling a schedule. I think she is the main mind behind things like the teacher-head-together-programm. IMO her job means to find, identify and carry out projects, which are able to shape the "brand" Kate. This includes her activites (who, when, where, why, how often etc.) in reconciliation with BP. I liked Rebecca Deacon very mucht, but I think that Kate developed much more since she is working with C. Quinn. And that is not just due to the fact she is working full-time. Her profile is much more sharper and thought through.

      And I do not see what the benefit would be if CQ (who is very qualified) would accompony Kate. I think we will only see her on high-profile event. Like the one where Kate rolled out the programm for teachers (Heads-together) because she a) was very much involved and b) it was very important for the role Kate will develop.

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    6. In addition to VME's well made observations, I also think that CQ's accompanying the Duchess during her first year on the job rather frequently might have served to give her a better understanding of the dynamics of a visit, be it high or low profile. Such knowledge, surely, is helpful when 'hammering out' the best possible way to conduct future engagements, and to avoid 'hick-ups' ...

      Lesson learned in Essex: have the greeting line stand on the grate rather than a step behind :-)

      What a lovely event it was, though, wasn't it ...

      S.B.

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    7. CQ's job description says she runs the duchess’s official programme and coordinates her charitable interests. I don't see her being the brains behind what Kate chooses to do. I will grant that Kate has become more confident in the past year but I give more credit to Kate for that than the fact that someone who has only been on the job for four months is telling her what to do and how to do it. Kate has always chosen to work with children and the Heads Together project was developed way before Ms. Quinn arrived on scene. The duchess has been with Action on Addiction since 2012.

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    8. A name! Laura Baker. Now I hope I can remember it so I don't keep thinking "the blonde lady" every time I see her. Thanks, Imke!

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  8. That picture with all the men stearing at her shoe made my day :D

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  9. Gorgeous! And great impromptu speech, also.

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  10. I love the coat, maybe I would have picked pants with it, not that short dress. Someone counted her number of blue coats and it is 22 now.

    I am not sure how I feel about that, she has just returned from a tour full of new items and that AM gown costs a fortune too. So I think she could have easily "recycled" any of her previous blue coats as well.

    People accused her of being a clothes horse, I dunno but 22 similar blue coats and she keeps adding. I have nothing against glam but I am again waste.

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    1. Did some research and I didn't get to 22, but it depends what one is counting. Let's even say it's 22. Some are for pregnancies, some are more formal and others more casual. Plus there are so many recycles, that it appears to be more than it is. I don't think that 22 is too much for someone of her station. I live a simple life in New York yet I have 16 coats because of different events and varied weather -- of course being a NYer all in black! 😎

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    2. I did the same thing, Lolo, and even counting light blue, navy blue, blue patterns, and the cobalt blue I still only came up with 15. If you spread those over pregnancy, event, and seasonal considerations it just not that much.

      I had to laugh at your NY all in black comment! I'm from CA and it's the opposite. What do you mean I need a coat? It's going to be how cold? Then I have to go shopping because sometimes a sweater just doesn't cut it!

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    3. The "blue coats" are not all similar. There are many styles, shades of blue, weight of fabric. Lots of variables.

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  11. I love that coat, elegant, minimalistic, the bow, the colour, it is a real Audrey Hepburn style, would also be great with trousers. I love her hair as well, much better than the bob with waves. Absolutely perfect!

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  12. This is a complete win for me. I love the bow at the neck and the minimalist structure is really quite lovely on a very pregnant body. The earrings are so gorgeous. Kate seems to really be embracing her royal role these days. I don't know if it's the success of the Heads Together campaign, her role as a wife and mother, or the more full-time royal status that has done it but she's confident in her speaking and she's embracing the opportunity to wear couture and great jewelry. Do we think the purse strings have been loosened a little as she's become a successful member of the family?

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    1. I totally agree Robin, Kate seems to be busy, busy, busy these days and that was the plan when she and William moved back to KP full time and put Charlotte into school.
      The coat: I love this color on Kate, it’s so vivid and flatters her, the bow is a lovely detail and I don’t mind the simplicity of the design because, as Jane said, the color can stand alone. Her great legs can handle the shorter length, I wish she would lower her heels in the later stages of pregnancy; makes this old lady nervous! Those earrings, well, GORGEOUS!
      I know many of you don’t love her shorter hair, but I really do. When I look back at pictures from other pregnancies, I think this length is much more flattering and I think she has been glowing lately.
      Glad you’re back, Jane. I was a bit worried about the delay but figured life got in the way!

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  13. Love the coat and I'm delighted with her "off the cuff" speech.
    Catching her heel in the grating could have been dangerous, but she dealt with it well. Wish I could say the same for the row of men, who looked frozen to the spot. Why did they have to choose to stand in a line immediately in front of the grating, so she had no alternative but to stand on it. The same thing happened at a Guard's St Patrick's day a few years ago
    Gentlemen, if there is a grating--avoid it.

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    1. Why didn't one of those men offer her an arm? Cads, every frozen one of them!

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    2. I agree, anon 3:56- in spirit.
      In reality, the episode may have lasted only a few seconds, not giving someone with perhaps a slower reaction enough time to respond.
      One responsibility of a PA is to visit a site ahead of an event to scout out just such hazards. Kate might have been advised against wearing stiletto heels--which actually surprised me, as she has been wearing "sensible" shoes often during this pregnancy. In fairness, though, who could have guessed that the greeters would position themselves like that?
      This assistant PS has seemed to be staying in close camera shot range of Kate. One previous photo showed her playing an almost comical dodge the camera performance in the background. It is jarring to me to see the various mugging expressions she makes for the camera. I think her appearance so close to Kate ruined what could have been a beautiful picture of Kate. The assistant PS's vacant stare reminds me of a look someone else once displayed in photos with Kate. I will be surprised if she lasts long accompanying Kate-unless she begins to model her superior's very circumspect, professional behavior at engagements.
      On the other hand, photographers go for the unusual shots. Editors select which photos get published. There could have been hundreds of shots showing the PA at a respectful distance or with her eyes downcast and not staring at the camera. Sophie modestly avoided looking directly at the camera and I notice Jason does as well. (where is Sophie?) It is impossible to know which photos give a fair accounting and which are meant to editorialise or send a message.

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    3. I agree, Jean. The positioning of the greeters made the situation very awkward for Kate. If she had taken a broad step to avoid the grate she would have ended up doing an unscheduled Tango with one of them, which might have put a real smile on his face. ;+)

      I wonder if the military-outfitted man feels somehow redeemed by Kate's mishap? And what prompted him to grip her shoulder? And is Kate making some sort of signal to her RPO with her hand? Also a strange bit. If the photo was taken while she was caught in the grate briefly, I could understand the grip . I don't think it was.
      Here's a thought--maybe Kate did it on purpose to make him feel better about his fall.;+) As the famous hostess who promptly dumped her tea in her lap following a guest's mishap.
      I suspect that is enough of my silliness for now. It is your fault, Jane, or choosing such entertaining pictures. Ha!

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    4. I noticed the hand also, she may have just been caught in a moment where there is no meaning or it may have been a bit of a reaction to being touched, when pregnant. When I was pregnant I became a bit hyper aware of being touched and did not want it.

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  14. I've read some shade over the years about how short her hemlines are, and I just roll my eyes. She has killer legs and I LOVE this kind of 60s sillhouette. I think she is becoming so confident in her role. I am thrilled to be able to visit this lovely blog every day, it always cheers me to see her and to read all the upbeat comments!

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  15. Kate's impromptu speech was charming, and we really see her warm and engaging side. Love today's look. Chic, classy and young.

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  16. I love the coat, especially the bow at the collar. Wish she would have had her hair pulled back in one of those cute ponytails she has done before so we could better see the bow!

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    1. Oh, definitely would have been better with a pony instead of down!

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  17. In addition to the Duchess looking fabulous, there are 3 great photos of the people behind Kate making interesting faces. I love the guy with the wide eyes in the picture with the water glass, like "Can you believe i'm this close to her!".

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  18. While I too feel she should have worn her hair up to expose the bow on this pretty coat, I think her hair looks great these days. It's a little longer than it was, and I love how she's been styling it. I hope she keeps her hair at this length from now on.

    Belle

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  19. She seems to be growing out her roots these days, I've already seen the grey hair on tour last week...

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    1. I was thinking about that just yesterday! She tends to go easy on the color when pregnant.

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    2. this may be a duplicate. She does seem to use a more gentle, i.e. less grey coverage hair color when pregnant. I actually think she has found a better product this pregnancy, one that covers a bit better without being so red and also here hair has been very shiny, grey really dulls your hair down. I like her hair this length and longer it is just the short side wings she tries out every few years that I really dislike.

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  20. Jane I love you, but just when I think I get what you prefer on the Duchess, you then throw another curve ball. Why isn't the coat a win? Is it because it doesn't have the long skirt flare that you like? (I love the skirt flare as well.) She'd have to get a coat custom made to cover her bump and have a skirt flare. I wish she would have taken her coat off, but I guess she just stopped by.

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    1. I think all Jane is saying is that we've seen this type of coat so much, it would have been nice to have some sort of interest rather than just the punch of color and a cute bow that really couldn't be seen because of Kate's hair. S

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    2. Hi Ari, I noticed that several of the comments seemed to suggest that my ultimate verdict might not have been entirely clear. I do think this coat is a win, but I didn't think it was a huge win. It wasn't a home-run. Overall, this isn't my favorite silhouette and the ensemble didn't have any embellishment that made me think, wow. Had she worn her hair in a chignon or a retro and we had a better look at the bow, etc, it would have bene wow. Had there just been a little more of a twist, maybe boots or something, it might have been wow. I liked the coat, loved the color, but it was just a tad too plain to hit the home-run category for me. But, I did think it was a win. :) Also, Anon 6:00 said it faster than I did, but yes. That's where I was going.

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    3. You can't win without home runs, Jane. ;+)
      What about one of the Queen's brooches? One of the flower basket ones. Or that large pearl one of Kate's. Of course, the Prince Albert sapphire would be stunning; but HM still wears that frequently and often with just that shade of blue--royal blue. (I wonder how many blue coats the Queen has?)
      I always thought the wearing of the brooch made the Queen's outer wear look at home when she wears it indoors.

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    4. Ok, understood. Yes, I didn't even realize there was a bow til you showed the Coat on the model.

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  21. I love the color and agree she looked lovely but the length just doesn't sit will with me. Perhaps it is a combination of the cut and length. I can't put my figure on it.

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