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Kate Hits the Slopes for Final Day in Norway

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

William and Kate closed out their almost week-long trip to Sweden and Norway last Friday (I am back-dating this post) with a day of final engagements. Accompanied by their hosts Crown Prince Haakon and Princess Mette-Marit, the two spent time Oslo and in the mountains outside the city.


First off, the four continued their focus on mental health with a visit to Hartvig Nissen School in Oslo. The school is the location for a hit tv-show that shines light on the pressures and challenges young people face today. The royals met students and fans who had gathered outside the school in anticipation of their visit.


And posed with the cast:

Kensington Palace
Afterward, Wills and Kate lunched at Prince Haakon and Mette-Marit's home, where they met the couple's labradoodles. This is a busier decor than the Swedish royals, or Kate and William's KP apartment, but I like it! It's been fun to see the different interiors on this trip. 

KP
Kate chose a Dolce & Gabbana coat for her final formal look of the trip. It is a beautiful design--fitted, with Kate's favorite double-breasted style, which actually works well here! That's quite a feat on a maternity coat, in my humble opinion. I particularly like the slanted pocket flaps, which work really well with her bump. 


The color of the coat was less of a hit for me. It photographed differently in various light (and I chose my preferred shade above), but it reminded me of Kate's rusty red Hobbs, which she loves and has pulled off successfully on more than one occasion (five times?!). I don't dislike the color, but if I had my druthers, it would either go brown or purple, rather than straddling the fence. 


Underneath, Kate was wearing this dress from Norwegian TiMo. Apparently, this is a favorite label of Mette-Marit, and if you recall, on Wednesday, Kate wore a coat by a label championed by the Swedish royal ladies. I love that Kate not only highlighted a national designer from each country, but that she chose designers that her hostesses prefer. A real solidarity move, if you ask me.

TiMo
Also, note that Kate never publicly took her coat off, so she clearly was counting on all the "Kate ladies" to ID her dress and spread the word that she had given this nod to TiMo. People think the royals don't pay attention to the outside chatter...but they do. :) 


In the afternoon, the four royals headed to one of Kate's favorite sport locales other than a tennis court--the ski slopes! 


The Cambridges got to visit the Holmenkollen where they saw the massive ski jump and the breathtaking mountains around Oslo.

KP

This area has been hosting winter competition since 1882, and boasts a ski museum, too, where the royals viewed all manner of ski paraphernalia, and learned more about the sport in which they love to indulge! 


Kate mentioned how George had given skiing a go on their holiday, despite the fact he was only 2 1/2 at the time. My favorite part of this final stop was the ski-jumping presentation the royals watched. Talk about a breathtaking feat! 
Sabina M messaged me on Instagram to ID this coat as Kjus, a Norwegian sport label. Kate's coat features white and (label-described) spicy orange. Spicy orange...Sounds a little like a sushi wrap, and kind of looks like one, too. 

I don't love orange in general, as I think you all know, and the stripes looked a little dated to me. So, it wasn't my favorite ski-ensemble from the Duchess. But, it was certainly fun to see her out and about in an environment she hasn't spent much time in since her marriage, but certainly an environment in which we were used to seeing her...once upon a time. As we roll into February and approach Valentine's Day, I am willing to take any opportunity to recall where this fairytale got its start. ;) 


Thanks for the messages on IG and email. I didn't mean to raise alarms with my silence. I am well, but I did hit some rocky road on this end that really took it out of me these past few days. It turns out you really do need a minimum number of hours of sleep a week to function properly...who knew!! I'm getting more sleep, and will be back on track. I apologize for the delay in this post!! xoxo, JCB

41 comments:

  1. Do not mind waiting on your posts/blog. Not to worry. Just appreciate and enjoy your view point, observations etc. Kate sure does enjoy outdoor activities as noted by all the glowing facial expressions. Jane, take care of yourself in all ways including rest.

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  2. I know what you mean about the stripes on the Kjus coat being somewhat dated. I actually thought that made it fun!
    Every photo I've seen of Kate in this D&G is amazing...you can barely tell she's pregnant. Super fit pregnancy, but also incredible tailoring. Thank you for posting, Jane! Hope you're feeling better.

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  3. Welcome back Jane :) So glad to hear all is well. I love the purple coat. It's amazing how Catherine doesn't even look pregnant in this coat in some shots. This is a slimming colour and design. I actually enjoy the colour. If we want to be smart a more accurate description of it would be puce, which is a brownish purple. Despite what she has worn, Catherine has looked glowing, healthy and happy throughout the tour.

    Interior design is one of my interests and so I have also loved a glimpse into the homes of the crown royals in both Sweden and Norway. I have found that I can enjoy a look that is not my own taste, but love the skill of putting different design elements together.
    ~Mo

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    1. I second that as well. Interior design was my minor in college and has remained one of my favorite interests through the years. One thing I've noticed in all the residences we've been able to peek inside is that they all have light colored carpeting - with kids! The privileges of having someone else to do the cleaning! I think that - minus the floofy bit in the middle - I like the coziness of Prince Haakon and Mette-Marit's home. Any time there are full bookcases, family photos, and a good fireplace I'm a happy camper! Their style seems much more English country than Scandinavian.

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    2. I just posted a similar viewpoint, Robin. Crossed in the mail. ;+) . My Mom had all white carpet and a white sofa in the formal area, but the children only went in there when with an adult. There was a less formal child-friendly "family room." I wonder if there is somewhat the same arrangement in the royal's homes?

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  4. Jane, I’m glad you’re back & thanks for the post! Hope you’re getting lots of much needed rest x
    The coat & the jacket weren’t my favourites, but the snowy scenery & that ski jump were fantastic! I’m not a fan of orange, either, but I think Kate managed to pull it off :)
    Thank you for the Valentines Day reminder & throwback pic at the end. I loved seeing their PDAs on the slopes when they were dating. They’re such a sweet couple!

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  5. Jane, I’m glad you’re back & thanks for the post! Hope you’re getting lots of much needed rest x
    The coat & the jacket weren’t my favourites, but the snowy scenery & that ski jump were fantastic! I’m not a fan of orange, either, but I think Kate managed to pull it off :)
    Thank you for the Valentines Day reminder & throwback pic at the end. I loved seeing their PDAs on the slopes when they were dating. They’re such a sweet couple!

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    1. Whoops, sorry for the duplicate!

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  6. Happy to see you back, Jane, and glad you are getting some rest. The body takes what it needs when it needs it whether you're a willing participant or not! I think the mini tour a great success for the Cambridges. They looked to be having a wonderful time and I hope strong bonds were formed between them and these other royal couples. Now I'm off. I'm in Amsterdam this week and the museums open in 45 minutes! Tot ziens!

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    1. Have a great trip, Robin!

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    2. Nice!!! Enjoy and stay safe, Robin.

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    3. Thanks! I've walked my feet off today and it was only 29ºF out there! But, Rembrandt sends his regards to one and all.

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    4. 😀 Stay warm.

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  7. No apologies necessary, Jane. Take care of yourself and feel better.

    I agree with your analysis of the fashion here, I will just offer this... the stripes on the ski jacket do have a slimming effect. Perhaps that was the thought behind it.

    And as far as decor is concerned, I really like it. Books, books, and more books. I think it is warm and inviting. In my opinion, Victoria and Daniels was too minimalist.

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    1. Right with you on the decor, royalfan!

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    2. The use of subdued colors and pastels seems to be a theme, royalfan. The décor of the three couples seems a cross between English Country and French Provincial, to my non-expert view. I like it. I only wonder how toddler-friendly the rooms are. I thought the KP room we saw during President Obama's visit was more formal than this room and may have been a more public area, not a usual family retreat. I think the Queen has sitting rooms that give off an ambiance of hominess and informality when entertaining some guests and in photographed situations.
      I am imaging what would have happened to all those books and knick-knacks if my toddlers had been turned loose in that room. ;+) My year-old grandson lined a bunch of books up in a train-like formation.

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    3. Anon1, I agree with your analysis of the decor. And did you count the candles? NINE lit candles...talk about brave. 😊

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    4. "white sofas" has been in fashion since some years ago all around Europe, they can be cleaned with ammonia easily...

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    5. French provincial?? Do you mean "provenzal"?? witch is next to Italy and Monaco?? The whites are more grey or cream,(dirty chick) and the furniture is old or/stripping...showing that the time has passed. In England , otherwise nothing is white.
      Scandinavian is more minimalist and cold, new, useful....

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    6. I meant "dirty chic" sorry....

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  8. The stripes on the coast really cover up the bump. I'm not sure why she wants to avoid looking pregnant, but each to their own. Crown princess Mette-Marit's ski outfit would also have fitted over a baby bump.... but Kate likes the trim look I guess.

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    1. It is an optical illusion, similar to the design that was popular a few years ago. People liked it because it made the waist appear smaller. The eye will follow the curve of the pattern instead of the shape of the actual figure. Of course, for pregnancy, this will only work from the front view. Some forums seemed to publish the front view, instead of the form-revealing side-view. I am sure Kate did not have a say in whether the pregnancy-obvious side view or more stream-lined front view was published.
      One need only think back to the dancing bear pink dress photos and a number of others to realise that her "bump" appearance relates to camera viewpoint, not some secret wish of Kate's to deny her pregnancy or as an expression of vanity--a popular spin in some forums.
      Although... the use of the word "bump" and preoccupation there-of would have inspired me to either wear a pup tent or stay behind doors for nine months. Instead she is out and about, smiling, and trying to not make the focus of every event be her changing shape.

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    2. I, too, do not believe she is obsessed with or hiding her pregnancy. I simply see it as modest and classy choices on Kate's part.

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  9. Jane, thank you for continuing to keep this blog up even though you are one very busy girl. I would miss your perspective terribly if you ever gave up on juggling your career with the blog. I can wait a few days if need be. On to Kate. All together a great royal visit to Norway and Sweden. I enjoyed seeing them interact with royals of other countries but the British Royal Family is still tops in my book.

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  10. For the love of all that is holy whey does she keep her coat on inside? Even in their living room. So bizarre.

    Carry on...

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    1. Jane--you said "See you tomorrow! and when you did not, it set off my alarms. You are not known for breaking promises. So glad you are back but your health and well-being come first.

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    2. lol! I have to agree with you on this one. I can see it when visiting schools, hospitals, or other types of places but inside someone's home did strike me as odd. Besides, I like that dress! I hope she wears it again sans the coat.

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    3. Perhaps they had finished lunch and put on their coats to go out and then someone wanted the photo.
      Or perhaps she was just cold.

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    4. The coat......timing we are not privy to, IMO.

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    5. Omgosh I was thinking the same thing about her wearing her coat in their living room. It almost seems a little impolite to not take your coat off and sit there all buttoned up. Everyone else looks relaxed and comfortable. And if you go to all the trouble of wearing a dress by a designer Mette-Marit favors wouldn't you want it to be seen? -J

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  11. The striped jacket is flattering. That makes it fine with me.

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  12. This must be true, I saw it on the internet :) But I read that the royals can not take their coat off if it can't be done in private. If that is the case, kinda ridiculous don't you think? Maybe Meghan will help the royals evolve on this one. betsy

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  13. I think the ski jacket has quite a retro feel to it. Take care Jane.

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  14. I am going to comment on the" coat on inside" subject. On another blog, the subject was initially dropped into a pleasant post discussion and received little response. The same (or another) anonymous then continued to bring up the subject until the desired reaction, I assume, resulted: the hijacking of the comment section. I hope that isn't what is going on here.

    Since Kate had removed her coat when the Swedish tea photos were taken and has done so whenever wearing a heavier outdoor-type coat at other times, there obviously was a reason for the coat remaining on in that photo. An issue with the dress--a rip or spill, for example.
    We also don't know why Mette-Marit did not wear a coat when standing out in the freezing weather. I am sure someone can come up with a reason for that. I only ask that those same people also give Kate the benefit of the doubt.
    Because we don't know the reason. We also don't know if she removed her coat for the private, apparently non-publically photographed luncheon.
    There was a reason.
    By the way, throwing a comparison to Meghan, a known argument starter, into the mix gives credence to my opinion that this is a subject meant to cause dissension in an otherwise pleasant discussion.

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    1. I posted the comment about Meghan. No need to infer my comment to be any deeper than the simple observation that it is. The Royals' habits about their coats are unusual compared to the rest of us, and simply a source of wonderment. :)

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  15. Anon1....You fascinate me!

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  16. New royal blue Goat coat today! Looking as gorgeous as always.

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    1. Yes! And I love it with the black accessories.

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  17. When I was in middle school (private), during winter months we were allowed to wear black tights under our skirts. Something about the contrast in shades of black from my uniform skirt, the tights, and my shoes turned me off completely in ever consciously wearing black tights and suede pumps. The duchess is giving me that confidence back.

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  18. Jane: Please take care of yourself! I follow a few Kate blogs and, although your posts may be later, I enjoy your writing style the most. And though we all love following HRH’s adventures, it’s certainly nothing worth losing your health over! Thanks for all you do w the site and best wishes to you!

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  19. I like the color and fit of the Dolce & Gabbana coat, but not the buttons so much. The original buttons, which I saw on another Kate site, were plainer but nicer, in my opinion.

    This has been my favorite tour ever! I’m fascinated by the Scandinavian winter wonderland setting. There were some really stunning photos this time around. I really wish the tour had lasted longer (although I realize that it must have been exhausting for Kate).

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