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Kate Is Magnificent in Dark Green at the BAFTAs!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Tonight the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the BAFTA awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Obviously, it is a star-studded event and is one of the most glamorous (if not the most glamorous) events the couple attends. With only a little over two months to her due-date, Kate had to wear something new, and she didn't disappoint as she arrived to the red carpet wearing a breathtaking Jenny Packham! 


William is the President of BAFTA and in the early years of their marriage, Kate didn't always attend with him, so it has been lovely to see her at his side these past two years. 


William and Kate always enter the auditorium last while the guests stand, and are always seated in the front. I think this is probably one of the more surreal/bizarre entrances this couple probably experiences. It's not like walking into the royal box and giving a wave, it is a legitimate walk down that long aisle while everyone stares. 



Prince William penned a forward for the program in which he made a short mention of the sexual harassment scandal that is plaguing Hollywood and the film industry...more on that at the end of the post.  

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Kate's ink-blue Jenny Packham remains her most successful maternity red-carpet appearance, but I think we forget how much more advanced she is at this stage than she was in New York. There was no way this dress was going to fit her tonight, but it is entirely clear that Kate took inspiration from it when sitting down with Jenny P to map out tonight's creation.


Drawing on the ink-blue original was definitely a smart move. Tonight's flowing gown was slimming while also highlighting all the best about her pregnant figure. Kate was absolutely radiant with life and striking beauty...and those smokey eyes! Wow. When I saw the pictures I was absolutely star struck. 


Kate and JP shortened the sleeves and added a hint of train that ballooned behind the princess as she made her way up the stairs. 


For her accessories, Kate turned again to the same stunning suite of emeralds she wore in New York. It turns out those earrings are convertible! I liked the dramatic drops at the Met, but I think I prefer tonight's iteration.  Kate also wore the bracelet, and added a breathtaking necklace. These sparklers were a wedding gift to Kate from an undisclosed admirer. ;) I love how lavish they are, and was absolutely delighted to see them again tonight.


This was a magnificent win for me. I loved the dress and the va va voom Kate brought to the red carpet. She is certainly blooming, as they say, and pregnancy never looked so darn sexy. The only drawback to this dress is the terribly placed seam right down the front. I am sure it blends in just fine in the studio when the dress is at rest, but under the flash and in motion, it sadly shows in almost every photo. Oh well, I am not letting that get in the way of what will be one of Kate's SuperStar looks! 


Ok, I wrote the post so you can skip all the drama is it is not your cup of tea. Heaven knows this place is supposed to be an escape, right? But, I am going to add some brief commentary, because it is impossible to escape it tonight. I knew Kate wouldn't wear black, and I think it was very appropriate of her to avoid what can be, for some, a divisive movement. As a royal, she made a very remarkably strong statement regardless, by including the black velvet ribbon (which trailed down the back of the dress--very unusual and a deliberate tool to highlight the ribbon, I think) and by wearing emeralds, which have been associated with the Suffragettes and, apparently, is a symbol of feminine strength. As one of the most senior women, in the most prestigious, surviving monarchy today, Kate has to be seen as above the drama of the day. I've seen some people try to argue Times Up is not political, but just the fact we are all up in arms over the color of Kate's dress, proves that it is a divisive issue. It isn't that anyone (publicly) supports sexual harassment or abuse, but there is sharp disagreement on why this environment came to be, who truly fosters it, and how it should be addressed. The pressure put upon Kate certainly created a conundrum, but by nodding to the spirit of the movement, while maintaining some royal distance, she held the line on the role that a modern royal must play today. Royals have to represent everyone or no one. Many people support the Times Up movement. Many who abhor sexual harassment and abuse do not support the Times Up movement. I am very proud of Kate for working this compromise, because it is crucial for her family's institution that she remain neutral when society fractures. 


I have no problem if you support Times Up. Please feel free to high in, but as always, let's keep teh debate pleasant. 

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  1. I have to say that I don't agree: this isn't one of Kate's patronages so there was no reason for her to attend if she was that afraid of causing controversy. If Kate is going to continue not to speak all that much in public, her clothes are one of the only ways we can occasionally read in to her behavior, choices, and values. If she's that concerned about pleasing people who view battling sexual assault and harassment as a divisive issue, I don't know what to do with her.

    People like to say she's a master of using her clothes to send messages and she's worn clothing/accessories that have been part of campaigns and had overt messages before. See the Heads Together sweatband, EACH bracelets, Team GB scarf, etc. All of these choices could have been viewed as controversial but Kate chose to use her platform to lend her support. She willingly walked into an event where an entire industry is reevaluating its values and chose to make the discussion about how she isn't lending support to an entire social movement.

    And the emeralds, while lovely, don't even go with her dress.

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    1. Emeralds do go with her dress. Emeralds are green and her dress is green. You are looking to find fault. And please do not confuse American fad "activism" which demands total compliance with its irrational rules or else with the role of a heavily pregnant future queen of England. Don't even confuse the confused state of American employment situations (newsflash Hollywood is not the end all and be all of acting and theatrical talent) with the state of employment and gender relations globally (or even in the US).

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    2. I'm genuinely puzzled why anyone thinks it's a divisive issue?
      I guess no one has ever had to endure a lecherous boss, a struggle to find a new job to get away from him, even if it means leaving one you love. I guess no one else was discussed and evaluated in meetings on whether others think your outfits are sexy enough, or you look fed up cos you need to "get some" (and not cos you have a lecherous boss)
      I guess no one else had to feel the pit in their stomach, the absolute fear and panic, when called into his office alone.
      I did. I didn't say anything, I'm not that brave. I wish I was. And it was well known in the office and women talked about how awful he was and nothing was ever done. I ended up leaving and living on my savings till another job came through. And I barely made it. I'm younger than Kate, but close in age. And a lot of women who are in her age range, have to work and deal with this sh*t all the time, from bosses or professors.
      I wish Kate had worn something, something like last year's dress even, something more significant. Because she can. And it would have been amazing. And I would have been cheering.
      I cheered when they talked about mental health and online bullying. What about the mental health of harassed women? What about the way we are bullied by more powerful men? Is wanting women to be safe divisive?
      Sorry Jane I love your blog but she blew it tonight. She looks great but wrong night for this.

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    3. Danielle - I completely agree. If the conundrum was so distressing, stay home. There is nothing political about standing in solidarity with victims of sexual harassment and violence; which is both a social and mental health issue. Others in the royal family, most notably Camilla and Harry, have spoken out on domestic violence. Violence and sexual harassment also is an issue that aligns with Heads Together. You can't in one instance say come out of the shadows, speak up when the topic is mental health, then not stand up when the sexual abuse is fomented by anger and mental illness. Supporting the victims of violence in the very industry that BAFTA represents should be a primary concern of the Patron. I am sorely disappointed that Catherine did not dress in black. A black ribbon and accessories is a cop out. Having said that, she looks beautiful. I love the dress on her and the styling.

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    4. Agreed. Also, the emeralds would have WOWed against a black dress...

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    5. Dear Danielle,

      I hope this article can help with your disappointment. I believe that Kate chose to dwell on the future tonight, to be optimistic but still somber enough: https://www.wmagazine.com/story/emerald-jewelry-golden-globes-2018-red-carpet

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    6. I do not think, her only way to send signals is her look. She is a human being with a mouth. She will tell on occasions what she thinks, but I think we all know. To really support a case is not up to your clothes.

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    7. In Kate's defense, the dress she worn is clearly not an "off the rack" piece and was probably in the works for months. The call for all women to wear black was made only weeks ago. Also, at 8 months pregnant, it's not as though she can just pull another dress from her closet and have it "work". I think the emeralds WERE chosen to make a statement. Many women wore them at the Golden Globes to signify hope renewal and growth.

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    9. Disagree with your generalisation here. There is no controversy here in the UK. Quite the contrary. Many are understanding Kate's decision to remain neutral with the subtle nods she included. I, along with some other, think it's a masterful execution. Not wearing black does not mean not supporting women's rights! My goodness. And to those who feel Times Up isn't political, I suggest you read the many recent events that have snowballed from harassment and "men of power" issues. Ministers have lost their jobs here. Oxfam just last week. Yes, all movements in the right direction, no doubt, but highly political and one that members of the Royal family should maintain neutral about at least until all legal proceedings have been resolved.

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  2. I didnt recognize the meaning behind the emerald jewelry. Significant.

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    1. Plus green is the colour of Suffragettes - a women's movement giving them the right to vote in the early 1900s here. It's a British movement so others may not know its significance.

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  3. Is that a new purse or a recycle? I'm loving the green and am so happy she has gone back to such a gorgeous design. Jenny Packham truly deserves to be in all the museum exhibits that will come showcasing Kate's most iconic outfits.

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  4. I am SO annoyed about the debate over this dress. The British monarchy does not get involved in politics, movements or trending hashtags. They do not dress to underline slactivist BS. On an American fashion blog that I follow there was uproar about this. And all that really shows is that Americans do not understand the way that British royal functions. They do not get the difference between a head of state (the Queen) and the head of state (the POTUS) and the need to maintain that difference. WTG Catherine Cambridge - you rocked the neutral support.

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    1. I don't disagree that the debate got a bit heated online today, but this is the same monarchy that has indeed started their own hashtags (#okaytosay), leveraged social media and engaged celebrities in support of their causes. Nearly all of their charitable issues have policy implications and from landmines to climate change to HIV/Aids awareness, any number of British royals have been at the forefront of championing societal change that can be divisive. I don't care if people want to defend Kate's choice this evening, but let's not frame it as though everyone else is only annoyed out of ignorance.

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    2. I think here in the states it important to realize that in the UK the Prime Minister is more correctly compared to the POTUS. They are both elected officials with political ties and opinions. The BRF are publicly neutral no matter how they may feel about different issues so that they can be representatives of all the people. I think if more people behaved this way there wouldn't be such divisiveness in the world. I've unfollowed almost everyone except family members on FB because it's depressing how hateful people can be when arguing their particular side of an issue.

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    3. Slacktivist ..heh. Many of Kate's interests support girls and women---from the Scouts to parents whose children have incurable illnesses, to mental health issues. Harassing a woman about a dress color while decrying harassing women gets confusing.
      I thought Kate looked beautiful--gown made her green eyes a feature.

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    4. Wonderfully stated! But, please do not blame all Americans. Not all of us are knuckleheads (Translation: Not all of us are stupid people)!

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    5. Wonderfully stated! Please understand that not all Americans think alike. There are still some of us left with common sense and our heads screwed on straight.

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    6. I agree totally. I am in UK and DOC has navigated this issue beautifully. Would the queen have worn black if attending? Absolutely not. She looked beautiful and stayed above the drama. None of you should have expected her to be involved. She showed her support subtly in the only way she could. No drama in the UK at all. Just media muck raking.

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    7. She stayed above the drama. How true. And how admirable

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  5. Thanks for your measured response...I'm 100% with you on this! She is not an average celebrity, who is beholden only to herself (or her publicist) for wardrobe choices. I'm of the suspicion that she may have had explicit instructions not to wear black, or to explicitly tip her hand one way or the other with regards to the advertised dress "code" for the evening. Some have pointed out that the emeralds may not be the best choice to pair with this color dress, which makes me think they may not have been the originally planned accessories. Perhaps she learned of the significance of the emerald as a secondary nod of support, and chose to sub in her magnificent emeralds as her own hat tip to the movement against sexual abuse, if not TimesUp in particular. Even if that's not the case, the choice of emeralds was definitely not an accident. She did the best she could have done with the position she's in. Also, in the no-flash photos I've seen on social media, the dress absolutely appears black (for whatever that's worth to the dress code police).
    -TMM

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    1. Deb, my comment agreeing with you, along with my own brief remarks HA! been etherised.
      To summarize:
      The women's equality movement and efforts to combat victimization of minorities and the weak
      have been around for eons with varying leaders, symbols, slogans, and names/acronyms. Remember NOW? Sounds a little like TimesUp to me.

      Historically, many of these movements have morphed into efforts to promote a political agenda. In the News today are articles about giving accusers of a certain politician a new voice. It is no coincidence that this comes in the midst of the MeToo/ Times/Up initiatives.

      No matter what Catherine's personal wishes and opinions are, she cannot risk being seen in the future as having approved what shows signs of being used as a power play.
      It is sad that the brave voices who initially spoke up are being drowned-out by those who used their pain as a springboard for their own ends.

      Finally, in spite of everything, Catherine managed to show her respect for the causes and
      to look GORGEOUS and appropriate while doing it.anon1

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    2. HAHA! and now my second attempt to reply to Deb Brewer 6:46 AM has been placed in the wrong thread. Hope you find it, Deb.anon1

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    3. I agree with you completely anon1. I feel bad for the initial women who spoke up about this because they are being exploited for all sorts of reasons.

      The "casting couch" has been around in Hollywood since the 1930s. It's not a new development and all of these "outraged" actors and actresses who have sloughed it off with a wink and a nod for decades and decades until it became politically correct or some twisted sort of popular to gasp and be offended, are out there for the whole world to see. Even those who have come forward and said "It happened to me but I said 'no' when it did" are just as guilty for not bringing it to the public's attention. They say they reported it but to who? They go to the media with everything else so why did this take so long? Does anybody think Diane Sawyer or Barbara Walters wouldn't have investigated this 30 years ago if they'd known? Two brave women came forward and now every actress who was ever winked at is claiming "me too" and doing a huge disservice to those women who have been victimized by predators. I have zero respect for Hollywood. They cry moral outrage at everything while they make millions from depicting exactly what they hate for a paycheck.

      As for Kate, she is being victimized by those who claim they are standing up for women while they belittle her for something as inconsequential as choosing what color of dress to wear. What a hypocrisy!

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    4. Yes. The hypocrisy in all this is almost palpable, Robin.
      I am sure, however, that most who reach the top have first hand or at least gossip level knowledge of the SOP--standard Operating Procedure. The watchword was--"Don't rock the boat."
      It is also astounding and frightening to me what the human mind can accept as normal in order to survive and what lies and evasions we use to protect our normal. At one time in my employment life I thought it was normal and therefore right that men were paid more than women. I was used to it and never thought to question what was an everyday part of my life.
      One reason child abuse can go on for years without detection is that both the child and the abuser must believe it is normal, as least initially..
      To be fair, I think part of this mind-set was the reason these MeToo abuses and the employment inequality have been tolerated so long. It is normal and therefore right.
      We know better now.
      I think the solution involves teaching what is right. Unfortunately, one institution for moral instruction became one of the first to be called to judgement for taking advantage of those without power. That leaves the schools, community, and the family to build the confidence in a child that empowers him to say "No. You aren't allowed to do that to me." Child-empowerment is one focus of Kate's. She has spoken about it and supports ideas and organisations that offer opportunities that expand a child's choices and ability to manage, whether it be through physical health and exercise or mental health. anon1.




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  6. Just wondering, why do some people who abhor sexual harassment not support the times up movement? Is it because it’s mostly run by liberals? Do you think a woman’s place is in the kitchen? Do you think it’s hypocritical? I think the times up movement is not political and that it’s just a common sense movement that says that a man or woman cannot sexually or physical abuse somebody and get away with it because you are rich and powerful. But that’s just my opinion so please feel free to explain to me why some people(woman) don’t support it. And also Jane, would you say the same thing about Kate dressing neutral if it was a movement you supported?

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    1. The common sense movement would have been Hollywood pushing out known abusers decades ago. They didn't and so are now trying to make up for it through what amounts to a splashy marketing campaign. It is 100% possible to fully support the idea that no person should be subjected to harassment and bullying but think the Times Up movement is nothing more than a fad.

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    2. I am not Jane, but would feel exactly the same way if she stayed neutral towards a movement I supported. She cannot be anything else than neutral. And your comment proves the time's up movement is political. You said it was run by liberals. It is not a spontaneous reaction of society. It is very much orchestrated. To what end? Putting the emphasis on what women wear? I don't understand it.

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    3. Yes you are right, this should have been taken care of decades ago, but I have been reading various articles about how woman did complain about harassment but were shut down because the abuser was powerful and brought in lots of money. This movement address the issue of rich and powerful men silencing brave woman who came forward. Therefore the phrases was coined #Timesup as in stop silencing woman. And anon 11:46. This movement is a spontaneous reaction to society. Sexual harassment is not a political issue it’s a human right issue. Just because a group of people who started it happened to be liberal doesn’t mean it’s not worth supporting. I hate that we have become so tribal that a human rights issue is not worth supporting if it’s not started by your political party. What’s next, not supporting children who are being abused by their parents just because it’s started by a liberal or conservative? If that eventually happens then we truly are a fractured society.

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    4. And this movement is about championing a person’s right to decide what happens to their body without fear of backlash. She chose to dress in green. True believers in the movement should be celebrating her right to make that decision for herself based on the criteria that matter to her. The bullying because of her choice is hypocritical! It seems that some of those who support the cause are looking for somewhere to go with their hurt and anger and many have focused on Kate’s dress.

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    5. 9:27, by attaching a liberal or conservative label to this movement you have just proven that you're wrong. It is a political beast. Did Jane say she didn't support the movement? Do you think that a woman who stays home to raise her children thinks sexual harassment is OK? I'm not quite sure what you're saying when you're talking out of both sides of your mouth.

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    6. Anon 1:48, Times Up is not a spontaneous reaction - it is an organized campaign in one industry (which happens to have an atrocious track record). It is also not the only way for someone to express her opinion about sexual harassment, and quite frankly there is nothing liberal about forcing women into black dresses through coercion and shame. I say this as a liberal American who is able to distinguish a marketing campaign for what it is. I support Hollywood’s efforts to correct its historical issues but I don’t understand why anyone would find it reasonable to expect a member of the British royal family to get involved. More importantly it’s entirely possible for a person to wear a black gown or a Times Up pin and not actually believe in changing the status quo *and* equally possible that a woman who opts to chose her own clothing can make an actual difference through her daily actions.

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  7. I 100% agree with everything, Jane (yet again!). First of all, the dress, the hair, the makeup, the JEWELS, were spectacular. And her gorgeous bump and figure - perfection. She looked like an absolute queen. As for the color, I think she hit the perfect note. I have some issues with this movement and "dress code." Mainly, we are staunch feminists until a woman does something we don't like, right? I mean... why are we putting the onus on women to change the problem? How many women disagree with aspects of the movement yet are wearing black because their careers might be ruined if they didn't? How many women worked with and protected child abusers and rapists in Hollywood? The uproar seems to hit a note so contrary to what the movement "should be" about.

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  8. I can’t get past all the makeup. On the dress... damned if she do damned if she don’t

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  9. This might be a silly question but does it work with those earrings when they can convert from dramatic drops to studs? Which section has the post?

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    1. Anon 9:41- I also wondered about the various possibilities for the set. I think the pendant on the necklace may be part of one of the original earrings. I have noticed this use in other sets. I think the Scandinavians, particularly the Swedish royals, are known for versatile jewelry.

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    2. I was wondering about the pendant being part of the original earrings too. It seems that those earrings in both their forms - white stunningly gorgeous - would be awfully heavy on the ears.

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  10. I wrote another comment that may have been eaten or may be lost in moderation, but I wanted to add how disheartening it is to see such venom piled on Kate online for this choice. That kind of hyper-policing makes me want to engage on important issues LESS, because look what awaits you if you put a pinky toe out of line! Which I hope is the opposite reaction that folks want when seeking people to join their cause.
    -TMM

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    1. You should not be surprised at how many in this blog have heaped hate on Kate. That is the norm now. Especially on social media, if you do not do or say what the majority wants, they'll pull you apart limb from limb and then will congratulate each other. The person who publishes this blog allows all this abuse to be piled on Kate because: the larger the amount of people who comment on her blog, the more she gains. I'm sure that she'll never publish this comment. She'll delete it on sight!

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    2. Well, Cecile, I ,for one, wish she had but understand why she didn't.anon1
      "Heaped hate?"

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    3. Cecile you must be new here. Her name is Jane and she is lovely and kind and rises above such incendiary attacks. We love her and are grateful she takes the time to moderate the comments.

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  11. Erdem - no; Packham - YES!! Now this is evening wear. Beautiful lines and those emeralds are incredible! This is a big win all the way around. For me the emeralds actually work better with this shade of green than with the ink blue. I think Kate was respectful wearing a dark color knowing of the whole "movement" issue but I have to disagree that the black ribbon and the emeralds were anything other than design choices and she looked gorgeous! I hope she isn't going on maternity leave after this event. Is there anything else on the docket?

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    1. Robin, I tried to reply earlier, but yes, there are several events n the docket, including: one event today, with Sophie, at BP; two events with William, in Sunderland, on the 21st; two events on the 27th, solo, highlighting maternal and newborn health, and promoting nursing, giving a speech to launch Nursing Now; one event, solo, on Feb. 28th, at the NPG,where she will promote a new exhibit, "Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography", which links nicely with Kate's university thesis.

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    2. Totally agree Robin, Kate was beautiful. She took my breath away when I saw the first pictures last night. I love her that shade of green, the dress flowed beautifully and those emeralds!

      Jane, you were spot on with your comments regarding the fashion and the DoC’s decision not to wear black. I was actually awaiting this event nervously because I knew she wouldn’t wear black and that she was going to be raked over the coals for it.
      I would like to add, and not to spark any further debate because I am not going to engage, I find it ironic and somewhat hypocritical that people who are looking to ban together in support of a cause would marginalize and spew vitriol at person who clearly was trying to show support, albeit in a more subdued way and within the boundaries of what SHE felt was appropriate for her, for a cause which has made many women feel marginalized.
      My two cents.

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    3. Yes! Robin. Lots coming up. I think she is close to entering her final month and I doubt she will make the shamrock ceremony, however. I think after February 28-March 8 will see the last for awhile. anon1

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    4. Thank you! I never have success accessing the court circular or upcoming visits anywhere. I have to depend on you ladies to help out!

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  12. Kate looked absolutely gorgeous tonight. The color and cut of the dress was perfection on her. While I've been rooting for her longer hair to come back, it was glossy and bouncy.

    Who cares if she wore black or not! Anyone can wear a black outfit for a night, but Kate champions mental health in women on a regular basis. Our culture is all about buzzwords, hashtags, and going viral on social media. While that may bring more awareness to a cause, it doesn't take much investment from the participants. Working behind the scenes as Kate does to support mental health in women requires true commitment. She knocked it out of the park!!

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  13. She looks beautiful and regal & this is a perfect dress for this stage of pregnancy. Full marks in the style department.
    However, I have to disagree on the decision not to wear black. I don't think Times Up, a movement only promoting women's equality and the end of sexual harassment & assault in the workplace, is particularly political. This is simply a humanitarian cause, which is what the royal family essentially exists to promote. In fact, the Duchess of Cornwall does quite a bit of work with sexual assault survivors and often uses her platform to draw attention to sexual violence issues.... I don't see this as much different than that work. Their decision to have Kate not wear black seems a bit out of touch, in an old guard way that this younger generation of royals has actually done quite a bit to change.
    Granted, I write this as an American, and an Angeleno at that, so I am aware I may be biased (haha), but I do think this will read as at least disappointing, and at most, insulting, to a lot of people.
    I'm also a HUGE fan of Kate & the royal family, and was at one time a Londoner, so I'm not coming from a critical place at all...

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    1. You know it's political because of the abuse heaped on the women who fault to wear black. The movement and it's required virtue signaling is at least partly about who is "in" and who is "out" in the new Hollywood order as things settle down post-scandal. The idea that Times Up is a purely humanitarian cause is just good marketing.

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  14. And as usual your comments are spot on!
    My emotions towards the dress have been sad then amazed then neutral and then good.
    I agree with 10000%, due to her Royal Position this was the right choice because Monarchy is not supposed to be political.
    Having said though, a part of me is sad that she didn't wear black but like you said, she supported the movement in different and subtle ways.

    Great post! Great views!
    Oh! and she looked Divine!! It was perfection (with the exception of the seam at the front) the look itself is Amazing Perfection! One of her best looks yet!

    Thanks Jane!

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  15. Love that Kate is actually wearing some colour on her nails, rather than the usual none or almost transparent colour that she normally wears - it very much added to the glamourous look

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  16. I don't think there's any 'right' answer to whether Kate should have worn black. That said, I would never in a million years be comfortable showing up to my husband's event wearing green, interrupting what that group of women is attempting to do (project solidarity). This would have been a night that I would have chosen to stay home and not serve as a distraction, leaving tongues wagging about whether I did or did not support the Time's Up movement. Give me some Indian food and Netflix and leave me at home on the couch, thanks.

    This dress is pretty 'blah' to me. She was wise to play up her makeup and her jewels to elevate the look, so I applaud that choice. From far away her makeup looks good but a bit muddy up close - much prefer last year's look. And that seam! Ugh, that seam. It's just awful; even Project Runway would reject that. Not breaking into my Top 5 tonight.

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    1. I can just imagine how that would play out. If she did not show up the papers would have suggested it was an insult.

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  17. I really dislike the dress.It doesn’t suit her figure.But the jewellery is great!

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    1. Pray tell, what would YOU have Kate wear to suit her very pregnant figure to your distinguished taste? Maybe a burqa would have rattle your chain?

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    2. Sophia, that is an unnecessarily nasty response to Candice’s statement. All she said was that she disliked the dress and did not think it flattered Kate s figure. Please remember to be nice.

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    3. She is so pregnant how can you come up with what would be suitable for her figure? It's this or a potato sack.

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    4. Wow, maybe Candice has some design details she would change, let’s allow for differing opinions, please.

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      My point was that this was not an attractive look for her.I think something in floral design would have suited her more.Floral design would have slightly shifted the focus off her bump and would have resulted in a more attractive look in my eyes.

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  18. I believe her dress is a bridal design from Jenny Packham...they just changed the color.

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  19. I also don't understand all the press tonight about Kate opting to wear green as opposed to black. In her position, she cannot be overtly supporting the Me Too/Time's Up campaign, as worthy as it is. Kate looks absolutely smashing tonight. My only question is where have those emeralds been since 2011 (assuming there were a wedding gift)? She's worn them publicly only twice in nearly seven years??? They are stunning, stunning, stunning. Finally, Kate is fully embracing her position as a senior royal lady and dressing the part with aplomb!

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  20. I loved her whole ensemble tonight. I do enjoy seeing Kate mix up her make-up a little, particularly for gala events such as this. The colour of her gown is both beautiful and respectful. The jewellery would have been the envy of most of the celebs.

    On the topic of not wearing black, it could be said that there is a certain superficiality about linking such a serious cause to a dress code or colour. And - the hyberbole surrounding the decision not to wear black is unhelpful in changing attitudes. I'm not in any doubt that Kate supports the principles of that cause; her work and behaviours are living proof of her long-term commitment to fairness and equality.


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  21. I don't think wearing a team gb scarf was divisive in GB. It was their whole country's team. Ditto the other clothing choices for charity. She isn't going to be overtly expressing anything that clashes with her role for the crown. Women who are harassed and abused frequently need decent metal health care- her signature cause. Often the children and families of victims need help to get the support they need to survive as well. Her signature work is in support of women and their families in metal health crises- it just doesn't get more supportive of all women than that.
    What makes me a bit queasy is the twitter pile up on a pregnant woman. Lucky she has thick skin.

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  22. I dislike the color of this dress. I wish she would have gone for a bolder color (though I appreciate that in certain light it *does* look black - that was her compromise). I am one such person who is an advocate against sexual assault and domestic violence who doesn't necessarily "support" this movement. If anything, women should be wearing the most garish, bright colors - to celebrate life and *to be visible*! I wish KM would have gone with a bold, striking color, rather than this particular shade of....green? I guess? It's not to my taste. The structure of the dress is utterly drool-worthy, and she looks gorgeous, as always. If I had any criticism it would be that black is too easily ignored. Black is the color of morning, of death. This is the birth of a new phase of women's rights, gender equality, protections (for women AND men) against domestic abuse....I want to see bold colors. I want women to be visible! If I have any criticism, it certainly isn't for the duchess. In truth, I have no real criticism for anyone. I appreciate the dedication many women have made to support this movement (I don't love it, but I definitely won't advocate against it - the momentum is incredible!), but at the end of the day, women should be FREE TO CHOOSE WHAT THEY WEAR! The controversy surrounding her wardrobe is yet another example of the enslavement of women. End rant. 

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    1. I agree with everything you said so I heartily thank you. This color thing is getting out of hand. I just feel that all this talk about not wearing a preferred color and if you deviate in any way look out. This is totally not right. It certainly does not mean Kate does not support the cause for women (or men since there were men who were harassed too). This is verbal pouncing. Women need to support each other no matter what they freely chose to wear. It should not matter in the grand scheme of an important cause that can be expressed in other ways other than conformity to a dress code. Kate was totally appropriate.

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    2. I heartily agree with V and Katharine here. I support the MeTo movement wholeheartedly, but this black color thing does nothing for it in my very own opinion. Hollywood loves to wear black dresses. When I looked at the dresses pictured worn by Angelina and others, I see that the dresses are sexy and gorgeous – as always. If they really wanted to make a statement, they would have suggested they wear black sacks or something shapeless. All this color movement does is allow Hollywood to dress the way they always do – but in black. Personally, I don’t think that makes any kind of statement at all. Kate looked lovely, appropriate and respectful. William made reference to the movement and that is as it should be. He’s the patron and he’s the future King. I loved Kate's look and thought she did a terrific job of diplomacy. And - pregnancy never looked so beautiful!

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  23. I think it's one thing to show your support for a charity and another to wear a certain color because it's a current "thing" that people are doing. I couldn't be more of a feminist and I couldn't be more anti harassment and yet I wouldn't wear black just because some people say this is how you show you care. This whole wearing black this has something faddish about it to me - I cringe when I see others doing it - and it would have seemed demeaning if she'd gone for black in my view. I don't think the black ribbon was a statement though - that never occured to me and I think it just looks nice:)

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    1. Wow...beautifully said. Thank you. I agree. (There needs to be a like botton lol).

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    2. Agree, Judith. She also wore a black sash with the blue-greenJP. She was pregnant then also and the sash was a great styling solution.Did we ever see the back of that dress? It may have been the same belt. The emeralds she also wore at the St. Andrews benefit. The colors of the University in her outfit then are now supposed to be the symbol of a social movement.
      I think it is possible (we'll never know and that is the thing; William's statement may be a clue)it is possible she very cleverly got her point across while allowing for ambiguity and deniability,if needed; unfortunately, that same ambiguity allowed commenters to claim whatever they wished, as far as what her attire did or did not represent.anon1

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  24. I'm glad she didn't wear black. It is virtue signaling and won't do a thing.

    Overall, the dress looked beautiful on her. She's finally embracing the bump! The only thing I would change is the hairstyle (or maybe even just the placement of the part) because it looks a bit discombobulated to me.

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  25. Kate was ON FIRE tonight! I literally gasped out loud when I saw the first photo of this ensemble. This dress is maternity done right. To me, it is superior even to the Alexander McQueen from Norway. And those jewels! Stunning.

    Thank you for bravely sharing your opinions, Jane! I completely agree with you. I, too, knew that Kate wouldn't wear black tonight, but predicted a dark color worn out of respect to the movement. Part of fighting for women's rights is also fighting for a woman's right to remain neutral, and I don't think we should be rushing to crucify Kate, or any other woman, for her sartorial choices.

    Kate is not merely a woman, or a celebrity, she is a figurehead; and as such she rises above the fray to a certain extent. I, for one, think she walked the line successfully tonight.

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    1. Bravo! Wonderfully said!

      "Part of fighting for women's rights is also fighting for a woman's right to remain neutral, and I don't think we should be rushing to crucify Kate, or any other woman, for her sartorial choices.

      Kate is not merely a woman, or a celebrity, she is a figurehead; and as such she rises above the fray to a certain extent. I, for one, think she walked the line successfully tonight."

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  26. I, too, noticed the seam running down the middle of the dress, and thought, why? Otherwise, though, the dress is gorgeous... and Kate looked absolutely stunning.

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  27. I am firmly committed to the #metoo movement. I do not know any woman who has never been sexually harrassed in some form at some time in her life. That said, I respect the Duchess of Cambridge's choice of gown color and accessories. In no way does it fail to respect the movement, but instead honors her commitment as a member of the royal family. She has not made a misstep, and I believe that as a woman, I and other women, owe her the respect she has earned by taking a less obvious path of support.

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    1. Thanks for your balanced and respectful comment Jackie!!

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  28. THIS IS THE WAY TO DRESS THE BUMP! I have been waiting for this since Kate started having babies. The whole look is blooming marvelous and I am loving the bling. Frankly, I think she looks really sexy right now- almost back to single Kate Middleton days. I had hoped she would bring out this kind of look for her foreign tour, but I am off to bed with a smile on my face. Brava Kate!

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  29. I just read a blurb about Allison Janney’s award tonight. She was asked about Kate’s dress choice (Allison wore black) “Allison spoke out about Kate's choice not to wear black, adding that the royal could wear "whatever she liked".

    The film star said: “I would never judge anyone's choice of what they’re wearing.

    "She looked absolutely beautiful, and I'm so happy for them and that she’s pregnant again. “I think she's an extraordinary woman.

    “She can wear whatever she wants to wear!”

    Isn’t that refreshing? She chose to wear black but does not look down on others for their choice in clothing. I love it!!

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    1. Thank you. Wonderful assertions and your comment brings out the key point.

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    2. Frances McDormand, I believe the best actress winner, wore red. She is a well-respected actress and nobody's clone.anon1
      Thanks for that anecdote, anon 12:06
      (I am afraid I have made a mess of her name)

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  30. She looks so beautiful in this dress, and I hope she had a nice time despite all the controversy. I’m sure it wasn’t easy finding something that felt comfortable and made her feel really good in front of the eyes of the world at this stage in her pregnancy, and I think it’s a gorgeous choice. I must say that while I am obviously a supporter of the idea behind the Times Up campaign, I really despise this concept of “wear a black dress to an awards show or you will be thrown under the bus all across social media.” It seems mean-spirited in a way that detracts from the true cause, where women should not be torn down or made to feel less-than, especially because of something as trivial as what they wear. Wasn’t it just last year that the red-carpet trend was to promote asking women questions other than “what are you wearing?”

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    1. I agree Anon 12:16 about the difference between supporting the underlying mission of Times Up and supporting the edict that one must wear black to awards shows or risk being lumped in with bullies and abusers. There's something absurd about thinking that conforming ones evening gown on command is anything more than a new version of the same Hollywood attitude that let the problem fester in the first place ("get with the program or risk banishment"). To some extent the movement is not only about finally speaking honestly about what happened for years but is also about the reshuffling of power within that industry as the once powerful have fallen and others seek to claim that power or avoid also being shunned. It is entirely possible to believe that women shouldn't be harassed and bullied at work without feeling the need to get sucked into the latest Hollywood power game.

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    2. I completely agree! I consider myself a feminist and I am passionately against sexual assault and sexual harassment. I like the "black out" because it draws attention to the issue, and creates a lot of discussion about sexual assault, but we have to be careful we don't turn it into something that it isn't- like Anonymous 9:34 said, "get with the program or risk banishment" by the Hollwood elites. Let's not forget that this was the attitude that allowed Harvey Weinstein to abuse so many women! I think the Duchess looked appropriate and lovely.

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  31. I am torn with Kate’s choice tonight. I really HOPED she would wear black (to be fair, I loved her accessories and the dark green was stunning!), but in my heart I think I knew she wouldn’t. What makes it so hard for me is that this is not a political movement. It’s a social movement. Just as much as heads together, Diana supporting AIDS, the Duchess of Cornwall’s work preventing and supporting women who have been the victims of genital mutilaion, and Kate’s precious support wearing Beulah and it’s stance against human trafficking. It is obvious she, and the BRF, support women, and quite frankly, are a matriarchal family with strong and trailblazing women. IMO, what made Kate’s appearance hard tonight, was not that she is a royal, but that her husband is head of BAFTA and associated with the scandals of men in the industry by the nature of his position. I could go on and on, but there will come a time when naturality will no longer be an option. In the words of Elie Wiesel, “Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormenter, never the tormented”.

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  32. I honestly didn‘t know that there was such a debate before I saw your post, Jane. As always you have stated your argument quite reasonably and good. I understand that ‚The royals have to represent eyerone or no one‘ is actually a key sentence to your opinion. I am sure this is true, it is what has kept the monarchy alive during every political drama whatsoever. The problem is though, new movements like Times up and others tend to remember and educate us on not IGNORIng, LOOKing the other way or keeping it down but to take responsibility in a way that has never been the case before, I think. The media and the times changed so drastically, so everyone is bound to have an opinion and individualism goes a long way, too. So I personally would prefer a character (which I think is just not Kate’s) which has the strength to show her individual opinion, knowing she has enough power to change bad to good. I first realised this when they had the state dinner with the chinese president. SO MUCH political controversies in that country, and there they were in their tiaras, wearing chique robes, drinking champagne as if everything was ok. And if it is not, well, why not show it in a way? (In a respectable way of course.)

    I dont know how they should do it, though. I just know that I dont think the black trail was good enough for me, at least without further nodd or commenting. I don’t like the harmony-attitude that is floating above the royals sometimes when crimes are happening.
    William speaks more I think, even if it is half joking, so I am more fine with his way.

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  33. I think Kate managed incredibly well! Sartorial diplomacy at it best. I don't think she should have championed the movement. She goes to a lot of events that can be used as platforms for something else. She has to stay neutral.

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  34. I think she looked absolutely amazing. I too didn't expect to see her in black and I wasn't disappointed.

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  35. https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/5326145/female-celebs-wore-emerald-golden-globes/

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  36. I knew also that Kate would not wear black tonight. She chose what she wore with great care. Dark green that would not make it so obvious and yet had the black ribbon, black clutch, and black shoes. To learn that wearing emeralds represents the feminine movement is such a perfect touch. I have absolutely no problem in Kate's choices. She was spot on to subtlety indicate her believing in women causes. My only negative are the short sleeves, but in my opinion not many can pull off capped sleeves. Kate was gorgeous. I agree way to go Kate.

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  37. The call for wearing black only really came to the foreground a couple of weeks ago; doubtless Catherine already had her gown chosen and fitted. She couldn't wear something worn before--she is too far on with her pregnancy.
    The abuse being slung at her on some sites is a disgrace. They are supposed to be standing up for freedom for women--great, but that doesn't mean deciding what anyone should wear.
    The suffragettes here in the UK wore therir emeralds --in fact, if I remember correctly the colours of the suffragettes were green and purple.
    She chose to show her support with what she wore.
    Incidentally at least one award winner chose orange!

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  38. Wow...just wow!!!
    I loved to see this necklace and I much prefer this earrings
    Wonderful

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  39. Kate looked gorgeous tonight, perfect colour choice I agree there was no way she was ever going to wear black.
    Lovely jewellery she looks so happy & glowing......8 weeks to go so exciting!!!

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  40. She wore emeralds just because it's green. The dress is green, emeralds are green....VOILA... Let's not overthink here.

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  41. First off, I loved this outfit, top to toe - Kate was really radiant. If I'm honest, I didn't think Kate would go for all black, but I did think she might go for a pattern that was majority black. It would have struck a balance between some neutrality and some support.

    If we interpret the black sash and emerald jewellery as Jane, and others, have written about here, then I do think Kate found the balance in this dress. My question, though, is this: the dress was certainly designed before February 1, when the "black out" on the BAFTA red carpet was announced - so did Kate really choose a muted shade and a black sash to quietly lend support to the movement, or were the colors simply coincidental? It seems to me that the latter was probably true. The black sash also appears on the original blue dress, so I would guess that it was always part of the design of this one, and not incorporated for the purposes of Times Up. And, again, while Kate may have chosen the emerald jewellery with symbolism in mind, let's not forget that she chose last year's BAFTA's to debut a big piece of jewellery: perhaps she was always planning to bring out the full emerald set tonight. I'd go as far as to say that the green dress may have been designed as a backdrop for the jewellery.

    I'm not having a go at Kate for not going for all black, but I do think we need to be careful about interpreting what she wore as any sign of support for the movement - it looks to me like there was at least some element of coincidence here.

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  42. To blame sexual harassment is not politics, it is a human rights thing. As a woman and mother of a daughter she could have made a statement AND follow the royal protocol, she must not wear a totally black dress but a dress with prominent black details (sorry Jane, a black ribbon is not a statement) e.g.the ink blue dress which has some kind of black tulle over the blue. It is not true that the british monarchy does not get involved in „movements“, e.g. Charles and environment and Diana and HIV.
    After all the gown is a lovely maternity dress and she looks radiant.

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    1. Prince Charles is involved in environmental protection, yes, but he is not involved in the political side of this. Princess Diana was very much involved in the charity side of HIV and in trying to change people's opinion about HIV sufferers. She was also deeply involved in supporting a worldwide ban on land mines. If there was a political side to these causes, she was not involved in that. Sexual harassment and sexual abuse are crimes that now have being highly politicized as it is happening with everything in these times. Kate cannot and will not involve herself in anything that is understood to be politically motivated. That is a big no-no for any British Royal. And, please all of you, stop once and for all being so dishonest as to deny that at the very core of all these anti-sexual harassment groups and campaigns, there is only pure politics involved. The threat of being labeled anti this or anti that, and of unjustly being denigrated, embarrassed and robbed of one's dignity in the media (digital or in print) if one does not publicly acknowledge one's support for this cause or that is always implicit.
      Too many of you are mindless followers who do not question and who willingly and happily let yourselves be lured by the Pied Piper. You are willingly deaf and blind and only stop to try to destroy those who do not think as you do. It’s very scary because sooner or later, you all will succeed in destroying us all.

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  43. I agree with the first comments. As different as they are both, Daniel and Anonymous 9:15, resignate with me.. For me the #metoo or #timesup aren't political they are supporting women, which I would think Kate would support as well.. Kate's dress was probably made it at least started before this movement started as it is custom JP.. Does that mean she doesn't have a black maternity gown on her closet? I would be very surprised if the answer was no!!! But as a high ranking royal woman should she have stayed at home? Should she have reversed the colors? I say maybe to both.. Last year's dress would've been perfect, but what's done is done.. I don't think that the stunning necklace matched but would've looked great with black.. I didn't think she would wear black, but I thought her dress would've have more black than it did. All in all its a gorgeous dress, there was black detail, and she did her job as part of the monarchy ... So I must say well done Kate!!

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  44. Currently, politics is with us always, in every aspect of our lives, including wherever we may look for diversion. There is no relief anywhere. Politics is continuously being forced down our throats whether we like it or not. I’m completely sick and tired of this! Sexual assault and sexual harassment should not be classified as political because they are not; they are crimes. But, it is utterly naïve to believe that these groups supporting the victims of these heinous crimes are not influenced by politics. The blog from “Berkshire to Buckingham” is a superb website about the fashion style of the Duchess of Cambridge. Hopefully, this blog will not let its mission statement be derailed and contaminated by ugly and divisive politics.

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  45. We are living in the time of bitter, ugly and divisive politics. EVERYTHING is being politicized. Politics is being treated as a zero-sum game, or a form of total warfare in which the other side must be obliterated. It alters every aspect of your being: where you shop; what you watch on TV; what sort of music you listen to; who you associate with. If you're not with the politicized group, you're against them -- and if you're against them, they are well within their rights to ruin you personally and economically. You, the political other, are a leper to be shunned." Now, they have the lovely Duchess of Cambridge in their sights!

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  46. She looked smashing, bottle green dress + black ribbon. Dynamite. I would have loved an glam up-do but what can you do. I believe she created a wonderful balance with her dress - it's not like she was going to wear black - she was damned if she did and damned if she didn't. I suppose you can say Danielle, that not going would have been the answer but then I believe that would have been seen as "non-support" also.

    My one other note is the seam -- it bothered me at first as well and then I had to wonder if it was designed that way to allow last minute alterations? I'm sure this dress was designed a bit ago and they were not sure how her pregnancy might progress so they allowed room to tailor the dress right before?

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    1. I wondered that too about the seam but couldn't figure out how why the seam would need to be there. Any seamstresses out there have any insight?

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    2. I think it blends in there amongst the front gathers more so than anywhere else. It would have really been noticeable as sides seems. And with the need to accomodate her growing tummy that front seam may have been where her dress was altered/adjusted during the final fitting.
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    3. anon 9:22- I suspect baby Cambridge's growth spurt may have something to do with it. anon1

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  47. I'm probably wrong, but thought she had worn this JP before. Maybe something similar. Beautiful, just beautiful. She makes me smile every time I see her pic. Thanks for taking your time to post this blog.

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  48. So in order for a woman to show that she is wholeheartedly against sexual assault and harassment, a woman must dress in black when attending any event attended by actors (Hollywood, British, French, whatever.) Failure to wear black immediately will set in motion the woman’s personal destruction. She’ll be gleefully tarred and feathered everywhere (especially in social media and especially by other women.) When fighting injustices, independent thinking cannot be allowed. All have to comply with the wishes/commands of the group. Or else. In order to right wrongs, more wrongs must be perpetrated against all the non-conformists. In order to elevate and celebrate women, women first have to be turned into pliant and submissive creatures who unquestioningly accept the authority and policies of a particular group (the Stepford Wives come to mind.) And to think that all this “wearing of black” by women came from Hollywood. All this nonsense would be laughable if it were not so utterly sad.

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    1. +1000. There are only 2 places on the internet that I like to read the comments on - This wonderful page and an American fashion blog I always thought was smart, witty, and had commenters that were "above" resorting to troll behavior. I guess I was wrong - the vitriol spewed on that website towards Kate shocked and saddened me. To think they were mad because she was not being feminist enough!! I'm going to have to take a break from that website as it was just not fun for me to read those awful comments but I appreciate Jane's thoughtful and reasoned commentary so much. This space is wonderful.

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    2. Well said. Every word.

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    3. This is absolutely unfortunately so very true. And actually I did laugh even though yes it is so very sad. Thank you for a very well put post.

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    4. Yes, yes, yes... what is less feminist than demanding a woman conform to wearing what everyone else does, and then bully her all over the internet for making a different choice!? It’s absurd. Also, there were nominees at this event who didn’t wear black, and they didn’t get nearly as much hate as Kate.

      Unfortunately, it makes me think that this Times Up movement really has already lost its momentum. Reminds me a little of the Hunger Games... new regime, same problem!

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  49. I hate to remind everyone, but nothing is going to change by wearing a black dress...

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    1. Have you lost your mind? You simply CANNOT tell THEM that! They will find you and will expose you as a traitor to their cause and will destroy you! Besides, you are not telling THEM nothing that they do not know. This "wearing of black" is only an attention-seeking gimmick started by the hypocritical Hollywood elite (the HHE for short.) For decades, the HHE stood by while Harvey Weinstein committed all kinds of abuses, and they all knew it and happily ignored it. They worked with Harvey; they partied with Harvey, they dined with Harvey, they got drunk with Harvey, they made millions with Harvey, they fought to be photographed next to the great man of Hollywood: Harvey. Now that his star has fallen, they denounce him and his abuses. All lies. They are all enablers and liars. Now, they ravenously turn on whoever does not agreed with their dirty way of doing things. The more things changed; the more they stay the same.

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    2. Again, well said. Every word.

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    3. Lol! A perfect analysis. You're so right!!

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    4. *Rolls eyes*
      Between this and the "left wing despots" comment below... Come on, folks. Kate Middleton doesn't "do" opinions; she was never going to wear black. Cool out.

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  50. I wish she'd worn her hair even half up, re: the emeralds. The dress was just okay to me, & I love Kate in green.

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  51. I just don't think Kate is ever going to be a trail blazing feminist - she's never even come close to championing such a cause and there was little point expecting her to become magically something that she is not, which I guess is something to be admired.

    She's always been more comfortable being beside William, even her comment about being "well looked after" by her husband, spoke volumes really about her and must have been anathema to the feminists out there when she said that a while back on being asked what's the best thing about being a princess. Therefore I'm not sure why anyone is surprised why she stayed relatively neutral (in her clothing choice) on this issue.

    She's conservative and somewhat traditional - I am not for one minute suggesting that she is not abhorred by the abuse and harassment allegations that have come to fore in recent times, but I just don't think she will ever be a passionate woman of the cause so to speak, and her focus will be on other areas - Perhaps a larger black ribbon/sash might have satisfied the masses?! Gosh she is very pregnant now - she looks beautiful no doubt, but there is something different about her face - it's probably the fact that she is pregnant that's making her appear different, I am not sure.

    Beautiful diamonds and dress (bar the unsightly seam at the front). Bravo JP.

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    1. Susan, you are right Kate is never going to be a rabid feminist. That is not who she is. Besides, as a member of the British Royal Family, this is something that neither she nor any other Royal lady will publicly be. Those who are breathlessly waiting for Prince Harry to marry Meghan Markle, so Meghan can "modernize" the royal institution are in for a very big disappointment. As for satisfying the masses, only complete submission to their wishes will do that. Only Kate wearing a black dress would have slaked their appetite for new blood. These people are implacable and mean, and they do not forgive non-compliance to their commands. Why do you think so many actresses are wearing black to their silly awards ceremonies? It is because they are terrified of being black-listed and denounced all-over the place as traitors to the cause. They know full well that would be the end of their pathetic acting careers. These people rule by provoking pure fear in their victims.
      What these left-wing despots do not understand is that the British Royal Family will only do what they think is right for them and their country. They will never bend. And if one day the Royal Family is abolished in Britain, they will go with their heads high. They are not the puppets of political troll haters!

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    2. So true! This same group wants choice, more options, more freedom.. yet its wear black or you'll be sorry if you don't!!!!

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    3. Lilianne: Rabid feminists? Slaking an appetite for blood? Traitors to the cause? Left-wing despots? Yikes, lay off the caffeine (and rhetoric) and take a deep breath. :)

      I liked her dress, but I can understand why some people are disappointed she's not wearing black. Time's Up is a hot-button issue right now, and provokes strong opinions/emotions from many. That doesn't make them rabid! It just means they see things differently than you do. And that's fine. Try some decaf maybe?

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  52. It doesn't bother me that Kate didn't completely jump on the sartorial bandwagon. I thought the black sash was a nod to current events, and that compromise worked IMO.

    However, I doubt that suffragettes/emeralds played a role in her choice of jewelry. She wore emeralds last year too, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton and her contemporaries weren't exactly known for being draped with expensive jewelry. (Interesting article on this at https://www.vogue.com/article/suffrage-jewelry-history) Sometimes an emerald is just an emerald.

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  53. Wonderful commentary, Jane Barr.

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  54. Totally agree with you Jane on the whole black issue and how she addressed it perfectly! (It is truly a damned if she does damned if she doesn't moment so this is a perfect balance). Like someone else said, I don't understand why anyone is surprised she stayed "politically neutral" on this occasion...I do think, though, the unusualness of the black ribbon coming down the back of the dress was hers and JP's version of a statement as that is quite different.

    I also think her skin and face look very different even from when we saw her a bit ago on tour and it is not just the smokey eye which i love!

    I do wish she would wear these prada cut outs more on day to day engagements! They could so elevate her standard coat ensembles rather than a simple black or nude pump. Thinking of it more, she has so many great shoes I'd love to see more of (The R&B flats from Bhutan, the Jcrew plaid, Oscar glitter heels, green Rebeccas, old Manolos- though I have heard they are uncomfy, Gianvito ankle straps, and oh how i DREAM of her wearing her wedding shoes again though I know that is extremely unlikely).

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  55. I think that the color of Kate’s dress ia a good choice. First, it is not a bright and aggressive green but it is discreet and and to a certain extent it is akin to black since the tint is quite dark. Second, her status does not let her take a firm stand regarding any kind of political issues, but she can nod to a cause to show her support. I think it is what she did by wearing this dark green dress and adding the long black ribbon. At last green symbolizes hope.
    Aynway, she looks wonderful
    Have a wonderful day
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  56. Women in every corner of the world should be free to choose what they wear. This ridiculous controversy surrounding what the Duchess of Cambridge wore to the BAFTA Awards is nothing more than another form of enslavement of women. No one, including the Duchess, should be judged because of what they choose to wear! What is wrong with you people? You cannot see the forest for the trees! Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge can wear what she wants, and nobody, absolutely nobody has the right to criticize her for her wardrobe choices. Have you all gone insane? What is less feminist than demanding a woman conform to wearing what everyone else does, and then bullying her all over the internet for making a different choice!? It’s absurd and despicable and must be called out by every principled woman in the world! Rise up all honest and smart women of the world! Do not let your beautiful voices and choices be stolen from you by the ugly and dangerous political rabble! Do not let them turn women against women. That is exactly what they want: to divide and conquer us and then enslave us. Do not let them! All of us from one corner of the world to the other, with all our differences and similarities, we are strong and powerful. Do not let them divide us with their utterly stupid non-issues that are worth nothing! Stay strong and please do not attack other women for silly reasons. We women are much better than that! The Duchess of Cambridge looked simply fabulous at the BAFTA’S. Happy, healthy and beautifully pregnant. She has done nothing to deserve the ugly, hateful criticism that she is getting from some vicious quarters. Stand together and defend the Duchess, ladies!

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  57. I honestly didn’t think she was representing any about the movement until everyone kept mentioning the emeralds. She probably picked the dress to go with the jewels. I honestly believe the black sash was coincidental and just went with the dress, but who knows.

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  58. Other blogs seem to have some good discussion about this topic in the comments but that doesn't seem to have been accomplished here. I read about five of them before the vitriolic tone here became too much and now I'm ditching out of this post. Just wanted to note my disappointment.

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  59. Just to point out Frances McDormand didn’t wear black either & she won best actress & supports women’s issues

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  60. What would you have done in Catherine’s position? This event was about the actors not what they wore. Catherine wore a beautiful dress with stunning jewelry. In my estimate pull on your big girl/boy panties up and deal with it!

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  61. I agree with Jane's assessment 100%. Plus Kate looked spectacular tonight.

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  62. Oh, no! Erdem struck again at Buckingham Palace! Not quite as hideous as the mustard yellow and not quite as much like upholstery as the blue velvet but they still can't figure out where a midi dress should fall. They seem to always land somewhere between knee length and midi in that neither here nor there zone. It makes me sad.

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  63. Kate always looks lovely. She has previously worn black gowns....so why not at this event. If she felt she couldn’t because of age rules...probably best to have stayed home. William wore black! she could have also. She too wanted to meet Stars & see the awards....who wouldn’t. She is representing a new age group and remember she also has a Young Sister Pippa & a daughter Charlotte.....we as women and must be supportive of times like this.

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  64. I love this dress on Catherine, but the visible front and back seams make me wonder if it might have been a previous purchase for her, that she never wore. Maybe she had it altered to wear for BAFTA, as she doesn't look to be wearing many new outfits with this pregnancy. Those are Summer sleeves.

    I hope these "movements" will stop it with the adolescent "wear all black to show solidarity" demands. That's for High School sports teams. Do people really think she doesn't care for or support those who have suffered sexual traumas because she didn't wear a black dress?? I admire Catherine more that she didn't wear Black. At least she didn't wear white?

    Her charitable works for the causes that she actually IS PATRON OF, speak much louder than any clothing she wears.

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  65. If anyone is wondering how this could be “political” look at the protesters wearing shirts calling out parliament and Theresa May... THAT is why the duchess couldn’t support the movement publicly. It shouldn’t be politically charged but in the end it is. I know Camilla has said things against domestic violence and Charles against climate charge. Political things sure. But you would not see Camilla wearing black. And once Meghan marries and understands her role as figure head... she wouldn’t either. It’s how the monarchy stays relevant through all political parties and through time. They just can’t and I don’t see that changing.

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  66. Jane does a marvelous job on this blog! I enjoy hearing her opinion, and it is never mean spirited. Tonight was one of Kate's best ever! Gorgeous dress & jewelry! She was absolutely appropriate for the occasion. Her face looks fuller & more healthy & beautiful. She was perfection tonight!

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  67. I have to disagree, on the simple point that she has worn black to many elegant functions, and the choice not to wear black, actually ended up a political statement. Had she worn a black dress, it could easily been tossed off as another one of her black outfits. But not wearing black was an obvious statement, intentional or not. If not standing out with a statement is the goal, being the only woman wearing color certainly did not achieve that. I mean, it's a classic black dress - it's not like women are wearing tie-dye in this movement. It would have been easier to neutralize the possibility by blending in with black - no one could decide if she wore it for movement, or just because she wears alot of black dresses. If we are going by the royals' choice to remain neutral, wearing black again to an event would have been the more ambiguous statement.

    Someone pointed out, however, that considering her pregnancy, just picking up a black gown would not have been simple on short notice, and the time taken to customize this gown may have influenced it. If so, that is understandable.

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    1. She was not the only woman wearing color - that is a false statement. Before you make claims that Kate's green dress was an "obvious" political statement you should do some research and then you would notice that not all women wore all black, including the woman who won Best Actress (colorful red and pink print) and a few who wore navy blue. It's not like Kate showed up in Marchesa!

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    2. That's a very good point. Thank you for making it.

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