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Kate Brings Back Séraphine Marlene Dress for Place2Be

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Kate has been busy expanding her networks and strengthening her ties in mental health. On Tuesday she spent her morning getting to know Family Links at Pegasus Primary School in Oxford, and on Wednesday she was out on behalf of Place2Be, an organization she has worked with for years now.

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The Duchess was officially opening the new headquarters, but she also spent time meeting with counselors, parents, and students who benefit from Place2Be's programs.


Local school children were at the centre to tell Kate about the programs implemented in their classrooms by Place2Be.

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Victoria Murphy shared this clip of Kate's speech before unveiling a plaque commemorating the launch of the Centre of Excellence. 
Kate brought back Séraphine's Marlene dress, which she just debuted while on tour in Sweden. The dress is almost custom made for Kate, in that it hits most of her current style preferences, including the high collar, ruffled cuffs, lace and chiffon. Although reasonable people can disagree ;), I think this dress is incredibly flattering on Kate. The girl in the background clearly thinks so, too.


Kate was carrying her Bayswater from Mulberry and those are her popular Power pumps by Stuart Weitzman. Sparkling at her ears are her sapphire and diamond drops which pair so beautifully with her sapphire ring;


This recycle is a huge win. I loved this dress when she wore it in Sweden and was hoping it would get a repeat. I am frankly surprised that she didn't wear this to the Royal Foundation Forum, given how high profile that event was. But, certainly launching this new centre for one of her longtime patronages is also a big ticket event, and I am just happy it got a second show.

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56 comments:

  1. She looked wonderful for this event! Her interaction with the kids is always fun to see and the absolutely perfect hair and the look on that little girl's face are priceless. She was certainly ready to meet a princess! Great event!

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  2. I agree with Jane-I love the Seraphine dress on Kate. I don't remember seeing it on her previously but it caught my eye this time. Kate has been speaking publicly more often and I think she is improving ,she still looks down quite a bit at her notes and does not appear really comfortable, as I think she is more introverted in general. I hope she continues to grow more confident as I know she is sincere in her message. Go Kate!

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  3. Thanks for the post. Just in case you weren't aware, the woman looking at Kate is her Asst Private Secretary Laura Baker.

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    1. Catherine Quinn was in attendance as well.

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  4. Anon @ March 8, 11:26 AM; quite right, in my estimation--Kate isn't at all comfortable in the the public speaking arena, BUT, hie thee to www.http.whatkatewore.com to hear a clearer portion of her speech which she handled well. Fact is that Kate had had zero exposure to speechmaking in front of a camera until very recently. Nobody had either the brains or the will to train her in such matters. And I do agree that Kate is more introvert than extravert. Personally, given this unfortunate lack, I think she's improving by leaps and bounds. No doubt, she'll continue to improve--it could get to the stage where our adult children call us liars should we ever suggest that once-upon-a-time ....

    I could very well be wrong since I didn't follow the BRF until Kate's advent, but it seems to me--just going by photos I've seen--that the Queen was never photographed in public in the latter stages of pregnancy, nor have I seen (disclaimer: due to disinterest) any of the Queen's "cousins", whom she pays to work for her, e.g. the Duchess of Kent, the Duchess of Gloucester--or even the Queen's own daughter, Anne. "Fergie" and Diana might've been--I'm unsure; but my hat's off to Kate, who is clearly in her third trimester and an introvert by nature, yet she's out there, an introvert in the last stage of pregnancy, delivering speeches. What's not to like?

    JC

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    1. Diana was definitely photographed in the later stages of her pregnancy. The photo I remember most is of a very pregnant, hot, and tired Diana at a polo game in a big pink tent-like dress that maternity clothes were back then.

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    2. Elizabeth and Anne and Diana were certainly photographed in public when heavily pregnant. Just Google "Queen Elizabeth pregnant images". In fact there's a very "Erdem" dress with ruffles...😱

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    3. When the Queen was pregnant with Charles and Anne, it was merely announced that she would undertake no further engagements. I was around 12 at the time and my Mother explained why she would not be carrying out engagements. She was also almost certain to be kept in bed for 10 days as was the norm at that time.
      By the time she had Andrew and Edward I was in my middle or late 29s and busy running a hospital at night to take note, but the time kept in bed then was probably 7days.

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    4. Thanks to Robin, Lola and Jean; I will now self correct. Jean, do you recall WHEN it was announced that the Queen, Duchess of Edinburgh at the time, I suppose, would no longer undertake engagements? ergo, which trimester? I ask because photos can be misleading, especially in a short woman.

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    5. @ Jean from Lancs. Just wondering if, given your nationality, age, and so on, you might consider adding a "P.S'" occasionally, to your comments, filling us in on your experiences/impressions of life as a Brit in the early and mid-term 20th C. Not just re the BRF, but also the experiences which made you: rationing, the Blitz, more rationing, deaths due to war...well, it's endless, isn't it? You are peculiarly positioned to tell stories, and I am a great believer in on-the-ground everyman's stories. Were you a city girl or were you raised in the country? How difficult was it to get butter, eggs, sugar? All the little things, which, in the end, makes history.

      Well, consider it.

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  5. Doily, lacey, ruffles, high neck. Miss.

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    1. I agree with you, but I'm also of the opinion that this is her most flattering pregnancy dress so far.

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  6. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, Kate is in her element here. And I am happy to see this dress again. I like it very much, although I admit that the sleeves would drive me crazy. :-)

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  7. Yeah. No. One of my least fav looks of her ever.

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  8. The dress is flattering from the front but not the side. She would be better off wearing a short jacket over the dress like she did when pregnant with George.

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  9. One of the worst looks she’s ever worn, in my humble opinion. I hate to say that the fit doesn’t work, if it seems to imply that pregnant women need to somehow hide or be ashamed of their gorgeous bodies (they don’t!!) but I just don’t think I’d have been comfortable in this myself. Not to mention the ruffles and lace and trim, oh my!

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  10. @"she would be better off with a jacket ...": Why? in order to look less pregnant, to hide her bump, her breasts, her pregnancy, like we had it centuries long?

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    1. I'm not suggesting she wear a burka for goodness sake. One can choose flattering clothing even when pregnant. This dress is too tight through the sleeves and bodice imo.

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    2. I'm not suggesting she wear a tent for goodness sakes. It's not reactionary to want to wear something flattering when pregnant. The sleeves and the bodice of this dress are too tight imo. A blazer/bolero jacket would be a nice addition.

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  11. A beautiful dress - I think I preferred it the first wear of it on the Scandinavian tour (and yes I was hoping for a recycle of this one in the last post!). The things that so often annoy me about Kate's penchant for particular styles, do not overly irk me here i.e. the high neck, the abundance of lace, the sightly puffed out sleeves. It's a lovely look and dark inky blue of the dress is clearly her colour and flatters her. I greatly admire her work in this area and focus on children's charities as an aside and I don't think she gets enough credit where it is due for same. One minor complaint, is that I think a small black cropped jacket might have smartened up the overall look and given it a more professional air, but overall I think it's fab. Kate,should be taking it easy now - she does look like she's ready to pop at any stage, so again kudos for being out and about (in heels no less!) so late in her pregnancy. x

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  12. Lots of lace in the daytime outside of a wedding always seems odd to me although I realize it's now a popular look. But this particular dress looks more like a party/cocktail dress to me. I guess I'm old-fashioned but I can't imagine wearing a lace top with a nude/beige lining to work unless the top was mostly hidden under a suit jacket! I do realize Kate is not a typical professional woman.  But at this event she interacted with professional women so I find the "party dress" look a little jarring in contrast to the more traditional work attire of the other women. On the plus side the color is nice and I think the elements--lace, high neck, fancy sleeve detail--certainly suit her apparent style preferences!

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    1. I agree with everything you said. She looks lovely in the dress, but I think it's not the best choice for this event.

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    2. I agree. It looks too formal for this event.

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  13. She wore it in Norway. ;-) (no need to publish the cemment; it's just to help you be correct.

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    1. Oooh! I double-checked to see it was Sweden, so I better go check where I checked and fix that, too...
      P.S. It's always so sweet when people correct me and add the caveat I don't have to publish. Thank you. :)

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  14. It's confirmed on the Kensington Palace Twitter that William and Catherine will be with the Irish Guards on Sat 17th.

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  15. Here is your link: https://www.gettyimages.at/detail/nachrichtenfoto/the-duke-and-duchess-of-cambridge-king-harald-and-nachrichtenfoto/912984998#the-duke-and-duchess-of-cambridge-king-harald-and-queen-sonja-of-of-picture-id912984998

    Best, Imke

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    1. So, the link definitely shows the King and the Queen of Norway and not of Sweden. And Kate did not recylce on the tour.

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    2. So, why don't you correct it, Jane?

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    3. So why did you correct the June to July concerning George'S birth in your most recent article and refuse to change Sweden into Norway here. You were/are wrong in both cases.

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    4. Uuuuh, well, certainly not for any nefarious reason. I think it was just a matter of I didn't get around to it. Life has been pretty busy on this end. :)

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  16. Kate looks so beautiful in the last photo, standing at the podium. She is always so warm and charming with children, and when speaking off the cuff. She may not be as comfortable with written speeches, but she always exudes such a caring persona.

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  17. Lovely dress. Its quite strange but it suddenly struck me that Kate is ageing!! Having people on a pedestal warps your reasoning and logic. You always think they're invincible and that they never grow old. Its quite strange to realize it. It also makes you think how long she has been in the public arena. Wonder if she remembers what its like not to be fodder for the world. She is still very pretty though!

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    1. Three bouts of HG will do it. Also, the wrinkles come and go in the photos of this visit, depending on the lighting and the angle, I guess. Plus she seems to avoid skin care measures that may harm her little- one-in-waiting. At any rate, she has earned every wrinkle she has. And then some.anon1

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    2. I know what ypu mean...shes still so beautiful but definitely has aged when you compare her to photos of only a few years ago...no more than the rest of us mere mortals I guess!

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    3. I think some of that is her tiredness from pregnancy.

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    4. Anon 11:13- apparently, my first reply did not make the cut.
      Briefly: angles and lighting. Some photos show shadows and wrinkles; some don't. anon1

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  18. If she makes it through the next two engagements, I think it is reasonable to bring back the twin option with a later April ETA. As I have previously commented. In that context, the St. George's Day rumor would make sense. As twins are often early by a few weeks, we still may see an early April birth. CP Mary had twins her third birth. If she worked as late into her pregnancy as Kate apparently will, she would be a standard for comparison.

    William did not actually deny twins. According to media quotes, he just indicated that he would have difficulty adjusting to them. He really seemed to over-react to that question and seemed a bit blustery The assumption was that William said they were not expecting twins. To further blow smoke on the arrival date--Kate later said, reportedly, that William was "in denial" about the birth.
    Not stirring pots...it gets boring here in the outback. Ha! anon1


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    1. Do you really think twins are a possibility Anon 1? (vs. pot-stirring :) Admittedly twins are more common if the mother is in her mid/late 30's vs. younger. And you are quite right Will didn't directly deny twins are expected. But if they are expecting a single birth (as it seems to me KP announced they are) and because of that he didn't expect his words to be dissected so carefully, his answer makes perfect sense. (Perhaps he's not been reading all the tabloid fodder about twins during this pregnancy and the pregnancy with Charlotte.) To expect a more emphatic & precise denial of twins is asking him to 1) disavow an already statistically unlikely idea that to him has been known to be untrue for months and/or 2) say gee no, it's really just the one and risk making it sound as though that's somehow disappointing. He may have seemed flustered...seems to me he is often flustered and over-reactive off the cuff...but maybe Kate is right about his denial (so far as changes that likely will come with the addition of *one* baby.)

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    2. Yes, Really, lizzie. Not a pot or spoon in sight. If the St G Day date is accurate. Add 42 day's growth to that little munchkin. That's six weeks! It makes sense for two, but not for just one baby. Plus the other two reportedly were past-due. If one listens to Camilla. Plus, there was one photo awhile back where one of Kate's tighter outfits clearly revealed two separate forms---and not just head and bottom. She has had an extra zip and glow this time. Imagine! No more HG. Two boys, two girls-family complete. CP Mary did it. Take a look at some of her late-gestation photos with twins. Compare to her first two. M and K are similar in build. This is really creepy talk but girth is part of the process. Of course, the April 23d date could be rumor or fake info. Diana did it--said William due in July. Or Kate could be giving birth to a rugby player in waiting. But twins--definitely still a possibility; in my mind, at least.
      I am entertaining myself with how royals determine order of succession in multiples. Not thinking of "The Man in the Iron Mask" here. Ha! The Prince Albert twins--the male takes precedence, no matter order of birth. In Denmark I think it is order of birth.
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      "blustery," not"flustered", lizzie. I think William tends more toward bluster--as PP and sometimes Charles do. I mean by that---a barrage of words to distract and cover oneself when an unwanted topic is introduced. I think you know what I mean, lizzie. Ha! Yes, pot-kettle.
      William has the Spencer/Diana complexion that reddens easily. Some have reddened noses and ears at times, but that is another subject. I think William is quite capable of bluster and has learned to use it to lead inquirers astray. It may look like he is flustered because he also reddens when he is angry. I think of fluster as more reactive and bluster more goal-oriented. ;+) HM avoids the whole situation by apparently refusing unscripted interviews or even casual, walkabout talk other than pre-determined subjects. Possibly, a habit William and Catherine might emulate, as they move closer to the throne. anon1

      PS My downfall has always been I try to use the ideal of what is reasonable and logical in reference to royal doings. I also did not think it reasonable to have a wedding involving multiple royals and heirs in a small country church. (forgetting all those country weddings of friends that WCH attended) I neglected to factor in throwing wads of money at the problem and complicated arrangements such as the bussing of guests from a central point and using not the family church, I believe, but one on private property.

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    3. You make an interesting case for twins anon 1. I don't recall seeing a photo that looked as if there were 2 baby-shaped forms but when looking at photos I usually focus on the details of the outfits much more than on Kate's body.

      I do agree she looks bigger this time. But I had thought it was for other reasons such as: her body was more ready to "assume the shape" or she has gained more weight this time. If the latter it could be she was less worried about gaining weight having dropped it quickly twice before, or she was less worried about weight this time because she plans for this to be her last pregnancy, or she didn't have HG this time so she didn't start at a weight deficit (don't think KP called it HG this time but many assumed she had it again.) Or the St George's Day date is phoney but she's more willing to be seen heavily pregnant now that she's an old hand at it. Or PP's retirement plus PG & PC's ages meant Kate was kind of expected to work more this year no matter what and she'd rather do it now than post-delivery. She is also wearing lots more bespoke stuff than when pregnant before, at least when pregnant with George. While I actually prefer many of the earlier looks to what she's worn this time, I assume she doesn't! Those designer outfits made especially for her pregnant body may make her more comfortable in public later in her pregnancy. They are also (I assume) completely settled in at their fully renovated KP residence and that may make working later easier than when she was pregnant before. But one thing for sure, we'll find out if it's twins this spring! (So if it's twins you are predicting a boy and a girl not the two girls the tabs keep mentioning?)

      Re: flustered vs blustering..I agree Will's complexion shows a blush easily. But I also think Will, like many men unfortunately, is blustery when underneath, he's flustered. So I often read his bluster as fluster. And yes, I think generally avoiding unscripted interviews is a good idea. Whether it's from an inability to to control his anger or from an inability to think on his feet or from something else entirely I do think there have been some serious goofs on Will's part that didn't have to happen.

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    4. The announcement of the pregnancy from KP said they are expecting "their third child." Not "their third and fourth children."

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    5. They did that in the beginning in Monaco too.

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    6. That's right, Anon 7:47, in Denmark it had been announced that they were expecting twins....

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    7. I replied to you but it vanished, lizzie. Apparently, not my day to comment. ;+) anon1
      In case my comment shows up later, a brief summary in response to 7:47;5:51- are we accepting KP announcements and remarks as the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth now?
      It seems like just yesterday KP's PR skills were being considered less than adequate.
      Here's a thought- if W&C don't wish to reveal the sex of their child(ren), what could KP say as to twins? Most significantly, I believe the KP pregnancy announcement was early, again, before the usual month three ultrasound that would have revealed and verified twins. Sometimes a second heartbeat can't be clear that early by auscultation only. So-at the time of the KP announcement, all that was known was Kate was pregnant and ill and unable to perform engagements. It was assumed there was one child. I think Mary's announcement was made around the three month mark when twins could be seen on ultrasound. Maybe W&C decided to keep the reveal a surprise as they are the sex of the baby, which also would not have been known prior to US. With George's birth, whether or not the child was a male still was significant ; yet the information was kept private. anon1

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      I don't know what the tabloids are saying about twins, lizzie. Not predicting anything here. Just musing and surmising. I just think a boy and a girl would be a nicely rounded-out addition anon1

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    8. Agree KP is not always on the ball. But I didn't recall that the due date announcement was made particularly early either--I thought it was likely after the 3-month mark although since the due date was vague (a month, not a date) maybe it was early. But if it was *known* to be twins and they didn't want to say so though, I'd think the announcement would have been more carefully worded tp avoid the number reference. But maybe not...as you say many (including me) find KP's PR efforts inadequate and sometimes downright incompetent. And I suppose Will might get a kick out of "fooling everyone" with an announcement known to be false (but that seems a little immature...it's one thing to keep something private, another to have a false announcement made...we've been down that bad PR road before!)

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    9. I said the announcement of the pregnancy, not the due date--two different announcements.Pregnancy was again announced early due to need to cancel an engagement the next day-- announced around first week of September, too early for specifics. KP revealed exactly all that could be known at that point. The due month was announced much later, closer to the three month point. William waffled after being blind-sided with the twin bomb--a sure click magnet. No denials. Being "in denial" and purposefully denying a previously true statement are not the same. We are also relying on the quotes of William's comments to be verbatim and not loosely translated. We need to consider the source of the original story.anon1

      I think you're messin with me now, lizzie. ;+)
      Luckily, this is one bit of information we can be assured will be revealed soon. Some stuff we just never know for sure.
      I will admit to hoping for twins in order to end Kate's history with HG.

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    10. No, not messing, anon 1. I thought you were referring to the KP April due date announcement for "a baby." Singular baby. I think it's perfectly fine for W&K to keep some things private. But I don't think keeping the sex of the expected baby private is the same as keeping private that twin babies are expected *IF* an announcement is made suggesting one baby is expected *after* a twin pregnancy would have been known. There is always the *possibility* in the past and now (note I said possibility, not probability!) W&K prefer not to know the sex of their babies until birth. Even with US some couples do that. But if it is twins, the idea that they didn't know it was twins until the birth won't be credible. So I would have expected the *due date* announcement to avoid numbers if it was twins and they preferred not to announce that. You are right though we'll know soon!

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  19. She's being a trooper. Perhaps her work day is shorter than I imagine. I just get a surge of wanting her to sit down and put her feet up, which is weird because I felt terrific in my third trimesters. Guess I'm not used to seeing her with a little extra meat on her bones.

    She looks happy and comfortable. That's really all I care about.

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    1. I share your sentiments, anon 8:23. Although I am thinking..."but, but..." anon1

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  20. Who is that woman in the photo? She's been going to a lot of events with Kate recently. It's almost like she replaced Rebecca though I know she didn't.

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    1. She is the assistamt of her private secretary Catherine.

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    2. Named Laura Baker.

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