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Kate's Catherine Walker Recycle for St. Patrick's Day

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

St. Patrick's Day is such a fun holiday for so many reasons, not the least of which is that Kate and William have their (almost always annual) visit with the Irish Guards. Despite the cold, they were out at the parade ground on Saturday. 


As the wife of the Colonel of the Irish Guards (William!), Kate presents the shamrocks.

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The trickiest moment of the morning for Kate is probably pinning a sprig of shamrocks onto Domnall.

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He is a pretty well-behaved guy, and she didn't have too much trouble this year:


Kate is always in good spirits at public events, but there also seems to be a particular air of festivity on St. Patrick's Day. I love this shot of her sharing a laugh with one of the soldiers.

The Army in London
The royals also got a chance to meet the cadets! You can see Kate holding a clutch here. From the side it looks like her Mulberry Bayswater. 

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And, of course, the two join the party at the barracks where Kate has sometimes partaken in the toast with something on the strong side. This year, the princess stuck with water. :) 

The Army in London
I don't know if this event is popular for the same general reason St. Patrick's Day is so wildly popular in the U.S., or if it's a mixture of the holiday and the traditions at this particular event. I know that I love it partially for the beautiful combination of colors. Kate always looks so spectacular in green (or brown) in the sea of striking red uniforms worn by the Irish Guards. It's a visually beautiful event.


There was a lot of speculation before St. Patrick's Day about what Kate would wear. Several of you mentioned she might choose the green D&G she debuted recently in Sunderland. I didn't love this coat, and was hoping she'd choose something else, but it is green and it was possible the front had an extended panel she could have used. 


The brown Catherine Walker from St. Patrick's Day in 2015 was also a possibility, although when I saw Kate on the 17th, she looked like she has outgrown that coat already. Also...brown on St. Patrick's Day? It was a fun experiment, but I definitely prefer green. 


For whatever reason, this more recent Catherine Walker didn't even cross my mind! The Duchess debuted this coat in Sweden just a few months ago, and you can see she wore the same Troy London fur accessories that day, that she wore today, as well as the Kiki earrings. She wore her Tod's heels in Stockholm, too, but she had changed for this walkabout into boots. 


I remember when we saw the Catherine Walker in Stockholm I felt it was unusually loose for Kate's preference, and now I wonder if this was planned, and the cut of the coat was deliberately generous to accommodate a March recycle. She is certainly filling it out now.


Kate also brought back her Gina Foster beret hat, first worn in 2013 for Christmas morning at Sandringham! I love structured berets on Kate, and this was a brilliant choice for the morning paired with this elegant and intricate up-do. She added a little sparkle at her ears with her bespoke Kiki McDonough earrings of green tourmalines and amethysts. According to Susan at WKW, Rebecca English confirmed with the jeweler that these were a special order to celebrate Princess Charlotte's birth!


This was a big, big win. I have no idea how I forgot this coat, but it was just the right cut and color for the event (and her advanced pregnancy!). It's a big, big win! Three cheers for the Duchess of Cambridge on this one!

The Army in London




52 comments:

  1. Catherine looks gorgeous and sparkling. Love her in green anyway; seems to bring out the sparkle in her eyes,
    It is such a happy occasion which everyone seems to enjoy.
    William looks his best in uniform and particularly this one.
    It looks as though the baby is not due until the end of April, unless she is working closer to the birth than she has before.
    Has there been an announcement on where the child will be born? I cannot remember whether it has been confirmed if it is the hospital

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    1. Diane from BostonMarch 20, 2018 at 7:54 PM

      I've seen April 23, Jean. Who knows where that information came from -- probably just speculation!!

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    2. When Kate launched the Nursing Now campaign one of the officials let it slip that she would be in the Lindo Wing again. Not that it should come as a great surprise.

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    3. Orange County GrandmaMarch 20, 2018 at 10:25 PM

      William told RingonStarr today it is any day now. So maybe we will be on baby watch soon.

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    4. I love it when we're on baby watch! Keeping my computer tuned in so I can check for news and logging on first thing every morning. It's fun! Last pregnancy I guessed sex and names in order. This time it's trickier. I'm still thinking girl but names are eluding me. I do hope that Carole is one of the names. Maybe Victoria Alice Carole.

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    5. Carole and Charlotte are actually variations of the same name, Charles. I don't suppose they will call a girl Carole having already a Charlotte

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    6. I guess we won't know for sure until there's a parking lot permit and a press area set up? With Charlotte it was almost a joke that she even went to the hospital! I don't understand what made her make that night and day difference in how she looked when she walked out? But if they don't go to the hospital how would they do the whole process of the big bro and sis coming to see the baby, showing off the baby, driving the family home etc? Maybe this baby name will be more contemporary? They do have all their bases covered!!

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  2. Love the dark green more in this advanced stage of pregnancy-she does look further along this time vs with Charlotte! Given Harry’s wedding is mid-May one would hope she’s due earlier in April so she can have a month or so to bounce back...but it’s hard after baby #3 for most women! Anywise, she looks stunning and hoping it’s another girl:):):)

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    1. I agree. I'm a bit worried about her given the timing of Harry and Meghan's wedding. Sometimes the Duchess has looked especially tired a month or so after giving birth. It actually seemed a bit cruel to me for Harry and Meghan to choose a date so close to Kate's due date month. We'll see.

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    2. I've been speculating about a late April due date since January, and, with her history of delivering "late," have wondered why H&M picked May 19th since it seems likely to overlap with Kate's recovery. I have to believe that they asked Kate to weigh in on the date and she approved of the choice. Maybe she feels like it's their day, and she will be able to muddle through just fine even if only a few weeks postpartum.

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    3. I'm not sure that's quite fair. I'm sure they discussed timing with KM. Harry seems to have always been close to Kate, and I can't imagine her wanting to make them change their plans just because she feels a bit tired. It's just a wedding, and she'll most likely have a month to rest before it. She's not going back to work at a construction site or something. Plus, we all have assumed we have the timing precise with this pregnancy, but knowing KM she's due sooner than speculated and she'll surprise us all and have triplets or something. Wouldn't that be lovely? ;)

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    4. I don't really think that Kate should have been a factor in when another couple chooses their wedding date. Given all the help she has and her ability to take maternity leave, I would think she'd be able to go sit in a church for an hour one month after giving birth. Princess Madeleine attended her brother's wedding and all it's festivities and then gave birth only two days later. If Kate wants to be at the wedding, where there's a will, there's a way. Calling Harry and Meghan cruel is a bit over the top for me.

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    5. That was certainly true after George was born. but they started off without a nanny and then when Charlotte was born George was really only a baby at not quite 2.
      They are both at school now and with a nanny it will, perhaps be easier

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    6. I wouldn't call them cruel, but I am sure H&M didn't give a though to Kate's recovery. IMO the wedding date is no indication of the birth date.
      As for being able to attend, no help in the world makes you fit for anything one or 2 weeks after birth.

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    7. As a person who has given birth twice, she will be just fine a month after. I'm sure, as any family would, Harry and Meghan talked with her and William about potential dates and she was comfortable with it. She has always bounced back well after her pregnancies. She may also not be AS concerned because we don't know how much press this wedding will get in the sense of access. Do we even know yet if it will be televised? Even though she is a hands on mother, with the type of help she has access to plus the type of pampering she has access to she will be just fine.

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    8. It would have been rather cruel if Kate would dictate their wedding date. Which does not seem the case, luckily. I know, shes the wife of the future king, etc... but seriously, this cannot the reason to change the date of someone elses wedding. If H+M chose to ask her before confirming the date, thats perfectly fine. But being obliged to accomdate their wedding to her is over the top.
      And as someone else already said, even 3 weeks is easily sufficonet to be able to sit in a church for a while, especially considering that she typically can walk and sit already hours after giving brith

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    9. The coat was loose only 7 weeks ago or so, and now its almost too tight! Baby is obviously growing. I read that the more babys a woman has, the heavier they become. I dont know how heavy George and Charlotte were, but this one will probably beat them :)

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    10. I had three babys, and for me personally recovery from the first was the hardest. With the third, i was doing everything as usually from day 8 on, taking care of household and kids. And I had a tought birth with several liters blood loss, emergency surgery after the baby was already there, several bottles of fresh blood, and so on. Thank God our bodies are so amazing! Everyone is different, but if naively comparing my situation several hours after giving birth with Kates (i still cannot believe that some women can actually walk after giving birth ;) ) then she probably can easily attend the wedding even if the baby is born early May again. Whether or not she feels comfortable with her body is another question of course.

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    11. Don't worry, 2:14, Kate didn't dictate their wedding date. They chose what worked better and didn't mind her at all.

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    12. Wow. Cruel is a very strong word, it’s Harry and Meghan’s wedding not kate’s, so I don’t think it’s absolutely necessary to consult with William and Kate regarding the date. Considering the fact that the ceremony is just about an hour long I think Kate will be able to make it 3 to 4 weeks after giving birth.

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    13. I expect the date of H&M's wedding was chosen based on a multiplicity of factors and had to be approved by HMTQ. Other BRF members may have already scheduled spring/early summer overseas events or other events that cannot be easily changed. It's also likely that HMTQ would not have wanted the wedding too close to the Trooping ceremony on June 9. This month was likely out because there would not have been enough planning time and more importantly, it's now Lent, typically not a celebratory time in most Christian religions. And much of April likely was out because of Kate's exact due date (a date likely known to Harry even if it's not known to us. And if he wasn't told because W &/or K preferred to keep it private, that's not exactly Harry's fault.) All those constraints don't leave many choices!

      I do think it's going too far to call H&M "cruel" for choosing May 19. If Kate's eventual delivery date is in later April she might be tired on May 19 but she won't be expected to do anything for the wedding except show up, I wouldn't think. It's not as though she'll be working with the caterers, cooking dishes for the reception, arranging flowers, or helping to decorate the sanctuary or the reception venue. She won't even have to "shop til she drops" to find a dress to wear. And I expect W&K plus children and nannies will be staying at Windsor Castle, not commuting that day from KP. I just don't think it's a big deal.

      I liked the St. Pat's outfit alot. Don't care for the hairstyle though, especially the big bump above the bun on the back of her head.

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    14. I'm finding it very strange that everyone is only commenting W&K's schedule when planning the wedding. I am sure C&C's diary was considered and, most importantly, HMtQ. If H&M want to go on a honeymoon and be back in time for Trooping the Colour, they pushed it as far as they could into the spring. Kate might be a bit tired having a newborn in the house at the time of the wedding and may even not be back down to her preferred weight but I am sure she would be the first person to acknowledge that the day is about the bride and groom and not about her. As long William is available to be part of his brother's day and Kate is on hand to corral George & Charlotte (I think we can assume at least one if not both will be part of the wedding) all is well.

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    15. If you think cruelty is planning ones wedding without proper deference to how ones in-law might feel a month post-partum then I can't believe you have any perspective at all on what actual cruelty is.

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    16. Of course it is Harry and Megan's wedding day, but to suggest that Kate's attendance was not one of the factors used to determine the wedding date is unrealistic in my opinion. May we consider Harry and Kate's relationship over the years? As well as her position in the family? Frankly, it is a dig at both Kate and the newlyweds.

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    17. Almost newlyweds! 😊

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    18. Quibbling over what cruelty is seems like arguing over the definition of kindness. Some say it is a kindness when someone in extreme pain dies.
      They are subjectively-rooted concepts, not scientific terms. Same as beauty.

      I think it would have been kind of M&H to take into account Kate's comfort and well-being. They may have done. She is not just a sister-in-law- she is a future king's wife and her health is important to William and therefore the monarchy.
      There were certainly a multitude of factors to consider, especially going into one of the busiest seasons for the RF. There was certainly the alternative of waiting until Fall-or later, as Eugenie has, which would have presented a less-crowded calendar. She and Jack have waited a long time to wed. However, I think there may be advantages to bringing Meghan into the family with an incipient wedding during the convention of the Commonwealth in London. Apparently, Charles is not a shoo-in for the next Head of the Commonwealth. Having her as a daughter-in-law couldn't hurt and might help his resume. anon1
      I also think, when considering how easy and simple it would be for Kate to "just appear and disappear" at the wedding, as on a magic carpet...one should factor in what Kate has demonstrated as her concept of parenting...hands on. How are all the children and equipment, supplies that go with small children and a new-born supposed to get to that apartment in Windsor? Not to mention getting herself together, after being up the night before tending to a newborn. The days of royal wet-nurses have passed. Assistants may do the carrying but I bet Kate will be making the decisions and giving directions, as well as giving George and Charlotte (and William) as much reassurance as possible during the turmoil of a new born in the house--and then an added upheaval, being uprooted to Windsor.. What about the toll, the residual effects of HG? She is smiling and looks well? There a few photos of Kate taken with the façade not in place that may tell the true story. What about the residual toll of overseas travel and standing in freezing wind gusts to perform a task that she must do or risk facing scathing criticism for taking time out for her children and missing ONE appearance? What would have been said if she took time for her own comfort and health at nine months pregnant with the winds howling around her? Can no one comprehend or at least empathize with her? Are we so blinded by or envious of the royal trappings that we fail to see the person?
      I am weary of hearing reports that a nine-to-five desk worker worked up to delivery. "...if I can do it, SHE can do it.." mind-set.
      Give me one example of one who did so while facing constant public scrutiny and illness, with daily "bump" watches and speculation, including bets being made on the baby's arrival date, sex, and name. That all takes a toll that we can only imagine.

      Assistants and nannies and pretty surroundings cannot erase that.

      I do know one thing: barring unforeseen complications, Kate will show up and smile her way through the ceremony--whether 3 weeks or 6 weeks post-partum, no matter what it takes.

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    19. Kates attendence was surely one of the factors, no question. But one amongst hundreds. For sure not determining or amongst the top factors. That would not be realistic.
      Anyway, apperently William mentioned yesterday that the baby is due any day now. Is that even possible? Considering that no timeline for the lindo wing was set yet, as with Charlotte?

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    20. Anonymous 12:29,
      You said to give one example of 9-5 desk workers who worked up till delivery while facing public scrutiny and illness, well I have several,
      Erin Burnett, Ginger zee, Sarah Haines, Ivanka Trump, Megyn Kelly and many more, these are all high profile news anchors who face public scrutiny everyday.

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    21. Funny, I only know Ivanka Trump from your list! I should watch more US TV...

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    22. I've never understood the wedding date. It's the same day if the FA Cup and William is President! Also a Royal Family member gives out the trophy. Then there's the whole Kate due date, which SHOULD BE taken into consideration! They are close and who wants to not only look bad but feel bad at a wedding? Which I doubt she'll look bad but she'll probably think she does!!

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  3. This is one of my favorite events of the year! I just love the Duchess in green, especially with all the sprigs of bright green shamrocks around. It is just such a pretty event. She looks lovely! I agree with you Jane, I love the beret and up-do hair. And I love the photo of her laughing, what a beauty!

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  4. I forgot about the coat as well. No complaints, she did a great job.

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  5. Excellent review of the event. Kate looked outstanding and obviously happy handing out the shamrocks. It was a perfectly perfect day.

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  6. This is my fave St.Patricks day outfit so far!

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  7. You are not the only one, this coat NEVER EVER crossed my mind either!
    I was hoping for a brown recycle, but this one looks good! :D

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  8. I loved this look on Kate. The beret was the perfect compliment on the day. Just the happiness exuded all around made this whole visit fun. My favorite is, of course, the pinning of the shamrock on Domhnall.

    William got to do the coolest thing today - at least for my generation - he knighted Ringo Starr! Or, as he is now known, Sir Richard Starkey!

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    1. The video of William knighting Ringo was so sweet. I was wondering why the task fell to William

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    2. Very cool indeed, Robin.
      Lolo-that was only one of a number of awards and investitures William did that day. KP Twitter has photos of them.anon1

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    3. William has taken over most of this type of task for HM lately. I've often wondered why William and not Charles but I think Wills is a good choice. And Ringo said William told him that Kate is due "any minute now" which is thrilling!! There's also a new "official" baby update website.

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  9. She looked beautiful and green is such a fabulous color on her! Loved the hair and the beret - feminine and polished. Yep, perfection! Oh and on an excited note, Prince William said that she’s due an time now! Fun times and so happy for their family.

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  10. When I saw this coat in Sweden my first thought was that I hope Catherine wears it for St Patrick's Day. My wish has been fulfilled and I am delighted! I love this shade of green on Catherine. I miss the regular appearance of boots in her winter wardrobe though. It's not that she doesn't wear boots, but not as often as I'd like. I'm a boot person for winter and I especially enjoy an ankle boot, which I think looks so great on her. Catherine seems to be genuinely happy to be doing what she is doing on every engagement. She has a joy that beams out of her and adds to her beauty no matter what she's wearing. I recall someone else mentioning that the fact that Catherine is out and about at this late stage of her pregnancy while remaining so cheerful leaves her reluctant to say anything negative about her sartorial choices, and I feel the same. As you said Jane, three cheers to Kate!
    ~Mo

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  11. Great post, Jane! I take issue with one part--the color of the "brown" coat. Her hat is definitely brown; the coat a dark olive green. They are two different colors. The coat is very close to the color of the soldiers' uniforms. Sort of like midnight blue isn't black or blue to me.
    The fit of the coat now as compared to the previous wearing just six weeks ago reminds me of her wearing again the loosely=hanging coatdress of her first shamrock ceremony when she was pregnant with George. One wonders if she was planning ahead then, too.
    Actually, the choice of this coat was so obvious--the color, the roominess-that I think we just over-looked it as too obvious a choice. I know the thought passed through my mind at the time and passed right out again.
    She looked splendid. I think I caught a few admiring glances at her from William, especially as she greeted D...the dog. They should be old friends by now. The dog and Kate. anon1










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    1. Hi Anon1
      Catherine wore a green coat with a brown hat in 2012. She wore the same brown hat with a brown coat in 2015. Jane has included a photo of her wearing the brown coat in her commentary on St Patrick's day.
      ~Mo

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    2. Look again, Mo. Do you really see her hat and coat as the same color? The hat is clearly brown while the coat is some other color--it has been called olive green, among other shades of green. anon1

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    3. The Catherine Walker coat is 100% brown

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    4. I looked back at Jane's column on the St. Patrick's event in 2015. While I agree with anon 1 the hat and coat definitely aren't the same shade of brown, looking at the many pictures from 2015 it seems pretty clear to me it IS a brown coat. The coat looks to be a "neutral" flat brown while the hat and clutch look to be a warmer richer shade of brown. Also the gloves seem to be the same shade of brown as the coat--just a lighter hue. I really don't see olive green anywhere.

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    5. I agree Lizzie. The shades of brown are different but the coat is brown and not olive green. I thought maybe my eyes were playing tricks on me and went and had another thorough look. Sorry Anon1, I can't see the olive green :)
      ~Mo

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    6. HaHa! Speaking of quibbling...
      Olive drab is a shade of green. Look it up somewhere that shows the color.I mentioned she matched the soldiers (next to her in the photo)..perhaps the reason for the darker shade of green she wore that one year. Brown makes no sense for St. Patrick's Day and was more or less used as a criticism of Kate in some forums. "Why didn't she wear green?" Well, the answer is--she not only wore green, she honored the regular soldiers-not the officers in red or black-by wearing the color of their uniform. "Olive drab" is the official name for the color of the uniform and matches the color of Kate's coat. I'm not making this stuff up. ;+) Come on! This is about as Kate as something can get. It fits. anon1

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  12. Probably more important in terms of Harry's wedding is the timeline of the requirements of Megan Markle's visa. Some reports give a timeline that requires a visa for a pending wedding to timeout after a certain number of months. I think their schedule was a scramble of all the events already required by members of the family and the importance of not missing the deadline on the visa. In the Brexit era the Royal family would be badly damaged by incorrect behavior with any immigration requirements stipulated. It would be a bad start for Harry and Megan's public life. Katherine's baby probably was the least in the consideration of their celebration.
    The Duchess of Cambridge emerged from Charlotte's birth less than three hours after labor. I imagine attending a wedding almost a month after having her baby is far less challenging than facing the insane crowd that was waiting outside her hospital window after the second child was born. She came in for bizarre criticism for looking polished and not staying long on the steps in the spring cold with a brand new child. I think this tradition is a kind of ancient echo of the strange relationship of monarchies to their people. The public presentation of the newborn of the heir in this modern age is strange but primal.
    A wedding weeks after a birth when one is safely out of the intense hours of the physical and mental challenges of birth seems a walk in the park in comparison. anyone who has had a baby can imagine the incredible exposure she might feel in this situation.
    Her British public might cheer more for her not slimming down to a size two right after her third child to look skinny at Harry's wedding. It's an unhealthy standard for the many young women she hopes to encourage - including her own daughter- toward healthy parenting and good self esteem. Pressure to look as if one has not had a child soon after becoming a parent is the least healthy way to begin that journey. The Queen is an incredible model of good self esteem and healthy self care in her public engagements after her pregnancies.

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  13. Kate's bump is looking big, I'm predicting TWINS!!!! Go Kate & Will xx (Kate was beaming today she looks so happy :)

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    1. Speaking of bumps. I think I figured out the bump of hair on the back of her head. Her hat is held on by an elastic band that wraps around her hairdo and is probably the culprit for the resulting pushing up of her hair. I doubt the bump was a planned part of her hair style at all, which some critics assumed, apparently. She probably put on her hat just before leaving home and may not have even seen what a mess the band made of her hair- do or it was too late to change hats and redo her hair. She carried on and went off to distribute the shamrocks. Many soldiers and one patient pup were waiting. anon1

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    2. You could be right anon 1 that an elastic hat band is causing the big bump. But it seems to me, if elastic hat bands work the way I think I remember they do (I haven't worn a hat with a band in many decades), since she's not wearing her hair down, she'd have to have put on her hat before this very structured updo was completed. A stretchy band attached at each end to the hat couldn't be hidden under her hair *above* the bun unless put there before the bun was formed. (And if done then the pulling would have been apparent and the bun could have been adjusted to flatten the bump.) If it goes *under* the bun itself, then it likely couldn't be hidden at the last minute on the sides either when already wearing a structured updo. But regardless, a band under the bun couldn't make the high bump because it would be anchored under the bun. And if the elastic was strong enough to make the high bump from under the bun, we would see a pulling effect on the bun also. Or if one end of the band detaches from the hat and was threaded through a hairdo this complex and was successfully hidden under hair before being reattached to the hat, then Kate didn't do that herself when running out the door!

      I don't think the hair back bump is a hairdo disaster but I don't think it's a great look either especially since the percher hat juts so far forward in front. But I blame her hairdresser as I certainly don't think this updo is one Kate did herself. I would think when something is to be worn on the head to a royal event, whether that thing is a hat or a tiara, it would be the hairdresser's job to make sure all is well particularly in the back. I'd also think a British hairdresser would have knowledge of the effects on a hairdo of elastic, combs, or whatever is being used to anchor a hat. So I assumed the bump was an intentional style element. We've seen other "poufs" with some of Kate's updos in the past, after all. Or perhaps we are both right-- the bump was intentional in order to better hide the elastic!

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