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Kate Middleton's 10 Years Attending the Order of the Garter!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Ten years ago today, June 16, 2008, Kate Middleton made one of her very rare appearances with the royal family as William's girlfriend. It was an historic occasion that brought Miss Middleton out to mingle with the BRF in front of the cameras. She was at Windsor Castle to see her boyfriend Prince William became the thousandth Royal Knight of the Garter. It was his first Garter Day as a member, and it was her first appearance as a guest! 


The Most Noble Order of the Garter was instituted by Edward III, one of England's most successful and powerful monarchs, who reigned over a veritable golden age for the island kingdom. He launched this order of chivalry in 1348 (some dispute the exact year) and it has become Britain's most prestigious order of chivalry. The fact that Prince William, in 2008, pushed the numbered knights to a thousand is proof positive the order is one of extreme selectivity.



As a Kate fan back in 2008, seeing her at this event was electrifyingly exciting. She wore a ladylike, fitted suit she'd been pictured in before. Kate wore this suit to an art opening in Ireland in April of 2007 right after she split from William!  As a royal, she wore it in 2013 to sign a condolence book after Nelson Mandela's death, and again in 2015 to visit the French Embassy in London to sign a condolence book in the wake of the November 13th attacks. Although it has been relegated to somber and sober events in the past decade, back to 2008, it was quite the sophisticated ensemble. She paired the suit with a lovely Philip Somerville hat and classic pearls. Her suede ribbon clutch hasn't been seen in a while, but it was such a favorite of hers for so many years!!


We wouldn't see Kate at Garter Day again until she was an HRH. The Princess attended her first Garter Day as a royal in June 2011, shortly after her return from her honeymoon. Her silvery grey ensemble for that event is absolutely one of her best royal looks ever. The new duchess turned to Katherine Hooker, a label she favored as a single girl and as a freshly-minted duchess. This slimming, light coat over a delicate silk-crepe dress with a draped neckline hit just the right note at this important annual event. 


Kate paired the coat and dress with a striking, bespoke disc-hat by Rachel Trevor-Morgan. Something about the twisted pheasant feathers that completed this hat gave it the perfect flare for Garter Day's medieval roots.


Her earrings were her Kiki McDonough Grace studs, which Kate wore for years, and still occasionally pulls out, although glitzier Kikis often take center stage these days. The small cross necklace she wore was a frequent accessory in her single days, but she stopped wearing it within a few years of her marriage. 


For me, Garter Day 2011 is probably still my favorite, although it has stiff competition from almost every other year Kate has attended. In 2012, the Duchess was back recycling the ruffled McQueen she had worn to Trooping in 2011. Fans were elated at the chance to get a full look after we only got a teasing preview at Trooping. Peeking out beneath the coat is Kate's Reiss Peacock dress, which we just talked about in the Epsom look-back. 


Kate chose a Jane Corbett creation to top off her 2012 ensemble. As you know, if you are a longtime reader, I think Corbett was one of the most talented milliners Kate has collaborated with in her time as a royal (and I miss her now she has hung up her hat). Although this hat did not showcase Jane Corbett's creative genius, it was young and fun and the right pair for this ensemble. 


Kate was wearing her green amethyst drops circled in diamonds (the older pair--a custom order from Prince William as a gift for his bride), and carried her very popular Natalie clutch from L.K. Bennett. Every year, William casts a glance over to his grinning wife under the canopy. This shot captures the two right their exchange. 


Kate clearly determined not to make Garter Day an annual event. She did not make an appearance in 2013. Although she attended Trooping a few days before, Kate was in the final month before George's birth at that point, and doubtless decided it was best to give Garter Day a pass. She was back the next year! In 2014, Kate returned to Windsor in an ensemble that was a decided miss for me, but may have struck a more positive chord in other quarters. 


This coat was by Christopher Kane and was a recycle for Kate from events celebrating the 2012 London Games. Kate turned to John Lock & Co. for her hat, which was outside the box for Kate. In 2014, she was transitioning a little with her fashion, and this ensemble has always been one of the rockier ones in my book. Still, this hat that looks like an open oyster with a little pearl has its merits, and I loved these UFO earrings that matched everything so perfectly. 


In 2015, Kate gave Garter Day a miss again, as she was a little over a month post-partum with Charlotte. In 2016, however, Kate was back with a bang recycling some of her early, iconic pieces for an absolutely stunning ensemble that pulled together big-ticket, sartorial history. This bold red Catherine Walker got its first wear in Canada 2011, on the Duchess's first blockbuster trip with Prince William. 


The hat had equally prestigious debut. This Lock & Co. was a recycle from the 2012 Thames River Pageant, one of the most remarkable of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee events. The Pageant featured 670 boats parading down the Thames, which was the largest parade of its kind in history. It was a smash hit then and it was a smash hit in 2016. 


The pièce de résistance, however, was absolutely Kate's earrings. These diamond acorn and oak leaves are instantly recognizable as the earrings the Middletons commissioned from Robinson Pelham for their daughter's 2011 Royal Wedding! We hadn't seen these since Kate waved her final farewell on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on the afternoon of her marriage. 


In 2017, Kate was again absent from Garter Day.  A reader reminded me there was no Garter Day in 2017, which means Kate has only missed in baby years! Her other two absences have been in years she was pregnant or recently postpartum. I can think of an argument that would support the likelihood Kate will attend this year, and one that would argue against it. But, obviously I am hoping, on this ten-year anniversary of William's investiture, that the Duchess makes an appearance on Monday. Finger crossed!


84 comments:

  1. Kate was not abscent last year. There was no garter day last year.

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    1. You are right! I'd forgotten about all that drama, the opening of Parliament etc was all thrown off!

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  2. Nice post. =) I'm so glad to see Catherine really did wear her acorn wedding earrings again! I was afraid those had turned into a one time thing! I hope she brings them out from time to time publicly.

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  3. Interesting retrospective. Generally, if I see Catherine with a part on her left side, I assume it was before marriage. If on the right, post marriage. I always wonder, who or what was the motivation for the switch.

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  4. Those red shoes are everything.

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  5. That red look is amazing. It's definitely not my personal style but I love it on her. I think the hair and the makeup are perfection, and then the earrings and the red shoes hit out of the park. By far the best year for me!

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  6. I love, LOVE the red in 2016! Several of my favorite pieces of hers (especially that hat!) combined and in that lovely bold jewel tone, which I think are often her best colors. Also in 2016, along with her wedding earrings, I believe the Duchess of Cornwall is in her coat worn at the Cambridge wedding, maybe? Lovely look that year from her as well.

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    1. I agree with you. the red one is my favorite too.

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  7. I love how the feathers in her hat from 2008, William's investiture year, evoke the feathers in the Garter hats. She was on it as early as then, even without a staff to help her pull a look like this together.

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  8. It's so nice to see a new post!

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  9. Fiona, North West EnglandJune 17, 2018 at 10:18 AM

    If she does attend this year's ceremony, I wonder if she might reprise the blue coat dress worn at the 2015 Trooping of the Colour - it would be in a similar timescale from the birth of Prince Louis as it was from that of Princess Charlotte. I have always been curious to see it in full!

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  10. A feast for the eyes, Jane! I can't pick a favorite outfit.
    I think that 2008 appearance may be the last time Kate out-hatted Camilla. anon1

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    1. True, anon1, re the hat, but more recently, Kate seems to've out-boobed Camilla! (I am referring to a pic of the two ladies travelling together at Trooping the Colour, 2018.) Who'd'a thunk?

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  11. I've always liked the polka dot suit first seen in 2007. This is one of Kate's nicest outfits ever in my opinion--professional looking but not stuffy. Do we know who the designer was? We'll probably never see this suit again, but I'm glad Kate wore it multiple times.

    I didn't care much for the 2012 ruffled McQueen at the time. But looking back now, I think it was a cute and youthful ensemble.

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    1. She did wear the suit again it was for condolence signing. But I forget which one

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  12. Does anyone Know if the Cambridges attendend today's Spencer wedding?thanks!

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    1. No, apparently they did not attend the Spencer wedding. If it was held on this Sunday, the 17th, and not the 16th--I'd have to go back and check--then, being Father's Day, I can see why. I've followed Kate long enough to gain a bit of knowledge re the way she likes to celebrate special occasions. She seems, for example, to prefer to celebrate birthdays on the actual date of birth, whereas some other members of the BRF celebrate same whenever is most "convenient".

      Kate may well have made plans, in advance, to celebrate Father's Day, with both her own father and her children's father in mind. And that may have included an entire weekend together.

      I could be wrong, but I'd bet money that that would've been her preference. (Kate was raised as middle class, with middle class values, which I, and perhaps others, tend to forget.}

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    2. P.S. to my earlier reply: the wedding was held on Saturday, June 16, which makes mare sense.

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    3. Thanks. And How about today?

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    4. Garter Day? Kate wasn't present because it's an official engagement and she's on maternity leave. And before you ask, she WAS at the Trooping a week or so before, even though it, too, was an official engagement, because you pretty much have to be dead, hospitalized or retired to get out from under it.

      JC

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    5. Yes, I saw the Trooping. Thank you

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  13. Thanks for the thoughtful new post, Jane! Like most, the red is my very favorite for several reasons. Kate looks great in red, the hat is a work of art, the wedding earrings were a sweet surprise, and she finally wore shoes that were bright in color! I too think the blue satin coat year was a huge miss. There's retro and then there's "not attractive in any decade." Most of her clothing, however, is tailored to perfection and she wears them beautifully.

    Keeping fingers crossed for an appearance tomorrow. She is recently postpartum which could make her decide to stay home but it is the 10 year anniversary for William and she's been seen more on this maternity leave than we've seen her in the past.

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  14. The red Catherine Walker is stunning! I spy a bit of wobbly stitiching on the hem, sadly. I agree with fellow posters that the red shoes are to die for.

    I like the way, since day one, Kate has always held her head high, looked people in the eye, rather than the slightly simpering look with the chin tucked, as others sometimes do. The clothes make her look good, and her beautiful dignified posture makes the clothes look even better.

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    1. Can’t think who you mean!!!!

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    2. I know exactly who you are talking about, not because I think that is your victim's Modus Operandi - but because the remark is spiteful, and that is how so many people treat the Duchess of Sussex. For shame.

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    3. I assumed it was about Diana. Does the DOS do that, too?

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    4. Anon 6:50 PM: "The chin tucked in" sounds to me like Diana as well (but I don't think you were referring to her). What an unfortunate remark.

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    5. I wrote the original comment. Golly! As Mary Crawley would say. I was actually thinking more of a couple other young women, although you're right, she does it too, 9:46. Look at BRF pics from the early 1980s. It seems an odd posture to me, and I like that Kate doesn't do it. I didn't use names because I wanted to compliment Kate, not draw attention to them.

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    6. I also thought of Diana (I commented this yesterday--guess another Google goof)--, although I don't think the mannerism was simpering or calculated as photos show she had done this since childhood. I think her brother Charles also does this to some extent. May be something their Mother did. anon1

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    7. On further reflection, I'd like to apologize for my original comment. I didn't mean to sound mean, but clearly I did, and for that I am sorry.

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    8. The "Shy Di" look from Diana came largely from her shyness (hiding behind her fringe) and her height. She was 5'10.5" and often slouched or had this posture to cope with the "Di-Mania" of the time – an intensity of attention that has been unmatched by the current generation of royals.

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    9. The "Shy Di" look from Diana came largely from her shyness (hiding behind her fringe) and her height. She was 5'10.5" and often slouched or had this posture to cope with the "Di-Mania" of the time – an intensity of attention that has been unmatched by the current generation of royals.

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    10. The reason I did not think your post was about Diana, was because you used the present tense. I personally hate comparisons between the two Duchesses - in any way. They are different people, different backgrounds and will have different jobs. Plus Catherine has been a Duchess for 7 years, she has a head start in how to behave/dress/hold her head etc.

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    11. However, Diana wasn't 5'10" when she was photographed in this posture as a small child, well before the pap years. It is likely a familial mannerism, as her brother also has assumed this posture at times. I thought I had seen photos of their Mother Frances in like posture, but perhaps not. I have not noticed this in the few photos of Diana's sisters either. Just the two younger children, Charles and Diana. And that reminds me--I think Prince Charles has been photographed like this. I think it sometimes is related to wearing a hat with a brim or some logistical situation. anon1

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    12. I think comparisons are inevitable. I know I do it constantly. I would never have been on a blog if it wasn't for Kate. I didn't know anything about her until I watched the wedding. And I got more and more interested in her style because she got it right every time and was a delight to watch. That's how I started reading this blog and I became more and more interested in the woman behind the clothes. And that woman embodies values I admire and believe in, such as family unity, loyalty,humility, common sense. I do not get the same feeling of awe about Meghan's fashion. And I am not comparing Meghan after 1 month with Kate after 7 years. One month after W&K wedding is when I started looking frantically for more pictures of Kate. Meghan is perfectly beautiful and well dressed, that's for sure, but her fashion doesn't attract me. I wouldn't buy or copy anything she has worn. And I feel people are asked to love what she wears because they have decided she is an icon, rather than let them decide to like or not her style depending on what she chooses to wear. As for her person, there has been a lot of information on her former life, she has made an interview, and 2 more with Harry. It is difficult to ignore for me, and I don't feel attracted to that kind of person in real life, much less on the internet. As for how she is adapting to her role, objectively, she had had quite a number of faux pas, not very important, but I don't think the reason invariably given, that she is her own woman, a breath of fresh air, shaking the BRF,or the question why should she do like Kate?, are serviceable. It fosters comparisons and IMHO Kate always wins hands down. They are very different women, interestingly almost opposite in character and life choices and they tend to be seen as a representation of two kinds of women in general, it is very noticeable in discussions on this blog. What we think of them is in a way what we think about life. In conclusion, the apparition of Meghan has showed me just why I had an interest in Kate. Meghan is in an interesting situation, she is beautiful and I wish her well but I am glad not to feel the impulse to follow her closely, I spend much too much time already following Kate!

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    13. I feel exactly the same way An. There is a dignity and style about Kate that is not matched by any other member of the current generation of the BRF. The York girls are trying and I think Eugenie has shown real progress and maturity, but Kate is in a class of her own. It may be because of her stable and loving upbringing combined with a first class education— something that Meghan, Eugenie and Beatrice did not have, although all three are well educated. Whatever the reason, when it comes to poise, dignity, sense of occasion, and ability to show deference without appearing toadyish or fawning, Catherine is unparalleled.

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    14. I feel exactly the same way An. There is a dignity and style about Kate that is not matched by any other member of the current generation of the BRF. The York girls are trying and I think Eugenie has shown real progress and maturity, but Kate is in a class of her own. It may be because of her stable and loving upbringing combined with a first class education— something that Meghan, Eugenie and Beatrice did not have, although all three are well educated. Whatever the reason, when it comes to poise, dignity, sense of occasion, and ability to show deference without appearing toadyish or fawning, Catherine is unparalleled.

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    15. This is absolutely spot on. Kate is amazing, elegant and beautiful and I so longing for her to be out and about again

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  15. I must say, Kate can wear a hat! I love her outfits for the garter.
    I am not convinced she will attend today...

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  16. Very disappointed that Kate did not attend today. Makes me think that's why we saw the family out at polo last weekend. As the future Queen, this sends the wrong message imo. Sophie, who will not even be Queen, makes the effort to attend each year.

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    1. Kate said she was intending to concentrate this time on the children and that is what she did by taking them on an outing to watch their Dad as a traditional private family event rather than leaving them for a ceremony. An official announcement was made that she would primarily just be attending royal family activities until Fall. The Queen and the Government obviously have approved this move. The OOG ceremony is attended by some RF members, but is not itself a royal family event as Trooping, christenings, birthdays and such are. Trooping is HM official birthday; the OOG features many, if not mostly, non-BRF members. I think the Queen of Denmark is a Knight. There should be no surprise that she was not there, as disappointed as some are not to have more pictures of her, such as the beautiful ones from previous ceremonies just posted here.

      William, the future King, has been out and about doing the Queen's business. Kate honors her word. In a recent statement for one of her charities she remarked spending time playing with one's children is important and that she enjoyed it. That is the message Catherine is focused on sending right now.
      Plus--outdoor, relaxed, informal activity with one's children requiring informal, comfortable clothing versus..

      On the other hand, if Kate attends Ascot, I may revisit this viewpoint. Wimbledon, maybe. I assume it would be a matter she and her physicians and husband would weigh in on.

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    2. She is on maternity leave. And probably breastfeeding. I wouldn't say it sends a wrong message, not at all IMO. And anyway, she will never be a dame of the order of the garter.If she attends, it is as a spouse, not a future queen.

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    3. Faith, I replied to your comment yesterday but it went missing along with another comment.
      I think we saw the Cambridges out at polo because it was a family event to watch the Dad play in a charity match. This has become a tradition
      for them.

      Since KP officially announced that Catherine would be spending time with her children and newborn and would not be appearing at her usual engagements until Fall, I don't think her absence should have been a surprise. This plan obviously has the approval of the Queen and the government, not to mention William.
      Sophie certainly does her part but she has missed a number of high profile RF events and it was assumed it was ok with HM. Also, it has been many years since Sophie had a newborn or even small children to see to. I imagine by the time Kate's children are over age ten as Sophie's are she will be hitting all the big events and a bunch of others. Probably sooner. By Fall. Actually, I am amazed she made it to the wedding and Trooping. She has been seen spending quality time with her children and that is exactly what the plan was. anon1

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    4. I think you touched on why it's OK for Kate to not attend every single year right now. Sophie will not be Queen but Kate will. Kate will at some point, probably sooner rather than later, become Princess of Wales followed on by becoming Queen Consort. With those two most senior positions waiting for her in the wings will also come triple or more her current royal duties. Right now she is able to spend far more time with her small children than Diana was able and HM never could. I would argue that with decades of Garter Ceremonies in her future she can be given a pass on occasion.

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    5. Add to that she doesn't have a role in the ceremony and most likely shall never have even when William is King. She will be there to support him, of course.
      All the same, it is clear from Jane's post that Kate only has missed the ceremony when she was on maternity leave. Which for me is the best excuse, if excuses where needed.

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  17. Kate did not attend. But Camilla and Sophie did, and both of them looked very good, IMO.

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    1. I thought Sophie looked lovely. I do wish Camilla would have her clothes tailored just a little closer to her body. You can tell they are made of exquisite fabric but they hang on her.

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    2. Sophie looked amazing again today at Ascot. A jumpsuit and fabulous hat. She was the best dressed yesterday, and I loved Eugenie and Beatrice outfits

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    3. Hee hee RobinCA, I think she does go a bit for the "comfort" factor in her clothing. They do hang a bit but she always looks like she is happy. I did see a close up of Anne's outfit from opening day and it was really a beautiful coat, and tailored really well. Eugenie and Beatrice did both look great on opening day also.

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    4. You're right, ali, I think this is the best we've seen Anne in a long while - including weddings. Eugenie and Beatrice have been doing much better lately - especially with their hats. I think it's hard for Eugenie trying to dress because she has a high cleavage (as opposed to me who has no cleavage) and so it tends to make dresses look like they're lower cut than they really are.

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  18. I think Kate wants to enjoy every Second of her maternity leave, given the fact that from,september her agenda will be much fuller.

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  19. It doesn't bother me that Kate was not in attendance at the Garter Ceremony. Dressing up and traveling up to Windsor while you've got an 8 week old baby does not sound fun. The polo outing was a family outing to support William but this is just a ceremonial thing in which she has no official capacity. If it doesn't bother William or HM I don't think I need to be all in a ruffle about it.

    I am sad that we probably won't see Kate at Royal Ascot this week. In today's fashion sweepstakes I think Sophie takes the prize. A beautiful shade of pink on her with the black trim was lovely and I usually complain about Emilia Wickstead but this time it was a win. AND...a huge congrats to Mike and Zara on their new baby daughter! So many happy times in the BRF this year!

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    1. I find it surprising that Sophie would wear Emilia Wickstead following the designer's criticism of Meghan's wedding dress. I would expect family solidarity.

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    2. I find it surprising that Sophie would wear Emilia Wickstead following the designer's criticism of Meghan's wedding dress. I would expect family solidarity.

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    3. Family solidarity? You mean solidarity in touchiness, revenge and pettiness? Or in reading every comment on internet? EW allegdly made a comment on MM wedding dress. Not a very clear story but at the worse she said it looked like one of her designs and she didn't think it fitted well. Givenchy might or not be annoyed. But Meghan retaliating by frowning on every BRF member that wears EW designs is IMO a disproportionate response, albeit a mean one. I would not think better of Meghan if she stopped wearing EW nor do I think worse of Sophie for still wearing them, in fact it shows elegance of mind not to be bothered, also forgiveness if there was something to forgive.JMHO

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    4. I have a deep respect and admiration for Sophie. She is reportedly very close to the Queen. I doubt Sophie would wear Emilia Wickstead's designs on several occasions since the wedding dress story if there were any ill feeling for the designer in the royal family. Actually, she may be making a statement of support to counter possibly exaggerated or embellished stories of disrespect for either Meghan or Ms. Wickstead, or the House of Givenchy. I had suggested, somewhat jokingly, that all the royal ladies should wear EW on the balcony at Trooping to counter the rumors. The fact that one actually did resonated with me.
      Such stories spread on social media have ruined careers in the past without strong counter action being taken.
      I am positive she would not wear Emilia Wickstead seated in a royal carriage at Ascot next to the bride wearing Givenchy again if Meghan( or her designer) would be upset by the action. anon1
      I think the media is trying to stir the embers of an old story.

      This is not the same as wearing an offensive piece of jewelry to a luncheon.

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    5. Robin, I agree that Sophie has been looking rather fine lately. More so even than usual. anon1

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    6. I'm not generally fond of Emilia Wickstead's dresses because of the odd dart/seam/pocket placement and unfinished look they usually have. However, Emilia Wickstead said she never made those comments. The first place they appeared was in the Daily Mail who make stuff up all the time. They claimed to have an "exclusive view" of Meghan's dress and it was completely encrusted with crystal and pearls when, as we know, it had nothing of the sort on it. Other journalists picked up the Daily Mail story and ran with it because it was controversial. Quite frankly, I felt the same way about Meghan's dress and hair at her wedding so it wasn't an uncommon opinion. Apparently Sebastian Shakespeare, the original "journalist" who wrote this story, is fairly well known for making up outrageous stuff and putting it in print. The fact that Sophie wore this dress seems to put to rest the rumor that there is a rift between EW and the family. The Daily Mail always prints the best pictures which makes them worth visiting but one should never put any stock in their commentary because it's all drivel.

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  20. Blogger used to be really good about separating spam from real comments, but recently, the spam is all coming to the main queue, so I have missed some comments. They should be showing now; sorry for the oversight!!

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    1. Thanks, Jane. I had commented under Anonymous 3, trying to point out that we seemed to be blessed with another round of intermittent provocative anonymous comments. I thought maybe that name didn't go with my ISP info and that was why I was dropped.

      What happened is I pushed "publish" and either I got a notice to give an ID in the box--which I already had, with the subsequent disappearance of my comment or it flashed to a Google page with instructions to sign in for Google. Unfortunately, it all resulted in repetitive comments. anon1

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  21. Camilla wore in 2016 the same outfit she wore on Kate's wedding. And the shoes looks a lot like Kate' L.K. Bennets. A funny sort of statement in Meghan-mania days.

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  22. I love all the years of outfits. The icy baby blue is probably my favorite. As far as the DOC not attending, yay for her! While not her reasoning, I actually hate this event because underneath it all is something I fundamentally disagree with - horse racing. I mean seriously, someone was fined for whipping his horse too much! Why in the world would I support something that encourages people to beat an animal to make it go faster? Barbaric IMO. Anyway moving along....I look forward to the fall months and hopefully a wonderful calendar of events, oh and the christening of course!

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  23. Anon 2.50am. Unless Jane has added to the post - it is about the Garter Ceremony at Windsor Castle and has NOTHING to do with horse racing.

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  24. Lots of great outfits. I think my favorite look might be the 2011 grey/silver coat and dress. The hat is gorgeous, wish she would rewear that hat.

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  25. I have always wondered what Sophie, Kate and Camilla were talking about in the 7th picture.

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    1. HaHa! Where are the lip-readers when we really need them? anon1

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  26. Announcement from KP that Louis' christening will take place on July 9. Now the new questions begin. Who will be the godparents and what will Kate, George, and Charlotte wear? I'm thinking we're pretty secure in assuming William will wear a navy blue suit.

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    1. I think Kate was in cream for Charlotte's and George's christenings, so perhaps she'll want consistency. On the other hand, she was just in a creamy tone for the wedding. It is expected to be a more private event than Charlotte's christening, but I hope we'll still get some good views. Thanks in advance, Jane, for bringing the photos to us. Can't wait to see the family of five!

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    2. The papers (if you can believe them) are saying that there will be family photos as in the past and that the public will get a nod with an opportunity to see them arriving for the event. I wonder why this one is so much lower key than the others. I also find it interesting that they will have been held in three different places. Personally, I liked Charlotte's the best with the family walk to the chapel. I was looking forward to Charlotte waving to everyone along the way for this one!

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  27. Kate is very beautiful, so she always looks pretty, but the 2011 silver coat is one I remember thinking looked especially nice for the occasion.

    I have to comment, is it just me, or does anyone else think Kate looks like the blog author, Jane Barr?

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  28. Congratulations to Harry and Meghan, I just saw the article saying she is pregnant with twins

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    1. I don't I would believe everything you read. Kate has been pregnant with twins about 8 times since she and William were married. The pregnancy speculation game with Meghan has begun.

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  29. Robin--I am looking forward to seeing the whole family together at the christening, although there is a possibility George and Charlotte may not be there. Of course, the date being during a time George's school is on break is encouraging. Also, there is the formal family photograph with both families that would surely include the children. The Queen likes to emphacise the succession in these photos, it seems to me. It will be nice to see the Middletons, too. I imagine James Matthews will be with Pippa.
    Ha!. Yes, William in a blue suit. Black is for funerals and grey would be too informal. There aren't many choices for him. Pinstripe? As I recall, Tony Armstrong-Jones was a natty dresser. Sometimes it almost seemed like he and Margaret Rose were in competition. Phillip always has been dashing but never seemed to steal the Queen's thunder. I think William knows who would win a competition with Kate in the fashion department. Why try?

    Which leads me to wonder--are the other royal ladies seemingly bringing it on at Ascot, with Catherine absent? Even Anne looks especially stylish. I would hate to have to stand next to Kate for photographs.
    Another event I am anticipating:
    I think tomorrow is the beginning of William's Middle East tour. He has a number of significant events and meetings scheduled. I am somewhat surprised that he and not Charles is making this tour. Charles may be too closely associated with the Arab countries for an Israeli visit. Can't think of any other reason, off-hand.
    I hope he pays his respects at Phillip's Mother's tomb. anon1

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    1. I am also anticipating the news from William's Middle East tour. This is a huge visit and it speaks volumes that HM chose William to go and represent her. A trip like this is exactly why the royal family has to avoid politics. A purely diplomatic visit where good will can be established in a volatile part of the world.

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    2. I think you summed it up, Robin. anon1
      PS We missed his birthday. At least he got to celebrate it before leaving for the tour.

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    3. We did miss his birthday! Hopefully it was a low key family celebration with good food and relaxation.

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  30. Agree, Robin.
    The question is...with which family? I suspect his own little family and the Middletons. At least it was private. Maybe they sent out for Thai. Do they deliver? Ha! anon1
    PS he already got his early birthday present. Can't wait to see Louis again.

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  31. Kate is such a beautiful woman, she can wear anything and still look stunning. I remember seeing pictures of her back when they were first dating, and thinking she looked like someone very special. Turns out she was.
    Happy Belated Birthday to William.

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  32. William is truly making history with his visit to the Middle East. He's showing respect and walking that tightrope between diplomacy and politics just brilliantly. Kate must be so proud of him. As the next generation of the royal family I think HM made absolutely the right choice in sending William on this visit.

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    1. Very proud of the great job he has done on behalf of the UK; it cannot have been easy.
      he has also been better dressed than usual---this morning a very sharp cream suit, for visits to the Holy sites. Wonder if Catherine has taken charge of his wardrobe
      He has visited his Gt Grandmother's tomb this morning, taking a bunch of flowers, no different from what most of us would take to a family grave.

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    2. I share your thoughts, Robin and Jean. I can't think of a single diplomat from any country who could have done better. He conferred with the top leaders of all countries and territories involved! Both the President and PM of Israel, as well as Abbas. He visited the West Bank as well as Old City Jerusalem; Christian, Jewsh,and Islamic sites on the Temple Mount. He gave a number of significant speeches.Yet he balanced it with relaxed interactive visits with business, Aid,and youth groups, overcoming any political slant. As Robin said--he walked a tightrope.
      I saw that white suit. Isn't white the color of mourning and/or respect in some cultures? What I thought especially touching was the bouquet he placed at Princess Alice's grave--I believe they looked like they were either wildflowers or from an English country garden. Not the usual formal wreath or hothouse flowers. As you said, Jean, like an average loving family member would leave. Humble yet meaningful.

      Whoever masterminded this tour was a genius. William even walked along a street with the Israeli Eurovision winner! Who thinks of that? I can't help but think, despite all the hours of work many must have put into it, William molded the end-product with his own caring, dignified, and intelligent demeanor. anon1

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    3. What a triumph for William! I think we are definitely seeing the future of the monarchy. I like your description of William's demeanor, anon1. For all the flack he has taken about not relating well with the press and all that, he has certainly made a statement on what a great diplomat he is. Diana prepared him and HM has trained him well. Well done, YRH.

      You're right, anon1, that white is the color of mourning in some cultures but I believe it is in Japanese and Chinese traditions. I think William's suit was more likely to beat the heat in the middle east.

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  33. Jane, we miss you! This seems like the longest maternity leave ever! At least we have the upcoming Christening to look forward to. Any guesses on godparents? I'm thinking Kate will most certainly stick with her traditional creamy white for her dress. Do we think Harry and Meghan will be there or will they have already been sent off on their Commonwealth Tour?

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