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Look-Back: Kate's 2011 Appearance at the Epsom Derby

Monday, June 4, 2018

We all have our favorite William and Kate engagements. Or several. For me, their appearance at the Epsom Derby on June 4, 2011, just a little over a month after their marriage, remains one of the absolute best. Fans were still riding the high of the Royal Wedding and it was still a new excitement to see Kate as a member of the royal fold--standing next to William at public events as his wife--rather than the discreet girlfriend getting papped in the streets of London. This picture in particular was electrifyingly exciting. I'm not saying royal watching isn't fun anymore, but gosh, there was a special magic in those early days.


I also still love this event for its fashion. Kate plucked her white Reiss "Peacock" dress from her closet and paired it with a soft Joseph blazer. I know the whites aren't a perfect match, but I even loved that. Kate was super tan from her honeymoon in the Seychelles, and the creams and whites of her outfit set off her color to perfection. 


She wore her Whiteley hat in Cappuccino, Kiki McDonough citrine drops, and (of course) her nude Sledge pumps from L.K. Bennett, which would become her signature shoe for the next several years. 


The new princess was certainly the belle of this ball. 


And the life of the party, if the pictures were anything to go by. :) 


Unhappily, in the seven years since this idyllic looking day, William and Kate have not returned to Epsom. Although Kate is unlikely to attend this year, I accept Ascot as a fabulous substitute for Epsom. Still, the fun photos from that happy afternoon are some of my favorite. 


35 comments:

  1. I loved this outfit. And I guess Queen Letizia did too as she wore the nearly identical dress and jacket for a museum function three years later.

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  2. I love how she was so carefree and just saw everything as fun in those days. Sadly, she has lost most of that joie de vivre.

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    1. Cat, I don't think she has lost it so much as learned to channel it appropriately. Remember the London Marathon for Head's Together? Plenty of fun there--it was a fun, outdoor sporting event. There is still plenty of by-play going on between Catherine and William--just more subtle. They were openly flirting here. (Knowing Epsom, champagne may have been involved. ;+) Loud laughs and giggles have been replaced by broad smiles, at least at official events.

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  3. Mary in NebraskaJune 4, 2018 at 10:21 PM

    Thank you for posting this again, Jane. I had forgotten how young and in love they were then. A perfect choice to remind us that Meghan and Harry aren't the only newlyweds to be adorable and crazy in love! I think Will and Kate still share this passion and fun. Good gor them!!

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  4. They were so in-love and so flirty-cute together. And Harry (gosh, he looks sooo young) must be starting to feel like the third pole...

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  5. It’s Jane - happy Monday. Lovely post, lovely Kate - where did those years go !!

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  6. Thanks for the fun recap! Still one of my favorite looks, too. I love that it's such a fun length, but still so polished! And I have to say, I doubt we'll see them again, but I still love those shoes!

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    1. Has anyone figured out what the Last Appearance of the Sledges was? They were quite the workhorse for her for so long...

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    2. Courtney, MarylandJune 5, 2018 at 4:27 PM

      I ageee, I love the sledge pumps and much prefer them to the newer heels.

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  7. Those early days where wonderful indeed. She got it right every time, wearing affordable outfits that made her look gorgeous. And could she wear a hat! She still can. I started reading hello! because of her, then stumbled on this blog and never left...fond memories.

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  8. My comment, which even I recognize as idiotic and never to be answered by those in the know, is how tall are Diana's two sons? In many photos, Harry appears much shorter than William; is he, or is this due to the magic of photoshopping?

    JC

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    1. William is 6' 3"
      Harry is 6' 2 though some say 6'1"

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    2. Wow. Looks much more than a 2" difference in some photos here.

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    3. Reportedly William is 6'3"; Harry is 6'1" so two inch differential between the brothers.

      Now Catherine is 5'9"; Meghan is 5'7" so two inch differential between the women as well. Of course footwear changes the relative heights, but it is interesting that each couple has the same height differential with their partner.

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  9. Love this, thanks for the post, Jane :) One of the things I really love is looking at how Kate was handling her fashion choices in the early days - this is clearly a dress from her pre-royal days, which she paired with a blazer like she might have done for one of the many weddings she attended back then, and her chignon isn't quite as perfect as it would be now, and it's all so fun to look back on now and see how her fashion and her look as evolved. I also keep hoping for a repeat of one of the first hats she worse - remember the grey with the Katherine Hooker coat and the blue topper with flowers worn with the blue coat?

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  10. Among my top 10 DoC outfits. Loved it from top to toe!

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  11. I loved that you showed this post again. This would have to be one of my favourites. The happiness is so apparent and I just adored the outfit. It was perfect.

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  12. A happy, welcome Monday diversion indeed. Jane, I think the Epsom Derby this year was about a week ago. There were photos of a very cheerful Queen Elizabeth in attendance. HM does love a horse race. Especially when she wins.

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  13. Georgia, I liked the black broad brimmed hat she wore with a blue dress and I think black blazer to an early wedding. Was that the first one she attended openly with William? Maybe not. Sometimes events get scrambled around in my memory. Fortunately , we have "Kate's Clothes"

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    1. That was a wedding they attended after they were engaged but before it had been announced. Apparently the fact they walked in together made a lot of people suspect the 'secret' engagement.

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    2. Anon 2:33-I think their joyous expressions also gave them away a little. They had to withhold public announcement due to a death in Kate's extended family.

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  14. Thank you so much for this Jane. The twitter-sphere is a very frustrating place (in my view) these days when it comes to comments about the younger royals, so it is great to take a trip down memory lane to pass the time as it relates to the Duchess of Cambridge. Please keep it up as your time permits. Love this reminder of their newlywed days.

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    1. Amen! What she said! Btw does anyone know who the other people are standing around them? Harry has bulked up since then and looks taller now too.. He looks like a scrawny kid there but we all know he wasn't!?!

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  15. Jane knowing that your busy with law school. Can you incluse more look backs of Kate like in the girlfriend years and her first few years as royal during her maternity leave. I always come to your blog and look at past years of Kate it's interesting to me see her grow in her role.

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    1. SierrafromMontanaJune 6, 2018 at 1:00 PM

      I second that request!

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    2. The girlfriend years please! X

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    3. I fourth that! Her maternity leaves seem to last forever!!

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  16. This is such a fun post! Thanks, Jane! You are right that the magic from those early days was so exciting to watch. I miss seeing Kate but, having just spent a month with my daughter who gave birth to a son less than two weeks after Kate and is the same age, I can certainly see why she needs the rest and recuperation. The older siblings still want mommy's attention while the baby demands it by nature. It's exhausting and my daughter doesn't have to show up in a dress and heels with full hair and make-up when she goes out in public! I am hoping for a balcony appearance by Kate at Trooping though!

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  17. I loved this post, thank you so much! I agree, it was such an exciting and distinctive era for Kate-watching. I too would love to know when we last saw the sledge pumps, as well as why they haven't attended this event since?

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  18. Her wedding was the event of the century. A very expensive wedding dress that brides all over the world would replicate the next years. A event full of stars and royalty watched by billions. The next day the new duchess stepped out in a Zara dress. Like she didn't want to left her roots behind that quick. A future queen of England but she could be the girl next door. She was shy, not really confident yet and searching her way in her new role. Opting for high street brands and struggeling with public speaking, you could feel so related to her. We could be this girl kinda feeling. Her leaked honeymoon pictures on the seychelles, het first tour, wimbledon with Pippa. She looked so in love, so happy. The waiting on a pregnancy. Following single Pippa with her diffrent boyfriends, her stylish and sometimes daring outfits and carreer struggles. Kate is stable, there is no new chapter to looking forward to (the upcoming years), she fits in her role and dresses like a mom with a queen budget. I'm not looking forward to her fashion moments anymore but to her mommy-moments. Trooping the colours, family pictures, maybe family outings in theme parcs or cinemas in the future. Royal watching will always be fun for me. From the girl on the slopes kissing her boyfriend to mommy of three. I just love this princess.

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    1. Well said 7:16. She's moved into a new phase in her life and it is fun to see how she's grown. The mommy moments are the most fun. She and William have moved past that newlywed-gazing into each other's eyes part and are now a solid team and family. It's wonderful to see.

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    2. My favorite photo--William and Catherine joyfully hugging in the stands. Also, the walking with Lupo on the beach in Wales one that Jane displays in the side-bar. There is a peaceful harmony with a hint of the dynamic, cohesive team they would become.
      I also enjoy watching Kate as a mother, but I think the best is yet to come for the other side of Kate-she is an intelligent, creative woman whose skills enhance her role as a mother but will also make her a quiet leader in the royal world of the future.

      I know I have expressed this thought more than once- Ha!-but I think the days of royals getting by on sheer numbers with a wave and a nod and a name on stationary will fade into the past, along with lavish Country manor hunting weekends, royal debutant balls--long discontinued, fur wraps, and Nanny-raised children. I think William and Catherine can visualize this future and will be fully prepared to join it, if not implement it.

      HM, Anne, and the cousins can gracefully live out their time on their own terms. I do see an endorsement of sorts by the Queen of the younger generation's approach to royal work: her obvious embrasure of Meghan, whose stated feminist views were belatedly acknowledged on the royal site. I personally think HM may have had a hand in that. This, followed by the upcoming shared "away day." Add to that HM appearance at The Mews with Camilla for a medical dog demonstration. True, the Queen wore her royal work uniform, complete with white gloves; but, to me, the appearance had a different flavor from the "hail and farewell" format of many royal visits. Camilla has an admitted love of dogs and she uses this passion to further several causes. Camilla and Charles, in my opinion, are a transition between the old and the new. She does get involved on a feeling, personal level with her charities. Charles is passionate about many of his efforts. I think Edward, early on, tried to bring the monarchy a little closer to the people with his television programs. I think he was a little ahead of his time. Andrew, well, I think he tries innovative business methods and I am not speaking tongue in cheek. I am excited about what I see as an increase in royal appearances by his daughters. I hope it continues because I think they have something to offer. ( and I think Jack is adorable and I can't wait until the wedding and his official entrance into the Family) Of course, Sophie, with her projects for eye disease efforts is passionately involved in her work.

      I don't think change will be overnight, but it is coming. More than an abrupt change, I see it coming about as an evolving, a gradual falling off of some of the outdated methods and the steady addition of new approaches. Certainly, the Queen's taking part in social media and her remarkable recent appearance in a film/interview based on the Crown Jewels and her coronation are examples of the Queen's acceptance of the wave of the future.


      I think the Queen, in her way, is leading the way and even excited about the future of the monarchy. At least, that is how I like to think of her. She hasn't lasted 60 odd years by remaining inflexible and intolerant.

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    3. Hear! Her! Anon 7:16. Well done!

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  19. anon1, IMO you give Charles too much credit for smooth transition. He has given ample warning that he will "pare down" the monarchy and made it public record. I think that's why Andrew has gotten himself all in a twist so often. I don't think Charles will cut off those who have really pulled their weight for HM like Anne, Edward, and Sophie. But there is often a palpable feeling of animosity between he and Andrew. HM's cousins will quietly retire. The fact that Jack was one of the ushers at Harry's wedding speaks well of the respect they have for him and I can see the Cambridges and Sussexs using he and Eugenie in some capacity with The Royal Foundation but, if HM hasn't seen fit to give the York girls significant responsibilities, I can't see Charles doing it.

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  20. Robin, I think Jack and Eugenie would be a productive addition to the Royal Foundation's work, especially given his background in business and her talents--not to mention they are each seemingly outgoing and approachable. I just don't think Andrew would go along with it. I don't know who is responsible--whether HM, Andrew, Charles, or Beatrice and Eugenie. The fact is, the two Yorks have been seen out and about more recently at royal events, both family-oriented and otherwise. It may be part of the balancing act amongst the Houses with the recent publicity H&M and W&C have had, associated with current events and short-lived or part of an on-going long-term plan or strategy.

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