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"Sneak Peek" Kate & Meghan at Trooping 2018

Saturday, June 9, 2018

[Update: full post is live here] Good morning, all! It's Trooping the Colour Saturday and Kate and Meghan have already debuted their ensembles in the carriage ride. I will be posting later today when all the pictures come in, but this is your little "Sneak Peek!" The Duchess of Cambridge turned to McQueen again for this pale blue dress,  but introduced a new milliner into her closet. Juliette Botterill made this topper! 


Meghan and Harry are back from their honeymoon, as you probably all knew, and she is wearing pink. That hat is a Treacy recycle, I believe. It looks like the same one she wore to the BP garden party just after her wedding. 


Ok, kids, more in a bit.

20 comments:

  1. very nice---Kate's hats are getting more adventurous
    Meghan will get more hats in time
    all look lovely

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    1. Kate's hat--Perhaps the large sub-disc embellishment to the left was to balance Camilla's large embellishment to the right. Otherwise, I would have feared carriage tippage. ;+)

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  2. Wow, Kate looks stunning and like the wife of a future king. She knocked it out of the park!!! I hope we get good photos of her jewellery.
    I’m still pro-Meghan, but I’m uncomfortable with how she immediately started buying all designer clothing for “work”. I know she’s still building her wardrobe, but I really hope we see her recycle outfits in the near future.
    ~A

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    1. I do understand what you are saying ~A. But given Meghan's life style before marriage was very different from what she's doing now, and given the pretty extraordinary number of royal events she's done with Harry since the engagement was announced less than 7 months ago, it would seem she had to acquire a new wardrobe & acquire it (& a bunch of hats) in a hurry! If she was being advised by a female member of the royal family and/or by a long time BRF staffer, I wonder if she would have been advised to concentrate more on High Street clothes? I kind of doubt it.

      I agree recycling is a good thing for all the royals to do but I am not sure how much of that we'd expect to see Meghan do in 7 months. Once her wardrobe has been built for the different seasons for the full year, I'd hope to see repeats after that. But time will tell!

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    2. She's recycled something at nearly every event she attended pre-wedding. She does a lot of recycling. Things like hats and clothing for engagements are going to be new becuase she wouldn't have needed them before hand.

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  3. I'm trying not to be a prude, but surely an off-the-shoulder dress and heavy makeup is inappropriate for Trooping? Everyone else seems to be wearing something understated and elegant. Meghan looks lovely, but I prefer Kate's very modest dress. She looks like pure class!

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    1. I was surprised as well. I think she looks sensational but did stand out a bit on the balcony amongst the other more modest dressers. Again, I’m sure she knows clearly what is acceptable and what isn’t but it did catch my attention.

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  4. An on 8:13 Meghan has already recycled, this hat for one and a black McQueen coat.. I don't think there's really any where for her to go but up..Her pre wedding clothes will be not Royal enough and I'm sure she wants to fly the British flag clothes wise from now on.. I'm sure we'll see her in some less expensive clothing but so far she's had pretty big events!! Both ladies look lovely today. Maybe Kate can take a page from Megan and not be so proper in her clothes. Megan looks sexy chic where as Kate has always been traditional chic,that's why some people think she dresses too old for her age! I'm one of those people, there's a way to be regal and sexy and not have fly ups..Let's hope if Meghan has been taught nothing else by Kate it's that there is a way to not have your dress fly up!! Thanks Jane!!

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    1. I really don't think Catherine made a conscious choice to have the wind ruffle her skirts earlier in her royal years. Meghan, on the other hand, has made a conscious choice to reveal her shoulders, creating a sexy vibe at a formal event honoring the Queen and cannot be excused by saying but Kate ...Kate was repeatedly and soundly and apparently unceasingly reprimanded for something she did not choose.. I assume that means the response to Meghan's red carpet /Hollywood look should be the same. Surely, she or at least her stylist is aware of what is traditional senior royal female attire for these very traditional events. This was not the time to push boundaries. I think her appearance in church with bare arms seated next to the very covered up PM was enough for awhile. Meghan has dressed in opposition to tradition multiple times. She needs to wait until she is not the new kid on the block. She can find other ways to express her uniqueness than flaunting royal custom .

      On the other hand, Meghan was absolutely beautiful. She may be dressing more for Harry. I like the touch of curl in her hair. If only she had chosen to reveal this sexy look for evening or cocktail hour attire it would have been a home run, in my opinion.

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    2. I don't blame Kate for the wind that caused her problems multiple times but she did also make a choice there to not use weighted hems like HMQ does and to wear undergarments with less coverage

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  5. How come the three older royals didn't give meghan the memo to wear blue? Also it's like Kate Middleton was like, 'can't let the new girl upstage me' and wore the most tailored outfit she's ever worn to trooping. She looks like a proper future queen and meghan looks amazing too. I love that she went with her own style sense. Hope we get to see the full outfits.

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    1. I thought that Camilla & Kate wore matching blues that signified their status as future queens. Meanwhile Meghan and her somewhat more daring pink ensemble matched Sophie Wessex with her pink (backless?) dress. I thought is was a nice visual cue of the different roles each family plays within the BRF.

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  6. Kate is such a stunning, graceful woman. Just beautiful.

    Lovely to see George, Charlotte and their cousins enjoying the event and having fun with each other. ❤️

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  7. Hi Jane, while this hat is similar to the garden party hat, I don't think it is a recycle.

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  8. Im not sure if I like Kate's outfit. In some photos, I do, .... some I don't. In general, I think it feels outdated. The hat is heavy and fussy while the dress is unremarkable and not extremely au courant. Then we have the matchy match jewelry:( This may rival last year's medicinal pink as my least favorite Trooping ensemble.

    As far as Meghan, she looks great, although, nude pink is not and never will be a favorite shade of mine. I do like this hat and her dress is pretty. I thought off the shoulder is a no no for this event as I can't remember ever seeing it before but, apparently, not. It is a nice silhouette for her.

    The children are beyond adorable.

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  9. Fiona, North West England.June 9, 2018 at 9:51 AM

    Really loved Catherine's outfit today - its simplicity worked perfectly with the amount of detail to the hat. Pale blue is one of her best colours too. She looked amazing to say that it is still less than seven weeks since she gave birth!

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  10. Charlotte is so super cute how she clapped on the balcony... and danced to the music, absolutely lovely 😊

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  11. Charlotte fell backwards and that's why she became a little upset. You can see more of the balcony appearance in this video. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=U6s-Q3pw8Xo

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  12. I think Charlotte cried because she almost fell off the perch she was standing on - you can see that in one of the videos on Mail Online.

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  13. I think Kate is stunning in this outfit. These photos will stand the test of time and when future generations look back they will see that Kate is elegant and moves with grace and dignity. She has learned to keep her hands away from her face and seems very still and composed compared to some other women on the balcony who fuss with their hair and their hats. Kate on the balcony is a master class in poise and decorum. What a fabulous role model for Charlotte.

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