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Prince Louis of Cambridge's Christening

Monday, July 9, 2018

The last time we were at St. James's Chapel Royal for a royal christening it was Kate's first-born. Today, so much looked familiar, but so much had changed! The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were absent, leaving Grandfather Charles as the senior royal, Uncle Harry brought a new Aunt, Pippa is married and pregnant, and of course George and Charlotte are already little royal super stars. One thing that hasn't changed is the joy surrounding this important occasion.  


The Cambridges cut down on the pre-christening news cycle by releasing the names of the godparents right before the ceremony. When they did, the six chosen ones were Nicholas van Cutsem, Guy Pelly, Harry Aubrey-Fletcher, Laura Meade, Robert Carter, and Kate's cousin Lucy Middleton. Guy Pelly's selection surprised a lot of people. I still don't think he is Kate's favorite amongst William's guy-friends, but he is undoubtedly one of his closest pals, so I am not shocked that on their third child, he got a nod. Here is a video by Richard Palmer showing the godparents walking to the chapel, followed by the Middleton family.



Uncharacteristically, both Carole and Pippa were fashion misses today. Carole's ensemble was disappointing to me, although not a complete crisis, but Pippa was a dead-last disaster in the style-stakes. Perth's Fashion IDed Carole's silk dress as a Suzannah piece. All the Middleton woman have worn Suzannah over the years, and Pippa in particular has favored the label. Generally it stands them all in good stead, but I felt the cut of this dress did not fully flatter beautiful Carole. Still, it wasn't a complete miss in my book--it was a fun change of pace from the structured Catherine Walkers she often favors. Katie IDed Carole's hat as a piece by Juliette Botterill. Carole's pink hat for Pippa's wedding was by this designer, and Kate's blue hat at Trooping, too. She is a talented milliner, and I expect we will see more of her on Kate and her family moving forward. 


Pippa really plunged into disaster with this Alessandra Rich dress and complementing hat by JT (I assume??). I don't know what she was thinking with this. The double panels over her petite bump just made it look distended. And the buttoned up top and pleated skirt missed the mark and came across as mumsy. This was an unmitigated disaster. I can't beat around the bush on this one.  I am going to give major points, though, to James and Pippa on their color coordination! 


Everyone asked about the woman with James Middleton. This is Laura Meade. She is a friend of the Cambridges and one of the godparents.


We waited what felt like an eternity, but then the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall emerged, followed closely by the Cambridge family, making their debut as a family of five! Uncle Harry and Aunt Meghan finished the party off. 

The Duchess of Sussex sported American mega-label Ralph Lauren and a hat by Stephen Jones. To me, Meghan's choice was a little perplexing. Olive green is not the first color to which I'd gravitate if invited to a baptism on a sunny, summer day. That being said, Ralph Lauren doesn't roll out a collection without a heavy spattering of this shade. It's a signature color, and I hear unconfirmed reports that olive is hot this summer season? I don't know, but I do know that it's a stunning shade against Meghan's skin tone. A surprising choice, but certainly an objective success. She looked stunning and that hat--both broad-brimmed, but light and airy--was perfection. Olive didn't blend so well with the rest of the royal party, though. Halfway through the morning I got a text from a girlfriend pointing out Harry's teal tie paired with that olive green. 😳


I don't really have a theory on what happened here. Maybe there was a snag with the ensemble she'd planned to wear and subbed this one in? I don't know. You can get a sense of Meghan's ensemble in motion from this video of the Sussexes leaving the chapel with Charles and Camilla:
We are going to get to Kate's fashion in just a bit, but first the christening. The program included the hymns O Jesus I have Promised and Lord of All Hopefulness. But, best of all, the choir performed John Rutter's This is the Day, which he composed for William and Kate's wedding in 2011. It's a sublimely beautiful piece that radiates joy and God's love, and I am thrilled they marked Louis's baptism with a song so special to their story. If you need a refresher, this is the anthem performed at the Royal Wedding:



As brief as it is, I love this short clip of Kate coming out of the chapel. Her delight in her little baby is so beautiful. 

The two older siblings were clutching Daddy's hands and their programs. Am I the only one who feels like Charlotte has shot up even since we saw her at polo last month? In one of the videos [see it at the end of this post], you can hear Charlotte say something like "they aren't coming" or "you aren't coming" and it seems directed at the press. If so, it seems she got the briefing on the awaiting press and that they'd cover the baptism, but not the after party. A little of William rubbing off? 


This video of the family and godparents exiting the chapel gives a nice view of the various ladies' ensembles. Guy Pelly's wife looks magnificent! The party moved back to Clarence House where they enjoyed one of the tiers from William and Kate's wedding fruit-cake, and the official photos were taken. We should get those shots very soon! 


Let's talk Kate's fashion! As she has for each of her children's baptisms, the Duchess turned to McQueen for the perfect ensemble. This creamy dress has the same peaked shoulders that her Trooping dress had, but with a wide v-neckline. She paired the flattering dress with what has been called a "hatband." I love, love, love this headpiece. It looks like a subdued Kokoshnik (traditional Russian headdress) or a medieval headpiece from the Renaissance. It is a custom piece by Jane Taylor and added the special splash that Louis's christened called for. 


Kate chose to forego a necklace, but wore new pearl cluster earrings by Cassandra Goad! These are the designer's Cavolfiore Pearl Studs, and they retail at £4,360. They were the perfect accessories to pair with that hat-headband!



Kate was wearing her Romys from Jimmy Choo. Not to jump around in my thought process, but all the men are wearing the same shade of tie. I actually zoomed in on each pattern to make sure they are all different (they are), but they are in the same color family, so I think there must have been a color memo.  


Prince Louis was angelically behaved for his baptism, sleeping through the initial debut, although he was awake after the baptism when the family left the chapel. All of Kate's children bear a close family resemblance to one another, but I think Louis looks remarkably like Kate as a baby. Those dark eyelashes and  eyebrows definitely remind me of the baby pictures we have seen! 


We don't get the same picture access at a palace that we got at Charlotte's Sandringham christening, but it was fun to be back at this historic building for Louis's big day. Happily, the family gave press access and video coverage, which I particularly enjoy. Kate looked stunning and this dress with its peaked princess sleeves, plunging neckline, and her unusual headpiece really made her the belle of the ball.  There was a lot of talk surrounding the absence of the Queen. I do think it was a little odd, but it did permit the younger royals to really step into the spotlight as the parents and as the next generation. 


William and Kate's kids are so beautiful and she so clearly adores being a mom...I am rooting for a fourth baby Cambridge christening in the future. :) 


74 comments:

  1. Great post Jane! One small point - the 6th godparent is Hannah Gillingham (Mrs. Robert Carter), Kate’s school friend.

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  2. I thought Carole and Pippa looked beautiful. Pippa looked like her big sister had picked the dress for her and she and her husband were color coordinated. Loved her dress and the blue color.

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    1. I thought the color and fabric of Pippas dress was lovely but the fit was atrocious. Better luck next time!

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    2. Pippa...ooof. She has been rocking maternity style lately but this was a miss! The color is lovely on her skin but honestly, even she doesn't look happy about this.

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    3. The concept of Pippa's dress was nice but it wasn't very flattering on her. She did look great for pregnant woman but the dress was blah.

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    4. I may be the only one, but I liked Pippa s outfit!

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  3. That hat! Gorgeous. Perfection again.

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  4. I love Kate's ensemble and she is just radiating joy--the best accessory. I like the neckline on her, actually a little lower than she usually goes and it really flatters her collarbone. Such fun earrings and hat. I see she is switching up little Charlotte's hair to a middle part! Cute. I believe Charlotte looks back and says "they're not coming" as in the rest of the family. Adorable that she is clutching the program from the service. George ever shy, I wonder if it was intentional that William kept him on the side of him that is furthest from the press? The videos of the kids shaking hands is so cute, already learning the art of being a royal! The blonde woman in pink is second best dressed!

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    1. That is Guy Pelly's wife Lizzy. She looked amazing!

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    2. Wasn't George holding William's right hand, both entering and exiting, which would give the media a look at each child.
      Charlotte's clutching the program reminded me of the kerfuffle on the tarmac when she objected to some papers being taken from her. Her head piece was a mini fascinator in training. I agree-that handshake ..arm straight, standing tall, looking the Archbishop straight in the eye. anon1

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    3. I think you’re right, I don’t think she was being rude to the press I think she was informing them that the rest of her family or the party wasn’t coming. At least not to her mind. She was looking back to the door expectantly and nobody seemed to be coming. No matter how much William hates the press I don’t think he would smirk if his very young child was rude. I also think you’re right that he was shielding George as much as possible. These are parents who take their children’s mental health just as seriously as their physical health.

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    4. Absolutely, great point about their childrens' mental health and well-being. I think William was shielding him. George wasn't camera shy until he was about four...he's putting the pieces together. I think Charlotte is talking to her family--not the press--saying something more along the lines of "Why aren't they coming yet?" when she doesn't see anyone behind her. She's three...it would be funny if she were sassing the press, but she's making normal kid commentary.

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  5. Charlotte is definitely bigger. And she's looking a little round in the face - my guess is she's in the middle of a growth spurt and next time we see her she'll be even taller and probably look a little different. My son was like this - would get quite round then suddenly seem to shoot up by centimetres at a time and look like an entirely new child.

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    1. It's just the middle part, she's no different than when we saw her at the polo.

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    2. I thought her face a little rounder as well but it could be the center part. I like the side part much better on her.

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  6. I didn't like this outfit at all. I really hate those puffy sleeves and the hat is....odd. The whole look was more than a little off for me.
    I thought Carole looked nice and the dress was a nice change. Pippa on the other hand, I just don't understand. I've really been loving her cute low key pregnancy style, but this is confusing and atrocious.
    I thought Meghan did a good job with this look. She needed to blend into the background and let Kate be the focus. She did that well while still wearing a nice new ensemble. Good for her!
    I loved how all of the guys got the tie memo. Cute! Cute! Cute!

    And while I adore George and Charlotte,it would be nice to see them in something different.

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    1. I totally agree, the outfit is a miss, these peaked sleeves always remind me on the Disney Snow White character, the hair band could be nice in a fifties style, but it looks very much Swan Lake ballerina. George and Charlotte are cute as ever, but different, more modern outfits would be fresher and less boring, I love the style of the little swedish royals.

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    2. I disagree that Meghan's outfit blended into the background. The color was so startlingly different from all the pastels that she actually stood out. I'm sad that she's adopted Kate's penchant for suede heels. I was hoping her shoe taste would rub off on Kate!

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    3. Meghan obviously has no intention of "blending in." She wore black amongst the pastels on the balcony the next day. Usually, the Queen stands out. When MM was standing next to HM, the attention was pulled to MM, although HM was wearing bright blue. I think it may be a deliberate PR approach, such as being the only bare crossed legs in the front row of a commemorative photo portrait. She has spent a life-time drawing attention to herself, both through her job as an actress with the necessary PR hype and through her blog and publicized friendships with celebrities. It is a habit long in the making. I have absolutely no real basis for the following opinion either: other than a daddy's little girl aspect left over from childhood, I don't think being the center of attention is part of her being. I think she has learned how to use it for her work and her charities, but I get the impression from some of her out of the spotlight expressions that she is bluffing half the time. I literally ached for her when viewing the car kerfuffle footage. Then I realised that someone should have briefed her on protocol, but apparently did not.
      Fitting into the BRF would be a great task for most Brits; doing so as one already set apart is monumental--especially as an American during these wobbly diplomatic times. The thought may be to turn a liability into an asset. If you can't join them, beat them.
      Wear American designers. Put your own spin on BRF traditions. Celebrate your uniqueness.

      From all appearances, the BRF has welcomed her with open arms. I think the Queen truly seems to have taken MM under her wing. However, public appearances are the desired reality, it seems. Some of the other royals may not be as accepting in private. I don't think P. Michael would have worn that brooch to the luncheon without some inkling that it would garner sympathy from some of the RF. Kate, an English Rose, reportedly was coolly received by some and frozen out by others, all the while appearing in public as a united royal family. No matter what is going on, put on a good face. Harry's continued nurturing may not be only for protection from the press.

      From the away day with the Queen when Meghan wore that gorgeous caped look through the bright yellow sheath for an appearance outside the RF to the recent elegant olive outfit and the timeless yet retro black Dior--there have been some changes made. Gone are the caps and tams headwear; now there are elegant broad brim hats with a translucent feature that perfectly frames and compliments her face. We have neat, sophisticated updos instead of messy buns. Her dress styles are sleek and tailored instead of loose and flowing. She is out-duchessing the duchesses. The best part is that she has retained that former look for use in more private, unofficial activities. The best of both worlds. My money's on Meghan. anon1

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    4. I'm with you Robin, the suede shoes bother me. They seem so hot and heavy for summer.
      Maybe they are more comfortable in cooler England.

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  7. I think Kate looked radiantly beautiful for this Christening. I **love** the hat especially! Her joy in her children is really evident in these photos. The dress and earrings were perfect. I didn't think Pippa and Carole looked that bad. I agree that the fit of Pippa's dress around the bust line wasn't the best fitting but otherwise, she's so petite, it worked for her. Her little bump is so cute!

    There were some surprises with this Christening. I am quite surprised that HM didn't come. I thought that very odd given her position in the church and her very evident faith. I also thought the choice of Guy Pelly very strange but, as you say, it's the third child and Kate apparently acquiesced. Maybe he needed to prove himself to her first with good behavior. The other surprise was Meghan's choice of color. The dress and hat were beautiful but the color choice really glared. She especially looked "clash-y" with Harry. She's still learning all of these things so she gets a pass. I don't think the light blue color of the day would compliment her but a pale pink would have looked nice.

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  8. Am I the only one who absolutely hates the hat? It looks like something ballerinas wear to dance Swan Lake. Just awful. I very rarely hate anything Kate wears but I really hate this. Even some of the misguided Erdems I can understand from some angle. But this is so weird. Ugh.

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    1. Swan Lake! That's it Jess! Besides Russian references I read it was a Tudor style (Anne Boleyn specifically), a style the Queen Mum, Grace Kelly, or Princess Margaret wore, a peek at Kate in a modern "crown", a style favored by Scandinavian royals...but to me, a Swan Lake headband describes it best. (I didn't like it either.) I didn't hate it from the front--didn't love it but didn't hate it--but thought it looked odd from the side. It made me think of an old style Red Cross nurse's cap from that angle. I think I'd have liked it better had it been an actual hat with the front embellishments toned down a little.

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    2. I hate it too! It's really ugly to my eye. She looks lovely as always, but the hat is a major miss in my book.

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    3. lizzie-take a look at the Duchess of Windsor's wedding hat in France. I think it was the DOW's answer to those who denied her a royal wedding.

      I love the old Russian form of tiara. I think that is the more likely inspiration, Tudors and swans aside. I think the Russian tiara copied the shape of a Russian folk head dress and had been worn since long before the Tudors dominated the monarchy or before Swan Lake, for sure (which was by a Russian composer, by the way, which explains the swan-dancer headgear) .
      I don't think Kate would consciously encourage comparisons to Anne Boleyn, who found too late she no longer had any use for headwear. Also, the Boleyn/Middleton sisters association has been touted by some die-hard Kate anti-fans. The Boleyns were ambitious members of the aristocracy. That is one reason why Anne was at court to begin with, as a bed chamber lady in waiting to Catherine of Aragon. I believe there was an uncle who was the Duke of Norfolk who meddled in court politics. Anne's sister Mary had a relationship with Henry VIII before Anne did. Compare this scenario to the modest Middletons. Despite the hopes of some, Pippa did not become Harry's girlfriend. She found her own mate outside royal circles. Michael Middleton, to all appearances, respects and revers the monarchy and the Queen. Carole is always appropriate yet modest in behavior and dress.

      I was surprised and charmed by Catherine's christening hat. A nice compromise between the fascinator style and the rather hot full or broad brimmed style. It looks like a full hat from the front but has the lightness of a fascinator from other angles. It certainly seemed to capture and hold baby Louis's attention on their way out of the chapel. Good job, Kate! anon1

      May I also say a word about little Charlotte's mini-fascinator- in- training head piece? A band with a bow, which is all some fascinators are anyway.

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    4. Hey Anon 1. I guess it looks like Wallis's bridal headgear. Hers had that larger "halo" ring/backing though so that's not a comparison I'd have thought of. Not sure Kate would want to encourage that association any more than the Anne Boleyn one though! (although when googling for pictures from different angles of the DoW I did see an article claiming the dress Kate wore at Pippa's wedding was modeled after her wedding dress.)

      I got the Tchaikovsky connection-- to me though it's not just Russian in appearance. It's Swan Lake Russian in appearance. Maybe because of the color. I just don't like how it looks from the side *at all* although I realize some people do. It doesn't look like a fascinator from the side to me although I haven't studied tons of them. Not sure I can buy that it fascinated Louis either unless he was thinking "what in the heck is that on my mother's head!" ;)

      Do you think we're likely to ever see this headpiece reworn? Or ones styled like it?

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    5. I don't know any royal woman who wants to be associated with the DOW, although the woman did have a certain fashion sense. Recently, with the tight sheaths and severe drawn back hair styles Meghan has given me a little of the earlier duchesses' vibe. There are worse fashion examples in history to be compared to than the Duchess of Windsor.

      I think this hat was probably a one-off. It was good for a surprise, though. My favorite Kate hats are the broad-brim, regarding how they frame her face.

      I took another look at that photo of Kate and Louis exiting the chapel. His focus seems to be above her face. I thought the flowers might have caught his eye. His absorption may even have been what was delighting Kate so much. I am all for motherly admiration of one's infant, but I think she was more amused than adoring. Maybe not. anon1

      PS I think Princess Charlotte steals the show every time she appears. That girl is a firecracker.

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    6. Yesssss! So glad I'm not the only one that despises Kate's helmet! It's not in any way a flattering style and just looks sooo cheap and dated to me. I had a similiar headband in the nineties for Easter Sunday one year. Not a good look for a grown woman on such a special occasion. A full hat was definitely called for here.

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  9. I thought Kate looked really beautiful but I just cannot get over how bad both Pippa and Carole's outfits are!! I also really didn't think Meghan's outfit worked for this occasion...

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    1. Not bad...objectively they looked great, it is just we have very high expectations of them....

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  10. My comment just vanished. Maybe I will try again later, if I can get through to the comment section. My security soft wear seems to block me most attempts.
    I would like to say to Jane... Music! One of the reasons I love reading your posts. From the times of day (and night) you publish, I imagine you have to do a bit of sleight of hand with your schedule to find time for FBTB. Enjoyed all the recent posts. Thank-you! anon1

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  11. Jane, we are on the same wavelength today.

    I did not care for the cut of Pippa's or Carole's dresses. Loved the colors though.
    The extended waist and pleats on Pippa's dress just looked odd. They didn't match for me. Maybe if she were further along and filled out the waist more???? I'm not sure.

    Carole usually looks fabulous. I'm much closer to her age than to her lovely daughters, and I can picture myself in her enviable wardrobe more easily. However that sash hanging from the front of the dress through me off. I think it made her look a little dumpy, and that's not a word I would use to describe her at all.

    I thought both of the hats were beautiful. I love hats.

    Meghan looked great. I like her, and wish her well, but her outfits tend to miss the mark with me most of the time. It's usually just a little thing, and hopefully she will get the hang of it in time.
    Olive was a surprising color, but it really suits her.
    I don't care for trying to match everything - dress, shoes, purse - it's almost impossible to get a perfect, or even good match, and the total look seems pieced together to me. I like a complementary color in accessories.

    The Duchess of Cornwall looked lovely. I like that dress on her.

    Catherine was gorgeous, just gorgeous. The way she smiled down at that precious little baby just melted my heart. Those children are lucky in the material sense of course, but even moreso to have a mother as devoted as the duchess.
    I wish I could see an unobstructed view of her dress. I haven't seen one. I like the puffy sleeves (just hope they don't get too big) and a deeper neckline looks good on her.
    The hatband surprised me, it was very different, but the more I looked at it, the better I liked it.
    I love the earrings. They have a slightly vintage-y look to them that really appeals to me.

    The children were typically adorable. George is really getting tall! He's losing his baby face and starting to look like a little boy.

    I loved the way Charlotte checked out the clergy. She looked them up and down. I imagined her wondering why someone would wear such an outfit, and then I realized that she's probably seen her father,grandfather, and the queen dressed in elaborate ceremonial robes before.

    All in all, it seemed like a lovely day. Here's to welcoming Prince Louis into the Kingdom of Believers.

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  12. Kate looked radiant—healthy and so very happy. She obviously enjoys being a mother. I loved her outfit and especially the hat. Kate’s outfit and Louis’s flowing christening gown made her look like the queen of the day and so feminine. (I also like Meghan’s understated outfit which was a very light olive green and a good color choice for her.)

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  13. Catherine looked gorgeous and clearly in love with her new little man! I appreciate how she continued the cream color that she wore for both George and Charlotte’s christenings, and think the neckline was beautiful on her. I adored her hat; I agree with Jane, my first thought was it is reminiscent of a crown and I don’t understand the comments about it being dowdy or matronly. Oh well!
    Pippa completely missed the mark, it was an odd silhouette and, in my opinion, not at all flattering. The color was pretty.
    Carole’s dress was just “meh”! I think the pleating made her look heavy, which she isn’t. Again color was nice, hat looked good.
    Guy Pelly’s wife looked fantastic!
    Meghan looked beautiful, I like the belt as it helped define her waist (she has a rather straight build), her hat was spot on and I did love the olive color on her.....But, I kept wondering all day why she chose such an autumnal color? It perplexed me and did not match Harry at all.
    Cambridge family looked adorable in the matching blue, I love the smocked dresses Kate purs Charlotte in.
    So happy to see them all together, but really missed the Queen.

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  14. I'm curious to know why some think Guy Pelly is not a fave of Kate's. I've read the tabloid gossip but is there more than that?

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    1. He was a total party animal back in the day and he was usually with William whenever there were unfortunate behavior issues during his single years. It's generally believed that Guy Pelly was the instigator in urging William to sew some wile oats when he broke up with Kate. It is also thought that he is the one who told the press (the "close friend of William's") that Kate was boring. If even one of those last two things are true it would be cause for Kate to think less of him and his influence on William.

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  15. So now we have two besotted royals, namely: Harry, with Meghan, and Kate, with Louis. Which is great...although the besotted one is leaving themselves wide open to future heartbreak, should it occur. (Nor do I mean to imply that Kate loves George and Charlotte less; I do think, however, that Kate has fully relaxed into the role of royal mother and is enjoying every moment of her time with Louis, probably her last child.

    It's difficult to say a great deal about Kate's McQueen dress, since so little of it is visible, but what can be seen, I like. I favour the occasional mutton sleeve and, on Kate, I love v-necklines. As for the hat Kate wore, no, just no. There's no excuse for that abortion, popular as it is in continental royalty, and as it may've been at the time the Chapel Royal was built. A bold sculptured hat, with simple lines--from Philip Treacy (sp?) in tan/caramel--might've been perfect.

    Like many commenters, on several sites, I am completely bored and underwhelmed by the way George and Charlotte are dressed for ceremonial occasions; is there no one brave enough to suggest a change to Kate?

    JC

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  16. I think pregnancy hormones mess with your head regarding dressing for
    formal occasions. During this last pregnancy there were some things Kate wore that made me go "Huh? Yuck!" ( The mustard yellow floral gown on the Norwegian tour. Was it Erdem?) I know I have a couple of photos of me at a party when I was pregnant and I wonder what I was thinking. Maybe that is what is going on with Pippa.

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    1. I had put that Erdem out of my mind until now. That was one of the biggest "fashion don't" moments Kate has ever had!

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  17. What abortion are you referring to JC?

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    1. I think she may have meant aberration but it's a typo or unfortunate auto correct.

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  18. I hope Louis is Kate’s last child

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    1. Ditto, Anonymous July 10 at 10:20 PM. It would be senseless, IMO. Kate needs to care for the three she has--with little help--and to pick up, gradually, on her royal duties. Once these three are school age, apparently age 4, in the UK, she can take on much more. I am of the opinion that she has three because, for her, that's the gold standard, the way she was raised. She may also've been encouraged to have a third; God knows, William has complained about wishing he'd had another sibling to help carry the load.

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    2. I agree, I think until Louis turns 2 she will have a light work load.I think she is going to really step up the work once Louis starts nursery school. Which is probably 2 and half years from now

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    3. By the end of this weekend Kate will have made at least five official appearances, not counting the wedding or the hospice fund-raiser or the polo fund-raiser. She has included her children in most of them, if only via a window appearance. All this while supposedly lolling about on maternity leave with two preschoolers and a new born and likely keeping up with her charities and patronages one way and another. William is the heir and the primary responsibility for royal duties lies with him. He has been doing an admirable job representing Queen and Country. Catherine's primary responsibility is with the home and children. It's not that she is uneducated, untalented, or uninterested in issues outside the home. She has an exceptional talent, it appears, for parenting--why should that not be recognised by some as a contribution to the royal family? She and William have agreed on this plan for at least the children's early years. It is basic to their concept of marriage, but it also represents Kate practicing what she preaches in her charity work with children and families--the importance of early childhood care in the development of the future adult anon1


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    4. Amen anon1! Parenting does not appear to Kate to be a “distraction from real work.” It is real work. It is her doing her best to ensure the future leaders of the royal family are healthy and grounded and wise.

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    5. I agree with everything, anon1!

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  19. As usual Kate was impeccably dressed. Her hat was a breath of fresh air. I do like the colors being coordinated, it makes for a more cohesive look of the family. I was slightly taken aback with the color of Meghan’s dress. It seemed an odd color choice for this time of year. Other than that her dress was lovely. I loved the way Kate looked adoringly at Louis. He’s probably the easiest baby to care for being the third child and his parents have been through this twice before.

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  20. OMGosh I had the exact same thought about a fourth. Kate looked sooooo happy that's what popped into my mind "I wonder if they'll have one more". This is horrible of me to say but in one picture her face looked a little puffy and I thought she is human (I looked like a giant puffy marshmallow after the birth of my children). She looks absolutely stunning hard to believe she's had 3 children. --J

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  21. I love the dress Kate wore, the earrings were just ok but that so-called hat was just atrocious! Very unflattering and just odd. But I give her props for trying something different :)

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  22. Why was Meghan invited to the christening? She is not one of the godparents and she is not kate’s family.

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    1. She is Kate's family. She is her sister-in-law. Meghan is Prince Louis's aunt.

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    2. Oh Good Lord - what ignorance is this? Meghan is MARRIED to Prince Louis's uncle. She is an aunt, by marriage at least. She is Catherine Cambridge's sister-in-law and an important member of the Royal Family.

      ...and that is why she is invited.

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  23. Anon 7:35. Seriously, there was just wedding a couple of weeks ago where Meghan married Kate’s brother-in-law prince Harry. When a person gets married their spouses family becomes their family too. Family is not just blood relation, if that was the case then marriage would not be such a big deal.

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  24. I wonder if Pippa commissioned the dress before she knew how her figure would be. Maybe the awkward panel is the dressmakers attempt to salvage the garment?

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  25. Excellent post! I so agree with your views, Carole and Pippa didn't look good :(
    The hatband is a curious item and really nice!
    She looked soooooooooooooo happy throughout the day
    And yes Charlotte is huge!

    Great day! Although I miss the tons of photos, but I understand their want of privacy :D

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  26. Kate just oozes with love for her children. She must be the warmest, loving mother. What a gorgeous lady she is. I loved her elegant outfit. She will make a most regal Queen Consort one day. The Cambridge’s are a beautiful family.

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  27. I loved Kate's headpiece as well Jane. As soon as I saw it, it reminded me of Anne Boleyn (one of my other favourite royal ladies). I'm sure we will see the dress better in the Christening photographs - at least the top, as Kate is usually sitting. But, the skirt was quite full and seemed to move beautifully.

    I like to think that Charlotte is giving the press some sass; she did continue to eyeball them until she was inside. So cute.

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    1. That was my favourite moment! Watching Charlotte keeping an eye on the photographers to make sure they stayed put was hilarious! She definitely is one sassy/feisty kid :) I’m sure she’ll be giving us plenty more enjoyable moments as she gets older.

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    2. HaHa! She was formidable, wasn't she? I am imagining her as a teenager, Kiwi. I am empathising in advance for her parents. If she weren't a royal, I would not be surprised to see her as PM one day. anon1

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  28. I think the Duchess looks lovely, but I have to disagree with you about her hat. I really, really hate it. It just looks so stupid to me.

    I love the photo of Kate looking down at baby Louie smiling. Very sweet.

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  29. Kate looked beautiful... she oozes happiness and looks very content.

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  30. Personally, I'm not crazy about any of the dresses that any of the ladies wore, but I must say that I've never seen Kate look happier. You can feel her joy just by looking at the photographs. She’s absolutely head-over-heels in love with little Louis!

    Hmmm…I wonder why the Queen didn’t attend?? It seems odd to me.

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  31. Enough with the monochrome, ladies. Do love Kate’s head piece, though

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  32. Yes - Pippa is one hot mess - Kate is positively glowing - her christening outfit seemed to suggest her elevated royal status which only increases with each passing year - I personally loved it from head to toe. Meghan look fab too - the olive green was a pleasant choice - I was also lucky enough to see both her and Harry in the flesh in Dublin on Wednesday, they were beyond gorgeous x.

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    1. Pippa’s outfit is very fashionable. Calling it a mess because you’re not liking the style seems uncalled for.

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    2. Fashionable does not equate to aesthetically pleasing. Pippa’s dress is an over-panelled nightmare

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    3. Fashionable does not equate to aesthetically pleasing. Pippa’s dress is an over-panelled nightmare

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    4. Hmmm I think the general consensus is that it was a pretty awful ensemble...too many elements meshed together...pippa herself looks very well but I stand by my original comment!

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    5. Hmmm I think the general consensus is that it was a pretty awful ensemble...too many elements meshed together...pippa herself looks very well but I stand by my original comment!

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    6. I like many of Pippa's dresses--certainly not all-- but agree this one was a "hot mess" no matter who designed it. I agree it had too many conflicting style elements. Besides the odd middle panel, I didn't find the construction up top to be all that flattering but even if it had been, I don't think the soft gathering above and underneath the breast area goes well with the more crisp knife-pleated skirt. And the stiff-looking wide cuffs paired with the tall stiff collar fight with the soft gathering to me. No collar, narrower cuffs...maybe.

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  33. That hat (so called) is simply hideous. There isn’t anything classy about it. Just attention grabbing. In the poorest of taste.

    I disagree that Megan is looking to outshine anyone. Her dress at the RAF celebration was navy, not black and she was dressed in the RAF colour. Nothing but appropriate. She deserves no such heavy words like the ones above.

    Tess

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    1. You can't complain about heavy words on Meghan's dress if you use rather stronger words to qualify Kate's hat! Fair is fair. You allow other posters to use hideous, not classy, attention grabbing in the poorest taste...to describe Meghan's choices. Not a good idea IMO

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