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[Full Post] Kate is Lovely in Lilac for Mental Health Summit

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Kate and William undertook their first joint-engagement this morning since the Duchess returned to royal duties. We all love a good event featuring these royal favorites. The two were at County Hall in London for the first Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit. Tomorrow is World Mental Health Day, and since they are separately booked on other engagements, they made mental health a priority on the eve.


It was a picture perfect day in London as the two arrived to cheering fans and clicking photographers. You can see Mr. Security opening the door for William in this video. One of you mentioned you saw Mr. Security on Harry and Meghan's detail while the two were visiting Sussex last week. I saw a glimpse of him, too, but as I hypothesized in the comments (and am relieved to have confirmed today) he has not been transferred from the Cambridges' detail. I think he will probably shift between the two royal couples as security demands dictate. My bet is we will see him with Meghan and Harry on their upcoming tour. He actually first stuck out to me in videos keeping the crowds under control in Australia when Kate was working the walkabouts - he does not mess about. I suspect he is one of their best PPOs and we will see him on both details for the time being. 
This summit brought together politicians and industry leaders from around the world to discuss tackling the mental health crisis, a battle of which William and Kate have been at the forefront.


The two got a flavor of the various initiatives in mental health that are being undertaken around the globe, including visiting this workshop on a program that is ongoing in the United States. It was surely of particular interest to Kate, because it focused on mental health for mothers, an area she has been quite keen on. 


The couple got to add their own flourishes to a contemporary painting by Dairo Vargas. Kate, who in reality is a gifted artist, hesitantly added a splotch of white to the piece. William teased her that she'd "ruined the whole painting," prompting her to burst into a deep, full laugh. I think this is the loudest we've seen her laugh in public--at least that has been captured by recording rather than still shot. They do have fun together. 



I was browsing the blog of one of my IG followers the other day, Pints, Pounds, and Paté, and she had stayed at The Goring and shared a snap of the mural Kate (wearing floral Erdem) contributed to. I had forgotten about that, but today certainly brought that fun event to mind! It wasn't the first time Kate has gotten artistic with a mural. 


The two had a sit on the Friendship Bench. According to KP, in Zimbabwe, specially trained community grandmothers sit on the Friendship Bench and listen and chat to people suffering mental health battles. 


This bench highlighted that Kate's skirt is the perfect length. Short enough to look young and fun while walking, and gracefully draping just past her knees when she sits. Princess perfect. 

United for Global Health Twitter

William made some remarks toward the end of the couple's stay before they were whisked off. You can see Catherine Quinn behind Kate. I was really beginning to wonder, but she is still with the team. 

An immense privilege to see 💂🇬🇧HRH. Prince William ♔ @KensingtonRoyal 💂in the Children👟 & Young People 🕶 workshop at #GlobalMHSummit #theworldneeds pic.twitter.com/zPQbZ6bMCe

Fashion talk time! As mentioned in this morning's Sneak-Peek (which this post replaces) Kate recycled the lilac Emilia Wickstead she debuted in Berlin (below) just before she got pregnant with Louis. This super flattering dress was a huge success that final day, and I thought today's recycle was an equally fantastic win. 


The dress is so simple, but features some of the obvious tailoring Kate has favored over the years and the clean lines that highlight her gorgeous figure. Is this woman a mixture of hard work and lucky genes, or what? She is continuing to prioritize her hair, too, which is paying dividends in spades. Good hair can make or break you (I desperately need a salon right now, so I am especially sensitive) and having this gorgeous, full hair beautifully styled makes it Kate's crown jewel. 


Most importantly, Kate carried a new bag today. She has slowly been shifting to the current handbag trend, and I was thrilled to see her with this Aspinal London Mayfair midi. Although Kate has carried Aspinal before, it is really Pippa's signature label for bags, so I am sure Kate was inspired by Pippa's totes, or perhaps was gifted this sweet accessory.  


Kate was wearing her Mappin & Webb Empress earrings and matching pendant, and wearing her Praline pumps by Gianvito Rossi. I know some are finding the neutral shoes tiring. I have loved the various new and bolder shoes she has introduced into her closet over the past year or so, but I will say I have recently gotten a second wind on the suede nude heels. I definitely like the neutral accessories with this shade of lilac, which can be easily overpower and clashed a little with her red bag in Germany. Seeing her move more toward midi-bags though, is what really made my heart sing today. :) 


Don't forget that if you want to order these "Kate's Hats" mugs, you have to do so by tomorrow.  See this post for details. Speaking of tomorrow, Kate has a solo engagement, so see you then!







56 comments:

  1. A recycled look of a wonderful color, wonderful hair, well combed, another together, are, happy, beautiful and simple, elegant suitcase, with class it, it is simply unique, nor does it look like it has 3 children. A future kings, the example comes from above

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  2. This is one of Kate's prettiest dresses. The color is delicious. Gorgeous new bag, and her hair looks increcible. She looks very ready and happy to be back into official engagements. I think the extra time she took after Louis's birth was well worth it.

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    1. Yes, I think that bonding time with Louis definitely agreed with her! She looks lovely :)

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    2. Really she does look lovely.

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  3. HRH looking lovely in her very "classic Kate" ensemble. The pink shade is so youthful. Mr. HRH doesn't look too shabby either. Very fit and handsome but *sigh* always in the blue uniform. ;) All in all, a very nice appearance together!

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    1. William also recycled his suit that he wore in hamburg.

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  4. PS-Did the HRH's go off on a sneak trip somewhere? Spain? D of C looks like she has a healthy tan. Hair and hair color? To die for. Sylvia

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    1. Probably just playing outside with her kiddos all summer long :)

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    2. I honestly don't see a tan. She wears hose with most dresses so her legs have color. The rest of her is completely covered except her face and neck- and she wears makeup. Look at her forehead. I actually thought she looked pale. Compare her to photos of C&C. Now that's a tan! There are photos of her both inside and outside. Lighting is not an issue here. Maybe folks like to imagine the Cambridges taking island vacations on a yacht as some royals do.

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    3. She looked tan to me too! I don’t see any hose in the last picture, looks like bare legs to me.

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  5. I like the recycling - she looks radiant. I wonder if she is in part deliberately differentiating from MM (who does not recycle assiduously), and in part, trying to nip any "fashion" comparisons between the two. If Kate had debuted two new outfits in her first two outings, I feel there would have been more discussion and comparison of the two in the fashion field. She is perhaps visually showing she is "familiar Kate," just the same as before the arrival of the DoS? Been thinking about this since reading Jane's comment in the previous post.

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    1. In fairness to MM we really haven't seen enough of her to know if she's recycling or not. I wonder if the things we see as "new" are things she's already had. The jury in my head is still out a little bit on MM but fair is fair. It will be interesting to see if she recycles anything we've seen while on their tour to Australia. In the meantime, our Kate is familiar and just who we love to see!

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    2. I remember there was a kerfuffle the first year Kate was in the Firm re: how much money Prince Charles spent on Kate's wardrobe for the first year (which included a tour). I read something about it in Vanity Fair, I think. *Anyway* I think MM is building a Royal wardrobe - we'll see repeats, I'm sure. Some of her sweaters look too cozy not to wear again:)

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    3. The same was said about Diana. I remember in one of her interviews she said it was so intimidating when the press criticized her new wardrobe but then they expected her to look "smart" when she went out. She was Princess of Wales and had engagements several times a week. They would have been so much more cruel if she'd turned up in her old clothes.

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    4. Robin, yes I remember that with Diana---a repeat was "tiresome" but a new outfit was spending more money. I think now with the high prices & austerity in the UK and the focus on recycling all sorts of things, repeating outfits is easily accepted now.

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  6. I really love that Kate and Wills are advocating for mental health. My manfriend, as I call him, suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) two years ago and is still recovering today. I've learned how your mental health can affect your health and how people have a very difficult time understanding an illness they can't seen, including too the point of disbelief. Not only is his mental health a day by day basis, but as a care giver, I constantly have to be aware of how I'm feeling and how I'm handling things. Thank god for my therapist is all I have to say. I think this such a great cause and that my own country needs to start focusing on mental health issues.

    Kate also looks lovely and engaged. Bravo!

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    1. Bravo to you Sierra. Our daughter is caregiver for her husband who also has TBI and PTSD from his time in the military. Caregivers have a very demanding and critical role. I feel like mental health is slowly being addressed - finally - here in the US but you are right that people who can't "see" the illness can be so clueless. I also feel like nobody is focusing on the mental health of the caregivers. My daughter and her husband also have five young children as well. Keep up the good work!

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    2. Bravo to you both; I work with veterans and have gotten to learn about TBI and PTSD. Both should be talked about more.

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    3. Thank you for working with the veterans 7:44 and you're absolutely correct about the dialogue. I wish we had someone here who gets the attention of the press the way Harry does in Britain for our wounded warriors. My son-in-law competed at Invictus last year in Toronto. Harry was visiting the GB team at the same time some of the US athletes were on the track. He came over and visited everyone on each team and was so supportive and kind to everyone. (He loved my son-in-law's service dog.) We have a lot of celebrities in the US who regularly support our vets but since they aren't named Kardashian, Clooney, or any of the other headline grabbers it's never covered. My daughter said that two of the nicest and most supportive celebs are Kevin Sorbo and Larry the Cable Guy. Kevin Sorbo was very aware that my SIL's PTSD was ramping up and went with him out into the hallway where there were fewer people so his anxiety could calm. He stayed out there and visited with them for a long time and knew exactly how to be a calming presence. Pres. George W. Bush has also continued to host wounded vets at his ranch for years. Sadly we are too enamored with whoever is on the cover of People Magazine to see who the real heroes are in our country.

      Sorry, rant over. The subject of mental health hits close to home and I am so impressed with William, Kate, and Harry and what they've done. Waiting to hear where Meghan will put her focus. Maybe she can address the needs of the caregivers.

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    4. Hi RobinfromCA - Thanks for such kind words. TBIs and PTSD are a real thing. I've watched my manfriend struggle with this for two years and it breaks my heart. Plus, he's different now, and I've had to learn who this new person is - which is also a challenge. There are good days and bad - but we're figuring it out together. I hope your son-in-law gets better every day. And yay to service dogs! After the accident, we ended up adopting a little rescue from our local shelter. He's really been an emotional support dog for the both of us. :) Nothing like coming home after a long day to such a happy face!

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    5. You are all so right.
      Especially about the mental health of the caregivers.
      I have stage 4, incurable cancer, and my husband handles so much for me.
      Right now I'm doing really well so I do as much as I can for him. But some day he's going to need as much support as I do, just different.
      Lots of folks are checking in on me, but few think about what he is going through.
      Caregivers are true heros.

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    6. Bless your heart, Mary. Sending prayers and positive thoughts to both you and your husband. You're right, caregivers are true heroes.

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    7. SierrafromMontana, personalities do change - and sometimes from one hour to the next and then back again. Glad you're both working together on it. I think everyone should have a dog because it is their special gift to make people happy! My SIL's dog is a specifically trained service dog but the emotional support he gives is also invaluable. Where are you in MT? We have property in Whitefish and love it there!

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  7. Willian i Kate są wspaniali. Zachowują się bardzo elegancko i naturalnie. Ubrania z recyklingu noszą nie tylko Kate i William, cała BRK ostatnio to robi. np Edward i Spohie Wessex dzisiaj . Czyżby chcieli pokazać Meghan jak należy postępować? Ona chyba nie zrozumie jakoa rolę w dzisiejszym społeczeństwie odgrywa BRK. Meghan jest celebrytką.

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  8. I'm wondering if Kate recycled (beautifully) to keep the focus on the Mental Health Summit rather than on new fashion.

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  9. Kate looks gorgeous. Her return to public life has been fabulous, and her beauty and glamour are on full display. They are great together.

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  10. One of my most favourite dresses, so well fitting and the colour is lovely in the sunshine.
    She is always so elegant and appropriate.
    We are being spoiled this week as she is at the V and A tomorrow and surely at the wedding on Friday.

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  11. Pretty lady, pretty dress but the seamstress in me doesn't like the visible seam allowances down the center front. Almost every Wickstead piece makes me wish she would take a basic sewing class.

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    1. I have always viewed Wickstead as a "anti establishment" type of designer. I think she views sewing rules as something to be disregarded and just does what she wants. I think she's trying to have visible seams and unfinished hems along with her inside out pockets. Many of her designs I don't like, and I can see how her aesthetic would irk a tailor or seamstress who strives for perfection in their work.

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    2. As much as I love the overall design, I agree. Those seams on the side/chest area detract from the look. Sylvia.

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    3. Me too Anon 12:06! I also wish EW's hems would hang more evenly. But I do like the color on Kate.

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  12. Just adore them and her. She is full of grace and is beautiful inside and out! Love her in this color and love that she has the sense to recycle!

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  13. The lighter hair goes much better with the lighter make up - no under eye liner, less heavy brows much less blush. She looks slick and professional and well put together, surely a deliberate contrast to Meghan’s slightly more casual look (messy bun, no tights, eclectic jewellery etc). Can’t wait to see what they both wear to the wedding, fabulous recycles I’m sure

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  14. I love Kate in this color! I've never been a great fan of her Wickstead dresses because of oddly placed seems and pockets but this is definitely the best one. I would love to see Kate wearing more in the lilac/lavender color family. The handbag is to die for!! I've been waiting for the retirement of the ever present clutch. Now if she would ditch those suede pumps I would dance a jig! We live in a world of cute shoes and she can afford the best! Even so, she looks so classic and gorgeous. I am loving those highlights in her hair more and more. I have the same color hair and have been toying with highlighting it for awhile. Kate is giving me the courage to go ahead and take the plunge!

    I agree with 10:10 that she uses her recycles to her best advantage when she wants the focus on the work.

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    1. Oh Robin, you and I think so much alike! That handbag is delicious! Just perfect. And those pretty pumps need to spend some time in the closet. I don't get the suede shoe thing in warmer weather anyway.
      But the color is stunning on her and she is as gorgeous as ever.

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  15. Love it! Gotta say though, she must be wrapped up in Spanx to get that gorgeous figure back so quickly after three kiddos. Kudos to the D of C!

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    1. Really quick. Remember the yellow sheath at Wimbledon? Wasn't that over three months ago?

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  16. I loved this dress the first time and adore it again; I love this color on her. Such a great cause and her and William had a great time; Kate really brightened a gloomy day for me today:)

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  17. LOVE!! I feel like she knows we were so anxious to see her again and she is not disappointing! Beautiful color—she looks radiant. Cute little bag, too!

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  18. LOVE the bag! It makes the recycled ensemble exciting
    -Soha

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  19. I love this look! I liked it on the tour, but it was overwhelmed by all the outfits. So flower-like, elegant and lovely. And I like her hair like this, rather than the way it was styled on tour (though that was pretty too). I like the extra volume at the crown, the loose waves and the honey-colored highlights. Her makeup also looks flawless- has she done something different with her eyebrows/eye make up?

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  20. While I absolutely applaud their idea of dismantling the stigma around mental health, I do wonder when they really get down to work. The young royals wanted nothing to do with ribbon cutting, hence there is a chance to spend a day there and attend the conference/workshops, they choose to spend less than an hour there, painting and listening in. I am sorry but I am disappointed. And they say this is the area that they are interested in, God help those they aren't.

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    1. I feel like they are doing what they are supposed to do. They aren't the experts, so they don't have more to offer than those already involved and attending the summit. Their role is to reduce stigma and bring attention to the event which they did just by stepping into the building. Their presence is disruptive, so I'm sure they wanted to intrude as little as possible in order that the work that needs to get done there does occur. They did attend a workshop Kate was particularly interested in, they met a lot of people and asked quite a few questions. They brought attention to the Friendship Bench initiative by being photographed sitting on it. Im not sure if the painting is to be auctioned off to support a mental health project but their two brushes of paint just increased its value and gave it a lot of publicity. We don't have any way of knowing what will come out of their attendance. Maybe they learned a thing or two that can be implemented with some of the charities they are involved with. Maybe they met some experts that they can bring together with people who need help. Maybe they pinpointed a cause that needs some financial assistance. At the very least, they put their support behind a great cause.

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  21. Jane, also, I think Kate painted a tiny boat in a painting during one of her engagements with the 1851 Trust. I remember she was weating white and comments were made about how brave she was to do that.

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  22. Lovely in lavender!The photo of W & K on the bench is my favorite.

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  23. Kate looks fabulous, a dress that suits her perfectly, great hair, I love the longer style ... and the handbag, finally a trendy one, not another boring clutch. But she should ditch these praline suede pumps, they are too dark for this outfit.

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  24. I’m so glad that Kate is back on the scene. She looked refreshed and ready to get back to the business at hand. She seems effortless at her engagements. I’m so glad that they’re focusing on mental health. As mental illness has always had a stigma attached to it, bringing it to the forefront is so important and having programs to help people from childhood to elderly is the right step forward. Kate is certainly a breath of fresh air.

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  25. I think she just likes these pumps cause she feels comfortable in them.

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  26. Wow not an ounce of post-baby fat anywhere. She looks super head to toe. Love the bag. Of all her nude shoes (which I'm not a fan of) these are the best. So glad she's back. Hope we get some Louis pictures soon. --J

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  27. Prince George and Princess Charlotte are back on wedding duty on Friday, so the Duke and Duchess are certain to be there.
    Quite a list of little royals following the bride down the aisle

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  28. Thanks Jane! Could you do a post on all that you know Kate does to get her hair looking that healthy/bouncy/full/shiny sometime?!

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  29. Gorgeous dress and hair. You’re right that the bag is sweet: in fact waaaaay too sweet for an adult woman to carry, IMO. I also prefer this dress without a necklace but the dress and the hair overcome my complaints.

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  30. This is the second outing for this lovely lilac/lavender dress, and I liked it just as much this time 'round--not that I'm a Wickstead fan, but this time, she nailed it, especially re the colour. (My difficulty with other Wicksteads Kate has worn boils down to oddly placed pockets and seams, hems that don't properly hang and skirts so full that a good breeze encourages them to head north--toward Kate's nose. Dumb designer mistakes.)

    I had to think about the the colour of Kate's new handbag--at first, I thought it a poor choice, since its colour would limit its use, but then I remembered two other dresses Kate wore on the 2017 tour of Poland and Germany (one at the Polish concentration camp; one at some sort of nightclub, in Germany) and realized this handbag would go with both, just as it would compliment a navy or black outfit. So, my wrong.

    Love handbags this size, altho I confess that the main reason I like them in Kate's case, is that she tends to carry them in one hand, at her side, instead of that absolutely foolish way the Queen carries them, in front of the body. I also favour handbags, and shoulder bags over clutches; I've always associated clutches with evening engagements, not as daywear.

    Gotta say that I thought this look was a two thumbs up: great dress, great colour, great hair, decent accessories.

    Am looking forward to Kate's fashion both today, and especially, on Friday. Re the latter, I hope we don't see a repeat. Don't get me wrong; altho I tend to view the York family with a jaundiced eye, I do think Eugenie is entitled to a great day--it ain't her fault, after all, that she was born a Princess, it was the near-sighted Queen's.

    JC

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