Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Kate Discusses " Having a Baby is a Life-Changing Moment" at Ronald McDonald House Opening

Earlier today, the Duchess of Cambridge officially visited Ronald McDonald House Evelina London, marking the opening of their purpose-built 'home away from home’ accommodation for the families of children being treated at Evelina London Children's Hospital.


The Duchess received a beautiful posy on arrival from eight-year-old Isabella, whose brother Luke is staying at the hospital.


The new 59-bedroom house offers comfort, support, and a safe environment where families can interact and share their experiences, and stay free of charge for as long as the need to whilst their child is in hospital. The facility is equipped with kitchens, playrooms, and laundry facilities, and has communal lounges so that families can feel at home. Just a five minute walk to the Evelina London, the location also helps families remain as close as possible to their child. Run in partnership with Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, which made a significant contribution to the cost of the build, and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, which provided the land and helped to bring the parties together, the house is expected to accommodate around 975 families each year.


The £13 million house is run by Ronald McDonald House Charities, an independent charity founded in 1989. There are currently fourteen houses across the UK, helping support over 7,000 families a year and keeping them together at a stressful time so that they can concentrate on the well-being of their child.


The Duchess met Dion and Danielle and their 8-month old baby Mia who has been at the children's hospital for over seven months. Kate told Dion and Danielle: "Having a baby is a life-changing moment but for you having to go through all that as well is extraordinary."


Kate learned more about Ronald McDonald House charities and the significance of the new house for families.


Kate chatted with the mother of a baby struggling with illness after being born at just 23 weeks. More from the Mail Online:

"Brave mother Rebecca Bridges-Wheeler, an NHS auditor married to navy officer Robert, told Kate about son Lewis' traumatic birth during a visit by the Duchess to the Ronald McDonald Evelina London House in Lambeth. Mrs Bridges-Wheeler, from Epsom, said: 'I got a bit emotional talking to Kate. She stopped talking and let me compose myself. You could see the sympathy in her eyes, she was so warm and down-to-earth.'"

Of course today is Pancake Tuesday, a topic that come up when she met James Wheeler, Lewis's older brother, revealing Prince George was busy making pancakes at his Norfolk nursery this morning. "In the kitchen of the £13 million Ronald McDonald house, James asked her: 'Where's George today?' Kate, looking smart in a Rebecca Taylor suit, laughed and replied: 'George? I should have brought him. He's at his Montessori nursery today making pancakes.' James then returned to his colouring-in but told Kate: 'There's a thunderstorm coming!' Kate replied: 'Yes, I know all about those. George likes storms too!'"


Kate took part in arts and crafts and decorating pancakes.


Baby Jack was born with half a heart and the Duchess found out more about how he defied all the odds and survived several operations. His parents, who live in Glasgow, now have the chance to stay with him while he receives treatment in London.


Kate met staff at a short reception and unveiled a plaque to mark the house's official opening.


Moving on to what the Duchess wore today. I'm sure many of you like myself had to do a double take when you saw the outfit.


The Duchess loves her Rebecca Taylor Sparkle Tweed Suit so much she elected to buy it twice... Well, almost. As you can Kate's skirt suit today is remarkably similar to the one she has worn a number of times by the designer (for fans of Rebecca Taylor, once can avail of a 20% discount with code SPRING2017).


The Sparkle Tweed Ruffle Jacket originally retailed for $495 before going on sale for $199 and selling out. It is described: "Loosely structured, this tweed jacket blends feminine details with classic style. Concealed snap front with spilt collar, patch pockets, ruffle hem and frayed finish throughout - all with a hint of sparkle."

Rebecca Taylor

Thus far, we have been unable to locate a matching skirt online. The eagle-eyed Kate's Closet suggests the Duchess may have worn the dress and potentially had it altered into a skirt, a la her Luisa Spagnoli suit.

Rebecca Taylor

Kate teamed the suit with her Rupert Sanderson Malory pumps.

Rupert Sanderson

And carried her Stuart Weitzman Muse clutch.


Completing the look with her sapphire and diamond earrings and her hair styled in a demi-chignon.


You can view a video from the engagement here.


If you're just joining us, the Duchess made a very elegant appearance for the UK-India Year of Culture Reception yesterday evening, wearing the gorgeous Erdem Rhona dress and a shimmering pair of Oscar de la Renta pumps. You can view the post here.


Finally, a word of apology for the tardiness of the post. I have been travelling and unable to get the post out until now. Many thanks for reading as always! :)

132 comments:

  1. Charlotte you do an amazing job at keeping on top of the blog. Never apologise. Thanks for the post, as always you are factual, fun and frank! Thanks.

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    1. Thank you very much indeed :)

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    2. Glad it was just travel and that you are well. :)
      I agree with Aljnorton, absolutely no need for you to apologize.

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  2. Ronald McDonald House is a great program. I've had the chance to volunteer with them in the past by providing, preparing and serving food to families at my local hospital. The families utilizing the RMH services are in tough situations with sick kids in the hospital so it's a real blessing to give them one less thing to think about.

    I really love her makeup lately. I think not lining her lower lid helps brighten and open up her eyes. Also a huge fan of winged liner so it's a win for me.

    I think the color and cut of this suit is beautiful and flattering, though I'm not a fan of the unfinished look of the frayed hem. Overall, I really like this look.

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    1. Taryn, that is so awesome to know that you've volunteered with them before, RMH is a fantastic charity. I love all the work that they do, the support they give to these sick children and their families during such a worrying time is invaluable.

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  3. Thanks for your beautiful posts and comments on this event. After viewing the children and families in such sad circumstances, I find it unimportant and unnecessary to comment on Kate's fashion. Her heart is as big as the sky, and that's what counts!

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  4. Until the Duchess scheduled this engagement, I had no idea that Ronald McDonald House operated outside of the United States. I volunteered at Ronald McDonald Home in Nashville, Tennessee back when I was a university student and it was a wonderful experience getting to meet and support the families. I'm positive Kate enjoyed herself today.

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  5. My sister stayed at a Ronald McDonald house here in the states for several months while my nephew underwent a very serious surgery and recovery. I can't speak highly enough of the organization and how much it meant to her. Every single nurse and volunteer was so kind and helpful, and they did everything to make my sister feel at home, so this particular engagement of Kate's is extra meaningful to me. I'm sure it was very important and moving for her, as well.

    This look is nothing groundbreaking from Kate, but I think she looks polished and pretty. I like the color on her, and thank heavens her hair is in a chic little half-up bun instead of those weird twists. The tweed is a nice material and I'm also glad to see it's not just another coat dress (although I do like those). I believe many commenters will be more satisfied with the length of Kate's skirt today.

    Loved her look from last night, especially those sparkling shoes!! I wouldn't have minded seeing a shorter hem and a fuller skirt, but either way, it was super pretty.

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  6. I love this look! Finally Kate pulls off business casual. The frayed edges of the suit give it a casual, fun feel while the elegant cut and low-key colors makes it appropriate for the occasion. I do wish she wouldn't do her hair like Bette Draper so much -- the extremely coiffed half 'do makes her look like a 1950's housewife. I also think that when the charity involves meeting kids Kate should reconsider her love for stilettos. She is extremely tall as is, and the sharp stilettos give her an even taller, more unapproachable look. Lower chunky heels just gives her a more approachable vibe. But overall, this look is a win. I also think that she looked very happy and engaged today.

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    1. I don't see how this qualifies as business casual. It's appropriate for regular business attire any day of the week.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden1 March 2017 at 06:14

      I see what you mean with the heels, but I don't agree. I would agree if she always just walked straight, but considering she always hunches, bends and sits down, she is not less approchable. Just taller :P

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    3. Rebecca, your "just taller" remark made me smile. I do agree. 😊

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    4. I think stiletto heels are great for other engagements. I do think it's an odd choice when she already is SO tall, to add to her height when she's spending most of the day with little kids.
      I also think it's odd that Kate either wears stilettos or flat sporting shoes. She has very few shoes that are in between -- like mid-heeled bumps, or mid-heeled boots.

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    5. I love high heels so I so go Kate:) I also wear great cute flats and boots and do not adjust based on my assumed size of those around me:). Sorry, but just wear whatever heel hight you like.

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  7. Great engagement. The new facility will be a wonderful blessing for many.

    I really like this suit. Has more pizzazz than the initial RT. Her hair is especially lovely here. I wish it had been done this well last night.

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    1. I agree, lovely engagement and her hair does look better here than the night before. The suit goes really well with her sapphire/diamond jewellery.

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    2. For me, the most puzzling thing about Kate is how she approaches her wardrobe and appearance, and the conscious decisions she makes regarding both.

      Just my opinion here of course - I thought choosing two almost identical red and black ensembles for back to back engagements was a bit odd. I'm sorry to say I thought her look was underwhelming last night. Maybe it was the BP lighting but I thought she looked a bit drawn, maybe she just needed brighter make-up (like she has in the older photo of the RT suit above) and I agree the hair did not match the event and dress last night. (I know I'm a teeny minority and I was disappointed after seeing chatter about Kate being dazzling and sparkling at the reception. Maybe it was more striking in person.)

      And for the life of me I don't know why someone in such a high profile position would buy two almost identical outfits. This new Rebecca Taylor is beautiful in cream, that would have been a lovely choice. And I'm not sure that this is daytime hair today either. I'm actually not sure what kind of hairdo it is! So after the recent engagements I just find myself doing a little head scratching on her wardrobe again.

      My usual disclaimer, she almost always looks good and appropriate! But I do find the deliberate choices she makes on alterations, or styling, or hair, a bit bewildering at times. And since I believe lipstick can save you on any given day, would love to see her choose a bolder, maybe glossier lip that would pop and set off her face. Ok I'm done, honest :)

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    3. Claudia, I do see your point regarding purchasing two RT suits that are almost the same, but I do prefer this one because the skirt slightly more flared and I found the flowers near the collar of the previous one too fussy. I agree, a stronger, glossier lip would have really set off her outfit at the BP reception.

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    4. I have had those same thoughts about Kate's wardrobe choices, although she shines through anything. She needs a good stylist. Kind of sounds like my anthem. sorry.

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    5. Claudia, I honestly believe that her goal is to NOT make it about the clothes. She has her own favorite looks/cuts/styles and she sticks with them. Ironically, this is a page out of the Queen's (and Queen Mother's) book. It may not be the most entertaining from a fashion blog point of view, but it is a wise and safe choice given her role.

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    6. I have purchased duplicate items before. Especially if I know it is classic and that it will be a workhorse in my wardrobe and that it would not be readily re-purchasable in the future.

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    7. Yeah, just saw the photos of the back of her head. Yikes! Not quite sure what that's supposed to be. Looks great from the front, however.

      Purely speculation but I wonder if she has deemed her initial Taylor suit too old to wear again publically, yet it's one of her favorites, so hence the new suit. The new RT is quite nice. A more updated take on the first.

      Agree about a bolder lipstick, Claudia. Maybe you would have been less underwhelmed if her make up and hair had been different for the BP reception.

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    8. Rebecca - Sweden1 March 2017 at 14:28

      I doubt Kate would think it "too old". This is the woman who has worn hats, earrings, shoes, coats and dresses that were over 10-15 years old, to official engagements.

      IF there was nothing wrong with the other one... maybe she really liked the general concept of it but had grown tired of certain details on it. Maybe she still loved the fabric and general style etc but wanted an updated version so she could continue to wear it? Who knows :P

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    9. Sarah maryland USA1 March 2017 at 15:19

      Kate has a model body so I would love to dress her! There are so many things she would look good in.
      But I hate hate hate 3/4 length dresses because they make her look short and I hate these denim suits she wears
      I don't mind if she has multiples of similar looks as long as they aren't those two things lol
      I buy duplicates all the time in different colors. If I find something that works I stick with it but I don't think denim works on anyone other than in jeans. Denim outfits didn't look good at all in the 80s and 90s and they don't look good now

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    10. I'm not sure about that royalfan, the Queen is (and Queen Mum was) always dressed to the nines when she goes out on engagement, from head to toe, matching hat, matching coat, full ensemble. And, even in daytime, stunning jewels, whether it be a priceless brooch, or earrings or fabulous pearls. There is no doubting it's the Queen when she shows up. Obviously it's a different generation and Kate doesn't need to go to that degree.

      But I actually think they should look different and more styled than a typical person on engagements, that's the point of them being royal isn't it? It was either Ingrid Seward or Tina Brown who said "It's like dressing to be a guest at an important wedding every single day!" As people like to point out, she's no longer Kate Middleton, she's HRH the Duchess of Cambridge, future Queen Consort.

      I remember reading (can't remember the source so not sure if I can vouch for it) that it was Sophie Wessex who warned Kate not to go out in something new for every engagement, that the pressure of it and the focus on her clothes would become overwhelming. I find this a touch ironic given how Sophie has now developed into a bit of a fashion icon, and has spoken repeatedly in recent interviews that she now sees how fashion is in fact part of the job and part of her role. Maybe she needs to amend her advice to Kate ;)

      Kiwi Girl, I agree, I actually liked this version better and thought she looked very nice (apart from the awful hair!) just seemed like an odd choice to get one *so* similar. I always think of people looking back at photos, as we have with HM and of course Diana, and seeing so many pics of engagements where it will look like she's wearing the exact same thing. Buying it in cream would have been the better option for an "official" outfit - I think.

      Erika I think you're right that a better hair style and "brighter" make-up might have made it pop, and again, in person maybe it was better. Those BP reception areas don't allow for the best photos. It was pretty bland to me in pics :(

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    11. By "my anthem" I mean I know I have said the same things about a real, good stylist and hairstylist for Kate for years. "My anthem", lol. Ya'll have been good sports about it. Thank you.
      I am glad to be finding out that I am not the only one who feels that way. :) Like I said though, Kate shines through anything, even outfits that make us scratch our heads and go "huh?"

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    12. I love this suit. More than the last one. I love RT. What can I say. I hope one day we will see Kate in a Chanel - classic pink one.
      Could the duplicate be because she has damaged the first one or it grew too tight or seems too short? I can't explain the many duplicates either. The other thought that struck me is that maybe she is borrowing occasionally. That could explain the tens of outfits that she has worn only once, especially on tours, never to be seen again. The other thought I had is that maybe she wants one RT in London and one in Anmer so that she can rotate them depending on the location of the engagement. Otherwise I don't understand the many close-together outfits either. I also suspect that she may forget what she has, when she shops. She must have hundreds of clothes at this point.
      And yikes on the hair too !! I think that she must not have realized the little tumor that her hairdresser grew out of her back.. probably just checked the front reflection, which as usual is spectacular.
      PS: Just got time to check the last post and I must be the only one but I positively disliked the Erdem at the India reception. It's too old lady hanging curtain for me. Didn't the Queen wear one exactly like this? I don't know. Maybe something is happening to me.

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    13. I like this style of the suit better than the first as well. But I don't think it is another skirt!! I think it is the dress and that's maybe why she bought this similar outfit and thought she could wear the dress separately sometime IDK? I may be very wrong, but if you look at the dress it has eliptical insets on the sides. When you look back at the skirt, you can see the bottom of those insets. If I were going to have it remade as a skirt, I would skip the insets. I may be missing something, but I can't see where there is a top to the zipper when she bends over...so I think maybe it is the dress and jacket and she choose it is different enough from her other suit. Blue is definitely her color and love the tweed material. Kate looks great, and what an absolutely wonderful engagement. cc

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    14. Courtney from NC1 March 2017 at 22:55

      Rosman - I felt like I was the only one who didn't like the Erdem. I didn't like the length, fit or fabric but really didn't like the color on Kate. The dress with the shoes didn't work for me either. Lol.

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    15. Claudia, I agree about the Queen and QM dressing to the nines, but I was referring to their familiar uniforms. Do you recall both of them wearing floral print dresses with matching coats? The QM had the same hat in I don't know how many colors. She liked it, it suited her, and she stuck with it. Diamonds and pearls aside, I think Kate, too, is sticking with what she likes and what works; she is not allowing the latest trend to sway her.

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    16. Oh, I know she rewears decades old clothing at times, Rebecca. I used the wrong word, I guess. By old, I meant no longer presentable. It will be interesting to see if she ever rewears the first Taylor suit again.

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    17. Caroline in Montana2 March 2017 at 17:01

      Rosman - I am with you on the underwhelming (Ugly in my opinion) dress for the india reception, didnt like the color (or lack there of??) the sleeves and the cut of the neck, it was all just off to me. We are probably in the minority? (Havent read all the comments on that one yet!) I did like the shoes, would go better with anything else! but not the dress.

      Sarah in Maryland, I am not sure why you think the RT suits are DENIM?? they are tweed, big difference. but i do agree that a denim suit would be all around gross, not to mention tacky:)

      CeCe, i also really hope that is the dress under there, that would look fabulous on her!

      apparently i missed something with the back of the hair?? going to go check on that!

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    18. I agree, Erika. I like the sparkle look of this new outfit. RT does a lot of sparkle pieces and I think it's a fun twist on the conservative suit.

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    19. Claudia
      You had some wonderful points in your comment. Thank you. However I was not quite sure what you were saying? Do you think Kate does look different or does not:) I think she is trying to figure out how to look different like the Queen in an easy replicable style, however unlike the Queen she is not the Queen at a young age and has many years to get to that point. The Queen was so young when she entered the "business". Kate has years to go and is also someone who I do not think "loves' fashion. She is in a tough position with all of us watching.

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  8. charlotte you don't need to apology the duchess seems good in her recycle suit I part time at the Ronald McDonald house when I was a student in junior high and my sister is a volunteer nurse there now in Canada

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    1. Bluefire, your family is really involved in this charity, it seems, what a nice thing of you!

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  9. Thank you for the post, Charlotte! What a wonderful, important organisation. And what a great engagement! Kate exuded goodwill, empathy and warmth. It must have been so good for the clients of the House, both adults and kids, to meet her.
    I really like her look, the suit and especially her hair. For me, this half-chignon is the nicest hairstyle I've seen on Kate for several months (and I do love her updos.) Well done!

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    1. I agree, Zora.

      More and more, Kate is in her element.

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    2. I think this is the nicest hairstyle in months also Zora. I liked Becca Deacon's hairstyle when she wore the black dress with lace sleeves recently. Kind of similar to Kate's today.

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    3. Actually, that photo of Becca's hairstyle on this page.

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  10. Fantastic charity. Great look today Kate, well done! Blue tweed is so perfect on Kate and age appropriate. I just so wish she would go for a chic hair cut like princess Mary's and be done with pageant twirls and curls...

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  11. Kate is right, having a baby IS life changing and for me was the greatest experience ever, I highly recommend :) Though my babies are now young women!

    I think this is a terrific group, and a nice engagement for Kate to bring attention to them. She seemed in very good form and very engaged - from what I saw. I loved the chat with the little boy!

    I do think she looked very nice overall, though not sure why she didn't go for the cream version of this which would have been lovely and a little different.

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  12. Agreed Charlotte, I did a double-take on the familiar blue RT suit. I like Rebecca Taylor clothing in general and I think this suit is pretty. It seems to 'fit' Kate's figure better than the previous suit (some folks had commented on the jacket being too short) and the skit seem to be a slightly fuller A line. And if there is a little sparkle to the fabric - all the better!

    The jacket would certainly look chic with a slim pair of ankle slacks as well. So overall - even though familiar look - a nice ensemble for Kate - we are definitely getting a lot of suits.

    And yes, I wish her hair was this way last night. Anne (from Texas) I didn't know that Ronald McDonald houses were outside the U.S. either. It really is a lovely and wonderful charity for families in need.

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    1. Caroline in Montana2 March 2017 at 16:35

      I agree with you that this outfit fits her much better than the previous one. the jacket on this one is a much better length, the old one looked like it had shrunk up in the torso and was a bit short in the sleeves. I really liked the detail on the new skirt but im not a fan of the fringes on the new jacket. really like her hair up like this, she looked beautiful!

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  13. I really like her look today, the colors are very nice on her. Her shoes are pretty too and I don't think Kate is too tall for high heels (I wear them myself too and I am taller than Kate).
    I like her hair better in the half chignon than I did on previous engagement with half updo's.
    Only little note is that I think that the similarity with the other blue suit from the same designer is too big to make this extra suit necessary. She looked lovely in that suit too and it is hard for me to imagine that after 4 times wearing the old version it was completely worn out (but maybe she wore it around the house a lot too...).

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  14. Lynn in SC (wearing Levis & hot pink Cros with a thermal top in grey)28 February 2017 at 23:43

    Very glad to see Kate bringing light to Ronald McDonald House - it is a wonderful place for those that need it.

    Not wild about the suit, but Kate's hair was perfect - over all a win for everybody.

    Thank you, thank you so much fro this blog! Every new post is a good one regardless of what I think of Kate's outfits. I have learned there is so much more to being a HRH than looking pretty.

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    1. Well said, Lynn (and a hilarious description in your "name")! :)

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    2. lol, Lynn. Dare we from now on do our names daily and share what we're wearing? 😳 lol. Would definitely keep Kate's choices seeming more and more stellar than ever, don't cha think?

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  15. Great engagement!!! When I was in high school my friend's younger sister had cancer and was admitted to a hospital in Los Angeles which is almost a 3 hour drive from where we live. Their mom stayed in a Ronald McDonald house the entire time. My friend, her older brother, and their dad would go on weekends. The Ronald McDonald organization is so good and helpful to the entire family. A great organization!

    I really liked this outfit, it made the original look simple. But i would have preferred a different color.

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  16. Never apologize, Charlotte! You are not required to post the second the Duchess has an event, and yet you often do, to our delight. I love this blog and I would never dream of dinging you for a "late" post (which this one wasn't, by any stretch!).

    RMH seems like a natural fit with her passions and interests. I often think I couldn't do what she does, or see what she sees, with such grace and graciousness. She has tackled some very difficult issues and does so beautifully.

    I did think this was something she had worn before, but I do like the new version a bit more than the older one. She looks great in blue.

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    1. Jenna, I agree.

      Kate does do what she does and sees what she sees with such grace, warmth, beauty and composure. I would be a basket case.

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  17. Kate looks beautiful and professional. Love the entire outfit. What a wonderful event. Ronald McDonald House is much needed, and they do great work for families going through terrible times.

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  18. Victoria from North Carolina1 March 2017 at 00:43

    Kate looked great as always today. What I did notice was the little girl that gave Kate the flowers. The little girl outfit was so cute and it looked like she repliKated her outfit. The turtle neck and skirt looks like something Kate has and would wear. I wonder if Kate noticed lol

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    1. Good point Victoria. That would be funny if Kate noticed that and made a comment. My guess is that she's always trying to ensure that the child isn't nervous or scared - there have been some that have turned around to mum or dad and hid.

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    2. Caroline in Montana2 March 2017 at 16:29

      I always wonder how you get to be that kid? do you have to get vetted and picked to give her flowers or are there just kids there and their parents encourage their kids to give her flowers? what a fabulous memory that would be!!

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    3. From my experience it is really hit and miss. Some occasions it is a "vetted" role other times it really is just who is there at the moment.

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  19. Great engagement. Being able to be close your child when they are receiving treatment is so important for the emotional health of both parent and child. I am glad Kate was able be there to help celebrate.

    I think this was a great suit for Kate. The length is perfect. Long enough to avoid any awkward kneeling or bending over moments but not too long and avoids looking old. I like the blue and am always a fan of tweed. For myself, I don't know that I love the fringe elements, but it adds visual interest and prevents it from being a plain, boring, matronly suit. I don't love the weird bouffant part of her hair, but I am a fan of the curls.

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  20. So glad Kate highlighted the RMH charity. Like a lot of people I didn't know that they operated outside the US.

    I was very excited when this engagement was announced. RMH holds a special place in our family. My niece was born with half a heart, the left side never developed. My brother in law and his wife stayed at the RMH through the birth and 3 open heart surgeries to build the left side of her heart. She's going to be thirteen this year and they received great care while staying there.

    I had a nephew who was diagnosed with brain cancer at age 16 and my step sister and husband stayed there during his time in NICU, 32 radiation treatments, and 3 operations.


    The service they provide is invaluable for families to afford to stay with their kids and put the rest of their lives on hold. I'm so glad to see that service is international.


    Kate looked wonderful, it was a lovely engagement and an all around win!

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  21. Indeed, I initially thought Kate had pulled another old suit out of her closet. But then I saw the skirt and knew it is different. The suit is very nice, but a little surprising given her first one. I think either the dress has been redesigned with a straight skirt to wear under the jacket, or a skirt has been cut from a dress. The dress itself would be nice for some events in warmer weather.

    The flowers are very beautiful. And the Ronald McDonald houses are a wonderful convenience for families with very sick children. I am so glad to see one opened in London.

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  22. I too did a double take with this outfit thinking, "Oh darn, nothing new! That same one again!" It's cute and all, but I think if I were to have two outfits so similar, I would have bought one in a different color at least. I really like her hair when you look at her face. When I saw the back, I just thought it a little too poofy, but from the front very pretty.

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  23. I like to challenge myself to name something (designer, where she wore it previously, etc) about what she is wearing that (especially if it's a repeat) before I scroll down to find out the details. Well, this outfit played with my head for sure! I was like, "okay, I KNOW she's worn this before, but wait, maybe not.....what's going on here?!" :)

    I'm feeling too nit-picky and negative tonight to comment on clothes/hair/accessories so I'll just say that she usually, overall, looks just fine and generally does a great job with her clothes.

    The Ronald McDonald house is wonderful and am so very glad she brought attention to it! I didn't realize they were outside of the USA. I know several who have used it and it can be a lifesaver!

    Oh my goodness, Charlotte, you have SPOILED ME ROTTEN! When your post wasn't as quick as I'm used to I laughed at myself at how lost I felt! I mean, I was having to dig through online news for information like an animal!! Lol :) I never knew how much I depended on you and truly, how good this blog is, until is was "gone" for just a short time. YOU MUST STAY WITH US FOREVER!

    Glad to hear you are okay and, to be serious, no need to ever apologize. :)

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      Once you've experienced "The Bentley of Blogs" there is no going back. lol

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  24. What a wonderful engagement! Kate looked like she was really enjoying herself. And I like this tweed suit much better than the other one she's worn so often. Her hair was also lovely today; a little reminiscent of her wedding day style.

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  25. I don't know. This article made me cry. For starters, the children. I'm 40 and healthy as a horse. My son turns 2 in a week & a healthy little rascal. I love him so! To see babies so young, some haven't even celebrated their first birthday yet who go through so much physical pain & suffering on their little bodies, add to it their parents' anguish & dealing with a sick, hospitalized child is unimaginable. Charities like this one are a blessing to this families. Humanity does still exist. Lastly, Kate is beautiful no matter what she wears because she's already beautiful from the inside. Her genuine & natural way of connecting, sympathizing & expressing herself with her hand gestures, facial expressions, her smile, hearty laugh & sometimes shy body language is proof that she's just like us. We can identify with her despite her privileged life that most of us can only dream of & we love her courage, patience & indifference towards the press & gossip magazines. Today's article can only be described as Caring. Let not political turmoil take that our ability to love & care for one another regardless of circumstances.

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      Yes, Willowy! Thank you. :)

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  26. I think this skirt and it's length was appropriate (versus the three tiered short skirt suit she wore to Wales with the black turtleneck). Not too short, not too matronly (some thing belong the knee is more matronly but I find the tea length dresses fine myself).

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  27. Rebecca - Sweden1 March 2017 at 06:11

    I'm writing this comment before reading the others so might repeat alot :P

    What an amazing organization. I was already aware of the organization (as most that have eaten at McDonalds, I assume). It is such a beautiful and worthwhile cause. Life get's so turned upside down in that situation with all the worries and the child having to live at hospital. A place like Evelina House must be such a comfort. To be able to stay together as a family through such an ordeal must be life changeing.

    And Kate and kids again. Always a winning combination!

    What an uplifting and nice distraction from the everyday struggles a visit from Kate must be!

    As a mother (no, as a human) these kind of visits must be sooo hard. Seeing these sick kids, and thinking of her own. But it must also be very rewarding!

    The skirt suit trend continues :)

    She really was fond of the other one it seems. I wonder if something happened to it and this is the "replacement" or if we will see the other one again. She wore the other one quite a few times so if this is a replacement it seems very reasonable since she seemed to like the other one very much.

    I think I like this new version more. At least the jacket. But both are great work horses. Professional, solid, but with details. The look is a very standard Kate work look. And that is not a putdown, it's a compliment. It is a good, professional, repeatable and solid look.

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  28. I think she wore the dress not altered into a skirt hence the desire to buy a second suit. Thank you for posting :)

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  29. Thank you for still getting out the post even while travelling! Babies are life changing and I cannot imagine coping with motherhood and illness. It is wonderful that there are these facilities available to assist families through such difficult times.
    Kate looks great, as always, and one can see how invested she is in these projects.
    Well done HRH!

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  30. Such a beautiful engagement, very moving and heart warming to see Kate chatting with the kids. I just love seeing the joy in their faces!

    On another note, I couldnt help but wonder why Kate does not have any engagements scheduled for April yet engagements for May have already been announced... just wondering.

    Also, it seems to me that Kate chats a lot about George and very little about Charlotte. I can only remember 2 occassions where she shared little anecdotes about Charlotte. I wonder if it's done deliberately or what.

    Love from Avee in SA

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden1 March 2017 at 08:08

      Oh, she mentioned Charlotte recently, when talking about how she would show Charlotte the flowers. I think it's mostly because George is older, hence has more opinions and does more. And in this case, the kid just asked about George :)

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    2. Maggie - Minneapolis2 March 2017 at 02:38

      While I tend to agree with Rebecca that in this case, it seems like the little boy brought up George first, I have definitely noticed Kate's tendency to heavily favor talking about George over Charlotte. Definitely, Rebecca is also right that George is older and more interesting in many ways by nature, but Kate did have lots to say about George when he was Charlotte's age (which really isn't so young that it's boring anyways), but yeah George is probably still ahead in terms of stories because of he's still inevitably "ahead" of Charlotte. Anyways I don't mean any of this to seem like I think Kate is playing favorites with her children, and if I had one guess, it would be that perhaps extra attention paid to George in general (aside from his position ahead of Charlotte in line to the throne) is maybe because of their personalities - everything the royals have said seems to indicate George was a difficult baby but Charlotte was/is always been more easygoing (and the Canada tour seems to back that up), so Kate might just be used to "needing" to pay more attention to George in general. (I don't mean "difficult" in a bad way either! He's a child - they all have their own personalities). Anyways who knows and I'm not really trying to say I have any idea why Kate tends to talk about George much more. I just hate that she does because I LOVED the glimpse of Charlotte's personality we got to see in Canada, and would love to see/hear about her more. While undoubtedly, we've gotten WAY more pictures of Charlotte in her first year and a half than we did of George by that age, pictures don't really do a good job of demonstrating personality. I'm not complaining! I love the pictures. They just can't do everything. And it seems like until now, but also just in George's earlier years, we got to see him "live" more than we've gotten to see Charlotte. Between the Australia tour and polo that was a lot more than I think we've seen Charlotte interact with other people and such. She seems like such a spunky little girl I'd love to hear about her more or get to see her be around others. Really I hope that the Cambridges at some point do an engagement or two soon, with Charlotte, but without George. From what I could tell in Canada (which to be fair could be very misleading), some engagements wouldn't stress Charlotte out much.

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      In watching the video of William, Kate, George and Charlotte at the military garden party,
      one might easily find that Charlotte is certainly not docile. She had a little demonstration of will when Kate was trying to distract her from the balloons with a pony, and again when Kate wasn't getting her cute little sweater off or on quickly enough for her. :) There is a clear photo of that "defiant" moment. And, I think that William says he has had to adjust to having a girl. He said he didn't grow up with that and that Charlotte talks all the time. I think that Charlotte, from other things I have read also, is by far the more head strong of the two. Just my opinion. :)

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      I agree I think they are both head strong kids, but as a parent of both boys and girls,in general girls even when headstrong are more agreeable to events that relate to photo shoots and meet and greets. I know I might get hanged for this and there are of course always exceptions but in general girls are just as headstrong as little boys but in a very different way.

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    5. Maggie - Minneapolis3 March 2017 at 05:47

      Surfer girl - totally fair. I just find it interesting that Charlotte doesn't seem to fight being held (bc she would want to be put down) like George did at that age. For me, that's why I think of her as easygoing and confident, vs being confident in a headstrong way. She also just seems to always go with the flow. And everytime the Cambridges have appeared in public with both children it honestly seems like they are most concerned about how George is handling things and again I don't think that means they play favorites - but rather they are good parents who know their children and maybe their actions are indicative of the kids'personalities. But who knows! I'd love to know more though :)

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    6. Rebecca - Sweden3 March 2017 at 14:51

      Good points Maggie. We have no way to know (nor are we entitled too) but it seems likely. Charlotte is probably like alot of non-first kids. They just have to hang on and fit into the already established scheduel while a first child often has more things changed around them, if that makes sense.

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    7. Maggie, I have noticed that Kate has a way of keeping both George and Charlotte "focused" on the moment. So very often, if they start to get fidgety, she will point to something around them to refocus their attention. She has done that many times. Now, the children even point out things to her I've noticed.

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    8. Yes, I do agree that Kate is very good at engaging her children in the most appropriate/necessary manner to keep them focused and content. And, I assume, she does this at home also because there's no on and off switch for good manners. ;-)

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  31. The video above is quite moving, she is so engaged and tactile and it clearly means a lot to people. This project as well is extraordinary.

    I love her hair here, elegant and different, and overall she look good but I don't like the frayed edges on the skirt and it does seem strange to buy another suit so similar!

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  32. Eve from Germany1 March 2017 at 07:44

    Dearest Charlotte - no need to apologize for a "little tardy" post! What you do is so many times so extraordinary that, yes indeed, I was surprised yesterday that you weren´t the first informing us about this wonderful engagement, but that only shows what an extraordinary job you do. We are so "terribly" spoilt by you!! ;-)))) So, again, no need to apologize..... :-)))

    I immediately thought "n i c e hair" - and yes, I also wished she would have worn it that way for the reception.
    The suit itself is really nice, too, except for the fact that I am not a fan of this "high-up" waistline. Call me old-fashioned, but a fitted jacket should have the waistline where it actually IS, not above or below it. Why highlight a waistline where there is none (because it´s actually somewhere else)? It makes you look as if you had grown out of the piece.

    I was truly amazed about the institution itself that she highlighted yesterday with her visit. It breaks my heart just THINKING of being in a situation where you have a child with such serious health condition. It is wonderful to know that there is a place like that where you are able as a family to stay together and get the best care for your child AND the best support for your family. Especially brothers and sisters are often "forgotten" because everyone is understandably focussing on the sick child. It is so important that the family as a whole gets every support possible - this instituation seems to provide that. So, bravo to the Duchess for highlighting it! She seems to be really, really at ease at such engagements lately, so I´m glad that she seems to have found what she is passionate about. It´s a great cause, that´s for sure.....

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  33. Love this look! So pretty and royal. That colour suits her so well. Love the dress option on its own without the matching blazer too, if Kate still has it unaltered, it would make for a great dress for a spring engagement.

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  34. I never disliked Kate's Rebecca Taylor suit, but this version I just love. The continued fringe detailing on the skirt gives it that little extra something!

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  35. Due to broadband failure I have only now been able to catch up on Kate's last four engagements so I will try to keep this post as short as possible. First the two engagements when I feel that fashion was the most important.
    I thought she was great in both. The BAFTA gown was lovely she looked so regal and the dress she wore at the Indian reception was I feel just right for the occasion. I noticed both Princess Eugenie & the Duchess of Gloucester were dressed in dark colours but the Queen & Kate sparkled amongst the colourful Indian dresses.
    The other two events to my mind the event is more important than what she wears.
    The way she reacts with people and the children is outstanding she seems so genuine and caring. I admit the skirt was a little short for the Action for Children visit but her demeanour and the way she reacted with the young people who are under treatment for mental health problems was excellent and so genuine. This charity must be delighted to have her as Patron to help highlight what they do. The Queen over the years understandably only attended major official events celebrating major anniversaries the last one being in 2010 when they hosted a reception in N.Ireland.
    So it is only now that hopefully one will learn more of the work of this charity at grass roots level.
    I thought Kate's outfit for yesterday's visit was just right. Personally I am not a fan of frayed seams but I expect this is Kate's "arty" side coming out. The colour was lovely and the fit excellent she looked very smart. I had never heard of the organisation until this visit what a wonderful job they do. So sad for all those parents having such sick children but so good that they are able to stay near them with. Kate once again handled the whole visit in such a lovely manner. It would appear that the children stay in Norfolk when William & Kate only come down for a couple of days I bet George enjoyed making pancakes!!
    I think William has been doing quite a lot with the Air Ambulance over the past few weeks as he has been spotted three times since the new one on different weeks.
    It would seem that March 9th is the next event I hope we might get another one before they go to France last year they were at the Commonwealth service with HM which is on 13th March but to date nothing has been said for this years event. I do feel she needs to do more engagements and widen her interests.

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    1. Virginia Burton1 March 2017 at 18:56

      The Queen was wearing frayed edges, too!

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    2. They both got the memo, lol.

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    3. Ha! Yes she is... :-)

      http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/britains-queen-elizabeth-ii-attends-the-official-opening-of-news-photo/646179944?#britains-queen-elizabeth-ii-attends-the-official-opening-of-a-new-at-picture-id646179944

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  36. I love this suit, and yesterdays! looks like she is back on track :)
    I am a bit puzzled, so it is not the same suit? i also love the missoni one that looks like this one. the structure and colors just suit her so well.

    happy to see her out and about supporting parents.

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  37. Pam from Boston1 March 2017 at 14:39

    I love almost everything about this look (I'm not a huge fan of the poof of hair at the back of her head). I liked the previous version of this suit, but this one I love.

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  38. My son was born at 27 weeks and stayed in the Nicu for 4.5 months. Thankfully, we live close to the children's hospital and never needed to use the Ronald McDonald House that was just across the street, but they did come by every week with cookies and toiletries for any NICU parent who wanted them. A wonderful organization!

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  39. This is such a great cause to support, a teacher I had in high school used the Ronald McDonald house a lot to stay close to his daughter who had a heart defect and never was able to leave the hospital in her 10 months of life.

    Onto Kates outfit, I like this new skirt with this jacket. I think it looks better than her old skirt. Also, this color blue looks great on Kate! And she looks appropriate for the formal visit but doesn't look too stuffy or uncomfortable. Looking forward to her engagement next week!

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  40. I echo others' comments about how a bolder lip color would look amazing on Kate, which makes me wonder: is she expected to keep things like lipstick/gloss colors toned down as a royal or does she probably just not prefer brighter colors?

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    1. Good point. It wouldn't shock me. We've never seen her with her fingernails anything but clear polish. I suppose colorful nails and lips are not princesslike?

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    2. I don't know that Sophie or Autumn wear colored polish. I don't know if Beatrice does. Eugenie does. In corporate situations here in the U.S. in more responsible positions you generally tend to see less and less colored polish as the responsibilities increase. That has been my observation of it anyway.

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    3. I think Kate would rock red lipstick. The Queen loves hers. I think William would be the one to
      ix-nay that. I get the feeling he prefers her as "au naturel" as possible, a lot of guys are that way I think. Or at least they think so that is until they see their gals done up with the properly done "wow" make-up, lol. I think William liking her "au naturel" was a big factor in her choice of wedding gown, hair, make-up and size of tiara. If it had been me I think, no, I know, I would have had the "go big or go home" attitude, for sure, lol. I think Kate looked perfect for their BIG day. And I think her wedding cake was grand and truly one of the most beautiful cakes ever, but it also was not grandiose as some other "royals" around the world have done. More "au naturel" understatement. (Did this long text start from someone's simple comment about red lipstick? lol). oops. 😧

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    4. Standard advice about makeup: play up your best feature. In Kate's case, it's her eyes, and her eye makeup can hardly be called natural. She would lessen its emphasis if she wore bright red lipstick. The Queen is of a different generation, when lipstick was bright and eyes were not made up. When makeup changed, and hair styles, she did not. The Queen still looks like the 1950s. Kate is a 21st century woman. Her makeup style emerged when Elizabeth Taylor played Cleopatra in the 1960s or 70s, and it has continued to dominate facial fashions.

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    5. Caroline in Montana2 March 2017 at 15:53

      As for the William "ix-nay" on the red lipstick, i have to disagree. I think that kate herself is au naturel and that is what he actually likes, so they fit really well together, so i dont think that he is making decisions about her lip or nail color. and some of us feel gaudy in bright lipstick and bright nails, a clear coat of polish and some lip gloss is just fine. some guys actually really do prefer women with no "wow" make up, much easier to see what your Really getting!

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    6. Caroline, I have to agree. This idea that William calls the shots and that Kate goes along is silly in my opinion. I mean has any female in a long long time done this? I am pretty old and that was not my nor my Mothers view of life:)

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    7. Caroline and Ali, I'm with you. ☺

      I also happen to be fond of earth tones and prefer a more subtle and natural look. As much as I may like seeing Charlene with Dior red lipstick (she leans towards edgy and trendy), I cannot imagine Kate reaching for it; not based on the way she has worn makeup from day one. A darker earth tone shade perhaps, but not red.

      Patricia, how true about the eyes vs. lips scenario.

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    8. I don't know. Perhaps William has his moments. :) He has commented more than once how they "take the mickey out" of each other. My casual guess is that William doesn't want Kate to become a fashion plate so she won't easily get caught up in all the superficiality of it all. I know that whenever my husband expressed an opinion about what I wore, etc., I listened, out of love and respect for him, a courtesy. He loved me to wear red, for example and I had/have some cute red pieces. When he didn't think I looked good, he would kindly tell me. He would tell me specifically why he didn't like the outfit, hairstyle etc. and, you know, he was usually right on. And, I did the same for him. :)

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    9. SG, I'm not disagreeing with your reasoning, but I don't think we would see the same level of happiness and chemistry if Kate wasn't free to be herself. :-) William is seen as stubborn, but I also believe it works to Kate's benefit; he will never allow her life to be a repeat of Diana's.

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    10. I agree. I think it is a symbiotic relationship. Although Kate may seem a little tired from corralling two small children, from time to time, she does look happy in every way and has consistently. When she and William are together it is obvious there are no hard feelings there, although I am sure there has been some substantial give and take on both sides along the way. Marriage is like that. :)

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  41. Like other commenters, I agree that RM is such a fantastic organization. I've volunteered there a few times. With the Duchess's visit, I've realized it's been awhile and I am going to go volunteer at my local RM house after typing this! I hope her attention to causes inspires others too.

    Kate looks beautiful as always. I've noticed how she really does step it up with a suit and heels when she is with those who are sick or disadvantaged. For things like the cadets or sailing engagements, she dresses down a bit. I think that's her showing her respect for those going through a truly awful time by wearing her most professional outfits.

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    1. What kind of stuff do they let volunteers do there, N?
      That's sounds like something relatively easy to do. I know that at our local food bank often lifting and a little more dusty work is involved with the huge cartons of potatoes, general warehousing, etc. They kind of like for people to fill in various tasks as needed and that sometimes precludes some volunteers at times. But this sounds like it might be less demanding, yes?

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    2. Surfer girl, the only way I've volunteered is by preparing a meal for the guests. I've done this with groups of people and you bring all the supplies to make, serve, and clean up dinner. The families are so appreciative to have their meals taken care of while they are going through such a difficult time. I'm sure there are too many security concerns, but how amazing would a secret visit be of Kate bringing a meal to the residents!

      I know they also accept volunteers who help out in their office, organize fundraisers, and things like that.

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    3. Thanks N, :). How personal and cool is that. I am sure your efforts are a good part of their special memories. A meal from Kate would be landmark. She would love it as much as they would I think. And she could give them a jar of her homemade jam for a quick breakfast treat the next day. :)
      Thanks again for the information. :)

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  42. Melanie from California1 March 2017 at 16:34

    Charlotte, thank you for an excellent post! Until now, I did not realize Ronald McDonald House's are worldwide. Family friends stayed at one 20 years ago here in the United States--that was the first time I had heard of the Houses at all. It's great that Kate (and you) are taking time to highlight the help they provide. The one I got to see was a really beautiful facility that felt "home-y"...as much as a place away from home can. It's nice to read how many people benefit from this service; it's nice that these families will have a refuge.

    Also, Kate's Rebecca Taylor suit is lovely! I think I like this one better than the original. I like how the extra fringe detail leads the eye around the garment, and I really like the collar.

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  43. Didn't realize that George is currently still attending
    school near Amner Hall. Making pancakes, he no doubt had fun. Also this isn't the first time that Kate has made mention of George's interest in the weather. She has mentioned how he had looked out of the window at Kensington and commented to her about the weather. My guess is that that might be a result of his father being a pilot, partucularly a helicopter pilot. Weather is one of the focal interests in flight planning, influencing ceiling levels, visibility, wind speeds, wind directions, etc. He perhaps has heard more than the normal conversations about weather. :)

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    1. Makes sense surfergirl, good observation. cc

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    2. CeCe, perhaps it is because I am studying aviation, NASA as a hobby. My father had his pilot's license and wanted me to learn to fly so we could fly together but, sadly, I didn't have an interest for it at the time, 😔. So now my family is not surprisingly dumbfounded by my new "scientific" inclinations, lol. Some of them are chemists, IT/military, and archeolgogy people with an orthopod thrown in for good measure and, of course financial/advertising people. Not to worry though, "TAH DAH", 🙂, now I can sometimes more easily join in their conversations (if I ever-so-not-so-subtlety direct the conversation to aviation, and I do that quite often, lol).

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    3. Very interesting point, surfer girl. There's almost nothing I wouldn't give to know what goes on inside adorable and curious George's head over the course of a few hours. I get the sense he is a very smart and insightful little boy! I would guess he has had moments, like any toddler when their parents are away from them, worrying whether his dad is going to be okay flying in bad weather.

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    4. SG, I'm impressed. Seriously! Good for you.

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  44. Julia from Leominster1 March 2017 at 19:04

    No need to apologise Charlotte - have work due soon, so I'm a bit tardy myself in thanking you for the post - so thoroughly done as always -fascinating about the suit.

    Such a wonderful engagement - hope many more such houses are built for families and lovely that Kate brought attention to it. It's so nice to see her offering support to those with ill little ones - what a burden they carry at a time most parents are happy.

    This style of suit is obviously a favourite of hers - she looks very nice in it and blue is a soothing colour for those dealing with stress and illness. I like the length and that her hair is pulled away from her face - a good style if she's to keep it so long.

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  45. Cara, Australia1 March 2017 at 19:35

    Thank goodness that organisations like this can step in and provide shelter, food, warmth and community when families are going through terrible or stressful times. Three cheers Kate for once again promoting services that support families and young children in crisis!

    I really really really hope that she is wearing the dress underneath the jacket and it hasn't been altered. Wouldn't she look fab in that dress!

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  46. Thank you for writing and posting, as always. :) Your blog is my first source of information about the Duchess and I find it great. I do appreciate your work!

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  47. To reiterate what everyone has been saying, please don't apologize Charlotte!! You do a fantastic job, your posts are such fun to read no matter the time in relation to the occurrence of the engagement.

    It was so evident to me in the photos and the video clip from this engagement what a natural, warm confidence Kate exudes especially when she is working with children and families. That kind of compassionate, confident engagement with others is something that no amount of training or experience working as a royal (or as anything else for that matter) can provide. One either has it, or at least a version of it which might be honed over time, or not. So Kate and those she works with are certainly blessed in that sense.

    I love love Kate's second RT blue suit. The color is great on her, and the style is professional without being overly stiff, formal, or uninteresting. She looked just smashing!

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  48. But where was Ronald McDonald? I would have thought he would show up to welcome the Duchess. The beautiful flowers are in his colors, but the clown himself should have been there. I guess he has been quiet since the creepy clown craze. :-)

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  49. Some beautiful photos (as usual), Charlotte, thank you. I am glad that Kate is taking the time to smell the roses. That photo should be framed and somewhere prominent in their home, in my opinion. It is gorgeous.

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      I kept thinking that too, what a beautiful arrangement and she looks so beautiful!

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    2. Definitely. 👍

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  50. Sarah from Calif.2 March 2017 at 05:24

    Lovely!

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  51. You know it amazes me how good she is in the public and doing charity work I know she was groomed but not for years like her husband she was a commoner. It's just lovely to see her enjoy her role and perform it like a natural God bless her.she is Ann inspiration

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  52. Amy Australia, please go back to our discussion in the previous post, where I replied to your last comment. I truly don't want you to be discouraged by my initial response, and I hope you will continue to participate.

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  53. Caroline in Montana2 March 2017 at 17:22

    One thing that really caught my eye - The unveiling of the plaque, the plaque is so small compared to the easel it is presented on, that is the only thing i can find wrong with the whole day! like the new suit and Kate looked wonderful, must have been tough seeing all those sick children:( Thank you for the education on the RMH, i too had no idea they were all over the world. Your the best Charlotte!!

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  54. Apparently, according to Rebecca English, Harry has flown to Jamaica where he will meet with Meghan. The two will reportedly be guests at Harry's BFF, Tom Inskip's wedding during a three day celebration. Another relationship first (as far as we know) for Harry and Meghan. Meghan's arrival there and Harry's were reported but not fully confirmed, but since Tom Inskip is actually getting married there, Harry most likely is there already. I don't think he would leave Meghan out of this significant "non-royal" event so a confirmation of her arrival there won't be a surprise, in my opinion.

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  55. Thought I would share this little pictoral of the royal family through the years. Kate is a lovely addition to the family.
    http://www.harpersbazaar.com/celebrity/latest/news/g8031/british-royal-family-100-years/?slide=101&src=arb_fb_d&mag=har&dom=f cc

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    1. Oh, thank you so much, CeCe. What a fantastic look back! xx

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    2. Love the her hair this way, so practical for greeting children and families, no fly away strands in her face. The suit choice is a lovely color, so flattering to her. The big longer length is more practical for more bending down or crouching to talk to young children, a possible consideration. Love her choices which can never be easy given all the eyes watching. Always they are thoughtful and reasoned and may have considerations we can't appreciate, like upstaging the Queen.

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  56. Zora from Prague5 March 2017 at 11:40

    What a treat, CeCe! Thanks for sharing!!!

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