Friday, 3 March 2017

The Cambridges to Visit Germany and Poland & Vote for Kate's Best February Look!

Kensington Palace officially announced today the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will undertake an official visit to Germany and Poland in July, at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Kensington Palace Twitter Feed

With their two-day trip to Paris just a fortnight away, the announcement would seem to confirm stories reporting the Cambridges' overseas trips in 2017 would focus on locations closer to home rather than Commonwealth destinations, with Brexit looming. Certainly, in the current political climate, it is not unrealistic to think the Foreign Office is eager to deploy members of the Royal family in an ambassadorial capacity to strengthen ties with a touch of soft diplomacy in the changeable months and years ahead. William and Kate are undoubtedly a very solid choice for this. They are immensely popular and, like their trip to Paris next month, July's visit will mark their first joint trip to both countries. Media coverage and exposure during the visit a certainty with the young royals guaranteed to grace front pages. We are unlikely to see Her Majesty making such trips as she approaches her 91st birthday and, equally, Prince Charles' schedule is incredibly busy. This year is said to be something of a transition point for William and Kate, and such visits abroad are quite a step-up given their significance at this sensitive time. How long will the trip be? At this point very little is known with all details to be released in due course. I would be surprised if they are not spending two to three days in each country, so perhaps six days in total - the same length as their tours of India and Bhutan and Canada last year.


ITV's Royal Editor Chris Ship reports:

"So Kensington Palace has just announced William and Kate will visit Poland and Germany in July. They already have a planned visit to France - they're going to Paris later this month. You might argue the government is using them as ambassadors for the UK just as Theresa May triggers Article 50 and the negotiations get underway over our divorce from the EU. Kensington Palace says the visits to Paris, Poland and Germany are taking place "at the request of the Foreign Office" - although that's not new. All visits by members of the the Royal Family take place in collaboration with the government based on its priorities at the time.
Nevertheless, you can't help but note all the official tours by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge this side of the summer are to EU countries. Just at the moment when the UK starts on the path towards its departure.
A diplomat tells me the visits are not officially related to Brexit but the royal tours could help to reinforce the message that "Britain might be leaving the EU but it's not leaving Europe."

The Telegraph reports the itinerary may include a visit to the site of the Auschwitz concentration camp.

'Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, has asked the couple to make an official visit to Poland and Germany in July amid claims that the couple are becoming Britian's "brexit ambassadors" The visit to Germany is likely to be particularly significant and officials hope that it will help "detoxify" negotiations and smooth the way for a future trade deal.  The Duke and Duchess are expected to meet Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, during a visit to Berlin. 
During the trip to Poland they are expected to meet Beata Szydlo, the Polish Prime Minister, and visit the site of the Auschwitz concentration camp. A Government source said that the visit will help show Britain's desire to retain strong links with European nations after Brexit.'

Below we see Prince William with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Dusseldorf last year. William gave a memorable speech during the visit in which he said: "This partnership will continue despite Britain’s recent decision to leave the European Union. The depth of our friendship with Germany and with North Rhine-Westphalia will not change. Bilaterally and internationally we will continue together to lead efforts to promote prosperity, security and stability in the world."



More from the Mail Online:

'The British monarchy has close ties with the European country, as a succession of sovereigns from George I, born in what is now modern Germany and who acceded to the throne in 1714, to William IV, who died in 1830, were also rulers of Hanover in Germany. The 300th anniversary of what is known as the “personal union” was celebrated in 2014, and the year before the milestone, princesses Beatrice and Eugenie visited Germany to highlight the event. During a state visit to Germany in 2015, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh visited the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp to mark the 70th anniversary of its liberation by British forces.'

The President of Poland shared the following statement on his website:

'The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine will pay a visit to Poland in July. "The Polish presidential couple will be happy to welcome them to our country in July of this year," presidential minister Krzysztof Szczerski told PAP on Friday.
"The presidential couple received the news with joy. The Duke and Duchess will be very welcome guests. The Polish presidential couple will be happy to welcome them to our country in July this year," Minister Szczerski said. "We see in this visit a confirmation of cordial ties between our countries and peoples. It is our intention the visit of the princely couple includes elements of an official visit and private time between both couples," the presidential minister added.'

We will keep you updated as news becomes available. Speaking of relations with Europe, it's looking quite likely King Felipe and Queen Letizia may be paying a state visit to the UK in June. It would be a great one for William and Kate to play an active part in.

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Finally, time for some Friday fun! We saw the Duchess sport a variety of different looks in February. I thought it might be a fun time to vote on your 'Favourite February Look'. From casual looks, to new and repeated skirt suits to a glamorous evening gowns we saw an array of styles. Obviously there are varying degrees of formality, so if you wish to vote for one of the more casual ensembles and one of the formal looks simply tick the box at both options and click vote!


Vote For Your Favourite February Look 

Engagements began on Sunday, 5 February. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry got their running shoes on as they joined a training day with the runners taking part in the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon for their campaign to change the conversation on mental health, Heads Together. Kate debuted the $450 Perfect Moment Mini Duvet Quilted Down Ski Jacket teamed with, a black polo neck, black jeans and New Balance / Sweaty Betty Trainers. Kate wore the exact look again over a week later, filming with Nick Knowles for Heads Together.


William and Kate attended the Place2Be Big Assembly hosted at Mitchell Brook Primary School where Kate said: "I think that every child should have people around them to show them love and show them kindness, and that is what Place2Be is doing so amazingly here in your school." The Duchess brought back her much loved red Luisa Spagnoli suit for the day teamed with her black suede Gianvito Rossi Pumps. It's such a lovely suit and it worked so well on multiple occasions.


The Duchess donned Oscar de la Renta for a Guild of Health Writers Conference focusing on mental health. The ultraviolet tailored jacket is rendered in a wool blend and features a pointed collar, dual breast pockets, and a pleated, flared hem, and is teamed with a full pleated skirt. Both pieces come from the Fall 2015 Collection.


For the BAFTAS, Kate dazzled in an off-the-shoulder Alexander McQueen gown with a floral print and tiered skirt. I thought it a very fresh and stylish choice, quite different to anything else on the red carpet that night. Kate is loving the off-the-shoulder trend lately too.


They say it's all in the details...and an added bonus on the night came in the form of a sparkling pair of statement earrings, the Queen's wedding gift bracelet and sleek Prada pumps.


Kate was definitely embracing red in February, selecting the PHILOSOPHY DI LORENZO SERAFINI Double-breasted twill blazer. The £760 claret blazer is part of the Resort '17 collection, and inspired by the work of French designer Jean Bouquin who is famed for dressing the St Tropez jetset in the '60s and style icon Brigitte Bardot. Kate debuted the blazer at a Valentine's Day engagement with RAF Cadets. Kate styled it with her black polo neck, black jeans and black flat boots.


The burgundy Paule Ka suit Kate wore for a visit to Wales in support of her new patronage, Action for Children, sparked quite the debate on the blog with many feeling it was too short. I imagine I'm in the minority here because, whilst I fully acknowledge the skirt is very much on the shorter side, I thought the styling (black polo neck, tights, flat boots) offset it.


I simply loved Kate's look for the UK-India Year of Culture Reception at Buckingham Palace earlier this week. It's always interesting to observe what the Duchess wears when she attends functions with the Queen, as we tend to see repeats or appropriate looks not worn to detract attention. I thought the beautiful Erdem Rhona dress hit all the right notes offering simple elegance. The metallic lace in silver photographed beautifully and complemented Kate's colouring to perfection (I'm guessing you have a good idea of which look won my vote :)). With a nod to the evening Kate chose earrings by Indian designer Anita Dongre.


And of course those shoes... The Duchess wore the new Oscar de la Renta Platinum LamΓ© Cabrina pumps. The shimmering $690 pumps are described: "Our enduringly classic Cabrina pumps are reworked for the new season in glistening platinum lamΓ©. This Italian-made pair has a sleek, architectural silhouette with a pointed toe, scalloped sides and raised back."


And last but not least, HRH surprised us in a familiar but new Rebecca Taylor sparkle tweed suit when she officially opened Ronald McDonald House, Evelina London. Kate's jacket 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."


Your Favourite February Look
 
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Finally, for fans of Kate's Smythe jackets, you can avail of 20% off  (about $119) at ShopBop with the discount code GOBIG17. Kate's much-loved $595 Navy Duchess Blazer is available in sizes 2-12 and the Green Blazer Kate wore in Haida Gwaii is also in stock.


Hope you all have a lovely weekend! I expect the Paris itinerary will be released shortly :)

224 comments:

  1. Rebecca - Sweden3 March 2017 at 20:29

    Really looking forward to this years trips. It makes sense to have the younger royals do alot of over seas travel. Charles did alot before (and still do) but with the Queen delegating more and more stuff to him domestically, it makes very much sense for the younger ones to be the ones doing the over seas tours. And as you say, they bring the media!


    How nice of you to do a summary of the month :) It will be needed in the future it seems if numbers keep up this way :)

    (A random thought, William does quite a few engagements that are just in the CC or less reported. I understand why you don't cover all his visits in posts and such since it's a Kate blog, but if you continue doing these monthly wrap ups, maybe you could put in a short date by date of Williams stuff as well to give an overview for people who might not follow as closely as I do :P It's just a suggestion, I know you have enough stuff on your plate and you're doing a great job as always!)

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    1. I would also appreciate a monthly summary of William's activities. In so far as he is the heir, I would enjoy knowing what activities he engages in. Just a listing and perhaps, in bold, the activities Kate joined him in. Would be interesting conversation.

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    2. Rebecca, that's a great idea re: updates on William's engagements. As William & Kate are taking on more diplomatic duties & more engagements all round, I think it makes sense to shine a spotlight on what William does too. I thoroughly enjoyed this monthly summary, a big THANK YOU to Charlotte, for her amazing work as always! I look forward to more fashion polls, as they are such fun :)

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    3. I have to agree. But with saying that i do have to say how much i love seeing all the updates on Catherine. You do such a in depth research which i love i can't find this anywhere else. I thank you for this blog. I love voth William and Catherine. And i know this is off topic but i hope that Catherine gets the royal family order (i think its called). Thanks again for all you do

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  2. I am not a fan of any of her outfits. If I have to vote, I choose the Oscar de la Renta pumps.

    I wonder if they take the kids. I suppose not.

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    2. It happens! But I loved the OdlR pumps!πŸ’™

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    3. Interesting dialogue, Anett vs Annette!

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    4. Hello, "Annette". As no one has called you out on that remark of yours yet I will. That was a mean spirited and ugly thing to say. First of all, in case you don't know, Anett's first language isn't English. English might not even be her second language. She speaks three. But one thing she does not know is US idioms, but I do. And that remark says a lot more about you than it does about Anett. I'd hate to see how you react to something that's actually more important than an opinion about Kate's clothes, "Annette".

      For those who don't know, "bless your heart" is US southern girl code for eff you, or words to that effect.

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    5. Dee

      If you found my personal subjective take on kate's choices harsh, please really stop reading and answering comments for everybody's sake. Thanks!

      Charlotte

      I think Dee's comment is a bit below the belt....

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    6. I have to agree with bluhare. I had a very negative response to the "bless your heart" comment. Someone not from the United States (or even the just the southern United States) probably wouldn't have taken it the same way, but as someone who has lived across the South I took it as a clear insult (I can only hope it was not intended as one). I would like this blog to remain a civil place.

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    7. Thank you, Anne. I totally agree with you. Disagree with people by all means, but you don't have to meangirl about it.

      Anett, you're welcome. I was waiting to see if someone else called her out, but as no one did, well you know me! :)

      Charlotte, thank you for removing it.

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    8. I'm sorry Anett, I didn't intend to cause any offense. I apologise if you thought what I said was below the belt ... I didn't mean to upset you. My husband is in the final days of Stage IV cancer. I guess we don't know what else is happening in other people's lives. I extend my hand of friendship to you across the miles. (It was me having a bad day) πŸ˜”

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    9. As a former southerner, I find the insult in "bless your heart" rather sad, since it was once an expression of sincere sympathy. I suppose it still can be. But I also understood the use of it here to be negative, given the context.

      It is sad that Anett finds nothing to praise except the sparkling evening pumps. In a way, I qgree with Dee. But perhaps Anett deserves sympathy rather than criticism if she does not find some of Kate's choices beautiful. Several of the pictures above are stunning, to me at least. Kate has had to dress for her engagements more often than usual, and she has utilized her existing wardrobe as well as some new pieces. I like some better than others, but I admire her ingenuity.

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    10. Prayers to you Dee, and BIG hugs. Please keep sharing here. It isn't always easy or perfect, but there is a very great group of tried and true people here. We're here for you. ❤

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    11. I'm not sure why Anett deserves sympathy for not liking last month's clothes. If you read the blog, a lot of other people didn't either.

      And, Dee, I am so sorry to read about your husband. What an awful thing for both of you. Please accept some bluhare love across the miles.

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    12. Dee - Adelaide, South Australia5 March 2017 at 23:03

      Thanks Surfer Girl and Bluhare ... I really appreciate your lovely words and I caught your hug. I love this wonderful blogs and creating friends across the miles is just as important to me, as what our gorgeous girl is wearing. I feel like I know so many of you already. I do love reading and smiling about people's views. It's my therapy at the moment, amidst the sadness. ��

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    13. Hi Dee. My thoughts and prayers with you. An unbelievably tough time and very grim.

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    14. Dee

      I am really sorry to hear that. No hard feelings. I hope next time we find something we both like here.

      Patricia (?)

      I think I am not the person who needs sympathy today or any other day, just read above. We talk about clothes for godness' sake.

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    15. Julia from Leominster6 March 2017 at 06:01

      I had no idea that was an insult, I hope I've never used it - it's not uncommon to say, bless her, with no insult intended. That remark was sharp though.

      Dee, I'm so sorry to hear about your husband. Cancer is the worst thing in the world. My thoughts are with you. One lovely thing here is we all do extend the hand of friendship.

      I'm fine if Anett didn't find any of the outfits spoke to her - I actually loved those shoes best of all too! Just like I'm fine if someone liked everything as was the case here. We all have our own opinions which makes life interesting.

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    16. Bless or bless you is not an insult, Julia. In fact, "bless" is a particuarly endearing Britishism to me.

      It's bless your heart, when said with underlying venom, that is the insult. As Patricia said, it's not always an insult, but in this context I think we all agree it was.

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    17. Oh, I'm so sorry, Dee. Much love going your way.

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    18. Julia from Leominster6 March 2017 at 17:08

      I should clarify that I didn't love every outfit but meant there were those here who did and that's fine with me; just as not finding anything to your taste is fine too. I hope it's not a cause for sympathy or you will all need to send me condolences on Maxima - I rarely like any of her outfits although I know many do.

      As usual, I divided things up by whether they were suitable, whether I like it and whether the outfit was styled well.

      The Paule Ke suit - not suitable in my eyes - too short -so short Kate had to think about it - never good in daytime royal dressing. If she was to wear it, I thought it well-styled though. The Luisa and Rebecca suits very suitable and most attractive on Kate. The Oscar de la Renta suitable and a wonderful colour, but could have been styled better - and updo would have made it seem less girlish. The jeans and blazer - again to my taste - not suitable nor well styled - jeans and blazer clashed - nor well-fitting since she had to adjust them in public.

      For evening, I love the Erdam and those wonderful shoes. The Macqueen was completely suitable, and I thought quite well styled with the earrings and the updo- I just didn't personally care for it.

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    19. I was going to comment but my intuition tells me I should keep my thoughts to myself. I was excited to see a new post and share my choices but I'll wait for the next post.

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    20. I guess my second message got lost somehow. I only meant that perhaps Anett was not feeling well or having a less than perfect day, since she did not seem to respond to the great beauty of some of Kate's pictures above. Maybe sympathy was too strong a word.

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    21. My message to Dee is also missing. I remembered, Dee, that you have a son who is suffering emotionally, and I wished for all of you comfort and peace in this very difficult time. I am so glad that you are able to find respite here, and I join all who have sent you love.

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  3. Sarah Maryland USA3 March 2017 at 20:40

    I am half polish so I was so excited when I found out they are visiting my motherland lol
    They better try some polish food while they are there because I love it soooo much!

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    1. Zora from Prague4 March 2017 at 17:12

      How exciting for you, Sarah! Polish food is really delicious and the Polish are famous for their hospitality.

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    2. Sarah Maryland USA4 March 2017 at 23:30

      I am jealous I've always wanted to visit Poland!

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  4. Wow, exciting update! It really does feel as if transition is in the air and that William and Kate are now taking a step up in royal duties. I always love a good tour, as it's interesting to watch them connect with foreign diplomats (and so fun to see Kate's sartorial choices, of course). I'm really glad to see the Cambridges embracing more royal events. I wonder if George and Charlotte will go with them on either trip?

    A fun poll, what a good idea! Most of February was a miss for me as far as Kate fashion goes, but I did really like the shimmering cream dress she just wore. I have to say the McQueen dress for the BAFTAS wasn't my favorite, at all, (and I usually love McQueen!) but there was just something about it that bugged me a lot.

    Can't wait to see what the rest of 2017 brings. We're off to a great start, so far, with Kate appearances, I think!

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  5. I have been loving all the skirt suits that this year has brought thus far! The different colours and styles are so perfect for Kate and a very professional look for her, also a smart choice for the weather this time of year.

    I'm excited that they will be visiting more countries, not just for the coverage but mainly because I dont think that the monarchy utilises the Cambridges enough. They should involved in more state affairs in my opinion

    Love from Avee

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  6. Sonja from Bavaria3 March 2017 at 21:16

    I AM SO EXCITED!!! Hopefully, they'll visit a city that's not more than 2 hours away from me, like Munich, so I can get to be there and see them! Fingers crossed!

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden3 March 2017 at 21:45

      Hope you get to see them :)

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    2. Zora from Prague4 March 2017 at 08:53

      Wouldn't it be lovely, Sonja?!! :) Fingers crossed for Munich! I'm also excited, as my country shares borders with both Germany and Poland, perhaps there would be a chance......... on the other hand, both Germany and Poland are really large and potential car drive a bit long.... - well, at least I can dream!

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    3. Julia from Leominster4 March 2017 at 12:30

      Hope so too.

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    4. Oh, Zora, I do so hope you get to see them. If they are close, do you think your mother would be up for seeing them with you? :)

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    5. Zora from Prague4 March 2017 at 17:15

      Thank you, surfer girl! My mother has problems moving around (arthritis) so unfortunately she wouldn't be able to come but she'd definitely be excited for us and I'd tell her all about it :)
      I wonder if Eve from Germany will be able to see them!?

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    6. Perhaps, if their itineraries are close or central enough some of you DKB gals could meet up and see William and Kate together. That would be fun.

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    7. Sonja, I hope you get to see them!

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  7. I'm reminded once again how subjective fashion is :) because I had the exact opposite reaction to the Erdem Charlotte, though I know I'm in the minority! I thought the silver metallic did nothing for her, in my opinion the golder or rose gold metallics she's worn before are much more flattering. It could have been the BP lighting but she just looked so drab and drawn, and on top of that it seemed she forgot to do her hair and make-up. I was definitely scratching my head!

    I voted for the McQueen, because while there were minor nitpicks, I thought she looked lovely and glamorous and regal, and the overall effect as she moved along the red carpet was really fabulous.

    Sadly the rest of the month is a big miss for me fashion wise, the only other ensemble I thought was a success was the blue RT, though I was perplexed why she would buy such a similar outfit, even in the same blue. And before everyone jumps and says "I buy duplicates too!" none of us are high profile people photographed repeatedly, with our engagements and public appearances literally going in the history books.

    I love that she wore de la Renta, but oh my the way she styled that suit, heaven help us. Something that could and *should* look sophisticated and polished ends up looking school girlish. Personally I still firmly believe it's all the influence of Ms. Archer who in my opinion needs to go back to desk work in the office and take her fashion hobby out on someone else...

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    1. Claudia
      I didn't like the Erdem too, only the shoes. I agree with the rest of the months as well.

      And you gave me such a laugh early this morning with your Ms. Archer remark! Thanks! +1 ;)

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    2. Claudia, I agree on just about every point. It was either the lighting or the silver and beige weren't the most flattering to her skin tone. Beautiful dress though for someone else, or a different tone or color for Kate with that one. Certainly agree about Natasha (no surprise, huh?, lol). A real, trained stylist would take into consideration skin tone, lighting, how photogenic the piece is, make-up, hairstyle, accessories, venue, event, tailoring, proportion, body type, fabric, weather, how often she has worn the outfit and when, etc. etc, It would all be second nature to do that for a real stylist. So easy. Kate always shines through, but her outfits should facilitate and enhance that not fight against that in any way. A real stylist could accomplish a consistent nicely put together look for Kate rather effortlessly, in my opinion. And still have it be "Kate". All those many "scratching our heads and going 'huh?' moments" in the past could have been so easily avoided with a worthwhile, very worthwhile investment in a real stylist. Again, no offense to Natasha. She simply isn't a stylist. She seems like a nice person and I'm sure she does her personal assistant tasks flawlessly. But a stylist she is not, in my opinion. Kate deserves a stylist. She is one of the most photographed people in the world. If that doesn't qualify for real professional styling assistance I don't know what would, lol. The pages of history are turning and I so want Kate to be able to consistently fill them fashionwise in a "wow, now that works beautifully" way rather than a "huh, what?" way. She deserves it and it would be simple with a real stylist. Oh please, Kate's team, please get Kate a real stylist and asap. It will be one of the best decisions. You will be so glad you did. All of your other efforts on "Team Kate" will be enhanced by that. It's fundamental. foundational. Media Presentation 101. (can't believe that wasn't done years ago, actually. huge oversight, in my opinion, no offense.) Pleeease get a real stylist for Kate asap. :)

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    3. I agree with your comments. Kate wears fabulous clothes but there always seem to be something a little amiss with the styling.

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    4. Courtney from NC4 March 2017 at 10:49

      Claudia- I agree with so much of what you just said. I was also in the minority that didn't like the Erdem. For me it wasn't just the color of the of the lace and lining that didn't work for her, even though that was a huge issue for me. The style and fit of the dress on Kate was the biggest issue for me. She is so tall and thin she can wear many silhouettes successfully but this just hung on her. It dwarfed her frame in my eyes. I understand her not wanting to be the center of attention at events the Queen also attends but there are other ways to do that without being swallowed up in a billowy frock the color of unpainted or unaltered potters clay, I also agree with you about the McQueen dress and RT suit reduce. I was disappointed with the ODLR's outing as well. It just didn't work the way it was worn. I think a pencil skirt would have made a huge difference.

      I think that Natasha's heart is in the right place but I think she's perhaps a bit out of her league at this point. Kate needs someone who has their finger on the pulse of the fashion world, someone who has passion but also the time to dedicate solely to Kate's wardrobe and overall look. Someone who can take what Kate likes and feels comfortable in and tweak it and take it up several notches. That person also needs to be aware of what is needed and expected of Kate. I think Kate has pieces of what she needs but needs someone whos sole responsibility is pulling it all together. She can still be completely appropriate yet step it up. At least that is how I feel.

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    5. Having a professional stylist does not automatically mean great fashion. Look at all the Hollywood actresses with "real" stylists.Many often look a hot mess! IMO people are just disappointed Kate doesn't wear what they want her to wear according to their own tastes.

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    6. Rebecca - Sweden4 March 2017 at 15:04

      I tend to agree Court. That's not to say that I would not enjoy her having a good stylist. But sometimes people seem to mix up "I don't like" with "This is bad". Stylist or no stylist people will think she dresses too young/old, too dated/modern etc. That's just how style works. It's subjective.

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    7. I mean "good" stylist. Not a fashion plate one but one who knows tailoring, skin tone, fabric, etc. A classically trained "stylist" or maybe tailor/stylist would be better. How many current "Hollywood" stylists have training or even a clue about tailoring, proportion, fabric, skin tone, body shape, etc. My guess is that none to zero of them do. So, I do think there is an appropriate trained stylist out there for Kate, not to make her a fashion plate, just the consistently the best dressed Kate with clothes that fit properly, including proper proportions, are seasonally appropriate, that have the best, no shoddy, tailoring, that match and enhance her skin tone, photograph nicely, are venue and event appropriate, and that are accessorized best with proper amounts of Jewelry, the perfect shoes and most certainly the perfect hairstyle to compliment all of the above. A trained, common sense, talented "stylist". :)

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    8. I think you are so right about that Courtney. "Kate has pieces of what she needs but needs someone whose sole responsibility is pulling it all together." Pulling it all together by taking into consideration all the variables involved as I've listed more than once, lol. Those things are the basic, inherent components of good styling/dressing. :) Those components are the definition of good dressing/style.

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    9. P.S. I don't think it is as much about Kate not wearing what we want as it is about proper fit at times, proportion, seasonal appropriateness, tailoring, non-wrinkling fabric, etc. of what she does wear. I think we all want Kate to be Kate. Just a consistently, properly tailored/dressed Kate, taking into account her tastes And all the above. :)

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    10. Yes! To all of this! She needs to move beyond the bff saying you look good in something because you like it. I feel like that is where Kate and Natasha are stuck. Nothing looks horribly bad on Kate, it's always appropriate for the event but she needs the small adjustments like length of skirts, where jackets hit, lighting/coloring type of things. Stuff that someone is trained would be able to address.

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    11. I may be in the minority, but I don't think Natasha Archer is a true "stylist". She may have responsibilities associated with Kate's wardrobe...that I believe...but I don't think she puts Kate's outfits together in the way one would expect of a stylist. Just my two cents. :-)

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    12. I completely agree about how helpful a well-trained stylist would be, and it would be great for Kate to look for one, but I can only imagine how incredibly hard they are to find. Having all the qualities described about in a stylist would be a true rarity, a stroke of almost impossible luck. So it may take a while to make that happen!

      Also, my sense is that Kate's belief system and personality is more about doing it herself, and so she may be somewhat reluctant to enter into all the complicated things that it means to have a relationship with a stylist. And as Rebecca in Sweden points out, having a stylist, even a good stylist, by no means assures that all outfits will work well, be appropriate, etc. my guess is that for anyone with a stylist, it is all about the right fit between client and stylist and building a trusting and creative relationship over time. Which is not easy!! And it seems something that Kate is sort of trying to do with fashion houses (McQueen, Packham, Walker) as opposed to one stylist.

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    13. Christen, as an encouragement....

      William and Kate found each other, the Queen and Phillip found each other, Pippa has bhinted that, yes, maybe she has been a party girl (Just Kidding), but the Queen did find her dresser, Ms.Kelly, Diana got it all worked out clotheswise, etc, etc. Miracles do happen. :)

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    14. Thanks for that surfer girl, those are great points. It does help to try to look on the bright side :-)

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  8. Duchess Fan from Downunder3 March 2017 at 21:48

    I am wondering if they will come to Australia for the Commonwealth Games next year. Understandable that the attention is on strengthening ties in light of the hard times coming from Brexit.

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  9. Oh it's so hard to decide, all of her styles were fabulous!. So excited to see the different styles and colors, all of which looked great on her. A favorite would have to be the Alexander McQueen at the BAFTA event. I've never seen Kate look more beautiful from head to toe.Just a Cinderella look for sure. Thanks for this update.

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  10. Thank you for the poll! What a nice surprise going into the weekend. It was a clear choice for me. I loved the Erdem Rhona dress worn for the UK-India Year of Culture Reception at Buckingham Palace (I agree with some other readers that I wish she would have styled her hair differently). Kate needed the sparkle to compete with some of the gorgeous saris worn. Not my favorite fashion month ever, but looking back I was glad to see so much diversity (gown, cocktail attire, casual, and most importantly SEPARATES!)

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    1. Agree with everything you said, Anne! Not my favourite month fashion-wise either, but great to see a variety of outfits & engagements. Loving the separates too :)

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  11. This post is a nice surprise:) I liked her fashion choices for the month of Feb. My favorite was the Erdem Rhona dress she wore for the UK-India Year of Culture event. As I was reading this post, one line stood out to me, "Britain might be leaving the EU but it's not leaving Europe." I guess this line sums up their upcoming trips to Paris, Germany and Poland, in terms of maintaining diplomatic relations with EU nations. Thank You Charlotte for this post!XOXO

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  12. I am super excited and can't wait for Kate and William to come to Germany. I really hope William returns to Dusseldorf with Kate this time as my hometown is only a short car drive away. These news made my day :-)

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      That would be wonderful, Johanna! Hope they grant your wish! :)

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  13. As usual, I'm in the minority. (I don't mind.) I loved the Oscar de la Renta suit. I think the main attraction for me was the color, which I adore. I don't understand people who say she didn't style it correctly; I thought she looked great!

    I also loved her Oscar de la Renta shoes, so in my book that's the designer of the month!

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    1. The OdLR suit is a favorite of mine too. The color is wow and the silhouette is really chic. People didn't like how it was styled but if the shoes had been more avent garde, her hair up or more substantial jewelry had been worn, she would have been way over dressed for the event.

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  14. Wow, exciting news for a German with Polish roots!! I was waiting for an announcement like this this since watching Kate 2011... Really hope to see them in either country as I'm also planning to visit my relatives in July...

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      Hope you get to see them, Natalia, after several years of hopeful waiting! I didn't realise how many people from Central Europe follow the blog !! :)

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  15. Sharyn from AUS4 March 2017 at 05:34

    I had the same thought about Kate wearing a lot of red in February. I wonder if it was because Feb is heart health month and isn't/wasn't Pippa an ambassador for the Heart Foundation?

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  16. Hi Charlotte! I was curious about your statement:

    They are immensely popular and, like their trip to Paris next month, July's visit will mark their first joint trip to both countries.

    How do we know they are immensely popular in these countries? Are they selling out lifestyle magazines and the like? I was just curious what measures are used to determine another country's population interest in the Cambridges.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden4 March 2017 at 14:44

      It's hard to know, but as a casual follower a majority of publications writing about them seem to be from France, Germany or Australia. Maybe they just have more yellow press than others.

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    2. Cristin from Germany4 March 2017 at 17:14

      Hello Moxie,
      I would say, W&K (and the rest of the Royal family) are hugely popular in Germany. The royal Wedding, the Diamond Jubilee etc. were extensively covered by the press. I remember seeing a clip on TV about Kate's day as an editor of Huff Post.
      I don't have any numbers to back my statement up (about selling out magazines) but I can say that (mostly) Kate (and sometimes William) is featured almost every week in the yellow press. And most of it is very positive, the whole "workshy" debate was not a thing in the German press.
      When the Queen and Prince Philip visited in 2015, they received a very warm welcome. It almost feels like we "adopted" the British royals, because we don't have any of our own. I guess that is a reason why so many people felt truly heartbroken after Brexit.
      So, long story short, I think we can expect huge crowds to greet them!

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    3. Zora from Prague4 March 2017 at 21:11

      Moxie, I agree with Cristin: one of the reasons why the Cambridges are popular in central Europe is that we have no royalty - even though we used to have them; both Austria-Hungary and Germany had kings/kaisers until the end of WW 1. I'm not saying people here regret not having monarchy - next year we will celebrate 100 years of being a republic (I'm from former Czechoslovakia; the history of Poland was even more complicated.) It's just that royalty, with all the continuity, tradition, habits, rituals and sometimes pomp are somewhat exotic, very interesting and certainly attractive, especially if represented by two young, beautiful, smiling modern people. (Our political representatives are far less attractive, believe me :) ). Another reason might be that in WW 2, we (=our grandparents and great-grandparents) looked up to Great Britain as a source of hope, plus, many of our soldiers, especially pilots, escaped from the occupied Czechoslovakia and Poland and joined the RAF. People here were hoping for 6 years that British - and then also American - forces would save them in the end. Due to the post-war division of Europe, we ended up on the wrong side of the Iron Curtain but the bonds with the West never ceased to exist, even if they had to be secret for years. Consequently, in the last 25 years when we have enjoyed freedom after four decades of communist regime, both Britain and the US are very popular. Young people study English at schools, travel and some of them work in Britain and the US. The Cambridges are "symbols" of Britain just like London Eye or Big Ben. For young people, they are more interesting than HM or Prince Philip just because they are young and good-looking.
      I apologise if my historical digression was a bit boring but I believe that to a certain extent, the past is always connected with the present.

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    4. I loved your "historical digression", Zora. Very poignant. Freedom is an amazing thing. I don't think anyone takes it for granted.

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    5. Thank you all for your responses! I take what you are telling me is that it is the positive coverage of them by your press that keeps them in the minds of the people. And shared recent European history creates an affinity. So I think the answer to my question is: the consumption/sales of yellow press is an indicator of popularity.

      Any other perspectives/angles to share?

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    6. Victoria, Oregon5 March 2017 at 05:28

      Zora , your "historical digression" was very interesting. And I agree with you that the past is connected with the present. Thanks for your viewpoint!

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    7. What a beautiful post Zora. Thank you for saying what I think is One of most important reason to be sad about Brexit. British Royal Family is a symbol of a tradition of freedom and of respect for human rights as they represent UK.

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    8. Zora, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. Part of what I love about this blog is the opportunity to learn about other countries, cultures, points of view.

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  17. I would re-write here a comment I posted about the McQueen floral gown. It was about the supposed meaning of the flowers. It was an answer to Surfer Girl. "Hi Surfer Girl, in my opinion the dress is a nod to Queen's Victoria gowns (for instance this nice picture of the young Queen with her loved one https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/45/5b/7c/455b7c0604b0d081b4f3bfc01700528d.jpg ) and we know how Victoria was in love with her husband; the flowers are violet on the top, which means modesty and love, and dianthus on the lower part of the skirt, a symbol of love and marriage. Pink carnations are often given as a sign of gratitude but firstly they carry the great meaning of motherly love. I think that the whole means "our marriage is happy, we have in mind our great royal model, but I will not loose my modesty and I am so grateful for this happiness, for my motherhood". :)"

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    2. Thanks again, Paola. We know Kate is aware of "the language of flowers" as that was her theme for her wedding. :) And do keep your botanist friend handy please as we will no doubt have more flower questions this season for sure. :)

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    3. Paola love your explanation of the symbolism of the flowers. Dianthus!!! For the love of me I couldn't think what were the flowers on the lower part. Glad you reposted, I had missed this in the McQueen comments!! :) cc

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  18. Harry and Meghan did attend Tom Inskip's wedding in Jamaica. Not only confirmed now but there are photos. Lots of maxi dresses at the wedding. Some more tailored and solid colors, also a lot of florals. Very casual wedding. Tom Faber was the best man. Harry was an usher. Emily Lopes was in the bridal party.

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    1. Meghan actually wore an Erdem floral maxi dress very similar in style to Kates evening dress from Erdem, with similar colours to the dress Kate wore to the Bafta s in February by Alexander Mc Queen

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    2. Okay. I know we aren't supposed to extrapolate a whole scenario from a few photos, and I usually try not to do that these days, but I was so excited about Harry and Meghan's first real social outing together, and his best friend's wedding to boot, that the scenario formed in my mind when I saw the photos was with quicksilver speed. Jolting, actually, lol. Overall, the photos that I saw of Harry and Meghan in the Daily Mail and Pop Sugar, etc., have Harry looking a little aloof and kind of disinterested, in my opinion, with Meghan being the attentive, touchy-feeling one. What a surprise, and not a good one. :(
      I kept hoping for photos of them having eyes for only each other, with snuggles and giggles. Then, after none of that, I kept hoping for photos of them looking (normally) into each other's eyes and conversing "with mutual interest" quite a lot. Not much of that (published anyway). Harry, to me, just didn't seem to be that interested or that happy. Certainly none of the chemistry that we see between William and Kate. Maybe it was warm and humid and the champagne had quieted things some. Hopefully. Very disappointing to say the least. I certainly hope I am wrong about all this. I would be so happy to be all wrong about this. Ahhh, Harry. What's going on? :)
      On a lighter note, there were a lot of cute maxi's though and I am not usually a fan of maxi's. I was pleasantly surprised by that. Meghan had gotten married on the Island of Jamaica. Maybe that had something to do with the perceived glumness. Who knows? Time will tell. I am definitely hoping it works out that she's the one. With all this flurry of reaction it is certainly a good thing I don't run a dating service, lol.

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    3. 16:53, I took a look and you're so right. MM's dress is a combination of Kate's two gowns. :-)

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    4. Okay. :) I read the article and saw the "Cartier Love Bracelet", and, she is wearing it on her left wrist. And, the pastor who officiated Skip's wedding is reported to have said that Harry and Meghan are "head over heels in love with each other". Pretty reliable source I'd said, although the assessment is a subjective one, of course. :)
      Happily, me thinketh my reaction to the first articles and photos was amiss. Must only have been the Jamaican heat and French champagne there. Um hum. ☀️🍾

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    5. I love how I have these conversations all by myself, lol, lol. (sorry). :)

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    6. I'm sorry to say this, but I had the same initial reaction to those photos of H&M from the wedding as you did, surfer girl. Meghan appeared very engaged & affectionate, while Harry did seem somewhat aloof towards her. Maybe it was the heat & champagne! Cute photos, nonetheless, & all the guests looked happy & relaxed. Jamaica is a beautiful place to have a wedding. I haven't seen the bracelet yet, but I heard it's very expensive!

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    7. LOL surfer girl, I enjoy reading your musings :)

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    8. It retails for approx. $6,200, I think, Kiwi Gal.

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    9. Rebecca - Sweden5 March 2017 at 22:29

      I saw the same Kiwi. But I also know that pictures show just a fraction of things, so I'm not judging their relationship on it :P Maybe the warmth, jet lag or a million other things. Or he was not in a bad mood at all, it just seemed like it. Hipe they had a fun time at the wedding :)

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    10. Thanks for sharing that Kiwi Gal. I didn't know if it was just me/some mood I was in, or if he really looked aloof. I thought about the bracelet also. I think there are the screwhead type of bracelets that aren't Cartier Love Bracelets. So I am not going to believe that just on someone's distant and unconfirmed observation. Not my favorite concept for a bracelet anyway. Kind of creepy in a way. Uh. Think I will go for a long brisk walk and get some endorphins going, lol.

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    11. Surfer girl, I agree with your assessment. I was trying to figure out if Harry was mad about a situation(something with the wedding, some random friendship drama, people taking pics, something) and that Meghan was trying to comfort him but that he had no interest in what she was offering. But yeah, not a lot of togetherness or interest. Maybe they were trying to play it cool but it just looked odd and one sided.

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    12. Okay SG, I will join the conversation....... :-)

      Well, you made me look (lol) and I have to agree with you.

      Popsugar has 34 photos from the wedding day and the only genuine excitement or happiness I see in Harry's face or body language is when he is speaking with other guests. Meghan does seem to be all over him and it looks like she is trying too hard and being somewhat possessiveness. AND, since we all know how natural and uninhibited Harry is, me thinks this says a lot.

      I do understand that these pictures don't represent the whole day or visit to Jamaican but, surely, one out of these thirty-four photos could have given us a hint of good vibes or chemistry. Never mind photo 30! Hmmm.

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    13. I forgot the link! :-)

      http://www.popsugar.com/celebrity/Prince-Harry-Meghan-Markle-Wedding-Jamaica-2017-43263678

      And by the way, I'm not sure what else the Pastor would say when asked about this famous couple....

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    14. Haha! Surfer Girl, you gave me a good giggle with your conversation above, I loved you having a conversation with yourself. ... I was thinking the very same things that you wrote. But, I wondered if Harry was just hyper sensitive to the media, and was feeling a bit nervous to be himself. How exciting, I love a royal romance ... I hope he's happy and he's found his perfect match.

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    15. Surfer girl, I thought the same about the photos and hoped I was just being overcritial of them. But Meghan does seem to be a bit all over him, with Harry not reciprocating. One thing I thought too was that she seemed VERY aware of cameras, almost putting on a show. I didn't have a great feeling about the body language, and I'm also not usually someone to criticize a few photos, but it really jumped out at me. I hope I'm wrong and Harry was just tired!

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    16. Well I'm glad it wasn't just us that had these thoughts regarding the wedding photos, surfer girl. The price of that bracelet is eye-watering! I don't know if I like the idea of a bracelet that can only be removed with a special screwdriver...it is kind of creepy, LOL.
      As you said, Rebecca, I don't want to make a judgement just from these photos alone. I think Harry may have been uncomfortable with the photographers taking pics of them, but who really knows.

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    17. OR Harry could be (a) hung over, (b) a bit angry about the photographers taking photos on his private time, or (c) both. Or he doesn't like her as much as she likes him, but I'm going with (c).

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    18. Julia from Leominster6 March 2017 at 16:56

      I did think Harry looked uncomfortable - although he reportedly let his hair down later! It could just be all the focus on him, when it should really have been the bride and groom, although I'm thinking they didn't mind for there were a lot of photos. Harry doesn't like press attention so the cameras may have vexed him. He and Meghan certainly don't agree there! She clearly thrives on attention, so if he's to stay with her, he'd better get used to it.

      Meghan was putting herself forward, but that seems to be her metier. I didn't like her dress at all - worse than when Kate wore the similar one - although I suppose appropriate enough for a Jamaican wedding.

      Royals usually aren't overly demonstrative in public and I may be sounding like my mum, but I would prefer not to see that change too much. As for the minister, I was rather shocked he spoke so freely - he was there to marry another couple. Quite frankly, I know men who would be put off by a coy suggestion they were next - and they aren't royal! It's not like Harry caught the bouquet.

      The D.M. is saying the bracelet is from Meghan's former husband. Do they know? I wouldn't wear a bracelet from my former husband - well, I don't have a former husband - only the present one, but wouldn't if I did.

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    19. Interesting photos! Don't know what to read into it other than it appears that Harry is NOT so aware of the cameras and (I agree N from USA) that Meghan is all TOO aware of the cameras. I am probably in the minority, but I am not ready to sign off on this relationship. I am in a wait and see mode. She is beautiful, and seems genuinely involved in charities, but her celebrity status has flags for me (maybe just the mother in me). I hope beyond hope that it is the real deal for Harry's sake, he does deserve to be happy with someone and in a "forever way", not "in the moment way"! cc

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    20. Can't resist stopping by this thread. I took at the link posted above by royalfan. Yes, I would tend to agree with everyone that Megan seems more enthused than Harry, who is steadfastly ignoring her and staring ahead. My reading of these photos is that Megan feels like an outsider in Harry's very close, very cliquish, very upper class, perhaps snobby aristocratic social circle. And Harry may be seeing her in a new light, seeing for the first time how she would fit or not fit and that may have taken him by surprise.
      I say this because I once dated a person who was an outsider to my way of life and it took a couple of similar social situations where he interacted with my friends and family, for the crush to be rapidly dissipated. Harry has only dated women who came from the exact small set of aristocratic families where everyone knows everyone and played together as children, went to school together as teenagers, hunted together as adults and call each other by their nicknames like Poppy or Skippy or Teddy. Megan, educated and accomplished as she is, does not share the same history with these people. She is bound to stick out like a sore thumb and I can see that in the giddiness of the wedding, Harry's friends and social circle would pay no heed to her. Nobody would go out of their way to make her feel welcome. Nobody would reach out to her seeking to be impressed by her - they would continue to interact like they have all through the years.. making private jokes and calling each other their private names. In fact, many of the women would have grown up with Harry, and would share private stories, references to shared acquaintances, vacations, throwbacks to old times that would make Megan feel like a stranger. Hence the dagger eyes and possessive hugs.
      That's my extremely complex take on it anyway ... LOL.
      I was largely ignoring this new couple but now my curiosity has been piqued. I would like to see what ends up happening to these two.

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    21. Sonja from Bavaria6 March 2017 at 18:50

      I agree with you ladies, I am just not a fan of Megan and somehow I have a bad feeling about her & Harry...

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    22. Zora from Prague6 March 2017 at 22:15

      Very interesting points, Rosman. "Poppy or Skippy or Teddy" made me laugh :) but I think you may be quite right. Let's see... Time will tell.

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    23. Enjoyed all the different inputs of the wedding photos. :) Time will tell. (Harry, if you still have an interest in Meghan keep having her around your family and friends, a lot. Like some of the women here have said, that will definitely help. You'll know.....)

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    24. I wonder who the woman in all the stripes is. I also wonder whether these photos were made by a wedding photographer or by a wedding guest with a phone. I do agree that Meghan played to the camera.

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    25. Rosman, I do believe that both of them had an eye opening experience. Harry had a supportive role at the wedding and perhaps Meghan expected it to be more about them as a couple. Can an actress truly play a supporting role? 😎 I don't know but any Mrs. Harry should be prepared to do so. NOTHING against Harry; simply stating the obvious.

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    26. Your analysis makes complete sense to me, Rosman. So maybe both Harry and Meghan were seeing how much of a likely long-term issue it would be that she is an outsider in many ways... And she was reacting by trying to get closer and he was reacting by feeling more distant...

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    27. From articles in today's media, we were not the only ones to notice the many, many photos of Meghan and Harry in Jamaica and we are not the only ones to notice Harry's aloofness to Meghan and the contrast of his animated interest in his friends, and Meghan's noticeable fawning was obvious to many also. All speculation based on observation, of course, but time will tell. At this point it doesn't appear to be going very good for Meghan, in my opinion. Time will tell. And, hopefully, sooner than later. Diana and Kate are hard acts to follow. I hope Meghan's feelings for Harry are sincere and not duplicative in any way.

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  19. Cristin from Germany4 March 2017 at 10:38

    Hello everyone :)
    Long time reader here, but never commented before. But now, with the announcement of the tour to Germany, I felt like I had to share my excitement with you all. I'm about to move to Berlin in a few weeks, so I'm very much hoping I will get to see them.
    That being said, I can't imagine what it will be like going to Auschwitz for them. I've never been but visited another concentration camp back in my school days (I think almost every German school class visits one)and I was moved to tears. I imagine it being quite difficult, when so much press is with you and you can't really show emotion (but then again, she also did the hospice visits, that must be equally challenging).

    On to a lighter note, the fashion. I really loved the Erdem, but I feel like the lighting didn't do it justice. I imagine it to be beautiful in person, and to me it was just the right amount of sparkle for an India-related event. I also liked the Oscar de la Renta suit, the colour and fabric are just so beautiful. All the other outfits were good, solid choices for me. I think her lovely personality and charm just overshadows every outfit.

    (Sorry, my english is a bit rusty)

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      Welcome! Hope you get to see them! And even if you don't, it must be exciting to see them in familiar surroundings.

      There are alot of emotional strength involved with being a royal. Not only do they have these emotionally heavy engagements, often the same day they have a "fun and happy" engagement and they have to quickly switch between these emotions!

      (Your english is perfectly fine!)

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    2. Nothing wrong with your English, Cristin!

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    3. Your english is great, Cristin. I loved the Erdem Rhona too. Literally, it glittered. I think the lighting at BP didn't show it off to its fullest potential as well. I hope we see it again under better circumstances.

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    4. I fervently hope Kate ups her game for the Paris trip. I want to see her being STYLISH, not just donning an expensive garment and a pair of oft worn suede pumps.

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    5. Your writing is eloquent. Such a gift to be bi-lingual/multi-lingual. (And my high school and college Spanish teachers are somewhere now sharing their heads and going, "Um-hum, didn't we tell you one day you will wish you had paid attention in class surfer girl", lol. They are right.

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    6. Cristin from Germany4 March 2017 at 17:22

      Thank you so much for the very warm welcome! It's highly apprecitiated :)
      I'm always a bit anxious about my English skills because to me my writing feels very constructed, not fluent. But your comments made me feel better! I guess as always, practice makes perfect (Surfer girl, the comment about your Spanish teachers made me laugh :D).
      And Rebecca, I agree. Making the switch between solemn and happy must be extra difficult. It will be interesting to see the tour itinerary. I would think, you can't go to Auschwitz and than have a happy engagement in the afternoon.
      And yes, I would love to get to see them! That would be at least one good about the Brexit ;)

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    7. Zora from Prague4 March 2017 at 20:21

      Hello Cristin, I can imagine how thrilled you and all the German/Polish readers are! I completely share your excitement. Members of the BRF don't come to our region (Central Europe) so VERY often and there's generally a substantial lack of royalty here :).
      As for the potential visit of Auschwitz or another concentration camp, you are right, it probably wouldn't be followed by anything "light". It would certainly be a very deep, strong, unforgettable moment for the Cambridges. Something I feel can add up to their understanding the history of Europe which is very important for the future monarch and his wife.

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    8. It is very exciting that they're coming to Central Europe indeed. I hope I'll get to see them as well :)

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    9. Welcome, Cristin! Your English is excellent!! It is somewhat embarrassing, actually, how well non-native English speakers learn English while if English is your first language (it is mine), proficiency in a second language is often not so strong (my French is nowhere near as good as your English)!

      As regards the Cambridges' Germany and Poland trip, I do hope that you and the other blog readers there get to see them! I think they are doing the right thing in visiting Auschwitz. I visited Dachau on a trip to Germany about 15 years ago, and I still remember it like it was yesterday, literally. I think it is such an important part of historical and political and human education.

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      Thanks for your kind words, Christen!

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    11. Sonja from Bavaria6 March 2017 at 18:49

      Christen from NY:
      The thing about 2nd languages is something I noticed, too! I learned 3 foreign languages in school, English, French and Spanish. I am fluent in english and French, but didn't take Spanish for that long. People I know from English-speaking countries usually take only 1 foreign language and that only for a few years while I had 8 years of English and 6 years of French and 1 year of Spanish. Maybe becauseyou are lucky that your mother tongue is spoken all over the world ;)

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    12. Sonja, I think you're right that it has to do with English being spoken as a common language in so much of the world. I guess it's lucky in a way, but in another way I wish I had to work harder to be bilingual. I took French at school and university for a total of 11 years (and Russian for 3 years), but I am positive your English (though you took it for 8 years) is better than my French, probably because you have more of an opportunity to use it. Then again, maybe I am just quite a bit lazier, that is definitely also quite possible :-) It's an interesting question/issue...

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    13. I studied various languages, but only for two or three years each. My children, on the other hand, studied French for six years apiece, and all of them went to France while they were in high school. Nevertheless, none of us is completely fluent in any language other than English, mostly because our country is so large that we rarely encounter any other language except occasional Spanish or maybe French in Canada. There I can at least read signs, and I can order food in France and Germany. We should need other languages more! Your language, Sonja, is excellent, as is Cristin's and Zora's and Paola's and Rebecca's, and that of various other posters here for whom it is a second language. I am impressed by the way all of you express yourselves as though you were native users of English.

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  20. Julia from Leominster4 March 2017 at 12:28

    Lovely to have another tour to look forward to. It will be an important one diplomatically.

    I chose the Erdam which I truly loved. After that would come the blue suit - such a pretty colour on Kate and I believe the fact she loves the style gives her an extra sparkle. The Oscar de la Renta was a lovely colour but I would have liked the skirt a bit longer. Those were my favourites. Always nice to see the Luisa suit too.

    The Maqueen ruffles ruined it for me although Kate's shoulders looked pretty - that is just a personal thing for me. I thought the Paule Ka too short for the engagement although the colour is nice. Quite apart from my dislike of tight jeans except on the most casual of engagements and the fact I didn't feel they went with the blazer, that look on Kate was just wrong to me. My least favourite.

    But delightful to have such a choice to select from - it's been a long time except when there's been a tour to have so many engagements. I hope it continues and it looks as though it might.

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  21. Victoria from North Carolina4 March 2017 at 14:26

    I wonder if William and Kate will visit Aushwitz concentration camp in Poland. I visited the Holocaust musuem in Washington DC and it was a experience I will never forget, while at the museum I had the chance of a lifetime of meeting a survivor of the Holocaust. Visiting Aushwitz is on the top of my bucket list.

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    1. The article from the Telegraph cited above says that they will. Very important but so sad.
      Perhaps they'll also visit the Holocaust memorial in Berlin, we'll see.

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  22. What an exciting announcement. One only has to wait and the plan unveils itself!! This will probably be an important year for William and Kate as would be "brexit ambassadors". Can't wait to see what designers she would choose for this trip. Given the history and some of the places it looks like they will visit it should prove to be a very interesting and poignant tour.

    As for the wonderful poll, it was hard to choose but for me it was between the Alexander McQueen and the Erdem Rhona. My vote was for the Alexander McQueen, as I agree with Claudia, she was beautiful from head to toe and looked every bit a royal duchess. Loved the Rhona and the shoes were killer, but think her hair would have been great in a soft chignon. Love her move towards suits and she always is spot on in her sporty looks. I think the blue Rebecca Taylor is a very nice addition to her wardrobe and expect to see it again this spring! cc

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    1. Completely agree on your take of Kate"s Feb. wardrobe. Voted for AMcQ too. Her whole look was perfection and she gets extra points for the uncharacteristic shoulder baring.

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  23. Yippee, I´m so excited. I really hope they are coming to Munich! On the other hand, maybe I will just take a day off and make a short trip to Berlin? Hamburg? You can bet, that I´ll be the one in the first row ;-)
    I agree with you Charlotte, the Erdem dress ist wonderfull. And yes fashion is subjective. Thank you Claudia (21:41)

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    1. Sonja from Bavaria6 March 2017 at 18:45

      I am also hoping for Munich as I can be there in less than 1 hour! Even though i wouldn't travel as far as Berlin or Hamburg, I think everything within 2 hours of travelling distance should be fine :) but of course Munich would be fantastic!

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      Fingers crossed for all of as in Germany and Poland that we get to see them! :)

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  24. So does anyone else think this means that they have decided not to have anymore children? I do not think they would have a third child more than two or three years after Charlotte.

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    1. Funny you should say that Jane as I was scrowling through everyones comments I was thinking the same thing. But perhaps they will just wait until after their trip to Poland and Germany in July.

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    2. When they went to Berkshire for Christmas I was soooo sure she was pregnant, but I was wrong.
      Looking at everything on the cards for this year, two tours (though short) Pippa's wedding, move to London, I doubt that Baby Cambridge 3.0 is on the cards for 2017. Although getting pregnant in late summer might not be so bad taking into account her HG. She can take August-September off without anybody raising an eyebrow. And by October she might feel better.

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  25. Maxima - Germany4 March 2017 at 16:51

    I did not like most of the things she wore in February. What's with the shoes? Same style, different colors! How boring can it get? Please, get a new stylist!!!! And please take a look at the other European Royals. She should dress down when visiting children's places and she should dress up at events like the Indian Reception.

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    1. Sarah Maryland USA4 March 2017 at 17:48

      Agree with you! That is why I couldn't vote for anything

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  26. roberta from italy4 March 2017 at 17:02

    Hello everyone! This is just my second or third comment, I hope to get it right. I voted for the Erdem dress because it looks beautiful even though I agree with those who said that it doesn't fit her as well as it should for some reason... I guess it's the silhouette that might not be the best for her figure. Anyway a gorgeous dress and great shoes too. I am a fan of Oscar de la Renta but the suit should'n have been worn with such thick black tights in my opinion.

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  27. I am so excited-- just read that Rebecca Deacon is engaged and getting married at the end of March! How exciting for her! I think we will see Catherine in her ivory coat that she wore to Zara's wedding and I hope G&C attend! We haven't seen them in awhile.

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  28. Jane, I wondered the same thing as well. On the other hand, maybe she's waiting so that the next baby can be close in age cousins with Pippa's baby or Harry's baby!

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    1. I didn't think of that Mary. Very possible.

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    2. Sonja from Bavaria6 March 2017 at 18:43

      I think she'll wait until the end of this year, until they are settled in their new London home. She won't want that stress while being pregnant and possibly sick with HG.

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  29. I felt Kate looked very regal in the dress she wore to the BAFTA's and the Erdem dress was lovely and if Kate would put a little more weight on it would have looked even better. I have always liked the Louisa spangoli but we have seen it several times. The Rebecca Taylor suit fitted really well and it was appropriate for the event. I voted for the Erdem dress.
    Delighted to read that Rebecca Deacon is getting married later this month. I hadn't realised she was engaged. It is nice that she is being married in the Chapel Royal and is having a champagne reception in St.James Palace, I certainly hope W&K attend and that some photos will be made public. I wonder whether with Kate increasing her workload & RD married whether Kate may have another PA as well.
    I notice from the CC that William undertook investitures on Tuesday & Thursday his first this year and attended Black tie dinners on Tuesday & Wednesday one as Patron but I was surprised to see the other in the CC as it appeared to not be in an official capacity but just a night out enjoying himself. No engagements on Friday so one hopes he has returned to Anmer to be with his wife.
    The DM say that C&C are undertaking a tour in Europe late March early April to be announced shortly visiting several countries. I look forward to hearing more details on the Paris trip and hope that there might be another engagement between the 9th Mar. and the Paris trip.

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  30. Becca Deacon is marrying Adam Priestly. Who is Adam Priestly, does anyone know?

    Becca's last name is Deacon, her mom is a pastor, and she marrying a man named Priestly. :)

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden5 March 2017 at 20:47

      Haha, that's kind of hillarious :P

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    2. Lol, that is funny.

      I googled him and apparently he's the son of a Royal Navy commander and works as a communications director at British Universities & Colleges Sport. Ironically I found that on a German site and couldn't find an English source. Wasn't someone just saying how interested German media was in William & Kate? They wrote that article about Rebecca's wedding back in November and say that Natasha Archer is getting married as well

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    3. Thanks, Caroline. That is so cool. Hope to see some photos of him. :)

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    4. Sonja from Bavaria6 March 2017 at 18:42

      I can tell you, the German tabloids always go nuts over the royals, especially Kate. She is usually on the cover or makes headlines of about every 2nd to 3rd issue. Most of the time it is totally made up like 'Kate is pregnant with twins' or just no substance like 'big shock for kate' and then there is no story just pictures.. but they are definitely popular here in Germany. Probably because the British royal family is VERY German (ethnically) ;) - before they changed the name to Windsor, it was of Saxe-Coburg & Gotha and even though Philip was a Prince of greece and Denmark, his ancestors were also mostly German.

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  31. Thrilled to hear about this tour. It will be a very important one, and perhaps the most serious of any they have undertaken thus far. First Paris though, and that should be special with Princess Diana on everyone's mind.
    I voted for the gorgeous Erdem. That was my favorite, with the Rebecca Taylor suit second.
    I saw pictures of Harry and Meghan at his friend's wedding. She was wearing Erdem too. ;)

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  32. I was happy to see Kate wear so many suits. The red one from her engagement days is still a firm favorite, but I voted for the new Rebecca Taylor suit.

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    1. That's one of my favorites also, RF. :)

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    2. *the red one. But I like the Rebecca Taylor. I voted for that one also. :)

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    3. SG, I bet we see it again and I will not complain. Promise!

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    4. 😊😊

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  33. What a fun and unexpected post for the weekend. I agree Charlotte, the Erdem was my favorite too. Having a quick post at the end of the month was nice as it was a good overview of the looks worn. Varied and interesting engagements.

    Thanks for all your hard work!

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  34. kind of off the wall question, but I was just reading about coronation crowns for consorts. It seems that Alexandra, Mary and the Queen Mum each had a new coronation crown designed just for them. And, their crowns were anything but understated. lol
    Given how conservative Kate seems to be overall blingwise, will she even wear a coronation consort crown? If so, a new one or do any of the previous ones still exist?

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    1. Yes, the crowns exist. Queen Alexandra's had the diamonds removed and is set with paste. Queen Mary's is intact except that the very large Cullinan and Koh-i-nor diamonds have been replaced with crystal replicas. The Queen Mother's crown is still complete, and contains the Koh-i-nor. I would guess that if she is crowned, Camilla will wear the QM's crown.

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    2. Camilla will opt for the biggest crown available, even if a crane is needed to place it on her head. 😊

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    3. That is so funny, ROYALFAN. Me thinketh you are right. :)

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    4. :-). Queen Mary's is probably largest, tallest anyway, but QM's crown more closely matches the imperial state crown (worn by the monarch) in style. Its stones are all diamonds, and the effect is brilliant. There is controversy surrounding the Koh-i-nor diamond, which India would like returned. But Charles probably won't care. Camilla wears a lot of his beloved grandmother's jewels.

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    5. Ha ha .. royalfan.. I need to check out these jewels you all speak about. Where does one find pictures of Camilla's jewelry?

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    6. Things have changed so much since the previous coronations that it would be interesting to see. Coronations are all about pomp and circumstance, bling and opulence and inherited privilege. How that will go down today is a question. But everybody love a big royal show.

      However I agree Camilla (and Kate) will probably wear the QM's crown, maybe with adaptations. Or if something new is made, it will be from gemstones already in the vault.
      I just cannot picture Kate in such an opulent crown.

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  35. I haven't chimed in for a while though I've been following the posts and comments threads with interest. As I do, more and more I'm beginning to think that Catherine is not all that interested in fashion. She likes clothes and looks great in them; however, she relies on a few variations of some staple standards:
    1. Court shoes and wedges, occasional sandals and serviceable boots;
    2. Coat dresses, sheath dresses, dirndl dresses, and the occasional boho look that seems to be trending now, but isn't really "her" the way it was Cressida who looked at home in the style;
    3. Suits here and there;
    4. Evening dresses as the occasion (receptions to state banquets) requires;
    5. Casual wear with serviceable jeans, shirts jumpers and jackets (as in her Vogue shoot).

    I sense that, like the Queen, Catherine understands that she is not an A-list celebrity. She is a royal and will be Queen Consort one day. Even though people are looking at her and the demand for photos of her is huge, that doesn't interest her. Therefore, she will be who she is rather than be dressed by a stylist. That means wearing what she likes, not what other people think she should wear. And certainly nothing that will continuously entertain us or meet our expectations. I think many of us who comment here are more highly attuned to fashion. Our collective, pre-tour or pre-state banquet stylings have shown that to be the case.

    That said, she is very astute as to what her clothes say to the host countries when she is on tour. We saw that quality in the symbolism of her wedding dress and wedding cake as well. She is highly aware of the art of her clothes when the occasion warrants it and pulls out all the stops.

    Compared to the other princesses of the blood and British royals who married in, who often wear extremely dowdy and ill-advised ensembles (even Diana had gawd-awful moments), she stands out for for her tendency to wear simple, elegant clothes in which she is comfortable. With the royal vaults at her disposal, she shies away from bling--I suspect that might be because such jewels are uncomfortably heavy to wear. Few people realize how much all those rocks can weigh and tire out the neck and shoulders. Perhaps that's why she often opts for bracelets.

    So I'm beginning to think that all the wishing in the world that she would engage a properly qualified stylist isn't going to result in her acquiring one. Perhaps in her 40s her mind might go in that direction. As signs of age begin to creep up, a woman's focus often changes and she ups her game. Perhaps Catherine will do the same. We'll see.

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    1. Julia from Leominster5 March 2017 at 21:41

      I find the idea that Kate isn't interested in fashion odd every time I hear it - her sole employment was in the fashion industry and she wore countless outfits by all sorts of designers before she was married - not at all what one would expect from someone not interested in fashion. She was no blue jeans and tee girl or dowdy dresser. Nor does she wear her hair in a way an unfashionable person would, nor is her clear work on keeping slim part of an unfashionable person. (A sign she's mindful how's she photographed - she wasn't that slim when she first dated William.) She has in the past been seen out shopping a lot. (People not worried about fashion don't do that.) Respectfully, I think clothes are a passion with Kate. Before her marriage, she wore a lot of different styles of shoes.
      I do think Kate may want us to believe that she not primarily interested in fashion but that's a bit of a canard. If she had a host of other charitable interests it would be another matter but at this point her work has been limited enough that fashion is the main things people focus on. As time goes on, it will be less so. I think she is trying to adapt to the style she believes is expected of a country women - who are supposed to be not interested in fashion - not really true, but that's the impression.

      I don't see this as a criticism because fashion and royalty are completely intertwined. The queen was quite interested in fashion when she was young and from what we've read, still is. Now in her nineties, she stays with the same styles but if you went to any of the exhibits of her clothing, that wasn't always the case.
      I do think Kate's tastes are naturally fairly conservative - or she feels they must be. Unlike, Diana, I believe Kate does worry - sometimes too much - about what the royal family thinks. Her style before her marriage was edgier - a lot of sharp dresses, some short skirts and boots.
      I think the reason we've been having problems lately is styles at the moment aren't compatible with what Kate is used to wearing. She's actually been experimenting with the present seventies/eighties revival which isn't easy for anyone - let alone a royal lady. There are plenty of conventional gowns she could have chosen for the BAFTA's but she chose a very of the moment style - which also means it wasn't to the taste of many of us - particularly us old biddies who went through those periods and have no interest in a revival. For Kate, those looks are new.
      It has been interesting that she has been experimenting with a lot of international designers. Because shopping has become more problematic with the press, she seems to be using online sites. But a royal lady not interested in fashion would use British designers.
      As for jewels, I don't think it is comfort per se, but adapting her own style to them which with the Nazim was not always successful in many eyes. When she hasn't been working a full schedule - I suspect she has been reluctant to get the criticism too many jewels might lead to. More will come in time. She has the beauty now not to need them.

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    2. I agree with everything you've said here, Philly. ;)

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    3. Julia, I agree that Kate is very much interested in fashion. An outcropping of her love for art in general. I think she has in the past three + years particularly passed her wardrobe baton, at least in part, to Natasha, as she herself was learning the ropes of motherhood, along with sort of addressing perceived requirements of her royal status, as you said. Will she take the reins again with vim and vigor and savoure faire? She definitely has it in her to do that. Remember the light blue jacket and beret at Cheltenham? The the beautiful fur hat, long coat and boots? The pink portrait quality outfits she and Charlotte wore on the balcony created a beautiful photo op. Kate could have the blue Mouret-type caliber moments consistently and effortlessly for any venue. And she could be edgy but sensible at the same time. It's a Kate thing. A stylist would help her with the polishing of it all, with all the attributes a trained stylist should have. What a team. :) Remember also that Kate most likely wouldn't have dressed George in those historical outfits if she wasn't interested in clothes. So my guess is, yes, she loves fashion just as indicated before her marriage and for a year or so afterwards. It's all in the art. And hopefully she'll be able to enjoy it to the fullest again as time (and her own personal budget) permits.

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    4. Philly & Julia, you both make some good points. I don't think Kate is entirely disinterested in fashion, as she is sometimes made out to be. As Julia pointed out, Kate was often seen shopping during her pre-engagement years & she always looked fashionable. Also, working as an accessories buyer proves she does have quite a passion for fashion. But I do agree with Philly's remarks about Kate wearing what she feels comfortable in, & that may not be to everyone's tastes. I think Kate is in a transitional phase, she's not in her twenties anymore & she's trying to find the right balance between being appropriate for her royal duties, while also looking stylish & on trend. I also think Kate enjoys styling herself mainly, with the help of Natasha & other advisors. I have a feeling Kate won't get a stylist in the future, she has a mind of her own regarding fashion & IMHO, she has done a great job representing the BRF with her sartorial choices. (In saying that, I do deplore her choice of skinny jeans for official engagements, I wish she would relegate these to her private wardrobe!)

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    5. Courtney from NC6 March 2017 at 02:44

      I was going to type a long reply but realized Julia said pretty much what I was really thinking.

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    6. Philly, I think your analysis is on the money. Well said.

      Julia, I believe Kate IS interested in fashion, but she is not obsessed with it or determined to have the latest trend and wear something new every single time she is out in public. Her focus is on dressing for the job...not the magazine cover.

      An example of someone who is not interested in fashion would be Princess Anne. If there is a blog devoted to covering her style, I am not aware of it.....

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    7. I think the jewel simplicity is a matter of status. There is another Consort headed onto the throne before Kate. The public display of royal jewelry is calculated and Kate is not going to "out royal" the Princess of Wales, Camilla. Further, Kate isn't attending too many engagements that call for bling. She's worn pieces that were associated with Diana - that would be conflicting for Camilla to wear. Kate's been shown affection by being lent personal pieces of Elizabeth. But remember, Charles will inherit the jewels first. We also have to remember that we only see the "public" side of the royals -- we have no idea what she is wearing out of the public view where displays of wealth will not upset the masses.

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    8. Kate's style changed a lot when Angela Kelly advised her for the Australia trip. That was probably at the queen's direction, since she may have felt Kate was making some mistakes. But it affected the creativity of Kate's choices. Her wardrobe was a bit staid. The India trip seemed to be a reaction in the other direction, with perhaps too much creativity. It has seemed to me recently that Kate is working toward a personal style, but not everything has been successful. When she gets it right, she looks fantastic, and she is always beautiful.

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    9. Patricia, do we really know that Angela Kelly was involved in her wardrobe? I remember reading about it but can't remember it was confirmed officially.

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    10. Julia from Leominster6 March 2017 at 16:42

      I didn't realise Angela Kelly advised Kate in Australia. There were some great outfits on that trip but I did see a change. I certainly wouldn't pick Angela for a stylist for Kate. She does well enough for the queen but that's a different matter. (I saw a couple of her outfits on exhibit and they were nice enough at a distance but close up not well made!)
      I don't know that Kate's position per se accounts for the lack of jewels - I just think she has moved slowly in that direction because she and William haven't done a lot of engagements of the sort needing major jewellery. Kate probably has jewellery of her own she could wear if she wished -I'd be surprised if those emerald earrings aren't part of a set and she hasn't gone out of her way to wear that ruby demi-parure either. (Which I didn't love but would like to see with an updo.)
      Diana - who was married to the immediate heir didn't wear huge amounts of jewels either much of the time, staying with a few pieces. Camilla wears enough to furnish Tiffany's - no one could out-jewel her. I suspect she and Charles go to the Middle East often to add to her collection. I would love to see her pull back - especially as she is so slap-dash - she recently wore emeralds with earrings that completely clashed. It just looked silly. (Sorry, Surfer Girl, I can't resist.)

      I do believe this is a transitional time for Kate and something of a transitional time for design too. Kate hasn't found one designer to furnish a consistent look like some royal ladies (Letizia uses mostly just a couple. Charlene has a very consistent look with Akris. But of course there are those poor victims of Natan.)

      I do think a steady designer - not for everything but for a more consistent look would benefit Kate but I don't know who it should be. Packham is mostly for evening, Macqueen is awfully unpredictable - sometimes fabulous, sometimes not. Erdam would be too overwhelming all the time, Walker can seem a bit staid and aren't quite what they once were since Catherine's death, but I still would like to see Kate wear more of their things - they have gowns to die for. So I think we may see Kate experimenting for a while as she goes from high street to design. I would love to see better accessories though - and believe we may be starting in that direction.

      As for Anne, I almost mentioned her as not interested in fashion, but I'm not sure that's completely true, especially when she was Kate's age. Now she delights in wearing her old clothes - she's something of a provocateur. And of course, it shows they still fit.

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    11. I don't think Angela Kelly's influence on her Australia & NZ wardrobe was a good one. It included those two horrible green coats (two of the very few things of Kate's that I'd call horrible) and had her wearing warm coats a couple of times when everybody around her was dressed much lighter and it was obviously too warm for them. Angela Kelly is great at dressing the Queen but that doesn't necessarily mean she knows how to dress a much younger woman.

      If Natasha Archer's influence on her clothes has been what most of us suspect, it hasn't been a positive one either. I still like Kate's clothes most of the time but I'd like to see what she'd be wearing if she chose her outfits all on her own, with zero input from Natasha. I suspect it'd take her clothing choices back up a notch.

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    12. Anonymous in Colorado6 March 2017 at 20:27

      @Patricia: BINGO!! I completely agree with everything you said. Australia is when I noticed the shift, too. And in my opinion, perhaps motherhood has caused a shift in style, as well.

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    13. There were various articles, Julia. Here's one:

      http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/news-features/TMG10614502/The-Queen-weighs-in-on-the-Duchess-of-Cambridges-Australia-tour-wardrobe.html

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  36. Zora from Prague5 March 2017 at 20:54

    I agree, Philly. Thank you for your very interesting points.

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  37. Maybe when Natasha marries?
    Maybe when Kate becomes Princess of Wales?
    Maybe if more employees are added as she takes on more work?
    Maybe when she and a designer house stylist gel?
    Maybe? lol
    Hope springs eternal. :)

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  38. Liz from Southern California5 March 2017 at 22:02

    When I hear the word stylist, I always think movie star, not duchess.

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  39. Philly I have sometimes come to that conclusion when Kate leaves me scratching my head (as I've said repeatedly now!) but, as they say, all evidence to the contrary.

    She was clearly very much into fashion at one point, just look at some of the photos pre-engagement up to the first couple of years after the wedding. This was a young woman who looked just spectacular at times in my opinion, the hair was fabulous, the make-up bright and glowing, the outfits reflected a woman who was confident in her style and "sexiness" so to speak. Plunging necklines, form fitting dresses, glamorous outfits. Even casual off duty times she was pulled together and had a "look". She was not showing up in wellies and raincoats with no hair or make-up. She was clearly spending time on every inch of her appearance. The Princess Royal you could safely say, is not all that into fashion ;)

    Now fast forward a few years. Something has happened but I'm not sure what. She still gravitates toward couture, and some of her pieces have eye watering price tags and are clearly fashion forward. It's one of the most baffling things about Kate in my mind.

    She definitely was into fashion in my opinion, she still is into fashion in my opinion, the difference is she's not pulling it off as well any more - again, in my opinion. So, is she getting bad advice? Is she feeling the pressure of royal life? Is she trying to dress like someone she *thinks* she should be? Not sure. I have said many times I often find she's less confident about her role as time goes on, and I wonder if the weight of *forever* royal life finally dawned on her. Maybe she really thought she and William could have a comfortable upper class country life and just go to "royal work" when they needed to. At times they seem to think this is part of their life, no, it IS their life. Frankly I often think we've seen a woman who's struggling with the reality of her world these last couple of years, and (as with everyone) that's reflected in her appearance.

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    1. I think the shift in the way she looks started after she became a mom. I wouldn't be surprised if her priorities did an about face, and she no longer devotes the time and effort that she used to to her appearance. I do miss the old days when her outfits were hit after hit. Whether she now delegates the chore or simply spends as little time on shopping as possible, the end result is hit or miss these days. It's ironic because it seems that the more expensive and designer her closet has become, the less consistency there has been.

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    2. I think that the very fact that she is experimenting with fashion is an indication that her confidence is growing. Really if we analyze it, she never gets it completely wrong because as many who don't approve of her choice, there are just as many, if not more who do approve of her choice. I also think that a lot is lost in photos when her choices are in garments that are constructed with a difference. Pictures do not do these justice, but reporters on the scene often say that it is stunning. Lastly, I don't think the palace anticipated the frenzy around her sartorial
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    3. Interesting questions, Claudia. And many insightful comments from others in response to my thoughts. I do believe that she is interested and astute about fashion. What I didn't say as clearly as I could have is that I don't think it's her first or major focus.

      Yes, she dressed in attractive, edgy things when she was young and single. I see that more as the preening bird during the mating season in a league that she wasn't born into. Now she is in the nesting stage. She doesn't have to work as hard at it.

      Yes, she had a job in fashion; however, like many her age who are working in retail after graduating from a prestigious university, I suspect that she might have been much happier in an art gallery or something else with a little more gravitas. But a that sort of job or one that is a vocation is hard to come by for anyone--even those with connections. Look how the York sisters have bounced around trying on various careers.

      When Catherine married she got her man, her nest and a life-long vocation. As you say, Claudia, she may well be working through the natural strains of that. As a new-money woman from the middle class who was criticized (even by the Queen) for not having a job and too self abasing with regard to William, I wonder whether Catherine might have confidence issues from time to time. There has been an awful lot for her to learn in the past 6 years.Even without motherhood, the demands of the royal role are a huge undertaking. Fortunately she has the skills for it and a husband who loves and defends her.

      When thinking back on my thirties I know I deliberately dressed "older." I wanted to be taken seriously, and pretty young women are often taken as lightweights. Diana was a perfect example of that. That, as well as less than stellar fashion advice, may figure into the hit and miss choices.

      I agree with Patricia that when Angela Kelly put her two cents in, it was not helpful (especially since Kelly quite obviously didn't go far enough to circumvent the updraft problems on the NZ/Aussie tour).

      And one more comment for (not a biddy!) Julia. When I saw the BAFTA McQueen I remembered a very similar, long forgotten day dress (different neckline) that was a delightful thing to wear. Like Catherine's it moved wonderfully and always made me feel like a million bucks. I loved my clothes of every era. They are all special in their own ways. I do wish we'd had selfies back then. What a catalog I would have!

      All that said and this has been long, Catherine is beautiful no matter what she wears. It's a pleasure to follow her and to have this splendid blog with the dialogue that the Internet and our dear Charlotte make possible.

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    4. Interesting thoughts Claudia. I agree with those who have said that Kate is definitely into fashion, loves clothes and loves to shops. Someone who is not into fashion does not spend 200K GBP in one year alone, only on clothes and shoes. She has always preferred classic styles, somewhat understated, but flattering to her body and always elegant. Now she seems to be veering into lots of different directions without a coherent preference.
      I think that what we see today is her apparently losing her way and you may be onto something about trying to dress like someone she thinks she should be. The more I think about your analysis on how *forever* royal life is, the more I can see how she would struggle. I can't imagine going from a normal upper middle class life where she was the apple of her parents' eye, her boyfriend's love, to one where every moment of your day you are accompanied by someone and told how to behave, talk, conduct yourself. Most important decisions of your life have to be approved by a body of people, every trip you make abroad you are under scrutiny. Where thousands of people comment on your life, your looks, your choices. It must be suffocating on a level that we cannot even imagine.
      I am sure that Kate feels William is worth it and is still spectacularly happy. But even the happiest of us have stressors in our lives and for her it might be this.

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    5. Zora from Prague6 March 2017 at 22:05

      Philly, I love your "nesting analogy", I think it's a very good one! And I agree 100 % with your last paragraph.

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    6. Maybe also some of the love or joy that Kate used to take in fashion (though I agree with others and think that her interest was never excessive or just as an end in itself, but always in moderation) is taken away by the fact that now how she dresses is part of her job, it is work and pressure and stress, whereas before (when she was still at university and also before she married William) it was something she could do for fun and for the love of it. And when something changes like that and becomes work, it is likely to be less spontaneous, less authentic--at least at first, until she finds her footing solidly and consistently, which I believe she will.

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    7. Absolutely see your point, Claudia - as well as the others here. Interesting discussion.

      Kate is, in my opinion, a clothes horse. After all, who needs umpteen red, green, pink, blue, similarlooking suits or patterned dresses to attend your meetings, meeting kids etc. My (not so humble) answer; someone who is very meticulous about her looks.

      At the age of 35, having dated her husband since her early 20ies, I fail to see how much of a problem she could have in combining her two worlds; professional and private. We do, and every day, ladies. Furthermore, wemanage to iron our own shirts and get our business "looks" off to the dry cleaners.

      Whenever I tilt my head, and pity Kate, it is because she is doing so little to carv out a role for herself, clear her voice, and speak up. Post Diana, royal women, and Kate in particular, should skip the curlers, the towering heels and the PT, and dig right into the unbelievable differences in society today.

      She has the power and the opportunity to do that and more - so rather than being pessimistic, I'm looking forward to the day she skips those tight fitting skirts, or body concious skinnies, and get herself into a stylish trouser suit, and squat while receiving flowers from a child.

      I know I sound harsh, particularly in this forum, but I find little reason to mollycoddle a grown up, and unbelievably priviledged, woman.

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    9. Heidi, I don't disagree with you. Over the years I have been dismayed at Kate's passivity and obvious reluctance to really embrace her huge platform and privilege for the benefit of others. I also agree with you that we have to juggle our private and professional lives with a fraction of the help that Kate has and so it would seem that we should not feel sympathy for her. However, I have realized that Kate is a different person who was born with a different set of talents and standards than I was and therefore it is not fair of me to hold her to the same standard as I hold myself or my colleagues. Kate was brought up in a very sheltered fashion with a very engaged and capable mother, who still seems to be quite involved in running her household. This is very different from my upbringing by a very career-minded (and high profile) mother who set high standards for myself and my siblings and got out of the way for us to execute them. I learned very early on to take challenges head-on. Kate may not have. Her parents seem to be very permissive - look at Pippa and James' work. It is no wonder that with a mother who has held Kate's hand all step of the way, she has never really had the opportunity to 1. set goals for herself 2. have any ambition 3. grow from the confidence that arises from meeting the goals that she has set for herself and fulfilling her ambition.
      Hence the lack of confidence, the passivity and the propensity to be a follower than a leader and what we witness through her wardrobe - somewhat rudderless professional execution. While you may feel that you would have executed better, it not mean that Kate does not find her own situation challenging enough. And that is why I feel sympathy for her. While many other women may not have, I totally get that Kate would find the need to juggle royal duties, maintain two houses, etc. etc. quite confounding. Before her marriage she has never held any real responsibility - working for your parents is really not the same as NOT working for your parents. How could she possibly NOT find her life challenging?
      Kate's repeated comments on how well she is taken care of show that she views the world from the lens of what the world can do for her, rather than what she can do for her world. She is still a young adult at heart, not a 35 year old woman of the world.
      And that is fine with me. I don't judge her. I sympathize with her situation and I really like her (or rather what I imagine she is) - I think she is a kind hearted simple young girl. I still enjoy following her, I love her fashion, I envy her budget and I wish I had her bone structure and those dimples. I have learned to not set any expectations of her in terms of her work. And one day I hope she will eventually live up to the platform that she has.

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  40. I thought Natasha was to be married this year ??????

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  41. I'm from Poland and never commented your blog before (thanks for it, Charlotte), only this info forced me to do it ;-). My husband even asked me whether we're changing our holiday plans due to these news...

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  42. Slightly off topic, but I'm looking forward to following Chris Ship's coverage of the royals. Most of you probably know he took over after Tim Ewart retired. He's a political reporter so it's a shift, but I read his first blog post earlier and was intrigued I have to say, I think he'll bring quite a pragmatic view to royal reporting.

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    1. Thanks for the heads up! His background will bring a different perspective. Interesting to note that he thinks royal "soft diplomacy" is new. Pretty sure that Bertie and Elizabeth came to visit Roosevelt to get American on board in WWII. And that all the Commonwealth and foreign tours the royals undertake are soft diplomacy. What else would they be?

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  43. Claudia maybe it is just a question of time. Pre-engagement very few responsibilities. Now she has husband, children, dog, position in royal family, patronages, engagements, two homes, a big extended family, massive scrutiny, constant photographers, weight of history and the weight of all our expectations- just to mention a few. So things are not quite the same.

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  44. I voted for Kate's Alexander McQueen dress she looked stunning. I look forward to their Germany and Poland tour where we dont see them too often! Thanks Charlotte

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  45. I never understood the popularity of the Smythe jackets. From the front they are fine - well appointed yet standard blazers. But from the back??? What woman likes a cutout that exposes their bottom?

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  46. Julia from Leominster7 March 2017 at 17:22

    Just for the fun of it, I asked Leo what he thought of the choices without any input from me. Rather to my surprise, he picked the Erdam - finding it elegant. He didn't like the McQueen, too busy, didn't at all like the suits with flippy skirts (my word, not his). Too girlie, too cute. He really hated the red blazer and tight jeans (even though he's been known to love red and black and tight jeans separately.) He said it looked to much like Coldstream Guards - too costume like. The blue suit was fine but didn't do a lot for him.

    So there's one male perspective. He didn't go for legs like I thought he might. The girlishness of those shorter suits put him off.

    Many of us have had to dress for work in ways that may not have expressed how we felt about ourselves. I never saw myself as a houndstooth and grey suit person but I spent a lot of my life that way - trying to enliven things with brooches -- which will never be outdated to me.

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  47. ILoveElephants7 March 2017 at 17:37

    Slightly off topic but I was wondering when was the last time Kate wore a dress by Reiss?I was looking at her outfits from when she first got married and noticed that she hasn't worn Reiss
    lately.

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