Friday, 16 June 2017

A Nautical Duchess Visits the Land Rover BAR Roadshow & Royal Support for Grenfell Tower Victims

The Duchess of Cambridge, in her role as Patron of the 1851 Trust, attended the charity's final Land Rover BAR Roadshow at the Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre today.


Kate was greeted by Keith Mills. Mr Mills is an entrepreneur and deputy chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.


Kate was also warmly welcomed by excited students.


The 1851 Trust roadshows use Sir Ben Ainslie’s British America’s Cup challenge to inspire both primary and secondary school pupils into STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths), with practical applications of the challenges the team has faced in their preparations to compete in the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda. The roadshows also offers pupils the chance to get on the water themselves. The Trust noted: "The sessions have each been carefully designed to enrich the school curriculum, using real-life examples from within the Land Rover BAR team to engage and inspire young people."


The Land Rover BAR team made the headlines last week when they suffered major disappointment as their quest to win the 35th America's Cup ended in defeat last week when they were beaten 5-2 by New Zealand in the Challenger Semi-Final. The ambitious bid to bring the Cup home after 166 years, spearheaded by four-time Olympic champion Ainslie, received enormous support. Land Rover BAR were lavishly funded, to a figure in the region of £100 million which included sponsorship by Land Rover, private backers and blue-chip commercial partners, and £7.5 million out of taxpayers money. In terms of media support, there were several features in an array of publications spreading the word and of course the team were lucky enough to secure royal support from the Duchess who has carried out a number of engagements with them, and became the royal patron of their charitable arm, the 1851 Trust. Given the level of hype and preparation it was no doubt a devastating blow, however, a resilient Ainslie said: "We will be back next time and we will be stronger."


More from the Telegraph's article:

'There are two ways of looking at Ainslie’s campaign. The first is that they under-performed. Badly. Land Rover BAR were extremely well funded – title and innovation partner Land Rover responded to the team’s exit by committing to a new Cup cycle – a fantastic new base in Portsmouth (partly funded out of the public purse, a fact which rankled with some but must surely be seen in the wider context of what having an America’s Cup team based on the south coast of England can do for UK Plc and the wider marine industry).
They were open about the fact that they wanted to win the Cup at the first attempt, asking to be judged to that standard. They believed they could, too, having won the America’s Cup World Series last year. They were led by Ainslie, a man who had never failed at anything.
That belief, though, began to drain from the team in the months following their arrival here last winter. After BAR launched their boat in February it rapidly became clear to them that they were off the pace.
Clearly, there are valid questions to be asked of Ainslie and his team. Why were they so off the pace? What could they have done differently? Was this a colossal failure?
The other, more generous – and surely more reasonable – way of looking at their campaign is that they were a first-time team who only launched three years ago. In one of the most ferociously competitive sports on earth, BAR were playing catch-up from the start.'

Kate became patron of the 1851 Trust in October 2014. At the time she said: "I am delighted to be Royal Patron of the 1851 Trust. I feel very fortunate to have enjoyed sailing from a young age and I know it is a great way of providing young people with the opportunity to develop skills and confidence. I am looking forward to being part of this journey and I hope that through the 1851 Trust we can engage and inspire a new generation into sailing along the way."


Today, Kate was accompanied by excited students from four schools in East London. The Duchess joined the group in an educational treasure hunt with science and technology questions included in the game.


Mail Online royal reporter Rebecca English shared a video of the hunt.


Kate participated in an ocean plastics sea-bird activity, which highlights the damage caused by single use plastics and promotes sustainability.


Rafi enjoyed a chat with Kate and asked her "how many cars do you have?" She said she had a Land Rover. 'She asked me "what's your favourite car?" I said a Lamborghini. 'I felt like I was going to be famous.'


Kate chatting with a group of children about their experiences at the roadshow.


More from the Mail Online:

'Earlier, Kate spoke to Katie Lam about how the 10-year-old year five pupil at Cubitt Town Junior School, in East London, would be going sailing in the afternoon. The Duchess said: 'You look very smart in your school uniform. 'Are you going out later? Have you got sailing stuff with you?' She jokingly added: 'I hope you don't end up swimming.' Katie later said of the Duchess: 'She looked even better in real life than in photos. 'She asked me if I'm going sailing and I said I was doing it last. It was amazing to meet her.'
Beverley Smith, education manager of the 1851 Trust, told Kate and the pupils how when birds eat plastic they feel full but can then starve because it has no nutritional value. She said: 'The birds starve to death. We haven't just made this up - this is very real. They think they are full up. We've talked about the problems, now we are going to talk about how you can do something about it.'

Kate seemed very much in her element in the classroom.


The Duchess and the children spoke to Sir Ben Ainslie live from Bermuda about the team's experiences in the America's Cup. You can watch a video of the chat below.


Whilst speaking to Ben Ainslie, Kate said: 'Commiserations, obviously, but really well done. We've been watching with really keen interest. Both William and I have been glued to the telly. Well done to you guys. I gather now you're on to the next thing.'


The Duchess posed for photos before leaving.


Richard Palmer noted plans for Kate to go out on the water were scrapped after it was decided by aides it would be "inappropriate to look too jolly while the Duke of Cambridge was accompanying the Queen to meet people helping victims of the Grenfell Tower fire across London in North Kensington." I thought it a wise decision considering the two visits were ongoing simultaneously.

Richard Palmer Twitter Feed

The Duchess opted for a nautical navy and white look featuring stylish separates.


Kate sported her ZARA Ivory One Button Blazer. It has been sold out for some time; below we show it at Poshmark.


The most interesting aspect of Kate's look today was seeing her select a new style of trousers. Kate's Closet quickly spotted they are the J Crew Sailor Pant in Two-Way Wool. The £138 trousers are described as "fitted through hip and thigh with a cropped, kicked leg". Kate's navy pair are sold out but there are several colours available at J Crew; they are also available in white at Nordstrom.

J Crew

More from the product description:

'We crafted these slightly cropped pants with a cool, kicky leg and added nautical buttons for the perfect touch. This pair also features a sleek stretch-wool blend that won't bag out—so there's that too.'

The Telegraph reports on Kate embracing the current trouser trend:

'Although the J.Crew style is no longer available, they do play into one of the key trouser looks of the moment and mark quite a departure from the Duchess's usual penchant for skinny cut trousers. Cropped, flared trousers have been something of a slow burner trend, emerging as a key piece thanks to designers from Prada to Gucci, Chloe and Alexander McQueen featuring versions in their collections. Meanwhile, denim labels including Mih jeans, Frame Denim and Current/Elliott have created more casual jeans takes on the look which have become a modern alternative to the skinny jean.  
Arguably, Kate was likely first drawn to her new J.Crew  trousers because they work brilliantly into her penchant for literal dressing i.e dressing as closely as possible to suit the occasion. Given today's visit was all about sailing, her navy and white colour palette and those shiny gold buttons are the epitome of smart-casual sailor styling. '

According to fashion experts, sailor pants are extremely tricky to pull off. J Crew even has a page with tips on how best to style them.

J Crew

Kate's wore her £278 J. Crew Avery Heels in Tweed. The Italian-made, pointed-toe style features textured tweed fabric, tassel details and a stacked heel for maximum wearability and comfort.

J Crew

The Duchess acessorised with her much-loved Mirabelle Lolita earrings.


The small gold-plated earrings are an affordable and incredibly versatile pair. The handmade, fair-trade pair retail for £35.

Mirabelle

Kate completed the look with a red and navy bracelet.


With many thanks to Katie, it is the £15 Band of Britain available at The 1851 Trust's Online Shop. It is described as "Wear the Band of Britain to support Britain’s America’s Cup Challenge. The Band of Britain is a limited edition supporter’s wristband, made from recycled ocean plastics developed with the team’s Exclusive Sustainability Partner 11th Hour Racing and BIONIC® Yarn."


What do you think of Kate embracing a new style of trouser? Could it mark a move away from the skinny styles she's favoured in recent years?


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We also have a couple of brief updates to share. Earlier this week, Kensington Palace confirmed the Duke and Duchess will tour Poland and Germany from 17-21 July visiting Warsaw, Gdansk, Berlin, Heidelberg and Hamburg. The tour runs from a Monday to a Friday, and is a continuation of what has been dubbed as the 'Brexit tour' which has seen various members of the Royal family visiting locations across Europe. It will be interesting to see the itinerary, which we can expect to see by early July. The dates work rather well in terms of not conflicting with either the Spanish state visit (12-14 July) or Wimbledon (3-16 July). 

Kensington Palace Twitter Feed

Last but certainly not least, news the Duke and Duchess and Prince Harry donated to the Evening Standard's fund for victims of the Grenfell Tower Fire. The Standard reports: "William, Kate and Harry — who were deeply moved as they watched the horror unfold barely a mile from their Kensington Palace home — were among the first to donate.  Today, they urged others to follow suit and give generously to the appeal, which is being run by the Standard’s Dispossessed Fund. A Kensington Palace spokesman said: 'The tragedy at Grenfell Tower has left a number of local people in need of urgent assistance.' The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are pleased the Evening Standard’s Dispossessed Fund has immediately swung into action. As residents of the local area, they are keen to offer their immediate support."


This morning, Her Majesty and Prince William visited the Westway Sports Centre in London - the centre has been a focal point for efforts to support those affected by the fire.


The Queen and Prince William met members of the emergency services, as well as local residents and community representatives.


The Mail reports William said it was "one of the most terrible things I have ever seen".

'Prince William talked emotionally about the inferno which has claimed the lives of at least 30 people and described it as 'one of the most terrible things I have ever seen'.
While talking to Penny Appeal charity worker Taksima Ferdous, 31, from east London, The Queen said, ‘You have been incredible, please keep continuing,' and Prince William shook her hand to say thank you. 
The visit was slightly tarnished by a desperate local who shouted, 'What about the children?', at the Queen and Prince William as they left, but The Duke held his hand up in a calm manner and told the man not to worry, reassuring him that they would return.'

In the video below, you can hear William promise he will return.


You can view a video from the visit on YouTube.


During a visit to Borough Market yesterday, which has reopened following the London Bridge attack, Prince Harry said of those affected by the fire: "Those poor people, our thoughts go out to them."


Donations have been flooding in to the appeal to help those affected by the horrific fire. The tragedy has left a number of people in need of urgent assistance; if you would like to donate, no amount is too small with each donation greatly appreciated, you can do so via by visiting the Dispossessed Fund website or their Just Giving page. I know I speak for all of us when I say all those affected are very much in our prayers.

We'll see you tomorrow morning for Trooping the Colour!

171 comments:

  1. First of all I'm happy that she wore something
    different! Love the she choose the nautical theme! But don't like the cropped pants. Would have preferred them abit longer (like on the model. And don't know what she thought choosing those shoes? For me they don't match the outfit at all :( would have preferred a dark navy high heel or at least slippers/ballerinas if she wanted to be comfortable.

    Nice to see all the royals out :)

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    1. Yes! Those shoes... Ugh. I would have LOVED to see her in a kicky red heel or red patent ballet flat or something just not those shoes.

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    2. Lina. A "kicky red heel or red patent ballet flat" would have been awesome with that outfit. It would have detracted the attention away from that silly flare of the pants also.

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    3. I agree! I'm old enough to remember a similar look and it is enormously unflattering in the rear view mirror. Kate is one of the few who could halfway carry this off!

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    4. I was expecting, "Oh good, finally Kate is wearing trousers!" Heh. Anyway, that length is a favorite of mine, very practical as is the slight flare. If she had sailed, I expect Kate would have changed into proper boat shoes. She has worn those tweed shoes before for semi casual wear, and though they don't seem to be navy blue, I don't mind them for this outfit.

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    5. Red shoes, yes. I'm glad she's in trousers although only Kate could make that style look good.

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    6. SG, I love the idea of patent leather shoes. Red or navy would have been very cute here. I'm also with you on the "silly flare". I love the pants from the knee up (especially the buttons), but the flare and length is not particularly flattering.

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    7. I agree, navy shoes would have been cute also, RF. :)

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  2. Rebecca - Sweden16 June 2017 at 12:27

    Kate seemed really happy and engaged as usual. She always is great with kids so no surprise!

    I know people say this STEM and charity part is just a "front", so to speak. And it probably is, to be honest. But I honestly don't care that much. Because the kids involved still get to learn STEM, still get the experiences etc. Alot of charities and other initiatives have "selfish" beginnings and bases. Good PR, tex cuts etc. But as long as what they do is still good, I'm semi-ok with it, if that makes sense. These school kids still might be inspired and they might get into STEM. And that IS good.

    And also, Kate meets people. That is good for the monarchy. Just like visiting towns and stores and cutting ribbons etc is looked down on as "not heavy weight", the argument is always that people get to meet the royals and that it means much to the people there. Same case here. These kids will remember their nice meeting with "The Queen" in the future.

    A great semi-casual look today! The very "in" pants, the lower heel etc. Very nice! Quite a departure in look for her while still being very "her". Great! I love that this look in general is a very relatable look. Some Zara, some H&M (I assume that is the same top?), some JCrew. Very normal, while still working well in her role! Classic Kate!

    Nice to see William and the Queen doing a joint visit today! I am sure it meant alot to the survivors and I am always extra fond of engagements involving the non-standard combination of royals.

    I look forward very much to July. It seems to be unusually busy for being July with the state visit (if they are involved in some way), Wimbledon and the tour :)

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    1. Julia from Leominster16 June 2017 at 17:41

      I would gently disagree on what is and is not lightweight. I would not consider cutting a ribbon to open a new cancer unit lightweight - or planting a tree by a care home - and meeting the people who will be helped by that unit or care home. It's less what the royal does than what the charity they support does.

      This is a corporate charity and some of us are a bit shocked at how much was spent - some of it public - to win a race. I'm not one to always say money shouldn't be spent because needed elsewhere - that's very complicated, but this did seem like an expensive pursuit. Whilst I certainly support students studying science - it has never been clear how many are benefited productively by this endeavour - and publicity seems to have a huge amount to do with it.

      As I've said many times - all royals have "fun" lightweight charitable endeavours like this one - which had a lot of sailing involved in the past - premieres and the like - that's fine but balance is important. But given the flub this race was, I suspect there won't be a lot more engagements on it for a time.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden16 June 2017 at 18:41

      I see that point Julia, I do. And I didn't mean the ribbon cutting at those places. I was more talking about the factory/company/new building/new car kind of events that seem to be very very common among all of the royals.

      I do see what you mean of it being a bit unproportionate amount of engagements but that might probably be because it's a limited time endevour, as I've understand it. And ofc because Kate likes sailing. I'm not denying that has a part in it :P

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    3. No act of kindness however small is ever wasted.

      Just even a smile from Kate or the Queen or Harry, etc. is a treasure probably currently held in the hearts of many in England and around the world. Even the memory of just a wave. Pretty amazing really. :)

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    4. I think the children will be more impressed with and influenced by Kate in that scenario because she does know and love sailing and it shows.

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    5. The question I have Julia, about that money, is what was it spent on? Did it pay for UK salaries? Did it buy British goods? If it was pumped back into the local economy (and not into purchasing imported goods, or hiring foreign skill) then I can see it's value. No doubt there will be sharp minds looking into the accounts to review and I wouldn't be surprised if the more serious newspapers were looking into it. The point in any national endeavor is to create jobs of dignity for the community so that folks can use it to buy food and pay for shelter - again, hopefully redistributed locally. If they can demonstrate that economic flow - that should satisfy the concerns.

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    6. Valid questions, Moxie. I understand it was a depressed area and the project did indeed bring work and commerce to them. I would also be interested to know what contractors and material and equipment sources were used. And who the owners of those sources knew. (I'm a little jaded when it comes to that subject.)Abagail

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  3. Interesting look for the Duchess - I know many on here have wanted to see a pant suit look on her (or at least a break from the navy skinny jeans). Personally, I see the look she's going for but I wish the trousers were longer.... this just hits her at a sort of awkward length and it's making her legs look short. I think she could have rocked this look perfectly well if it hit her at the ankle bone instead of mid-calf.
    I also wish she wore a striped or navy or black top underneath the white blazer to break it up a bit.
    Anyway that's my fashion analysis for today lol, I have to say, whilst Kate and William have the "regal" and ceremonious events down to a pat, I feel like Harry suits the more hands-on, in the field kind of engagements splendidly!

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  4. Oh how beautiful!! Kate looks absolutely gorgeous today and those trousers look great. It's not as casual as jeans but still make her look elegant and relaxed. Or is it Kate who makes the trousers look elegant and relaxed? Lol either way, she looks great and it looks like a lovely day there too :)

    Navy and white are two of my favourite colours but sometimes I wish that Kate would use some red earrings or a small little red bracelet. Just something to make her outfit pop because the nautical colours are a bit predictable. It's just my 2 cents :)

    Also, what a fantastic effort from William and HM today! Even Harry's efforts have been incredible. They have really been so quick to visit people and show their support.

    Love from Avee in SA

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  5. Well i'll be. Pants! Crop pants! Yay! Very appropriate and chic. I'm not a fan of the tweed shoes with it... would rather have seen the the Sebala leather dock shoes but they m so happy she wore pants.

    Tropical Yankee

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  6. Thank you Charlotte, for another wonderfully written (and speedy) post!

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  7. I had hoped that seeing Kate would distract me from this horror but it's not the case. I cannot stop thinking about the fire. I feel so sad, angry, hopeless. But I'm glad Prince William and the Queen visited, it's important.

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    1. Me too. It has been a big shock to see. I can't imagine what those affected are going through. Thank you to Charlotte for the link to donate.

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    2. Yes. Thank you Charlotte. Very thoughtful as usual.

      Apparently The Sun has donated €100,000. Kudos to them.

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  8. Kate looked great and so in her element today. Its so nice to see her try different outfits and styles however, I do not feel that these pants do her justice. They are far too short and find the shape a bit odd. Taking that into account, I still liked the overall effect with colour and theme.

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  9. I love that Kate has stepped outside of her box and wore something different, and I normally love J.Crew, I've been wearing J.Crew since the late 80's, but I'm not sure I like the style of these pants. I guess it's the combination of a cropped and flared leg. But it's always refreshing to see her in something other than skinny jeans or a dress.

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  10. I have to say this is the first time I don't like the Duchess' look, her trousers are fashionable but this kind of piece is not something I really like.
    I'm happy William and HM visited the Grenfell Tower Victims, I imagine their support after this kind of tragedies is really appreciated.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden16 June 2017 at 16:46

      The pants are indeed a very fashionable look. See that cut everywhere. I think she pulls it off, but just like with most trends, they are more polarizing than sticking to classics.

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  11. When I saw Kate's white jacket and the upper part of her navy trousers I was to say Wow! But then I saw the trousers's legs. It's something new, but I don't think this kind of cut would ever worked. If Kate had skinny trousers she would look perfect.

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    1. I agree Justyna, that flare at the bottom doesn't really work for anyone, in my opinion.

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    2. I had the same reaction Justyna. And Kate has the legs/figure to pull it off.

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  12. So, so sad...what a terrible time the people of Britain have been through. My heart goes out to all those affected in that tight-knit community. Just shocking...this tragic event should never have happened. People's kindness & generosity has been heart-warming to see. Good to know W+K+H were one of the first to donate to the fund.

    On the duchess' engagement today - hello Sailor Kate! It's nice to see her in different pants. I love the Zara blazer and the J Crew tweed heels. Looking forward to her & William's tour of Poland & Germany...it's great they managed to fit it all in with the Spanish state visit & Wimbledon.

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  13. Forgot to add: I'm sorry that Land Rover BAR's America's Cup campaign wasn't successful...especially with all that money behind them. I thought Ben Ainslie & his crew were a real contender to get the Auld Mug back. I've got my bets on Team NZ winning it now...I hope they can beat Oracle.

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    1. Julia from Leominster16 June 2017 at 17:43

      Hope for your sake they do, Kiwi Gal!

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    2. Thanks, Julia, fingers crossed they can do it!

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  14. PANTS???!!!!!! Be still my beating heart!! I love it!!!!

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  15. Eve from Germany16 June 2017 at 14:06

    What a horrible tragedy.... Her Majesty looked so elegant again today (I just love her bright colours..). She looked so concerned... she surely has to do a lot of visits like that at the moment... so, so sad... I watched a documentary a while ago about the claddings they use today for insulating the walls against the cold. Fire specialists tested these claddings and were very alarmed, because the claddings catch fire so easily that a whole wall goes up in flame within seconds. They have to build in a device so that the fire won´t be able to spread but specialists have found out that particularly in renovated old houses, building companies often don´t incorporate this because it´s too expensive/time consuming (if I remember correctly). I wonder whether something like that caused this absolute tragedy....

    Back to the "mundane" things like clothes/outfits... I was delighted to see the Duchess actually wearing something different than her usual "tight jeans/jeggings"!!! I just don´t like the length in combination with the flare bottom....I know it´s fashionable at the moment, but for me...no, it doesn´t work. I loved the jacket, though! All in all, it looked comfy and fresh - ideal for a visit like that!

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    1. Yes, I thought the Queen's eyes looked so sad, rightly so. It must be so difficult to do visits like this.

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    2. I don't know how the Queen maintains composure for at least half the things she does. She is the gold standard on that for sure. She has seen and heard a lot. And yet she still has a sense of humor even after 60+ years, and quite a healthy and clever one from all reports.
      I did notice though that she was wearing her heart on her sleeve more today, as expressed through her eyes. The past weeks have been trying for everyone, including Her Majesty.

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    3. It *must* be difficult. I agree. And I suspect that HM relived moments from the fire at Windsor Castle.

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    4. Eve from Germany17 June 2017 at 08:03

      @surfergirl: I agree with you about HM. How must she feel in today´s times, after all she´s seen and experienced in her long life?
      Yesterday, I saw parts of a documentary about Chancellor Helmut Kohl, who died yesterday and whom we called "the Chancellor of unified Germany". It made me relive those days, this HUGE relief I felt back then, when it "all happened". I was a young woman, just about to finish university, starting "real life" so to speak - and here we go, the world is FINALLY going to be "at peace"!! No more imminent threat from "just across the border", no more enemies - just human beings who are joyfully looking forward to getting to know each other! No "iron curtain" any more - freedom and liberty for everyone at last! Reexperiencing those feeling just made me cry SO HARD. So much hope, so much joy, so much relief - and where are we NOW, nearly 30 years after that? Back to square ONE.
      How must HM feel - who has seen WWII raging? How must she feel? "This is a JOKE. This must be a BAD DREAM. Are you SERIOUS? Is this just a neverending story?" I don´t know how she does it, honestly. I guess I would have "quit the job" a long time ago or just simply lost my temper when talking to a Prime Minister or President or whoever "important".... God bless her for being able to be what she´s best at: a solid rock in good times and bad.....

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    5. Julia from Leominster17 June 2017 at 09:42

      The queen looked very old and sad.

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  16. So so glad The Duchess has ditched skinny jeans. Wholly inappropriate for many functions events she has attended. Kate Fan.

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  17. Hooray for pants! While I do think they should be a tad longer like the model in the picture, I am so happy she went for this look! I would love to see her in a bad @ss pants suit for an event one day soon...she would kill it!

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    1. Kate in a pants suit - she would kill it for sure!

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  18. Love, love, love the new sailor crops!!!! Wow. She looks fantastic.I won't even complain that it is nearly the same outfit that she just wore in Canada. Her hair looks amazing and the earrings are perfect too.

    She looks so happy and relaxed here, especially in her interaction with the children. Anett, you called it. They seem to be gone:) What do you think?

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    1. Her hair has been looking especially good lately. I really like the defined side part & the cut/style. It doesn't look as voluminous as before. She has a more natural & sleeker look now.

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  19. I had always noticed how much Prince Harry looked like the Duke of Edinburgh. But the picture above struck me for the first time with the similarities between Prince William and the Queen, especially around the cheeks and mouth. So many tragedies to deal with. You are all in our prayers.

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    1. Sylvia, I too saw that resemblance for the first time today. I had always thought William was more Spenser in looks, but yes, the length of his face, the mouth and particularly chin surely mirrors the Queen.

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  20. Hands down one of my favorite outfits on her!! So happy to see it's not a breton top and skinny jeans again.

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  21. Love the outfit in total and am happy see a different pair of pants! Yay!!

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  22. Catherine's trousers are too short with respect to the one worn by the model in the picture.

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    1. I thought that as well. Maybe she has longer legs than the model?

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  23. I'm interested to see the reactions to this outfit, but I love it! It's so fun and different. She looks youthful and modern. TGINACD (thank God it's not another coat dress).

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    1. "TGINACD", lol. funny, Penny. We'll have to add that one to our files.

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  24. Laura in Canada16 June 2017 at 14:59

    Soooo cute! Love this look especially for this event!!!

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  25. She's done it again! Selecting the newest trend in clothes and adding the nautical look. I'm also glad to see these shoes again, perfect for this outfit. She looks so happy and healthy also, beautiful hair. Thanks for the posts and pictures.

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  26. Greetings,
    Such a spot-on look for the occasion - well done, Duchess!
    Mrs. Hollingsworth

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  27. Super Cute! I love this look on Kate. She chose well today.

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  28. What could Kate have in her pants pocket? Those trousers are very tight.

    I'm sure the Queen is reminded of the fire she dealt with at Windsor Castle. Such a horrible tragedy at the tower.

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    1. I hadn't thought of that Mary. The Windsor Castle fire.

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    2. Julia from Leominster16 June 2017 at 18:10

      Whilst looking at Diana's visits - I noticed one of her visiting following the dreadful Bradford Stadium fire - now William is tragically following in his mother's footsteps for probably even greater numbers.

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    3. Absolutely agree about the fire at WC. I just made a similar observation above.

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  29. I love the top half of her outfit! Earrings, blazer and the top underneath are really nice! I don't like the pants at all, although I like the buttons at the top from the store picture, I didn't like those shoes from before and still don't. They look chunky to me, and with the pants being shorter, they look chunkier. Still nice to see a different outfit other than jeans, runners, and a breton top/the actual sailing top like Bens!

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  30. Caroline in Montana16 June 2017 at 15:40

    Made my day, I'm so excited she's wearing PANTS!!! (not a huge fan of the gold buttons, but that will not dampen my joy in the long awaited pants!!) but the pants, shoes - love those shoes!! and the blazer are a great combo and she looks great! Charlotte, is there a possibility of a photo of her and sir ben this year? :)


    on another note, was glad to see QE2 and Wills showing support for the Grenfell Tower victims. (some how I feel more impact when she is with wills as opposed to Charles.) My heart goes out to all affected by this tragedy.

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    1. I was glad they visited, too, & it was also great to see Harry supporting Borough Market. HM & William make a good team. He reminds me so much of his grandmother.

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  31. She looks absolutely lovely and appropriate. Love the new style of trousers on hers - it looks sophisticated and still modern. I only wish she chose another pair of earrings. She has so many much better looking ones!

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  32. Julia from Leominster16 June 2017 at 15:46

    Such sadness - so many things that could have been done differently. This is not the place but apart from cladding and lack of sprinklers, the 'remain in place' has killed before, at 9-11,and I can't understand why it remains in effect. I realise they are concerned about smoke and panic, but there must be a better plan, especially here where it was clear the fire was not contained to one flat in the block.

    Kate's engagement obviously had to go on to avoid disappointment, but given how much money was poured into trying to win that cup, the timing was inopportune. I don't love the fit of her trousers - they fit in a way not seen on the model - one size up would have been better, but happy to see trousers and the idea was good. Nice to see her out.

    At Manchester, I suggested along with several others that it would have been lovely to have William visit with the queen. I'm glad it happened this time and the response by the royals to this horrible event has been immediate. William and the Queen make a very good pair working together and appropriate here for a tragedy that involved everyone from little ones to the elderly. Particularly important as he resides when in London in Kensington.

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  33. Firstly, my thoughts with the victims of the tragedy.
    Kate looks awesome today. Just the perfect balance between formal and casual i think. And i was also wondering if these trousers are supposed to be so far above the ankles. The model seems to have a better length. I also face the same problem cause i'm nearly 5'8. So maybe this is something tall people have to live with 😣

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    1. I love the fact that Kate is trying new things but the length of the pant (even for a cropped pant) should be in proportion to her height and the length is off considerably. (As Riddhi pointed out.) And I don't like the little flair out at the bottom. I think it would have looked much better without it. Love the Jacket. Thought the shoes were an odd pairing with the flare out at the bottom of the pants. The pants were sporty/casual. The shoes are not so much.
      I do think she got by with the outfit. Obviously, Kate would look good even in a paper bag. But the pants and shoes were a bit off in my opinion. She still sparkled though because of Kate simply being Kate. :)

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    2. Pam from Boston16 June 2017 at 17:25

      Yes, the pants seem too short. As if she needed such a small size, that the length wasn't as long as it should have been. However,...wouldn't the model be just as tall and slender as Kate?

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    3. Kate is 5'7". I know, the internet says taller, but they often give credit for her heels. That's on the short end for models. Most are 5'10" or 5'11". Also, Kate proportions are long waist, short legs, which she usually compensates for by lifting the waistline of her dresses and wearing nude shoes to create the illusion of longer legs.

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    4. Pam from Boston16 June 2017 at 19:57

      If Kate is shorter than a model, with shorter legs, then all the more reason the pant legs should be longer on her than they are.

      However, I don't believe she is as short as 5'7". Most of what I see reported on the internet says 5"9, or just under. She doesn't look as short as 5'7" either.

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    5. Often models used for online or catalogue photos are not tall. Also they may have put the model in a much bigger pant to get the length and did the usual trick of pinning and clipping the pants to fit:).

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    6. I think this is a problem with most non-denim pants. skinny jeans have a perfect length on Kate and I've never had a problem with them too.

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    7. Julia from Leominster17 June 2017 at 09:36

      Kate's around 5'7'' looking at her in comparison with other people - particularly Prince Charles in the past when she happened to be wearing low heels. No way could she be 5'9'' because he was taller than she was and he's not that tall. 5'7'' is still fairly tall by royal standards.

      I think the awkwardness of the length comes from the fact the trousers are too tight higher up and are pulling up - they're not well fitting. As noted, catalogue photos are adjusted in many ways.

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  34. Oh i love the duchess looking forrward to her joint royal tour in germany my hears go to the grenfell tower Good. That the queen and prince william. Viait Grandfell tower I think people will appericiate It

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  35. I love she wore pants other than skinny jeans

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  36. Kate's outfit is perfection!! I love those trousers. I am so excited for July. It looks like between Wimbledon, the Germany tour, and the Spanish state visit, we may get to see a lot of William and Kate.

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  37. I feel that Kate could possibly have toned down the gushing smiles today. I should think the whole country would be in mourning and it seemed too joy filled to me.
    Maybe too late to cancel but perhaps be a little more sensitive.
    Discussing what she is wearing just seems so irrelevant when children in their beds didn't make it to morning. I am so saddened by the loss of the innocents. The Queen really seemed to understand the worlds shared horror right now.

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    1. I guess I would disagree that Kate needed to tone it down. Children were at the sailing engagement and they probably needed a spot of joy and escape from the horrors of the headlines right about now. I think she would have done a disservice to her charity if she conducted herself as if in mourning today. Imo it would have been better to cancel than show and not laugh and smile with the youth who have been waiting to meet her.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden16 June 2017 at 18:16

      I don't agree at all Anon 17.14. The show must go on, and no-one is helped by people stopping what they are doing. It is sad, immensely tragic, horrible and all those things. Ofc it is. But so are many things. Yes, there were more people involved in this, and it was in London. So it's very reported on. But they cannot stop what they're doing. They adjust the schedule accordingly to fit in meeting the victims. But where does one draw the line? A bus crash? Should the royals stop then? Not smile? Only if the victim count is over 10? Where does one draw the line? A terror attack, a bombing? Do they only stop if it happens in the UK? Or does Commonwealth horrible events count? Or European? You see my point? There are tragic and horrible events happening in the world and the UK on a way too frequent basis. And that IS terrible. But the world cannot stop for it, nor do I think it should. This was a horrible event that will impact us all, but I would go so far to say that the more fun and smiling events that can happen after tragedies the better. In dark times we need happiness even more. What would it have helped or showed the world if Kate smiled less and was less engaged on this event. The only people it would impact are the kids that had a fun time today with Kate.

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    3. 17:24, I'm of two minds on this idea of holding back smiles. One of the hardest things to reconcile after a great tragedy such as this one is that life goes on--with smiles and joy and school and sailing and new pants to rave/grouse about--as we are mourning. It's one of life's dissonances that we must somehow reconcile.

      These young children have looked forward to and prepared for Catherine's visit for a long time. I'm not sure that the great horror of recent events ought to taint their experience. Part of the brave choice to "carry on" is to create serenity or hope and even joy in the midst of fear, anger and anguish.

      On 9/11 I was in a classroom with 14 year-old students scheduled for their English classes throughout the day. It so happened that I had a simple grammar lesson planned--which, in theory, was irrelevant in view of the greater shock and uncertainty.

      I began each class with the observation that sometimes when horrific things happen it is comforting to rest the mind on something simple not at all connected to those events. With their permission I would carry on with the planned lesson. Or if they wished to talk instead we could do that. It was unanimous. The relief on their faces was unforgettable. They did not want to talk or watch television reports looping as some teachers chose to do so that they might "witness history" and "process." I smiled. I stood close to them as they worked. I offered tacit reassurance in spite of my feelings.

      Part of me thinks that the students Catherine visited today may also felt some relief in her company, a treasure hunt and a brief break from the pall of grief felt not only by the people of the UK but around the world. They may have been able to rest their minds in a moment of happiness and beauty before returning to the reality they must deal with for many days to come. To do so does not mean that they have ceased to mourn. We are the kind of creatures who can sustain various conflicting states of mind at the same time. It's part of being human.

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    4. Julia from Leominster16 June 2017 at 19:51

      I don't see how she could not smile but it might have been good to have them set up a microphone and make a brief statement of sympathy - as Camilla did. Especially, as young children were killed. But the donation was made and that's important.

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    5. Pam from Boston16 June 2017 at 20:23

      Anon, first of all, I would venture to say that the reason many of us who follow Kate and the Royal Family do so as a form of "entertainment", as much as I hesitate to admit that. But if I'm honest and really think about it and analyze why I enjoy reading about Kate and the children and the rest of the family, that truly is the reason for it. They are a form of escape from the realities of every day life; and fashion is a fun part of that. I can be sorrowful for the people affected by the recent tragedies in Engand, and elsewhere in the world, and sympathetic, while at the same time finding some enjoyment in reading about Kate's latest engagement and having fun seeing what she's wearing. Sorrow and happiness are not mutually exclusive.

      We have had many tragedies here in the US too that have hit very close to home for me. First, 9/11, in which many of the victims were from the town in New Jersey where I grew up, where many of the residents commute into Manhattan, and especially lower Manhattan, the town being directly west of lower Manhattan and a straight commute in by train.

      Also, the Boston Marathon bombing, only 4 years ago. Athough my moniker says I am from Boston, I actually live in the town where the marathon begins. I went up to the starting line that day and watched the sheer joy on the faces of thousands and thousands of runners as they took off, only to be devastated out a few hours later. Our town took it particularly hard. I see people often around Boston and in Cambridge where I work, with prosthetic legs - it's a constant reminder of what happened.

      These events are all the more reason for us to find happiness and joy in life every single day, for our own benefit, for our family's benefit, for those around us. All the more reason that we should smile and laugh everyday, because we don't know what is going to happen tomorrow.

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    6. Lovely story Philly, and how wise.

      I am not sure what to make of this engagement *at this time*. I think it probably should have been rescheduled. I fear it's not the best visual, absolutely the right call to cancel the sailing end of it.

      As I said in another comment, everyone from May to the Queen to all the royal households need to have their best, most experienced staff on right now. There is simply no room for error or poor planning. I hope someone is stepping in at KP, the youth and inexperience in that staff could make an irrevocable mistake.

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    7. The Queen didn't cancel the garden party, show tunes, lavish tea and all- which I think rivals a bit of sailing in the frivolous department. If KP was in error, so was BP. I think they were both-youth and older heads-right to continue. Abagail

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    8. Thanks for sharing your firsthand experience, Pam and Philly. I found especially enlightening what you said about the students' reactions, Philly.

      I agree that at this time both is needed: Room for grief and reflection - and not being dragged into a collective standstill but continue "normal" life. And, as has already been mentioned, obviously do everything needed to support those affected, investigate, draw conclusions, and APPLY them.

      Rebecca, indeed, where do you draw the line? Lots of wisdom needed.

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    9. Eve from Germany17 June 2017 at 08:30

      @Philly, I was very, very touched by your recount of your experience with your class.... If I may say so: you were absolutely brilliant on that day! Those children might never be consciously aware of it, but you gave them what THEY needed on that day - you were TUNED IN to THEIR needs - which was exactly what they needed... What a great gift....
      Children have a remarkable ability to sense exactly what is needed at the moment to protect them (as we adults have, too, we´ve just learned to ignore it, unfortunately!!) if something is too "big" to "digest".... I wish we would have more teachers like you.. I guess, "school" would not be such a "dreaded" place for so many children...
      "Life goes on" can be a very "healing" experience in times of traumatic events - it gives us back that "sense of security" that traumatic experiences take away from us, especially if it is combined with "I am here if you want/need to talk/need a hug" or whatevery is needed.
      Kudos to you for being so wise....

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    10. Julia from Leominster17 June 2017 at 09:40

      I don't believe the event should have been cancelled but don't think it can be compared to a garden party - which involves thousands of guests many of whom may travel at their own expense from other places. That's why it needed to go forward regardless. Attending a garden party is an honour to most guests. Here school children would be disappointed but nothing else. But life doesn't stop. I think it would have been appropriate for Kate to say something but that it was fine to go forward.

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    11. Regarding the possible cancelling of the 1851 engagement, after the continuing of the palace party: a palace activity placed before one in the Docklands? How would that look in today's political climate? And even worse, in retrospect, considering the Council apartment fire. As far as logistics and numbers are concerned, I agree-the garden party had to go on. I can't find my original comment, but I meant that neither one should have been cancelled. BP and KP both made wise decisions.

      It comes down to how much we value the individual and children, in particular. Whether honoring a life of service is to be valued over investing in the future by honoring and supporting children. I fear the needs of children are being sacrificed to the desires of adults far too often. Certainly, it looks as though the needs of the children in that building were secondary to the greed of a few adults.
      I think if Kate is about anything, it is children: their worth and place in society and their needs. A few children-I'm sure this involved more than a few-versus a lot of adults.Abagail
      I don't think it was Kate's place to say anything, given the situation. The Queen had spoken for the RF. It might have been criticized as self-serving or grandstanding, to use a Julia word.

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  38. Tammy from California16 June 2017 at 17:16

    Goodness, when it rains it pours! As if London hasn't been through enough! Very saddened about this fire and the lives lost in it. My condolences.

    Sir Ben, handsome as usual! I am never disappointed at visits to him, even if they have to be skyped ;)

    As for Richard Palmer, the reporter: again my disgust at media. To even speak of being frustrated at not getting photos of Kate out on the water, when people nearby have lost their lives is disgusting. Just another tired example of the soulless, shameless, don't-care-about-anything-but-making-a-buck, selfish gossiping media vultures.

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    1. Maggie - Minneapolis16 June 2017 at 17:57

      My god Tammy, Richard Palmer even said he understood the decision.
      Also much has been said about the mental health of first responders for crises. What about reporters? They have to constantly cover all these tragedies - in fact they have to focus on all the details and every aspect of these tragedies more than anyone aside from the victims themselves. Not to mention sometimes even the public wouldn't mind seeing some lighter coverage when everything is so sad. So maybe consider the need for some lightness before being unbelievably rude about a pretty well-balanced statement by someone in the media.

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    2. The media often does behave the way you describe but in this instance I don't think it's like that. He spoke about wishing for 'lighter' photos not more sensational ones. I took that as wanting something light & nice at a time that is so horrible for Britain. And he said that he still understood.

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    3. Responding to Maggie Minneapolis: that is a good point about the effects that tragedy has on reporters. A good friend of mine worked for CBC (Canadian Broadcasting) Radio News years ago and to meet him after a day of tragic news, you would have seen exactly what effect it has. He would have to hold it together but when the microphones switched off.... And that is true of so many professions and positions of responsibility. PW said it himself in the GQ interview when he said that he holds it together and then finds someone to talk to. And journalists do too.

      But the news has to get out. Good quality journalists are the ones who are analyzing what exactly happened, where the responsibility lies and what needs to be done to fix it. Without them it would be far more of a free-for-all on the streets. In a way, I feel it's a way for people to feel their voices are being heard and thus some of the anger is channeled into a sense of "let's change things" rather than "let's destroy things."

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    4. I saw a video on Buzzfeed. Its a guy who lived by the fire, was telling a report they are trash and how the people needs to revolt, after the reporter asked about the fire. He was interesting too watch. The politics/media are the same level of crazyness as Americans politics/media.
      That is why i like following the RF, bc I like to see their actions and not hear political opinions.

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    5. Julia from Leominster16 June 2017 at 19:56

      I do think that's a rather harsh statement - and his comments can't really be linked to the tragedy anymore than Kate's smiles or the queen meeting the Czech president. The press is necessary and important - without publicity - no royal family. (William and Kate will be grateful for them later in life - Charles wishes his activities were covered.) I thought the ITV man's comments more problematic - and telling. The royals don't get the overall attention they once did.

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    6. On a more positive note concerning journalists, I think it was lovely to see that one BBC journalist hugging one of the victims when he started crying during the interview and telling him that he doesn't have to keep talking.

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    7. I think I understand exactly what Richard Palmer was getting at. It is part of the process. Most evening newscasts end up on a lighter note. Also, as was said earlier, the reporters themselves need it, not just the readers.Abagail

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  39. Finally! No blue skinny jeans and blazer! This is fresh, updated, and just simply pretty. The shoes too--no wedges! Well done Kate. She finally broke her mold. Looks fabulous!

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  40. I think it's great Kate kept this engagement because these kids didn't need to be let down by circumstances out of their control. William and the Queen dealt with the victims of the fire, Harry with the victims/business owners after terrorist attack at the marketplace, but Kate helped these kids who've been working hard, to encourage them.

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  41. Julia from Leominster16 June 2017 at 17:55

    I'm glad too she didn't wear jeans but the way these trousers cupped over the um..tush did not appeal, nor the length. I believe it's 'keep trying' for Kate and trousers. I like the shoes and little jacket.

    But everything is so impossibly awful at the moment in every way, that even critiquing royal fashion and the hope of Ascot and tiaras in July can't cheer me. But I was very touched watching William and the queen, and Harry at the Market, and was pleased with Kate's hospital visit. I agree with what Charlotte wrote in the last post - with politics in chaos, disasters everywhere and in a time of tremendous uncertainty, the presence of all royals is urgently and immediately needed and they seem to be realising that.

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    1. Spot on Julia as usual.

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    2. Oh I hate to be contrary on such a day; however, for the trousers to be larger as suggested by some would be a mistake. They'd bag and rank with "mom jeans" and granny pants. The Middleton genes have passed down great glutes. Plus these girls are sporty and work out. Even in a loose dress the press went nutso over Pippa's posterior. From the upwind shots of days gone by, Catherine is no second fiddle in that department. Count your blessings: this shot was covered.

      Fashion wise this is a tricky length in pants. No question. I like them and wear them whenever I can find a perfect pair. But like a midi-dress it's hard to pull off sartorially. The balance has to be perfect, the shoes have to be spot on and the styling too. Even the suggestions offered by J Crew don't all knock the look out of the park.

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    3. Eve from Germany17 June 2017 at 08:44

      I agree. I caught myself "having to urgently re-watch" loads of "Royal Weddings" this week on youtube. I obviously needed "a break". It´s hard, though, I admit that, too, to comment on "trousers et al" while watching the world being such a mess at the moment... particularly my beloved Britain...
      Any royal visit is a welcome thing at the moment. I´m glad both HM and the younger generation were there. It´s a poignant sign of stability that´s very much needed in a country that´s in such a turmoil..... I hope and pray for better times....

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    4. Julia from Leominster17 June 2017 at 13:54

      Great glutes are very Middleton but not to these old-fashioned eyes, at all royal!!! It's fine to have it (Julia once did herself) but would rather not see it flaunted.

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    5. LOL, Julia & Philly. The pants were a little too tight in the rear for my liking. I agree...she's definitely inherited those, erm, genes from her mother!

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  42. clare cape town16 June 2017 at 18:08

    I loved Kate's clothes today, just her trousers are a little to tight for participating in royal duties.

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  43. Zora from Prague16 June 2017 at 18:33

    I'm so sad about the fire and loss of lives... So good to see HM and William out there. They were visibly moved and I'm sure they'll try to help. I'm glad Kate didn't go sailing, it would really be too much. I liked her look and how she interacted with the kids.

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  44. Hello Everyone! My heart and prayers are with the United Kingdom and with the people of London. You guys have a strength and a resilient that is admirable.

    It is nice seeing Kate back in action. I think she and William are going to go back to the center together, to see the kids together. I understand why she didn't go on the boat today. Smart move. Did she speak about the Fire today? I don't remember seeing her quote?

    On a fashion note, I don't like the shoes with her pants, but I think she looks great. I missed seeing her that's for sure. BUT its her calm before they start picking up this fall. I really hope Kate will go to more events with the Queen when Prince Philip steps down! I can't wait for that.

    On a different note, when Charles is King I wonder if he wants another member with him on events like his mom does? hmmm?

    I haven't checked out the comments lately. I hope everyone is doing well!

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    1. I think he'll have Camilla with him for many events, as he does now. I think it's because it's such a lonely job. They say something along those lines in The Crown as well. There's a lot of responsibility that rests on your shoulders alone and while you meet a lot of people, you're in a different position than they are - everybody looks at you and listens to your every word, you can't just say whatever pops into your mind, you have to be aware of so many things. I think Harry has mentioned quite a while ago that he's looking forward to having someone (a wife) to go along with him on tours, as it would be nice to have someone to share your impressions with at the end of the day.
      I also hope that we will see Kate accompany the Queen more often. I so loved those engagements they did together when Kate had just joined the royal family.

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      Don't know about Charles - my instinct would say only Camilla but a few years ago, he did do a couple of joint engagements with William.

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    3. I did like they took Kate under their wings when William went away for training. I was really hoping that they would do more events together.

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  45. Sarah Maryland USA16 June 2017 at 18:58

    Maybe my earlier post got lost but it was actually a nice post complimenting Kate on how good she looked. I thought the whole outfit was a home run however I wish she had worn different shoes they didn't seem like they quite went with the outfit
    My other part of my comment mentioned the heckling William and the queen endured at their visit today which I don't understand because the fire wasn't their fault but the fault of the building owners
    However I think William made a mistake. When the crowd seemed upset they were leaving William said "don't worry we will be back" which will make him look awful if he nor any member of the royal family doesn't come back to visit the victims

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    1. First, I understand why Kate went to the sailing event today. It was like the Queen holding the Garden Party after Manchester. Things continue and other people would be disappointed. These weren't rich kids--these were kids from the East End, the kind of children that people are now talking about in this latest tragedy. Charlotte wrote that Kate didn't go out on the water in deference to the situation in London--not to be seen to be having a jolly time herself. Tricky one that but I think she did a good job. It's true that sailing can be considered an expensive sport--even here in my village in Ireland I don't go out sailing because it costs too much. But I see loads of families doing it. There was a helicopter rescue the other night of a yacht from Britain that got into trouble in high seas. It costs a huge amount to send the copter out. Anyway I digress (as usual.)

      I wear the same length of capris that Kate wore today except mine are looser. She looked fine although I was thinking that I would have looked like a sausage in capris like that. I thought the length was fine too. I have a Zara jacket that I bought in Spain. Love it--it was very reasonably priced and the cut is great.

      Finally to what I think is the most important part--the Queen and PW's visit. Spot on. It is interesting that the Queen brought William. Youth? I think they must have a very good relationship because she seems to go to him a lot lately. I don't have a count sheet of the number of events that William has attended this year on his own or with others, plus the number of days he has worked with East Anglia but I think he is doing very, very well. And watching that video where he looks genuinely sorry to have to leave, I think he WILL be back. Hopefully with Kate next time.

      Thank you as always Charlotte for your great coverage.

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    2. He'll come back with kate! I don't think he would say it if he didnt mean it.

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    3. Sarah. In a way, I so wish William hadn't reinforced that man's rudeness and that William had just ignored him, and for the very reasons I mentioned above.

      I truly think William reacted in an attempt to diffuse the situation for the Queen. The man yelling at the Queen. Disgusting. Rather than chiming in with him, one of the women near him should have boxed his ears.

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    4. Sarah Maryland USA16 June 2017 at 19:34

      I agree surfer girl and I don't like the fact people are heckling the prime minister either. It wasn't her fault it was the fault of the buildings owners and no one else's

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    5. It is brewing anger plain and simple. And it's looking for a target. It's hard to overstate what choppy waters we are in.

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    6. People! That man is devastated by what has happened to his friends, family and /or neighbours. Now is not the time for those of us far removed from the tragedy to judge him on his manners. I think William handled it very well, real life is gritty and William is well aware of this through his work with the emergency services. He and the queen would have been aware of the atmosphere on the ground before their visit and they chose to go ahead with it. The prime minister is getting heckled, not because she is considered personally responsible for the fire, but because it now seems that spending cuts by her party led to inferior materials used on the tower.

      On a lighter note, I think Kate looks great, funky and fashionable. I think she looks healthy and even slightly curvy!

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    7. I agree in part and disagree in part, Claudia. Aren't those towers council housing? What we call "the projects" in US. If so, government must answer, even though they are privately managed. That is a problem with private ownership/management of quasi-governmental functions. Responsibility for such disasters becomes a political football that gets tossed around and meanwhile, nothing much is solved.
      For some, the RF represents authority and people in this much pain aren't capable of seeing the difference between the government and the monarchy.
      I think there is always anger to be found. This type of incident will be used by republicans. It would be nice if immediate solutions could be arrived at through cooperation-other than "down with the monarchy," from one side and "it's not our fault" from the other.
      Otherwise,
      I liked seeing William with the Queen. They do make a good team. I think he was a fill--in for Prince Phillip. In times apparently past, Phillip would have been by her side. William was standing so tall and solidly behind HM. I marvel how he resembles the young Phillip
      I do wonder if the Windsor fire was re-playing in her mind. It was so terribly traumatic for her-I still see the image of HM in coat and scarf, looking on in bewilderment and shock at the fire- although I hesitate to even mention it in conjunction with what was lost in the apartment fire
      William looked angry/determined to me in that very evocative photo of the two. I think he'll be back without the Queen-probably against security advice. Abagail
      Just as an example of KP Twitter's priorities: there were 11 tweets about Harry's visit to the Borough Market, including a photo of the box of doughnuts he bought. There were two tweets each of Catherine's Hospital and 1851 Trust visits. It may be that Harry is more "fun" to follow. This is a pattern I have noticed for quite some time.

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    8. Are you really blaming someone who's probably lost everything and everyone he holds close to his heart in this fire because he is angry? Tt's hard to have a clear head in this moment. William and the Queen will survive.

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    9. Sarah Maryland USA17 June 2017 at 03:03

      Kate I am lot blaming them but I think their anger is misplaced and mainly I don't think William should make any promises he probably won't keep

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    10. I understand what you're saying, Tara, but there's more to the equation here, IMO.

      William could not have done a better job of reacting to the situation. He responded with respect and manners in a situation where he and his grandmother were not on the receiving end of these qualities. Don't get me wrong ... the circumstances here are tragic and in no way do I wish to minimize them; I cannot even imagine how these people feel. But let's consider the Queen Mother's visits with the bombing victims in London. Lives were lost or changed forever, homes were destroyed, and I suspect that some people were more impressed with a royal visit than others may have been. But times were/are very different. Just consider the differences in respect and manners, a sense of entitlement, personal accountability, work ethic, etc. Once upon a time, people were driven to better themselves and change their circumstances if they wanted more from life. Today, this approach is increasingly being replaced by anger and resentment directed at those who have more. And, IMO, that was behind what we saw today.

      Sorry for the speech, but I don't envy future generations. In a nutshell, choppy waters indeed.

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    11. Julia from Leominster17 June 2017 at 09:58

      Unfortunately, a huge and very real human tragedy is turning into a political circus manipulated by politicians for their own ends. There is a risk with all this fuss and bother and effort to be provocative and to create instability - that real corrections that must be made soon will be lost track of, such as barring this sort of cladding which is not allowed for such tall buildings in the States and making certain it is removed from other buildings and that sprinklers and alarms are added and fire regulations about remaining in place are reviewed.

      This doesn't mean I'm not sympathetic to those who have lost homes and loved ones - I'm very much aware sadly of the horror of fire. It's just getting impossible to tell who has really lost something or someone and who is protesting just to make a scene. It is making a horrible situation into a nightmarish one and sympathy is likely to evaporate rapidly - which isn't fair to those in real need. The outpouring of help has been enormous. That should be enough.

      I don't know whether that man who thrust those photos is legitimate or not - one would like to think he is but regardless, the fire brigade and rescuers must move slowly and carefully to recover the lost and identify them correctly. Neither the queen or William or anyone can change that. A certain dignified respect for the dead and those who are doing their best to comfort and help would not seem out of line.

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      I agree with you Royalfan.

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  46. Eeeek pants! I was so excited from the knees up on this look. I have been wanting Kate to wear a proper pair of pants and I guess I will have to keep waiting. The length of these really do not flatter her and highlight how much shorter her legs are. I think if they had been closer to ankle length they might have worked. As they are, they are a bit awkward on her. Plus a little tight, you should never see the outline of the pocket lining in such clear detail-that is a sign it is too small.

    Also the shoes really did not go with this outfit. The sailor pants looked fine with the white top, but the tweed heels throw off the whole look. A cute pair of flats maybe with a small gold buckle would have looked much nicer. Or if Kate wanted a little height added to her look she could have gone with a low wedge. A pair of navy and white striped with brown wood 1in wedge detail would have tied in the whole nautical look (I have a pair that would have looked great). I really want to take her shoe shopping.

    Her hair looked beautiful though and I still love that blazer. And yay- no clutch today

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  47. Eh, I'm not usually a fan of sailor pants, and I definitely don't love the cropped/flared pants trend, but if anyone can manage to pull them off, it's our thin and tall Duchess Kate.

    I did really like her white blazer and fun shoes. Summery, but still professional.

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    1. I agree with those who say the pants are too tight. But for those who think these pants are flared, you must not have lived in the 1970s! It appears to me that Kate's pants were shortened from cropped to a capri length, and most of the flare disappeared. As for the tightness at the top, Kate has worn skinny jeans for so long that she does not know how dress pants should fit, but she will learn, and overall this was a very nice outfit.

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  48. I thought the heckling was extremely out of place and off point being directed at the Queen and William. The people around the heckler joined right in almost as if it was planned. The Queen and William were NOT responsible for the fire or the deaths of children or anyone else.
    Everyone in their right mind is aware of the children and others. Their point was self-centered and rude. Everyone knows that everyone who can is doing all they can to help the victims and to safely look for the lost once it safe to do so, and largely it isn't yet. The building is unstable and there is water being put on the embers still. How obtuse of the man and his friends to heckle at such a time. And to heckle Her Majesty no less. Yes, the hecklers may be worried (so is everyone else) but the ends don't justify the means in this case. What a rude, rude man.

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    1. I just think people are so distressed at this point that manners are at the bottom of their priority list. I'm guessing the Queen and PW understood.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden16 June 2017 at 19:48

      I agree Erika. Yes it was rude and over the top. But you could hear the desperation for SOMETHING, anything good. Emotions are high and I'm sure they understood that. William looked a bit rattled, the Queen mostly confused. But I think William genuinely emphasized with the man.

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    3. Surfer girl I think a little more understanding is in order here.

      I was of two minds whether to even comment on this today, not sure I could convey everything correctly in a comment. First, I thought it was very brave of William and HM to visit. And I think if their staff knew what has started to bubble at the surface it wouldn't have happened. I actually think a more "low key" visit by William and Harry, dressed down, would have been safer.

      This was not a random act of violence like other tragedies we are mourning, this was deliberate neglect and cost cutting that caused an absolute human catastrophe. It's beyond words. It's impossible to comprehend what these people are going through, they can't figure it out themselves. Grief, loss, anger, family members lost, homes lost. It's hard to even fathom. Good God.

      These people were living in incredibly dangerous conditions in the shadow of the wealthiest real estate in the world. Chris Ship noted that "grief is turning to anger" reporting that one person wrote "400 m for BP but nothing for fire alarms and sprinklers" on the wall of messages. Protestors stormed the town hall in Kensington not hours later. Theresa May has now called for a multi million emergency fund.

      I know so many people were happy to see HM today but this visit could have gone quite ugly, quite quickly. What with the attacks, the election, Corbyn, this, it's a very challenging time. I hope the staff at No10 and BP, CH and KP are all wide awake and on their toes, I haven't seen a climate like this for some time.

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    4. Watching the video and reading an article on the man who shouted at them, it seems that he was looking for two missing children. So I don't think he was blaming the Queen and William for what happened but rather he seems to have thought that being authority figures, they could help him find the children if he brought the issue to their (or the media's?) attention.
      To the Queen and William it obviously wasn't clear what he wanted but I think they handled the situation very well with the Queen getting in the car while being shielded by a security guard for safety and William telling him that he would be back in an attempt to calm him down.

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    5. I thought Kate looked good. While the pants are shorter on her than in the photos of the models I do not have a problem with that length cropped/capri pant. I actually like the shoes with the outfit helped break up the "almost too much nautical" theme. A pair of navy would have worked also.

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    6. In light of recent information and also just in general, William probably shouldn't try talking to people who are shouting at him. It would have been better to get in the car immediately .

      Still, I think their visit was very important, also in terms of perhaps preventing potential anger in the near future. They showed that they cared and I think most people have received that message positively.
      Mrs May is a different story. I think she's where most of the anger is being directed right now. I would certainly not like to be her these days. It must be frightening to be heckled like that.

      I do think the royal family's security is very good. I'm sure if they had known of the growing public anger, they would have kept all the meetings inside but I still think the Queen and William were rather safe. You can see a lot of police and security guards in the videos and like I said, one of the guards shielded the Queen with his body once the shouts were heard.

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    7. So, I guess I have the answer. We are seriously doing this: blaming people who very probably lost children in this tragedy for shouting at the Queen. And honestly, given that William also lost someone dear in an avoidable tragedy, I don't think he was all that shocked at the anger.

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    8. Surfer Girl it is raw emotion stemming from grief and is one of the recognised stages of grieving. The poor man was hugged immediately by someone and was clearly distressed. I would be outraged and senseless too if that happened to my loved ones and I would want the world to know by any means.

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    9. The IS attacks were hardly "random." They are planned to the minute and well-financed and orchestrated. They may seem random to some, that is what heightens the terror, but they are anything but. Abagail

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    10. Claudia, I hear what you are saying but if everyone acted out on negative feelings, anger, anxiety, frustration right now, where would we be? Those in violently disturbed places, like Kensington is since the fire, need to be particularly self-controlled because of all the emotions involved. Of course I have compassion on the situation and how everyone there must be feeling, but the man was still out of order in my opinion. Expressing or heckling like that can very, very quickly snowball into something much larger and uncontainable. Just my opinion. :)

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    11. Julia from Leominster17 June 2017 at 10:02

      As I stated above and below - the trouble is it's becoming impossible to separate those who have suffered loss from those who have political agendas. This is sadly making a political muddle out of this tragedy. There has been an enormous outpouring of help and support for this tragedy - yelling is not going to help find those children a moment faster.

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  49. YAS Kate! This is the kind of look that knocks it out of the park!

    I'll read through the rest of the post and comment with more serious tones later

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  50. It's so great and important that the Queen and William visited victims of this horrific fire. Poor London (as well as the UK) has gone through so much recently. I hope you know that many people around Europe and the world are with you in our thoughts. The Queen looked genuinely distraught and I think it's so important to show those emotions. People need to see that the royal family cares and is just as sad as they are.

    I love those rare occasions when Kate is wearing trousers, though it seems unimportant given current events.

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  51. Terrific post Charlotte, personally I love that you included the visit by William and HM and Harry's stop at the market as well. A nice royal wrap :) And including the donation link was marvelous idea.

    I keep wondering, like many others I'm sure, if I'm going to wake up from all this, such a chaotic and awful time on both sides of the Atlantic. I dread seeing the news of the day anymore.

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  52. Her Majesty and Prince William looked so sad today. What a terrible time for our British friends. Will keep them in prayers.

    A lighter note: I loved Kate's look today. The hair shoes, jewelry, cropped & flared pants were spot on. I chuckle when I read the comments: "not another coat dress", then, when she wears something else, "eek, the pants aren't just so!" We want her to do something different, but are so critical when she does. Is it my favorite outfit ever? Nope. But, it's different, lovely, engagement appropriate, so a win for me. I thought the decision to not sail, and Richard Palmer's thoughtful comments were also right on.

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  53. Just in case, here's Patricia:

    "Is everyone aware of the Load More button below the comments? You need to keep clicking it until it disappears, in order to see all of the messages. It appears when there are 200 comments, and continues in 50 message increments until the current number is reached."

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    1. Thank you for posting the reminder :)

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    2. Thank you for this beautiful place. :)

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  54. I do like the shoes :)
    Have a lovely weekend :)

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  55. I like it. The whole outfit. I am a fan of blazers and the white blazer with the classic simple white top underneath is clean. And nautical. I like the pants. The length doesn't bother me and I like the embellishments like gold buttons. The shoes also tie in as they have thin dark stripes that tie into the pants. The the gold earrings pick up the embellishments on the pockets.

    Yes, this is a 'light' engagement. But not to those kids. This is s fun day with a famous person so to them, it's a big deal. I do think it was wise not to sail. Not just in light of William and the Queen's engagement but quite a bit of expense was invested in a team that lost and was eliminated from competition. Losing and being eliminated happens, it's sports but to turn around and go sailing with that same team in the midst of a dark time in London is just bad optics. Quite frankly, I think it's really good that I haven't seen pics of Kate and Ben. All the pics are of her with the kids and since those are the people she is visiting, it's great that her focus is on them.

    I think it's interesting that the Queen had William accompany her. And there are a whole host of reasons-it fit the schedule, it's good PR, she needed a wingman of sorts. But it also allows her to do a bit of on the job training. Luckily William has not had to do a ton of visits due to tragic events. Sadly, the Queen has, especially in her younger years during the war. It's something you can explain but also needs taught and coached by example.

    I also wondered if there was some subtle message going out - I stand with William, he has my support, the Monarchy isn't just me, we are a team, etc. Charles was doing investitures, Sophie and Kate were out and about and the Queen and William were on the ground at a disaster site.

    I know William said 'we'll be back' but that could also refer to someone on his team. It was quite visible so I would be surprised if someone, either on staff or a police/first responder didn't follow up with the gentleman who yelled.

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  56. What a horror, the fire at the towers! I have been away from news for a few days and was sorry beyond words to see this has happened, as well as other terrible things. I am so admiring of the Queen and Prince William visiting the fire victims and responding on the spot to the heightened emotions and the ending outburst. I do hope that William returns with Harry or Kate to visit those people. I hope that he went home and immediately pulled strings to help out that man whose children were missing, or whatever the problem was.

    Kate's visit was a good one, given the unfortunate timing. As Philly pointed out, sometimes children (and even adults) need something positive to focus on when terrible things are happening nearby. Her demeanor and decision to refrain from actually sailing were just right. She made those children happy and gave them good memories.

    And her outfit was lovely. I do like nautical-themed clothes, one of my favorite things from childhood.

    Charlotte, your sensitive reporting is very much in evidence yet again. Thank you!

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  57. Her look is awesome. I love it.
    Great change to see her in kind of formal capris.



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  58. I don't think she dared wear her skinny jeans to this event. But those cropped trousers: yikes! And I'm not a fan of that style of shoe. She looks a bit fuller in the face.

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    2. Oh, the power of the unspoken word, Kiwi. Ha! I know what you're not saying and I agree.Abagail

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    3. I'm glad you can read between the lines, Abagail!

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  59. As per the Honours List, Mrs. Rebecca (Deacon) Priestley (Kate' s private secretary) has been awarded the MVO-Member of the Victorian Order-by Queen Elizabeth

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    1. Where is the Honors List?

      That is cool that she received that honor and had her wedding in a royal chapel.

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    2. That's good to know, thanks for that.

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  60. She's made a move away from the skinny jeans at least - but she still favors these sailor pants a tad too tight - they need to be a little looser and worn with a different shoe - those shoes look darn right goofy with the cropped pants - but at least she didn't try to pull off wearing a pair of high, pointed toe heals with them! She's still learning. I am really gad to see she tried a different style pants over her darn skinny jeans!

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    1. She's still learning what? How to put together an outfit? She's 35 and has no clue how to accessorize an outfit. I was excited about this whole ensemble, especially the PANTS, until I saw the shoes, and that just killed the whole look. Call and ask your mother or sister what shoes would look good, and then go purchase something appropriate. Sorry for the rant.

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    2. I completely agree those pants are too tight! Crops are in right now, but proportion is everything.she was close, but these are a miss.

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  61. I think the man who heckled the Queen and William should not be treated so harshly. I found the statement KP released to be a little insensitive. It was almost a reminder that they were able to only witness the fire from a mile away in the comfort of their palace, while citizens perished in the fire. I think this man may have just been upset that these people of great privilege get to go back home while people are left with nothing. Obviously the Queen and William can't do anything about that, but I do think this man should be treated with some sensitivity.

    As for the outfit, I like that she took a risk, but I don't think it worked. The pants are too tight and it is obvious because you can clearly see the outline of the pockets from the front. However, I hope she keeps experimenting with pants and slacks!

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  62. There is an article in The Daily Mail today posing the question as to whether James Middleton is needing more cash flow for his marshmallow business, Boomf.
    Perhaps if he added a layer of graham cracker and then a layer of chocolate to his artistic marshmallows he might sell more of them. S'more Boomfs. Perhaps more appealing than just a plain, decorated marshmallow. (There have been suggestions that James Spencer has invested in Boomf already.)

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    1. Do these people such as mr.middleton ever seek employment in a "real job"? Such as with a company not owned by your parents, where you draw a salary and get a paycheck??

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    2. Just a thought-how old was James when Kate first became involved with William and started bringing him to the home? Fifteen years ago he was still a young teenaged boy. He has literally grown up in the shadow of the royals, with the royals as examples as much as his parents. It was hard enough for me to follow in the footsteps of an older sister. I can't imagine following in the wake of the royal family and its impact.

      There is a well-documented trend for an extended period of young adult dependency on parents-of adult children leaving to try their wings, only to fly back home. If anything, James represents his generation. I'm not saying I think it is a trend that should be encouraged; I do feel there is room for understanding James, instead of harshly criticizing him.Abagail
      Just another thought-William has made an attempt to work outside the family firm and draws a salary and pay-check. Was he universally praised for it? The scope of the family business may differ, the desire for a "real job" is the same.

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  63. Julia from Leominster17 June 2017 at 06:32

    For some reason can't click on comments so will try here - forced to agree with Abagail that there is justified anger and should be about how the building was restored and managed (the original idea for insulating cladding came when Blair was PM) but that much of this anger is being callously whipped up for political reasons. It's unfortunate with the great possibility of causing a reaction not intended. A lot of people including celebrities seem to be jumping on the bandwagon of this tragedy - I'll just say I'm most impressed by the public response which has been enormous and heartfelt - rather than what I believe is called grandstanding.

    Obviously the recovery of the lost must proceed slowly and carefully. I don't think it would have been good for William and the queen to retreat from the heckling - that's the sort of response the political types are playing on. William's response was I suppose as good as any.

    I must disagree with Abagail about the comparison of Kate's engagement and a garden party that involves thousands of people - many of whom would have come from out of town - and possibly occurred considerable personal expense to attend. The cancellation of Kate's engagement would have been disappointing to a few - the cancellation of the garden party - far more complicated. But the choice of bright yellow by the queen was awkward. It would have perhaps been nice if Kate had made a remark as Camilla did. The most awkward moment for Kate though was the little boy's question. I'm certain it was innocent - little lads do ask about cars - but mentioning she has the car of the sponsor (although probably true) and not mentioning others, made it seem like an advert. Kate still is doing relatively few public engagements and her inexperience even after six years shows at times -. Good responses require quick thinking and that is important for a royal.

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  64. I'm not a fan of cropped pants. I think they make women look like they're walking on little stumps instead of legs. Catherine has great legs. Sometimes just wearing what looks best on you is the fashion statement to make but I understand she's compelled to reach for a different standard.

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  65. Thanks Charlotte. I was very glad to see the Queen with her grandson, Prince William, visiting with firefighters and volunteers who gave support to the fire victims. I hope Prince William is able to keep his promise to "come back" and talk with those who have not recovered their family members from the fire. Duchess Catherine really has an ease with children; lots of laughter and fun in a learning environment is wonderful for children. Everyone enjoy a blessed day.

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  66. I think sometimes we forget that 1851 is not a one-off project. It is only a beginning and they will be back. It was an initial trial for this craft and team in this competition. It is not a matter of millions spent just to advertise cars. Those millions were spent on materials bought from UK businesses and employees hired from UK workers. Also, what is wrong with having a corporate sponsor? How many stadiums and public-use facilities have corporate names and sponsors?
    Part of the work of the royals is to promote UK business. This engagement was every bit as serious in goal, although perhaps not in scope, as the support given to the Petroleum industry and oil-producing countries-which is not considered a "fun" activity. There was the added bonus of giving support and encouragement to an area and group of children where hope and support are badly needed.
    Sorry for the rant. I just get tired of Catherine's engagements being down-graded as "fun" activities. I will admit that she brings joy and smiles to all but her most solemn work. Perhaps that is why her work is considered "fun." To echo Marcia above, Catherine gives the appearance of enjoyment, instead of a staid. self-enclosed aspect of some royals "doing their duty." Has anyone ever called the Queen's appearance at horse races, including Royal Ascot a "fun" activity and therefore not to be taken seriously? Abagail

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    1. Julia from Leominster17 June 2017 at 19:08

      Yes, I would call Ascot a fun activity and have. Some events are more so than others. I agree it's a royals place to support UK business but never to the point of advertisement. It s a delicate balance.

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  67. I love these pants! They are so much more fitting to her age and more "work" worthy than skinny jeans. -Helen in Indiana.

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