Monday, 3 July 2017

The Duchess Debuts Shorter Hair for Wimbledon & George and Charlotte to Join Their Parents on Tour!

The Duchess of Cambridge attended the opening day of the Wimbledon championships.


Seeing Kate at Wimbledon is always an enjoyable fixture on the royal calendar. Today's visit had additional significance - marking her first visit to the championships as patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC). In December, it was announced the Queen had passed the patronage on to Kate. It's a splendid fit for the Duchess who is an avid fan and a keen amateur player.


Kate met current and former players. Below, Kate meets Austrian tennis player Dominic Thiem. Kate asked Dominic  how the practice sessions were going and when she found out his first match is tomorrow, not today, she said "That's why you're so relaxed". When asked if she plays tennis, Kate replied "Yes, but not to any standard".


Kate chatting with tennis legend Martina Navratilova who won eighteen Grand Slam titles during her career.


The Duchess meets ball boys and ball girls before they took up their positions on court.


Kate told two ball girls and a ball boy she met: "Your work makes the game happen. It makes such a difference to the players, your professionalism,” adding: “You look so smart."


The ball boys and ball girls are recruited from local schools and spend weeks training ahead of the tournament. Reports noted Kate was particularly interested in hearing more about their roles.


In the video below, Kate tells one of the ball boys "I look forward to seeing you on one of the courts one day".


The Duchess met staff and volunteers before matches commenced.


Kate met with the medical and safety teams who play a key role at Wimbledon every year.


Kate's role as patron offers a host of new opportunities. Kate was invited to nominate a charity to be involved in the pre-match coin toss at the Gentlemen’s Singles Final. Kate chose her patronage Place2Be, a children’s mental health charity that provides emotional & therapeutic services in schools across the UK. The organisation chose Luca to take part in the Centre Court ceremony a week from Sunday. Kate said she's thrilled for Luca "to step out onto Centre Court & showcase the excellent work of Place2Be on the world stage. As Patron of both Place2Be and Wimbledon, this is a unique opportunity to bring together two wonderful organisations.


Kate takes her seat in the Royal Box beside AELTC chairman Philip Brook.


The Duchess was greeted with a kiss from The Duke of Kent - he has been President of Wimbledon since 1969 and presents the winners' trophies to the champions at the end of the tournament.


The two share a great love of Wimbledon and I'm sure will have had conversations as Kate officially begins her role as patron. They are also 'neighbours' with the Duke and Duchess of Kent residing at Kensington Palace.


The Duchess looked a tad...surprised when Philip Brook handed her something. This one begs a caption contest :)


A closer look at the mystery item.


Kate watched world number one Andy Murray complete against Alexander Bublik in the first round of the championships. Also seated in the Royal Box were actor Dominic Cooper, writer Bill Bryson and Andy Murray’s father, William.


In the video below, Andy and Alexander enjoyed some friendly banter ahead of the match. It's an incredibly exciting time for Andy, it was announced over the weekend his wife Kim is expecting their second baby.


A delighted Kate applauded Andy as he sailed through the first round in three sets.


The Duchess donned a polka-dot Dolce & Gabbana dress today (with thanks to Kate's Closet).


The white and black stretch cotton-silk blend polka dot dress features a scoop neck, three-quarter length sleeves, a concealed rear zip fastening, a flared skirt. It's currently reduced by 40% to $1,055 at Matches and reduced by 50% at FarFetch. It's also available in limited sizes at Shop Bazaar.

Matches

More from the product description:

'Dolce & Gabbana’s Spring/Summer 2017 Tropico Italiano show features holiday inspired designs from Naples and the Italian design duo's native Sicily with luxe embellishments and feminine silhouettes beautifully encapsulating the Italian fashion house’s trademark aesthetic.'

It appears Kate's dress is customised with a squared neckline.


Below, we show another very similar Dolce & Gabbana dress with a square neckline. The dress is available at My Theresa and Browns.

My Theresa

Kate teamed her dress with a new pair of black block heels. Upon first look, I thought they could be a new pair by Gianvito Rossi. It turns out they are actually the £62 Office Nina Block Heel Sandals (with thanks to Giulia). The strappy sandals feature a buckle fastening around the ankle. The shoes come in a variety of colours.


Kate accessorised with her $190 Oscar de la Renta Hammered Gold-Plated Faux Pearl Earrings. The earrings are described: "Oscar de la Renta's earrings are an elegant way to complete day or evening looks. This gold-plated pewter pair is hammered to beautifully catch the light and centered with smooth faux pearls.

Harrods

Kate carried her Victoria Beckham Quincy bag. The £995 tote is a "mini-shopper" in moonshine buffalo-leather with a calf-leather trim. The piece remains available in black at Net-A-Porter.

Net-A-Porter

The Duchess first carried the bag to Wimbledon last year. I expect it's quite a roomy tote, perfect for bringing an assortment of items for a day of tennis.


Kate's new sunglasses are the Bulgari Women's BV8170 Sunglasses, they retail at Amazon for $183. With thanks to our reader Sara for the tip!

Amazon

The most talked about element of Kate's look has been her new shorter hairstyle. It's quite a bit shorter than we usually see the Duchess opt for. I must admit, I've always loved Kate's hair longer, she has such fantastic hair, I've always felt it suited her best long. However, it's great to see her trying something new and fresh. The entire look was perfect for Wimbledon, the dress and shoes looked gorgeous together. What do you think of Kate's new hairstyle and her ensemble today?  Did she ace it in your opinion? :)


A video from the day.


As you know, 'Sue Barker: Our Wimbledon' aired yesterday evening and featured a brief chat with Kate about her memories of the tournament. It's not yet available on YouTube, I will add it to the post as soon as it is.

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For the second portion of the post we're switching gears and turning our attention to the upcoming Germany/Poland tour which takes place 17-21 July.  Kensington Palace released the itinerary this morning along with the very unexpected news William and Kate have decided to bring George and Charlotte. A Kensington Palace spokesman said: "The Duke and Duchess are very much looking forward to this tour and are delighted with the exciting and varied programme that has been put together for it. They have decided that their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, will travel with them and we expect the children to be seen on at least a couple of occasions over the course of the week." This is wonderful news, it will be an added bonus to see the little Prince and Princess there. The children joined their parents in Canada last September, it had been reported we wouldn't see them on another tour for "several years". It's an excellent opportunity to bring them before George starts school in September and scheduling becomes more problematic.


A statement from Kensington Palace:

'The Duke and Duchess are very much looking forward to this tour and are delighted with the exciting and varied programme that has been put together for it. They look forward to a busy and impactful tour and are grateful that they will have the opportunity to meet the Polish and German people – such important friends of the United Kingdom – as a family.
As with previous tours, Their Royal Highnesses have asked that this tour allow them opportunities to meet a wide variety of people in both countries. In addition to meeting leaders in business, government and civil society, The Duke and Duchess will prioritise opportunities to meet the young people of both countries; from entrepreneurs, to mental health campaigners, and bright young talents in music and the arts.
The tour will also take in the stunning scenery and architectural feats of Poland and Germany. The Duke and Duchess will wander through the beautiful market of Gdansk flanked by terracotta houses and cobbled pathways; they will take part in a rowing race on the Neckar River; and they will tour the spectacular Elbphilharmonie Concert hall in Hamburg.
The five day tour will also include time acknowledging the complex 20th century histories of each country with visits to the Warsaw Rising Museum, Stutthof Concentration Camp, and the Berlin Holocaust Memorial. At each location Their Royal Highnesses will meet survivors of these periods, who will describe their personal experiences.'

17 July - The tour kicks off on Monday 17 July with the Cambridges arriving in Warsaw at midday. 


They will be greeted by President Duda and the First Lady at the Presidential Palace, who will officially welcome them to Poland. 


They will travel to the Warsaw Rising Museum, which is dedicated to the uprising of 1944 which saw the Polish resistance Home Army attempt to liberate Warsaw from German occupation.


More on the day from the Palace:

'Their Royal Highnesses will next visit the Heart in the Warsaw Spire building, joining young Polish entrepreneurs.  The Duke and Duchess will join a busy, bustling event which includes a tech market-place, and pitching sessions from Polish start-ups. This event will mark the beginning of a 'Warsaw-London bridge' initiative that aims to help small Polish businesses access London’s unique opportunities for scaling up to become global players.'

That evening the Royal couple will travel to the picturesque Orangery in Łazienki Park, where the British Ambassador will host a Queen's Birthday Party. It is the largest park in Warsaw occupying 76 hectares of the city centre.


18 July - Day two begins with a trip to the former Nazi Germany Concentration Camp, Stutthof. Stutthof was the first camp set up outside German borders, in September 1939, and one of the last camps liberated by the Allies, in May 1945. 110,000 people – men, women and children – from 28 countries were imprisoned in Stutthof, of whom as many as 65,000, including 28,000 Jews, died. During their visit, William and Kate will meet a group of five former prisoners of the camp.


Back to the press release:

'Following their morning at Stutthof, the Royal couple will travel to Gdansk. This handsome port city is located on Poland’s northern Baltic coastline. It is awash with colourful buildings, and narrow cobbled streets, with numerous shops devoted to amber, the city's most prominent export. In the central market square Their Royal Highnesses will join a street party where they will be offered Goldwasser - a Gdansk liqueur, and traditional Polish pierogi, while watching amber craftsmen at work, and listening to local musicians and artists who will contribute to the festive feeling.'

William and Kate will visit the Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre, of which Prince Charles is Patron. During the seventeenth century there was a large English-speaking community based in Gdansk, which made the city an important destination for travelling English players. The Shakespeare Theatre opened in 2014, and is home to the city’s annual Shakespeare festival, attended by theatre-lovers from around the world. They will attend a small reception for Poles from world of arts and culture.


Their time in Gdansk will end with a trip to the European Solidarity Centre, in Gdansk’s shipyards, the birth-place of the Solidarity movement in Poland. The Duke and Duchess will tour the museum there, and meet with founding members of Solidarity. On departure Their Royal Highnesses will walk through the iconic shipyard gates, a key symbol of the protests during the 1980s,before laying a wreath at the foot of the Solidarity Monument.


July 19 - The Cambridges will say farewell to Poland before commencing the German leg of the tour in Berlin. The Duke and Duchess will start the day's engagements with a private meeting with Chancellor Merkel. This will be The Duke’s second meeting with the Chancellor; they first met during his trip to Düsseldorf last year. Next, William and Kate will visit the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin’s most famous landmark and a symbol of German unification. The Royal couple will say hello to crowds gathered on Pariser Platz in front of the Gate, before making their way to the Holocaust Memorial. Here they will tour the museum before walking through the Memorial itself.


The third day of the tour will also include the following engagements:

'The afternoon will see The Duke and Duchess travel to the eastern district of Marzahn. They will visit Strassenkinder, a charity which supports young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, including homeless children. In the charity’s youth club, Their Royal Highnesses will spend time with some of the young people who have received help from the charity, as well as meeting individuals from the Robert Enke Foundation. Set up in memory of the footballer, this organisation raises awareness of mental health issues, particularly in sport.The Royal couple will then return to the west of the city, and meet with President Steinmeier at the Bellevue Palace.
That evening, Their Royal Highnesses will attend a Queen’s Birthday Party held in the gardens of the British Ambassador’s residence. The Duke of Cambridge will give his second speech of the tour during this reception.' 

July 20 - "Day four includes a visit to one of Germany's most enchanting cities, Heidelberg, which has been twinned with Cambridge since 1965. Just south of Frankfurt, surrounded by thick forest, this is the oldest university town in Germany." The Duke and Duchess’s first stop in Heidelberg will be the German Cancer Research Centre. They will meet researchers and visit the stem cell research lab to learn more about the important work being done there.Their Royal Highnesses will then proceed to the centre of Heidelberg, situated by the riverside and overlooked by the ruins of its famous castle. They will wander through the central market square, on which a British-German market will be set up offering local food and drink before the Mayor of Heidelberg leads the way to the River Neckar.


We can look forward to a a particularly fun engagement when William and Kate embark on a rowing boat each for a friendly competition, joined by rowers from both Cambridge and Heidelberg. I imagine we can look forward to more photos like this one the day.


That evening, The Duke and Duchess will attend a reception in the vintage mirrored hall of Clärchens Ballhaus. Opened in 1913, Clärchens is one of the last remaining old ballrooms in Berlin, and will play host to a reception for some of the most creative, innovative, and exciting new names in the world of art, culture, style, fashion and technology in the city.


July 21 - The final day of the tour, Friday, 21 July, will see The Duke and Duchess visit Hamburg which is Germany’s second largest city, and home to its largest harbour. William and Kate will make their way further through Hamburg’s dockside warehouse quarter to the Elbphilharmonie. Opened in January 2017, the “Elphi” was built with the aim of creating a new city landmark. It is one of the biggest concert halls in the world and renowned for its advanced acoustics. The Duke and Duchess will join the orchestra on stage, before listening to a special performance by the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra.


The Duke and Duchess will then depart by boat and travel down the River Elbe to their final destination for this tour: Airbus. The company’s base in Hamburg is home to production, maintenance and training facilities. The couple will tour the complex and meet apprentices, both German and English. The Duke and Duchess will then visit the final assembly line of an A320 aircraft and view the cockpit of a near-complete plane.


It's a nicely planned tour encompassing a varied mix of engagements. From architectural highlights, sites of historical significance, a focus on the arts and culture, young people, meeting officials and of course celebrating Britain's links between both European countries, it's going to be a hectic week as the royals continue their Brexit soft diplomacy European visits. I'm looking forward to this one and getting to know more about both countries. What do you think of the itinerary? Are you looking forward to any events in particular? Are many of our readers in Germany and Poland hoping to see the royals during their visit?

435 comments:

  1. Rebecca - Sweden3 July 2017 at 11:42

    Kate looks GREAT today! So summer fresh! I am always a sucker for polka dots so this look speaks to me very much, as does the silouette with the flowy skirt and square neckline. That square neckline is perfect! And her purse. And shoes! And that fresh haircut. Much better short hair than last time! She looks absolutely splendid! She's on a roll! Looking forward to seeing all her sports faces.

    Great getting more details of the tour. I must say, I'm selfishly happy that the kids are going! It seems like a well balanced tour with alot of heavy elements but also quite a bit of fun. And since the kids seems to be a last minute addition the scheduel is still fairly tight. A nice balance of the family getting to be more together but still a "full" schedule. So win win for us and the kiddos get's to be put to bed by mum and dad most nights! And people always complain we don't see the kids enough so this will be great! Last chance before George starts school as well.

    On last nights interview: Nice to see Kate doing another interview :) You can really tell she's getting more comfortable and it's great for her to get in some more training with a subject she's so familiar with. Her interview fitted nicely in with the rest of the program and it's semi-cronological format. I am not a sports follower in general but I do see the importance of sports for the general moral and to have people to look up to that fight and fight for what they strive for and celebrate and mourn together. It's a very beautiful thing and this program highlighted that.

    Hope everyone are having a great day! :)

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    1. I agree Rebecca. I think this is the nicest she's looked in a while. And an ankle strapped sandal!!

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    2. Agree! She looks splendid head to toe altough I wish the purse was black. I love the new hairstyle!

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  2. the hair- huge mistake. And i dont like the dress at all

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden3 July 2017 at 13:02

      Sorry, I just got a giggle. Having a "bad haircut" (Which I dont think this is) is classified as a huge mistake? :P

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    2. Oh Rebecca, I wish I could upvote you!

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    3. Pam from Boston3 July 2017 at 14:08

      The hair looks great! I always felt that having extra long hair does absolutely nothing for a woman. It's just dead weight and drags down on the whole head of hair. With a shorter length, the hair has bounce and movement.

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    4. I don't like it short cos it's never done properly. If she's going shoulder length I think it needs to be straighter and sleeker like CP Mary. The big beauty queen curls are a bit bizarre to me, like she's doing a guest spot on Mad Men. Her old hairdresser (Ward?) must cry when he sees this.

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    5. I would so love to see what Ward would do with her hair for her outfits these days. Oh that they would reconcile.

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    6. Laura in Canada3 July 2017 at 15:37

      Not only am I a Kate fan...I am Rebecca fan! Just love your positive and upbeat comments!

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    7. Rebecca - Sweden3 July 2017 at 16:56

      Aww, that's adorable Laura! :)

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    8. She looks much younger and fresh with this haircut. I know this will cause an uproar, but I thought her hair was too long and showed insecurity. A mature 35-yeayold woman does not need to look like a teenager or twenty-something. This to me shows confidence and no need from approval from anyone. More than Slightly different!

      And the dress is an excellent choice for this event. By my book, Kate was today mature, comfortable and responsible for her duties. Better than I have seen before. Even compared to events for children and charities. I believe this role will take her a long way down the path of being herself in a royal capacity, beyond being William's wife or the children's mom.

      Good feel overall!8

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    9. Rebecca - Sweden3 July 2017 at 20:51

      Going the same route as most people her age shows confidence and no need for approval? I don't agree. That doesn't mean that she can't have this look nor that she doesn't look good. She does. But so does she with long hair. My mum is 50ish with longish hair, my dance teacher I had was nearing 60 with waistlong hair. And I can with absolute certainty say they were NOT insecure.

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  3. I love both the dress and the shorter length hair!

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  4. New dress, new shoes, new hair, and news that George and Charlotte are also going to Germany and Poland! What a great way to start the day. I absolutely love this look, Kate looks gorgeous.

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  5. Wow new look Duchess - new everything - hair, different style dress, sandals and bag. What a fresh look and how confident and comfortable is she in her skin. A very big uplift in her public personae. I do like it and thank you Charlotte for the early pictures and I look forward to the rest of the updated post.

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  6. It is the most beautiful day of my life. George i Charlotte will arrive to my country, Poland !
    Absolutly perfection. Duchess looks lovely and smart. I love her shorter hair, she looks more happier.

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  7. hmmmm, I'm not sure if I'm a fan of the new hair - I think it would look better if it was like an inch or two shorter, though maybe it's just the way it's styled today.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden3 July 2017 at 12:53

      It is a bit "soccer mom". But she looks great in it and the hair looks very healthy.

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    2. Pam from Boston3 July 2017 at 14:10

      Rebecca..."soccer mom?" If that's a soccer mom look then what a compliment to the moms I know! Kate would be the most glamorous and sexy soccer mom in my town!

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    3. I think the new length is very nice but would look better straight or with differently styled curls.

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    4. Rebecca - Sweden3 July 2017 at 15:18

      Well, "Soccer moms" (in the stereotypical way) are the pretty stay at home moms that drive to soccer games and bakes for the PTA meetings, so it's not a putdown. But it's not a very "glamorous look" in my mind. It is the standard "I have kids and school runs to do and I like my hair rather long but this is more practical" kind of hair. Nothing wrong with it, but it reads soccer mum. That's all. Nothing wrong with that. We all have associations with looks. And it fits, Kate IS that young mother. But I peronally like her hair a bit longer. But she still looks stunning in this hair.

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    5. Julia from Leominster3 July 2017 at 15:21

      I loved the first haircut she had unlike some others here because it had a very easy wash and go look to it - so often Kate's hair has had that huge American 'beauty queen' look to it in recent years. (I liked how she wore it long and straight early in her marriage.) But I think this is an excellent start to a shorter style that's both professional and youthful.

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    6. Laura in Canada3 July 2017 at 15:43

      I am with you Pam from Boston....none of the soccer mom's in my town have such beautiful gorgeous blow outs! Most of us have day old hair in pony tails hidden under ball caps! But I know what you were saying Rebecca! :)

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    7. Julia from Leominster3 July 2017 at 16:49

      Maybe yummy mummy is the term we're looking for - something we don't see often with Kate. It's a term that is overused but fits here. We've so often seen Kate dress either 'old' or so girlish that it looks like she's attempting to recapture her uni days. It's just nice to see her dress what she is - a thirty-five year old mum of two.

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    8. Rebecca - Sweden3 July 2017 at 16:58

      Yeah, it's not the actual soccer mom cut. It's the picture taken to the saloon that the cut is based on, if that makes sense.

      Kate looks great in it and pulls it off very well! It's just not my first choice for her, still looking great!

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    9. Pam from Boston3 July 2017 at 17:40

      Yes, Laura & Rebecca, I suppose it depends on where you live. Most moms in the Boston area, where the overall look is natural, minimal make-up, dressed down and where the focus is more on a women's brains than on her looks, run around in jeans with their hair up in pony tails also!

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    10. Rebecca - Sweden3 July 2017 at 18:15

      I think I've heard Yummy Mummy used similarly from British people as Soccer Mom is on American tv :P SO I think it's about the same.

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  8. Think you Charlotte for this blog. I like so much your post. Good on you ������
    I love the whole look and in my opinion it's one of the best looks she ever wore. It's fresh and youthful.I like the polka dot dress, the black shoes and specially the white tote. Waw it's all about perfection. BUT, I hope she doesn't turn back to her horrible frange of 2015�� (plz don't do that kate �� haha)
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  9. Wow, Kate looks smashing today! I am simply loving the polka dot dress, shorter hair, open-toe shoes, the bag, everything! There is something in the air because Kate looks so refreshed lately and I love it. The Gucci dress last week and today's look, just lovely! Keep it up girl!


    Love Avee in SA

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  10. The dress was $2995. It is now on sale for $1557. I like the flow of the dress. I don't like the shoulders and the width/design of the sleeves. It looks boxy and baggy. Those take away from the streamline and feminine style of the rest of the dress, in my opinion. Kate seems to have worn the same style shoes as the model. A new style for her, just what we were wanting.

    Rebecca Deacon is with Kate today at Wimbledon. I am hoping she has reconsidered and will maintain her position as Kate's assistant.

    Hopefully, Meghan (and Harry) will show up at Wimbledon. I didn't think she would show up today as not to overshadow Kate's first day there. She and Harry have surely been off the radar so far during her visit this time.

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    1. That's it, surfer girl! I couldn't put my finger on what else I didn't like about this dress...the top half! It just looks like it should be part of a sheath dress. But the skirt is really lovely & flowy. I hope to see Harry & Meghan this event, too, miss seeing them together.

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    2. I do think the squared neckline might not help either. It is better with the round neckline on the model in my opinion.

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    3. Robin in Ontario3 July 2017 at 18:32

      I agree about the top half of the dress. I actually find there are two different Kates here; her bottom half is airy, summery, and feminine while her top half is matronly and dated. The fit and style of the dress, the earrings, hair cut/style... they don't work well together for me.

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  11. I'm always very happy when the Duchess cuts her hair and/or does an updo. She looks much more sophisticated. Not a fan of the dress though, even though she is wearing is okay.

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  12. I will Se Cambridiges in Poland this ja my country ♥️

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden3 July 2017 at 12:56

      How very exciting :)

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  13. Love that she is wearing open shoes! Maybe some nail polish would have looked great! She looks very fresh with the shorter hair and think it makes her look younger! Thread polka dot dress is perfect for summer!

    Great to hear they will bring George and Charlotte to Germany :)

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    1. Julia from Leominster3 July 2017 at 15:16

      I agree completely - I think it makes her look younger rather than girlish. There is a difference - a freshness and vibe to looking 'younger'.

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  14. I love the dress and the whole look today, so fresh and feminine! The Duchess' sandals reminds me of a blue pair from Dune London her sister wore this time last year. Very classy and modern.
    I think I'm not a fan of the new hair length, but I think this is just because today they're styled in not a perfect way.
    Maybe a different style could have compliment better the new length.
    I have to say I'm not sure I would be happy to see Meghan at Wimbledon especially today, this is Kate's moment as a new patron and I think she deserves all the support.
    The Duchess has worn so many pieces with an high price tag, even in the past, so I don't get why we should critic her for this kind of choices.

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  15. Kate looks fantastic! The dress is great. I much prefer the square neckline Kate has over the original. Her haircut looks great. Overall she just seems more relaxed and also more confident. Both the ensemble and the confidence look great on her.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden3 July 2017 at 13:27

      I agree. The square neckline is a great improvement!

      She really seems at ease lately!

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    2. The neckline on Kate's version is definitely an improvement on the original :)

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    3. Pam from Boston3 July 2017 at 14:13

      Visually I prefer the square neckline. But having corners vs. the rounded neckline, is causing the dress to buckle a bit at the corners, noticeably in the photo where she's seated. The rounded neckline would look smoother.

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    4. Pam, that's what I meant in my comment about the shoulders and sleeves above. The tailoring is not the best there either.

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    5. Pam, I scrolled up to see what you were referring to. Do you think it's the neckline style that is creating the "buckle"? It looks to me that perhaps Kate raised her arm(s) and pull the dress up. It just needs to be yanked back down - who knows.

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    6. I like square neckline better,too, and I remember how much I liked the square neckline on the banana dress.

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    7. I might be mistaken but it looks like a lady is wearing the original neckline dress just a few rows back?

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  16. Looks excting i love the dress. Hmm. I love the shorter hair. Hmm see. Looks good and sophisticated as always hmm i love the polka dots dress. Its seems will see the cambridges family four. Again in germany i hope pippa james and some the duke and duchess. Too royal box

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  17. I haven't said it for a while, but I really love her look today. She looks very pretty. I am a bit on the fence with her hair, but a change is always good.

    Having looked through the tour schedule, it looks very interesting to me, they gonna visit a few historical landmarks in European history. I suppose the media and fans should enjoy G&C pictures because that's gonna be it for a while.

    Lovely post Charlotte, I hope you gonna include the links to the documentary when it is available.

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  18. This is a fresh look for the Duchess. Love it

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  19. I agree, that Kate looks very confident & happy at this appearance...& her hair looks better here than her first attempt at a shorter cut. But I'm not in love with this look...I normally love polka dots, just not this time. I think the dots may be a bit too large & close together. & I'm actually missing her longer hair! It looked so beautiful at her last engagement. I am loving the shoes, though! :)

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    1. I'm missing her longer hair too and it did look great at the V&A. Basically, this is my haircut, so I'm not going to be that impressed. I think the dress is nice but it is certainly not a showstopper, and at this price you would think that they could match up the seams. I do love the sandals but would have wished for some gorgeous polish on her toes. Love the bag but think the earrings are " older woman". A bracelet or even her watch would have been lovely with these sleeves. So not a win but not a miss for me. Happy to see her though. She looks thrilled to be there. Even more excited about the upcoming tour...!

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    2. Agree with you on all counts. Like the hair & shoes. Dress is awful. Maybe her worst ever. But she looks like she's having fun.

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  20. I wonder why she had them create a square neck style? Or perhaps she asked them what they would choose to change to make it custom/bespoke.

    She looks happy. Every player at Wimbleton is fulfilling a dream even if they are eliminated in the first round. I think of all the family and friends that have watched thousands and thousands of games over the years for the players to reach this point.

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  21. Miller from Louisiana3 July 2017 at 13:44

    In the full pics on Instagram where she's talking to Feliciano, her bag is smashed in on one corner. I wonder what happened to it?

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  22. Eve from Germany3 July 2017 at 13:45

    W H A T? George and Charlotte are coming to Germany, too?? O M G !! And they are visiting Heidelberg, meaning not TOOOOO far away from me!!! Oh dear, that´s super tempting, I must admit! Usually I´m not a fan of waiting in a huge crowd for hours just to catch a brief glimpse (probably from far away) - but this? And we might see the two cuties, too? OMG - can´t wait to get some more details!!

    Quite love the shorter hair, looks very healthy and shiny. I like the polka dot dress, too, just would have wished for a more "vibrant" colour, not black dots, otherwise a very summery, fresh look.
    Oh, and I LOVE the bag!! I´m not one of these women who spends a fortune on shoes and bags... But this one...... very tempting indeed (all these temptations today, it´s too much really !! ;-))))) )

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    1. Julia from Leominster3 July 2017 at 16:52

      So you're near Heidelberg, Eve - such a beautiful city with an amazing history. I'm pleased William and Kate are going there and hope you get a chance to see them if you brave the throngs.

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    2. They are super cute! I also think it's a smart move for two reasons. The more the kids are exposed to large crowds, the more comfortable they are and their personalities emerge more(which means people love them more). The kids are now old enough to be able to understand what is happening and not to be quite as overwhelmed. Plus, these types of tours will be their jobs someday (assuming the monarchy remains). Good to start them young so it's 'normal' to them.

      Also, nothing like two adorable kids to work the Brexit charm!

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    3. I also hope you'll get to see them if you decide to go! Love Heidelberg!

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  23. “Kate looks GREAT today! So summer fresh!” Rebecca/ Sweden
    I wish Kate a happy and successful patronage.
    I wish Charlotte and each one of you each one of you a Happy Summer

    Julia from Leominister,
    I wish you a refreshed summer away from the mud Penny Junior, and A. Morton started which had sent not only you, me, and hundreds to question CPB all over again, and with dismay. In the name of 70th birthday, too much spinning, and unfair attack in order to justify her image had been released.
    Sorry to post out of subject late to post on previous blog/ read it late last night. Bluhare's message seemed tough love, and I liked how you responded. Deeper bonding, humor and maturity seemed to have been communicated between the two of you. It is amazing the longer people stay on this blog, how better they know each other.

    Start here with fun and a refreshed summer, and please keep up with your informative, interesting and mostly balanced views.

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    1. Anon 15, I like your message....well said. Kate does look fresh and summery, a very good kick-off indeed! cc

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      Thank you for your lovely remarks, Anon 15 - we went through a contentious time on the last posting on a hugely controversial topic - but I do think we did it with respect for each other and our differences - and that was nice. I do think most of us were appalled at the timing of that bio, even those who might otherwise support C & C.

      As for bluhare - I expect tough love and welcome it! This is an area where we know we will never agree - but can get past it with respect and enjoy our common grounds.

      I do have my prejudices and admit it, but overall, I try to be fair, even, sometimes, to C and C.

      Appreciate your support so much.

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    3. Tough love? I thought in was being rather supportive of someone with whom I totally disagree on that topic.

      If you want to read a master class in communication through a disagreement read rosmans comments. I don't agree with her on this topic either but she did a great job focusing her comments on the things we could agree on rather than getting bent out of shape on the things we did not.

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    5. lol. like me, bluhare, do you often find yourself apologizing a lot. :) (that is meant in a good way.)

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  24. LOVE the shorter hair. Love the polka dots. Love seeing her wear black strappy shoes. She looks so polished and beautiful! Kate is really trying some new things lately and I'm a fan.

    She is so lucky to be able to customize clothing with the designers. I often wish I could tweak a color or design of a dress for me... perks of being a princess I suppose! I wonder if after the designers change the dress for Kate they think 'why didn't I think of that?' :)

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      It really is fun seeing her try new stuff!

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  25. Kate, Texas, USA3 July 2017 at 14:01

    Beautiful! Kate radiates joy! I love her summer look! Pola dots are classic and always in style. The fresh haircut looks great, but I also love her long locks. I think she looks lovely from head to toe!

    Very exciting to hear George and Charlotte will join the tour! Seeing the family together will be something to look forward to!

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    1. A brave move to take the children. So amazed by and happy about their courage and how they keep on carrying on. That speaks volumes.

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    2. I'm a polka dot fan so I loved this dress the moment I saw it. Then I cheered the shoes (lol). A great combination of fun and classic IMO. And the shorter hair, oh yessss! It looks fresh, young, and gives her face a natural lift.

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    3. BTW, I agree that it's brave to take the children along, SG. I hope security is extra tight.

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  26. She certainly does look happy today. The dress is fun and I am a fan of her shorter hair. Stunning length. But my favorite thing is her shoes. With her trim ankles that ankle strap style is made for her.
    And so glad the children are joining on the trip to Germany and Poland. But do the English schools normally start for the term in mid July ? Some one mentioned that??

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  27. I like the shorter length, but the styling today was off. I imagine her hairdresser just doesn't have as much experience working with a medium length. The curls can't be so robust and need to be more wave-like. But they'll get the hang of it! I'm excited to see other styles with this length as well.

    On to something a bit more....delicate. Please, if you respond, be tasteful and sensitive because I am not trying to start a big nasty debate it is just something I have noticed. So in the past month or two I've been surprised at how many new items Kate has debuted (and how little she has repeated). And I think it goes a little deeper than just fashion. I've noticed her body shape has changed (for the better in my opinion). Her clothes have been less tight as well, an indication to me that she is purposefully buying clothes that have a bit more room in them rather than some of the really tight-fitting items we've seen in the past. I really noticed it at Trooping and at the 1851 event when she wore the trousers. She has put on weight and in my opinion she looks fabulous. I think she looks much healthier. Her arms and legs are fuller and her waist is still small but I imagine she is not fitting into some of those 2011/2012 items - which is not a bad thing at all. I just think she looks very healthy now!

    Okay I have tried to be sensitive and not judge-y, most of us here are women so we should all be sensitive to the fact that our bodies change as we age, and that all sizes and shapes are beautiful!

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    1. Nina, I agree with you about her hair. Agreed she needed more wave-like curls. She could have just about gone with her styled with her natural wave.

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  28. Thanks as always for the quick, lovely, post Charlotte! Her dress reminds me of the one she wore to Warner Bros. when she was heavily pregnant. It was shorter and she wore it with a black jacket. That one was TopShop though.

    Everyone's hair looks a bit humidified today judging from the video of her arrival. I don't know if it is a great cut--looks like it's been done in layers but the layers somehow look "off" to me, like the proportion is wrong. But the next engagement might tell the tale. She certainly looks younger with the shorter hair.

    Wimbledon!! I wonder who will be the big story there this year!

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    1. I agree with what you said about the hair, Jo.
      Another Amanda Tucker effort? Hopefully it will look better next time as you said.

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  29. Sharyn from AUS3 July 2017 at 14:09

    1. it's just hair, it will grow back...right? it's not bad, I've jist always been envious of Kate's hair because mine doesnt grow
    2. I wish Kate would paint her nails when she wears open shoes. I think back to the team GB dinner in the teal jenny packham dress, and the dark polish added oomph to the entire look. But maybe thats just because I can't handle not having painted toenails.
    3. does it look like Rebecca Deacon is wearing a pair or Sledge pumps? Do we think Kate has retired her pair?
    4. It is nice to see Kate make bolder choices in her fashion. Is this chooce because she feels excited by and therefore more confident at Wimbledon?
    5. Do you think Kate brings a tote bag to Wimbledon so she can bring snacks? I know I get hungry whenever I go to a sporting event!

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    1. I also prefer her hair longer. And I always wonder why she hasn't been wearing nail polish. Is there any specific reason?

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    2. That's a question I asked myself so many times!!!

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  30. Oh my the hair is just terrible. I don't think that length is very flattering or maybe how it's styled. Seems an awkward length like it should be a bit shorter or longer. Not a fan.

    The dress is cute and love the shoes.

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    1. Agreed... May look better if it was straightend.

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    2. Tammy from California3 July 2017 at 16:12

      I agree with you Jennie, the haircut seems like it should be a little longer or a little shorter.

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    3. Agree too. This length is very ordinary and unremarkable ( its the length of my hair and a lot of other women I know). Shorter or longer would be a head turner on Kate. Agree that this length would look better straight also.

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  31. I actually prefer the repli-kate of this dress that was found from Hobbs. It is a sheath style with the dots more spread out, which I find more attractive.

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    1. Yes, I was thinking the same thing. The Hobbs dress looks less crowded and more airy because of the different dot placement.

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    2. I personally think a British brand would have been a much better choice here, at such a high profile British event, and it being her first visit as Patron. I know, I know, the bag ;) but that doesn't get nearly the headlines as the dress.

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  32. Would like to add... She looks better and much more "open" without a clutch in front of her stomach. Don't you think so?

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    1. Alleraflora, that is refreshing although I don't know why Becca wasn't carrying the bulk of the provisions. Kate could have carried a smaller purse, although preferably not a clutch.

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    2. I think I prefer the clutch at engagements. All I can picture with this bag(which I do love) is the awkward shifting it around to greet people and pick up flowers, etc and it just being clunky and in the way. Carrying it to her seat though makes total sense. Like Sharyn said above, I picture her phone, some money and then a water bottle and some goldfish snacks or a granola bar stashed away.

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    3. "goldfish snacks", lol, Katie. they have done their branding well. (do they even have goldfish snacks in England, though?) And then there are those pesky powdery orange fingers. :)

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  33. I think she looks fantastic! Great dress and her hair is nice.

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  34. I love her dress! I've always loved polkadots, so anything with them, I love! I don't like her shoes because I don't like block heels, they're probably more comfy, but I don't like the look.

    I like the way her hair looks in the full length pic, but it sort of looks really messy in other pics, though, so maybe just the style is off?
    I do like her hair shorter though, her long hair almost looks like it swallows her!
    I also agree with another poster that a couple inches shorter would look nice too.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden3 July 2017 at 17:00

      A fellow polkadottian? :)

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    2. I don't like the sandals' heels either, though I do like the straps. But there are multiple pictures of Kate standing on grass to chat with people. The block heels probably worked well then.

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    3. lol, or a fellow "spottian" as Julia says? :)

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    4. Rebecca - Sweden3 July 2017 at 20:48

      I am really fond of the incoming block heel trend. It can look youthful (or not depending on the look) and looks very comfortable. I still like some stilettos and most of all like variety.

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      Polkadottian? Yes! Haha what a cute name for it lol. Surfer girl- Spottian is cute too haha. :)
      I do also like the other version of the dress with the billowy sleeves but sleek bottom of the dress!

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  35. Kate looks really happy today and I am also very happy because I saw pics of the sinfully good looking Feliciano Lopez ^^

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  36. Julia from Leominster3 July 2017 at 15:11

    I love everything about this look especially the new shorter hair - so sophisticated and flattering - I hope she keeps it that way.

    I'm not normally a huge fan of spots but I think the dress is fun for Wimbledon. Love the sandals and the casual bag. It's such a great relaxed, even sexy look for Kate - perfect for the occasion.

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  37. Hi! I'm a long time reader, but first time commenter! I love your blog and the community here! I think HRH looks fantastic today! So fresh and lovely. I love her hair; the length, the style, it's beautiful! And her shoes are so much fun! So nice to see her change up her style, even slightly, every now and then! Thanks for all the hard work you do on the blog!

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden3 July 2017 at 15:23

      Welcome to commenting :) Hope to see you here again :)

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    2. Yes. welcome, Mary Katherine. ;)

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  38. What an entrance! Great haircut, much needed and I wish she'd had it with the Gucci dress. Interesting sandals. The polka dots are unmistakable at any distance and instantly reminded me of Diana. Perhaps that was Kate's intent, given the current brouhaha over the Camilla book? I like seeing the Duke of Kent greet Kate in royal style, visibly welcoming her to her role at Wimbledon.

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    1. As soon as I left for the kitchen to prepare for Independence Day guests, I realized that Kate was continuing the spirit of the memorial service for Diana. She was in black and white (and so was Rebecca) as well as Dianaesque 'spots.' Kate also continued wearing two colors, black shoes and sunglasses and white bag, in her accessories.

      Mention of the holiday reminds me to wish everyone a belated Happy Canada Day and an early Happy Fourth! I was fortunate enough last year to see the parliament building on PEI where Confederation began. The guides were already very excited about its 150th anniversary. Such a lovely town.

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    2. I think that was very nice that they showed the friendliness there. Less silly rumors of a miffed duke. lol

      What black and white for Diana?

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    3. Patricia, the dots also reminded me of Diana. I loved Diana in polka dots :)

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    4. It is very reminiscent of the chic white with black polka dot dress and hat Diana wore to Ascot. Is that the one that was being referred to?

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    5. Without a doubt, Diana was a huge fan of polka dots. Whether or not this was intended as a nod, I'm not sure.

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  39. Wow! She looks ah-mazing!!!!

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  40. Sandrine (France)3 July 2017 at 15:39

    Whaouh, Kate is so beautiful !!! I love her new dress, her shoes, and I love her hair... She is really perfect !!!

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  41. Really like this look, the fit and pattern on the dress, the great sandals, her hair. But doesn't she periodically lop off several inches of tired locks and then let it grow again?

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    1. I love this look, also. She has fabulous hair- no matter what the length or style.

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  42. So uber relieved that her knees don't "look like casper" today. lol

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    2. Lol, surfer girl. Katie, I've often wished the same :-D

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  43. Laura in Canada3 July 2017 at 16:03

    So I have to admit...I rarely wear polk dots. In fact at one point in my life they were actually on my "fashion don't" list. Just did not like them. But I have changed my tune over the years and now don't mind them In fact, I find they can be very fun, light and perfect for summer. Perfect for Wimbledon!

    I agree that the square neckline is better. Seems a bit more "dressy" than a scoop neck and so was a good move for an outfit that Catherine is wearing in an"official" capacity. Love the shoes and the bag. For a day event I prefer the tote to a clutch.

    I know there is likely to be much debate about the print of the skirt not lining up with the print on the bodice. But I am pretty sure that was intentional. The skirt is made of multiple panels...with the print on each panel also NOT lining up. I think it is intended to be part of the "design". I understand if some people don't like that....personally I do. I think it adds a whimsical touch to the dress...

    In terms of the shorter hair...I think it is a hard one. Catherine's hair is her Trademark. So to change it is tough...alot of people are not going to be happy. I personally love her long hair...but as Anett said...a change is always good and this seems just right for summer. And it is just hair and it will grow back...so I am good with this. Hope everyone's summer is off to a great start.

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    1. If I designed this dress, I would have put a very slim black belt or a narrow black ribbon along the waistline to blur where the top of the dress doesn't match the skirt.

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    2. A belt or band would make a big positive difference for me with this whole look. I think it would add more polish.

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    3. A really thin black belt would have been nice, Erika.

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  44. The shorter hair makes Kate look older. It is the Mom cut and I am not a fan. I love the rest of her look today!!!

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  45. Kerrie from Indiana3 July 2017 at 16:19

    While I read this blog faithfully, I don't usually comment. However, I love everything about her look today. Her hair, the dress, the shoes....all are perfect in my eyes.

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  46. FABULOUS!!! The only upgrade suggestion I have would have been red painted toes. Love the hair, love the dress, love the shoes and the entire ensemble is a youthful fashionable look. This is the duchess I have been missing!

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    1. Yes, colorful nails are the next frontier!

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    2. Haha Anon 17.12 I second that!

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    3. Yes please!!!!

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    4. Anonymous in Colorado3 July 2017 at 20:00

      That first picture of her reminded me so much of the pre-engagement Kate Middleton... a little fuller in the face,youthful, glowing. She'll always be radiant to me but lately even more so!

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    5. Oh that her toenails had been painted, even if just a neutral tan color. I can see why she doesn't paint her fingernails. Upper CEO positions often don't unless just a more matte clear coat. But if they go to cororporate events in open toe shoes they do wear polish on their toenails then, from my experiencial observations anyway.

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  47. This look is win, win, win!!! So fresh; more her age. Love the silhouette of the dress with the flirty skirt & those shoes! Her hair a little shorter just looks a little bit more sophisticated!

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  48. This is much more successful than the last in-between short and long style she tried previously. I like this. The curls need to be handled differently. And I even think she could take a couple more inches off if she wanted, which is quite a thing for me to say, considering I've always adored her super long curls. It's nice to see her embracing new looks. This dress is so cute. I love her version of the neckline and the print is perfect for summer. I do think she's almost erring on the side of soccer mom, as Rebecca said previously, but I can't to see how she styles this cut in the future.

    I'm at the beach today and we had to leave my pug in the hotel room because of the weather being too hot, so we turned on Wimbledon for him to watch lol! Maybe he'll see Kate ;)

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  49. Love the shoes, like the dress but, not a fan of her shorter hair. Kate will always be beautiful, in my book, so I am happy to see her look so relaxed and happy. Great that the kiddies will be on the tour.

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  50. Sarah Maryland USA3 July 2017 at 17:00

    Love the dress! Glad she has gone back to this length lately! Hair is ok I prefer her hair longer
    What a brilliant PR move (for once) by KP for having George and Charlotte come along on tour! We better enjoy it because we might not see them for awhile after it!

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  51. Kate looks lovely but I would be surprised if this looks is anyone's "favorite" of the year. She's worn polka dots - several times, including the Top Shop dress that Jo mentioned. And I agree with Kiwi Girl, the dots are very large. The cut and tailoring of the dress looks magnificent and I would imagine the fabric blend ensures Kate was comfortable all day.

    Fantastic that Kate wore new open toed shoes today and the block heels must make it easier to walk on the lawns. Overall her styling today is fantastic.

    There is a mixture of comments about her hair. I'm on the side of 'not a great cut.' I have hair similar to Kate's, wavy, thick, and at time too long (like now). The best shorter hair cut I've gotten is when there are layers. Would like to see it natural at some point.

    Great event - glad Kate was there for the opening - I'm sure she's in 7th heaven meeting tennis stars from the past as well as current.

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      Funny, I have been thinking this will most likely be my favorite of the year! Love everything - dress, hair, shoes, and how radiant Kate looks!

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    2. Elle, I so agree with your comment about preferring shorter hair which is quite layered. I have similar hair to Kate's, also, & that's the the only way I can have a shorter style. Her new cut looks like it's mostly one length, she has such lovely hair, I'd like to see her wear it naturally wavy to show off her new hairstyle.

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  52. Hi! I'm also a long-time reader but have not posted in over three years. Charlotte, thanks for the tireless work you do in updating this blog and keeping us informed. Once again, here we are with the "Great Kate Debate". In one corner, "Team Long Hair" vs "Team Shorter Hair" in the other. Both teams emphatically and strongly defend their positions as if either view is a permanent state of affairs. What either team fail to realize is that Kate, who looks fresh and happy in a new Summer frock, sexy sandals, and a new shorter haircut, is fortunate to have a head full of thick, healthy hair which can be worn at different lengths. So what if she chooses to trim off a few inches for the Summer. It gives her a fresh look with more bounch. But what many choose to overlook is that healthy mane of hair will grow several inches a month so that by Fall it will be right back to the length it was before she trimmed it. So "Team Long Hair", there's no need to get all discombobulated because The Duchess chose to trim her hair for the Summer! Over the years many posters have strongly urged her to change up her look from time to time. So why are so many now quick to critize when she does just that? Get a grip, people!

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      Welcome back, KateFan.

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  53. Wow - this is not something I say about Kate very often, but she looks really sexy today! The dress, the amazing hair, the strappy sandals! What a fun, youthful, modern look. Va va voom!

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  54. Love that she had "Place To Be" do the coin toss. Very special and great exposure for the charity.

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  55. Tennis is so awesome. I am glad Kate is such an avid fan.

    I am not a fan of polka dots but this dress looks so good on Kate. Love the neckline both ways...and ooo la la those sandals. I hope Kate grows her hair long again...there is plenty of time for short or shorter hair. She still.is breath takingly gorgeous.
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  56. I'm very happy that they will visit Germany. But also a bit sad they won't visit the area of Munich where I live close to. However look forward to the tour and hope to see G & C :)

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  57. I, too, am a longtime reader, but first time commenter to this blog. First, Charlotte, thank you for such an interesting, informative and classy publication. I have learned so much from reading it and enjoy it very much. I also enjoy reading the comments section and get a kick out of your regulars such as Rebecca, Julia, Surfer girl, Bluhare and others. You all show that we can express opinions, discuss and sometimes disagree without showing malice towards each other. If only our politicians, celebrities and others in the public eye could do the same!

    On to today's post. I enjoyed seeing a new(-ish) look from Catherine. I liked her outfit, new haircut and (especially) the shoes! She looked happy & relaxed & fun.

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      Welcome to commenting :) Always nice to see "new faces" around here (even though I don't trust myself to remember even the old ones!! :P )

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    2. welcome!! and I so agree about the regular posters. I wish though the debates would begin earlier in a post as hard to wade through 200 plus comments on a phone LOL. I enjoy a good respectful debate.

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      I think having the debates not be the first thing might be good for the general morale of the comment section though :P

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  58. Radiance, complete happiness, new haircut... Could it be that?... Wait and see!

    Elisabeth Ann (France)

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  59. Pam from Boston3 July 2017 at 19:17

    I'm looking forward to the German component of the tour. I was lucky enough to have spent some time in Germany as a student..and was able to see the Brandenburg Gate and tour parts of East Berlin before the wall went down. Interesting to observe such noticeable differences in the "atmosphere" when going between East and West Berlin back then. One of the most indelible memories I have of that time was seeing a lone, elderly man pacing along the Western side of the wall, waving a closed umbrella, yelling and crying out to everyone going by. We were told by our guide that he was there every day, ranting and raving about family members on the other side the wall. I'm glad the Cambridges' tour will remember this division of the country and the Holocaust as well.

    I also spent some time in Heidelberg...what a lovely little city.

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  60. Adore the hair, the dress and oh, the perfect shoes! Kate the Great!!

    With love from Africa

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  61. LOVE this look! The dress is cute, the shorter hair has more bounce and frames her face better, and best of all, the strappy sandals make her look hipper. I was actually going to scream if she went to Wimbledon in those suede stilettos again. It so doesn't fit the vibe of a fun day of watching tennis. So these strappy sandals are a huge win for me.

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  62. I am not a fan of the dress or hair. Both OK. I do not mind that length hair, just not sure it is the best cut or maybe the part is too far over. Love the shoes and purse, do not like the earings. Not sure why the dress does not quite work. Maybe too long with all those big dots or the design of the top or fit of the top. She looked relaxed and like she was enjoying the tennis, good for her.

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  63. Great to see the Duchess so happy and young looking, the hair and the dress are fantastic. I am delighted that as a future Queen and Princess of Wales she is getting more and more comfortable wearing high end clothes. Looking forward to more sightings at Wimbledon and of course the upcoming tour, not to mention the visit of the Spanish Royals

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  64. Sarah Maryland USA3 July 2017 at 20:57

    I also have to say how jealous I am of the touring they are doing in Warsaw! As a history enthusiast I would love to visit there! Also I am half polish and I would love to visit the mother land one day. Kate and William will love the food they try. Potato pierogies are the best. The cabbage ones are blughhh.

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  65. For anyone who is not aware of this, here's Patricia's reminder :)

    "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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  66. Maggie - Minneapolis3 July 2017 at 21:16

    Great look for a summer day at Wimbledon, although I'm still astonished Kate is not just continuing to debut new item after new item this summer during mostly very light engagements, but new items from very high end expensive designers. But she looks good. Thrilled she cut her hair, although I'm not sure today it looks all that great.
    Now that she is patron of Wimbledon, I really hope she starts showing more support to women's tennis. She's been to only one womens match since becoming a duchess. And this isn't her fault, but tennis is one of the most sexist sports. Wimbledon is run to perpetuate this, and television coverage is also highly sexist as well. Even Kate's bit in the new BBC documentary is mostly about male tennis players. How I would have loved for her to mention serena's greatness...especially given that she just somewhat recently broke the record for most Grand Slam titles in the open Era. Kate doesn't have to go out of her way and call Wimbledon and tennis sexist- I understand how that would be perhaps too controversial - but just making a point to attend more women's matches and also talking about some of the world class female tennis players would still do wonders.

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      Kate was at a womens match today. After the Murray game she stayed on Center Court for a ladies game as well.

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    2. As a fan and long time player I could not agree with you more on the interview Maggie. Though I don't want her to delve into the sexism of it all (I don't think that would be smart) I do wish she had given the same, if not more emphasis on some of the female players, and not the more girlish oohing and aahing over male players. Would have been nicer for her to give some comments on the incredibly talented women dominating the field, so the headlines could have been more than Carole's tennis crush. But, in a way, it's not really that surprising to me anymore. Also, I agree I would like to see her at more of the women's matches.

      (And Serena won that last Grand Slam while pregnant may I just remind everyone!)

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    3. Maggie - Minneapolis3 July 2017 at 23:16

      Rebecca -Im surprised to hear that! I'm not doubting you at all - just...KP tweeted about a lot of things about her Wimbledon trip including specifically watching the first men's match, but said nothing about staying for the women's match as far as I can tell...so I guess I shall revise my wish to hoping that Kate not only shows more attention to women's tennis but also that when she does, KP showcases it :) or maybe I'm wrong about their Twitter - I only briefly scanned before posting originally (I wanted to see if Kate did attend a women's match today before my original post and figured this would be the fastest way to do so) so I apologize if that's true!

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    4. The other question is whether the BBC chose to focus on Kate's comments on the men. Obviously they would have edited the interview. Being in the U.S., I haven't seen the program yet, but I was stunned that the previews for it never mentioned or showed either Venus or Serena Williams. Venus is arguably one of the greatest grass players of her generation. She has five Wimbledon singles titles, one of only four women to accomplish this in the Open Era. Yet Kim Clijsters (whom I love) was featured and has never won a Wimbledon singles championship. (She has won a doubles title, but then Venus has six of those.)

      Whether the intent is there or not, it creates the impression of racism, as well as sexism (the previews showed several current men's stars, but no active women's stars that I could identify), and one would think a television network would be uber aware of image--the whole industry is based on the power of image.

      In contrast, one of the images from last year's Wimbledon was of Serena taking a selfie of herself with Kate and Sophie Wessex after her semifinal victory, which Kate attended. Kate also spoke with Oracene Price, mother of the Williams sisters, before the semifinal matches. Venus was playing in the other match. I think Kate is quite supportive of women's tennis, but her actions for women don't get the same coverage as the times when she is with the men. Yet the BBC previews seemed to ignore the existence of active women players. Perhaps they simply think face time with Andy Murray will draw more viewers than time with Venus or Serena, but I really wonder what message they intended to send.

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  67. Maggie - Minneapolis3 July 2017 at 21:18

    Also I'm not too thrilled about the kids coming on tour - really hope it doesn't impact the schedule and attention paid on tour as it seemed to do during the Canada trip. That being said, I'm excited to see the kids as we have barely gotten to do the entire year so far. Although it's interesting that they are so protective of the kids privacy as a reason for not bringing them on engagements in general, but when it means they can bring them on tour for their own private motives, they are suddenly willing to sacrifice privacy and let the kids be seen upon arrival and leaving. I'd much rather see them in the UK.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden3 July 2017 at 21:49

      Considering it's being reported that the kids coming with were not in the plans and seeing the schedule I doubt the kids being there will impact.

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    2. I am wondering what public events the children might go to in W & K's tour. Looking at the itinerary I could only see an opportunity to see them arriving and departing and perhaps the boat ride. The rest of the events don't look kid friendly to me. It's interesting that they are bringing them with them. When I travelled on business I sadly had to leave my daughter behind on virtually all of my trips. Thankfully I had friends who were willing to look after her. If I had had a husband and/or a nanny, though, I might have brought her because I did miss her tremendously. I remember catching a red eye from Vancouver to Toronto so I could make it back in time for her primary school graduation. I think I snoozed in the car as she attended a post-graduation party :)

      I like the way that W & K are parenting. Take the kids with you if you can. I personally thought that W & K did a great job on their Canada trip and the kids added a great big dollop of extra magic. We could speculate on why they decided last minute to bring them. Could be that George is going through some kind of "separation anxiety" as school looms. Having the children nearby, I think, will actually help them focus on the task at hand, knowing it will only be a few hours before there can be a story and a cuddle. Again, I remember talking to my daughter on the phone at night in a hotel room, hanging up and bursting into tears. And then getting up the next day and doing what I had to do.

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    3. Private motives? As *parents*, I'm sure they'd like nothing more than to keep them at home and on a normal schedule. This, or any tour, is about introducing the Cambridge's abroad *as a family*.

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  68. wow. The dress, to me, looks sooo much better in the video than in the photos. The fit, in the video, is perrrfect :) and what a gorgeous dress. The polkadots don't look as pronounced in the video either. And I don't think, after seeing the video, that it needs a belt after all. So glad I saw the video. Even the white tote purse looks in better proportion to the outfit in the video.

    You know the PPO who rode with Kate in the limo at the Royal wedding? The one with the pretty hat?
    I was so, so happy to see her as one of Kate's primary PPO's today. I don't recall her name. (Emma?) We haven't seen her for awhile, have we? There was motorcycle security detail accompanying her vehicle today in addition the the rear guard SUV security.

    So nice that Kate has this patronage that she so obviously is thrilled to have. It can be her "happy place" like Ascot is to the Queen, and Polo to the boys (and their futbol patronages also), as someone has mentioned previously. A more light-hearted one to help balance the more somber ones.

    Charlotte, thank you for such a superlative and very thorough page. Thank you for the tour itinerary and travel log. What an excellent historical diary that is at the ready for Kate and her family.

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    1. surfer girl, I very much agree about video info. It "always" gives me a much better representation of anybody's look than photos do.

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    2. surfer girl, I watched the video after reading your post. You're right, I liked the hair and the dress even better after watching Kate in action. The dress was perfect for the occasion, and I love the shoes. Kate's hair is her signature, so it makes me happy she feels confident enough to give it a good chop.

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  69. Love this entire look. Her hair looks great! In the video where Kate gets out of the car, the lady comments on her hair and Kate says something back... does anyone know what she said about her hair??

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  70. Can we open the guesses as to what in the world of tennis that mystery item can possibly be? lol

    I will be scouring the headlines to see if anyone hopefully thought it story worthy.

    Kate's expression is priceless.

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  71. Mary in Nebraska, USA3 July 2017 at 21:35

    A present! Lucky Kate! I hope he is presenting her with a pin of the Wimbledon logo set in diamonds. Or at least a diamond tennis bracelet. Something shiny to say "Thanks for being our patron."

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    1. Looks like a green Rolex box, and given the relationship with Wimbledon it's certainly possible :)

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    2. That's what I thought too! A Wimbledon souvenir! Kate looked super chic today!!I personally don't like polka dots, I think they look too old lady-ish, but Kate carries them off perfectly!!XOXO

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    3. Yep. Rolex makes sense. But she already has the Cartier that was most likely a gift from William or her parents. A Wimbledon diamond tennis bracelet would be sooo nice. Hopefully the person who was in charge of the Wimbledon gifting realized about her Cartier watch and opted for the bracelet.

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    4. The gentleman sitting behind Kate is holding a box with a green (Wimbledon) ribbon as well and holding an envelope. Could be complimentary gifts were given out - some sort of Wimbledon souvenir?

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    5. It is interesting polka dots are considered/ may be they are, depending in Geography. I consider them kiddish. Somethings from youth, I like but never cared for polka dots after adolescence.

      Kate's dress today might as well be called polka balls, if only they were green, the size can pass for tennis balls. Polka dots in sheer material are more interesting. I like her shoes very much, and she wore them well.

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  72. Cara, Australia3 July 2017 at 21:52

    Be still my beating heart! Open toed, ankle strap sandals!!! I've been waiting for the day as I suspected they would look great on her. Catherine looks fab from top to toe. I really like the hair cut - it doesn't look weighed down. Great start to July for us Catherine followers.

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  73. Natalia (Germany)3 July 2017 at 22:02

    Oh, what an exciting day for a Polish-German girl ;) !!! Just that I would have preferred two separate posts for these equally important topics, as I fear now the tour details will go a little unnoticed after all the excitement about Kate's new haircut... (Which I love by the way! It's exactly the way I have my hair cut and my natural hair color is Kate's shade anyway :)) She was picture perfect today - loved everything head to toes.

    What a great surprise they will bring George and Charlotte on tour! :) I'm so sad I won't be able to see them in Gdańsk, as it's where my parents are from and where my family still lives, but I will only be travelling there a month later. I'm lucky enough though to have days off from work on Thursday and Friday, but I'm still undecided where to go see them, as I live near Cologne, and while Heidelberg is definitely closer than Hamburg, the itinerary for Heidelberg doesn't sound like the children would likely be involved... What do you all think?

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  74. Cristin from Germany3 July 2017 at 22:21

    I haven't commented in a while because I was a tad busy with moving to Berlin - only to find out that the Duke and Duchess will also visit my hometown, Heidelberg. What an irony... (Not that I moved to Berlin because of the royal visit. But in fact because in Heidelberg, as beautiful as it is, nothing ever happens. Now I've been away for like two seconds, and we have a royal visit). The tour sounds very well planned, a nice mixture of very serious and solemn events and a bit of fun. Them standing in front of the Brandenburger Tor will result in another photo for the history books, just like the Eiffel tower, Taj Mahal, Uluru rock,... ones. I'm looking forward to the fashion Kate will choose. Maybe she will choose some young Berlin designer like Hien Le, or rather go with well established brands like Hugo Boss or Strenesse.

    Btw I really enjoy the new haircut, not so sure about the polka dots, love the shoes. That's it from me for the moment, I hope everyone's doing well!

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    1. Cristin from Germany3 July 2017 at 23:07

      What I completely missed while reading your fantastic post the first time, dear Charlotte, is, that C&W will meet with individuals from the Robert Enke Foundation. While I know, everyone including me will focus on the kids, the fashion, the nice pictures, I can just encourage you all to google him and read more about his story - it's a heartbreaking one. And it's a reminder to us all to do what Heads together has told us: Talk to our loved ones about our mental health. Charlotte, if you ever find the time, maybe you could include one or two lines about him in one of your well researched posts.

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    2. Hint. Cristin. Watch the video before you decide on the dress. And, your comments were funny. :)
      Hope Berlin turns out to be all you had hoped. :)

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    3. For those interested, three links on Robert Enke and the foundation :-( & :-)

      http://www.dfb.de/en/news/detail/five-years-on-remembering-robert-enke-110376/

      http://m.goal.com/s/en/news/1717/editorial/2013/11/10/4397004/four-years-on-remembering-robert-enke?utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.de%2F

      http://www.dw.com/en/enke-widow-to-head-depression-research-foundation/a-5133659

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    4. And the wonderful-to-me downloadable Heads Together tips for speaking up / supporting an adult person or children of different age groups:

      https://www.headstogether.org.uk/support/600x300-5pointguide-v2/

      https://www.headstogether.org.uk/10-tips-for-talking-to-kids-about-their-worries/

      https://www.headstogether.org.uk/tipsfortalking/

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  75. Kate may have the help of Becca, Sophie, Natasha and Amanda, but it seems her sister, Pippa, now also has two "Girl Fridays", with one acting as her minder.
    One apparently does her laundry, helps walk the dogs, etc. The other Charlene Holland, wife of Richard Attenborough's son, acts as her personal minder.
    They most likely have a regular housekeeper, cook and will have a nanny when necessary is my guess.


    Charlotte Griffiths, The Daily Mail, 7/2/17, "Girl About Town...".

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  76. Love the outfit from the neck down. Don't care much for the shorter hair style. I think the main reason is that the shorter cut is just so ordinary. Catherine in longer hair adds character and interest. It's distinctive.

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  77. Kate looks great today, perfect from head to toe! Love everything about this look. I like her cut, as some others said similar to mine currently. I also like that it looks darker too. I'm absolutely in love with the shoes!!

    I can't help but think about how surreal this day must be for Kate. To go from standing in line for tickets to now attending as the royal Patron. I can't even imagine what today was like for her.

    Looking forward to the tour

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  78. I really love Kate's hair shorter. I think in person from the videos it looks much better than just a photo. It can be styled so many ways, from the curls today, to a more smooth look, to still being able to put it up. I like it down around her shoulders than behind her ears. Loved her whole outfit today, dress, shoes, earrings, and purse. I like how she is mixing up the shoe and purse color. Thanks Charlotte! Looking forward to their upcoming travels and all the fun outfits. :)

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  79. Beautiful! Love the new hair!! I imagine being a mom & keeping busy creates more of a desire for easier hair. What an encouragement she is to those involved with Wimbledon! She's not just playing a polite role but is genuinely excited about the sport. Perfect person for the role! She is such a good role model - always classy, conservative & encouraging. Love those shoes & handbag too!

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  80. Alejandra Campos4 July 2017 at 03:23

    Love, love, love, love, love your post! So much information on the Tour!
    I can´t wait! Now I want to visit those cities even more!
    Thank you so much for making a Royal Fan happy! I truly appreciate it a lot!

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  81. Thank you Charlotte for another great post. I adore her new haircut it is much more appropriate for her age and position and she won't play with it as much. I love her dress and whole outfit.

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  82. I'm not a fan of this look today, the spots aren't classic Kate! High waisted and boxy. It reminds me of the dress she wore to a Harry Potter exhibition with William and Harry.

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  83. Nicole from France4 July 2017 at 08:34

    Wow ! To day's is, to me, one of her best in the year ! Looks perfect. The dress fits her without looking too tight like the Gucci ( she looked as if she had taken the wrong size, so squezzy and ridiculously short, out of proportion for such a tall lady) and the design is splendid, flowing around her legs, material and finish of the hem (called in French a ´roulotté') , the shoes (she looks great with block heels, makes a good visual balance) and her hand bag , and her shorter hair do fit her silhouette, she does look what she is : A beautiful happy and active young lady ! And I must say .... I love polka dots !

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  84. Zora from Prague4 July 2017 at 11:43

    I like Kate's look even though I'm not a polka-dot fan. The sandals and bag fit the occasion so well! And the shorter hair looks nice and it's definitely a good choice for the summer. Kate looks relaxed and I like the way she was interested in the ball boys and girls and made them feel special.
    I'm really excited about the Polish/German tour and hope a lot of readers will be able to see the 4 Cambridges! My country borders with both Poland and Germany but the places they are going to visit are too far for me :(. Never mind, I'm looking forward to the photos and Charlotte's well-researched posts!

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  85. Kate looks so fresh, summery and happy! Love it. I would love to see her in a cute floral print wrap dress and sandals with this new cut -without curls. All naturale! Glad to see her looking her age here and sparkling!

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  86. 'Brandenburg Gate, Berlin’s most famous landmark and a symbol of German unification' is not entirely true! It's the last of 18 city gates of Berlin and had been built between 1789 and 1793... so not really in 1989 :-)

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