Friday, 27 January 2017

February's Calendar Filling Up, a Trip to the BAFTAs & Vote for Kate's Best Designer of 2016!

Good evening everyone,

We begin this evening's post with news of several additions to Kate's calendar for February. As expected, we're going to see increased appearances in support of Heads Together by Kate, William and Harry as the London marathon approaches in April. I've often said one of the advantages of being second-in-line is the ability to really focus one's efforts on causes close to the heart - and destigmatizing mental health issues is an incredibly worthy cause.


A tweet posted by Kensington Palace earlier today.

Kensington Palace Twitter

On Sunday, 5 February, the Duke and Duchess and Prince Harry will join a training day with the runners taking part in the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon for Heads Together at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. Kate, William and Harry will join 150 runners while they are training on the London Marathon Community Track and at a warm down in the Copper Box Arena. The royals will also set out how all 38,000+ runners in this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon will be able to help Heads Together make it the ‘mental health marathon’, alongside supporting whichever great charity or personal cause they may be running for. They will be joined by Paula Radcliffe, the current Marathon World Record Holder and three-time London Marathon winner, who will also give advice and encouragement to the assembled Heads Together runners.


The following day, Monday, 6 February, William and Kate will attend ‘the Big Assembly’ by Place2Be hosted at Mitchell Brook Primary School, as part of the Heads Together campaign. The Big Assembly, on the theme of kindness, is one of many being held at primary schools across the UK to mark Children's Mental Health Week (6th to 12th February 2017). The royals will have the chance to meet staff and pupils, attend the assembly, and present the first Place2Be 'Kindness Cup' to the pupil who has shown exceptional kindness in their school community and beyond. Pupils will act out role plays about being kind, and the school choir will perform.


Also that day, the Duke and Duchess will attend a Guild of Health Writers conference focusing on mental health, which is being supported by the Heads Together campaign. The Guild is an independent membership organisation representing many of Britain’s leading health journalists and writers and encompassing the whole spectrum of health and wellbeing. The theme of the conference is ‘the Anxiety Epidemic’ and will feature a number of guest speakers. The Palace described the event as "an opportunity for Their Royal Highnesses to engage with members of the Guild of Health Writers working in print, online and broadcast media on Heads Together and its ambition to create millions of conversations on mental health in 2017".


And the news that has everyone talking today! William and Kate will make their debut at the glittering BAFTA Awards on Sunday, 12 February. This is obviously very exciting news, as many of us have been hoping to see the couple on the awards' red carpet for the star-studded affair for some time now. Prince William, who is President of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, will present the Fellowship - the highest accolade bestowed by the Academy to an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games. The recipient of this year’s Fellowship will be announced ahead of the ceremony. Past recipients have included Dames Judi Dench and Helen Mirren.


More from the Palace:

 'The Duke, President of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), and the Duchess will meet BAFTA representatives and watch the ceremony. The Duke will also present the Fellowship. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts supports, develops and promotes the art forms of the moving image by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public. While BAFTA is well-known for celebrating excellence and championing creativity through its awards, it is a charity committed to identifying talented individuals, and making sure they receive the encouragement, professional support and advice that will enable them to succeed, regardless of their background or other circumstances.'

As you may have seen The Sun ran a story earlier this week causing quite the kerfuffle. The story claimed senior staff at the BAFTAs actually didn't want Kate to accompany William to the ceremony because she would detract attention from A-list stars. I was dubious about the veracity of this one, and, as it is awards season, the presence of the Cambridges could only add to to the evening. Without delay, BAFTA responded vehemently denying the claims and branding the story "nonsense". The statement said  it was "completely untrue that BAFTA has suggested that our president attend on his own. We would be delighted to welcome Their Royal Highnesses any year that they are able to attend".

The Sun

It's a special year for the awards which celebrates its 70th year and nominees in the acting categories this year include Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Emma Stone, Natalie Portman, Ryan Gosling, Viggo Mortensen and Jake Gyllenhaal. It promises to be quite the red carpet with Hollywood's stars and the royal couple mingling. Fans of the Duchess will no doubt be excited to see what she elects to wear on the night. I think we're certainly going to see a gown, perhaps teamed with sparkling jewels. Readers will recall the Cambridges attended a BAFTA reception in Hollywood in 2011, Kate wore that beautiful lavender Alexander McQueen gown with the Queen's chandelier earrings. Could she give it a second outing on the night?


Needless to say, your faithful scribe loves a royal evening gown appearance and as black-tie events go, there aren't many more glamorous than the BAFTAs. With that in mind, I've been peeking through the evening wear collections of several of Kate's go-to designers and drooling over the possibilities! Looking through McQueen's current collection, the Embellished Silk-Cady and Tulle Gown is an incredible elegant piece. It's described: "Meticulously made in Italy from dusty-pink silk-cady for a curve-enhancing fit, it has an elegant sweetheart neckline and is veiled at the shoulders and sleeves by wispy tulle. The exquisite crystal, bead and sequin-embellished appliquΓ©s are thoughtfully placed to accentuate your waist." Given Kate's recent penchant for the off-the-shoulder look, the gorgeous Red Crepe Gown instantly caught my eye.

McQueen

The Queen of evening wear, Jenny Packham, has an abundance of possibilities as always that would look sublime on the Duchess. How amazing would the Beaded Short-Sleeve Tulle Gown look with an updo? The sweeping gown features a jewel neckline, A-line skirt and a very princessy train. Kate, this one was made for you!

Jenny Packham

Other gowns from the designer include the Dark Navy Beaded Long-Sleeve Gown and the Crystal Bodice Short-Sleeve Gown.

Jenny Packham

Other gowns from favoured designers I think would work brilliantly include the silk crepe de chine Temperley London Rosemary Gown and two strikingly elegant gowns from Roland Mouret: the plush burgundy Silvabella gown is knotted at one shoulder and gathered at the front, and the Lely Stretch Crepe Gown features the label's signature asymmetric neckline and deftly placed, contouring seams. It has a cutout back and ruffled split hem.

Net-A-Porter

What would you like to see Kate wear to the BAFTAs? Do you think we'll see a new gown? Bespoke? A repeat?

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Best Designer of 2016

Next in today's (very fashion filled) post, we're continuing on with our polls asking you to vote for Kate's Best Designer of 2016. Unlike the previous polls, tour ensembles are included for consideration to give us a better sense of each designer's contribution throughout the year. We've kept the list of nominees small, including only those who made the most frequent appearances in Kate's wardrobe.

Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen is always the first in contention when it comes to considering Kate's best designers. Kate and Sarah Burton have enjoyed a hugely successful relationship since the designer created her wedding dress in 2011, and it has flourished ever since. In 2016, McQueen contributed extensively to HRH's working wardrobe. From tried and tested repeats, to a vibrant arrival outfit for the India tour, it was another memorable year for McQueen.


Jenny Packham

For me, Jenny Packham surpassed herself in 2016 with an array of beautiful, sophisticated bespoke pieces for the Duchess. From the sparkling blue gown Kate wore in India, to her impeccably stylish arrival outfit in Canada and the bespoke lace dress with a peter pan collar she designed for her to wear in France, the designer proved herself an invaluable sartorial asset capable of supplying stylish yet appropriate pieces for day or night.


Catherine Walker

When Kate began wearing Catherine Walker during the 2011 Canada tour, it was suggested she was paying homage to the late designer who was Princess Diana's favourite. Whilst the brand continued to make appearances, it became a dominant player in Kate's wardrobe in 2016. A beautiful blue embroidered coat for the National Service of Thanksgiving, a chic blue skirt suit for Kate's first solo overseas visit to the Netherlands and a gorgeous cream coat in Canada make Catherine Walker a serious contender this year.


Alice Temperley

And finally we have Alice Temperley, a designer whose winning pieces came into their own during the India tour in particular. The Delphia crop top and maxi skirt offered an entirely new evening look option for the Duchess and the jade Desdemona dress was an elegant choice for meeting the Prime Minister.


I am very excited to see your winning vote for this one. We also saw Kate debut an array of new designers in 2016, let me know in the comments section if you would like a poll for your favourite new designer too. :)

Kate's Best Designer of 2016
 
pollcode.com free polls

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Finally, we have news of the return of a very popular dress worn by the Duchess in India last year. Topshop has released Kate's Embroidered Midi Dress in a very pretty new print (with thanks to Kate Middleton Style and Natasha).


The £75 dress is described: "The boho trend gets an instant update in this pretty midi dress. In an autumn perfect burgundy, it comes adorned with pretty floral print and embroidery, complete with cool lace-up detail to the front. Layer under a denim jacket and ankle boots to complete the look." The update from pink to burgundy works very well. The dress is available in sizes 6-14 on the Topshop website.

Topshop

I hope you all have a lovely weekend! :)

243 comments:

  1. Rebecca - Sweden27 January 2017 at 23:21

    Some really great engagements coming up, both substance wise and fashion wise!

    For the BAFTAs I actually hope Kate will repeat the black strapless velvet gown with her hair up and a big gemstone necklace. It could be really fabolous!

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    1. It remains my favourite 'Kate gown'. How amazing would it look with an updo and her emeralds? :)

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden27 January 2017 at 23:28

      I was thinking the emeralds first! I wonder if it has a necklace..

      My thought was that maybe she could pair it with the south african diamond necklace and bracelet and her standard evening diamond loan. And a loose, but elegant top bun.

      http://orderofsplendor.blogspot.se/2012/04/queens-top-10-diamonds-9-south-african.html

      https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/ed/d7/d6/edd7d6a282f0bdb0a635c9dd12916c2e.jpg

      And if I could really dream, a red lip and red clutch!!

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    3. The black McQueen would be to die for! Love these suggestions...keep them coming :)

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    4. Fingers crossed, Rebecca. :)

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    5. I agree Rebecca.....I've been dying to see her in that black velvet gown again!

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    6. Excellent suggestions!

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    7. I agree, the black strapless gown would be perfection. What wonderful events to look forward to. I voted for Jenny Packham, just too gorgeous to pass on. Have a great weekend all ;)

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    8. Zora from Prague28 January 2017 at 12:51

      The updo you suggested would be fantastic, Rebecca! As for the gowns, I'd love to see the burgundy Silvabella Gown by Roland Mouret or the Dark Navy Beaded Jenny Packham on Kate. As it will be a Bafta debut for them I'd expect a dress debut too....?
      I voted for Jenny Peckham as I really loved all 5 pieces. Before voting, I asked my husband and youngest son (12) about their opinion and they both chose JP as well :)

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    9. Agree also! A rewear of this dress with her hair up and some major jewels would be a treat.

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    10. Absolute yes to the black velvet McQueen, Rebecca. Couldn't agree more.

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    11. Rebecca - you had a shout out on twitter! Excellent suggestions indeed

      https://mobile.twitter.com/TheRegalLook/status/825417744648597504/photo/2

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    12. Julia from Leominster31 January 2017 at 16:18

      Wonderful Rebecca, I hope that is Kate's choice.

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  2. Great post! I knew you were going to have a new one and again you didn't disappoint. I voted for Jenny Packham. Plus I'm hoping she wears one for the Bafta awards. Apparently they are getting new hedges at KP, to block the view. Some people are complaining about it all ready. Oh well, can't please everyone. Also, Trump is officially invited to Balmoral. I hope the Queen doesn't have to watch him play golf!

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    1. Yes, PM Theresa May confirmed an invitation from the Queen has been accepted for a state visit later this year. The Telegraph has more details.

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/27/theresa-may-donald-trump-prove-opposites-can-attract-uk-us-leaders/

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    2. Prince Andrew is an avid golfer. Perhaps he'll be deputized to play a round with the POTUS.

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    3. I hope so too, Emily. The Queen having to watch him play golf would be distasteful and obviously she deserves much better than that after so many decades of service.

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    4. Is there an article that confirms the timing of the state visit? The Telegraph article says later this year. Did Mrs. May officially confirm a visit in the summer and to Balmoral?

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    5. I'm in the minority and picked McQueen for the designer of the year. I really like the variety of the fashion from them over the year. The others were really nice and had some top looks the year as well. You can't really go wrong with any of them.

      Really love the idea of repeating the black velvet McQueen. That was a stellar look for Kate that deserves a repeat. Great suggestion Rebecca from Sweden. I would love to see the same jewels as well because they were really beautiful. If new gown, Charlotte your picks were really on point and beautiful for Kate. My favorites are the navy long sleeve and the maroon velvet.

      Really enjoying the consistency of the engagements over the last several weeks. IMO it's demonstrating the renewed focus that was announced earlier.

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    6. Good questions, Julie,

      I have yet to find any substantiation of a summer visit or one at Balmoral. If anyone else has, please share. :) The Prime Minister stated the Queen had extended an invitation for a state visit this year and that President Trump had accepted.
      Will William and Kate attend that State dinner?

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    7. During the press conference Mrs May only said that the Queen has invited him for a state visit 'later this year' and that he has accepted, so I don't think it's certain that it will be during the summer or at Balmoral. Some sources say so but who knows!

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    8. @surfer girl

      I doubt it after what he tweeted back when Kate's topless sunbathing pics got leaked

      "Who wouldn't take Kate's picture and make lots of money if she does the nude sunbathing thing. Come on Kate!"

      https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/247757867032117248

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    9. To be fair, there were many who said that Kate should not be sunbathing nude. Harper's Bazaar, Vanity Fair just to mention a few. Mr. Trump's second statement said words to that effect also.

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    10. Well, Silvereyed, I guess HM will just have to counter with the nude, non-long-lensed and consensual photos of Melania.

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    11. Surfer- a bit hypocritical of Mr. T., as he had to have been aware of his Wife's nude photos as a photographer's model for likely lots of money. She posed.

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    12. Well, yes, Trump would certainly take any beautiful naked sunbathing woman's picture. Doesn't make it right.

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    13. true, Annie. But at the time, Kate knew she would one day be Queen. Melania, on the other hand, although the photos were poor choices in my opinion, did not know she would one day be First Lady.

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    14. The photos of Kate were done while she was on private property, without her consent by a long lens from a mile away and she certainly received no money; Melania's photos-completely the opposite. However my point was, Mr. T. was criticizing Kate when his own wife's actions would have been questionable whether she eventually became a teacher or FLOTUS. I really don't see how their future roles enter into it. Kate was clearly a victim, yet she is being portrayed as the perpetrator, as though the photographer's actions were her fault.. This happens in several areas of women's issues. I hate to see other women blaming her for the photographer and publisher's unethical and perhaps illegal actions.

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    15. I don't know Annie. My thought is had the the opportunity to sunbathe nude as a guest at someone's home presented it to the Queen when she was next in line to the throne, I think she might have made a different decision. She was used to cameras chronicling almost every aspect of her life. It is the general process of choice of behavior that transcends gender. It could be applied to any situation. This situation called for more discretion, in my opinion.

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    16. We're obviously coming at this from different perspectives and will neither of us change our opinions. I don't believe Lord Lindsey,(I believe it was),William's relative, or his family were in residence at the time. The space looked like a private balcony or terrace on an upper floor off a private bedroom, whose door could certainly have been locked. It looked like they could not have been seen from the ground level.No staff would have seen them. The photos were taken from an elevated road area about a mile away, which was screened from traffic view by trees and vegetation. Kate was nude alone with her husband. Not only is Elizabeth a totally different personality, she was in her 30's in the 1950's- a different era. I do suspect that Phillip would have approved heartily of his wife's nude sunbathing. He reportedly has spoken in flattering terms of her various attributes.......Nude sun bathing isn't that uncommon in Europe today among the Scandinavian royals ,I understand, as well as areas around the Mediterranean. Their security should have picked up on this guy. It could easily have been a sniper. They had the expectation of privacy and protection of the RPOs.......Again, my question wasn't regarding the fact of both women having nude photos; it was the hypocrisy of someone involved in the same situation making derogatory comments about another in a similar, yet ethically different, situation.

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    17. Julia from Leominster31 January 2017 at 16:29

      Completely devoid of any political remarks, I although thought it was totally unwise of Kate - or William - to sunbathe nude - or to be surprised there were photos. They had been photographed on their honeymoon, and if Kate knows photography, she understands about long lenses. When you are going to be queen of England one day, how difficult is it to make a little sacrifice and keep one's kit on when you're outdoors. I know teachers and professional women who wouldn't dream of doing it, even though its most unlikely they would be photographed or meet someone they know because in this day of the Internet, one doesn't know what might happen - and it does, every day. (I did sunbathe topless when I was young, but this was before my professional days, and there was no Internet back then.) Models of course, are different.

      As for state visits, I hope it's handled with as much dignity as possible. I see know reason why William and Kate should be involved as they rarely have been although it's always lovely to see them if they are.

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    18. 'lord Lindsey...' I'd like to be able to blame that on spell-correct...ha!

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    19. As far as I remember, the Queen was never photographed in a compromising situation, though she did wear low cut gowns. Princess Margaret was snapped topless on an Italian beach, and Prince Charles was photographed in the nude through an open window.

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    20. Rebecca - Sweden1 February 2017 at 15:38

      I'm not torn on this issue. My firm point is that Kate was totally in the right to sunbathe topless on private grounds. It's 100% the photographers faults and blaming Kate in this case is the start of a LONG tradition of victim blaming.

      BUT, since the world is as it is and people do bad things, if I were Kate, I would not sunbathe topless. BUT, I cannot stand "she should know better" as an excuse. In this case it might just be mild, but that excuse is used waaaaaay wider than it should and normalizing that as a response to a crime is enabling it to be used as an excuse for worse crimes.

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    21. You summed up one of my concerns about this issue, Rebecca. Saying Kate should have known better is equivalent to giving the photographer and publisher permission to continue such practices. If someone committed a crime, it wasn't Kate; but she got the blame.. It is a mind-set that incubates continued crimes and discrimination against women and it worries me when women don't recognize that. Was Charles blamed for being nude? was his judgement as a future king questioned? My strong reaction was not simply a defense of Kate- I'll explain as a little girl said when asked why she didn't like school; "It's the principal of it." (principal/principle)

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    22. Kate was in a private residence, on her private time and she had a reasonable expectation of privacy. The fact that the photographer had to be at least 1 mile away on an elevated road with a long lens to even take the picture in the first place speaks volumes to me that it was not Kate at fault. If you can't sunbathe topless in a private residence with your husband than who can you sunbathe topless with?

      If she had been on at a hotel or at a beach where the expectation of privacy is far less then I could be more inclined to agree that she should not have done it.

      I agree Rebecca, I can't stand that excuse either. It's totally ridiculous. That's like saying a homicide victim is to blame instead of the killer or the victim of theft is to blame instead of the thief. It is used far to often when a crime involves a woman.

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    23. Julia from Leominster2 February 2017 at 08:14

      I certainly don't support photographers but there was also the possibility of others, gardeners, civilians seeing such a sight. I don't support burglars either but if I should fail to lock my house, I should think I have some responsibility quite frankly. If a photographer photographed her in a private bedroom, certainly not, but outdoors, there is a much increased risk you're going to be seen by someone.

      As I said, I know many professional women paps would have no interest in but they still don't take their kit off on holidays because you never know. There may be a long chance of a client, a student, showing of or photos ending up online but it still isn't wise - we hear about people regretting private photos end up online all the time - and we don't absolve them of responsibility in many cases.

      In Kate's case, she should know there had been incidents with other famous people being photographed. If it was a matter of earth-shaking importance, she be naked out on a balcony - perhaps but the future queen of England should be able to sacrifice that rather school-girlish pleasure in favour of dignity and discretion. This is a woman who aspires to the highest position in the land.

      Arguably by the standard above, no one is ever responsible for their actions if something unfortunate happens - and that simply isn't true - for either sex. It's like Harry when he was photographed at a private party - again, why is it necessary to behave in that fashion.

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  3. Richard's story about the hedges...

    https://t.co/FjDL6DCJtH

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    1. Duke and Duchess of Cambridge plant huge HEDGE for privacy at Kensington Palace
      express.co.uk

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    2. Must be a slow news day. If Willam was so obsessed with privacy maybe he would have put up an actual fence,not a decorative tree hedge with gaps you can see between. And as noted in the article multiple people live at KP so why is the being attributed to Will and Kate solely?

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    3. There is already a wrought iron fence there its being planted a bit behind it. It is quite far from the building. Its being attributed to them as its just been announced they are moving back and others have been there for quite some time. I don't know if it fronts a public area. Does anyone know? From what I understand their home has a private walled garden so the ponly thing I can come up with is that William doesn't want the public to see him or his children. Its in an area where permits are required for commercial photography so no one can sell any long lensed photos. Security maybe although that place has state of the art security. I don't know. Looks like it will have an effect on the overall ambience of the place though.

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    4. Plus they didn't pay for it. And they did somewhat the same at Ajmer.

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    5. Windbreak? I wouldn't worry too much about the "'neighbors." Nearby buildings are embassies, not family homes. A little added greenery might actually improve the view. I don't believe the Cambridge children play any where near that area. It has no direct benefit for the Cambridges- why should they pay for it? They are apparently living in "tax-payer owned" quarters; let the owners pay for it. Ha!

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    6. Slow news day and a perfect time to make it about the Cambridge's. I agree with Annie. W&K have a private walled garden and the entrance to their apartment is within a courtyard. Besides, the Cambridge's have had KPMG as their London address for several years;I sincerely doubt that an increase in engagements is the reason for these new hedges. It seems to be a continuation of the overall improvements to KP Gardens.

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    7. KP...not KPMG. Ah, spell check 😊

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    8. Julia from Leominster31 January 2017 at 16:35

      if you spent hundreds of millions of pounds on a house, some of the most expensive in London, if not the world, I suspect you would have a lot of opinions about the view.

      Since there's a private garden already, I do feel if this has anything to do with William and Kate, they ought to pay for it directly. If it's part of the park plans, that's fine, although I don't see why a hedge would improve the park.

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    9. Well, Julia, some of us cannot see how a hedge would hurt the park. :-) Not when you consider the size of area involved.

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    10. Julia from Leominster2 February 2017 at 08:18

      It's not a question of whether a hedge will hurt the park - that's up to those whose view may be affected - they are articles about such things all the time. It's quite possible the residents don't care - but they should be entitled to a say. Possibly they were, we don't know.

      As for the expense, if it's for the improvement of the park, that's a public expense, if it is only being done for William and Kate, they should pay themselves.

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  4. Thank you so much, Charlotte, for this very fun, fashion-filled post! Not to mention classy post, IMO...

    As for Kate's potential BAFTA options, even the Sun story aside, I could see her doing a repeat so as not to take away from the actors/actresses. Rebecca, I definitely agree with you and would love to see the black velvet strapless gown again. I would also like to see what the blue Jenny Packham gown from the trip to India looks like without the shawl thing.

    But I really do hope she picks something new, because I think a gala like this is everyone's chance to shine, not just the nominees... Charlotte, I LOVE the gowns you already found, especially the 2 McQueens and the burgundy Roland Mouret. As to bespoke vs not, I don't know... I could certainly see a bespoke version of any of the ones you picked, Charlotte.

    Such fun to look forward to!

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    1. Kate can wear a paper bag and still out shine any one. She is just beautiful. And I think the story was true only because people are jealous of Kate. And I also think they want William there solo so the women can flirt with him. Many don't care if he is married or not.

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    2. DC Chick, there's one more element to it...rumors about the state of their marriage. :)

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    3. "They" may want William there alone so Kate can be criticized for missing it. Silly story.

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  5. Fan of the Duchess from Kansas28 January 2017 at 01:12

    Love seeing the pictorial montage of Kate's most worn designers of 2016. This year was an easy vote of me ... Jenny Packham! Especially loved her arrival look in Canada, the gorgeous red gown she wore for the state dinner with China and the formal gown she wore in India ... clear wins from my perspective. Excited to see what she will wear on the 12th ... suspect a repeat - retooled with a new updo and different jewels/accessories.

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    1. All of her Jenny Packham dresses are so gorgeous. It's like she can't go wrong in them.

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  6. Love your array of gown choices for Kate, Charlotte, The silk-cady and tulle and the red off-the shoulder gowns are beautiful. The silk-cady in the video moves so elegantly. The other gowns are contenders also. Fun. Thanks.



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  7. Jenny Packham was an easy choice here. The blue gown from the India tour and the blue arrival outfit from the Canada tour are at the top of my list.

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    1. Sarah Maryland USA28 January 2017 at 17:28

      Agree 100% royalfan

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  8. Jenny Packham all the way...scrumptious designs! McQueen didn't impress me last year, apart from Kate's repeats.
    Thank you for this exciting post, Charlotte, really enjoyed the possible gowns that you selected. That red off-the-shoulder McQueen is stunning, as well as the beaded tulle JP with the train.
    Can't wait for the upcoming engagements & seeing what Kate will wear to the BAFTAs, I hope she wows us :)

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  9. Sarah Maryland USA28 January 2017 at 02:17

    I'm glad William is finally going to the baftas and Kate with him! I have no idea what the fuss was about her attending! I can't wait to see what amazing gown she wears. Just as long it is not that floral one or one that looked like a blue nightie lol
    Also, Jenny packham was the clear winning designer in 2016. That outfit she wore when she arrived in Canada was perfection

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    1. I hope she does something a bit less conservative. If there's a place for that I think this would be it.

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    2. And Bollywood. ;+)

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  10. I voted for Jenny Packham, the red gown she wore for the state dinner was my favorite. For the BAFTA awards, I'm guessing it will be a repeat. I love the gowns you have showcased in your post, Charlotte. I hope she wears the turquoise lace back Jenny Packham gown she wore years ago. An exciting event to look forward to!Thank You Charlotte!XOXO

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    1. I love that turquoise dress too! I thought I was the only one! So glad you brought it up.

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  11. Deanne from Canada28 January 2017 at 02:53

    I may be living under a rock but where and when was the action shot taken of Kate running?

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    1. Hello Deanne,

      It was taken at a tennis workshop in Edinburgh with Judy Murray :)

      hrhduchesskate.blogspot.com/2016/02/the-countess-of-strathearn-visits.html

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  12. I forgot to add (as the post was brimming with juicy details), a poll for favourite new designer would be fab :)
    I would also like to see Kate re-wear the teal Jenny Packham she wore to the Olympic gala...but I'm not sure if a second outing could beat the first! Kate really blew me away that time.

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  13. When I first read that article regarding the BAFTA debacle, I was seriously reluctant to believe it. I mean we are dealing with adults after all and stars in their own right etc so it seemed a little petty to say the least. But then my mum pointed out that Diana had experienced exactly the same thing and it is unfortunate but people have to remember that Kate is a future queen, her appeal is unsurpassed and she is going to attract a lot of attention wherever she goes and with whatever she wears. Her attendance at any event is a huge advantage to that organization or charity. I am really looking forward to seeing her at BAFTA and i hope that she brings out the jewels!

    Wrt to my favourite designer, i am going with Jenny Packham. The outfit in France and the outfit in Canada were 2 of Kate's best looks :)

    Love from Avee

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  14. I am happy to see they are pushing mental health further. But to be honest, I would hardly call this any increase in engagements when the overall number is one per week.

    I voted for Catherine Walker. Too many misses last year for me with the rest.

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    2. I kind of thought the same thing but, so far, it's been a steady one a week on average. Isn't January typically a super quiet month? Maybe if this is what they are doing during quiet months, they will have a big increase this year?

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    3. As I said, I am happy they keep mental health theme going. Winter months are normally quiet, so true further credit given. I hope it'll be the same for the rest of the year.πŸ˜€

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    4. I'm all for William stepping up his engagements but I really don't think Kate needs to do more than what she's been doing. She's still got two young children at home.

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    5. William has been quite busy with the Queen's business. His activities are usually mentioned in KP Twitter, although they are as the Queen's personal rep and are pretty much bread and butter type events. Harry's activities are more exotic and colorful and are extensively covered on KP Twitter.

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  15. Oh i kove the joint enagements really miss that one im really looking forward to there walking on the red carpet love seeing them jenny packham

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  16. Sonja from Bavaria28 January 2017 at 07:53

    I think, she will repeat a gown for the BAFTAs, as she has worn so many new clothes lately. I am hoping for the baby blue Jenny Packham she wore to the Wildlife Photographer of the year awards!

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    1. That would be a very pretty choice for the night.

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    2. That is one of my all time favorite dresses. Would love to see it again.

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    3. The one with the dual layer effect? She was pregnant and it was kinda racy. With the strappy pink sandals.

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  17. I vote with you Rebecca, the black velvet! As for the Sun article--what tosh! Outshining the stars?? Oh come on! And planting hedges is a crime?? A wall would be far worse.

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    1. I agree, Valerie,

      I would have had the the hedge up a long time ago. And probably a few more hedges here and there. (And a moat, lol). Makes perfect sense to me. And, I would have monitored security cameras pointed at both sides of the hedge and infrared at night, lol. I don't know how they live in a public heritage site anyway. Logistically, would one really ever feel fully secure living there day to day. I guess William and Harry would sort of be used to it though. Kind of like the Queen living at Buckingham Palace during the week I guess. Kudos to them.

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    2. Yes, some of these articles make me shake my head in disbelief, ridiculous!

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden28 January 2017 at 13:41

      The hedge story is so silly to me! My family planted hedges and buildt high fences to the neighbours as well. And we have noone trying to take pictures of us. Just that when we are at home we want a choice to hang out with people, and if we want to hang out with the neighbours, we hang out at the front of the house. THe backyard is our own space. Nothing wrong with a few hedges!

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    4. I'm laughing at building a wall. 😈

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    5. Didn't know we had an emoji checker. I think I'm insulted.

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    6. It is silly to make so much fuss about a hedge. They are the target of prying eyes and will be the rest of their lives but also, it gives THEM a better view. Instead of looking out and seeing streets, fences, and buildings they see a background of pretty yew trees. It's just not unusual at all, we did it and we love our neighbors. We just would rather see trees than someone's house. But, anything to sell papers and get a few extra "clicks".

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    7. I have a scoop: Bluhare will be at BAFTA, and here you can see a preview of her very special up-do

      http://www2.stile.it/fnts/moda/immagini/12halloween/700/12halloween07.jpg

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    8. only said in humor with respect and appreciation of your indefatible inimitableness, bluhare. :)

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    9. Poor Bluhare!

      You have been called a donkey now an evil. Even, you are suggested a new hairdo.:-(

      For me you are a silver angel, hope it helps:-)

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    10. Don't forget the strappy stilettos. :+)

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    11. I must be missing something with the hedge? First it was not clear to me really who at KP would benefit the most from it as a privacy hedge, second no matter who I was I would put in a privacy hedge:):). ali

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    12. Zora from Prague30 January 2017 at 17:57

      Lol, Paola!!! :)

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    13. Sarah maryland usa30 January 2017 at 23:58

      Wish they would pay for the hedges themselves. But since it is at KP guess who is fitting the bill?

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    14. Julia from Leominster31 January 2017 at 16:39

      Agree, if its for them, they should pay.

      I suspect few of us own houses worth hundreds of millions of pounds so the owners may feel they should have a say about the view, but perhaps they don't care.

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    15. Ali, as would I. 😊

      Poor William...I hope we never hear about plumbing issues at KP because you know they would be all his fault. πŸ˜€πŸ˜πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜„πŸ˜‰

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    16. Doesn't the Queen pay taxes also? And the rest of the Royal family?

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    17. Anett, bluhare did choose that emoji. No one called her anything. lol. She chose to use that. The observation and comment about that choice was a light-hearted one and actually a compliment to her wittiness, etc.

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    18. Florida girl,

      we did the same thing and planted trees for privacy. Not uncommon in that neighborhood either. And we were not living in the busy city then or in a world tourist attraction.
      If they have headlines to fill everyday and nothing much is happening, they write about the trees, etc. :) The trees are definitely "added value" real estate wise and I believe they had to pass committee and comply to various city and historical preservation guidelines to get those trees planted there. It was most likely planned a while ago.

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    19. Julia from Leominster2 February 2017 at 08:26

      Not sure if anyone here has houses worth perhaps a hundred million pounds because of a park view - those people might have some views on hedges - and quite honestly there are such disputes about blocked views all the time.

      The queen now does pay tax on certain of her income. Charles pays some tax voluntarily on private income with the amount up to him. There are still taxes such as death taxes the monarch is exempt from that no one else is.

      If William and Kate have plumbing problems in their flat, I would assume they would pay for it, just as I would pay for plumbing on my house - why on earth wouldn't they? If it's elsewhere in the palace, that's another matter as in any block of flats. Since others residents of the Palace have lived without this hedge, it is presumably for the sole benefit of William and Kate.

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  18. My goodness, that Jenny Packham gown you posted is so pretty! I hope she wears that's what she wears :)
    I don't think there's any need to worry about distracting from the actors & actresses - most of them have a lot of star power in their own right.

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  19. The silk-cady and red cape gowns are classic and beautiful. Those are Kate gowns. Classic. I would love to have Kate wear the other red gown you chose for her from before. I still remember that gown. It is classic also. Right up there with that black velvet gown in my opinion. And with the blue Roland Moulet.

    The silk-cady in the video shows it's elegance even better.

    Thanks for your fun choices for Kate. πŸ‘—

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  20. I won't even begin to guess what Kate will wear to BAFTAs because I'm always so wrong, but I am SO EXCITED. I love seeing W&K all dressed up! The story about Kate outshining the actors was a surprise to me.. surely there is even more worldwide attention on an event that HRH attends. I would think it is increased press for everyone involved.

    Packham is my favorite designer for the duchess, but I voted for Temperly this year. The last two dresses the duchess wore of hers were so fresh, unexpected and beautiful. We will probably never know, but I am so curious how the process works with her go-to designers. Do they bring a bunch of dresses to KP and Kate tells what she would like differently? I'd imagine so many designers send looks to the palace and it would be quite a process to go through them all!

    I too giggled at the story about planting hedges. Must be a slow news week.

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  21. For BAFTA, I would like to see Kate wear that black velvet gown again with her hair UP in a sexy do, NOT a tigh bun or chignon. Enough of those for awhile, and some substantial new bling. Or, the blue gown with the the shawl, with her hair up loosely and pretty, and substantial bling. Or, a new gown would be even better, preferably the silk-cady or red cape that Charlotte chose. Those are beautiful. That silk-cady moves like a dream.

    As far as anytime repeats are concerned, I would love for Kate to wear the white bespoke Alexander McQueen white gown that she wore in Malaysia. Without the gold overlay. (Use that for another new gown.) And with the perfect French twist and bling and long white gloves.

    I would also like to see her wear the bespoke Temperley, the Ice-blue dress with the lace overlay that she wore to the tea in Malaysia with a looser, more flirty hairstyle. And wear it with a tan (a real tan).



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    1. I completely agree, surfer girl. If it is a repeat would love to see the blue JP dress from India, without the shawl. Only problem is, with that neckline it seems like it might be harder to add some fantastic jewels--it would more be just earrings and a bracelet.

      So as you suggest, surfer girl, the black velvet gown would be even better. Gorgeous jewels with that dress would be timeless elegance utterly over the top and amazing. I did not love the necklace she wore with the black velvet the last time though--that diamond and ruby necklace. I think it was not a carefully designed piece for something at that level--and so would not look good on anyone, IMO. I think Kate was wearing it because it was a wedding gift. Speaking of which, how come we never see Kate wearing the acorn diamond earrings she wore on her wedding day? I adore those earrings, and they would look amazing with the black velvet gown, I think.

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    2. SG, I think that most if not all of her gowns would look better with an updo. The neckline is an important part of the overall look and it's a pity when her hair hides it. Besides, Kate has a lovely neck and shoulders so why not show them off? πŸ˜‰

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    3. Christen, you are right. A necklace wouldn't do. That would take just the right earrings and bracelet.

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    4. Totally agree about that, Royalfan. The design of the gowns,etc. is artfully, creatively, thoughtfully done and to just disregard all that by having it covered with a blanket of hair is SO frustrating to me. Being an Art major I hope Kate has time to think those things through more in the future. Her hair is beautiful but she can wear it down when it is appropriate to the design of the outfit and up otherwise. :)

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    5. Exactly, SG. You stated that beautifully. Glad I'm not the only one who feels this way. ☺

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  22. Nicole from France28 January 2017 at 14:07

    I would vote for Alexander McQueen ! although I do not like all the clothes, the brand is quite versatile and can propose to Kate a lot of different things !
    I was really astonished that so called "journalists" could invent such a lot of rubish about Kate outshining the bafta stars .... has anyone wondered who, between the Queen and Marylin Monroe, had outshined the other when they met ? nonsense, the more sparkles, the best it is ! I wish Kate would dare wearing the Dark Navy Beaded Long-Sleeve Gown , I think she would not because of the nude back, but she would be so beautifull with a hint of sexy look .... anyway I hope she will wear big jewels, for once !

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  23. The dark navy beaded Jenny Packham gown is absolutely to die for!

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  24. I would like Kate to wear a new gown for the BAFTA awards. I would also like Kate to repeat the beautiful hibiscuss gown she wore on her tour of Southeast Asia in 2012 sometime in the future

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      Agree - I LOVED that gown - she really shined in it and it was so gorgeous!

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  25. Julia from Leominster28 January 2017 at 16:17

    Lovely to see the new mental health engagements announced. The one with the health journalists should be quite interesting.

    Very exciting about the BAFTAS - any of the gowns Charlotte shows would be lovely on Kate although that red Mcqueen is quite like her blue Mouret gown - although that's a very good style on her. The black gown would be an excellent repeat.

    I did think that article about BAFTA was rubbish. The yew hedge perhaps a little less so as it affects the very grand houses behind. I imagine that's why a hedge not a fence was chosen.

    As for choosing the designer it was most difficult since they all had dresses I loved, Mcqueen had quite a few successes, based on the first row along plus the black coat, that might have been my choice. Walker had one of everyone's top choice with that blue coat and beautiful it is although I would have added an inch. But given the very high standards of that designer, I thought they overall can do better. (the red is lovely but old.) Temperley did well in India. But Packham really did excel in day wear as in evening, so I chose her.

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  26. Ahh, Harry. ❤, :). He was visiting a hostel for homeless adolescents, his mother's charity. There was a photo there of Diana posed with some of the adolescents then. Harry had them photograph him, in the same pose, with the adolescents there now. more than sweet.

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  27. Loooove this post, thank you, Charlotte! I'm so glad we can expect to see more from the Duke and Duchess. I've been waiting for them to increase the amount of engagements they take on and I think Heads Together offers great opportunity for that. A foot in the door, if you will, to warm up to being full-time royals. And I'm always excited for a black tie event. I'm sure we will all be delighted by the glamour of the BAFTAs! I agree that the black McQueen, which also remains my favorite to this day, would be an amazing sartorial choice for the evening. I'm not sure Kate would bring back such a knockout if there are articles circulating (false) worry over her outshining the actors, but I'd love to see it anyway. I also adore that navy blue Packham you found, Charlotte. It would be stunning on Kate.

    I also would love to see her bring back those strappy heels with the bow at the ankle...I can't remember which brand those were, but they were a favorite of mine.

    What a great turnout from designers in 2016. It was hard for me to choose. While I love the variety and almost every piece McQueen turns out, especially the arrival dress in India, my vote ended up going to Jenny Packham. It wasn't even due to the glittering gowns she designed--while those were gorgeous, I actually thought the lace dress for France and the Canada arrival dress were just stunning in every way. Gorgeous colors and fit on Kate. I hope to see more pieces like these in 2017!

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    1. I hope she will outshine the actors, because if there is a true answer to "what does it mean being a princesse" it's: "she is the most beautiful and well dressed all over the world"! :)

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    2. Becca, the blue JP from the India tour with chandelier diamond earring and HM's bracelet would be a statement! Fingers crossed. ;)

      Paola, I do like your definition. :)

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    3. Julia from Leominster31 January 2017 at 16:40

      Paola. I agree she will, just as she did in Los Angeles because actors often wear very strange clothes and Kate's gowns are always tasteful.

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  28. I love your suggestions for gowns! I could just see Kate in the red figure hugging McQueen with up do and some jewels. Gosh, they all would look great on her. I have Kate paper dolls and coloring books, and it is so much fun to dress her! Seriously, it is such fun for this old grandmother!

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  29. You know, I had this wild idea--I wonder if BAFTA leaked that story to make sure Kate WOULD come? She could hardly refuse to come when they publicly grovelled could she?

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  30. I voted for Packham. Among the McQueens in the poll, I only really love the baptism/trooping dress. For the BAFTA, however, I would love either McQueen's lavender Hollywood gown, so beautiful, or their splendid off the shoulder red crepe. I just wish McQueen, who now and then hits it out of the park, were as consistent as Packham, who designs something perfect almost every time.

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  31. PS I agree about that extra inch, Julia.

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  32. On BAFTA gowns- it will be difficult to beat the lavender McQueen. For some reason I keep going back to the purple Lela stretch crepe. Maybe it's because it is purple. :+) It reminds me of the cream Roland Mouret as well as that other gown in red and black with the asymmetrical neckline. The Lela is definitely in Kate's favored style. I also liked the navy blue but wondered if the back might be too revealing. Then I remembered my all-time favorite-the teal JP with the bare-ish back. I do worry that she might become entangled in the train of the dark navy gown. Designer-probably McQueen. Although JP is close, especially that electric royal blue Bollywood gala gown. This is so much fun and what drew me to Charlotte's blog originally-her coverage of the Pacific Island tour. Just very lush, not just the fashions- there was only one evening gown, but also the photography and the scenery and descriptive text that accompanied them.

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  33. I'm the minority here because I absolutely loved the Temperley choices this year. Fresh, fun, stylish and free to be herself. For some reason they seem to fit her personality, not necessarily the personality she feels like she has toutside project because she'll be Queen someday.
    I check this page daily, because I know if there is any news worth reading it'll be here!! Can't wait until February!

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  34. I just hope for Kate's sake neither her nor William have to talk to or be seen by Donald Trump! Certainly nothing on the level of inviting him into their home the way they did with the Obamas, especially after what he tweeted when Kate's topless sunbathing pics got leaked.

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    1. Talk about awkward...I'd like to see Prince Philip meet with President Trump, now that would be interesting ;)

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    2. Interesting.

      If I recall correctly, last week some people were offended by comments that were strictly about the First Lady's *outfit*.

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    3. Kiwi Gal,

      Maybe that thought crossed the Queen's mind when she extended the invitation, lol, thinking humm, now won't that be fun, finally a payback my dear "sweet always-teasing, lifting people over the fences to bring me flowers, etc., etc., and clever quipping" husband.

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    4. Oh, Kiwi...perhaps in earlier days. That WOULD have been something to see-and hear. I wouldn't count William out in the Quid pro Quo department. And I can just imagine what HM might be saying in private.

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    5. Fair statement, royalfan. Not to raise THAT tempest again, but I do feel tempers have settled somewhat. To me, the comparison between Malania and previous first ladies was a very loud, unspoken part of the dialogue. That would be fine if fashion alone were being considered. There is no possibility that anyone would think Trump would outshine Phillip as a prince or Phillip outshine Trump as a president. Let me re-think that one.

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    6. Yes, annie, that is a fair statement by royalfan. My comment was in jest, not intended to offend.

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    7. Kiwi Gal, for the record my response was directed at Silvereyed. I had no issue with yours and, as a matter of fact, wouldn't mind being a fly on the wall in that meeting.... 😊

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    8. Ditto, royalfan. That is why my comment to Kiwi was separate. I enjoyed her remark, as I am finally watching The Crown and I was reminded of Prince Phillip's lack of a filter at times. I guess mentioning any American or other politician and/or wife/spouse is a rather sensitive issue at this point. One popular royal blog had to devote a whole post to rules with threat of excommunication for non-compliance. ( I don't comment there) I would hope we can govern ourselves and not make that necessary here. I will make it my belated and sole New Year's resolution, although I generally don't partake in them. Ha!

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    9. Thanks for clearing that up, royalfan, I know how others feel about this particular topic on the blog. On the other hand, I would love to listen in on Prince Philip's witticisms during that meeting :)

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    10. Annie, one can hope... ☺

      Kiwi Gal, you're more than welcome. ☺

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    11. Julia from Leominster2 February 2017 at 08:34

      With no political intent, just as general information, the queen extends invitation at the request of the government. Her personal feelings don't enter into it. I'm certain the royal family have dealt graciously with people they have much more personal reasons to dislike - such as Irish figures who could be linked to the assassination of Lord Mountbatten.

      Since William and Kate have not been involved with state dinners with the exception of where they have paid a visit to that nation - there is no reason to assume they would attend - they entertained the Obamas because William visited Washington D.C.
      It's worth noting they didn't attend the state dinner honouring the Canadian P.M. since at that time they hadn't met him - overall, I would like to see them more involved but no indication of that yet.

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  35. I love all those evening gowns as a possible BAFTA dress, but for some reason the Embellished Silk-Cady and Tulle Gown really stands out to me. It is different but so elegant.

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  36. Courtney from NC29 January 2017 at 05:34

    So glad they are releasing engagement information to the public!

    More than glad about the BAFTAs! I would love to see the teal Packham repeated or the black velvet McQueen repeated. If we must see a new dress, giggle snort, there are a couple Naeem Khan's I would LOVE to see!

    #1 http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Naeem-Khan-Short-Sleeve-Beaded-Ball-Gown-Pale-Pink-Naeem-Khan/prod195610269_cat55920965__/p.prod?icid=&searchType=EndecaDrivenCat&rte=%252Fcategory.jsp%253FitemId%253Dcat55920965%2526pageSize%253D30%2526Nao%253D0%2526refinements%253D&eItemId=prod195610269&cmCat=product
    Naeem Khan ball gown with beaded mesh bodice and taffeta skirt.
    Stand collar; deep V neckline.
    Short sleeves.
    Fitted bodice.
    Pleated full skirt.
    Hidden back zip.

    #2 http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Naeem-Khan-Printed-Chiffon-V-Neck-Cape-Gown-Ivory-Coral-Naeem-Khan/prod194670471_cat55920965__/p.prod?icid=&searchType=EndecaDrivenCat&rte=%252Fcategory.jsp%253FitemId%253Dcat55920965%2526pageSize%253D30%2526Nao%253D0%2526refinements%253D&eItemId=prod194670471&cmCat=product
    Naeem Khan printed chiffon gown with cape.
    V neckline.
    Sleeveless.
    Ruched waist.
    A-line silhouette.
    Silk.

    #3 http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Naeem-Khan-Beaded-Racerback-Ball-Gown-Black-Silver/prod191660258_cat55920965__/p.prod?icid=&searchType=EndecaDrivenCat&rte=%252Fcategory.service%253FitemId%253Dcat55920965%2526pageSize%253D30%2526Nao%253D30%2526refinements%253D&eItemId=prod191660258&cmCat=product
    Naeem Khan ball gown with beaded tulle bodice and pleated satin skirt.
    Jewel neckline; racerback.
    Sleeveless.
    Fitted bodice.
    Full A-line skirt.
    Train at back.
    Hidden back zip.

    My vote went to Jenny Packham!

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    1. Oh Courtney, I would LOVE to see Kate wear a design like your third choice here. I love the cut and wouldn't it look stunning on her?! :))

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    2. Rhonda - Wisconsin30 January 2017 at 16:23

      I agree Courtney - would love the third gown on Kate. I did like the first one too! Nice choices!!! :o)

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    3. Julia from Leominster31 January 2017 at 16:41

      Lovely, choices Courtney.

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    4. I take it you're a fan of Naeem Khan, Courtney? ;) Beautiful choices...it'd be hard to choose between those three. But the second one is calling to me...I'd love to see Kate in something like that.

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  37. According to The Mirror, in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Diana's death, William and Harry are having a statue of their mother designed and put in Kensington garden. The committee for fund-raising and design for that will be chaired by Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton. Lady Sarah, Diana's sister and Julia Samuels, Diana's friend and one of Prince George's godmother's and three other people will be on the committee.

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    1. SG, I was very happy to read about this; how wonderful that W&H are actively participating as adults vs. having to go along with the decisions of "others". Amen.

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      About time, yes, I hope it's beautiful.

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  38. I think you started something Charlotte, :).

    I liked the Zac Posen pleated off-shoulder black ballgown for Kate's next State Dinner. That gown is so new and yet iconic and regal. Totally tiara worthy. You guys have to see this ballgown. :)

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    1. p.s. I don't have the link to that but if you google Zac Posen pleated off-shoulder black ballgown that should work. He has a midnight blue one but that is a different one.

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      http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Zac-Posen-Off-the-Shoulder-Pleated-Ball-Gown-Black/prod191460152/p.prod

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    3. Courtney from NC30 January 2017 at 01:58

      Haha! That is one I pinned that I loved for Kate as well as the three I posted. Love it!

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    4. That Zac Posen is definitely worthy of a tiara, surfer girl, gorgeous!

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  39. Thank you Charlotte for your as always interesting post.
    I voted for Jenny Packham though I liked lots of the other designers' work.
    My definition of a princess - to have the ability to meet anyone with true civility regardless of their beliefs, position in society, and wherether or not the princess concurs or loathes what the person is, believes in or stands for.

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  40. For BAFTA I hope she surprises us all with a new British designer. Not one of these old favourites. Something fresh.

    Royal fan in Northern Ontario

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      Oh, I would love to see her in something from Ralph and Russo!

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    2. That would be high on my wish list, Rebecca. Some time ago Charlotte did a nice feature on their gowns and I was enchanted by them. Classic and classy.

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    3. Rebecca, I found an R&R gown under an Images page that I like as well as the purple Lely Mouret. It is a siver column style with pale blue accents with the raised waist, covered Bateau type neckline and three quarter length sleeves Kate often chooses. The material is shimmery with a sort of Eastern, paisley, filigree effect. I think sapphires or amethysts would be gorgeous with it. Sorry, I'm not very good at copying and pasting or I would leave a link. I did check the official site but I didn't think those runway versions were appropriate plus I just didn't like most of the current collection. I don't know if there has been a design change or what.

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  41. If William and Kate do attend that State dinner, I think Rose Cholmondeley will be there there, given her husband's position. So we would see Kate, Rose and Melania in ballgowns and bling.

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  42. Actors are notoriously insecure and narcissistic, so it wouldn't surprise me if they grumbled about Kate attending and outshining them. I hope she wears a spectacular new gown and is dripping in jewels. :P

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  43. Suzanne from Colorado30 January 2017 at 02:12

    Hello Charlotte! First of all, I LOVE your blog! I have followed you for years, and I go to you first for the latest Duchess news! You are always the first Kate blogger to post and I learn so much background information in addition to the fashion news. This is why I come here. Please, Charlotte, could you ask the readers to refrain from political comments about the President of the United States? Last time I checked, this is not a political blog. I am sure that you have readers from both sides, and if everyone starts to air their personal biases about an issue that might have multiple viewpoints, it will get very unpleasant indeed! I come here to escape that, not get involved in it. If this is now a place to air such views, I will be forced to look elsewhere for my Kate news. Certainly not a threat, it is just that I thought that we were here to discuss something else. Sick of the politics!

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    1. Rhonda - Wisconsin30 January 2017 at 16:26

      Suzanne - I agree. This too is my escape. Thank you!

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    2. I would add one additional piece to what Suzanne has said: if people could try to refrain from commenting on the fashion of the wife, daughter or any family members of the President of the United States, it would be a relief to me, and I think maybe a good idea on principle. This U.S. election has generated profound polarization within the country (at least, I speak as a US citizen), and I feel as though any attention paid to the fashion of anyone related to the President is in some sense opening, or irritating, the painful wound of that polarization. (I don't want to speak for others, but for myself I find it extraordinarily painful to discuss the fashion of members of the family of a President who I think deserves only the most analytical, critical political attention about his disrespect for human dignity, among many other unfortunate qualities, towards immigrants, minorities, and others.) Please, please, if we can try to leave fashion of the First Family of the U.S. off the blog in the current social and political climate, I would so much appreciate it!!

      PS. All that said, I will try my best to refrain from looking at any of the comments people feel they want to post on fashion of the First Family.

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    3. Suzanne - I couldn't agree more. I consider this my getaway spot in the internet. I hate coming here and seeing the political sniping. It really drains the enjoyment and is completely out of place.

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    4. Agreed-this seems to be a place for frivolity, not politics.

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    5. Suzanne that sounds like a plan to me. But I do see a wee bit of irony in similar requests that include clear political commentary. Do as I say not as I do? πŸ™„

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    6. Calling William "work shy" and Kate disrespectful, selfish, "thin as a board..." Frivolous topics like those? They could very well be seen as political statements, depending on the context and source. I think sniping is in the eye of the beholder- one person's sniping is another's constructive criticism. I will not initiate a comment or thread referring to politicians and/or their relatives but I won't promise to let those remarks by others go unaddressed. Since there are those who enjoy and are committed to friendly discussion of The Duchess of Cambridge and her immediate family and engagements and there are also those who obviously come to drop an inflammatory remark (sometimes it has to be repeated two or three times for results) ...I wonder if self-governing will do the trick. We have tried just ignoring troll-type comments, but sometimes it is difficult to discriminate between comments made by regular commenters and those made by drop-in trolls. I think the sudden appearance and disappearance of a name could be a clue, but I am sure there are long time readers who finally work up the courage to make a one time comment. It takes a lot of courage to put oneself out there:unless one has a persecution complex or masochistic tendencies. Ha!

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    7. I am no fan of Trump at all, but I find it interesting that people asking for no politics seem to ignore the fact that banning any mention of the current first lady, when previous ones have been discussed is a political statement in itself.

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    8. It's the timing. Perhaps after a chance for emotions to cool and perspective to emerge. We did mention Michelle Obama, but most of it was directly related to Kate and family. The State visit and the dinner at KP, for example, as well as the Huf Post work and Harry's Invictus work with her. If Malania has a charity project with the trio or the Trumps have dinner with them or when there is a State visit... I don't think the inauguration could exactly be considered apolitical. Then to go on and on, including the wife of a running mate, children, grandchildren. Just not a good time for that.

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  44. I think I may have missed it, but was a winner ever announced for the Style Rocks sweepstake?

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    1. Hello,

      Yes, the lucky winner was chosen from the mailing list. We'll have another giveaway in the near future :)

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  45. Karen Montone New York30 January 2017 at 17:27

    I concur Suzanne.

    The Moderator of "Royal Order of Sartorial Pleasure" has today quite firmly updated the Comment Policy regarding politics - and it's quite eloquent.

    I do hope that your post today will be enough of a reminder to others on this site that politics simply do not belong here. I personally think that Charlotte has entranced us all with her optimism, and that it would be disrespectful to her for us all to not self-moderate.

    As to the upcoming BAFTA's while I would love to see a new gown, I agree with others that the Duchess will most likely go with a repeat.

    Charlotte - would you consider undertaking a new poll that would feature her repeats? And (I so wish) a new jewel loan from the Queen to update the repeat?

    Very best,
    Karen

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      I will definitely try to fit that in :)

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  46. I'm seeing several reports today of tweets from Donald Trump in 2012 when the topless photos of the Duchess were published. Apparently, Trump tweeted "Kate Middleton is great - but she shouldn't be sunbathing in the nude - only herself to blame. Who wouldn't take Kate's picture and make lots of money if she does the nude sunbathing thing. Come on Kate!" Would the royals be aware of these tweets?

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    1. Blaming the female victim. Common in abuse of women. For example,"It's all her fault. She was wearing provocative clothing. She deserved what she got." Am I the only one who sees the common mind-set between those statements?

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden31 January 2017 at 14:59

      He also said he would "do" Diana (sometime around 2000 he said it) even though she "was crazy"...

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    3. Yes, the Royals are certainly aware. Unsurprisingly, there's already quite a bit of upheaval concerning this particular state visit. There's his tweets about Kate, then there is the fact that his aides have reportedly told the Palace that Prince Charles is not to mention climate change. Finally, there's a petition asking fro the state visit to be cancelled, as it would be an embarrassment to the Queen. The British Parliament will debate it, apparently.

      I wholeheartedly agree, annie, but wouldn't expect any better from someone who brags about sexually assaulting women.

      Unfortunately, it's not new for Kate either. On certain newspapers' websites and on celebrity blogs there are lots of comments about Kate supposedly flaunting herself, which of course is ridiculous.

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    4. Yes, Rebecca, those were very offensive comments also. I do suspect William and Kate would not be very happy to meet him on account of the comments he has made about both Kate and Diana.

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    5. Anne (Texas) You can bet your Bippy they do

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    6. You are completely right, Annie.

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  47. How are we to choose between such gorgeous ensembles from all the designers?! I first looked through the McQueen dresses and thought 'these are amazing, McQ will surely be the best because how could the others compare', then scrolled down to look through the Jenny Packham dresses and thought the same thing 'these are beautiful, how am I going to choose between the two', then again scrolled down to the Catherine Walker designs and experienced the same feeling! I'm not a fan of Temperley designs in general, but the other three designers really outdid themselves this year! Bravo!

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  48. Charlotte, any possibility you could re publish those Ralph and Russo gowns? Although they likely are no longer offered, one can get an idea...I had to laugh at a headline from the Telegraph declaring Emily Seward as Kates's "...new favourite designer." Of the red and green dress from a charity visit in December. Has she even worn one other dress by that designer?

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    1. I think it's these ones from a 2014 post?

      http://hrhduchesskate.blogspot.com/2014/04/kate-to-wear-ralph-russo-tour-updates.html

      I read a very good article about Ralph & Russo recently. It would be a great brand for Kate.

      https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/24/fashion/couture-ralph-and-russo.html?_r=0

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    2. Thank-you, Charlotte! :+)

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    3. Cara, Australia.1 February 2017 at 19:07

      Oh goodness, Ralph and Russo looks like it was made for Catherine to wear. So delicate, feminine and sophisticated. Thanks for sharing these links. I really enjoyed the eye candy this morning with my coffee!! Beautiful clothing.

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    4. Cara, Australia.1 February 2017 at 19:09

      And... they're Aussie kids! Love seeing Australian designers out in the international market!

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    5. Gorgeous! I see so many possibilities that would work for Kate.....

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  49. Correction: "Vanessa" Seward

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  50. The Beaded Short-Sleeve Tulle Gown and the Dark Navy Beaded Long-Sleeve Gown by Jenny Packham are two stunning gowns. As of today, the Dark Navy Beaded Long-Sleeve Gown is sold out, but who can blame them!!. These would looks so beautiful on the Duchess. I do hope she wears the former gown!!

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  51. Maria CecΓ­lia1 February 2017 at 18:58

    The Beaded Short-Sleeve Tulle Gown is one I would like to see in HRH. It is elegant but magnificent.

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  52. I have been mulling over the Topshop floral dress ever since this post but finally caved and ordered it. Quite like the print. Should be here in a few days. As I have been getting older I am trying to keep the number of purchases low but buy things I really really love, and this might be one of them. We'll see. I am glad that Topshop has free returns in case it isn't. I don't buy things from there usually.

    A few months ago I placed a massive order from Catherine Zoraida. The fern earrings are really quite exquisite, in case anyone wanted feedback. Just gorgeous. The leaves one is beautiful but not on the same level as the ferns. But they are very appropriate and versatile for workwear. Goes with many outfits.

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  53. I have been mulling over the Topshop floral dress ever since this post but finally caved and ordered it. Quite like the print. Should be here in a few days. As I have been getting older I am trying to keep the number of purchases low but buy things I really really love, and this might be one of them. We'll see. I am glad that Topshop has free returns in case it isn't. I don't buy things from there usually.

    A few months ago I placed a massive order from Catherine Zoraida. The fern earrings are really quite exquisite, in case anyone wanted feedback. Just gorgeous. The leaves one is beautiful but not on the same level as the ferns. But they are very appropriate and versatile for workwear. Goes with many outfits.

    Like everyone else I am hoping that Kate brings out the big guns and looks drop dead gorgeous. R&R is a great brand for her. I don't know why she hasn't explored them yet. I am sort of tired of the usual players and would love to see a new designer with knock out big bling.

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  54. Does anyone know if the Cambridges went with the Middletons to Mustique for Carole's birthday this year? There was quite a gap between Kate's engagements, just wondering if they managed to sneak in a getaway...
    Some people suggested the Middletons would give it a miss due to Pippa's upcoming wedding, but I'm not so sure.

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