Friday, 17 March 2017

Kate's Paris Chic in McQueen Black Dress & Pearls

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge began their whirlwind visit of Paris in style. This evening, the Duchess looked incredible in a lace black dress and pearls for a reception at the British Embassy.


Before we get to that (and yes we cannot wait to chat about the look), let's step back to the couple's arrival in Paris. Following this morning's St Patrick's Day Parade the Cambridges went straight to the airport and to the surprise of many, the Duchess elected not to change, wearing the green Catherine Walker coat from this morning.


William and Kate's first port of call was Élysée Palace where they were greeted by President Francois Hollande.


Rebecca English shared a video.The President spoke in English although translators were on hand. There's quite a funny moment when the President mentions to William he was in Verbier, to which he smiles broadly and says "Yes".


More on the meeting from the Daily Express "President Hollande remarked that the couple were going to watch the rugby the following day, to which William replied "Yes, to cheer on the Welsh", and made a small gesture of enthusiasm wth his hands. Kate asked the President whether he enjoyed watching rugby - but he suggested he was not a fan. William seemed rather ill-at ease during the meeting but aides said his slightly stiff demeanour would have been due to the formality of occasion. An aide said of the meeting: "They are very grateful that the President has invited them to the the Elysee Palace for a meeting at the very start of their trip, which gives you an indication of the importance and status of the visit."


From there, it was time for a quick change of clothes before the next event - a reception at the British Embassy.


The event hosted by the British Ambassador to France Lord Llewellyn, marked the official launch of "Les Voisins" a programme celebrating UK-French cultural ties and links.


Speaking ahead of the evening, the Ambassador said he hoped the visit to Paris would be a "special" day. He added: "This visit also underlines the very close ties between Britain and France, countries which are allies, which are friends, but more than that, this is something we will be underlining in this visit, we have the ties of neighbours, of neighbouring countries. And we will be launching during the Duke and Duchess's visit a programme entitled Les Voisins - the neighbours - and that is a programme over the course of this year (to) celebrate and highlight and underline the ties that go beyond the traditional ties of government, important though they are." The Ambassador also noted how struck he has been by the French people's affection for the British Royal family.


During his speech Prince William said: "Forgive me if I now continue in the language of Shakespeare." Before adding: "This partnership will continue despite the United Kingdom's recent decision to leave the European Union."


The full text of the speech:

'Merci, Monsieur l’Ambassadeur, pour ces mots. De la part de Catherine et moi même, nous sommes tout à fait ravis d’être à Paris et d’être parmi vous ce soir.
And forgive me if I now continue in the language of Shakespeare, so as to reduce the risk of mangling the language of Molière. It is a pleasure for Catherine and me to be here this evening, in this beautiful, elegant, and global city.
As the Ambassador said, the connections between our nations run deep – ties of history, ties of values, ties of friendship and family. And ties born, above all, of the fact that our countries are neighbours. So much of our countries’ histories, culture and language are intertwined. Those ties of neighbours which run through our history are as powerful today as they have ever been. Most fundamentally, our nations share a set of common values: democracy, free speech, the rule of law, among many others.
I have been reminded over the last few years, as Catherine and I have attended commemorations of the two World Wars, how much we have experienced together and have stood together in moments of great crisis. Our relationship is just as strong and enduring today. Our hearts went out to the people of France when you responded so bravely to the awful terrorist attacks of the last two years. I was very proud personally to have been present at the England-France football match just days after the Bataclan. Our intelligence agencies and security forces are working together night and day to counter the continuing threats. Our armed forces are working more closely together than they have ever done – over the skies of Syria and Iraq, or here in Europe. And our Governments work closely together to resolve some of the world's most complex issues – whether in the Middle East, Africa or elsewhere.
This deep friendship between the United Kingdom and France, forged in sweat and blood, is one that will endure. Our relationship is greater, of course, than security and global partnership. Catherine and I have been honoured to meet many of you tonight. You have all been invited because you remind us that our two nations also share something else in common: talented, creative young people who are already shaping the world around us – whether in science, music, film, commerce, politics, sport, academia – I could go on, as this list touches practically every area of our national lives.
Like all neighbours, sometimes our two nations encourage each other through mutual support. Sometimes we attempt to outdo the other through rivalry - as we will see tomorrow when Wales play France at the rugby. But always our two nations continually inspire one another to become better: more creative, more prosperous, more innovative. This partnership will continue despite Britain's recent decision to leave the European Union. The depth of our friendship and the breadth of our cooperation will not change.
So I am proud to be here this evening with you to launch Les Voisins to recount those ties and to strengthen them even further. Before I came here, Her Majesty the Queen reminded me of how much she has enjoyed her many visits to France. It is a feeling that Catherine and I entirely share, and look forward to this and many more visits in the years to come – to France our ally, our friend, our neighbour.
C’est vraiment un plaisir d’être ici à Paris ce soir.
Bonne soirée.'

 Below, the Duchess listening to the speech.


William and Kate chat to young French leaders.


The Duke and Duchess clearly enjoyed meeting everyone.


Kate and her private secretary Rebecca Deacon grabbing a quick word.


Next, the couple will enjoy dinner with a host of well-known faces. More from the Telegraph on those attending: "Guests will include Kristin Scott-Thomas who played the Queen on Broadway in Peter Morgan's play The Audience,  and may offer the Duke a welcome talking point among the formalities. Other guests will include actors Jean Reno and Audrey Tautou, Robert Pires, the footballer, several paralympians and business leaders."


We had hoped to see the Duchess implement Parisian chic into her wardrobe and I for one certainly wasn't disappointed. Upon first glance, I felt certain the look was by a French designer, but it turns out the bespoke piece is by Alexander McQueen. Once again, Kate's relationship with Sarah Burton has proven fruitful with this effortlessly elegant black dress. I love the fabric, the neckline, the cinched in waist and the length. It's something quite different and perfect for Paris.


A closer look at the fabric.


The Duchess debuted a gorgeous new pair of shoes by Gianvito Rossi.


With thanks to Middleton Maven, Kate wore the Gianvito Rossi Ankle Strap Suede D'orsay Pumps. The $800 pumps are described: "These Gianvito Rossi pumps demonstrate traditional Italian craftsmanship and designs in a d’Orsay silhouette. Softly structured from black suede,  pointed-toe pair is finished with a buckle ankle strap for a slender sculpt." They are available in several sizes at Lane Crawford and Barneys.

Lane Crawford

The choice of dress allowed Kate's stunning pearl jewellery to be shown off to perfection. Kate wore a statement necklace with four large pearls and a matching ring. It's incredibly rare to see Kate wearing cocktail rings or any rings apart from her engagement/wedding/eternity ones.


A closer look at the earrings. What Kate Wore noted Kate wore her Balenciaga earrings. We do not yet know if the ring and necklace are part of a matching set.


Kate first sported her pearl Balenciaga earrings at Trooping the Colour last year.


Kate was also wearing her Cartier Ballon Bleu watch.

Cartier

If you're just joining us, the post on William and Kate's St Patrick's Day appearance this morning is here. Kate looked elegant in a new Catherine Walker coat and enjoyed a sip of Guinness.

184 comments:

  1. Rebecca - Sweden17 March 2017 at 15:57

    I always feel a bit "proud" when seeing the Cambridges with presidents and prime ministers. Which might sound odd. But it feels... "weight-y" somehow. I don't know how to explain it. Poignant? I'm sure someone can explain the feeling better than me!

    I like that she kept the same coat. It works well for both events! I would not have blamed her for changing, but this was a nice choice to take her between the events. I wonder if the loose hair was partially to differentiate the pictures and partly so she could lean her head back on the plane without being afraid of messing up the updo :P

    Looking forward to the rest of the day!

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    1. I feel much the same. It's like the passing of the baton from HM to her grandson for the future. Proud of them, and yet bittersweet. They are definitely an asset.

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    2. Jean from Lancs17 March 2017 at 18:00

      Don't think she had time to change. The video of the toast showed the time as quarter to one and they were with the Guards for sometime after that and they were with President Hollande at 3:30 UK time

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  2. Oh Man! I was hoping for a new arrival outfit! Bummer :( tho of course she still looks lovely in her coat & with her hair down.

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  3. Rebecca - Sweden17 March 2017 at 16:05

    Also (and this might sound like I'm putting her down in some people's ears but I honestly am not), doesn't Camilla has a coat similar to this. It feels familiar somehow. Maybe it's that she has a tendency to wear this colour? Maybe someone else knows what it reminds me of. Either way, I love the coat on Kate :)

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    1. Heavens Rebecca with your knowledge of fashion might it remind you of the 1980s, and the late PoW? When I first saw it it reminded me of several pieces I had from various houses in the 1980's - I did go to my closet and double check, I've five frocks/coats very similar from four different houses from the 1980s. And one frock from the 1950s. A good English coat dress in Paris? I say well done, HRH. And - well done day, KP press office, as you also pointed out earlier Rebecca. Now if KP could just understand days like today should be the norm rather than the exception, it seems we might progress as clearly the principals are able to carry off such days with style and aplomb.

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    2. I think it's just "very kate", Rebecca. Tho I do know what you mean, it is new but feels very familiar. :)

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    3. Rebecca it does not sound that way at all, The Duchess of Cornwall is exceedingly well dressed and always looks smart at official functions especially so for one who is at heart a country lady.

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    4. Wow you're right! If you google 'Camilla green coat', there's an image of one that has a certain similarity to Kate's.

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    5. Well done you Caroline. And this McQueen is very Parisian. I am impressed, although I do not care for sleeveless dresses except in summer.

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  4. Funny - this morning when I saw the photos, I appreciated the Catherine Walker coat and outfit as classic but standard and not exciting. Too reminiscent of NZ. I like it much better in Paris with the hair down. Ditched the hat! Now I liked that hat at the Christmas wearing. This morning it just seemed like a uniform. I suppose that was the point. It just goes to show that accessories or lack thereof make all the difference. In Paris, I love the coat. Now, she should try a beret!

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden17 March 2017 at 16:31

      Haha, beret might be more costume than uniform though :P

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    2. For me the definition of a clothes horse would be to change outfits for no reason but that if is a different event. And it is something that Kate has very seldom done. Yes on tour she sometimes sport more than one outfit a day, but then it is for engagements that have a distinct different tone.
      It is a gorgeous coat and the different hairstyles work well to differentiate the pictures.

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    4. Why did she change? Was there a weather or location-indoor/outdoor-or ceremonial reason? I think there may have been a wardrobe kerfuffle. It may not be a matter of Kate's developing a sense of occasion as her possession of a sense of place--her place.

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  5. Smart move on her part not to change, as I do not think they will be spending very long with the President. Still love the coat with updo for a more formal event and now with her hair down.

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  6. I feel so disappointed to see Kate still wearing this coat from the morning. Kate is on an official visit representing her country, I was really looking forward to a smashing arrival outfit :(

    I still have hope that tonight's black tie event will help Kate redeem herself. Fingers crossed!

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  7. I love that she wore the same coat as this morning! It's a great coat and makes her more relatable.

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  8. It's interesting how a change in hairstyle gave her new CW coat a totally different look. It's a beautiful, elegant piece, and it fits her wonderfully well. I'm not surprised she's wearing it as long as possible today! ;)

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  9. I don't mind her carrying forward the look from the Irish Guards ceremony because I love this coat. Her hair looks gorgeous and shiny.

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  10. I'm also glad to see Kate wearing the same outfit. It is Very appropriate for the meeting with the president, and gives a lovely view of the outfit with her hair down. Looking forward to seeing more of their trip. Thanks for the post.

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  11. It feels weird to see some people complaining about the repeat when the same people complain when new stuff is worn. I think she looks nice and it's a beautiful coat so I don't mind. Looking forward to the rest of the tour.

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    1. Agree, Michael. She made a sensible choice.

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    2. As disappointed as I was to not see a sharp new & separate arrival outfit, somehow it adds an understated vibe to the couple. It just hit me that if she had this great new ensemble this am, & then showed up with a great new chic arrival outfit just hours later... any other time It'd be no biggie, but I almost wonder with the current tenor, if that might have been criticized as being too "throwing money around"?

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    3. I so much prefer this coat with her hair down sans hat! Very elegant. The not well executed updo ( although pratical for arriving in Paris) and hat seemed to have contributed to the outdated and unstylish look at the parade.

      Can't wait to see more photos from the evening event! Although black lace, the dress is a departure from her usual covered arms, so interested to see it in more detail.... and new jewels- yay!!

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    4. True, Michael. :-)

      I'm a fan of updo's, but this was a good way to change the look without actually changing.

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  12. A very smart move to wear the same coat. Kate looks gorgeous. Love her hair. Can't wait for the formal event later.

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  13. Julia from Leominster17 March 2017 at 16:39

    House guests this weekend so must rush, Would have preferred a new outfit - that first impression always represents a nation and not sure why Kate took her hair down but the overall look is fine. Hope she will offer a representation of France and the best of Britain in the next few engagements.

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  14. Wow, her hair in that one photo is spot on! Now the styling of her hair earlier in the day makes sense. It was very round and I thought it looked like she had a hair net on. Sure came out of the undo looking perfect.

    The coat works here and as someone else said, given this is a brief meeting - it probably makes sense. Can't wait to see what she'll wear later today.

    BTW, Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!

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    1. Exactly. Her hair stylist must have just released the netting and fluffed it up.

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  15. I can't see her earrings. Changing them will make a difference too!

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  16. Finally! A ring on her right hand! And what looks to be a good vintage pearl cocktail ring! Love it!

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  17. Rebecca - Sweden17 March 2017 at 17:08

    OOOOOOoooooooh! (This comment is posted when only the first picture of the black dress look is out)

    I think I really like it. I like the jewelry especially but I think I like the dress as well! (Is this the dress that will serve both this and the next event or will there be a gown later?)

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    1. I am so confused, but I think this is it. I think after the speeches they go into dinner? I may need new spectacles but this looks like no "Black Tie" event I've ever seen..... complete with William's blue suit!? Looks more like an "after work cocktail event"?

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  18. New black dress is stunning and look at that necklace with matching ring! Also love the green coat but wonder how it would look with hidden buttons or something other than gold

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  19. At first glance, I love the black dress, and the shoes. She is pulling out all the stops, and looks more beautiful than ever.

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  20. Gorgeous black dress and accessories! Someone's been changing up her workouts too; Kate's arms look well-defined and she's more 'filled out' in her shoulders. Less bony than before. She looks great!

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    1. Caroline in Montana17 March 2017 at 21:56

      I was thinking that too about her arms, but then i attributed it to picking up the kids all time as well as her normal work out!

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  21. Oh, wowza! She looks so fit & toned in that black dress...amazing! Is that Balenciaga jewellery? I'm loving the shoes.

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  22. I actually prefer the coat with her hair down...I was disappointed she didn't change I have to admit but she looks beautiful. Very chic. I also love the black dress, simple and elegant. Love the shoes!!

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  23. I think she's wearing the black suede Gianvito Rossi Pumps 54 mid.. Love the green coat!!!

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  24. I have to say I'm more than a little disappointed with the arrival outfit. If there's ever a time to make a statement and an impression it's when you make your first official visit to Paris!

    And again, I'm baffled by the deliberate wardrobe decisions she makes. If she decided to wear the same outfit, keep the hair up and the hat on. That made her look chic and sophisticated. This looks like she took the hat off and let the hair down as if she was done for the night. I just don't understand the thinking!

    And I know she had another quick change BUT the arrival photos get the most play and the photos of them meeting the President on their first official visit are iconic and historic, particularly for William. Those "official" photos are the ones that will be brought up and repeated in the future, not the evening ones. On future visits their first one will always come back with the caption "the Prince and Princess of Wales on their first official visit to Paris" or after that "King William and Queen Catherine arriving for their first official visit to Paris in 2017" -
    So... a long winded way to say, YES, the arrival and first official greeting are important and matter.

    As Tedi would say she still looked lovely ;) but this was quite disappointing I thought and in my opinion poor planning. Maybe a more experienced aide would have advised better.

    And of course on St. Patrick's Day - go raibh maith agat Charlotte for the posts :)

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    1. Can we agree that Williams blue suit does Nothing to enhance her look!?

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    2. You made me rethink this one. I liked it on arrival, the change up for the coat. But your PR perspective is illuminating. Valid points. Yes, we are talking history here.

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    3. Yes, a historic meeting with the President of France, but I think she looked elegant and chic. When we see historical pictures on important occasions of the Queen or the Queen Mother or Diana or many others, I don't think we are thinking, Did she wear that same outfit for something else that day? I think we are just looking to see whether the outfit is appropriate and attractive. And in this case, IMO, it was appropriate given the close timing of the back-to-back engagements, and it is a **gorgeous** coat. I think it was a great choice.

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    4. That's right Christen, the repetition won't be known in the future. The French will be aware of it today though ;) And *for me* this was just not a dynamic enough ensemble for such an arrival.

      If I just saw the picture she could have been anywhere, it's Kate's standard uniform for most engagements. She puts on a coat, her hair is down and she's wearing basic shoes and a purse.

      This is supposed to be the big Brexit charm offensive, you're arriving in Paris of all cities! Where are the details, a stylish hat, accessories, some jewels, better hair! In my opinion she should have worn a new ensemble, French designer, a coat/dress ensemble where she could have removed the coat and the dress would have worked for the inside engagement. Or kept the whole thing on, I haven't seen a ton of pics yet but I didn't get the cocktail vibe from many other people. Personally I think you wear French on arrival, it gets attention, it makes it in the papers, it says "We're here, we're glad to be here and you're important to us" - then fly the Union Jack with your wardrobe from there on out.

      I think the only repetition should have been an arrival outfit to the first meet and greet, not from an earlier in the day engagement at home. But it's certainly not the end of the world and just my opinion course :)

      And thank you Anett especially since I now know what that means :) X

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    5. Zora from Prague17 March 2017 at 21:15

      I agree, Christen.

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    6. Julia from Leominster17 March 2017 at 21:40

      Both the Queen Mum and Diana had amazing tours of France -the Queen Mum with her famed white wardrobe - necessary because she was in mourning for her mother. Diana starting with Chanel and wearing that amazing white and gold gown.

      I don't think Kate has quite that sense of history and occasion but she looks very nice. I do like the black dress and shoes and whilst the pearls appeal to me less personally, new jewellery is always fun to see.

      A very important occasion and a fine speech, undoubtedly approved by the government.

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    7. Caroline in Montana17 March 2017 at 21:59

      Becca USA - I must agree with you about williams blue suit, the navy suits hardly ever look good with her clothes, he looked so good in the black uniform this morning, he looks way better in black/charcoal. wish he would do away with the navy, it seems to be his uniform:(

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    8. I hear what you're saying, Claudia, about sartorially giving a nod of respect and excitement to be in France. I get it. It would be interesting to know what some of the French people are thinking... Probably there are a variety of opinions, but maybe I will check out the Dans Le Boudoir blog and see if anyone comments about that :-)

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    9. Kate is careful to not make it ALL about her clothes and I think that is wise given *recent* history. But Catherine Walker was born in France so I think some thought was put into it.

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    10. Caroline, you know what I'm always puzzled by? He's from London! His Father is Always looking dapper in his custom made suits! It is beyond time for him to ask his father to Hook Him Up! He needs a Stylist & Pronto! At least start going into the charcoal/grey family? Talk about having the means & the need, yet not availing oneself of the assist to snaz oneself up? That old royal blue suit look will tire very quickly when he's a Full Time Royal! He needs an intervention by The Firm.... & STAT!

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    11. Ryan from Texas18 March 2017 at 04:24

      Claudia, I always agree with you. +1000!

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  25. So fun!! I like the black dress and the large pearl jewelry! Looking forward to seeing more pictures soon.

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  26. Thought the coat looked great at both events. Liked her hair down for the second. The black dress I will have to wait and see more photos. At first glance i do not like any of her pearl jewelry she is wearing with it.

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  27. Love the black dress. But the ankle straps! Finally!

    As I'm being positive today, no comment on the necklace.

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    1. Ha! bluhare you are being so good! (wink) :)

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    2. I echo your unspoken feeling on the necklace. Love the dress and shoes together, perfection

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  28. Lovely frock! The necklace though doesn't go with this V-neck, her earrings can't be seen, an updo would have been a better idea.

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  29. Sarah Maryland USA17 March 2017 at 17:57

    I don't mind the repeat but I actually hate that black dress. We all know how I feel about 3/4 length dresses (all they accomplish is making tall people look short) and I dislike the fabric and the unfinished look along the edges. Dislike the hair down when she has such a nice necklace on. I also was hoping she would wear a french designer for the black tie event
    It was a home run this morning but this was a foul for the second look =(

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    1. But Sarah-if the gown were floor-length, we wouldn't see those marvelous ankle straps.

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    2. Totally agree Sarah! Not a flattering line on anyone - especially with the little mermaid flare right at the midi length - ugh. Also hate the dress, and I hate the ankle straps too which also cut her legs off at an awkward angle. Kate has THE most beautiful legs and long, slim body - these maxi and midi lengths she's so fond of cover up her best assets. So frumpy. And how can Kate possibly look frumpy? It's ridiculous! She is spending a lot of money, she should be hitting it out of the park almost every time. Somebody get her a proper stylist!

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  30. For me, the coat is Perfect For the parede but Too heavy/ institutional For her age. The Black number is probably better in persono. In pics, it ages her look.

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    1. Ok. The Black number is growing on me. Very parisian chic.

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  31. The black dress with pearls is very pretty. I love her hair down, so full and healthy. I believe she had it trimmed. She looks great.

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  32. Love the new green coat and enjoyed both styled versions of it today. Really not liking her evening look and if this truly is a gala dinner she really needs a new stylist. A watch is not a piece of jewelry you wear with an evening dress! I think the length is awkward and coupled with the watch makes it look like a sporty uniform as the neck and shoulders are cut like an athletic jersey, not a feminine cocktail dress. Total miss in my book! She looked much dressier in the coat dress.

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    1. I'm with you, Emily! Pairing a watch with a cocktail dress is a sophomoric fashion faux pas. Looks tacky and brings down the overall look.

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    2. Yeah, not liking the watch with the gala dress either. Looks bulky.

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    3. I've had that watch in my vision all day. It jumped out to me right away. Isn't it widely believed to have been a gift to her from William? If so, might it be a subtle sign of solidarity? It just struck me as a possible "Kate Thing".... Thoughts?

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    4. Emily, I 100% agree with you. I absolutely loved the Catherine Walker coat this morning and I wasn't disappointed that she kept it on for the arrival - it's a really classy outfit and worked equally well for both appearances I thought.

      Sadly, the black dress for the reception I really don't like at all. I admit it's partly a personal dislike of bias-cut skirts that always make your bottom half look lumpy-bumpy to my eye - even Kate! (How is that even possible?) However, I also think it has more than a hint of a nightdress or an underskirt about it - I think it's something to do with the wide straps and no sleeves.

      I love the new shoes and I quite like the suite of jewellery (minus the watch, as you say) but I really hope she wears a different, full-length dress for the black-tie dinner. In honesty, I'd rather have seen the black Preen dress again than this one.

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    5. I don't like the cut of the gown, especially the top part. It does look athletic to me also Emily, and Parisian style can be so much more feminine. I didn't like the Jewelry at all, and especially with this dress. I think the shoes are beautiful but just not with this dress. It is another one of those outfits that just doesn't make sense to me. So sorry to be negative but that is my honest opinion. Love Kate's chutzpah though. She is steadfast, tried and true. An asset to the Crown. Her smile lights up any venue.

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    6. A lot of agree about the watch. Cartier or not, it is a casual business dress/sports watch. She needs an appropriate cocktail/evening gown watch if she has to wear one with a cocktail dress or evening dress at all. I think her entourage for sure can keep her on schedule.

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    7. Since her hair was down, I agree that the black Preen with these shoes would have been a great cocktail look. And, I agree about the watch. Wasn't it an interesting mock lace cocktail dress in winter white by Lela Rose somewhere that Kate wore with her hair up, a diamond bracelet, and THE watch? Not the best choice. Kate's hair does look trimmed and fantastic! Katherine USA

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    8. Ryan from Texas18 March 2017 at 04:29

      Becca, I know Kate wears the watch every day and at every function, and I remember because Charlotte points it out in every blog post even though it's not really a piece of jewelry, it's her regular timepiece (something that doesn't change). My thought is that she either forgot to take it off or doesn't know she shouldn't wear a watch with cocktail attire. I also noticed it immediately and thought it odd; I'm a no one from Texas and I never wear my Cartier to any kind of formal function.

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  33. I also loved the re-wear of the coat with her hair down! Gives it a whole new look. And the black dress is to die for! Thanks so much Charlotte for keeping us up to date. Lee from Nova Scotia

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    1. I agree, leahmaria, and as to the repeat, it was still St. Patrick's Day. The coat was well chosen and well styled for both occasions.

      The black outfit is amazing, and quite a new look for Kate. I like it. I only wonder whether she was overdressed for the reception. Question, didn't Kate once wear a brooch that might be part of this pearl set? Or is it a set? I seem to remember a Trooping to which she wore a modern pearl brooch.

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  34. Kate looks beautiful and her hair is gorgeous. She is carrying herself beautifully in the midst of the storm. Who knows what we don't know and will never know about the commotion of the past week.

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  35. Quick drop in to say that she looks perfect head to toe in the green coat. Love everything about it. Perfection.
    Black dress : can't say yet how I feel with one photo, but the satellite necklace is strange. Very strange to me. Loving the new upper biceps. She's been lifting heavy.

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    1. Rosman, & her coloring is good! Spray or natural? She looks fit & like she's been active & possibly out of doors a bunch?

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    2. I think the athletic cut of the dress might make her biceps look bigger.

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  36. I like how its the same coat, different look. After all, its still St. Patricks Day in Paris. So, I think it totally appropriate to wear green on arrival.Thanks for the quick updates Charlotte. You are a pro.

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    1. I agree with your perspective that she's justified in wearing green because it's still St.Patrick's Day in Paris. The evening look dress is interesting, but Im not so sure about the necklace,,Thank You Charlotte!XOXO

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  37. Zora from Prague17 March 2017 at 18:20

    Thank you, Charlotte, for the First Look post - so quickly! I like that Kate wore the elegant coat from the morning - to me it's a sign of modesty: no need for two coats just several hours apart. And I absolutely love the dress!! Very "parisian", very chic and fitting her perfectly! (Agreed by my husband and youngest son.) The necklace is also very interesting.

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  38. The coat is beautiful and really worked well for both events. The changing of the hair was a great choice to showcase the coat for two different occasions.

    The black dress is lovely and features the pearl necklace nicely. I wonder if the pearl jewelry was a wedding gift from the French government or something along those lines. Also, love the shoes especially with the little ankle strap. It appears the shoes are the Gianvito Rossi “Mila” pumps.

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  39. I like her look for the dinner--seems fresh and a bit different (matching ring with he necklace and maybe earrings? More photos will show that no doubt). However, I find that Kate's outfit is more formal than the PM's wife's, which seems more daytime/office, which leads me to think: are they going to the same event? LOL. I like Kate's better. ;)

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    3. Ok, just an update. So now we see the actual dinner and it is of course far more formal. So that leads me to understand that the pre-dinner reception was not as formal--yet the two women (sorry, it wasn't the PM's wife, but the Ambassador's wife) was still dressed for the office while Kate was dressed for something more formal (cocktail hour perhaps?). I still like her dress, but I guess the contrast between the two women was puzzling.

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  40. I feel so happy and proud! Welcome to France Your Royal Highnesses!

    Monica, Carcassonne

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  41. I loved that black dress until I scrolled further down and saw how long it was. Its such an awkward and unflattering length. I wish it was to the knee instead.

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    2. Caroline in Montana17 March 2017 at 22:03

      i had the same reaction, i first saw it and was like yes! so happy then the scroll continued and i saw the length. this length just does not work. but i like the dress! and the accessories!

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  42. Victoria from North Carolina17 March 2017 at 18:37

    Just gorgeous. I also love the jewerly. I just wish that her hair was up to showcase the necklace a little more. Kate and Michelle Obama have the best arms lol, they both have very toned arms. I wonder what Kate does to get her arms so tone.

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  43. Rebecca - Sweden17 March 2017 at 18:43

    A more thurough comment on her black look:

    I really like the neckline of this dress. It's very flattering! I also the straps on the shoes and the fabric of the dress.

    I think I like the overall effect of the dress but am a bit "iffy" on the sleeves. I think I like the tea-lenght hem :) I like the belt, I think.

    She should skip the watch, as usual. But it's a Kate quirk :P

    And her hair looks fabolous!

    I know some people don't like that the Balenciaga jewels are costume, but I think they look so great that I don't care. And nice diplomatic nudge to french fashion.

    So while I have small nit-picks (as one can have with almost anything) I think it's a very elegant and successful look!

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  44. I'm confused, this event seems more "Cocktail" than "Black Tie"? William in a Blue Suit?

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  45. I really like the green coat, but hate that she accessorizes with everything in green as well - green shoes, earrings, hat. I don't get it, but I guess she likes this. I love the dress, but hate the shoes - just don't think a closed toe shoe goes as well as a dressy sandal would have. Also think her hair would have been much better half up half down. I have said this before, but she desperately needs a stylist to help her pull her looks together. THey are all nice separately, but together they just don't hit it.

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    1. Melissa, that's what I love about our fashion discussions here. I learn to look at outfits & details differently, by reading people's opinions that are different than mine. I've historically never been a matchy matchy person. I haven't yet chosen my Evening Gown for my Son's upcoming Wedding... but I did buy a pair of metallic textured designer pumps. I realized that it doesn't matter what I wear, I'll wear these comfortable beautiful shoes with whatever I choose, because they will enhance anything. In fact, I tended to be very much a separates type of shopper & then mixing & matching to achieve my looks. However, Kate changed all that for me. She turned me on to her matchy matchy ensembles! I have retrained my brain to think in terms of ensembles more, even if I'm buying separates. I've found it's made me own less, invest more & get so much more use out of everything in my wardrobe! I'm trying a matchy Kate Style dress ensemble for an upcoming event. So today I just Melted when I saw her Green Parade Ensemble! Those Shoes put me Over The Top! She's got me Obsessed with Suede Pumps & I own 3 pairs now & intend on wearing them into the summer. I love how they instantly add a sense of textural dimension to an outfit! So while I totally get where you are coming from...... She had me at Green Suede Shoes :) lol

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  46. I love the entire look of the black dress, except for one thing, already mentioned above. With Layes height and figure, she can pull off any hem length. And new shoes! New jewelry! Both georgeous. I've often wondered when she would wear a cocktail ring. But that watch=NO! At first I thought it was a bracelet, but seeing it was that oft worm watch was a letdown. Did she forget to remove it? Could have quietly slipped it into Williams pocket. Speaking of William, please ditch the blue suit.

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    1. Barbara, (disclaimer, I touched on this in another comment) but I think the watch is on purpose! It's widely believed that it was an intimately special gift from William. My hunch is that she is wearing it as a subtle soft sign of solidarity with & love for William. It's like wearing that macaroni necklace your kids made for you. Also, I know when I wear a very personal gift of jewelry from my husband (even if it's not what I would pick for my ensemble) he Always notices it & is so moved! Especially if he Knows I went to the trouble to wear it & it kind of sticks out! Marriage is a tricky & precious thing. There is So much these two can't say or show, but she can speak though the language of what she choses to wear!

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    2. And those glances, Becca. Who needs words.

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    3. Agreed! She's one precious gem for the UK, William & their young family! She's carrying the day! :)

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  47. The dress is gorgeous and I love that she's wearing new and different jewelry (like a right hand ring) but I think there's a bit too much going on here. All the accessories are competing against each other and the belt is a bit too much. I'm not sure the watch really "goes" either.

    Her shoe choices today are to die for, though!

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    1. Oh Penny, Her Shoes Today Have Done Me In! I'm Melting! :)

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  48. That was not a black tie event. Or, if it was, the prince and the other men in the photographs were incorrectly dressed.

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  49. Gorgeous, gorgeous shoes! Not sure what I think of the belt though.

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    1. Yes I Loooove The Shoes Too! Tho I really like the belt. It's sweet & she's young enough & tiny enough to pull it off & to me it's just a sweet chic touch that sets the dress apart. :)

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  50. Theresa - Austin, TX17 March 2017 at 19:10

    Absolutely love this black dress - the fabric, the cut and especially this new modern length. And those shoes! They are fabulous!! She looks so beautiful. Only change I would make would be leaving off the watch. It's more for a daytime look, IMO.

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    1. Theresa, I totally agree! However, I have a hunch about the Cartier watch. It's widely believed that the watch was a special gift from William. So tho bulky.... I'm wondering if it isn't a soft subtle show of solidarity with him? She can't say it, she can't show it, but she can wear a bulky watch that was a loving gift from her husband. I know when I wear some piece that my husband gave me & had engraved or just really put a lot of effort into choosing, it means the world to him that I wear it..... especially if it doesn't quite go with the rest of my look. It sends the message to him, that He is Most Important To Me! He always notices too! Marriage & the love & relationship therein can be a very complicated thing & it's so important to let the other know, that no matter what you go through, that unconditional love will see you through! Well, that's my fortune cookie wisdom for today! :)

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    2. Good points Becca and I also think it was to avoid any "fake news" ;) Can you imagine if she didn't wear it? I'm sure there would have been a "Kate refuses to wear William's watch" line somewhere... So I see why she just kept everything consistent even though it doesn't really work.

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    3. Julia from Leominster17 March 2017 at 21:42

      If this is the case, I hope he gives her a dress watch for her anniversary because this watch doesn't go with formal outfits.

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    4. Caroline in Montana17 March 2017 at 22:05

      Becca, ive just gotta say, that sometimes a watch is just a watch. maybe she feels naked without it and its as simple as that? not everything has hidden meaning!

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    5. That's true too Caroline.

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    6. Ryan from Texas18 March 2017 at 04:32

      Yes, Caroline, it's just her watch! She wears it all the time (just look back at every post on this blog -- it's referenced in nearly every one!).

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  51. I really like this dress. The fabric is wonderful and love the belt. Not a fan of her choice of jewelry. Love that she tried to go more modern but to me the ring, earrings and necklace are just a miss. I also like her hair down with the dress.

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  52. I think if William was going to change, he should have inverted the suit choices. Blue for arrival & dark for this evening. That blue (to me) just detracts from Kate's ensemble & their look as a couple.

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  53. I love that Kate wore the Catherine Walker. It may be a nod to the late Princess Diana, who tragically died in France. Kate and William seem to be at ease with each other like they always are. I hope tomorrow we will see a French designer, preferably Chanel.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden17 March 2017 at 19:27

      I think walker is more because it's one of Kate's regulars plus the original designer was french (I think)

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  54. Pam from Boston17 March 2017 at 19:18

    I like the dress and don't have a problem with the length. I love the shoes, I have always loved ankle straps.
    However, I don't like the new bulkiness of Kate's arms that others are admiring. Slightly too bulky. She should do Tracy Anderson arm workouts. They really tone and streamline the biceps without adding bulk.

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  55. Cristin from Germany17 March 2017 at 19:21

    I loved her outfit this morning and I don't mind that she still wore the coat for the arrival. As others have said, it's a sensible choice. Nobody needs another tabloid adding up the total cost of her outifts worn in one day.
    But, I'm sorry to say that, I really don't like the evening dress. I wanted to like it because I see a certain Givenchy/Breakfast at Tiffany's vibe. But the fabric looks so heavy and the unfinished edges makes it look like a carpet. I'm a bit disappointed :/ love the hair and the pearls though.

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  56. Hello and thank you so much for your comments,

    With many apologies for the confusion, the black-tie dinner begins shortly. This was an an entirely separate event. There were conflicting (and confusing) reports. I expect we're going to see an evening gown shortly :)

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    1. Thanks for the clarification. I'm so easily confused!

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    2. I like this dress but Kate looks a little overdressed for the reception. Everyone else is dressed smartly but Kate is in a cocktail dress, it doesn't look right. You would imagine that the trip would be planned so well and every occasion thought through, this event was at the British embassy so there could be no cultural confusion over what you should wear.

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  57. Horrible dress and the pearls are too modern and too big for this frayed edges lacy travesty. Plus it's a very awkward length. I thought the floral gown were bad but then I saw this!

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  58. While I love a good arrival outfit, I don't really mind Kate staying in the same coat. It's a typical/classic look for her and is a gorgeous color, especially considering the holiday. I think it's a little weird she took her hair down, though.

    The black dress is very different for her, which is nice, but I don't love it. The length is awkward, in my opinion, and the lack of sleeves coupled with a watch as an accessory makes it look pretty athletic, which is jarring, considering the elegance of the occasion. I like the pearls and the little belt. I think it would've been more polished had she left off the watch. I hope to see some French designers moving forward!

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    1. It's funny you mentioned the athletic look because that's exactly what I thought, although I still like the outfit---she herself came off looking athletic. It appears that her hair was given some layers again. =)

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  59. Canadian Friend17 March 2017 at 19:40

    Hi Charlotte,

    Thank you for your wonderful posts. I really appreciate how quickly you fill us all in, especially on the busy days.

    I know this won't be popular but Kate has had a lot of "misses" lately. I say that with the utmost respect for her-but something is just off with her fashion IMO.

    I've been asking for wide-brimmed hats for years but when she wore one the other day with the Michael Kors blue coat, it was just "off". It seemed to just swallow her head. The coat with it just looked too plain and severe.

    I usually love her on St. Patrick's Day. The 2012 appearance is still probably in my favourite top 5 of appearances but today I didn't like the green hat and shoes. I think a wide brimmed black hat with black shoes would have been much better and would have provided more contrast. Once again the coat appears to be wearing her. I think it may have too many large details. In comparison, the brown Catherine Walker was gorgeous. The black cocktail dress is beautiful but the belt is awful! Why can't Kate buy a decent belt!! The dress length is odd. I'm not sure the pearl necklace suits this and she should ditch her bulky watch. It looks like a FitBit. Surely, she has a pretty bracelet she can wear.

    I'm just frustrated!!!

    And I'm still mad at William for the mess earlier this week. He needs to realize he left himself open to being manoeuvred and skewered by the junk press (TMZ!!). If he wants to gad about with his yobbish friends, he shouldn't do so in such a public place. It showed an unattractive combo of Diana's impulsiveness and Charles's arrogance and sense of entitlement to do whatever he wants while he cries, "Poor Me!". William should know the press will NEVER leave him alone-it's unfortunate but to let himself be set up is just denying his difficult and permanent reality in a way that is embarrassing and hurtful to his wife.

    Rebecca of Sweden-Maybe she is now "Weighty Katey" rather than "Waitey Katey"- a welcome change!

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    1. Caroline in Montana17 March 2017 at 22:07

      can you send me a link to the article in which william was crying "poor me"?

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    2. Canadian Friend, that was a cool point about the combo of both Diana & Charles' faults. People don't seem to want to speak of or talk about Diana's faults... but you were kind of spot on there! Very intriguing perspective!

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    3. I completely agree about Kate's fashion being consistently "off" of late, for the last few years IMO. There are things to love about these recent looks but each one has several "meh" elements too - for example I think the black dress has a beautiful neckline and fits her well, but the length is dowdy, and the bias cut or fishtail-type skirt looks dated to me, and makes the hips look wide. I don't care for the necklace with this dress either - too chunky and modern with elegant black lace. As for the watch, omg girl, retire that watch. please! For the first few years it was nice preppy, sporty luxury for day dresses and sporting events, but now it is tired and does not belong at The French Embassy. Kate is beautiful, but I wish she had a reallllly good stylist. She has so much natural beauty it is a shame to keep having these "misses" when just a tweak would make some of them grand slams! Which the Royal Family need. Period. They should give Kate a huge personal budget because she is the best advertising and PR firm the "Firm" has! I caught a glimpse of the silver dress she's wearing later - at first it seems lovely, but then it seems sooo baggy. Again she is so covered up, and she's so thin that dresses like this just hang on her. But maybe I'm wrong...going to take a closer look. Fingers crossed it's gorgeous!!! :)

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    4. You are playing my song Diane. Often something is off regarding her outfits. She needs a trained stylist. Never heard me say that before, huh. lol

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    5. Canadian Friend18 March 2017 at 20:32

      Thanks for the comments, all.

      Caroline in Montana-Sorry, I wasn't referencing an article about William saying "Poor me". I just think that his behaviour often shows an underlying attitude which seems partially defiant and partially self-pitying. With regards to Diana and Charles, there are many, many statements, wiretap transcripts, discussions with biographers and accounts by staff who worked with them about their various attitudes and their games with the press. I'm sorry that either of them or William and Harry have to have this as a factor they always have to consider.

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    6. surfer girl - lol, I never thought I would say it either! It's really crazy how it's changed! Also, an update on the "silver" ie: ice blue gown - it's hideous. What is up with her fascination with bollywood bling? Even in India it seems like an ice skating outfit. The hair, the ice blue bling, floor length - what in the world?! Get Chanel back in here, quick!

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  60. Shantel (@FashionandFaith)17 March 2017 at 19:41

    Catherine...yes! Yes, yes, yaaaas!
    Shantel
    Minnesota, USA

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  61. Perhaps William and Kate can learn some French, Spanish and Italian since they will be diplomats for years and years. That goes a long way in winning points I think. Others languages could be added as time goes by. I think the Queen speaks French and perhaps other languages also.

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    1. This is an EXCELLENT suggestion surfer girl. Absolutely agree. As Anett has taught me... +1

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    2. SG, You are So Correct! They could be intensely taught in no time at all. Actually surprised that The Family didn't think of this already? Or that they aren't fluent as a result of their high quality education & extensive travel? The romantic languages are a snap once you get the hang of them. German is a tad different, but definitely can be learned quickly by two smart adults! I had a funny time learning German. I initially couldn't stop myself from translating from German to French to English & then the reverse! It made it harder but I finally got my head on straight! :)

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    3. I am sincerely impressed Becca. :)

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  62. It also just hit me... Could The Pearl Set be Kate's Nod To Coco while in Paris, if she wasn't going to actually wear Channel on this trip? Thoughts?

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  63. Thanks Charlotte, that gives a whole different context to Kate's Black Dress & look! :) (& William's blue suit:)

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  64. I forgot to add that, holy cow, Kate's arms look pretty dang good! Also, those shoes are gorgeous.

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  65. Hi CHarlotte !
    There is a mistake in your article, it's not "Les Voisons" but "Les Voisins" who means "Neighbors" in French.
    See you.

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  66. Nicole from France17 March 2017 at 20:03

    Kate hardly wears jewels, and when she does .... they look nothing but ... strange ! where did she find that ??? and what about the watch ?????? and what about William's suit , I am really tired of those blue stuff he wears in any circumstances !
    anyway, the black dress looks great ! the whole day outfits look really very good, that kind of coat she had on this morning is the best design she can wear, I do love the padded shoulders , and the general "silhouette", she looks great when she moves or when it's windy , it "dances" so well around her ! and both dresses look fine, the Jenny Packham especially, what a beautifull colour ! now, she definitely has to learn some French (and also German) , seeing how the Queen and Prince Charles speak such a good French, William and Kate must definitely improve in foreign languages !

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    1. Nicole, I loved all that you said! I especially loved the way you expressed how her coat/dress floated around her when she moved. You captured what I have been grasping to express! I love the way she wears the fit & flare silhouette & with the movement I feel it makes the whole look very feminine & attractive. I too agree that they should learn French & German. I know both & they are not hard to learn & would add so much to their soft diplomacy! :)

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    2. Kate speaks French. She and Hollande conversed at one of the WWI events.

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  67. At first glance and my first impression of the McQueen black dress is that this is a really interesting pick for this reception and announcement of the new program. It's such an interesting mix of fabric, dress style - sleeveless, and frayed edges. I have no problem with the midi length and I feel she choose her shoes well - those ankle straps (that I wouldn't wear but Kate can). The leather belt makes sense as this is still somewhat of a business event (and it's an improvement to her other belts). And the jewelry - I'm sure some will like it, others won't - is pretty and different. Isn't that we all hope for? And now, it makes perfect sense why she didn't change her coat. She couldn't justify three new items in such a small window of time.

    I'd like to see this dress again. :-)

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  68. I didn't think there would be time for her to change and I'm glad that she didn't change as the coat is really great. I can see why she took her hair down to give the coat a different look t I like it better with the hair up to show off the collar.

    I was a bit confused as some others may have mentioned between the rsame caption and the black tie gala. At first I thought black tie had it's meaning changed because William was not in a tux and the dress was casual. So glad to see that they are separate events now. It changes my perception of the dress. It's very pretty and she looks great. Not too crazy about the length of it, but it's flattering on Kate.

    I love the jewels. I think they are all part of a set, earrings, ring, and necklace. The size and shape of the pearls is too consistent to at least not be all from the same brand. That certainly is a statement necklace. Very pretty against the black dress. Love the shoes as they are different from the norm but still prefer the rounds toe. She seems to bea fan of a chunky heel.

    This mini tour is off to great start. It's interesting to hear that Kate doesn't speak French because I thought she did. They looked like the had a wonderful time meeting everyone and I thought William delivered a nice speech. Looking forward to the gala dinner tonight.

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  69. She spoke French with the French leader at the war memorial. She is apparently fluent. She appeared to be listening to and understanding , and responding in French today.

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    2. Anon 20:21 - That's very interesting, considering Rebecca English reported, 'Am told that Kate speaks no French and William only basic conversational.' It appears she may have been misinformed ;)

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    3. 20;21 was my reply to Surfer girl 19:44.

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    4. USA- yes she was, according to Emily Andrews, who has heard Kate speak French.

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  70. Somehow this dress reminds me of Diana's John Travolta dress at the White House those many years ago.

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  71. For clarification (and as a reminder to those of you who might believe everything on the internet--ahem), Rebecca English at the Daily Mail made a comment on twitter that she had been told William and Kate didn't speak French: "Am told that Kate speaks no French and William only basic, conversational (not that I can claim to be any better)". Emily Andrews at the Sun tweeted that Kate did, indeed, speak French: " I heard her [Kate] last year - and thought her French was actually OK. And def better than William's". The event was, of course, the visit to the Somme memorial.

    Naturally most people only responded to R. English's tweet; many will not have seen the tweet from E. Andrews. Believe what you will. It is important, however, to question the "research" and "knowledge" of some of these royal reporters as they can and sometimes do get the details and facts wrong. And those wrong details and facts may have some long term consequences.

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    1. Very true PurpleFields.

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    2. Touche PurpleFields!! I remember last year at Somme, Kate speaking passable French and when asked, she commented something like her French was eqiuvalent to some high school level. cc

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  72. Then I'm confused... Charlotte mentioned in her post that Kate did not speak french & William only conversationally? I would have thought via the caliber of her schooling (actually both of their's) as well as their travels, that they would both be relatively fluent? However, that was not what Charlotte posted today. I'll be interested to find out if there has been a mis understanding?

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  73. Caroline in Montana17 March 2017 at 22:14

    i am not angry/upset/disappointed/frustrated that she chose to keep the same coat as this morning, it appears she also did not have the time to change, and how many times can she change her clothes a day without folks starting in on her throwing money around? i also like that she let her hair down as that hat from this morning is very much not my favorite. really like william in the black uniform and now here he is back in navy blue, can we start a petition to send him to stop wearing it over and over? he looks so good in black or charcoal and it is also way more flattering to whatever the duchess wears, and then they both look better! I like this black dress, the fabric, sleeveless and the jewels that go with it. just not a fan of the "tea length", i dont think it flatters her so much. and the shoes are also fabulous! dont mind her wearing a watch either, go forbid she knows what time it is!! lol. all in all i think she is doing smashing so far. will have to go pop in and see about the formal gown for the gala!!

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  74. This is more like it. The Duchess looks lovely in all her outfits.
    Just love the color of her hair, beautiful. Her makeup is sedate and natural.
    Finally a pearl necklace, I am a pearl girl from way back! It is unusual but stunning. Love the evening dress a pale blue maybe no picture here but she looks beautiful.
    More importantly I am so pleased that there is more on Kate's schedule when she gets back. Well done.
    William well what do you say, I'm sorry but I have lost a lot of respect for him, he needs to pull his socks up.

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  75. I was a bit surprised that Kate didn't change when she initially arrived, but when I discovered two more engagements(not just one), it makes total sense.

    A statement necklace! And a cocktail ring! I love it! And strappy heels! As to the dress, I love the top - the neckline, the belt, the fabric. But I am not a fan of this length on her. But that's not enough to ruin the overall effect for me. But the watch...I know some people think it was intentional and maybe it was, but I know too often I have left mine on when changing for a formal event like a wedding or event and have to toss it into my purse.

    I am very surprised neither of them know a second language. I feel like a basic knowledge of some other language(French, Spanish, Italian(but mainly French)) should be pretty much a requirement/prerequisite for a senior royal who will be king someday.

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  76. Wow. The black dress, the shoes, the necklace. Perfection. I think this may be my most favorite look of Catherine's. Ever. It's simply fabulous.

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  77. I like the black dress and I think it looks good on Kate because either she's picked up some weight (which is good) or the heavy material provides the illusion of curves. But, I feel she had on too many accessories, and I'm one to talk because I love accessories! I love Paris and I hope they have a great trip!

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    1. SDR, Kate does look like she's put on some weight or changed up her workout regimen (especially her arms), she's looking great! I love the weight of the fabric, it certainly gives the illusion of curves, a very romantic look :)

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  78. oh I love the dress she very smart and casual she looks good too I love hearing them and speaking in french

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  79. Thank you Charlotte for an interesting post. I liked the look, a little bit edgy and different especially with the pearls. My favourite photo here is the one with another girl against the poster - the one so quintessentially English and the other very French.
    On the arrival in the green coat. Two choices - Either St Patrick's Day was done properly with time spent with the families of service men and women or there was a clothing change to the standard required for arrival in France and I know which I would rather have had.

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  80. Bronwyn, Sydney18 March 2017 at 01:40

    I don't see why she had to change, the coat is beautiful and versatile. I love the black dress with pearl accessories, I love pearls and well chosen pearl jewellery, like Kate's, looks amazing. Ankle strap shoes are another favourite so this outfit ticks all the boxes. And I love the pale blue evening gown and diamond jewels. Your Duchess looks beautiful.

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  81. The dress is lovely and the shoe straps add a playful touch. It's also nice to see her have a bit of fun with jewelry, although the watch is too sporty/bulky here. IMO.

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  82. This is one of my favorite Duchess Kate looks of all time. The shape and length of that dress is perfect!

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  83. She looked stunning.
    A more delicate wrist watch or bracelet would've looked better.

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  84. The black dress is ok, but it seemed out of place, like she was overdressed. All the other women I could see in photos were wearing more businesslike clothes, and this dress is more of a cocktail dress. Just seemed inappropriate. And I know I'll get disagreement, but I really don't like to see her arms exposed. I know she's buff and all, but it doesn't look right with evening clothes, better with casual. She's so thin that muscles and sinews are defined and gives her an almost gaunt appearance. She looks better covered up. Imo.

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  85. Tammy from California19 March 2017 at 00:19

    I have to say: BOY are Kate's arms getting buff! I like that they seem to have (or at least look like it) a little more substance to them. I felt for some time that they were looking a little too thin. Button earrings and necklace were a little too "loud" for that dress in my opinion, I like them better with more traditional looks. This dress would have been better with something on loan from the queen. I guess what I am trying to say is the "statement" pieces for me overshadowed the dress and the shoes and I think they were very beautiful-so it would have been nice to see something that complemented them rather than take away from them.

    Heck, what do I know, I am a horrible dresser.

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  86. Beautiful dress and I seem to like the earrings a lot more when worn as a matched set, than when she wore them alone.

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  87. I like the Alexander McQueen dress, but would have liked to have seen it with sleeves. That being said, I can absolutely deal with the dress being the way it is if she had worn *any* other jewelry with it. I didn't read all of the comments and I may be alone in this but I really and truly hate those pearls. The earrings are odd and don't fit with her usual style and that necklace and ring need to go in the trash. They are awful and I hope she puts them away for good!

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  88. Not a fan of this look I know she is young and wants no sleeves sometimes but this look doesn't work neither does the necklace. Thanks again Charlotte for your work.

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  89. Not a fashion expert...just looking at the overall presence.
    All looks very elegant and rarefied, as usual - but the arms are indeed over the top. I guess this is what happens when you spend most of your days in the gym. I wonder what is the point of acquiring all that muscle - because it's not health, neither is it need to fight lions, or "beauty".
    Letting people know you spend most of your days in the gym?...
    Otherwise, great fashion to look at. Thanks for the site.

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