Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Radiant Kate in Red Marchesa Notte for 42nd Street Opening Night

The Duchess of Cambridge attended the Opening Night of the musical 42nd Street at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in aid of East Anglia's Children's Hospices this evening.


Ahead of the engagement the Palace said "Her Royal Highness became Royal Patron of EACH in January 2012 and has supported this organisation by attending a number of official engagements since that time."


The charity supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions. Their specialist services include nursing care, symptom management support, well-being activities, and therapy and counselling – all meeting the individual needs of the child or young person, and the whole family.


A glamorous red carpet for the show's opening night.


The Duchess walks the red carpet.


Attendees included Judy Murray (mum to Andy) who swapped the tennis court for the red carpet.


Academy Award winning actor Morgan Freeman.


Kate was greeted by the show's team and EACH representatives.


Kate also met Michael Linnit (Producer), Mr Mark Bramble (Theatre Director), Dr Johnny Hon (Executive Producer) and his wife Vicky. Michael Linnit and Michael Grade, together with the Global Group of Companies for Gate Ventures, will be supporting the Nook appeal for the run of the show.


Kate was presented with a programme for the evening from 12-year-old Ollie who uses the hospice at Milton in Cambridgeshire.


Ollie Duell lives with a complex medical condition that affects his bowel and stomach. In October 2010 he underwent a transplant of those vital organs, but it was ultimately unsuccessful as Ollie’s body rejected the new tissues in 2014. It means Ollie needs to be attached to several tubes to help with breathing, feeding and more. He is also attached to a pump 22 hours a day and requires 36 medicines four times a day plus four lots of intravenous drugs. In addition, Ollie also has an under-active thyroid, juvenile arthritis and sleep apnoea. He can walk short distances, but often needs an electric wheelchair. It's been an enormously difficult journey for Ollie's family who have found a constant source of support in EACH. He's been visiting the Milton hospice since he was just three and now benefits from two or three day-long care sessions each month and also enjoys hydrotherapy to alleviate pain in his joints. Ollie's mother Claire said: "Without EACH I really don't believe we would have made it this far together as a family. They make a really hard time just that little easier to deal with." Ollie has been hugely excited about tonight, meeting the Duchess and seeing the musical. EACH revealed"he recently showed off his own musical credentials at EACH’s Christmas party when, although naturally shy, he decided to stand up and sing for guests, prompting tears from his family and members of ​our care team who have been with them through their journey."


Readers will be familiar with the Nook appeal which Kate officially launched in 2014. EACH has a hospice at Quidenham in Norfolk and are currently fundraising for a new purpose-built one, which is to be called the Nook and will help to provide more families with the same facilities as those offered by their hospices in Cambridgeshire, Essex and Suffolk. The appeal aims to raise a total of £10 million and they are half way there. Trojan fundraising efforts have been underway attempting to secure the latter half of funds needed. Indeed, an auction of the Boden hat Kate tried on during an EACH charity shop opening raised almost £900. The charity shared further good news revealing they have been pledged £250,000 from a very generous donor and are hoping proceeds from tonight's event will see them getting closer to their goal. If you are considering donating or would like to find out more please click here.

EACH Twitter Feed

Kate was seated in the Royal Box.


The revival of the popular Broadway musical 42nd Street stars Grammy winner Sheena Easton and is expected to be hugely popular, as even the preview performances have received standing ovations. Based on the novel by Bradford Ropes and the subsequent 1933 Hollywood film adaptation, the show focuses on the efforts of famed dictatorial Great White Way director Julian Marsh to mount a successful stage production of a musical extravaganza at the height of the Great Depression.


The show includes songs such as 'We’re in the Money', 'Lullaby of Broadway', 'Dames', 'I Only Have Eyes For You' and '42nd Street'. The musical has played to great global acclaim for almost 40 years and its popularity serves as a legacy to Gower Champion, the legendary director and choreographer of the original Tony Award-winning production. The new West End production will be directed by the show’s author and director Mark Bramble.


A video teaser of the show.


After the show, Kate joined the cast on stage and posed for a photograph.


The Duchess was presented with a pair of tap shoes from producers Michael Linnet, Michael Grade and director Mark Bramble following the performance.


42nd Street posted lovely shots of Kate backstage meeting with the cast and crew.


It very much appears Kate had a wonderful time!


Kate chose a stunning dress by Marchesa Notte for the event (with thanks to @followallroyal &
@_lexismart for the swift ID). The Embellished Tulle Dress was a lovely choice for the evening. always say red is Kate's colour and teamed with the 1950s style of the dress it's a major sartorial winner. It's also another brand debut for the Duchess. British designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig launched their second line, Marchesa Notte (a diffusion line) in 2006. Many of us have been hoping to see Kate in Marchesa for some time, their evening wear options offer modern, glamorous eveningwear season after season.


The tulle dress is detailed with tactile lattice and rosette motifs. Partially lined to create a sweetheart neckline, the fit-and-flare design has flexible boning and a defined bead and crystal-embellished waist. The dress is available for $1,195 at Net-A-Porter, Farfetch and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Net-A-Porter

A closer look at the detailing.

Net-A-Porter

Kate's new earrings are the Kate Spade Pretty Pom Tassel Drop Earrings (with thanks to @heyitsmelina and What Kate Wore). The style of earring is quite a departure for the Duchess. The tassel earrings have been quite popular recently with everyone from Oscar de la Renta to Kenneth Jay Lane offering them as part of their collections. Are you a fan?


Kate Spade's creative director, Deborah Lloyd said

"tassels are the new bows. and, in bright hues, the ultra-chic design elements are especially well-suited to jewelry. each of the earrings and pendants in our new pretty poms collection is made from colorful silk thread and glass beads, for a look that's equal parts elegant and eye-catching."

Another look at the earrings on Kate.


The earrings are available in several colours at Nordstrom, Kate SpadeSaks Fifth Avenue, ShopBop, The Bay and Zappos for $98.

Kate Spade

The Pretty Poms Tassel Necklace matching Kate's earrings is available for $128 at Nordstrom.

Nordstrom

Kate carried her cranberry suede Mulberry clutch.


The Duchess completed the look with her Gianvito Rossi 105 pumps in burgundy.

Gianvito Rossi

At noon tomorrow, William, Kate and Harry will attend a Service of Hope at Westminster Abbey.

201 comments:

  1. Rebecca - Sweden4 April 2017 at 19:05

    WOW! I loooove a flippy tealength skirt! I watched live when she arrived and it swayed so prettily! And red is as always a great colour choice on her.

    So retro. Kind of reminds me of the young Queen. In the best way possible!

    The pattern is a bit of a surprise but it gives it a more modern feel.

    She looks very much a modern Princess!! She looks absolutley glamorous!!

    And from what I can see this faar, those look like some massive earrings!!

    Cannot wait for more pictures and hope they manage to get alot of money for EACH today!!

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    1. I've been wanting her to wear a full skirt like the Queen wore early in her reign for some time! Now if she would wear one that's a full length strapless!!!

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden5 April 2017 at 00:11

      Haha, I cannot agree with that ;) I (almost) always think big skirted strapless things look so bottom heavy, like they should be sliding down :P But this wearing today I very much agree with you on :D

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  2. Wow, stunning dress. The choice of colour suits her well....

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  3. Gorgeous cocktail dress.......love the color, the cap sleeves, and the length. I may be in the minority here, but I'm personally a fan of the longer skirts that she often wears. With her long, slim frame she can pull it off. Can't wait to get a better look at those earrings too! ;)

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  4. Rebecca - Sweden4 April 2017 at 19:16

    I've wanted Kate to wear this brand for ages! And she did NOT disappoint. I didn't even know it was a british brand!! Even better!! I would loooooooove for it to become a part of her regular rotation because they make some GORGEOUS stuff!!!

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    1. I also love Marchesa Notte & didn't know they were British either! So glad she selected something from their brand, I've wanted to see her in this label for a long time too! :)

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden5 April 2017 at 02:04

      Appearantly they show in New York and are technically then a US brand, but both of the are british and have studied in London :)

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    3. Ah, no wonder I was confused as to whether they were a British or US brand, thanks Rebecca :)

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  5. The Duchess looks radiant tonight, I'm really happy she choose to wear a new designer. I think two girls IDed the dress during the same moment on twitter, just so you know :)

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  6. Ahhh 42nd Street is my favorite musical and has one of my dream roles! Also, this dress is gorgeous...an interesting length, but I love Marchesa. Can't wait to get the full details.

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  7. Lynn in SC (wearing Levis & hot pink Cros with a thermal top in grey)4 April 2017 at 19:41

    I am really, really trying to like Kate in midi length dresses, but I am failing. I love the color, I love everything about the dress except the length.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden4 April 2017 at 21:15

      I think the length is absolutley perfect for this kind of skirt. For the more "hanging" skirts I can see people not liking it. But this is the perfect flippy, retro skirt, in my eyes :)

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  8. First impression: Lovely !!! Thank you for the sneak peak, Charlotte ~

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  9. Pam from Boston4 April 2017 at 19:55

    Ooooh, it's so pretty! I love it. It appears as though Kate has had it altered a bit, the sleeves cover over her shoulders more. I like that better than how it is on the model. I love cap sleeves.

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  10. Love the dress, I just wish her hair is pulled back. Another thing, Twitter is slow with updates. No one has posted a new info in over 20 mins. Is all the royal correspondence with Charles?

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden4 April 2017 at 21:15

      And Harry. Landmine event.

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    2. Harry has big speech many reporters there.

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    3. This is True.

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  11. Sarah Maryland USA4 April 2017 at 20:21

    I hate 3/4 length dresses and to make sure I wasnt crazy in my hatred I asked my students today if they like those kind of dresses and they all said no and that it is a weird length
    So I'm glad I'm not the only one! The dress would have been nice if it were shorter
    Hair is ok not bad or faboulous

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    1. Hi, Sarah. I politely disagree on the 3/4 length. It is wonderfully feminine and flattering on the right people, and the perfect opportunity to display a gorgeous pair of shoes. Unfortunately Kate is unimaginative with her shoes, despite her deep pocketbook. I think if the dress had been styled appropriately you might not hate that length so much. But of course, we all have different taste and it's all good. She looks pretty, how could one say she doesn't - but in my humble opinion it is not a homer unless... I think for me, the hair and acccessories are lacking. The dress is certainly a thing of beauty...

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    2. Sarah Maryland USA4 April 2017 at 22:46

      I just think 3/4 length dresses make people look shorter than they are when I like Kate's height.

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    3. I like the length. The problem is that the skirt is very full. This much fabric looks very heavy, even on someone Kate's height.

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    4. I think full skirts look juvenile when they are short. This kind of skirt needs to be calf length to look appropriate. The dress is lovely as is. The earrings on the other hand--ick. I dislike fabric/cloth earrings.

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    5. Rebecca - Sweden5 April 2017 at 02:15

      I don't think they always do, Anglophile. But I think this kind of full, tulle-ish skirt has a tendency to look promlike if long or short. Tealength (to me) is the perfect length for a tulle skirt :)

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  12. Has she got a new stylist? Everything she has worn recently has been so on point, was waiting to see her in Marchesa for so long this dress is stunning and it really is her colour! Fabulous!!!

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  13. How can one woman be so perfect? She is amazing.

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  14. Yes, radiant! I love the mesh overlay, beautiful design. The dress fits the occasion so well with the full skirt,60's style. Kate and her team are doing a great job so far this year with her fashion choices. No complaints here. Thanks for the article.

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  15. Robbie from Hampton VA USA4 April 2017 at 20:44

    What a perfect dress for this musical! She looked amazing.

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  16. Julia from Leominster4 April 2017 at 20:49

    Kate looks fabulous. The earrings are fun - would have like a demi-chignon to show them off better.

    Fascinating - Camilla wears green lace (acceptably) and Kate shows off her tiny waist and beautiful figure in green lace a few days later.

    Camilla wears red ballerina length (disastrously in my opinion although there are Camilllaites who liked it) and Kate dazzles her off the map - looking stunning in a length that is very hard to wear at best - no diamonds necessary, just Kate's own beauty.

    I suppose this much be a coincidence but it's an interesting one. I can't think that William and Kate are happy with new biography of Charles and the "friends" of Charles and Camilla who spread the dirt about Diana's mental condition - which the Camilla crowd has always used against her - in complete opposition to what Heads Together is supposed to be about.

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    1. Regardless of how Chris lauded their recent tour, a book denigrating Diana is totally counterproductive to that. And, especially because of the Heads Together initiative. Why would anyone put out a book like that at this time or any other? If I were Charles, I would make some kind of comment against the book, for William and Harry's sake if for no other reason.

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    2. I saw someone on Twitter raving about Camilla's red dress. I looked at the pictures and thought "really?". I thought it was awful, but I admit I'm totally predjudiced against Camilla.

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    3. I saw pics of Camilla in her red dress. While I am not anti-Camilla, that dress was a bad choice for her. Not a flattering cut at all!

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    4. Camillaites, lol! I liked the colour of Camilla's dress, though not the cut. But I think with the way the fashion industry works, it's much easier to dress Kate's body type than Camilla's. Add to that the fact that being photographed always adds a few pounds... Camilla can't compare, yet many women out there have a body similar to hers and most women do not have one like Kate's. With Camilla's body shape, you have to go for wider cuts but then people will never enjoy that as much because it can't create a silhouette like Kate's.
      I think when it comes to dressing, it's best to hide the flaws you can but not to try hiding the ones you can't.

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    5. Agree. Comparing a 69 year-old of full-figured shape to a 35 year-old of tall, slender bouncy-haired glory is monumentally unfair, to put it gently. That said, I adore the vintage look of this dress, Kate looks gorgeous in it. If she's going to do those earrings, I say do a ponytail and let those curtain tassels rock.

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    6. Julia from Leominster5 April 2017 at 01:34

      First of all, I don't like Camilla, but I try not to be prejudiced - I give no passes to royal ladies, young or old - but when Camilla looks nice - I say so, and I have seen her look nice. I didn't think the green lace was bad on her. But I do think all of us, regardless of age, should be mindful of what styles suit us and what don't. I could never at any age, have worn that dress of Kate's successfully, not because I wasn't slim, I was as slim as Kate and taller, but just because that full skirt would not have looked right on me. Camilla chose a dress that didn't look right on her - it made her look much bigger than she is and called attention to some of her worst features in an unforgiving colour. She gets no pass from me because of age. That red dress was simply a terrible choice as the mirror should have told her.

      But I didn't make the comparison. Kate is the one who has twice within the month appeared in a dress very similar to her step-mother-in-law within a few days of the other wearing it - first green lace, and now a ballerina red dress with a full skirt - it could be coincidence or it could be something else - a comparison Kate - or Kate and William - are inviting for some reason. Who knows. We never will but royals send messages in oblique ways and I'm not sure we aren't seeing one of them.

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    7. Courtney from NC5 April 2017 at 05:01

      Julia - I agree about the red dress and don't think you were being cruel or unreasonable. If you dress for your body then age isn't always a huge factor. The way the skirt and bodice were attached on Camilla's red dress just didn't flatter her figure. I have seen many women, even Camilla before, who have that body type that look stunning because they dress for their body shape and size instead of trying to make their body fit a style. I don't really have much to contribute as far as Kate wearing similar dresses so soon after Camilla. I would imagine that they both plan their wardrobes a decent length of time before events so perhaps it was coincidence.

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    8. That red dress on Camilla was shocking, but I wonder whether it was symbolic. The color and the poppy-like flowers could have been a comment about Italy's position in World War I. Given World War II, and even Italy's motivations during WWI, that earlier alliance is not likely to receive much attention during the centennial. But in light of Brexit, perhaps all European alliances are to be noticed in one way or another. Charles and Camilla were off to Austria shortly afterward, which would have made diplomacy ticklish. The dress seemed so uncharacteristic of Camilla, that I wondered if it had some special purpose. If so, there was no subtlety about it!

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  17. Thank you for the quick post Charlotte! And as always for the thoughtful background.
    Hello magazine had a couple of head shots of Kate with her earrings swinging--they looked great! As did she.

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  18. Sandrine (France)4 April 2017 at 20:50

    Whaouh, Kate is radiant !!! Which sublime dress, it's one of my favorites, for sure !!! And I love her earrings !!! She's so beautiful 😍😍😍

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden4 April 2017 at 21:18

      I agree, this is one of my favourite dresses on her. And yet another one with great rewear possibilities. Here it was styled to be fun with the hair and earrings. But it also has a possibility to go rather stately with proper vault jewels and an updo!

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  19. Beautiful gown unfortunately accessorized by another pair of dull and mismatched suede pumps. Ugh. Some fabulous patent leather black or red shoes would have made this look a killer.

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    1. I agree - the plain unimaginative " matchy" pumps are so disappointing - the ones the model has on are such an improvement!! I have no words for those earrings... They are fun and modern and quite a mistake with her hair down and that beautiful dress.

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    2. Hi Ivy, Anon ~ I admit I was on the fence about the 'red on red' and I think I understand where you're at.
      I just saw a pic in the DM which gives a peak at the back of the program booklet and it seems the dancer depicted there wore a red costume and red shoes in what seems like the same shade of red as the Duchess' dress and shoes (to my untrained eyes they seem to be the same shade in a lot of the pictures). Perhaps the program picture was an inspiration when the accessories were selected ~ just a thought ...

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    3. Julia from Leominster5 April 2017 at 01:35

      I have to admit, I would have preferred dyed to match satin shoes - the suede was the wrong shade.

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    4. Rebecca - Sweden5 April 2017 at 02:07

      Haha, sorry I had to laugh Julia. Not at you, but I could only imagine the "I don't like matchy-matchy" people fainting out of pure hatered :P

      (I also think matching satin shoes reads wedding)

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    5. Rebecca - Sweden5 April 2017 at 02:14

      Also, I think the slightly off shoes and bag work quite well because they are the same colour as the beading at the waist :)

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    6. The shoes are suede. For a frothy dress like that I think fabric or matte leather would have been better. Perhaps patent, but I like the idea of matte. And not in red.

      I like that silhouette on Kate; I think she wears it well. I love that sort of look, but I'm not crazy about the way she styled it at all. To go with the 40-s or 50's theme, some clumpy colored stone earrings like they wore back then would have really looked good, rather than red tassels. I could have loaned her a couple of pairs that the Dowager gave me. And then a snappy multi colored clutch would have amped it up a lot. The shoes could come from one of the colors in the clutch.

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  20. So happy to see her at an Each event!

    I've been waiting for her to wear Marchesa but am a little let down by this choice. I don't know if it is the odd length paired with the pumps that is making her look short and squat or something else but she seems overwhelmed by the dress. Also, this is a lot of red. Wish her acessories were some other color. Finally, not a fan of the earrings either. They look too much like upholstery poms and tassels. Sorry to be so negative:(

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    1. Erika, I was just going to comment, "please someone explain these earrings to me??" They don't fit a princess on the red carpet in my opinion. And again the hair... but I'm resigning myself to the fact it's never going to be worn any other way!

      I've been debating lately whether I should just say "she looks very nice" and move on, or not comment at all, because I feel like I'm nitpicking too much! Oh well :)

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    2. I agree! I was starting to think I was the only one who disliked the dress. It doesn't fit the model well either.

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    3. Erika, I agree. They look like curtain tie-back tassels. The mismatched color of the shoes, the tassle earrings, the uber billowiness of the dress on Kate's frame and the all red this time I don't like. Sorry. The actual shade of red is good on her though.

      Wait. Maybe the red and the fabric, the texture, and the curtain tie-back earrings are symbolic of theatre curtains/theatre. I am not trying to be mean, honestly. I think that might be the "Kate thing" this time. Paola, ?

      I thought Georgia May-Foote's dress was so pretty, although it certainly seemed like more of a day dress than an evening at the theatre dress. I loved the style and fit of the dress though. That is a beautiful style, in my opinion.

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    4. I agree with you ladies - except I do think it looks lovely on the model...

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    5. "Wait. Maybe the red and the fabric, the texture, and the curtain tie-back earrings are symbolic of theatre curtains/theatre"

      I could not resist commenting. You dug out the best out of it SG. They remind me of Christmas deco balls. Your translation seems to fit vey well.

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    6. Lol SG, that's exactly what they look like! My mom has a bedspread edged in something very similar too. It could be a Kate thing. I do see the connection. Not working though.

      Sometimes I feel the same way, Claudia. Often, something is invariably off and I feel bad pointing it out. Though,it would be so boring if all of us just said the customary "She looks lovely" and moved on. So, in that spirit, agree that her hair though beautiful is underwhelming for this kind of engagement.

      21:29 glad to have some company. I think midi length fit and flares are hard to wear.

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    7. Rebecca - Sweden4 April 2017 at 22:29

      I think nitpicking can be fun. I always think as long as people can diffirentiate between "I don't like" and "This is ugly/inappropriate", and when people comment with a self awareness of their nitpicking, I see no issue with it at all. Starting with "ofc she looks perfectly appropriate" or putting in a "I'm just nitpicking" or something of the sort goes a long way though. I have noticed that sometimes nitpicking can end up looking like a "list of faults" and then it can leave a sour taste, even when not intended :P

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    8. Re Kate looking squat...there is the pic of Kate meeting the writers(?), producers(?) and for the first time in a long time, she looks...not super thin. I am assuming it's the underskirt since she was not as, well, full waisted last week. And that is not a weight shot. I was surprised and kind of like 'yes! Lovely Kate has bad angles too! There's hope for me!'

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    9. I did feel as though I were listing faults Rebecca:( It's unusual for me to dislike an entire outfit, so when I do it feels like my negative comments go on and on.

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    10. Thanks Rebecca and Erika, good points!

      I always think it's great to be online when Charlotte is updating in real time, it feels like we are all sitting around chatting back and forth and I get my royal chat fix :) So thank you Charlotte and everyone here. But that's me for the night! X

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    11. I'm sorry to say the only parts of this outfit that I like are the clutch and the pumps! The fabric of the dress looks stiff and uncomfortable, and busy, and why is there a white bra showing in back, while the front is a contoured bodice that matches the overlay? Perhaps the design is supposed to match the Broadway Street Station? It looks very similar. The dress has been compared to Dior, but someone pointed out that the musical is from the 30s. Anyway, this is the first time I have seen Kate in a dress that I did not think she could improve by simply putting it on!

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    12. Claudia and Erika

      I had the same feeling, I didn't want to spoil the fun of others by saying negative things. But both of you kind of encouraged me to do so. 😁 In a very positive way of course.

      Her dress is not favourite at all. Her earrings are fun but I completely see why not here. My biggest issue is her hair and her messing with it. I have seen the DM pictures - of course they chose those where she is busy with her hair- awful!!! I am crying for an updo every time when she is on a red carpet.

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    13. Right behind you, Claudia! I've frequently erased my comments 'cause I've got nothing to say besides ... nope, not even a meh... nothing!

      I find her style somewhat ... old fashioned these days; stale, even. She looks like the Prom Queen that got away.

      Apologies from Heidi

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  21. She looks breathtaking in red. The earrings are a curious choice for a red carpet event, however.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden4 April 2017 at 21:13

      It was an odd kind of red carpet though. Some in jeans, some in cocktail gowns. I think the earringchoice was good because of that!

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    2. Rebecca did I see Judy Murray in jeans and a white top? I thought I did and it made me wonder what kind of night it would be. Then Maureen Lipman was in full ballgown, and Morgan Freeman in denim and baseball cap. Odd indeed!

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden4 April 2017 at 21:56

      Exactly Claudia, so I think not going full "regal" was a good choice. I would also love to see this with vault jewels and an updo and all that, but I think todays styling was the right choice.

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    4. That's just what it's like at the theatre these days. I never wear jeans to the theatre but lots of people do. So I think the mixture of jeans & elegant dresses we see here is just reminiscent of that.
      Anyhow, it's an artistic setting, so earrings like these are perfectly fine, I think.

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    5. Rebecca - Sweden4 April 2017 at 23:30

      I also think it might differ a bit depending on seats? I mean.. Kate sat in some fancy box :)

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    6. She was a "part of the stage". The whole ensemble seems to be considerate of the very occasion purposefully for her role there. Others under-dressed were not necessarily the highlight of the evening even with some star power. The earrings pass for this day and time. The length of skirt gave it more impact / better than maxi or much shorter. It is all strikingly delightful presentation ( yes all red too) which can make you remember the production and her patronage for EACH.

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    7. Nicole from France5 April 2017 at 10:27

      Rebecca-Sweden, yes this was a red carpet event, but Kate does not seem to be a fan of big jewels (which I myself deeply regret, I love blings ! ahahha) , and she probably did not want to look over-dressed and "over-blinged" if I may say so ! that hint non-conformism seems , to me, quite matching this event , having to meet artists ....

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  22. So pretty. Red is always amazing

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  23. It takes a confident woman to wear a red dress on the red carpet.

    Does her dress seem to have fewer pleats in the front than the models?

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  24. In some of the pictures of Kate seated in the box, it appears that she was accompanied by Sophie Agnew and Miguel Head, who I think is mainly William's assistant. Maybe Miguel is helping Sophie fill in for Rebecca Deacon? I also noticed Miguel at the other recent engagements where Sophie attended.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden4 April 2017 at 21:56

      Maybe he's kind of her.. training wheels? So she's not just thrown in the deep end.

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  25. Those Tassel Earrings are subpar for the rest of the outfit (which is lovely). Please go dip into HM 's jewel vault. I am sure there are a pair of lovely ruby earrings to borrow.

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    1. Daffodil Primrose5 April 2017 at 00:06

      Agreed. All is well until you get the the earrings that scream arts and crafts from grannies embroidery box.

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    2. I agree, I dislike the earrings. They're fun, but don't go with this dress. Rubies would've been fab!

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    3. I love the earrings! They are fabulous, and gave her a youthful vibe, rather than a matronly look.

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    4. Well, they wouldn't be my number one choice, but I do think they are fun for an evening at the theater. Very Maxima-like, IMO. I doubt that Kate would reach for them if a reception at BP was on the agenda, but it works here.

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    5. yes. i feel like they belong with like skinny jeans, a black shirt, and red shoes for a fun night out on the town. they should be the statement. here, they are in competition with the dress (which is amazing)

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    6. I think a repeat of this gown with an updo and rubies would be great for a repeat, but for tonight everything works!! cc

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    7. The more I look at these earrings, the more I dislike them. Esp. With her hair down. Maybe, just maybe with a fun ponytail on a trip to India, but nothing else. Heinous really. Give me rubies any day regardless of the situation.

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  26. I like the dress but it looks a lot like the preen overall, red 50's thing.
    I wish she would dig deep to her early Year closet and pull out some gowns that only saw one appearance. I have no problem with nice clothes and she has to spend money, but WWKD on twitter are starting to track clothes and budget, and they said Jan-Mar this year is more than £57,000 - more than $70,000
    That really shook me! Too much.
    If she would change her hair and jewels she could really give a dress a new look.

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    1. I also thought she would've repeated something from her early married years for this event. I'm surprised by this outfit & love it, but I'm also surprised by how much she has spent on her wardrobe this year so far. I guess that's part & parcel with the steady flow of appearances/engagements the Duchess has made over the last few months, which I'm pleased to see. It does seem like an awful lot of $$$ though.

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  27. Rhonda - Wisconsin4 April 2017 at 21:24

    I think that she looks lovely. I love the style of dress, don't mind the length. It is and she is just gorgeous! Go Kate!!!

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  28. What a beaut!! Love this. 2017 has been a great year so far - Linda

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  29. I really love this red dress but once again the jewelry, what little she is wearing, underwhelms me. No bracelet and tassel earrings made from embroidery thread. Really? Could she not have found some diamond and/or pearl earrings somewhere?

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  30. Why isn't she doing her nails anymore? It looks unfinished at an event like this.

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  31. Sharyn from AUS4 April 2017 at 21:33

    even before i read the post, my first thought was 'god, I love the skirt of this dress!' i love everything about this dress; the colour, the A-line, and especially the length. I know lots don't like this length but I love the old world glamorous feel to it. I'm also coveting those shoes (and the ability to walk in heels so gracefully!)

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden4 April 2017 at 21:58

      Exactly! This gown feels modern while still perfectly fitting the old glamour feel. I hope to see this dress multiple times in the future. It's so perfect!

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  32. Dress is somewhat lacking the 'wow' factor and shoes are so boring!

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  33. What a busy royal day! Charles and Camilla at the Vatican (and even the Pope managed to smile and wave to acknowledge the waiting press... sorry couldn't resist!) Kate at 42nd street, and of course Harry picking up Diana's work with his landmine speech tonight. I love that he had the two young men who met Diana in 1997 with him and said "When my mother said goodbye to Zarko that August, weeks before her untimely death, she told him he would not be forgotten. Please help me keep her word to Zarko and Malic and others like them."

    I mean, honestly! Just wonderful, heartfelt speech I thought. Roya Nikkah said "Reckon that's Harry's most personal, brave, emotional and brilliant speech to date." And I quite agree. Sensational.

    I'm wondering who will make the front pages :)

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    1. Harry should because of funding from government.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden4 April 2017 at 21:59

      Harry did very well (but I can't help but think how absolutley lynched William would have been making such a speech. People accuse him of "using Diana" but when Harry does it, it's heartfelt).

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    3. Good point JN, we'll see shortly! I also think the papers can't resist a Diana story, however thin the connection ;) This one is certainly deserving.

      And they all might take a back seat to the awfulness in Syria of course...

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    4. Oh Rebecca I have to disagree there, I don't know that I've ever heard that charge. I, for one, think William would be well served to speak more frankly about his mother's influence on his life. I absolutely don't think he would be "lynched" I think that's an awful suggestion!

      It's such a sad thing about our society today, the notion you have to be on one side or another. Terrible. Life is not black or white it's mostly grey, believe me.

      I think Harry was terrific. I would absolutely have said the same about William, and I think most people would. For the very few who would make such an awful charge, best to just ignore them.

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    5. Rebecca - Sweden4 April 2017 at 22:31

      I agree that William should be able to. It's just something I've noticed that bugged me.

      I like Harry. Not enough to follow him closely, but he is doing great stuff and seems like a nice guy. And I think he did terrific today. And my comment wasn't meant towards you! Just a nagging thought that lingered at the same time as I appriciated Harrys speech.

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    6. Looks like the Telegraph is going with Kate, though odd choice of photo in my opinion. The Times going with Syria and the Express went with Philip and Kylie Minogue! Didn't see that coming :) No royals for the Mail surprisingly, and the Sun and Mirror went with Mel B!

      Strange mix of front pages frankly, and it's always concerning to me (on an entirely different level) when several senior royals have fairly significant engagements and don't make a ripple on the front page. We'll see what kind of inside spreads there are tomorrow.

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    7. Rebecca - Sweden4 April 2017 at 22:52

      I would NOT have guessed this one. Daily Express went with Kylie Minoque and Prince Philip on their front :P

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    8. I am with Rebecca on this one. William HAS been criticized in circumstances where Harry has gotten a free pass. I could almost hear the cries of "insincerity" had he made the same speech.

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  34. I love this dress! The color, the pattern, the length! If anybody can pull of this type of dress, it is Kate.
    A little confused by the earrings, but for once I like her all red shoes and clutch.
    Not sure what to think about her hair, it is very pretty for sure.. but I think engagement and dresses like these ask for an updo. On the other hand; I wear my own hair also down a lot (but don't have a hairdresser to make a beautiful updo anytime).

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  35. As always, she is beautiful. She looks very comfortable in this dress, and it shows. I think the length and color suits her perfectly. She reminds me of Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, and Jacqueline Kennedy all rolled into one.

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    1. Great comparisons. I really like the look overall. One tiny suggestion ... how cute if she had worn an updo with a rosette twist added to it. Talk about retro!!

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  36. She looks gorgeous. I love everything but agree while the earrings are fun not what I would pair with a $1,200
    dress. My final comment is for the designer, not Kate, I am not a fan of the trim around the waist.

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  37. Love the red on Kate, what an awesome dress! I agree the accessories are really matchy matchy (I'd have gone silver or black or something).

    For anyone who wants to see a close up of her earrings, the Fug Girls have a photo here: http://www.gofugyourself.com/photos/kate-wears-marchesa/katemiddletonkatespadeearrings-1491332217 :)

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  38. I saw the first look and was just underwhelmed. Love the top portion of the dress, then I saw the length, it just looks odd. Also did not care for the shoes. Then the hair, it's the same old hair. I think she has gorgeous hair and should be worn down for certain occasions, but the top of dress was quite pretty. Would have liked to see it shine a bit more.

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  39. Love the dress and love the fun earrings! Thw midi length is on trend and the color is amazing on her.

    --btchili

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  40. Courtney from NC4 April 2017 at 21:46

    I love this look! I can't say I love it entirely because those earrings just don't work for me but she looks magnificent. This length of dress is so hard for most people to pull off but I think does it beautifully. I think the fabric and the dress being partially lined make this more modern and younger looking which is great for Kate. I don't mind the shoes with the dress but it would have been fun to see it with shoes like the model wears in the photo or even her silver Oscar De La Renta pumps. She looks happy and healthy and that is all I wish for her! Hoping they make a ton of money for EACH tonight.

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    1. Well said Courtney and of course that's the most important thing isn't it, raising money for a very deserving cause :)

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden4 April 2017 at 22:08

      Indeed, ofc it is Claudia :) Appearantly they got a 250000 sum donated for this event from one source? Great! :D

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    3. Zora from Prague4 April 2017 at 22:10

      I agree with your whole comment, Courtney (the earrings don't work for me either). I love her smile and I love how she greeted Ollie - he must have been very excited! Such a brave boy, such a brave and loving family, such a worthy cause. What an incredibly important job the hospice is doing!
      I wonder if there is a connection between the popularity of La La Land and staging this musical right now.

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  41. Queen of the South4 April 2017 at 21:50

    I am so glad some of you like this look, then I don't feel too bad for not liking it at all. I can't believe I am saying it about Kate and a red dress, but it is true. She looks perfectly appropriate, and kudos for something different, but it is not my cup of tea.
    About her jewelry, if she is not dipping into the vaults I kind of prefer her to go for interesting costume jewelry lile this, rather than the last two Kiki pairs that are vault like huge, very expensive and made from fairly cheap stones.

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  42. She looks lovely. The earrings are fun. She is so much better dressed than everyone else there as it is. Morgan Freeman is in a baseball cap! The jewels in the vault are not hers to take and wear. Thank goodness she didn't go for sexy as some of you always plead, bending down for the boy from hospice in the wheelchair! She is working for a cause and she does an honorable job. When she arrives she seems to truly arrive and appears pleasant to all. I find that aspect of her fascinating.

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  43. Hello, Charlotte! I'm sorry you censored my comment about the two girls who IDed the dress at the same moment on twitter. I was not criticizing you, I was just surprised you did not read your mentions under your first tweet ( https://twitter.com/hrhduchesskate/status/849321664336842754) and maybe the other girl could be hurt by that :) I have always followed your blog and twitter account with interest and I respect you so I was not trying to criticize you. I'm sad you thought my comment had a different purpose. The Duchess inspires me everyday and she teaches us kindness is the most important thing, so I just thought I could help :)

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    1. Hello Anonymous,

      Thank you so much for your comment; I haven't received any other from you. Do you mean you sent me a tweet/message on Twitter? And I am very grateful you let me know, I always try to assign proper credit where it's due and I would be delighted to include the lady's name. It seems the majority of the usual press pack are in Italy with Charles and Camilla, so I know I speak for all the bloggers, who are very thankful for the wonderful people on social media who share their ID's so swiftly (and what a fabulous dress it is).

      Thank you again! :)

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    2. There is a message, apparently from you, about the two girls, at 19:17. Sometimes Charlotte is posting messages while one is writing, and then that message appears later. Hope that is clear. Anyway, I have had the experience of wondering where a message went, only to have it eventually turn up. I don't think you were censored. If you used a moniker, I could be sure that earlier message was from you. But I will probably get feedback for that suggestion, since I avoided using a name for years!

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  44. Now that I've seen more photos, I can still say that I LOVE this color and fit, especially for a show like 42nd Street--it reflects the feel of that era so well!! I wish it were a tiny bit shorter, but I still love how full and swishy the skirt is. Kate can't go wrong in this color and I'm thrilled she wore Marchesa! It's one of my favorite brands.

    42nd Street was the first Broadway musical I saw. I'm super jealous of Kate seeing it in the West End!

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    1. Exactly, Becca! Some comments are made without knowledge of the event or the planning that goes into the fashion. The style of the dress did indeed reflect the musical. How clever and cute. From many articles I read, many are amazed and excited about today's choice. I know I am blown away!

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    2. But 42nd St. is a 1930's era musical not 1950's.

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  45. Love love love this dress! I can see the issue with tea length but for this style, it's perfect. Any shorter and it's a tutu, any longer and it's a weird cupcake wedding dress-esque thing. The shoes, meh. I would not do match/matchup but that's Kate. Not to sound super snarky, but I think she has to match her shoes to her dress. And the earrings-they are horribly ugly and I would never wear them, BUT I do appreciate that she at least tried to experiment and went big and bold and didn't stick with her usual little Kiki sparklers(and I do love those. Variety is just fun sometimes).

    Someone mentioned patent leather heels earlier. Those would have been great and very appropriate for this style of dress. Which with some big black and red or bold silver dangly earrings, would have knocked it out of the park.

    I was taken aback when scrolling. I see Kate, looking fancy and lovely, then Judy Murray in jeans. For a split second I was like, 'man, Kate is way overdressed.' And then I remembered that it's the theater and pretty much everything goes nowadays(though dressing up for a show is way more fun!).

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden4 April 2017 at 23:26

      "Any shorter and it's a tutu, any longer and it's a weird cupcake wedding dress-esque thing." What a perfect summary of why it works so well for me!!

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      I am not a huge fan of gold accessories but I recently attended a black tie wedding and wore a dress about the same color as this dress and paired it with some really cute gold heels, purse and jewelry and it was really cute. I think that gold would have looked wonderful here even though usually I am more of a black or silver accessory person.

      And I totally agree about your thoughts on the length of the skirt!

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  46. Love love love the dress and the earrings! Gorgeous! I do not enjoy the matchy matchy shoes and bag. I think black would have been a better option. Also agree with some previous comments that her hair would have been better pulled back. Would have shown off the earrings more. It's 50/50 for me. Do absolutely love this dress though.

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  47. First, this dress is gorgeous and she looks amazing as always. Her hair is so full and beautiful, I'm so jealous!!

    I do have one gripe though- I'm not sold on the matchy matchy-ness of this outfit! The red accessories on their own are all fantastic but the entire ensemble all in the same red? Meh? I feel like picking up some other color here like gold or even black would have been better. Maybe that's just me! She does seem to like to match her accessories for the most part, but I don't know... it just seems like too much here! Maybe the burgundy carpet is adding to it, but some contrasting shoe and bag here would have been awesome!!

    Anyway- the dress is gorgeous though. Adore the flippy hemline!!

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  48. Love the dress, the color on Kate is exquisite. I love the retro feel of the dress. She looks stunning.

    I went to a local fashion show where the stylist showed off the earrings and necklace as being very on trend. Guess she was totally right. They are quite pretty in person and are an interesting choice with this dress.

    Great engagement for Kate tonight.

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  49. I love this dress, and she looks beautiful. However, I wish she had either worn her new black shoes with the ankle strap or her silvery ones. The earrings are unexpected. A bracelet would have added a little flash.

    Hope - USA

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  50. Donna/Oklahoma4 April 2017 at 23:22

    This is my first time to reply though I have been a faithful follower for years. Reading your blog is a highlight of my daily routine. Thank you for your dedication to providing accurate, detailed information. I think the Duchess looks lovely in her red 1950s style dress. I love the longer length on her. So many times, I see the gracefulness and beauty of Grace Kelly. Thank you for sharing the beautiful Duchess and her beloved family with us.

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    1. Thank you very much for your lovely comment. I hope to see more of them in the future :)

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden4 April 2017 at 23:31

      Welcome Donna and what a nice comment! She really has a bit of a Grace Kelly look in this dress :)

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    3. Zora from Prague5 April 2017 at 20:42

      Hello Donna, thank you for your beautiful comment! I share your feelings, both about this blog and about the Duchess. I was thrilled to read a comment from an Oklahoman because I visited Oklahoma back in 1993 with my then-boyfriend, now-husband and we have some very nice memories of the time we spent there. Best wishes to the Sooner State! :)

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  51. Tammy from California4 April 2017 at 23:22

    Love the dress and color! Would've liked to see her hair in a hairstyle that fit the theme of the dress. Her hair is so thick and beautiful, that on a dress like this one, her hair upstages the top of the dress.

    I don't care how much Kate Spade tries to talk me into those earrings, I'll never buy them!

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  52. To me the dress has a very 1950s Dior sensibility about it.
    https://www.google.ca/search?q=1950s+dior+images&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjdrN_s6IvTAhVR-mMKHQEOAXoQ_AUICCgB&biw=1088&bih=450#imgrc=GxqIORjCIyCpwM:
    Or https://img0.etsystatic.com/103/1/7276677/il_340x270.1014387204_ehuq.jpg

    Yes, some of the gowns of that era were shorter--especially as the inverted tea cup silhouette got wider; however, the length of Catherine's gown is both on trend and in keeping with the era it references. After that, it's a matter of what each individual does or does not "like." I don't quite understand why the tea length is disliked so much, except that taste varies.

    I like this look. Having worn it when that styling made earlier reincarnations, I can say it feels incredibly feminine yet sleek. I would have chosen the same shoes but mixed it up with a bit of subtle but contrasting bling or sheen in the bag. The earrings are fun but not my favourites as I always prefer genuine stones. If it were up to me, I would also have opted for a low chignon rather than loose hair, but I find the whole ensemble quite lovely. It will be interesting to see how it fares in a future vote.

    An aside: The costumes in the show's trailer are amazing.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden5 April 2017 at 00:15

      Skirts like that are amazing. I think chances are VERY high that at least one twirl was made in this dress before leaving for the event, and maybe another in her new tap shoes when coming home!

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      It does have a very Dior 1950's look. Agree on the earrings, the hair I was OK with given how casual many of the guests were. I would not have wanted shine with the dress in shoes or bag. The matching was fine but black would have worked also.

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    3. Philly, yes it does! :-)

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    4. I can so imagine Kate giving a twirl in this skirt, I know I would! :)

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    5. Especially if Charlotte was watching mummy get dressed! Mummy/Charlotte twirl time!

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  53. Wow! Breathe-takingly beautiful. The 50's midi dress in red and pom-pom statement earring in the same color with matching bag and clutch; hair down and her best accessory, her mega watt smile. What's not to love?

    RW.

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  54. I LOVE this look!!!!! It is absolute perfection! Those earrings are amazing and the Duchess can really carry them off. She has the height and the hair so that they don't overpower her. I love it when she does something different.

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  55. A truly lovely outfit.

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  56. Those earrings, hair in a high bun, rolled up jeans, flowy white boho button down with touches of colorful embroidery (including the perfect red) that I have in my closet, minx wedges (also in my closet)...hello new spring outfit! Just ordered the earrings. #kateinspiresme

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      Sounds absolutley perfect :)

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    2. Yes!!! That would be the perfect way to style those earrings! Or the necklace.

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  57. I so wish I a) had events to wear this type of dress to and b) hadn't totally lost my waistline after kids. She looks stunning.

    Those earrings though,,,, not so much. I'll just keep staring at the dress. Lol

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  58. What an event. Love that show. Ollie's story made me cry. Can you imagine enduring all of that each day. My heart goes out to Ollie and his family. Thank God for EACH.
    I love the wonderful picture of Kate reacting to the show, (with her hands on her face).
    What a fabulous outfit. The whole look was sensational and those earrings, wow!
    I thought she looked exquisite.

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    1. So well-said, Tedi. Ollie's story is very sad, what a brave little man. She did look exquisite.

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      It really puts thing in perspective, doesn't it? That beautiful, strong boy faces that and can still smile. EACH does wonderful things for families that face unthinkable hardships.

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    3. Wow was my first reaction too Tedi! I LOVE this dress, LOVE the shoes, her hair and the overall look is just smashing! At first I was iffy on the earrings but then the picture where you can see them more, they have a little theatrical air to them and kudos to her for stepping out of the zone! The picture with her hands on her face just made me smile. What is not to love about this entire event, the show, the children, the pledges and the support make this very much a success!! cc

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    4. Zora from Prague5 April 2017 at 08:45

      Tedi, I agree! Thanks for mentioning the photo you love, I didn't notice it until now (perhaps it was added to the post later). I was thinking of you, wondering if this engagement would be particularly interesting for you, in the light of your profession ;)

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  59. Lovely to see Kate supporting the Nook appeal for EACH & I hope they raise a lot of money for this very worthy cause. Little Ollie is such a sweetheart, so glad he got to meet Kate :)
    I love everything about this dress, red certainly is Kate's most flattering hue! The detail on the bodice is gorgeous with the lattice & rosette effect, along with the crystal embellished waist - Marchesa Notte sure know how to make beautiful, feminine dresses! I wish she would've have chosen her black suede clutch & strappy Gianvito's she debuted in Paris, instead of these burgundy accessories, she almost blends into the red carpet! Her hair is luscious, but covers the detail of the neckline, which is a shame. A half updo would've sufficed here.
    Looked like a great time was had overall!

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    1. Courtney from NC5 April 2017 at 05:04

      Yes! Those were the shoes I was thinking of when I saw this dress! That would have been fabulous. Or even gold shoes and a gold purse would have worked splendidly.

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    2. Yes, the gold purse & Jimmy Choo's that she wore to the NPG gala recently would've worked nicely, Courtney. I wish she tried on those gold tap-dancing shoes she received as a gift, even they might've gone better with dress than those suede court shoes! ;)

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  60. I'm not a fan of Kate in a ballerina (tea)length dress. It's not a great skirt length on her, esp. with the full skirt on it. She's a bit too tall to wear that length with a full skirt and then on top, the 5" spike heel just adds to her height that makes her look 'off.' I really wished she had worn her hair up - it's a bit messy and the great earrings would have worked better with a soft up-do. As it is, she has too much fluff at the ear level between all that hair and then those earrings as well. Love this color on Kate however.

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    1. Spot-on beachgal! I agree about tea lengths on her tall frame, plus the heels - too much, and the hair, again too much. She looks really beautiful of course, but she could tweak things and be spectacular.

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    2. Did someone say "tweak" things, as in using the help of a real, trained stylist? :)

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  61. Duchess fan from Downunder5 April 2017 at 02:06

    I've tried to fall in love with this look, but I can't :(

    The colour is lovely, the style is ok, then after that I struggle.

    I think a dress of this length needs a sandal. Also, if I had access to all the bling, I would wear it at any opportunity. Hair down again doesn't work with a closed in dress. Sigh.

    Great cause, I hope they raise the money they need.

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  62. Duchess fan from Downunder5 April 2017 at 02:07

    Oh, and I forgot to mention - why can we see a white bra(?) strap on one of the world's most photographed women?!

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden5 April 2017 at 02:13

      I think it's just shining. I think it might be a plastic strap or some of the buildt in undergarment reflecting back a flash.

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    2. And what's weird is that strap is not visible in the back but it is on the right front. Maybe not a bra strap but one of the straps that holds the dress on the hanger and it didn't get tucked in?

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    3. I was wondering that too. Yet, there doesn't appear to be any straps on her back. So it seems odd to see one in front.

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    4. I thought my mind played a trick on me. But apparently not. A really good question Duchess fan.

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    5. Nicole from France5 April 2017 at 10:14

      yes Duchess fan, I noticed it too , but only on one photo ....anyway Kate seems to wear better bras , her silhouette looks better than some weeks ago, also she looks less tired .

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    6. Look at picture 5 to see the little metal circle on the bra. It's a runners type bra where the straps meet in the middle to go down to attach to the band.

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    7. Kate was criticized here when she wore the green lace gown, by someone who felt she needed a better 'foundation.' It was similar to what was said about the way she looked in the jade green dress in India. So now, perhaps sensitized by comments, she wears a visible white sports bra with this sheer- at-the-top red number. To my mind, it is just one of the mistakes for this look, including the fact that the dress should have had a built-in bra. Kate of her stylist was careless in putting it together.

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  63. I love this dress. I've loved every tea-length dress she has worn of late, and I hope she keeps wearing them. They look fabulous on her. The only think that I would have changed is the shoes. The dress is full and powerful, so a strappy open toe would have lightened things up a bit. And black would be my choice. Sort of like on the model. Overall I think she hit it out of the park with this one.

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  64. I can't help but think of George and Charlotte, possibly watching through the stair banisters when they should be in bed, to see their gorgeous mum off, looking like a fairytale princess.

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    2. Zora from Prague5 April 2017 at 21:18

      Oh, absolutely! :)

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  65. how love the dress ahe o lovely ahe put it everything looks so match in the accessory down to her clutch how lovely she supporting nook appeal each love the red pumps is to die for

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  66. Has Kate worn Elie Saab yet? That's another label I'd like to see her wear in the future.

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  67. Lovely as always! Comments have been fun to read. I ADORE a 3/4 length dress - reminds me of all the 1950's movie stars and movies - very Grace Kelly IMO. With her long legs - it's perfect on the Duchess. I like the "dressy but not a gown" look which would have been too much for an opening night. Love the dress. Earrings (to me) are awful. They are not my taste I understand, but they seem too bohemian for this elevated dress. She needed a garnet, ruby or diamond on the ear.

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  68. I love this look! Marchesa is always so beautiful. I do like her tassel earrings. India Hicks is also doing fun things with tassel necklaces recently.

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  69. I had to do a little ovation for Kate tonight. I think she choose well. I love the dress. The color, the pattern of the fabric, the fullest of the skirt would only work with the length that is was. Of course it's midi so many of you dislike it but I think it's well designed and flattering on Kate.

    When I saw her earrings, I thought "Kate's hip". Tassel jewelry is very popular and this was a good event to wear those earrings. Why not? She'll have plenty of events to pull from the "vault" and adorn herself with rubies. These were fun for a really fun theater evening out.

    Now, I have to mention Ollie - how great did he look? What a special night for him. I'll bet Kate made him feel like a million bucks!

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  70. Earrings are a no-no. Shoes too heavy for the dress.

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  71. This is my first time commenting, but I love this blog and have followed/read it for years!

    I love this dress on Kate. The color, the full skirt, and the length are perfect! It's not too formal, but also dressier than a more casual "day" dress. It's the perfect in-between look!

    I had to comment because 42nd Street holds a special place in my heart- my husband and I saw this musical when I was 40 weeks pregnant, and the next morning I went into labor. We joke that all of the tap dancing helped induce labor! It's an amazing show, and I love that they are supporting EACH.

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    1. Courtney from NC5 April 2017 at 14:30

      Welcome to commenting! That is a special memory and I love that people feel comfortable sharing things on the blog. I hope we "see" you in the comments section now that you've gotten the first one out of the way!

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  72. Paola, Okay. I just googled "photos of theatre curtains". Right there. Red velvet, same color, and tassels. Not trying to be rude. I was just astonished.
    "Kate things". Kate did it again. Like wearing the blue and white cloud dress to match the poster advertising that sheep movie previously. Her dress for James Bond matching the one on the poster for that movie, etc.

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    1. But at what point does this become costume like? Often, thematic dressing comes at the cost of being unfashionable.

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    2. I agree, Erika. I don't like the outfit at all. No offense to those who do. Kate was gracious as always and beautiful herself though.

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    3. We are in the minority this time it seems, surfer girl. I don't like this outfit. Wish I had a good answer for why. The earrings are comical to me - too many tassels and "too fun" for this dress - jewels, Kate, JEWELS! :) I guess maybe if the shoes had been sandals and the earrings jewels I'd be better. Just something about it all doesn't sit well with me.

      BUT, WHO CARES?! :) Overall she's a beauty and does a terrific job.

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    4. I agree, florida girl. She is a true beauty, inside and out, and she has done an amazing job so far, in my opinion, in fulfilling a very unique destiny.

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    5. Hi SG, I am back from some days with my students in Greece and I read only now the DKB, I think that your suggestion is very intriguing!

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  73. wow wow wow she is just stunning I adore this maroon dress and shoes on her and her hair is lovely. Not a fan of the earrings but she pulls them off. What a great night she must of had.

    Thanks Charlotte.

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  74. I love the dress, the shoes, the bag and the earrings, but never in a million years would I put them all on at the same time. It's like a desperate attempt to assemble every red thing she owns and wear it at once. Frankly, a little odd.

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  75. Lovely look on Kate. She has had quite a few really good ones so far this year.
    Great cause, hope they reach their goal in order to keep providing essential services to families who desperately needs it!

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  76. Nicole from France5 April 2017 at 10:12

    although I am not a great fan of that length, I think Kate wears that beautifull dress very well (except for the little sleeves which she seems to like , which are rather little girl looking ...). it is the perfect choice for an event at which some persons allow themselves to come in jeans ( Morgan Freeman, Judy Murray ....) which seems quite rude and improper, at least for the organizers, not saying for Kate !!! some blings on the clutch would have made the look perfect, also an updo so that we could see the ear rings, but then we had the surprise to see those rings nested in her hair !

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  77. nice colour not sure about the dress length - definitely a sandal would have been better than a court shoe and the colours are mismatched. earings look cheap - get the real jewels out.

    lh

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  78. Gosh how I love this dress! Feminine 1950s style. Gorgous colour. I would love to try on this dress! I agree with others that Kate's hair may have better styled differently. But oh it was a truly great dress choice for the evening.

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  79. ILoveElephants5 April 2017 at 16:52

    beautiful!

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  80. I love the red dress, it looks lovely and very princess-y. She's making fashion choices that are totally unexpected,, and that's what keeps the excitement going in her appearances at events.. Thank You Charlotte!!XOXO

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  81. Well, I've done a first!!! I bought her earrings in Black. I thought they'd look great with a black pant and black/white top and my hair in a long pony. I love what she's wearing, the dress is gorgeous ... and I just can't get over her make up in recent weeks, it's flawless. It was clearly not an overly fancy ocassion, given how Judy Murray was dressed. So, I think she got away with it. (Just!). The earrings are fun, youthful and very on trend. It's another big win for me ... she's quite glowing isn't she?? I do agree, I would have gone with a sandal rather than a pump due to the length of the dress. But, I'm a bit in love with it all the same. Someone mentioned, why no bra line? When you're buying clothing that's as expensive as she does, they often have the boning in the bodice and inbuilt bra's. xx

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    1. Your application of those earrings sounds really cute. I think they must have been designed with an outfit like that in mind, including a ponytail. Perfect. :)

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  82. Zora from Prague6 April 2017 at 07:45

    Well done, Dee! Enjoy your earrings :) And you're right, Kate was glowing! She must have had a great time. I'm so glad because the service next day must have been very powerful and, in a way, difficult.

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  83. I think she looks really well from top to toe! My feeling on the earrings is that they pull the red of the dress and burgundy of the shoes and bag together and that they are a bit funky. I would never have put these colours together but now that I have seen the combination on Kate a few times, I really, really like it. I also really like her more understated make up these days. I have liked her choices very much lately, especially since Christmas.

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  84. Just wanted to make an observation. The dress is not identical to the model/designer edition. Kate's sleeves are longer. I do believe it is a set in short sleeve, not a capped sleeve, where there is no seam between the bodice and the sleeve. Secondly the hem is different. It is appears to have an approx. 2 inch hem. The design model shows a rolled hem, not more than 1/2 an inch. I have noticed frequently that she will have a dress by a certain designer, but many subtle changes are made to better suit her. I read quite a few of the comments, but did not see anyone mention these small difference. One other observation I made is her "under garments". In one photo there seemed to be some white straps in the bodice, and a photo of the back shows some white show through. Is that just a poor photo? Or did she have a bit of bra show through? The last comment I was going to make - Kate dresses for her color and her shape. She looks stunning. She looks so amazingly beautiful so often. The key is not a specific color, or a specific designer - but that she is aware of her color/shape and dresses to make that work. As stunning as her clothes are, they would likely look much worse on others. I find that so interesting. I think too, she looks beautiful because she is happy. She has a lovely radiance about her. I find her a happy contented person, and that shows through. It's not an artificial beauty.

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    1. Zora from Prague7 April 2017 at 23:18

      Very interesting observations, Anon 19:51! I agree that a lot of Kate's clothes which look great on her wouldn't work so well for other people. And she is certainly a proof that beauty is a combination of external AND internal factors. Even more "plain" people may look beautiful thanks to the beauty inside them, and if someone is as beautiful as Kate plus radiates inner beauty - what a gift for people around them!

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