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Kate In Christopher Kane at Buckingham Palace Garden Party

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

This morning the Queen kicked off her first garden party of the season at Buckingham Palace. Kate likes to bunch her engagements, so I don't think anyone was surprised to see the lovely duchess behind the the Sovereign on the steps of BP. Prince William, who only attended his first garden party last year, seems to have acquired a taste for it, and was at his wife's side. 


This is the third time Kate has worn the shiny Christopher Kane. All who know me know I am not the first huzzah when this ensemble is trotted out. Let's review the illustrious history of the Shiny CK. Kate debuted this at a reception for the London Olympic in 2012. There were limited photos at that event, so we didn't get a fair view of the coat. It is not at its best in truncated version, and I intensely disliked it at the time. No way to sugar coat it... 


To my surprise, Kate gave it a second wear, and at the prestigious Order of the Garter, no less! Kate wore this in 2014 and paired it with a new hat that I have dubbed "The Oyster" by Lock & Co. The full-length view of this coat vastly improved my overall impression, but I can't say it edged it into the win category. 


I am surprised to see it again today. I just don't think the sheen works. Kate likes materials that are traditionally associated with night, most obviously lace, but also her penchant for chiffon. I am almost always up for lace and I have welcomed the near universal acceptance of lace as a day-time fabric, but to me, this super satiny coat is still just a little too "boudoir-ish" for my taste.


It is better in motion, I give it that:




I think Kate is wearing the silver dress she wore with her Jane Troughton coat in 2009 to the wedding of Nicholas van Custom. I loved that ensemble so much, and because Kate tends to keep her clothes for years and recycles with regularity, I think this is likely the same dress.


The Duchess wore her brand new Kikis a second time today. Kiki McDonough truly produces mouth-wateringly beautiful brilliants.  These eye-popping earrings were just debuted in Luxembourg by the Duchess and match her ensemble today perfectly. I am not in love with the coat, but the accessories are A+.


Kate's clutch is new, too, and I absolutely love it. The pattern looks like a medieval tapestry or the border of an illuminated manuscript! This clutch is unusual for her style as a Duchess, but Kate has shown interest in vintage purses in the past, so perhaps this is an older piece. I will let you know if there is an ID on it. 


This week has been full of Pippa news. One of Kate's own hair stylists, Amanda Tucker, was photographed at Pippa's house along with her signature suitcase full of (presumably) tools and products, and assistants have been seen entering with large dress bags holding Pip's wedding gown. Additionally, the big headlines just today report a massive glass menagerie is being erected in the Middletons' garden. It is going to be a very chic wedding.  Kate told guests that she is nervous about whether George and Charlotte will behave in their respective wedding roles, and excitement is clearly high for Pippa's big day. 


In this video, just at the end, you can hear William telling guests that a trip to Norway is hopefully coming up soon for the Cambridges! 


Kate was again accompanied by Rebecca Deacon, who is apparently continuing to work for Kate through the summer. You can see her pictured below, in a navy ensemble and nude pumps, to our right  of the duchess. 


The verdict is a mixed one. Time has not erased my gut-reaction to this coat, but I think it has softened it. The coat is always better in motion and with some perspective. I loved the new clutch and thought it was unusual, but a fun addition to the ensemble. Because I love everything Kate Middleton, a piece from 2009 puts a smile on my face and makes me nostalgic for the old days of royal watching. I don't think this ensemble was a miss, but today is win because we got to see Kate, not on the merits of the Shiny CK. 


The good news is that we saw Kate today. The bad news is that I am going offline for some days and won't be covering Pippa's wedding on the actual day. Yesterday I finished my last final, today I popped by the Passport Agency office and got my new passport, and tomorrow I fly east...sans laptop. As you may have heard, Homeland Security has been mulling the possibility of banning laptops on flights coming from Europe to the U.S., and I don't want that to happen while I am away. I am going to a wedding on Pippa's wedding day and then I am running all over the countryside for some days after, so there won't be much time for blogging anyway. Wherever I am on Saturday, I'll be trying to catch enough of a signal to get a peek at her dress! Enjoy the excitement of the big day and I look forward to catching up with you all when I am back state-side. A bientôt! 

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  1. Thanks Jane, love your update. I don't think the silver dress is the one from the van Cutsem wedding, as it seems to have a pattern that echoes the blue from that coat, whereas the garden party one seems plain. Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. I agree, Tracey. In the video Jane provided you can see it is almost knee length and looks white. The 2009 dress is much shorter. I think she's wearing the same dress she did at the Order of the Garter.
      ~ A

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    2. Might be the Roksanda dress--neckline looks assymetrical.

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    3. I think it could be the Katherine Hooker 'Buxton' dress she wore under the coat of the same name to the Order of the Garter in 2011.

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    4. The Roksanda dress is a good guess. That could be it.

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  2. Excited to see all the wedding fashions - Pippa, Kate, Carole, the kids, and Meghan!!

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  3. Alejandra CamposMay 16, 2017 at 11:02 PM

    Great post and yes that coat is not something I like, I really like the hat, hair and earrings but the coat :(
    Wishing you the best on your travels! Send us some postcards and enjoy above all! :D

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  4. I'm not crazy about shiny fabrics ever but I do like this color. I bet the fabric is crepe backed and if it had been made with the crepe side out, we would both like it better.

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  5. I wish she had worn the entire ensemble from 2009 instead--silver dress, coat, clutch, shoes, and hat!

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    1. Me too! I just really dislike this coat.

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    2. I second that!

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  6. I'm not crazy about the satin material either but love the hat, earrings, and that clutch! The shoes are blah and I noticed the heals sinking into the grass as she was standing there. So fun to see William looking terribly dapper in his top hat as well. News of Norway is a fun tidbit and the news that Harry will host his own garden party this summer. Can't wait for Pippa's wedding and look forward to your take on it, Jane, when you get back. Have a great time!

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    1. I know you were interested in the guest list for Pip's wedding, specifically if MM was on it. DM is reporting that she landed in London and was whisked to KP. Oh, and the Church of England has announced that MM could marry in their church as divorced people have been accepted to marry in the church since 2002. Cheers!

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    2. Then why weren't C&C married in the church in 2005? You'd think if anyone was approved, it would be the next king. Felicitations!
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    3. Ah, searching me out so you can be rude. How quaint. I guess it's your prerogative since you know my name and you are just one of many anonymous posters who can be nasty when you feel the need. This comment, however, let's me know which one you are. And, just to set the record straight, MM will be at the reception but not the ceremony. That's been reported today as well. Neither James Middleton's nor Spencer Matthew's significant others are invited to the ceremony either. The no ring no bring rule is firmly in place. Cheers!

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    4. I was under the impression C&C opted for the wedding they did because they wanted to keep it "low key" (because of their complicated history and fear of backlash from Diana fans) but that they were perfectly free to marry in the church if they wanted to.

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    5. I wondered the same thing 2:57.

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    6. A more careful study of the official position of the Church of England on marriages after divorce of one or both persons can be found here:

      https://www.yourchurchwedding.org/article/marriage-after-divorce/

      It is not a given and much to do with the particular vicar who would preside and what "certain circumstances" are involved. C&C were married in a civil ceremony with only a "blessing" after the marriage. I believe that is because her former husband is still living. I found zero "official announcements" from the church about Harry and MM which is not surprising given that this is something they wouldn't comment on when there is no engagement in place or without HM permission as Head of the Church of England. One should not always believe everything E! Entertainment or the DM say.

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    7. Robin-

      This has been reported all over. The spokesman for Westminster Abbey said that indeed they could be married in the C of E and that include Westminster. Google it.

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    8. 6:43 is right. C & C didn't get married in the church for fear of backlash because of the affair and people's love for Diana. But they certainly could have, nothing from the church stopped them.

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    9. Spokesman or church source? Reported all over the tabloids and echoed on some blog sites? With the story originating where? If it was an official statement it would be presented in a press release, certainly not in a gossip format. They especially would not comment officially on a couple who aren't engaged yet, as Robin explained. As I recall, the opinion of the unnamed source was given on divorced persons in general, not on the marriage of an heir to the throne.

      The Queen did not attend her own son's wedding ceremony, although she went to the blessing. The reason had nothing to do with fans of Diana or crowd control; there were plenty of spectators and photographers. The reason was she could not be seen as supporting the remarriage of a divorced person whose spouse still lived. In the church she was raised in that would be equivalent to bigamy. It was likely a personal decision, difficult though it must have been, as much as one from her role in the Church of England. Not only that, but if Diana had still been alive when he married, as well as his wife's husband, Charles could not be her heir and an anointed king. It would have made Andrew the heir, unless Parliament found a way around it.anon1

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    10. Re: Abbey marriage. The original story was in May 14, 2017, edition of The Express. It was an "exclusive" written by Camilla Tominney. The other outlets closely quoted the story in some parts, but were rather creative in taglines and other parts of the story. For example, one article said Charles could have married in the church but wanted to simplify the occasion. I don't believe this was stated in the original story. The Express article cites a section of the 2002 church edict that Charles chose to follow that discourages divorcees marrying in the church, probably as a matter of conscience. Nothing about having a modest ceremony. One can't pick and choose which parts of the story to believe. The article must be taken as a whole.
      My question is-if Charles, Harry's father, felt it against his conscience to re-marry within the church and if the Queen apparently agreed by refusing to attend even a civil ceremony, what basis is there for assuming another royal, an heir, his son, would not only marry in the church but at Westminster Abbey, of all places. If Harry wanted to embarrass and flaunt his father, marrying at the Abbey would be a surefire way to accomplish that. That's assuming HM gives permission for Harry to marry Meghan so that he can keep his place in the succession and assuming that the Archbishop of Canterbury would sanction it, opposing the precedent of both HM and Charles.
      There is a lot of use of the words possible and other qualifying remarks in the articles. It is difficult for me to believe that Meghan was invited to the Middleton-Matthews ceremony but took the high road and chose not to take attention from the bride, yet would think nothing of a controversial ceremony in the Abbey, flaunting both the Queen and Charles. It does not compute..showing consideration for Pippa's feelings but not Harry's father or grandmother?

      Just about anything is possible; the devil is in the details.

      I will believe it when see it. Or even if a named authority in an official statement from the CofE states it in an official press release.anon1




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    11. Anon 1 - I think you need to brush up on your Church of England information. Westminster Abbey already said that Harry and Meghan would be welcome to marry there. Whether you like the idea or not is your own issue.

      Your questions and reasonings are utterly bizarre and not based on any factual statements.

      And questioning whether Harry can keep his position if he marries Meghan? Laughable. It's 2017.

      BTW, lecturing me about my sources yet again.... you did that before when denying Kate had any help after George was born, remember? And you were proven wrong then too.

      Honestly, anon1, I hope whatever is making you so sour improves. I really do. Life is too beautiful and too short to be so grumpy. I wish you the best.

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  7. I always enjoy your strong views on Kate's outfits, even though my verdict is usually milder... in my opinion this coat is well suited for an occasion like this, as it stands out amongst all the other finery... also, the color is gorgeous, works perfectly in Spring and suits her extremely well... agree with you 100% on the accessories... does anyone know if there will be any kind of tv coverage of Pippa's wedding, or just the usual odd picture arriving via social media?
    have a great time, xo, anna from Vienna

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  8. Have a great trip Jane. I thought Kate looked lovely. But, the Queen and Prince Philip are amazing!!

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  9. I love this shiny CK coat dress! It matches the cloudy day. The clutch is to-die-for.

    As an aside, don't you all think Prince Philip looks so very dapper at this event?

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    1. I love this coat dress too. Its lines are classic and elegant while the satin dresses it up. I do like her second wear of it best though. Perhaps, it is because her hair was down and looking as gorgeous as it gets. Agree that that purse is incredible. I hope we get more information on it sometime.

      Agree about Prince Philip too. He cleans up well.

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  10. I think that if you must wear a material like this during the day, it would be better to go with one piece, a shirt, skirt. It's just too, too much.

    Sometimes, when I really don't like something she wears, I try to imagine what she liked about it. This. I got nothing. What's the attraction? Not sure.

    But that 2009 look is a horror to me too. It literally burns my eyes, oy the print!! And I miss the darker hair from the second picture. So lovely then! (Beautiful hair now, just a touch more then!)

    I have my fingers crossed for good weddings pictures, several. By good I mean, full views, clear looks. And I hope they release some official ones too. Pippa, with her books, writing, official patron of different charities, is a real public figure now. I hope they don't do a blackout on everyone. Honestly, in this situation, it would be rude. Be gracious and release several photos.

    While I'm not a Tom Cruise fan, I remember when they shared wedding cake with those waiting outside the venue when he married Katie Holmes. It wasn't a ton of people, but it was a simple, sweet gesture. People are happy for Pip, reciprocate in-kind.

    And before people say I am expecting Pip to share wedding cake.... I am not! It's a story illustrating a sweet gesture. I am just saying, be nice and release wedding pics! Everyone's sooo sensitive, I thought I had to explain.

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  11. I agree with you Jay. That entire ensemble from 2009 was spot on! She does look lovely today, but I also dislike the satin coat. Earrings and clutch are lovely though.
    ~Mo

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  12. Not blown away by the coat, but it's not a total miss either. I think it would look better if it weren't shiny. The clutch was my personal highlight, I actually wish I had it too!!

    Wanted to weep a little when I saw that she was wearing suede stilettos to a garden party. Those grass stains will never come out.

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    1. I agree - I have never understood why she wears neutral suede on grass!

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    2. How interesting about the grass stains as I have never gotten grass stains on my shoes. I guess it could happen. I have only gotten grass stains a few times and that was on wet grass after I was kneeling on or playing on it as a child, even as a kid it only happened a few times Maybe on white canvas tennis shoes in wet grass?

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    3. Ali, maybe I'm extra clumsy but with stiletto heels I can never avoid that my heels sink into the ground at least a little, and then the tips of the heels are always covered in a bit of grass and soil. I thought that happened to everyone.

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    4. Happens to me (and most women I know) all the time Kirsten!

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    5. Oh I thought people meant permanent grass stains on the shoes, sides, toes, heels, not the dirt and grass that sticks to sunk in heels:) I do often sink in a bit but often on grass I do not, just depends on how packed and dry the turf is. Agree with suede the muck will stick a bit more than on a smooth leather. I was approaching the chat from a whole different perspective:)

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  13. I wasn't over enthusiastic when Catherine wore this coat for the Olympics' reception, but it has grown on me since,
    With the hat and earrings; her hair up and the venu, it just seemed spot on. The clutch is lovely.
    Liked William matching his waistcoat to her outfit---following in Granddad's footprints.
    Hoping that we do see something of the wedding on Saturday. I doubt that Catherine will have any more engagements this week: helping get ready for Saturday.

    Enjoy your wedding

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  14. I don't like the sheen of the coat, either, and her hat is too low in the front, which heavily shades her eyes. Maybe a good strategy if the sun comes out, but I feel that can look unfriendly and like you are closed off, when the whole point is to meet as many people as possible. Beatrice's hat seemed older than her years, but her eyes were protected without being blocked. A second light blue frock with neutrals in the same week is uninteresting, but if those earrings really are new, it must have felt nice for her to find an occasion so soon to wear them again - I know I'm like that with new pieces!

    I think the Queen is nudging these two along right now. William/they are still in damage control over Verbier (this week all the marriage counselling news so they can "save their marriage"), plus their summer will be a mini tour, relaxing and transitioning the family. It has been announced Kate will be at a flower show with HM on Monday....two days after a very long and busy day! The Queen knows she is aging and I think she's doing what she can to say "look how easy it can be! It doesn't always require a lot of research for a good cause - just show up and meet people!".

    William was chatting with a girl from Norway, but he said going to *Scandinavia*. The young Swedish royals are on point these days, so I think that could have great press and be fun for the young families - great opportunities for some family events where all the very young royals can interact. Also nice for a tour where G&C don't have a long flight (I heard internet rumors it would be a family tour).

    ~ A

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  15. Not a fan of shiny material for tailored daywear. I also wonder if the hat was the best choice for this kind of "small talk" affair. It comes so far down on her face it seems like Kate had to tilt her head back to look at people when speaking to them giving sort of a "looking down her nose" appearance. I do like her hair up and love the clutch.


    Have a good trip!

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    1. Ditto I made the same comment about the placement of the hat.
      ~ A

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  16. Seems to be unanimous, so far; I, too, dislike sheeny fabric--aside from PJ's. I do like the colour, style and fit, but wish it had been made of lined silk crepe. Don't mind the hat, perhaps because I am fond of seashells, and think the of her accessories are lovely.

    I disagree, however, with some on the 2009 outfit; I dislike the busy pattern on the coat, and think it looks like something Kate picked up at a thrift shop. Nor do I like the silly hat she wore with it. Each to their own, I guess.

    JC

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    1. LOL, JC, it was definitely more of her eccentric, bohemian pre-wedding style. I think her good brocade dress coat is pre-wedding too.
      ~ A

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  17. I love the new clutch and am over the moon she is opting for larger jewels at these events. Congrats on wrapping up the semester Jane and safe travels!

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    1. Yes, very nice to see some larger sparkly jewels!

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  18. Thanks for the nice update. Especially fun to see Rebecca with Kate. I was so very surprised Kate was working as one might assume her schedule would be free in order to assist her parents & sister with wedding preparations.

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    1. I was thinking the same thing 7:26, but with summer and the royals I wonder if they're trying to get "work in" before they disappear for a bit. Also, she'll get Wed-Sun off "work" for the wedding, which is plenty for the average person. It seems they have a large team assisting with the wedding, and Pippa and James themselves are still in London. I suspect Mike & Carole are holding down the Berkshire fort! :-)
      ~ A

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    2. It looks like Pippa and James are down in Berkshire now. They were spotted out together today. Does anyone else think it's weird that dresses were delivered to London when the wedding was taking place in Berkshire in just a couple of days? I'm thinking we didn't see a bag that contained the wedding gown. Maybe some bridesmaids dresses and Pippa's veil, for purposes of a trial run in arranging her hair around it, but I'll bet the wedding gown went straight to the Middleton home.

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  19. I think she looks lovely, this is the best wear of the coat. I disliked it the first time too, but today I really like it - the beautiful hat, the gorgeous hair, her make up and the accessories all take it to the next level and mitigate the shiny issue, for me. She looks beautiful, and so much better than anyone else in the picture! Sometimes it cracks me up to see what other people where to these occasions - omg some of those dresses/hats/fascinators are hideous! Kate stands out like a beacon of elegance in these crowds, lol. And in even within the royal family - that feather boa/neck thing Sophie is wearing, omg ugh. And her white dress is so unflattering. Even Kate's shiny coat looks better and fits better than that. Kate is radiant today, and Wills looks great too. Love the garden parties!

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    1. Sophie definitely had a "miss" today. Can you imagine how much better she would have looked if she had worn a stunning necklace with that dress instead of those feathers! On the other hand, Princess Anne looked lovely. She usually looks like she pulled something out of the back of the closet from 40 years ago. Today, however, she looked much more up to date. Well, maybe the hat could have used some help.

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    2. That's an old photograph of Sophie from the order of the garter not from the garden party.

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    3. Yes, it's an old photo of Sophie and her feathery friend, lol. But it's still worth a mention, such a big fashion fail! I'm always surprised by how many fashion misses and fails happen within the royal family. Makes me feel better about having some myself! :) On a side note - I think Princess Eugenie could be stunningly beautiful and fashionable, her eyes are gorgeous, and she has a great style sense, but her looks are almost always ruined by the bad proportions. If Eugenie got a stylist to help her with proportions she would be a fashion icon.

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    4. You're right 2:55! I don't think Sophie was at this garden party. It looked like Edward was flying solo. Still, those feathers are a definite "don't!"

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    5. Well yes, Diane, Kate did look much better than anyone else in the picture--provided we are thinking of the same picture taken at the top of the steps, before the royals entered into the fray. William looked bored to death--and he REALLY needs a new morning suit--, the Queen. Phillip, and Anne looked like The Brothers Grimm, and Bea's hat reminded me of something a clown might wear--I was mesmerized because I kept expecting to see lollypops protruding from the crown. This was a no-contest win for Kate, despite the deplorable shiny coat, but so what? Sure, Kate's tall, slim and very pretty ...but that doesn't make her immune to well-meant clothing criticism, does it?

      Thing is, Kate's had a couple of lucky breaks of late, first in Luxembourg--they seem to prefer their female royals to veer on the side of less-than-sleek--and again at this Garden Party, chockfull of elderly royals and those with no dress sense! But she can't afford to rest on her laurels; there's that pesky Megan, an actress, who knows all about dressing for the part, and her mosquitoesque (new word) sister, Pippa, who constantly buzzes around, threatening to take one too many bites. Nope, Kate needs to bring her A-Game to fend off all threats.

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  20. I never like this coat it's too shiny. I very much would love to see her temperley dress from jubilee tour or the Erdem dress from 2012 trooping the colour. It would be nice see some dresses repeated from 2012. She needs to dig deeper in her closet.

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  21. Safe travels Jane.

    And that coat looks like it was made from an old bridesmaid's dress. Never liked it. Awful fabric.

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  22. Jane there's no rule that says you have to blog same day. Do a weekly recap if that's better for you. Blogging should be enjoyable not something that stresses you. Don't spend more time worrying about Kate's life than you do your own!
    Enjoy your trip. I enjoy your posts whenever you're ready to write them.

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  23. Congrats on finishing up your semester! I'm very "meh" on this dress, definitely not my favorite or a home run, but definitely not my least favorite either. I thought she looked quite washed out with the color of the dress and the lack of sunshine yesterday, could just be the few pics I saw as well.

    Hoping for a few snaps of Pips wedding, it's shaping up to be a lovely event and that glass menagerie will be just stunning with lights under a (hopefully) clear night! Curios what others think Kate will wear? Recycle? I think a great balance of new and recycled would be one of her current dresses in another color. I wonder if Pippa will change gowns for the reception? I can see Kate in her ARK Gala blush pink gown dancing the night away!

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    1. Meg, I agree, Pippa's wedding is shaping up to be gorgeous!!

      My theories are that Kate will wear a new dress (or two) and that Pippa will change into a second dress. My theory for Kate's new dress is the effort put into Kate's wedding, they would put into Pippa's to show her day is equally as important to the family. As for Pippa, Kate changed dresses at her wedding, and Pippa's invites encouraged guests to bring a second outfit.

      For Kate's wedding, the Middletons commissioned custom earrings for both Kate and Pippa. I am wondering if Pippa will rewear them, as they are "her" Middleton earrings. Or if something else was commissioned. Apparently both Kate's and Pippa's earrings were designed after the other accessories they wore that day (i.e. the scroll on Kate's earrings is to match the scroll of the tiara) - however, the sentimental person in me really hopes she wears the earrings she wore on Kate's day.

      ~ A

      http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2011/04/29/up-close-kate-and-pippa-middleton-s-royal-wedding-bling_n_7409896.html

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    2. I hope we get to see some photos of the glass menagerie! It sounds just stunning and, being the party planners that they are, I hope they'll release some photos. There are so many rumors swirling around this wedding it's hard to know what's real and what isn't.

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    3. RobinfromCA, will be interesting to see that after photos. I am leaning more to the camp of they have gone way overboard into the "just too much" category of a wedding. My limited experience is that when a wedding gets to this degree of "stuff" it becomes too much about the event for both the guests and the couple and ends up having little meaning for everyone involved. Can be fun and gorgeous but it becomes an event.

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    4. Good point about the wedding earrings. That would be such a great family tradition! I can see Charlotte wearing Kate's on her wedding day to honor her Middleton roots and, fingers crossed, Pippa will have a little girl to do the same!

      There are people criticizing Pippa for asking her wedding guests to bring a change of clothes but, since only 100 of the 300 guests will go to the actual wedding, I can see why. There are church clothes and party clothes! Have you seen the photos of the "porta-loos" they rented? They're luxury bathrooms! Not quite the kind you find at concerts or fairs. The glass marquee is fantastic! Middleton/Cambridge connections aside, I would just love to see inside this wedding. My daughter was a wedding planner before her marriage and I'm always interested to see what brides do.

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    5. Although we may be alone in thinking this ali I agree the wedding is starting to sound like "just too much" if even half the reports are true. Pippa arriving at the church in a horse-drawn carriage? Gilded golden gates? A fly-over? Two different receptions plus a wedding breakfast? And a carpeted backyard glass house? Perhaps its not all true but if it is, it almost sounds like Pippa and/or Carole couldn't decide which elements would be the most meaningful to include so all ideas were thrown in. 

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    6. I would agree with the "too much" assessment, ali, except that they are keeping the most important part limited to a smallish number of guests and then the big party. I also think that the security concerns have made them adopt some extreme measures they may not have done otherwise like all the fencing around the church, etc.. I read an article (Vogue, maybe) that said much of this is pretty typical of a "society wedding" in England. It's just that we don't hear many details about those. Most wedding planners will tell you that the ceremony is the wedding and the reception is an event. Being party planners by profession, it's my guess that's what the Middleton family have planned for.

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    7. Ali it seems a bit overboard to me, too, but Pippa has seemed to love attention more than Kate does. Also, Pippa is marrying a guy who he and his parents are much wealthier than the Middletons. Plus, I hear, and believe, there are a lot of sponsorships for this wedding. As long as they are connected to each other on a Saturday, and committed to working on their marriage for the long haul, I will reserve judgment. ;-)

      ~ A

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    8. True about the actual wedding being smaller. Good point on that. I actually thought about that last night and started viewing the day as almost two separate events.I am sure everyone invited will have a wonderful time.

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    9. I thought this had posted but I am not seeing. When I realized how it was being set up really as two separate events it made more sense to me.

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    10. This is NOT the English way at all. It's all far too flashy and a bit crass to be honest. More like something American celebs would get into. Everyone I know is put off by it. Especially with what's going on right now.

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    11. Mumph crunch, GAG. This hat needs a little something-it is a bit dry. The village green is so cold and lonely....anon1

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    12. LOL, anon1 :)

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    13. That hat gave me the WORST case of indigestion, Kiwi. Of course, I had to pick the faux fur one. I am still spitting out faux hair.

      This whole hat-eating episode could have been avoided.
      Why didn't I think of the central gathering, vetting place away from the neighborhood plus mass transport to the home? That allows for security and traffic concerns I felt would make the country wedding/ back garden reception scenario impossible. I should have known with the resources and contacts the Middletons have in the social event world, they would come up with a plan.
      I just don't understand the haphazard way the information-often very conflicting-keeps filtering through the media. Obviously, the earlier notice credited to a KP publicity source was a one off or there would have been one PR version of the various events in the media, instead of the wild speculation we are seeing. anon1.

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  24. I'm not loving the recent trend towards the monochromatic ensembles, the white " nurses" outfit and now this one. That bothers me more than the shiny fabric. Loving the tapestry clutch, outfit needed a brooch or necklace with some complementary color, just some color for interest. All that aside, Catherine always looks elegant.

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  25. I don't dislike this shiny coat; it's quite smart & a flattering silhouette. Attractive colour, too.

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  26. Love, love, love this outfit! The color, fit and fabric are spot on .... oh and the jewelry, hair and hat also! I think the Duchess looks spectacular in that color and the sheen helps her to stand out beautifully in the crowd and for pictures. So simple yet incredibly sophisticated. Huge win! :)

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  27. I do wish Sophie would get a stylist that could help her in selecting clothes just right for her figure. Poor thing rarely seems to get it right and she is a lovely woman.

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    1. Sophie gets it right more often than not, imo. I like that she can be quite creative and adventurous with her clothes.

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    2. She is fun and I think these days does get it right most of the time. I also happen to love Princess Anne's style. The Queen before adopting her more "uniform" look for events also had some incredible clothes. The Queen always looks good but her style when younger was very much "more free" and changeable from year to year.

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  28. Do we have an ID for the clutch? I wonder if she purchased it in India.

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  29. I love this coat dress and I'm happy to see it again--especially with those earrings. But I'm surprised she wore two similar color/type outfits so close together (as Luxembourg).

    I'm hoping we get to see some shots from Pippa's wedding this weekend. Media keeps speculating on the Dress, how Catherine won't be in the wedding party, Prince Harry & Meghan Markle invite etc... But unlike Catherine & William's wedding, Pippa's will be a private affair, so we will likely get only outdoor shots as people arrive--possibly long-lens shots. We'll just have to wait and see...

    Belle

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  30. Something that occurred to me in browsing the Garden photos is that the wearing of gloves will not be a part of the Royal wardrobe after Princess Anne's generation. Whatever ones fashion sense of gloves I know from talking to public figures that shaking lots of hands is hard on the skin and exposes you to tons of germs. Wearing gloves really helps with both those issues. Of course the males of the BRF have been dealing with the handshake no glove issue for ever:):).

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  31. According to a report today, Meghan has been invited to the reception but not to the wedding ceremony itself. That seems a fair trade off in keeping the wedding itself a more intimate, family event. Only 1/3 of the total guest list will be at the actual wedding.

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    1. That's an old report. She's going to both.;)

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    2. I think all or just the reception are both possibilities. I will just wait and see!
      ~ A

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  32. Enjoy your well deserved holiday, Jane!
    Reading the comments I realise how often the poster, after saying I don't like that coat adds but she looks always pretty/elegant.
    I think that's the secret of her style. She dresses to look pretty, with colours and cuts that suit her. She is of course very pretty, but she is also careful to wear only what suits her.That is why we have that feeling of sometimes not liking the dress or coat, or thinking her fashion is boring and still feeling she looks great. With others, you sometimes love the fashion but don't even look at the wearer.

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  33. just a little FYI ... a menagerie is a collection of animals. I think the word you're looking for is marquee?

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    1. In the world of autocorrect I kept getting menagerie instead of marquee as well. It can create some hilarious sentences!

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  34. Yes!!! Pippa wearing her Middleton earrings that were commissioned for Kate's wedding! I was really hoping we'd see her in these!! Unfortunately, everyone is commenting on her attire, veil included, except these sentimental earrings!
    ~ A

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    1. I noticed that too! What a great family tradition! It took a bit for me to see a close enough photo of the earrings to be sure they were the same and I was so excited to confirm that!

      I didn't see anything very special about the veil they've talked about. It just looked like a very good quality tulle made in a two tier style. The way it fit into her hair was lovely.

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  35. Wow! Pippa looked fantastic today! Gorgeous gown by Giles Deacon and she was just stunning! Kate's dress left me scratching my head. I'm usually not on the "matronly" train but I do think today's dress was just that. Carole looked really beautiful and her dress was perfect for her. Kate was left to do the child herding before and after the wedding being the best non-bridal attendant she could be for her sister.

    I have to say that, after seeing some of the other fashion, Kate's dress certainly wasn't the worst. Yikes! Guest list leads one to believe that an engagement between James Middleton and Donna Air is in the works as is one between Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank as was rumored earlier this year as Donna and Jack were both in attendance. I think this is the first time I've ever seen photos of Donna with the rest of the Middletons. Harry arrived solo with, as reported, MM not attending the wedding but will probably be at the reception this evening.

    With Jane away, anybody have any thoughts on the day?

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    1. Robin, my thoughts are:
      - Pippa looked lovely! In retrospect, the turtleneck dress should have been an obvious guess - she has a penchant for turtlenecks and they're on-trend (Nicky Hilton's wedding dress a couple years ago had one)
      - Kate's dress was kind of awful. I'm disappointed she didn't go for a lovely coat dress. I do, however, have to applaud her for that hat and those earrings!
      - why do we never see Mike & Carole affectionate with each other? I loved seeing James's parents hold hands entering and exiting the church. BOTH mum's looked great!
      - Kate, for all intents and purposes, was the Maid of Honour. It seems Maria was mostly an invited guest - we can see her helping to wrangle the kids at the beginning of the ceremony, but otherwise she isn't seen, while Kate is handling the kids for the most part.
      - I think this was the most deliriously happy I've seen Kate! She was beaming and so excited - so many photos of her exuding such joy while looking right at Pippa - that must be such a great feeling.
      - A few things seemed staged to me today, which rubbed me the wrong way. Pippa looking over her shoulder, just like Kate famously did at the Abbey. Their two outdoor kisses their eyes were opened. PLUS I heard since yesterday they have been shopping around their PRIVATE photos. I speculated on this several posts ago..and I might be right. I've also heard sources say these photos include Meghan/Harry photos. Soooo Meghan has to stay away so she doesn't upstage the bride, but H&M photos can be included to up the selling price of the photos? Seems a little yucky to me, for a wedding that was a "private" affair, but they *had* to engage press and KP for the protection of royals. *eye roll* be a little more honest about motivations.
      - All in all, I'm glad the weather cooperated, the children seemed mostly cooperative, and I hope J&P felt truly connected amongst the chaos!
      ~A

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    2. I noticed the shot of Pippa looking over her shoulder as well and then I saw the video of her and her dad going into the church and that glance over her shoulder was a millisecond where cameras clicking away caught the look over the shoulder. Then I wasn't bothered by it. I will reserve judgement about the shopping around of photos until we find if it's true or not. They certainly don't need the money so it seems strange. I can see where James's "bad boy brother" may do that and capitalize on photos of Harry & Meghan at the evening party.

      I agree about Kate being the Maid of Honor in actuality if not officially. She certainly worked hard at taking care of all those little ones going to and fro. She's a pro at rounding up potential escapees, scolding little George during his "moment" that all littles have, and keeping an eye on Charlotte who wanted to alternately not hold a hand and lick the bottom of her little basket. I will say that, while I didn't care for Kate's dress, it did accommodate the many bends, stretches, and gymnastics associated with herding kittens. :-D

      As for Carole and Mike - of course there are allowances for different people's comfort levels in general regarding hand holding, etc., but I think they've also been made a bit gun shy when they know the press is watching. They've been criticized for so many things I can't imagine what goes through their minds when they are in the spotlight.

      I was also happy to see the sun shine!

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  36. Beautiful bride.
    Catherine was the hardest working non-Matron of Honour I have ever seen.
    Loved her outfit, as she was able to bend; stretch and all the other activities looking after 8 children calls for.
    Lovely to see George and Charlotte. She is quite the little lady.
    Intrigued by the name of one of the children---Countess Phillipa Hoyos. Remember the name of Count Alexander Hoyas an Austrian Diplomat involved with the negotiations prior to the onset of WW1.
    Anyone know if there is any connection?

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    1. I didn't make that connection, Jean. Good memory! No idea if there's a relationship.

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  37. I SO love the Christopher Kane coat! It looks regal and lovely. The soft blue really compliments her hair and skin! Beautiful!!!

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