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Kate In Bubble Gum Pink for Trooping 2017

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Yesterday was Trooping the Colour and the Queen's official birthday celebration. The annual event is a huge favorite here and throughout the royal-watching community because all our favorite royals are sure to make an appearance...dressed in their best.


Now that George and Charlotte join their parents on the balcony, the event has skyrocketed even more in popularity.  As is customary, Kate rode with Camilla and Harry in an open carriage down the Mall and we got our first look at her bubble gum-pink ensemble. 


Prince William rides horseback in the parade, wearing a full regalia that frankly looks too hot to handle, and I say that in the most literal sense, but he looks good doing it:


I don't know that I have ever wondered why Harry doesn't ride--perhaps I assumed he has chosen to decline the privilege, but there was a brief article from People yesterday that explained William rides because he is a royal colonel, while Harry is not...yet. 

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Camila and Anne are actually also royal colonels, but the Duchess of Cornwall chooses to ride in the carriage, while Anne rides almost every year, I believe. 


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Since George made faces at the window in 2015, we have also looked forward to these snaps of the little royals peeking down at their parents. This year, both George and Charlotte observed from the window. Susan of WKW shared this side-by-side on Twitter of Princess Charlotte at Trooping and an earlier picture of the Queen. This picture of the Queen has been incorporated into more memes and internet jokes over the past several years than any image I am familiar with, but I like it best here.



George has settled into this whole royal routine and nonchalantly picked his nose as the cameras clicked. 


Attention Buckingham Palace staff: clean-up on Palace Window Pane #370...bring the Windex when you come:


At first, Prince George felt it was all a bit much to leave his toys and get all dressed up just to accept the adulation of the gathered crowds...


But he perked up very quickly when a Chinook helicopter appeared on the horizon heading straight for him. Charlotte took her cue from George and broke into frenzied and adorable waves:



Later the little princess got back to business. Clearly there is no time like the present to contemplate life's deeper questions as you scan a mass of humanity below you:


I love this shot of Charlotte leaning into George to get a better look at something. These two appear to be good buddies:


Kate often holds Charlotte, so it was sweet to see William lean over to brush the small princess's locks away from her face. A perfect Father's Day shot. :)


With the exception of last year, when Kate recycled the bespoke coat dress from Charlotte's baptism, Kate has always worn a new dress/suit to Trooping.  On several occasions she has recycled a hat, too, so Trooping as a fashion event, leans toward debuts, but Kate isn't above using something from her closet if it makes the ensemble work.  2017 got a full debut!




When the freshly minted Duchess of Cambridge made her first appearance at Trooping the Colour, all the way back in 2011, she chose a fashion-forward coat that featured a dramatic ruffled front. I have liked every ensemble Kate has worn to Trooping, although that hat in 2015 hasn't aged well. I loved 2017's ensemble and I think it takes second place after 2011, if not almost matching it.


This year was a real return to the pizazz of 2011. Tapping McQueen again, Kate had the designer's "Pleated Skirt Skater Dress" customized with sleeves (similar the red McQueen she wore to the Thames Pageant. That, too, was a sleeveless dress that Kate had altered) and a more formally styled neckline featuring gentle folds.

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We never get the full look at Trooping, but I am sure this will get a recycle. The dress features these "paper bag pleats," which are unusual, obviously, but are so unique and fun.


Kate has chosen pieces that expose tailoring that is traditionally hidden before, with great success. Her blue Stella McCartney is the example that comes to my mind. That dress featured darting on the outside and gave what was a very simple dress a modern edge without being too busy. Kate is pictured here in 2012 wearing the dress for the first time at the National Portrait Gallery.


For Trooping 2017, Kate added a gorgeous topper from Jane Taylor, featuring bold waves of netting in multiple shades of pink. Wow. The sturdy waves of the hat and the geometric paper bag pleats, paired with Kate's chignon, created a very polished ensemble. It was an assertive look and very dramatic in all the best ways. 


Although we don't know what shoes she wore, Kate accessorized with her Etui envelope clutch and the "Diamond Frame" earrings she has on loan from the Queen.


I want to return briefly to this picture, which already made an appearance earlier in the post. It is a good image to address the criticism of Kate for choosing a brighter color. A number of naysayers suggested that Kate broke some kind of protocol by wearing this bolder pink when everyone else was wearing very pale blues and pinks. The theory expressed is that Kate was making a play to steal the stage. Eye roll. Below you see Autumn Phillips in a cheerful green with a magenta hat. [Update: a few have misconstrued this paragraph, thinking it is addresses those who felt that due to the recent tragedies in Britain Kate's dress was too bright. That is an incorrect reading. This paragraph and the following paragraph address those who think that regardless of any recent events, Kate's dress was too bright because she was hoping to steal the limelight from her fellow royal ladies.]



I have noticed an increased ugliness toward Kate of late on social media and on this blog. I am saddened to have watched women over the past two years go from negative to hostile and even to naked malice. It is proof positive that jealousy, that green-eyed monster, consumes the person who indulges in envious thoughts. I know these voices have increasingly thrown a bit of a wet blanket onto our happy little corner of the royal watching world. I want to encourage everyone to let these people and their comments roll off you "like water off a duck's back," as my grandmother used to teach my father. I feel sorry for anyone who has time to follow the royals so closely only to be a constant nagging voice of negativity. These women sound angry, bitter, and and jealous of the life Kate has chosen, but the truth is they only harm themselves. Trooping displayed a little family unconcerned by the negativity that sometimes crops up, and we should all keep our focus on how much we enjoy following the Cambridges and sharing in their happiness, not on the relatively few unhappy women who have indulged their less noble inclinations.


As always, it was a very special day for the Royal Family. This is the "full" Trooping video, although it actually cuts out before the children come to the balcony, which is the best part:


This is a ten-minute video just of the flyby with the children:


A very happy Father's Day to Prince William and to all daddies out there today!



149 comments:

  1. Thank you as always for the thoughtful post. I so enjoy Kate's fashions, but what makes me smile is seeing parents that love their kids.

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    1. It is so fun to see William and Kate as parents!

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  2. I never noticed the exposed darting on the Stella McCartney dress before, thanks for pointing that out. Another great post, Jane. I loved your hilarious captions with the photos of the children...especially the one of George picking his nose! Charlotte looks quite matured for her age...her hair is getting long and she looks like a thoughtful child. George is so cute smushing his face up against the window, reminds me of him in the sea plane on the last day in Canada :)
    I loved Kate's ensemble & didn't have a problem with it being quite a bright colour, as Autumn chose a vibrant dress & hat. Great to see her two daughters next to G&C.
    William looks smashing in his uniform on horseback...I saw quite a few soldiers fainted this year - the weather looked sweltering!
    I think the best dressed was the Queen. I love that light blue outfit of hers. And Camilla's hat wasn't too bad, either. I like the cream, blue and pink shades of the three senior royal ladies...kind of looks like a representation of the colours of the Union Jack (although Kate's pink isn't quite red, but there is plum in her hat).

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    1. I *love* that Stella with the darts. I bought a very similar dress not long after, although I can't wear a lot because it is electric pink. :)

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  3. My somewhat half-baked theory is that the senior women were in a coordinated nod to the flag, which we have seen before, albeit rather muted. QE's outfit was a pale blue, Cams was a white and Kate's was a faded red. This is where my theory becomes a wee bit of a stretch, please bear with me. IMO Kate's choice of pink was done so she didn't clash with the red uniforms. What ever the reason, I liked the outfit. Not my favourite but no dislike here. As for the negativity, I approach it with humour and let it entertain me. However, some go over the line ( some go over the line then accelerate for the horizan). They need to remember that while they hide behind the anonymity of the internet, they are bullying a real, live person with feelings and emotions. Being married into the BRF doesn't erase that. Mel from NOntario.

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    1. I agree. They are people, too, with families and friends.

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    2. Anonymous 11:45' I remember having the same theory at the Queen's Flotilla on the Thames in 2012.
      Do you remember how the Queen was in exquisite white, Kate in vibrant McQueen red,
      and then Camilla ruined it by NOT wearing blue!

      I thought "What a missed opportunity to make a strikingly patriotic fashion statement!"

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  4. I don't think it's a half-baked theory if I saw the same thing as you, Mel, regarding the flag. And you're right about the pink of Kate's outfit not clashing with the red of the uniforms. I think it was all coordinated.

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    1. I read your comment after posting mine and chuckled. Glad to hear others were thinking the same thing! I think that they often coordinate the clothing - at least the senior royal ladies.

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    2. My thoughts were in the same manner as to Kate's dress and the children's outfits all coordinating. I thought she did a great job!

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  5. My thought on negativity towards others is a sign of insecurity and low self esteem. There is constructive criticism which can be productive but be careful of blurred lines. There is always that option of scrolling on by.

    I loved the bright pink color. I learned I am not a fan of the paper sack waist style which is a new term for me. I have learned so much about fashion since Kate appeared on scene. I sure do echo that Kate looked so beautiful. It always amazes me that she is so on point with her family. Everything just flowed seemingly on that balcony even with those two adorable children.

    I loved Jane how you ended your blog with the black and white photo of father (wonder what they call him) with his children for Father's Day.


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    1. So glad you liked that; I think it is a great picture!

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    2. I, too, loved the photo of W/G/C. Very fitting. :-)

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    3. I agree lovely picture!! Thanks Jane!! No ugliness out of me!! Kate was beautiful as always!! So was the rest of her brood along with the other family members. I write as if Kate herself will read what I say. I know that would thrill some trolls but I always try to be kind even if I don't particularly like something.

      I've wondered seeing pictures though the years, even pictures of Princess Diana, why the ladies cover up with a blanket while riding in the carriage during Trouping? I've seen pictures of Diana in short sleeves and still cover up in the carriage.. I thought it was warm this time of year?? Thanks again Jane!!

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  6. Loved Kate's dress and hat. Wasn't crazy about Amber's teal dress and pink hat seemed a little garish. It was fun seeing all of the royal families on the balcony. I've been trying to find a picture that identifies all of them. There are some members I'm not familiar with.

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  7. Jane, if I may, why do you even publish those comments?
    Also if you don't mind me asking, are you thinking of ending the blog?

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    1. Why would she end the blog?

      There seems to be cycles in people's opinions about Kate. This happened to Diana sometimes too. Give it a minute and something good will happen and everyone will love them again. It's all about perspective.

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    2. I was just asking the question 1:26. Jane has said she has a busy schedule and she doesn't update as much lately, and it seems the comments are always an issue, so I just asked if she was thinking of ending the blog. A couple of years ago she considered it and wrote a post about it and I sense a similar feeling. I never suggested if she should or shouldn't, I was just asking Jane a question. Good grief.

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    3. Most of the comments I am thinking of aren't published. :) Those that are usually borderline. It can be hard to decide on some of these comments, and since it's a standard, it's kind of arbitrary. Sometimes I publish a comment to reply...there are a lot of reasons the borderlines get through, but I am referencing both the comments here and the comments on Twitter that have been getting pretty nasty of late.

      I am very busy these days and it is very hard for me to find time to blog. I think there will be more posts that aren't same-day.

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    4. Jane, I wanted to thank you for finding the time in your busy schedule to blog--it is much appreciated. I really enjoy your writing and take on things. Your posts are so worth waiting for!

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    5. I agree Jay - thank you Jane for taking the time to give us all the benefit of this blog!

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    6. 1:42,

      I'm sorry if you thought I was attacking your comment in my post. That wasn't my intention. I was simply trying to say about any very negative Kate comments, this too shall pass!:)

      I think some people leave biting comments and then that's what we are expecting... but that wasn't my intent.

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    7. Thank you so much 126, I certainly appreciate that and I'm sorry that I was snappy in response. You're right, I know I am a bit uptight sometimes reading the back and forth because some people have only one mode, and biting is a good way to describe it. It's a shame I often read the comments anymore anticipating rough responses, maybe we all have been reading each other a little harshly because of those expectations.

      ThankYou again for the clarification and civility, as an anon you could have ignored it, who would ever know. You must have genuine class and manners.
      :)

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    8. This seems a good time to thank Jane for this blog. I don't care if posts aren't same-day. I come here for information, great photos, enlightened commentary and wit that I don't find elsewhere.
      Susan in Minneapolis

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    9. Jane, why don't you let some of us have the chance to guest blog?? I'm in!!!

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  8. I appreciate your higher standards, which is one reason I follow you. I admire Kate as a woman, mother and human being. She's worked hard for what she values. On a side note, you have to be tall to carry off wearing a bear skin hat 😊

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    1. That's a good point about the hat! William looks very distinguished during Trooping the Colour.

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  9. I was especially glad to see real diamond earrrings - so much more princess-like than the £19.99 ones!

    Re the bright pink colour of the dress, if there is criticism I think it's in light of recent U.K. tragedies. The tower block inferno was close to the KP and BP neighborhoods. No doubt Kate had these ensembles planned for a long time, but it would have
    shown more sensitivity to subdue things a bit. I think she can be a bit tone-deaf in this regard - what did she choose to wear when she visited the 9/11 Memorial in D.C...

    And I'd say the same thing about Autumn Phillips - a white hat would have left her with a fresh, cool and respectful ensemble.



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  10. Loved Kate's look... perfection. Thanks Jane.

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    1. Orange County GrandmaJune 18, 2017 at 4:32 PM

      All this talk about the color of Kate's dress I think is dumb. What does everyone want her to wear black or a dark color because of what has happened. Many comment on her wearing different colors. Somshecwesrs a beautiful pink and all hell breaks loose. I think the dress color was beautiful and very point on. No need for a different color.
      And to say Kate was trying to be the one to stand out is Kate's style. She would rather be in the back ground. But that does not happen because who she is and the fact that she is such a beautiful woman.
      Jane I love your blog and enjoy reading most of the comments. But I do agree that there has been done pretty nasty things said about Kate. We all have no idea what she does when she is not busy with engagements. Furthermore if the Queen is not happy with the number of engagements
      or does not do it is their business. I feel Queen is letting them pave their own way. She have learn from the past.

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    2. Even in light of the awful things that have happened in the U.K. of late, the Trooping is a celebration of the birth/life of the monarch. It wasn't a memorial to fire, shooting, etc victims. Because of that the color was just fine. Also, I think the Cambridges have shown their support by donating and visiting victims which means way more than a muted color of an outfit at an event that ha nothing to do with the tragedies. Should the queen not have work bright blue to the hospital visit?

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    3. Orange County Grandma - I agree. Catherine stands out because she is beautiful - and tall!! When I look at the full balcony photo, I am struck by how tall William, Catherine and Harry are.

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    4. Good points Ellen.
      The event is to honor the queen.

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  11. There's something that drives me crazy, little girls or girls who don't have their hair back like in the balcony picture.

    The taller girl in blue with brown hair, she looks lovely. Old enough to handle loose hair. But the little blonde in blue (without the bangs), she needs her hair back. If a girl doesn't have bangs, then her hair is all over, it's hard for her to see, do things, and look kept - all at the same time. I see this trend everywhere. What happened to ponytails, French braids, the front pulled back, then all curled or blown dry? These girls look like no one is taking care of them.

    And yes, I know that kids play and hair gets messy. But this trend of loose hair, no matter the age is awful. I see it everywhere.

    I have never had bangs, ever. I always had my hair back until about the 6th grade, when I started wearing it down. What an adjustment it took. I couldn't see a thing, not the school board nothing! Let these girls play, learn and do it with adorable hair that's pulled back!

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    1. I actually had never thought of this, but now that I do, in another generation the little girls did all have their hair done in some way, didn't they? I think you make a good point, it does look a little more put together.

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    2. The Philips girls are probably very sweet and lovely but yeah...their hair was a a bit of a wreck.... I'm surprised more effort isn't made by their parents/Princess Anne on events like this.

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    3. I tend to agree. It falls under time and place, doesn't it? ;-)

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  12. The thing is Jane, some of the nastiest people on Twitter are actually ardent Kate fans. I've been thinking about cancelling my Twitter account because everyone seems so nasty about everything anymore. I'm not sure that it's good for anyone to be exposed to it. Twitter has allowed people to indulge their worst side and the more they do it the more addictive it gets - the more they want to do it if that makes sense. I personally hope the entire platform goes out of vogue and fast.

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  13. Jane, thank you for addressing this. I find the negativity not only in blog comments, but sometimes blog posts are written in such a way that invites those comments (not here, of course). Let's not even mention rags like the Daily Mail (huuuge eye roll!).

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  14. Holy smokes, that's a bright pink! I thought Kate's outfit was nice in terms of style (except for the supposedly trendy but still odd-- odd to me anyway-- "paper bag" detail) But I admit I am in the camp of thinking the color was too bright. I don't think Autumn is seen by most people as a "key" royal and she wasn't standing near the Queen for most of the balcony gathering. So her teal dress didn't seem jarring to me. Then too, "hot" colors like red & bright pink have more of an emotional impact and tend to draw the eye more than "cool" colors like blues and greens. (I also did not see Autumn riding in a carriage although maybe she did.) Even though the Trooping is a celebration, wearing a bright cotton-candy pink bespoke dress just seemed a bit "off" given recent events, events acknowledged in the Queen's statement. HMTQ, Camilla and the York sisters--all wearing fairly pale colors--seemed more appropriately dressed to me given the recent tragedies.

    I know Kate likely planned her outfit long before the two attacks and the fire happened. But she could have found a substitute in her closet and saved this for another use (although not saved for too long...I expect the waist detail will date it pretty quickly.) I bet she could even have found a softer pink dress in her closet so as not to disrupt the Cambridge family matching (nor disrupt the "faded flag" motif if that existed) The Queen and Camilla both wore repeats this year and Kate wore a repeat last year, after all.

    I expect I'll be in the minority, but this outfit gets a meh from me because of the occasion (HMTQ's birthday celebration so she should be the one to stand out) and the timing (so soon after the many UK tragedies.) But I thought it wasn't terribly appropriate to wear hot pink to visit the 9/11 memorial either. Of the foreign nationals killed that day in the attack, the largest percentage came from the UK with others from many Commonwealth countries so it's not just a memorial to an American tradegy even though it occurred on our soil.

    I understand some published posts have gone over the line. (No telling what the unpublished ones look like!) And of course what goes live is up to Jane. Recently it does seem more questionable comments have gone live, including some downright nasty ones directed at other posters. (Mostly while Jane was doing finals or away and approving comments by phone as she has already discussed in another article.) But if posting a negative reaction to the color of a dress isn't considered acceptable behavior on a *fashion blog,* that would seem to suggest posting any criticism of Kate's clothing would be similarly unacceptable. The blog guidelines say debate is welcome but if criticism of an element of an outfit is unacceptable, I'm puzzled as to what the content of those debates might be. 

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    1. I am very confused. Did someone say that discussing the color of a dress shouldn't be allowed?

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    2. Jane no offense but I personally was a little taken aback by your "eye roll" line because people thought the color was a tad inappropriate. I agree that Autumn is married to a man who doesn't even have a title and the majority have no idea who she is.
      I think SOME comments have been nasty in a personal way lately. But I equally am frustrated when people are attacked or patronised for their valid opinions on fashion and engagements.

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    3. Ok, I think there is some confusion. My eye roll is toward those who suggest that Kate wore pink with the deliberate intention to steal the limelight from everyone else. I think that is ridiculous. Kate did not plan her wardrobe with the intent to steal attention from all the other ladies.
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      t have a problem if some people think Kate's color was too bright because of the recent terror attacks and the tragic fire. For myself personally, it was a day to put that all aside and celebrate the Queen and celebrate Britain's traditions, so I do not think the color was too bright. But, if other think it was, they are free to express that.
      But again, the idea that Kate is some conniving egomaniac who set down and plotted how she could shine brighter than everyone else, well, I find that idea absurd and frankly deliberately negative and unkind.

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    4. One further point. Two comments can talk about the color of the dress and one is appropriate for a blog like this and the other is not. Example:

      Comment 1: "I think that shade of yellow isn't right on Kate. It doesn't work well with her tan and I don't think it matches her clutch. I wish she'd worn a more golden tone."
      Comment 2: "She's done it again. Everyone else chose to wear deep blues, but Kate had to wear this bright yellow and once again take center stage. She should have worn a similarly dark blue to fit in with the others."

      Comment 1 is fine, it's a friendly fan who thinks the yellow of Kate's dress didn't do her justice. Comment 2 is clearly not a Kate fan. On my end, sometimes I might let Comment 2 go by, because technically it isn't crude or attacking the other readers, but in reality is is a negative comment about Kate (not about her clothes) and it puts off other readers who are here to talk about the clothes and enjoy Kate and her family, not to read comments from people who fundamentally are not fans of the Duchess of Cambridge. This is a made up example, but I hope you see the point.

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    5. Well said Jane

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    6. I think the argument that Kate or anyone else is wearing something that might "steal the show" is rather silly. People try to wear what makes them look best. If someone is looking rather good, kudos to them. The only time I think this argument has some merit, when someone looks overtly sexual (and I mean way over the top, not just sexy, but like embarrassed for them). Don't we all want to look our best?

      And I apply this to everyone. Some thought the hat Eugenie wore to Kate's wedding was to steal the show-please. She thought she looked good. Sadly, she didn't. But was there bad intentions? I don't think so.

      I guess when we want others to dim their light, I have a problem with that.

      The pink dress at 9/11... I understood some being upset. But that wasn't her only event that day and I really think Kate didn't put the connotations together.

      As far as the recent bombing and the pink dress... at some point you have to offer people hope. My father died suddenly at 52. It was huge in our smaller town. The funeral capped off days of mourning. I remember my grandmother (his mom) wore all black but she added a red scarf that day. When I saw it, I thought that represents our hope. Through the sadness, there must be hope. I think Kate wearing pick was helping people have hope just maybe a little bit.

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    7. I'd like to add to the discussion of the magenta coat worn at the September 11 memorial in NY. I'm from NY and was a first responder on September 11. I also lost 37 colleagues that I knew personally. I can assure you there was no issue from my end on the magenta color.

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    8. I'm fairly certain the senior royals all talk about which colors they're wearing beforehand (the Queen chooses first, obviously). So if HM had a problem with bright pink, Kate wouldn't have worn it.

      I wonder if some of the negativity is because of the King Charles III television program that came out. Supposedly (haven't watched it yet myself), it painted Kate as conniving and fake. Or maybe people are just upset she's taking time for her young family and not appearing much in public/showing off her kids.

      Eh, the world's gone a bit mad lately, I think people want to see her out and about for reassurance and a pleasant distraction in the face of constant bad news. The mean comments will pass at some point.

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    9. Mad respect to you and all you colleagues. Hugs.

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    10. I wonder if you're on to something Am @ 2:17 about why people might be more critical of Kate (and the BRF in general) recently. It does often feel like the world has gone bonkers recently and so many things that seemed safe and secure don't feel that way anymore. The BRF has been one of those steady constants that people look to during turbulent times - if for no reason other than it's endurance as an institution through time can be comforting and reassuring. But now it's getting harder to avoid recognizing that the Queen and Prince Phillip will not be around forever and nobody knows what the transition will look like or what the BRF as an institution will look like as it transitions into this next phase of history. It could be that some comments that are critical of Kate or William (or even the Queen) for not "working" more come from a place of anxiety - looking for reassurance that whatever else happens the BRF will still be there - rather than pure envy or nastiness.

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    11. My comment was for LauraT.

      Anon 2:38

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    12. Kate looked great (and appropriate IMO). I believe that the goal of the day is to avoid duplicating colors among the senior royal ladies. Just take a look at Trouping photos from the past 30+ years...a rainbow of colors with the Queen wearing BOTH brighter and paler shades than other royal ladies. Besides, this was not a memorial; it was a celebration that symbolized the stay calm and carry on approach of the monarchy.

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  15. Kate looked beautiful. It was lovely to see the entire Cambridge family together. I found this particular shade of pink to be rather blinding--the bright sun didn't make things better imo. I know Kate has many dresses in creams and whites, but I do think this style would have looked lovely in cream.

    I think the Queen and Camilla looked fabulous. I like Camilla's hat--I almost always like her hats (even the enormous feathery creations she wears sometimes!). Autumn's contrasting ensemble was lovely!

    I think the unfortunate negativity toward Kate increases when there is a lull in royal engagements. I am not making excuses for the negativity but that seems to be the reality.

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    1. I agree. I think people have very high expectations of her and get disappointed and frustrated quickly. The young royals have an impossible road ahead if you ask me.

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    2. I don't think the pink color was a plot to steal attention. I think it's possible HMTQ may not initially have planned to wear such a pale hue. (Remember last year's "Kermit" green? And HM's cobalt blue a couple of years ago? The yellow gold? The most recent wearing of light blue by HM for the Trooping that I remember came with a hat with a dark navy blue brim so she was still quite visible to the people attending.) But given recent events its possible she changed to a pale blue dress that wasn't new. As a result, Kate's dress did draw attention more than I thought was typically done by adult female royals attending an event with the Queen. I also remember some (right here on this very blog!) were very critical of one of the York sisters for wearing red to a service for the Queen's birthday last year because of the supposedly well-known rule of not wearing a brighter color than the Queen. Those commenting were sure the Queen would have been angry about the red dress. So while I don't think Kate hatched a nefarious plan to pull attention, given what the Queen ended up wearing, the bright pink COULD be said to do that. But as I said, I also thought it was an insensitive choice given the recent events. I understand the notion of giving hope, and maybe that's why she wore it (although the dress was obviously ordered long ago) but I'm not sure all or even most directly affected people will see it that way. Anon 4:00, I understand your feeling about what your mom did. How would you have felt if other people wore bright colors to your dad's service? I know I'd feel positive in one case and not in the other.

      Jane, I read the article to say "ONE theory expressed..." about why Kate chose pink, not "THE theory expressed..." That misreading plus the "eye roll" seemed to convey to me criticism of the color of Kate's dress was too negative no matter what and would only be done by "bitter" "unhappy" people. Thanks for the clarification since that didn't make much sense for a fashion blog.

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    3. My comment addressed specifically the idea that the color was chosen deliberately to upstage, and generally toward angry bitter women who don't like Kate and pend a great deal of time on twitter and sometimes here (often not permitted to go live) expressing their disdain for her work load or parenting or her insipid presentation at events, and the like. Those women are angry and bitter and should use their time to a better purpose. I have been commenting in favor or in opposition to the cut and color of Kate's various clothes for over five years now, so I don't *think* that makes any of us angry or bitter. ;)

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    4. I agree with you, lizzie. I don't think she wore this color to attempt to steal attention. It's just that I really dislike this particular shade of pink (on anyone, anywhere, anytime :)

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    5. Pretty much any color is acceptable at a summer funeral nowadays, or winter for that matter. My dad died on the 4th of July 10 years ago and I couldn't care less what color people wore. I was just glad to see them.

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    6. Lizzie, I think different "rules" apply on occasions such as the service you referred to vs. the Trouping. Just look back at photos from the past three decades. In a word...RAINBOWS.

      I will also say this; it's true that we have had some very tragic news out of London in recent weeks, but I'd bet my last dollar that we'd read the very same comments on the internet about Kate intending to steal the show.

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    7. For those of you who think that the pink she wore was too bright, I think she has learning from the Queen who wears bright colours (whether they suit her or not) in order that she stands out and people can see her. If you have noticed most of the colours she wears are jewel tones and stand out so that she is very noticeable. She is going to be Queen one day and in the present Queen she has an admirable role model.

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  16. Perfection! She looks stunning, and the children are so sweet! Not forgetting William on father's day. Handsome family

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  17. First up, the Cambridge kids. Really cute, well-dressed (re Charlotte's dress, this was a print that worked for me--so vibrant!), and talk about a plethora of hair at barely two years of age! As for George, he is, as ever, smartly dressed. and, since you mentioned his on-going tendency to pick his nose, Jane, this is obviously a sign of maturity; the first time we saw this, he was much younger and inexperienced in front of the camera, perched safely in his father's arms, casually leaning on Daddy's shoulder. This time, he was on his own, standing in front of thousands, and many more cameras and, undaunted, happily picked away.

    I LOVED Kate's dress, hat and earrings. Re the dress, bubble-gum pink is going down as one of my favourites on Kate. Re the style--and I have to eat my own words, here--McQueen really came through for her this time. Between Kate and the House of McQueen, they managed to IMPROVE an off-the-rack style. The round neck, with its gathered pleats, eliminated the need for a necklace or a brooch, the "paperbag waist" added interest, and I liked the long sleeves--how was Kate to know that London was going to experience a heatwave-- and this bespoke dress wasn't created at the last minute. Just hope that the dress was lengthened to mid-knee or longer.

    I also liked this Jane Taylor hat; the ribbon atop was positively voluptuous, the colour was rich.

    And I've changed my mind re these diamond earrings; they worked with this outfit--but could someone please explain why the diamonds appear to be set in "something black"? Are the diamonds set in badly tarnished silver? Or something else?

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    1. You made me laugh JC because I'm hoping that the dress hits mid knee or above. Different strokes and all that.

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    2. JC I hope you're done with your "Charles gives her no money for clothes" routine. What do you think custom McQueen costs. Her new wardrobe this year alone hits 6 figures and that's just what we know about.
      Before anyone chimes in I have no problem with a royal princess having a generous clothing budget just odd when some think she's being short changed in that dept.

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    3. Faith - I feel the same, I really do hope it's short. :) I always think it's a shame she doesn't wear more short or sleeveless dresses.

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    4. I would love to see her in more sleeveless day dresses too, Kirsten. They are youthful, fresh and summery. A nice option for the warmer months and they would show off her fabulous arms.

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    5. Don't hold your breath, Anonymous, June 18, at 6:59 PM. Kate should be able to afford more couture and less high street, which rarely fits--as a future Queen.

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    6. Faith and Kirsten, don't get me wrong; I'd be delighted if the dress fell to mid-knee, BUT, I fear the potential consequences (think wind) of anything shorter.

      In the meantime, I daydream about the perfect shoes--not to mention a wonderful new hat--to wear with this exquisite dress. Pink-and-white strappy high-heeled sandals spring to mind, as does a wide-brimmed white straw hat with luscious pink ribboning.

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    7. JC, your daydream is kind of perfect. I'm hoping a future garden party sees this dress paired with such a hat. Can you imagine how gorgeous that would be?! I fear the strappy pink and white sandals are a pipedream however:( Looking at her nude clutch, I'm sure she's wearing one of her nude courts but I'm pretending she's got her pink LK Bennet Agatas on:)

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  18. Beautiful post and I agree with you, Jane. Kate was perfect from my point of view and George and Charlotte always adorable!

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  19. Charlotte's super energetic waving from the balcony--adorable!

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  20. The Duchess is just gorgeous! This has to be one of my favorite looks! She looked radiant, regal, and so happy!!

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  21. Trooping is my favorite royal event because I love the pageantry, the balcony appearance with extended family and the gorgeous dresses and hats. With the Cambridge children added into the mix, the day has only become better.

    I love this shade of pink on the DoC, and what an unpredictable choice as well. I think I like the dress although the length will be the deciding factor. I may not be a fan if it ends up hitting her mid calf.

    It looks like I will be one of the few not in love with the hat. I have never liked this type of wavy, ribbony embellishment. Its a hat I could have seen Diana wear in the eighties ( which I would have loved on her then) but not loving it on Kate now. There is something quite dated about it imo.

    I was happy to see these beautiful earrings again. They are so pretty here with the pink and the updo.

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    1. Faith, normally I am not a fan of these hats, but I do like the different shades of pink here. And the layers of color work quite well with the pleats in the dress. IMO.

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    2. Royalfan, I can appreciate the artistry of the hat and the color tie in too. Just not loving style/design. In general, it is a big hit with most people though.

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  22. I thought Kate looked fantastic. Love this colour on her. Thought the dress was lovely but Im not a keen fan on the paperbag waist, to me it just looks messy. Loved the hat in which the deeper colours on it added some depth to the whole outfit. A great look, esepecially with her hair up.

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    1. I didn't immediately love the paper bag waist but I think the beautiful neckline balanced it out - though I am really hoping the hemline is knee length and not mid-calf. Loved the earring and LOVED the hat.

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  23. Kate looked fantastic---dress, hat, earrings, hair. This pink is perfect, and I really enjoyed the design elements of the dress. I, too, love watching her as a parent, so loving and unselfish. Kate's color coordinating with the children makes me think about the photo legacy she's creating for her children in addition to honoring a host country (using particular colors) and honoring HM on her birthday. History in the making. Well done! As a gentle reminder, Jane, I'm looking forward to your thoughts on the J Crew crops, jacket, shoes from the 1851 Trust's Roadshow. Katherine USA

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  24. I loved the dress and the kids. Way too adorable. Was it just me or did Harry not seem his usual cheerful jokester self? Maybe it was just the snatches of pictures and clips I saw.

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    1. A friend and I noticed that too. I really think it's the long distance romance and missing MM. He looks sour a major events like this not on his own but family events. Also, I thought Kate and Camilla looked very unhappy in some pics in the carriage.

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    2. Perhaps it has to do with the stories that are appearing about his mother (again!) and CH's attempt to reign in "The Trio".

      Sometimes, don't we ALL smile and appear at family events when we'd rather be anywhere else? ;-)

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  25. Thanks for a great post & so many wonderful pictures, Jane. And thanks for not being a part of all the ridiculous criticism. I've been tiring of it & wasn't going to read the comments anymore because it really ruins the main reason I read your blog- to enjoy something lighthearted & pretty, seeing a family who loves each other & is a great example to others in this cynical world we live in. Keep up the good work, Jane. You bring a much needed spot of cheer in our lives!

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  26. I don't think it matters what color Kate wears or if it is a color that will blend in or stand out. People who follow the royals want to see her and they are going to pay attention to her no matter what. Let's face it, she is the star of the royal family now and is going to stand out no matter what she is wearing.

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  27. I am super excited to see a new shade on Kate- I pretty much love everything about this outfit. I can definitely see it recycled for Garter Day, a garden party at BP, or even on a state visit. It is definitely a more sophisticated look than from 2011- she exudes Senior Royal Lady now. The hat has grown on me- at first, I thought it looked like Jane Taylor took a pastry bag and piped pink frosting ribbons all over it. But now I noticed the different colors and I would love to see if Kate could rewear it with a dress of the deeper shade.

    On a more serious note, I thought HM's statement was perfect for the mood of the day. Whoever helped her craft that should go work at KP. It was a perfect empathetic acknowledgement of the hurts out there, and at the same time, a great British "Keep calm and carry on" sentiment. Trooping is one of the events that people look forward to- I love to see the extended family together. It's one of the few times that is for the public other than weddings and funerals. I personally love to see all of the colors- the brighter, the better for me. With the sunshine yesterday, I thought the balcony appearance was magnificent for everyone involved ( and I quite liked see the Duke of Edinburgh out of uniform!). Here's to better days ahead for the UK, and I can't wait for Kate's visit to Germany/Poland in July.

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    1. It seems like recently Kate has been debuting newer (more "fashion-y") versions of some of her earlier ensembles and when you mentioned garden parties I saw this link McQueen as an updated version of her link Emilia Wickstead she wore to a garden party. Such fun to watch Kate grow her fashion into her royal role.

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  28. Loved this dress! And the hat! And the hair! I read somewhere (PopSugar?) that the color is "millennial pink" which I thought was fun. The kids were too cute. Yay for the trooping! And a yay for Prince Phillip getting to wear a suit;)

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  29. Personally, I thought she looked smashing - I loved the colour and the nod to the Queen by wearing stunning earrings on loan from her! I too learned why Harry doesn't participate on a horse, and frankly I'm disappointed he hasn't been given that honour. He has served his country in war...done much more than Camilla and Sophie who hold that title as well.

    In regards to negativity, some probably think I've contributed to this of late. I disagree. I am still a Kate fan, but it's fading a bit as I've described as "disenchanted". It's ok for me to be disappointed and have respectful criticism. I won't apologize or feel guilty for not always gushing over Kate. I feel 6 years into her role she hasn't stepped up the way she could have. We all have to develop and grow in our career. I support her focusing on her children. Feeling less impressed with her doesn't make me JEALOUS or ENVIOUS.

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    1. I said before that's an excellent word and very good way to describe it. I would say the same but I could never say it as well so thank you.

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    2. I think for the first time, I second every words of yours!!!

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    3. I don't think you have contributed to any negativity.

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    4. Disenchanted because she has not. developed into the role according to YOUR expectations. However one cannot discount all outside dynamics at play in the BRF and that she is not really in her career position yet. Which ever way you want to look at it she has been an asset to the family and made an easy transition into the family with no fuss. If the monarchy survives she will transition to her role when the time is right.

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    5. Thanks Anon 8:44 & Anon 1.0 & Anon 12:14 :-)

      Anon 1.0 haha love it and it's ok if you never completely agree again ;-)

      ~ A

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    6. Disenchanted, but a fan? Hmm....
      If you don't think you fit the "envious" description why protest so much.

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    7. Now comments like THAT are the real negativity in any blog if you ask me. Jane, do you spot these?

      258 that's just rude. "A" gave a very nice and reasonable account of her experience following Kate. No need for personal attacks.

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    8. I agree 5:36. The most negativity I have seen on this blog has been snarky attacks on other commenters

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    9. That's true about our own expectations. I started without any expections at all, not being British, I discovered Kate on her wedding day. I own she interested me at first solely because of clothes, though I sensed a likeable personality, a happy and "bubbly" one as Jane once said. Reading this blog I have learnt a lot about the person behind the clothes and have liked: 1/ her common sense when choosing her first charities. Addiction, children, not glamorous or popular subjects but the core of what is needed to improve the world. The world near at hand. I don't understand those celebrities who go and preach on occidental values at the end of the world, like MM did.If you are concerned about women, why start with menstruation in India and not with the pressure of body image or the havoc caused by the spread of pornography for teenager girls in the US for instance? I disgress.
      2/ her common sense when judging the important things in her life. Family first. Providing stability to her family, at the same time to 2 future Kings.
      3/ the way she tries to do perfectly what is asked of her. She improves things, she doesn't rock them. Though sometimes one feels the BRF isn't that perfect and that she is too dependent on their opinion
      4/her cleverness. The head together campaign is the product of an analytical mind, that discovered a common thread in the different problems that WK&H where tackling. She sees the whole picture and the origin of things.
      That's what I notice from a no expections point of view.
      I understand people wanting to see her, and having that expectation of " at least 2 engagements a week" . But for my part I think discussing engagements, keeping track of time spent in public is seeing things in a work, office related perspective. And I think that perspective somewhat boring and petty. IMO

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    10. Thanks Anon 5:36 :-) I think 2:58 was uncalled for...I'm guessing they didn't pay attention to phrases like "fading a bit" or "less impressed" to understand what disenchanted meant. I think they're missing that someone once held in high regard doesn't have to become hated. There is middle ground, not just extremes of love and envy.
      ~ A

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    11. Hi H, You say that keeping track of public appearances is a "boring" and "petty" perspective. I'm interested to hear your perspective on publications like the Court Circular and the people who read it. You've also listed reasons you admire Kate personally. I'm interested to hear your thoughts on the British monarchy in general and what you think about its values and role in British society. I'm not trying to be snarky.

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    12. Sorry, I really need people to have a thick skin on the borderline comments. I just can't make a perfect call on all of them. I find the "disenchanted" remark just a little aggressive, and when a comment is aggressive I take that as an implicit agreement to field responses commensurate to the initial comment's tone, so long as they aren't offensive, I let people debate. It's hard when everyone seemed assent to the rough and tumble and then it all ends in offended readers. I am still trying to figure out how to solve this problem.

      To the commenter who sent me the rude send-off, I think there is no love lost. I don't have to guess how many readers are or are not reading my blog, because I have thorough back-end analytics that tell me all of that--and those numbers are doing really well. I do know that by imposing a stricter comment policy some of you will drift off, but frankly, it will be better for the health of this blog and for my mental health. My experience is that you will be replaced by someone who likes Kate, and that's why I write this blog, for fans of the Duchess of Cambridge.

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    13. 4:49 you didn't sound snarky, don't worry! About the cc, I believe it is a good thing that allows the public to know what the BRF is up to. What I mean is that limiting the argument to "do they work for they salary, how many hours per week" is repetitive ( thus boring) and restrictive ( better word than petty).
      As for the BRF and Britain... First I am convinced there are advantages in a monarchy. The obvious ones are that the head of State has expertise, experience and neutrality. All of those very important in a world where people are desinchanted with politics and politicians. One gets the impression that politicians represent only their party, that they come to power as winners and eager to dismantle the achievements of the loosers. It is not a bad thing if the head of state is a person that cannot vote, is above politics and has the mission to represent all citizens. Moreover, a person who isn't going to be awed by anybody...George having met Obama at 2 years old and the many others he will meet in his life will make him unfazed by the great of this world.
      That's for monarchy in general, but the BRF is very peculiar. It is an archaic institution embedded in an archaic democracy, with an archaic system of law.Archaic not in a negative way, just historical. It works for Britain and the changes that have been made are by evolution of system not rupture ( contrary to many other states)
      There is also the factor of wealth. The BRF is wealthy by its own right, and that is not the case in many modern monarchies that are only supported by citizens, in the way citizen support government. Here they have a fortune, and importantly in land, that gives them almost a mediaeval flavour. It can be ambiguous. The BRF is so inherently assured of its role in the fabric of Britain that it won't question itself. For instance, no other RF or government would have dared to celebrate so lavishly the Queen's diamond jubilee in the middle of the financial crisis. They did and were loved for it. They might have gotten rotten tomatoes, but they didn't even envisage it. So as to their place in the future of Britain, it is difficult to say but tearing the BRF from the fabric of British society would be much more painful than brexit: 43 years compared to more than thousand.
      I felt the other day, when William accompanied the Queen and met the victims of the fire, when that man started shouting, that he had handled the situation like a future king. IMO, the BRF can look forward to the future.

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    14. Jane I don't understand how "disenchanted" is a "little aggressive". Google tells me it means: disappointed by someone or something previously respected or admired.
      I also chose the word, because she's a Princess and gets to wear tiaras, etc that being "enchanted" is a good way to describe that and disenchanted is the opposite. I'm direct and honest and had no malice with the word I used. When I spoke up for how I thought people were misinterpreting and incorrectly judging your Kate's pregnancy comments on the last post stepped in and you agreed with me - I gave you the benefit of the doubt and tried to see it from your perspective. Choosing to NOT give a reader (me) the benefit of the doubt doesn't bode well for our relationship. I feel like you publicly lumped me in with the jealous, envious and nasty commenters you're blocking.
      ~ A

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    15. Jane-regarding your "assenting to rough and tumble" remark. It actually gave me a chuckle because it reminded me of the days of my childhood when my older brother and I would be in a room playing a game. One of us would poke or irritate the other, which prompted the pokee to holler and get in trouble for yelling. The "he/she started its" commenced. About that point my Mom would punish both of us-the poker for poking and the pokee for yelling.
      I think this is fairly standard sibling rivalry childish behavior. The fact that this takes place on an adult blog can be overlooked, I suppose. Unfortunately, this is taking place between world leaders who control nuclear weapons. That really is disturbing. I think the trend toward the mind-set that allows rude, discourteous exchanges is encouraged by the apparent anonymity and speed of internet communication.
      This trend has to stop somewhere. Why not here? Why not now?anon1

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    16. Thanks H! I think I understand your first comment a little bit better now. I think you have an interesting point about the advantage of having a non-political (not personally political - I know that the concept of the BRF can be political) head of state specifically trained for that role.

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    17. Anon 7:56am. I try to give all my readers the benefit of the doubt, but I also accept words at their face value. You initially self-identified as a target of my post against the "mean girls." I don't know why you did that. It sounds like you don't feel you are one, and if that is the case, why even mention it? Based upon your description of your comments, I don't think you are one of the people I was commenting about, but I do think your comments are edgy. If aggressive isn't the right word, certainly provocative is. Imagine you met a girlfriend for lunch and you told her, "You know, I really was excited when we became friends, but I am a little disenchanted with our friendship now. Don't get me wrong, there is a lot I still like, but yeah...the bloom is off the rose." How would your friend feel? Hurt, then angry, etc. When you come to a blog filled with women who are still fans of Kate and tell everyone you don't think this whole Kate fan thing is so hot anymore, you are going to hurt people's feelings and then you are going to make people mad. And the responses are going to display hurt and anger. That's all I am saying. You have to anticipate the response. From my perspective, whatever feelings I experience, I would let your comment go live generally. The danger lies in the response from other readers and then potentially your response and the escalation that ensues, or the real trolls that then pile on with forcefully negative comments. It can be exhausting. So, final summation. Your comments do not rise anywhere near to the level I was addressing when talking about vicious comments, primarily on twitter, I might add. But your comments are provocative on a blog comprised of very loyal and ardent fans. If you want to make those comments, I will allow them for as long as they don't cause the blog to go nuclear, but you have to have a thick skin when the responses roll in. Because they will.

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    18. I think I'm starting to get confused about what is a "friend" of Kate and what is a "fan." I love my good friends but will tell them when they have spinach in their teeth.

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    19. If I understand your comment correctly, my response would be that I tell my friends they have spinach in their teeth, which is why I write blog posts that occasionally say Kate made a big fashion error. I don't tell friends that I don't like them as much as I did in college because their life choices have disappointed me.

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  30. I thought Kate's outfit was beautiful and totally appropriate. In fact, I think it's one of my favourite outfits she's ever worn.

    As to all the comments about whether the colour is acceptable given recent events in the UK: the Queen issued a moving message commenting on the current situation in the UK before Trooping and began the event with a moment of silence. If she had wanted her family members to re-think their outfit choices for the day to reflect a more sombre mood, I'm sure she would have instructed them to do so. She didn't and I think that's quite right. While the country is in a degree of difficulty, everyone also wants to move forward while recognising what has happened over the past few days (including last night). The Royal family toning down their outfits for this event would have contradicted the national mood, in my opinion .

    As for the commentary about Kate attempting to upstage other members of the royal family - please give us all a break! Remember how some people thought she was trying to stand out when she wore black for William's Order of the Garter investiture before she got married? No matter what she wears, there are naysayers who will claim she's trying to steal the spotlight. The fact is, she doesn't need to try and steal the limelight- it will always focus more on Kate, William and their children than any other members of the Royal Family. She doesn't need to wear hot pink for that so the idea that she chooses clothes on the basis of anything other than what she thinks is correct for the occasion is really nuts.

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  31. Nice photos and article. I adored the pink dress Kate wore & Charlottes pink dress. Cute photos of the children. I do wish Prince Harry could have stood beside William or Kate as it saddens me to see him standing behind them. I felt the Phillips family could have moved down to add Harry a position on the front row.

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    2. I think Harry hung in the background last year too. I think the ultimate slight is coming from the Queen since she hasn't made him a Colonel yet. Just like 6 years of marriage to the heir and 2 kids later and Kate doesn't have the Family Order. I have much respect for the Queen, but am truly baffled at how she is handling some things. I also think she could make Harry a part of the Order of the Garter, but I don't think she has.
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    3. Do you think she might be holding off awarding too many things to Harry as a way to "even out" the attention given to her grandchildren (in particular the favors bestowed upon William & Harry in comparison to what the York girls are given)?

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    4. Anon 4:55 good considerations. I guess what makes me antsy on those points is to your comment "holding off". At her age anything could happen so my thought is she should make things count NOW.

      I hear you on the York girls, but even they lost their security and aren't allowed to work for thon BRF. Harry is still a senior royal, so I think she can justify it that way. Harry can host his own garden party at BP - my guess is the York girls can't.

      On the topic of the York girls, I'm surprised we haven't seen them at events in jewelry on loan from the Queen. I'm wondering if/when any of he granddaughters will be seen wearing pieces from her personal collection that she's given them.

      ~ A

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    5. Maybe the queen is waiting so Charles can give some of those things to Harry.

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    6. That's the general thinking and it makes sense. William had to get some things early as he's in the direct line of succession.

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    7. anon1 NOT anon 1.0June 20, 2017 at 1:14 PM

      I think assuming the York girls are willing but aren't allowed to perform royal work (they are and they have) because they seldom do is just as questionable as assuming Kate is allowed but chooses not to on various occasions.
      If choice is the factor in performance of royal duties, then it is a matter of choice for all- or none.
      At any rate, in the absence of an official definition of "full-time royal," (a term not used by the RF) I think arguing who does how much work and why is a moot point. There is no common definition for full-time work. Therefore, no basis for comparison.
      I think the royal work situation is conveniently and purposefully left vague and undefined. We will likely never have a complete explanation. Spinning one's wheels to argue the point. Is it really not possible to assume everyone does the best he can in a given situation?- at least unless and until we know the facts of how royal work is assigned or chosen.anon1

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  32. Sandrine (France)June 19, 2017 at 9:11 AM

    Kate is so beautiful in that dress !!! I love her dress, her hat and her earrings !!! She is really stunning !!! And George and Charlotte, how lovely they are !!! And how Charlotte has grown !!! I love Trooping the colour, the balcony appearance with all family with the whole family !!! Thanks Jane for this wonderful article...

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  33. George's outfit looks like it's a holdover from Christmas. I think he's in cream and cranberry? Putting him in a blue to match William's sash would have been really cute.

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  34. Maybe you were going off usernames, but I wouldn't automatically assume that the naysayers are all women. When I scroll through comments on other forums, some of the most vitriolic critics are actually men. It's often rather disturbing, to be honest.

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  35. I was just curious if anyone knew what the royal family does after the parade? Do they have a lunch and celebrate or is that the end of the day and everyone goes their own separate ways?

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  36. I love this blog even more than I did when I started reading it, way back when. I appreciate your comments on the negativity Jane. I do think people sometimes have odd expectations. While Kate is a senior royal she and William are still not the next in line. I believe that they work hard and are doing their part. They are entitled to as much privacy as possible while their children are young and while their marriage is still relatively young. They have the rest of their lives to be in the public eye. After the Queen passes away they will be expected to take on a much, much larger and more visible role. Until that time comes they deserve the time and space to make sure their foundations are stable.

    There is another blog that is usually insanely negative that I look at. I don't know why I look at it as it is skews so negative. Even that blogger has said maybe the negativity is getting out of hand. I believe it is jealously that Kate has a life that looks perfect. I doubt she sees her life as perfect though. She still has ups and downs as a wife and mother, I'm sure. All the money in the world doesn't buy happiness. I feel lucky to have this blog and enjoy watching Kate because I think she's pretty, I like her clothes and jewelry, and I believe she's very intelligent and when she advances to the next stage in her royal career we'll be hearing more from her.

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  37. Jane, thank you for addressing the negativity issue. It has gotten out of hand, not necessarily here but definitely on some other blogs that I read. You are the second one to address this issue in the past week. It is your blog and you are the moderator, so ultimately it is up to you to set the tone. I personally don't understand how people can be so cruel to someone they have never met and will never meet. I view theses sites as harmless escapism. I love seeing the clothes and the events. Most of the comments are interesting and informative but the haters just depress me. With all the hate in the world today, I cherish an opportunity to escape for a few minutes each day. Thank you for all of your hard work!

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  38. Jane, have you ever considered requiring people to use a name when commenting instead of using Anonymous? I have seen this requirement on other blogs. Just a thought!

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    1. That would kick some of us off the comment line, unfortunately; I hold a job (loosely, teaching) where I'd prefer my colleagues & students not find me on this blog - I'm not embarrassed, but, rather, I'd like to keep my personal/private self just that - private. I know my students have googled me; I had to really lock down my internet footprint. And creating a fake identity feels worse than just remaining anonymous - that's just me, and I'm far from a negative poster - see June 18 @ 9:32 for me:)

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    2. anon1 NOT anon 1.0June 20, 2017 at 1:25 PM

      A pseudonym is not an identity in itself. I doubt any of my former colleagues or neighbors could ID me as anon1. All using a "handle" does is make one accountable for his comments and ease conversation. You can still be you-what details you choose to reveal are up to you, but I feel I "know" some of the commenters by following their remarks. It makes for conversation instead of serial soliloquies..

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  39. Loved everything about this look! Just stunning! I never criticize because I believe Kate follows her own fashion dictates and puts forth a polished and professional appearance in all of her public duties. Her elegance is beyond reproach! And I appreciate her desire to raise her children in a loving environment with a hands on approach during these early years. She has the right to do that without criticism from any of us. She will have lots of time to be more public in just a few short years and I can wait......those children can't! Kudos to Kate......do it your way!!!

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  40. With all the sadness in the world, it was a breath of fresh air watching the Trooping. Kate looked gorgeous, as usual, and the children were precious. George is a character, his expressions are priceless. Charlotte is so sweet, and she has grown so much. The family looked wonderful together. I don't know how William kept from passing out in that heat. I certainly am glad that Prince Philip didn't wear his usual uniform.
    Thanks so much Jane for keeping up this blog with your busy schedule. You are appreciated, and loved.

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    1. Well said, Tedi.

      I was delighted to see the photos and regretted not being able to chime in right away! :-)

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  41. Regarding color choices in general; Kate has to have many outfits for many occasions. It would be pretty boring if she only wore the shades that supposedly look "good " on her. People can't even agree on what shades she should wear. I think the pink looked great next to Charlotte's pink dress and George's bergundy suspenders. She always looks beautiful.

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  42. Jane, regarding the amount of angry comments larely, they are because people are fed up. Here in the UK they have fans of course, but many, many people are increasingly becoming angry that they receive so much and give so little, or in (to avoid a bad expression) half-bothered attempts. It's not only because of the lack of events and such, but also because people feel that what they do do is not enough in those areas. People are upset and of course some are downright rude, but the general feeling is that we have two royals who'd rather live in a farm forgetting the world than actually carrying out their duties, and with Harry becoming increasingly popular, the comparison of him and the Cambridge has worsened, usually not in favour of the latter. I know your blog is mostly about the surface - fashion, how she is personally and such - but keep this in mind when you see criticism of her.

    As for the outfit, I personally didn't like the pleats, however they make the dress more interesting. The colour is lovely but I think it'd have been amazing at Ascot, with another in a more subtle tone to Trooping. As for those saying it's inappropriate - it miiight be since it gets the attention off the birthday girl, but I doubt the latter cares about that. With the recent events it may also come as too bright, but it's understandable she (and the other ladies) at the end of the day dressed for a day of celebration. But please don't mention 2015!! That hat! That coat! The hair! I'll gadly forget it happened lol

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    1. Becca, IMO, the people who are fed up have never given serous consideration to the way BRF operates...or the reasons behind it.

      In this increasingly social media-crazy world, people are looking for instant gratification and entertainment, rather than factoring in much bigger and more complicated picture.

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    2. Thanks for sharing that insight, Becca. I agree with your points. What I think is increasingly dangerous with the Cambridge's stance, is that if Harry marries Meghan the Cambridge's could be at greater risk of backlash. And not just due to wedding excitement. Meghan seems very gregarious and charismatic - H&M could be working more and engaging more which would be amazing to see. It would then contrast the Cambridges and the wall they've built up.
      ~ A

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    3. You can blame social media royalfan but the British public have always had opinions on how "well" the British royals are doing their job. Sometimes it's a positive opinion and sometimes it's less positive. In the grand scheme of things a few grumbling comments is less drastic than that time they got replaced with Parliament.

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    4. Whomever Harry marries, they will most likely commence a family immediately and Harry will be equally if not more protective of his family because his family does not have to be out there. In the end,W is the future king and H remains down the pecking order. One forgets that William has had a second job all these years and still manages to surpass Harry in numbers. Harry does an excellent job but he does have a different role within the family.

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    5. William is not currently the "top of the ticket". I don't know what the polls say about how many support the monarchy. If those numbers are solid then all those people who are "concerned" about what they perceive to be William's shirking of his duty should be reassured.

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    6. The thing is, people support the monarchy now with QEII, but many agree that with Charles (something I personally disagree with) the monarchy will lose its momentum, and many more say so with William (which I agree with). Is becoming a republic right now a threat? No but many think poorly of the heirs - specially William, Charles' criticism usually comes because of his past with Diana - and that's not a good sign. As for William's job, it's understandable he's busy because it's a demanding job but although it's for a noble cause, many feel he shouldn't have gotten that job in the first place and should have focused on his duties instead because yes, right now he's 2nd in line but HM is 91, and Charles isn't too young either, so we can't act like the prospect of him being king could be decades away when it could very possibly happen in less than 5 years - and becoming PoW could be tomorrow. I honestly think that when they become PoW it'll be too much for all of them, specially if William and Kate try to keep up with Charles' insanely busy itinerary.

      It's a great step they are moving to London or at least will be there more frequently, but they really need to focus on their role - not on a job like William does or I honestly don't know what Kate does with her free time but whatever she's doing occupying her day with.

      I agree that when Harry marries he'll probably start a family right then and keep them hidden - which is fair given his position, but I doubt it'll have too much of a toll in his reputation because even if he takes little events, they are of significant importance, like say helping with the Invictus Games. Do I like Meghan? Not really but honestly if you compare her to Kate (which shouldn't be done but undoubtedly the press and people will do and are doing) the latter pales in significance, specially considering the fact that she's in a better position to do more.

      And Royalfan, I don't know where you are from but I'll tell you that the big majority of the people I know do not see the BRF as enterntaiment (that's the American way, I think), but as the family who is out there to work for our country and represent us.

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  43. I absolutely love this dress, the color is magnificent and I can't get enough of it! The waistline is interesting, but should have been fixed better on the backside. I can see her wearing it again some day, probably changing it up with a belt.

    I think the dress and color are appropriate for "trooping the color" event. I doubt Catherine would ever break any established color or dress protocol on events honoring the Queen. She's been in long enough to know what's right or wrong. I think we can trust her on that.

    As for the nastiness, Diana experienced the same. At any Royal Family event she was accused of "deliberately upstaging the Queen", because the next day headlines would be all about her and what she wore. I recall reading a book that alleged Diana "deliberately put her hair up differently" to upstage the Queen at an event they both attended. And I remember thinking, uh, maybe she just thought the outfit would look better with an updo? Ridiculous.

    Like Diana, any time Catherine steps out in public, the cameras will be there, and her "image" will be flashed all over the world and take on a life of it's own. There is no escaping it, since she's beautiful, and she's firmly entrenched in the Royal Family now. Also like Diana, she is being objectified. A thing that is open to the opinions of millions of people she doesn't even know, and who think they know her (and the Royal Family) intimately, but they don't.

    Unlike Diana, Catherine can leave all that nonsense behind and go back to her happy and secure (and real) family life.

    Belle

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  44. Jane, love the photos. Thought the pink hat and dress were stunning. Wish I knew what pair of shoes she had on. Any ideas?

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  45. Love the photos. The kids are something!

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  46. This is my favourite Kate outfit ever. It only adds to the bloom in her cheek, and I think she looks astonishingly beautiful. Lovely to see little Charlotte with a print dress in the same tones as her mum, and her somber little face at the window.

    Thank you for taking the time and the energy to write this blog, Jane. I only realized how much I rely on it when you were studying for exams and then went on vacation. Life wasn't the same without From Berkshire to Buckingham.

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