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Kate's Catherine Walker at Passchendaele 2

Monday, July 31, 2017

Calling any and all willing to act as FBTB-appointed counsel for Kate. She is going to need a good defense, because she has committed a real fashion felony. More on that in just a bit. William and Kate were in Belgium for the second of two days commemorating the horrifically tragic loss of life at the Battle of Passchendaele.


The couple joined King Phillipe and Queen Mathilde again, as well as Prince Charles, Theresa May, and other dignitaries, at Tyne Cot Cemetery in Ypres, Belgium. Over 11,000 servicemen are buried at Tyne Cot, well over half unidentified.

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The Cambridges toured the cemetery to learn about its history and about those for whom it is the final resting place.


The last time Kate visited Belgium she made a beautiful laying flowers of remembrance, and on this occasion she also had the privilege of laying a bouquet at one of the graves.



As hard as it is to do, let's change gears and talk about Kate's fashion. The Duchess wore a Catherine Walker coat dress we have seen before, but not exactly on Kate. I know you all remember Kate's unbelievably perfect ensemble for the Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen's 90th birthday. 



That was a bespoke Catherine Walker, and at the time, the fashion math we did drew these two items together. Of course, it appears that Kate liked one of them enough to buy it outright, in addition to the bespoke piece she ordered.


I like so much about this coat-dress, and I love the custom blue coat it inspired in 2016, but seeing this on Kate, (and possibly colored by the incredible success of the blue coat) I found it fell a little short. But just a little. 



Kate's blue coat fit her so well. It wasn't too tight, it wasn't boxy or too loose, it was picture perfect. By contrast, this beige-cream coat (we need a name here, don't we) looked a little stiff and didn't flatter the Duchess as well as it's predecessor.

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Anytime I start analyzing an ensemble that I don't love, but is still a win, I am anxious to stress that the ensemble sin't a miss in my mind. I think Kate looks great in creams, grey, and even beige. I really liked this light color against the green of the grass and the white of the tombstones. This is not the reason Kate needs a lawyer to defend her on a fashion felony charge.



Kate needs a lawyer because of this hat, which is literally frightening children...probably. I mean, if food ran short, she could probably lop of one of those tentacles and fry it up as calamari. The moment I saw this hat, I was a little put off. She wore it low on her forehead and those tendrils? that snake across the top were absolutely writhing off the computer frame at me. Based on the structure, I thought it was a Jane Taylor and headed to work.


Sadly, that wasn't the end of the story. It is a Jane Taylor, but it isn't new. Anna determined that Kate re-trimmed her Fleur hat (worn in Belgium on her first visit!), and Jane Taylor has confirmed this is indeed the case. I think that alone satisfies the Twiqbal. This is a prima facie fashion felony. Kate, what have you done to a beautiful hat?!! I loved the Fleur. Those beautiful swirls of pink and peach... It's enough to make one weep. 


Several of you mentioned the new hair-do, too. Kate tried a twist on her usual chignon by having her hair pulled over her ears. I didn't hat it, but combined with the hat tilted so forward, it did stand out. You know I don't mind a little old-fashioned vibes, so the Jane Eyre connection didn't bother me. It should be interesting to see if she tries this again or reverts to the usual look. I didn't like the hat, and I am unsure about the hair, but somehow Kate was still radiantly gorgeous. It's why she is our princess, I guess.


While you all deliberate on Kate's fate for this terrible destruction of a beautiful topper, we can talk about other beautiful things. Because even though the hat wasn't hitting the spot, Kate was still hitting home-runs with her accessories. The Duchess wore the Collingwood earrings worn by Princess Diana and which she introduced to her own closet at the Spanish State Banquet. These have already some of my favorites earrings.  I think they are decadent in all the best ways and I also love the Diana connection.


Kate also wore a new brooch we haven't seen on her before. Although the oak features of this piece made several guess it was a custom item to pay tribute to Kate's family (great guess, by the way) it is actually on loan from the Queen! I think it is drop-dead gorgeous, and I think Kate probably likes it for the family symbolism, too.


Overall it was a win, but that hat. Words fail. Too much for a Friday night, I will tell you that. It's time for some champagne and Poldark. Enjoy your weekend! I will be back shortly with a little Harry & Meghan update! :) 


112 comments:

  1. I'm with you, Jane. Loving the coatdress & brooch...not a fan of the hat. Looking forward to the full post.

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    1. Someone suggested the brooch is another nod to her Middleton family crest. This would then be the second brooch she has debuted that acknowledges her family. I wonder who is gifting these to her and when. It would seem odd as a married woman to get gifts acknowledging the family that raised you, instead of the family you created...right? Or, perhaps, it isn't a nod to Middleton acorns.
      ~ A

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    2. Love this coat dress! Reminds me of the blue one she wore at St. Paul's - I loved and love how the bottom hem on both is cut to match the lace pattern and therefore isn't a straight hem.

      A while ago I said Kate should embrace wearing brooches more often and, voila!, two in a row. I think it's a nice touch, particularly when she isn't wearing necklaces.

      Clarence House tweeted a photo of Charles' arrival that was Charles and William going in for a hug - this is the PR they need after all the Diana stuff going on. People can speculate what they want, but the two being seen greeting each other affectionately is good for both of those men. I then wonder if it was strategic, so close to this anniversary, to have Camilla busy and not there...pure speculation, though.

      ~ A

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    3. Ugh, I have been bad lately at making my individual posts a Reply. *sigh*
      ~ A

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    4. ~ A, I'm wondering what significance her brooches have, too. Two brooches in two days - good to see!

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  2. I'm not sure about the heart design placement on the coat 😳

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    1. That was my first thought. Pretty dress but odd placement of the heart. A little close to the lady bits

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    2. Totally agree. I can't not see it!

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    3. Bahahaha! Gotta keep the romance alive ;-)
      ~ A

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    4. That is unfortunate placement...I didn't even notice!

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    5. Oh my, I had not focused on that either, but you are correct, it is not a good placement of the lace.

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    6. The heart is not so pronounced on the model (shown on another site.) On the model there are a few leaves coming together about 1/4 of the way up the heart so that area is not composed of fully open space as Kate's is. For what this dress had to cost it seems like very sloppy work to me. Unless the heart was intentional on Kate's dress but who would want to wear a heart there at a memorial service??? Or be photographed for all the world to see with a heart "marking the spot?" Would someone who is thought to weave symbolism into her outfits for diplomacy want this symbol? I tend to think not! I do wonder why no one on Kate's staff noticed. I would think by now at least one person would be trained to think about how an outfit looks from a distance and how it will photograph (or maybe just be armed with a $100 digital camera to take test shots.) But no one noticed the button placement on the red CH coat either apparently. 

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    7. Another view I had not seen before kindly being called to my attention. A bit low for lady bits, though.
      I think I'd prefer nude-shoe bashing...although, it illustrates how one has to use a lot of imagination to come up with a way to ruin another Kate outfit. anon1

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    8. When seen from a distance (like the top photo here) the smaller details of the dress don't stand out but the heart does. No imagination effort needed for me Anon 1 as it was the first thing I saw. As I said though I think CW is to blame not Kate especially since the applique didn't make such a definitive heart design on the model. This design is listed as a mother of the bride/groom design by CW but even in that sort of "romantic" setting, a heart placed there would be kind of weird for a mother to wear.

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    9. I like the placement of the heart. And that you can see the heart message when she is carrying the bouquet of flowers. Delivers a message of love

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    10. I like the placement of the heart. And that you can see the heart message when she is carrying the bouquet of flowers. Delivers a message of love

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    11. Babycakes-

      Best comment!

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    12. Lizzie, I can't believe no one saw that either. I mean, its so obvious. It can't possibly be intentional but how did anyone at CW let her have it like that. Someone there must have noticed. How could they mot?

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    13. I'm not sure about y'all's anatomy; but with her arms straight to her side, her hands are
      at the level of the heart on her dress. Try standing that way. My hands reach mid thigh level. Where do yours reach?
      This does not seem like a sincere criticism to me and it has no basis in reality- to me it seemed to be meant to make Kate look bad. This is just another version of the purse/posture jibes--distraction from her total appearance and the manner in which she approached the purpose of the event and the people involved. A couple of you may have just glanced and the power of suggestion took over. You didn't mean to insult her choices or judgement without cause. The rest of you...
      Grow up. Or find a teen chat room.

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    14. Hahaha hilarious 😂 you have vivid imagination! Top comment!

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    15. Honestly, I didn't even notice the heart until I read a reference to it here. It's a conservative coat and my guess is that the heart was a unique alteration for Kate's coat.

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    16. Considering that W, H, and K are known for having a naughty sense of humor (I suspect from Diana and Carol), these comments are light hearted fun. Who among us hasn't had something like this happen? Of course everyone has!!

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    17. Toilet paper on my shoe. Blouse tucked into underwear. Yes. This is not an oversight, however. It is a non-issue that was spread because people are willing to accept without testing a potentially harmful remark to see if it is actually based in reality. "Lady bits" are not positioned mid-thigh or anywhere in the area opposite to one's hands with arms at side- which is the area of the design. The fact is, if anyone does the hands at side test, it should be obvious.
      It was just a means to distract from her really lovely overall appearance and the consummate professional manner in which she conducted herself. In my opinion.

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    18. I do not think it was an alteration. It was just the way the lace laid when they adjusted the coat for Kate's frame.

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    19. Anon 8:52, intentional or not, there is a very perceptible heart right in the front of her skirt. That is reality. Nobody is making it up. If you can't see it, I dont know what to say. As far as I'm concerned the placement is less than ideal. You do have to remember that she is long waisted. The heart may end upper mid thigh but it certainly doesn't begin there.

      Ali, you might be correct about that. If you are, I would hope she does not work with the Walker brand again. Thats a big slip up for this kind of event.

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  3. Perhaps faint praise, but today's hat is far better than yesterday's. Both coatdresses are lovely.

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  4. Love this coat dress! Reminds me of the blue one she wore at St. Paul's - I loved and love how the bottom hem on both is cut to match the lace pattern and therefore isn't a straight hem.

    A while ago I said Kate should embrace wearing brooches more often and, voila!, two in a row. I think it's a nice touch, particularly when she isn't wearing necklaces.

    Clarence House tweeted a photo of Charles' arrival that was Charles and William going in for a hug - this is the PR they need after all the Diana stuff going on. People can speculate what they want, but the two being seen greeting each other affectionately is good for both of those men. I then wonder if it was strategic, so close to this anniversary, to have Camilla busy and not there...pure speculation, though.

    ~ A

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    1. There was an almost Charles/William hug photo with smiles all around tweeted by KP. Interestingly enough, CH tweeted a photo of T. May executing a deep curtsey before Kate. Smiles all around the line of dignitaries-except Tim did not look as pleased by the curtsey. Perhaps a momentary aberration.Mull all that over.
      I think BP's promoting the assistant to replace Geidt was also interesting and reminded me of an episode of The Crown I just viewed. Some things never change. Unfortunately, Geidt may have been a scapegoat for blame for the ill-will festering *ha! good word, lizzie) among the royal households. He certainly appeared to be a ring leader, but I doubt he would have done so without encouragement or support from some royal source.anon1

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    2. anon1 ~ I think there are some genuine emotions today. I think William is smart enough to know what Charles' image is right now. However, I totally agree that today was full of strategy by the offices of the BRF. Watching shows like The Crown and House of Cards and Newsroom little is left to chance and many things are highly strategized. All the time.
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    3. A- I loved Newsroom.
      I was referring to the incident where Elizabeth must replace her private secretary (retirement, supposedly) and she chose someone other than his assistant and "heir" because she liked him and got along with and trusted him. The private secretary proceeded to make a case why HM's choice was wrong, which the Queen did not appreciate. She was early in her reign and was portrayed as quite insecure in her role. (even HM can be insecure in a new role) I think she eventually decided on the assistant because he knew protocol better. Apparently, Geidt's successor is his assistant.
      I think William and his Dad have been played and someone will pay or already has.
      Yes, PR on steroids--the RF can't afford to appear split during the tricky Brexit implementation.
      Still can't understand Charles's almost disheveled appearance if he was meant to be there. If he could come in from a holiday, why couldn't Camilla? Also, why have W&C only on the first day. I had not realised earlier that Charles actually made a speech. I believe he and William actually
      used the same quote.
      Something doesn't compute. We are missing a significant piece of information. Why schedule a holiday when he had that event in his diary. Why not start after/ Or end sooner? I believe they went to Corfu last week. And he also had "engagements in the area?"
      It really looks to me as though this appearance was decided upon after the vacation plans were already made because this event has probably been on the books for months. I thought they usually all went to Balmoral for vacation with the Queen this time of year. Usually they are at their Scottish home nearby.anon1


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    4. Anon1 you are starting baseless rumors

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    5. According to the Court Circular, the Prince of Wales flew to Flanders from Wick Airport in Scotland..

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  5. Thanks for the preview, Jane.
    Yes, Charles and William...very auspicious moment. I believe they usually shake hands at such events. Come to think of it, I don't recall their being photographed greeting each other at a formal event before. (the balcony scene is still rumbling about in my memory) Certainly not hugs. Perhaps once at the Abbey, but that was also after bad press-I think after the "Charles doesn't get to see his grandchildren" fiasco. However, I don't think it is the rebound PR moment...Cambridge family with C&C...that I predicted. That may be still to come.

    She looks very pretty and Duchess-y in that coat. A similar Catherine Walker won a favorites poll. I like the hat and only saw flowers until Jane pointed out the tentacles. Ha! Think "vines." I would have liked to have seen yesterday's shoes with this. One hopes her nude shoes will not be the focus of discussion. I think the nude shoes let the outfit stand out more and don't pull the eye away as colored or more elaborate shoes might. It depends what she wants to highlight.

    Catherine seems to be taking on a larger share of responsibility for greeting, conversing in these joint events. Or perhaps William is just stepping back and letting his wife shine. I have seen a number of admiring glances from him. I do think they are meant to be a unit, not just "the woman who accompanied Prince William," walking three steps behind. We may be getting a preview of what their time as king and queen might look like.
    The brooches--I think it may be a symbol of Catherine's expanding role with William's planned "gradually increasing duties," as the palace put it, I believe. No mention of "full-time duties. " I am seeing a build-up by some reporters and bloggers that they will be doing engagements from 9am-5pm, M-F, as the use of "full time" would imply. Since these current and recent engagements and many others involve weekends and after five PM, I think we can put those implications to rest. It lends a false meaning to the work of senior royals and can predictably set the stage for tabloid attacks and blog snarking.
    I'll just go have a cuppa and put my feet up now. Ranting is exhausting. Ha! anon1
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    As I have said before about Catherine-maybe Camilla wasn't scheduled to be there. She is likely off on some hospice/mental health-like charity work. Or with a sick grandchild. That works for me.

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    1. Camilla is in Corfu on vacation; she and Charles left last week and were pictured arriving at their villa there. Charles actually flew from Corfu to Belgium for this event.

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    2. Agreed, regarding Catherine taking more of the lead speaking and in front of William during their receiving line. She also laid a wreath and normally William does that. I wonder if this is leading up to her taking on more roles (I.e. How she took over RAF(?) from Phillip).

      I don't know if there is a significance, but if the Queen always wear brooches under her poppies and Kate just started this, it means something. Either more senior/full-time, or simply embracing her role as a royal and looking more like one.

      ~ A

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    3. A.- I noticed her more prominent role on the last tour as well.
      Was Charles originally scheduled to appear? It seems a bit last minute to me. I wonder if he was called in for the hug op? He seemed to have no other function. Very strange to me. anon1
      Big doings afoot, I think

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    4. anon1 Charles gave a speech. It might be said Kate and Charles did more than William at this "event". I'm not going to get fussed over whether he was originally scheduled - optics-wise he probably needed to be seen with William and with summer vacations and rolled back work schedules it was probably tricky to figure out. It also looks like the almost-king attended a milestone anniversary that another King was attending. Not too strange to me. :-)
      ~ A

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    5. Charles was always scheduled to attend.

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    6. This was always a Charles engagement first and foremost. The original announcement focused on his attendance and that he would be joined by the Duke and duchess

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    7. Can't see "vines" for the life of me. Definitely tentacles:)

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    8. RE Charles: As per the Court Circular, he was representing the Queen today. He is the most senior ranking British person present.

      He carried out 3 engagements today in Belgium and he flew in from Scotland (as per the CC)

      Camilla was never scheduled to attend. I believe she is with her family in Greece.

      William and Catherine carried out 2 engagements today and flew back to RAF Marham this evening.

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    9. More accurately, Anonymous 7:02,if the Duke and Duchess were there the day before, Charles joined them. I don't know when he was added to the diary or who decides what goes into the CC and when, but it seemed like an awkward situation to me; especially given Charles's disheveled appearance and the fact that William, a less senior royal, was accompanied by his wife, whilst " the Queen's official representative," Charles, was not. The Belgian king was with his wife. It appears to me that the Balmoral/Corfu vacation was on the books before Charles was penciled in for this appearance--for PR reasons or whatever.
      Also, I am reminded of Phillip's overnight hospitalization, just long enough to allow Charles to fill in with the Queen at the opening of Parliament when he had not originally been scheduled to attend after the schedule change.
      This situation certainly lines up the Charles/Camilla fans versus the William/Catherine loyalist .anon1
      PS does anyone know where and with whom Charles's three engagements were? I assume they involved the centennial observance.

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    10. I think it was always a Charles, Kate, William, Timothy Lawrence outing. I could be wrong but I think that was always the cast of characters. Charles did look a bit less well put together, but his flight may have been delayed, he may have been ill, his luggage lost etc. I think took much is being read into this. Also to me Charles and his sons have appeared to have a loving and good relationship over the years.

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  6. The brooch belongs to QEII. She wore it many years ago.

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  7. She looks wonderful. I like the hat. Dislike the brooch, like the earrings and her hair. Like the dress.

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  8. Catherine Quinn will be Kate's private secretary, according to the London Evening Standard. Her education and experience are beyond impressive and in keeping with Catherine's expanding role. Along with the brooches. anon1
    She is exactly the sort of employee I have had in mind for the Duchess.

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    1. She's WAY overqualified for this position. People are wondering what's up.

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    2. Maybe it's a long-term plan and they are putting someone in place now that can stay with Kate through the time she becomes Queen?

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    3. Not true. People are just used to deacon doing "smaller" jobs that no other private secretary does. Mainly because she started out as a gal Friday type.

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    4. There are rumblings elsewhere from republicans and the usual Kate doubters-a response such as, "What would lead a woman of Ms. Quinn's caliber to work for Catherine? As though, if Kate got her, she can't be that good. Well, apparently, she is, detractors aside. I don't doubt some will be combing the bushes to find some weakness to justify their views.

      Maybe a change was desired. I know my Dad went from being the director in an International organization to being a small town college president. He was simply weary of commuting on the Beltway every day. He walked to his office from his on-campus residence to a building next door on the new job.
      It is possible that she will live in one of the KP apartments. Go downstairs to work.
      I'm just glad she's making the change.
      Also, there are hints that Catherine couldn't possibly have been the one to snag her. BP or CH must have found her. I will say, after reading comments from dignitaries on tours and charity leaders Kate has met and worked with-Kate has the intelligence, wit, kindness, and charm to win most applicants over. I don't think Kate had anything to do with Rebecca's hiring, however. One can attribute that choice to others. anon1

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    5. Over qualified? No, just the opposite, she has exactly the right qualifications. As someone else said you're just used to the current Cambridge workers who are much younger and less experienced than usual staff for senior royals. And who do a weird combo of jobs out of loyalty or what I don't know.
      This is EXACTLY what a private secretary should look like. Look up the CV's for the other private secretaries, the Queen, Charles etc. They don't hold purses or flowers or gifts. They're advisors, the Chief of Staff basically.

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    6. Wanted to add this, the official description of Private Secretary. Very important job requiring a very qualified person. Obviously Charles & William and Kate are not the monarch, but because of their seniority need someone of this caliber. I'm just shocked it took so long.

      "The Private Secretary is the principal channel of communication between the monarch and the governments in each of the Commonwealth realms. They also have responsibility for the official programme and correspondence of the Sovereign. Through these roles the position wields considerable influence."

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    7. OK. Anything that's said is an attack on Kate? Are we back to this again, cause it's getting boring, anon1.

      People are wondering why she took the job because royal jobs are notorious for low pay, very long hours (read no personal life), and the resumes these positions usually garner are not very impressive. That is simply the truth - way before Kate was ever in the royal scene.

      It could be decades before Kate will be Queen, so thinking this lady is angling for that is a bit of a stretch.

      There is also a lot of reports that Charles is trying to rein in W&H's staff, he wants everyone under one umbrella because he's upset about the Diana doc. So that leads to questions about what's going on.

      Of course Charles should man up and congratulate his sons on a job well done, instead he's blaming their staff and blowing his lid.

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    8. How does appointing a highly qualified professional work to "rein in" the Cambridge staff?

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    9. Anon1's point about Kate's expanding role is a valid one. I think Rebecca was a good fit when Kate joined the RF; a significant age difference could have been awkward for Kate. Ms Quinn has good credentials and her age is a plus here (older and wiser). :-)

      I won't guess at CH's role in this, but I do not believe that William would tolerate the appointment of someone he and Kate did not like and feel comfortable with.

      Regarding carrying purses and flowers ... this is as inaccurate a job description as claims that Kate's role is limited to the time we see her shaking hands.

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    10. 12:43,

      Depends on whose "side" she is on. If she's team Charles, then all her qualifications will only serve to hinder W, H, and K's agenda if Charles doesn't like it.

      I personally think that Charles is blaming W& H's staff for all the attention Diana is getting. He can't "blame" the boys for the doc, so he goes after who he can attack, the staff.

      I think the boys were right to do it and I think they knew it would piss off Charles and they don't care anymore. They loved their Mom and have been unfairly forced to be silent all these years.

      It will be interesting to see how it all plays out.

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    11. Gotta agree with Anon August 2, 2017 at 12:51 Am. If one looks at Ms. Quinn's resume, it's almost impossible to believe that Kate's new Private Secretary had never crossed paths with Prince Charles. Chances are, she's a Charles appointee...and that Kate had little say in the matter---just as she had no real say. whatsoever, in Rebecca Deacon's appointment (William and Harry liked her--she'd worked on the 10th anniversary commemoration of Diana's death and, presumably, Kate, a Newfie, just went along with their pick.)

      Truth is, I have never believed that Rebecca was particularly competent, nor well-prepared for her position. However, that also meant that she didn't possess the ability to be Kate's "minder", giving Kate the priceless opportunity to make mistakes...and to learn to correct them. And, oh boy, has she learned! I saw a different, better Kate on this tour of Poland and Germany than ever before. A confident Kate, ready, willing and able to carry the conversational ball for William and ready, willing and able to take a backseat when William's on a roll.Kate has surpassed Rebecca...but re Catherine Quinn, she certainly has the seeming ability to raise Kate up another notch, provided. of course, that she's not a Charles-Camilla stooge, that she has integrity.

      Rumour has it that both William and Harry's Private Secretaries will be leaving before Xmas. Will be interesting to see who--if anyone--replaces them, or if Charles has hired Ms Quinn to ...err...monitpr all three.

      When it comes to the BRF, there's nothing to do but watch and wait; let's see what Camilla the Manipullator has in mind.

      Anon, regarding your remarks re Charles V William and Harry, I tend to disagree, or rather, to add a twist. According to various sources I've read, Charles had intended to promote Camilla this year, altho the only concrete evidence of this that I've seen is another silly book by Penny Junor, chief sycophant . And, if that's the case, he would certainly be annoyed by William and Harry's determination to promote their loving mother on the 20th anniversary of her death.

      But William and Harry have to be careful; unfortunately, Charles controls the pursestrings...and to a great extent, now that the Queen is stepping back, he also controls who Harry marries, and when.

      It certainly will be interesting to see how it all plays out, Anon.

      JC

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    12. I agree that Charles cannot be too thrilled about the attention Diana is receiving at this time, but I'm not sure he would blame W/K/H's staff... Why? The boys are doing what THEY want to do, no? And it isn't up to the staff to tell them not to...

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    13. Anon, 12:51, really....I think they are actually a close and loving family and are doing the best they can. They are all old enough now to have some perspective, even the Queen and Phillip.

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    14. I cannot understand the surprise that there are to be changes in royal support staff.
      HM is 91 and "cutting down" on engagements; Prince Philip has retired and the third generation is upping involvement, so changes are inevitable.
      Certainly William and Catherine will need more staff.
      I foresee that Catherine will almost certainly keep engagements to a minimum during school holidays, as others have done---even Parliament shuts down in school holidays.
      I would imagine that finding and keeping staff can be a problem when the employer is 91.
      Doesn't necessarily mean that they are all squabbling.

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  9. Not a fan of the design of this coatdress. A zipper front? Ugh.

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  10. I found this image of QueenE wearing a pearl brooch below her poppies. Maybe there is significance to this, or perhaps Kate is taking style tips from QEII? Either way, Kate has Accessorize this way two days in a row.

    http://www3.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Royal+Family+Attend+Annual+Festival+Remembrance+FVVjc3YYYEkx.jpg

    ~ A

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  11. According to Google images, if you are the Queen you almost always wear a brooch underneath your poppies:

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ha4w0JiLXtA/UnVh8WBMt3I/AAAAAAAAY_A/90HAKQqWjGA/s1600/_cen1.jpg

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-BjiW3lbc7nA/UnVXt-WJD7I/AAAAAAAAY-o/mi-e3ySP6Mk/s1600/_fes1.jpg

    ~ A

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  12. My contribution seems to have gone AWOL again.
    Don't think I broke any rules so must be pressing wrong buttons,
    This is 3rd or 4th time.

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    1. Jean, I had a huge amount of trouble getting the comments section to even appear this morning. It seems to happen lately when Jane is editing or composing. I had to be very persistent. Ha! I always enjoy and respect your comments. Please keep trying. It has to be glitches. anon1

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  13. Don't care where camilla was - just exceedingly glad she was not there

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    1. I cannot pretend to disagree, 4:36, and just imagine if Kate was on vacation. Kate blogs would have a meltdown. :-)

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    2. If you Google it, you will see that Camilla takes a lot of vacations, retreats, spa vacations, etc. Before one week tour with Charles, she vacationed at a spa in India for two weeks to prepare. No joke. And sometimes on the tours, her schedule is considerably less full than his. He goes to engagements by himself while she rests. Diana would have had hell to pay if she tried that, but for Camilla....

      I had also heard that she battled lung cancer, but the palace refused to comment. It was reported in the US by Liz Smith or Cindy Adams a number of years ago, but when she was married to Charles. I wonder if that's true and the reason why her schedule is so lean.

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    3. Since she worked 5 days/rather hours or less (haha) in June, no one would be utterly shocked:)

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    4. Americans always fail to understand the work requirements of a member of the BRF because they see them as a soap opera that's fun to watch. Here they have a role to fill beyond being celebrities. Camilla does at least twice the number of engagements Kate does so if she's on holiday it doesn't get as much of a reaction. And no one questions Charles' work ethic. Problem is William and Kate have developed a bit of a reputation so yes, when they don't show for something it will get a stronger reaction than maybe it should.

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    5. Yes, royalfan. As I have attempted to illustrate. Camilla and Sophie can conspicuously "miss" significant appearances and they are vigorously defended and all is forgiven. I used the word "miss" as that word was applied to Kate when she did not attend less significant events she was not even scheduled for. I did get a chuckle when Camilla was defended for her absence this time, using those same words:...she wasn't scheduled to be there. Of course, my question is, "Why ever not?" She should have been at Charles's side as the Belgian queen was at the King's side. Charles is not king, but he reportedly was the most senior royal in attendance and the representative of the Queen. (who were William and Catherine representing, then?" anon1

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    6. Anon1, good questions ... :-)

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  14. It's a polished look, but I think that the zipper is taking away from the elegance of the dress. Conjuring images of biker jacket, not royal classic style. There are some coats that work well with a zipper, but this one looks weird. The green Erdem coat she wore in Australia with a zipper was just fine, but a lace ensemble like this is begging for some polished buttons. Too bad. The colour is a bit unclear to me. If it is rose, I cannot see that in any of the pics.

    And we're back to the same style pumps. The half inch shorter heels make no difference to me. She did so well yesterday by choosing a new shoe colour (style wise, almost identical, by still refreshing). Today I feel let down (kidding, I hope you'd know that). So many options already in her shoe arsenal that would have worked so well....

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  15. OMgosh I thought the coat dress made her look like a grandma. That and the hair over her ears, she looked ancient. Made me think of Jane Eyre the governess in the Charlotte Bronte book. Didn't think the hat really went with the coat. AND the shoes...I thought we were past the nude pumps, and this was a new pair? I'm really surprised she didn't wear the gray ones, I think they would have gone much better with the coat. Ah well, two steps forward (sandals, new hairdo, new jewelry, new dresses) one step back (coat dress, nude pumps). --J

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    1. I have to say that I agree. Maybe not a grandma but it was aging and the zipper on the front made it look cheap to me. Still, happy to see the Duke and Duchess out whenever we get the pleasure. This was an important event.

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    2. I agree Anonymous 7.15.

      Her hairstyle with this coat looks old, dated, tired. I think she should choose a different design or designer next time. U.

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    3. The colour of the shoes is really a no-go, they are more brown than nude or beige and the pattern of the coat is grey, why didn't she wear the grey shoes worn the day before. Even with the blue Catherine Walker coat they don't match.

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  16. Catherine's brooch belongs to the Queen. It is not costume. Nice write up on Royal order of sartorial splendor blog.

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  17. Unfortunately, we didn't seem to get true colours, either on TV or on-line.
    I loved the outfit except for the hat which I thought would have been fine without the decoration, which was the only thing which looked pink on my computer.
    My father and my father-in-law were at Passchendaele, but my father died when I was 10, so I learned very little from him.
    We didn't learn anything of WW1 at School--wasn't then considered history. I leaned most when my son was studying it at school
    Long may we continue these commemorations, so as not to forget that twice within a generation Europe tore itself apart.
    Perhaps history will teach us not to let it happen again.














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  18. I would like the coat/dress - on Camilla. My first thought was: "Did she some shopping in Camillas wardrobe?"

    It is the same cut Camilla is usually wearing. Same with the pattern. The hole outfit (except the hat) reminds of the wedding dress of Camilla (obviously in a short version) and of the dress, which C. weard to the Wedding of K&W.

    I would love to see it on Camilla ^^ But Kate looks very old in this outfit. IMO it´s a miss...

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  19. I think this outfit is beautiful- in design & how well it is fitted. I don't see the granny perspective that others do. Two pictures show the true pink color & how it matches the hat. Very lovely! The loose hair looks granny-ish I suppose. Maybe that's why some think that. I really like the outfit & hat though.

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  20. Lady, you crack me up. Even when I disagree with some of your pronouncements on certain wardrobe items, your witty and original descriptions are so funny. I will never stop laughing over the 'cinnamon roll' hat declaration several years ago. And now you have come up with another gem of a comment from the Belgium trip about the hat with'tentacles from a bad character in Pirates of the Caribbean." I wish half the Duchess K bloggers were as creative as you. If I read one more over-used comment about 'she stunned in ..." my eyes will cross permanently in my head. From now on, the 'stunned' word should be banned from any and all wardrobe reviews.

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  21. I really like this hat. I find it more interesting than it was in its floral version--I thought that was a little foofy.

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  22. I'm going out on a limb here to say that I don't mind the hat. Re-look at it. I think it has been designed in such a way to give a nod to the berets that the soldiers used to wear. When you look at it like that it's not bad and quite a nice tribute to the occasion that Kate so often does in choosing her outfits for occasions abroad.

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  23. I'm going out on a limb here and saying that I don't mind the hat. I quite like it as I think, when you re-look at it, it symbolises the berets that the soldiers wore. When you look at it like that I think it is quite a lovely nod to the occasion that does through her outfits when she's attending events abroad.

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  24. I feel like whoever retrimmed it thought she was going to wear it on the left side of her face and the tendrils would be in the back...

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  25. The tentacles on that hat are STRAIGHT out of the ocean. They're close to being interesting or elegant but they are just so literal an interpretation of a sea creature that they don't get there. I love that she bought the same shoes in a lower height once she started wearing out those higher ones. I believe in sticking with the high quality basics that you know work for you (though I would probably do that less often in Kate's position!). Thanks Jane, looking forward to your Harry and Meghan update!

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  26. Sad to see the comments section for Meghan go bye-bye. I guess the Meghan haters won. They got what they wanted.

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    1. It does beg the question - why not just delete the offensive comments instead of shutting down all conversation, many of us love talking about Meghan. BUT from Jane's view, weeding through what must have been insane and vicious comments gets old fast. Who wants to spend an evening like that or expose themselves to that ugliness.
      Thank you Jane for your blog, I respect your decision, I'm not sure what to make of it though! But do what best for you of course.
      And sorry I have to say I'm stumped again by Kate fans being so vicious and resorting to online bullying of another woman, something Kate herself tries to bring attention to, and helps charities that work to prevent it. William has said their biggest concern is social media and the online problems it presents as far as bullying. So I don't get it at all.

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    2. I was so disconcerted to see the comment section to the MM post hidden. I asked a question about her name and went back to read the conversation this morning to discover it is all gone. Have no idea what went on but curious why the usual moderating and not publishing of inappropriate comments didn't work here. I can't imagine everyone was not behaving. I've seen you end comments on topics and threads but never erase a whole comment section. Feels bad:(

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    3. This makes me feel bad and a bit worried that Jane will get fed up with all the negativity and give up on us and that would be a major blow. Could we not adhere to the "if you can't say something nice ..... say nothing".

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    4. She discusses why on Twitter.

      I went there when the comments went poof!

      Her Twitter is cute. She says that she will dump anyone if they ask her to marry via a scavenger hunt! I agree. Horrible idea.

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    5. twitter.com/hrhkateblog

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    6. Jane is a busy woman. I can only imagine she didn't want to have to waste or give any more of her precious time to reading, to check for decency of comments. She would rather use her time to actually study law or blog. May it be the only time she needs to do this , as, may the nasty posters, calm down their "inner mean girl". I love Harry, want him to be happy, leave it to him to sort his life and heart. Love Meghan, love Suits, but mostly love "LOVE" a powerful force that doesn't care what we think!!!
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    7. Jane will you write a short post explaining what happened? Maybe setting new rules about what is published and what isn't? I was sad and a bit disappointed to see that the entire section had to be shut down, deleting a few comments wouldnt have been easier? I know I say that from outside looking in.

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    8. 1:00, no, I don't think it would have been possible for Jane to delete a few comments. When I first checked in and read the new post, and the comments that had posted at that point (30+ I believe), I couldn't believe what I was reading. It was as if the post served as a troll magnet with the great majority of the comments posted under Anonymous and they were very mean-spirited. DM, anyone?

      I almost posted a response, but decided against it and assumed that Jane would handle it in her own way...which she did, and I don't blame her.

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    9. I'm not questioning Jane's judgement and, apparently, missed out on all the excitement but how did troll-like comments even go live? I mean, Jane aggressively moderates. All the threads were nasty, royalfan? I asked a question about her name and was really interested in what people might say. I doubt that thread could have gone off the rails but who knows. Like I said I've seen threads closed but never an entire comment section deleted. It's an unprecedented action if you will.

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    10. royalfan I agree that Jane can handle it her own way. It's just sad that the trolls won. When she said she'll be back with the next Kate post it made me think she may now avoid Meghan.

      Jane for what it's worth I was surprised to see all comments hidden. And sad. I think I'd rather you continue with posts you want to do...Kate, Middletons, Pippa's wedding, Meghan/Harry...and implement a stricter policy for approving comments. I think a lot of us appreciate discussing those around Kate and we shouldn't let the others ruin our fun :-)
      ~ A

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    11. Apparently Jane's blog wasn't the only one hit. WKW admin recently had to post a serious warning to commenters who, among other tactics, use multiple names with multiple fake e-mail addresses to post such inflammatory remarks. That blog does not allow anonymous commenters and requires, I believe, an e-mail address to comment. We may have seen the fall-out from some commenters failing to get heard there.
      It was obviously an organized move. She must be growing weary of sorting through all that muck. I don't know how tech-savvy one has to be to accomplish such multiple comments. Susan simply refuses to let those comments go live, but I imagine it takes the fun out of blogging. Jane does this as a hobby in her very sparse free time. Some sites have bot-filters. I don't know the mechanics of it, but I think it may involve extra expense and Jane already uses her own funds to help buy the high-quality photos she uses.

      I think it obviously goes beyond mean-girl and troll territory. If at least one other respected Kate blog has had these problems , Jane's blog certainly cannot be singled out. A commenter on a third blog seemed to imply this recent occurrence here was a moderator fault. It was interesting to me that that commenter claims to never read this blog, yet can make judgements about it. anon1.

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  27. Absolutely love the dress, one of my all-time favourite Kate wardrobe items.

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  28. I like the Hat & her hairstyle.........don't know what all the fuss is about??? I agree piece across the front of the Hat does look a bit long, and coat/dress does look a bit big for her- prefer to more fitted Catherine Walker as mentioned. All good very dignified and appropriate for the event. Go Kate!!!!

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  29. I'm not sure Kate needs a lawyer to defend her for this choice. It worked well for this event, I think, and the hat trimming doesn't bother me at all. The only slightly odd note is that Carole has worn a variation of this design, a dress and jacket, to Ascot (see pic 10 here http://fromberkshiretobuckingham.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/carole-middleton-dressing-to-rub.html?m=1) and it's not a million miles from Carole's outfit for Charlotte's christening either. I know they have similar tastes and have worn each other's clothes before but it seems odd for such a high profile event.

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  30. Sorry, should say, twitter.com/hrhkateblog.

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  31. The Meghan/Harry relationship is getting exciting. In the photo of them walking away from the plane, their walk is even perfectly 'in step'!

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  32. I feel Catherine's outfit is a bit low at the front for this very solemn occasion. And no, I don't think I am a prude! She is representing the British Royal Family, no less. It is so very similar to her other Walker coatdress. A bit repetitive.

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    1. Hmm I didn't think about it being too low in the front. I think because there was no cleavage, the dress offered plenty of coverage with long sleeves and knee length, and it not being bodycon made it conservative. Different perspectives, though :-)
      ~A

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  33. I like the hat and find the dress more than appropriate.

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  34. That hat had been my favorite of all times. Though I found your title a bit dramatic, I agree that it was completely unnecessary to destroy it.

    Alice

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    1. Perhaps dramatic baits readers ;-) and Twitter seemed to be a bit scared of the tentacles too.
      ~A

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  35. Jane,

    I'm still hopeful you will post about Kate's red off the shoulder McQueen from a few weeks back! I'm dying to hear your opinion. Smash hit for me.

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  36. I love your blog Jane, it's the only one I follow...you are usually so spot on, but I have two comments here: you didn't talk about Kate's makeup, which seemed super heavy to me today, one wonders why? She's so beautiful it seemed over the top. Also one only uses an apostrophe in the word "it's" if one means it is (ie its doesn't take an apostrophe to show possession; your grammar is usually dead correct, so sorry if I'm petty but there you go, better to know that).

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