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Kate's Wimbledon Tribute in Red Armani

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Last month Kate was a one of a number of guests featured on BBC's documentary Our Wimbledon. The Duchess of Cambridge's interview is very close to the end, likely by design, and is another fun insight into the "real" Kate. Although pretty short, inn many ways, this is probably her most relaxed and most personal interview to-date, because she truly is deeply passionate about tennis and always has been. To hear her discuss the sport and reminisce on her pre-princess experiences with the game is really a fun insight for fans. 

Among other things, Kate remarked that Wimbledon inspires young people, and inspired her to get involved in tennis. Although I don't play really well, I do play tennis and really enjoy it. I took it up initially when I was in high-school because Kate played...and everyone knows what a dedicated Kate fan I am. :) I remember how excited I was to see photos of Kate playing tennis while on Christmas holiday with her family. She sued the paparazzi photographer who took the shots, but gosh they were so fun to see, and pushed me even more to take lessons and to play the game. And I bought a grey repliKate sweater, natch. So, Kate was has been promoting tennis for years, even when she didn't realize she was doing it! 

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I sped through the program, watching the highlights, although if you have time, it looks well worth watching in its entirety. I was interested to learn that the Members' Lounge is transformed every year into the Royal Box where the royals host their guests and, of course, sit at Centre Court. The seats are added specifically for the tournament. I know my die-hard Wimbledon fans will be nodding "duh" but it was news to me!

Sue Barker, the host, interviewed Roger Federer who commented on the Cambridges. He said, "It adds even more prestige to the tournament, seeing Princess Catherine there, seeing Prince William. Who knows, in the future, maybe we will see somebody of those people giving the Wimbledon trophy as well. That would be beautiful I think."

Link below with Thanks to Cara W. for sharing it with me on Facebook!

Kate kicked her bit off by revealing an obviously badly kept secret--that Roger Federer is her mother Carole's heartthrob. She quickly followed that comment by remarking that Roger knows that, too.   The familiarly with which Kate made these reflections highlighted her Cinderella story. Because Carole is socially acquainted with the tennis great, of course, who attended Pippa's celebrity stuffed wedding in July. I just love this whole Middleton family story. 

Growing up, Kate said her family watched Wimbledon and it feels "a quintessential part of an English summer." I like that she then pointed out nothing has changed at Wimbledon, "everyone is still there in their whites. Wimbledon still looks as amazing as I remember it." It is good to hear her pay tribute to continuity and tradition, since her family is in the business of continuity and tradition. Some things should always stay the same--the British Monarchy's traditions and Wimbledon. 

Kate described the first time she went to the championships. She said she queued up on People's Sunday or Monday. She got in quite late, but happily "play went on quite late, and I managed to get to see some."

The princess still sounds disappointed to have missed Andy Murray's big win in 2013 when she was prohibited from attending by her doctors. She delivered George a mere fifteen days later. I remember wondering if she'd make a surprise appearance and was disappointed when she did not.

Kate recycled a red suit by prestigious Italian label Armani. She first wore this in April at the Global Academy, and because I never did a full post for that event (thank you, law school) I will take this opportunity to review that event and those photos now.

This event came in the run-up to the London Marathon when William, Harry, and Kate were making their final push to promote their mental health campaign. The Global Academy trains young people for careers in broadcast and media, and the trio toured the facilities where various shows were broadcasting, as well as visiting classrooms and meeting some of the students.


Kate's red Armani was by the label's diffusion line, although when Armani creates a "cheaper" collection it's only *so* reduced. When I first got a peak at this suit, I thought Kate had chosen a jacket with ruched jacket.

Global Academy

I don't love ruching, because although it is supposed to flatter, I have rarely found it accomplish that goal. On closer inspection, however, it was readily apparent that this jacket featured that most loved feature of Kate's clothes, exterior tailoring. I love these sharp, exposed pleats.

Heads Together

This suit has so much va va voom because it has quite a bit of stretch. It's not too tight--it hangs nicely at rest--but in motion, it cures at all the right places. Red is a sexy color, but the stretch in this suit is doing the yeoman's work to produce the wow factor.

I wonder if this suit will, like the blue Rebecca Taylor, become a workhorse of the media events. It is a good bold color for television and a professional look that doesn't age her. On verrra.  I will try to get that post up on the tour soon, and a little note about the Meghan post, too. It seems like there is always a delay. Today I was stuck at work an extra hour because there was an active shooter scare at a building close to my office. They secured the other building, but it wasn't clear if there was a shooter wandering the street. I decided to stay right where I was and keep working until the sirens died away. 2017, kids, what can I say. A world where "potential active shooter" is literally an excuse for being behind. Le sigh. Talk soon! JCB


  1. Jane, that is so scary! Glad to hear that you are safe. No need to explain the delay in posting...they are always worth the wait :)
    I've yet to see Kate's 'Our Wimbledon' interview...I must get around watching it at some stage.
    I loved the red Armani looks very professional & as you said, would be a good 'working' suit like the blue Rebecca Taylor.
    Kate looks so relaxed & casual in those shots of her playing tennis while on holiday. Would love to see her do a charity match sometime in the future, I think she has a natural ability in almost any sport she puts her mind to.

  2. Jane, that is not good, mad, mad world, stay safe. You are a bit like Kate - I don't know you really BUT I feel that I do. I look forward to your posts, insightful, so beautifully written and you make me laugh. I work for a law firm, I know how madly busy they are and it is a credit to you that you manage that and this!! Thanks you x

  3. Sonja from BavariaAugust 10, 2017 at 4:49 AM

    Do glad you are safe! It is a crazy world we live in nowadays... so it is eben more important to get stability from traditional institutions like the monarchy;)

  4. Glad you are safe. The world seems to have gone mad.
    The Christmas when these tennis pap photos were taken was when Catherine also had her phone tapped.

  5. Glad everything is OK Jane. We had "active shooter training" at my workplace yesterday so that kind of thing can happen anywhere these days unfortunately. 

    I like the idea of the suit more than its execution. I don't think it's too tight exactly but the horizontal skirt and sleeve wrinkling when in motion wasn't a very good look. The skirt might have benefited from a walking vent, a non-cling slip or a lining, a slightly shorter length to avoid a "hobbling" effect (1 inch or so, not a mini!) and/or some Static Guard as it appeared to cling to Kate's stocking-clad thighs when she walked. And the sleeves needed lining or better tailoring IMO. I agree with Jane-- Armani's diffusion line is far from cheap but the excessive clinging when in motion makes it look cheap especially for an outfit that cost over $1000. Hey designers, real women rarely behave as motionless ornamental mannequins when at work! 

  6. What a scary moment, Jane! Glad everything is okay, and thanks for this lovely post. Can't wait to watch the interview!

  7. Is the interview available to watch online? I'm in the US so not sure if it ever aired here

  8. How did you get to see this video, I've been searching since early July and I must not have the savvy to find it! Susan

  9. Jane, I didn't get to the bottom of your post when I commented earlier...I'm so glad you are okay and our new reality didn't affect you negatively. Susan

  10. Omg so glad you are safe. It's a crazy world and times that we live in. I think that's why I live having this blog. Its my get away, my happy place. Thanks again and so glad you are ok.

  11. Thank goodness you're safe, Jane.

  12. Oh wow, that video blew me away. So enjoyable and interesting, thanks for putting it up, Jane.
    I have also followed Wimbledon since I was a child, and I have watched the tennis stars battle it out year after year. I have been fortunate enough to visit this beautiful place many years ago, as my friend and her husband bought a house there. It was interesting to hear the tennis stars tell their story about how they made their immortal fame at Wimbledon and how they perceived the special magic of Wimbledon. The interview with Kate towards the end was the icing on the cake.
    I wish the royals a peaceful rest in August, and look forward to new engagement come the end of summer, early autumn.

  13. Wondering if the Cambridges are at Balmoral, as the Duke and the Prince of Wales are going to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the 16th.

  14. I enjoyed the general idea of the Armani suit, too; however, like lizzie (above), I had a few quibbles...mostly with the fit of the jacket...too small. Also the wrinkles/material. But, an interesting choice, nevertheless.

    I"ve just been watching the four-hour documentary on Diana, "The Story of Diana", on ABC, broadcast over two nights, the 9th and 10th of August. Quite positive; and it would seem that Charles, Earl Spencer, Diana's brother, has learned the art of diplomacy in the past 20 years. Long gone was the angst of his eulogy at Diana's funeral; this time round, he very carefully avoided any criticism of the BRF.

    A very wide-ranging program, it included interviews from Diana's friends, photographers, journalists, historians--you name it--it was an absolute soup of perspectives.

    Altho quite informative, if I was 25 years younger, I'm not sure it would've supplied me with make Diana's story truly compelling for young viewers.

    Did anyone else catch this documentary? What were your impressions?


    1. JC, you're exactly right. The documentary on Diana was a good *summary* of her life for those of us who were around during those years. But for someone learning about her for the first time, I'm not sure they would truly appreciate the depth of the individual "chapters" that made up her life.

      And I will take it a step further ... it is KEY to understand Diana's story in order to truly "get" the position that W/K/H are in, and to appreciate the reasons for various decisions, game plans, etc.

    2. I concur, JC and royalfan. Also, I had never seen footage that so graphically and completely revealed the absolute chaos that beset Diana upon stepping out of her house- especially after the divorce, when her car was completely surrounded, for example, many photographers deep The extremes gone to in order to capture the desired photo.. Yet, I believe the film also discussed that she was press savvy.
      No wonder she gravitated toward a family who could supposedly protect her when another had let her down. I believe it was mentioned somewhere that Jackie was similarly drawn to Onassis for his ability to protect her children That is an example of the way this film added context, instead of just reciting a litany of her weaknesses-
      such as" taking up" with a playboy. The same approach was given her efforts at self-harm. It was noted, I believe, that the episodes were a cry for help. If she had really wanted to end her life, she would have been gone long before the tunnel.
      In the end, no one could save her.
      It is like watching a Puccini opera-one knows how it ends but the story remains endlessly fascinating and tragic.
      I thought it the best Diana remembrance yet. The issues were dealt with, not avoided or magnified, either. They were put in context. I didn't really understand William's attitude toward some of the press before I saw this. William must have seen those scenes as well.
      It seems to me that George is not at ease in public as long as he is in the open . I've noticed he seems relaxed and even brave when behind the window of a palace or airplane. This indicates fear and his seeing the flashing lights and clicks as potential harm, not that he hates the press-otherwise, he would not smile and wave at them from behind the glass. He would likely not look out at all and if he did, scowl, not laugh. It has nothing to do with privacy or exclusiveness . I saw this start at the hospital visit following Charlotte's birth-he sought the protection of his Father's arms. He is an aware and sensitive little boy. Charlotte has apparently an entirely different make-up that was noticeable from the day she was born, in contrast to George's reactions. If George's behavior was a result of being taught to fear the press, Charlotte would likely react the same way. It is a matter of personality. I hope at some point people will realise this and stop blaming William. It is possible, too, that he has been able to accept the royal reporters, but not the paps. anon1.
      One thing that struck me---regarding Diana's saying the bulimia was prompted by Charles putting his hand on her waist and remarking she was chubby. The odd thing is--her wedding dress designer also referred to her "baby fat," I think was said in an interview somewhere. I'm not sure if Diana heard this remark. Diana began to lose weight and the dress had to be taken in. I can't help but think that this taunt was rooted further back. Actually, I think it was mentioned that she had been teased as a girl for being chubby. That sort of thing stays with one. I have a memory of clothes shopping with my Mother and trying on "Miss Chubbette" outfits. (Really) It was years later that I looked at photos and realised I was quite slender. She had to buy that size because I was tall and somehow the smaller size dresses were too short for me.

    3. I agree with you both. But I always thought it was futile to think a film--any film-- could make young people feel as if they truly "knew Diana" or even knew her as well as many older members of the public thought we did in the 1980s-1990s. I don't fault the efforts made in the different films and I understand why W&H wanted to make their own film. But it's a different time and it's just not possible in 2017 for young people to see Diana through the lens of the 1980s/90s--- any more than any of us can truly understand what elderly relatives experienced during earlier times such as WWII or during the Great Depression. While I wasn't alive during the Depression or WWII, when I was much younger I listened to relatives' stories about depression cakes made with lard, victory gardens, scrap drives, rationing, heartbreaking gold stars or blue stars one bullet away from turning to gold displayed in the windows of almost every house, VE & VJ Days, and even on the east coast of the US, civilian watch teams (typically composed of old men and boys too young for military service) on the lookout for German U-boats. But even as I loved listening to all their stories and I felt I gained some understanding of historical  **events**, I didn't truly feel I understood the people my older relatives **had been** at the time of those events when the world must have been pretty frightening. And these were people I had known all of my life!

      I wonder if it is ever possible to  make "history and its players come alive" especially when it is such a relatively recent "history?"  When it's "long ago" history we at least have the advantage of knowing more of the full story, if not the end of the story-- in this case we haven't seen Will and Harry grow old and their children grow up and that's part of Diana's story too. Of course, when it's long ago history we don't know that what we are watching or reading is really the way it was...anyone who would know the truth (or more likely know his/her personally-relevant truth) is long gone. 

      When bereaved families set up memorial funds, endowed scholarships, charitable trusts and so on in memory of a deceased loved one, in addition to wanting to do good deeds one hope may be that by setting up these memorials future generations outside the family will "know" the loved one. But as with the Diana films, that knowledge is destined to be pretty superficial. We may learn about and appreciate the person's activities, contributions & work, just as younger people may have done with Diana through film. But just as our grief over the loss of our loved one is at some level *only* our own, in many ways our joyful memories of the deceased are only our own too. I'm just not sure those memories can ever be effectively conveyed to others across time. Speaking of Diana publicly when undertaking activities similar to hers (like visiting a hospice she opened) may be more effective than a film in helping young people understand her contributions. But trying to make her "come alive" to a younger audience through filmed interviews and archived photography may be futile, I'm afraid. I think it's a "you had to be there" situation as we all have experienced and will experience in our personal lives.

    4. Anon 1--I hadn't seen your response when I posted and haven't had a chance to digest all you wrote yet. But I think you are right about Jackie--it surely didn't seem to be a love match and it seems she saw Onassis as a protection of sorts mainly because of his vast fortune and non-US residency. Remember she married him--her sister's beau-- only about 4 months after RFK was assassinated. Not only had Jackie  depended heavily on Robert for emotional support--sometimes to Ethel's great consternation--since 1963, but Jackie supposedly said after his death in 1968 "they are killing Kennedys and my children are targets. I have to get out of the country." So she wasn't necessarily fleeing unwanted attention from photographers or the general public although I am sure she valued privacy.

    5. Speaking of historical perspective versus on the scene experience: I can remember my shock at the time that Jackie not only remarried, but she chose a non-American.( This was a full five years after JFK's assassination .) I just realised that response could echo that of some Brits, and certainly the royal family, about Diana's relationship with Dodi. I was not alone. The media were not kind to Jackie and general conversation revealed my friends and family agreed with me. We had no clue at the time that security and safety for her children might be involved. Many thought she literally married him for his money, which was certainly a requirement for the level of security he could offer. I believe RFK was shot June 8 and Jackie married in August (or October) She had spent time on his yacht even while married to JFK-most notably after Patrick's death, I believe. JFK was well-aware of their friendship. It may have been a similar situation as Diana's "what's good for the goose" affairs, but I doubt it. Aristotle was not a new acquaintance. He had come to her aid before.
      Charles was Diana's sister's former boyfriend, but I did not know Onassis was connected to Jackie's sister. I am writing all this from memory of the time alone.
      I think Diana's sons just wanted to get their two cents in.I believe they said as much, in other words. I really doubt they hoped for any immediate response from the younger folks; sometimes one may attribute motives to one's actions other than the primary one. However, just as some are trying to change perspective about concentration camps during WWII and the Civil War in the US, so there is an effort to change the historical perspective of their Mother. It was important that the first-hand stories of camp survivors be recorded while they still lived. There are not many left. William and Harry may have thought a little on the-scene experience from first hand knowledge might help preserve their view for historical perspective. anon1.

    6. Ladies, I apologize for the late reply... :-)

      Anon1, as I watched "The Story of Diana", it was the chaos that captured my attention. Despite following her from the beginning and being aware of her situation, seeing it again really does make it obvious to me that William is determined to prevent this level of exposure...and expectations. And IMO your analysis of George and Charlotte's response to the press is on the money. Regardless of William's feelings towards the press, he would never raise his children to FEAR them; he is well aware that they are and always will be in the picture (pardon the pun!).

      Regarding the puppy fat remark, I believe Elizabeth Emanuel did make this statement publicly after Diana's death. It was a 20/20 hindsight remark IMO because she also said it is not uncommon for brides to lose weight prior to their big day. Little did we know what Diana was dealing with prior to her own!

      Lizzie, regarding the subject of history, as far as it pertains to the royals, me thinks they have learned and adapted in some ways, while also continuing to repeat some prior mistakes. This most recent attempt to undermine Diana's memory is an example of the not so good!

      Regarding Jackie, I was born after JFK was assassinated, but I do recall the fuss over Jackie and what i perceived to be an assumption that she was after Aristotle's money because, surely, she was not smitten with his looks. ;-)

      It is my belief that Diana accepted Mohamed Al-Fayed's initial vacation invitation because of the setting and security he had to offer. But the idea that she was drawn to Dodi as a long term companion, well, I cannot sign on to that; I believe she loved Hasnat Khan and the situation with Dodi just developed due to evolving circumstances. Nothing more, nothing less.

    7. I can't vouch for the truth of all of it but this article fairly recounts what I always thought re: Jackie and her sister Lee. As the article states, Jackie's vacation on Onassis' yacht after her baby's death may not have been romantic but rather political, a supposition that appeared in the American press, albeit not widely. Anyway it is a really interesting article if those two women are of interest to you.

      I thought I had read W&H wanted young people to "know Diana" and that was part of the rationale for their documentary. Perhaps that isn't true. I cannot find a quote right now to support that notion at any rate.

  15. I quite like the exterior tailoring and think the zipper is a nice nod to Kate's sportier side, but I'm not wild about the color and I think the fabric looks like it needs to be better lined or something. For what I know is an expensive piece it can look a bit cheap (as in low quality) in a few shots.

  16. It's a crazy world we live in nowadays. I'm glad you're safe, Jane.

    As for the Armani suit... in every photo that I've seen, it looks more orange to me than red. If it truly is red, then it is an orange-red, which can be rather harsh. It's a hard color for anyone to wear--even Kate. Also, something about the material looks very cheap. I'm sorry, but I'm not a fan of this suit. I hope it doesn't become one of Kate's workhorse outfits.

  17. There was a great documentary from BBC (available on Netflix) called Diana: 7 Days That Shook the World. It was a great insight into the events surrounding and immediately following her death.

  18. It's probably just because of the way it photographs but the fabric on this suit looks like horrible polyester from the 80s. Not a fan of exterior tailoring either so this suit is a no-go for me.


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