Nov 252014
 

Kate chose a vibrant red dress by Katherine Hooker for today’s EACH engagement.

James Whatling/Splash News

James Whatling/Splash News

The event launched a fundraising appeal for a new EACH hospice in Norfolk. Upon arriving Kate was given a bouquet of flowers by an excited young lady.

Andrews Parsons/i-Images.co

Andrews Parsons/i-Images.co

More from Richard Palmer’s story in The Express.

Cerys Emeerith-Burley, seven, whose brother, Rhys, suffers from a brain condition and uses the charity’s existing Norfolk hospice.

She gave the Duchess a posey and said: “This is very important to me my brother uses the hospice as it gives my mum and dad a rest.

EACH currently has a facility serving the area, but it is one of the oldest hospices in the UK, with restricted accessibility and other constraints. EACH hopes to raise £10 million for construction of a new hospice that would allow things like more overnight accommodations, more private family support areas and treatments such as hydrotherapy. Below, a rendering showing how the hoped-for new hospice would look.

EACH

EACH

The fundraising kickoff was held at the Norfolk Showground. Below, Kate arriving.

James Whatling/Splash News

James Whatling/Splash News

The launch event was sizable, with about 700 guests at the Showground. Kate’s table was appropriately named ‘George.’ In this photo you can see Kate’s personal assistant Rebecca Deacon either handing the Duchess her handbag, or having it handed back to her.  (Shown here because there has been dialogue in the past about what Kate does with her handbag.)

Paul Rogers/Nunn Rota/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

Paul Rogers/Nunn Rota/Nunn Syndication/Polaris Images

More on Kate’s involvement with EACH via Simon Perry’s story in People magazine.

The chief executive of EACH, Graham Butland, told attendees that Kate ….”undoubtedly raised the profile not only of EACH but more importantly the cause of pediatric palliative care both nationally and internationally.” He also told Kate that the organization now has connections with delegates from Malaysia and Australia – “friends we have made as a result of your successful overseas tours.”

Part of the agenda included the unveiling of limited edition mugs by Britain’s iconic Emma Bridgewater pottery, the ceramic pieces will be used to aid in the fundraising for the new hospice. Kate is said to have been involved in the partnership between EACH and Emma Bridgewater.

Paul Rogers/PA Wire

Paul Rogers/PA Wire

There are two patterns, one called “Ladybirds” and the other “Insects and Flowers.” Below we show a closeup of what must be the “Ladybirds” motif, generally referred to as ladybugs in the US.

PA Wire

PA Wire

The mugs will become available next March; £5 from every sale will go to EACH.

From Kate’s foreword on the program:

“In addition to developing their care across East Anglia, the task of fund-raising for a new hospice in the heart of Norfolk begins.

“I have been fortunate to meet with a number of families receiving services from EACH.

“Hearing how much EACH’s support means to them reminds me what a wonderful organisation it is: I am enormously proud to be their patron.

Stephen Lock / i-Images

Stephen Lock / i-Images

The fundraising kickoff had its tough moments. From Rebecca English’s story in The Daily Mail:

A tearful Duchess of Cambridge hugged a mother who tragically lost her three-month-old daughter to a rare heart condition as she helped launch a charity campaign in Norfolk today. Kate put her arms around Leigh Smith, who had just given an emotional speech about the devastating death of her daughter, Beatrice, and told her that she was a ‘brave lady’.

Mrs Smith, a 33-year-old physiotherapist from Norwich, told how Beatrice died from a rare heart condition after just 89 days.

Beatrice in her mother’s arms.

Rob Dodsworth Photography via EACH

Rob Dodsworth Photography via EACH

And Leigh Smith today.

Nunn Rota/Nunn Syndication/Polaris images

Nunn Rota/Nunn Syndication/Polaris images

Back to The Daily Mail story.

She also revealed that she wrote a letter to Kate outlining her story in the days after her daughter’s death, and received a personal reply.

Had she lived, Beatrice who died in January following a battle against a rare heart condition called restrictive cardiomyopathy, would have turned one this Friday.

Kate appeared pensive as she left the event.

Robin Nunn/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

Robin Nunn/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

If so inclined, there are many ways to get involved with EACH, the group has always been creative with its fundraising efforts. If you’re located nearby there are lots of events listed on its website. “From family fundraising days to quiz nights, garden fetes, sponsored bike rides and Santa Runs you’ll be able to find something to suit you. Taking part in an event is a great way to support us.” Events include things like a Santa Run.

EACH

EACH

For those unable to take part in any of the local events there is always the EACH Online Store, where you can even find a bracelet just like the one worn by Kate.

Anthony Devlin/Press Association (L) /EACH Hospice

Anthony Devlin/Press Association (L) /EACH Hospice

EACH is still offering the bracelets for just £6, that price includes packaging and postage anywhere in the world. Of course one can donate directly to EACH, this page has more info on how to do just that.

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Kate was in Katherine Hooker’s ‘Ascot’ dress.

Katherine Hooker

Katherine Hooker

The dress is described online this way:

A classic shift dress with a high neck that works perfectly for a daytime or evening look.

Katherine Hooker

Katherine Hooker

The dress is offered in a navy silk dupioni (shown two photos above) or a black wool crepe (seen in the 3-shot just above), it is priced at £380, about $600 at today’s exchange rates. Kate’s dress was crafted in a custom material.

Kate accessorized with Kiki McDonough’s 18ct Gold and Diamond Hoops and Cushion Cut Green Amethyst Drops.

Kiki McDonough

Kiki McDonough

Along with her Mappin & Webb ‘Fortune’ necklace in white gold and diamonds.

Andrew Parsons i-Images/Polaris

Andrew Parsons i-Images/Polaris

The Duchess wore the Jimmy Choo heels now widely accepted as the ‘Aimee’ style.

i-Images/Jimmy Choo/i-Images

i-Images/Jimmy Choo/i-Images

Many readers will have recognized Kate’s clutch, the Stuart Weitzman Muse style as sold at Russell and Bromley.

Nunn Rota/Nunn Syndication/Polaris Images

Nunn Rota/Nunn Syndication/Polaris Images

In the US that style is known as the ‘Raz,’ and/or ‘Bowraz.’

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 Also today, an update on the black beaded clutch Kate was seen carrying to the Royal Variety Performance and Action on Addiction engagements.

Splash News/Ben Stevens, i-Images

Splash News/Ben Stevens, i-Images

A refresher look at the clutch, we show the front of the piece on the left and the back is seen on the right.

Polaris

Polaris

Here you see the handbag in a digitally treated photo (to lighten it up) on the left, and the photo of a bag sent by an anonymous friend of WKW.

Polaris

Polaris

It turns out the Duchess was carrying a vintage piece.  The handbag above right is a vintage piece by a brand called Magid. The company dates back to the very early 1900s. The firm made upscale products and was quite popular for decades. Many a socialite carried Magid; the company’s beaded bags and straw bags were especially popular in the mid-19th century. Our friend notes that the bag she has was given to her by her grandmother. Below, the back of Kate’s bag and another photo from our under-the-radar friend, showing the back of her bag.

Polaris

Polaris

(Yours truly is familiar with Magid, there are a few dozen (cough-cough) vintage bags by the brand here at WKW InterGalactic HQ. We show one below, with apologies for the poor color, the beading is a lustrous gold.)

Vintage Magid Bag

Vintage Magid Bag

While the Magid name is still in use, the current company is not owned by, nor does it have any connection with, the original brand that started back in the 1900s. Our thanks to the lovely woman sharing her photos!

 

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  51 Responses to “Kate in Katherine Hooker for EACH Engagement & UFO Handbag Identified (The Duchess Does Vintage!)”

  1. Love this outfit- I am biased though as I love Katherine Hooker pieces. I have a green tweed Alexander jacket (the same style as Kate wire to the races years ago, in pale blue) and it’s so well tailored. I can’t believe that a custom tailored dress from Katherine Hooker wouldn’t fit perfectly. I dream of a coat from there…

  2. I very much like this reserved look. Many posing comments here seem to be expecting a grand showing of some sorts. This is a charity visit where she will be visiting (and comforting) families and sick children. I think the ensemble is quiet appropriate: a bright color for the children, and a conservative styling to respect the families.

  3. I personnaly don’t like this look at all. In fact, I don’t think I have liked any of the looks Kate has worn during this pregnancy. I agree the dress looks as if it hasn’t been pressed, in fact, the whole outfit looks as if she rushed to get dress. Maybe she wasn’t feeling well so neglected to put the ensemble together early. She looks really tired. As a mother of two young children, I can relate though. At this point of the pregnancy, I think it is really hard to dress. You’re too big to fit in your clothes but too small to wear “maternity” wear. It’s a weird time.

  4. Leave the poor girl alone, she is doing her best. I wold like to see her give away the poxy little neck things, but maybe she will get some smashing pearls for Christmas?

    • I agree, leave the poor girl alone. First of all before others start throwing so much criticism about other people, please post a photo in your sunday best and see what constructive comments you get. Just remember you can’t please everyone. Have a bit of a think about the event she attended and the grief these people are going through. Get things into perspective, please…..

      • This is a fashion blog. The whole point is to talk about what she is wearing. We are not discussing Kate as a person or the event, but rather what she is wearing. There is nothing wrong with that. If you are so offended by people giving their opinions on her clothing, than maybe you should find a site that is not solely about her fashion. And in regards to what the posters are wearing, we are not in the public eye. If I were famous, then by all means please criticize what I am wearing. I think you need some perspective in regards to this site. I am not trying to be mean, but I am tired I people getting upset just because others do not like what Kate is wearing. Again, this is a fashion site and it is fun reading other’s opinions on her clothes. Some love it, others hate it. Everyone on this site is very friendly and there is nothing wrong about discussing her clothes.

    • Who is not “leaving her alone”? Susan wrote a neutral article and people expressed their opinions about Kate’s look. I don’t think exercising free speech constitues not leaving her be. Ppl are not picketing KP, boycotting her activities or persecuting/causing problems for her. We’re just a bunch of people voicing our likes and dislikes on a site. Also, this is not a fan site where everyone is required to have the same laudatory opinion. We’re mature adults capable of imparting both compliments and critiques. All in the name of good fun and fashion. Leave us be, please!

  5. Hmmm…..where do I begin? I guess I’ll start by saying that I don’t like this look at all and I’m a big fan of 99% of what she wears. This is just one disappointing look. The dress doesn’t fit well. It’s too big. The seams and hem are not pressed. The fabric is too thick for this style. The sleeves are at an odd length and she is wearing no jewelry/watch around her wrists. The dress is a few inches too short and the colour looks like it has been washed a few times. Black shoes and clutch don’t do anything for this dress. The hair as always is a mess. Looks like a ponytail I make when I go for a quick grocery shopping.
    I won’t even bother with pale face/black ugly eyeliner, bags under the eyes, bad skin, lack of accessories and accentuating jewelry.
    All in all, I give her a big thumbs down and an F for the entire ensemble from head to toe. I definitely look forward to the next look.

  6. Hey Susan, what do you think are the chances this is the same dress that she wore to a Christmas celebration (I can’t remember which year)? We only saw her in the car, but the boat neck, shoulders and color look very similar. I know this dress is larger than what she normally wears, so it probably isn’t the same dress. But then again, maybe she bought it in a larger size because she liked it so much? Just wanted to point it out anyway.

    I don’t know if I can post a link, but just in case, this is the outfit I am talking about:
    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-u11MXnoDB2E/UrHjP2fw7iI/AAAAAAAAETw/-gdtjDl7qK0/s640/Kate+Middleton+arrives+for+pre+Christmas+lunch+photo+Mark+Stewart.jpg

  7. If she wore something “outstanding” the event and cause would stand out more in our minds! “Remember she wore THAT outfit to the EACH outing”. Kate could be more adventurous with her footwear – if I had those legs and ankles the sky would be the limit! Can’t help noticing she was more fashion forward when she first married. Me thinks Queeney has steered our Kate down the conservative route! Come on Kate – you live in the fashion capital of the world – rock it – it’s no harm to put your own stamp on things!

  8. I think Kate looks absolutely exhausted. It’s one of the first time I have seen her with bags under her eyes. I hope she isn’t pushing too hard – she has her hands full and will hopefully move selfcare up the list. I also think she is tremendously brave. I would think this visit would be incredibly draining. I don’t know how she isn’t a weeping willow through the incredibly moving stories. I admire her poise.

    Not my favorite dress, but still, in this day and age of raunchy celebs, she sure rises above the ranks.

  9. Not a fan of the dress. Lovely colour but the fit screamed H&M in sales. I also agree with the posters than expressed doubts about her ponytail. Kate really needs to learn to fine tune her looks. Her mother wore a similarish red dress some time ago – with the same type of accessories- and looked impeccable.
    Finally, it may be childish, but as a woman I’d avoid wearing a designer called HOOKER like the plague. Think how it would sound if instead of writing WKW Susan would report live on TV: ” And here is Catherine dressed in HOOKEr. Will return with betails later. And now back to the studio.”
    My score: 6/10.

  10. Love the ponytail! It looks like she might have gotten highlights, which I also like.

  11. I love the red color of the dress, which is very flattering and I love the vintage bag. This dress really needed a statement piece of jewelry (and I’m not talking a big string of the Queen’s pearls, but something in proportion) or a pattern in the shoes or clutch. The necklace is too small to be anything. The back of her hair was messy with lots of bobby pins sticking out. And lastly, that dress, since it was made especially for her, should’ve fit. Anyone can see that it’s too big for her and the hem is not pressed. Maybe she should order maternity instead of trying to go one size up? You “pop” sooner in the 2nd and subsequent pregnancies, so one shouldn’t fight it or try to hide it.

  12. She looks stunning

  13. Kate returns to the classics once again with a fine example of a well-tailored sheath dress, a style she has worn well in the past. This strong colour is lovely on her, and the seaming and fit are wonderful, managing to show off her still relatively slender figure. I like the beautifully cut slightly-wider-than-crew neckline, both flattering and feminine.

    I’m delighted we’re seeing new outfits and ones adapted to the bump, not older items amateurishly stretched over an expanding waistline. Extra room also gives an option on some cosy layers for chilly November. I slightly prefer the original fabric and shorter sleeves on the original Hooker, but this is a very workable adaptation

    Kate’s hair built up on top and away from her face is lovely, though it looks as if it might have gone slightly awry around the pony tail at the back. Smart black accessories are just right, as is minimal jewellery – the Duchess is definitely dressing for the job these days.

    My heart goes out to the young mother of Beatrice, and I look forward to supporting the hospice appeal when the Bridgewater china comes on-stream. I’ve found her designs a mite irritating in the past, but these ladybirds and flowers look really pretty.

    Many congrats on another major UFO ID – great sleuthing among WKWers there, and thanks for another lovely post.

    • Couldn’t agree more. She looked lovely and appropriate. And I WISH my ponytail looked that good! This was most definitely not the time or place for any major fashion statement or glamour. Just classic styling and modest accessories. Well done as always.

  14. The occasion does not call for a fashion forward look – hence this shift dress is perfect with the deep-red colour that suits her most definitely. Very nice.

  15. I was going to say I wanted one of those teapots and how could I get one, until I saw that EACH would only get 5 pounds of the price. That’s pretty puny and I don’t understand why a designer can’t give at least 50% of sales to a charity. I think I’ll just send a donation after the holidays.

    The Duchess looks very nice here and she seems to enjoy the little girls she met. There is a photo on another site showing one of the girls giving Kate an adorable curtsey. So cute.

    • I was wondering about that too, but I think the post says that 5 pounds goes to EACH for each mug sold, so I wonder if it’s more for the teapot or nothing at all. Perhaps we will find out when they become available next year. I wouldn’t want to teapot either if they won’t donate a larger amount.

      Catherine was spot on.

      My heart goes out to Beatrice’s family.

  16. Very nice color on her. The duchess hasn’t disappointed me with all her red ensembles. :)
    this dress looks like something J.crew might sell. :)

  17. I think Kate looks absolutely lovely in this appearance, and I absolutely support the idea about the pottery. I’m a huge Emma Bridgewater fan, and I will be buying one of the pieces next spring.

    Non-fashion…I do wish she’d get a better editor for her program forwards. I think someone needs to sit with Rebecca and explain semi-colons, colons, and commas! ;)

  18. Is it just me, or does her hair look a tad lighter? We know she colors it – based on previous engagements where you could see the line of demarcation with old/new color. I like this lighter brown look. I think it’s less harsh with her skin color. Like the dress too, but think the original Ascot dress is just an inspiration. They tweaked the design a little bit.

  19. My bet is if someone goes thru photos of her grandmother, it’ll be there.

  20. I want to think it is her grandmother’s :-)

    But of course it can just be a vintage purchase.

  21. Have to say don’t like this dress at all! Think it’s a poor fit and somewhat cheap looking! Love red on Kate though. I’m also of the mind that at this time of year a coat is more appropriate. I’d love Kate to take a leaf out of Queen Letitia of Spain, Princess Mary of Denmark and Queen Noor of Jordan and be more adventurous with her wardrobe. These ladies are fantastic ambassadors for their countries and yet their ever stylish wardrobes never detract from their causes. Kate is a young woman who dresses very “bland” a lot of the time. I’d love if she would just let loose and show more flair!

    • Queen Letizia of Spain and the Duchess of Cambridge actually dress in a very similar manner, except that Letizia likes trousers. They both love sheath dresses. And Crown Princess Mary has worn MANY rather dowdy outfits. I actually am not a huge fan of the way Mary dresses, though occasionally she hits the mark.

      Queen Noor of Jordan? Do you mean Queen Rania?

      • Actually Queen Letizia and Kate do not dress that similarly at all. Letizia is very fashion forward. Leather pants, a little more sexy dresses, opened toed shoes, variety of shoes with different colors and textures; the list goes on and on. There are many things she does differently than Kate. I wish I could link photos to show it. The only real similarity is their slim figures. Kate dresses more conservative and safe. I actually think Letizia is a great example of how to dress appropriately but still fun and be somewhat youthful. Not a bad person for Kate to look to.

        While Mary sometimes doesn’t get it right, most the time she is pretty fashionable, though not as much so as Letizia. Just look at her recent appearance at the Bambi Awards on November 14. She was stunning! And a lot of people were actually wishing Kate had worn something like Mary had the night before for the Variety show (since some thought it was dowdy). I enjoy seeing what Kate wears, but most the time she plays it safe. I don’t think it is bad to have good examples to look at in Letizia and Mary if she wants to see how other Royal women are doing it and doing it quite well. To each their own I guess. But no one is going to be perfect all the time, including Kate, each lady will have fashion misses.

        • Well, we’ll have to agree to disagree. I adhere to my position that Letizia and the Duchess DO dress in a very similar manner, and that Mary often dresses in a very unfortunately dowdy manner. I’ve never much liked Mary’s fashion looks, with a few exceptions here and there. I’m afraid she got off to a very bad start with me with her wedding dress.

          Perhaps this is merely a matter of taste and of how one interprets the term “fashion-forward”. Perhaps my view of that term is quite different from yours, another reason why this site is always interesting.

  22. She looked fantastic. What a great cause!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

  23. Lovely dress, lovely hair-do – a return to form :)

  24. Kate usually looks quite lovely…a huge number of hits and very few misses in her attire. The one thing I often wonder about is her choice of jewellery. In today’s post she is wearing a white gold necklace with yellow gold earrings. Most people wear only one colour of metal at a time and go for a matched look. I wouldn’t say that her green amethyst earrings are the best choice with a red dress. Except on very rare occasions, we don’t see what I’d call “real” gems. The diamond earrings and matching bracelet, that were supposedly given by her father in law and the earrings her parents gave her on her wedding day, are the few times she has worn jewellery “fit for a princess.” Most of the things in her jewellery collection, are no more special or expensive than things that I own (engagement ring and above mentioned items excluded.) Although Kate often wears long evening gown, she seldom ever wears a tiara. Just think of the gems the Queen wears, or for that matter, the jewellery that Princess Diana wore. I guess Kate does not like to fuss, but a bit more bling and a few borrows from the Queen’s collection, would certainly give more WOW factor!

    • Thanks for reading *and* for commenting! While not any kind of expert on Palace protocol, I do know there are some fairly rigid guidelines regarding tiaras. Hopefully others will chime in, but it’s my understanding they are only worn under specific circumstances, such as formal State dinners. Royal Order of Splendor has a good backgrounder on the topic: http://orderofsplendor.blogspot.com/2011/10/royal-splendor-101-tiara-rules.html I am glad you raised the topic, it’s something I should definitely cover in a future post. :)

      • Tiaras may have rules for wearing, but reading the blogspot you give, even there the rules seem vague. But I was commenting on Kate’s choice of jewellery in general. I am always underwhelmed by it. She seems to shy away from what we think of as royal gems, and chooses to wear very ordinary stuff, that the general public can purchase. The fact that she mismatches gold coloured with silver coloured jewellery seems really strange to me. Check out this site to see the fabulous gems that Princess Diana wore.
        http://www.DianasJewels.net/

    • There have been almost no events suitable for a tiara since the Cambridges were married — only a diplomatic reception to which the media were not invited. Fewer and fewer such events occur these days, and it would be most inappropriate to wear a tiara (or other pieces of very formal jewelry) on an occasion that did not properly call for one.

      Many of the pieces in the royal collection are rather heavy and old-fashioned and wouldn’t necessarily suit a young woman who generally wears quite contemporary clothing. Years ago, there wasn’t a great deal of difference between the way a young woman of a certain social status dressed and presented herself and the way a much older woman of that same status dressed. The Queen and even her sister, Princess Margaret, dressed in a middle-aged manner when they were only in their 20′s. The lighter, more contemporary forms of dress (even for many older women now) are a problem where heavy, formal jewelry is concerned.

      I recently objected to the Duchess’s decision to wear the green amethyst earrings with a brown dress, pale-blue coat, and black boots, tights, and bag, but with a red dress in the near-holiday season, I actually don’t think they are objectionable.

    • I don’t think Kate likes “real” jewelry. I’m sure she has access to the jewelry William and Harry inherited from their mother, along with the jewelry Charles inherited from the Queen Mother, if she wants them. No need to bother the Queen, I wouldn’t think. It’s obvious to me she doesn’t like big clunky stuff like Camilla, for instance. I don’t think the Duchess has been to very many occasions where a tiara is required. I’ve only seen her wear one and that was something special that the Queen hosted and no press was allowed. Personally, I think big pieces of diamonds, pearls, etc. are for “old ladies” and perhaps Kate feels the same way.

      • Well, Diana used to wear the royal gems and she was not an old lady either. Check out the website listed above showing photos of Diana with the gems. They looked elegant, classy and added to the beauty of an outfit. Of course, casual events require less jewelry but Kate does go to formal and dressy events and the royal gems would be a huge asset.

        • I actually thought that the late Princess of Wales often looked overwhelmed — even slightly strangled — by old-school royal jewels, despite her height. The Duchess of Cambridge does NOT attend that many events that would call for very formal royal jewelry. As I said, such events have become increasingly rare.

    • Maybe she does not want to wear too much real/expensive jewellery for an event like this. Look at the Queen she has tons and usually wears her pearls earrings and a broach. I think Kate need to be careful that she does not over do it and cause criticism that she is over reaching. KWIM and she has many years to wear those jewels.

    • I think Kate shies away from the old school, vintage jewels the Queen wears for daytime engagements because Kate’s still a young woman and wants to project a modern, up-to-date image. I’m sure as Kate matures and becomes queen herself, she’ll raid the Royal Jewelry Box for pins, pearl necklaces, earrings and other classic 20th century pieces.

    • I agree- her jewelry is usually mismatched and unimpressive. I wish she wore some of the treasures she has access to. There is a young way to wear serious jewels and I’d like to see her figure it out. (look at Aerin Lauder wearing her Grandmother’s jewels always looks fresh and young)

    • I can understand the often expressed wish for more serious jewellery but I’m with those who think it’s not the practise of our time. I agree that Kate dresses in a modern understated way and that she wears jewellery to match. I really think the way the Queen loads on the gems is a thing of the past — she can turn up in tiara, necklace plus heavy bracelet over gloves, and even an extra brooch thrown in and that’s just not Kate’s style.

      The one time Kate did try a much heavier piece, the necklace at the National Portrait Gallery dinner earlier this year, I thought she looked a little uneasy with them. I think she was experimenting to get the feel of items like that which I’m sure are available to her all the time. I imagine those looking after the collection are all too delighted when something gets an airing. But I think Kate will take trying items out at her own pace. She has only really worked cautiously with brooches so far on royal tours and I would imagine they are quite hard to work into sleek modern outfits.

      At the moment public figures are tending more to the minimal and chic so as not to flaunt old-fashioned wealth at a time when austerity still rules for many. The recent scandals surrounding the Spanish monarchy resulted in an event called a coronation for King Philippe with not a crown in sight.

      It used to be a great treat to see Diana sporting more gems but that again was in a different time when the occasions to do so were much more common. Much of her style now looks cluttered and dated to me now, though at the time she seemed as chic as anyone.

      And there again, while the items Kate wears don’t display yards of glittering sparklers they don’t seem to come at much smaller price tags than some items that do!

  25. Nice dress and bag. Not liking that messy ponytail with the Sarah Palin bump on the back.

  26. I love the red. Red is always a great color on brunettes. I generally like the whole look. Though I am not crazy about the ponytail. It looks sloppy, but I will take it because it is nice to have her hair back.

    Does the necklace look smaller to anyone else? I was not sure it was the same ‘fortune’ necklace. But maybe it is just the pictures make it appear that way?

  27. I think this is a lovely look for Kate! Red’s a good color on her and nice to see her hair done a little differently.

  28. A nice, simple look for an engagement at a very worthy cause. I love the Duchess in red — it’s a terrific color on her — and I think the minimalist lines of this dress, plus the ponytail, were just right. Nothing distracting, nothing too formal, and of course the not-too-fitted sheath-style accommodated the growing baby bump without making it obvious.

    The Duchess really is looking very healthy now. It’s nice to see when she was looking so wan not too long ago.

    Good grief, I’ve owned at least one Magid bag in my time. That was eons ago. I think perhaps the very first evening bag I ever bought, to carry with my very first long evening dress, was a Magid, and it was a vintage item, too. I might have had another. However, I’m a bit confused: did the company begin in the early 1900′s, or was it around in the mid-19th century?

  29. Cool, I wonder where Kate got her vintage bag then! maybe a present from a relative too or does she go browsing in a local vintage shop?

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