Monday, 7 April 2014

Royal Tour 2014 Begins as the Cambridges Touch Down in Wellington

The royal tour officially began today when The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George touched down at the Military Terminal, Wellington Airport, New Zealand.


Excitement has been at fever pitch in New Zealand, Australia and around the world (including our little corner of the Internet here at Duchess Kate Blog) in anticipation of the couple's third overseas tour which will last just under three weeks.


It promises to be the most exciting one yet with the addition of little George who was incredibly well behaved upon arrival in a cream jumper and shorts.


Despite the dismal weather conditions the royals arrived just twenty minutes later than scheduled.


It was quite the journey for the royal party - 25 hours in fact - who travelled to Sydney via a scheduled Qantas flight and on to New Zealand courtesy of the Royal New Zealand Air Force. Royal aides previously expressed the couple's enthusiasm for the visit and their desire to meet locals.

It is the first time Kate has visited New Zealand, so no doubt she will be looking forward to embracing the culture and hospitality of the country.


William, Kate and George were greeted by New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and his wife Bronagh who they last met during a holiday at Balmoral.


The Palace said Their Royal Highnesses were "immensely looking forward" to the tour, and that excitement was evident in William and Kate's smiles.


The royals made their way to Government House, home to Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae and his wife Janine.

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A beautiful photo of the trio.


Government House is a picturesque building. Built between 1908 and 1910 it features eight suites, a self-contained apartment for the Governor-General and his family, as well as a ballroom, conservatory, sitting rooms, service rooms, kitchens and a wing of offices which are tended to by 30 staff. The grounds, which have been endorsed as a "garden of National Significance", cover some 12ha, and outdoor facilities include a tennis court, swimming pool and bomb-shelter. The Cambridges will be staying here for a portion of their stay, beginning Wednesday, April 9. It will offer them privacy and time to relax with George.

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On the lawn in front of the house, the couple received a ceremonial welcome to New Zealand, which in Maori is called the pƍwhiri.

The Duke and Duchess were greeted by a traditional 'hongi' welcome.

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Prince William meets a Maori elder.

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The formal ceremony concluded with Prince William inspecting a guard of honour, and the firing of a 21-gun salute.

The Duchess looked regal in a scarlet military style Catherine Walker button coat with a matching red dress underneath.


The garment is called the Russian Greatcoat, it is described as "sharply tailored military style greatcoat with high collar, full skirt and gleaming buttons".

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A closer look.

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The back.

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It was reported months ago that Kate has selected pieces by the designer for the landmark tour. The French-born fashion designer supplied over 1,000 outfits for the Princess of Wales including the black dress she was buried in. Ms. Walker tragically passed away in 2010 but her husband has continued to run the fashion house. Kate wore Catherine Walker twice during her first royal tour to Canada in 2011.

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Kate's elegant pillbox hat is by milliner Gina Foster. The Seaford retails for £450, it is currently available on Ms. Foster's website. Kate wore her hair half up half down. I thought the look quite reminiscent of Jackie Kennedy.


The Duchess accessorised with The New Zealand Fern Brooch loaned by The Queen. It's a beautiful piece we looked at in our jewellery predictions post.

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Her Majesty received the striking piece during her 1953/1954 world tour: The diamond and platinum brooch in the form of a silver fern - an important New Zealand Emblem - was a Christmas gift from the Women of Auckland.

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It appears Kate wore her Kiki McDonough Grace earrings.

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Kate's brown suede shoes are by Emmy Shoes. Kate also carried her Emmy suede clutch at Government House.


For those enquiring about Prince George's outfit, it was confirmed he wore Early Days Ivory Pre-Walker Shoes. The £27 soft leather shoes feature a flexible sole and a comfortable lightly padded insole. They're available in sizes ranging from 0-18 months (with thanks to Anna).


You can watch an arrival video at YouTube and a great video from the welcoming ceremony Here.

Tomorrow is a private day for the couple. On Wednesday, April 9th we can expect to see Prince George join his parents to meet parents and babies for an engagement to recognise the work of the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society. What did you think of day one? :)

309 comments:

  1. george is the spitting image of william at his age...he was so cute! but i think the shorts were not a good idea in that weather!

    kate look so good! it really did remind me of jackie kennedy!

    cant wait to see more looks from her!

    sarah usa

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    1. agree , it was very cold.

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  2. ADORE IT! Great job, Charlotte. Yours is the only blog I look at for Kate news as you are timely and fabulous and comprehensive. - from California

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  3. Prince George is adorable! He is a nice mix of both parents. I love Kate's outfit today, especially the pill box hat. They all look wonderful, but they must be exhausted from traveling!

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  4. Thank You Charlotte for this quick update!!!George looks adorable,,love the solo picture of his that you posted. Kate looks lovely,,her dress did remind me of the red dress she wore at the Canada Tour.Cannot wait for your next post!!xoxo

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  5. Great post like always! You called it about Kate wearing the brooch! Prince Georgie is soo cute, I just want to pinch his cheeks!

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  6. Also it seems like she is wearing longer dresses...

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    1. I had the same thought

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  7. Gorgeous! She would have needed a led hem to keep that skirt down! Lovely outfit, and hat. The buttons are somewhat big, but brooch still visible. Her hair is classy. And George omg he is adorable!

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  8. Charlotte, this post was awesome!!! :) Great job with the live post. It built excitement all day!!! Prince George is so adorable.

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  9. Oh Prince William looks great to by the way. Let's not get too carried away and forget the 2nd in line...

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  10. You didn't post the photos of her skirt flying up.

    Georgie is a cutie pie. His parents? not so much.

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    1. London Daily Mail did post phots of her skirt flying up..i wish they wouldn't do that

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    2. Vava 7 2:18 comments like these remind me of the Dailymail- please don't spoil Charlotte's most amazing blog with your nasty comments

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    3. Couldn't agree more Markie. Milo and Vava keep it nice please.

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    4. Did you read my post Florence? I am posting an opinion like anyone else here. I don't think what i have said would be considered not nice. I have read far worse here and don't appreciate you telling me "to be nice"
      Isn't that what this is all about? an opinion? If the Administrator has a problem with my post, she may tell me, not you.

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    5. I say free speech, Milo and Vava! Markie, Florence, stop trying to start things!

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    6. Florence let's respectfully let others expess their thoughts will out labels

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    7. And as you can see Milo, I agree wholeheartedly with you further down the page. We are all allowed to express opinions. And anonymous please pick a name.

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  11. Oh i hope the baby dosn't get sick from being out in that weather in a summer outfit? They need to be able to addjust to weather conditions! Poor choice for the baby..Like Kate's dressss..but a snap would have gone a long way at the knee to hold it closed..or weights..the london papers are already publishing lots of snaps of Kates legs when she came down the stairs..o lordy

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    1. Milo, they are British. They are experts on weather. You don't have to worry :-)

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    2. How reassuinng to know the royal family are weather experts

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  12. Wow Kate looks amazing. That dress is so amazing! This has made me excited about her new outfits;)

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  13. Georgie is a cutie pie.

    His mother can't seem to keep her skirts from flying up, I guess you chose not to publish those and I can understand. Kate's ensemble is a major FAIL. The hairstyle, the hat, the coat with all the buttons, I'm sorry but I just can't understand why she is doing this to herself.

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    1. Couldn't agree more, Vava. I love red on her, (and her face and hair look beautiful) but those awful buttons combined with that terrible hat are so ageing and matronly. Not fashion-forward in the slightest.

      -Britt from South Carolina

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    2. I can't believe she had another Marilyn Monroe moment with her skirt flying up..She should've learned by now to weigh her hems.

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    3. I wish Kate would use a dresser..someone familiar with the details of a trip like this. To pay attention to details of weather for her and the baby. Someone to prepare her clothing with weights or snaps or something to avoid the stress of skirts flying. It would relieve Kate of the worry and putting her in a ppsition to be critisized over these details

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    4. I disagree. Perhaps she does have weights in her hem, but the wind is carrying the garment anyways. The wind is extremely powerful; if it can rip siding off of buildings I'm sure it can lift her coat. Also, I think she looks lovely, a very retro spin on her wardrobe (reminds me of Jackie O). Personally, I think her style has been lacking lately, boring and predictable, so I look forward to the tour and seeing new styles on her.

      P.S. - George looks adorable!

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    5. You disagree that Kate should have a dresser to help her relieve some of her stress? Wow..all the london papers and this blog are all commenting on her dress flying up. I would give anything for her not to have this happen again for the very reason it will detract from their trip. If something as simple as someone to help her is a negative, then well i guess we will be seeing more pics sadly

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    6. Pauline Oak Hills7 April 2014 03:41

      A reader did mention that she did have weights in her dress but the way the wind was blowing they did not help. So before everyone get's upset take a look very carefully at the heimline. It does look like there are weights.

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    7. I must agree with you Milo. Someone needs to help Catherine. She is carrying her baby, the last thing she needed was her beautiful skirt flying up.

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    8. Milo, I do not disagree that maybe Kate could have benefited from the aide of a stylist. What I do disagree with is the blatant notion that she did not weight her hems. I think regardless of whether the dress or coat were weighted the wind would have carried them away. I think Kate looked stunning, regardless of whether her skirt was picked up by the wind; and it is, I agree, unfortunate that that is overlooked because the weather was unruly.

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    9. Actually I thought I read in another article that the Queen did send along one of her own assistants to help Kate with dressing decisions. I'm sure the intent was to keep the skirt down.

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    10. By the way Kate's dress sense is subtly changing, she must have a dresser. Big mistake from both to go ahead with billowing circle skirts on a tarmac. There'll be many more flight arrivals and departures on this trip (especially some remote parts of Oz) where tarmac is the only on/off option. Let's see how Kate fares with those. She's learning. And that suitable hem line is proof of that.
      And why would a mother want to hand over her baby that may have had a rough time on a plane to someone else?
      Regardless, he's too cute to pass over. I'd hang onto him for dear life!

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    11. Oh good lord, people--and the papers. Just because the Queen chose to sink all her hemlines in lead and confine herself to corset-like clothes after a little breeze in the 1950s does not mean that the Duchess of Cambridge must. It's a different era. If not, everyone would still be in Victoria-mourning-Albert-black. Times change. Now flirty hemlines and high street and couture are suitable for future queens. Bring them on. Not everything must be stuffy, fusty and magisterial. The DoC shouldn't be dressing like an octogenarian.

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    12. If you watch the You Tube video, her coat and dress fly up for less than a second and she pushes it down. In real time, this was a non-event. But because the paps freeze frame on her, we all think it goes on forever. In reality, it was not a big deal whatsoever.

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  14. You are doing an excellent job!! Thanks for the great coverage!! And yes, I immediately thought of Jackie Kennedy Onassis when I saw the Duchess's pillbox hat. A different look for her, a step away from her previous headwear, but a very good look too.
    I look forward to more of your fabulous posts!
    PS I am in Sydney, and will be taking my disabled mother to see the Cambridges at Sydney Opera House next week. Will be trying to score some good photos, so will forward them to you if successful!!! Best wishes.

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  15. I have been glued to your blog Charlotte for the past 5 hours!!!
    Keep up the good work. Your blog is amazing!!!
    Kate looked absolutely lovely. She always did look great in red.

    Do try and get some sleep now Charlotte. I know you must be very tired.

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  16. I shed a tear looking at the royal family with George! He is so cute and looks just like his mother! I love Catherine's outfit from head to toe she looks stunning! Love her hair and hat too. I am so excited for this tour. Thank you so much Charlotte for this excellent post.

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    1. Thank you for properly addressing the Duchess of Cambridge as Catherine, following the example of her husband, Prince William. I'm tired of the references to "Kate" and especially to "Kate Middleton." It's disrepectful. Will people call her Queen Kate? I'm glad somebody else noticed that Prince George looks like his mother. There's a nice mix of both parents there, but he definitely favors Catherine.

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    2. She was known for 10 years as Kate Middleton, and that is how millions will always know her. Diana, Princess of Wales is still sometimes called "Lady Di" or incorrectly as "Princess Diana".

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  17. Americanlady7 April 2014 02:26

    Wonderful post and photos Charlotte, you are amazing -please rest up tomorrow while the Cambridges do the same :)

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  18. Not a fan of the coat. It looks dowdy and 1980s to me. I give them all credit for looking remarkably fresh and calm after such a dreadfully long flight with a baby in hand.

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  19. Theresa. New York7 April 2014 02:37

    George is a beautiful baby, a real little chubby-bub. I think he looks like William.
    Kate looked fantastic. The hat was a nice surprise--very youthful looking. I like the to the knee length of her skirt much better than the shorter ones. And the red ensemble was dynamite, a total winner. She looked downright cute.
    Re the earrings with the bows that were shown in a previous blog entry. I love "bow" jewelry and hope they come in a knockoff version soon.

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    1. Erin in Elgin7 April 2014 03:49

      Could the bow earrings be gifts for her mother and sister?

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    2. Duchess of York was known for stone/gem earrings with little gold bows, make for her by Kiki McDonough I think. So these seem like a knock-off of Fergie's jewelry from 20 years ago.

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  20. I think Kate looked fantastic in her outfit. Lovely colour on her. George looks like both of his parents.

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  21. Great looking family! George is such a cutie. I thought Catherine looked lovely in the red outfit with the cute hat (and very cute touches at the back top brim-wonderful detail). William looked very nice as well.

    As for her skirt lifting up (to a still respectable height)--well, if you've got legs that great, it doesn't really matter.

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    1. Erin in Elgin7 April 2014 03:59

      And George's foot was strategically placed. Already defending his mother's honor.
      I would like to be around when George becomes king. He has such an intelligent look in his eyes. You can see the wheels turning.

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  22. I can't believe she had another Marilyn Monroe with her skirt flying up...She should have learned by now to weigh her hems!

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  23. I was so excited for this royal tour, right up to the moment Kate appeared looking like a gorgeous Jackie O. My heart fell as the wind gusted in, her hair flew in her eyes and the hemline blew up. I cannot for the life of me understand why she sets herself up to fail knowing the world will be watching this arrival and long awaited look at George. Can someone explain why this keeps happening? Appearances at an airport, in a known windy location, should be planned for including her hair (especially the FRONT fringe) and hemlines. High points for having an appropriate hemline today as carrying George would have prevented her from a full on embarrassing picture. I do wish the best for Kate and was hoping that her third royal tour would show she has grown into her role.
    Thank you so much Charlotte for your outstanding coverage today!

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  24. Thank you for your post Charlotte! You are always so prompt. I love the red on Kate and I LOVE the cute pillbox hat.
    I am so happy to see her with longer hemlines! Looks great on her. But, I do wish she would choose things that don't cause her to have Marilyn Monroe moments. It's unprofessional.

    Anon 02:51, I disagree. Representing Britain as a member of the RF is not about having great legs. It absolutely matters how she chooses to dress herself and avoid these problems. But I don't think she cares.

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    1. Pauline Oak Hills7 April 2014 03:37

      Oh give me a break. To say she does not care is just over the top. You never have a nice thing to say so why bother visiting this site. Go where all your negative comments are welcome.

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    2. She doesn't care if she has problems like these, or else she would either weight the hems, or select the A-line types.

      Please do not accuse me of "never having a nice thing to say" as I clearly do. And I would prefer you not attempt to tell me where to go.

      Thanks.

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    3. bluhare in Washington State7 April 2014 03:53

      Nice, Pauline. Too bad you don't see the irony.

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    4. The coat is the same length she always has. The dress underneath is 2-3 inches shorter.
      We all know who you are, "anonymous."

      You are still stuck in that " the skirts came down, she's wearing more jewellery" rut.

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    5. What would be so wrong with a nice feminine pant suit for airport arrivals? Maxima has worn them disembarking and looked great. Would prevent these problems from happening. This is what, the fourth time it has happened to KM on duty at an airport?

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    6. 1) Ask Anna, the weather forcast had been good.
      2)By the time the storms came in, it was too late to drag the. suitcases out of the baggage hold, pick another outfit, press it...You saw RD- there was one outfit going on that plane to NZ.
      3)She probably wanted to look nice for the welcome ceremony, and she did, and they went straight there, without pausing so she could change out of a nice pair of slacks into something appropriate for the ceremony. Did Queen Maxima go straight to a formal event after deplaning? Or did she have time to change? We don't know, do we? We do know the Duchess. (KM?) did not.

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    7. With all due respect Charlotte I cant see your point publishing comment like Paulines? What is your aim with it? It stirs things up leaving you with more nasty comments coming in, and it makes the whole atmosphere sauer. Please if you do not intend to publish mine at least answer here Iam really curious. Thank you for being so fast!

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    8. Pauline, dear, it's alright. Stephanie is merely giving her own opinion. Making a fuss about it only stirs up negativity. And over whom, is the storm? - you...that's right, the fuss itself is juvenile. I do not mean to offend, but only point out what seems to be the dynamic. We all have different points of view which are valid.

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    9. Pauline, calm down please. Why don't you let other people have their opinions? Nobody's attacking Charlotte or the effort she does for this wonderful blog. Why do you feel so attacked when people don't like Kate's choice. Honestly, it are your comments which are so rude and negative. I don't think that Charlotte minds what we say about Kate's dress choice. But it seems like you think she does. Really, there is no need to feel so attacked.

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    10. @A non mouse. Are you somehow implying that women cannot look "nice" or appropriate or professional in a pant suit? Is it 1950?

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  25. I think Kate looks terrific in this red outfit! I love the shoulders, length, and full "skirt" of the coat. And George appears to be a good mix of Middleton and Windsor. In some photos, I see William as a baby, and in others I see more of Kate's side. But it really doesn't matter because the most important thing is that he looks like a very happy and healthy baby.

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    1. bluhare in Washington State7 April 2014 03:53

      I think so too.

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    2. I think he looks like a cross between the Spencers and the Middletons, with the high-handed good looks of the Windsors thrown in to rule it all.

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  26. Been looking at many pictures on different web pages and in one picture you can see the coat and dress are weighted down. However, the wind was brisk and strong....Please give the Duchess of Cambridge a break! She is doing her best! I'm sure everyone has had their moments!
    Having worked at an airport, you cannot avoid the gusts of wind, unless you had a pound of coffee grinds in your hem!

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    1. And if she did use one pound of coffee grinds, any bets on people debating regular vs. decaffeinated? :)

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    2. Royalfan....you are correct! I'm actually an English Breakfast Tea person!

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    3. As a seamstress, I can assure you the dress and coat are not weighted down.
      Given how slightly more classically Kate is dressed, (hooray for dropping the hem line!!!!) I would be quite certain that there is a "dresser" or and "advisor" behind the scenes. Just wish they would use common sense that airports built on flat land are renowned for extreme windy conditions. Personally, I am saddened that Kate in her position, takes the risk of giving such unflattering, inappropriate photo opportunities.
      Love the hat and hair but not sure of the significance of the bold red in NZ.
      They've done well given the long trip.
      I've done the London - Melbourne flight many times and it is no easy haul!
      Of course we sit crammed with all the commoners for over 24 hours and there's no where to take a decent shut-eye, or to put down our toddlers.
      Georgie is the spitting image of Mike Middleton with a little bit of William thrown in for good measure.
      So sweet!
      Looking forward to when they cross the Tasman to visit our neck of the woods!

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    4. The bold red stood out when they got to Government House for the welcoming ceronmony. All the dancers were in dark colors so it was easy to find Kate in red.

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    5. Anna from NZ7 April 2014 05:09

      @anon 03:29, our true national colour is black. But I can't see that happening in formal daywear.

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  27. Marci from Salt Lake7 April 2014 03:02

    Awwww. Prince Georgie is very, very cute. Wonderful selection of photos of this event, Charlotte. I think Catherine looked amazingly beautiful and fresh considering the very long trip. I think the pillbox hat, while a very old style, was a classy choice. I like the coat and its buttons. William looked good too!

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  28. Anna from NZ7 April 2014 03:03

    Love Kate's outfit. Very elegant and ladylike with a hint of drama. Everything double breasted works wonderful on her. I thinks she favours very clean outfits and this one is nicely balanced and has a touch of extravagance. Great to see that she can look a Princess and super stylish at the same time.

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  29. Well done all three of them for looking like they have just arrived from a small drive, not a 25hr journey by plane. Considering it would be the middle of the night at home they look amazing. George is just gorgeous...my youngest is just 3 mths older and I can't even imagine what it would be like to travel that far with him.
    Welcome to NZ to this lovely family. I hope you get to met a lot of the real New Zealanders, and you do get to enjoy our beautiful country.
    What a pity about the weather, we were getting some lovely days, and I think it is in the mid to high 20's in some parts of our country, but Windy Wellington has a reputation to keep up.
    Hopefully the sunny South Island turns on it Autumnal best for them.

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    1. Hit it on the head here-- for all being critical of the dress & wind-- Wellington is known for its gusts like no other!! Sure she did the best she could; and can we please enjoy the occasion alone not focus on one small momement in the wind. Welcome to New Zealand wonderful to see you 3 there!!!
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    2. Known for it's gusts of wind= prepare your skirts and tie your hair back. Princess Letizia wears trim pantsuits. Maybe Kate should flip through Royalty magazine to find appropriateness

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  30. Has anyone else noticed that it looks like Kate is wearing three rings on her finger? Her wedding band, engagement ring, and a ring between the two!

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    1. Pauline Oak Hills7 April 2014 03:33

      She wears an enternity ring that William gave her after George was born.

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    2. Pauline, I figured as much, but I haven't noticed it before. I'd love to get a better look at the item. Do you know of any other occasions you've seen Kate wear it?

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  31. anon from Leominster7 April 2014 03:08

    I love the outfit. Kate looks very princess like in it and wondeful to see George. I like the way her hair is styled with the pillbox. It may not be a fashion forward outfit but she isn't meant to be fashion daring and when she has tried, it hasn't always worked well. She is best in classic timeless clothes.

    I do think the people at Catherine Walker should have weighted the coat. If it had been hooked in front, it might have pulled unattractively but there must be a way because it did fly up quite a bit. A straight skirt underneath would have helped, but the line wouldn't have been as good. But this is a quibble because Kate looked fantastic.

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    1. Hi anon! Agree with all of the above.

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    2. Maybe a red pencil skirt under the coat would have worked better under those windy circumstances.

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  32. Thank you so much for this post and the Live Blog Update - Charlotte - great work!! I am all giddy as I sit and type this. I think the Cambridges made a wonderful entrance into NZ. They look so nice together as a family. I cannot get over how ADORABLE Georgie is - I think I am suffering from cuteness overload. I look forward to the rest of the tour and following our favorite couple and baby =)

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  33. Wonderful to see some more pix of Prince George. The only thing I have to say is to HRH Duchess Catherine. As I raised all 6 of our kids, the general consensuses is that if it's cold enough for you to need a coat, so does your baby. George should, at the least, have on long pants and a light jacket. You're a great mom, so this is just giving a small bit of advice.

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  34. Well done, once again Charlotte! This American knows this is the best spot to come for all things Kate..George is just adorable and when I look at pictures of The Duchess as a baby, there is no denying he is a Middleton. That red ensemble?? Gorgeous and I can't get over that pillbox hat. Like you said, very Jackie O. I can't wait for the next post! I 'pinned' this post on my ROYAL board on Pinterest. Your blog is just to good not to share. Cheers!

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  35. I do wish that William had carried the baby down the stairs. Kate had enough to to contend with.. her hair and dress flying around.. and trying to hold that dear baby. I was worried she might take a tumble.

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  36. Americanlady7 April 2014 03:20

    Hi Charlotte and all, Thank you again for all the news 'that's fit to print'- I have read thru the comments- so many negative posts- so I have decided in order to enjoy this blog (which I love!) I am going to stay clear of reading the comments. YOU do an amazing job Charlotte but some of the folks that comment here are just to picky for my taste. Let me add I think HRH looks amazing in red, I LIKE THE BUTTONS and I did see the photos on other sites, I hardly think the dress blowing up a tiny bit is worth all the fuss. Looking forward to more as you post it, but the comments just aren't for me. Thank you.

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    1. I agree completely and had come to the same conclusion. I really want to enjoy these pictures and Charlotte's efforts, and to wade through so much spite puts me in a very bad mood.

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    2. Agree. I looked at the blog slowly, had my little cry at seeing my homeland powhiri /welcome so moving at Government house on the you tube, re-read again & smiled a lot; then had a read of comments-- nothing will detract from the pleasure of seeing this tour unfold.
      Theresa, Kiwi in Auz

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  37. bluhare in Washington State7 April 2014 03:31

    Kate looks great. Like the outfit, although my personal taste would make the buttons a little less obvious, but that's me. Plus the brooch gets a bit lost. I said on the last post I think it would look nice on the hat instead of the coat, but I also think it might have been nice on the collar as well.

    I also now think (although I should probably wait another couple of days before I proclaim it to the world, but I won't) that maybe she has had some discussions about dressing more regally.

    George is a beautiful baby; and do I see some ginger in the hair?

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    1. bluhare, the little prince is very much a ginger but remember that red hair runs in Diana's family (her brother and several of her sisters are gingers).

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    2. Yes, bluhare, I guess I do see a bit of ginger there. :)

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    3. Anna from NZ7 April 2014 03:54

      Finally! Thank you bluhare. I thought it's just me and a funny sense of colour recognition.
      But I do see a shimmer of ginger too.

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    4. Jennifer from Wisconsin7 April 2014 03:57

      I've always thought so. :)

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    5. I wonder if she just takes a bit more care in planning for tours--I remember Kate also looking so polished and regal during the Southeast Asia tour, much moreso than usual.
      I definitely think George has some reddish tones in his hair, but I doubt he'll be a true ginger. He's adorable!

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    6. I thought so too Laura, that the Southeast Asia tour she looked stunning. Yes she is a mom now, and her attention is on the baby, that is why i think a dresser would help her a lot and relieve some of these stressful details. A trained eye and second opinion before you are on for the cameras i think would help her a lot. The baby is beautiful, and I wish Diana was here to snuggle him and give Kate the confidence and "Good Job" it takes to pull these stressful of well.

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    7. To me, this outfit screams that it was likely coordinated by someone VERY much older than Kate and I would guess Angela Kelly, the queen's longtime dresser. I expect there's more than a nugget of truth to the rumor that Kelly was advising Kate on what to wear during this tour AND selecting jewels from the royal collection and the queen's own collection for each formal outfit.
      It's just too old for Kate and too matronly. And a slim-fitting sheath dress and coat would have worked much better, given the wind. I find it hard to believe nobody planned for the wind if they planned for the weather.
      Pillbox hats were stylish 50 years ago when Jackie Kennedy wore them. That was then, this is now.
      Also, why do we never see any photos of William holding his son? I understand the whole PR gig behind having Kate hold him but it would have been sweet to see him carried by his father.
      We rarely saw photos of Charles holding William or being affectionate with him so I'm hoping William isn't taking this page out of his father's playbook.

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  38. Maryland Moxie7 April 2014 03:42

    Perhaps it was the plane in the background but I thought she looked like a 1960's stewardess. A pretty, outdated one. As for how to avoid photos of your skirt flying up in the air? Trousers. I'm giving Kate a B-. Extra points for getting herself dressed in an expensive outfit to exit an airplane and sending the bill to Charles!

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    1. Moxie!! Seriously... Lol

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    2. Agreed. I wish she chose a simple dress to avoid these flying things up problems! Maybe next time!

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    3. That is what I thought, a stewardess from the 1960s! Wellington is a VERY windy city, surely the people planning it could have warned them.
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    4. Yes,yes,yes my thoughts exactly- airline attendant. I think it is the hat plus the brooch which looks like BOAC wings

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    5. A perfect image. Cruelly ironic considering the snide comments made by British aristocrats about Carole Middleton's flight attendant job. Those big metal buttons detract form the lovely brooch. The other red coat with fabric covered buttons in the Canada tour photo would have looked much better. Hope the weather improves and we see lots of more flattering age appropriate ensembles. This outfit is not a great success.

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    6. Thank-you, Greybird. I couldn't think why those flight attendant references disturbed me so much.I don't believe it was the consciously intended meaning, necessarily.
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  39. Awesome speed with the update.
    Kate looks good for a long flight but her outfit is that of a 60-year-old woman. Pretty and pretty dull.
    I can't believe that neither Kate nor her mother nor anyone on her staff or advising her thought the wind might blow up her dress.

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  40. That YouTube video of their arrival off of the plane says it all. Poor Kate, you can read her body language and her contemplations in a matter of seconds. She had to keep descending on the stairs, but her hair, her dress, and the baby were all needing her attention instantaneously. That wind is very unforgiving. She looked stunning in the midst of it though.

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    1. She was a trooper indeed. I felt terribly bad for her. You could see how flustered she looked. William should have carried little George.

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  41. Sarah from Calif.7 April 2014 03:53

    Love the red Coat and hat.
    George, oh my what a darling :)

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  42. Kate, Texas, USA7 April 2014 03:54

    The Cambridge family is just gorgeous! I love Kate's ensemble choice and think she looks regal, beautiful, and very much royal. Charlotte, I think your Jackie O comparison is right! She looks great! William is all smiles and little George, oh my, looks too sweet for words! I loved his cream jumper and sweater, but his chunky legs and cheeks take the cake! I've always thought he favored the Middleton side more than the Windsor, but there were a couple expressions pictured above that are very much his father. He really is a beautiful baby!

    Charlotte, way to go with the updates! I know you have a HOST of followers worldwide eagerly awaiting and very appreciative of your hard work! Thank you! :)

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  43. Watching the you tube clip of the traditional Maori welcome made me cry just a little-it's such an important kiwi welcome; to see it there in the dismal conditions yet full of green trees & kiwi pride & the resplendent duchess in red what a moving moment for this kiwi living away from New Zealand. Absolutely stunning Catherine in red it's like she knew to brighten up the day. I'm amazed how good they all look. George we will all agree is very very handsome bubba! Thanks day 1!
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    1. I love the tradition. And I enjoyed seeing Kate and Wills engage in their culture's welcome, it was very sweet!

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      I love seeing other cultures. This time I must confess to some prurient thinking as I looked at that man's tattooed bum!

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      Bluhare, I am rolling at your comment!

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    4. I was thinking that the tattooed butts are kinda sexy...

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  44. I think it was the cut of the dress and coat that left her in a position to have to keep it down. Weights or not, there was too much fabric to catch wind. Like the flowing dresses that i thought did this on other trips. So, this is the last i'll say, on this dress,I look forward to more positive coverage and pictures. Thank you Charlotte your all of your work.

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  45. I wanted to say a huge thank you to all of you for reading and commenting. It's been a great day and the beginning of a landmark tour. Your support is so greatly appreciated. I've added additional photos and video links to the post :)

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  46. A slim fitting sheath dress under that same Catherine Walker coat wouldn't have blown up the way it did. Or some dressy slacks. Prince George is adorable.

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  47. bluhare, did you see the red Catherine Walker from Canada tour? This isn't much different, except for the hat
    She neither has had nor needs regal/princess lessons.
    And...ginger?
    I think you are bored. And next time I'll step aside for royalfan. She does a much better job.

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    1. 1) If the red Catherine Walker from the Canadian tour isn't much different, why not save money and just wear that coat again? Does she really need two custom red coats from Catherine Walker?

      2) He does look like he has a touch of ginger to his hair. Is his hair color offensive to you?

      3) Why are you attacking bluhare for expressing her opinion? Why not just voice your opinion and allow others to voice theirs?

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    2. I think a lot of people here was really tired and nervous - just a lack of sleeping to watch the arrival. So please go to sleep and come back in a better mood thanks. :) Love little George, like red coat and LOVE the hat.

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      Hi anonymous, I didn't take the other anonymous' comment as picking at me; I think she was trying to engage as royalfan and I do sometimes.

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    4. BLUHARE- not shouting. Just trying to get your attention.OK . So maybe I am shouting.
      1) Did you think I was attacking you?
      2)If so, I am truly sorry and will go take a nice pill and never say another critical word or disagree with anyone ever again.
      3)I don't know if I can keep #2

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    5. bluhare, that's why I said I would step aside for royalfan Just practicing. in case royalfan decides to go AWOL again. You see how much we need you, royalfan. Please don't ever stay away again.

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  48. This outfit is an eerie throwback to an earlier era. The pillbox hat, the huge buttons, the airplane, the crowd, these elements already reside in my collective memory, the one formed by videos and images I've seen so much it's almost like I experienced it, as the day JFK died in Dallas. The incongruity startled me, but maybe the visual anachronism gets a deeper truth: the Monarchy as far as I understand it is like time. Kings ruled and centuries past and rivers eroded rocks and still Kings and Queens ruled. Referencing the past is just another form of self-reference, waving a flag to a time when they existed and their existence was not scrutinized.
    -- Lizzie in LA

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  49. Great post (as always) Charlotte! Catherine is beautiful in red, glad to see the pin on loan from the Queen. I think the classic Jackie Kennedy look is perfect on her. Catherine is the same age as Jackie was when she was First Lady.

    Many are surprised to see little George in shorts, however he could be a "warmer" baby. My little nephew is so hot most of the time, he wears light cotton clothing even on the coldest days. And, they spent about a minute walking out of the plane, greeting the dignitaries, then going inside. I'm sure George was just fine. He was wearing a sleeper outfit when they landed in Australia.

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  50. anon from Leominster7 April 2014 04:52

    Many thanks Charlotte, a fantastic job. Kate looked fantastic too, I loved the colour and style of the coat, but there does need to be more consideration about wind - once or twice can be overlooked, but this is happening too often. I don't think anyone is being spiteful, it's just a problem that should be corrected for Kate to look truly professionall.

    An interior button would have helped a lot. So would a sheath dress but I frankly think making the coat into a coatdress would have been an easy solution. Catherine Walker people should have been attuned to this, they did a lot of coatdresses for Diana which is why she had many fewer such incidents - although she did have some, including that infamous pre-engagement sunlight photo.

    I've handled some Catherine Walker outfits and they are lined with silk, beautifully constructed and very heavy so that wind must have been blowing up a gale. Not too worried about George though, he wasn't out in it nearly as long as his parents and seemed quite the lively little chap.

    I do wonder if this is the outfit Kate originally planned to wear. It does looks so, but the original weather reports were much milder so perhaps there was a late switch. I can recall, being an old thing, Diana having to send for clothes from home when she visited New Zealand because of an unexpected turn of cold weather. That first tour of Charles and Diana in 1983 was so exciting and I feel the same way now.

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  51. Loved that the family arrived dressed in the colours of the NZ & Aus flags for this tour! Subtle and thoughtful.
    Don't quite love the buttons on the coat... I feel like they're a little too large perhaps.
    Not quite sure on the hat either - I understand it from a practical standpoint. She can't have something obstructing her face when they rub noses with the elders in the traditional welcome ceremony (I believe Camilla had a similar problem) I was just expecting something a little more modern. It's nice enough just not what I was expecting.

    It's unfortunate that they underestimated 'Windy Wellington' and her skirts flew up. I don't think any amounts of weighted hems would have helped poor Catherine in these circumstances.

    Loved seeing her again in in the grey wrap dress and loved how it tied in with her pregnancy appearance with George and his first public appearance pre-tour!

    Thank you for the updates and the posts Charlotte :)

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    1. Quick note: They do not rub noses, they press noses. http://www.korero.maori.nz/forlearners/protocols/powhiri.html ; http://www.newzealand.com/travel/en/media/features/maori-culture/maoriculture_powhirimaoriwelcome_feature.cfm

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  52. My thoughts:

    George definitely stole the show! He looks very much like his father William and has a strong resemblance to his grand father Charles when he was his age. I've seen pics of Prince Charles at that age and George looks so much like him. And yes he does have the Middleton eyes!

    Kate: NOt a very nice silhouette and design and certainly not a nice color for the first day. The whole look seemed overdone.

    William: looks dashing as always. He should have held the baby while doing down the steps and then given him to Kate. Oh well...

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  53. According to the Daily Telegraph!!! "Looking contented and fresh, if a little chilly with his bare legs, the Duke was carried off a Royal New Zealand Air Force flight by the Duchess of Cambridge". Now that I would have liked to have seen!

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    1. Thank-you! Just the perfect way to end an evening, heck- a whole day, of blogging. I noticed my hands had balled into fists as I read (and wrote) comments.

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  54. I was so excited, but when I saw the 3rd pic OMG! She and airports she is grounded for me! Right now I cant process more! Blue27

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  55. I love the red outfit- large buttons, pill-box hat and all. I am a bit surprised that the baby wasn't wearing pants; as it seems that the weather might have been somewhat chilly there. I am, also, pleasantly surprised that the baby was allowed the much welcomed exposure. I'd assumed that he might be tucked away from the public, on this trip. William was very nicely dressed, as well.

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  56. love her coat and no matter she has Marilyn manore moment and i love the super cute little kid prince george carried by mom the duchess catherine im recovering from stung of box jellyfish im all day waiting for your royal tour updates im recovering from my bed will chat tommorow duchess kate friends

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    1. Colorado Eve7 April 2014 16:28

      Sorry to hear about your jellyfish sting. Hope it's not too painful.

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  57. First of all, George is ADORABLE. Second, I love that hat and the ravishing red colour.

    But all those articles about Kate having weights sewn on her hemlines obviously weren't true. What an awful way to start the tour and her hair is all over her face again. Finally, I don't see the point of this coat/dress when she already has one so similar.

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  58. I think she looked beautiful!! I don't have one negative thing to say about Kate, William, or George! I don't think any of you do either! : )

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  59. Kate's outfit looked like a costume. A frumptastic one.

    Beth in San Francisco

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      Frumptastic! Excellent description. The solid red, white and blue coordinated outfits were a bit too simple minded for me.

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    2. I wish Kate had worn the cream to soften her a bit, red was too harsh for the environment. The little soldier look would have looked better on Georgie.

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    3. Exactly-frumptastic costume...It reminded me of an air hostess outfit from the 1950's. Love the red, just not the style.

      -Britt in South Carolina

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  60. Wow you are fast! The best pictures anywhere! You were correct about that fern pin.

    I thought someone was going to sew weights into her hems! Good grief!

    Love the hat - yes agreed - very Jackie Kennedy vibe - but it gave the Duchess real presence.

    George is adorable - soooooo cute! What a fantastic beginning to the tour.

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  61. Loved the outfit etc - all covered in previous comments. However I thought it a little unfair on the Duchess to have to negotiate the steps, the wind swirled hair, the 'floating skirt', high heels AND the baby! Kudos to her for managing so well - I know that I would've gone the proverbial 'ahem' over 'ahem'!

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  62. I liked the outfit. Simple and classical, and a bright popping blocked colour for stand out viewing of her on such a dismal day. However I do think it is a little unfair that the Duchess had to negotiate the slippery steps, wind swirled hair, floating skirt, high heels AND the baby! Kudos to her for carrying it off... I know that I would've gone the proverbial 'ahem' over 'ahem'! Thank you Charlotte, I look forward to your future posts. I don't comment very often but do read your blog avidly.

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  63. Jean from Lancs7 April 2014 09:05

    I suppose it didn't strike all those complaining of blowing clothes, that the ladies waiting below were having the same problem. There was a time when photographers kept their cameras high! I wonder how these super-critics would manage a baby; a hat and hundreds of photographers after a long flight.
    I think Catherine looked beautiful as ever, but sadly some people come just to complain.
    George is so sweet and seems to like people.

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  64. anyone who's actually been to wellington can tell you that the winds there can get so strong that it doesn't matter how much you weight down your dress/coat/whatever it will still blow it up and considering it didn't end up round her ears the hem probably was weighted down a bit! honestly, even chicago has NOTHING on wellington and everyone complaining about her clothes are just being petty and rude.

    Anyway.

    I went shopping today and brought some blue hair chalk and a union jack shawl for William and Kate's appearance in Auckland on friday, and I'm trying to convince my grandpa to come with me so I can use his fancy camera to take photos :) crossing my fingers that the weather isn't too bad on the day!

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  65. Theresa, from Paris7 April 2014 09:31

    Bad luck with the gust of wind, but let's give the poor Duchess a break ! That wind was terrible - they couldn't even land properly !- and she can't arrive in a trouser suit. I thought she handled it beautifully.
    Love the coat and dress. Pill-box a bit too Jackie Kennedy, we have really seen a lot of them, but then again a good choice to show her face. Gorgeous jewellery !

    Great fun all this :-))))

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      Why can't she arrive in a trouser suit? Is there some rule her legs must be on display? Honestly, that photo with her skirt blowing up is more provocative then the photos of her without clothes on. Do you think William is pleased to see that photo of his wife making its way around the world? It's ironic that her dress was on the conservative, matronly side, yet we see a bit more of Kate then anyone was really expecting. #TakingUpACollectionForTrousersForKate

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    2. Mary...,She did not have time to change out of trousers for the ceremony . She was being met by leaders of the country. Trousers would have been disrespectful, I think, since she usually wears dresses on such occasions. Did you see the picture of Prince William glancing down at her wind-blown skirts and laughing? He was not upset, nor should you be. This topic seems to be getting a bit old and worn.
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    3. It is 2014 not 1950. You honestly think a woman has to wear a skirt to appear "respectful"?

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  66. Eve from Germany7 April 2014 09:39

    First of all, thank you, Charlotte, for this great post!!! I loved the outfit, although, yes, the buttons were perhaps a little too "big" and, yes, I wish (for Kate´s sake) she would have chosen a straight skirt and coat for the arrival. Airports in my experience are always windy and it´s autumn in New Zealand, so there was a high chance that some gusts might cause problems again with her skirt. It´s just such a "golden moment" for the media and you could see it in the video how awkward she felt.... I really felt for her and somehow I agree with those who say that she should know by now.... Never mind, obviously she likes this kind of dress shape and puts up with the occasional "wind problem"... ;-)))

    I liked her hairstyle (I have "recommended" this "half up" many times for her white tie and black tie engagements as it looks classy and allows any jewellry to "shine") and the pillbox hat. It was new (for her), something "surprising" which I liked very much. Little George is simply ADORABLE!!!! I read that he´s got the "Middleton eyes" which I think is true. Apart from that he´s very much Prince William at that age... so cute, really!! I can´t wait to see him on April 9th!!! I´ll stay glued to my computer screen for any updates.....

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  67. Good Morning!!! Charlotte wonderful work and I must say what an arrival!!!! They simply look amazing, happy and thrilled to have started the tour!!! Having said the before why is everyone worrying about the hemline??? I mean she is a princess indeed, but also a young woman!!! This longer hems make her look older than she actually is!!! Secondly how many fo you wear frequently dresses - long, half long and short???? Well I wear quite frequently dresses from all sizes and shapes and to be honest. what is the problem with the wind and the skirt!!! It just happens!!! I would like to see all those who are criticizing doing a better work!!!! Charlotte continue the wonderful job!!!! They are simply the best and I give them value for the wonderfulwork they are making!!! Waiting for new updates :))))

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  68. Quite boring. Very classic for a young woman.
    George is so cute!!

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  69. I'm so, so disappointed that no lessons were learned with the skirt blowing up. It does no good to lower the hemlines if the skirt blows up to her waist. I'm a sewer and there are no weights in that coat or dress. Why, oh why, does she insist on these billowy dresses at airports. Put on a sheath dress or pencil skirt. Such a shame. I think she looks great in red and great for having been on a plane that long and George is adorable!

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  70. James Danton7 April 2014 12:02

    Great coverage again, as usual, thanks! However, not my favourite look unfortunately. Looks a bit like a 70s air stewardess if I am being honest. Looking forward to her many other looks in this tour!

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  71. I think your live posts were amazing. Such a great job. Looking forward to more

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  72. The family look wonderful and Kate's coat and dress amazingly glamourous. Excellent ambassadors for the UK!!!
    However, very concerned that Kate was not advised against carrying baby down aircraft steps, with risk of releasing hold on rail!! Inevitable with baby. In this day and age of H&S issues and Risk Assessments surely this was advised against!?

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  73. Prince George is so cute! As for Kate's outfit, big fashion fail. She looks like a flight attendant. It's so aging and not fashion forward at all. I'm her age and I wouldn't be caught dead in it. Very disappointed.

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    1. I agree with you. I am 31 and would NEVER wear something like that. I have a professional job and have to be very dressed up at all times (suits or sheath dresses to the knee) and would never choose this outfit. It looks like a costume to me.

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  74. Jane from New England7 April 2014 13:35

    Very classy! I loved her look today. And the clever red, white, blue with baby George and Prince William. Good job!

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  75. I thought I was looking at Jackie Kennedy when Kate stepped off that plane. She is GORGEOUS!!! George is a handsome baby. That expression on his face in that first picture is priceless--he doesn't look too impressed. I look forward to you coverage of this tour. I will be practically living on this blog until it is over.

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  76. That was brilliant Charlotte I loved the live feed it was such fun. I think Kate looked lovely in her red outfit. George looks like he is a very lively child. When they were going through the airport in Sydney he looked as though he just wanted to get down and rush off. I reckon he will be walking very soon. Hope you have a lovely restful day today.
    Thank you

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  77. just one word.... GEORGE!! What a pretty baby.. I love the trio.. It's always beautiful to see a happy family.. adore Kate's outfits.. from head to toe... the red is regal.. the wind didn't help her but evidently wasn't her fault. The hem was right; maybe little George was a little cold with these shorts..

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  78. I love a Royal Tour, but I have to admit that I am not a fan of this outfit The colour is lovely on her, but the dress swallowed her. Love this site!

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  79. Thank you Charlotte!!! As usual your coverage is amazing!! It is as close to being there in person that someone can get!! I love this family and I thought they all looked wonderful, except I am not a big fan of all the buttons on her dress, perhaps if there were fewer I would like it more. So exciting to get a real look at Prince George!! He is adorable and now I realize why she carries him out in front of her most of the time because he is quite the mover and the shaker! So cute and he looks so very different from his Christening. He might just start walking on this tour and maybe even running :) Looking forward to these next few weeks!
    Take care of yourself!
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  80. Kate did a beautiful job exiting the plane despite having to face horrible weather, wet stairs, very high heels, and an adorable yet wiggly baby. Her Jackie O inspired outfit was very classic and modern at the same time. She looked lovely and very human which, by the way, she is! :)

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  81. Jean from Lancs7 April 2014 15:06

    I watched the arrival on "Sky" in real time. I saw the whole descent on a large screen, but did not see any great problem --thought she looked lovely and coped extremely well.
    George is gorgeous and looks very big for his age.

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  82. There was a comment about "if she had worn lower heels". I thought that once, too, then tried on a pair of 5-6" very well made heels, and was very surprised to find they were comfortable. Couldn't really even tell I had mini-skyscrapers on my feet. Walking in them was effortless. Was I ever surprised/shocked at how wrong I was. But that pair of stillettos are now my go-to for business meetings. Amazing how men listen to what you're saying when you see them eye to eye and they can't get over the brazeness of the shoes....extremely sexy but not overtly so.

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  83. Oh wow Charlotte! Great post!

    mel in socal

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  84. Charlotte, can you tell us what George is wearing? What a cutie!
    Interesting thing is the he looks just like the baby in the vintage golden book "Baby's Christmas."
    Check it out!!
    Eloise Wilkin portrayed him long before he was born!

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  85. A Marilyn moment for the Queen!
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/34691859603707267/
    But she wore a tight skirt, as you can see…

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  86. First of all, George is just the most delicious baby! He is so adorable.
    I love Catherine in red but something about this ensemble was off for me- I think the buttons + pin + hat were too much. For me the hat wasn't too costumey, I thought it was quite cute and she reminded me very much of Jackie O as others have mentioned. The buttons are a bit much perhaps? I do like the detail of the sleeve. The outfit in its entirety reads a bit matronly, but that doesn't bother me too terribly much.
    Perhaps as others have mentioned pants might be a better option to deal with the wind issue. Or a slightly slimmer cut on the skirt? I don't see how one could descend from a plane gracefully wearing a pencil skirt. Although, I have to say I'm in the "William should really carry George off the plane" camp. I think it would be quite refreshing, but perhaps I'm not understanding all of the PR implications there?
    I give them much credit for coming off of that long flight looking so great!

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  87. Wow! People are just making too much of the slight flap with the hem. In real time, it was nothing. If that wind was anything like the wind where I am today, only a pencil skirt would have helped - but a pencil skirt would have made walking elegantly down those stairs with a baby more difficult.

    That said, I liked the coat. The whole look did instantly remind me of Jackie O, but that wasn't a bad thing. The one piece I wish was different, was the pillbox hat. I thought it just a bit too large. I would have liked it more if it was an inch or two smaller in circumference so it looked less dominant. In some pictures, it was almost larger than the rest of her! And, I'm wondering about the choice of shoes for standing out in the wet grass. I ruined a pair of suede heels doing just that. I hope they dry out well.

    Great first day! Thanks so much Charlotte!

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  88. I think cute little George is a mix of both of them. However, he also reminds me of Kate's brother.

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  89. Kate from Ca7 April 2014 17:36

    Charlotte, you are just amazing! Thank you for covering this arrival so well. I look forward to every single post! Checking your blog last night was my reward for completing a huge project in my graduate program, and I was soooo excited to see all the pictures! I thought Kate was stunning, elegant, and looked happy. William looked very smart. And George... I think another commentor said it best...what a chunk of love!

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  90. Thank you, Charlotte, for the wonderful post and selection of contextual and close up photos! I watched the arrival live, then happily saw the post up in no time at all.

    The speed of their descent down the steps, walking the Tarmac carpet and into the terminal was such that even with the pauses and handshakes it was difficult to take in the details. Seeing them now, I adore the "little things" like the cute guardsman/soldier on George's outer garment and the darling gingham collar. The Duchess looked impeccably put-together, the weather notwithstanding, as did Prince William. Our taste in fashion is our own, but I appreciated the thought and striking statement the coordinating colors of the family's clothing made.

    Perhaps George is going through a phase where he prefers one parent over the other? It seems the Duchess was holding him in all the photos we saw of the day. I know my own children, as infants and toddlers, did that. If the non-preferred parent of the day would try to hold them, they would cry and reach for the other.

    I'm very much looking forward to my continuing cultural education as well as seeing the Cambridges meet and enjoy the hospitality of New Zealanders. Good day to you all!

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  91. Poor Kate. I watched the video of her disembarking and she looked momentarily stricken with the thought of having to negotiate wind, stairs, and baby. I am guessing that the original plan called for William to carry the baby but George was probably a little cranky after the long trip and just wanted his mother. Better to let him have it his way than to appear in public for the first time in tears. Kate is doing her best and the negative comments make me sad. She looked smashing!!

    Beth in NY

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  92. Oh wow! I don't envy Kate one bit with all this scrutiny. For what it's worth - wind/no wind my initial reaction when I saw them at the top of the stairs was WOW! I loved the bright colour. I thought as annoying as the wind may be that Kate coped incredibly well with wind/hair/hat/wriggly baby/heels/stairs - you could almost see her at one point trying to say "hang on" but then she just went for it with aplomb.

    I agree with Jean - I couldn't believe how big George is!!

    Really looking forward to the days to come - thank you Charlotte for wonderful coverage - as always!

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  93. Mrs. Thompson in Chicago7 April 2014 19:00

    Charlotte! I'm already dying for more! How much would many of us secretly love to be Kate for a day!? Not just the DOC stuff, but the lovely family, handsome hubby, brilliant education, social circle and fabulous wardrobe. Le sigh! I have found myself incorporating a little of Kate into my wardrobe to feel a bit more glamorous in my ordinary life, haha! :-)

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    1. Erin in Elgin7 April 2014 21:11

      Maybe six hours, Mrs. T. I couldn't handle 24 hours.Wouldn't mind being the nanney,though. No wonder she is reportedly martial-arts trained. She'd need it just to keep up with George's manoveurs.

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  94. Jane from New England7 April 2014 19:08

    Very classy! I loved her look today. And the clever red, white, blue with baby George and Prince William. Good job!

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  95. Judith - in Ontario7 April 2014 19:26

    Will someone please supply the duchess with some DRESS WEIGHTS.

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  96. I loved reading this, but I also agree with Judith. I am surprised they don't fashion the duchess' clothes with dress weights in the hems. Is this not the second time she had this happen exiting an airplane? How embarassing while you are trying to carry a baby, too!

    That aside, I loved the pictures. George is precious, and he does look a lot like William did at that age. And correct me if I am wrong, but does his hair have a bit of a reddish cast, echoing his Spencer side? I had the pleasure of meeting his great uncle on a visit he made to the US for a book signing and to promote his furniture line, and he was so handsome and tall with gorgeous skin and hair and melodic, distinguished voice. He was also very witty and warm!

    Thank you, Charlotte, for sharing this with us. This is my first time online in days and days, but I had to see what is going on with the Royals! Your blog is such a bright spot!

    xo

    Sheila

    PS. And yes, she reminds me a little of Jackie, my favorite First Lady! Like Jackie, she has a quiet elegance and seems genuinely nice. Her beauty goes without saying, and I love her style.

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  97. Laurie - North Carolina7 April 2014 21:00

    Kate looked gorgeous...love her in red. Classic and yes...very "Jackie-O". I wish we wore hats in the US...they add a wonderful touch to an outfit. Little Georgie is adorable!! I think he's a wonderful combination of both parents.

    I watched the video of them going down the stairs this morning and honestly...that picture of her dress flying up lasted about a half a second in real time and wasn't nearly as bad as it's being made out to be. The angle that the picture was taken (looking up the stairs) wasn't helpful. I think some of us expect her to be perfect every single minute of every single day and that's an impossibility. She's a person...not a "Stepford Wife"!! I think she handled herself very well, considering she probably knows that some people will be dying to pick her apart any chance they get. Although I would love to have the perks associated with her position, I'm not sure the CONSTANT scrutiny would be worth it. I can't imagine what it must do to a person's self-esteem to be torn down by a bunch of strangers all the time. Thanks, but no thanks...I'll continue to enjoy going to the store without makeup and in my sweatpants, content with the knowledge that no one will know or care who I am or what I'm wearing!!

    As always, a stellar job, Charlotte! You are my only source for info for this tour and I think I can speak for us all when I say that I very much appreciate all the hard work you put into this blog for our enjoyment!!

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  98. Erin in Elgin7 April 2014 21:02

    Not to reopen this particular can, but after seeing George wiggle and twist in an attempt to escape, I can understand why a rear-facing carseat would be counterproductive. He wants to see everything. I wonder if his life has kept him from crowds of people and interesting machinery and he is making up for lost time. What a pistol!

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  99. Hello everyone,

    I've been thoroughly enjoying reading your comments! I've updated the post with photos and info on the Catherine Walker style Kate wore and George's shoes for those interested :)

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  100. Kate had a moment of shock when when she stepped off the air force plane, into the wind. She recovered well, but her plight could have been avoided if someone had remembered the Wellington winds. William looked very concerned, Does protocol preclude his taking George down the steps? I agree, Laurie, that shooting a picture up Kate's skirts made it look much worse than it did live! I'm sorry that photo was released.

    As for Jackie Kennedy, only the pillbox hat reminds me of her. Not the very long hair, bright red, fitted coat, or ultra high heels. I am, however, getting a glimpse of Kate the bride

    Prince George looks a bit like his Uncle Harry, and maybe his Uncle James as well! ;-)

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  101. Canadian Friend7 April 2014 21:30

    Dear Charlotte,

    Thank you, thank you for your inspired coverage! I knew you would be "away to the races" with fabulous reporting and I haven't been disappointed. Please don't wear yourself out!

    George! I'm thrilled to finally get a good look at him! He's absolutely beautiful. I must say I give Kate and William sincere credit for sharing him. I've never been more protective and/or ferocious about anything or anyone as I am about my son. If I were in a position where everyone I met wanted a piece of my child, I'm not sure I could be even slightly gracious.

    The photo (from Splash News) that touched me the most was the one of just George. The only other thing you can really see at the bottom left of the frame is Diana's ring on Kate's hand. It gave me the shivers!

    It's interesting that there is such a retro vibe coming through lately with Kate and William. The Kensington Palace portrait of the family and the Walker/Foster ensemble Kate wore for their N.Z. arrival are very reminiscent of the Queen's family photos and clothes from the 1960s.

    As others have noted, there is also a Jackie Kennedy vibe to Kate's outfit. George's outfit arriving in N.Z. was very similar to what John Kennedy, Jr. used to wear as a little boy. I'll be interested to see if this persists.

    A few comments on Kate's arrival outfit for what they're worth...I loved the Emmy brown shoes. I thought they were a different touch. In photos facing straight on (like the ones on the airplane steps), I didn't like the Walker outfit all that much despite red being my favourite colour. The photos of the Duchess in profile at Government House show the ensemble to be really lovely. It falls beautifully. The Foster hat also has some lovely detailing near the crown. A view from a different angle made me like it. I love Kate in the longer skirt lengths.

    I'm only hoping that the Palace doesn't have too much influence on her. Princess Diana went through an era when I think others influenced her about what she "should" wear and it was horrid. I'm talking from about 1982 to about 1985. She had longer hair then. She also wore the 1980s hats/suits which could be very froufrou and quite awful. She wore a lot of small hats that didn't seem proportionate to her height, etc. I loved when she cut her hair shorter and started wearing wider brimmed hats. I would still love to see some of those on Kate.

    Can't wait for more...! All the best to you, Charlotte, and all your followers!

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    1. Jean from Lancs7 April 2014 22:21

      I too would like to see her in wide brimmed hats again, but that would not have been suitable on this occasion when noses and foreheads touch. I suspect if she wears this hat again it will be at her more usual angle.

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  102. Lynn from CA7 April 2014 21:49

    Ok, after I have had time to think, here are some of my observations/opinions:

    1. Not having had any children, I thought perhaps the way Kate holds George is very odd. I am 42 and used to seeing children held facing the parent, with their legs straddled. This would leave Kate with her right arm free to shake hands, etc. However, I now understand why she holds him frontal -- he wiggles and strains otherwise to be forward-facing. It looks odd and hap-hazard, but totally functional for this assertive little tyke who wants to see where he's going.

    2. I am not a child person -- I infinitely prefer furbabies and other animals. I would step up to hold a snake and cringe at the thought of holding a human baby. However, having said that -- George is quite cute and with the wiggling legs, I'd say he's going to be as active as his parents!

    3. Kate has GREAT legs, no beans about it. However, on occasions such as these, I would rather not see so much of them. Only because it opens her up to criticism and that frustrates me -- I want to see her succeed. I am a little frustrated with her on this point as well. She has had her skirt fly up at 2 airports (before yesterday) and at one street greeting that I can recall off the top of my head. How difficult would it have been for her to get a sheath dress in red styled like the one she wore on Valentine's Day? It would have gone with the coat and would not have been an issue.

    4. The hair -- was happy to see it up and I thought the hat was a nice touch. I immediately said "pillbox" as soon as I saw her and thought of Jackie O. Good for her. The design of the hat/hair was a good one, however, execution was a fail. Now we are bombarded with photos of Kate going down wet stairs with a baby in one hand and her hair in her face. This one is the hair dresser's fault. One more bobby-pin would have done the trick.

    Overall, I liked how Kate looked once her dress was down and her hair in place. However, I am frustrated at seeing the same mistakes being made over and over again. You're a smart lady, Kate, learn from this please!

    No, Kate is not perfect and we do not expect her to be. However, I want to see her be successful and to do that, she needs to learn from previous mistakes. Like it or not, the haters are going to pick her apart -- why provide ammunition if you don't have to?

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  103. Good evening lady Charlotte.

    Hi Gurls,

    I'm so happy to see our kate. She is a vision of loveliness And what a fine looking boy baby George is. I'm so proud of all of them Such a loving family, its there for all to see.

    I don't know if anybody noticed, but to me kate is trying hard not to giggle at the naked Maori bloke with the tatts on his bum. William is all professional and keeping it together (typical British), and our blushing Kate eventually get's it together just in time, so as not to cause embarrassment. U can see they both of them share a wicked sense of humour and have fun together as a couple. They did mention the fact in their engagement interview and it's cute to see. It's all part of the experience, for our kate bless her. The country loves her. She has nothing to worry about. We all think of her as part of our own family. She represents us all in a small way. She is really elegant and class now. A lady of royal class splendour and elegance. A modern princess too.

    It's good to see photos in the media of the new Spanish nanny of baby George . I like her. She seems a humble person from a good traditional family in Spain. Her family must've have worked hard to put her through nanny school in England, and she has been rewarded with an amazing position with the royal family.

    Thank you for the great coverage lady Charlotte.

    All the best.

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  104. George is such a cutie. I'm sure he was probably curious about his surroundings.
    There is a video posted on fb on THE SMALL OBSESSIONS about "what Kate and William have to deal with" it's pretty interesting to see the other side of the lens. You should check it out.

    In regards to Kate's outfit... I love the idea of red, but I wasn't too impressed by that coat. The buttons overpower the whole look and the brooch is lost. I love the Jackie K. pillbox hat but somehow with the coat I could only think "retro air hostess"

    Someone has mentioned earlier, and I couldn't agree more, dress pants (no jeans please!) would simply be better for tarmacs. Especially since for this occasion they had an engagement/official welcome immediately following their arrival.

    Once again, I believe their advisers stink :p

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  105. We don't know the backstory on who was to carry George down the steps. Maybe Prince William was going to carry him and Prince George got fussy and wanted his Mum to carry him.

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