Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Styling Kate: Your Royal Ascot Choices (Part 1) & The Royals to Mark Diana's Anniversary at The White Garden!

Hello dear readers,

The young royals' summer break will draw to a close next Wednesday when they return to duties. This engagement is a particularly poignant one as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will visit The White Garden at Kensington Palace, dedicated to the late Princess of Wales. The Palace said "The engagement will allow the Princes to pay tribute to the life and work of their mother the day before the 20th anniversary of her death. At the start of the engagement Their Royal Highnesses, with the Duchess of Cambridge, will visit the Sunken Garden in the grounds of Kensington Palace, which this year has been transformed into a White Garden. Together they will be given a tour by the Head Gardener, along with a gardener who knew the Princess from her frequent visits there. The design and planning of this special garden will be explained, with some of the Princess's favourite plants pointed out."


Afterwards, William, Kate and Harry meet with a small number of representatives, both past and present, from some of the main charities the Princess supported in the final years of her life including the National Aids Trust, the Leprosy Mission and the Royal Marsden Hospital. Undoubtedly, it will be a very emotional day for William and Harry on the eve of the milestone anniversary.


For those following coverage ahead of the 20th anniversary, William and Harry recorded an interview for the BBC documentary 'Diana, 7 Days'. It focuses on the country's reaction to Diana's death. Diana's brother Earl Spencer and sister Sarah McCorquodale are interviewed. Former Prime Minister Tony Blair and members of the Royal Household also speak about their memories. This emotional snippet of Harry talking about paparazzi taking photos of his mother as she lay in the car dying conjures dreadfully troubling imagery.


In this clip, William discusses how he hopes Diana would be proud of him and how he didn't let her death break him.


Quotes from the documentary:

  • Harry said “One of the hardest things for a parent to have to do is to tell your children that your other parent has died. How you deal with that, I don’t know. But, you know, he was there for us. He was the one out of two left and he tried to do his best to make sure that we were protected and looked after. But you know, he was going through the same grieving process as well.”
  • William describes how he felt “I remember just feeling completely numb, disorientated, dizzy, and you feel very, very confused. And you keep asking yourself, why me, all the time, why, why? What have I done? Why has this happened to us?”
  • Diana’s sister, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, said: “She was religious in putting on her seat belt. Why didn’t she put it on that night? I’ll never know.”
  • Speaking about the Queen, William added “At the time, you know, my grandmother wanted to protect her two grandsons and my father as well. Our grandmother deliberately removed the newspapers. There was nothing in the house at all. So we didn’t know what was going on. And thankfully at the time to be honest we had the privacy to mourn and to kind of collect our thoughts, and to try and just have that space away from everybody. We had no idea that the reaction to her death would be quite so, you know, huge.” He added: “I don’t think anyone, even my grandmother, had seen anything like this before. So I think all of us were in new territory. But for Harry and I, you know my grandmother and my father believed that we were better served and better off out in Balmoral, having the walks and the space and the peace to kind of be with the family and not be immersed or having to deal with serious decisions or worries straight away.”
  • Harry recalls feeling shocked by the public reaction when he returned to London “People were grabbing us and pulling you into their arms and stuff. I don’t blame anybody for that, of course I don’t, but it was those moments that were sort of, I don’t know, they were quite shocking.” William added “They were shouting, wailing, literally wailing at us. Throwing flowers and yelling, and sobbing, breaking down. People fainted, collapsed. I think it was so unusual for people to see individual young boys not crying when everyone else was crying,” he said.
  • On walking behind his mother's coffin, Harry said “Genuinely, I don’t have an opinion on whether that was right or wrong," Harry said. I am glad I was part of it.”

It airs on BBC One on Sunday at 7.30 p.m. It will also be broadcast on NBC on 1 September.

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Styling Kate has very much turned into our incredibly fun August distraction, a word of thanks to all who took the time to participate and showcase their creative eye for fashion. Due to the incredible response and number of entries, I have decided to divide the submissions into several posts. I was so excited to see your choices for Royal Ascot, as you can see the first batch is full of sartorial delights!


Phyl - Phyl shared a creative Polyvore look for Royal Ascot choosing a vibrant green Long-sleeved cordonetto-lace dress by Dolce & Gabbana with matching Perfect Pumps by Italian brand Casadei. Phyl chose a contemporary sweeping hat in natural tones of sinamay with delicate white silk flower and gold cut feather spray detail by Juliette Botterell Millinery and completed the look with Kate's Monica Vinader Siren Wire earrings and the Dolce & Gabbana Saffiano Leather Chain Clutch.


FL Lady - FL Lady chose the Avalon Dress in Floral Print by The Fold London. The piece is described as "A star of the season, cut from luxurious ivory crepe in a blue-black print that energises yet grounds the design. Styled with a concealed button front and trimmed with navy satin to streamline and elongate your frame, the long-sleeve dress has cut-out details at the shoulder line, and is finished with a waist-defining tie belt."


Sofy - Soft selected a sleeveless dress with a sweeping skirt by George Hobeika styled with the striking pink natural upturn hat by milliner Philip Treacy. The look is completed with blue Gianvito Rossi pumps and Graff Pearl and Diamond Earrings.


Helen in Indiana - Inspired by Phyl, Helen created a Polyvore Look for Ascot featuring the soft pink Altuzarra pleated ruffle midi dress, the Philip Treacy Buntal-embellished sinamay hat, block heel low sandals from Samsoe and the Valentino Garavani Mini Rockstud Leather Wallet On A Chain.


Anon 15 - Anon 15 echoed Kate's penchant for white lace at Ascot choosing the Valentino Corded cotton-blend guipure lace midi dress. When it came to selecting the remainder of Kate's look, Anon 15 searched Kate's wardrobe and selected her pink Philip Treacy hat worn for Trooping The Colour in 2016, L.K. Bennett Sledge Pumps and the ruby and diamond jewellery the Duchess recently debuted in Poland. The look is completed with the L.K. Bennett Laura Natural Patent Clutch.


Kate - Kate's Ascot Polyvore Look sees the Silk Armour Connie Lurex Jacquard Dress take centre stage. The graphic design dress is made with Satin to create a smooth finish and comfort. The dress is teamed with the Carrie Jenkinson Evita Lace Trim Saucer hat, midnight blue Gianvito Rossi pumps, the Dune Blanka Long Suede Clutch Bag, blue topaz Kiki McDonough Classic 18k Gold Detachable Drop Earrings and a Diamonds by the Yard bracelet.


Sonja from Bavaria - Sonja wrote "Kate never wore 'real big hats' to Ascot, only fascinators/headpieces that were bigger, so I followed this tradition here. I tried to create a very summery look, the light floral dress that still followed the dress code seemed perfect." We have Ted Baker's Porcelain Rose Bow Dress featuring the brands rose porcelain print. The floral dress is styled with a Small Disk Saucer Hat with knot detail and feather by Suzannah, Kiki McDonough White Gold Pearl and Diamond Drops. The look is completed with the gorgeous Ralph and Russo Eden Heels with a chic stiletto heel, adorned with ornate leaf filigree.

April Girl - April Girl opted for an eye-catching red Carolina Herrera dress with a statement swishy skirt from the Pre-Fall 2017 Collection worn with an unidentified red hat Kate has had for a number of years, Rupert Sanderson Malory pumps and Kate's red bow Miu Miu Clutch. When it came to jewellery April glanced through the royal vaults choosing The Duchess of Teck earrings and Diana's triple strand pearl bracelet. The look would be completed with a chignon.


Julia from Leominster - Julie originally suggested the concept of the 'Styling Kate' series as an August distraction two years ago "My first brief to myself was to keep to Kate's love of white lace and beige accessories but to find a smart little dress so she didn't look like she was on her way to the registry office, then to get rid of the fussy little hats and courts". We have the Oscar de la Renta MacramΓ©-lace embroidered wool-blend crepe dress styled with the Panama Jane Hat, Diamond and Yellow Gold Basket Hanging Earrings by Ortwin Thyssen and RAYE Barton Brown Suede Sandals. Julia continued "But I fell in love with a pair of courts for Kate and they didn't work with the above dress so I found myself looking for a dress that did suit them." The pumps in question are the Loewe Floral-Embroidered Leather Pumps and they are teamed with Roland Mouret's infamous Galaxy Dress, Keneth Hopkins wide brim straw sunhat, circa 1940s. Completing the ensemble is Acorn inspired jewellery by Ortwin Thyssen and Robert Feather.


Melissa UK - Melissa turned to one of Kate's favourite designers Temperley London for her Ascot choice, selecting the aqua Berry Lace Neck Tie Dress, with graphic lace detailing. Melissa styled the dress with Rachel Trevor Morgan's Ivory mesh disc with feather flowers, quills and bow, the Wilbur and Gussie Edith Clutch and Kiki McDonough Blue Topaz and Diamond Oval Drop Earrings. Like Sonja, Melissa was taken by the Ralph and Russo Eden pumps, choosing them in white.

Molly Claire  - Molly Claire chose Roksanda's crepe de chine 'Margot' dress, blended with silk to give the ivory fabric added fluidity and subtle luster, the Jane Taylor Orchroma hat with hand painted feather and distressed crin, the Anthropologie Jules Kae Jen Pouch, the Jimmy Choo Sage pump in rose kid leather and Kate's sapphire and diamond earrings.


Hannah - Hannah would style the Duchess for Ascot in the Erdem Delphine Floral Print Keyhole Dress in Khaki. For her choice of hat, Hannah chose Kate's Gina Foster Launceston Place Hat and completed the look with the Christian Louboutin Crisscross Platform Red Sole Sandals in nude.

Maria in Germany - Maria opted for the L.K. Bennett Wardour Lace Overlay Dress in a summery pink over a steel grey base. We also see the Apricot side sweep hat with straw pansies, crystals and quills by Rachel Trevor Morgan. Kate's L.K. Bennett Fern Pumps and a Thomas Sabo bracelet finish the ensemble.

Marci in Utah - The Jenny Packham Beaded Lace Half Sleeve Ivory Cocktail Dress. Marci added "This continues the Duchess’ penchant for channeling the white lace of Eliza Doolittle but glams it up several notches. To continue the Eliza Doolittle channeling, I would go for black or black-and-white accessories," The look is completed with the Audrey Hepburn 'Miss Audrey' hat, Kate's Annoushka pearls and Kate's Office Nina Block Heels.


Sunny - For Ascot, Sunny selected the Lela Rose Wild Flower Fil Coupe Elbow Sleeve Tucked Shirt Dress with the Rachel Trevor Morgan Burnt orange mesh disc with bow, quills and arrow feathers, the L.K. Bennett Laura Marshmallow Pink Lace Clutch and the Jimmy Choo Romy Pumps.


Joanne in CA -  Joanne chose the Suzannah Rose Gold Doris Dress with the Gina Foster Trapani Medium Coulis Hat with Rose Trim, Jimmy Choo Abel Snake-Effect Leather Pumps, the L.K. Bennett Natalie Straw Clutch and Annoushka Pearls.


Couch Potato - The green Chi Chi London Premium Lace Midi Dress with an embroidered mesh skirt, styled with the Jane Taylor Blue Dawn Jackie O style hat, the L.K. Bennett Floret Navy Courts and Kate's Kiki Grace earrings.


Samantha - Samantha shared her colourful look via Polyvore featuring a colour-block dress by Hugo Boss, a Jane Taylor Hand-Painted Rose Cocktail Hat in ivory, tan and burgundy suede Gianvito Rossi Ankle Strap Platform Sandals, a red Chain Suede Mango Bag and Rose and Thistle jewellery.


Miol Mor - "The outfit proposal leans on the Duchess’ penchant for wearing white on the occasion, but with a little twist, stile-wise. Aaaand … here we go". Miol Mor chose an off-the-shoulder Ralph & Russo dress with a full skirt and a nipped in waistline with the Jane Taylor Faith hat "with some tiny alterations: The white ribbon that twirls around the feather and the center needs to be either have a burgundy center line or burgundy borders (just a dash …) because - for jewelry the outfit is paired with Victorian (inspired) garnets. The look is completed with grey Nine West pumps and a burgundy clutch.


Inqrious2 - For Ascot, a 1950s style white dress with a striking floral print, a jaunty navy and red cocktail hat by Juliette Millinery, the Prada Slant Heel Pumps, a Balmain x H&M clutch, an Edwardian/Art Deco Diamond and Sapphire Bracelet and Diana's sapphire earrings from the Saudi Arabia suite.


We'll be back with your remaining Royal Ascot entries next, you're in for another treasure trove of covetable looks :)

183 comments:

  1. Wow...how many great looks the readers put together!

    Two days ago on German tv they showed "Diana her life and legacy"...made me cry hearing William and Harry talking about their mother. No child should loose a mother or parent.

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  2. They are all so lovely! Thanks for submitting these, friends, and to Charlotte for putting them together.

    Sounds like the BBC program is a lot more--ummm--measured with the Princes' comments on how the Royals supported them after Diana's death. And probably true. I can't see any loving family not gathering itself around their grandsons/son. Still think the Camilla/Charles thing is wrong for a future King but I am glad the Princes have done this program.

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  3. Julia from Leominster23 August 2017 at 16:14

    I'll comment separately on the fabulous Ascot fashions - want time to do it in detail.

    I'm delighted to see the trio plan to visit the White Garden - of all the various memorials this is one of the loveliest - extraordinarily beautiful yet fragile and not lasting - as Diana was for all of us. (I confess I love the fountain too although many don't.)

    I do think and thought at the time that the queen was correct to keep the boys at Balmoral and believe most people accepted that, although I found it odd the loss of their mother wasn't mentioned at the church service.

    However the queen's responses otherwise were insufficient and that's where the trouble came - if there had been an immediate statement - an immediate acknowledgement of Diana's importance to the royal family - there would have been less anger. The silence was deafening and seemed disrespectful and out of touch.

    As for William and Harry, there are times in most of our lives when we face or do things that are hugely painful and difficult, yet are glad we did them later. I believe walking behind the coffin is one of those things - I'm sure it was terrible to go through, and yet if they hadn't done it - I believe they might have regretted it.

    The same with the extraordinary emotions of the crowds that they witnessed - it would have been confusing and unnerving at the time - and yet if they hadn't witnessed first hand how deeply the public loved their mother - they might have felt they missed something vital.

    So I hold in my belief that some things happen because they are meant to.

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    1. I 100% agree with all of these above statements. I'm so glad Harry, especially made the walk. It was witnessing him do this which drew me to interest in the BRF and such interest and love for them to continue to this day, and I'm American. Watching Harry grow into a young man, and his mom's true legacy has been a privilege. From their last photos together jet skiing, Harry clearly held a deep and protective love for her. I think losing her and her guidance for an unruly red headed boy has shown in Harry's life. However, the immense love she gave him in his early years has seen him through. I think Diana would be so proud that both her boys made that walk, because the were walking into becoming the adults she was raising them to be. -Helen in Indiana

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    2. Very well stated. My sentiments exactly.

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    3. knowing both boys love of the military and how they grew up a lot within those roles, even from that perspective alone, I think they both would have been very sad about not honoring their mother in that way had they not made that walk. Phillip knew all that apparently and he is, in my opinion, truly a wise and caring patriarch as Eugenie has said. I don't agree with him on certain things but I agree about the decision to have the boys honor their mother, the Princess of Wales, in that way. Even William said that (even at 15) his role as future king and the responsibility of that helped him agree to make that walk.

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    4. I'm going to disagree somewhat on the way people in the crowds acted. I think it was incredibly insensitive, selfish and inappropriate to wail because of the death of a woman they didn't personally know in front of that woman's children. Yes, people loved Diana and I'm sure they felt a great sense of loss but it could not have gotten anywhere near the loss that her children must have felt. To make a spectacle out of yourself in that way while the children are trying hard to keep it together is just horrible.
      Today, security wouldn't let anyone grab the royals, let alone royal children and that's a good thing.

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    5. I'm not sure about loud vocal grieving and wailing. I was sure I read how quiet and respectful the crowd was. All I saw was people reaching to shake their hands or offer gifts. As traumatized as the boys were after the sudden death of their mother in such a public way, any movement toward them could have seemed frightening. I also wonder if they may have overheard some of the adults later discussing their impressions of the scene and that may have colored their memories. Also, after reportedly being excluded from television and newspaper accounts and then suddenly confronted with this massive memorial display would have shocked many adults. We pretty much know the older RF is not given to public display of feeling. Their Mum had tried to show her boys a different way of responding to people but there was a new sheriff in town.
      I agree with SG. Failing to respond to the public at the very least by written note can hardly be seen as a comfort to her sons. Her PS could have issued a statement. A flag lowering over BP, not necessarily the Queen's banner, as she wasn't in residence, would have gone a long way to preventing public backlash. The RF was circling its wagons for the battle to come.
      I don't think the public was looking for an unmasking or humbling of the RF through public grief. I think most people probably just wanted some recognition that a worthy member of the family and a beloved campaigner for causes once lived among them but was now gone.
      The amount of spinning and history re-writing has far surpassed just making the best of a tragic situation.
      I'm glad we are allowed to express these views at this special time. It takes nothing from the really elegant parade of fashion which is the focus of the post. I think of this inclusion of Diana as a sort of counter-theme in a symphony. Thank-you Charlotte for allowing it.
      Someone said the very qualities that led to her worst moments were also part of her charm and attraction. It was in a comment here and I hope I can find it. It was beautiful and had the ring of truth.

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    6. I don't think anyone would have faulted the royals for staying at Balmoral if they had issued a simple statement within the first 24-48 hours after Diana's death. The deafening silence actually supported her "case" against the Firm.

      Regarding the boys walking behind Diana's coffin...I disagree on this point and don't think they should have been put in that position. Of course they don't regret doing it, but it was not necessary to put them through it. AND rather ironic after keeping them tucked away at Balmoral.

      I believe that they served a purpose in that they protected Prince Charles, and the royals in general, during the funeral procession.

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    7. Courtney From NC25 August 2017 at 05:42

      Caroline - I completely agree with you about how the people in the crowds acted. Especially when I imagine many of those wailing were adults and they put those children in that position. Not only should adults look out for children in general but knowing it was their MOTHER should have also been a consideration.

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    8. I was just commenting on how I was glad the boy's shared their memories of that day in front of Kensingtonton Palace. In NO way am I condoning, nor did I condone or romanticize the dramatic overt behaviors. I was just saying I am glad the boys gave us an understanding of what it was like for them that day. Hopefully no one misconstrued that. Of course the crowds should have considered the boys before they acted out of their own dramatic grief and by no means should they have been allowed to grab the boys under any circumstances. Again, I was commenting on Harry sharing, and I am glad he did. If what he shared surprised me, I can only imagine how he felt as a child that day.

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    9. Courtney From NC26 August 2017 at 00:26

      SG - I wasn't in any way referring to you. Just wanted to let you know that.

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  4. Love love the aqua berry lace!!!

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  5. Tammy from California23 August 2017 at 17:32

    I haven't been able to go through all of these in detail BUT, I have to quickly say:

    YOU ALL ARE AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What AWESOME stylists we have!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  6. What a fun, creative and positive thing to do. πŸŽ‰
    Thank you SO much Charlotte, Julia and all the talented people who contributed. What a treat.

    Thank you Charlotte for including a photo of The White Garden. Thank you for the video of Harry commenting. I am SO thankful that they did this video.
    The media had said Diana had abdomenal injuries primarily. They said nothing about major head injuries (that I read anyway). That changes the thought and hope that she might still have survived with only slight changes from those who responded to the situation at the time. I am glad that the boys gave support to their grandparents' and Charle's decision to give the boys (and themselves) some reaction time away from the public. I do believe the Queen should have released an appropriate statement from Balmoral but perhaps with the family grieving they didn't think of that. I had never read that people were fainting in front of the boys in front of Kensington Palace. Their descriptions are the only way we can havea sense of what they really encountered on a face-to-face basis that day.
    I agree that the boys following their mother was the right thing to do even though it was a surreal and difficult thing to do at the time. I think had they not done that, they would definitely have regrets about it now. I am glad her sister commented about the seat belt and how Diana had most always been diligent about using one.
    I think the video is good for them and good for us. It helps better obtain a more healthful closure. It answers some questions that could only be answered by them and I thank them for sharing.

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    1. This is one engagement which I am looking forward to. It's incredibly bitter-sweet but such a touching tribute to Diana at Kensington Palace, her home.

      Here in South Africa, there have various documentaries airing over the last month about Diana. Just yesterday I watched "Diana- 7 days that shook the world" and I literally sat with a box of tissues in front of the tv. There was a gentleman who gave an interview in that documentary who was a police officer. He mentioned that all of the police officers who were on a motor bike and apart of the police convoy that escorted the hearse to Althorp the day of her funeral, were all officers who knew her. They would arrive at KP when she had a day of engagements and before they left, she would spend a few minutes chatting with them. Sometimes even in her bedroom slippers whilst waiting to take the boys to school. I cant imagine how these people who actually met her or knew her must feel when they watch anything to do with Diana. She really was an extraordinary woman who was taken from us too soon.

      Thank you to William and Harry for keeping her memory alive and continuing her legacy. She must be beaming with pride!

      Love from Avee in SA

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    2. Julia from Leominster24 August 2017 at 18:14

      Yes, my understanding is Diana suffered extremely severe internal injuries but no head injuries - they were slow in getting her to hospital - I can see not wanting to jostle a patient - but she needed to get immediately into a surgery theatre if she had any chance for survival - perhaps nothing would have worked.

      There does seem a deliberateness to French treatment - Leo and I were on a cruise ship sometime back in French waters when a patient fell seriously ill. The French sent a helicopter but didn't immediately evacuate the patient - they wanted to check and see if the patient needed to be transported even though ship's doctor had already said so - then the helicopter had to go and refuel before the patient could be transported - it was a very slow process and I believe the patient didn't survive in the end. I wondered if it might have been different if the patient had been transported immediately - the same with Diana.

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    3. Hello Julia - I remember reading an analysis of the French way of handling auto incidents at the site versus the American way of geting the injured to a trauma center as fast as possible, remember the writer saying he believed her chances would have been better getting to the hospital. I do not know if response systems have changed in the 20 years since.

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  7. So many lovely creations and spectacular hats!! I especially love the color combinations of pink and nude in Helen in Indiana's outfit and the light blue and navy combo in Kate's. I also really like the tan ensemble by Joanne in CA. If only Kate could wear them all!!

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  8. Wow, all are beautiful selections and well accessorized! Great job, everyone. The skirt on the Ted Baker porcelain bow dress that Sonja chose looks like a work of art. Sofy's selection, the George Hobeika dress, is glorious. I would love to see the dress in movement. Molly Claire accessorized the simple, but gorgeous Roksanda cream dress perfectly. The shoe choice is unexpected, and really ups the look. The retro look of the Ralph Russo dress that Miol Mor selected is a perfect dress for Kate and would highlight her tiny waist, as would Joanne's lovely Susannah Rose Gold Doris Dress. I can't wait to see more from you talented posters!

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  9. Wowwww ladies!!

    Phyl and Anon15- both creations are just Kate!!

    Kate, Sofy, Helen, FL Lady, April Girl well done!!

    Julia- I love the macrame dress you picked!!

    Sonja- Love it! The shoes are daring though!:)

    Inqrious2, Miol Mor lovely colours and those hats you picked!:)

    Couch potato- Smashing shoes and hat!!

    Hannah, Maria, Marci, Sunny Beautiful!!

    Melissa, Molley, Joanne, Samantha ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!!!!

    I hope I did not miss anyone:)

    Thank you Charlotte for this opportunity!! Very enjoyable post in the break.

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  10. Eve from Germany23 August 2017 at 19:09

    Ladies, you should SERIOUSLY start thinking about a new career as stylists!! There are so many BEAUTIFUL selections!! Well done!!
    I LOVED @Phyl´s green outfit – it has that very elegant „English summer at the races“ feel to it. It would suit the Duchess perfectly!
    @Molly Claire: I loved your choice the first time I followed your links – it´s SO elegant!! And THAT HAT!! Ahhh – so chic!!
    @Sonia from Bavaria: This is THE PERFECT elegant summer dress, Sonia, it really is… I´m not a shoe fanatic, but these shoes are TO DIE FOR!! I do like subtle details that are not „screaming in your face“ – and this is a perfect example of how to do it right!! I think you could even choose a very "big" hat for this dress - it would look maybe even more elegant and chic (if that´s possible at all!! ;-))

    I sincerely hope someone at KP is reading this blog and taking notes – they could actually learn something here and present the Duchess with some truly beautiful choices!!
    Thank you everyone, for taking the time – it was SO MUCH fun!! And thank you so much, Charlotte, for giving us this opportunity !! While following all the links I suddenly felt like a child in a giant toy shop, it was amazing!! Thank you!!

    I must admit, I´m curious about this latest BBC documentary. And, I´m glad that the two Princes have confirmed that their father was there for them. I had been watching closely any footage I could get of Prince Charles at the time and I have been doing it again 20 years later. He was VISIBLY distressed and clearly struggled badly, it was clearly visible. He is not the „heartless thug“ who was happy to be free of Diana in order to be able to finally marry his mistress - as some claimed back in the day and even do so today.
    From what I´ve read so far, the documentary seems to be pretty „balanced“. I´m glad Diana´s older sister mentioned the „not wearing a seatbelt“. There were many factors leading to this dreadful tragedy….
    I hope William and Harry can get some more „closure“ by talking publicly about how they experienced the events. So many crazy stories have been and still are circulating to this day. Many people have voiced their opinions and told their story – but one „puzzle piece“ had always been missing: what those closest to Diana experienced and how they felt….
    Should anyone be interested in „reliving“ the events 20 years ago, I truly recommend the twitter account „DianaDaybyDay“. Diana´s last weeks are „retold“ „day by day“, very well researched, with links and quotes (e.g. even from the „Operation Paget“ report), plus „historic bits and pieces“ like for example „Harry Potter“ being released for the first time with 500 books printed…
    Reading it left me breathless, it was almost as if I was following Diana in realtime all those 20 years ago… very poignant.
    Thank you to our lovely @Claudia and her great new twitter account „WayAheadUK“ which introduced me to this!!!

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    1. Maggie - Minneapolis23 August 2017 at 20:20

      Harry's specific line where he says "But you know, he was going through the same grieving process as well," is something I'm SO glad one of them has finally mentioned. Charles may have cheated on Diana, but by all accounts, their relationship improved a lot after the divorce. And more importantly, he had still been married to her for a significant bit of his life, and they had two children together. It's always bothered me that people have always acted like, as you say Eve, he was a heartless thug who was not affected by Diana's death. In fact, from a psychological perspective, it's especially saddening to me because there's nowhere he could have ever turned for any emotional support himself. Prince Harry struggled with talking about his mother's death for 2 decades before going to therapy, and that's as someone who lost his beloved mother at an incredibly young age and thus would mostly get understanding from everyone around him for grieving. The royal family generations of the Queen/Prince Phillip and then their children don't really seem very welcoming/encouraging of providing emotional outlets for Charles. Not to mention that given all the trouble his marital problems with Diana had caused the royal family, they probably would be even less sympathetic to any true expression of grief from Charles. And lol, if Charles ever said in public, like his sons, that he grieved Diana's death...well, forget Camilla becoming Queen, he probably would have to give up his spot in the line of succession too :P Anyways, my point is....I can't imagine he had anyone to ever talk to about any grief he had.
      Obviously he's not the main victim in this situation, but I was just really glad that one of the Princes finally said something about their own father needing to grieve too...esp given their mental health focus over the past year.

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    2. I agree, Maggie. I think it sounds like a nicely balanced, yet candid, video.

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    3. Julia from Leominster23 August 2017 at 23:11

      I think Harry's comments are less inconsistent than expressing the ambiguity of his feelings - it was a very difficult thing for a young lad to do - and yet there is his understanding that it was important to do. (I hated doing it but am glad now I did it.) - but I admit I'm going on what Charlotte quoted.

      To me, Diana is an icon, like Jackie and Audrey in our modern times. (And possibly Grace.) During a major anniversary of her death, it seems right that there be programmes about her. (Those who are tired need not watch - I mean no disrespect.) Many young people know little about Diana, the same way, Kennedy's assassination, Churchill's funeral, and the moon launch may seem unfamiliar to them - so it's nice for her to be introduced to a new generation in a proper way.

      I dd feel William and Harry have done an important thing by commenting and participating. Diana's story has been seized by so many with their own agendas - many of which may be telling half-truths or even falsehoods - certainly distorted pictures. Her sons represent her at her best - their memories are the truest. And they've done so without disrespecting their father, step-mother and family.

      Charles may have been shocked and grieved by her death but he has done nothing to protect Diana's memory - in fact, has done the opposite - allowing her legacy to be rubbished in support of his present wife. I'm not sorry this has backfired for now - and feel it is right for William and Harry to step forward and balance the picture - they're not painting Diana as a saint - but as a loving mum and caring person - and I'm proud of them for doing so. Books aren't written in a night and they were undoubtedly aware of the nasty tittle-tattle likely to come out in the Junor bio of Camilla - their response seems to me very appropriate.

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    4. Hi Eve :) I love that account! I am a history and news buff, so when someone can bring an accurate historical record to life in such a gripping way I think it's fantastic! Great talent for a writer to be able to make history come alive for new and younger readers.

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    5. I agree Julia @ 23:11. And I liked your Ivory dress and Panama hat enough to look up the price and size availability. Your other outfit I would like to see her wear to Harry's wedding. :)

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    6. I agree, Eve. Surely Kate's entourage is aware of this blog. The Royal press corp is. Thankfully.
      AND, if they are aware of it they perhaps know that we, in the month of August, release our creative flair. Kate's entourage should especially tune in then with pen in hand. :)

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    7. Amen, Julia.

      Does anyone else recall that Charles was quoted as saying people would blame him for Diana's death? I wish I could remember the source, but, supposedly, it was part of his initial reaction when he learned that Diana had died. And when I say blame I mean for Diana's overall circumstances at the time.

      I'm not denying him *some* level of personal grief, but sincere and selfless grief/regret would not allow for the ongoing undermining of Diana's memory. IMO.

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    8. Julia from Leominster24 August 2017 at 18:24

      Yes, it's been again related that he was concerned with that - and the possibility of his own assassination. Also that his first thought was to ring Camilla.

      I'm sure there was genuine shock and I'm not a conspiracy person - although Diana's prediction of a car crash is unnerving - but I don't think it was very long before Charles saw how her death presented him with opportunities - and Harry especially has pointed out that his mother was never discussed - which is important in a loss or memories will fade. There have been other nasty reports about Charles - that he stripped his homes of anything concerning Diana whilst for the boys, she kept photos around of the whole family - and that business about how a portrait of Diana had to be removed in Cardiff - here's a link. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_east/4693205.stm

      I always suspected Cardiff City Hall was asked to remove that painting - the timing is a bit coincidental - but as always, this can't be proved.

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    9. I agree, RF and their smear campaign even after 20 years is an indication of just how intense the entrenchment at the palace was for Diana. She was really up against a Goliath. I really don't know how she did what she did. She wasn't a scholar, a politician, a businesswoman, etc.
      She was a desperate woman and mother fighting for her life and for the ability to keep custody of her boys. She certainly was not perfect and made some unwise choices but what she accomplished for as long as she did is pretty much phenomenal, as shown by how astonished the RF was when they came into to London from Balmoral. They had no idea of the worldwide homage to Diana that would ensue then and still does to this day. I think they are still scratching their heads about it. No offense to them.

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    10. What surfergirl said. She really was up against a Goliath. Many people who were close to Diana including her one sister have said that she felt that she did not have a choice at the time but to play along with the press. Even William said a few days ago that she was desperate at the time because many untruths had been said - hence she did the Panorama interview. I think that a more emotionally stable person would not have gone to the press as much as she did, but I also think that that was the whole package. Her charm and her ability to touch people - all of this was wrapped up in her emotional vulnerability and deep sadness and compulsion to share her authentic life and self. I think that what Diana pulled off is a true once-a-century kind of event. And she did it with grace and tremendous humor. And truly intelligent people have a sense of humor. You can't be stupid and have a great sense of humor.

      So I say this in the most unbiased way possible - no hard feelings for Charles whatsoever. I also think that Charles was very distraught in the beginning and probably believed that he was truly upset the first few weeks but he also got over it pretty quickly and was positively bouncing around during the South Africa tour a couple of months later. If you see pictures of him and Harry, Charles was glowing with happiness while Harry still had that bemused small, drawn little face - that of a boy who is not quite sure of how he is supposed to think or feel. Even at an engagement a few weeks after Diana's death - I think two or three weeks after, he is quite exuberant. I am also not a conspiracy theorist but Diana's death proved to be making of Charles in every single way possible. So he must have realized at some point very soon after her death how fortuitous it was.

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    11. Julia, I agree that her death, most likely, was seen as being convenient. As for the painting being removed, I would bet my last dollar that they were asked to do so ahead of C&C's visit. I mean, can you imagine a front page photo of C&C with Diana in the background?

      SG, I suspect you are correct about the head scratching.

      Rosman, I do agree with your point of view.

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  11. I love Julia from Leominster's classy and unfussy hat and dress choices. Sofy chose an interesting combination as well.

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  12. Wow superidea for the calm summermonths. Love this post,hopefully kate her stylist reads it too. Big thanks to the creative readers and a very big thanks for putting it together,must be a lot of work

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    1. I am loving these outfits. I have a number of favorites , but mostly I am now hooked on to the basket earrings that Julia so thoughtfully pointed to. They are really unique and whimsical.

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    2. I agree with Lily...great fun for the quiet time...I loved all of the creative and beautiful choices that fans styled for DOC...I hope she uses them all...

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  13. Maggie - Minneapolis23 August 2017 at 20:31

    I'm a little confused by how Harry was quite opposed to being made to walk behind his mother's coffin just like a month ago, but now seems okay with it? Don't get me wrong - I would completely understand him not being able to fully decide how he feels about it personally, because I can see both sides where he feels like it was a huge burden to put on two kids mourning their mother while also was an important national experience that perhaps he shouldn't have missed....but I guess I just find it strange that his public description of it in two interviews conducted during similar times would be so different. Maybe it's mostly that I don't get why the Princes would personally organize a documentary of their mother as "their final word" on her, and then also give interviews for what feels like a thousand other documentaries too, esp if they're airing after their "last word." It doesn't really matter - they should grieve their mother however they wish....I'm just honestly facing a little Diana fatigue right now, and I feel horrible saying it because obviously her death was tragic....it's just been so much repetitiveness this past year. Maybe the sheer number of interviews, etc., is only bothering me bc of the obvious hypocrisy of them using the media to improve their mother's image while also complaining about the same media both in terms of their mother but also constantly in relation to their own lives, including going out of their way to try and make the media irrelevant as much as possible usually. Or, maybe I'm just heartless lol.

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    1. I am glad that they are doing the honoring and I agree that there's a lot of Diana coverage right now, but mostly it is the media trying to milk her name.
      My main confusion is with Harry's interpretation of the cause of Diana's death. I am surprised at how he keeps blaming the paps chasing her, when it was actually a drunk driver who ran the car into a pillar at 70 mph in a 30 mph zone. And the fact that they were not wearing seatbelts during a high speed chase. Also, he talks about head injuries specifically but as far as I know she had a number of internal injuries that ultimately caused internal hemmorhaging which led to her death. Her internal bleeding is what couldn't be stopped - there wasn't really any talk about concussions. Maybe I am mistaken.
      In any case.. I wonder whether the boys ever actually read any accounts - books or papers on what happened or whether they just rely on information conveyed verbally by their minders and advisers.
      Honestly, this revision on the original documentary - sort of 180 turn on a couple of things they had previously said like the coffin walk- the added mention of Charles .. all of this just leads me to think that they are just doing what they please with no well-thought out long term strategy or thought behind any of this. They gave an interview, there was some sort of pushback from BP and CH and now they are course-correcting and trying to backpedal. So they didn't think through their original statements? I just don't get it, honestly.

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    2. Hi Rosman :) Apparently there was a lot of chatter about that so Richard Palmer asked and this is what he was told:

      "All three sets of William and Harry interviews - ITV, BBC and Newsweek - were done around the same time in March.

      I can see some royal fans think they detect a CH spin operation re the Charles comments. The BBC did stress they had control.

      It's also important to say all parts of the Royal Household were consulted about these documentaries and were braced for public reaction.

      Other members of the RF were invited to take part in the BBC documentary but declined."

      I do agree this all should have and could have been thought out a little better.

      I also found William and Harry's interviews heartbreaking. I was watching men but they sounded like young boys, retelling stories through the eyes of children. Their perspectives are important and incredibly personal.

      However I do think they have to be careful when discussing things in the public domain. Harry's comments on her condition were simply inaccurate. And William's press comments are likely best left on the cutting room floor. Unless he would add, "It was a bit bizarre for both of us to learn afterward that she tipped off many of the photographers who caused her unhappiness" something to that degree. It's far too complex for him to narrow it down to "they were the bad guys" since no one intruded on Diana's life more than she did herself. If life with his mother and the press was a circus, what he didn't know was that she was often the ringleader.

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    3. To me the interview and progressions of it were very organic. Not strategic. Not this time. Not with this. But a process.

      And, yes, the reports did cite the driver. But obviously he was going 70mph to evade the media who were in very close pursuit, even swerving in front of them and flashing flashes in the eyes of the driver as evidenced by the last photo of the passengers, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle. And then there was the white Fiat. Diana was turned around in the back seat and watching the paparazzi chasing them. That is most likely when she undid her seat belt. She couldn't have been in her seat belt and turned to that extent. She wasn't watching the French scenery. She was watching the papparazi chasing them.
      William did mention in one of the videos that what the public knows about media intrusion into their was really only the tip of the iceberg. He said that people would be astonished to know the full extent of what they dealt with.

      I think I tend to believe what Harry was told about Diana's injuries over any others, although I had read otherwise also from other sources. I don't think his people in the know would have lied to him about his mother's injuries. And I don't think Harry was back-peddling about walking behind his mother's coffin. I think he had had more time to think it through and come to resolution. He said he has only recently processed any of it. There again, it is an organic process. Just my opinions.

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    4. Claudia that's very interesting what Palmer said. So I guess they were operating in the stream-of-consciousness mode that they often do. Just babbling on. Because the interviews don't seem to be very pre-planned. You can see their internal conflict coming to the forefront. I agree with you about everything - the interview was heartbreaking but so important to tell. Harry in particular seems like a little child. It's very sad to watch. But the press-hate ! I mean, come on. It's really gone too far.
      So it seems that they are ill-informed on what exactly went down. Just don't have their facts straight. I am not surprised. Over all these years guess what they have never been papped doing ? Reading a book.

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    5. I don't find Harry's comments so inconsistent. I think he had very mixed feelings walking behind the coffin -- on the one hand, it was so traumatic, on the other hand, he "needed" to do it. These feelings are difficult to articulate in an easy, neat package whether it's 1 year, 20 years, or 50 years later.

      I think William's memories are more consistent because I get the feeling that perhaps his relationship with his mother was more stable. He was older, while Harry admits that he resented his parents for the divorce and age 13 is really prime-time for adolescent acting out and rebellion. He might still feel guilt that perhaps he acted bratty and distant towards her after the divorce. So when I see their memories, I see Harry still dealing with a lot of baggage that needs to be sorted out, whereas William seems to have put his mother in a cherished corner of his heart and kept her there.

      Hope this makes sense.

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    6. This thread of thoughts is most interesting. One person speaks of "Diana fatigue" and I have to agree there has been so much said...perhaps too much. I am a big fan of the British Royal Family. They have flaws as we all do, but for the most part they make a good contribution to society. Diana was lovely in so many ways and her sons, William and Harry have followed her examples of kindness and service. So I hate to be critical. That said, as wonderful as Diana was, she also knew how to manipulate the media. She courted their attention to get her word out, and then she bemoaned that they were obtrusive.

      William and Harry are right in wanting to keep their mother's memory alive. They are right in letting their emotions show, rather than trying to hide them. Their focus on good mental health is part of all this. They have, however, in my opinion, exposed too much. The Queen is very closed mouth about any emotional issues, perhaps too much. But there is a dignity in not airing all the dirty family laundry. Privacy is important, as is respect. Now that William and Harry have put their thoughts out to the public, they need to move on, stop retelling the same stories and find another focus.

      People will remember Diana and honour her good works. William and Harry need to hold their mother In their hearts and let her rest in peace.

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    7. Maggie

      You are not heartless, I am a bit tired of the amount of soul baring, documentaries, and I am glad I am not alone with it. It is on since spring, I hope as September comes we will all get to quiter waters.

      I also think Harry's contradictory comments reflect on their advisors or rather the lack of it. This game should be learned, but stubborn as they seem, and the image that they know better, it is hard to shake.

      Finally, I am happy the gave some credit to their father. It was time.

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    8. I think the circus would have been there anyway, Diana had to use it to her advantage.
      She had to be proactive. Perhaps she felt that that was her only way to come out of her situation and also her only way to insure that she would come out with her boys with her. The media was the only viable weapon in her arsenal. If she hadn't used the already existent circus to her advantage and had been complacent and let the Royal establishment have their way in her life, whatever would have become of her? What would have become of her?
      In many ways the world would not be the same had she not had the wisdom and ability to use the media as an assist the best she could against the entrenchment of royal power that surrounded her. Ringleader? More a desperate woman and mother in my opinion. She fought back the only way she knew how and she had no formal training in that. It didn't work out perfectly as we know. But she changed the monarchy forever.
      She obviously touched many around the world in the process.

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    9. Ivy Lin, I very much agree with you and really like your comments. Especially the part that sorts out the difference between how Harry and William ma have processed their mother's passing; and it is a process even years later. Your comment "whereas William seems to have put his mother in a cherished corner of his heart and kept her there" is probably very true and a touching statement. Very nicely stated. cc

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    10. Diana may have courted the press, according to some admittedly press-biased and perhaps defensive remarks from media sources; but she used that "circus" to help promote her causes and charities. Where would THEY have been if she had gone quietly into that good night after the divorce? Become a homebody and tended her garden. No fabulous frocks and jewels. Jeans and a tee. (true, she looked great in that too) She created what is popularly called a platform-which was necessary if she wanted to bring focus to her concerns.

      The seeming dichotomy of Harry's remarks: context. One film was promoted as the sons' view ;others as news/documentary-style interviews that were less personally focused in nature. They included other viewpoints. Its like going from Strictly Come Dancing to the Royal Ballet Corps-one adapts to the situation.

      The head injury thing threw me. There were no initial reports of head injury that I am aware of--so perhaps not a open wound so much as a closed head injury, which would only be diagnosed on clinical observation, MRI, or-more likely-autopsy- which reports Diana's sons should have had access to. Closed head injuries can be caused by shear/acceleration and need not involve contact. (shaken baby syndrome, for example) She was reported variously as unharmed facially, as though she had merely fallen asleep by some, while others said she was conscious and talking when loaded into the ambulance, likely with oxygen applied and possibly IV fluids to revive her, at least temporarily. News reports varied from thigh injury to abdominal injury to chest injury--but I believe all agreed there was no immediately visible wound. That's what makes it difficult for me to accept the no-seatbelt theory. So many people were at that site, any one of them could have removed it in an effort to assist. She was reportedly having difficulty breathing. I think her sister Sarah had it right...it doesn't make sense that she was not wearing a seatbelt. The turned around photo...is there reliable evidence of exactly when it was taken?... from the entry to the car at the hotel to the point of impact.

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    11. Claudia, if not for the papps and the flashing lights coming at them from every direction (clear in photos taken from the front of the car), it's very possible that HP would have driven them back to the apartment without a hiccup. I guarantee that this was not the first time the man drove after having a drink or two. And, no, I am NOT advocating drinking and driving, but I believe my theory is reasonable and logical.

      Ivy Lin, I think your analysis is on the money.

      I am glad that the boys are honoring their mother; heaven knows that there have been repetitive attempts to undermine her place in history. And if this causes fatigue, well, there's a simple and obvious remedy.

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    12. Maggie, I have a feeling that the stories were being rearranged to get in line behind the queen and the Palace. I for one believe that the young princes didn't want to walk behind their mother's coffin. I thought it then and I still think that.
      Now, as then in 1997, the priority is and was to protect the queen and the crown. I do believe the story that the young princes were talked into walking in order to try to turn around the negative sentiment that had built against the queen in the days following Diana's death and to try to play on the public sympathy for the princes. I also believe that Charles, who is famously paranoid about being assassinated, and Philip, wanted them to walk more as a way to protect themselves than for any good it would do two boys who had just lost their mother and in such a tragic and sudden manner. This is a family whose focus is the queen, period. Children come a very, very distant second or third and I still don't see the queen as being a concerned, caring, warm, loving, hands-on grandmother, God knows she wasn't that way as a mother to her own children.
      Blair was pressuring her to respond to the public outpouring of grief, she realized how badly she underestimated the public response to Diana's death, and parading two grief-stricken children in front of that public was the obvious way to regain lost ground. As far as William's comment about not crying - can you imagine what must have been said to William and Harry by their famously-gruff and stoic grandfather just before they stepped out behind the gun carriage? Barked orders not to cry or show emotion, act like a man, act like a prince, public doesn't want to see tears, don't shame the queen, etc. etc.
      What struck me then and now about that long walk was the fact that neither their remaining parent, their grandfather nor their maternal uncle ever reached out to give either of the boys an encouraging pat or hug or squeeze, knowing what they were going through.
      I think all of this trying to portray the queen and the royal family as grief-stricken over Diana's death is just about the biggest load of codswallop and hypocritical horse manure that's ever been perpetuated by the Palace.
      I think there are a lot of questions about the circumstances surrounding the crash and what immediately followed that will never be answered because those answers would be too embarrassing for the royal family, even two decades on from the event.
      She was an amazing person and her flaws are what made her human and relatable - a factor that the Windsors and the Palace still refuse to accept.

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    13. Earl Spencer did place a hand on Prince Harry's shoulder at one point during their long walk, and was promptly reprimanded by Prince Charles. That was clear on the video. It is said that at that point, Charles Spencer decided to go ahead and make his strongly worded speech at the funeral.

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    14. I agree with Elizabeth here and I point to the decommissioning of the Royal Yacht Britannia in December of 1997 as evidence of genuine emotional distress. Just Google the images.

      Patricia I, yes, I caught that too (incredibly sad!), but I don't believe it was the deciding factor for Charles Spencer (in making the speech).

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    15. Yes on the genuine distress to do with the yacht. If you google those images and then google the images of the Queen going to Cathie Kirk the morning after Diana's death - literally three or four hours after I think it is quite clear how much distress there was in both situations.

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  14. Lovely job to all the featured stylists!

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  15. Each and every one of those outfits shines brightly, and Duchess Kate would look lovely wearing such. Congratulations to all of the gifted stylists out there, you have an impeccable eye for composing a coherent, and captivating look; and a big Thank You to Charlotte who has given us this platform, and for the perfect and beautiful presentation of the submissions which makes them sparkle :-)

    If I wanted to address each of the outfits I’d need hours, but there are a couple of shout-outs I have to make (in no particular order):

    Oh my, that dress is simply delicious (looking at you, Softy, April Girl, Kate, Joanna in CA, and Sunny) …

    … and that hat! *sighs*(looking at you, Phyl, Helena in Indiana, Kate, Sonja from Bavaria, Julia from Leominster, Melissa UK, Molly Claire, Hannah, Maria in Germany, Marci in Utah, Sunny, Joanna in CA, and Samantha) …

    … those shoes are spectacular (looking at you, Molly Claire, Hannah, and Joanna in CA) …

    … and not to forget the beautiful jewelry (looking at you, Softy, Anon 15, Sonja from Bavaria, April Girl, Julia from Leominster, and Inqrious2) …

    Splendid job, ladies, each and every one, even if I didn’t give you a separate shout-out ~ :-)

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  16. Julia from Leominster23 August 2017 at 21:42

    Now, to fashion - Congratulations everyone!! Such brilliant choices - they speak to me of the respect we feel for Kate and HER choices - most have tried to use that as a guide - some embracing her love of lace (shared by me) but leading her away from the sounds of Lohengrin and white lace and promises, by use of bolder styles or colour.
    Others (something I tried) have sought to take Kate's sharp, sassy look that she wore so much in her first couple of years to Ascot. Others (also including me) have tried for a new Kate sophistication, worthy of a thirty-five year old princess, with bigger hats and bolder accessories. Still others have gone for pure Ascot romance, which may just be what Kate herself has been doing: 'I'm a princess now, I can wear all the gloriously glamourous dresses I've always dreamt about to Ascot.'
    So here goes - in several posts - and super thanks to Charlotte who has taken on this enormous project and done it brilliantly as always.
    Phyl - opened this brief with what many of us thought - keep Kate in the lace she loves, but take it to a new sophisticated level. And that grand green does just that! Kate wears green beautifully so a great choice - and such a lovely hat.
    Fl Lady - I can see Kate wearing this dress - you might just get that most select of awards of having Kate actually wear your choice. (But the hat has gotten lost!)
    Sofy - George Hobeika is a designer I would love to see Kate wear - I can never see his designs without thinking of Cecil Beaton photos of royal ladies in fairy tale creations. Whilst this is a bit over the top for my taste for Ascot - I could see Kate wearing this for a museum gala or something of the like - she has shown herself so much at home in this length - not an easy one. With the hat, it could be perfect for an evening affair requiring a hat - I think Marie of Denmark just had such an event. And in my dreams, Kate would choose this for her first formal portrait - lovely but not heavily formal - a choice for a young princess, just as Margaret once wore such dresses.
    Helen of Indiana - I adore this dress - my mum had something close to it she wore to weddings when she was around Kate's age - so pretty, and the pleated ruffle is a great flourish. The colour would be lovely on Kate (better than that more muted pink she has recently chosen) and the accessories keep the look light and summery.
    Anon 15 - Just like your remarks, you've chosen with a gentle and subtle hand - keeping Kate's preferred look with a guipure dress but eliminating the fussy peplums and valences, and using one of her best hats to finish the look with lovely pink and white. Kate would be completely comfortable with this.
    Kate - Congratulations! You've won the Leo Award - my husband chose this as his favourite look - even over Julia's choices. (I didn't tell him which were mine.) It's a very Parisian look - extremely sophisticated with a most marvellous hat - yet sleek too.
    More in my next post.

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  17. It is certainly just an opinion but I get the feeling that Harry's first statement was either his parroting Meghan's perspective or the perspective of any therapist he may have been working with in the past couple of years. I think it is more likely Meghan's perspective though as she was perhaps trying to be nurturing to him as he shared with her those experiences. I know that he denied that that was her input but............... Just my opinion.

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    1. I'm curious as to what Meghan Markle could have said publically or to you personally that would lead you to make such a specific statement about her "take" on Princess Diana's death. It also strikes me as rather disrespectful toward Harry, to describe him as "parroting" his current girlfriend regarding an incredibly personal tragedy that he's been living with for twenty years.

      Just my opinion.

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    2. Didn't mean it disrespectfully at all. I am not a disrespectful person and am a great (prayerful) fan of Harry's and have been for years. Parroting can occur when you are just starting processing things and an initial thought or perspective becomes your starting point in healing. That is what I meant and expounded on later. And, as with most posts here, it was an opinion expressed. How many of us who comment here have firsthand knowledge about William, Harry, Kate or any of them? And it wasn't a "take" on Diana's death but only on Harry's processing walking behind his mother's coffin. I am certainly not the only one who has thought that perhaps Harry's comment about children not being asked to walk behind their mother's coffin emanated from Meghan.

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    3. Also, Juniper. The media even asked Harry if that
      perspective had come from Meghan. Just sayin. :)

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  18. The fashions are all very lovely! I would like to see Kate wear them all, hard to pick a favorite.

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  19. Julia from Leominster23 August 2017 at 22:51

    Part 2 of Fashion Tribute:

    Sonja from Bavaria - I adore this look! It fits exactly with what I would love to see Kate wear something smart and fizzy like champagne and strawberries. Love the hat and shoes with it - especially your idea for a hat that isn't too large - yet not too fussy. (I think Kate found the hired black hat just before her engagement hard to wear and that may have put her off big hats.) Kate has great arms so glad to see sleeveless for Ascot - her outfit this year made me feel hot just looking at her.
    April Girl - another great take on lace - when Kate wore her mother's red lace to a wedding she made lace seem staid - this is a much livelier choice - in a great shape for Kate and the small hat is right for this shape. Love pairing some of the old warhorse jewels like these earrings with a modern outfit like this.
    Melissa - I thought the jade lace Kate wore in India would be good for Ascot but this is even better - a classic Kate shape in lace by a classic Kate designer and yet the lace is completely modern looking. I love the aqua colour for Kate and the hat is wonderful.
    Molly Claire - I admit I'm not a fan of bell sleeves but Kate - judging from her banquet gown - is, and this dress picks up the cream she has favoured but is much more sophisticated. I wondered what a good colour would pair with cream other than black - red does make it seem like she's on a Canadian tour. Your pairing with blue is perfect and those shoes are gems - hope Kate buys them!
    Hannah - this is a great Erdam - the colours and style would suit Kate brilliantly and such a wonderful choice for Ascot - the reused hat picks up the flower in the silk and the shoes are perfect for summer - keeping the look cool. Kate would look fabulous in the carriage with this.
    Maria in Germany - another great red lace look - a sharp little dress that isn't heavy with a great and elegant hat. Again so much fresher than Carole's mature red lace. Love the bracelet.
    Marci from Utah - So glad you took the Audrey hat - this is a very Audrey look, a sleek cocktail dress with the big but minimal (and easy to wear) hat. This is a gorgeous dress Kate would get much use from and the sandals keep it in daytime. Love the earrings with it.
    Sunny - your choices are always impeccable and I love this look and wish I have found this dress - the look is just perfect for Kate at Ascot - feminine yet unfussy as is the hat - which reminds me of the hat she wore just after the wedding at the Garter - with a great demi-chignon that really suited her. This a look that is both eye-catching and relaxed looking - a wonderful pairing.

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    1. You have such nice words for everyone, Julia, thank you!

      I was so happy when I found the dress - the silhouette is like the one of the light pink Lela Rose she wore last year in cornwall and the print is so pretty. And the hat also reminded me of the order of the garter hat! ;)
      Sunny

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    2. Sonja from Bavaria25 August 2017 at 18:50

      Julia, I love your description "smart and fizzy like champagne and strawberries"! That sounds exactly the way I had envisioned my look and so much like summer and Ascot :)
      And I agree 100% with you: I also think she must always be so miserably hot at ascot if she wears these long sleeves, I would be sweating so much...

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  20. I am very much looking forward to seeing more images of the The White Garden at Kensington Palace. It would be amazing to experience in person. I wonder if Harry played a role in its design given his Chelsea Flower Show Garden in remembrance of Diana in 2013.

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Charlotte, for all your hard work in putting together a series of posts showcasing our designs. We have some amazing stylists at work here. A few of the highlights for me:

    FL Lady, I love the Avalon Dress in the floral print! I can see it at Ascot and being recycled for other engagements. It's conservative while still feeling modern. It pays tribute to Kate's penchant for white at Ascot, but introduces a splash of color in the print.

    Sofy - I hope Kate (or her team) explores the work of George Hobeika.

    Sonja from Bavaria - I love the Ralph and Russo Eden Heels. Looking at everyone's looks, I'm seeing a strong desire for more unconventional shoes. I hope Kate takes inspiration from this look!

    Julia from Leominster - I love your non-"registry office" little white dress.

    Melissa OK - The Agua Berry Lace Neck Tie dress is divine!

    I'm so excited to hear everyone's feedback and to see the other looks!

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  21. I'd like to know when one of you can come shopping with me, some really lovely looks :) And a big hand to Charlotte for putting it all together!

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  22. Julia from Leominster23 August 2017 at 23:40

    Getting very late but now for my final fashion tributes! It's amazing to see the creativity - I know from looking through Matches and other sites that it is hard, especially at the moment to find the perfect dress and hat - and the choices are fabulous - a word I don't mind overusing.
    Joanne from California - Fabulous is a great place to start - your look is just that - understated and yet perfect for Kate and that hat and dress match brilliantly - not an easy thing to accomplish! I would love to see Kate in this.

    Couch Potato - Always great to see your choices and that it a lovely dress - and I like the pairing of black and the sophisticated hat with it.
    Samantha - I really love this look - and think it would be ideal for Kate - the dress looks comfortable but would show off her wonderful figure, the hat is small, yet so original and the sandals and bag keep the look summery and not too formal. Delighted to take a break from the ever present (and to my mind, overpriced) Kiki with different jewellery - the most important part of my look was choosing original jewellery designers - there are so many great one Kate could choose.
    Inqurius 2 - Fun, flirty, a very cool mixture of themes that Kate could carry off, and only Kate could carry off - a great mixture of different decades.
    Miol Mor - I just have to write a little scene - a vision of mine - Ladies Day as Ascot, the carriages appear - binoculars are raised, there is a hush in the crowd - now every binocular is raised - Officials huddle together, their rules on Royal Enclosure in their hands - what to do! A future Princess of Wales is in the carriage she looks amazing, with a fabulous eye-catching hat - her dress shows off her lovely shoulders - but it also violates those very restrictive rules - what to do!! Send her back to Windsor to change, tell her she must sit in one of the lesser enclosures, drop a word in her - or the queen's ear, live with it and all the ladies shooting daggers at this violation, resign at once, or go have a nice stiff whisky and try to ride it through.
    The papers and news readers haven't had so much fun since Diana wore Hachi in Australia - forget politics, disasters, scandals, we know who will be on the first page and leading the news. The DM will go all judgmental - Hello! will be in ecstasy, the Guardian will find some way to critique it, the Times who has been trying to ignore the royals will get huffy. I don't think Kate ever will be so bold - but if only she would. In the meantime, I hope she does discover Ralph and Russo for evening and this would be a great start.
    Charlotte - again thanks for your fantastic job and for telling me that the Galaxy dress is infamous - I'm amazingly out of it but still love my choices and everyone else's. Look forward to more to come and to seeing Charlotte's choice too.

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    1. Oh, thank you so much, Julia! I just had a big ole laugh at that scene you described ~ and wouldn't it be hilarious? :D
      In my minds eye the dress has an illusion shoulder strap ~ but of course you are right, the dress needs a little adapting to meet the rules - and I bet Ralph and Russo would do a stellar job doing so ~ :-)

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      They could alter it of course - it's a wonderful choice for Kate for all sorts of occasions - but I still like the image of Ascot officials - their strap-measuring rulers in hand - wondering what on earth to do...(and I do wonder if illusion with straps would count as acceptable...)

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    3. Apparently we're very much on the same wavelength, Julia ~ The image of those officials, rulers at the ready, waffeling between trying to encroach on HRH's space to measure the propriety, and bowing to her (alas, most likely ending up stumbling ... :P) ~ and again you've made me laugh out loud :D

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  23. Thank you Charlotte for the lovely link to The White Gardens. There is much to learn from this website from the type of plants that were planted in the White Garden, to information on Queen Victoria, Palace Gardens, Diana's Fashion History, and much more. As a gardener, I have always loved the idea of a white garden and happy that, even though temporary, it is a beautiful tribute to Princess Diana. Appreciate your hard work and very interesting information! cc

    https://www.hrp.org.uk/kensington-palace/explore/the-white-garden/

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  24. Sarah from Calif.24 August 2017 at 01:23

    Oh Charlotte, what a lovely post! The White Garden is so beautiful!!
    So enjoying all the creative ideas from all the ladies)) xx

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  25. Robin in Ontario24 August 2017 at 01:29

    Great job stylists! I always try to participate in this... But get frustrated by the debate in my head: do I style what I WANT her to wear, or what she would LIKELY wear. So I get frustrated and give up! Haha!

    Joanne in CA your rose gold look is my favourite! For me it strikes the perfect balance of a little something new, but fits in with some of her existing style.

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  26. wow. William's video is very telling, and powerful. Thank you for including that also Charlotte and thank you for including the quotes.

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  27. I find William and Harry's commentary odd but it's clear they have been told not to go off-balance like Harry did about two months ago in an interview. Seeing them blame the press for everything makes clear why the treat so badly the press, but it's NOT right. Diana called the paps many times, gave exclusives herself, heck she even made that Panorama interview! The press interest was fueled by Diana herself too, and so far they don't acknowledge that. There's also the fact that them being chased wasn't the only factor in the crash. At this point, it seems like they are using the anniversary not only to remember their mom but also to excuse themselves. How many times have people excused them for working so little and not showing the kids based on how Diana died?

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  28. Courtney From NC24 August 2017 at 01:53

    I have been a horrible blog commentee lately and have so missed all of the lovely ladies here who are oh so passionate about Kate and the royal family in general. Doesn't matter how long I am away I am not only welcomed back with open arms, but the lovely tenor of this blog still remains. That is thanks to our lovely Charlotte and to the caliber of company this blog entertains.

    I have been watching different interviews done by Diana's boys and it is really hard for me not to think of how my boys, and girl, would grieve or perceive things if I were to die. It doesn't matter that I am younger than William, my heart aches for them in a purely maternal way. It makes me remember how glad I was that William had Kate, and her family, and now glad that Harry has his lady.

    Today's looks: There is not a single bad look in this group, and I am certain that will be the trend for the remainder of these posts. The amount of thought put into these looks is amazing. I love that many of the posts today adhere to what Kate has worn thus far to Ascot but with added pops of sass or colour. I also love that other looks are ones she has favored in the past, florals and swishy skirts and the fascinators she so much adores. Yet many of the looks are so her but elevated to the next level. I certainly hope someone in Camp Kate peruses these looks. My look for Ascot is a huge departure for Kate and not nearly as well done as those today. I am going to submit this post and start addressing the individual stylists in a separate post!

    Charlotte - you are truly a rock star!

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  29. Wow, so much thought went in to all of these selections! Each and every one reflected Kate's style. The styling and accessorizing were right on. Whoever is choosing and styling Kates outfits could absolutely go down the list and "voila'"
    Instant wardrobe! Often it is the styling and accessorizing of Kates dresses that causes dismay among the commenters here. All of your ideas above illustrate what expert styling is all about! Well done.
    In choosing my winner of this batch, I surmised that Kate seems to like wearing something with sleeves for Ascot, so that narrowed it down, and...my favorite is Samantha! Everything about the outfit is perfect for Kate, especially the shoes, which are very unexpected, but would be such a great departure from her usual footwear. Same for the jewelry.

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  30. Marci, the back of the Jenny Packham dress is beautiful. Love the dress and hat and shoes and earrings. Sofi, I love the dress and George Hobeika
    (except for his transparent tops and bottoms), and Joanne in CA I love the whole outfit. These outfits seemed designed just for me. Thanks, lol. :)
    I think Kate would look beautiful in all the beautiful outfits everyone has chosen. It was such a treat what you all have put together. Like someone said, I felt like a kid in a candy store. I truly hope hope Natasha sees these and takes notes. Do we know Kate or what? Kate would be so happy with all of these.

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  31. Kate will probably especially appreciate the white garden since she seems fond of "the language of flowers" (that was her wedding theme).

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  32. Courtney From NC24 August 2017 at 02:25

    Lacy Ladies – You all stuck close to Kate’s Heart in regards to Ascot. I know that many have lace fatigue but your looks, as a whole, are very well done and different enough that they aren’t boring.

    Phyl – Not only did you stick to her lace theme for Ascot, you stuck with one of her favorite labels for her lacy looks. She looks lovely in green and the length keeps it fresh and flirty. I love the Hat as well. Not too much of a departure for Kate but a little larger and elevated from her current style.

    Anon 15 – I could see Kate in this dress at Ascot. Seriously. I could see her choosing this dress, with the hat you chose. If she did I would love to see it with the accessories you chose. It would add a pop of color.

    April Girl – I absolutely LOVE Carolina Herrera. I would love to see Kate add her as a regular designer in her rotation. Kate looks so beautiful in red. I think the hat would look great with a chic updo and adore the pearl accessories. My daughter, Emma, chose this as her favorite look out of this first bunch!

    Melissa UK – You have also stayed very true to Kate with one of her favorite designers and a lace look. Yet it is fresh and new in comparison to her other lace Ascot looks. The color would be perfect for the time of year and the shoes take the look from moneyed to princess. I have been hoping to see her in a pair of R&R Eden heels. This was my husband's favorite look out of this bunch!

    Maria in Germany – Another fresh, cool color for the summer event. I also love the different sleeve length and the actual hat!


    Marci in Utah – You have absolutely taken her normal, sort of hum drum, Ascot look and rocketed it to princess level. You have ticked so many of her boxes with Packham as the designer, white as the color, lace as the material, her Annoushka pearls and even a pair of shoes she owns. Love the hat. She could totally pull this off.

    Couch Potato – Kate looks so lovely in blue of any shade. You have chosen more than one shade of blue and that would work so well for Kate. Love that the hat pulls it together with the feathers close to the color of the dress whilst the hat itself matches the shoes. Beautiful!

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words Courtney from North Carolina! I loved that I found a hat that has feathers in almost the colour of the dress and that matched shoes. It was quite a long hunt for it :) Kate is stunning in teal, like the Jenny P evening gown... a great colour on her!

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  33. Really enjoyed the first round of looks - thanks everyone for participating. I have to say, one of the reasons I voted for the Royal Ascot styling event was so that we could all pick hats. Ladies, you didn't disappoint me. I don't think there's a hat I don't like. I always find it funny when everyone on this site complains about the hat Kate chose - I love them all!

    My favorite was Joanne in CA - perfect dress, sincerely - and I thought you styled it well. I click the link and the photo of the dress on the model really shows how much that dress shines.

    Julia - my runner up. Both dresses are lovely. I believe the Oscar de la Renta edges out the Roland Mouret. Both are lovely and I can see Kate wearing both but I love Oscar.

    Molly Claire you are not the only one that chose the Roksanda Margot dress. I did as well in another color and I think one other poster did as well - time will tell. Maybe we should get an award for 'most likely dress to be chosen.'

    Nice job all! Charlotte, thank you for all your efforts. This must be so time consuming for you. So let me express how much we all love it and the work you do to make this not just an informative blog but a really, really fun blog.

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  34. Courtney From NC24 August 2017 at 02:54

    Sassy, Classy Solids – Timeless colors and cuts would make for great Ascot looks. She could wear them for other occasions and the pictures wouldn’t date. The solid backdrop would also allow for bolder and busier accessories. Ascot is known for bold accessories.

    Helen in Indiana – Kate has worn pale pink shades many times before and looked wonderful in all of them. The colour of this dress is so feminine. The ruffle keeps it interesting and young. The hat is SO kate and the larger brim balances the dress well. The shorter heels would be great on the grass and I have been waiting for her to wear a pair of Rockstud shoes and the purse is a good substitute for me. Lol.

    Julia from Leo – I cannot tell you how much I adore both of your looks. I will do them separately.
    White Look – The white De La Renta would work for SO many types of engagements and is
    the perfect canvas for so many accessory options. The accessories you chose do so
    follow her Ascot formula thus far. I would love to see her in the hat you chose and
    the block heels are so in style right now. The earrings also fit in the neutral
    palette but add interest.

    Mouret look – The Mouret dress is actually one I have on my Pinterest board of things I
    wish Kate wore. The clean lines work so well on her and the sleeve and back add
    interest without being too much. Again I adore the hat you chose. The shoes are also
    beautiful but I do think they would have worked with the white De La Renta, even paired
    with the hat from this look. Heck she could just buy both dresses and end up with about
    a dozen different looks if she had the accessories you suggested.

    Molly Claire – I love the white and blue combination. I almost built a look around that hat but love yours so much more than anything I could have dreamt up. I am not a huge bell sleeve fan but I think with the simplicity of the rest of the look it works here and I can very much see Kate wearing each piece in this look.

    Joanne in CA – I know this dress isn’t solid colour in the literal sense but I included you in this category. This is one of my favorite looks from the first set. This colour on Kate would be gorgeous, not to mention the fit of the dress. Every accessory you included is spot on. Kate gets so matchy, matchy sometimes I could see her pairing this look with her morganite earrings as well. If she didn’t choose it for Ascot I could see it at a garden party and it would work just as beautifully for that.

    Samantha – Hugo Boss is another designer I want Kate to add to her rotation. Queen Letizia from Spain wears a lot of Hugo Boss and it works so well for her and I think Kate and Letizia have similar body types. You kept some white in your look as is her Ascot uniform it seems, and added some very feminine colors to the mix. This hat is another one I seriously considered building a look around for this exercise but am glad I did not because your choices with it are much better than mine. Love the jewelry choices as well!

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    1. Julia from Leominster24 August 2017 at 18:44

      Great comments, Courtney - thank you - you have such a discerning eye. I agree on Hugo Boss - they've served Letizia very well. All the choices here are fabulous! And I've enjoyed following some of the links leading to brands and sites I wasn't familiar with.
      We were on holiday so I chose looks in a hurry - but I did make a slide of those shoes and the Oscar frock and just thought the shades clashed - I am glad I was given a chance to have that second look - Leo swore that vintage hat would soon fall apart - but I hope not at the price they're asking!

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  35. Great "looks". Awesome fashion choices! To Princes William and Harry, your mother, if alive, would be sooo proud of you. If it is possible that Princess Diana is watching, then she is elated that her sons are carrying forward her legacy of kindness and generosity. Princess Diana's positive impact was felt in the USA and we do miss her. Thanks always, Charlotte.

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  36. Courtney From NC24 August 2017 at 04:24

    FROTHY FROCKS – Ethereal, floaty and uber feminine are things that scream princess to me. For a mere mortal it might be too much for Ascot but what good is being a princess if you can’t glam and amp it up when you want? These looks remind me of that.
    Sofy – Hobeika has some pretty amazing things and this is one of the least fancy ones I like. He has a certain way with princess wear. This is in her Ascot wheel house but taken up ten notches. I love this for Kate. The hat you chose actually does well to bring it back down a notch and those earrings are gorgeous. If she doesn’t wear it to Ascot there are many things she could choose it for.

    Miol Mor – This is another look that would work for many different things on Kate’s normal calendar of events. Ralph & Russo do some pretty beautiful pieces and I have loved this one since I stumbled on it on Pinterest ages ago. Love the hat and adore that you paired it with a darker stone. Beautiful job.

    Inqrious2 – The blue in the flowers on the dress is such a great color in general, but even more so on Kate. The skirt is fun and younger than some of the other silhouettes she often chooses. Love that you didn’t do all blue accessories and love the chunky heel.

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  37. Courtney From NC24 August 2017 at 04:36

    FEMININE FLORALS – This is my last little group I divided the looks into. If she doesn’t do lace I think floral may be the way she swings. It keeps the femininity high and there are so many options. She need look no further than this post to find some amazing options.
    Sunny – There isn’t a doubt in my mind that Kate would wear this dress on an engagement. It is a brand she has worn, the silhouette is one she favors and the pattern is also a very Kate look. Love the different shades of accessories you used to tie it all together.

    Hannah – I really love the khaki and blue combination you chose. The hat would work perfectly and those shoes look like they were made for that hat. I want those shoes for myself. I was surprised at how much I loved this look for Ascot because it is SO different for her. Spectacular job.

    FL Lady – The fit of this dress would be great on Kate. She is also so lucky because she can pull of so many colors and these two work especially well on her. She definitely has many jewelry options to go with the blue. What kind of hat do you think she’d pair it with?

    Sonja from Bavaria – Your dress fits into both the floral and feminine look as well as her white uniform for Ascot. That hat matches the pattern very well and those shoes are to die for. I so hope she will some day branch out into gutsier shoe choices.
    Kate – Are you sure you aren’t the DoC? This really looks like something she would pick for herself. The only thing I dislike about this look is that I didn’t put it together. This is my favorite look from this batch just because it keeps calling me back to look at it again. The dress is the perfect length and silhouette for both Kate and Ascot. The hat is fabulous and the accessories pull it all together. I adore this look.

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  38. Also, Miol Mor....love, love, love this look! Hat, dress, shoes....beautiful. I love the pop of color with the purse and earrings. Nicely done.

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  39. What a lovely group of designs for Ascot! I especially love Phyl's bright green, nicely balanced with bone, all of those pieces so beautifully chosen. My other favorite is Joanne's elegant monogram look, also with perfectly chosen parts. And those flowered pumps Julia found, beautiful. Everyone put together designs that are very Ascot and very Kate. I think that reflects great sensitivity as well as brilliant styling.

    I don't know whether the princes mentioned it, but there were stories at the time that Harry fell asleep still crying after they learned of their mother's death, and William sat with him in his room until he awoke again. It was very early morning. The story might be apocryphal, but it reflects their closeness. Apparently it was William who eventually urged Harry to get help when his grief broke through as an adult.

    I have wondered how much this reaction was also post traumatic stress disorder after his military experience. In any case, he seems to have had the space to experience his pain after his military career ended. Many people are also at a loss for a time when military discipline ends and they must find a new structure for their lives. Harry had a nroyal role to return to, and it is not always comfortable for him. The combination obviously was difficult.

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  40. Julia, I always love the way you take the time to comment on every design. Such a nice gift to all the designers. I would point out that Charlotte asked for either just a dress or for dress and accessories. Also that dress shoulder straps, according to Ascot rules, must be at least an inch wide. So I think both FL Lady and Miol Mor have met the guidelines. I love both of those dresses.

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    1. That is sweet, and helpful Julia, I agree with Patricia I.

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    2. It appears to me that there are straps on the dress Miol Mor chose, but I see others disagree. Maybe they are swimsuit marks. Anyway, inch wide straps would take care of it.

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    3. Julia from Leominster28 August 2017 at 16:33

      There's that rule barring spaghetti straps and off the shoulder so I suspect that Miol Mor's choice might violate the spirit of Ascot rules if nothing else - depends how wide those straps are - but rules are meant to be broken and it's a most gorgeous dress - one I would love to see Kate wear.

      I have mixed feelings about Ascot rules - they do seem a bit fuddy-duddy but there are so many people out there willing to wear insane things (and as we saw at the Derby, act in inappropriate ways) I suppose it's right to have some standards.

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  41. oh I love the style files but before we run down let talk to the latest bbc documentary Diana in seven days hmm its quite hard to remember when there are little boys such as hard the tragic and all the sadness hmm for me its will be the hardest last documentary to watch its full of emotion lot people will be inspire

    rundown to the fashion styling
    phyl I love the outfit and the emerald earings and green pumps perfect combo with clutch and hat

    FL lady I love the classic black and white color dress matching with white belt
    Soffy and Helen in Indiana I love the fabric and length dress soffy I love floral effect dress and its good combination pink hat and dazzling earring Helen I love the baby pink dress its goes around with the hat and low heel sandals and she look fine carrying the nice wallet

    Anon 15 and kate the whole outfit is to die for perfect combination with head to toe

    Sonja Bavaria and april girl I love the whole outfit I should wear that thing on party plus the shoes are to die for
    Julia from Leominster and Melissa of UK hmm its seems we have the duchess will wear that when she will see that

    Molly Claire and Hannah hmm I love the ruffle dress I can see she will be taking look with good and fabulous yet classy dress I think I think I will buy my own pair that whole outfit Hannah dress goes along with dress and red shoes

    Maria of Germany and Merci of Utah I love the dress classic and simple I love the hat too hmm Merci of Utah had Audrey Hepburn style goes with the whole outfit the jewelries of course
    Sunny I love color and floral dress goes along with red hat and pumps and clutch bag and the dress

    Joanne in CA and Couch potato I love the elegant and whole outfit goes to from the top to toe

    Samantha I love the color dramatic red goes around whole outfit

    Moi Mor hmm I love the whole outfit from head to toe hmm shows the good figure the duchess in classic way


    Inqrious2 I love the outfit whole outfit I think duchess will love that too

    PS I love all shoes im sure the duchess will all love statement shoes


    looking forward to styling fashion part 2

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  42. Steph from Canberra24 August 2017 at 12:48

    Charlotte, thank you for brightening up a very long week! I have been religiously checking your blog waiting for this post, and I was rewarded with so many beautiful options!

    My absolute favourites are Inqrious2 and Sonja from Barvaria, I would love both those dresses for myself! In saying that, I also loved Samantha's dress- I felt it maybe more likely that Kate would wear this style of dress for this event.

    Can't wait to see what e everyone else chose!

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    1. Sonja from Bavaria25 August 2017 at 18:39

      Thank you Steph! I would also like the Ted Baker Rose dress for myself, although it would probably look better on someone who gets even slightly tanned lol (these pastel colours would make me look like a ghost but they would be great on Kate with her brunette hair)

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  43. Quite a few nice choices. My vote so far is Sofy's selection with the George Hobeika dress. But lots of points also to Miol Mor, especially for the accessory choices. I wouldn't have thought of the color combination, but it works.

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  44. All of these outfits are simply lovely! Well done everyone! I especially like Julia from Leominster's choices. The 1940s hat, the flower shoes, both dresses...I can tell a lot of thought went into each look. Sophisticated yet modern - simply perfect for Kate. Perhaps I'm partial because of our shared name :)

    Overall, I loved seeing the fantastic hats chosen by everyone! As an American, I'm itching for the chance to wear an elaborate hat someday. Apart from the Kentucky Derby, I can't think of many opportunities here in the US where that is the norm. Perhaps I should start wearing them anyways!

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    1. Julia B. I thought Julia's outfit was very 40's also. Kate can wear that to Harry's wedding. It will fit right in at Westminster Abbey and be different from the rest.

      Own it girl. :) Wear those hats. πŸ‘’

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  45. Tammy from California24 August 2017 at 16:26

    Charlotte, I was wondering how you felt (and how everyone feels) about voting on all of these outfits? It would be fun to vote like we do for all the outfits Kate wears on tour. I don't know if everyone feels like that would be too competitive and not positive for the blog?
    Anyway, I would love to vote, just to get an idea of what everyone, in general, likes to see Kate in.

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    1. Hello Tammy,

      Thank you so much for your comment! That is a great suggestion. The first year we did it, readers voted for their winner. Unfortunately it left a couple of people feeling upset and put them off participating. Because I want it to be purely fun and inclusive, we haven't voted since. I actually love seeing all the supportive comments more than anything :)

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    2. Thank you Charlotte. I think you made the right choice.

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    3. Julia from Leominster24 August 2017 at 18:52

      I remember those Chinese banquet choices - and they were all so creative and brilliant - I'm sorry if any feelings were hurt - in my eyes they were all winners (and I didn't win!) I know it would be hard on those who got only a few votes but so many factors come into play - a 'winner' effect, placement on the site (which was by time of submission as I recall) and favourite designers that it truly isn't a perfect representation.

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    4. Courtney From NC25 August 2017 at 05:53

      I wonder if you did decide to give voting another go if it would work better if you made it closed voting so no one can see how many votes each look gets. Then you could just do the top three looks and no one would know if their look lost by a vote or 100 votes. Lol. Either way I don't mind. Just a thought if there are others who like the voting option.

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    5. That would be the kindest way, Courtney. It may not be a technical option, however.

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    6. Sonja from Bavaria27 August 2017 at 18:14

      While I think voting would be fun, I am of the opinion that we should not do it. Everybody is already commenting such lovely nice things on other people's suggestions. Try to think about it this way: you can compliment everybody, but you can only vote for 1. So I think not voting will be better for the sense of community on the blog. But I agree with you that it sounds tempting ;)

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    7. Julia from Leominster28 August 2017 at 16:36

      Courtney's suggestions are good - I know the Royal Hat blog uses closed voting - but Sonja's probably right - tempting but best not - all the looks are so brilliant, each should be judged on its own merits - Kate could do worse than having our group as stylists.

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  46. Natalia (Germany)24 August 2017 at 16:43

    Sofy's and Kate's looks are my favourites - love the combination of colours :)

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  47. I am by no means a fashion plate but after seeing all these lovely creations I cruised through LK Bennett and Hobbs in the Kildare Fashion Outlet. Tried on a few things but I am short and pear shaped so was feeling a bit dejected when I found a beautiful Hobbs dress that fits like a dream and in the perfect color. It is a caftan style but not too flowy. So I suddenly feel lovely ;)

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    1. Eve from Germany24 August 2017 at 18:40

      Oh, Jo, I´m so happy for you! "So I suddenly feel lovely" - that just melted my heart! What a dress that fits beautifully can do for us girls... I know the feeling! Enjoy.... :-)))

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      So happy for that Jo - I have to say I don't buy much on high street any more other than cashmere - like Rebecca I favour skirts. I just don't love the way I look these days and now retired, have fewer occasions to need things - but when you do find something that works - it feels so good.

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  48. This is so much fun. So many pretty outfits!! Some of my favorite looks include:

    Phyl: What a gorgeous shade of green! Kate would look stunning in it. I like all the accessories you’ve chosen. The white flower hat would be so nice for Royal Ascot.

    Sofy: I love the blue and pink against the white background of the dress. The pink hat is striking!

    April Girl: I absolutely adore this shade of red. It is beautiful!! This color would be so flattering on Kate.

    Maria in Germany: The pink lace is so pretty and I love the simple lines of the dress. I also love the side sweep hat.

    Marci in Utah: The beaded cocktail dress is lovely. I could actually see Kate wearing this for an evening event.

    Couch Potato: Teal blue is one of my favorite colors. This shade is sooo beautiful. And I also love the price tag (only £70).

    Thank you so much everyone. You ladies are all so talented and each and every one of you is a great stylist. And thanks also to Charlotte. This project must have been an enormous amount of work. I really don’t know how you do it all.

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  49. Thanks for this incredible post! I love the looks!!! I'm glad Harry, especially walked. It was watching him walk behind his mom which gave me a love for the BRF. Both boys have overcome enormous obstacles in relationship to the death of their mother. I think she would be so proud that they honored her in such a difficult, but brave way then. I think they allow the overindulgence in remembrance media because it's a way for them to hold onto her and honor her memory. -Helen in Indiana

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  50. Kerrie from Indiana24 August 2017 at 18:44

    I have not commented often, but these choices were just too beautiful to not.
    Phyl-I love the vibrant green. What a striking selection.
    FL Lady-Elegant choice. I could see many occasions where Kate could wear this dress.
    Sofy-A very feminine look. I really like the hat choice too.
    Helen in Indiana –(I am from Indiana too!). I love the mix of the pink with the nude accessories.
    Anon 15-Nice mix of a new dress with items Kate already owns. The hat is a personal favorite.
    Kate-WOW! What a striking ensemble. Gorgeous.
    Sonja from Bavaria-What a pretty spring time dress. And the shoes-how gorgeous.
    April Girl-Kate looks fantastic in red. Beautiful dress!
    Julie from Leominster-two great looks. I love the white dress. Certainly continues Kate’s white trend. I think this is a gorgeous option. On option 2, I NEED those shoes!!
    Melissa UK-I love the lace design of the dress. Perfect for a warm day. And those shoes are amazing!
    Molly Clair-I LOVE this white dress. So elegant.
    Hannah-I love the florals on this dress. I could see this choice at other events as well.
    Maria in Germany-I love the combination of the pink with the grey. And that hat is beautiful.
    Marci in Utah-I love this take on Kate’s history of a white lace dress. So modern and beautiful.
    Sunny-This dress would really accent Kate’s small waist. What a pretty choice.
    Joanne in CA-I love everything about this outfit. I wish I had some place to wear it. Elegant and classic. Gorgeous.
    Couch Potato-What a beautiful color. I love the scallop hemline too.
    Samantha-I love the color blocking on the dress and the coordination on the shoes. I could see Kate in this dress again and again.
    Miol Mor-I love the garnet jewelry. So pretty with the dress.
    Ingrious2-I love the floral them of the dress. And any time Kate can wear some of Diana’s jewelry, I am happy.
    Beautiful choices submitted by all. I don't know how I could select a favorite. It would be so exciting to see Kate in any of these.

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  51. Julia from Leominster24 August 2017 at 18:55

    Forgot to add above Charlotte another huge thank you for putting together these great looks whilst keeping up on royal news - we all can't say thank you enough.

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      Charlotte is wonderfully kind to us. :-)

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      Agreed!!

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  52. My comment about these styles seems to have gotten lost. Sometimes, when I hit Publish, I am sent back to indicate who I am again. If I don't notice that, the message doesn't publish. Something to be mindful of.

    Everyone represented here has devised lovely styles. There is great sensitivity both to Ascot's rules and to Kate's preferences, and I like that. My favorites are the designs submitted by Phyl and Joanne in CA. I love the balance of bright green and bone in Phyl's, and the lovely warm monotone and textures in Joanne's. Superb. I suspect professionalism in both because they are so skillfully coordinated. Also, I love those flowered pumps Julia found. :-)

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    1. Patricia, you are so sweet! Thank you so much for your kind words. Professionalism....actually just passion. :) I've always loved fashion since I was little, and this blog could not be more perfect to have a fun with something I love!

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    3. Hope it said hi to some of my messages that are out there. :)

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    4. SG, LOLOL. That made me giggle. :-)

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  53. oodles of cheers for Charlotte. πŸŽ‰

    πŸŒ·πŸŒΈπŸ’ Thank You Charlotte πŸ’πŸŒΈπŸŒ·

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      πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰


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  54. I am in awe of the outfits you all chose! You would make fantastic stylists for Kate :) I really hope that someone from her team is looking and taking away some inspiration. There's honestly not a single one that I didn't like. My favourites are the outfits Sofy, Helen, Kate & Samantha put together :)
    Thank you, Sonja and Melissa, for drawing my attention to the Eden pumps. They're incredibly beautiful. If I had Kate's princessy occasions to wear them to, I'd be getting them immediately. I do wish she would get them but she's rarely adventurous where her shoes are concerned, so I won't get my hopes up.

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    1. Sonja from Bavaria27 August 2017 at 18:09

      I am glad you also like the Eden pumps, Caroline. They are stunning :) maybe Kate could get more adventurous in her shoe game step by step - start with a little extra like Julia from Leominster's shoes with the little florwers on them and up her game until she gets to the eye-catching level of the Eden pumps?

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  55. Beautiful outfits. I really have enjoyed looking at everyones suggestions. Very fun. tank you to all who put in the work to come up with the outfits.

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  56. Hi Charlotte....I noticed a post I made yesterday hasn't shown, but a later one did? I just wanted to make sure to let those know who commented, that I truly appreciate their kind words. There are so many lovely outfits that everyone has chosen....dresses....shoes....hats....love them all and their creative ideas! Wouldn't it be fun if someone from Kate's team reads this post and our creations pop up someday? Charlotte, your hard work and dedication to this blog is very much appreciated. Can't wait to see all the outfits. Well done ALL!!

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      I've just checked and there's no sign of it. My apologies.

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  57. Really lovely looks from everyone, well done! & thanks to Charlotte for curating everybody's creations, I've thoroughly enjoyed poring over each of them, you are all so talented :)
    I really would like to see Kate in Roksanda's 'Margot' dress for Royal Ascot, it is such a chic dress!
    Julia from Leominster, your selections were very elegant, I especially liked the white ODLR dress.
    I also liked Kate's look...the different shades of blue are striking.
    Looking forward to seeing the rest of the looks :)

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  58. Jenni Russell has an article on NYT "Diana saved the Queen" here

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/25/opinion/sunday/princess-diana-britain-monarchy.html?_r=0

    There was one by Katherine Rosman a few days ago also in the NYT - also worth a read.

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  59. Sonja from Bavaria25 August 2017 at 18:39

    I can only repeat, what an array of fabulous looks! I love every. single. one.

    If I had to pick a favourite, it would probably be Joanne in California because I just love the combination of the different shades of nude, and the hat and dress are gorgeous!

    But Sunny would be a close runner-up (the entire look is so Kate's style!) ;)

    I already commented on everyone's suggestions back in the original post, but seeing everything togetger in one picture instead of in different browser windows makes the looks even prettier so I've got some additional remarks here and there:

    - some of my favourite dresses include: Inqrious2, Couch Potato, Sunny, Helen in Indiana, Phyl

    - shoes that are to die for: Julia from Leominster (the adorable floral detail!), Melissa UK, Miol Mor

    - GORGEOUS hats: Maria in Germany, Marci in Utah, Kate, Phyl

    - lovely jewelry: Sofy, Samantha, Inqrious2, Julia from Leominster


    I'm so looking forward to seeing the remainder of the wonderful Ascot outfits, plus the stunning evening looks (and especially what you, Charlotte, picked!)!

    Thanks again for putting all of this together, creating the images and writing the captions. It was enourmously fun and I love getting to chat with everybody on the blog about our common tastes in fashion :)
    You are super, Charlotte!

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      Just being honest Joanne ;)

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  60. Loved all of the Ascot style selections!
    I wish Kate would dump her current "stylist" and choose one of you ladies - and then let you take the lead in styling her looks!! Finally we'd see the chic, stylish and AGE-APPROPRIATE dressing that we know (according to how she dressed before she married William!) she's capable of doing!!

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  61. William and Kate are both beautiful! But, lately they both seem disturbed, pensive and unhappy. I hope they are doing well, truly. I wish we knew if they are worried about something serious. I enjoy this blog. Sue in Arizona, US

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  62. As a side note. Concerning Diana's anniversary. There is an excellent article in The Daily Mail (don't faint, lol). "Tears from the Queen that Prove She Did Care....", Richard Kay and Geoffrey Levy, and others, 8/25/17.

    The priest who attended to Diana in Paris was Catholic. He wrote a detailed letter at that time to Diana's mother (also Catholic) he says, detailing for her everything that happened at the hospital that night. Diana's mother was so thankful because she had most certainly been left out things otherwise. Diana's mother and the priest became dear friends. When Diana's mother met the parents of Henri Paul, she said to them, "Your son is not to blame." Of course his parents cherish that comment. His parents are also on record as saying that they had never once seen their son drunk. He was not an irresponsible person, in my opinion. He was also a pilot. He had just days prior passed his pilot medical exam. And because he was a gifted pianist he gave piano lessons to the children of the man who was the president of the Ritz at the time. The Ritz president is on record as saying to Henri Paul's parents that he was proud to have worked along side Henri Paul. I truly think it is good to give honor where honor is due so thanks DM. I have read other interviews in the past from people who knew Henri Paul and the things they shared about the man are similar to the comments in the Daily Mail article. Since the other articles were from 20 years ago, I don't know where those other articles are now. But because of the complexity of the situation in Paris that night and the very volatile political accusations that were being made, it has always been my gut level feeling that Henri Paul had been used as a scapegoat. To the political powers that be, that was perhaps the only, and simplest, option from their perspective. The very fact that one of the officials had to return and do a second alcohol blood level test himself just makes it seem to me that they were trying to announce too much that he was drunk. I do not believe he was drunk, at all. Could they have contrived that scenario? Of course they could have. Remember the strangeness of the white Fiat and the demise of the owner of that Fiat, etc.? I am so thankful that Richard and Geoffrey wrote this excellent article and that in it, among other things, they went to bat for Henri Paul and his family. It was the right thing to do for Diana on her anniversary, in my opinion. She would so much have been thankful for them presenting the other side of the story for Henri Paul. She knew firsthand how important presenting the other side of the story can be.

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    1. Diana's mother may have made that comment, but she did not investigate the accident.

      If Paul was not drunk (I have no reason to doubt that he was), he was still a foolish driver, going the speeds he was on city streets and down into a tunnel where sight lines were poor.

      There were other factors, perhaps, but he shares some of the blame. As does Diana, actually. They were perfectly safe and had privacy at the Ritz (!) and should have just remained there instead of playing a game of chicken with the press.

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    2. SG, I agree with you. Well said.

      hrhdhd, it's true that Diana's mother did not investigate the accident, but don't you think that, eventually, she was privy to even more information than we were/are? And while I, too, wish Diana had worn a seatbelt, I think it is unfair to suggest that part of the blame was their unwillingness to stay at the Ritz. With hindsight, it is easy to say what could/should have been, but their decision to go to Dodi's apartment in no way excuses the actions of the photographers. Diana and Dodi had every right to make that choice.

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    3. Very nicely said, royalfan. thank you. :)

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    4. Julia from Leominster28 August 2017 at 16:18

      The plan to go to Dodi's flat was apparently his - perhaps because he had a ring and things set up there - it was obviously a poor choice given they knew the press was on them - my understanding is the Ritz itself was a late choice because of the press - they had planned to dine at another restaurant.

      There seems ample fault all the way around - it may be easiest for William and Harry to blame the press but obviously Henri Paul's driving - the speed if nothing else was at issue.

      The only thing I can say about that time - is that Diana shouldn't be blamed for leaving her sons - they were spending time with their father as the agreement provided.

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    5. Of course people have rights, within the law, to do what they want, but, sometimes, common sense is required. So they wanted to prove a point--"We don't have to stay here just because you'll chase us to the next location!"--and that choice ended in three deaths and horrible injuries for a fourth. There is enough blame to go around, methinks, and no adult in the scenario is without blame.

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  63. P.S. didn't Harry say in the video above that "those people who caused her death" were also taking photos of her while she was dying? (he didn't mention Henri Paul as causing her death.)

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  64. *been left out of things otherwise.

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  65. I like Sunny's ensemble the best so far.

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    1. Thanks Pam, that is really sweet of you! I tried to put together a look that Kate would likely wear

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  66. I am checking your page several times a day to see whether you have already posted the next outfits LOL
    I am Really excited to see them? Any idea when you will have this post up? (No pressure at all intended, I am just already so excited and would love to know when I'll have the pleasure to see them)

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      Thank you for your interest! The remaining Ascot looks are about 80% done and I plan to get it finished tomorrow evening. I believe there's over fifty for the next post and like the above post, it's full of brilliant suggestions :)

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    2. Thank you so much for your answer!
      Wow over 50! That is quite an impressive number! You are truly amazing for putting all of this together! And it is incredible to see so many participants - this blog really is like a community!

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  67. Zora from Prague27 August 2017 at 19:56

    Thank you, Charlotte and all the talented designers! My favourite outfits are Sunny's , Marci's, Joanne's and Julia's from Leominster but I really appreciate everybody's efforts and ideas! I'm not a fashion person myself and could not compose such an outfit but I do like the creations of others.
    Looking forward to Part II!

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  68. Balbina from Austria28 August 2017 at 03:08

    Oh dear, so many great ideas, excellent finds and so well put together. You are all absolutely amazing.
    I am constantly asking myself: why did I not think of that? ... lol... but I guess that's how it is when you admire the creative power of others.
    My favourites however are the creations of Miol Mor and Julia from Leo. Mill Mor, this is the hight of exuberant elegance. Gorgeous colour combination. Every single piece is beautiful and in combination just stunning. Julia, very, very sophisticated. Absolute brilliant combination.
    And I have to thank Julia and Marci for putting 'Mademoiselle Chapeaux' on my hat map. I absolutely adore their hats. So classic and minimalistic. I love it!

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  69. While we are thinking about Kate's wardrobe, I have a question about her tour outfits. It seems to me that most of them are never worn again. Exceptions are around three items from her first Canada tour, and one or two from the second Canada tour. She has worn several coats and a dress or two from the Australia/New Zealand tour. I believe she has repeated one or two dresses from the Southeast Asia/Pacific tour, but I can't remember anything from the India tour, except shoes. My question is whether Kate owns the clothing she takes on tours. Is it possible that these things are supplied by, and returned to, designers? And that if she wants to own them, she purchases them after the tour? I am thinking of the red gown she wore in Canada which reappeared in black in London. Maybe Kate liked the style very much but ordered it for herself in black, thinking it would be more useful? From that tour, she does have the pretty cream dress that looks like an Irish sweater. This is just a theory, but I keep wondering why Kate has never again worn some of the best of her tour looks. If she kept them all, her closets would soon be bursting, but it is a mystery why certain beautiful dresses never reappear. Could the reason be that she does not have access to them?

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    1. Julia from Leominster28 August 2017 at 16:12

      My understanding is that the royals are expected to purchase them (possibly at a discounted price) to avoid the appearance of advertisement (likewise, they are not supposed to accept gifts of clothes) - but would be interested if anyone knows more.

      Diana used to buy outfits she liked in more than one colour - as does the queen - looks like Kate may be following that example in some instances.

      Diana did borrow jewellery - and it proved embarrassing later when the jewellery was sold with a false story. If Kate did borrow clothing, I suspect it would be only with designers she had a very close relationship with like Packham and Macqueen.

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    2. Would this be considered borrowing, or would it be a contribution to the success of a tour, with publicity as the return? Perhaps it is also possible that these outfits are stored for a future exhibit. But in that case, Kate should be able to wear the ones she likes. I wonder whether the Queen re-wears all of the clothing she acquires for tours.

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    3. Julia from Leominster28 August 2017 at 19:54

      Don't know if the queen wears every one but she does wear most - some of them are designed so national emblems can be removed and the gown reused - i.e. the gown she wore in Trinidad had the national flower (a friend from there was hugely pleased) but this could be removed and the plain white (so to speak, the beaded gown is hardly plain) could be reused elsewhere. As I recall, some of this is discussed in the Angela Kelly book.

      I suspect we might see more repeats from Kate if she had more engagements - some of the Malaysian dresses were meant for summer, yet not formal enough for the June engagements. We have seen repeats from the Australian tour and she wore repeats there. We've seen her wear some of the dresses from the first Canadian tour at weddings. But many have never reappeared so far.

      But Kate has worn a lot of new things this year making some of us wonder if her figure has changed slightly (no harm in that) There have been repeats though.

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    4. It's true that Kate was ultra thin in 2011, and yet she has worn a couple of those dresses recently. I do remember the Queen's gown with the movable emblems. Kate's black gown embroidered with the New Zealand fern emblem might be similarly used, if it is also flexible.

      It's interesting that the Australia/New Zealand trip saw the most repeats during the tour and the most repeats afterward. That's the tour Angela Kelly was said to be involved with, and those clothes were practical. But we haven't seen the New Zealand arrival outfit again, or the Easter ensemble. The same with the second Canada tour arrival dress or the formal gown from the first evening in India, both stunning in royal blue. Perhaps those outfits were so identified with the countries and events that Kate felt it might be the better part of respect to keep that identity intact.

      Most of the India dresses were colorful costumes with very limited appropriateness elsewhere. I do think some of the elegant day dresses from Southeast Asia would be very appropriate for garden parties and Ascot. But Kate has chosen to re-wear only a couple of the more casual outfits from that tour.

      Wouldn't it be fun to have a tour of her dresses, with explanations of her reasons for choosing them in the first place and the factors involved in whether to continue using them!

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    5. Julia from Leominster29 August 2017 at 16:51

      I haven't looked but just from memory - from the first Canadian/US tour - Kate wore the red coat at the Garter ceremony - the sailor dress at Wimbledon, and one of the blue laces for a wedding - likewise the green DVF dress for an event at Zara''s wedding, the floral at a Spencer wedding and the mauve several times - a favourite.

      I don't recall seeing the grey Walker (which was very slim fitting) the purple Issa (unlikely now) and the wind-blown yellow Packham - and especially the lovely gown Kate wore in Los Angeles.

      Surprising few outfits have been reworn from the Malaysian tour - it may be because they are too summery - although I thought the blue Packham -and possibly the blue favourite Temperley would work for Ascot or a garden party. The main repeat I can recall is the slightly odd green dress - worn at Wimbledon.

      From Australia - the yellow dress was worn for Wimbledon, I'm thinking the cream was too - the pale pink was worn for an evening engagement, the black and white from N.Z. worn for an engagement and the dark grey Kors coatdress has been reused a couple of times for serious engagements - the black coat too. But the cocktail dresses and the lovely Easter coat have yet to reappear.

      From India, I suspect most of those would slip into Kate's private wardrobe but the jade lace has proved a favourite here for a coming Ascot appearance - I agree! I suspect the Packham gown will be worn again - it would work for the Diplomatic reception where Kate generally repeats.
      The 2nd Canada - again many I suspect will go into private use although the red coat has already been reworn in France and the Preen has appeared in black!
      France - again the gown seems a possibility for a tiara engagement.

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    6. Your memory is better than mine! I believe Kate repeated yellow and white eyelet dresses from Malaysia during the Australian tour. I wish she would wear the orchid dress and both pale blue dresses again. I remember her wearing blue and green coat dresses from Australia and New Zealand at home. I had difficulty re-using close fitting items after babies, but Kate does it splendidly. She should be able to make use of her tour wardrobes, at least the outfits that are appropriate elsewhere, if they are with her.

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    7. Red Preen also has been reworn at a private fundraiser for the Royal Foundation.

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  70. :-)

    "Is everyone aware of the Load More button below the comments? You need to keep clicking it until it disappears, in order to see all of the messages. It appears when there are 200 comments, and continues in 50 message increments until the current number is reached."

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  71. I really haven't had time to comment regularly, but I really like the outfits that Charlotte has featured so far. And I would have a very difficult time if I were asked to pick a favorite! :-)

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    1. Hello Royalfan,

      If you had a moment would you be so kind as to send me the link for your Ascot shoes, the Stuart Weitzman link went to the main page. Thank you :)

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    2. http://www.stuartweitzman.com/products/alterego/candy-pink-velvet/?DepartmentId=687&DepartmentGroupId=5

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    3. Charlotte, I apologize for the late reply. I hope this link is okay... :-)

      http://www.stuartweitzman.com/products/nudist/geranium-pink-suede/?DepartmentId=360&DepartmentGroupId=1

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  72. My absolute favorite is from Joanne in CA. OH MY GOODNESS! What a beautifully curated outfit. The Duchess would look lovely in this, and I think the retro vibe in the silhouette of the dress is quite her taste. I also love the combination of the pearls and the texture of the clutch. Well done!!

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      That is an amazingly crafted outfit - the hat and dress look meant to go together. But I would be hard put to choose a favourite - Kate would look fabulous in any of them.

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    2. California Girl and Julia...you guys are so sweet! Appreciate your kind words.

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  73. This is by my favorite activity on the blog! There is so much style and talent in this group.

    My favorite looks:
    Sofy - Kate needs to wear this dress, I don't care where to but she needs this in her closet and those shoes! Love!

    Kate - the graphic design of that dress would look fantastic on her.

    Sonja from Bavaria - PERFECTION. I want that outfit in my closet.

    Joanne in CA - I love everything about this look.

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      Alaina, thank you, I am glad you like the outfit :)

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    2. Thank you Alaina :)

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  74. Sunny, I love your choice!

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  75. All of them are beautiful. Julia, those shoes are unforgettable.

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