Royal Watch: Bill & Cathy Cambridge

Posted on June 06, 2011

Kittens, we’ll have another MTV Movie Awards post up later, but we need a break from all that tackiness. Let’s look at something boring and unchallenging instead. The Duke and Duchess who want to be called Prince and Princess stepped out with the horsey set and we have opinions.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the 2011 Epsom Derby in Epsom, England.

The Duchess wore a chiffon ‘Peacock dress by Reiss, a Nessie tweed jacket by Joseph and nude heels and clutch by LK Bennett.

He looks fine. It’s kind of hard to screw up that look. As for her…

We’re going to get a lot of crap for saying this, but this is boring as hell. Put an extra 2 or 3 inches on the hem and a 70-year-old would look appropriate in this. Yes, of course; concessions must be made for her station and role, but that’s no need to throw style out the window and dress like your own grandmother. Michelle Obama manages to not look stuffy and boring and she’s almost 2 decades older than her. If we were her style bitches, we would have kept the skirt (which is salvageable) and paired it with a less boxy and mature-looking jacket. We also would have insisted on less neutral accessories. And yes, Kate. We see the ring. Perhaps you’d like to pierce your nose and wear it there for maximum exposure.

Oh, we’re being horrible bitches, yes. But we think she’s trying so damn hard to look respectable and to not remind people of her dead mother-in-law that she’s gone too far in the other direction. We don’t think modern royals have to dress like movie stars – in fact, it would be strange if they did – but there’s nothing wrong with finding a way to be a little modern and stylish within the confines of the role. If she thinks she’s going to become an Elizabeth-style duty-bound/rock of strength/face of a nation when she’s queen, we think she’s in for quite a surprise. That’s not what people are going to want from her.

Also, that jacket is too tight and the buttons are pulling. For shame, Cathy. Get some snippy British queens, dear (and we don’t mean Grandmum Betty).

[Photo Credit: getty, wireimage]

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B3QUDQXBX2JPSDX742ID4ZMNCA Theresa

      Who made her hat?  

      As I scrolled through the photos, I was struck by how often her ring preceded her, so your comment about making it a nose ring cracked me up.  Jolly good show. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MNMVM2GPVUEIOJXBOSLCXKAW4U judy brown

        The hat is tragic.

        The only decent piece is the skirt (and the ring she’s showing off too damn much) otherwise head-to-toe it’s grandma territory.

        Makes her look twenty years older.

        Earrings don’t go with hat, skirt or ring or shoes.  

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MNMVM2GPVUEIOJXBOSLCXKAW4U judy brown

        The hat is tragic.

        The only decent piece is the skirt (and the ring she’s showing off too damn much) otherwise head-to-toe it’s grandma territory.

        Makes her look twenty years older.

        Earrings don’t go with hat, skirt or ring or shoes.  

    • Anonymous

      Yes, Boys, you are being horrible bitches.  I think the outfit is adorable, except for the fact that the jacket is a teensy bit too tight.  Now that I think about it, I wonder how it is possible for someone so thin to find a jacket that is too tight.  But anyway, what I really wanted to point out is that her hat is absolutely butt-ugly, and you didn’t even mention it.  What’s up with that?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RUY3IIQ74T6GMLQSWDPXX26UDE Lia Radtke

        I thought about the same thing…  how is it possible to find a jacket too tight for someone who probably needs to shop in the children’s section she’s so thin?

        • Anonymous

          Me, too – how in the world could a jacket be too tight on someone that thin???

        • Anonymous

          Totally agree with this comment and the TLo assessment: boring as hell.

        • Anonymous

          Totally agree with this comment and the TLo assessment: boring as hell.

    • http://profiles.google.com/sntierney Shannon Tierney

      Personally, I love it. (Though if that jacket is too tight on her, exactly
      for whom is it made?) She’s pretty, it’s in lovely bridal neutrals, the hat is
      TDF and I want a better picture of her hair so I can plead with my hairstylist
      to recreate it, assuming my hair doubles in thickness.

       

      Conservative is not bad. It’s just another style approach. I love a lot of
      Shelly O’s looks, but she looks juvenile a lot also, and that’s the greater sin
      in my book.

    • http://twitter.com/AbbottRabbit AbbottRabbit

      crumbs, duplicate post. sorry.

    • http://twitter.com/AbbottRabbit AbbottRabbit

      There’s something Camilla-esque about it (except Camilla’s hats are almost always more interesting than that poor smooshed thing). 

    • http://profiles.google.com/sauchih Sau-Chih Feng

      The skirt is cute, but that jacket is horrible!

    • Anonymous

      You’re not being bitchy. That’s the worse I’ve ever seen her look. It’s almost costumey.  Of course the men are wearing costumes so maybe she IS wearing a costume. The jacket looked like someone yelled to her as she was running out the door, ‘Katie darling, it’s chilly, take a sweater!’  The whole ensemb is just off.

      That jacket – ugh! – that jacket. Hiddy!

    • Joyce VG

      Thank you thank you thank you for doing the Royal Watch TLo. I think she looks beautiful.  I didn’t notice the pull in her buttons until you mentioned it.  How could that possibly be? She’s so slender!

    • Anonymous

      It looks like a price tag is hanging off of her purse.

      I like the way she looks.  A little sexy chiffon skirt made respectable with Chanel-like jacket.  I wonder if she took off the jacket while indoors.

    • Anonymous

      The buttons are pulling, just a tad, and the shoes are beyond dull. But I like the outfit and the hat, I DO feel like the white-on-white color is dull, but I think a boxy, structured jacket over such a cute flowy skirt IS an interesting look. Not if it becomes a uniform, but as a one-off just as interesting as many other tops would have been.

      She worked hard, I bet, to make “leading with the ring” an automatic habit during the early days of the engagement. I am guessing (hoping) the habit will gradually wear off now that no one cares.

    • Anonymous

      the hat is hein. Agree with everything TLO said.

    • http://twitter.com/susanpcollier Susan Collier

      Do you think the princes’ top hats compress down to a flat disc all Popeet-style? I’ve only seen that in the movies. If I had a top hat that did that, I’d spend the entire day popping it in and out.

      • Anonymous

        Many years ago my young son announced that he just
        had to have a proper top hat when he was performing
        his family magic shows. It took some time, but we actually found him one
        in an antique/junkque shop. He was delighted. The hat made an
        appearance for many years, being used also by his two brothers. The
        popping in and out was a huge part of the attraction, and ultimately the
        downfall, finally resulting in tattered black silk on a metal frame.
        Fun to remember!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Katherine-Lavender/553350310 Katherine Lavender

      Having a princess with a nose piercing would be awesome! In fact, we The People, demand nothing less of our future ceremonial heads of state. Thank you TLo, for your words of constitution-altering wisdom.

      You were a little slack in your bitchery though, as you overlooked the sheer-tan-granny tights which are a HELLISH SIN which should result in INSTANT FASHION OSTRACISATION. (& yes, this issue does merit that many capitals).

      • Anonymous

        Is she wearing tights/pantyhose?? I can’t tell from pic to pic. In some, she just looks ultra-silky-smooth.

        And I agree – bring on the Royal Nose Ring!

    • Anonymous

      Do I detect a bit of weight gain? I hope so! It could just be the outfit, but her face looks a little fuller too.

      I don’t mind the outfit; I think she looks cute. She always does really well and looks like a modern young princess, but sometimes a girl just wants to change it up a little.

      • Anonymous

        I dont think so – check out her razor sharp shoulder blades in the shot from the rear!

        • Anonymous

          Yes, I noticed that too. Yikes!

        • Anonymous

          Sure, but that doesn’t mean she hasn’t started gaining some back. It takes time.
          In any case, it’s just speculation. It could just be the outfit and hairstyle that are making me think she’s put a little back on.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ailsa-Martin/644946901 Ailsa Martin

      Well, I won’t dispute that she looks too thin and too tired. But I think her outfit is nice, actually. And I do have to point out that 1. it’s not exactly warm here, despite being June, and 2. it’s the races. This is how you have to dress, and how posh English women are supposed to dress. As in, they don’t let you in if you don’t have covered shoulders and knee-length skirts.

      Also 3. I don’t know if you guys have these brands in the US, but they’re all high-street (high end high street, but still). They’re not made for her or tailored to her, so that explains & excuses the slight – slight! – fit issues as far as I’m concerned…

      Her hat is pretty ugly though.

      • http://twitter.com/rmccarthyjames RMJ

        yeah, but in that situation…. you buy a size up and then get it tailored to fit. maybe she HAS gained weight and it’s tailored to her wedding weight. hopefully!

    • http://profiles.google.com/rosatcollege Ros Clarke

      The hat and accessories are the wrong colour for the jacket and skirt.  The jacket is the wrong shape and neckline for her.  The skirt is okay but not a great choice for a windy day at Epsom. Also, she really needs to wear her hair down for the next 20 years or so.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen her so badly dressed.

    • María Olivia Humphreys

      Aww its not that bad. Boring yes, but not awful. 
      I give her that the jacket must have been taken in so it didn’t come out too old lady. 
      Shoes could have been more interesting. And I actually love the hat and think it really suits her. 

      Also,  I think in the comparison to Shelley O this girl gets my vote. She is far more elegant than Shelley, specially regarding covering pieces – I mean, no cardigan would have been appropiate here. 

    • http://profiles.google.com/rosatcollege Ros Clarke

      @kmiller1k, that’s not a price ticket, it’s the entry badge for the Royal Enclosure.  Everyone has one and most women tie theirs to their bag.

      • Anonymous

        I love that!

    • Amanda in Austin

      I think you’re being a bit harsh, fellas. She looks perfectly appropriate for this event. Give her a little bit of breathing room.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed, the pulling on the buttons is not quite right but the rest is very nice.  I like a young married woman wearing all white, very pretty.  I LOVE that understated little hat, the details are wonderful.  And exactly where is you want ther to put her hand so the ring isn’t prominient?  In her pocket?  Behind her back?  With a ring of this size and the deep blue color. it is just going to be noticed in pics. esp. with an all white outfit.  You boys are just being big old bitches today, aren’t you? 

    • Anonymous

      Oh yes boys, yes. Boring and stuffy is not a good direction. Poor thing. 
      I think they may be a bit conservative by nature.  Which makes for dull fashion. But maybe it will protect her from the vociferous press that hounded Diana for being so unique (for a Royal family member). 

    • Anonymous

      I bet the dress looked much better without the jacket.  

    • Anonymous

      I agree that this is quite conservative, but she still looks pretty & stylish, love the hat & purse.  As for the ring, I didn’t even notice it, but what’s she supposed to do, hide her left hand behind her back? Stick it down her skirt a la Al Bundy?  It’s a big honkin’ ring! If she continues to dress this low-key, then I’d say there may be cause for admonishment, but for one event, I’ll give her a pass.

    • Anonymous

      Well, you’ve got to feel for the poor girl. She kisses a prince and he turns into Mr. Peanut.

      Personally, I can wait til she falls pregnant, gets all hormonal, and starts showing up to these events in full WAG attire (complete with gold chains and puffa jacket).–GothamTomato

    • Anonymous

      Her legs are to die for!!  As for you bitches….how do you know what the British public want from their Queen?  She IS a refreshing face and she DOES have to live in the shadow of a person that was LOVED by millions.  Pretty big shoes to fill and so far, she’s doing a bang up job.  She’ll come along.  God knows with the zillions of public appearances she faces, she will hone her style.  Diana did.  As for her hands and ring…..I think she simply has trained herself to keep her hands in front of her. 

    • Lauen newman

      Very boring. Not that bad, but very boring. I hate the shoes. I don’t think she is purposely flashing her ring…

    • http://visceralresponse.com Dina dV

      I wonder which came first, the awful hat or the misguided jacket?  Because the dress goes with neither, but the dress looks more in line with her style and they added the granny jacket and hat to give her more “propriety,” like the dress was just to frivolous for a horse race.

    • Anonymous

      Sorry, boys. I think she looks sweet and the hat is great. 

    • http://profiles.google.com/denise.alden Denise Alden

      “Appropriate for a 70 year old” is just about right.  I was a little disappointed that there was only one photo of Harry, but clearly I’m on the wrong website for that :)

    • MilaXX

      I like her skirt and shoes, hate the jacket it’s geriatric looking. I wish she had chosen a bit of color for the jacket, honestly a gray or tan would have been more interesting.
      Will’s look is fine, but I prefer Harry’s look, it’s just a bit more colorful while still being respectable.

    • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

      It would have looked loads better with her hair down — the small, flat hat with the pulled back hair is not flattering.  And while I would agree with the Royals having more flexibility in clothing than this suggests, she is very new to the family, and I think she’s assuming it’s better to err on the side of caution and conservatism than the other way around.  I’d imagine we’ll start seeing her more interesting wardrobe back soon.

    • sophie elliott

      Ouch, good morning bitches! I think she looks fantastic.  I love the neutrals and the combo of a Chanel-esque blazer and floaty skirt. She looks fabulous and classy, unlike every single one of the attendees at the MTV Movie Awards. And that’s the point. People don’t want her to be another tacky Hollywood star.  I think you also mistake the difference between royalty and the first lady.  Michelle O will always be able to get away with more in the fashion area.  It’s a totally different role. And the ring thing? It’s a royal thing to keep your hands clasped in front of you for some reason. All of them do it.

    • Toni Mitt

      I love it.  Sorry, boys.  The jacket fits her beautifully, and is a great counterpoint to the flirty skirt.  She goes for monochromatic looks, so the hat, shoes and bag are exactly right. The white stands out among all the daycoated peacocks and brightly colored peahens around her.  Perfect. 
      (Also love the comment about her ring.  Yes, dear.  We’ve seen it.  It’s quite large.)

    • http://twitter.com/Naddy_Lite Nadege

      BORING indeed. Will looks good. I like the skirt on Kate too. The rest? Blah

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=523566011 Dawn Grimes Stough

      wow, those are some sharp shoulder blades!!

    • Joshau Norton

      Harry is adorable. William, on the other hand, looks like he’s on his way to sign the Treaty of Versailles.

    • http://twitter.com/SioConnellan SioConnellan

      How is it possible for any item in her closet to be to small!?!? She’s a twig! I think someone is messing with her. And yes, burn the jack, please.

    • Jessica Rowe

      Please don’t ignore Harry.  He needs your attention too.  Oh, he is so fine.  I love me some ginger.

      In other news, why did I watch The Killing last night? Why was that episode made?  Am I supposed to care about Linden more? Cause I don’t.  Bad mom. No sympathy.

      GoT was great, though.  Love that D (horse queen) lady.

      • Anonymous

        Jessica, you may be my ginger-lovin, no-sympathy-for-Linden twin.

    • http://www.facebook.com/samuel.j.donovan Samuel Joesph Donovan

      That woman is clearly ill–just look how protrusive her scapula are. She needs a hamburger, a hug, and a nap.

    • Anonymous

      I think she looks gorgeous. Could have used a little color somewhere, but otherwise classy, put-together, and chic. I have to deviate from the TLo boys on this one. I don’t like when that happens.

    • Anonymous

      I have to give Kate some props for going with an updo for a change with a hat. It isn’t perfect by any means but looks more put together. The neckline on the jacket isn’t doing her any favors. It is making her look gawky. Throw away that jacket. The skirt is fun. The boys look wonderful. Hard to screw up with a well tailored morning suit.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      Thank you for your comment on the ring….it cracked me up.  The feeling is mutual!

    • Anonymous

      Harry looks smashing and was bold enough to add some color!  I thought the outfit/hat aged her 15 years, not a fan of the look and hope she goes back to her pre-wedding fashion sense.

    • Kenneth Warthen

      ” If she thinks she’s going to become an Elizabeth-style duty-bound/rock of strength/face of a nation when she’s queen, we think she’s in for quite a surprise. That’s not what people are going to want from her.”

      I’m not so sure about that. If the monarchy is going to survive that may be exactly what the Brits are hoping. Lord knows I hope for a little dignity and strength in U.S. public figures… of course I’m usually disappointed, but still, I look.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B53PQYXSJR4YJBV3J6BWYSICRQ Jamie

      I think the ring stands out because the rest is so boring.

    • Anonymous

      She looks classic and stunning. A true English Rose.

    • Anonymous

      I think the jacket is a little too structured for the skirt and I don’t love the color (or lack of color) of the shoes. But I imagine she has to walk a very fine line with her clothes and sometimes she errs closer to boring. I can’t bring myself to criticize her, andI think you boys are being too harsh. She’s a beautiful woman and, though she’s not spectacular here, I think she looks lovely.

    • Anonymous

      The link to the peacock dress is not working for me, and I am curious as to what’s under that jacket.

      • Anonymous

        It’s a sleeveless dress, so she’d have to wear something over it if she’s required to have covered shoulders. 

        I also love the updo.  It was apparently very windy that day, and the women who had their hair down all look blown apart and scraggly.  She managed to look sleek the whole day, it seems, by not letting her hair blow free.  She learned that lesson christening a lifeboat.

        She has to adhere to rules that are a lot stricter than what the FLOTUS does, and I think she’s doing a beautiful job thus far.  And I also think the jacket may be a bit tight because she’s putting back on some of that weight she lost pre-wedding.  At least, I hope she is!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QCJEZMOV4VYMXC5WJALLZNYEB4 Mari Rose

      Is it just me or does she look like she’s aged 10 years in the last 30 days?

    • http://twitter.com/sylvia_warren Sylvia

      I know it’s your thing, but I really hate the “Bill and Cathy” name thing. It’s just so undignified.
      I like the way she looks. I prefer her hair down, but it’s good to see a change.

      • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

        I wouldn’t care about the undignified part — I just much prefer the name Will to Bill and I abhor the name Cathy!  It was the one short version of Katherine I would not allow my daughter called!

        • http://twitter.com/sylvia_warren Sylvia

          Exactly. Catherine is a really beautiful name, and Wills already has a perfectly serviceable nickname.

        • http://twitter.com/sylvia_warren Sylvia

          Exactly. Catherine is a really beautiful name, and Wills already has a perfectly serviceable nickname.

    • Anonymous

      Nose ring – LOL!!! He looks yummy again with a hat on, too bad he can’t get hair plugs or something. She looks boring and quite skeletal. Very pale and unhealthy looking. I think she is a gorgeous woman with a great smile, so it is a shame to see her like this.

    • Anonymous

      I wish there was a little more context here to know how appropriate Kathy was (compared to others of her age, and near but not quite station) and how much she allowed Camilla’s queens to dress her. But although I would have liked a tad more color, a less Chanel-y jacket and for the girl to get another week’s sleep, I think she looks great.

    • http://twitter.com/Hussified Coleen D. Wybranski

      Supremely disappointed in that look, given that we know she can knock it out of the park. And she’s just thin to distraction – her hair up only brings it sharper into focus. I shouldn’t be able to see shoulder blades and clavicle under a dress and quilted jacket like that, and yet I do.

    • John Robison

      Well, I think it says all the that harpy Barbara Walters wouldn’t SHUT UP about Diana before, during and after the ceremony, going so far as to cut off the others on the ABC set trying to explain what it was we were watching. She wants to be her own person, not a redux of her husbands mother, so she’ll do the dutiful “uniform” of the Royal Family. “Style” takes a back seat to tradition with The Firm and she is wearing what is expected for a Royal at Ascot. Also, she is not the style setter for the RF, but her Grandmother-in-law is.

    • Anonymous

      Lord have mercy, when was the last time this poor woman slept?

      • sophie elliott

        The slight bags under her eyes are genetic so unless you’re advocating surgery… they’re there to stay. (I’m willing to bet the eyeliner is used heavily for this reason.)

      • sophie elliott

        The slight bags under her eyes are genetic so unless you’re advocating surgery… they’re there to stay. (I’m willing to bet the eyeliner is used heavily for this reason.)

    • Anonymous

      She has wonderful shapely legs…and…um…that’s the only item on that side of the scales.  

      Then there’s the (from the front) deeply unflattering jacket, the middle-aged chapeau (though I’ll grant the very nice left profile), the shoulder blades practically cutting though the jacket . . . and the fact that suddenly, beyond thin, she looks to be in her forties.  

      (I’ve got to give up on this family – the Windsor Effect is just too powerful.).

    • http://twitter.com/VicksieDo Vickie Lord

      When I saw this I was just like “REALLY?” they do this stuff, and wear that crap?  It’s all just TOO FRIGGEN MUCH. Especially the boys.  I actually like her outfit for where she is, but LORDY that is one stuffy occasion. 

    • Anonymous

      Where has it been stated that the Duke and Duchess (Bill & Cathy) wished to be called Prince & Princess?  I would love to read more on this.

    • Anonymous

      Does anyone else think that putting her hair up makes her look a lot older than 29 or 30?

    • Anonymous

      Wow, you guys are being bitches.  She looks fresh and lovely in the all white.  And one of the reasons her ring looks so prominent is that it isn’t all that comfortable to fold your other hand over such a large stone, plus it gets all smudgy.  

      She’s under such heavy public scrutiny, it must be exhausting.  It’s a horse race, it’s an outfit, she looks fine, give the woman a break.  

    • Anonymous

      I would like to see a jacket with a bit of color on her. 

      Harry looks adorable.  I love his yellow vest and blue shirt/tie combo.

    • Anonymous

      Gentlemen, I’m amazed you said nothing about the hat, which from the right looks like a cowpie with a curlicue.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3KCDEX4FOTCFHZP6WLKSOOKUVM Danielle

      Also, pumps on the grass?  Somebody get this girl some wedges!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3KCDEX4FOTCFHZP6WLKSOOKUVM Danielle

      Also, pumps on the grass?  Somebody get this girl some wedges!

    • Jenna Kuhmann

      I love the jacket, and I love the skirt, but I agree that together they are too much white. I think being in the public eye isn’t really her thing, especially with the kind of pressure and scrutiny she’s under, so she almost goes for the invisible when she’s going to be “seen.”  I don’t blame her, but I do wish she would relax a bit. I adore her, though, so I’m giving her a pass and hoping for better next time.

    • Jenna Kuhmann

      I love the jacket, and I love the skirt, but I agree that together they are too much white. I think being in the public eye isn’t really her thing, especially with the kind of pressure and scrutiny she’s under, so she almost goes for the invisible when she’s going to be “seen.”  I don’t blame her, but I do wish she would relax a bit. I adore her, though, so I’m giving her a pass and hoping for better next time.

    • Anonymous

      The dress seems to be gone from the Reiss site, surprise suprise! Here it is http://www.johnlewis.com/242579/Product.aspx

      I think you’re being a bit unfair though. It’s conservative but then the dress code is at these things. Plus it was windy (hence the hair up) and the weather in the UK is swinging between roasting and baltic and back again at the moment. And, well, she’s never been exactly edgy anyway!

      I do wish she’d support some upcoming designers though. I like that she clearly doesn’t want to be seen to be spending a fortune on clothes, but she could do that without sticking to the top end of the high street all the time. However I just don’t think that’s her thing.

    • Anonymous

      The dress seems to be gone from the Reiss site, surprise suprise! Here it is http://www.johnlewis.com/242579/Product.aspx

      I think you’re being a bit unfair though. It’s conservative but then the dress code is at these things. Plus it was windy (hence the hair up) and the weather in the UK is swinging between roasting and baltic and back again at the moment. And, well, she’s never been exactly edgy anyway!

      I do wish she’d support some upcoming designers though. I like that she clearly doesn’t want to be seen to be spending a fortune on clothes, but she could do that without sticking to the top end of the high street all the time. However I just don’t think that’s her thing.

    • Anonymous

      I think she looks fine, but she certainly could have jazzed the look up a bit and still shown proper decorum.  And as far as the ring goes, what do you want her to do?  Keep her hand in her pocket?  When you’re wearing something like that, it shows whether you are intentionally “leading with” it or not.

    • Anonymous

      Her legs are just something else. V jealous.

    • Anonymous

      Her legs are just something else. V jealous.

    • Anonymous

      Why can’t we bitter kittens lay off the weight commentary?  god. 

      The hat is not working for me, and TLo, your comment about wearing the ring in her nose totally made my day.  Otherwise, I thought this was not bad at all.  Guess it’s me just having looked at the gynecological display of the postings on the MTV award red carpet, but I was really happy at not having my first thought be “too. damned. short.”  So huzzah for her – maybe she’ll start to come out swinging in future days.

    • http://twitter.com/aidanboleyn Aidan B

      First of all, helloooo Harry.
      I’m half with you on this, boys. I love her skirt. I love that is has so much movement, because it’s a contrast against the stiff constumes and pageantry of this kind of event. Yes, the jacket is a bit dowdy, and I might hate it, but overall I think she looks nice. And I think that’s the first time I’ve seen her with her hair pulled back.
      Give her some credit, she’s still new to this kind of thing. She’ll learn what she stylistically can and can’t get away with at these events. She’s probably still trying to figure out how she can balance style with respectability, so she’s overcompensating for now. But I have faith in her.

    • http://twitter.com/aidanboleyn Aidan B

      First of all, helloooo Harry.
      I’m half with you on this, boys. I love her skirt. I love that is has so much movement, because it’s a contrast against the stiff constumes and pageantry of this kind of event. Yes, the jacket is a bit dowdy, and I might hate it, but overall I think she looks nice. And I think that’s the first time I’ve seen her with her hair pulled back.
      Give her some credit, she’s still new to this kind of thing. She’ll learn what she stylistically can and can’t get away with at these events. She’s probably still trying to figure out how she can balance style with respectability, so she’s overcompensating for now. But I have faith in her.

    • Kristen Taylor

      I wish that she wasn’t in the habit of completely obscuring her eyes with all of that make up.  They’re like two black holes with no definition.

    • Kristen Taylor

      I wish that she wasn’t in the habit of completely obscuring her eyes with all of that make up.  They’re like two black holes with no definition.

    • http://twitter.com/iraki86 Ira Ioannidou

      Cut the girl some slack! She managed to get the most desired single man on earth to be her husband after a century of dating. Of course she’s gonna show off the ring. Every gal does and maybe she deserves it a bit more. I liked this look for some reason. Maybe because the tones have a calming effect on me. It is a quite boring look, I’ll give you that. But for me she is allowed to make such little mistakes.

    • Anonymous

      I love that you call them Bill and Cathy and I LOVE that you gave the Duchess a proper thumbs DOWN for this dull outfit. It is so very dull, not fresh or lovely in the least to my eyes. The skirt could not be dowdier with the jacket and the hat is a terrible color as well as looking far too much like hair to function in the decorative way that hats should function. And while I know that The Ring has to feature prominently at all times, she needs to figure out how to accessorize — my God, Liz Taylor wore huge showpiece diamonds and figured out a way to wear other jewelry at the same time. Bring out the royal gays! Katherine needs help.

    • Anonymous

      I love that you call them Bill and Cathy and I LOVE that you gave the Duchess a proper thumbs DOWN for this dull outfit. It is so very dull, not fresh or lovely in the least to my eyes. The skirt could not be dowdier with the jacket and the hat is a terrible color as well as looking far too much like hair to function in the decorative way that hats should function. And while I know that The Ring has to feature prominently at all times, she needs to figure out how to accessorize — my God, Liz Taylor wore huge showpiece diamonds and figured out a way to wear other jewelry at the same time. Bring out the royal gays! Katherine needs help.

    • Anonymous

      No crap from here…she doesn’t look bad. She just looks blah.  Too white, which looks weird with the color of the, the clutch and the shoes.  She needed to mix up the color.  Blah blah blah is what I thought.

    • Judy_J

      She’s got great legs, doesn’t she?

    • Judy_J

      She’s got great legs, doesn’t she?

    • http://profiles.google.com/gillianholroyd gillian holroyd

      I love the photo where he’s looking at the program and her face is in profile looking over his shoulder.

      This is a calculated outfit, just like the wedding gown. I think she is going to be more Jackie O than Michelle O.

    • http://profiles.google.com/gillianholroyd gillian holroyd

      I love the photo where he’s looking at the program and her face is in profile looking over his shoulder.

      This is a calculated outfit, just like the wedding gown. I think she is going to be more Jackie O than Michelle O.

    • http://profiles.google.com/dailydesirables Justa Blogger

      she looks SO old in that first picture. she just seems over-exhausted and too thin. i think this outfit was a combo of being tired and also very pressured to look good as a royal (hence the old lady outfit) i hope she gets some rest and a cheeseburger STAT. 

    • Anonymous

      I don’t think the jacket is too tight. She is so thin that you can tell that it fits her loosely. I think that that pulling is just the way the jacket is made.

      I think she does look conservative but not as much as y’all are making her out to be. I think the beautiful flow of the skirt offsets the demure look of the jacket. Also, I think the fresh look of her skin on both her legs, and face really brighten up the look. The hat is adorable, and she looks fantastic!

    • Anonymous

      I don’t think the jacket is too tight. She is so thin that you can tell that it fits her loosely. I think that that pulling is just the way the jacket is made.

      I think she does look conservative but not as much as y’all are making her out to be. I think the beautiful flow of the skirt offsets the demure look of the jacket. Also, I think the fresh look of her skin on both her legs, and face really brighten up the look. The hat is adorable, and she looks fantastic!

    • http://twitter.com/RozSeven Roz

      I would forgive everything if only she were wearing a top hat too. And jackets with chest pockets are sad.

    • http://twitter.com/RozSeven Roz

      I would forgive everything if only she were wearing a top hat too. And jackets with chest pockets are sad.

    • Megan Sullivan

      I think she looks good.

    • Megan Sullivan

      I think she looks good.

    • suzq

      I think she’s gorgeous and I love the hat, too.  So there.  Phffftt!

    • suzq

      I think she’s gorgeous and I love the hat, too.  So there.  Phffftt!

    • Anonymous

      Only one pic of Hot Harry?????

    • Anonymous

      Only one pic of Hot Harry?????

    • Bethany Fairbrother

      The jacket is horrible.  Her hair is too severe and the makeup is aging her.  If the accessories had a pop of color it could have saved this outfit from being so dull.  The skirt was cute.

    • Anonymous

      She doesn’t look dreadfully skinny anymore, which I think everyone can agree is a great thing.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6PUVFQ7YCZZFZRIER6BEJ4HVYE Amye

      I caught her doing that with her ring almost from the beginning.  Personally I think she looks okay.  We don’t know if it was cool that day.  And if it was, that’s a more appropriate jacket.  However, a color would’ve been nice.

      And take off that God-awful hat!

    • Anonymous

      I prefer to think of them as Will & Kate.  I think that fits them much better than Bil & Cathy.  Ugh to that.  And I totally disagree with you on the outfit.  I think she looks fresh, chic and elegant.  When you see the other women in the background, especially in the last photo, they all look rather cheap and common in comparison.  One can never go wrong with a Chanel-esque jacket and I love her little hat.  Coco said “Fashion fades, but style endures.”  I wish more of the women discussed here went for style, not fashion.  And I wish more young women had some dignity instead of the trash we often see.  I even think she makes demure look sexy here.  Not in the trampy sexy way but in the classy way.  Obviously, I disagree with most of you but I think her position, the fact that she’s a new member of the family, and the occasion have to be taken into consideration.  She nailed it.

      I also don’t see anything she’s doing as trying to show off the ring.  In the picture where she’s laughing, the hand with the ring is cupping under the purse almost hiding the ring.  She’s using her hands the way I would if carrying a small clutch and trying to look polite.  And I don’t have a big rock on my hand.But, then again, I was never a fan of Diana or her fashion sense.  I always thought she showed a lack of respect for the others in the family by her obvious adulation for being in the spotlight.  I think she overdid it to the point of being tacky.  I know I’m in the minority on that, too.

      Will look very fine.  Harry looks fantastic.

    • http://twitter.com/rmccarthyjames RMJ

      Will should wear hats all the time. First time that I’ve been attracted to him in years.

    • Anonymous

      I love the hat. The rest is safe but hell, she is probably still trying to make up for her cousin-in-law’s toilet hat from the wedding….

    • elzatelzabelz

      I don’t think she’s made any fashion splashes here, but appropriate for the role. A little color and a little sass would be great, but, well, I guess you can’t ask too much of her just yet. I disagree about the pulling. There is no way anything is too tight on her, she’s maybe 100 pounds soaking wet. I think the jacket is generally ill fitting, but not pulling. I like that she did something different with her hair.

    • Anonymous

      I think she’s appropriate… and I really do want her to be much more Grandmum Betty than Princess Di.  I respect Grandmum Betty.  It would be nice to respect the younger set at some point.

    • Tim Wong

      yawn… she look like a Air Hostess for the first class of some royal airline….and she need to lay off the lower eyeliner…

    • Kristin Clifford

      A rare occasion where William is pulling it off far better than Harry. He looks quite dashing, for some reason on Harry’s head the top hat is giving him the appearance of a court jester.

      Sidenote: God love the British for letting these sorts of fashion statements be the norm.

    • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

      in this photo, if no other, she seems as if she’s jumping aboard the Beatrice BadHat BandWagon. i like beatrice’s better, actually.

      the real story, or lack thereof, hereupon, i think, is the menswear. it’s just post-beau brummell–& i mean the original beau brummell {c1810, say}. i wonder how long it’s gonna stay that way–here in this world of “women have changed more in the last fifteen years than ever before in all history.” say.

    • sonictofu

      not surprised at your commentary on this one.  Actually relieved – classy does not mean boring.

    • http://profiles.google.com/rachelruthlee Rachel Lee

      That is an AWFUL jacket. Also those shoes and hat are boring. 

    • Ella B. Mudge

      Love it what you said about the ring, spot on!

    • Anonymous

      I feel sorry for her.  I know she’s rich and beautiful, but still, lots of eyes on her all the time can’t be fun.  I’m not believing her smile and I think she looks kind of anxious.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1050504936 Therese Bohn

      I love her but I really hope that she’ll save the up-dos for formal occasions.  The skirt is cute, but the cardigan, hat, and hairdo age her at least 20 years.  I hope that this is really just a temporary glitch in an otherwise nice wardrobe parade so far.  It took Princess Diana a while to find her fashion niche too, and for the first couple years, she was matronly, although she pulled it off better.  Then as the years went on, she got more self confident and edgier. So far, Catherine is playing it safe, which is too bad because she could really rock some beautiful color and killer hats and shoes.  I really wish she’d gain 5-10 lbs too! C’mon Kate, we know this isn’t really you!

      • http://twitter.com/_fallingslowly fallingslowly

        But it is Kate!  She’s not a fashion hound and likely has no desire to be one.  Kate’s style has always been simple, classy, understated and conservative.  She likes classic styles and unfussy outfits.  She likes a cute shoe and fun hat, but it’s never crazy and she never over-accessorizes.  Kate’s a smart, sporty, solid, happy girl who fell in love with a prince.  That’s it.  

        TLo should probably stop covering her because they are doomed to disappointment if they expect her to be a slave to fashion, trendy, edgy, etc. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Catherine-Rhodes/602850414 Catherine Rhodes

      I think she looks adorable. What’s throwing the look into dowager territory is that hideous hat. Imagine Kate without it, with her long locks flowing — she would look like a perfect young princess.

    • Helen C

      KATE’s face looks old. 

    • Anonymous

      Also – boob pockets look good on pretty much no one. No good.

      –M

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NMIFZ6A7BHP66M546AO77BWVQ4 Bonnie

      Let’s just hope she’s not getting fashinon advice from Camilla.  I can’t fault the girl for flogging the ring…Lord knows she waited long enough!
      bitchybichybitchy

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