Bill & Cathy Cambridge in Canada, Days 4 & 5

Posted on July 05, 2011

Just because it’s no longer July 4th weekend doesn’t mean we can’t keep worshiping British royalty, right?

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend a Freedom of the City Ceremony outside City Hall in Quebec, Canada.

Erdem Pre-Fall 2011 Collection/Model: Hannah Noble

Colored lace is one of those design elements that needs to be deployed with some restraint. Otherwise, you’re the gal who always wears colored lace. It tends to stick in people’s memories. We were a bit disappointed by this dress because she just wore a blue lace Erdem sheath dress the other day. Two in one week makes you look like you have no sense of style at all. It’s a great look, but we would have liked it more if she hadn’t worn such a similar look on the same trip.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visit Fort Levis in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

Vanessa Dress by Joseph

Natalie Clutch by L. K. Bennett

We realize this must be a pretty casual event, considering how everyone else is dressed, but man, this gal really doesn’t like color, does she? It’s black. blue, beige and white, all the time. This has a great shape to it and the silhouette is perfect for her, but this would have looked so much more interesting if it had any color or print to it. At the very least, put on your red shoes and dance the blues, princess.

Love Bill’s “I’m just a regular, shirtsleeves kinda guy” getup. It’s almost like a Halloween costume on him.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visit Province House in Charlottetown, Canada. Catherine is wearing an Alexander McQueen sweater dress paired with Prada pumps.

Now, THIS is utterly adorable. This is how you expect a member of British royalty to look. Sure, it’s still beige and navy blue, but there are at least some design elements to give it some interest this time; namely, the stripes, the cable knit, and the sailor neckline. Love the ponytail too. In fact, this may be our favorite look of the trip.

Bill is once again swimming inside his father’s suit and – shockingly – his shoes look a bit dingy. And can’t he afford a couple summer suits? Or at least, not navy blue ones? How great would they look in all these pictures if he was wearing some sort of light-weight, light-colored suit? Surely there’s no protocol forbidding a light grey suit, is there? Then again, there seems to be some sort of restriction on Cathy being allowed to show her toes.

 

[Photo Credit: Getty, style.com, my-wardrobe.com, lkbennett.com]

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  • http://twitter.com/ginpeck Gin Peck

    Yeah, yeah, Cathy looks great. Bill looks formal. Now, more importantly, can we get a zoom-in on the policemen?

    • Julie Woodson

      Ha ha. The cops are pretty foxy, aren’t they?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046681022 Paula Berman

        Was about to post the same exact sentiment.  Love the motorcycle jackets.

    • http://twitter.com/Ubufied Michelle Renee

      Yes, could William and Kate please move over so I can get a better look at the men in uniform?? =)

  • http://twitter.com/ginpeck Gin Peck

    Yeah, yeah, Cathy looks great. Bill looks formal. Now, more importantly, can we get a zoom-in on the policemen?

  • Anonymous

    Regarding Wills, T Lo, you are so right!  His suits are looking just dreadful and I could not believe (once my heroes pointed it out to me) the shocking condition of his shoes!

    On to herself:  I am so bored with her palette.  I mean, there’s the “anti-Diana” and then there’s wearing only shades of dark blue and white and beige.  Oh yes, with that pale grey thrown in for *slight gag* variety.  Bring it, girlfriend!  Come on, we know you can and we know there are gays advising the royal household!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Regarding Wills, T Lo, you are so right!  His suits are looking just dreadful and I could not believe (once my heroes pointed it out to me) the shocking condition of his shoes!

    On to herself:  I am so bored with her palette.  I mean, there’s the “anti-Diana” and then there’s wearing only shades of dark blue and white and beige.  Oh yes, with that pale grey thrown in for *slight gag* variety.  Bring it, girlfriend!  Come on, we know you can and we know there are gays advising the royal household!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lita-Foster/100000123120360 Lita Foster

    I wonder if that plain ivory dress was worn under a jacket when she arrived in PEI?

    http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/royal-visit/Photos+Royals/5043986/story.html

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_64HSRZWCSJ5RBFGCWDLFQOICYM G

      Yes, Lita, she wore a pinkish jacket with that dress, and it looked much more interesting!  I am still  loving the ring display and ever-present smiles.  They are going to have very sore smile muscles when this tour is done.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lita-Foster/100000123120360 Lita Foster

    I wonder if that plain ivory dress was worn under a jacket when she arrived in PEI?

    http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/royal-visit/Photos+Royals/5043986/story.html

  • Trinh D.

    How come Prince William isn’t wearing his ring? Is it not of tradition to do so? 

    • Jenna Kuhmann

      Prince William does not have a wedding ring.  He chose not to have one before they were married for some reason.

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

        Because he’s British and it’s not really traditional for guys to wear them here.  Lots of younger men do wear them these days but not all, and 30 years ago, hardly any men did.

    • http://twitter.com/ginpeck Gin Peck

      If I recall correctly, he never wore a ring. Something about he chose not to?

    • Anonymous

      apparently there was a fair bit of press about the fact that he would not wear a wedding ring, and that it is not common for royal princes to wear them (at least publicly)

    • http://twitter.com/Megan_Burgess Megan

      He doesn’t have one. I can’t remember why, but they decided only she would wear a ring.

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

      Actually that’s a fairly common thing; wedding rings haven’t always been a default for men. 

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

      Actually that’s a fairly common thing; wedding rings haven’t always been a default for men. 

    • Trinh D.

      Thanks for the responses!

    • Anonymous

      I think part of it is that he is a working guy – my dad is a farmer.  He has a wedding ring, and he only wears it if they go out on their anniversary (if his knuckles aren’t banged up from working in the shop or fixing fence or something else and the ring will actually go on) My husband carries his in his necklace medicine bag because he works with his hands.  Rings can be very dangerous. That, and can you imagine how tempting it would be for someone to take his ring from his locker while he’s out on call?

    • Anonymous

      They told the reason before the wedding: since William is a pilot, he can’t wear a ring on missions (it might get caught in the instruments and an accident might ensue), and they didn’t want to risk some paparazzi taking a picture of him without the ring and then starting some dumb rumour mill about the marriage being in trouble because Wills isn’t wearing his ring, blah blah blah… So it was simplest to just decide to not wear a ring at all.

  • Trinh D.

    How come Prince William isn’t wearing his ring? Is it not of tradition to do so? 

  • http://twitter.com/sylvia_warren Sylvia

    What’s wrong with sticking to a colour palette that suits you? I wear mostly navy, camel, grey and beige, and then think “Oh, I should branch out” and end up looking horrendous. Same with print, apart from stripes. Better to look constantly good than take risks and look stupid. 

    • Anonymous

      Do you really think she wouldn’t look awesome in a little orange or red with her skin tone and hair color? With the right cut, she would so totally werq it.

  • http://twitter.com/sylvia_warren Sylvia

    What’s wrong with sticking to a colour palette that suits you? I wear mostly navy, camel, grey and beige, and then think “Oh, I should branch out” and end up looking horrendous. Same with print, apart from stripes. Better to look constantly good than take risks and look stupid. 

  • Anonymous

    It scares me that this woman apparently has no hips. If she walked over a gutter grate, she’d fall right through. And reds would be spectacular on her.

    • Trinh D.

      I totally laughed out loud. 

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

      LOL.  Awesome.  I agree, she is way too thin in the middle.  I swear she used to have a shape.

      • Anonymous

        it amazed me that she had to have a ‘hip roll’ under her wedding dress, and only someone that is straight up and down could carry off the extra mass at the hip/waist that her dress had..

      • Anonymous

        it amazed me that she had to have a ‘hip roll’ under her wedding dress, and only someone that is straight up and down could carry off the extra mass at the hip/waist that her dress had..

  • Anonymous

    I love the last dress b/c I immediately thought of Betty Draper’s dress in season 3 I think it was..

    Will bores me much more than she does, He could step it up a notch or two. I kind of expect her to dress like this b/c she’s British and she’s Royal and she’s on business really. Seems appropriate.

  • Anonymous

    I agree about the lace dresses and her limited color palette. She should have stuck with the first blue lace dress, which was stunning. This one is just ok.
    William looks so much better in that casual look than in those stuffy suits. Catherine should definitely hire a team of gays to give him a style intervention, since the man is going to be stuck wearing suits for the rest of his life. He’s tall and lean; there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be looking great in a suit.

  • http://profiles.google.com/marteani Barbara Guttman

    I would like the blue lace dress a lot better if not for the abysmal white back on it.  Backing lace is a surefire way to make it look even cheaper.  I wish she’s wear a pattern instead, you get all the visual interest of lace without the tendency towards tackiness!

    • Anonymous

      Whoa, I didn’t even realize it was backed in white.  I thought it was just her skin.  That makes me like it less now.  I am a sucker for cobalt blue though.

      • http://profiles.google.com/marteani Barbara Guttman

        I can’t tell if she added it or not. The original model is very pale, but the white stands out like a beacon against Cathy’s tanned skin (which is one of the reasons she looks good in just white, it doesn’t wash her out).  I like her color palette, but the lace thing bugs me.

      • http://profiles.google.com/marteani Barbara Guttman

        I can’t tell if she added it or not. The original model is very pale, but the white stands out like a beacon against Cathy’s tanned skin (which is one of the reasons she looks good in just white, it doesn’t wash her out).  I like her color palette, but the lace thing bugs me.

  • http://ginnad.myopenid.com/ Ginna

    Yes, that ivory dress had a really cute pink jacket when I saw it. I guess even royalty feels the heat! And the sweater dress… I laughed because, that’s the perfect dress to wear while visiting the land of Anne of Green Gables! 

    She also wore a cute raincoat with a vibrant red scarf to watch her husband fly a helicopter. She even took her own pictures to commemorate the event.

    • Anonymous

      I read she loved the book when she was young, so that might be deliberate.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, I was totally thinking that was an Anne Shirley dress.

  • Anonymous

    Blue dress: meh. Perfectly fine but no zing. I love the other two.

    It’s much easier to admire him when he’s dressed down. Princess Charlene must work very hard not to draw comparisons, lest she stew in bitterness.

    • Julie Woodson

      I find his frumpiness a little endearing.

  • Anonymous

    I would have like it if she paired the blue dress with red shoes (like the model did – though she looks like she’s having more fun than the model so maybe those red shoes are the cursed kind). I’d love to see her throw some color into the mix as well. But I’m also thinking that her look is limited on this trip to make it more mix & match. Much was made about how they traveled a lot lighter than other royals (fewer aids and less luggage), and she’s repeating outfits. It could just be because of the economy that they’ve made another decision to not appear extravagant.

    As for Bill’s shoes, I remember hearing Sarah Ferguson once give an interview where she talked about how Diana used to joke with her about the shoes the Windsors used to wear. I guess Bill got the Windsor shoe gene.

    –GothamTomato

  • Anonymous

    It was so refreshing to see Billy out of his standard blue suit …and then scroll down and damn, he’s right back in it.  He needs an intervention.

    She does look really good in the beige with navy stripe sweater dress. 

    I can’t imagine it was easy for Cathy (or is it Cathi ?) to put together an entire new wardrobe for this tour…seeing as how it’s her first big one.  So many events…so many changes of clothes.  I’d imagine after a while of looking at so many clothes she’d be thinking ‘whatever…get me out of here!’  idk.  Seems overwhelming when you think about it…hence the safe-ness of it all. 

  • Jenna Kuhmann

    My theory with Kate’s wardrobe choices is that she is deliberately trying not to stand out because she is uncomfortable with the attention she gets as it is.  She never looks bad (as that would surely draw more attention to her), but I think she will rarely surprise anyone with a clothing choice because she has experienced first-hand (see: wedding dress) how crazy the media and people can get about her via her outfit.  Understated is her thing; it sort of gets her a pass from the media, it shows she takes her new role seriously, and I think it works with her naturally stunning beauty. 

  • http://twitter.com/Megan_Burgess Megan

    I seem to be in the minority, but I’m not crazy about the McQueen sweater dress. I don’t know why. Everything else looks spectacular, though.

    • Anonymous

      While I think she looks great in it, I’m not crazy about it either. It’s too preppy for my taste. (I guess it’s a good thing I don’t have to wear it.) I love the ponytail though. If she’s going to wear her hair back, it needs to be soft the way it is here.

  • Anonymous

    I like the royal blue lace yoked dress, but you are right,it is very similar to the navy lace dress she wore already. Most people wouldn’t need both of them in their closet.
    The ivory sheath is cute too. I feel a bit sorry for the poor girl , as it appears she is stuck wearing dressy pumps for the rest of her life.I think a casual flat or sandal would have gone a long way to make this look a little less formal for the event
    The salior dress quite elegant. And that can’t be an easy thing to accomplish. Most of us would look like Shirley Temple or What Ever Happened to Baby Jane.

  • suzq

    Searsucker.  Any law against searsucker?  Or at least linen.  Come on…they would have looked like Tom and Daisy Buchannon…although perhaps that’s not the couple they’d most like to emulate for real…

  • Beth G

    Said it before, will keep saying it – nude pumps look like silly putty.  I wish the white dress had been paired with SOMETHING of color.
    But more than that, I would have loved to see her in…. gasp…. pants… shorts… capris… SOMETHING besides a dress.  If William can go in jeans and rolled sleeves, surely she could have.

    Like the pony tail – looks so much cooler (temperature wise) than the mane of hair.

    • http://wipgirl.wordpress.com/ kristel

      There’s a photo of her in (skinny) jeans in PEI – she and Will raced dragonboats (with teams). (Damned if I can find the link now. I thought the internet was forever.)

  • Beth G

    Said it before, will keep saying it – nude pumps look like silly putty.  I wish the white dress had been paired with SOMETHING of color.
    But more than that, I would have loved to see her in…. gasp…. pants… shorts… capris… SOMETHING besides a dress.  If William can go in jeans and rolled sleeves, surely she could have.

    Like the pony tail – looks so much cooler (temperature wise) than the mane of hair.

  • Beth G

    Said it before, will keep saying it – nude pumps look like silly putty.  I wish the white dress had been paired with SOMETHING of color.
    But more than that, I would have loved to see her in…. gasp…. pants… shorts… capris… SOMETHING besides a dress.  If William can go in jeans and rolled sleeves, surely she could have.

    Like the pony tail – looks so much cooler (temperature wise) than the mane of hair.

  • Anonymous

    I WANT THAT MCQUEEN SAILOR DRESS. WANT IT SO BAD.

  • Anonymous

    I WANT THAT MCQUEEN SAILOR DRESS. WANT IT SO BAD.

  • Anonymous

    I WANT THAT MCQUEEN SAILOR DRESS. WANT IT SO BAD.

  • http://korilian.livejournal.com/ korilian

    I’m bored of Cathy. Sure, she always looks really nice, but that girl could look nice in a burlap sack. 

  • http://profiles.google.com/vispreeve Daniel Vispreeve

    She’s a beutifull girl who likes to wear classic, sharp (and a bit boring) clothes – and that’s totally OK – but, IMO, she (or gays around her) doesn’t know what kind of silhouettes are best for her body type – the girl has no HIPS! That fact is pretty obvious with some of her looks – like with this lovely  Alexander McQueen sweater dres – it makes her torso unfalteringly long (and those horizontal stripes don’t help). I think she should wear something with more volume below the waist or/and something that will emphasis her waist – that Vanessa Dress is small step in the right direction.

    • Anonymous

      She could pull off flapper looks — and if she went retro Roaring 20s she might actually be fashion forward and set a trend. I know I’m dreaming. I don’t know why I want her to be just a little less … conservative in her 20s. 

  • Anonymous

    Cathy is beginning to look like a Jeff Dunham character.   (especially in the first pic in the last outfit.)

    I do like the first outfit.
    Anyone see the PR commercials over the weekend?  -so I just saw that it starts July 28th?

  • http://smalldog.wordpress.com/ Small Dog

    Sometimes boring, yes, but I struggle to recall a time she’s ever looked BAD.  Girlfriend knows what works for her and I love her look.

  • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986 Judy S

    I read in another comment that Erdem was born in Quebec (Montreal?) so the choice of designer there is a diplomatic nod to the hosts. On the other hand, I’ll bet he designs something besides blue lace sheaths….
     

  • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986 Judy S

    I read in another comment that Erdem was born in Quebec (Montreal?) so the choice of designer there is a diplomatic nod to the hosts. On the other hand, I’ll bet he designs something besides blue lace sheaths….
     

  • Anne Slovin

    And the first lace dress was so much better!

  • Marie Drucker

    She wore skinny jeans and a blazer on another part of this Canada trip (they were rowing in a some sort of race) and looked great.

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

    Hmm, if I owned THAT RING, I’d wear blue a lot too!  She looks great in my opinion.  Thinnnnn, but great.

  • Anonymous

    The thing with royal males, that class generally, is they get their suits from Savile Row and keep them for years and years. Likewise the shoes, which are probably bespoke too. So everything is classic and has to be so it lasts, it isn’t a fashion mindset in the slightest but very old school, You won’t see William in a flashier suit (unless his mate Beckham starts giving him tips!). The only royal male known for his dress sense was the Duke of Windsor – not an example any of them will want to follow. And, it is workwear to him.

    I love that McQueen knit dress, and I like the cream dress. Don’t like the blue, but I don’t like that shade generally which is probably why. And, although unlike many here I love lace, I don’t like that lace. I assume she’s keeping a limited palette because shes keeping the luggage down. It’s not like the old days of the Royal Yacht when they could take a lot more.

  • Ann Strunk

    At least she doesn’t have to wear panty hose.  I’d draw the line there myself.  You go, girl ;)

    • Anonymous

      Actually she does have to wear hose.  Closed-toe shoes and hose are a royal requirement, apparently.  Both for the royals themselves and for their guests, which is kind of awful.  But I guess if I want to eat dinner with the Queen, I can buy some hose, right?

  • Tamara Hogan

    Yup, William’s too young to look quite so stodgy. I don’t necessarily like the belt he’s wearing with his jeans, but I like the fact that he’d wear it.

  • Tamara Hogan

    Yup, William’s too young to look quite so stodgy. I don’t necessarily like the belt he’s wearing with his jeans, but I like the fact that he’d wear it.

  • Anonymous

    The McQueen is to die for.  Well, OK, it’s a sweater dress, but it’s perfect on her.  Love the hair pulled back.  I’m starting to like this girl.

  • Anonymous

    The McQueen is to die for.  Well, OK, it’s a sweater dress, but it’s perfect on her.  Love the hair pulled back.  I’m starting to like this girl.

  • http://twitter.com/ShelfAfterlife Shelf Afterlife

    As soon as I saw the first dress I thought “didn’t she wear that already?”  But, she’s a gal who knows what she likes.  She’s so skinny, what the hell can’t she wear?

  • Jessica Goldstein

    I wouldn’t expect to see her in prints, as they can be trickier to photograph. As for her limited palette, I’m guessing part of it is personal preference (my palette is pretty limited, too) and part of it was, as someone else stated, a strategy for packing light. Given the state of the British economy and the austerity measures being undertaken, I think looking good, modern, simple, and business-like is a very smart strategy for her. As for Prince William, he really does look 10 years younger when he’s in his “everyday bloke” costume. He really does need some new suit cuts.

  • scottyf

    another_laura said…
    “Regarding Wills, T Lo, you are so right!  His suits are looking just dreadful and I could not believe (once my heroes pointed it out to me) the shocking condition of his shoes!

    Well, to be fair, he started out wearing this, but the Duchess talked him into changing into one of his older suits.

    • Anonymous

      Dang, you talented scottyf!

    • Anonymous

      You are so awesome.

    • margaret meyers

      That explains her smile!

    • margaret meyers

      That explains her smile!

    • Anonymous

      Brilliant!  :D

    • Anonymous

      Just snorted white wine out my nose!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1248212910 Jessie Melcher Brown

    When I travel for business I tend to pack clothes in colors that repeat and pieces that can be used more than one way.  It also reduces the number of pairs of shoe, the types of hosery, and the jewely pieces I need to take.  Of course I am trying to keep it down to one small suitcase since I have to carry my own bags :-p not being a princess.  She may be doing the same, fewer pieces if they can be worn more than once and reuse the shoes and bags. 
     
    And to admit to a mushy romantic side, my engagement ring is a modest diamond flanked by two small sapphires, and when I first got it I wore a lot of blue on purpose.

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

    Bill actually has kind of a hot bod, as evidenced when he takes off the frumpy suit and puts on casual clothes. Why doesn’t he play it up a little more? Would love to see him in a fitted light-colored suit. He’d be dashing.

    As for her, she is so lovely and smiley, she looks perfect all the time. Dressing like Shelly O is not her style, boys.

  • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

    He wore Levis to Ft. Levis! 

    Love her in a ponytail.  She has gorgeous hair, but I’d like to cut about six inches off it. It has become too heavy for her skininess. 

    IAMSOBZ

    • margaret meyers

      It would be much more stylable if it was shorter.

  • Tam Duong

    I hope we see one of them in a cowboy hat when they’re in Calgary. teehee

  • http://joansbooks.blogspot.com/ lilithcat

    Love Bill’s “I’m just a regular, shirtsleeves kinda guy” getup. It’s almost like a Halloween costume on him.

    I don’t agree.  I have never seen him look more comfortable.  He should wear casual more often.  (Yeah, I know he probably can’t; it’s too bad.)

    I want that McQueen sweater dress.  (I also want the bank account to be able to afford it!)

    • Anonymous

      I agree. I think Wills looks amazing in the “casual” look and he looks way more comfortable and relaxed than he does in the suit. Remember, this is a guy who wears jumpsuits most of the time in his real job.

  • margaret meyers

    The Erdem model is cracking me up.  “Can you look like Mrs. Danvers?  Now tense.  Really tense!”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VA5XLSF3QRELSC3MUFSXLP4EIE rebecca

    SHe looks good in the last getup. She reminds me of Liesl (or rather, Charmaine (sp?) Carr from The Sound of Music.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VA5XLSF3QRELSC3MUFSXLP4EIE rebecca

    SHe looks good in the last getup. She reminds me of Liesl (or rather, Charmaine (sp?) Carr from The Sound of Music.

  • Anonymous

    Boys?  Get over yourselves, she looks fantastic with a definitive style and point of view.  It’s not the same as her late would be Mother-in-laws or any Hollywood starlets but it certainly works wonderful for her.  Deal.

  • MilaXX

    Once again she looks okay, but a bit dull except for in the last outfit. I get that she dresses low key, but some of her looks darn near put me into a coma. I also love the ponytail. It still showcases her beautiful hair, but changes up her look a bit.

  • Anonymous

    Overall she looks good. She hasn’t had a misstep.I really like the second white dress. It is the first real change in silloutte and it is a refreshing albeit small change. The first blue one is more of same for her and the last one, while cute, I find a little twee. Since this is the first big public tour she’s been trotted out for, I don’t blame her for being somewhat conservative with her fashion choices.  As she builds confidence being a public figure I’m betting we’ll see her branch out a bit.

  • Anonymous

    Going to have to go contrarian on you, T Lo:

    The cobalt/sapphire Erdem is my favorite (though I prefer the model’s raspberry shoes to Kate’s choice) — it’s a spectacular color on her, ring or no.  And the Blue Lace Again doesn’t bother me: it’s a markedly different blue, and the lace is an embellishment here rather than The Fabric, as it was previously.

    If we must go with a dance motif via ‘red shoes,’ I’d offer “La Sonnanbula” … which was my impression of that milky sleeveless thing.  Happy to see her in a non-sheath, and I liked it fine with the jacket — but on its own, there’s no ‘there’ there.

    The cable-knit McQueen is fine in principle (I quite like the swingy little hem), but seeing it on her, all I could think was *graaaaavity* — not the most becoming look for someone as rail-thin and long-waisted as she is.  Plus two off-whites in a row … uh-uh.

    So, one-and-a-half whiffs (horrors!) and one In.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t like cocktail dresses deployed for day wear. Is she doing a “day to evening” look because she doesn’t have time to change her clothing? Doubtful. The sailor dress is a huge improvement, agreed. It’s much more age appropriate and flattering and fun. That blue lace thing is DOWDY. Pass it on to QE 2 after it’s let out.

  • http://profiles.google.com/ballinger.jl Jessica Ballinger

    Boring boring boring boring BORED.  Is she trying to dress so plainly that no one will look at her anymore?  I mean, I get that there are rules, but WOW.  I can barely be bothered to look anymore.

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

    White dress with nude shoes.  Yawn.  I can’t wait to see what she does when she gets to America.  I hope she brings some color….

  • Anonymous

    There’s a great picture of Cathy on the Telegraph site. Its a shot from the back in the McQueen. The wind is blowing and her skirt is flipping up, showing the Spanx.
    I don’t think there’s a prohibition is on showing her toes. It’s more that there’s a requirement she wear hose. Hose and open toed shoes look silly together. 

  • Anonymous

    dang they’re cute.

  • http://profiles.google.com/yhawkins13 Yolanda Hawkins

    By far my favorite outfit of the O Canada Tour is the dress with the sailor neckline. I couldn’t agree more – this one knocked it out of the park!  Here’s hoping things will be a little jazzier once they touch down in California.

  • Anonymous

    Who is going to tell Bill that he has to adopt a better default posture than the dreaded “crotch-clutch” he’s been doing?  Stand up with your shoulders back, man!  Leave your hands at your sides, or put one in a pocket, or something – anything but the front clasp.  Nobody’s going to hit you in the nads, really.

  • Judy_J

    Love the McQueen sweater dress!

  • laura magner

    I believe open-toed shoes and sandals are not permitted in the Queen’s presence, so maybe it’s extended to Cathy. How cute would she have looked in a sailor outfit like the wide legged slacks aka Sutton Foster in Anything Goes?! Except she can’t show her shoulders either. Sigh. Uptight Brits.

    • Anonymous

      What some call “uptight” others call respectful.

    • http://diaryofaconsumerpunchingbag.blogspot.com/ Laura Ann Springer

      I agree with Inforapenny, it is called being respectful. Also it may not be her style she may not like showing off her shoulders, you don’t know. 

  • Anonymous

    girl needs non-payless shoes.

    • Anonymous

      Her shoes may be boring, but they’re not cheap.  Those nude pumps she loves so much?  I saw they cost £175, or about US $280.  And another pair of pumps she wore are Prada.  They’re just all a similar style, mid-height heel — which makes sense with all the standing around she has to do — and, of course, closed toe.  We’re not going to see her in 8-inch platform pumps like Posh.  Thank heaven.  There’s nothing wrong with quietly tasteful yet practical footwear.

  • Grace Ritt

    The third look might be one of my favorite dresses she’s ever worn. I love the cut there. 
    Also, her hair looks somewhat affected by the weather in the first few pics! So she is a mere mortal!

  • Sarah Henkel

    The Duchess should work at Pottery Barn! Employees are only allowed to wear black, white, brown and navy. She’d fit in perfectly!

  • Sarah Henkel

    The Duchess should work at Pottery Barn! Employees are only allowed to wear black, white, brown and navy. She’d fit in perfectly!

  • Anonymous

    This blue dress is nothing at all like the other dress, even though they both have lace, and I think it’s beautiful.  This particular blue is a really good color for her.  I like everything she has worn on this trip.  She seems to have identified her style, and I  think she’s smart to stick with it.  I love the pony tail.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_P5HNP4MUD3ZNKTM5F2WQDDLZ4U BarbaraW

    I can’t believe you guys liked that McQueen sailor dress. Talk about channeling Grandma Betty. It looks like something my mother would wear and she’s the same age as the Queen.

  • Anonymous

    Bill not only needs to vary his suits a bit more, he also has to learn what every single fashionable Italian man knows: brown shoes with blue suit, and no black shoes in the day. He looks like a policeman. His casual brown suede loafers look fantastic though.

    Can we get some info on who is his tailor? what brand shoes is he wearing from time to time?

  • Julie Woodson

    I love the sailor look also. 

    Beyond that, I have two comments. First, are those fingers on the car door photoshopped in Photo #4?? They don’t quite look natural. Second, has it been said here that high heels have gotten so high that we see models standing with their ankles turned a little, as in the model in the photo here? 

  • Anonymous

    So why couldn’t she have worn jeans, too?

    • Anonymous

      Because the “Public” does NOT want to see Cathy C. in Jeans.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=502834383 Jennifer Marie Wegmann-Gabb

    Girl needs to eat a sandwich…she’s smaller than the model in the cream dress.

  • Anonymous

    I love that the Duchess continues to dress in her personal style.  Most women have their “go to” colors and I’m glad she does too.  And it’s a lot more comfortable to wear shoes that she’s worn before.  A sensible woman, that Kate.  She looks fabulous. 

    And I’m not sure I agree about the brown shoes with a dark blue suit.  Depends on the shoes, the color brown, the suit, and the event.  He’s not here to be a fashion plate.  He’s here as the future King of England, and so future nominal head of state.  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OYMPLGS7S7467GQMKEWJDJ3N4A Deb

    Having been reading the English papers lately, I can report that there are apparently fairly stringent rules for how the royals dress and how people who are invited to the palace can dress and right up there is that women MUST wear hose and NO OPEN TOED SHOES. Rita Wilson (Tom Hanks’ wife) made a big fuss because she had to go out and buy panty hose and under her long dress, no one could even tell! Maybe one of the former kings had a toe fetish?
    Deb

  • http://diaryofaconsumerpunchingbag.blogspot.com/ Laura Ann Springer

    I think she wore the looks quite well and you can see the true love that Will has for Cate in I think the 7th picture. Also does anyone else think the model’s neck for the first dress was like kinda strange? I mean it looked like a neck a linebacker would have. Also being the bag whore I am I loved the clutches she had with her!

  • http://www.myblackfriendsays.com myblackfriendsays

    I love how his sleeves are _perfectly_ rolled.

  • Judy Raddue

    Has she completely given up eating???  I adore the McQueen but she’s way-way-way too thin.

  • Anonymous

    re: closed/open toed shoes.

    Open toed shoes are not appropriate for formal or semi-formal day wear.  Them’s the rules of yore which I am sure guide her selections.

    • Anonymous

      Princess Margaret was known for her peep toe platform pumps and wore them almost exclusively and Sophie, the Countess of Wessex wore open toed shoes this weekend at the Monaco wedding, (although she was wearing hose, probably not L’eggs).  I think the Royal dress code is just one of life’s enigmas.  I’m sure there is some method to the madness but you probably have to me to the manor born to know all the ends and outs of rules (and those pesky exceptions).

      • Anonymous

        well, Princess Margaret was known as the “Wild” one and Sophie, Countess Wessex was not on a Commonwealth visit, she was attending a social event. I believe that is the difference.

  • Megan Sullivan

    They are just such a lovely couple. He looks great dressed down. I love her little sailor outfit.

  • Anonymous

    She’s not pushing the envelope but then again, she hasn’t made a misstep with her clothes.  She’s looked great in every outfit, though I would have nixed the second blue lace Erdem dress for something a little different.  The McQueen sweater dress is so fab.  Retro styles suit her.  She did wear a print (black with white) on this trip and looked beautiful with a bright red scarf and dark (navy or black) raincoat) so she’s throwing in some color.  I love the white dresses for the summer.  And in Yellowknife she’s out and about in skinny jeans and flats! 

    Those Canadian policemen with the leather jackets and tans are hot.  O Canada indeed.

  • Anonymous

    She’s not pushing the envelope but then again, she hasn’t made a misstep with her clothes.  She’s looked great in every outfit, though I would have nixed the second blue lace Erdem dress for something a little different.  The McQueen sweater dress is so fab.  Retro styles suit her.  She did wear a print (black with white) on this trip and looked beautiful with a bright red scarf and dark (navy or black) raincoat) so she’s throwing in some color.  I love the white dresses for the summer.  And in Yellowknife she’s out and about in skinny jeans and flats! 

    Those Canadian policemen with the leather jackets and tans are hot.  O Canada indeed.

  • Anonymous

    Just wait–She may change up to a very different style and palette in California.  I think this is her Canadian wardrobe:  cool blues and neutrals.

    I also agree with your earlier post about Catherine being careful not to outshine her hubby.  She is trying very hard to be classic and elegant and understated and she is doing a smashing job.

  • akprincess72

    I LOVE that she wore an Ann Shirley dress to PEI!!!!  =D

  • Lies L.

    My love for that last dress knows no bounds. That is adorable and I want it and I want the shoes to go with it. Seriously.

  • Anonymous

    I love that photo of Will getting chummy with the dog. Is it just me or does anyone else find that kind of hot?

  • http://twitter.com/anovelgirl J. Watt

    I love to see Cathy with the little girls. They’re always so enamored and she seems so sweet to them.

  • foodycat

    I done see why she has to wear heels and carry a clutch when William is in jeans. Surely she could have done jeans and ballet pumps or something?

    • Anonymous

      A cute pair of flats would have been great with that dress.  She wears those elegant pumps day after day… I hope Wills gives her a good foot massage every night.

  • Anonymous

    See, with his go-to hands in front stance, the third button makes it look like his stomache is bulging.  In the middle outfit, I see a (if I may be vulgar) much different bulge.

  • http://twitter.com/Space_Kitty Space_Kitty

    I really love her hair pulled back.  She’s got great hair so it’s fun to see her change it up a bit.

  • Anonymous

    Love the white dress and the sailor look on her, really love Wills in casual mode – great belt!