Cathy and Bill Say Goodbye

Posted on July 11, 2011

Darlings, North America’s favorite Prince and Princess went back to their magical kingdom yesterday, leaving behind fond memories and one more outfit to discuss.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend a reception to mark the Launch of Tusk Trust’s US Patron’s Circle in Santa Barbara, California. Catherine wears a pleated skirt and crochet top by Whistles paired with Belle & Mimi pumps and an L.K. Bennett clutch.

Reese is about ten seconds away from peeing her panties in excitement.

Reese, honey. You’re gonna break the bones in your right hand if you don’t loosen up a bit.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge depart LAX airport on a British Airways flight.

Well geez, Cathy, if you hadn’t worn two blue lace dresses on this trip already we’d be over the moon at the sight of this look. Every time she wears something with a little shape to it (which isn’t as often as it should be) she instantly looks much better. And she shouldn’t be afraid of details and design elements like pleats or crochet, for instance. We like it when a gal can work a sleek or soigné kind of look, but if she looks just as good or better with little details to make the outfit more interesting, she should indulge more often.

Hate the little bow at the waist, but we’re still pretty happy with it, Duchess. You may relax on your trip home, secure in the knowledge that these two queens approve.

 

[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • Anonymous

    Does her arm in the second picture look a bit off? 

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

    That top is too Granma Betty’s doily for my taste.  But I really like her hair like that.

  • Courtney Hellams

    i love the skirt but the crochet top looks a little cheap to me. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6416893 Jenna Kuhmann

    I do love that she paired the blue pumps with it.  I think she looks so cute.  I’ll miss my daily Duchess updates!

  • http://twitter.com/ecdion Bee Dion

    Seeing Reese’s face in these photos is beyond adorable. I feel like she would make such a supportive American BFF for Duchess Cathy

  • scottyf

    I just love that fact that they flew Commercial!!!!

    See Soul Brothers T&Lo? That’s why the Duchess wore that same shoes: no baggage overage charges.

    However it does beg the question: What’s the protocol for having to go to the restroom at the same time as the Prince? Do you have to hold it until after the Royal Tinkle?

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

      Well, if you aren’t a British citizen and it’s not an official occasion, it doesn’t really matter what the protocol is.  You’re just some random person on a plane.

  • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

    To me this is the second dullest outfit she’s worn on this trip, after that bland yellow dress. Yawn. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/seelebrennt Christina Diaz

    she looks darling; very fresh and perfect for a summer garden party.  i love her hair when it’s pulled back like that.  she definitely looks better in colors.  nude, beige and grey are not colors; they’re shades of boring.

  • MilaXX

    I like this. The bow is little more than ribbon detailing so I don’t mind it. She small enough that pleats and such won;t make her look pudgy so I say go for it. They’ve been on quite the whirlwind tour. I hope they get a minute to rest.

  • http://twitter.com/wrenaria Kimmy Hescock

    Both the outfit and Reese’s obvious excitement are adorable. :)

  • Anonymous

    This fairy tale is making me tired, one boring outfit after another and that hair-do, oy. Love them but time for her to go home and go shopping.

  • Anonymous

    The woman in between Reese and Cathy-her clutch looks like it’s covered in Nila Wafers.

    I like this look.  I don’t care to wear dresses, but this is one I would wear.

    • Anonymous

      Ooops– I just posted the same thing (Vanilla Wafers) before I saw this. Sorry!

    • Anonymous

      Ooops– I just posted the same thing (Vanilla Wafers) before I saw this. Sorry!

      • Anonymous

        I’m glad I’m not the only one.

        • Anonymous

          I thought the same thing, too. It’s one of the Gore girls, I believe, by the way. Kristin, perhaps?

          • Anonymous

            Thank you!! I was wondering why she looked so familiar. (And why her purse looks so delicious.) ;) I think you’re right that this is Kristin. 

          • Anonymous

            Thank you!! I was wondering why she looked so familiar. (And why her purse looks so delicious.) ;) I think you’re right that this is Kristin. 

    • Anonymous

      Yep, Nilla wafers. It’s be fun if you were twelve.

      • Lisa

        Nilla wafers are *always* fun!

    • Anonymous

      Yep, Nilla wafers. It’s be fun if you were twelve.

    • margaret meyers

      I think that is one of the Gore sisters.

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

    What’s with the purse the girl next to Reese is holding?  Looks like it’s covered in Nilla Wafers.

    • scottyf

      Actually, it is. Like so many in the commentariat, she feels the Duchess is far too thin. She planned on forcibly feeding them to her. Luckily MI6 got to her and wrestled her to the ground.

      • Anonymous

        stop the love you say may be you own!

        • Lisa

          Darlin’ take it slow, or someday you’ll be all alone…

      • parissweetheart

        That’s the scotty I know.

      • Anonymous

        to me it looks more like those cookies with the marshmallow and coconut.  and what’s that dripping off the purse-  cobwebs?

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

    Super pretty.  Love the top.  I’m sure Reese is a teeny tiny gal, but next to the Dutchess she looks…curvy.  Of course if I was standing next to her I’d look like a Macy’s parade balloon.

    • Anonymous

      Recently saw pics of Reese and her family on the beach in Malibu.  She has put on a bit of weight.  The pics were in the UK Daily Mail and the commenters were not kind to the image of Reese in a bathing suit.

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

        Well that’s not cool.  A woman should be able to chill on vacation with her family in a swimsuit and not be called…mean things.  If a celebrity puts on some weight I’m not gonna critize her for it.  If a celebrity puts on weight and dresses like she did when she was skinny (lookin’ at you, Xtina and J.Simp) well that’s another issue.

  • http://parisiennelauren.wordpress.com/ Lauren

    Only the supreme waif-ishness of Cathy could make Reese Witherspoon look like a dowdy stay at home mom who picked up a frock from the clearance rack at Ann Taylor Loft before throwing some Cheerios at the kids and a twenty at the sitter and rushing out the door for some time with other grown ups.

  • Anonymous

    I love the outfit and that woman’s cookie clutch is a scream. I would buy the Oreo version myself.

    Kudos to Kate for proving that young women can look beautiful and dress well without flashing every intimate part of their anatomy. She is a breath of fresh air.

  • Anonymous

    What?  You didn’t mention her lack of nude shoes?  You bitches must be tapped out on the Duchess’s wardrobe.  I know I am.  

    I think she did a great job on this trip under unbelievably heavy scrutiny.  Way to go, D of C.  

  • Anonymous

    Quit pickin’ on my girl, Reese.

    As for Cath, love the blue top, hate the skirt.

  • Anonymous

    The woman between Reese & Cathy seems to have a purse full of Vanilla Wafers.

  • theresa johnston

    I wonder if Cathy feels everything must coordinate with that big sapphire ring?

  • Anonymous

    this is so dull, I can’t stand it. hate the top and the skirt and those blue pumps. yawn.

    • Anonymous

      I like the skirt, can tolerate the blue pumps but hate! hate! hate! the top.  That top belongs on top of the spare roll of toilet paper.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for these posts boys! I must say tho that after all the wedding and now the trip. I am thoroughly bored by Bill and Kathy. As you have pointed out, that may be the point. They will always get so much attention anyway, that they just consciously or unconsciously display safe, conservative and demur images. 
    Plus the crucifix necklace. Trying to vend off the vampirish press and public? Can’t blame them really, just dull dull dull. 

  • Anonymous

    They flew commercial?  Wow. Won’t all the other passengers be surreptitiously taking pictures with their phones the whole flight? 

    Cathy looks perfect for a garden party.  You know you’re tall and thin and elegant and glamorous when you can make America’s Sweetheart, Reese Witherspoon, look very ordinary.  And what’s up with Reese’s hideous granny sandals?  And the ugly sandals of the Nilla wafer lady?   They make me appreciate Cathy’s penchant for nice pumps.

    I have a feeling I’m going to go through Duchess withdrawal.  Can’t they pop over to France for a quick visit?  Or maybe take a real vacation, where we can scrutinize her casual wear?  This has been so much fun.

    • Anonymous

      They were in first class  and speculation was seats 1A & 1K  right up front in the nose.  I imagine their small entourage created a nice buffer.

  • Anonymous

    Reese is so Tracy Flick in these pictures that it almost hurts. Love it.

  • Rand Ortega

    Re: RW. Exactly, TLo! Like a little girl @ Disneyland meeting Cinderella for the 1st time!

  • Mariah J

    Cathy looks super cute but Reese’s dress is tragic, it makes her look stumpy when she is nowhere near stumpy.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe Reese is tense about the fact that there is a woman standing next to her in the exact same color *Gasp*

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

    So harsh. She may or may not be stuck in a style rut, but she’s also got the eyes of the world on her. I think she’s got a style palette that she likes and she’s comfortable with. Let her stay in her bubble of safety while she has to deal with the crazy of being a royal and being related to royals. Also, I can’t stand Reese Witherspoon, so I’m glad she sort of looks like a hyperactive chihuahua. 

  • Anonymous

    Admit it. You fellas were pandering to my suspicion that Reese Witherspoon is a former sorority queen (too driven to have ever been a princess) just waiting to reveal herself as a major fund raiser for conservative causes once she’s got the kids all off to boarding school/college.

    As for our darling Duchess, this is one of her less impressive efforts (I liked the yellow dress far better). In fact, it’s the first one (save the floral print bed sheet) I would criticize at all. It’s too 1970′s young matron lunching at the country club.  

  • Anonymous

    I like it. I don’t see how she could avoid the bow at the waist though, given that it’s a drawstring on the cardigan.

    I do like that she mixes the designers with high street, albeit ‘designer’ high street like Whistles, Reiss, LK Bennett. It’s a smart move.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1077090078 Megan Sullivan

    I think she keeps wearing blue because it matches her ring. It’s a lovely color on her, though.

  • Anonymous

    I am going to say it again. I want more jewelry. Get your M.I.L to open up her jewelry “box” and let you in. Kate looks so beautiful in everything and I love her classic style, but girl needs to accessorize more, and show her toes.

  • Terence Ng

    She seems to always have a slight posture issue where she looks like she’s ducking her head just a bit. Has anyone else noticed this?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C65IT4K6RYN4TWRMFJOI3VUDAI Olechka Milashka

    adorable!

  • Anonymous

    I just love those blue pumps of hers and I don’t know why – is it maybe just because they aren’t one of the waaaay too many pairs of nude shoes?

    what in the name of all that’s holy is the monstrosity being carried by the anonymous woman in purple????

  • Anonymous

    I just love those blue pumps of hers and I don’t know why – is it maybe just because they aren’t one of the waaaay too many pairs of nude shoes?

    what in the name of all that’s holy is the monstrosity being carried by the anonymous woman in purple????

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MKHYZRDWQG7ZLPIM4YHP35RAEU Pumps &

    I adore her outfit.  I think it was well chosen as they were visiting with underprivileged youngsters, so to be flashy and extra would be quite inappropriate.  Reese is adorable, but standing next to Kate, she looked like a mason jar filled with orange Tang.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nancyimperiale Nancy Imperiale

    This looks like a meeting of the Official Junior League Dowdy Before 40 Committee. Somebody pass me my Martini and wake me up when it’s over…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

  • http://profiles.google.com/perryplybon Perry Plybon

    Who is the chick in the middle between Cathy and Reese?  Her bag looks like its made from Nilla Wafers……  Did they not serve snacks at this reception?  You had to bring your own?

    • margaret meyers

      Isn’t that one of the Gore girls?

      • Anonymous

        Yes, I saw somewhere else this was Kristen (?) Gore – and Perry you nailed it! Looks just like it was made with a half a box of Nilla wafers. Just exactly what I’d want to be holding when I had my picture taken with a stylista babe like Katie.

        I’m sure Bill and Katie are too well-’mannered to have the conversations me & the dh would have after an event like that….“did you SEE the handbag that woman was carrying??”

        srq

  • Joyce VG

    Thank you for all your updates and commentary TLo.  It made an enjoyable experience sweeter.  I adore them. That’s all.

  • Anonymous

    They don’t really fly commercial. The Royal Family uses British Airways (the national flag carrier) when their travel goes beyond the range of RAF jets. This was surely a chartered flight.

    • Anonymous

      It really was a scheduled  commercial flight.  Press releases were issued.  I’m sure they turned left rather than right to go to their seats, however.

  • Lisa

    I love what she’s wearing – she looks adorable!  Love all the updates, TLo!

    Reese on the other hand – I am a fan, but I hate what she has on.  It makes her look dumpy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=14301272 Kate Gorton

    I love how freaked-out Reese and the other ladies look, as if they’re kids in a china shop afraid to move their arms. Ahh, royalty.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=14301272 Kate Gorton

    I love how freaked-out Reese and the other ladies look, as if they’re kids in a china shop afraid to move their arms. Ahh, royalty.

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

    whistles is gonna sell Right Out of that outfit. it probably has already.

    she looks good as often –more, actually– as reese w looks somewheres between silly & ghastly. today’s is not only on the silly side but, oh my heavens, on the dowdy lesser urban highest end shopgirl side. boy thats bad. wow. wow.

    the best thing here, i think, is the lady in purple’s handbag. as an aside, i have no more idea who the lady in purple is than i am certain that her handbag is good in a good way, if i make sense. certainly it’s eye catching.

    are we supposed to know who she is?

    • Alyson Lamble

      I am reasonably certain that the woman wearing purple is Kristin Gore.

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

        yes, thank you, you are right. i looked her up. i barely recognize celebrities {tho i wouldve recognized her father} so i always look them up so i can know who people are talking about. now, if it was one of the obscure people whose various schticks lady gaga saw fit to appropriate in the most blatant of fashions, then, then i would be the go-to person for ID…..

  • Anonymous

    That pilot is kinda hot.  Please book me on that flight.

  • Anonymous

    If we see Bill’s blue suit stylings again in this decade it will be too soon.   Love his casual looks but am afraid those suits have to smell not-so-fresh by now.

  • Anonymous

    oh come on. she is cute. cute, cute, cute.

    but that said, she is thin.  Reese looks like a porker next to Mrs. Cambridge…. and Reese certainly isn’t a porker.
    Cathy’s skirt is slightly longer in the back; I think she has no junk in the trunk (or as Melaine Griffith in “Working Girl” would say, “she has a bony ass”) so the skirt is slightly off.

    But all negative comments hold no sting because she looks fabulous and I wish I could look as cute as she does.  When I loose 100 pounds and remove 20 years, I will look like that too.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t what this young lady would do if she didn’t have a purse.  It always appears as though she’s hanging on to her clutch for dear life. 

  • Patricia Biswanger

    It’s not like she can’t afford the dry cleaning bill for a pleated skirt like that.

  • Anonymous

    Imagine how much competition there was amongst the cabin crews for the first class cabin assignment on that flight.

  • jean horton

    No one in that crowd, Reese included, can hold a candle to her natural beauty and regalness. If that’s a word. Her style is timeless, even if her clothes are sometimes boring. She wears the clothes, not the other way around, and they are always understated. And hey. It doesn’t hurt to be as thin and tall as she is with a beautiful, natural (no extentions, Hollywood!) mane. She is already an icon, IMO.

  • Caitlyn Hamilton

    Woahwoahwoahwoah! What was she supposed to wear other than a little bow? That knit has the ribbon attached to it. I am so curious. Should she had just put a belt on over the ribbon?

  • Anonymous

    ok. Bored now with skinny girl and balding man