Bill and Cathy Cambridge Pose for Charity

Posted on October 17, 2011

We haven’t looked in on those nice Cambridges for some time. Let’s rectify that.

Prince William and Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge attended the Child Bereavement Charity Gala at St. James Palace in London hosted by 100 Women in Hedge Funds. Catherine wears a Beulah London gown.

Beulah London Sarai Dress

We’re always struck by the names of British charity organizations. They’re always so much more blunt and descriptive than the ones in America. “Child Bereavement Charity” would never fly in the U.S. of A. We’d have something much more sentimental and euphemistic, like “Tears of an Angel” or something like that.

Anyway.

Bill continues to wear his father’s suits in cuts that make him look much wider and dumpier than the little polo-playing prince actually is. But Cathy looks great, yes? Very simple and elegant in a slightly retro-’70s kind of way. Not much else to talk about here except to once again point out that she’s one of those rare people who looks good in almost any color, which is why it’s so puzzling that she so rarely wears colors. She defaults to red and blue a lot – which, come to think of it, might just be a sly form of patriotism considering how often she wears white as well – but we’d really love to see her explore greens and deep purples because we think they’d also look great on her.

Still, well done, Cambridges. You take a nice picture.

 

[Photo Credit: Getty, beulahlondon.com]

    • Sobaika Mirza

      You are often so right about so many things. Now I can’t stop picturing her in a rich plum.

      But I do think she could lose the bow on this dress.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1624593314 Megan Burgess

        She did wear a purple Issa dress in Canada. I didn’t like her hair that night but the dress looked ok. I love loved loved the bright green DVF she wore in LA, though!

        • Sobaika Mirza

          That was a bit bright from what I remember, she looked great though. I would love to see her in more jewel tones.

      • Anonymous

        I like the bow, especially how she has it tied to the side, rather than in the middle. She should totally wear plum!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1462762652 Tara Benchina Calise

      I love this dress. It is very classy and tasteful. She looks gorgeous.

    • Anonymous

      Beautiful, but she looks older than 29 (?).

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

        A lot older than 29.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RDEDI3ONWSVDQS5GXKKBIML3H4 Chase

          I agree, the dress (or perhaps it’s the hair) ages her.  If I didn’t know who she was and someone told me the lady in the photo is forty, I wouldn’t mistrust that estimate at all.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, something is off about her makeup here. She normally looks so vibrant and youthful (but still classy!). Here she looks a bit ragged. 

      • Anonymous

        camilla could wear this dress and nobody would bat an eye.

    • http://twitter.com/herong Heron

      She does look very mature.  And the lighting is not as flattering to either of them as it could be. 

      • http://onebluetree.blogspot.com/ Sara L.

        That’s because there’s flash. Flash is from the devil. I always think about that when I look at photos on red carpets, how nobody looks like themselves when a picture is taken with a flash. 

    • Addicted2Glamour

      When I see the dress on the model all I can think of is Virginia Slims, Tab in a can and Tupperware. And yes, that’s a very good thing. 

      • BerlinerNYC

        3 guesses why I am loving your comment. ;-)

      • Anonymous

        And Karen… oh gosh, what was her name? She was blonde and Nordic looking and was a really big model in the 70s. This is the kind of dress she would have been photographed in for Harpers Bazaar. Love it!

        • Anonymous

          I know exactly who you are talking about.  I think it’s Karen Bjornson (sp?)

    • Anonymous

      I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that there’s a whole protocol thing around what colors she wears and where she is and who she’s with — ancient symbolism related to plum, and all that.  They are, after all, symbolic people.

      • Anonymous

        I’m also noticing nothing that could even arguably be a baby bump.  How long have they been married already?

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDI2DLE7DE3YPW2ONIHBWOVHMA ecallaw

          No way, if she had a baby bump that was noticeable they would have either announced it, or she would be hiding it better.  I think that’s a hip bone.

        • Anonymous

          They’ll be married 6 months on 10/29.   Billy was already a bun in the oven by this time in his parents’ marriage.

    • Anonymous

      Well, that color certainly gets her out of the neutrals territory. Would love to see her in the other colors you mention. She looks great; he looks fine. 

    • Anonymous

      “Child Bereavement Charity” would never fly in the U.S. of A. We’d have
      something much more sentimental and euphemistic, like “Tears of an
      Angel” or something like that.

      lol

      Very mom and dad of rich kids ca 1972.

      • Anonymous

        That cracked me up, too! Last year, when I was pregnant at age 37, I was considered to be of “advanced maternal age” in the States. Meanwhile, my cousin in London–pregnant at age 41–was considered to be having a “geriatric pregnancy.” The Brits don’t sugar-coat things!

        • Anonymous

          OMG–I had a hard enough time being called “of advanced maternal age.” “Geriatric pregnancy” would have sent me over the edge.

          • Anonymous

            I keep scrolling back to this geriatric pregnancy thing.  So funny!

        • Anonymous

          “Why, do you need to rest?” or “Why, are you going to take a bath?”  – whenever I excuse myself to use the TOILET when I’m with my English friend.

          • Anonymous

            Haha! I’m Scottish but I started using the phrase ‘where’s the bathroom?’ when I lived amongst Americans, so as not to shock anyone. The habit stuck and now back in the UK whenever I say ‘bathroom’ instead of ‘toilet’ I know everybody thinks I sound like a total ponce. (Don’t know an American equivalent of the word ‘ponce’).

            • Anonymous

              I have never heard the word “ponce” except in relation to the Spanish explorer.  You also have a much more colorful and varied slang lexicon over there.  (and why do I get email notifications about some responses to my comments and not about others?)

      • http://onebluetree.blogspot.com/ Sara L.

        agreed, very funny stuff. In Canada they have the same bluntness with some things. There is a big children’s hospital in downtown Toronto that everyone just calls “Sick Kids”. I don’t think you would ever call a hospital “Sick Kids” in the states, since that would imply that there are, you know, sick kids there. 

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3JSTXMWWVZN2QNP2UEKJMTWD7U Isabel

          In my youth, things were more blunt in New Orleans. There was a Crippled Children’s Hospital. A few blocks away was the Home for the Incurables.

      • http://onebluetree.blogspot.com/ Sara L.

        agreed, very funny stuff. In Canada they have the same bluntness with some things. There is a big children’s hospital in downtown Toronto that everyone just calls “Sick Kids”. I don’t think you would ever call a hospital “Sick Kids” in the states, since that would imply that there are, you know, sick kids there. 

    • Anonymous

      The one tweak I would make would be to add a necklace, but that’s it.

      As blunt as the charity name is, I was more taken aback by the name of the group that’s hosting it:  100 Women in Hedge Funds!

    • Joyce VG

      They are so beautiful.

    • Joyce VG

      They are so beautiful.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3NXBVKLOMNGCAVCVXOVWDGD3SE Marissa

      I LOVE the 70’s vibe of this dress. I also completely agree- he needs a modern suit cut! What are they thinking?? 

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

      That dress is lovely!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Linda-Harris/1358701372 Linda Harris

      great dress, but a bit too long

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

        Agreed.  She needed the hem taking up by an inch or two.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDI2DLE7DE3YPW2ONIHBWOVHMA ecallaw

        Yes, it is too long.

    • Anonymous

      I disagree, boys. Red is not Cathy’s color. Every time she wears it, her skin tone looks strange and she appears older than she is. I’m fine with colors, but this isn’t it.

      • http://twitter.com/starrika Ali

        You’re right. She needs softer, more muted colors. When she wears red like this, it totally overwhelms her, unless it’s just a tiny pop, like that hat from the Canadian trip.

    • BethAnn Dranguet

      No comment on the hem in front? There seems to be something very wrong with it. Maybe you are feeling charitable?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDI2DLE7DE3YPW2ONIHBWOVHMA ecallaw

      I LOVE this dress, and hate his suit.  But I hate all double-breasted suits.  I don’t know why, but they both look 10-15 years older than they are.  I guess with him it’s the hair, but I don’t know why I always think that about her.  Maybe the lips?

    • Anonymous

      I think it’s a beautiful dress on her with a beautiful cut. I love Prince (Duke?) William, I really, really, do, but it looks like he’s craning his neck and hunching over here. Perk up, man! You have a beautiful woman next to you!

    • Anonymous

      Minority Report: Love the Cambridges and hate this dress.  It’s pure Alexis Carrington “loungewear” and should never be worn outside the palatial living room–or the early 1980s.

      Agree on the blocky suits.

      Agree on the odd names, but my focus was on “100 Women In Hedge Funds.” Be afraid. Be very afraid….

      • Anonymous

        Agree. Looks like a Robe you wear on Christmas morning opening gifts while getting your picture taken. She needs more in the boob department to really pull this off. Hair looks great.

      • Anonymous

        Loungewea!  exactly!  I think it is a little, what?  Limp?  I am not a fan of this dress.  In fact, I think it’s the only thing I’ve ever seen her in which I haven’t loved.  I like the color.  And I am the only one, clearly, who thinks he looks better here than in any tuxedo ever.  I think he has improved a bit.

    • http://twitter.com/BlixtMe Meredith Blixt

      I love how most of the time she looks better in the gowns than the models. However, does she look tired to anyone else?

    • BerlinerNYC

      I love that retro 70s styling! It looks like something I’d see my mother in in some old picture of her on a cruise or at some other rare formal event that I didn’t see her at in person and only saw the picture long afterwards…
      The red reads a tad xmasy to me (all she’s missing is a holly brooch), but it’s not a dealbreaker. WTF, go ahead and add a mistletoe fascinator, it’s all good.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, the dress is too long, but she still looks good, but older than 29 – although I’m not sure why. What makes me want to cry is that she has the body and the money to wear more revealing, sexier gowns, although, of course, she can’t. She is always so covered up. I guess that’s the trade-off, but I wish they would relax the rules a LITTLE.

      • Anonymous

        I actually think it’s sort of refreshing not to see so much skin all the time.

        • Anonymous

          I understand what you mean, and agree, but can’t there be a middle ground? Does she really have to wear sleeves all the time? I will say, though, that this dress is cut lower than those she usually wears. I’m trying to recall how Diana dressed (vis a vis covered up for evening) , but I’m having trouble separating pre and post-divorce in my head…

          • Anonymous

            Ms K  I agree that this gown is cut quite low on the bosom–actually I was a little shocked at how deep the V is and add to that her hand on his back side–they must be having a really, really good time together!

          • Anonymous

            Diana certainly wore strapless from time to time, butI remember that the first time she did it (in the black dress that recently went to auction) there was a lot of comment…

            • Anonymous

              I think the comment at the time was more about the fact that she was displaying a lot of decolletage than the fact that the dress was strapless. IIRC, Diana had a number of gowns with short and often puffy sleeves.

      • Anonymous

        I agree– thought that right away.  I think it must be a combination of things: her hair, makeup, and the dress.  Or maybe it’s just her face in general.  Shame we have all become so tainted by all the botox we see every day on celebrities and socialites.

    • Anonymous

      I really hate that dress.  It’s oddly matronly.  

      I’m sure there are modest gowns that aren’t dowdy.

    • Anonymous

      Is her hand on his ass? Get it Cathy, you saucy little minx.

      • Debbie Barsotti

        I totally thought the same thing!

      • Anonymous

        Maybe that’s why she chose this dress–lays the rumors to rest.
        Whoops! This was a reply to Angela Green above (or below, depending upon how you’re reading!)

    • Anonymous

      It’s hard for me to look at Wills here and think *dumpy*. Not seeing it. He’s a handsome lad.

      What’s with the constant speculation on whether she’s pregnant? Sheesh, they’ve been married mere months. Give ‘em a couple of years at least, I say!

      I like the red on her, and agree she could wear almost any jewel tone, but I’m not crazy about the dress itself, a bit cruise wear gown as said by others.

    • Anonymous

      Such a handsome couple. She really does look even more beautiful when she wears colors.
      Man, I’m really hating that double-breasted jacket on him. He’s tall and slim, but it’s making him look like he’s hiding a gut.

    • Anonymous

      They look nice and middle-aged.

    • Angela Green

      She looks lovely here, and my god, that dress makes her waist look TINY.  There are clearly no little dukes or duchesses currently percolating in that girl.

    • Anonymous

      Goes to show the best accessory is a BEAUTIFUL woman.  She makes him look so good—dumpy tux and
      all!

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

      I’d love to see David Beckham take Bill on a shopping trip/makeover session like Ryan Gosling did with Steve Carrell in “Crazy Stupid Love.”

    • Anonymous

      I absolutely love the dress, though the hem is weird on her, but he could definitely benefit from a different cut in his suits. Combined, the retro feeling of her dress and the old fashioned cut of his suit gives the whole picture an odd vibe, like it was at a 70s theme party or taken ~40 years ago.

    • MilaXX

      They look good, but with Will’s ill fitting sit like look like the cover of a Jacquline Susan novel

    • Anonymous

      They do not look like a modern couple in their late 20s, the way they’re dressed here…more like in their 60’s.

      • Anonymous

        I was going to say exactly that (well, maybe 50’s).  But you already did….so, agreed!

    • Anonymous

      Cathy, honey. Eat a burger every now and again.

    • Anonymous

      I rather like how he looks…beautifully tailored, HEMS THE RIGHT LENGTH….shirt tucked in, yadda yadda..not cutting edge, but I wouldn’t expect it from a royal. She always looks smashing…they make a great couple…class talks and BS walks….

    • Anonymous

      Re. the colours, I’m wondering if it’s because she so often buys off the peg and red, blue and neutrals are more easily available colour options (I notice this dress is available in either red or blue).

      Also we Brits are VERY bad at euphemism.  I’m always saying things like ‘oh she died’ instead of ‘passed’ or suchlike and get very funny looks here…

      • Anonymous

        Although good at blunt metaphor, like “dropped off the perch”, which always cracks me up.

        • Anonymous

          I like to use ‘popped her clogs’ though I have no idea what it actually means…

    • Anne Slovin

      Good lord, look at the waist on her!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=527150091 Pat Biswanger

      So much for those pregnancy rumors.  She’s as thin as ever.

      • Anonymous

        She looks thinner than the model

    • BuffaloBarbara

      I don’t like her dress at all–looks very shapeless.  Though, as you said, ’70s.  Why in the world the seventies, of all fashion eras, would make a comeback, baffles me.  The clothes were all so ugly… and so are the retreads of them.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      I don’t like her dress at all–looks very shapeless.  Though, as you said, ’70s.  Why in the world the seventies, of all fashion eras, would make a comeback, baffles me.  The clothes were all so ugly… and so are the retreads of them.

    • Kate Pearce

      Love the dress – hate the suit. :)

    • Anonymous

      I like the dress—but with the caveat that I like it ON HER; not many women could pull off this look.  And good grief, this is one of the few photos I remember where the celebrity is thinner than the model.  I know we’re not supposed to comment on body types, etc., but she looks so very thin.  Of course she also looks very happy.  Wills needs to ditch the double-breasted look and wear something that accentuates his height and his great body more.  Where are his gays?

    • Anonymous

      My first reaction to the dress is that I love it. When I look closer though, I see a few things that are giving me pause. As others have mentioned, there is something wonky with the hem in front. I actually like the bow as it and the panel helps give her the teeniest hint of an hour glass figure. There’s only so much these things can do though. She needs more of a bust to truly own this dress.

    • Anonymous

      That dress.  UGH.  It screams 1970’s Christmas Gala and afterwards a cocaine party in the suburbs.  UGH NO NO NO.

    • http://twitter.com/starrika Ali

      Sleeves!

      Okay, I’m not a huge fan of these particular sleeves, but I’m just happy that Cathy’s rocking the sleeves a lot. As someone who’d like formal options for the winter that aren’t strapless/sleeveless, I’m hoping this will trickle down soon.

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

      Pale women with dark hair tend to be able to get away with a LOT in the color department — I know, ’cause I can too:)

    • Anonymous

      What’s up with Bill’s hair?? Is he combing it forward now or did he have a little work done? Oh yeah, Cathy looks fine.

    • Anonymous

      I actually don’t love this dress on her. The color’s nice, but the cut and hang of it just emphasize how relatively hipless she is, IMO. Ijust don’t think she fills it out very well. I like her better in more tailored pieces that are tight to the hip.

    • Anonymous

      Oh, I would have LOVED to see her take the 70’s theme to it’s logical conclusion with a center part, hoop earrings, and a few chunky bracelets.  And eyeliner across the lids!  simply SCANdalous!

    • Anonymous

      Weird hair; weirder makeup.

    • https://me.yahoo.com/a/dLUE.9h6zdoHMLprP6AQrSQpKt0CZys-#e58b4 tom

      I admit I do so love Bill and Cathy hope to see more of them.  Unlike the other royals they just look like regular rich folks. I don’t know though but I prefer to see her in neutrals or more muted tones.  This looks kind of harsh althought it could be the lighting.

    • Sara__B

      I remember many of her outfits for being unusually chic and attractive, but this is rather boring and forgettable. They’re a lovely pair who wear clothes well, but nothing here will stick in my memory.

    • Anonymous

      The ‘Tears of an Angel’ thing cracked me up.

    • Anonymous

      She looks simple and chic and he needs a better tailor. He always looks so thick in a suit.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      I think she looks fantastic – better than the model, even.  And a rather low V neck for a royal. Good for her!

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

      The dress is too long.  And it looks like my nightgown from the 1970s.

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

      She looks great but they look like they’re each heading to totally different events.

    • Anonymous

       With a little more hair the prince would look an awfully lot like the son of one of my mother’s friends – only he is about 44 years old.

    • Anonymous

      Would it have killed her to pull out a necklace for this black-tie-gala-at-a-freaking-palace benefit?

    • Anonymous

      “Child Bereavement Charity” would never fly in the U.S. of A. We’d have something much more sentimental and euphemistic, like “Tears of an Angel” or something like that……….SO RIGHT!!! Hee Hee. 
      My goodness, I checked into this blog for PR and now I need a daily fix. 

    • Anonymous

      with pretty much nonexistent accessories, she looks like she wandered down the hall in her robe for a drink in the middle of the night. those sleeves belong to blanche devereaux, & she’s got to start doing something else with her hair.

    • Anonymous

      Does anyone else think she looks a lot older than she did at her wedding? Is it the continual weight loss?? She really looks less and less pretty, I think, and I really think she is lovely, so this makes me sad.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kati.irons Kati Irons

      RE British names of charities & organizations, when I lived in Edinburgh I worked for the Scottish Widows Insurance Company.  Originally it had been the fireman’s pension, but they’d branched out and were selling insurance to all comers when I was there.  Now they’re a bank and investment firm too, still called Scottish Widows. 

    • http://twitter.com/TerraIncognita Terra

      Girlfriend needs to eat a sandwich. Or better yet, an entire tray of lasagna. 

    • Anonymous

      She looks great, but let’s start exploring the gargantuan jewelry box of Grandma Betty’s, hmmm?

      • Anonymous

        Lol!  Oh dear yes!  Can you imagine?  To die, I am sure.

    • Helen C

      Kate aged quite a bit since the wedding.  She looks way older than her age.  

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=583505025 Kelley Comfort

      I agree on William’s tux. It isn’t flattering. Don’t you find that the contrast between their outfits is a little much? I find her dress looks too informal when contrasted against his tuxedo. One of them needs to dress up or down to match the other.

    • yuju ti

      Will green go well with Kate’s big blue ring?

    • Anonymous

      I’m rather loving the bell sleeves, although they are a little floppy. I liked the sleeves everyone hated on a black and orange Gucci dress recently too… I’ll be interested to see if this trend cascades down.

    • Anonymous

      RE: The comment about jewelry…she would be slammed for wearing costume jewelry, and she is a bit young for some of the historic stuff i think..besides I think they are trying to create a new image and in these times wearing a fortune in diamonds to a charity would give the wrong impression n’est pas?……Grandma can get away with it..she’s from another generation…..I love seeing that stuff though!!!

    • Anonymous

      I absolutely love this dress.  And reading this post right after the PR “Judging the Judges” one with Zoe Saldana’s red jumpsuit, I’m loving both red, 70’s-inspired looks.  I agree that it would have been such fun if Kate had gone 70’s all the way with hoop earrings and eyeliner!  Still, she looks lovely.  As for wanting her to show more skin, that’s a pretty low V cut.  Because she’s fairly flat it doesn’t look vulgar but it is cut low.  And I like when people dress for the weather.  Palaces are often cold and drafty so I bet the sleeves feel good.  I always find it odd and inappropriate when people wear sleeveless clothes and no stockings in mid-winter.  Just as the people who wore leather jackets and scarves and boots during a humid heat wave at Fashion Week looked ridiculous.

      The first time I was in the UK I remember seeing a statue of a crippled child in a rest area on the highway going up to Edinburgh.  The statue had a money box attached to it and was for donations for something like the March of Dimes.  Something about it was actually quite shocking.

    • http://www.beautifymylifeblog.com Jessica

      Beautiful! She did wear that green DvF dress a month or two ago that looked stunning on her.

    • Anonymous

      i love that dress, but i kind of wish she was wearing a deeper red. I had to get over the brightness when i first saw it

    • Anonymous

      i love that dress, but i kind of wish she was wearing a deeper red. I had to get over the brightness when i first saw it

    • http://www.facebook.com/brendan.foehr Brendan Foehr

      She looks great. Those are some lily white crocodile teeth, but she looks really good. But he’s got a helluva face, doesn’t he?

    • Lisa

      A double breasted tux???  Is he insane?  She, on the other hand, does look wonderful – it’s a little more daring than what she normally wears, yet still covered up for royal protocol.