Duchess Kate’s last outfit for her North American tour: lovely or budget?


Here are the last (?) photos of Prince William and Duchess Kate in the USA, I think. Yesterday, they went to LA’s Skid Row for the Inner City Arts Youth Project, where Will and Kate met lots of kids and worked on their own art projects. I’ve included Kate’s painting of a snail below. It’s… um… childlike. Kate wore budget! The rayon skirt is newish, from Whistles, and she paired it with a navy mesh top thing from 2007. The outfit is cute, sure. But Kate wore the same thing all day – I feel like she was phoning it in, style-wise, and if we were a commonwealth, she would have made at least one costume change. Also: it must have been really hot in LA, because this is one of the few times I’ve seen Kate sweat.


In addition to making a stop at the youth project, Will and Kate also launched the US branch of “The Tusk Trust” – an organization that does work to protect wildlife in Africa, as well as numerous community outreach projects. At was at this launch where Will and Kate met Reese Witherspoon, and Reese got a lot of face time with the Cambridges. Also, at some point yesterday, Will and Kate did an event for Service Nation: Mission Serve, which helps former and current military servicemen and women find employment. And then *poof* William and Kate were gone, zipping out of LA on their British Airways flight. Waity = Keyser Söze. Mark my words.







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  1. poof says:

    And then “Poof”. love it.

  2. azurea says:

    This outfit is really fresh & pretty, and her little painting is cute & witty. (Hey, that rhymes!)

  3. Toe says:

    Reese looks fat standing next to her. I love Kate’s blouse.

  4. folly says:

    i think i love the dress,it looks simple and classy

  5. brin says:

    Their commercial flight back makes up for her “budget” dress (which I’m sure it isn’t). I think they are young, modern, and represented the British royals splendidly.

  6. Addie says:

    In the 1st picture, Kate looks..I don’t know older than usual? Still lovely though.

    Reese seems completly in awe of Will & Kate.

  7. Boo says:

    Kate looks lovely and appropriate. Those earrings are fabulous!

    Reese’s dress isn’t doing her any favors.

  8. Chrissy says:

    Yeah, not a huge fan on this last outfit but two of the three events were very casual events so perhaps that’s why she wasn’t changing outfits, etc.? I have to say Kate has earned huge respect from me on this trip. There is absolutely NO WAY I could ever sit through so many events, with a smile on my face, meeting all those people, making all that small talk for days and days and days, changing clothes, in heels, out of heels, cameras everywhere. I think William chose a wife who fits in the role very well. Now, if she would STOP with the raccoon eyeliner … :o )

  9. Chrissy says:

    Toe, I thought the same! You KNOW Kate is beyond thin if a Hollywood Star looks FAT next to them!!!!! ;o)

  10. Dorothy#1 says:

    OMG@ Toe I thought the same thing!! How skinny is Kate if she makes Reese look big???

    Reese’s dress doesn’t seem to fit very well. But this is one of my favorite outfits that Kate wore. :)

  11. danielle says:

    Kate looks pretty, like the outfit. But wow, Reese looks horrible in those pictures!

  12. OtherChris says:

    I like this girl. Next to her, Reese looks kind of dumpy.

  13. L says:

    Note to J.Lo and Dana Delaney-
    Please check out Reese’s outfit. THAT’S what you wear to meet royalty. Classy, elegant, simple. Not cut outs or tiger fur wraps-get with it.

  14. Amy says:

    classy and appropriate. hahaha I wonder what the arts place will do with Kate’s painting? Auction it off for charity? Well good to know I’m not the only one who can barely draw a stick figure!

  15. elizabeth says:

    sorry but, in a lot of photos this “dutchess” looks REALLY manly in the face. some camera angles really work for her, but by and large – manface and NOT “pretty.” fantastic legs and hair though, just a shame about the face..

  16. Minx2 says:

    I actually like her outfit.. very cute and she looks great in it. It’s particularly appropriate for meeting kids and messing with paint ;) But Kate must be so thin. Look at Reese next to her! She looks positively dumpy and fat and we know very well that she’s NOT! As a side note: nice dress on Reese.

  17. Lisa Turtle says:

    “That’s what you wear to meet royalty” – Kate Middleton is “common born” she’s a flight attendant’s daughter. This isn’t the 18th century. She’s a regular person. The people that are meeting Kate can wear whatever the heck they want, its America, its a freeeee country!

    I can’t get over that “Art” project. WTF? I thought Kate was supposedly an Art History major, with at least some artistic capabilities. Fail. No talent there. Also the irony of the snail – slow and determined – just like Kate. She kept plugging along and then she finally won herself that “royal” title.

    I hope that looking these celebrities in the face made Kate realize that raccoon eye-liner is out. She & J.Lo were the only ones wearing caked on makeup. I seriously can’t even look at a photograph of Kate without cringing at the dark circles around her eyes.

  18. Miss Marie says:

    @ elizabeth. I would really like to see what you look like if you think Kate is manly.
    I think she looks great after a whirlwind 12days(?) touring. I would look like crap. God save the future queen.
    Proud American

  19. Lauren says:

    Maybe Reece preggers? Kate’s outfit is terrible, shoes terrible too.

  20. inthekitchen says:

    @Elizabeth, I think it’s the weightloss. I think when a lot of women (okay, I’m thinking of celebrities) lose so much weight, their faces start to look really angular and their necks are so bony they look almost adams apple-ish. I think Kate has always had strong features but the weightloss has really aged her and made her look more mannish because she lost so much softness on her face (and everywhere else for that matter! Her hips really are impossibly narrow!).

    I didn’t care too much for the last-day outfit. More blue and white…oh joy. I also didn’t really like the pleats with the knitted top…too much texture going on for me. I guess it was okay, but nothing to write home about.

    I did however, love her hair pulled partially back! So much better than all over her face. Bravo :) And then we get to see your gorgeous earrings too.

    I was stunned they took a commercial flight home! Did they fly commercial to Canada? I would think they’d have some spare royal plane they could borrow. That seems a little disingenuous to me…they seem obsessed with showing us how they are “just like us” with the budget clothes and no servants and just wanting to be a housewife…but really, come on, you are the future king and queen so let’s cut the bull, okay?!

    I am simultaneously really interested (borderline obsessed!) and turned off/repulsed by this couple and royalty in general…so I guess it’s my own issue but sometimes I think they are taking this whole “regular people” business too far.

    Edited to say LOL, @Lisa Turtle with your comment: “Also the irony of the snail – slow and determined – just like Kate. She kept plugging along and then she finally won herself that “royal” title.”
    That is seriously hilarious!!

  21. konspiracytheory says:

    Wow, I have no great love for ‘Waity’, but even I feel like these posts are looking for *anything* to nitpick about – for Pete’s sake, the snail is cute (and way better than anything I would have painted). If she hadn’t gone ‘budget’, we’d be reading about how overdressed she was. And worst of all, now you’ve forced me to defend her, LOL.

  22. bagladey says:

    Kate looks tired. I love her outfit, it’s simple and cool, cute and appropriate for all the many events and functions they attended that day.

  23. Chicken'sMom says:

    I would look a whole lot worse than she does after all those days and evenings on the road, when really all I want to do is cuddle with my hiusband. My goodness folks, give this girl a break. I wouldn’t want this job!

  24. Atticus says:

    Kate was flawless this entire trip. Thought she looked great throughout and, as far as pictures can tell, had a pitch perfect demeanor. Mostly I’ve seen pictures but I saw one video clip and my goodness, what pressure it must be to have constant photos taken of your every step by not one but 50 photographers, knowing every outfit and every step will be nitpicked apart. I love Kate, and she and William really seem like a very happy, genuinely in love couple.

    As for Reese…the dress isn’t doing any favors, but it also doesn’t help to stand next to a tall, willowy person when you have a petite frame. The color on her is brilliant though.

  25. GreenJellyBean7 says:

    @Turtle – Having read Art History myself, I know that you don’t need a bean of practical artistic talent to study it; it’s entirely theory-based! The snail’s sweet – plus drawing something under pressure is vile.

    I think she’s looked great the whole trip – understatedly elegant, not showing off…she’s doing an amazing job in a position that nobody I know would even volunteer for.

    PS – poor Reese! Kate needs to EAT SOMETHING!!

  26. poodlemom says:

    I agree…who would actually WANT a job like this! Kate has handled everything with so much grace…she deserves accolades fot his trip, not criticism! Wonderful job by both of them! And she looked lovely every single day!

  27. Lady D says:

    Don’t feel bad Amy, I can’t even draw a recognizable stick figure!

  28. lolas says:

    I didn’t read the article really, just looked at the pictures, and thought, ‘hm, that sort of dumpy looking soccer mom must have had the time of her life’ and then realized it was Reece Witherspoon.

  29. i always love her style she looks gorgeous

  30. dahlia1947 says:

    The outfits cute! I really love the skirt and those heels are awesome! Very classy girl. :)

  31. Christine says:

    As a non-drawer, good for Kate on the snail. I like it. What could she draw with all the photogs there anyway? Also, after all the pressure to be perfect, a 12 day international tour, girl, I’d be freaking phoning it in too. I do hope for the day where she wears less eyeliner though. It was really glaringly thick in LA.

  32. Nina says:

    It wasn’t particularly hot here this weekend. Maybe low 80s.

    I like this outfit on Kate; some of her recent choices on this trip seem ill-fitting. But my gosh, I wish she didn’t dress so boring. It’s like she is incapable of wearing anything other than ‘church clothes’.

    Also, Reese isn’t always slim and trim. I’ve noticed that she tends to get a bit dumpy when she’s between projects. Which isn’t to say that Kate couldn’t stand to eat a burger or twenty. Damn, she’s thin!

  33. VV says:

    Kate needs to wear a longer skirt. The fluttery light airy skirts are great for summer but this is why we also got a shot of her fanny while in Calgary (I believe it was Calgary).

    Obviously the situation is different where she is at when this picture was taken but still, a couple more inches wouldn’t kill her.

    I find her styling over all pretty boring and bleh though.

  34. Saor says:

    The whimsical snail is now my new background image.

  35. L says:

    @Lisa Turtle I would say the same thing if it was a freely elected representative. And yes it’s a free country, but there are still some pretty basic ideas of what to wear at certain social events. But when you wear this:

    Or this:

    to a event where you are specifically going to meet a duke/duchess/president/senator/prime minister etc, you’re going to get called out. Esp on celebitchy.

  36. irishserra says:

    @17 Len: I agree. I thought the same thing. Either that, it’s that “honeymoon weight” some women get right after they get married. Either way, I kinda like it. It softens her face.

  37. Patricia says:


    She looks tired – glad to be heading home I’m sure.

    They both did great job the whole trip.

    Thanks for visiting Will and Kate!

  38. Cheyenne says:

    Kate looks good. Reese looks fat.

  39. Mia says:

    Reese is probably pregnant, not fat.

    I’m not a fan of this outfit, but she looks cute.

    Can’t believe they flew commercial. Thought that was a security risk.

  40. SamGirl says:

    I dunno… just a passing thought. Wonder if Will and Kate have seen Legally Blonde…

  41. yeahyeahyeah says:

    Her outfit is fine. The hair is budget though.

  42. truetalk says:

    Reese looks classy. perfect outfit for a royal meeting on a hot day!

  43. ZenB!tch says:

    Kate looks haggard in the first picture. Reese doesn’t look fat but very out of shape – i.e. she doesn’t look like she’s more than a size 4. At first I thought she might be pregnant given her little tummy but her arms shouldn’t have lost tone because of pregnancy. Get thee to the gym Reese. It’s not about the dress size it’s about the lack of flab.

  44. RHONYC says:

    2 things:

    since when is Reece a mouth-breather?

    when did she get all ‘arm-heavy’?


  45. Smokey says:

    Anybody else think her drawing resembles what she frequently does with her neck/head in photos? Look at the sixth one down and then at her drawing.

  46. AngelMay says:

    Reese looks like a big drinker. Kate’s eyeliner is less heavy, an improvement. I think it’s nice she doesn’t wear a $5000 outfit to meet with poor kids.

  47. Lushus L. says:

    @ Lisa Turtle, I laughed at your comment about snails being slow and determined but aren’t turtles the same? ;)

  48. lrm says:

    yea, my first thought was that Kate wanted to dress professionally but low-key, seeing as it’s a lower income/working class neighborhood and a children’s art class environment….
    she’s not going to don mega jewels and flasy gowns…..
    i love them[will and kate]. impressive.
    And I will say it again-maybe it’s b/c I am a mother now with an impressionable 10 yr old-but we are SO BEREFT OF MANNERS, decorum and etiequette in this country now a days….that this royal protocol and display of graciousness and modesty are all very welcome, to me…

    though i can totally see the limitations and surreal outdatedness of a ‘monarchy’, at this point it’s all we got in terms of counteracting the ridiculous celeb-whores and entitled musicians.
    I know ppl get up in arms [freedom of speech! oh no don't censor!] b/c Today show cuts performances when someone unexpectedly gives the finger to a national audience-
    but we do not all have to be rush limbaugh to agree that we should have a choice, as parents, as to what our children see. Those of us who are truly trying as parents, could use a little help now and then. Instead, we constantly see on threads on this blog and elsehwere, the harping on children ‘today’, calling them snot nosed brats, etc. And then we see ppl dogging the royals for their ‘traditional decorum’.

    Which is it??? You cannot have it both ways….

    And we wonder why our society is so narcissistic, ill-mannered and materialistic?

    I’ll say it again: I love will and kate. I wish them many long and happy years together….
    Never thought I’d be defending a monarchy…..strange days indeed. (:

  49. JennJenn says:

    Considering that one of her visits was to a Skid Row charity, I think the outfit was a good choice, pretty yet simple and casual.

  50. RobN says:

    I think that photo of her laughing and painting while William looks at her says a lot about their relationship. It’s very sweet.

  51. fuefinawg says:

    As you may know, I’m not a fan of Kate or the Royals and I usually think even the expensive crap she wears looks budget, but this top is kind of cute.

  52. Justaposter says:

    Well said #52! I wish I could see your user name.

    I think they did a fantatic job, and they actually looked like they had fun doing the events.

    The first picture.. Kate is either tired or still going “WTF was that JLO!”

    I can’t decide.

  53. Ron says:

    The outfit was appropriate–they were going to skid row for pete’s sake! Not the time to be wearing a blouse that costs more than the people you are speaking to’s annual income. Marie Antoinette learned that lesson the hard way.

  54. Nymeria says:

    @ elizabeth (#15) – ITA. I’ve never thought Duchess Snail was pretty. Ever.

    @ Miss Marie (#19) – “God save the future queen.
    Proud American”

    Surely that was a bit of sarcasm, as there is a complete lack of logic in your words. Because if you’re such a proud American, you may recall that over 200 years ago, colonists in what would become the United States broke away from the British monarchy.

  55. teehee says:

    People can wear whatever they want to meet someone- that is true.
    But it never hurts to have courtesy and respect for whomever your meeting and in fact it reflects back on your character, if you chose to give a small honor to them thru your clothing or not.
    Thats a bigger issue– people use freedom as a means to not care for other people anymore and to only think of themselves– but, I’ll leave it at that.

  56. Dana M says:

    Reece’s arms do appear a bit bloated. I’m going for the she may be pregnant train.

  57. Jess says:

    I love that Kate will re-wear things, or simply wear one outfit a day. I like that it doesn’t seem like one of her main priorities is image.

  58. mimi says:

    Reese looks younger and much more fresh.

    I do like her outfit, even if it gives a vibe of 70s or 80s.

    The dress is still very pretty, and the ring and the earings are exceptional.

    I don’t get why nobody talks about her fabulous shoes?
    Every time I look at them they are awesome.

    She must have brought tons of them, though.

  59. Boromir's bytch says:

    Love the navy blue. The Dutchess could wear navy blue every day and I’d be thrilled. For somebody who hates wearing black, it’s like nirvana seeing my favorite color in so many outfits. Prince William wore that same blue suit for 2 weeks, and I’m still ok with it. I’m in Blue Heaven with these two!

  60. kelly says:

    More interesting is Kristin Gore’s purse made of Nilla Wafers

  61. dr.bombay says:

    Love the whole ensemble.

  62. NC says:

    Haha British people always wilt in the heat… delicate flowers!

  63. Mauibound says:

    Awww, I think Kate has really stepped up, she seems to be handling all her duties with alot of grace. Being infront of the Paps all the time can’t be easy and her meeting with the terminally ill little girl that wanted to meet a real princess was simply charming! Way to go Kate. I will bet that her Husband is very proud.

  64. buckley says:

    I thought it was indeed very hot in L.A..over 80′s methinks.
    But these people handled everything so well that their visit had little impact on traffic. All I heard were lots of helicopters. It’s not like when Obama visits and it becomes “carmagedon”

  65. Alix says:

    #58: If we’re going to drag history into this, let’s remember that the colonies didn’t break away because they were anti-monarchy — they were against being ruled and taxed without representation. There was a sizable contingent of colonists after the war who thought Washington should be named king.

    So one can, in fact, be a proud American and be a fan of the royals, too. Just sayin’.

  66. sandra says:

    I think Reese looks pregnant too!

  67. Nymeria says:

    If we’re bringing history into this, you might want to look into the colonists’ attitudes towards George III and their burgeoning hatred for a system like the monarchy that could just do what it liked (with the aid of Parliament, granted). The colonists had come to not only resent, but hate George III himself and the monarchical system. It’s very telling that there wasn’t a new monarchy created in the liberated Colonies – but a system with ideals rooted in equality rather than…dun dun dun…monarchy. Those who wanted to make Washington a new “king” were a strange on-the-fringe movement, kind of like the Tea Party. (Not that I’m trying to trash the Tea Party; some of the things it says do make sense.)

    Hence, to shout “God save the future Queen” and sign it “Proud American” is both illogical and contradictory.

    I have a feeling confirmation bias is playing a large role here.

  68. Lisa says:

    Ahh, Kate looks cute! I like the outfit!

  69. Rory says:

    Her earings look like a pair Diana used to wear all the time, but when Diana had them they were post style. It looks like they have been altered to a hanging style.

  70. macey says:

    I love the snail…go Kate!!
    I think she did a great snail for having all those ppl watching and taking pics and in such a short amount of time. I think they were only there for an hour or so.
    Im really going to miss seeing pics of them and what they’re doing. They both seem so warm and genuine. They did an incredible job of refreshing the royal image with this tour.
    I really think Kate will be more active with public charities once she gets home and settled. They both have a ‘room brightening’ presence about them and it seems even more brighter now that they’re married. i think she was meant to be his little princess.

  71. Rosie says:

    Kate is thin, yes, but I think Reese has been putting on weight since she remarried. She miiiight have a bun in the oven, I don’t know, I tend to think she’s just happy with her home life and has been allowing herself to “take it eeez” as my uncles would say.

  72. SolitaryAngel says:

    The Royals have grown on me tremendously–and I LOVE this outfit on Kate! I hate that so many of you are snarking on her (yes, I know, it’s CeleBITCHY for a reason!); it can’t be easy to have done this trip at all, and it really shows in the top picture. She looks exhausted and sick of smiling, and I would be too. As for the painting, have you ever stopped to think that she didn’t want to overdo the drawing–after all she was visiting KIDS so she did a kid-appropriate drawing? Not trying to show anyone up? Geez.

  73. Peanut says:

    My instant reaction was that Reese looks pregnant. But I’ve had that reaction to photos of her before, so who knows.

  74. Fug! says:

    Who’s the ugly broad in the purple dress between Kate and Reese?

  75. Milla says:

    I can’t believe she’s only 24. I would’ve guessed 34.

  76. Louisa says:

    #79 – Kate is 29 NOT 24.

    I have to admit (begrudgingly) that that snail is quite cute.

    Still don’t like her though. And her family. EHEM!

  77. Andie B says:

    Kate looks great as usual..I think there will be an announcement from Reese some time soon. Looks pregnant to me.

  78. Milla says:

    #80 – Sorry. I didn’t know it. Either way, I think she looks older than 29.

  79. sandy says:

    I don’t know but comparing Kate to Reese who’s had two children and is older hardly seems fair to me.

  80. ZenB!tch says:

    @NC and Buckley – it wasn’t hot at all. California being the vain state that it is, stepped up and cooled down just in time for their visit. Now its freezing (for July) and dreary.

  81. Esmeralda says:

    It’s a cute look and she certainly presented a classy picture, especially when she met the little cancer patient. Nice lady!

  82. eternalcanadian says:

    Compared to Karine and Reese, Catherine looked very polished (although she should have popped into the loo for a quick face powder and removed some of that black eyeliner!).

  83. emma says:

    Well jeez, the “royals” have nothing to do with us, and as guests in our country their presence should hardly dictate American citizens’ style. I’m glad folks wore whatever they felt most stylish for the events. Should we wear burkas if a muslim comes a’visiting? Do the Brits change their style if an American comes over to say hi? Ridiculous. We should wear whatever we want regardless of the guests who come over.

    Also, they were all supposed to be there for the benefit of the charity – children and animals – not for the benefit of “meeting royals”. If they chose to wear dresses and (of all things) white skirts to participate in a children’s ART and PAINTING event, that tells me they have their priorities a little skewed here. Did the kids care what they were wearing? Did they arrive looking like folks who were going to participate in a messy activity? No…