Duchess Kate wears £1,065 Erdem dress to visit a primary school: lovely?

It’s insane to me how Duchess Kate still looks so slim. I’m not saying it’s a conspiracy or anything, and I’m not even accusing her of “dieting” while pregnant. I’m sure she’s eating properly and she’s probably even giving into some cravings for pastries or chocolate. I’m sure she’s just got that kind of body type which makes it look like she’s carrying really small. But it’s still startling. These are photos of Kate at Willows Primary School in Manchester earlier today. Kate wore Erdem – I’m not crazy about the (£1,065) dress, but I think this is something new, at least. You can see some other photos of the dress here – I can’t believe how expensive it is! You’re going to pay more than $1500 for THAT? I’m also thankful she’s not wearing the same LK Bennett nude heels we’ve seen a million times, although I’m sure we’ve seen these navy heels before – she’s not a shoe person. At all. Here’s more about her trip:

The Duchess of Cambridge has been receiving countless gifts ahead of her baby’s arrival in July, but on Tuesday she was given something for the other little darling in her life – her beloved Cocker Spaniel, Lupo.

As Kate was heralded by hundreds of excited children celebrating St. George’s Day, she was presented with a basket of goodies for the royal pup.

Among those greeting her at Manchester’s Willows Primary School on Tuesday was student Chloe Pomret, 10, who joined the school’s “executive dog,” a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Henry, to present the expectant mother with roses and gifts for Lupo.

“Henry, you have gone to so much trouble,” Kate, 31, said with a laugh, upon greeting the school’s dog.

Dressed in a floral frock by Erdem and blue suede heels, Kate – and her ever-growing baby bump – arrived at the school after traveling from London via train.

The Duchess visited the school to launch a new counseling program, which will see two of her own charities – Place2Be and Action on Addiction – partner with with the Royal Foundation (run alongside her husband Prince William and Prince Harry) and Comic Relief.

On April 11, the day Kate’s visit was announced, Willows Primary School – which is located in Wythenshawe estate (the setting for the British TV show Shameless) – was the target of vandals, when a fire was set to the new $60,000 playground.

The crime was a blow to students, teachers and parents.

“It was such a shame as the school has been so inspirational that there hasn’t been any trouble for many, many years,” head teacher Anne Whitehead said. “But the way the community has rallied round has been remarkable and so heartening. We have received so much in the way of donations that we are going to be able to build an extension to the playground, which is marvelous.”

[From People]

Oh, it’s nice that she got the memo about how she travels. It’s nice that she took the train as opposed to taking a private helicopter everywhere. Also: she came from London! Ha! Because she’s just a housewife in Wales, remember? Seriously, when is she EVER in Wales? I called it way back when they announced that they would be living in Wales for the first years of their marriage – Kate loves London. She tried to play the “I’m just a military wife, living in the country” card but she was always in London.

Something nice: it’s good to see a surge of public appearances from Kate lately. And by that I mean that she’s averaging about two a week for the past month. Still, it’s better than nothing, I guess, and we’ll be able to reuse these photos when she goes on maternity leave.

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet and WENN.

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  1. Fancy says:

    I’m SO happy she is wearing a longer hem. She looks lovely.

    • LadyMTL says:

      I agree, I’m pleasantly surprised to see that it’s knee length! Not crazy about the print or the super square neckline but hey, it’s not a mini so yay Kate, lol.

    • JenD says:

      I agree, I like the longer hemline. And she looks pretty.

    • Belle says:

      I hate to keep commenting on the dress lengths because I’m not usually such a hemline bitch… but her dresses have been SO short – for attending royal functions anyway. The length on this one is lovely, and she looks really good. :)

      • Nikollet says:

        *rolls eyes.

        A longer hem for royal functions? It’s 2013, just because she’s a royal doesn’t mean she has to conform to your idea of an acceptable hem length. Please.

      • LAK says:

        Nikollet – there are rules about dressing for royals. Not in some etiquette emily post book that we swallowed, but from the Palace itself.

        Hemlines is one of them. We aren’t picking on her hemlines for the fun of it. She isn’t wearing tights, frumpy dresses and boring shoes for the fun of it. It’s all part of the rules she has to folllow. The hemlines one, seems to be ignored by her.

        She’s royal now. She can’t wear whatever she likes when on official duty. This may be 2013, but we all conform to our jobs’ dresscode, as does Kate since this is her job now. Short hemlines may be cute, but they aren’t dignified, and she’s being judged by a conservative world audience, not just us. Heck even wild Angelina has to dress conservatively, with low hemlines when doing her charity work…….

  2. aims says:

    Not really loving the dress. She still doesn’t look pregnate.

    • Georgina says:

      For Pete’s sake! Enough of that, please. She does look pregnant. She was never someone who was going to balloon up like Jessica Simpson or Kim K. I’m no fan of Kate, but I will say that she has been looking lovely of late.

      • Belle says:

        +1 Don’t get the ‘she still doesn’t look pregnant’ comments at all. What, her belly is just really, really bloated? LOL She has been showing a fair amount for a while now as well… in profile pics.

        I have a friend who was very slim, and not as tall as Kate (quite petite actually), and she carried each of her three pregnancies like she had a basketball stuffed under her shirt! Even at 9 months pregnant, you couldn’t tell she was pregnant from behind (yes, I was quite jealous of that ;) ).

      • jess says:

        I looked exactly like this when I was at her stage of pregnancy lol

    • Jacqueline says:

      The woman from the school looks more pregnant than Kate. I don’t think that anyone wants her to be anything but healthy, it’s just startling when you consider she is neck-and-neck with Kardashian.

    • LadidahBaby says:

      She’s just got a low-waisted, extremely long body, kind of like Claire Danes, and that’s how pregnancy looks on that body type. Her mum has a similar body, but she’s shorter than Kate. Not only is a pregnancy carried well on such a body, but afterwards the torso slims right up. Gotta say though, Kate has also put on quite a few pounds all over, including legs and face, which is very becoming on her, I think. IMO she looks prettier than she ever has, even in that godawful, dreadful, hideous hausfrau dress! (Did I mention I don’t care for the dress?) :-p

  3. Amelia says:

    It looks like someone stole my Granny’s tablecloth and quickly stitched it up then threw an insane price tag on it.

  4. Celine says:

    It can be completely natural and healthy to carry small. When I was pregnant with my first and only child, at 6 months you could only see the bump in tight gym clothes. I was skinny to begin with, 5″11-122lbs, and ate healthy but enough and did prenatal yoga throughout. I gained 24lbs until the end but I’m tall, so I only really showed around 8 months and my belly button never “popped”.

    Also, she was suffering from nausea at the beginning of her pregnancy, so she might have thrown up / not been able to eat a lot and therefore gained less weight.

    Just saying that carrying small is not necessary a sign of some crazy dieting but can be just as normal and healthy as carrying big.

    • DGO says:

      You showed less because you are tall. How much did your baby weigh?

      • Celine says:

        Well, maybe, but I know tall people too that carried big, and I guess there are other factors too (the place of uterus and placenta)…
        My baby was 6.2lbs, smallish but healthy.

      • SamiHami says:

        Height helps, but being fit does as well. Women with more toned abdominal muscles tend to show less during pregnancy, especially their first. I used to work at a medical school and found that to be true of the young female doctors that were really into fitness.

        One woman was very, very fit and very tall (probably 6’1″ or so) and she didn’t really show until just a couple of weeks before giving birth to her healthy, normal weight daughter.

      • DGO says:

        Yeah, 6.2 lbs on a big framed mother shouldn’t show very much, whereas a 9 lb baby on a 5’2″ small boned frame would show sooner. The thing that gets me about Kate is that she wasn’t that slim prior to hooking up with Wills. It’s not her normal body type. She must be doing all sorts of dieting to keep herself small. I hope she’s not still doing the Dukan diet. Limiting fat intake too much in a pregnancy isn’t good for the baby’s brain development.

      • Celine says:

        That’s true, she definitely started dieting when her relationship with William got more public and she kept getting thinner after their wedding…
        Sometimes pregnancy can help you get over certain issues, though. I feel for her though – it must be hard to have the whole world watching your pregnancy weight gain, criticizing if you’re too skinny, criticizing if you get too big.

    • LAK says:

      i have a cousin who is really short. And really skinny naturally. About 5ft 3in. her Husband is only 5ft 8in. She barely showed even at 9months. We made her stand sideways with clothing tightly wrapped around her so we could see her belly or in yoga/pilates clothing. I wish i could upload the pictures for you all to see.

      There was no way of telling just by looking at her, and since she favours dark clothing, her enlarged belly didn’t stand out to give the game away. At best she looked really bloated and sort of fat, but not in a way that you could really pin point unless you know what you were looking at.

    • akua says:

      Yeah, it really depends so much. I’m taller and heavier than my sister, who was shorter and thinner. I got pregnant two months before her and she was way more ‘pregnant looking’ than I was – pretty much the whole time. I didn’t really tell many people I was pregnant until they noticed, due to previous multiple miscarriages, so it was 5-6 months or more (depending on what I was wearing) before many people knew.

    • Leek says:

      I’m with you, Celine. I’m not tall but at 5’1″ I was showing very small at 6 months and my son was born at 6 lbs and some change. First pregnancies don’t always show that much. Even Kim Kardashian isn’t that big in the belly. She is everywhere else but she wasn’t super slim anyway so her belly most likely isn’t all baby.

  5. Val says:

    I have a friend who is slim and tall like Kate and when she was pregnant she didn’t really start to pop until after 6 months.

  6. Joanna says:

    I think I have the same shoes.

  7. Kcarp says:

    She totally looks prego. I am on board with every single conspiracy out there just not this one. The girl is pregnant. She is way taller and was way slimmer than Jessica Simpson and that other prego one. No everyone looks like a beached whale just because they are pregnant.

    ANd yes I can make the beached whale comment. I was a beached whale myself at 5’2 and 219lbs when I gave birth. Good lord I was a beast.

    • Poink517 says:

      “That other preggo one” hahahaaa

      Yeah, Kate is tall and has a long torso, so she appears to be carrying smaller. I have a friend who is 5’11″ with a long torso and she never looked big while pregnant.

      • My2Pence says:

        Look at the photos of her standing next to Bear G on another thread. Bear G is 5’11″. Kate Middleton is wearing heels that add 4.5″ to her height. She is not 5’10″, she’s 5’7″ – 5’8″. I’m hoping people will one day use their eyes to see the facts and consider NOT believing everything “google says”

      • Christina says:


        I agree. Kate is tall, but she’s not THAT tall. I’d say 5’7 or ’8 is about right. Diana was 5’10, and looked it. No way is Kate that tall.

      • Poink517 says:

        @my2pence – I never said Kate was 5’11″, I said my friend is 5’11″. I meant ‘taller people’ (I know Kate is tall, but I don’t know how tall). I’m only 5’2″, so she looks like a freaking beanpole to my eyes, because im too fing short. haha.

      • LAK says:

        Poink517 – Many people use the ‘google says’ excuse for Kate’s height. My2pence is just putting it out there that google is wrong before someone throws it out like they do every single time.

      • Isa says:

        Where did you find bear’s height? From google? Don’t get me wrong, I have no idea how tall she is.
        She’s probably even shorter, since quite a few men lie or don’t even know their height.

      • My2Pence says:

        William is “said” to be 6’3″ but as you implied, some men might exaggerate. Here is a photo of William and Kate Middleton walking side-by-side which showcases the height difference well.


        Kate Middleton is wearing these shoes: us(.)jimmychoo(.)com/en/us/vamp/invt/247vampgfa/

        If she was 5’10″ and wearing those shoes, the two of them would be roughly the same height in that photo. She’s what, 5 inches shorter here?

  8. Kate says:

    I don’t think she looks unhealthy. Not everyone is going to blow up with pregnancy. Nor should everyone blow up with pregnancy. Some people just can’t help it — it’s what their body wants to do, like Kim Kardashian. I think Kate’s body is just very, very different.

    • FLORC says:

      I think what a lot of people have in the back of their thoughts about pregnant Kate’s health/weight is that we’ve all seen her photos are photoshopped. The editing is good too. It’s not overdone or washed out, but just enough to take out the imperfections while still looking realistic and a better version of herself.

      Yes, she has a long torso and therefore more room for a growing fetus and appearing slimmer, but the photos are edited to make her look like she has more weight than she does. Her bump isn’t as large and her legs are more like sticks

      I’m not saying she’s unhealthy. She was slim before and probably eating all she needs nutrition wise without excess cals. She just isn’t as large as the photos make her out to be.

      • caitlin says:

        She started off this pregnancy underweight because of all the dieting around the engagement, wedding, etc., so it’s understandable that she’d appear smaller than average. Hopefully she uses the pregnancy as a good time to get her eating issues under control.

        Why would the press/photo agencies, etc. be motivated to photoshop her to look bigger? If her pr team were behind it I guess it would make sense, but I doubt that they would have that much if any influence..

      • FLORC says:

        There’s an interesting DM article out there a reporter wrote after William’s men came to her and “asked” her to stop writing stories about Kate in a negative light. It was a polite manner or threatening and bullying. The reporter stood up to them with a very tongue in cheek article. William also loses his cool over the press doing their jobs and can be quite bratty about it.
        They may edit some lbs on her for many reasons. Just like they edit her skin and hair. I can tell you the difference is crazy on cell phone pics to press pics.

        In short William is calling the shots here. Not the press with their own motives. Unless their motives are to please William…? I’ve seen enough photos to know when the press prints is not how Kate actually looks.

      • LAK says:

        caitlin – Back in March, one of the royal reporters tweeted that the pregnancy pics of her bump in the papers looked bigger than in reality.

        There is a pic of her on twitter taken last week where she was/is shopping with her mother for baby stuff where her tummy is noticeably popped. Mind you, she’s wearing a belt in the pictures which shows the size of her bump better as opposed to these belly skimming dresses.

        I don’t trust her ‘official’ pictures since all of them have been photoshopped since the engagement.

        FLORC – Some other reporters have also hinted at the ‘positive stories only’ talking to they received. Only DM had the nerve to spell it out in print.

    • LAK says:

      Which is why Beyonce’s pregnancy was so unbelievable. She struggles with her weight under normal circumstances based on her own interviews and the amount of exercise she claims to do to keep it in check. No way she would have had such a neat little bump that didn’t affect the rest of her body.

  9. teehee says:

    I always think, no matter what, unless those shoes are made of pure gold and titanium, no pair of shoes is EVAR worth anything close to 800, 700, 600, 500, 400, 1000, even 200 dollars/euros/pounds!!
    Nevar evarrr!!! I jsut cant help but imagine what I could DO with all that extra money, if I still bought shoes under 100, and then had 900 to spare!!

    • Liv says:

      Or on a bag. I’d feel so uncomfortable if I had spend 2000 euro/dollars/pounds on a bag or shoes and there are people out there who desperately need the money.

      • Emily says:

        It is sorta a silly way of thinking though…
        Do you live in the tiniest studio apartment you can find, walk everywhere, eat 20c beans for every meal?
        Every person could scrimp more. If you don’t have to, why would you?

      • teehee says:

        Emaily I understand your point. But even with millions there is just no justifying such an outrageous price for a totally normal looking pair of shoes– the same kind you can get for a ‘normal’ price of 60 euros, for example. If I had millions I wouldnt need to buy 60 euro shoes for reasons of crimping– but I would anyway in protest of stupid price tags and for the merit that I can then use my money elsewhere for better things, even if its on building a mini mansion for my pets :P

      • Liv says:

        Exactly, teehee ;-)

        Emily, don’t be offended. I don’t think nobody should get super expensive clothes. I think it’s totally fine to buy something that expensive like a bag which lasts 20 or 30 years. But I was raised differently. My mom would kill me if I wore a dress which costs 5000 euro/dollars/pounds. ;-)

  10. Maggie says:

    I only gained 15lbs with my first baby. He was born healthy. I think she looks lovely with a bit more weight on her. Nice legs!

  11. Anna says:

    When I saw the dress earlier this morning at first I thought the print and style were kind of old and matronly, then I think I liked that this is something different for her, now I cant decide. I do enjoy the blue suede pumps though.

    What’s hilarious is that this isnt actually a maternity dress, and Kate is what, SEVEN months along now? Instead it just looks like she went a size up in a normal, sheath-cut dress. Ridiculous! Yes, I am getting a little green envy tint…

  12. Suze says:

    I don’t think the duchess needs any defending over her weight. I haven’t heard any accusations in them media or online about crazy dieting or fake baby bumps – in fact, most of the comments on her pregnancy have been positive.

    She is one of those lucky women who carry well and any extra weight is indeed all baby.

    I can’t tell if I like or loathe this dress. She looks good overall, though.

    • gogoGorilla says:

      Agreed on all counts. The dress is a bit on the mumsy side but it’s 10,000 times better than the messes being worn by the Other Pregnant Lady.

      In a tiny voice I will also say that I hate how matchy-matchy the shoes are. They might be lovely on their own but they give the dress that super-grandma feeling.

  13. ladybert62 says:

    Awful dress – unusual style for her and hopefully she wont do it again!!!

  14. Laural says:

    Yep and I think Kate’s starting weight before getting pregnant was very very slim.

  15. OhDear says:

    She looks nice here! She’s tall, right? – so she probably carries the weight differently than a shorter person would.

    Nice to see her working.

  16. Crumpets and Crotchshots says:

    I can toss her a certain dragonfly jacket that retails for £7000…. She looks chilly.

  17. truthful says:

    I don’t like the dress but her face looks good filled out.

    She may get huge later like 7 or 8, I’ve seen some mothers get their weight more towards the end & its like BOOM but this moms were always thin to begin with.

  18. Dawn says:

    She looks lovely and very much appropriate for where she was and what she is representing. What would ya all prefer she wear? Kanye West ho shoes and a tight mini?

  19. Rita says:

    She looks just lovely. It’s hard to believe she’s due in July.

  20. Heather H says:

    I carried like Kate and I am 2 inches shorter. She is 5′ 10″ I think and with a long torso there is plenty of room there. I don’t think I even wore maternity clothes until I was 6 months along.

  21. Suze says:

    Duchess Kate gets lots of compliments, even on this blog which is more critical of her than most.

    She very often wins.

    • FLORC says:

      I think the compliments are from several areas that influence our sympathies.

      She’s married to William and he just seems so cold and cruel at times.
      She shows often she has a childlike mentality and vulnerability.
      She’s set the bar so low she can only maintain or go up, but never do anything terrible that isn’t expected with her. It’s just her normal or improvements.

      What will be interesting is if William ever decides to lift the press ban on her and the dirt stories are encouraged to be printed will her supporters still be around? And then the stories posted here will be far from the most critical.

      • Chutzpah says:

        There is no such thing as a press ban in the UK we invented tabloid after all – they are just playing polite for now, anything William says to them bothers them not one jot – its Queenie they tend to respect and her family only gets that extended to them whilst she’s still alive.

        He pushes it much more or she pops it and the gloves are off.

        And I cant wait!

      • LAK says:

        @chutzpah: There isn’t an official press ban.

        However, the number of things swept under the rug more so now in the post Levenson era are astonishing.

        Reporters have talked about the protection afforded to certain members of the royal family. It isn’t just The Queen and Philip.

        There have been instances where stories on one royal have been traded for something else for positive press or damage limitation.

        Let’s not forget that Charles and Diana managed to keep up the facade of a happy marriage for ten years even though the press knew about it.

        The whole thing is a game. William isn’t good at this game though he thinks he is.

      • m says:

        The press ban is allegedly up at their anniversary *crosses fingers*.

  22. JL says:


    She’s 5’10 compared to KK and Jessica who are around what 5’2?

    That’s a LOT of extra room, so I’m not surprised she looks slim.

    • My2Pence says:

      @ JL. She isn’t 5’10″, she 5’7″ or at most 5’8″. She wears 5-6 inch heels for most events. If you look at the post on the scout event with Bear G, you’ll see. He is 5’11″ and they are roughly the same height in the photo – except she’s wearing 4.5″ heels.

      • Mrsjennyk says:

        Must you keep repeating her height? let people believe what they want about her.

      • My2Pence says:

        It is just such an odd thing that people continue to “believe” about her. And an odd thing for people to get so defensive about, that somehow she must be the same height as his mother or she doesn’t fit their ideal.

        It is a fact; she is not 5’10″, she is 5’7″ or 5’8″, which people can discern if they bother to look at photos logically rather than blindly believing what someone (or google) tells them.

        I’d rather people look at facts, then make up their own minds. When her “fans” keep defending her size (“Oh, she’s so tall and so naturally thin”) it keeps validating an inaccurate and unhealthy body ideal for her. She has a large frame, carries a lower-amount of weight than healthy for that frame size, and is not as tall as many people report.

        Will people not like her as much if they know her actual height and healthy size? Will she start to feel even more pressure that she has to stay unnaturally thin or people won’t like her anymore? Are “fans” setting her up for an enormous fall?

      • Suze says:

        It *is* odd that everyone seems to think she’s taller than she is.

  23. Mary says:

    She looks lovely (her face/body, not the dress). And pregnancy bodies are funny things. I’m late in my first pregnancy and my body doesent make any sense to me. During the first five months my belly hardly grew at all, but my boobs got huge and my ankles, hands and face got really swollen. And then my belly popped and my face and legs got back to almost normal. Now I look kinda like Kate (but shorter and bigger belly).
    Just my two cents.

  24. Chutzpah says:

    Oh Please.

    We all know she’s eating like a damned sparrow regardless of her height – she has HUGE control issues.

  25. Barbara says:

    I was actually smaller then her with my first. I gained 10lbs and my son weighed 6lbs at birth. But not to worry, he is now a 6’4″ handsome man. :-)

  26. The Original Mia says:

    Not liking the pattern, but it’s something different & the hem is longer. The shoes are nice. Anything is better than those tired black suede boots & heels.

  27. original kay says:

    I love this dress, and the shoes. I pretty much love everything she wears, as I am conservative in my dress as well.

  28. ANGELIC 20 says:

    i hate the dress but it is appropriate and she looks comfortable but i don’t really cares as she looks just lovely and beautiful. this is the best she looked in her entire life imo .

    • FLORC says:

      I agree. I hate the dress and with that print and cut it should be under $100. Maybe $200 with a label. At least the hemline is right and her smile is looking more genuine. Also, hooray for her for taking the train! These are big steps.

    • My2Pence says:

      My personal favorite look was her visit to the Royal Academy of Arts last year.

      I thought, “Finally, she has figured out how to dress appropriately for her position! This is how to dress like a royal duchess.” Of course, she failed to dress appropriately before or after that one event. But she has shown that she CAN get it right (royal protocol dressing), she just fails to do so most of the time.

      • bluhare says:

        Agree. I think it’s my #1 as well. I also liked the pink evening gown she wore on one of their first gala appearances, and the vintagey one with the full skirt she wore around Chistmas that year.

        And I give her big points for coat and boot pron.

  29. Anne says:

    I wouldn’t pay $20 for that dress, never mind $1500.

    It’s good that she’s finally doing some work.

  30. Reece says:

    Tis at her knees! I like this dress! The print is weird. However, that fits my personality I’m not so sure on her then again she picked it (there must be something going on under the hair).
    I really hope she keeps some of the weight on. She looks much prettier with some “filling” on her.

  31. ANGELIC 20 says:

    oh dear god i just saw her speech, it’s just so poor for a 31 year old with world class education. she kept playing with her hair, even the crowd was so small so being bloody nervous can’t be used after 2 years of marriage .my3rd grade god son gives better speech then her. she is just so unprofessional and unprepared. she is even fumbling with the charity’s name that she was visiting at the end and people say she does an okay job just because she doesn’t look like kim k. there is more to royal duties then just looking good and wearing expensive clothes. i really didn’t want to criticize her today but seriously she does a bloody awful job.

    • The Original Mia says:

      I’m amazed she can still effect that fake posh accent.

    • Poink517 says:

      Why wouldn’t the royals put her through some public speaking classes?! It’s her job, she needs to learn how to do it properly. Ridiculous.

      • LAK says:

        She had some lessons to help her with her wedding vows. She probably thought that was enough.

        The Palace is more than willing to help her so either she’s not taking the help or this is the best she can do.

      • Sachi says:

        Getting that fake posh accent right is more important!

        To be honest, her voice is so nasally nowadays that she sounds like she’s eating her words. Her voice sounds really pinched. I could barely understand what she was saying in her speech.

        Her diction and pacing are also awful. She stops and pauses her speech at the most awkward places, making her sound insincere and like she doesn’t know what she’s talking about. She looks at her paper after every 2 words.

        Not a lot of people are made for public speaking. But many people put in an effort to improve and help themselves.

        But hey, at least her dress looks pretty, right? That’s all her fans look for anyway, so that’s what Kate prioritizes.

      • bluhare says:

        I have a hard time getting on her case about public speaking. I’m used to it now, but when I first had to I was as nervous as she was, and I didn’t have TV cameras looking at me either.

        Although I did improve. :)

      • Suze says:

        I wasn’t a great public speaker when I had to start, either. But I had help, and I improved. And it took a while, but the point is that it doesn’t seem like she is even trying.

        The things is, this is her job. Hell, it’s her *life*. So she will have to attack this at some point.

    • FLORC says:

      I’ve been kicking this around in my head lately. Maybe she has trichotillomania. I do and if i’m not pulling my hair out i’m not aware not i’m always twirling it or tugging lightly. Especially when i’m bored or anxious or even falling asleep. I’ve heard of wiglets and extensions being an expensive form of protections to keep people from pulling out their own hair. Just a thought.

      And again you’re 100% right. She does not educate herself on the charities and causes she patrons. She took lessons for her too posh accent and yet not for public speaking? It’s baffling to me she is so poorly prepared on many fronts.

      • LAK says:

        Personally i think it’s because she is still stuck in teen/young adult mode.

        When i hang out with my young cousins and their friends, it drives me insane how much they touch and flip their hair. And hide behind it and play with it.

        And i remember my friends and i used to do the same at the same age.

  32. HoustonGrl says:

    She looks really healthy to me, but I still think she is vain, superficial and lazy.

  33. annie says:

    Are Kate and William REALLY faking the relationship? Those little courtside kisses are staged? Tell me this isn’t true.

  34. L says:

    Saw the speech and even as someone that like her-yikes. Awkward.

    I’ve seen other pictures of the dress though, and the more i see it the more I like it. The print is interesting (people overall are to afraid of print these days)

    • Suze says:

      That is true.

      I came of age in the eighties and prints were all over then. Laura Ashley ruled the waves. Think early Princess Di and all those John Hughes movies. Cabbage roses on everyone!

      Then there was a huge backlash and everyone went to solids, a trend from which we have not emerged. I do think that solid colors tend to photograph a bit better but I don’t mind a good print.

      I still haven’t decided if this is a good print or a bad print, though.

  35. lower-case deb says:

    i wish Kate wears hats all the time.
    because that’s the only way she’ll pin her hair out of her face.
    other than that… no complaints about her appearance.

  36. wendy says:

    I’m not interested in her clothes, height or weight, but I have to say her speeches are appalling. Not so much the content – probably scripted by someone else anyway – but the delivery. Very awkward and insincere. She needs to get a new acting coach. The Daily Mail writer found the speech to be inspirational. As is typical, someone took too many hits with the crack pipe.

  37. Lulu.T.O. says:

    Actually, she looks to me to have finally gained a significant about of weight, but all over. Her arms and legs are much less defined and her face is plump. She looks really good I think.

    That dress looks like it came from J.C.Penny.

  38. Rachel says:

    The dress is lovely; it’s nice to see her in more bright patterns and colours than the usual plain coats and neutral tones. However, it’s high fashion – if she’d kept accessories to a minimum, I don’t think it would have been inappropriate, but the entire outfit was very expensive.

    The dress is Erdem, £1200, her earrings were around £1000, her necklace was £2500, her shoes were reportedly custom McQueen (price on application) and her clutch just over £240. As a whole the outfit was eye-wateringly expensive and tactless when she was visiting an extremely deprived part of the UK. It’s a good outfit and she looks wonderful, but you wonder whether she could have maybe picked a slightly less high fashion dress for the occasion.

    That said I’m happy she’s choosing (or at least complying with her aides) on gritty charities about less glamourous topics such as addiction.

  39. Katebush says:

    Oh for goodness sake cold and critical is the last thing he is! I’m not a monarchist by any means but when he came to NZ his warmth and friendliness were obvious. He was natural friendly and v down to earth. I think in that respect he’s got some of Diana’s best qualities

  40. sam cam says:

    The Daily Mail calls her speech “inspirational”??!! I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Regardless, the reporter in question has been smoking too many doobies. The content is pure drivel (she should ask for her money back from whoever wrote it) and the delivery is god awful. She needs a new acting coach to help her work on faking “sincerity”, “empathy” and “genuine interest” STAT.

  41. gg says:

    That is one ugly, bugly, overpriced dress.

  42. Barhey says:

    The boards about Kate and pregnant women in general depress me so much.

    Kate’s lazy and doesn’t work, but Kim Kardashian travels and works too much so shes endangering her child.

    Kate is way to skinny to be having a baby. Kim is way too fat to be having a baby.

    Kate spends too much on new clothes but she recycles clothes too much (like her heels).

    Kate dresses frumpy and old fashioned. Kim dresses like a street walker.

    What happened to feminism, to sisterhood? I am 22 and always wanted kids in the future. Now am I terrified of getting pregnant because I realize how women are going to talk about me behind my back and no matter what I do I’m going to be a failure.

    • Becky1 says:

      Yeah, it’s a shame that it’s like that. There are plenty of critical people IRL, too but I’ve learned that no matter what you do there are going to be people (primarily women, unfortunately) that judge so you have to make decisions that are best for you and try to tune them out. It’s not always easy, though.

    • Suze says:

      Honestly, Kate gets plenty of positive feedback on her pregnancy and how she looks.

      I agree, Kim does not.

    • FLORC says:

      You left out that KimK also earns her money by actually working. And The kim endangers her baby bit. That was said because she was still working over 8 hours a day and constantly flying. Kate took the helicopter for any reason as preferred travel. Just adding that in.

      I really hate the hate kim gets. Sure she released a pr0n video as her claim to fame, but she truly works hard for her money. And she will forever be fighting the weight gain because that is just her body. Although wearing skin tight clothes isn’t helping her I am jealous of her self confidence to not care what people say.

  43. some bitch says:

    Meanwhile, millions of ordinary British continue to suffer through austerity.

  44. Kristine says:

    That dress cost HOW much? So ugly.

  45. Palermo says:

    I think she looks wonderful! I get so tired of women dressing like sluts all the time, I know she can’t in her position anyway but it’s lovely to see somebody look classy, instead of like Kim and Jessica, whose idea of fashion is to always have their tits out on a plate.

  46. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    I cut her some slack for looking down at her paper every 2 words. I’m sure it was drilled into her head, “Do not stray from the script. Do not stray from the script! DO NOT STRAY FROM THE SCRIPT!” Until she became deathly afraid of getting a single word wrong.

    Not that I blame the Palace either. It’s obvious she’s a simpleton who can’t string two coherent words together, and/or is too lazy to bother preparing for public appearances. I think it’s a combination of the two.

    I’ll never forget, “Can you . . . um, . . . test the . . . um . . .smell . . . of the tea . . . by smelling it?” And that was a PLANNED visit to the tea shop.

    I think the Palace knows she doesn’t have the work ethic or the intelligence to come up with anything better than that on her own. Hence the script from which she is not allowed to stray; hence the looking down at the paper every 2 words.

  47. Adrien says:

    Her pregnancy weight suits her. She looks really pretty having a plumpish face.

  48. Teeny says:

    She looks much better with the pregnancy weight gain since she appeared gaunt, aged, and unhealthy looking before. I hope for the sake of that fetus she is not dieting and restricting, and it won’t surprise me if after the birth she “bounces back” quickly…as in she starts seriously restricting again. She has lost a significant amount of weight in the last few years, and IMO, it doesn’t look good.

  49. 4evaRedd says:

    She looks lovely. See that, Kimmy? Appropriate maternity garb.

  50. jes_sayin says:

    I’m not blaming her, but let’s face it, she’s obviously on a VERY strict diet. She wasn’t even this slim BEFORE she was engaged.

    And again, no offense, but that dress is horrendous and the shoes are just..ugh. I’ll never understand her “style”.

  51. Andrea says:

    Is it me or is the second picture in this post looking photoshopped in the breast and tummy area? Or is it lighting?

  52. moon says:

    I love Erdem normally, but that dress is hideous

  53. Kay says:

    What does it matter how much weight she’s putting on?? Within no time after she gives birth she will be back to crazy dieting and be stick thin again. I get the impression she likes herself more when she’s super thin.