Duchess Kate goes solo on her 2nd wedding anniversary: lovely or awkward?

Drat! I’ve been spoiled for so long by Duchess Kate’s barely-there work schedule that I’m actually caught off-guard by her recent surge of public appearances. I wasn’t expecting to see new photos of her today, her second wedding anniversary. Remember her first wedding anniversary? Barely. Anyway, these are photos of Kate making a solo (!!) appearance at the Naomi House Children’s Hospice in Winchester. William was apparently “on duty” in Wales.

What are we calling this color? The Mail calls it “peach” but I think it’s too pinky to be peach. I can’t even think of the correct word though. Let’s say that the dress is peach and the coat is… salmon, maybe? A very orangey salmon. The Mail says the coat is by Tara Jarmon and the dress is “by a private dressmaker.” Is that funny to anyone else? I feel like Kate couldn’t find any maternity dresses that were short enough for her tastes, so she had to go to a private dressmaker and have her minidress made. At this point, I’m a broken record on her hemlines, so I won’t even get into it again. I’ll just point out how awkward she seems when she’s trying to bend down to talk to that little girl in a wheelchair while simultaneously making sure she doesn’t flash the crowd behind her.

I will say this though – she’s doing a lot better with mixing up her looks for her appearances over the past month. She’s been mixing low-end pieces with high-end pieces, she’s been having fun with more colors, she’s been wearing new stuff that we haven’t seen before. And she’s been doing some slightly different stuff with her hair too, which I do appreciate. You can read more about Kate’s visit here.

PS… Her bump got really big all of a sudden, right? I’m not just imagining that?

Photos courtesy of WENN.com.

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  1. Abby says:

    She’s popped! Super cute outfit, but that is awkward bending down with a short hemline..

    I feel sad that she and Will aren’t together on their last anniversary before they become parents.

  2. Lila says:

    Honestly the bending over is my one issue with her hemlines. I don’t have an issue with short skirts, even on royalty, but your skirts have to be long enough for you to do what you need to do in them. And when that is walking in the wind or bending down to talk to people or going up stairs and the like, minis are not the best choice.

    I like the colors. I feel like we are in the middle of some kind of image makeover for her. I don’t object exactly but I don’t trust it. This recent work schedule just reeks of strategy to me.

  3. Baskingshark says:

    I still think this chick and the whole RF should be abolished, but am slightly mollified by the fact that, somewhere on a yacht in Greece, Kim “I’m going to be the sexiest pregnant woman ever” Kardashian is spitting white hot chunks of molten lava over the fact that Waity K looks like this while she looks like an elephant that fell into a hooker’s laundry basket.

  4. Noodles says:

    She’s making all the public appearances because Her People are trying to deal with the backlash for her laziness.

    Had there been no outcry over all her vacations, I can promise you she’d still be “resting” back at KP.

    • Jules says:

      She is no Diana, and I am sick of the media including this site of trying to make it happen.

      • JenD says:

        I don’t think CB is trying to make Kate the new Diana. Usually it seems the opposite: they are surprised she’s actually doing something.

      • stella d says:

        Ditto – but I wouldn’t necessarily include this site to be among her fan club. Although she is often complimented for her clothes, I very seldom see celebitchy praise her for her accomplishments and substance.

        This one is a phoney baloney and hopefully someday she gets called out for it.

      • FLORC says:

        Stella D This site is nicer to Kate than most. And there is a large group of posters that faithfully post how pretty she is and all those who say otherwise are jealous trolls.

        She is never complimented for anything of substance because she has nothing of substance to show from her 31 years on this earth.

        As 1 poster here compared her to the winning contestant who won the car by keeping her hand on it for 10 years. This is her only accomplishment of note.

    • Anaya says:

      Yeah. I bet June can’t come soon enough for her: maternity leave or one last vacation before the baby arrives.

    • FLORC says:

      I thought the appearances were to draw attention away from the photo scandal’s latest news/maternity leave will last forever/Kate’s to busy to notice William is gone again/show off the bump while she still can…

      The surge in her work schedule is very nice to see. This is not a reason to praise her though. She should have been doing this from the start and an hour of people giving her flowers and reading prepared statements per day if that aside is not work. Not even for her.

    • molly says:

      I agree, she really doesn’t want to be anywhere but with mummy and daddy and her sister who thinks she is something, boooooring !

      Mummy will be looking after the baby not her, she will be shopping, shopping, shopping, and flicking her hair, booooooring !

      She wants to take a leaf out of Princess Anne or Diana’s book if she wants to be known as busy. Don’think so somehow.

  5. MAP says:

    Those hemlines are borderline obscene. I mean, royal protocol dictates that she can’t wear open toe shoes, but a dress-so-short-you-have-to-shave-more-than-just-your-legs is okay?

  6. Talie says:

    She looks great. Pregnancy has brought out a more youthful side to her style, thank god.

  7. Noodles says:

    If anyone is interested, you can check out The Royal Diary online, which lets you know what members of The Royal Family are doing for their official duties.

    For example, one can learn how lazy the Duchess is when compared to The Princess Royal (Anne).

    I find it odd, though, that Catherine’s plans are never included in The Royal Diary.

    I wonder if she decides all her plans on a whim– why else would she not be included in the Diary when everyone else is?

    I can just imagine the scrambling that goes on at her patronages when they need to find her “work.”

    • My2Pence says:

      @ Noodles. This is odd to me too. Engagements are announced (by SJP?) but then not put on the upcoming Royal Diary for Kate Middleton and William? It looks like all of everybody else’s public engagements are listed in there, so why not theirs?

      I’m wondering if this is a way to hide their lack of work come the end of the year. Once events have taken place, they move from the Royal Diary to the Court Circular for archival purposes. If the numbers look really bad again, their office will be able to say, “Oh, but not everything for them was listed in the Royal Diary through the year.”

      The media is going to have to pay really close attention and keep track for themselves, then compare their notes to the end of year reckoning. Doing that was how they “outed” the fact that airport arrivals and departures were actually being counted as “engagements.”

      Hasn’t someone on here mentioned that nobody else’s behind-the-scenes work is “counted” but they are counting KM’s behind-the-scenes work as a way to boost her numbers?

  8. Sachi says:

    I think this colour is either coral or apricot.

    It’s a great coat. I love the colour!

    It’s good to see her out and about on her own. She’s more relaxed when she’s just by herself.

    I have said my piece about her hemlines being short in one of the previous topics about one of her outings, and I’ll leave it at that.

  9. Kristin says:

    Again, if we continue to talk about her hemline, I’m renaming this blog Celegranny and Friends.

    everyone has a serious case of the princess jealouses imo. Terminal.

  10. Audrey says:

    As a purse whore, her fashion never does much for me.

    I liked the black and white dot dress from a couple days ago. Very meh on everything else

  11. Reece says:

    Aww look she can learn…when she wants. She learned how to pin curl her hair. I was trying to give her the benefit of the doubt a little while ago
    (maybe she just didn’t know) but not anymore. Wearing actual maternity clothes and not just bigger sizes would work for her bump & hemline. I’m done.
    It’s a very pretty color!

    “PS… Her bump got really big all of a sudden, right? I’m not just imagining that?” 3rd trimester. The baby is gaining more weight now.

  12. Hollz says:

    I would call the jacket peach, and the dress off white peach.
    I can’t help but like her, I don’t know why.

    • Kcarp says:

      I am there with you. I like her too and I don’t know why. I think I have a soft spot for William and Harry after watching Diana’s funeral and that spills over to William’s wife. There is really no rational reason, you just like who you like.

  13. Mirella says:

    I think she looks great. Pregnancy agrees with her.

  14. annie says:

    Where is William on their anniversary?

    I don’t understand. Are they really living apart, anyone know for sure?

    • JL says:

      He’s at work just like any other military spouse in about any country.

      Many military couples spend their anniversaries and even the birth of their child apart.

      • FLORC says:

        JL are you saying that if William really had to work and wanted to actually be with his wife he could find no way? Really? Haha ok then.

        You are right though. The military does keep families apart and it’s rough. Like When William wanted to just go on vacation without petitioning for it (6 weeks/months? hmm…) in advance. So he got his 4th vacation that year and the man who had to fill in for him was going to be the best man in his best friends wedding.

    • L says:

      According to reports he’s at work. As it’s a Monday.

      Honestly I don’t get why people are doing the “alone on their anniversary!” panic. It’s a weekday-they both had planned events. They prob did something together over the weekend.

    • FLORC says:

      Annie. William is still possibly RAF, but don’t take that to mean he works like a regular military employee. He was often MIA while claiming to be at his RAF post. Almost always he was off with his mates partying. Famously while W&K were still claiming to be a young, newlywed couple living in Wales and the countryside was flooded and needed Search and Rescue pilots desperately Kate was found to be in London and William was seen getting wasted in a bar late into the night. This is the norm as now it’s easily seen that everyone has a camera on their cell phone. William still has control over anything like that being published in formal papers.

      Because of this No paper will flat out say they’re living apart. William will crucify them. It is known Kate is often at her parents house and William is anywhere else. They only seem to be together for vacations and joint engagements.

  15. The Original Mia says:

    Coral. Cute color. Too short as usual. Glad she’s working. She should be.

  16. HH says:

    You know, of all the times she has worn those nude pumps this is the first one in which they were the perfect choice! The color of both pieces is beautiful, however, the hemline is still an issue. Her hemline are mainly an issue because as as an earlier poster stated she can’t do her job well in the lengths chosen(i.e. she shouldn’t have to be fiddling with it or bending down awkwardly to avoid issues).

  17. Thinker says:

    What was that story about Kanye and his babymama – together 17 out of 107 days or something? Sounds like those numbers would fit with W&Ks schedules too…

    Difference here is that when William is away, Kate lurks off into the shadows of Berkshire with her mother. Unlike the Kardasians, the Middletons want to keep the separation as low key and under the radar as possible… Still, as many other posters have mentioned, its become readily apparent that William spends little time with his wife… Save of course for out-of-Europe vacations. (Coincidentally those vacations are the ones that Will can’t just order a helicopter for, the ones that become public knowledge because they require more planning and preparation… Compare their French trip, nobody was supposed to know about due to its convenient timing overlapping with the Paralympics. Nobody would’ve known but for the topless scandal.)

    Where does he go? Does he have a side piece who hates the spotlight? Are all these hunting trips “boys only”?

    • Bored suburbanhousewife says:

      This is what I want to know. Do K & W actually live together?

    • Sammi says:

      For pete’s sake people!! If William and Kate were show together more you would all be complaining that he’s never at work! They aren’t joined at the hip. He is at work. Period. She is in London making appearances. When she isn’t you complain that she is just lazing around waiting for William to get home from work. Give the couple a break already!

      • Thinker says:

        The “period” thing, that finality and certainty with which you speak makes you all the less convincing- all we know about their whereabouts at any time is speculation on the part of the press, unless there is a public event.

        There is an acknowledged deference the British press give the Royals in the wake of Diana’s death. It started with just William and Harry, a few photo ops and interviews, open access, in exchange for an agreement to not publicize the Princes missteps or private tribulations. Occasionally the press breaks these boundaries, DailyMail has written some sour peices lately, but mostly they remain sycophantic.

        I’m not complaining about her working, I think it’s quite interesting from a gossip standpoint. What are the motivations? Did her mother urge her to adopt a more Dianaly stance on volunteerism? Is it to garner public sympathy when her husband is rarely by her side?

        It’s called The Firm for a reason. Public events are calculated as any fortune 500 business decision would be. It’s fascinating to speculate on the motivations or intrigues that could be hidden beneath the polished and polite exterior.

        The fact is Charles is in a similar marriage with Camilla, both couples spend a great deal of time living individual lives geographically and physically separate from each other.

      • bluhare says:

        All right, I just channeled my inner conspiracy theorist, and when you consider that Pippa was trotted out last week, one must wonder if the Middletons aren’t on a campaign to show the worlk what a charitable aristocratic family they are (even if they aren’t aristocratic). Carole wants a title. And she’s going to work it until she gets one.

      • Thinker says:

        Hi blu! glad to see a regular in these parts! That Pippa appearance in a tweed suit opening a school, playing at being Queen for a day made me so embarrassed for her. Miscalculation on Carole’s part.

      • Hakura says:

        @Thinker – Re: Princes & the press – This made me think about reading about them (Will & Harry) ages ago. My grandma was addicted to the ‘trash tabloids’ (Star, Globe, ect), & always kept them in a bowl-shaped container in her living room. Since I was 13, I looooved reading those.

        There were usually always mentions of William & Harry, mostly talking about their ‘out of control’ partying habits. But in a few, they’d talk about Will not being able to spend ‘too much’ time with his girlfriends, needing ‘breaks’ from their presence. I wonder if that’s just part of his personality.

        Though you have to consider the ‘source’ with these xD Not the most reliable.

  18. LAK says:

    Question: Kate’s hemlines didn’t become this short until late March which is roughly when she started to show. Can a growing bump shorten a dress by this much? would it not be longer at the back whilst shorter at the front if that was the case, rather than an all round shorter dress hemline since she’s wearing loose fitting clothing?

    • The Original Mia says:

      I don’t think she’s wearing maternity wear. I think she’s wearing regular size dresses, which don’t drape right with her bump.

    • suzy says:

      you are creepily obsessed with kate and her hemlines.

    • Belle says:

      Um… LAK is not obsessed, she follows the royals quite closely and knows a lot about them.

      LAK, in answer to your honest and NOT AT ALL creepy question/comment… I have wondered the same thing myself. At first I thought that the dresses were short for the very reason you mention, they are not maternity dresses, and Kate’s growing belly is making them much shorter. This DOES happen with regular clothing. As you also mention though, the backs of the dresses do not seem any longer though… which makes me think…. hmmmmm. No idea! LOL

      I do think she looks great… these colors look gorgeous on her, and I don’t find the length of her dresses offensive. As I’ve said many times, I think some pregnant ladies look really cute in ‘shorter’ dresses, for CERTAIN occasions. Honestly, I don’t think they are appropriate for Kate to wear to ‘royal events’. Again, as I’ve said before… on her own time, shopping or beach-walking or whatever… but too short for royal duties. Lordy, look how short it looks when she holds her purse under her belly! Oh, and bending over… forget about it. Whoever is behind her is getting an eye-full.

      • LAK says:

        Belle, This Suzy person has taken to following me quite closely and leaving me rude messages. I just laugh at her. No point arguing with her. Whatever floats her boat. Poor think needs an outlet for something……

        Anyways, back to Kate, mine was a genuine question since i don’t have kids and frankly, i never see the problem of buying bigger sizes until you get to point where they just won’t do and you have to go get maternity clothing.

        i agree with you that she’s looking really good, and youthful. With sparkle. Her extra short hemlines for her pregnancy for work purposes…..Talk about unexpected.

      • gogoGorilla says:

        I think sometimes pregnant ladies like to feel pretty and a little sexy. Since the bump obviously interferes with the regular methods of showing the curves (see: Kartrashian, Kim), why not show off a great set of legs?

        (For the record, I wouldn’t wear hemlines that short, but I don’t personally think it’s that big of a deal.)

      • Lulu.T.O. says:

        They are maternity clothes IMO. Too well cut not to be. She just insists on thumbing her nose at the dress code. God knows why.

    • The Wizz says:

      Yes a growing bump would shorten the hemlines, which is why she shoul be wearing maternity wear then that wouldn’t occur.

    • Leen says:

      THis is not a very bumpy answer but I guess so. I have a bit of a booty and it usually makes my dresses 2 inches shorter.
      Kind of had an experiment once with me and my friend. She’s the same size as me but my butt is waaaay bigger and we tried on the same dress. The hemline was definately shortened with me by 2-3 inches. So maybe that’s the case with Kate?

  19. Chutzpah says:

    Christ, that dress is barely covering her Royal Garden!

    What pregnant woman suddenly starts wearing a more slutty style than she usually does? weird.

  20. s says:

    way, way way too short. I am jealous she looks so good pregnant and usually give her a pass but the length and the nude tights make this such a no-go.

    also the poster that said the thing about kim k looking like an elephant that fell into a hooker’s laundry basket warrants some kind of pulitzer in gossip blog commenting.

  21. anon1 says:

    I usually think of the color coral having red in it. I’d call the color, melon.

  22. Mich says:

    I love the woman in black behind her – flashing ankle hose and looking pleased as punch. :-)

  23. Sammi says:

    The colour scheme? It looks like the dress is beige (like her shoes). The coat doesn’t look pink to me. It is peach.

    Enough with the catty comments about the length of her dress/coat. She is only 31 so she can still get away with it. Besides, don’t you think a dress and coat to her knees would look too matronly? She looks lovely!

  24. littlestar says:

    I LOVE the colour of her coat! She looks gorgeous and glowing. Pastels are really hot for spring right now, and she pulled this off nicely.

  25. janie says:

    She is so beautiful.. Love the way she looks!

  26. ANGELIC 20 says:

    The point is not whether Kate looks good in it or not , whether she is young and pull off . She is young, got great legs ,can pull it off BUT SHE CAN”T DO HER JOB PROPERLY WITH THOSE SHORT HEM LINES AND THAT”S THE ISSUE.

  27. L says:

    It does look short, but I think the way she’s holding her purse doesn’t help. It pulls the hemline up (there are other pictures out there where she doesn’t have the purse, and it’s quite a bit lower)

    Not my favorite look-the erdem from a few days ago is still my favorite. But she’s clearly not wearing maternity clothes, but larger dresses.

  28. HannahF says:

    I agree that the dress is too short. I think it’s a nice outfit and would have been appropriate for this event if she did not have to bend over to speak with kids. The kid element was a given on this event so, although lovely, this outfit was not a good choice

  29. Decloo says:

    Is she not allowed to wear stylish shoes? I’m so tired of the pumps.

  30. Mia says:

    Kate looks adorable, she has great legs and she and Will flouted almost every social convention in the first place by getting married when she wasn’t a royal or part of the peerage. I love that she shops at Topshop and looks like a regular person who isn’t all matronly. I think she and Will and Harry are changing a lot of the rules about how stuffy and secretive the royal family is and I love it. Look how royal standards and norms destroyed the lives of their parents for no reason and Charles ended up with Camilla anyway. Did the world end? Do we really want that dysfunction to carry on to the next generation?

  31. Meerkat says:

    I just wonder why, when she was out shopping with mum, she was dressed like a normal pregnant person. Why, when she’s making public appearances, does she dress like this? I know the Middleton women love their legs, eyeliner and hair but I can’t understand why she’s gone from frumpy to uber short now that she’s obviously pregnant.

  32. DGO says:

    Short dresses on pregnant women tend to make them look rounder. Couple that with the peachy color Kate’s sporting, and she quite looks like a pumpkin!

  33. The Original Mia says:

    I pray for the day she bends over and we see her pregnancy panties, so the apologists will finally understand what we mean when we criticize her short hemlines. CP Victoria of Sweden is tall, probably has great legs, but you never see her with her hemline above her knees. Not sure why the future Queen Consort of England can’t do the same. Not sure why the future Queen Consort of England can’t be expected to dress appropriately.

    • Mich says:

      I doubt it would make a difference. People have different standards. I laugh when I read things like “but I wear skirts that short to work”. For all I know, the commenter is 20 years old and that work is at a strip club in Vegas or a restaurant in Butte.

      • The Original Mia says:

        I know it’s futile, Mich. Just irritates me.

      • Mia says:

        Yes, I do in fact wear skirts that short to work. I wear them with dark tights and I can and do get away with it because I know how to dress. No I don’t work in a strip club or a restaurant and I never have. Do you currently LIVE in a geriatric home? Okay then, lets stop cracking jokes about each other’s ages and maybe just respect that we might have different and equally valid opinions and perspectives because of our different ages. Yes, I’m in my 20′s and these royals are not that far in age from me and maybe they feel the same way I do about this skirt length issue, which is: WHO CARES!

      • Mich says:

        Yeah. Mia. The thing is, I’m not that far away from them in age either. And my closet is no stranger to dresses every bit that short.

        My comment obviously upset you and for that I apologize.

      • Mia says:

        Yea, Mich, the thing is you shouldn’t be apologizing because your comment upset me, as though you have a leg to stand and you hurt my poor little fee fee’s. You should be apologetic because it was condescending, judgmental, and out of line. You don’t know me. You don’t know where I’m from, how old I am (until I gave you an idea) and where I work. So next time you should check yourself and not assume you can completely sum up the people who you are speaking to based on comments from a gossip blog. I have a different opinion then you based on this issue, that’s it. Stop rudely condescending to others who don’t think the same as you do. Its nauseating.

      • Mia says:

        You are not the arbiter of appropriate skirt lengths for a particular situation. Period. Obviously neither is the Queen or “The Firm” or whoever you think should be in control of Kate. Because she’s ALWAYS wearing skirts this length. ALWAYS. If you have skirts that short go ahead and continue wear them or not according to what times and situations you feel is appropriate FOR YOU. I will continue to decide when I want to wear shorter skirts, and quite obviously, so will Kate.

      • vava says:

        Mia, you aren’t royalty. That is the difference here.

      • FLORC says:

        Ugh. LAK is right and said it in a much nicer way than I that your attitude is just awful. Also, if an opinion on a gossip site offended you personally maybe you’re a bit too soft for the internet and should give it a rest.

      • Mia says:

        @ LAK- Oh please. Your self righteous opinions and double standards, and obsession with correcting everyone over this skirt issue says all we need to know about you. First of all reading comprehension is your friend: I didn’t call Mich ANY names or refer to her personal life, age, or professional background, and don’t you dare say that I did. I referred to her behavior and language towards me as condescending, judgmental, rude, and out of line because she intimated that I was a 20 year old working out of a strip club or restaurant ONLY because of my opinion on a SKIRT LENGTH.

        If you want to accept disingenuous apologies that’s your business not mine. The reverse and equivalent of the exchange between Mich and I would be if I called her jealous, ugly, and pathetic for focusing on this girl’s skirt length. Then when confronted, instead of apologizing for making personal attacks, being rude, and pulling a bunch of unfounded assumptions out of my ass, I apologized if what I said “upset” her. As though I had ANY justification or right to say those things about to or about Mich at all, let alone based on her personal opinion about someone’s skirt length and what constitutes professionalism.

        Are you following? She talked about WHO she thought I was based on a comment I made that wasn’t even directed to her, and I ONLY referenced WHAT she said about me, not about WHO she is as a person based on how she feels about skirt lengths. Do you understand? If not maybe you should take your attention off of Kate’s skirt length for a minute, and read it all over again.

        And by the way, what exactly am I ignorant of? Stereotypical corporate dress standards? Nope, I already said I know what those are. Every work environment doesn’t even require them.I don’t adhere to those standards at MY job, and quite obviously neither does the Duchess at HER job. It’s not impeding her, no matter what you say. She’s still at her job, doing what she’s supposed to do, and no one from “The Firm” has been expressing dissatisfaction with her clothing and skirt lengths except for YOU. So maybe it isn’t as required in KATE’S work environment as you believe it is either.

      • Mia says:

        FLORC- Ugh. What about your attitude? You have been browbeating others about Kate’s lack of a work ethic and her skirt length all up and down this board. You don’t have a leg to stand on, okay?

        And stay in your lane. It is not your place to tell me how I should respond to personal attacks regarding my age and my career particularly if those attacks are based on something as ridiculous as my opinion on the Duchess of Cambridge’s skirt length. Anything else, just scroll the he11 up and read what I wrote to LAK because I don’t have time.

      • LAK says:

        Mia – I have no need to be rude to anyone to make my point whether they disagree with me or not. Something you should try.

        Further, trying to deflect with examples of imaginary scenerios of what you may have said or how Mich may have reacted doesn’t work since it is not at all the point. Nor is the point what you wear to your work since that isn’t up for discussion unless you work in the Royal Household. My original point about you remains and is further cemented with this additional tantrum you are having.

      • Mia says:

        LAK- Is this the Twilight Zone? Because I wear to work, did come up for discussion courtesy of Mich. And calling me ill mannered and saying that I have a lack of knowledge and respect is not rude? Using an example to make it crystal clear for you why I felt Mich’s apology was disingenuous is deflecting now? I can’t, and I’m too through. What I said above still stands. Especially about reading through things before you respond.

      • Mia says:

        *I meant-What I wear for work DID come up for discussion

    • DGO says:

      For all you know, the Duchess of nudity isn’t wearing any.

    • Faye says:

      @Mia – If you care enough to wear short skirts, it means you do that deliberately, and that you are trying to make a point. Which is your prerogative. But don’t pretend that wearing short skirts isn’t a deliberate choice – it is. It’s a choice to show off your body. A statement that is pretty much confirmed by many of the posters here making comments like “What’s wrong with showing off your legs if they look great?” and other things like that — essentially, the “If you’ve got it, flaunt it” mentality.

      That is what Kate is doing, too, but in her case it’s a little different. Whether you and others defending Kate like it or not, there is an established protocol for what is proper to wear in settings like formal functions, especially royal functions. It’s a free country and Kate can wear what she wants, I suppose — but then people are free to comment on it negatively without being accused of being “jealous” and “geriatric” and other silly things like that.

      I’m not sure what your nationality is; maybe it’s hard for you to understand the concept of royalty (and I’m not saying that to be condescending). A Royal, especially one at a *royal formal function,* is not just an average citizen doing what she wants. I have somewhat of a perspective being married to someone who is British. The Royal Family in England may not rule, but they are very influential figures and what they say and do matters very much. That’s the whole reason they ask Kate to functions like this in the first place! If Kate was just an average Jane Doe going along her merry way, she could dress the way she pleased and people really wouldn’t think twice. But she is kept largely by the taxpayers (whether directly or indirectly), and so people should have a say about the kind of propriety, or lack thereof, that she shows, and the disregard she has for established protocol while she is on their dime. Skirts to the knee is the dress code, and she’s violating it.

      Again, nobody is saying this as an attack against you, but just something to think about — super-short skirts (and low-cut or tight things) in the office do make a statement. No matter how competent you are, it will be hard for people to make that foremost in their minds. Yes, looks shouldn’t count as much in the workplace, but we are human and we make judgments based on what we see. I am probably much older than you — 33. I am taller than Kate and very thin, and am told that I have good legs, but I always wear things to the knee in the office. I’ve reached a pretty high level of management (I’m the youngest exec in my very large government agency, I believe), and I can tell you that nobody at my level or above dresses in short or tight things. There are those who do, but not at this level. People may not tell you that to your face, since they don’t want a sexual harassment lawsuit on their hands, but they may very well talk behind your back, and it does affect their perception of you. Just career advice from one woman to another — make of it what you will.

      Also, LOL at the idea that if you don’t wear super-short things, you’re dressing “matronly.” You can find very chic, beautiful, youthful designer dresses and suits that are the farthest thing from that.

      • My2Pence says:

        @ Faye. That was scathingly brilliant. Just absolutely brilliant.

        IMO, HM Rania and HRH Letizia both dress appropriately and beautifully – without looking matronly.

      • Faye says:

        @My2Pence: Good examples. I’m not as familiar with Letizia, but I know Rania is a huge fashion icon. She’s also someone who uses her education and career to great effect in her country and region. And she married much younger than Kate, I think. It is possible to be royal, beautiful, thin, fashionable, intelligent, and useful!

        You know what kills me about most of these “you’re so jealous of Kate” posts (besides the obvious troll nature of them)? Kate herself, not so much — she’s not my future monarch so I don’t care. It’s that there are young women who seriously idolize her. I’m not exaggerating when I say it makes me sad for this country to know there are so many young women who find it admirable and defensible to have every opportunity in life available to you, but to do nothing but be a useless girlfriend and trophy wife who can’t even fulfill *that* job appropriately.

      • My2Pence says:

        @ Faye, I find it sad and horrifying that some women think Kate Middleton is a role model. They start crying out, “Feminism says you aren’t allowed to judge anybody for their choices even if you think they are demeaning and demoralizing to women.” No, feminism does not take away my right to have and express my opinion, kids.

        KM is an example of just how wrong of a turn we’ve taken in the last decade. All she did for 10 years of her life was chase and bed a man at his whim, go clubbing and drinking, and waste her incredibly expensive education.

        Depressing that so many women idolize and defend this behavior, and lionize the idea that all you should aim for in this world is to trap a wealthy man – no matter how badly he treats you or how little he seems to care for you.

      • Sachi says:

        Faye – Letizia is the future Queen of Spain. She was an award-winning journalist and one of the top journalists in Spain before getting married to Prince Felipe. She’s a very accomplished woman. The opposite of Kate in every regard. She had to give up her career in order to marry Felipe. Very hardworking royal. She does more than 250 events per year. And she does it on a smaller clothing budget than Kate. She mostly wears Zara, Mango and other affordable Spanish brands but still manages to look groomed and put-together.

        The sad thing about it is that she is getting criticized left and right for just about anything. Some people accuse her of using her looks to get to the top of her career. She’s been accused of sleeping her way to the top. Her accomplishments are dismissed as “she just reads the news every night and she got the job through her relationship with a Prince/because she’s pretty” even though Letizia has reported on-site for 9/11 and the Iraq War and other important national and international events, field assignments that only the best journalists are entrusted with.

        She’s very far from being lazy and aimless. But for some reason, her accomplishments are being held against her while lazy people like Kate are held up as the ideal.

        If there are valid “jealousy” arguments, I’d say they apply to Letizia. She was an independent, well-off, professional woman who achieved a lot on her own. Her family wasn’t rich. She didn’t hobnob with aristos for 10 years before marriage. She worked hard to get where she was. If people see that negatively, then I’d say they’re being jealous.

        But Kate, though? What is there to be jealous of about her?

        If Kate’s sycophants on here think that criticisms of Kate are the same as “hatred”, then I’d ask them to venture on to a website called Cotilleando to find out what hate really means. That website exists solely to crucify Letizia for just about anything and is 20x worse than the criticisms here about Kate.

      • Lulu.T.O. says:

        Your post wins as the best of the day!

      • Mia says:

        Faye, you don’t need to explain standard and typical corporate dress to me. I am more then familiar then with what those standards are. Sorry, but everybody does not adhere to them, no matter how incredulous it may seem to you. First of all, I would never wear a super short miniskirt to work and I definitely don’t consider what Kate is wearing to be a very short mini skirt. Second, I work in New York, and many women do exactly what I do if they want to wear a dress that isn’t particularly office kosher: they cover their upper bodies, they wear it with dark tights, a blazer/sweater, and flat shoes or boots. I also wear knee length pencil skirts, knee length dresses, and sometimes pants. I like to keep it interesting, since I have to go there almost everyday. This is not the 1980′s and I am not obligated wear a power suit if I want to be taken seriously at work, which IS a corporate environment. I seem to be doing fine in my career and so do my friends and colleagues who dress similarly. And you actually don’t know how much older then me you are because all I said was that I was in my 20′s. Something to keep in mind.

        I will concede that maybe, just maybe, I don’t understand all the hoopla over Kate’s skirt length because I’m not British. From what I’ve read on this board, I think a lot of this has to do with her apparent lack of a work ethic and dedication to public appearances and charitable causes. Which is more valid to me then nitpicking her skirt length. But I think that even if I was a Brit I would think she was dressed pretty conservatively, since she is covered everywhere else, her skirt is not that short(to me, obviously), she’s wearing a coat over her dress, and she’s wearing non threatening pastel colors.

      • Faye says:

        @Mia – Well, if a skirt that could reveal your underwear when you bend over slightly isn’t “super short,” I don’t know what is. But then, what would a little old hick like me in a small town like Washington, D.C. know?

        Second, I lived in New York for several years as a student, and worked at that time. I also travel to New York very frequently for business. I have traveled extensively in Europe and Asia for business (and for pleasure), and in all those places, in corporate settings I did not encounter women wearing miniskirts and minidresses -at least, not at my level or the level I aspire to reach. If you say you and your friends have a different dress code, no doubt you do.

        Regarding your age, I was giving you the benefit of the doubt by saying you were a lot younger, since I couldn’t imagine someone close to my age being a professional and thinking it’s commendable to go around in a professional setting dressed like that. But as you said I don’t know your age, so I misjudged you there, perhaps.

        Also, it’s more than a little disingenuous to make the comments you have throughout this post, saying that wearing short skirts and changing protocol to make that acceptable is a good thing, saying that you *should* show off your best asset, then turning around and acting offended when someone points out that’s unprofessional.

        I’m done with this topic after this post.

      • Mia says:

        @Faye- Um, what are you talking about? What part of saying that I am knowledgeable and cognizant of the “stereotypical” standard for corporate dress and that it is NOT considered unprofessional to deviate from that standard in every single corporate office is disingenuous? You’re seeing and reading things that you want.

        And again, it’s 2013 and there are many types of professionals in many types of workplaces. There are people who work remotely, there are people who work in business casual offices, and there are people who work in creative environments where they allow their employees to express themselves. I like to show off my legs at work with tights, and I do my effing job, which is all that matters, since I am still working there along with my fellow colleagues who dress similarly. You don’t know every professional and corporate environment, so you don’t get to dictate what is commendable for women to wear in an office environment. I don’t wear a string bikini and like I said you can be incredulous about anything you like: from my age to me working in a professional office, but you cannot deem to be the arbiter of what every professional woman should wear or even what constitutes “professional” clothing.

      • bluhare says:

        Mia, Let me help you.

        Mia: Regular person who can dress how she likes.

        Kate: Member of BRF which has an image they like to uphold. Which includes skirts at the knee, hose, and closed toe shoes.

        You don’t have to like it, I don’t care. But that’s the way it is, and you can post all the insulting and condescending posts you want, it isn’t going to change a single thing.

    • Mia says:

      Bluhare- Just stop. I have not condescended to anyone who has not condescended to me. I did not make attacks on anyone’s age, their job, or professional experience based on their opinion of Kate’s skirt length, which has quite obviously been done to me at least twice. So stop with the double standards okay?

      And let me make it simple for you: Kate IS a member of the British Royal Family and IS wearing a skirt that less then knee length and has consistently worn them in the past. And according to many people, including the British Royal Family, she IS and has been upholding whatever image they are trying to project. Because none of THEM have complained or censured Kate for her dress length. Sorry if you don’t like it, but that’s the way it obviously is, the way it’s been going, and the way it will probably continue to go.

  34. M says:

    I think the coat color is orange sherbet. It’s a pretty color on her…and the thought of an elephant in a hooker’s laundry basket…LOL!

  35. Summer says:

    FLORC, this stuff up about William being wasted in a bar or MIA from his RAF post – do you just pull it out of your ear ? What a load of cobblers you come up with!
    Noodles – please know what you’re talking about before you start musing that Kate isn’t in the Royal Diary because she makes her appointments on “a whim”. Yes that makes such sense that she just rocks up to these places and meets people with no prior notice or planning.

    • FLORC says:

      Just because you haven’t heard it before does not mean i’m making it up. It just means you’re ill informed on this subject and that’s not my problem. Here’s a hint. Sine William flips out over bad press you’re more likely to get the truth from people that take photos of him at the bar getting wasted. Those are dated and timed. If you have 2 brain cells to rub together you can figure out that some date and times might be the same as date at times he’s claiming to be working. And those who post the photos aren’t pointing these things out. Just excited that William is at the bar.

      I don’t think I commented on the royal diary. Generally though royal engagements are set in advance. They are scheduled so everyone can be prepared like business meetings. I can only speculate William and Kate are not there because the lack of events looks terrible next to harder working royals. Or maybe it is because Kate herself sets her own schedule as it’s been said before. And because of that she’s as lazy now as she was her whole life.

      I want to cheer for her. I would love for her to make me eat my words. I would love to see 1 more woman out there who isn’t entirely dependent on a man or her parents. I hope she does this, but i’m not blind, I won’t make excuses for a clearly lazy adult and I won’t hold my breath. This is where I stand and I make no apologies because you don’t like my opinion.

  36. Belle says:

    Ladies (and girls), one does not have to show their lady parts in order to be sexy! Come on… really?? It IS possible to be sexy AND classy… and keep your parts covered.

    Further… there are times and places for sexy, and again, one can still keep it classy. Some events… I don’t know… say, a charity event for and/or with children…probably not the best place to sex things up.

    Oh and ftr, covering your girlie bits doesn’t equate to being MATRONLY.

    I agree with anon1 above… the color looks like Melon to me. ;)

  37. christinne says:

    what the hell is w everyone today? pulling each others head’s off for a hemline. I get it, there is a protocol.

    I am not a Kate fan. But I believe someone is trying to change her image. Her hair is still long but less Barbie-like and she is out and about and that’s good, right?. I’ve also noticed a change in the way she dresses and yes the short skirts are there, but she pulled off few cute outfits. I remember the very first months of her pregnancy I was like OMG the worse in 50s is back.

    Anyway I really hope she and Will are ok. Something is fishy though….. Maybe their whole relationship is more like I will see you when I feel like. Meantime go play w your family. I’ve read few articles published when they were dating and all of them were implying that their relationship is what will wants when he wants.

    • bluhare says:

      I’m blaming it on Friday’s post where a bunch of people came in just to slag the regular posters. I think everyone got a bit cranky over that.

      We had to take some extra geritol over the weekend, and use smaller pearls to clutch to manage the strain.

      • Faye says:

        LOL! Bluhare, I’m married and you may have a partner as well, but would you consider a second bigamous marriage to me? :) That was awesome.

      • Suze says:

        I haven’t been commenting today because I’ve been busy reading Bluhare’s comments and laughing too hard to type.

      • bluhare says:

        Fay/Suze: Thanks very much. I made it my mission to lighten the mood around here today and not take these people seriously. I’m glad I succeeded, at least with you guys.

        Faye, if you can cook, Mr. bluhare and I will move right in.

        And, Suze, it’s really nice to know I put a smile on someone’s face.

      • christinne says:

        First name: Maggie Last name: Celebimbo. LMAO! Good one Bluhare!

      • Faye says:

        Bluhare: I can indeed cook! I have to warn you during the week it tends to be quick and “boring” fare like grilled fish or baked chicken breasts and grilled vegetables, but during the weekend I have more time to do the good stuff. Plenty of space for both of you here! Don’t worry, no Mad Men-style swinging required; it will be a second marriage based on gossip love alone.

        You definitely have the right perspective on this. It’s just such a shame to see this crop of Kate loonies invading the board. I have no objection to opposing opinions (I actually enjoy those discussions!) when they’re presented rationally, but this whole sophomoric “You’re just jealous and old!” garbage is sad. It seems orchestrated, and it really takes the fun out of the board. Hope it does not become a trend. Somehow I picture all those types of commenters as being like that crazy sorority girl. The best thing to do is ignore it, I think, which I will try to do.

      • bluhare says:

        Faye, I too like those discussions. In fact I participated in them with LAK and Sachi because when I came on this board I was a Kate fan and thought they were being way too hard on her. So after many conversations, I had to concede that they had some valid points. And I never, ever called them grannies, jealous prigs, or told them they were judgmental and catty.

        It can be done!

  38. lisa says:

    i like the outfit, i hope her skirts get shorter

  39. Bil-Inga says:

    She’s such a breath of fresh air compared to many young women today. I’m sorry, but she can do no wrong in my book.What a contrast to Kim K. She always dresses tastefully and carries herself like a lady. I love it for a change, ie, Katie Price, the Ecclestones, Geldof ad nauseam.

    • FLORC says:

      You don’t like Kim. Then go to her post and rag on her. Here you’re only comparing a lazy woman that relies on others for money and shelter while giving nothing back unless forced to to a woman who yes.. made a sex tape (gasp!), but earns her money and is only still around because love or hate her, she gets attention. Read much about Paris lately? No? Maybe that’s because nobody cares enough to even hate her. Got it?

    • LAK says:

      This is what i don’t understand when people say Kate is a breath of fresh air compared to Kim K, The Ecclestone girls, Peaches or any other celebutant one cares to mention; There is no way on this earth that William was going to marry or date a girl remotely like these people.

      He was always going to date or marry a sloaney, conservative girl. Whether she was uneducated like his mother and Fergie or Educated like Kate. His list of ex-GFs and flings, excluding the occasional random bar girls he snogged, is with these types. And even the random bar girls are on the edges of these types of girls.

      Therefore, given he was ONLY ever going to fish in the conservative, well brought up, sloaney girls’ pool, these comparisons are without merit.

      Let’s compare her to peers or other such type girls.

  40. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    Her starving and/or purging resulted in spindly legs that are still thin during her pregnancy, so I suspect she wants to show off that part of her body as much as possible.

    I don’t care that William isn’t with her on their anniversary. They’re not teenagers, joined at the hip and always smooching (thank goodness). And she always seems so nervous whether William is with her or not – in fact, she seems even more nervous when he is – so maybe this is good for her to be out and about alone. If she had any friends, she could hang out with them.

    • 20/20 says:

      After all the frivolous posts about clothes, hemlines and misguided Kate worship, your comments are like a breath of fresh air. Objective & factual. Because this woman has no depth and lacks sincerity and a work ethic, I suppose there’s little else to talk about, but thanks again for calling a spade a spade. As someone else has noted in previous articles, the photos are often photoshopped to make her look heavier and healthier….

    • Lulu.T.O. says:

      Good Lord, her legs are anything but ‘spindly’! She’s slim, yes. But she has gained significant weight. While her legs are still shapely, but FAR from frail looking.

      I’m as annoyed at her skirt length as any Brit here, but to unfairly describe the way she looks now to how she HAS looked in her thinner past, is unfair. And to glibly ascribe it to some kind of disordered eating, is not called for. IMO.

  41. Sassy says:

    She looks gorgeous and the color is so flattering to her. She should keep the bit of extra weight on after the birth.

  42. Jaxx says:

    While I do think Kate’s dresses are a little short for her duties, I still think she has looked lovely throughout her pregnancy so far. She certainly looks better than poor Diana did. She wore knee length, huge billowing sack dresses with bows and ruffles and huge collars and looked like a total frump. Total. I like Kate’s look much better than that mess. And poor Diana was so much younger and had to go around looking like that, but hey! Her dresses hit her knees.

    If Kate is so breaching protocol then why doesn’t the Queen call her on it?

    • Suze says:

      That mess was the style in the eighties when Diana was pregnant. She looked better than most pregnant women. Pregnant women are much luckier now, the clothes are better.

      I agree that Kate has looked very good while pregnant. Sometimes, from head-on, you can hardly tell she’s preggo.

  43. HH says:

    To those saying that she’s young and has nice legs so why not show them off… Try telling that to HR when you wear a mini-skirt or a low-cut top to work. “I’m young, I have great legs/I have great boobs,” isn’t going to fly. You don’t represent yourself, you represent your company, your firm. The RF don’t call themselves “The Firm” without reason. It’s an establishment with an image to uphold. If you don’t think that you can have an appropriate hemline and look young, please look up pictures of the one and only DOC HERSELF during her foreign tour of Canada. There were quite a few that had a great length to them. She looked youthful yet professional.

  44. lisa2 says:

    It looks like the coat length is dictating the dress length.

    make the coat longer.. the dress gets longer..

  45. boo says:

    Wish she, and women in general, would be OK with showing just a little less skin. We have a lot more to offer than that.

  46. Ca says:

    Kate looks great , but those hemlines are a scandal waiting to happen. Think of it this way: you’re the duchess in one of those short dresses at a royal event. In front you there is a child or a person in a wheelchair or someone or something for which you have to bend down. In a moment of carelessness, you forget to hold your dress down as you bend over, thereby showing your panties to the charity or event you’re promoting, important people, and (most importantly) photographers. I’m sure they wouldn’t care of what the photos cause for you, it’s their pay day. Imagine the scandal that would cause. It would be worse than the topless photo scandal, especially because it’s a royal event.

  47. Hakura says:

    I found something that looks like the color (on my screen), & the name was just ‘Light Peachy Pink’. -> Peach Pink Pastel Color <- It's an odd color.

    I think she looks very nice, definitely has a pregnancy 'glow' to her face. =) While I agree the skirt is a touch too short, I think it's understandable. As a pregnant woman, her body has changed shape/gotten bigger all over… except for her legs. Her legs still look great as they did before pregnancy.

    So it makes sense that she would want to show them off, want them to be the main focus of her body aside from the bump. The short skirts probably make her feel better about herself…which I can’t fault her for.

  48. moon says:

    I am so sick of those nude pumps.

    Kate needs to do something about these prudish colours. Her hemline is a mess, but everything else screams fuddy duddy. Makes her look washed out.

  49. Lynn says:

    mrsjennyk says:
    April 29, 2013 at 2:58 pm
    Please show us the dress code. I’m not being glib, I would like to read it for myself.


    The dress code for the Royal Family is not codified. It is a piece of regulation that would be imposed verbally and would be adhered to through the royal dressers that would have been appointed to the Duchess of Cambridge by the palace. Unfortunately, the Duchess has eschewed the dressers, and I truly believe that is why is making these mis-steps with her wardrobe.

    The best example I can show you is to look at the new wardrobe guidelines that were instituted by Ascot for how one should dress when in the presence of Royalty:


    When the Duchess makes her own appearances at functions, either by herself or with William, the hemlines are up. When other members of the Royal family are there, like Camilla or the Queen, she has hemlines that are appropriate in length.

    • FLORC says:

      I’m not here to nit pick, but here is a serious question. Kate made an appearance with the Queen and she wore a beautiful navy skirt and matching blaze. Her hemline was then above the knee and when she sat next to the Queen and when she exited the car she very nearly gave an eyefull. Kate’s body is even torso to legs in length and therefore harder to dress than most even with hemlines to the knee there’s still a risk to her showing too much. Was that still appropriate? If that’s the case she can dress to code and still risk showing too much.

    • mrsjennyk says:


      THANK YOU!

      It’s nice to finally have something to read about the dress code that applies to the royals(royal enclosure)

      Yes, her skirts/dresses are too short by those guidelines. However, I think she looks fine. Is the length too short? yes, but she seems to be “allowed” to do this for the past 2 years without the queen or others telling her to stop.

      Once again, Thank you for the link.

  50. My2Pence says:

    Part of the reason for clothing protocol is to make the clothing secondary to the purpose of the engagement. When you are dressed appropriately, you can focus on the job at hand and not worry about what mischief your clothing will be doing.

    It is not against protocol for Kate Middleton to wear her hair down, it is just unprofessional and sometimes unsanitary. Her hair (and or extensions) falls in her face and into the faces of the people she bends down to greet. She shoves her hair back with her hand, then reaches that hand out to shake someone else’s hand. Etiquette-wise and sanitation-wise that is just a no-no.

    Same thing with her flyaway short skirts. She cannot move freely, as shown in these pictures, because if she bends down to greet someone in a wheelchair, she flashes the people behind her. The wind comes along, blows up her skirt, and she reaches her hand back to grab her skirt and hold it down. Then she reaches out that hand (frequently the hand that was just on her a$$) to shake someone else’s hand. Or she has one hand on her a$$ and one hand on her clutch, meaning she cannot extend a hand to greet someone. Again, etiquette-wise some big no-no’s.

    Some people mock HM for her handbags, with the strap that is always in exactly the same place on her forearm. Trick is, with a purse like that, it leaves HM’s hands free to greet people. When Kate uses these little (and often expensive) clutches, she uses them as a security blanket to either 1) hold her short skirt in place or 2) to prevent her from having her hands free to greet people.

    If Kate Middleton dressed according to protocol, she wouldn’t have to worry about the clothing and she could focus on doing the job. Since she seems to find the task of meeting people and making small talk so difficult (“Can you test the smell by smelling it?”), dressing according to protocol could only help her at her job. And clearly, she needs all the help she can get.