Duchess Kate makes a surprise public appearance with William in Wales: lovely?

Note: I’ve updated this post with more photos!

The Duchess of Cambridge was not supposed to be making official, royal, public appearances until next month, but here she is. Kate made an appearance today with Prince William in Wales. No Prince George! WHO IS LOOKING AFTER PRINCE GEORGE?! They don’t have a nanny, right? LOL. Just like they don’t have a housekeeper or a cook or an office full of professional staffers. Just like they’re so low-key that they get Kate’s dad to take backlit portraits only after Kate speed-dialed her hair-stylist to give her a blow-out. Of course they have a nanny. So don’t worry about baby George, is what I’m saying.

I have to say, I think Kate looks lovely here. Kind of tired and cute and a little vulnerable. Have you noticed how she’s completely weaned herself off of the sausage curls? The “soft waves” hairstyle is so much better. Kate wore (I’m guessing) her favorite pair of skinny jeans, the same pair that she has in several colors that she used to wear constantly before her pregnancy. The blouse is recycled too – it’s an inexpensive Zara blouse which Kate already wore during a Swiss holiday last year. I really like her blazer! It’s a pretty color and a nice fit. It’s Ralph Lauren. As for the wedges… I can’t. I loathe her insistence on wearing those wedges, but I have to come to terms with it, right?

The occasion was the annual “Ring of Fire” marathon in Wales – William and Kate met with organizers and runners. A source told The Mail: “Initially the Duchess wasn’t going to attend but she was also keen for the chance to thank the people of Anglesey herself for the warmth and hospitality they have shown her and the Duke.” Because they are out of there within the next month. William managed to say goodbye to Anglesey without having to give some major speech where he formally announced that he was leaving the RAF. So now no one knows if he really is leaving the RAF.

I’ll update if/when we get more photos. You can see The Mail’s photos here.

Photos courtesy of WENN and Twitter.

 

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  1. Annabelle says:

    I like that Kate did this. No one expected her to be making appearances so soon, so she could have easily stayed at home. She looks really good, too.

    • emmie_a says:

      All she had to do is get dressed and follow William around – It’s not that hard.

      • Annabelle says:

        My point was, she did this because she wanted to. She could have easily stayed at home because people expect her to be on “maternity leave,” but she decided to come anyway. I’m not saying we need to start calling her St. Catherine for it, just that it was a nice thing to do, but you strike me as someone who is always negative about her.

      • Jessica says:

        It’s not a nice thing to do, it’s a) her job and b) a PR move that benefits her greatly. She’s finally getting some decent press and she’s going to capitalize on it while everyone’s paying attention. Then she and William can go back to being slackers for a nice long stretch.

      • emmie_a says:

        Right Annabelle — From one sentence you can conclude that I am always negative about her. Amazing.

      • Annabelle says:

        @emmie_a
        Actually, I’m a CB regular who recalls you being critical of Kate before, so that along with today’s snarky comment makes me think you dislike Kate. If someone else has also posted under your handle and I’m mistaken, I apologize.

      • emmie_a says:

        Oh please. I don’t even remember the last Kate story I commented on so how can you? Sometimes I post nice comments, sometimes I’m bitchy. It depends on my opinion on the subject. And where does it state that I can only be nice when it comes to Kate?

      • bluhare says:

        emmie, you’re fighting a losing battle. Kate is a New Mother.

      • Annabelle says:

        @Emmie
        I actually remember a lot from a lot of posters. LAK is an amazing source for all things royal, Sixer doesn’t care much for the royal family, Spooks was recently questioning why a person’s religion matters (politics and otherwise), aquarius64 posts the same overwrought commentary here and on other sites (usually on Robsten, though I recently had a laugh when she speculated that Carole, Michael AND Pippa Middleton would all get titles now that George is here), Florc mentioned being a nurse, Anname is always on hand to defend Sparkles and dismiss any potential girlfriends, and Paranormal Girl is a physician and a Green Witch (IIRC) who is a great source when masses begin armchair diagnosing celebs’ “mental illnesses.” Put simply, I have a good memory. And of course, you’re entitled to your opinion, as we all are. Sometimes people are more harsh than is warranted, though.

        @Bluhare
        I don’t defend Kate because she’s a new mother. As I have said repeatedly, she’s made plenty of missteps. I do take issue with people who are overly critical of anyone, famous or not. The fact is, no one expected her to make an appearance for months. Basically, she went out and did her job when she didn’t have to; I don’t understand why this warrants criticism.

      • Tara says:

        +1 Annabelle! I wish I had your memory lol.

      • Sixer says:

        Hey, Annabelle! I’m going to refine your view of me slightly so you know where I’m coming from in future comments. (I like to work out where people stand, too).

        I’m neutral about the Royals themselves. At least, politically speaking. I’m a natural republican, but I wouldn’t want a head of state who is also head of government, as in the US. I think it leads to dangerous fetishising of politicians. If we’re going to fetishise anyone, it seems safer to choose celebrities, as the Royals essentially are. Given the choice between UK constitutional monarchy and US POTUS, I’d go with the UK. But what I’d actually like is an elected head of state with diplomatic and charitable responsibilitie separate from government, similar to Ireland.

        Having said that, I find excessive fangirl/boying over the Royals slightly irritating. In comparison to everyone else, they don’t work hard, they live within a very narrow circle and rarely show any interest in truly engaging outside it.

        I do like it when they REALLY try at a particular charity/raising awareness thing, rather than just playing “Royal duty” lip service to it. For example: Prince Charles’s Princes Trust charity; Diana and AIDS; Diana and land mines.

        Insofar as Kate herself is concerned, I’m not keen on her. I don’t actively dislike her because I can’t see anything to dislike. She’s one of those “empty” girls who doesn’t seem energised by anything much – clothes, hairdos, make-up, getting her man. I’m not a girly girl myself and I wouldn’t be friends with a girl like Kate in real life. I can feel positive about someone like Zara Phillips, who actually seems to have a personality.

      • Annabelle says:

        @Sixer
        The sole purpose of my last comment was to convey that I do pay attention since emmie questioned my ability to do so. My comments about you (and the others I mentioned) were small snippets I’ve picked up along the way and not intended to encompass each person’s full beliefs on any particular topic. I said you weren’t fond of the royal family because I remembered you saying you live in an area where positive feeling for the RF was high, but you weren’t too keen on them, simple as that. I don’t want you to think I begrudge you your opinion or that I don’t like reading your comments (quite the opposite, actually). I could probably go on for a while about a lot of the regulars here, but I was just trying to quickly make a point in my original comment. No harm or disrespect intended. :)

      • Sixer says:

        Annabelle – didn’t take any disrespect at all. I just liked it that you work out pictures of commenters – I do that too; it helps a conversation! Just thought I’d explain myself fully. If I leave a half-baked comment in the future, you’ll get me. :)

      • Florc says:

        Annabelle
        I bet you could be quite negative about me too. So let’s get right to it.
        Kate does engagements for many reasons, but a big one is because someone is making her. Be it William or Charles or the Queen she can not say no to these people.
        If she wanted to do engagements she’d do more and show she’s interested in them. Simple as that.

        Also, I’m not going to comment on her physical appearance or her outfits from here on out. And honestly I think no one should. She’s a public figure and her role is to not wear pretty clothes, but to raise awareness and give back to those who support her.
        So, I’d give a lot more credit to those who praise her if they can say anything positive and true about her. Not about how pretty she looked or what she wore. Or how in comparison to other celebs she’s thinner and prettier, etc…

      • vava says:

        @ Florc……the only things that really can be said about Kate pertain to her wardrobe, hair and makeup. There’s not much else of substance to her. She’s obviously horrible at public speaking, she can’t write a thank you note, and has a lot to learn about being a so-called Princess of the UK. What a joke!

    • m says:

      +1 Annabelle. I think its nice too.

    • Maria says:

      +1 Anabelle.

      I can’t stand this negative people when it comes to Kate Middleton.

    • Tara says:

      Oh great here we go with the Kate-tred. Its so silly. No one has to worship Kate but when someone finds fault with even the simplest, most bland fact about her then that is just small and sad.

    • JenD says:

      I think it was nice, too. I wouldn’t want to be out getting my photo taken a month after birth, especially when people like to discuss women’s post-pregnancy body and weight. And People said the baby was home with Kate’s mom.

      • imqrious2 says:

        If you listen to the video (posted on The Telegraph), Kate says George is home with “Granny” (ie: Carole); that she came up to sit with George for this.

        Although it *is* far to come to babysit, lol, I’m sure Carole, as any first time Grandmother jumps on the chance to be with her grandchild. I know I never had a babysitter; we were always left with my mom’s parents (and *loved* it :-) ).

    • Harriet says:

      Annabelle, by a million miles you are my new favourite commenter on celebitchy! All hail! Giggling! And I agree with what you say! :)

  2. Jackson says:

    She looks great. And that’s a good event to go to – more casual and relaxed. As for the skinny jeans and wedge shoes – I hate that look.

  3. Dawn says:

    I think she is always lovely. But that’s just me romanticizing their relationship!

  4. Neekie says:

    She looks great! Good for her!

  5. AllyUK says:

    Lovely Anglesey. They must be sad to leave it.

  6. Justme says:

    When asked, she said that George was with his granny. So Carole must have come for a bit of babysitting.

    • caitlin says:

      Doesn’t Carole have a business to run? She seems to have a lot of time to babysit and hang out with Kate. Has she taken a step back perhaps?

      • mslewis says:

        Well, Carole does have a husband to help her run the business, doesn’t she? And it is an online business so it can be run from anywhere in the world. I would think she would only have to look at the website once in awhile to see if it’s being done correctly and read the comments to see if customers are happy. It’s not like she’s the CEO of General Electric.

  7. Tania says:

    Wow. Good for her. She looks great. Hope she didn’t have to do anything unhealthy to get back into those jeans.

  8. rue says:

    Kate’s still carrying some “baby” weight, which is nice.

    She’s got some curves for the first time in years.

    She looks fab!

  9. Gine says:

    Ugh, those wedges. Great outfit otherwise, I really like the blazer.

  10. HH says:

    I think this look is great. I don’t mind the skinnies and wedges. Although, I do wonder why she doesn’t branch out with other styles of pants.

  11. bowers says:

    She does this well, so much better than I would do it.

  12. Feebee says:

    A surprise in more ways than one. She is looking fabulous however, with enough tiredness to remind you she is a new mum, otherwise you’d never know.

  13. janie says:

    She looks terrific! She.was probably going stir crazy to get out of the house, like any new mom. They’re such a nice couple, no drama…

  14. Stephanie says:

    I like the soft waves but the sausage curls were my favorite. She looks great here!

  15. vava says:

    Actually, that jacket doesn’t fit her properly. It’s too tight in the upper arm and the armseye.

    The shoes are just atrocious. Some cute flats would have been MUCH better with those jeans.

  16. Laura says:

    I think Kate looks pretty. Although, I think the royal family is fairly useless and unfair. I also wonder if the interest in Kate would as monumental if she didn’t have the pretty face, beautiful hair and slim body? It’s not like she has accomplished anything significant to warrant the admiration and fawning from strangers and the media. The attention stems from the fact that she is pretty, wears nice clothing and is married to a prince. There really isn’t a valid reason for why people adore her except I guess for the superficial reasons I stated which to me, is sad.
    I wish those who go about their lives helping others, putting others before themselves, were as adored and seen as important as Kate is. People with more to offer humanity than a pretty exterior and wealthy connections. Why can’t people who have devoted their lives to bettering this world be in the spotlight? I know – because what Kate offers is what is truly valued by society. Look nice and have money. Who cares if you have any substance beyond that.

  17. bettyrose says:

    She does look great, truly, but I suspect there’s some spanx happening under those jeans. Not judging her *at all* for that, but I think we’d be seeing some tank tops at this point if she was ready for the full post-baby reveal.

  18. Green Girl says:

    I agree with Vava, in that I don’t think this outfit really fits her. I think she might be at her pre-pregnancy weight, but everything’s not quite the way it used to be.

    I like the wedges myself, but I think she should have worn something a bit sportier, maybe, especially as they’re walking on uneven terrain.

    I remember after I’d had my kids, and I would have jumped at the chance to attend *anything* a few weeks postpartum, even, as the saying goes, the opening of an envelope. So while I’m sure she did this because she wanted to and to earn some good PR points, she was probably also bored to tears at home and just wanted to get out of the house for a bit.

  19. Noodles says:

    I think the real reason she is out is because the baby is crying all the time. Why not tag along with William, gain goodwill, and get a break from the (future) Prince of Wails?

  20. Sabrine says:

    Good for her getting out of the house. A new mom should have a break now and then to regroup.

  21. Applapoom says:

    There was a point when I found her really annoying but recently I started thinking perhaps she is just shy and that is why she can be mistaken for being cold. Now I quite like her and it helps that she does not seem to be trying so hard anymore with her hair and make up and looks naturally pretty instead of hard. My opinion of William has also softened quite a bit, thought Harry was more likeable but think now they are both probably great lads.

  22. cw says:

    read the telegraph article
    she is absolutely obsessed with her weight
    i can’t believe her comments

    what a nut job

    • cyndi says:

      I don’t need to read the article – her obsession is blatantly obvious!

      • Cyndi says:

        And THIS Cyndi (capital C) thinks she looks great! I guess if I were constantly in the public eye I’d be a bit compulsive about how I looked. (being a nobody has its advantages! After 50 yrs, I just DGAF anynore what others think! Not that I’m a slob or anything)
        Sorry cyndi had to comment with ya’!

    • Ktx says:

      I’m confused. Which article? The one about her “loving every minute of motherhood” does mention that Kate is “keen to shed any lingering baby weight” by “doing some walking.” I don’t think that that comment is indicative of an obsession with her weight. It is an odd thing for the article to mention–but I can’t imagine that she would have brought that up on her own, like “Hey everybody, I know I’m still carrying some baby weight- but rest assured I’ll lose it soon by doing some walking!” Since she was attending some sort of ultra-marathon, she was probably asked how she was getting back in shape (an awkward, inappropriate question), and that was her response. I imagine that Kate’s comments on losing baby weight might make more sense if we knew the context.

  23. Elizabeth says:

    Love the wavy hair!!! Much more natural look and glad to see her getting out & about for whatever reason. I’m a hopeless romantic, love these two!

  24. Maggie says:

    Nice thing to do! She looks beautiful as always.

  25. Debra says:

    Personally I love Kate, but am left wondering if we’ll ever see her in anything without polka dots?
    “Polka Dot Kate”

  26. cyndi says:

    Surprised she wasn’t a participant in the marathon. As a runner this would be a great way to get back to her “goal weight”.

  27. Crabcake says:

    I would say she is at her goal weight but her body is still shifting post pregnancy.

  28. Amazing captured pics..I am a big fan of Kate and she is looking pretty as always.The couple is really most blessed couple by christ. The post is very nice..Thanks for sharing

  29. Aurelia says:

    Bloody hell, the wedges of doom are back.

    Sad, sad, sad. There is always something wrong if everything this bird wears. She always gets something wrong.

  30. Bored suburbanhousewife says:

    I feel like her entire face and body have massively relaxed compared with her pre-birth pix. She always looked so strained and uptight, walking on eggshells for fear of tripping up somehow. Now that she has performed the Ultimate Service of Being Delivered of a Healthy Prince, as they used to say, it’s like she’s saying “ok! That’s it for me! I’m going to Disneyland!”

    Maybe it’s the oxytocin.

  31. Chanel says:

    Love her outfit. She looks good!

  32. Sachi says:

    IMO she looks great. She looks softer, more relaxed, and more “grown up”. She looks genuinely happy, and not seeking the cameras and posing/fussing with her hair like she used to do the past 2 years.

  33. aemish says:

    I heart espadrilles and she wears them with panache <3

  34. embra says:

    I am a short ,sponge bob shaped klutz and I love, love, love wedges! I remember thinking maybe they would become ore common when she was always photo graphed in them but that did not pan out :(

  35. Q says:

    I’ve heard ppl refer to the Middletons as the UK version of the Kardashians. While I dont really agree with that for many reasons I do also see similar things. But I think the middletons are much more likable and at the end of the day have a better image.

    • angelique says:

      I really disliked the Kardashians until I read about the Middletons.

      At least KimK works.

      • mcfire says:

        Kim doesn’t ‘work’. She doesn’t have a real job unless you consider her recording everything she does. The Middletons aren’t like the Kardshians, I have family who live in the UK and the Middletons aren’t seen like that at all. Their daughters didn’t gain fame for doing a sex tape or running a fake wedding. I don’t get the constant Kate/Kim comparassion. They have nothing in common at all. Its embarassing for any woman to get compared to Kim Kardshian.
        I am a lawyer by profession by the way. I know what it means to work and have an actaul job. People even go as far as calling Kim a ‘business-woman’ and that she ‘works hard’ buts its bs. Is that why all of her clothing line and the rest of her stuff are doing so poorly and are discounted heavily at stores? The only thing you can give credit to Kim for is releasing all those other famewhore d listers we see now. Thanks to her, now any moron can get peed on in a sex tape, and become a ‘star’without being educated or working hard at something

      • angelique says:

        mcfire-
        I guess you would have to throw Kate in with all those other morons who became stars w/out really working.

        Check those public opinion polls about the Middletrashians. They aren’t as well liked as some people think.

      • G says:

        Carol and Kris ….. both flight attendants. Coincidence?

  36. Patty says:

    I love her shirt, I have the same one. The Duchess continues to befuddle me. I really don’t get why everyone is so obsessed with her. She is just so basic to me. She is not particularly interesting, charismatic, accomplished, or……anything really. I don’t know maybe that is her appeal – people see her, well women, and think it really could have been me.

  37. Charlie Canada says:

    Just an observation: if the wrinkles disappear from her forehead (again), we will know she’s not breast-feeding.

  38. Amanda says:

    She looks very healthy. I hope she decides to stay at the weight she is now. She was a bit too thin before getting pregnant.

  39. Her indoors says:

    Kate is a girl who went to Uni and met a guy who she eventually married. She has a degree. However the guy she married ( after ditching him for dithering, he came crawling back) happens to be the heir of the heir which is kind of a big deal here in the UK. She did have a job after graduating but with the press interest, etc. it must have been near to impossible for her to be left alone to get on with it, so she had to quit. She married the guy and had a baby.
    And for having the temerity to do what thousands of women do, every week, she gets snarked at, her parents and family mocked and every detail of what she says and does scrutinised.
    Poor Kate. I bet she wishes she went to Durham instead.

    • kelley says:

      Poor Kate indeed. Pass the kleenex. Boo hoo hoo – my heart bleeds for her.

    • Susei says:

      Kate is one of the most succesful stalkers in history. Her one and only ambition was to catch William or a rich (aristo) husband.

      Just look at the timeline.
      - William wanted to study in Florence -> Kate made a gap year in Florence (but William changed his mind. No meeting in Florence)

      - William went to Chile for a charity project -> Kate went to Chile for the same charity project (but William already left)

      - William chooses the Uni of St.Andrews -> Kate too. History of Art… the subject for rich girls waiting for a rich husband.

      She wanted him, she wanted this life. Good luck Kate! I think she does the best she can and they are perfect for each other.

      • emmie_a says:

        Yep Susei… There is an article on the Daily Mail site about how she schemed to get her prince. I think that was the only real job she will ever have. It’s where she put in real effort, sweat and tears. I guess she retired after landing her prize.

        Could you imagine how much of an effect she could have on her charities if she put in even half the effort into actual causes that she did into landing Will. It just shows you where her interests lie.

    • Harriet says:

      ^ this! And as for people like Kelley with the boohoo-ing- I would like to see you go through the same! Especially if you had to see your loved ones being publically mocked too.

      • LAK says:

        The Middletons were considered hardworking people made good until they stepped into the spotlight after Kate’s wedding. All the mockery and bad feelings expressed about them came after people had a proper look at them.

        Prior to the wedding, Kate and Pippa were the only ones being mocked. Kate was called ‘waity’ by the press, but that was nothing compared to William’s friends.

        The press can be ignored, but personal friends, not so much. And i think this is where i think she had to grow a rhino skin because i’m pretty sure the names that were given to Pippa and Kate by William’s inner circle were probably inescapable and actually more hurtful.

      • Harriet says:

        It’s funny, but all the snarky and not so nice stuff I have read about the Middleton’s has mainly come from American sites. Maybe because I don’t know of a decent English gossip site- but it’s something I’ve always pondered- how do we know all of this? As in who is the trusted source who is blabbing?

      • LAK says:

        i don’t think the British have mastered the art of gossip sites. However, the British press [possibly webites too] are gagged from reporting on royals in detail, so alot is dumped with American sites and media whilst the British continue to write glowing reports until they decide it’s not in their interests to keep up the pretense – Piers Morgan confirmed this media strategy which we saw with Heather Mills MacCartney and Mrs Simpson

        However, with regards public figures, the British are ahead of the game. Either illegally, see phone hacking scandal, or directly with the public figure or their offices. With these you simply need to pay attention to the publication, the journalist, and the spin of the story.

        Add social media and dedicated fan blogs that collect all the information that is available eg twitter sightings and photos and personal interactions and you have a bonanza of information.

        With the Royals, people think they are remote and inaccessible, but they are not. You don’t have people telling tales unless officially sanctioned to do so, but the royals also leak stories usually to push their own agenda, and the various reporters on the royal beat will put tit bits of information in larger pieces they write that may go unnoticed by larger public.

        And sometimes, stuff is told with the purpose of trying to win public sympathy, but ends up having a different effect and giving information that was previously not in the public domain eg the inside story of Kate’s job at Jigsaw.

      • caitlin says:

        LAK– add me to the group of commenters who want you to start a blog. You are a gem!

    • bluhare says:

      Are you kidding with that? The mockery she got while stalking him was way worse than she gets now.

    • LAK says:

      Kate’s one and only job was the easiest job anyone could have. it was tailored to suit her extra-curricular activities ie William per Kate’s own request AND the company tried to help with the pap problem but Kate refused their help.

      In the end she resigned because she needed MORE time to herself though her people lied and blamed it on the paps. All this is on record from her boss who wasn’t snarking on Kate but trying to paint a sympathetic picture of Kate.

      Unfortunately the details are pretty bad for Kate and show that we shouldn’t expect much from Kate as far as work is concerned because her priority is William. Always.

  40. susan says:

    Waity is boring its always about WEIGHT her LOOKS and her FAMILY!!!! Cant she do anything without followimg willy around!!!