Duchess Kate repeats a Zimmerman dress, wears shades at Wimbledon


Here are some photos of the Middletons at Wimbledon today. Carole, Michael, Kate and William (also known as Bill Middleton) came out for Andy Murray’s quarter final match against Grigor Dimitrov. I only see William and Kate in the royal box. What’s the protocol for that? Even if Carole and Michael come to Wimbledon to spend a little time with their duchess daughter, are they still not invited to the Royal Box?

For this outing – is this an official royal appearance?! – Kate repeated a Zimmerman dress that she wore during the New Zealand/Australia tour. She wore this during an Easter show in Sydney. It’s fine. It’s a cute dress for tennis. And it has a light, full skirt so I’m sure she was without underwear at Wimbledon and she flashed at least five people. Why not? *hair toss*

As for her hair, it’s back to duchess curls, as you can see. While I would have thought that Wimbledon would be one of the few events where a ponytail would be acceptable, I do think the duchess curls are sweet relief after her terrible old-lady hair yesterday.

I have another protocol question: I know sunglasses are forbidden for official events (although I would love to see the Princess Royal wearing shades on horseback during Trooping the Colour), so if Kate is wearing sunglasses at Wimbledon, does that mean this won’t count as an official appearance?


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  1. R says:

    Sunglasses are forbidden? Lol. Glad I’m not royal.

  2. Size Does Matter says:

    MY GAWD, THIS POOR WOMAN MUST BE EXHAUSTED! Or, the person who does her blowouts is exhausted. That, I envy. She can keep the prince and palaces, but I would love love love to have someone to blowout my hair every day.

  3. lisa2 says:

    The thing that fascinates me is how dressed people are at tennis matches. It is HOT and usually uncomfortable but every is dressed to the high nines compared to most any other sporting event.

    Kate and Will usually bore me so nothing to say about them.

  4. jamie says:

    Kate is totes pregnant. You can see it in her face in that first photo. It looks the same way the last time just before it was announced she was pregnant with George.

  5. ManchurianGlobal says:

    I’m afraid I’m crossing into the territory where everything she does annoys me. It’s not just the spending, constant vacations or the poor work ethic, but the fact that she doesn’t seem to have a personality. Does she have a personality beyond trophy wife / Stepford bot?

  6. Esmom says:

    I like her dress and think the shades aren’t bad. But again with the eyeliner! I know I’m going to get shade for this but I remain convinced it is tattooed on.

  7. The Original Mia says:

    Huge difference from yesterday. She’s positively glowing. Or is that smugness because she’s with William, she’s the center of attention and she’s at a sports event?

  8. Aeryn39 says:

    “although I would love to see the Princess Royal wearing shades on horseback during Trooping the Colour”

    Same here, Kaiser, LOL!! The Princess Royal is a boss!

  9. Em says:

    That eyeliner ages her so much! It’s not a good look, Kate, drop it!

  10. Reece says:

    Put the glasses back on!
    It is entirely too early for me and that much eyeliner (on you bottom lid no)…and the taco clutch from Canada!
    I need coffee.

  11. cris says:

    The picture where she puts on the sunnies: very unflattering. Her face looks 50+ in that one. And I bet it’s mainly because of the effin eyeliner.

  12. Sixer says:

    Not official. The Duke of Kent does the official-ing at Wimbledon. They’re just there for fun.

  13. Jocelyn says:

    I think that Kate looks great here. Much better than yesterday’s article. Either she got some good sleep or there’s a better photoshopping job here.

  14. TheCountess says:

    The Vine of William’s reaction to Murray’s loss is gold.

  15. AM says:

    Her hair looks so much glossier than it did yesterday, but I can’t imagine she had 5 hours to spend at the salon between then and now. Maybe a deep condition?

    That coy look she has in the picture where she’s putting on her sunglasses. You can’t pull off that kind of girlish flirtation when you have crow’s feet, IMO.

  16. Bucky says:

    Oh my god, is she doubling down on the eyeliner? It looks heavier here than yesterday, and I wasn’t sure that was possible! Maybe it’s just the contrast with the white dress that’s bringing it out. I just don’t understand the Middleton family adherence to heavy, ringed eyeliner.

    I mean, generally I think she looks nice. Boring, not particularly fashion-y, but totally fine. But good lord, the eyeliner is distracting lately.

    • Esmom says:

      It’s heinous, that eyeliner. I don’t get why she doesn’t understand that if she lightened up on the lower lashes she’d look fresher and wider-eyed. As I said above, it goes back to my hunch that it’s permanent. Yuck.

  17. Sway says:

    On a side note: the super-talented Grigor Dimitrov is SO gorgeous!

  18. aquarius64 says:

    Doesn’t the queen determine who gets to sit in the royal box?

  19. vava says:

    My question is what shoe is she wearing? Those wedges she wore on the beach in AU? Considering how unimaginative she appears to be, that would be my guess.

  20. itesetsyou says:

    Am I the only one in the world who is more interested in Carole Middleton than Kate and Will? Kaiser, is it possible to put more posts about the mom? A self-made woman, who married a good man and had a good family – “had it all” basically. She also looks very stylish for her age. All in all, much more interesting than Kate…

    • Chris says:

      She and Kate dress alike pretty much, to my eyes, and Carole wins.
      It’s Mr Mid that catches my eye… poor chap always looks glazed and mildly bewildered. A LOT bewildered…..as though thinking ‘”oh God, WHY did she insist on St Andrew’s? Reading has a perfectly good university!”

  21. aurelia says:

    Olenna says:
    July 2, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    They may have “made it”, but they’re home training always gives them away.

    I totally agree. No home training. Can’t expect mumma midds to tell her daughter not to do things like wear inappropriate skirt lengths and go commando and flash ya gash to the world – litearlly. Cause Mumma midds has no home training herself. And what’s this about west london. Mumma midds grew up on a council estate (projects) in Southwell London. Not the green leafy suburbs of West London.

    • Chris says:

      Not that it’s of any import at all but what the heck, I checked just to be sure I hadn’t dreamed it! (At the same time I learned she’s almost 2 yrs my senior in fact), but anyhoo…

      Yeah, born same area nr Ealing as me, Perivale. In the tailend of the 50s it wasn’t anything much, just pleasant, safe, quiet. Her life in Southall after that would have been less leafy for sure, though again, London council housing in those days was not about spent needles, beer cans, graffiti, or crime, which constitute today’s popular image of socially deprived council estates
      But good Gawd, I’m not out to claim her! It just tickled me since, believe me, one rarely meets or hears of anyone who ever lived in Perivale, tis like Brigadoon.