Duchess Kate wore Hobbes & Seraphine to her first royal event of 2018

The Duchess of Cambridge visits the Reach Academy Feltham

I truly hoped that the entrance of Meghan Markle into the royal fold would make the Duchess of Cambridge… different. Like, she would seem more engaged, she would be happier to be seen. That happened immediately before, during and after Meghan and Harry announced their engagement – I had never seen Kate so happy to be photographed, to show her face to photographers, to be seen as engaged and joyful during events (and pap strolls). But like most things, it was temporary. Kate barely turned her face to the cameras today in west London. I don’t know why. This was her first royal event of the year – she visited the Reach Academy Feltham, an academy “that works with the children’s mental health charity Place2Be to help pupils, teachers and parents.”

For today’s event, Kate wore a £299 wool coat by Hobbs, which I think is new-to-us, meaning this is the first time she’s worn this to an event? It’s hard to keep up with Kate’s collection of blue coats though, so this could easily be a repeat. I enjoy the shade of rich navy, and I enjoy the shininess of the buttons. That’s why this coat was chosen: shiny, shiny buttons. Underneath her coat, Kate repeated a maternity-wear Seraphine dress. Also: WIGLET WATCH! I feel like she just velcros that sh-t to the back of her head.

Kate also celebrated her 36th birthday on Tuesday. Like most years, Kate didn’t do anything publicly for her birthday – according to Kensington Palace sources, she was “celebrating privately with [Prince] William and the children…It’s just a quiet celebration at home. No big party.” I believe it. I also believe William and Kate will sneak off and go on holiday, maybe to Mustique, sometime soon.

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The Duchess of Cambridge visits the Reach Academy Feltham

The Duchess of Cambridge visits the Reach Academy Feltham

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131 Responses to “Duchess Kate wore Hobbes & Seraphine to her first royal event of 2018”

  1. Anastasia says:

    Is it warm there? The dress looks like a warm weather dress–short, thin material. But the coat is heavy and long-ish. I don’t get it.

    And yeah, that wiglet is SUPER obvious. Normally I have a hard time detecting hairpieces, but my first thought when I saw the top pic was “WIGLET!”

    On second look, the kids are all bundled up in down coats, etc. And that dress is UG.

  2. Maria says:

    Another coat! So many buttons!

  3. WendyM says:

    I think I’d rather see her engaged with the people she’s there to visit rather than the photographers. I also think she looks quite lovely here.

    • FLORC says:

      The visits are exercises for her own press. The cameras matter more than the people. Or the cause. I’d love to hear something came of her visits. Planned event. Planned involvement. That never happens. She shows up. More time spent with cameras than actual work. That heads together stuff…. I wish it actually did something. Besides raise money and filter it out as it pleases after taking what it wants 1st.

      • Bess says:

        Florc, at least she’s there, right?
        Everyone here says she’s lazy, and they’re right. She shouldn’t be accused of having ulterior motives when she does show up.

      • spidee!! says:

        @ Bess +1 damned if she doesn’t damned if she does.

      • Natalie S says:

        Is the thought that we should be so pleased Kate deigned to work that we shouldn’t say another word about it?

        Exactly how low should our expectations be for Kate?

      • To be fair Kate is said to be pretentious when she does chat with people at her events and when she doesn’t she Is said to be cold. When someone ask her about george or Charlotte and she answers then she is said to be humble bragging or pretending to be relatable while using the kids for good PR.

      • Lorelai says:

        @Bess, I have to disagree. Shunning the entire group of dedicated royal reporters constantly is not acceptable. Part of her job is dealing with them. It isn’t enough to just show up.

      • FLORC says:

        No. She’s not damned either way. That’s a weak defense. She shows up. Great. And what then? What is the benefit beyond her own press? What justifies the cost of her outfit, styling, transport, and security. All of which is paid for by taxes. Her patronage even tried to allegedly dump her. Upset over her lack of effort and last minute cancellations. They lose a day to prep for a 45 minute visit.
        Now, if she did anything that helped a patronage… donated something. Offered to help organize a findraiser. Or make a casual statement via PR office to remind people of good that needs to be done. Simple acts she doesn’t have to leave her home for it even actually do. Her staff would do it.

        Unfortunately, like why she skipped the st. Patrick’s day event she is making a statement. That she shouldn’t be expected to be at these big royal events. That her position needs to be visible. Show a presence of caring about the commonwealth.

        My comment is ranty, but here’s why. If anyone else had a job with her level of benefits… And didn’t go to work… can the argument be made of why even show up if not even show up because there will be expectations.

        I wonder how often markle will be attacked for working or not working.

  4. Elisabeth says:

    I doubt they’re going to Mustique while Kate is pregnant with Zika being such an issue.

  5. Chaine says:

    I really like the coat. But yes, the fake hair is really obvious here. Might she do better with a shorter hairstyle that would allow for more volume, so she didn’t need to supplement her existing hair?

  6. Nicole says:

    Love that coat. Navy is her color. Dress is fine but not my favorite.
    Don’t get the criticism of her not being happy to be seen. She looks happy with the kids who are the focus here. Who cares if she mugs for the cameras?

  7. Nat says:

    Her outfits are so freaking boring.

    Why does she always wear the same old-lady clothes? I think Queen Elizabeth dresses much better and definitely more unique.

    She should change their whole wardrobe…and maybe then people would start paying attention to her.

    • spidee!! says:

      When she wears something brighter she is accused of being “look at me”

      • Becks says:

        I like her in bright clothes! This coat is nice in itself but still boring.

        That said, I don’t expect her to dress in cutting edge fashion, and I’m fine if her style veers more towards the classic side of things (mine does as well.) But classy =/= boring or outdated or staid or matronly, which is where Kate seems to fall short.

        I just think in general she needs to hire a REALLY good stylist, who has experience actually styling people, and I think that would make all the difference in the world.

      • Natalie S says:

        If she wears it to the 9/11 memorial. Context.

        Though, to be fair she did get some comments for the red Alexander McQueen during the Jubilee but she was actually quite clever because she blended in with the other colors on the boat.

      • Lorelai says:

        @Natalie S: that’s exactly what I was going to say. The only time I recall her getting crap for wearing a bright color was because she wore it to the September 11th memorial FFS! The rest of the time, it’s fine.

  8. Kayzilla says:

    Wow, this is the first time I’ve ever been able to clearly see the wiglet. It’s not even close to the same color as the rest of her hair today! The color of the coat is beautiful, and she took it off while she was indoors, for once.

  9. Lexa says:

    I like this look. She seems like she’s genuinely enjoying her time with the kids and is engaged with them, which is what matters.

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      This is, like, the third time in a row that she visited with children and NOT ONE SINGLE CHILD is even looking at her. She still has a manic smile on her face, but the CHILDREN are not engaged with her. I’ve said it before, why do they even make her bother? Just let her endlessly shop and go on vacation, and chalk it up to the price of having a monarchy. The forced visits just look painful for the kids to endure.

  10. It’sJustBlanche says:

    Why does she wear fake hair? I thought she naturally had beautiful hair?

    • FLORC says:

      She has worn Wiglet and post wedding loads of extensions. It’s not about having nice hair. It’s about volume. Sometimes a stylist will add it. I’ve been a bridesmaid and we all got extensions to pull off the hairstyle. And I have lots of thick hair.
      But for sure. Kate during dating years had done hair. Then at engagement and wedding her hair tripled in volume.

    • Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

      She does have lovely real hair and often people get them to have longer/fuller hair. I have no problem with her or anyone else wearing a wiglet but she created an issue out of this when she instructed Kensington Palace to send out a press release denying hair extensions when a tabloid printed a photo very clearly showing where the wiglet was glued to her real hair – they said it was a ‘childhood scar’. Plus her former hairdresser is on record as saying that she got extentions as he did them for her – thats why she stopped using him.

      With the resources she has at her disposal, why can’t she hire a decent hairdresser who can blend them properly.

      • Court says:

        That’s not how a wiglet works. You don’t glue it to your scalp. I doubt Kate wears glue on tracks.

      • FLORC says:

        That wasn’t a Wiglet. Her hair was blowing up In volume during that. It was after the wedding. Silver dress.
        And it might have been a real scar. It’s only been lightly spoken of her being a bit sick as a child, but nothing more.

        What stands out about that period of time was so many issues went unchallenged or addressed by KP, but this 1 was directly. Everyone was more confused this was what she had her press team counter.

  11. littlemissnaughty says:

    LOVE the coat and the shoes. She seems relaxed?

  12. FLORC says:

    Last time Kate looked for the cameras with huge smiles was the tour of showing William what he’s missing.
    Now… I would bet someone is asking them to step up or things will look bad. Meghan getting great press.

  13. Chrissy says:

    Is it me or has her posture gotten worse? It looks like she has a hump in some of the pictures. I actually quite like the coat, especially the colour. Hate the dress and matchy-matchy shoes and the ridiculous hair though. Oh well, at least she took off her coat.

  14. Sabrine says:

    That’s not a wiglet. It’s just a bad job of backcombing and styling. She has tons of her own hair. She looks quite sweet here, all her attention focused on the children, which is nice to see.

    • Hey Bale says:

      +70000000 damn I CAN NOT STAND the self-righteousness of people who are flat-out wrong. It is so obviously teased, natural hair. She has always had thick hair. This all started because several years ago at one of her first events someone mistook a damn scar on her head for the edge of hair extensions. Also, CB, this is the third time she’s worn this dress at an event.

      • LizB says:

        I have no problems with celebs wearing extensions and wiglets. Lots of other royal women wear them, especially for tiara events.

        What I have a problem with, is people like you going on the attack and insisting that NATURAL HAIR. No. Look at photos and videos of Kate pre-wedding. This is not her natural hair. And there is nothing wrong with that.

        What is wrong, is her stylist being so incompetent about it.

  15. Annabelle Bronstein says:

    Ok but pregnancy is the one time I think it’d be totally fine to wear wedges or flats, and NOW she chooses these constructing heels.

  16. Beluga says:

    She took her coat off!! Progress!

    I wish she wouldn’t insist on wearing skyscraper heels when she’s meeting kids though.

    • OriginalLala says:

      I think it’s part of her image though, she is always described as being “immensely tall” – she is 5’9 I think so fairly tall but the sky-high heels make her towering. She very very rarely wears flats and then only if they are runners. It’s her thing, being super tall.

      • Unoriginal Commenter says:

        And they also lengthen her legs. I’ve said before I am immensely jealous of her body structure because I am super short-waisted. She is long-waisted, and probably appreciates how the heels balance her proportions.

        Unfortunately for us short-waisted people, there is no lengthening the torso, haha!

      • Helen Smith says:

        kate is shorter than 5’ 9”. The media like to exaggerate her height. She is more like 5’ 7” to 5’ 8”. I see the same thing happening with Meghan. The media and internet have this idea that royal women need to be amazons rather than normal height women.

  17. CynicalAnn says:

    How many maternity coats could she need at this point? I find that so odd and wasteful three times in to have yet another coat.

    • Adele Dazeem says:

      True. My one question to add is…how many of these coats are true maternity coats and not just ‘sized up’ nonmaternity wear? I obviously can’t speak for all, but during my two pregnancies I couldn’t size up because of the change in shoulder width, sleeve length, etc…since my growth was mostly belly (and chest unfortunately lol) I *had* to do maternity.

      Sorry for that ramble. I’m wordy and not succinct today.

    • Lorelai says:

      I could be wrong but I don’t think Hobbs even does maternity wear, so I think this is just a regular coat. She does have at least two actual maternity coats by Seraphine, but she seems to be able to make normal-sized coats work most of the time during her pregnancies.

      Regardless, why on earth did she need another brand new blue coat? 🙄

  18. Starryfish says:

    There was some discussion that the mustique holiday had already happened, and that was why Charlotte started school later than the rest of her class. I’m not sure the Doolittles would have settled for that short of a vacay though.

  19. Petty Riperton says:

    I’m not one to wiglet shame I’m all for it IF it looks good, here it does not!

    • Joannie says:

      That s because she’s not wearing one. It’s backcombed hair at the crown.

      • LizB says:

        No. It is a wiglet. There is no shame in wearing one – why the denial?

      • Becks says:

        It’s a wiglet. The defensiveness over this is amusing. If it was just “backcombed at the crown” then her stylist did a bad job with it. You can see the line between it and her regular hair.

      • Beluga says:

        Backcombed hair that’s also been dyed a different colour?

        There is nothing wrong with wearing wiglets/extensions. You’d be hard pushed to find a celebrity who never has, including the younger royals I expect. I’ve worn them at times, so have most of the women I know.

        Kate wears wiglets and that’s fine! (Apart from when it doesn’t match the colour of the rest of her hair, but this is the first time I’ve seen that happen so obviously). She didn’t suddenly spontaneously start growing an extra pound of hair the moment she got married. There really is no reason for anyone, especially Kate, to be sensitive about it.

    • Princessk says:

      I think there is definitely something going on at the back of her head. I have noticed it with Meghan too. I was surprised to hear that denial from the palace about extensions?

      • Ollie says:

        There was no such denial. One of the Daily Mail “journalists” spotted her big scar over her left ear at one of her first engagements. They mistoke it for a hair extentions clip and wrote like 6 articles advertizing cheap hair clips in Kate’s name. They linked shops with the exact “Kate proofed” extentions, prices and made up sources.

        When it was pointed out that it’s an old childhood scar (very visible through the girlfriend days) the DM dialed back. They then wrote articles about her and Williams scars… because of course

      • Natalie S says:

        There was a denial within the hour. It was clarified to the DM that it was a scar. I can’t from memory say it was Kensington Palace that issued the clarification but I think it was because of how unusual it seemed that they would say something about hair.

      • Princessk says:

        Thank you, so it was not a denial about her using extensions it was more by way of explaining the scar. I am pretty sure BOTH Meghan and Kate wear extensions from time to time. Being an actress/model or princess, and being on show, a lot puts a lot of pressure on the hair. Extensions make the styles look more perfect but they can also damage the hair, probably better to wear a full wig. I am still hoping Meghan will go natural.

    • Veronica says:

      If my hair could look like this with a “wiglet,” sign me up! And. meghan doesnt have her natural hair, and probably has extensions. Why is there no mockery of her straightening her hair?
      BTW, I loved Kate’s wild hair when they were in the tropics once and I love Meghan’s natural curly hair. I have fine, blonde, wavy hair, and I hate it.

  20. Kaz says:

    She’s visiting a school and wears high shoes and a short dress. Her style is so ‘dressy’, she is just no good at putting together separates or non-dressed-up non-court-shoes look. When I think of all the labels, styles and choices available to her….I could weep.

  21. Jayna says:

    She looks great, very pretty. She is carrying her pregnancy well.

  22. Citresse says:

    Different since the official arrival of MM?
    A leopard can’t change its spots (or buttons or shoes, or dresses) in Kate’s case.

  23. Maria says:

    I don’t know much about hair extensions. To me she doesn’t need them if indeed she is wearing them. She has very thick hair and the last thing she needs is more hair. My hair is very thick and when I go to the hairdresser she snips a little off the bottom and then goes crazy with the thinning shears.

  24. Joannie says:

    I think she looks very pretty!

  25. Georgia says:

    I want that dress!

    An the coat!

    Well…might as well get the shoes too :P

  26. Lorelai says:

    She actually looks at ease and relaxed today. I always thought that dress was pretty on her. Still prefer her hair longer, but I know I’m in the minority on that one!

  27. Becks says:

    Oooh people are feisty today in these comments!

    I actually like her dress here. I think she looks comfortable in it and I think it’s pretty .

    The coat – meh. It’s pretty, but she has a ton of these coats, and when you factor in the buttons – sigh.

  28. Zondie says:

    Kate has never been held accountable to anyone or anything except Carole. No wonder she blunders about. It would make an interesting case study on how to retard an individual’s development. I wonder how she got through university.

    • SoulSPA says:

      Uni – BRF connection. The woman cannot string a natural and comprehensive sentence together. The first married-in woman in the BRF with a uni degree. From St Andrew. Lol. Hahahaha! Wife to the future King. Hahaha. Can’t stop. Diana at 19 could speak better and more naturally. Kate’s now 36. WTF.

  29. Pandy says:

    She looks puffy from her pregnancy. And maybe a bit tired. I cut her slack for being pregnant.

  30. Beluga says:

    I really hope she keeps the extra weight on once she gives birth. She looks so much better and healthier with a fuller face and she was worryingly thin before, which we know isn’t natural for her.

  31. StellaB says:

    Wrong size pillow haha,
    She looks bigger a month ago, what a farce

  32. Cerys says:

    I think she looks fine. It is a typical Kate outfit. She seems comfortable with coats, dresses, heels etc and is unlikely to change now. She seemed to interact nicely with the children who were the focal point of the visit so no criticism from me there. I agree with those who say she needs to cooperate with the media a bit more. A simple smile and a”good morning” would cost nothing. Camilla and Sophie usually acknowledge the media politely and get on with their work.

  33. CrystalBall says:

    What’s with all the navy blue? Looks like someone is not very confident around children and is trying to be authoratative by dressing like a bobby!

  34. Maria says:

    LOL! I agree about the navy coat. I thought it was the same coat she wore a month ago, but no, it’s a new one. Sigh!

  35. seesittellsit says:

    It’s a perfectly nice outfit. And TBH I rather respect her for being herself and not immediately trying to copy the shiny new thing on the block – there have always been shiny new things on the block, and eventually, they face pitfalls and the bloom comes off the rose. And Kate has great legs – she does the natural thing when the waist is expanding: shifts the attention to her other great asset.

    I hope Meghan remains Meghan, and Kate remains Kate.

  36. Cher says:

    Whether it is a wiglet or not, it looks bad.
    And, she is wearing the same old dated clothing with lots of buttons. Get a stylist!!!!

  37. liriel says:

    I think she looks ok, navy is her colour. Her outfit is boring but she’s beautiful so almost everything she wears works. Lucky her.

  38. Lorelai says:

    I think she’s trying to create a timeless, consistent “look” like the Queen — basically the same silhouette over and over again in different colors and slightly different fabrics — so that years and decades from now, she won’t look dated in photos, but it ends up aging her. I kind of see what she’s doing, but it’s just not working. Not at her age, and not in 2018.

    Does anyone else see what I mean?

  39. Guest says:

    Her hair looked nice when she cut it shorter, but she ruins it with those good awful hair pieces.

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