Duchess Kate in Catherine Walker at the royal arrival in New Zealand: lovely?

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I’ve missed The Duchess of Buttons!! For a while there, Duchess Kate was so buttony, and then everyone was like, “What’s with all the buttons?” and so she stopped for a time. But now the buttons are back!! YAY. These are photos of Duchess Kate, Prince William and Prince George arriving in New Zealand today. For the arrival, Kate wore a super-buttony Catherine Walker coat in a beautiful shade of red. The hat is Gina Foster and I kind of hate that (it’s too big?). If you can see your way past all of the magnificent buttons, you might notice that Kate is wearing a diamond and platinum brooch in the shape of a fern – that was loaned to her by the Queen.

Nice stuff: as I said, I love the shade of red. I love Kate in red and she should wear vibrant colors more often. The coat has a beautiful cut and I’m even okay with the buttons. I really did miss them. I like that she wore something new for her arrival and didn’t try to do a repeat (“because she’s so thrifty”). Not so nice stuff: her skirt blew up literally as soon as she walked off the plane. How many “Marilyn moments” is Kate going to have?

As for Prince George… he’s so wonderfully grumpy. He’s a cutie and I think he’s probably displeased with the outfit his mom picked out for him. There was a controversy over the weekend about the baby car seat that the embassy (??) ordered for George in New Zealand…? You can read about the controversy here. Basically, someone released a promotional image of the car seat that George was going to be using and it was facing the wrong way so now people are mad. Or something. George will also be meeting some commoner babies in New Zealand – on Wednesday, George will attend an event organized by The Royal New Zealand Plunket Society and he will interact with some peasant babies who are close in age.

Did you know this Kate’s first time in Australia and New Zealand ever? She’s never ever been.

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  1. eliza says:

    That dumb hat looks like a floor buffing pad.

    • Jules says:

      Thank you for flying British Airways.

      • eliza says:

        *snort*

      • thecookingpan says:

        +1

      • kri says:

        @Jules…oh, god. I have got to STOP drinking coffee and reading these posts! You are now resposible for a sticky keyboard. And not in a good way.

      • MissNostalgia says:

        You saved me the trouble; she does look like a flight attendant. The skirts are longer, thank God, but she did not weigh them down; hair flapping in the wind as usual….suede pumps;check. The baby is totally cute, though.

    • LadyJane says:

      She looks like a flight stewardess. Maybe she is channeling her mother.

      • We Are All Made of Stars says:

        Okay thank you. She looks like she works for an airline. It’s a shame, because the cut, color, and drape of the coat are great. Somehow the buttons and the hat are going way too retro…in a bad way.

        On the upside, the kid looks like a strawberry blonde!

      • nini says:

        Nothing wrong with her mother having worked as a stewardess. It’s an honorable, decent profession.

    • Eleanor Zissou says:

      I love the hat. I love the whole outfit.
      George is soo cute, and thank God, he looks more like Kate,

      • BooBooLaRue says:

        Agreed, she looks great! And George is a love!

      • LAK says:

        All the babies start out looking like the non windsors, but as certain as death and taxes, those Windsor genes take over in the mid-late 20s – Exhibit A: ALL the Windsors!!

        so enjoy the cute while it’s still on. thank goodness it will last for at least 20yrs.

    • Tsarina says:

      OMG, So glad I swallowed my coffee before I spoit it on my PC’s screen, SOOOOO funny.

  2. Okie says:

    BBC News has a photo of the Duchess holding George and she’s not even off the plane when she has her first Marilyn moment (saw it on FB, so can’t link). This is going to be an interesting trip.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I have completely lost patience with her on this, and I do NOT understand why the Queen doesn’t command her to weight her hems. (She can do that, right? I mean, what good is it to be a queen if you can’t command stuff?) I’m not a big anti-Kater, but really, if you keep repeating the same mistake, you’re doing it on purpose. The picture on this post isn’t bad, but if you click on Okie’s link, she’s showing way too much thigh, almost Cameron Diaz territory. It’s undignified, it detracts from the purpose of the tour, and I for one am starting to dislike her for it. There is a simple, long used solution for it. Just stop it.

      • Original N says:

        A lot more of KM was exposed in photographs than even the Daily Mail has shown … AGAIN. Google the images …. I will try to post the link but it may not work. This is inexcusable. As several commenters here mentioned before this trip even began, the weather has been terribly windy for awhile – KM should have prepared for this given how much time and money she spent preparing the perfect outfits for this trip. There are so many options that KM could have chosen in order to avoid an unprofessional appearance and yet, she manages to muck it up on her arrival! EPIC FAIL that leaves me utterly unimpressed….

      • My2Pence says:

        Kaiser and the DM are being kind. The skirt blew up further dead-center than shown in these pictures. Shockingly, HRHDuchessKate blog actually shows one of the really bad pictures. Fans are once again making excuses. “It was really bad weather, they almost couldn’t land there, it isn’t her fault”. Well gee, 1) airports and 2) Wellington are known for being really windy. Think, Kate, think.

      • Stef Leppard says:

        @GoodNames, another easy solution is to wear pencil skirts and the like when she’s going to be someplace windy, like exiting a plane. Problem solved. I really think she likes it, she likes the attention and she likes showing off her legs. It’s kind of bizarre.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        So true, Stef Leppard, I hadn’t thought of that – even easier! I think she likes it, too, and I was one of her huge supporters after the nude pics of her in France, and now I wonder if she did that hoping for a long range lens as well.

      • LadySlippers says:

        GoodNames,

        In general, the Queen rarely interferes into her family’s life. So I don’t see her doing anything. AND when people do it to William — he is known for ignoring them.

        Guess this means Angela Kelly did not help Kate as some thought.

      • bluhare says:

        I think she looks great.

        But it’s also making me wonder if there was some truth to Angela Kelly helping her. But the thing that makes me think she isn’t, is that I can’t see Angela having her wear that brooch so you can hardly see it through the buttons. I’d have put it on my hat.

      • Okie says:

        @OriginalN: Thanks for the link, that was the picture I saw this morning from BBC News (the website had video).

        @Lady Slippers: I have gathered from reading Celebitchy that it’s Prince Philip that dominates the family life. Surely he can’t be pleased with this constant skirt issue?

        @bluhare: Placing the brooch on the hat would have been a MARVELOUS idea. Still, I do think the coat is lovely, and the pillbox hat is a nice change. (There, I’ve said my nice thing for the day!)

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Bluhare, it would have looked really cute on the hat!

        LadySlippers, but this is an emergency! Lol

      • My2Pence says:

        And why no slip? Why does she never seem to wear a slip? Even with some of her evening gowns it is clear that she doesn’t wear a slip underneath. She had these up-skirt moments a few times during the decade of being the royal girlfriend, but I remember that she flashed her SLIP those times, not her everything. She wore appropriate height heels then too. Why is she regressing?

        Yes, there is a lining sewn inside the red dress. That is the lining of the dress, Kate, not the slip. If she was wearing a straight, knee-length heavy slip underneath this then at least she would only have flashed her slip.

      • vangroovey says:

        It’s hysterical how so many people turn into 85-year-old orthodox puritans when it comes to Waity’s skirt lengths. It actually makes me root for her when folks go apoplectic over seeing her knees. And being a “lean in” sort of gal myself, I am in no way a fan of her — but dayum, who cares about the skirts!

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        @vangroovey
        You’re exaggerating. No one cares about seeing her knees. We care about the fact that it’s unprofessional for her, as a representative of her country, to flash her upper thighs every time the wind blows when there are many obvious and simple solutions to it. Would you think it was ok if every time the wind blew, Williams pants came unzipped? It just isn’t necessary and it makes her look stupid. If you don’t agree, fine, but stop misrepresenting what people are saying. It has been made very clear in the posts.

      • Stef Leppard says:

        @vangroovey,
        Look at the link Anja posted. That is way more than just her knees showing, no? This trip is for “business,” right? I think that flashing so much upskirt leg consistently during business outings is inappropriate and even immature.

      • Stef Leppard says:

        Speaking of showing off one’s goods, check out THESE HILARIOUS PHOTOS!
        http://m.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/kate-middleton-prince-william-maori-welcome-new-zealand-pictures-201474

      • anne_000 says:

        @ Original N: That’s a great link, because the video shows how far up that skirt rose & how she kept letting go of the rails in order to touch her hair. Also shows how she gave everybody at the bottom of the stairs a good view of whether or not she was wearing underwear & if she was, then they pretty much saw what color it was… :-(

        @ vangroovey: Take a look at the video of Kate descending the airplane’s stairs that Original N posted. The skirt blew up & showed the top of her thigh & everybody at the bottom of the stairs got a good view of everything under her skirt….

        http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/celebrity/royal-whirlwind-catherine-duchess-of-cambridges-marilyn-monroe-moment-20140407-3687g.html

      • LAK says:

        Here is my counter-argument to the great 85yr old prigs debate.

        Please see Kate’s own LIW . In properly pinned white coat dress. coat is pinned at the right level so irrespective of hem weights, no danger of Rebecca flashing us as she descends the flight stairs in the same conditions as Kate. So the ‘windy’ conditions to excuse Kate falls down right there. Rebecca clearly pinned her dress according to the conditions, which begs the question why Kate did not and does not.

        http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/04/07/article-2598619-1CE47F9F00000578-712_634x566.jpg

        And that’s before we get to the nanny in the pencil skirt!!!

      • mayamae says:

        @LAK, is the nanny the woman who is grimacing and clutching her abdomen as if she’s just been stabbed?

      • LAK says:

        Mayamae: Yes, that’s the nanny.

      • India Andrew says:

        The Daily Mail only primted the tame flying skirt photos. Here is a better one.

        http://resources3.news.com.au/images/2014/04/07/1226876/654707-c386f0be-bdf4-11e3-9a65-7ae3511942af.jpg

      • vangroovey says:

        @GoodNamesAllTaken

        No, I am not exaggerating. In my opinion, people are taking the “fly up” thing way too seriously. And, again, in my opinion, it’s starting to make the “peanut gallery” look rather petty. Moreover, if gusts of wind strong enough to blow up a heavy material make her look stupid, then, well, I don’t know what. Nobody seems to have a problem when Harry takes of his shirt. I mean, we saw upper thigh – ooooohhhhh. Please, it’s not like her vagina is hanging out of her coat. Come on now. THAT is the exaggeration in my opinion.

    • lower-case deb says:

      she is only getting vitamin D for down there, esp after 24 hrs in a plane. and being on top of the plane means she’s closer to the sun. *winknudge

    • HH says:

      The video of it is very awkward because she’s walking off the plane with George and weirdly trying to hold down her hair and skirt. Finally, she just let’s nature do it’s thing. For me, the “Marilyn Moments” aren’t as bad as her fidgeting around so she doesn’t embarrass herself (then ultimately embarrassing herself). She’s awkwardly trying to hold down her skirt, but then trying to hold back her hair; and then back to her skirt. It makes me want to throw something at the TV because there are very simple solutions: Tie your hair back, pants, pencil skirt, weighted hems, heavier fabric; OR, GET A HUSBAND THAT WILL HELP. ;)

      • Hazel says:

        Yeah, that last one in particular.

      • bluhare says:

        Ditto. William should have carried George off the plane so Kate didn’t have to worry about her skirt.

      • Okie says:

        I wonder if it was even a consideration that William might hold the baby as they disembarked, especially with Kate having to control her hat, hair and dress, while walking down steps with a young child in the other arm. Just think of the headlines that would have generated: William as doting father, helpful husband, “modern royal.” (But would we have criticized Kate for taking more care for her appearance than her child? I’d like to think not.)

      • HH says:

        @Okie – “But would we have criticized Kate for taking more care for her appearance than her child?” Fair point and I’ve never thought of it like that. However, that kind of criticism can only stick if one continually gives off a vain impression. For example, Kim Kardashian. I think for someone that seems to be a more “serious” (?) individual, the headlines would read “doting husband takes baby while wife attempts to avoid a wardrobe issue” or something to that effect.

      • sarah says:

        My first thought was the William is such an a$$. Why can’t he carry his son? I have a baby the same age and there’s no way my husband would let me carry her down a flight of stairs while wearing all that getup she’s got on. She could have slipped in those ridiculous heels!

        Also, I want footage of the peasant baby play date. Adorable!

      • anne_000 says:

        @ Okie: Jmho… but there wouldn’t have been any problems here in the first place if Kate would just fix the same problems she’s had over the years: weight her hem & tie back her hair.

        Even if William was carrying the baby down the stairs, so long as Kate doesn’t fix her fly-up skirts & fly-away hair, she still would have had the same problems going down those stairs, baby or no baby.

    • Black orchid, says:

      Iam just glad she made it down the stairs safely,with the baby ,her dress and hr hair all in one piece

      • Lizzy1013 says:

        William is totally a jerk here. If you watch the video, you can see her pausing at the top of the stairs as the first gust of winds blows her hair in her face. You can see her thinking, hmmm this is no good. But William doesn’t even glance torwards her before he starts walking down the stairs! He just goes! And she has to kind of catch up! That tells me everything g I need to know. She is raising that kid by her self and he is over it. As parents, you are a team. Always communicating, without words and checking in with each other. Especially in public. Poor girl.

    • Kaylen says:

      If only the people of her country would understand… Nobody cares. Really. She’s representing her country, really? Nobody cares, least of all NZ and AUS. Most certainly not AUS. Her skirt flew up? Oh my lord, that’s never happened to a skirt before! Your country must be a horrible place! Please. America has a fascination with celebrity culture so of course they cover the family but largely, people don’t care about her behaving like a normal person. It makes me like her more than I would otherwise, actually.

      • My2Pence says:

        @Kaylen. Let’s say, on an official visit to a country, Michelle Obama walked down the steps from Airforce One, her skirt blew up, and she flashed her (naked-except-for-her-sheer-to-the-waist-nylons) privates. Would you think that was just “behaving like a normal person” or would you be appalled that a representative of your country had done such a thing on a diplomatic mission?

        This is the 7th time Kate Middleton has flashed people on duty, the 4th time at an airport. She is there representing her country and she is making a mess of it. Why is this so difficult to understand?

  3. Mllejuliette says:

    Nice outfit, but she needs to pull her hair back and I can’t help thinking that she’d look more polished if she wore pantyhose or stockings.

    • eliza says:

      She is wearing stockings in these pictures.

    • LadyMTL says:

      I thought she was wearing hose? In the first pic if you look at her left ankle there’s wrinkles that made me think of hose when it bunches up. Or maybe it’s just her skin, IDK. Don’t ask me why I noticed that, lol.

      To be honest, I just want more pics of Georgie Porgie…that kid is adorable!

      • eliza says:

        She is. You can see the sheen of the hose. She pretty much always wears sheer hose. That is one thing she does I actually like. So tired of women thinking bare legs, particularly in the winter months, is a good look. Not everyone, even with God awful spray tanning, can pull off bare legs.

      • L says:

        I want to know where she gets her hose from. Her nude hose is always so sheer I can barely see it (which is a good thing)

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Eliza, I love you for saying that. I hate the trend of not wearing stockings (by the way, I think Kate is) with dresses. I know people think it looks old fashioned to wear flesh colored hose, but the alternative looks worse. I went to a wedding in February, and all these young women were in pale colors, and they either had bare, pale legs, or black hose with pale dresses, and they looked ridiculous. Even the ones with pretty legs. I can’t wait until that trend goes away.

      • My2Pence says:

        Wearing stockings is a royal protocol requirement, one of the few that she actually follows. You can read Rita Wilson’s funny take on it here:

        http://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/features/rita-wilson-buckingham-palace-dinner

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        L, I googled it for you, and the unconfirmed consensus is that she wears John Lewis Barely There sheer tights. There’s a picture of her foot taken at a sporting event, and the bottom has these nonskid stripes that JL pantyhose have. Google is amazing.

    • LAK says:

      Considering she doesn’t wear underwear, let’s all thank whatever diety that she wears tights.

      I can’t believe she’s had a marilyn moment before she’s set foot on NZ soil!!!

      The bad weather forecast was already out as they left Australia and there was a delay to their flight as a result. Enough time to borrow some safety pins to pin the coat in the appropriate places.

      Those diplomats on the tarmac sure got an eye full if they were looking up.

      On a different note, William should have helped her with the baby because wind, hair, squirming active baby, high heels, flying up skirt and rickety stairs isn’t a good combination.

      • vava says:

        LOL………so true about the nylons/tights.

        Obviously Kate and her handlers didn’t put much thought into her wardrobe yesterday given the reputation that Wellington is usually windy. If she had worn different shoes, a pencil skirt under that coat, and had that wretched hair under control, she could have easily handled the situation with the baby and the stairs. As it was, she was in a perilous situation that could have been prevented.

        I guess she’s not embarrassed by these repeated skirt fly-ups? Once is all it would take for me to be mortified.

      • Jenna says:

        To be fair (and dear god it pains me to be, as I find everything to do with this woman makes my teeth itch. Frankly, I read the posts about her here on Celebitchy simply when I need a bit of distraction based rage and after the misery of being screamed at by my fil all morning, all the side rage I can get is good!) that skirt might actually HAVE weights in it. From a few shots on other pages, it does appear there are several, but they seem to have been put in by a twit – they didn’t sew single channels to keep them in place, just slipped them into the hem and they all bunched to one area during travel. And even when wearing a skirt properly weighted, at that height of the stairway and wind, it looks like nothing short of pants would have been safe. (Why she didn’t go that route, no clue) The color is gorgeous on her, the buttons are lovely, but she has got to learn to pick only a few things to manage at a time – if baby & skirt, tight braid or firmly pinned updo. If hat with loose hair and skirt – let her husband manage the baby. If you have a child, this is all stuff moms figure out in the first few months – why she can’t manage to recall it, I have no clue. Except to think that, barring publicity shots, she must not spend a whole lot of time actually carrying her son. And with THAT bit of nasty bitchiness from me, I’ll stop. Being cursed out and hit with a cane all morning seems to be making me less than kind.

      • CynicalCeleste says:

        Totally agree with everything you said LAK. Carry your kid, William!

        And “narrowly avoiding” wardrobe malfunction on the tarmac in Calgary (yellow jenny packham dress) is classic DM understatement. The skirt blew much higher, providing evidence of hosiery sans underwear.

        http://www.radiolive.co.nz/Kate-Middleton-flashes-bottom/tabid/675/articleID/21645/Default.aspx

      • LAK says:

        Jenna: What struck me, irrespective of hem weights, is that the slit of her coat dress is too high. I can see the thinking that as it’s a heavier material, it is OK to leave the opening. Unfortunately for all concerned it is too closer to her waist which in this sort of weather doesn’t protect.

        You are right that hem weights can only do so much, and i do take your point on board regarding the shoddily inserted weights.

        However, see this picture of the LIW travelling with them. Her coat dress is pinned at the right level. She’s the lady in white.

        http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/04/07/article-2598619-1CE47F9F00000578-712_634x566.jpg

        i find it flummoxing that as they travelled between Australia and NZ with bad weather alert which included winds that made it tricky to land, no one thought to pin her coat. Is this a failing of Kate or the perfectly pinned LIW?

        i am also flummoxed that she didn’t wear appropriate skirt/underclothing etc under her coat dress. the coat is made from heavy material, but it’s not a miracle worker.

        EDIT: what???!!! Is there any way we can help your situation? under no circumstances is it acceptable for FIL to mistreat you. none.

      • My2Pence says:

        @Jenna. LAK is right, you are not required to take abuse from him, no matter how much you want to help your partner by helping their father.

        In addition to a regular dose of CB, I recommend a boxing speed bag. You can get a cheap one for $35. 15 minutes a day on that will do you a world of good, and is much more satisfying than doing 10 pushups every time you start seething.

      • wolfpup says:

        And don’t forget whose fault this is, not yours, – the abuser just needs someone to abuse. YOU need to be with your own kind, recieve tenderness, take ahold of hope.

      • bluhare says:

        Jenna, I’m with everyone else re your FIL. I don’t know what his mental state is (I do know a lot of people with Alzheimers lash out), but if he’s that abusive, I hope you can talk to his doctor or someone about what to do or how to handle it. I’d say take his cane away if he hits you with it, but not if he’s going to be stupid and try to get around without it.

        You’ve got our support and vent away!

      • brionne says:

        OMG @ cynical. I have literally seen a princess ass! Did her mother not teach her to wear slips and sensible beige panties? So glad to have never seen the ass cheeks of Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush and Michelle Obama. I’m not normally prudish but seeing her ass cheeks in that yellow dress…not on the each but on an official visit! Royal ass!

      • Lizzo says:

        Well I think after getting the nanny, maybe it would have been an idea for her to carry George down the stairs, so that Chief Stewardess Kate could have kept her hair out of her face and her skirt down, then could her and Workshy Willy not just picked him up at the bottom?
        I don’t know how George is going to cope with the next few weeks, seeing as whenever they are out in Britain, he seems to be at home asleep. Also wonder when Willy and vayKate will go on the next break to recover from this – must have been awful for them to fly all the way to Australia in first class (flying the flag for Britain on QANTAS – why not BA?)

      • My2Pence says:

        @Jenna. What about replacing his cane with a walker? I’m serious. He would still be able to get around, less of a fall risk to use a walker than a cane, and he probably doesn’t have the strength to lift an entire walker and use it as a weapon.

      • Jenna says:

        MIP! Hoping this works and is seen, but I wanted to pop back on here and say thanks so much to you and all the other really awesome posters yesterday who, in the midst of a ‘what the ever loving frilly be-buttoned heck is this rich wench WEARING’ conversation, took the time to be simply some amazing humans to me. I was burnt, stretched, strained, frankly spent most of the evening sick as a dog after yet another miserable day in the salt mines of dealing with my inlaws. My fil has 3rd – sliding down to 4th stage throat cancer and as the treatment gets harder, he (and his wife) lash out at me more and more because I’m well. Handy. The doctor says that often an elderly patient will latch onto one family member to ‘blame’ and I actually can understand why he doesn’t want to cry or fall apart in front of his son (but boy howdy am I happy my husband is adopted after dealing with these people for a decade now) but it’s gotten insane. To the point that my husband has switched shifts and is doing all he can to take the brunt of the appointments because of how violently the old man has started behaving. Thankfully, yesterday he went off and struck a nurse, so they know it isn’t just me being an evil person. It’s him, out of control. I take care of shopping for them, cooking, paperwork, but after the last time he grabbed the steering wheel in traffic and went off about how I ‘need to die so his son can pay them back as he owes them because if they adopted him, so I need to hurry and die and ‘fix’ the evil he did by marrying and moving out’ – I avoid actual contact as much as I can. But yesterday was an emergency and I had to locate a pair of big girl panties and go deal with the beast. Thank you and all the rest for being so kind, for trying to be so kind to a stranger, to give great suggestions (bought a heavy bag last year – we’re installing a speedbag next to it in the garage this weekend!) and just be awesome as a stranger kinda went off the side yesterday. Should any of you ever find yourself in northern ohio? Let me know so I can have a chance to give you a meal, some cookies, and open up a couple of bottles of home-brewed mead as a grateful thanks. Sorry to blither and hope at least a few of you wander back and see this. Thank you so much for the shoulders and smiles at a moment when I was pretty much falling to bits. Celebitchy & it’s forum and reach contains some stellar human beings – it’s not ‘just’ a gossip source. But even THAT is does great!

      • My2Pence says:

        Jenna, I’m glad we were able to give you some compassion and a little bit’o'sanity back. Any chance you can hire an assistant to do those shopping chores for them? It would be worth the cost.

        Amazes me that today so many good people want to adopt and are turned down, when your husband’s adoptive parents clearly didn’t deserve that gift. Thank goodness the two of you have each other.

        Next time you head to Melt (http://meltbarandgrilled.com/) or see lightening bugs in the summer, raise a glass of mead in honor of the crazy ladies of CB.

      • bluhare says:

        Jenna, glad to see you back. I just don’t know what to say about your situation at all; it sounds absolutely horrible.

        But I can say that it takes a special person to deal with it. And I hope you come around and have some fun with us.

        Smooches from bluhare

    • Cazzee says:

      That’s one royal family rule that she follows – Kate always wears hose or tights. Also no open-toed shoes….so you’d think she’d figure out the weighted hemline thing eventually.

      Unless she’s doing this on purpose for all the attention. She does have fantastic legs.

  4. Amanda says:

    She looks lovely. I’m looking forward to seeing what she wears this trip.

    • FLORC says:

      What she wears. Not what she does. Is she really content in being a clothes horse?

      • My2Pence says:

        FLORC. It may be all she is capable of. Or it may be that she sees absolutely nothing wrong with the way she lives, which is what I suspect. She is content as the ultimate WAG, and has no concept that so much more is expected of her.

        If William spun the line that he would “make things different (ie. “modern”)” and protect them both from that whole pesky work thing, this may be all she thinks she’s supposed to do. Shop, dress up, wave, vacation to recover, repeat.

        Mimicking Diana again, this new coat more obviously than the previous red Catherine Walker coat.

        http://img2.timeinc.net/instyle/images/2014/GALLERY/020314-kate-diana-style-11-567.jpg

        Not sure who encourages this, if it is Kate Middleton’s idea or Catherine Walker’s.

      • Brik says:

        Seriously? Oy vey.

      • FLORC says:

        My2Pence
        I never really bought into the theory Kate was recreating Diana poses and outfits, but bright red with big buttons is hard to ignore. I can’t write it off as a coincidence

      • Ayre says:

        I have noted the similarity to a Diana Outfit. This will be going down in my files.

      • HH says:

        @Ayre – I’m going to assume you’re trolling this site.

      • My2Pence says:

        @HH. Considering her other comments, I’d assume so.

      • bluhare says:

        I think it’s sad if she’s using Diana. Really really sad She needs to be Kate Her Own Person!! That’s what I want, not Diana 2. Because, let’s face it, there is no one out there (myself notwithstanding of course!) who could ever step into Diana’s shoes.

        I was so disgusted at the Kate Queen of Hearts article over the weekend for this very reason.

      • wolfpup says:

        She can’t be Diana, only Diana could be. To me, trying to do so only makes her appear pitiful, because those shoes are a different size from her own. I agree that Kate needs to find her own ‘shiny’ and as we all have our strengths, she should start from there. She looks very good involved with sports (minus wedges), and getting involved and encouraging children to use sports to feel good about themselves would be a place that she might feel comfortable. The kids would love it.

        Diana I believe, would love her to just be herself. She could have been such help to this young couple…(sob). Charles snobby attitude could not be helping, because it makes one try really hard, but points one in the wrong direction.

  5. Abbott says:

    Ok, Royal readers, why haven’t they fixed Kate’s skirt situation? Is she trying to sun her lady garden? Maybe this isn’t even a Royal reader question. Why aren’t they shielding the Royal love taco???

    Also, the mommy blogs have been on them since George’s first tv appearance. apparently they strapped him in wrong when the took him home from the hospital.

    • Liberty says:

      acc to baby center.com: “In 2011 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) revised its policy, citing a study that found children younger than 2 are 75 percent less likely to be killed or injured in a car crash if they’re in a rear-facing car seat. Now both the AAP and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommend children face backward until they outgrow their seat.” Even the firm that made the car seat for this trip normally recommends rear-facing strongly, so they are getting from heat from their customers as well and are waffling a bit.

      • Devon says:

        “American Academy of Pediatrics”

        You realise they are British, no? In Britain, the law is that you can put a baby that’s 9kg or over in a front facing seat. According to the laws of their home country, they’re doing nothing wrong.

      • mena says:

        @Devon, But Will & Kate are not in their home country. When you visit another country you’re expected to abide by their laws.

        According to media reports, W&K are also going against the advice of the NZ child safety charity who they had asked to install the child seats in their cars. This charity is doing them a favor and W&K have pretty much embarrassed the charity.

        W&K are also going against the instructions of the car seat that they are using.

      • My2Pence says:

        These folks have already gone on record (and it was confirmed by Kensington Palace) that William and Kate Middleton specifically-requested that it be installed so PGTips was face-forward. Apparently child safety instructions from the experts are less important to W&K than allowing easier shots of PGTips the PR prop.

      • CC says:

        Yep, the second I saw this article I thought: “Waity, the child, and the prop” arrived in NZ. So in a way it sums up.

        Why else would they bring him along when they clearly didn’t miss him enough to take him on a family vacation?

    • Sixer says:

      I think the fuss is because the forward facing seat will soon be illegal for babies of 8 months here in the UK. They’re phasing through the old ones, so not illegal yet. But they will be.

    • Listerino says:

      LMAO at royal love taco. Nice one.

    • Audrey says:

      Rear facing is way safer for everyone. If it was possible, we’d ALL be better off rear facing.

      But especially for babies when their spinal cord hasn’t fused.

      There is a huge push to make it illegal to forward face your baby before 2. But really car seat experts suggest rear facing as long as possible (my daughter’s seat goes to 40 lbs or 40in).

      They’re both risking his life and setting a poor example. Lots of parents already forward face early cause they say their baby likes it better and improperly strap them in.

      • Isa says:

        The law is the minimum, but car seat laws often lag behind. They may not be technically be breaking the law, but it is still much much much safer to rear face your child until they outgrow the rear facing limitations for their car seat. Some car seats have rear facing weight limits of 40-45 lbs.

  6. Lucy2 says:

    She kind of looks like a flight attendant coming off the plane.

    • Mllejuliette says:

      Ha ha, I hadn’t thought of that, but now I can see it. The outfit reminded me of Jackie Kennedy.

      • MsMercury says:

        I thought of Jackie Kennedy also. lol I do like this outfit she looks great but a little bit old-fashioned.

    • Amelia says:

      I thought the same thing! Bet the Wisteria sisters are thrilled at the comparison. Jackie Kennedy also came to mind, but the red made me think of British Airways.
      But seriously; 18 buttons. That must be a record.

      • My2Pence says:

        One of the fans went so far as to photoshop this red outfit pink to try to make it look more like Jackie Kennedy. Do they not know what happened the day Jackie Kennedy wore that pink suit? Why would anyone WANT to mimic the iconic outfit that was worn on arguably the WORST day of her life?

      • Feeshalori says:

        That is just….macabre.

    • ArtHistorian says:

      LOL! That was my first thought as well.

    • Stef Leppard says:

      You beat me to it!

    • Liberty says:

      A flight attendant who has been serving whisky to Don Draper.

    • Beatrice says:

      Spot on–definitely flight attendant chic!! Love the color though.

    • Aria says:

      My first thought!

  7. dadada says:

    George is an unusual baby right? Most seem to lean into their mothers but she really is just a tripod to him… holding him upright enough so he can see out. I do know some grumpy babies that were like this. All became rather anxious children. I do hope that George has not inherited a highly emotional and volatile nature. It would make life as a royal rather un-fun.

    • Marigold says:

      Doesn’t seem unusual to me at all. Seems like a typical baby of that age. Probably wants to be down. If the reports are true that he’s a crawler, I doubt he likes being held much.

    • Colu says:

      Both my children would wiggle themselves around like that when I carried them so that they could see. What I see in the pictures is that PG is a very secure and content baby. He trusts his mother to keep him safe even if he’s not holding on tight.

    • Scarlet Vixen says:

      Of all the silly stuff I’ve seen written about this family, the fake fear that Baby George will grow up to be anxious and grumpy because he’s sometimes held facing outward is quite possibly the most ridiculous. Tons of babies prefer facing out and turn out to be wonderful children and adults. They’re just curuous about the world around them! My kids preferred facing in with me but facing out with my husband (probably because he has no hips to rest them on-neither does Kate). You remind me of the complete stranger who told me when I was 9mos pregnant that she “hoped I didn’t have a redhaired baby” (I’m a redhead) because every redheaded child she’d ever known was “quick-tempered and difficult.” My coworker almost punched her.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        +1
        Just look at him when she’s holding him in the first picture. He’s frowning and squirming. When he’s being held facing out, he’s smiling. That’s his preference. My nephew was the same way, and he grew up to be an absolute love.
        Enough with judging a baby based on snapshots.

      • Mel M says:

        Exact. Both of my kids prefer facing outward. She’s carrying him just like I do. It’s one of my daughters favorite things to do with daddy, he just walks her around facing out so she can see everything and she loves it.

    • Liberty says:

      eh, he looks independent and lively. Plus…he’s just spent hours on his first long flight She’s probably just trying to position him for photos for the public and turned him out for some air and a look around. He looks like a “show me stuff!” sort of baby like my friends’ first.

    • Ayre says:

      I think it’s pretty obvious from his body language that George doesn’t love her and just wants to get away from her. He probably doesn’t even know who she is because we all know that all she does is shop. He is being raised by nannies. He’s like “Wtf, who is this lady and why is her skirt flying all over the place? Doesn’t she know that she’s supposed to sew barbells into her hems? She knew the weather report said high winds! DISAPPOINTED!”

      • Audrey says:

        This is absolute crap.

        He’s a curious 8 month old. He just wants to see the world.

        My daughter would not face in starting at 5 months. She wanted to see what was going on. It’s completely normal and is no reflection of their bond.

        My daughter was grumpy until her first birthday, she’s just starting to perk up. I’m a sahm, breastfeeding, good and involved mom with a great bond with my daughter. Some are just grumpy

        Babies are just curious.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I repeat what Audrey said. Absolute crap.

      • Dame Snarkweek says:

        Ayre
        I had to read your comment twice to make sure you weren’t being sarcastic. You should probably step away from the blogs for a bit and relax. Your statement brainslammed me.

      • Mel M says:

        That’s crazy that you would think that from just these pictures and a short video. In the video you can see towards the end that PG starts kicking his legs like he’s trying to run and that’s exactly what my son would do when we walked him around like that. I too am a SAHM, so he’s clearly just an average curious baby who wants down to crawl around and be naughty ;)

      • HH says:

        I’m going to assume the best and say this is SARCASM. I mean, it just has to be.

      • My2Pence says:

        Read her other comments. Our logical criticism of Kate Middleton appears to have poked a KM fan/troll.

      • hmmm says:

        Oh, I see now. Mockery of comments as private joke. How droll. Said mockery reminds me of Dolittle- there’s no ‘there’, there.

      • mayamae says:

        I shouldn’t respond because you’re probably trolling, but here goes. If you watch the video footage, Kate is holding George facing her, but he squirms around and she accommodates him to allow him to face out as he clearly prefers. I think that indicates he’s a confident baby, unafraid to face a group of strangers. Lord knows what the comments would be if George was screaming and clinging to Kate in fright.

        When they’re boarding the plane in Australia, he’s facing out and kicking like crazy – clearly having a good time.

      • Mrsjennyk says:

        It’s obivious that an 8 month old baby doesn’t love his mother? Give me a break. Nothing like reaching…
        WOW!

    • Devon says:

      My daughter loves to be held like this and she’s a very happy, calm and alert 10 week old. She LOVES to watch things and just takes it all in. She’d prefer to sit like that when there are things going on then curled in towards me.

  8. blue marie says:

    I love that coat, color, cut, all of it.
    Prince George is adorable, those chubby little legs.

    • FLORC says:

      I’m no fan of buttons and the red is too loud, but that’s for my personal tastes. The silhouette is lovely. That cut is classic imo.

      • bluhare says:

        Exactly. Overall, she’s gets a bluhare b. (we don’t give B’s; it’s against our religion). She’d have got a b+ or a- with fabric covered buttons.

      • FLORC says:

        Fully agree Bluhare and completely understandable.

    • Sullivan says:

      +1

    • raindrop says:

      The coat IS fabulous, but the hat makes it too flight attendant-y and the buttons are too much – they totally eclipse the fern brooch. Such a delicate silver brooch shouldn’t be worn on a coat covered in giant similar-colored buttons.

      Also … I’m like the 100th person to say this on here, but here goes: WEIGHT YOUR HEMS, KATE! Be a WEIGHTY KATEY.

    • wolfpup says:

      Fabric colored buttons, and the pin on her hair…good thinking bluhare. I wonder if she should have worn the cream, to soften her appearance as mother of the future king, and let Georgie be the center of attention with the red little soldier look.

  9. Really says:

    The mom in me questions why she is wearing a coat and that baby is wearing shorts? He is so cute!

    • The Original Mia says:

      Because she’s recreating several iconic moments. The coat is similar to one Diana wore and William wore a white sweater and shorts during his first tour of Australia/New Zealand when he was a babe.

      • Janette says:

        +1

        I thought I was the only one who noticed how often she copies Diana’s outfits. It’s weird. She would do better to find her own fashion sense. The more I am reminded of Diana, the more I realize Waity is nothing like her.

        I really despise Willy and Waity. So phoney and the media just fawn all over them.

  10. Tiffany says:

    I wonder. Does the Queens jewelry come with its own bodyguard. I mean it is someone’s job to strictly watch the jewels. Or does Willnot and Kannot security just have to keep an extra eye out.

  11. Louise says:

    Too air hostess-y.

  12. melmel says:

    I think the whole outfit looks very stewardess like. I bet the Queen threw a crumpet at the TV when she saw the whole flashing of the royal jewels so to speak. I am not sure if all those articles in the Daily Mail about Kate taking advice from the Queen or whomever is true.
    Also I am surprised that not many people are raising a ruckus over the fact that they turned down a dinner with the NZ PM so they can go spend a romantic night at a fancy expensive resort and thereby leaving George alone with the nanny. I thought this was a working trip and understand that they need downtime on weekends or what not but for heaven sakes try to keep NZ in the commonwealth. When the Queen dies, they will probably leave and we know what that could mean, less vakays abroad downunder

    • Hazel says:

      Agreed. Turning down the dinner with NZ PM was knuckleheaded. They flew all the way out there, spent all that money, to meet & greet & schmooze, and that’s what they should be doing.

    • Zimmer says:

      @MelMel. I agree. That’s rude and awful. Those two get plenty of both alone and separate time. Just today, I was thinking maybe Kate’s not soooo lazy, maybe it’s William or Prince Charles that just can’t stand seeing her shine, but no I think she is lazy, image-obsessed and as provocative as she can get away with (skirt flying incidents, suing photographer for topless photos which resulted in more media attention for topless photos) If it was my husband, I would tell him we absolutely must meet with the NZ PM, we don’t need any more private time. What are they there for if not to meet other dignitaries? I guess it really is another vacation and barbie wave event for both of them. Too bad, William had such potential to take the royals in a new direction. With all of Harry’s negatives, I would still rather see him as the next in line after Charles

    • bluhare says:

      + a million

    • mena says:

      Ditto. Word. And all that stuff.

      I thought the main purpose of these tours is diplomacy. Not to mention the host country is the one paying to host these two. It is just mindbogglingly rude that W&K would snub their PM.

      Did they at least reschedule to meet the PM at another event during this tour or am I giving W&K too much credit?

      And Kate’s clothes are MEH… again! Same silhouette. Same bodice. Same elevated waistline. Same a-line skirt. Same ‘whoopsy I’m flashing people’. MEH.

      • melmel says:

        I don`t think there is a reschedule. I remember reading that they turned down the invite because of the get away and that was that. I am sure if there was a rain date it would have been stated in the article. I am an American living in Belgium where there is a monarchy and while there is always some sort of scandal, I feel like they do their job. Kate will never be Queen Maxima of the Netherlands who was a banker and seems to work extremely hard. The Queen seems to give a pass probably because of the whole Diana debacle. But I think public opinion will change once she passes and Charles becomes king. I wouldn`t want my tax money paying for this

      • mena says:

        So they’ve offended the Maori King & snubbed the NZ PM. And this visit is supposed to strengthen ties between the BRF & NZ. Unbelievable.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        A great start for William’s supposed desire for a stint in the Foreign Office to learn diplomacy. At this rate he’ll need no instruction at all with his novel, modern approach to such things. ;-)

      • wolfpup says:

        Unbelievable!

  13. ArtHistorian says:

    What would a royal tour be without a Marilyn moment – it has practically become a tradition with Kate!

  14. Sixer says:

    I made the mistake of turning on Sky News for thirty seconds this morning. After I’d been told that this tour will show Baldtop being SO unlike his father as he glories in showing off his wonderful wife, and that Waity will be SO much better than her dead, sainted mother-in-law at charm offensives, and that this trip is a special SPOKE (what the blazes is SPOKE? Not bespoke, you understand. Spoke, as in wheel) trip so that these doting parents don’t have to spend too much time away from THE MOST LOVED CHILD IN CREATION, I had to rush to the loo (LadySlippers, see how U, U, U I am. I say loo!) to be sick. Unfortunately, not before I saw Waity’s knickers. Again.

    And that was today’s stream of anti-monarchist consciousness. So there.

    • mimif says:

      Ha! Sixer, you’re something else. :)

      • Sixer says:

        It’s a great day to be Sixer whilst watching the news. Fools of Royals flashing their underwear while wearing seventeen inches of make up, more MPs cheating their expenses (I didn’t think there were any left that HADN’T cheated), Oscar Pistorius snivelling in pity for himself. I can snark to high heaven!

    • Liberty says:

      @Sixer — you have me snarkling into my coffee, Hilarious! :-)

    • Hazel says:

      I think ‘spoke’ refers to their going out & back from a home base several times, rather than a sort of ‘if it’s Tuesday it must be Belgium’ itinerary.

      • bluhare says:

        Yup. It’s the hub and spoke system. Maybe that’s why everyone thinks she looks like a flight attendant.

      • Sixer says:

        I was too busy rushing to the loo to stay for the technicalities of hub and sodding spoke! Honest to betsy, I’ve never heard such abject shite in all my life. They go on holiday and leave him behind (which I don’t particularly condemn) but they go to WORK and feel bound to institute HUB and bloody SPOKE.

        My teeth are ground to dust.

    • wolfpup says:

      Yes, what is this “most loved child in all creation” all about…part of his education?

  15. melina says:

    George looks like William, right? I can see a little bit of Kate but it is mostly William.

    • GiGi says:

      George looks like Patton Oswalt!

    • Hazel says:

      I think he’s just like his mom, who has her dad’s face shape. The eyes, the slight squish to the side (definitely not a symmetrical face–I know, few are, but some are more noticeably off-kilter than others).

      • lily says:

        If you compare George’s nose with William’s when he was an infant, they are the same. Good luck with growing it little guy!

    • pru says:

      He has his father’s nose and his mother’s disdain. (Actually, maybe her eyes.)
      I really do think he’s very cute, if not a bit grumpy in these photographs.

  16. PunkyMomma says:

    Kate looks like a drum majorette in that coat. So meh. But chubby Georgie is a scene stealer.

  17. MrsBPitt says:

    Isn’t William allowed to hold the baby? If my skirt was blowing up around my arse, I would have said to my husband “hold the baby, so I can hold my skirt down”…

    • Memme says:

      Does William strike you as a hands on dad? Or interested? He probably forgot how to hold the baby. I saw pictures of them walking through the airport and he is miles ahead of Kate and George. It’s like he forgot they were there.

      • Hazel says:

        I just watched video of that walk through the airport. Awful. William chatting with the local security people, Kate following quite a bit behind while carrying PGTips. Nobody engaging her in conversation. Geez.

      • Memme says:

        It’s kind of sad. I know it’s only a glimpse of one day of their life as a family, but to me it speaks volumes.

  18. Lisa says:

    Ruritarian Ukrainian flight attendant.

  19. Talie says:

    George looks exactly like her! Adorable baby — he seems to have a lot of personality.

  20. m says:

    Except she was in Australia during a layover after their Epic Asian Tour.
    Anyway, that red on her is really harsh. I like the way a blogger described their disdain for her coat: its hard to tell if the designer was trying to be really modern or if the coat is from 1993. Its just really dated and it reminds me too much of the red coat she wore on the NA tour.
    One last thing, cover that babys legs! If its cold enough for his parents to be bundled up, he should have had at least a blanket.

  21. danielle says:

    I wonder why William isn’t holding him to go down the stairs, I wouldn’t want to hold a baby while walking downstairs in heels!

    • Liberty says:

      ….If he carries the baby, it doesn’t get added to her monthly work timesheet?

    • boredsuburbanhousewife says:

      I wondered that myself. Between holding onto the plane stair rail, managing her blowing skirts, holding her baby, and teetering on high heels, I thought it looked actually dangerous.

    • Melody says:

      I know, right? William hasn’t gotten enough spittle and pee on him. It would do him good.

  22. Kali says:

    We’ve seen the Royal Beave. Please leave my poor country in peace now.

  23. Shelby says:

    Beautiful family

  24. sylvia says:

    I don’t see anything special about her hair – i.e. to indicate that a professional hair stylist did it rather than Kate herself. Kate btw looks really frail, esp. her waist and legs. Hope they feed her down there!

  25. Amanda B says:

    It is VERY, VERY windy in Wellington. So cut her some slack.

    • Wellington also has an average of 22 days per year with mean wind speeds over 63 km/h (40 knots).
    • Wellington averages 173 days a year with wind gusts greater than about 60 km/h or 32 knots.

    • Kali says:

      The thing is is that she must have someone to tell her that Wellington is KNOWN for being super windy so maybe a fitted knee length skirt might be best?

      • Ayre says:

        She could have worn pants. Those don’t blow up. Or shorts. Those don’t blow up either. Or, like, a burqa. She could have just worn a bikini with or without bikini top, as we know she likes. No wind issues in a bathing suit! The point is that she is unprofessional, guys. And she wears too much eyeliner.

    • Angelic 21 says:

      Pencil fit outfit wouldn’t have blown away even if it’s VERY VERY VERY windy, so no there is no excuse for this. She is supposed to look dignified at royal events despite the weather and she is paid obscenely for being a royal glorified clothes horse. Expecting her to wear pencil fit clothes on windy day only when she is representing my country isn’t too much to ask or expect.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      She could weight her hems like every other royal lady before her. It’s that simple.

    • Original N says:

      The privileges that Kate Middleton enjoys are accompanied by a JOB DESCRIPTION; that JOB includes properly preparing for a trip of this magnitude, which means someone on her staff should have been reviewing weather reports and presenting the information to her so that she could select from multiple outfits depending on what the weather was to be when she landed. Given this is a WORK engagement, and knowing how terribly blustery it has been in this region, she could have chosen a gorgeous suit with a beautiful blouse and properly fitted trousers/pencil skirt that would have allowed her to wear flats (the trousers – we know she won’t wear flats with a skirt) such that she could safely walk down the plane stairs whilst holding the future king (if the monarchy lasts that long) without having to hold her skirt. If you watch the video, you can see her hand leave the rail as her instinct is to tug her flyaway skirt back down!

      When one properly prepares and listens to the advice of those that are informed, no slack needs to be cut….

  26. L says:

    At least that skirt is long enough and heavy enough fabric that it looks like the skirt was just blowing (as opposed to when she’s worn lighter skirts that just flipped up)

    Except for the hat I like it. I even like the buttons.

    • LAK says:

      Kaiser is being kind and not posting the full set of pics that show just how high her skirt blew. The skirt blew UP, we saw her everything. Again.

      Her more egregious windy marilyn moments have happened at airports, so if nothing else, ‘windy airports’ should always be a consideration in her clothing choices because without a fail, we’ve seen all sides of her at airports.

      • The Original Mia says:

        I’m pretty sure there are pictures of her royal love box and the press held them back. That skirt flew way up. No way they could have missed it with their lenses.

      • Liberty says:

        Royal Love Box! I just fell over.

        But yes….she could have tried a heavier lined pencil-style skirt with a back kick for movement (taking the steps down). Unless she LIKES the whole strutting her stuff on the runway (literally in this case) feeling.

  27. Nashville Girl says:

    Yes, she has had way too many Marilyn moments, but it was really, really windy. One report said the plane almost couldn’t land due to poor weather conditions. I’ll hold judgement until we see the rest of the clothes for the trip.

    • xantha says:

      If that’s the case, then I guess any dress would have been a problem weights or not. I wish she would wear tailored pants more.

    • My2Pence says:

      This is the fourth time she’s had a Marilyn moment at an airport. FOURTH. Once is an accident. Twice is a coincidence. Three times is a pattern.

  28. sarah says:

    George looks like a heavy baby. I’ve got one and it is so tiring to carry him around. My reaction was – I can’t believe she has to carry him down those stairs!!

  29. Kenny Boy says:

    The hem is well past her knees. What is she supposed to do, extend her hem to her ankles? Come on, it’s windy.

    • Angelic 21 says:

      Well on top of my head she can wear pencil fit coats and dresses or put weights on her clothes like rest of the royal women does.

      • Kenny Boy says:

        These kind of comments verge on slut shaming. What is wrong with people that in 2014, we’re clutching our pearls over a woman wearing a long hemline disrupted by wind?

      • My2Pence says:

        It is not slut shaming to expect a publicly-funded employee to dress according to the dress code for her job. All of the other royal ladies manage to dress appropriately, especially if they have one up-skirt moment they LEARN their lesson and plan accordingly.

      • bluhare says:

        Slut shaming? LOL!! If that’s all you’ve got, you need to try harder.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Oh, for heaven’s sake, nobody is slut shaming. That’s becoming as overused an expression as bullying.

        Have you ever seen that happen to the Queen? No. Why? Because she weights her hems. I bet she wears a slip, too. I don’t recall it happening to Diana or Anne or Beatrice or even Fergie. It’s unprofessional, it changes the conversation from whatever she is doing to what is her problem with her skirts and why can’t she fix it? This is at least the 10th time it has happened. If there was no solution, I wouldn’t be annoyed, but there is and it’s very simple. She just doesn’t want to stop it, or she would.

      • Ayre says:

        Except it has happened to all of those people. So…..

        An image search for royal wardrobe malfunction will bring up examples. Also found at this link:

        http://orderofsplendor.blogspot.com/2011/01/flashback-friday-royal-wardrobe.html

      • My2Pence says:

        The point being, they learned from their mistake. It happened to Letizia once too, in some tweed outfit at an airport, and she learned from her mistake. Hence mostly wearing trousers at airports ever since. Is Kate Middleton incapable of learning from her mistakes?

        Ayre, you seem to think people are slut shaming her, based on your other comments on here. Are you under the impression that it is fine that she waltzes around flashing her knickers (when she wears them) while at work? Does she work at a strip club? Because I cannot really think of any other work place where constantly flashing your knickers would be considered acceptable.

      • FLORC says:

        The old Slut Shaming argument only seems to be brought up when no logical counter argument can be formed.
        I disagree with your thought on this matter so I will take it to an extreme and discredit your side entirely as Jelli h8trs!

        If Kate dressed as she does not at my old high school (where we had no uniforms, but a reasonable dresscode) she would have been tossed out. That we know what style underwear she has on during many of these tarmac shots should never have happened.

    • FLORC says:

      To add to Angelics pencil coat and weights a slip wouldn’t hurt either. At least it’s a heavier fabric and the hemline is appropriate. Despite the history of tarmac blow ups this is a huge improvement.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Did you look at the pictures people linked? The picture on here is no big deal, but the others show very upper thigh. I’m not a prude, and she has lovely legs but there’s a time and place for everything.

        Your idea about a slip is a good one, too.

      • FLORC says:

        I did see the other photos after this comment posted. And though they’re not as bad as some others were… It’s still pretty bad.

        I thought she never found out what a slip was until LAK posted an older photo of her. Kate’s skirt blew up a little and she had a slip underneath. So, clearly she knows about the weights and slips. She willingly chooses to do without protection from flashing.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      With the exception of Fergie, most of those are very mild compared to Kate. Just coat blowing around showing dress or slip a tiny bit underneath. I knew I shouldn’t have included Fergie. My mistake.

  30. BendyWindy says:

    I like the color but I’m not a fan of the shoulder pads or the hat. I also know that she’s holding the baby because she’s supermom, but come on Prince Charming, carry that chubby baby! Also, I hate George’s shoes. I’m sure they’re supremely classic, classy and monied, but I hate that style.

  31. paola says:

    I think she looks perfect in that coat but being Wellington one of the windiest cities on earth ( Windy Wellington) I think wearing a skirt and lose hair while holding a baby while getting off a plane wasn’t a great choice.. other than that I loooooved that pic of Kate shaking hand with a Maori in his typical costume with his bare bumcheeks! LMAO! :D

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2598510/Giggling-Duchess-Cambridge-greeted-bare-bottomed-traditional-Maori-dancer-rubs-noses-local-dignitary-official-Government-House-welcome-New-Zealand.html

    I miss New Zealand so much and I am actually sorry for them because they can’t do any of the fun stuff that nz offers like bungee jumping..skydiving.. the Tongariro crossing, hiking in Kaikoura or kayaking in Abel Tasman .. or a cruise in Milford Sound..swimming in lakes or sunbathe on a beach. Not fun being a Royal…

    • LAK says:

      Paola, that sounds like fun. I’ve never been to NZ, but you’ve just sold me on it. I love sporty, adventure extra curriculum activities.

      Going to look into going to NZ for my next holiday.

      • paola says:

        I’ve been there for 6 months.. and I loved it. It’s such an amazing country.. the people are the friendliest I’ve ever met and if you love nature it’s really the best place on earth.
        Wellington is the best city I’ve been to.. so full of life and also very green, clean and very entertaining with a great waterfront and coastline.
        I love hiking so I kind of walked through both islands. there are so many national parks and so many mountains and rivers and lakes. Such a rich marine life and both north and south island have incredible attractions.
        You have thermal areas and volcanoes in the north island, great beaches and incredibly clean lakes..while the south island have glaciers, forests, great beaches and great cities.
        I have truly left my heart in NZ. My favorite place was lake Tekapo.. google it and you’ll know why.
        One night i walked up Mt. John at sunset to go star watching. It was breath taking.

  32. BendyWindy says:

    Oh! And I know they are giving us a view of the baby’s face, but my Momma has rubbed off on me. Cover that baby’s face from the wind lol.

  33. Kip says:

    Has anyone else noticed that this is the second time the color of her hat has not been spot on with the rest of her outfit? Happened in the green St. Patrick’s Day outfit as well. I noticed this and I don’t even care about her at all, so call me compulsive, but if I were her or someone who cared about her, this color mismatch would drive me nuts. And she totally looks like a flight attendant, except then at least her hat would actually be the same color as her coat.

    • I didn’t see the green one, but I definitely noticed it here. My mother was an artist, so color fails really bug me! Love the coat, not the hat.

    • minxx says:

      I know! It’s because of that she looks sloppy and like she has no flair whatsoever. I mean, with all those resources (dresser, tailor, hairdresser, beautician etc etc), she should look spotless. Where is her stylist? She should be showing off that gorgeous brooch on her coat, not all those buttons. She should have the hat covered in the same fabric as her coat OR wear a different colour hat (that would be more sophisticated). Her dresser should have put some weights in the hem of her skirt . I could go on and on. Just look at princess Mary of Danemark. She always looks impeccable – long hair but so much more polished look!

    • Ronia says:

      Well yes, of course, because (again) one piece has yellow undertones while the other has blue ones. Just another color block disaster. That is why one hires a stylist who knows about colors and fabrics or works directly with a designer on one whole look . A raspberry red will complment dark blue, purple, for a more interesting look lilac, etc. She just has no taste, no knowledge and is not willing to learn. Hopefully the inappropriate heels will be taken away from her, at least! It’s a business trip not a strip bar.

  34. minxx says:

    It’s a great colour but that’s the only positive thing I can say about this outfit.. million buttons, flying hem, pillbox that makes her look like a flight attendant (and it’s in a different shade than the coat), flying hair again.. So many great, great coats she could choose from.. and she goes for this look. The baby looks cute though.

  35. MickeyM says:

    I think that she looks costume-y: the buttons, the hat – she looks stupid honestly. Also, why can’t that woman wear a pencil skirt or a straight style. I hate the floofy skirts. I don’t get it – I think they look odd.

    • Zimmer says:

      I think she wants to balance out her somewhat broad shoulders.

    • Juliette says:

      As others have pointed out, Kate IS wearing a costume. This is Kate’s “modern Diana” – an imitation of the red coated ensemble Diana wore when she disembarked the plane to begin her 1984 tour of NZ.

      If Kate can’t have the substance of Diana, she’ll take the style.

      • hmmm says:

        Will they be having a photo op on the lawn with Georgie, just like the photos of Chuck and Di and Wills on their first visit?

  36. Sachi says:

    Kate’s thighs say hi:
    http://i1301.photobucket.com/albums/ag119/KikiLaShrew/auswaity/2283cf82dfe8656403264b09f10f17bb_zps83ccd8ca.jpg

    https://31.media.tumblr.com/8495a0ac3ad3ea4387291ca4ef4f1211/tumblr_n3mz5e2itv1req0rco1_250.gif

    Windy? Of course it’s windy. Tarmacs/airport aprons are often windy. She’s been at several since she got married and every time her skirt has flown up. Doesn’t matter whether there are strong winds. A flimsy skirt is ALWAYS going to blow up when you’re at an airport tarmac.

    Solution? Wear trousers. Wear a pencil skirt. Wear a sheath dress. Sew weights on the hems of your coats and skirts.

    It’s not that hard.

    Kate must love having her skirts fly up. There’s no other reason why she still refuses to weight her hems. Her thong was actually seen when she was in Brisbane and the wind blew her skirt straight past her head and her bum was visible. She had to hold her dress down while talking to an official welcoming her. So awkward and yet so easily preventable.

    • FLORC says:

      This is the norm. She will resist trousers and pencil skirts. I’m just not shocked anymore. She likes flashing the cameras. If a skirt fly up embarrassed her she would have taken steps to prevent it at this point.
      That’s my stance. She is indifferent or enjoys flashing the cameras on diplomatic tours.

    • Original N says:

      Well said!

    • Juliette says:

      There really is no excuse at this point and the obvious conclusion is that she’s an exhibitionist. She WILL wear a flowing skirt to disembark, the skirt WILL fly up, the press WILL politely censor the pictures for the general public.

      • Ayre says:

        This is getting ridiculous. She had to hold her skirt down while greeting an official. I’m sure he was pretty offended. I was thinking maybe she just doesn’t like to wear pants or pencil skirts and is just wearing what makes her comfortable but then I realized that this is a woman who sunbathes topless. So, really, all bets are off.
        She’s an exhibitionist and she wants us to look at her ladybits.
        It’s the only logical explanation.

      • Liberty says:

        All this time prepping and shopping. All the money spent. And we are expected to believe no designer out there is up to the task of designing an attractive skirt-won’t-fly-upwards modern outfit for her?

        That’s what irks me most, I think. Good designers have better skills than this.

      • Juliette says:

        Ayre, I realize you are trolling, but honestly you think greeting officials with a flash of your underwear is appropriate? Kate undertook this tour on behalf of the Queen, so she ought to take care to present an image the Queen would be proud of.

      • Dame Snarkweek says:

        Juliette
        I’m confused. Ayre says some oddly crap sometimes but this time I could have sworn that she was agreeing with you and the others.

      • My2Pence says:

        Dame, try reading a little more closely. I think Ayre is trolling.

      • Dame Snarkweek says:

        Thanks Tuppence but I am well aware of the bat crap quality of Ayre’s trolling. But it seemed that she and Juliette were both saying that Kate has run out of credible excuses for the skirt fly-ups and so Juliette’s response confused me. Oh well.

      • Mrsjennyk says:

        Trolling because why? Ayre doesn’t agree with your point of view on all things royal? Re-read. She was agreeing with you

      • My2Pence says:

        Sorry, Dame. I’m one of those who has trouble perceiving sarcasm online so thought there were folks who were fooled by her routine.

      • Dame Snarkweek says:

        Tuppence
        FLORC is the same way when it comes to grasping satire and irony in print lol. It’s kind of cute imo. Funny thing is further upthread I had to read one of Ayre’s comments twice because it was so eyerolly I was sure it had to be satirical. Alas, no.
        :)

    • ArtHistorian says:

      Well, William wants to modernize the monarchy – they’re just trying to institute a new tradition! Those Marilyn moments might just be inspired by their favorite reality shows. *wink*

    • bluhare says:

      Sachi!! Great to see you!

  37. The Original Mia says:

    George is cute, but it would have been better for him to be carried down the steps by nanny Mary and handed off to his mother, who insisted on wearing her sky high heels, long flowing hair and light weight skirt in Windy Wellington. Or…William could have taken his son down. These two…

    The 80s called. They want their coat back.

  38. D says:

    I don’t like the outfit at all. As others have said, she looks like a flight attendant.
    I also don’t really like her as much in red. I think she looks best in blues, greens, dark purples.
    I think William should have held the baby if she is walking down a plane in a skirt and it’s windy to avoid another up skirt issue.
    I think she’s an attractive woman but that blush color and it’s application is horrid. Something perhaps lighter or more natural looking would do wonders.

  39. GeeMoney says:

    I am always amazed at how much press she gets compared to William. He’s the one who’s going to rule England, not her… doesn’t make sense to me.

    Anyhoo… baby George is really cute. And the outfit that Kate is wearing is not one of her best, but she still looks good.

  40. Lisa says:

    William’s a jerk for not carrying the baby down those steps. My dh always did.

    • me says:

      Maybe he offered and she said “no”? I don’t know. But we have to remember who William’s father is. THAT is his father figure. Charles didn’t seem very hands on as a father.

      • mayamae says:

        I think Charles was a warm father, especially considering how unloving his own parents seemed.

  41. PHD gossip says:

    The Queen will be irate. No Question About It. International Headlines about her “Marilyn Moment” kicking off the tour. Let’s see what happens next.

    • Mel says:

      I don’t think anything of consequence will happen, or it would have happened already.
      God knows this is not the first – or the second, or the third, or the fourth – situation of the kind.

  42. Memme says:

    I’m sorry Kaiser. It bothers me those buttons don’t bother you. Not only are there too many to count, they cheapen the coat. The way it is, the buttons are overpowering Kate and the brooch. I would have preferred no buttons so the brooch could be the center of attention.

    And I’m so sick of those pumps. She needs a new shoe game. Some shoe therapy. If Kate would gain back the ten pounds of muscle she has lost, and learn how to apply her makeup in a more natural way, she could actually wow in those vibrant colors. She would look her age. If not younger. Is that mean?

    I’m still not sure who George looks more like. Certain angles he is all William, others he looks like baby pictures of Kate. I guess it’s still too early. Either way he is adorable.

    • My2Pence says:

      And why did she wear protocol-appropriate lower heels to board the plane, but 4″ against-protocol spike heels to carry the baby down a long flight of steps in windy/wet weather? Especially knowing that next on the schedule was walking around a wet field, which would be difficult in the 4″ spikes. Lower heels with a thicker profile (not spikes) would have been 1) logical and 2) protocol-appropriate.

      • Liberty says:

        @My2Pence — this. I wondered the same thing.

      • Memme says:

        Probably because all she was thinking about is what looked ‘best’ with the outfit. I don’t think safety going down those steps even occurred to her or anyone else. If it did, William (or better yet the nanny) would be holding George, while going down those steps.

      • FLORC says:

        When I need to dress for an occasion and hells or dressier shoes are called for I always take into account the height of my heel and if i’ll be walking on grass, cobblestones, uneven terrain, etc… It’s common sense.

      • wolfpup says:

        I’ll bet the queen just shrugs her shoulders and says, I did my part to help the girl, but it is her tour, and if she wants to blow her chance on the world stage because she wants to be “girlish/shy/giggly, that’s the perception she will own.

        Honestly, we all want her to succeed, but she won’t take a hint!

  43. Katie says:

    FFS. SHE CANNOT STOP THE WIND. SHE IS ON A TARMAC IN A WINDY COUNTRY.
    Her coat is heavy material and below her knees. What more can she do? If a photographer followed me around all day, I could guarantee you would see several Marilyn moments.

  44. Juliette says:

    With as many up-skirts as Kate’s had, even a dense woman would expect their skirt to fly on a windy runway. The obvious conclusion is that Kate is a comfortable exhibitionist. Obliging the Queen’s request, she lowered her hemlines, but the clever idea of weighing her loose hems was clearly more dictation that Kate could hear.

    I do like the lower hemline, I think its very respectful (to the Queen and to the fact that this tour is a representation of the Queen). The fabric chosen is a nice shade of red. The fern pin is gorgeous and the diamond earrings are perfectly sophisticated.

    However, those buttons are garish. Over-sized, massive, and entirely too many on that coat, especially on such a slender woman. I find the lovely pin and the understated earrings are completely lost because of the obnoxious statement made by the buttons. Tied every which way, the buttons are not even properly matched!

    Brown suede platform heels for a welcome event held on a dewy grass lawn… ??????
    Considering how much thought, time, money, and effort Kate put into her wardrobe choices, I really think she must be terribly unintelligent. The suede will be ruined by the dew (which could be expected since it IS the rainy season). Not to mention the difficulty of walking on grass in pointed heels. The other women at the event chose practical footwear. Shorter, stacked heels would have been practical and on trend.

  45. wow says:

    Yeah, she should have used weights…given.

    But the me Dr ia will love this and since she has such lovely long legs, and showing off George, all will be given. Frankly, I don’t understand why William isn’t holding him instead.

    Other than that, i think she looks great and I love her smile here.

  46. Jaded says:

    My 91 year old mum and I were discussing this yesterday and I said mum, mark my words the minute she steps off that plane her skirts are going to be up around her ears and her hair will look like it’s been caught up in a tornado.

    Does this woman never think? Like “oh yeah, getting off plane is windy. Weigh skirt down or wear longer, slimmer skirt”. But no. Once again we see Waity dressing like a drum majorette. This trip is going to be one sartorial disaster after another, hair and skirts ballooning up madly with every public appearance.

  47. Mich says:

    Stupid woman. I don’t think any amount of weighting would have kept that full skirt down in that wind. She should have worn something else. And that hair whipping around is beyond tacky.

    George and his waving arms and kicking legs. Too cute! He seems like a very happy baby.

  48. raindrop says:

    As everyone has pointed out, she really ought to weight her hems. It’s obvious and the fact that she hasn’t done it yet is pretty awkward.

    However. Not doing so doesn’t make her stupid. It doesn’t make her silly. This is a woman who’s expected to wear skirts ALL THE DAMN TIME. She’s bound to have some upskirt shots happening, with the amount of coverage she gets for every public appearance. Most other women would probably wear pants to disembark from a plane. Since she’s clearly wearing underwear … who cares? We’ve all seen her in bathing suits.

    • Ayre says:

      I don’t know what to make of your civilized, balanced opinion. Choosing to wear a style of clothing that will result in occasional glimpses of your legs is simply unacceptable. She is clearly lacking moral fiber. Remember that William recently went on a hunting trip in a group that included a girl he dated a decade ago. Kate sunbathes topless and buys expensive furniture. Their corruption knows no bounds.

      • DameEdna says:

        Ayre….you darling little possum, you. I love your comments.

      • Mich says:

        It isn’t glimpses of her legs that people find ridiculous. It is views of her crotch and ass. An adult woman should know how to prevent flashing the world on a regular basis.

      • dagdag says:

        @Ayre

        We and everybody else know and it is written in stone: Never ever sunbath topless AND buy expensive furniture. But certainly not as bad as an occasional glimpses of your legs or even worse views like @Mich writes.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Once is funny. Twice is pushing it. Three times it starts to get old. Four times it’s trolling. Five times it’s a sickness?

    • My2Pence says:

      She is not actually expected to wear skirts “all the damn time.” She can choose to wear trousers on duty, as both the Princess Royal and Sophie of Wessex have done. Trousers not jeggings mind you.

      Ayre’s offensive comment about burkas aside, no one is slut shaming Kate Middleton here. That pretend argument is not going to work. She could dress in an appropriate, feminine, and yes, even sexy manner without flashing everyone in range at the airport.

      This is the fourth time this has occurred. The first time counts as a mistake. After that, you learn from your mistakes or you decide it wasn’t really a mistake. Trousers or a fitted pencil skirt with a back kick-pleat as someone suggested. Professional, appropriate, and logical.

    • mena says:

      But pretty much every royal woman who makes a public appearance is expected to wear skirts all the damn time too!

      You never hear of Anne or Sophie or Bea or Eugenie flashing their bits to the world like Kate.

      Like others have pointed out, once or twice could be forgiven, but this has become a chronic problem with Kate. The fact that she does not appear to try to fix a problem that keeps on embarrassing her & those around her does make her look at the very least, very dim.

    • LAK says:

      This isn’t the first time she’s had an unfortunate encounter with windy occasions. This is actually the 7th time.

      And we have seen every thing each time. woman doesn’t wear underwear underneath her tights. the press are polite by not showing the full shots, but that’s what the internet is for.

      The Queen’s own dresser published a book 2yrs ago about how to dress the Queen, with a chapter on wardrobe malfunctions, clearly Kate hasn’t read it. Ditto all the trolling articles in the mainstream media about how she could avoid these things.

      Then again, this is a girl [not woman] who was nicknamed ‘Middlebum’ for her habit of flashing the boys in her teen years and since she’s still a teen mentally, that’s going to continue.

      • hmmm says:

        Oh, well put, LAK! She is, indeed, puerile in her thinking and approach to life. This also explains why she has fans who think criticism of her Marilyn moments is s-shaming.

        She was called, “Middlebum”?! I have no words. Not much has changed, eh? I wonder what she’ll be like in her 50′s.

  49. HoustonGrl says:

    Ok, William should have carried George because #1. for safety reasons (Kate’s heels are beyond dangerous in that situation) #2. For PR, think how cute that would have looked, and #3. Just to be a decent dad/husband. I actually feel really bad for Kate here. I can’t imagine flying 30 + hours with a newborn and then having to get off the plane fresh faced and ready to greet people. Poor George is probably super cranky by now. I assume they have first class seating (of course), but still. Anyone who has traveled with a baby (the pressure changes, noise, etc.) knows that babies don’t do well on airplanes.

    Kate’s outfit is very conservative. In this particular instance, it’s really not her fault about the upskirt. That said – a pant suit with some flats would have looked lovely with that hat. Her hair and heels are so daftly impractical, makes you wonder when she’s finally going to grow up and realize that looking like stepford barbie isn’t the most important thing on the planet. Don’t even get me started on her dramatic weight loss.

    • My2Pence says:

      @HoustonGirl, I suspect the nanny took care of George during most of the flight so William and Kate Middleton could sleep. And yes, this up-skirt is her fault because this is the fourth time it has happened at an airport.

  50. Cersei says:

    George is cute, but he resembles Pippa more than his parents. The red outfit is ridiculous–a mash up of Pan Am stewardess and military great coat. If she hired a stylist to help with her wardrobe, he or she has as little taste in fashion as Kate.

  51. Faun says:

    That child is a dead ringer for Henry VIII (and I’m aware that they are not related).

    • LAK says:

      ……they are related!!!

      • ArtHistorian says:

        Quite distantly.

      • LAK says:

        ArtHistorian: They might be centuries apart, but they are probably closer relations in terms of DNA than most people given their habit of marrying family members.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        The relation comes through Henry VIII’s sister Margaret, married to the King of Scotland. The Tudor dynasty was quite shortlived and didn’t produce that many children that reached adulthood.

        I suspect the resemblance simply is the chubby cheeks.

      • LAK says:

        ArtHistorian: The bloodlink to PGtips from Margaret Tudor might as well be from Henry 8 since they were full brother and sister with the same parents.

        It makes no difference that Henry 8′s direct line died out. He shared DNA with Margaret Tudor so it isn’t too far-fetched to say that PGtips looks like Henry 8 however long the centuries long distance.

        Dynasties eg Tudors, Stuarts, Georgians, Hanovarians etc look disconnected if you look at them in a vacuum rather than their blood links which were always the more important criteria for succession. Even when religion became an issue or they had to go sideways via female inheritance. They still looked for the most closely blood related person to take over the throne. Thus PGtips is blood linked to Henry 8 as follows:

        Margaret Tudor [Henry 8's full blood sister] -> James V of Scotland ->Mary, Queen of Scots -> James VI of Scotland and I of England -> Charles I->Charles II->James II [second son of CIR] -> Mary II [daughter of James II] & William III -> Anne [daughter of James II] -> *George I [Great Grand son of James VI of Scotland and I of England and Anne's second cousin] -> George II -> George III [George II's grandson] -> George IV -> William IV [brother of George IV] -> Victoria [grand daughter of George III] -> Edward VII -> George V -> Edward VIII -> George VI [Edward VIII's brother] -> Elizabeth II -> Prince Charles [Heir apparent] -> William Baldtop -> PGtips

        *James VI of Scotland and I of England’s eldest daughter, Elizabeth Stuart married Federick V, Elector Palatine. Their daughter Sophia of Hanover is better known as the Electress Sophia. Sophia was the chosen heir for Anne of England who despite 17 pregnancies died without issue, and most importantly she was the nearest PROTESTANT legitimate blood relation to the English crown. There were about 50 other claimants higher up the chain, but they were Catholics, so Sophia it had to be. Unfortunately, Sophia died before she could take up the crown and so her son George I inherited. This sideways move is why the BRF are Hanovarian and the source of all the German shade.

      • bluhare says:

        The history geek in me wants to marry you, LAK.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        I am well aware of the line of descent – and that most, if not all, of the royal dynasties of Europe has surved through cadet brances rather than a direct line of descent. What I amied to say, though not very clearly, was that I think that is rather far fetched to see a resemblence to a long dead king in a young baby, especially when it difficult to establish whether he looks more like his mother or his father.

    • Violet says:

      How so? I don’t see the resemblance with old wolf Hall.

  52. FingerBinger says:

    Little George is a cutie. He defiantly looks like a Spencer now. I’m just wondering when those Windsor/Mountbatten genes will kick in.

  53. idk says:

    Is she not “allowed” to wear pants ? I mean to an appearance like this? Why does it always have to be a skirt or dress?

    • FLORC says:

      She’s allowed. Many wives of diplomats or diplomats themselves wear lovely dress pants and well tailored blazers. If Kate wears pants she wears jeggings. For those who don’t know they’re spandex/tights that sort of look like painted on jeans.
      Some events do call for dresses or gowns. This landing and greeting would have been fine for a suit and trousers.

  54. shellybean says:

    I love a fitted long coat with lots of buttons, and I love red. She looks great! Although, she could still stand to weigh her hems down….I don’t understand why this is not being done. It bugs. That baby is cute and chubby!

  55. Ms. Turtle says:

    Y’all sound like a bunch of hens picking at everything about her. I now think it wouldn’t matter what she said, did, or wore because many of you just want to find things to nitpick. It must be like Christmas for you when she stumbles. There is a learning curve and I will grant her a little more empathy for now. I remember being a new mother and I didn’t even have the whole world watching my every move as she does.

    • My2Pence says:

      13 years is a really generous learning curve.

      • hmmm says:

        Perhaps not for a dullard, My2Pence. Perhaps those who sympathise with her have recognised and acknowledged something we have not.

      • Ms. Turtle says:

        I’m not trying to change your mind, as clearly you hate the woman and nothing anyone says will change that. But she hasn’t been a member of the royal family for 13 years. And your obsession with her showing her knees in the wind sounds pearl-clutchy and more than a bit prudish. It’s 2014 and you’ll all up in arms over wind blowing a skirt. Silly IMO.

      • My2Pence says:

        Perhaps you haven’t looked at the other photos or videos that have been posted in this thread? She flashed far more than her knees.

        Apparently I have to keep reminding people of this:

        hate
        intense or passionate dislike

        criticism
        the expression of disapproval of someone or something based on perceived faults or mistakes.

        I do not hate Kate Middleton, I do not even dislike her. I *would* dearly love it if she shaped up, got to work, attempted to do something with her position in the world, and proved her millions of critics wrong.

        She had 10 years to see what being a royal was like, close-up during the Decade’o'Dating. She’s had three years for on the job training. That adds up to 13 years.

        For the 7th time on duty, she has flashed her hosts. Unless she works for a strip club, that behavior is unprofessional and unacceptable. Calling logical critics names (pearl clutchers, prudes) only shows that you have no solid argument as to WHY you think her behavior is just dandy.

      • Ms. Turtle says:

        @My2Pence, I’ve clicked on some of the links on this post but not all. From the ones I’ve seen, I could see the bottoms of her thighs in a couple, right above her knees. This happens when wind blows one’s skirt up. I somehow doubt she meant for it to happen. Nor do I think she’s stupid, maybe inexperienced with her wardrobe. IDK. But she looks dignified in both a LONG skirt and hat. She’s not dressed inappropriately IMO. Also, she is working now. This tour is part of her and William’s job as part of the royal family, is it not? It’s hardly a holiday. So now she is doing exactly what you all have been begging her to do. She is doing her job.

  56. Kate says:

    Not that anyone cares, but I’ll add my two cents.

    I like the outfit, the color, and the styling. I do think the buttons are a bit overkill especially when paired with the brooch – she should have chosen one over the other. Kudos to Kate for attempting to pull back her hair, if only partially.

    As for the “Marilyn moment”….folks, if I had Kate’s legs I would be happy to flash them too. Perhaps she’s injecting some SEX into such a gross, staid family who all look like horses.

  57. My2Pence says:

    May I just say, I find it incredibly amusing that the Kate Middleton defenders have 1) descended upon CB in droves and 2) are using the idea of slut shaming to attempt to defend a 32-year-old who is incapable of following a simple work dress code?

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      May I just say I agree with you. We are puritans who clutch our pearls at the sight of knees! If they had her legs, they would flash them, too! The RF all look like horses, so she’s doing them a favor by inserting a little sex into the tour! We are slut shamers! We are prigs! We’re probably jealous, frigid old shriveled up losers with fat legs! Not a rational argument among them. It’s fine to disagree, but give a reason or back up your argument. Don’t just call people names, or say if you believe that, you must be a prude. I don’t even have strong feelings about Kate one way or another, but these Marilyn moments need to stop. It’s unprofessional and indefensible. I hope I can like a celebrity, but maintain some objectivity and rationality. If I ever use such ridiculous arguments to defend the behavior of someone I like, you have my permission to slap me.

    • Violet says:

      I think the excuses for her are becoming ridiculous. Do some people understand that she has to look professional as she is in a diplomatic trip? This is not the place to be sexy or whatever.

      • Nick says:

        I don’t think they do. I think they look at her as a celebrity like Reese Witherspoon or Gwyneth Paltrow as opposed to representing a country. Its the only explanation.

      • Ms. Turtle says:

        I’m not a Kate fangirl or anything. I think she looked lovely. Yes, the wind blew her skirt for a couple of seconds. It’s not quite the mountain many of you would like to make it from a molehill. By the comments here you’d think she turned up in a g-string and mini skirt. She looked “professional” and dignified. I don’t think the officials she’s greeting dissect every photo and video to within an inch of its life as many commenters here do.

      • My2Pence says:

        Most posters on here seem to think she looked unprofessional and undignified.

      • Ms. Turtle says:

        @my2pence, I can see that. I still think you’re nitpicking. But that’s your perogative. We all don’t have to like the same people or have the same opinion.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      @Ms. Turtle
      I think she looked lovely, too, until her skirt blew up so that you could see her upper thighs. Again. Have you been keeping up with her for a long time? Because this is not the first time this has happened. Or the second. Or the third. Or the forth. It happened at the Calgary Airport. It happened at the Brisbane airport. It happened at an anti-bullying charity event. It happened in London. And those are just the times I recall.

      It’s not the end of the world. It’s just unprofessional and undignified and completely unnecessary. This woman is compensated beyond most people’s wildest dreams to do a very simple job, and she, for some reason, refuses to insure that these screw ups don’t happen. Very little is asked of her. She could wear a slip, weight her hems, pin her coat. Why won’t she? It makes headlines every time it happens, but she refuses to stop doing it. It makes you wonder.

  58. BeckyR says:

    Wow, George is adorable! There sure are a lot of jealous nitpickers on here today who will never have what Kate has in spades: Class.

    • dagdag says:

      I agree with you on George and nitpickers, not on Kate having class in fashion, hair and make-up. There she is boring.

      I really do not know what she does or represents but what I read here. I do not find/read anything about her personality or works but on gossip magazines and on mainstream only, their, Kate and Williams, official trips to Commonwealth countries. Aside from gossip is nothing.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        That’s why it’s hard to warm to her – she might not be a charismatic woman like Queen Maxima, but she only projects an image of a mannequin devoid of personality. That, and her actions doesn’t really match up with her overblown PR. I have no idea what her interests and passions are, besides shopping. I’ve started to suspect that she just dull.

        That seeming lack of personality/public persona, and Williams petulant arrogance, is going to be an obstacle for them in the future. A modern, constitutional monarchy primarily functions as a national symbol, and as such it has become deeply dependant on the charisma and ethics of the members of the RF. If Will and Kate can’t inspire admiration and affection when the time comes for him to shoulder the role that he appears to dislike very much, then the British monarchy will be in for a hard ride.

        Luckily for me, I’m not British and can simply look to their antics as a never ending source of snarky fun.

    • Violet says:

      Well she is not showing any of that so called class here. Or in the past actually with all her beyond déclassé actions.

  59. Penelope says:

    Agree she should have ditched the pin, as it clashes with the buttons.

    George is absolutely cherubic. I just wanna kiss those plump royal cheeks!

    She doesn’t bother me all that much, actually.

    • My2Pence says:

      She was honoring her hosts by wearing a pin that was a gift from New Zealand to Her Majesty years ago. She should have planned the outfit to highlight that gift and ditched the Diana-esque rows of buttons.

  60. hmmm says:

    My heart stopped in my throat when I saw that Dolittle was coming down the stairs in 4 inch heels, in wind, struggling with her hair and her ‘regalness’, and a heavy squirming baby. Who does that? She just raised the odds astronomically of tripping or falling with poor Georgie. What is the matter with the woman? To me, that is a narcissistic woman not mindful of her child.

    And her husband? Geez, her. husband. He does not hover protectively over them, especially over Georgie, and is completely indifferent to her stupidity, her plight, and his son.

    The most telling photo is when they are inside walking to transfer to the second plane. Waity’s trailing along all alone with the kid (who she is holding normally, not facing front) surrounded by others at a great distance from her. No one is close by, or talking to her. Meanwhile, the Great Disappointment is walking yards ahead in conversation with someone.

    The hat is too large for her, too derivative, as is the coat. The brooch would have looked better on the hat, even the collar. As for showing her wares? Looks like Waity wants it that way. I’m not sure what planet she’s living on.

    • ArtHistorian says:

      William annoys me much more than his wife.

      • hmmm says:

        How so, ArtHistorian? I think they annoy me equally at this point, but I am open to having my mind changed.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        She appears vacuous and dull but he just has this petulant and condescending air when he’s at engagments and especially when he talks about his future role (I can’t forget him continually referering to his grandmother’s queenship as a terrible burden). Don’t want the job? – either sh*t or get of the pot! It is better than this half-arsed behaviour.

        I get that it is no fun having your future defined for you the minute you’re born. But other royal heirs have overcome this feeling, accepted their future role, and prepared for it. He appears to want to avoid it as long as possible, but a lack of preparation will bite him in the as* later on, unless he steps down, which he is free to do.

        It is time for him to grown up.

        PS. I also really hate the way he often manages to throw in a condescending remark about his brother. He might think he’s being funny, but it comes over as petty.

      • Memme says:

        Hear, hear ArtHistorian.

      • bluhare says:

        I agree about William, AH.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        Regarding Kate, I vacillate between finding her vapid, amusing and feeling sorry for her.
        William just make me stabby because of his whining, and that rather condescending attutude of his, though I suppose that isn’t unique to him but also shared by the Hooray Henrys of his set.

      • My2Pence says:

        They are both lazy, vapid, want privilege without the work, and see nothing wrong with the way they live. She was “kept” by her parents without really working until they successfully foisted her off on the taxpayers, and she expects to be “kept” by the taxpayers in return for little or no work at all. That is how she was raised, and how she thinks the world works. He has lived his life thinking he deserves all the privileges and that the peasants owe him his privileged existence.

        In this respect, they match perfectly, unfortunately. That is the way both of them are made, they found each other, and have enabled the worst in each other ever since. She wanted to be the ultimate WAG; he wanted someone to cater to his whims and help him “modernize” the monarchy he seems to hate into oblivion.

  61. Maggie says:

    I guess I’m not alone when I say there are a lot of prigs on here. I think she looks great and George is a doll!

    • Lisa says:

      Seriously!!! Can’t a girl flash some undies in front of an international audience anymore? What is the world coming too?

    • idk says:

      You can’t call someone a “prig” for having a personal opinion. I think she looks perfectly fine but I don’t care if someone thinks she doesn’t. We all have our own fashion tastes don’t we? I would like to see Kate in a nice pant suit, a modern one. I know she loves to show off her legs, but she should switch it up a bit. IMO.

    • Jaded says:

      Maggie, we’re not prigs but being a member of the royal family has a certain dignity that she and William are totally flaunting. She dresses and makes up like a Wessex Girl – flashing your barely there underwear is immature, tacky and insulting to the dignity of the tour. And so is turning down the Prime Minister of New Zealand in preference to a night off. A night off from what? Showing your privates to the world? There are far worse pictures of her floating around the internet that the press have the good sense not to display but they are there.

      It’s the most graceless, inelegant and stupid behaviour and it really has to stop. Princess Pantyflash and Prince Balderdash are turning themselves into objects of derision and dragging down the public’s view of the monarchy , not bringing it into the 21st century.

      • FLORC says:

        idk/Jaded
        Maggie will adore and defend Kate to the end. Rules, dresscodes, common sense and safety concerns will not mean much. The comments posted only mean to launch an argument. It’s very much arguing to waste time unless you have time to waste.

      • HoustonGrl says:

        Well…the tour of “down under” is certainly off to a smashing start!

      • Maggie says:

        Florc your comment is unfair. I have an opinion. It just happens to be different from yours. I’m not alone either. Why do you assume I’m just here to pick an argument? Because you dont like what i said? Is everyone supposed to agree with you?

      • FLORC says:

        No Maggie.
        I was only having fun with you as you have with me.
        This is not to be taken so seriously.

        And a difference of opinion makes the world go round. We must also be open to the possibility we are incorrect and not mock or laugh at others that we disagree with.

      • Ayre says:

        Maggie, you’re not getting it. Her skirt lifted into the air for whole milliseconds at a time. This is not an appropriate venue for such sexxxy behavior. If the people standing at the bottom of the steps looked really closely and directed their laser-like eyes precisely at her groin then there is a possibility that they may have seen her pantyhose and underwear. I hope there were fainting couches nearby.

        Also I’m pretty sure Carole Middleton is behind all of this. She probably told Kate’s vagina to be sure to wear its signet ring so that all of the other vaginas will know it is royalty.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        @Ayre
        This is really tiresome. It’s a shame you aren’t a tenth as funny as you think you are.

    • Maggie says:

      She’s not flashing her underwear. Consider the circumstances. She’s coming out of a plane so she’s elevated and it’s extremely windy. She’s wearing an overcoat and the wind blew it open. By the way there was a survey done by King’s College and Prince William is the most popular Royal. More so than the Queen by quite a bit.

      • LAK says:

        And yet the other females in her entourage managed not to flash anyone. i wonder what their secret is.

      • christine says:

        Hi Maggie, OMG you are tooooo funny. You are telling us to consider the circumstances: wind, stairs????hahah…tell Kate that!! She is the one that should keep in mind all those things. And BTW why are you taking the criticism so personally? Is Kate your sister or something? Can you just simply say how much you like Kate without insulting others? Or insulting is what you are after….. What are you like 3 years old? or crazy….Best, one of the prigs

      • Dame Snarkweek says:

        Christine
        Asking Maggie if she is 3 years old or crazy makes you seem just as immature as you accuse her of being. There is no need to internalize her statements and, thereby, make the whole thing personal. I seldom agree with Maggie but she is just as entitled to express her opinion as anyone else. To be honest after reading fifty consecutive, matching, agreeing comments someone like Maggie comes along and wakes me up/makes me giggle. And yeah, prig seems to be her favorite word. But live and let live imo.

      • Memme says:

        Maggie approves of Kate, some don’t. Got it. ‘Prig’ comment aside- why is she not able to express her opinion without people jumping down her throat, telling her how she should feel/think?
        Christine,
        Not only were you condescending in your first sentence, you called Maggie crazy and immature in your last. Who’s insulting who?

      • Maggie says:

        Lak watch the video again. There were other women there that had shorter dresses and good thing they were facing the other direction. Then you really would have seen something! Actual panties!

      • hmmm says:

        @Maggie,

        “She’s not flashing her underwear”. You’re right, Maggie, she’s not. Unfortunately. I wish I could unsee it now….how was I to knoooow?

      • christine says:

        Hahaha…best answers E.V.E.R.

        Of course calling someone crazy is insulting, seriously?

      • LAK says:

        Maggie, i watched the video, i can even supply one or 2 pictures of people who were in the traveling party who didn’t have a wardrobe malfunction, including those who *were* in short dresses.

        behold nanny and LIW

        http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/04/07/article-2598619-1CE47F9F00000578-712_634x566.jpg

        Hairdresser and a PA
        http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/04/07/article-2598619-1CE48A4F00000578-451_306x477.jpg

      • Feeshalori says:

        What! Would you have Kate dress like the plebs? Practical pencil skirts aren’t for She Who Must Be Seen (in all ways)!

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        @Memme
        I have no problem with Maggie expressing an opinion. But she doesn’t give any argument or basis for her opinion. Calling people names is not an opinion. People on this thread have gone to great lengths to explain why they think it’s inappropriate for Kate to constantly have these skirt fly ups and to give solutions to the problem. Maggie’s big counter argument is that we’re prigs. That’s not intelligent. It’s not thoughtful. It’s just insulting. So she gets the same back.

      • bluhare says:

        + 1,000,000 GoodNames.

  62. itsetsyou says:

    That long row of buttons accentuates her long torso too much. I like the color very much it really becomes her, but the overall silhouette not so much. I also believe she is trying to channel Jackie Kennedy with that pillbox hat, but in this case it looks more like a stewardess’, unfortunately :(

  63. LadyFauxReal says:

    Kate must think her best feature are her legs and she will show them off, no matter how inappropriate it looks for a future Queen consort to flash thighs. I find them terribly bony though. She looked great pregnant, but the weight loss is evident now in how frail her once muscular, toned legs look. Not sexy.

    • cecilia says:

      It’s not just her legs – she looks frail and bony in general. You really notice it in her waist, but if it weren’t for the obvious padded bra and shoulders pads, it would be more apparent in her torso too. She looked so much better prior to the engagement…

      • FLORC says:

        She appears to have aged greatly since her gf status days. I can’t tell if that’s stress, weight loss, age, or a combo of all. Stress grays every pressident prematurely (exception George W. Bush). Although Kate did appear younger during her extra pregnancy weight.

      • Dame Snarkweek says:

        You forgot the cigarettes.

    • Cersei says:

      This. Emaciated thighs are not sexy. Being a simpleton (nicest euphemism I could think of) about the hem weights isn’t sexy either.

  64. rudy says:

    That is one adorable baby. I love George.. Such faces he makes. This kid is going far, bet he’s rules the roost at home.

    You can tell he is loved and nurtured.

    Kate looks like a natural mom. She holds the baby as if she’s been doing this forever.

  65. Mabs says:

    She looks lovely as usual. However, as a mom of three huge, crazy rambunctious boys, she looks completely cumbersome holding her baby. Two out of three were nine-and-a-half pounds and they got big fast. It would’ve been impossible to maneuver them from point A to point B like that. Maybe someone told her to show him off, but I’m sure her arms are feeling the pain now. lol

  66. PoliteTeaSipper says:

    Do you think if everyone started mailing dress weights to the royals, they’d get the message?

  67. Tig says:

    OK- not looking for a link or anything, but how exactly does “weighting” a hem work in practice? Is it a thin strip on something sewn into the hem? Otherwise, if it’s small individual wights, would you knock against them when walking?

    And pencil skirt argument- I cannot imagine how difficult it would have been to negotiate those stairs/Tarmac with a baby in a pencil skirt! Ease of movement and pencil skirts are mutually exclusive, “Mad Men” notwithstanding!

    • me says:

      Why are skirts or dresses mandatory? I know I’ve never seen the Queen in anything but a skirt/dress, but Kate is supposed to be the “new generation”. Pants can be just as classy.

    • FLORC says:

      Tig
      A hem weight is a small weight that many stores offer with skirts. They’re not expensive and can prevent a skirt from flying up while still being light enough to let the fabric flow with movement. I have some in some skirts and you wouldn’t notice them unless you were looking for them. A few grams of weight can make the difference.

      And a pencil skirt is not tight. It’s not a naughty libraian cut. It just doesn’t have that extra fabric to flare out and fly up. Not to mention Kate’s figure would look great in that silhouette, but she sticks with empire wasitlines to balance out her long torso/shorter legs proportions.

      And Kate can wear trousers to many events where a skirt has exposed her to us. She chooses not to. As she chooses to not weight her hems.

    • My2Pence says:

      Tig, the DailyMail printed instructions – aimed directly at Kate Middleton – after yet another up-skirt. You can find that info here:

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2512135/How-Kate-Duchess-Cambridge-stop-Marilyn-moments.html

      • Tig says:

        TX to you both re info on hem weights- just able to get back now!

        However, still stick to opinion on pencil skirts- never really had naughty librarian in mind- but a pencil is a slim cut. If she wears one, we’ll know she’s been on CB!!

  68. Heat says:

    First off: I absolutely love that outfit…all of it…when it’s not flying all over the place.

    That said, my first thought was: why the heck couldn’t William take Baby George and let Kate pull it together??? It’s not like he’s got a lot of hair to worry about! I actually felt sort of bad for her, in that outfit and those shoes, with all that hair, having the carry her son down the steps while good ole Wills just sauntered off.

    Also, yes, she could really do with some weight in her hems. Such an easy solution to the Marilyn issue.

    • ArtHistorian says:

      He doesn’t really project an image as an attentive husband and father, does he?

    • donna says:

      “weight in her hems”??? LOL – how about some weight on her body — she’s a shadow of her former (healthy) self.

    • Feeshalori says:

      Ah, therein lies the rub and goes to the heart of the matter. The Debonair Prince should have assisted his Lady Fair by carrying his squirming son, who seems too heavy for the frail lady to hold, while she got control of her wardrobe while descending those steep stairs in those treacherous heels.

      But it’s that image, image, image of projecting Kate as the doting mother who insists on carrying her child down those steps. I think William needs some projection that he’s a doting parent as well.

  69. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    I know she wants to appear as a doting mother, but MAYBE she could have let someone else carry the baby as she navigated the airplane’s steep steps wearing her stiletto heels?

    • FLORC says:

      My only complaint was her heels. They were to descend as a family. I get that. Those heels are much too high though.

      And big complaints on William. Kate is holding George and let go of the railing to hold her skirt and William just wasn’t attentive. Will we be seeing him hold George at all? Hope so.

      • Belle says:

        I know I’m late on this, but totally agree! When I saw the video (which is even more awkward than the photos), I wanted to reach through my computer and smack the shit out of William!! UGH. Kate should have worn a lower heel… that much is obvious. She also should seriously consider wearing a pant/trouser for these well-known windy locations. She did make an attempt to put her hair ‘partially’ back… though the wind grabbed those ‘side pieces’ anyway and practically covered her eyes with them. She may not mind having her dress blow up, but I really don’t think she liked having to let her hair blow across her face without a spare hand to reign it in.

        I cringed for her when she stepped through the door of the plane. She seemed immediately flustered, trying to hold George while reaching for her hat/hair several times before realizing she had to just let the hair go and hold onto the railing while she went down the stairs…. then a quick attempt to hold her dress down…. and again, the realization that she REALLY needed to hold onto the railing AND attempt to remain elegant and royal. William just sauntered down the stairs, doing NOTHING with his hands…. not a care in the world! WTF???

        Was William that oblivious to what was happening? He even looked over at her at one point…. and seemed to be talking to her… what was he saying… ‘lock that shit down woman, and try not to fall down the stairs with the kid!’ ??

        What a horrible entrance… and we can blame Kate for her wardrobe choices, but William deserves plenty of criticism as well! Boo!!

      • ArtHistorian says:

        Agree on that, especially regarding William. Ugh.

  70. Iknowwhatboyslike says:

    So, the wind is blowing her dress, her hair and she’s afraid her hat will blow off, I get that. I’ve been in similar situations where I’m holding down my hat and my skirt on a windy day. I’m not feeling quite as judgemental of Kate as some. She has her moments, much like all of us. My problem is with Will. Why the hell didn’t Will take the baby from her? It’s windy, she’s walking down a steep flight of stairs with a baby that looks like he’s has some solid weight on him. He looked to her and saw the struggle. I would have fell inlove with his bald ass if he stopped and took the baby from her in order to help. That’s what a real man – one who isn’t caught up in pomp and circumstance- would do.

    • wolfpup says:

      Real men – yum!

    • itsetsyou says:

      I don’t think the idea entered his mind – as someone who is used to things being held for him by someone else at all times he probably thought she’s doing fine and didn’t pay it much mind. Not because he’s an ass. Just because he’s not very observant in the way privileged people are – “let them eat cake!”

  71. Lucky Charm says:

    I actually love the coat, and the color really looks good on her. The only thing she really needed to do to prevent another “wardrobe malfunction”, was put an inside button on the coat lower towards the knee, then the coat would be closed too far down to worry about her skirt blowing up.

    And WHY can’t she wear her hair in a nice braid or even a low chignon to keep it out of the wind and her face?

  72. KateBush says:

    Loved the red coat, didn’t love the hat, it reminded me of Jaquie Kennedy. A bit old fashioned. She WAS wearing her hair partially up though so points for that! I did like the fact that she wore the silver fern brooch (emblem of NZ) that the Queen was given on her first visit to NZ in the 1950s, nice touch!

    My one complaint would not be the flashing of the Royal legs, more that William should have held Prince George coming down the steps of the plane, that would have been a nice touch.

  73. MinnFinn says:

    My theories about what went down, down under yesterday.

    1. George cries/gets fussy when held by William because he hasn’t interacted with daddy much thus the reason why Kate carried George at Sydney and Wellington airports.

    2. Car seat faces forward because it would be faster to secure George in the event of an attack on their convoy. Scotland Yard decided the risk of terrorist attack was greater than car accident.

    3. BP has not advised Kate to prevent her Marilyn moments. That family and by extension their paid staff is just too dysfunctional to talk about such things.

    Anyone still reading? Comments?

    • My2Pence says:

      @MinnFinn.

      I’d think that having the baby facing forward in the car would give a sniper a much better shot. So for security reasons, facing him forward is a fail for at least two reasons.

      HM lets people make their own mistakes until they 1) wise up and 2) come to her for advice. William said as much in an interview a couple of years ago. Again, why would a 32-year-old woman STILL need advice on how not to flash her hosts? Is she incapable of learning on her own after the first incident?

    • mayamae says:

      I’ll only comment on #1. There are times when a father works long hours which may prevent him from being comfortable with his child. William is fortunate enough to be able to spend a great deal of time daily with his baby. If he choses not too, that’s a tragedy.

  74. TG says:

    The pics of Prince George are so adorable. I love the one of him shoving is mom away, like, “I got this”. He is so kingly already. What a cute baby.

    • My2Pence says:

      I wish people would allow him to be a baby without throwing the ridiculous “kingly” into the argument. If you did not know who he was, if he was just random baby, would you honestly think he looked “kingly”?

      He is a baby, just a baby. Some people think he is cute, others don’t, but he is only a baby. Nothing more, nothing less, with many many more years to go before we’ll know his character. And the way things are going, he will never be king. so he’d best have a backup plan.

      • Cersei says:

        ITA. All babies want what they want and some can be willful. And, all babies are born equal, none more kingly, princely, divine, or special than others.

      • bluhare says:

        I want him to be a baby, and I think he looks kingly. Or maybe prime ministery as he looks like Winston Churchill in the first photo!

      • My2Pence says:

        I’m still puzzled at her notion that 1) pushing away someone who presumably loves him and 2) deciding to go it alone without help (ie. “I’ve got this”) would in any way make him “kingly”. Sounds like another temper-tantrum throwing, advice-ignoring person like his father if those had actually been PGTips’ actions.

      • bluhare says:

        That’s not why I think he’s kingly, so I’m with you on that one. It’s his face!!

      • LAK says:

        Bluhare: funny you should mention churchill because the Spencers are a junior branch of the Churchills. Very close relations.

  75. Ronia says:

    She lacks class and this will never change. It’s not something you canlearn. You either have it or not. As her officiql engagements become more, the lack of classwill become more and more obvious. She wears inappropriate hair forher hats, she Iis inappropriate again in her ridiculous skirt, she knows nothing of displaying a piece of jewellery which could have been put on the collar, at least, she just lacks the skill to wear herself and her clothes well and she has zero skill and knowledge of protocol. With tne time she turns in to a simpleton in my eyes. Some annoying combination of boredom and vulgarity. Cheap really. Playing it safe, yet showing off. Disgustingly tasteless.

  76. Ada-oh-bee says:

    I very much believe William is not in love with Kate Middleton and I think he feels he settled or HAD to marry her. Several pictures I ve seen of them together attest to this fact. For instance, he could have EASILY helped her with the baby so that she could keep her outfit and hair in check especially when it was obvious she was struggling but he didn’t. The pic of their arrival at the airport is positively cringe-worthy. He was walking at least ten (yes, TEN) paces in front of her and his body language was so nonchalant and dismissive. She was way behind him with no one by her side, carrying the baby. Even when they got in the car, she sat ALONE at the back with the baby in her lap while William sat in front with the driver. It’s almost like he is ashamed of being seen with her or he considers himself ‘above’ her or she ‘beneath’ him. It’s like he merely puts up with her. I hate to hear their conversations. Same with a pic of them a while back on DM bout them attending a friends party or Sth, you would never imagine he was even ‘with’ her if they were not well known. Which begs the question: ‘Was all that Waitying really worth it’ ? What is the point of marrying a prince just so you can be queen when he publicly shows u no respect? I would rather be an eternal queen in the eyes of my husband than to chase after and covet a crown while my so called prince publicly regards me with barely concealed disdain.

  77. Helvetica says:

    Love her hat. She was born to be a Queen. She is so elegant and classy.

    Little George’s outfit of sweater and shorts is killing me. SO cute and round!

  78. People irk me... says:

    I absolutely adore this royal family. Some women feel more comfortable in skirts and others slacks. I think she is gorgeous in the red as well. Love her!!

  79. pnichols says:

    I love it. She’s a class act. She is so genuine, a good person and a good soul that that shines through regardless of what she is wearing. Beautiful.

  80. jellyfish says:

    Damn Will help her out and carry your kid she is struggling with that wind and George looks heavy and feisty in these pics.

  81. sebsgram says:

    This is my first comment on this board so hopefully I won’t be chewed up and spit out. I am very thankful not to be a ‘subject’ of these two pathetically spoiled children, and as cute as the baby is…that’s all he is…a baby. It seems to me that he is being used as a prop and part of the happy little family image that waity and wills need. I have read some really irritating things…i.e. the little dude exudes superiority and knows who he is already. OK….so he came down the chute we’ve all but observed close up so he is better than any other baby? He is superior and advanced supposedly from what I read…really? My grandson walked at 8 months. He’s adorable for sure but aren’t most babies? Must we be mindful that this isn’t just any baby…he was smart enough to pick his family and looks down his tiny button nose at the commoners? To me, he was like another plaque to be unveiled at the proper time…not seen in Britain but hidden away until the ‘tour’ which to me looks like one very very expensive vacation….vacation from what eludes me. I would be enraged if my tax dollars were funding it but since I’m American I simply enjoy watching the show. I had read that waity was getting a makeover per the Queen and it appears that this will be her only Marilyn moment as the rest of her outfits were longer. (maybe this was a case of a final flash before having to wear appropriate clothing?) Some people get into a snit because waity isn’t referred to by her title (and God knows she really worked for that title and all its perks) so if this gets me thrown off the board let me say this….respect is EARNED not a given…that didn’t come with the package…she simply stalked and bagged a man whose only claim to fame is the who ha he slid from. I also read that these two DID agree to dinner with the PM…guess that they must have concluded that since it was supposed to be an official tour they’d best deign to grace him with their presence at his table. Seriously? For an official tour that would have been absolute and top priority, no? Using that innocent baby (who has servants, a nanny, and a whole fleet of people to cater to him) as an excuse….do they think we are that stupid? I mean really…even peasants hire a sitter occasionally and it’s not like they had no problem leaving him while they rested prior to their trip. It seems that the tiny prop is only to be used as an excuse to not do what they dislike and to do what they love to do….spend time in luxury. Waity is really enjoying the spoils of her relentless hunt…these two make me sick….waity’s constantly flaunting ‘her’ ring and her phony ‘I really care’ face….her I am so very important attitude….does anyone know why she refused the kangaroo offered? (I am asking presuming I won’t be booted…if I never know the answer I will sleep ok)…her endless shopping and sense of entitlement which flourished long before the ring was on her finger….her grating accent which may be real for all I know but I watch British documentaries and it seems forced in comparison….
    I don’t want the show to end…the only thing these guys are good for is sheer entertainment…I saw a lot of changes ….her solemn face…respectful attitude..alas :( If these two even come close to anything to be taken seriously I will stop reading….I suspect the changes are superficial but since the Queen (I have no use for the firm as such but Queen Elizabeth is an awesome lady) has put her foot down things may very well become dull and boring in fairytale land. That play date was too funny….no one allowed to touch the baby (although, quite a few people prefer not having others touch their babies), then the reading of his body language which shows he was born to be a king and knows it, waity showing up dressed to the nines making sure that everyone there knew who had deigned to appear (why not the skinny jeans and wedgies)….a little show for the plebeians….in any case I don’t see that little guy as any different than any other baby….he’s cute…chubby cheeks….I see him as the only ‘normal’ thing about this ‘normal’ family…who do they think they’re kidding…’normal’…..seriously, give us credit for some intelligence….I, personally, wouldn’t bother walking across the street to see this puffed up self absorbed oblivious pair.