Duchess Kate in Erdem at a Buckingham Palace reception: dated or sweet?

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had to work on Monday! Poor sausages. The mean old Queen made them come to London to attend the big Buckingham Palace reception for the launch of the UK-India Year of Culture 2017. True story: this summer will mark the 70th anniversary of India’s independence from Great Britain. I tend to believe that the Queen wants to mark the anniversary in an oblique way, which is why the royals are launching a “Year of Culture” rather than an explicit “it’s been 70 years since you were once part of the British Empire, REMEMBER?” Anyway, it seems like many British-Indians and Indians were invited to the Palace for the reception, and there was a receiving line where the Queen, Prince Philip, Kate, William and Princess Eugenie got to meet everybody.

Somewhere deep down inside, Kate knows well enough to NOT show her ass in front of the Queen, and I mean that both literally and figuratively. When Kate is on her own or with William, it’s all flyaway skirts, flyaway hair, jeggings, hair tosses and fake smiles. When Kate is doing an event with the Queen, she’s on her best behavior. Which means that she knows that what she’s doing is wrong all of those other times, right? So Kate wore an appropriate dress, she wore her hair back and she didn’t get to skip out for some therapy shopping after 20 minutes of making small talk.

Kate’s dress here is Erdem and it’s already sold-out. I don’t hate it, although the sleeves are not great. The look is dated – Kate is reverting back to one of her favorite styles: 1980s secretary mixed with a dash of Princess Diana cosplay. The thing is, when I was really looking at this dress, you know what it reminded me of? Something that Angelina Jolie would wear. Right?

Photos courtesy of Getty.

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  1. sarri says:

    The only positive thing I have to say is that it’s good that she finally has her hair out of her face.

  2. Alexandria says:

    Very nice.

  3. lucy2 says:

    It’s a pretty dress, but looks like it would be better for someone older than her.

  4. astrid says:

    This looks like an event-appropriate outfit and yes I can see AJ wearing it too.

  5. justsaying says:

    She’s too young for a dress like that but we all know she likes to dress “old”.

  6. Laughy saphy says:

    I think the dress is very pretty and flattering on her, but I don’t like the matching (?) shoes. Takes the look to mother of the bride.

    • Whaaaaaaatttt? says:

      yup, its the shoes that ruin it for me.

    • paleokifaru says:

      I was actually just thinking that at least they weren’t biege. I don’t love the matching trend that celebrities are sporting either but for her this is a step outside the biege box so I’ll take it. Probably because I think it’s one of the better dresses she’s worn recently.

  7. Shambles says:

    I think Angelina has worn this dress.

    Kate looks lovely.

    I think she gets the crotch clutch from William. He does it just as much, if not more than she does.

  8. Jack Daniels is my patronus says:

    I think she looks good. Not my style, and I despise midi/tea length dresses, but it’s appropriate and she looks nice

  9. jmooo says:

    Kate really needs a trip to Burger King.

  10. Indira says:

    That dress doesn’t do her any favors, she’s too thin for that.

  11. Yolanda says:

    She looks good here. Finally a dress that fits her.

  12. Odell says:

    All I can see is her Botox-forehead.

  13. Barrett says:

    Looks like for a women in her 50s or 60s. It’s the sleeves and the mid length together. Like the sparkle is pretty and then they dowdy it up w the sleeves and mid length

  14. savu says:

    I can dig it. At least we haven’t seen it 10 times! You have this huge allowance and spend all your time shopping… at least let us benefit from it!

  15. amy says:

    I like the dress but it’s “swallowing” her because she’s so skinny. Jmo

  16. birdy says:

    The dress is very similar to the one Isabelle Huppert just wore to the Oscars. So out of all the options she has in her wardrobe to wear to these (Kate’s dress is not this season so if she is holding onto this dress, we could argue she probably has a stockpile of available dresses), she is now wearing the same look as a 63 year old women who wore it at a globally televised event within a 48 hour window. I suppose the positive is that she isn’t copying her late mother in law or Angelina Jolie this time.

  17. cindyp says:

    I don’t hate it but the color washes her out. Are the sleeves too short or too long? Overall just boring. Look at the Queen rocking it in purple

  18. notasugarhere says:

    Another new $3000 dress from a woman who has a “work” wardrobe worth almost 500,000? Is that the bribe? If you show up for an hour of work, you can buy more clothes?

    Kaiser, she has mis-dressed around the Queen. The first engagement she did with HM and Prince Philip, she wore the awful green flight attendant outfit with too-short skirt. Nearly flashed HM climbing out of the car. This is the same engagement where she kept walking ahead of both of them, instead of staying the requisite two steps behind Prince Philip.

  19. Theresa says:

    It was actually previously worn by Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway. See the link

  20. Elisa the I. says:

    Yep, she is totally channeling AJ. And it works, she looks elegant and I like this color on her.

    • Polly says:

      I agree she looks elegant and she’s channelling AJ. In my eyes that’s not a bad thing. Kate doesn’t have an innate sense of style (many people don’t) so there’s nothing wrong with getting ideas from other stylish women in the public eye.

      • Sarah says:

        We can say. A lot of nice things about Jolie, but I honestly dont think “stylish” is one of them. Sometimes she looks good. Most of the time, she looks like she is wearing a black tent.

  21. Cerys says:

    It’s a nice dress and I like the sparkly shoes. However, on Kate , it looks frumpy. For someone with so much money and time to shop she always manages to ruin the overall effect. I don’t know how she does it.

    • Jen says:

      I’m always excited about a new outfit but every time I’m left deflated after seeing WK. Then I check the outfit on the designer’s website and it (usually, in its original state) looks great. Somehow she sucks the life out of everything. There is no personality, no sense of style, no sense of self, nothing. Blah. Nada. The British press really needs something new to focus on IMO…

  22. Chrissy says:

    How very appropriate. A beige dress for a beige person. All the better to blend into the beige walls and beige carpet. Maybe she’s trying to tell us something. But at least her hair is out of her face and there’s not a sausage curl in sight. Must be because HM and the DoE are there. So sad that the bar is around ground level now,

    • Citresse says:

      The sausage curls are kind of back- another engagement today and this so called half up half down look is now labeled a partial chignon. Yeah whatever. It’s Kate’s go to look known as boring boring boring.

  23. Bitsy says:

    I disagree that she looks too thin here. I think the lace and pleating actually give her more shape than normal. She doesn’t look so tired either, I think because her hair is back. All that hair pulls her face down and makes her look older when it’s not up.
    For Kate, this is a good look.

  24. Sharon Lea says:

    Kate looks the most engaged at this event that I can recall in recent memory, so that is nice to see. We know she changed her eye make-up, and is not using under eye liner. Her eyes still look very ‘open’ to me, in a way that they did not appear during her engagement etc. Could it be her make-up + false eyelashes? Just wondering if people think there could be a mini eye lift or is this possible through fillers/injections?

  25. Maria says:

    she is not wearing skinny jeans, her dress isn’t too shirt, and her hair is out of her face. And she seems to be enjoying herself. So that’s a nice change. I think she could have picked a dress with a bit more pizzaz but she looks nice.

  26. BearcatLawyer says:

    It is lace again. I wish she would explore other fabrics instead of wearing doilies all the time. She definitely needs to work on her hand movements; we have tons of photos of her clutching various items and doing that weird flat hand motion while talking to others.

    On the plus side, she wore great shoes. So happy not to see nude pumps!

  27. vava says:

    I like the shoes………..but not with that dress. The Erdem site styled the dress better, and I’m not even an Erdem fan.

  28. MinnFinn says:

    Kate’s hairstyle and dress remind me of Liesl VonTrapp in the gazebo with Rolf.

  29. Bliss 51 says:

    Her shoes look like something bridesmaids would have worn in the 70s. Her dress is safe and boring and more appropriate for an older woman. Like me. But I don’t like lace. And that color, bleh!

  30. Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

    Event appropriate and her hair is better – love the shoes. She’s upped her fashion and styling game – Meghan and her HW glamour has brought out Waity’s competitive side.

    • TheOtherOne says:

      I thought the same thing until I saw the Ronald McDonald event. Old Kate is back. That is what we get for getting our hopes up. Back to my typical response when I see Kate’s outfits —> 💆

  31. lala says:

    Wow. It has become rare, at least in my corner of the internet, to read such needlessly malicious, small-minded commentary on a woman, by a woman who doesn’t even know the object of her derision personally. It is not intelligent, or witty, or relevant, but just seems bafflingly mean. I know Bitch Eating Crackers is a thing, and I have that too with some people, but I thought it was generally understood that it’s not actually a virtue.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Are you aware you’re on a website named CeleBitchy?

      • Victoria says:

        I agree LaLa.
        Though, Everytime someone points it out they get the same response.
        “This ain’t a Kate Fan website”
        “this is CB”
        And the problem is that it is CB.
        A blog that talks about social issues such as body shaming, sexism and the unfair judgement of women, yet every Kate post is a circle jerk about every single flaw she has.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Victoria, she has spent 15 years focusing on how she looks above all else. She does nothing of substance, says nothing of substance. If she’d stop shopping, pin her hair back, and get to honest work instead of these 30 minute flybys? We’d have something to talk about. She is the one who has made it about her looks for 15 years.

    • Maria says:

      You need to look at Hello Magazine, or better yet Majesty Magazine. You will find nothing but praise and adulation over the Duchess of Cambridge.

    • Joannie says:

      I agree. Green eyed monster is huge with some regulars. Maybe its an addiction!

      • graymatters says:

        It may be petty or mean criticism, but there’s little evidence that it’s derived from jealousy. Unless, of course, the posters are of the belief that they could do so much more with Kate’s global platform.

      • Joannie says:

        Oh please! Being a woman, I can spot jealousy. So can you.

      • graymatters says:

        I am a woman. You got that part right. I don’t think that the female of the species has any advantage over the male in being either more prone to jealousy or better able to identify it, however. We’re pretty equal in our virtues and vices, as far as I can tell.

      • Nic919 says:

        Joannie. You support Kate but always attack Meghan , so are you jealous of Meghan? Must be since you never have anything nice to say about her. Being a woman I can spot jealousy and hypocrisy too.

      • Joannie says:

        I dont attack Meghan! Phfft Hardly pay any attention to her.

        @graymatters, I agree with you re: men/jealousy. They aren’t as catty as women but can be just as mean. They dont pick apart one another in the same way. At least that’s been my experience working in an all men environment.

      • Mari says:

        I agree with Nic919. You’ve said plenty that’s negative about Meghan. Her family is trashy, people only want them to marry because she is mixed race, she is a fame whore, and we don’t even know if there is a relationship, even though Harry confirmed it.

      • Sarah says:

        You know why people get frustrated with her, Joannie. She barely works, spends hundreds of thousands of dollars on clothes and is an entitled brat. It has nothing to do with being jealous when her lifestyle is supported by taxpayers who are losing services and healthcare.
        That you pretend everyone here is a jealous shrew makes me wo der why you even come here? I kniw many sites that just unthinkingly compliment her.

      • Joannie says:

        Mari that’s not attacking her. Her family is trashy for capitalizing on her relationship. I do think because she is mixed race is a reason why some like her. And we dont know the status of her relationship and I never called her a famewhore. Theres a huge difference. You feel defensive….you should! If you’re frustrated by your politics coming on here and ragging on Kate does absolutely nothing for you or your taxes. You don’t have to like her or what she wears but the degree of criticism is pathetic.

      • notasugarhere says:

        The degree of excuses constantly made by some for this lazy, workshy, womanchild are pathetic.

    • bluhare says:

      I tend to agree. There used to be much discussion about roles, the system, and history.

  32. Starlight says:

    William as usual kept his hands tightly framed to himself.

  33. Elle says:


    What does frumpy mean to people? She looks elegant to me. Is it supposed to be frumpy because she has her skin covered? I think she looks “quiet,” which I find appropriate for her role. It’s a pretty dress but it allows attention to focus on conversation and the guests, not on the hostess.

    • Anitas says:

      I think frumpy is more about how she carries herself, rather than how much skin she has exposed. It’s her posture and body language more than anything else making her look dowdy. She looks uncomfortable in the clothes she wears and in the role she assumes when talking to people. Clothes wear hear instead of the other way round. Also, she so often gets it wrong with clothes being too tight, too short, too long, too frilly, not tailored properly, hems badly lined etc. This dress avoids most of these mistakes, so it’s good. But she could make it look really good if she just carried herself with more confidence and poise. And I really believe this is down mostly to not being prepared properly for events and causes she supposedly champions.

      • sophietta says:

        The dress is OK….uninspiring but that’s Kate. She looks like she is interacting with the guests and there are no fails of any kind except for those gawd-awful shoes so I’m giving her an 8!

      • Laura says:

        Right? If only she would have more confidence and poise, even though there’s daily posts on Celebitchy criticizing her for LITERALLY everything she does.

  34. Sequinedheart says:

    It’s not an ugly dress, it just doesn’t do anything for her.
    She needs Amal Clooney, world dominating attorney, to come and style her.
    Amal knows how to dress.

    • Polly says:

      Amal gets almost as much criticism on this site for her wardrobe choices as Kate does. That said, I do enjoy Amal’s style and it wouldn’t hurt Kate to mix things up a bit so maybe you’re onto something 🙂

  35. Egla says:

    I like the shoes. I like the dress. She looks good here. She looks fresh if I may say that. Don’t know why but it’s an improvement in general.
    I read some posters here complaining that we shouldn’t put down woman and body shaming and stuff. That we should be supportive to one another, not be jealous and stuff. Well, yes we can be
    “mean” but there are some reasons I think. First, this is a gossip site and we come here to gossip which, if you don’t know is good for unwinding the stress of the day. Second, when there is something to bitch about why not say it but repress it due to some “women united” thing people are pushing these days under the Political correctness label. Third- and nobody can deny this- this woman is in the public eye and it’s a joke as is her husband. That is a fact. She acts like a child, dresses like and idiot 95% of the time, is MIA 80% of her time and when she shows up for “work”=whatever that means she is useless, so much so that people forget why she is out in the first place . She has everything handed to her and she can’t even dress properly???
    For closure there is a thing called “critical thinking” and when I was in high school we were required to practice. We used to separate in teams, given a subject and forced to protect a line of thought (even if we didn’t personally agree) till the end. Our teacher said that this exercise would help us in the long run to being able to think and express our thoughts in a coherent way and be our own person. so bulling people to stop expressing their opinions about something or someone, as far as I have been taught is wrong.

  36. Diane says:

    No matter what she wears, she always looks the same. She is extremely safe and forgettable when it comes to wardrobe. She never looks bad. I think she looks best when she is her most casual (jeans and boots). If Harry marries Megan, the actress, look out. Megan has a great fashion sense.