Duchess Kate’s grandest love affair has always been with buttons

Royals visit West Ham United’s London Stadium

As I’m editing any given batch of photos, I tend to make up dialogue for the people involved, just to amuse myself during a tedious process. All of the dialogue I made up for these photos involved Kate bragging to various people about her buttons. “Oi, did you see my buttons?!” And: “Look, I got four buttons on each sleeve, look at that!” And “Can you believe this coat has so many buttons, it’s amazing!”

These are photos of the Duchess of Cambridge during a “surprise” appearance yesterday at West Ham United’s London Stadium. I guess only William and Harry were due to make this appearance, and Kate tagged-along. Which is what she did earlier this week at the Paddington 2 event, she wasn’t scheduled for that either. Oddly enough, the one thing on her schedule was the November trip to Scandinavia, but that’s the thing she canceled. Anyway, this event was the graduation of 150 Coach Core apprentices. Andy Murray’s mum Judy was there too.

As for Kate and her BUTTONS, this blazer is by Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini and it costs £760. You might remember that Kate wore a very similar blazer earlier this year – she wore the red version of this exact same blazer on Valentine’s Day, for an event at an RAF base. Go back and look at those photos – she styled the blue blazer the exact same way, with a black turtleneck and black jeggings. Okay, not EXACTLY the same. On V-Day, she wore knee-length boots. On Wednesday, she wore ankle booties. She also wore her hair down on Wednesday. But it’s still very… Duchess Kate’s Keen Uniform.

So what is it with Kate and buttons? I don’t know. I still enjoy it though – like, the Wedges of Doom actually make me angry at this point, and I’m totally over Kate’s penchant for lace doily dresses. But I love that she’s got such a thing for buttons. She always has had a thing for buttons, even in her Waity years, she loved big, shiny, gold buttons. Duchess of Buttons 4 Eva.

PS… Here’s your assignment. Please write a love letter from Kate to her dearest lover, Buttons. You get bonus points for using the words: quiver, shiny, gold, lovingly stroke and rub.

Royals visit West Ham United’s London Stadium

Royals visit West Ham United’s London Stadium

Royals visit West Ham United’s London Stadium

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Indiana Joanna says:

    Loves buttons and hoping Harry will love her best.

    • SoulSPA says:

      What do you mean with the Harry comment, Indiana Joanna? ;)

      • RoyalSparkle says:


        This time around = more bows as well.

        And potential King Henry is separating himself from this tagging along threesome appearances – in preparation for his Prince Couple Line. There is a shot in DF that seem to reflect this – all three sitiing and waitie in the middle with both brothers looking across at each other. Jeggings keen waity seem to be trying for Harry’s attention.

        The threesome seem more for lazy entitled and Throne Idle keen, to gain positive points from Prince Harry’s IG work and his popularity for dedication to royal duties.

        HRH Prince Henry got on the floor in formal wear, to speak with those wonderful brave children at Wellchild Awards!

    • Iknowwhatboyslike says:

      You know what? I’m not mad at this theory. I’ve noticed how light and comfortable she always seems around Harry. Her disposition always seem a little tense, as if she’s unsure of what his reactions will be. I just read the Melania body double post, so I’ll go for another one. Kate and Harry have always had a connection, a love that could never be. I believe I’ll truly get my answer once Meghan and Harry are married. How will Kate handle their threesome being a foursome and Harry not being there to lean on? Hmmmmm…

      • Bellagio DuPont says:

        @ I knowwhatboyslike

        Completely agree, I’ve always seen far more chemistry between Harry and Kate, that between Kate and Will.

        I’m not sure I’ll go as far as calling it live though……but then again, a lot of men harbour secret crushes on their brother’s significant other……..the most forbidden fruit in any man’s life.

      • Nic919 says:

        Kate likes getting attention from men and Harry gives it to her whereas Will is always a sourpuss. So many pictures show her laughing while looking at Will for approval and he isn’t even looking at her.
        I don’t think Harry has any feelings for Kate beyond that of being Will’s wife. He connects with all people and not just Kate when he is in public. It’s something he inherited from his mother.
        I have noticed though that since Harry has been serious with Meghan he hasn’t been quite as gregarious with Kate in public than in the past. I think he would rather be doing these events with Meghan.

      • SoulSPA says:

        Nic919, good points. But Bill’s attitude surprises me to say the least. Why would he be so cold towards Kate in public? Especially given his father’s attitude towards his mother. Such disrespect in the public eye. Comments like her hair being a nightmare etc. All I could think is that he may be overtly frustrated with her lack of demeanor and self-confidence that he cannot keep up with the appearances in public. Or that stress gets to both of them before showing up in public. She tries to put up a brave face and smiles/laughs/grinds too much to overcome her anxiety. And he cannot hold himself together and be polite with his wife.

      • Bellagio DuPont says:

        To be fair, i think Will naturally has a sharp tongue…..he also sends some pointed barbs Harry’s way, so I wouldn’t necessarily read too much into what he says to her or Harry for that matter.

        I just think Will and Kate have been together for sooooo long, it’s a bit difficult for them to keep things fresh, especially being such a focus of such intense public attention.

        Being together for so long works for many couples, but in this case, i fear that Will is already experiencing intense Kate-fatigue.

      • Iknowwhatboyslike says:

        I meant to say with Will, she always looks tense and on her guard.

      • Starryfish says:

        I get the sense that William just isn’t a particularly pleasant person, lots of evidence over the years suggests that he’s just kind of a boring jerk. Oh well, surely she knew that when she chose to spend her life with him. I hope it’s worth it for her.

      • Bellagio DuPont says:

        @ NIC919:

        Have you never wondered that Meghan looks so much like the Middleton sisters? Especially considering that Harry’s track record has been for the most part with blonds.

        It’s a shame we will never really know….

      • KiddVicious says:

        I think it’s just Harry’s flirty personality. Even the grumpiest people will laugh and flirt back if someone is joking around with them.

        I do wonder if Kate and Harry gang up on teasing Will. That would be funny to watch.

      • magnoliarose says:

        I don’t think William is very nice to her. When you see candid video moments he looks sour and impatient. I feel for her sometimes.

      • Nic919 says:

        I don’t really think Meghan looks like either Middleton sister. They have brown hair in common, that’s about it.

        As for Will making sharp comments, I really think he doesn’t respect Kate and that’s why he says mean stuff to her. I am no Kate fan, but a spouse shouldn’t constantly undercut the other spouse regardless of how long they have been together. You don’t hear Prince Phillip say garbage about the Queen like Will does about his wife and he has been married even longer. And we know Phillip has said off colour things in the past … just never about his wife. Long term functional relationships require respect from both parties and while Will may moan about his parents divorce, he is often more disrespectful to his own wife than Charles ever was even when the marriage with Diana was going sour.

  2. Danielle says:

    I actually liked the outfit until I saw the Jeggings. She needs grown up pants.

  3. Rapunzel says:

    I don’t mind the love of buttons, but that double breasted style is not flattering on anyone. Makes a person look abnormally wide. Even pencil thin Kate.

  4. minx says:

    I like buttons, too, but that blazer is overkill.
    She looks tired. The extra weight suits her.

  5. Cherry says:

    “You get bonus points for using the words: quiver, shiny, gold, lovingly stroke and rub.”
    You forget ‘keen’!

  6. Carol Hill says:

    Dear Buttons,
    I have loved you for years. I wear you all the time. Why don’t you love me back? Why do you make me look like I’m trying too hard? I deserve your love an support. My loyalty to you is real. I expect more respect at future events and if I don’t get it-to the taylor with you. I’m serious. I go to one button only in the future if you don’t get in line.

  7. Jayna says:

    She looks good. I like her hair straighter like that, not so curled. Prince William does have a nice body.

  8. Snazzy says:

    Buttons – A Poem

    Small or large, you have my heart
    Changing the drabbiest outfit
    Into a work of art

    In the sunlight you glitter
    Lovingly placed around me
    You make my heart quiver

    The Princess in me
    Loves your presence
    My fingers rub you while I sip my tea.

    Buttons, buttons, my darling loves
    Only you can understand me
    Gold or silver, I am keen you be on my jacket and matching gloves

  9. Lexter says:

    Lol meh… some people love stuff. My sister has probably 20 pieces of striped clothing. Another friend loves polka dots. Whatevs

  10. Rapunzel says:

    Oh, buttons! I am keen to wear you all the time. I quiver every time I see you on a jacket or coatdress. You are your most beautiful when shiny and gold. I adore you when you are big and round and make me look like I’m wearing a military uniform. I pretend I am lovingly stroking and rubbing you every time I caress William’s bald head. I want to go shopping for you, so I’m canceling my charity event today.

    See you soon, Kate

  11. SoulSPA says:

    Please take this a grain of salt in an attempt of expression of humour and sarcasm. I had to check quiver in the dictionary. I hope I got the word right.

    “My Dearest and Loveliest Buttons,

    As I stand here, straight as an arrow in its quiver, in my most expression of sincerity and interest in the causes I am so keen about, all I can think about right now is the ordeal I am going through. You might not know that some mean people point fingers at me about my use of these lovely hands of mine during official engagements. This smile of mine is not a genuine smile that people think they see. But there is a genuine smile in my head as I am looking forward to the next half hour. This is how long it will take me to finally! arrive back home to my beautiful palace. I only left less than an hour ago. But it’s been so long!!!
    Please rest assured that before I check in with my Super Nanny about our children’s development throughout the day, I will do one thing! I loooong to rub and lovingly stroke you, my dearest, loveliest, loyal gold and shiny buttons!”

  12. Laur says:

    I am loving this thread so much!

  13. whatever says:

    Does that means she likes a Jenson Button too? lol

  14. cindyp says:

    If you’re going to wear jeggings have to wear a jacket long enough to cover your butt & upper thighs. Totally inappropriate. Why can’t she ever wear a decent pair of trousers?

  15. cleveland girl says:

    She looks like Paddington Bear

  16. L says:

    My sister and niece have a phobia towards buttons. Honestly. They avoid clothing with buttons if at all possible.

  17. Skylark says:

    I love you, shiny buttons,
    Oh buttons, big and small.
    You are my very bestest friends,
    Oh buttons, one and all.
    And when I’m feeling anxious
    And not so very keen,
    (And gossip blogs say Useless Kate
    and other things quite mean),
    I think of you, my buttons,
    And though my heart is sore,
    I wrap myself in your embrace
    And all is well once more.

  18. LittlefishMom says:

    Love buttons and her jacket. Perfect.

  19. Eveil says:

    There once was a duchess named Kate
    Whose sole purpose in life was to wait –
    But now that she’s in,
    Her only reason to grin,
    Are those shiny, keen buttons (and nude heels) We hate.

  20. Becks says:

    I actually think this outfit looks better than the red jacket she wore to the air cadets event last winter. I like the booties with the jeans better than the tall boots, but agree with a PP that she should have cuffed the jeans a bit. This event seems like it was fairly casual so the jeans themselves don’t bother me.

    I am just kind of rolling my eyes though that this is basically the EXACT same outfit from last winter, just different shoes and jacket color. Like, why buy two of the same coat and style them the exact same way? I think even her earrings are the same.

  21. Really? says:

    Omg, love you guys!!! I’m cracking up so hard! 😂😂

  22. Bucketbot says:

    This event with Coach care was a Harry event in that he was the only one who attended all meetings with them, actually spent time with the people from the Charity. William the Ordinary didn’t do that either. It was only Harry doing the work. So understand that I am quite irritated that useless Kate came to this event just so she could
    1. upstage the purpose of this event and shift focus from everything else to what kate wore.
    2. Bring her appearance number up.

  23. Pumpkin (formally soup, pie) says:

    My Dearest Buttons,

    I lovingly stroke you and I quiver,
    Rubbing you makes me shiver.
    Your shiny gold,
    It has no mould.
    Buttons, my loves,
    We are like doves.

    Yours keenly,

  24. Mumbles says:

    Her face gets a little fuller when she’s expecting, and it suits her. She looks softer and prettier.

  25. Bellagio DuPont says:

    Kate’s button limerick:

    Princess Kate quivered as with a cold
    As she greedily rubbed her buttons of gold

    Shiny, keen and still,
    They satisfied her better than Will

    She’d come with just a loving stroke

  26. Starlight says:

    such a shame she doesn’t wear her clothes more than twice these days apart from the shoes boots and wedges that is, she must have lots of Similar jackets in her massive wardrobe. It’s a nice colour blue though, as for Harry he is such a big flirt in her company, as for Wills mmm, are things rosy the pressures must be great with the Queen handing over more duties a young family and living in KP, and weren’t his expansion plans for the residence in London upheld due to the residence of Kensington and Chelsea not happy with losing the coffee cafe in the massive plans he had in mind.

  27. Cupcake says:

    Kate looks very tired. I actually feel bad for her.

  28. Skylark says:

    We should send all the lovely buttony odes above to Jason at KP and tell him to get Kate to record them all to camera. She could showcase all her best buttonery – a different buttony outfit for each recitation! how could she resist! – and the dvd could be out in time for Christmas with all the proceeds going to eg. EACH.

    I’d buy it! :D

  29. Sansa says:

    I love you guys but I wanna say she looks good here, the hair is simpler ( although she has aways to go there) and she gained five pounds.

  30. Alexandria says:

    Oy I want Sir Ian Mckellen to recite all those tributes to buttons above.

  31. CrystalBall says:

    My Love, Buttons (dialogue)

    - What shiny buttons you have, my dear?
    - All the better to rub and lovingly stroke with polish and cream until they gleam! – Why, what bright gold those buttons are, to behold (they are giving me a royal headache, my dear)?
    - Indeed they are bright, for I must catch the light! Tax payers money down the river, not one moment will I quiver, not one moment will I frown:
    For these buttons are my crown!
    [Or does the duchess look rather like a clown?]

    Does one dare to share that not all care for the tarty royal bellhop look with a sixteen button glare?

  32. Millie says:

    Some folks need to get a life. :)

  33. Anastasia says:

    I swear to all that is holy, if she would JUST try a side part, it would soften her face so much.

    The jacket is ridic, the jeggings are AWFUL.

    • zinjojo says:

      SO true! Center parts may be in style, but they flatter very few people. She would look so much better with a side part.

    • Polly says:

      A side part would be so much better. I like her with long hair, but if she wants a shorter style she should cut it into a proper lob (ie a couple of inches shorter) and wear it sleeker. This mid length puffy style is not flattering on her at all.

    • magnoliarose says:

      Yes. She would look good. I am going to kidnap her and brainwash her, so she will only let me choose her wardrobe. She is an attractive woman. There is also something handsome in her looks, and I mean it as a compliment. It can turn into refined elegance as she ages.
      One day we should have Kate fashion stylist ideas. Maybe someone will read our suggestions.

  34. Jb says:

    Skylark for the win #katebuttonlove

  35. kay says:

    (to the tune of twinkle twinkle little star)
    buttons, buttons, you’re the best
    at my wrists, and on my chest
    shiny round and oh so rad
    people who don’t like you, make me sad…
    buttons, buttons, you’re my friend,
    waiting together, ’til the end…

    fwiw: i lurve buttons. particularly pearl and wood and bone and horn. ;)

  36. Pandy says:

    Ha ha! Love the oy look at my buttons. Lol

  37. Vanessa says:

    I read the headline as “Duchess Kate’s Grandest Love Affair Has Always Been With Burritos” and was like NOW THATS NEWS WHAT?!

    But no, buttons, so:

    Now she is Catherine, where she once was Kate
    But she’s still swathed in lace, and the buttons we hate
    Her nude patent pumps, she’s finally retired
    With no 3 on the way, she sure must be tired
    Though Waity that Was
    Is a Duchess today
    In her own heart of hearts she’s Queen of Buttons, I’d say!

    Designers the world ’round would pay dearly to dress her
    But they’ll find themselves bored to tears, should they try to impress her
    With sleek chic styles of grace and high fashion -
    for buttons and doilies are Catherine’s great passion.
    If you could combine the two – heaven forfend -
    You would have yourself a winner, for Kate, and she’ll spend
    Twice as much on your duds as she loves to buy doubles
    So we can have laughs at Kate’s fashion troubles
    But the Duchess don’t care about our wee opinions
    For she’s in a palace surrounded by minions
    And at night when the heirs to the crown are all sleeping
    Into her walk-in wardrobe Kate goes creeping
    to cuddle and snuggle and buff and to stroke
    enough lace and buttons to make us all croak.


  38. K says:

    Saying she loves her Buttons has a different meaning to a British ear:


    If I were married to William, I’d probably have an affair with Buttons, too.

  39. TuxCat5 says:

    Get. Your. Hands. OUT of your HAIR!!!

  40. Tara says:

    I love buttons too! And ribbon.

  41. maggie says:

    She’s really pretty but I prefer her longer hair with a side part. I guess it’s good to try something different.

  42. Neners says:

    Buttons : Kate ::: The One Ring : Gollum

  43. Anare says:

    Kate looks so much healthier, happier and younger with a little extra weight.

    • Royalsparkle says:

      Looking healthier and performing Royal Duties for all the entitlements luxury lifestyle GB UK gives her large middleton family- would be much more ppsitive/ applauded than having more kids at tax payers expense and sabotaging potential King Henry’s Line.