Duchess Kate wore McQueen & houndstooth Catherine Walker in Stockholm

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, accompanied by Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, visit The Karolinska Institute

Here are some photos from Day 2 of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s tour of Sweden. Their tour seems to only include Stockholm, which I guess is fine considering that William and Kate are only staying in Sweden for two days, then it’s off to Norway for two days. Today, Will and Kate joined Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel at a reception at a local school, where the focus is on children’s mental health programs.

Quick question: if the whole point of William and Kate “touring” European countries is “post-Brexit soft diplomacy aimed at strengthening Britain’s European ties, especially in regards to trade,” why haven’t the Cambridges done more photo-ops around the issue of trade? Ponder that while we talk about fashion! I actually like Kate’s outfit here, even if I think she and William could have done more to coordinate. William looks like a shady Russian banker who lives in Switzerland in the off season. Kate looks Duchess Barbie. Her red-and-white houndstooth coat was by Catherine Walker and I actually like it? But I LOVE her Alexander McQueen bouclé dress. That is an adorable dress. Kate accessorized with pearl earrings from Swedish designer In2Design. Her purse was Chanel.

Princess Victoria could have done better with her look, but I appreciate that she tried out a well-cut pantsuit.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, accompanied by Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, visit The Karolinska Institute

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, accompanied by Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, visit The Karolinska Institute

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, accompanied by Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, visit The Karolinska Institute

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. CynicalAnn says:

    Pretty sure she’s worn that coat before-and I HATE it-the red is horrible and it’s just garish. And the dark red shoes and handbag clash with it. The dress under it is beautiful-couldn’t she have stayed with that Chanel theme for her coat as well? My other positive-her hair looks great.

    • Megan says:

      The coat is giving me Mary Tyler Moore Show vibes.

      • Amy Tennant says:

        She should pair it with a beret!

        I like the coat and the dress, although the dress looks like it might be itchy to me. I have really sensitive skin, though.


      • Nikki says:

        Ha, ha, ha! She can light the world up, with her smile!!! Thanks, but now I can’t unsee it!!

      • Nikki says:

        Amy Tennant, I have one boucle dress, and it’s really soft and comfy, so hard to tell…

      • Olenna says:

        What a flash from the past! You are so right–it’s very MTM.

    • Penguin says:

      Nope it’s all new. Can’t pass up an opportunity for a new coat!

    • Nic919 says:

      It matches an outfit Diana wore back in the day and probably comes from the same bolt of fabric since they were both Catherine Walker.

      It’s interesting how Victoria dresses like she is going to work and has a portfolio where she could take notes whereas Kate has the pretty Barbie princess style and looks like a decoration. The difference is striking.

      The video also shows how Victoria made them turn around and pose for the photographers because Will and Kate were showing their backs to them. It’s almost like Victoria understands that they need to promote their visit and to help the press do that.

      • CynicalAnn says:

        Oh you’re right-it’s the Diana fabric.

      • Indiana Joanna says:

        I respect Victoria because she is a modern, intelligent, professional woman who happens to be royal. I love her environmental causes about which she is very knowledgeable. So what she wears is secondary for me.

      • Maria says:

        Diana’s was a suit, and it suited her. This coat looks a tablecloth for a picnic.

      • Kaz says:

        So agree about Victoria looking more business-like. Kate rarely does business-like and is always dressy dressy. Is that because she never really had a proper job?

      • Tina says:

        @Kaz, yes, mostly. Even something as simple as how you hold your clutch can look professional (if you have experience of running from meeting to meeting) or like a little girl playing dress-up (if you don’t).

      • Snap Happy says:

        I liked the coat until I saw the photos of Diana in the suit in the same pattern. Diana killed it. Kate is a gorgeous woman. Why does she keep trying to style herself like Diana. We get, she would have been your mother-in-law, you have her ring. Why is she trying to force the comparisons?

        Eta: this was suppose to be in response to nic919.

    • magnoliarose says:

      I don’t like the red either. I would have loved it in a muted classic tone though.
      I do love the dress. It is one of the best things she has worn in a while.

      • Hazel says:

        It’s an odd choice, that bright red on white together with the muted tones of her dress, bag, & shoes…and the brown gloves.

    • Amy says:

      The coat is tragic. She looks like a picinic table. She and William together look like 65 year old tourists on vacation. Their outfits are both really dated.

    • Ravensdaughter says:

      RED houndstooth is so wrong! I love black, but as a commenter said in another post about the dust ruffle dress, Kate “doesn’t have the persona” to carry off red or black.
      What I can’t get over is she’s having a baby in two months or so!

      • Silent Star says:

        I am becoming increasingly convinced that Kate has some kind of fashion impairment. I love the white dress though, but suspect it was just a fluke that she chose it. Statistically speaking, a nice choice has to come up now and then.

    • Veronica says:

      I”m garish, so I love the coat but the reds DO clash. I don’t know why she didn’t go with black or navy shoes and bag.
      Kate is looking like she is getting uncomfortable at this point. I remember the last few months – they were tough.

  2. Rapunzel says:

    The dress is fantastic. Houndstooth is not a print I would wear while pregnant, but Kate’s so thin even pregnant that it somehow works.

    • jeanne says:

      i couldn’t believe that she wore the dress under the coat. the dress looks thick and yet she still looks streamlined in the coat. i can’t believe she’s 6 month pregnant with her third!

    • Lahdidahbaby says:

      I think the white bouclé dress is my favorite thing she has ever worn, and it looks great on her, even at 6 mos preggers.

      • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

        It’s a beautiful dress.

      • Pandy says:

        I kind of agree with you. She looks fantastic in this dress. And I’m a HUGE FAN of the coat. It’s awesome! Punchy color, fun pattern … one of my fave outfits she’s worn. Aside from her jean outfits and those great boots she wears. I love her casual style.

  3. Nicole says:

    Muchhhh better. Lord that other dress in the last post was hideous.
    As for the diplomacy I did wonder why there aren’t more photo ops conveying…whatever their position is. And I assume their office would arrange that so not sure why they didn’t. Maybe Norway?
    These pictures make me miss Sweden. Was just there last year and I loved it

    • jeanne says:

      my husband was just in stockholm for work and he said it was amazing and he couldn’t wait to take me there. we’re in L.A. so it might be awhile!

      • Nicole says:

        Yea we went on a whim! There was a sale on flights and we went to Noway, Sweden and Denmark. So gorgeous

      • Indiana Joanna says:

        I love all things Swedish, especially Swedish design. Would love to visit.

      • Nicole says:

        Not sure how familiar you are with Norwegian but they regular have super cheap cheap flights to Scandinavia. Our round trip was under $400 during one of their major sales.

    • Hazel says:

      It’s basically the same dress; yesterday’s was green wool, this one off-white boucle.

  4. Léna says:

    This coat is giving me a headache but I really like the dress !!

    • another kate says:

      Same! I kinda hate that coat, but LOVE the dress! She looks so great in that color! A lot of my favorite Kate outfits have been cream/white.

  5. minx says:

    I love her hair here, would like to see a few more inches off and not as fluffy on the bottom. Sleeker.
    The white dress is very pretty.

    • Dally says:

      Speaking as someone with thick, slightly wavy hair, if she cut a few inches off it just gets poofier at the bottom.

  6. jeanne says:

    i love everything about her outfits. i think she looks perfect here but maybe a little juvenile – like it wasn’t the right look for the event.

    In the pics with her and victoria and daniel she looks out of place like she’s a child. they all look like grownups out to do work and she looks like just wanted to look pretty for the camera. i’m not saying that was the case, it just looked like that to me.

    maybe that’s because daniel looks heavenly in that camel coat and victoria looks like a baller in that suit. victoria represented in that suit.

    • Honey says:

      Jeanne, people criticize people for criticizing Kate but that which you just mentioned, her looking juvenile/childish and ornamental, is what drives a lot of the criticism—at least mine. Some of her outfits are cute and she is a nice looking BUT is that it? It that the bar? Well, if so, can she not at least look appropriate for her public role is the question that drives most of her critics batty, I think. Then that, of course, gets into the question of what’s her background (knowledge) and why isn’t she getting this “right”? Which, of course, brings up other stuff, e.g. the lack of work experience, the waity years, friends and networking groups, and William’s lack of the same (although not brought up as frequently). It’s really what you so simply pointed out (and you are a fan / I’m not tripping) that drives the criticism.

      Yes, the dress is cute.

  7. lightpurple says:

    Beautiful dress.

  8. katie3 says:

    William looks like a shady Russian banker who lives in Switzerland in the off season.
    LOL – i just spit out my coffee all over my screen!!! Thanks ;(

  9. Hh says:

    LOVE the dress. Meh on the coat. Something about her styling and/or cuts is a blast from the past.

  10. MellyMel says:

    So much better! She looks so pretty here and her hair is fantastic! I love the dress and that bag! I love houndstooth, but usually in black and white. The red is too much in my taste.

  11. Becks says:

    I love the dress. If it were mine, I would be really sad that I would probably never wear it again (since it’s clearly cut for her pregnancy.) And the shoes and handbag work really well with it. Her hair looks great. Yay Kate! You redeemed yourself after the horror of last night.

    I don’t mind the coat in itself, although she does have a very similar red one from Catherine Walker. The buttons are just to be expected by this point. But the red of the coat really clashes with the shoes and handbag and makes the whole outfit seem off.

    • Amy says:

      The coat was a horrible choice to wear with this outfit. It clashes terribly with her shoes and bag. I know they don’t follow normal-people packing and traveling rules, but if I were going away for a trip, I would pack one very good coat that worked with all of my outfits, in a neutral color like black or camel. This almost looks like she accidentally only packed this one red houndstooth coat, and so she is forced to wear it over everything, even this outfit where it clashes terribly with the shoes and purse. It seems like such an accident to choose this cost with those accessories

      • Tourmaline says:

        Yeah I don’t get the coat choice with those accessories AT ALL. With all her coats she should have chosen something else today. The burgundy shoes and purse look great with the boucle dress under the coat.

  12. Merritt says:

    I have mixed feelings about the houndstooth coat but I like the dress. I’m not sure about the combo of Victoria’s light pink coat and light blue suit.

  13. liriel says:

    Lately Kate’s been looking fantastic. Of course the Erdem dress was probably the worst dress she’d ever worn but other than that I’m kind of impressed. Agree about hair. Pregnancy suits her, I love her face!
    Celebitchy, we started to like Kate, what happened to us? 😀

  14. Kitty says:

    Off topic but Chanel is not as great as it once was. That Chanel bag is not pretty.

    • Imqrious2 says:

      Isn’t that the same bag she used with the Chanel dress when she and Will were in Paris (was it last year??) in front of the Eiffel Tower? I’m too lazy to look it up lol, but it looks familiar. And I KNOW those shoes are repeats.

      This dress is one of the best she’s worn while pregnant. She looks great. I even like the coat. Well done. (And happy to see she’s not teetering around in high spiked heels at this point!)

    • Nikki says:

      Really? I hate the dark red bag, but I like the little brown Chanel bag. I was coveting it and the white dress!

  15. Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

    Love the coat and dress but NO to the shoes and bag – they do not match the look. Neither she or her ‘stylist’ can put a outfit together to save their lives.

  16. Tw says:

    She is the same in every photo. Tacky wiglet, harsh makeup and knee length coat that serves as entire look.

    • Lifeside says:

      I can’t see anything wrong with her hair. My hair looks exactly the same and it’s all mine. It is possible to have naturally Lovely hair ou know 🙂 🙂 🙂

      • another kate says:

        I like her hair too. And I prefer it down or halfway back and a little longer than this. I have a lot of issues with her styling and sometimes her makeup, but I usually like her hair. Not a fan of the old lady updos she wears though.

      • Tw says:

        “Naturally lovely” is a matter of opinion. To me, wiglet or no wiglet, her styling is outdated and aging.

  17. Lifeside says:

    Love both looks. She also looks like the only one happy to be there?
    Don’t even talk to me about last nights effort *shudder*

  18. Maria F. says:

    i love the coat and the dress, but the wine red accessories do not go with the red of the coat.

    What a bummer.

  19. Scal says:

    Love the white dress. Although Victoria is knocking it out of the park. She makes Kate look frumpy in every shot I’ve seen

  20. Sherry says:

    I loathe the coat and the shoes, but she looks really fresh and pretty in the McQueen dress. More of that please!

  21. Chaine says:

    She looks fantastic in both. The shorter cut is so much better. And the pregnancy weight does wonders for her skin and face. Looks years younger.

  22. aquarius64 says:

    The coat looks like a picnic table cloth.

  23. Maria says:

    Are these coats (today and yesterday) all maternity coats? Because if they are that’s three new coats in 24 hours that she won’t be able to recycle. Yikes!

    • Merritt says:

      She can always have them altered or loan them to Meghan if Meghan becomes pregnant.

    • whatever says:

      It’s a no win situation for her – she needs new coats for her pregnancy that are warmer than the caots she already has but as with anything it costs money. Off the top of my head, there are only 4 coats that she was worn in other pregnancies that she hasn’t worn in this one yet. But none of them are suitable for this tour because either the material is too thin for this cold weather, the colours of the coats are too summery or the hemline is too short.

  24. vava says:

    I like the dress and her hair looks good. Could have done something better with shoes and handbag. Does anyone notice aside from me that suddenly Kate is carrying small satchels instead of her usual clutch bags?

    Now that coat. It’s hideous. I hate it more than the Erdem dress from the night before. First off, the positioning of those buttons, two right over where her nipples are. Secondly, with a bold print like this fabric is, buttons really don’t work very well – they detract from the design. It would have looked better with a different sort of closure. Thirdly, the way she has styled this coat is typical Kate. It would look much better with wool trousers. Can’t say I’m at all fond of Catherine Walker choices on this trip, it seems quite obvious that Kate is using HER MOTHER as her stylist. I hope in the future she finds someone who knows what they are doing…..

    • Lifeside says:

      How is it obvious she’s using her mother?

    • Nic919 says:

      I just noticed the nipple buttons. Who designs this stuff ? Do they not know how to place buttons on a coat worn by a woman? It’s not the first time she has worn coats that have buttons placed there either. Does no one look in a mirror?

    • Beth says:

      I didn’t even notice any buttons or where they were until you mentioned them. All of my coats have buttons or zippers, because that’s how they’re kept closed. Sometimes they’re in the breast area, sometimes they’re not, and not everyone has nipples in the same exact spot. She’s dressed basically the way she usually does, so has she always used her mother as a stylist? Kate definitely isn’t the best dressed woman, but she doesn’t look terrible in this outfit

  25. Cher says:

    I dislike the coat. The dress is nice but in the photos of Kate sitting you can see that it is to tight or maybe because of her pregnancy tummy.
    I just wish that Kate would consider the fact that she’ll be bending over greeting people and kids as far as her dress hems are concerned.

    • Aurelia says:

      Waity often wears clothes a size too small. Like they are straining and or sprayed on. Yes this coat was too tight too. Diana’s version was a show stopper. Waitys frumpy houndstooth version is FLAT. Indeed she looks like a kid again. Compare her to Victoria. Its embarrassing. I just read about a mental disorder where the person insists on being infanticized. I think waity has this affliction.

  26. Valiantly Varnished says:

    That coat is tragic. But the dress is one of the best dresses she’s ever worn. I love it.

  27. Anguishedcorn says:

    LOL. I read the headline and thought as I was clicking to open, “Oooo, I do love houndstoo…. OH MY GOD NO.”

  28. Lainey says:

    Hate the coat but the dress is lovely. Dont like the accessories with the coat though.
    And I agree with the whole trade thing. Why arent they meeting ministers and you know those people who would have a hand in actually making trade agreements. School kids dont give a damn about Brexit. How do these tours actually help?

    • nephelin says:

      “Why arent they meeting ministers and you know those people who would have a hand in actually making trade agreements”.
      This is for Real?! Are you british? Or european? 🙂
      Because those two are not politicians. This is 21 century! Not some ancien regime ! Kings, queens, regents or consorts do not rule, or make decisions . It´s not that important what smartly/ professionally they dressed or looked in the bigger scheme of the things.

      Monarchies are not politically revelant anymore. Exceptions to the rule: Vatican .
      This is only pangeantry.
      Do you want real discussions?
      Send the real queens and kings in Europe: Queen Theresa May, King Rajoy, King Macron ….

  29. Karen says:

    Hate the coat. Who acccessorizes tomato red with burgundy accessories? Also the white dress is washing her out.

  30. Guest says:

    She looks better today. But man this tour is boring beyond belief and I usually love watching what Victoria does, but even she is not bringing it.

  31. CrystalBall says:

    Another Look-At-Me outfit. She would do well to remember that Victoria outranks her in every way.

  32. carolind says:

    Love the coat. Maybe not so keen on the heavy looking dress but it’s a classic. Who says she wont’t be able to recycle? Baby No 4?

  33. HK9 says:

    I actually like the whole thing. The coat is loud but she looks good in vibrant colours and the dress underneath is classic and stylish. While I’m not a fan of the shoes, I think the look is nice.

  34. Lorelai says:

    I love the white dress, and her hair looks really pretty.

    The coat is a disaster.

  35. Cerys says:

    The dress is lovely and she really suits it. Her hair, accessories etc all looked good. I didn’t like the coat. It is rather garish and very similar to a suit that Diana wore, which I thought garish too. Victoria looked very professional and smart.

  36. eeeeetrainnnn says:

    Why did my pervy eyes go straight to Will’s…willy in that one photo. How you doin’?

  37. Persistent Cat says:

    I’m a sucker for houndstooth and gasped at that coat, it’s gorgeous. The purse and shoes are ugly and don’t match, I’d wear black patent maryjanes with a spiked heel and a black patent bag. I also love the dress. I love texture.

  38. Other Renee says:

    She looks gorgeous and is perfectly styled. I know I’m one of the few “Pro Kate” posters here so just so you know, I loathed the Erdem dress from last night’s event.

  39. Sequinedheart says:

    The coat is ok, but it’s made worse by the wrong colored accessories.
    The white dress is dreamy and she looks like a bloody ROYAL!! however, you can slap a label on her bag – it still looks dated and granny. I don’t care of it comes from the house of coco chanel.
    Modernize it Katie! get a chanel Boy bag, make it fun but classy.
    She’s giving me queen mum vibes with the style of the bag. I can’t get past it. I’m sorry.

  40. Mary Rose says:

    Am I the only one who is noticing that she is taking off her coat and carrying small bags with handles since MM did? And she wore jeans with a sweater and took off her coat and carried a bag with a handle. She is copying MM’s style. Kate has no style. She used to copy the queen except for her little hand bags. Now she is copying MM. Nobody with a sense of style would wear these two awful outfits. The white dress is a fluke. She just liked it.

    • whatever says:

      Wow, good heavens!.. she’s carrying the Chanel bag with a handle that she took to Paris in the SPRING of LAST YEAR!… ew such a copy-cat. I guess Meghan had something to do with Kate carrying a Victoria Beckham handbag on three separate occasions at the Wimbledon Championships last year too? lol.

    • eeeeetrainnnn says:

      Totally agree. Years worth of clutches. Stood out to me yesterday right away.

  41. Miasys says:

    I’m just gonna say it…that pic of her in the white dress is lovely. That is the best I have seen her look in the longest time. Hair, skin, makeup are on point.

  42. Anastasia says:

    I normally LOVE LOVE LOVE houndstooth, but that coat is wearing her.