Duchess Kate wore pale pink McQueen to a royal palace dinner in Oslo

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend dinner in Oslo

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Oslo, Norway late Thursday morning. They did a brief photo-op on the tarmac, then they had lunch at the Royal Palace with the king and queen, then they spent the day doing events around Oslo with Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit. Honestly, it seemed like they had a really busy day. At some point, they got a brief break from the schedule, and it was just enough time for everyone to change into their formalwear, because William and Kate were the guests of honor at a gala dinner at the royal palace.

Kate + formalwear can be a hit-or-miss affair. Sometimes, I’ll defend her choices and there are even a few gowns in her closet which I genuinely like and wish she would repeat more often. I’m thankful that she didn’t wear a doily, but I’m not sure this Alexander McQueen is the best look overall? Granted, it’s not a rusty chartreuse floral nightmare from Erdem, but are we perhaps setting the bar too low? Let me try to be nice… let’s see… I like that Kate is experimenting with a different (ish) silhouette. I mean, this McQueen includes a friggin’ CAPE. We’ve never seen her in a cape before, so props to her. I’ll also give her credit for choosing something appropriate for the occasion – she definitely looked like she belonged at a gala dinner at a royal palace. The problem, perhaps, is that she looked like she was going to a royal gala dinner in 1962. Also: is anyone else surprised that this is McQueen? If you told me it was Elie Saab or Marchesa, I would believe you.

As William and Kate’s Swedish and Norwegian tour comes to a close, I think I finally “get” the style story Kate was trying to tell, even if I don’t understand why she chose that particular style story. I think the style story of this tour was “pre-Onassis Jackie Kennedy.” Look back at the sillouettes she chose, the patterns, the high collars, the hemlines. This McQueen gown looks like something Jackie would have worn to a state dinner. So why did Kate choose that style story?

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  1. Amelia says:

    I love this dress on her. Especially because she looks like she feels beautiful, nice natural smile and all.

    • Runcmc says:

      I think she knocked it out of the park!!! Looks so regal and gorgeous!

      • imqrious2 says:

        I totally agree! She looks elegant, understated, regal…even her posture looks better! Love that the (Queen’s) jewelry was an accent and didn’t overtake the bling on the dress. I think this is a big win for her. Her makeup, and even her hair, look great here.

      • imqrious2 says:

        ETA: Looking at the dress again, and think she’s looks great, I also think that if it was a boat-neck neckline it would’ve been a little more youthful perhaps.

        But I still love it. And love that she looks happy, confident, and glowing. And isn’t that how a dress should make you look/feel?

    • Erinn says:

      I love this look. It’s not something I’d ever pick out – but she looks THRILLED.

      And her makeup looks more glowy. I love the sparkle on her shoulders – and the earrings work well. I don’t think she looks old at all, here. She looks great.

    • another kate says:

      That also struck me – she looks like she feels confident and beautiful in the dress. I think it looks very regal and vintage but in a good way not like costume play. The jewelry also looks good.

      That said, I wish the dress was a shade or two darker. The color does wash her out – I have very similar coloring to Kate and this shade is not our friend. And as always, I wish her stylist was better at updos. But overall, I still think this is a definite win. And she has looked very happy on this tour which is nice to see.

      • Bridget says:

        The Fug Girls pointed out that it works well against the candlelight of the dinner.

      • Ellaus says:

        The best thing in this pics, is ver smile. It’s the only thing that redeems this dress, the fact that she looks happy and confident.

    • janetdr says:

      Yes, it’s appropriate for the occasion and not hideous – hurrah!

    • JustBitchy says:

      Agreed this is 100% right. Capes plus fitted for pregnancy. Awesome

    • Pandy says:

      Agree they both look happy and she looks very regal. Now that’s a GOWN.

  2. Anett says:

    She must have recently seen the Crown season 2?:))

  3. Renee2 says:

    I think that she looked beautiful!! This is one of two times that I’ve actually liked what she’s worn.

    • Lady D says:

      I’m up to three. The pale lilac dress she wore in LA at the end of their Canadian honeymoon trip, the white dress with blue flowers she wore in Australia and this dress.

  4. JAGirl says:

    She always looks frumpy, older than her actual age and dated! This color just washes her out.

    She’s only 36 years old. I don’t get it.

    • lala says:

      she is 6 months pregnant. I doubt many women in this position look their best. Kate is no superwoman nor is she blessed with good skin to start with.

      • bluhare says:

        I get that when she’s pregnant she doesn’t have the options she does when she isn’t. But isn’t there a happy medium between lycra when you’re pregnant and this? I am older than Kate and I wouldn’t wear this for fear of looking matronly.

        She looks like Princess Margaret again.

      • LAK says:

        Bluhare: friends don’t let their friends wear Muumus, whatever their age, even if it’s McQueen. 😁

      • Liberty says:

        Complete Princess Margaret vibe in this gown.

      • Aurelia says:

        Chrissy you got it, the white gloves! I think waity trys to channel all sorts of people. She should try being herself. Problem is she is an empty vessel and doesn’t know who she is.

      • carolind says:

        Some people thought Princess Margaret very glamorous and she is rated, by my mother!, most beautiful British royal bride. Her wedding dress was gorgeous and she is well up a list I saw yesterday for top European royal brides.

    • Chrissy says:

      IMO it’s because she never shows the least amount of skin. The dress would have looked great with a scoop neckline with the embellishments on the bodice. Like Kaiser said, this dress belongs in 1960. All Kate’s missing are the opera-length white gloves! Also, baby pink is washing her out. She should stick to jewel tones IMO.

      • JAGirl says:

        @lala even when she’s not pregnant she still dresses the same way. Although this dress is much better than the 2 horror Erdem dresses its still frumpy.

        Also, I would say being pregnant makes her face look a bit softer and prettier.

        @chrissy yes! she should definitely stick to more jewel tones.

      • Amy says:

        Yes, Chrissy, I think that’s a huge part of it. She never shows any skin anywhere except for her legs sometimes. But when you’re going to wear so much fabric, plus a cape, and all in baby pink, it helps to break it up with some skin. It doesn’t even need to be super sexy or low cut, but she never shows any skin on top, and it makes her look like either an 80 or an 8 year old.

      • Hazel says:

        Yep, Jackie would have worn above the elbow white gloves with this.

    • Alix says:

      Yes, the color does her no favors. Also, it’s a LOT of gown — maybe a better choice for month eight or so? She doesn’t look bad by any means, she does seem happy and comfortable, but between the dress and the hair I was getting major pregnant-Princess Grace vibes.

    • Amy says:

      She always looks soooooo dated, or like she’s 80 years old. I honestly think it is because her brain works like this: “I am going to be Queen Consort one day, so I need to dress like the Queen or England. Will’s grandma is the Queen. I will dress like her.” It’s like her brain is stuck in the idea that she has to dress like a Queen, and that means dressing like Queen Elizabeth, even though Queen Elizabeth is a very old woman, who’s frame of reference for what is stylish is things from the 40s, 50s and 60s, when she was a younger woman. That’s why Kate is always wearing things like this, which looks exactly like what someone would wear to a formal event in 1960, or things that look like an 80-year-old grandma picked them out. I don’t think she has any personal style, and I don’t think she has any taste. Like she just wasn’t born with those abilities, so she picks things based on whether or not Queen Elizabeth would ever/did ever wear them. Sometimes it ends up working, but most of the time it doesn’t work at all.

    • RoyalSparkle says:

      Frumpy aged awful looking.

      Here comes the Bride sequel – seven years on.

      @Mrs. Wellen-Melon

    • Lexie says:

      She doesn’t seem to have the presence or confidence to pull this look off. The cape drowns her, along with the heavy beading.

    • JustBitchy says:

      LAK. you are leaving out the best magpie of all. Queen Maxima- she plays in her own field,

      • LAK says:


        Maxima is fabulous!! We love Maxima.

        It’s always ridiculous to me that people assume that if you aren’t showing skin then you can’t be fabulous, glamourous and or sexy.

    • magnoliarose says:

      It reminds me less of Jackie and more like Elizabeth Taylor in the late 60s or one of my Russian cousin-aunts in the early 70s at a formal event. It is dated and very matronly.

  5. Mrs. Wellen-Melon says:

    This gown is not for Kate. It is an Edith Head glam nightie for Miss Doris Day playing an ad exec going toe-to-toe with Rock Hudson, 1959. In the scene where Miss Day wears this nightie, she has just returned from a lovely night on the town with Mr Hudson but then gets a phone call alerting her to who Mr. Hudson realllllllly is. She begins to plot her revenge.

    That’s what this gown is.

    • Svea says:

      Hilarious well-crafted description. But I still liked it on her since I live the fashion from those 50s romcoms. So well made.

    • Liberty says:

      Lol!! I love your analysis!! Miss Doris Day plots her revenge in her fancy prim peignoir.

    • hmmm says:

      It would have looked fab on Loretta Young; at the beginning of each episode of her TV show she would swan in in a floaty gown. On Kate it looks like a tent.

      • graymatters says:

        At 6 months pregnant, anything not body-con will look like a tent. I’ll give her a pass on this one.

    • Deedee says:

      Exactly! I knew I’d seen this gown before. Spot on.

    • magnoliarose says:

      Ahhh yes, the Doris Day nightie conundrum. I see it now.

  6. whatever says:

    Its a vast improvement on the Erdem monstrosities for sure. She actually looks like a Princess here. Overall nice dress, beautiful shoes and she got to wear some of the Queen’s jewels. A tiara would have looked nice with this ensemble. The hair and choice of clutch could have been better but the look was all about the dress.

    • Alix says:

      All other things aside, I have to agree with you on that point, @whatever — she DOES look like a princess here. Which, of course, she is.

  7. Lori says:

    The old man she is walking with is the King of Norway btw. Kate looks beautiful, but I dont understand the cape.

  8. Seriously says:

    She looks wonderful, well done Kate

  9. lala says:

    if you watch video, you see the dress in motion and it is very beautiful and serene. yet, I doubt this dress will ever be worn again…and this is my major problem with K & W and their branding & PR “they are just like us”. Money spent on Kate´s wardrobe exceed the annual earn of a good positioned manager or any stable middle class person. So, Kensington Palace please stop with this narration of “frugal Kate” or “just like us”.

    • Cee says:

      While I agree, perhaps she could have these dresses taken in. I wish she had reworn her other maternity dresses, it would have been less wasteful, but tailors can often time make magic happen.

      • namasta says:

        But let’s be honest much of the media covering of royals is about fashion or maybe a sweet story about meeting the royals. At least that is what attracts many readers to these stories.

    • Amy says:

      A dress that looks its best in motion is probably not a good choice for a sit down dinner, though.

      Also, I have to point out that will is wearing his shiny, wrinkled lapel tuxedo jacket again. His “I’m an aristocratic man who has fallen on hard times and needs to marry an American heiress so that her family’s money will help to keep up my family’s country estate” look. I mentioned this on the last thread about kate’s horrific Erdem dress. I just cannot understand how anyone allows William to wear this obviously shabby, extra worn out tuxedo jacket. He looks very shabby and tacky. It is so shiny and wrinkled!

    • Becks says:

      Agreed about the movement of the dress. I don’t love the cape (and the Jackie Kennedy description is dead-on), and when I first saw the pictures and all the rave reviews I thought – really? But then I saw a video of her walking and the skirt really does move beautifully. I still don’t love it, but I dislike it less, ha. I do think that’s an issue she has, where she wears something that works in person or when she moves, but most people aren’t at the event, we’re just seeing the still pictures, so she needs to do better finding something that works both in person and in pictures.

  10. Goats on the Roof says:

    I think she looks smashing, and I usually hate her fashion choices.

  11. LAK says:

    Muumu on aisle 7!!

    Which actually kills me because i adore McQueen.

  12. OriginalLala says:

    it’s an interesting look on her – I kinda like it. The cape would have been more successful if the dress was less voluminous but since she is pregnant I totally understand why she went with a floaty, empire style. I’d love to see her in a caped column dress one day. With her height, she would look stunning.

  13. Jenna says:

    I think her choices were based on: weather and being pregnant. Very wise. She looks classic and elegant.

    • Cee says:

      I agree. She looked comfortable and it showed.

    • Lorelai Gilmore says:

      Here’s the thing about Kate: I think she dresses in clothes that she likes and that she feels good in. She has her own, quirky style for formalwear, which veers decidedly into the 1960s and 70s. But I kind of love that she wore those Erdem dresses, and i love this. I bet this cape was fun to wear; I bet those Erdem dust ruffles are fun to twirl in. Good for her. In a world where her every outfit is judged, I kind of like the idea of her saying, “I know it’s not “tasteful”, but I freaking love this Erdem chartreuse dress and I’m going to wear it.”

  14. Fernanda González says:

    I think she looks beatiful.

  15. Alexandria says:

    I’ve got nice things to say, she looks very elegant in that dress, hair, makeup and smile. And she is working, isn’t that what most of GB wants? That dress is not a wow but it does its job. A lot of modest Malaysian celebs are into these cape dresses and I think they might copy this. Overall, good job Will and Kate for uh working.

  16. Hydrangea says:

    This is one time when the look is somehow more than the dress. This Kate is regal, she actually looks like she’s gliding and her skin and hair look polished. What is going on??

    • Alexandria says:

      She and Will hired an experienced professional right? Maybe she reads Celebitchy.

      • SoulSPA says:

        I don’t think they’ve hired a professional stylist. Too many misses so far on this tour. And this dress is slightly better.

      • Alexandria says:

        No, not a stylist. She hired this lady to replace someone who quit (forgot the new hire name). Perhaps she’s the one subtly guiding Will and Kate to do more engagements and asking Kate to at least put her hair up lol.

  17. Cee says:

    I love the idea of the dress just not so much the execution of it. The colour looks great on her and I liked the details of it, just not the neckline-cape combination. Perhaps a more streamlined neckline would have made a difference.

  18. minx says:

    She looks happy and pretty but the dress is somewhat aging….Not a fan of the bling at the top.

  19. namasta says:

    I think she looks very beautiful, happy and glowing. It’s a win!

  20. Beth says:

    I don’t love the color, but the dress looks beautiful of her

  21. Cher says:

    This is Circa 1960’s Elizabeth Taylor.
    It’s ok, yet another copy, no imagination.

  22. Astrid says:

    Wished I looked this good in a tent at 6 month’s pregnant LOL. Good for her.

  23. littlemissnaughty says:

    Saw this on IG as well this morning (like Meghan’s Suit of Awesomeness) and loved it. A lot of these dresses worn by royal women can look 1960s. They’re rarely meant to be occasions where you flex your fashion muscles.

  24. MyLittlePony says:

    Pros: hair up, she looks very happy, no tiara which would have been too much with this dress (Disney Princess, anyone),´and clever bump dressing
    Cons: There is too much going on with this dress, too many details considering that she will be wearing some serious bling (Queen’s wedding bracelet and Diana’s alterered earings). A simpler version of the dress would have worked better I think but this is a good try.

    Sorry to hear this is McQueen – what has happened to this house, or is it just these gowns Kate wears…

  25. Naptime says:

    Looks like a wedding dress for someone in her 60s getting married for the first time. Sweet but not on Kate.

  26. Jessi says:

    I love love love this look on her

  27. Cher says:

    Her hair stylist carries a suit case full of styling equipment and products and that’s the hair style she comes up with?

    • namasta says:

      Do you think princess Märtha Louise and crown princess Mette-Marit looks awful too or is it just Kate?

      • SoulSPA says:

        Is that Märtha Louise far left in the bottom picture? Ohmygawd, that dress is awful for the season and place. I can picture someone wearing it somewhere warm at a cocktail party, beach or wedding. But not at a royal gala in Norway in a February. Did she miss the memo? All other ladies wear long-sleeve high neck dresses. Awful!!!!!!!
        I like Mette-Marit so I am a bit biased but I like the dress.

      • namasta says:

        Yes that is Märtha Louise. She really is har own person with psychic powers and communication with angles. She looks great but yes totally off for the season and place.

      • Cher says:

        They look awful as well.

  28. Lala says:

    She looks…like a Princess….

  29. eto says:

    To be fair, everyone else looks like they’re going to a royal gala dinner in 1962 so she’s on theme at least.

  30. Other Renee says:

    She looks stunning. A real Cinderella look.

  31. The Original Mia says:

    I didn’t like the dress. Bold move for Kate, but I just didn’t like the cape. If the jeweled part had been the actual bodice of the dress, I would have loved it. I will give her points for being happy, engaged and with a spark in her eyes. This is the William & Kate should have been treated to for the last 7 years.

  32. Nicole says:

    Not horrible but I wish it cut closer to her figure. The cape is awesome though. Not a fan of high collars but had the dress not fallen so loose I don’t think I would’ve cared

  33. L84Tea says:

    THIS is how you do elegant maternity formalwear. I think she looks amazing and the only thing missing here that would put it over the top is a tiara.

  34. BEEB says:

    How the hell is this McQueen?!?

  35. Lainey says:

    It was better than the other two, but still not great. If the cape had fallen from the shoulders it would have been better, but the over boob flap thing makes it look very constrained. I also think a thicker fabric would have been interesting to see. It was to wispy to really have much of an impact, even in videos where it was moving.

  36. tracking says:


  37. Merritt says:

    I like the vintage look of this dress. I think I would have preferred it in a jewel tone.

  38. Amy Tennant says:

    I kind of love it, but I would do Liz Taylor/Princess Grace cosplay a lot if I could. And pale pink is a flattering color on just about everyone.

    I think Kate is a victim of over-correction. She used to be all “Marilyn Moments,” showing everyone her royal knickers. She overcorrected, and now people say she never shows skin and looks like a grandma. Hopefully she will find a happy medium. Poor kid.

  39. Maria says:

    It think the dress is stunning.and she looks great.

  40. starkiller says:

    They should have just folded McQueen’s label when he passed. No one was ever going to live up to him, but what Burton’s done to it should be considered criminal.

  41. Chlo says:

    WTF IS SHE WEARING how does she not have better options?!

  42. yiza says:

    bride of frankenstein

  43. LaraK says:

    Dowdytown Abbey

  44. Lexa says:

    Wow, I’m pretty surprised by how many people hate this look. I think it’s gorgeous. The only issue I have with it is that the color should have been two shades darker, but most of the photos in this post have some weird flash/colorization which makes it look lighter than it is. The actual color worked beautifully with her skin tone. But I guess I have dowdy taste!

  45. Jennifer says:

    This is the best dress I have ever seen her wear. Absolutely stunning.

  46. Jayna says:

    She looks beautiful, and very regal, elegant, a gown befitting the wife of the future King of England. Well done. Great choice this far along in her pregnancy.

    • homeslice says:

      Yes, but she should have waited until her 50’s when she actually is the wife of the King to wear it!

  47. hmmm says:

    Don’t the host countries pay for her wardrobe? Cuz to me it looks like she’s gone crazy with the $$$$$.

  48. LizB says:

    She looks wonderful. P Madeleine has a few maternity dresses for these formal occasions and they’re the same style.

  49. Citresse says:

    Beautiful! Wondering if she wore pink shoes? Would like to see the shoes.

  50. Littlestar says:

    I really like the dress and wouldn’t turn down the chance to wear it.

  51. homeslice says:

    Looks good, if it was 1966….I just don’t get her. Kate, you will have to wear these styles for the rest of your middle age and beyond…have some fun now girl!

  52. HK9 says:

    I love it. No only does she look great but it shows on her face too. Nicely done.

  53. Lorelai says:

    It looks like something Betty Draper would have worn for a night out on the town.

  54. joyce says:

    I can’t help but wonder why all the high necklines? As someone currently sporting a rash on my chest, I am suspicious.

  55. teacakes says:

    idk, I like this look – the cape makes it great and she looks happy and at ease in her skin, it works for me.

  56. AngieB says:

    She looks like a princess. i like it on her.

  57. Laura Dawe says:

    I love her dress! Catherine looks beautiful 💕

  58. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    Seeing the King with Kate and the Queen with William, it makes me wonder about a future visit between the royals of Britain and, say, the royal family of Sweden. Would Daniel escort Kate while Queen Victoria escorts William? It only makes the tradition of women being “escorted” seem so dumb.

    I know, I know — there are more important things to think about. But I like Celebitchy because it lets me dwell on trivial, amusing things.

  59. EMF says:

    Oh my good God – she looks like a galleon in full sail in this dress. That is not a flattering look even for a 6 month pregnant woman. The rest of her styling and her stance are awesome.

  60. Joannie says:

    she looks beautiful and regal!

  61. graymatters says:

    She looks like she feels beautiful, so I think she looks good.

    My only quibble is that no one is wearing a tiara. The Europeans usually do. Did they all abstain this time because Kate didn’t want to wear one? Very polite of them, if so.

    By Kate’s standards, she’s super-busy these few days and with the additional stress of pregnancy I imagine she’s feeling more tired and possibly head-achy than usual. Maybe the tiara would just be too much to cope with for her at this point. Diana once said that wearing a particular tiara gave her a headache.

    • Malako says:

      I am not sure but I think it is a low-key formal dinner aka black tie. The very formal thing is called “white tie” and during white tie the women wear tiaras. (Just google images of white/black tie and look at the pictures)
      But don’t nail me for this, I am just guessing.

  62. Starlight says:

    Jan Moir waded in in the Daily Mail on the aged dress code and comparisons with camilla harsh even throwing in glum looks! Didn’t help that Meghan sparkle was out on the town last night in trousers doing what she does well in Oscar fashion giving out worthy items to Harry-s charity. Very helpful of her giving the speech page to the guy on the podium. Very helpful I thought nevertheless Kate must be feeling the pressure

  63. CrystalBall says:

    Ghastly outfit – thanks to the cape she looks like an enormous block. Sack the stylist!

  64. Malako says:

    disney princess (meringue) dress and Kate is happy happy happy. Dressed up doll.
    Wedding dress?
    Cloak cape and dagger thing?
    Is it a cloak or is it a veil? Wedding dress 2.0 ???

    Wallis Simpson wouldn’t have worn that in white but she would have made that thing look great and elegant. And that type of dress would have been in fashion when she was in fashion.

    • carolind says:

      Wallis Simpson made nothing look great. She was ugly. As for the woman some of you are going to follow on instagram , her husband has two other wives and 27 children. Does the rights of women count for nothing or is it only appearances that count?

  65. LittlefishMom says:

    She is beautiful but she looks like she’s aged fifteen years. She looks really run down and much different then when she was married. I don’t know maybe a bit tired? Love the dress on her.

    • Michelle says:

      She is six months pregnant with her third child, she is probably exhausted. I found each pregnancy was harder on my body and by the third I was so tired I could barely keep my eyes open.

  66. Dissa says:

    She killed it! Love this look on her … and I suspect that caped dresses will go viral in 3 . 2 . .

    • Patty says:

      Caped dresses are already a thing. She’s not a trendsetter, she follows trends like 95% of the population. I don’t know what to make of the dress……….

  67. KicktheSticks says:

    I love it. For the very first time at a gala event, I thought Kate looked regal and not out of place. Perfection. And I NEVER say that about Kate.

  68. justwastingtime says:

    I don’t believe that I am looking at the same dress as some of the other posters. Bad color (no color) bad cut, wispy fabric. LIke the make up and hair but everything else if a fail. That being said she looks happy so.. good for her.

  69. greenteaandrosehip says:

    This is the most gorgeous dress and hairstyle I’ve ever seen on Kate. This is peak Duchess Catherine! This is the outfit I’ve been waiting for since she married William. It’s her first real princess look!