Fans think Duchess Kate might have had a small baby bump at Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot, Day 1, UK - 18 Jun 2019

Here are more photos of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Royal Ascot on Tuesday, which was Day 1. Kate decided to change up her usual “white doily” look for a periwinkle look by Elie Saab. As several of you pointed out (thank you!), the original Elie Saab look was short-sleeved and full-length. Kate had them add those dreadful long sleeves and she asked them to raise the skirt to this tea-length. It did change the whole vibe of the dress – a somewhat fancy-boho style was made to look fussy and like there were too many details competing with each other. So ends another bespoke adventure.

There were also several photos from Ascot where it looked like Kate was “cradling” or “touching” her abdomen, which of course led to speculation that Kate is pregnant. First of all, I do believe she’ll have a fourth child, but she’ll keep to the pregnancy schedule she usually has, which is getting pregnant in early autumn so she can have a late-spring baby/early summer baby. Second of all, if she was really early-preg, she would be sick as a dog, because that always happens in Kate’s first trimesters. She wouldn’t be smiley and happy at Ascot. She would be at home with her head in the toilet. Third of all, the “bump” is nothing more than the fabric of the skirt – Kate is super-thin these days and she does not have a “bump.” And she always touched her abdomen, for what it’s worth.

Also: her silver heels! I’ve always defended Kate for her lack of interest in shoes, and it feels like she’s been trying to mix up her footwear recently, to some strange results. Silver pumps probably weren’t the best choice here. But again, she’s not a Shoe Person. She’s a Button Person and a Lace Person.

Royal Ascot, Day 1, UK - 18 Jun 2019

Royal Ascot, Day 1, UK - 18 Jun 2019

Royal Ascot, Day 1, UK - 18 Jun 2019

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  1. Eddie90210 says:

    The original dressed, as designed, was super cute. It looks totally different with the changes. And a huge part of the problem is her terrible posture. STAND UP STRAIGHT, KATE!

    • Lex says:

      I dont see what you see. Her posture is fine in these pics………?

      • notasugarhere says:

        Kate’s hunched shoulders, head stuck forward is fine posture? Check Letizia to see good posture.

      • perplexed says:

        I think her posture is fine too. She’s not a ballet dancer. They’re the only ones I can think of that stand better than everyone else.

      • PurpleHoulihan says:

        I’m a physical therapist. Her posture is excellent. She just has a very long torso with a very low-set small bust, so that can give the appearance that she’s slouching when she isn’t.
        Her shoulders are naturally rounded to the side, but not hunched forward. She’s walking in heels on grass, so it’s perfectly normal to angle your torso forward to compensate for shifting most of your weight onto your toes.
        She’s quite tall, so she frequently has to lean in or down to listen. And when you’re wearing a large, angled hat that blocks sound and vision at a busy outdoor event — yeah, you’re going to stick your head forward.
        I’ve rarely seen a picture of her walking, squatting, standing, or sitting where she isn’t using excellent form.

    • AnnaKist says:

      Bleeeeh. The dress is so fussy, but there was a time when my younger sister would have killed for it.

    • Bella DuPont says:

      This has to be one of the ugliest outfits I’ve ever seen her wear. From the cheap looking hat, to the hideous monstrosity of a dress, to the hideous accessories. Absolute car crash from start to finish.


      Having said that, those aquamarine earrings…..yum yum! :-)

      • It was a great dress. And Cathrine made it even better. The hat was great and cute and the silver shoes are wow . Loved everything especially that she finally wore Elie Saab the greatest Lebanese designer. As for her posture it is normal for any tall person to have problem in their posture me included it is a little insensitive to say something like that. She is just a normal tall person ((and I am shorter than kate but very tall still )

      • KidV says:

        @Proud Lebanese – Normal tall people don’t slouch like Kate does, and Kate is no taller than 5’7″ barefoot. She has no reason to be slouching all the time. If she’s self conscious about being tall then she shouldn’t wear high heels.

      • Jen says:

        You’re “very tall” yet shorter than Kate’s reported 5’9″?

      • nic919 says:

        Kate’s neck leans forward and that’s not because she’s tall. It’s because she has poor posture. I have female cousins and my aunt who are 6 feet tall and their necks don’t hunch over like that. The photos above don’t show that but there are others like when she and William are talking to Maxima that show the neck thing. For a 37 year old it is noticeable. If she was 67 with osteoporosis then maybe it would be understandable, but it really isn’t for someone her age who is advertised as healthy and sporty.

    • kerwood says:

      I agree. Her posture is terrible. She’s a grown woman in a very visible position. She does less than the bare minimum her job requires. The least she could do is STAND UP STRAIGHT!

    • P says:

      It’s not a dress, it is a blouse and a skirt.

    • Andrea says:

      Does someone have a link to the original design?

  2. Becks1 says:

    Yeah that’s how she always holds her hands/clutch at public events. As DigitalUnicorn pointed out on another post – she has had some botox done recently, and she wouldn’t do that if she were pregnant.

    The more I keep looking at the dress the more I keep scratching my head. And I’m cracking up at “so ends another bespoke adventure.” I really like the skirt. It’s fun and pretty and a great length on her. (I really like when she wears that length.) I don’t feel like the skirt goes with the top though, even though its a dress, even without the pussybow.

    BUT, if she just took off the pussybow, it would make such a difference. the dress would have been another adventure in doily-wear for Kate, and not so much “omg what is she wearing.”

    Also, I know its Ascot and its all about the hats, but this hat looks so similar to the one she wore for Trooping. I wish she had gone with something REALLLY out there, and had fun with it.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      Well I do not like the dress but I must give credit where credit is due: the dress is custom tailored to perfection and fits her perfectly. I do not always like Cathy’s style (most times I do not like her style) but she always looks nice and very Royal because her clothes fit properly.

    • Himmiefan says:

      I can’t un-see the bow.

    • KidV says:

      Yes, it’s the pussybow that puts it over-the-top for me.

      The bodice is a total rip-off of the Gunne Sax dresses of the 70′s. I don’t hate it, but I do think it’s a little too twee for an almost 40 yr old.

      The dress fits her well, she looks good in it, I just think she needs to move to more sophisticated styles.

    • Blue Orange says:

      I like the dress but I agree that the bow is too much

  3. Cidy says:

    First of all, I love the dress and shiny shoes but I hate all hats.

    I wouldnt be surprised if she was pregnant we all know how much she loved children, and baby Archie had probably given her baby fever.

    But it’s also like, I’ve been asked if I’m pregnant when I’m gassy or just ate and have that lil food or bloat baby.

    I always felt really bad for first trimester Kate, poor girl with her head in the toilet, my sister was super sick like that during her second pregnancy we were constantly pulling over so she could dry heave.

    • LadyMTL says:

      I haven’t ever been asked if I was pregnant (thank goodness, because what business is it of anyone’s) but I get bigger bumps than what Kate supposedly has here after I’ve eaten a big meal, haha. Heck, I have one now but it’s just PMS bloat combined with my breakfast.

      • Alissa says:

        same! I’m a very slim person, and when I eat a meal I look like I’m well into my first trimester, maybe even the start of a second haha. I’ve luckily never been asked if I was pregnant, because that would make me feel really terribly about myself. I think it’sjust because of the design of the dress, I have dresses that do the same thing.

      • Godwina says:

        I feel so understood. Yesm. Exactly.

        I literally look 4 months pregnant purely thanks to bloating, because I’m smol.

    • OriginalLala says:

      I have several food intolerances so if I accidentally digest one of these foods I bloat out like I’m 7 months pregnant and it embarrasses me – one of the many reasons I refuse to bump-watch women.

      • Some chick says:

        +1. There is very little worse than someone asking when you’re due, when all you want is to get into the loo!

    • Becks1 says:

      I’ve been asked a couple times in the past few years if I were pregnant. Well, not even asked, just had someone say to me “oh congratulations!!!!!” and I’m like….yeah that’s my chicken salad. And whenever I gain weight it goes straight to my belly. Sigh.

      • Sojaschnitzel says:

        This keeps happening to me aswell. I find it mostly funny. Strangely those congratulations only ever came to me from middle aged asian women, all of which very very polite and cute, so I laughed it off.

    • marmalazed says:

      My 5-year old told me last night that I looked like I was growing a baby, lol. It was gas.

    • Himmiefan says:

      Wouldn’t the PR be bad if she had a fourth child?

      • notasugarhere says:

        The PR was going to be bad about having a third child but they chose to get pregnant anyway.

  4. Digital Unicorn says:

    The original dress was WAY BETTER than this bespoke rubbish – she has again ruined a perfectly lovely outfit with her terrible alternations. Why can’t these labels tell her where to shove her ‘ideas’ – she and her ‘stylist’ really have no fashion sense at all.

    • Erinn says:

      I genuinely love the skirt of the dress. I think it’s so pretty. If she lost the bow and made the sleeves short sleeved like in the original, it’d have been so much better.

    • Moose says:

      For the labels there is no such thing as bad publicity…

  5. Valiantly Varnished says:

    I’ve decided I really like the dress. It grows in me the more I see it. And I don’t hate the silver pumps with it either. Any other color would have been either too heavy (black) or boring (nude or blue)

    • L84Tea says:

      I’m actually shocked she did not wear nude heels with this dress. While I am not a fan of silver pumps, at least the girl is trying.

      • Becks1 says:

        I don’t love the silver pumps – like, at all, lol – but I give her points for something different and not her normal nude heels.

    • May I sit with you ? I really like it as well and find it perfect for this event with all it’s archaic dress codes. It cries for an open toe shoe but I wonder if it’s allowed? Not that I can recall Kate in an open toe even if it were.

    • LNG says:

      Same. I didn’t like it at first, but the more I look at it the more I like it.

    • s says:

      Glad I am not the only one. At first glance I loved the color and hated the bow. Then I preferred the short-sleeves over the long but now she just looks beautiful — perfect color, gorgeous smile.

      That being said, I still think I would have liked it better with the bow removed — my favorite photo is one where she is in motion and the bow is less obvious. Regardless, gorgeous choice and a fun departure for her while still in her wheelhouse (girl loves feminine styles and I am with her on that).

    • minx says:

      This is so odd..but yes it looks better to me than it did yesterday. I still think she should have left the design alone and dumped the pussy bow.

  6. pam says:

    Sorry, the outfit is hideous and matronly. The hat is just so ugly. Epic fail.

    • Kk2 says:

      Agree. It’s awful. Wtf is the bow? The bow Is terrible.

    • Lowrider says:

      The dress is ugly and I blame the designer. Are the dots sequins on tulle, sheer top with lace and a pussy bow?! Wtf. There’s too much going on with that dress and none of it compliments the other.

  7. sassafras says:

    Why would anyone crop out Queen Maxima from these photos! The most divine ray of sunshine that any royal watcher could hope for!? It’s looked like Maxima is beloved by the BRF and they all look like they have such a good time together. I stan.

  8. Catherine says:

    I think Princess Eugenie is the one who is actually pregnant, not Kate. She just has that pregnancy glow happening.

  9. Mego says:

    I quite like the original. Why on earth would she alter it?

    • vava says:

      I like the original too. I think the belt makes it. Kate’s alterations are lame and she looks so prissy in this mess. I don’t mind the silver pumps but if I was going to be walking around on grass I wouldn’t wear spike heels. HER POSTURE IS HORRIBLE.

      • Nic919 says:

        The pictures next to Letizia yesterday reminded me just how awful her posture is.

      • I don’t understand this horrible posture thingy thing you guys are always banging about. She is tall, has a long torso and “wide” shoulders, when her hands are at her front it gives the impression of slouching when she’s not?

  10. Scal says:

    I just want to know how much it cost to alter a high end designer like Ellie Saab into a bespoke dress. If the tabs are doing totals for Megan on dresses keep it consistent.

    All the royal ladies spend so much on clothes. Put it out there.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Given the price of the original dress (£1,275), I’d put the figure for this ‘bespoke’ outfit at around £6k (which is conservative). You have to take into consideration time with the designer as well as the efforts of the tailors etc.. She would have had at least 2 fittings in the design studio (or maybe the went to her). I guess it explains why she’s not around to have supper with William when he’s at Amner.

      I worked in fashion years ago and the designer studios charge a fortune for bespoke, even when its altering off the shelf items.

      • Harla says:

        I’ve read in the past that Kate does not attend fitting instead designers are sent her measurements for their dress dummies.

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        @harla. That would explain the poor fitting and terrible way outfits hang on her. Sending measurements without an in person tailoring is a big fashion no no. The designers need to see how it hangs etc.. God her laziness knows no bounds, she asks for alterations to outfits and then can’t be bothered to attend fittings.

      • Jan says:

        The price of the original two pieces wasn’t $1625 (£1275), that was just the cost of the TOP. The skirt was an additional $3100!! (£2450) but the DM deceptively under-reported it like they usually do with Kate. So who knows what the bespoke cost was, but it was likely exorbitant.

      • Vi says:

        Sure,let’s blame everything on Kate’s “laziness”.. Because someone “heard” (where?) she doesn’t attend fittings. It’s a fact. Does Meghan attend fittings? No,because her couture clothes fit even worse.. Always.
        More often than not Kate’s clothes are well fitted,and I don’t see any glaring issue. If they don’t fit very well,it’s usually due to structural changes that alter the proportions,and what surely happens is that she orders clothes months in advance (she does it all the time) and if her weight changes,even a little bit,clothes don’t fit as perfectly as they should.

      • Tina says:

        To be fair, whatever one thinks about her attitude to dress fittings, Kate’s laziness when it comes to engagements has been in evidence for many years and is not “laziness.”

  11. Uppenyrcraut says:

    God that’s one ugly outfit.

  12. Aang says:

    I’m going to double down and again say I really like that dress. The color is beautiful and it is appropriate for the occasion. The shoes are another story altogether….

  13. Mom2mom says:

    For someone who has pretty much unlimited access to fashion, Kate really has the worst sense of style.

  14. Looty says:

    The dress is pretty, dunno about the shoes. In one of those pictures William looks like he has an artificial hand, just like the Secret Service guy at Trump’s innaugural parade. They use them to disguise their real hand holding a weapon in their pocket.

  15. bluecat says:

    Maybe she just ate something for once?

  16. violet says:

    Love the color, adore the hat and the way Kate’s hair is done under it, hate the shoes and hate the dress and pussy bow. A mixed review. I thought she looked fantastic at the Garter Ceremony, much more tailored (and another gorgeous hat with beautifully done hair under it), much better than at Ascot. I will say the “blue” theme was nice to see – it’s a color that only rarely doesn’t flatter no matter what skin tone you have. It’s fabulous on the Queen and one of Kate’s best colors.

    The real tragedies of Ascot were Beatrice and Eugenie. Like, I just don’t know what to say.

  17. Citresse says:

    No, it’s the bunched up curtains LOL
    Most of the dresses from day one were frightful.
    Beatrice was a true fashion nightmare parading a doily adorned bathrobe.

  18. Cait says:

    “Fans”?? No it’s just a slow news day for the RRs. Ironically Kate’s extremely thin frame makes this kind of speculation almost inevitable – all she has to do is eat a light snack and her concave belly will bulge until it’s digested

  19. DS9 says:

    She probably finished a sandwich ffs!

  20. Busyann says:

    I saw a little bump a few days ago, but she has had 3 babies…no matter how skinny you are, there will always be a bump right? That’s the way Jennifer Garner described it.

  21. MellyMel says:

    The original dress was really pretty! I don’t understand why she felt the need to make any changes to it. Also Queen Maxima’s look was fantastic, as usual.

  22. JJ says:

    Wish she would not have added those sleeves to the top. Looks so cumbersome. I like the skirt, but that’s about it. Kate is a pretty woman but I wish she would dress a bit more modern.

  23. ChillyWilly says:

    She doesn’t look the least bit preggo to md. If pregnancy made me that sick there is no way I would do it 4 times!

  24. Deedee says:

    The Great grandmother of the bride looks so lovely in these photos. Oh wait. . .

  25. Myra says:

    Kate is going to have another child or two. She is work shy but loves pregnancy. I think she and Meghan will take turns for the next several years. Kate will have 2 and Meghan 1 more between Kate’s 2. BP balcony will overflow with Cambridge’s leaving very little room for anyone else. The House of Middleton will eventually rule the U.K..

    • Citresse says:

      I don’t think she’ll be able to convince William of having a fourth….but if she can then I think we’ll hear the announcement by December.

      • Myra says:

        If the Rose rumors are true….announcement in December is a sure thing.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Yes the patch-up baby a la Andrew.

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        @Nota – some people have said Louis is the patch-up baby, esp as the Rose affair is alleged to have started/happened after Char was born. We don’t know how long it lasted so ….

      • Tourmaline says:

        Yeah there will definitely be a 4th, most likely announced in the next few months. And mark my words, there will be a slew of articles by Richard Kay and the like gushing about how Kate is modeling herself after the Queen by having a family with 4 children.

      • nic919 says:

        Going with the timing of the two other children, we will hear something in early September that Kate has HG again and is pregnant with number 4. I also agree with tourmaline that there will be articles about how she is acting like a future queen by having 4 kids like the current queen.

      • Olenna says:

        Well, I don’t know if she needs Wills’ permission to get pregnant, but I will not be the least bit surprised if it is announced that she is before the year is out. And, I doubt any of her stans will utter a word about her aging womb, cost to the taxpayers, attention-seeking ways (belly cupping, gurning, etc.), maternity leave or work ethnic like they have about the DoS.

      • Tina says:

        @Olenna, “work ethnic” is really an excellent typo in these circumstances. Well put.

  26. Cate says:

    Yeah, I see no pregnancy vibe here. I imagine if she does go for a fourth, even if the morning sickness miraculously lessens, there’s no way it’s going to go away completely. She doesn’t look remotely barfy/tired/uncomfortable in these pictures, and her public appearances overall recently have had her looking very smiley, relaxed, and energetic. That’s just not consistent with anyone’s first trimester!

    I do hope they will stop with three, with all their nattering on about the importance of population control and the fact that any kid of theirs is going to be racking up major carbon emissions from their luxury lifestyle. But Kate definitely gives of the impression that she is most fulfilled with being a mom so a fourth certainly wouldn’t surprise me either.

  27. Mirage says:

    I’m flicking back between the Elie Saab original and the customised version that Kate is wearing and I don’t understand how she managed to completely RUIN the dress.
    I mean, is it just the wacky hat and the terrible posture that did it? Dear me…

    • HayaR says:

      Oh dear another one flicking through a look book – they would never come across in real life or buy from the designer in question because they cannot afford the pieces – thinking they know more about fashion than the designer themselves.

      • Mirage says:

        Just because I would never spend a ridiculous amount of money on pieces doesn’t mean I don’t know about fashion. Au contraire! Fashion is about taste. Not about money.

  28. Maria says:

    Looks like a granny nightgown from the fifties.

  29. Molly says:

    Yeah, that’s just what a woman in her late 30s who’s had three kids in five years looks like when you get a million photos from a million angles.
    (My personal theory for the stomach touching is EUGENIE is pregnant, and Kate’s doing some subconscious touching of her own stomach as they talk about it.)

  30. Misty says:

    That’s a lot of money spent on a lot of ugly. The only positive I have is the color, love it. Everything else is hideous and unlike others the more photos I see, the worse it looks.

    I bet she will have a fourth but she is not pregnant now.

  31. Kathryn says:

    The skirt is see through!

  32. ChiaMom says:

    I was going to send this to you and say everyone should be shrieking at Kate for having her hand on her belly LOL

  33. Sharon says:

    Camilla’s face says it all in the first two pics – it’s like gah – she’s wearing the lace curtains.

  34. Carol R says:

    anyone else spotted the black g string in pic 4? At least she’s wearing pants I spose …

    • Mego says:

      Bloody hell! You can see right through to it. 😱

    • Deedee says:

      Ugh. That’s just another level of bad.

    • IlsaLund says:

      OMG. You can see the G string through the dress.😱
      Meghan would be crucified. The RRs and Daily Fail would be blasting that out non stop.

      • HayaR says:

        Erm, where are you seeing a g string? It’s an underskirt. Clutch those pearls harder. I remember people going off on Meghan with the beautiful see through blue Givenchy skirt she wore down under. You could only see her bodysuit underneath, but it was such a big deal. Prudes everywhere.

    • Becks1 says:

      I couldn’t see it at first but once I saw it I couldn’t unsee. Holy hell. That dress is surprisingly see-through.

      I wonder if that’s why she held her clutch there the whole time?

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      I dunno, it looks like how the underskirt material has ‘folded’ as she’s walked.

    • Granger says:

      Agree with Digital Unicorn, it’s not her underwear, it’s the way the skirt bunched up and the shadow it created.

  35. ChattyCath says:

    I love the lacy blue dresses Catherine and Beatrice wore. But I’d never dare wear them! Ascot has always been a ‘fancy dress’ occasion. The colours were such unusual delectable blues. As for posture, Catherine is showing signs of thinning bones caused by excessive dieting. The slouch forwards is a dead giveaway. Surely she has had medical advice to eat properly? She risks an early death.

  36. RedWeatherTiger says:

    Even if she had just let the short sleeves go…it would have been a success, methinks. Alas, not.

    I was on some site and a pop up appeared showing “rarely seen” pics of Kate–these were nothing new, but I was struck by how cute her pre-engagement wardrobe was. She WAS stylish! There was nary a button in sight, and lots of very conservative but still really darling outfit: skirts and sweaters, topshop dresses, jackets. I get that her style had to change to be The Duchess Who Never Puts a Foot Wrong (in silver heels), but it’s like she stuck a dagger in her sense of style.

  37. SolitaryAngel says:

    Little Nightgown On the Prairie lol.🤔

    • Vi says:

      I like everything about this look (except for the bow) because it absolutely works for THAT occasion,in that setting. It photographs very well and the look in general is very well put together. She’s also really upping her hair game.
      It’s strange it’s so disliked here (thinking about it,not really lol). I gave a look at T&L and the FugGirls and I see a lot of people loving it. But it’s also a look that I appreciate more taking into account the context.
      Actually,it’s true for many of her formal outfits. Kate is always accused of dressing “matronly”,but what I wouldn’t personally never wear,fits the occasion when she wears it (her headband for Louis’ Christening,for example).

      Talking about Louis,can we please stop to refer to him as “patch-up baby”? It’s just awful. Not that I’m surprised to see this type of comments here.

      • Lowrider says:

        Harry was the spare for a long time, questioned on his paternity all his life. Irrelevant Louis better get used to the nicknames. he’s not even the spare.. he’s just there.

      • Becks1 says:

        I can understand the context and STILL think its an awful dress lol. The two are not mutually exclusive.

  38. Liz version 700 says:

    Only one left now as per the link lol. Prairie dresses for everyone!

  39. Kittensnskittles says:

    Of course she’s pregnant. They will keep popping them out as long as it keeps them from doing any actual work.

    • Starkiller says:

      There is no bump. Most women, however thin, who have three children, do not go back to a perfectly flat stomach, without surgical help.

  40. wolfgirl says:

    That pic of both of them made me think -“Community Theatre! My Fair Lady!”

  41. CrystalBall says:

    Shadow or bunched material, whatever, it still looks like a black thong shining through her dress. Is this why she was so overexcited the whole time?