Duchess Kate wore an autumnal LK Bennett for a Kensington Palace event

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a new dress and now we have to talk about it, I guess. Apparently, before Prince William and Kate did their royal tour of Pakistan, they welcomed the finalists to the BBC Radio 1 Teen Hero Awards to Kensington Palace. They also welcomed Camila Cabello to the palace alongside the kids. Here’s more about the event:

Radio 1’s Teen Heroes of 2019 visited The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace earlier this month, along with chart-topping superstar Camila Cabello and BBC Radio 1 DJs Clara Amfo and Greg James.

Now in its tenth year, @bbcradio1’s Teen Awards is the biggest teen event in the pop music calendar and shines a light on some of the UK’s most inspirational teens, seeing them crowned Teen Heroes of 2019 in front of an audience of 14-17 year-olds.

This is the fourth consecutive year that Radio 1’s Teen Heroes have been honoured with an invitation to the Palace. The ten finalists were greeted by The Duke and Duchess, who praised them for their inspirational work and their dedication to helping others.

[From KensingtonRoyal IG]

I don’t really understand why KP didn’t publicize this at the time, before the Pakistan trip – it’s not like it would have been a security concern to even post these photos the day afterwards, surely. Maybe KP is employing some kind of honest-to-God strategy where they do some work, unpublicized at the time, and then hold on to the information and photos until a smart moment to release them… like, when the Cambridges want to look better than… some other people. I won’t say who.

As for Kate’s new dress… it’s new to us, that’s why it’s notable. Her dress in these photos is LK Bennett, one of her favorite labels, and it’s the silk Gabrielle midi dress, meant to evoke “the spirit of the 1930s.” LOL, Dust Bowl Cosplay. It retails for about $645 (according to Page Six). I mean, it’s pretty and autumnal, a perfect October dress, really.

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Photos/IG courtesy of Kensington Royal.

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  1. Lucy says:

    She looks great. She is an incredible representative for the UK.

    • Maria says:

      If you’re sure.

    • Sarah says:

      It’s a very pretty dress. And she is an ass.

    • Nic919 says:

      Yes women of the UK. Be super thin, wear fancy clothes and stay with your man who treats you with disdain. That’s all you should ever want. Also say nothing. We don’t want to hear you talk. Rule Britannia!!

      • Petra says:

        The Body Shamers are out, I see.

        Some people like maintaining a healthy figure. No one’s making you get off the couch.

      • Nic919 says:

        I see that struck a nerve. Stay mad.

      • Sarah says:

        Whoa Petra. That was a bit … totally awful.

      • Kimmie says:

        @Petra Saying that Kate is thin is a statement, not body shaming. Also, during the time she was off-and-on dating William, she had a bit more weight than now, which means she may be trying to stay this thin purposefully.

        With that being said, this type of silhouette suits her frame. The v-neck keeps this look from being too stuffy. I’m not a fan of the color and pattern though.

      • Jaded says:

        @Petra – stating that Kate is skinny is like saying she has brown hair. She is. Period. I’ve seen her in person and she is a bone rack. she looks unhealthily thin. For those of us who have struggled with or lost a friend or family member to an ED, your comment is pejorative of our pain.

      • Linda says:

        Calling Kate thin is a fact but calling her a “bone rack” is rather offensive and you of all people who has struggled with an ED or lost a loved one to it, should realize how hurtful that description is.

      • yinyang says:

        Agreed! It’s time we step into the new world.

    • Beli says:

      What does she represent?

      • Lady D says:

        Really. What does she represent?

      • Becks1 says:

        Yeah, I feel like statements like this just end up making Kate look worse. What DOES she represent? How is she such a great representative for the UK? She wears dresses and has nice hair? I see it a lot on social media and really all I can think is that people mean she keeps her mouth shut and is white.

      • Nic919 says:

        She’s also “super healthy”. No fatties need apply

      • HK9 says:

        @Becks1-What you’ve stated is pretty much what people mean…..sadly because I think Kate has more to contribute than that but that’s what they’re going with at the moment….so….

      • bonobochick says:

        Aren’t we supposed to have the details by now of her Broken Britain project?

        I know there was that word salad press release recently.

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      Wow, that comment about her being a great representative is really nasty. Kate is a walking Barbie doll (without the chest). If that makes her an incredible representative of the UK, then that’s saying the women in the UK are worthless. I don’t think that is a very nice thing to say.

      • undergalaxy says:

        Not to blow my own trumpet, but I’m ten years younger than her, have a higher level of education than her, and could debate rings around her. The same is true for most of my peers, and the people I work with. She’s a laughing stock because she’s so DIM, all the time, despite getting chance and chance and chance to prove she’s more than a thin woman with lot of money.

      • yinyang says:

        And women who have not had as much opportunity for formal education are also smarter than her. Only a complete airhead would look up to her.

      • Lucy De Blois says:

        Kate might have a lot to say and to do. We will never know. The huge inflated ego of her husband we are having glimpses just now, after Harry started to be too much on the spotlight. But Kate chased her husband for ten years and is married to him, what? Eight years? That’s make eighteen years. She must know very well how dangerous is to wake up the giant if she has intentions of being queen, consort, whatever… Maybe that’s why she keeps the mouth shut and put nice dresses. Better to be safe than sorry after so much work.

    • kerwood says:

      She’s a PERFECT representative for Great Britain.

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        Indeed – she and William represent those who voted for Brexit, the well off middle classes who are still stuck in the ‘rule Britannia’ fantasy land.

      • Lucy says:

        @digital unicorn You need to go back and look at the stats on who voted for Brexit. The majority of the working class wanted out aswell. The middle class were the biggest supporters of Remain.

      • undergalaxy says:

        She doesn’t represent MY UK – smart, hardworking people who can string a sentence together and speak in public without asking idiotic questions.

        She’s beloved by nutty old grannies and Brexiteers, though. That tells you everything.

  2. Eleonor says:

    Is it me or she has changed her hair colour again?

    • Lizzie says:

      she keeps going lighter. i wouldn’t doubt she’s going grey fast. i’m 2 years younger and my grey comes in exponentially more each year. it will be white by the time i’m 45 and i have literally zero stress in my life. i think she and her husband suck eggs right now but no doubt the woman is stressed. she has to be perfect, her man is stepping out, she is being forced to work (sarcasm), her inlaws make her look like trash, she’s got 3 kids.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        “her inlaws make her look like trash”.

        How are Chuck & Cammie making Cathy Cambridge look like trash? I need to go to Specsavers as I just cannot see what you are referring to.

      • escondista says:

        it’s the kids. It’s like the ageing process speeds up 300% after having them.

      • Lizzie says:

        @baytampabay – i meant her brother and sister in law…and that is undisputed.

      • Original Jenns says:

        Genetics, too! I hear ya. It starts with a rogue strand, and the next thing you know, they aren’t so rogue.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        @Lizzie, Thanks for the clarification as I thought you were referring to Chuck & Cammie. I agree with you 100% as to Meghan’s BIL & SIL…aka…Bill & Cathy Cambridge.

      • Oui oki says:

        Maybe she wants to go semi blonde but it would be unroyal to do it all at once!

      • A says:

        I think it’s just very likely that some people might go grey a lot sooner than others? I know my dad started getting greyer in his forties, and it annoyed the bejeezus out of him. My mom, on the other hand, is going to be 60 soon, and she’s still only got a few strands of silver in her hair. Anyway, it might not all be that bad–grey hair is actually quite in vogue these days, and she’d look amazing with dark hair and some grey in it.

    • Erinn says:

      She’s gone lighter, but the lighting in these photos is a bit weird. It almost seems like there’s a filter or something affecting the coloring. Everything seems like it’s at weird saturation/contrast levels.

  3. Becks1 says:

    It looks like a nice dress. She has so many other of those same dresses though – the one she wore for the first day of school with Charlotte seems like it would have worked just as well here.

    I guess the days of repeats are over for a while now though, lol.

    • Mignionette says:

      LK Bennet is mid-range and Brit home grown brand so my guess is she’ll get a guise under supporting UK industry, especially with Brexit forever looming on the political spectrum…

    • yinyang says:

      You’re absolutely right!

  4. Mignionette says:

    The patronising ‘oh look Katie let’s entertain the commoners’ look from William gets me every time. I get he has to at least look interested, but his whole demeanour screams dis-ingenuity….

  5. FancyCatsup says:

    I also really love the green paisley dress in the first picture!

    • Maria says:

      I actually prefer that one to Kate’s. I just don’t care for that pattern on Kate’s.

      • (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

        I’m not loving those padded Star Trek shoulders in that dress. And yes, she has at least a hundred dresses that are *very* similar. This is a woman who doesn’t need to buy another daytime dress again. She could “shop” in her closet for years (esp. considering how infrequently she “works”), and we’d never know the difference. She really needs to learn to use separates and change them up with different accessories. Or even just change up the accessories with the dresses, a different colored shoe or bag, different jewelry (for day or night).

      • Lady D says:

        I like the cut of the dress, but I don’t like the pattern either. It looks like there are centipedes crawling their way up the dress.

      • Lady2Lazy says:

        Yes, that pattern is horrendous. And she seems to wear the exact type of cut in every dress she wears. She seems to gravitate towards a full skirt which wouldn’t be bad, but she seems to stay in that general cut. She needs to shake it up a bit.

  6. bonobochick says:

    An event and a new dress.

  7. Jessica says:

    Word on the street is that Willys cheating is much, much worse than reported. Which is not surprising at all. This … Give Kate an Emmy! Also once Willys cheating started to pick up, Sussex smear picked up to. How odd….

    • Maria says:

      And I oop! Tell us more…

    • Becks1 says:

      Okay, we are going to need more details……

    • BayTampaBay says:

      Please serve some extra strong tea!

    • Nic919 says:

      Well there were casual mentions of a lawyer in London and possibly a banker, when the Rose affair was being discussed. If the media is complicit in keeping this silent we won’t really hear about for several years though.

      • Original Jenns says:

        I do remember one, maybe two random comments regarding a banker or lawyer. The fact that it was only mentioned once made it seem like a whisper of truth. The kind of whisper told over tea with raised eyebrows and an immediate change of topic.

        Have to add, I hate cheating and what it does to families, so I hope it’s not happening to Kate and the kids.

      • Sunshine says:

        Do you remember that awful woman Sarah Vine from the Daily Fail walked Rose in to this State Dinner (google it)? I knew it would all go downhill from there for the Sussexes because KP owe them big time.

      • Nic919 says:

        For a long time the press never reported on Charles’s affairs because he was (and is) the next king, and then they did. It’s a dangerous game to play with the media and one that a person can never win if they ultimately have something to hide. Rose had herself photographed with Sarah Vine at the state dinner for a reason. She was sending a message and likely to more than just one person.

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        And there was that Fail snark piece about how William liked to work out with all the yummy mummies from school and was esp friendly toward one mother who was a former model. It was around the time of the Rose Bush stories.

      • Bookworm says:

        Because there could be no other reason to meet with a lawyer or a banker…🙄

        But hey, if that’s the word on the street….

      • ShazBot says:

        @Digital Unicorn – I remember that story too, I found it weird – why would they write an article about how William likes to go hang out with all the school mums after drop off? I feel like the British Media does that kind of thing to send warning signs to the royals “We see you, you’d better call us”

      • Erinn says:

        “why would they write an article about how William likes to go hang out with all the school mums after drop off?”

        Because I’m going to assume those “yummy mummies” are the target demo of the article? I mean, hey, maybe it’s all about cheating/coverup, but it sounds to me like a fluff piece meant to flatter their reading base.

    • Beli says:

      Where’s that come from?

    • HK9 says:

      This makes sense to me, since Wills actually threatened legal action. Wills needs to know he can silence the press without throwing his sister-in-law under the bus. That’s a perk of being “the next King”.

  8. Jessica says:

    Word on the street is that Willys cheating is much, much worse than reported. Which is not surprising at all. This … Give Kate an Emmy! Also once Willys cheating started to pick up, Sussex smear picked up to. How odd….

    • Bookworm says:

      So “word on the street” about Will is the absolute truth, but if about Harry and Meghan it’s not. Maybe all of it is false.

      • Maria says:

        Well judging by many factors including the fact that Will barely even looks at Kate anymore there’s more fuel for that particular rumor than anything else…

      • Lucy De Blois says:

        Maria: You are a good observer. William’s face changed a lot the last two years; lately, he’s being having an air of “”do you know with whom you are talking to?” or “you bore me to death”. I’ve been dealing with looks like that at work for far too many years to be wrong. And when they look at each other, they look like good friends, at the best. Not that they ever looked like if they were lost in love, not even in their wedding. To tell the truth, I never saw any public couple looking at each other like M&H.

  9. Basi says:

    I can’t with these two ever since Megan came onto the scene. Always suspected it. I was disillusioned at Kate after the wedding… doing nothing despite having the big platform to actually do so much good. But I’m even more so after all of this Megan and Harry taking the fall for their laziness and Andrew.

    • Lucy De Blois says:

      But I’m almost sure Kate never married to have a plataform to do something good to anyone, except her and maybe her family. She married because he was the heir of a powerful country, visible, noble and she would reach a status in life few can dream of. She let it crystal clear on the first years of her wedding. Meghan is really trying to do something to achieve results, not just articles in tabloids.

  10. TheOriginalMia says:

    How is that pattern paying homage to the 30s? It’s fine. It fits. Nothing spectacular about it.

    Congratulations to the winners! Like you, Kaiser, I’m not sure why they held on to it. Were they afraid of Cabello and a group of teens would overshadow the tour?

    • BayTampaBay says:

      It is a great work dress for the office or a very low key non-public engagement.

      Kate looks nice and there appears to be limited buttons. Kate has done much worse on many occasions.

    • Amy Too says:

      The shoulder pads maybe? I’m getting really sick of seeing Kate in shoulder pads, though. They’re just so stupid looking. I think they’re meant to make her look less fragile (“fragile!”) and hunched over, but they’re just dumb. I don’t want to see shoulder pads in anything ever again.

      • A says:

        I think maybe it’s a way for her to look like she’s fixing her posture without actually fixing it. And typing this out right now made me remember to sit up, lol! But yeah. I think she knows that standing with her shoulders back looks better, but like…why not actually do that…instead of adding shoulder pads all over the place.

        She does have somewhat narrow shoulders, but like, that’s not a bad thing, and if she’d stand up straight, she’d look much better.

  11. Wilma says:

    I think it hasn’t been broadcasted yet, so it’s probably to do with the BBC schedule for promotion of the show.

  12. tmbg says:

    She never wears anything fun, IMO. She always winds up wearing something my elementary school teacher wore in 1985. 🤷🏼‍♀️

  13. ChillyWilly says:

    This dress looks like one I had in the early 90s that I wore with black L’Eggs Silken Mist hose and low heel pumps. It was dowdy and unattractive and so is Kate’s. BUT black L ‘eggs Silken Mist hose were the sex and still are, dammit! Lol

  14. Esme says:

    Forget about Kate, who looks pretty much as she usually looks, what’s with the slight sheer in William’s jacket? Shiny shiny prince fashion? (Honestly, William is wearing interesting suits lately, he’s becoming a bit of a dandy like his father… How much does HE spend on clothes, I wonder?)

    • Original Jenns says:

      Looks like a sport coat with pattern? And yes, I would be interested in their clothing costs. I feel like last year I was thinking that every single suit Harry has must be in the same damn blue. I think we’ve seen William in a lot more separates, slacks and sport coat lately, but maybe that’s the way of the events he attends, more casual.

  15. chitowngal says:

    That’s a whole lotta’ ugly for almost 700 dollars.

  16. Valiantly Varnished says:

    I hate the dress. It looks dated as hell.

  17. Tiffany says:

    “Dust Bowl Cosplay”

    I think the internet is done for the day.

  18. CrystalBall says:

    Her wiglet looks very nice and shiny, riding high on top of her head.

    Have you seen the latest photos from the Pakistan tour at the British High Commission? She is wearing a cowgirl dress, complete with double ruffles on the wrists and a pseudo apron-like floral panel. I doubt very much that the majority of British women will feel well represented by Catherine playing dress-up in western cowgirl clothes.

  19. MsIam says:

    I like this dress better than the florals and ruffles. And, thank god no lace! I would like to see Kate rock some ankle booties with this look, it would pull it into the 21st century instead of ’80s school teacher vibe.

  20. DrSnark says:

    Sometimes I get dressed and then realize I look like a sunday school teacher. Kate … also has this problem.

  21. Elisa says:

    The BBC released the info & the picture yesterday and the winners will be presented with their award this Sunday. So no big conspiracy or strategy employed, but simply timing and aligning communication with the BBC. :)

  22. Ty says:

    Is it me, but I feel every time i see Harry and will they wear khaki pants. Why can’t they wear the slacks that go with the blazer.

    • yinyang says:

      I think it’s there way of blending in with the poor. This looks more budget friendly and norm core.

  23. Terotauko says:

    @JB yep, this comment sums it up. It’s just not fun anymore, just nasty. I know people support Meghan here and I’m glad there is a place online that is actually a solid Meghan fandom, and I do feel so bad for the terrible time she’s been having. I think it’s totally fine to discuss all the Meghan and Harry and smear campaign stuff too, but now it’s like every Kate post, even just a basic fashion one, engenders just these knee jerk negative reactions. And before anyone tells me if you’re not enjoying it go away…I’d like to say, this is the only place I read gossip and I don’t want to go away! And also there’s plenty of people just commenting to say she’s dreadful and they really dislike her and not really adding anything more to the discussion, so they could just avoid her posts too lol.

    Edited to add: oh well the comment I was responding to has disappeared.

    • spooky says:

      @ Terotauko – I read the post you are referring to and totally agreed with it. Many of those who won’t hear a word of criticism against Meghan don’t seem to realise that they are behaving exactly the same way towards Kate. It is just as appalling at times. Saying that the Pakistan tour was not a success compared to the S. Africa one is a typical example. Saying everything H&M do is meaningful but everything W&K do is worthless is another example.

      And you added edit highlights a typical problem here.


    • Elisa says:

      it’s actually always the same posters so I started scrolling past their comments and ignore them. It works for me and I can still enjoy commenting on this site.

    • bonobochick says:

      I mean, we could discuss Kate’s work and diligent advocacy for all her patronages, if the information is available, instead of talking about her clothes & her hair by default.

      • Terotauko says:

        @bonobochick, sure Kate doesn’t do substantial work and that’s one of the reasons the topic is often about her clothes. But…that’s not what I was talking about.

      • Some chick says:

        Her clothes and her hair have been described as “diplomatic fashion.”

        Because that’s pretty much all she’s ever about. I’m sympathetic to Kate (as my comment history will attest) but I think she’s been stifled into the roles of Royal Mum and Garden designer.

        TBH, I think she has more charisma that William does (not as much as Meghan or even Harry, but still). And I think Wills knows this perfectly well, and resents it Like Hell.

        I feel for Kate. Love is a helluva drug. (I think she loves W more than he loves her. Which has got to suck.) And they both know that the BRF owns the kids. So.

  24. Beech says:

    Ahem, I used to work at L’eggs.

    • Jumpingthesnark says:

      Get outta town Beech!! 80s me is jelly and wanting to know the deets. Even if the job and workplace were boring and shitty. How many pairs did you get for free?

    • Some chick says:

      Ahem, the tea! Spill it!

  25. kerwood says:

    Normal Bill and Keen Katie must be soooooooo tired. In order to look good in comparison to the Sussexes they have to KEEP WORKING. They didn’t even get a chance to fly off to Mustique. How will they hold up under so much STRESS?

  26. A says:

    She dresses in a way that ages her, and I think that’s on purpose. The monarchy is an archaic institution, and she’s dressing to fit those expectations in peoples’ minds. It’s also the reason why you never see Charlotte in anything outside of a dress, and why George still wears shorts w/ those high socks for official photos and stuff.

  27. L4Frimaire says:

    I thought they went bankrupt. Nice silhouette. Suits her but her torso looks a bit long in it. I don’t like the pattern or color. Kind of pricey but no one will criticize her for it.

  28. Skittlesandkittens says:

    She’s so boring

  29. undergalaxy says:

    Kate being the human equivalent of the colour beige again. Good show.

  30. yinyang says:

    I wish we could get some info on Catherine Quinns wardrobe, the woman can really dress, I bet she’s not responisible for this brown atrocity.

  31. BayTampaBay says:

    I think it is because that KP is trying to fool the public to believe that Cathy Cambridge does many engagements that are private (non-public) and not publicized. This would lead the public to believe Cathy works more than she does. Just wait as I believe we will see more pictures released from another non-public engagement two weeks after the fact.

    It really is difficult to to “prove” Cathy attended a meeting for three hours hence this type of PR.

  32. MrsBanjo says:

    Like ITV did with the Sussex documentary clips, right? It’s amazing how they were raked over the coals for when those clips aired, but when the Cambridges do it it’s only on the broadcaster. 🤔🤔

  33. Lexa says:

    Yeah—no mystery, here. This is exactly what they did last year. The photos of the reception were held back until the winners were officially announced.