Duchess Kate wore Tory Burch for an outing to a youth center with William

Royal visit to Wolverhampton

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stepped out today for their first in-person joint appearance since… the sheep, I think. William and Kate have had such a weird vibe this year with all of the joint appearances, and it’s mostly been William tagging along on Kate’s events, like no one trusts her to do solo events all of a sudden (or like William doesn’t have a lot going on). Today’s event was a stop by youth charity The Way Youth Zone in Wolverhampton. The focus is supposed to be Mental Health Awareness Week/Month, so Kate and William met with kids and Baldingham played some football.

Kate’s look here is notable because several pieces appear to be new-to-us. The blouse is from Tory Burch and it retails for $278. The trousers appear new to me, but I’m probably wrong. Kate did invest in some of several pairs of proper trousers with a wider leg a few years ago when she saw You Know Who wearing that style. These could totally be from that era. What’s really bugging me is the fact that her navy dress coat, trousers and blouse are all just a few shades “off” from each other. I know she loves blue and navy and she probably thinks that everything “matched.” But this would have been a great moment to go monochromatic with a navy blouse and navy trousers, and then pull out a lighter coat in white, red, purple or green. A lack of imagination when it comes to styling, as always. And I’ll always, always believe that she loves polka dots because they remind her of buttons.

Can’t wait to see Will and Kate vlog about their visit!

Royal visit to Wolverhampton

Royal visit to Wolverhampton

Royal visit to Wolverhampton

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  1. Midge says:

    Hem your pants. ugh
    And as usual, overacting with the facial expressions.

    • Emm says:

      Seriously. I wore pants like that back in college and would trip over them half the time because they were so baggy and wide. They would also just get destroyed in the back from being dragged.

    • Tessa says:

      At least with the mask on those exaggerated guffaws cannot be seen.

    • Merricat says:

      Plus one on the pants hem. And isn’t it hilarious that no one ever seems to be having as much “fun” as Kate?

      • Becks1 says:

        This is the tell for me about her facial expressions – I used to just think that it was just the moment that got photographed, but when you look at the people around her….she’s always the most over the top.

      • Merricat says:

        Yes, the cognitive dissonance is so weird, almost like Garfield Without Garfield. Lol.

    • Traci says:

      Totally. And who wears this to hang with kids outdoors?

      • Jais says:

        Are the pants dark blue or black? I assumed they were black but now idk

      • GRUEY says:

        Bottom line: there is nothing aspirational about this look.

        At least her jeans + chloe boots look how a lot of (middle age white) women want to look in jeans and boots. But like so many of her choices, this is so uninspiring. And I wholly agree about all the colors being too close. Weirdly it makes it look thrown together, not put together.

    • Zapp Brannigan says:

      Yes to the hems. Also as someone who does archery her form in that photo is giving me anxiety.

      • Andrew’s Nemesis says:

        At least there’s a cap on that arrow. No-one wants to see Keen let loose with a bow, or indeed any sharp objects.

    • Andrew’s Nemesis says:

      @Midge It’s as if she has a stock book of facial expressions – surprise! Laughter! Mirth! Horror! Caring (rarely seen – especially when told about the mutilation of Indian children)! Concern! Of course, there’s so much botulinum toxin in there that she can only move the bottom portion of her face; hence overdoing all of the above.
      (Bitchy, I know, but after her cruelty to Meghan, the cruelty she encouraged through lying and evasion, I really don’t feel at all charitable towards the woman. She epitomises white privilege.)

    • Chrissy says:


      Bad hem line on the pants.

  2. Maria says:

    Do they both just coordinate everything about their public outfits around Diana’s ring now? Looks that way…

  3. schlussel says:

    now that vaccinations are open to 39/38 year olds in the UK, it will be interesting to see if Will and Kate get jabbed on camera – if they weren’t already vaxxed back in January with the Queen.

    • Andrew’s Nemesis says:

      I’ve just had my first jab – yeGods, the agony: I think it’s worse as I’ve had Covid, but I feel as though Mike Tyson has gone ten rounds on my arm, I feel desperately vomitous, my bones ache and I have a fever of 101. Still, it’s a lot better than death.

      • (The OG) Jan90067 says:

        One of the doctors was on CNN yesterday, and he said the stronger the reaction to the jab, the stronger your immune system is, so it’s a good thing! It means your systems is learning quickly how to fight off Covid.

        I’m with you. My 3 days of misery were WELL worth the alternative of 3 months in intensive care/being vented.

        If/When we have to get boosters, I’ll be first in line. Sore arm/fatigue etc. for a few days beats long term illnesses/death any day of the week!

      • Seraphina says:

        Stay strong. I go for my second next week. And we had a dear friend pass yesterday from COVID. Stay strong.

      • McGee says:

        I’m 5 hours in after shot #2, and prepped for shivers and such but so far nothing. I’m torn as to whether I *want* to feel ill or not, ha.

        Hot tip: I learned a year ago that doing a “funky chicken arm flap” movement a dozen times or so before a shot, and more occasionally in the minutes afterwards, seems to prevent arm soreness. Maybe it’s placebo, but I’ve had no soreness for any shots (flu, tetanus or covid) doing so. Hope this info might help someone else! :)

      • EM says:

        I had a hellish response to the second Pfizer vax last week. The really awful part (fever, chills, body aches, & headache, topped off by insomnia) lasted 24 hours, but it was several days before I felt like myself again. I am glad it’s behind me. Hope you are feeling better soon!

  4. Belli says:

    Anyone remember when Meghan used to get abuse for wearing trousers, especially long wide trousers, because they were “unroyal”?


    • Amy Bee says:

      @Belli: I was trying to avoid mentioning Meghan but it can’t be helped when Kate gets absolutely no criticism for wearing pants now. Kate also taken to wearing long coats now as well.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        Along the same lines without mentioning a name: Why is Kate wearing Tory Burch? I thought Kate only wore British designers as is protocol of the BRF.

      • swirlmamad says:

        @BayTampaBay, maybe she thinks Harry’s American-made happiness will rub off on her.

  5. Becks1 says:

    Huh. I actually think she looks nice. The different shades of blue are a little annoying but overall this is a nice look on her. The blouse is a little fussy but not too bad. The coat appears functional. she’s wearing a mask. She looks professional. If she could just work on the facial expressions…..

    • Cecilia says:

      I doesn’t escape me that every time these 2 try to look “cute” they don’t even look at each other.

      • Andrew’s Nemesis says:

        @Cecilia In the anniversary photos they were looking past one another. Anything to avoid sharing space…

    • LadyMTL says:

      Yeah, I don’t hate it (aside from the collar on the blouse, anyway.) It’s very hard to perfectly match shades of any color, as I have learned through experience, lol. I wish the trousers were shorter but then again I don’t like super long trousers on pretty much anyone.
      I won’t get started on her facial expressions, there isn’t enough time in the day!

    • GRUEY says:

      @Becks1…if that’s the best you can say about her looking nice…LOL!!!

  6. Emm says:

    She loves blue, polka dots, a frilly collar, long coats, and a manic grin. They are so boring.

  7. Heather says:

    Cute outfit but the pants are too long a la Victoria Beckham!

  8. Kalana says:

    Unhemmed pants, wearing pants instead of a dress, American designer. I better hear the outcry Meghan got for the same things, right?

    William doesn’t have a lot going on. Earthshot is it, whatever it turns out to be eventually. A travelling awards show for the environment. Lol.

    • JT says:

      The lack of news for Earthshot and the nothing going on at The Royal Foundation, makes me really see how great Archewell is. It has only been up for maybe a year and already there have been some great partnerships and donations to some incredible organizations. W&K have nothing going on and it should be a bigger story that their foundation doesn’t even seem to be doing anything. Where does the money go? Is there any money at all? Isn’t earthshot supposed to be awarding people soon? Where is the press for that?

      • Their ambition now is to go global w/ their projects. How can they go global when they can’t even mount successful local projects? Hello !?

  9. Southern Fried says:

    I’d have thought it’s pretty hard to mess up a Tory Burch piece but… here comes dull as dirt Kate.

  10. I know says:

    How anyone can claim that she didn’t discover trousers when Meghan started wearing them, is bonkers to me. I would take this outfit over anyone of her coat dresses. On another note, I the long hem on Kate’s tall figure than on Meghan’s petite stature.

    • Andrew’s Nemesis says:

      The one look I really didn’t like on Meghan was the off white trousers she wore to Wimbledon when she attended with Kate – they were far too long, so long they entirely obscured her shoes. Usually I like her trouser game, though. She may be petite, but her legs are long relative to her torso, and she looks elegant – particularly in dark trousers.

      • TeamAwesome says:

        This. The dragging pants are terrible on anyone.

      • Nic919 says:

        I agree. I didn’t like the long hem on Meghan and it looks just as bad on Kate. It’s a dumb trend that ends up being impractical to walk in without destroying your hems.

  11. Sofia says:

    Don’t hate the coat, don’t like the blouse and I think the trousers are too long.

    Outfit aside, yeah has Kate even done a solo engagement in public since the Oprah interview 2 months ago? I’m sure reporters covering the event get told which questions to ask and when so it’s not like anyone is gonna go “So did you make Meghan cry?”.

    • Amy Bee says:

      Last week at the National Portrait Gallery was her first solo engagement since the Oprah interview. The royal rota is very protective of Kate so they won’t ever shout questions at her

      • Sofia says:

        1 engagement in 2 months doesn’t seem like much but then again Kate doesn’t really work so maybe it is!

    • Cecilia says:

      Maybe this is them trying to market themselves as a team? It would explained why their social media handle went from “kensingtonroyal” to dukeandduchessofcambridge”
      And it immediately adds to the “engagements” tally

      • swirlmamad says:

        I think this is a big part of the tag-teamed events — giving the illusion that they are a “team” like a certain other couple, except they were genuinely good at portraying that dynamic.

      • Becks1 says:

        I def think its partly about the engagement tally – they each get an event and its the same amount of work for their staff.

      • L84Tea says:

        Yikes. I have never seen two people work so hard to not work.

      • Saucy&Sassy says:

        Cecilia, that’s exactly what I think, too. They get a tick in their engagement tally for each of them, and they are trying to become recognized as a team. Just as Harry & Meghan are. The only difference that I see is that do Keen and Mean really not want people to know them as future futures?

    • Isabella says:

      In fairness, the pandemic isn’t over. Everybody is doing less in public. Observe the Oscars.

  12. Dido says:

    Why does she always wear children’s masks? So weird. Is it to cover as little of her face as possible?

    • Chaine says:

      It’s bizarre. They are too small and kind of clamped to her face, like a gagged kidnapping victim.

    • MsDiMeanOur says:

      Came to say the same thing
      The mask looks painful on her face tho

    • Saucy&Sassy says:

      This could be easily fixed–just replace the elastic with a longer piece. She must have someone on her staff that could do that for her. Right?

  13. Amy Bee says:

    Apparently new blouse and coat. This would have a good opportunity to wear something a bit more casual.

    • Becks1 says:

      oh man, really? (regarding the new coat.) HOW MANY COATS DOES SHE NEED?? I just assumed it was a repeat because she has so many blue coats lol.

      • MsIam says:

        Exactly, how could you tell when everything looks the same?

      • Amy Bee says:

        The Kate stans say it’s a new Catherine Walker coat.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Wearing late Diana’s fav late designer again? There are plenty of other designers out there, live ones with new ideas, who would welcome her business. Why keep cosplaying with Diana’s?

  14. Persephone says:

    I’m sorry, but I think the pants are ill-fitting. Her clothes wear her.

  15. Tiffany says:

    She always keeps a coat on like she has one foot out the door.

    She never will change.

    • booboocita says:

      She’s become so painfully thin since the early years of her marriage that I’ve often wondered if she wears coats all the time just to keep herself warm.

  16. Merricat says:

    I love the pants, but come on, she can afford to have them properly hemmed. Maybe skip the new earrings and fix the fit.
    Meanwhile, I can’t help but laugh that the Cambridges are suddenly “working.” Schadenfreude.

  17. MsIam says:

    The Daily Beast had an article about how the Cambridges are now the “fun and exciting” couple and so much more interesting than Harry and Meghan. This is all due to their YouTube channel. So I guess this outing is part of the “fun and excitement”. Ahem.

    • JT says:

      Yes. There are now the fun and exciting couple…after H&M left. Just keep telling on yourselves then. And if you even have to mention the Sussexes in a story about the Keens, then W&K must not be that exciting.

    • mariahlee says:

      fun & exciting because all they do is fluff. major social and economic crises worldwide, but especially in the uk, and they havent meaningfully touched one. v easy to appear fun when all your work engagements look like field trips.

  18. Kelley says:

    DIdn’t she wear this blouse for those pictures for Charles’ 70th birthday? When they were all in the garden together and on the bench? Or is that a different blue polka dot blouse?

    EDIT: Never mind, it was a dress that looks almost the same.

    • swirlmamad says:

      OMG you’re totally right. That was a dress, but essentially the same pattern, color and cut as this blouse. Good grief.

      • (The OG) Jan90067 says:

        I posted links above about this. That dress is the EXACT dress Abigail Spencer wore to Meghan’s wedding….and the exact dress (in another fabric (blue of course!)) that Pip wore to Louis’ christening.

        Both Mid women have NO originality whatsoever.

  19. Amy Too says:

    There’s something about her proportions that always makes her look weird to me when she’s wearing belted pants with a shirt tucked in. Like it looks like the belt is too low, not on what should be her natural waist, but if the pants and the belt were higher on the waist they’d be super high-waisted and that would also maybe be a weird look on her. As it is, she always looks like she’s wearing some dated old lady pants that come up too high on the waist to be stylish but not high enough to actually be on-purpose high waisted-style pants. Like what are these pants *supposed* to look like? Are they meant to be high waisted but she just had such a long torso? Or are they meant to sit lower on the waist but she has them altered to be more granny-style for whatever reason? Is she just wearing pants that are too big for her so she has to hike them up a bit? I want to see her wear pants without the shirt tucked in, I think it would make a huge difference. I’d also like to see her wear pants that are a bit more fitted around the waist and hips, especially if they’re going to be so long and wide legged. She always looks like she’s swimming in her pants and if we took off the belt, they’d just fall straight down to the floor.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      Like Kate Moss, I think Wiglet is long-waisted with short legs.

      • L84Tea says:

        You can see it when she wears anything tight or is in a bathing suit. Her torso is extremely long. I always used to think she had long legs (because to me at 5’1″ everyone does), but it’s really just an illusion created by her long middle area.

  20. Leanne says:

    What is up with the weather there? She is always dressed like it’s cold and in the pictures, there are kids in short sleeves and short skirts. Who is dressing appropriately for the weather?!?! The kids or her?

    • Beach Dreams says:

      I think she’s been dressing to hide how thin she is. Those photos of her in the sundress at the children’s hospice last summer drew a lot of attention to her weight. Since then, she’s been covering up and tossing in bulkier pieces like these coats. Makes you wonder if she’ll continue the pattern for this summer…

      • Nic919 says:

        I think this is it. She’s almost as thin as the pre teen children standing next to her in these photos.

  21. Andrew’s Nemesis says:

    Why the hell must Wiglet dress like a Sloane Ranger ca 1982? She looks frightful, and her style is so ageing.
    (Hint, Wiglet: since you SWF everything else to do with Meghan, try copying her style. Eight out of ten times, Meghan nails her look and is effortlessly chic, youthful and charming; she wears the clothes, rather than the clothes wearing her, and they don’t detract from her message. Kate should stop dressing as if she were a good 35 years older than she is.)

  22. SarahCS says:

    I can just hear the ladies at GFY shouting “HEM YOUR PANTS”.

    Overall not a fan of this look, definitely something ‘off’ (I think it’s the colours, it looks mis-matched) and giving a weary chuckle at the effort these two are putting into their “work” now. Sigh.

  23. mariahlee says:

    i actually like her duplikate style when she cosplays as a professional woman. the belt clashes on this one though.

  24. Digital Unicorn says:

    Good look for her but god they both love to pose like they are in a catalogue shoot.

  25. Amelie says:

    The pants are too long and dragging on the ground. All I can think of is that viral meme song “Pants on the ground, pants on the ground, looking like a fool with your pants on the ground.” Separately these are all nice pieces but Kate has a hard time with separates I’ve noticed (I do too, it’s hard to get it just right). The polka dot shirt doesn’t work here and is the white collar part of the shirt or is there another shirt underneath?

  26. Gah says:

    Why are her masks so tight that there’s bound to be a line on her cheeks form the elastic? They look so incredibly silly.

    Is she trying to show her filled cheeks??? I just don’t understand why she insists on wearing children’s masks

  27. Over it says:

    Wear a mask Karen when so close to people, also again with the token blacks. Parents have got to stop letting them use their children of color to score points

  28. Over it says:

    For someone who does one appearance every other week, she looks exhausted,

  29. Ann says:

    I like polka dots too, but that blouse is a bit too prim. Also, I think it’s funny she’s wearing Tory Burch because that always makes me think of Buttons. Tory and her signature logo buttons, though I don’t see any of those here.

    Yeah, her pants are too long, what’s with that? She’s tall! No excuses.

  30. NomNom says:

    Her overdone hee-haw facial expressions are off-putting.

  31. Wiglet Watcher says:

    Kate wears clothes at event. Photos get taken. Good press is written for her…. what exactly got accomplished for anyone else? Do charities exist to prop her up?

  32. Kitty says:

    Remember when Will and Kate Royal duties used to be broadcasted everywhere? Seems like it’s only relevant to the UK and Royal watchers now.

  33. TheOriginalMia says:

    William tags along because he doesn’t have anything going on. I don’t think they are worried about her saying anything because she rarely says anything of interest to begin with. Also, there won’t be any gotcha questions because they are all in it together. The RR want to project a certain image of the BRF. The only time we’ll get shouted out questions are when the royals want to tell us something, like William’s “very much not racist” response. Heh, maybe they don’t trust Kate to convincingly deliver that message. Who knows.

    I don’t like the blouse. Solid color would have been better. The different shades of navy are annoying, but not a deal breaker. And the trousers need a good hem. Oh…and she’s back to the child size masks. Don’t they leave marks on her face?

  34. Mooney says:

    The whole outfit looks… mismatched. Wide legged trousers don’t suit her. She should stick to skinny jeans or cropped trousers. And the look would have looked better with a ponytail. Open hair doesn’t look good everywhere.

  35. L4frimaire says:

    She’s a tall woman. There is no reason she should be wearing her pants that long. It makes her look like a beanpole. She needs to hem them. That look may work on Meghan but on her it looks gauche and sloppy. Don’t like the schoolmarm blouse and her proportions are off with the long coat, the long hem on the pants and the different shades of navy are distracting. Too busy and fussy.

  36. BlueToile says:

    These joint appearances are nothing more than look-how-happy-and-solid-our-marriage-is-we-should-be-next-for-the-throne events.

  37. Bonsai Mountain says:

    Always with the black children/children of color as props. I really hate this.

  38. Jay says:

    I do think “sporty” is Kate’s best type of event, where she can take a few action shots with photogenic kids, not a lot of interaction or actual speaking required. No pie charts, no speeches! New PR team knows what they are doing, at least.

    I like to think that the Cambridges are being forced into a show of “togetherness” as part of their “our marriage is very strong” messaging, but also because their new PR people don’t trust either of them to competently do an event solo.

  39. MerlinsMom1018 says:

    I know that QE2 wears bright colors because as she once said ” I have to be seen to be believed ”
    Is it possible that Kate wears what she does to stand out from the crowd?
    I am not giving her or him a pass or an endorsement, I am just wondering.

    • Saucy&Sassy says:

      MerlinsMom1018, If she wanted to stand out in the crowd, IMO she would have worn taylored pants and a red, or whatever blouse. That would have worked with the all navy look she has going on here. A light blue blouse would have been pretty, too. It’s not that difficult to dress appropriately. I wonder if the problem for her is that she’s never worked in an office environment so that she really doesn’t know how to do this? It’s not difficult and it doesn’t have to be exceptional.

  40. Dawning says:

    Has anyone else noticed that the Other Brother and Consort are being photographed with people of colour since the H&M Oprah interview?

  41. NCDancer says:

    So I co-sign on the fashion criticism but here is my question: What is the point of events like this? Is it just general awareness/drawing attention? I didn’t question it before but I guess now in comparison to the Sussexes, these now seem rather lightweight. So what? You hung around with kids? Did you fundraise? Did you partner on something of lasting merit? What have you created? Those questions are the ones that are going to do the monarchy in. I think we expect more from our institutions now, and just showing up won’t be enough. I am not sure the BRF really get that.

    • Zebz says:

      I agree completely. These visits basically act as a photoshoot for will and Kate, but do nothing for the organization. I think the comparison to the Sussex foundation that is donating real tangible things, money, supplies, is the real problem. The royal foundation is basically defunct right now. Weird.

  42. Bea says:

    Is it just me but her face looks really different?

  43. Lila says:

    I hate her stupid baby masks.

    ETA: I’m all for mask wearing. Just, ya know, in a size that fits your face!

  44. Well Wisher says:

    As I observe the images, I cannot ignore the messaging of the optics. One assumption of the continuing joint appearances is that they present as a team, to offset allegations of marital problems or indicate an non-existing intimacy. After ten years she should have enough experience and confidence to do solo outings.

  45. Melissa says:

    Cant wait for him to kick her and her family to the curb — they’ll have to destroy everyone to make Willy look good but so be it, it isn’t like they don’t deserve to be taken down a few pegs.

  46. colleen says:

    I’m starting to suspect William is tagging along because Harry and Meghan do a lot of joint things and this is his “See? I love my wife too!” cosplay.

  47. SenseOfTheAbsurd says:

    Are tiny novelty watering cans going to be William’s thing this year?

  48. Liz version 700 says:

    The look on that little “token black child’s” face when Kate is trying to shoot the fake arrow is priceless. Must every dark skinned child in England now be used by the monarchy to deflect their racism claims?

  49. MangoAngelesque says:

    The cringe is so fierce with her. How tiresome must your marriage be if you have to force so much emotion into EVERYTHING, because you literally have no idea what it’s actually supposed to genuinely be like?

    “Haw haw, Wills! Watering cans! Containers! With water! Inside of them! Can you believe we’re doing this?? Together??!? William?!?!! Haw!! HAW!!!”

    “Small child! You make me appear motherly because I have three children!!! Haw!! Let me grin at you!!! Isn’t this FUN?! WILLIAM!!! This is FUN!!! Together!!!”

  50. Monica says:

    I want her to get back to this sort of thing, actually. Her best moments early on were when she was being sporty. Hopefully with the new PR team, there will be no more snotty leaks about M&H, and she and her worse half will stay in their boring, mildly pleasant lane forever after.

  51. Rai says:

    I am a mid-west, mid-level IT professional, suburban soccer and my clothes are better than Kate’s. And that makes me sad…

    What is the point of being a Duchess and future queen and have no zazazu? She’s so boring.

  52. notasugarhere says:

    The collar, extra long coat, and way she’s holding the arrow in that first pic are giving me odd Willy Wonka vibes.

  53. Likeyoucare says:

    I dont think willie tagging kate to protect kate.
    The one who was making mistake when he is yapping was willie.
    1. The royal not racist.
    2. I no nothing about gardening to the men mental health gardening group.
    3. Hhahahahaa covid is funny.

    Thats all on willie.

  54. Kate always looks aged.

  55. CrystalBall says:

    I am surprised by her choice of full-length coat in May. After the red one, she has now debuted the navy.
    (She did look far too cheery in the red as she posed with a book about the devastating effects of the pandemic).
    However, in Europe it is custom to stop wearing full-length, wintery looking coats in spring. So with only two weeks until June, the start of summer, she really does look out of season in the above photos.

  56. L4frimaire says:

    I had no idea this was the mental health engagement they had that was supposedly “overshadowed” by Harry’s podcast appearance, which discussed mental health. I think one paper described it as a “lovely day out”, so didn’t think they did anything big to commemorate Mental Health Week ( month in US). Didn’t they also write a letter?