Duchess Kate wore a Beulah dress to the Wimbledon men’s final: cute or dated?

TENNIS : Wimbledon 2021 - 06/07/2021

On Friday, the royal reporters were told that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would attend both of the Wimbledon singles finals on Saturday and Sunday. As we saw, Prince William came out for the women’s final, and I still say that was the first time he’s ever gone to any women’s final. But he didn’t go to the men’s final at all! I kept waiting to see a cut-away of William and Kate looking grim together in the Royal Box, but no. He wasn’t there. Instead, Kate attended Championship Sunday with her father Michael Middleton as her date. My guess is that William skipped out because he didn’t want to spend the entire day watching sporting events back-to-back (Wimbledon men’s final and the Euro final).

Michael and Kate arrived at the All-England Club earlier than expected, and their first stop was the Gentlemen’s Wheelchair Singles Final on Court 3. Then they went to the Royal Box on Center Court for the men’s final: Novak Djokovic vs. Matteo Berrettini. It was a tense match but Novak won in four sets. This is Novak’s 20th Slam in singles. He’s now tied with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for Slam singles titles. An era of GOATs.

You know how I’ve been saying that William looks so much more relaxed when he’s away from Kate? Well, Kate seemed more at ease without William there too. She and her dad seemed to have a really nice day together and Kate didn’t make an ass out of herself. Kate wore this Beulah crepe dress which retails for £695. She carried a Josef bag and she wore Mappin & Webb Empress earrings. I kind of like this dress although pale pink isn’t necessarily her color. Kate looks so much better in darker greens, purples, reds. But this had a nice silhouette and it was flattering. Dated? For sure. She looks like she’s about to have a cocktail at the tennis club in 1935.

Men's Singles Final - 2021 Wimbledon Championships

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  1. SarahCS says:

    Yeah I could totally see Liz in this dress (plus an epic brooch) back in the day.

    I watched both finals and didn’t think anyone royal was at the mens game, I just didn’t notice the camera cutting to them as it had done on Saturday. Maybe TOB sent the BBC a note.

    I kept my hopes up that Berrettini might just make it somehow but nope. Sign. I was never enthused watching Djokovic and after he showed his colours during the pandemic I’d like him to go away. Great tennis player or not.

    • L84Tea says:

      This totally reminds me of something Liz would’ve worn in the 40’s. It’s pretty, but very dated looking. But that’s Kate for you…

      • kelleybelle says:

        Yes, dated. As usual.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        Given all the money she has access to, and all of the stylist that she could have to come to her rescue, why she continues to dress herself boggles my mind!! She can’t dress herself to save her life!!

    • Betsy says:

      No, The Queen Mother, in the 30s.

      I really love vintage and vintage styling, but I just don’t like Kate, so I don’t really like most of what she wears.

      • manda says:

        That is exactly how I feel! Every now and then, I feel I have to begrudgingly admit that I think she is wearing something cute. Thank goodness she doesn’t wear stuff that I think is cute very often, lol

        But yes, I think this is pretty and I like the shoes, and I liked the green dress the day before

      • Original Penguin says:

        30s would have had a drop waist. More 40s or 50s

  2. Noki says:

    I actually like the shoes ,Kate is not into shoes(what a shame with all that access) but i think this style suits her. I know its summer but her skin looks to be the result of a tanning bed which is terrible,i cant imagine her being spray tanned its too gauche.

    • Jo73c says:

      Well if it’s a natural tan, she didn’t get it in the UK. This summer has been non-existent.

      • Steph says:

        I was watching the match at a bar on Thursday. One of the players pulled in a winter bubble coat. I was shocked.

    • bettyrose says:

      I think the whole outfit is cute but I dislike the color. In a more lively color (and maybe on a more lively person?) this whole look has retro-cute potential.

    • goofpuff says:

      I’m sure is the result of vacations they always take and don’t tell anyone. Whenever they disappear from the public eye for a few weeks its vacation related. Only when it leaks do they admit they did that.

      • bettyrose says:

        W & K sneaking off on vacation together would challenge the theory that they’re mostly separated, but that doesn’t mean Kate and Carole weren’t off at a Mediterranean spa retreat. Does Carole relax?

  3. Sunday says:

    I actually love everything about this outfit. (Well, except for who’s in it, but that’s besides the point.)

    I think all this “looking more at ease” is the result of recent (re)training. All the Cambridges looked and reacted more like actual humans and less like robots who are somehow sad despite being robots. I think they were coached on new reactions and poses: ‘don’t just clap, we want to see you CHEER!’ ‘Kate, for the love of GOD close your mouth’ etc.

    • GRUEY says:

      I could not hate the color more.

      Maybe it’s because I’m a brunette whose been done very dirty by pastels so I feel personally attacked by how blah the color looks on her.

      It’s not even pink, is it? Brunettes, leave the pale mush colors to the blondes. Ok actually maybe someone like Lupita Nyongo could make this dress look fresh too. But on a white lady brunette? No.

      • iconoclast59 says:

        Fellow brunette here. Yes, we look better in saturated colors. Also, as I’ve aged, I’ve had to move from the brighter colors to ones with more of a gray undertone; I’ve heard these referred to as “jewel tones.”

  4. Lesley says:

    Kate could have let the Duke of Kent have one last time presenting the trophies? I would have stepped back and let him do it.

    • Merricat says:

      But she WANTED it, which means that she doesn’t have to be polite or kind or even just decent. She shows who she is again and again.

      • Tessa says:

        She was avid to get his patronage for years. What a shame, shows a lot about her character.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Technically she didn’t get his patronage. He is the President of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. She is the royal patron of it. QEII was the royal patron of it for years, but only attended a handful of times.

    • Merricat says:

      I believe he expected to present a final time.

    • Harper says:

      She should have deferred to him and let the Duke present. He probably graciously said she could do it out of an abundance of gentlemanly manners, but she should have seen the event for what it meant to him and insisted.

      • Lemons says:

        She’s classless. It all comes back to that, no? She’s a classless person through and through, and she will ALWAYS show her a– in every situation that calls for elegance, class, intelligence, and charisma.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Yeah but this is Top CEO who is having some PR issues – of course she was going to shove him out of the way to hog all the press and be the centre of attention. Gracious and Kate Middleton do NOT go together.

    • UndineSpragg's Vanity says:

      Did we watch the same match? I distinctly remember seeing the Duke of Kent presenting the trophies to Novak & Matteo Berretini while Kate stood by on the side with a few others clapping.

    • SarahCS says:

      Let’s not forget royal hierarchy, I’m sure there’s PROTOCOL that as she’s closer to that jewel encrusted end-game than he is she gets to do what she wants. Respect be damned.

    • Bean says:

      Be VERY careful about peddling untruths – we are better than that. The Duke DID present the trophies.

      The Duke of Kent presents Serbia’s Novak Djokovic with the winners trophy after he defeated Italy’s Matteo Berrettini in men’s singles final on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Sunday, July 11, 2021.

      • The Hench says:

        @Bean – yes. Exactly. Lord knows there’s plenty to criticise her for without making things up.

      • YaGotMe says:

        I feel like often there is a bit of piling on when folks haven’t even read an article or viewed an event. Kate = bad must be true…type out a dig.

    • Züri says:

      Thank you! She made sure she was front and center both days. I’m glad she at least let the Duke speak with Djokovic yesterday, she was very keen with Ash Barty and it was cringeworthy (and you could see it on William’s face).

      Not a fan of the dress, but she’s consistent in her poor wardrobe choices.

    • The Hench says:

      Kate DID let him present the trophies. I’ve even linked to photos (apologies it’s the Fail but it was either that or LSA – struggled to find the exact one with both of them in shot. Duke holding trophy. Kate very much not).

      Where did we get the idea she didn’t?

      ETA the moderating machine swallowed the link but I’m sure Google will oblige…

  5. Maria says:

    Seconding Sunday – I like the outfit, just not who’s in it, LOL. But I like that shade.

  6. chai35 says:

    I don’t think it looks dated. I think it looks classic. She veers to often to styles that make her look older than she is, but I think this looks nice!

    • Mei says:

      Agree, me too! Thought the little bit of puff detail on the shoulders here is okay (even though puffy shoulders/sleeves are on trend right now I hope it will soon die out, what’s wrong with a normal clean shoulder and sleeve?), because the mandarin collar keeps it simple and modern.

      • kelleybelle says:

        She wears a lot of puffed sleeves I think to add more “bulk” to her too-thin frame.

  7. Woke says:

    Modern or dated you never have the feeling that her personality shine through her clothes. It’s weird and sad that she or they were successful at making her as bland as possible.

  8. EnormousCoat says:

    Agree that the pale pink isn’t great and the top part reminds me of the uniforms diner waitresses wore on TV in 1970s/80s shows. I definitely don’t hate the dress, but I def do not at all like the color, and that is making me not love the dress. But at least she seemed to have a nice day away from her absolute pill of a husband.

    • Thirtynine says:

      Agree that this particular pink is not working for her.

    • Ann says:

      You’re right about the diner waitresses! I like the color and the vintage feel of it, but somehow wasn’t working….and I think that’s why. What was that show with Mel’s Diner? “Alice.” They were uniforms that looked like that I think.

      Kate’s just too thin. That’s why she looks old for her age. I understand the pressure to be thin when you’re always being photographed but she needs to think of her health and put on a little weight. She would look and feel better, even if she wasn’t a hanger for clothes any more.

    • Ann says:

      sorry double post

  9. Over it says:

    I guess it was bring your dad to work day. And I don’t know where Kate is getting the Botox but it’s not working. She is looking older and haggard by the minute

    • Oshin says:

      Remember the outrage when Doria accompanied Meghan to the cookbook launch.

    • Susan says:

      As someone in their…er…late 40s. I just have to chime in that all this Botox shaming is kind of cruel. There’s only so much Botox can do, same with fillers. If we are lucky we will all age, the alternative (dying young) sucks much worse. I’ve had a doc tell me I need a face lift and…it hurts. Financially (LOL), emotionally, physically, it just hurts. I’m all for bashing the fashion and the hair and the work ethic and the treatment of her sister in law…but ugh….

      • CidyKitty(CidySmiley) says:

        Susan – I agree. Let’s not bash someone for aging. She’s trying to age in front of the entire world and that can’t be a great feeling considering that I’m relatively young and a nurse told me I should start botoxing between my brows and I wore a beanie the rest of the week.

      • Maria says:

        I think this issue would be less commented on if Kate hadn’t leaked stories to the press about how her glowing youthful complexion and figure were so much better than biracial Meghan’s.
        That and she was quick to deny that she had Botox while letting those other toxic stories about Meghan circulate.

        Also, it’s not simply a question of aging – it’s the reverse Dorian Gray thing. Both she and her husband are getting the faces they deserve, and age is only a part of it.

      • LaraW” says:

        Others have made this point before— the botox shaming directed at Kate is because of her vehement denial of getting any work done, to the point she had stories in the UK media removed/shut down. Additionally, someone mentioned yesterday that she used her “natural, botox free beauty” as a weapon against Megahn during the smear campaign (CBers, please correct me if I’m misremembering).

        So she doesn’t get a pass. There are other beauty posts on CB that I’ve read which aren’t critical of a woman’s choice to get botox and fillers— the sticking point is the hyprocrisy and continued denial that she got any work done at all.

        Kate and other famous women’s insistence that they are “all natural” only feeds into the stigmatization of getting these treatments, when instead she could normalize them to say there’s nothing wrong with getting some work done. It creates a feedback loop that upholds these toxic standards for women’s beauty.

        There was that instagrammer who shared her really fucked up botox job and shared it with her followers. I think having more of those conversations would help address societal pressures on women to uphold a certain aesthetic, instead of this “how dare you suggest I get botox treatments despite the fact that I clearly do.”

        Also, I find concern trolling and incredibly invasive questions to be a pretty effective way of getting people to back off and be embarrassed about their socially inappropriate comments.

        Like the doctor who said you need a face lift— you could strike back at them and say you’d totally be willing to, if they’re willing to write a letter to your insurance company explaining why a facelift is medically necessary (I believe it’s a very high bar to meet since it’s elective surgery) so that insurance has to cover at least half the cost. After all, this is a procedure that’s being recommended by the doctor— filing the necessary paperwork shouldn’t be a big deal, right?

        And the nurse who said you need botox, get REALLY enthusiastic and LOUDLY ask them where THEY get their botox, how much it costs, how often, how old were they when THEY started botox, and could they provide recommendations.

      • Holland says:

        Sick of women constantly nitpicking other women’s looks—including surgeries. It’s cruel.

      • Over it says:

        No shade to you or whoever chooses these procedures. It’s your face your body your choice. However Kate is getting the face she deserves. Her inner demon is showing on the outside and no , she gets no passes from me because according to her and her army of protectors she doesn’t get Botox . So I can’t really be shaming her for something she denied ever getting. So I will just say her inner demon is coming out in her face and she deserves it. I will save my sympathy for people like Meghan who wanted to end her and her child’s life because of the abuse she faced at the hands of the British media who got their marching orders from people like Kate and her mother and william. Kate and her face will get a break from me when Meghan daily attacks and criticism and racist abuse stops period.

      • BeanieBean says:

        Your doctor told you you needed a facelift?! I’d get a new doctor.

      • YaGotMe says:

        I feel you. I leave every one of these threads knowing that I smoked for 20 years and still Sun worship (I’m 52). I dabble in botox and fillers too. I cringe reading these comments, then I remember where they come from…
        Don’t let bitter people hurt you.

      • Maria says:

        YaGotMe and Susan, I’m sure you’re both beautiful. Try not to reduce the dialogue here to us just being “bitter” about Kate. And try to remember how she’s weaponized these types of narratives too.

      • candy says:

        Kate looked amazing and youthful during her pregnancies. This is not due to premature aging, it’s due to be 30+ pounds under her natural weight. I believe she does botox and some light fillers in her cheeks, which are more recent. It’s not a criticism, in the way that I don’t think it’s poorly done, personally.

        However, as women, if we collectively reject the pressure of looking youthful, we must also point out that women in the spotlight are getting these procedures and setting unrealistic standards. One perpetuates the other, sorry.

        To me, it’s not something I would do. I’m too afraid of needles and pain, the dentist is bad enough. But I don’t “condemn” the practice. I prefer to lean on creams and products that make me feel good, not turn to painful procedures. Partly because it’s a never ending cycle that seems somewhat futile to me, and I wouldn’t exchange the results for the pain. Obviously it doesn’t bother everyone equally. Like you said, if we age that is a good thing. I wouldn’t risk the chemicals, and possible f*cking up of one injection and risk permanently altering my face. But I don’t judge anyone if that’s what they need to be happy and brave enough to assume the risks.

        Surely, Kate as well as other famous women have access to the best of the best, and even that has mixed results. That is enough to scare me.

      • Nic919 says:

        @candy your comment perfectly encapsulates why the issue of botox and fillers gets brought up with respect to Kate. It’s because one of her very first press releases was a denial of using hair extensions and then later botox and when you add that with the excessive photoshopping that certain preferred photographers use, what we have is a cultivated image based on a lie where there is a constant denial to admitting that any help is being used. When cracks are shown in the unrealistic image then they get pointed out.

        We don’t see these comments about Camilla, Sophie or Anne because they have not aggressively crafted the same image. Nor do we see them with someone like Dolly Parton, who freely admits that she’s gotten help. It’s the hypocrisy that is the trigger.

      • candy says:

        @Nic919 “what we have is a cultivated image”

        Exactly. I think the idea of beauty is very much a social construct, which we’ve seen time and time again throughout history. Footbinding, for example. Implants. It’s always changing with the fashion of the day, whatever it may be. But certain common points remain: these constructs involve some kind of mutilation of the body of women. Something to think about in terms of real empowerment for women by women.

      • YaGotMe says:

        Going on about why you think this particular person *deserves* criticism doesn’t negate how the daily talk of bad skin, smoking, anorexia, tanning, xyz affects those of us a!so ageing. It’s easy to find a justification for a predetermined intent.

      • Robin says:

        I’m with Candy and Nic919 on this. (I’m sorry to both of you in advance if I’ve rush-read your comments and you think, actually, that’s not what we said – I have kids under my feet as I type!)

        I catch myself calling Kate out on this issue and I wonder why. For me it is layered:

        1. She had the gall to suggest she had the skin quality Meghan should aspire to.
        2. She has clamped down on stories suggesting she uses interventions with as much force as her husband shut down stories of his infidelity.
        Which leads me to –
        3. By pretending she does not use botox, fillers, hair extensions etc she is portraying the idea that a woman can be under her natural body weight and look OK. I’ll say “OK”, because she doesn’t look that good even with all the money she can throw at her doctors/facialists. And the fact she doesn’t look that good is because she is fighting from a long way back. You can’t go through years of disordered eating and expect your face and hair not to show it, even with assistance. It doesn’t work. This is the same with a myriad of other female celebrities once they are out of the editing suite. And I know there are 1000s of female fans for whom she is a style icon. Kate doesn’t have to be anyone’s role model, but she must accept there are young women out there who will think being under your body weight and looking OK are workable. After a while they are not. I speak as someone who had an ED.
        4. As others have said, Kate and her image are pretty much all she has. She doesn’t DO anything.

        ps I am not body shaming her. I am working to the well known photos of her before her engagement and marriage.

      • Maria says:

        Apparently we are unfairly “piling on Kate” according to YaGotMe…

      • YaGotMe says:

        @ Maria…I don’t give a rat’s are about Keen.

        My point was clear!y missed between buttons, botox, wiglets etc.

      • Maria says:

        No, I think your point is pretty clear. You stated above that in Kate posts we have a tendency to unfairly pile on.
        Can’t really say I agree with the idea that comments about Kate’s appearance automatically mean she is a victim of us being catty and we are the problem, never minding the racist and patriarchal ways she has weaponized and perpetuated this narrative herself, not just against Meghan but against the women she looks at as her future subjects, and indeed has more power and influence to do so given her wealth and access. These beauty standards come from the top down after all.
        These comment sections are moderated and thusly Kate is never going to be the subject of the abuse that Meghan was. And observations are not always abuse, although I’ll agree calling her haggard is crossing a line.
        This kind of reeks of the automatic sympathy white women are given…and the implication that criticism of Kate is hurtful to other women doesn’t hold water with me because she has more power than any of us, and indeed in some ways more power than most women in the public eye: as a Royal she can control her own press narrative and shut down any discussion she doesn’t like, and she has done so, even getting basic news stories pulled with the help of Palace offices.

      • YaGotMe says:

        I did say there is a tendency to pile on….unfairly is your word, not mine. the string you reference has nothing to do with her looks but rather the erroneous assertion that she presented the trophy. Irony.

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      Who are these doctors and nurses telling women they “should” or “need to” use Botox etc.? Unless these are medical necessities, it sounds like they are making women who are likely still in middle age feel bad about their appearance for the purpose of collecting more fees on procedures that would need to be performed again and again.

      Nice work if you can get it.

      Not sure a woman in her late 30s is “aging” in the sense of “getting old” just yet. How far are we pushing back this window? On the one hand, everyone is aging from Day 1 in the sense that we’re getting another day older. On the other hand, “aging” is typically associated with “oldness” and people in their 30s and 40s are not “old.”

      For the record, I’m 64 and consider myself moving through late middle age, as part of a generation that has expanded that phase in life socially, if not physiologically. There’s a very big middle to the life span now, at least in advanced (!) nations.

      • antipodean says:

        @Who ARE These People, I just want to tell you how lovely your comment is, and you have encapsulated my take on this “aging women” discussion. Everybody is trying to do the best we can to take care of our health, and our families. We all have our individual struggles, and kindness to our fellow humans is always the best approach. Thank you for your kindness, it touched my heart! Aging is a privilege after all, and nobody gets out unscathed, or alive!

      • Saucy&Sassy says:

        Who ARE these people, I remember years ago seeing Joan Rivers on some talk show and she said that ALL women should get cosmetic surgery. My mouth dropped open. Sure, forget about making sure that your kids have a roof over their heads and food in their stomachs, let’s just go get face lifts. I’m appalled that anyone in the medical profession would tell this to anyone. Is this where our society has gone? I’m in my 60s and I have no intention of getting any cosmetic work done. That’s my choice. My dad and 2 sisters have been dead for years, and I’m very happy to age. When I get a wrinkle, I think of all of the wrinkles they never got.

        Be your beautiful self and ignore those other voices.

  10. Becks1 says:

    I don’t love this dress but don’t hate it either. It’s very benign to me, even with the buttons – its fine.

    I am glad that Kate does seem to be actually working at Wimbledon this year, and she’s attending more events than just the big finals.

    • Tessa says:

      She is all on the surface, I don’t think she does a whole lot of work there. She shows up and grins at cameras and presents trophies. The Duke of Kent really worked and was dedicated. Hard work is not for Kate.

      • Darla says:

        What “hard work” could the Duke have done at the matches? Was he the ball boy?

      • Becks1 says:

        Oh of course its all surface work, but at least its more than she has done in past years.

        @Darla – are you implying the royals aren’t working themselves to the bone by attending tennis matches?? lol

  11. Sofia says:

    I actually think her dress isn’t bad. It’s better than some of her other 80s style dresses. And the pic that Kaiser chose of Kate for the story on the main page! I almost didn’t recognise her

  12. Baela says:

    The man, the legend, the GOAT…

    Dress is fine too.

  13. Over it says:

    And Kate’s entire outfit including the shoes looks like she just stepped out of an episode of that British show midwives.

    • Robin says:

      Yes, you’re totally right! Call the Midwife, I think. The type of midwife, though, who wouldn’t know her uterus from her kneecap because she’d have her eyes set on marrying the doctor and not looking after the patients. I don’t know whether they have a character like that in the show?! I’ve only ever made it through the opening credits before turning over.

  14. Jay says:

    I really like the style of this dress, but not the colour. It reminds me of old fashioned nursing scrubs somehow, and I’m just not a fan of pastels. Now imagine it in a raspberry pink? Or teal?

  15. Merricat says:

    Meh, she looks like an cupcake. Not my kind of style, nor my kind of color–it’s just a block of pastel.

  16. Amy Bee says:

    Crown princess Mary of Denmark has this same dress in cream. She’s in her 50s. That should tell you that Kate shouldn’t be wearing this dress. The colour also didn’t suit her. And where were all the royalists who criticized Meghan for bringing her mother on an engagement yesterday? I didn’t see any of them complaining about Kate bringing her father to Wimbledon.

  17. (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

    My “beef” with the outfit is that it feels “young” for a woman almost 40 yrs. old. I know puffed sleeves are a “thing” again, but eh… Also, a recurring problem Kate has with ready to wear clothes is that she is long-waisted, and the “natural waist” on dresses like this is almost an empire on her (the waist sits under her chest and above *her* natural waist). As a result, the belts tend to ride up on her (and you can see the seam of the dress’ waist).

    Since she does tend to take off the rack and make it “bespoke”, IMO, she should just tend toward dresses W/O waists, and add a belt at *her* waist, or just have the entire dress made to order for HER body. It would look/fall so much better on her frame.

    I think, again, just MY opinion, she’s looked stunning in pencil skirted dresses, even ones that flare a bit on the bottom (she had a gorgeous yellow dress with white inset panels on the Aus. trip that I *still* remember!). A sleeker silhouette would look SO much better on her, more professional, and yes, make her look younger and fresher than these twee styles she insists on. Again…JMO ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      I don’t understand her choices either, but maybe she’s trying to add bulk.

  18. Eurydice says:

    More vintage than dated, I think. It’s a bit too little-girlish for my taste and I really hate those thick fabric-covered belts, but she looks fine in it

  19. Nyro says:

    Another royal woman, a dark haired Danish princess I believe, worse the exact same dress recently and it looks much much better on her. It is a retro-ish look but the other princess fills it out and the silhouette of the dress is actually nice. Kate’s just hangs off of her from the shoulders down, like the way the dress falls on a hanger, so you don’t get to see the nice shape of this dress.

  20. Sarah I says:

    What is going on with her face? Her mouth is more twisted than before, and in the close-up, she just doesn’t look good. As in having felt bad before. I am critical of Kate in a way I wouldn’t be of other women, I am usually protective of other women, but she is not, therefore, I am critical of her because I despise her behavior.

    So about her face, I have thought in the past that she was a very nice looking girl, but she might want to start thinking about the face instead of the body. I think she is aging badly. I saw a picture of her today where her face was resting, and that wrinkled up nose business is beginning to tell in resting face.

    • Linda says:

      @ Sarah I
      a woman who is “usually protective of other women” will never make any vile comment about a woman’s appearance ever. Own up to your bitchiness with your full chest, this is celebitchy after all.

      • Beach Dreams says:

        I see Linda continues to shill for the racist trash Kate’s proven herself to be. Your constant defense of her says more about you than Sarah’s (completely justified) disdain for her.

      • YaGotMe says:

        I read the as disdain for hypocrisy and not a defense of Keen

    • Nivz says:

      Sarah, i feel the same conflict when I hate on Kate. It’s the same feeling I get when I think about ivanka, Camilla Tominey or others of that type- complicit, privileged, insulated. They are the “Aunts” of our patriarchy.

      But yeah also, celebitchy is a safe space to vent about them. I dislike KM “with my full chest”. If she changes her behaviour, though, I’m here to support her.

      • Sarah I says:

        Beach Dreams and Nivz:

        Thank you for your comments. I reread my comment to see if I thought it warranted the vile comment by Linda, which really surprised me.

        I do despise Kate and William. I am astonished at their behavior, and I am astonished at the physical transformation of Kate’s face, and I will say why. She is (was) beautiful, young, privileged, rich enough to have any self care or beauty procedure she desires, can have all the rest she needs/wishes, has an easy life in some respects, given that life itself is not easy and there are always crosses to carry. To me the comparison is marked, and I have every right to comment on the changes in her face. This is a place for comments. I will not let anyone else assign vile intentions to my comments.

        I am merely commenting on my astonishment that someone so young, to me, and so privileged, is having such a marked transformation, and I am curious as to why this has happened. Is she suffering terribly that it would show in her face? Is it possible that botox and fillers are transforming a once beautiful face? Is she ill? Is it, like others have commented and I have heard before, that one eventually gets the face one deserves? Commenting upon something that is really surprising to me is not celebrating the demise of someone else’s beauty. I think that would be sad, even if someone brought it upon themselves. I don’t think my comment was vile. I was expressing surprise at the transformation of Kate’s face, something that I have read here hundreds of times. I still think the recent with the past visage is quite a difference and I am still wondering how that could be possible.

    • Ann says:

      My mother told me that at some point every woman has to choose between her face and her butt. I chose my face.

      I’m sure some women don’t have to choose, but very fair-skinned ones like me do. I’ve almost never tried to tan and I’ve been using moisturizer since I was 13. I think it’s helped. The smoking and tanning are not doing Kate any favors. She would look just fine if she ate a sandwich or two.

  21. Hannah says:

    CP Mary of Denmark wore the exact same Beulah dress in an off white recently. I think the pink is better. The belt could have been narrower, it’s overpowering Kate’s frame. I wish she’d worn something a bit more exciting w.r.t. to her shoes (last worn at Wimbledon men’s final 2019) this is a ‘Kate’ dress — what more can one say. It’s a dress 🤷🏼‍♀️ I don’t hate it. I don’t love it. It’s what I’ve come to expect from her. Completely forgettable.

    • Edna says:

      The belt probably fit her that way due to the weight loss. If a camera adds 10 pounds then I shudder to think how thin she must look in the flesh.

  22. Lizzie says:

    She looks like she always looks. Average looking woman wearing average dress. When she’s not mugging for the cameras pretty boring.

  23. Size Does Matter says:

    Just out of curiosity, how are the dress designers identified? Does someone with the palace issue a press release? Or is there someone (or multiple someones) out there whose job it is to identify the dresses from comparing photos, like CSI?

    • TeamAwesome says:

      There are multiple bloggers whose job is exactly that.

    • Becks1 says:

      The dress gets identified – usually by a blogger or someone who tracks Kate’s usual designers* and then usually the designer will confirm it. Or sometimes, if the designer doesn’t know the royal will be wearing something of theirs, they will tweet it when they see it and are excited (I think this tends to happen frequently with Meghan.)

      *So when I used to read the blog What Kate Wore, about two or three times a year she would do a fashion roundup of new styles from Catherine Walker, Emilia Wickstead, and a few others and make predictions about which ones she thought Kate might wear. So when she did step out in a new EW dress, WKW already had an idea of which dress it was right off the bat.

  24. Harper says:

    It reads 1940s Joan Crawford to me, especially the collar treatment, which is most of what you see while she is sitting. I don’t mind the light pink.

  25. ABritGuest says:

    thought the pink was nice on her and she looked pretty.

    Guess now Meghan’s in US Kate isn’t doing as much consecutive repeats huh? Also nice she can have a relative at a royal engagement without any fuss. So funny that attending these matches is work for royals & part of the ‘duty’ they complain Harry has abandoned.

    The duke of Kent seemed quite frail. Lovely he got a replica trophy for his years as President

    • Jais says:

      The repeats when Meghan was around is what gets me. Would love if a fashion blogger truly tracked the number of repeats in Meghan years v the non- Meghan years. I think the press hyped her repeats during the Meghan years but pretty sure the numbers wouldn’t lie. Pretty sure she did repeat more and she did it to make Meghan look bad, who was building a royal wardrobe. This is why I am not a Kate fan. Was indifferent to her and bore her no ill will until she really did do things on purpose to hurt someone else.

      • EveV says:

        I’m actually surprised Kate’s repeats during the Megan years don’t get brought up more. That was just another vile thing she did in a series of vile things to a woman who had never been anything but kind towards Kate. Like you stated, numbers don’t lie and I bet she repeated like 5x as much as normal- shit, who am I kidding? Kate never repeats, like ever, except when Meghan was around. Kate is appalling and so is anybody who still takes up for her.

  26. Chaine says:

    It does look 1930s casual. Since the Duke of Kent is of 1930s vintage, perhaps she wore it in homage to him at his final outing as president of the club?

    • BeanieBean says:

      Except that he’s been doing this for 55 years, so…wrong decade. Something swinging ’60s would have been closer to the mark.

      • Chaine says:

        I thought I read he was 85 years old? So he is 1930s vintage.

      • BeanieBean says:

        Chaine: Ah, I was thinking about dating her fashion to when he started this patronage, when he, too, was in his 30s.

  27. Truthiness says:

    Where was Carole? We know how much she enjoys tennis. Was she benched for her shenanigans with the Brit Media?

  28. Matthew says:

    The Queen Mother rejected this dress in 1935 because she thought it might make her look too old fashioned.

  29. Digital Unicorn says:

    For her this is a good look – she has no shoe game but they at least looked decent with the dress.

    Interesting that she brought her dad to the final – usually its Mummy in the royal box with her. Carol(e) never misses an opportunity like this which makes me wonder if her family wasn’t at Wembley.

  30. Kviby says:

    I like the dress and the shoes are a good compliment to it. The Palme peachy pink looks perfect with her hair colour. It’s not dated in that this is the kind of thing you can buy at H&M etc this season. More modest looks and long dresses in general are coming back in the past few years

  31. Agreatreckoning says:

    I’m thinking this is the dress Kate had picked out for the statue unveiling until she was benched.

  32. Dee says:

    I bet Kate wanted Berrettini to win, so she could talk to him. Kate can’t stand up straight at all, and she was standing with her legs crossed while talkng to Djokovic. He was nice enough to ask how her tennis was going, and she mumbled some answer about her kids being on the court and in the way. The dress looks Stepford Wife to me, and cost $966.

  33. Harla says:

    The color and style of this dress are way too tweeny for my tastes. It’s like Kate really wants people to see her in that light and treat her as such.

  34. Who ARE These People? says:

    Who are these doctors and nurses telling women they “should” or “need to” use Botox etc.? Unless these are medical necessities, it sounds like they are making women who are likely still in middle age feel bad about their appearance for the purpose of collecting more fees on procedures that would need to be performed again and again.

    Nice work if you can get it.

    Not sure a woman in her late 30s is “aging” in the sense of “getting old” just yet. How far are we pushing back this window? On the one hand, everyone is aging from Day 1 in the sense that we’re getting another day older. On the other hand, “aging” is typically associated with “oldness” and people in their 30s and 40s are not “old.”

    For the record, I’m 64 and consider myself moving through late middle age, as part of a generation that has expanded that phase in life socially, if not physiologically. There’s a very big middle to the life span now, at least in advanced (!) nations.

  35. MaryContrary says:

    I had the budget version of this dress in 1986.

  36. myjobistoprincess says:

    If Kate had a better shoe game, it would elevate and modernize her wardrobe x100. but she doesnt have a sick shoe game, so… it’s it is what it is

  37. Kathryn says:

    Whether you like him or not, Novak is a brilliant tennis player. He has a great tennis head – he often loses the first set but I think he’s just gathering info on his opponent. Through strategy he’s able to win even when not playing at the top of his game. He and Kate had a nice exchange after the match, I have never seen her look so animated. Maybe a combo of her toxic husband not being around and her love of the game.

  38. Cessily says:

    Donna Reed wants her dress back..

    • kelleybelle says:

      Yes, a 1950s housewife. She has a lot of dresses that age her like this. Her style preferences are just so limited. I think a lot of them are picked out for her.

  39. Beach Dreams says:

    For all the whining I’ve seen these past couple of days about criticizing Kate’s appearance: get over it. You’d have a case if Kate actually did something beyond being a clotheshorse, but she doesn’t. Frankly, it’s obvious that she LIKES it that way. In all these years of duchessing, Kate has *always* centered her appearance as her most important “quality”. As others have said, she also used Meghan to prop herself up as the “classier, more elegant and regal looking duchess” with all the racist implications in such comparisons. Let’s not forget her passive aggressive move of wearing that skin-tight green D&G dress with a post-partum Meghan at the 2019 women’s final. As someone who regularly watches Wimbledon finals, I don’t think I ever saw Kate wear such a form-fitting dress to that event before. She earns these criticisms because her appearance is the only thing she is willing to offer in her role as a member of the RF.

    • Maria says:

      I don’t get why people keep internalizing what we say about her as if it’s about them. Like this woman has ever done anything to deserve being considered part of any type of sisterhood (not even the dragon boat race with that name, that she dropped out of, LOL)
      She’s more than happy to get to where she is and then try to kick the ladder out of the way for any other woman. Witness Meghan.

      • MEEP says:

        It’s hard not to internalize it sometimes. I’m almost the same age as Kate and I tend to think I look pretty good for my age but then again I think that Kate looks…fine? for her age? (Please note I am NOT saying I think she is a good person or that she should get any kind of pass over her role in what was done to Meghan) But apparently I’m wrong and Kate is actually “aging horribly” and looks “old and haggard” even with her use of Botox/fillers etc. I don’t use Botox or fillers so I’ve got a couple if lines on my forehead so if Kate looks “old and haggard” even with her botoxed/filled face then good lord what must I look like?

        Calling Kate out for her obvious Botox/filler/extensions and whatever else use is one thing but the insistence that she looks really old and haggard is only further fuelling the unrealistic beauty standards all women face these days.

      • Maria says:

        I understand. To me she looks fine for her age because she has the benefit of photoshop which she insists on liberally. And then she has weaponized that narrative against Meghan, which is why I have little sympathy for her in that regard.
        People like you and me don’t have Chris Jackson following us around to document our faces as we wish. I would venture you also don’t do things that show what a petty person you are on your face. As I commented above, age is only part of what’s happening to her.
        I’ve never called her haggard and old, but pointing out the Botox and fillers she claims not to use, I admit I’ve done, because like I said, it’s part of how she weaponized her “attractiveness” in story leaks against Meghan.
        Nobody *needs* that stuff and neither does she, really (I personally find her extremely lovely while pregnant as much as I dislike her, it’s the only time she puts on a bit more weight and stops with the face work, but those are her personal choices not mine, so whatever). If she lived a life where she wasn’t a paranoid racist mean girl, her face might be a bit different.
        But that’s just me.

      • YaGotMe says:

        @ MEEP. she does look fine for her age.

        Weaponizing looks against another woman? Agreed, it’s reprehensible, indefensible even.

      • Maria says:

        Yes, particularly when it’s a white woman using said weaponization of appearance against a Black one, given the stigma attached to Black features and the dog whistles included in it.

        I’m glad you agree.

    • gah says:

      this is a super important comment and contextualizes pretty much any Kate post here methinks.

      this woman has repeatedly weaponized and manipulated her appearance for decades bc it IS HER ONLY TOOL. (I mean who in the public space has ever flashed ass much a**? while sober?

      she’s really got a bizarre psychology if you draw simple conclusions from the aggregate of her public actions. and to frame her as the pawn of her mom I think takes away from her agency- mummy didn’t ensure she had floaty skirts for a decade…Kate did. mummy isn’t the one who was the willing f*4% buddy- she was. Mummy didn’t force her to freeze out Megs in public on camera on multiple occasions…

      so make it rain with the appearance critiques- botox and all. Kate has centered this narrative. Let her reap what she has sown.

    • Dee says:

      She had the palace send out a statement denying her use of hair extensions, but couldn’t send one out to save her sister-in-law from unearned criticism at her expense. Kate is as shallow as a saucer and never puts any effort into anything except her expensive clothes and terrible accesorisizing.

    • Nic919 says:

      She has yet to correct the false story about Meghan making her cry. It’s almost three years since that story came out. And total silence.

    • EveV says:

      Preach! And I’m so glad to see somebody else bring up that passive aggressive move that Kate pulled wearing that tight ass dress when Meghan had just had the baby. Poor form, as always with Kate!

  40. Nivz says:

    What do you mean William wasn’t there? Who’s the bald guy walking on to the court with her then?


  41. candy says:

    It’s kind of weird to me the way they are splitting this patronage between Kate and the Duke of Kent. It’s almost like somebody somewhere wouldn’t take no for an answer. So now they both present the trophy? That is odd to me.

    This dress is pretty and she likes this silhouette. I love that she brought her dad, I believe he is her rock.

    • Nic919 says:

      The Duke of Kent is retiring this year so it will be all Kate after that. She should have had the grace to sit out the men’s finals and let him have one final event on his own. She ran out of there not long after for the euro final and didn’t bother staying to present the trophy to the mixed doubles winner. So it was pretty pointless for her to be there outside of getting credit for another engagement.

  42. Erin says:

    Dated…The answer is always dated.

    • Ina says:

      100% agree. No matter how much she tries to be “fashion forward” she ends up looking dated or frumpy or tweensy or try hard. She was born without “it.”

  43. Gubbinal says:

    I KNEW that she would feature a belt as soon as possible after the Diana statue reveal. Buttons and belts! Mostly THIS: The Duke of Kent is traditionally the one to perform that role at Wimbledon. Somebody wanted him to give it up before he was ready. He was never planning to retire until the World of Buttons and Belts and Bows pounced on this plum patronage.

  44. Margo says:

    I wish she would wear dresses that are more modern. I get why this ‘timeless’ look is the go-to for her, but it’s just a smidge below ‘old lady sensible’. Why not wear something more fitted or a more casual-chic look?

  45. Liz version 700 says:

    OK she looks like a 1950’s housewife but I will say good on her 2 days in a row with no thong flashings …

  46. lena horne says:

    The dress looks better in the full length picture.

    It looks nice on her but I wouldnt wear it.

  47. Sarah says:

    I really like the outfit.

  48. Twinkle says:

    Every damn thing she wears is a HUGE snoozzzzzze.

  49. Pickles says:

    Cute but dated. It’s a young look though especially with the sunnies so I approve.

  50. Dashen'ka says:

    I will never understand why this matters. Dated, etc – seriously WHO CARES? It’s a pretty dress and it fits her. Why does anyone ever need to be “on trend”? I’ve always just worn what I like and what suits me. I’m sure people have rolled their eyes over my “old lady” style. It’s just never occurred to me that I should pay attention to them.

  51. Wiggly says:

    How does she manage to “shop” for clothes like its 1951 in 2021?