Duchess Kate wore a new Reiss blazer for her first event in more than two months

The Duchess of Cambridge visit to RAF Brize Norton

This is what it’s going to be like from now on. Maybe this is the way it’s been for months now. The Windsors will make careful plans to pull focus from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and then their careful planning will go to sh-t when Harry and Meghan simply exist, and thrive, and excel. So it is today, where the Duchess of Cambridge made a special plan to come out of hiding. Kate has not been seen in public since July 11th, the day of the Wimbledon men’s final and the Euro final. She took off for two months and four days, and decided to come back to public-eventing on Prince Harry’s birthday. And so obviously, Time Magazine dropped their Most Influential cover with H&M. *chef’s kiss*

As for Katie Keen’s keen style, she wore a simple ensemble of navy trousers, a long-sleeved white blouse and a £285 Reiss blazer. The blazer, I am sure, is new. The whole outfit could be new, but I’ll wait for What Kate Wore to confirm. So far, they just have the ID on her purse: Tusting’s Mini Holly bag (retailing for £295). She wore her hair down, even though she knew she was going to be at a windy RAF base.

The event was simple enough – Kate stopping by an RAF base to thank the military and civilians who helped thousands of British citizens and refugees escape Afghanistan before the Taliban took control. You can read more about it here.

The Duchess of Cambridge visit to RAF Brize Norton

The Duchess of Cambridge visit to RAF Brize Norton

The Duchess of Cambridge visit to RAF Brize Norton

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red.

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139 Responses to “Duchess Kate wore a new Reiss blazer for her first event in more than two months”

  1. Layla says:

    She tried

    • Lorelei says:

      @Layla lmao

    • Green Desert says:

      Dead!

    • Rice says:

      LOL! I’m the lady in the green uniform.

    • Anony83 says:

      Here is what I will absolutely never understand; why do all these grown adults give a rat’s patootie about what other members of their extended family are doing on their birthday? Honestly, after 18 really (with 21 being an outlier), even *I* stopped caring all that much about my birthday.

      I have no problem with people who love their birthday and want to do a whole, big to-do, but the idea that a bunch of adults are upset about someone doing their job on their birthday is so weird.

      To be clear, I don’t think *Harry* gives a rat’s patootie about what Her Keenest did today. Or any other day. And since the Time cover is planned out months in advance and doesn’t revolve around a single person, I doubt that Time actually decided to release this just to align with Harry’s birthday, and even if they did, I can’t see that being HIS idea.

      There was a lot of whiplash today; in the morning Salty Island was teeheeing about Her Keenest making an appearence with military veterans on Harry’s birthday and by the afternoon they were in full meltdown because an American magazine was published and it involved Harry and Meghan and oh no (!) the news cycle. I always think that maybe the Firm and the Rota has reached maximum levels of petty and obnonxious, but I’m always wrong. Lol.

      • L4Frimaire says:

        I guess this silly birthday competition is still a thing because it’s so obvious and clumsy these stunts, a d the royal family make it a thing. They’d get upset when their seniors are supposedly overshadowed, but then do stuff like this. This particular engagement was arranged with veterans on this particular day, announced in advance, to get traction and the UK press framed it that way. The Time cover drop is Times editorial decision but they also knew posting it when they did was smart and would get the buzz out there. If the royals were working more and not taking extended vacations, maybe these type of visits wouldn’t be used as tit for tats, and would instead of just another duty performed.

    • MMadison says:

      It’s like watching paint dry

    • Sherry says:

      She really did 😂😂😂😂😂😂

  2. Bibliomommy96 says:

    She’s got a nice tan

    • Bettyrose says:

      Is that what it is? I was thinking her face looks fuller more robust. Hard to tell with the p’shopping but her skin looks very fresh. The smile is perhaps a tad strained though.

      • booboocita says:

        Definitely had some work done. Her face is rounder, and her cheeks more prominent. It’s actually pretty good work; she looks younger.

      • MY3CENTS says:

        I thought her face looked fuller as well, but true, you can never tell because the pics they release are usually heavily photoshopped.
        She does look well and rested, but I guess if I’d just had 2 months off work I would as well.

      • Chaine says:

        I don’t think she’s had new work done. Her face looks fuller, but in a very natural way. I think she just gained a little bit of weight so that she doesn’t look gaunt as she did earlier in the year. I like it. She looks younger and prettier.

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        Oh yeah – tanned with a filler/botox touch up, that forehead is not for moving.

      • JJ says:

        I was thinking the same, her face looks fuller and healthier than it has in a while!

      • Becks1 says:

        I can’t tell exactly but her face definitely looks a little different. Maybe some added weight, maybe some botox, I doubt its just photoshop but bc they photoshop her so much its hard to tell.

      • Dilettante says:

        Fat transfer. Very tanned.

      • Amy Bee says:

        I think she’s had a refresher.

      • WithTheAmerican says:

        Yes she totally had work done, mini facelift and eyes at very least. No wonder she’s been hiding out for months.

      • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

        She looks lifted, imo.

      • Dss says:

        I was thinking the same thing. She may have had some work done and laid low until she headed. She looks younger with the fuller face

      • Lionel says:

        Yep, her face looks plumped up, and that’s a good thing. I’m hoping she used this time to get some help for what I assume is stress and disordered eating. It can’t be easy being in the public eye as she is, regardless of what we think of her intelligence or work ethic. I’d love to have her platform, but I wouldn’t trade places with her, even for all the privilege in the world.

      • Mrs.Krabapple says:

        I think that’s why she’s been MIA lately. Waiting for the work to settle in. Some celebrities do that (Michael Douglas and his wife disappear from the media for months, then show up looking different).

      • Megan H says:

        I’m not any good at identifying the work that people have had done. I would guess she got Botox and gained some weight… but whatever she had done looks good.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ Bettyrose, I thought that KKKeens smile expressed a desire to be anywhere but there!! With her looking downward in that group photo. No hyena smiles or laughter.

        As for the woman in green, I would like to buy her a drink for her expression was worthy of a proper image of expression that we all have, especially TOBB!!

      • SarahLee says:

        I thought her face looked fuller too. In fact, I’m wondering if she’s preggo.

    • Tessa says:

      William made it clear he does not want more children. I don’t think she’s pregnant.

  3. Aurora says:

    She needs to thank Meghan for inspiring her to upgrade her style to the current century. I

    • Nicole says:

      That’s what I was thinking too. Short of it not being monochromatic, it’s very Meghan-esque.

    • Lila says:

      Truth! She’d be doing sausage curls and having a Marilyn flyaway moment if it weren’t for Meghan.

    • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

      Don’t forget the little handbag! She never carried them before Meg came on scene. She only used a clutch. Everywhere.

    • Liz version 700 says:

      I was thinking exactly the same thing. I love her woman of the 2000’s work outfit. Thank you Meghan for your lasting influence. Her face refresh looks good too. All that being said hahahaha for trying to outshine Harry and getting blown out by A giant well known and gasp respected magazine hshahahahaja

  4. HeatherC says:

    All we have to talk about is her clothes. For someone with such a potential platform this is still so disappointing to me but here goes

    She looks sloppy to me. Cream coat, white top, navy pants with dragging hem (which I hate). The belting doesn’t help the silhouette either. Who knows? Maybe she is pregnant (I’ll wait for the geriatric pregnancy and rumors of surrogacy/in vitro because no one over the age of 35 can get pregnant on their own….wait, wrong duchess!) or she wants to drag out the rumor for a bit so people will talk about her.

    • Layla says:

      That shade of blue just doesn’t really work with that shade of the blazer. I feel like maybe a darker shade of brown would’ve been better (two-tone situation) but what do I know lol

      • harperc says:

        Yeah, that blazer doesn’t match the rest of the outfit.

        I can think of so many different, better colors for that blazer, like something in the dark red family (burnt umber, dark orange, maroon). Or a cream-color. Or a dark green, like the color the unenthusiastic woman is wearing.

        Maybe I’m just desperate for fall, but any kind of fall color would work so much better with that blazer instead of that wrong tone, tepid color.

      • BeanieBean says:

        From what I recall from What Not to Wear, any neutral can be worn with anything, even other neutrals; navy can be worn with khaki, white, anything. I think the color combo is fine. Boring, but fine. And I’ve never liked the hems dragging on the ground look. That to me says sloppy & I have too much money to care about ruining my clothing–I don’t have to fix it or wash it & I can just buy new anyway.

      • SarahCS says:

        I am no fashion pro but that was my first reaction, I just don’t think the three things work together. Plus it all just looks a bit big/baggy on her. Oh dear.

      • Nic919 says:

        She is floating in those pants and the extra long hem doesn’t help.

      • HeatherC says:

        @BeanieBaby I think what throws it off for me is that bright white shirt.

      • BeanieBean says:

        HeatherC: I get it. A softer white might have worked, or better yet, a print of some sort (NOT floral).

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ Layla, I agree. She could have also chosen slacks that are two shade darker with the blazer for a more slimline monochrome look. In addition, a different choice of blouse with the slacks. Possibly something of a jewel tone or print. In addition, certainly a different colored handbag, to brighten it up, contrast.

        @ Heather C, it is extremely eye opening that the only subject that KKKeen generates is her clothing. Ten years married after ten years during operation stalker to success, she has created no discernible qualities, purpose or drive for more.

      • Chrissy says:

        @Nic919
        She’ll do anything to a) give the illusion of having longer legs and, b) SWFing Meghan. I can’t stand the trouser hems dragging on the ground but at least the trousers are a better alternative than seeing her in skin tight jeggings for the millionth time. She continues to be incredibly underwhelming 10 years into this farce.

    • GR says:

      @heatherc – omg yes! Get those pants taken up!

    • A says:

      Yea, I’m not the biggest fan of hers but I was expecting something a little better for some reason. I mean this is a military base if ever there was a time to cosplay in buttons this would be it.

    • L4frimaire says:

      I agree on the outfit. So unflattering. The proportions are so off and she looks dragged down or like she’s shrinking in those clothes.

  5. Lurker25 says:

    Her Botox looks good?

    (Btw, love the expression on the lady in green, heh.)

  6. Delphine says:

    She looks pregnant in her face. Also the blazer is baggy and she’s covering her belly.

    • Amy Too says:

      I was going to ask is that a pregnancy face or is that a swollen/filler face like Madonna? Her face is definitely wider, the cheeks are certainly bigger.

      • MJM says:

        She’s def had work done hence the long break. She looks better with a plumper face.

      • Fanciful says:

        Cambridges announce pregnancies before she shows because of her morning sickness, so I’d say unlikely. But anything is possible.

    • Erin says:

      I hate pregnancy watch but these two clowns will do anything to try and take attention away from H&M, gain sympathy, and get out of work, and I thought that same when I saw these photos. What is the temp over there? It’s like 90s here and I’m in the upper midwest so that outfit is making me sweat just looking at it.

    • Bettyrose says:

      Or the photoshopping nailed it but her face definitely has a healthier glow to it.

    • Harper says:

      Her nose looks different in that profile pic. Otherwise, I think it’s a sloppy look. I don’t think she’s pregnant nor did she gain significant weight during her hiatus. She’s not going to overshadow Meghan today.

      But, at least it’s not hot pink.

    • Seraphina says:

      It could also be a good two summer away from Wills and maybe having talks with The Firm and lawyers and she feels in a more solid place??? Maybe she and Wills worked something out. Stress can kill you from the inside out – even if it is of our own making.

    • Kalana says:

      I thought she might be pregnant in the “candids” from yesterday. I don’t know. It is a possibility.

    • Tessa says:

      I don’t think she’s pregnant. Anyway, I hope not.

      • Sure says:

        With geriatric pregnancies comes increased risk of birth defects. I can’t see the “perfect” royals wanting to risk having an “imperfect” child. W didn’t want a biracial child in his extended family because he was concerned how it would look so I doubt he’d want a child with a disability to marr their image of perfection.

  7. Sofia says:

    Okay doubling down on my comment that her and William should have had their events reversed: she should have been at the sun event and him here because of his history with the RAF

    • A says:

      Except the sun event required her to do some public speaking which she sucks at. This event is the better fit because it plays to her strengths all she has to do is smile and look keen.

  8. Moderatelywealthy says:

    She does look better, her face fuller. Before her vacation she had been very thin.

    I guess they signed a new agreement . Willie gets to live his life, Kate hers and once in a blue moon they overlap for a photo op.

    James wedding might be a sign on how the amendment plays out amendment of the agreement. Middletons are nominally allowed to leak saccharine stories but not to cross Will. They will parse out their pics and give the excuse they are “focusing on the work” or “not pulling attention” and people will slowly get used not to see them together.

    Willie new velvet style do sound like his side piece influencing him….I wonder what he told her it would happen because Kate looks RELIEVED.

    • Bettyrose says:

      I’ve said it before but where’s the downside to this agreement as long as Kate gets to keep her status as his wife? I personally wouldn’t be jazzed about a loveless marriage but if she’s gonna have that either way might as well enjoy a peaceful country life with her kids and numerous servants, daily spa appointments.

      • Seraphina says:

        And a discreet gardener on the side.

      • Moderatelywealthy says:

        They are two consenting adults so,whatever makes them happy, I guess?

        Kate might have wanted a middle class marriage but now she might have embraced the aristocratic one. The reason Beatrice and Edo seem so in synch but not in love us,IMO, because they already started with the aristocratic marriage as a goal. Friends first, common goals, common property, children, no divorce.

    • Becks1 says:

      I think this is it. They have reached an agreement (maybe they even picked out a house in Bucklebury or wherever for Kate) and Kate feels on solid ground for the first time in a long time. separate lives, she gets the jewels, the RPOs, the luxury lifestyle and as long as she doesn’t kick up a fuss, no divorce.

    • TheOriginalMia says:

      I agree. I think she looks better (in the face) than she has in a long time. If they have officially split, she’s probably relieved. No more stress. Also, no more talk of divorce. She stays on track for the crown and William gets to do whatever he wants, with whomever he wants, whenever he wants in a home without Kate and the kids.

  9. Beech says:

    She’s carrying a purse. Huh. I can picture Diana engaging with the military and civilians with questions and listening to their responses.

    • Lady D says:

      That purse seems out of place to me, but I’m not sure why? She’s dressed like this before with a little purse, but this one seems off.

      • TIFFANY says:

        Somebody told her to stop the idiotic way she uses her hands to show off Big Blue. After 10 years, just stop.

        The purse is for her to have something to do with her hands.

      • Couch potato says:

        @Lady D I think it’s because the blazer gives a professional wibe, while the purse gives a more whimsical wibe. Combined it looks like a child playing dressup with her mum’s clothes. That purse would be a cute accesorie to a dress (like Meghan’s at the commonwealth service) or a less formal look.

  10. Nina says:

    The lady in the green is so over it

    These people escaped the country within an inch of their lives. Last thing they want the Keen Queen to thank them for anything

  11. Linda says:

    She looks refreshed.

  12. Noki says:

    She looks tanned and her face looks fuller and healthier. Obviously enjoyed her summer.

    Ps: i saw candid pics of her and the kids at some stationery store.

  13. Scorpion says:

    Lmaooo at the uneven eyebrows….

    She failed miserably cos Time decided to spoil her little party of Keenness…

  14. OriginalLala says:

    I’m just here for the person in green who looks so over Keen Kate lol

  15. Gk says:

    Her face looks good, tanned, wrinkle free but not tight. Her clothes are fine but for her especially not polished, they look more casual. Agreed I wonder when she would have worn pants aside from jeans if not for Meghan. Do the other female royals wear pants that aren’t jeans/ sporty at events?

    • Nic919 says:

      Anne and Sophie often wear trousers for their engagements. It was only ever Kate who seemed to be unable to wear anything that wasn’t jeggings.

  16. Ariel says:

    I don’t get why the Queen and various royal women carry purses at engagements. I mean, you know there’s an assistant or 3 there who can hold your stuff?
    It just seems so awkward.

    • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

      TQ carries hers to signal her LIW to end an event (switching arms, or lifting it off the floor). I’d guess she also keeps her glasses and a hankie in it as well. That’s about it.

      And you know, FFKeenKween is just “learning” all she can to FFKween!

  17. ClaireB says:

    Her face does look good here, as other comments have noted. Has she had a facelift or fillers, or is the photoshopping just that amazing?

  18. Eurydice says:

    They’re never going to pull focus with “She went somewhere and wore something.” After 2 1/2 months of doing nothing and announcing nothing, she makes her appearance…to do more nothing? Meghan had just given birth and managed to donate a boatload of diapers to a shelter. Ok, she didn’t personally carry them there, but she directed it. My point is, if you want to pull focus, do something worth focusing on.

    • Here4Tea says:

      Exactly. I’ll never understand why there was no apparent effort to harness her “strengths.” She is sporty, why didn’t she engage with efforts to get kids more active? She has a Lit ‘ degree, why not get involved with improving literacy rates? She could have used her platform to provide free books to poor kids and their families ( Marcus Rashford is in the process of setting up such a scheme.)
      These could have been impactful and easy wins for her. Nobody with a modicum of sense thought she would be Diana 2.0 but the lack of effort is just disgraceful.

      • Sid says:

        She is just that lazy. It’s quite something to observe. I thought her degree was in art history though? The other day Eugenie, who has a history of art degree, appeared in an episode of an art show talking about a current exhibition at Buckingham Palace. She talked about her art background, growing up with access to an amazing collection, etc. That was the sort of thing Kate should be doing on a regular basis. But nothing.

      • Nic919 says:

        Kate is not only lazy but very dim. She wouldn’t be so bad at speaking if she had something of value to say but she doesn’t. She has no substance and can’t pull off small talk. Her goal was to get married to William and therefore developing a personality and skills outside of being available when he called were not part of the deal. Just because she has a university degree does not mean she is smart. She had family money to get into St Andrews and then became the consort to the FFK within a year and so the professors knew not to punish her for cheating off colleagues or generally being mediocre. Her pinnacle was the wedding at Westminster Abbey and she isn’t going to do anything to improve from there, especially as she provided an heir and two spares.

  19. Likeyoucare says:

    Her smile. Her teeth.
    Omg she looks like camilla.
    She transform herself as the future queen.

  20. Iris says:

    She looks really well. Her skin looks lovely and she looks happier in herself

  21. Over it says:

    The woman in green looks like she is already over kate and her keenest.lol

  22. Amy Too says:

    I feel like those pants hit her at such an awkward spot on the torso. Or maybe that’s where they’re supposed to hit someone, but they look awkward to me because she has such a long torso? There’s so many inches of fabric between the crotch and the waist band and then sooo many inches of torso left between the waistband and the bust. Is that the normal amount of rise for a high waisted pant or is she having them specially made to look like that? The high waisted pants that I have just don’t have that much length between the crotch and the waistband. Just the zipper of her pants is the same length as her forearm, and then there’s still a few more inches of fabric after that. If I had pants that were high waisted enough to be the length of my entire forearm plus some inches, they would sit right under my breast. So I’m thinking that she must be having these made to look like that and it just looks bizarre to me. I don’t think these are the right kind of pants for her. Especially not with a shirt tucked in. There is so much length between crotch and waistband that they look like they should be super super high waisted, and yet they don’t come up high enough on her waist to read as high waisted pants on her. It’s confusing my eyes and it has a sort of uncanny valley type aspect to me.

    Maybe the issue is that there’s absolutely no shape to them at all? A high waisted pant usually comes in at the waist and then is either wide legged or skinny legged, but these look like they go straight down from the waist. No hip shaping, no waist shaping, no thigh shaping. They’re not skinny pants but they’re not wide legged pants either. They’re not flared or bootcut or tapered, they are literally the same width all the way from waist to floor. I’ve never seen anything like it before. Even a straight leg jean comes in at the waist a bit.

    • Sarah says:

      I agree with you and I think it is partly that she has such a long torso, and partly that she has no hips because she is so thin – so she doesn’t really have a defined waist. I have the same problem (although not the skinniness, LOL) and it is very difficult to find pants that fit properly.

    • Nic919 says:

      She has always done that things where she makes her dresses have a waist much higher than her natural waist and it looks like she got trouser for someone who is six inches taller than her and put them on. They sit much higher than her natural waist and that’s why they look off.

      • Amy Too says:

        But do they sit higher than her natural waist? I would have pegged her waist to be another inch or two even higher than where the pants are hitting her, just based on the amount of body that’s left between the waistband and the bust. And that’s why the pants look so weird to me. Like if I saw these pants on a hanger I would think “omg, those are the longest waisted pants I’ve ever seen, those must go right up to someone’s bust” just based on the amount of fabric between the crotch and waistband and how long the zipper is. But then I see them on her body and they just look like mid-rise pants because they seem to hit her right at the belly button. The thinnest part of my waist is slightly above my belly button and that’s where high waisted pants hit me. Maybe I’m totally off about where her belly button is though since, like Sarah said, she has no hips and I can’t tell at all where her hips end and her torso starts. I can barely even tell where her bust starts either so again, it’s hard for me to tell where the belly button is and where the pants are hitting her. The blazer doesn’t help. It covers her shape, so any flare at the hips or nipping in at the natural waist is covered and it really makes it looks like the pants are cut straight down from her waist. They look big and baggy because they don’t have any kind of shaping that lets me know where her body is inside the pants. It’s just not a good look.

        I think pants could look really good on her if she didn’t tuck the shirt, or if she tucked the shirt in but wore a super wide belt (like an obi belt) to define the waist and cover some of the top of the pants. But as is, the pants don’t hit her where they look like they should based on the amount of fabric between crotch and waistband and it makes my brain scream “something is off! This is not a correct picture.”

  23. Natale says:

    She was overshadowed even today LMAO

  24. Von Barron says:

    I see someone who has worked out all the specifics of an arrangement and got what she wanted.

    The purse is used to signal her team like the queen I believe?

    She looks like she did in Wales and I think she was happy then. Yes

  25. L4frimaire says:

    It’s back to work for the royals, time to be seen again. Didn’t see anything about this on my timeline. She looks more and more like her mother.

  26. Amy Bee says:

    I would seem Kate has only one pair of pants. She first broke this out in December 2018 when wearing pants became acceptable for Royals to wear. KP has to pissed that this important engagement is overshadowed by Harry and Meghan’s Time cover. It will interesting to see what the papers decide to do later regarding which royals to put on their front pages tomorrow.

    Also there is no doubt that the Royals dipping their toes into the issue of Afghanistan has been influenced by Harry and Meghan’s statement about a month ago. Since then we’ve had Charles sending a message of support to the Parachute Regiment which was in Kabul, Camilla talking about female journalists in Afghanistan and now Kate visiting a RAF Base that was involved in the evacuation. It would seem that Afghanistan was not a political issue after all and that the Royal Family are now playing catch up.

  27. Margaret says:

    Come on the girl had work done. The cheeks, forehead and eyes say it all. That grin plastered on her face, it was much needed, and appears to be done well. But definitely she had serious intervention.

  28. MangoAngelesque says:

    I have to admit to a bit of chuckling whenever people start the pregnancy speculation these days. I mean, does anyone actually believe that William is doing the deed with Kate nowadays? He can barely stand to look at her and only appears truly relaxed and in any sort of pleasant mood when she isn’t with him.

    Besides, wouldn’t they have to be sleeping in the same city for baby-making to occur?

    • Linda says:

      @MANGOANGELESQUE

      Isn’t it kinda creepy to speculate about the sex life of a couple? Ewwwwww

      • Haylie says:

        You mean like the tabloids who published an article about Will and Kate telling the Queen they were trying for a 4th baby?

        Salty Isle didn’t seem to have a problem with that speculation.

      • MangoAngelesque says:

        @LINDA — Right, because using euphemisms like “Rose-bush tending,” “Royal Wandering Sceptre,” and her “being broody” is completely different than my pointing out the necessity of being in the same room for procreation.

        The pearls, they are clutched!

    • Amy Too says:

      Not willingly or exclusively, but if they decided that another baby was a good PR look, or if it was part of a bargain to get her to let him have more space and freedom outside the marriage, than I can see it happening. But begrudgingly. Like I don’t think they’re with each other often enough to have an unplanned pregnancy that they weren’t specifically trying for. I would think more like ovulation testing leading to making an appointment to spend the night together.

  29. Merricat says:

    Karma has really come for the Cambridges.

  30. Nyro says:

    I love the way their attempts to “overshadow” the Montecito royals are always ruined. That Time 100 covers gotta hurt. 😂

  31. Bethany Karger says:

    I wish she’d get that mop cut.

    • Amy Too says:

      Or wear it up. That’s a lot of hair that could be used to do a lot of interesting updos. Wearing your hair up can be extremely flattering at any age, but especially as we get older. It pulls your face up and back, rather than emphasizing the long and downward trajectory that gravity is pulling everything. Eyebrow can be lifted, forehead can be smoothed, cheekbones and jawline become more visible, which makes them seem sharper and more defined. The long curtains of hair drag her face down and I think they emphasize jowels and saggy cheeks. I know a lot of people will disagree with me about this, but I just don’t think long hair down is as professional or elegant a look as hair up. It’s a bit casual to me, especially when it’s touching the sides of the face as opposed to brushed back or kept behind the ears.

  32. jazzbaby1 says:

    Wait wait wait…she dared have an engagement when she knew full well today is Harry’s birthday? And thanking the military, no less? But that’s not thunderstealing, of course.

    • Layla says:

      It is safe to say at this point that:
      6 May
      4 June
      4 August
      15 September
      These are the 4 dates you know K&W will definitely have something or other arranged in a feeble attempt to show they are wOrKinG! The rest, however, can not be guaranteed.

    • Lizzie says:

      It’s not thunder stealing when is a dud.

  33. Catherine says:

    IMO. I think she looks healthy. Still slender but a much healthier weight. I don’t like to speculate but to me she was looking much too slim. She was obviously fit/toned but that can be done to excess. There is no doubt that they were planning to overshadow and step on Harry by having her do a a military engagement on Harry’s birthday. If only they put the effort into just doing the work. Also, as usual her exaggerated grinning show she more interested in the photo op the engagement itself. Given the current situation this was quite a serious engagement with serious issues still unresolved related to afghani resettlement but you would never know based on these photos.

  34. Jay says:

    On a purely superficial note, I wish someone would tell her to stop trying the “bronde” thing with the warm highlights. I don’t think it works for her colouring and it looks quite dated IMO.

    But putting these gripes aside, I wonder if this event is supposed to link up with the story that was circulated about William heroically getting his staff to pull strings for an old school chum to get them out of Afghanistan? We’ll see if other papers mention that. I’m amused that People mentions it’s her first appearance after 2 months after her “long vacation”👀.

    What’s the purpose of her “touring” the giant transport aircraft, as opposed to, say, distributing necessary supplies or fundraising for help with settlement costs? Dare I say it, meeting with early childhood educators about the challenges of supporting families who have been displaced? Too much to ask?

  35. Courtney B says:

    I think she looks better than she has in awhile whatever it is. But, yes, hair should’ve been up or back. And I mostly like the outfit. And her green is on theme for visiting a military base. Surprised she didn’t wear olive or khaki. Lol. But notice how she compliments the officer’s camo. But military airfields are dirty, save for debris. Get that hem up!

  36. Lory says:

    Absent for two months (probably took advantage of brother’s wedding to vacation in south of France) and trotted out like clockwork the day after Andrew finds out he will be served his legal papers.

  37. jbyrdku says:

    Zero warmth in her eyes.

  38. Lesley says:

    There’s a photo of Kate being saluted, but Kate’s standing there with her fingers in her hair looking messy.

    She’s got on a new outfit (won’t leave home without wearing something new eh Kate?), she’s not had an engagement for over 2 months, is it too much to want her to be polished and look professional? I’m with the Lady-In-Green, so over Katie Keen. Just seems like minimum effort was expended here.

    (Oh and Chris Jackson was taking photos at the airbase and he always photoshops Kate in his photos)

  39. Moxylady says:

    Jesus. The jacket and the purse are the exact same shade. It’s so exhausting watching her “try”.

  40. CindyP says:

    I hate unbuttoned double breasted blazers. Does she not have a seamstress who can hem her pants?

  41. Tessa says:

    Her hair is way too long she keeps pushing it back from her face.

  42. LRobb says:

    a lot of comments. I don’t care either way about her events. others think she is pregnant. I don’t care about that either. she has a job. I’ll let her do it and go enjoy my Sussex faves.

    • Margaret says:

      @ LROBB
      IKR, I agree with you, her face and that grin appears to be frozen in place , and I don’t care. That is one boring girlie.

  43. Isabella says:

    Kate always looks happier when sour Will is not around.

  44. Fanciful says:

    I mean, that’s her favorite photographer taking those pics and she looks so vacant, like she really ins’t interested in being there? anyway, the hair is an odd choice for a windy place as she’s spending all her time keeping it out of her face, the outfit is average and not well fitted. No wonder it has so few comments on the Fail. Her face is very full compared to a few months ago. That’s all i got. Oh, my favorite comment on the Fail was that Kate doesn’t need photoshopping unlike Meghan. yep. Right. OK then Fail readers! lol

  45. Fanciful says:

    I mean, her hair is a problem for the location, she’s constantly pushing it out of her face. She looks kinda vacant/disinterested. She has almost nothing to do but just can’t engage with people, she can’t connect emotionally, which is sad. the outfit is average. She can do so much better than this. But the funny thing I saw on the Fail was comments of how she doesn’t need photoshopping unlike H and M!!! That’s hilarious. Her face is very full so I assume she’s had work done the last 8 weeks. And when i looked on the fail yesterday this article had 800 comments and the main H and M one had 15k comments, and then there were about 6 follow ups including the essential Meghan’s jewelry one which gets everyone in a lather, and the body language one. So lame. But all of those had more comments than Kate.

  46. Ann says:

    The outfit is boring but otherwise fine. I don’t think she’s pregnant, certainly not based on that first picture. But her face does look a little fuller, which is good, and she looks pretty and relatively relaxed. So, I guess she’s the Village Champion.

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