Duchess Kate repeats a McQueen blouse for an Imperial War Museum opening

Catherine Duchess of Cambridge Looks Chic During a Visit to the Imperial War Museum

Back in September, the Duchess of Cambridge did a rather lovely event where she took a boat ride with the Windermere Children, the now-senior-citizens who survived the Holocaust and were relocated, after the way, the Lake District in the UK. Kate has done several events around the remaining survivors of the Holocaust, and she’s even photographed some of the survivors she’s met. It is, I believe, one of the few subjects she’s truly keen about. She loves it when she gets to be around elderly people and she’s genuinely interested in listening to their stories and talking to them. This “fits” her interests much more than whatever Early Years pie chart they give her. Her handlers are starting to understand that.

Kate stepped out on Wednesday for her first event since November 1st. And remember, she was on vacation for ten days prior to the November 1st events. So she needed another nine-day mini-vacation following her bonkers appearance at the COP26 conference, and here we are. She opened up a new exhibition at the Imperial War Museum. The exhibition is a photography collection about this generation of Holocaust survivors and their families. Some of Kate’s photos were even included in the exhibition, photos of Steven Frank and Yvonne Bernstein. The museum was happy to have her:

“We are honoured to host Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge at IWM today, and to witness her launching our new Second World War and The Holocaust Galleries,” IWM’s Director-General Diane Lees said in a statement. “Formally opening these Galleries, which are dedicated to improving understanding of two of the most devastating conflicts and genocides in human history, a day before the world stands together to remember those who have fallen in war, is incredibly poignant for us. Given that this period will sadly soon pass out of living memory, we want these Galleries to preserve the stories of our veterans, our eyewitnesses and our survivors, and ensure that we never forget what they experienced.”

[From People]

As I said, it’s a good “event” for Kate. The bar is low, of course, but when she does anything with or for Shoah survivors, she and Kensington Palace always go the extra mile to highlight the personal stories of the people she met. It’s one of the rare subjects where she platforms the right cause and the right people.

As for fashion/styling… she repeated this Alexander McQueen nautical-themed blouse which she wore to one of her very first duchess events in 2011. Back then, she wore it with a skirt and a full head of sausage curls. The god-awful blouse is styled better here, with slim-cut trousers, navy heels and loose waves. The worst part of the look was her arrival, when she paired the look with a terrible blue blazer which didn’t look right with the ensemble.

The Duchess of Cambridge visited the Imperial War Museum (IWM) London.and   officially opened two new galleries, The Second World War Galleries and The Holocaust Galleries. She  also viewed the exhibition Generations: Portraits of Holocaust Survivors

The Duchess of Cambridge visited the Imperial War Museum (IWM) London.and   officially opened two new galleries, The Second World War Galleries and The Holocaust Galleries.

The Duchess of Cambridge visited the Imperial War Museum (IWM) London.and   officially opened two new galleries, The Second World War Galleries and The Holocaust Galleries. She  also viewed the exhibition Generations: Portraits of Holocaust Survivors

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  1. Noki says:

    They must have fallen out out with the old photog and have a new one, the recent pics released have not been kind to her.

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      I must admit I guffawed at the photos. And the expression of the guy standing behind her in the second photo? Priceless. Even the people in the group photo are not buying what she’s selling.

      • swirlmamad says:

        I just went back and looked at that 2nd photo….LMAO. His face is saying what we’re all thinking.

      • Lilibetp says:

        He’s doing an impression of Camilla standing behind Biden last week?

      • Rice says:

        I legit screamed when I scrolled down to the second pic.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ ElizabethRegina, that’s a brilliant catch you made!! I didn’t even notice!! It looks like he is looking at her arse, or what ever she has back there, small or non existent to be sure!!

        Also, I am guessing that her pointing out that photo is the one SHE took, as she wouldn’t have it any other way!

    • KASalvy says:

      I was really surprised to see unfiltered photos as well. I knew she didn’t have great skin and was often photoshopped to the max, but wow they didn’t do a thing this time.

      Is the media starting to turn the tides…?

    • Beach Dreams says:

      It looks like Arthur Edwards was the main photographer for this engagement. Apparently she even had a quick chat with him in the museum.

      • Becks1 says:

        He’s pretty pro-royal if I’m thinking of the right person, but also pretty old-school, so my guess is he just doesnt’ feel like spending the time to photoshop every picture of the wife of the second in line, lol.

      • windyriver says:

        He’s the one who whined a few years ago about how poor Harry no longer joined them all down the pub like he once did (implication being, Meghan changed him, because of course that change couldn’t have anything to do with Harry’s reaction to how the media treated her). Edwards also mouthed off quite a bit about how badly H&M handled things around Archie’s birth, private restricted photo session, no hospital presentation. Of course, we now know via the Oprah interview they weren’t asked by the family to do the hospital bit. A long time royal photog who did and maybe still does work for the Sun, he’s at least 80 by now.

      • Gabby says:

        That explains a lot. Arthur Edwards is no spring chicken. He may not be adept at or aware of photoshop.

  2. Cessily says:

    The looks on the faces from the attendants around her in the photos is telling.. wish I could have read their thoughts.

    • Enny says:

      Game. Blouses.

    • Dss says:

      The lady with the short dark hair and tartan skirt is also eye rolling

      • BothSidesNow says:

        I actually looked at her again. May I say, a look that says “WTF is she saying, can anyone decipher what she is saying, what accent is THAT!! Is she going to break out in a jazz rendition from Duke Ellington next? …when does she leave and what am I going to have for lunch today….”

  3. mariahlee says:

    I like the coat and the pants. The blouse isn’t my style.

    • Amy Too says:

      Same. These are the only pair of pants I’ve actually liked on her. The rise is right. Usually she has these ridiculously high rise pants that hit her at such an awkward part of her mid section and they make her look weirdly disproportional and like she’s wearing grandma pants. These are better. They’re a slimmer fit too, which makes her look more professional and less like she’s swimming in her trousers. The coat is good, but not really with the blouse. The blouse isn’t my favorite, but I liked it better without the coat.

      Her posture though in the first picture. So bad! She’s so hunched over and leaning forward, and her face and jaw look as tight as her husband’s with the mega clenching, pursed lips thing. She looks better inside, like she suddenly reverse aged from when she was walking outside, but then in nearly all of the inside pictures she’s got people around her that look like they’re either pained to see her or think she’s the biggest joke. Hate the jazz hands again, too.

      • Chrissy says:

        I agree with everything you said. Her tendency to wear high waisted anything is may be because she seems obsessed with her being long-waisted and regularly gets clothing altered to trick the eye. Her poor posture also bothers me as it leaves the impression that she doesn’t take her “work” seriously – so unprofessional.

  4. Chloe says:

    I actually kind of like the look. The tailoring of the trousers is good.

    • ThEHufflepuffLizLemon says:

      I think this might be my fave look of hers this year, maybe the last few years. It’s crisp, professional, and appropriate, not usually three words I use for her.

      • NCDancer says:

        Agree. Don’t love the blouse but she looks perfectly appropriate, nice even. In other news, the bar really is the floor.

      • Megan H says:

        I actually really like this blouse, but that might be because I feel like it would be flattering on me.

        This is one of her better looks, but I just feel like the proportions of her outfits are slightly off? Idk. I’m not very good at describing what I have a problem with

    • josephine says:

      I thought the length was off, caught in-between two styles. The vibe seemed old-lady to me. The blouse is straight-up unattractive and the pants & shoes too 1990’s Ann Taylor. She didn’t offend, but there ws nothing stylish or the least bit modern about that outfit.

      • Keira says:

        Yes, I think the coat is too long…I keep thinking she’s on stilts.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ josephine, I think the pants are fine, but the blouse and coat were so wrong on too many levels to go into now. I am unaware of the weather, but she has hundreds of coats to choose from. If she wanted to stay in the blue hues, she has that tartan trench or other coat. A lovely wrap, trench, swing or cape would have been a lovely choice in a range of cream, grey, winter white and even red too!! I love red!!! The coat she is wearing is almost on the ground as well.

    • manda says:

      I like the look, too, even with the coat. It’s a little different for her

  5. Scorpion says:

    Oh look, the ‘Hands’ are back 🙃

  6. M says:

    Duchess Catherine of Cosplay strikes again. The blue coat is the wrong color, and the blouse looks like she stole it from Little Drummer Boy.

    Also, her poppy should be on her shirt if she wasn’t going to keep the coat on. Pull back the wiglet and do it right.

  7. Becks1 says:

    Nice visit, these are the kinds of events she can handle and that would be fine if she did them more than once every two or three weeks.

    This style of trouser looks nice on her, from what i can see of the overall fit it looks better than a lot of other pants we have seen on her. Do we think the blouse is supposed to be military themed? With the buttons etc. i know she’s worn it before but we all know she likes to theme dress for these occasions.

    The blue jacket on arrival does not go at all – why not wear camel if she couldn’t find a blue jacket that worked? But it also reminds me a lot of Meghan’s jacket at the cookbook launch

    • Nic919 says:

      I think she thinks the blouse is military themed…. And she’s going to the Imperial War museum so there it is.

      That blouse is just ugly. Someone commented on Twitter that she looked like a Michael Jackson tribute act and I can’t get that image out of my head.

      It remains pathetic that so much time passed between this event and the previous one.

  8. CherHorowitz says:

    Not often I compliment Kate but I think she looks great here and love the fit of the trousers – i have been looking for a pair like that for the office.

    That being said…. I think we all know and have commented several times before about the obvious catalyst for changing up her style a bit more…

  9. Sofia says:

    I actually quite like this look. And I always appreciate Kate’s engagements regarding the Holocaust. I have my opinions on her and her work in general but I don’t and won’t criticise her when she does these engagements.

    • JT says:

      Why do people think Kate likes these kinds of events so much? Everything about this engagement is no different than what she usually does. She has her concerned face, jazz hands, and her buttons. There aren’t any notable quotes from this event that show how prepared she was for it and the people in the background don’t look particularly enthused to be there with her. It’s just the same old, same old. No different than her events with kids, when she makes a “keynote speech”, or even a round table discussion. I bet if anyone asked her a detailed question of why she was there and why it’s important to highlight the event, she would completely blank. Like she always does. So what’s different about this from everything else she does?

      • Sofia says:

        Where did I say she liked it? I swear, guys please start reading my comments instead of accusing me of things I did not say or so. I was actually referring to the engagement itself (Holocaust) rather than what Kate herself is saying or doing. I like that she does engagements regarding the Holocaust. That was my point. You are free to criticise her as you wish but I will not.

      • Red Weather Tiger says:

        I think it was Kaiser who suggested that Kate truly enjoys these events: “It is, I believe, one of the few subjects she’s truly keen about. She loves it when she gets to be around elderly people and she’s genuinely interested in listening to their stories and talking to them.” I’m not sure that I agree. Her visits all seem the same no matter the charity, the organization, or the age group.

      • JT says:

        @Sofia I didn’t mean this as an attack and I didn’t accuse you of anything. I just asked a genuine question. I should’ve been more clear. And I did read your comment. I was just referring to the fact that she doesn’t seem all that different doing Holocaust events over any other event that she does. The event was nice of course, but Kate herself was Kate. What information came out of this Holocaust event that Kate contributed to? What was learnt?

      • Sofia says:

        @JT: Ah sorry for snapping. I’ve just been annoyed and I shouldn’t have taken that out at you. Sorry.

        As for your actual point, I do see it but for me *personally*, I am okay if she didn’t contribute anything or learn something. It’s okay for a royal (again, in my opinion) to just show up and be like “look at this”. Plus this is more in Kate’s wheelhouse. her big projects aren’t great, as we’ve seen.

      • JT says:

        @Sofia No worries. I see your point and it makes sense. These quick no questions asked events are what suits her best. I just think Kaiser and others saying how much Kate enjoys these sorts of engagements was a bit of a stretch.

  10. mae says:

    I completely forgot about the COP26 conference. Wow. That WAS bonkers. And clearly unremarkable. Good outfit here. That’s all I got.

  11. TIFFANY says:

    I remember this blouse. This is the 2k blouse she wore to a disaster site with Willnot.

    People lost their homes and worst and she walks up in stupid high heels and a outfit worth a down payment on a house. She wore a skirt with it. She didn’t take it seriously then and nothing has changed now.

  12. Jillian says:

    Lady in the black top, plaid skirt, and priceless expression is the hero today

    • Nic919 says:

      Everyone’s expression in that group photo is hilarious but yes her expression is the best. No one is taking kate seriously and the jazz hands are way too much as usual.

      • CC says:

        I feel like the disgust on the face of the woman in the doorway has the black sweater woman slightly beat.

    • Roo says:

      She really is! Hilarious! She’s thinking, “I have so much work to do and I can’t believe I’m stuck here.” And the blonde woman beside here is thinking, “this woman has no idea what she’s talking about and I can’t wait to tell stories tonight at happy hour.” The guy in the grey double-breasted blazer is thinking “FFS, how much longer do we have to be here.”

  13. Amy Bee says:

    Yeah the long coat didn’t go with the outfit. She looked good inside. It’s interesting that this engagement was held after Meghan’s court case had finished for the day. Hmm…

  14. Crowned Huntress says:

    Oof I really dislike this blouse, I think it accentuates just how thin she is in a very unflattering way. Perhaps she’s been reading the comments here and taking our advice to heart, she’s wearing slacks that suit her frame. The shoes & hair look very Meghan influenced but I suppose that’s an ungrade for Kate.

  15. Whiskey Juliet says:

    I just wish she would cut her hair. She would look much more fresh with at least 3-4 inches off or collar bone length.

    • February-Pisces says:

      I wish she would cut her hair as well. The really long, big barrel waves look does nothing for her anymore, her hair just looks dead. Shoulder length would really rejuvenate her look.

  16. Apple Cart says:

    Somebody get her a beauty blender. The clown blush does her no favors.

  17. Tessa says:

    what bothers me about this whole thing is she is trying to look “thrifty.” There, see I am wearing a dress I wore before. Of course, left out is the expense of her outfits and the new outfits she wears. I did not like the outfit.

  18. Theothermia says:

    Good trousers

  19. harla says:

    This is the perfect event for Kate to give the press some “sound bites’, something about this museum, about the sacrifices made or about the survivors. Anything really would have helped highlight the fact that history must not be forgotten. This is the thing that irritates me the most about Kate is her unwillingness to do the very basics that would help highlight causes/charities that are supposed to mean something to her.

    • swirlmamad says:

      That’s the thing. You never get any clever, interesting, or insightful words or quotes from her, ever, on ANYTHING. She is literally a mannequin and not a sharply dressed one at that, either.

  20. GR says:

    The 80s were a terrible decade.

  21. Over it says:

    Oh look, don’t forget about meeeeee is back just as Harry and Meghan are out and about.

  22. Red Weather Tiger says:

    Thank you, background people, for telling the real story here. I want to send them all some bagels and shmear for enduring her visit.

    Sargeant Pepper wants his blouse back.

  23. Watson says:

    I’m ambivalent about this get up. I still struggle with how much she pays for clothing and how average they look on her.

  24. Name keeps changing cos I delete my cookies says:

    I like the coat! Coat, not blazer right? It’s cold in the UK.
    Actually, I like everything about the look except the shirt, which I feel I’ve seen quite often.
    If her team is lurking: Get her a bob! It will be so modernizing and you’ll get good press for it. And if she doesn’t like she can grow it out.
    I saw pics on IG of Kate when she was younger, early girlfriend days, and she had such nice cheeks. They could really soften her look if she had them now.

    • Watson says:

      In life you can only choose to preserve your ass or your face. Hard to keep the fullness in your face when you go the alarmingly thin route.

      • Name keeps changing cos I delete my cookies says:

        For sure. I wonder how much of this is how she wants to look versus a reflection of her mental and emotional state. She’s complicit in M’s abuse, and she’s truly lazy, but I feel bad for her body issues if she has them.

      • Watson says:

        This is unknown. What is known is that the environment they live in caused Diana to become bulimic and attempt suicide, and caused Meghan to have suicidal thoughts thoughts as well. So umm.. the royal family doesn’t track well when it comes to taking care of the mental health of any of the women that marry into it. So if Kate did have an eating disorder i wouldn’t gasp in shock. She’s been disappearing before our eyes for years. It’s all very sad.

  25. MellyMel says:

    She should wear trousers more often. This style and fit looks good for her body type.

  26. Abby says:

    I’m sorry, but these photos are cracking me up. Every one of them has people going “WTF” with their expressions.

  27. sue says:

    Buttons galore!

  28. Kit says:

    This is a noble and worldly cause. I would genuinely like take a visit to this gallery to view paintings and pictures. Kate, l see she was hugging at this event, image that !!!

    Please give that 80’s style belt and blouse to your mother.

  29. jferber says:

    Crap. She’s doing weird things with her hands again. Stop, Kate, that will NEVER be a thing. People mock you the world over for those stupid hand gestures. Also, she should never expose her ears again. They are rather large and best kept out of pictures. The only nice thing I have to say is I like the outfit she’s wearing. She’s always best doing sporty. Also, she’s much more comfortable without her worse half accompanying her. Why does he bother? They should always do different events. She’ll be calmer and he’ll be able to tamp down his perpetual disdain/contempt for her. As I’ve said before, I’d divorce him pronto for his patronizing and insulting attitude towards her. Insufferable and unbearable. I don’t care if I’d become the Queen of Sheba with him. It wouldn’t be worth it.

  30. sunny says:

    This is a good event for her- a great thing to highlight and something she actually care about.

    The styling is a big old mess though. Does she still not employ a stylist?

  31. Sof says:

    Kate has me questioning my personal style whenever I like one of ther outfits. This is one of them.

  32. Marivic says:

    Kate is hard-faced. Not loving her style.

  33. Keen Kate says:

    That coat doesn’t go with the outfit at all: wrong shade/tone of blue, wrong cut, wrong length, wrong style, etc.

    The outfit without it looks fine (minus Ms Button’s buttons), I kind of like it as a professional look.

    What did she do today? What did she add?

  34. Steph says:

    What blazer? Are you talking about the coat? I love the coat. The cut works for this outfit but it’s the wrong shade of blue. Other than that, I think she looks fine. This pant cut looks good on her. I’m probably the only one but I actually like the shirt. It’s cosplay again but it’s Khate. So…

  35. Cece says:

    Kate has this dead eyes look. It conveys the message that no one is really home anymore.

  36. Likeyoucare says:

    The jazz hands. Love them.
    Would love more to hear what she said there.
    Does she make a speach or only there for the photo op?

  37. Bella says:

    I dislike the outfit so much. The blouse is ugly and none of the colors go together.

  38. Annamarie says:

    I agree with a prior comment – how do we know she’s more keen about this particular subject? She looks the same at all her events, clearly all part of the “job” for her. I think she probably is more comfortable with senior citizens because they are more deferential to her as a royal. She most likely is self-conscious around more accomplished and intelligent people being that she doesn’t seem too bright. The sporty events are less stressful for her. Contrary to the touting of her interest in children, I don’t think she likes the kiddie events either. I remember at one this little boy said something and she repeated it in a very snide and mocking manner. That made me dislike her, true colors and all that.

    • Beach Dreams says:

      Yup, I don’t see how we can truly tell she cares about this more than other topics. She pastes on the same grin and cycles through a certain set of expressions depending on the nature of the engagement. I think the ONE type of event that we can safely assume she at least somewhat enjoys are the sporty ones. It’s an easy way to make a spectacle of herself (all the hair tossing and guffaws) for the cameras and she can flirt with attractive guys if any are present.

  39. kelleybelle says:

    The whole lower part of her face is askew because of the botox, it kind of moves sideways. Look at the first picture. It looks like she’s had recent work done. She can’t even smile the way she used to.

  40. L4frimaire says:

    I don’t like the coat color but she looks good in the blouse and pants. The proportions are good and it’s simple and workaday. Usually her pants don’t fit well or are those awful jeggings, or her torso looks too long . Always buttons but don’t mind it on this too. I have to say McQueen used to be such an edgy brand but the Duchesss stuff looks like it has nothing to do with their collections.

  41. Lizzie says:

    Another 5 minute photo op? Gaping grin check, jazz hands check. Wake me when there is ONE thing interesting about her. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

  42. Nic919 says:

    Did either W or K do anything for Remembrance Day today? It’s kind of an important day to commemorate. Camilla and Charles were out today but I have not seen anything from those two.

  43. notasugarhere says:

    This Diana cosplay military blouse was ugly when she wore it to parade around riot-destroyed areas, it remains ugly now.

  44. Sam says:

    Is it weird that I think her mother aged better than her?
    I don’t know I feel Carole takes better care of herself than Kate, same for Pippa.

  45. CrystalBall says:

    Unfortunately she does not come across as someone to be taken seriously at all. She emphasizes and prioritizes appearance over eloquence. This results in an obvious and painful vanity that leaves those she encounters stunned by the lack of substance she brings to all events.

  46. A says:

    I question her commitment to memorializing the Holocaust and supporting its victims when she participates pretty actively in being a poster child for Little England white supremacism. One aspect of that ideology is antisemitism. She benefits and participates in upholding white supremacism and uses it to victimize Meghan, and I’m supposed to take it seriously that she shows up for Holocaust victims? She doesn’t. You walk the walk, or you gtfo.

  47. PIP says:

    She looks great minus the coat. Blouse and slacks fit her to perfection.

  48. EveV says:

    I don’t think the blazer is terrible. I actually think it’s beautiful, it just looks horrid with that outfit. Speaking of the outfit, it’s not bad, for Kate. The trousers and heels look nice, even if the nautical themed shirt looks silly and ugly.
    I am beyond disgusted by Cain and Unable’s spitefulness and laziness. It’s sickening and crazy that some people actually buy their side.

  49. Lizzie says:

    Average looking woman wearing blouse and pants.

  50. Bibi says:

    She has swollen/creased lower cheeks that Restylane or injectables leave when it’s improperly administered. I wish she would just gain 5 to 10 pounds because she needs it at this age. The entire outfit should be binned. The only good thing is the hair, at least they’ve done away with the fat sausage curls…for now.

  51. Terry A says:

    She is always a stunner! Didn’t like the coat though.

  52. liri says:

    I won’t be one of “cut her hair” because I’m so jealous of her hair (both fake and real). My are thin the curl pattern is strange and nightmarish.
    Im glad she chose a repeat and we could put for some days the this for that. I also see that seniors, children and hot sporty guys are her thing.
    Also you can have all the money in the world but when you work out a lot but don’t practice your posture – the posture is still bad. (I unfortunately relate. can’t relate to veneers though)