Duchess Kate repeated a Eponine dress for the Festival of Remembrance

British Legion festival of Remembrance

One of the things that still makes me mad is how the royal family consistently shoved the Duchess of Sussex to the back. Trooping the Colour? Shove her to the back of the balcony. Remembrance Sunday? Shove her to the less important balcony. The Festival of Remembrance? Make sure she’s seated all the way back, behind Prince Andrew. It still upsets me! Anyway, now those old farts don’t have to worry about being outshone by a vivacious, beautiful American. And shoving Harry and Meghan out of the country just highlights how dull, staid and boring the rest of them are.

These are photos from Saturday night’s Festival of Remembrance. Buckingham Palace confirmed last week that the Queen wasn’t going to this concert, so the “headlining” royals were Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William and Kate. They were seated in front and they all looked so… boring. Sometimes I can’t even believe how short-sighted William and Kate really are. It’s just them and a bunch of septuagenarians, octogenarians and nonagenarians left, and the Queen’s health seems to be getting worse by the day. But hey, at least that racist jackass Princess Michael of Kent is there!

For the festival, Kate repeated a black tweed Eponine London dress. She’s worn this a few times, as it ticks some of her favorite boxes: big shiny buttons (check), heavy, stiff material (check), long-tea length (check). The last time she wore this, she tried to make it fancy by pairing it with glittery silver pumps (lol). I think she borrowed one of the Queen’s pearl bracelets too, and she wore a bejeweled poppy pin. Kind of think this look would have been better and more somber if she had worn her hair back?

British Legion festival of Remembrance

British Legion festival of Remembrance

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red.

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  1. Andrew's Nemesis says:

    At least someone redid her eyebrows for her. There’s my charitable thought for the day.

  2. aquarius64 says:

    Charles is dead center.

  3. blackfemmebot says:

    For once I really like her glam but I would hate this dress a whole lot less if it was just a pencil/midi dress. That little house on the prairie skirt is killing me.

    • Cate says:

      I agree! I guess all the ultra long dresses are better than flashing everyone, but seems there could be a more flattering solution to that problem…

      • AmelieOriginal says:

        It really does seem like she went from one extreme of wearing too short dresses/dresses that easily blow up to long Little House on the Prairie schoolmarm. I think she got her behind handed to her after one too many incidents of pictures of her underwear showing and now she plays it extra safe with too long dresses.

  4. Aurora says:

    Poor Kate has to re-wear clothes to avoid criticism while Meghan can now wear what she wants. I still recall that last tour where Meghan rewore everything and tossed in Banana Republic just to avoid further criticism. I hope Meghan wears nothing but high fashion from here out.

    • Matthew says:

      @aurora I hope she wears clothes right off the runway

      • BothSidesNow says:

        I hope to see designers running to offer to dress her, which I think will happen given the amount of coverage she gets and they are both superstars!!

  5. FHMom says:

    I guess I’m the only one that likes this dress. I would buy it to wear to funerals.

    • Becks1 says:

      I definitely think this is an appropriate dress for a funeral.

      • Nic919 says:

        I guess the problem is that this wasn’t a funeral. I mean it’s better than a hot pink outfit, but she only saves that for US visits.

    • coffee_coffee_coffee says:

      i like it too. I think she looks great and I am not one to say that. so does Camilla. The rest of them look up past their bedtime.

  6. Amy Bee says:

    This is the second time she wore this dress and it still didn’t look good with a change of shoes and accessories. It’s just too old for her. As for whether Meghan and Harry were shoved to the back, I don’t know. I believe they sit according to the order of precedence. On the balcony, Harry is the one who stood at the back, even before Meghan came on the scene. She can only stand where Harry is in this case. But I would agree that the Royal Family used to cut them out of the photos of the Royal box when they attended this event.

    • molly says:

      It’s SO OLD. Just when I think Kate is making progress with her hair and style, she pulls out this stuffyass thing again. She doesn’t need to go Bond Gold Cape at every event, but this mumsy thing is terrble.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ molly, well considering she has never made any progress, this look it just the same as usual, boring and so ill fitted. Hell, I mentioned in another article that even Camilla dresses better than KKWeen!! She couldn’t find appropriate clothing if it fell in her lap. She has abysmal taste!!

  7. Layla says:

    They think they’re the Crown Prince couple of Denmark for this country but they’re really just a wilted version of themselves

    • BothSidesNow says:

      Anyone notice that PWT placed his hand on her lower back? They can’t even fake emotion, they have to copy the Sussex’s!!!

  8. Lady Esther says:

    I was a little surprised that both Kate and Sophie had their hair down, and they looked a bit casual, as did Camilla, as if they were underplaying it for some reason. No bling, no fancy dress, nothing. The Eponine dress is meh, didn’t like it the first time either. Finally I can’t believe that Princess Michael of Kent was prominently displayed; I thought her blatant racism had finally relegated her to obscurity, but I guess not…

    • BeanieBean says:

      That was my thought, too. The Sussexes are gone, so they fill in with the Kents? Talk about adding insult to injury.

    • Nic919 says:

      They could have at least put Sophie and Edward more prominently instead of the the guy who peddles influence to the Russians and the racist daughter of a Nazi.

    • Emma says:

      Why wouldn’t the royals embrace a racist jackass? They’re all racist jackasses. From the queen and her late husband on down. If you don’t see that by now….

  9. swirlmamad says:

    This is something my nearly-70-year-old mother would wear and look absolutely lovely, but not a great choice by a not-even 40-year-old woman by any means. But that’s just me. I get this is a somber occasion, but there’s a way to look respectable, presentable and still age-appropriate and she has NO clue how to accomplish this.

  10. OriginalLala says:

    The pained, dour looks on everyone at both events… is the Queen dead and we are just not being informed? I’ve never quite seen them so unhappy at a concert before…I know they are supposed to look serious on the balcony, but those faces were way beyond that.

    • Merricat says:

      Except for William, who looks pleased as punch.

      • MsIam says:

        He’s happy about how that “Charles berating Harry ” bit leaked out. Now Charles has to go on the offense instead of promoting he and Camilla’s big tour.

      • Beach Dreams says:

        Eh, he looked pretty dour at points himself.

      • Merricat says:

        Fair enough, Beach Dreams. He wasn’t jolly the entire time, but he was the jolliest among them.

    • Beach Dreams says:

      Who knows? But I’ve felt that Kate in particular seemed especially off throughout the past week. Even that visit to the museum had a mildly “off” vibe to it. Maybe it’s the Queen, but I think the problem might be a little closer to home (aka Jason and his monumentally stupid moves, or something else we don’t know yet).

      • Nic919 says:

        Kate didn’t show any grief during Philip’s funeral unlike everyone else and so I doubt she cares about the queen. She’s looking grim because of Knauf exposing them and it not turning in their favour the way they thought it would.

  11. MsIam says:

    I’m glad Meghan and Harry moved on. Imagine years of seeing these same dour faces just to get a glimpse of the Sussexes.

  12. Kfg says:

    I also think the queen is dead. I think PWT is happy bc he gets to be PoW and dump Kate. That’s why she looks so bad. Her time is up. Charlie boy is sad bc mummy still didn’t approve of him and them hiding this is going to open the floodgates. I think that’s why they let JK go out to help the fail. They’re trying to ward off the worst of it by feeding Meghan to the wolves.

  13. Harper says:

    In her past few appearances this week, something looks off about Kate’s forehead/side part. It’s like I’ve never seen quite that much of that side of her face before? Or maybe her hair is just flat and unstyled? Maybe her regular hair stylist is off and Kate is just not bothering anymore for some of these events? I can’t pinpoint exactly what looks off to me, but she looks different.

  14. CindyP says:

    That dress looks like something from Mad Men, total housewife vibe. She is so frumpy

  15. Becks1 says:

    The first time she wore it I said I liked the dress, but I am taking it back. I don’t – the length is off, I normally like a longer hem on her, but this is too long – its more than a midi length, but not full length and it looks awkward.

    at least she wore a repeat. I was expecting something new and $$$$ since she had to work two days in a row

    • Layla says:

      It reminds me of the Emilia wickstead dress Meghan wore on the Australia.New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga tour at the Anzac Memorial. But nowadays almost anything and everything This woman wears reminds you of Meghan in some way or other

      • HeatherC says:

        Kate would have loved that one. Didn’t that one have buttons going ALL the way down the front?

  16. One of the marys says:

    Camilla looks good here. Wow that family is OLD, where are the young royals, where is the next generation of royals to carry on their legacy? This is not a good look. They are much diminished by the absence of H&M. This royal dynasty looks like it’s on its last legs yeesh

    • Dee says:

      You know I’ve said that for a while myself, where are the “young royals”. I mean even counting H&M, their young royals are still 40. Unless they were banking it all on W&K’s kids, and Archie ( and now Lilli) to want to and be good at taking up the mantle, you have an entire organization hinging on the health of someone 95, two people in their 70’s, and two entering their 40’s. Doesn’t seem like a strategic long term plan to me.

  17. What says:

    Look at Williams face in these pics. There’s one where they’re leaning in to talk at each other but they’re not even looking at one another. So again what was the deal with the People exclusive if your regular pics tell the real story

  18. Julia K says:

    Are those age spots (liver spots) on her forearms?

  19. SueBarbri says:

    They all look rough, pale, and old. And adding this to their old-fashioned frumpiness at the Centopath, the entire group looks like a collection of poorly dressed Nazis.

    What were they thinking?

    I know that William is aligned with the Tories, but come on. Most of the royal families of Europe seem to be strategically aligned with the right-wing/military in their respective countries, and they still manage to look reasonably modern. Fred and Mary still look like they belong in the 21st century, Max always brings something fresh in the Netherlands, and Felipe and his wife always look good. What’s stopping the Windsors?

    • sparky says:

      To me Max always seems over the top– always appropriate but statement clothes as big as her personality which is why/how she carries it off. There is a happy medium between Max and Kate’s overly drab wardrobe and that would be Letizia’s. That’s who Kate should cosplay.

  20. Gina says:

    Willy’s blazer it too short. Why I always have to see his croch area?

  21. Eurydice says:

    I think boring is a good look for them. They don’t know how to handle interesting – it just gets them in trouble.

  22. equality says:

    Best dressed goes to lady with short gray hair on the left. Alexandra? The rest look blah.

  23. Rice says:

    Ladies and gentlemen, I give you The UnFab Four.

  24. iconoclast59 says:

    In the second photo, William has his hand on Kate’s back, with a facial expression telegraphing it pains him to have to touch her.

  25. MangoAngelesque says:

    William side-eyeing the bejeebus out of Kate, as always. I think they’ve reached the point of their non-relationship where the other person’s voice/presence sets teeth on edge.

  26. Athena says:

    I don’t understand the obsession about Kate rewearing and outfit. The articles become all about how Kate re-wore an outfit and nothing much about the event. The Queen re-wears clothes all the time, the rest of the world rewear clothes, Princess Anne hasn’t bought a new outfit in 20 years. Kate just comes across as so frivolous buying a new outfit pretty much every time she go out in public. Maybe someone finally told her that with inflation looming, and the various shortages, showing up in a flock will not do.

  27. Colleen says:

    The Boring Brigade has arrived. Love that Billy and Keen think they’re fabulous, young, and hip when they are more Charles/Camilla without a work ethic.

  28. Paisley25 says:

    The bracelet and earrings were Diana’s.

  29. Lizzie says:

    Wealthy woman wears somber dress. Looks like your average middle aged woman.

  30. Sarah says:

    Remembrance day is about honouring armed forces members who have died in the line of duty. Kate’s look is appropriate for the occasion. The attention should not be on her or what she wears therefore she repeated an outfit.

  31. Tangerinetree says:

    “…that racist jackass Princess Michael of Kent …” Much, much too kind, Kaiser.