Duchess Kate wore Ralph Lauren to a new exhibit at the Victoria & Albert Museum

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Today, the Duchess of Cambridge did her first in-person event in eight days. She hadn’t been seen in public since November 24th. Before that, she attended the Royal Variety performance on November 18th. I’m just trying to point out how little she actually works and how she’s set the bar so low, I’m actually shocked that we’ve been seeing her, on average, once a week. What’s crazy is that this is the time of year when she usually ups her schedule to TWO events a week, in an attempt to raise her engagement numbers before the end-of-year tally. If only we were counting buttons and pussybows as events.

So what was today’s big keen event? She went to a new exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum to look at Faberge eggs. I sh-t you not! That honestly counts as something for her, and I totally forgot that she’s the patron of the museum. She wore a new-to-us Ralph Lauren blouse which retails for £139. She paired it with black trousers, part of her new uniform based on her Meghan Lookbook. I’m actually surprised she went with paisley – she usually doesn’t f–k with any pattern other than “tartan,” and maybe an odd herringbone every now and then. The colors on the blouse are nice, but yeah, this is a very dated look. I like her ponytail? Eh. Meanwhile, would you like to hear more about this cool exhibit?

The Duchess of Cambridge, who earned an art history degree at St. Andrew’s University (where she met and fell in love with husband Prince William), visited the Victoria and Albert Museum in London on Thursday to view the Fabergé exhibition, which showcases more than 200 bejeweled objects created by Carl Fabergé.

Kate, 39, has a special connection to the exhibit as three of the famous decorative eggs on display were donated by her grandmother-in-law Queen Elizabeth. As she viewed the exhibit, entitled Fabergé in London: Romance to Revolution, Kate heard about Fabergé’s work and the fact that his only branch outside of Russia opened in London in 1903.

The exhibition features the largest display of Fabergé’s legendary Imperial Easter Eggs in a generation, several of which are being shown in the U.K. for the first time. Included in the display are the Third Imperial Egg, which was discovered by a scrap dealer in 2011 (after it went missing almost 50 years earlier in 1964) and the largest, the Moscow Kremlin Egg, which was inspired by the architecture of the Dormition Cathedral in Moscow and features a music box that plays Tsar Nicholas II’s favorite hymn. Also on show is the Alexander Palace Egg, which contains a model of the palace inside. The three eggs loaned to the museum by the Queen are the Colonnade Egg, Basket of Flowers Egg and the Mosaic Egg.

[From People]

It sounds like an amazing exhibit and I bet a lot of people will go and take their kids to see the Faberge eggs. That’s also a cool bit of art history that the Queen loaned her fancy eggs to the exhibit.

PS… I like that Kate kept her mask on inside too. I wonder if she was just following the museum policy.

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  1. Belli says:

    Did she ask again whether they still make Fabergé eggs?

    • Amy Bee says:

      @Belli: I was wondering the same thing.

    • Becks1 says:

      THAT WAS MY FIRST THOUGHT TOO LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • LadyMTL says:

      Not to defend Kate here (I really don’t care enough about the BRF to defend any of them) but Fabergé do still make eggs.
      Okay, we’re not talking about the Imperial eggs that used to belong to the Russian Tsars, but they are still produced…you can see them on the Fabergé website.

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        I believe they only started making them again recently and only as pieces commissioned by big money individuals or companies like Rolls Royce. They do however mass make egg pendants.

      • Nic919 says:

        But an Art History Major shouldn’t be asking such a stupid question. Someone with four years of uni on the subject should have been aware of all the nuances.

      • Becks1 says:

        I’m looking on their website now and all I see are their egg lockets (which are not cheap lol.) That’s definitely not what Kate was referring to.

        ETA oh wait I see their “exceptional creations”. So maybe that is what Kate was referring to. But if she knew that, why would she have asked?

        ETA again – I listened to the original video, when Kate asked if the Faberge eggs were being made, the person said “well, copies are.” so basically saying “no” to her without saying no. So I guess that answers that.

      • notasugarhere says:

        This is the standard Kate stan version of things LadyMTL. To spin out the knockoff modern ones and pretend they count as real faberge.

        Any art history major in Europe who bothered to crack a book should know about the history of real Faberge. Kate doesn’t.

      • OriginalLala says:

        Also not to defend Kate, but I bought a Faberge egg in 2014, it was expensive but not crazy expensive, it’s pretty but certainly nothing like the Imperial ones!

      • Maxime duCamp says:

        Also not specifically defending Kate but as someone who studied art history as an undergrad and graduate student, Faberge never came up once in my survey courses, so I’m side eyeing everyone assuming that art history degree = knowledge about Faberge eggs. I imagine that Faberge might come up if someone was focused on decorative arts and/or Russian art history, but otherwise no.

      • notasugarhere says:

        A European art history program and 10+ years hunting a man with a family who openly owns one of the largest ‘private’ collections of Faberge on the planet. And that she knew she was going to the exhibit, with the Queen, and did no prep work. No excuses for Kate’s mindlessless.

      • Becks1 says:

        LOl, she knew she was going to a faberge exhibit. You would think the art history major in her would want to learn more about the exhibit before attending with the Queen.

      • Nic919 says:

        I guess the people whose notes she copied while at St Andrews didn’t cover Fabrege eggs for her to learn about it. Also google exists when you prep for an event. She didn’t because she is lazy AF.

        I have an English lit degree and while I don’t know all areas of lit as well, if I was visiting something that was an area I was not as familiar with I would do a bit of research to not look like a dumbass. Kate doesn’t care.

    • Merricat says:

      Lol

      • Lucy says:

        They really missed an opportunity to say eggceptional creations 😂😂 Ma Middleton would’ve jumped on it. Sorry, I’ll see myself out 😂.

    • ohrhilly says:

      Same🤣

    • L84Tea says:

      I wonder if she looks at them and thinks…”William”.

  2. Noki says:

    I bet the mask is more to hide her face as much as possible given the Daily Fail news. Bwahaha!

    • Seaflower says:

      +1

    • Lorelei says:

      She looks like she’s bored out of her fcking MIND in the third photo

    • CherHorowitz says:

      Haaaaaahaha

      Masks are mandatory again here since Tuesday so she prob just knew she would grief if she didn’t wear it

      • JT says:

        Oh please. Kate was wondering around maskless during the height of the pandemic. I doubt she cares about any grief over not wearing one and it’s not like anyone would call her out on it either. She was breathing all over children in hospice, so let’s not pretend that she cares about optics.

  3. Digital Unicorn says:

    I wonder if she asked if they still make them? Like she did when the Royal Collection had their Faberge eggs on display years ago – am sure you all remember that event, she was with TQ.

    • Jasper says:

      She did WHAT!?! I’m so glad I didn’t hear about that at the time it occurred because I wouldn’t have been able to function due to the shock. And she studied ART HISTORY!?!

      • Becks1 says:

        Yup, she definitely did. for some reason I thought she was in the Netherlands for that though, not with the Queen. But the point remains – she definitely asked if they still made Faberge eggs.

        It was the kind of thing that when she asked it, I still thought she was pretty intelligent, so I was doubting myself and my limited knowledge of art history, Russia, Faberge etc and I was like “well, maybe they do, why else would she be asking?” LOL. Like it was the kind of stupid question that can make you question whether you actually know what you know because why else would someone ask, if that makes sense haha.

      • BeanieBean says:

        It was definitely a dumb question. Art history is at its core, history. She was looking at an exhibit of Faberge’s imperial eggs. Those eggs were made for the specifically for the Romanovs & we all know what happened in 1917. For a person with a masters in art history from St Andrews that was a flat-out idiotic question on her part.

      • Nic919 says:

        Becks when she was in the Netherlands she ended up seeing the Girl with A Pearl Earring painting and not much else. Again a famous painting everyone has seen and a recent book and movie made about it. An art history major should be looking at more the the basic famous stuff. But once again we know she didn’t actually focus on learning art while at St Andrews.

    • BabySwans says:

      But they do make eggs still. Look it up on the website…

      • Becks1 says:

        When Kate asked (I think her visit was around 2012), she was told that only copies are made anymore.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Again, those are not ‘real’ Faberge to anyone who knows what they’re talking about. IMO only Kate stans continue with the idea her idiotic comments about Faberge years ago were defensible.

      • Gina says:

        The company’s owners have distant connection to Faberge family, so decade or so they decided to revive the brand, using this famous name. But it’s not the same like Cartier or Bulgari. The real, original Faberge company seased to exist after Russian Revolution.

      • BeanieBean says:

        Faberge’s imperial eggs were made specifically for the Russian imperial family, that’s it. They’re not just pretty tchotchkes.

      • lanne says:

        the current Faberge owners are indeed distantly connected–an illegitimate son of one of Peter Carl faberge’s sons discovered his birth father’s name. he immediately changed his name to Faberge, as did his daughter. They restarted the company (the name had been sold much earlier, and had become a downmarket shaving cream: Brut, by Faberge). I guess they bought the name back and started an upscale jewelry company. The daughter runs the company now, and she’s done a great job of re-establishing the heritage, creating new products associated with the original imperial eggs.

        But Kate didn’t know any of that. At the very least, she should have known that her own in-laws owned 3 Imperial and 1 non-imperial original Faberge eggs (plus, as it has been discovered, the “surprise” from another egg). She should have known that her grandmother in law’s grandmother (Queen Mary) collected Faberge–not just eggs, but all kinds of objects that are part of the royal collection. She didn’t even have to google it–she could have been briefed by 1 of her aides. But this was an early indication that Kate has no interest, no curiosity, no sense of obligation regarding her role. She hasn’t given one moment’s thought to what it means to be a queen consort–the historical significance, or the traditions she follows. How can an art history major show absolutely zero interest and zero knowledge about a collection as significant as the royal collection? But Kate just…don’t care. She probably doesn’t even remember that she has seen these eggs before. She’s going to be the steward of this collection and it means absolutely nothing to her. How do we know that? Because she hasn’t taken even 1 opportunity to show an interest in the royal collection and make a name for herself. It’s such an easy “win” for her–it’s glamorous, and would get great press for her. She could appear knowledgable and sophisticated.

        It’s like being the steward of all of the art in the Louvre and not giving a shit. Someone like Rose Hanbury would have been a much better Queen Consort. Imagine what she would do to drum up interest in the royal collection.

      • Courtney B says:

        @beaniebear yes the *imperial* eggs were made exclusively for the Romanovs but there were about 19 which were made for others including the Duchess of Marlborough and the Rothschilds. I’m not sure how many of them survive now. I saw one belonging to the Duchess of Marlborough in the faberge museum in st Petersburg and another in the Cleveland Fine Arts Museum.

  4. mariahlee says:

    She was in a crowded classroom sitting 3 foot from children last week so I doubt she’s wearing a mask today on her own volition. I don’t understand government mask policy. There’s literally no harm in maintaining mask mandates until the pandemic is over. Sick of the flip flopping.

  5. Kalana says:

    Maybe Kate watched the Beatles documentary on Disney+ and got inspired? That top does not work on her.

    And good for Kate for finally getting some answers for her questions on Faberge. It’s been a ten year project in the making.

  6. Genevieve says:

    Ugh, that blouse is such a fusty look. It would suit Miss Marple.

    • RoyalBlue says:

      The blouse is fugly!

      • BayTampaBay says:

        I do not think the blouse is fugly but it does age her 10 years.

      • RoyalBlue says:

        It’s her standard go-to school marm look.

        I remember when paisley was in style.

      • iconoclast59 says:

        @RoyalBlue, I’m still inordinately fond of paisley. But there are ways to make paisley look fresh and modern. This print would be at home on a bedspread.

      • RoyalBlue says:

        @iconoclast when I think of Paisley my mind goes to the artist formerly known as Prince.

        And I can see how some paisley pot holders, drapes and tablecloth can liven up a room. But NOT the duchess.

    • Snazzy says:

      Hey, don’t disparage Miss Marple like that! She’s a bad-ass who knows what’s what! She and Jessica Fletcher, out in the world solving crimes that mediocre men half their age can’t figure out. Kan-not wishes she was that cool

      • MerlinsMom1018 says:

        @Snazzy
        Love Miss Marple!!! I wouldn’t have wanted to do ANYTHING wrong living in a village with her toddling around. No way.

      • Amy Too says:

        It really looks exactly like something Jessica Fletcher would wear! Quintessential New England American, but in the oversized, garishly patterned, dated color story of the 80s and early 90s. But Jessica Fletcher was an older woman living in Maine in the 80s and early 90s, so it makes sense for her.

    • TeamMeg says:

      I thought it was a vintage Ralph Lauren blouse! Beautiful colors but the pattern and style look old, faded and out of date.

      • one of the Marys says:

        There’s too much going on with the blouse, it needs to lose the bow or the collar or the cuffs

    • Amy Too says:

      When I opened the page my exact words were “Gahh!!! Oh my god, no! Why!?!” The pattern is terrible, the colors are terrible, the style is terrible. And why is it so big on her? It looks like she’s wearing a tucked in mumu from 1980.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Amy Too, same. I immediately took a screenshot and texted it to a friend just saying WHY??
        It is definitely one of the ugliest things she has ever worn, imo.

    • notasugarhere says:

      It also distracts from the beauty and intricacy of what she’s there to see. Better to wear something plain and not clash with the important things – the Faberge.

      • TeamMeg says:

        Good point! Who wants to compete with an egg?

      • notasugarhere says:

        Given Kate has the charisma of cardboard, she shouldn’t try to compete with inanimate objects.

      • Lorelei says:

        @TeamMeg I’m too exhausted to figure it out, but there’s definitely a good William joke in your comment— I mean, in a way, she competes with an egg every day

  7. Jasper says:

    I would have loved to have studied Art History. The jobs I could have had in a museum or a school, or as a consultant. And she’s just wasting it away. I’m here wondering if she even truly appreciates these collections or she’s just going through the motions. She wasted that degree.

    • Amy Bee says:

      @Jasper: With her connection to William, she could have gotten an internship and then a job at any of the museums in London. It’s clear she was not really interested in Art History and did it because it’s the degree that most aristo women studied.

      • Sofia says:

        Wrong place

      • Noki says:

        @Amy Bee but damn i love how confident she was in nabbing him. I dont think she even had a back up plan if the Waitying didnt materialise. The sigh of relief she must have breathed when she finally got the ring and eventually got George.

      • swirlmamad says:

        If she were a nice person who was actually curious about the world around her, that could’ve been a great way to foster a relationship with Eugenie, who has worked in art galleries and I would assume also has an extensive background in art history. But, we know Kate is not a nice person who would rather bully and belittle the York sisters, and her “art history” background is all performative.

      • HeatherC says:

        I may be remembering wrong but didn’t she choose Art History when William was reportedly majoring in that before he switched to geography?

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Story is that she had already been accepted to study Sociology at the University of Edinburgh then switched to Art History at St Andrews when she heard that Prince Ragealot was going there. That degree was nothing more than a part of her ‘stalking and marrying a prince’ plan.

    • Sofia says:

      IIRC she only studied Art History because that was the course that William initially applied for and came to uni to study for. He wasn’t liking it and threatened to drop out so he switched to Geography instead.

    • notasugarhere says:

      She only chose Art History because that was William’s announced study plan.

  8. L84Tea says:

    You know she kept that mask on because she’s going to struggle BAD to smile today. You know Meghan’s win had to be a huge blow to them because they’re more exposed than ever now as being the culprits who ran the Sussexes off. She’s looking awfully glum in the eyes to me.

    • iconoclast59 says:

      L84Tea, you read my mind — my thoughts exactly!

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      I concur. Imagine knowing that everyone now knows that you are part of the trinity of toxicity that OFFERED their services to the fail against their own sister in law. How inept and short sighted do you have to be to fail so spectacularly? I wish a brave journo will investigate their role fully.

  9. NicB says:

    She looks bored to tears. There is a small piece of me that wished I had the luxury of being bored by working for a couple of hours once a week. I mean, what a waste of privilege. She could do so much for others in the same amount of time with minimal effort and she just cannot be bothered to care.

    • Belli says:

      And for that work to be getting a solo viewing of a really cool exhibition!

      A huge proportion of her work is doing what normal people do in their free time – watch sporting matches, see performances, go to museums – and she does next to none of it.

      • Amy Too says:

        Does this particular museum even really need someone to “raise awareness” about it anyways? Why is this a royal patronage? Who in the U.K. sees pictures of Kate going to the museum and thinks “omg, I forgot the Victoria and Albert museum existed! So glad she went to remind me. I was just about to tell my kids ‘Sorry children, I don’t think there are any museums in London, I guess we’ll just have to stay in and stare at the wall during your Christmas break,’ but now, because of wonderful Kate, I know the V&A exists as a place full of interesting and beautiful things that people are allowed to go look at! Thanks, Kate!”

      • Harper says:

        And when she’s not doing those entertainment-type outings, she is focusing on the “Early Years” which does zilch for the people of Britain and is just busywork to boost Kate’s numbers and hide how checked out of the job she is in real life.

      • Nic919 says:

        The V and A museum is one of the most famous in the world and she didn’t need to attend to boost tourism. She should be going places that actually need media attention. But that’s not how kate works.

    • BeanieBean says:

      Oh, wow, I would love love love to view a Faberge Imperial Egg exhibit at the V&A and call it work!!
      And Amy Too, you’re hilarious! Thanks for the chuckle.

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      I think this was probably a last minute engagement so she can be seen out and about today. May have wanted to come across as business as usual despite the stunning victory of her sister in law.

      • Lorelei says:

        @AmyToo, it’s how I feel about her Wimbledon patronage.
        Wimbledon does not need any awareness nor funds raised for it, and it’s galling that for Kate, it’s credited as “work,” when some people (me) waited in a line outside for like six hours to so much as get onto the grounds, and that was on some random weekday early on.
        When it’s an event with seats so coveted (the BAFTAs is another example, although with that, the argument can be made that it’s helping to promote British films/actors— even though Bill acts like it’s a chore to show up at an annual ceremony 🙄), like this or some of the football matches they go to, that other people would pay $$$ or wait hours to attend, they should not be allowed to consider it “work.” I mean, really

        @Harper, the word “focusing” in your comment is doing a lot of work there, lol

  10. Amy Bee says:

    She was probably following Museum policy unlike her father in law who refused to wear a mask at Barbados’ Independence Day reception. Is it me, but did Kate look like she was on the verge of tears in some of the pictures?

    • L84Tea says:

      I don’t normally click on the DM, but today I admit I did. The article said masks were required unless exempt. We know Kate is vaccinated, so the fact that she still kept it on makes me believe she wanted to keep it on so she could hide behind it. If I were in her guilty, slimy shoes, I would be hiding too.

      • Merricat says:

        Lol, “guilty, slimy shoes” is perfect.

      • abritdebbie says:

        @L84Tea Currently in the UK the exemption is if you have a medical condition that prevents you from wearing a mask. Otherwise you should wear a mask even if vaccinated. Some idiots pretend they have an exemption so they don’t have to wear one, but if Kate didn’t wear one there would be questions of which medical condition prevented her from wearing one.

    • EMF999 says:

      @ Amy Bee – I thought that too – she definitely had a look of someone who had recently had a good cry or was on the verge of tears.

    • swirlmamad says:

      It’s in the eyes. There’s something off there today.

    • Beach Dreams says:

      She probably didn’t want to come out today for obvious reasons and threw a tantrum about it beforehand. Tbh I think she’s been looking rather “off” since the Remembrance events last month.

  11. Hannah says:

    I have a theory about the “wild” paisley pattern – she loves to cosplay, as we know, so maybe she thought this looked “Russian”? It reminds of paisley patterns on traditional Russian shawls older grannies liked to wear.

    • DuchessL says:

      Nah she didnt care paisley or not. The goal was to wear an american name to flatter the americans, because she is trying to win us over.

      • Tangerinetree says:

        @DuchessL !00% this. She has been wearing Ralph Lauren lately. She is trying to flatter Americans.

      • Lorelei says:

        @DuchessL if that was her goal, it sure didn’t work with this American! I think that shirt is heinous

  12. Keen Kate says:

    Why are her cheeks and forehead so PINK?!

    The shirt is an 80s style monstrosity.

  13. nutella toast says:

    Mmmm…..what else?

  14. canichangemyname says:

    Ew, I don’t care for this at all. Lately I’ve been enjoying her fashion more than usual, but this takes her back to frumpy imo.

  15. Nyro says:

    Am I the only one who likes the top on her? I think the silhouette is very flattering on her and the paisley and the color tones are very her. It’s giving chic 75 year old granny as opposed to the frumpy 95 year old Queen inspired attire she usually rocks. It works for her.

    • MsIam says:

      It reminds me of the type of blouses my elementary school teachers wore and I’m 61 so…..75 year old granny chic might be about right.

    • Laura-Lee MacDonald says:

      I have a very similar blouse in green and cream/white in my closet. It’s vintage and yes, I do often dress as my moms cooler friends did in the seventies.

      • Lorelei says:

        @LauraLee, imo there are definitely a few stylish women who could pull it off and achieve the sort of look you’re referring to (maybe Rose Hanbury?) and make it look chic, but Kate is just not one of them ):

        (as I type this from home in my Old Navy yoga pants 😭)

    • ABritGuest says:

      I like it too. Think she looks nice.

      I read somewhere that she’s only done approx 60 Engagements this year so maybe she’s trying to get her numbers up.

    • Julianne says:

      I like it too. I would have like to seen a full length shot, but the belt and trousers seem to work well with the blouse.

  16. Sofia says:

    Maybe it’s because I’m a Brit but that blouse reminds me of the tube/bus seats.

  17. L says:

    Kate borrowed my mom’s blouse from 1987.

  18. Erin says:

    How is she always so bad at dressing and styling?

    • notasugarhere says:

      Because she has never worked a real job. She has no idea how to present herself or act in a professional manner.

  19. girl_ninja says:

    That last picture is just so pathetic. She looks like she wants to run away.

  20. damejudi says:

    Please keep the jazz hands away from the priceless works of art.

  21. ArtHistorian says:

    I wished that I could visit this exhibit – alas, I cannot! However, I want to point out that while the eggs have become the most famous curiosa associated with Fabergé, they only are a very small part of what the jeweller produced. They also made the most exquisite flowers in vases made entirely out of gems and gold. And various objets d’art decorated with guilloche enamel in various hues of such a glowing intensity that have never been completely copied because Fabergé was a master in enamel colours and they applied several more layers than what was/is the general practice.

    • Becks1 says:

      See what the ArtHistorian knows?!?!?!?

      • MerlinsMom1018 says:

        She’s a beast with her knowledge for real.
        I love when @ArtHistorian weighs in

      • notasugarhere says:

        One of my fav parts of royal posts is when we get some of her history/culture knowledge thrown in.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Becks, right!?

        @MerlinsMom, I also love it when @ArtHistorian weighs in! I always learn something new + interesting from her comments

    • notasugarhere says:

      My personal favs are the rock crystal ones, made to look like diamond snowflakes on ice. And assorted pendants made for Nobel to give away at dinners. My kingdom for a time machine, when you’d arrive at dinner and find a Faberge pendant on your plate.

      That’s another book I’d love you to write, in addition to a history of Danish tiaras. A book about designer Alma Pihl and her role at Faberge.

      Any hope you can make it to the Queen’s Jewel Case Exhibit for Queen Margrethe’s II jubilee in January?

      • lanne says:

        Mine too! The Winter Egg is my absolute favorite, along with the Nobel Ice. I’d join you at that time machine dinner–to get one of those icicles on my plate, I’d be shouting “woo hoo! Hot damn!” And I’d probably get sent to the kids table.

      • notasugarhere says:

        As long as the kids table also had beautiful Faberge pendants, I’d be okay with it.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        The Winter Egg is just exquisite! It’s my favorite along with the Lily of the Valley Egg (because I’m a sucker for Art Nouveau).

        @nota – I’m definitely going to make a visit to Queen’s Jewel Case Exhibit.

        A few years ago I got to visit the Power of Splendor exhibit in Kolding – and was fortunate enough to see several of the royal Danish tiaras in person.

      • VIV says:

        If anyone reading is unfamiliar, the V&A YouTube channel put out a great short video on Alma’s contribution with the winter egg and snowflake jewels. I hadn’t seen them before, highly recommended it.

    • windyriver says:

      During the 1990’s I was fortunate to see an exhibit of the Imperial eggs owned by Malcolm Forbes, and other Faberge objects, at the gallery A La Vielle Russie in NYC. All of the objects were amazing, but the eggs were of course the most well known. He owned 9 of the Imperial eggs (believe that was the final total of the ones he bought that are considered authentic) including Coronation and Lilies of the Valley. His sons/the company put the eggs up for auction in 2004, but instead of them being dispersed, the entire collection was bought privately by a Russian billionaire, who used them to help establish the Faberge Museum in St. Petersburg.

      A comparable artisan living/working around the same time who I also admire was Louis Comfort Tiffany. Known for his work developing unique types and effects of glass, his studio output more than the stained glass lamps and windows which are among his major trademarks. The Met in NYC has wonderful examples of his work (though actually, I love the whole American wing, and the terrific collection of all kinds of decorative arts by a wide range of amazing crafts people)

      It boggles the mind to think of Kate having the kind of access she does to the royal collection (and likely anything else she wanted) and doing absolutely nothing to take advantage of it.

      • Lorelei says:

        EVERY SINGLE COMMENT in this thread is more informative and interesting than anything Kate has ever said or done.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        You should look into the French Art Nouveau jeweller and glass-maker René Lalique. His jewellery is absolutely exquisite – often very sculptural and he was a master of the incredibly difficult plique-a-jour enamel, which he used to make fx translucent dragonfly wings.

      • windyriver says:

        @ArtHistorian – this is very interesting. I never investigated Lalique; my primary exposure was some years back via some very downmarket glass items bearing the Lalique name…can’t even remember where I regularly saw them or who manufactured them. I’m also not generally that interested in that type of glass art. But I just looked up the jewelry, and agree it’s quite something; also the glass hood ornaments are fun and unusual. Will have to do more research…

  22. JRenee says:

    Retro or not, I like the blouse..

  23. Michelle Connolly says:

    As of last Tuesday, masks are now mandatory in most indoor settings (not schools yet).

    Also she is TOTALLY cosplaying a pattern because the eggs are so ornately pattered. What a tool.

  24. Crowned Huntress says:

    It’s a shame that Kate never ran full throttle with the arts during her time with the RF. If I was in her position with an actual love for the arts the amount of cool projects and money raised would’ve been endless.

    As for this blouse…I normally like paisley but these colors aren’t flattering as a mix. Would’ve been better with two colors, it just looks muddled.

  25. Abby says:

    I’m just coming over here to say I would LOVE to visit this exhibit. I bet it’s so cool!

    • MerlinsMom1018 says:

      @Abby
      Same! I am a total museum junkie anyway so I would definitely go see this!

    • Gina says:

      Me too. I have a book about Faberge and I’ve read that the real impression of these creations’ excellence one can have only while looking at the real pieces not the reproductions or photos.

    • ACB says:

      I saw a Faberge exhibit at the UN in the early 2000’s. It was fabulous. While I was waiting in line, security ushered Brooke Astor in via a freight elevator.

  26. Mac says:

    I think Ralph Lauren always looks dated. Also, can Gucci send her some belts?

  27. MMadison says:

    With all that is facing the world and her country TODAY…..sure lets focus on faberge eggs. This is why the RF is so out of touch.

  28. Eurydice says:

    Actually, this is what the monarchy needs right now – just boring events “the Duchess went here, wore this, saw that.” Basically, a low-energy hum in the background.

  29. jazzbaby1 says:

    She should embrace the renewed mask mandate. It helps hide the fact that her face is sliding down again.

    • MY3CENTS says:

      I acyually think that she looks a lot better with a mask. There is something about the lower half of her face that ages her a lot, or maybe it’s just all the hate and pettiness showing itself.

  30. BeanieBean says:

    Those eggs are exquisite. I’d love to be able to see them in person one day. Sigh.

  31. TIFFANY says:

    The blouse, I like it.

    That is something that is colorful and work appropriate for me.

    Also, that shirt looks like it was designed for a person with a fuller top body like myself.

    That is probably the smallest size they make and Kate is still swimming in it.

    She should have chose the 10 pounds to the body. For real.

  32. DeluxeDuckling says:

    One of her worst looks. The belt is so awful it actually manages to pull focus from that mess of a top. YIKES.

  33. Emma says:

    How can such a pretty, rich woman look so bad so often… true this is not that hideous green dress but still… you really cannot buy class.

  34. Ann says:

    That is such an 80s blouse, holy moly. And I’m all for a vintage look but it has to be worn in a certain spirit. She just looks conservative AF.

    • Eurydice says:

      I was going to say the blouse should have been styled for the 21st century – but this is almost exactly the way Ralph Lauren has styled it on the website. There’s one model who’s wearing it with pleated cropped pants – but it’s the same, tucked-in, with a belt, blah, blah, boring.

  35. Cherriepie84 says:

    Gosh Kaiser…felling like I’m in a forest with all this shade and I’m loving it!!!

  36. iconoclast59 says:

    “The Duchess of Cambridge, who earned an art history degree at St. Andrew’s University (where she stalked and inserted herself into the life of husband Prince William)…”

    There. Fixed that for you, People magazine.

    • Tessa says:

      Interesting how she chose his major once it was revealed where he would be attending University. She quickly left her choice of University and majored in Art history.

  37. Stephie says:

    She always looks so classy and elegant!

    • Haylie says:

      She always looks like an ugly, racist Karen to me.

    • Lizzie says:

      nothing classy or elegant about a blouse and pants, a million woman wear something just like this every day. average looking wealthy woman.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Whelp, you tried. This is another attempt to cosplay Meghan, only Kate chose an incredibly ugly blouse and from a foreign designer. Where’s all the screaming about her promoting non-UK fashion?

    • Tessa says:

      I disagree. Nothing classy about her behavior IMO. And nothing elegant either.

  38. rawiya says:

    Why the mask today of all days? She visits children and seniors and doesn’t wear her mask, and now, when she’s looking at a glass display the mask has to stay on?

    I bet she got her lips done for her Christmas special.

    Also, she hasn’t been seen in over a week because her last engagement flopped and we’re still laughing at her eye roll!

    • yinyang says:

      Me too, she’s wearing the mask to cover her work done, she is not sad, those are fillers making her eyes puffy, or she’s inspired (emulating) some other new woman or other, she is that petty remember she gets KP to put out words about her appearance.

  39. Janice Hill says:

    No excuse. An art history major may not know about Faberge, but she has no excuse for not doing basic research about it and what’s in the royal collection. She could be authoring books on the royal collection with her background. But we all know why she isn’t. Zero drive, zero intellectual curiosity.

    • Tessa says:

      She never used her art degree. She could have had a job in a gallery but “could not work” in case William called or have a full time job with real deadlines.

  40. Louise says:

    I really don’t like this blouse on her. I think it takes someone with a fun attitude, a little spark to make something this busy work. It just doesn’t suit Kate’s bland aesthetic.

  41. thick.as.thieves says:

    Oh boy, Kate went in hard with the blush. Maybe she blew her yearly make-up and stylist budget on microblading and plastic surgery.

  42. tamsin says:

    I thought the putative introducer of Meghan to Harry worked for Ralph Lauren at the time, and Meghan was in London for something related to that as well as to see Serena play. Does anyone have any recall of these details?

  43. Tessa says:

    The blouse and belted slack look again. She needed something more formal, suit (with skirt or slacks.)

  44. Fanciful says:

    I generally like a pants /blouse combo but that blouse is just unattractive, very 80s, and the colours are wrong for her. The other noticeable thing is the level of photoshop going on! Guess her fav photog is back on duty.

  45. snoopy says:

    The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has 6 Faberge Imperial Easter Eggs, the largest collection in the US. They also have a non-Imperial egg, Lilies of the Basket (regarded as Faberge’s best flower study and after the Imperial Easter Eggs, his best work) plus hundreds of other Faberge items. Highly recommend a visit.

  46. Terri says:

    So that’s what happen to my old Vera Bradley purse