The Windsors came out for the Festival of Remembrance, the first of KC3’s reign

Here are some photos from this year’s Festival of Remembrance, an event which always happens the night before Remembrance Sunday in the UK. Usually, the event gets a good royal turnout, and this year was the first time King Charles got to attend as monarch. He was joined by Queen Camilla (who looked like she was half-asleep), Princess Anne, the Wessexes and, of course, William and Kate. I guess we’d be missing the point of Remembrance to talk about fashion, so I’ll just say that Kate’s suit is new-to-us and the skirt is pretty fug. The lapel is a bit shiny too, but at least she’s not still doing those oversized headbands (remember that era?). She also borrowed some Royal Collection jewels – that necklace is the same one she borrowed for QEII’s funeral. It’s a bit much, but whatever, Kate is tacky and she doesn’t know how to wear jewelry. (PS… if you were interested in an ID on Kate’s ensemble, it’s Self-Portrait.)

To me, Princess Anne looks the most dignified – a simple black suit with a three-strand pearl necklace. I wonder if those are Anne’s pearls or whether she borrowed them. King Charles wore all of his military medals, all of which are honorary. It was a bit much, but I get the feeling Chuck likes to play soldiers.

Back to William and Kate – curiously, the day after William went solo to that “charity event” at a private club with a blonde aristocrat, the Mail breathlessly reported that William and Kate had been seen having a “pub lunch” before William’s Oswalds outing. They were “seen” at a pub in Windsor by someone who had just received an OBE. Curious.

Photos courtesy of CHRIS RADBURN/Avalon.

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  1. SarahCS says:

    What is it with the three poppy combo? Is one not enough to make the point?

    • Nic919 says:

      She’s copying the queen who on occasion had bunches of poppies. But seeing as how kate does nothing for veterans, this is all for show.

      • Eurydice says:

        Anne is also wearing 3.

      • Yvette says:

        Anne may have worn three to honor her mother. It wasn’t Kate’s place to do so. I wonder if Kate’s ego has her taking precedence over the other Royal women … except for Camilla. I don’t think Kate wants any of Camilla. 🙂

      • Jen says:

        @Yvette: Anne, Camilla and Kate have all worn 3 poppies at multiple previous Remembrance events (Queen usually goes for 5 if she’s wearing multiple,) while the Queen was alive, and other women, too. You can’t see it in the shots here, but if you go over to the blog The Court Jeweller, you can see the Duchess of Gloucester was wearing 3 that night, too. There’s really nothing unusual about this. If Kate starts wearing 5, then she’s overstepping.

    • Dhianna says:

      Khate has to take center stage…no matter what.

      • Chic says:

        She got a “fresh face” . Looks like fillers with smoothness and shine.

      • AnnaKist says:

        Oooooooooh, Chic, I think you’re right! She does look newly-smooth and dewy. It might just be the lipstick, but I’m going to keep an eye on those lips over the next few days.

      • sparrow says:

        Whenever people say she looks fresh, I can see the woman has stuff done, regularly, but it’s mostly that she’s been photoshopped really well IMO. A couple of days ago we saw closer to the real Kate – the bags and sags at the rugby, poor skin quality etc. What’s changed since then is that her favourite photographer is back or someone’s been told to be kind and get back on board. There’s only so much cosmetic work can do with her skin because it’s no longer a good canvas to work on; she really does rely on heavy editing. I think this causes her stress – because people have to meet her in real life and the difference is stark, but long term I think she imagines people will forget what she really looked like and the media will use the edited photos whenever they look back at her at these key events.

      • sparrow says:

        It’s photoshop, intense levels of photoshop. Yes, she has loads of cosmetic stuff done, but I don’t think she could bounce back that quickly from recent photos at the rugby etc where she looks closer to real Kate (v aged) to this. I think it’ll be a very kind photographer, perhaps her favourite one who seems to have been on leave. Her skin doesn’t respond overly well to interventions anymore – it’s too weak a canvas.

      • sparrow says:

        Ha ha! I seem to have double commented. I thought my first had disappeared, so made another one but kept it shorter! It’s one of those days. The kids are really ill and a couple of their friends are in hospital with fever, but it’s not covid just insane coughing.

    • A says:

      The article I just read said that the RF has never explained why they do that but it might be to memorialize family members who died in armed conflict. Some other place said it was for each branch of the military but I’m not sold on that. The Queen used to regularly wear five and Anne often wears several as well.

      • BeanieBean says:

        Per the BBC news app, it’s ‘tradition’ for female members of the royal family. Huh. Looks like there’s no consensus. Seems like a simple thing to report accurately.

      • Cerys says:

        I remember reading that Kate wears 3 poppies in memory of 3 relatives that were killed in WW1. I don’t know why the other royal ladies wear more than one but I assume it’s for similar reasons.

      • Boop says:

        Where were the rugby pics?

    • Visa Diva says:

      Per a couple of sources there’s no clear answer but the number of poppies seems to represent either the number of family members in service or family in service who died. It should be noted that Priness Anne and the Duchess of Gloucester also wear three poppies.

    • Ashley Walker says:

      Lots of people wear bunches of poppies. It’s just a composition of brooches that I’ve seen all over London. Chill.

  2. Harla A Brazen Hussy says:

    William certainly isn’t interested in keeping up any kind of façade in public with Kate anymore. She continues to try but he’s over it.

    • Noki says:

      Thsre was a period she seemed to stop trying too, even a little cold and snappy towards him. Maybe she saw that reverse psychology was not working, but I hope she doesn’t go back to the puppy dog eyes and trying to embarrassingly get his attention.

      • Kit says:

        Ohh William is soo over her, l was watching a clip of this last night, l thought Kate had a face on for most of de evening however William was in great form lol

        Those pearls again goin full on..Princess of Wales, in this caes too much !!!!

    • Nic919 says:

      There is a clip going around where William seems to say something sharp to her and she’s clapping but it’s so off beat and as she turns away from him she does the whole Melania disappearing smile thing.

      What’s funny is that derangers think it is a cute moment because William speaks to her, but you can see something more happened there from her reaction.

      • Noki says:

        Can you give a link please?

      • Chloe says:

        Yes @Nic919 is there a link?

      • Amy Bee says:

        Nothing looks out of the ordinary here. They’re sharing a laugh. Look, it’s quite possible that Kate and William get well now. She’s got her separation house and primary custody of the children in addition to the PoW title.

      • swirlmamad says:

        Agree with @Amy Bee. I can’t stand these two but let’s not start looking for gotcha moments where there aren’t really any. Even Chuck and Diana got to a point where they could peacefully coexist once the divorce was granted. W+K might be at that point now that the separation agreement has been sorted out for the most part.

        Ol’ girl has been stretched and pulled to within an inch of her life, though. The work is SO obvious here.

      • K8erade says:

        Honestly, whatever their separation arrangement is or whatever it is they have going on, it really seems to work for them. The body language suggests they actually can tolerate one another again, although it’s likely an act. I wonder if someone lectured William on his body language towards Kate? I do think rather than puppy dog eyes, Kate is doing her “refreshers” to try and show off what she believes William is missing and you can tell she’s trying to watch her weight. Basing on how tiny Rose Hanbury is, William has a type and it’s dreadfully thin with no curves. But they actually look better than off than they have in months. Good for them for finally getting the act right.

      • sparrow says:

        I don’t like them but I see nothing sinister here.

      • Noki says:

        I have to agree with the majority, nothing wrong with this interaction. Let’s not become like the unhinged anti Sussex people.

      • Mtl.Ex.Pat says:

        Yeah, I’m with @amybee and @swirl & the others here – I watched it a few times and I don’t see it either (apart from the off-beat clapping which was funny)

      • Lorelei says:

        IMO it’s one of those things that always happens with Kate’s fans— I watched the clip and it was…fine, not noteworthy at all, but her fans will be like OMG THEY ARE THE MOST ROMANTIC COUPLE EVER, SO IN LOVE, HERE’S THE EVIDENCE!

        If they didn’t try to act like every tiny interaction between W&K was some huge show of devotion, people wouldn’t comment on it. According to her stans, everything Kate does always has to be the best and most perfect way it’s ever been done, and W&K are the most loving couple the world has ever seen. They’re the ones who bring attention to nonsense like the “festive glance” because they’re so desperate for W&K to be the perfect couple they imagine in their heads.

      • swirlmamad says:

        @Lorelei, I agree that your point is also very true!

  3. Noki says:

    I remember this event for Meghan looking very sad and unhappy. At least Kate and Camilla got the balcony at the wreath laying all to themselves finally.

    • Amy Bee says:

      Really? I don’t remember that. It’s been reported that she loved this event. Are you confusing this with Remembrance Sunday?

    • The Hench says:

      Yes, @Noki. Wasn’t this the event they had to suit up to go to in 2018 when a pregnant Meghan had just confessed to Harry her suicidal thoughts that evening?

      • Amy Bee says:

        That wasn’t remembrance. It was a fundraiser concert for Sentable which took place in January 2019.

      • Ginger says:

        No, that was a different event where Meghan wore a gorgeous sparkling dress. She didn’t seem unhappy at the Remembrance event. She seemed to enjoy it.

      • Well Wisher says:

        I remember the Remembrance Day when Meghan wore the broad rimmed hat and shared the balcony with the German President.
        Did Meghan pay for that special honour.
        It was one of the triggers that set off Kate.
        The headlines were about the superiority of Camilla, Sophie and Kate being allowed to share the balcony with the Queen.
        Since then the hats had to be bigger.

      • The Hench says:

        @Amy Bee and @Ginger – aha! Thank you for clarifying x

    • Jais says:

      Well, looking somber or “sad” is probably how one should look at a remembrance event. Her expression was appropriate to the event. Maybe she was also sad but there’s prob no way of knowing unless one day she speaks about her feelings at the event.

  4. Digital Unicorn says:

    The done the ‘pub lunch date’ sh!t before when the press were getting close to outing their separate lives. The setup was so v obvs a setup – they are soo lazy they can’t even be bothered to make an effort to even hide that they paps were tipped off.

    Aside from the usual photoshopping she def has had some work done – more than the usual fillers and botox.

    • Nic919 says:

      They can’t be bothered to be caught by photo for this supposed pub lunch date. At least with the Norfolk one they got the whole family photographed.

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        Ah – I thought there was a photo, getting my pap strolls mixed up.

      • Nic919 says:

        No this time they had an OBE say she witnessed this event.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Nic not only did no other customer get any cellphone photos, they don’t even name the pub so the press can’t try to confirm they were there. It’s bullsh!t imo.

  5. Naomi says:

    wow she can’t get enough of that pearl choker, can she

    • Ginger says:

      It looks tacky on her. This is a somber weekend and she should not be wearing this kind of jewelry. But, if Kate wore a bikini at this event the rota would fall all over themselves to say how classy and regal she is.

    • FancyPants says:

      If she’s trying to establish a “signature piece” for herself, the v@gin@ necklace is an interesting choice.

      • Debbie says:

        All I know is that after someone here baptized it as the vagin@ necklace — I can’t unsee it. I feel like I have to avert my eyes.

    • Well Wisher says:

      Some one need to explain that in wearing eye catching jewellery, the trick is to have the eye on one particular piece.

      If the beautiful heirloom pearl necklace is highlighted , then the earrings be minute.
      The focus is on the necklace.

      If it is the broach, then wear a string of pearls and small earrings.
      The focus is on the broach.

      Likewise the earrings, a string of pearls.
      Focus the eye on the earrings.

    • Jan90067 says:

      She has no concept of “occasion”, what she should wear, and when. Pairing Di’s drop earrings w/that large necklace is awful. If you do a “statement” necklace, simplify the earring, and vice versa. She looks like a kid who raided mummy’s jewelry box and puts on every sparkly thing she can.

      Btw…any ID on who’s brooch she’s wearing under the poppies?

      One final note: she really should ditch those super long tea length skirts/dresses. They don’t make her look taller, just dowdy. Even Anne’s hemlines are shorter!

      • Lorelei says:

        IDK if it’s the necklace or the wearer, but it looks terrible on Kate. Maybe it looked good on Diana in like 1984, but Kate cannot pull it off. Especially since she rarely wears pieces that large. I can remember one time she wore a choker, and it was from freaking ZARA. I guess she thinks that now since she’s the POW she needs to step it up, but it looks all wrong on her.

  6. Plums says:

    All I noticed was how weird it is that Kate wore three poppies instead of one like everyone else. It’s like the huge christmas tree brooch moment from one of the memorial services- distractingly tacky.

    • Jen says:

      Look up images on google, searching Queen Elizabeth Remembrance, and you’ll see the Queen wearing 5 on multiple occasions. Anne is also wearing three here, so wearing multiple poppies is neither new nor limited to Kate.

    • Lorelei says:

      I remember reading that the number of poppies one wears signifies how many of their family members either served in any of the military services, or were lost during service— not sure which (also unsure if it’s a “rule” or more of a tradition).

      I have no idea who Kate’s poppies are in honor of, since I doubt Uncle Gary is a decorated war veteran.

  7. UNCDancer says:

    It’s a good thing that gout is rarely life-treating, because look at KC3’s fingers. What is he eating? And why has no one put him on allopurinol? That can’t be comfortable.
    Oh, and Kate has very bad taste – that necklace is too much.

    • Brassy Rebel says:

      I’ve seen his fingers and hands look much worse, tbh. The medals, including the one on the ribbon around his neck, are especially gaudy here and distracted me from his hands for once. Maybe that’s the point. And he’s deeply into herbal medicine so I wouldn’t expect anyone to convince him to medicate.

      • AnneL says:

        I didn’t know that about him until I watched Episode 5 of this season of The Crown. He has a cold and Anne brings him some medicine, saying this one will “actually work.” She teases him about his herbal remedies. It’s a great Anne moment.

        That’s really not a spoiler as it’s not an important part of the episode, just a throwaway moment.

    • Jaded says:

      Gout is insanely painful to the point where you literally can’t move the affected joints, so I don’t think that’s it. Maybe fluid retention and/or arthritis.

      • sparrow says:

        Agree I read a doctor who said it was fluid retention related to ageing. It may be uncomfortable but I don’t think it’s gout levels of pain.

    • BeanieBean says:

      He’s always had fat sausage fingers, always; just look at photos of him when he was younger.

      • Lorelei says:

        Charles has access to literally the best medical care in the world, any specialist he wants would see him— so it’s odd that this condition doesn’t seem to have improved at all over the years. Maybe it’s something that is simply not treatable? You’d think a diuretic would at least help a little, and some (discreet) makeup.

  8. Amy Bee says:

    All of William’s medals are Jubilee medals. Kate’s dress wasn’t great and her jewelry didn’t go with the outfit. The earrings alone would have been enough. The necklace and the three poppies was too much.

    • Chloe says:

      I agree with your opinion on kate’s dress. This is something i can see Camilla wear. But i guess kate is into things that are antique. And, i have to say, that is the ugliest pearl choker i have ever seen sorry. The middle thing reminds me of a female’s private part and i can’t unsee it. I do like her pearl earrings. And her hair looks good. But the photographers need to ease it on the photoshop on her face.

      • Green girl says:

        I hate that choker and I’m not sure why. I guess it looks dated to me in a way that Anne’s doesn’t. Someone needs to tell Kate she doesn’t have to wear all of the jewelry at every event. Surely someone on her team has an eye for putting complementary pieces together in a way that is tasteful.

      • Green Desert says:

        Yeah my first thought when I saw Kate’s dress was “oh she raided Camilla’s closet.” 😬

      • swirlmamad says:

        That choker is so dated and aging, which is why it’s so ironic that it also looks like a vagina, lol.

        I don’t think it’s photoshop, TBH — she’s been freshly pinched and pulled and it’s actually settled right for once, which is why she looks so smug and ready to mingle.

      • BeanieBean says:

        She’s got this 100% polyester outfit in white, too. Bea’s also worn it in black. For whatever reason, some people like it. It’s not my cup of tea.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Green Girl, you’re not alone, I think it’s all hideous. As @BeanieBean said, she’s worn the same dress (or is it separates?) before, in white, so you can see the details a lot better in those photos and it looks so cheap to me.

  9. Harper says:

    Yawn. So deadly dull. If only Rose were seated in the adjacent box to add some much needed style to this moribund bunch. I see they invited Major Johnny, so they threw us some crumbs at least.

  10. Red Weather Tiger says:

    What a ghastly picture of King Tamp! He looks like he’s only recently been re-animated. What’s up with the jaunty tie at such a solemn event?

    • Brassy Rebel says:

      Yes, that tie–yikes!

    • The Hench says:

      He looks ridiculous cramming all that regalia on a suit. I thought the Monarch, when in civvies, didn’t bother with all that nonsense? The Queen didn’t cover herself in random medals except when in uniform for the Trooping of the Colour.

      • Lorelei says:

        Charles looks like my child probably would if we were at Party City and I was focusing on something else, leaving him to his own devices in one of the costume aisles.

        It also looks like the weight of them is about to make Charles topple over. Ridiculous little man.

      • Emily says:

        It looks ridiculous and it’s a bit offensive for someone who never actually served in the military to honour themselves with medals on an occasion to honour real soldiers.

      • Debbie says:

        Now, Emily, if they didn’t honor themselves, who would? After all, they haven’t done anything to deserve it.

    • whatever says:

      Yes the tie is so gaudy with all those medals. Too much going on. I thought Chuck was supposed to be good at bespoke suits and such? This just looks tacky as hell.

  11. Moondust says:

    Isn’t it the same jacket Beatrice wore at the vigil? I agree that the choker doesn’t go with the outfit. Looks terrible and not in a good way. I’m gonna say something nice, I really like the pieces separately. All together it’s a miss. Even the hairstyle doesn’t go with the look.

  12. Tessa says:

    Charles weighted down with all those medals. Kate needs to scale down wearing the jewelry

    • ThatsNotOkay says:

      Everyone in their phony-azz medals. One trillion medals on your chest just calls attention to the fact that you didn’t earn one of them. Not one. How utterly embarrassing for the patently shameless.

  13. Cessily says:

    Stolen jewels and fake medals for being born that is all I see. Has anyone of them earned a single medal on their own or was mom/granny just giving them out like cereal box toys?

  14. Smices says:

    Major Johnny is the only one with some visual interest in these photos.

  15. C-Shell says:

    I’m fixed on the white knuckle grip Bulliam has on his own hands. I get that he holds his own hands so as not to accidentally touch KKKHate, but the suppressed emotion and rage this guy shows with clenched jaws, hands and fists is very telling. He really really needs therapy.

    • SueBarbri33 says:

      Yep. Kate looks bad, but William looks worse. He looks terrible nowadays. And furious.

      • Lady D says:

        Maybe William got dumped?

      • swirlmamad says:

        I don’t know, he looked pretty happy and relaxed in those solo outing pics. As per usual, if he looks tense and unhappy it’s usually when he’s in the presence of Kate.

      • Nic919 says:

        The difference in William’s demeanour coming from the private solo event and this concert is noticeable. Someone elsewhere mentioned that he’s seen gripping his fists to the point of white knuckles in a few photos at this event as well.

      • dawnchild says:

        Maybe he looks tense with Kate, because he ONLY appears with her for work (as in official engagements or being photographed with her and the kids…which is also another part of his public-facing persona).

        He looks more relaxed in his solo evening events because he is…he had a nice evening and it shows. But because he’s never just relaxing with his wife, there are no photos of them together having fun…unlike earlier days when they skied and partied together etc.

    • Cairidh says:

      His face looks bored in the photos when he’s listening to Kate.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Nic ITA there is a huge difference in how he looks lately and it totally depends whether or not he’s with Kate. He always looks so much happier and more relaxed without her.

        It’s super noticeable- it jumps off the page at you when he’s alone- he seems like a different person. One with the weight of the world lifted off of his shoulders when he’s out and Kate isn’t there. Which actually makes me feel sorry for her (even though she’s terrible) because it’s SO OBVIOUS to even a casual observer.

      • Jais says:

        To be fair, William looks bored a majority of the time. While I’m sure he loves the money and status, he seems to have no patience for the formalities of monarchy. Frankly, neither does Kate.

      • Cottage Cat says:

        Middleton couldn’t wait to get her bony hands on the Queen’s bling-bling. No wonder she looks so smug, and William so relieved, of late. They’ve made a deal to live apart where both get what they want without having to put the effort in.

    • Red Weather Tiger says:

      I zoomed in on his hands, and that is the weirdest thing he’s doing there. It’s like his hands are new, and he’s not quite sure how they work yet.

      • ShazBot says:

        Neither Will nor Kate ever know what to do with their hands. They always carry and hold them awkwardly.

  16. CC says:

    It’s the Leaning Monarch of Windsor! All those special boy medals on one side have made Charles lopsided. Tiiiimberrr! I hope bodyguards were around, because his son certainly wouldn’t try to catch him if he toppled over.

  17. Seraphina says:

    She looks frumpy in this outfit. She clearly has no style sense; the clothes and jewels wear her.

    • Lady D says:

      She just looks old in this outfit. To me it makes her look 50+. I think this is one of the worst she has ever worn.

    • Jaded says:

      The outfit looked much better on Beatrice. Kate is now such a bone rack that things tend to hang on her.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Lady D, as others have already said, I can easily picture Camilla (or CarolE) in this dress. Which means it’s too matronly for Kate, imo.

      • Lady D says:

        Beatrice wore that outfit well, it really looks like it belongs on her. Kate looks like she’s playing dress up and doesn’t really understand the assignment.

  18. Barbara says:

    If Kate wants to wear such mature-looking jewelry, she needs a simpler, sleeker, shorter hairstyle. Her ridiculous hair distracts from the jewelry and it looks overdone and cluttered.

  19. aquarius64 says:

    I saw the quick clip of the Wailes. Kate had her Cheshire cat grin then it faded away. Their date night IMO is in response to the Sussexes’ date night in Cali (don’t try to tell me KP is not monitoring their activities) and shut down speculation a War of the Waleses 2.0 is brewing.

    • Nic919 says:

      It’s certainly an odd clip, but then again not so much with those two.

    • Saucy&Sassy says:

      aquarius64, when I saw the clip all I could think was that someone needs to tell her to quit smiling at these types of events. It’s a solemn event.

  20. CindyP says:

    She looks so dowdy…ugh

  21. Slippers4life says:

    You know, I may be a lone wolf here, but Khate looks like she is loving being single and pretending to still be married. She must have gotten something she really wanted out of whatever arrangement they have decided on. Maybe access to her own personal wiglet factory?

    • Tessa says:

      Kate likes attention she looks happy for cameras.

    • Cairidh says:

      She got William to agree to pretend to still be married to her for the rest of his life so that she could be princess of wales. She’s got the thing she’s always wanted – the princess title.

      • Saucy&Sassy says:

        Cairidh, if that’s the case, let’s see how long that will last. Neither are happy with this and once the newness wears off it will get really interesting to watch. I suggest Ma Mids stays out of it, because I’m confident that anything she does or gets Wails to do will not go over well.

  22. tamsin says:

    I believe Kate has the same outfit in white. The outfit seems very popular as well, and has been photographed on other celebrities. I think the top part is a bit overwhelming on Kate, however, because of her thinness. She appears to be making that pearl choker her signature necklace. Seems to me that the pearls were loose pearls gifted to the Queen and she had it made into a choker. Those familiar with the royal collection may be able to give the provenance of the choker. Personally, I don’t think it’s the most attractive choker because of the obtrusive looking brooch in the centre. However, Diana was famous for wearing some spectacular chokers, and pearl chokers seem to be Camilla’ thing. Triple strands of pearls are a royal thing, so now that the Queen is gone, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them a lot on the remaining royal women. Don’t think I’ve seen them on Sophie yet, but then she may not possess any. One would think that the Queen would gift her only daughter with a triple set of pearls.

    • Nic919 says:

      The choker seems to wear her and it’s because of the way the centre jewels look placed. And considering it was a concert for remembrance day and the recent passing of the queen, it would have been the time to ease off on wearing all the jewelry for this event. None of the other women are wearing jewelry that looks as out of place if they are wearing any at all. And it’s not like Camilla doesn’t ever wear large chokers. She just seems to know the appropriate occasions to wear them in a way that kate does not.

  23. tamsin says:

    I saw a photo of the front row at the Festival of Remembrance, and Kate and William appeared to be directly behind the royal banner and Camilla and Charles off to the left. I don’t know if it was the angle or not, but it looked a bit odd.

  24. Tina Loman says:

    I like the choker and earrings separately, but the shiny jacket looks weird and old fashioned with the skirt. Is this Alexander McQueen? She looks much better than she has lately. She looks refreshed. Her hair is better, but the outfits are horrible. The jacket she wears today is horrible too. I think it’s Alexander McQueen.

  25. Elsa says:

    I think Kate’s outfit is gorgeous. I follow some royal accounts on insta that had closeups of the skirt and it is beautiful.

  26. Tina Loman says:

    Princess Beatrice looks better than Kate. I just saw that photo. Beatrice wore it better. Her jacket and skirt are better and less cheap looking.

  27. K8erade says:

    Whatever agreement W&K have going on, it seems to be functional. They seem to be able to at least tolerate being in a room with one another again.

    Must agree with Anne about the suit. Compared with the rest of her relations, she has a special talent for reading the occasion/room/etc.

  28. teecee says:

    I believe Anne’s pearl necklace is the one her mother always used to wear.

    • Chrissy says:

      Yes, I agree. I believe that the triple strand necklace was given to the Queen by her parents for her 18th birthday so, I wouldn’t doubt that it was left to Anne.

      • Christine says:

        I hope so. Willnot and Cannot have been preening so much, I doubt anyone who actually loved QEII gets a shot at any of her things.

    • C says:

      It’s possible. However, Kate was wearing the Queen’s triple-strand necklace (at least that is what all outlets reported it to be) to one of the Buckingham Palace funeral lunches. So who knows who got what.

  29. Jen says:

    I think there are no hats because this is an evening event and hats are part of ladies’ daytime formal dressing. Those really wide headbands were a form of hat within that protocol on dressing.

    I hate the diamond vulva. It’s beside the point for me whether all that bling is too much or not, it’s just so incredibly ugly.

    • Lorelei says:

      @Jen, the diamond vulva! That’s what I’m going to call this necklace from now on.

      I hope she’s done with the huge headbands…I know they were trendy, but they’re so ugly imo.

  30. Jumpingthesnark says:

    Why is it that all of us peasants realize that her jewelry choice is awful but neither she nor anyone assisting her does?

  31. Beverley says:

    Khate hasn’t a classy bone in her body. She’ll never get her accessories, outfits, and jewelry right because she’s BASIC and boring! My god, she is the definition of YAWN. The most effort she has ever put into anything – besides being a bootycall bedwarmer for Willnot – has been her non-stop efforts to destroy Duchess Meghan.

  32. ChattyCath says:

    I’m sure Carole was wearing that pearl choker or whatever it is at TQ funeral. It’s tacky and looks like something out of a cracker.

  33. Ollie says:

    Although he never served in combat, Charles spent six years in the Royal Navy and wears a sort of military “participation award” which isn’t honorary— the Naval Long Service Good Conduct (LSGC) award.

  34. Hannah says:

    I don’t *hate* the Self-Portrait outfit. I think Beatrice has the same outfit (worn at the grandchildren’s vigil) I probably would have swapped out the fabric belt that comes with this ensemble for a skinny black leather belt and worn a neat, simple updo. The giant choker and earrings ruin it all though. They are just gauche. Period. Rather go without jewellery than this crypt stuff. I’m also so over pearls now

    Didn’t like today’s outfit. Typical Kate outfit. At least no buttons, tassels or military cosplay 🙄 Panda eyes, (seriously her eyebrows, *smoky eye*, hectic eyeliner and under eye eyeshadow was so harsh) PLUS 3 poppies and that weird brooch

    Wasn’t it Coco Chanel who said “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off”

    Kate might want to take off more than just one thing

    • Sophie says:

      Agree. Too much going on. I really don’t like that old-lady necklace. I know it belonged to the queen but…still.

      Entire outfit is so aging.

    • Lorelei says:

      @Hannah I think you nailed it with the suggestion of changing the belt. The belt it comes with might be why I think it’s so cheap-looking.

      In some of the photos of Kate wearing the white version, it looks like the jacket is slightly sparkly, but I couldn’t tell for sure.

  35. Roo says:

    Khate’s necklace is not appropriate for this outfit. And it’s too much for a somber event.

    Also, since she seems concerned about aging, and if she wants to lift her jowls, I think she needs to look into a deep plane lift. Those types of facelifts look the most natural. Maybe she and Camilla can get a BOGO deal.

  36. Jane Wilson says:

    There’s a photo of these people in the dictionary…and it’s right next to the word “Lackluster”.

  37. AnneL says:

    The jacket and skirt (or dress) really don’t go well together, for me. It’s nice to mix something soft with something structured but somehow this looks odd. It looks like she got cold and had to borrow a jacket.

    So Beatrice wore this same outfit and looked better, apparently? I didn’t see her in it, but I guess she just accessorized it differently? Wore different shoes and jewelry and maybe had less hair? I agree the hairstyle is wrong for the outfit. She would look nice with some sort of updo but she almost never does things like that. She just have to have that wall of hair.

    That necklace really is awful. It’s giving Joan Collins.

  38. SussexFan says:

    Charles looks overdone; the tie looks like something he just grabbed onto in a hurry. They should have just chosen those royals who are truly veterans, are heads of military units, or doing charity work among vets. Camilla is as always a pain in the caboose. And Kate? This is the worst outfit I have seen her in. She should have checked out some photos of her late MIL for tips on fashion for events like this. Diana always managed to show some leg and still have the right demeanor. Gross.

  39. BW says:

    Is anyone else getting the ad “DESIGN FOR BUNIONS” right over the photos of Kate and Wills, and Chucky III? I keep thinking it’s the caption for the photos, and it makes me snort laugh.

  40. Julia K says:

    I like this black dress on Kate but Beatrice wore it better. Wish Kate had left off the chunky choker which took away from the shiny neckline on this dress. No necklace would have been better. She and William seem more relaxed with each other lately.

  41. val says:

    Damn, everyone looks so stale. They really could use Harry and Meghan to add some much needed refresh into that group of has-beens.

    • one of the marys says:

      I think what we’re seeing is boredom. Meghan and Harry radiate passion and curiosity and zest for life. The contrast with his family of origin is sobering.
      I think Camilla looks nice but she usually gets it right

  42. Candy says:

    I have a hard time calling this outfit a dress, but it’s beautiful. I also really like her choice of shoes here. She’s had a freshening up.

  43. Therese says:

    The man talking to Anne in the box beside her is Major Jonathan Thompson, who was the Queens main bodyguard, and is now that for Charles, and his Equerry. There have been a lot of pictures of him, and he was dubbed Major Eye Candy. I first noticed him when he was seated behind the Sussexes during the Jubilee, and my eye was drawn to him because I had never seen such a self-aware, smug countenance. He is certainly nice looking, and he is certainly aware of it. We will be seeing more of him. Maybe he can gain a bit of modesty and loose a bit of smug.

    • TangerineTree says:

      He is so smug! He was incredibly rude to H and M at the Jubilee. He’s the one Charles was waving at to take away the pen tray, lol. He’s a bit too smug for one who is nothing more than a boot-licking servant.

  44. Therese says:

    I don’t see anything wrong with the clip. Looking at other pictures, I loved Kate’s dress for the laying of the wreath. I agree that the jewelry is too much. (Less is more). When the royals stood up with everyone else for the singing of God Save the King, I thought that Camilla looked wobbly. I have thought that on other occasions. She doesn’t look different from her trip to India, if that is really where she went. Maybe it was a health trip.

  45. Deanne from Canada says:

    For today’s service, she wore Queen’s diamond earrings and possibly Art Deco diamond set brooches from Jan 2022 by Bentley & Skinner (via IG @royalfashionpolice) So yesterday big bling diamond necklace and earrings, today more bling. I’m sorry but given today’s fiscal climate, this all needs to be toned down!!

  46. Jen says:

    People are referring to this as a sombre event, and I’m not sure that’s really the right description. We don’t have anything like it in North America, but it’s a mix of honouring the sacrifice of those who died in the war, celebrating military service in general and an outright concert and spectacle. So it’s not fully sombre, it’s also festive. I’ve always found it baffling, as a Canadian.

    • Cairidh says:

      When ww1 ended, people in Britain threw parties and celebrated. The first armistice days each year after that were celebrations, people were happy the war had ended. Then at some point people realised they should be mourning instead of celebrating so we ended up with the sombre Remembrance days we have now. The festival of remembrance started in 1927. They may still have been celebrating at that point.

  47. teehee says:

    I like her hair color and the highlights here, the best its been in a while.
    But that skirt with that blazer?? No…

  48. Dee says:

    Princess McButtons seems to be channeling Joan Collins in Dynasty lately. It’s very aging.

  49. FlowerChick says:

    These pictures are perpetual punishment for chasing off H&M. They look so pale , stale and uninteresting.

    The Royal Family will never learn, they always chase off their star players – rinse and repeat.

    One think I noticed on Elon’s twitter recently is that not only is the name “Kate” now annexed to “Meghan” but they have also ‘fixed’ the search engine so that any search for any one called Kate pulls up Kate Middleton. Which is hilarious because they hate married in women being popular and they got what they wished for with Buttons but now they want her to be at least a little bit popular.