Princess Kate wore a pumpkin Gabriela Hearst dress on a nursery school visit

No matter how hard she tries – lol – the Princess of Wales will always be such a lightweight when it comes to activism and advocacy. The entire reason she styles herself as a “credible Early Years expert” is because she wants to do “events” with kids. That’s it. She just wants to pose for photos with kids and hold babies. So, a new year and the old Kate. She was out today at Foxcubs Nursery in Luton. The excuse for this visit was “raising awareness of the importance of early childhood for positive lifelong outcomes.” They just send her to wander around nursery schools and pose with kids. If I was one of those parents, I would be livid that my children were being used as props in this way.

Fashion notes: Kate’s pumpkin dress is Gabriela Hearst, and she paired it with her Massimo Dutti coat in camel, a Ralph Lauren belt, Stuart Weitzman clutch and a pair of Kiki McDonough citrine drop earrings. The ensemble seems very Meghan, although I don’t recall, off-hand, Meghan wearing any shade of pumpkin. I’m generally against anyone wearing orange (in any shade), but this definitely feels like it would have been better in October or November, not January. But whatever, I’m just feeling spring-y right now because Virginia is enjoying a week of spring-like weather.

This visit was also Kate’s first solo event of the year and first solo event since Prince Harry’s Spare was released. Traditionally, Kate only does a handful of events between January and March, then it’s time for a month-long holiday with her kids, etc. I wonder if she’s going to do a big promotional blitz for her new Early Years pie charts? It sounds like it.

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  1. Brassy Rebel says:

    Yeah, British parents and caregivers need to wake up to the fact that the royals are constantly “borrowing” their kids for self promoting photo ops. That’s literally all this is.

    • Swaz says:

      That first photograph is so weird 🙄 the other two people are having a conversation, and she looks like she is rehearsing something 🙄 who is she talking too🙄 She could make a lot of money as a PANTOMIME 😂

      • Sam says:

        Firstly: what an absolutely horrible costume!!!!! I can’t believe people can have such bad taste! The hair is terrible and that facial expression! The poor children!
        Secondly: I really have the feeling that they want to destroy the monarchy themselves! What a pathetic performance!!!! NO ONE gains anything if kate talks to small children or helps with crafting! What is this? Why isn’t there an outcry that a grown woman makes her money by PRETENDING to be a LITTLE KID!?!

      • Andy Dufresne says:

        Yawn! Kate really needs to find an identity and work on a personal style. This is just pathetic.

    • L84Tea says:

      Yep. Any time the going gets tough–in this case, Spare–they pull the Early Years trick out of the hat. Same thing happened when H&M left the UK for America. Look here! Early Years! Early Years!

      • Sam says:

        Firstly: what an absolutely horrible costume!!!!! I can’t believe people can have such bad taste! The hair is terrible and that facial expression! The poor children!
        Secondly: I really have the feeling that they want to destroy the monarchy themselves! What a pathetic performance!!!! No one gains anything if kate talks to small children or helps with crafting! What is this? Why isn’t there an outcry that a grown woman makes her money by pretending to be a little kid!?!

  2. C says:

    I hate orange so I despise this. That is all.

    • ariel says:

      I read “pumpkin” in the title, but i was not prepared for the color of this dress.
      I think she looks gorgeous in jewel tones- but not many people can pull off this harsh orange color.

      And yeah, with all the good she could ACTUALLY do- even something as simple as donating, and putting the donation info on their website/insta- or whatever, and issue a statement- but it does seem like she is more about the photo op for her- than actually helping anyone in need.
      It is depressing.

      • Jan90067 says:

        She wouldn’t need costly new clothes, jewels (though these are “old”), or pricey blow outs daily if all she did was post (“she” HA!, excuse me….”staff”) about the info and donate. Other than her 6 brownies for an entire embassy (copying M’s banana bread), has she *ever* brought* anything* for any place in need??? EVER???

        Such a waste…of *everything*.

      • SomeChick says:

        I read “Kate wears a pumpkin” and had to stop reading because I was laughing too hard. (yes, I have the sense of humor of an 8 year old. but it IS funny!) I’m lucky tea didn’t come out my nose.

    • Lori says:

      Someone told her the Karen’s like pumpkin spice.

    • DouchesOfCambridge says:

      It’s funny how I keep trying to find what she is cosplaying today. I figured, event for kids, kids need vitamin c, (lightbulb) oranges! And here she is dressed as an orange and a citrus smile. That’s how her team’s intel works

    • Emily_C says:

      I like some shades of orange. This shade would be nice on someone with different coloring. It’s terrible on Kate.

    • Sugarhere says:

      Catherine Middleton should avoid every shade of yellows and oranges, as well as unnecessary contact with other people’s children. These kids cannot be used as pawns: what was the exact purpose of her visit?

      Raise awareness about what exactly? Young children’s nutrition? Making sure their motor development is age sensitive? Where is that Early Years bamboozle heading, I can’t fathom. Aren’t the Brits fed up with Karen’s token engagements yet? Lord!

    • Fabiola says:

      That other lady she was talking to likes orange since she is also dressed in orange so there are people that like her look.

  3. kelleybelle says:

    In one pose she looks just like a department store mannequin … with about the same amount of brain cells. This visit will count as work, *sigh* … shouldn’t the news be about what good this visit will do or is it all about what Kate wore? What a bunch of BS.

    • CocofromCanada says:

      She has an eating disorder and is ugly on the outside and inside.

      • LS says:

        She really does appear to have lost more weight each and every time she is photographed. That outfit does her absolutely no favours. The colour is dreadful and the design just emphasizes how underweight she is. She also does not seem capable of any meaningful conversation with adults, so is instead thrust into settings with children and babies. (Although, to be fair, even they look completely uninterested in her.)

    • JM says:

      Once you consider that the club she is visiting is called ‘Foxcubs’ the colour makes sense – theme dressing. She isn’t trying to resemble a pumpkin, she’s dressing in the same colour as a fox. Doesn’t work, though imho

    • SquiddusMaximus says:

      Every since reading that Kate was “dressed to the nines” when she met Meg (in ripped jeans), that’s all I can see: Buckets of makeup, 80’s sister-wife cosplay, and overdone hair. Is this really appropriate for an event with tots? I’d be terrified at that age of some frighteningly skinny woman cooked waaaaaay to long.

    • Mary Pester says:

      Nooooo, just NO I think I’m going mad, because when I look at that rictus grin and that dress all I can see is Jim Carey in drag

    • SIde Eye says:

      Your comment is hilarious Kelleybelle omg department store mannequin is right. She’s even posing like it in the first pic -goodness that pic is jarring.

  4. Glitterachi says:

    It actually reads as a pretty standard Kate outfit to me, but in a different color scheme. I suspect the color is what is making it read Meghan to you – during her royal days she stuck to that warm neutral color-blocked color scheme, whereas Kate is usually in cooler jewel tones

  5. C-Shell says:

    Yep, this is a precursor to her “launch” of her new early years thingy coming up. *yawn* can’t wait. I worry, whenever KKKHate inflicts her rictus grin on them, that these wee children will be scarred, have nightmares, develop a fear of unknown adults.

    Re: pumpkin/orange — I think Meghan wore a pumpkin-ish dress (pleated skirt?) to one of the daytime events she and Harry attended during the You Could Have Had A Bad Bitch Tour. I wasn’t thrilled with that color on Meghan, and she can wear just about any color, but I’m on board knowing that she was wearing lots of color — a rainbow — for that tour.

    • Layla says:

      @c shell yes! The assymetric pleated preen dress. I actually loved that look even though I know a lot of others didn’t. Every outfit during the YCHABB tour was a knock out of the park.
      Lmao remember when K stepped out the day after Meghan at the endeavour awards wearing the exact same shade!

    • Curmudgeon says:

      Just came here to also say I LOVED the orange Preen dress Meghan wore. I actually liked the colour – it was a darker shade of orange, more muted. She was so stylish and elegant without being try-hard that entire tour. You can’t buy that kind of effortlessness as Keen demonstrates every time she steps out to “work”.

  6. Chloe says:

    At least she wore her old hair this time.

    Fashion note: i feel like the belt is unnecessary. I know it’s to break up the monotony of the dress but i don’t know. I think i would have preferred this dress without it.

    • Josephine says:

      the sausage curls are back! i guess when she’s stressed she reverts – the stiff grimace says it all. she really could use a make-over.

      • mia girl says:

        She is in desperate need of a make over! That hair is begging for some sophistication. It’s so boring and I actually think it’s starting to age her. She needs it cut into a new fresh style.

        And you know she’d get such fawning, positive press for a fresh look, all for doing next to nothing (her favorite thing!). But instead she’s stuck in her debbie-downer-dowdy rut. Yawn.

      • L84Tea says:

        Somewhere on Instagram I saw a photo recently where someone photoshopped Kate with blonde hair and then with her own color, but in a bob to the chin. I have to say, the bob looked fantastic on her. Think of all the headlines she would get if she tried something new with her hair! I get that some people just find a look and stick to it because it works for them, but Kate’s hair has literally been the same since she was a young teenager. She’s got Jennifer Aniston syndrome when it comes to her hair. It’s might as well be Linus’s blanket at this point.

    • Andrea says:

      I am beginning to think she has body dysmorphia. She wears belts constantly when it isn’t necessary.

  7. Layla says:

    Told you guys. The Gabriela Hearst and camel coat is going to worn on consistent overboard. Now the next time meghan wears either anything GH or a camel coat, she’s going to be ripped to shred because “how dare she copy” Keeny Antoinette

    Have you guys all started to notice how K is making sure to stick to neutrals and monochrome dark tones? Especially since the documentary. The only thing she’s promoting here is the lesson on gaslighting 101🙄.
    Mental health advocates my foot

  8. Naomi says:

    Can someone explain to me how these events actually work? Is it really true that Royals like Kate just pop in for 15 – 20 minutes to say hellos and take some photos and then that’s it?? Like how does that even count as advocacy or support? You’re literally taking time and resources away from the people you’re visiting… Is the idea that these photos will somehow generate more donations? I just don’t get how a short visit like that counts as work, let alone accomplishes anything for the “recipients” of the patronage or the cause.

    • blue says:

      My question too. These visits must be at least somewhat disruptive for the staff who has to prep, make sure everything is spic & span, etc., just so Kate can come look at kids who are obviously paying little attention. It’s similar to “the headmistress will come to observe the 4th period class tomorrow.” I’ve never been able to figure out how these patron visits actually benefit the organization. To raise money, wouldn’t they get more by auctioning some royal-related experience? A garden picnic for 6 at KP for example? Lots of people would bid for that or seats in the royal box for an event. Our kids’ schools have annual benefit auctions & get scads of money for items/experiences donated by parents & friends.

      • Annalise says:

        I’ve believed for a long time that QE and her fragile ego did a GIGANTIC disservice to charities all over the UK, by making it known that no royal should get more publicity than her for their “work”, and so every year we’d hear about, for example, Anne doing 6873 events that year, yet I personally could not recall a single article about any of her visits. And because these are charities, which rely on donations, publicity for them is worth its weight in gold. How tragic is it, that the Queen allowed so many charities to get the short end of the stick, just because she was threatened of any royal who people seemed to think was more exciting than her

    • goofpuff says:

      It only counts because they themselves say it counts and nobody pushes back on that. The royals do it badly.

      A good patron visit would include bringing donations and a media blitz about the charity. The patron talking about the charity and putting their money and time into it. Many celebrities use their fame to good advantage this way.

      Will and Kate just do the bare minimum. I don’t even know what they’re actually doing or what they bring to this conversation.

      • BeanieBean says:

        I missed it, the charity, so I scrolled back up to the article & there’s no mention of a charity. It’s just a visit to a nursery school near as I can tell. I’m not seeing the point other than PR for Kate’s ‘new initiative’. Another opportunity for Kate to show off her flat stomach.

      • SurelyNot says:

        @ Beanie — I believe it was the Early Years Alliance. It isn’t mentioned in this article because it was written about Kate and not to promote the visit (I think). There is mention of it in other write ups.

    • Emma says:

      It depends on the event – I have a little bit of experience with official opening events. On those occasions you get about 45 mins and you plan a whistlestop tour, meeting as many people as possible, before a ribbon is cut, plaque unveiled, whatever. It is timed to the last second! Not so sure about these ‘learning’ visits though.

      The events I’ve been around have always generated a huge buzz, been a real feelgood moment. They haven’t involved W or K though.

    • Becks1 says:

      Kate’s visits usually last less than an hour, and the idea that the royals try to sell is that yes, these visits generate “awareness” for an organization that translates to more donations etc. But that’s not what actually happens or how it actually plays out. But the royals have convinced people that this “awareness” is worth the cost of their upkeep.

    • dee(2) says:

      One thing I wonder is do they ever do any follow up promo? I mean I know they probably post something on Twitter or Instagram the day they go, but after that? Do they do a where are they now, or this organization is doing this event please drop in? Maybe retweeting a video that the organizations themselves post? This is the type of stuff that even if they don’t return, they could point to as “support”. It wouldn’t even be difficult for the typical social media manager, just have a running tally of the organizations that are visited and then set up sporadic check ins, monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or whatever. I know the pay is low for jobs at the palace, and it supposed to be about the cache, but this is pretty basic stuff.

      • HuffnPuff says:

        I feel like these visits are part of why H&M left as well. I’m sure Meghan’s hands on approach to patronages wasn’t going over with C and W. Mainly because their wives could not and would not be able to keep up.

    • Cinder says:

      These events are not meant to benefit anyone but the royal family. They serve as propaganda only. There’s a reason why only the RR is taken along for pictures. Any real journalist would point out what an absolute waste of time these events are. Instead the RR takes pictures of these 30 minute shindigs and plasters them on the front page of every tabloid and every national newspaper and tells us repeatedly how much we must all care about these people. It’s literally a constant influx of propaganda going on for 30 odd years now.

  9. girl_ninja says:

    Her expressions are hilarious and her hair looks a mess.

    • Krista says:

      I was just going to say the same thing! Not a single expression is natural, relaxed or genuine. It’s really off putting.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      I think the gurning is over egged to make her face move due to all the botox and fillers she gets.

    • BeanieBean says:

      That first photo cracks me up. The man & the woman are clearing talking to each other, and Kate is…talking to the woman as well? Directing her smile that way, at least? Is anyone paying attention to her?

  10. aang says:

    I wish she would dress for meeting kids. Well fitting trousers, a sweater, and hair back gives preschool more than what she is wearing. What if she wanted to sit on the floor or help out with an art project? And that is definitely a fall palette. But I can’t hate on it. That shade was my late grandmother’s favorite color. She wore it often, had a car that color, and painted her front door pumpkin. We all wore orange to her funeral in April.

    • TangerineTree says:

      Loved reading about your memories of your grandmother and her signature color! : )

    • Mel says:

      Ehhh… let her wear what she wants. I didn’t like this kind of comment when people made this kind of comment about Meghan. Kids don’t care about your clothes, they care about how you make them feel. She can sit in a cheer and do whatever.

  11. Tessa says:

    The dress is not figure flattering. It’s awful how she thinks she knows anything about early chldhood studies.

  12. Sass says:

    Orange is my least favorite color. Probably because I look awful in it 🤣 I did step out of my comfort zone and wear it recently for the first time since I was like 19 (I’m 39 in June). Shockingly I really liked it and received tons of compliments. I think as with anything it depends on the shade.

    This doesn’t look bad color wise on her. That said, it is ill fitting on the lower half of her body. The fitted turtleneck bodice works for her. I think it’s time for a hair cut though. Also I do not love the belt or the boots. Too Halloween-y for me.

    • Peachy says:

      The belt and boots really disrupt the lines of the dress imo. It’s sleek with a flare at the bottom and yet she’s wearing slouchy wedges??? No no no. The color isn’t one I would wear but started wearing a golden yellow tone that was popular in the fall and very surprisingly received a lot of compliments so know what you mean about the orange. Perhaps we should experiment more often lol

      Kate really lacks style. She can wear all the expensive clothes British money can buy, but she doesn’t accessorize well at all. If she’d used another color other than black, she’d have looked a lot less like she was dressing for Halloween.

  13. Alice says:

    This is not bodyshaming, but she honestly looks so thin here it’s disturbing. It feels like the elephant in the room at this point.

    This isn’t Meghan thin or Letizia thin or Mary thin. This is next level.

    • Nic919 says:

      If the camera is supposed to add ten pounds then it’s even worse in real life.

      • Becks1 says:

        So we all know that she got super thin before her wedding, and then gained weight during her pregnancies and got thin in between pregnancies. But this is maybe the thinnest I think we’ve ever seen her. I remember saying to my mom around Easter 2019 that she was clearly not well (she was wearing a gray coatdress for easter and it was just so obvious that she was not well) and she was like, “well, obviously.” I can’t imagine how she looks in person.

        @Jaded I think saw her in Canada years ago and said that even then she was painfully thin.

    • Sass says:

      Alice I agree. I know she’s not well liked here, I’m part of that, but she is alarmingly thin. She looks unwell.

    • Emily_C says:

      This is Karen Carpenter thin.

    • Jaded says:

      People tend to develop EDs when they feel that circumstances in their lives are out of control. When they feel they have no agency and are dependent on others to tell them what to do. The one thing they can control is their weight and eating habits. She clearly suffers from body dysmorphia and tightly controlled food intake along with over-exercising because being the thinnest in the room gives her a sense of superiority over the Sofiestas and Meghans. I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s had lipo too. She needs an intervention.

      @Becks1 — I did see her in Victoria in 2016 and she looked like a pipe cleaner even back then.

      • sparrow says:

        Jaded. We sing from the same song sheet, thru bitter experience. Totally agree – the lack of control she must feel in her marriage and her role is reflected in the obvious control she exerts over her body.

      • dj says:

        Came to confirm what Jaded described re: ED. Kate is disappearing before our very eyes. All I see is a cry for help (from someone I do not care for). The BM let Megan almost die I do not know why I am surprised about Kate needing help too.

  14. Dee says:

    She always looks so relaxed around women in hajibs😂

    • Layla says:

      Kind of unsettled me because now we (Muslims and south Asian people in general) are being used for props.

  15. JMoney says:

    Err I’m pretty sure they’re considering this event the start of the “early years PR” which is sad. Also why isn’t she wearing British designers?

    I will say working with nursery level schools kids is the best fit for her bc they don’t know who she is and they can be used as you said Kaiser as props

  16. Tessa says:

    Sister wife long dress look.

  17. Woke says:

    So her new uniform is these type of dresses with belts. Lol I don’t know why she keeps forcing with the belt it does nothing for her. Pick a thing that doesn’t highlight your long torso.

  18. Soapboxpudding says:

    Has she ever not worn body con? Seeing a lot of retrospective photos of her and Meghan lately, and I haven’t seen her ever wear anything even remotely loose fitting.

    • Lucy says:

      She went through a sister wives/prairie dress phase in 2020, maybe lasted a year. It was baffling, although it did seem calculated to distract from how thin she was.

  19. Lorelei says:

    That is one ugly dress. That’s all I’ve got

    • Becks1 says:

      I don’t love the color (maybe if it was just a sweater and not a full dress?) but it would definitely be more appropriate September to November.

      It reminds me of the time she wore what was actually a very pretty Kate Spade dress in September or October, but the dress was CLEARLY a springtime dress. It just looked off.

      Now, I’m not saying people can never wear pumpkin in January or you can’t wear purple flowers in the fall. But sometimes it can look off, like here. A sweater would not have been as obviously fall IMO. Also, Kate loves to theme dress as we all know so its always kind of weird when she just……doesnt.

  20. Roseberry says:

    I think Meghan wore a pumpkin coloured pleated dress during an event for their farewell tour.
    Also loving the placement of the biracial and black dolls right next to her head, would’ve loved someone to have asked about Archie!

  21. HeyKay says:

    How is this work? Is it just to give the schools some publicity, or hopefully some funding?
    I mean pre school kids are lovely but having Kate their is no different to vs. a Mom popping in to help and visit for a day.
    I understand it is good for Kates image but that’s about it really.

    • SarahCS says:

      Your last sentence. That’s it. Giving the rota something to write about and new pics. Nothing more.

  22. greenmonster says:

    I love orange but hate this outfit but maybe more the way she styled it. I don’t like the belt and hate the shoes. The combination of orange and brown is boring. Could be a nice spring outfit with a thin green or blue belt and matching high heels. And maybe the dress needs to be a little bit shorter?

    • DeeSea says:

      I love orange too, but this entire look is just giving me “great idea but terrible execution.”

  23. Mess says:

    Yikes that picture of her standing. Is she moving on with her cosplaying Meghan to M3GAN??

  24. Anastasia says:


    …maybe the dress is a hint that they’ll be *pumpkin pie* charts.

    (I’ll see myself out)

  25. Surly Gale says:

    she did one thing right, IMO
    She did not wear pink lipstick when wearing orange clothes.
    It’s something that really bugs me for whatever reason, when someone wearing pink, mauve, lilac etc clothing wears peachy/orangey lipstick. And vice versa.
    It’s something I notice
    Also, black and orange? She’s dressed for Halloween. Is this how witches now dress for their special day? I’ll keep it in mind for next October. Just add witchy hat and she’s good to go.

    • SenseOfTheAbsurd says:

      I was silly enough to read the DM article on this non-event, and as well as gushing about her ‘hazelnut hair’, they honked on about her adding a touch of pink in her lipstick and blush.

  26. ❌❌❌Tart ❌❌❌ says:

    Often people brag about meeting Royals. These children’s parents will brag about it; remind the little ones about it so the kids will brag about it later in life. Therefore, this is propoganda. Kate is attempting to capture hearts and minds of the easily impressionable. Kate is grooming groups of people who will, later in life, want to keep the monarchy for..well….just because.

  27. AnneL says:

    I actually like rich, subtle orange shades. This color isn’t bad on her. It should have been a little darker and more subdued. And with the black belt it’s giving Halloween.

  28. Mel says:

    I love orange, it’s a color that looks great on black women. I think she looks fine, perfectly boring but fine. She wears the same thing on a different day in different colors. Shrugs….

  29. Chaine says:

    I think this color suits her. Dress is too long, though, and it is giving autumn leaves and pumpkin spice lattes.

  30. Harper says:

    And there are her fifteen minutes of work for the week. Well done, Kate. The video of her mumbling through her hellos is making the rounds on Twitter.

  31. Cel2495 says:

    This dress silhouette is not for her… specially with the big old belt. Perhaps she likes to accentuate how skinny she is but this dress is not it.

    Terrible color too by the way.

  32. M3gan says:

    I find that women who are not very intelligent or confident tend to gravitate towards interacting with and surrounding themselves with kids, while mostly avoiding adult conversation. My SIL is like this… has nothing to say when around adults, but happily babbles away when interacting with toddlers. It seems that Kate is like this too… she always seems to lack confidence with adults (especially when talking about something with experts) but just loves being around kids. She keeps pushing this idea that she’s interested in the Early Years because it affects later life, NOT because she loves children. But it’s so obvious that it’s the main reason for these projects.

    • Lizzie says:

      I bet there is data showing extra clicks when a pic of Kate has kids. Everything is a photo-op and nothing more.

    • SurelyNot says:

      I am sure there are tens of thousands of pre school and elementary teachers who would agree with your assessment.

      There are dozens of reasons to slag on Kate without saying that women who gravitate towards children are unintelligent.

    • C says:

      She’s horrible with kids, lol.
      She really only likes her own kids.

      • QuiteContrary says:

        But do her own kids like her? That’s the question. (Louis certainly didn’t seem to be a fan.)

  33. Abby says:

    I love Kate’s dress! She looks fantastic here.

    • little bird says:

      I agree! When she is happy and glowing, even orange does not look bad on her (she has a cool undertone).
      Those long dresses are a very good choice for her body type.

      • Saucy&Sassy says:

        little bird, really? The dress accentuates how thin she is. The belt just doesn’t break up the long, thin body. The dress is too long. I’ve said it so many times before. Why can’t she wear a dress at a decent length.

        I don’t think she has a stylist. I can’t imagine a stylist letting her out in something that makes it obvious that she’s 20 pounds underweight. I think the choice of black and orange together is because it’s an obvious match, but not a good one.

        If she wasn’t such a bully and mean girl, I might be able to stir up some sympathy on her behalf. Can’t do it. She needs some SERIOUS therapy. Maybe if she could get a sense of self back and leave that family she could end up with a happy life. I just can’t see her ever doing that. It occurred to me that she believes she’ll be happy as QC. Good luck with that.

    • Jaded says:

      She looks like what she is — a photoshopped, wigleted, botoxed, store mannequin with an ED.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Yet another unnecessary, brand new outfit to pose in like the mindless cardboard cut out that she is. This is neither flattering to her body nor flattering to her image. If she wanted to wear a damn turtleneck sweater dress, she could drag out the green one she did her Breck girl posing in years ago at a homeless shelter. She’s only worn it once FFS. You remember, when she kept playing with the hem of her dress, flipping her wiglet dolly curls, and rolling her eyes at the WOC seated next to her?

      Have to laugh at her constant use of over-priced ugly Kiki McD earrings. Those were Fergie’s go-to jewelry; she’s the royal who put Kiki McD on the radar 30+ years ago.

  34. Crowned Huntress says:

    Ugh I really dislike this color on her. I don’t know why she gravitates towards these orange to orange red colors. They never flatter her!

  35. Still In My Robe says:

    If we knew nothing about the background behavior of this person, I would look at all this and think, it’s fine. Her dress is fine, her hair is fine, the event is fine. But we’re talking about one of the most privileged people in the world. She sits in palaces and gets her hair curled while the residents of her country, subject to the rule of her family, starve and freeze. She should not be “fine” at anything. She should be extraordinary. Extraordinary at outreach, at putting people at ease, at holding forth on the subject she herself chose to be her focus, at connecting the organizations she works with to the resources that will make them successful, at doing her eye makeup and at choosing fashion that makes it a pleasure to look at her (since that is the most access most people will have to her). Her “subjects” deserve extraordinary, and they pay, with no small amount of personal suffering, for extraordinary. They get fine. If I were one of them, that would make me extraordinarily angry.

  36. Jay says:

    Not a bad dress in my opinion, although the length is a bit awkward. Elaborate sausage curls are not the best choice for doing activities at a daycare.

    I wonder if Duchess “Don’t talk about my hormones” Kate made her usual comments about how babies make her feel “broody”?

    • Julia K says:

      Right, Jay. What does she think causes “broody”? Hormones!!! She says this to crowds of strangers, yet her own sis in law doesn’t know her well enough?

  37. Beverley says:

    This dress is a CRIME. The belt makes it even worse. Is it possible that Kkkhate is even thinner than usual? Her grins are plastic and terrifying. I’ve empathy for the folks they’ve roped in to interact with her.

    And it pisses me off that she made certain she was photographed speaking to people of color. The palace really views white folks as gullible when they think these photo ops are fooling people because I guarantee non-white people aren’t suckered by these meaningless staged photographs.

  38. Amy Bee says:

    According to the bloggers Kate is wearing a skirt and top not a dress. The belt ruins the whole outfit and the skirt is too long.

    • First comment says:

      Yeah, and it’s also a repeat from the Boston trip!! She tries to keep the pretense of the thrifty duchess after the enormous amount of money spend for her wardrobe last year !!! Lol…

  39. Kateee says:

    No no no, she went orange-red because she was going to FOXcubs Nursery. Theme dressers gotta theme!

    Anyway, she looks fine but I would rather the photos have delivered what the headline promised… Kate wearing a pumpkin.

  40. Laurf says:

    Is the facial paralysis from some sort of cosmetic procedure gone wrong? It seems to be persisting for months now.

  41. SurelyNot says:

    I quite like the orange but the black belt/accessories vs the brown coat is jarring to me.

    I would have preferred ANYTHING other than brown/black and certainly not together. I know she has a belt/coat/clutch/shoe combo in green, navy, maroon??

  42. Lululu says:

    Once again with the “raising awareness”
    bullshit. “I’ll just show up and everyone will look because of my precious Princess presence.” Both Diana and Meghan married in to the family and called BS on this approach to philanthropy. That was the biggest threat that the BRF perceived from them…that they’d expose the fact that the working royals don’t add much value to the UK in exchange for all that money.

  43. phuggi says:

    Here’s the question I have. What does it exactly MEAN to “raise awareness”? It sounds like the fluff we add to CVs and events to bolster how important it is or to show some sort of purpose, but it has no tangible, PHYSICAL outcome/result. How do you measure how much awareness you’ve raised?

    And also, the hilarity of going to preschools and nurseries to tell them how important the early childhood years are. You can’t make this stuff up. Imagine the nursery professionals going, “ohhh really?! Wow, thank you SO MUCH, Duchess, for informing us. We here at the nursery usually just let the kiddos munch on crayons and play-doh until their parents came to pick them up.”

    It’s absurd. It’s all fluff and PR language. There is no metric for her work, which is why ‘raising awareness’ is all she’s doing these days. There is no limit to how much awareness you can raise, right?

    • Lululu says:

      Exactly. The metric they use to measure their work is just appearances. Showing up, shaking hands, turning people’s heads for a moment. Diana and Meg had a different model…Diana walked through a minefield and hugged people with AIDS, Meg shows up with armloads of donations and tries to make a meaningful impact with every charity visit. The “raising awareness” language is complete bullshit…and Kate’s team uses it for every freaking appearance.

    • NightOwl says:

      So interesting you say that about metrics. So many firms and industries are measured by KPIs (key performance indicators) to assess progress and performance. What are the KPIs for the monarchy and their “work”?

      • SomeChick says:

        favorable press coverage is the KPI. and number of “engagements.” nothing actually measureable.

  44. Kittenmom says:

    She looks like a mannequin in the top photo.

  45. Well Wisher says:

    Hopefully, these visits would be seen for what they are – a woeful waste of time for these organizations.
    A drain of energy for the individuals who have no option but to use these organizations.

    A distraction from the apparent lack of a functional democracy.
    In such a scenario, investments will have been focused on the future potential of the younger generation to sustain a viable society.
    Food banks indicate a broken system yet the parallel need for them and mental health services is growing exponentially.

    Finally, the PR based idea that the future of the monarchy is based on being seen and on the cover of newspapers had no invalidity.
    Its origins are rooted in fear and to keep certain people employed while providing income for an unscrupulous industry.

  46. tisme says:

    I don’t think Meg would be caught dead in this ensemble. It is very 1970’s school marm. It’s a no from me dawg.

  47. GoshTina says:

    I’m not loving the warm orange dress and cool tone pink lipstick together. That’s all I got.

  48. sparrow says:

    I fully believe Kate used the staying low approach of the BRF over Christmas and Spare to get herself some serious facial work done. The past two events have photo’d her very kindly. This kind of indoor light is brilliant for her. Wait until she is out in the open air or in less favourable interiors and we’ll see the effect of controlled low body weight on her face. I think the DM and her photographer are working over time to give her the best treatment indoor light can give.

  49. Jumpingthesnark says:

    She needs to stop messing with her face— so jacked up now! Outside resembling insides.

  50. Over it says:

    If Kate truly cares and believes on children future. She would have gone into her closet and wear something she has worn before. She would have taken all the money she spent to look like thanksgiving decorations and given families especially those with young children she claims to care about gift vouchers to like tesco or mother care so they can get some essentials for the cold winter months. But this is Kate and the only thing kate cares about is being photographed looking keen every once in a while. And this is exactly why willy and Katie deserve each other because others should not be punished with these two

  51. Eggbert says:

    Other proof that being an early years “expert” is purely performative is the fact that she was so disturbed from Meg just mentioning baby brain and hormones: a postpartum mother’s mental well-being and mindset is an important component of a baby’s development. If Khate can’t even discuss something as innocuous as baby brain you know she’d absolutely lose it over a postpartum depression discussion. She’s showing that she thinks any mental struggles is a sign of weakness that new mothers should feel ashamed of and not openly discuss.

  52. HeyKay says:

    I agree that Diana did visits that brought awareness.
    I still recall clearly Diana visiting an AIDS patient, holding hands and being kind to him.
    That photo changed a lot of peoples fears about contact. And the landmine issue with Diana front and center, I had zero idea of this until Diana made it common knowledge.

    I think when Princess Anne shows up, a lot of us in our 50-60’s feel glad that a senior royal is there to honor the citizen volunteers, military members being awarded medals, etc.
    The “regular” people who volunteer, first responders, do good things SHOULD be honored by PR and William should be doing that kind of work.

    William & Kate have the Duchy money rolling in!
    Start 2 new charities each, donate $1M to each = $4M to help others, clean up their image, take all the pictures they want. It’s gonna take WORK for them to keep the Monarchy alive.

  53. tamsin says:

    A neat thing to do with this situation, and I can see Meghan doing this, is to work with the organizations and come up with a dish that the group can make. Come and participate in teaching them how to make the dish, and at the end, each would go home with the supplies or a gift card/voucher to buy the supplies to make it at home for their families. This could have been achieved probably by costing less than Kate’s new dress. However, whenever Kate is doing a royal appearance, it seems it’s a new outfit photo op for Kate and there is no immediate benefit to the cause or any follow-up benefit. Now bearing gifts has never been a royal thing to do- people are supposed to give THEM gifts. In the old days, people brought gifts to the king because he was supposed to protect them and go to war to defend the country. Royals these days are just not giving any value for the money and gifts the get.

  54. SIde Eye says:

    I don’t like this shade of orange on her. But I LOVE orange. My favorite orange dress was worn by Maya Rudolph at the Oscars. It was a tangerine delight of Mrs. Roper feathery realness and I was here for it!

    Orange rocks! *ducks and runs*

  55. j.ferber says:

    All I can see is a desperate woman preventing kids from learning while she gets her photo op “helping” their teachers. Her next new revelation will be, “Feed your kids breakfast before school.” Or, “bathe your children and wash their hair so they are clean,” or “Make sure kids look both ways before crossing the street.” In other words, she is the first parent in the world who knows these simple things because she is an “expert” and her “work” is reminding parents of her monumental wisdom. I’d be hella embarrassed if I were her, but I know she isn’t. I am embarrassed FOR her, though.