Princess Kate wore a new £3,000 Erdem suit to the Commonwealth service

On Monday, the Windsors celebrated Commonwealth Day by going to church for a Commonwealth service. This was famously the same event which served as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s final appearance as working royals, the finale of their You Coulda Had a Bad Bitch Tour. Three years later and… a lot has changed. Everyone seems smaller and yet… more chaotic? The drama is still there, even minus the Sussexes, although the glamour definitely left with them.

The Princess of Wales loves to cosplay other people – QEII, her mother, Crown Princess Mary and, of course, the Duchess of Sussex. But we often forget that Kate also loves to dress up like she’s in Downton Abbey, which used to be one of her favorite shows. That’s the vibe Kate gave me in these photos – Edwardian cosplay, Lady Mary vibes. Kate wore a new £3,000 Erdem suit and a diamond Prince of Wales three-feather brooch (which looks a lot like a fleur-de-lis). Apparently, King Charles gave it to Kate as a gift. Interesting. Charles used to “give” his PoW-branded stuff to his mistresses. I doubt that’s the case here. Anyway, I really dislike Kate’s ensemble. All of that money for something that looks like a cheap Downton costume.

Queen Camilla’s outfit is by Fiona Clare, and she wore an unsecured Philip Treacy hat which she had to hold onto in the wind. The new Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh were there too – if anything, Sophie’s the one doing Meghan cosplay. What is with Sophie’s wreath brooch?

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  1. Jm says:

    That first photo is so creepy

    • Josephine says:

      I was thinking the same thing. these “royals” love those processions and they give me nazi vibes. they really are a stunning collection of nothingness.

      • BeanieBean says:

        The ‘processing’ is what will & Kate threw a snit-fit about three years ago, apparently Harry & Meghan’s presence meant they couldn’t or something. Fighting over such nothingness is all they have.

      • Whyforthelove says:

        Stunning collection of nothingness is a spot on comment. They remind me of one of my favorite books as a kid “A Bag Full of Nothing” underneath the tragic clothes is …air

      • Patty says:

        William & Catherine were supposed to be in the process with Charles and HMLQ. Harry did not like the fact he needed to take his seat before the procession and pitched a fit. To speed things up, William agreed to sit as well.

        The Sussexes are not victims of the monarchy, they are incensed they are not in line for the top jobs, like Kate & William.

    • ELX says:

      All this conspicuous consumption in the face of people becoming poorer and poorer—unable to pay their bills and depending on food banks to avoid starvation—where do these people think they are? Who do they think they are? Repulsive.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ ELX, that is what makes their fairy land of delusions that much greater of a crime.

        I posted a feature on CBS This Morning in which many Churches have opened up as warming stations across London for families to visit for a place to have some form of a place to warm up as well as having a hot meal. They are busting out all across London and many of the families are using these sites for their sole place of warmth and many parents with their one meal of the day. Entire families are camping out ALL day at the Churches are suffering from funds to keep people fed.

      • AnnaKist says:

        That was the first thing I thought of as well. 3000 quid on a suit that looks like something she bought at variety store. She must have 100 suits in her wardrobe. If right now is not the time to show your self being frugal, then when is the right time? These people are bloody obscene.

      • DrFt says:

        Yes to ALL of this…

      • Alice says:

        That was my first thought seeing the rock camilla has decided to decorate herself with. A shameful demonstration of disregard.

      • Nicky says:

        Also did you know in some parts of England in some villages you were responsible for financially supporting the local CoE church? Just by living there you had added costs regardless (I think) of faith? I’m not sure if it happens today but certainly a few years ago.
        The money spent on the BRF and the ‘established’ church is a joke. Kate’s silly outfit could bought some meals for veterans. They are a disgrace.

    • BusyBea says:

      Charles, Camilla and Kate’s posture..YIKES

      • Jaded says:

        Camilla gets a pass, she has severe osteoporosis that’s affected her spine. Other than that she’s vile.

    • NotTheOne says:

      It looks like something from 75 years ago. How long is this cos-play going to last? Completely ridiculous.

      • Eurydice says:

        That was my first thought, too. How can they pretend the monarchy is relevant when they can’t even look like they’re part of this century?

  2. Ginny says:

    This…is a miss. I think Kate’s suit it trying to be edgy by showing those dart seems, but then the buttons and the sweet, mumsy floral print cancel out any edginess. And the white reverse print inside the skirt (was more visible in some other pics I saw) makes the whole suit look cheap. And once again, the hat is a different shade of blue than the suit and it drives me bonkers!

    I will say, this is a nice silhouette for Kate. When I first saw the top half, I was getting Dior “New Look” vibes. It’s just that the details and the poorly-matched color shades yet again drag everything down.

    • Chaine says:

      I like the silhouette, too, and I actually liked the reverse print on the underside. At any rate, she did a better job with her look than the other ladies.

      • Jttrain says:

        I’m here for this Kate look! I wouldn’t say she ate, but she had a snack for sure. It’s giving me movie-version evil stepmother glamour. Buttons/villain/retro chic should be her only style board moving forward. Her style problem has always been a lack of authenticity. I feel like this is as authentic as we’ve seen.

      • Cairidh says:

        I don’t believe this is the authentic Kate. She must be copying someone. That someone just hasn’t been identified yet.

      • ChattyCath says:

        The reverse print on the underside makes it EXACTLY like a duvet set.

    • AmB says:

      She got robbed.

      • Cessily says:

        Actually the British taxpayers are getting robbed.. £3000 for that hideous suit. I sewed more fashionable and stylish clothing in middle school for 4-H fashion shows.

    • EM says:

      Kate looks like she’s jumped out from the 80s, this is something Princess Diana would’ve worn because it fit that time frame. While a pretty dress, it looks very dated to me which is Kate’s style in a nutshell. She has plenty of other Europeans royals – especially Queen Letizia – that she can take inspiration from which I why I’m always perplexed by her choices.

      • Betsy says:

        Yep. The hat is Dynasty Di, although I seem to remember it in a red/pink color.

        The only reason this outfit kind of works on Kate is it’s her evil queen look. That’s her look. Not sporty, not twee. Evil queen.

      • Tessa says:

        This is channeling princess diana the early years as princess not when she wore better more stylish outfits.

    • notasugarhere says:

      It is Diana cosplay of the 80s. Diana wore a lot of peplums and peplum suits.

    • BeanieBean says:

      That’s what I was thinking, that’s a 1950s body-con suit, a la Dior.

    • Isabella says:

      Is Kate not wearing the awful tights? One can dream. The hat is too severe and casts shadows on her face.

      Sophie looks better and more springlike, even if it’s Meghan cosplay.

    • Klaw says:

      The proportions on the Erdem suit before Kate’s modifications looked much better in my opinion – more modern. Somehow she takes a good outfit and downgrades it a few notches with her usual tailoring and styling. The shade of blue in that hat vs the dress are… not compatible.

    • Sugarhere says:

      Camilla looks fine in her blue ensemble. However, Sophie looks like Carol Middleton has successfully talked her into borrowing one of her early flight attendant’s outfits, and Catherine looks like she’s wearing one of Carol’s current outfits.

      In other words, Soph’s attire is status-inappropriate while Kate’s is age-inappropriate. My eyes are sore from looking at such normalized unsightliness.

      But hey, if THIS is the price to pay for Karen to quit her sartorial stalking of Meghan, I guess I don’t mind bleeding from the eye-ball.

    • Fabiola says:

      Kate’s outfit would be cute if it had Polka dots. I like the fit on her.

      • Justjan says:

        I don’t usually comment on things people wear unless it’s cute or thoroughly hideous so here I am, hoping you’re kidding. If she wears anything else with polka dots I think I might hurl. I’ve always appreciated the peplum. In her case her very slender hips could use a little help. Is there such a thing as hip implants?

  3. Layla says:

    I was wondering what it was about Sophie’s outfit. Turns out her coat is from proenza schuler. Meghan’s power

    And I’m sorry but if that hat made Meghan look like a nurse, it just as equally makes sophie look like a nurse too. Come to think of it, it didn’t look too good on Kate’s the hat. It’s just not a good style in general. Maybe with a ponytail it could be stylish? Idk

    • Josephine says:

      Khate’s hat is giving me flying saucer vibes and I cannot unsee it.

      • Layla says:

        I mentioned this down below as well but I really wish she’d lose the wide brim hats. She has such a beautiful collection. Wide brims and flying saucers are not it

      • JDMyrick says:

        Now I can’t unsee that either

    • Anita says:

      The color is awful for her, it does not suit her at all!
      None of them look particularly well, very boring.

    • BDM says:

      Its funny how racist Sofiesta hates Meghan but constantly copies her clothes and fails.

      • Meagain says:

        What proof do you have Sophie is racist? I would love to know

      • Jais says:

        Sophie denigrating Oprah as a mere talk show host rather than celebrating her MANY achievements. Then trying to erase the pictures of herself literally at Oprah’s school for girls. Using Oprah’s school that she set up for clout and then denigrating the woman later. That’s racist.

    • Blue Nails Betty says:

      If the hat was placed at the front of the head, on a slight tilt, it would work so much better. It would be more jaunty 60’s flight attendant and less World War I nurse.

      Also, pillbox hats need big hair. Jackie Kennedy is the only person I’ve seen do the pillbox well and she did it with big(ish) hair.

    • MaryContrary says:

      Sophie looks the worst, imo. That coat is a little tight, and the buttons are pulling, it’s too long, and the big pockets make her look super wide. The hat is bad too-but that coat is tragic.

  4. ThatsNotOkay says:

    Yams. And a peplum top accentuating the longest torso known to man.

    • Sophie says:

      Okay, that’s hilarious!

    • BothSidesNow says:

      Well, KKHater has to create some form of curves even if she must add peplums, buttons and frilly accents.

      That hat… gawd!! KKHater simply isn’t capable of choosing an appropriate and well fitted outfit to save her life. Does she think that her flying saucer hats will shield her from Bullyiams tirades?? Or are they to be used to fly far away from him??

    • Grace says:

      This dress looks like it didn’t know what it’d like to be when it grows up. The hat looks mismatched with the rest what comes to color, and too formal to be combined with that weird jacket and skirt combo, which looks like it’s made of thin and sloppy fabric. The skirt might have worked with another jacket, now it looks just messy and like it was meant for a different kind of event. And sapphires don’t match the outfit dress and skirt at all.

    • Carmen says:

      What are those white V things in the front? Did someone forget to take the stitches out?

    • The Recluse says:

      It also attempts to give her the hips she lacks. She has no figure, just straight up and down.

  5. ShazBot says:

    The royals have a boring AF problem…if they didn’t know before, the photos and general vibe of this event should be a 5-alarm fire

  6. Southern Fried says:

    The distance between Willy and Kate is crazy. Separation to be announced right after the Con-a-nation for sure. Are Sophie and Camilla the same size now? Kate’s veering back to old fashioned fugly by wearing the hideous suit.

    • Dee(2) says:

      I had to go back and look at the pics, they are consistently the only two with enough space between them for another human. It’s not even like they can use propriety anymore as an excuse. The literal queen and king are closer and have been married longer. Those two don’t even want to accidentally bump into each other.

    • BeanieBean says:

      The distance between them is particularly noticeable as they walk right behind Chuckie & Cams, who always stand within a foot of each other. Kate & Will are are the 2m covid interval

  7. MoBiMom says:

    First photo reads as a salute to mediocrity….

  8. bitsycs says:

    I actually quite like the silhouette of Kate’s ensemble because it’s different and kind of stylish. I don’t think it’s particularly flattering on her, and the print, weird darts, etc. are a mess.

    • Whyforthelove says:

      Yes! The print (and the link g as a second print!), the peplums, the darts, and the mismatched flying saucer hat! It’s tragic. On someone with style or grace this could be a nice silhouette, but Kate can’t pull it off at all. Yikes times 10

  9. Becks1 says:

    Ugh, I don’t like that suit. So much money and its not a good look on her. I think it either needed the longer skirt with the flounce or whatever at the hem, OR the peplum waist, but not both.

    She spends so much money, and yet she consistently misses the mark, even when she is wearing something like this, that is more Edwardian cosplay and not Meghan or diana cosplay.

    • bitsycs says:

      The picture of it on a model was much better imo. It was longer across the board (jacket and skirt) and less fitted so it looked to me more modern. Kate also has a super long torso so the jacket being more fitted to her looks kind of weird once you see it on the model. It looks to me like she had them alter the proportions of it to suit her taste.

      • Becks1 says:

        She does that a lot so I would not be surprised if that was the case – takes a designer outfit and has it altered to suit her tastes in such a way that the outfit loses its appeal or loses what made it interesting etc.

    • Nic919 says:

      It screams old timey school marm. Plus the hat not being in a similar blue looks off.

      Interesting she didn’t go to the reception later on despite it being announced well before c

      • Beach Dreams says:

        Apparently she was never supposed to be at the reception and she was ‘mistakenly’ included. Becky English gave the childcare excuse…which sounds like the weirdness a few years ago about some other event she went awol for.

      • Harper says:

        I don’t buy the mistakenly included excuse. She opted out for some reason.

      • Becks1 says:

        If she was “mistakenly included” its bc Charles and his team just assumed she’d be there and she never intended to attend, so the mistake was thinking she would show up to something that she should have shown up to.

        But I don’t really buy that, I think she passed for some reason and no, it was not childcare, LMAO. Nice try becky english.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ Becks1, Keen will be using the excuse of her children after they marry and have lives of their own.

        Possibly Cruella is telling Chucky to “disinvite” CopyKeen as reports are suggesting that CopyKeen has fallen out of favor with Cruella. CopyKeen had better watch her back because Cruella has much more power and persuasion than CopyKeen could ever dream of having, even once she becomes Queen IF she lasts that long.

      • Nic919 says:

        Even Gert doesn’t buy that they mistakenly included her on the invite list for the commonwealth reception. Charles has an office that is competent for that kind of thing and something happened between the morning when they said she was attending to minutes before the reception started.

        And the childcare excuse doesn’t work when there is a nanny around. Besides the reception was well after school was finished for the day.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Ah, the oft-used ‘childcare excuse’ when she has four nannies and an army of housekeepers, cooks, and household staff. Wonder how she angered Charles, Camilla, or William to get herself sidelined.

      • Harper says:

        Sophie, Edward, Anne and Tim Laurence were all at the reception, all of whom Kate outranks. Another lie from the palace that Kate was mistakenly included.

      • Alice says:

        To me, it comes off like she and Pegs got into a fight after the ceremony and he told her to go home or she flounced.

    • Anita says:

      But has Kate’s style always been so awful?
      Am I imagining that it was not always this bad? I remember there were times when she actually had a nice, maybe somewhat conservative, but okay style. When they were in Oz and Canada, the early tours, what she wore was not so terrible.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        Yes but even in Canada she showed all of Canada her knickers for all to see. Even in the early days her choices of clothing was an embarrassment for the family. QEII was outright disgusted with K’s refusal to place weights into dresses. Keen had a little bit more of a carefree look to her style after college and it wasn’t all that polished to boot as she dressed as if she was still in college.

      • notasugarhere says:

        At least in Canada she wore knickers. In AU/NZ she flashed full-frontal naked-to-the-waist getting off the plane.

      • Becks1 says:

        Her style has not always been this awful. For her first Canada/US tour, she actually had some nice looks that were fairly modern or professional – lots of dresses, including that great sailor vibe McQueen sweater dress, etc. She also used to always wear coatdresses for these kinds of events, which were hit or miss for me (think of the red coat dress she wore at the CWS when she snubbed Meghan etc) and were clearly her trying to cosplay….Diana, the Queen, IDK, what she thought a royal should dress like, IDK.

        At some point she really started floundering, its actually improved a bit with her Meghan cosplay because at least those looks are fairly contemporary and professional. But it still falls apart sometimes and her formal looks and looks for events like this have gotten worse IMO.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Yes but the sailor dress (involving at least one flashing incident) was 1) deliberate Anne of Green Gables cosplay on P.E.I. and 2) sad comparison to Sarah Jessica Parker who looked amazing, cute, and sexy in the blue version.

      • Becks1 says:

        I was okay with the Anne Shirley cosplay (although I don’t think late 19th century PEI citizens were known for drop waist sweater dresses LOL) because she was on Prince Edward Island, she reportedly asked for it to be added to the itinerary for that trip because of Anne of Green Gables (although Anne of the Island is the best of the series), and the dress was cute enough on her.

        Also, at that time her cosplay and theme dressing hadn’t kicked into high gear LOL. It was just a prelude of what was to come.

      • Nic919 says:

        Anne of GG was published in 1908 and set in Edwardian times more than Victorian, so drop waists would be a thing with shirt waist dresses. (The puff sleeve dress episode was something stylish in the early 1900s).

        I do find it interesting kate was aware of Anne of Green Gables because I don’t remember the parts where Anne Shirley, waited around not working at all for years waiting for Gilbert to propose to her.

      • notasugarhere says:

        In the Megan Follows versions, likely watched by Kate because I doubt she read the books? Megan wears a blue and white sailor dress. It is even a common theme among Anne of Green Gables dolls – the sailor dress. All the McQueen dress did on Kate was emphasize the length of her torso and shortness of her legs.

  10. Tessa says:

    Very dowdy. Kate should avoid peplum outfits. Dressing like a matron from the forties .

    • Seaflower says:

      Dowdy was my first thought too. But she got her Meghan cosplay in carrying the gloves.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      Peplums are the LEAST of Keens problem regarding her life.

      I am utterly disgusted that given the vast, enormous and endless amount of clothing that she has stockpiled, Keen couldn’t find ONE possible look to choose from?? Or possibly taken a certain dress and alter it to refresh the look??? Thousands of coat dresses, amongst other choices, and she comes out looking as a drab marm???

  11. L84Tea says:

    I’m getting young Queen Mother vibes with this look–old and stuffy, the complete opposite of modern.

  12. CastroR says:

    This whole family looks so bland. After the death of QEII, the monarchy lost the charm completely. They all look like D-listed celebrities attending the even. Not like the hosts. And the way hunchback keen smiles and touches her hat, sometime feels like a toddlers excited about crowds.
    She is often seen in full smile on these cos plays (may be the courtesy. She loves it) definitely not during a work related engagements.
    Finally a big question is what is her myers brigg?? Definitely not alpha or beta. Never imagine sigma. Others????? Other categories suit a princess or a queen??

    • L84Tea says:

      Did you notice in that middle processional photo how Kate managed, as usual, to find the camera?

      • Princessk says:

        I noticed that….she knows where the cameras are in the church.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        I swear that woman has the eyes of a hawk. Even when they were caught flying out of Heathrow that witch caught the cameras and out in a show then as well. Keen could be used for rat control at night given her keen vision.

      • notasugarhere says:

        James Whittaker said she found the camera even more than Diana ever did. Knew exactly where it was. Not surprising given how Kate and the Midds were always calling and placing the paps themselves.

        There was one huge event (Liverpool?) with QEII, Philip, William, Kate. Huge crowd photo was taken with a wide-angle lens to get the entire crowd and historic building. Kate was looking the camera dead in the eye, even though the camera was hundreds of yards away.

      • Becks1 says:

        There were pictures going around on twitter that cracked me up from this event….one was not photoshopped or maybe touched up a little – you could see some lines around her eyes, etc but honestly better than we’ve seen her look sans photoshop in a while (maybe her work has finally settled?) – she looked like a woman in her 40s, it was fine. And then next to it was a picture from Christopher Jackson where he smoothed out EVERY line, every flaw in her skin, etc. It looked like he took that FaceTune app to her face, LOL.

        The tweet said “guess which photographer is married to Kate’s stylist.”

      • notasugarhere says:

        Guess that’s the one staff person Kate won’t fire, unless the stylist is caught making holiday plans for William and Rose like a different now-fired staffer was.

      • Nic919 says:

        A royal blog used to have a section with photos of kate staring directly at the camera when no one else was doing it. There was always at least one from every event.

      • sparrow says:

        There’s a photo of her with the camera looking downwards, when she’s inching along the aisle behind C&C. She must hate those shots because they always capture her jowls. I don’t believe Kate is ever un-photoshopped. However, she is sometimes less edited- for eg when she has a photographer who doesn’t care for her as much. She definitely has a favourite photographer and, heavens, he works bloody hard! I think Kate has got to the point where she knows people who meet her see how bad she looks. And that some less edited photos get out where she looks terrible. But on the flipside, the photos of the big occasions, where she has been expertly photographed, are the official ones the press will use in years to come. It’s like time will erode her true self and the public’s remembrance of what she looked like at the time, and she’s OK with that. As long as these faked-up ones are ready for posterity, she can almost believe she looked like them at the time. It’s a bit Norma Desmond.

  13. DouchesOfCornwall says:

    I was happy to see protest and boos and “not my king” signs. This event had some crunch and now it’s blah without the sussexes. Kates brooch is lost in the print, boring ensemble. I forgot to look at willie again on the pics, let me scroll back up…. Yup boring and invisible still

  14. Tessa says:

    Kate and Camilla grinning away. Will looks like he would rather be someplace else.

  15. equality says:

    You can’t see her well in these pix but Anne actually looked the best of the lot in her “recycled” outfit.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      Oh, that’s exciting!! Though Anne is dull, I can’t help but love that she has an enormous closet of well made and unique pieces which she recycles on a constant basis. I actually loved a taffeta dress she wore at one event.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        I looked and Anne looked sharp as usual!! She is such a snappy dresser and has the ability to take what she has and creates an interesting look. Though I wasn’t keen on her choice of headwear it did grow on me.

        I will say that there were some extremely angry folks at the Daily Fail criticizing the egregious expenses to Keens clothing choices but there were many that defended her clothing costs as it all comes out of the Duchy purse which simply took effect once QEII passed. The entire explanation was lost on all.

    • Jojo says:

      I think Anne looked the best out of the lot of them. I’ve also long considered that she is strategically ‘dull’ and has spent a lot of her life avoiding the madness & her idiot brothers.

      I’ve tried but I can’t see any of the positives others are finding in Kate’s outfit. The pattern on the dress is just ugly, the shape of the dress, top & bottom, is frumpy. The zig-zag stitch effect pointing straight at her nipples is bizarre. The dress is blue, the hat is purple, the bag is a completely different blue, the unworn gloves are purple, consequently nothing quite matches (again!). She looks awful and about 15 years older than she actually is. How can things cost so much money and look so awful, it amazes me.

      • Cali says:

        I didn’t notice all the clashing shades of blue so much in these photos but I saw other pictures where the contrast was glaring. I mean obvious mismatching of all the shades. It made my eyes hurt
        I’m in the minority in that I kind of liked the Erdem outfit and I liked the print also. But the topstitching detail looked cheap and a little risqué with the nipple pointing.

    • Blithe says:

      I agree with the comments re: Anne. Her clothes are often made from beautiful fabrics — and seem designed for HER and her tastes rather than for the vagaries of fast fashion or copying someone else’s style.

  16. Layla says:

    I was actually hoping for an erdem repeat from Kate. The grey outfit from 2016 or even the trooping the colour outfit from 2015 which was later styled much better at a friends wedding. Pencil skirts suit Kate so much better than a lone midi skirts and I hope she ditched them at some point.
    Also kate used to wear really stylish and fun hats, especially the first five years as a royal. Now it’s just dull and boring wide brim hats. You’re the princess of wales now. Go crazy

    • First comment says:

      Lately, i think she opts for wide brim hats to hide her face..

      • Layla says:

        I honestly believe that’s the reason Meghan chose them. So she could hide her face and try not to (in her mind) take focus. However both times she did wear them she looked absolutely amazing and elegant that in stead of blending in, she stood out like a queen

      • sparrow says:

        Absolutely with First comment on Kate’s hats. I also think she loves red carpet flash photography, the brightness doing her all sorts of favours, as well as the photoshopped snaps Jackson takes of her on the doorsteps to big UK functions, such as this.

  17. Brassy Rebel says:

    They’re all such trash. Sorry, that’s all I’ve got for this mess.

  18. Amy Bee says:

    Both Kate and Sophie looked dowdy.

  19. Isa says:

    They have no star power.

  20. Harper says:

    That was one of the more coordinated Not My King protests I’ve seen in a while. Fingers crossed it keeps growing in emphasis. I expect Kate attends the Commonwealth service with gritted teeth as it probably bores her to death. So as a reward, she spent 3K on a tragic war-time co-splay pretending that rationing is why she couldn’t match the blue of her hat to her outfit.

  21. Jais says:

    Costumey vibes.

  22. tamsin says:

    There is a backshot of Kate, and she appears to be wearing padding at the back. I like the design of the skirt, and I like the jacket, separately. I think Kate has the waist raised, because the peplum falls in a really odd place. But I think Kate looks very much herself here. Peplums, along with ruffles and buttons are consistently her style choices and sets her apart. She should stick to it.

  23. Jay says:

    Lady Mary cosplay it may be, but I quite like the peplum top on Kate’s suit and the print – it gives her some curves and at least. I don’t think the skirt works as well – it’s kind of an awkward length. Maybe if it was more tailored?

  24. Tessa says:

    Peplum does not suit kates figure imo. The skirts need to be shorter and the print on the outfit is too busy.. The whole look is too matronly and she keeps holding the brimmed hat when posing instead of pushing back her hair.

  25. TheWigletOfWails says:

    I despise everything about these outfits, including the people wearing them. KKKate looks like she’s cosplaying Alexis Carrington.

  26. BRC says:

    Camilla’s hair was whipped into a mess by the wind as she was walking it. How did she have time and space to have it nicely combed out for processional?

  27. aquarius64 says:

    I saw a picture of two men walking behind Ann and Tim in the recessional in WA. They look like bodyguards.

  28. BRC says:

    DM is reporting that at last years CW it was Kkhate that insisted she and willywanker not participate in processional as to soothe Harry and megs feelings. Such rewriting history. She was pi**ed she was NOT Allowed in processional. It was QE2 decision that they sat their chapped asses down after entry. Kkhates ‘last act of kindness’🤢

    • Jais says:

      Where was that kindness when she saw Meghan in the church? Cuz it sure wasn’t on her face. Ain’t no one believing that revisionist BS.

    • Nic919 says:

      Everyone saw her bitchy look toward Meghan. It was the queen who pulled the Cambridges from the procession. And kate was pissy about it and made sure to show it and got Sophie involved in that petty mess.

    • aftershocks says:

      @BRC: “DM is reporting that at last years CW it was Kkhate that insisted she and willywanker not participate in processional …”

      ^^ This happened at M&H’s final CW appearance in 2020, not at last year’s CW.

  29. Lizzie says:

    Fugly, classic Keen. BTW, why didn’t she attend the reception? Did Camilla invite Rose?

  30. kyliegirl says:

    Kate couldn’t even muster enough GAF’s to go to the reception afterwards. No excuse for her not being there. As every working mother knows sometimes work events conflict with after school pickup. Spent 3,000 pounds on a dress for an hour and skipped out on the hard part where she has to talk to people. All the RR trying to cover for her. Wonder how long this will last without someone else to kick around.

    • zinjazin says:

      Hm maybe William didnt want her there? Considering how he always seems anoyed with her when they chat with dignitaries. Just speculating, seems a bit odd that she just cant be bothered to be there, I mean that event is a big deal in their calendar.

  31. Beach Dreams says:

    Thankfully she’s not doing a crappy cosplay of someone else’s style this time. She should stick to her normal and awful fashion taste. She should’ve better matched the hat color with that of the dress, because the look comes across as very cheap.

  32. Sophie says:

    Cams, spring for a better bra. Please.

    • Ameerah M says:

      I thought the exact same thing. She would look a thousand times less dowdy if she had a proper fitting bra.

    • Southern Fried says:

      Does she even wear a bra? She needs a decent one ffs.

  33. Unblinkered says:

    I’ve no time for KM but, have to be fair or try to be, she looks good here. The hat’s wide brim camouflages a lot of her face gives a flattering effect, the peplum I’d say is to give her some shape and it works. Seem to remember her wearing similar polka dot fabric at another event perhaps last year, but it’s the one look that does suit her.
    The UK press are reporting this morning that after this daytime service at the Abbey she failed to show at the big evening reception, where she was expected, at B.Palace……. Load of nonsense suggesting she was looking after her children. Again.

  34. Southern Fried says:

    I don’t care who designed Sophie’s coat. The pillbox hat and bag along with it screams 60’s politician’s wife and not in a good way.
    Hope they all enjoyed the protesters outside since there’s bound to be more, lots more until after Chucky’s circus.

  35. Eurydice says:

    I like the cut of the suit, not so much the pattern of the fabric. I have an umbrella that looks just like it.

  36. Murphy says:

    I liked Kate’s outfit, sorry. At least it wasn’t an 89th blue coat dress.
    But I was disappointed with Sophie, you just got your big promotion and that’s what you wear for the first big show? Sigh.

  37. HeyKay says:

    The news of folks needing to go to the churches for warmth and one meal a day is heartbreaking.

    All the fun of seeing the fashion is gone for me.
    All I see is wasted money.
    The cost of the jewelry alone could help so many people.
    They apparently are showing us all AGAIN who they really are. Ugly inside and out.

  38. Tessa says:

    Sorry Kate you are no fashion icon imo

    • kelleybelle says:

      Yep, a lot of ug in this picture isn’t there? And is publishing the cost of Kate’s hideous outfit a good idea when so many people are going hungry? Kids? What about that, Kate? Ahhly years are SO important!

  39. Over it says:

    That bag sophie has I have seen Meghan with the same style only in camel or a light brown when she and Harry had gone to New York when they had met that round table talk with chlesea Clinton. Also sophie thinks she can wear white and be Meghan 2.0. Poor poor sophie . Girl, you ain’t no madame Duchess and never will be . As for Karen keen,
    £3000 and this is what you leave the house in ? The stitching by the boobs , the top, the skirt. She is just F-up from the floor up .

  40. Dee says:

    This outfit is so meh, the WKW blog hasn’t even covered it. What a snore.

  41. TIFFANY says:

    Is it just me or does Sophie’s coat look a size too small. She is not a busty woman but that coat fits her like she is.

  42. AnneL says:

    Something about Kate’s outfit reminds me of a vintage 80s getup I might find in a Houston thrift shop and sell on Etsy for about $50.

    Sophie looks OK. She’s the prettiest married-in since Diana, IMO. I like the color of Cam’s outfit, anyway. She’s one of those fair-skinned women who can actually pull off bright colors. And that’s everything nice I have to say about those two.

  43. QuiteContrary says:

    Kate’s outfit is hideous.

    And that space between Kate and Wills is where Harry used to be — so glad he’s out of that hellscape.

    • Jojo says:

      Oh, very astute observation @QUITECONTRARY. You’ve hit the nail right on the head there. I’ll be particularly watching out for the poignant ‘Harry’s gone’ space from now on.

    • Interested Gawker says:

      Wow. I hadn’t thought of it that way but you’re right!

  44. Well Wisher says:

    I actually watched the service, the gravitas is no longer there. Whereas the 2020 service was an anomaly with senior members of the royal family using that platform to show their bad manners.

    The services used to have a harmonious aura, that was not present in 2020 due to the now Wales and Sophie.
    This is the new reality.

    The survival of the Commonwealth of nations is no longer tied to the Royal Family, with its mixture of republics and constitutional monarchies.

    It is clear that tory overarching presence has even influenced the order of the service with the Caribbean performing last.
    This is another ‘put them in their place’ moment by the tories.
    Then the woman used the moment to played the sax to the rendition of the late Bob Marley “Is this love?”.
    It was beautiful, joyous and the right amount of resistance.
    Smart move – just like “Stand by me” , Bob’s love song was transformed into something else.
    The camera cut to the clueless Wales’ after two particular performances – The African’s represented by a Rwandan Ballet Group and the Caribbean’s.
    They were babbling away in an animated fashion.
    A note worthy move by the 🎥.

    Meanwhile, this new reality is being blurred by the emphasis on Kate’s wardrobe, another ‘let them eat cake’ instance.
    This invisible contract will ruin them as the tory owned media continue to have that country on its knees.

    Scotland is planning to remove the monarchy as head of state in five years after independence.
    This reality is a blight on every north western nation including north america.

    • Mary Pester says:

      @wellwisher, so did I and apart from the fact that I will NEVER call Charlie chinless King. I watched a new power struggle REALLY starting. Let’s start with camzillas bloody rudeness. Those poor people waited all that time (in bare feet a lot of them), to do the Hukka to welcome Charlie chinless and camzilla, and she was more worried about her bloomin hate, she gave them a very cursory hello and rushed on past Charlie up the steps. Now, POWER STRUGGLE, when they were all inside, and camzilla was busy fussing with her gloves, did you notice the slight step forward from Sophie towards Charles, and then Charlie engaged in a short conversation with her? I did, and I noticed the look on khates face, I’m surprised Sophie didn’t drop down where she stood. Maybe she is copying Megan in more ways than one now and Khate will have it in for her big time after that
      HOW very dare he speak to Sophie before me lol. I recorded it as I was afraid of dropping off before it started. And, petty I might be, but I have rewound several times just to watch her nose put well out of joint.! Maybe they should have had one side of the church open to the public as a warm space, but no they couldn’t do that could they! Anyway, watch this space people, is camzilla going to pull Sophie in to her games and use her as a pawn against Khate, or is khate going to claim Sophie made her cry and get the press to turn that way

      • JaneBee says:

        @Mary Pester Thanks for sharing that particular point re: Khate and Sofiesta! Interesting.

      • Jojo says:

        Very interesting observations @Mary Pester. I wonder if behind the scenes they all know that the writing is on the wall for Kate and that as soon as Louis graduates from the ‘early years’ stage she’s toast.

      • SunnyDays says:

        @MaryPester thank you for these details! Very interesting take on Cam+Sophie, will be that watching closely.

      • Julianna says:

        @Marypester. Is there any way you can send that link or where I could look it up? I would LOVE to see it. Good catch. I bet you are right. Thanks for sharing.

  45. Jen says:

    Sophie’s outfit definitely calls back to Meghan’s 2019 Commonwealth outfit: textured white coat and pillbox hat. I don’t like the pillbox hat in either case. Sophie’s coat with one dark button at the top and all the rest hidden is very weird. It also doesn’t look like it fits: the buttons are straining and the placket isn’t laying flat.

    I liked that Meghan’s wore blue-grey accessories to complement the print on her dress.

    • tamsin says:

      Think maybe Sophie was going for Meghan’s Jubbly look as well. Sort of a combo of the two, but the idea is to wear white.

  46. Lily says:

    I think Kate’s outfit looks dowdy like some weird Mary Poppins cosplay. Emma Watson and Anne Hathaway have better style. Looking youthful and fresh without all of your bits hanging out is possible.

    I dared to write a comment about it on the Daily Fail and am being down arrowed at a predictable rate.

    • Mary Pester says:

      @lily, made me think of Mariete (I think she was called) in The Darling Buds of May. If you don’t know the series look it up, it was very popular for a while in the UK. She was played by a young Catherine!! Zeta Jones

    • Lauren says:

      Mary Poppins was the first thing that popped into my head when I saw Kate’s outfit. Second thought she wore a very similar outfit to Philips memorial

    • Julianna says:

      Exactly. I immediately thought of Mary Poppins myself when I saw this!

  47. Dara says:

    Does anyone else remember when there was an auction of Wallis Simpson’s jewels after her death? One of the items was a gorgeous diamond Prince of Wales feather brooch that Charles bid on, he was trying to get it back into the family. In the end he got outbid – by Elizabeth Taylor.

  48. MsDoe says:

    If Kate wants to wear retro inspired looks, she should copy Beatrice Borromeo (Princess Caroline of Monaco’s daughter in law), who wore a stunning red Dior which was a homage to his Bar jacket, whilst still modern.

    Kate’s attire just underscores the point that the monarchy has nothing to offer, now or for the future. It is an anochronism.

    Other thoughts:
    – Camilla looked as if she was wearing black men’s winter gloves — what is up with that?
    – Charles has been looking frumpy and badly attired for many months now. This is the sort of suit an elderly uncle wears, not a king. What happened to his Savile Row suits? He needs to take style lessons from Prince Michael of Kent, who always looks neat and dashing. His shirts had wear on the collars, and his camel hair coats don’t fit properly. His suits all look droopy and baggy around his chest. Only his military uniforms seem to fit.

    The Queen, with her delightful and cheerily coloured coat sets and matching hats, is missed.

    • zinjazin says:

      Lol I also noticed Camillas gloves.
      Maybe Charles lost weight?

      • MsDoe says:

        His camel hair coats, with their pulling buttons and visible pocket outlines, would indicate he has actually gained weight… His suit jacket here is really floppy in all the wrong ways. Savile Row tailors, such as Anderson & Shepherd who dress Charles as well as Prince Michael of Kent, are famous for putting structure into a suit jacket so that while it still drapes, it makes the body look better than it does naturally — which is why it is stunning to see Charles looking this bad. An Anderson & Shepherd suit should never look like this. Google Prince Michael of Kent — he’s much more representative of their house style. A man with 4 valets and worth billions can afford the time and money to have good suits, so what is going on?

  49. Over it says:

    Now hear me out , I feel like Kate is intentionally trying to look bad on the world stage. Think about it . A few weeks ago it was the Bafftas , now it’s this thing. I feel like this is her revenge on willy to humiliate him by looking bad because he keeps on humiliating her by brushing her off in public and all the pegging rumors. So being the wife who stands next to him looking like this, is her payback

    • MSTJ says:

      Nah!!! Kate was strutting like she was on top of the world on both occasions. I think she was proud of her fashion choices.

  50. Lizzie says:

    Best dressed lady was Geri Horner. She got the memo and did it right.

  51. zinjazin says:

    William is kind of always blending in to the background nowadays.. is he feeling alright honestly? Not good.

    Kates 3000 pound dress seems just like a moneygrab like shes trying to get as much as she csn before the well dries up..

  52. Lee says:

    Kate looks nice

  53. Saucy&Sassy says:

    I’ve said it more times than I can remember, but Wails dress is too long. I think she looks better in color.

    That said, did anyone else immediately note that Wails and Sophiesta are in neutrals and the Escort stands out a la QE2? That’s what immediately caught my eye. It appears that the Escort has made it plain that no one is to upstage her in color. I really love that for Wails and Sophiesta.

    • Carolind says:

      I thought Kate’s outfit dire. Liked Sophie’s. Who is Wails – William or Kate? Who is Escort?

      • Cairidh says:

        By escort they mean camilla the Queen consort they call queen escort instead.
        People seem to use wails for Kate and fails for William although I would have thought it should be the other way around. William was the one who used wales as his surname all his life, and who constantly complains about things, and shouts. Kates the one who fails at everything. William usually performs ok when he bothers to turn up for work.

    • Lemons says:

      It makes sense for why Kate when for a dark color but then insisted on the weird print to stand out. Probably why, as @Carolined points out below, she wasn’t included in the official RF photos on the site 😅

  54. Lily says:

    I absolutely LOVE Kate’s outfit !! And she is on the button for shape and style. I’m obsessed with women’s clothing circa 1930’s to late 1950”s and that style is coming back….so for me she nailed it. Not to mention it’s REVERSIBLE… so hell yeah !

  55. Ameerah M says:

    I’m in the minority here – but I like the suit. I just hate what she wore with it. She could have leaned into the aesthetic of the suit – which is 1940’s Wiggle suit. I LOVE that silhouette. I even like the print with the reversible print underneath. The hat is the thing that ruins it for me. She should have either had a hat died the same navy blue as the suit or worn a white hate with white accessories.

  56. JaneBee says:

    I rarely have positive things to say about Khate, but in fairness this is a good look for her. I don’t hate it. Was it a wise PR move to wear a new £3K suit? No. Do the bunch of them together look poorly coordinated and half assed? Yes.

  57. Saschafrom76 says:

    The Boring Bigot Brigade

  58. Carolind says:

    Interesting that in the photos published by the official Royal Family site, there was a photo of Charles, one of Camilla, one of William, one of Anne one of Sophie, one taken from behind Edward’s back showing him talking to people, no photo of Kate.

  59. Krista says:

    Good lord, they’re all so unattractive.

  60. Feebee says:

    Every hand we can see is in a fairly relaxed manner, except William who has a clenched one. Seen it before so I think this is just him. Clenched.

  61. Lilycat says:

    Amazingly, that hideous hat makes her funky eyebrow look normal…

  62. Jane says:

    She looks like mother of the bride sooo sad