Kate Middleton and Prince William in rain soaked Portsmouth

Finally have my Kate post up. Sorry I didn’t get it up yesterday, I got distracted playing the tankiest game ever tanked, Arkham Knight. Yesterday, July 26, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, visited Portsmouth for the America’s Cup World Series. The races were cancelled, however, due to bad weather. Ben Ainslie said: “The English summer, you just can’t count on it.” To which I say: Come visit Florida – all sunshine one minute and the next you’re wondering if there’s a hurricane you didn’t know about.

Though the Cambridges were unable to watch any racing, they did meet with local dignitaries and some senior naval officers, and they were able to meet with the New Zealand team. They were going to meet with all five teams who were competing in the competition, but that didn’t happen.

William and Kate meet NZ America's cup team

The Cambs then toured Ben Ainslie’s Ben Ainslie Racing headquarters where Kate and Ben Oculus Rift it up trying out the virtual reality simulator which made it seem like they were on the deck of a boat during a race. Kate supposedly said it was “weird”. I don’t understand why she would think it’s weird since she tried the same VR goggles before during her visit in February, but sure. At least Kate got to hang out with her favorite person.

William and Kate both wore tops with their names on the back, and as a gift the couple were given tops for Prince George and Princess Charlotte that had their names on the back as well. The couple were also giving wooden models of the aircraft carriers HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales for the kids.

Kate recieves shirts for George and Charlotte

HMS Queen Elizabeth toy boat HMS Prince of Wales toy boat

Kate interacted with several kids today, making faces at them and comforting them. Apparently Kate told one mother that George thinks he’s three.

    “On a tour of the Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing headquarters, the Duchess was introduced to two-year-old Freddie Wilson – son of the team’s head coach Rob Wilson.
    “The toddler stepped forward and said to Kate: ‘Hello Princess, my name is Freddie Wilson.’
    “Mum Wendy Maxwell said: ‘She asked him how old he was and he said ‘I’m three’. When I said he is only two, she said, ‘George says that. He thinks that he’s older’.'”

[Mirror]

Kate also met with children who recently had their first experience of sailing due to the 1851 Trust.

Kate meets kids America's cup 2

Oddly enough (or not oddly at all really), this was one of Kate’s longest engagements ever. She really loves the fun events.

For the first part of the day, Kate wore a Land Rover BAR Aura Half Zip Women’s top with her title printed on the back (as I mentioned above, William wore a matching top with his title on the back). Underneath, Kate went with her ME + EM Breton striped top. She of course went with navy skinny jeans and her Sebago Bala boat shoes. For jewelry, Kate went with her Annoushka Pearl Drop Earrings and Mappin and Webb Fortune pendant.

Later Kate changed into her Zara double breasted navy blazer first seen in New Zealand and the Stuart Weitzman Wedges of Doom to present a trophy and medals to Ben and his team. They were determined the winner based on Saturday’s results.

Kate really needs to get a new “casual” outfit. She wears the same pieces, or similar pieces, every single time she does a casual/sports event. At least she hair was up, I guess.

Kate and Ben are so adorable together. And William is so out of place.

Rebecca Deacon sighting:

Links: Mirror. Daily Mail.

Photos: EmiratesTeamN ‏@EmiratesTeamNZ / Getty / Kensington Palace @KensingtonRoyal / Royal Navy

102 Comments on Kate Middleton and Prince William in rain soaked Portsmouth

  1. mary elizaabeth
    July 27, 2015 at 1:41 pm (2 years ago)

    Ok, here we go!
    Kate really knows how to take off baby weight. I will give her that!
    As for her look? I know she went on a boat. I realize that, but omg, I was not impressed.
    When she changed to the wedge shoes, I nearly lost it.

    She also really knows how to flash that “Diana” ring. Sorry, I still think of it as Diana’s and not Kate’s.

    Yes, she stayed longer at the event. Why not? She apparently loves to sail, yes?

    Guess I already made mention of the 2 year old who thinks he’s 3 in one other comment area, but if nobody minds, I will repeat it. I know we had a huge discussion on the board on PG’s birthday about the day you are born being your first birthday, then the next year, it’s your second, so on.

    What I don’t get is her reply to the Mom who said her little boy who is 2, says he’s 3. Kate’s reply was that George thinks that, too. Man, she really is a scintillating conversationalist,
    the worst of those who just cannot master “small talk.”

    I ‘m bored with her and with William. Bring back PG and his little antics. He’s someone we all want to love!

    • katemiddletonreview
      July 27, 2015 at 1:52 pm (2 years ago)

      Kate has such a habit of just repeating what other people say. So very often when Kate is talking to someone and they say what they do, what they like, or some anecdote about their kids, Kate says she like it or that her kids do the same thing. It is so obvious at this point. She really needs to get better at the same talk. Telling this mother that her anecdote is funny would have sufficed, Kate didn’t need to make George do the same thing.

      • Stephanie
        July 27, 2015 at 2:24 pm (2 years ago)

        She is so one dimensional. You can predict what she’ll say, what she’ll wear, what she’ll do days before she actually does it. She’s just become so … bland? And when she does show any signs of life- she looks bored as hell or she’s so over-animated that she looks crazy. Perhaps she’s had a couple of xanax on those days…The way she gets so nervous and flushed when doing speeches make me wonder if she also has some anxiety when speaking with people at engagement. She seems fine waving, smiling and saying “hello! hello!” but anything conversational it seems like she panics and just says such dumb things. (Ex- can you smell the tea by smelling it??? ) Then again, maybe Mummy Carole has always done all the speaking for her so never really learned how to say anything for herself.

        • katemiddletonreview
          July 28, 2015 at 7:27 am (2 years ago)

          It seems so odd that Kate never developed any sort of good social skills. It’s not like she didn’t go out and meet people. She clearly had to meet and impress people in order to land William. You would think she wouldn’t be so terrified of making small talk. Especially dealing with the royal in-laws, she should be an expert at small talk. Yet she is so frightened of interacting with people during engagements that she over does it and seems manic.

          • Lisa
            July 28, 2015 at 9:39 am (2 years ago)

            She talked to people before she met William in order to get to him. After that her total attention was on William. He appears to be the kind of person who wants to dominate the conversation. One on one or in a group, and all Kate does, and probably did then, was grin like a loon, nod in the appropriate places, laugh at his corny jokes and the talking she did was to him. She didn’t care about them unless William cared about them.

          • mary elizabeth
            July 30, 2015 at 10:11 am (2 years ago)

            But, that’s just it. She seems like one timid, insecure person, don’t you think? I blame Carole and her campaign to win William for her daughter. I don’t know how Kate could adjust normally with Carole always breathing down her neck. Pippa caught a break. She was left alone more. Allowed to become her own person. I agree, Kate needs to learn how to make small talk. How to appear more at ease during her appearances. She seems very neurotic to me. And, I guess William enjoys “rescuing” her on many levels.

        • Twinkle
          July 30, 2015 at 8:33 am (2 years ago)

          Personally, I think it’s because she’s a snob and doesn’t want to engage in conversation with the ‘little people’. She goes so far as to make an effort – by agreeing with people about what they’ve said – to make it appear as if she’s interested, but the amount of times I’ve seen that ‘look’ she flashes when she doesn’t think people are watching leads me to my conclusion.

          • royalsareajoke
            August 20, 2015 at 3:22 pm (2 years ago)

            Don’t be sorry….it IS Diana’s ring….is/was/and always will be !!! The flasher flashes it…no identity of her own so….gotta flash that there used ring….and poor waity katie….it’s HARD for her to make ‘small talk with the peasants’….first she has to get her jaw in place to produce one word at a time…in that fake/phony/posher than posh accent….poor poor waity katie…so much expected of such a fragile little thing….:'(

      • bookworm
        July 27, 2015 at 4:07 pm (2 years ago)

        With all her time off and not doing events, she could really hire a coach to help her with speeches and making small talk. She has the time, money and could easily do it at home. I’m sure someone at one of the palaces has a good, discreet contact.

        But then, that would require effort.

        • katemiddletonreview
          July 28, 2015 at 7:30 am (2 years ago)

          One of the royal reporters on Twitter – either Victoria Murphy or Camilla Tominey, I can’t remember which – said she suggested hiring Kate a speech coach and that the palace laughed at the suggestion.

          • bookworm
            July 28, 2015 at 9:50 am (2 years ago)

            SMH. I wonder what the laugh was about. “That’s a ridiculous suggestion,” or “She would never agree to that or follow through.”

          • Beatrix
            July 29, 2015 at 10:15 am (2 years ago)

            I wonder, was that laugh like, “yeah, nothing can help this girl” or was it “yeeeeeah, whatever. Not like William will ever allow her to speak.” :p

          • Twinkle
            July 30, 2015 at 8:35 am (2 years ago)

            How ridiculous. Her writing leaves a lot to be desired too – her handwriting is messy and her messages are just spoon-fed to her (well, so it would seem – I don’t think a lot of thought goes into them)

        • Ray
          July 29, 2015 at 10:06 am (2 years ago)

          She’s been to voice coaching to change how she speaks. Friends/aquaintences have mentioned she now sounds more uppercrust than William. So how far of a stretch is to continue on with being coached for public speaking? Not very and it should have been done before they were married. That way she would have had plenty of time to learn how not to drop her old accent into conversation, and would have been more confident when called upon to make a speech. I’m sure she doesn’t like public speaking, not many people do. But, in her case, it’s a big part of the “job”. They dropped the ball on that one, it’s going to be hard to change the public’s opinion on “waity the silent”.

      • bookworm
        July 28, 2015 at 12:26 pm (2 years ago)

        Piggybacking on the previous post where the university professor was comparing Kate to a 1500’s consort, I think they would have differed in terms of social graces and abilities. Back then, being at court meant that you had to be witty and charming, dancing and socializing with all the other courtiers. I understand that Kate’s royal duties differ than dancing and entertaining, but being adept in social niceties is still a huge part of the job description.

    • Stephanie
      July 27, 2015 at 3:17 pm (2 years ago)

      I wouldn’t say Kate knows how to take off baby weight.

      Her personal trainer and cook do though. And the nanny.night nanny/Carole allow her to get a good night’s sleep so she can make exercise her priority the next day.

      • Stephanie
        July 27, 2015 at 3:18 pm (2 years ago)

        OMG there’s two Stephanie’s!

  2. jenny
    July 27, 2015 at 2:01 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow, in the first photo of your post, KMR, she really does look like a Barbie from the 1960s. Complete with pony tail. And, the way she folds her ring hand over the other one to give everyone a look at the “Ring!”

    I did like the photo of her touching the hair of the little tot who was crying. Showed a more human side to Kate. However, the exaggerated look she gives another child in the other photo was just too much!

    So, the Cambridge’s had a day of sailing. Good for them. And, for a worthy cause, too.

    It’s all pretty much to do about nothing as far as I am concerned.

    I wish she’d buckle down and do just a wee bit of work. How long is this maternity leave, anyway?

    BTW. the girl who met Kate while wearing a tiara on her hair, was great. Good for you, Missy. That was absolutely great!

    • katemiddletonreview
      July 28, 2015 at 7:33 am (2 years ago)

      How rude would it be of me to say that little girl rocks the tiara better than Kate?

      Re maternity leave: As long as she can get away with.

      • jenny
        July 29, 2015 at 10:54 am (2 years ago)

        Not rude at all, KMR. Just truthful!

        I wish there was some type of reaction from Kate when spotting the tiara. Perhaps, there was and the photographer chose not to snap it, or editors chose not to run it.
        Just thought it was priceless for a child to wear a tiara when meeting “royalty.” Very cute!

        As for the maternity leave, I guess you are right, KMR, that she will take it for as long as she can get it!

  3. Red Snapper
    July 27, 2015 at 2:03 pm (2 years ago)

    William got new jeans and he looks good in them. He needs to stop clasping his hands in front of his junk.

    • Overit
      July 27, 2015 at 2:49 pm (2 years ago)

      I was thinking the same thing. The dark wash looks good on him! Especially with the blazer and white shirt he changed into.

      • jenny
        July 29, 2015 at 11:09 am (2 years ago)

        I thought he looked very nice, too.

    • katemiddletonreview
      July 28, 2015 at 7:34 am (2 years ago)

      He does look good in the darker denim.

      I’m okay with the hands clasped in front thing on William because it’s just a resting pose and not done all the time. It would look better with hands clasped in back, but at least he doesn’t crotch clutch to the same extent as Kate.

  4. Overit
    July 27, 2015 at 2:07 pm (2 years ago)

    I am so tired of this ‘uniform’. It doesn’t scream frugal to me at all. It is so boring. I want to toss her silly block wedges. However, Will and Kate did look very happy today. Kate still looked quiet pretty. And very well rested, especially for a woman with two young children…

    The thing I get tired of is with all the photos of Kate talking to kids, the comment under is always how well Kate does with children. That she has such a way with children. She seems like any other women with children to me in those photos.

    This is probably just the cynical side of me, but when I watched the video with Kate talking to people, she seemed over animated, like she was trying to show how enthusiastic she was. Her expressions seemed over-exaggerated as well as her hand motions. Am I the only one that thought that and I’m being to hard on her???

    • jenny
      July 27, 2015 at 2:11 pm (2 years ago)

      No, overit, I agree with you. It’s a pain in the butt the way photos of Kate with kids are always captioned saying how great she is with little ones. And, yes, I do agree she usually does seem overly animated in her dealings with the public, especially kids. Again, I did like the photo when she was soothing the little girl who was upset. I thought that was more natural than any of the others.

      I think you nailed it when you said she seems like any other woman would when she deals with kids.

    • katemiddletonreview
      July 27, 2015 at 2:32 pm (2 years ago)

      Re Kate with kids: She seems like any other person period. I don’t have kids, and I don’t really even like kids, but even I can make faces at kids to get them to smile or comfort a kid if it’s crying. My heart isn’t that black.

      Re Kate’s expressions: Kate always looks overly animated with overly exaggerated expressions and hand motions. That’s where the manic grins and claw hands photos come from. When she’s not making those expressions, she seems bored or angry.

      • Prpa
        July 27, 2015 at 4:04 pm (2 years ago)

        Has there been any photo of Waity kissing her children? I don’t see any mother-child connection.

        • katemiddletonreview
          July 28, 2015 at 7:36 am (2 years ago)

          Not that I can remember off the top of my head. The only photos of the Cambs kissing their kids that I can think of are of William kissing George.

          • Lisa
            July 28, 2015 at 9:50 am (2 years ago)

            William has kissed George publicly twice – in New Zealand and at the hospital.

            I think there was a picture of Kate kissing George at the polo match when they were standing with Charles.

  5. Lauri from Ca
    July 27, 2015 at 2:41 pm (2 years ago)

    Sigh…when are those Wedges of Doom and the Boat Shoes from Hell going to die? Is it just me or are skin tight, high water skinny jeans inappropriate for a royal woman? I think she would have looked so much better in a pair of khakis or chinos, more professional and less exhibitionist. Maybe I’m wrong, I mean I’m in a pair of skinny jeans today but the blouse and sweater I’m wearing covers my butt, which I don’t feel the need to show off to the whole world. I’m really starting to think that she wears these skinny jeans in order to make others look at her body, see how small my butt is, see how thin my legs are, etc… And if she is going to insist on continuing to wear her DSJ’s (Dreaded Skinny Jeans)then at least get a pair that are long enough.

    • Overit
      July 27, 2015 at 2:53 pm (2 years ago)

      There are skinny jeans, and there are skin-tight skinny jeans. Kate chooses the skin-tight. If she just wore normal skinny jeans I think they would look fine. But the painted on ones she always wears does make it seem like she just wants to show off her body. The thing is, I don’t think jeans this tight make her legs look good. they show every muscle and curve. Do you think she chooses the ankle length ones to make her legs look longer? I don’t think it works, I actually think it makes her legs looks shorter. There was a photo of her ankles showing the boat shoes and Kate needs some lotion desperately. That’s the problem with short jeans, they show more.

      • Ray
        July 27, 2015 at 9:25 pm (2 years ago)

        That’s how skinny jeans look on me, 5’9″ and a buck and quarter. Women come in all shapes and sizes. The curvier ones have so much more to flaunt, and do with pride! I proudly show my muscular legs in skinny jeans, and sculpted arms in short sleeves. Takes away from the fact that I have no boobs, no waist, and no butt.
        Flaunt what you got 😉

        • Overit
          July 27, 2015 at 11:54 pm (2 years ago)

          I have no problem with different shapes and sizes. With Kate’s skinny jeans it looks like she buys a size too small. But that is how it looks to me, especially since she is always adjusting them. They also bunch a lot in spots like they are too small. I am petite with tones legs, but I also buy one size larger so that it doesn’t feel like the jeans are stuck to my legs and can’t move. I guess it is just personal preference on how tight we like skinny jeans.

          • Mary Elizabeth
            July 29, 2015 at 10:49 am (2 years ago)

            http://www.starpulse.com/news/index.php/2015/07/27/royal-bodyguards-spill-secrets-about-d

            For some reason, when I cut and pasted the website address, it got cut off. I know this website is trashy and I doubt any bodyguards of any Royals would talk to the press, but this article is sooooo funny. Says that Kate loves to pole dance to stay in shape. Now, that I believe! The other stuff? Not so much.

            And, I could also see Pippa approaching one of the lead dancers on the American TV show, Dancing With the Stars, to see if/how she could become a contestant. Can also see that the Royals might put the squelch on that.

            Hate Kate in those tight, short jeans. She did not look good. Especially with the wedges.

      • rhiannon
        July 28, 2015 at 12:25 pm (2 years ago)

        You had me at lotion.

    • Lauri from Ca
      July 27, 2015 at 4:48 pm (2 years ago)

      On the plus side there wasn’t much crotch clutching today!! So Yah!

    • dutchroyal
      July 27, 2015 at 9:10 pm (2 years ago)

      I agree with the skin tight jeans. Enough already, they are not flattering or professional for her. They look painted on. Perhaps a tapered one. And why the cropped length? I thought a navy chino skirt (of a decent length) would have looked cute, with some white sneakers, not the nude pumps or the hideous wedges.

    • katemiddletonreview
      July 28, 2015 at 7:48 am (2 years ago)

      I know we all dislike her skinny jeans, but at least these aren’t the electric blue ones she wore to the Olympic torch thing. Those were the worst.

      • Ray
        July 28, 2015 at 9:36 am (2 years ago)

        That WAS the year for colored denim, though. She also had a coral pair that were really nice, but I think she only wore those once (visit to field hockey team). I’m sure you won’t see the electric blues till the trend comes back and she recycles – if they still fit!

        • katemiddletonreview
          July 28, 2015 at 9:45 am (2 years ago)

          My apologies, my comment was not clear. I don’t mind the color. I mind how tight they were. Those electric blue skinny jeans were the tightest pair of skinny jeans she has ever worn. You could see everything. It was gross.

          • Beatrix
            July 29, 2015 at 9:42 am (2 years ago)

            “You could see everything. It was gross.”

            Yes, I’m with you KMR. I could not believe she wore those to such a public event.

            At least these navy ones are not as revealing.

          • katemiddletonreview
            July 29, 2015 at 6:48 pm (2 years ago)

            Yeah, as much as her navy skinny jeans are bad, at least they aren’t as tight and revealing as the electric blue ones.

      • Beatrix
        July 29, 2015 at 9:39 am (2 years ago)

        Oh gawd. Those hideous electric blue jeans. I could not believe she wore those to such a public event.

        Yeah, at least these navy ones are not as revealing.

  6. jeanne
    July 27, 2015 at 5:43 pm (2 years ago)

    KMR – why did you make a point to point out Rebecca Deacon? I know she’s kate’s assistant but is it a big deal to see her at these things? Does she usually hide in the background? Just curious. I don’t know the gossip on Deacon. Is she like a svengali figure?

    • Cathy
      July 27, 2015 at 7:19 pm (2 years ago)

      “dog cashing it’s tail”
      I love it! Thanks Tanya S!

      (and the “boat shoes from Hell” too. Those things need replacing fast!)

    • katemiddletonreview
      July 28, 2015 at 7:50 am (2 years ago)

      1) Usually we don’t get a ton of photos of her.
      2) It started as a way to point out and say, “Hey, here’s the woman that actually does all the work”.

      • Cathy
        July 28, 2015 at 11:12 pm (2 years ago)

        I think it is nice that you are including What Rebecca is doing. She is doing all the work and clearly a great asset for Kate.
        I note that we haven’t seen much of Tasha lately. After comments from other people I did hop over to the “from Berkshire etc” to have a look. There was something on the post I read about Tash and her new boyfriend Chris. There was also comments which implied that a) Tash was was on the outer due to her going out with “the enemy” or b) that they were feeding positive stories to the press via Tash and then Chris.

    • bookworm
      July 28, 2015 at 12:28 pm (2 years ago)

      It’s also interested to see how similarly they dress!

      • J
        July 31, 2015 at 3:45 am (2 years ago)

        Just a guess here but I did notice that sometimes assistants look similar (physically) and dress similarly to their bosses. I believe this is a security ruse–in case of some riot or sudden breach of security, the assistant can act as a decoy. Just a guess tho.

  7. Tanya S
    July 27, 2015 at 6:45 pm (2 years ago)

    I know that this is going to sound horrible, but when I saw the names on the back of their jackets, I immediately got a mental image of Waity and Petulant turning around in circles trying to read their names on the back of the jacket, much like a dog would chase its tail I have no idea why this popped into my head, but I would have preferred a smaller name on the front of the jackets.

    I had not seem the wedges of doom and the blazer pics before. Those buttons are very shiny!

    • Lauri from Ca
      July 28, 2015 at 10:14 am (2 years ago)

      Hahaha!! I have a new puppy that just discovered how much fun it is to chase her tail. Round and round till she falls over. So, yeah I could see W&K doing this 🙂

  8. fran
    July 27, 2015 at 7:32 pm (2 years ago)

    THAT’S GOOD THE RAIN CAME!! Just maybe she would start working and doing real work helping the senior royals!!! The real reason they won’t is because taxpayers aren’t paying them money. I read somewhere they not getting paid for their services! So no money no work!!
    First of all it is called being relatable!! This only happens when people cannot relate to you so instead of small talk she will repeat what you say!! They are sooo out of touch with people that is why they do that!!!
    Kate keeps wearing the same Shit!! I never met rich ppl who get money from tax payers and don’t know how to dress!

  9. Lisa
    July 27, 2015 at 7:44 pm (2 years ago)

    She seriously needs a new go to casual outfit. The Barbie doll comparison is correct, only Barbie had a better wardrobe.

    I love the look on William’s face as she leans in and grins at Sir Ben. Look at how close she is to him and the distance between her and William. Yes William, given the chance she’d probably be all over him in a heartbeat.

    On the photos with the kids, she over animates and it never ceases to amaze me that this woman who is praised for being so good with kids usually gets a terrified expression out of them.

    • fran
      July 27, 2015 at 9:02 pm (2 years ago)

      LLol yep true lol

    • katemiddletonreview
      July 28, 2015 at 7:52 am (2 years ago)

      My Barbie had a huge wardrobe. Like it could legitimately rival Kate’s in size. But Barbie had way prettier clothes.

      I included the photo of the three of them because it made me laugh when I saw William’s expression as Ben and Kate giggled at each other.

      • Lisa
        July 28, 2015 at 9:53 am (2 years ago)

        Barbie’s clothes are also better tailored and appropriate for what she is doing at the time. Well maybe except the constant wearing of stilettos, in that regard she rivals Kate.

        • katemiddletonreview
          July 28, 2015 at 10:04 am (2 years ago)

          lol my Barbie never wore stilettos. Those got lost instantly because hey always fell off.

          • Laura
            July 28, 2015 at 10:22 pm (2 years ago)

            I had a skipper on a toy motor bike given by a cousin and a swimming pool for my barbies given by a friend. My mother made a pink skirt out of some lacy material for one of them. The high heels kept falling off though. Can you imagine Kate on a motorbike? Not really.

        • Beatrix
          July 29, 2015 at 9:47 am (2 years ago)

          I used to crazy-glue the stilettos on my barbies to avoid them falling off and me losing them. Kate must do that with those horrible wedges of doom. Explains why she can’t get rid of them :p

          • katemiddletonreview
            July 29, 2015 at 6:49 pm (2 years ago)

            lol

            Great solution for the Barbie shoe problem. I wish I had thought of that when I was young.

  10. Ray
    July 27, 2015 at 9:11 pm (2 years ago)

    I thought she looked young and fresh and pretty. She’s in enviable shape after just having a baby (with much help, I know, I know!), and most of all, she looks happiest with her husband at her side. Though, during the awards presentation, she looked awfully happy to have Ben Ainslie at her side (ahem, William’s side eye – too funny!).
    On to the outfit…A crisp white button down would have been more appropriate for the function, and segues better from casual to not so casual(?). Her collection of striped t’s are more suited to family day at the polo grounds, than a charity event. Most especially, as a patron. Those SW wedges are terrible, they make people’s feet look like hooves, ugh. Bex, a favor? Throw those grody things in the trash while she’s busy on the treadmill tomorrow, thanks in advance.

    • Overit
      July 27, 2015 at 11:57 pm (2 years ago)

      I completely agree with everything you said about the outfit. I thought a button down white blouse would look great!

      And is it just me or does Kate look younger with her hair in ponytail? I agree that she looks very fresh and pretty.

      • Ray
        July 28, 2015 at 1:54 am (2 years ago)

        I think you’re right about the ponytail giving her a youthful look. I also like when she styles it half up half down. Her hair is so thick, that when it frames her face it looks heavy and ages her, even with the curls. She plays with it too much, nervous tic?, when it’s down, as well, so best all around if she just keeps it back…or cuts it (Mary’s style would suit her, I think)

        • katemiddletonreview
          July 28, 2015 at 8:02 am (2 years ago)

          I, too, like the half pony style. She looks good when that style is done well on her.

  11. CrazyAMG
    July 27, 2015 at 10:49 pm (2 years ago)

    A agree Kate looked great!! However, I really don’t like skinny jeans and wedges. I wish both of these trends would go away. We all know that Kate loves sports. Here is a good example of the level of engagement that she gives to something she enjoys! KMR, I don’t think you mention Kate’s hair, I liked it!! Now we know why PW wanted to attend this event….. The chemistry between Kate and Ben can be felt through pictures, just imagine what its like in person!! If only Kate realized that if she put as much energy into her other charities, no one would complain.

    • katemiddletonreview
      July 28, 2015 at 8:02 am (2 years ago)

      Yes, it’s always great to see Kate with her hair up.

    • Lauri from Ca
      July 28, 2015 at 10:25 am (2 years ago)

      What bugged me about this outfit is that it’s the same one she’s worn so many times before that it doesn’t seem “special”, like no thought went into the fact that people are taking time out of their day to host a royal visitor, almost like going to church in what ever happens to be clean and not too wrinkled. Of course, for this event she should wear pants and flats just not the same thing we’ve seen her out playing with George in.

      I agree that her hair looked great today! I am always glad when she wears it up and away from her fingers, that constantly want to stroke and fiddle with it.

      • Dag Tagart
        August 1, 2015 at 10:12 am (2 years ago)

        Her outfit…”doesn’t seem ‘special’…”. This! There’s an anecdote from WWII. Apparently the King and Queen (HM’s mum) went to a bombed out part of London to show their support for the Londoners who’d lost their homes. Someone criticized the Queen mum as seeming insensitive for being dressed in fine clothes and jewelry for such a somber occasion. She replied, “Nonsense. If they came to visit me, they would dress in their finest!” My mother used to tell me this story when I complained about having to get “dressed up”. She explained that it is a sign of respect for those in whose company one will be. Kate doesn’t get this. I’m not saying she needs to be dressed up, or frivolous. Just recognize that appearances DO matter, whether we like it or not. Show a little imagination. If you have none, hire someone who does.

        • jenny
          August 1, 2015 at 12:47 pm (2 years ago)

          Well said, Dag Tagart. I like the comment the Queen Mum made. Quite lovely, actually.

          Kate does need to show a little imagination. Or, as you suggested, hire someone to help her who has some flair for fashion.

  12. LovingTheUK
    July 27, 2015 at 11:13 pm (2 years ago)

    That picture of Ben, Kate and William crack me up. Why is Kate standing so close to Ben and so much more space is between her and William?

    I don’t know what to say about her outfits. I admit, I own skinny jeans, too many striped shirts and yes, I own the same Corkswoon SW wedges in black patent leather. I found them on sale for $99 in a “Off Saks Fifth Avenue” store, an outlet chain for Saks here in the USA. I couldn’t resist because I know they sell for much more online.. I wear them occasionally and give them a good break. But the shoe is really good quality for a wedge. I am thinking of ordering another pair. I guess you like what you like.

    Do I think the look is boring? I would have to say yes and no. I would have to say it’s probably more about comfort at these types of events for Kate and it’s just what she likes. Like I said above, I have a lot of the same types of clothes and I must admit I wear them to NOT call attention to myself. Here in LA/ Hollywood, CA, women are always close to naked, wearing booty shorts, side boob shirts, neon colored leggings with thongs poking out and crop tops. The fashion is very trashy with most women trying to copy the Kardashian sisters. Huge butts on display, guts hanging out, it’s a mess. I wear casual stuff like jeans and shirts that cover my body because I DON’T like to show off my body. Most people here in LA would consider these looks boring and even conservative here. I do not look at Kate as if she is trying to put her body on display in these pieces at all.

    • Overit
      July 27, 2015 at 11:50 pm (2 years ago)

      What part of LA do you live in? I live in LA and while some dress trashy, I don’t think most do. I also don’t like to show stuff off, but I haven’t seen anything worse in LA than in other parts of the country, like Miami or NY. Most people here dress pretty normal, not trashy unless you are on the beach or Hollywood boulevard. As for Kate, I have always had the feeling she likes to draw attention to herself and especially her body. She is very proud of it and she should be. But she very much likes to show it off, so I don’t think she tries to cover up for that reason. Just look at her clubbing days-she likes showing herself off.

      • Ray
        July 28, 2015 at 2:04 am (2 years ago)

        In KN’s book, her employer at the yacht club made mention of the fact that Kate could be seen washing down decks in skimpy shorts and tanks. She did this for attention, though was not overt about it, seemed to be the man’s opinion. She was happy to be admired, that seems pretty clear.

      • LovingTheUK
        July 28, 2015 at 7:29 am (2 years ago)

        I am referring to Hollywood and the beach areas. I have watched it get worse and worse over the years.

      • Beatrix
        July 29, 2015 at 9:56 am (2 years ago)

        I get the feeling Kate does like to show off her body. She puts work into it and it is pretty much her only accomplishment – kinda reminds me of K Kardashian when she said losing the baby weight after North and getting into shape was the hardest thing she had done. Because, what else does she do? All her time, work and effort go into that body. SAme with Kate, minus the plastic surgeons.

        • katemiddletonreview
          July 29, 2015 at 6:47 pm (2 years ago)

          Lol All Kim’s time, work, and effort… and money on procedures… goes into that body. That whole family doesn’t make sense to me. Why spend time in the gym trying to lose weight only to buy a fake giant ass? Makes no sense.

    • katemiddletonreview
      July 28, 2015 at 8:00 am (2 years ago)

      Wow, $99 for those shoes is a steal. They usually run about $400.

      The reason I don’t like the Corkswoons personally is that I think they are too big and make Kate’s feet look enormous. Especially compared to her skinny legs. But to each their own.

    • Lauri from Ca
      July 28, 2015 at 6:09 pm (2 years ago)

      I used to live one block up from the Venice Beach Boardwalk and there women regularly tested the outer limits of spandex and lycra. There are sights that I wish I could forget but they seem to be burned into my retinas 🙂

      • Cathy
        July 28, 2015 at 11:21 pm (2 years ago)

        Oh yes Lauri! I agree there are times when too tight means too much on view! Like there are some things that should be kept private for only you, your husband or doctor to view.

  13. adam
    July 28, 2015 at 3:21 am (2 years ago)

    kate as a royal woman needs to give up skinny jeans, they make her look trashy since shes too thinkno junk, shes short with those flats, why not get a good pair of jeans not soo tight and some sneakers, princess mary, charlene, rock casual wear well!!

    • Lauri from Ca
      July 28, 2015 at 10:27 am (2 years ago)

      I agree 110% Princess Mary really does rock the casual wear well, she looks appropriate and put together and like she made an effort. This look on Kate tells me she made 0 effort.

      • Beatrix
        July 29, 2015 at 10:00 am (2 years ago)

        Agreed. My’s variety in events show that she most definitely knows how to dress nicely and appropriately for EVERY event. I love her casual outfits + her hair.

        Kate should look Mary up on Pinterest to get on idea.

  14. bookworm
    July 28, 2015 at 9:45 am (2 years ago)

    Even if she were to just replace the skinny jeans with dress pants, it would look so much more professional, yet still be casual.

  15. Laura
    July 28, 2015 at 2:32 pm (2 years ago)

    Let me start with a positive. Let me see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge turned up together. I wish Kate would not make those faces at the children. Kate looks simple and is unable to communicate with confidence to children. With adults those fake expressions may work so far but it looks strange when seen in photos. I know Kate has to smile but does she have to stand so close to Ben Ainslie and smile at him. William is the one she is married too. I get the feeling when they do anything together it is a bit of an anti-climax. They could do so much good it is so frustrating.

    • Lauri from Ca
      July 28, 2015 at 2:50 pm (2 years ago)

      I too have noticed that W&K don’t seem to be happy when doing engagements together, of course not all the time but fairly frequently. Odd

  16. Tanya S
    July 28, 2015 at 6:01 pm (2 years ago)

    I do not think that there is a lot of happiness in that relationship at the moment. They didn’t even seem all that thrilled at the Christening.

    Those over the top facial expressions take me back to the days of Fergie, but she generated a lot more warmth into her engagements. As someone else said Waity just looks like she has taken a dose of Xanax. It is scary to see those photos.

    Rhiannon you really need to make your move with Harry, so Lauri C and I can come with you to Amber Hall, sneak upstairs and light a match to the wedges of doom, the boat shoes, every striped blue top and those hideous tight tight jeggings. We would be doing the BRF a HUGE favour.

    • Lauri from Ca
      July 28, 2015 at 6:06 pm (2 years ago)

      I have a lighter at the ready!!! I think HM will make us Dames for our service to the Crown:)

  17. Tanya S
    July 28, 2015 at 7:26 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh for sure Lauri! She will be so happy with our work.

  18. MI23
    July 29, 2015 at 1:47 am (2 years ago)

    DM’s up-close shots of Kate are quite a bit less flattering. She looks very tired lately. Her skin is quite droopy. She would benefit greatly from a mini face lift and eye lift. Unfortunately she has thin skin and it’s not aging well. I wonder if she wanted to, if she would even be allowed. If I had people taking pictures of me from all angles all the time and I was aging so rapidly I would definitely get both procedures. Tastefully and naturally of course, with the best surgeon on the planet, but still.

    • Ray
      July 29, 2015 at 10:16 am (2 years ago)

      She’s 33, bit young for that, imo, knife begins at 40 haha. She’s not a celebrity who’s career lives and dies on her physical appearance. She’s a lovely fit young woman who puts priority on how she looks, and can afford the best of help to make it happen. Lot’s of people like that walking the planet, who the closest they’ll ever get to a Hello cover is checking it out while waiting to pay for their groceries. If she pulled her weight as a Duchess, many less people would criticize the time spent on her appearance.

      • Emilia
        July 30, 2015 at 6:46 pm (2 years ago)

        Well said! She’s royalty, not a supermodel who’s career depends on her looks. As long as she’s neat and appropriately dressed it should be enough. But it’s not,is it. Fergie was called Duchess of Pork. If Kate got more weight people would mock her 🙁

    • mary elizabeth
      July 29, 2015 at 11:22 am (2 years ago)

      M123, you are scaring me. Kate is way too young to consider a facelift, in my opinion.
      I mean, then what? Another at 40? Then, 50? What will be left to lift?

  19. Beatrix
    July 29, 2015 at 10:12 am (2 years ago)

    Predictable Kate, of course we all knew she would turn up in that boring outfit. Then the fact that she thinks those wedges dress her up for handling medals 😐 uh, ok. Don’t know if we should laugh or cry.
    I wear wedges, but those are huge and with her ridiculous jeggings, not appropriate for an official event (maybe for her private time). At least she didn’t have her hair all over the place. She looks quite pretty with her hair away from her face.
    Kate with Sir Ben lol yeah, I’m sure William was glad he went… and I’m sure he had *fun* 😉 (evil smile)

    A while back on the duchess Kate blog some fan girls mentioned they confused Rebecca Deacon with Kate given that “Rebecca emulates Kate’s fashion” 😛 lol now every time I see Rebecca I laugh, thinking it would kill Kate if she knew, given how much “bigger and heavier” Rebecca is.

    KMR, since we saw RD at the last Wimbledon appearance, is it safe to say that tennis outing counted as an official work day?

    • katemiddletonreview
      July 29, 2015 at 6:44 pm (2 years ago)

      I know right. Kate legit thinks that those Wedges of Doom dress up an outfit. She must be out of her mind. Those wedges scream “casual”. Actually they scream, “I’m going to stomp on you!”

      Rebecca may have brown hair like Kate but that’s where the similarities end.

      Wimbledon did not show up in the CC. So I don’t know if it counted or not.

      • Beatrix
        July 31, 2015 at 10:34 pm (2 years ago)

        Re: Wimbledon
        Thanks KMR. The question is killing me lol

  20. mary elizabeth
    July 29, 2015 at 11:45 am (2 years ago)

    Quick question and sorry to post on a different topic. I’m asking a question concerning the American dentist who killed the lion in Africa. I was horrified to read some of the details and had to stop because it was so upsetting to me.

    Is Prince Harry working with animals in that same part of Africa? Gosh, this is just so sad a story and made me feel so very, very bad. I did some googling, but came up dry as to whether or not this happened near where Harry is working this summer. Anyone know?

    • katemiddletonreview
      July 29, 2015 at 6:40 pm (2 years ago)

      Cecil was in Zimbabwe. Harry is working in Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, and Botswana. So no, Harry is not in the same area where Cecil was.

      • mary elizabeth
        July 30, 2015 at 10:16 am (2 years ago)

        Thanks, KMR. And, Tanya, I am with you. Just awful!

  21. Tanya S
    July 29, 2015 at 5:38 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh Mary Elizabeth, I am with you and I cannot read any story where animals are harmed or killed for fun or in the name of so called “Sport”. like to think that there is a special place reserved in hell for those who get a kick out of this sort of thing.

  22. ABKM
    July 31, 2015 at 10:27 am (2 years ago)

    I still can’t believe this counts as a work day and Kate can’t manage to do more of it.

  23. J
    August 1, 2015 at 2:42 am (2 years ago)

    I think it’s sad that the press is pitting one grandparent against another. Or that maybe there is in-fighting about who gets to see the kids. Obviously, the Midds win the upper hand because they have more free time and seems to be more willing to drop by and say hello. If Charles wants to see his grandkids more, maybe he should be the one initiating visits? The Queen stops by unannounced to the Wessexes all the time. I don’t see why Charles can’t do this.

    I also don’t understand why the Cambridges can’t see that by making the Midds more involved in the children’s lives, they are essentially dragging their names to the tabs. If William truly cares for the Midds, he will stop doing this. But then again, Pippa seems to be enjoying the attention.