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Old 08-19-2011, 10:07 AM
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At this moment, I am reminded of a Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother quote, when criticized by some because she dressed up and wore pearls to visit those Londoners affected by the bombing in World War II. To paraphrase it, "They would dress up to visit me in their Sunday best, why shouldn't I do the same for them?"

I disagree with the assessment that wearing jeans, a hoodie or something else. That too me says, you are so not that important that I didn't even get dressed up. Unless of course, she was going to participate in the clean up...and than that would be a distraction from the real work that needs to be done.

Do you think that Harry, William, Charles and/or Camilla wore a cheap outfit when they did their visits? While it probably wasn't appropriate to wear such an expensive outfit (unless its something she has already worn before), wearing something cheap wouldn't be acceptable as well. Than we would be hearing about that as well.

ETA: Catherine is fairly new to the game, in the future I am sure she will recognize that perception plays an important role. With the attention of the press so focused on her and her clothes, she will learn that certain name brands shouldnt be worn for certain events. She probably didn't think that they would be able to spot the designer outfits. If the outfit wasn't so expensive we wouldn't be talking about the cost but rather the look of the outfit.
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I think she looks appropriate. She's matching William, Charles, Camilla and Harry clothing choices when they visited. I personally don't like the blouse but it's still fine.
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Old 08-19-2011, 10:44 AM
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At this moment, I am reminded of a Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother quote, when criticized by some because she dressed up and wore pearls to visit those Londoners affected by the bombing in World War II. To paraphrase it, "They would dress up to visit me in their Sunday best, why shouldn't I do the same for them?".
thank you for the quote from the Queen, i appreciate you reminding everyone it isnt about the clothes pre se, it is the attitude and the feelings the clothes protray.
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Old 08-19-2011, 11:13 AM
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One of the reasons why people were rioting was because they were fed up of having wealth pushed in their faces. I'm not saying it was right to riot at all, and I think what they did was very irresponsible and stupid. But I don't think it's a coincidence that they rioted in the year of the royal wedding and massive public spending cuts. Charles and Diana got engaged a few months before the 1981 riots, and of course there were Margaret Thatcher's spending cuts. So while I'm sure most people will be thrilled to see William and Kate, it's important to think about your audience before you get dressed up. I think it's more about blending in and keeping it simple than about wearing your 'Sunday best'.

Kate wore jeans to visit damaged Slave Lake, but nobody seemed to think that she didn't care or hadn't made an effort. I see her and William as a very down to earth, modern couple and to be honest I had expected her to wear something a little more subtle. Sometimes she wears very low key outfits and other times she really goes all out. I think low key would've been more appropriate for today. What she wore reminds me of her McQueen military coat, perfect for an event that was very ceremonial and full of pomp. That was appropriate for the occasion - this not so much. The outfit doesn't have to be cheap; just simple and sensitive to the surroundings. Like you said, hopefully she'll grow more aware of all that.
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Old 08-19-2011, 11:39 AM
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I think she looks appropriate. She's matching William, Charles, Camilla and Harry clothing choices when they visited. I personally don't like the blouse but it's still fine.
Agree. I think she looks fine too. Not a big fan of this outfit, but she looks nice and appropriate.

I don't mind that she didn't wear jeans or dress down. None of the other royals did, so I don't see the problem with Kate not doing it.
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Old 08-19-2011, 12:23 PM
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This link has a video of their visit:
BBC News - Prince William and Kate visit Birmingham after riots
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Old 08-19-2011, 01:14 PM
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She had on a skirt and blouse. If the press hadn't posted who made them you wouldn't know they didn't come off the rack somehwere. She looked very appropriate. Her shoes were simple pumps. Nothing fancy. I don't understand the sour grapes.
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Old 08-19-2011, 01:24 PM
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In Birmingham with William. She looks lovely, but does anyone else think it's a bit weird to be so dressed up when visiting a poor area devastated by riots? Her outfit is McQueen and Prada, quite formal, dressy hair... doesn't match the occasion.
As always, I will have a problem with her heavy make-up - for such a young woman, for any woman - and the heavy handed mascara - reminds me of Sarah Fergerson in her recent Australian interview - is this intense eye stuff a fashion now? Because I'm noticing it on other women in the camera's eye lately, too.

I do agree that she has dressed very 'flashy' - and could have 'dressed up' nicely but without the fashion being front and center. Her wardrobes are verging perilously close to 'wearing her' - being 'costumes'. She's learning, as someone said. She has yet to strike that balance of being fashionable and as Coco Chanel said: It is always better to be slightly underdressed. Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.
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Old 08-19-2011, 01:25 PM
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I don't see any sour grapes. Our world has become so casual that most folks don't even want to dress up. Her outfit is totally appropriate for this type of visit (but the price tag is stupendous).
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Old 08-19-2011, 01:47 PM
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I agree the price tag is stupendous...but lets face it Kate is RICH. She can afford to wear these outfits. She looks great in them and she is there doing a job. She is dressed for her job. My opinion is that she has shown that she knows that people are down and out. She has worn a number of outfits time and again as she will most likely wear this one again and again. I wish we all could wear these outfits with such large price tags. well I wish I could ...

I wish they would print just how much Williams suits cost and who made them. I'm sure they are not off the rack.
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Old 08-19-2011, 02:00 PM
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In this thread shouldn't we be discussing other aspects to the visit & leave the outfit to the fashion thread? I am pleased they visited Birmingham & meet the bereaved parents. The reports suggest that they were well received by the communities they visited and were genuinely moved & engaged by what they were shown & told about the awful events. Kate is new to this kind of visit & it must have been very difficult to respond in a way that didn't involve making some comments that could either be taken as political or in someway inappropriate. It appears both of them achieved this.
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Old 08-19-2011, 02:01 PM
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One of the reasons why people were rioting was because they were fed up of having wealth pushed in their faces. I'm not saying it was right to riot at all, and I think what they did was very irresponsible and stupid. But I don't think it's a coincidence that they rioted in the year of the royal wedding and massive public spending cuts. Charles and Diana got engaged a few months before the 1981 riots, and of course there were Margaret Thatcher's spending cuts. So while I'm sure most people will be thrilled to see William and Kate, it's important to think about your audience before you get dressed up. I think it's more about blending in and keeping it simple than about wearing your 'Sunday best'.
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I couldn't agree more and thank you for adding the context of the 1981 riots. I was going to start a thread on that topic- the parallels are stunning- but didn't want to deal with ... We'll, you know
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Old 08-19-2011, 02:02 PM
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I think both William and Kate look appropriate. IMO dressing the way they have indicates they appreciate the serious and important nature of what they're doing.
To me the brands they're wearing - whether they're recognizable, known to be expensive, whatever - are less important than the fact that they both realize that this is an occasion that calls for some formality.
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Old 08-19-2011, 02:23 PM
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Happy to see the Duke and Duchess. Had to wake up really early today and was kinda not happy so then to see this was such a nice surprise. I hope this doesn't come out wrong but when I watched this all unfold I kept thinking to myself "I wonder if after all this is over will the Duke and Duchess visit some of the victims affected by all of this?"

Another video
Video: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit riot-hit Birmingham - Telegraph

People Magazine article
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Old 08-19-2011, 02:23 PM
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This is her "Let them eat cake" moment.

Inappropriate and ostentatious.

Formality is nice but she should have worn the gray dress she wore to the tree planting in Canada or the blue suit she left for Canada wearing.

Prada and McQueen from the high street princess when visiting areas ruined by class tinged riots?

After all, in addition to police brutality, her wedding (or the decision for the public to pay for most of the expenses in a year when 75% of the youth funding was cut in the areas where the riots erupted) arguably sparked the unrest.

This gaudy getup veers toward the insensitive. It's not even typical of what she wears.
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Old 08-19-2011, 02:32 PM
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Ok once again I'll be the one to chime in here. Honestly the two of them come down to visit areas affected by the riot. People who met them respected the fact they came down to visit. William and Kate both showed so much admiration for the police and other emergency force down their those nights as well as compassion to those who lost loves ones from it and all we can sit here and do is complain about her clothes? Are we serious right now? If I'm being honest who gives a crap what she was wearing I don't care if it was Mcqueen or if it was from the store down the street for me it's the actions that matter most. I don't see this in any way as being disrespectful and honestly I don't think the people who met them gave a crap either I'm sure they were just happy to meet with them.The fact they and the rest of the royal family has shown such great compassion this last week means more to me then anything else. Ok rant done had to get that out. I feel better now.I'm just tired of this bickering over what she should or shouldn't wear and has to express my honest opinion.
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Old 08-19-2011, 02:32 PM
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It seems to me that there were some who criticized Catherine for "only" wearing high street labels. Now, when she appears in full designer-ware, she is too dressed up, spending too much, rubbing it in their faces, etc. I don't personally care for the style of the outfit, but I think it sends a message that this is an important visit to her -- that she cared enough to wear a new outfit and a nice one, too.

Let's face it, most of her new outfits are going to be either designer ready to wear or full on couture as the years go by. Good for her and for us who get to enjoy the results. I seem to remember Diana once commenting that she didn't want to disappoint people by wearing something obviously old or recycled because it would give the impression that she didn't care enough about the event to wear something new.
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Old 08-19-2011, 02:55 PM
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IMO, the most important thing is that Charles and his family are out visiting the affected areas. As the future king Charles should be the one to interact with the victims of the recent looting and riots as I strongly believe that the issues that led to this violence will continue even into his reign.

I may not agree with his comments regarding the looters, but it is important that he and his family meet with the victims affected by their actions.
I'm glad that the D &D o Cambridge met privately with the families of the young men killed in Birmingham. The press did not need to be apart of their visit.

As for Kate's outfit, it reminds me of something Diana would have worn in the late 80's or early 90's.
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Old 08-19-2011, 03:18 PM
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Ok once again I'll be the one to chime in here. Honestly the two of them come down to visit areas affected by the riot. People who met them respected the fact they came down to visit. William and Kate both showed so much admiration for the police and other emergency force down their those nights as well as compassion to those who lost loves ones from it and all we can sit here and do is complain about her clothes? Are we serious right now? If I'm being honest who gives a crap what she was wearing I don't care if it was Mcqueen or if it was from the store down the street for me it's the actions that matter most. I don't see this in any way as being disrespectful and honestly I don't think the people who met them gave a crap either I'm sure they were just happy to meet with them.The fact they and the rest of the royal family has shown such great compassion this last week means more to me then anything else. Ok rant done had to get that out. I feel better now.I'm just tired of this bickering over what she should or shouldn't wear and has to express my honest opinion.
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Old 08-19-2011, 03:22 PM
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Yeesh, she really can't win with some people can she? She showed up, she looked nice, and there's no way on earth she can make everyone happy with what she wears.

I'm just glad to see them out and about
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