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Old 10-20-2015, 11:21 PM
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I dislike this dress. I don't like the details on the shoulders and waist.

Old 10-21-2015, 12:20 AM
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Kate's red gown is by Jenny Packham bespoke. The dress is a lovely color and she does stand out in it. The cut is flattering. The top part of the dress is tone on tone which is nice but at the same time you dont get to see the pretty details.

The tiara is very pretty, she had the right hairstyle for it IMO.

Old 10-21-2015, 01:03 AM
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Old 10-21-2015, 01:27 AM
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Catherine was very beautiful. The perfect hairstyle and nice color. I don't grazy so much about the dress and i want to wore maybe a brooch. But all the look is beautiful.
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Old 10-21-2015, 05:05 AM
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Love that Catherine wore red, hugely symbolic for the Chinese. Personally don't like the dress but it suits her. The hair and tiara placement is stunning!
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Old 10-21-2015, 05:10 AM
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Love that Catherine wore red, hugely symbolic for the Chinese. Personally don't like the dress but it suits her. The hair and tiara placement is stunning!
I agree. I personaly like the dress, but I can undertand that it's not everyones taste. No dress will be and it's non-offensive so that's all that matter :) I agree that the tiara placement was spot on!
Old 10-21-2015, 05:38 AM
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One thing I noticed first off is that Kate was true to form trying to stick with her go-to rule of dress that less is more. Simplicity is the name of the game. However, appearances can be quite deceiving especially in this case. She pulled off wearing some very serious bling all on loan from HM. Tiara, earrings and two bracelets. The trick was that they didn't detract from the gown but rather accented it very nicely I think.

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Old 10-21-2015, 06:16 AM
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Kate looked wonderful loved everything.
Old 10-21-2015, 07:02 AM
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And she isn't a full time working royal yet. It's hard to tell with these things as HM doesn't share how, when or why she awards the family order.
Magic 8 Ball, perhaps? And "Ask again later" keeps coming up. She does like a good gag Christmas gift.
Old 10-21-2015, 07:07 AM
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Magic 8 Ball, perhaps? And "Ask again later" keeps coming up. She does like a good gag Christmas gift.
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Old 10-21-2015, 09:05 AM
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I loved Kate's loaned bracelets! Marvelous, much better that her tiara!
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Old 10-21-2015, 09:43 AM
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Nothing beats seeing a royal lady in red and Kate looks great!
Old 10-21-2015, 10:51 AM
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Magic 8 Ball, perhaps? And "Ask again later" keeps coming up. She does like a good gag Christmas gift.
Excellent suggestion AdmirerUS! The Power of the Magic 8 Ball should never be disputed.
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Old 10-21-2015, 11:10 AM
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Catherine looks stunning. Absolutely stunning. The gown suits her, and the red is a nice nod to the visitors' culture. No complaints. She got it 110 percent right.

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Old 10-21-2015, 01:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Mademoiselle Lilo View Post
i like the hair and tiara very well done.
nothing WOW about the dress lovely color and lovely cut nothing special.
overall she looks nice.
My thoughts exactly. And a family order might have been nice. Oh well, maybe next time.
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Love that they write an article on her dress and it's Chinese implications. (..)
Old 10-22-2015, 01:20 AM
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I think you hit the nail on the head. I think they have not earned it yet.
If you think of previous generations: Q Mary & K George, also, K George VI & his Elizabeth were taking on full loads practically from the honey moon. These two have made it known that they do not yet feel quite ready to go full time.
The Cambridges & P Henry are now adults in their thirties. It is time they got on with it more seriously than attending a few sports matches. Their ageing relatives need to be allowed to step back if they want to.

I know I am likely to get a lot of grief for this post, but it is how I feel.

I agree with you on all counts and unfortunately, this is only the first State Banquet she has attended and a red dress for the Chinese visit was a given, unlike HM who will, of course, wear some shade of white.

I loved the skirt of this gown, it was every Princess's dream unfortunately, sequins on the top of the gown are definitely OTT as they end up competing for the flash and bling honors. In short, it was tacky, and the childish puffed or capped sleeves didn't help. I expected an elegant royal woman with appropriate bling and instead got the usual, unremarkable Catherine wearing a mishmash of styles and awful tiara hair.
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