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Old 02-11-2014, 07:32 PM
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Well, it could have been far worse. She could have been twirling her hair during the visit.
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Old 02-11-2014, 07:34 PM
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The only requirement for Kate to get her job was for William to fall in love and marry her. This woman is picked apart by people around the globe every time she leaves her house. The rest of us would have said no way to that kind of scrutiny. However, Kate is talking to a guy wearing a dress with a smile on her face interested in what he is saying.
True, she is picked apart and it might seem unfair. But then I do believe that there is room for improvement. Just check these pictures:

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Every now and then her facial Expression seems to be exaggerated. While this pic might be taken out of context and therefor be accidential, it might nevertheless be wise for her to keep her mouth shut while walking the red carpet. Smile and stay calm so to say.

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Don't you think that her posture and the way she holds her arms could be improved? Again: only while walking the carpet.

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Old 02-11-2014, 07:50 PM
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Her Royal Highness was talking to her host as she arrived. I guess it's not easy to know what to do with your hands (if you're a lady) when not holding a purse.

The most important thing is that Catherine is doing her job as royal patron and I think it's important to not drown her in critiques or put her under a great deal of pressure as people did to her late mother-in-law. It's the kind of pressure that's not applied to the other European royal ladies.
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Old 02-11-2014, 07:53 PM
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Thank you, you never hear people picking apart other royals in the same way they do Catherine. Some people will never be satisfied with HRH. I would hope she is trying her best. I would not mind more updo's either to bad it not my hair.
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Old 02-11-2014, 07:59 PM
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True, she is picked apart and it might seem unfair. But then I do believe that there is room for improvement. Just check these pictures:

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Every now and then her facial Expression seems to be exaggerated. While this pic might be taken out of context and therefor be accidential, it might nevertheless be wise for her to keep her mouth shut while walking the red carpet. Smile and stay calm so to say.
She was talking to someone as she was walking the red carpet, so this photo was taken mid-sentence. The only way to prevent theses type of photos, is if she refuses to talk and only nods her head and smiles when greeting people. So basically, there is no way to prevent these type of photos.
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Old 02-11-2014, 08:14 PM
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I do not understand the fuss with her hair. Her hair is beautiful!!

I too has long hair and dislike wearing my hair up simply because I looks better with long hair. And I do not like the naked feeling of a empty shoulder and hair down also helps to keep my neck warm in an air-conditioned environment.

I also curls my hair when I am attending dinners - it tooks 2 hours for my hairdresser to curl them and my hair is shorter than HRH.

I believe HRH too looks better with long hair or half undo. I remembered she looks older when she had her hair totally up.
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Old 02-11-2014, 08:32 PM
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When your JOB is to draw attention to a cause by your mere presence then unfortunately your dress and appearance will be scrutinised. Stop the bleeding heart routine, this is what is expected of her it's her role so do it properly! She has the people at her disposal to ensure she makes an impression so she should utilise them.

BTW when I read the other royals thread regarding their clothes/style there is just as much criticism as for Catherine. She needs guidance in posture, style and hair. NOT because they are awful, but because they need to step up to the position that she now holds.

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Old 02-11-2014, 08:47 PM
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Maybe we need a duchess hair forum. It does not have much to do with the current event. And as William has learned, it's only hair. I would like a look at some of those postcards.
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Old 02-11-2014, 09:00 PM
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Don't you think that her posture and the way she holds her arms could be improved? Again: only while walking the carpet.

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Camilla does a version of this arm/hand thing as she walks! Even the Queen stands this way when she is waiting indoors - like at an investiture.
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This looks like a little girl playing at dress up in her mother's clothes and jewels.............this is not a good look on her at all.

The color of the gown looks washed out with her tan, Her HAIR, please do something with all those curls, those curls are not for formal events, makes her look sloppy and uncared for.

It would have been a better fit if she had some meat on the bones, a chignon in the back on the lower part of her neck, those diamond earrings and less dark eye make-up. The bling on the neck........toooo much, to heavy and to old looking for a young lady. Guts tells me after reading all the recent press reports of the Queen taking control of wanting Catherine to look more royal that this was her idea of looking royal.............wrong way to go...........less is always more!
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Old 02-11-2014, 09:39 PM
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When your JOB is to draw attention to a cause by your mere presence then unfortunately your dress and appearance will be scrutinised. Stop the bleeding heart routine, this is what is expected of her it's her role so do it properly! She has the people at her disposal to ensure she makes an impression so she should utilise them.

BTW when I read the other royals thread regarding their clothes/style there is just as much criticism as for Catherine. She needs guidance in posture, style and hair. NOT because they are awful, but because they need to step up to the position that she now holds.

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Her JOB is to draw attention to a cause but it seems that the main concern here is how to showcase her jewellery to the best effect (best with her hair up). In this case, maybe she should stop wearing jewelry to events so people could concentrate on the cause instead.

Btw, this is not a new piece of jewelry even though it's her first time wearing it Why is is so important that her hair must be up so that the necklace could be seen clearly? The only time i think this necklace must be seen clearly is unless this necklace is to be auctioned off in aid of the cause and she is modeling it.
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Old 02-11-2014, 09:42 PM
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Althogh she is not a CP, there are quite a few other CP's with whom she could be compared, in her age group who exhibit proper posture and the dignity for the role she represents. She has been given a wide pass, now she needs to grow up.
And, for the record,imo her hair is not beautiful, it is just hair. And she has a job and needs the right hair for it.
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Old 02-11-2014, 09:48 PM
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I think Her Royal Highness is beautiful young woman and carries herself with a great deal of grace and dignity. While everyone is picking her apart, she's doing what she suppose to do, her job.
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Old 02-11-2014, 09:51 PM
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well said.

Life, like me, is too short - I think she is doing well and improves all the time. And the people who meet her say that she contributes a lot to her patronages - not just a the events we see. And that is the real job.
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Old 02-11-2014, 10:10 PM
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Bad hair does not disqualify her for the job - it's just hair. It isn't life threatening nor will impact on the monarchy.

Just think, if every time one of us had bad hair we lost our job......... and what about people like my husband who has no hair - he'd never have a job.


A voice of reason, cepe!

The level of significance attached to every detail of Catherine's appearance and demeanour by some here is strange. There's nothing inappropriate about the way she looks at this event. The dress is fine, the necklace is fine, the hair is fine. Some people may not like her hair down and curled, (I certainly wish she'd try something new), but that doesn't mean Catherine is doing anything objectively wrong.

Where is the commandment that says Kate needs to show up at these things looking like a photo shopped model robot in order to be a success at her job? None of the other members of the British royal family, (including QEII), do that, and despite the protestations of some, all of the other European princesses I've paid attention to over the last five or six years have had PLENTY of moments where they've looked inelegant and less than perfect, (and I can think of a couple of instances where their looks and sometimes even behaviour was completely inappropriate for their surroundings).
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This looks like a little girl playing at dress up in her mother's clothes and jewels.............this is not a good look on her at all.

The color of the gown looks washed out with her tan, Her HAIR, please do something with all those curls, those curls are not for formal events, makes her look sloppy and uncared for.

It would have been a better fit if she had some meat on the bones, a chignon in the back on the lower part of her neck, those diamond earrings and less dark eye make-up. The bling on the neck........toooo much, to heavy and to old looking for a young lady. Guts tells me after reading all the recent press reports of the Queen taking control of wanting Catherine to look more royal that this was her idea of looking royal.............wrong way to go...........less is always more!

How can a deep blue gown look washed out? 😶

There is no rule that curled hair is outlawed for gala events.
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Old 02-11-2014, 10:55 PM
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I think Catherine looks beautiful and I love that The Queen is encouraging her to wear more substantial jewels by lending her pieces from her own collection instead of the very understated jewelry we typically see her wear.
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Old 02-11-2014, 11:15 PM
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This looks like a little girl playing at dress up in her mother's clothes and jewels.............this is not a good look on her at all.

The color of the gown looks washed out with her tan, Her HAIR, please do something with all those curls, those curls are not for formal events, makes her look sloppy and uncared for.

It would have been a better fit if she had some meat on the bones, a chignon in the back on the lower part of her neck, those diamond earrings and less dark eye make-up. The bling on the neck........toooo much, to heavy and to old looking for a young lady. Guts tells me after reading all the recent press reports of the Queen taking control of wanting Catherine to look more royal that this was her idea of looking royal.............wrong way to go...........less is always more!
Wow! Really rather harsh comments. I couldn't disagree more. How do you wash out a deep blue color with a tan? Doesn't even make sense. She is blessed with gorgeous thick hair that women of all ages wish they had and curled or not, she looks beautiful. Diana wore far more elaborate jewelry and was younger than Catherine when she did. I say the more bling, the better. She is a Royal Duchess and some day she will be Queen Consort. This is only the beginning of seeing her in major jewels.
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Old 02-11-2014, 11:34 PM
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"Pretty as a picture, Catherine dazzled on a diamond necklace", writes finnish tabloid about yesterday evening. Unfortunately they have chosen just awful photos of the evening.
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