Saturday, 18 March 2017

The Duchess in Chanel for Day in Paris!

Day two of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's royal visit to France got off to a busy start with several engagements in the City of Light.


The Cambridges' first stop was a particularly important one. They visited Les Invalides - a complex of buildings in the 7th arrondissement of Paris containing museums and monuments, all relating to the military history of France.


They enjoyed a tour.


The Duke and Duchess heard more about the site's history.


The history is a fascinating one.


Louis XIV initiated the project by order on 24 November 1670, as a home and hospital for aged and unwell soldiers: the name is a shortened form of hôpital des invalides. The architect of Les Invalides was Libéral Bruant. The selected site was in the then suburban plain of Grenelle (plaine de Grenelle). By the time the enlarged project was completed in 1676, the river front measured 196 metres (643 ft) and the complex had fifteen courtyards, the largest being the cour d'honneur ("court of honour") for military parades. It was then felt that the veterans required a chapel. Jules Hardouin-Mansart assisted the aged Bruant, and the chapel was finished in 1679 to Bruant's designs after the elder architect's death. This chapel was known as Église Saint-Louis des Invalides, and daily attendance of the veterans in the church services was required. Shortly after the veterans' chapel was completed, Louis XIV commissioned Mansart to construct a separate private royal chapel referred to as the Église du Dôme from its most striking feature (see below). The domed chapel was finished in 1708. Below, Louis XIV ordering the construction.


Because of its location and significance, the Invalides served as the scene for several key events in French history. On 14 July 1789 it was stormed by Parisian rioters who seized the cannons and muskets stored in its cellars to use against the Bastille later the same day. Napoleon was entombed under the dome of the Invalides with great ceremony in 1840. In December 1894 the degradation of Captain Alfred Dreyfus was held before the main building, while his subsequent rehabilitation ceremony took place in a courtyard of the complex in 1906. The building retained its primary function of a retirement home and hospital for military veterans (invalides) until the early twentieth century. In 1872 the musée d'artillerie (Artillery Museum) was located within the building to be joined by the musée historique des armées (Historical Museum of the Armies) in 1896. The two institutions were merged to form the present musée de l'armée in 1905. Below Napolean visiting the infirmary.


William and Kate met French Invictus Games competitor Sgt Philippe who has been supported by the prosthetics team at the hospital and discussed his experiences. Sergeant Phillippe was training in the French army as a dog handler when he had a motorcycle accident in France leaving him with one prosthetic leg. Prince William said "You are an inspiration for all the other guys".


A poignant part of the visit saw William and Kate meeting survivors and first responders involved in the terrorist attacks at the Bataclan Theatre in Paris as well as the lorry attack in Nice on Bastille Day last year. The Duke and Duchess chat to Les Invalides patients - two Parisians, Kevin and Jessica, wounded in the recent Paris attacks.


More from the Mail Online:

'Jessica said the encounter meant a great deal to both, who have found it invaluable to speak about their trauma and prove to the public that life goes on. William told the Bataclan attack survivors: 'We think you are very strong and very brave, you've made amazing progress.' The Duchess added she would be keeping an eye out for Jessica's work, after learning she is retraining to work in fashion.'
The Duchess asked how she had found readjusting to life after the accident. 'You feel like you're in a dream,' Jessica said, adding that she had tried to view her rehabilitation work as a job in the week, and enjoy her weekends as she did before. She used her convalescence to learn Italian, and is now hoping to work organising fashion shows, telling the Duchess she had noted her Chanel outfit. 'I was ambitious, I am still ambitious,' she said, speaking in English. 'If I want revenge I must live and work and prove they [the terrorists] can't touch how we live in our great country. It sparked something: I realised you need to live.'
Kevin described how he attended a concert at the Bataclan, only to hear shouting and gunfire. They started shouting at the audience and opened fire. 'Anyone who shouted was shot, so I tried to be as quiet as possible. I was hit twice in the leg but lay there and kept quiet.' Of meeting the Duke and Duchess, he said: 'It was a very positive experience because I was able to speak about this experience and what I went through. It feels very important to tell these stories and be listened to.' Asked how his emotional recovery had been, he told the Royal couple: 'It gave me a challenge, I like a challenge.' The Duchess said: 'You're a very brave man.'

William and Kate met locals as they left.


The couple's next appearances were embargoed and it was something of a mystery as to what was on their itinerary, with a few interesting surprises. Their next stop was the beautiful Musée de d'Orsay.


The Musée d'Orsay is housed in the former Gare d'Orsay, a Beaux-Arts railway station built between 1898 and 1900. The museum holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1914, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography. It houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces in the world, by painters including Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin, and Van Gogh. Many of these works were held at the Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume prior to the museum's opening in 1986. It is one of the largest art museums in Europe.


The couple toured the Impressionists Gallery at the Musée d'Orsay and heard from the curator about these iconic works of art. A number of these works will be exhibited at the Tate Britain in London later this year.


We know the Duchess is very much interested in the arts, so I imagine this visit was a real treat for her.


William and Kate reportedly took a particularly close look at London, Houses of Parliament, which was inspired by Monet's 1871 visit to London when he was struck by the 'effects of fog on the Thames'. Prince William asked director Laurence des Cars: 'This is one of his most famous paintings isn't it?'


More on the piece:

'The London Houses of Parliament crop up regularly in Monet's work in 1900. At first the artist observed them from the terrace of St Thomas Hospital, on the opposite bank, near Westminster Bridge. Monet's London production, which includes views of Charing Cross bridge and Waterloo bridge, is in fact dominated by variations in the light and atmosphere due to the famous London fog, which enveloped the city, especially in autumn and winter.
The unreal ghostly outline of Parliament buildings looms up like an apparition. The stone architecture seems to have lost its substance. Sky and water are painted in the same tones, dominated by mauve and orange. The brushstrokes are systematically broken into thousands of coloured patches to render the density of the atmosphere and the mist. Paradoxically, these impalpable elements become more tangible than the evanescent building which seems to dissolve in the shadow.'

Next, following on from the "Les Voisins" reception last night, the couple attended a Les Voisins in Action event to highlight the strong ties between the young people of France and the United Kingdom.


Then there was time for a spot of rugby.


The Duchess appeared to very much enjoy the activity.


The Duchess looks at the Eiffel Tower with a telescope made by local schoolchildren.


And the ultimate shot for anyone visiting Paris - the Duke and Duchess posed for photos at the Trocadéro - with a stunning view of the Eiffel Tower as the backdrop.


A lovely photo. I'm delighted a posed photo opportunity was included as the results are excellent.


William and Kate pose with local children.


Kate meets a little girl during the walkabout.


Rebecca English revealed Kate told a group of children about George's toy rabbit. "Zena Hilton said: Kate was interested in my daughter’s toy monkey and said that George had a toy rabbit called Bum Bum".

Rebecca English Twitter Feed

When we heard William and Kate were going to visit Paris, many of us hoped the Duchess would wear Chanel, and she did so in style today. Indeed, Princess Diana wore Chanel during official visits to Paris, and it seemed if the Duchess was going to support a French label, why not one of it's most iconic? The bespoke piece is described by the Telegraph as a "striped cotton tweed waisted frock coat with a box pleated skirt and bracelet sleeves in blue and red". I absolutely love this coat; in fact it's my favourite look from the trip thus far, and the design and fit is effortlessly chic.


The black belt bore Chanel's signature interlocked double C. The image below also offers a better look at the detailing on the sleeves.


A closer look at the fabric and the array of colours used.


Perth Fashion notes the piece is based on a design from the Spring/Summer 2017 RTW Collection. The piece is priced at £8,350.

Chanel

Kate's stylish burgundy quilted bag is also by Chanel.


Kate's Closet noted it appears the Duchess carried the brand's Calfskin Bag with Enamel Handle from the Fall/Winter 2015/2016 Collection.


Kate wore her £267 Tod's Pumps with fringes. The shoes feature an almond toe, fringed detailing and metal buckle on the toe, with leather insole.


For Kate's jewels, she chose another iconic French brand, Cartier.


The eagle-eyed Anna identified Kate's pieces as jewels from Cartier's Trinity Collection. Below, we see a the earrings and pendant.

Cartier

More from Cartier:

'Conceived by Louis Cartier in 1924, the Trinity ring is one of the Maison’s signature pieces of jewellery. The three interlaced and mobile bands, open for interpretation by the wearer, are the timeless inspiration behind an iconic collection, a symbol of style and elegance.'

Kate completed the look with her Cartier Ballon Bleu watch.

Cartier

You can view a video below.


This afternoon we'll see William and Kate at the rugby. It begins at 2:45 pm (UK time).

177 comments:

  1. Kate finally wears Chanel, and it's..... this? I mean, the tailoring and the cut are nice if predictable, but that pattern is atrocious!

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    1. I totally agree with you! I love the shoes though!

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  2. Wow! I am shocked! Never expected her to bust out a Chanel. And a Chanel purse too. I love the whole outfit. I am guessing this is custom because Chanel is very wacky these days and this is a "simple" silhouette for them.

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  3. Oh i love. Her outfit. Today day two. Of the royal tour in paris. Im all for the next thing. A solemn. Service and i love the arts and. The musuem im sure. That. The duchess will really enjoyed. It ... And These afternoon. Will have. A games pda

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  4. Rebecca - Sweden18 March 2017 at 11:03

    Such important meetings today. Both from recent and far off tradgedys. To imagine that soon the world war 2 links will be a thing only in the history books. What a dream it would be for the world to actually learn it's lessons...

    Compared to these events, fashion is so unimportant. But unimportant, frivolous and fun stuff are also a vital part of our life so...

    Chanel! I know alot of people will be happy! And I am too, because it looks FABOLOUS!

    This whole look is great. Really elegant and pretty and fun. The silouette is kind of quirky and fun while keeping with Kate's usual look.

    The shoes work incredebly well. This whole look works very well!

    (If she wears this look for the rugby later the red is a clever touch as well!)

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    1. +1. Well said Rebecca.

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  5. First look reaction: YAY! Chanel :)

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  6. Nicole from France18 March 2017 at 11:53

    well ..... I do not know who chose this "coat", but ...... not really elegant, despite the brand ! sorry to say that, but really, this looks like nothing , definitely ! I wish she would have chosen something simpler , such a one of those suits Mademoiselle used to wear , which would be so smart on Kate . I am really disappointed ....

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    1. the pattern looks like something you'd find on a public bus seat imo

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    2. Totally agree with you...very disappointing apart from the Jenny Packham dress...She should have chosen another pair of shoes as well...

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    3. Oh lord, I am seriously laughing! Bus seat? Hahaha. I hadn't thought of that but now you have said it I can't unsee it!

      And here I was thinking it was actually quite nice!

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    4. I was wondering how someone from France would think about this outfit. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I am a bit underwhelmed as well. I was hoping for a smart skirt suit.

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    5. I can't unsee it now too! And I like the fabric also LOL

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    6. I agree ladies! The pattern is so off. Chanel is famous for their tweed textures, why wear something that looks like a tea dress? A nice, smart, fitted Chanel suit would have been perfect.

      I really like the bag as well but not on Kate. I watched an arrival video on Instagram and she just looks so awkward walking with it, one could see that she did not know where to place it - in front like she normally does or keep it to the side. The bag did not work with the outfit either but points to Kate for trying something new. I just don't know why she insists on dressing beyond her years.

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    7. I think that she was going for "impressionist" type of tweed, given their visit to the Orsay. I am not crazy about the tweed but the box pleats, the swing and movement of the dress are to die for. It has a relaxed elegance about it - it comes together with the sleeves, the skirt, the overlapping V-neck. Just gorgeously made and cut.

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    8. Nicole from France19 March 2017 at 16:07

      Silvereyed you seem quite familiar with French buses , and you are right ! you made me laugh !! I remember one of Kate's coats (or suit ?) which material was red and white gingham which to me looked like napkins in little French "typical" restaurants .... funny how we all have references from our countries, that's why I like this blog !

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  7. Now that really really is smart ..... and carrying a bag rather than hiding behind one. Fantastic look.

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    1. I think Kate should use bags/purses with a handle, like HM does, more often. It looks easier to carry & better than her clutching it in front of her. There's a term that other blogs use that I won't use here.

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    2. The Ambassador's wife carried two bags with handles. One with her evening gown and one with the beige coat and shoes she wore today.

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  8. Courtney from NC18 March 2017 at 12:01

    She looks fantastic! Love the Chanel coat, the belt and the shoes. Her hair looks so full and healthyou. Can't wait to see more pictures! My OCD is twitching at the black belt, brown shoe combination but she looks great. Her hair and smile are very newlywed Kate.

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    1. Haha OCD :) She does look lovely & refreshed on this trip, I think Paris is agreeing with her!

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    2. Hahaha. I'd have switched the belt to oxblood/burgundy to match the shoes too. But then she carried the burgundy bag which took my eye away from the belt. Then everyone would have thought it was too matchy matchy.

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    3. Courtney from NC18 March 2017 at 15:05

      Kiwi Gal- she usually does really well on tours. She does look quite radiant which makes me happy after the last week of "news" stories and shenanigans.

      Bluhare- I generally don't mind her being matchy matchy. In this case the oxblood is such a small percentage of the actual color that even a matching belt to the shoes and bag would have been good. I think she looks lovely today.

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  9. I was wrong, I predicted Kate would not wear Chanel. I love this! Can't wait to see more pictures.

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  10. How exciting to see her in Chanel! And what a gorgeous coat it is. I especially love the cut of the sleeves and skirt. She looks just beautiful.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden18 March 2017 at 13:27

      I agree. The cut is fabolous! Simple but interesting!

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  11. Stunning!! What a perfect outfit top to toe!!

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden18 March 2017 at 13:27

      It really is a fully styled look :)

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  12. I love this coat, but I'm gobsmacked at the price! $10,350 at the current exchange rate. Can they justify spending that much on one coat? Who pays for Kate's official clothes?

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    1. Good question. Charles pays for her work wardrobe normally, but if they're invited somewhere (like they were here) I think whoever does the inviting does. I know Canada paid a bunch for their tour last fall.

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    2. Charles. Not such a bad guy, is he ;)

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    3. Price Charles pays for their official duties including Kate's clothes from the Duchy of Cornwall. At least that is what I have understood from past news stories.

      I'm not that surprised at the cost because it is bespoke Chanel. I'm sure Kate will get a lot of use out of it over the years as it is a very vesitile piece that could be used for name occasions.

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    4. I think Prince Charles provides her clothing budget.

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    5. Charles pays for her clothes as far as I know.

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    6. The French didn't invite them, they were sent by U.K. govt. If invited, Host country pays for trip costs, flights hotels security etc, but NOT clothing. Think about it, that wouldn't make sense. Would William send them the bill for his suits?
      Clothing is paid by Prince Charles. All their "work" expenses are.

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    7. While I didn't say the French invited them, I will happily concede your point. However, I swear I've seen that foreign tours are not paid by Charles (British Foreign Office perhaps?) and that he submits bills and gets reimbursed.

      Which is why I'm sure that belt is un hommage to Charles and Camilla. :P

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    8. LOL Bluhare I was thinking the same about the belt :)

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    9. If the go to a realm on that country's invitation, the realm pays for travel cost. They aren't paying for the wardrobe though. That's comes from the Duchy of Cornwall money. If they are sent somewhere on behalf of the U.K., then the U.K. pays for it. This trip would not have cost that much since it was just the private flight back and forth and they stayed at the Embassy instead of a hotel.

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    10. Lol, bluhare! :)

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  13. Cristin from Germany18 March 2017 at 13:16

    I predicted she would'nt wear Chanel and I'm so glad to be wrong. This is everything. I love the hair, the shoes, the purse, just everything. It might be my favourite Outfit of hers ever.
    A very interesting mix of activities with the art and terror victims. I'm gonna have to give it my whole appreciation later, because right now I'm just too stunned with the outfit.

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    1. Ha! Well said Cristin. My thoughts exactly! I'm reading first so that I can go back up & really soak up everything! :)

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    2. I think it could be my favourite dress as well. The fabric is gorgeous and the cut - particularly the sleeves - is so elegant.

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  14. What's the Point of wearing Chanel, if the design is Kate's? Stick to Walker, at least you have the original.

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    1. Courtney from NC18 March 2017 at 15:02

      Most royals wear bespoke versions of runway looks. Usually the runway version is risqué or unwearable if you are going to do more than pose. I think Kate's version of this is much better than the runway.

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    2. Well it appears to be very similar to their own ready to wear item!?

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    3. I like classic Chanel suits. The original featured here looks like a mess to my eye. Between the pattern and what appears to be a lot of material, it has too much going on.

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    4. @courtney, I know that. But, if you don't wanna risks, why did you chose a " difficoult" coat , just to have it adapted to dozen other similar looking coat or coatdresses lying in your wardrobe? Ok, wales is footing the bill ... But there are plenty gorgeous Chanels that need no alteration to choose from. For me, this remains a nonsense.

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  15. Charlotte I think that Kate's earrings cartier have the diamonds on them.

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  16. Julia from Leominster18 March 2017 at 13:24

    Someone's going to be eating a shamrock.

    The dress looks much better on Kate than the model and works well for the occasions worn. I must say the price (Kate probably didn't pay that) is mind-boggling. The shoes and purse look well and it is a fantastic day of engagements. I thought William's blue suit looked wrong against Kate's elegant black dress yesterday - today they really look the couple.

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    1. I agree, the Kate version is better.

      And I also agree on the overall day, and think the early engagements and meetings at Les Invalides will be the most important and meaningful for the French. I was concerned when I heard about the airport and subsequent shooting, so it's still quite tense and the memories of past attacks bubbling very close to the surface for most people. Apparently William and Kate were not scheduled to fly from Orly so it won't affect their departure plans. And because of already heightened security, no walkabouts or timings were published in advance which is a shame, not sure how many got to see them in person.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden18 March 2017 at 14:49

      Yeah, not many chances to be among the people. This game is the closest to it almost. But it's very understadable.

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    3. & I agree with you both, Julia & Claudia! :) I think she will get so much wear out of this dress & with the colors of UK & of course France in the fabric, it's so versatile. So scary for them to be abroad on such a tense day. I got the alert on my phone from CNN & was shocked. They both look so professional & are doing such good jobs on this diplomatic visit! (my hunch too, is that she perhaps gets a courtesy price)

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    4. Ryan from Texas18 March 2017 at 18:12

      Haha Julia! That was me! I am going to look for one today, in fact! :) Kate looked smashing today...and I'll even forgive her inability to walk or stand with her hands at her side because her Chanel bag is perfection. Bravo Duchess!

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    5. Ryan, you are too gracious! :)

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    6. Julia from Leominster19 March 2017 at 09:23

      I'll expect to hear the results of the Shamrock feast, Ryan!

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  17. A classy and elegant look. The skirt length is perfect, right at the top of her knee. And I'm obsessed with her handbag! I wonder if her new Cartier jewelry is a gift from William, in light of recent events...... ;)

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    1. I'm thinking not, as her ensembles would have been planned out long in advance. However, after all the fuss about her cartier bleu watch being too sporty yesterday. Me thinks a Nice Cartier Tank Watch should be put into his shopping cart. :)

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    2. I thought that about the Jewelry also USA reader and had mentioned that she might wear some new bling after Verbier. Since the whole outfit except for the shoes are Chanel and the outfit was probably put together weeks if not months ago, I think we should stay on the lookout for that "get out of the doghouse bling". It has to show up sooner than later.
      I don't think this is it but, then again, you might be right. :)

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    3. SG, "Get out of Doghouse Bling" I Love It! lol :) Will have my eagle eyes extra primed! :)

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  18. She looks beautiful! Something I would wear but I really wish her and William would at least put the arms around each other. Instead of standing like that they look so stiff. I like their visits it's nice learning bout french history.

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    1. I agree, they look so stiff with their hands folded in front. My first thought is that I wish also that they might pose a little more intimately, arms around each other as you say. But maybe they feel that they need to be more formal while they are on official duty.

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    2. I would doubt she is ready to put her arms around him yet! He needs to prove himself after his fiasco! His behavior is troubling. Sadly, the apple does not fall far from the tree.

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    3. I was trying to think of a way to comment on this without seeming to criticize. I honestly wonder, as an American, is it typically British not to put their arms around each other? If it was me, I would want to look back on the photos and see affection. I would want my children and grandchildren to see affection when they looked at the photos long into the future. So... Royal Protocol? British "stiff upper lip"? Truly not meaning to criticize, just honestly wondering.

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    4. Pam, I get the need to be formal in pictures. But just once wrap each other up lol. When I stand like that I usually entwine my fingers together. That pose they do all the time is so weird

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    5. I didn't even notice that lack of pda on this trip!? I had just been focusing on their smiles & that hers were lighting up her face as she focused on each event & the people at hand. However, you are right! We haven't seen so much as William holding his hand protectively at the small of her back as they walk along, or any number of their routine little gestures! That makes me sad.... but all things considered, it possibly says a lot about what the real tone at the moment is between them. They have been very gracious with others, but not as they usually are with Each Other! In fact, in that now or soon to be iconic photo of them coming down the stairs last night, usually we would see William touching her as they ascended the last steps... i.e. reaching out his hand for her to take, but he was actually standing unusually far away from her (by their usual body language standards of these past many years). Maybe that's why to me I thought they looked more seasoned like an older married couple? They are human, & at the very least, I've been extremely impressed by how Kate most of all, has been able to put all her best focus & light onto others & the business at hand during this trip! Maybe this trip & working together as they usually do so well will be a healing thing, rather than if he had just come home & they were locked away for a while. They were forced together & in front of all the world with this trip! The kids singing "Happy" was just so funny/awkward last night. W&K didn't skip a beat! The UK can count on Kate for sure & even on her getting William back on track if needed! She has learned well & I believe now She is The master!

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    6. Well said Becca! They are carrying on as usual but the effervescence between them is missing. They will get it back but I think they are going over a bump in the road due to That Weekend.

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    7. Rebecca - Sweden18 March 2017 at 19:57

      He did the hand thing (at least) twice that I saw, alot of laughing and leaning in to eachother. Kate rested her head on him a bit on the rugby. Seems about normaal for them.

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    8. Robert Jobson, royal reporter who is reporting from Paris noted in an interview with Australian television that there is really no strain between the couple and they are as normal. Imagine if William was giving too much attention, what the tabloids would report then.

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    9. Rebecca, you are correct & my comment above was based on the vibe that I had picked up on up to that point. I changed my opinion & commented about it after Charlotte's Full Rugby Post. It was truly so nice & extra sweet to see them interacting, as they did during The Rugby Match. :)

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    10. Nicole from France19 March 2017 at 15:58

      I was also a little suprised by their "stiffness" in front of the Eiffel tower .... I do understand they have to behave seriously as this is not a family touristic tour ! but they could stand very near each other, William a bit behind her and having his right shoulder against Kate's left on for example, not too intimate but .... reading all the coments about Kate's hands on in the couple, I remember seeing photos of Peter Phillips's wedding, which Kate attended without William , most photos showed her laughing, one of them was really very lively, with Harry and his then-fiancée Chelsea, and one photo was Kate alone near a window, very serious, and I thought my God, should she marry William, he will have to be carefull and do as she says .....

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    11. I keep thinking of all the disgraced politicians or public persons hauled into court-the first thing they do is grab the wife's hand for a photo-op to show spousal support. Then you learn the true state of the marriage later. I think it would have been cheap theatrics if they had made a point of PDA, even the usual sort for them. Kate the Duchess has never been the sort to put on a fake show for the cameras. They may have felt it would cheapen their spontaneous gestures of affection to do so in this situation . The smiles and glances and apparent gentle back and forth repartee told the story for me.

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    12. Becca- I also feel this trip may serve as a healing (if they actually feel the need for it) Hectic as it was-and that might also have been a good thing in this situation-I think it is better than sitting around the parlour or bumping into each other in the kitchen. Of course, William was immediately off for his 12 hour on/off duty with the air ambulance. So there was that.

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  19. I love her outfit! I didn't actually expect her to wear Chanel but am so happy she did :) It's such a gorgeous brand despite Karl Lagerfeld's rudeness. I love that she finally chose a bag that is not a clutch and what a beautiful one this one is! And all of that paired with one of my favourite pairs of shoes of hers - perfection.
    The Musée d'Orsay is one of my favourite museums, I'm sure she loved it there!

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden18 March 2017 at 13:43

      They really are some beautful pieces. I can see all of them showing up back home as well :)

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    2. Karl Lagerfield being the exception, Chanel is amazing! Forget what he said about Pippa, I'm so glad that didn't put Kate off :) I would very much like to visit Paris & that museum one day...

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    3. Oh yes, me too Rebecca!

      As the Audrey Hepburn quote that Charlotte posted the other day goes: Paris is always a good idea ;-) I hope you'll get to go there one day!
      Are you from New Zealand? That's on my list of places that I definitely want to go :)

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    4. Yes, Caroline, unfortunately New Zealand is a long way away from Paris :( But I will get there one day, hopefully sooner rather than later! Definitely come down to NZ, you won't regret it :)

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  20. You are so quick, Charlotte! What a lovely day so far, I think this Paris trip has been an all-round success!
    I just finished reading the DM's write-up of today's engagements, then went straight to yours. The two victims that survived that terrible day at the Bataclan & the restaurants were incredibly brave. Their attitudes towards their recovery really exemplified the Parisian/French spirit & zest for life. I'm not sure what the French words are for that spirit, but they truly inspired me.
    The silhouettes of William & Kate looking out through the clock at the museum is an amazing shot! I also love that they took posed photos in front of the Eiffel Tower, very iconic. The one with them looking at each other is sweet :)
    The fashion was a hit today, I really like this Chanel piece, the fabric & especially the sleeves. The accessories were nice & I like how the quilted bag matched her Tod's & brought out the burgundy accents in the coat. This look was youthful & stylish, but also appropriate for the day's activities. In saying that, I'm not sure I've seen anyone in Chanel throwing a rugby ball around before! But Kate makes it look effortless :)
    Looking forward to the rugby match, go Wales! I mean, France! They're both good teams :)

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    1. Kiwi Gal, it's "Joie de vie" :) (aka Joy of Life)

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    2. Joie de vivre is the joy of living...she radiates this in such a special way :-)

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    3. Ah yes, thanks for that, Becca :) The French have a way with words, I also like the national motto: Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité.

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    4. We've seen Kate playing cricket in stilettos as well as jumping over obstacles in heels. I think she wore high-heel training shoes as a toddler. ; ) Throwing a rugby ball around in Chanel is par for the course. She did wear relatively sensible shoes.

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    5. Anonymousa, lucky she did wear block heels, I would've toppled over! I don't know how Kate does it, she must've worn training heels as a toddler LOL

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  21. Of all the major French brands, Chanel is my least favorite. This coat reminds me why.

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  22. Before this handsome pair leaves Paris, I would like to thank William and Kate for their kindness and humanity. One can feel when words and smiles are sincere and they certainly were. I will treasure their visit to Paris forever in my heart.

    And I will never forget this image of Prince William and David Cameron singing the Marseillaise in Wembley, 2015, heart to heart and shoulder to shoulder with a grieving French people. "A powerful message of friendship" were the very words of Prince William. And a poignant display of solidarity.

    I wish them a fantastic rest of the day and I hope they will come back in France, soon maybe in Carcassonne that time.

    I wish them a fantastic moment with the match and a good journey home.

    Monica, Carcassonne

    PS: Thank you for all the reports, dear Charlotte!



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  23. As most of us agree, it is a beautiful choice. Refreshing to see everyone making positive comments. Of course some people are never pleased. Kate looks so happy and refreshed despite a hectic couple of days. Her hair is so full and healthy, and the simple jewelry is appropriate for today. Thanks for the post.

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  24. A nice day of engagements. I've been to Paris and would love to go back. I'll have to add these places to the list to visit. I really like the variation of the itinerary today and reading about people they met. This has been an interesting mini tour to follow. My favorite part is reading about the people they meet. It is hitting all the major themes that their foundation supports plus an engagement at a museum which is a personal interest.

    Some really great photos today as well, in front of the clock, Effie tower, etc. This has.been a great mini tour!!

    I'm happy that she chose Chanel and the changes she made are a large improvement over the model IMO. But I was hoping for more of a Jackie O type skirt suit. I mean this isn't bad, it's quite pretty, looks great and I can she her getting a lot of use for a variety of functions in the future. I'm not so sure about the purse, I think I might have preferred her standard clutch.

    Love the new jewelry from Cartier. A nice day time version of the collection she already owns. Very pretty.

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  25. A pointillist fabric is very well suited for a visit to this Museum.

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      Good point. I didn't even think of that!

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    2. Good point Paola! With her love & knowledge of art history, I can see her wanting to nod to an artistic sophistication that she personally likes, instead of maybe feeling cliche in a traditional Chanel Suit? Also, I think the design she chose works perfectly with the variety of stops they have today, including finishing up with a Rugby Match & then a flight home. It looks like it is comfortable! Also, I can see her being in a classic Chanel Suit could have been a little off putting for the comfort level they were trying to achieve visiting with the Survivors & others at Les Invalides & then of course the suit would have been a bit much for Rugby & the flight home. To me, I think she hit all the right marks with her choice. She will get a lot of use out of this dress in the future.

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    3. Paola a great way to describe the fabric! I like the dress very much as it gives me the impression of city lights at night! A very smart, chic, professional look and well suited for Paris and the Museum. cc

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    4. Zora from Prague18 March 2017 at 22:33

      You are right, Paola! What an interesting point.

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    5. Our "Kate things" super sleuth has triumphed again. :) Thanks Paola.

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    6. Julia from Leominster19 March 2017 at 09:25

      Interesting point and very true.

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    7. The black as the main background besides the bright touches of colour is also very well chosen for the meeting at Invalides. There's always a subtle thought under Kate's choices.

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    8. LOL Surfer Girl, thank you for the nomination for Kate'sThingsSuperSleuth award. Tomorrow I will go to command a broach with a golden KTSS. I will wear it when I will be reading this blog.

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    9. 🏅💐, your KTSS award, Paola. :)

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  26. I've loved this visit so far but I have to deviate from the happy consensus regarding Kates choice of fashion. This Chanel gesture simply didnt need to be made. For one Sartorial diplomacy shouldnt be a thing and two Kate has suceeded in making all the headlines about Chanel and not say the Bataclan victims. Victims of terror need media coverage in order to sanctify the memories of those who we lost. A multi billion dollar fashion house needs no such exposure and the subsequent chatter which will follow is a waste of discourse. I also fail to see why public money via the duchy of Cornwall should go towards making this unnecessary gesture. We dont expect visiting diplomats to dress up in ted baker. This just leaves a rather sour taste. Just my non-hateful, constructive opinions.

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    1. Cristin from Germany18 March 2017 at 14:49

      Fi, I very much respect your opinion but I disagree.
      Sure, Chanel is a multi billion company, but it's also a synonym for French culture, fashion and craftmanship. And although it is important to honour the victims, we mustn't let terror get the best of us. I'm not French and I can't speak for them and Germany wasn't as heavily affected by terror as France (yet), but I think they'd rather celebrate their culture (and fashion is an important part in this) than just being seen as victims.
      Again, I hope this won't come across offencive, I say it with a lot of respect to your opinion.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden18 March 2017 at 14:52

      Whatever Kate wore she and not the victims would be the news, sadly.

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    3. Truthfully, that's the criticism all royal women face. It's the (sexist) attitude that what you wear is more important than what you do.

      The Queen, Diana, Letizia, Maxima, etc, all have the royal wardrobe reported and commented on; Meghan Markle isn't even a member of the royal family, and a lot of her other work and interests are already being drowned out in the tabloid press for a look at her fashion. Diana, in particular, was generally upset that her visits were always about what she wore and not the cause. For most women in the public life, as they age, their fashion becomes of lesser importance. As a footnote: When Theresa May became the British PM the press wisely didn't overstate the fact that she is highly interested in fashion, but she is also over 60, so there's less interest.

      Kate-for better or worse-draws a lot of interest, both in terms of people who admire and people who denigrate her. She could have chosen to wear a repeat here or something British. And she still would have been criticized.

      As far as I can tell, she's criticized for everything, and all of it contradictory. She should have worn her hair up, down; bag should be a clutch, a handbag; she needs more makeup, she needs less; her skirt is too long, too short; she shouldn't wear costume jewelry, she has too much expensive jewelry; she needs to repeat more outfits, she needs to wear a new outfit; she she spends too much money, she should buy better quality (more expensive) clothing; she needs to do more engagements, she doesn't spend enough time at her engagements; she looks fine, she needs a stylist (no such thing as a stylist in the BRF-when she's POW, she will have a dresser); she looks bored/tired/pregnant, she needs to be more sedate/elegant/regal-I think we could go on endlessly.

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    4. Fi, thanks for sharing your personal reaction. I just can't keep up with everyone & all the unexpected (to me) variety of opinions! First everyone seemed to want her to wear Chanel but was sure she would not & was upset about it. Now many of these are happy she did wear Chanel but hate her choice? Others wish she had a downplayed outfit, as to not detract from the important visits of the day, yet she got heat from arriving in Paris with her same CW coat on? I'm going to Peace Out on this discussion, because my head is spinning! Whoosh!

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    5. Some great and very welcoming replies to my initial comment. I very much expected Kate to pay tribute to her hosts i obviously feel thats correct and I understand that Chanel is an icon of France but my critiscm still remains that it overshadowed todays poignant moments. I also dont believe the practise of Sartorial Diplomacy would survive much scrutiny if there were more checks and balances surrounding the monarchy. Could you imagine Natasha going to a select commitee asking for £6000 for a 24 hour visit in order to bassicly promote a foreign fashion label? I also dislike Karl Lagerfeld for his comments towards Adele and Pippa so that doesnt help matters but i nevertheless congratulate W&K on a great tour and Charlotte for her wonderful coverage.

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    6. What did Karl Lagerfield say about Adele? Awful man.
      Fi, I do agree with you that it's a shame her sartorial choices overshadow the poignancy of meetings such as these. But it's a fine line...I'm so happy she wore Chanel...I just don't want it to detract from honouring the terror attack victims.

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    7. I think the French are proud of their fashion houses and were probably happy with her choice of Chanel.
      I can see your point about the money but since Charles is apparently paying for it and not the British government, I think it's fine
      Karl Lagerfeld is a horrible person. He said Adele was fat but he's also insulted so many other people - the list is endless.

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  27. I love the Chanel coat and purse, but I would have liked to see more flair to her jewelry. The trio sets are a little ordinary for me.

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  28. Oh i love the picture. The inconic. Eiffel tower. And i love their art and museum. And. I love the picture. Of musee de orsary. They remind. Me hermoine and harry potter in that Black watch

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      Spot on, Bluefire, about Harry+Hermione! :) Another association could be "Hugo" by Scorsese.

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    2. Bluefire you nailed it! I was just thinking "what the hell does this picture remind?"

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  29. Thank god not another blue, green or red coat and NO clutch!!! I love this coat - the style and fit is fantastic and the quilted bag look great! I would kill for that bag!

    I agree with JJ above - i don't understand why they pose in front of these iconic places looking to stiff - they are married and can put their arms around each other...just looks strange with both of them standing there with their hand in front of them.

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  30. The photo of the Cambridges with the children was wonderful. This has been an elegant tour showing grace under pressure.

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  31. Wonderful day of events. I loved the pictures at the D'Orsay. Such a great museum. I love the Chanel. A great look for Kate, and shoes, bag etc were perfect. This has truly been a great two days for her.

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  32. I thought her choice today as spot on. I was wondering what she were for this series of events. Even though we are typically told where they are making their stops - it's hard to envision what the setting will be. Will Kate be sitting? Will there be 'activity' involved? What are the photo-ops?

    In looking at the variety of photos - Charlotte, you chose very well - this ensemble works well in each setting. It really touches my heart when I read what the individuals say after meeting Kate and that they appear to reach help each person by listening.

    Would I wear this dress? Yes. I think it's lovely. Starting with the fabric - not surprising Kate chose a tweed. I came across this article about Chanel fabrics that explains their process http://www.elle.com/fashion/news/a15402/the-story-of-chanels-tweed/

    I'm someone that doesn't feel you have to match all of your accessories. I thought the Tod shoes and the burgundy handbook worked well and given the belt "dropped" back and into the dress. And personally I would have rather added a black Chanel belt to my wardrobe than a burgundy one. It would be fascinating to understand the process of Kate's people calling Chanel and what transpired to create this bespoke piece.

    This is actually my favorite of what she's worn on this trip. Hoping we get to see one more clothing change.

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  33. This outfit is nothing short of PERFECTION!!! I love that she carried a Chanel bag too. The fabric is absolutely gorgeous!

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  34. Love, love, love this entire engagement and tres chic ensemble!

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  35. Oh my goodness, I've been so critical of late I have to take this opportunity to applaud the Duchess!!!! This Chanel suit is amazing! Please wear Chanel more often your majesty! The perfect mix of classic and cool, and these colors are gorrrrgeous! Her shoes look spot-on with this ensemble, although I wish she'd get a couple more square heeled pairs to change it up a little. Lovely look, just radiantly beautiful! (And much, much better than that red coat she's worn since - those buttons bothered me the first go-round - and she wears far too much xmas red in my opinion. But the silhouette is great on her. This is a pretty fun tour!

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  36. Aha! So who's Eating Their Hat or Shamrocks? I just signed in & Wow! I did Not See That Coming! So logical, but with all the chatter & points made I thought they are probably right, she won't wear Chanel! Then I first caught the purse & thought, could that be Chanel? It looked a possibility from the far away pics. Then I remembered from yesterday all the fuss about the watch & even tho I expressed another reason she might have worn it, today I thought Duh, it's Cartier! So I thought it nice that she had 2 possible nods with accessories. Then.... I got to the bottom & read all the info & saw the pics &..... Ahhhhhhh The Heavens Opened & The Angels Sangs! :) Wow, if Ever there was a Gotcha Moment, She Got Us All! lol :) Ryan, how are those Shamrocks tasting? lol :) Chanel & it would seem bespoke? She looks Amazing & So 'Of The Moment'! Every bit of this ensemble is Perfection! I was so tickled to see her new Trinity Pieces! I have The Collection & Each Piece has been a gift from My Husband, with us picking out one of my Favorite pieces (a bracelet I wear Daily) in Paris! (our favorite hotel is right down the street from Cartier) We love our tradition of walking up there & picking out another piece together! :) I wear the most meaningful & sentimental pieces (to me) Everyday! My Trinity Ring never comes off my right hand ring finger, except for a Black Tie Event Cocktail Ring..... & sometimes not even then. Again Wow! This is a Grand Slam from Head to Toe! Absolute Perfection! Whoooo! Hooooo! C'est Magnifique et Merveilleux! Je suis tres excite! Elle Semble Absolument Belle! Now William...... Wouldn't a Nice 'Make up gift' be a Cartier Tank Watch? :)

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      The shamrocks were delicious! :-)

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  37. Aw yay she did wear Chanel! The pattern rather reminds me of the backdrop on Larry King Live, but she looks healthy and happy.

    Their engagements today might be some of my favorite ever, speaking with victims of recent terror attacks. It shows unity and friendship between the 2 countries. I was in France last summer, but fortunately not in Nice when the Bastille Day attack happened. It's such a lovely country. I hope to go back soon.

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  38. I think the Foreign Office pays for clothes for trips when she represents the nation and Charles pays for her work clothes otherwise. I suppose Will covers the clothing budget for the at-home-in-Norfolk items that we so seldom see.

    I think the visit is going well. If they just do more like this, a lot more, then they'll lose the work-shy and dolittle labels. Then, the awkward dad-dancing will be endearing, not cringeworthy.

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  39. Now this is something to get excited about! For me this is the best outfit of the whole tour. Very very elegant. Very stylish and chic. Very french. I love the simplicity of the design and the fabric is beautiful. The workmanship and tailoring is impeccable. The shoes and purse go perfectly. Like katemiddletonjewelry, Im underwhelmed by the jewelry as this set as a bit too twee for my taste. The Balenciaga pearls would have gone beautifully with this dress and I always think bracelet sleeves call for bracelets. Stunning pictures from this day. Musee d'Orsay is my favorite museum.

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    1. Just seeing this pictures and wow !! Agree with you entirely. I am in *love* with this dress. I am besotted with it. This has to be one of my top Kate dresses ever. I don't like the jewelry she wore with it and I didn't like the large pearl necklace she wore yesterday. I would also have gone with the balenciaga pearls, had the hair pulled back a little.. maybe a low bun grazing the shoulder. I don't wear bracelets ever, so the watch would have been fine.
      As for the other dresses, I loved the CW but did not care much for the black McQueen. Seemed slightly dowdy to me. The JP - slightly prommy.. but quite nice. If anyone can pull it off, Kate can. She is elegance personified.

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  40. LOVE this outfit. All matches beautifully. And I my be high schoolish but I love when their outfits co-ordinate. If I were Catherine I'd plan what William is wearing. Sometimes in photos they clash.

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    1. Iradavich, I don't know why their PR team doesn't have that covered so that they don't clash. Those photos ops would be so much better if they took that into consideration. Actually, that is PR 101. They need to re-take that course apparently.

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  41. Sarah Maryland USA18 March 2017 at 16:55

    I was looking on the channel website and I found a dress that would have been faboulous for Kate... maybe not in white but still it would have been so much less frumpy. It may to be cold to just wear the dress but I've seen Kate wear less in colder but she could always put on a nice jacket with it
    http://www.chanel.com/en_US/fashion/products/ready-to-wear/g/s.look-2-spring-summer-2017-pre-collection.17P.17P2.cat.dre.html

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    1. I really like that dress you found, is that button detailing on the shoulders? It would look good with a jacket, I think Kate may already own a Chanel blazer, which she wore during the Canada '11 Tour.

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      I think it is button detailing. I should totally be kate's stylist. I literally looked for 2 minutes on the Chanel website and found an outfit so much better than the one she had on lol

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    3. Haha, you found it so quick! Kate should buy that dress, she needs more Chanel in her wardrobe :)

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  42. I was hoping for a Chanel skirt suit also. I like the Chanel purse. I love the photo of William and Kate with the children in front of the Eiffel Tower. The ones of them by themselves gives me that Diana by the Taj Mahal vibe, sorry. I didn't like those at all. Very full itinerary. So glad that William gets his sports AND Kate got to view some art. Now, if they just sign up for some private French, etc. lessons when they get home, the weekend will be complete. :)
    I wonder what "thinking of you" mementos they have picked up in Paris for George and Charlotte.

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  43. I love EVERYTHING about today's look - Chanel dress coat and purse are perfect with the shoes, and the tweed fabric colours are great on Kate.

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      I share your feelings, Judy! The only thing I don't like so much is the jewellery although it goes well with the rest - it's just not my favourite style. I'm so glad Kate wore these shoes again. I liked them when she wore them in Canada, as well as for the Heads Together initiative.

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  44. I was NOT a fan of the burgundy shoes the last few times she has worn them but they look really good with this coat today. I thinking she looks great today and its seems like a lot of fun and good things were planed for such a short trip. Iv been enjoying this trip.

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  45. …And I LOVE her hair shorter like this,,,it's more full and looks much better!

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  46. Love her dress, pumps and jewelry. Would have worn different shoes. She looks wonderful. Her hair looks really good.

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  47. I like this silhouette a lot. The color is good and it's more youthful than last nights Temperly. I love The Duchess in bright jewel tones am not a fan of her in pastels. Love the Red Coat! Like the. When the Queen wears bright colors it stands out in the crowd. Thanks for all the great posts.

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  48. My knowledge of fashion is pretty minimal but I was wondering if the multi colored dot pattern in the Chanel dress is a nod to Paris being known as the City of Light or City of Lights? C in the US

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    1. Knowing Kate's history of "Kate things", 18:09, that might be a distinct possibility. That, and what Paola said also. It could be both.

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    2. Thanks surfer girl! I thought Paola's comment/observation was interesting. C in the US

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  49. So I love the outfit but there's something off about the belt to me that I don't love- can't put my finger on it. Maybe the double buckle look. Also, while again, loved Chanel I can't help but feel a pang for Pippa!

    Also did something else happen with William's ski trip? I saw pictures of the lunch and him dancing solo at the club, but those didn't bother me so much- everyone needs a weekend off parent duty once in a while! Just my thoughts!

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  50. I absolutely LOVE this look of hers!!!!! I agree with you Charlotte,, this is understated CHIC!!!XOXO

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  51. I like this earring and necklace very much.

    Note to Santa: give Kate a "dressy" Cartier watch.

    http://www.cartier.com/en-us/collections/watches/womens-watches/tank/tank-am%C3%A9ricaine/wb710013-tank-americaine-watch.html

    http://www.cartier.com/en-us/collections/watches/womens-watches/baignoire/hpi00327-mini-baignoire-watch.html

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    1. Royalfan I subscribe your letter to Santa!

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    2. RF, yes, a definite must for Kate, a dressy "cocktail dress/evening gown worthy" Cartier watch, if she feels she must wear a watch with those. There again, I don't know why she would need one with those as her entourage has the job of keeping her on time. For her "day" clothes I can understand why she wears the watch she has as she may doing other things in those outfits
      before or after the engagement. But I doubt she bomps about anywhere but the engagement venue in her cocktail dress or evening gown.

      And, while he's at it, maybe a wide 18K yellow gold men's wedding band for William, now, before Christmas. Best he hurries on that one. Special delivery (with perhaps a little note of sage advice thrown in for good measure, like, "GROW UP WILLIAM" or "SHOW RESPECT FOR YOUR WIFE AND CHILDREN AND THE CROWN". :)

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    3. :-)

      They do have an anniversary coming up ......

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    4. so they do, RF, so they do. :)

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  52. I appreciate that she wore Chanel but I wish she had worn a different look, this looks like so many other pieces in her wardrobe, the fit and flare coat, it very Kate but not very Chanel.

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  53. I am so disappointed with this outfit. Love Channel but this just looks plain old to me. The silhouette is lovely and looks great but the fabric is just awful. The belt looks a bit off too as the logo is to the side of the fastening which makes it look like its been stuck on as an after thought. Im not a fan of these shoes either, very old and matronly looking for a woman so young as Kate is.

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    1. You're so right about the belt, KiwiNic, the placing of the logo does look strange with the buckle to the side of it.

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    2. Nicole from France19 March 2017 at 15:35

      absolutely agree ! especially for the belt, I just could not believe it ! i have seen belts y Chanel where the logo is actually the fastener , and ti looks much better !

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    3. Good point about the logo looking better when it is the fastener part of the belt. In general, I very strongly dislike visible logos on clothing and accessories, but would be a bit better as the fastener itself. (This isn't a criticism of the Chanel coat, which I happened to love. And the belt itself was good, too. Just not the logo on the belt.)

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    4. Yes, I thought the combination of buckle AND logo was odd. One or the other, but why both?

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  54. Too much chanel she should've left the belt off at times kate can get to theme dressy. I wish should would have put her hair in ponytail. That would've made the look. Although she looked beautiful

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  55. I love love love this entire look! She looks so chic, elegant, together. Everything is perfection, down to the purse, jewels, shoes, jewelry. This is my favorite of her coat dresses, it's simply fabulous. This is a real WOW look. She needs to wear Chanel more often! A truly interesting post too, about the history and art. Thank you for such wonderful photos and writing.

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  56. Tammy from California19 March 2017 at 00:23

    Well I really liked this outfit! The sleeves were very feminine and sexy without being revealing. The picture of them by the clock is stunning. That's a coffee table book picture. Loved it!

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  57. Today's look was great! I love the movement and cut of the dress(material/print I could take or leave). I loved the accessories-the shoes and purse were great. If I could buy the jewelry I would! My only wish would be that they were slightly bigger. I think the design was a good compliment to the dress but they were fairly small and seemed to get lost in the overall movement of dress and hair. I would be happy to help by wearing them for Kate!

    I am so jealous of their visit to the museum. I visited when I was in Paris and loved it. I would love to visit again. I thought the picture of them against the clock was far more striking and lovely than the one in front of the Eiffel Tower(though that is just so iconic).

    I was glad to see that their meetings and chats with so many different people went well. It must have been very meaningful to put names to faces for a tragic event. I know William and Kate signed condolence books for some of those attacks so it must be nice, so to speak, to be able to personally connect and not just express sympathy from afar.

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  58. Even Kate looks wider than she is in those horizontal stripes! But I am glad she had this dress redesigned. The runway version is just plain dumpy. Kate's revision looks like the 1950s. Her outfit is astonishingly expensive for what it is, but she does look appropriate for her morning's activities, and this time William looks as if he is with her.

    My favorite of Kate's Paris wardrobe is of course the Jenny Packham gown. What a lovely color, and the tree of life design in beading is beautiful. I like the design with its slender elegance and sleeves. The black cocktail dress is a very nice length that shows off the pretty shoes, but I am not crazy about the sleeveless design of the top. It looks as if Kate has worked too hard on her arms since last summer.

    The two coats are practical, and appropriate colors for the events to which Kate wore them. I wish the red coat were better fitted. I like it that Kate wears gloves, boots, and a turtleneck when she will be outsidefor for awhile. Best to be comfortable.

    Of Kate's jewelry choices, again I thought her evening jewelry was best. I was rather glad that she wore the Queen Mary bracelet rather than taking the Queen's engagement gift out of the country. The pearls were interesting. I am not sure they are all set alike, but close enough to coordinate. It appears to me that the gold necklace is really a ring worn on a chain. Perhaps Kate will wear it on her finger one day.

    The itinerary was a thoughtful combination of diplomacy, charity, and attention to the Cambridges' interests. Someone wrote a very nice speech for William. This seemed to be quite a successful trip.

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  59. Thank you for the post, great as usual!
    By the way, it's "les Voisins" instead of "les Voisons". It means "the Neighbours"...

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  60. KiwiNic, No offense, truly, to the ones who like this outfit, but I agree with you about this outfit. The fabric is yucko, in my opinion. It looks like upholstery fabric and not attractive upholstery fabric at that. I don't like the sleeves and the belt looks askew. The white stitching on it makes it look cheap. It doesn't look like quality leather at all. Just giving my honest opinion, sorry if it offends anyone. This is one of my least favorite outfits of Kate's. I like Chanel skirt suits, some of them, depending on the pattern of the knit. When they get it right it is sublime and iconic. But I was so disappointed in this outfit. Chanel could have done so much better. In silihouette, this style is like so many coats that Kate already has. If you are going to start a Chanel segment in your wardrobe start with what you don't have, like the classic Chanel skirt suit. And, then, I am definitely not a fan of Missoni either. To me, this design of the knit is similar in nature to some Missoni. Both remind me of upholstery or drapery textiles and not apparel textiles. I think Kate has temporarily lost her way sartorially. She does have her moments of success yes. But I know that during times of challenge in my life my closet has been filled with pieces that later I wondered what I was thinking when I made those clothing choices, particularly for a year or so after the birth of my son. I was in mommy zone, losing pregnancy weight, and was just a bundle of mixed emotions and my wardrobe reflected all that. Kate has had that twice coupled with who knows what else. I think her wardrobe has reflected those things in a lot in her clothing choices. Not faulting her for that. She has had and continues to have a lot on her plate and I think she handles that with aplomb. But her clothes choices are a litmus of her experiences of the moment. Once the children get a little older and are in school and once William stabilizes more, lol, her wardrobe will again reflect the Kate that we all have seen her be before her marriage and shortly after. Until then we will most likely see more outfits that make us scratch our heads and go "huh?" as we continue to otherwise love and support our beloved Kate. And, again, regardless of what she wears, Kate's grace and love always shines through to trump any questionable clothes choices.

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  61. Unlike William, who inherited his mother's tendency to communicate his disagreeable mood through facial expressions and body language, Kate's public persona is always steady and agreeable. She proved, once again, that she's got this job down.

    I hope William had to duck and cover when he arrived home after his boys' weekend. The reality is Kate holds all the cards, and he would be wise to respect this and act accordingly.

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  62. I love this new dress! Also, while I've always wanted to see Catherine carry a purse with handles, now that she has it looks so unusual. Very nice look overall, not sure about the burgundy accessories with this dress, though.

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  63. Absolutely loved her hair, it looked amazing here!! I like that she wore Chanel, but the coat wasn't very flattering in my opinion. The new purse is so cute! I think she looked a tad awkward holding it in some pictures, but I think it went with the outfit well and love that she has a Chanel bag! The Cartier jewelry looked amazing! I know she will get tons and tons of use out of these pieces! Great choices!!!

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  64. It appears that Kate's necklace is this one:
    http://www.cartier.co.uk/en-gb/collections/jewelry/collections/trinity-de-cartier/necklaces/b7223900%20trinity%20de%20cartier%20necklace.html

    Which is just slightly different than the one posted. Just wanted to point that out!

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  65. I don't know what to think anymore. I loved Kate's look right after the wedding--she actually looked more sophisticated then. Wearing the belt and carrying the purse with logos was too much and looked amateurish. Queen Letizia always looks polished and professional; Kate is a stunning woman who could be if she took advice from a professional stylist.

    I think my bigger disappointed is how William and Kate interacted with the victims of the Bataclan bombing. Neither seemed to be very empathetic. You're a very brave man," is a very shallow comment. I hope that they will both become better versed about those who they know they will come in contact with and act appropriately and compassionately when the situation demands it. They could take a few pointers from Harry in that department. Evidently, he was the one who inherited Diana's heart. I think even Charles shows more warmth at times.

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  66. She looks nice but this is no classic Chanel piece. I was hoping for a more elegant one. Great post Charlotte

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  67. She looks great!

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