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Played: Kate, Wills, and George’s Royal Tour of Australia and New Zealand, Day Eighteen: Part II


Today was a two-parter; you can find part one here.

For last night’s Cocktail Shindig Thingie (official royal terminology), Kate gave the old nod to Lela Rose, which is seriously surprising. I would have thought she’d have gone for an Aussie designer — Lela Rose is an American, and this feels like a really big get for her — and there was a rumor that she was going to wear Ralph & Russo at this thing (they did that insanely hot white dress Angelina Jolie wore during the World War Z junket, and I would literally send the Queen $20 if she’d let Kate wear that). ANYWAY, while I actually really like Lela Rose (her collection last September was deeply charming), I am not super into this. I know, you guys. I’m sorry. I mean, listen, Kate never looks straight out BAD, and I am sort of going back and forth on it, but the upshot is…I have some notes.

One of the notes is that I do enjoy seeing her hair up for a change (although let’s be real: if I had that hair I’d be swinging it around like a girl gyrating on the top of a car in a Motley Crue video all the time). But another note is that this feels somewhat Daytime Event to me. And I will say that while Kate’s classic style honestly appeals to me, I find that she’s good at daytime and good at evening, and sometimes sort of rando at these “cocktail” events: I was neutral on the Temperley she wore to one, and I disliked this Temperley she wore to another one AND I was undecided on THIS one. Huh. I hope this doesn’t mean that when Kate and I finally get together for cocktails I don’t blurt out, “I have notes on that outfit.” I plan to blurt out, “wtf are we going to do about Cressida, dude?”

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Well Played: Kate, Wills, and George’s Royal Tour of Australia and New Zealand, Day Eighteen, Part I


The penultimate day! Tomorrow (today? Yesterday? I don’t even know what my name is right now) these two will make a couple more final appearances and then climb on the plane and head back to London where surely many a nap will be taken and many a yoga pant will be worn in secret. But today was very jam-packed: they planted trees with extremely cute twins, and gamboled in pods of some sort of playground ilk; then went to a reception, where they listened to/gave a speech respectively (the content of which, I believe, was basically, “thanks for having us! You are all DELIGHTFUL and our baby is awesome. See you soon!”) and pressed the flesh. Later tonight, they’re going to a party of some sort, so hold your breath for shit to get glamorous up in here — that event will get its own post, very possibly tomorrow morning, in part because it’s possible I might fall asleep before it happens, but also because…well, gowns.

Outfits? I can tell you: Kate wore a Catherine Walker coatdress, her second Catherine Walker of the tour, and Twitter reported that she told someone it was sweltering — I can believe it. I presume it’s in green for Australia, and mostly I keep thinking that I wish the person who helps her figure out what to wear and why would have a blog to explain to all of us, later, what the inspiration was behind each look,  because they’re thoughtful and I’m nosy. I like it very well, but, you guys, these shoes shall be the death of me. They must be extremely comfortable.  (I did, parenthetically, read that sometimes people get Botox in the balls of their feet to make wearing heels less painful and I swear if I were her I would do it. Botox in my pits to prevent sweat, Botox in my feet so I could stand. Just pump me full of botulism toxin, y’all.)

As for William, he actually changed when Kate did not. I know, right?

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Well Played: Kate, Wills, and George’s Royal Tour of Australia and New Zealand, Day Sixteen


And we’ve got Kate in McQueen again. (Interestingly, this sort of reminds me of the Emilia Wickstead dress she wore, ages ago, that she revived this week in teal.)  This is not the first time she’s worn McQueen in this pale pink shade; you may remember her pink McQueen coat from The Queen’s Birthday in 2013, when Harry tried to high-five her. On Twitter, Fug National Lesliepedia noted that the cut of the vee on this bodice was  similar to that on her McQueen wedding dress, and I like that idea; it’s nice to see her in a different neckline than the usual. (PS: their wedding anniversary is Tuesday and we will be bringing you a wedding retrospective so you can ease your way out of daily royals shenanigans with maximum gown-age.)

Parenthetically, I know there is a faction of people who love these Sledge shoes on her, but I have to say that while I actually really like the shape of them — in a deeply classic, agonizingly appropriate kind of way — I also think they are a ZzzzzZZZZzzzzzz in this color. I don’t expect her to Go Cray and wear, like, polka dotted heels (although that would be cute), but the color of this dress is delicate enough that she could do something Never Nude. Even the charcoal gray ones she wore with the uplinked Wickstead! Free yourself from the tyranny of the nude shoe, Kate!

At any rate, this day looked fun: they hung out with kids and watched skateboarders and got to DJ and unveiled a plaza named after George, then flew home to hang out with Cheeksy McSqueezeable himself. (William must have a ton of streets and plazas named after himself. I hope sometimes he can name drop them: “Drive allllll the way down to where the road dead-ends in ME STREET and then hang a left. Don’t be late, Kate’s bringing a souffle.”)

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Well Played: Kate, Wills, and George’s Royal Tour of Australia and New Zealand, Day Fifteen


Fifteen days down, four days to go! Today, Wills and Kate left the baby at home and went to Uluru/Ayers Rock, which is apparently very warm and also extremely beautiful. It’s a UNESCO World heritage site, I learned today, and there are water holes and cave paintings and all matter of interestingness; it’s also sacred to the Aboriginal people in the area, and I am SURE there are Fug Nationals who can speak to all of this with much greater authority than I can, as you guys have awesomely done throughout this trip (including this weekend’s discussion of koala chlamydia, which is a sincerely amazing indie band name).  Diana and Charles made much the same visit, back in the day, and I decided that William’s All Khaki outfit is a shout-out to his Pa’s ensemble when they visited (although as our friend Abby Gardner points out, it’s also much more practical in the heat and dust). I also decided that his bringing out the forearms once again is a shout-out to me.

Kate started off Roksanda Ilincic again –it’s similar to this one she wore in 2012, but this version is custom, I believe (the belting sort of reminds me of Diana’s dress that I linked to above a very wee tiny bit as well). This is not my favorite of her wardrobe so far, I must admit; I like that the color is sophisticated but it might also be a little drab. It seems prettier to me inside than it does out in the bright sun, though. Regardless, three cheers for The Freedom of Kate’s Knees and the fact that no one made her wear pantyhose.

Then! She changed into a dress I was legit just thinking about, because I love it, this Hobbs frock from from that time ping pong was played and Harry and William levitated things. (We were just talking about William levitating things! Am I making things happen on this trip solely with the power of my mind? Have I accumulated some royals-specific version of The Secret?) William did not change, wisely, and they met school kids and saw dancing, and walked around, and tried so hard not to hold hands (and sadly succeeded. More hand-holding, always, for everyone, is my vote). Pop into the slideshow and take a look, because I really need to go to sleep now. (I’ll update this post tomorrow morning if anything thrilling occurs when I am unconscious, never fear.)

PS:  this is where they’re staying tonight, per Duchess Kate Blog, (I hope the site loads for you; it’s been down A LOT lately, presumably because we’re all eyeballing where Kate and Wills are glamping). If it doesn’t load for you, I can tell you that it looks awesome. Put it on the list, Fug Nation!

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Well Played: Kate, Wills, and George’s Royal Tour of Australia and New Zealand, Day Fourteen


Easter + Zoo + Plane = so very much George. This was a big day and while Kate wore a lovely dove grey Alexander McQueen coat and darker grey Jane Taylor hat to Easter services — my kingdom for a McQueen! My God, those coats are divine — the cutest part of the day, obviously, was George Goes To the Zoo. I don’t even know what to tell you. It’s basically the cutest thing ever. I could have made this slideshow sixty slides long. If you have a weakness for William holding and also kissing the baby, then I suggest you sit down right now and hold on. Also, you may be interested in the proceedings if you like when people offers flowers to their wives, or also if you like koalas.  And, seriously, who doesn’t like koalas? Also giraffes. And kangaroos. Did I mention George? He wants to eat everything and always to get down. DOWN.

The rest of the day, we’ve got William sporting a blue suit sandwich (one for Easter services, a casual look at the zoo, and then another blue suit when they arrived in Canberra); George in a variety of baby outfits (also much blue, to match Daddy); and Kate in two additional outfits we’ve seen before, this yellow eyelet that she wore on their S.E Asia tour (the photo to which I linked there features amazing floral head-wreaths which shall put this weekend’s Coachella goers TO SHAME) which was designed by god knows who (maybe HER? Everyone only knows that it was made by a dressmaker, rather than a designer whose website we can crash, and I have no idea why), and then she replayed this blue Stella McCartney dress to deplane in Canberra.

PS: It’s the middle of the night, so I feel confessional — don’t worry, I have not bought myself a Cartier watch or anything — and I must say that I am rather going to miss the Middle of the Night Royals Updates when this is over.

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Well Played: Kate, Wills, and George’s Royal Tour of Australia and New Zealand, Day Thirteen


I spent a very long time digging through GFY this afternoon, trying to figure out where I’d seen Kate’s LK Bennett dress here, until Twitter (including many of you helpful Fug Nationals) reminded me that Mindy Kaling wore it on last week’s episode of The Mindy Project, and that is indeed totally what I was remembering. I can only imagine that Dr. Mindy Lahiri is stoked about this development. It’s very charming, although I don’t think I like it quite as much as yesterday’s white eyelet. THAT BEING SAID, it has recently come to my attention that there is an LK Bennett in the Beverly Center, which is one of the shopping malls right by my house. This is dangerous and fascinating news for myself and, presumably, for many of the Los Angelenos reading this right now. I will meet you ladies by the shoes. (Her shoes, speaking of, are McQueen.)

PS: The Daily Mail I Know reported that William’s suit is black. I have my doubts, although in fairness, they DO have someone on the ground and I am merely someone on a sofa. Let’s discuss.

PPS: Just one outfit for everyone — it looks HOT there, and the crowds seemed intense, as you will see, so hopefully all involved will get a nap and a cold drink before tomorrow, including us. Tomorrow, they’re off to church celebrate Easter (so I can only assume there will be HATS) and then they are going to the zoo with Prince SnuggleMuffin NoodleFace, which will be fun for everyone. REVENGE! Wait, that’s something else entirely. GEORGE!

PPPS: NOW UPDATED WITH RUGBY CANOODLING.

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