Happy Birthday, Fug or Fab: Kate Middleton


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Today is Kate “Duchess of Cambridge” Middleton’s 30th birthday! And happy birthday to her.  I had the (national) news on in the background while I was making dinner last night, and I overheard the newscaster say the following (which I have paraphrased, but only slightly): “Since marrying Prince William, Kate Middleton hasn’t taken a step wrong…EXCEPT SHE HASN’T HAD A BABY YET.”  DUM DUM DUM DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUN. To which I say: a) dude, they haven’t even been married a year! b) her husband is in the military! c) she is not the ONLY PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR KNOCKING HERSELF UP, and d) she has to host the OLYMPICS in August. She has STUFF ON HER PLATE. GIVE A SISTER A BREAK. I’m sure she is well aware of the fact that gestating an heir to the throne is a big part of her job description, given how she is a sentient being who grew up being taught basic British history. Let’s give those kids at least a year to be married before we all start flinging ourselves off the Tower of London, wailing “BUT WHAT OF HER BARREEEEEENNN WOOOOOOOOOOOOOMB” on the way down. It’s all going to be fine. But is her outfit?

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  1. Alix
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    The succession to the throne is nothing if not secure (and it’s not like Sweden’s gonna invade if it isn’t). Girlfriend has forever to have kids…

    • Orange clouds
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      Jessica, do you know that I love you for this post?! Give the woman a break!

  2. Chaiaiai
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    I irrationally love her (like many of us) so this is a win!

  3. TaraMisu
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    Love <3 I still want her hair…. I want to touch it in a non-stalkery way.

    And I agree, let them be married for awhile, jeez.

  4. lisas
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    I’m anti-aristocracy, but I’m pleased that we have a young, tall, slim royal to show off fashion without sexing it up all the time (or possibly ever).

    That said, I hate this lace over beige trend. Yuck.

  5. melissa
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    i was shocked to see you even put this up for a fug/fab vote! she looks fabulous and this dress is gorgeous. one of my favorite kate-outfits ever!!!!

  6. Kit
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    When I saw these photos yesterday, his holding of the umbrella cracked me up because a: it’s not covering her AT ALL and if it were actually raining hard, all it would do is drip on her and make her wetter; and b: on one of our early dates, my beloved spouse did a similiar thing on the way to the car when we were going out for dinner, and we still crack up about how completely useless and totally lovely the gesture was. :)

    • Nancy
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      Haha!! I was thinking the same thing!! He is holding it over his head, and the drips would get her head.

      I am glad she dresses elegantly – she is a good role model for young ladies and women. But I do wish she would stop playing with her hair. I think it is a nervous habit.

  7. Chasmosaur
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    She cannot be held up to the same stylistic standards as a Hollywood celebrity. She’s got to be a bit more classic and conservative by necessity of her position. So while I would have hated this on any one of a million starlets, it’s just right for her. She is married to the Heir Presumptive, and as such, her appeal has to be contained in more classic silhouettes.

    So if she must embrace the black lace over beige trend, at least she’s done so in a lady-like and flattering manner.

  8. MelissaW
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    The only reservation I have are the “Panty-line” level seams – was the bolt of lace not long enough?

  9. EGG
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    She is drop dead gorgeous! For the Win!

  10. qwertygirl
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    I irrationally love her. Girlfriend could have shown up to this event in a bathing suit and I’d make an excuse for her (“Of COURSE she wore a bathing suit. During the time of Henry V, women always wore bathing costumes to events at which a riderless horse was a guest of honor–it’s TRADITION. Plus, what a lovely color she chose!”). This may not be my favorite item in her closet (I loved the all black number she wore a few weeks ago more), but it’s a big closet. I’m willing to keep looking before I declare anything to be my least favorite.

  11. Jenn
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    I dunno. I love the dress. I love her face. I love her husband. 99% of the time i love her hair. just…. would it kill her to do an updo? once? i think a nice little chignon would have just blown this out of the water. as such, i’m kind of meh on the overall effect.

  12. Sandra
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    I read somebody’s speculation somewhere (here??) that the Cambridges would put off starting a family until after the Jubilee Year, so as not to tread on Granny’s limelight and because of the rigorous travel schedule they have lined up throughout the Commonwealth. Which makes sense to me. Who wants to go trekking all over the globe whilst chucking her guts from morning sickness every day?

    She looks fabulous and I like both her and her mega-watt smile. Maybe ’cause she looks a great deal like one of my sisters-in-law, whom I love.

  13. Katharine
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    The only thing I don’t wholeheartedly love about the dress is the placement of the seam around her hips. It just seems ever so slightly weird and off, and as though it would have worked better a bit higher, a bit lower, or at different angles. But it’s otherwise lovely, and her hair is indeed beautiful.

  14. Kate
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    I like her, but I wish she would do something else (anything else) with her hair. Especially at these super red-carpet events, it’s just dull to have it styled the exact same way all the time.

    • Anita
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      I agree. Getting a bit bored with the princess hair. I bet she still looks like that in 30 years. (Like Elle Macpherson)

  15. terri
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    Yeah, I agree on not loving the skirt, though I don’t really hate it. But I am still giggling over “HER BARREEEEEENNN WOOOOOOOOOOOOOMB”

    Thx for that!

  16. Bianca
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    I’m over her and her drab matronly wardrobe. We get it, you have to be conservative and *yawn* she bores me too much to continue.

    • Steph
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      If that’s what “drab” and “matronly” looks like, then I welcome our new dark overload with open arms. I would take a million Kate’s and her wardrobe over the near pornographic stuff some “starlets” wear.

      • Saz
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        Yes!!

      • Kris M
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        Absolutely.

      • Jacq
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        I totally agree. I don’t see ‘drab’, I see ‘stylish and classic’. And I love it, and her, and her hair, and this dress.

      • Nancy
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        Amazing, our standards have gotten so low that classic and elegant Kate is called boring. She is not boring, she is timeless and lovely and a wonderful role model for young ladies. My 17 year old daughter, who has always hated those strapless wedding dresses, says she wants sleeves like Kate Middleton had when she gets married. She gives young ladies another option besides the skanky Kardashians and Snooki.

  17. Ginger
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    I like all of it except the inverted V of lace on her pelvis. That distracts and irritates me. LOVE the rest of it.

  18. Annie
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    Add another voice to the pile on about her hair. I would pay up to $1000 to have mine look like that.

  19. Kris
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    Notice when Josh J holds the umbrella he has no regard for keeping himself dry. The prince on the other hand is apparently trying to keep them both dry. Score one for JJ :)

    The dress is close but not quiet. I gave it a fab but it is really an almost fab. I’d have made the skirt solid -just too much black lace on someone that’s 30!
    Now Helen Mirren would rock this dress!!

  20. EAG46
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    If the lace was over black, or maybe another color, the dress would be even prettier. As it is, eh.

  21. Jenna Horko
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    Love the dress! But foremost on my mind (apart from giggling at the great writing) is my hope that you would’ve included that horse going down the red carpet in your slideshow. A little palate cleanser at the end, you know?

  22. Sarah
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    I also irrationally love her and border on the obsessed. I love her for making lady-like hip again. Although I, too, would love to see an up-do once in awhile.

    As a total aside, I saw Warhorse, the play, in London last year and it was AMAZING!!!! I’m looking forward to see how it goes as a movie.

  23. Jeffersonia
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    JEE-hosefat, it’s my birthday too! I can’t hate on her outfits when we have such a special cosmic connection. But I actually do love it, regardless.

  24. Dazie
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    Shorter = cuter.

    As is = royal mourning tablecloth. That is a LOT of black lace.

    But really- even if it was a tablecloth I’d love her in it.

  25. Lisa D.
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    I actually think it is LOVELY. As is Kate. Yay, royals!

  26. Groceries
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    Love the bodice and the hair and the brolly. Blah the rest. Maybe if it were velvet from the waist down?

    Is the vee-seam a design element to represent working ovaries, perhaps? Maybe this dress is saying, “I’m 30, but just you wait to see how cute those babies are going to be!”

    And the velvet over nude was a “trend” back in 1999 when I was buying for boutiques. Loved it then. Love it now.

  27. Groceries
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    *Lace over nude, that is.

  28. Katie
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    I just want to hug her, her stylist, and/or the designer for choosing lining that goes all the way to her ankles!

  29. Saz
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    First of all what a useless looking umbrella, and secondly I lol’d hard at the flinging off the tower bit.

    Also, they are beautiful. What a handsome couple. Sigh.

    • hippetyhop
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      Royalty are the only people who use those stupid transparent dome umbrellas – the idea presumably is that they can stay dry while still being visible. Horrible, horrible.

      • Jacq
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        No, there’s not – they are very old-school and had a bit of a resurgence amongst bright young things in London over the past couple of years. They’re actually very practical, since you can have your brolly over you properly and still see where you’re going.

      • Mukel
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        Yeah, the Fulton Birdcage has been around for ages. I use one (or did, until it busted last spring), and it not only looks cool but is practical. They’re a classic–they come in and out of popularity like Converse All-Stars, but they will always be with us. They’re popular in Japan as well.

        To me, they’re kind of mod-pop art, somehow, like all transparent accessories.

  30. Jasmine
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    I adore this dress on her, and while I sort of understand people saying that she should do something else with her hair, I so agree that if I had that hair it would not go up ever, except maybe in an adorable ballerina bun when exercising or something.

  31. Bella
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    She looks beautiful and he looks happy.

  32. The Other Molly
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    I think the dress is awful.
    There is nothing flattering about it on her.
    And I’m getting bored with all the fan girl love for Kate.

  33. Coco
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    I’m not sure I’m in love the effect of the whole dress. I feel like the skirt portion could have been shorter and more form fitting. I must be losing my faculties because I can’t think of the right description, but maybe the silhouette and length of a pencil skirt? Although I am definitely not criticizing her fashion choice. She’s still an icon for me in every sense of the word. I adore her.

  34. Noire
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    I think she’s lovely and wonderful and she seems to be generally nice and pleasant. I think she usually looks absolutely splendid and I love her (or her stylists) choices for her.

    However, my Feminist mind screams every time we talk about the state of her womb. Please note that I mostly blame the tabloids and the main stream media for this. But seriously, how is it that we can praise the monarchy for becoming increasingly more modern (Katherine is a commoner! they’re marrying for love!) and yet nowt that they’re married, the only purpose she seems to have to A) Look great in public B) Be a baby maker. They’ve only been married for a year people! Theres no rush! No one is going to be invading Great Brittan anytime soon! I’m also at an age where people have decided that its time for me to start procreating and I’ll tell you, its pretty annoying on a small scale. I would be mortified if people were constantly discussing my uterus and if I am or am not hiding a baby bump every time I appeared in public.

    • Jenna Horko
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      I so agree with you. Heck, a few years back, the crown princess of Japan already nearly suffered a nervous breakdown because of all the baby-having pressure. Of course, I’m already worried what the media is gonna do once she actually gets pregnant. Because if the Jay-Z/Beyonce pregnancy is any indication, Kate’ll then even have to deal with horrible “she’s had a miscarriage and is now just pretending to be pregnant” rumours (I guess this doubly irks me, because Jay-Z just said that Beyonce actually had a miscarriage last spring, so hearing everyone say “miscarriage” when you get pregnant again must have been absolutely horrible).

      The point is, she’s more than a coat rack and a walking womb. Doesn’t mean we can’t all enjoy looking at pictures of her (heck, I’m gonna follow her style, and I’ll always look forward to what the Fug Girls or TLo say about it), but I just wish the pressure could be taken of both of them even a little. But that’s a pipe dream, and we all know it, unfortunately.

  35. Abigail
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    Am I crazy to think this would be just a bit more chic with the skirt being a long pencil skirt and a black velvet ribbon at the waist? Maybe substantially less formal, but better.

  36. Kris M
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    She is the classiest fashion icon out there right now.

  37. Moi
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    I loves me a lace anything like you Fug Girls love a sequin anything. She looks fabulous.

    The baby thing is so tiresome. Too bad these fun kids don’t have the option of just saying nyet altogether.

  38. Dee
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    Waity Katey has turned into Duchess DoLittle.

    She didn’t do anything before the wedding, so I’m not sure why people think she would do something (get pregnant) now.

  39. stefanie
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    You forgot “Boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooorriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing!” as an option in the poll.

  40. Alicey
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    Dear Jessica.
    I adore you. Please please please, write a long letter to the Daily Mail RE Kate Middleton’s ‘BARREEEEEENNN WOOOOOOOOOOOOOMB”. Lord knows someone needs to knock some sense into those most outrageous of baby-spotters.
    Much love.

  41. Lynette
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    Yay me! Kate and I share a birthday! Although, I have 8 extra years than her. However, if I was turning 30 and were the Duchess, that is not a dress I would wear. I think it ages her by about 20 years. I love her style, but this is just a little dull for my liking.

  42. AJ
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    Umbrella failure theory: Perhaps dear Wills has gotten used to having Harry flanking Kate’s other side, as he has the past few engagements, and was habitually counting on his lil bro to handle the other half of the umbrella coverage.

    Totally know what you mean about the dress maybe being better in motion. I saw one picture of it from the back as she was mid-step, and it looked absolutely lovely and not so much like funeral netting.

  43. RenaissanceGrrl
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    Just FYI I would follow Dudes In Tuxes Holding Umbrellas. You might want to jump on that URL before someone else snags it.

  44. Sajorina
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    I don’t understand why people keep saying that they irrationally love her, why can’t they rationally love her? Girl’s loveable and she looks aborable here! It IS a FAB!!! I love the dress, but I would prefer it with full long sleeves, instead of 3/4 sleeves! Happy B-Day, Kate… Welcome to the 30s!

  45. Laura White
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    I think she’s lovely and wonderful and she seems to be generally nice and pleasant. (βlαckwhitеPlanet).{C 0 M}a nice place for bla-ck whit-e sin-gles, to interact with each other…no bounds or extremes in front of true loveShe looks beautiful and he looks happy.

  46. anabelle10021
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    It’s one of those things when it works on her only because it’s HER. That face + THAT HAIR + keeping with her [not just in the wedding] lace theme that she loves (see the US/Canada tour, et al) + keeping with her favorite silhouette. So it;s Kate looking like Kate. This would add a few decades to 99% of other people, and we’d be writing ‘mourning veil’ comments with no end. I can kind of see Jane Fonda working this though.

  47. ChaChaHeels
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    Wow! I haven’t seen that clear plastic royal dome umbrella since the 70′s, and I don’t think Liz had had Edward yet. Good to see they reduce, re-use, and recycle at that palace. And now, if only Cathy would stop wearing lace of any kind (just for a change) and Bill would actually go to a good tailor for a decent, up-to-date tux.

    But, Happy Birthday anyway. If I’d just got a handsome and wealthy prince, I’d spend a good 5 years enjoying the world with him before babies could get in the way of anything else. Hope Cathy does, too.

  48. vandalfan
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    No black lace overlays, not even on the potential mother of the second- to-next crowned head.

  49. drbubbles
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    Now I wish Wills had a tongue-stud. It would make Pic #3 super-awesome, and should he gain the throne someday it would be even more super-awesomer.

  50. Mukel
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    To me, she looks good, but her look is too 70s… the maxi-dress, the hair. I guess this is on-trend, but I’m kind of over it. However, I love it that the umbrella is the classic Fulton Birdcage–I’ve always loved those, and indeed, the royal warrant is on the label. I had one and it broke last spring. Gotta go replace it on the double.

    Fulton Birdcage Forever!!!

  51. Mukel
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    I just want to add: Even better than a man in a tuxedo with an umbrella, is a man in a three-piece pin-stripe suit wearing a bowler hat, with an umbrella. It’s even better if said man is Ralph Fiennes. Too bad The Avengers was such a silly movie.

  52. jlf5
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    Love her, love them – hate the dress. That being said…indeed no hurry for the little ones!

  53. crystal
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    I love her, love this dress, and love you for this post! Preach!

  54. Mary
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    Love her, love her wardrobe, but sometimes, I just want to feed her a sandwich.

  55. Säde
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    I just love this! The dress is beautiful. And everybody knows, that almost everything looks good when Kate wears it.

  56. Grape Friend
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    love her – still want to know what they had for her bday dins tho http://grapefriend.com/2012/01/10/gifting-royals-grapes-wine-kate-middleton-birthday-william/