Well Played, Wills and Kate (in Jonathan Saunders) in Scotland


SCOTLAND AHOY! I always enjoy an event where we get to refer to them as the Earl and Countess of Strathearn. And yet again, William gets to go to an event where they give him booze. I smell escandalo! Stay tuned for the tabloid headline DUKE OF DRUNKBRIDGE??! Wills Can’t Perform Royal Duties Without A Tipple; Kate Fears For His Life As He Drinks to Forget!!!!!!!

And that being said: I’m sure many of you have read about recent events wherein a civilian allegedly got a snap of Kate’s bum as her skirt blew up when she and William exited a helicopter, which was then sold to a German tabloid (one notorious for running particularly prurient snaps, including a topless shot of Camilla just last year — is it weird that my reaction to finding out that Cams is sunbathing topless on a yacht at 65 is to think, “good for you!”? — and a full frontal of Charles [!!] a while back). I personally have doubts that this photo is real, for a variety of reasons, although I did not want to examine it for a lengthy period of time; I only saw it when someone that I follow on Twitter posted it in their feed, and I am not going to link to it because I think the fact that any these photos were published is creepy and invasive. Among other things, I find it suspicious that no one else working or watching this day of the tour (including myself) saw any of this come to pass. Regardless, I’d love it if we didn’t pay this nonsense too much attention — things happen, and I don’t even know if I believe this particular thing actually did happen — and focus instead on the Shenanigans in Scotland (although frankly, I am let down that William didn’t wear a kilt and flash everyone to even the playing field). But I understand that Fug Nation probably Has Thoughts, and I don’t want to put the kibosh on you guys, and it seemed weird for me to ignore the kerfuffle entirely, especially as it’s been brought up elsewhere and surely would be again. So here we are. I trust any discussion that might unfurl will not get nasty, hysterical, contentious, or weird. I have seen some really appalling comments made about Kate with regards to this, and that will not be tolerated here. Thank you.

We can also just talk about coats, though. I’d LOVE to just talk about coats. Because I LOVE this Jonathan Saunders coat, although I would definitely have belted it they way they did on the runway — I think it’s better with the belt, and she’s certainly worn a belted coat before. As far as that goes, What Kate Wore has a delicious amount of details, as usual, as well as a look at the dress she’s wearing underneath (not ON Kate, in general). And in addition to coats, there are children! And animals! And blue suits! And MORE DRINKING!

[Photos: Getty,  Andrew Milligan/PA Wire]

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  1. Scully
    +52

    Can I say that her bum looks spectacular and it propelled me to do more squats yesterday in the gym and today I can barely walk without sort of waddling like a penguin? Because it is, and I can’t, and penguins are adorable, and there is nothing wrong with bums.

    Anyway. She looks great. As usual.

    • Portia
      +7

      My 2 cents- They were wrong to publish it and she was stupid to let this happen…the def of insanity per Albert Einstein- “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”….

  2. Cheryl
    +36

    I also doubt very much that the photo of the Duchess’s bum is real. As if the Duchess of Cambridge would go out to a public event without her knickers on!

    •  Amaranth
      +12

      Yes. And proper knickers at that… surely her undergarments have to picked from an approved line. Nothing too racy. No thongs.

      But even if she was wearing underwear and they were, like, photoshopped out… wouldn’t an upskirt photo be a gross violation of privacy? Even illegal? It’s not like a topless photo where she was sunning herself and someone snuck over the fence, right?

      • G
        +36

        I only wear thongs due to an intense hatred of panty lines (although the majority of my clothes are not so tight as to show most panty lines, but I digress), and after glancing at the photo, I questioned if my thong would show in that moment- so even if it wasn’t photoshopped, she may very well have been hygienically covered.
        And hey- my thongs aren’t “racy”, they’re 100% cotton and one pair even has elephants on it! ;)

        • Jess
          +56

          Commenting solely to say that I wish I had a thong with elephants on it.

          •  sarah
            +1

            I would LOVE a thong with elephants on it. Or underwear in general with elephants on them. No lie, I am wearing a shirt right now with elephants on it and it is my favorite item of clothing. Where do you buy such a thing (note, I do NOT want the thong that IS an elephant, just one with cute elephants printed on it).

        • camille
          +95

          I know a guy who wore a thong that WAS an elephant – the trunk was strategic, as you can imagine – so elephant thongs give me a rather different mental picture than a whimsical pair of un-racy lady undies!

          (And if you’re wondering WHY in god’s name I’d have ever had this experience, the answer, as it always should be, is US Air Guitar. This dude rollerbladed out onto the stage wearing nothing else but that elephant thong and a smile during the halftime show at Nationals in Denver a couple years ago, and none of us will ever be the same.)

          • Heather
            +41

            I cannot like this comment enough times.

          • Stefanie
            +11

            I now exactly what elephant thong you speak of. I wont say how I know…

            • Leah
              +6

              I, also, have had the unfortunate experience of witnessing this “garment” in real life.

              • camille
                +3

                Were you there too? Or did you see it on someone other than Cold Steel Renegade?

                • Leah
                  +17

                  Cold Steele Renegade, lol. Mine was in college. A friend asked me to meet him in a parking lot to “show me something.” He was not even wearing a trench coat. Needless to say, I turned around and ran.

          • G
            +12

            I am now wondering why no one has made a documentary on Air Guitar competitions. Because from your stories, air guitar > spelling bees.

            • camille
              +12

              They have! It’s a few years old but it’s out there. Air Guitar Nation. Based on Bjorn Turoque’s book To Air Is Human.

              OR you could just come out to your nearest competition – the season just started (I came in 5th in the Boston one last weekend). The US Air Guitar website can be helpful here: List of local qualifiers, semis and Nationals

            • Katie
              +4

              There’s apparently a movie coming out about air guitar championships. With the insanely hot dude who was in Joss Whedon’s In Your Eyes (which i recommend. The dude is hot)

        •  Amaranth
          +1

          I didn’t mean to besmirch your thongs, G… I just think that the same grandmother-in-law who insists on stockings and skirts below the knee would probably not approve of thongs.

          Also, when typing my earlier post I left out the word “be”…

          • G
            +2

            Haha, I wasn’t really offended ;) My mom’s been calling them “your… STRINGS” for over a decade now, so my bare cheeks-skin is pretty thick! ;P

      • Kirsten
        0

        Please tell me your comment about underwear from an approved line was some sort of joke. People don’t seriously believe the Palace controls people’s underwear, do they?

    • Catherine
      +20

      I also don’t think it’s real because the palace has said NOTHING about it. I think if it was real, they would have filed a complaint or done something. I think it’s telling they haven’t.

      LOVE that coat today. I’m so excited for more engagements for Kate! (Though I was kinda sorta embarrassingly disappointed when she drank the whiskey, aka she’s not pregnant. I cannot help myself. Geroge is so cute.)

      • Paige
        +18

        I had never considered that the picture was fake. But now that it’s been brought to my attention I think I agree. I thought it odd that she would not wear proper bum covering panties to a public event especially under a flouncy dress and one in which you would not see panty lines. With the amount of thought that is put into her wardrobe I doubt that this would have gone unnoticed.
        I also think it’s odd that these pictures took so long to come out, they were taken over a month ago. Didn’t the unfortunate sun bathing photos come out much quicker? Lastly, how does no one else have a picture of this happening? When there was the yellow-dress-skirt-flying-up incident in Canada there were so many outlets that had pictures of that moment but no one else caught this one? Seems sketch to me.
        As mentioned by others, if that is her bum, my but it’s a nice one so good for her!

        Moving on! I really like this coat and I think it’s good without a belt. I thoroughly enjoy the duel ombre effect too. I normally don’t mind the neutral shoes, I mean I think she’s got some strict guidelines to stick to and I’m cool with that but this time I wish they were something more exciting. Also, I feel that this coat would go great with a hat!

    • Tnya
      +18

      I think its real- this has happened before- the palace would be up in arms if it was photoshopped- noone is going to pay so much for a fake pic and Come on why can’t she wear underwear???? IF it was just a shot of her panties- it would not be this huge scandal….

    • Jodi
      +33

      Agreed. Wearing a dress on a windy day in front of the world’s media is NOT the day one decides to go commando. Every woman in the world knows the photo is fake, and every man in the world is sure it’s not.

    • Jill
      +10

      There’s no question it was a REAL photo; even Bild wouldn’t blithely fake that. I don’t think anyone has even accused them of that. Apparently, she was wearing a thong. It doesn’t qualify as an “upskirt” shot because the camera was nowhere near her, and no one needed to look “up” anything.

      • Jessica
        +42

        It qualifies as an upskirt, to my mind, in spirit if not the letter of the law: a photo of a woman’s private areas, taken without her knowledge or consent, when she did not intend for those areas to be seen.

        • Liz
          +62

          Exactly, Jessica, and if we should be criticizing ANYONE here, it should be the misogynistic magazines & websites that allow for photos of women’s accidental nudity to be published, not the woman herself, who can wear whatever undergarment she damn well pleases. I’m sorry. I, like most of my girlfriends, are a bit enraged over rampant Internet misogyny right now so this “scandal” couldn’t have come at a worse time, and it is difficult to keep our mouths shut about it. This is one of the only sites I even read anymore because I know the commenters won’t piss me off.

          Also, Kate’s clothes are awesome, as always.

        • kay
          +6

          It’s funny that I’ve never seen you complain about that with normal celebrities. If you’re going to wear a floaty dress in public with no weights and either no underwear or a thong and you’re in public you can’t complain that it’s ‘private’.

        •  Nancy
          +6

          Sure, it’s a violation in so many ways. But if Kate were my daughter, I would tell her to lose the flouncy dresses around airports and on windy days and wear full coverage undies just in case, how many times does this need to happen for her to figure this out?
          This has happened to her time and again. Either she doesn’t care or she doesn’t plan ahead. I’d be embarrassed – remember poor Ann Hathaway’s response to the photo of her. It won’t happen again to Hathaway, I bet.

  3.  KarenG958
    +30

    1. I saw the LK Bennetts on sale and did not get anything. If I’d known they were comfortable, I’m afraid I would have gotten the navy ones as well. Next time.
    2. I’m 100% with you. This bum incident should be ignored. I also doubt it actually happened, but even if it did, it’s intolerable that someone should have taken a photo and sold it to the tabloids, and any tabloid that published it is soulless.

    • Jessica
      +36

      Well, also, if it DIDN’T happen, they can’t come out and say, “um, that’s not true, Kate was totally wearing knickers” without prolonging the drama and looking defensive and talking about Kate’s knickers in public, so they’re in a total no-win situation.

      • A
        +7

        Can’t they? After all, William sued after the French vacation pictures were published. I also think it’s possible this woman was not the only person to get the shot – the British papers chose not to bid on this picture, it’s possible they also declined to publish others.

        I think it’s gross that the German publication chose to publish this photo, but I don’t think it was faked. She’s been photographed in similar circumstances before (notably the yellow dress in Canada).

        • Diana
          +18

          I don’t think that they can sue in this situation. The pictures from the French vacation were taken while they were staying on private property. This picture was taken while they were making a public appearance where the press was invited. I think it is in very poor taste for the pictures to have been published (and good for the British press for not bidding on them), but I don’t believe they would have grounds to sue in this case.

      • Diana
        +6

        I’m on the fence about whether the photos were doctored or not..but (and I say this as someone who really likes her), I do wish she would start having those hem weights sewn into her dresses ala The Queen (although I don’t know if those weights are substantial enough to stand up to helicopter type winds, does anyone know?). It saddens me whenever this happens to her, because I feel like it overshadows all of the wonderful things that she & William do.
        I am surprised that people publish these types of photos of her though. I was reading an article about the people who photograph the president & other VIPs (I wish I could remember where I saw it, it was an interesting read), and it was noted that there are a lot of photos that go unpublished (ex. photos of the pres yawning, or scratching, etc.) out of respect. I am surprised that Catherine doesn’t get the same level of respect from the press. I fell like if this happened to Diana back in the day, the photos would have gone unpublished, they wouldn’t have been splashed on the front page of major publications.

        • Jessica
          +56

          I think I read somewhere — possibly here! — that it’s basically impossible to weight your hem enough to fight the gale from a helicopter without it being totally insane.

          I do think that it might be in her best interest to wear pencil skirts when she knows she’s going to be getting in and out of these things, to prevent either actual blow-ups or photoshopped ones, but it’s hard to get OUT of a helicopter in a pencil skirt. Maybe William can just carry her out, fireman-style.

          • Gine
            +87

            …As one of their aides plays “Up Where We Belong” on a boombox. This is the only perfect solution.

          • Heather
            +38

            I think a pencil skirt might complicate getting in and out of a helicopter, though, from a purely practical ability-to-move standpoint (and is harder to avoid an upskirt in some ways because you can’t, say, tuck it discreetly between your legs if you have to open them at all). Maybe she should just start being dropped into places inside a crate.

            •  ErinG
              +66

              Or she could channel her inner Letizia and rock some formal pants – that could be a cool change of pace for her!

              Also now I want Law & Order: Duchess Division to be a thing. Letizia is the sassy DA, Kate can be the ass-kicking detective. She’s quite sporty, I think she’d handle it well.

          • Faye
            +11

            “I think I read somewhere — possibly here! — that it’s basically impossible to weight your hem enough to fight the gale from a helicopter without it being totally insane.”

            No. It isn’t. I went on a helicopter ride while on vacation in Hong Kong, wearing a floaty dress, and I specifically wore one with a weighted hem (technically, it was an insert that went all around the length of the hem – no alteration required, even! There are designers who sell them like that) to avoid a flashing incident.

            Once or twice could be an accident, but this has happened to Kate literally 7 or 8 times. Each time she got plenty of publicity about it, so it’s not as if she isn’t aware of it, or the attention it generates. It is literally impossible for her to be unaware of this issue. Even a child could understand the problem with this, and she does not strike me as being stupid at all.

            Is the Bild gross for publishing such a thing? Of course. But their vulgarity doesn’t excuse what is either at best incredible carelessness or at worst exhibitionism on her part. This isn’t her sunbathing in the nude at a private estate. This is her at her *job,* representing her country, viewed by millions of people. None of us, unless we are strippers or pole dancers, would think it’s appropriate to flash our bums to the world at our jobs.

            Look, I get that you guys are all Team Kate, which is cool, and totally your right on your own site, obviously. But I can’t help thinking sometimes there’s a double standard in the way you evaluate her wardrobe versus everyone else’s. You often point out the more ridiculously revealing nature of some celeb wardrobes. And if some Hollywood star had had this happen as many times as it has with Kate, you would be all “come on, we love you but get it together.”

            Finally, as both a woman and a feminist I REALLY resent the people who say you’re a prude or a misogynist if you think this is problematic. I’m not calling her any names, or saying she should dress like a nun. I just think that as women we have the responsibility to represent ourselves professionally and with dignity. And this kind of behavior happening over and over again isn’t that.

            I know this isn’t a popular opinion, so I hesitated before posting. I hope this isn’t taken as disrespectful to you guys, Heather and Jessica, or the many posters who share your perspective. I don’t even mean it as a slam against Kate on the whole. I just feel somewhat sad because she has incredible visibility and influence, and I want to see her getting attention for good things and not for this.

            • Jessica
              +13

              I don’t think you’re being disrespectful at all and I appreciate how calm and measured you were about it, sincerely. (Your comment went into moderation for reasons I do not know, but you’re out now!) Here’s the thing, from my point of view: as far as I am aware, it hasn’t happened 7-8 times. It’s happened like twice, and every time it’s happened, there’s been a weather factor — we definitely try not to give celebs a hard time for wardrobe malfunctions that are out of their control (we didn’t post it when this happened to Reese Witherspoon recently, the wind blew up Kristen Bell’s dress at an event and we didn’t mention it. Wind-related embarrassments are actually really pretty common). That being said, I think with a Hollywood celeb, wearing something ridiculously revealing is 99% intentional and for attention. When — as far as I believe it, because what on earth would be her motivation?! — this is NOT. Flashing everyone your junk to get people talking about you is totally different than having your junk flashed to the world in a split second, unintentionally, and then having everyone turn and rail on you for it.

              I think we ALL want Kate to get visibility for good things and not for this. I think part of the issue for Kate Lovers here is that she is SO TOGETHER like 95% of the time, that this one issue — if we’re assuming that it’s for real — is logistically hard to wrap one’s head around. Does that make sense?

              • Faye
                +9

                @Jessica – Thanks for your response. I really appreciate that we can have discussions here and have different opinions but still be respectful and adult about it, which, sadly, seems to be more and more of a rarity on Internet sites (even the “smarter” ones).

                The seven or eight times figure is actually legit; it includes the Canada trip, the Asian tour, the stopover in Australia during the Asian tour, and a bunch of times in England. I only know this because I saw a post somewhere in the wilds of the web where someone listed each occasion and accompanying pics (I know, I know. I feel shamed enough for clicking on the link without you saying anything. I was just curious if the number was actually accurate).

                I can’t know what the motivation is for this happening, but it happens so often that, as you say, it’s hard to wrap one’s head around it. It’s not in keeping with most of her wardrobe.

                I’m going for the middle position on this. I’d love for the focus to be on the charities she supports, and I’m always a sucker for pictures of adorable George – but I’d also like for her to be a little more careful.

                •  Nancy
                  +4

                  I agree with you100% and I like her, but just don’t get it. And don’t forget getting off the plane in New Zealand with the red coat. That was close, and she had to wrestle George, the steps and her dress with high heels on. Why do this to yourself? Maybe it’s her secret rebellion? Just kidding. Maybe.

        • A
          +6

          I think weights would at least help. She could also wear pencil skirts, or pants (before I get shouted down, Sophie wears pants sometimes and Diana wore pants), or she could wear a slip under these types of dresses.

          And I didn’t mean so much that William should sue in this case (although who knows). But I do believe the Palace put out a statement calling the publication “grotesque”…certainly, if they were faked, they would have included that in the statement?

          • Heather
            +6

            I wonder if they have to be careful about accusing anyone of anything. They might not also be able to prove it was faked. Only the woman with the original can do that.

            • Heather
              +1

              (Maybe?)

            • A
              +5

              I do wonder why the paper would pay such an outrageous sum for a faked photo when they could do that in house.

              At the same time, as far as William and Kate taking action, I don’t actually know what they could do. I have no idea about libel laws in Europe, but I would imagine (total guess) they wouldn’t be able to sue if a faked photo was published satirically. I would think (hope!) that a faked photograph published as fact would be considered libelous, but I have no idea if they are afforded that kind of protection.

              • Heather
                +9

                If you fake a photo in-house, you have a paper trail, and no plausible deniability. This way, they get a ton of exposure and sell a ton of copies and can shrug, “Well, it looked real, and she said it was real.”

  4. Daphne
    +31

    Even if she did go commando, who cares? Not prudent, especially while disembarking from a helicopter– I sure wouldn’t do it– but come on.

    •  Linda_AZ
      +19

      I agree. I simply cannot get my panties in a wad over someone else’s bum.

  5.  Alyssa
    +17

    In lieu of posting about Kate’s bum (which I did see and did feel awful for her if it is real), I’m going to call attention to Kilt Man’s calves in slide 2. Because hot damn are those well defined under his socks.

    • Jessica
      +38

      I love a man in a kilt. A lot.

      •  RebekahMacd
        +14

        I might have properly fallen for my now husband when he wore a kilt for the first time around me. He has excellent legs. :D

        •  KarenG958
          +9

          When my hubby & I went to Edinburgh while on a vacation some years ago, I got him to try on a kilt for me. I really wanted to buy the whole get-up, but they’re quite expensive, and he’d never actually wear it, so it would be silly.

          A couple of years later, he got his own back when I tried on a dirndl & St. Pauli girl style blouse while in Salzberg. He wanted to buy that whole get-up, but again, it was really too expensive for something so impractical.

          •  RebekahMacd
            +5

            The whole outfit is indeed crazy expensive. I guess when you’re living here, though, it gets a lot of use. Mandatory for weddings, and for rugby matches too, usually.

            Dirndls are beautiful.

      • wordphreak
        +13

        Easy access.

      •  Kristen from MA
        +2

        O/T: When I went to see Morrissey several years ago, all the members of the back-up band work kilts. It was great!

  6.  Looly
    +20

    I actually prefer the coat without the belt. The belt makes the fabric too bunchy at the waist. Yes, bunchy is a real word in my world.

    • Other Emily
      +6

      I completely agree. Even on a slender gal like the Duchess, sometimes a belt makes everything fit bunchy ( I also use that word). Also, belts aren’t always that comfy — they’re constricting. Kate was having a little drink and walking around all day — no belt works fine for me. Very cute coat, too.

  7.  Zuzzie
    +43

    I came across the bum photo as well, wasn’t aware it existed.
    I wish it hadn’t existed, and it is a horrible invasion of her privacy. But.
    I’ll say this. If THAT was my bum, I would personally send photos of it to every newspaper in the world. It is an amazing bum.
    If it is real, I hope she’s not too upset about the photo being published.

  8. Joanie
    +10

    I love that you’re reporting on what a teddy bear is wearing!

    And I think Wills should have worn a kilt. That would have been wonderful fun!

    Regarding the supposed bum shot of Kate: I think it’s a fake. 1) she’s a royal now, 2) she’s really rather proper, and 3) it’s way too easy to photoshop something like that.

  9.  RebekahMacd
    +14

    Since it’s Scotch they’d be drinking whisky. ;) I have definite Thoughts about Famous Grouse, none of them good, and I wonder if they both drank blends. I might be a whisky snob. According to the Beeb, William had a stronger one called Alpha Black and Catherine chose “one for the ladies” called Snow Grouse. I’d have thrown something at them if they’d suggested that to me, but since she’s not a whisky drinker it was probably smart.

    I’m also a little upset that Wills didn’t wear a kilt, but maybe he’s shy about his knees? I thought Catherine’s dress might clash with her coat, but haven’t really seen good enough pictures to be sure. Not the biggest fan of the coat in question, but they’d definitely have needed coats today. Not the warmest of Spring weather, though typically Scottish, I guess.

    • G
      +6

      Haha, I wanted to comment on the spelling of whisky as well! ;)

      And the copper Willy-Wonka-esque thing is just a distiller. I haven’t been to The Grouse Distillery, but at large distilleries they often have a room of them all in rows and it’s quite comical. Or Seussical.

      •  RebekahMacd
        +6

        I love the kettle-style distillers whisky producers use. The ones generally used nowadays for the triple-distilled drinks just look so industrial. Double-distillers have such a romantic charm to them.

        Even after living her for 7 years I’ve not managed to get in a distillery tour (just the Whisky Experience in Edinburgh). We did try for Edradour one time but their website hadn’t mentioned their Winter hours and we turned up just as they closed. :( One day.

        • G
          +14

          Go to Oban!! Not only is it a fantastic town, but the Oban brewery has DELICIOUS beer and Oban Distillery’s Distillers Edition is my personal favorite whisky. Plus if Oban is where you get the ferry to Mull, and on to fantastic islands like Staffa (Fingal’s Cave) and the Treshnish Isles (puffins!!). We went to Oban a few times.

          OH! And the most beautiful little kirk is not far from Oban- St. Conan’s Kirk, overlooking Loch Awe. It’s only about a century old, but it’s gorgeous and has a fascinating story. Be sure to stop there!

          • G
            0

            (I don’t know where that “if” snuck in in the sentence about going to Mull. Ignore that, please!)

          •  RebekahMacd
            +5

            Oban is definitely on our list of places to visit when we get some time off. Oban, Mull and Islay (Islay whiskies being my favourite). Thanks for the tip about the kirk!

            • G
              +1

              We lived in N Yorks for three years and spent A LOT of time in Scotland, exploring as much as possible. We saw more of Scotland than England… oops! (Although we did do tons of exploring the North of England, just not down South too much.) I don’t consider myself and expert on Scotland by any means, but I’m always happy to share tips and great spots- it’s such a beautiful country; I’m jealous you live there!

          • Jill
            +7

            I looooove Oban. I wasn’t really even planning to go there, just sort of ended up on a train bound that way and hopped off. They were having a wedding in the hotel where we stayed, and they let us in on the drinks afterwards! All men in kilts, everyone there so friendly (although rather difficult to understand–those accents!)–it was wonderful.

      • Jessica
        +5

        (The whisky/whiskey has been fixed! Thanks!)

    • ohsohappy
      +1

      I understand Canadians drink whisky, too.

      • G
        +1

        Japan as well. There’s a trick about countries without Es in the name don’t use an E in their whisky, but that’s not entirely accurate. It’s more up to each distillery. But in a broad generalization, Ireland, America, etc. have “whiskey” and Scotland, Canada, Japan, etc. have “whisky”.

  10. Lucasta
    +32

    Jessica, you are just the best, seriously. I love this site.

    ALSO, not that I think she is pregnant (she looks awfully chipper, for one thing), but it is not at all hard to pretend to drink things when in the early stages of pregnancy. I mean, it’s probably more difficult with half the cameras of the world on you at any given time, but I am a notorious lush and managed to fool pretty much everyone around me for two first-trimesters just by keeping a drink in my hand and taking tiny sips (pretend or otherwise) occasionally. YOU NEVER KNOW, is what I’m saying.

    • Cara
      +34

      But if she DID pretend to drink, when it came out she was pregnant, you KNOW tabloids would come out with “KATE IS A LUSH AND THE BABY WILL SUFFER!!”

  11. Lori
    +13

    I hadn’t heard about the bum photo, but there is nothing on this earth short of Kate looking me in the eyes and telling me it was true that would make me believe it. When one is in a skirt, there is always a chance that there will be an unfortunate breeze, and I don’t believe for a second she wouldn’t think of that and always be prepared, especially when a helicopter is involved.

    I’m so glad I didn’t see those shoes on Gilt, because I would have purchased them and I am trying not to buy any more shoes until I sort through the ones I never wear. It’s nice to know they are comfy, though, in case they come up again.

    • S
      0

      I resisted the LK Bennets (though I do already own her black patent wedge espadrilles) but I did succumb to the customized corkswoons

    • Heather
      +27

      My feeling was, even if they took the shot of her disembarking back at the place they were staying, she would not have let her guard down. Or, she would have felt that breeze and there would be subsequent photos of her immediately twitching and jumping to cover herself — which would have lent the first photo an extraordinary amount of veracity, and therefore the person would’ve sold those, too. I just don’t think there’s a world in which she goes commando, her skirt blows up, and she doesn’t even react, no matter where she is.

      Above all, though, this woman has learned the hard way, thanks to France, that if you’re outside, you’re not safe from the lenses. I just really think it’s all way too fishy to be real.

      • Jessica
        +28

        ALSO, the woman who took the picture has said that “she just noticed” this shot when she got home and put her flash card into her computer. You didn’t notice a wind blowing Kate’s skirt over her head and showing you her bum as it happened despite the fact that you got it on camera?? Okay.

        • Tnya
          +13

          Do you even know how fast the shutter speeds on these cameras are???? Nobody knows what they have till they look at the pictures because it happens in a split second….that is obvious otherwise everyone would have seen her bum instead of it just being captured on camera!!!!IF you could so easily sell photoshopped pics why are there not a million of these of other celebrities like say Angelina Jolie????She just needs to start wearing underwear/slips…that is the price u pay for that lifestyle- to be careful always and NO MORE GOING COMMANDO!!!!

          • Jessica
            +29

            It was a civilian who took the photo. I have no idea how flash her shutter speed is.

            If no one else saw her bum because it happened in such a split second, then all the more reason for this to be a non-issue.

            •  Rachel
              +1

              I went to a wedding once where a sports photographer did the wedding photos — his camera was so fast you could see the progress of a blink. However, that’s a high-powered pro camera, not a civilian-level SLR. If it had been a press pack picture, I’d accept it as a possibility — a flukey, unlucky-for-her possibility where nothing was actually visible but the skirt moved in a particular way for a nanosecond and the camera caught it. But a civilian? No way.

        • Fanny_Trollope
          0

          LIES. FROM A LYING LIAR.

      •  Steph
        +9

        That’s what I found odd about the photo too. I remember seeing that Reese Witherspoon had her skirt blow up and there was a photo of her bum and then photos where she looks to be laughing and holding down her skirt. Why no shots of Kate reacting to her skirt being blown up? Weird.

        • ohsohappy
          +5

          That is my question also. She appears to be unaware and that just doesn’t seem real.

        •  Nancy
          +3

          There does seem to be a picture of her holding her skirt down rightbaftervthe wind blew it up.
          Yes, this should be a non-issue, but we all know about the world this woman has chosen to live in, and that world needs to contain straight skirts and dresses and hem weights. This is not rocket science, Duchess, and it overshadows everything else when it happens. I’m annoyed because she hasn’t figured this out yet.

  12. Stefanie
    +31

    Yeah I agree that the photo is probably fake. In this day and age no “one” person gets a shot like that. She was in public and having many photos taken of her, there would be more than one. People are disgusting. Truly. Furthermore, I have a hard time believing she would go commando (did you know the popularity of “going commando” is attributed to Joey Tribbiani and episode “The One Where No One’s Ready”?). I’d bet money she had on flesh colored boy shorts or something. BUT if she did decide to wear no undies or a thong or ganny panties that went to her belly button, it’s not our business and shame on that German tabloid.

    I ADORE that coat.

    •  Alyssa
      0

      Is “going commando” really from that episode of Friends? I know the term “canoodling” is from the episode where Chandler and Monica don’t want to get freaky in front of Emma. Love Friends.

      •  HelenBackAgain
        +28

        I definitely had heard “going commando” years before Friends even existed. I think it originated with American soldiers in the ’60s or ’70s, though no one’s really sure (first known use in print, 1985). And “canoodling” is a very old word (origin circa 1859) – my mother used to use it, when she wanted something not too explicit to say in front of the children!

      •  Sue R
        +3

        I thought going commando was an Americanization of going regimental which relates to not wearing anything under a kilt.

      • Marie
        +8

        Canoodling is a lovely old-fashioned expression first popular in the 1850s. We Brits have always used it a fair bit. I never heard of going commando before Friends, though.

        • Heather
          +27

          I love Friends but that show definitely does not get credit for canoodling. OR for going commando.

      • Laura W
        +1

        I have it on good authority from my uncle, who was in the Navy in the 1970s, that the term “going commando” came out of military practice. I think it started with the Navy SEALs (according to him).

        • Stefanie
          +1

          Right. But according to Jeopardy the phrase gained popularity with the mainstream population after Friends.

      •  Margaret
        +8

        “Going commando” did exist prior to that Friends episode (which I <3 and might be able to recite the entire thing from memory), but as Stefanie said, it was popularized and kind of brought into popular lingo, as opposed to being more of a phrase used only in the military, by Friends.

        Me, a word geek? Ok, mebbe.

      • Jill
        0

        “Canoodling” has been around forever.

    • Marnie
      +15

      Is that the episode where Joey puts on all of Chandler’s clothes and says “Hi, I’m Chandler, can I BE wearing anymore clothes?” because that is one of my favorite Friends lines ever and I bring it up on the reg.

      • Laura W
        +11

        Yes! I believe Chandler says “you don’t go commando in another man’s fatigues.”

        That’s also one of my favorite lines from Friends. :)

        • Stefanie
          +3

          RIGHT! It’s gained popularity from Friends. I didn’t say they made it up!

  13. Lori
    +8

    Also, when I went to the grocery store earlier this week, there were 2 different magazines proclaiming that it was confirmed that Kate was pregnant. I understand wanting to get the scoop; I don’t understand wanting it so badly that you just print any old thing.

  14. Chazz
    +5

    Really dislike the Royals, but I do think Kate looks lovely in that coat.
    Question, are the Royals a big deal over in the States?
    Like I’m sure everyone knows Prince William and Harry and the Queen, but do people know about Sophie and Prince Edward and the other members?
    I kinda always saw them as our version of the Kardashians haha

    • Jessica
      +7

      Sophie and whatnot are not a huge deal over here at all (well, we all know Charles, obviously, and Andrew because Fergie was a big deal, but poor Edward never got as much attention), other than by royals watchers. But the Big Three are well known — Kate and Wills and Harry get a ton of print from US celeb magazines (both tabloids and proper ones like People).

      • Chazz
        +1

        Oh right thats interesting. And do the majority of people have a positive view of them?

        • Jessica
          +46

          Hard to say — there are 313 million of us! I CERTAINLY cannot speak for the whole country. But I think the people who ARE interested like them, my only proof being the response they tend to get on American websites (including this one) and that they sell magazines VERY WELL and people don’t generally buy PEOPLE to read about people they dislike.

          My theory is that Americans who love them, love Wills and Kate and Harry because they are totally apolitical here. They’re almost like fictional characters. And we don’t have a royal family, so that’s fun BUT because they’re British, it doesn’t feel that foreign to us. It has an “otherness” that is interesting and compelling but still maintains a familiarity to us that is appealing (this is all just total pop-psychology spit-balling, of course.)

          • Marnie
            +21

            “My theory is that Americans who love them, love Wills and Kate and Harry because they are totally apolitical here. They’re almost like fictional characters. And we don’t have a royal family, so that’s fun BUT because they’re British, it doesn’t feel that foreign to us. It has an “otherness” that is interesting and compelling but still maintains a familiarity to us that is appealing”

            SO MUCH YES to all of this, well for me personally anyway. I know not everyone in the UK feels this way, but I view the Queen as some kind of sweet national Granny who engenders warm feelings in a large percentage of the populace, the way an American politician or public figure never could. We don’t really have an equivalent, although I DO love Bill Clinton.

            • SPJava
              +18

              I agree and I also think an enormous amount of good will towards them wellsprings from the affection a lot of people in this country had for Diana.

        • Leah
          +3

          I fully confess to being willfully oblivious of anything negative about them! They are so much more FUN than American celebrities or politicians. Who isn’t interested in Princes and Princesses???! Also: more bum please! Loving the word “bumgate!”

        • Kris
          +16

          I’m not much of a royals watcher; GFY is the only time I pay them any attention, solely for the Fug Girls’ commentary and the comments section. That being said, I feel sorry for Wills; he didn’t ask to have his life lived under a microscope, and even if he abdicated, he’d never be able to live a normal life. Kate must REALLY love him.

          I think Harry is an overrated, not-that-cute frat boy, but I don’t voice that opinion too much here for fear of the reaction.

    • Gine
      +6

      I obviously can’t speak for all my fellow Americans, but based on my own experience–no, not really. And most people aren’t really interested in the “main” royals, either, beyond a general curiosity about Harry’s shenanigans, Kate’s outfits, and George’s cuteness.

  15. Gine
    +8

    For once, I’m cool with the Beige Shoes Of Doom with an outfit. The coat and dress are so colorful and cheery that I actually think they look nice with them.

    I also have my doubts about that photo, for the reasons you stated. And if it is real, it must have seriously happened in split second for literally NO ONE else to have caught it, in which case the photographer is even more of an opportunistic creep.

  16. Cindy in Oregon 
    +6

    One of our mags at the grocery check out last week proclaimed she was pregnant with twins, no less! What nonsense and I also think those bare bum photos were shopped. She looks good here.

  17. TaraMisu
    +8

    1. LOVE the coat! I covet her coats so much.
    2. Teddy in a kilt is adorable.
    3. I miss George.
    4. Distillery!!!
    5. Bums. Meh, I think it was ‘shopped.

  18. Mary
    +36

    That big metal turnip shaped thingie is where all our negative thoughts go when we drink whisky. Highly trained technicians (in kilts) whirl it around with fresh, peaty Scottish water, occasionally expose it to moonlight, and pretty soon it turns back into more whisky.

  19. LindenLovesFashion
    +19

    OH, I can’t beLIEVE that people talk ugly about Kate (or her clothes. Or her husband. Or her parents. Or her siblings. Or her title. Or her work. Or her child. Or anything) because I love her. She has seemed polished and confident and CHEERFUL and as much as I liked Diana (that would be a VERY GREAT DEAL and it all makes me so terribly capsy…) she had a tendency at times to look rather glum, whether it was merited or not, and I always get the idea that a bomb could go off near Kate and Wills (not that I would ever want that to happen) and she would still smile and look poised. And all of that said, I love everything she wears. Particularly this coat. And I could squeeze George’s tiny little fat cheeks. The bare bum stuff? I’m sure it’s ‘shopped. No WAY after the time a breeze lifted her skirt that Her Majesty didn’t have a serious yet kind discussion about Hem Weights. Thank you, Jessica, for all the Kate and Wills and George Squee and Fab you have here.

    •  CremeBrulee
      +16

      Yes, I think that’s why I like her so much. She just always seems to be having a great time. Diana, not that I blame her, could look often look overwhelmed or worn out by the proceedings.

      • Heather
        +73

        There are detractors who are SO CONVINCED she is bewitching William with her sexual sorcery and whatnot, and to that I say: If her sexual sorcery is so good that she’s been able to hoodwink a by-all-accounts nice and smart and super cute dude into marrying her and having a baby with her and being with her for almost a decade, then BOTTLE UP THAT SORCERY AND SHARE IT, SISTER-FRIEND.

        • Jessica
          +45

          Hah, Heather and I both got worked up about sexual sorcery at like the same time. Fug Girls MIND MELD.

          I will buy a bottle of that, also. I already bought her shoes.

          • Marnie
            +17

            I will also buy a bottle of whatever magic she employs to look SO DAMN PLEASANT AND SMILEY at all times. She has whatever is the polar opposite of Bitchy Resting Face. Even Diana looked tired and over it a times, but I have never seen a picture of Kate where she doesn’t look genuinely pleased to be at whatever – sometimes ludicrous – event she is participating in. Teach me your ways!

          •  Jabes
            +4

            I’d buy a bottle if it came with a “buy one get one free” bottle of whatever magic she uses on her hair.

        • MsALVA
          +4

          The Kate-haters I’ve encountered all seem to have a general hatred of the entire Middleton clan, especially Carole. They claim that Carole was the guiding hand, a social climber who pushed Kate towards St. Andrews and towards Will. And that Kate willingly molded herself to the ideal proper royal gf, and waited and waited and waited (while not working, gasp!) for the ring. I honestly don’t care if there was some behind-the-scenes encouragement from Carole, because as it turns out these two really fell hard for each other and it seems a real love match, so the means justify the ends?

        • Hong
          +4

          LOL, Heather. I have never commented before, but your comment makes me laughed so hard. I for sure would definitely be in line to buy it. And of she can bottle whatever it is that keeps her so calm and carry on, I’ll have two dozens bottle of that, please.

      •  Carolyn
        +3

        Diana also suffered terribly from depression.

        • LindenLovesFashion
          +2

          Yes, she certainly did suffer from depression (and I think her difficult childhood made things harder), and I’m sure all the fishbowl existence made it far worse. I felt for Diana – but I loved the way she seemed to really be coming into her own by the end of her life, taking charge, and seeming confident and happy. I remember the day she died – and I’m so off topic – reading an article about her and thinking, “I’m so glad she seems to be happy and going on with her life.” And then, that evening, seeing the news…anyway…I loved Diana and the wonderful fashion sense she demonstrated, and I love Kate and how happy she seems. And I look forward to hearing more from her. I dunno, but maybe Wills and Her Majesty have actually said, “Wait a while before demonstrating your personality because people jumped all over Diana” – but then, I just like her, and of course, I want to think well of her and I’M RAMBLING IN CAPS BECAUSE RIGHT NOW, ALL I CAN THINK OF IS THAT BLACKWATCH PLAID COAT…

      • LindenLovesFashion
        +2

        I know! I don’t mean that Diana didn’t have reason or at least felt she had reason (and I loved Diana…my friends and I were “just a few” years older than she and we watched her wedding, getting up at something like 3 am to see all the Pre-Wedding Folderol And Commentary…and when she died, we felt as if “we went to the wedding – we need to go to the funeral” – I remember staying awake all night to watch EVERYTHING having to do with her funeral) but as much as I loved her, it’s so nice to see Kate – excuse me, that’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge – looking just so jolly-hockey-sticks and enthusiastic and polished. I just like her bunches. And that sexual sorcery thing? well, if she can, good on her. I would like to think it’s all a bit more prosaic – they really like each other, probs have totally hot sex, laugh at the same stuff, love each other, get each other and it all works. Along with Jessica and Heather, I’m stealing all Kate’s Koats (see what I did there? I know…I didn’t think it was all that and a bag of chips either…) especially the Black Watch plaid one…

    • Jill
      +10

      You must remember that Diana was just out of her teens when she took on this job and had a completely different personality from Kate (more like she actually HAD a personality).

    •  Nancy
      +5

      That’s why I like her. Although I suspect she really isn’t into all the appearances she is going to have to do in her life, (and really, no amount of warnings could really prepare her for the gilded prison/fishbowl she lives in) she always, without fail, looks happy to be where she is, and gracious to everyone around her. It must be exhausting, I want to lie down just thinking about her life, but she does it all with a genuine-looking smile.

  20. MsALVA
    +5

    I really hope that pic is fake. I know there was a faked bum pic floating around from the Canadian tour where she was wearing a wispy yellow frock that really did fly up in the air more than it should have, and I’m wondering if they did the same here. Even so, if it’s real, I am pretty sure she’s wearing either a thong, or pantyhose, or both. Why would she want to do something so reckless as to deliberately go commando where she’ll be around helicopters and cameras? Unless it’s some sort of weird way for her to act out, I dunno.

    This engagement was super cute, due to all the kids, of course. I read an article with the dad of the little girl who gave Kate the big plush bear, who said the girl was super nervous Kate wouldn’t see her, and the bear was a present for George. Kate looked delighted with it. I guess it’ll go in the collection with the giant wombat George got in NZ.

    Jessica, when/if you do a roundup for the week, don’t forget Harry did an engagement today with special-needs kids where he played sports with them and was generally super adorable and fun like he always is with kids. Plus, shots of him jumping up to catch a ball that exposed some sexxay royal abs. And well-muscled arms. Ahem.

    • Jessica
      +20

      Oh, I am ON IT. This week’s round-up has a LOT of Harry.

      Kate was 100% wearing pantyhose on the day in question; I remember thinking what a pain it would be to have to wear hose with your wedges. (I watched the entire event on the livefeed.)

      • MsALVA
        +4

        Yes, it was totally pantyhose. Which, IMO, counts as underwear, especially if you have to wear it when it was hot out. I don’t think royal ladies are ever allowed to have bare legs in public on an engagement. The Queen has been known to be adamant about at least *that* rule of dressing protocol.

        • Heather
          +7

          J and I had a whole discussion about whether she might’ve gotten super hot in the hose and taken them off in the helicopter, and then we concluded that taking off panty hose while flying around strapped into a helicopter is some advanced-level stuff that she might have to be crazy to attempt.

          • MsALVA
            +14

            It’s such sheer hose, too! It’s kind of a wonder we’ve never seen her get a run or anything. Maybe it’s super-special Royal Hosiery made of unbreakable unicorn breath that us peasants don’t have access too. Not like I’m one to talk, I haven’t willingly worn pantyhose this century, and the kind I wore always was scratchy and obvious and so uncomfortable. Royal Hosiery like what Kate wears looks practically like it’s her bare legs.

      • A
        +7

        I don’t want to get into whether or not Kate was wearing underwear (because that is her private business!), but she and Pippa have both worn hose for years (since well before the engagement/marriage) and this might be part of the reason why.

        • Caitlyn
          +9

          Having lived in Britain for enough years, tights/hose are a national phenomenon (or at least they were in my set). It’s often quite cold, so that could have something to do with the constant pantyhose-wearing. Not to say that it also isn’t royal etiquette, too!

    • ohsohappy
      0

      Saw this some time back and bookmarked it, you know, just in case I HAVE to wear hose again some day. This discussion prompted me to share.

  21. SPJava
    +10

    So many thoughts…
    I have seen the photos and I also felt they looked shopped. ITA that it would be incredible that her skirt blew up twice! and one photo didn’t appear for a year and the other was taken by an amatuer photog who had such luck while no one else pointing a myriad of still and video cameras at the Duchess got a similar pic or even mentioned the event happen. Look at the constant mention recently when she deplaned in windy Australia.
    If however either is a real shot may I just quote John Lennon, “Everybody’s got one.” Now lets move on.

    Here they both look wonderful as usual. I wish we could have seen the dress under the coat. I wonder if keeping her coat on and buttoned up, even inside the distillery, was perhaps an effort to give herself a “zone of privacy”. Because even if the pics are fake all the chat has to make one feel a bit vulnerable and guarded.

    Some tartans remind me of my parochial school girl uniform days and I’m afraid the one the gentleman with Kate is sporting is one so its not working for me. However the one the Teddy bear has on is quite jolly.

    Lastly, A real bear in a tartan…pity that dresser.

  22. Sandra
    +9

    The big copper thingie is a still. It’s where the fermented liquid is heated to distill the alcohol into a vapor which is then condensed and distilled again.

    Also, boo to creepers. Even if getting her photo taken is a major part of Kate’s life and definitely what she married into, she is still a human being. Faking (which I believe is the case) that photograph is just disgusting. Taking and selling it (if it were genuine) is scarcely less so.

    •  RebekahMacd
      +1

      Still, thank you! My brain just cannot come up with the right words for things these days.

  23.  AnnieC
    +8

    I don’t know if the photo is real or not but I do wish Kate would get her hems weighed down the way the Queen does (and Diana did) so that she can avoid just this type of speculation

  24. naomi
    +3

    Am I the only one who sometimes worries that her clutches are too evening-y for the clothes/event/time of day? I also wonder what she possibly needs to be carrying, and if she just has she just needs a clutch (ha!) to hold to maintain her impossible standard of daintiness. And if she does legitimately need a purse… I know she can’t walk around with a giant slouchy thing… but what about a small Kelly or Burkin?

    • Jessica
      +3

      OOOH, a small Kelly would be fab, right? Maybe she thinks they’ll look much like the Queen’s bag? (I think they wouldn’t, especially in a color.)

      • Diana2
        +2

        I would love to see a Kelly on her, but I wonder if it would be seen as too… gauche? Spendy? Out of touch? I thought that the point behind her re-wearing some outfits was to make the royal family not seem so wasteful. Hermes handbags, while divine, would run counter to that effort, I think.

    • Sue
      +17

      I just got a mental image of Kate toting around a GIANT diaper bag full of Cheeks’s baby stuff. And like, the random sandal or coffee tumbler lid that Cheeks has decided is his Beloved for the day and must have to calm down. (Ok, now I’m just writing fanfic. I’ll stop.)

    • Jules
      0

      I don’t know if it’s true or not, but I heard that the Queen carries a bag because she uses it to send messages to her security – there are different messages associated with the way she holds it or where she places it. Maybe Kate does the same thing with hers?

      • MsALVA
        +2

        Yes! If she moves the bag from one arm to another, it means that she’s bored with the person she’s talking to and someone needs to come and move them along.

        • Jules
          +13

          Oh, how devastating it would be to be speaking with the Queen and she moves her bag from one arm to the other. I’d just do us both a favor and excuse myself.

    • ohsohappy
      +4

      Holding something always gives your hand(s) something to “do”. It could make her feel more comfortable than having empty hands. Kind of like how holding a beverage glass at a party can help us feel at ease.

  25.  Cucina49
    +3

    I may also have bought a pair of L.K. Bennetts in the Gilt sale last week in (ahem) beige. Mostly because I dislike heels and try to have only a few pairs, in neutral colors, that will go with everything.

    I’m glad to know I’m not the only one. Mine just arrived last night and I haven’t tried them on yet but am glad to hear they’re comfortable!

  26. BettyK
    +12

    Okay, can I just say that I’m very glad I came to the site today (like I do everyday and lurk like I do everyday) and saw you suggest that the pic might have been photoshopped. I’m quite pro-Kate in a She’s-gorgeous-and-not-trashy-and-I-don’t-think-about-it-any-more-than-that sort of way and though I hadn’t seen the picture there was enough detritus floating around the interwebs that the flap was hard to miss and I suppose I thought with a sigh that I wish she’d just get the weights already and that it’s a distraction.
    And it just never even crossed my mind that it might be photoshopped (which ought to be the first supposition EVERY scandalous picture prompts) and I was glad that, of all the places on the web doing things like stirring pots and having opinions, you were here reminding me that A) These things do happen and it’s not a thing anyone tries to make happen with the back of a dress. and B) It might not have happened anyway. and C) That the internet is forever and often dishonest and that there are very few front-page corrections and retractions when rumor gets started.

    The End.

  27.  JenniferA
    +12

    Isn’t that the distillery to which Leslie Knope sent Ron Swanson?

    Love the coat. Feel bad for Scotland that it is still appropriate weather to wear that coat.

    •  RebekahMacd
      +5

      It pretty much is all year round. We joke about the 3 days of Summer, but there have been years when that’s all we’ve got. There are two temperatures: cold and colder. ;)

      •  Jabes
        +2

        I was in Edinburgh 20+ years ago on July 4th and it was sleeting. (Of course, now I live in Chicago and that wouldn’t phase me in the slightest anymore, sadly.)

    • Julia
      +1

      The hat I wear here (Salish Sea country) when it’s the worst weather we get (i.e. the Great Icestorm of January 19th, 2012) I bought at a woolen mill in Otterbourne to wear in Edinburgh and the Highlands. In July. It wasn’t the absolute temperature that demanded a serious woolen hat as it was the drizzle and wind.

  28. Fifie
    +14

    My husband calls it “going Comanche” for some odd reason.

    • Anne
      +2

      Ha ha! That sounds like something my husband would say. He’s always close, but not quite.

      • Ranee Singleton
        +6

        Yeah, my SO routinely “eats himself into Bolivia”.

        •  ohsohappy
          +2

          OH MY GOSH!! That is soooo funny! I am adopting that for my War of Words with my father, who routinely misuses a word just to see if we are listening. And yes, we watched every episode of All in the Family.

          Example: My dad, sisters and I are having Saturday coffee at our favorite French Bistro. I ask my dad how he is doing. He groans just a wee bit, puts his hand to his throat/right ear. With a poker face to beat all others, says he feels okay, but his allergies are bothering him and that he thinks his Fallopian tube must be blocked up. I’ve never been able to top that one, but I keep trying. It’s my poker face that needs work, I think.

    • Stacey
      0

      That is awesome.

  29. Sue
    +13

    I don’t really like this coat. I don’t think a belt would help, either. I think it’s because the print and possibly the texture are a bit too “industrial carpet in a southwestern airport waiting lounge” (that was very specific, I know) or Sonoran desert caftan, to me. I want a crisp spring coat!. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love a good caftan, but this hybrid caftan-coat isn’t doing it for me.

    • octavia
      +3

      Yes, I hate this coat with a vehemence that kind of surprised me! Don’t think the colour suits her, and it makes her look quite boxy and a LOT bigger than she really is. And being buttoned up right to underneath her neck gives her what I call “Hospital-matron boobs”, where there’s just this shelf of boob, and no skin showing to break it up. Which is why I can never wear turtlenecks!

  30.  gf
    +31

    Has anyone else seen all the comments on other sites about how this is so outrageous and she’s some kind of exhibitionist who is always doing this? I find it all really bizarre. She is always appropriately dressed. She is the epitome of elegant and proper in her clothing choices. If she’s an exhibitionist, this is quite the scheme: “Wear long dress covering all body parts except below the knee, and then wait for a gust of wind that manages to blow skirt all the way up.” Ooh, Kate, you’re so naughty.

    • Jessica
      +36

      In short: people are quite nutty. There’s a whole school of thought believing — LITERALLY — that she snagged William via SEXUAL SORCERY. Like, (a) I’m sure a LOT of people tried sexual sorcery, and (b) you want a little sexual sorcery in a successful relationship and (c) they’ve been together more or less ten years, so that is a long con, and (d) that theory doesn’t reflect on William as well as you think it does, people, and (e) you’re insane and this thought-process is actually really revealing of your own issues.

      It all gets to a very VERY weird place, and I’m extremely EXTREMELY relieved we don’t get into that here. (I mean, I would shut that ish down, but I am pleased there is rarely a need to do so. Thank you guys for being awesome.)

      • Sue
        +50

        This “SEXUAL SORCERY” (must be in all caps) sounds suspiciously like… true love? A fruitful and loving relationship? Listen, if this is SEXUAL SORCERY, I could use some. Especially if it came with a collection of cute but sensible heels, those coats, and some fascinators. Like a Birchbox. of SEXUAL SORCERY.

        • Jessica
          +45

          I will totally subscribe to the BIRCHBOX OF SEXUAL SORCERY.

          • Sandra
            +39

            Could that be in the conference bags at the FugNation General Meeting?

          • Sarah
            +11

            Sign me up for the Birchbox SEXUAL SORCERY subscription. I could use some help. Will it be monthly? Weekly? Are there Youtube tutorials in addition to bottles of magic elixir to give you this power?

      • Cat
        +8

        Clearly she used her Awesome Coat Magic, in addition to any SEXUAL SORCERY she felt necessary to snag Wills. Get it right, crazies on the internet!

      • Other Emily
        +12

        I have a friend who snagged her husband with SEXUAL SORCERY and I congratulate her on it all the time. He’s an absolute gem and she barely deserves him. And I say this as her actual friend. So if Kate worked that here, then good for her.

    • Kat
      +7

      I know what you mean! I have come across one commenter (at least it seems like he/she is the same person) on both The Cut and Fashionista who goes on and on about Kate being an “exhibitionist,” saying that she dresses inappropriately for her age (what?!?!) and calling her “Duchess Dolittle”. And the comments were really vile. It’s bizarre to me how anyone could work up such a rage against someone who isn’t a serial killer/genocide-perpetrating dictator/terrorist mastermind. It is weird and surreal and strange.

      • Jessica
        +9

        There is a person who attempts to comment here (they are banned [due to being truly, truly vile -- they might be the only person I've banned here] and none of their comments have gone through in years) who is even worse than that. I’m surprised s/he hasn’t popped up yet to try again. My question to that is always, why are you HERE? We are well-known for being pro-Kate. Go find your crazy people and be crazy together!

  31. mirna
    +4

    man I hate that coat

  32.  Bridget
    +7

    Love the Celtic knot pin. Good job, Wills.

    The plaque unveiling dialog is perfect.

    Your comment about Camilla sunbathing topless at 65 has thrown me into a funk, because I am only a year younger and had never really allowed into consciousness the realization that she and I are contemporaries. I think of myself as much younger than Charles and Camilla seem. Sigh.

  33. Sophy
    +5

    I am sure you look younger though!!- Camilla looks older than her mother in law!!!

  34. ceecee
    +6

    Sigh. It must be lovely in Scotland this time of year that she even needs a coat. Here in Georgia it’s in the 90s with 90% humidity so I wilted a little looking at the pics.

  35. Callie
    +9

    I have been to that distillery but can’t enlighten you on the equipment because me and my boyfriend got into a screaming fight and I stormed out and sat in the car park while he did the tour. It was cold and rainy. I regret Kate wasn’t there as I sense she’d have been on my side and got me in on some of that free whiskey. Good times.

  36.  charlie09
    +4

    I have been to the Famous Grouse! (Also, Glenlivet and Oban; Oban was the most charming.) I think the distillery tours are very fun (that thing in the photo is a distiller) and totally worth the time when touring around Scotland. Interesting even for non-whisky drinkers.

    Oh, and I think the pic is fake, based on all of the reasons everyone else said.

  37. Kathleen
    +34

    I feel that it is no ones’ business what anyone wears under clothes, unless the wearer chooses to tell that is. That pic was a gross invasion of privacy, and I hope it was photoshopped.

    However I have to say that I love the fact that there is no Kate bashing going on here and that it wouldn’t be tolerated anyway. That is only one reason that this is my favorite website, and I never worry about reading the comments. Most websites I wouldn’t look at the comments for any amount of money.

    So Heather and Jessica, thank you very much for making a website that is fun, almost addictive, and especially civil to and about others.

    • Nicole
      +15

      Agreed–internet comments scare the bejeezuz out of me and this is the only place I feel safe reading…much less replying!!

    •  Linda_AZ
      +12

      Truth! It’s such a lovely safe harbor here.

  38.  Jenny V
    +36

    I really don’t get the foofaraw about Kate’s bum shot. 1) It’s not like she did it on purpose, the wind caught her dress and it lifted up for a split second, and 2) it’s a bum, we all have one (although I wish mine looked like hers). I felt the same way about those topless shots last year–if Kate wants to sunbathe topless in private with her husband, she should have that right. Half of the world has boobs (hell, if what I saw on some guys at the beach last week is true, about 3/4 of the world has boobs).

    People get so up in arms about body parts, it’s weird. And that woman who sold the bum shot to the press is trash.

  39. Louise
    +1

    Please start a blog with pictures of the royal family drinking!!! For my bachelorette party I’m trying to look for a good photo to put on a cake. I know you have one of Camilla!

  40. Marnie
    +6

    I soooo love that is it like, A Thing to have plaques covered in tiny bits of cloth or curtains for the official unveilings. Like, someone has to actually manufacture those tiny working curtains with tiny curtain rods so the Queen or whomever can pull the tiny string and open them.

  41. daphne
    +2

    .. ! my opinion on The Incident/kerfuffle under the sortof ruffle.. which I hadn’t heard about before logging into FugFun! so hadta go search for–

    I would assume the pic is real and that Kate was doing what I’ve been guilty of doing countless times ! i.e. wearing pantyhose without panties !
    just because! (usually, it’s to avoid pantylines. but it’s also ‘lighter’. feels better. and, if you get a decent brand (I think I read that Kate buys Philippe Matignon.. pooh! can’t quite afford those for everyday..!), the nylon doesn’t feel bad–

    anyways. my 2 cents.

    my main- only?- concern about The latest Incident is that it, plus the Queen’s purported input, is gonna make ‘our’ Kate less likely to wear the clothes I/we fell in love with her fashion sense for ! )-:

    and that makes me very sad. (in an I realize this is tiny in the larger scheme of things way..!)

    this coat and dress, for example.
    nothing wrong with them.. but
    as I learned here in Fug nation: meh

    I loved the more fitted lines, shorter hemlines..
    but I will give the Duchess a HUGE amount of latitude because.. she has earned it! and is a mom with less time to preen–

    • Sandra
      +12

      Doesn’t everybody skip the knickers when they have to wear nylons? Who wants another layer of clothes and another waist-band to contend with?

      • ohsohappy
        +2

        Absolutely!!!

      •  Sarah
        +1

        Brace yourself: My grandmother used to wear panties OVER her pantyhose. I was so confused for years! She did it so people wouldn’t see anything if her dress flew up, which is kind of hilarious to me, in this context.

        My dumbass wore panties under my hose for years and years until a girlfriend set me straight. Blew my mind. ;) SO much more comfortable. Then I was no longer in a situation where I was required to wear them. My daughter has only worn tights, never hose. There are days when it seems like a better idea to have them!

        • Jessica
          +1

          I had a friend who used to wear panties over her pantyhose to keep her pantyhose from creeping down. Hee.

  42. Cat
    +2

    This coat looks kind of like a blanket, and I mean that as a compliment. I want both the coat and a blanket that looks like this coat to snuggle in.

  43. Kris M
    +1

    I wish she had worn the top button (or two) open with the Strathearn tartan scarf underneath.

  44.  jextie
    +8

    My feeling is that the bum pic isn’t photoshopped. The British tabloids turned it down for publication on the grounds of privacy rather than being a fake. If they thought it was a fake, they would have had no probs going after Bild for such a low action – especially as it is a German magazine, and the tabloids love any chance to get into the Germans. Secondly, there are pics of a not very impressed looking William talking to a somewhat subdued Kate by the helicopter as she holds her skirt down. Someone posted a link to them on another site:http://lookagiraffe.tumblr.com/post/86640185351/im-guessing-this-is-why-prince-willy-was

    •  Diana
      +12

      Those pictures don’t look to me like two people having an argument, it just seems like they are having a normal conversation. It looks like the helicopter was still on at that point, and those suckers are loud, so he was likely yelling so that she could hear what he was saying, not because he was upset with her.

    • Anne
      +2

      Wow; this pretty much answers the question of whether it’s faked, at least for me. Definitely something serious being discussed here.

      • Diana
        +10

        The pictures from the link above were taken while they were standing next to the helicopter, right after they got out.
        The pictures of her dress flying up were taken while they were walking away from the helicopter.
        I very much doubt that, upon realizing that her dress flew up, William dragged Catherine back to the helicopter to yell at her in full view of a number of photographers (and all of this without anyone, including Jessica who was watching this on live feed, noticing).
        The only thing that the pictures above show are two people who are having a conversation while standing next to a helicopter (a helicopter which is on!). I don’t know if you have ever tried to have a conversation with someone while standing next to a running helicopter, but yelling is pretty much the only thing you can do in order to be able to hear each other. It doesn’t mean they are angry at each other, they are just trying to talk loudly enough so that the other person can hear them.
        Just my 2 cents.

        • SPJava
          +7

          You can also plainly see in William’s ears the yellow earplugs meant to protect his hearing from the copter noise. That would also cause one to shout when he is speaking. Kate’s ears are covered by her hair but she is undoubtedly wearing them as well so Wills would shout so she could hear him not because he is berating her.

  45.  Guerra
    +4

    That is one ugly coat!!

  46. Elizabeth
    +12

    This is a lovely and safe internet commenting space, and it’s wonderful that no-one has devolved into rude insults about Kate.
    It seems a bit of a double standard that we celebrate the queen for being so famously calm, unruffled and ALWAYS elegant and properly covered but don’t expect Kate to be able to do the same thing. She has so much cash for clothes at her disposal and this still happens?
    Her entire job involves entering and exiting awkward vehicles to be pictured. I love to look at her clothes, and appreciate the obvious effort she puts into each outfit (there are lovely little nods to her hosts, and to previous engagements etc…).
    So how can this still happen? If it’s not shopped (which I don’t think it is), it’s such an oversight. Interesting article here:
    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/sydney-confidential/why-should-the-media-stick-to-an-antiquated-code-of-etiquette-when-kate-doesnt-bother-to-protect-her-own-modesty/story-fni0cvc9-1226933642087

    • Sandra
      +23

      That headline is Kate-bashing right there. “She doesn’t bother to protect her own modesty” is some serious shade to throw about a young woman who typically behaves in a ladylike manner. And without giving them the reinforcement of clicking on to their site, I can’t tell for sure, but I bet that article was written by a woman.

    • Jessica
      +28

      If the Queen’s skirt blew up as she exited a helicopter, I am quite sure everyone here would have the exact same reaction as we are having now, though. It has nothing to do with not expecting Kate to “be able to do it” as much as, at least for my part, thinking that this isn’t a cardinal sin. It’s an accident. I mean, if I were Kate, and I knew this were a real photo, would I switch to boy shorts? I totally would. But wearing a thong under pantyhose is not cavorting about with your nethers waving in the breeze, to my way of thinking.

      She didn’t flash anyone intentionally. As far as I’m concerned, NOT publishing photos of the bare bums of people who haven’t consented to having their bare bums photographed isn’t an “antiquated code of etiquette” as much as it is human decency.

      • Ramona
        +5

        I think the real Q is why does this always happen to only Kate- at this point I think she doesn’t give a damn…and there is absolutely no proof that she wears thongs- u r just pulling that out of your hat!!! Do you also see how you have to twist yourself into a pretzel to defend her…first its photoshopped, then she wears underwear,then it is her business, she can do wht she wants, its the photographers faults etc,etc….when does she become adult enough to be responsible??

        • Jessica
          +16

          I think it is Photoshopped; I think if it’s NOT Photoshopped, then she is surely wearing a thong, and that EITHER way, it’s her business. I also think it’s tacky and invasive of the photographer to have sold the photo. One can have a variety of feelings and theories simultaneously — at least, I can — and none of those feelings are mutually exclusive. I’ve also said that if I were her, I would switch to boy-shorts (not that that will do anything if it’s a Photoshop job), or to pencil skirts — which would head this off at the pass. I would be surprised if there isn’t SOME kind of change in the future.

        • Sarah
          +25

          Why does it happen so often to her? Because she’s a famous and beautiful young girl constantly being stalked by cameras in the age of the Internet.

          I mean, I’m not even famous and I found out a vacation photo my husband posted of me on Flickr fully clothed with wet jeans wound up being stolen and re-posted on a fetish site called Girls with Wet Pants. This is the world we live in. Let’s stop blaming the women.

          • Sandra
            +8

            Oh Sarah, how awful! I hope that that vile creature’s behavior hasn’t spoiled your vacation memoreis.

          • MsALVA
            +8

            It doesn’t only happen to her. I wish I could remember the site but I recently saw a very extensive photo gallery of royals over the decades (including the Queen, Camilla, Fergie, Diana, Sophie, everyone) having close calls with wind and dresses on public engagements. Kate gets the attention because, well, that’s where our attention is right now. But she’s hardly the only one who has had this happen.

        • Kat
          +12

          Why does this only happen to her? Well, probably because she’s the only woman in the world who gets photographed getting out of helicopters or walking on windy tarmacs as much as she does. I dare you to name a female public figure in recent memory who is being photographed in this situation as much as she is.

          Also, this line: “and there is absolutely no proof that she wears thongs- u r just pulling that out of your hat!!!” – while it is true that there is no “proof” that she wears thongs it does not mean that she doesn’t, as there is no “proof” of that either.

      • Elizabeth
        +5

        Yeah, of course it’s an accident, but it’s happened so many times!
        She hasn’t changed her dress-style up until now, so maybe this will be the thing that makes her?
        I’ve never seen Wills bending over and showing crack, or even having his boxers/shorts pulled too high over his pants. I don’t think it’s too hard to dress to prevent this (especially after numerous pictures have pointed out where you’re going wrong).

        I think there’s an interesting ‘blindness’ on the part of the royal-lovers all over the world. The royals are essentially there to be ogled (and that can lead to great things, like charity work, etc…) but to my mind, they don’t have to work particularly gruelling hours or do really difficult work. Their job is to be pretty and presentable when on duty.

        There are so many staffers and wardrobe-wranglers to help with this- so get it right!

        • Jessica
          +8

          I DO think that there’s going to have to be a change made whether or not the pics are real. At a certain point, it almost doesn’t matter. The appearance of something makes it true, in the media, you know? You know that Hanky Panky is debating whether or not to send her some boyshort knickers right now…

          (I will note that that there ARE photos of William peeing against a fence, in public, where you can see…well, you can figure it out. But THAT’S a whole other ball of wax. No pun intended. At this point, I think we’ve seen all off them with some level of their kit off, which I guess is what happens when you’re so often photographed.)

          •  Diana
            +11

            You just reminded me that something similar happened to Prince Philip a few years ago, while he was actually wearing a kilt. He was sitting in a chair, and well, you know. When it happened, most of the comments online were along the vein of “Oh Philip, what a funny old chap”. They were not “That Philip is such an exhibitionist, clearly he is doing this on purpose!”. Poor Catherine, sometimes I fell like she can’t win, not matter how hard she tries.

            It is of some comfort to me though that she & William seem to have such a happy marriage. Great marriages can help a person weather many a storm, I hope those two live happily every after.

            • Jessica
              +27

              Clearly Philip snagged Her Maj via SEXUAL SORCERY!!!!! Why can’t you see this?!

          • MsALVA
            +4

            Years ago I saw a magazine pic someone took of Princess Stephanie of Monaco while out on a hike, a zoom lens picture of her squatting on the side of the trail to have a quick pee. The picture, along with lurid headline, was blown up over two pages. I was so embarrassed on her behalf. Once the paps are on you, there is no escape.

        • Liz
          +31

          Well, Harry frolicked in the buff in Vegas with a bunch of college girls and everyone thought that was just hilarious and so typically Harry. There is a huge double standard for women when they are caught in situations like this, and it sucks. I don’t understand why people get so upset over it when women are involved, but that’s always the case.

          • Hong
            +9

            I totally agree with you, Liz. I remember the Harry incident, and everybody was like ‘oh boys will be boys, let him have some fun while he is still young’, but when it happens to women, the blame is all with the victims and not the perpetrator. Such is the double standard when it comes to men and women. And the saddest part is we the women lay blame on each other, while the guys went out and all proclaim ‘Harry is just like us, he is so normal’ and pose naked to support him. That’s the kind of things guys do for each other, and we as a women only try to see how the victims can prevent a situation from happening instead of telling people to stop sexualizing women.

            • SPJava
              +2

              There were plenty of people that took Harry to task for the LV frolic (which was in a private suite w/ pics taken by someone in attendence) though it was never meant for public consumption. I mean skinny dipping Oh mY. Regardless the angle of embarrassing THE ROYALS appeals to a large number of people and media outlets. (Not to mention plain ole cashing in.). They like diminishing them never mind their feelings. Similarly plenty of people don’t like Kate they’ve found other ways to be critical of her (Do-little, bad Mom who leaves her baby…) this is just the latest silly example but won’t be the last.

          •  Nancy
            +1

            I certainly didn’t think what Harry did was appropriate. In my mind, group nudity isn’t something that most of us do or approve of. Some,people were charmed by it, but I bet a lot of us weren’t.

            • Ramona
              +1

              At least he was actually in private – not doing his public rounds!!!

  47. Kristy
    +22

    I would be okay if you DID want to start reporting on what real bears are wearing

  48. elz
    +3

    I have been telling everyone how comfy LK Bennett’s are for years, ever since I first bought them because Kate wore them. I now have an embarrassing amount of them, but DUDE comfy. All day business travel comfy.

  49. Jane
    +4

    She’s never bare legged at public appearances so she was wearing pantyhose. Under those she was undoubtedly wearing some sort of undergarment, be it thong, bikini or granny panties. So it was really “nothing to see here.”

    But this wasn’t the first time she’s had a skirt blow up, just the first time she didn’t catch it before it got too high. It’s time she started having little weights sewn into her hems. I remember reading years ago that the Queen does that and, if that feels a little to fuddy-duddy, she can take heart in the fact that Chanel suits have them too.

  50. ohsohappy
    +5

    My suggestion to Kate, if dress weights are not to her liking, is to wear pettipants. They are a longer version of tap pants, under her flowey dresses. They are great!!

  51. kay
    +5

    How can you not believe it happened? It was a photo- you can find them all over the internet.

    I’m just saying it’s not that big a deal but a) why doesn’t she just weight down her skirts?
    b) why can’t she just wear underwear? This is why I don’t understand why people say she’s so ‘classy’. What about her is classy exactly? She’s a girl who never did anything and waited for a prince to marry her, it’s not that surprising.

  52.  Dani
    +7

    Well, I’m on the side of it being a fake. As I said to the Fuggirls on Twitter – if you look at the photos from the rest of the day – she’s definitely wearing stockings. And I am not aware of any stockings that are THAT invisible around the buttocks.

  53. Hong
    +18

    The major of Blue Mountain nails this incident perfectly.

    “The photograph promoted “sexualisation of all women”, he said.”

    “This position is informed by a deep respect for the Duchess of Cambridge and the strong view that the offending photograph is a source of humiliation for the Duchess, as an individual and a woman; promotes the distasteful and gratuitous sexualisation of all women; trivialises the impact of the October 2013 Blue Mountains bushfires; and embarrasses the community of the City of Blue Mountains.”

    http://www.aww.com.au/news-features/news-stories/2014/5/rude-royal-photo-sold-to-newspaper-for-$1000/

  54. Kat
    +5

    I wasn’t planning to comment after seeing the comment count to be at almost 200 by the time I got to this, but I have FEELINGS, so…

    I do feel that the photo is possibly a fake because:
    - of the time it took to have them published. Even if the photog shopped this around the UK first, it would not take a month to find a non-UK buyer for it. Besides, she didn’t have to wait until all the UK tabs said no, since she can simultaneously sell the photos to non-UK publications.
    - I also don’t buy the “I just saw this on my flash drive” excuse. Really? It took you THAT long to look into your flash drive for the photos you took of a high-profile event with high-profile persons?
    - There is absolutely NO WAY Kate goes commando, especially not for public events. I will bet my chances with Prince Harry on that.
    - The fact that no one ever mentioned this EVER, not even the Daily Mail I Know. There has ALWAYS always always always been a mention of her skirt blowing up, even in the slightest, every time it has happened, and there was no mention of this incident ANYWHERE.

    My other thoughts:
    - I know kind of wish that Mythbusters would do an experiment about hem weights and how heavy they have to be to withstand the gusts from a helicopter. Just so we can FINALLY put the matter to rest. My opinion is that unless she stuffed her hems with 1pound coins, they won’t stay put during a helicopter landing/in that wind during their New Zealand landing.
    - I CANNOT imagine living under this kind of scrutiny, to have millions of people be talking about your choice in undergarment (or analyzing the fact that you drank whisky)… I can’t imagine what that must be like.
    - While pencil skirts would help, they would not be very comfortable in tree-planting events (which she seems to do a LOT of), getting off and on planes/helicopters especially while carrying a wiggly baby AND wearing heels. They also, as someone already pointed out, present their own up-skirt issues when sitting down.

  55. Nicola
    +3

    I am sorry but that picture looks hella photoshopped to me.

    • Jessica
      +4

      I thought so too, honestly – not just because I am Team Kate, although OBVIOUSLY that is not a secret. It just looked weird to me.

      •  ohsohappy
        +2

        Quite frankly, the bum in that picture does not even fit Kate’s body. They shopped it to be very Kardashian-esque just so they could write that stupid article. Deplorable!

  56. Cara
    +7

    I know this is not a political site, but I have complicated feelings about Kate, and they get brought up every time there is a royals post, and it’s a welcoming community, so I hope this isn’t totally out of line.

    My issue with Kate is nothing personal, she is a lovely girl with interesting clothes (hers actually feel attainable and wearable in real life unlike so many celebrities!) and seemingly a sweet personality, and I feel terrible for her that her privacy was invaded here (and at other times) and it would be terrible to live under such a microscope.

    My issue is with some narratives that paint the idea that the whole world loves her for being a commoner who married a prince- I think in general I have complicated feelings about the ‘fairytale’ story line and the idea that marrying a prince is somehow the MOST AWESOME THING TO EVER HAPPEN and she is awesome because she’s pretty and well dressed, not because of her great charity work (which I feel like played into Diana’s narrative) or great intelligence/bravery. I don’t think it’s fair to project that onto Kate, who after all is just a woman who happened to marry the person she fell in love with and is seemingly gracious about what comes along with that (although let’s be honest, she has what, 50 engagements a year?), so I try to enjoy the posts for what they are, a lighthearted look at someone in the spotlight’s clothing, but I can’t help but feel a little weird about it every time for the message it sends out. There is also a part of me that just squeals at it and thinks she’s so pretty and lucky to be able to travel the world and have this lifestyle where she can wear crazy cool clothes.

    I am in a class case of EMOOOOTION.

    • Jane
      +4

      Thank you for putting that so well Cara. I also have very similar conflicting feelings about Kate. I think she’s a lovely young woman with a beautiful wardrobe who is handling the spotlight with a great deal of poise. But yes, her resume of actual accomplishments is a bit thin, and working 90 odd days a year is hardly a backbreaking schedule. As a result I sometimes find it hard to fathom where all the hard core Kate adoration comes from. I hope that in the future she finds her voice and becomes a world class advocate for a cause she believes in, but until that time, she is essentially being celebrated for “marrying up” and wearing nice clothes.

      • Jessica
        +14

        Thanks both of you for interesting, thought-provoking comments.

        I personally don’t think everyone’s fondness for Kate necessarily has anything to do with her “marrying up” — which I think is a horrible phrase; frankly, I think dating a prince would be VERY VERY DIFFICULT INDEED, that it would require a big sacrifice of personal freedoms*, and if anything, it was better for William to join a “normal family” than it was for Kate to join the royal one. I think of course everyone likes the fantasy of, “I married this person and now TIARAS!!” because, you know, tiaras. But my personal pet theory is that some people’s fondness for Kate actually comes from the other side of the coin, in fact: William has everything in the world from a material standpoint, but his mom died tragically and his family life as a young kid was marked with a lot of drama and (probably) emotional angst. I think people who’ve watched him grow up, or have grown up alongside him, have fondness for Kate because she has seemingly brought happiness and normalcy to a person who’s had very little of either.

        Obviously, a lot of that is supposition and projection, but isn’t every relationship (to use the word in a non-literal sense) that a civilian has with a celebrity marked with supposition and projection? With the Royal Family, as I said upstream, it’s almost like they’re fictional characters in a long-running soap we’ve all been watching for years and years and YEARS, so people are invested, the way you would be in a soap you’ve watched your whole life. Kate is a very fresh and well-dressed addition to a cast that had gotten a bit stale; it’s natural that people who are interested in such things would gravitate toward her.

        *Obviously, given the book we’re working on, this is something that I have thought about A LOT lately, more than I would have if I were just going about my business. I don’t necessarily intend this as a defense of Kate Lovers (although obviously I am one, and part of it IS the pretty outfits, because I like them), but just as some rambling about WHY I think people (and I) like her, because I find it quite interesting, anthropologically.

        And the length of this comment is officially out of control, I apologize! But I just got to thinking about it. It’s interesting.

        • Cara
          +2

          Thank you for the thoughtful comment! I AM fond of Kate, and I like thinking that people think of her positively because of what she brings to William’s life, and I definitely agree that it is like watching a longstanding soap opera and you become fond of your favorite ‘characters.’ I think about it a lot, so I’m glad I’m not the only one :)

          • Jane
            +3

            Yes thank you for responding – I do like your point about Kate bringing a sense of normalcy to William’s life. Moving forward, the Monarchy will have to recalibrate to survive in the modern age, and Kate’s more natural touch could be an asset there. Since they are all in it for the long haul, only time will tell how it all plays out. Great site, I appreciate the fashion commentary and the discussion.

  57. olive
    0

    Speaking of pregnancies…I just read that Charlene is preggo. Good for them.

  58.  Sam
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    Ok just to add to the bum-flashing incidents of young Kate, here’s some goss from a local TV show in Australia and their royal correspondent about what the Queen and Prince William think about it all apparently (hope those outside Australia can view this too): http://tenplay.com.au/channel-ten/studio-10/extra/season-2013/13-jun–kate-middleton-controversy