Note: there are so many photos of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Paris, I’m splitting up the pics in several different posts.
Prince William and Kate knocked out several events as soon as they arrived in Paris on Friday afternoon. They had spent the morning with the Irish Guards, and Kate wore the same bespoke Catherine Walker coatdress in green for the arrival in Paris. She only changed her hairstyle – she took off her hat/fascinator on the trip, and let down her hair. Because in WaityWorld, one must always wear your hair down whenever possible. Here’s the shot of their arrival at the Elysee Palace, being greeted by President Francois Hollande. They also had a private meeting/photo-op with Hollande inside.
Next came an late-afternoon reception at the British Embassy to launch Les Voisins, aka The Neighbors, what’s supposed to be a “year-long celebration of UK-French links.” For that, Kate tried to do a tres chic little black dress but… there are issues. The dress itself is okay – it’s Alexander McQueen and it’s actually a decent design overall. I just think it would have been so much better if she had changed up her styling. That clunky watch needs to go. It’s a strictly daytime-wear watch, it shouldn’t be worn with this kind of dress. I also think this would have been great with with a loose, when-in-Paris chignon and very delicate, simple jewelry. Maybe replace the watch and that ridiculous pearl necklace with simple pieces or one big statement piece, like a gorgeous bracelet. Maybe this necklace is pretty, but you can’t see because Kate’s wiglet is in the way.
And finally, Will and Kate did the big dinner-reception at the British embassy. Kate changed frocks – she wore this “ice blue” Jenny Packham gown. She always wore her hair back partially, a sweet relief, although she should have worn it all up and back. The dress itself is… peculiar. I don’t exactly hate it, but I’m not sure I understand it. It looks like puckered satin, but I’m sure if I was looking at it up close, it would probably look very pretty. Maybe it just doesn’t photograph well? I also think… wrong shoes. At this reception, William tried to make a speech in French but he had to switch over to English pretty quickly. I wonder if he even read his briefing papers for this trip? Also: remember the “dad dancing” to Pharrell’s “Happy” in that video from William’s ski holiday? Yeah, William was confronted with that song during the reception:
No 'dad dancing' from William tonight as Kids United sang Happy, one he performed to in Verbier. pic.twitter.com/sch7dAEzxt
— Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) March 17, 2017
Photos courtesy of WENN, Fame/Flynet.
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