Kate wears Whistles to visit National Gallery

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the National Gallery today, as the first official portrait of the Duchess was unveiled. Kate looked blooming and beautiful in a gorgeous Whistles dress that had been previously seen in 2012. There was just the slightest hint of a baby bump, but for once, the discussions that raged following the visit were not about the Duchess’s pregnancy.

The discussions, many of them totally hilarious, focused on the portrait by Paul Elmsley. It is, quite frankly, hideous. Kate appears to be at least 2o years older than she actually is, and with very puffy facial features. Many have commented about how wrong the nose is, whilst others have said that it makes the naturally pretty Duchess look mannish and masculine. The funniest comment, however, was one that appeared on Mumsnet that said, if you squint, it looks like David Cameron.

I think the painting is a huge injustice to Kate, it looks like a really bad passport photo, and Kate’s lovely smile is replaced by a Cheshire cat-like smirk. The hair is wonderful, but little else impresses.

But Kate did look beautiful, in person, today. The dress was a perfect choice as the gently flowing fabric flattered the Duchess’s figure, whilst the black cumberband style waistband, long sleeves and gentle v neck all added to the elegant feel of the look.

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Kate leaves US with a flash of High Street Style.

And so the Royal tour has ended, and Kate has been stylishly triumphant. On her last day in the US, she visited Skid Row, indulged in a touch of painting, and met a starstruck Reece Witherspoon. Phew!

Kate looked amazing, as ever in an outfit from High Street store Whistles. The pleated knee-length skirt is the Lina Dobby skirt, a rayon skirt with a high waist that taps into this seasons trend for pleats. She teamed it with a navy crocheted top from Whistles 2007 collection.

The skirt is still available in size 16 at John Lewis website, having sold out in all other sizes at John Lewis, and having sold out at Whistles.com.

Kate made a new friend in the lovely Reese Witherspoon at a private barbecue on her final day. Reese looked great in a pretty red dress and spent some time chatting with Kate. Both ladies looked glamorous in very warm weather conditions.

And so ended a super successful tour that has been a fashion treat for all the Kate watchers out there.

Kate’s shopping trip – next stop Whistles…

Kate Middleton made a second fashion odyssey to the Kings Road yesterday on her quest for more bits and pieces for that honeymoon. This time, one of Kate’s purchases was the ‘Kate’ blouse,  the £125 blouse that Kate wore on the engagement photographs by Mario Testino, which has recently been  reissued by Whistles. There has been much amusement about the fact that Kate has bought a blouse she already owns, but I can’t see what the fuss is about. I often buy things I like and feel comfortable in again, and Kate may well have been buying this for someone else (Kate and sister Pippa seem to have similar tastes…). The Sun newspaper also said that Kate had bought some navy polka dot trousers in size 8 for £150.

I’ve checked the Whistles website and can’t see any polka dot trousers, but did find these navy rope pattern ones for £150. These could be the ones Kate chose, they certainly have a nautical holiday feel and would look great with a simple white vest top.

Kate blouse - love the styling!

Could these be the trousers Kate bought?

Kate also paid a visit to Peter Jones, where she purchased sunglasses and Calvin Klein bras, and to Goldenpoint, where she bought sexy undies. Well, it is for her honeymoon after all!