Prince William, Prince George and Kate Middleton are presently enjoying a “Rest Day”, having spent their Easter attending church service at St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Sydney and bringing Prince George to the Taronga Zoo. Wow, church and the zoo? On the same day? It’s madness, I tell you. No wonder they needed some time off today.
For Easter mass, Kate Middleton chose to celebrate the glorious Resurrection of Christ in Alexander McQueen. Dove gray Alexander McQueen, a matronly cut in a hue that is the unofficial Spokescolor for Sadness. This is what it sounds like when dove gray cries:
While most of us were in Easter candy comas, Kate was in a self-induced accessories coma with a beige suede Alexander McQueen clutch, a storm gray Jane Taylor hat and cream colored LK Bennett pumps.
Who pops a neutral with another neutral? For Easter mass, most women wear bright colors and floral patterns in celebration of the Resurrection and the blossoming of spring. This outfit is far from celebratory, it looks like something a woman would borrow from her Mom for an assistant bank manager job interview.
Where are the Queen’s jewels? Thus far we’ve seen the fern brooch, worn a second time I’m assuming because it was too camouflaged by the buttons of Kate’s Lonely Hearts Club Band coat.
If anything could wake up this outfit a bit, it would be a magnificent statement piece from the Queen’s collection. Did the Queen only trust Kate with the fern brooch given to her by the Women of Auckland in 1953?
When Princess Diana visited Australia in 1983 she was dripping in Royal jewels. She had so many gems with her, she was using them as headbands.
There were magical moments where Princess Diana looked breathtaking and regal, something the Duchess of Doolittle hasn’t been able to emulate despite all of her Single White Female attempts of trying to cash in on her late mother-in-law’s iconic status without the effort of earned adoration. This tour is far more casual, it’s really more Royal Vacation on the taxpayer’s dime than a Royal Tour. For all its hype, the success of this tour has been resting on the shoulders of a Lazy Duo, a show that’s not drawing the same kind of crowds. In a National Post article written by Gordon Rayner of The Telegraph, it was noted:
So far the crowds that have turned out to see them in Sydney have been underwhelming; only 3,000 were there to see them arrive at the Opera House, compared with a crowd of 200,000 that turned out to see Charles and Diana in Melbourne in 1983.
It seems the world is far less interested in seeing carefully staged glimpses of the Royal Vacation than was anticipated. The designer who made the pale yellow floral dress Kate wore to Taronga Zoo asked to not be named.
Fascinating since we’ve been assured by the Buckingham Palace Press Office, the Kate Effect is so strong, it can sell out a single item in minutes and make a designer’s career. Maybe the designer knew Kate intended to pair the dress with these shoes which look like they smell of feet sweat, fake tanner, patchouli and wasted youth:
The zoo engagement was arranged so Prince George could meet the bilby renamed in his honor. As always, Prince George nailed his Blue Steel pose. And in the presence of carrot-weilding royals, the animals struck curious poses:
Meanwhile, Prince William and Lazy Katie who appear happy to use Prince George for photo ops to suit their PR needs are objecting to some paparazzi photos taken of Kate and Prince George on the grounds of Government House at Yarralumla in Canberra. The deal Buckingham Palace has with the press is they don’t take these private moment photos of them and in return, the Palace leaks some information about the Royal Family so they can sell their papers and magazines. The paparazzi photos have already been seen on several Australian news channels despite the photos being taken without the permission of the Duke or Duchess. Right or wrong on the part of the paparazzi, it definitely shows Australia has no intention of playing by Prince William’s rules, the whole ‘Doing It His Way’ as one article laughingly proclaimed, confusing the Royal’s insolence with independence.