Duchess Kate wore an Erdem maxi dress to show her garden to the Queen

HRH The Queen visiting is shown around 'Back to Nature' by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Honestly, the Duchess of Cambridge’s garden-design for the Chelsea Flower Show has been hyped for months. There were even hype stories in January! It was bizarre to spend this long talking about a garden-design for a flower show. People even tried to make it controversial by suggesting that Meghan would “one up” Kate at the flower show by turning up at CAMFED’s garden and stealing Kate’s garden-thunder. At the end of the day, it felt more like Kate was trying to steal the thunder from the Sussexes on their first wedding anniversary, especially with the new photos of the Cambridge kids enjoying the garden. As I said yesterday, while the timing gave me pause, I think Kate was mostly hemmed in by the timing of the Chelsea Flower Show, which she could not control.

After spending much of Monday in those hideous brown culottes, Kate left her garden for a few hours for a change. You see, the Queen was coming to inspect Kate’s garden and Kate wanted to be wearing a more flower-show-appropriate ensemble. So she changed into this Erdem dress. I won’t take credit for the “Little House on the Prairie” reference, I saw several of those online, and I had to laugh because once you see it, you can’t unsee it. It’s the combination of the sleeves with the ruffle down the chest and the too-high neckline. Kate was aiming for “flowery and conservative” and she ended up a frontierswoman by way of Laura Ingalls Wilder. The wedges are the cherry on top – they do not match or have anything to do with the dress at all. Even a pair of flat ballet slippers would have looked better.

Apparently, Kate was quite keen to show her garden to the Queen. While she awaited Her Maj’s arrival, Kate was seen tidying up the space, “picking up leaves and twigs that had drifted on to the walkways — hastily putting them into her handbag.” She was rewarded with high praise from the Queen: “It’s very tidy.” LMAO and just fyi, we are talking about an actual garden and not Kate’s lady bits. Although I imagine all royal women are expected to keep their private gardens very tidy too. No rose bushes allowed.

Here’s the video from the Sunday activities, including Charlotte refusing to help George with something (she issued a curt “no!” to her father’s query) and Charlotte yelling “OH LA LA” at the little creek. Then Kate is interviewed and her weird posh hybrid voice is just crazy. Her accent sounds different every time she speaks.

Chelsea Flower Show 2019

HRH The Queen visiting is shown around 'Back to Nature' by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

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  1. CairinaCat says:

    The queen is looking really good.

  2. Vexa says:

    I really like this style of dress in general but on Kate I just find them too cloying. Someone with a bit more ‘edge’ – like Cate Blanchett or Thandie Newton – would look great in stuff like this. As it is, I find her whole vibe, like the way she styles her hair and the way she holds her hands, just makes it all too much.

    • josephine says:

      I don’t mind the dress either. Better shoes would have made a big difference and maybe her hair in a high ponytail. But as for how she holds her hands and her demeanor in general, I’m guessing that’s dictated by rules for royalty.

      • Lexa says:

        I also don’t mind the dress and think the issue was styling more than anything. She really popped against the solid green of the space around her.

    • Chica71 says:

      It depends on the print. Some look like grandma’s old clothes and other prints very graphic and modern. The styling makes a huge difference. Queen Letizia wore one yesterday and she looked fresh and modern, Kate not so much but still a huge step up for her .


      • BeanieBean says:

        Letizia always looks fab. I’m not sure that even if Kate styled herself exactly as Letizia does that the results would be the same.

      • Sophie says:

        Wow, Queen Letizia is the $hit! Look at her posture!

      • Seraphina says:

        Beanie bean, I agree. The results would not be the same. Latizia wears the clothes not the other way around as it happens with Kate.

    • Ronaldinhio says:

      The shoes are tragic

      • Mego says:

        It is absurd to wear cheap wedges with a five thousand dollar dress. Letiizia looks great – her shoe game is good and her hair and makeup give her sex appeal.

    • Moneypenny says:

      She really has no sense of style. Others would have made it more interesting and juxtaposed its prim-ness with some edge/bohemian flair, but Kate just leans in to the prim.

      • BeanieBean says:

        It’s sort of like what Meg Ryan would have worn with Doc Marten’s back in the day.

  3. Aims says:

    Her dress has a bohemain feel. I don’t mind it, but the shoes aren’t great.

  4. manda says:

    I saw kate’s dress on insta last night and O.M.G. it is probably the ugliest thing I have ever seen. It reminds me of a nightgown I had as a child crossed with a shower curtain my mother uses in the guest bath. And the shoes do not go with it. Omg, that dress is ugly. I know prairie dresses are in style but this is just bad. And she could look soooooo good if she wore better clothes.

    • Megan says:

      Didn’t Eugenie wear the same dress recently? I remember it because it was so fug.

    • Becks1 says:

      That’s not really fair to say its the ugliest dress you’ve ever seen. You are clearly forgetting a few, lol. Kate has worn some other Erdem dresses that I think were way worse. remember that yellow monstrosity in Sweden?

    • minx says:

      I wish the whole prairie look would stay in 1982.

      • Alarmjaguar says:

        Agreed – though I loved it then. Gunnysack dresses were so cool to fourth grade me!

      • ChillyWilly says:

        Yep, it’s very Gunne Saxe. I hated then and now.

      • Lala11_7 says:

        I LOVED GUNNE SAX!!!

        Wore one of their beautiful dresses to my prom…

        IN 1985!!!!



      • Some chick says:

        The “prairie dress” faux pioneer poofy sleeve look is awful. It’s all over the place (this is what happened to Eugenie at the wedding) but it’s awful. Compared to that, this one’s not so bad. Especially for a garden party.

        I’ve got to stan for Gunne Sax a bit, too. They were more ’70s and had beautiful lines. Then the ’80s just had to ’80s all over it. And knockoffs will never look as good as originals.

        I’d take the culottes over this – I thought the culottes and sneakas was a cute look for a garden event. If TQ is showing up of course she’s got to dress more fency tho.

        Something nice: They got a lot of nice photos of the kids, which are the kind of thing the kids will treasure later on.

        Speaking of photos: it’s not a competition. Seems like the tabloids have managed to sell the narrative that any time anyone makes a move over there, the knives are out. How about they’re all just doing their things. This garden show is a big deal. A baby is a big deal. Weddings and anniversaries are worth celebrating. Sheesh!

  5. tempest prognosticator says:

    “… no rose bushes allowed.” Did you hear that William?

    • Megan says:

      I do not understand the obsession with Kate’s lady parts.

      • The Dot says:

        I think she was making a joke about William’s possible affair with Rose Hanbury, not making comment on Kate’s lady bits.

      • olive says:

        @TheDot this is a comment on Kate’s lady bits: “Although I imagine all royal women are expected to keep their private gardens very tidy too.” why speculate on that? it’s just gross.

      • Some chick says:

        That was a crappy comment, but I interpreted it as expecting Kate to police Willy’s wandering scepter. Which is unfair and icky, but in a different way.

        How, exactly, is she supposed to do that, if Dad and the QoE can’t even tell him what to do?


      • The Dot says:

        Oh yuck. I missed that.

      • Cale says:

        Disgusting commentary.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      Rose who?

  6. Kay says:

    The queen looks more chic and less frumpy than Kate!

  7. Louise says:

    That dress is hideous. That’s all I have

  8. Kay says:

    The queen looks more chic and less frumpy than Kate!

  9. Seraphina says:

    Kaiser, was the the “no rose bushes allowed” a pun??? ;)

    And I really think she needs a bonnet, leather boots (like Laura and Mary wore) and a metal lunch pail. That would complete this cringeworthy assemble. 🤦🏻‍♀️

  10. Jerusha says:

    Only Sophie Hunterbatch wears Erdem well.

  11. Alexandria says:

    Omg she really loves theme dressing. But I think she looks lovely.

    I don’t think she is trying to steal thunder (at least in this instance) but I don’t have a hard time believing this is to balance the overwhelming positive PR from the cookbook and the Sussex baby shower movement. She is not curing cancer here but let’s give Kate some credit for trying. Maybe she can improve with each event.

  12. Erinn says:

    I actually REALLY like the dress. I don’t normally love that style, but I like this version.

    I think those culottes(and all culottes) should be thrown into Mordor though. They are so incredibly unflattering – I don’t think I’ve EVER seen a single person look good in them.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      I think culottes look best worn with high heels as it makes them resemble cropped trousers. Living in Florida one sees a tonne of culottes and cropped trousers. IMHO, the problem is that Kate just does not look good in culottes and cropped trousers. I think Kate looks best in very tailored straight leg pants and trousers.

      • Erinn says:

        Alright – maybe with a kickass heel. I think it’s definitely not a trend that just anyone can rock. But I also live in Nova Scotia where our seasons are just winter, post winter, spring, construction, and pre-winter hahaha. It’s only about 53F right now.

      • Lady D says:

        You don’t speak Celsius in Nova Scotia, Erinn?

      • Erinn says:

        Lol, I do, Lady D, but I work in a satellite office for a US company. I’m set up on a US network, so it pulls up the Fahrenheit first/automatically. I used to take website changes over the phone, so I just got really used to going with farenheit because a lot of our clients would ask how cold we were lol.

        We had one gentleman (one of my favorite clients) from California who would call in regularly and would recognize me by voice alone and start teasing me about how warm he was when I was in the midst of winter right off the bat xD

      • Leena says:

        @ Lady D – some of us are of an age where we still think inn celsius!!! :lol:

      • Lady D says:

        Canada switched to metric in 1975 when I was 14. I was disgusted at having to learn it at the time, but now that most of the world uses it, I’m glad I can.

    • KK2 says:

      I liked the idea of culottes and actually give her a lot of props for trying something different and fashion forward, which she is generally loathe to do. I think they look great if you have a nice round butt. They were not great with Kate’s long torso and flat butt, which I sympathize with. After my first pregnancy I almost cried the first time I looked at myself in profile- like my body had sucked fat out of my butt and put it in my belly. I had never cared much about my butt before but seeing that flat as a pancake behind was horrifying. I have never done so many squats in my life lol. So when people complain about gaining in their butt and thighs during pregnancy… the flip side is no picnic either!

    • Alexandria says:

      Culottes are just weird. If you pair them with heels maybe not so bad. And it’s not just Kate, Meghan, Eugenie and Beatrice would look even worse in them.

  13. Mumbles says:

    This dress is very Marcia Brady to me but I hand it to her, it’s far more interesting than some Temperly or Emilia Wickstead or Catherine Walker borefest.

    I thought the kids were cute in the videos and was wondering who said “oh la la” and now that I know it’s Charlotte it cracks me up. She really has a personality.

    I wish Kate would just talk normally. I’ve heard Pippa talk and it’s nothing like that.

    To think that Kate long-conned this to steal attention from the Sussex wedding anniversary is out there. First, as many have pointed out, few people care about a first anniversary outside the actual couple having it. Second, she can’t schedule the flower show. I don’t know if this “feud” is real or not (and if it is, the consensus seems to think it’s between the brothers) but to suggest that this is some three-dimensional chess move by the person who doesn’t seem that invested in it is a little bonkers.

    All in all this seems like a big success for Kate – she seemed really engaged in it and was glowing in her interactions with the Queen and Sophie and even Beatrice.

    • Alexandria says:

      Yea May is full of events even for me, a non royal. Can people stop with the dates clash conspiracy? I think there are other conspiracies that are more believable lol

    • BayTampaBay says:

      @Mumbles, I agree with you, “To think that Kate long-conned this to steal attention from the Sussex wedding anniversary is out there”. Cathy Cambridge is not just not that smart and neither is anyone else at KP. I see Cathy Cambridge as highly competitive but I do not see her as vindictive. I have never-ever thought the “feud” was between Megs & Cathy.

      This definitely was a big success for her. I hope she enjoys it.

    • Mel M says:

      Yes, listening to her speak is so painful. I don’t understand her accent and I watch a lot of British television lol. It’s like she’s trying so hard to sound like……….something, but it’s not clear what because she doesn’t sound like the queen or William or any other native English speaker I’ve heard. It seems exhausting and probably why she rarely speaks.

      And yes that dress with those shoes is a big fail.

      • Starkiller says:

        Mel M, it’s not clear because it’s a fake accent. When she hooked up with Billy she suddenly started sounding excessively posh. It’s not how she speaks naturally, so it makes sense that it sounds forced (it is).

    • bonobochick says:

      I think some of the people snarking about Kate trying to steal the Sussex anniversary thunder aren’t actually serious but rather are mocking the people who were all over social media claiming that the Sussexes deliberately tried to steal Prince Louis’ birthday thunder by posting about Earth Day ON EARTH DAY … which was the day before Prince Louis’ bday… because KP decided to post pics of him the day before his birthday several hours later.

      Some of the commentary about timing is definitely snarking about those folks clutching pearls over that nuttiness.

      • Leena says:

        That is the trouble with t’internet – irony and sarcasm isn’t always obvious

    • Kris says:

      It’s not THAT far out there. Kate doesn’t do many events and this was her first. The press tried to imply the Hubbard community center had terrorist ties after the cookbook was released (not saying its Kate’s fault). Someone def leaked a “big rollout for 2019” that Kate was working on a few days before Meghan’s surprise cookbook announcement. This was when they were still sharing press teams at Kensington.
      Sussexes posted on Earth day and ppl were fussing about one of the kids bdays and trying to steel attention. I think that’s why folks noticed the camb family pics right after Sussex anniv post.

  14. ojulia123 says:

    Something about Kate is giving me Rose Hanbury vibes here. Maybe it’s the way she’s wearing her hair?

    I loved hearing the royal kids being kids – loud and happy.

  15. lily says:

    The Duchess of Kent who is 86 wore the exact same dress Kate is wearing to Meghan and Harry’s wedding with trainers and an adorable hat. Also the Queen is wearing the same outfit she wore to the Sussex Royal Wedding – exactly a year (and a day) later.

  16. ShazBot says:

    I saw on twitter that that is the exact outfit, minus the hat, that the Queen wore to Harry and Meghan’s wedding. Is the Queen’s dresser trolling someone??

  17. aquarius64 says:

    Nice rollout for the garden; not a fan of the dress.

  18. Lucy2 says:

    That video was nice- cute seeing the kids having fun, and the garden was interesting.

  19. Heather says:

    I didn’t like that pattern on Princess Eugenie and I like it even less on Duchess Catherine. The detailing on it are more appropriate for someone in their 80s. You know, like the 86 year old Duchess of Kent, Katharine, who wore that same exact dress last year.

  20. Peg says:

    CAMFED’s garden was interesting, the theme looks like feeding people.

  21. FredsMother says:

    Even Katie’s sisterwife would disapprove of this dress. Also, I feel like I’ve seen Carol in these wedges before. #Rosebushesneverdie

    I keep saying that the Duchess looks actually engaged in the garden pictures we’ve been seeing. Someone please stop torturing Kate with the cerebral-type charities where she has to think and speak. Our Kate is a doer.. Sporty, outdoorsy things may be what she excels at.

  22. Rae says:

    I think the garden was lovely, I didn’t mind the trousers from yesterday, but this dress is fug.

    One thing I’ve noticed is how cloying certain press are being about this how thing. Definitely laying it on thick.

    • MissyS. says:

      The press coverage was so overdone. The excessive amount of praise and worship from reporters was annoying. I’m also laughing at the hypocrisy of people praising the Cambridges for their PR campaign on social media while bashing the Sussexes for everything they do on Instagram.

      • Salvation says:

        LOL, don’t you just love it? Meghan does anything to make her look good, she is such an attention seeker, this is such a terrible idea, she should just sit back and not complain not explain blah blah blah. Kate and William do something or their PR team puts something syrupy out there, it’s all ooohh, aaahh, the Cambridges are so on point, duchess Kate is all that and a bag of chips, the Cambs PR team is the best the BRF has ever had, Kate will make the greatest queen, LOL. When some people defend Meghan we are branded cultlike worshipping her. Meanwhile, the syrupy praises given the Cambs are all alright in some people’s books, the hypocrisy is from out of this world.

  23. Becks1 says:

    Oh and I ‘ll add that I don’t think the timing is suspect at all, the flower show is when it is, Meghan and Harry’s anniversary is when it is, people are capable of looking at pictures of Kate in a garden and pictures from H&M’s wedding on the same weekend.

    What I do think is obvious is how KP has changed their IG after Sussex Royal – much more videos, much more information in each post, more pictures, etc. and I like it. I even noticed the Royal Family’s IG yesterday reminded me more of a Sussex Royal post. And I think that’s a good thing. Their social media has been fairly stale and flat overall, so if they are going to follow Meghan’s lead and make it a little more personal and interesting, I think that’s a good thing.

    • Oh No says:

      I noticed that too. Before even when KP did have detailed info, it seemed like something copied and pasted from a wiki page. But now there is more, idk, light behind the eyes.

      But the Royal Family insta was a surprise and they are hiring a new social media person. I like that there is an understanding of how beneficial social media can be in this day and age

    • starryfish29 says:

      The more personal feel is an improvement, it’s too bad that it’s one that the press continues to drag Meghan for, claiming it’s gauche and protocol breaking of course.

    • Lexa says:

      I actually think the noticeable shift in tone and strategy is largely down to the fact they have Christian Jones in charge of their PR/image now. I noticed the KP account on Instagram was making small adjustments when he came on board to support both teams, including the longer captions and more edited videos. My guess is that Meghan and Harry’s youthful energy and image forced the Cambridge team to realize the social accounts were largely devoid of personality.

  24. Mego says:

    I feel rather bewitched by this dress. I really dig the colours and the length and find it to flatter her. Weird because it’s the kind of dress I would normally loathe.

  25. Digital Unicorn says:

    The outfit is tragic, burn those wedges. Kate needs to stop wearing Erdem, she doesn’t have the vibe to pull it off. She really really has no style. She should stick to high street, it makes her look so much better as she just can’t wear high end designer.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      Kate can wear high end designers, she just cannot pull off edgy.

    • vava says:

      I hate those shoes, but if she HAD to wear them, she should have worn them with the ill-fitting cropped pants.

      (I don’t dislike all wedges, just the ugly ones the Middletons seem to adore.)

  26. Cleopatra23 says:

    I love love love the dress but the shoes totally ruin the look for me! She looks quite pretty to me and the video of the kids playing is just precious! I think Prince Louis is all Kate and I love how full of personality the kids are!

  27. Mego says:

    I listened to what she said in the video and I think she’s trying really hard to make this garden meaningful. It’s not. Most people are not in proximity to spaces like this to take their children, particularly in urban areas. The closest we have is a field with very shopworn playground equipment. That rope swing would last a day before it either snapped or was cut down by a vandal. You require a car to get to a beach or the country where you have a risk on contracting a tick borne illness. she states that play is important to a developing child’s brain yet children are now entering the school system at age 4 and required to sit still and listen even though they are developmentally not ready to do so ie. my child who was being sent to the principle’s office at age 5. I could go on but you get my drift. It feels really out of touch to me. Her speaking is really bad too and she could use some coaching.

    • Lorelei says:

      Exactly. Most parents know full well that it’s good for kids to play outside as much as possible. It’s a question of access to parks like this, it’s not about the parents needing Kate to make them “aware” of the issue. This is why we call her tone deaf.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        It is about governments providing money to develop proper public parks for all to enjoy.

      • maude says:

        Yes!!! And to think that she spent all that time and effort conducting “research” on the matter.

      • LailaZaid says:

        Well here in the UK you are never too far away from vast open green spaces and public parks. Parents need to make time to take their kids outdoors. I don’t understand why a display garden is getting so much heat lol. Are they laying it on a bit thick? Yes but all Royals do the same thing. A few years ago Harry was being hailed as a saviour because he opened up on mental health. Gardens being the cause of such pettiness is too funny.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Very true, even in cities/urban areas there is the additional issue of security and making sure the children are safe. The children’s play area across from my flat is within a secure area that is locked at night then opened again very early in the morning. It was recently done up after being vandalised by the local gangs who used it to do drug deals. Needles, used condoms etc.. used to be left lying around. I think there is even CCTV now. Does Kate’s garden have a used needle bin? Prolly not.

      I think what annoys me the most is that it’s not going to be made use of by the people who would really benefit from it. It’s going to a hospital that only patients can use, I would have preferred to see it go to an estate where children have nothing like that close to them I.e. Grenfell.

      Also if you listen carefully u will notice that she mimics (and badly) Williams speech, she even pronounces words the same way he does. There is a weird mirroring thing going on esp when she’s at events with him.

    • Nic919 says:

      The overpraise by the media for this garden is just too much. They are acting like it’s the first time Kate ever made a real effort on a project and that she will save the world with this garden. Now perhaps it is the first time Kate actually cared about a project, but in year nine that doesn’t say much about the amount of effort she put into things before. Instead of spouting platitudes about how kids should play in green spaces because it’s good for them, maybe she should start a real initiative to put more green spaces in urban areas which is something that would actually help realize the vague concepts she is speaking about for this garden. Otherwise this has been reminiscent of Marie Antoine and her obsession with the pastoral at le Petit Trianon.

      • Vio says:

        Kate spouting platitudes about the importance of outdoorsy activities isn’t much different than other royals sputing platitudes like “social media are like a drug!”,”women suffrage is really a fundamental human right! (just in case we don’t know it), “education is really important in developing countries!”..
        Having said that,the concept of this garden should be part of a wider initiative to promote the creation of other green spaces. I totally agree about it.

    • Momoftwo says:

      Digital Unicorn, are you saying you’re upset that it will be used by hospitalized patients, and I’m going to think probably hospitalized children?

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        Many hospitals in the UK have gardens for use by patients and their families. I used to live near a large hospital that had a children’s ward and they had a play area similar to this.

        The idea of the garden is to encourage children to get outdoors, a garden like this sponsored by her in a lower income area would be a great community project as those children are less likely to encounter the country side due to economic disadvantages.

        If she is that passionate about it then she can use her clout to get local business etc.. to contribute/sponsor these play areas within their local communities. THAT would be a great thing for her to get involved in.

        Inner/urban cities are crying out for areas like this for their children.

      • MrsBump says:

        Don’t worry in a year or two, when Meghan does her garden, it’ll be the most meaningful garden that ever gardened ;)

        @DigitalUnicorn – relax, it’s only a garden. She’s not pretending to save the world. Let the hospitalised kids have some fun too.
        Have you been to the UK? Parks are really accessible. I’m happy to be corrected but I’ve never heard of “inner cities” in the uk crying out for green spaces.

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        @MrsBump. I live in London and I know there are area’s of the city that are losing their green space to property developers who want to build offices or luxury flats – broke local councils are selling the land off to raise money. Even if there are parks there aren’t always play area’s for children. You can tell the difference in the green space’s in the gentrified area’s and the rough area’s – the nice areas have nice well kept parks that are very child/family friendly, the not so nice areas are lucky if they have a few swings or a climbing frame for the children that are no go area’s at night where drug deals happen (I live a short walk from one such place).

      • Tina says:

        Digital Unicorn is right. There’s a court case going on right now about a child in London who died from asthma exacerbated by pollution. Children in London are being prevented from playing in playgrounds in their own developments because they come from the “social” side as opposed to the private side. Kate’s garden is going to a hospital in Devon. They don’t need gardens in Devon, they have plenty of them. They need gardens off the South Circular.

      • MrsBump says:


        I feel like you are just looking for something to criticise.
        If the aim as i understand it here, is to get kids outdoors there are more than enough parks readily available in the UK. Elaborate play areas are a nice to have, not a mandatory feature. Ive lived many years in the uk, and always felt you guys were incredibly lucky to have these spaces.
        She may not be the brightest but i don’t think she thought that bu “creating” a garden, kids would magically get in touch with nature but rather she was asked to participate so she picked a theme that resonated with her.
        AlSo i’ve noticed that now the nit to be picked is no longer a hospital instead of an inner city park, but WHICH hospital. Seriously

    • Amy Too says:

      I said this yesterday, too, but it would have been great if this garden had been the start of something for Kate, rather than then end product. Right now it’s just one show garden for looking at, the emphasis is totally on this specific garden and how cute or fun it is. I would have preferred if she had used this garden to draw attention to a charity that she was going to start working with that helped to raise funds/donate resources, materials, manpower to communities so they can make their own gardens and community green spaces for children. Because, yes, playing outside is good for kids and it’s fun. That’s not a new idea. The elements in this particular garden are not that innovative and are expensive and take time to achieve (fully grown trees). This should’ve been a jumping off point: an example of what she will work to create all over the country. Other gardens at Chelsea often have sponsors or are meant to bring awareness to a charity that is trying to raise funds to create more gardens like the ones they are showing at Chelsea. This garden Kate did just seems like a fun project for her, something to spend time on and a cute place take pictures in, but it doesn’t really DO anything or start any kind of conversation besides “wouldn’t it be cool if kids could play in gardens like this?” Yes, it would be cool, but now tell me how I can make this happen in my community. Where can I go to learn more? Where can I go to get the resources for a project like this?

      • Sisi says:

        You just described the RHS. Go to the RHS website, there is lots of information there about how to get involved.

      • Noway says:

        Just so you know someone who is British said this is one of several gardens designed and they are at several mental health facilities in Britain. Her understanding is it was part of a bigger initiative.

    • Jaded says:

      I agree it’s simply not easy for many parents to get their kids out to the country. Where I live (Victoria BC), the outdoors is easily accessed but our city parks, as lovely as they are, tend to get taken over by druggie street people (we have a huge problem with that here as the climate is so benign junkies come from all over so they can live outdoors comfortably all year round). Needles everywhere, tent cities, etc. There are regular attacks on women, joggers, etc. along something called the Galloping Goose Trail here which is a 20K trail through the city and is very park-like and heavily treed. An ideal situation for thefts and rape unfortunately.

      Her comments about getting kids into nature are spot on but unless inner city parks are heavily policed sometimes it can be dangerous.

  28. Sisi says:

    So I just want to reiterate that the Royal Horticultural Society is a nonprofit that makes a large chunk of its funds by showcasing their large projects (like their three year effort about gardening, nature & mental health) to attract donors to those causes and with show revenue like Chelsea. The CFS is an enormous event that is visited by 165000 people every year.

    Because of these factors, it always gets lots of PR ahead of time. This year is no different, it’s just a little more viral because people who don’t pay attention to this event usually now pay attention due to Kate (like celeb blogs).

    No matter how you feel about the royals, the RHS should not be shat on in my opinion. It’s a very good organisation (I’ve seen people in previous posts mock it and the Chelsea Flower Show as a snobfest). Since the RHS has a royal patronage, royals often give promotional support.

    anyway, just my two cents.

    ps. I don’t like this dress that lower tier on the skirt needs to go, but it looks like she color coordinated with the queen, which is a nice touch.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      It’s also a competition where displays and gardens win prizes, so there is that element and why it’s a big deal for those who take part.

      • Leena says:

        Does wonders for their businesses and there are entries from all over the world too

    • Enn says:

      I read your comments yesterday along with another poster (I’m totally blanking on the name) and found them really insightful about the flower show and its effect on gardening and landscaping trends. A few people mentioned our show here in Philadelphia, which is a HUGE event. CFS sounds very similar and I think it’s great to have a display like this that shows how elements can be replicated in parks and gardens. I know several florists who spend the entire year gearing up for their displays, which always follow a theme.

      Anyway, great posts and I learned a lot about the RHS from you!

      • Sisi says:

        thanks for reading!

      • lawyergal says:

        I lived in Philadelphia during law school, and my sister started med school there the year after I graduated, so I’ve attended the flower show there a number of times – as an avid gardener, I thought it’d be cool. Honestly, for such a diverse city, the attendees I always saw were predominantly white, and frankly I saw little to no point of the show other than to muck up traffic and pretend a vanity project was actually important or meaningful. Getting in was also expensive, prohibitively so for the general Philly population. Just my two cents on these random vanity fairs that realistically do not translate at all into replication in parks and gardens. That takes money, time and effort, none of which are being put into parks that are accessible to lower income communities.

      • Enn says:

        LawyerGal, the PHS can be stuffy and very white, but the flower show has been changing and evolving in the past few years. There’s also a big push on behalf of the mayor’s office to invest in playgrounds and parks in lower income neighborhoods, but racism runs deep here and there is much screeching on SM about why “they” (not my word, but a word I see all too frequently on FB that fills me with rage) should get nice things.

      • lawyergal says:

        @Enn, that’s great to hear that it’s changing! I haven’t been in about 4 years. Yea, it’s truly infuriating to see things like that on FB…I think that’s sort of why I’ve arrived at the conclusion that we should take the “nice things” away from everyone until we can make it so that all children have access. I feel like if it came down to ‘wealthy neighborhoods may not have nice parks’ things would change more quickly? As an uber-privileged kid (woman of color but wealth insulates you from a lot) who then worked in a school where kids were coming to class hungry, I just keep thinking we need to make things an even playing field for all children, otherwise we are perpetuating the preparation gap. If we can’t make it so that all children have access, perhaps no one should have access.

      • Enn says:

        @LawyerGal right? Maybe we should put gates on Rittenhouse Square and fence off Boathouse Row for a few months.

        One great thing is that more farmers markets are popping up in local parks and many vendors accept EBT, which is amazing for families who might otherwise not have access to local organic produce at low prices.

  29. Jo says:

    Erdem is William’s mistress, Rose Hanbury’s favorite designer. She wears it all the time @houghtonhall

    • Casey20 says:

      Kate tends to morph into the woman Wi!liam is courting…she did the same with Jecca Craig…she’s an empty vessel.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        Very sad. As much as I try not to, I always end up feeling sorry for Cathy Cambridge.

    • olive says:

      erdem is very popular in general now – Eugenie and Beatrice both wear them, Meghan has, the Duchess of Kent has, Kate and Pippa have before too. Rose is on trend like the rest of them, it’s not indicative of anything beyond Erdem being a popular designer in that set.

    • (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

      That’s quite a stretch…need a chiropractor or some lineament?

      C’mon…Kate has worn Erdem for *years*. I doubt Wandering Willy has been schtupping Rosebush for years.

  30. Karen2 says:

    HMs dress under that very nice coat is just as hideous as Kates. I wonder if the Queen dislikes Kate cos its she who has insisted that Kate curtseys to blue bloods when not with William. Yuk. I feel for Kate on this issue. Std mil crap. lol.

    • Leena says:

      Re the Queen – she wouldn’t be so petty, it is a case of standard existing protocol.

      Having said that, I think the whole business of curtseying is daft

    • Smalltowngirl says:

      It was actually enforced because of Camilla not Kate. When Charles married Camilla, Anne and Alexandra made a big deal of it and the Queen made it so royal born princesses didn’t have to curtsy to the married in ones when their husband wasn’t present.

  31. Casey20 says:

    When your 37 and a 94 year can out dress you…enough said! Once again Kate takes on a fluff project. In her video she speaks of children/families returning to nature. I wonder how many families in London ” can return to nature ” and frolic in one of Kate’s “Gardens.” Now the accent….it is as FAKE as Kate’s plastered on inappropriate smile. Once again Kate’s vanilla….no substance

    • Ceedee says:

      Inappropriate smile??? Have you ran out of things, real or imagined, to criticize her for that you are saying her smile is inappropriate? What would be an “appropriate” smile, pray tell? No teeth showing? Mouth closed only? Jeez.

      • Casey20 says:

        Ceedee: Inappropriate smile – The only person in a group with a wide smile exposing every tooth in one’s mouth…ie FAKE AS HELL!!! So you agree with everything else, LOL keep trolling

    • Rose says:

      Agreed & anyone who has followed this blog/site for a while knows what you mean with kate’s Smile. Forced & fake.

  32. Nico says:

    Lol you all can’t say one nice thing about her. I’ve been a reader (and sometimes commentator) for years and I love reading all the comments on Kate posts because it’s just unbelievable how much you all dislike her.

    • Leena says:


      I always wonder why folk waste time on someone they don’t like. Especially the non-Brits.

      • annan says:

        But can’t you see there is something wrong with her hair, smile, teeth, make-up, clothes, upper body, legs, voice, hair, weight, friendships, family, marriage, skin – but her children are cute!!

      • Leena says:

        @annan – haha most of the time no I can’t. But then I am not out looking for things to disparage! :lol:

      • Vio says:

        Hair, teeth, voice,torso.. And let’s not forget her weight.. but nothing can’t top comments like the one above,according to which Kate shouldn’t speak and think.. Ah well.

    • Becks1 says:

      ?? There have actually been more nice comments to this post than I was expecting. A few people even said they liked that dress she is wearing.

      Kate gets enough positive press elsewhere on the internet. If one gossip blog leans more negative, I think she’ll be okay.

      • Leena says:

        But it is so predictable here Becks

      • BayTampaBay says:

        True, but this blog site is utilized by many modern hard working smart women and Cathy does not appear to be modern or hard working. 90% of the commentariat of Daily Fail love her because she plays the part they want her to play and the other 10% really do not give a fat rat’s clacker about Cathy or any other member of the BRF except to demand a Republic NOW.

      • Leena says:

        Can I ask why you call her Cathy when she has always been known as Kate?

        Funnily enough, in my circle the RF never really get a mention!

      • BayTampaBay says:

        @Lenna, Another site (fashion & pop culture) that I have visited daily for years refers to “Normal Bill & Kate” as Bill & Cathy Cambridge.

      • Becks1 says:

        @Leena it never really gets a mention in my family either lol. But I spend a lot of time on the computer for work so I follow the royals as a diversion of sorts.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Leena: the coverage is predictable because Kate is predictable. If she had been the one to initiate the cookbook for Grenfell, for example, I’m sure CB would have praised it. But she consistently does overhyped vanity projects like this garden, which are basically photo shoots with zero follow up. Don’t shoot the messenger here.

      • Leena says:

        @ Lorelei Not shooting the messenger, honestly (or at least not these ones!) but personally I think that Kate would have been disaparaged for the cookbook on here. Only my opinion of course.

    • Leena says:

      That’s ok Becks – I won’t tell your boss!

    • KidV says:

      I don’t think people here dislike Kate. Someone may hate what she’s wearing, or how she has her hair or makeup, but that doesn’t mean they dislike her. It’s not that personal. People are critical of her (and Will) with good reason, but there’s no hatred.

      As BayTampaBay said, this site is full of hard working, smart women. It’s very frustrating to see someone like Kate, with every advantage at her fingertips, barely pulling her share of work. And when she does work, it’s nothing overwhelming. Most of us would move mountains if we had her advantages.

      • Ira says:

        Hardworking women won’t have time to be frustrated with Kate.

      • lawyergal says:

        @Ira. LOL. Hardworking women are amazing multitaskers. They have time to kick butt at work, home and also be frustrated with Kate. Have you ever met a hardworking woman?

      • BayTampaBay says:

        @Ira, BUT THEY ARE!

        What KidV was trying to say (excuse me for speaking on your behalf) is that if 90% of the women on this site had the advantages of Kate, they would put their intelligence and work ethic to good use getting great things done.

        It frustrates me to see someone who does not have to work for a paycheck basically doing nothing with her god given talents and god given luck for the greater good.

        I would love to be fortunate enough (win a big fat lottery) to be able to get up every morning and work on projects I believe in to make the “world” a better place.

      • Vio says:

        Does any of them “work”,though? Hardworking women,the ones who have a real job,the ones who have also children but no help,should probably know better than referring to what these people as “work”.

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  33. Cerys says:

    Kate and Erdem do not go well together. She has lots of nice, floaty summery dresses from her foreign tours etc that she could have worn. Instead she chooses to wear a pair of curtains……

    • BayTampaBay says:

      IMHO, Kate looks best minimalist in highly tailored clothes.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        I know Megs Sussex is not the subject here but she has had several fashion disasters too as did Diana.

  34. Linda says:

    I didn’t expect to love this dress but somehow I do. I applaud Kate for this initiative.

  35. maude says:

    I haven’t heard her speak a lot but she sounds quite different here.

  36. teetema says:

    And to think this dress was $3100.00. I can imagine if this were Meghan, there would be lots of comments on wasting money…

  37. TheOriginalMia says:

    So much money for something so fug, but that’s our Kate. Buttons, Peter Pan collars and shoulder pads are her style points. I will say she looks proud of her work and engaged. I imagine this is a first for her.

  38. Bettyrose says:

    Kate is so misunderstood. That dress is clearly from her ironic 90s hipster collection, and as soon as the cameras were off she paired it with Docs & a biker jacket.

    • KidV says:

      And she and the Queen hopped on their Mopeds and rode off to their respective castles. (I would love to see TQ in a leather jacket and Docs. LOL)

  39. Hope says:

    I’ve read sometimes that Kate wears all those boringly similar coat dresses to create a sense of timelessness in her look and to emulate the Queen. Her fondness for Erdem clearly shows this isn’t true. She just doesn’t have the best taste Which Is Fine! But I do enjoy when people pretzel themselves to find ways to insist that Kate is almost always making the right choice.

    For this dress, boho is not Kate’s vibe. She’s too cleaned up preppy for that so these dresses end up looking prissy. But the braids in her hair are great.

  40. L84Tea says:

    Her dress has forget-me-nots on the print. Interesting choice and makes me wonder if it was deliberate.

  41. Flying fish says:

    The dress Kate wore when she brought her children to the garden was ugly and so is this one.

  42. Amy Knight says:

    Oh my gosh! Mary Ingalls. I can’t imagone the cost of that prairie dress.

  43. maude says:

    Yesterday there were a lot of comments on Kate’s physique. One thing I’ll say for this dress is that the cut adds a bit of fullness to her and she doesn’t seem as frail. However, she could have achieved the same result with something cheaper.

  44. Leena says:

    For anyone actually interested in the gardens at the show here is a link where you can see them all:


  45. Misty says:

    So frumpy. I don’t like anything about the look, including her earrings.

  46. Casey20 says:

    The Queen doesn’t look interested in Kate’s garden. Watch the video.

  47. Lisa says:

    I don’t mind the dress but I hate the shoes with it.

  48. KidV says:

    I understood Kate this time. She seemed more relaxed and was able to enunciate better, she wasn’t so tight-jawed.

    I hate that dress. I wore stuff like that in the 4th grade in the 70′s. Kate is very small boned, very petite (although tall). She needs to not wear clothes that swallow her up. All I see is a head sticking out of a big dress.

    I love the shoes, though.

    The Queen looks amazing as always.

  49. 2lazy4username says:

    Super Ingalls. Ma and Pa would be proud.

  50. FluffyPrincess says:

    I want to like that dress, but it just doesn’t seem to suit her. I think it’s the floral pattern. Honestly, if that had been a plain blue dress–in that exact style, I think she would have looked perfectly appropriate, summery and garden-ready.

  51. MsIam says:

    Same thing here, the shoes and the dress are fighting each other and it’s not a good look. And for me personally, I only like these prairie style dresses paired with boots, jean jacket, leather jacket etc. Otherwise, I think it looks frumpy and matronly.

    • Ina says:

      Boots, jean jacket, leather are cool, but Kate is so not cool, therefore it won’t work either. She doesn’t have what it takes to be edgy cool.

  52. Monica says:

    All that PR for a garden is embarassing.

    • Leena says:

      The Chelsea Flower Show is a very big deal in the UK actually. There are programmes every evening showing you round everything.

  53. why does kate wear all those old fashioned clothes.. any update on that??

    • BayTampaBay says:

      I am guessing it is because she does not have a good stylist. If Kate could wear US-American designer clothes she would look great in Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren in my humble opinion.

  54. ChiaMom says:

    Sussex’s are closing in on Insta and the haters are being shamed into being quieter as the shameful racists they are – daily. Worldwide. Better everyday

  55. Ref7 says:

    As a lover of horticulture, I think this project is really cool.

    • Wisca says:

      I do too. I also like the idea of Kate using this to champion urban gardens (with an edible component) for young children on a massive scale as well. She should fight for this.

  56. BeanieBean says:

    I grew up in the Pacific Northwest & I remember lots of trips to the coast or to the nearest National Forest where my brother I & just played around in the streams & ocean & the rocks, climbing around on things. Just in the great outdoors. I guess in England you need to create ‘nature’?

    • Jaded says:

      Having spent quite a bit of time in England, they don’t really need to “create” nature so much as jam it into a small space. The population of England is huge compared to its size and much of it is urbanized/suburbanized, however the climate is like the Pacific Northwest (where I live) such that you can pretty much stick a twig into the ground and it will grow.

  57. Mar says:

    I’m loving these pics. Very Victorian and appropriate Kate!

  58. Desolee says:

    I think it’s fine. I don’t see how it’s prairie , it’s a normal dress, modest, and the print makes me think of marimekko. Pearls and watch prevent it from being prairie. Wrong shoes but they don’t stick out. There are so many dresses like this on modest insta fashion bloggers
    The queen looks like her feet would hurt! Her shoes are so little

  59. Vio says:

    Her hair was the best part of the look. It really added a bohemian vibe that I think was what she was going for. The print is actually very cute,but it’s too much fabric. With a different neckline,this would have been a great look.
    The wedges was a good choice with the maxi dress. It’s the color that isn’t right.

    • Rose says:

      Her hair does look good. In the past there was a lot of speculation here that she wore a wig or extensions. I can’t tell the difference but imo it is generally pretty consistent.

  60. strah says:

    Fashion is so circular. The first thing I thought of was 80′s style Laura Ashley.

  61. kerwood says:

    Doesn’t this woman have ANY girlfriends? Someone who’ll take one look at her and say, ‘Nah, girl. Back upstairs’.

    I wonder if Keen Katie feels a bit wistful when she sees Megan with her mother. She must wonder what it must be like to have a mother who doesn’t use you as a vehicle for her social advancement.

  62. TheMummy says:

    That bit about stuffing the twigs and leaves in her purse made me love her a minute. It seemed for actual real relatable. She wanted to impress the Queen and fussed about it and obviously took pride in it. Good for her! Pride in her work is good. She needs that.

    And also, stuffing those twigs and leaves in her bag seems like a metaphor many of us can relate to in our own ways. (And I am not a Kate stan who finds her all that relatable generally.)

    That said, Erdem almost always looks SO 1800s to me. It always looks out of place wherever it is worn. And those wedges? My GOD, they are a literal statement of one’s judgment. (……they’re just so awful and hideous and how can she not SEE that??!)

  63. Nina says:

    Has Erdem ever worked for Kate? I don’t think so.

  64. Christine says:

    Flower are good!.

  65. YankLynn says:

    “Duchess of Cambridge wears dress previously worn by 86-year-old Duchess of Kent to Chelsea Flower Show opening” https://uk.style.yahoo.com/queen-kate-chelsea-flower-show-171911577.html
    That headline made me laugh so hard. But not as hard as a random comment I read on that article from a Kate stans who declared that wearing this dress was Kate’s way of paying tribute to an elderly royal and friend of Queen’s. And both this elderly woman and the Queen would instantly recognize the gesture and message. Lordy, I have such a stitch in my side from my laughing. I wish Kate would have worn the same trainers with the dress instead of her beige wedges then, to make the tribute complete ! I’m sure Kate wishes her dress and styling errors could all be attributed to thoughtful tribute messaging. I feel like in that short video the Queen gives Kate a quick top to toe look and turns away saying nothing after the curtsy because, well, what could you say besides – do Pa and Ma know you took the wagon to town to see me today Catherine ??