The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended Holocaust Remembrance Day in Westminster

On Holocaust Remembrance Day, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a commemorative ceremony held at Methodist Central Hall Westminster on January 27, 2020 in London. International Holocaust Remembrance Day is an international memorial day on January 27, which commemorates the tragedy of the Holocaust that took place during the World War II. 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. (The Duchess wore a dress by Catherine Walker.)
The Duchess wore a dress by Catherine Walker. Kate Middleton wore Catherine Walker dress for the UK's Holocaust Memorial Day Ceremony
The Duchess wore a dress by Catherine Walker. Kate Middleton wore Catherine Walker dress for the UK's Holocaust Memorial Day Ceremony
The Duchess wore a dress by Catherine Walker. Kate Middleton wore Catherine Walker dress for the UK's Holocaust Memorial Day Ceremony
The Duchess wore a dress by Catherine Walker. Kate Middleton wore Catherine Walker dress for the UK's Holocaust Memorial Day Ceremony
The Duchess wore a dress by Catherine Walker. Kate Middleton wore Catherine Walker dress for the UK's Holocaust Memorial Day Ceremony
The Duchess wore a dress by Catherine Walker. Kate Middleton wore Catherine Walker dress for the UK's Holocaust Memorial Day Ceremony
The Duchess wore a dress by Catherine Walker. Kate Middleton wore Catherine Walker dress for the UK's Holocaust Memorial Day Ceremony
The Duchess wore a dress by Catherine Walker. Kate Middleton wore Catherine Walker dress for the UK's Holocaust Memorial Day Ceremony
The Duchess wore a dress by Catherine Walker. Kate Middleton wore Catherine Walker dress for the UK's Holocaust Memorial Day Ceremony
The Duchess wore a dress by Catherine Walker. Kate Middleton wore Catherine Walker dress for the UK's Holocaust Memorial Day Ceremony
The Duchess wore a dress by Catherine Walker. Kate Middleton wore Catherine Walker dress for the UK's Holocaust Memorial Day Ceremony
The Duchess wore a dress by Catherine Walker. Kate Middleton wore Catherine Walker dress for the UK's Holocaust Memorial Day Ceremony
The Duchess wore a dress by Catherine Walker. Kate Middleton wore Catherine Walker dress for the UK's Holocaust Memorial Day Ceremony
The Duchess wore a dress by Catherine Walker. Kate Middleton wore Catherine Walker dress for the UK's Holocaust Memorial Day Ceremony
The Duchess wore a dress by Catherine Walker. Kate Middleton wore Catherine Walker dress for the UK's Holocaust Memorial Day Ceremony
The Duchess wore a dress by Catherine Walker. Kate Middleton wore Catherine Walker dress for the UK's Holocaust Memorial Day Ceremony

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  1. Such a good event, and they look so happy. Kate looks ten years younger with her hair pulled back, and her dress is very youthful also.

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  2. Today we remember a very dark time in History. Who will carry on for them when all of the people have passed. I like Dss Kates dress,it looks very good on her. Also like her hair out of her face.

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  3. She's a bit too happy for the occasion....not the right place to be so utterly cheerful.. but this is one point she never had the right feeling for...Dress gives no cause to critisism. Frieda

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    1. There are no pictures of Kate during the commemoration of the Holocaust, where she undoubtedly will not have laughed. The Dress very suitable for the occasion.

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    2. It is such a naughty comment. At the funeral of my grandmother, for example, there were many moments, when we were laughing as there were moments we were crying. She could not walk around the whole day and put on a sad face. It would also be not very polite, putting on a dark face while greeting others. If you look at more pictures you would also see survivors laughing.

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    3. Many other websites show more pics and many of them show Catherine with a more somber face. Be careful to judge from just one website showing just 9 pics of her.

      Shelley

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    4. Frieda, you are totally wrong here. Kate has a warm relationship with this lady of whom she has made very beautifull pictures, on which occasion they both laughed a lot.
      And why not??
      No better antidote to unforgettable misery!

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    5. She looked sufficiently somber during the event. We don't know what was being said, but she seems to be matching the mood of those around her in each pic, so it doesn't seem out of place and inappropriate.

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    6. DK shares a laugh with the old lady, probably a Holocaust survivor. What‘s wrong with it?

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    7. @ Frieda. DK shares a laugh with the old lady, probably a Holocaust survivor. What‘s wrong with it?

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    8. @Frieda If you their Instagram, these are people she has meet with and made friends with while working on a Photography project and they said to her 'They look back on their experiences with sadness but also with gratitude that they were some of the lucky few to make it through'

      So while what happened 75 years ago was sad, its also a celebration of life and gratitude for the survivors

      LW

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    9. Ja, habe ich mir auch so gedacht.
      Es ist ein schmaler Grat bei dieser Gedenkveranstaltung: nicht zu freudig, nicht zu traurig. Bisschen mehr Contenance hätte ich mir aber schon gewünscht von ihr.
      Catherine ist, wie so oft, sehr gut gekleidet-ich hätte 2 Dinge anders gemacht: dunklere Strumpfhosen und nicht so hohe Pumps mit Stiletto-Absatz, weil zu sexy für diesen Anlass.
      -Elisabeth-

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    10. @Frieda: Dear me, these are but a dozen photos out of hundreds if not thousands of the Duchess at todays ceremony. A smile when arriving, being greeted or introduced to friends isn't inappropriate. In fact it's a gesture of peace. There are plenty of solemn photos of her during the service. Don't judge by just a handful of images.
      Anon 9:13

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    11. Frieda, you are an example of what is so very wrong with so many commenters. Please stop jumping to conclusions and making assumptions based on little to no information. I would much rather people try to think the best of a person first and wait until they have evidence to the contrary.

      Elizabeth, high heels/stilettos are not only worn to be sexy. They are more youthful and give the leg a nicer line, while lower heeled pumps are usually considered more dowdy. Not all women have foot problems or find stilettos uncomfortable and should not be judged by those that choose not to wear them. This comes up often enough here and it is getting rather old. ~d.

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    12. Dear Ladies, partially I do understand your critisism against my opinion. But it's just my innermost feeling, nothing more, so don't "hate" me for that. Nevertheless I am also completely agree with Elisabeths comment in case of high heels etc. My thought exactly. Frieda

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  4. Classy, appropriate, and elegant in dress and conduct for this event.
    May we never forget.

    Michelle

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  5. Am glad she is wearing these coat dresses again. They are very iconic and suit her well.
    J

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  6. Kate affectionne ce style de robe qui va à merveille à sa silhouette ; tout à fait adéquate pour ce genre de cérémonie commémorative.. Mignon petit clutch dont la couleur noire est harmonisée à ses superbes escarpins !

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  7. I like this dress very much but I feel like something is missing; I think a pin/broach on the shoulder - perhaps tying in with the pearl earrings - would have been the finishing touch. And I have to agree in part with another poster that she, and William, seem a little too giddy for the occasion. I would think an event like this would have the same tone as say, a riff laying ceremony and dictates a more serious mood. I'm going to assume it's just tiny moments in time that these photos are capturing (with them in mid-step greeting people, etc.) that's just making it appear that they are a little too happy to be at the event.

    Europa

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    1. Update: I see today there are additional photos posted that show the *actual* ceremony/services of the event and indeed both Katherine and William are more somber. I guess in the future it would help to put a little more context with the *specific* photos featured and just a description of the event. ****But this is a good illustration of how things can easily be misconscrewed (see Urban Dictionary) by the media.*** We are all so quick to judge - myself included - one second of time of just one or two photos.

      Europa.

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  8. I Know Catherine gets criticised for repeating the same kind of outfits but she really suits this fitted bodice, flared skirt style of coat or dress. Fantastic outfit and entirely appropriate for the occasion. Agree that she looks better with her hair abck off her face.

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    1. Agree. She looks marvellous. It's an appropriate and elegant look.

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    2. I agree AnnieM but I still think there are ways to make it more interesting and or spice it up a little. Nothing too crazy - just an interesting pin (could even be costume jewelry) or a scarf some of the times. She wears the style very well but its always the "same;" earrings close to the ear, watch, and Diania's blue sapphire ring. But I'm a big fan of grey and black together and this outfit is very nice and something I would enjoy wearing.

      Europa.

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  9. Catherine's "too happy" appearance seems, to me, to be in response to those around her. If others smile or laugh in her presence, she responds in kind. She looks lovely in her black and gray dress, accented by the pearl earrings. William looks great too.

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  10. She looks so well put together, and smiling with the lady with the flowers. She's also looking very solemn during the service. Good job Duchess of Cambridge.

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  11. I think she is solemn when she needs to be--which is during the ceremony. She isn't smiling while sitting and listening and lighting the candle. But when she is meeting people and talking individually and with her husband, I think there is a little more freedom to express herself. There is one pic where the other lady is just as cheerful. There is an etiquette to be followed. I am positive she knows it. Her dress looks lovely. Jane

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  12. She looks wonderful. Love her hair out of her face so you can see all those lovely expressions. And no, she is not too cheerful. She is appropriately interacting with the people around her. who are also smiling or laughing when she is. Lovely couple. They represent the Queen very well. Diane

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  13. The dress is a nice fit and a suitable colour for the occasion. It might be slightly too short, but that’s a minor quibble. (V.M.)

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  14. Kate affectionne ce style de robe qui va à merveille à sa silhouette ; tout à fait adéquate pour ce genre de cérémonie commémorative.. Mignon petit clutch dont la couleur noire est harmonisée à ses superbes escarpins !

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  15. This is a beautiful dress, very elegant. The Duchess looks superb. I would add a brooch to it.

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  16. I agree with most comments above, nothing wrong to smile even at a somber ceremony, besides is not like they are at a funeral, and as it had been noted, she was greeting an acquaintance. Please, please stop judging people, a couple of images in time don't mean anything.
    Now to fashion, I love the hair, makeup and earrings, I have mix feelings about the dress, is like nanny meets skater, I wish it had been a little longer, below the knee. That being said... Catherine looks great even with a sack.

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    1. Agreed on the dress. Too wide to be even a little above the knee for this occasion. But her hair is so much better this way, I almost forgot how nice her face is, cause the hair always came to the forefront.

      I don’t think she was inappropriately smiling. I know she visited concentration camps and (as I noted in an earlier comment), once you go, you never forget. She couldn’t possibly have been even remotely indifferent, never mind inappropriate.

      Lily A

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