Kate Has a Noteworthy Fashion Critic of Her Latest Memorable Coat: Prince William!

04/12/2014 at 01:38 PM ET

Fashionistas the world over admire the Duchess of Cambridge’s style choices. But she had one high-profile fashion critic during her stop in Cambridge, New Zealand Saturday: her husband, Prince William.

Wearing a green coat by Erdem for a series of engagements on their royal tour, she was cheered by a huge crowd of 15,000 well-wishers. Among them was Bev Hayes, 68, who met Kate. “I complimented her on her green dress. She said she liked it but Prince William thought it was a bit bright,” Hayes said.

Kate Middleton New Zealand Green CoatPhil Walter/Getty


Under her coat, Kate wore a green-and-white floral print silk dress by Suzannah with a ’30s inspired cut. Her favorite medium-heel black suede pumps and a matching clutch finished the look, and she continued to wear delicate studs (still no tiaras in sight!).

The couple were first seen in the town that carries their family and title name (Cambridge) on Saturday, April 12, at a war memorial. On the walkabout, Kate was also taken aback by rather eye-catching replica ornament of her holding her son when they left hospital.

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It belonged to Pam McCaroll, 74, from Kati Kati, who is a devoted royalist with more than 1,000 items of memorabilia in her collection. McCaroll, who had driven an hour and a half and waited more than five hours to see the couple, showed Kate the $80 ornament. “Oh my goodness,” she said, “is that me?!” McCaroll said. “I think she thought I was offering it to her but I told her that it was the pride of my collection. I love the royal family, the history and the continuity. When I was younger I used to pretend I was the Queen and stand on our veranda waving.”

Earlier, Kate had visited a hospice while William was at Pacific Aerospace where he unveiled the world’s most versatile aircraft — the Mark III P-750. On his first solo engagement of the tour, he spent 30 minutes touring the company’s HQ with CEO Damian Camp. And the former RAF helicopter pilot prince revealed that he no longer flies as much as would like. “He said he’s still doing some flying but not as much as he would like. He said he would come back and do a flight in the Mark III. He seemed very impressed with the take off,” Camp told reporters.

William received presents during the visit, including a miniature rugby ball for Prince George as well as rugby shirts from the local team, the “Chiefs,” for himself and Kate. “He talked about how George has settled into a nice routine and how he is keeping Mum and Dad on their toes,” added Camp. “He said George has got to the stage where he’s interacting now and keeping them busy.” As Kate told Alison Pizzini, 75, a former midwife who complemented her on baby George: “He can be a bit of a handful sometimes!”

Are you surprised that William weighs in? What do you think of her latest look?

–Simon Perry

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Guest on

The comment about education being wasted……..that person must not be very educated because they don’t seem to know or understand that the Royals bring in MILLIONS each year into the British economy by tourists, etc. Maybe even billions. And, Prince William has served his country in the military as well as Kate having had a business with her parents. Really stupid comment on the part of sam!

Debbie on

They are the perfect couple. A true prince and princess. And finally some attractive genes in that family. King George will be gorgeous!! 😃

Mary on

Love William and Kate, and baby George, beautiful family. @sam, the Kartrashian clan does nothing but vacation and take pics of themselves and sell them to websites for cash.

Lisa on

Sam = troll

Susan on

As usual, she looks stunning and glad she did not listen to William.

sal on

Dear Sam, The Kars live off the public, and are really a waste of internet space. Jealous of the attention the Duchess is getting sounds like you need to head over to e and read about your pos

Ivixen on

Sam – Kate is spending her time as a homemaker and mother. I’m sorry that’s not good enough for you!

Terry Nelson on

Kate Middleton is the most gorgeous, classy, female, I have ever not known! Regardless of her attire, her beauty shines through making what would be attrocious on any other female into a beautiful ensemble. She posesses the ability fo make any fashion she wears seem absolutely perfect even though it would look gawdy on any other woman. The only other female I recall that possessed this ability was Princess Diana! I am not a fan of the “Royal Family” as such, but stand by my fashion statement above. I have never seen Kate in any attire she did not make beautiful!

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