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Random Royaling – Kate and Letizia Show their Sleeves

Do we dare call out royal style trends here? Sure! I’ll go out on a limb and say that for the last few years royals have been wearing some significant design features on their sleeves. Poofs. Big cuffs. Ruffles. Lots of stuff. Kate and Letizia stepped out yesterday not bucking that trend.

La Reina attended the accreditations ceremony for ‘Spain Brand’ Ambassadors at El Pardo Palace, wearing a Zara blouse with “voluminous” sleeves (that’s their description, not mine, but there’s no questioning it!) and a Roberto Verino jacquard skirt. Oddly, I think she carries off both the color and the style. Amateurs need not attempt it.

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The Duke and Duchess are in Ireland, and yes, Kate opted for green dresses for their first two events. For the meet and greet with Ireland’s President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina Coyne, Kate sported an Alessandra Rich printed silk peplum. The sleeves don’t have quite the volume of Letizia’s, but they do sport some impressive gathering and four inch cuffs.

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In the evening, the duo attended a special reception at the Guinness Storehouses Gravity Bar in Dublin, an event I suspect William appreciated more than his wife. She, however, gamely sipped a brew. The sparkly dress is from the Vampire’s Wife brand, and, again, we spot some ruffly sleeve detail.

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Enough sleeves for you? Let’s end with this old fella. Yeah.

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Hello Ireland! 🇮🇪🇬🇧 Dia Daoibh, daoine na hÉireann! Thank you President and Mrs Higgins (and Bród the dog 🐶) for the warm welcome for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to the country, which will see them spend time in Dublin, County Meath, County Kildare and Galway – and highlight the many strong links shared between the UK and Ireland. Following tea with President and Mrs Higgins, The Duke and Duchess laid a wreath at the Garden of Remembrance – a place of reflection dedicated to those who gave their lives for Irish independence, before calling on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. The coming days will see The Duke and Duchess meet a broad range of people, including children and young people, those working in the creative arts, business and charity sectors – and are looking forward to building a lasting friendship with the Irish people. #RoyalVisitIreland

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