Kate Middleton is seven months pregnant with her third child, and she’s probably feeling a lot of things, maybe all at once: Glowing, happy, voluptuous, or heavy, tired and achy. Who knows?

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - JANUARY 30: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is escorted by the British Ambassador to Sweden David Cairns for dinner at the British Ambassador's residence during day one of her Royal visit to Sweden and Norway with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge on January 30, 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Mark Stewart - Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is escorted by the British Ambassador to Sweden David Cairns to dinner at his residence in Stockholm. (Photo by Mark Stewart – Pool/Getty Images) 

But as the wife of Prince William and as an international fashion icon, she has to step out in public and be massively photographed and judged for how she looks and what she’s wearing, which was the case this week when she accompanied her husband on a four-day trip to Norway and Sweden.

Things didn’t go so well — or, at best, reactions were mixed to two gowns she wore to official dinners in Sweden.

Some fans of the Duchess of Cambridge’s style talked about how she stepped “outside her comfort zone” in choosing dresses from the British designer Erdem that displayed bright colors and vibrant prints.

Independent writer Caitlin McBride noted that Middleton tends to like a sleeker look with solid colors for royal visits, so her choices in Sweden were a bold switch.

For a dinner on Tuesday night at the residence of the British ambassador to Sweden, the mother of two “stood out” in an elegant crowd dressed mostly in black, according to a story in Harper’s Bazaar. She wore a gold full-length silk Erdem dress. The dress boasted a colorful floral print, a frilled high collar and ruffles at the sleeves and hem, Harper’s Bazaar said.

But Sarah Burns, a writer for The Sun, said the flamboyant dress was a bit “frumpy,” while sympathetically saying that it’s never easy dressing while pregnant.

The website WhatKateWore, which tracks the duchess’s fashion choices, agreed that the design had “an awful lot going on” and that the duchess probably wore gold “as a nod to the Swedish flag.”

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - JANUARY 31: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge during a reception to celebrate Swedish culture at the Fotografiska Gallery on day two of their royal visit to Sweden and Norway on January 31, 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, during a reception to celebrate Swedish culture at the Fotografiska Gallery in Stockholm. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski – Pool/Getty Images) 

The WhatKateWore writer continued to put things diplomatically: “While it isn’t a design I am fond of, kudos to Kate for being true to her own choices and picking a piece in a bold look that she probably knew would be criticized, a design Erdem calls a ‘true standout.’ ”

For a dinner Wednesday night, Middleton stood out again in another Erdem dress — but again not necessarily in a good way. Daily Beast writer Tom Sykes called her  blue velvet floral dress with an oversize oriental motif “bizarre.”

The reactions on social media were not kind about either of the Erdem dresses Kate wore, with royal watchers, journalists and the fashion press calling them matronly and unflattering to most anyone whose body isn’t as slim and straight as an ironing board. There were also comparisons to curtains.

Rebecca English, royal correspondent for the Daily Mail, had this thread going on her Twitter account:

Rhiannon Mills, the royal correspondent for Sky News, agreed with English’s assessment and said the dresses looked like they were made from her grandmother’s curtains.

But Middleton seemed to recover her fashion mojo Thursday night in Norway, with her choice for a lavish dinner at the royal palace in Oslo, Norway, on the last night of the royal couple’s Scandinavia tour.

OSLO, NORWAY - FEBRUARY 01: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (second right) is escorted into dinner by King Harald V of Norway and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (C) is ecorted by Queen Sonja of Norway at the Royal Palace on day 3 of their visit to Sweden and Norway on February 1, 2018 in Oslo, Norway. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is escorted into dinner by King Harald V of Norway and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, is escorted by Queen Sonja of Norway at the Royal Palace. (Photo by Chris Jackson – Pool/Getty Images) 

Her blush-pink Alexander McQueen gown, with a cape overlay and diamond-encrusted floral pattern across the neckline, had headlines comparing her to a Greek goddess.

Elle UK called the dress “stunning” and said its empire waist elegantly “grazed the top of her growing baby bump.”

For a brief time, Middleton was able to steal the spotlight away from her soon-to-be sister-in-law Meghan Markle, who nonetheless also drew headlines this week for her fashion choice for her first official evening engagement with Prince Harry.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 01: Prince Harry and fiance Meghan Markle leave the 'Endeavour Fund Awards' Ceremony at Goldsmiths Hall on February 1, 2018 in London, England. The awards celebrate the achievements of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women who have taken part in remarkable sporting and adventure challenges over the last year. (Photo by Ben Stansall - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Harry and fiancee Meghan Markle leave the Endeavour Fund Awards in London. (Photo by Ben Stansall – WPA Pool/Getty Images) 

For the Endeavour Fund Awards in London Thursday night, the U.S.-born former actress broke royal convention by not wearing a dress to the black-tie event.

Instead she chose a chic, slim-fitting trouser suit. Perhaps in sync with Middleton, her suit was by Alexander McQueen, according to the Independent. 

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