Friday, 13 July 2012

Kate Hosts Barbecue For Scouts, Photographed Shopping at Turnell and Gigon, Temperly Amoret + More

Good evening Duchess Kate readers,


I have a number of stories to share with you tonight. Kate privately volunteers with the Scouts in Anglesey, although it's not one of her patronages it appears to be a role she enjoys and takes very seriously. Last night the Duchess had a treat in store for the scouts.....


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Kate hosted a barbecue on a beach in Anglesey yesterday evening where she cooked burgers for the children aged about eight years old. A source told the Daily Express

'The Duchess arranged and hosted an evening of activities that took place on a beach in Anglesey. They did some crabbing and gutting fish. She was teaching them how to do things like that. And she did a barbecue'.


Lee Crimes stepbrother attended the barbecue and he was a little disappointed not to have been there himself :)

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Kate works incredibly well with children, so much so the press have started calling her 'The Children's Princess' . It sounds like last nights barbecue was a delightful evening. No photos thus far but I'll update should any surface.


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The owner of the wonderful Princess Diana Frances Tumblr  blog shared a scan from Australia's New Idea magazine featuring a photo of Kate shopping earlier this month. 


Princess Diana Frances Tumbler/Australia's New Idea

The Duchess perfected casual chic in a cream sweater, black pants and her Mulberry Polly Push Lock  bag. She wore her hair half up half down and carried an umbrella (I'm afraid the British summer has been rather disappointing this year)

Mulberry

Kate was carrying a bag from fabrics store Turnell and Gigon. Perhaps Kate was shopping for the couples apartment at Kensington? 

Turnell and Gigon
The store holds the prestigious Royal Warrant and distributes a collection called Clarence House (It doesn't get much more royal than that) which features hand screen-printed fabrics and wallpapers.

Turnell and Gigon

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Last Tuesday, Prince William gave Prince Charles a tour of RAF Valley. William was excused from duty while he showed Charles the logistic and supplies rooms.

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Charles and Camilla were on their annual trip to Wales and the impromptu visit to RAF Valley gave Camilla a chance to catch up with Kate for tea.



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Good news for the 'Repli-Kate's' among you! I'm sure you all recall the beautiful black lace Temperly gown Kate wore to the War Horse premiere in January.....


It is now available to buy and is named the Temperly Amoret (With thanks to What Kate Wore) It  is selling for $2,520 here and is described as

''A statuesque lace gown trimmed with scalloped eyelash edges. A curved seam lends elegant movement to the skirt, and a feminine bow accents the removable crepe belt. The back closes with a hidden zip and a buttoned keyhole. Sheer 3/4 sleeves. Contrast slip-dress lining. 35% cotton, 17% polyamide, 48% viscose; Lining 100% Silk'.

Temperly

A closer look at the lace detail.

Temperly
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I was reading the news on the Mail Online when I saw an article titled Duchess of Cambridge's Extreme Makeover'. Using the new interactive M&S beauty counter the Daily Mail team decided to give Kate a makeover......

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Kate generally opts for Kohl eyeliner and a nude lip. I do not think the colourful lip and eye make up shown below is a look Kate will be trying publicly any time soon :) What do you think? If you would like to try the virtual makeover counter yourself please click here.

Daily Mail/M&S
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Finally, a solo engagement for Kate next Thursday combining her roles as patron of the National Portrait Gallery and Olympic ambassador.

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Thank you for reading.

67 comments:

  1. Pauline California USA13 July 2012 at 01:49

    Thank you for all the great information. What a treat for those lucky children. It is not all the time you get a chance to have the future Queen of England cook you a burger. It would have been extra special if William was able to stop by and say hi.
    Any idea why William will not atttend the engagement with the Duchess on the 19th. They make such a beautiful couple and love to see them at these engagements together.

    Thanks for this great blog.

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    1. You're very welcome :)

      No word on why William will not be attending. Perhaps he will be working or the Palace wants Kate to do more solos?

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    2. Thanks chica!! I do hope we get to see pics of the barbeque event Kate hosted,,,it sucks you'll still have the cold weather there!!!Sending you warm 100F sunshine and hugs from sunny DC :))

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    3. Pauline California USA13 July 2012 at 03:47

      @Siddhii- We both can send poor Charlotte some sunshine. We have been averaging 103 to 107 here in Southern California ( High Desert).

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    4. It is one of her patronages and I don't think that he's that interested in the artistic side of life.

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  2. The makeup makes her look like a made up whore. Highlight her natural beauty, not plaster it with gaudy colors. People like us can do w/o makeup@all, but when do, u can't tell except that we shine a lil more than usual.

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  3. Her natural look is a large part of her charm.

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    1. Pauline California USA13 July 2012 at 16:58

      JK I totally agree with you. She is such a beautiful woman.

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  4. Pauline California USA13 July 2012 at 03:44

    Those make over pictures of the beautiful Duchess make her look like something that woudl be walking the streets of Los Angeles.
    I love her the way she is. Very natural and beautiful. Poor William would not know what to do if he came home from work one day and his beautful Duchess looked like that. He would turn and run out of the house.
    The green eyeliner just does not make it, either does the very bright red lip stick.
    Let's just hope the Duchess does not see these pictures and decide to do some changes.

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  5. All wishes for Sunshine over here *greatly* appreciated :)

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  6. What a treat for the scouts. That's a story to share with the grandchildren someday.

    And how ironic that Kate has been criticized for wearing too much makeup (eyeliner) and the DM comes up with an article that would suggest that she doesn't wear enough. Amazing! LOL. I think she does just fine without all the unsolicited advice. :) Apparently, William does too! :)

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    1. Pauline California USA13 July 2012 at 16:57

      I remember reading something on the day of her wedding that she wanted to make sure William would know her when he meets him at the alter. So could you imgine if she did her make like the pictures William would have turned and ran away...lol

      I agree he loves her for the way she is with no changes. I believe a woman where's her make up and hair to please her man. And we also know the beautiful always wants to please herPrince.

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  7. Kate is a real natural when it comes to make-up, and I think she does it much better than her make-overs. Didn't she do her own wedding make-up? Don't know many brides who'd dare, especially with so many people watching. Good on you, Kate. Good on you too, Charlotte. Love your blog.

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  8. Thanks for the post!!! You always have the most interesting and up to date information :)

    I agree with you Pauline, those makeover photos should be called "makeunder" photos lol The way she wears her makeup now is classy and beautiful, no changes needed!

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  9. oh my goodness - Kate would NEVER look that trashy. Yikes.

    I wasn't a huge fan of the black Temperley lace dress, but it's been growing on me!

    -Sarah

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  10. The lady loves to shop and if she were any other celebrity I wouldn't have a problem with it.

    But her role I had thought was that of ambassador and role model on behalf of your Queen. That is why I cringe for her whenever I read stories about her shopping for anything other than groceries.

    Surely it's not intentional, and her private life is not supposed to be fodder for the press, but if she is realistic, she knows she will be photographed when in public for private reasons. So is she not aware that she flaunts her financial wealth and wealth of leisure time every time she's spotted?

    Does anyone have any theories as to why she doesn't do more shopping under the radar?, i.e. shop online, private appointments after store hours, have samples brought or sent to her, etc.

    The reason I ask is it seems to me that the almost-weekly stories that surface about her latest shopping trip can't be good PR given the economy and the constant comments about her life of leisure, wasted college degree, minimal royal engagements this first year, etc. etc.

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    1. Ana B. from Brazil13 July 2012 at 13:11

      Hi, Anonymous!
      Sorry, but I disagree! I think Kate married a prince, she didn't die! As woman, one of the best things about being alive is to be able to do some shopping on your own and whenever you want. I am not sure if she should stop doing these kinds of things. Mostly because she seems to love it and also because it shows us she is a "normal" person or at least trying to be one. And in my opinion, she should not stop it because the whole world is on a financial crisis... Because everybody can shop once and a while. It's not like she is shopping and being photographed everyday!
      The big problem is that she does her charity work behind the courtains and we just find out when someone tweets it or something. People can be very unfair to her from what I can see. But again, it is only my point of view....

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    2. Pauline California USA13 July 2012 at 16:53

      Anonymous- I don't beleive the Duchcess likes all the attention she get's when she is out shopping. But the media just can't leave her alone. Yes one of her jobs is to represent the Queen at engagements be it with her Prince or by herself. But the Queen has given the Duchess and her Prince the first two years of their marriage to try and be just a married couple. But along with that they do have to do a few engagements. In my opinion I don't think you should cringe when she shops. You and I go shopping (we don't spend the money like she does)but people don't put us down for that. So we should not get all up in arms when the Duchess shops. Again this is just my opinion.

      I don't think the Duchcess flaunts her wealth. She can't help that she has money be it before she married her Prince or now that she is married. The pictures of her shopping was for things for their new home. And remember she does shop for less expensive clothes most of the time. There are times when she need's that gown but most of the time she buys off the racks (that is what has been written) or she will wear something old (?).

      I don't think the Duchess can do anything under the radar (not her doings). It has been written that the Duchess does do some shopping on line but they did not say for what. I think the Duchess does not like to be treated any different then you or me. So if she shopped aafter hours, or had things brought to her, that would be like being treated different.

      I too just wish the media would leave both the Duchess & her Prince alone but we know that will never happen.

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    3. I don't think her degree was wasted. Real life usually doesn't follow one straight path and hers took a turn when she met William and they started a relationship. She doesn't pay someone to purchase her clothes, food or home goods and needs to go get them herself. Expecting her to be a virtual prisoner in her home is unrealistic. I also think her first nine months were designed to ease her into Royal duties. This is the Queen's big year and I firmly believe that Kate's duties have been intentionally kept to a minimum as to keep media focus on her to a minimum as well. I don't think she lives a life of leisure either. I think her life is stressful 24/7. Not only does she have to do what every other married woman in the world does, but she has to prepare her clothing etc. For countless PA's, all the while meeting the expectations of the world. Can you imagine having every single aspect of your life controlled by someone else. Every breath you take, every word you say dictated by someone else. Cut your hair Kate, put weights in your dress Kate, wear High Street Kate, wear designer Kate, your dress is too short Kate, your dress is too long Kate...it makes you look old Kate. Don't look at the photographer's Kate that means you want them to photograph you, look at the photographer's Kate you owe us these photos Kate. Gain weight Kate, change your makeup Kate, don't speak to or look at Harry, Kate. Look perfect as you represent the Queen Kate, but by all means don't buy any clothes Kate. Sorry for the rant, but in all seriousness this her life. I would not be her for anything, not even for the love of a man.

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    4. i disagree completely with the notion that Kate's life can't be her own and is necessarily subject to other people's expectations of her. Her own boss at Jigsaw and a royal reporter have said that she was in charge of her work life and in charge of the pace of her life. I tend to agree with the reporter because they are not like tabloid reporters and would rather show us the beautiful side of royalty rather than the ugly side.

      In terms of what Kate presents to us as her primary focus, it takes women back 100yrs. Emmeline Pankhurst and such wonderful women as Eleanor Roosevelt turning in their grave that the future consort to the head of state is a kept woman who can not be trusted to speak in public lest she shows us just how little she has accomplished on her own.

      Every time something is written about her shopping trips, her make up, her hair, and nothing about her work or accomplishments something in me dies. And women lap this up. Shame on all of you.

      @Anonymous:- re: kate's shopping - The notion that she can't use the after hours services or personal shoppers because otherwise she is a prisoner in her own home, what alot of codswollop. There is a reason those services exist, chief of which is the privacy they give to their customers. As it is, we are subjected to the contents of Kate's shopping trolley which is none of our business. If i can use the private shoppers at Harrods, selfridges, John Lewis and many other stores, and have stuff delivered from there for me, and i am simply another member of the public, why can't she? I certainly do not feel a prisoner in my house for doing that. Also, having other people shop for you,or style you isn't a burden. stylists open your eyes to what is available and in some cases offer wonderful advise. From what i see of Kate's style the biggest problem is that she doesn't tailor her clothing to suit her body. Everybody and there mother does it. For someone like her, whose clothing is important, why not use one. It is a wise investment that costs very little. There are inexpensive tailors in most drycleaning stores.

      The criticisms leveled at her are precisely because she is projecting, rightly or wrongly a false image. Princess Diana was a 19yr old uneducated girl when she entered the royal family. She had bigger challenges than Kate will ever face including an unloving husband. No one ever made excuses for her and she is rightly lauded as a role model. Whatever was going on with her private life, her working life from day one was impeccable and something that can never be taken away from her.

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    5. While I do think that the suggestion that Kate could use the private shopping services is a reasonable one, when Diana used those services it was always made public so I'm not sure how helpful that would be to Kate.

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    6. Kate puts women back 100 years???? Only the jealous ones but not me. Kate has the CHOICE to be whatever she wants she has decided to be a wife. That is the point women have choices to follow any path they want be it wife or career woman...only jealous women begrudge women the right to choose their own path.

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    7. @Anonymous - when you have worked in an anorexia ward where you are trying to help the girls who keep pointing to Kate as their role model of perfect weight to be, then you can call me jealous.

      When you have volunteered with young teenager girls who aspire to nothing but to be kept women using Kate as their role model, then you can call me jealous.

      You may not be personally influenced by her, but there is a generation of women who are. She is the shining apex of a trend that started with the football WAGS.

      Kate is demonstrating exactly how women behaved and were expected to behave 100yrs ago before we had the vote. Based upon what we know of her and what we have seen, she did not make a career vs wife choice. And if we are going to have wife comparison, i would rather sit down with Hilary Clinton, Eleanor Roosevelt, Michelle Obama, Carla Bruni, Diana Princess of Wales, The Queen, Princess Anne, Tina Brown, Angela Merkel, Aung Suu Kyi to name afew. No decent woman in an age full of women's accomplishments would hold up Kate as a role model. Am i jealous of Kate? Not in a million years.

      That is why i am on this site. i had to see for myself what my teen charges were talking about.

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  11. Thank goodness she has enough sense and self-confidence to dp her own make-up and choose her own clothes; the "experts" would have her look like a painted puppet.

    Her latest shopping seems to be for the apartment at Kensington Palace and most of us furnishing our first home want to shop around to see what is available. She could, of course hand it over to a designer, but why should she forego the pleasure and after all, she and the Duke have to live with the result?

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  12. Anyone able to ID the cream top Kate is wearing in the shopping photo? I believe she wore the same outfit after leaving the salon a year or so ago. Thanks!

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  13. The reason the Duchess is seen shopping is that she does not have the staff to do it for her. as for keeping it below the radar, she doesn't court photographers but in an age where every phone is a camera she stands very little chance of not being seen out and about. The alternative is to stay indoors and get stores to come to her but the press response to that would be incredibly negative. I like the fact she does this herself but agree it could lead to criticise. It's a lose/lose situation.

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    1. She does have staff. She turned down the services of a dresser because she wants to project a 'normal' image. She could definitely use the services of a dresser. It doesn't take anything away from her. Every royal lady has one. It would have avoided pictyres like that yellow g-string picture from canada.

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    2. Pauline California USA14 July 2012 at 02:39

      I believe the Duchess shares a staff of 9 with her Prince and his brother. I don't believe she has on staff someone to do her shopping for her. How would having a royal dresser avoid her dress from blowing up in the back? Just wondering.
      And in my opinion the Duchess turned down the service of a dresser is because she want's to do it herself. You can't take that away from her.

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    3. @Pauline - a dresser is different from a stylist/dress designer/ladies' maid. Their job is to advise and tailor the clothing that has been chosen. They know what will be appropriate for every single occasion and factor in variables like weather conditions, getting in and out if cars, dresses that may become see through in flash photography, VPL etc. ditto accessories and put together an emergency kit of items for LIW to carry when the lady is at a function that can be used to mend/cover any disasters that may happen on route eg co-ordinating scarfs or coat or gloves or handkercheif, extra tights etc. They steer their ladies in wonderful ways that always preserve their dignity. It's not necessarily about what is in style or fashion. Every lady who has married into the royal family initially declines a dresser but after embarrassing incidents such as unforseen gusts of wind they hire one pretty quickly.

      The Queen's dresser became so knowledgeable about what was required that she now designs The Queen's clothing.

      The canada dress needed weights in it. Irrespective of occasion it was chosen for, a dresser would have made sure those were added to the hem of the dress immediately it was purchased or Kate would have been advised to wear a slip underneath. Ditto her hair. I know that Kate likes it down, but it gets in her face which must always be seen. A dresser would have found a solution that satisfied both outcomes.

      I know all this because my mother was a dresser for one of the royal ladies.

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    4. Just a couple of random observations -

      1) Supposedly Kate does have somebody do her shopping for her, at least some of it. Remember the blue Missoni dress and how that second hand shop near her was 100% sure that it was bought from them, yet they swore they'd never seen her in the shop? The shopkeeper made some comment along the lines of "whoever her personal shopper is, we hope they keep coming back".

      2) Does any of this fall under the duties of Rebecca (I forgot her last name), the lady who got a lot of press a few months ago for basically doing all the little things behind all the royal outings?

      Like I said, just some more thoughts to add :)
      -Sarah

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    5. @Anonymous -

      1- I always thought her mother and sister help out alot on the shopping front. which is why their styles have merged into one.

      2- Rebecca is her Lady In Waiting although she's been given a different title officially but that's what she is. If she only worked in the office, she wouldn't accompany Kate as well as JLP who also accompanies Kate on engagements.

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  14. I don't cringe over her shopping as I look on it as due to her position (and of course William's) she's had a few residences to make into a home. She does seem to go under the radar but there isn't much she can do with photographers (and those paid to find out where she is at) following her every move. There are of course those who will call and alert photographers if she's (or any other royal or celebrity) are out and about. William is wealthy in his own right and she comes from a wealthy family. Her job is now to be a representative of the Queen and certainly needs more clothing than I probably do! Look how some of the press makes fun of her for wearing repeat outfits! Poor woman can get a break--the whole damned if you do and damned if you don't.

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    1. You have nailed exactly why she needs a dresser and shopper. She needs hundreds of outfits. By shopping for all of it herself, she is giving the impression that she is a champion shopper who does nothing else with her time. i imagine as her engagements increase, so will the need for more outfits. She is very foolsih to think she can manage on her own.

      Using shoppers and private services provided by many stores would not look bad, even if the press print it because most people understand that she needs privacy and we do not need to know the contents of her shopping trolley.

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  15. I think the media pay too much attention to what Kate wears or buys. It's all but normal in a way, but first of all she is a princess and not just a "fashion icon" or a star as they would hastely and restrictively present her to the public's eye. In my opinion, the media should give as much concern - if not more - to the patronages and charities of this fantastic young couple. Here is a link to a beautiful video in which Prince William speaks against rhino horn illegal trade.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18502102

    By the way, I really love to hear this story of Kate cooking for the children and teaching them how to do things. She really deserves to be called "the children's princess".

    And I really prefer her way to highlight her natural beauty. She looks perfect this way.

    Best regards and rays of sun from the South of France to all!

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  16. When Catherine appeared in the Temperley dress, we were told that it was a customised version of existing styles. Now Temperley issues the customised dress in order to make it generally available (if you can afford it!:) )

    It didn't seem right to me - until I remembered that a copy was made for a wax museum! I dont expect Catherine to be wearing this dress again for a very long time - if ever.

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  17. A little bit of colour on lips would be good. This make over is way over the top.

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  18. Kate's shopping expeditions are far from excessive considering her position. She doesn't think she's too good to push a shopping cart and she has caused more than one website to crash because she bought a particular dress (leaving designers and stores eternally grateful to her). I don't see the problem.

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  19. Greetings from San Francisco California where it is COLD. Fog's in. Imagine there are some tourists freezing out there. (I'm a native in a sweatshirt and I'm cold.) Interesting how the makeup makes the shape of Kate's face look sharper. I don't think it's trashy, at least for evening but it's not her style. It is a pity that Kate didn't get a job before marriage that would use her art degree but then she would have been accused of using influence, since such jobs are scarce. Hard to win. She's bound to be photographed shopping because it's when photographers have a chance to catch a sight of her, it doesn't mean she's shopping all the time.

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  20. I am hearing some harsh rumors about William and Kate. The taiolds are saying that they are not having sex. I think it is all lies. It's because Kate is not pregnant yet. Nothing wrong with that. They prob. Want to wait To settle down and start a family.

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    1. Exactly. I'm not sure why people are surprised about no pregnancy yet. Between the wedding, wanting to easy Kate into royal engagements, the Canada tour, William's 6 week deployment to the Falklands, the Jubilee year, the Olympics, and the tour this fall, I'm not surprised at all. I'm sure with all of that going on that they decided to take their time.

      Now, if their is no baby by the end of 2013, I might be surprised.

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  21. Tabloids would say everything to sell their rubish. How could they know about such a private and most intimate thing? By the way, did not the Princess Royal get married in 1973 and gave birth to her first child Master Peter Philips in 1977 and to her daughter Miss Zara Philips in 1981? And did not the Countess of Wessex become a mother more than two years after her marriage to Prince Edward?

    Now, if we look around to the other European monarchies we can see that:

    - it took 2 years to Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden before she gave birth to the lovely little princess Estelle this year.

    - About the same time to Mathilde of Belgium, duchess of Brabant before she gave birth to Princess Elisabeth in 2001

    - The same applies to hereditary Princess Mary of Liechtenstein before she gave birth to Prince Joseph Wenzel in 1995.

    - Two years and a half to Crown Princess Mette Maritt of Norway before the birth of her daughter the Princess Ingrid Alexandra in 2004.

    As for Luxembourg, the wedding of the Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume to the Countess Stephanie of Lannoy is yet to come in October of this year.

    Crown Princess Mary of Danemark, Crown Princess Maxima of the Netherlands and Laetizia, Princess of Asturias first became mothers between 16 to 20 months after their respective weddings.

    Not to forget Charlene, Princess of Monaco who - like Kate - after one year of marriage is expected to give an heir to the throne of Monaco, which must be very stressful.

    However, in my opinion, there is nothing to worry about. William and Kate form a very nice young couple, clearly in love with each other and being happily married and nature being what it is, I would not be surprised if the duchess will give birth to a lovely baby when it is the least expected. There is too much pressure on them, too many ugly rumours and lies too. As for me, I simply choose to ignore them.

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  22. Pauline California USA14 July 2012 at 16:39

    @Anonymous- I too read this crap. How would anyone know what goes on in their bedroom but them. YOU know my opinion is that they have a heathly sex life. But William has a busy work schedule so they might have to be a little creative. They are both young and healthy and I bet the Duchess will not let William slide.

    And I totally agree with Anonymous #2- They have had a busy first year and half of marriage. They started their marriage with the tour of Canada, then William being gone for 6 weeks, all the things they had to do for the Queen. And now the Olympics in about 2 weeks then their tour of the far East. I think we will hear the Duchcess is in the motherly way by the end of the year or being of next. And all this stuff being written that the Duchess can not have children is wrong. I am sure they had her checked out before they were married. Let's face it, it is her number one job is to have a royal heir.

    And we have to remember that William and his beautiful Duchess do things their way. So having a baby, they will do it when they are ready.

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    1. Pauline, I totally agree. This couple has always done things their way. When they are ready to have a baby, they will do so. I believe that William has been determined (before and after marriage) to give Kate a chance to adapt to her royal role. He came to understand what his mother went through and kudos to him for seeing to it that history was not repeated. And I think that includes not rushing to have a baby right away. Perhaps it was also the couple's wish not to overshadow the Queen's Jubilee. Whatever the reason(s), it is their business.

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    2. @Pauline - i wish you would do your research properly before making such absolute statements as 'They have had a busy year and a half'. Please go look on the court circular. This information is freely available.

      They carried out 31 {William) and (50) Kate engagements in 15 months. 19 of them were canada/california in a ten day period at the beginning of July 2011. The other engagements will include events that are annual events for all members of the royal family eg Trooping of the colour, Derby. Additionally if you remove Kate's solo/with Queen engagements carried out during the six weeks William was away, then you are really looking to very small number of engagements scattered through those months. They are rarely carried out as an ongoing activity. Rather you get 3-4 in one week and then nothing for several months. Stuff like Wimbledon, various weddings do not count. ditto That secret dinners club dinner a few months ago where she wore long white dress.

      It is royal tradition that every newlywed couple tours one of the commonwealth realms immediately after their wedding so W&C are no more special than other royal couples in that regard.

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    3. Pauline California USA15 July 2012 at 17:24

      @Anonymous- Why would I need to look on the court circular? My statement was made from information that had already been written about.
      There has been statements made from the Palace right after William & Catherine were married that they would have 2yrs. before they become full time working royals unless William extends his time in the RAF. But for the mean time they would have limited engagements and that they would have Catherine do most of her enagements with William. But once William was gone on deployment Catherine did her first 6 solo engagements.

      So since they are not full time working royals they will not have to 100's of engagements like the rest.

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    4. @Pauline - The court circular, which is run by the Palace, separates out private appearances from Work appearances despite any pronouncements that may be made for the press to maximise media covearge. For example Ascot week is only work for The Queen and DoE but not the other royals. That's why one checks the circular before making a sweeping statement as fact.

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  23. William and Kate do not have sex? Oh, I think I'll go back to believing in Santa Claus. Give us a break, tabloids!

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    1. Pauline California USA15 July 2012 at 04:13

      Ana Laura- Isnt't that article just so funny. I can't not see the Duchess letting William getting away with it...lol You just have to see the way they look at each other to know how in love they are. Sometimes I think just by the their looks they want it right there where ever their are.
      The media has nothing else to do since you have not seen or heard from the royal couple since Wimbledon. So they have t fill their lines with crap.

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    2. Yes, Pauline, I agree with you. I feel that often looks to them to one another, denote a certain malice, but that malice that all couples need to have to give more dynamism to the relationship. And that's good.

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    3. Yes, Pauline, I agree with you. I feel that often looks to them for one another, denote a certain malice, but that malice that all couples need to have to give more dynamism to the relationship. And that's good.

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  25. With the Olympics and a tour that is an important part of the Jubilee celebrations, it seems very prudent and mature of the couple to wait (if nature cooperates!) I recall how exhausted Diana looked, clearly suffering from morning sickness, and still trying to keep up with her royal duties. What a wonderful conclusion to the Diamond Jubilee year, a pregnancy announcement from Kate would be, complimenting, not overshadowing, it.

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    1. Pauline California USA15 July 2012 at 04:09

      I totally agree with you. I hope we hear something by the end of the year or being of next year. But they will have their baby when they ar ready. And I bet once the beautiful Duchess is pregnant William will make sure that she take's it easy. He will make sure that her engagements are held to a miminum. YOU also will see them go under the rader once she is into the pregnancy.

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  26. The Duke and Duchess have a lot on their plate. The media needs to give them a break. They work hard. I am hoping your weather takes a turn for the better. I would gladly give you these 90-100 days with no rain since June 1, 2012. From Indiana USA Robin

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  27. Thanks again for all the hard work on the blog these posts are great.

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    1. You're very welcome and thank you for the lovely comment :)

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  28. They really arent' newlyweds. They've been together for years. The first fires of romance have long since burned out. If they can have children it will happen in due time.

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  29. I love Kate but when was the last time she did any public charity work - the visit with kids over a month ago wasn't it? I believe the reason shes getting nailed by some of the public and the media is that for over a month we have only seen her attending weddings, tennis games and out shopping - projecting herself as a serious lady of leisure (which I am in no way assuming myself she is). She has had the time to settle into her role now she needs to up her public charity work. The media wouldnt be all over her for shopping if she had been working all week. I've be reading other blog's and articles and alot of people feel that given the economy this is the time she really needs to be proving herself to the public. But I still love reading about her that's just what I've been seeing :)

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    1. Hi Roxanne,

      I love reading about the duchess as well, and would like her to take one a few more duties because we all love to see her out and about. However, I do believe that Kate is a part-time royal, and until the Queen/palace wants to change that, it will remain where it is. I'm not an expert by any means, but I do believe, that once the Queen has made a decision, it stays that way until the Queen wants it changed.

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  30. I suspect that the shopping photo is miscredited as being current and is actually the one from September 2011. She's wearing everything the same--same earrings and even the same shopping bag: http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-style/news/pics-kate-middleton-spends-4-hours-at-fave-salon-2011269

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    1. I don't think so, because in the new pic, she has her hair half up, an umbrella, and the older picture looks like it was taken later in the evening. Also the white bag looks different. I do ready like that sweater tho, it looks very cozy

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  31. Hey Charlotte I'm not sure if you've seen it yet, but Marie Claire South Africa has put a photoshopped picture of Kate on their cover. It looks like Kate's face from her engagement put on a hideous outfit. They also have it a ring that really looks nothing like Kate's if you look closely

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2174432/In-world-exclusive-Kate-Middleton-finally-turns-cover-girl-Marie-Claire-Or-does-she.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

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    1. Thank you so much for that, I'm just typing up the latest post and will include it! My goodness the outfit doesn't look very Kate :)

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  32. Pauline California USA17 July 2012 at 02:55

    @Roxanne- At this moment the Duchess is only a part time working royal. Her main job is being a wife to her Prince. The Queen has given them 2 yrs. before they become full time working royals unless William stays in the RAF. But the Duchess has been working with the scouts near their home in Wales. William did not want to rush is Duchess nor did the Queen. They learned from the past with Williams beloved mother Princess Di. So they are taking baby steps with the Duchess.

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  33. William and Kate's part time royal schedule is often misinterpreted as them not *wanting* to do more royal duties, but there's a method to the madness. Lol. The royals remember too well the impact Diana's popularity had on others and they don't want to see a repeat. The more this young star-power couple will do, the more they will overshadow Charles and Camilla and that's a big no-no. IMO, that's the reason William has been allowed (encouraged even) to serve in the military - it keeps him and his beautiful young wife out of the spotlight.

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  34. I think Catherine has went above and beyond taking on more royal duties than anyone expected. I think she has done extensive chairty work and royal appearances. Catherine works hard to do everything that is expected of her. If your from Britain then consider yourself lucky. Catherine has brought the monarchy back to a good place as well as a boom in the economy. Catherine has.not put a foot out of place. Sacrificing her private life for a public one. Duty first. Yes that comes with many privileges but she is giving back all she can. Her appearance alone raises millions for key charity's that desperately need the money! Catherine is an inspiration!!

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