Thursday, 30 August 2012

South East Asia Tour Itinerary, Possible Tiara, Kate's Second Speech + Kate Attends Swimming

Clarence House released details on William and Kate's South-East Asia tour this afternoon and I think you'll agree, it looks like it's going to be a fantastic tour. The nine day trip begins on September 11 in Singapore where William and Kate will visit the Botanic Gardens where they will an orchid named after each of them and visit an orchid named after Diana shortly before her death. Sadly Diana (who died fifteen years ago tomorrow) never got to see the flower and no doubt it will be a special moment for the couple. 


Singapore Botanic Gardens

A look at Diana's orchid.


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The couple will visit a Rolls Royce Factory and attend a state dinner at the President's residence. The Palace is not ruling out the possibility of Kate wearing a tiara, a first for the Duchess. A private hairdresser will travel with Kate to ensure her glossy locks are in perfect condition for the tour. James Pryce accompanied Kate during the Canada tour but will not be doing the same this time as the two parted ways a number of months ago.



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The couple's next stop is Malaysia where they will stay in Kuala Lumpur. A very exciting visit for Kate as she will make her first speech abroad at Hospis Malaysia. The location was reportedly chosen for Kate as she made her first public speech at  the East Anglia's Children's Hospice, and she is keen to forge links between the two organisations. William and Kate will also attend a Diamond Jubilee tea party thrown by the British High Commissioner and a glamorous dinner hosted by the country's King in his Istana Negara palace. 

The Istana Negara Palace.


Istana Negara

The couple will then fly to Sabah, the Malaysian part of Borneo and explore the jungle at Danum Valley. The area holds unique status in the sense that before it became a conservation area there were no human settlements in the area. The conservation area is a 438 square kilometres tract of relatively undisturbed lowland dipterocarp forest.


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On September 16 the couple will travel to the Solomon Islands. Despite their small population of just over half a million the couple have been told to expect a very warm, colourful welcome. William and Kate will attend another state dinner with a difference - an outdoor island feast. The couple will take a boat trip to Marau and then sail by traditional war canoe to Tavinipupu Private Island resort. With crystal clear waters, delicious food, ice cold beer and relaxing massages the island is described as 'paradise'. It is expectedly William and kate will stay in a £300 a night hand thatched bungalow. The Palace said they also hope to do a little snorkelling in the Azure waters.


Theodora

The final destination on the couple's itinerary is Tuvalua, when the Queen and Prince Philip last visited in 1982 they were carried ashore from Britannia in a canoe on the shoulders of locals. William and Kate will arrive by plane but their private secretary Jamie Lowther Pinkerton said 
'We really have no idea what to expect'


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Kate has reportedly chosen thirty outfits for the tour and will borrow pieces of jewellery from the Queen. I expect we will see Kate in an array of stunning outfits, paying homage to local designers from South-East Asia with a mix of British designers and quite possibly pieces we've seen before. It sounds like it's going to be a wonderful tour. Less than two weeks away. Are you looking forward to it? :)


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Kate watched the swimming at the Aquatics Centre tonight. It was a solo for the Duchess.


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Kate wore her Team GB jacket, skinny jeans and Stuart Weitzman Corkswoon Wedges. Kate wore her in a ponytail, a lovely look for her.



Stuart Weitzman

68 comments:

  1. What beautiful places Will and Kate are going to visit! The pictures are amazing.

    O how I would like to see Kate wearing a tiara! Charlotte, do you think there is a possibility that the Duchess could be made a member of the Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II for that occasion? I know it is for Her Majesty to decide but I can't help dreaming! LOL!

    Warmest regards from the South of France!

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    1. I think you have to wait a LONG time for that personal order (Sophie had to wait several years). I doubt that HM wants to look as if she is favoring Kate. Although one can hope!

      I'm betting it's the Cartier tiara again - it's very becoming and understated, and it has always been a "private" tiara.

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    2. I am also of the opinion that the next tiara sighting will likely be a repeat of the Cartier Halo tiara (which I adore), but she would also look stunning in the Russian Fringe tiara.

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  2. Start your (our!) engines....!!! Cannot wait!!! How cool!! Silvia

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  3. Thank you for providing such great detail on the upcoming tour. I'm really looking forward to it. I can't wait to see Kate's outfits and jewelry. Hopefully a tiara will be tucked away in the luggage. :)

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  4. Yes, I am SO excited for this upcoming tour. I love the blog -- read it from Chicago in the US. Thanks for your hard work!

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  5. Apparently Kate has only done the equivalent of 2 engagements per month since her marriage. I find this shocking. She needs to start to show that she is not work shy. Many comments from the British public in newspapers reflect a feeling that people are getting fed up. She should be doing meaningful charity work and making a difference, rather than just looking pretty.

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    1. Pauline California USA30 August 2012 at 23:48

      I am really getting tired of people saying that the Duchess is not pulling her weight and not working hard enough for her charities. First off she & William are not full time working royals at this time. Her first and foremost job is being a military wife to William. Andn second it is the palce who makes the schedule for the Duchess. So she goes and does basically what they tell her to do.

      I not know if you are living in the UK or not but I know this information becasue it has been said from the Queen and from Clarence House. So people give the Duchess a break. She will be working her butt of when she becomes a full time working royal and until then she & William will only be doing a few engagements a month.

      And if people would do just a little research they would know this information first hand.

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    2. The Queen granted them a two-year grace period after their marriage so they could enjoy their newlywed life. When you consider the life that awaits them and the fact that they will quite literally never be able to retire, I think it's pretty reasonable that for these first couple of years they're allowed to live a relatively normal life. It's the only time they'll ever really be able to do it. They also didn't want to overwhelm her, which is something that William insisted given what happened to his mother. It's true that she's the recipient of enormous privilege, but considering what she's given up for this position, I really don't understand why people object to them having a less demanding public life for a few years.

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    3. Kate is also a wife, with a husband on active duty. I'm sure that everyone wants this marriage to succeed and so it is starting out the opposite of Andrew and Sarah (when they saw each other only 41 days the first year). Kate has also done a LOT of preparation work, choosing her charities and so forth. And I question that 2 engagements per month figure.

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    4. Kate is also a wife, with a husband on active duty. I'm sure that everyone wants this marriage to succeed and so it is starting out the opposite of Andrew and Sarah (when they saw each other only 41 days the first year). Kate has also done a LOT of preparation work, choosing her charities and so forth. And I question that 2 engagements per month figure.

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    5. I'm starting to think that the planner of the duchess' schedule doesn't want her to be liked much. Perhaps they fear that her popularity (+love of the people) would really outshine her hubby n the rest of the royals (as was the case with Diana too).

      Even now she attracts more attention.

      And I don't really buy the argument of adapting to married life- they lived together for quite a number of years enough for her to adapt, etc. Their relationship was kept a secret for a few yrs as well, for them to enjoy their privacy. Kate was not 19 at the time of her marriage. Give the girl dome credit! She's had enough time to see what it would be like , she is not insecure, she has a fam. Support system, she is educated, she has a loving husband and she certainly doesn't come across as dumb... I understand that P William dislikes the media and doesn't want Kate to be overwhelmed but I don't think she needs a lot of protecting. I think she is probably eager to take more engagements n get rid of the "work shy" label... And if she isn't, well then she just might be a spoilt brat :p but I'm still thinking its her "official planner's" fault

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    6. I read you, Pauline. I too am sick and tired of people criticising Kate for no good reason. These people
      are either thoroughly ignorant of palace protocol, headed by the Queen, or--and have you ever considered this--they are Camilla/Clarence House moles, deliberately planted in blogs such as this,
      which tend to appreciate Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

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    7. Shes lazy! She will never change.

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    8. A bad example to women. Why has she never had a proper job? This is the 21st Century! She couldn't wait to snag her Prince and a job would have prevented her from doing that. Princess Diana was the daughter of an Earl and she worked full time.
      It's very telling that almost all of the comments on this site are about trivialities about her hair/ clothes/ shoes!! She needs to start proper work now- choose a charity where she can make a difference , as Diana did with Aids and landmines. As a British tax payer I think we are entitled to have value for money. It costs the tax payer hundreds of thousands to keep these two in their Anglesey cottage with all the security this entails. Britain is in the middle of a recession and losing their jobs- it is irksome to see people freeloading in this way. And by the way the two engagements per month come from the Court Circular!!

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  6. I am beside myself over the fact that she might wear a tiara and that she is borrowing some of the Queen's jewels. I can't wait.

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    1. People throughout the world are starving to death through famine, dying in wars , there's a global economic crisis and you're 'beside yourself' because Duchess Dolittle may or may not wear a tiara?

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  7. Super excited for the tour!!!! I really hope a tiara is involved. It also will be interesting to see what Kate chooses to wear in another climate so different from englamd

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  8. Thank you so much for your comments!

    I am very excited about the tour and the possibility Kate will wear a tiara is amazing. I'm also delighted she will make her second speech and link the hospices, something she seems to be passionate about.

    As for fashion, I'm planning a post on designers from the countries Kate will visit and it will give us some indication of what to see. It will be very hot so Kate will need to wear cool clothing.

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    1. I hope somebody has mentioned the heat to Kate. I would hate to see her turn up in her £200 Welles , £200 jeans and £150 waxed jacket.

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  9. Man it must be really hard to be the young royals...keep up the appearance, numerous vacations, official tours...LOL *wink*

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    1. I agree! What a hard life they lead!! Several holidays per year, weeks off from their duties in the armed services, titles and honours galour! Days spent shopping and a private hairdresser on your at a cost of £500 per day! They are so in touch with ordinary people!!!

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    2. Why does anonymous come on blogs like this if only to carp? What does anonymous, who won't even state their real name do for others? Get a life.

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  10. Wow Charlotte, so nice to open up your blog and find the details of the upcoming tour so nicely illustrated! Add me to the list of those hoping the Duchess wears a tiara!

    ~Alice

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  11. The photo you posted as Istana Negara is of the old Palace.

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  12. WOW Im seriously excited about the upcoming trip!! This was very informative indeed, it will be fun to see them in an Asian setup for a change :))Kate will be making her second speech in front of William,, and that will give her all the more confidence. It will be interesting to look forward to,,thanks Charlotte!!

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    1. Let's hope the second speech is better than the first one, which was incredibly over rehearsed and fake. I suspect that she puts on that cut glass accent- she's a middle class girl from the home counties. Even the royal family don't speak like that !

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  13. Im so exited to see her do another tour, last year was so amazing. I really hope she wears a tiara, even it it isnt the cartier one! Btw, do you know why Kate doesn't go to James Price anymore? I thought that was odd since he kinda have her her 'look'.

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    1. Apparently, James Pryce's departure from the Richard Ward Salon was the cause of some speculation. She has since been seen at the Richard Ward Salon, so I wonder if she has chosen to continuing working with the salon rather than with Pryce.

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    2. I remember reading that there was some big feud over whose client Kate really was, Pryce or Ward, and then egos and media spotlight got in the way and... yeah.

      Whatever happened and whoever is now in charge of the royal hair, it still looks good though!

      -Sarah

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  14. This is a lovely blog and I check it every day hoping for updates. It is alot of work keeping up a blog so thank you for your efforts to bring all the photos and information so quickly! Greatly looking forward to photos of Kate on this next tour! Regarding criticism of Kate "not working", I am sure she must carry on quite a bit of research behind the scenes for her life and position and I agree she is entitled to some "us" time with her full time working husband before she must be on full time duty.

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  15. Just out of curiosity, why are some of you so excited about the possibility of Kate wearing a tiara? I mean, I guess when I think about crowns/tiara I think, "Cool accessory," but really, I associate them more with beauty queens/prom queens than with actual royalty (blame Toddlers and Tiaras!) and I'm not sure why it has so much significance that an *actual* member of the royal family might wear one. So . . . anyone want to clue me in? :-)

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    1. Royal tiaras are more than an "accessory" - they are beautiful and historic jewels and are symbolic in their own right. Totally different from the "Toddlers and Tiaras" crap.

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    2. There is a great "Royal Jewels of the World" message board which you can visit at http://members2.boardhost.com/royal-jewels/ - lots of information.

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    3. Yep, I get that the jewels themselves are pretty awesome/historic/beautiful - personally, I love visiting the jewels at the Tower of London or the jewel exhibit in the Smithsonian when I am in London or DC. I guess I just don't get why some people are "beside" themselves at the thought of Kate wearing a tiara. Is it because she'll seem more like a "real" princess if she's wearing a crown? Again, just trying to get why everyone is so excited!

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    4. Because we (at least I) despite being 24 and long since moved on to a real life and real job, still really like shiny, sparkly things. :P

      -Sarah

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  16. Looking fwd to the 30 outfits!!! Yay! Hopefully with the new hairdresser + climate Kate will have lovely hair (updos :p)
    Bea

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    1. Am sure her hair will look amazing. The hairdresser is going with her at a cost of £500 per day for travel and accommodation! That is what I earn in a week - cant she do her own hair? If it is unmanageable , have it cut or have those extensions removed!!

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  17. Why have Kate and Jamie fallen out/gone separate ways?

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  18. looking forward to the asian tour and im happy that duchess taking her second speech and possible to wear tiara

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  19. Kate looks soo, so pretty with the ponytail :) I don't understand why she doesn't experience with more hairdos, hopefully thew new hairdresser will get creative. She has such a pretty face :)
    Bea

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  20. It does not appear to have struck the critics of the Duchess of the difficulty of carrying out too many royal duties from Anglesey--it isn't exactly the centre of the UK. Are they suggesting she lives in London whilst her husband remains in Anglesey?
    Even the Queen had some time away from public events when she was with the Duke in Malta. Catherine has actually done far more than I expected, as it was made quite plain that they would make their home near his base.They do appear to have used his time off duty and his leave to carry out engagements.

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    1. Actually Katecspends rather a lot of time in London... Shopping!!

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  21. Pauline California USA31 August 2012 at 21:59

    As I have posted before it is getting real old about people complaining that the Duchess is not working as much as everyone thinks she should. People also don't remember that the Queen has given the Duchess & her Prince 2 years to do limited engagements. The Duchess main job right now is to be a military wife to William and both to be part time working royals. And until William decides to leave the RAF they both again will only be part time working royals.

    So let's just quit raggging on the Duchess for not "working" like people think she should. And we don't know what she does behind the scence for her charities or the charities of Williams.

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    1. Very true, Pauline. And the same folks complaining about her "not working" would accuse her of seeking attention if she WAS doing engagements regularly while William is in the RAF in Angelsey. And never mind the marital problems rumors in such a scenario. I guess people also don't take into consideration all the behind the scenes preparations required for a royal tour and normal charitable associations. It isn't just about picking an outfit and deciding whether to where the hair up or down. LOL. :)

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    2. Pauline California USA1 September 2012 at 21:23

      Royalfan, you are completely correct. The poor Duchess is damn if she does and damn if she doesn't. These people who complain have no clue what goes on to gettign ready for a royal tour. And since the Duchess does her own clothes & make up she really needs alot of time to get ready. I am sure she has alot of meetings to make sure she does what is going on and what she is to do.

      But with William by her side she will out do their trip to canada. She will make the Queen proud and William too.

      I can't wait until the trip begins and we get to see all what she is going to be wearing. And if we will get to see the beautiful Duchess in a tiara.

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    3. Her Prince?? Remember when they split up , he went to a nightclub, jumped upon a table and shouted 'I'm free!!!' allegedly. I think he looks unhappy.

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    4. People are entitled to their opinions. Charlotte is quite right and I admire her for publishing views which are critical of the Duchess of Cambidge. It provokes discussion and thought rather than just being a sycophantic website. Long live freedom of speech and thank you Charlotte!

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    5. I would have more respect for people who put their names to their comments. To hide behind 'anonymous' is cowardly and weak. If you want people to take your opinions then put your name to them at the very least. Otherwise shut up.

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  22. Nice Story. I found some great information by your article. Also you posted some great photos with your article.

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  23. Hi Charlotte,

    Another lovely post, thank you. It's great to have something to look forward to as I'm a bit flat after the Jubilee and Olympics (and I'm not a fan of Christmas).

    Do you think William & Kate will do an official photo for the tour? (Like they did for Canada) I hope so...no doubt you'll bring it to us if they do.

    As for the tiara - I can't wait!! It's such a treat to see the real thing in the right setting and the clothes. I'm off to BP in October for a private tour and talk about HM The Queen's jewels - I'm SO excited!

    Personally I'm not bothered how many engagements are/aren't completed and I think the Olympic presence far exceeds two engagements per month...I just like to see our Royal Family anytime. I do have a soft spot for the Countess of Wessex though and wish there was an equivalent site for her.

    PPx

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    1. Watching Usain Bolt is hardly work !!!

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    2. Agreed, I don't think Sophie gets nearly enough credit for the work that she does. (And her style, barring that awful floofy-pants-suit from the gibraltar tour, is just as lovely as Kate's.)

      -Sarah

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  24. Just a random, off-topic sentence: do you know if core members of the British monarchy (inc. of course, the Duke and Duchess of C) attend Church services with any regularity (not necessarily weekly, but you know, once/twice a month?). I know about their public attendance at mass (Easter, Christmas) but I was wondering about their private life. Nothing to the question, just curious. Couldn't find an answer online. Thanks!!! Silvia

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    1. The Queen is very religious and attends church weekly I believe.

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    2. Thanks!! Silvia

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  25. oh my gosh
    On the side bar where it say "Kate's upcoming dates"
    you said there would be a change over in Brisbane
    I live in Brisbane and was wondering is there any chance of even seeing them
    from a distance?
    I have been following Kate since the Royal wedding and would LOVE to see her..
    A hopeful fan in Brisbane

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  26. The Duchess is at the rowing this morning---braving the pouring rain.
    Jean

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  27. I'm honestly a little bemused by the reactions Duchess Kate provokes, on either end of the spectrum. I read this blog as a bit of escapism after a 60-hour workweek, and it's funny to see people taking her so *seriously*!

    First off, to the people who troll up and down threads insulting her, all I have to say to you is that William and Kate *do* seem to genuinely love each other, she *is* a beautiful woman with very good fashion sense, and she appears to be legitimately warm and kind when she interacts with the public.

    However, to her die-hard supporters who insist that she's hard-working and that her life is super-demanding - really?? Kate lives a life of enormous privilege. Her vacations, shopping excursions, housing, and hair care have been subsidized by her parents/husband/father-in-law for her entire life. The royal family, Kate included, have an entire staff dedicated to planning the royal family's engagements, including these trips - you don't seriously think Kate is out there booking her own transportation/accommodations and researching the places she'll visit by herself, do you? Calling her hardworking is an insult to women who work multiple jobs to make ends meet, or stay at home taking care of their families without any of the material benefits Kate enjoys, or go to college and use their degrees to become lawyers, bankers, accountants, and doctors. Insisting that her life is extremely demanding is a joke to women who would be thrilled if their bosses told them that their assignments for the next month involved attending Olympic events. Can't we all just enjoy her hair, fashion, and loving relationship with William without turning her into Superwoman?

    tldr; Kate lives a very privileged life. She seems genuinely nice nonetheless, and seems to be a great partner for William. Can't we all play nice and admire her clothes?? :-)

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    1. Seriously, best comment I have ever read on this site (except for ones lauding Charlotte)...

      -Sarah

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    2. Ditto. "Fair and balanced." I agree. Silvia

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    3. Very fair and totally true. Yes of course Kate lives a very privileged life but at the same time I'm not sure I would enjoy it, I think the constant media spotlight especially on how I looked and never being able to do exactly what I would like would drive me spare. Yes I have to work and at the moment enrolling in a Open Uni course to hopefully get a higher education I never got but I don't begrudge Kate anything. I'm sure like all of us she's had tough times and I think if there's a trade off in her lifestyle it's the loss of any privacy and freedom. Think of what that means...really, think of what it'd mean for you.

      I'm not an avid royalist but I like to see what she's doing, what she's wearing, it's just a bit of harmless escapism in troubled times, believe me I deal in enough reality most of the time! No she's not superwoman, she's just got a very interesting position in life that will hopefully develop and grow. Great blog by the way, I like the fact it isn't sycophantic and also not abusive...grown up in fact.

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    4. I think it is *so* important to hear various opinions and discuss them. I think part of the fascination with Kate is down to the fact that, yes, she was has a wonderful life. As a Duchess Kate has the opportunity to travel the world, live in Kensington Palace wear clothes by the finest designers around the world. Very importantly the royals have the opportunity to make a difference to charitable causes. It is a truly fabulous lifestyle and the royals are very lucky. On the other hand I'm sure the media coverage and expectations from royal aides can be very difficult and like everyone I have no doubt they go through difficult times just like the rest of us but yes, what a wonderful life to lead :)

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    5. You have a really interesting site, keep it up!:) And really looking forward to the Asia tour, I think there'll be some fabulous photos and I hope Kate grows even more in confidence when she makes her speech, I seriously *hope* afterwards she will look to expand her charity interests, she could have a tremendous influence for good as like Diana, people will sit up and notice the causes she espouses.

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    6. @Admin - sorry if my original comment sounded like I didn't want people to voice differing opinions on Kate! I absolutely agree that it's healthy to debate her role in society and her performance as a royal (as well as more frivolous things like her choice in footwear and hairstyle!). I'm just a little surprised by some of the animosity I see, on both sides. I find it strange to see comments attacking Kate as though she has no redeeming qualities whatsoever, and other comments attacking commenters who post even mildly-worded constructive criticisms of the Duchess. It's the animosity that bugs me, not the differing opinions! I think you personally do a great job striking the right tone in your posts and comments

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    7. It didn't sound at all like you didn't want people voicing different opinions and I completely agree with you, constructive discussion is essential and debate is always most welcome here.

      Thank you :)

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  28. It's great to read some intelligent and realistic comments on this blog- its so much more interesting than just commenting on her shoes and hair!!

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  29. I think if people are not willing to back up their comments by showing their proper names then they shouldn't be posted. Using anonymous often means they are being spurious, pedantic, critical and spiteful and hiding behind a pseudonym which is meaningless. Get a life people.

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