Saturday, 15 September 2012

Kate In Zara Blouse and Beige Pants For Rainforest Tour

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Danum Valley Conservation Area in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia on day five of the royal tour.


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The royals travelled by Government helicopter.



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The royals were briefed by officers upon their arrival and asked questions about birds and primates and Kate took a lot of photos.


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The Duke and Duchess enjoyed exploring the rainforest. It was a much needed relaxing day for the couple.



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The couple were lifted 147 ft into a tree where they viewed the rainforest canopy and went on a jungle walk.


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The tree William and Kate climbed is 42 metres tall.


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William and Kate learning about the work of conservation.

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According to a statement from the Palace William and Kate's primary reason for wishing to visit Sabah owes itself to William's longstanding interest in conservation.

'The visit is a means for the Duke and Duchess to experience the ecological wealth of Sabah's forests and the importance of supporting the efforts of the scientists working to understand and conserve them'.

A lovely lady named Brynnan who has been lucky enough to see William and Kate a number of times throughout the tour shared of photo via Facebook of the couple leaving the Shangri La resort this morning. 

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Danum Valley Conservation Area is a 438 square kilometres tract of relatively undisturbed forest. The area holds a unique status in the sense that before it became a conservation area there were no human settlements within the area.

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A heard of elephants at Danum Valley.

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The Palace said William and Kate were hoping to see wild animals such as orangutans.

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Enjoying a walk through the forest.


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The Cambridges met with Royal Society scientists and volunteers and visited the Borneo Rainforest Research Center 


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Afterwards the couple retired to a private lodge for lunch.


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The royal chopper waiting to take the Duke and Duchess back to Kota Kinabalu.


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Kate looked casual and chic in beige khaki cargo pants with a brown belt,. I believe it is the first time we've seen Kate wearing cargo pants instead of her usual jeans, which due to the humid weather would have been out of the question. It is thought the pants are sports wear. 

Kate's forest green blouse is from Zara. A lovely commenter named Caroline kindly let me know she bought the same blouse in December 2010 on sale for $19.


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The Duchess carried her Longchamp Le Pilage bag.


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William and Kate attended a reception hosted by the Sabah State Government in their honour last night. It was a closed event hence the lack of media coverage. 


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@Cathj88 kindly shared a photo from the reception. Kate wore the beautiful ice blue Temperly dress which she also wore to yesterdays Diamond Jubilee Tea Party.


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Tomorrow, the Duke and Duchess will travel to Honiara in Solomon Islands where they will receive a colourful and warm welcome before making their way in an open topped vehicle to the Church of Melanesia cathedral. The couple will attend an outdoor Island feast in the evening. The visit is expected to be a fun and joyful one.



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85 comments:

  1. she looks great! thanks for being on top of things charlotte!

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  2. It`s 2.30 am here in Brazil, I just got home from a night out with my friends and sure enough, Charlotte has already updated her blog!! Thank you very much Charlotte!! :-)

    I sincerely hope the Duchess and the Duke aren`t too bothered by the despicable publishing of the Provence photos and are still able to enjoy the tour.

    A fan in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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  3. How on earth do you do this so quickly, Charlotte? Do you have secret Palace sources? Do you work for MI6? I haven't seen anything about their rainforest visit yet, not even from the royal reporters I follow on twitter. You are seriously wired in! :)

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  4. Happy for them that this part of the tour occurred today. A nice diversion to have one of William's passions - conservation - as the focus of the day.

    Yes, probably a most welcome break for them both -to wear casual clothes and spend the day viewing animals and nature. :)

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  5. Thank you for the comments. The royal reporters didn't go unfortunately because they are flying to Solomon Islands early. It looks like a lovely peaceful place.

    Better quality photos and Kate's outfit ID's shortly :)

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  6. Kate even looks stylish in cargo pants! Charlotte I honestly don't know how you do these updates so fast! I thought I'd woke up early this morning but came on here and this had already been on nearly an hour! I hope your not too tired doing the blog posts we do appreciate the time you put into it though. You'll have to have a plentiful supply of coffee haha :) nice to see Kate putting on a smile even after those holiday photos were leaked. I can't imagine what it must be like. I understand the French closer magazine have removed the photos from their website but I think it's a little too late they're already all over the Internet and twitter and Facebook etc. I hope this doesn't dampen the mood too much for William and Kate and they can still enjoy the tour. I just hope the media will learn from this and be a little more selective over the photos they release.
    Grace

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    1. Thank you Grace! It's 7.15 a.m. in the UK so thankfully today's post didn't cause any change to my normal sleep routine. There is only one tour a year so I wanted to cover it as well as possible :)

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  7. Kate looks really good and composed even after the pictures. I admire her poise and grace to still carry herself so well. cant wait for Solomon Islands

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    1. The Solomon Islands visit is a very exciting one. I think it's going t be the most 'fun' part.

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  8. Pauline California15 September 2012 at 08:21

    Thanks Charlotte for this great post. It is nice to see them enjoying their time together. William still does not look to happy but he has the world on his shoulders.

    Ok enough of the topless photos. I loved the Duchess outfit today. She look great. Loved the cargo pants. Can't wait to see what is instore these next few days.

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  9. I have been following your blog too!! You are really fast and sometimes I really wonder if you are the Duchess herself haha!! Keep your good work going :-)

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  10. She looks so sad in these pictures :(

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  11. I agree with the others that you get these pics up soo fast. Charlotte what an amazing job you do and I applaud you for your dedication! Great to see kate & wills chilling out with nature after all the formal occasions. I do hope they enjoy the rest of the tour as Im sure behind closed doors they are upset and angry about these photos. Love kate & william. Keep up the great work charlotte!! Maria in Ireland.

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  12. Dearest Charlotte,
    I have been following your blog for a while now and I am very much impressed by your dedication and professionality (sorry if my English is not so good). As I read that you are studying Finance and Law (and not Fashion or Journalism), I have to say that my heart broke. Let me please explain why. In my whole life, I always loved to write and to be creative. But my family always expected me to make a great career, so finally I studied Finance and worked as a Finance professional for 4 years. The result of all this is that I felt empty and unhappy. I had to be honest with myself and see that no one is going to give me back my time and my life and that life is worth living my dreams. So I quitted my job, started to be a waitress in the evening and in the day to write the book I always wanted to write. It is incredible to see... I am feeling SOOOO happy!
    Dear Charlotte, this blog is obviously your passion. And now you are in the best position to start a career as a fashion journalist. If you send your CV to any company mentioning that you are the one writing this blog, you will get plenty of offers, even if you are studying something else. And even if you only publish a job search in this blog, I am sure you will get a lot of offers or tips from your readers. I am sure that many fashion people are reading it.
    Take the time to go in yourself and feel if Finance and Law is really what YOU want to do or what your parents want you to do. I read a great book about the regrets of the dying people. The number 1 regret was "I wished I lived my life and not the life of someone else".
    Please excuse my intrusion in your personal life. If you don't want to publish this comment, I can understand fully. I wish you all the best Charlotte.
    Big hugs from Germany
    Karin

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    1. Thank you Karin, I absolutely love writing this blog and while in college I'm able to give it as much time as I want. I'm delighted to hear your'e writing your book and living your dream :)

      Thanks to everyone for their comments. I have updated the post with a couple of new photos.

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    2. Charlotte I absolutely loved the pic of them walking alone in the forest!:) that was a sweet moment between them!!:)

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    3. Thank you for this Karin. Well said, and I have to remind myself, too, as my family urged me in the direction of business. But I married an artist, and we have done "our thing" -- not always a lot of money, but so many great memories and impacted other lives. Now I, too, am writing a book, and my husband has some health problems, now, and I tend to put the book in the background. But you have inspired me to keep moving on it, even if just a few hours here and there. It will get done! Thank you!

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  13. Well this will definitely put a stop to the pregnancy rumours- I doubt Kate would climb a 42m tree if she was pregnant!

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    1. I agree and I'd think the entire trip itself would do that. This is a grueling journey and schedule for anyone, let alone a woman who would be in her first trimester of pregnancy! It will surprise me very much if we hear an announcement much before the first of 2013.

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    2. If I can say this without bringing the wrath of the William devotees down around my head, Kate seems to be handling the pressure of the news of the photos in a much more professional and regal way than William is. Her manner reminds me of the queen, poised and friendly and carrying on. His manner continues to remind me of a spoiled, petulant child pouting because he hasn't gotten his way.

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    3. Anonymous 19:11
      With the time difference between the UK and Borneo, I suspect yhat the Duke and Duchess would be getting up as I was going to bed--just as I heard about the attack on the Military base in Afghanistan where Prince Harry is stationed.
      I can well believe that worrying about that and wondering about his brother's safety may have added to his serious expression

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    4. You also have to remember that were just seeing snapshots of his day. No one has a smile on their face 24/7.

      I've seen plenty of pictures from this tour where the roles are reversed, and Kate has the glum look while William is smiling.

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  14. well thanks Charlotte for making us updated loved those cargo pants she looks great in nice too see them happy despite the topless photo of the duchess and looking forward in the next few days

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  15. these pictures are awesome! they looked like they had a wonderful time, too. what a great tour :)

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  16. Kate looks beautiful whether she's wearing a lace dress or cargo pants! :)

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  17. I thinksuper cool eco-tours in the jungle. Very nice! The outfit of William and Kate are perfectly suited for the ride. But, @ Pauline, my friend, I agree with you, William are not in a good mood, Ok, I agree that he is not happy with the invasion of privacy that happened to them in France, but if we can get some good lesson for all what happened, is that it's worth being fans of the Duchess, as she is facing this situation head on, in a very mature way. Very good, Duchess. William, on the other hand, always seems to handle the negative things in a more immature way. I saw some pictures of them in the forest, and I had a feeling (I may be completely wrong) that he unconsciously not just in a bad mood in general, but is also extending this to Kate, when in fact, he should be much closer her supporting, after all the topless was consented for him too, but Kate seeks to him with her eyes and he seems to be avoiding, I do not know, it may just be my impression. But William, Move on, as Freddie Mercury said, "The show must go on" ... Kisses!

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  18. I thinksuper cool eco-tours in the jungle. Very nice! The outfit of William and Kate are perfectly suited for the ride. But, @ Pauline, my friend, I agree with you, William are not in a good mood, Ok, I agree that he is not happy with the invasion of privacy that happened to them in France, but if we can get some good lesson for all what happened, is that it's worth being fans of the Duchess, as she is facing this situation head on, in a very mature way. Very good, Duchess. William, on the other hand, always seems to handle the negative things in a more immature way. I saw some pictures of them in the forest, and I had a feeling (I may be completely wrong) that he unconsciously not just in a bad mood in general, but is also extending this to Kate, when in fact, he should be much closer her supporting, after all the topless was consented for him too, but Kate seeks to him with her eyes and he seems to be avoiding, I do not know, it may just be my impression. But William, Move on, as Freddie Mercury said, "The show must go on" ... Kisses!

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  19. Just watched some TV footage of them being hoisted up to the treetop and then walking along the bridge that is shown above. They look relaxed and happy---perhaps because the reporters are all at Brisbane airport waiting to fly to the Solomons.
    I hope William and Catherine do not feel too badly about the pics---they have nothing to be embarrassed about. The people who should be ashamed are the photographer and the editors and the latter are both women. I suppose it shouldn't make any difference, but it does!
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  20. Why dint Kate tie her hair up???wasnt it hot in the forests?thanks for the update Charlotte, waiting for the fun to begin in Solomon Islands!!!!:)

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    1. Because she's stubborn and clueless. She puts her hair in an elegant bun for drinking tea, but has her hair down during formal dinners and a visit to the rain forest.

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    2. Yeah...that's probably why...

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    3. Yeah she could've worn those cutie patootee buns she wears when she goes shopping! Funny girl that Kate, eh :)

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    4. I've seen lots of photos on tumblr where Kate has pulled her hair into a side pony :)

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    5. Difficult to wear a safety helmet - properly - with your hair up! It was the correct decision to wear her hair down - pulled into a quick pony! Smart Duchess!

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    6. I was actually just being facetious.

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  21. It seems to me that the serious faces we are seeing have more to do with the rainforest than her boobs. On a less serious note - love her outfit.

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  22. Wow! Her body language says it all, shoulders down, her eyes! it almost looks like she's not there, in how many pictures have we seen her playing with her ring/fingers?

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  23. Charlotte you are fantastic!
    There are some great pictures also at graziadaily.co.uk under fashion tab.

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  24. They look so perfect together! :)

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  25. Ana Laura, I agree with your thoughts completely. William always seems perpetually in a sour mood, rarely smiles or looks happy. Kate, on the other hand, tries to make the best of things and it seems like she's usually very cheerful and receptive. No doubt that the circumstances of his mother's death scarred William but if he's going to someday be king, he's going to have to deal with the public, his subjects, and with the media. I'm starting to understand why Diana said that Harry would make a better king. And Kate's outfit is pretty neat. Any word on the brand of those cargos? I like the slimmer fit.

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    1. Serioulsy, Harry a better king! He is the spoiled child, the blue-eyed boy always forgiven whatever he does. God forbid he ever comes to the throne. It would be republic right away. William was Diana's solace at a very early age, her wombat. I do not think she ever made such a stament. And please remember that the prince was all smiles before the pictures were published. Why is he always considered as a scapegoat just because he is more serious-minded? He had much on his mind today. Not only the pictures but also the threats and attacks against his brother's life. And always howling with the wolves, people instead of supporting him, would hint that he is putting the blame of the pictures upon his wife, that he does not really love her. God save him from this perpetual gossip! William at this moment is only seeking a way to protect his wife.

      When the time comes, he vill make a great king. There are too many people secretly hoping for his failure and wishing him the worst. This is much unfair.

      God save prince William, future king of the uk!

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    2. Ouch, poor William! Did Diana actually say that to the media or was it one of those things from a "close source"? That's not too fun - hearing your mom say that your brother would be better than you at the one and only job you were raised to do...

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  26. Anonymous 19:04, I am a psychologist, I am not currently practicing my profession, but I tend to notice details in people's behavior to express my opinion. I do not blame William for him, sometimes, not so mature coping with certain situations, I just think of William attitudes are the result of trauma and that it has not been "worked". Kate, on the other hand, seems to have the most "down to earth" to deal with difficult situations, and William, I'm sure, have chosen the right wife to marry because he can benefit from her qualities, he does not seem to have. I hope he can take this situation in a more lightweight, as apparently Kate is doing and how Harry did with the fact that occurred to him in Las Vegas. Kisses!

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    1. I am not a psycholigist, but I totally agree with you.

      I also think it's unfair to be critical of William for the way he has responded to this situation. Diana was "hounded" to her death and I think he lives with the impact of that every single day of his life. This situation is a vivid reminder of what she endured and it must make him feel helpless in protecting his wife against a similar assault.

      Kate is able to cope better because she has had the benefit of a very supportive, nurturing family life. Unless/until someone has walked in William's shoes (including a very public funeral procession for a mother at the age of 15) I wouldn't be too quick to judge.

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    2. I agree with you as well. Don't forget that at the chateau, William was (apparently - I have not looked at the photos) rubbing sun cream on Kate, so evidently he thought it was private and 'safe' for them both.

      So I believe that in William's eyes, he believes he'failed' to protect his wife and he is devastated by that. I also believe that most of Kate's concern about this matter is centered on William's reaction to it.

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  27. Is it me or does Kate seem completely uninterested in discussions during her official duties in general? She has this blank stare that makes me wonder if she's absorbing anything that's being said to her.

    P.S. Kate looks a lot better and doesn't fiddle with her hair when it's up, she should wear it in a bun more often!

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    1. No, it most certainly is not just you. I've noticed it for years on William too. That fake serious look on both their faces and that non-stop blinking is ridiculous. Then she pops her eyes out and raises her forehead to look interested. And people say she's so 'natural'.

      There were times when Diana was with Charles and she wasn't afraid to roll her eyes or just look down or sigh. Being bored is human. She doesn't need to act all the time. Being real will make me respect her, not when she's 'on' all the time.

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  28. Hello,

    This is the first time I am opining on the photos. I, of course agree with everyone that it is a gross violation of privacy, decency and human rights, really. People who are pointing their fingers at Kate are simply condoning peeping toms - because that is what it is, at the end of the day.

    That said, I think that I do understand the reaction and the attitude of the press in deciding to go ahead and print the photos. There is a huge dislike of the British monarchy in almost all republics of the world. Particularly in countries that were part of their colonies (even though their governments would have you believe that there isn't). Other European people feel that the British people have a really bad deal with the monarchy. My friends in Britain who are all highly educated people earning a good deal of money pay around 50 percent of their income in taxes. They deeply resent having to pay for the upkeep of the monarchy. They resent that a large chunk of valuable land is owned by the queen - which she claims is "her" land, and they resent that they are fed these fairy tales about queens and princesses while their money is being swiped surreptitiously.

    Kate and William take more holiday days than working days. This is well-documented in many places if you look for the numbers. They decided not to go ahead and sue Sun over the honeymoon pics because the photos garnered them sympathy around the same time that they were being heavily criticized for being workshy, among other things. They have used the media when it suited them. At the end of the day they are okay with living very very luxurious lifestyles at the expense of the British public and for that reason I find it hard to respect them. They are really welfare queens in the truest sense of the term. And for that reason I do understand some of the backlash and lack of sympathy that some people feel. I understand why the media outside of Britain is so contemptuous of them - they do not respect their life choices.. they do not respect people who take advantage of others' hard work without returning in kind. Lots of people do not count what they do as real work. Talk to single mothers working jobs a day .. talk to families who struggle day and night to put food on the table - charity, smiling, wearing nice clothes and eating great food does not qualify as work, to them.

    So to summarize, the media is absolutely shameless and they are hounding Kate the way they hounded Diana. For that they should be condemned and punished. However, the resentment and the anger that some people feel towards the British royalty is not surprising if you really think about it.

    As for me - like Charlotte, I also study Finance.. however at the PhD level. I follow Kate because I am fascinated by people's fascination with her.. and also by the shrewd PR games that they play. I think that they are among the most savvy PR players that exist .. and they have managed to hoodwink millions of people into wanting to lay down their lives for them. It will be a stretch to say that I like them, but I certainly do not dislike them. I just can't, as an egalitarian human being believe that a monarchy is in any shape or form justifiable in today's world.

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    1. WOW.. I have never thought about this way.
      Josephina, what you have written is very interesting.
      Best.

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    2. Josephina, you raise a lot of interesting and valid points. I have an outstanding fascination with the British monarchy ever since I studied abroad in London. Before I visited Britain, I thought it was entirely frivolous and undemocratic. After seeing the way the monarchy is woven into British society and reading several books about its history, my fascination has grown - but so has my respect for it. Queen Elizabeth has become one of my personal heroes.

      I think the monarchy survives because it is a living link to the country's history, the embodiment of it in a very real way, and because QE2 has been a shrewd and dutiful monarch. When you look at the modern Royal Family, which I consider from George V onwards, it has evolved in so many ways. Their has traditionally been a great link between the monarch and the working class, which I think really comes out when you witness events like the Diamond Jubilee. The "welfare" monarchy model has ensured its survival to this point, and although the points you make about their lifestyle are entirely valid, I do think that they give back a great deal. These state visits, charity patronages, and public events do enormous good for the country. Elizabeth has maintained a grueling schedule of events well into her eighties. William, Catherine, and Harry all seem to be taking a real interest in how they present themselves and use their position to advance public interest in matters close to their hearts, like wildlife conservation, homelessness, and support for British combat veterans. These countless visits to hospitals, factories, British businesses and British charities do real good for both the country at large and for individuals. And they do work - both William and Harry, while not taking on as many engagements as the older royals, have actual military jobs. They do not sit around twiddling their thumbs and laughing at poor people and bathing in 100 dollar bills.

      Yes, they have a life of enormous privilege. But I think focusing on that ignores a great deal of other things that are good about the monarchy. The apolitical nature of it is a really wonderful thing. Politics are so terrible in the US right now, it would be nice for us to have a simple symbol of patriotism in a person like the Queen. It would be nice to have a central nexus whose focus is celebrating the achievements of the country and its people without any political angle.

      My last observation is that for all of their privilege and vacations in France, plenty of wealthy people have the same privileges and have given up far, far less. William and Kate will be in the public spotlight their entire lives. They will never be able to retire. They face the reality that as they grow older, their responsibilities and the pressure on them will only increase, and that when they are at an age when many are considering retirement and easing out of their careers, they will be taking on the greatest challenge of their lives (assuming the monarchy continues). They will have to parent their children in a difficult environment as well. To me, all of this negates any resentment I might feel towards them. I think they do as well as they can in their position, and much better than I ever would. I'm comfortable saying I admire them.

      The strength and appeal of the monarchy rests to a large extent on the individuals in its inner circle. The Queen is an example of how to do it right, and I think Will, Kate, and Harry are following her example (minus, of course, missteps like naked partying in Vegas). They seem to be thoughtful and careful about their choices most of the time. I expect as they mature they'll make fewer mistakes.

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    3. Josephine
      You are, of course, entitled to your republican views, but your study of finance seems to be a bit peculiar.
      The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge receive no income from the state.
      Her "official clothes" are paid for by the Prince of Wales and are not tax deductible. The Duke is a pilot with Air Sea Rescue and appears to carry out official duties during his leave and days off.
      The most expensive head of state is the French President.
      The Monarchy has served us well and seemingly about 80per cent agree.

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    4. Claire, I agree with your point about QE2 being a symbol of patriotism. I also admire HM for living her "duty before self" motto all these years.

      When it comes to Prince William and Kate, however, I'm afraid I don't share your sentiment. They are in their thirties and they already had years of public exposure already. They should have known better in my humble opinion; the villa they stayed at is next to a public road. William and Kate have only been married for 17 months and the paparazzi have already managed to snap photos of the future Queen Consort.

      Having said that, I wish them both all the best, it's probably extremely challenging to have your every move dissected and analyzed.

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    5. Was the chateaux next to a public road? I read that it was on 680 acres and the photos were taken with a very long lens.

      Very sad lesson to learn though.

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    6. Yeah, I wasn't really addressing the topless photos so much as the notion that they are living off the largesse of British taxpayers and doing very little in return.

      I do tend to think that thought it wasn't her wisest move, that still doesn't mean she did anything wrong. They were on holiday at a family residence. There's a reasonable expectation of privacy there. I'd be surprised if she ever did it again, but I don't really think that blaming her for it is the correct response, either.

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    7. Claire, you make some great points about what the monarchy adds to the UK and I fully agree that the charitable work, patronages, etc. are very important to the role the royal family plays in modern society.

      However, I think it's possible to simultaneously appreciate the benefits of the monarchy, while realizing that it's completely anachronistic and ridiculous that we still have an institution (not just the monarchy, but the entire aristocracy) where a person's status is based on which family/bloodline they come from, or who they marry. It's very, very difficult for me to reconcile my interest in the younger royals with my strong belief that having a head of state who inherits, rather than earns, that position is an idiotic vestige of history. I try to focus on the pretty clothes rather than my niggling republicanism most of the time ;-)

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    8. Claire, Fergie was caught in a similar position in the South of France about two decades ago, William and Kate should have know better. We have google maps now, it's easy to realize that the front of the balcony wasn't the best location for topless sunbathing. Also, Princess Margaret said something along the lines "if you want privacy, the Royal Family has plenty of castles with privacy". South of France (with ruthless paparazzi) doesn't count as one of many locations with necessary privacy.

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  29. Ohh, Royals in the Rainforest...

    Love this outfit on Kate. I think she looks really relaxed and cute; it's very Jungle Chic! How she manages to trek around in 6000% humidity, dressed head to toe, hair down, wearing a goofy helmet and still look good, I'll never know. I can barely last three minutes under my blow dryer with the bathroom door shut before I start sweating like a roofer in August.

    On another note, William could use a good ironing. Linen; great for tropical climates, but it crinkles with a vengeance before you can even get if off the hanger! I remember my brother used to try and pass off these same rumpled up, tissue paper looking, button downs as church/holiday/picture day appropriate shirts by throwing on a necktie. Ahh, boys.

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  30. Her blouse is from Zara!! I have the same one - purchased December 2010 :-)

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    1. Oh thank you so much Caroline! Do you have a photo of it by any chance?

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    2. I can take one tomorrow. It was on sale for $19.

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    3. I found one on a fashion blog so no need for a photo. A huge, huge thank you from me and the other bloggers for taking the time to let me know.

      You and Kate have excellent taste. It's a stunning, delicate piece :)

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    4. I was going to donate to to a charity shop during my annual closet purge but now I will keep forever lol!

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    5. Definitely hold onto it. It's such a classic piece and what a steal for $19.

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  31. I'm consistently amazed that people think they "know" Will and Kate because they've seen a few pictures on the internet or read an article in a magazine.

    We don't know ANYTHING about them. Their thoughts, their private feelings on matters...nothing.

    Deciding that William is going to make a terrible king because he doesn't smile enough or seem "lighthearted" enough? Have you taken a look at his grandmother over the years? She's done a great job while looking like she's sucked on a lemon for the past 60 years.

    Good grief...

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    1. William is irate, but he is also facing the photo issue in the face, thus taking some of the power away from it. How? By making observation-jokes about a spy in the tree or about wardrobe malfunctions (as reported by the Daily Mail). This is the best way to disarm and difuse the whole paparazzi–and it will work. I hope they stare it down and I'm sure they'll insert caustic jokes about it in future public appearances. Is uspect they'll get standing ovations and rightfully so. I cannot wait! As I noted in the comment below, these folks are tougth and I believe public opinion will back them.Silvia!

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    2. I totally agree with you Euro.Chick

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  32. This woman is made of solid stuff. Good for her. I love seeing the Cambridges involved with preservation, which is, in my opinion, the most urgent of all causes. Charles and his sons have a real passion for nature and the environment and I think they have done an awesome job promoting the care of the earth. I love to see HRH getting so involved.

    The day must have also been a relief for them. Being in nature gives one perspective on what, at the end of the day, really matters. The dinner with no press must have also been a godsend.

    The Duchess is awesome. She is going to come roaring through this paparazzi disrespect issue. I am so impressed by her and I have no doubt this is only going to make her stronger, more vocal and the dignified consort of the head of the state that she has prove to be. More power to her and William. I really have felt not only a great compassion toward her but even more, an even greater respect than what I already had.

    They both look great!! An A-team beautiful couple!!! Silvia

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    1. I agree. Perhaps some good will come of this - to shed some light on privacy laws so that regular citizens using their bathrooms are not photographed from 600 acres away.....

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  33. To Anonymous 19;11 I also am seriously unimpressed with William-and with Harry too. Both are spoiled,
    arrogant, and William especially exudes a sense of entitlement. Further, to my disgust, he treats Kate very
    poorly, as anyone with a brain could see during the Jubilee Weekend. If William actually prosecutes, re the
    photos, I strongly suspect it will be to save his own neck; that is, to prevent nude photos of himself from
    seeing the light of day.
    To Claire You seem impressed by the amount of work the Queen undertakes. I see a Queen who substitutes
    work for morality. God keep Kate. I truly like her; she is far too good to waste her life as a Windsor-this tour has
    proven that she is more regal than the Royals, always appropriately dressed, always friendly, always kind.

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  34. Man, so during study breaks today I was looking at other royal fan sites and I was surprised by the intense vehemence of

    1) Kate lovers
    2) Kate haters
    3) People who have nothing to do but insult Kate haters
    4) People who have nothing to do but insult Kate lovers
    5) People with anger management issues that keep insisting that Kate is stuck in a patriarchial hierarchy where William dictates and controls her every move... ??

    And I thought our discussion on the French vacation was intense!

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  35. Will it ever be over? It's becoming very boring now. Such a beautiful site it used to be. So sad it looks like so many others now.

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  36. Geez, all I see is a man and woman supporting each other greatly and clearly in love. I am very happy for them to have found each other and after all these years (for how long have they been together?), they are still so close and in love :)
    Some people may see William's actions as immature, but I see it as a man who is very angry that his wife is being humiliated by the media and is standing up for his wife.

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  37. I feel like I have to give my opinion again today - it's been a long time since I last commented on this site, which used to be a wonderful place with respectful discussions, agreeing and disagreeing in a civil manner. I stopped to comment myself and reading the comments a couple of weeks ago because the endless discussions, going round in circles, started to be boring and tiring for me personally, as I believe they more and more were about topics that no one of the commenters can have assured information about. I thought it would be fun to start commenting and reading the other comments again during the Tour, but catching up on the posts of the last two weeks, I realized I was wrong and I think I'll go back to the "read posts only"-modus again. However I fully respect that others have a different opinion and enjoy the discussions that have been going on here lately.
    I just think (and I might not be the only one) that it's a pity that some discussions turn out rather weird because Charlotte's great posts are always so well-researched, informative and respectful. The work and dedication put into this blog are very much appreciated.

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    1. Claudia I am so sorry to hear you don't feel like commenting due to repetitive discussions. Are there any topics in particular you feel drag the blog off topic? Thank you!

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    2. I hope this will help more. I have to agree with Claudia. I think to just steer clear of any references to "mistakes" the Royal Family make and speak to the fashion and good things they do, will help things to blow over. I, too, am backing off reading the discussions. I like your posts. I am not angry just disappointed. It is probably a little bit all of our faults. We loved Catherine and William, and I think held them up a little too high. Everyone was hoping they would be everything Charles and Diana were not. But they are human, young, and will make mistakes along the way. They are not King and Queen yet. And Catherine is not like everyone else. If the Royal Family is to continue, they will, in time come to see that. I think I was hoping that here was a young woman really different and just like the Queen, but that was a little naive. She may (I hope) develop into that, but first, she wasn't born into it, and second, she has had to make many huge changes in her life, and is bound to do some hiccups along the way. The problem today, as I see it, we are all far too "connected" constantly and it is impossible to live in the spotlight 24/7 without showing those mistakes. It would be better if everyone backed off, took a deep breath, and just lived their lives where they are. I will continue looking at your posts. They are interesting. But I'm not going to follow it all so closely, nor am I going to comment -- not just here, but everywhere on the social media -- quite so often. I have interesting important things to do where I am, and will give most of my attention to that. Thanks for what you do. It's been fun.

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    3. I agree w/claudia a bit too. I feel you put sooo much work and effort and time into this blog, and there are people that can post "anonymously" over and over again, w;o being identified, and I consider that hateful if they have nothing but negative things to say about/of catherine/william. Its just my opinion, but I think posts shouldn't be anonymous anymore , not with so many people using it negatively..

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  38. Hi Everybody

    Where are the cargo pants from????

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  39. Charlotte, thanks for your reply. First of all, as it’s your blog, you decide which discussions you allow, and I will always respect that. Personally, I felt during the last weeks that for example discussions concerning the most private part of William's and Kate's lives (their relation, pregnancy rumors,...) or analyzing the character of someone without knowing them personally are, on the one hand, fruitless (in my opinion), and on the other hand, I think that due to this discussions the tone here changed in comparison to what it used to be a couple of months ago because there seem to be very strong feelings about these topics. I also think that discussions about how much someone works or doesn’t work, and how rich someone is, can be never-ending – there will always be someone who works harder or less hard than me, or someone who is better or worse off in life than me.
    I'm well aware that your blog is not exclusively dedicated to Kate's style but also to other parts of her life, which I respect and appreciate. So if I would only be interested in her fashion, there are other blogs that I could follow. But I have always liked very much your way of presenting Kate and what is important in her life, always respectful and tactful. However, I feel that the discussions sometimes really turn towards a direction that I personally don't appreciate any more. I know that others have a different point of view and like to discuss about other things as well, that's fine by me, if I don't like it, I don't have to read it or take part in the discussion. Therefore I decided to stop commenting and reading comments and only read the posts. I'll stay a loyal reader for sure :)

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  40. Thank you for the feedback!

    With the tour I haven't been devoting enough time to checking comments and looking over them now the tone has changed not just by anonymous commenters but some regulars too.

    I will be keeping a much closer eye from now on and should you see anything inappropriate please let me know.

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  41. I guess nothing in life ever goes smoothly all the time; that goes for bloggers as well as for princesses. Before long though, life will be back to its good, normal self and those who truly care will keep on carrying the flag.

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  42. I've been looking everywhere for those pants.... WANT!

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  43. so nice post, i like so much, thanks for sharing.

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