Sunday, 28 October 2012

Upcoming Black Tie Event, Win Aquatalia Gift Card, Kate's New Hobby + Pippa's Book Launch

Good evening to you all,

Apologies for the lack of posts over the past week, I have been extremely busy due to various commitments and regular posting will be resuming from tonight. What better way to begin the post than with news of an imminent black tie event for our favourite royal couple. :)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend a reception and dinner in aid of University of St Andrews 600th Anniversary Appeal on Thursday, November 8th at Middle Temple Inn (earlier this month William and Kate visited Middle Temple to launch a scholarship programme). The Duke is patron of the anniversary campaign, which he launched in St Andrews on February 25, 2011.


Also in attendance will be Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson, Chancellor Sir Menzies Campbell, together with over 250 alumni and friends. Entertainment will be provided by The Other Guys, a student a capella group who became a YouTube sensation with Royal Romance. I wonder what William and Kate thought of the spoof musical tribute? :)

A small number of premium tickets for this exclusive private donor event are available to friends and philanthropists. Further information on the aforementioned tickets is available here.


St Andrews Alumni Twitter

William and Kate first met in St Andrews and both graduated in 2005, so there's no doubt the Scottish university holds a special place in their hearts. I'm very much looking forward to this event, and I expect the couple will reminisce about their University days and we will see Kate in a full length gown, possibly a blue frock to honour the colours of St Andrews.

The event will not be the only black tie event the Cambridges will attend in November with another one scheduled for later in the month (possibly the 24th). I will let you all know when there is an official announcement.

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Duchess Kate has taken up the favourite Royal pastime of riding despite being allergic to the animals, it has emerged. Kate told Paralympic medallist Lee Pearson she had taken up the sport at the Buckingham Palace Reception for Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

More from the Telegraph article:

'Mr Pearson who won his tenth Paralympic gold medal this year, said: "Kate said she's been learning to ride so I offered to give her some lessons. She held my medals and said how heavy they were, and asked if I'd been riding all my life." He added he had given the Duchess advice after the Countess of Wessex made him aware the novice rider was allergic to horses. "I said 'so am I- but anti-histimines are wonderful'. "he disclosed.  

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Kate favourite Aquatalia are holding an exciting giveaway with three $250 gift cards to be won. In order to be in with a chance you must take part in the Royal Rhumba picture hunt, spotting the difference between images of Kate wearing Aquatalia. To enter the contest simply click here. Wishing you all the very best of luck!


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Pippa Middleton has been busy promoting her first book Celebrate: A Year of Festivities For Families and Friends over the past number of days. At Thursday's book launch Pippa was joined by her brother James and parents Mike and Carole. When I saw photos of the foursome it was quite noticeable that Kate was absent from the family photos and I thought it must have been incredibly difficult for her not to be there to support her sister, and while being a member of the royal family certainly has its advantages, there are disadvantages, too. 



The Palace would not want Kate to be seen promoting commercial activities and Kate would not have wanted to overshadow Pippa's big day. Had the Duchess been in attendance the spotlight would have firmly focused on her. A number of you have already commented on Kate's absence from the launch and the reasons she could not attend. I would be very interested to hear more of your thoughts on this?

The launch was a huge success and Pippa looked lovely. You can watch a video from the event and see oodles of photos at the Daily Mail.

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131 comments:

  1. Pauline California28 October 2012 23:00

    Great post as always. I can't wait until the 8th. I have been having Duchess withdrawals...lol
    Addressing Pippa's book launch, I think the Duchess did the correct thing by not attending. If she was there all the attention would be on her no matter what she wore. She could have put a bag over her head and the "media" still would have made it all about her. Some people have said that how disrepectful it was of the Duchess not to attend but I don't think they completely understand what the Duchess can and can't do anymore. And I am sure her sister and parents all know this.

    Now I hope this subject does not get beaten to death.

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  2. Looking forward to the upcoming black tie events!!

    I was definitely sad to see Kate have to miss out on Pippa's big day. I guess I understand the logic behind her not being there from the palace's point of view, but it's almost like her absence is more conspicuous than if she had just been there! A bit of an elephant in the room situation...

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    1. Pauline California29 October 2012 00:05

      I agree with you Maeve.

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    2. I agree that it seems a real shame that Kate couldn't be there but I'm sure she would have explained that to her sister. I just hope that being a royal doesn't come between her and her family. We haven't seen any sign of that yet so here's hoping things will be ok.

      I just remember the Princess Diana debacle. Poor Diana just seemed to lose touch with her friends and family and drift into a lonely isolated life of royal engagements. I have found a really good Diana book - Diana- The Life of a Troubled Princess. A fantastic book with lots of new information. The author interviewed a lot of people who were really close to Diana, including her sister, Sarah, so I learnt a lot that I didn't know before. The book digs deeply in Diana's character. I like this book so much that I bought some extra copies to put on Amazon in case any royal enthusiasts out there would like to take a look:

      http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aag/main/ref=olp_merch_name_2?ie=UTF8&asin=1845132521&isAmazonFulfilled=0&seller=AR4KF6WKGSR0L

      I can't wait for some really good Kate books to be published. If any of you have seen anything already, let me know!

      Regards
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  3. Ana B. from Brazil28 October 2012 23:36

    Hello!
    I think Kate's life must be a dream come true to must of us, but it is very sad to be unable to participate on such an amazing day for her sister and family. But I guess life is made of choices, isn't it?! And everything has it's ups and downs...
    I am so excited for the next engagements! Just sad we won't have any official sightings this week.
    I wish you all a marvelous week!
    Hugs from a very hot São Paulo :)

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  4. I'm super excited for the 8th. I really can't wait to see what the rest of November will bring. I get a feeling it will be some big changes

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    1. Pauline California29 October 2012 00:07

      Hi Anonymous- Just wondering what kind of changes do you see coming in November. I hope they are good ones. I can't wait to see what November bring us fans.

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    2. Hi Anonymous. I wonder if we get any news of what William might be up to in the near future. The Queen does seem to be looking to William and Catherine to take a lead where Charles and Camilla don't seem to so much.

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  5. Ana B. from Brazil28 October 2012 23:39

    Oh, and I have just read that the French police found the photographer who took Catherine's topless photos!!

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    1. Pauline California29 October 2012 00:05

      Hi Ana B. I am so glad they found out who the scum bag was that took those pictures of the Duchess. Now let;s hope the arrest him and put his/her butt in jail. And get all the photos from him.

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  6. Pippa is absolutely adorable!! It was awesome watching her in the limelight for a change..she being her own person getting credit for her own work. Wonder what Kate will wear at the event,,any predictions? Charlotte,,who designed pippa's grey dress? Thanks for this quick update! xoxo

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    1. Hi Siddhii!

      It was Stella McCartney, very pretty look :)

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    2. I must be alone, because I'm not a huge fan of this look! In general I think that while Stella McCartney's designs use a lot of on-trend details, like peplum and colorblocking, they're just not that pretty or flattering. She doesn't design well for "real" bodies - even on people as slim as Kate and Pippa, the dresses fit oddly (Exhibit 1 - what is that grey dress doing to Pippa's boobs??). Pippa did wear an absolutely lovely purple Roksanda Ilic cowl-neck dress earlier that day, which fit her like a charm. She looked gorgeous! I would definitely support adding a page for Pippa, especially now that she's is out and about doing her own thing.

      - W

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  7. Everybody looking good and happy!! I love to see that! What a lovable bunch! Looking forward to November and new sighting of the Windsor’s! I was missing the blogs!! XOXOXOXOXO

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  8. I stated my feelings on this subject on the previous post.

    William knows how important Kate's family is to her. Rather than spend Easter with his family, he went on holiday with Kate's. Rather than spend New Year's with his family, he was with Kate's. They've made compromises before, so why not this time? William didn't have to be there, but Kate did.

    It seems to me that Kate puts her image above all else. I strongly feel that Pippa and the rest of Kate's family were perfectly understanding of the situation, but Kate should have gone regardless.

    Kate's family has always been there for her 100% of the time. Kate's family has been maligned for enabling Kate while she waiting for William because they gave her a place to live and a job, rather than encouraging her to move on with her life. Kate's family has been criticized for supporting Kate, thought thick and thin, it would have been nice if Kate was willing to do the same for them.

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    1. Pauline California29 October 2012 01:25

      Yes Robert William knows how important his Duchess's family is to her. But you have to remember her life is not her own anymore. The duchess does not put her image as you call it above all. We don't know how much she see's her family but there has been things written(believe them or not) that she & William do spend alot to time with them. And thank god the media does not get wind ot it.

      This time there was nothing the Duchess could do. The Queen does not like the royal family to support anything commerical. Pippa's book launch would be considered commerical. So now let's just leave this subject lone. The book launch is over and Pippa did a great job and I am sure the Duchess supported her in her own way.
      And I must say the Middletons knew what they daughter was getting into when she married into the royal family. And what they had to give up.

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    2. Pauline, you are more than free to "just leave this subject lone" by resisting the urge to respond to all my comments. I will freely express my opinion without you telling me what to do.

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    3. Why was it not a problem for the Duchess of Cornwall to go to her son's book launch? That was an identical 'commercial venture.'

      I only mention this because I believe it is more likely that she chose not to go to avoid overshadowing or detracting from her sister. I doubt the queen told her she can't and I would caution people who keep repeating that nonsense. It portrays the queen as a dictator unnecessarily. I would guess she has more faith in her family's decisions than to have to 'lay down.'

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    4. I agree with Anonymous @02:34.

      Camilla has supported her son's book launches and it hasn't been a problem. Also, I don't recall her son ever getting accused of cashing in on a royal connection the way the Middleton family has (even though his first book was written AFTER his mother married Charles).

      And I too doubt that the Queen would not allow Kate to attend Pippa's book launch. I tend to agree that it was Kate's wish not to overshadow her sister's big day AND not have her family ciriticized for using their royal connection.

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    5. Pauline California29 October 2012 04:20

      @Anonymous- I did not know that Camilla went to her son's book launch nor did I know he wrote a book. When was that? I agree with you that if the Duchess attended the book launch the media would focus truely on the Duchess and not on Pippa.

      I beleive it was Charlotte that posted that the Queen suggest's that they don't support commercial things. It was at the end of this post above.

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    6. It was at the end of June

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    7. The Middletons are such a close family I do believe there was a discussion - and some level of acceptance - amongst all of them as to why Kate was not attending.

      That's what families - particularly close ones - do.

      And it's likely that this is a major reason that William wants this family in his and Kate's life.

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    8. I so agree with you MariBy

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  9. I thought she wasnt allergic to horsed, at least I read that when she attended War Horse movie . Also, kate looks so much like her mom!

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    1. Pauline California29 October 2012 01:27

      There has thing written when William & his Duchess were dating that she was allergic to horses. If that is true or not we will never know.

      But this just show's how much she loves her husband. She will do whatever it is to make him happy.

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    2. Ana B. from Brazil29 October 2012 01:30

      Hi, Bonnieux!
      I thought the same you did! I can swear I heard that this statement ("Catherine's allergic to horses") was fake.

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    3. I really hope Kate is able to find happiness in life outside of her husband. I must say that your last comment Pauline is incredibly alarming. Surely Kate will set an example for young girls that there is more to aspire to than being a supportive wife.

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    4. Pauline California29 October 2012 05:50

      @Anonymous Why do you think my comment was alarming? All I said was she loved her husband and she would do anything to make him happy. William likes to ride and she did not know how so she is taking lessons. I see nothing wrong with that.

      But we are all entitled to our opinion and I respect yours.

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    5. There are various levels of allergies - from mild to severe/life threatening.

      I think it is very likely that Kate's allergy to horses is on the milder side.

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    6. My surprise is at the general tone of the comment. A lot of times in this blog ( I'm an avid reader) people comment about her being a supportive military wife and how that's her job. Other times people say things like this that Kate will do whatever for William. I hope she maintains some independence. I imagine she has a lot more to offer Britain than a supportive wife'

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    7. Ana B. from Brazil29 October 2012 20:19

      One thing I have been thinking about is that we don't know each other, we come from very different parts of the world and we don't know each other's age.
      Some thoughts perhaps are considered old-fashioned because maybe, this person had a different education than people have nowadays. Maybe, there is people commenting here who could actually be our granny, our mother, our sister or even our daughter (and the same from a male perspective!).
      It is hard to change some perspectives because some people have lived their whole lives understanding that this or that is the correct point of view.
      If there is some of us commenting here who were born, I don't know , in 1930 for an example, without any doubt, will be different ways of seeing the world because some of us have actually been born when women were allowed to do anything they wanted to do with their own lives, like 1980 or 1990, for another example. Which were not the way women lived in old times.

      I am sorry, but I am not saying that people who write some old-fashioned ideas are old or something. I'm just trying to express my feeling that we come from different cultures and,certainly, have different ages. And it may affect our points of view.

      And I am sorry for my English... It is not my first language, so I may not have the right way to say it or write it, but I am trying!

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    8. Pauline California29 October 2012 21:53

      Ana B- I like your outlook on this. I have children in the 30's & 40's so I am from the older people. So I guess I write some of my comments reflecting that "old age" out look.

      Like the comment from Anonymous above, I respect her comment but I believe the Duchess first job is to be a supportive military wife, whatever that means. Or being just a supportive wife to William. I as an other person think there is nothing wrong with the Duchess doing that. We have to go back and look at how the Queens husband has always been by her side in a supporting role. He gave up his Navy career becasue once HM's father died she became Queen. It goes along with all the rest of teh Queen's children.

      So I guess what I am trying to say we all have our own opinions and tht is good. We can see thing from differentset of eyes.

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    9. Sarah from California30 October 2012 01:17

      Hi Ana from Brazil and Pauline from Calif.
      I'm 52 this week. I remember copying Diana's maternity clothes because I was pregnant during the same times she was. Now I look back at some of the fashions and laugh at some of the things we wore back then. So neat to hear from people in other countries. Ana your English is fine. Always able to understand you. I think William and Kate are supportive of each others interests.

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    10. Pauline California30 October 2012 04:20

      Hi Sarah from California- I have 10 years on you. I will be 62 in Febuary. So I understand what you are talking about the different styles back in the 80's & 90's. It is realy neat to go back and think how we dressed then. I love watching the Duchess as she try's the different clothes. Seh is so beautiful & stunning. I am not a real dress person but I like the way she dresses.

      I always wonder what William thinks as he see's his Duchess get ready for their engagements. He must be very proud of her. And I can see him thinking as all these different men they meet. he is saying to himself, Ya that is my beautiful wife...lol

      And to Ana your English is just fine.

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    11. I can beat you all for longevity and when I married I gave up my job---though it was a senior and very responsible position. It was the expected thing to do at that time--though I returned much later when children were grown.
      Believe me that was not easy,but a couple should be allowed to decide for themselves what they will do. After all, most of us do retire from our jobs at some stage, but these two know that once they start on the Royal round it will go on to the day they die.

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    12. Sarah from Calif.30 October 2012 13:44

      Hi Pauline-nice to hear from you. I had a maternity dress that looked just like one Diana had (now it would look like a tent) ha. Dont lthink I will be copying Kate (to young of styles for me; but I do love watching her)53 tomorrow Although I wouldnt mind a few of those beautiful coats. William always looks so happy and proud of his wife.I am so happy for him. We saw the agony he went through with the lose of his mom. He seems so much more at rest with life now. Hopefully Harry will get there too. Big parade in S.F. Wed. (Giants)

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    13. Sarah in Tennessee31 October 2012 00:31

      I agree with Anonymous- there is a balance to being your own woman (Diana) and supporting your spouse (Phillip). Isn't the difference in people's perspective's based on age indicative of progress? Kate is a modern woman in a world where women before us have fought for the opportunity to sit at the table with men. I hope she can set an example to the younger generation that loving a man doesn't mean you lose your identity- it just changes. Its a difficult dance- but I trust she can do it as long as she sees the value in it.

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    14. Sarah from Calif31 October 2012 01:03

      Hi Pauline I think William looks like he is soo proud of his wife and so in love. I'm so happy for him. You and I have seen what he has gone through with the lose of his Mom. I will never forget him saying I hate photographers when he was about 3. On youtube. Now he realizes they need a job but it would be great if the low life ones would find another job. Go Giants.

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    15. At the risk of being the ultimate provocateur, I just want to state that I think it's so sad that a 60 year old woman is so fixated on Kate. Pauline ONLY refers to her as "the Duchess" as if Kate is a holy figure. Everything she wears is 'stunning' to Pauline and her every action and word is defensible. I thought a woman your age would have a better grasp on what's really important in life and waste time on such small matters. (I'm only in my 20's and have much to learn!)

      You have no problem criticizing the York sisters, so it's not as if you have a loyalty to Kate because she's a woman. Pauline thinks very highly of Kate and I think it's unhealthy to have such a biased view of someone.

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    16. Lighten up Robert

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    17. I've noticed a degree of animosity between Robert and Pauline. Both of you have completely different views on Kate's style and work ethic. I respect both of your opinions but must stress that personal attacks are not permitted on the blog.

      I respect that Pauline has a very high opinion of Kate and I equally respect that Robert is more critical, as the other readers do. You are both perfectly entitled to your opinion and your thoughts are always most welcome here. I have always believed constructive debate is essential for the blog.

      Perhaps it would be best if you both avoided each others comments in order to avoid confrontation? :)

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    18. Yes, Robert, you do have much to learn. Particularly about learning how to politely address a poster with whose opinions you disagree.

      Of all the times other posters have disagreed with Pauline for her obvious over-the-top Kate fandom (and there have been quite a few), I've never seen either her or anyone else respond with such a nasty personal attack. Congratulations.

      I don't agree with probably 90% of what Pauline posts, but if you've followed this blog and its commentators for awhile, you'd know that Pauline has a law degree, has done plenty of charity work, and has interests outside of following Kate. I imagine that in that aspect she's no different from the rest of us, who probably check this blog multiple times a day because whether we like or dislike Kate, purely for our own entertainment because for some reason she is a point of interest for us. You sir, are clearly no exception, given your own frequent posts here.

      -Sarah

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    19. I was right. I did provoke indeed. I will retire on this subject as I believe I've succeeded in stating my views, of which I retract none.

      Thank you Charlotte for publishing my comment. I can't help how I feel about Pauline. It was in no way meant to disrespect her. Her comments are highly predictable but I can assure you mine are not. If Kate changes the course she's on, my comments will change accordingly.

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    20. Pauline California31 October 2012 06:00

      This will be my last comment to Robert. I address Kate as the Duchess because that is her title, and out of respect to her. You no respect and all you wanted to do here is to provoke and you are proud that you did. What a sorry person you are.

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    21. Pauline California31 October 2012 06:05

      @Sarah- Thank you for your comment. I like you don't also agree with alot of the post here but we do respect each other. But this Robert dude does not. All he wanted to do was to provoke people which he did. So now he is a happy camper. Maybe we should give him a medal...lol

      And how in the world can he say that my comments are always predictable? I guess he is a mind reader too.

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    22. Haha, you're very welcome! I have to admit that partway through typing up that comment I couldn't help thinking "Wait, what am I doing? Why am I defending Pauline's posts - I hardly agree with anything she posts?!" But you have always been very respectful in your posts to people who disagree with you, and I really appreciate that. Like Charlotte always says, it's the variety of opinions here that really makes the discussion such a joy to read - and make for good debates :)

      -Sarah

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    23. Pauline California1 November 2012 04:50

      Hi Sarah- I had to laugh at your post. Ya we hardy never agree but we do have a great discussion about the topic and we do show respect for one another. That is what makes this blog the best. We can agree to disagree and have a good laugh at doing it.

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  10. Deborah from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil29 October 2012 01:01

    Hi Charlotte, thank you for another great post.

    I have a question for you and my fellow posters.
    Although the Duchess looks amazing every time we see her, I`ve been feeling that, lately, some of her outfit choices are not hers. I can't explain exactly what it is, especially because English is not my first language but I was wondering..... Do you think she gets any input from her private secretary, Rebecca Deacon? I sometimes see pictures of her (Ms Deacon) and I don`t think she dresses well.

    What do you all think?
    Thanks
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    1. Ana B. from Brazil29 October 2012 01:35

      Hi, Deborah!
      I think your question is truly interesting. I've never thought about it before, but you could be right. Very often, us girls, take some advice from our friends when it comes for clothing... And I believe they are friends... Or not?
      I don't know... But now I am wondering it too!

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    2. Deborah from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil29 October 2012 12:43

      Hi Ana B, thank you for your reply!

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    3. Given how "on the money" Kate's choices were prior to her marriage, I tend to believe that Kate is simply experimenting with different looks. She's always had a good eye for fashion and I tend to believe she would ask for her mother's input before she would ask anyone in the royal household. LOL. AND... she's been in the public eye long enough (as Duchess) to be learning for herself what works and what does not.

      If anyone is old enough to recall Diana's fashion choices from the time of her marriage to her tragic death at 36, it changed/evolved quite a bit. Early on, her fashion choices were frilly, girlish and safe (some to the point of being dowdy in hindsight). As the years went by, Diana learned what worked for her and as her confidence grew her style became more sleek and understated.

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    4. @royalfan You are right on target with your comments about Diana's earliest fashion choices.

      I remember looking at many a magazine (no web back in the 80's) in the line at supermarket and checking out what she had worn that week.

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    5. Pauline California29 October 2012 21:45

      Royalfan- You are right on. I too read alot about the Princess when she first joined the royal family and her fashion choices. Some of them were on teh best but as time went on theybecame alot better. So this is what is happening to the beautiful Duchess now. She is trying the waters to see wht works and what doesn't.

      I like watching her and seeign what she will wear for different engagemetns. I always wonder what William thinks of what his Duchess wears? I also think she wears her hair down alot because William likes it that way. Or maybe not...lol

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    6. Pauline, I agree with you! :) I too think that William loves Kate's hair just the way it is.

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  11. I can't wait until cooler weather brings back some fabulous hats to her wardrobe!

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  12. I think she is pregnant and staying out of the spotlight until it is announced.

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    1. Pauline California29 October 2012 05:44

      Interesting thought. We could only hope.

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  13. Great post Charlotte! I'm sure Kate was sad she couldn't be at pippa's book launch but she knows it's her new life.
    However deep down it must hurt her and she must miss being "normal" and her family at times.

    I preordered pippas book and I'm looking forward to it and to seeing your blog post of kate's next appearance.

    Have a beautiful day Charlotte

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  14. Emily J small town in Illinois29 October 2012 03:13

    I just wanted to start out by saying that I love this blog! I find out some much info here about Catherine here than when I google her, which is @ least 3 times a.day! I understand the reasons why she didn't go to Pippa's book launch, but I did miss seeing her. Especially since Catherine hasn't been out much since she got back from the tour. I do believe she is pregnant and not wanting to be seen as much! keep up the good work with all of your timely post :)

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    1. Pauline California29 October 2012 05:45

      You and Susan from above are thinking alike. As I said in her post, we can only hope.

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  15. Emily J small town in Illinois29 October 2012 03:19

    btw, I do love Pippa's style! I bet there will be a pippa effect with theses dresses that she worn! I also think Pippa was a lil relived the Catherine was not there so the spot light will be on her instead of the sister who's shadow.she has alway been in.

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    1. I had considered adding a 'Pippa Page' to the blog. If any of you would be interested in that, do let me know!

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    2. I would! I've really liked some of her dresses :)

      -Sarah

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    3. Thank you for such a great post :) Charlotte, you are simply the best!

      Looking forward to the upcoming events :D

      It would be really nice to see a 'Pippa Page' :)

      Hugs from Poland

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    4. I like the idea of a Pippa page!

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    5. Charlotte, let's have a Pippa page, :)

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    6. That would another fun read!

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    7. Please don't add a Pippa page to the blog. She is a private person not a paid up member of the Royal family. She is living off the fact she is Kate's sister and seems to do very little in terms of work. Do we really think she would have got a book deal without that connection?

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    8. Pauline California29 October 2012 21:56

      Charlotte- PLEASE NO PIPPA PAGE. She is a beautiful girl but let's keep your great blog just for the beauiful Duchess.

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    9. also do not like the idea pippa page, sorry and sorry my english too

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    10. Ana B. from Brazil30 October 2012 00:52

      I vote against a Pippa Page.

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    11. My vote is PLEASE NO Pippa page. Pippa is a beautiful woman and I wish her the best in her life and career but she is not a Royal. I would rather see a Sophie page who was also a commoner before her marriage to Edward.

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    12. I vote YES to a Pippa page - she's a public figure now that she has her party book. I'm surprised by the vociferous reactions against the page. If you're not interested in seeing news about Pippa, why not just avoid those posts?

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    13. Personally I wouldn't need a Pippa page but if others (and Charlotte) like the idea, why not, I don't have to read the posts if I'm not interested in them.

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    14. I might be thinking of another blog here, but for some reason I vaguely remembered there being a "Middletons" page and "Kate before Cambridge" on this blog, up at the top. Those posts didn't show up on the main page if you just went to hrhduchesskate.blogspot.com, but if you clicked on the link up top you would see updates there. Am I making this up? That might be a possibility - people who were interested in reading Charlotte's posts on Pippa could go separately to that page with just one click, and people who wanted to focus on Kate could just come to the main page.

      -Sarah

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    15. Sarah from Calif31 October 2012 01:08

      If you Charlotte have the energy to do more research on Pipa too maybe a separate blog. Wow I can barely keep up with this one and I love it.

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    16. No one has said anything about Carol Middleton. I think she looks great.

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    17. I would love to see more on Sophie before Pippa. I find her so regal and just lovely

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  16. Charlotte, so glad to get an update! First, I love the pictures of William and Catherine's visit to St. Andrews before their wedding. Catherine looked so relaxed and happy. You can see it in the picture you have on your post.

    As far as Pippa's book launch, I really think Catherine would have liked to be there to support her sister. Knowing how incredibly close the Middleton family are, it must have been difficult. I guess there are upsides and downsides to being a Royal. I hope William did something special to take her mind off of not being there and I think Kate and Pippa would have spoken before her big event. I have wondered if "the rules" will change once the Queen is gone.

    Really looking forward to the upcoming events. You always do a WONDERFUL job keeping us informed!!! Thank you!!!

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  17. Thank you for all your comments, they are greatly appreciate and add so much to the blog.

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  18. Friendly reminder/ request: Charlotte does a remarkable job keeping this blog informative and open while being sure to 'stay classy.'

    Lets leave the moderating to her, shall we?

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    1. Pauline California29 October 2012 05:42

      I agree with you that Charlotte does a great job keeping all of us fans up to date on the beautiful Duchess. I don't understand what you mean by letting her do the moderating. If you are talking about my post above re-stating what Charlotte had said, I am sorry.

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    2. I think she (he?) means that Charlotte gets final say in what comments are allowed (as the blog administrator, she can simply choose not to publish certain posts) and therefore any squabbling between us posters about what we want or don't want others to say is entirely useless. :P

      -Sarah

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    3. Pauline California29 October 2012 21:58

      @Sarah- You always have great post. And I agree Charlotte does have the final say so on what is posted here.

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  19. It would be nice to see a Pippa page.

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  20. Every one knows how close the family is, and every one knows Kate is Pippas sister. So there is no reason not to attend. People are there for Pippa and to write about her book. If Kate would have been there it would have been just even more press. And I guess she wants to sell her book. so the more press the better. If Pippa really doesn`t want to make the impression she wants to make money of her sister she should not have written the book in the first place!

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    1. I think that the Middleton family is caught between a rock and a hard place. On the one hand they want to see products, on the other they don't want to come off as greedy and exploitative. In my opinion they won't be able to win with the media or the public. The tone has been set, and people seem to have an enormous prejudice against them. And this prejudice is likely to persist for a long time regardless of their actions. If I were in their shoes I would have had Kate attend. I agree with Anon 8:27. At least let Pippa get her due and sell those books. Why pretend otherwise.

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  21. I'm also adding my vote for a Pippa page! I loooooove her style, even more than I do Catherine's.

    I also agree with the Anonymous poster above who requested we all leave moderating to Charlotte, she's phenomenal! There's no need to respond to everyone's post!

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  22. I actually would prefer to see this blog kept with the focus on Kate.

    Although I enjoyed this post about Pippa's book launch and welcome any topical posts about the member of the Middleton family - I think a Pippa page would only take away from - not add anything to - the blog.

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    1. Pauline California29 October 2012 22:00

      Oh I sure agree with you MariBy.

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  23. Well done Charlotte lovely to have you blogging again. Several thoughts maybe Catherine kept herself in the background as others have said so as not to overshadow Pippa but had lots of input to help her (yes a Pippa page would be fun). 2 Do you think she was with her parents shoot at the weekend? 3 Now she and William have a house at Sandringham will her family stay there with them at Christmas? Also I wonder if she has different wardrobes at her various homes how and does this influence the outfits we see?
    Thats enough from me.

    Thank you again.

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  24. Love they are looking back at st.andrews where the romance begin... looking forward what will duchess wore i think pippa looks nice in her dress in the book lauch i think catherine would love to supporting her sister but i think her royal status affect that

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  25. Jean from Lancs29 October 2012 16:15

    No one is going to tell us why Catherine didn't go, but if she had, there would have been those who said the Family were cashing in on her having married William.I am sure we have all seen some of the blogs criticizing them.
    We cannot know whether she was waiting for them when they got home to join the celebrations.

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    1. Hi Jean what is Lancs ? Also I agree with you sometimes we are darned if you do and danged if you don't

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  26. Marion from Germany29 October 2012 17:13

    Up to now I haven't been very interested in Pippa, at least not as much as in Kate, but if you, Charlotte, are the one to present the information, I would definitely enjoy it!

    Sad for Kate not to be with her family, but I didn't expect her to be there as for all the arguments you have mentioned above. It wouldn't really fit to her new role as a member of the royal family. And I think she is always very careful not to put a foot wrong, so she preferred not to turn up at all. I would have done the same in her position, quite a wise decision.

    On another note, I was really astonished to learn that Beatrice and Eugenie were there. I don't know why, but I somehow had the impression that they do not like each other very much. I must have been totally mistaken (which is good in this case), but I really didn't know that they are so close. Amazing!

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  27. The Middletons have been accused many times of cashing in on Kate's royal status and each time it causes headlines in newspapers. This distracts from the Royal family. That is why Kate would not attend the book launch.

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  28. I feel really badly for Kate. Pippa's book launch was always going to be a lose-lose situation, Kate would be criticized regardless if she went or not. I just wish everyone who judged the Middleton family would consider for a moment how they would feel if they had to deliberately stay away from celebrating a sister or brother or friend's achievement or accomplishment because strangers would cruelly say you're supporting them NOT because you love them, but because it's all about making as much money as possible and getting famous. How untrue and unkind.

    Anne from Canada

    PS I would love to see a Pippa page Charlotte! You really do a fantastic job with this blog, I check it all the time :)

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  29. Please!! No pippa page!!

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    1. I agree with you! No Pippa Page!!!

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    2. Monica , France30 October 2012 13:03

      I agree too!!!

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  30. Now I believe that she was seen smoking in France. I hope it stops before getting pregnant :(

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-455703/Has-losing-Wills-driven-Kate-smoking.html

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    1. Jean from Lancs30 October 2012 20:48

      I doubt her teeth would be so white if she really did smoke.

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    2. Yea- I'm gonna guess regardless of the smoking debate she pays a fortune to whiten them

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    3. Kristin from San Francisco30 October 2012 23:02

      Oh no! Smoking not good for baby's health - also, wonder about the riding lessons and the element of danger & accidents. I am sure the livery staff is in top form & highly watchful of Kate during her lessons.
      This would be a hair up event for sure!!!! Eagerly awaiting pixs.
      Pippa page?? No

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  31. Hello!! I will defiantly check in to see what Kate will wear. Even though I agree that coming to Pippas event would have defiantly put the spot light on her but it really most of hurt Kate not being there. However lovely post and will keep checking in to see what Kate wears.

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  32. I love checking out this blog! It's one of my favorites! I think a pippa page would be fun. I enjoy her girl on the town style and its interesting to see how her take on the trends in contrast to her sister.

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  33. Lovely family.
    Thank for this post, Charlotte.
    C. Paris

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  34. Thanks for another great post. I'm very much looking forward to the reception for St. Andrews, it must be a very special evening for Kate and William. And a black tie event is always good :)

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  36. No Pippa page please. Kaiser Karl was vicious but he was telling the truth.

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    1. I must be missing a joke here... who is Kaiser Karl?

      -Sarah

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    2. Ana B. from Brazil31 October 2012 05:00

      I think Anonymous meant to say Karl Lagerfeld because he said some cruel things about Pippa.

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    3. Ohhhhh, now that you mention it, I do remember reading about that. Thanks!

      -Sarah

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  39. Holly D. from Washington DC31 October 2012 06:53

    Hello Charlotte- I have been a reader of your blog now for a while. But I have never posted a comment until now. I do have to say that the young man Robert has a lot to learn. First off you do not disrespect your elders no matter how you feel about them. I have noticed a few have even posted their ages, more power to them. This young man does not like this person Pauline and it really shows. His one comment regarding Pauline always addressing Kate by Duchess show what this young man does not know about respect. You address people by their titles and her title is Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (she does have other titles to). There is nothing incorrect about that.

    He also made a comment about her saying nasty comments about the York Sisters. I have read many pages of the blog and the only commetn I see she made was the one just the other day regarding them attending Pippa's book launch. Her comment was that they always are going to parties. That was her opinion. One of his other comments regarding Pauline was that she always has to post on every ones comments, isn't that what this blog is all about, sharing your opinions with others who write here.

    There are alot of readers that don't agree with each other but they are respectful toward each other. Yes Pauline's comments can get over aggressive at times but she always show resepct toward other bloggers. Robert does not. His only goal here was to be sucessful of getting people provoked. And he is happy that he succeeded. How sad.

    I believe there is no age limit on this blog so his comment regarding the age of some of your bloggers were uncalled for. He need's someone to set his butt down and give him a lesson on respect.

    This will might be my first and last post. But I will continue to read the great blog on a daily basis.

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    1. Holly D, let's not pick on Robert, shall we ? I did not find disrespect in his post. He was stating facts. Some of you may not like those facts, but they are true nevertheless. Many of us roll their eyes at Pauline's posts without stating how we feel about them. Robert went one step further. I actually echo his sentiment. I also find this Kate-obsession that has taken hold of some middle-aged women to be rather strange, even borderline creepy. Let us not burn him at stake for pointing that out. Especially since Charlotte has taken such a reasonable stand on it.
      Robert - I hope that you won't leave the blog. It is nice to have all sorts of opinions - keeps things colorful.
      Portia

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    2. Holly D from Washington DC31 October 2012 19:16

      Portia- Now I know why I have never posted on this blog until today. People here who post things that others do not like get no respect. You & Robert in my opinion have disrespected these "middle age" women who were brave enough to post their ages and stated that they were fans of the Duchess of Cambridge. Just because they are older then most here does not limit them to admire what the Duchess of Cambridge has done or will do in the future. I myself have family that live in the UK so to me it is not "creepy" as you call it and I am not yet middle age put but getting there soon.. I have been following the royal family since the early 80's when Diana married Prince Charles.

      So have you really given it any thought that this Ms. Pauline might really know alot about the UK and the royal family. I have read on this blog that she has done alot of research, works in the legal field, has done charity work, etc.

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    3. Thank you Portia for your support. I don't feel unwelcome, just unpopular!

      I don't plan on leaving the blog anytime soon. Eventually when I get bored, but just not yet.

      I do commend Charlotte for allowing my posts. I know it can't be easy.

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    4. Sarah from Calif.2 November 2012 02:26

      Thanks Holly D. for your support for us old folk. Ha I thought all this stuff was over but since I'm old and went backwards on the blog I found some more. You are so sweet. Just to let you know I really don't mind what people think. My husband of 33 years thinks it is all pretty funny. I have been telling him everything. His thing is golf. I work with Deaf children who would be thrilled to talk with people but a lot of them don't have parents who will learn to sign to them. Creepy is a word I save for slugs and bugs. Glad your safe in Washington. Would love to take the kids from school to the Smithsonian.

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    5. Sarah from Calif.2 November 2012 02:36

      Hang in there Robert. :))))

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    6. Holly D Washington DC2 November 2012 03:38

      Hi Sarah from California- I do hope one day you can bring those children to DC to see the Smithsonian. It is really a great place to see and very educational. They would love it.

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    7. Sarah from Calif.2 November 2012 13:34

      Holly D- that would be awesome. They would love that.

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  41. Sarah from Calif.31 October 2012 12:56

    Well put ladies in support of constructive conversations. I watched the Queen when I was young Diana and now Kate. Some people watch sportsl everynight. Some enjoy jogging. 27 mile marathon's (ugh) I think we all have our different hobbies. Ours is royal watching not bird watching (although maybe some people do that too)

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  42. Please NO Pippa Page...Thank you!

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