Thursday, 11 October 2012

William and Kate's Dinner Date in Mayfair

William and Kate enjoyed a dinner date at exclusive nightspot Loulou's in Mayfair last night. 




Following a busy day for the couple which included four solo engagements in the North East for Kate while William attended the funeral of his much loved childhood nanny, Olga Powell, the couple took the opportunity to catch up and relax at the club.




Arina Rinz revealed she sat next to the Duke and Duchess via Twitter.



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We very rarely see these type of photos of William and Kate, it is reminiscent of their pre engagement days in London when they were regularly photographed departing nightclubs. Pippa Middleton and Princess Eugenie were also at the the club last night.





Located on 5 Hertford Street, owner Robin Burley recently invested £30 million to update the classic London club for a new generation.

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From last month's interesting Vanity Fair article

'Deploying £30 million, designer Rifat Ozbek, and a stuffed giraffe, Robin Birley had updated the classic London club. The bar is made of shells, and an illuminated peacock. Effulgent, glamorous wallpaper, bathrooms in which you would happily spend a first date, and a restaurant of deep glowing crimson with scarlet shaded lights'.

A look at the restaurant.

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Given the ultra-exclusivity at Loulou's, William and Kate were guaranteed a quiet evening. Most likely they were not the only well-known faces dining there with other regular guests including Kate Moss and Mick Jagger.

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I thought Kate's sartorial choices were perfect last night. The fitted black dress and matching black coat looked sleek, elegant and understated (I will update when/if the coat is ID'd)





Kate's dress is the Reiss Rozalia (With many thanks to commenter Beth and the ladies at What Kate Wore) The long sleeved wrap dress was also worn by Pippa. It is a past season piece and now sold out.




The Duchess carried her black suede clutch.





And completed the look with black Episode pumps.




Tonight, William will host a gala dinner at St James's Palace for 100 Women in Hedge Funds. Kate will not attend due to a 'prior engagement'.

89 comments:

  1. awww nice to see them having a somewhat date night with family.

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  2. Theresa, from Paris11 October 2012 11:04

    Loulou's seems to be a fantastic place to spend a night out ! I had read the article in Vanity Fair and really like its style. The owner is the son of Mark Birley, who created the famous night-club Annabel's in London, which is just as glamorous.
    I'm glad the Duke and Duchess could enjoy a fun time with their friends like before they were married.
    I would so love to go to that club... But membership only and very exclusive, so it will probably just stay a dream of mine ;)

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  3. Please let us know soon(lol) who she's wearing..they look to be very solemn..perhaps a little tired of the paps, and in need of quiet time.

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  4. Deborah from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil11 October 2012 11:41

    Charlotte, seriously, how FAST can one be? Thank you again for another amazing post ;-)

    A fan in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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  5. So cool to finally see these kind of photos! :)
    Kate is lovely, as usual, but I think the outfit is a little too dark and heavy. The dress appears to be wonderful and appropriate for an elegant dinner, but a short jacket instead of the long coat would work better.
    Big hug
    Z.

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    1. Totally agree with you. Black is a good color, but I don't like when she dresses herself all in black.

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  6. I think that's really sweet how Kate is supposedly supporting her sister at her book launch. My sister would never do that for me and I think it demonstrates how close the two are. I love surprise appearances as much as anyone and I think this one was a perfect date night

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  7. the dress looks like the black one she wore shopping just before the wedding. the one posted here http://royalwedding.aol.com/2011/04/21/kate-middleton-shops-at-banana-republic-before-wedding/

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  8. I think the duchess wore her Issa black dress ( pre-wedding shopping)!

    http://www.rtl.fr/actualites/people/article/derniere-viree-shopping-pour-kate-middleton-7679562756

    Lynda

    http://blog.elle.fr/lejournaldemodedekatemiddleton

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  9. Yesterday was a tough day for both William and Kate and they really needed to be together. They left by 10:00 pm, looking very tired while princess Eugenie and Pippa remained there much longer.

    By the way, I really like Kate's black outfit.

    Monica, from France

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  10. Do you think the black dress Kate is wearing is the Issa dress she wore when shopping prior to her wedding?

    She looks nice and it's great to see them out and about doing normal date nights :)

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  11. Eve from Colorado USA11 October 2012 14:45

    Once again you are tops, Charlotte! Do you ever sleep? Thanks for being first yet again!

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  12. Is the dress the black Issa dress she wore when shopping before the wedding?

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  13. Perhaps the dress is the same one she was seen wearing while out shopping right before the wedding?

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  14. Thanks for this look into what looks like a fabulous restaurant!

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  15. Love the dress but not a fan of the coat! Too much black going on!!thanks CC!!xoxo

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  16. I thought at first the dress was the black Issa she wore shopping shortly before her wedding but that neck is a "V" and this seems to have a higher, more rounded neck. the skirt on this one is also more a tulip shape I think.

    The black coat reminds me a bit of the blue tweed M Missoni she wore with the Queen and Camilla.

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  17. Is it possible that she is wearing the same dress she wore while shopping in London just before the wedding?

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    1. That was one of the suggestions posited by Charlotte....

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  18. Pauline California11 October 2012 16:32

    Wow Charlotte you are really on the ball. Thank you for these great pictures of the beautfiul Duchess & her Prince. It is nice to see that they were enjoying a dinner out together. But I do have to say the both looked very tired. Both of them had a very busy day and William's wass a sad one.

    I loved her dress. The Duchess just know's how to dress. I do have to say I am going to miss seeing the two of them together tonight. It is going to be interesting to see what is important that she could not be with William. Hopin git is Pippa's booking launch.

    Well thanks for the great post again today. You are the best my friend.

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  19. Kate looks fabulous in black. What a pity royal duties don't allow it to be worn more often. Such an elegant outfit.

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  20. Aww true love

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  21. Guys thank you for all the comments! I do think the dress could very well be the Issa and the coat is gorgeous!

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  22. I find it really disrespectful and insensitive of Prince William to go to a funeral and then a few hours later be out on the town at a club. Shouldn't he be heading back to Anglesey to do the job we the tax payer fund?

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    1. I thought it was just a restaurant? Can't he have a meal with his wife on the same day as a memorial service? Calm it down Anonymous. Prince William is the epitome of respectful.

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    2. Maybe he wanted to congratulate his wife and at the same time help take his mind off a very tough emotional day? There probably wasn't a whole lot of time to work at that time of day anyway.

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    3. It is more to the point whether the family of Olga Powell found it disrespectful. The fact that William was ready to cancel formal arrangements to be present says a lot especially within a royal family that does not attend funerals except for state funerals and close family. so I think you are not correct in your judgement?

      William will return to his duty when his 8 days off (to match his 8 days on duty) is complete.

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    4. I see nothing wrong with them going out to dinner with two family members. It was an emotional day for William, and I'm sure he felt bad that Kate was left to attend the engagements on her own. And I'm sure she wished she could attend the service with William and be there to support her husband. I see nothing disrespectful about going out to dinner. I doubt very much that they were twirling around a dance floor.

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  23. I think it's not great they attend these extremely exclusive clubs for dinner. It's just a bit against the "down to earth and cool" couple that they want to show to the world, not to say that in times of crisis, it's extremely inappropriate to favour such closed circuits that 99% of the people will never get the chance to go to.

    Otherwise, it seems kate had the chance to change after her engagements. she looks a bit tired in the pics, although no wonder after being up north, 3 engagements and back.

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    1. If the Duke & Duchess went anywhere else they would be riddled with curious onlookers, photographers and people would twitter their every move. They have the luck of birth and circumstance to be who they are. People need to calm down and accept that we all cannot be the same or live in the same manner. By the way, I love the Duchess in black- very elegant.

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    2. I totally agree with you Jennifer!

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  24. He doesn't look happy or drunk. Given that William and Kate didn't stay that long, I'm guessing they were just catching up with family for dinner. I mean, really, can't they have a night together after a busy, stressful day (and no, I'm not comparing their work to ours) without being criticised for it?

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  25. Holy moly, Kate Moss' ....you know what I was talking about. :)

    I still need to see more details on the coat to decide whether I like it or not...It looks well made material.

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  26. Personally, I would be kind of surprised if we saw Kate at Pippa's book launch. I think it would be great if she did go to support her sister - but my understanding was that the palace is trying to play down any suggestions of Pippa cashing in on her royal connections? I was just reading somewhere that Pippa had been forced to cancel/avoid scheduling appearances on a bunch of major American talk shows, so it seems like Kate showing up to the launch would sort of be... well, lending a royal hand.

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  27. Why have these photos even been published ? This is a private occasion with two people who are entitled to a private life. I cant believe the double standards ! Outcry at poor Dichess for such an intrusion on holiday , but people gawping at these!! Give them a break !! They should be able to pop to a supermarket without photos appearing here an hour later. The same goes for a meal out. She's not doing charity work; people are just discussing what she wears; women have moved on!!!

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    1. I totally agree , with all the out cry with the French photos it really is and was double standards. I really can't see what all the fuss was about anyway. U either in public eye or not. Good goes with the bad I'm afraid.

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    2. There's a big difference between being in private and being in public. The paparazzi needs to have morals to understand the difference. The photographer who took the photos of Kate and William on their private vacation on private property obviously didn't have morals.

      Kat Iowa USA

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    3. Any pictures of hem in their private time is fuelling public interest therefore the paparazzi will always have a customer for the pictures they capture , whether on private holiday or privately shopping. If we stop buying these papers with private photos the paparazzi move on and the royals get a truly private life.

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    4. The royal family want the best of both worlds. To be ordinary with privacy but take the privlages that come with being royalty. They want the public attention in their work but no further interst in them. Unfortunately public life isn't like that as any famous person will tell u. They try to control the media.

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    5. They may try to control the media, but they are not very successful! The media is out of control, they don't have respect for anyone's privacy if they think they can make money! That's the downside of being a celebrity and a Royal. Princess Diana had the same problem, she wanted the press there for her charities, but they wouldn't stop there and look what happened. I wish they could have more private time and the only way to do that is for people to stop buying these trashy magazines that print nude photos of anyone in the first place, let alone the Duchess of Cambridge!

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  28. I don't think that's the Issa dress or the Reiss. This dress has a distinctive angle tht neither one of those dresses has.

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    1. I agree. The cut and drape of the front of this dress look quite different from either the pre wedding Issa black wrap dress or the suggested Reiss dress above.

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    2. Replying to my own post, I'm sure it's this dress as it has that same angle.
      http://www.ebay.com/itm/STUNNING-REISS-ROZALIA-FIXED-WRAP-DRESS-UK-8-AS-SEEN-ON-KATE-MIDDLETON-/160911128908?pt=UK_Women_s_Dresses&hash=item25770cf94c

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    3. Thank you very much Beth! It certainly looks like it!

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  29. Kate will definitely not be at her sister's book launch! Pippa Middleton and her family have already been accused of cashing in on Kate's position. This would look like an endorsement from the Royal family. They will be at Iain's to distance Kate and themselves from cheap publicity stunts.

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  30. There are a lot of things I would sacrifice to get all of the fabulous clothes and exotic vacations (*cough cough* Mustique again??) that the royals enjoy.

    The ability to go out to dinner with my husband, without photographers shoving cameras in my face and people dissecting my outfit online, is not one of them. I'll take a night out with my friends and husband at a dive bar over a night with my husband and half the paparazzi in Europe at a fancy-schmancy private club any day ;-)

    -W

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  31. I LOVE your blog!!! Thank you for always being so prompt and knowledgeable about what you post. You are very respectful while giving us great updates. I am a huge fan and check daily to see what's new! I do agree with other posts that absolutely William and Catherine enjoy a night out as a married couple. It was a tiring day for both of them and they deserve it!!! Thank you again Charlotte for an excellent job!!!

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  32. I just don`t see the point why Kate should not attend Pippas book party. Everyone knows she is her sister and I believe it is just a natural thing to support the ones you love. If they fear the accussation of cashing in, Pippa should not have been allowed to write the book in the first place. But how can you forbid someone to do work just because your sister is famous?
    To the dress, I love the Reiss one, I believe it looks like that. The coat is beautiful as well. But the two together work just okay for me.
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    1. I wish it were that way too, but various news sources are reporting now that Pippa has basically been forced to pull out of ALL media appearances for her book, because they don't want her being asked questions about Kate's naked pictures. In other words, she's now doing zip, nada, zilch promotion for her book, and the publisher is TICKED. I suppose she could always refuse to follow the Palace's directives, this isn't like Tudor England where they'd chop your head off for that, but it would put Kate in a really awkward position.

      Which seems really unfair to me... Pippa's not a royal after all and shouldn't be held to follow their rules. But then again, I don't really think anyone would have offered her a deal to write a book if the Duchess of Cambridge weren't her sister.

      I kinda can't help but wonder how the relationship is between Kate and Pippa these days. I know if I were Kate there would've been times when I'd think, man, Pippa, why can't you just not get in a car with people waving guns; and if I were Pippa there's probably been times when I'd think man, Kate, why couldn't you just keep your clothes on? I know my sister and I definitely have days when we bemoan each other's mistakes... just glad that ours aren't splashed over the next day's papers!

      -Sarah

      PS oh and that black Reiss dress is GORGEOUS. LOVE IT.

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    2. I hope that their relationship is still the same and they don't think that way about each other, but fully support each other. There was nothing wrong with the Duchess sunbathing topless, or completely naked if she wants, in a private place with her husband. If you have to stake out a couple and use long lenses to get the pictures your are stalking them and should be arrested. Or at least suffer some kind of consequence. But, I'm over with that crap. I think she should be able to attend her sisters book opening, in a understated way, but she may not want to take the attention from Pippa. I think her whole family should be there and support Pippa!

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  33. I think the projecting that is going on in some of these comments is unhealthy. What is wrong with going out to eat hours after a funeral? If the restaurant is private what of it? Are they supposed to go to a mall food court for chips? I don't even go to food courts and I would hate eating somewhere and having people snap photos of me while I was trying to have a meal. Nothing Kate does or wears will ever be enough for some of the obsessed and miserable people commenting here.

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  34. Just on a side note, the Duke and Duchess left LouLou's at midnight not 10pm according to the Daily Mail.

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    1. Thank you for your comment! I didn't mention any specific times in the post, perhaps you are replying to another comment?

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  35. THEY ARE SO IN LOVE!!!!

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  36. Hello,
    do you know, when this picture was taken?

    http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mbee16pawf1rirts9o1_400.jpg

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  37. Hello,

    I believe it was taken at one of the wedding rehearsals. They were leaving Westminster Abbey.

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  38. Charlotte.. What do u think of the press reports that kate dressed up as Cheryl cole and danced and sang fight for this love on her hen night??!!!!

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    1. I've actually asked a couple of reporters about this and it seems to be true.

      From what I can gather, Cheryl Cole shared the info in her upcoming biography. She performed at the Jubilee concert and work with the Prince's Trust, given that, I would highly doubt she would make it up.

      Cheryl Cole was incredibly famous in the UK during that time so it would make sense.

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    2. Wow. If this is true, then this fact coupled with how uninformed she appears in person when talking to charity workers does reinforce the idea that she is only a pretty face, and no substance. I mean Cheryl Cole ? I had look up who she is - another pretty musician ? If that is who she is aping then I am afraid that some of her fans better revise their opinion of her !
      I have been looking at some of the videos on ITV and am pretty shocked at the silliness of the questions she asks. Usually these are inane questions accompanied by wild gesticulations. She also appears relatively ignorant and rather unintelligent. For instance, in Canada during one outing (where she wore the bird Reiss dress with the leaf earrings) someone asked her whether she had heard of the Rotary Club. She looked taken aback, and said "Yes I have, although I don't know why I would ?".
      To me that shows utter idiocy. If you are going to be a professional patron of charities then you better know what Rotary Club is.
      No doubt that Kate is very pretty and seems really sweet and mindful, probably even dutiful towards the Royal family. But role model, she is not. Smart, intelligent, thoughtful she is not. Nor is she deserving of any comparisons to Diana.
      I so wish people would just call her for what she is. A very beautiful face, one that we all like, and maybe a nice sweet girl. Not a role model in a post-feminist world. Not worthy of our admiration or envy, and definitely not worthy of our children's adulation.

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    3. Diana's favorite band during the 80's was Duran Duran, go google Girls on Film. Diana liked flashy bands like Duran, Duran, she loved to dance, she loved dirty jokes, she was imperfect yet she grew and evolved. I don't care about post feminist mumbo jumbo, I believe that every woman has the right to follow their own path. Diana was described as a shopaholic airhead also when she first came on the scene BUT she evolved, she changed. I think Kate deserves the same chance to grow.

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    4. @ Anonymous 23:45 - huh? How did a harmless story about Kate dressing up as a pop icon during her bachelorette party inspire THAT rant? It's certainly possible for people to enjoy being silly with their friends and also be smart and serious about their work. I probably spent half of the 1990s dressing up and singing Spice Girls songs with my friends, yet I managed to graduate from a top law school and take my job very seriously now. Does the fact that I love going to dive bars and singing karaoke mean that I'm incapable of being a "smart, intelligent, and thoughtful" person? No!

      If you think Kate is a bad role model or not serious about her charitable work, fine. It's your right to have an opinion. But forming that opinion because you heard she sang a Cheryl Cole song at a party once is a *bit* of an overreaction!

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    5. W, did you read what I posted ? It was that in combination with the video footage of her interactions with people that led me to this conclusion. Have you watched ANY of her videos talking to people ?

      Of course everyone is silly and enjoys pop culture at times ! Life would be pretty bland and stuffy otherwise. Although I'd say that I grew out of my spice girls phase in my teens, which was more than a decade ago. I am in my early thirties and my taste in music has evolved since then. I understand that it does not for some people. The video footage of Kate's interactions with people suggests that she is ONLY a young silly uninformed girl. Unfortunately. Of course, as another person said, she may evolve and grow. I hope she does. It would be nice to have a mind to go with all the beautiful clothes.
      And, sorry but Diana was 19 when she burst on to the scene. By the time she was 30 she knew who she was, and clothes horse she wasn't. I suspect that Kate has missed the boat on that one. What we see now is all we will get 10 years hence. Let's wait and see - I will be glad to be proven wrong.

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    6. Kate is a pretty girl and obviously intelligent. It's disappointing that she didn't forge a career before marrying however and this means that she has left herself vulnerable to the work shy label she seems to have attracted. If I were the Duchess I'd ensure I was the most hardworking royal out there. Princess Diana worked incredibly hard and seemed genuinely caring and well-informed and she was doing the job at the age of just 19!

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    7. Agreed - I also think the Palace is trying to rectify this by upping her work engagements as of late, and I think it's definitely helping out with her image.

      -Sarah

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    8. @ original Anonymous,

      Yes, I read what you wrote. I still think you overreacted to a harmless story, especially with this paragraph:

      "Wow. If this is true, then this fact coupled with how uninformed she appears in person when talking to charity workers does reinforce the idea that she is only a pretty face, and no substance. I mean Cheryl Cole ? I had look up who she is - another pretty musician ? If that is who she is aping then I am afraid that some of her fans better revise their opinion of her !"

      She dressed up as Cheryl Cole for a bachelorette party, and as a result you conclude that her fans should revise their opinion of her? Sorry, but it seems to me like you had a rant stored up about her lack of substance and jumped on any excuse to unleash it. If you really think she's shallow, fine, but using the Cheryl Cole story as a jumping-off point for bashing her seemed very odd to me.

      For the record, I don't have much of an opinion of her intelligence. I think she probably was extremely bright in college and is probably a naturally smart person, but the Royal Family is not the best institute for cultivating opinionated, creative, and intelligent role models because they have avoid offending anyone or being seen as meddling in policy affairs. When Diana was around she was discouraged from selecting AIDS as a cause because the Royal Family was concerned that it was too controversial. I'm not sure if we'll ever be able to form an opinion on Kate's intelligence because her job from here on out is to show up at events dressed nicely, smile, shake hands, make small talk, and do the occasional public speech. I don't think it's her fault if she comes off as shallow in these circumstances, I think the problem is that the "royal" version of an ideal consort is WAY out of touch with our modern notions of professional women.

      I do think that one area Kate seriously needs to improve on is public speaking. I was so embarrassed for her when I saw her give her first speech at the hospice and also that interview at the UN food bank. However, public speaking skills do not necessarily correlate with intelligence, so I'm not going to write her off as a bimbo because she's bad at making speeches. She also has years and years to improve on that front.

      - W

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    9. While I'm a Kate fan and have fun following her style and life, I have to admit that I agree with the original poster on the point about things Kate is quoted as saying. I haven't watched any of the videos, but often when I read things in print I kind of cringe because she can come off sounding pretty silly.

      But I do also agree with anon 2:18 that each women has the right to follow her own path - to me that's the whole point of feminism, that we can choose how we want to conduct our lives and have many options open to us, instead of being restricted to one particular definition of femininity. And that's also why I think this debate about Kate continues to be interesting (though it can often go in circles and turn nasty..) it gives us an opening to talk about women's lives and roles in our culture and society, and the role of the monarchy in the 21st century, all of which are worthy topics of conversation.

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    10. Hmmmmmmmmmmm....

      If Kate dresses conservatively and acts like a lady, she is criticized for acting and looking old. And if she remarks about a pop icon or wears a shorter skirt, she is criticized for being a silly school girl. Maybe it's me, but I see a pattern here. ;)

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    11. Although I think Kate is lovely and has tremendous potential, I have to say I agree with you. I think it is a pity Kate didn't take the time before her marriage to use her degree. I'm certain she could have gotten a job in a gallery. There would have been criticism of using influence, there's no winning, but it still would have given her grounding. Now, I do agree she needs to really work hard before she becomes a mother. Both she and William need to cut back on the holidays too, too many sun and skiing holidays. I hope people on this site realise this is constructive criticism because we want to see William and Kate become greatly admired members of the royal family, unlike those who just want to tear them down.

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    12. Anonymous, not everyone loves to speak in public, so give her a break! She wasn't raised in the cameras eye and the actual people she does speak to say that she is nice, informed and very down-to-earth. You must have a lot of time on your hands to inspect every video and read her lips to find out what she is saying.It's a great gift to be able to make small talk with complete strangers and to put them at ease. This is new to her, and she is doing great! Let her be her own woman. If she wants to move her hands around, so what, I do too! She has been thrust into the media spotlight and has been to so many places and met so many different people, I guess you would know everything about everything if you were a Duke or Prince, too bad you're just an anonymous poster on this wonderful blog for Duchess lovers.

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  39. Looking at pictures of kate since back from tour looks like she's lost weight again, she is sooo slim but looks gr8. There us slim and ultra slim ( like kate) what extra do woman the size of kate do to get and maintain that weight ? I'm slim, eat healthy and exercise but I can't imagine trying to get that slim! Do they diet / exercise to excess/ smoke/ caffeine. Not a criticism just a general thought.

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  40. I see that Kate and Will are off on another holiday shortly to Mustique. I make this the 6th or 7th since they got married. In a time of recession they should take care not to be seen to be lazy . The tax payer picks up the security bill. I would rather see my taxes go to providing more police or books in schools personally.

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    1. Their PPO's are on duty whether they're eating popcorn and watching TV or on vacation on the other side of the world.

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    2. @ royalfan - you're right that they're always on duty, but you're leaving out the fact that when Kate and William travel to exotic places, the taxpayer foots the bill for their PPOs flights and accommodations. Apparently there were some scandals back in Diana's day about the fact that she would basically rent out a private island for a holiday, and her PPOs would have to fly out beforehand, on the taxpayer's dime, to check out the vacation spot for potential security threats, and would then book hotel rooms or cottages near Diana, and again the taxpayers would have to foot the bill for their travel and board. I suggest reading Ken Wharfe's book about his time as Diana's PPO - he describes the fights he would get into with his higher-ups to justify the exorbitant costs associated with providing protection to Diana on her various skiing/beach vacations. I can't imagine things have changed much, and so I think people have a point about Kate and William's multiple exotic vacations per year. Not only does it present a bad image, but it really IS more expensive for the taxpayer for them to vacation across the world than if they stuck to "staycations" in Wales or one of the many royal estates in the UK, like Balmoral.

      - W

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    3. I think Anonymous is probably referring to the added cost of travel and lodging. It's a very valid point.

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  41. Eve from Colorado USA14 October 2012 16:58

    I think she looked healthier before she lost all that weight. Her sister is about an inch shorter and at least 20 lbs. heavier, and she looks fine.

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  42. Sad to read in two magazines that she is a smoker secret. That is not the image she tries to show the world :(

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    1. Charlotte, I would be curious to know if you have any insider information on this too. I've read in a couple of not-super-reliable sources that Kate was/is a smoker - do you happen to know if any of that is true?

      -Sarah

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    2. Hi Sarah,

      I've heard rumours but I'm afraid I haven't heard/seen anything to confirm whether it's true or not.

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    3. Sad. I hadn't read that, but I wouldn't doubt it. Lets just hope that stays secret. All those children that look up to her do not need to see that especially those fighting terminal illnesses.

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  43. This is sort of random but I'd love a Kate Loves . . . Wrap Dresses. She has worn so many, even very early on! Lots of different styles of the sort of casual, jersey type fabric.

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  44. Theresa, from Paris15 October 2012 18:59

    Interesting debate going on here ! I do believe she prepares for her visits to the charities. She is an educated and dedicated young woman. I'd just like to point out that to ask questions and listen to people when cameras are filming you is very distracting. I'm sure she is more at ease when she is alone with the people in question. She needs time to get used to that. I find she interacts very well in the last ITV videos.
    On the other hand, I do agree that she really must improve her public speaking. She needs to grow in confidence, and I don't doubt that she will. For my part, I greatly admire the way Princess Mary of Denmark speaks publicly and seems to be doing a fantastic job.
    And I also agree that another trip to Mustique just now would be a little bit too much ;-) They have plenty of glorious homes and castles to go to in Great Britain, away from all paparrazis...

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  45. hi all, just been looking on twitter and apparently yesterday kate was at a christening at a small church in Wandsworth? Because she was Godmother? Any ideas? XXX

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  46. I agree with anonymous. Kate and William have to appear to be mindful of the current economic situation in the UK. Yes we all know he is a multi millionaire, and can afford to jet off to wherever his fancy takes him but with the privilege comes responsibility and sensitivity to others. Another holiday would give the impression that they don't care what the public think and /or they feel. In need of a break due to hard work - which , and please don't knock me Down for this , neither of them seem to be suffering from. I don't think the British people automatically revere the Royal family any more and public opinion can be very fickle.

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    1. I agree, maybe they should pay for the "extras" it costs for their protection officers? They do pay for their own vacations don't they? It's not like they can't afford it. I love them both and if you can afford it, who wouldn't take a vacation any chance they get, but not at the taxpayers expense. They can afford it, so they should pay for it.The Middleton's have been doing it for years. It shouldn't be any different for the Duke and Duchess and the taxpayers wouldn't be so hard on them. Just sayin

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  47. Hi, If anyone's interested i'm selling a new Rozalia Reiss dress on ebay, its the blue (azure) colour rather tham Kates black, but still looks great. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/140904881511#ht_38wt_958

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