Tuesday, 13 November 2012

UPDATED: Upcoming Engagements, First Visit to Cambridge, Star Studded Gala + Rugby Match + More

Good evening Duchess Kate readers,

A number of engagements have been added to William and Kate's calendar for the remainder of November and December beginning with 24 November when the Cambridges will attend the Wales - New Zealand rugby match at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Kickoff is 17.15 GMT.

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On Tuesday 27 November it's a solo engagement for the Duchess who will be the guest of honour with Sir David Attenborough at the grand opening of the Natural History Museum's new Treasures gallery.

From the National History Museum:

'The Duchess will view 22 of the most extraordinary specimens that have ever been on display at the Museum, brought together to form the inspiring Treasures gallery. Each object has been hand-picked by Museum scientists for the fascinating story it has to tell and all the objects represent an important part of the Museum's scientific, historical, social and cultural worth'.

One of the exhibits, the jewel-like narceous ammonite, is a 200 million year old fossil sea creature collected by the father of geology, William Smith.

National History Museum

Other pieces include dinosaur teeth and the 147 million year old Archaeopteryx which helped show that birds evolved from dinosaurs. It looks just fascinating and whilst doing a little research for the post I found myself becoming very interested in the pieces and their history. To find out more about the Treasures please click here

Something that caught my eye is TREE, a 17 metre long, wafer thin section of an entire 200 year old oak tree including the roots, trunks and branches inlaid into the gallery ceiling. The artwork was inspired by Charles Darwin's iconic tree of life drawing.

National History Museum

UPDATE: More than eighteen months after receiving their titles the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Cambridge on November 28. The couple will have a series of engagements throughout the day beginning with Guildhall where they will be met by dignitaries and enjoy a walkabout in the Market Square before visiting Cambridge University, a homeless centre, school and Peterborough City Hospital.


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No doubt the residents of Cambridge will be very excited about the eagerly anticipated visit. You can find out more about Cambridge here.

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On 8 December the Royal Albert Hall will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland for the Winter Whites Gala in aid of Prince William's patronage Centrepoint.

Winter Whites Gala

The glamorous gala will feature some of the biggest names in sport including John McEnroe and Boris Becker. Kate is a keen tennis player herself and will no doubt be delighted to be in the company of some of the games greatest players. The official dress code for the star studded event is Black tie/ sparkly whites so I expect Kate will pull out a dazzling gown for the occasion with jewels to match. Alexander McQueen and Jenny Packham are two very strong possibilities. We'll take a look at possibilities in our next 'Fashionably Kate' post.


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Should Kate choose a piece already in her wardrobe, her Roland Mouret 'Lombarde' gown would be a very fitting choice.


The itinerary for the evening:


Winter Whites Gala

The following day, 9 December, William and Kate will attend the British Military Tournament at Earls Court (I included info on this event in a previous post but I'm going to include it here too for those of you who may have missed it).

The tournament is an unforgettable and breathtaking opportunity to marvel at the skills and precision of the British Armed Forces while showing appreciation for our heroic servicemen and women.

British Military Tournament

More from the website:

'The tournament exists to raise much needed funds to support members of the forces and their families. To mark the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of 2012, this year's British Military Tournament will celebrate the life and times of Her Majesty The Queen. The show will start from the events of 1926 (the year of the Queen's birth) and will tell the story of the ensuing years up to and including the current engagement in Afghanistan'.

A red carpet engagement for the royals on 12 December, the première of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey at Leicester Square London. I expect most of you have seen the wonderful The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy? The Hobbit is set in Middle Earth sixty years before and actors Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett and Orlando Bloom reprise their roles.

The Hobbit

Royal correspondent Rebecca English kindly shared news that more engagements will be announced before Christmas.

Rebecca English Twitter

It is excellent to see William and Kate taking on more engagements, perhaps it is a sign the couple will become full time royals early next year? At the moment it is merely speculation but The Telegraph suggested William might take on a part time role with the RAF allowing him to dedicate more time to royal duties.

Which engagement are you most looking forward too? :)

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Kate graces the cover of Hello! Magazine this week.

Hello!

83 comments:

  1. It's nice to know that we have more engagements to look forward to!

    I'd love to see Kate in this white gown with her hair up...or...maybe she will recycle her "evening" wedding gown... Wouldn't that be something!

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    1. I like that idea!

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    2. thats a brilliant idea,, however it would be interesting to see how she would carry it off without it looking too wedding gown-ish.

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    3. yes, i was thinking of that dress too!

      siddhii, may be she could make it looks less bridal by taking out the petticoat which makes it stand out and look bridal pouf-y? and of course, lose the white bolero and either leave her shoulders bare or replace it with a black bolero/jacket (since the color scheme is black and white).

      i like the white roland mouret dress better, but it would be nice to see the reception dress recycled and as a evening gown.

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  2. As much as I love engagements, I feel like an era is ending. I feel sort of bad for them as they slowly ease out of the more private time of their marriage into the unforgiving spotlight.

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    1. It's about time Kate earned her keep. She costs the tax payer and her father in law a fortune. We're not talking about a 19 year old here

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    2. Pauline California14 November 2012 at 03:09

      @Anonymous 00:15- Let's not go to the subject on what the Duchess does or does not do. We do not know what the Duchess does when she is not in the public eye. And this subject has been pounded in to the ground before.

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    3. Marion from Germany14 November 2012 at 15:48

      Dear Anonymous,

      one thing is for sure: Kate brings in much more money for Great Britain than all the taxpayers have to pay for her and the other members of the Royal Family. It is not only the so-called “Kate-effect” but also the whole tourism-business that benefit from her.

      If I could express a wish I would ask Kate to make more use of the “Kate-effect” and wear clothes of labels that undergo an economically hard time. I remember Kate wearing this “Jesire“-coat dress when opening the Lucien Freud–exhibition, the label was almost (or already?) bankrupt. So she could really help to keep employees in their jobs, which would be incredibly helpful apart from doing charity work (which is also necessary of course).

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    4. I know what you mean. It's inevitable and thrilling, but there's a lot of ambivalence for me, too. We all know how much they value their private time away from the spotlight. Let's hope they will take it in their stride...

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    5. While I do not wish to comment on what she does or does not do, as a British taxpayer I will be happy when she and will r full time working royals and earning the privileges that r bestowed upon them.

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    6. I think part of the problem is that the palace's original PR strategy really backfired on them. It seemed like a really good idea at the time of the wedding to promote William and Kate as a young, modern couple, who were going to be oh-so normal and live "just like us"... but the reality is that they will NEVER be just like us. The rest of us will never get 50k to spend on clothes in just the first half of the year, shop whenever we please, have servants and what not, go on multiple vacations a year, etc... and that's just life. It is what it is.

      But I think the more they tried to push the "Kate and William are SO normal!" angle, the more people started paying attention to the differences (i.e. so why aren't they working normal hours, like we do), and the more hollow it started to seem. I don't think Kate and William would actually have gotten nearly so much flack if the strategy had been more of a measured approach of yes, they're royal now, not full time royals, but they're not "just like us".

      I think the palace realizes this now, which is why they're upping the Cambridges' engagements - and the increasing ages of the Queen and Prince Phillip, I'm sure play a factor too...

      -Sarah

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    7. Sarah- what great insight! I hadn't thought of it like that but I think you are dead on. I don't really know how they should approach it now, but I think you are also correct in that the palace's stance of 'their so normal' opened up the Pandora's box of all the ways they aren't.

      To that end I don't know if I became enthralled with Kate because she is living the fairy tale that I grew up dreaming of or because there are bits of her life (a Zara top or two, walking the dog, etc) that I can mimic to see what the modern fairy tale really looks like.

      I think it's more likely that I'm still a little girl at heart dreaming of a fairy tale.

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    8. @ Sarah - I think you're right about the PR strategy. I would also add one more force working against William and Kate: timing. Let's face it, 50 years ago (heck, even 30 years ago) there would have been NOTHING surprising about a woman whose primary role is supporting her husband. Nowadays though, there is a weird contrast between the very modern aspects of Kate's life (ie, being the first future queen to have a college degree, waiting until she was in her late twenties to get married, getting photographed clubbing and partying) and the more traditional role she occupies in the royal family (ie, supporting William, being expected to have heirs, not having a career path we generally associate with college-educated women). It will be interesting to see how she and William change the monarchy once they take over given the struggle between their relatively normal/modern upbringings and the royal family's traditional (maybe even stuffy?) image.

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    9. Thanks Anonymouses (anonymi? haha)

      @4:26 I think you are very right - I see a lot of people saying that "well Elizabeth and Phillip had their years in Malta to relax, Kate and William deserve that too" but I agree that it's a sign of the changing times that we expect more out of women now, given that we HAVE so many more opportunities than they did 65 years ago.

      I think one more factor is the advance of social media - 1) Elizabeth didn't have to deal with everybody online being able to chime in with our opinions on what she did or didn't do (ideas spread fast online), and 2) there weren't pictures of her sprouting up on Twitter ten minutes after every shopping trip, making it look as if all she ever did was shopping, like there are for Kate.

      It seems that all of these factors combined have made it appear like William and Kate have done so much less than Elizabeth and Phillip did in the same phase of their lives. I don't know if that's true or not, but I think the perceived image of the royals (especially the younger ones) has shifted from "public servants" to "celebrities", in a sense, and I'm really interested to see how that will play out.

      Man, that's gotta be a lot of weight on Kate and Williams' shoulders, thinking about how much of a historical legacy you're taking on - not just your grandparents, but going back centuries!

      -Sarah from GA

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    10. I think its anonymice!

      ThePR stuff was, IMO, about giving William and Catherine time to establish themselves as a couple - that time that we would all give to our own family members ( I know it was given to me). I think that there is a generalisation that because they were together for 10 years that they could slip into married life easily. But they were not living together, full-time, with Catherine looking after William.

      Also let's consider geography ( a hot topic for William). They live on an island, 300 ish miles from London. Not exactly in the hub of activity. The only was Catherine could be full-time whil;st based in Angelsey is if she didn't see William every day - and that is key. The BRF have learnt the lessons from the past and did not want these two to be put in a position where they could not operate as a couple.

      The public are the problem here - not William and Catherine. We were told, very clearly, by the BRF that these 2 were not full-time royals. But we have not listened cos we want more. we are creating celebrity royals because that is what we did to Diana, particularly after the divorce.

      Royals are not celebrities - they are servants of the crown and are there to give continuity, support, represent the country, assist charities and the armed forces.

      By the time they go full-time (mid next year at my guess) they will hopefully feel established as a couple and be able to contribute without the pressure of William serving as SAR.

      I think they have done well so far, and they will do so well representing the country and commonwealth in the future.

      (now puts soap box away!)

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    11. Sarah from Calif.16 November 2012 at 01:34

      Thank you cl. I also was fortunate to have a good year to establish myself with my husband before we set off with alot of other commitments. I will say time well .spent. It wasn't about working or not but about time well spent with the person I chose to spend my life with. Wouldn't trade that time for anything. Glad William and Kate have had that.

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  3. Definitely looking forward to the Gala! Hopefully we'll see a new gown!!

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  4. For the Albert Hall gala, there is the possibility she could reprise the white/gold evening dress from the Malaysia part of the recent tour.

    I'm hoping for something new and sparkly

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    1. I agree that she may reprise the Maylaysia gown. It is beautiful, but I envision silver accents rather than gold as the best "sparkly" white choice for the gala. Incidentally, thanks for your choice of the word "reprise," for I have been pondering fresh and apt synonyms for "recycle."
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    2. I love this post, too. Thanks, Charlotte--and my fellow bloggers, for providing me so much entertainment! Siddhii, are you referring to the strapless black velvet gown? I want to see it again, too. I think it may be my favorite of all time! However, I think (and hope!) that she'll wear white for the December Gala.
      Lynn

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    3. Anon15:46 yes indeed I am referring to the black strapless velvet gown with the jewels :) She has recycled her clothes twice so it is a strong possibility she could recycle again.

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  5. Charlotte, you are the fastest and the best! Thanks so much.
    Eve

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  6. The Lombarde dress is gorg. and be nice to see it again. However ya never know and I am not sure if she would want to wear winter white to any event she needs to move around a lot for. That's always a consideration...you don't want to show any dirt lines and white is always iffy in that regard. She might surprise with a dress that is on theme with natural history in some kind of an 'animal/vegitable/mineral' read brocade since brocade is so huge this winter. She might have been on track long enough for this event to have been offered a # of free garments from British designers. I bet after this they are both looking forward to getting back to normal and doing the holiday thing split between the 2 families. It might be the last time they get to go home to the north as regular folks if Wills decides not to re-up with the Air Rescue and leaves to do more public royal work. His dad is getting older and that role needs to be filled. Dad, QEII both older need to deal with their official duties. You know that 'dad' is doing more and more of his mom's work behind the scenes so he is ready for that job when she is not well enough to keep it all up as she so amazingly does now...and also he will need to take on more of it when his own father passes on that might be in the next few yrs. Certainly the Queen will want to go into appropriate morning and not be up to dealing with her daily paper-work. It's high time that Prince Phillip does some of that. Plus the Cambridges will have their wonderful new royal housing at Kensington to occupy. It's clear they have a winning role to play for the public that is important for the royal family and they do that better than any others do at this point. That has to be a huge tug at their heart strings as far as wanting to have years and years of more private life. If they were not so darn charming and such crowd pleasers the Queen might not be pushing so much for William to take on more and more of an official presence. Be maybe a good poll for you to do here during the slow season. I am hoping we see a # of nice photo ops over the holiday. Be wonderful if the Middletons would be allowed to have some official portraits of family life involving Kate and William over the holidays. I know that kind of photo op would go over huge - but maybe it's not in keeping with tradition. I think it would be a wonderful showing of blending of the families that we have not seen any of other than a few functions the Middleton were allowed to attend. Let's see some big things of Kate and William frolicking with her family and not just the Royal family! I think that would 'buy' positive feelings like royal tour has.

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  7. Sarah from Calif.13 November 2012 at 23:58

    They all look like great events to be able to go to. Yes that Lombarde dress would be a wonderful choice she looks beautiful. Although with the white dress code it would be fun to see some sparkles too.

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  8. Many of the engagements Jate does seem to be very glamourousl events. When is she going to start tackling real causes. In her engagement interview she said she wanted to 'make a difference'. Start proving that you don't just look like a clothes horse.

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    1. Who is Jate?

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    2. Pauline California14 November 2012 at 03:07

      @Anonymous 00:18- Let's go to the fact what the Duchess does or does not do. This subject has been pounded into the ground here on this blog. We do not know what the Duchess does when she is not in the public eye.

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    3. Did you not read the post? One example, The Winter White Gala, is to benefit Centrepoint - for homeless young people. The attendance of Kate and William at this gala dinner (starting at 875 pounds a plate) should guarantee a nice tidy sum for Centrepoint.



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    4. Sorry girls but I wholeheartedly agree with Anonymous 00:18.

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    5. Just doing glamorous events?
      Cambridge is a typical "Royal awayday", visiting a city or an area and doing several engagements, as she did a few weeks back in Newcastle.
      The film premier is I believe the Royal Command Film performance---for various charities. It happens every year and is usually alternately the Prince of Wales or the Queen.
      Prince William is I believe patron of Welsh Rugby and the Natural History Museum is one of our national treasures, with an international reputation.
      The military tatoo is a charity event.
      This itinerary seems to me an excellent mix.
      Incidentally Catherine is never just a "clothes horse" and nor is she a burden on the taxpayer.

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    6. Sarah from Calif.15 November 2012 at 01:44

      Jean -please where is Lancs? Sorry if I'm not to bright. Is it in England. USA or other?

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    7. Sarah from Calif.15 November 2012 at 01:47

      Jean what country is Lancs in ? sorry I'm not to smart. Just curious and would love to travel.

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    8. Hi Sarah,
      Sorry--short for Lancashire an Englsh county in the North West--- the red rose county.
      H.M. is Duke of Lancaster

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    9. Who calls her Catherine?? You'll notice that William referred to her as Kate when he was off guard at his engagement interview.. Bet all her damily call herb that too!!

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    10. Sarah from Calif.16 November 2012 at 01:01

      Jean thank you. Maybe some day I'll be able to visit your beautiful country.I've been reading a lot of historical novels about the Queens and Kings of England. You do have an amazing history there.

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  9. Pauline California14 November 2012 at 00:35

    Thank you Charlotte for keeping us up to date on all of the new engagements of the Ducehss. I can't wait to see what she will wear to the black tie events.

    Now I don't want to start anything but...I read somewhere that William made a statement if his Duchess was pregnant then he would leave the RAF so they could live full time in London. Now since his time is coming to an end soon and he has to make up his mind to stay in or get out. I hope we hear something soon to either one. That is if Williams stays in the RAF or leaves. And then maybe will hear something from the palace that this might be a royal baby on the way. We can only hope.

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    1. I hope so too Pauline!!

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    2. I had never heard that before but it would certainly be exciting! Kate has been covering her stomach more than usual lately so I wouldn't be all that surprised.

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    3. Since the feast for the Olympic she has only appeared wearing black. Already beginning to think things kkkkkkkkkk. Eager to see her white dress ;)

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    4. Sarah from Calif.15 November 2012 at 02:34

      Hi Pauline-hope your enjoying your beautiful weather! I'm actually looking forward to some winterish weather though but I might regret saying that after a few months of it.

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  10. I would love to see that white gown again but I doubt she will reuse a black tie gown for two back-to-back events.

    If she does wear it again I hope she changes up her hair! Actually- I hope she pulls her hair up regardless of the dress. It always looks sensational up and it's looking more and more tired lately when it's left down. I wonder if that is because of the new hairdresser?

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  11. THis post is full of exciting updates!! Thank you Charlotte!!I guess Kate will recycle her black gown she wore to the Sun Military Awards, perhaps for the Winter Whites Gala or the opening of the Hobbit. Charlotte, the Millennium Stadium looks magnificent,,was there any Olympic event held there? THe British Military Tournament is the event Im waiting for, thank you for uploading this event again!!lovely pictures,each and every one of them! gosh ill say this again, your blog ROCKS!!:))

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  12. Did William make that statement or did an "unnamed source" make it? I seem to remember reading that too but it was speculation that if and when Kate is expecting, William would have to give up his post in Wales and they'd live full-time in London. And the comment was not made by William. But I'd also guess that William decided to take up more duties is a combination of things, the advancing age of the Queen, the recently ill health of Prince Philip and the indication that he's retiring from many of his duties plus that fact that, at 30 and now married, William (and Kate) are expected to step up their royal duty schedule. The Queen is keenly aware of how things play in the press and I'm sure she expects William and Kate to shoulder a greater load of responsibility along with the incredible privilege.

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    1. I do think they should pay back the tax payer forbthevfortune it's cost to train him for the few years he has actually worked as a pilot, not forgetting the hundreds of thousands it has cost to keep them in their cottage in Anglesey!

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  13. As for the engagements, I'd expect Kate to wear something new and sparkly white - those silver Jimmy Choos are a MUST - and I think I speak for many of us when I say I HOPE she does something different with that hair!!! Even a style like the loose pony she had the other day while shopping at Harvey Nichols would be an improvement!! A demi-chignon, a twist, anything but just hanging there!!

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    1. Alyssa from PA USA14 November 2012 at 12:58

      The Jimmy Choos are beautiful!

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    2. Sarah from Calif.14 November 2012 at 14:15

      Jemina-I would love to see a sparkly white dress. Those Jimmy Choos shoes are beautiful. Not sure if you like the fancy dresses or just saying what you thought she might wear. If you do likes the dresses I checked out some of the dresses Jenny Packham designed and there is a lot of gorgeous sparkly dresses.

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    3. I'm going to predict a new bespoke gown but something not so over the top that it can't be worn again and certainly nothing flashy/trashy. I'm thinking of the oft-told story of the formal-dress Christmas Eve dinner at Sandringham, maybe something that could be recycled in that setting? The Mouret gown is a little subdued for this event and the Packham gowns she's worn are summertime/warm weather gowns. And I STILL hope she puts her hair up!

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    4. I'm inclined to agree with you, I think a bespoke piece is very likely, possibly Temperley.

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    5. Sarah from Calif.15 November 2012 at 02:27

      Hi ladies to busy to grab the dictionary. What does a bespoke piece mean? Like the way it sounds.

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  14. What a wonderfully busy agenda they have! I'm looking forward to seeing the Winter Whites Gala and the British Tournament.

    Excellent post, full of very interesting information. I really enjoyed to read about the National History Museum. Thank you so much, Charlotte.

    Big hug, from Portugal
    Z.

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  15. Charlotte, I just remembered: for the Winter White Gala, Kate could wear that white MacQueen gown she wore in Malaysia. Without the sheer embroidered material, of course.
    (And accessorize it with a bolero or a cape.)
    I'm so excited about this event! :)
    Z.

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  16. I love too see her in new clothes im looking forward to those events.. white event the best mcqueen

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  17. Marion from Germany14 November 2012 at 15:58

    Dear Charlotte,

    I have just read that on November 20th, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will celebrate 65 years of marriage. Is there any special service announced / to be expected? You are always so well-informed that I immediately thought I should ask you.

    Thank you!

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      I haven't heard of anything but I'm sure they'll have something private planned to celebrate.

      65 years is quite an achievement :)

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  18. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.... ;)

    An impressive diary of engagements. I'm certainly happy to see that they're finally going to Cambridge. Also notable are how they're expanding on their current patronages. Note homeless & hospital visits in Cambridge, Kate's Natural History Museum visit (parallels her Nat Portrait Gallery patronage), military & rugby support for William. Of course, in the heart of these black tie events are real charitable causes -- Centrepoint, for example. Let's not forget that.

    The Charities Forums are also playing a nice part. Little things such as The Art Room & EACH collaborating on Christmas cards. 100 Women in Hedge Funds supporting Action on Addiction & The Art Room. Very well done, IMO! It shows that William, Kate & Harry's charities are very well planned out, and are making effective strides for long-term success.

    While we love to see Kate in her dresses, I find it unfair for her that some people should think that's all she cares about. On the contrary, I feel she's playing down the "clothes horse" title by recycling & not dressing to catch excessive attention. If anything, I think it's us, the royal watchers, who need to refocus our attention. Less talk about what she's wearing and more on what she's doing will help...

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    1. I do agree with you Dash. Kate seems to be in a position with many where she just can't win. Attending black tie event in aid of Charity is a fantastic way of raising money and their is a substantial increase in engagements for the next six weeks.

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  19. I'm looking forward to any engagement with a hat!

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  20. Thank you for the great and informative post! I’m delighted to see so many engagements added to their calendar. I’m looking forward to each one of them; they are a good mix and all sound to be very interesting, be it the first visit to Cambridge as the Duke and Duchess, the various functions in aid of their charities or the movie premiere. I hope these numerous engagements will maybe take some wind out of the sails of their (especially Kate’s) many detractors. Then again, I think she can’t win. She is criticized either way, some think she doesn’t work enough, others think her engagements are too “sparkly”... The thing is, these high-profile events to raise money for charity are just as important as the visits to the charities themselves. As patrons, William and Kate are expected to attend these events, and I think that they are also one of the reasons that attract possible donators. Of course, they are also expected to visit the centers, hospitals etc., and I’m confident that we will see more of these visits too in the future.

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    1. Pauline California14 November 2012 at 22:32

      HI Claudia- I totally agree with you. The Duchess can't win either way. And I am getting sick of reading posts saying she does not do enough. We do not know everything she does when she is not in the public eye. So how can we say she is not working enough. I have done alot of charity work and there is alot that goes on behind the scenes tht the public does not see. So I would think that goes for the Duchess as well. And she has numerous charities along with the one William has that she is becoming part of. So I feel she has alot on her plate and we don't see it all.

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    2. Skip reading the blogs you don't like the content on, simple really.

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    3. @ Anonymous 22:45.... I am NOT saying this applies to you personally, but the same could be said of people who don't like Kate yet they continue to follow royal blogs simply to post overtly negative comments. I can only assume that their own time isn't too valuable if they can spend time on such negativity. I'm not suggesting that everyone has to love everything about Kate, but sad envy is tiring.

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    4. Claudia & Pauline- I agree with both of you. None of us are with her 24/7 so who are we to judge what she does or doesn't do between public engagements. The Prince of Wales website did say that Kate does do research and yes she also makes private visits that wouldn't involve the media. Kate clearly loves her husband and I truly believe that she would to do anything to make him and his family proud of her.

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    5. Sarah from Calif.15 November 2012 at 02:49

      This is too funny but my son is saying don't get sucked into it mom.(meaning the blog and the drama) but I must say I agree with Pauline, Anonymous, royalfan and Kat.

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    6. Just my quick two cents. I'm not a Kate hater or anti-monarchist and I love reading anything and everything about the Cambridges, but I also fall in the category of people who see limited public exposure as a huge perk to being royal. I'd say a lot of it is jealousy (I'm a 9-5 girl), but that's my opinion and I'm welcome to have that.

      I know several of you are annoyed with people that show their disappointment in the number of engagements/royal lifestyle, but I have to say- it is equally frustrating to listen to the counter opinions claiming the royals work extra hard behind the scenes when that is purely speculation.

      It is not likely we will ever agree but maybe the easiest thing to do is to just scroll past those comments so the clashing of opinions is more limited? (that is directed at people of all both opinions) The sooner we move past that stuff the sooner we can get back to chatting about past clothes and upcoming engagements. :)

      Charlotte- you are amazing. Thank you so much for all your hard work. It makes the 9-5 easier!

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    7. @ Anonymous 22:45 - Thank you for your suggestion. I do that already, I only read blogs where I feel "at ease" and where a civilized discussion is possible even if the posters disagree.
      English is not my native language, neither my first foreign one, so maybe I didn’t express myself very clearly. If so, I apologize. I wasn’t referring to any blog in particular; you don’t have to follow specific blogs to know that Kate is criticized by some people. What I was trying to say is that if the critics see that she takes on more engagements and continues to do so, some of them will maybe change their opinion.

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    8. I feel I have to post one last comment here. I certainly didn't intend these reactions when I posted my first comment and I didn't want to start yet another discussion about a heated subject. I apologize for that. I didn't want to suggest that any of the comments here on this blog bother or annoy me, that is certainly not the case. What I was trying to say (and I say "trying" as I think I was mis-interpreted by some fellow posters, which was my fault) is that I think it's good that there are more engagements scheduled for Kate in the upcoming weeks and that I hope that maybe some of those who criticized her in the past might have a slightly better opinion then. Of course, we will never have the case that everyone will agree, and that's perfectly fine. That's all, and I'll refrain from posting about that in the future.

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    9. Pauline California15 November 2012 at 16:31

      @Anonymous 3:09- In your comment you said it is frustrating to listen to people say that the duchess does work behind the scene and that it is just speculation. But I do have to disagree with you. On Prince Charles web page there was a comment from him (supposely) that the Duchess does work behind the scene with her charities. So maybe that is where this statement is coming from. We as fans only have what we read to go by.

      Again we really don't know what the Ducehss does with her time away from the media.

      I for one do know that working with charities you do alot of behind the scene work that people don't hear about. I have been involved with numerous charities and have done alot of behind the scene work that nobody knows about. So I would think that goes for the Duchess also. I also beleive she does some work with Williams charities too.

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    10. Pauline- again that is speculation. What if he is referring to camping with the Boy Scouts that one time? It was meant to be private but we saw pictures. Isn't it possible (albeit unlikely) that is the only time she has volunteered? Reading their website for some new nugget of insight is pretty futile. They will portray them in the best possible light (as I'd their job), but I will still retain my opinion.

      The point is we have no idea (really-None) how much work she does in private. You are welcome to believe it is often, but I doubt it.

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    11. Pauline California15 November 2012 at 19:14

      Anonymous- I do agree we don't know how much she does behind the scene and I have stated that. I was just using my experience working with charities and how much behind the scene work there is. The Duchess has more charities then I had so she must have more work behind the scene. This statement is just by my experince.

      But we will never know what she does or how much work she does.

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    12. I must disagree with the "it's just speculation" issue.

      I have followed the royals for decades and I have watched my share of documentary-type programs and read enough reputable books to understand that there is indeed a lot of work done behind the scenes. There is literature to read and meetings with officials and staff members, etc. Also, it's a well known fact, for example, that Princess Diana would make private visits and she even kept in touch with people she had met through her charitable work and followed up on their progress.

      This information is documented and it's out there.

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  21. All I know is if I want to know every minute detail about Kate I go to the detractors, they know everything about someone they can't stand.

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  22. Sarah from Calif.15 November 2012 at 02:02

    Hi Charlotte I got in on this blog stuff only awhile ago. So I missed out on where your from? Your home page says your 21. What are you studying in college? You said you don't mind people asking. I just don't want to invade your privacy. You are doing a wonderful job! After a hard day at work it's relaxing to check out the latest post.

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    1. Hi Sarah,

      Of course I don't mind, I'm a 21 year old finance and law student from the UK. I live with my fiancé at the moment and followed Kate's style since my mid teens and when the royal wedding came around I thought it a perfect time to start a blog :)

      A bespoke piece just means custom made and your son sounds adorable :)

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    2. Pauline California15 November 2012 at 16:36

      Charlotte I am very happy you decided to start this blog. It is the best one around. You bring us fans all the great info regarding the Duchess and things she is doing. It can't be easy keeping up with the blog and all the work you must have with your schooling. I know when I was a law student, I didn't even have time to eat nor sleep. And to add finance to this is even more mind blowing. I did accounting and man it took everything out of me. But you will be so happy and proud of yourself once it is all completed.

      Thank you for all your hard work. You are the best.



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    3. Thank you very much Pauline, It is tough but all worth it in the end The blog provides a pleasant distraction :)

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    4. Sarah from Calif.16 November 2012 at 01:21

      Hi Charlotte. Darn you have a fiance. Well actually I'm happy for you. Maybe someday all my boys will have fiances that enjoy this Royal craze. Yours must be special! And so are my boys.

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    5. Thank you Sarah :) :)

      He is special yes, and a web designer so an excellent help with coding for the blog and other issues I wouldn't have a clue about :)

      I have no doubt your sons will find ladies who enjoy all things royal!

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    6. Pauline California20 November 2012 at 00:39

      @Sarah- I have two boys ages 40 & 36 and they both think I am crazy...lol I tell them that at least I have something to keep this old mind going. They just laugh.

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    7. Sarah from Calif.20 November 2012 at 02:50

      Pauline-Yes I agree. Now I blog. Don't do a lot of the other things. Twitter and Facebook but I keep going. Still working and reading a lot. Lots of family here for Thanksgiving wish I had some of that royal China to decorate my table. Ha ha. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

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  23. Speculation about what Duchess Kate will wear to the Winter Whites Gala leads me to wonder about the uniquely designed diamond earrings that Kate's parents gave her on her wedding day. Are those earrings being archived for history as part of her wedding ensemble? For my part, I wish she would wear them, wear them, wear them! They are a beautiful tribute to her Middleton heritage and to her parents' love for her--and they would be dazzling at the Gala, no matter which gown Kate chooses to wear. Am I correct in stating that she has not been pictured in the earrings since her wedding day, or have I missed something?
    Lynn

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    1. I agree. It would be wonderful to see her wedding day earrings again. AND a tiara or two, please. :)

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  24. I can't express how happy it makes me when I check your blog and find something new. Thanks for all your hard work, Charlotte. Checking this blog beats reading the news!
    Eve

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