Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Latest Sightings, The Queen's Coronation Festival, Earl and Countess of Bucklebury? & More

Hello Duchess Kate readers,

I have several tidbits to share with you today.

There were a number of sightings of Kate shopping yesterday. I always enjoy reading tweets from people who've spotted the Duchess and I've noted they generally all form the same opinion describing her as "lovely" and "beautiful".

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The Duchess was spotted in various shopping locations in London, primarily Oxford Street. Stores on the street Kate may have visited include ZaraFrench ConnectionTopshopReiss and Boots.

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Regular readers will recall Kate was seen shopping in GAP in South Kensington on Friday. Many of us were curious as to which items Kate purchased; clothing for herself or perhaps baby clothing. People's Simon Perry reports the Duchess was in fact shopping for stretch-tight fitting jeggings.

A fellow shopper said:

"She was looking for jeggings, which are jeans that look like leggings, as she said she liked very skinny jeans. She didn't buy anything as she couldn't find the right leg length."

A look at two styles of jeggings from GAP, the 1969 Forever Stretch and the 1969 Legging Jeans in indigo. The 'jeggings' are also available in petite and tall..

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Kate always looks great in her trademark skinny jeans; they really compliment her tall, slender frame. I'm a huge fan of skinny jeans but wouldn't wear jeggings. Do many of you wear jeggings? Should Kate be spotted wearing a pair no doubt they'll be everywhere. .

Duchess Kate reportedly enjoyed lunch with Mike and Carole Middleton in Reading today. It sounds like she's getting stronger every day and with the recent sightings I think it's safe to say the Duchess is on the mend. Wonderful news indeed.

Amy Nina Bell

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The 60th anniversary of the Queen's Coronation will be marked with a service of celebration at Westminster Abbey on June 4th at 11 a.m. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will be joined by members of the royal family almost certainly including William and Kate. The always informative British Royals notes it is quite possible the service will be a public one, similar to the Jubilee Thanksgiving Service in St Paul's Cathedral. If so it may well be televised.

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The service is one of the highlights of the coronation's celebrations, along with a four day festival in Buckingham Palace Gardens in July. More from the Daily Mail Story:

'Although the official Diamond Jubilee celebrations took place last year - the anniversary of the death of King George V1 and the Queen's official accession to the throne - the Queen's actual coronation took place more than a year later on June 2, 1953.
The other major celebration of the landmark anniversary will be a festival of innovation, excellence and industry held in the gardens at Buckingham Palace by the Royal Warrant Holders Association from July 11 to 14.'

It's shaping up to be a memorable summer for the British royal family with the Queen's Coronation Festival and the arrival of William and Kate's baby. I'm looking forward to the service and to seeing the Cambridges in Westminster Abbey where they were married on April 29, 2011. We'll have more on the festival closer to the date. The official website is here.

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An interesting story making headlines in recent days has been speculation regarding the possibility of the Queen giving Michael Middleton a title ahead of the royal birth. Not for over 1,000 years has the grandfather of a future sovereign been without a title. Anne Boleyn's father was titled the Earl of Wiltshire before she gave birth to Queen Elizabeth I so it certainly isn't beyond the realms of possibility.

Michael Middleton (and indeed the entire Middleton family)  has shown a great deal of loyalty and respect towards Prince William and the royal family over the years. William has described Mike as a 'second father' and often refers to him as 'Dad'.



'Prince William, who sees the unassuming Mr Middleton as a 'second father' would no doubt love to see this happen. Crucially, he has the ear of his grandmother, the Queen, who ultimately decides these things. There's no reason why not. The Crown Office at the House of Lords confirms: 'Hereditary peerages have not been discontinued. It is just they are rarely created these days'. All that's required is a recommendation by the Prime Minister to the Queen that Michael Middleton's name be elevated to the ranks of Lords.'

Mike and Carole will play an integral role in the upbringing of William and Kate's child, the future sovereign. Personally I think this would be excellent. Would you like to see Mike Middleton ennobled? Should it come to pass, Carole would become a Countess, James a Viscount and Pippa would be styled as 'Lady Philippa Middleton'.

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Finally, the Daily Mail shared a candid photo of Kate and Pippa playing hockey at Marlborough College, Wiltshire when Kate was in her final year, roughly aged 18. The Middleton sisters excelled at sport and enjoyed participating in an array of sports. Kate looks much the same as she did during her time in St. Andrews but Pippa looks remarkably different. 

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Rumours of a possible engagement for Kate next week are circulating via Twitter. Nothing confirmed yet, however royal reporters did say the Duchess would be returning to engagements in February. I'll let you know if it's officially announced :)

61 comments:

  1. Lovely article again, thanks Charlotte! Anett

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  2. Goodness knows the Middleton's have been loyal to William and the royal family and considering all the petty attacks they've endured over the years it would be nice for them to be recognized in some way, but I'm not sure it's necessary in this day and age. It may even send the wrong signal. I think it's refreshing that William married a young lady he fell in love with in university as so many of us do and it showed how far the monarchy has come. To give them a title would open them up to even more criticism of using their connections - although, it WOULD give them the last laugh, woudn't it? :)

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    1. I agree with you. I don't know why but it just feels wrong to me. I think it's an honour that if it comes, should be later, not sooner. There are personal honours the queen can give and that would seem more appropriate. We are in an era past royal favourites. Most of the other royal houses, where princes and princesses have married commoners, have not honoured the parents that way. Take it slow, would be my feeling. I do think there will be a backlash, not just against them, but against Kate, should it happen right now. She needs to build and develop her role over time. That's much more important than whether the baby has titled grandparents.

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    2. Theresa from Paris, France30 January 2013 at 22:16

      I so agree with you, Anonymous 11.55 !!!

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  3. Have been following your blog from Asia, Charlotte! Good job! :)

    Anyway, I think I would rather the Middletons be non-titled folks because they don't need it. It will just be an additional burden for them to bear--much like being destined to be followed by Paparazzi. They seem to be very good, hardworking people to me but some still feel the need to rib their business, Party Pieces, for "cashing in" on Kate's status. I don't think they would want to be criticized any further for gaining a title.

    The last laugh, really, is being able to be Grandparents to a future King or Queen--while not having a title. Also as an example, in the case of Sweden for example, did the King of Sweden grant Daniel Westling's parents any titles as well?

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  4. Jean from Lancs.29 January 2013 at 11:41

    I think this story of a possible Earl of Bucklebury is another story cooked up by the DM. These things immediately bring out all the snide blogs my the Middleton haters.
    They do not need a title to help with the upbringing of a child---they appear to be rather successful at it

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    1. Sarah from Calif.30 January 2013 at 00:59

      Charlotte and Jean,
      What British news would you consider reliable? BBC, Telegraph? Or What? I have often wondered this but feel I can trust you ladies.

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    2. Hello Sarah,

      I find the BBC, Telegraph, Daily Express, Sky News all very reliable sources :)

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    3. Jean from Lancs.30 January 2013 at 12:47

      Hi Sarah,
      Thanks for the compliment!
      For news of Catherine---this site--Charlotte is always so speedy and accurate.The sites she lists down the side are also good.
      I also agree with her naming of reliable sources. For big events I prefer Sky news---they have a super expert who knows everyone and everything.
      The official British Monarchy and Clarence House are good--plenty of pictures and reports of everyone's engagements
      The Daily Mail produces good photos when Catherine and others are on engagements--but I have stopped reading the blogs and I think DM tries to stir things up.
      My memory goes back to to WW2, so have seen it all before--the press build someone up only to delight in knocking them down--it's happened to them all at some time or another.

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    4. Sarah from Calif.31 January 2013 at 01:39

      Thank you ladies:)

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    5. Sarah from Calif.31 January 2013 at 02:31

      Jean would you not be happy if I asked you how old you are? You can say 25 if you don't want to give out that information. I have been reading a lot if WW2 books lately (mostly about what women went through during that time). I'm just so curious.
      How true about the press, it seems like if they don't have something to write they will come up with something off the wall (made up) for a few extra dollars.
      Got to go, keep warm :)

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    6. Jean from Lancs.31 January 2013 at 11:34

      Hi Sarah,
      I'm 77--not as old as HM--but old enough to remember WW2 and the debt owed to the then King and Queen for their leadership with Churchill and of course the safe haven offered to most of the European Royals.
      I remember the death of George VI and the present Queen's Coronation as if it were yesterday.

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    7. Sarah from Calif.31 January 2013 at 13:49

      Jean, thank you for sharing that. :)

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  5. It's great that people spot her out shopping. Must mean she is feeling good and enjoying her pregnancy. I am surprised she went shopping on Oxford Street so. I have been there a lot when in London and it's always hectic and full of people. If I was pregnant I wouldn't want to go there. Also I am surprised there are no paparazzi pics yet. There were a couple of sightings and all pics we got are from regular people. Guess the paparazzi are sleeping on their job, lol.

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  6. One thing I don't like is people referring to her as Kate Middleton all the time. I rather read Duchess Kate.

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    1. Stefanie- I totally agree with you. Every since the Duchess & William got married they still want to disrepect the Duchess by calling her by her madian name Middleton. It is not very hard to call her Duchess Kate. It just show's how dumb the media is.

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    2. Me too, I agree with you, Stefanie and Pauline!

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  7. I'm not too sure that William is joking when he calls Michael Middleton "Dad"....

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    1. Kristin, San Francisco29 January 2013 at 21:28

      MariBy - I totally agree with you!!! From what I have been able to read pre-wedding, seems that William gravitated to both Carole & Michael, and for good reason...I have always been thankful that William found a second home...

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  8. Hello !
    First of all, congratulations for your blog, which is always so nice to read ! I'm from France, and we have there an excellent blog too, "Le Boudoir de Kate Middleton", and I enjoy very much reading both of them.
    Actually, I had a question for you, english followers of the blog : I regularly read the DM to improve my english, and the comments toward Kate are always so nasty and violent. I have the feeling that Kate is hated by the majority in England, and it saddens me, because I think sh's a great value (?) for the british monarchy.
    Here in France, when William and Kate got married, the newspapers reported that the Queen had given them two years of "freedom", a low profile life before becoming full time royals. Therefore, I don't see why Kate is called lazy : she enjoys a bit of real and boring life before giving it entirely to the monarchy, isn't it ?
    I'd really like to have your opinion on the subject, and hope that it is just a problem with the DM readers !!! ;-)
    xxx

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    1. Anne-Sophie: I am a DailyMail reader only that it provides better up to date news then the NY Daily Mail. I used to read the coments after the Kate articles. I have stopped reading the comments because most of them are so vile toward Kate. I just read the article. These comments stem from people who are your regular Kate haters (I notice the same profile names all the time), and plus they have never met Kate in person but they feel they can make personal attacks on her because that is their right. All I can tell you is just read the article, but avoid the comments. Makes me feel better not reading them.

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    2. Many commenters in the UK and the USA have nothing good to say about anyone or anything. It's not simply focused on Kate. It's relatively few people generating much hostility. The tone of the comments here are generally pleasant, making this blog a great place to spend time, so thank you all, especially "la responsable."

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    3. Hello Anne-Sophie

      First of all, the Daily Mail is not known for its integrity.

      While continuing to read the DM might improve your English, I wouldn't bother reading the comments of any DM stories about William and Kate. Many of the comments are from people who do not have much in their lives right now.

      The majority of people - in Britain and around the world - do enjoy reading about William and Kate and the rest of the British Royal Family.

      To get a more balanced view of the British Royal Family, including William and Kate, you can find better English newspapers by typing this link into your browser - http://www.wrx.zen.co.uk/britnews.htm This link will take you to all the British newspapers.




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    4. If you read the Dailymail comments on ANY story I think you'll be shocked by the hatred and vitriol - that's a scary website!!

      I really can't speak to whether Kate is popular within the UK. If anyone knows of any opinion polls that have been done on the royal family, I would be curious to see them. I know that on this website, a lot of regular readers do think that the Queen gave W&K two years of freedom before they took on full-time duties, and therefore agree with you that it's unfair to criticize her during that two-year period. They would also tell you that Kate's work ethic cannot be measured by the number of public appearances that she does, as she most likely does a lot of charity work behind-the-scenes.

      As for me, I used to be a regular reader of this blog but stopped checking it regularly or posting around the time Charlotte requested a moratorium on discussing the Duchess's workload. I don't want to run afoul of that request or start yet another pointless debate on that topic, but I will say that I was a big fan of the Duchess when they first got married and have been very disappointed with her lack of charity work ever since. I would have loved to see her balance her "fun" activities (i.e., watching the Olympics and Wimbledon, frequent spottings at High Street shops) with a lot more appearances and hands-on work on behalf of her charities. I know there is plenty of time for her develop further charitable interests and increase her commitment to her patronages after she gives birth this summer, and I hope she does so. So, to answer your question, there are people who are fans of the Duchess who are nonetheless critical of her work.

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    5. Kate, Texas, USA29 January 2013 at 17:58

      Anne-Sophie, I am American, but had the opportunity to visit England last summer. I met many British people and not one of them had anything negative to say about the monarchy or William and Catherine. I know "haters" are out there, but the vast number of people I encountered in different parts of the country thought they were good for the country. I know many Americans love them too!

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    6. Jean from Lancs.29 January 2013 at 18:22

      Zora,
      I wonder what you mean by "hands on" work for Catherine's charities, if you mean she would go to the Hospice and make the beds or feed the patients, then I think you will continue to be disappointed. Members of the Royal family help their chosen charities by raising their profile and helping to raise money.
      Just imagine if Catherine turned up regularly at one of her charities, she would be followed by a crowd of photographers and nothing would ever get done.
      I do know (by reading the financial reports)that the charity which was first run by the two Princes has raised a great deal more money since she joined them.

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    7. By "hands on" work I mean things like visiting patients in the hospital or hospice, visiting the organization that was camping in the woods, participating in the sports day right before the Olympics, or attending the play that was staged at Kensington Palace. Basically, events where she interacts with the people served by the charities she's supporting. She has already done some work along those lines, I am simply saying that I would like to see an increase in that sort of work. I know fans hate comparisons between Kate and Diana, but that WAS the sort of work that Diana was known for and the sort of work that solidified Diana's reputation as a person who truly cared about her charitable endeavors.

      But no, I do not think the Duchess should be making beds and feeding patients. Not sure where you got that impression.

      Zora

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  9. When you are pregnant, jeggings are great because they have the look of a skinny jean but the give of leggings :-) Just an observation

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  10. Great post Charlotte! I check your blog every day and this was such a nice thing to wake up to and read before starting the day (7:30 am in Canada). Thanks for all your research and putting it together so nicely.

    I don't think it's necessary to give the Middleton's a title (although I think it's a great idea and would love it!) but the amount of criticism it would open them up to might not be worth it... I can just imagine the tabloids having a field day with "Lady Pippa" :( The family, and Pippa in particular, have been so regularly criticized for "social climbing" and "cashing in", that I worry a title would give all the naysayers justification for that, when the Middleton family hasn't previously done anything to give justification for it. (Making friends and using patriotic themes in a party planning business seems like a stretch). They seem to be nice, regular, hardworking people who love and support each other to me.

    I think baby Cambridge will be extremely lucky to have Michael and Carole for grandparents and Pippa and James for an aunt and uncle!

    Kate, Canada

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    1. I agree with you,Kate. frankly, I think Michael could care less if he received a title or not. His daughter will be the future queen of England and that is honor enough:)

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  11. Ana B. from Brazil29 January 2013 at 13:23

    I guess they do not need a title. And the criticism about their social rise would be a lot bigger. Well, and in my opinion, to give them a title before the baby is born, would give the impression that the future king/queen could not have "red blooded" relatives. I hope I could make myself clear!
    I really like jeggings and tight jeans! I am tall and very thin, so I think they work better with my body type.
    I hope the rumour turns out to be true, I miss engagements.
    Thank you, Charlotte! Your post brought a little distraction to me, because since last sunday, Brazil is in tears.
    A great week to you all...
    Hugs.

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    1. Sending you hugs and warm wishes Ana. Such a tragedy in Brazil x

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    2. Kate, Texas, USA29 January 2013 at 18:31

      Many prayers and hugs to you Ana and those struck by this tragic loss. So very sad.

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    3. Sarah from Calif.30 January 2013 at 00:54

      Ana B.
      My heart goes out to you and those who have lost their loved ones. :'''(
      Take care of yourself!

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    4. So sad and sorry about the tragedy in Brazil. Prayers for comfort and peace, Ana. <3

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  12. So many people say that the Middleton's are social climbers who are using their association with William to make money. It really doesn't matter if it's true or not, this is what people say and the criticism would only get worse.

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  13. Thank you Charlotte for this great post. You are always so on top of everything. I would really love an engagement for the Ducehss. And maybe William will be with her. I just love seeing those two together. And hoping that we will see your baby bump.

    As far as the Queen giving Mike & Carol a title, whatever the Queen decides will be fine. I don't think the Middletons will get anymore flack then their getting now. If it is on the books that this has happened in the past then I don't see why it can't happen now. But there again I think it was a slow day the DM that they had to come up with a news story.

    @Ana Thoughts & prayers coming your way from California.

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  14. Kate, Texas, USA29 January 2013 at 18:24

    Charlotte, I know I have said it before, but your blog makes me happy! Thank you so much for all your hard work. It's so fun logging on and seeing a new post!

    Glad to see Kate out and about shopping. Hopefully this 2nd trimester will be bliss compared to the 1st! I love to wear jeggings. My figure after having 4 kids is not what it was prior to children, so jeggings are a blessing to me...LOL!!! Kate has such a beautiful frame and figure that she could wear a box and look stunning in it. Love that she is looking for clothes that will allow baby growth. :) Still looking forward to see what gorgeous and trendy maternity wardrobe she will have.

    I would love to see the Middleton family gifted titles from the Queen. I know there are many opinions and haters out there who think they are social climbers, they cash in on Kate's royal connections, etc., but in my opinion they are a grounded, hard working, lovely family who happen to have a daughter that fell in love with the future king. Simple as that. I think they have been very loyal and discreet and the Queen has to be very thankful for that considering some of the scandals and stories of the past. Even though they need no title to rank in William and Catherine's world, I think it would be a lovely gesture. There would be backlash and trashy stories run about, but there are already. They will have a huge part in raising the future monarch. Give them the titles and let them be.

    Will be waiting for the next sighting or announcement from SJP that there are upcoming engagements!

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    1. Thank you very much :) It's just been confirmed Kate has returned to work behind the scenes, meeting with charities and planning future engagements.

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    2. Great work again well done I love this blog. Love to Ana what a terrible tragedy. How wonderful it would be for the Middletons to receive a title. I think they deserve recognition. All those you think Kate just swans around forget that she is joint head of several charities, a lot of work behind the scenes. Also I get the feeling that she is being lined up by the Queen for more important things in the future. The Queen does like her female family members involved in a way we don't really notice ie Sophie, Princess Alexandra and formally she relied a lot on the Duchess of Kent and you never hear much about her scottish cousins.

      Lovely blog well done Charlotte

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  15. I think they should decline a peerage if its offered.

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  16. If a title is given, Earl is rather a big jump for a family that was not particularly known, distinguished or powerful previous to their daughter's relationship with the Prince. If a title is given, a lesser one might be more appropriate. An hereditary peerage is another question. What has the Middleton son to do with anything? Why would titles for the rest of the family (except to increase Pippa's chances for an advantageous marriage) and subsequent generations be a good idea?

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    1. Deb, I agree with you. A hereditory title would mean that James Middleton presumably (unless they change the rules as they keep hinting about) would be the one to carry on the title. I'm certain Kate loves James and he read beautifully at the wedding, but there are pictures of him out there that are hair-curling. There's no reason why he shouldn't be a wild child if he wants to be and I'm sure he's cleaning up his act now, but it is hardly an application for a title. I'm afraid I do see Pippa as a bit of an opportunist, didn't mind her book (although she used her position as Kate's sister to get an advance most would dream about) but she keeps pushing for a titled boyfriend. It's lovely that William found a close family with hard-working parents to take him on, but a title, no. Can't do anything about the wild aristocrats out there already but there's no need to add more. A life peerage might be one thing but that's enough. And there's no certainty this baby will be queen or king. It could even end up being a child of Harry's. If you look at history, it doesn't always end up that the heir is who you expect. I hope it is,but you can't make the family of any conceivable heir peers.

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    2. I think Micheal Middleton will be made a Viscount; that is Scottishly heridical ie inherited by his eldest child be it male or female. Thus Pippa and James will be the Hon Miss Pippa and the Hon Mr James not Lady Pippa and Lord James. Then in time Will and Catherine's child will inherit the title, Donna

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  17. Middletons are enduring a lot of bad comments and opinions without answering a single word: they are really coherent and respectful toward Her Majesty and the Windsor family. I admire and respect them (the Middletons I mean). I think that a title is something very old fashioned and not so important but, in this case, it would be a very opportune present from the Queen.

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    1. I totally agree!

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  18. Ana, we were so heartbroken to hear about that tragedy. Our prayers are with all those in Brazil, especially those who lost loved ones. Also from California

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  19. The DoC has always been stunning but Pippa has changed a lot and now she is much prettier.

    @ Ana: so sad for the tragedy in Brasil! :-(

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  20. I think that would be lovely for Michael Middleton to receive such a title. Not only does it acknowledge the contribution of the Middleton Family, but it is also a gesture from the Royal Family welcoming them to the Royal family, a leaf they should have turned over when Diana was alive. Lessons learned painfully late, but not too late to make a change for the better for the future monarch.

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    1. Agree! Glad that lessons were learned, but lessons that should have been learned 30 years ago. :(

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  21. Its really nice if micheal and carole will be given tittle with the queen upon the birth of there grandchild well i think its not to late change the rule of the british monarcy but i would love to ask why that queen elizabeth with abidicates wont apply the same thing as queen beatrix

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  22. Ana B. from Brazil30 January 2013 at 15:08

    I'd like to thank you all for your messages, thoughts and prayers... I really appreciate it.
    Hugs.

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  23. I also think the Middletons should be offered a title. I really don't understand the rubbish that has been directed at them... One would think that Britain would be proud, they have worked hard, used their own ingenuity and resources... They are entirely self-made, successful people. They have been loyal and discreet. I believe it would be a lovely gesture on the part of the Queen to recognize them in this way. Thank you, Charlotte, for another wonderful, uplifting post. I have decided to completely swear off the Daily Mail. It is so negative and depressing, I'd much rather just get my Royal Family news right here in this happy place! Lol! Love from Arizona! Kim

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  24. Kate, Texas, USA30 January 2013 at 18:06

    Just read that Kate's Issa dress she wore on the day of their engagement announcement has now been styled for maternity wear. She looked so beautiful and happy that day! Wondering if we'll see her in it again with a cute little baby bump?

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  25. I've been thinking about this...

    The Queen HAS recognized the Middleton's in many ways that were unheard of in the past. She invited them to lunch at Windsor Castle prior to the wedding, they've been included at Ascot, they attended the Jubilee river pageant (and who knows what else we may not know about). They were invited to Balmoral (by Charles, I believe). And they attended William's Passing Out Parade at Sandhurst. ALL of this is unprecedentedunprecedented
    Edit... and it shows how far the royal family has come in the last 30 years. No one can bring Diana back, but at least her struggle was not in vain. Clearly, lessons HAVE been learned.

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  26. The Middleton's will not get a title - not in the current climate. Titles required government approval.

    What is possible is that they may received the RVO (Royal Victorian Order) which is for services to the monarch and is totally within the gift of HM The Queen. They would have the letters after their name, in the same way people received the MBE (Member of theBritish Empire) etc.

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  27. Pauline California31 January 2013 at 03:29

    Good evening Ms. Charlotte-
    If the Queen give's the MIddletons a title, would she not do it before this summer and all the things going on with her Coronation stuff. I would think that would be the best way to do it so it does not interfer with the Queen's festivals.

    I believe that Mike & Carol both deserve it but I am not sure about Pippa & James. But does their titles come along with the parents?

    Thanks again for this great blog. I can't until we see the beautiful Duchess soon.

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    1. Hi Pauline and Donna and others,

      As I understand it, under the present rules, the title would never pass to a child of Kate's under any circumstance. It would pass, after Michael, to James and to any male child James would have. If James did not have a son, the title would pass to Michael Middleton's next male heir! Presumably some cousin of Kate's. You see now why I think this is pretty unlikely under the present situation. (And there is talk that James is gay, should this be true and he and a partner had a child by surrogacy or adoption, that would have to be considered. Very timely, but not perhaps something the queen wants to face.)

      In the improbable event this did happen, for now James would technically be "honourable" although he would probably be given a second title of Viscount something or other, and Pippa would become Lady Philippa.


      There is talk of changing this to allow the eldest child of a peer of either sex to take but this hasn't happened yet and I suspect may move more slowly than the changes to the monarchy. Where for centuries, a female could become queen, if she had no brother, this has not been the case in the peerage. If the change was made, than Kate's oldest child would take the title and I suppose, it would become part of the titles of the heir. (Not sure about this.) Seems again unlikely. Royal dukedoms like what William has, may function a little differently but there is no chance of one of those for anyone other than a prince. (Presumably Harry will have one eventually, most likely when he marries and I've heard it's possible that Edward will become Duke of Edinburgh after his father dies. Don't know if this is true. Otherwise, that title will become available for Harry or eventually to William's and Kate's children. The monarch makes that decision.

      Because of all this, eventually honouring the Middleton's with the Royal Victorian order, as someone suggested, or possibly a life peerage for Michael, would seem the most reasonable possibility. I believe that should come later, rather than sooner.

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    2. Pauline California31 January 2013 at 17:47

      Thank you for making this more understandable. I have done some research but it can be very confusing even for a person who does legal research for a living.

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  28. I reckon Vanity Fair should do a caption of the BBC pic above with William Kate and Harry!!

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