Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Duchess Kate Returns to Public Engagements With a Visit to Hope House

The Duchess of Cambridge returned to public engagements this morning with a visit to Action on Addiction's Hope House.



Kate, who is roughly four and a half months pregnant displayed her blossoming baby bump at the addiction centre looking tanned and healthy following a holiday on the paradise island of Mustique. The Duchess was all smiles upon her arrival and reportedly eager to get back to work following an absence from royal duties. Royal correspondents confirmed the Duchess has now recovered from acute morning sickness and is feeling well again as evidenced by the fact her engagements are being scheduled two weeks in advance.



Hope House is a safe and secure place for women to recover from substance dependence and receive additional support for other compulsive disorders. Many of the clients have a history of difficult relationships and find an all-female environment a supportive place to work through issues and begin to recover. The 23 bed residential centre in Clapham, South-West London offers a number of therapies and activities to aid recovery such as reflexology, gym and art therapy.



A large media contingent waited outside Hope House to photograph the pregnant Duchess.

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Kate chose Action on Addiction as one of her first charities and has been patron of the organisation since January 2012. Last Valentine's Day she visited the Brink bar in Liverpool - an alcohol-free bar run by the charity - while William was deployed to the Falklands.



Interestingly, it was announced yesterday Prince William's charity 100 Women in Hedge Funds would be teaming up with Kate's Action on Addiction this year. The philanthropic organisation is planning a series of events to raise money for the addiction charity. The partnership kicks off on March 14 with a launch party at Jimmy Choo in New Bond Street, although it is thought neither William nor Kate will be attendance.


If you wish to donate to Action on Addiction, you can do so by clicking here.

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Kate met with staff and patients and learned about help and treatment offered at the centre including daily workshops and counselling sessions.


More from The Mirror's story:

'As she was greeted by the charity's chief Nick Barton, she stood with her hands clasped under her bump. "Nice to see you again, nice to be back", she said, looking up at the sky: "It's a lovely day for it". As she chatted to women in an art therapy class, she told one of them: "Well done for getting sober".

Kate looked lovely in a grey wrap dress by Max Mara Studio. The €357 jersey print dress has a V-neck and cross-over front with a ruched waist and attached waist tie. We were all looking forward to seeing Kate's maternity choices and for this point in her pregnancy a wrap dress was an excellent choice. The Duchess is very much staying true to her signature style opting for a fitted dress.

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The Duchess wore her Episode 'Angel' black pumps and accessorised with her Asprey Button pendent and Annoushka Pearl Earrings.

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Kate also wore a gold ruby ring on her middle finger. Julie kindly confirmed the Duchess has had the piece for several years.



It was wonderful to see Kate out and about looking healthy and happy. I thought her sartorial choices were perfect and her hair and make up looked fabulous.


Kate spent an hour and a half at the treatment centre was presented with flowers as she left.


You can watch videos at ITV and ITN Source.



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Kate is not expected to undertake any further public engagements until March 5 when she will visit Grimsby, one of the largest fish processing centres in the country. Despite this, the town has been in decline for over fifty years. Kate will begin a series of engagements with a visit to the National Fishing Heritage Centre, where she will be given a tour of the museum.

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Kate's next stop will be Humberside Fire and Rescue Service where she will meet firemen and women and talk to young people taking part in personal development courses run by Princes Charles's charity, The Prince's Trust. The visit marks Kate's first engagement on behalf of The Prince's Trust which she is understood to have discussed with her father-in-law at length. Kate and Prince Charles share a passion for the arts and it makes perfect sense for Kate to get to know the trust's charities better.

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More from The Daily Mail story:

'Kate's final engagement of the day will be to officially open Havelock Academy, established in 2007 by The David Ross Foundation, which serves more than 1,000 pupils from the most deprived areas in the country. Kate will carry out her newly-announced engagements without her husband, Prince William, who is putting off royal duties for the time being in order to concentrate on his 'day job' as Search and Rescue pilot at RAF Valley, North Wales.'
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I was watching Sky News first thing this morning and saw Kate was making headlines due to scathing comments made by writer Hilary Mantel. The booker prize winner said the Duchess has a 'plastic smile and dead eyes' and her 'only purpose is to give birth'. The story has been all over the news and has even prompted Prime Minister David Cameron to release a statement:

'I think what she's said about Kate Middleton is completely misguided and completely wrong'. 

We'll finish today's post with three more photos from today's visit. Thank you for reading :)

183 comments:

  1. A small bump was already noticable in the vacation pics but now she is showing even more. She looks great and happy.

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  2. Great photos... thanks! Love her little bump. I'm so glad she is resuming her engagements!!!

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  3. You are so unbelievably fast! Wonderful job! Kate is glowing.

    I am so happy that she has chosen to bring attention to addiction. So often, those that combat addiction feel like they have to be ashamed or hide their problems, which usually makes them worse. Hopefully Kate will show today that they are normal everyday people who just need love and support!

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  4. Kate looks absolutely amazing! It's nice to actually see her out working with her charities again. Do you have any idea what ring Catherine is wearing on her right hand? Perhaps William gave it to her when she got pregnant. Also isn't William supposed to announce whether he's going to become a full-time royal or not this month?
    -Brit

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  5. Kate, Texas, USA19 February 2013 12:23

    I have to get my kiddos to school, but thought I would make a quick check on my FAVORITE blog! LOVE the post Charlotte! Kate looks so beautiful and tan! Will write more later......

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  6. Sarah from Western Australia19 February 2013 12:34

    She looks very tanned (unsurprisingly). And dare I say rather fuller-figured? Nice dress too, understated as usual, and made of comfy jersey.

    I noticed this post was labelled hilary mantel kate middleton. Just in case anyone brings up Hilary Mantel, the author who has been reported as lambasting Kate, please check what Hilary actually said first. Her lecture was attacking the media, not Kate (which is no doubt why the media misrepresented her).

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    1. I have to agree with you on this. I don't think Hilary was insulting the royal family or Kate at all. I think she was more insulting us, the people, and the media for how we use them. In the end of the lecture, she seemed express her sympathy to royals in their gilded cages.

      It reminded me of Andy Warhol's critique of the celebrity, and even The Queen, in his art. Modern media has allowed us to feel as though we know these people, but it's only through images and sound bites. I'm guilty too, as I love to follow Kate. I think she carries herself well and is a great role modle to women. But I can't attest to knowing the real Kate. I know her though photos, make judgements on her 'class' by the clothes she wears, think she is 'nice' because of her warm smile, find her 'kind' because of her charity work. But this is the image we are allowed to see, and while I feel it is representative of the real person, I and most of us will never know.

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    3. Sarah - I did take the time to read what Ms Mantel wrote. You are correct in that the media took it out of context. One has to read the whole article to understand what she was really talking about. Very interesting talk... When in doubt, go to the source.

      If anyone else is interested in reading Ms Mantel's remarks in their entirety:

      http://www.lrb.co.uk/v35/n04/hilary-mantel/royal-bodies

      I also found this article that pointed out another side to this:

      http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/mobileweb/2013/02/19/hilary-mantel-on-kate-middleton-right_n_2715638.html?icid=hp_uk-entertainment_art_related


      As for Kate today, It is great to see her looking so healthy and with energy. To be honest, I liked her skin color when she got out of the hospital - the more pink tinge and less make up.

      I felt the dress was fine - she looks good in wrap dresses. I don't know about the pattern. I like her better in solid colors. I would also like to see a cool handbag in her hands to polish off the look.

      CJB from Minneapolis

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    4. Kristin, San Francisco20 February 2013 20:55

      Shawn @ 15:33 - I agree with you here - we will only know what is being fed to us; we could read every book out there for a wider view of Catherine and William but in the long run, we will never know the real Duke and Duchess. I do wish them well and I hope that they, in their own minds and in their own private place, are happy together and look forward to a fulfilling life together.

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  7. Kate's got a new ring on her right hand.

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  8. Ana B. from Brazil19 February 2013 12:46

    Hi!
    Finally the day has come!
    I was impressed by Catherine's tan! She is looking almost orange in some pictures... But maybe it is the light. Well, I think she is prettier less tanned!
    This is such a great cause for to support. Addiction is a terrible thing, and when you are a woman, I think the situation is even worse because most of them have children or are pregnant sometimes, which can harm the baby (both physically and emotionally) forever.
    The dress is gorgeous and she is looking really healthy! I'm glad to see her condition has improved! She deserves the best!
    A good Tuesday to you all!
    And thank you Charlotte for this great coverage!

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    1. The orange look might come from her getting spray tans again. I remember reading that it isn't recommended in the first 3 month of pregnancy but no problem later on. So maybe she thought she wasn't tan enough after returnung from vacation and just got a spray tan again.

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    2. I also thought of her having resumed her spray tans or using a bottle tan to keep the look she got on vacation - clearly it's not still Mustique tan this far out - anyone who has had a tropical tan knows how fast it fades. I also wish she would ax the faux tan. I like her natural coloring and yes, much of the artificial camera lights turn you orange. She sort of is doomed if she were not tanning - folks would say she looks pale and sickly!

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  9. Beatrix in New York19 February 2013 12:47

    Nice to see Kate back to business.

    I think she looks great. She is very pretty and having gained a few pounds just makes her look so much prettier. Healthier. Happier.

    Liking the dress too :)
    (I'm just not to crazy about the tan. I understand she just got back from vacation, but still, she goes for "artificial" tanning. Her family is in love with tanning too. I just don't get it, and I don't like the "orange" look... )

    Looking at the picture with the million photographers ready for her brings to mind a thought I have always had: Kate is a confident woman. She knew what she was getting into. I think she is up for the role, even more so than what William gives her credit for.

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    1. Bea in New York19 February 2013 15:08

      I forgot to mention (I was waiting for my first comment to be up) I love her hair today too. I think she looks prettier with a *straighter* version. I really disliked the "sausage curls" :P I think they have fashioned her hair more to resemble her look of younger years and I find it more flattering.

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  10. I have to agree with the others Charlotte. You are the best, the fastest, and the most informative. I love your blog! Curious about the ring too!!!

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  11. She looks amazing - especially given she had such a rough start to her pregnancy. Looking forward to seeing her style evolve over the next several months.

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  12. Kate looks fresh and healthy,I admire her calm and confidence with all the bikini/weswood/mantel stuff. I like wrap dresses,this one has similar pattern to her Hobbs dress, nice and flattering,no fashion statement but appropiate for work meeting.
    Regarding to Hillary Mantel - as with Vivianne Westwood, I don´t know who asked those two (sorry but old and very ugly) ladies to give their opinion about DC neither why they feel to have any kind of authority to give such a strong public statements in the press. We can discuss her working moral or whatever but above all Kate is a young pregnant woman who didn´t do any wrong to anybody,living under enormous scrutiny and an easy victim as she cannot defend herself due to her royal status. Having said that, I consider Mrs. Mantel comment rather harsh and totally unnecessary. Plus I´m surprised PM refers to DC as "Kate Middleton" , it seems to me on Sun or Star level, not appropiate for PM.

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    1. What does being "old and ugly" as you described have anything to do with their comments? Does it negate them?

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    2. Why is it appropriate to make ad hominem attacks against Mantel just to defend Kate? So Mantel says something deemed offensive about Kate and her fans retaliate by calling her "old and ugly"? (Mantel is actually a talented author). Mantel, Westwood, and anyone else has they 'authority' to give statements about Kate because it's a free society.

      I found Mantel’s comments provocative, but at the same time, they had a ring of truth. Kate probably was chosen by William because she is pretty, willing to what she is told to do, and not liable to cause trouble. But Hilary Mantel’s comments have been completely misquoted and misinterpreted. She was talking about the media treatment and coverage of female royals, not her personal opinion of Kate.

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    3. Old and very ugly? So people who we not beautiful though self made intelligent hard working women are not allowed to say anything against kate because....she's beautiful and they aren't? I hope if you have daughters you teach them beauty is on the inside. PS maybe you should listen to the whole speech she was defending Kate in a way but her words have been twisted. She was speaking out against the palace making women into something other then something pretty to look at.

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    4. well, I suspected that "old and ugly" will be a polemic conotation, but if I see Mrs. Westwood criticising DC makeup and style and Mrs Mantel speaking about plastic smile and manquein, I can´t help myself to see there a bit of jealousy. I din´t say anything about their profesionals achivement but it doesn´t give them more right to jugde than to the others.If someone has made a judgmenet about beauty, it is not me, but them, supposing that just because Kate is pretty she has no personality.
      To criticised someone constructivly is one thing and I´m all in, neither I´m "the beautiful duchess can do no wrong" one BUT the other thing is use her name and now favourite topic to promote yourself or your work. This I consider very cheap PR no matter how sophisticately covered (i.e. link between Ann Boleyn and Kate is very very weak ground). I think that Mrs Mantel could expect reactions like this (especially if she knows media so well)

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    5. You suspected correctly, Mia. It is a polemic connotation, and a version of the hackneyed "jealous hater" argument. If you have to be better looking to make a statement about someone else's appearance, then most of us would have to shut up.

      Hilary Mantel was talking about how Kate was trotted out AS a mannequin, not that she IS a mannequin. And used that, as well as other observations of the royals, to make the argument that they're like animals in a zoo (my interpretation, not hers) that we visit, wave at, and then go home. I thought it very apt.

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  13. Oh, I was waiting the whole morning to see these pictures! Great work Charlotte-as always! Thank you so much!

    Love to see her looking so happy! She looks fabulous and so lovely! I love that she regains weight. She looks better with it-especially her face!! :-)

    I read an article about Hilary Mantels comments too. I can only say: stupid. Nothing else.

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    1. Fiona - did you read entire lecture by hilary or did you just read the taken out of context paragraghs in order to conclude that the comments were stupid?

      Hilary was taking about how media and public perceive and report on the royals, forcing them into a cage and insisting they were only good for one thing. I could give a thorough analysis but why don't you just google London Books review to read the lecture for yourself.

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    2. Jean from Lancs.19 February 2013 20:10

      Anonymous 18:50.
      I agree that much of her speech had some validity, but in one paragraph, she allowed herself to be carried away(or showed her hatred)---I don't know which because I don't know her, though I have read her books.
      It was that paragraph which was picked up by the media and she has only herself to blame for that, as in my opinion it was a harsh judgement of a young woman she probably has never met.
      It was also rather a harsh judgement of those, like us, who enjoy seeing what she wears and learning something of the charities she supports.

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  14. Thanks so much! I love the new pictures of Kate, and I think that she looks great! I so enjoy your blog!

    Deborah in Canada.

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  15. Kate looks just wonderful and that is great to see! I enjoy your blog so much!

    Deborah in Canada

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  16. She looks beautiful and refreshed indeed. Perhaps the baby being her first might be the reason she's not showing that big of a bump. Loved the dress, the hair. Charlottes right, she's staying true to her style the duchess. Thank you Char for sharing this blog!!!

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  17. Jean from Lancs.19 February 2013 14:11

    I thought she looked absolutely gorgeous this morning and anyone who thinks her smile artificial (or plastic) "should have gone to Specsavers".
    Ms Mantels has obviously done a great deal of research of the Tudor era for her two Booker Prize winning novels,but she has not met either Princess Diana or the Duchess of Cambridge, so cannot really comment on their characters.
    The fact that the Women in Hedge Funds Charity is raising funds for "Action on Addiction" seems to indicate how much work goes on behind the scenes.

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  18. She is positively glowing! Looks like she is going to have no trouble at all maintaining all her Kate-class during pregnancy.

    Not to be crass, but her chest screams pregnant even more than her bump! Ill be interested to see how she handles cleavage in the coming months. That is a pointer I'd love to get from her.

    Sarah, TN

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  19. Her tan is gorgeous and she definitely looks a lot more refreshed. Her hair color seems to be different too.

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  20. She looks radiant and gorgeous as only a pregnant woman can! Thanks Charlotte for your spot on and tasteful reporting! Kate looks elegant pregnant and not pregnant! Bless her for how she presents herself as she works and goes about her duties and life!!

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  21. Love Kate's dress, a perfect choice. She does look a bit orange in these pictures. May be protecting her skin from sun-bathing. As for the remarks, haven't checked out the full context yet but if and when Kate undertakes a full schedule, these remarks may be made but won't draw nearly so much attention. At a time when there isn't much to write about, the world press are going to print everything and those of us who Google are going to land on those in the absence of anything else.

    Surprised the PM used Kate Middleton but to the rest of us, she was Kate Middleton for so long and Duchess of Cambridge is a mouthful, so we end up using the former. Although, I often Google the latter, since it picks up the better papers. Interestingly, I remember Sarah Ferguson mostly being called the Duchess of York. Diana was mostly called POW but in the European press, Lady Di.

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  22. O my Goodness! She is so lovely and it's so nice be able to see her again so fulll of health and visibly so happy. Thank you so much Charlotte! I've been waiting the whole morning to see these beautiful pictures.

    As for Ms Hilary Mantels, I would say that having a baby is a wonderful thing and also the first duty of a future queen, whatever the country. Poor Princess Charlene of Monaco would be very happy to be in a like state and I hope she will be soon. But coming back to Kate, I would say that she has many other purposes in her life. Again and again we will find this deliberate will to hurt this young woman wherever we look. So it's better ignore such disgruntled people who can only rejoice in other's ill fortune.

    THANIK YOU SO MUCH CHARLOTTE! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

    Hugs,

    Monica

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  23. Kate looks great - but she's definitely got that 'just been ill, not quite back to my old self look' about her.





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  24. I liked her dress although she could've added a brooch or a pin to give the dress a little bling. Loved the end of the video where she gets flowers. The brother sister pair were too cute. Has the weather eased up there, Charlotte? I don't see anymore coats and boots. Thanks for the quick update Charlotte!xoxo

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  25. I must say I'm impressed, Action on Adiction must be an institution with much quality. Gym and art therapy, etc seem to me great classes to attend. They must be doing a great job with those women.

    And it's so nice to see Kate again! Her face is so much fuller, she looks tanned and radiant, healthy and completely recovered! It's the caribbean vacation effect :) Oh, and finnaly her hair is OK... ;)
    I love the dress, it was a perfect choice indeed, and we get to see her cute bump! Loved it.

    Great job, Charlotte!
    Hugs,
    Z.

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  26. She looks really amazing in her dress and absolute love her dress and she looks healhy

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  27. Theresa, from Paris19 February 2013 15:02

    She looked wonderful... I loved her dress, jewels and make-up. Absolutely perfect. It's great to see the Duchess so happy and relaxed.
    Addiction is such a very worthy cause. It destroys so many lives, not only of the sufferer but whole families.

    I find Hilary Mantel very unfair and cruel. What on earth can prompt a famous writer to say such ridiculous nonsense about someone she doesn't know ? Is it to increase her readership ? Really odd. I'm always surprised when people say hateful things about others with no real cause. Why not keep it to herself ?

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    1. Hilary was giving a lecture about 'Royal Women' and how they are perceived in the media, going back to Tudor times. The disparity between the real vs what is reported to the masses. She used several examples of the disparity and unfairness of it and in the end was on the side of the royal women and saying we the public lap up what we see and yet force the same women to play a role that we don't accept them to be more. Her remarks about Kate were part of a passage where she talks about how Kate, from the minute she stepped on to the stage, isn't allowed to show her real personality but has to be the perfect Princess. This very blog is a testament to what Hilary is talking about because it highlights only the perfect, but superficial qualities of Kate. The real Kate, with her bushy, curly hair isn't allowed to. Be seen except in snatched beach pap pics. She is frequently described as inoffensive and not putting a foot wrong, and now the many comments on this blog and other media, about her bump. Hilary's point is made with every comment about Kate's bump. No one talks about her work or if they do, it's always skipped over to the main event which is her clothing, hair and her bump. These sorts of comments reduce her to the age old stereotype of women from the dark ages. Anne Boleyn is the perfect example of a high educated, accomplished women who was in the end reduced to her reproductive organs and was executed for it. Diana is probably the only royal woman whose personality shone through the veneer. She made mistakes and wasn't visibly perfect and in the end, people remember her mostly for other things lie her work, not her body or fashion. It's a very long erudite lecture that concludes on a very sympathetic note for the royal women. Google the london books review to read the whole thing.

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    2. Theresa, from Paris19 February 2013 22:52

      I have read the lecture in the "London Books Review." Very interesting. Especially the historical part which Hilary Mantel knows inside out, though some historians I know wouldn't totally agree with her rather one-sided view of Marie-Antoinette.
      I still think the remarks Hilary Mantel made about the character of the Duchess of Cambridge are quite scathing and unfair. This young woman is adapting well to an extraordinary situation, especially in our terrible world of never-ending communication. Her reserve and poise are necessary. Her fashion sense is a tribute to the people she visits and works with. We all present ourselves a certain way to the world. We all dress and act accordingly to the image we need to give. Her character is probably already obvious in private meetings the press does not attend. It will shine through more publicly as time comes. I do not doubt, for my part, that she is much more than a womb and a clothes-horse. She loves her husband and serves her country well, which is now her duty. That is what royalty is about in the XXIst century. And if, for the moment, her choices of clothes are crucial, jolly good for the British fashion industry !

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    3. Fair point well made! Bravo, Theresa!

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    4. Sarah from Calif.20 February 2013 14:24

      Well said Theresa!

      It seems to me comparing today's Royals with those in (1700 or so) is like skipping a beat in the music. What I'm trying to say is they have come a long .....way since those days.

      Reserve and poise are great attributes in a world that feels free to lip off anything on their minds without thinking it through.

      Jolly good Kate!

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    5. Theresa, I completely agree!

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    6. Kristin, San Francisco20 February 2013 21:12

      Theresa, I agree with you, too...

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  28. Laura from Italy19 February 2013 15:13

    I was waiting to see these pictures! Well done Charlotte! I noticed that our Duchess has more (hope to use the correct word because I'm italian) breast than in the past. Surely due to the pregnancy. Of course it's only my opinion. But i think that she looks amazing with this figure!
    Laura from Italy

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    1. Alice from Wonderland19 February 2013 18:59

      Hi, Laura!
      Her breasts caught my attention today! They are considerably larger!

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  29. Honestly, I don't think she has ever looked more beautiful. She's stunning, has that pregnancy glow and she just took my breath away in those pictures!

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  30. I wonder if the ring might be a garnet, that would be Kate's birthstone. Just a thought.

    As for the Hilary Mantel remarks. They are complex. They certainly criticise the press, the palace, and us, I suppose, for making her what Kate is, but they are also extremely uncomplimentary to Kate with a dash of truth to them. They contrast her to Diana, the latter's spontanity and her willingness to step beyond the usual royal role, while also pointing out Diana's emotional nature. So her remarks are a double hit to William.

    It does point out what many of us have noticed. That Kate is much more cautious than Diana and less willing at this point to be a bit unconventional and seize her royal role as her own. I think this is true but that it is likely to improve in time and that it is an unfair remark so early in Kate's career as a royal. I do hope in time Kate will become more free and willing to craft a unique persona. Time will tell.

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  31. Thanks for the quick updates. I'm pretty sure the USA Today sites your blog in their article as well!!
    Here is the link to the article I read. I'm not sure if its exciting to you or not.
    http://usat.ly/UCwlfO

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  32. Oh my! Kate has cleavage! ;-)

    So glad to see her and will be glad when my laptop is fixed so I can add more.

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  33. Shantel (@FashionandFaith)19 February 2013 15:53

    Kate looks WONDERFUL!! I am so happy to see her looking so well. And that hair!! Goodness! PERFECTION!
    Thank you so much for such an awesome post--each picture was stunning.
    What a lovely break in my work day. I'd better get back to it! :)
    Thanks again Charlotte,
    Shantel
    Minnesota, USA

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  34. She looks great and the dress is really flattering.

    A+ from bluhare!

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  35. Here is the original article. She does not just talk about Kate, but also Charles and Diana. It is on how she perceives royal figures to represent. Very thought-provoking article.

    http://www.lrb.co.uk/v35/n04/hilary-mantel/royal-bodies

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  36. Lynn Georgia USA19 February 2013 16:32

    I thought the gray print jersey wrap dress was perfect both for the occasion and for Catherine's figure! I really expected her to be wearing one of her wonderful coats though. (I want to see the pink one again--or that green from last St. Patrick's Day.) Isn't it cold in London? (I am wearing my ONE coat--black--right now when I go out even here in Georgia USA!)
    P.S. I don't think we should sing the praises of the jersey wrap dress without invoking the name of Diane von Furstenberg, who created the iconic design in 1974. It has become a fashion classic, and I call every jersey wrap a "Diane von Furstenberg" regardless of who has copied the design.

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    1. I also thought it was odd she was not in a coat. But quite possibly she wanted to get it over with to show her bump and not have to deal with she is hiding it under a coat. Wrap dresses are nice but they always have the tendency to show off more of a bum than you might have unless you are totally flat there with no hips either - esp from the side and back views. If anything it was a good call on her part to wear this and no coat - no matter the angle, folks could say they now see she is pregnant. Cannot wait to see her in some of the new sack dresses and drop waist dresses that are so popular for spring/summer. Still she must have been freezing while outside in that thin jersey dress. I think she could have at least worn a wool crepe jersey to try and keep warmer. Her face in a # of the shots looks fuller and more like she did in years right after university. I hope she retains some of the weight she gains with pregnancy after the baby comes. I am in the camp that thinks she is far too thin.

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  37. Why Mantel's comments might not have seemed the nicest they were not off subject as her book was about royal women. She was not 'insulting' Kate but saying the palace were forcing her to be perfect or else the media would trash her basically. She said how they made her seem plastic and they do (case and point how she walks like she's in a choir, she doesn't do that in private and it's silly to do in public). That being said I cannot believe when people started to defend Kate by just calling her names back. It's one thing to say her comments were harsh, they were but to say she has no right to talk because she is not thin and beautiful going so far as to attack her teeth even. That is not the point, the point is if you read the reviews and watch the video of people 'defending' Kate their comments are "how can anyone be so mean to Kate she's such a beautiful princess" "No on can say anything against her she's so beautiful". I'm sorry when did beauty become a personality? don't we tell our daughters it's not what's on the outside that counts, it's not about what you weight ITS ABOUT THE PERSON YOU ARE INSIDE. Is that why we love Kate? Is that why you do? Because she's beautiful? Because she's super thin and glossy perfect? If not then why do you? And don't say because she'd caring or kind because you don't know her. Wasn't Diana's 'oddities and quirks' why we loved her? Yet Kate seems to have none. I'm honestly curious? People tell me because the more people are attacking Mantel the more I lose faith in people. Why love someone just because they are beautiful?

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    1. I think people saying 'we love Kate because she's beautiful/pretty' are making Hilary's points per the lecture. It shows that it's not just the palace that wants Kate to be beautiful, but also the people. So the pressure to be kept in that gilded cage is coming from the palace and from the public with the media helping to maintain the status quo.

      I think Kate's make over and acquiensence in this notion of the perfect princess shows that she also buys into the stereotype that Hilary was talking about. Diana didn't and let everyone see her flaws and that she wasn't perfect. Subsequently we all came to view her as more than her royal title and or designated bearer of the fabled Heir. Kate at this point has not distinguished herself. He fact that right now the world is on bumpwatch, even on this blog, is making Hilary's point again about royal women being seen as breeders and little else.

      With regards the comments about Hilary's looks, that is what society has become. You can be accomplished in your own right, have substance and gravitas, but if you aren't young and pretty with perfect features and the prefect size naturally or artificially remodelled, then you have no right to speak or voice an opinion and should you dare to do so, then the conclusion is that you are eaten up by jealousy and envy and spite.

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    2. A very intelligent reply that I was not expecting. So often people just hit back 'as they did on the DM and even in this blog' with just calling Ms. Mantel ugly, old and fat and those who dare to not take things spoon feed from the media sources (such as reading the real article and not the misguided force-feeding of the news) are often just criticized as well. How refreshing that people can use their brains and not just feel or do what the media tells them.

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    3. Wow so you are telling most of us that we do not have a brain?

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    4. Can't speak for Keyvie, which means I should shut up, but I won't. I don't read it that way. I read it that Keyvie was not expecting such an expanded opinion in response.

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    5. Keyvie (and others),

      I look at this blog, often without commenting, for conflicting reasons. There is something 'fun' about looking at the clothes, in the same way I flip through clothing catalogs that arrive in the mail. But what keeps me coming back is that I am fascinated to observe the way she is talked about by her female fans. Sometimes it reminds me of girls playing Barbies, sort of a light-hearted interest in dressing up. But lately the scrutiny is really interesting/distressing. Look at the comments on here....her breasts, her hips, her face, her hair...everything is scrutinized. The way some commenters missed the point about Hilary Mantel's lecture is quite telling. I liked your comments very much, and the questions you posed. It is also a reason why I think it will be a shame if Catherine does not utilize the platform she has been given. As someone who is "pretty", I know that often one who is pretty can "get by" by merely smiling and being demure. It is not enough. Those who are "attractive" (physically, by society's standards) I feel ought to "roll up their sleeves" and work hard to not let this trait carry you through life. Anyone who is superficially "beautiful" could have just as easily been born superficially "ugly".

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    6. Kathy London you misunderstood. I was simply delighted by such an intellectual response that did not involve catty name calling or use of the word 'jealousy'.

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  38. Dear Charlotte, is Kate's baby is due in July, I think that she is roughly 3 and a half months pregnant!

    Best regards!

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  39. I actually think that Cameron's statement was totally "wrong". He should have heard first what the writer actually said.
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    2. Agreed. And I hope his wife gives him a right kicking and makes him hear the lecture AND forces him to make a public apology to Hilary.

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    3. Lynn Georgia USA19 February 2013 21:18

      I agree! David Cameron had no business whatsoever castigating Hilary Mantel. It did not appear that the PM had read the speech in its entirety--or if he had, he entirely missed her point! Furthermore, even if Ms. Mantel's remarks had been a personal attack on the Duchess (WHICH THEY WERE NOT!), Hilary Mantel had every right to express her views in a country like England--without the leader of the government coming down on her head. Isn't that what Speaker's Corner is all about?

      I found Ms. Mantel's speech magnificent, provocative, humbling--and troubling, too. I now feel behooved to examine my own "cheerful curiosity" about Catherine (and other royals) lest it "become cruelty." Maybe Catherine is "weary of being looked at." I am haunted by the spectre of the cage of which Hilary Mantel speaks: "...however airy the enclosure they [royals] inhabit, it's still a cage." After reading the speech, I feel sickened by the frequent mention of Catherine's body parts in the press, even on this ostensibly respectful forum: "...the body of a monarch is public property. We are ready at any moment to rip away the veil of respect and treat royal persons in an inhuman way...."




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    4. Lynn : I totally agree with you. The part where she describes her reaction to seeing the Queen, was especially powerful. There is a certain voyeuristic and animalistic quality to royal-watching and I think that all of us are guilty of indulging in what goes beyond 'curiosity'.
      The article, in my opinion was brilliant.

      And I agree with Justin that of course Cameron looks like an utter fool wading into a debate like this.

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    5. Sarah from Western Australia20 February 2013 03:14

      I agree; after reading her lecture I found myself seriously considering my attitude towards royalty. I've always been a monarchist, and I've always thought myself respectful and considerate towards those people, but Hilary's words made me more aware of how shallow my knowledge is of them, and how I tend to focus on the superficialities. However, what can we comment on? We discuss her clothes and looks because we can never know the real Kate. And at present, there isn't much in terms of charities and patronages that we can discuss. In any case, I shall remember to back off in future and remember this is a feeling human being I'm criticizing, a person who can never really be herself except to her family.

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  40. Awesome post :) Thanks Charlotte!

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  41. Kate, Texas, USA19 February 2013 18:36

    So happy Kate is back to work and looking amazingly beautiful! She has the pregnancy glow! The baby bump looks adorable and Kate looks happy and healthy. I loved the choice of wrap dress....lovely and simple. Her hair and makeup looked divine. Really liking that she is growing the bangs out a bit! I REALLY like the Annoushka Pearl Earrings....so pretty and elegant.

    Enjoyed reading about Action on Addiction and Hope House. Addiction affects so many and has no restraint on gender, nationality, or beliefs. It is such a worthy cause and time and energy well invested for Kate. I said a prayer for the ladies at Hope House this morning and prayed that having the Duchess of Cambridge visit and show interest might boost their morale in their journey to hopefully becoming well.

    As far as Hilary Mantel.....what ship did she fall off of and what gives her any authority to makes such disrespectful and rude comments? Not everyone has to love or like the Royal family or the DoC, but her comments just seems overly rude and unfounded.

    SO happy Kate is back looking beautiful and confident! It was great to see her chatting with the children as they presented her flowers. William and Kate's baby will be so blessed by having wonderful parents! Looking forward to seeing Kate at more upcoming engagements!

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      Kate, I think the storm we just had you folks in Texas will be having?

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    2. Kate, Texas, USA21 February 2013 19:15

      Hello Sarah! We have had horrible rain storms today with some northern counties having hail and tornados. I think you have had record snowfall right? I am hoping the rain and cooler temps means maybe a "milder" summer with no drought. It has been almost unbearable the past couple years. Hoping to head to England and escape the summer heat here! How are you? :)

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    3. Sarah from Calif.22 February 2013 02:16

      In town we don't get snow so to see snow (on the small mountain outside my kitchen window) this late in winter was very different. Yes we had lots of rain. I saw the storm traveling your way on the news and thought of you :)
      I'm fine thank you. I hope you and your family are all well :) I like the hot summers but, give me some water (any kind) to dive into.

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  42. Cami under her dress looks exactly like this one from Banana Republic. They had this in grey a few months ago. http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=51450&vid=1&pid=850677002

    --- Sam

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  43. Loving the dress but the orange tan has to go, she is much prettier in her natural skin tone. Also she is a role model for young woman- we don't need orange tans (especially when pregnant and skin is most vulnerable) to be back in style. That was so 90s!

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  44. I do hope Kate will get rid of those terrible high heels during her pregnancy - if she values her back, that is. Already the shoulders are becoming rounded, and, as all her weight is thrust on to her toes, the bunions cannot be far behind. It would be great if she would set an example of sensible and truly comfortable footwear all the time - not just when she is in the country wearing boots. One inch heels do not need to be frumpy - they can be very stylish.

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    1. Jo- What is wrong with the Duchess's high heels? I wore heels until I was 9 months along. Everyone is different. The Duchess wears heels all the time so she might not have trouble wearing them right now.

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  45. Thank you very much for your comments and for letting me know about USA Today, It's very exciting :)

    Siddhii - The weather is much improved thankfully, looking forward to summer!

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  46. I also like the cami under the dress - keeps any blossoming breasts from her pregnancy covered up better - wrap V neck dresses are notorious for showing off cleavage which would not be a good proper look for the visit. I also thought her tan looks like it's been enhanced with at home tanners since anyone who has gained a tan in the topics knows it fades in a matter of days after leaving. I had read where Kate had stopped doing her at home spray tan service when discovered she was pregnant, but some of the rub on lotion (bottle tans) are safe during pregnancy. I sure hope Kate has thick skin with comments like Hillary dished out and no doubt there will be many more in yrs to come. Clearly she is scholared and intelligent. She just does not get much chance in many eyes to show off what all she knows. I look forward to not only Kate but William taking over some of Charles's trust charities that he has in support of the arts, architecture etc. With her degree in art history she would be a natural for that.

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  47. I think Kate looks absolutely beautiful -- glowing, radiant and happy. Pregnancy suits her well. Glad to see her confident in her own skin and confident to face the voracious media that waited for her this morning. The fact that she chose NOT to hide her bump was testament to that. She's also seemed very much at east while interacting with the people inside. No doubt Action on Addiction greatly benefited from the visit.

    As for Hilary Mantel, all I can say is it's a crying shame she's getting all the press attention that could have been directed toward the charity. People will interpret her speech the way they want to. I'm finding the back-and-forth honestly unnecessary and irrelevant.

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  48. It would be nice if she is given a chance to converse and connect with the women at her charity events without having a camera and microphone in her face. The atmosphere in the above two videos is so stiff and formal. I'm sure that Kate and women felt awkward and put on the spot.

    I don't like the pattern of this dress on her, however I do appreciate that she was dress more down to earth and modest for the occasion. Very appropriate and understated making her more approachable.

    This is my first time to comment, but I do visit the site very often. Love this blog and you are doing this with so much respect and grace. Thank you.

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    1. I am sure they had more time off camera. Kate was there for close to 2 hours, but we barely got 5 minutes of footage. That's why I give much weight on conversations that come out afterward. It seems that they talked much about family - children, pregnancy, love and motivation to get better.

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  49. Thanks for another great post, Charlotte! I think the Duchess looks fabulous - glowing, fit, and beautiful. Her dress is nice, but would look even better in a solid color or different print. I seem to remember seeing the ring she's wearing on her right hand in pre-wedding photos...

    I'm sure I'm viewing at this through my bias of dealing with a chronic illness, but it also seems like she's happy to be back at work. It's very tough to be sidelined when one is used to being active, as Kate has been in the past. I hope, now that she's feeling better, that she can get back to being busy, both through working and doing pregnancy-friendly exercise.

    Hugs from Hawaii!
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  50. I did read Mantel's article on Kate (which dragged on a bit too much in my opinion), and then I thought, "who asked this woman anyway?" I mean what did she hope to accomplish by saying such hurtful words, especially when she has had nothing to do with Kate anyway? I understand stating your opinion, and that she was talking more about the press than Kate herself, but to write such a lengthy article about one woman is ridiculous. I can't imagine how I would feel if somebody wrote something like this about me. But then again in Kate's position it's damned if you do and damned if you don't.

    -Brit

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    1. Actually Mantel's piece talked about many things - mainly Marie Antoinette & Anne Boleyn, but also touched on Kate, Diana and experiences meeting The Queen & Charles. Ironically, the press picked Kate out - doubtlessly because any headline with her will sell. In my opinion this back-and-forth just adds to unnecessary escalation and drives attention away from truly important causes such as Action on Addiction. Kudos to Kate and the palace for ignoring it.

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    2. I agree Dash! The FULL speech (not the cherry picked version from Daily Mail) really did not focus on Kate at all and there really were not any "hurtful words" in it. The media has focused so much on how Kate looks, how much her outfit costs and have created her into some barbie doll that sells papers.

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  51. The Duchess looks bright and gorgeous and I am very happy to see her so glowing! I like very much her earrings, very classy!
    Months after months her hair colour becomes always more lighter, I really hope she won't go too far from her natural colour (the one of the pre-engagement days) as I find her natural chestnut brown (like the one of Pippa) much nicer.
    I also agree with some of you: I prefer the natural skin colour of the Duchess, e.g. when she got out of the hospital, more pink tinge and with less make up, simply lovely!


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  52. Hello Ms. Charlotte- Just want to say what a great post today. The duchess looked so beautiful & stunning. She has not looked this good since college. Her fuller face and "body" makes for a beautiful mommy to be. I read somewhere that William have said "he really is enjoying his wife fuller figure", if we can beleive this. I don;t think William would nake a public comment regarding his wife's baby bump or body. He is very protective of her.

    Now to the talk about her looking orange. I have looked at over 200 photos of her taken today (on getty image) and she did not look orange in any of them. The one posted above, if you look at the woman standing behind the Duchess she look's orange too. So I think it is the photo lighting.

    I have read the full story that this Hilary Mantel said and in my opinion I still think she say some not so nice things regarding the Duchess. I read where Ms. Mandel made a statement saying that she had body issues of her own. She said she dreams of being thin again. Now if this is a true statement made by Ms. Mandel then to me it just show's how jealous she is of the beautiful Duchess. But we don't know if this statement was made by her. But there will always be nasty things said about the Duchess. She can't please everyone. And it is not her job to do so. Her job is do the best she can regarding her charities and the charitis of her husband William. Also to carry out engagements for the Queen which in my opinion she had done a great job. She is a light for the royal family.

    Her other job and the most important is to be a military wife to William and in a few months, a mother to her & Williams baby.

    And final I did like the dress she wore today and I liked seeing her baby bump. She just looked the best she has in a while. And thank you Charlotte for this great blog. You are the best my friend.

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    1. agreed with you about Hilary Mantel. I saw the 2 minute video on her and I instantly realized how insecure she is about her own self and body image. How disgusting of her to lash out at Catherine who is MUCH better than Hilary in every way. Kudos to Kate for not bothering to react to Hilary!

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    2. I agree with you Siddhii. The duchess has to much class to react to this kind of BS about her. This Hilary woman is nothing but jealous. I just can't believe all the negative stuff being said about the Duchess. Give the girl a chance to crave her own way. She has only been in the royal family for 19 months (?(. As time goes on she will get more involved with charities. People don't remember that the Queen & William want to take it slow with her. They learn by the mistakes made with Williams beloved mother.

      William loves his wife to much to have what happened to his mother happen to his beloved Duchess. Or William might just say his Duchess will be a full time mother. Wouldn't that be something to get people's tails in a spin. It wouldn't happen but knowing how William does things his way, it could. Or have his Duchess only do engagements with him. Time will only tell.

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  55. Kate really looks beautiful and happy. Her boobs also look great!

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  56. I think she is wearing the ruby ring because the ruby is the birthstone for July

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  57. Kate looks terrific! I just wish her charity got some of the attention that Ms Mantel's comments are getting.

    I find it amazing that Kate can be called "painfully thin" and that's perfectly okay, but when comments are made about Ms Mantel's figure it is seen as personal or unfair.

    I would also like to ask Ms Mantel why she would describe Kate as plastic or somehow manufactured by the Palace. Is it so difficult to acknowledge that Kate was blessed with wonderful parents who saw to it that she received a good education and raised her to be a well-mannered, poised and classy young lady? Yes, Kate was also blessed with good looks, but it's the other qualities that are the REAL asset for the monarchy and qualified her as an ideal match for a future King. There's NOTHING plastic about that.

    Regarding Mr Cameron: whether he should have commented or not, I don't know. But I do think it was very inappropriate to call her by her maiden name.

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    2. Read the whole article, she was actually defending Kate's right for the media and people to leave her alone. The media were looking for, and found a scapegoat to take the heat of kate for the holiday. The whole thing was misquoted and it would be nice if this blog set things straight as the papers in England won't as its to juicy a story not to manipulate it more and the rest of the world regurgitates already written articles that quote her as saying 'she's a plastic princess' without including the whole paragraph it was attached to that changes the meaning.

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    3. Amen royalfan, I second this.

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  58. Sarah from Calif.20 February 2013 00:54

    My dog is staring at me.
    Kate looks beautiful :) inside and out! How do I know she's beautiful on the inside? because I do !!!!!
    Love the dress and earrings.
    There is snow on the mountains outside my kitchen window. (I'm cold) This is Calif. !
    Shepherds Pie for dinner. Would love to try the English version.

    agree she needed a coat, probably wanted to get over the baby bump thing.
    wish I had more time. Maybe later.
    Love to Charlotte and all the Kate Fans! !

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    1. Sarah,,this is a sweet song for Kate :)

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    2. @Sarah- Hello to you. We are expecting snow tonight and tomorrow. I just wish summer would get here soon. I hate the cold.
      But didn't the Duchess look just glowing & beautiful today. Loved teh baby bump. But I bet in two weeks when we see her again it will big bigger.

      @Siddhii- Just want to give you a shout out. Hope all is well with you.

      And hello to Ms. Charlotte who we have to thank for this great blog. And a chance to meet other fans.

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    3. Sarah from Calif.20 February 2013 03:58

      Siddhii, it really was just my way of talking quick in a hurry, (actually it might have been the glass of wine I had) :), but a song sounds great to me :)
      Pauline,, yes Kate looked absolutely lovely, she has the healthy mommy glow :) she wears that color so well.
      ugh rainy most of the day here. Last week we were in the 70 s

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  59. @Blake- Why did you make the statement"Kate probably was chosen by William because she is pretty, willing to what she is told to do, and not liable to cause trouble"? Did it ever accure to you that William love's Catherine. Or is that to hard to think a royal man could really love his wife? Just wondering!!!!

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    1. When Kate was introduced to the world, the media said exactly that about her. There was scarcely talk about any love. The love was assumed BUT her overwhelming positive quality seemed to be that she was quiet, loyal [ keeper of secrets was the implication rather than the larger sense of loyal], and wouldn't cause any trouble. Her Jigsaw Boss said exactly the same thing. You can google an interview she gave years ago during the course of which Kate comes into it. The Jigsaw interview leaves you with a sad pity for Kate because the boss said that Kate was living a life in which she was 'being and going to be dictated to and would have no say in the matter and she wouldn't cause any trouble'' she also said this was a requirement for a royal life and she didn't want her own daughters to ever lead such a life. If you google any news item on youtube, giving rudimentary biography on Kate, it's the same thing they say over and over. Any royal angers on or royal reporters make that point repeatedly.

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    2. The royal family does not say much about their private life. But just look at photos of William and his beautiful Duchess, look's tell a thousand words. William does not have to say to the public he love's his wife it just show's in the looks' they give each other, how he is always puts a hand on her back or on her arm.

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    3. Pauline, photographs can be manipulated or carefully chosen. Not saying you aren't correct in your observation, it just means that others see something different. In candids, Kate is usually the one hanging on William. In offical photos he's got his hand on her back or elbow, which looks like steering her to me.

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    4. Sarah from Calif.21 February 2013 02:20

      If I was in her shoes Id be glad to have my husbands hand on my back steering. (Guiding) me through. I would also be hanging on to my husband. I look at it as support.

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    5. Sarah: Didn't mean to imply steering is bad. Guiding is a nicer sounding word, you are correct. But it doesn't necessarily correlate to love as Pauline stated. (Note that I didn't say I don't think he loves her!)

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  60. I like that she mixed gold and platinum (white gold?) jewelry.

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  61. I read the LONG, thoughtful piece called Royal Bodies by Hilary Mantel in the London Book Review. Its conclusion was that it is we who determine the relevance and type of relevance that the royals have in our lives. When the monarchy literally ruled and could determine life or death, the issue from their bodies was quite a different matter than it is now. Whether the D of C is reduced to pretty dresses and gynecological body parts is up to us. She is new to her role, whatever she cares to make that over the years. It is not wrong for us to watch her. On the contrary, that is part of her job. It would be wrong to judge her success or failure on so little evidence. Also there is nothing wrong with just enjoying her as a public figure. Colorado Eve

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  62. I hope this marks the end of the dreaded sausage curls, but I'm afraid she is just as heavy with her makeup as ever. She looks much older than her years, "fuller face" or not. And I hope she takes advantage of her curvier body during and after her pregnancy to wear form fitting clothes. There are so many dresses which Kate wore that I thought looked unflattering on her because of her small bust. When you fill out a dress, you take it to a another dimension!

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    1. Blake- really another dimension ? Do you fill out a dress well ?

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    3. I meant that whilst Kate would have looked nice in this dress regardless, her larger bust makes her look sexy, which is another dimension of attractiveness! Instead of proper and elegant, she also looks sexy. And I think she should try to look sexy (tastefully, of course) for as long as she can. That green Jenny Packham dress she wore to the Olympics gala would have looked so much better had she been able to fill out the top half.

      Yes, I fill out dresses very well. I'm so proud of my hourglass figure. I don't see what that has to with anything. I'm petite, but I don't have anything against Kate for being tall!

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    4. Actually I think your comments a bit shallow. I know some smaller breasted women who's personalities shine so bright that you dont take note of their breasts. There is a difference in seeing and taking note.

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    5. This has nothing to do with character or personality. I didn't mention that at all in my original post. This is purely about aesthetics. I do not accept for one moment anyone trying to tell me that I'm shallow. Everyone has commented positively on Kate's voluptuous bosom and how she looks better in clothes now than before. Why is it wrong to suggest that she should take advantage of her new figure by wearing clothes that highlight her curves? She should have fun with her fashion during this time. I think feeling sexy is part of the joy of being a woman, especially when you're pregnant.

      Has nothing to do with being shallow, thank you very much.

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    6. Alice from Wonderland21 February 2013 11:44

      In a Country where women are recognized for big breasts and big bottoms, I'm tall, very slim and "small-chested". Some women don't want to be sexy, they just want to be beautiful. And, that doesn't mean a slim woman can't feel or be sexy. I guess your attitude can make you feel/be sexy. I see lots of good things about small breasts, like, I can wear everything, even with cleavage (big ones or small ones) and never look like one of the girls from the Playboy Mansion, if you know what I mean. And, plus, my back don't hurt.
      If you have a hourglass shape and love it, good for you! But, if you think this is the only type of body shape that is pretty, I guess you are wrong. Not everyone one is mesmerized about a hourglass body shape!

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  63. So Kate is quiet, normal, ordinary and composed and she is hated because she does'nt fit Feminist expectations, nor is she sad and alone like Diana forced to fend on her own. Kate is destroyed for wanting to support her husband, wanting to have children and for having a close relationship with her mom. Blogs deride her for not having tons of girlfriends, keeping her own company and loving her family. Dear Feminists, not every woman wants to rule the world!! We want to set our own course at our own time and on our own terms. Let the woman grow, some women are quiet, some are INTROVERTS, some have one good friend, not tons of giggling girlfriends!! we are not riott girls ruling the world and roaring and we have the right to live, learn, change and exist.

    PS I could give two cents if Kate worked a day in her life!!!!

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    1. OMG. Bravo to you! I couldn't agree more.

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      Alison Weir wrote an excellent article in response to Ms Mantel's remarks.

      The Telegraph: "Kate Middleton: the perfect royal consort"

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    2. I thought the article by Alison Weir was spot on.
      And I agree with you anonymous 3:38!
      The Duchess has done an admirable job in the public eye. From what we have seen of her she does credit to her 'job' as royalty. I do not think I would have been so poised and seemingly unconcerned after the photos of her privately sunbathing were published.

      Duchess Kate is just 2 years into the life of royalty and all that comes with it..the good and the bad. I like the slower pace that she is being brought to do a fuller schedule of royal duties. I believe Princess Diana would also be pleased that so much more care is being taken in settling in the Duchess to her public role. And the support Kate is receiving from her and Prince Williams family.

      That being said...i don't see that there is anything wrong with enjoying her as a public figure. That is one reason I like Charlottes site so much. We can have reasonable discourse about Duchess Kate without it falling into a shouting match!

      And I do love the wrap dress she was wearing. So very photogenic for the first official photos of 'the bump'!
      She looked very stylish. Her hair looks good this way. Though she looks great in an half updo also.

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    3. If you want to be a housewife, be a housewife. Nothing wrong with that. Don't however, marry someone whose existance is dependant on public goodwill and where marrying him isn't a simple equation but instead turns you into a public servant too. The late great Queen Mother understood this perfectly as did George V. Ditto the role of a constutitional Monarchy. It's not that long ago that Several monarchies in Europe where toppled by the dissatisfied public. ask the ex-Greeks. i'm pretty sure if they got a 2nd chance to be royal in their country they'd do it differently and be grateful for it. The Spanish learnt their lesson and have been fairly good royals since they were let back in [current issues not withstanding]. If The WK skipped the memo, they better find it fast and read it. The Queen received a harsh lesson when Diana died. The people and the media can turn on a dime. Then where will they be?

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    4. Very well said Anonymous! It seems that in this world of today a woman cannot choose to be a housewife or/and a mother. It is considered to be a kind of "sin" by the feminists. I would simply add that not every housewife is a desperate one.

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    5. Laurie - New York20 February 2013 15:56

      And I will second that bravo!!! Feminism has done it's fair share of good, but somehow over the years it's morphed into the attitude that if you don't want a high-powered career, there must be something wrong with you. Wanting to be a wife and mother who simply wants to be a wife and mother is looked down upon.

      I'm a wife and mom and that's all I ever wanted to be. I worked full time for years and hated every second of it. At 40, I was finally able to start working part-time and devote the rest of my time to my kids and husband. I'm now able to volunteer at my children's schools. I take pride in my home and enjoy spending time trying to make it a place that family and friends can come to and feel comfortable. I enjoy cooking for my husband and doing things for him after he's worked a 70 hour week. I love doing all those "housewife" type things that feminists say I shouldn't love. I have about two really close girlfriends and that's all I need. I'm (as Anonymous 3:38 stated above), "quiet, normal and ordinary".

      I feel that I'm doing exactly what I want to do and I'm exactly where I want to be in my life. This was my choice and although it might not be for everyone, it's the life I love. And if Kate decides that she doesn't want to rule the world and wants to stay normal and ordinary and be "just" a wife and mom too, then she should be allowed to do just that. After all, isn't the whole concept of "feminism" about women having the power to make their own choices, no matter what they are?

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    6. royalfan - thanks for lead to the Telegraph article. I couldn't agree more with the article - it's spot on!

      Also - I also agree with you (about the "PS: I could give two cents if Kate worked a day in her life!!!").

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    7. I am old enough to remember the early days of feminism, and you can thank those women for the choices you have today. You have the choice to work or not work and have a career because of those women. Back then, if you got pregnant you were done. You worked for "pin money" and advertisements showed men having their wives over their knee and smacking them for not using XYZ Soap. And women were given instructions that to keep their man happy they should change clothes at the end of the day, put makeup on and greet him at the door with a big smile and dinner. Becuase he works so hard.

      Back in my first job, at the first Christmas party, my boss said that my turkey (everyone got a Christmas turkey at Christmas) was in the warehouse and I should come get it. Well, idiot that I was, I followed him and ended up having to fight him off. Back then, it was a cost of being a woman and working. Today it would be sexual harassment.

      Sorry for the rant, but I see red when "feminism" is used as a dirty word and the implication made that being a wife and mother is not respected. It was always about choice at a time when women didn't have one.

      I know this is off topic, Charlotte (sort of), but I hope you post it anyway.

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  64. Anonymous 3:38
    I so agree !

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  65. Sarah from Calif.20 February 2013 05:23

    Hi Charlotte, I've finally read and listened to the comments made by H. Mantel. Now I'm reading that some people have taken things out of context.
    It sounded pretty blunt and rude to me, but I dont know the whole story. What do you think?

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    1. Hello Sarah,

      I think it was written with the purpose of attracting attention and improving sales. In that sense, it was successful.

      I didn't care for the lecture at all to be honest, nothing to do with Kate.

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    2. The media have taken her quotes out of context. That's what people are talking about.

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    3. And with all this she is selling more books per amazon.com. To be this selling more books is coming because of what she said about the Duchess. So she got her 10 minutes of fame.

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  66. Thanks Charlotte for the great pictures, keep up the great work.
    Glad to see the Duchess is looking well again and it's great to see her out.
    Loved her choice of dress today, she looked really good in it.
    She is just glowing and looked very happy.
    I am new here and really love your blog.
    Hi to everyone and hope you all have a great day.

    Elaine from Ontario, Canada.

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  67. I couldn't agree more. Surely the very essence of feminism is the right to be who you want to be, whether that is a high powered executive, a best selling author or a stay at home mum. Women should be supporting each other's choices even if we don't agree with them. I can't imagine what it must be like to be Kate, to have your every expression, movement and aspect of your private life scrutinised and picked over and often criticised. Yes she has wealth and privilege and comfort but it doesn't come cheaply in terms of loss of privacy. I don't think I would like it very much. She has adapted to her role very well and whilst I would like to see her doing a few more engagements, I think that on the whole she is a credit to the royal family. One thing is for sure, her loving marriage and strong family background will mean that her children will grow up in a much more loveing and stable environment than William and Harry did.

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  68. Charlotte,

    I've just discovered the Daily Mirror cover from a post on facebook. The tittle is : "Lay off Kate!".
    As a foreigner, I do not fully understand what it means. I made a quick research on google and found expressions like "to be sacked" or "give birth". In Kate's case, I wouId rather select the second one. I would like to know if this is a derogatory term and if the Daily Mirror is such another tabloid as the Daily Mail.

    Thank you so much Charlotte for taking the time for answering this question!

    Hugs!



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    1. Hello!

      The headline was directed at Hilary Mantel's comments not at all derogatory towards Kate :)

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    2. Sarah from Calif.21 February 2013 13:57

      Monica, if someone is really bothering, nagging ....another person I might tell them to lay off, which just means stop doing what they're doing to bother that person
      hope that helps

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  69. I think the best word on Hilary and Kate can be found in the following:
    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/timstanley/100203563/hilary-mantels-take-on-kate-middleton-is-snobby-inaccurate-and-oddly-sexist/

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  70. Anonymous 03:38 well said! She is a 31 year old woman who is educated and in control of her choices (as much as one can assume to know a person in the public eye). Her ability to manage her image in public is something to be lauded, not vilified. In the corporate world I work in I see the same harsh judgements levied against women all the time. Those who work and raise a family judge those who don't work outside the home and vice versa. Those who choose not to have children judge those who do and the list goes on and on. I live in the U.S. and we frequently have this debate over our First Ladies and their role. What we should be celebrating is that, while nothing is perfect, Kate represents an evolution where making a choice to be as bland or bold as she wants is even possible.

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  71. How is it that every time there appear some negative comments about Kate, her fans scream jealousy? How is it, as per Pauline's words that Ms. Mantel "is nothing but jealous"? Ms Mantel is highly acclaimed novelist and she has received 2 prestigious Man Booker Prize awards so far. So how is she jealous? What is more, why should she be jealous?
    Truth be told, her words were totally taken out of contex, especially by Daily Mail, which apparently wanted to create some trouble.
    First of all, the comments weren't made just per se, just to be made. There were part of Ms. Mantel lecture she gave two weeks ago. The topic of the lecture was how royal women were portraited during the Tudor era and how they are perceived today. Ms Mantal made some fabulous comparisons and no, she didn't only talk about Kate, she also mentioned the Queen herself as well as the Prince of Wales and Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn of course.
    And to be honest, she was very spot on. Many newspapers and Kate's fans reduced her to being just a pretty doll with plastic smile. They want her just to look pretty and nothing more. And her personality was simply lost among these requirements. And when some dare to criticise her and express their opinion about her work ethic, they are called every name in the book, haters, detractors and again jealous being the mild ones. It's as if Kate's fans don't understand that by working hard, Kate would make a huge difference which would allow her traits of character and personality to be more visible and prominent.
    The same rule (about criticisim) applies to Vivienne Vestwood. She apparently is fabulous when it comes to dressing others, not herself. And as a fashion designer, she is quite extravagant but it's a rule among some of her counterparts. And she was also right. Kate's make-up is always so heavy it's just painful to watch. And I have no words about her ridiculous eyeliner... It makes her looks at leats 5-7 years older than she really is. And please, do not mention her make-up at her wedding day.... VW's last words about wearing red dress and wearing blue dress in the same pattern three days later were also correct. Kate yesterday could as well wore her engagement blue dress and there wouldn't be a difference.

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    1. Jean from Lancs.20 February 2013 22:31

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      Seemingly you did not see the same speech as I did as it was recorded as one of these rather stupid subjects to name someone and say what book they would give as a present.
      She chose the Duchess of Cambridge and a book on Marie-Antoinette's clothes, but then she seemed to forget what the subject was.
      The two books for which she won prizes are not really about Queens are Princesses,but about Thomas Cromwell and the part he played in their downfall.
      They are novels not historical biography, so much of it is made up or her own slant on the period---rather like her speech.

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    2. Jean, but don't we all view things from our own slant? If we didn't, we'd all think the same.

      What I think is interesting is that the comments were made TWO WEEKS ago, yet only came out just before Kate's first appearance and after some bad publicity. Seems manipulative to me, but then that's just my slant on it. :)

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    3. bluhare, that's no only your slant on it. I think the same :):)

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    4. M, thanks for that.

      Will you hire me as Moneypenny?

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    5. bluhare, you are very welcome :):) Only on condition that you wouldn't make sheep eyes at me like Moneypenny does when OO7 is around :):):)

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  72. Canadian Friend20 February 2013 16:48

    What a mess! How awful that Hilary Mantel’s comments about Kate are being taken out of context.

    Ms. Mantel’s lecture is worth the read. But it’s essential to see why it was written. Anything less is unfair to both these accomplished women.

    Ms. Mantel was trying to place Kate’s role in a larger picture relating to historical precedents and modern views on royal women and press/public reactions.

    Hilary Mantel objectified Kate to make a point about why objectifying royal women has always been disastrous for the women themselves. Her words are being picked over by others and recast intentionally to hurt both author and subject.

    Ms. Mantel points out that the role of courtiers and commentators hasn’t really changed over 500+ years. They still take the royal person and represent her to advance their own motives. Cromwell did it in 1535. David Cameron did it yesterday.

    The Press is playing both sides against the middle and selling papers which is all they care about.

    Just a few observations for what they’re worth.

    None of us will ever really know the heart of another person but we must try. We can’t escape the limitations of our humanity.

    Ms. Mantel is a superb writer who develops such universal themes. Maybe we can’t have a child when we want one. Maybe we can’t control a series of events we put into motion. Maybe we can’t hold on to power, either personal or political. These themes are now battering Ms. Mantel herself, not just her fictional characters.

    Both Ms. Mantel and Kate are enormously talented at their chosen jobs. One is blazingly clever. The other is stunningly beautiful. Neither quality is mutually exclusive nor is it the only positive quality these women have. Both are using their gifts to reach out to others.

    Why are we tolerating the attempts to pit them against each other like the favourite Tudor pastime of bear baiting? Let’s not fall prey to the nasty tricks being used to manipulate opinions and sell copy.

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    1. @Canadian Friend- I have read the whole speech and I still feel she was attacking Catherine. Here in the UK she is not liked very much at this time. And because she trashed Catherine in the media yesterday, her book now has sold more copies on amazon. That to me is like she is benefiting for her comments regarding the much loved Catherine.

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    2. Kathy, this is how two people can read the same thing and come up with two different opinions, because I didn't see it as an attack on Kate at all. She used her as an example to make her point and, unfortunately, it was taken the wrong way.

      And to make things worse, people have to say horrible things about Hilary Mantel rather than debate her point. (Not saying you are, but we've all read the Daily Mail.)

      Canadian Friend: Great post.

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  73. Love your blog... Great job! :))

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  74. Bea in New York20 February 2013 18:18

    Regarding Hillary Mantell's comments: I will first read her interview, yeah, complete interview.
    I hate how the media loves to take a sentence completely out of context and make some inflammatory headline.

    I wonder how many people either loving or hating HM actually know what it is she was talking about?

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  75. I'm sorry Charlotte that you were criticized for publishing some of those remarks. Hilary Mantel used very provocitive and borderline offensive language about Kate and Diana. In general, I'm never in favor of using language like old and ugly but when you give a talk using words like plastic, you are opening yourself up to those kind of remarks made about you in return.

    No public figure be it Hilary, Kate or Cameron are exempt from such remarks, if you don't like it, stay out of public life. Like you, I think publicity is behind Mantel's talk. As in any talk that makes generalizations, there are a lot of problems with it. The Telegraph article states it well.

    Mantel's assumption that a thirty year old woman is some type of pawn and doesn't know what she is doing, was the most offensive to me. Kate dated William for almost a decade before she married. Much of that was in the public eye, surrounded by press attention. While I'm not convinced it was the simplistic love affairs some of us would wish, I think the evidence shows it to be far too complex a relationship to assume he picked Kate simply because she was a nice, discreet girl. Like many couples, their lives ended up entwined together.

    I doubt very much Kate's appearance is dictated by the palace. Unlike celebrities, there is too much variation among royal women to assume that. I woul wager Carole Middleton and Kate herself have much more to do with her "transformation." Yes, she is not free to dress as she might wish, but that is true of any professional. As for Vivienne Westwood, for someone who has spent decades selling clothes, this seems pure hypocrisy. I doubt she would complain if Kate wore one of her gowns.

    Kate is much more cautious than Diana. Whether she is nervous about putting a foot wrong or just naturally a more cautious person is hard to say. But it is a role she herself chose. Is she completely happy with it? I'm not sure. Watching her on video, I think we may be at the point where some of the early novelty has worn off and she isn't completely excited about her engagments. Most of us, male or female, have periods like this. But she is a tough girl, who survived a break-up and I think she'll stay the course and grow into a role she actively chose and wanted.

    As for Hilary Mantel, she has picked and choosed among choices to make her point, as any author does. And I would question whether gender is completely applicable, rather than just speaking about the spouse of a famous or royal person. Look at Prince Phillip and the role he has had to build for himself.

    Any young and beautiful person, male or female will always draw more attention. In the wink of an eye, Kate won't be young anymore and attention will turn to the next generation. If the royal family disappeared tomorrow, someone would take their place for public attention. Seeing the long continuity, with its many variations, of the Kingdom of Great Britain is how we should all view the royal family. As a whole, it is a unique and wonderful thing.

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  76. For anyone who is interested in doing their own research (instead of relying on the DM) on Hilary Mantle and her comments here is the her full speech: http://www.lrb.co.uk/v35/n04/hilary-mantel/royal-bodies

    You can read that it is NOT just about Kate as the media would like to portray but about the monarchy as a whole and how royal women are portrayed. Read it and form your own opinions, just don't take the "opinions" of news sources which are out there to create headlines and gain traffic to their sites!

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    1. Thank you for posting this. Hilary Mantell was supporting CAtherine, not insulting her and those posters (and I'm sorry, this includes Charlotte) who made a judgement without reading the context made a mistake.

      Hilary Mantell is supporting Catherine and asking ALL of us to want to know more than just her clothes and hairstyle.

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    2. Hi CP,

      I read it twice before forming an opinion.

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  77. If you read comments here and elsewhere, we are all making Hilary Mantel's point. Has anyone talked about Action for Addiction? No. It's her dress, her jewellery, her tan, and her new boobs.

    I'm not excluding myself from this either. But I know nothing more about Action for Addiction than I did before I read Kate went there.

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    1. Well said - Hilary Mantell has it right, IMO

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    2. Jean from Lancs.20 February 2013 22:35

      Sorry Bluehare---but I do know more--I had never heard of it until Catherine went last year, but have taken the trouble to find out--with Charlotte pointing the way.

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    3. Thanks to Charlotte, I do know more about AOA and I'm very grateful to be educated on this cause.

      DoC looks very happy and healthy - hope she has a smoother pregnancy from here on. Even "easy" pregnancies are not worry-free.
      Caroline from New York City

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    4. Sarah from Calif.21 February 2013 00:37

      Actually bluhare I did learn more about Action on Addiction. I have a family member with a Heroin problem so I don't take Kate's involvement lightly. I just don't want to drag people down. I guess that is part of the reason fashion is refreshing and, good for Kate:) she shops at stores a lot of us can afford.

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    5. Sarah from Calif.21 February 2013 01:23

      Charlotte, I'm sorry if I caused you any extra grief by asking your opinion on this whole thing.
      It seems like I can only take the media with a grain of salt these days.
      I hope you are doing well with your studies.
      Take care of yourself !
      OX, Sarah

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    6. Not at all Sarah, I'm more than happy to share my opinion :)

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    7. Actually I do know about AOA, I know about all her charities and have looked at each website.

      I know about each royal family members charity interests. I refuse to give up loving fashion. Hell I'm like Kate and I shop every weekend and feel NO SHAME!!

      I like Kate, I'm rooting for her because I remember Diana and how the press drove her crazy. I will always root for Diana's children and for Kate. As for Kate I love her fashion choices, I'm interested in her charties and future charities and instead of rooting for her to fail like some actively do. I root for her to succeed. Is she perfect?? No, but she is'nt shallow like some try to make her out to be.

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    8. I follow Kate the same way I followed Diana, Diana herself was quite a shopper...in fact it was Diana's influence that helped introduce The Body Shop to the American market.

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    9. Jean and Anonymous: You both say you know more about the charity due to Charlotte, not Kate. (Good for you, Charlotte!!)

      Sarah, sorry you are dealing with addiction. I have personal experience with it as well. But I still don't know anything about Action on Addiction other than Kate went there and talked to some women doing art therapy.

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    10. Sarah from Calif.21 February 2013 04:08

      bluhare, The link here on this blog has great info on A O A.
      I had never heard of using reflexology as part of treatment but it all makes sense. It is used on kids in schools who are very hyper but called a different name. Also Art Therapy is used(very calming and good for building self esteem, learning to appreciate your own worth not by valuing someone elses opinion. Etc.....
      , these days with the lack of funds in schools there are sooo many cuts of programs like this. (I'm not going to get started on the ed.system)
      One thing leads to another I think the ladies above have learned more about AOA through Charlotte and Kate. Because of Kate you and I are having this conversation. There is such a stigma about addiction I am not free to talk to a lot of people about it. Because they do not understand. I could go on but I'm tired Time to read .my book.
      Peace :)

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    11. Sarah: This coming Monday will be 31 years since I have had a drink. Yes, I quit as a baby. :)

      Peace to you as well.

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    12. Sarah from Calif.21 February 2013 06:16

      Well done bluhare :)

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  78. Robin Indiana USA
    Thank you Charlotte for this wonderful post!
    The Duchess looks stunning and so healthy. I am happy for both of them.
    Bless baby Cambridge.

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  79. Comments particularly unflattering and hurtful ones about the royals are indeed unfortunate as they are unable to write back and defend themselves.
    Some hurtful and sarcastic comments amount to bullying and should not be tolerated
    I am sympathetic towards Kate and her feelings. Hopefully people will consider how they would like to be treated before issuing unkind statements in the future.

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  81. Just read an article in the DM by Richard Kay about Hilary Mantel's visit to Buckingham Palace. She said she was so overcome to be in the Queen's presence that she had to sit down. She chose to sit down on the carpet behind the sofa. She said, "I enjoyed the party that way." Seriously? I think that behavior is as completely inappropriate as her comments about the Duchess of Cambridge. I do feel bad for Catherine. She is in a difficult position of not being able to defend herself when such rude, hurtful, and tasteless comments are made about her. It is shocking that anyone would defend this woman's comments. A women that would be invited with colleagues from the publishing industry to Buckingham Palace and "plonk herself on the royal carpet".

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  82. Call me a Crazy Canadian but if the photographers are all bundled up, you would think it's rather chilly outside. She may have been outside for 5-10 minutes but I would think she would wear a coat?

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    1. I would think that Kate would've been outside for less than a minute. It's out of the warm car and straight into the warm building - so it's fine to be without a coat for that time.

      The focus is always on the engagement - it is rare for royals to stop and pose for photographers.

      The last time we saw Kate (and William) actually pose for a few minutes was when Kate was released from the hospital.

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    2. OK, you crazy Canadian! I agree with you. Kate didn't wear a coat so she could flaunt The Bump.

      There, I said it. There is absolutely no other reason for her not to wear one on such a cold day. And I was very disappointed as Kate provides the best coat and boot porn ever.

      Sign me,
      Bonkers Brit

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  83. Sarah from Calif.22 February 2013 01:37

    So the poor fish have not received any attention :( does anyone know how different visits are choosen? I know Kate chooses some but after that I'm thinking some things are to encourage local economy, education all of the business of community and country. I'm fortunate to live near the ocean and I love my fresh fish. The crazy thing is a lot of the fish in the grocery stores are from other countries.

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  84. Forbes has a good article about the Mantel's question, I past here a part of the article:


    More serious papers like The Guardian and the Telegraph and respected columnists have defended Mantel and asked the public to keep her comments in context.

    “In fact, the novelist was urging sympathy for royal women,” one wrote. “They are endlessly on public display, like pandas at the zoo, their every action and gesture scrutinized, pawed over and misinterpreted,” wrote another.

    “Ms Mantel’s subject is the way that the public relates to royalty, and to royal women in particular,” commented The Guardian. “Today, as in the past, she argues, royal bodies, especially female ones, are in some sense public property, a claim that only someone who has not opened a newspaper in the past 30 years could dispute. Mantel’s speech is not the excoriation of an innocent woman, but an attack on how some parts of the media canonise royal women (one might add not just royal women), while also rendering them voiceless and purposeless.”

    And here, for your own rumination, is the paragraph Mantel wrote to end her lecture, pleading to be nicer to the royals and understand their plight: “In the current case, much lies within our control. I’m not asking for censorship. I’m not asking for pious humbug and smarmy reverence. I’m asking us to back off and not be brutes.”

    Paola Magi

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  85. I really think Kate is lovely, and hope that she feels so supported by those around her that hearing negative things about herself, she can laugh it off.

    That said, she really needs to do something different with her hair. Having it hang around her face all the time makes her look older than she is.

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  86. Jean from Lancs.22 February 2013 16:02

    I see from the Court Circular that yesterday 21 Feb, the Duchess held a meeting on behalf of the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry om palliative care for children and young people.
    It seems that Catherine does more than is generally known---the Chief Executive of the Action on Addiction said on Tues that she had visited there when considering patronage, but that was not reported in the media

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    1. Sarah from sunny today Calif.23 February 2013 00:55

      Hi Jean, thank you for a behind the scene (glance) I'm usually fairly patient but, with the last bit of drama I see I need a bit more of it.
      Have a great weekend!

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