Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Upcoming Engagement Announced, William and Kate Holiday in Mustique + Reiss SS13

We begin today's post with news of an upcoming engagement. On February 19th the Duchess of Cambridge will visit Action on Addiction's Hope House in South London, an addiction centre which helps women recovering from drug and substance abuse.

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More about Hope House from the official website:

'Hope House is a safe, secure and comfortable place for women to recover from substance dependence and receive additional support for other compulsive disorders. It is special in the sense that it is just for women. Many 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 Duchess will be roughly nineteen weeks pregnant when she undertakes this engagement and plans to tour the 23 bed residential treatment centre and meet clients and staff. Hope House is a beautiful Georgian house with lovely gardens offering a safe haven from the city.

Hope House/Addiction Helper

When Kate announced her patronages in January of last year, I particularly admired her decision to support Action on Addiction. Addiction is an ever growing problem in our society, affecting people of all ages and backgrounds yet it isn't highlighted enough nor is the fact that so many wonderful organisations such as Action on Addiction are out there, providing a series of programmes helping people to recover and get their lives back on track. It is a charity I feel Kate can make a real difference with in terms of awareness.

Timings for the visit have not been released but keep an eye on 'Kate's Upcoming Dates' on the sidebar for any further news or engagement announcements.

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The other big story of today is news that William and Kate are enjoying a private holiday in Mustique with the Middleton family who are reportedly staying nearby. St James's Palace have refused to comment but there have been confirmed sightings of the family so I would safely assume it's true. It is the sixth year in a row the couple have joined the Middletons on the private Caribbean Island which is also timed to conicide with Carole's 58th birthday.

Royal correspondent Robert Jobson shared more in a series of tweets this morning:


Robert Jobson Twitter

The Island was a favourite of Prince William's aunt Princess Margaret and has an estimated eighty private villas. The annual family holiday is a tradition for the Middletons who reportedly stayed at Aurora House last year, owned by royal wedding guest, hedge fund manager Mark Cecil. It is not known where the family are staying this year but from the Aurora House website, one gets a glimpse at the stunning villas available on the Island.

Aurora House

A look at Laguna Beach and the stunning views in Mustique.

Aurora House

Last night a source told The Sun:

'Both William and Kate were hoping her condition would not stop her from making the eight-hour flight to Barbados and the connection to Mustique. A month ago such a journey would have been unthinkable for her, so this is clear sign she has made a virtual recovery.'

It is one of the last (if not the last) holidays the couple will enjoy before becoming parents and I do hope they have a wonderful time. Mustique is beautiful! We expect the Duchess will carry out a number of engagements upon her return.

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Next, we take a look at the REISS Spring/Summer 2013 Collection (I so enjoy looking at Spring/Summer clothing when the weather is dismal) beginning with the brand's campaign 'London Lives' which homes in on Londoners, and explores their lives and styles within the capital. The women's campaign stars Marie Dessuant, a Parisian designer living in the capital and working for contemporary furniture company, Another Country.

Below we see Marie modelling the Penny Tuck Front Blouse, the Joanna Black Trousers and the Paula Printed Satin Platform Wedge.

REISS

The campaign was shot in the picturesque South London Gallery. Marie looks elegant in the Ambrose dress, a piece which would look stunning on Kate.

REISS

I quite like the concept of the campaign as it's something different from the norm. Reiss is a quintessential British brand and it's interesting to see how Londoners wear the brand. The Reiss blog is here and features some great behind the scenes posts from the campaign.

When looking through the brand's collection I noticed quite a lot of Kate pieces, though I'm not sure how they would work for her during her pregnancy, but during the earlier stages she may have pieces altered such as the Jemima, PepperBeya and Semra.

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An array of pretty summer prints are featured in the OrlaithRachel and Helen. I think the Hawn is a style Kate would wear.

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As we mentioned earlier in the post, Kate will have a number of engagements shortly and the JanelleDanicaLika and Violet would all be fitting choices for day or evening events.

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Finally, we look at separates which work well together beginning with the Mimi Frill Top and Blaire Skirt. The Yen Jacket is a staple piece and looks chic with a pair of Harperie Trousers. We know Duchess Kate is a fan of tartan and the Tara-Sun Pencil Skirt and Solita-Sun Jacket would be great additions to her wardrobe, particularly for engagements. For a more fun look the Josh Shirt and Siusi Printed Skirt are both fun and colourful.

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188 comments:

  1. Jean from Lancs.5 February 2013 19:19

    Charlotte,
    What is an infinity pool please?
    Love the pin tuck blouse and the black dress, but hate all those ankle strap shoes and the boots for summer wear.
    Like the trousers with the little jacket--but she hasn't worn trousers on official engagements.
    Thanks for keeping us informed.

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    1. Hello Jean,

      It's a swimming pool that produces a visual effect of water extending the the horizon :)

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    2. Jean from Lancs.5 February 2013 19:31

      Thanks Charlotte.

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    3. Sarah from Calif.6 February 2013 03:35

      Jean -google infinity pool then. (images) they are beautiful. Hope William and Kate have a wonderful time!

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    4. Jean from Lancs.6 February 2013 16:17

      Thanks Sarah. They look beautiful.

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  2. https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&sugexp=les%3Bernk_rqr&gs_rn=2&gs_ri=hp&tok=86u1zl434I4bbVhwwc-9IA&cp=11&gs_id=16&xhr=t&q=infinity+pool&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.&bvm=bv.41867550,d.eWU&biw=1024&bih=472&wrapid=tljp1360093083082020&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=pF8RUZ-8NpL08ASoyIGgBw

    How I envy them their island get aways!

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  3. Great post Charlotte! I love how you include new fashions from labels Kate wears and provide all the links, it's a wonderful way to learn more about fashion and dressing well. Thanks for all the research and putting it all together like this, it's a pleasure to read!

    On another note, it makes me very happy to hear Kate and Will are away on holiday with the Middleton family. What a special time for them to enjoy being together with Kate feeling better in her pregnancy :) I know some will say negative things about them going on holiday, but I really feel that Kate and Will are going to do a huge amount of good in their lifetimes, so if they want to get away from reality for a bit GOOD FOR THEM :)

    Kate, Canada

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    1. Thank you all for your lovely comments. I'm glad you enjoy a look at the latest collections by Kate's favourite brands. I always enjoy looking through them and adding them to a post when there isn't an appearance.

      A lovely lady left an anonymous comment she didn't wish to be published, but in case she's reading I want to say a huge thank you for your kind words x

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  4. Pauline California5 February 2013 20:16

    I hope they enjoy their time together and that the media leave them alone. Yes the island is supposed to be private but they have pictures taken of them before.

    And I can't wait until the 19th when we get to see the beautiful duchess out and about with her charity. Maybe we will get to see her baby bump.

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    1. I don't understand why the Duchess didn't join William in Wales. Before it was said that she had to be in London to be close to the hospital, but know she is in Mustique, so I don't understand why she didn't go to Wales to stay with William. What do you think Pauline?

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    2. Pauline California5 February 2013 22:54

      Hi Stella- I think we really not know if the Duchess has or has not been to Wales with William. Since she has been feeling better and there has been no sightings of William in London, I would think she has been to their home in Wales.

      I don't beleive that William would spend all his time working because pilots are regulared in the about of flying they can do without rest. I think I read where William is on like 3 24 hour shifts then off 4 days. That sounds about right but I am not in the RAF.

      But we will never know where the Ducehss & William have been. Ya we have seen pictures of the Ducchess out shopping but that has only been a few days in a few months.

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  5. ROBIN INDIANA USA
    Hi Charlotte
    Thank you for the great pictures of William and Catherine's holiday. So lovely there, I can only dream about. I am sure one day they will take their children there to explore and to have a wonderful family holiday. Happy Birthday to the Duchess Moms she is very pretty at age 58. As far as the outfits I am not thrilled with them and the shoes are ugly that is just my thoughts. I usually don't say much but I thought I would give my view. Everyone keep safe and warm the snow just keeps falling!

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    1. Dear Robin: I wish the snow would fall here!! Please send us some!! A homesick New Englander in a "distant land", faithfully supporting my husband and his career. Just send it. It will know where to come!! ;-)

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  6. This is how it should have gone.
    William: "Mom and Dad Middleton, you know how much we love holidaying with you, especially on Mom's birthday, but as you know, Catherine's been ill and she's missed a lot of work. This is a job she's got, that's why she gets the bodyguard and cars and clothes budget and all that. She already has a reputation for being a bit of a slacker, unfair, but life isn't fair, even to princesses. You can tell your employer you're doing work behind the scenes but unless they see some pretty nice results, they aren't likely to buy into that. All those pregnant working women, slogging to work in the cold five days a week or more, in boots and coats, (some of them not feeling too good either) aren't going to be much in sympathy with Catherine taking off for a fancy seaside holiday, before she's put in even a day of work to catch up. And once the baby's here, she's going to want to take maternity leave, so she really needs to get hours in, now she's back to all right. She's been spotted out shopping too and at the circus so people are getting a bit impatient. Times are tough, and the other soldiers in my unit tell me, their wives have to work even when pregnant. So I think maybe we'll pass on Mustique this time, sure once Catherine makes up her work, people won't mind if we snatch a fews days on the continent. It's just really a bad time now. You're grafters yourself, sure you'll understand."
    If William had an ounce of sense, and good advisors in touch with people. that's what should have happened.

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    1. You are right! William has poor advisors and unfortunately no sense at all:(. I am so disappointed with them(Duke and Duchess Kate).

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    2. Marion from Germany5 February 2013 21:33

      Dear Anonymous,

      I totally agree with you. As much as I wish William and Kate all the best and even if this private holiday may be paid for by Michael and Carole Middleton, I do have the feeling that they lack some common sense. Is this holiday needed, is it worth that increased bad image they have to face when returning? If they had asked me, I would have advised them to cancel that holiday for all the reasons you have presented so convincingly. Honestly I do not understand them.

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    3. Anonymous and Marion: on the one hand this holiday is not really appropriate from the point of view of their public image but, on the other hand, they are not doing anything bad and they actions should not be conditioned by the public opinion. They are free and they deserve freedom.

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    4. I agree as well. I wonder if she had the norovirus and not HG.

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    5. I'm speechless - not because of the vacation itself, but by how tone-deaf W&C seem right now. Don't they understand how it will look when they claim that Catherine is too frail and ill to do a SINGLE public appearance on behalf of her charities for more than two months, but somehow they both have the time and energy to fly across the world for a lavish beach vacation? I suppose the Duchess will always have ardent fans who insist that she deserves all the vacations she takes, and all the shopping she does, and that she *surely* must be putting in effort behind the scenes for her charities. However, the couple's behavior is most definitely putting off more casual fans. They need a new set of advisers. Their role depends on having the public support them, and at the rate they're going, they're going to have a reputation as the most work-shy royals in modern history by the time William becomes king.

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    6. Jean from Lancs.5 February 2013 22:20

      Strange isn't it how the airports are always stuffed with people taking holidays, but as soon as the Duke and Duchess take one, everyone is up in arms.
      Their last holiday was a year ago skiing, with just 2 or 3 days in France later.
      I cannot think of any reason why they should ask your permission or anyone but William's Commanding Officer and HM--who has been on holiday since the week before Christmas.

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    7. It is no coincidence that the date of the future engagement was released at the same time as the news of the trip came out.

      There will be the inevitable backlash, but guess how the SJP PR is going to handle it? By leaking some pictures of the royal baby bump, probably in a bikini somewhere. Just wait and see.

      Shame on them for being this entitled.

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    8. Look at this past year: Will's tour of duty in the Falkland Islands, the Queen's Jubilee, the Olympics, the Jubilee Tour, the topless photo scandal, Kate's dramatic early pregnancy (HG, prank call)... plus plenty of engagements in-between and who knows how many behind-the-scenes work on top of that (We really have no way of knowing how many hours she has worked)... With all that, I'm completely confident in disagreeing respectfully with you. I think they've worked their tails off this year and deserve some R&R before they have a newborn. If they can afford it, why not? If the public wants to pretend they've had it easy and don't deserve a holiday, I think that's their problem, not Will and Kate's.

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    9. OMG. They went on a vacation with her family as they have done for years now. William and Kate's lives are not on a typical 9-5 schedule and cannot, realistically speaking, be compared to one. And yes, she is out shopping. Stop the presses. Goodness knows she could afford to have designers lined up at her front door, but she prefers to live as normal a life as she possibly can under very atypical circumstances. Kudos to her for that!

      I too wish I could go on such a holiday. The only difference is that I sigh and dream about it - I don't resent them for it.

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    10. Gee, I go shopping at least 2 times a week because thats what normal people do, so why do people have a problem with a young woman do the same thing we are all entitiled to do? Can't she shop for clothes, baby shop or maybe she had a gift to buy for a friend or family member - get over yourselves.
      Secondly, I had five weeks off last year and went on 3 holidays - thats what people do. I don't care what their titles are, William is a rich man in his own right, if they want to have a holiday with family thats their business.

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    11. If Kate works behind the scenes, I think that's great and I applaud her for it. However, isn't her job to bring public awareness to her charities? I just read somewhere (I wish I could remember where because I'd post the link) that one of her charities had to cancel a fund raiser for lack of ticket sales. That might have been a good opportunity for the Duchess to at least speak up about it. If she was too ill to go out there and get the word out she could have had her office make a statement.

      I really want to be a huge fan of Kate, I do. She's making it difficult though.

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    12. I'd respectfully suggest that part of the reason people get upset with the royals who don't seem to work at any particular job taking expensive vacations is because many of their luxuries, i.e. the refurb of Will and Kate's "apartments" at KP, are being footed by UK taxpayers. This can be a sore subject especially at a time when many families not just in the UK but around the world are struggling to pay bills and put food on the table. Nobody has any argument w/people who work hard and earn their living shopping or owning nice things or taking vacations. It's just that folks tend to get their backs up when royals who seem to do little or nothing benefit from the taxpayer dime and then go jaunting off on pricey vacations, which also are subsidized (taxpayer-funded security details) by taxpayers. And Anonymous, you are entirely correct, William has the right to spend his money however he wants. If he wants to go on pricey vacations, then he also ought to foot the bill for security, etc. as well as the bill for remodeling his future home(s).

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    13. To Anonymous re: the "how it should have gone letter." OMG, I laughed so hard but you are entirely correct! If they get the sense to hire new advisors, I certainly hope you and a couple others who agreed with you are first in line, they certainly could use your common sense!!
      I am sorry but I was never much a fan of William, Harry is far more his mother's son than William and as someone already mentioned here, Kate is making it tougher and tougher for me to be a fan of hers. I mean, come ON, really? I understand parents-to-be need a break but as Anonymous noted, she's supposedly been too ill and weak to attend to her charities or attend Christmas with the royals - yet she's perfectly healthy enough to take an eight or nine-hour flight to an island with no elite medical care? Hmmm...

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    14. @bluhare, the Duchess is not in charge of fundraising and was not scheduled to attend that event. If her name was attached to the event YES it would be her responsibility, but it was'nt.

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    15. @bluhare: The charity you mentioned that dropped an event was for EACH. It was a clothes swap & ladies night in Suffolk, not London. Small event, and one of the many they hold each week across the country. To be fair, to say Kate's lack of involvement caused its cancellation would be very misleading.

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    16. I'm a big Will and Kate fan, but the term 'tone deaf' does seem well placed. It makes sense to take a vacation before she is due, but it seems like it would have been better suited for after a public appearance. The fact that we have not seen Kate in an official capacity in nearly two months makes this a little harder to swallow.

      Also, I'm not British so this is a stretch, but I would argue that when you say William is able to take these trips in his own right and that they can afford these- it would makes sense to remember the actual cost. Security and housing to taxpayers and I'm not even going to touch on the fact that much of the BRF's wealth is a product of land that has been hoarded from citizens for centuries...

      I like William and Kate and I think they are capable of modernizing the monarchy, but I wish they were more sensitive to their country men's economic situations. The queen's vacation keeps her in the country. Will and Kate would do well to heed her example.

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    17. I would have no problem if Kate shopped twice a week like 'normal people do' if she also worked 5 days a week too, like normal people do.

      But they go to Mustique every year! Aren't they tired of doing the same thing in the same place every year? I can't imagine traveling to the same place more than twice. They don't really have a sense of adventure, do they?

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    18. While I understand that this doesn't necessarily look good after over two months of no public engagements, when I really think about it, I can't find a real problem.

      For one thing, they were both very busy this past year, and very much in the public eye. For another, they are not full-time working royals. For a third - William actually has a job, and one that isn't glamorous and frequently requires him to be away from his wife for long stretches of time. For a fourth - whatever money they spend is not taxpayer money. William is independently wealthy with the money he inherited from Diana's estate, and Kate's family is also very wealthy. Fifth, she certainly was ill enough to spend several days in the hospital, and that coupled with the unfortunate early publicity of the pregnancy and the horrible prank phone call incident certainly must have been stressful. HG usually starts to improve in the second trimester of pregnancy, and now that she's finally feeling better, she's starting engagements again. Finally, as Charlotte pointed out in her post, their lives are going to change significantly with the addition of a baby this summer.

      None of this adds up, to me at least, to equal anything worth criticizing. It's not a question of her "deserving" lavish vacations or shopping trips; but it's also not as if the public should get to say, "Well, you did X number of engagements this month, so I guess it's okay if you buy some clothes or spend a weekend on holiday." I don't really know what people want her to do.

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    19. I, too, think William and Kate have shown a startling lack of judgement. I love them both, I really do, and I agree to an extent that they should have every right to take a holiday whenever they choose. But the simple fact is that they will be measured by what the public see them doing - unfair maybe but that's the way it is. Whilst most people were sympathetic of Kate's HG, that sympathy won't go far when on one hand they are told she is back at work behind the scenes and William has to keep up his flying hours, and then it emerges that they have jetted off to Mustique. Given the already fairly high level of criticism about Kate's schedule, it would perhaps have been prudent for her to get a few engagements under her belt this year before going on holiday. She still has several months before flying would not be a good idea. Annie, UK

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    20. To Jean from Lancs.:
      When airports stuffed with people those people are mostly those who work hard and can afford to play hard. When Duke and Duchess are taking a holiday people are not happy as it hasn't been earned by any hard work, and no, they shouldn't ask our or anyone's permission, they can do whatever they want. Just keep in mind that you, your mother, your father, your brother, your sister, your whole family is paying for Their holiday. (Surely RAF pilot salary can't afford £19,000 per week villa).

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    21. Misery loves company

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    22. Jean from Lancs.6 February 2013 15:31

      Emily,
      Before you issue statements like the one above please be sure of your facts.
      My father gave his life for his country over 60 years ago and my mother has been dead over 30 years.
      I pay taxes which cover the security of a great many people--possibly including you, if you live in the UK. The most important duty of a government is the security of its citizens and some people need it more than others. I am happy to pay those taxes. We do not pay for the Royal Family's holidays.

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    23. Dash and Anonymous: I did not say that it was Kate's responsibility. I said that one of her charities had to cancel a fundraiser and had she spoken about it through her office, that might have helped. Maybe it wouldn't have. But it wouldn't have hurt either.

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    24. I am not a UK citizen, but see both sides to the story here. W&K are definitely entitled to take a holiday, but I think from a PR standpoint, it would have been better if she had made an appearance at one of her charities beforehand. She has not been seen doing anything for any of her patronages in a long time and it would have worked to their advantage to have had her out at least once prior to holiday. After all, the Brits pay for the royals and if people's perception of W&K is one where everything is "private" and not that many public opportunities to see them, there will be a backlash against them for sure.

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    25. To Jean from Lancs.:
      I'm sorry to hear about your parents. Let me rephrase: you and all other members of your family are paying for royal holidays. The security is only one part of a huge list of royal expences that are funded by taxpayers. The estimated cost of the monarchy to taxpayers is £200m, around five times more than what the Place is saying. 200m is equal to the cost of 9,560 nurses, 8,200 police officers. Royal family is the most expensive in Europe, and twice more expensive than the cost of the Dutch monarchy. Taxpayers are kept in the dark about the exact cost of the monarchy, due to the royal household's exemption from the Freedom of Information Act and widespread misunderstanding about the nature of the royal family's finances. (saurce:http://www.republic.org.uk/What%20we%20want/In%20depth/Royal%20finances/index.php)

      I'm not here to convince you that the money you earn is going to pay for Kate's dresses and vacations. It is your right to have you own view. But if you imagine only for few seconds that third or forth part of your salary went to pay for this Mustique vacation would you be still happy "to pay those taxes"? I guess you will. That is a machine of monarchy. They show people the beautiful image, the excitement that people feel when they see roayls, the happiness of talking to them. To watch royal family is fascinating. That's what keeps royal family going. As long as monarchy has fans the royal family is secure. As soon as people stop admire them there will be a rebellion, the only thing that the monarchy is most scared of.

      I'm not an antimonarchist. I like the idea of having a Royal family with a great history. It is an asset of a country, part of the image. I'm just not happy about vast spendings and lack of work.
      They want to have a lavish vacation? No problem as long as they earn it as anybody. We are not in 15th century. Why any person should spend time earning money away from their family or children in order to pay part of those earnings so that darling royal couple can go and relax in most expensive location and most expensive hotel.

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    26. Jean from Lancs.7 February 2013 09:45

      Emily,
      I see you take your information from the Republican movement site. They represent only a small minority of this country,
      They are hardly the most unbiassed source of information, but if you are British and live in the UK you are fully entitled to support a republic, though I would question anyone's right to talk of rebellion.
      I suspect from your blogs that English is not your first language, though you do not state your country of origin.

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    27. Bea (in NY now)7 February 2013 18:44

      Ugh! I agree it doesn't seem very wise to book a vacation and as someone h as already mentioned they strategically (palace PR) announced an appearance when news broke that they are on holiday.
      All this troubles me: I get the feeling both Will and Kate are very STUBBORN and quite frankly couldn't care less about public opinion. They are both young, educated and SMART enough to know better yet they don't seem to care. When I think about Kate with her "work shy" schedule, Williams opposition to the media "intruding" into his life, Kate's bad hair days (her hair down when it seems quite foolishly to wear it that way due to venues being held OUTSIDE ON WINDY DAYS) her short hemlines with nothing done to them so we can almost see her panties, etc. I think they just do what they like to do and have no regard for public opinion bc the DON'T CARE and THEY ARE STUBBORN.

      I am not British, I do not live in the UK, my taxes do not contribute to a Royal Household etc... at some point I thought simply that the palace was scheduling her so she would not be *so liked* by the public and that she wasn't a rich spoilt brat but I really don't know.

      Jeez, can they really not see that they get to REAP all the BENEFITS of royalty (and the royal treatment) while being SO ADAMANT about any royal duties???? No, I do not consider them so dumb.

      So anyway, I love fashion I follow fashion in blogs, magazines, etc. So I like to see Kate and her outfits. Am I a fan? I would not say so. She is pretty, but has really nothing for me to emulate. I've read that she hates being a clothes-horse (or whatever the expression is, forgive me, I honestly can't remember) yet that is the only thing I can see her for bc she has no prior accomplishments to her wedding. I like other royals, i.e. Mary of Denmark and Princess Maxima: both smart, highly educated, accomplished woman who don't feel uncomfortable in the position as "pretty princess" because there is so much more to them... and they become royals to be further ENGAGED in all sorts of charities and activities and THRIVE. I look up to them.

      Kate is pretty. She might be a GREAT wife to William and awesome cook, homemaker, etc. but I don't know and for that type of model, I have my mother.
      Kate is just a pretty face in cool clothes... like any other model on the runway.
      So she has the $ and the hubby to pamper her and love her... and that is it. I am expecting no more of her and I am not disappointed anymore.

      Just a pretty face in cool clothes :)

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    28. To Jean from Lancs.:
      Republican site is one of few other sources where you can get more or less true information about what's going on inside the Monarchy. I do not believe the information issued by Palace or Government. Prime-minister and vast majority of government are controlled by Queen. Any leak of information from the memeber of government and his career will be destroyed. Not to mention that anyone who threatens the well-being of Royal family will get what the prunk call victim got. I hope you don't believe that she took her own life.
      It is a long discussion and very shocking, not to discuss here. Even if we all understand the reality, we can't do anything about it. The power of Monarchy is enourmous, nothing and noone can change it. Leave it to God's hands. We have to continue to discuss dresses instead.

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  7. So happy to finally see something in the Upcoming Dates sidebar! I too am so glad she's putting a spotlight on addiction. It's a terrible and misunderstood disease. It is too often ignored or downplayed, as if it's something to be ashamed about and hide. Hopefully Kate's involvement will bring society closer to not judging those with problems, and instead supporting and celebrating addicts who fight for a sober, healthy life!

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  8. Love the dresses. Models not so much. They look tired, grumpy and a bit bull-legged...

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  9. Like Charlotte said, this is most likely last vacation until they have the baby.... and it's pretty common for wealthy people to go on vacation right before having a baby... i think they even call it a baby-moon (celebrities do it too)

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  10. I am studying medicine, I have to learn a lot. In my holidays I have of course some time off but I also have to work so I can afford my studies. When I am done with my studies I will have to work even harder to get my training as a doctor.
    I love beautiful clothes and other things, but all I can afford is H&M and stuff from the flea market.
    Sometimes I wonder why I do this all? Wouldn`t it be easier just to marry a rich guy like Kate so I could just do some charitie once a while, do shopping and go on holiday in beautiful places? Am I the stupid one and she has it all figured out? RIght now I just know I am jealous....

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    1. Yes you are jealous but, at least you honest about it :)

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    2. You have to be proud of what you're doing and achieving with sacrifices! Don't be jealous, I am sure your profession will give you a lot of satisfactions!

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    3. To Anonymous 23:22!
      I'm a doctor, I have just graduated. I don't know how things work where you live, but I guess you are a very lucky person. You will be able to earn an amount of money most people can't even imagine. And try to think this way: you are studying hard so that one day you will be able to take as many vacations as you want.
      I'm from a middle class family, and have never ever travelled by a plane before. My parents decided to invest in my education first. So now, I can say I'm going to travel to a foreign country for the first time, and with my own money. And I have been working less than 10 hours a week. So you should feel lucky, not jealous! Because someday, perhaps, you be able to do almost everything they can.
      Alice from Wonderland.

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  11. The idea that William is a liar and a cheat, or that the Middleton's threw their daughter under the bus to better themselves is nonsense, IMHO. I have yet to see a British royal couple who is more in love than these two. And William has gone above and beyond to learn from the past and NOT repeat it.

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  12. Thanks for another great post, chsrlotte

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  13. Ana B. from Brazil6 February 2013 00:26


    Thank you for this great post, Charlotte!
    I'm so glad the wait is almost over! Counting down the days!
    People are going mad about their trip to Mustique, wow! Well, if I had the oportunity and the money, I would do exactly the same. Besides, once the baby is born, who knows when Catherine and William will be able to do that again...
    Just because lately their work hasn't been public, doesn't mean they haven't been working at all. And even if they haven't, really, they are rich, he didn't chose to be born a royal and she married him because of love. I guess many people are throwing rocks at them, but they would do just the same if they were in their shoes.
    That is my opinion.
    I wish I could go to Mustique someday! Must be like heaven on Earth!
    Wishes of a great week, just as good as a holiday in Mustique :)

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  14. It confuses me why haters of Kate would read a blog devoted to her life. Perhaps you need a new pastime. Who are you to judge any other human being?

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  15. It confuses me why haters of Kate would read a blog devoted to her life. Perhaps you need a new pastime. Who are you to judge any other human being?

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  16. I don't know anyone royal but I do know plenty of well-to-do people in my slice of the world who regularly vacation up to 4 times a year, own shares in private planes and own vacation homes in multiple locations. Why should it surprise anyone that this couple would also vacation? I know I want to go on a baby-moon before I have my first child. This will be their last moment privately together before their whole world changes.

    I also personally go shopping 2-3 times a week and I have no where near the resources Catherine does. It is a good excuse to get out of the house and it can take 4-5 stores to find what I am looking for. So the shopping isn't all that odd to me either.

    I am guessing she really does just feel better. And personally even if I was sick I wouldn't miss my mum's birthday for anything- especially if it was on a private Caribbean island.

    I am American and that could be the difference, but nothing they are doing seems that odd to me... William is a millionaire in his own right with the inheritance from his mother. There is no free-loading going on here. What allowance other than security are they given? Security only warranted by the fact that they are the future monarchs so why wouldn't the country pay for that? If they were anyone else there would be no noise here. Why does everyone seem so ut out- I really would like to understand.

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    1. They receive income from the Civil List and they receive income from Crown properties, such as the Duchy of Cornwall and the Duchy of Lancaster. In addition, the UK government (taxpayers) are paying to refurbish and remodel Will and Kate's new home at Kensington Palace and the state also pays for maintenance of palaces, travel expenses, and security for the members of the royal family. Gibson, I think, as you might have noticed in the US when the Obamas take private vacations and the taxpayer foots the bill for security, the issue is about an extremely wealthy family taking a private vacation that is subsidized by the taxpaying public. Also, I'd guess that many people, including the folks you mention in your first paragraph, would love to have their homes remodeled however they wish - and for taxpayers to pay for that work!!!

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    2. Jean from Lancs.7 February 2013 14:54

      Re refurbishment at Kensington Palace--the state is paying for the removal of asbestos and external refurbishment as the state owns the building. The internal refurbishment is being paid for by the Royal family.
      They do not receive money from the civil list, it no longer exists. The Queen now gets a percentage of the income from the Crown Lands and pays other members of the family from that.
      The Duchy Of Cornwall was transferred by Edward III to provide for his eldest son---The Black Prince and has been used by the eldest son of monarchs since. This is something which will have to be sorted if they do change the law of inheritance to the eldest child as presently a daughter cannot benefit from this.
      Prince William pays tax like everyone else--no special arrangement and paid a very large sum of capital gains tax when he inherited from his mother last year. I suspect that has paid for their security for several years to come.

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  17. I don't understand why taking a small vacation is such a big deal. I understand that William and Catherina have to keep up their public image and that it is a huge part of their work but I really don't think its fair the amount of scrutiny they have gotten, especially Catherine. What most people don't seem to realize is that William has a full time job and sometimes, as stated before, people don't have regular 9-5 jobs. While it might seem much longer, it has been about 2 months since the last engagements and Catherine has been sick. She deserves a break and as stated she has been working behind the scenes. They have done a lot for the country, and like most people, are just trying to live a happy life. I applaud them for being so down to earth in the very atypical circumstances they find themselves under, especially Catherine. I hope people will be able to just let them be happy and raise a healthy baby.

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  18. Pauline California6 February 2013 02:24

    I have been reading all the comments here. I feel it really is none of our busines how much work the duchess does or does not do. Or how many vacations William takes her on. The only one that should have a say so is the Queen. And if it is ok with the Queen then it should be ok with us fans.

    I know we all want to see her do much more with her charities becasue what she can bring to them. But it is not up to us to say how much time she spends on each one. And according to SJP the Duchess will be having more engagements in the future and she plans on work through her pregnancy.

    I just hope my comment does not upset you fans here but since they got married there has been people here that have put the duchess down and have said some very nasty things about her. We really have to remember first that she is not a full time working royal (she did about 120 engagements in 2012), she does not really decided what she is going to do it is her people that guide her, and most of the engagements for the whole royal family are planned months in advance.

    So as I have told one reader of another blog that if she does not like the Duchess has been doing then write to SJP and the Queen and voice your disagreement with them and not put the Duchess down anymore.

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  19. Laughing up my sleeve at all the comments from "Anonymous" about the holiday on Mustique. After all, regular posters realize that the negative comments from "Anonymous" could all be from the SAME person - so they are all meaningless.

    Hope William and Kate and the Middletons have a wonderful holiday on Mustique!

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  20. The holiday (which by the way, like the one in France, was not intended to be made public) could have been better timed, sure. The grumbles would be silenced if perhaps Kate made a public appearance or two before jetting off, but not all their lives are tailored for the sole purpose of PR. This time, likely, they went to celebrate Carole's birthday. William is headstrong. Sometimes that's difficult, but all in all, I say thank God for that. Because it is only with this that he can push boundaries, fight for privacy and ensure his in-laws remain in the centre of their lives.

    For the newer royal watchers, here's something to know: The Middletons take at least 2 holidays a year as a family- one in the summer & one in winter. William had often joined them as Kate's boyfriend for years. It has become a family tradition of sorts. And that's very typical for the nobles and people of the upper class. It would be silly to argue that they holiday too much because the truth is they do not! For instance, I can, off the top of my head, name 6 places where Harry holidayed in 2012. And I've lost count with the York girls. Do I think that's a crime? Certainly not. They have the means & are not hurting anyone. Good for them.

    Second. Kate's engagements for the near future are already mapped out. We just don't know about them because the specifics have not yet been released. They typically become public only 2 weeks before the engagement for security and press control purposes. The press has a rough idea on Kate's future diary - I'm hearing 5 or so are known in next few months; all under controlled circumstances (1-2 rota photographers). Her first few engagements are all toward her existing patronages. New patronages will come later. My point is: just because we don't know about them does not mean they don't exist! I suspect the reason why the press isn't crying foul over this leaked holiday is because they KNOW engagements are coming. The rest of us just need to be patient.

    Third. People talk as if it's simple to just pop up for charity events. An engagement takes weeks, if not months, to plan. Logistics. Security. All very standard. And all this behind-the-scenes preparation is work, too! I suspect they only started moving Kate's diary very recently -- all after her 12-week scan and after the time she spent in Anglesey.

    In a nutshell: Was it wise for William & Kate to go to Mustique? Perhaps not if they aimed for perfect PR. But thankfully they don't, and have given priority to other things such as family and personal choices. Sadly, we (and the press) are NOT invited ;)

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    1. Agreed with you Dash, we don't know if the news of the holiday was made public with any intentions in mind, but it is very clear that they will do things their way,, dosen't matter who says what and who thinks what.This will keep happening in the future and no doubt there will be a lot of vitriol over their decisions, but my guess is this the look of things to come.

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  21. Sarah from Calif.6 February 2013 02:59

    I hope William and Kate have a lovely, relaxing time together.
    To all the folks who are tweeked about them going on a vacation with Kate's family (get over it !!!) seems like this is going to happen every year (OMG) the end of the world the Middleton's have a family vacation.
    It is great to see such a caring family also that William is a part of that. An Infinity pool sounds divine (although I'm very content looking out at the Pacific Ocean)
    Ahh yes and a separate place. ;) for the young couple ;) Enjoy!



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  22. Kate, Texas, USA6 February 2013 03:31

    I shutter to think what some might have commented on this post. I did not read the 27 comments posted thus far, but can only assume that many will not be happy with Wills and Kate taking a holiday. I for one think it's great. Good for them! 2012 was an extremely busy year packed with engagements, foreign tour, military duties, Olympics, Diamond Jubilee, etc. They deserve a bit of down time before they become a family of three. I posted earlier, but this is probably a holiday that has been planned for a while. Having HG, being hospitalized, and having to cancel engagements to protect your health and the future monarchs was not planned. Will and Kate have vacationed on Mustique with the Middleton family several times. They were there around the same time last year. They are entitled to have a little down time. They are wealthy and can afford nice holidays....let them be. I have a feeling William has been working in Wales and Kate has been working in London doing alot behind the scenes with her charities. One cannot assume that because a few pictures of Kate out shopping arise that it's all she does with her time. Again... Good for them for jetting away together on holiday! I hope they have a wonderful time and really spend time focusing on one another before their sweet little one arrives!!!

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    1. Sarah from Calif.6 February 2013 14:14

      Kate, did you happen to see the special on Chatsworth on PBS ?

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    2. Kate, Texas, USA7 February 2013 04:22

      Sarah, I missed it! Completely bummed! When was it on? Maybe I scroll through the guide to see if they are going to replay it. :)

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    3. Sarah from Calif.8 February 2013 02:33

      Kate, for us in CA it was Sun. evening before I watched Downtown Abbey. I think it was PBS . They are so good about on line videos, you might find it there. Like I said before it would be so fun to wander through the castle, to check out every nook and cranny.
      They really do have an amazing history in England :)

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  23. What a wonderful holiday in mustique! I'd love to go there!! How gorgeous.

    What a fantastic important and worthy cause this next upcoming engagement will be.

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  24. Monica, France6 February 2013 09:25

    All those hasty judgements about Wills and Kate are dictated by envy which is the worst form of jealousy. So this charming pair is not allowed to go on holidays where they wish but is dictated to, knowing full well that those Saint Valentine holidays, which they missed last year, are paid by the Middleton family. In reality most of the ill-wishers and haters, fervent supporter of the worst tabloids, would like Kate to relive Diana's life with William in his father's role. So sad! But William is not Prince Charles and Catherine is not the late Princess of Wales. They have their own personalities!

    This poor kind of thinking when one becomes an oppressor, implying : "Do what I want or you become my eneny" has a name and it's called: "duality". The oppressor needs a victim to exist and they would be delighted if William and Kate fell into their trap by submitting to their aggressiveness, thus becoming their victims and falling in their power. I am happy they don't and just ignore them, which is the way to remain free!

    Happy holidays to you William, Kate and royal baby!

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    1. I 100 percent agree with you Monica. Leave this wonderful couple alone. Are they not allowed to have some private time before the baby is born? Couples need alone time together which I think keeps the relationship/marriage stronger. William and Kate will have a lifetime of duties ahead of them. They are not full-time royals yet, let them enjoy this time now before that happens.

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    2. Marion from Germany6 February 2013 14:44

      Dear Monica,

      there have been some arguments here on Charlotte’s wonderful blog which have got a bit out of control, but I must say that I think this discussion here has been quite fair. People have expressed their different views on that Mystique-holiday in a polite manner and no one (at least that is my impression) has really insulted William or Catherine. Of course they can do what they want, no one here has the right (or feels the desire) to tell them what to do. But still they are human beings and as such they can be criticized for what they do or not do – isn’t that what we all experience day in and day out? At least I as a teacher with the joy of having very vivid teenage students call such a criticism of me as a teacher my everyday routine. :-]
      So I would ask you not to call me or other critical friends of the royals “ill-wishers and haters” as you put it. I do not regard myself as an “oppressor” or even “enemy” of anyone in the world, I respect each and every person unless I experience that this person is not worth my respect through misbehavior.
      Your statement: “The oppressor needs a victim to exist and they would be delighted if William and Kate fell into their trap by submitting to their aggressiveness, thus becoming their victims and falling in their power” is not fair and leaves me totally flabbergasted.
      And please, Monica, do not hurt the feelings of people here who really try hard not to be too offensive but still have the strong wish to share their criticism of William and Kate with people who share the same interest, and that is William and Kate.
      I for one want to emphasize that we ALL are dedicated fans (or followers) of William and Kate and are so happy to have Charlotte and her blog. And even if we do not always have the same opinion I feel that we have more in common than what separates us.

      Best wishes to everybody here and keep up the good humour and a sense of comradeship!

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    3. Well said Marion. I am neutral on Kate,s work/lack of work but am highly amusedthat a few Kate can do no wrong fans brand those who comment differently are haters. I think people from time to time (such as this post) write a rare comment and post it as anonymous rather than register and think it is not one hater writing it all

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    4. Marion,

      As the the person who wrote that William letter, (although not, whoever said it, any of the other remarks!) I think you have done a beautiful job of expressing how many of us feel.

      No, I'm not jealous about Mustique, couldn't care less if celebrities go off on fancy holidays, but William and Kate aren't celebrities, and shouldn't model themselves after them. Most of us probably feel cheerful contempt for celebrities, less then respect for most politicians, (who are often judged on the expense of their holidays) and no particular affection for the super-rich, The royal family is different.

      The royal family are asking for our respect. That's what the Jubilee was all about, celebrating their dedication to duty. That separates the royal family from others. Bill Gates may spend billions on good works but no one is going to have a public celebration like that for him or a Jubilee for Angelina Jolie because she works for UNICEF. It is vital today, now that politcal power is stripped from the monarch that the members of the royal family fill that void with good works. That separates them from the drifting European aristocrats where monarchy has been abandoned.

      William and Kate are supported in part by the public purse. Even if the Middletons pay, the security for that trip alone will cost the taxpayers more than most of us would expend in five years of taking holidays. Security is always going to be there whether Kate is planting veggies in Wales, shopping in London, holidaying or visiting a hospital; that is why there needs to be a good balance of work and private activity. The good works justify the expense of the private time.

      I'm not suggesting William and Kate shouldn't holiday, just that this was a terrible, tone-deaf time to do so. There is sometimes a certain arrogence in the royals about the public (most recently expressed in Harry's remarks) and that's unfortunate. The monarchs with that view (think Edward VIII) have not fared well in the long run, although they had short term bursts of popularity. (The queen would appreciate this. When was the last time anyone saw her, at any age, sunning on a beach. I doubt very much she "approved" this holiday. I think we assume too much there. From the actions of Princess Margaret to the relationship of Charles and Camilla, when he was married, to Diana it's clear that not all things royals do are sanctioned by the queen.

      Last year, if you really examine it was not an impressive one work-wise for Kate. If you take out the Olympics where thousand of us would have taken her place watching those events with pleasure, (and many who wanted tickets didn't get them) the vast majority of the engagments were on the tour, and some of them like the rainforest in Borneo really more about pleasure than duty. At home, there have been relatively few engagments, not even one a week. (Think about going to work only a couple of days a month, don't we all wish!) Behind the doors work is fine, but from the days of royal prgressions, long before a press existed, the purpose of the monarch was to be seen.

      The future of the monarchy lies with William and Kate. They have enormous potential. I, for one, want to see them do well and so so almost all of the others who contribute to the blog. Some of us may choose to accept without questions, others of us feel questioning is valid and worthwhile, but we do all have one thing in common, high hopes for William and Kate and the hope that they will be monarchs someday that will command the respect and love that Queen Elizabeth currently does. Let us all heed Marion, accept and respect each others differing viewpoints, and continue with Charlotte's wonderful blog.

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    5. Marion - thank you for this comment. I agree that oftentimes Kate and William (Kate especially) can come under some undue scrutiny and criticism. However, I dislike how on this blog there are fans who automatically dismiss anyone with a critical or negative thing to say about the couple as "jealous," or "haters," etc. I would LOVE to be an unqualified fan of Kate's. I think she has so much potential given her position and the goodwill she came into the marriage with to bring attention to different causes. When she does do appearances, she seems warm and natural and caring. However, it's really getting to be more and more difficult to understand why she isn't doing more work on the charitable front. It can't be all due to the fact that she's a Wales-based military wife, because she's in London all the time to shop, redecorate KP, and attend sporting events. Her pregnancy/HG did explain why she took some time off over the last few months, but this vacation requiring an 8-hour flight is raising some legitimate questions about why she couldn't do more (i.e., *any*) public appearances on behalf of her charities last month.

      Anyways, I echo Marion's comment that this blog is a lot more enjoyable when everyone is respectful of each other's opinions. In my mind, that includes respecting posters who are not 100% in the "Kate can do no wrong camp," and understanding that even Kate fans can have negative opinions about her decisions.

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    6. Anonymous 16:28 (and Marion and Zora)- beautifully said. Absolutely. I get so exhausted by the turn in comments when we express concern at the public time verses private time split. You are so right. They are there to be seen. No one is asking them not to vacation- just to be more sensitive to it.

      Also, I know they are not "full-time working royals," but that brings in a whole host of questions as to why not? RAF pilots cannot afford these trips and I know a lot of military wives that work full time.

      I did want to point out one thing that I feel like keeps being said. I know we should not be shocked by this trip since it happens at about the same time every year. But I would stress that not many people can afford a trip of this magnitude every year and the Duke and Duchess would do well to remember that. Saying its an annual trip does not excuse its insensitivity- it just reiterates a lack of understanding on their part.

      I want them to do well also and I think they are more than capable of it, but they have to meet us halfway. Anonymous said it perfectly "The good works justify the expense of the private time." But you have to earn our support and work "behind-the-scenes" is not going to cut it.

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    7. Correct. Much of it has to do with jealousy.

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    8. Well said Sarah, Marion and Zora!

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    9. Very well said, all of you! I agree. Also keep in mind that one role that all the royals play is making the case for the UK to maintain the monarchy. Queen Elizabeth II has made the case wonderfully and she's extremely popular. I just don't see that popularity continuing, at least nowhere as high as it is with QEII, with Charles and then William on the throne.

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    10. Anonymous 16:28: Beautifully said. Wish I'd have said it instead. Gosh, does that make me envious and a jellus h8r? :)

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    11. I hope that this blog can continue to have discussions about William and Kate. I think this one is a great example of how people can disagree without descending into insulting each other.

      If you look at the posts, the ones with nothing but positive comments tend to not have too many posts, where the ones with respectful dissenting opinions generate many more comments. And are much more interesting to read.

      I am someone who has a lot of negative opinions of Kate, I'll admit it. But I really want her to do well, I do. When she got married I stayed up all night to watch the wedding (I'm British but live on the west coast of the US right now) and thought it was absolutely beautiful. I got all teary even. I was so proud that "one of us" had married an heir to the throne and wanted her to show them that we (us commoners) have it in us to be great. I defended her for a long time, but I really think she can do more.

      No, I'm not jealous, nor am I envious. I wouldn't want to live in her fishbowl for all the tea in China. But she signed up for it, and has to live with it. And I want her to live it well.

      Part of me thinks that this has more to do with William than Kate. That she goes along with what he wants and he's pretty tone deaf to public opinion.

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  25. Well, that what royal life is all about. You have one public appearance, then you take a vacation. Then you go to some warm country for a royal tour (which is like a holiday anyway), then you come back and take a vacation again to recover from a royal tour. Kate fought for this lifestyle and it was worth it:)

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  26. I suppose William should abdicate since he takes his wife on a lovely, romantic holiday with the in-laws. You people are ridiculous! They are entitled to a holiday as much as anyone else is. They are wealthy and can afford lavish holidays. Who really cares.

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  27. Their schedules aren't that busy and their lives so stressed that they needed another vacation right now.

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  28. Once again, I'm amazed. There doesn't seem to be anyone advising this couple. They keep making bad PR moves. I'm begining to wonder if William isn't made of the same stuff as his great great uncle David.



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    1. Jean Washington DC6 February 2013 18:28

      Do you think you can do a better job?

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    2. Well, I havn't got Kate's beauty or her flair for fashion, but I do have a nice list of charities I would love to work for if I were in her position and had the time, the money and the public platform to do so. So no, I couldn't do better, but I would do my best, and what I think a lot of us are suggesting is that Kate isn't yet living up to the wonderful potential she has. No one is insisting that she turn into another Diana or a Princess Anne, she needs to craft her own identity but at this point with so few patronages, it's a little hard to see what kind of princess she will turn out to be. Beautiful, without question, but hopefully more than that. Sorry if this doesn't make complete sense, my best friend just found out her cancer is back and I write this with tears.

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    3. I'm entirely agree with you (comment at 21:12)

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    4. Pauline California6 February 2013 23:16

      @Annonymous- So sorry to hear about your friend. I will keep you & her in my prayers.

      I read somewhere that the Duchess was going to take on a few more charities then she got sick & pregnant. But I feel this will still happen now that she is feeling better and SJP made a statement that the Duchess will be working through out her pregnancy. Yes I am a die heart royal fan. But I do see why so many of you feel that Ducehss is not doing her share.

      But I do feel that we are blaming the wrong people on the Duchess's work schedule. I don't beleive the Duchess makes her own schedule and that schedule is made months in advance. So when the Duchess got sick and all her engagements were cancelled, But that was not her fault.

      So now that she is feeling better and has been seen out & about shopping people come down on her for that. My feeling about that is she need's new clothes because of her growing baby bump. We all that has had children know you need several sizes of clothing because of the every changing figure. And the holiday. I remember reading when they returned from thier Asian trip and all the fall out over the topless photos that William was planning on taking her on a holiday to a private location. Well we know that did not happen because of her pregnancy illness. Now tht they have gone on that trip everyone is up in arms over it.

      My opinion on that is really it is none of our business unless we live in the UK and pay taxes there. Some of you will disagree with me on this and that is ok. But I can't see where it would be our business.

      Let's just sit back and see what the duchess will do in the coming months. I think we will see alot of her as long as seh is feeling good.

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    5. A couple of points ... just because people who have admired the Duchess's clothing ensembles in the past make comments does not mean they are haters or any of the other ridiculous terms being bandied about here. As far as I know, we still have freedom of speech in the UK and the USA and other European nations, thank God! Will and Kate (and the entire royal family, for that matter) are human beings, not some deities dropped down from above. They're fallible. They make mistakes. They can be, as one poster so accurately described it, "tone deaf" to how their activities - or lack thereof - translate to the public. William is a senior royal and Kate dated him for a number of years. Neither one of them is naive about how things can and do play to the public. Nobody begrudges them a vacation. But in these circumstances, a vacation right now, at the taxpayers' expense, is ill-advised. If they wanted to do this, they should have footed the bill for the security themselves - and announced that to the public. As a number of you have mentioned, William is a wealthy man, he could certainly afford to pay for a security detail or reimburse the government for the security while on this vacation. As someone mentioned prior, it becomes very hard to admire them when they both seem so oblivious to both their fans and the public in general.

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    6. Eloquently said, Elizabeth. It's not an attack on Will and Kate, but an accurate statement on public sentiment- certainly not everyone's view, but I'd guess a large portion. We can be intrigued by the royals and still express disappointment in their choices. This is one of those times.

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    7. Thank you Pauline, for your good thoughts. Even though we may nor always see things the same way, we both want Kate to have a wonderful future as a princess and we both think poor advice is behind a great deal of this.

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    8. Well, yes. Anybody with a modicrum of sense could. Look, England is in pretty bad shape. It does not look good for Kate to be running around Mustique right now. Every pregnant woman who's worked until the day of her delivery is watching. Every man who worked double shifts and weekends to put aside money because a new baby is coming is watching. It's just bad PR. If she has the stamina go off to Mustique, a place with a reputation for sleaze, she could be doing something for her country and why not vacation in the UK? That would be a huge financial boost for some location. Sorry, if this offends anyone but this whole thing and the number of vacations looks bad.

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  29. Canadian Friend6 February 2013 15:38

    Wow, I'm really surprised at the heat behind people's opinions. Just a few thoughts on William and Catherine:
    1. They have a life that is nothing like most citizens. We focus criticism on only the apparent advantages-lavish vacations, beautiful clothes. Maybe we fail to appreciate what it must be like to NEVER be able to go out the door without thought to the whole kit-makeup, perfect clothes, shiny shoes, neutral/happy expressions. Under that kind of pressure, most people wouldn't last a day.

    2. They're VERY rich. Even if they walked away from every public dime tomorrow, they would still be very rich. They live their lives differently as a result. Still, their sense of duty and care for the public good is very rare-and getting rarer. Why don't we ever question the very rich CEOs of companies like GM or the big banks? They take lots of public money through tax breaks, etc., move around capital and jobs with massive effects on millions, yet no one calls out those rich people or questions what they do for others.

    3. Imagine even one small public engagement undertaken when all you could think about was whether you might vomit in front of people. How could Kate ever take that chance when she is minutely examined for a hair out of place or for wearing the same dress twice or, alternatively, for having the temerity to go out and buy new clothes? Of course she hasn't been able to appear in public until she feels better. We would probably only be finding out she was pregnant now, not as early as we did, if the couple had had their chance to release the news when they were ready.

    They do a lot of good but they're not perfect-and won't be any time soon. The good they do outweighs the harm by several multiples. No one EVER knows the whole story behind any other person and their struggles.

    If you can have compassion for everyone-rich or poor alike-then you are on the way to having compassion for the person who needs it the most-you.

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    2. Jean Washington DC6 February 2013 18:27

      Well said Candaian Friend.

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    3. Kristin, San Francisco6 February 2013 22:20

      I second that - well said Canadian Friend.

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    4. Well said Canadian Friend. Excellent points.

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    5. Kate, Texas, USA7 February 2013 04:19

      VERY well said! Thank you!

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    6. Sarah from Calif.7 February 2013 04:43

      Well said .
      I think if we all had a wine glass at this point we could clink our glasses together but, kind of difficult on line :)

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  30. THUD! Emily, are you saying that their Diamond Jubilee trip was like a vacation? I remember thinking while it was going on how hard it must be to make all those appearances while making sure you looked and acted ideally every single moment. Flying here, flying there - looking good, smiling, talking with strangers. That was hard and tiring, but Kate pulled it off without a hitch. Yes, I would love to go to those places, but not like that. They were there like normal tourists and they saw and did very little in the way of personal fun. I only remember one snorkeling trip and it was raining.

    I am glad they took this trip! Nobody could have foreseen the HG which caused cancellations and just because Kate had to miss some engagements doesn't mean she has to miss a family vacation.

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    1. What's so hard in making an appearance? It is a pleasure to wake up every day in a beautiful hotel, take shower, sit in front of mirror and wait while stylist is doing your hair, then make-up. Put on a beautiful dress and go to meet new people. Every woman would enjoy it. When I was on my vacation (many years ago) I did the same every single day. It was a real enjoyment to make myself presentable and go on a tour around new city. Flying to different cities and countries during the tour what can be more enjoyable? Oh, hard work for some people...

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    2. I'm sure the royals enjoy the tours, like Emily said, who wouldn't? But that doesn't mean it's not hard work. The strict itineraries, representing the Queen, having every action and fashion choice being scrutinized... seems stressful to me!

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    3. Emily have you ever been pregnant?
      Do you have children?

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    4. To Anonymous:
      Yes, I have been pregnant and I have children. I talked about my pregnancies in other posts.

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    5. Sarah from Calif.9 February 2013 00:40

      Emily -it all seems like work to me when every eye is on you and you know what ever you do you can only please some. Fortunately Kate seems secure enough in herself.

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  31. Kate has so much power. The People and the Cameras love her. Everytime she does an engagement, she does them with so much grace. She is so well behaved and dresses amazingly so that many woman worldwiede try to copy her. I am astonished by that and respect her for that. I think they deserve a vacation like everyone else. BUT maybe we all would appreciate Kate even more if she did more public engagements. I do not understand why she is not willing to do more? She must know how much more loved she would be!

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  32. I'm also dissapointed in them. Some posted that isn't a regular 9-5 job which. The way I see it, being a roaylty is lifelong fulltime commitment. Kate really hasn't committed. Even Kate and William are part time roayls they could have done more. Let's say during last Kate had worked on 120 days people might be more understandable on this holiday. It would still be a part time and she'd have loads of free time.

    I do get it that Kate was sick and had to rest but if you are fit enough to shop and fly around the world you're surely fit enought to work. But then again mayby this vacation should't been such a suprise. Since she is fit enough to announce one engagement she surely is fit enough to enjoy a holiday.

    It's also funny how everyone is saying how much attention Kate brings to her charities. I'd say that thanks to this blog I'm well informed on Kate's activities but I had to look up her charities because I just couldn't remember what those were. So there goes the attention and i'm willing to bet that I'm not the only one whose forgot.

    Anyway I'm looking forward on February 19th and all spring happenings:)

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    1. Exactly. Everybody saying about charities she is patronage of, but who can say which are they? The only charity she really brought attention to was Children's Hospice where she had her first public speach. That's how it should be done. Other than that what other charities she brought attention to? We have to do a RESEARCH to find out about that. What the point of work behind the scene (I don't trust there any work been done) if no one knows about those people in need.

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    2. Action on Addiction - she visited them in Liverpool last year. She is going to another branch in London on 19th February.

      EACH - the Hospice; she also made a speech in Malaysia and has been instrumental in bringing both organisations together. IT's not an event but she has supplied a gift for a fund-raising event.

      The Art Room - visited them last and has been in on-going contact, including sending/swapping artwork with them (I'd like to see hers!)

      The National Gallery. Visited and they also commissioned THAT portrait.

      Hope that helps.

      ps - Also does volunteering with the Scouts. Pictures seen on this site.

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    3. We must accept that the duchess loves fashion,holidays and celebrity.
      I don't hate her,after the wedding I was so happy ,but I see that we comment only her outfits and nothing else.

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    4. I love Kate's fashion choices. I think she dresses beautifully for the most part and I have no issue talking about outfits.

      But it is nice to talk about other things too. We don't have to be nasty to each other, but if people are respectful and don't call each other names (jealous, envious, ridiculous are three words used to describe posters in this post alone), we can learn from each other. What's wrong with that?

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  33. Jean Washington DC6 February 2013 18:26

    Wow I can not believe all the Kate haters here. If yo don't like Kate then don't read the comments. If you don't live in the UK and pay taxes there then you don't have any right saying what Kate should do or don't do.

    If anyone of you have done any type of checking then you would have found out that since Kate & William's wedding, their foundation has made millions of pounds. That is all because of Kate. Kate is not a fund raisers for her charities, she lend's her name and makes appearances in the name of the charities. She does not work for them.

    So give the girl a break.

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    1. Why does it have to be either or with love and hate when it comes to Kate? People can only love her or hate her? There is a lot between loving and hating. I really don't see comments here being hatefull just critical.

      Even in real life there are occations with friends and family when their choices seem unwise. So thinking, saying and critisising aren't a sign of hate.

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      I totaly agree with you,perhaps when we love someone,we must say to him what it's wrong.This is the real love .

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    3. Jean: The reason Kate is patron of charities is to bring attention to them. She's not a fund raiser, per se, but her job as patron is to bring awareness to the charities thereby enabling them to raise more money. Working behind the scenes, while laudable, isn't the same thing.

      If people who don't live in the UK and pay taxes have no right to contribute to this blog, per your statement, then Charlotte would lose at least half her posters. You probably meant to say people who don't live in the UK and pay taxes can't criticise her. Well, we can. Just as you can criticise anyone you want here in the US. And there's plenty of fodder over here, no doubt about it.

      If I recall correctly, in lieu of wedding gifts William and Kate requested donations to their foundation. Is that what you are referring when you say she's raised a lot of money for it?

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    4. PS Wish I'd have noted this when I submitted my prior post, but this wasn't Jean from Lancs (who I thought I was responding to), but Jean Washington DC who thinks people who don't live in the UK and pay UK taxes have no right to an opinion. Sorry, Jean, but that's pretty funny coming from an American.

      Charlotte, I understand if you don't want to post this.

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  34. Very excited to see that the Duchess will resume public duties. We have all missed her. I think it is wonderful that the royal couple is joining her parents for a holiday tradition. It is an important foundation for family. I don't understand all the fuss of them "not working." William has a full-time job. Kate, since she's been better, has reportedly worked behind the scenes. Just because you don't see them doesn't mean they're idle.

    Looking forward to February 19 and beyond. I am told there are more charity visits in the pipeline. So let's just be patient!

    Any news on Prince William's future in the RAF, Charlotte?

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  35. I have not read the other comments, but I think when somebody is pregnant and "ill", why the stress of a long haul flight? This holiday is too expensive and the costs are increased probably by taking several bodyguards with them (one for 24h/24h) is probably not enough!).
    I can't see the stress for having such a holiday. I have a job where I worked 5-7d a week 10h or more. I am badly paid for this job, but nevertheless other people rely on me. I am lucky if I get half a day off.
    I am simply disappointed by them. If I would have such a position including the fact of being an idol, I would work more.
    Would we really care if Kate wears the same dress 10times in a year like a normal human being? No, I don't think so. She should work more and earn her own money like most educated women do. Pregnancy is not an illness, btw.

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  36. Bottom line for me:
    Yes, they can go on holiday on their own costs without security paid by the UK taxpayer. Or they should pay for the bodyguards out of their own budget.
    Same goes in general for me for their every day life. They should simply not receive money form the British state and then I would not care if or not somebody works.
    Furthermore, is a shopping trip in central London really something where one need a bodyguard paid by the taxpayer? This could be covered again by their private budget.

    @Zora: Nicely said.

    Btw, I still don't think Kate "brings" attentions to charities. In the end we all look at her outer appearance (dress, hair, bump), but do we really care about the charities? Be honest when you answer this question.

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    1. Kristin, San Francisco7 February 2013 16:41

      Hi Anonymous @ 20:11!!! You bring up a good point that I have been thinking of lately myself and that is the idea that one shows their face at the charity for public relations, political relationships, etc vs do they participate in the goings on of the charity - do they actually spend 5-6 hours with the homeless and doing some meaningful interaction with the charity's main focus group, with the addicted, with special needs people, with aging vets...we shall see how this angle progresses as time goes by. I remember the boys spending a night outside with the homeless. Wills & Catherine have a long life ahead of them. As many here have said they have tremendous promise. Certainly a subject for a future day.

      Thank you Charlotte for your blog, your hard work and your posting of fashion - one of these days I am going to purchase one of the Reiss coats - and maybe some jewelry to go with it!!!

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    2. Very true words. I think William and Kate became very selfish. William was so sensitive about homeless people, hard working and poor but now he's got many bad habits from Kate. I wish I had such a power to change the world.
      Mi, Poland

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  37. DARN IT!!! I meant to say they were NOT there like normal tourists.

    And I still think it took an incredible amount of planning and stamina to carry off the Diamond Jubilee tour with the grace and beauty Kate managed.

    Enjoy your vacation Kate and Will!

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  38. My first post but a regular reader ! I hope that Will & Kate are enjoying these holidays. Whatever they will do they will be criticised. Let them take advantage of this freedom now, as the Queen is alive. It is not sure that they can have all the leisure once Prince Charles will be king.
    Though ... I would like to see them more often, they are a so cute couple

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  39. On a lighter note, for those who have no style of their own and enjoy 'repliKating' that of a celebrity, here is an affordable dress similar to the blue Erdem dress Kate wore to Canada.

    http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/eliza-j-embroidered-lace-overlay-sheath-dress/3386441?origin=category&pprd=1#BVRRWidgetID

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    1. Wow, anonymous, what a condescending way to address people on a friendly blog like this one. Was that really necessary?
      Kim from Arizona

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    2. First of all, I was being facetious. Some people really have no sense of humor. Or perhaps, mine is a bit vulgar.

      Second, I was shopping and I saw this dress. I was not looking specifically for it. Truce?

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  40. Hi, Anonymous!
    For someone who accuses other people "who have no style of their own" you are way too much informed about replikate pieces!
    Thank you for sharing!
    Alice from Wonderland :)

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  41. If William said I'll pay for the body gaurds with the money from my mom. Would every one be happy?

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  42. To those of you who are in love with royal family, who are fans and admirers, To those of you who are in love with royal family, who are fans and admirers, I would advice to watch a documentary "Princess Diana The secret Tapes". It is available on youtube, there are few parts. I watches this documentary few years ago. Since then my view of royal family has changed forever. I can't watch it second time around as it had an enormous impact on me back then. I recommend you to get a box of tissues as you will be crying and in shock for few days.

    If you still in love with royal family after watching it I have nothing else to add..

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  43. Sarah from Calif.7 February 2013 04:58

    Charlotte, I was very pleased to see Kate choose to support Action on Addictions Hope House. Drug abuse is a huge problem in America and I have someone very dear to me battling his addiction with heroin.
    Thank you for all your work and hope things are going well at school.

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  44. An appointment was only issued to make her look working. I mean 2 appointments in 3 months? A tough job. For me she is a bad idol for women. How many pregnant women are out there and work until the very last moment every day?

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    1. I'm giving her a break for the last few months. If she was that sick, she should have stayed home and rested. She's got to think about that baby.

      Going forward, if she's truly recovered, there's no reason why she can't resume her schedule. Diana did a lot of engagements while pregnant and hers weren't the easiest either.

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  45. My first post. I just wanted to say that the it has ben widely reported that the Queen agrees with the Cambridges only doing a few Royal engagements each year for the first couple of years of marriage, to give them time to "settle in" and prepare for what is ahead. Kate's position is nothing like that of Diana when she married. Diana instantly became Princess of Wales, the wife of the heir. Charles was already a full time working Royal. When William leaves the forces we will, no doubt, see their level of Royal work go up and when they eventually become Prince and Princess of Wales they will be full time Royals. The Royal Family and establishment are trying hard to avoid all the things that went wrong for Diana and Sarah, Duchess of York. The decisions may not always be correct but at least they are trying to make sure that Kate doesn't follow the same, sad route.

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    1. Kristin, San Francisco7 February 2013 16:10

      Hi Gillian - I agree with you totally!

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    2. Gillian, that argument is so nonsensical. "The decisions may not always be correct but at least they are trying to make sure that Kate doesn't follow the same, sad route." Diana didn't go down a sad route because she did 300 engagements a year. It was because of her situation with her husband. Diana's hard work and dedication to her charities is what carried her through those difficult times and gave her a sense of purpose.

      Kate won't follow that route because she has an abundance of support from everyone in her life.

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    3. I think Gillian has the right idea. Diana had a tough time both because of her lack of support, AND because of how fast she was rushed into things. She was only 19 when she was thrust into the spotlight, engaged after having only dated Charles for a few months. Then had the huge royal wedding and suddenly she was Princess of Wales, full-time royal with incredible exposure and scrutiny. Then she was pregnant so quickly. Of course the rapidly growing expectations was overwhelming!

      William made it clear that Kate would ease into royal life, with the Queen's approval. I think her picking a few charities for now is fine. She'll be around for quite a while, we'll see plenty of work from her in due time.

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    4. I have to agree with Anonymous 8:14. From what we know from books authorized by Diana, it was Charles' continued involvement with Camilla that led to her misery. While she was ill and and unhappy during her pregnancy, and felt pressured to produce the heir, there has never been a suggestion she felt overwhelmed by charity work. William will never appreciate this but if Diana's marriage had been happy, she would be alive and happily working for her charities to this day.

      I frankly never agreed with the fifteen months off part. William and Kate lived together for a couple of years before they married. They went clubbing, went on holidays, and went to polo matches. They had ample free time to enjoy life with almost no royal responsibilities. Both are now over thirty, and age when most of us are devoting hours each day to careers. Kate worked very briefly out of the home and then worked for her parents. No matter how hard she may have worked for them, she was always left free to travel or shop when she wished. My suspicion is she did this so she was always available to William. This is not really a criticism, after he broke off their relationship, she may have felt this necessary and many of us would have done the same. (Chelsy , who has pursued a career did not see her relationship with Harry survive.)

      But this did not leave Kate with a lot of direct knowledge about how most people live and the wealthy fast set she and William are involved with aren't likely to give that or offer good examples. I do suspect a lot of the problem is bad advice and a reluctance on William's part to assume a public role. I for one, believe it is time for him to do that and that he and Kate will do it well, once they allow themselves the experience of being full time in royal life and undertake a greater body of work.

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    5. Gillian, I agree with much of what you say. I do believe the royal family is trying to learn from mistakes made in the past. Diana was thrown into the deep end wihtout a support system (hubby included) and, as if that wasn't bad enough, her success and popularity became a source of irritation within the family.

      I firmly believe that William is trying to protect his wife from what happened to his mother. AND, I think the "firm" is trying to MANAGE William and Kate's schedule/exposure so that they don't completely eclipse Charles and Camilla.

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    6. Sarah from Calif.9 February 2013 01:07

      Gillian, I so agree with you. The Queen wants to let Kate (especially) and William ease into it (royal duties) .Everyone forgets that William is not next in line.. Diana (God rest her soul) was. She was burdened with royal duty and a marriage that wasn't working.
      I do believe I've heard that too., Queen Elizabeth wanted William and Kate to have. (2 years of togetherness without all.the pressure) sounds like a loving Granny to me. :)

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    7. The Queen has never said any of the things alot of you are saying she said. There isn't a single statement from BUCKINGHAM PALACE or SJP or CH that states that the Queen has given a grace period. This is media fiction. And deflection because prior to the wedding and especially during the engagement months media kept saying how hardworking and prepared Kate was for work. The phrase used was that 'she would hit the ground running.' The previous years we were told that the reason Kate didn't have a proper job was that as a royal girlfriend she was constrained and that all would change the minute she got the ring. Kate herself said she was prepared to work hard and was looking forward to it[in the engagement interview] as did William [BTW, in same interview he also said the reason he took so long to propose was to allow Kate to have a look in and to be prepared. So all this settling in business is more assumed rubbish]. Unfortunately straight after the wedding a statement was released by SJP saying Kate was going to be a housewife instead [AFTER YEARS OF FEEDING US HARDWORKING MODERN READY TO SERVE THE COUNTRY]. The media deflected by talking about the Queen's own 2yrs in Malta. Somehow the public then assumed this meant that the Queen wanted them to have 2yrs to settle in. Classic media deflection tactic. I can't believe people fell for it. And if you think the media can't be this devious, why do you think it took 10yrs for people to finally know the truth about Charles and Diana's marriage or even Camilla who was never hidden away. If you google old pap photos, she's right there. It's not for nothing that WK attended a dinner for top 30 media types [where she wore that fabulous long white Roland Mouret dress]. It's for them to come up with stuff like this. I can't believe that in this media savvy age, people don't notice when they are being blatantly deceived.

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    8. @ ANONYMOUS 4:18

      It seems that you are not prepared to believe anything positive that may have been written about this couple, but you are right on board with all the negative angles.

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    9. anonymous 4:18: Holy moly!! I never knew all that.

      Royalfan: And apparently you don't want to believe facts anonymous 4:18 rolled out to support his/her point of view. I read and re-read that post to see if I could find fault and I couldn't. There was nothing insulting about William or Kate, just a post about how things went down. I'm pretty flabberghasted by it.

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    10. Royalfan - i can supply many links to support my statement above. Can you supply a statement directly from Buckingham Palace or SJP or CH that supports all this fan supposition that The Queen gave a grace period? We know when the Queen supports these things it's made very clear as she did the Christmas WK spent with The Middletons instead of Sandrigham.

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  46. Bea (in NY now)7 February 2013 18:46

    I already commented on Kate and can't move on without saying MRS. Middleton (Carole) looks awesome. Wow! 58 yrs old!! I wish I could look like her when I reach her age. She looks great!! I have always found her to be quite pretty, and hardworking :)

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    1. Sarah from Calif.9 February 2013 01:10

      Sooo agree with you !I think she has done a wonderful job and looks great.

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    2. Absolutely. It comes down to good genes, good choices, and self-respect. I admire her family very much.

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  47. Behind the scene, the duke and the duchess of Cambridge bring comfort to a Leukaemia-sufferer little boy:

    2013

    http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4781052/Prince-William-and-Kate-gets-Thanks-for-Big-C-recovery-from-nine-year-old-leukaemia-sufferer.html

    2011

    http://www.helloonline.com/royalty/2013020611053/fabian-bates-william-kate/

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  48. The vacation by itself does not bother me. The whole picture annoys me.

    I am disappointed that despite their education William and Kate are content to be passive and hands off with their charities. If I were in their place I would try to build a foundation of the stature and reputation as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, or the Clinton Foundation. Instead these two, who have the world's resources at their disposal, are content to make a token visit to their charity, wear a few fancy dresses at some galas and disappear for weeks at end. If they had a genuine passion for helping people we would have seen it by now, vacation or no vacation. Diana cared about helping the world and leaving behind a legacy that would outlive her. That is why, despite her flaws and her insecurities and mistakes she is loved AND respected - a rare combination. People either love you or respect you. There aren't that many public figures in the world that have enjoyed both.

    Noone is saying that at the end of the day Will and Kate have to measure up to Diana or even Bill and Melinda Gates. But it would be nice to see them even TRY. They come off as people who simply DO NOT CARE. Harry, despite his idiotic arrogant comments does actually seem to know how to use his position in the world to make a difference. And that is why, I think, at the end of the day people will love him and overlook the flaws in his character.

    The royals have only one duty, in exchange of the vast wealth and land that their ancestors took from the British people - that is charity. If they are not executing this ONE duty, the people of Britain really SHOULD question what the purpose is of the monarchy. And why in this day and age they are paying 30-50 percent of their income in taxes to support these people.

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    1. Here's something Camilla is trying. I think it's a great idea and hope it succeeds.

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2273982/Duchess-Cornwall-hands-luxury-toiletries-rape-victims-make-feel-human.html#axzz2KFSbb0u6

      Maybe Kate could join in. With her influence she could get all kinds of high end brands to contribute.

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    2. Bea (in NY now)8 February 2013 18:54

      How lovely of Camilla. Admirable... using her position to help others. Nicely done.

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    3. Bea (in NY now)8 February 2013 19:02

      @Portia, well said.
      I am astound at the number of royals fans out there. Many argue that they royals bring tourism to England. A very funny argument. My husband and I are planning a European tour and will definitely stop in England but in no way due to the Queen, Prince Charles - William or even Kate (I'm quite sure they won't be available for my visit or desired pic :P ) so their existence bears no influence on my curiosity to visit this country.

      As to Kate's care for others... much can be said of the fact that she was a wealthy, single, privileged young woman with no employment (official at least) up to her 28-29 years of age and nothing was done. I am by no means wealthy and upon graduating from the university (age 22) took a volunteer job as a court advocate added to my full time job at that time.

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  49. I have been away for the past couple of days and read all the comments this evening. Thank you Charlotte for allowing this discussion to take place I'm an ardent Kate fan and have been for years however recent events have changed my mind. William and Kate do have an obligation to their charities, an obligation they have neglected and show no interest in. William and Harry clearly don't want anything to do with royal life or duties yet enjoy all the perks. I appreciate Kate has been ill but this holiday shows to me anyway where her priorities lie. It's either that or serious bad PR from the palace who should be advising them of how awful this looks.

    I have no interest in following Kate any more, like many others I've become disillusioned. Having said that I love your writing Charlotte and fashion pieces and the lovely group of people I've encountered here. I only wish there was someone else we could all follow together because I don't think the young royals are worthy, I really don't.

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    1. I disagree re Harry. I know he's a party boy and all that, but he's representing Britain on a goodwill tour to China this year which means someone somewhere thinks he's doing well enough to represent his country on a pretty high stakes trip.

      Disclaimer: I absolutely adore Harry. I want to skutch his cheeks!!

      I also have way too much time on my hands today judging by the number of posts I've made. On my way to find a life now!

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    2. I love Harry, he isn't going to China this year unfortunately :( It was merely speculation he's going to Africa instead.

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    3. Bummer re Harry and China. He'd have shook things up over there!

      I read he's going to Africa for Sentebale. I also read recently Chelsy's moved out of Britain . . . . . hmmmmmmm.

      Off to find that life I said I was looking for.

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  50. i been away from days for work its nice the duke and her duchess relax and have fun with each other after the baby comes they will be both busy with the baby meantime i heard the chelsy is back to Britain too see harry and their report the single again

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  51. Hello Charlotte and all Will and Kate followers:

    From where my wife and I sit, overlooking the Smoky Mountains, both William and Catherine have earned this vacation and whatever comes up in the future. Right now William is a search and rescue pilot with a helicopter group in Wales. He does not get a down day from training flying, actual search and rescue calls, and proficiency flight training. Half my US Navy career was helicopter flying. Each day you fly to train in extreme weather operations, radar approaches, night flying, training new crewmembers, co-pilots, and test flying aircraft after maintenance functions, cargo maneuvers, and the list goes on. Believe me this is only part of the list of what it takes to be a very proficient helicopter command pilot. Oh yea, behind the scenes he still does royal duties.
    Now Catherine works on a different plane (sorry for the pun); taking care of her husband, a house in Wales, overseeing her new residence in London, the cottage they are presently living in, and working behind the scenes while pregnant. I could add to the list but the two of them are not sitting around drinking Perrier and looking at vacation folders. Granted this is a quick glance, but we are living in Tennessee and cannot see the whole picture of the demands being made on two great young people getting it right the first time. John and Joan.


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    1. He does get excused from duty a lot. So much so, the RAF pretty much told him to decide between them and royal duties. I was quite surprised that would go public, as it's Prince William we're talking about.

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    2. Sarah from Calif.9 February 2013 01:33

      John and Joan,
      That was beautiful. I would freak out as a mom if my sons wanted to be a helicopter pilot. So dangerous. My son was in the Air Force for. 6 years as a crew chief on a C130 and C117. That's about all I could handle. Now he is at College of Charleston, S C. .
      Seems like looking after hubby and home. (If you decide to do that) are not as appriecated as it used to be.
      Stay warm. :)

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  52. Sarah from Calif.8 February 2013 03:11

    Oh my goodness at the end of the day I must say its all been pretty enlightening, and a great rally of back and forth comments . It is so good to be able to ( agree to disagree) respectfully., Have a wonderful Friday all !

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  53. Such a fuss over such a little matter as holidays! An uncessary outburst really if it is planned as I think that many announcements will be made when the royal pair return from their holidays.

    A royal baby is on the way which is a matter to rejoice! It already belongs to the Nation and it is but normal that their parents would like to keep it to themselves for a little time.

    So Charlotte, please, do not feel discouraged and keep up the excellent work. Kate and William will become great sovereigns in time. Please, let us follow them on this path. It is such a pleasure to see them together.

    A big hug to you! :)

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    1. Sarah from Calif.9 February 2013 01:35

      Well said! ditto :)

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    2. Sarah from Calif.9 February 2013 01:42

      Yes Charlotte a big hug to you! !!!!!!!!

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  54. Good Day charlotte- I am very new to this blog. I was recommanded by a friend of mine so I thought I would take a look. Well I love the way you present your blog and the way you write about all the things pertaining to Catherine Duchess of Cambridge. You are a very special person to take the time to bring all things Catherine to the people who love & and Wills.

    But I do have to say there are alot of fickled people on this blog. And by that I mean one day when Catherine is out doing things for her or Wills charities everyone loves her clothes, the hair and the fact that she is "working". But what these people don't know is that all royals work very hard in the back of things. All of the royals do research on their own except for maybe the Queen. They have to know all about who is in charge of the charities, what the charities do etc.

    I have gone back and read alot of the older comments and I find that everyone is up in arms over the amount of charity work Catherine does or does not do. But what people don't understand is that she is not in charge of the charities, she leans her name to draw donations to the cause. Alot of people always try to compare her with William's mother Princess Diana, which is very unfair to her & William. In the engagement interview William stated that Catherine is her own person and is not trying to be like his mother. And when his mother married his father, his father was already a full time working royal. While William is not and will not be for a while.

    Catherine is on a oath to do good things but I just wish people will give her a chance. She has only been a royal for a very short time even though the dated for a few years. And while dating she was not included in alot of the royal going on's. If you look back at all the charity work William did before they were married she was not included. That is just how the royal family works.

    You only hear about what William and Catherine are doing becuase they are the most popular royal couple but you never hear about the vacations the other royal couples take. I just think if everyone understood how the royal family works (and you can find that out by researching the royal family). It is very interesting.

    Again once William and Catherine become full time royals you will see how hard they will be working. We do not know when that will happen but in the mean time Catherine will continue to work with her charities, help William with his, and give birth to the heir. She has a pretty full plate in the coming months. Also since they have been married, their foundation has earn several million pounds. That is because of Catherine.

    And William does not what happened to his mother to happen to his beloved Catherine. So as you all know if you are really fans that William is very protective and will be even more now that she is carrying their baby and the heir.

    Thank you Charlotte for letting me write this post. Sorry it is so long. I live in teh UK and thought I would try and give an insight into why catherine is not as busy working as her fans and one's that don't like her think she should be.

    I will be reading your nice blog in the future to see how Catherine is doing. You can't believe all the newspapers here in the UK.

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    1. You make some good points, but I would like to say that Kate supposedly had "princess lessons" (for lack of a better word) prior to her marriage which coached her on protocol and other requirements. While she may have not been included in major events, she certainly knew what she was signing up for and certainly knew how the royal family works and what would be expected of her. You are correct that they are the most high profile royals right now which, frankly, is why there *is* so much criticism. If they were lower ranking, like Sophie and Edward, they wouldn't get near the publicity they do.

      I do agree William does not want her hounded as Diana was; his reaction to the topless photos was proof of that, and also a very nice way to deflect from the fact he said he was working so as to not attend a Paralympics event, when he was in fact vacationing.

      And I guess I'm one of those fickle people, because I do like Kate's fashion sense and I think her poise under pressure is amazing. But that does not mean I think she is perfect.

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    2. bluhare,
      Yes fickle does seem like the right word.
      I do not think anyone would disagree with you that Kate isn't perfect. That is kind of a no brainer.

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    3. It would be interesting to know what this research work actually is. Are the royals looking into new charities they might became a patron of? Are the getting ready for their visist? Are doing research work for the charity and reporting it to them? And how do they prepare for their visits? What is there to prepare when you're going to see an art exhibit or visit sick children?

      I really don't know and I would like to understand better what happens behind the scenes.

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    4. @Ella- Catherine does not do research for the charity and report's to them. She does her own research about the charities that want her as a patron. She needs to know what they stand for and do. Her & William like to suppoet charities that help children, military families and service men & women returning from thr front line wounded or not.William is big on helping charities in Africa.

      It takes alot of time to look into all the charities that send request for Catherine & William to become patrons of. This is all done behinds the scenes. And in the near future Catherine will add a few more charities to the ones she will suppoet. And being a patron is not something that you work at as a regular job.

      I hope this helps. It takes alot of time and I could go on & on explaining it sall but this is it in a nut shell.

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    5. Hi Anonymous 3:38: Personally I prefer the term "balanced", rather than fickle. Do you think I can't make up my mind? Because that's what fickle means. I know my mind, and as I have said numerous times on this blog I really want Kate to do well, I think she's got great fashion sense and amazing poise. I also think she's a human being and, as such, is not perfect. I even pointed out an intiative that she could request to be involved in with Camilla. So I would argue on the other side, that those people who refuse to admit that someone can make a mistake from time time are living with blinders on. That's as fair as calling someone who can see positives and negatives "fickle". I have not called anyone here names, I have not insulted anyone's opinion, and try to be fair and balanced.

      By the way, I wish the anonymouses would use a name. I don't know if I'm replying to one person or many.

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  55. Jean from Lancs.8 February 2013 19:20

    Since the day that Catherine came back from her honeymoon, the media; magazines and bloggers including some on this site have been trying to guess if or when she would be pregnant. That must have been embarrassing--but now she is pregnant, but unfortunately she has suffered from one of the numerous illnesses which unfortunately can come with pregnancy.
    HG affects people in different ways--we had those who said she couldn't have it because she wouldn't have been able to get out of bed and those who said she was imagining it and must get to work as they had done. There have even been those who have decided they could better diagnose her condition from afar, than the two eminent obstetricians caring for her.
    In the last week she has seemed better and has ventured out and now she is on holiday--trying, I have no doubt to get some sun--very good for the vitamin D levels of mammas--to--be and therefore of the baby.
    We were told some weeks ago that she would begin engagements towards the end of February when she would be about halfway through the pregnancy.
    She has a duty to take the doctors advice,to ensure the health of her child.
    Please show a little empathy.

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    1. Sarah from Calif9 February 2013 02:44

      Hi Jean ,
      Wish I could pop over for a cup of tea ! and talk all things Royal. Have a lovely weekend :)

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    2. Amen to your comment.

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    3. Jean from Lancs.9 February 2013 15:11

      Hi Sarah,
      Wouldn't that be great.
      The TV is showing snow in California--hope it's not near you.

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  56. Very well said Debra in London and John and Joan overlooking the Smoky Mountains.

    I concur with each and every one of your comments. I also continue to wish Kate and Will and great vacation and a very healthy baby. I envy them being is such a lovely place in a gloomy time of year.

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  57. I think that one of the reasons they may have also taken this vacation even though many people see it as bad timing, is this is an annual family tradition and this will be the last time Catherine and William will be able to go before they are parents. I don't know much about HG, but it seems as though it can be somewhat unpredictable and I don't think any of us can judge whether or not she is "sick" at certain times. I think there is a very good chance she may have almost missed this vacation, but it's been obvious the past few weeks now that she is on the mend, or perhaps feeling almost cured of the illness, but again we can't REALLY know how often she is getting sick or not. I also think we should remember that going on the Jubilee tour, the photo scandal, and then what happened with the nurse while she was in the hospital on top of her being sick is A LOT for anyone to deal with in the 4 months or so all that happened. I would not be surprised if Catherine has had difficulty emotionally with all of it. I know I would. I do think she will step up her engagements for a while before their baby is born. I also think there is likely so much we don't understand that goes on behind the scenes in regards to scheduling visits, etc. I think Prince William obviously has more work in regards to his RAF duties and his royal duties, but again, I have actually been very pleased and surprised with how much Catherine has taken on since marrying into the Royal Family. Of course they are not perfect, and was this a bad PR move? Perhaps, but I don't think that necessarily means not going was the best either. Also, most of us don't have the luxury to visit such an amazing place every year and most of us have to work 5 days a week. Catherine doesn't because of her family's wealth and now because of her position. That is the way of the world, and I don't believe in begrudging them for it. Hopefully we will see more of the Duchess and again I will be very interested to see what new charities she takes on in the future. I do believe that she wants to work. Thank you Charlotte for your wonderful blog!

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  58. Sarah from Calif9 February 2013 02:32

    Elizabeth, I so agree with you . If the things that have already happened to Kate happened to me , I hope I would have the dignity she has shown.

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  59. I wish we didn't need to feel so judgmental about what we have never experienced and never will. I just enjoy reading about Kate and her journey from commoner to high profile royal.
    Colorado Eve

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  60. Kate, Texas, USA9 February 2013 05:34

    Wow! Alot more comments from the last time I checked yesterday morning. I hope William and Catherine are having an absolutely brilliant time on their holiday! While I wait for another post from the wonderful Charlotte, I will read my Hello magazine and British Vogue I picked up tonight. I don't remember who suggested checking Barnes and Noble for them a few posts back, but thank you! Hoping after the engagements start back up on the 19th people will become a little forgiving. :)

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  61. I am astonished that everyone seems to assume that William and Kate are in Mustique. I have seen no photographic
    proof, yet, if true, William and Kate would have had to pass through three airports and sat on two planes without one
    person taking a candid photo and posting it. Very unlikely.
    In my view, their disappearance could only have been accomplished if they travelled by private jet. Given the cost of
    hiring same--William has a miserable track record of spending money on either himself or Kate--I think that unlikely
    to say the least.
    If they are anywhere other than Wales, I think they--or at least he--is in Kenya, c/o the Craig familys private jet.
    Further to that, Williams idea of privacy is my idea of secrecy--so just what is he hiding folks....

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    1. I believe that it was confirmed by the palace that they are in mustique. It is a matter of time before photos are released.

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  62. Charlotte, I want to thank you for being fair with your moderation. I know you said you encourage constructive discussion and I admit I thought it was lip service. I stand corrected, and thank you for allowing the discussion to proceed.

    Unlike what many posters appear to think, I'm more than willing to have my opinions changed. More than willing, but people assume I'm not and that's sad.

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    1. Sarah from Calif.9 February 2013 21:22

      bluhare, I can see that from your writing you are open to opinions. I'm operating out of my Kindle and the home computer is dead. Won't be fixed for awhile (lack of work for my hubby in CA.). So I can't comment on a lot of things. Dont know if I could change your opinion but it would be great fun meeting in person and having a lively chat. Have a lovely weekend!

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