Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Child Bereavement UK Visit, Kate's Uncle Gives Hello! Interview, William's New Patronage + Our Queen

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the offices of Child Bereavement UK, at the charity's headquarters in The Clare Charity Centre in Saunderton, Buckinghamshire.

William and Kate chatted to wellwishers outside and were given two teddy bears for the baby. During the walkabout William joked he never gets flowers anymore just cold hands :)

Their Royal Highnesses met staff from the charity's Bereavement Services and Training and Fundraising teams separately before they were introduced to bereaved families involved in the Child and Young People's Service, the Young People's Advisory Group and a Parents' Support Group. It was no doubt a poignant visit for the couple who are expecting their first baby in July.

Sky's Paul Harrison Twitter

Sky's Paul Harrison kindly shared photos from the visit including this one of Kate chatting too British food writer and television presenter Mary Berry who is also a patron of Child Bereavement UK. The Duchess told Mary she is "a big fan of her cookbooks and cakes".

Sky's Paul Harrison Twitter

And during William's chat with Mary Berry he admitted "My wife is a big fan of yours and my stomach is a big fan of yours. I love chocolate brownies but could do with cooking lessons"!

Paul Harrison Twitter

Prince William became patron of the organisation in 2009, which was set up by one of Diana's best friends, Julia Samuels, to offer support to anyone dealing with the loss of a child, or for a child dealing with the loss of a parent. Princess Diana herself helped launch the charity in 1994.

Shortly after becoming patron, William spoke candidly about the devastating effects of losing his mother at just fifteen in the hopes of raising awareness of the charity's valuable work:

'Never being able to say the word "Mummy" again in your life sounds like a small thing. However for many, including me, it's now really just a word - hollow and evoking only memories. Initially, there is a sense of profound shock and disbelief that this could even happen to you. Real grief often does not hit home until much later. Life is altered as you know it, and not a day goes past without you thinking about the one you have lost.'

Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child dies or is dying, or a child is facing bereavement. Their vision is for all families to have the support they need to rebuild their lives. Over 5,000 professionals are trained each year to deliver bereavement support. The work of Child Bereavement UK is vital, and as William correctly said, it can take time for "grief to hit home" and children need all the support possible to get through such a devastating time in their lives, as do parents who have gone through the heartbreak of losing a child. I do hope today's visit helps to raise much needed awareness.

There are many ways to support Child Bereavement UK. You can donate or purchase an item from the online shop, such as memory boxes and precious love roses.

Child Bereavement UK

Kate shared a pair of earphones with a young boy. I wonder what they were listening to?

Paul Harrison Twitter

The Duke and Duchess helped the children pop bubble wrap much to their delight :)

Paul Harrison Twitter

More from The Mirror's story:

'The white family gave Kate a little Easter bunny and some chocolate.
Jocelyn White said: She said "I will make sure I pass that to William. She said "I will make sure he gets that and doesn't eat it all to himself.
Hayley Collins congratulated William on the couple's upcoming baby. She said: "He seemed really excited and Kate said "I'm overwhelmed by the number of hands' about the hands being thrust out from the crowd'.

Kate debuted a pretty new coat today by British brand Goat. The Redgrave heavy wool coat features a low collar, five button front fastening, stitching detail and two slanted open front pockets. The €650 coat is also available in black at Farfetch. Kate appears to be favouring pale pink/neutral pieces at the moment, very appropriate for Spring.


Goat, the label synonymous with understated luxury began as the go-to cashmere range for the fashion cognoscenti over a decade ago. The brand has developed in to a full ready to wear collection encompassing signature knits, dresses and outerwear. Found in over fifty stockists across the UK, Goat is a truly British brand headed up by founder and designer Jane Lewis. Celebrities including Sienna Miller, Gwyneth Paltrow and Victoria Beckham are huge fans of the brand. Could it become a new favourite of Kate's?

Kate teamed her coat with the Topshop Collar Contrast Dress underneath. The prim black shift styled with a Peter Pan collar features a back zip closure. I think the frock worked very well with the coat and together provided a chic but comfortable look and looked lovely on it's own (Kate rarely takes her coat off at engagements). The dress is also available in some sizes at Nordstrom for €68.79.

Topshop/Paul Harrison Twitter

Kate completed the look with her trusty Episode 'Angel' shoes, Cornelia James Gloves and Annoushka pearl earrings.

Splash News

I thought it a very pretty ensemble for the Duchess, perfect for spring and appropriate for the occasion. Kate has a great talent for mixing designer with high street as she was demonstrated perfectly today. On another note, her hair is getting so long, it looks fantastic. Let us know what you thought of Kate's sartorial choices?

Do take a look at this wonderful article by the Express The Duke and Duchess of Cuddles. Whilst William and Kate were talking with bereaved parents William said "I feel like I should give you all a hug". Each of the mothers and fathers in the group then took it in turns to hug the couple. A very touching visit for the Duke and Duchess (with many thanks to CP).

Child Bereavement UK


Yet again Kate graces the cover of Hello! Magazine but this week there's a difference - the Duchess's uncle Gary Goldsmith has given the magazine an exclusive interview. Given Kate's status there is no doubt the deal was a lucrative one for Mr. Goldsmith. The royals value their privacy above all else and it is very rare for a close friend, let alone a family member to give an interview to the press about their connections. 


I read the interview this morning (with thanks to my fiancé for popping out very early to pick up a copy :)) The interview and photoshoot took place at his $6 million villa in Ibiza (often referred to as 'Maison De Bang Bang in the press) which is currently on the market. He reveals William loved the villa and enjoyed mud baths there. The photoshoot features a selection of photos of Gary with his 11-year-old daughter Tallulah who Kate "danced around the living room with" when Tallulah was four.

So what does Gary Goldsmith have to say about Kate?

On meeting William at the Middletons' home:

'William was very attentive to Kate. You could see there was something there, they were helping each other - it was almost like hand in glove. They produced the meal for us while we all sat around drinking. It was obvious that things were serious. 

The 2007 break up:

'Kate was very low, spending a huge amount of time on the phone, walking around the pool'.

Kate and Pippa:

'They are different. Kate works really hard at everything. She is brilliant at whatever she turns her hand to, but works at it, throwing herself into everything. Whereas Pip, everything seems to come very easily. They were both head of sports teams {at school}, but you just know that it was something Kate had strived for -  and you also know that it was just given to Pip because she is a bit brilliant'.

How Kate is coping with her royal role:

'She is so kind hearted - a beautiful girl inside and out. I think that is the Kate people are seeing and the Kate I know. She is this confident, clever, caring girl who has taken her responsibilities in marriage and job incredibly seriously. I think everyone thinks she's sincere, in love and doing her job to the best of her ability.

Baby Cambridge:

'Kate's going to make a brilliant mum. She's a very kind hearted girl. You couldn't want for a better kid, and that's going to shine through with her as a parent. Would I play a part in the future monarch's upbringing? Of course I would. And I'd love my daughter to be involved in that. My little princess is massively into the family'.

While Mr Goldsmith only said positive things about his family the interview is being viewed as cashing in on his royal connection with several royal commentators calling it a "betrayal". Former Buckingham Palace spokesperson Dickie Arbiter told the Daily Mail:

'He has sold the family out. He's cooked his goose on this one.'
The Palace refused to comment on whether or not Kate had prior knowledge of the interview, but I cannot imagine the Duchess or the Middleton family is happy about it but given how close the family are, I don't think it will be ultimately very damaging. What are your thoughts? For those of you in the US who wish to purchase the magazine, it's available at Barnes and Noble.


Prince William attended a lunch at the Kennel Club in London yesterday in aid of his latest patronage, the Windsor Greys Jubilee Appeal.

The Court Circular

A group of Windsor residents are in the process of raising £200,000 to install a statue of a pair of Her Majesty's Windsor Grey horses on the roundabout at the junction of Kings Road and Albert Road by June next year.

Windsor Greys Jubilee Appeal

One of the residents leading the campaign, Rosemary Ussher said:

'We are extremely pleased the Duke of Cambridge is on board and we will be planning some events later this year. The appeal is going strong and we are all very confident we will reach the target in time to pay for the first mould to be made.'

Around £25,000 has been raised thus far for the statue which will commemorate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.

Interestingly, the media were not told about the engagement beforehand. Royal reporter Richard Palmer notes this may be a sign of things to come when William becomes a full-time royal.

Richard Palmer Twitter


Next, our fashion tidbit for today. I know some of you are fans of Kate favourite Warehouse clothing. The mid-season sale has arrived with up to 50% off Sale Items. There are several styles in the sale which I thought were 'very Kate' including the Lace Shoulder Batwing Top, the Origami Front Dress, the Paisley Print Dress and the Smock Panel Tunic Dress.



ITV's Our Queen aired on Sunday night. The much publicised landmark documentary painted an in-depth portrait of Her Majesty during the Diamond Jubilee year. Featuring a series of interesting interviews with members of the royal family and a behind-the-scenes look at the life of the Queen. It's an enthralling and fascinating watch. If you haven't seen it already (or wish to see it again), it's available to watch on YouTube channel UK Television USA.


We finish today's packed post with a photo of Kate from the luncheon Sunday kindly shared by @karenengland69 (with many thanks to the eagle-eyed @RoyalKateDebate). We didn't see many photos from inside so it's nice to get a glimpse!

@karenengland 69 Twitter

Kate will spend Friday volunteering at Great Tower Scout Camp :)


  1. Lovely outfit and such a cute dress!
    I guess that some people will say that the coat is too short but I don't mind, she's young and has perfect legs so why not show them?! :)


  2. Look at the young lad looking at Kate (in the photo from Sunday's luncheon)! Cute! :)

    Love her outfit today - totally appropriate and on trend. Very nice.

    As for Uncle Gary - well, he had nothing but positive things to say about Kate and William.

    Also I agree with Uncle Gary that Kate works hard at what she wants to achieve. Kate has worked - is working - and will continue to work - hard at being the best wife, royal, and mother that she can be.

  3. I love the dress and the coat. I think her hair looks messy in the pictures where she and William are outside, but when she is inside (w/o her coat) her hair looks glossy and smart. I wonder if maybe, cognizant of the fact that she would probably do a walk-about, she should have pinned her hair half-back. That said, gorgeous look!

  4. She looks fantastic! :) And what touching words from Prince William.

  5. Wow, you are so quick, Charlotte, thanks! I enjoy reading all of your posts! Keep up good work!

  6. Ana B. from Brazil19 March 2013 at 17:18

    Truly beautiful cause to support! And with the perfect timing, I suppose. My best wishes to all these people who are helping and for all of those who need help and are recieving it there.
    This is one me favourites outfits Catherine has worn!
    Pretty and truly outstanding! I just love the Peter-Pan collar and have many pieces with it.
    She is glowing! And her hair is just... Very, very beautiful! I love this straighter hairstyle she has been favouring lately. I think it favours her face.
    Well, I guess it's been a long time since I was so excited about an outfit she was wearing, like I am now!
    Thank you for your speed, Charlotte! A terrific post, as always!
    Hugs :)

  7. Lovely look,and I agree that some posters will say its too short but that is fashionable and I think she is appropriately dressed. Catherine is glowing and William looks so happy.

    Re Uncle Gary - this article was very positive BUT he was trailing his future book and goodness knows what will be in there! But he's off the invitation list IMO.

    Well done getting this out so quickly

  8. Jenna from Germany19 March 2013 at 17:25

    I really like her outfit today! Very chic, but also fresh and young!
    As for the hair, I'm really jealous, because my hair has nearly the same structure, only a few more waves, and is thick as well, but unfortunately really long hair like the Duchess is wearing it doesn't look good on me...my face has the wrong shape! :D

    I was really moved by what William said about losing his mother. My mother died when I was 14, so roughly the same age William was when he lost his mother, and what he said is so true. The grief just hits you when you don't expect it, often much later, when you just are at the point where you thought you could cope with the loss.
    I hope this visit will raise awareness to this cause!

    Best Wishes!

  9. I think Gary's interview was a terrible (but surely profiting) idea. The Middletons have always had the perfect attitude towards the media: silence and discretion. But it's not surprising, Kate's uncle appears to be very different and involved in some scandals now and then.. What a shame.

    On another note: Will and Kate's visit to this institution must have been very special, given Princess Diana's involvement in this charity (I had no idea) and the fact that they are expecting their own child.

    Kate's outfit is perfect: black/white combo is very much on trend this spring! The dress is adorable, that little white collar is a lovely detail.
    Hugs from Portugal!

  10. Jean from Lancs.19 March 2013 at 17:55

    Great outfit; lovely coat and the dress spot on.
    I suppose they are a bit shorter than she has been wearing clothes, but with opaque tights they look great.
    Length must be difficult for her when she buys off the peg, as she is obviously taller than average---trouble is that when pregnant, if you have to wait for clothes to be made, you will probably have changed shape again by the time the piece is ready.
    Pity that her uncle has seen fit to give an interview--not a good thing to do.
    Her hair is looking good and seems much longer--three engagements since Saturday with a different style each time and I like them all.
    The bereavement charity has grown a lot, helped first of all by Princess Diana and then by Prince William and now by the Duchess too. They help to get the money to allow the staff to give the assistance where needed.

  11. Pauline Oak Hills19 March 2013 at 18:02

    Thank you again Charlotte for this grat post. I loved the way the Duchess dressed today. See looked very chic.

    Her & William were just glowing. In a few of the pictures you can really tell now that she is pregnant. I can go on and on but all I can say is just so beautiful & stunning mommy & daddy to be.

    Now I wonder after Friday if she will return to Wales for some R & R with William. She has realy been busy the past few weeks. I just hope she does not over does it and that she is getting enough rest. She has no more engagements on the books does she?

  12. I have to say pregnancy suits Kate very well. She really is glowing. Her outfit is beautiful, but it is too short. Sorry, everyone, but she's 32?, pregnant and on an engagement representing the royal family. Not a personal excursion. Her hemline should be an couple of inches longer.

    1. I completely agree - Just because you can, doesn't mean you should. If I every wear a skirt/dress that short to work, I always wear flats plus I'm only 5' 4" so there isn't that much leg length showing and I'm still in my twenties.

    2. Pauline Oak Hills19 March 2013 at 19:20

      @bluhare- I disagree with you regarding the length of the Duchess's dress. She is a very beautiful woman and has the figure even being pregnant to wear her clothes at any length.

    3. I think that the dress would be more appropriate a length if she had worn flats. Sometimes these shorter hems combined with sky-high heels don't look nice.

    4. Totally agree with you and all your comments bluhare, well said.

    5. I also agree - way too short. It's going to be one of those things she looks back on and wonders why she was not told to wear longer dresses. With the PeterPan collar on the shift dress as we call that look in the US, it looks like a baby doll dress. It only is sort of saved by the fact she wore her hair down and looked dark - dark dress with dark hair, dark tights - that is what pulled it together to be OK ... the styling. If she were to put the dress on with nude stockings it would look really silly...but maybe she will wear the dress with sandals just for casual and not in public later when it warms up..that is if it still fits. She like most women come June is going to be way out there and this probably won't fit and certainly she won't be able to wear a coat buttoned up unless it's a maternity one. Seems she does not want to wear maternity clothing until she absolutely has to - that said, most women are that way and want to buy as few real maternity pieces as possible these days - not like the 80's when they were both born. Anyhow...way, way too short....I don't care that she has great legs and is in good shape. She is too old to wear skirts as short as she does now still.

    6. I think she looked smashing. Chic but also youthful. She's only 31 for goodness sake!

    7. Agree with all of the people who would like to see Kate wear lower hems. Yes, of course she has great legs, but that does NOT mean it's appropriate or tasteful for her to wear dresses that hit the top of her thigh given her age and position. During this appearance and her appearance at the horse races that Saturday, there were honestly some photos where it looked like she had simply forgotten to wear pants that day - not a good look for the future queen of England!

  13. Kate, Texas, USA19 March 2013 at 18:33

    I think Child Bereavement is a wonderful charity to support and one that we all know is personal to William's heart. It looks like it was a wonderful and meaningful visit. I am sure just being there with Julia Samuels and visiting with some of the children might bring back some painful memories for William. It's great that he has Kate by his side to support him today and with this charity. Don't you know Diana would be proud? :) There's a bit of sadness seeing the children, but I am sure they were excited to see Will and Kate. I love Kate listening to the earphones and both of them popping the bubble wrap. No doubt that Kate's kindness and William's compassion would shine through coming in contact with the children. :) Loved those pictures!

    Kate looked lovely and classy as usual! I am a fan of black and white, so I loved her look today! Her hair looks beautiful too! I love how long it is!

    Gary Goldsmith's interview....why? I had already read some excerpts from Hello and wondered if anything would be posted. Although he didn't seem to say anything damaging, we all know Royals cherish their privacy and discretion, so why would he do the interview? Wonder what the reaction from the Middleton's will be? One positive is that he does confirm what most of us think of Will and Kate's relationship, mutual love and great friendship, and what I think of Kate as a person, kind, loving, genuine, and "beautiful inside and out". As far as if he'll have a part in the life of the future monarch, not too sure on that. I guess we'll see.

    Looking forward to watching Our Queen on You Tube. I am sure it will be a great tribute! As far as William's engagement on Monday, has there been any word on his future plans? Charlotte, has there been any chat within the royal circles? Any upcoming announcement?

    Love the picture from Sunday's lunch! Anyone notice the little guy in the back checking Kate out? "Wow, she's beautiful and I'm standing right next to her!" Too cute!!!

  14. Lovely to see the duchess in a new outfit today! Love the coat and the dress - even though they seem just a bit on the short side. I think her long hair is great. I know if I had hair like hers, I would be growing it long too!

    Thanks for the info on the Warehouse sale, Charlotte! I just might have to purchase myself a couple of things :-) I love the origami dress!

  15. Charlotte, your doing such a great job!
    Kate looks beautiful as she always does.... BUT what happened to her shoes??? I'm sorry but I have to say they look very dirty!!!!

  16. she looks so cute! nice maternity wear

  17. Thanks Charlotte for posting so promptly.

    I think the colours Kate chose are very appropriate and I love her long, natural looking hair, but I am one of those who thinks the coat is too short and too short for the dress. The dress is lovely and so reasonable priced but having it peek out from under the coat looks messy. She's done that a couple of times before, it's not the perfect grooming of some of the other royal ladies. Still the duchess looks radiant and that's what counts.

    An extremely touching visit to an extremely important charity. I lost both my parents in the last couple of years and grief does eat at you. Hospice sent a social worker and it helped to be able to talk. A great charity for William to take on, the perfect way to honour his mother.

    1. I expect she has a few more important things to worry about, rather than her dress peeping out from under her coat by an inch..

  18. Jean from Lancs.19 March 2013 at 19:19

    Thanks for the info on the last posting about the date William appointed ADC to the Queen.
    Started to put this in yesterday, then the phone rang and I forgot later.

    1. Kate, Texas, USA20 March 2013 at 02:17

      Jean, I had asked in yesterday's post about the significance of William's appointment of ADC to the Queen. Is it just more a ceremonial position in representing the Queen? Just curious. :)

  19. I love this coat, so sweet and elegant at the same time. However, I am not sure if it's the best fit for Kate. Kate is a very pretty girl but she doesn't leave an impression on me as "gamine"...

  20. I really liked this outfit but wasn't sure about the color black again for a childrens event like when she wore head to toe black to the childrens hospital I cringed a bit.

    However, about the Gary article he really did sell them out but the most interesting thing about the article was actually Pippa and I'll tell you why. I've heard from lots of people that Pippa has always been the 'favorite' and things 'come naturally' to her. I've always thought Kate looked more 'effortless' and Pippa seemed to struggle but from everything I hear from people very close to the family they say its the opposite. I find that very interesting and not something people have ever touched on before. I've even heard a cousin mention that if anything 'Pippa' should have been the more appropriate choice for William. That's really bizarre to think that Kate's family would think that when I've never gotten that impression at all but then again I don't know them personally.

    All in all I thought it was one of their best visits and they seemed warm and friendly.

    1. I agree with your sentiments regarding wearing black to such events. There's no need to look like you're going to a funeral. I just can't help but believe that Kate simply doesn't like color. Wearing print or bright colors to this event would have been so appropriate.

      And had she worn her hair up in any way, it would have not only been more professional but also a nice way to showcase the collar.

    2. Really good point. While black and white are very on trend now...still a flower print or a brighter shade would have been better at a Bereavement Center...I don't think that was on her mind as much as sticking with darker colors for not just winter but also to keep folks from really seeing much of her bump.

    3. Pauline Oak Hills19 March 2013 at 21:59

      Look at the pictures, the other ladies are wearing black too. I am sure that the Duchess did her research like she does for every engagements when she decides what to wear.

    4. The Cambridges have many PR, secretaries etc who do the research for them. I would not assume that she researchs and probably just reads the reports while she gets her hair done and her tan sessions.

  21. I hate the dress way too short, ugly shape and childish collar. However love the coat but again a little too short.

    1. I also like the coat - but the dress...gosh I made dresses like this to wear in the 60's! It's 'dutchy' as my mom used to call the look - not flattering. Her rusty pink floral dress she hid under a coat recently would have be a much better look for this visit. You don' wear black to a bereavement center!

    2. The dress reminds me the uniform of a cleaning lady!

  22. Charlotte could you include this link to the Express article by Richard Palmer as it explains the meeting between William/Catherine and 8 bereaved parents and gives more detail about the incredible work this charity does. Thank you


    1. Lovely write-up of William and Kate's visit. Thank you for posting the link CP.

    2. Thanks for posting this link. I think it's good to have a reminder of what this visit was all about rather than just admiring Kate's clothes, great as she looked. Annie, UK

    3. Thank you CP for this link! The meeting was incredibly touching!

      Monica, France

  23. Kate looks lovely although I wonder why she wore total black, it looked funeral-ish,,to me.She could've added a brooch or a flower to give it a sparkle.Love the coat, though. What her uncle Gary said was very appropriate. That was such nonsense saying it was betrayal and his goose is cooked.Im sure Gary and Hello magazine mustve known what they were getting into,,with the interview.
    Onward to the 22nd engagement!! :o)Thanks Charlotte!!xoxo

  24. I love this look and I, for one, adore the dress peeping out from a swing coat, very stylish and very young yet classic at the same time!! The look was appropriate for the day and for the visit. I think we're all so used to seeing celebrities flaunt their "baby bump" in sheer, clingy, cheap ensembles - or not covering their bellies at all - that we think it's the norm for every pregnant woman. Kate is staying fashionable, low-key and classy during her pregnancy and has obviously invested in pieces that she can wear again post-pregnancy. William's words were wonderful and showed a sensitive, caring side we don't often see of him. I lost my mother in 2011 and my dad just this past year so his words definitely struck a chord. As for the Goldsmith piece, I think it wasn't a matter of if he would sell the family's story, just a matter of when. Even before they married, Carole Middleton's brother was regarded as the loose cannon in the whole family set-up. I'm sure it was upsetting but not entirely unexpected.

  25. Also, for anyone looking for a similar edition of the black and white blouse that Kate wore while walking on the mountain in Switzerland, the US chain Kohl's has a blouse in their Lauren Conrad line that is remarkably similar in design, pattern and fit. It's called the LC dot pleated top and is available in several colors and patterns including the black dot on white that is similar to Kate's blouse.

  26. Kate, Texas, USA20 March 2013 at 02:41

    Lovely and touching article in the Express. Thanks for sharing CP and Charlotte. As I said before, I am sure some of the conversations and people William came in contact with would bring back some painful memories from his own experience in losing his mother. I am glad he has Kate to love and support him. I think after the day was done that she probably gave him a hug and kiss and said well done in what might have been a day that brought back a flood of emotions. I think what was mentioned in the article shows William's transparency in speaking to the parents and children. William completely understands the grief and sadness. William and Kate allowed those today to express and feel their emotions without trying to fix them. I think that's the purpose of Child Bereavement and it's why it's a fabulous charity for them to give attention to.

    On You Tube you can watch the short speech William gave when he became patron of Child Bereavement. He was there for the Mother's Day campaign in March 2009. It is very touching and does bring a tear to your eye. Charlotte, I am sure you know this, but others might not. :)

  27. Are her shoes that expensive she can't afford to buy more? They look pretty old! Truth be told i think that's nice that she don't care about wearing everything new.

  28. Congrats on your engagement Charlotte!! :)

    I don't like that Kate's uncle sold her and William out to the magazine. I doubt the queen is too happy either . This isn't Gary's first transgression either. He probably will be cut out forever from her and the royal family.

  29. Thanks for another excellent post, Charlotte! I thought Kate looked young and fresh today. How lovely that she and William spent time with both parents and children. It looked like the Duke & Duchess were very empathetic and consoling. Child Bereavement is wonderful, necessary charity and I hope it's around for decades.

    Thank you for the link to the Express article, too.

    I really disliked the fact that Kate's uncle felt the need to sell out his family. I can't imagine that Kate & William could trust him after this...

    I watched Our Queen whilst packing our bags to head home. What a marvelous documentary! And it took my mind off the fact that we're leaving the beach to go back to over three feet of snow! :o)

  30. Kate's dress is an ASOS maternity dress retailing at £20, note the longer sleeves. Although unavailable in that colourway at the moment, just rust/black at the moment :)

    Great write up :)

    1. Hello Lauren, Thank you so much for sharing. The Palace officially announced it's a Topshop dress :)

  31. there will be another engagement for kate today:) this time with the Queen and Prince Phillip

  32. Hi everybody! As I am not English mother tongue, I don't understand a sentence that Catherine said during this engagement. She said: "I have a bun in the oven". Is is a metaphor or is the meaning literal?
    Thank you very much to all my English friends!

    1. "Having a bun in the oven" means expecting a baby : )

  33. I love her coat normally people dont choose black to prefer i love the duke speech i moved by tears

  34. Robin Indiana USA
    Thank you Charlotte for the lovely post . I really enjoyed all of the pictures of the Duchess and I thought she looked cute and her coat . She looked so very spring like. The UK child bereavement center will help a lot of families and children . I wished they had something like that when Cameron passed away . They now have something in the States called Hospice House and they really do a great job for we used them before my dad passed away and they really did help the family. They stayed with the family for an entire year and kept checking up on us just to make sure we were okay. Kate is really going to do really well with this charity. The Duke had a wonderful speech. They are going to be fantastic parents hands on. Diana would have been so proud of both of them at the ease in which they show compassion.

  35. I like the white coat, very attractive. Some people have written here that they think that her skirts have been too short recently; I feel the same, really. I don't understand why she wears those suede leather shoes, they look too worn in the photos. The little suede brown ankle boots that she has worn a few times; the first time on her pre-wedding engagement in Anglesey also look too worn. I suppose that suede does not wear well, quickly marks.

  36. The black and white dress the Catherine wore to Child Bereavement reminded me of a black and white peter-pan collar dress that her sister has: http://pippa-middleton.co.uk/pippa-black-white-dress/


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