Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Kate's Day In Grimsby, Reveals Baby Is Kicking + More

The Duchess of Cambridge carried out a series of engagements in the seaside town of Grimsby today.


Kate was given a posy of flowers by three year old Lucy Bell.


The visit got off to a late start because Kate's helicopter was delayed by fog which led to eager fans suggesting Prince William should have come to the rescue (as all dashing princes do) and piloted the chopper :)

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Kate's first stop was a visit to the National Fishing Heritage Centre where the Duchess learned more about Grimsby's fishing heritage and discovered what life was like for trawlermen and their families in the 1950s as well as the difficulties the fishing industry now faces. The centre evokes the fishing markets in terms of sights, sounds and smells - one reporter said, "one or two interesting smells for her when she gets in there."


I thought the Fishing Heritage Centre an excellent choice for Kate's first engagement in Grimsby because fishing is so important for the Lincolnshire town in terms of heritage and livelihood. According to legend, Grimsby was actually founded by Grim, a Danish fisherman in the 9th century.


The Alexandra Docks and National Fishing Heritage Centre.

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The Duchess, who is around twenty-one weeks pregnant, did a walkabout outside the centre and greeted crowds who were chanting "We want Kate, we want Kate".


The Duchess also made an unscheduled stop at St Andrew's Hospice where she met ten patients. One of the elderly patients said "I'm waiting for you to be Queen". Kate laughed and said "You might be waiting a long time!".


The crowd also asked Kate is the baby is kicking to which she replied "I can feel it kick".

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Kate enjoyed talking with the locals and looked delighted to receive cards.


In all the time I've been writing about Kate's engagements, I have never seen such a buzz surround a royal visit. The people of Grimsby have been incredibly excited about the Duchess's visit. This is Grimsby has been providing stellar coverage of the visit and revealed readers ranging in age from eight to eighty had been in touch to share their excitement. Messages of support for the visit came in from around the globe and were passed on to Her Royal Highness.

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Margaret Peacock was the first to arrive at the Fishing Heritage Centre ahead of Kate's visit. She got there at 6.45 a.m clutching a copy of The Grimsby Telegraph with the headline 'Grimsby Welcome You'.

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Crowds started to gather at 8 a.m. despite the cold and foggy weather.

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This is Grimsby's editor Michelle Lalor poignantly shared her feelings on the visit in this message:

'It would seem that our new breed of Royals have seen fresh interest and hope injected into the future of our monarchy. There have been dark days in the past - at the height of which the family's popularity among the British public dipped to what was probably the lowest point in recent history. However what has remained steadfast, even in those days, was the overall feeling among the majority of those in Britain that our Royal family is an institution that must remain.
 Kate visiting Grimsby when the international spotlight is most definitely on her is one big way of showing, to the world, that our new Royals are committed to changing their focus. This is a great town in many, many respects but certainly not the most glamorous - yet Kate brought the world's media here.'

There has been talk about the possibility Kate may have revealed the sex of her baby. During the walkabout a lady handed her a teddy bear. The Duchess said "Thank you, I'll take it for my d..." prompting speculation Kate is expecting a baby girl. You can decide for yourself by watch the video at Sky News.


Kate also visited Peaks Lane Fire Station, part of Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, where the Duchess met young people who are turning their lives around with a programme run by her father-in-law's charity The Prince's Trust, delivered in partnership with Humberside Fire and Rescue Service. It is a challenging time for Grimsby's youth with one in three struggling to find employment.

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The town has the highest number of 16 to 24-year-olds out of education, training and employment throughout Britain so The Trust's Team programme is immensely helpful. Young people on the scheme take part in a residential, a community project and work experience. It was reported Kate discussed the project with Prince Charles in preparation for visit.

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Kate learned more about the project during her conversation with participants.

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The The Prince's Trust shared their excitement about the Duchess's first engagement for the charity via twitter:

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A fireman jokingly asked the Duchess if she would like to go down the fireman's pole :)

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Next, the Duchess officially opened Havelock Academy's new £18 million building. During the visit she met a photography group, watched an expressive arts display and viewed the academy's sports facilities. Kate is passionate about photography and sports and no doubt enjoyed the visit.

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Kate elected to recycle her Hobbs 'Celeste' coat.

Hobbs 'Celeste' 

The Duchess purchased in Sloane Square in September 2011 reduced from £369 to £182 and wore it during a visit to Liverpool on Valentine's Day and most recently on Christmas Day in Berkshire.


It is described as:
'Wrap up warm in this stunning double crepe wool coat. In a sumptuous seasonal chestnut brown, this coat subtly flares from the hips. It's given an on trend toughened edge thanks to the leather stud fastening, cuff straps and waisted belt'.

Kate teamed her coat with a Great Plains dress. The Cezanne Paintbox Pleated Dress is a printed tunic dress which features a boat neck, short sleeves, a pleated skirt and is 100% polyester. The dress comes in a number of prints, Kate's appears to be winter pink. The dress is currently reduced from £75 to £48 at House of Fraser and the official website.


Great Plains

Great Plains is part of the French Connection family and celebrates style and good quality at affordable prices. The collections include basic everyday clothing, striking on trend pieces and pretty printed loose fitting dresses with forgiving lines. Below we look at the £60 Artist's Roses Tunic Dress, the £120 Sugar and Spice Dress, the £65 Velo Bike Print Dress and the £55 Sissy Spot Dress.

Great Plains
Kate accessorised with her favourite Annoushka pearl earrings on Kiki McDonough hoops.

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Kate completed her look with a black clutch, Episode 'Angel' black pumps and her Cornelia James Bow Gloves. The pretty gloves are available in satin lycra at BLACK.

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I thought it a great look for her, I've always loved the Hobbs 'Celeste' coat and the Great Plains dress is a lovely piece and Kate's hair looked amazing! What did you think of Kate's sartorial choices today?


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Prince William didn't make the visit with Kate today due to RAF commitments, but the couple will carry out a joint engagement on March 17th. St James's Palace announced the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend a St. Patrick's Day parade at Mons Barracks, home to the Irish Guards. Kate will present shamrock to Officers and Guardsmen (including William who was made Colonel of the regiment in 2011) and the Cambridges will visit the Guardsmen's cookhouse and take lunch privately in the Officers' Mess before departing.

Many of you will remember Kate visited the barracks on St. Patrick's Day last year. It's becoming something of a tradition for the Duchess and an engagement we could very well see her carry out annually.


We can expect to see Kate in green for the event, a great colour for her!

134 comments:

  1. I think this is the dress

    http://www.greatplains.co.uk/product/Woman+Sale+Dresses/J1BA8/Cezanne+Paintbox+Pleated+Dress.htm

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  2. Really love the duchess simple and elegant plus the she been delayed form the fog charlotte your fast i heard it twitter no im here at your blog

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  3. Charlotte,
    Is her dress the Chezanne Paintbox pleated dress here http://www.greatplains.co.uk/product/Woman+Sale+Dresses/J1BA8/Cezanne+Paintbox+Pleated+Dress.htm
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    It's on sale!

    Sarah, TN

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    1. Sarah and Anonymous - It is indeed :)

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  4. Oh, you are one quick lady Charlotte, I´ve been following DC visit on pages of Grimsby and I´m wondering how quickly you put together all the information, even the ID of her dress, wonderful!
    When I saw the foggy weather, the Hobbs coat immediately came to my mind (maybe because of its warm chestnut colour + an association with another Kate´s visit on her own in Liverpool) so I wasn´t surprised when she emerged from the car wearing it. I always liked this coat and I liked she changed the complements to make it a bit different. She recently seems to be in a "brown" mood which IMHO really suits her, more than black. Despite I´m more of "up do" club I really like the way she now wears her hair loos, a bit puffed up and with weavy ends, recalling 60´s/70´s.
    Grimbsy people was really excited about the visit,wasn´t they? I can´t recall any local coverage like this in any visit before. But honestly, I wouldn´t have waited 5 hours in any weather for anybody, my interest has its limits :)

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    1. Hello Mia,

      I generally research the visit thoroughly and get basic information prepared an hour or so before the arrival and I post as soon as photos are available and generally add all info that comes in as soon as I can.

      Girmsby has been so excited, I hope they all enjoy the visit!

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  5. It was so nice of This Is Grimsby to offer a chance for us to send her a message! It was so neat to see my message published on their site and here as well! Im a huge fan of your blog! I can now say I've been "published" in the UK! :)

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    2. Mine was posted as well! I about fell off the chair when I saw it, then ran into the bedroom to tell my husband.

      He wasn't nearly as excited. LOL

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    3. I had the same joy when I saw mine had been published as well, and shown on this blog! Thank you, Charlotte, and so happy to see the Duchess out and about looking well.

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    4. LOL my boyfriend wasn't too excited about it either. All he said was "That's cool."

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  6. Do you think Kate is trying to tell us something about the gender of her child by wearing her ruby ring continuously?

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    1. Kate, Texas, USA5 March 2013 at 17:07

      I am curious as to why it would point towards a gender? The birthstone for July is ruby, but I think others have said this is a ring she has worn in the past. Not sure...just curious. :)

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    2. I still wonder if it's a garnet. That's her birthstone for January. Ruby could be a hint too about the baby's birth because it's the birthstone for July but I don't see the connection with the baby's sex. Can you tell us, Anonymous 47:14?

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  7. Was the dress that Kate wore under the Reiss coat at the opening of St. George's Park ever identified? I saw a picture this morning in a slide show that had a hint of the dress showing at the bottom. It looked fairly similar to the print of the dress that she has on today.

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  8. Love the fact she chose to go to Grimsby but I wish she would have worn something new to draw even more attention. Wouldn't have to be something expensive. Everyone loves the fact she wears high street, but she saves most of her new outfits for private affairs like weddings or for tours. It's a bit of same old, same old for Britain. Diana always overdressed a bit, and wore clothes you might wear to a wedding for her engagements. (And foreget Vivienne Westwoord, she's sold more clothes than Kate could ever wear so who is she to talk.) Know it's hard to get the balance right but just a thought.

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  9. Here is the picture of Kate at St. George's Park. You can see that just a bit of the dress is visible right above her knee. It's similar to today's dress, but I can't tell if it's the same one.

    http://www.elleuk.com/star-style/celebrity-style-files/kate-middleton-s-style-file#image=15

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    1. Sarah from Western Australia5 March 2013 at 21:44

      I think you might be right, it does look like today's dress.

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  10. The Duchess looked beautiful today, I loved her choice of dress and coat. The colors are warm and cozy, but the whole ensemble is very elegant. I am so happy to see the excitement surrounding her visit today. I would easily wait five hours to get the opportunity to meet her! Lol! Kim from Arizona

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  11. Pauline Oak Hills5 March 2013 at 16:10

    Wow Ms. Charlotte you are good. Thank you for this great post today on our Duchess. She is looking so good and healthy. I love the fact that the Duchess was so open about her baby moving. And then when one of the firemen asked her if she wanted to go down the pole and her remark was "don't tempt me". I can just picture her going down the pole...lol

    Thank you again Charlotte for all your hard work on this great blog. And I will say it again and again, you are the best.

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  12. Jean from Lancs.5 March 2013 at 16:10

    It is being reported that the Duchess made an unscheduled stop at a Hospice, before going on to the school.
    I like the coat very much and she is certainly getting some use out of it-with different accessories each time.
    Lovely to see how enthusiastic the crowds were--that I believe is how most people view her, rather than those commenting on DM-although those comments seem to be the same people over and over again.
    You are so good to us Charlotte, with your speedy blogs and all the information about her clothes.

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    1. Sarah from Calif.6 March 2013 at 00:38

      Jean I love that unscheduled stop.
      Can you imagine if the people didn't know she was popping in! Surprise the Duchess of Cambridge is now in the building!

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  13. LKC in South Carolina5 March 2013 at 16:14

    Kate looked perfect for what she was doing and her smile always seems to be from the heart. She certainly gave the people in this town a reason to smile also.

    One thing I like about Kate is that she seems to be able to know when to "dress down" which to me puts more emphasis on her work and less on what she is wearing. I've noticed too at weddings she makes sure the bride is the Princess for the day (or she tries to) by not dressing too flashy.

    Loved the comment about the long wait for her to be queen!;-)

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  14. Ana B. from Brazil5 March 2013 at 16:14

    Hello!
    Nice visit! I hope Grimsby can recieve the attention needed once I've read it is a place in decline. No wonder the citizen's excitement!
    I have always liked this brown coat, and the color really suits Catherine. I think it is one of her "colors"! The dress beneath the coat is lovely! The Duchess does have a great sense of style!
    I've been noticing she is wearing her hair straighter than usual, lately. And I think it looks very pretty.
    Well, I believe our next official sighting is 12 days away!
    Thank you for the post, Charlotte!
    Hugs :)

    PS: @Pauline - Oak Hills: My friend, I answered your reply to my comment! Please, check it in the previous post :)

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  15. I know we were expecting the post(s) this morning about her engagements today, but it always feels like such a treat to see the duchess out and about! She is looking so healthy and happy; she is truly glowing! Her hair looks fabulous and while her sartorial choices weren't necessarily exciting, they were perfectly suited for today's engagements, in my opinion. Thank you for the wonderfully detailed post (as usual!), Charlotte!

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  16. I forgot to mention - what a difference in her appearance between when we last saw her wearing the Hobbs coat and today! She looks so pale, thin, and sickly at Christmas; and so rounded out and glowing today. So glad she appears to be doing so well!

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  17. Thank you so much for the wonderful coverage. I think the excitement of this village over Kate's visit should put to rest any questions over the awful statements Hilary Mantel made about Kate. I am still smarting over that. I, too, am waiting for Kate to be Queen. I have a feeling, though, the she and William are not as anxious as the rest of us are. I cannot begin to imagine the pressure that goes along with it. I look forward to her appearance on March 17.

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    1. Read the posts here. Aside from a couple of asides about her work, it's all about how she looks and what she's wearing. Not about whether she has any substance. Although Jean was nice enough to point out she made an unscheduled stop at a hospice.

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    2. Jean from Lancs.5 March 2013 at 20:20

      For an author Hilary Mantel does not appear to be very observant---there is nothing false or plastic about the Duchess. You only have to watch her smile--it lights up her eyes and her whole face.
      For a young woman (to be honest to me--a girl), not royal by birth she has fitted to the role superbly.
      Like the lady in Grimsby, I shall almost certainly not be around when she becomes Queen, but it is nice to think the monarchy will be safe far ahead.

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    3. Jean Mantel's opinion seems to come from forums that do not like Kate so they only show the one picture of Kate that supports their views. Kate is actually very goofy, she makes goofy faces which to me shows the opposite of plastic. Who could see those photos from Wimbledon and believe that Kate is plastic. She is not Posh Spice who rarely smiles for her image.

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    4. Jean, what a lovely post. You brought tears to my eyes...happy tears! :) And I couldn't agree more.

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    5. While there will inevitably be remarks about fashion and has always been for royalty, I think most of us were really focusing on her and Grimsby. More of that is what we're looking for! And looking back at early photos of Kate, and considering her background, I think Hilary's wrong, that she was not an easy pick for the palace. Like all women and men who marry into the royal family, she is going to need to build a royal for herself and today is a great start.

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  18. Kate, Texas, USA5 March 2013 at 16:52

    Yea Charlotte! Another fabulous job! I think Kate is glowing! I loved seeing Kate recycle the Celeste coat and REALLY loved the Great Plains dress....a website I will be looking at. :) I really love that Kate looks beautiful in so many colors. How is it that anything she wears compliments her skin tone and gives her a beautiful glow? I LOVED her hair color and style....so pretty!

    Wonder if they know what the sex of the baby is or if they want it to be a surprise? It really is the most amazing feeling have tiny kicks and stretches inside of you. :) Such a sweet blessing!

    You can't help but be excited for the town of Grimsby. The people looked so excited! I love the photo of the Duchess receiving flowers from little Lucy. Absolutely precious! I hope it was a productive and good visit. I know it made a difference in the people's lives Kate met today. :) Too funny what the hospice patient said about waiting for Kate to become queen and her replying with you might be waiting a long time! The future of monarchy looks bright and promising. There will always be those who want to do away with the institution and who don't care for the Royal family, but I think William and Kate (especially Kate) are great ambassadors for the UK. She has done so well adjusting to royal life and seems to be happy and content with her role in life.

    Looking forward to William and Kate's joint engagement on the 17th! She looked beautiful and happy last year, but looking forward to see them together this year!

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  19. Lovely to see straighter hair, and her make up is more subdued looking natural. Just one small thing, the coat is a gr8 cut but the colour so dull. It would b nice to see her in brighter colours. I much prefer her 'off duty' style. Trinny. London.

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  20. She looks gorgeous I love that affordable dress. Thank you ms. Charlotte !

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  21. Kate is just looking absolutely great these days. It's such a cliche, but she does seem to be glowing! The fullness of her face with pregnancy really suits her.

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  22. Looking at the picture comparing Kate wearing her coat in the different ways, its easy to see how much she has filed out, particularity in the bust area. She looked beautiful as always, and I can't wait to see her at the Irish Guards ceremony. Her green coat is my favorite outfit of hers to date, so I wouldn't mind if she recycled it again soon!
    -Brit

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  23. Kate looks fantastic - having put on a bit of weight due to pregnancy really suits her so well! She does not appear so fragile anymore, but full of power and energy and absolutely beautiful! I like her a lot better like that than two years ago when she seemed to be extremely underweight. I wish her all the best for her pregnancy and her future with a cute little one in her arm :)

    Charlotte - thank you soooo much for your great job on this blog!! I try to check it for news daily and really enjoy reading here! Thanks for putting in so much effort and time.

    Best wishes from Germany

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  24. LKC in South Carolina5 March 2013 at 17:55

    I was hoping she'd wear the same green coat myself! I really like that she wears things more than once as there is no need for her to "flash" expensive items when so many of the people that turn out to see her are barely eking along. I sense she is aware that dressing more at the level of those that love her is good thing. Plus - she looks so nice in everything!

    I too was happy to see a more natural make-up look and I was especially glad to see no dark eye shadow.

    AND!!!! I am hoping for a baby girl.

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  25. Oh what a nice evening! Just came in from work and I was so excited to see some pictures because I hadn't the time for it today on work!

    What a nice post! Thank you so much Charlotte!

    And I ordered the dress...what a hot deal! ;-)

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  26. Theresa, from Paris5 March 2013 at 18:58

    Lovely ! I loved her look today. Beautiful, elegant, great hair and make-up too.
    She looks so happy and relaxed. Really glowing... I'm so very happy for her.

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  27. Catherine is an enchanting modern princess!

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  28. Thanks for this update. She looks radiant, as usual!

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  29. Thank you for the immediate and great post - as always :-)

    Veronica

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  30. Another one of your excellent, informative, speedy posts, Charlotte! Thank you! The Duchess looked marvelous today - SO nice to see her feeling well and happy! I really appreciate the sensitivity she displays in her sartorial choices; she always considers the people with whom she's visiting. Her "Celeste" coat was perfect for today, when she's trying to highlight the people and area, not herself. And it's wonderful how happy the people were to see her! I hope she allows herself to enjoy that part of her job, and the fact she can cheer people up by just walking into the room. :o)

    Looking forward to St. Patrick's Day!
    Julie

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  31. I think the Duchess is one of those lucky women who look even better pregnant! She is glowing and does look healthy and strong. Lovely coat, so elegant. She seems really impervious to cold though choosing always the flimsiest of dresses or blouses in the freezing winter weather!

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  32. Well, Charlotte.. Thank you for speedy post. (I read your post in my mobile and post my comment later)
    I think she's glowing. I really like her new hair style, straighter... Also, I'm impressed how she recycles her clothes. She's always very classy and stylish.

    I'm looking forward to St. Patrick's Day.

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  33. Here's a website with some nice photos of today's visit: http://www.cbsnews.com/2300-207_162-10016033.html

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  34. Kate looks lovely, I think she is a royal natural and hope we see more royal duties in the future. Internet critiques do not represent the majority.

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  35. I was honestly not expecting much out of today for some reason, I guess I thought there wouldn't a lot involved or something. Whatever the reason, I was so mistaken! What a wonderful day of engagements! I loved seeing how excited the town was. And Kate was absolutely beautiful. As if her hair wasn't already glorious, pregnancy has made it even more amazing, as well as making her look overall so healthy and beautiful.

    I watched a couple of videos, and I just think I'll always remember today being a real turning point in her becoming a royal. She seems to have shaken the timidness she had as a new royal and has settled into the role nicely. She was so confident today! She took time with everyone she spoke to, asking questions and joking around. Her voice was strong and not nervous. If they are about to become full-time royals, I think she's ready!

    I'll stop gushing. Wonderful post Charlotte! Quick and thorough as always.

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  36. The coat was perfect for a foggy blustery day, with the helicopter delayed by fog. The color is wonderful on her. She seems to be entirely well again. Mariel

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  37. Robin Indiana USA
    What a lovely suprise on a winter storm warning night! I loved the Duchess look today. She has such a glow about her and I love how she is wearing her hair now. Her coat looks so warm and cozy. The town was so happy to see her just the smile on their faces priceless. Made me smile when asked if the baby was kicking just brought back many memories. Hope everyone is having a great week.

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  38. Kate looks lovely,, the coat looks gorgeous on her,,,I hope its a girl,she let the D word slip :) I love that picture of the reporter waiting along with the crowd going YAY!!!!Love the pictures Charlotte!!Thank You so much for all of the hard work you put in your blog for us readers!! :))xoxo

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  39. I Waited 4 hours? Outside the fire station and For what! She barely spoke to anyone stood with her back towards those who had braved the cold then waved and went inside she didn’t greet hardly anyone who was outside and then she was driven past crowds when leaving. Oh and when it says she made an unplanned stop to meet patients of St Andrews hospice, well actually they had left their hospice and been wheeled down to the fire station in the cold by carers to meet her she didn’t go out her way to visit them like suggested. Very disappointed in her brief encounter, because she was running late she seemed rather rushed and like she couldn’t wait to leave, I love Kate and was so pleased she was coming to my local town but all in all I cant help but think what a dissapointment it turned out to be.

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    1. I agee Kate uses that feathery wave far too much - noticed that in her last engagement. She needs to slow down and engage the crowd, even if she can't go over to them. Looking at the Popsugar photos and the videos, she seemed insecure and too focused on the Lord Lieutenant. She's out of practice. In all fairness, expectations were so high that it would be difficult for any one royal member to fullfill them. This was a big enough engagement that William or Charles should have been along.

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    2. @Anonymous 09:34- You people don't understand that she has her people telling her to move on and her protection officers telling her to move on. One thing Catherine is not is insecure and she is not out of pratice. And visitng a fishing village why would the expectations be high? And the comment you made about her needing either Charles or William with her is like a slap in the face. This was just another engagement and not a high profile one.

      You really just kicked Catherine to the curb with all your comments here. The people here in England really enjoyed her visit and all thought she did a great job. And they are the onlyones that really matter here. And for your information after every engagement they go over how it went etc. etc.

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    3. No intention of kicking Catherine, merely pointing out that there was a lot of build-up to this engagment and clearly a large group of people were left without contact. The people in Grimsby are the ones that mattered. She didn't need Charles or William herself but a second person could have helped with the walk-abouts by greeting more people. The Popsugar photos do show more than once Catherine looking tentative, could have had to do with the fact she was running late. Your remarks do seem a slap to Grimsby and their excitement and they are in England.

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    4. Jean from Lancs.7 March 2013 at 16:07

      When any member of the Royal family goes on an engagement, they cannot possibly speak to everyone who comes to see them.
      Most people will understand that. Obviously if there are two people on the engagement they will get to shake hands with more people, but even then they could not possibly speak to everyone and of course the purpose of this trip was to visit the museum; see the young people on the Prince of Wales trust scheme and to open the school and by being there to draw attention to Grimsby.
      I think most people would agree she did a good job.

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    5. Kathy: The post was from someone who was actually there in Grimsby. So an eye witness is "you people"?

      If Kate's staff are telling her to hurry up, they are doing her a great disservice in my opinion. Her job is to go out there and call attention to her patronages, or whatever she's there for. In this case it was billed as a morale booster for Grimsby which has seen its share of the economic downturn. How do you boost morale if you fly by the people who waited to see you? Her staff need lessons in public relations.

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    6. Wow, Kathy, you need to perhaps calm down a bit. First Anonymous 9:34 is " kicking Catherine to the curb," then Elizabeth is "attacking" her... Both for comments I didn't find inaccurate or offensive at all. People do have a right to express differing opinions without all this harsh language being bantered around when they do. Additionally, are you also suggesting that the people who comment here, follow the Royals, and don't live in England simply "don't matter?" I would suggest that the Royals themselves might disagree... I doubt that any of them are hoping NOT to achieve world-wide popularity. Kim from Arizona

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    7. @Anonymous 18:05 Kim from Arizona- I don't know how often you eead the comments here. But I was responding to these two people because their post in the past have been very nasty toward Catherine. So I was addressing them. Everyone is entitled tp their own opinions and I am not saying that Catherine is not without faults. But when a person who does not have all the facts really don't have a real right to make comments on things they do not know anything about.

      I reading alot of the comments here come from fans from the US which is great but they have not a clue what goes on with Catherine & her people. Or how the royals work as far as scheduling all their engagements and the work that goes on behind the scenes. People laugh at the idea that they do work behind the scenes but how would they know about all the charities Catherine & william work with. Remember Catherine now works along side William with his charities and her own.

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  40. Did you hear what Kate said when someone at Grimsby gave her a white teddy bear? She replied with an unarticulated word beginning with "d". Everyone thought she was about to say that her daughter would love it. Apparently, the child's sex is known to the parents and grandparents.

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  41. The duchesss is really lovely i think we will have to wait for the baby comes out before we sepculate things over love the coat

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  42. The daily mail is stating that Kate said "I will give it to my d..." When a lady handed her a stuffed teddy bear.

    So now everyone thinks it is a girl she is carrying.

    Who knows whatever she has I hope she's healthy and happy.

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  43. Sarah from Calif.6 March 2013 at 02:39

    Kate looks radiant :) what a beautiful smile. I'm sure she spread a lot of sunshine to many people today. and after a busy day will be glad to kick off her shoes. My favorite pic is the little boy (with his finger in or on his nose) and Kate.

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    1. It's snowing here in dc and its supposed to come down for another 24 hours!

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    2. Kate, Texas, USA7 March 2013 at 00:25

      Sarah, wasn't that picture hilarious! Can you imagine what he'll think in 30 years?!?!

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    3. Sarah from Calif.7 March 2013 at 13:28

      Kate, I hope his parents were able to laugh it off and weren't too embarrassed.

      Siddhi stay safe and warm in DC, grab a good book and hot chocolate if you dont have to go to work.

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    4. You have to love little kids. The little girl in her princess outfit was cute too.

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    5. Kate, Texas, USA8 March 2013 at 02:55

      Siddhii, I hope you have bundled up and hunkered down. The storm looks awful! Spring and sunshine are just around the corner!!! :) Stay warm!

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  44. Glad to see the duchess recycling, especially in light of the grim economic facts and unemployment for this area. Very smart PR move on her behalf even if she did travel via helicopter!! I suspect one PR move the Palace PR machine has made, or maybe Kate has decided herself (which would be to her credit), is that in light of the extended and pricey tropical vacation after the extended break from royal duties, then the trip to Switzerland, it's a good media move to not appear in a new $5,000 ensemble for each appearance.

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  45. @Elizabeth- I see your at it again, trashing Catherine. You do not have all your facts straight. She took the helicopter because if she went by train she would have had to transfer to a car and the road needed to be taken to get her to where she was going had a wash out. So there again you are saying things you have no clue about.

    Next did you know (you did not) that the trip to was for a wedding which William was an usher and that the bride's family paid for the whole trip for every one who was there, including food.

    And as far as her clothes, Catherine has been recylcing her clothes for awhile now. If you have not noticed that when she makes engagements she is wearing something she has worn before. They only time you see her in new clothes is when they were on their Asian tour. YOu do not give Catherine enough credit for making sure she does the right thing when she is visiting poor areas.

    I have no idea why you are so nasty in your comments toward Catherine. As I have said in other post to your comments that the people her in England love Catherine. She is a bright light to the royal family. And if you live here in the UK you would know that. But I bet you don't.

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    1. I don't see how you read that post as trashing, Kathy. Elizabeth made her points about how it's a good idea for Kate to wear clothes she's been seen in before to offset the frivolous reputation she and William appear to be getting.

      And you don't have to live in the UK to know who the bright lights are in the royal family.

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    2. By the way, Kathy, are you saying the helicopter was a last minute decision because of a road wash out? I'm surprised that wasn't reported. How did the reporters get there?

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    3. I don't think Elizabeth is trashing Kate. I hate that if you have one criticism about Kate, people on this website ATTACK you. When did this website change from commentary regarding Kate's fashions and also some commentary on Kate's life...to a propaganda for Kate's every decision.

      Being critical is good. Open discourse is good. Being a follower who can only support EVERY SINGLE thing Kate does seems unintelligent.

      - P

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    4. I don't think many of us have a problem when people have a criticism of Kate. I think what Kathy has picked up on is that some commenters only have criticism, and they do it in such a way that it just continually pokes. It is not an informative way to criticize. It just plain isn't kind. There is a kind way to criticize, and many commenters do that. I don't think any of us mind that. It is a tone that is not nice that we don't like. In fact, I quit commenting and reading comments for a while because I just didn't enjoy reading them anymore. I really like the Duchess, but don't think she is perfect because she is human. But some people are just not kind.

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    5. @Elizabeth and bluhare, I am curious as to why you would follow a blog about the Duchess of Cambridge when you really don't have positive thoughts or feelings towards her (and the Royal family) or that seems to be the vibe you put off? Charlotte does a nice job encouraging discussion and some of that might include criticisms, but it seems you never have anything positive to say. I am all for discussion, constructive criticism, and differences of opinion, but in a kind way. The DoC is not perfect by any means, she has her fair share of flaws and faults like any other human, royalty or not. Again wondering why you would follow if you don't care for her or the job she does?

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    6. I agree Anon 15:04, but again a lot of the unkind remarks come from people (such as Kathy) who are a little aggressive in defending Kate. Elizabeth sounded very lighthearted about Kate's engagement. The response seems unwarranted.

      Sarah, TN

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    7. Sarah from Calif.8 March 2013 at 00:12

      There is a big difference in critiquing (to help toward the good) and criticism (a put down)

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    8. Sarah in TN, Thank you for pointing that out. This is Anon 15:04 (I use anonymous for personal reasons. I am sorry it is inconvenient for commenting!) I should have put that in my post, too, because I completely agree. There is no need to be unkind toward anyone. I stand corrected.
      Sarah in Calif, yes, these are the words I need. Thank you.
      I like to remember we can't hear tones and insinuation on here. Perhaps it would help, but since we can't, I want to remember not to take anything too one way or the other.

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    9. Everyone: The reason I tend to be more negative is by the time I get here everyone has already said everything I would say regarding her outfit/hair etc. Plus I also think that it's unfair to Kate to paint her as this perfect person. She isn't and she's learning. As I've said before, I was a big fan, and my opinion is now more in the middle. And, BTW, I posted a very positive suggestion for charity work that Kate might really enjoy and so would everyone else.

      But you're right that I do come off as negative sometimes. I wish some of you would engage me in discussion, rather than just slagging my comments. If you have good reasons for what you say, you just might sway me. Conversely, maybe you can see my point from time to time as well.

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  46. @Anonymous 01:30 Sorry you were disappointed with Catherine's visit yesterday. Yes she was late but to no fault of her's. If she had taken the train and then transfered to a car she would have been even later. So going my helicopter was the best way to get her to your town.

    Catherine is always told to hurry becasue they try and keep her on schedule but it was impossible to do yesterday. She did spend an additional 100 or so minutes more to try and make up for being late. And I am sure that Catherine did not ask for them to bring the cancer patience out into the cold so don't blame her for that. And I doubt she was in a hurry to leave. It was her people telling her it was time to go. So give her a break.

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    1. I assume you mean 10 minutes, not 100. :)

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    2. Kate, Texas, USA7 March 2013 at 00:24

      Kathy, I agree with you. I think she is told what to do and hurried, especially if she is running late already. I think Prince William takes a little more freedom with his walkabouts, but he has been doing this from a very young age and has witnessed it since birth. I think Catherine is still learning the ropes, but has done a fantastic job. She really seems like a natural. I think she will learn to take a little more freedom and feel confident doing so in the future.

      It made me sad to read comments from Anonymous 1:30. When I came for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations last June, I stood for 7 1/2 hours on the Westminster Bridge in the cold and rain to see the Queen and family float down the Thames, stood for over 7 hours at the concert outside Buckingham Palace, and stood on The Mall in the cold over 11 hours for the carriage procession and balcony appearance. I was thrilled and would do it again in a heartbeat to catch a glimpse!

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  47. I agree that Kate is very good at recycling her clothes and showed sensitivity to the current economic climate of Grimsby by not showing up in new clothes.

    However, I think you're placing way too much weight with your other comments about "PR" and "media moves" etc. Kate is a not a film star, entertainer, or pop star - she is a member of the BRF - a constitutional monarchy, of which the Queen is the Head of State. There has not - and is not - any sort of strong support in the UK for abolishing this constitutional monarchy, so it's very likely that vacations and trips to weekend weddings will continue for all members of the BRF - which is, IMO, a good thing.




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    1. MariBy: Kate and William have a PR team at St. James Palace. They put out their public statements. And, the royal family is very concerned about how they are perceived by the public; their very existence depends on good will. Even the Queen said she has to be seen to be believed.

      I have no issues with them taking vacations. They should. Everyone needs to get away from their job every once in a while. William and Kate appear to have more than most, however, and Kate does not take on many engagements. That is the perception anyway, and if it's not true their PR team are not doing much to dispel it.

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    2. Jean from Lancs.7 March 2013 at 09:35

      Bluhare.
      Last year the Duke and Duchess spent a week on Mustique before he went to the Falklands and then a week skying when he came back. Later they had three days in France, spoiled by the French photographer.
      This year they have had 10 days in Mustique and then this weekend for a wedding. Hardly seems like overdoing the hols and just compare it some of the European royalties.
      Just at present the "Daily Mail" has an agenda, so it is useless for anyone to point it out to them. It sells newspapers.

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    3. That is your perception Bluhare, not "the" perception.

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    4. Agree with you Anonymous @ 14:46 - it is not "the" perception.

      There have always been PR teams for the BRF - they are not a new invention for William and Kate.

      PR teams were in place when Princess Margaret took up with Roddy Llewellyn in the 70's and vacationed with him frequently on Mustique; when Prince Andrew vacationed frequently with soft porn actress, Koo Stark, in the early 80's and when Diana vacationed frequently on Necker Island - as the guest of Richard Branson and often without Charles.


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    5. Jean and Anonymous,

      If you read my posts I said that if the amount of vacations is not true, then their staff should dispel it. Also, William spent a week in the Falklands before he came home to Kate. That was not reported widely. No big deal; I don't care, but I do think it strange that it wasn't really mentioned in the press.

      And aren't all our posts here our perceptions? I don't know why my perception is any less valid than anyone else's.

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    6. Bluhare, I think I should have written more to clarify what I meant. I am sorry my comment seemed to mean that your perception is less valid than anyone's. I just simply meant that people who read about Kate have many different perspectives. You wrote "that is the perception." I did not at all mean yours wasn't valid, only that there are many different ones, so it is impossible to have "the" perception. I did read your post, and I am sorry my comment upset you.

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    7. Thank you Anonymous. I appreciate that. But you're right that the perception sounded like I was talking about everyone.

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    8. @bluehare- William spent 6 weeks away from Catherine last year while he was in the Falklands not a week. Get your facts straight.

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    9. Kathy, my facts ARE straight. William spent 6 weeks in the Falklands PLUS an extra personal week before he came home.

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  48. Theresa. New York6 March 2013 at 13:31

    I absolutely love this site and look at it pretty much every day.
    I have a question for the fashionistas. In two of the pictures at the beginning, there i a woman standing behind Kate in the most amazing vibrant blue shoes. They are a tie up shoe with a medium heel. Can anyone identify them for me? Thank you.

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    1. Alice from Wonderland7 March 2013 at 11:41

      Wow, I think it's funny how people have really different tastes! I found those shoes simply hideous!
      I hope someone can help you find it :)

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    2. Don't know about those exact shoes, but here are some similar ones -

      http://usgirl.info/sale-chie-mihara-sapphire-suede-lace-heels-114

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    3. Theresa. New York9 March 2013 at 14:30

      @anon,
      The Mihara shoes that you suggested aren't the same but they are very similar and prettier than the ones I was asking about. thanks for your help, I appreciate it.

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  49. Hi Charlotte!

    Elizabeth Albany's message is right: Kate is a role model for girls and women everywhere. Her poise, her moral strenght (shown in the past ten years, not only since the wedding) and eternal smile are truly inspiring. :)

    The outfit: it's great, although IMO it would look even better if she had worn opaque tights (sorry, I don't if these are the correct words).

    Hugs from Portugal!
    Z.

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  50. That's exactly the point. Kate is not a film star. Being a successful member of the royal family is a craft, and like any craft you learn from experience and doing things repeatedly. There's an occasional intuitive like Diana and the Queen Mother but Kate doesn't yet have their confidence to break schedules and fly a bit on her own. it is time for William and Kate to take it on full time, not only so they can learn but so they can surround themselves with people who are experienced and wise who can guide them. Kate is so much the focus of attention that she may not notice she is turning her back to a crowd, but an experienced advisor SHOULD notice and bring that to her attention. Hopefully, they do briefings afterwards, not just of what worked but where improvemnts could be made. I have no doubts that the monarchy will survive but the reign of Charles will be more challanging than the present time when good will for the queen is high. Confidence in an overpowering situation like Grimsby takes time and work to develop. I want to see Hilary Mantel proved wrong and Kate become a wonderfully developed royal. She has all the raw material to do so.

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    1. I couldn't agree more. You said it much better than I did.

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    2. Kate (and William) seem to be doing very well without a lot of 'advisors' or surrounding themselves 'with people who are experienced' or 'briefings' afterward.

      Kate is popular and certainly doesn't require any sort of "improvement" by stuffy advisors. The people of Grimsby were pleased to have her come and visit and she did a fine job.

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  51. From the video, I couldn't tell what Kate said. I'm an American - we don't understand English =) But I do think it's a shame that the people talking to her would have told the media what was said. I think I would have kept it to myself. It must be really hard to be so excited about something and it just slips out, only to have the whole world in on the secret!

    On a side note: if the baby is a girl, I will be more than thrilled. I am hoping they name it Diana Elizabeth Catherine Or Diana Catherine Elizabeth. I would hate for them to name her Elizabeth -- two Queen Elizabeth's in a row would be too boring. Here's to a future Queen Diana (whom I will never know becuase I am already 41).

    I love her coat, always have, but would love to see more of the bump. Here's to hoping for the English weather to warm up so she doesn't have to cover up so much.

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    1. Ana B. from Brazil7 March 2013 at 11:51

      Hy, Lynn!
      I couldn't agree more! I think telling people and reporters about that conversation wasn't a nice move in my opinion! I would have kept it to myself, like "she told me a secret ("the Duchess told 'ME' a secret! - yay!)".
      I have a feeling she is a having a baby girl and they're going to name her Amelia. I don't know, I think it is pretty for a Queen! But in case we are all wrong and a baby boy is born, I guess he will be named George!
      Hugs :)

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  52. @Elizabeth I suspect you are one of the haters on the DM site as well. You should really get your facts straight before spatting out such things!

    Anyway, thank you Charlotte for a wonderful post, as always! I'm super excited for the St Patrick's Day appearance! Do you think the black gloves she wore yesterday are the BLACK bow gloves? It kind of looks like it. I bought them when you posted the discount here, and I have had so many compliments about them!

    Regarding Catherine

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    1. Hello Christy, they are indeed the same ones. They're very pretty.

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    2. If you read upthread Elizabeth was pleased that her message got published on This is Grimsby. Hardly the attitude of a DM "hater" as you put it.

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  53. Regarding Catherine's hair, I loved everything about it yesterday! The style was great, and the reddish highlights were a nice touch. It seems to have gotten thicker with pregnancy! :-)

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  54. Kate, Texas, USA7 March 2013 at 00:29

    Maybe a princess on the way with the "d" comment??? I have watched several videos and you never know. If Will and Kate do want to know the sex, they could have found out long before now. What does everyone think? Kate did a great job recovering and covering up if she did "slip up". :) I read a couple articles that said the bookies are already slashing odds and paying out cash sums for the girl bids. Wow!

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  55. theres a video on the daily mail from BBC showing the conversation Kate had where she may have mentioned the sex of the baby, i honestly think she was going to say dog but stopped herself!

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    1. ha ha...good, very good observation :DD

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  56. Robin Indiana USA
    I am sure that Catherine would love to spend time with everyone who came out to see her but that just is impossible. Give her a break. She has a staff to keep her on schedule. I think she does a wonderful job, always smiling and looking fantastic. I am very proud of her.

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  57. I know this has nothing to do with what you all are talking about, but last night i had a dream about kate. Ok is not like i follow her much i do read about her because is almost impossible not to see her face in almost every magazine in the supermarket! Anyway in my dream i seen her standing holding her baby she was wearing a pink dress the baby was completely covered with a white blanket the interesting thing is i didn't see will. she seemed colorful like her dress and she was smiling, but all her surrounding was dead. Dead bushes dead trees dead everything! I seen no life around her. I honesty don't know what it means but i thought it was interesting.

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    1. A psychologist would have a field day with that, Anonymous!

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    2. I'll take a stab. I've been told that dreams are a way of us to reconcile what's going on in our lives. This isn't necessarily about Kate, but about you creating something maybe you are afraid to show to others. And perhaps all the dead things around you mean that you feel your life doesn't give you the juice to help you achieve your goals, or else what you are doing is the only thing that means anything to you. How did I do?

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    3. @bluehare- Are you a psychologist? Just wondering.

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    4. No I'm not Kathy. Do I need credentials to take a stab at what her dream meant? I am fascinated by dreams.

      You say you don't think I'm a hater, but you certainly seem to follow me around criticising my posts.

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  58. Monica, France7 March 2013 at 16:18

    Kate is so pretty and has such a way with the people, especially children and the Ederly. I am glad to see that she and William are given more engagements.

    Thank you so much for this fantastic post Charlotte!

    Hugs!

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  59. Isn't it a bit cruel to send a pregnant woman into a smelly fishing market?

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  60. I had stopped reading the comments here because they are either so non-objective fawning or are either snarky or someone writes snarky remarks to to a poster who does not fawn.
    I think she is doing a great job in a tough role and I love to hear comments about the baby or her clothes so today I read the comments and realize no matter how much Charlotte asks people do not know how to print and read comments objectively. The key is respond not react and attack. I hope once she does more work the military wife defensee will go away and people will comment on the visit. I have let to discover what is different about a military wife than say Prince Edward's wife except they are away more leaving more time for royal work. I want to be objective on this issue but I don't see what is unique about being a military wife.
    She has taken minimal vacations and being an international couple when they go to a weekend wedding it is in a vacation spot so people argue for and against counting it as a vacation. Fingers crossed when she has regular visits and meeting there will be no more snarky posts.

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    1. I hope you do not include me in the snarky contingent, I have gone out of my way to post respectufl comments that do no slag anyone here. If my comments ternd to be negative (and not all of them are) it's because you guys have already gone over her outfit and how good she looks and I usually agree with you.

      But I do think she can put more effort into her job. Yes, she's pregnant now, so it's going to take a back seat, but someone on another board had what I thought was a great idea. Kate loves photogaphy and I think she's keen to develop her eye. What about sending her out to photograph some photos (maybe on her own and maybe with someone else who could give her tips) The photos could be used on a calendar to benefit one of her charities. Win Win. Kate does something she loves, and the charity benefits from Kate's calendars selling out like hotcakes. I'd buy one. Especially if it was Harry as the subject. :) The possibilities endless. She could photograph children at her charity.

      Now you all think I'm a hater, I know, bu I wanted to throw something out there that is constructive and hopefully something that makes you think.

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    2. I was hoping to come here and engage with people. I'm willing to be swayed. But so far it hasn't happened, except for Sarah in California (thank you, Sara.

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    3. Kate, Texas, USA8 March 2013 at 22:11

      bluhare, sounds like a good idea, but very much "celebrity". Kate is not a celebrity, but a royal. As much money as that would pull in and as good an idea it is for charity, I don't think the palace would go for it. Maybe one of Kate's charities teaming up with Claudia Bradby where a percentage of sales goes to that charity would be an idea. Kate could definitely support and maybe promote that in some way. I know I would buy double. :) I don't know??? Good topic to engage conversation. Maybe post it on the newest post?

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    4. @bluehare- I don't think the Queen would let Catherine go out and take photos. That is not what a royal does unless it is on a private holiday with William.

      I have read alot of your post and I really don'tthink you are a hater but why do you always go back to Catherine and her work? We don't really know what goes on behind the scenes with her people. It takes them months to put together William & her schedules. And with William still in the RAf, Catherine is still considered a military wife. That means they are not full time working royals (I am sure you have heard that before). So to think Catherine does not work enough it is because she is William's wife first and then her engagements. This was given to them by the Queen when they were married. The queen wanted to make sure they have time to settle in as a married couple. They queen tried to do this when she first got married but then her father died and the rest is history. Also they wanted to make sure Catherine was not hurried into the royal life. They learned from the past. William wnated t give his wife enough time to get settled in.

      We know what a great job Catherine has done in the almost two of being married into the royal family. As time goes on she will take on more charities. But first she need's the time to enjoy her pregnancy and having their baby. She will take sometime off once the baby is here. Then I believe she will go full out but remember both William & Catherine have said they will be hands on parents which I think is great.

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    5. Ummmmm .. . . Kate took photos on their SE Asia trip which were released on their website for public consumption. Therefore, it is not that big of a stretch to allow one of her patronages to use them for a charity fund raising event. It's not like Kate herself would be selling the calendars.

      And, Kathy, William is in the military but Kate is not being a military wife. She didn't even join the Officers Wives Club when she was there, and it had been stated she would. She is not in Wales with William, she is in either London or Bucklebury with her mother. I understood when she had HG she wanted to be near to her doctors, but now that she's feeling fine, why not go to Wales to be with William? Last I heard they have doctors there. And she could be helicoptered to London in no time flat if need be. The other side of that is William is not there to see and feel the growing baby. Every father I've ever known has done that.

      If you will read the announcements when they got married, the Queen (aka Buckingham Palace) did not say that. And as far as being hurried into royal life, all you have to do is watch the engagement interview. That said Kate had been taking lessons and was prepared for her new role and would "hit the ground running". She didn't. She went to Wales, and I don't blame her being a newlywed, but they'd been living there for at least a couple of years. I don't have a problem with being eased in, but it's two years now.

      Personally I think its insecurity about dealing with people and knowing what to say. The only cure for that is to go out there and do it.

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    6. Totally agree.Great point of view!

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  61. Blurhare, I wrote the comment and no I was not referring to any of your comments as I recall all of yours strive to be objective. I too like open dialog but everytime a poster mentions hater, nasty, throw someone under the bus, etc they throw objectivity and fairness out. Also comments like "you people" shows narrow-mindedness and intolorence.

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  62. Sarah from Calif.9 March 2013 at 02:10

    No problem bluhare. I so enjoy listening to other peoples opinions. I was actually going to reply to your idea above. Great idea! Photos Kate has taken, for the charities she is involved in although, I personally would be gun shy after the last barrage of criticisms of the few pictures we saw. I don't always agree with you or others but I think if we can keep it all respectful we can learn from each other. I am delving deep into British history and what can I say. (you've come a long way baby) meaning women in general have come a long way. (Except for those who are in dominating countries-my heart goes out to them)

    Well my husband got a free night for us in Carmel, so we're off for the weekend. Just glad no one will be watching us .

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    1. My thought is that Kate could go to one of her charities and take photos of the work they do.

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    2. Speaking of delving into British history (I am British for those who don't think I am), after the bones of Richard III were found I started looking around and found a wonderful book called The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey. It's about a bored convalescing police offier who's bored out of his mind, and so he starts to investigate history and keys on Richard III. His conclusions go counter to British history and I liked it so much I went out and bought two more books yesterday.

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  63. Sarah from Calif.10 March 2013 at 15:29

    bluhare, in Calif. where I work with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing children, they have to have publicity releases for any pictures take of the children. I do think your idea is a good one and a calender, cards or small informative book would sell like hot cakes and be very benificial to which ever charity. Maybe take it a bit farther and send a letter to Kate or whoever gets her mail. It wouldn't hurt to try.

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