Friday, 1 March 2013

William, Kate and Harry Arrive In Switzerland

Hello again Duchess Kate readers,

When I published 'Kate Loves: Weddings' this morning I checked my twitter feed and was surprised to see speculation was rife regarding the possibility William and Kate would travel to Switzerland for a wedding and the eagle-eyed @KateWill Watch was correct.

Schweizer Illustrierte/Swiss Illustrated/Ringier AG

This morning William, Kate, and Harry travelled to the mountains of Grabunden with their friends Harry and Rosie Meade (with their adorable baby) for some skiing before the wedding of the Princes' polo friend Mark Tomlinson and Olympian Laura Bechtolsheimer tomorrow. The boys have played polo together for years, and Prince Charles is close with his parents, Simon and Claire, who own the Beaufort Club near Prince Charles's Highgrove estate.

Schweizer Illustrierte/Swiss Illustrated/Ringier AG

More from the Schweizer Illustrierte story which contains a selection of photos:

'The two princes ventured for some skiing on the slopes while pregnant Kate used a Davos sledge. On Saturday they will enjoy the beautiful weather and eat lunch with 250 guests at the wedding of British-Swiss dressage rider Laura Bechtolscheimer and Mark Tomlinson.'

A look at Arosa, Switzerland: Ski tourism in the area grew in popularity from the late 19th Century when Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes stories, wrote about his skiing adventures between the towns of Davos and Arosa for The Strand Magazine and inspired other British people to follow in his tracks.

Wikipedia

Kate kept warm in her  L.K. Bennett Darwin Jacket. I mentioned earlier this week that the £795 dark chocolate shearling jacket is very much a staple piece for the Duchess and a favourite for her during her pregnancy thus far.

L.K. Bennett

Kate also wore black leggings, black snowboots and Givenchy sunglasses. I'm very excited to see what she chooses to wear, and I do love a wedding, particularly one where William and Kate are in attendance :) One can view more photos of the royals in Arosa at Blick.

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The Duchess was spotted shopping in high street store Topshop earlier this week by tweeter @Suzmalooze who kindly shared Kate was wearing her Darwin jacket with black leggings and her hair worn in a ponytail. Kate was browsing downstairs and accompanied by protection officers. It was reported Kate was shopping for pieces from their maternity wear range.

@Suzmalooze Twitter

See you all tomorrow for the wedding post :)

48 comments:

  1. Pauline Oak HIlls1 March 2013 at 22:52

    Wow what a surprise. Nice to see her and William having some time together. Hope we get some good pictures tomorrow of them at the wedding.

    To bad we did not get to see the Duchess on the sled. But at least we get to see her with their friends.

    Thanks for the great post. Can't wait until tomorrow.

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  2. What a nice surprise. Kate looks terrific! I hope they have a lovely weekend.

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  3. This made my day! How awesome to see her out and about with her husband and friends. I just love her in this Darwin jacket. She really is glowing!!! Thanks again Charlotte for a great post!!!

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  4. Couldn't make this up if I tried...1 March 2013 at 23:59

    Sooo....I was reading the DailyMail this morning about Kate's shopping trip and one of the top reviews went as such 'story about Kate shopping, William rescuing someone and talk of a future engagement MUST mean another holiday.' I laughed at it and thought to myself "no one can be THAT stupid to go on another holiday..." ummmm....nevermind

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    1. LOL!!

      On a more serious note, I'm surprised she isn't banned from sledding. She's obviously not going to ski.

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    2. There's nothing "stupid" about it. This is the world they live in. They have many friends and at their age it's quite common for people to have a lot of weddings to attend. Some people attend wedding in backyards, church halls or country clubs. In William and Kate's situation, it may mean traveling abroad. It is what it is. If they weren't a young and attractive couple the press wouldn't follow their every move and people wouldn't be up in arms over it.

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    3. Pauline Oak Hills2 March 2013 at 02:53

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      couldn't- For you information they are they to attend a wedding. To me this is not a holiday. Just because they went on Friday and enjoyed their friends and the wedding is on Saturday does not mean a holiday.

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    4. I don't think a weekend trip to a friends wedding counts as a holiday.

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    5. Attending a wedding of a friend he grew up with is not a "holiday". The wedding just happens to be out of the country. Just because they have left the UK it's now a holiday? As another reader posted, it's the world they live in.

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    6. LOL, that is such a funny comment :D But I think it is okay to have a long weekend. If I had the money I would do the same. But to do some more public work wouldn`t hurt!
      By the way I am from Switzerland, so it is quite strange to think she is just a two hour drive away... and it is funny to see the pictures from the schweizer illustrierte on this blog.

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    7. Jean from Lancs.2 March 2013 at 13:19

      For goodness sake Prince William has a full-time job and according to Welsh Mountain Rescue he was flying the helicopter at 2am Thursday morning which rescued a couple stranded on the mountain.
      The Palace say that the Duchess has been working brhind the scenes checking out new patronages.
      Prince William is contracted to the RAF until later in the year, so they are not full-time royals.
      I wonder how many of the complainers---whether on this site or the DM are working this weekend, or if they are have days in lieu.

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    8. Kate, Texas, USA2 March 2013 at 14:59

      Jean from Lancs., I completely agree! Good grief....let them be!

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    9. Pauline Oak Hills2 March 2013 at 15:26

      @Jean from Lancs & Kate, Texas- I totally agree with you both. My god they can't even attend a wedding without peopel thing they are on another holiday.

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    10. Sarah from Calif.3 March 2013 at 00:16

      Pauline, funny how they are all so close in Europe and you and I are at least 7 hours away. (driving time) and we are in the same state.

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    11. Pauline Oak Hills3 March 2013 at 04:28

      @Sarah- Ya I agree with you. Maybe one day when the gas prices are not so high (laugh) we can meet somewhere in the middle and have a Ducehss reunion. I think there might be a few more that live up your way. How fun would that be...lol

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  5. This is a totally unexpected surprise!! Kate looks gorgeous,,can't wait for the wedding post tomorrow :-))Thank You Charlotte!XOXO

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  6. Wow what a wonderful life! Glad to see Catherine well and happy

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  7. Love the photos im sure will get some of those pics im really love that duchess will glowing and enjoying her pregancy with her friend she glowing and radiant im afraid will not be getting photos at wedding is ski for expecting mother is allowed i know high heels is not allowed but im asking if ski is allowed

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  8. Another vacation. Wow. I didn't see William in the picture, was he supposed to be arriving later or he just didn't want to make a public appearance?

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    1. Pauline Oak HIlls2 March 2013 at 05:56

      @Elizabeth- OMG since when is it a holiday when you attend a friends wedding? Just because it is in another country does not mean they are on another holiday.

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    2. Pauline Oak HIlls2 March 2013 at 05:58

      @Elizabeth- OMG since when is it a holiday when you attend a friends wedding over a weekend? Yes William was there and yes he had his picture taken with the group.

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    3. A long weekend to attend a friend's wedding isn't unheard of, you know.

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    4. I agree its a vacation. If I had to take off work for several days, fly on a plan, stay in a hotel in an exotic place (like a ski lodge) it's a vacation. Even if a short one.

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    5. Switzerland is a 2.5 hr flight from London. I drive twice that to see family members!

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    6. Kathy London England3 March 2013 at 04:07

      @Anonymous- Who said William had to take off work to attend the Wedding. He is entitled to have days off from doing his flying. There are rules that allow for a pilot to fly only so many hours without days off. And if you heard William just recused some people at 1am in the morning on Thursday. So he was working until Friday when the went to Switzerland. So get your facts straigt before you give William a bad time for attending his friends wedding which he was an usher

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  9. The most exciting place I've been for a wedding was Baltimore, Maryland. Just can't compare. I'm looking forward to the pictures!!

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  10. Shouldn't one of those guys be carrying the sled/toboggan for Kate?

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    1. No. They are Royal Protection Officers. Their job is to be vigilant about her safety, not act as her servant. And they cannot do their job and carry her things at the same time.

      Why would you think that they should be carrying her sled? Is she handicapped?

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  11. No problem going to a wedding but the problem is that this comes right on top of Mustique with only one engagement by Kate in between. And a skiing weekend is a holiday, if a short one, certainly not a duty. It is the world they live in and that's where they need to take care. They aren't ordinary jet setters like their friends. Royal family members who have traveled too much and linked themselves too closely with friends or sets and have not fared well long term. Think Prince Andrew and Princess Margaret. It's time to estabish identities as active royal family members, and then no one will care how many weddings they go to

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    1. Pauline Oak Hills2 March 2013 at 15:32

      @Anonymous- Since when going to a wedding & skiing for a day is considered a holiday even if it is over a weekend? And William was an usher in the wedding. I go away for a weekend and it is not a holiday.

      And as you say for them to estabish idenities as active royal memebers, well first off William is a full time RAF pilot so he can not be a full time royal. And as far as the Duchess they are breaking her in slowly. I know people say well she has been with him for a long time before they were married but she did not do royal things as a girlfriend. And now she is pregnant and had been sick so she is getting back into doing her royal duties.

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    2. I agree regarding setting the tone as Royals. It would go a long way to combatting the criticism.

      William might be working "full time" but Kate isn't. And she's certainly recovered now. Behind the scenes working? She should be. She should also be getting out in front of people. Until she does, she will continue to get this type of coverage. Think about it. Britain just had its credit rating lowered, and I've read stories about possible triple digit recession (not sure about the triple digit part . . . seems overkill to me . . . double digit sounds a bit more likely) and these two jet off to exotic locales most people can only dream of. Fair or not, part of their expenses are funded by the British public and, as such, they are subject to scrutiny. Personally, I don't think going to a friend's wedding for the weekend counts as a holiday, but these two are just tone deaf to the public mood and opinion.

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    3. "Think Prince Andrew and Princess Margaret?"

      Well, when I think Prince Andrew and Princess Margaret - I think of Prince Harry. All 3 are - or were - at one time 2nd in line to the throne. Neither Andrew or Princess Margaret fared well in their marriages. Hopefully Harry will take note of that and choose as wisely as William did.

      William and Kate seem to recognize that building a strong marriage will stand them in good stead in the years to come. William might not come to the throne for many years yet - his father will be King before him.

      I say good for William and Kate for forging their own path and not giving to other's judgements of whether they may take a weekend for William to be an usher at a friend's wedding. Harry take note!

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    4. MariBy, I couldn't agree more! :)

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    5. I love this blog and Kate's style, but she and William seem rather out of touch with the real world. All I can think of is Lady Violet in Downton Abbey saying, "What is a weekend?" :)

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhfpBW-nUWk

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    6. Kathy London England3 March 2013 at 04:24

      @Bluehare- OMG now it seem's like you are blaming Catherine for the credit rating of the UK going down. Give me a break. It seems like that every chance you get you blame Catherine for not working. How do you know that she is not or that William want's her to take it easy, YOU DON"T. I have read many of your post and they are way off. My question to you, do you live in the UK? If not then what are you so concerned on how much work Catherine does? I do live in the UK and I don't really care nor does many of the peole who live here. She has brought millions of pounds into the UK and to William's charities since her marriage to William. And she will continue to do so even if she ever just decides to be a housewife or just does engagements with William.

      I would bet you that this trip was paid for my themselves except for the protection officers. So it was not on the tax payers as you said. Even if they were at home they still would have the protection officers with them 24/7.

      And you call them tone deaf because they attended a wedding. These two very down to earth royals are far from being tone deaf. They are entitled to have a private life which would include attend weddings or going for a movie.

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    7. Sorry, but I do agree with what bluhare states :):)

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    8. Kathy London England - I agree with what you wrote - and you said it very well.

      As you note in your first paragraph, I believe the majority of the people in the UK are supportive of the monarchy - and William and Kate - and official polls bear us out.

      Also, official polls here in Canada still show strong support for Elizabeth II (Queen of Canada) and her successors - William and Kate. It was no coincidence that they made William and Kate made their first official visit here and were warmly welcomed. That feeling has not changed.

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    9. Kathy from London England: You are reading WAY too much into my comment. Much too much. I didn't blame Kate for anything. I was talking about setting a tone and the type of media coverage she gets, not going to a wedding. Read my post again.

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    10. PS I did not call them tone deaf for attending a wedding. If you will look at another post, I said that they should not be getting criticism for another holiday as they are attending a friend's wedding.

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    11. Well bluhare, the flaw in your thinking about "setting a tone and type of media coverage" really only matters for pop stars, entertainers, film stars and the like.

      However, for members of the British Royal Family (a constitutional monarchy of the UK and overseas territories, of which the Queen is the Head of State) it doesn't matter all that much.

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    12. Well, MariBy, I think Kate and William DO care about their coverage and image. If they didn't, they wouldn't have a PR team. You know, public relations.

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  12. Kate, Texas, USA2 March 2013 at 15:10

    Good for them! The Tomlinson's have been good family friends and William grew up with their boys. Right out of college and in my younger days, I remember when there were weddings every weekend for me. This is the stage of life they are in with many friends getting married. Weddings won't always be at the village church. They are wealthy and run in circles that a wedding in Switzerland is not a big deal. Is the big fuss because the wedding is out of the country? Who cares? I hope they enjoy themselves and have a relaxing time!

    I am curious why Charles and Camilla didn't make the trip? I have a friend visiting Wales right now and saw them in Cardiff. They were with the crowds outside the church after the St. David's Day service. Wonder if that kept them away from Switzerland?

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    1. Perhaps they were subbing for the Queen, who couldn't go due to illness.

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  13. The girl's name is "Bechtolsheimer" and Karl-Heinz Kipp seems more German to me than Greek...

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  14. Eveline from USA2 March 2013 at 23:43

    Probably the reason Prince Charles and Camilla were not at the Swiss wedding ( assuming they were invited) is that it would not be wise--from safety and heir to throne point of view--- to have BOTH Prince Charles AND Prince William out of the UK at the same time. PLUS Prince Charles is the Prince of Wales and therefore the Welsh would certainly expect him to show up in Wales on March 1, St. David's Day.

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  15. I wonder if the same people had a problem with Beatrice and Eugenie attending Holly Branson's wedding on Necker Island instead of being present at the Queen's pre-Christmas lunch in December of 2011?

    It would qualify as a *double* offense in William and Kate's case.

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  16. You are a great blogger, Charlotte!
    I really enjoyed knowing about the connection between the Sherlock Holmes stories and the town of Arosa in Switzerland!

    I think the sledge was for the baby of Catherine's friends! She was very kind helping them to carry the sledge!

    William was an usher. I don't understand this word: was William the best man?

    Thank you very much!

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