Friday, 5 April 2013

Countess of Strathearn Brings Back 2006 Red Armani

The Earl and Countess of Strathearn, as William and Kate are styled in Scotland, concluded their two-day visit to Scotland with two very interesting engagements today.

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The couple accompanied Prince Charles, known as the Duke of Rothsay in Scotland, in opening the new Tamar Manoukian Outdoor Centre at Dumfries House. Their Royal Highnesses were greeted by wellwishers  and did a walkabout. Prince William talked to one little girl who had a teddy bear for Kate. He smiled and said "She'll be along shortly, you can give it to her then, she'll love it".

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Royal reporter Victoria Murphy kindly shared a photo of the Outdoor Centre ahead of the royals arrival. The centre will provide accommodation for 52 young people and six adults. Weekends will be dedicated to supporting the uniformed services and the centre will also be open to schools across Scotland.

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It is only the second time William, Kate and Charles have conducted an engagement together, the first being a Gary Barlow concert in aid of The Princes Trust. The Prince of Wales reportedly adores his daughter-in-law and is said to be "thrilled but feeling somewhat old at the prospect of becoming a grandfather for the first time".

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Charles remarked on the cold conditions, telling the crowd 'many people are probably about to pass out'. While William urged his father to "make his speech brief" due to the climate.

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Dumfries House was built between 1754 and 1759 and is considered one of Britain's most beautiful stately homes and best kept heritage secrets. With its sumptuous interiors and magnificent furnishings, all set in two thousand acres of land, there is something to delight and enchant visitors of all ages. Prince Charles has a strong history with the house; in 2007 the Prince, headed a consortium of charities and heritage bodies to purchase the house so it could remain open and accessible to the public.

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One can take a tour of the magnificent house via the website. Below we look at the South-facing Blue Drawing Room; one of the key rooms of the original 18th century house. The drawing room served as a platform for the owner to parade his newly acquired furniture. The room is enhanced by the spectacular rococo plaster ceiling and the original Axminster carpet. It is indeed a beautiful room; despite the ongoing restoration work in the house it has maintained a strong sense of the 18th century character.

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Elven year-old Dayna Miller showed Kate the "Princess Catherine" doll she got for Christmas. The youngster said "Kate looked at it and said 'No! Oh no, is that me? Is that meant to be me? does my hair look like that?'. "Then she asked me where I got it from. She's much prettier in real life". You can see a video of the funny moment at ITV.

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Kate and her private secretary Rebecca Deacon enjoyed a chat following the visit.

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The Royals watched a fly past of three Typhoons from 6 Squadron RAF Leuchars.

Next, William and Kate visited the Astute-Class Submarine Building at BAE Systems in Barrow-in-Furness.


BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines is responsible for the design, build, test and commissioning of the seven-boat Astute Class of nuclear powered submarines for the UK Royal Navy. The company is also designing a replacement for the Vanguard Class submarine for the navy.

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The company employs over 5,000 people in total.

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The Earl and Countess toured the offices of the Vanguard replacement programme and the site's main fabrication and construction facilities, including the New Assembly Shop and the Devonshire Dock Hall where the Astute Class is in build, before meeting a crew and their families.

Kate brought back the Armani royal red angora coat she debuted at William's passing out ceremony at Sandhurst in 2006. At the time it was the most high profile event she had attended and she certainly looked the part of a future royal. It is a beautifully designed piece, one of my all time favourites and I'm delighted Kate elected to wear it again. It works equally well as a maternity style and red suits Kate's colouring wonderfully. The Duchess wore a black dress underneath.

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The Duchess wore her go-to Cornelia James Pure Wool Gloves With Side Bow. The stylish gloves are available in an array of colours for £52.

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Kate paid homage to her Scottish title by wearing her Stathearn tartan scarf. Notably, the Countess wore the scarf at the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant  and at The Thistle Service in Edinburgh last year.



Many of you will recognise Kate's stunning green amethyst drop earrings by Kiki McDonough. The Duchess also accessorised with the gold brooch she previously wore at the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant (with many thanks to Jean). It is in the shape of two dolphins and was a wedding gift from the RN Submarine Service, William is Commodore in Chief of that unit.

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Kate completed the look with black tights, black suede clutch and her tademark Aquatalia 'Rhumba' Boots. The boots are also available in brown at Nordstrom


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One can watch videos at ITN Source.



The Cambridges appeared to very much enjoy their visit to Scotland and it was great to see them team up with Prince Charles. Kate is looking radiant and most importantly enjoying a healthy pregnancy.

Thank you all for reading, have a lovely weekend :)

109 comments:

  1. Lovely outfit today. I'm thinking Kate re-wore the boots for 2 reasons - for the warmth against the cold, plus they look very forgiving (mild edema during pregnancy often makes your feet swell ever-so-slightly).

    It's always nice to see William and Kate do engagements together, but it's particularly nice to see them do an engagement with Charles.



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  2. I SO appreciate the length of this coat. She really is glowing isn't she?

    I have to say, I didn't really like this coat the first time and I'm no more impressed with it this time. Seems very drab to me, but I always love to see her recycle and the fact that she can recycle from 2006 speaks to her timeless sense of style!

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    1. I agree, Sarah. Kate looks lovely, her coat is gorgeous and she brought the Strathearn tartan scarf.

      She really does look lovely pregnant.

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  3. Monica, France5 April 2013 at 14:32

    Well, Kate is in red today. Her outfit is lovely, the length perfect. The photos with William and prince Charles are fantastic and Baby Cambridge is kept at warm, yet visible for all to see and growing safely. And above all, they all look happy and that's all that matters, really!

    Charlotte, you are the best! Thank you so much for this great post!

    Hugs!

    Monica, France

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  4. Jean from Lancs.5 April 2013 at 14:32

    She looks lovely---certainly red is good on her and with the scarf very stylish.
    Watched it much of the morning on "Sky News"-the cameras followed her when the three split up to talk to the young people--she certainly knows how to talk to people.
    When the three of them were together it was laughter and smiles all the way--lovely to see.
    Glad you've dropped those numbers and letters Charlotte---I was getting cross-eyed.

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  5. Jean from Lancs.5 April 2013 at 14:49

    Is the brooch the submarine one she wore before--I think at the Thames Regatta?

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  6. Oh doesn't she look lovely today! I really love her in brighter colors but I can honestly say she is the one person who never has an "off" day. The longer length on her coat looks better, I believe, than the shorter. More professional for public outings. She is so lucky to not be showing more than she is. By the stage she is now in both my pregnancies I was already quite large. I am 5'4" though and she is much taller with a long torso. Keep up the good work Charlotte, your wonderful blog just make my day. Happy Friday all!

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  7. Alyssa in Pennsylvania,USA5 April 2013 at 15:06

    Love the scarf!

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  8. She's so beautiful, and the read coat is great on her! She really is glowing, isn't she? I'm very happy for both the Duchess and the Duke and their families. These are such exciting times for them.

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  9. Love the scarf, and I actually think the coat looks better on her now that she's pregnant--it looked a just little bit too big for her before.

    And I have to say, I've been following this blog for awhile but never commented--I think this is the most professionally-run blog I've ever come across! You're so quick with updates and obviously put a lot of work into your posts, and they're so interesting to read. I really appreciate it.

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  10. Bright colours and good lenght today,! IMO the coat looks better now on her than in 2006- due to its widely open upper part looked a bit hangging then. Today with the Streathern scarf (I like this unusual tartan very much) and filled with her new forms,the coat looks very nice. My minus are these stretchy boots (maybe comfy but a bit teenage style and recently seems too tight) and no change in the hair area. Altough I love these green amethysts, I wonder she didn´t accessorized the scarf with her new square citrine Kiki´s.
    Dumfries house is very beautiful, Sense and sensibility comes to my mind immediately, it is great there are funds to preserve such beautiful historical buildings and allow them to be used for new purposes. Kudos to Charles for his activities on this field. The photo of the trio with Charles laughing is cute.

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  11. Lynn Georgia USA5 April 2013 at 15:36

    Kate looked wonderful today! The red Armani coat has been one of my favorites since she first "wowed" me with her beauty and sense of style at the 2006 Sandhurst ceremony. I actually have been wondering why she has not already reprised the coat for her maternity wardrobe. It has the perfect lines (rather triangular with slightly high button closure), the perfect length (thank goodness!)--and she seemed to be a wee bit heavier back in 2006 than she has been in recent years. Thus the coat is perfect for now--and Kate looks beautiful in red--and red is a very "British" color, too, matching the Union Jack!

    If I sound ebullient, I am! I have been so disappointed with all those short coats lately--and the princess cut of the tartan yesterday was not attractive for a maternity piece--plus yesterday's coat looked unpressed--very uncharacteristic for Kate's usual impeccable grooming. But today she's back in top form!

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    1. Jane from New England5 April 2013 at 23:11

      I totally agree!! Well said.

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    2. Lynn California USA6 April 2013 at 04:11

      Lynn, I couldn't agree with you more. Love the longer coats on her -- yes, she has fabulous legs, but she looks so much more elegant with the longer length and we've come to expect class and elegance from her.

      My only sadness today comes from knowing that we have to wait until April 21st before we see her again in an official capacity -- I think I am going through withdrawals. So not looking forward to her maternity leave for that reason (but at the same time praying for a girl, named Diana)!

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    3. The fit n flare style costs worn by kate recently are lovely shapes but that style can still be worn on the knee and looking good, I don't know why hers have been so short. Today's coat was a bit 'frumpy. Lovely colour. I liked the style length of the coat she wore when she came out of hospital. Short coats and high heels are a bit common. I don't know why she wants to detract from her bump, we all know its baby and not weight gain thru over eating!! Baffling! Susie. La.

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    4. Pauline Oak Hills7 April 2013 at 03:17

      @Lynn California- I am with you. I am having Duchess withdrawals already. I can't wait until the 21st. I don't know what we are going to do once she has the baby. We will not see much of her for awhile. BOO HOO...lol

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  12. Fabulous look for Kate! I'm so impressed that she is recycling a coat that's seven years old! It does look better now than it did in 2006. I think the scarf is a cheery, bright addition. Well done, Kate!

    It's also lovely to see "the family" interacting and enjoying a laugh together.


    Thank you, Charlotte! Once again you continue to bring us the best photos and updated information! Great work!

    Carol

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  13. The duchess is lovely in her coat the coat is very stylish and i think im seen happy love those photos

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  14. Lovely look today! The longer length of the coat, its vivid colour and the scarf all make for a beautiful ensemble, and, once again, Catherine looks glowing. I also think the coat looks better on her now than in 2006. It seems that the trio enjoyed each other's company. I'm so glad Dumfries House is being preserved, it looks stunning!

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  15. Not to forget William, he looks nice in his coat! A nice change from always seeing him in a navy suit. Has anyone figured out if he always wears the same suit or if they're different navy suits?

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    1. Pauline OakHIlls5 April 2013 at 22:12

      I would think he has many blue suits. If you notice they are different shades of blue. I would like to see him in something different, maybe like a gray or black. But he always looks handsome.

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    2. In my opinion blue is the favourite colour of William regarding suits and sweaters. Blue really suits him and is very elegant with a touch of royal allure!

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    3. Am I correct that black is reserved for funerals by the royals?

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    4. Suits can be stylish instead if the predictable ones worn by William. I'm thinking daniel Craig's many different and stylish suits. Perhaps william could take a leaf out of his book!! Wendy. Boston USA

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    5. Kate, Texas, USA6 April 2013 at 18:34

      Bluhare, I have no clue what Royal protocal is as far as colors for funerals, but everyone wore black for Diana's funeral. For Princess Margaret's and the Queen Mother's he wore black jacket and tie with striped pants (is that a morning suit?). I know that for his grandmother's funeral in 2004 and most recently for his former nanny, Olga Powell, William wore his typical blue suit. He did wear a black tie for his grandmothers. Who knows? I agree with Cecilia that blue suits him well (no pun intended). :)

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    6. Brooks Brothers didn't make black suits after President Lincoln was assassinated while wearing one of their black coats in 1865. According to Wiki, they resumed production (finally) in 1998.

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  16. The first time Kate wore this coat in 2006, I thought it was a bit over the top, especially with the heart trimmed hat and also not the best style for someone with a wonderful figure. William may have thought she was assuming too much as well, since he broke things off a couple of months later.

    Things are different now and this coat seems perfect, a great length and a great style for this stage of her pregnancy. It looks good with the tartan scarf as well. A perfect look today after a bit of a miss yesterday.

    Delighted to hear Dumfries House is saved and excited to see the royal couple visit the submarine works. My husband used to work on submarine program before he retired.

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    1. Pauline OakHIlls5 April 2013 at 22:10

      William & Catherine broke up in april 2007 not 2006.

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    2. Ana B. from Brazil5 April 2013 at 23:36

      Hi, Anonymous!
      Maybe I missed your point but, I don't think wanting to be well dressed for such a high profile event was "a bit over the top" and that William may have broken up with her because of that.
      Have a nice weekend!

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    3. William graduated from Sandhurst December 15, 2006. By the time the couple went to Cheltenham in March 2007, the relationship was clearly in trouble and the announcement came shortly afterwards. What I meant by over the top was that Kate was starting to look like a fiancee, not a girlfriend. William clearly wasn't quite ready to settle down but fortunately the break didn't last long. Alls well that ends well.

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    4. There was a school of thought when Kate wore that coat to William's Sanhurst passing out that she did it to call attention to herself, as she stood out in a red coat in a sea of black and browns. I can see that as a bit over the top in a "hey, look at me!" attitude, but I can also see her wanting William to see her in the crowd.

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    5. Sarah from Calif.6 April 2013 at 21:32

      When my boys were young and skiing in the snow, worried mom that I am I would have them wear bright coats amongst the sea of dark colors so I could look up on the white hills and see them and know that all was well. :

      Hi bluhare, hope you are well :) we have lots of down time to chat with everyone how fun! !!!

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  17. Pauline Oak Hills5 April 2013 at 16:52

    Thank you Ms. Charlotte for another grat post. William & his Duchess looked so happy together. And the picture of him with is arm on her bank is just priceless. And I read where she was catching up to William and he asked her if she was ok, so sweet. And just the looks they give each other just says it all, how much in love they are with each other.

    I also loved the pictures of William, Catherine and Charles together. They seemed to be having a great time together. The dress she wore today was also beautiful. And we could see her baby bump. She still is not showing much but that will change in the coming weeks. I think because she is tall is the reason see is not showing much at this point in her pregnancy.

    Now I hope she & William will go back to Anglegsy and rested up for her next engagement with the Queen on the 21st. I can't wait.

    Again thanks for always being so fast with all teh up dates on our Duchess & her Prince. You are the best.

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  18. Very pleased to see Kate wearing RED - wow a real colour - today!!!!!! This coat is much more appropriate and looks far more royal than yesterday's frock horror. Still the old boots and tights, but I'll let her off today for wearing red which suits her so very well LOL! The scarf looks nice and cheerful too and I love the Kiki earrings but agree with another poster that her citrines may have matched the scarf better. Yay for the red!
    Thanks Charlotte for the speedy updates you are one of the best!

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  19. Robin Indiana USA
    I love it when Kate wears Red and her scarf looked so nice with her coat. Red is really a good color for her. So happy all the Royals were having fun for a good cause. Happy Friday to all from sunny Indiana!

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  20. She looks fabulous. I love the longer length and the bright color of the coat. Kate must have a huge coat closet, but each one of them gets really good use and she seems to cycle through them. I hope it warms up and we can get a better look at the bump.

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  21. Red is indeed Kate's colour, she looks fantastic, beautiful and healthy, but I'm not a big fan of this coat... It fits her, but honestly I think it looks a little out of fashion now... Anyway, I understand that her shape is changing and I admire her very, very much for recycling clothes in times like these.

    It's always great to see them all working toghether, and I must say I loved Dumfries House. I would really like to visit Scotland very soon! :)

    Hugs, have a wonderful weekend!
    Z. from Portugal

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  22. LKC in South Carolina5 April 2013 at 18:24

    I think Kate looked fantastic and everybody should be happy. Longer length and a brighter color - things many were hoping to see. I too loved the scarf.

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  23. Thanks for your hard work, Charlotte. I agree that this coat is a better length and color than yesterday's coat. Colorado Eve

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  24. Marion from Germany5 April 2013 at 18:51

    There you are, Kate has definitely followed our friendly criticism from yesterday: a colourful coat and a longer hemline. Now shouldn't we all get an official status as royal stylists/advisers/whatsoever? I think we deserve it. ;-)

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  25. Kate, Texas, USA5 April 2013 at 19:10

    Kate looks FABULOUS!!! I love the Armani coat with the tartan scarf! Red is a great color on the Duchess and this coat is so beautiful! I wonder if she reminisced about that day at Sandhurst and how much her life has changed? It's a favorite look of mine and I have always wondered what the Queen thought of Kate that day in the eye-catching red coat. I thought she looked glamorous then and as Charlotte said definitely like a future Royal. :) She looks so happy and healthy today....just beautiful!!!

    I love the picture posted of Prince Charles with Will and Kate. He looks so happy and relaxed. I think he will be a wonderful grandfather. It seems like such a happy time in all of their lives. :) That would be a great pictured framed in their new home!

    I was interested in their visit to the Astute-Class Submarine Building. My father works for BAE Systems here in the States. It actually peaked my dad's interest in Royal talk....LOL!!!

    Thanks for a great couple days of posts Charlotte!!! Have a wonderful and relaxing weekend!!!

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  26. Ana B. from Brazil5 April 2013 at 19:24


    Hello!
    The Duchess is looking great! But I must admit, I'm not very fond of this particular coat. The color is beautiful, however, the shape isn't very flattering!
    I think she's cut her hair a little, hasn't she?! I thought it was a bit longer a couple weeks ago. And there's some highlights, I guess.
    Thank you, Charlotte, for this great coverage. I had some issues regarding internet yesterday, so I couldn't read your post until this morning. I was going nuts! Hahaha :)
    I hope you have a terrific weekend! Full of warmth and people you love!
    Best regards from São Paulo!

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  27. Lovely coat, and I confess that I am glad that it is a bit longer than the ones she has been wearing lately. I do wish that she had tucked the end of her scarf in her coat though because the lovely collar is one of the nicest things about the coat. Otherwise this was quite a nice choice.

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  28. Theresa, from Paris5 April 2013 at 20:39

    Just a thought : what massive closets these girls ( princesses and so on) must have !! To keep track of all the old and new clothes. Gosh ! I once heard they label them. They can't just stick their nose in a wardrobe before going out for the day.
    Pippa surprises me : she hardly ever seems to wear the same dress, skirt, bag... and she's not royal. Where does she put them ? ;-))))

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    1. Lynn Georgia USA6 April 2013 at 18:14

      Theresa, I, too, wonder where in the world Kate keeps all her clothes and how she seems to access them so easily--especially considering that she spends time in Wales, in London, in Bucklebury. I'm a retired librarian, so I'm very much interested in "filing" systems. Maybe I could apply for the job of cataloguing Kate's clothes! (Strangely enough, though, all winter I have been searching for my ONE pair of black boots, which I packed away--somewhere!--last spring for safekeeping!)

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    2. Sarah from Calif.6 April 2013 at 21:13

      Lynn, that is too cute and funny :)

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    3. Kate, Texas, USA7 April 2013 at 03:31

      Lynn, that is really funny! I have always been curious as to where all Kate's clothes are kept and how she keeps them looking brand new. I have read about Diana's wardrobe room in books and have a picture in my mind what it would look like, but hmmm. Like you said, she spends time in Wales, London, and Bucklebury. Her London home is a small cottage. I wonder if there's a room carved out for her wardrobe at Kensington until they move into 1A? Where do Carole and Pippa keep all their clothes, especially coats? Would love to know her "filing" system. Maybe after you get the job you can fill us all in!!! :)

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    4. Sarah from Calif.7 April 2013 at 04:51

      Theresa, the sad thing is Pippa could wear something new (expensive or not) all of the time and not be criticized. Dear Kate will not be so fortunate. She is doing a wonderful job though.
      Lovely young ladies both of them. Hope you are seeing spring in Paris !

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    5. Theresa, from Paris7 April 2013 at 12:47

      Lynn : so funny ! I sometimes find a pair of shoes I had forgotten about at the bottom of my cupboard ! I dream of the shoe closet of Carrie Bradshaw in "Sex and the city ";-) I'm totally fascinated as well with filing systems...

      Sarah, from California : here in Paris we have a bit of sunshine now, but it is still so cold. No spring yet ! We are all fed up ;-) But I'm off to istanbul in ten days for my work, so I hope to get a bit of sunshine there. I'm sure you are fine in California, lucky you ;)

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    6. Funny how we all see the same facts so differently. Sarah I see it as Kate can do no wrong and gets praised for everything and Pippa is accused of cashing in and ctiticized.
      I think that Kate has a style that I like better but Pippa has more edge to her looks. I do like that Pippa wears real woman shoes more often than not where Kate wears Barbie like shoes making her tower over people. Once she has a child to run after she will change it up more, perhaps.

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    7. Sarah from Calif.7 April 2013 at 23:16

      Anon 21:26 yes it is very funny! Amazing humanity and their peculiar differences.

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  29. Have to say, didn't like the coat then, don't much like it now! Do like the colour red on her though.

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  30. I much prefer this look to yesterday's, skirt/coat was far too short for a royal! I'm sure there is a brooch on her coat in the second picture - is it the Navy one she one for the Jubilee pageant?

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  31. not a fave but nice length appropriate

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  32. Charlotte, great job once again... regarding Kate's coat, not one of my favorite but she looks good... Just wanted to make an observation. I think it is the first time I see Prince Charles laughing in a picture.. Its seems like the Royasl are finally in a good place.. They all seemed happy and I think most importanlty happy together.... That cloud over them for years seemed like it has lift off... I wish them all well.. Happy Royals, happy Britain... :)))

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  33. Charlotte great job once again.. Regarding Kate's coat, not one of my favorite but she looks good.. I just wanted to make an observation. It is the first time that I have seen Prince Charles laughing in a picture. It seems like they are not only happy, but happy to be together. It seems like the Royals are all in a happy place.. The black cloud that loom over them has been lifted... Happy Royals, happy Britain.. :))

    M from Dallas..

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  34. Love the coat in red with her beautiful hair. The scarf looked great too and remember there was a reason for her to wear it besides the cold. Lovely smile. The little bit longer coat length looks more elegant, still yesterday, she was a beauty in blue.

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  35. Concerning the royal fashion and the etiquette, shouldn't the Duchess wear a hat? I have the impression that she wears a hat only at the royal engagements where the Queen is present. I have the impression that she does not really like wearing hats but she wears them just for duty.
    What do you think?

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    1. I think she decides when to. I dont think its required for an event. She wears them from weddings to special engagements, with or without the queen present.

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  36. Fabulous! A complete turn-around from yesterday. Good color, good fit, good length, polished, she WORE the scarf instead of just carrying it as before, and she even wore a brooch for the second visit of the day. Great job!!!! (sometimes I think the royals read some of these blogs?)

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    1. surely they do! or somebody for them, that is the same.

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  37. Fabulous! A complete turn-around from yesterday. Good color, good fit, good length, polished, she WORE the scarf instead of just carrying it as before, and she even wore a brooch for the second visit of the day. Great job!!!! (sometimes I think the royals read some of these blogs?)

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  38. Jennifer from Wisconsin6 April 2013 at 02:20

    I loved this post and agree they all look so happy. Wonder how many people realize the importance of their titles. The Queen Mother's parents were the Earl and Countess of Strathearn. I think that says volumes of what the Queen thinks of William and Kat.

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    1. i didn't know that! very interesting, and clearly meant to give greater importance to both couples by connecting them - it's as much a sign of how important she thinks will and kate are as how important the queen mother's parents are by connecting them with future monarchs.

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    2. Jean from Lancs.6 April 2013 at 08:21

      The Queen Mother's parents were the Earl and Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne--not Strathearn.

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    3. The Queen Mother's parents were the Earl and Countess of Strathmore and Kingshorne. The current (18th) Earl is Michael Fergus Bowes-Lyon and he is, I make out, a second cousin to Prince Charles.

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  39. Oh Charlotte, she recycled your favorite coat!! :)) Kate looks gorgeous,, the red looks lovely on her. Love the scarf although she could've tucked it in her coat.. Even her hair could've been tied back and the entire look would've been super elegant. Thank you chica for this awesome post! Have a super weekend all! xoxo

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  40. Everytime the duchess is on official duties she always looks great and elegant looking no matter what outfit she wore and love the coat she wore yesterday and tonight she seems she enjoying her time together with charles and i think loving her pregancy

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  41. ooh, sooo much better than yesterday's drab, crumpled outfit. love the color and the fit gives her some shape while not being tight in the tummy area.

    i really like the strathearn scarf accessory: attractive and appropriate.

    my only quibble: i wish she wore a lower cut dress. so much black from the high black neckline with such a low coat neckline looks off-balanced to my eyes.

    will's coat: looks very 70s, no? i'm really not a fan.

    charles looks good, and happy. glad to see the dumfries house project getting attention, and that it is going well.

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  42. Sarah from Calif.6 April 2013 at 04:16

    Thank you Charlotte, this has been so enjoyable to read.Kate looked beautiful. I love the coat and scarf together. Back in the 80s there was this color matching craze where you were labeled a Summer, Spring,, Winter or Fall for the colors that would look best on you. I could never wear that scarf but, Kate pulls it off perfectly. I think she is a Spring but not sure.
    I loved the Dumfries House so elegant. Fantastic place for a wedding. Love the Tapestry Room. I read in one of my books that tapestry was used on the walls in castles to keep the draft out (from the brick walls) makes sence.
    A sustainable village is a great plan, I do hope it all works out. I suppose if everyone pitches in there is no reason it shouldn't.
    The doll was a crack up. Poor Kate, no dear your hair does not look that bad !

    Well I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend.
    p.s. I just made a Thai dish that I have been trying to copy from our favorite Thai restaurant.
    I do believe I have hit it spot on! :) yummy

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    1. Jean from Lancs.7 April 2013 at 18:22

      Hi Sarah,
      I love Thai food. Hope you enjoyed it--you're making me hungry!
      Jean

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    2. Sarah from Calif.7 April 2013 at 23:23

      Hi Jean, yes I am tired of paying for my favorite dishes when I know I could make them in a flash. If I could just figure out what the cook is putting into certain dishes. I really am tempted to go and just stare at him while he cooks, it's all out in the open. Hmmmm......

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    3. Hi Sarah,
      I'm Thai. I'm somehow delighted that you like our food. :)
      What did you cook?

      Pd- you make me feel like cooking... >__<

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    4. Sarah from Calif.8 April 2013 at 05:16

      Mela, I made Basil chicken and mushrooms it had an oyster sauce and red Chili peppers. :)

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    5. Sarah, that's one of my all-time favourite!
      You can have it with rice, topped with a fried egg. This plate is very typical in Thailand. :)

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  43. Very interesting group shot. The heir to the throne, the second in line, and Kate carrying the third. Don't typically see them all together.

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  44. Pauline Oak HIlls6 April 2013 at 16:07

    Hello Ms. Charlotte- I just read in The Sun that William is planning on taking a 2 week paternity leave when their baby is born. So if this is true then it says to me that William has no plans on leave the RAF anytime soon. What have you heard if anything???? I was hoping that he would leave the RAF so he could be closer to home for the Duchess and their baby. But I guess we will have to wait until they decide to let us know his plans.

    And I am already having Duchess withdrawals knowing that we have to wait until the 21st to see her again. But I hope they go back to Anglesey together and rest.

    Hope you have a great weekend.

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  45. Canadian Friend6 April 2013 at 17:12

    Thank you, Charlotte, for another wonderful post.

    IMO,it's amazing how much more elegant Kate looks with a few additional inches of length on her red coat. I think the longer length really balances her height.

    The scarf is beautiful and a nice nod to Scottish tradition. I love those earrings too.

    Prince Charles is a very complex character but it's nice to see him so happy with his family. Hopefully, his new grandchild will add to his happiness.

    I hope everyone has a great weekend!

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  46. LKC in South Carolina6 April 2013 at 18:09

    I can't remember who posted it of on which topic, but somebody Kate is "only" 5'8". I believe she is 5' 10", which is taller than average.

    I have a friend that height and that slim - she has a really hard time finding things to wear that are long enough in a smaller size and I think Kate does like to buy off the rack at times. She doesn't have to wear something made specifically for her especially when surrounded by people trying hard to make ends meet.

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    1. Sarah from Calif.6 April 2013 at 21:22

      Hi LKC, that does make sense to me. If you are very tall and buy off the rack things might be short. I'm short and buying pants off the rack is a pain. Sometimes I go for petite but, they can be a bit short. Ha-ha
      Will be in S.C. in Dec. :)

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  47. Whoops, I can see I made my post three times. I am new to this (posting, not the great blog!!), and wasn't sure if I was doing it correctly. Apologies if I appeared over keen to make earlier point on the Queen Mother's parents!

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    1. Hello Mrs D.

      Welcome to the blog and thank you for posting :) There is a terrific community of people who comment regularly and have discussions on appearances/news/style and it is always lovely to see someone new joining in.

      An interesting observation to share with all of you. We actually have quite a number of male readers, you'll notice it's primarily ladies who post but a number of the gentlemen who read the blog have been emailing me to share their thoughts and It would be *terrific* if they commented here too :)

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    2. Sarah from Calif.6 April 2013 at 21:24

      Mrs D in Dublin, don't feel bad, several of us have done the same thing :)

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    3. Lynn Georgia USA10 April 2013 at 18:07

      A warm welcome to Mrs. D! I have great respect for those of you who know so much about royal history. I will look forward to your posts.

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  48. LKC in South Carolina6 April 2013 at 20:57

    Yes, there are a few men and I have often had to remind myself to not address any of my posts using the word "Ladies", I like hearing from the men and too wish we'd hear more form them.

    Also, please forgive the typos in my previous post. I got a new laptop and the TAB key is placed so my arthritic, left little finger hits it without me even knowing so things get sent without me properly correcting them. Sorry!

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  49. Sarah from Calif.7 April 2013 at 05:46

    Hi Charlotte you are up very late :) hope you are well. You are doing a divine job with this Blog.
    Yes divine I save that word for special things. So respectable, good quality, great chats back and forth, good disagreements etc.........,
    Do have a good night sleep! If you are not sleeping well, a warm cup of milk with a little almond extract is good. Good night.

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    1. Oh thank you so much Sarah. I am something of an insomniac, which I often think isn't an entirely bad thing as sometimes there are simply not enough hours in the day :)

      I hope you're all having a great weekend, I'm having an unusually quiet Sunday which involves a spring clean, cooking, helping my sister raid my wardrobe for an upcoming college ball she's attending :)
      and later on a hot bath and Game of Thrones episode 2!

      Speaking of TV shows, for those of you in the US who enjoy Downton Abbey, there's a new show called "Mr Selfridge" you might enjoy. I haven't had a chance to see it myself but it looks promising.

      As for royal news, Camilla Tominey wrote an interesting article on William's plans. According to the (very reliable) reporter he is still undecided and it could be another month before anything is officially decided. The article also states the couple plan to leave Anglesey around May.

      http://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/389959/Prince-William-torn-between-his-love-of-flying-and-a-royal-role

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    2. Pauline Oak HIlls7 April 2013 at 16:58

      Hello Charlotte- I read the article and was wondering, if they leave Anglesey in May does that mean William will be leaving his post with the RAF there. I would hope that he will be with his Duchess for the balance of her pregnancy in London.

      And wondering what his future plans are? I jsut hope he stays close to home so he can really be the hands on daddy he wants to be. But if the article is true that I read in The Sun, William will only be taking a 2 week paternity leave once the baby is born. But that does not make sense to me because if they are leaving Anglesey in May he will not be flying with the RAF. Very confusing....lol

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    3. Hello Pauline,

      Whatever William choose he will not be returning to RAF Valley, Anglesey. Should he choose to stay on with the RAF he would be moved to another location, most likely RAF Wattisham but at this point it looks like we could be waiting a little while longer to find out what he's chosen.

      I believe he will take some time off when the baby is born in July :)

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    4. Pauline Oak Hills7 April 2013 at 19:32

      Thank you Charlotte for the information. Just wondering how far is RAF Wattisham from their home in London? It is close enough so William can be a hands on daddy?

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    5. It's roughly two hours from London, it's also two hours from Anmer Hall (rumoured to be the Cambridge's future country home). It's certainly not a convenient distance for driving home after a long shift. I expect they'll possibly rent a place close by should William choose that path.

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    6. I'm wondering if the sour look on William's face lately hasn't had something to do with this. You can all yell at me for saying he's had a sour face, but look at the photos. Kate's all sparkly, and he's standing there like a bump on a log.

      I have no idea, as usual, but it would make sense to me that he's been told he's got to decide between one or the other.

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    7. Kate, Texas, USA8 April 2013 at 19:21

      I read the article in the Express written by Camilla Tominey. She has been interviewed several times by American news reporters, especially during the Canadian tour, and I really like her. I thought her question posed to William and Kate when their engagement was announced at SJP was perfect. Anyway, she's a good reporter. :)

      About William.... Charlotte, I read that Harry is based at Wattisham? If this is true, that could be another mark for the pro list of staying in the service by being able to serve along side Harry albeit different branches of the military. I know you said they would possibly rent a small place there if that's the path he takes. You're probably right, but IMO that seems like SO much. Royal duties, RAF pilot, having a new baby, and having 3 homes (Wattisham, London, and Amner Hall). The article said they are leaving Anglesey in May, but his tour of duty will be up in September. Obviously Kate will be in London, but where will he serve out his last few weeks? What's the hold up in a decision being made? Do you think he has decided and just not gone public? I would think if he decides to stay, a position in the Household Calvary like you suggested would make more sense. It would definitely base him close to home where they could be together as a family and free him up for more Royal duties.

      On a different note, any news of anything for Kate before April 21? I know you'll have a wonderful and captivating post before then, but that seems like such a long time until we see Kate. :) Also, NBC news said on their morning program today that if it's a boy they are going with the name Phillip. I cannot find that news anywhere else. Have you heard?

      Hope you are having a lovely Monday! The sun is shining, birds are singing, and monarch butterflies are dancing all around my backyard! As Sarah would say, sending lots of spring your way!!! Sarah, maybe we need another spring poem!!!! :)

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    8. bluhare: with a comment like "he's standing there like a bump on a log" aren't you better suited to comment on a hate blog instead of this fan blog? Just something to think about.

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    9. Hello Kate :)

      Harry is indeed based in Wattisham. I imagine William is torn and seems to be really struggling to reach a decision, I believe he wants to stay on with the RAF but the public feel it's time for him to take on a greater role, perhaps The Queen feels the same? I've spoken to a couple of royal reporters who said they are "perplexed" at the delays in the decision but only time will tell what William has chosen.

      Nothing announced before the 21st unfortunately but I'll keep you all updated should anything come up :)

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    10. Kate, Texas, USA9 April 2013 at 06:48

      Charlotte, thanks so much for your reply. I guess we'll all be waiting to hear something about William. An announcement will have to come sooner than later at this point. I know you'll be on top of keeping us informed. :)

      The Daily Star and Huffington Post are reporting that if the baby is a boy, Phillip will be the name. Any truth to that? Have you heard anything? I know so many of these papers are "rubbish", so curious if you have heard anything.

      About to head to bed here, but I guess it's good morning for you!!! Have a great Tuesday!!!

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    11. Hello Kate!

      As for names, family names are most likely but I wouldn't think there isn't anything concrete yet and we certainly won't hear until the baby is born. I often notice when there's a quiet week the rumours and speculation go into overdrive in the press :)

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    12. Lynn Georgia USA10 April 2013 at 17:49

      I will be so pleased if Phillip is the chosen name. As I have mentioned on this blog before, Philip gave up his name, Mountbatten (sp?), when Elizabeth ascended the throne--maybe when he married Elizabeth, heir to the throne. Therefore, I think a future Windsor king named Phillip would be quite fitting--and fair.

      P.S. I hope some of you who are so knowledgeable about royal history will set me straight about when Phillip gave up his name.

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  50. Elizabeth from Canada7 April 2013 at 14:01

    There was a show on Dumfries House a little while back where Alan Titchmarsh interviewed Charles about the house and talked about the importance of the renovation to the community. The show was called "The Royal Restoration". I think Charles does such wonderful work and takes great care with his projects to involve and revive communities. (Also see his work at Highgrove for an example - there's a video of Alan Titchmarsh on this one too called "Alan meets Prince Charles" that's well worth a watch).

    It's nice to see Will and Kate on an outing with Charles, especially since in his interviews Charles always says he thinks his sons aren't really interested in doing that kind of work yet. Perhaps Will and Kate's visit is signalling a turn-around?

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    1. Jean from Lancs.8 April 2013 at 10:02

      Yes, I remember that programme and maybe when they saw the house, Catherine especially might be interested.
      However the part opened on Friday, being sporting facilities for young people, is very much the interest of both the Duke and Duchess.

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  51. Elizabeth from Canada7 April 2013 at 14:04

    P.S. I should say that I always really enjoy reading this blog - Charlotte, you're so fast, and so tactful in what you post!

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    1. Thank you very much Elizabeth :)

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  52. Hi Charlotte,
    Thank you for another fantastic blog. I enjoy it very much.

    I would prefer Kate's style on her second day in Scotland to the first one, not because of the coat's hemline but the colour. The coat on the first day was very pretty, but personally, I think red suits her more. Kate has a chic and timeless collection of coats.

    Have a nice monday!


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  53. Kate, Texas, USA8 April 2013 at 14:39

    My prayers and thoughts are with Margaret Thatcher's family. She was a great leader and example to many, especially woman. RIP Baroness Thatcher

    "Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."

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    1. Beautiful words Kate ...

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    2. I do sympathise with her family Kate but perhaps if you have lived in the UK during the Thatcher era you wouldn't be calling her a gret leader. I grew up in industrial South Wales at that time and say first hand how Mrs Thatcher's policies destroyed the mining and steel industries. Millions of working class people in the UK had their livelihoods taken away and her encouragement of the materialistic "me, me, me" culture laid the foundations for much of UK society's problems today. To hear all this overblown praise for Mrs Thatcher now leaves a very bitter taste in the mouth. Annie, UK

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  54. Robin Indiana USA
    I was saddened to hear the news that Margaret Thatcher had passed. I so admired her as a woman. My thoughts go to her family and may she be in Gods hands.

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