Sunday, 14 April 2013

Kate Enjoys Retail Therapy in Holt & A Little Magic For Upcoming Engagement

Shoppers in Holt in Norfolk got an unexpected surprise when they spotted the Duchess of Cambridge in the market town today.

ITV/Emma Walker

Kate spent the afternoon browsing in local shops including Byfords. The store stocks a selection of products including cakes and desserts, ready meals, cheese, olives and speciality bread.

Byfords

The Duchess may have enjoyed a spot of lunch in Byfords café and restaurant, the perfect place to unwind and relax. The menu has international influence, and uses fresh, local, seasonal ingredients presented in a quirky café style.

Byfords

Claire Kowalyk, who works in Lanes Jewellery on Market Place said:

'She was in town. Apparently she comes here quite a bit. She looked in the window of the shop. There is quite a buzz in the town.'

Kate has been known to visit the town before, perhaps familiarising herself with the shops as the Queen has reportedly given Anmer Hall on Her Majesty's Sandringham Estate in West Norfolk to the Cambridges. There are renovations taking place at the property at the moment, no doubt up-scaling security as ensuring the couple's privacy is a priority.

Anmer Hall

Kate also popped into Mews Antique Emporium, containing antique furniture, clothing, books and collectables. Kate is definitely a fan of antiques and is regularly spotted antique shopping with her mother Carole in Berkshire. She was seen leaving in a Range Rover, smiling and waving to well-wishers.

ITV/Emma Walker

@GingerBen1979 kindly shared a photo via Twitter and described Kate as "stunning".

@Ginger Ben1979 Twitter Feed

I loved Kate's look today, very casual yet stylish; perfect for a day of browsing in a market town. The Duchess has remained very slim and isn't opting for any maternity wear pieces just yet. Everything she's wearing has been seen before. She kept warm in her purple Ralph Lauren cable sweater, a piece Kate has worn on a number of occasions including shopping trips in Anglesey in 2011.

In Style

The Duchess also wore her Really Wild  waistcoat and jeans.


Kate carried her Tod's D-Styling Bauletto Leather Tote. The stylish bag features double top handles, detachable and adjustable shoulder strap, stitch detailing on body of bag and gold-toned protective feet. It is available in a variety of colours at My Theresa.

My Theresa

It was nice to see Kate out and about today. She's looking happy and enjoying her pregnancy. Did you hear Alexandra is the bookies favourite for Baby Cambridge's name?

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William, Kate and Harry will attend the inauguration of Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden on Friday, April 26. Here's a little clue on what we can expect from their visit :)

The Mirror

The royal trio's visit will include a tour of The Making of Harry Potter attraction. Costumers, props and models from the movies will be on display. Also invited are 500 children and their parents associated with charities that have one of the royals as their patron. As someone who grew up reading the Harry Potter series and eagerly awaiting the release of the movies every year, I am very excited to see William, Kate and Harry officially open the attraction.


After the tour the royals will host a meeting for their Charities Forum in the Great Hall, one of the original sets from the Harry Potter movies. 


'The charities forum is the collection of charities, of which the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are Patrons.
 The Princes founded the Forum in 2006 as a way to bring their individual charitable interests together and to explore how they could best lend their support to them all in an effective and efficient way. The Charities Forum meets biannually, with each organisation taking its turn to host the group.'

William and Kate at a previous meeting.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

I hope you're all having a lovely weekend!

84 comments:

  1. Prince Harry needs to be in one of those pictures (the one you edited with William and Kate) as a Weasley. His hair is perfect for it.

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    1. Hahaha! Ditto!!! :D

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    2. YES!!! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE ADD HARRY AS RON!!!


      By the way your blog is unbelievable and brings me incomprehensible happiness every day!!!

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    3. Harry can't be Ron bc Ron gets with Hermione. So Harry should be Harry and William should be Ron and Catherine should be Hermione. or if William is Harry then Catherine should be Ginny. The Harry Potter series are my favorite book, so I CANNOT wait for April 26, the day combines 2 of my favorite things, Harry Potter and the Duchess of Cambridge!

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  2. OH MY GOSH THE HARRY POTTER POSTER ROCKS!!!!I wonder if the author J K Rawling will also be present at the event,,,,it would be fitting and appropriate,,,Byfords seems like a quaint cafe,, there's something about them brick walls,,,,,what a sweet surprise to the people who were shopping in Holt, Norfolk!!Is the Harry potter event a fund raising event? Thanks chica!xoxo

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  3. Pauline Oak Hills14 April 2013 at 01:11

    Thank you Charlotte for this great update. I was wondering when we were going to get a sighting of our beautiful mommy to be. She has been lying low since thier trip to Scotland. Wonder if she & William were in checking on their new house. She is looking just so beautiful. You can tell she is pregnant by her face being fuller and her mid section is fuller too.

    I just hope with their up coming engagements that she will wear things that will show her baby bump. She can't continue to hide it for much longer. Is there any twitter news floating aroudn on what William is going to do? Man he is really taking his time or he already knows and just is not saying anything yet.

    Well I hope you are having a great weekend and that your weather is gettign warmer.

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    1. No news yet but William and Harry are at a stag do in Northumberland this evening!

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    2. Pauline Oak Hills14 April 2013 at 02:22

      Is Northumberland near where the Duchess was spotted today? It would make sense if it is near. And I wonder if the party is for their friend that is getting married in June. Oh well let's hope William doesn't get to drunk or in trouble....lol But you never know with naughty boy Harry with him...lol

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    3. Hi Pauline, They're over five hours apart. It's a boys night out! It was the stag of William and Harry's friend Thomas, he's marrying Melissa Percy on June 22.

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    4. Pauline Oak Hills14 April 2013 at 04:16

      Well I hope they have a good time.

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    5. Kate, Texas, USA14 April 2013 at 04:27

      Hey Pauline and Charlotte! I knew when you said Northumberland, it would be for Thomas! Speaking of Harry Potter and the wedding, are they getting married at Alnwick Castle? :) I am assuming that William and Harry will be ushers for the wedding. Looking forward to hearing about that lovely day!

      I thought George Percy and Pippa looked cute together, but alas they are just good friends. :)

      Pauline, Northumberland is in northern England close to the Scottish border. I bet it is chilly there now....ACK! Hope the boys are having a great weekend!

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    6. Wonder if that won't be one of Kate's last appearances. At least before her marriage, Kate's wedding guest fashion choices were some of her most interesting. Pippa has dated the son of the house, hasn't she although I think she has moved on at the moment so she may be there too.

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    7. Pauline, I've read Kate is carrying like her mother, who didn't really show until quite late in her pregnancy.

      I once knew a woman who was pregnant and you couldn't tell until she was 7 months along. And she was tall and thin like Kate.

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    8. Hi, does anyone know how tall is the Duchess?

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    9. It's something I often ask people who've seen her. The answers always vary between 5'8 and 5'10.

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    10. On the subject of Melissa Percy's wedding, she's actually very close friends with Chelsy Davy, it will be quite a guest list :)

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    11. Sarah from Calif.14 April 2013 at 23:09

      Ladies and Gentleman, I do believe Kate is one of the lucky ones who will not be huge with her pregnancy, much to our frustration. (at not seeing a well rounded tummy.)
      I will say that William and Kate will get to feel all of the gentle rolling about of baby, the sudden kicks, the hiccups, the wave of baby rolling in the tummy across Kate's belly, oh yes and the tightening of the tummy getting ready to bring forth their child. Yes theirs and a little bit of ours, in the veryyyyyyy distant future.
      The point is they will get to experience all of this precious time alone together . :)))

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    12. Pauline Oak Hills15 April 2013 at 00:17

      @Sarah from Calif.- I agree with you. With the Duchess being tall and slim we will not see much of a tummy until she is about 8 months.

      I can just picture William and the Duchess sitting on their sofa and William having his ear down and listening to his baby move about in his/her mommys tummy. Or William talking to it just like any new daddy to be. They are such a cute couple and very beautiful. I just hope they are getting this special time together with William flying schedule.

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  4. I really enjoy your blog!

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  5. Alexandra is a very pretty name and an excellent choice if that is indeed what they have chosen. With all of this talk about the baby being named "Elizabeth" or "Diana Frances" and back when Kate "slipped" and almost maybe said daughter, just watch this baby will be a boy!! Alexander is nice too if it is a boy :).

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    1. Sarah from Calif.14 April 2013 at 22:44

      I love those names (Alexandra and Alexander) time will tell :)

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  6. Thanks so much for the update. I am going through withdrawals in between appearances....

    Has anyone heard about Kate watching "Keeping Up with the Kardashians"? I am praying it is not true. That would be awful!!!

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    1. Kate, Texas, USA14 April 2013 at 04:32

      Lynn, that made me laugh!!!! I read that today too, but doubted it when I read it. Apparently Kim K sent Catherine a baby gift as they are due around the same time. Who knows? Nothing against the Kardashian clan, but Kate has bigger fish to fry right now with establishing two new homes, maintaining two current homes, obligations with charities, and growing the future monarch of the UK.

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    2. If she watches that awful show she's an idiot. Sorry, people, but an idiot. She probably checks the tabloids (if she gives a da#n about Kim just to see the difference in how they look during their pregnancy. I know if I were Kate I'd be laughing my socks off at some of those outfits KK has been wearing.

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    3. More than likely the source of that story is Kim Kraptashian herself. She gets publicity by linking her name to Kates regardless if the story is true or not. Most tabloids make stories up for page views.

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    4. Sarah from Calif.14 April 2013 at 22:45

      Do agree. Much better things to watch and read for that matter.

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    5. The Daily Star reported the Kardashian story and from what I can gather there's most likely no truth in it. The press are desperate to tie Kate and Kim together, they couldn't be more different.

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    6. Pauline Oak Hills14 April 2013 at 23:19

      I had to laugh when I read that. I doubt very much if it is true. Our beautiful duchess had more class in her pinky finger then KimK has in her whole body. This girl is nothing but trash along with the rest of her family. They have all this money and we here in the US (mostly in Southern California) never hear a thing about them helping out any charity and they make big bucks.

      And to think she is trying to compare her pregnacy with our Duchess. They is no comparing here. Kim K is caring a child of someone else and not her "husband." Yes she is still married and is pregnant by other man. There is nothing wrong with having a boyfriend but there is ways to prevent from getting pregnant. But I guess Kim does not know that.

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    7. Ana B. from Brazil15 April 2013 at 04:31

      It is kinda sad the way the press is trying to bring Kim and Catherine together. They, obviously and apparently, don't have much in commom, except for the fact they're having babies in July.
      Although I'm not a fan of Kim's, I'm feeling really sorry for her... She hasn't been doing great choice when it comes to her wardrobe lately and the press slams her every single day about it and her weight gain.
      I'm a very vain girl, and if I was feeling fat (for good reason, since you're pregnant) the latest thing I would want is to be bullied about it. Imagine now the whole world bullying you :/

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    8. Not that the Daily Mail is my idea of journalism but I go there looking for stories of Kate and it seems about 25% or more are of Kim K.
      You see how every one here has heard Kim send Kate a baby gift, I mean common' we all know it will be sent back with a polite note. It just is a desperate attempt by a Kardashian to seek fame.
      I would love it if people would boycott papers who write about them and leave more room to hear about Kate et al.

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    9. Jean from Lancs.15 April 2013 at 14:52

      If DM haven't got a story, they make one up and they seem to bring out the worst in their bloggers---but they do seem to print some lovely photos of Catherine.

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    10. Although I'm not a FAN of the Kardashians, I find it odd that people hate them so. Unless you know them socially, or unless they have done something to YOU...why would you write vile things about them or call names. For the Duchess of Cambridge OR Kim Kardashian to be bullied in the press and online is the SAME. It's all bullying.

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  7. Thanks for sharing i think william harry and kate will attend the wedding

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  8. And i think duchess is need some retail therapy after all her sucessful duties to fill in

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  9. Kate, Texas, USA14 April 2013 at 04:45

    Lovely to see Kate out and about! I wonder if she was picking out some items for Amner Hall? Charlotte, do you know when renovations will be complete and they will move in? It must be an exciting time!!!

    Have you noticed that almost everyone who sees Kate in person describes her as stunning and beautiful? Love that! The few seconds I saw her in the carriage procession, she was stunning. So much so that I forgot to take a picture as she went by. By the time it occurred to me, I got a great close up of Harry....LOL!!!!

    Is the lady walking behind Kate a protection officer? She's in the ITV pic and the twitter pic. If so, she doesn't look like she could hurt a fly and she's protecting the future queen and heir to the throne of England. She looks like a very sweet grandma. Where are the men? Don't you know that little girl in the picture must have been excited! It will be a fun story to share at school that she saw Kate out shopping!

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    1. I would imagine within a few months. It's a busy time with both KP and Anmer Hall undergoing renovations!

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  10. "Alexandra" or "Alix" are beautiful names. But how about calling the baby girl "Sophie" ? Kate seems to be great friends with the countess of Wessex? "Sophie Elizabeth Diana Carole (Caroline)". It just came to my mind some minutes ago. LOL! :)

    Wishing everyone a beautiful and if possible "sunny" day!

    Monica (France)



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  11. Thank again Charlotte! Loving the bag and what an interesting engagement on the 26th, will be nice to see them all together. I also think the picture of William and Kate at the meeting is a lovely one.

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  12. The Harry Potter picture is pretty awesome! I am going through withdrawals also, I dont know how I can manage after she has her baby....
    I am a big reader of this blog, and I enjoy reading the comments and getting people's point of view of thing Duchess related. I am curious about the other commenters, what else do we have incommonm, where do they live, what is there age and education. So I was thinking if you could have a survey of your readers so we can get a better understanding of each other.
    An example of understanding each other, last week when Catherine wore her short skirt and a lot of readers thought it was inappropriate, I was wondering how old they were bc there age could be a reason why they thought it was so inappropriate.
    I love this blog and I check it daily and sometimes more. I cannot wait for your special post regarding William and Catherine wedding anniversary (which I cannot bele it is coming up already!)

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    1. Pauline Oak Hills14 April 2013 at 23:10

      Emily J.- That is a wonderful idea. I feel like we have all became friends thru this great blog Charlotte has brought to us fans.

      I am 62yrs. young, live in Southern California. I have a BS, two Masters Degrees and went to law school.

      I like the fact that the Duchess is not afraid to wear her dresses short. She has the legs and body to wear thigns like that. And I bet William loves when his beautiful wife dresses like that. And if it was going to upset the Queen the Duchess would not dress like that.

      Now let's see what other fans will do with your request. Now you share with me...lol

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    2. I am almost 26, I have an associated degree but I am going back to school in the fall. I am married with 2 kids and live in a little village a little over a hour from Chicago.

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    3. Hi, I'm a fifty-six-year old Californian with a law degree and an undergraduate degree in English History.
      I don't think Kate looks her best in short skirts, just above the knee is most becoming on her. That one she wore in Scotland was short enough to look unprofessional. I think short skirts are fine for unofficial occasions but aren't the best choice on official ones. Doubt the queen would say anything. She doesn't seem like the interfering sort. William probably likes short skirts. Most men do. I believe Kate is about 5'8'' looking at her next to William and taking into account those high heels which add three or four inches. Also looking at her next to Charles who is only about 5'10''. If Kate was 5'10'' she would be noticably taller than Charles in those boots. Diana was 5'10'' and looked considerably taller. 5'8'' is still fairly tall. I'm 5'8'' and most people consider me tall.
      Don't believe for a second Kate is following the Kadarshians. They're just out after publicity. And that pregnant one looks huge on magazine covers.
      Looking forward to all the engagements. Many thanks. Charlotte. Still hope they pick Charlotte, such a wonderful historic name but I suppose Alexandra is more likely if it's a girl. I still suspect a boy. Sophia would be a wonderful name but they often avoid names already in use. Not such a great royal history either. The only Queen Sophia was estranged from George I.

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    4. Shantel (@FashionandFaith)15 April 2013 at 17:39

      Hi!
      I am a 30 year-old mommy of 1 from the Midwestern United States (originally from Chicago...GO BEARS!). I have a BA in English (my concentration was Nonfiction Writing) and hope to begin working toward a PhD in History within the next 2 years so that I can become a US Civil War Studies professor.
      I love this blog and the awesome community that Charlotte has created!
      As far as Catherine's hemline goes: I didn't have a problem with it--I thought she looked adorable--but I will say that, if it'd been any higher, she would have entered into Heidi Klum territory (the horror!).
      Thanks for this awesome community, Charlotte! And thanks to Emily J for the fun introduction suggestion!
      Shantel
      Minnesota, USA

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    5. Ana B. from Brazil15 April 2013 at 17:40

      Hello! What great idea Emily J.!
      I'm 25 years old and I live in a little city near São Paulo named Ribeirão Pires, in the State of São Paulo, southern Brazil. I'm a doctor, and I've been studying a lot so I can get a scholarship to residency in Dermatology, which is very difficult around here.
      I'm not married and I don't have kids, but I'm with my boyfriend for about 7 years.
      When I was a kid I was completely sure I would marry Prince William! My mom taught me good manners by telling me I would have tea with the Queen someday. That was a good strategy LOL!
      I'm not bothered about Catherine's hemlines. I know she is tall, so I guess it may be hard to find certain pieces that fit her well. Until now, I think is acting and dressing like a real lady.

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    6. I'm 45, married, two kids (7 and 10), SAHM although I have a degree in accounting. I don't know why, but I just love reading about the duchess. My eldest daughter (8 at the time) had zero interest in the wedding. I remember being fascinated by Lady Diana's wedding but I was a older at the time (14). I noticed that the plaid coat was shorter than usual, but I definitely didn't think it was in Heidi Klum territory or anything (uh, Heidi, you are 40 now ... leave the clubbing clothes for the kiddos)!

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  13. Girl, you're the best--- truly! So generous to post on a Sunday. You're always the first site of the day, because so very often you've got something fun. Thank you for so cheerfully and gracefully keeping up with the cambridges.

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  14. LKC in South Carolina14 April 2013 at 16:04

    Oh, Lynn! I really, really hope you've heard wrong. What a classless group of women!

    I love Harry Potter and I am thinking about swimming to the UK for that event. It might be easier to fly though?

    Another Lynn.

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  15. This isn't so much a Kate question, but do you know which royals we will expect to see out on Wednesday for Baroness Thatcher's funeral? The Queen and Prince Philip are a given, just didn't know if Charles and Camilla are expected to attend or if there was any chance we would see William, Kate, and Harry paying their respects.

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    1. As far as I know HM and Prince Philip will represent the royal family, I don't think there's any chance we'll see William, Kate and Harry there. Sarah Ferguson is scheduled to attend though!

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  16. Canadian Friend14 April 2013 at 16:51

    Hi, Charlotte,

    Thank you for this excellent and unexpected post. What a treat!

    Do you have any idea who the older lady is? In one photo, she is just behind Kate in the doorway of a shop. She is also near her on the sidewalk in another photo. I can't imagine that she is that close to Kate without actually accompanying her. Seems that such closeness on the part of a stranger/passerby would be bad for Kate's security in a public, non-engagement setting.

    Just wondering...

    Thanks again!

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    1. Hello, the lady is one of Kate's protection officers. I've seen her photographed with Kate a few times now.

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    2. Canadian Friend16 April 2013 at 21:47

      Thanks, Charlotte. Your answer teaches me to check my assumptions about protection officers having to be young and male. I knew she had one female officer that you profiled recently but she clearly needs several. What a fascinating job that would be!

      Cheers!

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  17. I do enjoy your blog, but is it my imagination running wild or is the Duchess of Cambridge doing a rude gesture to the photographer.

    Please correct me if I am wrong

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    1. Jean from Lancs.15 April 2013 at 14:42

      I doubt very much whether she would make a rude gesture at anyone.

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    2. That's not a rude gesture here (sideways peace sign). I would guess she's holding something in her hand, maybe her keys? Does she drive herself around when she's shopping?

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  18. What a nice surprise! Thanks for the new post, Charlotte, done in your usual quick and wonderful style. :o)

    I think my favorite thing about seeing the Duchess, whether at planned appearances or not, is to know that she must be feeling so much better than earlier in her pregnancy. It's fantastic that she's able to be out and about, looking happy and healthy!

    We're finally home in MN, only to find almost three feet of snow around our house with another 5-8 inches of snow expected tonight. I hope spring will come before baby Cambridge arrives! ;o)

    Happy Sunday, all!
    Julie

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  19. Just a thought for discussion- resemblances between Kate Middleton and Charlotte York character from the television show Sex and the City. I used the name "kate middleton" because I am referring to the sort of public character...as opposed to her private person which is unknowable, or her official title DoC.

    I was thinking about it on the bus yesterday. The women of that tv show were very much archetypes of various ways to 'be feminine'. I was thinking how the Charlotte character ran an art gallery and how Kate Middleton has been associated with art whether through her university study or her supposed photography hobby/practice, etc. How art is seen as a sort of 'safe' intellectual endeavor for a woman who is otherwise traditionally feminine (more 'domestic' than 'career woman', etc.)

    I could type more but just thought to send this out to see if anyone had any thoughts as we await the next sighting/engagement/official pictures.

    ciao all on this nice sunday :)

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  20. Theresa, from Paris14 April 2013 at 18:52

    Wonderful to see the Duchess so happy ! Do you remember how worried we all were when she was ill ? I'm so glad for her she is much much better now. Let's spare a thought for all those mothers who are ill all nine months long. And many must work too. Must be dreadful.

    PS I know I shouldn't say so, but I just saw some pictures of Pippa at a wedding in Scotland with an awful looking dress and a fake-fur stole and a dreadful hat. Just hideous. I'm never a fan of her style, but this is just terrible. Sorry for being catty, but it is an eye-sore. In my opinion, of course ;-)

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    1. I disagree. She was going for a vintage look, and except for the length of the dress (I don't care for maxi-dresses worn during the daytime), she achieved it. I rather liked it. Not my style, but I admire a clever vintage approach now and then. This was one.

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  21. I really hope they name their little one Alexandra, it's my name! :)

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  22. What a lovely candid shot. Kate looks very happy. :)

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  23. Sarah from Calif.14 April 2013 at 21:59

    Good for Kate out shopping about, hopefully getting the nest ready !
    Very kind of those who saw her, only a couple of pictures, Lovely. we all love our privacy.
    As for the Scouts. Did anyone watch ( Call of the Midwife) Season 2 series 2 ?
    Oh my gosh I was in tears several times.
    Harry Potter what can I say, watched and read about 3 times each. Friendship, Loyalty, the fight over good and evil. I love the poster.
    Beautiful day in Central Calif. Hope you are all well. :)

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  24. My goodness she shops a lot! No judgment here, as long as she's putting in the time with her charities and to support the BRF I really couldn't care less what she does with her free time. However, I must not have the shopping gene because I know I always try to rush through clothes/furniture/makeup shopping . . . having to buy items for an upcoming event stresses me out a lot so I try to get it over with! I mostly really dislike battling crowds in stores and sorting through all of the *stuff* to find the thing I really need - that's why online shopping is such a godsend! I assume Kate feels differently as almost all of the candid shots of her over the years are at the shops. What about everyone else, do people find shopping to be a relaxing activity or does anyone stress about it the way I do? :-)

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    1. Sarah from Calif.14 April 2013 at 23:31

      Actually about 10 years ago I worked at Macys. I loved the beautiful things but better I loved the great sales. As for standing in line (stressing out about a bargin) no way will I do that. Can anything (thing) be that important?
      I personally have only seen Kate shopping on the average . For some of us just getting out and about (window shopping) is relaxing.

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    2. Jean from Lancs.15 April 2013 at 14:39

      Every time Catherine goes out to the shops we hear about it---someone sees her and it does not seem to me that she shops more than is normal.
      She has to buy clothes and furnish a home, as well as preparing for a new baby.
      I have never liked shopping, but it doesn't seem to me that she shops more than I, or most women do.
      There hasn't been any announcement about Anmer Hall--but there certainly does seem to be something afoot. I did just wonder if it was the intention for William to assist Prince Philip, who manages the estates at Sandringham and Balmoral, as well being Ranger at Windsor. That does seem a lot for a man in his nineties!Just a thought

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  25. Thank you all for your comments, so many interesting points of view shared!

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    1. Me and my wife were In the shop she was in, very surreal. She bought a towel rail that we had just picked up, along with a few other bits.

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    2. Oh how exciting! She loves shopping in Fakenham and Holt apparently so you might run into her again :)

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  26. Ana B. from Brazil14 April 2013 at 23:14

    Great to see Catherine out and about! Anmer Hall must be so beautiful I can't even imagine :)
    Hope you all have a wonderful week!

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  27. Jenna from Germany15 April 2013 at 19:17

    Oh wow, three of my favourite royals visiting the set of my favourite book series! Like you Charlotte, I grew up reading these books, they caused my interest for the English language and Great Britain as a country, and are therefore the reason that I'm studying English and plan to live in GB for some time in the future. Everytime I'm sad or need to "leave reality" for some time to calm down or get my thoughts straight, I just grab one of the books and I'll be happy again. And the Warner Bros Studio Tour is on my "to visit" list, just next to Alnwick Castle and King's Cross :-)

    So looking forward to the visit! :-)

    Best wishes from Germany!

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  28. Sarah from Calif.16 April 2013 at 00:04

    Live news from Congress (USA) a moment of silence for all in Boston who have died or been injured at the marathon. Please pray for our American government to handle this situation appropriately. Thank you.

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    1. Absolutely tragic news from the Boston Marathon. I believe an eight year-old child has been killed. It's heartbreaking. Sending all my thoughts and prayers to those who have been injured or lost a loved one.

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    2. Sarah from Calif.16 April 2013 at 01:34

      So thankful , my nephew was 1 and a half blocks away, he is okay.

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    3. Oh my Sarah, you must have been so worried. I'm so happy he's safe and out of harm's way.

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    4. Oh Sarah, you must be so relieved that your nephew is OK! So sad about all the people affected by the tragedy in Boston today. <3

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    5. Jean from Lancs.16 April 2013 at 07:54

      Such sad news.
      Hope all our friends and their families are safe.
      You are in our prayers.

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    6. My thoughts and prayers go to Boston!
      Such a tragedy!

      Monica, France

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    7. Ana B. from Brazil16 April 2013 at 16:48

      Sarah, I'm relieved to hear your nephew is okay.
      I'm sending my thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences to everyone who's been affected by this horrible tragedy in Boston.
      I still can't understand why is there so much evil in the world we are living in.

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  29. Z. from Portugal16 April 2013 at 11:22

    Very sad news from Boston. Sarah, I'm so happy that your nephew is safe.
    I send my thoughts and prayers to those who have been affected by this horrible violence.
    Z.

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  30. LKC in South Carolina16 April 2013 at 17:39

    I am so upset over this nightmare in Boston that I can't even get too excited about the fact I have the same purple sweater as Kate. I think mine is at least two sizes larger, but the same none the less.

    Lynn

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    1. The purple sweater is gorgeous!

      So awful over Boston, just heard a police officer was shot in MIT :(

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  31. Pauline Oak Hills16 April 2013 at 19:48

    Hello Ms. Charlotte- I just read on a web sight stating that William will be with his Duchess on the 29th engagement. Is this true? It sure would be wonderful for them to attend this cause together on their very special day. I can't belive it has been 2 yrs.

    Hope you are having a great day.

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    1. It is indeed true Pauline, I will have more info in today's post on it :)

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