Wednesday, 10 April 2013

More Upcoming Engagements, Jaeger Collection + Kate: The Biography

Hello again Duchess Kate readers,

Another engagement has been added to Kate's schedule; on April 24 the Duchess of Cambridge will attend a reception at the National Portrait Gallery to celebrate the work of her patronage The Art Room. Kate will meet children who have benefited from the organisation, and practitioners working with the children to provide therapeutic intervention.

The Duchess became patron of The Art Room, an excellent choice which allows her to combine her love of art and children whilst working for a very worthy cause. The charity works with children to increase their self-esteem, self-confidence and independence through art. The reception marks the launch of the Pledge for the Future appeal and their 11th anniversary.

The Art Room

I enjoyed reading this quote from The Art Room's Twitter feed:

The Art Room Twitter Feed

Kate visited The Art Room in Oxford in February 2012.

The Art Room

And in June 2012 she invited 150 children from the charity to watch a production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in Kensington Gardens.


It's been quiet a while since the Duchess has attended an evening reception, and it will be the first time we see her wearing a maternity wear piece as Kate has opted for a selection of altered coats in recent months. I expect we could see a bespoke piece from Alexander McQueen, Jenny Packham, Beulah London or another favourite of Kate's.

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On June 4th at 11.00 a.m. the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and members of the Royal Family will attend a service at Westminster Abbey (where the Cambridges were married) to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty's coronation. William and Kate's attendance has not been confirmed but it is very much expected.

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To mark the anniversary a special prayer has been written by Westminster Abbey and will be used during the service with the approval of the Queen.


Westminster Abbey

The Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, said 

'This prayer expresses our thanks to God for the Queen's long and duteous reign and for Her Majesty's example of faithful and committed service to the nation and commonwealth.'

The service looks like a very fitting way to celebrate the Queen's 60th anniversary and the special prayer is beautifully written. I'm sure it will be televised, more on this as details are revealed.

Kate's calender is getting quite full with a number of solo engagements pencilled in and more to be announced at a later date. Taken from the sidebar, 'Kate's Upcoming Dates'.


There is also a concert at Westminster Abbey celebrating Her Majesty's anniversary on June 13, another possibility for the Duchess.

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In today's fashion corner we look at the latest collection from Kate favourite Jaeger. The British brand's spring sale offers up to 50% off selected lines and an additional 20% off womenswear with the discount code STYL8JGR.

Eye-catching pieces on sale include the Sketch Check Dress reduced from £175 to £99, the Wrap Tulip Dress reduced from £225 to £99, the Blurred Spot Dress reduced from £199 to £99 and the Breton Pleated Knit Dress reduced from £160 to £99.

Jaeger

There are a selection of beautiful pieces very much in keeping with Kate's style that would look simply wonderful on the Duchess with modification or after her pregnancy including the ivory Broderie Lace Dress, the Pleated Silk Dress, the Grosgrain Dress and Jacket which is teamed with the pretty Spot Print Dress below.

Jaeger

The Pleated Shirt Dress Kate wore during the royal tour last year is still available in yellow, pink and coral for £180.


Jaeger
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Former royal correspondent for OK! Magazine Marcia Moody has penned a book titled Kate: The Biography. It is due to be released later this year and is available to pre-order at Amazon.


65 comments:

  1. Sarah from Calif.11 April 2013 at 00:27

    I think the Art Room is a wonderful organisation.:) It not only helps with self esteem and confidence but, is great for those with Artist minds who tend to need something to relax them.
    I do hope we see some new bespoken pieces. Every new mom should be able to enjoy her first pregnancy and feel as beautiful as she is.
    I loved that pleated shirt dress on Kate! That one will need to wait for awhile. I could very much see the Broderie Lace dress on Kate (now and in the days to come)
    If anyone reads the book please let me know how you felt about it.
    Oh yes The Queen I have saved her for last because let's face it, she is the Best. I will need to check my calander hopefully I'll be able to watch all the thrilling events. (Live) If not, thank you God for You -Tube.
    Hugs to everyone :)

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    1. The Art Room is a fantastic organisation. Instilling confidence and independence from a young age is so important and it's great to see them being highlighted through Kate's patronage.

      Also hoping to see the service live :)

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    2. Sarah from Calif.11 April 2013 at 01:24

      Yes absolutely ! about the Art Room.

      Charlotte, You have a better chance than me of seeing the service but, I guess that's what we get for leaving home (England) ha ha that is a joke for those who tend to be very serious.
      Lovely day in Central Calif. ((((O)))))

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    3. Agree about the art room. Art is a medium where children can get their feelings out without having to have a good command of English (or whatever language they speak) and I do commend Kate for being their patron. She's got a bit of an artistic side, doesn't she?

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    4. Sarah from Calif.12 April 2013 at 05:28

      bluhare I believe she does. I suppose one can use their art for purely business purposes or, I use mine for relaxing and sending loved ones gifts. For me to simply go into a Museum and look at paintings is mezmerising, relaxing and thereputic. You are so right Art does not take language. I recently got a picture from a friend in Hungary. She did not use her English but it was all in Hungarian. (which I dont know) Believe me if you saw the pictures of the poor suffering dogs. (she's a dog nut like me) that she sent you would say the same thing I did. A picture says a thousand words.
      Funny in this situation with Kate one person thinks one thing and another person something else -a thousand words. :) okay I'll zip my lip now.

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  2. Thanks so much for this update! I enjoyed reading the prayer for the Queen. Look forward to seeing the Duchess at these events.

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  3. Looking forward to the book. Thanks for the heads up.

    I'm so glad she is feeling better and is up and about to attend these functions. She's a trooper!

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  4. Kate, Texas, USA11 April 2013 at 04:28

    The Art Room seems to be a fabulous organization and a very worthy cause for Kate to focus on. When I read the precious quote from one of the Art Room students, it brought on some tears. Art is such a great way for children to channel their feelings, as well as build community and confidence. LOVE that Kate is involved with this! Best of luck in the Pledge for the Future appeal!

    Westminster Abbey is absolutely breathtaking! I always try to attend church services when in London. The service will be beautiful and meaningful, as was the prayer. Looking forward to watching it! Charlotte, is the concert on June 13 open to the public with a ticket lottery? Curious???

    Thanks for the info on the book. I'll be heading to Amazon to pre-order. Sad that I'll have to wait about 6 months before it's here.

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    1. Hello Kate,

      According to the website tickets are available from £20 to £65 :)
      http://www.westminster-abbey.org/music/concerts/2013/june/coronation-60th-anniversary-concert

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    2. Kate, Texas, USA11 April 2013 at 22:03

      Charlotte, thanks for the info. I went immediately to the site and it sent me to barbican? It says tickets are not going on sale until tomorrow morning at 10:00 am, but that site says that tickets are sold out. Really want to purchase tickets!!! Do you know any more info? Any help would be appreciated!!!! Thanks!!!! :)

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    3. Kate check the site in the morning and see if any are available. If not, leave a comment to let me know and I'll look into it further :)

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    4. Kate, Texas, USA11 April 2013 at 23:46

      Thanks!!! You're the best!!! :)

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  5. Looking forward from all the book and these official duties of the duchess im praying that longlivity of the queen and for the healthy of grandmother she has cancer

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  6. Jean from Lancs.11 April 2013 at 11:42

    What I find interesting is the way the Duke and Duchess are getting their charities involved with each other.
    Catherine is certainly going to have a busy time in June, but I expect May will fill up more too---as long as she remains well.

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    1. Absolutely, it's interesting to see how the younger royals and their staff are bringing their charities together maximising the impact their involvement can have. The Prince's Charities Forum meeting is a wonderful platform for discussions on this.

      I anticipate May will definitely be a busy month for Kate.

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  7. Wow, Kate's Calender is full of engagements!she looks gorgeous in the picture which is the book cover, I may just get the book for the cover :o) I hope Kate comes up with a fresh spring wardrobe for the upcoming events,thanks Charlotte for this update!xoxo

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  8. I am very excited about all these engagements. I look forward to your always fantastic coverage.

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  9. I'm delighted to see that she seems to have completely recovered from morning sickness, otherwise she couldn't have taken and will take a number of engagements until June. The last week of April will surely be another busy week for her. Hope to see her in new pieces and maybe some maternity wears.
    As for the book you mentioned, it's quite interesting. Let's see if it's worth reading. :)

    The Art Room is a perfect project to combine Kate's love in art and working with children. I, personally, think that art helps not only children but also overstressed people or those who chronic problems to relax and concentrate.

    Thank you for another update Charlotte. :)


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  10. The cover of the book is one of the loveliest photos I've seen of Kate. She looks beautiful.

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    1. I was writing up the post yesterday and that's exactly what my sister said, it's a beautiful photo.

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    2. Kate, Texas, USA11 April 2013 at 22:05

      I have to agree with both of you! She really does have a natural beauty and such a beautiful smile! :)

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    3. Count me as number three in agreeing with you, bluhare. :o) I think the cover of Kate's upcoming biography is stunning!

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    4. Totally agree with you girls. She really is a natural beauty.

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  11. Wonderful news, I'm so glad we are going to see Kate very often in the next few months. And I can't believe we're already talking about official engagements in June, surely time flies... And this means that baby Cambridge will arrive very soon! I can't wait for this special day in mid July :)

    And speaking about dates: I'm very curious about what's going to happen on April 21st. Let me try to guess: dear Charlotte, are you going to meet the Duchess herself? :) Just kidding. (No, really, are you?) ;) haha

    Hugs from a sunny Portugal (it seems that Spring as arrived here).
    Z.

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    1. Hello Z,

      I'll be able to tell you all about it on April 29th, William and Kate's second wedding anniversary :) It's something I'm very excited about and have been planning with a group of fellow bloggers for some time :)

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    2. You've definitely piqued our interest, Charlotte! Can't wait till the 29th to get in on the excitement. :o)

      On a separate note, I hope all the Kate fans in the U.S. haven't been affected by the latest round of bad weather. We were snowed in for two days in Colorado (but that was fun!).

      Julie

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  12. Great post. Thank you. :)

    The book cover shows what a natural beauty Kate is. I look forward to seeing more of her and learning about her charities. But nothing will be better than the first family photo of William, Kate and Baby Cambridge. ;)

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  13. Great Post! I ordered two dresses from Jaeger with the discount code THANK YOU!

    I'm planning to order the biography when it's released. Wouldn't it be cool if Charlotte wrote a book about Kate? with all the little extras you include and knowledge on her style it would be a must read.

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  14. Sarah from Calif.12 April 2013 at 05:51

    Hi Charlotte, Wow you must just be waking up :) I used to say "good morning sunshine to my kids but, now I will say it to you. "Good morning Sunshine " you are the Sunshine.
    Well for me Goodnight to all ! (except those around Hawaii, they will need to wait a few more hours.)

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    1. Oh thank you so much Sarah, I admit to not being much of a morning person and your comment really made me smile!

      I hope you're having a peaceful sleep and lots of good dreams :)

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  15. Great post as usual - I really love the navy pleat dress (I could actually wear that!) I love the range of information.

    Small correction - the event on the 4th June isn't for the anniversary of the Queen's accession to the throne (that was last year - Diamond Jubilee celebrations), it is the anniversary of her coronation in 1953.

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    1. Thank you CP, I'll amend the post now!

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  16. Ana B. from Brazil12 April 2013 at 16:43

    Hello!
    So many upcoming engagements! I'm very excited! And I'm very glad Catherine is feeling well enough to work harder than usual, even though she is reaching the final stages of her pregnancy.
    I've been thinking... Times change so fast... Do you remember, almost 1 year ago, we were broken hearted about the possibility of this site shutting down. We were trying to make something up to help Charlotte keep her blog, like even donating our money to keep the blog running. Now, not only it has kept us really well informed over the past 2 years (thank you so much, Charlotte!), we have a Baby Cambridge coming soon and we've made friends from all over the world.
    Even though I haven't had much time to post or read the comments lately I always try to write something and participate, beacuse I just feel very lucky to be a part of this great community we have built here. I feel like we've gone through a lot of stuff together!
    Well, I'm not very emotional, but I couldn't let this slip by.
    I hope you have a terrific weekend!
    Hugs from São Paulo!

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    1. Hello Ana B!i just wanted to say I am so glad we all fought up keep Charlotte's blog alive! She has been a tremendous blessing to all of us and I'm so happy with the publicity the blog has received in international magazines and websites. Charlotte I hope you get the opportunity to work with the best royal magazines out there to feature your work,my best wishes always :-))

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    2. Sarah from Calif.13 April 2013 at 06:45

      Ana, that was beautiful and so true :)

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    3. Pauline Oak Hills14 April 2013 at 01:24

      Hello to my friends Ana B., Siddhii & Sarah from Calif.- I am very glad that Charlotte worked everything out to bring us fans this great blog. I would have done anything to help her keep it going if needed. But for all of us she did not need our help. She just need's our love and friendship which we all give to her.

      I too hope that in the future that Charlotte will find a great job writing. Charlotte you are a wonderful writer but I know that is not what your studying in college. But girl you are good. And you have been talked about world wide which is no small feet.

      I feel blessed that I have found this great blog and have meet (on this blog) many friends that would not be possible if it was not for you Charlotte. Keep up the good work.

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  17. Thanks for keeping us up to date Charlotte! I am taking a trip to London in August with my family and we plan to see Westminster Abbey. I wonder if there will be any exhibitions/events at that time relating to the coronation anniversary celebrations.

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    1. Hello Kathryn!

      The coronation festival takes place July 11-14 but I'm very sure there will be many interesting events and opportunities to see some of the royals in August.

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    2. Kate, Texas, USA13 April 2013 at 15:13

      Kathryn, there are!!! The exhibition "Coronation!" will run from May-September. It will be staged in the Chapter House at Westminster. Chapter House is located in the Cloisters at Westminster. I saw the exhibition they had last year, "The Queen and Her Abbey", and it was fantastic! There is no additional admission charge, just the admission to the Abbey. If you plan on seeing Westminster, you will definitely want to see this. :) Also, the Coronation Chair has had extensive restoration work done and will be on display in St. George's Chapel.

      Something else that you might put on your "list of must sees" is the "The Queen's Coronation 1953" exhibition at Buckingham Palace. It marks the summer opening at Buckingham Palace and runs from the end of July to the end of September. This should be an AMAZING exhibition! There will be several dress pieces worn the day of the coronation on display, as well as art and other things. I would LOVE to see the robe worn by the Queen that day!!! You also have a tour of the state rooms at Buckingham. You can purchase tickets online.

      Hope this helps some. If you have never been to London, it is FABULOUS!!! Enjoy planning your trip!!!

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    3. Will the exhibition at Buckingham Palace with the Queen's coronation gown still be open in August? I'd kill to see that, but my trip to England is the end of May, early June.

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    4. Kate, Texas, USA14 April 2013 at 04:03

      Bluhare, the exhibition goes from July 27 to September 29. :) I will be there right after you. I really want to see it also, but with my kiddos starting school in August, it's just not a good time for me to be away. Juggling 4 kids at two different schools with no help always makes it hard for me to be away during the school year. That day will come in about 15 years. :) I have tried to think of a way to make it a "quick" trip just to see the exhibition, but not too sure. My husband thinks I am crazy. :)

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    5. Thanks for letting me know Kate, so very kind of you. I will definitely add all those to my list and will get tickets for the palace booked. I'm so pleased to see you got tickets for the concert. What an experience that will be! I'm looking forward to hearing all about it!

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  18. Kate, Texas, USA12 April 2013 at 17:28

    Charlotte. I GOT MY TICKETS TO THE CONCERT ON JUNE 13!!!! Can you tell I am excited?!?! Thank you so much for posting the information and your willingness to help me. I have a friend hoping to travel with me if her schedule permits (she's a flight attendant). If not, I had to purchase tickets in pairs, so I might have an extra ticket if anyone wants to join me!!!!

    I am REALLY hoping to see Kate at the concert. I know it's the same day as the ship christening, so I know there's a good chance she will not be in attendance. Charlotte, do you know the time of the engagement in Southampton? I did purchase aisle seats in the nave for the concert in hopes of getting a good glance at the Queen....and Kate!!!

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    1. Oh Kate that is simply *stellar* news, I am so incredibly excited for you :)

      I do so hope Kate and HM attend, it looks like a very special and memorable service, I think you will have a fabulous time. Please share all your thoughts when you can Kate, we will all be very excited to hear!

      No timings on the Southampton visit just yet but we could very well hear something closer to the date and I won't forget to let you know :)

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    2. Kate this is awesome! YAYYYYY Im rejoicing with you :-))

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    3. Sarah from Calif.13 April 2013 at 06:49

      Wow it is so true (the early bird gets the worm) have a great time and do take in all the details for us. !

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    4. Kate, Texas, USA13 April 2013 at 14:51

      Thank you so much Charlotte and Siddhii! I am beyond excited! I did read up on the British Monarchy website and the Westminster Abbey website and neither indicates members of the Royal Family attending the concert. I REALLY hope that changes. I would LOVE to see the Queen and Kate up close. :) Attending services at Westminster and hearing the choir is incredible and always stirs the emotions, so I know the concert will be amazing!

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    5. Pauline Oak Hills13 April 2013 at 16:55

      Wow Kate I am so happy for you. Have a great time and maybe you can meet up with our girl Charlotte while you are there. YOU can then give her a big hug for all of us here...lol

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  19. Oh and another engagement for Kate on the 26th, see the sidebar for more details :)

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    1. Charlotte, could you add that children from their charities are attending the event at Warners. also, they are holding their charities biannual forum meeting at the venue as well. It isn't just the 3 of them looking around the studios. The charities meeting is interesting because usually eh are v low key meetings. Pictures from previous meetings are on the Royal website.

      Paul Harrison from Sky, his twitter account has the details

      Many thanks

      CP

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    2. No problem, I'll be doing a thorough write up on it in a future post!

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    3. Sarah from Calif.13 April 2013 at 07:07

      I love that the children will be there. :)




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  20. Elizabeth in Colorado13 April 2013 at 03:50

    I look forward to reading the book, but I have a question: I keep checking Amazon for the documentary "Our Queen," and I see that it's on the UK Amazon site but never on the US one. Does anyone know if it will ever be released in the United States?

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    1. I've always wondered about this. Will British Amazon ship to the US if a book isn'tavailable here? Probably a stupid question with the answer being "no!"

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    2. https://www.itv.com/itvplayer/our-queen
      Here's a link to the sight Elizabeth. Hope you see this soon because it says on the sight it will be gone in 3 days. It was a really interesting documentary!

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    3. Pauline Oak Hills13 April 2013 at 16:53

      Hi Elizabeth- I have had the same problem with a book about the Duchess and it is only released in the UK. I talked to Amazon and was told that sometimes they only release things in the UK and not world wide. Go figure.

      I even went to Barnes & Noble to see if they could get me the book but they said to try Barnes & Noble UK which I did and the book was there but they don't mail to the US. Hope this helps you.

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    4. Elizabeth in Colorado14 April 2013 at 23:21

      Thank you for trying to help, Alexandra. After I registered, I discovered that I have to be in the UK to watch. :(
      Bluhare, Amazon UK will ship to the US, but you wouldn't want to order any dvds because they don't work on US players (the regions are different). They would ship books, but of course, at much greater expense.
      Hopefully, Pauline, the book will make its way here.

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    5. Elizabeth in Colorado14 April 2013 at 23:25

      http://www.amazon.com/Kate-The-Biography-Marcia-Moody/dp/1782431098

      This is the book at the US site available for pre-order.

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    6. Pauline Oak Hills15 April 2013 at 04:19

      HI Elizabeth- I did pre-order it from Amazon in November last year and it was to be shipped on April 9th. So I went checking and did not see my order. So I called Amazon and was told that they cancelled my order because it was only released in the UK. So that is when I went to my local Barnes & Nobles and they also told me that it was only relaesed in the UK. So now I don;t know what I am going to do.

      If I order it from Amazon UK it will cost me an arm & leg in shipping. So I might just have to forgo this book.

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    7. Elizabeth in Colorado15 April 2013 at 22:09

      Ugh, Pauline, how frustrating! Amazon and Barnes and Noble need to realize how many Anglophiles there are in the US and get with the program.

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  21. Thabk you for the head up see you in the next

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  22. Thank you for the head ups looking forward your next update and enagement

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  23. Jean from Lancs.13 April 2013 at 14:13

    The engagement on April 6th seems to be a major engagement.
    Glad they are now reporting when they attend meetings as other members of the Royal family do. It has always seemed obvious to me that a lot of unreported background work must go on.
    Sadly soon after the announcement of the visit to the Manchester school, someone set fire to the equipment in the playground there. According to the local paper, residents and local businesses have vowed to have it all replaced by the time of Catherine's visit.

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  24. Kate, Texas, USA13 April 2013 at 14:45

    I am really looking forward to the engagement on the April 26. I LOVE seeing Will, Kate and Harry coming together for charity and feel they are a mighty force. The Princes' Charities Forum has been fabulous and such a great way to magnify their efforts for charity.

    REALLY hoping to see the Coronation Concert at Westminster engagement added to the sidebar. :)

    Have a lovely and happy Saturday!

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