Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Links of London Giveaway, Kate Purchases Light Blue Bugaboo + Latest News

Hello Duchess Kate readers,

I want to begin today's post by thanking you all for your feedback and support following the launch of the Baby Cambridge Fundraiser. We have already reached 28% of our goal thanks to all of you and received some fantastic press coverage. As you know a number of brands associated with Kate have very kindly donated items to support the initiative in support of East Anglia's Children's Hospices and our very first activity comes in the form of a very generous giveaway sponsored by Links of London. Aside from donating three incredible prizes, Links are also donating $500 to EACH.

So let's take a look at the items you could win...



Kate wore her Hope Egg Earrings for the official engagement portrait.

Mario Testino

The giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only (There are many more which will be open internationally). To be in with a chance to win of these wonderful prizes pop over to What Kate Wore where the lovely Susan has all the details and good luck :)

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I imagine one of the most exciting items for expectant mother's to purchase is a pram for their little one and no doubt Kate's choice will become very popular (the 'Kate Effect' on prams, I can see it happening). The Duchess reportedly told a group of army wives at Aldershot on St. Patrick's Day she had already purchased a Bugaboo in light blue.

Bugaboo

More from the Daily Mail Story:

'Made by a Dutch company, the Bugaboo first hit the UK in 2003. It quickly became the status symbol for yummy mummies, and, despite coming in it at roughly £1,200 they became a common sight on the streets of Notting Hill and Chelsea.
Recent research found that UK spending on buggies and prams has defied the recession, rising 13 per cent in the past two years. Popular models such as the Bugaboo Cameleon, which starts at £799, even hold their value second-hand'. 

Following the news speculation is rife Kate is expecting a boy. I wouldn't think it confirms it either way as it's quite likely the couple don't know the gender of the baby and light blue is a colour that will work either way, unlike pink. Kate and Carole purchased a Moses basket in London recently; so I expect Baby Cambridge's nursery is shaping up quite nicely.

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Kate continues to grace magazine covers all over the world including this week's edition of People: 'Kate's Baby Bump Diary'. The article appears to focus on Kate's recent appearances, her sartorial choices and quotes such as this one from Max Mara's creative director Laura Lusuardi:

'Kate is clearly a very confident, healthy woman who is comfortable in her own skin.'

The issue also includes a look at her best maternity looks thus far.

People

A spellbinding photo of William and Kate made the cover of Hello! Magazine this week.

Hello! Magazine

Meanwhile, Tatler's 'Royal Baby Collector's Edition' features a very interesting article on Carole, describing her as 'the power behind the throne'.

Tatler

A mother whose daughter was in the same house as Kate at Marlborough College spoke of how the 'perfect Middletons' made other parents feel 'hopeless'.

'There was always something slightly galling about having your child at school with the Middletons. Every pristine item of their clothing would have a beautifully sewn-in name tape, for instance......it was unthinkable that they would resort to a marker pen on labels. There was huge picnics at sports day; the smartest tennis racket, that kind of thing. It made other families feel rather hopeless.
 The thing that no one seems to get about Carole is how cosy she really is. Yes, she looks quite intimidating, but no one could be more family-minded. More of homebody'.

I often feel Carole is very unfairly portrayed in the media and the article highlights how family-orientated she is. I think she will be a wonderful influence on Baby Cambridge and will no doubt provide invaluable support for Kate especially in the first few months as a new mother. It's a very happy time for the family with Kate expecting and both her siblings enjoying new romances. Pippa is seeing 35-year-old stockbrocker Nico Jackson.


And 26-year-old James Middleton is dating 33-year-old English television presenter, actress and model Donna Air.


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Finally, Naomi House shared a series of photos from Kate's visit on their Facebook Page (with many thanks to WKW FB). They provide a behind-the-scenes look at Kate's visit and show how well she interacts with children. Kate is often referred to as 'The Children's Princess' in the press, and looking at the photos I think you'll agree it's a well-deserved title.

Naomi House Facebook Page

44 comments:

  1. A bugoboo is a good choice, even so I am surprised she didn't pick an british brand like some article sugessted. I wouldn't say light blue means it's a boy even so I believe as far along as she is already they probably know the sex of the baby. They also might have more than one stroller so maybe there is also a pink one if it's a girl.

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  2. Pauline Oak Hills1 May 2013 at 19:51

    Hello Ms. Charlotte- Thank you for this great light and informative post. I always love coming to this blog and seeing what you have for us. And you never let us down. It does not mater what color she purchased. Blue works for both. I am not sure if they really know what they are having. Maybe they have elected not to know, many parents elect not to know.

    All I hope is she has a very heathly baby and she has a normal delivery. William will be such a great coach for her during her delivery. God Bless them both & their baby Cambridge.

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    1. Sarah from Calif.1 May 2013 at 21:46

      Pauline , when my sister-in-law gave birth to their first , my brother almost passed out.
      Ha ha

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  3. Very interesting about Carole Middleton how she maintained an appearance of perfection and other families felt they couldn't keep up. In many ways, I feel Kate is the same way. She always dresses nicely and is well spoken, but I can't help wishing that we could see a more human side to her, where she isn't always so "perfect."

    I think that is what everyone loved so much about Princess Diana. Yes, she was a beautiful princess, but she had an eating disorder, depression, and marital problems that she talked openly about. I think people could relate to her because they could see that she didn't live a fairytale life.

    I'm not wishing any of those problems on Kate, but everyone struggles with something, and I feel like she might be a more relatable person if she shared more of herself. The only negative experience that we know about was when she was bullied at school for being "too perfect," which I don't doubt was difficult, but it's sort of like in a job interview when asked what your biggest flaw is saying that you "work too much." Doesn't hold much water.

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    1. I have, also, been wondering about the imperfect side of Kate. Noone is perfect; and, I've so been wondering about the Kate that we, the public, don't see. What's she really like when not in public? What are her human flaws? My statement is not meant to sound negative at all - just curious.

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  4. Jean from Lancs.1 May 2013 at 21:38

    I think I have heard everything- now she is being criticized for not baring her soul to the world. There are some things which should be kept within a family.
    I admire the Middletons for keeping their own counsel.They get a great deal of criticism from some of the press, but it seems to me that most of it is unfair.
    When HRH visits one of her charities, she is trying to publicize their work and bring some pleasure to particularly children.
    They don't want to hear about her troubles--and the media would say she was moaning. Heaven knows she got little sympathy from them when she was so unwell in early pregnancy.

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    1. Very true, Jean. I thought the very same thing. If she ever DID complain, just imagine the cries of the "well, she knew what she signed up for" brigade. LOL. It's right up there (pardon the pun) with the hemlines (seems she can never get it right). :)

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    2. Jean - you are spot on again. The Middletons - all of them - have shown a united front in keeping as low a profile as possible. They have not given interviews or responded to unfair criticisms.

      Having such strong family support will stand Kate - and William - in good stead in the years ahead.




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    3. Pauline Oak Hills2 May 2013 at 01:09

      Oh Jean I totally agree with you, royalfan & MariBy. This poor woman can not catch a break. I just wish people would just leave her & William alone.

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    4. Pauline Oak Hills2 May 2013 at 01:11

      And another thing, I wish people would stop comparing the Duchess to William's beloved mother. As William stated in their first interview nobody is tryin gto replace his mother. But ll these people who compare the Duchess to the Princess are trying to get teh duchess to replace her. They are two very different people. Diana did good thign for her charities and the Duchess is doing great things with hers.

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    5. Well, that's not quite true. James has given a number of interviews about his cake company, Pippa's forays into publishing and writing for Waitrose can hardly be called "keeping a low profile," and Uncle Gary is in a class of his own when it comes producing embarrassing press. I have no doubt the Middletons are an extremely close, tight-knit family, but there's no denying that certain members are perfectly happy to cash in on Kate's status in the royal family.

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    6. In fairness to Anonymous 20:21, Diana, well before her troubles were known projected an air of vulnerability and openness that drew people to her. Kate is more reserved and also older. Nothing wrong with that but everyone up to Hilary Mantel uses it as a comparison point in thier own way. Perfectionism can be uncomfortable for those of us who are far from perfect, but one thing I've discovered over the years is all families have their issues. I'm sure the Middletons are no different. There was that mildly embarassing interview with Kate's uncle and those pictures of James not to mention a lot of nasty press. Nothing that most families don't have to deal with but not perfect either. Just a normal family in extraordinary circumstances.

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    7. The Middleton's own a business that requires advertising and networking. They've also been connected with charities through their business. If they were a family of Accountants, they would not have received the level of press coverage that they have over the years. I don't believe they court the press; I believe the family appeals TO the press (for a variety of reasons).

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    8. So true royalfan.

      Also,in regards to my previous comment about the Middletons keeping a low profile - I meant in regards to Kate and William. James does not address his sister or brother-in-law's lives when publicizing his cake company, nor Pippa when publicizing her book or in her Waitrose column. Which is how it should be.

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    9. Carole Middleton built a multi-million pound business from scratch. The family enjoys a nice lifestyle but they work hard for it, and provide lots of jobs in their community. Why they are seen as any different, or portrayed in a more negative light, than trust-fund babies and those who "dabble" in careers is beyond me. Carole is criticized for "trying too hard". Well, when all sorts of things are against you, that's what you do. No offense to someone like the Duchess of Cornwall, but she was born with a lot of advantages, if not huge wealth. I say good on the Middletons for keeping their business, their marriage, and their family strong.

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    10. @ Anonymous - 4 May 17:58

      Very well said. Your last statement, in particular, sums it up beautifully.

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  5. Sarah from Calif.1 May 2013 at 22:05

    Anon 20:21 I'm sure Kate is perfectly relateable. We don't need to know their problems or difficulties. What purpose would that serve? Its only obvious in life that no one is perfect (Will nKate ) included.
    They only need their family and close friends to share their ups and downs with unless they choose to share with everyone.

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    1. Pauline Oak Hills2 May 2013 at 01:06

      OMG now people are complaing that the Duchess does not share her personal problems (if she has any) with the world. Come on people leave this beautiful person alone. She goes about her business with everything she has. She gives her time to her chosen charities but still get's put down for what she wears. She can't please everyone.

      And as far as her parents go, they never talk to the press except the day of the engagement. They are good hard working people. And they get shit because they are a close family. That is what William loves about them, they are very down to earth.

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    2. Agreed with you Pauline,,wonder why people expect issues from Kate,she had issues as a kid, her family struggled, but all that is a thing of the past,, they have moved on and people should stop dissing Kate just because she is a normal girl from a middle class family who made it rich on their own efforts.Ironically, that's the exact reason Will got attracted to her,,she dint have any royal family baggage,,just a normal girl like us. I'm happy that Will chose Kate, its the best choice ever!;-)

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  6. I find a couple of things with this post interesting. The first is how those around Kate and who have contact with her are going to pains in media interviews to stress that she's healthy. I think that's perfectly obvious but I'm guessing there's some Palace PR concern at work here. As for the "perfect" Middletons, I think the concern that some people have is that, again, the Palace and the friends and associates of the Middletons and Will and Kate are going to pains to paint a perfect, spotless, impeccable picture of them - much like was done for Charles and Diana when they first married. It was only years later that we learned that the "spin" covered so many problems and issues and life behind the palace walls wasn't even close to perfect, in fact, far from it. I think many people watched that happen and they suspect that is what is happening now, that the PR machine, which includes friends and family and associates, surrounding William and Kate is in overdrive to paint them as completely perfect and without any fault or flaw. The days of the 15th century monarchy, where royals were regarded as being descended from above, are long gone. Part of the reason so many people see the monarchy as antiquated, irrelevant and unneeded is because they are portrayed as too perfect and thus completely unable to relate to everyone else's struggles and concerns. It's not that people want to see every flaw, it's that people know everyone - including William and Kate and the Middletons - has them.

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    1. Jean from Lancs.3 May 2013 at 11:56

      I expect there are some concerns that she is well--after all she was really very ill in the first trimester. Trouble is that this could return in the final few weeks---it did for me and went on during the delivery--- but everyone is different.
      I suspect the regime of a number of engagements and then a period of rest is to try to ensure that doesn't happen to the Duchess.
      Of course all couples have their ups and downs, but they are not plastered all over the newspapers. Most of us would collapse under the strain of that.

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  7. I also read somewhere, can't recall and it may have been here or in one of the People articles, that Kate told a fan that she and William do know the sex of the baby and the only other people who know are her parents. With so much protocol and formality surrounding the birth of this child, I'd suspect that's true.

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    1. Pauline Oak Hills2 May 2013 at 19:28

      I don't think the Duchess would tell some stranger that she & William know the sex of their baby. And her paretns are the only other ones that know. The Duchess is to provate to say something like that.

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    2. Sort of a meaningless assertion without a backup reference - let us know if you recall your source.

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    3. Pauline Oak Hills3 May 2013 at 02:51

      Elizabeth- I recall that when the Duchess has been asked about the sex of her & William's baby she tell's them she does not know. And I beleive she was aksed this past engagement and told the person they did not know.

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  8. Robin Indiana USA
    I totally agree if Will or Kate would say anything the media would be all over them. I have no desire to know about their private lives just as I would not want my private life splashed all over the news. I am very happy they have family support makes all the difference in the world.

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  9. Ana B. from Brazil2 May 2013 at 16:00


    Hello!
    Nice post and giveaway! But I must admit I was a little disappointed to see it is open just to a few countrys. However, I wish good luck to all of you who can join the giveaway :) I'm looking forward to the next ones!
    The only reason why I think Carole Middleton recieves such a bad press is because of the envy her family gets. She always behaved like a lady (I believe chewing nicotine gum is way more acceptable than smoking a cigarette while at a high profile ceremony) and never opened her mouth to say anything about her royal connections. Nowadays, a trusty person is like a treasure. I guess to many people, her mistake was to wish a better future to her family.
    I hope you enjoy a nice day and a wonderful friday (my favourite day!)
    Hugs :)

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    1. I totally agree with you. I've always believed that envy is at the root of much of the "issues" with Kate and her family.

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  10. whether Kate will be some instances in May? nothing was announced ..

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  11. I definitely don't think that the light blue pram means boy. Like you said, Charlotte, light blue will work for both boy and girl (and any future boys or girls - as we know Kate likes to recycle). If I were them, I wouldn't find out the sex of the baby, and I'm thinking they probably don't know. It would make it much easier not having to worry about "friends" leaking it to the press (although I guess it doesn't stop the speculation anyway), and if you have the money, you may as well buy boy and girl clothing! :)

    I don't know what to think about the Middleton family. Coming from a less affluent background, I'm sure Carole wanted only the best for her children. I do remember what it was like being next to those popular kids in school who seemed to have everything... I know now looking back, though, I'm sure things weren't always perfect for them in all aspects of their life however it may have seemed at the time. I don't think any of us can say what the Middletons are really like since we don't know them personally, and I don't think our opinions should be formed from someone Kate may have known long ago. I think we can say for sure, though, that Carole is a loving and supportive mother - her kids wouldn't still be so close to her otherwise. Everyone has problems and demons to deal with at times, and I think we all know that everyone has differing ideas of what it means to be "perfect". I, personally, am a firm believer that perfection can only be found in heaven.

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  12. Dear Charlotte !
    Now, when there are no public engagemnets for Kate, can we expect another 'Kate loves' post? :) :) :)

    Hugs!

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  13. CJ from Minneapolis2 May 2013 at 18:01

    I just had to comment when I read the "galling" comment. Maybe this woman feels bad because she couldn't or didn't do the same for her children either way probably better just to keep that to yourself after all these years. If she paid that much money to send her children to that school, she could probably afforded to buy a nice tennis racket for her children. I am sure if she asked, Carole would have loved to help her sew labels into her children's clothes...


    I really don't understand the attitude some of the press and others have about the Middletons. They make them out to be social climbing, coniving, gold digging, manipulative individuals. I see a working class family that through hard work and the generousity of a relative leaving some money to them, they were able to carve out a better life for themselves. There a lots of people who have successful businesses that they started from home. The owner of the company I used to work for started in his garage and built it into a multimillion dollar business.

    Being from the US and going to public schools, I don't really understand this boarding school thing. I suppose the Middletons - like most parents - wanted the best education for their children. They had the money so they sent them to Marlborough College. It is very expensive so I suppose there were alot of "old money, aristicratic types" that go there. Carole probably wanted to make sure her children fit in. My mother would have and did the same for me. My mother worked in a department store and would get me nice clothes (not to one up others but because she genuinely wanted me to look nice)- she would wait for the clothes to be marked down and then use her discount. I had a lot of nice clothes really cheap. Several of my college roommates just hated that my mother sent me new clothes and I felt bad for having nice things. I never flaunted it and it got to the point I told my mother not to send me anything. My mother also made me some beautiful dresses for special events. I still have one that was patterned after Diana's wedding dress but in a tea length. That was my Cinderella night where I danced every dance - even with the popular boys. It was magical. My mother used to send me birthday cakes and goodies on all holidays when I was in college - always enough to share with my roommates and any guys that may like me. I was expected to share with others and have excellent manners. My mother sent my roommates things for their birthdays as well. I think Carole did and does the same kind of things. I am still thinking that Carole could be the "independent designer".

    I am generally impressed with the manners and discretion the Middletons seem to have. The people around them talk highly of them. If the Queen asked me for lunch or to ride in her carriage for Ascot, I wouldn't decline. They are not perfect - some of the situations that Pippa and James have found themselves in could have been avoided but hopefully they learned something. Must be difficult having cameras ready to pounce on your every act or satorial choice.

    Anyway, I think there is a lot of good things that can be learned from the Middletons and the way they have taught their children and lived their lives. They are certainly not perfect but none of us are.

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    1. Pauline Oak Hills2 May 2013 at 19:24

      CJ- Very well said. I totally agree with you. The Middletons are wonderful people who have worked hard to get what they have today. It is not easy to start a business and have it turn out well and for a profit.

      This woman who have come out of the wood work to say these things about the Middletons is just jealous. But why now after all these years. Likeyou said if she could afford to sent her children to that school then she must have had money but decline to spend it on anything else for her children.

      When I was growing up I always had the best clothes. My mothe rmade sure tht my sisters & I had what we wanted & needed. We shopped at the best stores enough though my family was not rich. My dad work extra jobs so his girls could have the best. But my friends were not jealous.

      When my boys were growing up I always bought them the best clothes and shoes. I didn't have girls but the boys were very well dressed.

      This woman needs to go back to where she stuck her head out from and shut her mouth. She is just jealous of what teh Middletons have got from hard work.

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  14. I think her point is it would be good to get to know Kate a little better. We know what kind of clothes she is wearing. But less we know about her personality.

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  15. We will indeed be having more 'Kate Loves' posts during the quiet spell. Although I expect we'll see Kate in 2/3 weeks so it won't be too long :)

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    1. Pauline Oak Hills2 May 2013 at 19:35

      Hello Ms. Charlotte- Any idea where our Duchess is hiding these days. I am hoping she is with William and enjoying some down time together. Their lives will be turnign around soon with the birth of their baby. Maybe he even took her away to relax and enjoy each other.

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  16. One thing I have never understood is the negative comments towards William's close relationship with Kate's family for example, the family holidays. My husband and I enjoy a great relationship with my family and even we get the odd comment from people who appear to find it strange when we go on holiday with them. I also get the impression that they do what they want as a couple when it comes to occasions such as Christmas and Easter which I think is brilliant. The worst thing is people trying to dictate what one should do which I myself find horrible.

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    1. Sarah from Calif.3 May 2013 at 02:18

      I love what the mom said in the ITN video about the hospices
      "a light house in the storm "

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  17. Hello ms charlotte thanks for nice articles i think duchess and her duke know the sex of their baby they dont tell us in the public i know parents should know first before public about carole middleton i dont see that see garbling i know that she wants her daugthers and son to be good i future ... i dont see why the they bash her everytime she going to protect her kids or cabs

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  18. Regarding the comments about the Middletons, I don't think that there is that honest admiration for self-made success and "pulling oneself up by the bootstraps" in England as there is in America IMHO.

    May in Boston, MA

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    1. Sarah from Calif.5 May 2013 at 01:48

      How on earth can you know that Anon 18:13 ? I think in both countries pulling onesself up by the boot straps is very admirable.

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  19. Sarah from Calif.5 May 2013 at 00:11

    The fundraiser has taken off , very exciting !!!

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  20. There is an interesting article in the Daily Mail about Kate and William. The DM often sensationalizes to grab your attention, but I find this very believable. I think it's wonderful that supposedly William calls Kate's father Mike or Dad. Here is just a portion of the article...

    'From the moment he met Kate at St Andrews University, William was drawn to her open and direct manner. And to the altogether more simple, less restricted and less protocol-ridden lifestyle that she dangled tantalisingly before him.

    For practically the first time in his life he had the freedom to drink in the pub like all the other students, or enjoy the novelty of eating a fish supper from paper while sitting on the pavement.

    With Kate in St Andrews he could pretend, for some of the time at least, that he was just another undergraduate enjoying a relaxed relationship with a fellow student.

    William loved becoming part of her warm family unit, and it was a novel and healing experience for him that Kate’s parents got on well. He revelled in their easy-going manner, their lack of stuffy formality. Spending time with them also gave him the chance to observe and learn how a settled, caring family works: something he had never, truly witnessed.

    William himself summed up his feelings for his future in-laws when he and Kate gave an interview once they became engaged.

    ‘Kate’s got a very, very close family,’ he said enthusiastically. ‘Mike and Carole have been really loving and caring and really fun. They have been really welcoming towards me so I’ve felt really a part of the family.’


    There is much more so I do recommend visiting their website.

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  21. Nice choice I believe. I love the color. Fits a royal family baby.

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