Wednesday, 26 June 2013

William and Kate's Helicopter Ride + Latest Shopping Trip!

William, Kate and Lupo were photographed taking a helicopter ride with their friend from their home in Anglesey, North Wales to an aerodrome on the outskirts of London following a 200 mile flight.

Jonathan Hartley/Daily Mail

The Cambridges arrival was photographed by a surprised couple watching light aircraft taking off and landing at Denham in South Buckinghamshire who shared their reaction in the Daily Mail story:

'We had no idea it was the royal couple at the time. We had a look at the photos on our laptops a few days later and realised that it was in fact Prince William and Kate.
 It's amazing to think that we saw the royal couple without any crowds around them. They were like any other couple out with their dog - albeit having just been flown in by helicopter. Lupo was very behaved. Kate let him down on the grass and he stayed close, although you could see he was excited'.

The orange McDonnell Douglas helicopter carrying William and Kate belongs to a friend of the couple's, Timothy Oliphant-Hope who is managing director of Shoreham based Eastern Atlantic Helicopters. Mr Oliphant-Hope was behind the controls and said he occasionally gives the couple a lift "when he is routing past North Wales, if it is convenient for all parties".

Eastern Atlantic Helicopters

Kate was casually dressed in her grey wool Zara tweed jacket. The military wool garment features gold buttons and is thought to be from the brands 2011 collection. The Duchess was photographed wearing in last month during a shopping trip to Design Centre Chelsea Harbour. Kate wore a loose fitting black top underneath.
Zara
The very talented Ashley Marie (@livelovelaughvr) from WKW FB identified Kate's jeans as the Topshop 'Leigh' Maternity Jeans. The medium-rinse skinnies are crafted with a tonal band to accommodate a growing bump for supportive comfort. They're available for €61 at Nordstrom.

Nordstrom

Kate opted for comfortable footwear - her Mint Velvet Taupe Suede Plimsolls.

Mint Velvet

The Duchess carried her Tod's D-Styling Bag.


Tod's

Upon their arrival in Denham, William drove off in his range rover while Kate and Lupo left in a separate vehicle. It was not revealed exactly when the photos although it is thought to be the last week in May.

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A new photo of the Duchess out and about shopping appears on the cover of Australian magazine Woman's Day.

Woman's Day

A look inside the magazine.

Woman's Day

Susan from WKW correctly noted Kate's dress appears to be maternity brand Séraphine's Wrap Dress With Tie in the navy spot colourway.


Séraphine

The £49 dress is described as:

'This gorgeous mock wrap maternity dress is an essential for your maternity wardrobe. In a pretty navy polka dot print with a chic side bow detail, the dress is perfect for any occasion. The above the bump side tie highlights your empire line and flatters your bust and growing bump. The short sleeve dress also comes in blue'.

It's a very pretty frock and looks like a comfortable piece. Kate teamed it with a pink cardigan.

Séraphine

From what we can see the Duchess appears to be browsing through fabrics and wore her hair in a pretty updo.

68 comments:

  1. Robin and Bluefire - my email address is hrhcatherineblog@hotmail.com if you'd like to exchange email addresses that way :)

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    1. Kate, Texas, USA26 June 2013 at 05:35

      Robin, I can't remember if it was you or someone else a couple posts ago asking for my email??? I'm not too sure. Anyway, whomever it was I would be happy to exchange emails. :-)

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    2. Robin Indiana USA
      Thank you Charlotte your the best. Just spent the day having a procedure at hospital to rule out MS. You made my day a little less painful!!!!! Thank you again

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    3. I hope you're procedure went well Robin :)

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  2. Another post! Charlotte, thank you for updating so fast! I don't know how you manage to do so many things during the day!
    Well, even though I love to see new pictures of Catherine, I can't help feeling sorry for the lack of privacy she has. If I was the person who "accidentally" took the pictures, I would keep them to myself as a particular treasure. But, who knows, maybe they needed the money for something very important.
    Good night to you all.

    Ana B. from Brazil

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  3. Thank you for the post, Charlotte. :)

    The headline in Woman's Day is a tease. Not that I expect to see "Breaking News" in a magazine in this day and age, but it did get my attention. Lol.

    I read some of the comments in the DM and a few people were surprised that they flew in a single engine helicopter due to safety concerns (and I know nothing about them so forgive me if I am way off here). IF true, I think that's a valid point.

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  4. Wow, Charlotte - a two post day! :o) Well done, you! You're amazing!

    My previous post didn't make it on the page, but I'm glad Kate is getting to spend some time with William, especially so close to her due date (whenever it is... :o)

    I hope, as others have mentioned, that the press backs off and gives the Duke & Duchess some space after the baby is born. There's nothing one can do about people tweeting private photos, but surely the paparazzi can give William & Kate's family some peace.

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    1. Hello, are you having difficulties posting comments? Do let me know if you are.

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    2. Thanks for asking, Charlotte, but I think the problem may have been on my end. I'm currently in the mountains in Colorado and the internet here can be a little sketchy. :o)

      Julie

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  5. Thank you Charlotte for this great post as usual.

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  6. I'm not sure, but I think this is probably the article (or close to it) that will be in the magazine. Here's the link: http://womansday.ninemsn.com.au/celebrityheadlines/8678306/william-rushes-to-kates-side

    Just as a summary, it's pretty much just talking about everything that we already knew or could probably guess. I agree with the above commenter, the title is very misleading. Anyway, the article just talks about how William is on stand-by and ready to get to Kate's side as quickly as possible while he continues his work in Wales. It also talks about any pre-birth jitters that Kate might be having, which as a mother myself I have no doubt is true, especially with William away. It mentions that the palace will announce when Kate goes into labor, but my understanding was that nothing will be announced until the birth itself?

    A big thank you to Charlotte for the post! I love your blog!!!

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  7. Womans Day is well known to make up most things they publish. I would even go so far to say that new photo of Kate is photoshopped. How come the photo hasn't been seen anywhere else (well not that I have seen anyway) and I doubt from other photos I have seen that she looks that big.

    And I agree, we are not going to hear about the birth in a magazine.

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    1. Elizabeth from Colorado26 June 2013 at 16:57

      I totally agree. My first thought with a title like that one on the cover was that the photo was photoshopped too. Obviously, William has not needed to rush to her side yet.

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    2. Elizabeth from Colorado26 June 2013 at 17:00

      PS I also sort of wonder about the people not knowing whom they were photographing. Who just takes pictures of random people and a dog getting on a helicoptor?

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    3. Hahaha! :-D Good point, Elizabeth from CO...I don't know anyone who takes photos of strangers getting into helicopters!

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    4. Good point. :)

      Her "bump" is larger in the cover photo than in the helicopter pictures. Lol. A WEE bit of drama??? (pardon the pun).

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  8. Pauline Oak Hills26 June 2013 at 04:19

    Oh Ms. Charlotte you always suprise us with great new posts. They both look very happy. Thank you again for bring us this new/old sighting of the beautiufl & glowing Duchess & her handband hubby.

    @royalfan- I would not worry about them taking a single engine chopper. I am very sure that William would not put his very pregnant Duchess on something that was not safe. And it is safer flying in a chopper then driving in a car even if it only a single egine. I have friends that fly and they are very safe.

    @Ana B- I agree with you. We all like to see pictures but this was something they could have kept to themselves. And it was not even current. These were supposely taken in May. So like you said maybe they needed the money. I hope it was worth it for them since they invald the privacy of the royal couple.

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  9. Thank you charlotte for your for the email address i email right a way when im home im in spain enjoy vacay planning next here to visit my friend in london since college i never see her she getting married in june but plan stay there august they way get your email and know some royal dates or enagement queen or our duchess planning to explore london for sure.... i will enjoy it.. as kate from texas i love the duchess really enjoying her time during her pregancy .. the duchess looks relax

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    1. Kate, Texas, USA26 June 2013 at 05:34

      Bluefire, I hope you enjoy your time in London! It is a FABULOUS place to visit! I am trying to go back towards the end of the summer. :) Maybe you'll catch a glimpse of Kate out and about. Do keep us posted! Happy and safe travels!

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    2. Shantel (@FashionandFaith)26 June 2013 at 16:43

      Kate!
      The pictures you submitted to Charlotte were awesome! What an amazing experience!
      I'm so glad that you had a wonderful trip and have returned home safely!
      Shantel
      Minnesota, USA

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    3. Kate, Texas, USA27 June 2013 at 05:51

      Thanks Shantel! It was an amazing trip and I feel very blessed to have had the opportunity! Wishing I could be there when Baby Cambridge is born, but I guess we'll enjoy all the excitement from this side of the pond! Hope you are having a good week!

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  10. Kate, Texas, USA26 June 2013 at 05:42

    Kate looks absolutely adorable in the picture! The bump is beautiful! Charlotte, that looks like the same pink sweater Kate wore over the blue Asos dress while out shopping at Bernard Thorp. Thoughts? I know you will have all the details. I always love when Kate wears her hair up...so pretty! Thanks for another quick post and latest info!

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    1. I believe it's exactly the same, the colour looks different due to some degree of photoshop being used on the image. Very good spot Kate :)

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  11. I really like Kate's casual style :)

    Wishing you all a lovely day!

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  12. I think the picture on the cover of Woman's Day is the first picture were Kate really looks like she's about 8 months pregnant. With all the coats she wore the past months it was always hard to tell how big her baby bump really was.

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  13. Jean from Lancs.26 June 2013 at 15:51

    Thanks for a new post Charlotte.
    The helicopter story seems to be four or five weeks ago, but I do like it. Catherine's hair looks lovely and I always think she is at her best when casually dressed--she's really a country girl at heart.
    Must say the photo on the front of the magazine looks odd---the top is surely Catherine and we have seen the pink cardigan before, but the bottom half seems as though it's been transplanted from elsewhere--just looks odd. Maybe it is just the angle!
    Several of the newspapers now seem to be suggesting the birth is more imminent than has been suggested---but only time will tell.

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    1. Jean, my thoughts exactly. Kate's bump looks really weird on the cover of that magazine. It has a strange, pointy shape. The picture doesn't seem real to me.

      Anyway, it's always nice to see Kate casually dressed in the helicopter pictures. I love the fact that she wears highstreet brands - zara, topshop - all the time. And I did not expect to see William wearing glasses ;)

      Thank you for this second post, Charlotte!
      Hugs.

      Z.from Portugal

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    2. I agree, Jean. the picture looks odd to me too.And I agree with another commentor, why wasn't this image elsewhere in any other magazines?But I love Kate's casual look, specially the hair buns, :-))
      I also wonder what was this couple doing there the same time as Will and Kate?
      thanks chica for this quick update!!xoxo

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    3. Kate, Texas, USA27 June 2013 at 06:05

      The bump is cute, but these are definitely photoshopped. Look at Kate's bum the second picture in....it's so big on her tiny frame there's no way that's her body. Someone asked why these weren't in any other magazine.... Well, wasn't Woman's Day the magazine that also published Will and Kate's honeymoon pictures a year later? I think the British press has some discretion into intrusion in Kate's private day to day activities....a little bit of discretion. There have been a few pics taken, like her outing to Bernard Thorp, but really not too many. Also, these are taken while she is in the store shopping. I could be wrong, but I don't recall any other photos taken while she is actually in the store doing the shopping. Ones I can remember have been taken of her leaving. Anyway, just my thought

      That being said, I love the outfit and her hair up. I'm always a fan of the updos! :-)

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  14. I have just read the article on dailymail about Carole watching tennis today.
    Catherine and her mother are very much alike, these gestures, posture, smile.

    I hope one day I will be able to watch all Wimbledon matches live !

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  16. Charlotte - I'm thinking that the date of the helicopter pictures may be the same day as your May 15 post, when Kate was spotted shopping? She seems to be wearing the same outfit, and if I remember correctly, her hair was up then too. The size of her baby bump seems like it would be about right for that time as well. I don't recall that William was out shopping with her, which could explain the separate cars. Just a thought :-)

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  17. Something tells me that cover photo is doctored. She just hasn't been carrying that way. Just my opinion.

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  18. great information...thank you

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  19. Thanks Charlotte for the extra pictures! I am on pins and needles waiting for Baby Cambridge!

    I'm glad that I'm not the only one to think there must have been some photo shopping going on with some of those Australian magazine's images of Kate. I simply do not believe that her bum is that big. She is so slim and has stayed that way throughout her pregnancy.

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  20. I am glad I am not the only one who thinks the magazine photos are photoshopped, her bump is way bigger and her bottom (to be proper) is way disproportionate in the small middle photo. I believe in general the photo of her shopping is real, just her bump made to appear larger.. since Kate has miraculously had a quite small and at times hard to see baby bump.

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  21. Robin Indiana USA
    I really love when Kate dresses casually. Even then she looks beautiful. It seems when she is not doing royal duties she tends to put her hair up more. I love it this way, she looks young and cute. Maybe after the baby is born we may see it up more. I just love Lupo so well behaved I wonder how he going to react to the new baby for he's been the baby of the house for awhile now! Counting down the days************

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  22. Have you heard about this contest? :)

    http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-moms/kate-baby-sweeps

    :)

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  23. Hi Charlotte and dear readers of "Duchess Kate"! I've just arrived safely in London today. Any news of the birth of the Royal child so far? OMG, I can't wait! I hope he/she will be born before I leave, which is on monday the 1st. Hugs! Monica, France

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    1. Hello Monica,

      Have a fabulous time and do share all the details with us :)

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    2. Monica,, please keep us posted!:-)

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    3. Enjoy your trip, Monica! Hope you're in London for Baby Cambridge's debut! :o)

      Julie

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  24. I heard about that contest i think that women day cover the duchess is have been edited obeseve it my friend in aussie will send me a copy of woman day to be sure that those photos are edited im waiting for the copy i will send you a scan photo of that magazine this week meanwhile there article about james and his girlfriend about the ring on here finger
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2349290/James-Middletons-new-girlfriend-Donna-Air-flashes-diamond-studded-band-ring-finger.html

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  25. Beatrix in New York27 June 2013 at 16:54

    I'm thinking the 2nd photo doesn't look so real. Kate doesn't have a big behind, the bump could simply look bigger because her dress is tighter/hugging her body, but her behind looks way too big (although maybe it is that the photo was taken as she is taking a step fwd).

    Kate looks lovely, better than at many official engagements - I'm a big fan of her "single" style (pre-wedding). I always find her everyday outfits to be much younger.
    I dislike many of her official outfits and find them quite matronly and boring. I understand she wants to be elegant with a touch of simplicity... but I have my preferences :p

    I found an interesting article, I really agree with the author. Except when she mentions *ankle boots* I hate those :p Hope you guys can see it.

    http://britishstylebloggers.org.uk/2013/06/25/the-duchess-of-dull/

    I have to say, agian in reference to that article and to the recent "list" saying Kate is the 2nd most stylish royal, after Princess Mary of Denmark. I wasn't a bit surprised. Princess Mary has always been my favorite. I love her outfits and I think she has a lovely figure - healthy, fit and toned. I also like Princess, oops, Queen Maxima. QMaxima is always so happy and friendly. She also likes to take risks with her outfits and LOVES color.

    Princess Letizia has very nice outfits, but I dislike all the platform shoes (although I understand that her husband is SO TALL and she looks pretty petite next to him) and the fact that it is very obvious that she suffers from an eating disorder, kind of made me sad that she was included in the top 10.

    So anyway, *my list*:
    1) Princess Mary of Denmark
    2) Queen Maxima
    3) Duchess Kate

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    1. I happen to love Mary and Maxima and I enjoy "following" both of them. Mary is always polished and elegant and Maxima has an amazing and unique style of her own. And her warmth and energy is admirable!

      Mary and Kate were one percentage point apart on that list which makes them pretty even, IMHO. Not bad for a young woman who has been in the royal family for just over two years...and one who goes out of her way NOT to be seen as a clothes horse. Just imagine if Kate was as far along as a royal (time-wise) as Mary, or if she devoted as much money to her wardrobe. And I'm not being critical of Mary at all. It's just the reality of the situation.

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  26. The jacket and the shoes reminded me of the last time she wore her Aquascutum scarf. I have to warn you -- I purchased this online from John Lewis (the only vendor that I could find that carries it). Well, I am new to this whole scarf fashion and it looked longer in the picture, plus it said it was a men's so I thought, ok, it will be larger -- wrong! I got it in the mail today (shipped to me by the export dept at John Lewis - they are fabulous!) and it is 58.5 inches by 12 inches. Unfortunately, nowhere was the length mentioned on the the website, otherwise I would have known it would be a bit short. So bummed!

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  27. I have a strange feeling today. Maybe it is time for Baby Cambridge to arrive ?

    :) :) :)

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  28. have u guys seen the cost of the renovation of kengingstan? over a million pounds and that is expected to double? jesusss

    it sucks for the british tax payer to pay for this

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    1. Jean from Lancs.28 June 2013 at 19:20

      But it is not the British taxpayer paying for this. The money comes from the profits on Crown Lands. The Queen gets 15% of this and the Exchequer gets the remaining 85%. Out of her share HM pays all the expenses of the Head of State---which last year was heavier than usual beoause of the Jubilee and the Olympics---all the extra entertaining of foreign Heads of State.. It also covers the upkeep of Royal Palaces--so HM paid for Kensington Palace. I know the Daily Mail and Republicans says the Crown Lands never belonged to the Monarch--but they did--indeed Queen MaryII and her husband William III(William of orange) bought Kensington Palace for £20,000 and Queen Anne added to it. George III made an arrangement that the Exchequer would have the proceeds in return for costs of the Monarchy.
      The Queen receives no income from the state and Catherine receives nothing---except that Charles pays for her clothes from his private income.
      It is certain that a President would be no less expensive.In fact the French President costs more.
      Finally the apartment for William and Catherine has 20 room not 57--so if the cost of repairs and roof covers 57 rooms---it must be the majority of the palace. Most of the money was for removal of asbestos. That would certainly have to be done, even if no one was to live there and it became purely a museum.

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    2. @ Jean from Lancs- It does come out of taxpayer monies. The apartment reno's do not come from profits. That goes toward Queens expense. Taxpayer monies paid for the apartment renovations along with their trip last summer. They have already disclosed that it did indeed come out of taxpayer monies. The Crown lands profits are not enough to cover the cost of just the reno alone. It has to be disbursed to other areas of the royal household. Government has already spoken on this and that is why it has become an issue, because they disclosed that unfortunately we paid for much of this; while they are cutting spending in other areas. And the Queen is getting a raise.

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    3. Jean I have to commend you on putting the facts so eloquently and indeed correctly. I often have this debate with my husband over the 'cost' of the monarchy...Irrespective of who lives there KP would have needed renovation and the asbestos has been a factor in the increased price. I don't think W&K own their apartments either - I would imagine they're given a life tenancy or such.

      The monarchy costs 53p per person in the UK and I think that's very good value for money - seeing HM win the Gold Cup last week was (imho) priceless!

      We're off to see the coronation exhibition in a couple of months and the diamonds last year were superb! I think it's great that we've got them.

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    4. The photos in the DM are very misleading. Surprise, surprise.

      The scaffolding with the image of the palace on it, and all the work being done to the roof and chimneys, is NOT William and Kate's apartment. Their apartment is to the left of that and, although it appears that work is being done to the façade there as well, it's unfair to attribute ALL of the cost to W&K's apartment or to suggest that they are the sole reason for everything that is being done.

      Prior to March 2012, the State Apartments and the public grounds underwent 12 million pounds worth of renovations before they were re-opened to the public. The current project seems to be a continuation of that.

      Yes, renovations were made to W&K's apartment before they move in, but the great majority of the work being done on KP has nothing to do with this couple. But it does make for a good deal of pot stirring at their expense.

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    5. P.S.

      I'm waiting for an article that blames all of the "doggie treasures" left in Kensington Palace Gardens on Lupo. LOL. Surprised no one thought of it yet.

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    6. Sarah from Calif.29 June 2013 at 03:00

      Thank you Jean, well said :)

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    7. Sarah from Calif.29 June 2013 at 03:01

      Hi Charlotte :) hope you are having a lovely summer!

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    8. Here's a decent story about Will and Kate and Kensington ... http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2349635/Kate-Middleton-Prince-Williams-Kensington-Palace-home-makeover-cost-taxpayer-1m.html

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    9. I don't quite understand the level of venom directed at the couple who photographed Will and Kate getting off the private helicopter. So what? There's a small public airfield near where I live and people who are airplane buffs go out there all the time to watch the planes land and take off. It's not some huge paparazzi conspiracy. And as for them flying in a private helo, I don't doubt that they travel by private means far more often than we think. It's not all private trains and motorcades and official RAF helos, you know. They are a wealthy young couple with access to alternate modes of transportation, like private helicopters. Will and Kate are a public couple and they were before their marriage. They certainly understand and have accepted (since Kate did go ahead and marry William and he hasn't abdicated his position) that they are going to be photographed when out in public, even in as casual a setting as this was. Keep in mind that many of the folks taking these casual snaps are subjects of the queen and will day, likely, be subjects of William and Kate themselves. Not likely they're going to march over and tell them off, is it?

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    10. Very well said, Jean from Lancs!

      Julie

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    11. Hi Sarah, I am thank you! I'm just back from a break with my fiancé. However I was on tenterhooks the entire time in case Kate went into labour. It could be any time now, couldn't it? :)

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  29. Well i think a lot of magazine will buy the cover of woman day if this true and not edited on computers im pretty sure that the magazine wants to sell their magazine i know this marketing strategy to attract customer like lucky us we know not true i think the duke would not put his wife snd his child in danger too the helicopter issue i think this last may i guess correct im wrong charlotte i heard the BCF is ebay

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  30. I previously made a comment on taxpayer dollars and one percenters. Apparently my comment was not approve, yet someone else can comment. I was not being mean, just conveying worry

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    1. Hi, I didn't see a comment like that? Unfortunately some comments are moved into spam and deleted due to a glitch.

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  31. Going to have to weigh in and say those cover photos look definitely Photoshopped to me. If you look at Kate's pregnancy even at her last engagement, there is no way there could be that much difference between then and when these pics were taken, even if you look at her shopping near her home last Saturday, she's nowhere near this big! She appears to be standing near something whose pattern closely matches her dress in the one that makes her rear end look huge but even if she wasn't, she's nowhere near that big. Definite - and obvious - Photoshop job.

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    1. Jane from New England29 June 2013 at 21:16

      Exactly what I was thinking.

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  32. i hope kate doesnt lose too much baby weight she looks healthy for the first time since their engagement! her face is fuller and makes her look 10 years younger..does anyone remember how scary thin she looked the day she looked at her wedding dress display at buckingham palace with the queen? it was scary..yeah sure the baby belly can go away but she should maintain some of her weight gain!

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  33. The reason the photos look 'shopped is because (a) she's slumping in the first one, thereby making her entire body look "off", and (b) there is a vase or something on the shelf behind her that is adding to her rear end on the second one.

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    1. I agree with you bluehare, when u look again the points u made are right. I wish she'd wear her up more on her royal duties looks so much better. I ve always thought Kate's ( & pippas ) casual style is so much better than their dressed up looks. Polly. Wiltshire.

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  34. Yes the world was wanting for the royal baby to come out yes i think she enjoying her pregancy and plus the fact she eating for two ..yes love the duchess now even beautiful and glowing well then and now is fine .. nothing is change actually moving forward prince harry and his lovely girlfriend cressidra bonas is glastonberry festival im confirmed we have pictures yet ...

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