Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Kate Loves: Kate's Pregnancy

As Kate's due date approaches, we look forward to seeing the Duke and Duchess emerge from St. Mary's Hospital in West London with Baby Cambridge. From a challenging start to a healthy second and third trimester, which saw the Duchess carry out a string of solo engagements and announce new patronages, let's take a look back at the royal pregnancy and Kate's maternity style.


The joyous news was announced on December 3, 2012 in a statement from St James's Palace:

'Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby. 
The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Princes of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry and members of both families are delighted with the news.'

The couple were forced to announce the pregnancy much earlier than they would have wished because the Duchess had taken ill while she was staying with her parents at their home in Bucklebury, Berkshire. She was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital and treated for hyperemesis gravidarum, acute morning sickness. Kate was visited regularly throughout her stay by William and the Middletons.


Naturally the good news spread all over the world and became the headline story the following day (and on many days afterwards).


During Kate's stay at King Edward VII two radio DJs from Australian radio station 2Day FM called the hospital under false pretences impersonating the Queen and Prince Charles. They managed to acquire information about the Duchess's condition much to the disgust of the Palace. Very sadly the nurse who answered the phone, Jacintha Saldanha, committed suicide shortly after the incident. A heartbreaking story which once again reminds us of the affects of inappropriate media intrusion.

Following a three night stay at the private facility, Kate left the hospital with William by her side at 10.45 a.m. on December 6 carrying a bouquet of flowers. The Duchess looked pale and delicate but said she was "feeling much better" and returned to Kensington Palace for a period of rest.


 Kate had to cancel three engagements due to her illness which William attended alone, saying Kate was getting better but "felt it was going to go on forever". However, the Duchess surprised fans by presenting an award with David Beckham at the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year Awards in a striking Alexander McQueen Bell-Sleeve Gown with a high slit.

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William and Kate were present at the Queen's Pre-Christmas Party at Buckingham Palace and hosted a Christmas party for their staff at local restaurant chain Bumpkin in Notting Hill in December.

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In a break with tradition the Duke and Duchess elected to spend Christmas with the Middleton family in Berkshire. It was widely reported Kate wanted to spend her last Christmas before motherhood there and, given the fact she was still unwell, a low-key celebration at the Middleton family home seemed a wise choice. Christmas Day at Sandringham with the Royal Family involved several outfit changes and a very public walk to the annual service.


They attended a quiet service at St Mark's Church in Englefield where they listened to Christmas carols with the residents of Bucklebury.



The Cambridges rang in the new year quietly and were next photographed in the audience of Cirque Du Soleil, which they attended with the Middletons and friends for Kate's 31st birthday.

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The couple's first public appearance of the year was a visit to the National Portrait Gallery, where they viewed Kate's first official portrait by artist Paul Emsley. The divisive portrait received very harsh criticism with many stating it made the Duchess look older and failed to capture her sparkle. Kate wore the French Connection Katherine Plains Top for her portrait sittings and the very pretty Whistles 'Sofia' dress for the viewing.

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In the following weeks Kate was spotted out and about shopping and grabbing lunch in Pret A Manger in a Zara Checked Print Cape and her Really Wild Seville Boots.

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In February, the Cambridges holidayed in Mustique with the Middletons before Kate returned to engagements later that month with a visit to Action on Addiction's Hope House. The Duchess looked tanned and rested in a grey MaxMara Studio wrap dress.


In March, William, Kate and Harry travelled to Switzerland for the wedding of Mark Tomlinson and Laura Bechtolsheimer. The trio were all smiles at the event and appeared to have had a wonderful time.




Upon their return, Kate paid a solo visit to the seaside town of Grimsby where she revealed the baby was kicking. There were many memorable moments from the visit most notably when Kate made an unscheduled stop at St Andrew's Hospice where she met ten patients. One of the elderly patients said, "I'm waiting for you to be Queen". Kate laughed and said, "You might be waiting a long time!"; and a local thought the Duchess had accidentally let slip she was expecting a girl.


The town of Grimsby were incredibly excited and Kate looked lovely in her Hobbs 'Celeste' coat and Great Plains 'Cezanne' Dress.


Next, William and Kate made an unexpected appearance at Cheltenham and at the St Patrick's Day Aldershot Parade Kate revealed "she'd like a boy" and William would like a girl.


On March 19, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the offices of Child Bereavement UK, at the charity's headquarters in The Clare Charity Centre in Saunderton, Buckinghamshire. During a walkabout the couple were given two teddy bears for Baby Cambridge. It was the first time I thought Kate was beginning to show and the Goat Redgrave Coat and Topshop Contrast Collar Dress were stellar choices for her.


Whilst William and Kate were talking with bereaved parents William said, "I feel like I should give you all a hug". Each of the mothers and fathers in the group then took it in turns to hug the couple. A very touching visit for the Duke and Duchess!

There were some very cute photos shared via twitter from the event, such as this one of the Cambridges popping bubble wrap with a group of children.


William and Kate posed for a photo with a very excited little girl.


The following morning, Kate joined the Queen and Prince Philip at Baker Street station to mark 150 years of the London Underground. When Kate heard the Queen and Prince Philip had planned to undertake the engagement she asked if she could be part of the visit and the Queen formally invited her. A senior royal aide said, "she just fancied it, she asked if she could come along."

It must be a very exciting time for the Queen and Prince Philip knowing they'll be meeting their great grandchild soon :)


In late March, Kate volunteered with the scouts in the snow and appeared to have a wonderful time outdoor cooking and fire-lighting with the group despite the cold climate.

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William and Kate made a two-day trip to Scotland and began the visit with a tour of the Emirates Arena, one of the venues for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games (there's a very cute video of Kate talking to a baby from a walkabout afterwards). The couple also accompanied Prince Charles, known as the Duke of Rothsay in Scotland, in opening the new Tamar Manoukian Outdoor Centre at Dumfries House and toured BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines. It was great to see Kate smiling and enjoying her pregnancy.


Kate enjoyed some retail therapy in Holt, Norfolk in April near the couple's reported new country home Anmer Hall. No doubt it will be a wonderful place to bring up Baby Cambridge privately when the couple do not have royal duties.

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On April 19th, the Palace announced the Duchess had decided to lend her patronage to three new causes, The Natural History MuseumPlace2Be and SportsAid. Three excellent choices combining Kate's love of working with children and sports.

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Kate and Carole were photographed shopping for a moses basket.

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Kate chose a mint Mulberry coat for the Queen's Scouts Parade at Windsor.

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Kate chose the Erdem Sophia dress for her first public visit to patronage Place2Be where she launched a counselling programme and took part in a tree planting ceremony.

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Who could forget the beautiful bespoke Emilia Wickstead creation for an Art Room reception at the National Portrait Gallery. We had been hoping to see the Duchess in a custom made piece and the empire line garment accommodated her bump perfectly. The sleeveless garment featured a round neckline in front  and the pale blue colours was very pretty on Kate.


William, Kate and Harry had a magical time at the Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden where they indulged their love of Harry Potter :)

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To mark Children's Hospice Week, Kate recorded her first video message speaking about the "inspirational" work carried out by hospices. She also paid a visit to hospice Naomi House where she spent time with staff and patients.


The Duchess brought back her Topshop Florence Maternity Style for the wedding of close friends William van Cutsem and Rosie Ruck Keene in Ewelme, South Oxfordshire.

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And brightened up the Queen's Garden Party in Emilia Wickstead.

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A radiant Kate joined the rest of the Royal Family for the Queen's Coronation Service at Westminster Abbey in a bespoke Jenny Packham outfit. The Duchess was very much blooming at the service and enjoyed talking with the younger royals outside afterwards. I'm sure the baby was the main topic of conversation...


In her final solo engagement before taking maternity leave, godmother Kate christened Royal Princess in Southampton wearing a Dalmation Print Coat by Hobbs. The print was an unexpected choice but it's always interesting for anyone to change things up and she looked radiant.

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Kate was pretty in pink McQueen for this year's Trooping The Colour.


The Duchess made the cover of several publications, shopping at Bernard Thorp and getting her hair done at Rossano Ferretti's Mayfair salon wearing pieces from maternity brand Séraphine and Asos Maternity.

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With only days to go, it's an incredibly exciting and life-changing (if not a nerve-racking) time for William and Kate. We know they'll be wonderful parents and Baby Cambridge will have the love and support of the Middletons and the Royal Family as well as two doting parents. I know we all hope Kate has a very easy delivery and - whether it's a boy or a girl - gives birth to a healthy baby.


We all looking forward to seeing the Cambridge family leaving St. Mary's together :)

160 comments:

  1. Charlotte! This is such a great post, I really enjoyed it. So fun for a a look back before the baby gets here. This was obviously a lot of work--thank you for putting in the time!! Can't wait for Baby Cambridge!

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    1. Thank you so much Jane! I only realised last week how near it is :)

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  2. Lovely article! So nice to reminisce =)

    Can't wait for this baby to be born... as well as my own, almost 2 months later exactly ;)

    xo,
    Katie
    hellolittlebean.com

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  3. Thanks so much for the fascinating post, Charlotte and for keeping we keen Royal Watchers calm with your posts. I'm so excited about Baby Cambridge's birth and all things Kate and William related.

    Vancouver, BC. Canada

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  4. Jean from Lancs.2 July 2013 at 21:29

    We are being spoiled---another great post; thank you Charlotte.
    I think her outfits during her pregnancy have been lovely.
    The news of closing off the parking spaces and the media preparations at the hospital, brings home how near the birth is.
    Just hope and pray for a safe delivery and healthy Mum and baby--be it boy or girl.
    All the best for Katie and her baby too.

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  5. Fantastic blog. Thanks for all those brilliant blogs. What alot of hard work you have put in for us. I was remembering my first child's birth. Due on the 6th and didn't arrive until induced on the 19th. So they can take their time. Do you think Charles and Camilla would have chosen to go to Wales this week if the baby were due now. And do you think Carol is staying at KP when William is away being sometimes labour starts at night.

    My thoughts and prayers go to Ana and Sarah. Also to the families of the Firefighters. God bless you all.

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    1. Sarah from Calif.3 July 2013 at 21:44

      Thank you Donna for your condolences. The agony for the loss off the firefighters. I can't even comprehend all of the pain.
      My first was early and 3rd late. The mystery of it all!

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  6. Shantel (@FashionandFaith)2 July 2013 at 22:19

    Charlotte,
    Thanks so much for such a wonderful post--what a fun look back. The time that you put into this blog...my goodness! (And we all love you for it!)
    Super excited for baby; it won't be long now!!!
    Shantel
    Minnesota, USA

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  7. As ever Charlotte, brilliant post! So lovely to look back in the last couple of months!

    I'm constantly checking the news on my phone to look for news of baby Cambridge's arrival - not sure how much longer I'm going to handle the suspense!!

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  8. Thanks so much for putting this together. It was fun to go back over these past few months. Now just can't wait for the baby and we all know you'll be first with the news. Thanks so much for all you do here. It's great to come to this site.

    Marla from New Hampshire, USA

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  9. Thank you for the wonderful, detailed article! I have been checking your site every day for the latest updates! Such a thrilling time. Sending warm wishes from Idaho.

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  10. this was one of my favourite posts- so well put together Charlotte, thank you! I am a loyal reader in Toronto. There are 2 birthdays in my family coming up next week July 8 for my niece and July 11 for my Mom and I keep wondering if Baby Cambridge will share one of those dates.

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  11. Canadian Friend2 July 2013 at 23:08

    Dear Charlotte,

    Thank you so much for this post! What a treat! I enjoy your blog so much.

    Is anyone like me-I wonder where the time has gone, especially since March? It has just flown by.

    Any day now...

    Looking forward to sharing the news with such a great group!

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  12. What a wonderful post charlotte so near to the birth. Kate really blossomed during her pregnancy. She looked fantastic. Hope all goes well for the birth. Kate & Wills will make terrific parents. Cant wait!!" A new prince or princess will soon be here.

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  13. What are great post. I enjoyed it immensely. Thank you from Calgary Canada :)

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  14. Sarah from Calif.2 July 2013 at 23:24

    Beautiful post Charlotte. :)
    God bless the little one (to come ) and parents!!!
    TTUL

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  15. Thanks so much for this fun look back. It was a great review. Now we've got to just wait for the baby. What an exciting time for the Cambridges!

    Marla from New Hampshire, USA

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  16. counting down the days! beyond excited!!!!!!!!!

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  17. Thank you all so much for your very kind comments, I thought it was a perfect time to look back. Where have the months gone since December?

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  18. Kate, Texas, USA3 July 2013 at 00:25

    Don't have time to write a long post right now, but hopefully later this evening. Just wanted to say FABULOUS job, Charlotte! You truly are amazing!!!! This post was BRILLIANT!!!! :-)

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  19. Thank you for this post, Charlotte.
    Colorado Eve

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  20. I don't know how I can even stand the wait anymore. I log on multiple times a day in hopes of the wonderful news :)

    Patience sure is a virtue, that I don't have!!

    Good night all,
    From Canada:)

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    1. Pauline Oak Hills6 July 2013 at 02:15

      Anonymous I too have very little patience. I just hope the duchess has a safe delivery and the baby is healthy. That is all that matters.

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    2. Sarah from Calif.7 July 2013 at 00:05

      Amen.

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  21. Charlotte your blog is amazing and there no words to say about you i dont know you but im willing to know you better thanks keeping updated everyday this post well detailed and Amazing

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  22. can't wait to see the new baby royal.

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  23. Charlotte, great work. At 14, I saw the wedding of Diana and Charles on TV. Since Williams was born, I am pursuing his life and of course immediately become a fan of Kate. Thank you for your great reports and articles with beautiful photos. Martina (from Germany)

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  24. Very beautiful post Charlotte!! It is incredible how recent seems the moment when they announced the happy news and now the baby could be here in every minute. I wish her an easy delivery, as to every mother-to-be :)

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  25. Theresa, from Paris3 July 2013 at 07:49

    Absolutely brilliant post, Charlotte ! Thank you ;-)))
    Feel awful for the Duchess with those photographers perched on ladders already... Absurd ! Couldn't they at least wait till the baby is born... Ridiculous.

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    1. Sarah from Calif.3 July 2013 at 21:50

      Soooo agree with you Theresa. So they get paid for standing around doing nothing, days and days? That would drive me crazy. I wish Will and Kate would slip into a different hospital and spoil it for all of them.

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    2. Keep in mind that William and Kate can't just "pop in" to a different hospital. The media gathering at St. Mary's aren't the only ones who would have their day spoiled, so likely would many or most of the patients and families at whatever random hospital they chose. One of the major factors in choosing St. Mary's is to minimize the disruption to OTHER parents who also are having babies (Kate's not the first woman to have a baby!). St. Mary's is best-equipped to keep things as smooth as possible for other families as well as William and Kate. St. Mary's has the accommodations for the royals and their entourage and the immense security that accompanies an event like this royal birth. In addition, I'd expect the schedules of the other royals, including Charles and Camilla and the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to remain the same. This isn't your typical family where everyone will be at the hospital waiting anxiously for the birth. Even as William and Kate's PR team try to spin the "they're just like us" image, there's an enormous amount of protocol and scheduling that still is in place here and that even William and Kate must follow.

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    3. Pauline Oak Hills6 July 2013 at 02:24

      I could care less if the media has their day spoiled. And they do not have an entourage. I believe they have their security team, her mom & sister and that is all. We don't know if they have made other arrangements at the hospital close to here parents and even the one in Anglesey just in case (which I don;t think she is)the Duchess is in Anglesey.

      What type of scheduling & protocol do they have to follow in the Duchess giving birth? If I remember right the baby is not on a schedule to be born. We can guess all we want but he/she will come when it is ready. And William will do what is best for his Duchess and their baby. Nobody will tell him other wise.

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    4. Pauline if youbre-read the comment she said the other Royals are on a schedule and can't all drop everything to hang out at the hospital. She is right Kate needs to choose a place that is secure for her and respectful for the other parents. If you remember when Beyonce had her baby some families has a hard time getting access to the nursery to see their baby Kate would not want that to happen

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  26. What a great post, thank you Charlotte. I just love the photo of Kate on Christmas Day when she is smiling directly at the camera. She looks a but fragile but so happy and there seems to be an extra sweetness in her smile.

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    1. Laurie - New York6 July 2013 at 13:44

      I thought the same thing...tired and fragile, but at the same time...overwhelming happiness. You can see it radiating out through that smile. Not that her smile isn't always genuine, but you're right...there was something extra special in that pic.

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  27. Great post! Countdown continues. Looking forward to news of a safe delivery of a healthy baby Cambridge....

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  28. Wonderful post. I actually felt emotional reading it! Can't believe how time has flown by. Fingers crossed for a safe delivery and a healthy baby Cambridge.

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  29. Really Nice post. It was great to see all Kate's apperances.Her pregnant's look was great and some of them even amazing.
    Btw I was wondering how Kate is doing her dress and shoes shopping.

    Doris

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  30. Great post! Best post till now; sums up everything just perfectly! Great job, Charlotte! :) :D
    Was just curious, how many homes do Prince William and Kate have? An apartment in Kenstington Palace, The Middeton home in Berkshire, their rented cottage in Angelesy, any more? What's this Anmer Hall?

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    1. Anmer Hall will be the Cambridge's country house. It's close to the Queen's residence in Sandringham. There has been a post about this some time ago I think :-)

      But the Middleton home is not a real home for them, I guess they are probably having a guest room for their stays?

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    2. Charlotte ... Has there been official confirmation that amner hall is there's ? I think I may have missed that one!!!

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    3. Sarah from Calif.3 July 2013 at 21:53

      Carina, I think (as a mom) Carole M. will fix up a cozy place at their home for W &K and baby to visit.

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    4. Oh wow! It's really something to live in so many places at once! :P
      Kate's been spotted so many times on her interior decor shopping; I wish I could see how lovely it would be on the inside! :) :)

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  31. Nice to look back at her pregnancy, her outfits and looks. They both seem so happy. I check the blog several times a day to see if there are any news. I am not sure if there will be an announcement when Kate goes into hospital. Wish her some quiet time before the birth.

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  32. This was a nice walk down memory lane, of Kate's nine months. She has not put one wrong foot forward in terms of fashion. Cant wait for baby cambridge,any day now!thanks chica for this awesome update and thank you for putting in all the hard work that you do!!!xoxo

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  33. Jules from Germany3 July 2013 at 15:08

    What a wonderful post again. One never knows for sure when you have the next treat for us, so it's always a surprise, almost like a birthday present :)
    From whom, Charlotte, are you expecting the news? Do you receive a phone call or e-mail from a news agency or do you have to inform yourself?
    And do know how long after such an important birth for the royal family the next public event, the christening, will be? How long had Diana and Charles to wait before they christened William and Harry?
    I really loved Kate's choices she wore to her engagements, especially the pastel colours which made her look so happier and fresh. She really was a glooming beauty, even more in the not at all spring/summerlike temperatures here in Germany.. And I am still quite surprised most of her outfits weren't especially maternity clothes. I assume it only works with a medium-sized bump, like the one she had throughout her pregnancy. But I really hope she does not force herself into her pre-pregnancy size. When I lately looked at pictures from her Canada tour with William she definitely looked striking, but was also very tiny. Remember her tiny waist in the pale lavender gown at the Bafta awards or when she planted a tree in a grey (I think it was a Wickstead) dress. She has a slender frame and that won't change, but when I saw pictures or videos with her I often thought how slim she is. Maybe it is because my sister suffers anorexia and I therefore have an idea of it, but lately, during her entire pregnancy I didn't think at all she could be too slim or even critically slim. I loved her slightly fuller face and figure and think it suits her really well.
    Wow, how wonderful it must be for this young family (to be?) to experience the miracle of a birth by yourself. I wish them all the best for their entirely new future starting any day!
    Love from Germany

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    1. Hello Jules,

      I'm following the royal reporters closely on twitter and news agencies. I imagine it will be all over twitter first with photographers tweeting. I believe William was christened roughly six weeks after he was born (August 4). I imagine it will be the same for Baby Cambridge :)

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    2. Charlotte, I think you're exactly right. I believe they will have the christening at BP before the Queen and Prince Philip travel to Balmoral.

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  34. Thanks for your wonderful post and for keeping us updated, Charlotte! You're doing a great job!
    I feel bad for Kate as there will be so many photographers waiting in front of the hospital to take the first picture of the baby...knowing this must be very stressful for her. I really hope that she and William will be able to enjoy being parents just as I want anyone who is expecting a baby to have a wonderful time with their child.

    Keep doing your great work, Charlotte!

    A big fan from Germany :-)

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  35. Well im counting im checking every second to truckline

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  36. Nice retrospective post, dear Charlotte. It has been quite a journey, these last nine months! And now... let's just wait. :) Maybe it's next week?

    Hugs from a very hot Portugal (well,too hot for me, I must say!).
    Z.

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  37. Wonderful retrospective. I certainly hope she is brought to the hospital via a private back entrance. It would be horrid to be photographed during labor. Kate has become a bit of a guilty pleasure for me, and I can't help but be excited about the birth. I just hope she can have a private and empowering birth experience.

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  38. Jean from Lancs.3 July 2013 at 19:43

    I have just been reading on the DM site that Finland has sent Catherine one of the gift boxes they give to every Finnish mother---containing everything needed for a new baby, including the cutest little snow suits.
    What a lovely, friendly thought from Finland.

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  39. I cannot help but think she is going to be the most caring mother.

    www.momarchy.com

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    1. I would agree. Kate's parents did a wonderful job in raising their three children and I'm sure Kate (and William of course, through Diana's hands-on example) will do likewise. :)

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    2. Sarah from Calif.3 July 2013 at 21:58

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    3. Kate, Texas, USA3 July 2013 at 22:44

      I absolutely agree Royalfan! This will be a VERY loved little boy or girl! :)

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    4. Most children are loved. While the Cambridge are nice people I see most children showered in love and I can't see them exceeding that love

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    5. I too think that this child will be very much loved. I also believe that it will need all the love and support it can get in order to be able to deal with the public scrutiny that it is going to have to deal with for a lifetime.

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    6. Kate, Texas, USA5 July 2013 at 21:36

      Anonymous 22:28, you read my comment completely wrong and I should have explained my thoughts more. I have 4 children of my own and can't imagine anyone loving their children as much as I do mine (although they do :-)). My first thought when reading the above comments was the footage of seeing the very young Queen return from a months long trip across the Commonwealth and meeting young Charles at the train station with just a tap on the shoulder and hello. She put duty first as opposed to scooping up her little son and giving him a big hug and I just don't see William or Kate being that way. Although I'm sure they will eventually staff a nanny, I don't believe this child will be raised by a nanny as Royal children in the past. Maybe I should have worded that I see them being very affectionate and loving parents. I don't see the cold, emotionally withdrawn family as in the past. Kate has been raised by what seems to be a very loving, family-oriented parents and we know Diana's tangible love she showered her boys with. I feel William and Kate will usher in a new way of raising a Royal baby. That's what I was referring to with my comment.

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  40. Charlotte... Do you think kate will go into hospital via a side entrance? And how do you think she'll get there without press picturing her? Poor thing I can remember walking into the hospital when I was in labour! Hard, awkward and I imagine not at my most glamourous!! Thank goodness no cameras to catch my image!! Sue. Boston.

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    1. Hello Sue,

      Kate will definitely enter the hospital via a private entrance away from the cameras. I feel certain there won't be photographs of her going in.

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    2. Sarah from Calif.3 July 2013 at 21:59

      Please William and Kate fool them all with a different hospital.

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    3. Pauline Oak Hills5 July 2013 at 19:08

      @SARah wouldn't that really piss off the media...lol

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  41. I've just looked at your twitter site, and see the letter saplings addressed to her would she really still use her maiden name after her hrh royal title ? I find that hard to believe.

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    1. I saw that and I was surprised they used her maiden name. I believe the correct postal address is HRH Duchess of Cambridge.

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  42. Great post, Charlotte!
    I'm feeling "alarmed"! Like, anytime may be the time! Everytime I check the blog I prepare myself for the big news!
    It is so nice... We are "watching" a family being created now. We've watched the wedding, the tours, Catherine becoming an amazing royal and now, the blessing of a baby. I know being a member of the BRF must not be easy but, I hope Catherine knows that even though many people aren't nice to her, there is a bunch of people that cheer for her sucess, like all of us.
    A lovely day to all of you,

    Ana B. from Brazil

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    1. Ana B., you have said everything perfectly in this post, so please let me say "Amen" to your words! What a lovely thought, that of this family being created anew through a baby coming to bless their lives.

      --Marci from Salt Lake City

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    2. Theresa, from Paris5 July 2013 at 10:51

      Dear Ana B., glad to hear your father is better ;) I hope he gets stronger every day !
      All best,
      Theresa

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    3. Thank you for your support, Theresa! It is very appreciated!
      Hugs,

      Ana B. from Brazil

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  43. Robin Indiana USA
    Where has the time gone? These last 9 months have flown by but I am sure Kate has felt differently about that. Charlotte it was nice to go down memory lane and see all the different outfits and pictures of Kate. My favorite picture of her is at Christmas she looks so tired but happy and beautiful. Kate made me want to be pregnant again with her style grace and class. I do hope she has a wonderful experience in giving birth and becoming a Mother!!!!! P.S. The pregnant part I was just wishing I'm old enough to be her Mom lol.

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  44. Charlotte, thank you for that wardrobe summary. Good job there. You are the hardest working royal blogger!

    It would be a delicious irony if a future British monarch was born on our American Independence Day, but I am thinking this could be one of those late first babies. Maybe Carole Middleton's reported remark that the baby will be born in the astrological sign of Leo is an insider tip. Best wishes to the Cambridges, looking forward to happy news soon.

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  45. Sarah from Calif.3 July 2013 at 22:09

    The press is relentless, grossly so. To think we can all wait several hours after the birth to know but, for them it's all about money. I'm curious how much media was involved when Charles was born compared to now. The word is probably (an astronomical amount)
    I hope Kate is surrounded by people protecting her. (I think she is) As some of the ladies here have stated. I can not imagine the stress of having millions of eyes on me during this time.
    Bless them.

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    1. Jean from Lancs.4 July 2013 at 15:15

      When Charles was born very few had TV, so we got the news via the radio(wireless in those days) He was born at Buckingham Palace, so it wasn't so easy to sit on the door step.

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    2. Sarah from Calif.4 July 2013 at 18:04

      Thank you Jean , that is exactly what I figured.

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    3. Kate, Texas, USA5 July 2013 at 06:59

      Jean, I have always wondered if there was a reason Charles, Andrew, and Edward were born at Buckingham Palace, but Anne was born at Clarence House? I think it's very cool that you will have lived and remembered three heirs to the throne being born. Great bit of history! :-)

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    4. Jean from Lancs.5 July 2013 at 12:56

      Hi Kate.
      HM (then Princess Elizabeth)went home to Mum---I seem to remember they were in a similar state to William and Catherine at the time prince Charles was born---their home wasn't ready. I think by the time Anne was born they had moved into Clarence House. By the time Andrew and Edward were born she had become Queen, therefore living in Buckingham Palace.
      Yes 3 heirs have been born in my lifetime, might see Charles come to the throne, but not William or the baby---but there's a nice feeling to know the succession is there to the end of this century(hopefully) One never knows what will happen--I was taking my final exams at school when George VI died and then of course 61 years for the present Queen, but in the 30s by the time I was one year old, there had been 3 Monarchs!

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    5. Your insights are fascinating Jean, thank you for sharing!

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    6. Pauline Oak Hills5 July 2013 at 19:07

      @ Sarah They should ban the media or move them a few blocks away from the hospital. Or I wish William pulls a fast one and take his Duchess to a different hospital. That would really piss off the media. Oh Well...lol

      @Jean thank you for sharing such great history.

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    7. Kate, Texas, USA5 July 2013 at 21:48

      Jean, thanks for your reply! You are a wealth of knowledge! I would love to sit and listen to your stories over tea! Again, I think it's so neat that you have lived to see 3 heirs born. I'm looking forward to pictures from Baby C's christening having a reigning monarch with 3 heirs. The 4 generations together will be a historic sight! I think that last time there was a monarch reigning with a great-grandchild born who would be heir was Queen Victoria (correct me if I am wrong).... Edward VIII - 1894 and George VI 1895.

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    8. The media will be kept back at an appropriate level. The thing is that us our future monarchs and for them to remain popular and needed they do need some media the royals need us to be interested to keep them. We won't see much of the baby anyway just as we never really with William and harry. They can't have it both ways. But a respectable level is necessary for both sides. And don't we fuel this intrusion by blogs etc. it is our lev of interest different. Polly bath. Uk

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    9. Sarah from Calif.6 July 2013 at 02:45

      Jean thank you for that info. You must have some fantastic memories of the Royal Family:)

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    10. Sarah from Calif.6 July 2013 at 15:56

      Polly, you are right on so many points. It is just all good fun sharing our love of William and Kate and now soon to be born baby. I think because this is a fan site you will find many of us feeling very much like momma lions. (protective) as if any of us can really do anything about it. Yes a respectable level (right)
      by the way I've only seen pictures of Bath but, it looks beautiful and charming. :)

      Now I am going to make a berry cobbler from the berries I picked yesterday and I do wish I could share it with all of you :)

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  46. Kate, Texas, USA3 July 2013 at 22:42

    Charlotte, finally having a chance to write a little something. This post was SOOO great! It's hard to believe how quickly time has passed since the first announcement in December. Pregnancy certainly suits Kate well and she looked absolutely lovely throughout the past 9 months. I can't help but wonder if the upside down bow from their Cambridge visit was just a little tease. :) It's hard to pick a favorite look. I loved the MaxMara Studio wrap dress that really showed the first signs of a bump. She looked gorgeous at the wedding in Switzerland and so very cheerful and bright at her and William's visit to the offices of Child Bereavement UK. I LOVED the outfit she wore to Baker Street station celebrate 150 years of the London Underground.....LOVED! Her spring pastels for the engagements at the National Portrait Gallery and Naomi House were absolutely beautiful and fresh. As always I am a huge fan of black and white, so the outfits work at the Warner Bros Studios and for the ship christening are high on my list. She really can wear any style and color and look amazing!

    At the very top would be Trooping the Colour because I saw her in person. She really is beautiful, graceful, and bright and her smile is happy and contagious! The Royal family is blessed to have her and she will be a wonderful mother and queen!

    One outing I did not comment on from my recent visit to London was to the National Portrait Gallery to view Paul Emsley's portrait of Kate. After having viewed it in person, I can honestly say he just did not capture her sparkle as Charlotte stated above. I stood in a group of people viewing the portrait and listened as everyone around me commented about her looking old and tired. I did not chime in, but stood back and listened to several passers-by. If you are in or around London, you should stop by and form your own opinion, but Emsley way missed the mark. She is such a beautiful subject, but..... Hoping that another portrait will be coming soon. Maybe with a tiara???? :-)

    Charlotte, I had to laugh at your reply about take-out being around the corner for the reporters camping out and waiting. That's got to be exhausting in itself. All this excitement and rush to capture the perfect picture in a matter of seconds. SO looking forward to seeing the beautiful Cambridge family together. I hope wherever Kate is hiding out, she is feeling well and enjoying the last few days of her pregnancy. Carrying and delivering a child is so precious and miraculous. I pray for a safe and beautiful delivery and for a happy and healthy mom and baby. Praying also that William makes it in time! Now waiting to see if it's Elizabeth III or Henry IX....... Such an exciting time knowing it could happen at any time!!!!

    Charlotte, thank you again for all your time and effort into the blog! AMAZING job on this post! :-)

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  47. That was a wonderful retrospective - thank you!

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  48. I love love love your blog Charlotte. I check it daily, sometimes more once lol. I also love the friendly conversation, even if not everyone agrees. I do have a suggestion for future Kate Loves. I though it would be cute to have a Kate loves Will, since they are so obviously crazy about each other. Love from the US, Angie

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  49. I love these compilations of pictures you put together. Loking forward to the next one!

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  50. Everytime i will view the blog everyweek i feel loved and warm you gave us charlotte the next time you put update is the coming royal baby and the prince william and duchess catherine are standing my hospital caring their bundle of joy im hoping that blog will not crashed cause im on high now its good thing my guy is calm and not panic like me but he very supportive at least as that oh Btw the doctor who deliver the royal baby said that our duchess will any time soon

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  51. Sarah from Calif.4 July 2013 at 17:42

    Okay I will venture out a bit here. If I was the Queen I would call William and Kate and encourage them and their doctors to use a totally different hospital. (No doubt they haven't already thought that) I would say "My dearest William and Catherine, please feel free to use a hospital that is not surrounded by lens and photographers. I will foot the bill for your complete privacy during this precious and very personal time in your lives. Love to you both, Granny.
    Lovely summer days in Central Calif. the high temps have passed and we are very blissful.

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    1. Sara yes the value in living in a fog prone area is nice weather when the rest of us sweat

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    2. Pauline Oak Hills5 July 2013 at 19:03

      Oh Sarah I wish Wiiliam would take is beautiful Duchess to a completely different hospital. This is a very private time for just the two of them & the bundle of joy. William can afford to spring the bill for it, money is not the problem.

      And I have read (if true)that the Duchess is so affraid that pictures will get out of her in labor. Well if that happen's that they have to look at all the nurses present, the doctor and even the Duchess's own family. But I am sure nothing like that will happen. William I am sure has made sure of that.

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  52. Sarah from Calif.4 July 2013 at 17:45

    Charlotte, do you think the arrival of Baby Cambridge will hit an all time high on the comments? I'm thinking it will.

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    1. I do hope we see a lot of discussion here :) It's very exciting isn't it?

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    2. Sarah from Calif.4 July 2013 at 18:12

      Absolutely ! I've even got my boys and girl friends involved. My co workers love Kate for her thrifty ways and her poise. I'm thinking at least 1 and a half weeks still. :)

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  53. Kate, Texas, USA4 July 2013 at 17:52

    Checking in to see if there's any news! Wondering if W&K would possibly schedule an induction to assure that he would be there and not on duty. Just a thought.

    Happy Birthday America! Hope everyone has a happy July 4th! Guess Baby C has a few more hours to share a birthday with America!!! :-)

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    1. It would be quite something if the baby was born today.

      Wishing you and all our US readers a very happy 4th July!

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  54. This may be one of my favorite blogs ever! Thank you Charlotte! Beth from NY

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  55. Sarah from Calif.5 July 2013 at 01:23

    Pauline, hope you are well? :) haven't heard from you so concerned.

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    1. Hey, Sarah!
      I'm missing Pauline as well!
      Do you know if something happened to her? I haven't had much time to read the comments here.
      Hugs,

      Ana B. from Brazil

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    2. Funny I thought last night pauline hasn't blogged recently. It's funny how we get used to the usual people. Maisie. York

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    3. Pauline Oak Hills5 July 2013 at 18:59

      Hello to all my friends here at this great blog. I have been here but not commenting and the few comments I have made never got posted. I have let Charlotte know. And you all made me feel loved by missing me. I am doing well thank you.

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    4. Kate, Texas, USA5 July 2013 at 21:20

      I was thinking the same thing. :-( Pauline, where are you? Missing seeing you on here! Hope everything is ok and you are doing well!

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    5. I was just thinking the same thing Kate :)

      Great to have you back Pauline, we'll look into that glitch immediately!

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    6. Pauline Oak Hills6 July 2013 at 02:30

      Thanks everyone for the concern. I am BACK...lol But I was never really missing. Love you all.

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  56. Its good suggestion of sarah in cali its too risky for the baby and the duchess to change hospital and its too hard for the hospital staff and the patients ..im looking forward too the birth of the royal baby meanwhile in other news nelson mandela is critical condittion the only life reason he lives is in life support my prayers are with family and friends thoughts are with them
    Happy birthday usa and our readers

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  57. Charlotte.. maybe Kate loves: children :) ?
    There are so many priceless photos of Kate and children :)

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  58. Charotte maybe kste loves fashion or maybe kate loves aports there many sports or tennis mstch she attend with pippa next years she will be president of wimbeldon correct me wrong meanwhile pippa and her boyfriend attend the wimbledon match here article how i love her outfit btw http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2356766/Pippa-Middleton-returns-Wimbledon-strawberries-cream-Temperley-dress.html

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    1. Kate, Texas, USA5 July 2013 at 22:29

      When Pippa marries, she apparently wants to wear her tennis whites. We'll see how all that goes. Saw the DM article and they do make a lovely couple. :-) Maybe a wedding in 2014?

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  59. Pauline Oak Hills5 July 2013 at 19:22

    Ms. Charlotte or any one that lives in the UK.
    I would like a copy of the new Woman's Day Magazine that is the collectors item with the Duchess on the first. We do not get it here in the US. So if someone can help me, please either send me a message on facebook or e mail me at pmsockser@aol.com. Please let me know how much it is and the postage to send it to the US.

    Thank You in advance for any help you can give me.

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    1. Do we get here in the uk? I've never seen it though we are in a small town. I thought it was an Australian magazine. I'll check r newsagents out for you. Liz. Wiltshire

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    2. Pauline Oak Hills6 July 2013 at 02:32

      Thank you Liz from Wiltshire.

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    3. Hi Pauline,

      Am in London from California so will look at WH Smith. May be an Australian magazine though. Also try eBay. Often a good source for magazines on royal family. Will get in touch if I find one.

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    4. Pauline Oak Hills6 July 2013 at 16:24

      @Anonymous 09:40 Thank you.

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  60. Charlotte, I do believe that someone at the DM was quite impressed with your post.

    Have you seen the latest?

    "The world's best dressed baby bump! Week by week, Kate's pregnancy fashion diary"

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    1. Charlotte, I saw the Commemorative issue magazine honoring the DOC in the pharmacy store today and I so thought of you!!!I was wishing I could ship it to you:o)

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  61. Thank you for this post, Charlotte! This is such a great blog, you're doing a fantastic job.
    I've been following the Duchess since 2010 and now I'm really excited for the baby!
    I'm not even British, but I admire William and Kate and I would really like to write them a
    congratulations letter after the baby's birth. Do you think it's a bad idea? I know they receive
    thousands of letter and probably I won't get a reply... However, I'm not sure of the address.
    Should I write to Clarence House or St James's Palace?
    I apologize for any mistakes in my English!
    Thank you Charlotte.
    Giulia from Italy

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    1. Hello Guilia,

      That is a lovely idea and your English is perfect :) Here's the address:

      HRH The Duchess of Cambridge,
      Clarence House,
      London,
      SW1A, 1BA

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    2. Pauline Oak Hills6 July 2013 at 16:21

      @Guilia- When you write to the royal couple you always get a nice answer. Sometime's even with a beautiful picture of the couple. So if you send a nice letter after the baby is born you will get a reply. It usually takes a few weeks to a month.

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    3. I'm on board with this idea. Totally. :)

      And I think I will do some "homework" and find a way to get a card to Grandma and Grandpa Middleton. Heaven knows they deserve it. William could not have asked for better in-laws (and I mean that for sooo many reasons).

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    4. I sent them a letter almost 3 months ago and haven't received anything yet.:-(I'm a bit dissappointed,but didn't give up hope!:-)

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  62. Pauline oak hills i email my cousin in aussie about the copy she will send me 5 copies of it if you want a email you or add you i facebook well we see pippa middleton kissing her boyfriend does mean she will wed

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    1. Pauline Oak Hills6 July 2013 at 16:23

      Bluefire- That would be just wonderful. Yes e mail me when you hear back from your cousin and let me know how much and where to send it. Just e mail me at pmsockser@aol.com And again thank you.

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    2. Sarah from Calif.7 July 2013 at 00:10

      Pauline, what joy. I hope you get your magazines!

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  63. Laurie - New York6 July 2013 at 14:35

    When you really think about it...I honestly can't imagine the feeling she must have, of knowing that the baby she's carrying will one day be the future King or Queen of England. That has got to be a seriously overwhelming thought. Pregnancy under normal circumstances can be overwhelming. I remember the very end of my first pregnancy. Not knowing exactly when the baby you've loved and protected for the last 9 months is going to decide to enter the world. Not knowing what labor will feel like, or how long it will last. Not knowing anything about how you're going to be able to take care of this little person, but knowing in you heart that you'll somehow figure it out. Your emotions are swirling around in a million different directions and you know that the hardest and by far the most rewarding job of your entire life is about to begin. Actually...it never really ends. The job will change a lot through the years, but any mom (or any dad for that matter) will tell you that no matter how old your children are, they will always be your babies :-)

    I expect that Kate is feeling all of these things...now add to that the enormous responsibility she must also feel knowing that the entire world will be watching her and her child's every movement...for the rest of their lives. I don't know if I could handle that kind of responsibility and the immense scrutiny that comes with it. YEESH...I'm getting anxiety just THINKING about it! lol

    I sincerely hope she's enjoying these last wondrous days of her first pregnancy. Of course EVERY pregnancy is wondrous, but your first will always hold a special place in your heart. I don't care of you're a royal or not. You're life will be forever changed from that moment on. I have a strong feeling that Will and Kate will bring their child up in the same way that Diana raised her boys. To feel compassion for those less fortunate, and to use their position to to help others. She tried to raise them as "normal" as normal could possibly be for heirs to the throne and I believe Will and Kate will try to do the same. I think the fact that Kate wasn't raised in that life, with nannies and staff and all that comes with being a royal, will play a big factor in the way Baby Cambridge will be raised. I think William loves the "normalcy" of her family and will want them to be very involved with their grandchild as well. For ANY baby...there can never be too many people that love him/her :-)

    Will be checking in frequently throughout the next few days. They say that first babies are usually late, and that does tend to be the case it seems, however my first baby decided to come 5 days early. So it's entirely possible that Kate could be on her way to the hospital right now! Wouldn't THAT be exciting? I will be praying that she has a smooth labor and delivery and that Baby Cambridge is most importantly, healthy. (Although I'm secretly hoping for a little girl!) Can't wait!!

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      What a lovely and (clearly) heartfelt post. I couldn't stop nodding in agreement as I read it! :) And I totally agree with you about the way Baby C will be loved and raised...and the reasons behind it. Especially William's fondness for the normalcy that he has been able to share with the Middleton family.

      Diana may have lost out on being a hands-on Grandma, but her fingerprint, both present and future, is undeniable. And thank goodness for that.

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    2. Jean from Lancs.6 July 2013 at 21:20

      In her extraordinary life, it is hard for any of us to understand just what Catherine's life is like, living in a goldfish bowl, however all of us who have had children know how she is feeling just now.
      I just hope the knowledge that so many of us have her in our thoughts helps just a little.

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    3. Kate, Texas, USA7 July 2013 at 05:29

      Laurie, that brought tears to my eyes. Every word so very true, but loved what you said about the first time holding a special place in your heart. It's such a miraculous, wondrous, and beautiful experience. I just can't imagine being holed up somewhere knowing the millions of eyes watching and waiting. I hope William is having good take-out delivered and Kate has her feet propped up. Her sleepless nights have begun already. Being so uncomfortable and not finding a good position to sleep in, aching body, have to go to the bathroom several times a night. As you said, royal or not, she's human and feeling the same tiredness, being emotional, and a bit of fear all moms have felt. I think she will be an absolutely fabulous mom.

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  64. Kate must be so tired of being pregnant by now.
    Colorado Eve

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    1. Sarah from Calif.7 July 2013 at 00:12

      So true Eve in Colorado.

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  65. Charolette, are there no tiny tid bits of any kind about the duchess these past few days? Any small sighting at all?? This is way to long of a wait. Seems all to quiet!!!

    Anxiously waiting for Baby Cambridge,
    From Canada :)

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    1. Hello :)

      No sightings of the Duchess at all, I imagine she's patiently waiting with her family in Berkshire. There were reported sightings of William in London, suggesting he's with Kate now, possibly until the birth. I'm sure it won't be long now :)

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  66. LKC in South Carolina6 July 2013 at 17:20

    I am now checking in here during the middle of the night when I let the dogs in/out! If I see the baby HAS arrived I will never be able to get back to sleep and I am still hoping for a girl.

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    1. I don't know why, I have a feeling Baby C is a girl. It's very exciting!

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    2. Kate, Texas, USA7 July 2013 at 04:50

      I watched a report on CNN today as to the "science" behind determining boy/girl and the factors that play a part. Apparently all points lead towards girl for Will and Kate. So, I guess I am placing my bids on Elizabeth III (with Diana somewhere in the name). :-) VERY EXCITED!!!!!

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    3. I feel better because I keep checking too. If Charlotte can tell how many times someone clicks on her blog, my face would turn bright red. LOL ;)

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    4. I have my alarm going off every ninety minutes at night :)

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    5. I am checking your site Charlotte at night several times...

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  67. Pauline Oak Hills6 July 2013 at 21:15

    Hello Ms. Charlotte- Ok I just read on FB @1:13pm in the California that the Duchess has gone into the hospital and her labor has started. What do you know about this or is this again just a rumor? Let's hope it is true and that William is by her side. And that she has a easy labor and a healthy Baby Cambridge (girl).

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    1. Hello Pauline,

      It was just a rumour, one of many we'll see before Baby Cambridge arrives.

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    2. Sarah from Calif.7 July 2013 at 02:43

      Since we are all waiting for Kate to deliver her little one, I am pleased to announce the arrival of at least 2 baby Mocking birds. They are safely being nurtured by their mom and dad. They are tucked away in our rose bush and are as noisy as ever. Yes I did take a quick peek and soon after received a very severe look from momma bird (or dad, I can't tell the difference)

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    3. baby mocking birds. SO CUTE!

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  68. Kate, Texas, USA7 July 2013 at 04:47

    Pauline and Charlotte, I had a friend text me today asking if I was watching about the Royal baby's birth. I about fell out and my stomach dropped thinking I had missed it! She meant had I been watching the news coverage of everyone waiting. Of course I thought who's not watching the news coverage??? I'm almost as anxious as when I was waiting to go into labor! ACK!

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  69. Kate, Texas, USA7 July 2013 at 04:54

    Checking in to see the latest news....all is quiet. I guess while we wait, we can all cheer on Murray tomorrow for the finals! Desperately hoping for him to win! He certainly deserves it! Kate, hope you are nice and cozy somewhere ready to prop your feet up and watch the men's finals on the tele. A Murray win and Royal baby on the same day would be FANTASTIC!!!!

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    1. No no no ... There are many Novak's fans here Kate ;)
      But agree.. Royal Baby could arrive today! ;)

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  70. Has anyone noticed how Kate is frequently in polka dots? Is this new or am I crazy?

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  71. I am sure Kate will be watching Andy Murray playing in Wimbledon tonight (on tv of course). Hopefully he wins! And who knows maybe the intense excitement might send her into labour a few days early :)

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  72. Hello Lovely Charlotte and Kate followers what a brilliant blog and community this is.
    I had an awful thought today if the 15th is the due date and she is a couple of weeks late we will have to wait to the end of July! I don't think I could cope with the tension.
    I feel for poor kate it is miserable being heavily pregnant in the hot weather. I do know that when you get to the weeks before your due date you are very regularly monitored over here. So she must be having a midwife visit her very regularly.

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    1. The regular visits by the midwife in your last few weeks are only once a week so not often here in the uk and if your birth goes smoothly u r discharged a few hours after. Not gr8 care I would say.

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  73. Hello everyone!

    We had out first false alarm last night, a rumour tweet that circulated but turned out to be false. I can tell you there was much excitement, I think when Kate said her due date "is around mid-July" she was telling the truth, meaning it could be next week but it could also be today!

    I'm going to watch the Murray match, as you've all said no doubt Kate is watching from home and after that I'm going to prepare a post with all the latest news which will be published later this evening :)

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  74. Thanks so much Charlotte, for keeping us up to date! I am checking at least every 12 hours for news of the Royal Birth.

    Vancouver Canada

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  75. I am checking at least every 12 hours for any sign that Baby C is on his/ her way. I am so excited! Glad to hear that William is in London.

    Thanks for all of your work, Charlotte.

    Vancouver Canada

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  76. Charlotte, I'm looking forward to your new post. It will be something fun and entertaining for us while we wait for The Big News. . .

    I love reading all these comments. I'm glad Pauline's glitch is fixed. I'm also wistfully thinking of Sarah-California's berry cobbler. (I miss my old home in Oregon and the wonderful berries there.)

    I have to agree with Polly-in-Bath's comment that we fuel the media frenzy even with our respectful interest in this blog. But I wouldn't change the modern world for yesteryear even so--and by keeping it respectful as you do, Charlotte, you bring sanity to a level of interest that is inevitable. I would not change places with the Duchess for ANYTHING, but I do admire that she has chosen this and is apparently coping beautifully with the craziness. Maybe it helps that there are blogs like this that offer moral support? I wonder if she's aware of this blog?

    Marci in Salt Lake

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      Thank you so much for your comment, the new post will be published within the next twenty minutes. I think Kate is incredibly calm and very well prepared for this with the support of William and her family, I'm sure it won't be long now :)

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  77. While waiting for the duchess labour im watching the match of andy murray and novac dijokovic maybe if andy murray wins the duchess will go intense to early delivery im surpised that pippa middleton is not royal box in wimbeledon maybe watching it with the duchess im checking every minute of time too see what going on

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  78. Robin Indiana USA
    Since Andy did win maybe that will speed things along with going into labor. I am sure she is on pins and needles to get this labor going. Your first born not to take away from your other children is something truly special. You are no longer just you. There is this tiny person that depends on you for everything. Royal or not. I can't imagine knowing the whole world is watching and waiting for him/her to come into this world including me. I can't help myself I love the Royal family and baby Cambridge is what the world needs now is love and hope. Charlotte will be checking often and by Twitter.

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  79. I just love looking back at these photos - my gosh Kate looked wonderful throughout her pregnancy. Loved the way she was just glowing - especially from the tree planting ceremony onwards! The pictures you chose for this post Charlotte were perfect - those gorgeous smiles and all so natural!

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