Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Photos To Be Released Next Week, Anmer Hall Move 'Imminent'? William To Play Polo + Burberry

Good afternoon Duchess Kate readers,

We have a selection of news stories, interesting articles and general tidbits to share with you today. If you're having Cambridge withdrawls, you'll be pleased to hear we can expect to see the Royal Family next week, when "intimate photos of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge relaxing with their first child are released". The family portrait will be taken by a photographer selected by Kensington Palace.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Official Website

More from The Mirror's story:

'A spokesman said William has always agreed to have the pictures taken within the first two weeks after the birth, to coincide with his paternity leave from RAF Valley in Anglesey.  Clarence House decided to break with tradition last week by using Twitter to make the first announcement of the heir to the throne's birth, instead of a formal notice at the gates of Buckingham Palace.'

It has not yet been decided where the pictures will be taken, however it is thought the photographer could be asked to travel to the Middleton family home in Bucklebury, where William, Kate and George have been staying for almost a week. If the couple are planning on staying at the £4.7 million Georgian mansion for a while it would make more sense than travelling back to Kensington Palace, however they may opt to have them taken in a traditional setting at the Palace.

We may very well see Prince William before the official photos are released; the new father is expected to play a charity polo match with Prince Harry this weekend at Coworth Park in Berkshire (very close to Bucklebury).

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Beaming grandfather Prince Charles revealed he believes his grandson will soon become known as 'Georgie' whilst speaking to visitors at the Whistable Oyster Festival in Kent. The Prince of Wales also disclosed the royal baby is "very loud but wonderful" and they are all "pleased as punch".

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Yesterday it was reported William and Kate plan to move to their new country home, Anmer Hall 'imminently'. The house dates back to 1802 and includes ten bedrooms, a tennis court and a swimming pool. The Daily Mail reported the current tenant James Everett was paid a generous settlement by the Queen to vacate the property, however articles written today strongly oppose this claim.

Anmer Hall

The move was confirmed by a member of the Everett family in a blog post for their kitchen manufacturing company Norfolk Oak:

'Unlike many businesses, Norfolk Oak has the pleasure of moving from one historic place to another. Anmer Hall, which is soon to be faced with royalty once more, to historic, rustic RAF West Raynham.'

However, it is believed the move will take at least two months to complete and a number of renovations are scheduled to take place including major alterations such as re-routing the drive to the property, which is currently accessed via the track leading to the village church, converting outbuildings into accommodation for protection officers and a new garden room and pergola.

I imagine this will all take months, so I do find it difficult to see how the family could move there in the very near future. Once renovations are complete, it will make for a wonderful second home for the Cambridges and a wonderful place for Baby George to grow up. William and Kate love country living and the privacy they'll enjoy there will make it all the more appealing for them.

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Sunday Express royal reporter Camilla Tominey wrote some stellar pieces sharing exclusives and insights on a vast array of royal subjects. The one that made me smile upon reading was news that the Queen was so overjoyed at the birth of Prince George, staff at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle were invited to enjoy a glass of champagne.

One royal courtier said:

'The Queen is on cloud nine and wanted to share her happiness with her hard working staff, so the obvious thing to do was to get out the champers. Several servants admitted to nursing king size hangovers the next morning.'

Camilla wrote another excellent piece: Now Trouper Kate's Real Work Will Begin:

'The Duchess has copped some flak over the years. She has in the past been portrayed in the press as something of a doormat, dubbed "Waity Katie" for putting up with William's reluctance to propose, but last Tuesday, she confirmed what I have been saying all along about her: Kate is no pushover; she just has a unique quality not found in many women in the public eye: humility.
'Despite having every reason to be a show-off, the Duchess is not. She does not need to be because she is comfortable in her own skin. Neither an extrovert nor an introvert, she is simply herself. What a rarity that is in this shallow, self-obsessed celebrity age we live in.'

We've been awaiting news on Prince William's future career plans since late last year and it seems an announcement is finally imminent and it appears the Prince has an army role in London in mind.

'William, who holds the rank of squadron leaded with the Royal Air Force, will rejoin his regiment, the Blues and Royals, as he takes up a role with the Household Cavalry's elite Mounted Regiment, according to senior sources.'

Should these reports be true, it would mean the Prince would be based at Hyde Park barracks in Knightsbridge and would carry the rank of captain. Tasks would include mounted ceremonial parades and unlike its counterpart in Windsor, the Household Cavalry's division in London is not deployed abroad. Prince William has been under increasing pressure to take on more royal duties, particularly since Prince Philip became ill and this role would provide the ideal location for an increase in those royal duties.

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It is very much thought Kate will return to public engagements in the Autumn and we know the Duchess loves to support British fashion. One British brand I would love to see Kate wearing more of is Burberry. Thus far, we've seen Kate in just two of their pieces. The trench she wore in Belfast in 2011 and a shirt during the Canada tour.

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Burberry Prorsum's Resort 2014 Collection offered plenty to love including a fresh take on the classic trench coat.

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Designer Christopher Bailey claimed inspiration from "the inner sassiness of the girl next door". The collection was a real mix featuring angora cardigans, fabrics thickened by bonding and cut into substantial coats and skirts and glamorous strapless evening gowns.

Style.com

Looking at Burberry's website (what better way to brighten up a rainy afternoon than looking at beautiful Burberry designs) I noticed an array of dresses in the London Collection which would be perfect for the Duchess to wear on official engagements including the Animal-Print Silk Dress, the Equestrian Buckle Dress in CamelBlack and Red.

Burberry

Below we look at the Ruched Crossover Dress in Black and Navy.

Burberry

From the Prorsum Collection there are several styles which would work well for Kate. What do you think of the Metal Epaulette Silk Shirt Dress in Windsor Red, the Abstract Animal Print Dress, the Double Crepe Silk Strapless Dress and the Chevron Detail Crepe Dress?

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There are some stunning evening gowns which would only need minor modifications around the neckline such as the Embroidered Bodice Plunge-Neck Dress; the gown also comes in Camel.

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I first saw the gown when Kim Sears wore it to the Wimbledon winner's dinner after her boyfriend Andy Murray won the men's title and I immediately thought how lovely a bespoke version of the dress, with a higher neckline, would look on Kate.


We also look at three Burberry coats that would be a fabulous addition to Kate's wardrobe for Autumn/Winter: the Mid-Length Wool and Cashmere-Blend Trench, the Prorsum Lace Trench and the Buckle-Detailed Wool Coat.


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Finally, don't forget to enter our Claudia Bradby Giveaway if you'd like to win commemorative pieces of jewellery! :)

61 comments:

  1. Shantel (@FashionandFaith)30 July 2013 at 18:29

    Great post, Charlotte! I can't wait to see the pictures.
    The Burberry collections are amazing--I NEED that green trench (a girl can dream...!) and there are so many pieces that Kate could choose from.
    Thanks for keeping us abreast!
    Shantel
    Minnesota, USA

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  2. Great Post!! I was having withdrawls so thank you!!! I hope William does play Polo so he can talk about Prince Georgie. Very interesting articals about Kate. thats why so many of us love her bc she is herself!! I cant wait to see the pictures of the lovely family!!

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    1. My withdrawls are getting worse....I need a fix soon!!

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  3. To the Anonymous who left a lovely comment about sending a gift. Writing the blog is an absolute pleasure for me and I love reading all of your comments. I'm afraid I couldn't possibly accept gifts but thank you so much for your very kind words, they are hugely appreciated :)

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    1. Okay. :(

      Although, it would be such an appropriate, heartfelt gift. :)
      And, it would have been lots of fun to watch all the girls rally around that effort. really.

      Upon reflection though, I DO understand your position. :)

      I am so excited about the forthcoming photos and the christening, etc. and of course, this is the first place I will come to for all that. I wonder if William and Kate know how many people are so grateful that they so graciously and generously share their lives with us, not to mention their specific charitable endeavors.

      Thanks again Charlotte :)

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    2. Many thanks for understanding and for the very kind thought x

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  4. Jean from Lancs.30 July 2013 at 19:50

    How lovely to find a new and unexpected post. I wouldn't be surprised if William plays polo this weekend, but would be if Catherine goes too.
    I usually love Burberry clothes---but am not too keen on some of these, though the black dresses(both long and short) are lovely and I think the green coat would look super on the Duchess.
    Looking forward to the photos.

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  5. Jean from Lancs.30 July 2013 at 19:59

    Forgot---for those who are fans of "Downton Abbey" which returns in the Autumn---they have named the baby---the one born in the Christmas day edition--George, of course.
    There is also a new cast member Flora Ogilvy---granddaughter of Princess Alexander--taken to acting in her gap year, before going to ST Andrews.

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    1. Theresa, from Paris30 July 2013 at 21:57

      Can't wait for "Downton Abbey", like you, Jean ! But I have to wait until the DVD are sold. Usually for Christmas !

      Brilliant post, thanks, Charlotte ! Are you off on any holidays ?

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    2. Can't wait to watch Downton Abbey again! I'm completely addicted to that show!

      Ana B. from Brazil

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    3. Theresa , from Paris31 July 2013 at 15:57

      Me too, Ana B. !
      How is your father ?
      All best,
      love
      Theresa

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    4. Hi, Theresa!
      My father is recovering right now but is doing great, thank God!
      Thank you for your concern!
      It is very pleasant to see how many friends we have in this community!
      Hope everything is fine with you!
      Hugs,

      Ana B. from Brazil

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    5. Theresa, from Paris7 August 2013 at 13:31

      So glad to hear your father is getting better, dear Ana B. !
      Love
      Theresa

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  6. Lynn Georgia USA30 July 2013 at 21:25

    I had been wondering what Flora is up to. I saw her a few years ago when I was lucky enough to obtain tickets to the Order of the Garter parade at Windsor. (What a wonderful spectacle!) She walked down the hill to the Chapel with her father and little brother(?) before the service. She was maybe fourteen or so at the time and was already stunningly beautiful. I can't wait to see her on "Downton." (Of course, it'll be January for us here in the US.) Jean, will you refresh my memory about the family connection. Is Princess Alexander Queen Elizabeth's first cousin? Was her father one of King George VI's brothers? I get so confused. I know she's a member of the Order of the Garter. Some very knowledgeable--and very nice--Britons pointed her out to me as the Knights and Ladies paraded past.

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    1. Hi,

      I'm not Jean and no expert but I'll try to answer. Princess Alexandra is the first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, a decade her junior. Her father was George, Duke of Kent, a younger brother of George VI (whose real name was Albert or Bertie, he just took George as his kingly name after the abdication to provide a link to his father George V.)

      George, Duke of Kent was married to the lovely Princess Marina of Greece, one of the most stylish women of her day and a cousin of Prince Phillip. George was very popular and at the time of the abdication, the government briefly considered "jumping" over Bertie and family and making George of Kent king. Lucky for our current queen they didn't. George was also possibly bisexual, experimented with drugs and was involved with the British arts scene. He died in a plane crash in 1942 during the war.

      Alexandra of Kent was his only daughter. Her brothers are Edward, Duke of Kent, married (although living separately from) the popular Katherine, who sometimes appears with him on royal occcasions. They have three children and numerous grandchildren. Prince Michael is the younger brother and has two children. His first grandchild will be close to George of Cambridge in age.

      Alexandra was married to the late Angus Ogilvy. She has a son and a daughter. The latter had a scandalous marriage and is divorced. Other than that hiccup, Alexandra is patron of numerous charities and is known for her quiet but outstanding royal work. Cecil Beaton took lovely pictures of her in her youth. She is a godmother of Prince William and a royal princess named Alexandra would honour her as well as the queen and Queen Alexandra, Edward VII's wife.

      James is her only son and Flora is one of his two children. I believe James is a businessman and takes on no royal duties.

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    2. Thank you for all that history. :) That does help enrich perspectives on current events within the family framework that Kate has so elegantly and easily graced. You explain it all so simply that it is easy to understand also, and even enjoy. Kudos :) Thanks

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  7. Withdrawals, YES. Lol. Thank you for the post, Charlotte.

    I cannot wait to see the photos and I wouldn't be surprised if they are/have been taken in the Middleton's home, especially if they're informal.

    A London base for William sounds like a wonderful solution for this new family. Less sleepless nights for the new Mother.

    And I agree that Kate would look terrific in the Kim Sears version of the gown.

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  8. Pauline Oak Hills30 July 2013 at 22:54

    Wow when I think we will not hear much about William & Catherine until the picatures ar released, Ms. Charlotte comes thru with another great post. I think the Duchess looks good in anythign she puts on her beauiful body.

    I too am wondering since the polo match is so close to the Middletons if we will see the Duchess with William. It would be a nice chance just for the two of them to be together for a few hours. And they are not that far from her parents. So grandma Carole & the house keeper can take care of little George.
    But I am not going to holed my breath...lol I am sure William will do what is right for his family. And if he does play I bet he plays, says a few hi's and then get's back to his Duchess & baby boy.

    Charlotte do you know when William has to report back to work in Anglesey? I am thinking it has to be around the 6th of August. I bet his Duchess is not looking forward of him returning to work. And I bet it is going to be really hard on William too. But it shoudl only be for about 6 to 8 weeks then he should be done with his RAF duties. Then they will be a family all together in London.

    Well thank you again for this great post.

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    1. Hello Pauline,

      I don't know for sure but I imagine another week/ten days :)

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  9. Sarah from Calif.31 July 2013 at 00:21

    So looking forward to seeing the pictures of Georgie and family. What an amazing time this must be for William and Kate. I read that William has been doing a lot of sitting holding the baby and staring at him. I remember those days. Tiny fingers, tiny toes but a good set of lungs ha ha.

    I could see Kate in both of the long dresses. I especially like the one with the bow.

    It will be so good for them all to get into their new home.

    As for Downtown Abbey my husband will be thrilled, well I am looking forward to it.

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  10. I must say I wasn't expecting another post for a couple of days at least, but I was absolutely delighted to read this one! I cannot wait for those pictures! I'm sure they will be just as wonderful as the hospital pictures =)I think "Georgie" is cute name for the little prince. And I really like the burberry coats - especially the red one.

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  11. i agree with you: it seems unlikely the move to anmer hall is "imminent." it will take time to get the renovations done. plus, it seems hard to believe that, with william about to leave for wales next week, a woman with a weeks-old baby will move alone to a house several hours away from everyone she knows. esp since her loving parents and their comfortable house is available.

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  12. Thank You Charlotte for this post!!Love the trench Coats!!And the Burberry dresses are so classy and stylish!!Cant wait for the pictures to be officially released!!xoxo

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  13. Hello!
    Can't wait to see Baby George's new photos! I think the photos will be taken at KP.
    I'm relieved to hear Catherine is
    expected to return to her public activities by Autumn! I'm missing that excitement when we're waiting for an engagement!
    I love Burberry coats! They're so chic!
    Well, thank you Charlotte! Amazing job, as always ;)
    Hugs,

    Ana B. from Brazil

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  14. Jane from New England31 July 2013 at 02:44

    I had a green coat once just about that color with black buttons! I should have kept it!

    Wonderful post. Thank you so much.

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  15. I think you have made a perfect choice of evening gown for the Duchess. The day dresses are nice but I do not see Catherine in any of them. We'll see if she proves me wrong. Wish I could trade my vintage Burberry trench for one of these new designs.
    Anmer Hall is so gorgeous, what a lovely place for little "Georgie" to run and play. His dad can share his own happy memories of the place. Looking forward to those photos and lots of good news. thanks for the update. I hope you are catching up on real life again.

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  16. What i lovely article cant wait too see the love and joy will describe the middleton family with prince georgie... love those burberry trench coats but its costly

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  17. I am so excited Charlotte! I can't wait to see the photos!! Aww!

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  18. Thank you Charlotte to keep us "feeded" meanwhile the Cambridges are enjoying their new family life!
    I love Burberry and I just wish I had money to buy one of their classical beige trenches. I love to see they included the rich camel color into the new collection, I like it very much since looks fabolous on every women and is easy to combine and still looks unique. I´d love to see Kate in the Equestrian buckle dress in Camel, with opaque black tights would be perfect for some of autumn engagements, and also the Metal Epaulette Silk Shirt dress is definitely her style,classic with a bit of edge and we all know that ruby red is her color.
    Can´t wait for the official photos, it is certain they will be sweet and cute!

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  19. Princess Alexandra is a granddaughter of George V and Queen Mary. Her father was a younger brother of George VI, The Prince George, Duke of Kent who died in 1942 in a military air crash. She was only six at the time.
    So she is the Queen's cousin.
    She studied nursing, but has always kept a full time roster of public duties for the Queen. She is patron to many health related charities, and is a wonderful woman. I believe she was the first woman
    She recently stopped appearing in public due to poor health.
    Flora is the daughter of her son James.

    I don't think Burberry needs any more publicity-- it's a well known label.
    I like seeing the Duchess wearing smaller designers and promoting their business. Many of them are also much more affordable. Burberry has become ridiculously expensive.

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    1. Since I began writing the blog incorporating fashion possibilities for the Duchess and looking at latest designer collections has been a considerable part of it. There are people who come to the blog just to read the latest news and there are people who come for the fashion element, so I try to cater for both. We looked at Burberry yesterday so it could be Hobbs or Topshop next. We're also entering a very quiet period in terms of royal appearances and it seemed a perfect time to include fashion segments, primarily because of the number of requests I get.

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  20. Hello Charlotte!

    What do you think, will Kate be on a polo match this weekend?

    M :)

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    1. Hello! No Kate or George I'm afraid :)

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  21. Can't wait to see the pictures. Hopefully we are able to see more of George (as he was kind of hidden the last time).

    And I also think that Burberry is one of the most known British brands and I personally love it and would wish to see Kate much more in it. Especially with all the dresses you Show here - they look so lovely.

    Greetings from Austria

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  22. Z. from Portugal31 July 2013 at 11:59

    Lovely statments about the Duchess's simplicity and humility, I absolutely agree with Camilla Tominey. Kate doesn't need to show off, she is just herself.
    I'm very much looking forward to seeing the family photos that will be released!
    Hugs!
    Z.

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  23. Yes cant wait to see those photos after the audi polo match august 3 and his first official outing is aug 14 the anglessey show the duchess will annoce her official outing next week

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  24. Thanks for all the updates. I can't wait to see more pics.

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  25. I have read that their new Kensington Palace apartment comprises both stories of that wing, totaling 52 rooms, the bottom half being outfitted for support staff and the upper 21 rooms for William, Kate and Price George. Then I have read that they only have the top floor. Charlotte, can you clarify on that for us? :)

    Also, I wonder if William will be gifting Kate with a very special piece of jewelery to commemorate her giving birth to their first child and heir to the throne. Does anyone have any information on that?

    I was doing some research online and found an article that said that Queen Elizabeth breastfed her children and that makes me believe that Kate is also breastfeeding her baby. Mother's milk contains an amazingly powerful colostrum during the first 3 days or so of lactation. I am sure the maternity nurses have educated Kate about all that, plus breastfeeding helps the body regain pre-natal condition better and faster they say.

    So hoping that Kate will be at the polo game. Wouldn't that be lovely?

    Greetings from NC, USA

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  26. Thank you for the wonderful updates and I liked the 'lets build Kate's wardrobe for her while she's on maternity leave' suggestion with Burberry - I loved it!

    It's great to get these updates during the 'dry spell' - I am SO thankful Baby George made an appearance before my stay in hospital with no internet/satellite tv etc. I am hoping that I'm discharged before the photos next week...fingers crossed!

    PPx

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    1. Jean from Lancs.31 July 2013 at 18:50

      Hope your hospital stay is short and that all is well.

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    2. Hi, Penelope!
      Sending you my best wishes and hoping for a calm hospital stay.
      Hugs,

      Ana B. from Brazil

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  27. Charlotte. How far is amner hall from London and the middletons house? I can't help but feel kate will be very isolated there while William is working. Bella Wiltshire

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    1. Hello Bella. It's roughly 2 hours to 2 and a half hours to London and just over three hours to Bucklebury.

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    2. I agree, Bella. Bucklebury and/or their cottage on the Balmoral estate seems like a better idea in the near future.

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    3. I believe that is was originally proposed when it was thought he might be assigned to a base close by where Harry is. I think now with Prince Phillip ill they will more likely be in London as the press has said.
      I do think they will use the house but travel by helicopter to reduce the travel time.
      This place is large enough that the Dutchess' family can be there at the same time making her less alone. I also could see her family being there when she is there for xmas with the royals.
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  28. Thank you so much for this wonderful blog post. I am anxiously awaiting official photographs. Also, I would to see Kate in that green lace Burberry coat. I have often wondered why Kate has never worn any Victoria Beckham designs since she is a British designer and William and David Beckham are friends. I think they would look fabulous on her.

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  29. Rose from Montreal, Canada31 July 2013 at 19:29

    Wonderful surprise post Charlotte, thank you. I am also looking forward to the promised photos and hope to see a clearer picture of Georgie. I think Georgie is much more suitable for a baby than George which he will grow into in time. All the best to you Penelope with your hospital stay. Hope all goes well. All the clothes look great and our Duchess would look wonderful in any one that she chooses.

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  30. I would guess that the news of the move to Anmer might be fairly accurate. Anmer is on the Sandringham estate and already has access to the level of security that British taxpayers are paying thousands of pounds a day for at Bucklebury, which has continued to be in the headlines. With 10 bedrooms at Anmer, I would guess the Palace is considering it might be easier and cheaper in the long run - and better for PR - to move Kate, Wills and the baby to Anmer sooner rather than later. There's certainly room enough for the Middletons to stay for an extended time and the renovations can be made as they reside there. I'd also guess that we won't see Kate on any official engagements until well into 2014 so you might want to start looking at spring and resort 2014 clothing - if she ever returns to buying off the rack, which I would say is doubtful.

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    1. Hello Elizabeth,

      The Mirror reported Kate's next engagements will be announced "in a matter of weeks" meaning we'll probably see a return to engagements towards late September. Not too many I expect but a few.

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    2. Elizabeth, I'm not sure how realistic or secure it would be for them to stay at Amner Hall while renovations are being made. Especially since based on what I have read the renovations involve the house AND the grounds. I also believe that people who have issues with the cost of royal protection would not alter their views all that much based on location.

      Also, I'm interested to know what you're basing your "well into 2014" prediction for Kate's return to royal duties. I happen to think that she will return sooner rather than later, but the emphasis (in the near future) will be on her role as Mother.

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  31. I was just researching the cost of the British monarchy to the British taxpayer. Since, to many, they are a national and historical treasure, some variables are intangible. The average cost to each taxpayer is around 60 pounds per year. The Queen and her family, for that price work diligently to represent the British commonwealth through many diplomatic meetings. Seriously, would you want to sit through any of those? And, the Queen has over 600 charities of which she is a patron. Princess Anne is patron of over 200 charities and keeps at least 500 meetings on her calendar annually. Of course Prince Charles and William, Kate and Harry have their many charities also, as does Camilla. The revenue generated by their patronage is amazing.
    Over 500,000,000 pounds is generated just from tourism to the tower of London, Buckingham palace and one other "royal" landmark I can't recall the name of at the moment. And that is just for those specifically. The display of Kate's wedding gown generated over 14,000,000 pounds to help maintain some of the historic artwork in Buckingham palace etc. William and Kate were kind enough to have wedding gifts and gifts for the birth of Prince George directed to charities and not to them. Yes, they have lavish surroundings, all historical. And yes, they do play polo, ski and vacation at Balmoral, and love horses. I don't think that that is very much different from successful CEO's that I have been privileged to know. I think Queen Elizabeth needs her home time at Balmoral. I would think she might feel like she is on duty the entire time she is at Buckingham palace. I am not a British citizen but to me and others around the world we are thankful that the British monarchy is still alive and thriving. Their value to the British commonwealth and the rest of the world, I think, cannot really be measured. (I think the British tourism department might agree.) And, I don't think Kate is going to give up the joy of shopping and buying clothes off the racks. I think she will be determined to continue that as long as security doesn't dictate otherwise. I think she is also very aware of what a boon that is to those stores and labels, again, helping the British economy. Let the British monarchy keep calm and carry on. :)

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    1. Sarah ftom Calif1 August 2013 at 19:08

      Anon 1:48
      Well said !!!!!!!

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  32. I would love too see that official photo will be taken at middleton house i would love too see the middleton family with the queen prince phillp prince charles and prince harry with cammilla on official this would fantastic if they would do it buckleberry the middleton instead of buckingham palace thorne room..meanwhile vanity fair as an inteview of jemina khan and cover has it princess diana and his pakistani lover hasnat khan sorry if i misspelled the name its hard to pronoce and hard to talk its been over but the story been brough up again its ended in 1999 and me talking it

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  33. Kate, Texas, USA1 August 2013 at 05:13

    Finally back from Disney World and able to enter a bit of the "Royal world"! Lovely post Charlotte! I am SO looking forward to seeing the beautiful pictures of the Cambridge family. I'm sure whether taken at the Middleton home or Kensington Palace, they will be gorgeous. I'm sure George's little cheeks will have filled out some and maybe we'll see a tiny smile from him. :-)

    I loved the Burberry pieces! I've wondered why Kate does not wear it more often being a British label. I really love the gowns and coats. I would LOVE to see her in the green trench for St. Patrick's day! So pretty!

    My favorite part of the post....Camilla Tominey's article. She is a royal commentator for NBC here and I have always liked her reporting/writing. I did feel bad for her sitting out in the heat being so very pregnant when I saw her outside the Lindo Wing last week. I love what she had to say about Kate. It confirms what many of us have thought about Kate all along, "a class act". It did make me tear up a bit reading it thinking how emotional giving birth is, but then appearing and introducing your baby to a mass of media and the world 24 hours later...wow. Kate's grace and beauty shown through on that day as it has so many times before. As I have said before, I think William and the Royal family know what a rare jewel they have in Kate. William is blessed to call her wife and George will be blessed to call her mother.

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    1. I agree Kate. Very nicely said. :)

      Because most of the royal family they seem to be so sincerely at ease with her (with the exception of Andrew, Beatrice and Eugenie perhaps, but that is their problem unfortunately and certainly not Kate's) I think that that is a sure indication to me that they do realize what a rare jewel they do have in Kate. What a godsend she is. Who else could have fit into the royal family so seamlessly? I believe Kate loves her new family dearly. I have never seen the queen smile so much around anyone else. Thank God for Kate, whatever would William have done without her.

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    2. Jean from Lancs.1 August 2013 at 19:07

      Not only is the Queen smiling broadly over these last few weeks, but so is the Prince of Wales, whilst the Countess of Wessex said the other day that she hadn't stopped smiling since the baby was born.
      Nice to see them all so lighthearted.
      Methinks Balmoral will be a very happy place this year.

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    3. Pauline Oak Hills1 August 2013 at 19:57

      Kate- I totally agree with what you said. Kate is a diamond in the ruff. Her star get's bigger and bigger as the time goes on. I just hope William know's what he has in his Duchess and loves her with everything he has. And now they have this beauiful baby boy to love and protect. William as we all know is very protective of his Duchess and now he has the baby to protect and he will do it like any father will.

      Hope you had a great time at Disney World. I loved when I visited. Never enough time.

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  34. Our beautiful and glam duchess was hailled by vanity fair as best dress 2013 alongside with princess letiza of spain princess madeline if sweeden here is the link
    http://m.vanityfair.com/style/2013/08/photos-best-dressed-list-2013 the funny thing they said is her style icon is lady diana

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  35. I don't think they will let William, Kate and George move into Anmer Hall unto new security is added, particularly since the 17 year old girl's body was found in 2012 near Anmer church just three miles from Queen Elizabeth's home. That may be the church that is almost next door to Anmer Hall.((not to bring a damper on anything.) They will update and enlarge the security perimeter for sure, even beyond what has been allowed to be reported in the media. If full security is not in place they will not move in. Plus, newborns are not supposed to be around alot of construction stuff for various reasons.

    As for the security cost currently at the Middleton's home in Bucklebury, I believe the Queen has proven to be a good steward over what she has been given responsibility of (huge responsibility). And because I seriously doubt that William and Kate will stop visiting Bucklebury, I believe that additional covert security will be put in place for those future visits to offset, as possible, as much overt security expense as they can. It is inherently a government situation and protocol, albeit on private property. That may be why more stringent overt security hasn't been put in place prior to this. I think Prince George will better enjoy his future visits to grandma and grandpa's in Bucklebury with less helicopter, mounted police and command centers. :) So will the people of Bucklebury. So, I think the cost of the current security there will be factored in and addressed effectively. And, I think Prince George's future contributions to the British commonwealth will more than repay the British taxpayer for taking such good care of him even as a newborn. :)

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      I totally agree with your comments. :)

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  36. Hello everyone, I'm an Italian girl and I finally found a site where we talk about Kate, because I admire her so much and I find that special someone, I can not wait to see the first family photo with Prince Jeorge, sorry for some grammatical error

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