Thursday, 15 August 2013

Duchess of Cambridge to return to Engagements on September 12

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be guests of honour the inaugural Tusk Conservation Awards on September 12, marking a return to engagements for Kate. The event will celebrate unsung heroes of wildlife conservation. The Cambridges will meet nominees at a private reception beforehand.

More from The Telegrah's story:

'The Duchess's first public appearance since Prince George's birth on July 22, will attract international attention, ensuring maximum publicity for the event.
Palace sources said the dinner was the first confirmed public engagement for the Duchess since the baby's birth, though they said it was "possible" she could make an impromptu appearance at the Duke's side before then. '

Royal correspondent Richard Palmer shared this:

Richard Palmer Twitter Feed

Tusk Trust is William's longest-standing patronage; a royal source told The Telegraph: "It is something he is incredibly passionate about and the Duchess is keen to support him in that". Over the years he has carried out a series of engagements, high profile events and visited projects in Africa in support of the charity.

During their 2011 tour to Canada and LA, William and Kate attended a Tusk Trust reception where the Duchess mingled with supporters including Hollywood actress Reese Witherspoon.

Tusk Trust

And in April 2012 they attended the 'African Cats' premiere in aid of Tusk Trust.


Since its formation in 1990, Tusk has raised over £16 million for a wide range of projects across Africa which not only work to protect wildlife, particularly endangered species, but also help to alleviate poverty through sustainable development and education amongst rural communities who live alongside wildlife. The charity views conservation as a long term investment, which is why Prince William's patronage has been invaluable to the organisation.

Through the support of Tusk Trust and its partner organisations across Africa greater protection has been afforded to some 36 endangered species over a combined land mass equivalent to ten times the size of Belgium. Some of the threatened species that have benefited include the African elephant, cheetah, black and white rhino, chimpanzee, African wild dog, zebra and mountain and lowland gorilla.

Tusk Trust Facebook Page

As an animal lover, I am so happy to see William and Kate support Tusk Trust on September 12. It's an inspirational organisation that has done so much tremendous work. I'm not surprised William feels so passionately about it.

Tusk Trust

During his BBC interview in 2012 with Kate Silverton, William expressed his deep concern for the escalation in poaching of both rhino and elephant across the African continent fuelled by the increased demand for rhino horn and ivory from the far East.

Tusk Trust

In his role as patron, William will give his first interview since Prince George's birth in a documentary entitled 'Prince William's Passion: New Father, New Hope'. The Prince speaks to CNN Correspondent Max Foster about his conservation work and his son George, admitting he hopes he continues he work in time to come. The interview will be part of a one-hour special, chronicling William's passion for Africa and his dream to ultimately save endangered species. He also discusses how becoming a parent has changed him.

Max Foster Twitter Feed/CNN

The interview was carried out on August 2nd, the same day William travelled to Kensington Palace to register George's birth and will air be broadcast on CNN internationally and also on ITV in the UK on September 15 at 10 pm. US readers will be interested to hear it airs on CNN Sunday 18th September at 10 pm ET and a portion will air on CNN's New Day on Moday, August 19th at 8 am ET (with many thanks to royalfan and marti).

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Of course, fans of Kate's style will be very interested to see what the Duchess elects to wear. We know Kate always chooses stunning dresses for formal events and I expect we'll see her return to her signature pre-pregnancy style. Jenny Packham or McQueen are both very likely possibilities.


Until then, what do the couple have planned? Back to The Telegraph story:

'September will be a busy time for the Duke and Duchess; aside from the dinner they will be making arrangements to move out of their rented farmhouse on Anglesey as the Duke’s RAF Search and Rescue posting comes to an end, and in London they will be preparing to move into their newly-refurbished apartment in Kensington Palace.
They will also travel to Balmoral at the start of next month for their first family holiday, giving the Duke of Edinburgh his first chance to meet his great-grandson.
The Duchess is expected to remain officially on maternity leave for several months, though she is likely to make a small number of public appearances by her husband’s side in that time.'
I'm very much looking forward to seeing the Cambridges at the Tusk Conservation Awards, I'm sure they'll chat with guests about Prince George and William's documentary looks very interesting. Must-see viewing for any royal fan :)

89 comments:

  1. I'm not sure if I'm imagining this, but there seems as if a light is just shining on Prince William since the birth of Prince George. It's like there's a newfound happiness that the cameras truly are capturing which simply cannot be written about, nor explained, just simply seen and observed. Anyone else? I am so happy for their cute little family. :)

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    1. Diane from Boston15 August 2013 at 21:58

      He looks older, and I mean that in a good way. Fully grown up. I'm very happy for this little family -- great things are still to come!

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    2. To your question "anyone else?" DEFINITELY. :) William is flying high (no pun intended).

      And now we have TWO things to look forward to...the pictures and their first joint engagement. I bet they have family babysitters lining up to volunteer. LOL.

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    3. I think he does look happier and he acts less angry and definitely friendlier, at least in the few appearances he's done since the birth of his son. I'm sure it's a balm to the wound of the loss of his mother. That's something you never completely get over but time and other people do ease that hurt. William has a career now that he's made some accomplishments in, by all accounts his marriage is happy and solid and he's a new father. It seems to me he acts more settled, more confident, like he's finally found his place in life. He and Harry certainly deserve all the happiness.

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  2. Pauline Oak Hills15 August 2013 at 18:33

    Wow what a great way to wake up in the morning. I was hoping the Duchess would do a few engagements with William. And here it is. So my Duchcess withdrawals will only have to last until the 12th of Sept...lol Maybe she will be by Williams side when he lights a light in Anglesey next month. We can only hope.

    I hope we will be able to see the interview with William here in the states on CNN.

    Thanks again Ms. Charlotte for this great post.

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    1. Jane from New England16 August 2013 at 01:03

      They announced tonight that William's interview will be on CNN on Monday morning. I don't know the time. We'll have to check our listings.

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  3. How exciting! Can't wait to see more! I've become fascinated with the royal family after finding your blog. There's a great series of posts on another blog that your readers might enjoy:
    http://cotedetexas.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-royal-palaces-part-one.html

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  4. I'm excited to see Kate and Will together at an official engagement. Not only will it be nice to see them support a cause that they truly are passionate about, but to see them as a couple together after the birth of their first child. I always enjoy their body language, though formal and guarded, you can tell they care for each other. I'm also irrationally excited to see the photos of baby George. Hurry up already :)

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  5. Ana B. from Brazil15 August 2013 at 20:08

    Hello!
    I'm so surprised to hear Catherine is going to make an appearence even before Prince George's 2 months-old! I know she will remain under maternity leave for many more months but I really wasn't expecting! I thought we would see her by November, December...
    Well, I'm happy about it! It clearly shows that she is feeling great and that Prince George's great as well!
    And I'm glad William is using his high profile to help and increase awareness to such a noble cause. I truly hope his son shares that same passion to wildlife!
    Thank you for this update, Charlotte!
    Hope you're having a great day!
    Hugs!

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  6. Dear Charlotte thank you again for a beautiful and informative post. I am excited to hear Kate will be back at such an important engagement, I am a huge animal lover as well. I also am eager to see Prince William's special on CNN. I also am so looking forward to the baby photos taken by Kate.
    Thank you darling!

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  7. Rose from Montreal15 August 2013 at 20:57

    It is so exciting. We have so much to look forward to. The first official family pictures, the CNN interview with William and The Tusk Fund function. It will be so good to see Kate and it will be nice for her to have a night out with her husband. I am hoping with her attendance a lot of money will be raised for this great cause. Good job Charlotte your diligence.is greatly appreciated.

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  8. Jean from Lancs.15 August 2013 at 21:59

    Just a month to wait---didn't think she would be taking on engagements so soon.
    Seems they may go to Balmoral also, but time will tell.
    It will be great if she manages to do the odd engagement with William--keep us happy until she is able to do the longer day time ones.
    Looking forward to the baby pictures too---maybe they will be out Monday when he is 4 weeks old.

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  9. This is so exciting and is occurring earlier than I thought. Do you know if this interview with Prince William will available in the US?

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    1. Jane from New England16 August 2013 at 01:07

      Hi Rachel: I just heard on CNN it will be Monday morning in US. We'll have to check listing for time. I think there will be re-run on WolfBlitzer on evening. He was the one who announced it.

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  11. CNN has a typo on their site! Sorry...I just realized that.

    They must mean **** SUNDAY the 18th at 10pm ET ***** and part of the interview will be show on Monday.

    CNN:
    "Portion of the interview will air on CNN’s New Day on Monday, August 19th at 8 am ET"

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    1. Royalfan that's wonderful , thank you so much!

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  12. It's fun to catch up with all the news after a week. We had a lovely surprise visit from Parisan friends so I've been away from my computer, showing them part of Minnesota.

    Thank you for this excellent post about such a worthy cause! As a fellow animal lover, I'm so glad that William continues to vigorously support conservation organizations. His passion for the Tusk Trust is evident.

    How *exciting* that we'll soon see Kate again!! :o) Both she & William have so much going on. I admire them for undertaking such an important public engagement in the midst of being new parents, moving into two separate households, and having to leave their beloved Anglesy.

    Another fantastic job, Charlotte!
    Julie

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  13. Thank you for another informative and wonderful post! It's so nice to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge support a cause like Tusk. As one who truly loves animals I'm happy to see such work being done for the animals. I can't wait to see the Kate making a joint engagement with William. I'm sure they will both be glowing now that their parents! Anyone wonder what tidbits we'll hear about George from the engagement and the CNN interview???

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  14. Many thanks for the post!

    As a new mum myself I'm astonished that Kate will be doing an engagement before Gorge is even 2 months old. For me the first 2 months were mostly finding something like a rhythm with my daughter and avoid ANY stress at all because you don't got the power for the baby and anything else. Also in the first 4 weeks or so I was very overprotecting and could not bare to share my child with anyone but my husband and parents. not to think of the whole world outside the hospital! So it looks like there are doing extremly well! I also have to say that I'm very sorry for both of them, because raising a child is hard and anxious enough, but with the eye of the public on them it's even harder. Wouldn't swap with them.

    Amy

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    1. They know this going into it, though. It IS who they are and they have LOTS of help behind the scenes, you can be sure of that!! I have friends both here and in UK who have been close to the Royal family. There is a LOT of help they get we don't know about. And that's good. And I don't want to know all their private matters. They'll be fine!!

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    2. I wouldn't want to swap with them either. I totally agree about it being so much more difficult with the world watching. Having plenty of help doesn't ease the tugging on the heartstrings.

      And considering how every aspect of their relationship has been dissected and scrutinized, I cannot even imagine having that to look forward as parents...raising a child in the public eye, and knowing what he's in for. Yikes!

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    3. Congrats on being a new mom, Amy! :o)

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    4. I think you are over reaching here - this is a dinner for a few hours, not a full day of work for Kate - plenty of new parents do manage to get out of the house to do things...I'm sure that grandma will be watching George and other help will be close at hand.

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  15. Hello everyone,

    Apparently royal aides are quite possibly planning another engagement in Anglesey for William before he leaves and it's possible Kate will attend, this will be before the September 12 engagement :)

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    1. We can only hope. I did hear yesterday that William will be doing another engagemnet in anglesey before they move.

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    2. That would be wonderful! After all, it's where they did their first joint engagement and after living there, it would be nice for them to make a joint appearance to sort of say thank you.

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    3. Ana B. from Brazil16 August 2013 at 04:29

      Oh God! Wonderful news! I totally agree with Royal Fan!

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    4. Kate, Texas, USA16 August 2013 at 05:36

      YES!!!! SO excited to see this post! Charlotte, we know we will hear on the blog first thing if a joint engagement in Anglesey will happen! Can't wait!

      Royalfan, I agree that Will and Kate appearing together would be significant since Anglesey was their first joint engagement. I remember how happy and excited Kate looked that day!

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    5. Robin Indiana USA
      That would be so wonderful if they both went back together and said goodbye to the people who have protected them these past few years.

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    6. Sarah from Calif.17 August 2013 at 00:18

      Át 2 monthes after our first baby I felt great but I was 24. I think we are all sooo different and it is best to give everyone space to be themselves.
      These are big life decisions that Will an Kate also the British Monarchy are having to make so again I have no problem with giving them space. Fortunately most of us here are not in life threating situations like those in many other countries so we don't have a lot to be tweeked about.

      Thank you Charlotte for this wonderful post and bringing us all togeather!!
      Have a lovely weekend all :)

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  16. Sarah from Calif.16 August 2013 at 01:04

    Charlotte, that would be so sweet. My memories of the first few years of marriage are very precious to my husband and I. William and Kate will charish their time in Anglesey. Just what the Queen wanted for them to have, that special time and memories.

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    1. Kate, Texas, USA16 August 2013 at 05:32

      Sarah, I completely agree! They will cherish heir precious time in Anglesey for many reasons. I think they will return many times with their family and will have wonderful stories to share with their children!

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    2. Robin Indiana USA
      I think it is going to be very hard to leave Anglesey. This was their first home together as man and wife. Lots and lots of memories have been made there. But going forward I am sure they will always come back with George as a family because it is a beloved place for them.

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  17. Sarah from Calif.16 August 2013 at 01:21

    Concerning protecting the Wildlife, I have problems killing an ant or a spider so I think it's wonderful caring for all of the worlds special creatures. I accidently killed. a Daddy Long Leg baby spider recently. :(((

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  18. love talking to this ladies and enjoying talking to ladies im really looking forward too the duchess engagement it would too see her in fab outfit the last we see her is the st mary hospital i plan to go brazil next year its was fun loving too see you all hooked and be talking in facebook

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  19. William's plans still seem uncertain. It was a given he would need to leave Anglesey but there now seems to be talk he might take another search and rescue posting. But he and Kate can hardly justify that opulant Kensington Palace flat unless they mean to use it as a full-time residence.

    Nice to hear about the engagement.

    Another royal baby has arrived, a daughter for Lord Frederick Windsor, son of Princess Michael.

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    1. I would expect they have been given their marching orders, so to speak, by the Queen (don't forget, she's still in charge, NOT William, NOT Kate and NOT the Middleton family) as well as Prince Charles. With Prince Charles seeking to "slim down" the working royal family to, by all reports, just himself, Camilla and his sons and their spouses (when Harry marries), I would think that William's schedule is going to fill up pretty quickly after the start of the new year. Prince Phillip is elderly and so is the Queen. I'd expect they'll be given some time to settle in to their new London home and then they'll be expected to take up a larger share of responsibilities.

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    2. Pauline Oak HIlls16 August 2013 at 19:52

      I just have to laugh, I really don't think the Queen gve William & Kate their "marching orders". She may be Queen but I think William does what he wants. He is going to stay in teh military for a few more years but not with the RAF but with the Blues & Royals being based in London.
      He then will be able to be the hands on daddy he want's to be with baby George and at home with Kate. Charles is not King so he really does not have a say into what William does. I hope that the Duchess just focus's on her charities that she has now. It is not how many you have but what you can give them. She has now 7 or 8 plus the ones she helps William with. And she is a mommy. But we will have to wait and see how William handles his new family. He will do a grat job.

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    3. I do not understand the reference to "marching orders".

      Since the Queen IS in charge, isn't it equally likely and reasonable to believe that things have gone exactly according to plans she signed off on?

      Charles and Camilla are next in line, therefore, THEY should be marching behind the Queen. If William and Kate WERE to march on a full time basis, I suspect they would leave some dust behind them. And given the past history of the RF, I think it's far more likely that W&K have been held back for this very reason.

      I also believe that William and Harry's military service had a second purpose -- it kept them tucked away from the spot light while Camilla was introduced to royal duties -- at a rather careful pace.

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  20. Kate, Texas, USA16 August 2013 at 05:30

    Yea! I'm SO happy after reading this post!!! It will be wonderfully exciting seeing Kate at the engagement on September 12. I'm sure William will be thrilled to have his beautiful wife by his side. It's so great they work as a team and I'm sure Kate's presence will make it even more special and raise awareness. Kate will look stunning in whatever she wears. I hope we get to see them together in Anglesey before they leave. That would be a surprising treat!!!

    Tusk Trust seems like a wonderful charity. I love that they not only focus on conservation, but educating the people and alleviating poverty. The picture posted above of the elephants is beautiful. I would LOVE to see them in person. An African safari is on my bucket list and I would LOVE to be able to give to Tusk Trust. If I could only win the lottery...sigh. Africa is dear to William's heart for many reasons, so this will be a special engagement.

    VERY excited about the upcoming CNN interview! I'll be eagerly anticipating it! Looking forward to hearing William speak of his beautiful family. I know he is so proud! 34 days and counting..... :-)

    To everyone I was chatting with on FB tonight. Sorry I dropped off. My phone battery went dead. Glad to catch up with so many Duchess Kate fans on FB! So fun!

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  21. Charlotte, I am wondering if you could help me out. Who designed the black dress Kate wore a while ago. It had a plunging neckline and she was walking down the street. Here is a pic.

    http://yourlondoneye.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/plung5.jpg

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    1. Hello Mellie, I think Kate wore the dress in 2007? It's by ISSA :)

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  22. Saw footage on BBC of William giving a farewell speech on Anglesey and I did feel sorry for him, I'm sure they'll miss the private time they had there.
    Good to hear that Kate's appearance has finally been announced but I wish the Palace and everyone would stop referring to it as "maternity leave." "Maternity leave" presumes a regular, daily job outside the home. I'll probably be censored but she doesn't hold a real job, thus the term "maternity leave" isn't accurate. I recall Diana's pregnancy and her calendar was twice or three times as full and I don't recall the words "maternity leave" ever being used to describe the time she took off from appearances after the births of her sons. She appeared in late July after William's birth and then again at the christening on Aug. 4 but there was no mention of "maternity leave."
    I'd also agree with the poster who commented about the massive help they have with the baby. Even if we don't see it and it's not being reported on, you can bet there are a lot more servants helping out than are being reported. This is the life that William was born into, this public life, and that Kate experienced for seven years before they married.
    Also keep in mind that photos of the royals, especially William, Kate and Harry, follow the law of supply and demand. When there's no supply, the demand and the price rise accordingly. When there are plenty of pictures and opportunities, the demand may not drop but the price certainly will, making it less enticing for photogs to follow their every move.

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    1. The fact that they call this "maternity leave" I feel is a slap in the face to all the women who actually have to go out into the workforce every day and rely on other means of childcare for their young children. Not to diminish what Kate does, but it is not considered full time work in any nation.

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    2. Pauline Oak HIlls16 August 2013 at 19:45

      @Elizabeth- Just wondering why you are having such a hard time with the Palace calling the Duchess's leave from royal duties Maternity Leave? Did she not just have a baby? And isn't it called Maternity Leave when you do not do your job for sometime? It does not matter if she works a regualr job which she can not do or doing her royal duties. It is all the same. You seem to have a big problem for awhile now on the Duchess's work schedule and I don't understand why.

      She is not Princess Diana, she is the Duchess of Cambridge and their are treating her completely different then they did Princess Di. And I am not sure but I bet it was her dr. that told her to slow down and she had teh blessing of the Queen. If the Queen is ok with what the Duchess & William are doing then it is not our place to think otherwise. It really pisses me off that so many people are still comparing the Duchess to Princess Di. William in their joint interview atated that Catherine is not his mother and she will do great on her own. So why not just be happy that the Duchess is doing a good job and not continue to talk about her lack (which you think) of work.

      And what gives you the idea that they have a bunch of help? Since they were married they only had a part time housekeeper in anglesey and just hired a housekeeper for thier home at KP. The Duchess has done everything on her own or with the help of William. And I not think the Middletons would want a bunch of people in their house while the Duchess is there with the baby. William has made it very clear he does not want nor does the Duchess servants. Yes once they move into KP then they might but until then they are doing most of the stuff themselves.

      William does not even have a butler to help with his clothes nor does the Duchess have a lady in waitng. Remeber their tours, theyonly had a hand full of people with them. And I would think that is how they are going to live their lives. I don't think they will be full time working royals for a few more years. William might stay in the military being staioned in London to be with his wife & baby. And it will make it easy for them to do royal engaements. And must remember also that they are not full time working royals. The the Duchess did over 120 engagements in 2012 and again not working full time.

      I think that any photos of this royal couple will never loss it's value nor the demand.

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    3. And thank goodness the term maternity leave HAS been used by the RF. It means they have learned from the past and are keeping up with modern times by not treating Kate as Diana was treated. Amen.

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    4. Pauline I think your post is perfect! Catherine is NOT DIANA (may she rest in peace) and has her own style- She and William are a couple down to the core. Thanks for everything you said- these people that nit-pick every little thing need to find something else to concentrate on- a friend from the USA

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    5. Kate, Texas, USA16 August 2013 at 23:03

      Elizabeth and Anonymous 19:45, I feel Kate is taking a "hit" because of her life path. She met the future king of England and fell in love. So, there won't be a typical day in the workforce or childcare as many people know it. Is that her fault? This is the path God has given her and it is very different from the majority of the world. I don't think there should be blame there for her not having a "real job". "Real" in the royal fishbowl is very different from "real" to us, but again Kate should not take blame. I feel she does work hard, but much of it is behind the scenes. She is a new mom, moving from one location in Anglesey to London, remodeling and decorating 2 new homes, and still working with her charities behind the scenes. She does deserve some credit. She conducts herself with humility and grace and has done wonders as an ambassador for the UK. She gave birth only a mere 3 weeks ago and already talk of her "lack of work" and "maternity leave" are appearing. Seems sad to me. I think the Palace learned their lessons with how things were done in Charles and Diana's time. It will definitely not be the same. I really don't think it's fair to compare. Charlotte mentioned that we will possibly see Kate in the coming days at an engagement in Anglesey with William, September 12 is just around the corner with the Tusk Trust dinner, and I'm certain Kate will be in contact with her charities during her time away. I am a mother of 4 and still on "maternity leave" almost 9 years later. I don't feel I am any less of a person or that my job is an easier because I stay at home. I am very blessed and very thankful, but still work very hard. Kate is putting her newborn son first at this time and that is as it should be.

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    6. Pauline Oak Hills17 August 2013 at 00:36

      @Katie from Texas- AMEN!!! These people who come on this great sight and put down the Duchcess because of her choice in life need to back off. And not continue to compare the Duchess with Princess Diana. I am sure that William does not like the fact that people are comparing his beautiful wife with his mother.

      @Anonymous 23:00 Thank you.

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    7. Kate, I totally agree. I've always believed that her only crime was being "the one." LOL.

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    8. Sarah from Calif.17 August 2013 at 02:51

      Kate, well said. :)

      I hardly think this is worth an augument. Whatever people call it (maternity leave or not) she just had a baby.
      Comparing Diana to Kate incredibly absurd. Two different people, two different times. Lessons learned the hard way by the pressure that was put on Diana and not to be made again.

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    9. I like Kate enormously but I have to confess I wouldn't have used the term "maternity leave." Buying things for an opulant London home and a country house at your own leasure, is not work by most people's defination. Most of us would love to have such an opportunity.

      Work for most new moms returning to it, means a daily nine to five job, expressing milk, little sympathy, and trying to find the best baby care possible on a limited budget. Not to mention coming home exhausted to a host of mundane household work.

      So while Kate is certainly expected to have time off to spend with George, I would not call it "maternity leave" given she has not yet assumed royal work on a full time basis.

      I have to admit, Kate is not Diana. Kate is much older, has a husband who loves her, a supportive family, and has had a long time to enjoy private life. When Diana was Kate's age, she was facing divorce and at the same time, making an independant name for herself with her work with AIDS and landmines.

      Kate and William's position is not like most people's. They are extremely privilaged but also, they are supported in part by public funds, whether it be for security (which carries with it the privilage of never needing to look for a parking space) or having expensive repairs done to Kensington Palace. This carries with it an obligation to fullfill the royal role the public is "paying for", their way of earning their keep.

      I don't think it is a case of resentment or blaming Kate. Merely, an acceptance that her position of life is different from most of ours and that it is a two way street. Because Kate is more privilaged, the term "maternity leave" doesn't apply to her. She has already had and will continue to have ample time off of her own choosing but it is not a "privilage" she has earned.

      It is time in my opinion, come next year, since Phillip, although extremely hard-working, is not in the best of health and the queen is aging, for William and Kate to take on a more complete royal role. Charles is already happily assuming more responsibilities for the queen. William and Kate have had a decade of comparatively little royal responsibilities since leaving university. It would seem reasonable for William to take on a military role that will have him stationed in London and assume a more or less full time royal role.

      Pauline, I'm not sure any of us should be told to "back off." While I love your remarks, differing opinions will happen. I believe all people on this site are united in one thing, a wish that William and Kate will do well in the future, and be a shining example in a strong and continuing monarchy.

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    10. Since comparisons are being made, what about the Princess Elizabeth at the time taking MONTHS off for maternity leave after the births of Charles and Anne? She also left England and her children for extremely long periods to join Prince Phillip in Malta. She was heiress presumptive and carried out very few royal duties. I wonder if she faced criticism? Different time and different place, but just saying.

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    11. Jean from Lancs.17 August 2013 at 10:21

      Elizabeth, I cannot understand why you write of an engagement being finally announced--baby George is not yet a month old.
      I suppose as the Princess does not have a contract--nor a salary, she can take as much time as she wants. I always assumed they used the term maternity leave as being easily understood by everyone and until a baby is born one cannot tell if there were problems and how long the mother will need.
      I get a little tired of comparisons with Diana--they are two different people and at the risk of being shot down by Diana's fans, I would suggest that Catherine dealt with crowds of press and others outside the hospital with grace and assurance--a crowd several times greater than Diana had to face.
      A great many people have tax-payer funded protection---why is Catherine the only one criticized for this? Before marriage she had none, which is why she had to return to work for her parents, giving some people reason for saying she did no work.
      Catherine is not Diana; nor does she hold the position Diana held. She can only do what she is allowed to do.
      Incidentally this morning's DM is reporting that she and baby are with William on Anglesey.

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    12. Pauline Oak Hills17 August 2013 at 19:54

      @Jean from Lancs- I totally agree with you. I get sick & tired of people always comparing Catherine with Diana. And the fact that some people can not get over the fact that Catherine does alot of work behind the scenes with her charities & with Williams charities. Just because she is not seen out visiting the charities then she is not don't working.

      And the fact that she just had a baby which is not even a month old yet. Many here in the US get to take a few weeks of before the baby and then up to 6 weeks after. But it there are problems then they can have off longer. But people forget all this. And if you live in England you get up to a year correct?

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    13. My older aunties were chuckling about the reports of a break in Kate's "maternity leave" (yes, they read about the royals) but only because of the term. They used to call it "lying-in" and "confinement" though 2 aunties said it was more like cosseting for them (I had to look that word up). They say it was a period of time where you were relieved of all social responsibilities until you were recovered from birth and baby's schedule had begun to sort itself out. Housework had to get done but there was some help from family and friends (one had a "day maid). One auntie suggested the term mother's retreat, the other MYOB leave. It made me laugh at the silliness of the terminology that we attach to the normal process of birth recovery. Let's all just call it mother's retreat as my auntie suggested.

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  23. Pauline Oak Hills16 August 2013 at 07:32

    @Kate from Texas USA- I have been trying to friend you on fb but for some reason I can not find you. Can you e mail how to contact you on fb. My e mail is pmsockser@aol.com
    Thanks.

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  24. I'm confused :-( I thought Kate had remained in Bucklebury with George while William travelled to Kensington Palace to register the birth but this post says that Kate also went to KP...

    I'm liking the new "relaxed" William, long may it continue!

    Can't wait for baby photos and Kate's enagagements - yeah!

    PPx

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    1. Kate did indeed remain in Bucklebury, thank you so much for correcting the typo. Sometimes my fingers don't follow instructions from my brain :)

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    2. No problem at all Charlotte - I'm loving all your posts, as usual. I'm still a bit fuzzy post op. so not sure whether I've dreamt things or not so I was confused as to whether she'd gone/stayed etc.

      Thank you for clarifying for me.

      PPx

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    3. I hope you're feeling better Penelope and resting at home? I spent a considerable amount of my teens in and out of hospital and although it's the best place to be when you're ill, I always felt much better at home. Do you have someone looking after you?

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    4. Kate, Texas, USA16 August 2013 at 22:41

      Penelope, how are you feeling? Wishing I lived closer to bring you a warm meal and a friendly smile. Hope all is going well. Keep thinking of your wonderful get well goal....Buckingham Palace! Hugs!

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    5. Sarah from Calif.17 August 2013 at 00:04

      Yes Penelope I hope you have some help if not just relax and try to get better :)

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    6. Pauline Oak Hills17 August 2013 at 02:17

      Penelope- Sorry to hear you have not been well. I am sending thoughts & prayers to you from California. Hope you are healing & will be fine.

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    7. Feel better soonest, Penelope!

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  25. Hi everyone i love too see that duchess willl return official duties im hoping she will look fab and nice but i think she will not have an official duties by herself i think well see her more likely to be prince william likelyn will see her on september 15 but i till then will wait more longer for annocement i enjoyed conversation with ladies ana b sarah and robin for indiana usa plus i got kate texas really talking i again

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    1. Pauline Oak HIlls16 August 2013 at 19:26

      Hey Bluefire- I have been looking for you on fb but have you been hiding...lol I have talked to the other ladies but you have not been around. Hope all is well.

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  26. Thanks C....For giving us die hard fans all info on the royals. I was looking on pintrest at Queen Elizabeth formal photos. I would love to see Catherine and William in full Royal dress...with Catherine wearing a tira. They would be beauitful pics. I hope they will do formal pics SOON!
    THKS AGAIN!
    Annette from South Carolina :)

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  27. Jennifer from Wisconsin16 August 2013 at 16:00

    Super excited to hear what William has to say and see what the Duchess wears to the engagement. Hope she isn't feeling pressured to lose baby weight. Made my morning since my dream closet is hers! I would give up chocolate for the rest of my life to have an hour in there!

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    1. Sarah from Calif.17 August 2013 at 00:07

      Jennifer give up chocolate? Yikes!

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  28. Robin Indiana USA
    I can't wait until September 12 to see William and Catherine at the Tusk Gala. This is such an important charity that Williams loves. I do hope someday that his son takes after his father and has the same passion. Looking forward to the Cambridge family photos they should be out soon I hope. I am sure they are darling. I will mark my calendar for the CNN interview! If can't watch in person always DVR. To all the ladies I talked with last night on FB I had a blast! so much fun getting to know you. Charlotte as always wonderful job done.

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    1. Thank you all for your lovely comments x

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    2. Pauline Oak HIlls16 August 2013 at 19:25

      Hey Robin It was great talking to you on fb. But we really need to thank Ms. Charlotte for bring us all together. Because if it was not for this great blog none of us ladies would have met. So Ms. Charlotte thank you for great outlit that has brought so many of us ladies together. We are from around the world which is just so great.

      And I can not wait until the 12th of Sept. to see our beautiful couple out together for the first time in a long time (at least it seems like along time).

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  29. Dear Charlotte you asked me to update you on the Issa dresses from BR I received. I got them today by mail and I love the red print ceramic dress the material and dress are gorgeous. However the blue engagement dress I detest the material is cheap and awful so I returned the blue one an kept the red print ceramic dress. How did you fare with your merlot dress did you like the material?

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    1. Hello Mellie! I'm sorry to hear you were disappointed with it. I wasn't overly happy with the quality of the Merlot dress, the colour, length and fit is all perfect but I am a like you, disappointed with the fabric. I'll probably keep it for casual night outs but Issa /BR could have done a better job. I've heard the other dresses in the collection are considerably better quality!

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    2. Marci in Salt Lake17 August 2013 at 03:13

      Oh, what a disappointment! I was so hoping you would do a fashion show for us . . . just kidding. Still, I sympathize with you over the quality of the dress. I have had that happen to me with something I thought would look gorgeous and then when it came in the mail it was not at all the quality I had expected.

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    3. Charlotte very glad you will get something out of your dress but for 160$ I felt it was too much for what we got. However the Merlot colour is surely better than this off royal blue hue and I do agree with you that the length is perfect.

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      LOL Marci yes it was a great disappointment, especially since it is still not a cheaply priced dress(compared to real Issa it is but not for an average joe like me). In Canada it was priced at 160$ and I didn't think it was worth it. Glad the other dress I ordered in this collection which was a little more pricey for 170$ was divine.

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  30. Pauline and other ladies as well sorry that cannot open my fb in my workplace i have limeted acess working im sorry hope to catch late at night unfornunately everybody is all offline at that time im looking forward to the cambridges picture which come next week how i love merlot dress its really perfect for alll ladies making fun each im looking forward to talk to you pauline oak lake im find ease to talk to you ladies maybe someday we bumped and meet to you inn london looking forward metting anna b from brazil next january i guess love too see the duchess in 12 of september im looking forward because the last time we see her is hospital with george the duchess is not new diana nobody could fill lady diana shoes as william said the duchess is not lady diana when will be the cnn covarage interview with max foster where duchess living now with prince george

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  31. I just read that Kate and George are in Anglesey. They are said to have driven up with William driving Kate, George, Carole and Antonia there. William and Carole were seen out and about getting supplies. Apparently, William drove Carole to the train station in the past day or so in Bangor for her return to Bucklebury. I hope they buy a "vacation" home there so George can continue to enjoy the beauty and secure hospitality of the people there. William and George will one day be the Prince of Wales, after all. :)

    They could buy the farm house if it were not for the fact that it is located on the Bodorgan estate of one of the wealthiest men in Wales, Sir George Meyrick. I doubt that he would sell the house per se. It is a secure estate right by the Irish Sea there in Anglesey. I have read that William and Kate have often had Sunday dinners at Bodorgan Hall hosted by Lady Jean Meyrick.
    I would love to see photos of Sir George and Lady Jean. I have only found one photo of Sir George in reference to some sporting event. There have to be some nice photos of them somewhere. :)

    I hope baby George gets out some in Anglesey. Perhaps his first time at the beach that William and Kate have enjoyed before?

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  32. When Catherine walked out of the hospital that day you could see the emotion on her face. It is very overwhelming post partum for every mom...even more so for her with all of the media camped out like they did. I'm very thankful that things from the palace standpoint seem less pressured for her. It shows a lot of wisdom to allow her to rest and resume public duties gradually. It takes your body 40 weeks to prepare for birth and do it takes your body 40 weeks to fully recover from birth. I guess my point it I agree with the posters that are "upset" with the media for their extremely harsh and ignorant comments.

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  33. Sarah from Calif.17 August 2013 at 18:36

    Lovely tucked away quietly in Anglesey , moma. , baby and papa........
    Will and Kate enjoy , relax and enjoy the precious moments :)

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    1. Pauline Oak Hills17 August 2013 at 19:56

      That is the way it should be. I hope they get some special time together walking on the beach.

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  34. Sarah from Calif.18 August 2013 at 01:08

    Charlotte , I am so tired, trying to keep up with people and messages but, you are on the top of the list as far as special people and thank yous.
    Thank You for all you do bringing us all togeather , the time you spend researching and taking care to keep this Blog proper and respectable, loaded with great information , fast and responsible , charming and heartfelt.
    Hope you are well! Let us know how your summer has been?!

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    1. Hello Sarah,

      I hope you get some rest for the remainder of the weekend? The summer has been great, busier than the academic term due to various commitments but very enjoyable. Are you all enjoying the summer?

      I'm hearing we'll see photos tomorrow :)

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  35. well i love the peace and quite that they got im looking forward for september 12 nice talking to you robin and sarah i hope we can bond pauline my schedule is very busy like other times im keeping my nerves calm and loving the preparation of wedding im looking forward hanging with you ladies in london we all see that on the other note i read the newspaper why is princess diana death i think william and harry wants it but my thoughts they have something to do it but higher position something to do with lady diana died but i think cammilla and charles do it but im looking forward in new investigation of her death

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  36. Hi Charlotte , thanks so much , I enjoyed reading your blog .

    Icy ,Hong kong

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  37. Hi Charlotte , thanks so much , I enjoyed reading your blog .

    Icy , Hong Kong

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