Friday, 30 August 2013

William and Kate Bid Farewell To Anglesey At Ring O' Fire Marathon

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made an appearance at the Ring O' Fire Coastal Ultra Marathon. The event marks Kate's first official engagement since the birth of five-week-old Prince George, who the couple decided to leave at home today in the very capable hands of grandma Carole Middleton.


Kensington Palace announced Prince William would officially start the race earlier this week, however, Kate's attendance was an added bonus for locals in Anglesey, and royal watchers. The family are due to leave next month, so I imagine the Duchess very much wanted to be there today to officially say goodbye. According to royal correspondent Rebecca English the decision  "boiled down to how Kate and George felt on the day. Perhaps the little rascal's night feeds are going well".



The race is quite close to William and Kate's home on the isle, a rented four-bedroom farmhouse looking out over the sea, which the couple has called home for three years. William said he had "never known somewhere as beautiful and welcoming", and promised he and Kate and their family would return "again and again" when he made his farewell speech at the Anglesey Show earlier this month.


The Cambridges arrived at 12.30 in a range rover and did a walkabout before the race started.


They were both in high spirits and shared jokes with each other. They both look a little tired but parenthood is certainly agreeing with them both.


Ring O' Fire is an annual 131 mile coastal marathon circumnavigating the Isle of Anglesey in North Wales. The epic foot race is staged over three consecutive days and follows the rugged and spectacular coastal path around the island. The extreme distance and variable terrain places Ring O' Fire as one of the most extreme ultra marathons in the United Kingdom.

Ring O' Fire

Almost all the coastline of Anglesey is a designated "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty", and runners will encounter a wide variety of terrain and may have the opportunity to see dolphins and seals, rare choughs, elegant peregrine falcons, not to mention puffins, razor bills, guillemots, gannets and the popular tern.

Ring O' Fire

There was an informal feel to the event and the Duke and Duchess enjoyed chatting with participants, their families and some of the volunteers involved in the administration of the race.


Hundreds of people turned up to meet the royals.

Rebecca English Twitter Feed

How is Prince George? Kate revealed the little prince was sleeping at home.

Peter Hunt Twitter Feed

Marian Wyn-Jones who spoke to reporters about her chat with Kate (my personal favourite quote from the day).

'We were talking about the joy she was having from George and how quick he was changing, she couldn't believe it. She said she's enjoying every minute of motherhood and George is getting quite huge'.

More from The Daily Post:

'The Duchess spoke to a group of local children, who handed her a bunch of flowers and a handmade butterfly-shaped decoration. Kate said thank you and added she would pass the decoration to George when she gets home as he loves bright colours.
 The couple spoke to Sarah Bingham, wife of organiser James, who is 37 weeks pregnant. Sarah asked about Kate and her son, George. Kate replied "He's really well. He's with his grandma".
 William and Kate were handed a pack of nappies to which William replied: "We've got a lot of these but we can always do with some more".

Kate was accompanied by her private secretary and right-hand woman Rebecca Deacon.


There was a rather awkward moment for the Duchess when she encountered nine-year-old George Bailey from Manchester. More from the DM Story:

'As she bent down to chat, George told her matter of factly: "I don't see the point of a royal family". "Oh well, oh," Kate stuttered. Fortunately he then added: "Until today."'

The Duchess opted for a casual look today wearing a stylish Ralph Lauren hacking jacket (with thanks to Marta). Kate has had the piece in her wardrobe for years and it's incredibly versatile. Paired with jeans and a simple top it dresses up the look adding a layer of polished sophistication.


As Kate's jacket is a past season piece it is unavailable, however, there are similar styles currently in stock at Ralph Lauren including the World Tweed Jacket, the Custom Riding Jacket and the Tweed Hacking Jacket.

Ralph Lauren

Kate wore her printed Zara top with bow underneath the blazer. Kate has worn it on a few occasions, most recently during a trip to Arosa, Switzerland in March. It's a pretty, versatile piece which worked well with the blazer.

Zara

It was thought The Duchess wore her Paige Denim 'Skyline' Skinny Jeans (regular readers will recognise them from Kate's shopping trip to Waitrose earlier this week). The stretch denim is shaped into a sleek, skinny-leg style finished with a tapered, ankle-length hem. They're available for €125 in sizes 24-32 at Nordstrom.

Nordstrom

WKW reader mentioned they could very well be the Topshop 'Leigh' Maternity Jeans. It's not possible to see the distinctive details from photos, but reporters mentioned "they had it on good authority Kate was wearing her pre-pregnancy jeans"; however the 'Leigh' do look identical.

Topshop

Kate completed the look with her Pied A Terre wedges...


...and Kiki Mc Donough 'Grace' earrings.

Kiki McDonough

Today was one of the rare occasions we've seen Kate wear a watch; the Gucci piece features a stainless steel and gold plated bracelet and the Duchess has had it for years (with thanks to My Small Obsessions).

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You can watch a video from the engagement from ITN at YouTube and the BBC.


The look was an excellent choice for the Duchess. She looked relaxed and comfortable and pulled off the mix of high street/designer effortlessly. I thought her hair looked amazing today; very natural and the colouring is striking. It was lovely to see the couple support the ever-popular marathon and a nice engagement for them to thank locals for their support. I expect it's the final time we'll see photos of William and Kate in Anglesey.

147 comments:

  1. Dear Charlotte,

    I think Kate has green Ralph Lauren jacket. She wore it in march 2011 in Westminster Abbey :)

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-t5_E2QXxcXU/TvzIPBHNuaI/AAAAAAAADZY/Z2671pPf7zk/s1600/hacking+jacket.jpg

    Marta

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  2. Yay she went!! Great and Fast Post! She does look amazing but she usually does. I like fact that she dressed cassual. She doesn't wear jeans to often for a public event.

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  3. Is the green blazer one she wore many years ago with a matching skirt?

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  4. Lovely pictures. She looks so well, no surprise George was not there it's just not the done thing, plus it would detract attention away from the runners. Charlotte any info on the jacket? Bella Wiltshire

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  5. Doesn't Kate look great! A little tired maybe but glowing with that new mum happiness. I love her casual style.

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  6. Jean from Lancs.30 August 2013 14:00

    Lovely to see them together---they both seem to be most comfortable in casual clothes. I remembered the top from Switzerland, but don't recall seeing the blazer before. Catherine is also wearing a watch; I don't remember seeing her with one before. Perhaps George likes things to be on time!
    Anglesey is so beautiful-but it looked very windy today as it was when she undertook her first public engagement naming the Lifeboat.

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  7. I remember when my son was 5 weeks old... I was a zombie, with bags under my eyes and a large bottom. I think she's not a human !

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    1. I think we'd all look amazing after giving birth if we all had a housekeeper and a mom who stayed and helped out with baby!! Sue boston

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    2. Sarah from Calif.31 August 2013 20:39

      Anon 14:17 sue
      First time moms generally fair well after baby. Its been 5 weeks Kate could have managed showing up herself without the housecleaner if she wanted. Mom looking after George, daaaaaa no problem. What is the big deal?

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  8. Jennifer from Wisconsin30 August 2013 14:06

    Good Morning Everyone!

    Charlotte, thank you for starting my day off so nicely. You are so right, Kate's hair is amazing- I like the soft waves look. I am so glad she was able to get out a bit- that's so important to do when you have young children at home- and that she was able to attend today to say farewell as this is probably going to be the most "normal" time in their marriage since their privacy is respected there. As nice as it is to see Kate out and about, the photographers in London will not be as respectful. Again, great post and thank you!

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  9. Jenn Williams, from De Leon, Texas30 August 2013 14:11

    Thank you so much for the wonderful , detailed post! It is so exciting to see Kate out today. I am sure it is a bittersweet feeling for she and William saying goodbye to thier first duty station in Anglessey. My husband is in the Navy and when we left our first duty station in Norfolk, Va many years ago I remember feeling a relief that we had both made it through the assignment and excitement to be starting a new chapter. Like them we had children there and I didn't realize how attached I was until we were packing up. Kate's hair did look wonderful and so thick! I'm glad to know that her mother is able to keep George for them that is a weight off her mind for sure. Again thank you for your hard work and have a wonderful weekend!

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  10. Kate looks gorgeous and she is still glowing her tummy is all gone and she looks fitter than most women look go never give birth lol! William sure is strong to run 135 miles I wish him good luck! I'm sure they both hate to leave wales.

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  11. Dear Charlotte I agree with you her lighter hair and cut and style looks amazing.
    Could you please tell me who made the blazer and where I can buy it? Thanks :)

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    1. Hello Mellie,

      It looks like Ralph Lauren, just doing some comparisons to be sure :)

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  12. Just wanted to let you know Charlotte there is a video posted of the event at the dailymail.

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  13. She looks perfect! So slim and simply beautiful! If you read this wonderful blog, dear Duchess, please, dont lose weight

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    1. Beatrix in New York30 August 2013 17:23

      Just my thought! Kate looks great. I hope she remains at this weight/size; slim, healthy, athletic.

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  14. Sky royal reporter just said he had it on good authority that the jeans were her pre pregnancy ones.
    I suppose not really surprising as she never seemed to add too much weight--other than the baby and is reaping the rewards now.

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  15. Kate, Texas, USA30 August 2013 14:31

    Kate looks AMAZING!!!! I loved her casual look and LOVED her hair! What I would give to have her gorgeous locks! She and William both looked very relaxed and happy. They look so joyful together! I'm sure it was probably an engagement with mixed emotions as the prepare to leave Anglesey. We know how much they have enjoyed their time there. Charlotte, have any videos been posted?

    The scenery throughout the race sounds amazing! I bet the runners get to experience such beautiful sights. I hope they get to enjoy and take it in as it sounds like a very challenging marathon (I guess what marathon isn't). Anglesey looks to be lovely! It's on my list of places to visit!

    This post was such a special treat and the perfect way to start a weekend! Charlotte, thanks for the post! Have a wonderful weekend!!!

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    1. Hello Kate,

      I added a video link at the end of the post :)

      Thank you all for commenting! It was a delight to see Kate so soon, I hadn't expected an engagement so soon but thought she would want to make this one.

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    2. Kate, Texas, USA30 August 2013 19:25

      Thank you Charlotte! The post is GREAT!!! I always know you update, so I keep checking back!

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    3. Agree with the others, Kate does look amazing! Although in one of the pictures, it looked like she needed some me-time in the salon because all her side bangs had grown out and were not falling in layers anymore. A good haircut, shampoo and head masage would be an awesome treat for the new mommy! Thanks Charlotte for this update, you are the besto!xoxo

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  16. Duchess Kate. Love the blog. Best pics and review. Kate wore the jacket with matching skirt at an event before their relationship broke for a short while - 2007? Love wedges. Rainbow Royal watcher

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    1. Hello Deborah,

      It has been worn on several occasions, Kate was photographed in 2009/2010 wearing it with jeans whilst out shopping. It's a great staple piece.

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  17. how did she just give birth 5 weeks ago? ughhh not fair she looks amazing!

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  18. she looks amazing..but my mom just told me it only took her 6 weeks after i was born for her to fit back into her pre baby jeans..she only gained 20 pounds with me and i was 9.5 of that haha

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  19. Sarah from Calif.30 August 2013 15:03

    Can't wait to have time to read all of this! Kate looks wonderful ! Well Will looks good too. Both so happy . It must be hard to leave Anglesey. Off to work......

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  20. I'm so glad to see this handsome couple together! So glad that beautiful attented with her hubby!
    They for a wonderful couple.
    Thank you for such a nice post dear Charlotte!

    Monica, France

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  21. I love her look except for those shoes.They just cannnot go with that look. And it seemed to be cool outside so I just don't get it. I think I have to put up with it as well her skinny jeans.Her hair is superb. She looks tired but really great to see her again. Arika

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  22. This is such a nice surprise. When I saw it in the Daily Mail, I didn't even read the article because I knew you would have it covered. You do such a fantastic job. I was starting to have Kate withdrawals and this is so nice tosee.

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  23. Hi ladies i love the duchess appreance im looking forward on her next enagement its so quick they look lovely thanks again charlotte...i know your great

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  24. Wow! She looks great! I love her curly hair!

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  25. Thanks for the post! Kate really looks in good shape! Isn't the blazer the same one as this? https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=335303703225168&set=a.334811909941014.81583.132426196846254&type=3&theater

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  26. Jules from Germany30 August 2013 16:17

    One of the rare occasions she is wearing a watch.
    Love her outfit and I am quite surprised she is that slim already. I thought one can start with exercises about six weeks after birth, but not before. Anyway she looks great! Even though I preferred her hair a little shorter than it is now.
    Charlotte, thank you for your excellent coverage, as usual.
    Love to you all, Jules

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  27. Yay! I'm so glad she went with William! I love LOVE her hair! She should always style it that way. I'm sure it was refreshing for her to go, I felt very cooped up those few weeks after my daughter was born. And how great that "grandma" is there to stay with Prince George.

    Hannah, Michigan

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  28. I don't like the jacket. IMO it's old-fashioned ... Ughhh

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    1. Jean from Lancs.31 August 2013 13:54

      Surely classic---not old fashioned.

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    2. Fot you it's classic but for ME it's old-fashioned :)

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  29. Theresa, from Paris30 August 2013 17:05

    The Duchess looks gorgeous ! Love the color of her lovely hair. Really wonderful to see her so happy.
    It is also great to see a few lines on her forehead. No botox for her, a choice I quite agree with ;-)

    Brilliant post, thank you, Charlotte ;-)

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  30. I think breast feeding is the best way to stay slim my sister in law told me once you breasfeed you can slimmer and maybe doing running and gym i hopes gradma carole is the one take care of prince george and cooking breafast for them i taking off

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  31. She looks to be wearing a watch as well.

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  32. Hi Charlotte,

    Great post, as usual! I love that you include a summary of the event and put everything in context :)

    If you have them, could you add some pictures of previous times Kate wore these pieces? I love when you do that.

    Thanks!

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    1. Hello!

      I'm afraid the photos of Kate wearing the jacket are not available on photo agencies, I presume they were taken by one photographer- but I'll have a good look later :)

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  33. Beatrix in New York30 August 2013 17:32

    I am so happy for the people of Anglesey. I'm so happy Kate made it. It just confirms how special they are to the couple.

    She looks great. As always, I love her "informal/casual" outfit. I hope she doesn't lose 1 more pound. She looks great. I only dislike the hair color, too light for me :p

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  34. I must be 'odd' as I thought Kate's hair let her down - she needs her roots doing (but I get that she has a new baby) and I HATE it when it's so unruly and blows all over the place - I LOVE it when it's an up do and guess that will always be my preference...

    I thought she'd go for a casual look but I preferred the crisp chic sharp shopping look.

    PPx

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    1. Mmm I thought the same really, the colour was a bit odd and hair so thick around her face they reminded me of dogs dangly ears!! But yes I do agree she's just had a baby so can excuse her for not looking too polished, I liked the rest if her look prefer her in casual stuff

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    2. It looks to me as though she dyed her ombre, which is lightening the ends starting about half way down, which is very popular now. It's not my favorite look on anyone but I liked how her hair was curlier than normal and more natural.

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    3. As a 17 year old who looks up to Catherine as a role model, i think it's appalling that you should say you "HATE" a certain look. If people like you and the media are putting pressure on the most natural woman in today's media (and a natural role model that may eventually encourage other young women my age to stop putting so much make up on and to stop dressing so scantily) then in turn you are telling the people that look up to her that to be casual once in a while is a bad thing.

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    4. Anonymous 10:22

      I think you've read far too much into my comments - at no point have I said that being casual once in a while is a bad thing.

      I happen to prefer her hair off her face and tied up that's all.

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    5. Anon - I don't think you should be "appalled" at someone's comments but rather see it as that person's opinion to which they are entitled as you are to yours. Speaking of which I think Kate should take your advice and ease off on her makeup it is far too heavy especially on her eyes and is very out dated.

      Have to agree with Penelope Pitstop that Kate's hair was indeed a rather unruly windswept mess on Friday she should have tied it up. At then end of the day it was a last minute decision to attend so there was probably no hairdresser to hand, not that it takes much to tie up ones hair neat and tidy given the gales that blow on Anglesey! The rest of the outfit was OK but nothing special imho.

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    6. Lynn Georgia USA2 September 2013 19:25

      I agree with Penelope and others about Kate's hair. It really is too long and unwieldy for my taste. Kate looks great though. She's a naturally beautiful woman.

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  35. Yay! Kate is making official appearances again! Though I'm glad she's had these 5 weeks to rest and bond with her son before coming out again. I love what she's wearing so comfortable and chic....I love her shoes =) It's so nice to see the Cambridges out together and we can't wait for little Georgie to make an appearance =)

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  36. Pauline Oak Hills30 August 2013 18:26

    Hello Ms. Charlotte- What a great way to wake up this morning. I knew if Kate was attending with William, you would have it covered. And you did. Thanks for all you do for us die heart fans. If was not for you we would not get this great coverage.

    Kate looked just so beautiful and glowing. I am not evern going to address the fact that she may look tired, she just had a baby 5 weeks ago. William look's so happy to have his Kate with him today. Now I can't wait until the 12th of Sept.

    Again thanks Ms. Charlotte. Maybe we can chat this weekend if you are not to busy.

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    1. Hi, Pauline!
      Me too! I can't wait for September 12th!
      Thank you for this post, Charlotte! You're truly amazing!

      Ana B. from Brazil

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  37. Oh, how I loved to see Kate today! They both look so happy and relaxed. Her hair is FANTASTIC. What a great farewell to the island!
    Charlotte, thank you so much for this post, it certainly set the perfect tone to my weekend. :)
    Hugs from Portugal!
    Z.

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  38. Kate, Texas, USA30 August 2013 19:25

    I love what she said about motherhood. Babies do change so much in the first few weeks and it's such a precious time. Motherhood is definitely agreeing with Kate and she looks and sounds wonderful!

    I thought what little George Bailey said was hilarious! What a hoot! I'm sure his parents were embarrassed, but it's a moment they won't forget. Glad her recovered with the "until today"...LOL!!! :-)

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  39. I like the Duchess best in her casual country girl looks, and today is no exception. She looks like that happy, healthy English schoolgirl she was not so very many years ago, and it's wonderful. That tense, emaciated look of the first few months after her marriage is not in evidence, so glad. Anglesey is spectacularly beautiful, I am sure they will miss it.

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    1. Marci from Salt Lake31 August 2013 00:22

      This is exactly what I thought when I saw the pictures: she looks 22 again. I hope she doesn't lose a single more pound and that she keeps the glow of happiness! I love her hair, so thick and wavy, and I have to admit I'm partial to auburn shades, so I like the highlights. I agree with someone else that the blazer looks a bit dated, but I love a blazer with jeans anyway and hope it can be a timeless style that we can do for decades! Little George Bailey's comment made me laugh and laugh.

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    2. Amen, Greybird K! You described Kate's look in the months following the wedding and leading up to her pregnancy perfectly!! Tense and emaciated. That's EXACTLY how she looked and let's all hope she doesn't return to that look. The skeletal "social X-ray" look of the 1980s wasn't flattering then and isn't flattering today. Today was the most natural and happiest, least polished and plastic-looking I've seen her since before the wedding. She didn't have that awful "perfect Barbie doll" look today.

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  40. Hello!
    I was so pleased to hear Catherine would attend the engagement today!
    She was looking very good and loved her outfit, especially her jacket! I really liked the way she wore her hair, but I think she looks even prettier with her hair in it's natural color! I can't wait to see baby George again, his chubby little face :)
    Hope you have a lovely weekend!
    Hugs,

    Ana B. from Brazil

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  41. This was a great post to come home to. Thank you!

    How wonderful that it was a joint appearance. I also agree with another lady here who said it must have been easier for Kate to relax knowing that Carole was taking care of the baby. And although William and Kate do look a little tired (and understandably so), IMO they BOTH have a glow. :)

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  42. KATE what did you do to your hair??? I'm sorry Charlotte, but I really think that this is the worst her hair has EVER looked:( It's all matted and not shiny, a world away from the hair we were used to pre-pregnancy. Is is true she stopped using Richard Ward??

    On a more positive note her style is unsurprisingly immaculate and perfect for the occasion.

    Thanks so much once again Charlotte!!!

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    1. I don't think it's humanly possible to have a great hair-day with wind gusts up to 23mph and 94% humidity. :)

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    2. It's not her best hair day. Wish she would have worn the pony tail that is so becoming to Kate. I know I will be criticized for saying this, but I think Kate is getting a little too old for the extra long locks. I'm sure William loves her long hair though. Most men have a "thing" about long hair.

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    3. @ Daisy714...

      No criticism from me. LOL. To be honest, I tend to agree about the length of her hair. It's gorgeous and I agree that William must be quite fond of it, but I think a more tailored, shoulder length would be a better look for her.

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    4. I agree.

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    5. But if you knew it was a windy day and high humidity wouldn't u put it in a ponytail? Her hair looks so nice when it's styled like that, and it was a casual engagement. I wonder if her long hair is her 'comfort' blanket. Ella. York

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    6. Ella, yes, *I* would have done so...lol...but I wouldn't call it her "comfort blanket". Kate has gorgeous hair and I'm sure she's proud of it. Just like if a woman works out and has tone arms she may enjoy wearing sleeveless tops and feel terrific doing so.

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  43. Thank you for the lovely post, Charlotte. This is a very nice casual look for Kate. RE: previous comments about hair color/style, perhaps the lighter color lately was due to a change in formula (e.g., all natural) due to being cautious during pregnancy and breastfeeding or maybe she is using the water on the island and it has more minerals than the pure, pristine salon H2O? Also I like seeing the natural root growth--an indication that at the moment her hair color is not the highest priority. Also, it is possible that she has been wearing her hair up or in a pony tail quite often at home (especially if she is breastfeeding) so maybe it was fun to wear it flowing and free again. Great to see the couple together, too!

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  44. Rose from Montreal, Canada31 August 2013 00:28

    Thanks a lot Charlotte for this wonderful post. I am so pleased Kate joined William for this engagement. This place has been a sanctuary for them and they have shown the people how much they appreciated their time there. Kate looks lovely as usual, both she and William are simply glowing with happiness. Really looking forward to September 12th.

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  45. Sarah from Calif.31 August 2013 03:47

    Charlotte, I'm finally home and have had a chance to read the whole post. I knew by glancing at the pictures this morning I would love this post. Have had a chance to read all the comments too.
    I really am a short on words person so I will simply say, the thing that strikes me most is not her hair or clothes but., that this is the end of a very special chapter in their young lives. :( ... God bless the people in Angelsey for being moma hens and covering them with their wings during this special time in their lives. Very precious!

    I'm doing afterschool sports with the kids I work with. (Cross Country running) . The Ring of Fire is insane :) love it!

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  46. I love the casual wear and i think it feels they finaly bid their goodbye in home maybe they will bring prince george on the small town and i love prince george sleepy and taking care of grandma carole they dont need a babysiter

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  47. I for one am a fan of this look. This is the first time in YEARS that Kate has looked like a normal person and not some polished, plastic, pasted-on-smile Stepford Barbie doll-like creature. She's natural and I love the look, jeans, a nice blouse and a jacket.
    I also LOVE her hair. I would suspect that she has not colored her hair due to the pregnancy and now breastfeeding (you could see the gray strands at the photo opp outside the Lindo Wing) and that the color on the ends is just outgrowth from previous colorings. I love her hair lighter, it's too often dark and heavy and just hanging there but today's look was great.
    I agree with Daisy, however, and I have for a long time. I do think the extra long hair is starting to look dated on Kate. Wish she'd at least cut a few inches, maybe take it to shoulder length for a look that's modern and stylish and still classic. But I loved this look.
    I do feel a bit bad for William and Kate even as they face moving into some rather grand living quarters at KP and Anmer Hall. I would suppose that some of the happiest times they spent have been in Anglesey where they had freedom of movement and little interference from the public and could live like a normal young newly-married couple. I am sure, even with the incredible wealth and privilege they have, it's tough saying goodbye to those simpler times and lifestyle.
    Also, are we to understand that Carole Middleton is now a permanent part of the new royal household, wherever it may be? I certainly can understand Kate wanting her mother by her side during the pregnancy, birth and first few days with her new baby. But something seems a bit odd now that Kate appears unable to live without her parents, or at least her mother, in the same residence for any extended period of time. If I didn't know any better, I'd say this could be a warning sign of some sort of problem beneath the perfectly-spun exterior of the House of Middleton-Windsor.

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    1. Plastic is a word I would never use to describe Kate. A certain Kim perhaps, but NOT Kate.

      And I don't equate her having a good relationship with her mother into Carole being a permanent member of the household. This media debate/spin about the Middleton's place within the family is just another attempt to attack them. Considering the increasingly dysfunctional, value-challenged, and system-dependent section of society, you'd think there would be something REAL for them to go after...and NOT a normal, loving family.

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    2. I wouldn't go as far to say there are problems but I do find it odd that her mum has stayed as long as she has. I know in the first few days it would b bliss to have your mum on hand for help and tlc , but sooner it later u want to stand on your own two feet and do baby thinks your way plus have time as a family with husband and baby. Bella Wiltshire

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    3. Having your first child is incredibly scary and a very vulnerable period. Having family support and a "village" is the best way to avoid PPD and a breakdown around the especially stressful 6-week post partum period where sleep deprevation is at its worse and hormones drop. I am simply baffled at the negativity that having one's mother to help out has caused. What is it about Carole that makes people so jealous? It is her looks? Her background? This shows the worst of human nature.

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    4. I think its okay that Kate relies on her mother to look out for baby George while they are out on engagements. They could also hire a baby sitter/nanny but they chose not to perhaps arising out of solidarity to be a bit more frugal while many Britons are out work.

      So who is the alternative then to take care of George while Kate is also being asked to take on engagements? Their cook / housekeeper? I don't think they would want to burden her with that.

      Taking care of any baby is a full time job with irregular feeding/sleeping times and constant diaper changes. It would drive bonkers out of anyone and only full time mothers will be able to provide the patience to take care of a baby, plus cook and clean.

      A single housekeeper who cooks and cleans, and who is not related to you, will view the job of looking after baby, as an extra job that could be burdensome but a grandmother will look at it as an act of duty and perpetual parenthood, even if your children are grown up.

      In addition, my theory about Granny Carole becoming the babysitter may probably be similar to Carole's experience when she was working as a Flight Attendant. Perhaps her own mother took care of Kate, after Carole's maternity leave was over?

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    5. For some reason, I had the impression that Carole accompanied Kate and George to Anglesey but then went back home. Perhaps she was helping out for the weekend...?

      I think it's wonderful that Carole is able to help Kate so much! There's nothing have having one's mother around for help and advice with a new baby. I'm sad that William doesn't have the same opportunity. <3

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    6. My message wasnt meant to be that I was jealous or negative to carole or kate fat from it, only my personal opinion when j had my children that after a couple of weeks of having a bit extra help I quite wanted to nest down with my own new family ie me husband baby. Bella wiltshire

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    7. Pauline Oak Hills31 August 2013 20:06

      Elizabeth- I do beleive Carloe is not living with William & Kate in anglesey. She was with them when they returned to Anglesey with William. Idon't know for sure but I do believe William was on shift right when they returned sho Carole was a big help getting Kate & baby George settled while William was on shift. And there is nothing wrogn with that. There is eye witness saying that William put her on a train back home two days after they returned. And now with Kate attending the race with William yesterday there in no problem in having your momther babysitting.

      And why would you say there might be some trouble in the marriage? Just becasue her mother babysits does not equal problems.

      And I don't see them employing a full time nanny either. Maybe some one to come in while Kate does her engagements and that would only be for a few hours.

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    8. I think Dorothy may have helped Carole with childcare when Carole returned to work, if she did return to work. However, Carole is ostensibly running a multi-million dollar company. Dorothy didn't. In a earlier interview Carole gave she said such endeavor of starting and running a business "is not for the faint of heart." So, I just wonder how she is doing both. Do I help nurture and raise the future king of England, or keep my prosperous business by delegating more control there? That may be Carole's dilemma. And, as much as I am for Kate, she has never been on her own as most of us know "being on our own." She has been pampered by parents and William for years. She doesn't know any different. Having a baby can be very overwhelming for the first, oh, 10 to 20 years. lol I can't imagine how traumatic that must have been for her. She seems to be a person who likes to be in control and very detail oriented. And then along comes George. :) We definitely need to keep prayers going their way.
      She not only has a new son, she has an heir to train up to be the best king so far. With God's help you can surely do it Kate. Be encouraged.

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    9. Sarah from Calif.31 August 2013 20:45

      Anon 16:13 I so agree with you. So a daughter wants her mother to help her, of all people her mother! How perfect and precious that they have such a close relationship, many women too wish they had that with their moms. Let's not knock a good thing.

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    10. Pauline Oak Hills1 September 2013 01:54

      Anon 14.23 I don't think Carole stayed more then a few days. William was spotted taking her to the train station. It was said she was there to help Kate get settle with George. Maybe William was on shift when he brought his family back to Anglesey. So it make's sese that CARole was there to help Kate get settled. I think William feels better if Carole was with Kate while he was at work. Then I read she was back in Anglesey yesterday to take care of George while mom & dad were doing their engagement.

      We also have to remember she has a business to run so I don't think ahe can be there all the time. Kate & William are great parents and can take very good care of their baby boy.

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    11. As usual, the Kate-worshippers have misread my statement. I said I find it odd that Kate seems unable to live without her parents or away from them, now that she is a married woman, for any extended period of time. I didn't mention anything about her mother babysitting once in a while but Kate is nearly ALWAYS back with her parents anymore, from the Christmas there to the "babymoon" then to the pre-birth period she spent in Bucklebury then right back to Bucklebury two days after the baby was born THEN Carole is in Anglesey with her. Yes, it's nice to have your mom with you, I am not arguing that. But one would think Kate would want to establish her own household as the Duchess of Cambridge and Mrs. William Wales. She seems unable to be without her mother for any extended period of time and, at the age of 31, with a baby and a husband (for three years), that seems a little odd. Most young married women want to be in their own homes with their husbands and children and visit their parents occasionally.
      As far as the jeans go, I have to think they're the ones identified by WKW as the maternity jeans. Yes, Kate was skinny but probably not getting into her pre-preg jeans this soon, even as completely remarkable and superhuman and perfect as she is.

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  48. Jean from Lancs.31 August 2013 13:58

    I wondered if the lighter colour of her hair was due to the sun---after all, it was officially announced yesterday that this summer has been the hottest; sunniest; driest since 2006.

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      Jean- I agree with you. I bet Kate was outside alot at her parents house since they have a pool. And I don't think she would be putting any chemicals on her hair while she is breatfeeding. And the people who say she need's to get her roots done have not looked very close.

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  49. Theresa. New York31 August 2013 14:42

    I have a question about Kate's rings. From the close up of Kate's hands it looks like her wedding ring is yellow gold while the engagement ring is white gold or probably platinum. Is this true? It's something that I've always wondered about since my wedding ring is yellow gold and my engagement ring is white gold.

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    1. Pauline Oak Hills31 August 2013 19:51

      Theresa- Yes her wedding band is gold. It was made from a piece of gold the Queen gave to William for that reason. YOu got good eyes...lol

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    2. Theresa. New York31 August 2013 21:26

      Thanks.

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    3. Funny I noticed that yet I never noticed it when diana wore it, I wondered if it was same ring?

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    4. Kate's wedding ring was made just for her :)

      This is from BBC's site April 27, 2011:

      "In a statement to dispel speculation and confusing merchandising, the palace announced: "The wedding ring that Catherine Middleton will wear will be made of Welsh Gold. The gold was given to Prince William by The Queen shortly after the couple were engaged."

      "It has been in the family's possession for some years and has been in the care of the royal jewellers. There are no further details on which mine the gold was mined from."

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    5. Pauline Oak Hills1 September 2013 01:39

      Are you asking if the engaement ring is the same. The answer to that is yes it is. And I beleive Diana's weedign band also made made from gold the Queen gave to Charles. There was a story about the weeding band before the wedding. It was very interesting.

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    6. The nugget of Welsh gold that produced Kate's wedding band was first used for the ring of the Queen Mother when she married George VI, then for Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret, Princess Anne and Princess Diana. The 18-carat sapphire engagement ring is the one chosen by Lady Diana Spencer for her engagement to Prince Charles. I believe the engagement ring originally came from Garrard.

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  50. Thanks for another speedy, informative, lovely post, Charlotte! One of my favorite things about the video was hearing the oohs of delight and surprise when the Duchess got out of the vehicle. :o) I think it says a lot that Kate wanted to be at one more public event at Anglesey and that the people there were so delighted to see her. As Elizabeth said, William & Kate enjoyed such a normal, relaxed lifestyle the last few years that will be very difficult to leave behind, even with all the advantages of living at KP and Anmer Hall. I hope that Cambridges can savor their last few days in Wales (between William's shifts, of course) and that they have a smooth move to London.

    SO fun to see Kate again! Looking forward to September 12th.
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  51. Laurie - New York31 August 2013 15:43

    I think she's wearing the maternity jeans. If you look at the botton hem of her jeans, it appears to be "rolled" up slightly...just like the maternity jeans. The Paige jeans don't have that roll. I'd assume that they're extremely comfortable for her to wear and they're not like the maternity jeans of years ago with that huge elastic band that covers your entre tummy. These you can definitely wear post-pregnancy. Although I wouldn't be at all surprised if she's wearing her pre-pregnancy clothes now. Breastfeeding melts the pounds away. When I left the hospital, I had "mommy tummy", just like Kate. Three weeks later, I was back in my regular jeans, so I don't think it's at all odd that she looks like her old self.

    I think she looks gorgeous. I love her casual looks and her hair looks amazing. She and William look extrtemely happy in Anglesey...I hope they get to come back and visit often with George. What a wonderful place for a young family to spend time!

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  52. I think Kate enjoyed the opportunity to have her hair "free": you know, when you have a baby in your arms all the day, breastfeeding him, you must have your hair on, otherwise he would eradicate it.... :)
    She looks younger, not tired at all: instead William looks as he needs some sleep.

    Anglesey looks amazingly beautiful, they will miss it in London. But if you are a happy family, you can be happy everywhere. I think that grandma Middleton has to work for two: Little George hasn't one grandmother, and I think Diana would have been a very involved nonna (italian for grandmother)! I'm sure that, in the future, Kate will need a babysitter, not a full-time one, but a part-time: like normal working people. When a baby is so young, it's better he stay with his family; when he will grow older, it will be opportune to let him have a larger number of relationships.

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  53. I think she looks fantastic. Bless her. I had two kids and got back to my shape relatively quickly, but it was a matter of months, not weeks. If my mother had been able and willing to stay with me to help out, I would have jumped at it. I was a zombie for months and some days didn't come near a shower. How lovely of her to make an effort, when her body hasn't even fully recovered from the trauma of childbirth, to attend this event. That's class.

    As for her hair, I love it. More power to her. I myself list huge amounts of hair postpartum. I hope she doesn't experience the same thing, it's quite traumatic.

    I love that she keeps and keeps wearing older items from her wardrobe!

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  54. Plus, hair gets super thick when expecting, doesn't fall out. Then, nine or twelve weeks later, the hormone shock from birth makes it fall out again, only in dispiriting clumps. Baby's falls out, too, from the selfsame hormone shock. Some advise not to cut or alter prior to that, until you see what you've got to work with after the renaissance. Might as well enjoy the last lush rush of it for now. Until the wedding on tap for September, a bit of pampering and pruning then? Lovely showing today, lovely lady, lovely couple.

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    1. Good point about the hair falling out. I would imagine, along with not keeping up the color due to pregnancy and now breastfeeding, that's a big reason why she's not going with the regular super-styled 'do. Wish she'd trim a few inches off though when she finally does go back to the salon.

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  55. Ok, it's official: I'm taking up yoga.

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  56. Robin Indiana USA
    So happy to see William and Kate today saying goodbye to the people who protected them with loveing care these past three years. Kate is so blessed to have her Mom there to help with Baby George. I wished I would of had this help coming home from hospital after having a c-section new Mom and no help! I do love Kate's look today so casual something I could pull out of my closet. William and Kate look so happy and I know that Baby George will one-day get to know Angesley and how beautiful the island is. I do suspect many family vacations there.

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  57. Sorry but I agree with Elizabeth and Bella about Carole. Kate has her own family now...

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  58. Robin Indiana USA
    The young boy who made the comments about the royal family I bet his Mom and Dad were so embarrassed and then just like children do "I changed my mind!" I laughed so hard on that one. I guess being around 500 pluses children daily you hear it all. Sarah knows what I mean and any other teacher out there will tell you. I never know what they will say and it's never a dull moment. Have a wonderful Holiday Weekend ladies in the US and everyone else have a great weekend also. Hope to chat at some point! Charlotte your the best:-)

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  59. I will be forever grateful to my mum who helped me so much. I knew she was in the waiting-room while I gave birth to my 3 children and she did the same for my sisters. And she looked after each and everyone of us, she a widow. She was not rich but she came everyday, sometimes several times a day when we were still at the clinic. So much love. I will never forget what she did for us all, her 4 daughters. And she played the baby-sitter as well and surrounded our children with her love too. And though she was a widow, she had her own appartment and we all had lives of our own. It will be the same for Kate when she comes to Kensington. If Kate was a princess in her own right with Princess Diana as her mother, I do not think people would care so much. I think that what people do not accept is that Mrs Middleton is a "commoner" and in their eyes she should not be allowed to be near the future king, even if this king-to-be is in fact her own grand-child. And I am wondering if most of those people who hate her so much remember that they are commoners too? And "commoners" do not easily accept that another "commoner" rise above them, do they? Another thing to take in consideration are those alledged beliefs of Mrs Middleton's father which show the degree of intolerance between other religions, whic is racism. Were Mrs Middelton's father beliefs proven true, I cannot see why, in a country such as the UK - where there is freedom of religion - a woman should be treated that way. There has never been such hate against Mr Middleton so we can wonder why, can't we? Is it because his ancestors, in so many people's minds belonged to the "right" religion, which is of course the Christian one?

    I cannot help feeling very sad for Kate. Again, had her mother been born a princess, there will be no objection as to her being near the baby. It's a very intolerant and snob world we are living in.

    Wishing you all a good weekend!

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    1. Wow you just hit on the head. Most people posting on here that don't beleive Carole should be that involved with her own blood need to re think their feelings. Carole has all the right in the world to be able to babysit her grandson. She is not living with William and Kate but come to them when needed. Like one person's comment here said that she thinks there could be problems in the marriage between William and Kate. I think she is way off and just rying to cause an up roar here on this blog.

      I can not see Charles babysitting his grandchild. He had a group of nannies for William and Harry. Nor can I see the Queen babysitting either. So who thenis the best to look after the future king then grandma Middleton.

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    2. Agree with Molly from Seattle. It is their business, not ours. Let us not bring down another person's marriage, Royal or not through speculation when there is not an obvious photographic hint that it is breaking down.

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    3. Exactly right Molly...I don't see any of the royals lining up to babysit. They were not raised that way, but William has a different outlook thanks to Diana and therefore it is what it is. ANY woman who has dealt with in-law issues of her own knows that this makes him a real MAN.

      And if any member of the royal family wants to see the baby, I think it's up to them to make it happen. And if not, then I suppose they don't mind waiting a bit. The burden of traveling and showing off a newborn does not fall on the parents...royal or not.

      Kate stayed with the Middleton's for four weeks after George was born, but William was only there for two weeks before he returned to work. Then Carole traveled up with them, helped with shopping, etc before taking a train back home. It's not like she moved in with them. LOL. And if Carole was able to babysit on Friday and give Kate peace of mind knowing that the baby was with family, kudos to her. That's what a loving family does.

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    4. Royalfan, to play devil's advocate here do you really think we'd hear about it if Charles and Camilla did want to babysit? George is Charles' first grandchild as well.

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    5. :)

      Bluehare, I don't know. Would a man with more people working for him than the Queen herself travel to wherever William and Kate happen to be and babysit, with nappy duty included? Anything's possible I suppose.

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  60. Does Kate have acupuncture? Look at her foot!

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  61. Don't forget -- any nanny to the royal children would be a commoner.

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  62. It's not snobbery. It is simply that William is a member of the royal family and the spotlight needs to stay firmly on the royal family. Instead, it is completely on the Middletons. We don't even hear about the queen up at Balmoral. Phillip hasn't even seen his great-grandchild.

    Individually, there is nothing wrong with Kate wanting to spend Christmas with her family, even the whole holiday when she was ill, wanting to shop with her mother, wanting her father to take the royal pictures, wanting her mother to babysit. But added together, there is too much exposure on the part of the Middletons. There are rumours, probably false, that they are going to have a flat as part of the Kensington Palace home. There is talk they will dictate how George is educated and how he behaves.

    What makes the royal family successful is its otherness. Otherwise, we are faced with the same question that little boy asked in Anglesey, without the disclaimer. If the royals are just like us, only without our burdens, why do we need them.

    Sophie, Countess of Wessex, could tell William something about the pitfalls of trying to be ordinary and yet royal, when she tried to keep her job. Being in the military, William has been mostly protected from those dangers of exposure. Yet when he talked about wanting to drive his son home like any young father, he probably wasn't thinking that other young fathers, even rich ones, have to worry about London traffic, and don't have the roads cleared for them. He may think he lives normally, but he doesn't and shouldn't.

    There is an artform to being a royal inlaw. Sophie is said to be extremely close to her father, yet most of us couldn't tell you his given name without looking it up and wouldn't recognize him on the street. This kind of discretion is what the Middletons need to embrace. It's fine to be close privately but time to step in the background. There was a charming candid taken of Sophie and the queen but we don't know who snapped it. It should have been the same with the baby photos of George, instead the Middleton credits were splashed all over the photos.

    At the end of the day, George is a Cambridge, not a Middleton. Royal tradition and continuity is part of the mistique of being royal and change needs to be gradual and subtle. No one expects or wants a Prince Hal/Fastaff denouncement, but it is time for Kate to remind us that she is truly the Duchess of Cambridge, no longer Kate Middleton, and for her family to take a warm but much more subtle role in her marriage.

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    1. George is half commoner, although he is famous because of his royal half. If you want to call ignoring his commoner half snobbery, so be it.

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      I'm sorry, but it's simply not fair or realistic to compare Edward and Sophie with William and Kate. Edward will never be King and he has never had the sort of appeal that William has.

      William will be King, he's attractive, and he is Diana's son which adds her legacy-factor to the interest he generates. ANY girl he dated/married would have generated interest, but now add to that the fact that Kate also happens to be very attractive. And the same could be said of her self-made, successful family. So yes, there is media interest in them.

      But the Middleton's are not to blame for the interest they generate, nor have they courted it. And I don't understand the suggestion that they should somehow disappear from Kate's life and that George is a Windsor and not a Middleton. Yes, he is in line for the throne, but he has a mother and grandparents. (Would you say that to the mother of George Smith? I don't think so.) This is exactly one of the issues that Diana dealt with and clearly William is determined to see to it that Kate doesn't suffer the same fate. He wants her to have as much access to her family (and they to her) as they wish. And I think William has a very close relationship with them as well or he wouldn't spend as much time with them. And thank goodness for that because it's the sort of scenario his mother would have wanted for him.

      Regarding Sophie...it's important to remember that she started dating Edward at a time when the royal family was still faced with Diana's popularity...and NOT liking it. This, combined with Sophie's PR background, makes her desire to stay in the background a no-brainer IMO. Plus, with her pre-marital topless photos (something that CANNOT be compared to Kate and William's vacation) and the sheikh scandal, she knows she needs to stay there.

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  63. Jean from Lancs.1 September 2013 17:50

    First-- Kensington Palace denied the story of a flat for the Middletons--but let's not let the truth get in the way of something to use against the Duchess's family.
    They stayed with The Middleton's for the two weeks of Prince William's leave---they really had nowhere else to go-- Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle were both open to the public and in the Cottage at Kensington Palace, the Prince cannot stand upright.
    Seemingly the Duchess told someone on Friday that her mother had come specially to babysit so she could go on the engagement.
    I can sympathize---would not have left my child at 5 weeks with anyone except my husband or my mother.
    Doubtless they will take their son to Balmoral as soon as they are able, but that is not a decision for anyone but the Duke and Duchess.
    Actually the present Queen spent the first weeks of her life at her maternal grandparents--as her parents home was not ready. I suppose those who run down the Middletons, would find that acceptable because they were an Earl and Countess.
    Like the Middletons they were just trying to help and that is the important thing.


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      Jean, you always have sensible comments. I totally agree with you.

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  64. With all of that, my concern goes out to Carole. She obviously is the strength of the family, however, she has a multi-million dollar company to run, two other children and a husband to care for. Can she cover all those bases and still be there almost full time for George???????? Hopefully, once William, Kate and George move into Kensington Palace they can more fully address meeting and mingling with the other members of the royal family. Sooner or later though, George is going to need a royal nanny. Carole cannot fill that role. She does not know the ins and outs of royal life and protocol, all the nuances of that, and really neither does Kate in many respects. Hopefully it will all even out and George will get the upbringing he needs with both the necessary royal experience and the input of the Middletons. Hopefully.

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  65. Very true. Can't be both a commoner and a king. Being royal means being special. There's some kind of magic, majesty. I am afraid they'll spoil it. Too much Middletons.

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  66. Anonymous 10.57
    I agree with every single word. It's the royal family, they aren't like us and never will be. Pretending to live a normal life is quite silly. The Middletons are too much involved, too much exposed... "is it time for Kate to remind us she is truly the Duchess of Cambridge, no longer Kate Middleton, and for her family to take a warm but much more subtle role in her marriage" Great comment, and Sophie is a perfect role model indeed! We really want to see the Duke and the Duchess as "normal people"? The day this will happen, not only that little boy but everyone won't see the point of a royal family. However, I respect other opinions.

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  67. Hello Charlotte- I am new to your blog and have to say it is one of the best I have read. Your information on the royal couple is the best out there. You go into so much detail reguarding their lives and their engagements.

    But I do have to say I am really taken back my so many nasty & negative comments regarding the Middleton family. These two people have don nothing to bring such hate. All they have done is opened their home to William & Catherine after the birth their son. So what is wrong with that. What I have heard & read their cottege had no air and it was very hot in London at the time. And the fact that William can not stand up right. So it was normal for them to go stay with her parents. I would think if
    William was not comfortable there they woudl have not have stayed. It gave them the privacy they needed to bond with the baby. And the help any new mom needs right after giving birth.

    The once Catherine was up to it William returned and broght his family home to Anglesey with him. Carole did go home with them to help Catherine get the baby settled and returned home. She nor Mike are living with nor will they ever live with William & Catherine. We can not belive everythign we read in the rag papers.

    So I think everyone on this blog who have said not so nice things about the Middletons need to be themselves in their place. You have a daughter who just happened to fall in love with the future king and them just gave birth to the other future king. It is by no way the Middletons fault that their son in law is the future king of England. And you never hear anything negative about the Middletons. They just go by running their business and helping William & Catherine when needed with their grandson. So what is wrong with that I ask all you people who think they are overstepping their bounds? I would think Williamis very happy to have them so close to help Catherine.

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    1. Hello Molly,

      Welcome to the blog and thank you very much commenting.

      The comments you see published here, represent only a fraction of the comments I've received, many of them were deeply unkind towards Carole Middleton and Kate herself, so they haven't been published. I don't understand the negative reaction towards the Middleton family myself or why on earth anyone would have a problem with a grandmother looking after her grandson for a couple of hours. I think William and Kate are doing their best for everyone involved, it cannot be easy under such intense public scrutiny.

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    2. I wonder how many people leaving bad comments are mothers who were left alone to care for their babies while their families lived far away? I was in such a situation and while life was wonderful when my husband had paternity leave, when he returned to work, I simply crumbled under the extreme sleep deprevation (try nursing every 3 hours for 6 months day and night to get an idea!).
      I was unsure of every aspect of newborn care - illness, burping, the umbilical cord stump falling off, producing enough milk - every moment was filled with anxiety. I am THRILLED for Kate and the future Kings that they are surrounded by love and support. That is the way it should be! Why is being Royal equated with being alone and scared and miserable? It makes no sense to me and I think if you ask any first time mother of a baby, 100% would welcome any and all help especially from a trusted family member.

      I wish only the best for this little family. William may not be king for 30+ yrs - give him some time to build the more secure and loving family unit tht he can. God knows he deserves it for once.

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    3. Sometimes I am surprised at how hateful people are toward the Middletons. They don't ask for media attention, the media seeks them out. To compare Catherine to the Countess of Wessex is terribly unfair. She is not married to the future king, and her children will never rule, so the media has little interest in her family. It isn't her being private, just as the middletons aren't begging for publicity. The media decides who gets attention.
      All of that aside, I think the duchess looked lovely. I think everyone criticizing her should be reminded that she is human, and to pretend that you have the right to demean her appearance is making her an object less than worthy of consideration. It's fine to state an opinion as you would to an acquaintance, but lets not be crass.

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    4. Thank you Charlotte for answering my comment. It is just not right that these people are so negative. And they way the speak of the Middletons as being commoners. I don;t understand why that should be a big deal.

      I think if the Queen was not happy on how William & Kate were doing things with baby George, she would have words with William. I like the idea on how William & Kate are attending to theri son. They are doing it their way just like any other parent. One commnet in another one of your post said that William was becoming to common. What the hell was that suppose to mean. These people do not listen to what William has to say in the fe interviews he has given since his son was born. He said in the CNN interview that he does things his way but when it does not allow him to do it his way then he does it the royal way. He know's how far he can go. So these people who make comments like tht really need to to listen to Williams words.

      Thank you for being so informative on teh information you bring to us.

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    5. Hi Molly Seattle,

      Welcome to the blog! You're right, Charlotte's blog is the best one out there! I'm sure you'll find that most of the regular readers are BIG fans of the Duchess, and don't try to nitpick anything she does. I think you'll fit right in. In fact, your writing style reminds me a lot of Pauline's, one of the biggest fans of Kate I've ever met (virtually).

      <3

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  68. I think Kate's jeans are the Topshop maternity jeans. If you look at the photo of Kate's feet you can see that her trouser has a very distinct turn-up just as the Topshop maternity jeans has. The Paige jeans doesn't look to have the same turn-up when you zoom in on the website. It's perhaps not unlikely that Kate wore the Topshop jeans to both this event as well as to go shopping in Waitrose (I can't see her ankles properly on the shopping picture). Post pregnancy is not only about shedding the baby weight but also about your hips "coming together" and back to normal after having pushed out a baby - that's why lots of women wear maternity trousers a good while after giving birth even though they get rid of the extra weight quickly.

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  69. My plane landed in South Korea, and I was waiting for a dream. Surprisingly, I found that clear acrossed the world, with people of a different culture and race, that they were the same - with the same human emotions and inclinations. I know it is so with the royals, and it is so delightful to see how they choose to live their lives with such grace. Why they should be so criticized seems irrational. They live admirable lives.
    I thought that Kate was pregnant when her face was suddenly fuller. It still is, and she looks like she did before her engagement. The chiseled look is gone, but isn't she looking healthy and beautiful? Imagine having a family that loves her like she does?
    What I am wondering is if she wears hair extensions. None of her pre-marriage photos show her hair so thick and full as she wears it now. I'm sure that she had blow-outs before she went somewhere special with Prince William. So what's the difference? I've been pregnant four times, and it can't be chalked up to that. I love the waves she is wearing, and even all the colors that she has currently look beautiful.
    As far as what she is wearing on this occasion, has anyone noticed that she is covering the "problem" areas after birth which is her tummy, love handles and nursing area? Why are we so focused on being unnatural when it comes to weight? That's one of the unpretentious thing about her...I think that Diana was the same way.
    Isn't it grand to see these young people so happy and in love with their first baby? It's like watching a fairy tale. But it's real life, and even if I don't have their privilege, I'm glad there is somebody on earth who is able to embrace it all.

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  70. Has anyone heard anything new about the investigation of new information concerning Diana's passing?

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  71. William surely remembers very well the opinion of HIS mum about being alone with her first baby in the Palace, without a friendly and familiar face to trust and help. He knows how can it be sad. People talking about Middleton's presence and help might go back reading what Diana told at her times. Please do, and come back after reminding. I love Middleton's kindness, softness, good and natural behavior. Baby George will be a perfect royal.
    Please, what does it mean being royal? I think that a king, or a queen, must be a symbol. Their main goal is to be the symbol of a nation, of it's values, deeply shared values. William is showing to the entire world which are for him and his wife those values: helping people, loving family, taking care of each other. He is a caring man: when I think of him, the first thing I remember is that he chose to rescue people as his job. I think he is a great royal. A great symbol. Because he likes to help his wife with homework's, but he is also able to speak in front of the world. Because he knows exactly what is the message he is sending. A royal is a royal for those reasons, not because he is far from people, distant and cold.

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    1. Very well said. I agree! :)

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    2. Thank you for your wonderful words, Paola. So true!!

      Julie

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  72. Jean from Lancs.2 September 2013 20:43

    Paola,
    Thank you for what you have written. How right you are.

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    1. Well said Paola . I've been really surprised at people's reaction to the middletons. They have after all behaved with great grace and humility. They haven't put a foot wrong yet get all this awful public opinion. They never asked for all this scrutiny. It's good that carole can support kate and love George. Heavens knows had the royals been a more close family then maybe none of the past mistakes would have happened and we would have a more loving and warm royal family. They are too distant and aloof even now with the public , however they still do a fab job. Bella wiltshire

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  73. Charlotte your comments section is becoming almost as interesting as your blog. Love the different opinions and places they come from. Was wondering Charlotte as Wlliam and the Royal Family have referred to Kate as Catherine if maybe we should also. I hate that here in the USA they are frequently referred to as Prince William and Kate Middleton. William refers to her as "Catherine" and I think your blog could go a long way to make that happen. Just a thought. I love the Middleton family and the obvious affection and trust William has for them. I do feel the media has placed too much emphasis on them and frankly just ignored the royal family. No the Middletons should not be denied their role in the new Prince's life. We Americans love to here about the Royals. I have read from interviews with Camilla's children that she is an active,involved, and loving grandmother (I believe they refer to her as GaGa. I think Catherine looked beautiful but that hair is a hot mess but I know pregnancy and hormones can be the cause of that. She looked "normal" which seems to be the popular term for them. I have longed since their wedding to see her in a tiara again. Maybe now as the mother of the future King we will see that at a formal event soon. As for Sophie I quite like her and think she is very very smart to have become so close to the Queen no matter what her rank in the family. Imagine the wisdom and insight this woman could give. I would think as valuable any posh school could give. This relationship is open to Catherine I'm sure. I hope she realize become closer now that they will be back in London. America is a wonderful country but again we envy you your Monarchy. I respect all opinions except those that are rude and really carry no interesting content except they are rude. Proud to see a 17 y/o give her opinion. Good for you. Don't be offended by people that don't agree and don't stop stating your beliefs.

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    1. Thank you so much for reading and commenting!

      I am in absolute agreement with you regarding the comments section. Reading the comments from readers all over the world is my favourite part of running the blog. It's fascinating to hear different perspectives from readers of different ages concerning everything from high street fashion to royal history. I've learned so much myself and have become hugely interested in royal history over the past year or two.

      It's lovely to see so much interaction, I do hope it continues to grow and we welcome more readers into our community here. Perhaps we need more men commenting though. I regularly receive emails from male readers who want to share their thoughts on engagements/news it would be splendid to see them participating in the conversation.

      We are very lucky to have the monarchy - I concur 100% on that :)

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  74. Sorry Anon but you shouldn't generalize! I respect your opinion but most Americans don't want the monarchy and don't envy british monarchy! Personally, I'd rather be a citizen than a subject...

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    1. Well, this American DOES admire the British monarchy, and the continuity that we lack on this side of the pond. Otherwise, I wouldn't follow Charlotte's wonderful blog. :)

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    2. I wrote MOST Americans... do we lack continuity? Is it because we vote for our President every four years? I already expressed my opinion... I also find Charlotte's blog fantastic, it is not necessary to be a "royalfan".

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  75. Charlotte, I really love your blog and reading everyone's opinions, but why people hate the Middleton's so much is beyond me. Kate comes from a loving, close family who she can rely on - this is obviously one of the reasons William fell in love with her as she came from a stable background which he did not.

    It seems like people hate on them so much because Carole had the entrepreneurial skills and ability to turn a small, home run business into a very successful one which enabled them to give their children a great education and meet the right people. It has bothered me to no end, since the engagement that the British population refers to them as "Commoners." In America their success wold be a good thing. The elitist attitude of the Brits is appalling in the 21st century.

    Why shouldn't Carole come and take care of the baby, whether he is the future king or not...she is his grandmother! I don't really see Charles and Camilla coming over to help out - or Sophie for that matter. The Royal family is very strange and I don't blame Kate relying on her mum.

    One more thing...Kate really needs to cut her hair into some semblance of a style. Her hair looks like it's from the 70's - just long and wavy. She can pull this off because she is beautiful, but she really needs a good haircut.

    Thanks.

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  76. Thank you, Charlotte, for moderating this conversation. A couple of days ago I decided to sit it out . . . it was that upsetting to me! I thank many commenters as well for echoing my thoughts, and for saying things better than I could have.

    I am the mother of two and can tell you that, hands down, there is nothing more demanding than taking care of a newborn, particularly if you are breastfeeding, which Kate seems to be.

    That her hair is not perfectly coiffed is a sign to me that her priorities are in order--she is taking care of her child. If you haven't been through it, you cannot possibly imagine the physical and emotional toll of having a newborn. It is exhausting and draining in every way. That she managed to get dressed and out the door and attend an event BEFORE AMERICAN DOCTORS OK WOMEN TO RETURN TO WORK is a testimony to her character, dedication, and resilience. At five weeks I was still having trouble sitting down comfortably, let alone . . . enough said.

    I continue to wish Kate, Will, and their extended families all the best. Everything I see of Kate just affirms for me the fact that she is an extraordinary person who is very well suited for her job as future queen and mother of a future king. I rejoice in the happiness I see on her and William's faces when they are together. I am looking forward to seeing this special child grow up in what is clearly a very loving household. I hope they don't see any negative press about them or the Middletons, I can't imagine how devastating that must be when you are simply trying to live your life and do your very best, as it seems to me.

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  77. Does anyone know what kind of blush she is wearing? It looks like it might be the same delicate pink she wore for her wedding or at least close to it.

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  78. I know there is no way to know for sure,(and that the comments for this post mostly turned to another topic entirely) but I was catching up on news and happened to watch a different video of Kate from the Anglesey engagement this morning, and I am now convinced that the jeans are the Topshop maternity jeans. Kate actually looked a little uncomfortable when they first arrived and I noted that she held her hands clasped much higher than usual, still protectively covering her tummy. In the video you could see, briefly, when the wind blew and she unclasped her hands to pull her jacket back into place, that the waistband of her jeans was very high (closer to natural waist) and covered her entire tummy. It was too thick to have been any sort of body shaper and the Paige denim sits near the hips. She's slim already, but I don't think she's quite back into her pre-pregnancy jeans. It's easy to forget just how thin she was before. I know from my own experience, the difference between slimmer sizes is only a few pounds.

    That said, Kate looks wonderful! It's fun to see her looking polished, but I actually like her better here looking natural and pretty.

    Thanks for the great posts, Charlotte!

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