Saturday, 14 September 2013

Prince William Attends Society Wedding in Norfolk, Kate Spotted Shopping in London

The Duke of Cambridge was an usher at the wedding of James Meade and Lady Laura Marsham in Gayton, Norfolk today.


James Meade is a very close friend of Prince William and delivered the joint best man's speech with Thomas Van Straubenzee at the royal wedding in 2011. The Old Etonians poked fun at the Prince during the speech saying "he tries to be a man of the people, but his student cupboards were jam-packed full of Duchy originals". William attended his stag do last month, a surfing weekend in Devon, and Mr Meade is also very friendly with the Duchess, whom he escorted to the 2007 Badminton Horse Trials during William and Kate's brief separation. The 30-year-old is one of the favourites to be chosen as one of Prince George's godparents.


James's father, Olympic equestrian gold medallist Richard Meade, is a former boyfriend of Princess Anne's, while Lady Laura's father, the Earl of Romney is a close friend of Prince Charles. She is a cousin, several times removed, of the Duchess of Cornwall. It really is a small world for the royals, isn't it?

28-year-old Lady Laura has skied with the Cambridges and is involved in supporting Tusk Trust, of which Prince William is patron. The Cambridges attended the Tusk Conservation Awards in support of the organisation on Thursday night.


Prince Harry also attended.


Much to the delight of local ladies :)

Mark Stewart Twitter Feed

The happy couple.


Pippa Middleton was also a guest at the wedding and arrived smiling in a Tabitha Webb dress and a Gina Foster hat. Pippa's career is continuing to thrive and she has just been announced as The Telegraph's latest columnist. You can read her first piece 'Boxing is a Pure but Pleasing Agony'.


William and Kate attended showjumper Harry Meade's (James's brother) wedding in 2010. I recall that day quite well as speculation the couple had secretly got engaged was at fever pitch. Of course, we now know the couple had just returned from Kenya, where William had indeed proposed. They both looked very happy and I'm sure they were thinking of their own impending nuptials that day.


The wedding service took place at The Parish Church of St Nicholas in Gayton. The 14th century building underwent extensive refurbishments in the 19th century and is described as having "the rather anonymous character of a town church, with a couple of fine details".

Norfolk Churches

A look inside the quaint church.

Norfolk Churches

The reception was held in the bride's family home Gayton Hall. The present building was built in the early 19th century by Andrew St John and remained in the ownership of the St John family, until it was acquired by Charles Marsham, 4th Earl of Romney in 1879. It has been passed down through the Romney family and remains the seat of the present Earl and Countess, Lady Laura's family. It's a fantastic place to hold a wedding reception, and I'm sure it afforded the family plenty of privacy to enjoy the day with guests.

With thanks to Clogsilk Flickr Feed

Kate was noticeably absent in Norfolk today. It is a journey of more than two hours from London and I expect she didn't want to be that far away from George. There were several sightings of Kate today out and about in London. The Duchess spent time in Peter Jones shopping for baby clothing and other items for George, and fellow shopper Ellie shared a photo via Twitter.

Ellie Twitter/World of Windsor Tumblr

From what we can see, it appears the Duchess wore one of her Barbour jackets, Topshop jeans  and her Mint Velvet Plimsolls.

Mint Velvet

There was great excitement on Twitter from those who spotted Kate.

Beth Tinley/Rachel Dixon Twitter Feed


It would have been lovely to see Kate at the wedding today, but we all know priorities change when one has a baby and for William and Kate little George comes first, exactly as it should be. There were some reports speculating the Cambridges would take the seven-week-old to the wedding but considering William said he has a 'voice to match any lion's roar' I thought it less than likely.

I hope you're all having a lovely weekend :)

116 comments:

  1. You know who steals the show? That little bridesmaid. Beautiful!!

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  2. Awesome! Thanks Charlotte!

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  3. Wish we would have seen her at the wedding, I'm sure she would have looked beautiful. Maybe next time. It's great to see her out and about doing a little shopping especially since she's buying baby clothes. I can't wait to see her out pushing the pram with George in it. I have to say Kate's style is rubbing off on me. I recently bought a great replica of Kate's black Atquila boots and I can't wait to wear them. And I also bought a great pair of black jeans similar to the one's she wears that are cropped at the ankle. I love her style.

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  4. Was it the Issa dress in blue she was wearing to that wedding?
    Not necessarily to report about her sister.

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    1. Are you saying it wasn't necessary for Charlotte to report about Pippa? I find that comment extremely rude. Charlotte runs a wonderful blog about the Cambridge family and I love to hear about the going on of Kate's family as well, especially Pippa's style. What one person doesn't like, another does and Charlotte should can post whatever she wants seeing as it is her blog.

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    2. I completely agree with the comment right above mine. This post was perfect. It covered the wedding, so of course there was mention of William, Harry, and Pippa. She is Kate's sister -- why wouldn't her presence be noted? Many Kate fans admire Pippa's style as well. Charlotte runs an excellent blog and I have no idea why you would feel the need to say something negative. Just scroll past if you're so disinterested in Pippa! I notice that you didn't question the fact that Harry was included in the post. Geez!

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    3. I like Charlotte's blog, but not Pippa. She is not royal. She gets too much attention for nothing.
      A comment like mine has its right like equally yours.
      Did you buy her book?

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    4. I bought pippas book and its a fun nice easy informative read. I like pippas style and it s nice to get the odd titbits about the other members of Kate's family. On another note isn't it funny how the rumours we read in the press and the speculation nearly always turns out to be true.

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    5. Of course you have every right to post your thoughts, but I disagree with your opinion. Carole and Michael Middleton are not "Royal", but their photos have been posted here. Nor are the newlywed couple or the adorable bridesmaid members of the Royal Family. Without photos of we common folk, this would be a much duller post. (Thanks again, Charlotte!)

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  5. great post as always Charlotte you are very right about Kate I wouldnt want to leave him either! haha

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  6. hi charlotte love pippa middleton dress i think duchess stayed at home and make some stop over to shopping that her little prince george needed i know what best for the baby.... im sending charlotte positive vibes along nasty and negative comments im wonder how you handle the situation im really love your blog

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  7. Hi,
    I was at the wedding today in the crowd, it was abit disappointing that kate didn't attend but also a nice suprise to see harry and pippa there aswell! The wedding wasn't until 4 so lots of hanging about and being cold!! I was standing close to the girls who were screaming for Harry and it was abit embarressing as you could see he wanted to keep a low profile and enjoy his friends wedding!

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    1. Hello,

      Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts on the day. The bride and groom looked very happy and it appears Harry has plenty of female fans in Gayton :)

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  8. Many thanks to the Anonymous who left a 'not to be published' comment :)

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  9. It seems that William and Kate have their priorities in order. I can't blame her for not wanting to be that far away.

    I envy your understated, classy English weddings. I love the way the ladies dress and seeing the old churches just adds such character to the day.

    I think Pippa's dress was lovely, but I have yet to say that about one of her hats. She seems to favor the more frumpy types. :)

    Side note: I noticed in the DM that Tony Blair's son got married today and his bride's "something blue" was her shoes! I've never seen that before, but thought it was a modern addition to an otherwise traditional day.

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    1. Hi Royalfan,

      Yes, I saw the Blair wedding too - I think the bride has done a Carrie Bradshaw from Sex in The City - Carrie wore the exact same blue Manolo Blahnik's with her white wedding outfit when she married 'BIG' some years ago now. I think it's a novel idea. At least she can wear her wedding shoes again!

      PP

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    2. Thank you, PP. :)

      I've never watched the program so I would not have made the connection. I thought the same thing...at least she can wear them again. I like the idea. It added a splash of daring without being inappropriate in any way.

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  10. I just looked at Getty's site and I noticed that William's aunts, Lady Sarah and Lady Jane, attended the wedding.

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  11. Lovely post, Charlotte. I too thought the little bridesmaid was adorable. This is the first I've posted a comment but I've enjoyed your blog for many months.
    Marie from Chicago

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  12. Beatrix in New York15 September 2013 at 02:42

    The bride and groom look so happy :) Lovely dress.

    Pippa looks great. I loved her outfit today! !
    Sometimes she wears strange dresses... and people dislike her so much :/ so many ugly vibes... even Kate fans dislike her too much. Sad and I doubt Kate likes that, she is her baby sister...

    Ohhh I am so excited to share this: I will be in London in just two weeks!!! We were planning on going last year but then a friend's wedding in Mexico "ruined" it for us (LOL). I have yet to look into getting from the airport to the hotel. Do you guys now if taxi/cabs have fixed rates? In NYC they have fixed rates from JFK to Manhattan, which is quite awesome.

    Oh and I was very surprised when this morning I told my sister about our travel plans (she is 16) and the first thing she said was, "Wow, can you imagine if you see Kate somewhere? Be sure to have the good camera out at all times!"

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    1. Your right a lot of Kate fans dislike Pippa. I think one of the reasons a lot of people dislike her so is that they feel she uses her connection to Kate and the royal family to get things that she wants. And that she is just after a title like her big sister. Remember when she dated a Duke and people said it was because she was jealous of Kate. I'm personally not a fan of hers. It just seems as if she wants to be exactly like Kate, and that she benefits too much from her royal connections.

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    2. Beatrix, they do not have fixed rates, so be careful. The taxis are VERY expensive. You would be better off sticking to taking Heathrow Express or the tube. Assuming you are flying into Heathrow, you take the Heathrow Express to Paddington. You can also take the tube, but there are line and platform changes. The best and easiest way is Heathrow Express to Paddington Station. From Paddington Station, hop the tube to your destination. If you are flying into Gatwick, there's the Gatwick Express to Victoria Station. If you chose to go the tube route, I can tell you the lines you need to take. Let me know if there's anything else you need help with. I have been to London several times, most recently this past June. I will be more than happy to help with anything.

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    3. Beatrix , how exciting! Have a fabulous time!!!!

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    4. Exactly, what is about the tube?

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    5. I usually visit London every year (missed last year ): though). Like Texas Kate, I always take Gatwick or Heathrow Express. It's fast; there are multiple trains every hour--just about around the clock as far as I can tell. I usually go ahead and buy a return (round trip) for the day of my departure--it's cheaper that way. My only departure from Texas Kate's very astute advice is that you may choose to take a taxi from Paddington (Heathrow Express terminal) or Victoria (Gatwick Express terminal) on your very first arrival--until you have a chance to "master" the tube (what New Yorkers call the subway--Britons call subways the pedestrian walkways under busy streets.) Learning to use the tubes is easier without luggage to tow around--especially since some stations have steps leading up to street level--depending on the location of your hotel--and of course on how much luggage you have (the less the better!) and how young and strong you are. Nevertheless, the tubes depart quickly--and getting luggage on fast can pose a challenge.
      Unless you are very wealthy, do not take a taxi from Gatwick. It's a long way into London from Gatwick. I can't imagine how much the fare might be! Heathrow is a lot closer in, but I still think a taxi would be quite pricey!
      Anyway--have fun, fun, fun! I am green with envy!

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    6. Lynn Georgia USA --

      OMG, I must pick your brain. I want to go to London and hit all of the palaces plus the Diana memorial next year (it's the last year at Althorp). Do you know of any good travel agencies that have group tours of palaces? All the ones that I have seen have other places that I am not interested in seeing on them and only one or two palaces, but not all three plus Althorp.

      I want to hit Windsor, BP, KP, and Althorp. How does one figure out how to get around from the different places, especially since Althorp is a bit a way from London? I couldn't imagine renting a car and driving on the "wrong" side of the street! Any tips?

      P.S. The funniest part --- the friend I am going with is named Lynn too!

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    7. Lynn, I don not want to interfere with you asking the other Lynn, but I would be happy to help also. Are you wanting actual tours or just tickets? There are guides that can get you through the palaces. You REALLY need to look at getting a London Pass. It's essentially your "ticket" into MANY tourist attractions and you save a good bit of money.

      Althorp is a separate ticket and travel in itself. I know there are tours that take you or you can do it yourself and take the National Rail Service to the train station in Northampton. From there you can take a taxi or bus. I don't know if it is true or not, but I read that Charles Spencer surprisingly decided to make this the last year for the Diana exhibit. I am really, really hoping it's not true, because I had planned to go next summer for the closing. You might look in to that, again I am uncertain....just read it a couple places.

      Back to the London Pass. I have done London several times paying outright for everything, but last summer and this past summer I bought a London Pass with travel and it is FABULOUS! You save so much time and money! Windsor and KP are included as are many, many more attractions. Remember that Buckingham Palace is only open a few weeks a year. You can buy a ticket to the Palace exhibition and state rooms, but it's an additional cost. As mentioned above, you can buy a travel card with your pass and you will again save time and money. Again, you really should look in to this at www.londonpass.com

      As far as getting around....take the tube or train. Taking a taxi everywhere will cost you a fortune. Windsor Castle is about 25 miles west of London. You can get there easily by train. Catch a train from Paddington Station into Windsor...with one train and platform change in Slough. Might sound hard, but very easy. All other attractions throughout London, the tube is your best bet. It might look difficult, but is really easy and people are willing to help you. For example to get from BP to KP I would say take the Circle Line from St.James Park station to High Street Kensington. You can walk up HSK to KP. OR Take the Circle Line to Notting Hill Gate switch lines and take the Central Line one stop to Queensway. That puts you right at KP Gardens close to the Broadwalk. This might be overload of information, but all this to say, taking the tube is very easy and I would say the best way to get around the city.

      Again, I would be more than happy to help with anything! London is fabulous and my absolute favorite place to go in the world! I took a friend this summer who had never been and as far as palaces/castles did KP, Windsor, Hampton Court, Tower of London, etc, etc. There's LOTS on the London Pass! We were there in June and BP wasn't open until end of summer. So excited for you!

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    8. Hi Lynn,

      I also think that this was the last year the Diana exhibition was on show at Althorp - we went one last time and it was rather sad as there was hardly anyone there - my sister and I were on our own going around the exhibition! Years ago we queued for hours to catch a glimpse ~ this year we had it all to ourselves.

      I think it's been packed up is on it's way to the USA - might be worth some research as it may be that Diana's coming to you...

      Have fun planning your trip and enjoy!

      PP

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    9. @Blair, I feel she gets all the scrutiny and very little benefits. I doubt she lived very differently prior to the wedding - ok, minus the columns she now has in 2 magazines (?)... I didn't even know Princess Diana had sisters until very recently (when William and Kate visited an aunt), but at the same time, Pippa didn't really go after the photographers, etc. Somehow she attracted all the attention at the wedding. I thought it would slowly recede...I thought her dating the duke was just a rumor (if it is the Percy gentleman she also worked for).

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    10. @Sarah from Calif, thank you!!!! 
      @Kate from Texas, thanks!!! Yes, I remember you shared pics. How was the exhibit at BP? Thanks for offering your help.
      @ green Lynn, ha ha :p definitely not "very wealthy"
      Kate - Lynn, Thanks for your advice regarding transport. We are flying to Heathrow and our hotel is nxt to Victoria station. From your advice, I gather we will be taking to Heathrow Express to Paddington and then the yellow line/circle line to Victoria. It will then be a short walk to our hotel.
      From google maps I can see that from Paddington Station to our hotel is just a 13min drive (vs 20min in the circle line+the walk). Do you think a taxi would be very expensive? I'm thinking taxis will use that meter and charge mostly based on time… we will be there before noon on a Sunday so I don't think there should be a lot of traffic. What would you advice?
      We saw tickets are available online (for Heathrow Express) but we will buy upon our arrival instead. We will also be traveling to Paris via Eurostar - those tickets have been purchased already, since we noticed they were selling out :O
      PS. I felt bad about saying our friends ruined my trip last year. I should add CANCUN is simply beauty beyond what you can imagine. No picture does it justice. Everyone should visit Cancun ;) and we will definitely be going back.

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  13. Oh what a nice surprise. Another great post. I was a little surprised that Kate did not attend with William. But then when I read that the weddign was a 2 hrs drive I can understand why she did not want to be away from baby George for that long. I take my hat off to both William and Kate for putting their son first. Sure they could have gotten the nanny or granny Carole to babysit but that is not how they are rasing their son.

    It was nice to see Kate out & about. Of course baby Goerge need's more clothes. He is growing and changes sizes almost every week. Babys grow like a speed of lighting. And of course Kate was not far from him.I hope William enjoyed his time away from his family but I hope he was not gone for any length of time.

    Again thank you Charlotte for all your hard work. I am also sorry you have filter thru all of the commetns and not post the not so nice ones.

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  14. Any idea who the lady is that William is with? Is this his date for the wedding since his wife did not attend?

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    1. OMG can't William stand by another woman without people thinking he is with her? Just because his wife had to stay home with baby George does not mean he is with another woman.

      Or are you just trying to start something here?

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    2. She appears to be the maid/matron of honor by her outfit.

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    3. Maybe he did have another date for the wedding, maybe he didn't - everyone knows who he is and who he is married to so IF he did (though I doubt he did) she would obviously be a friend or a member of the bridal party. Asking if and who is not a big deal. I don't think that Anon was trying to start anything.

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    4. I suppose at age 63 I must be thought old-fashioned, but married gentlemen usually do not take a "date" to weddings simply because their spouse is unavailable to attend. This comment did make me laugh.

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    5. @Greybird K- I am with you in age. And this comment made me laugh too. William could not get away with taking " date" to the wedding. And like you said married "gentlemen" do not take dates to a wedding if his wife is unable to attend.

      I think who ever made this comment had nothing better to do.

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  15. Oh I do hope they had a lovely day there for the wedding. Happy couple , best wishes to them. I love the small charming old churches and having a reception in a home setting is lovely.
    The little bridesmaid is adorable.
    Glad Kate could get out with minimal invasion of privacy and the shoes look sooo comfortable.

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  16. Thank you, Charlotte, for not only today's post but for the wonderful work you do on your blog! I'm sorry about all the negative things you have to deal with, and hope that the positive attitudes/comments far outweigh the negative ones.

    I don't mean to be pushy, but is there a FB page that Kate fans use? I'm only aware of the one connected with this blog, but would love to get in on other conversations with you and fans of the Duchess. :o)

    You don't have to publish this comment - it's meant for you. Thanks again for all your hard work!

    Julie

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    1. Hello Julie,

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment Julie. Would you mind sending me an email at hrhcatherineblog@hotmail.com regarding FB?



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    2. @Dougies girl

      Julie- The fb page you are referring to has not anything to do with Ms. Charlotte's blog here. It is just a few of us ladies who have become good friends. And it is a way for us to stay in touch. Please sent me a peraonal e mail at pmsockser@aol.com.

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    3. Ms. Chrlotte
      Dougies girl e mailed me. So it is taken care of. Hope to chat with you soon my friend.

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  17. Thank you for the link to Pippa's article, she writes very well, I enjoyed reading.
    Middleton sisters have well working brains, it seems! Some more and better than a perfect bottom, or perfectly polished nails...

    Hi Charlotte, greetings from Milano.

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    1. Yes. Both Middleton girls did well academically. I believe that Pippa really excelled, winning many academic awards and scoring even higher marks than Kate. If I remember correctly, her major was English literature. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

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  18. Can you imagine what it would have been like if the Duchess had attended with Prince George? The scrum of paparazzi would have terrified the baby and the bride would have been completely ignored.
    I'm wondering if they will now go to Balmoral.

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  19. Dear Charlotte, I want to add my thanks for your wonderful blog. It is the first thing I look at, with my morning coffee. Sometimes I wish that I could start at the beginning of your blog, and read thru it all. It's better than any book I've seen. I've been reading it since the royal wedding. It's all so positive and fun. I wonder how it would be, to be all scrubbed up and polished by a team like Dorothy and her friends in the "Wizard of Oz". Kind of like, how would I look if I had Kate's resources? I'm from the states, and don't quite understand why the royals are demanded to "work". Is it because they are supported (somewhat) by taxpayers? Poor Kate if she paid attention to her detractors, although I guess that she probably just gets on with it. She's a woman in love, and that makes her adorable in my estimation. I think Pippa is popular because newspapers can make money off her. She can't help it if photographers are always snapping pictures of her. People will read her column because she is the duchess' sister, but she has to be talented to do this, as well. I'm sure she is as sweet as her smile. Thank you again for the delightful experience you provide!

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  20. VERY interesting that there was all the speculation that Kate would attend this wedding of her close friends, then she shows up at the gala looking less than put together and then skips out on the wedding. AND Jecca Craig, one of William's old flames - and one of Kate's acknowledged rivals, who remains a good friend of his, WAS at the wedding. And sure, it might have been because of the baby. But she does have a nanny now and it's not like Kate is away from the baby every single other day going to work, not to mention she was away from him while she was shopping.
    I know they just had a baby but the level of seclusion of this couple, but especially of Kate, is becoming very unusual. Yes, we've all read the mantra that they are a very private couple. But they are also very high profile and William is third in line for the throne. It almost seems like he's got no interest in the job or his subjects whatsoever (he didn't mention his royal duties in his priorities, indicating it's not even on his radar). In that case, he should abdicate on behalf of himself and his son and go live as privately as he wants.
    The moves by the Palace and William and Kate's PR people seem to have been at cross purposes the last couple of months and the last few weeks, almost as if they're not quite sure themselves what's going on with the royal couple. The announcement that William is done with the RAF and then will move to London and just sort of hang out was the icing on that cake after all the reports that he would join the HC and take up a regular schedule of royal duties. It's going to be very interesting to watch and see what happens over the next few months.

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    1. OMG Elizabeth...how do we go from a very normal decision for William to support a friend while Kate stays home with a 7 wk old baby to talk of rivals, abdication, and palace PR?

      I sometimes wonder whether you really believe all this doom and gloom or if you just want to see how many people react to it.

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    2. GUESS WHAT.... Jecca Craig and William were both at the wedding of Thomas van Straubenzee and Lady Melissa Percy!!!! Kate was heavily pregnant and not there!!!! I personally tend to think this would lean more to the royal and aristocratic circles being very tight and everyone being good friends, but it sounds like you don't.

      I have been to a couple weddings with my old flames and even danced with one, but am happily married and have a good, solid marriage. That is a possibility.

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    3. OMG Elizabeth- What in the hell are you talking about. There has not a been a word in the papers regarding Jecca Craig being at the wedding. Where did you see or read this. I am very sure that if she was there it would have been all over the papers. I feel all you are doing is trying to start crap regarding William & Kate.

      Everything you have written here is nothing but crap. You don't even know where William stand in line to the throne. BEfor you open your mouth you should check your facts.

      Alot of us here are gettign really tired of all your nasty and hurtful comments. If you do not like the royal couple then get the hell of of this blog. You never had anything nice to say. You are a very mean person.

      Charlotte I am sorry but alot of us here are really tired of all the nasty comments this person continues to make about William & Kate.
      She can not even get her facts correct.
      I really hope you post this comment.

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    4. Elizabeth, I'm not sure if you are implying anything by Kate not attending the wedding or not. I will say that both William and Jecca Craig were both at the wedding of Thomas van Straubenzee and Lady Melissa Percy back in June. Kate was heavily pregnant and did not attend. Harry and Chelsy were together at the same wedding, etc, etc. Some could speculate, but I would say it is nothing more than the royal and aristocratic circle being very tight. There seems to me a level of trust and security in William and Kate's relationship.

      I have been a to a handful of weddings with old flames and even had a dance or two with some, but am happily married. I see nothing wrong with it. There are deep emotional scars from William's childhood with the "War of the Wales" his parents went through and he and Harry were subjected to. I just don't think William ever wants to travel down that road or put his family through anything like that.

      I will also say that being a mother of 4, I would have never left my 7 weeks old for more than an hour or two at most for many reasons. Yes, they have a nanny, but George is still young. I am not trying to be ugly or rude in any way, but are you a mother? Everyone is different and how they chose to parent is different. Between travel time to and from, reception, etc, it would have been a long day away from little George. Peter Jones in Sloane Square is a short distance from Kensington Palace. As all moms know, it is healthy to take a little time away. I'm sure she could have had any of her staff do the shopping for George, but as his mother wanted to do it herself. A day in Norfolk for a wedding and a quick trip to Peter Jones is jut not comparable time wise.

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    5. Erm, new mothers are sometimes plagued with mood swings and postpartum depression, among the many reasons why the couple decided it was best for her to stay home, could be she simply woke up and thought, "Not today". Which is entirely their business. More probably she did not want to be so far from her son, perfectly natural. And I thought the Duchess looked remarkably well for a new mother and quite beautiful at the Tusk event. She seems to have her priorities in perfect order and know that her husband is hers alone.

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    6. @ Greybird K

      I agree with your comments and your last sentence definitely sums it up beautifully. Well said.

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  21. Oooh Pippa looks stunning! She really looks good in peacock colours. Sometimes her wedding-goer outfits look a little gaudy and inelegant, but not today!

    Thanks a gazillion Charlotte once again!!

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  22. The bride looks lovely! Great post as always!

    But I have been wondering this for a while...Kate declined the wedding invitation (as well as some others) and then was spotted out shopping. In the US, that would be extremely offensive to the bride. To decline with a good reason, yes, ok fine. To decline and go shopping instead would definitely be, well, rude. I mean how do you tell the bride you decided to go shopping instead of attending her wedding?

    Yes, yes, I know the wedding was 2 hours away from London. But still.

    I absolutely mean no disrespect to Kate--I'm a HUGE fan and LOVE her but I am just wondering if the rules of wedding etiquette are different across the pond??

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    1. I think some leniency is allowed if you are mothering the future King of England :)
      But I was actually thinking the same thing myself, especially if they are in the running for becoming godparents!

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    2. She most likely declined the wedding invite because of the fact that she is breast feeding her newborn son and she wanted to stay nearby. She was probably seen shopping during his nap time. If I had been the bride I'd be quite understanding and would not think it was rude.

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    3. I disagree that it would be seen as rude in the US. I think it would only be seen as "offensive" by a bride who couldn't empathize and put herself in someone else's shoes. It may be the bride's day, but the world doesn't revolve around her.

      William and Kate work as a team and this was just another example. He went to support a friend and she wanted to be closer to her baby. If you add the travel time to the time spent at the wedding itself, it adds up to a full day. I honestly don't see anything wrong with Kate running out to buy baby clothes at a local store in London. She was probably there and back in less time than it would take to travel to the wedding. Besides, if Kate had attended, any bets on how many people would be up in arms about her leaving the baby.

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    4. royalfan: Disagree. Most women think this is the most important day of their life and I think would definitely be insulted that someone they invited would rather shop than attend their wedding.

      Don't want a back and forth with you, as I do think that some people wouldn't be offended (me!!), but a lot would. Unless Kate phoned and explained why she wouldn't/couldn't come and apologized.

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    5. Outside Looking In: I tend to agree with you. It does seem to be a little gray area. The first time, she was very near the due date and the wedding was 4-5 hours away. So I understood that one, although I thought it in poor form to go shopping on the actual day of the wedding.

      For this wedding, it was a closer venue. I am not a parent, so I wouldn't know exactly, however, for those defending the decision using the breastfeeding argument...can't new mothers pump and then bottle the breast milk for later feedings? So someone else can bottle feed PG with actual breast milk while Kate's at the wedding? This and the fact that she went shopping on the actual date of the wedding was a in poor form in my book. She could have easily waited a day to go shopping even if she had not gone to the wedding. Just my two cents...

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    6. If the wedding was 2 hours away .That would be 4 hours driving time 1 hour for the wedding and 3 hours appx. for the reception. Also William did a meal with the guys before the actual wedding. I have no problem with Kate's decision.

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    7. Not voicing my opinion either way, but responding to Lynn. I breastfed all four of my children and at 7 weeks, they would eat every 2-2 1/2 hours. SO, that would have been alot of pumping ahead of time to make sure George had enough and having to pump several times while being gone. When you figure travel time to the wedding, arriving in an appropriate amount of time ahead of the wedding, reception, and then travel time back home, that's a large chunk of time. Another thing to consider is having privacy to pump throughout the trip and having a place to store the milk so it wouldn't go bad. Also, I know my babies did not have more than one bottle a day at George's young age, if even that. Every person/baby is different, but some things to think about.

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    8. OMG people let's give the new mother some slack. She did not decline the wedding invation, her husband was in attendance. So their family was represented.

      I any of you have ever had a baby and was breastfeeding you know that you can not be away for very long. And by what I have read (not sure if it is true) Kate does not want baby GEorge to have a bottle yet. So if that is true she can not be 2hrs away from her baby. If she did attend most of the attention would be focused on her and not the bride.

      Going shopping is not in poor taste. Why shoudl she wait a day to go shopping because she did not attend the wedding, it does not make any sense. She was out buying baby thing according to the people who saw her. And it was just announced tht they are in Balmoral so maybe she needed to get somethings for the baby.

      I just think that people want to find thing to complain about regarding Kate & William. And by all of the comments that is what it really seems like to me.

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    9. Kate, Texas.

      A lot of working mothers pump. They are away from there babies for 8 or more hours a day. Also, breast milk can be stored in a cooler for quiet a while. Anyway, I just wanted to point out that pumping ahead of time is done by many women.

      That being said, I don't blame Kate for skipping out on the wedding. It would have been very inconvenient for her. Also, I doubt the bride was bothered by Kate not attending.

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    10. Honestly, doesn't it all depend on whether Kate and the bride are actually close friends, or whether the Duchess was invited because she is Prince William's wife? It's possible that even after years of dating William and eventually marrying him that Kate does not feel entirely at home in the world of aristocrats and their triple-barreled last names, so maybe it's a relief for her to have George as an excuse to stay at home, while William is free to celebrate with *his* friends. Really, unless the bride has a friendship with Kate personally, I don't see how she could be hurt by Kate's decision to stay in London (although getting snapped shopping the day of is bad timing).

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  23. The Cnn special was so wonderful with Prince William. It is lovely to see what the Tusk Foundation does to save so many beautiful animals and it was so nice to see Catherine and William inside their last engagement at the foundation and William's speech. What a lovely man Prince William is.

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  24. This is a little off topic and perhaps a day late, but the CNN special with Prince William just aired in the US. The special really focuses on the TUSK Trust and the awards and not so much on Prince William, but I rather enjoyed that.

    As someone who (although not currently) has spent 10 years volunteering with wildlife rehabilitation centers in Southern California and Arizona, I cannot say how happy I am that William has taken on a focus of wildlife conservation. Granted, he has a genuine interest in it, but I am so happy that he has because I feel with his level of press attention, he can make a real difference in the area. The suffering of the animals made me cry a bit throughout, but I thoroughly enjoyed the program and am really grateful to Prince William for what he is doing for wildlife. It seems animals are often seen as second class citizens in this world and they suffer at human hands and it just breaks my heart. God Bless Prince William for what he is doing for the innocent wildlife!

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    1. Thank you for sharing Lynn. The press over here has taken a cynical view on William's plans to work on conservation projects over the next year. I firmly believe someone needs to highlight the ongoing issues over there and William's support of Tusk Trust has done wonders for the organisation. Moving forward, having the future King behind them will be hugely important and I for one, am very pleased he is so passionate about it.

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    2. Many of us just watched the CNN special. . I will say Wow.It was a tear jerker. We always hear about these things but to see it is heart rending. Cutting off the horn of a Rhino just to make trinkets. Ugh. The nominees and what they do is incredible. Hats off to them. I'm sorry to hear that , about Wiliam getting abad rap about his support. It is such a worthy thing to support. It would be sooo sad for my grandchildren to never be able to see an elephant.

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    3. Lynn I totally agree with you. Right now I am watching it again. I had tears in my eyes just watching it. Seeing him watching his beloved mother on film must have really got to him.

      I can not stand the people who are putting him down because he really has a calling to work with the Tusk charity to help the people of Africa.

      He will do the best he can over the next year. God Bless him & Kate.

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  25. Dear Charlotte I just read on the daily mail that Catherine and William flew to balmoral and George met Philip for the first time! They said they will release a photo as it is the first time since 1894 that all the male heirs were alice. Any idea when the photo will surface? I'm excited!:)

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    1. I am exicted also. Very happy for Prince Phillip to meet his great grandbaby. Great grandparents are very special thing. And I am also exicted to see the offical pics. Hopefully Kate will be in some! Lets just hope we all can get along when dicussing her outfit :)

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    2. Hello Mellie,

      It will be a very special photo. It is not known when we will see it but It doesn't look like it will be made public in the near future unfortunately.

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    3. Hi Emily,

      I can't wait to see the pictures too! I love this blog and Kate and a photo of Prince Phillip and HRH George will be very special indeed!

      I want to say that I will post about her outfit. It's weird that on a blog detailing exactly what she wore, where she wore it, and what she wore it with we wouldn't talk about in the comment section. I promise to you, and to other readers, if it is wonderful, I will say what about it makes it wonderful to me, and if I think it isn't quite right, I will, respectfully say why I think so. Kate is a public figure and her clothes and how she chooses them is a great interest of mine and others who read this blog. Her fashion sense is one of the reasons I love to watch her (not the only reason) and one of the reasons this blog is so great - because it includes that part of her life and she always chooses so wisely.

      I hope whatever I post (it is usually in love with the outfit though last time I didn't love the styling and respectfully noted so) that it does not come across as anything other than what I mean it to: a contribution to the respectful conversation about Kate's public activity. I am a huge fan of hers and your comments and this blog.

      If it really offends you, please scroll past my comment. That is my new plan to relieve Charlotte of the task of sorting through comments about other people's commenting style.

      Love to all. And I really can't wait to see Prince Phillip with his grandbaby!

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    4. Dear Charlotte,

      Thank you for answering me shame it won't be released in the near future but it gives us something to look forward to :)!
      I am very disturbed reading your blog. I had no idea the attacks were continuing on you personally?! I know people can say what they want about Kate etc as she is a public figure but to be rude to you is another matter. I'm very sorry as I know you put such beautiful and hard work into this blog. I want you to know that you are appreciated by me and many others. Thank you for all you do and don't let the haters get you down.

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  26. Wonderful post again Charlotte! I was hoping that Kate would attend, but I understand that she didn't.

    I was wondering, do you think that Kate will become 'Princess of Wales' when William becomes Prince of Wales? Because Camilla didn't become Princess of Wales, and I was wondering if she did that because Diana is kind of legendary, or did she do that because her relationship with Charles is a bit controversial. Because if the latter is the case, I see no problem for Kate to become Princess of Wales.

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    1. Oh interesting question?
      Do all the heirs to the throne automatically become the Prince ot Princess of Wales?
      How did Wales win the title and not Yorkshire or another county or district whatever you call it. Why not the Prince of Cambridge? I really am curious.

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    2. Because her relationship is controversial and because Diana is the mother of the future king of England it would be highly disrespectful. It would have been highly unpopular so she uses her husband's secondary styling as he is the Duke of Cornwall as well.

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  27. The programme last night on ITV was superb. Very small amount about Prince George and that had really all been reported in advance, so the main concentration was on the appalling things poachers do to these magnificent animals and the work being done to try to protect them.
    It was inspiring to see what individual people have done in Africa---two of whom received awards and grants to help the work.
    Prince William has also been making videos with other people to try to get the message to people who buy elephant tusks and rhino horn. If this is how Prince William intends to use his time, he will earn the thanks of most people
    The Duke and Duchess with Prince George have now gone to Balmoral.

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  28. Charlotte, I watched the CNN interview last night and was so touched. You always hear of the horrible poaching going on, but I had never seen pictures. How horrific! I was in shock and tears. Those poor animals. A huge congratulations and job well done to the nominees and many others who sacrifice so much to protect these endangered animals. Keep up the good fight! I hate that William has already been taking heat for his decision to work with The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry and his charities over the next year. As he has said before and I saw in the interview, conservation is close to his heart and a passion for him. I think it's great that's where he wants to put his focus and efforts in the coming months. Obviously he has the Queen and his father's blessing or it would not be happening. I know many will disagree with me and that's fine. It is such a worthy cause and one that definitely needs attention. His support I feel will bring the much needed awareness to the horrible situation. There was a sense of urgency seeing and hearing all those introduced last night, including Prince William. I wish him the very best over the coming months!

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  29. Hear that William and Kate are in Scotland so Prince Philip can see his great-grandson. Great news!

    Delighted that William cares about conservation and the enviroment but that is a bit of a rich man's interest. (Think the Rothschild and his "trash" boat." Think the press would accept it better if British interests were put first. Those countries are mostly commonwealth but William will be king mainly of Britain.

    Know royal duties can be dull but so are many jobs. As Queen Mary famously said to a tired young relative who didn't want to do a hospital visit, "We are never tired and we LOVE hospitals. That defines royals.

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    1. I was surprised Prince Phillip had to wait so long to meet little George and am glad to hear the news. I would love to see a picture of the two of them together!

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  30. A breast feeding mother has so much responsibility; I absolutely spot on agree with Kate from Texas regarding the logistics of the Duchess going to the wedding. It would have been truly difficult to orchestrate pumping (both before the event and during) and I am sure she would have felt anxious being that far from baby even if she somehow was able to orchestrate everything. There is a lot of pressure when you are the sole source of the nutrient supply.

    And as for her shopping, perhaps she felt a bit "left out" that her husband/best friend is able to attend these special events and be with their mutual friends, while she stays back. I am sure she would have loved to have been with the bride and groom to celebrate the happy day with them. A baby does indeed change many things, especially for the mother! It can be a time of a lot of emotions and maybe some longing to be able to do the things that her husband/best friend is able to do. Shopping may have helped relieve these feelings. She can be out an about doing something fun and special, plus it was for the baby so she can feel good about that, too.

    On a side note: I received my first Seraphine dress (blossom print) a couple weeks ago and I love it. It is great for nursing and you can style it up or down. Also, it launders well and dries quickly when you are wiping up baby spit up spots. A nice dress.

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    1. Lauren, so happy for you that the Seraphine dress is working out for you. Nursing and trying to look nice in the process is challanging. To have a dress or blouse that you love and you feel good in is wonderful. I hope you and your little one are doing well. Best wishes!

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  31. Hello everyone.

    I don't have the time to deal with these arguments and personal attacks because I published/didn't publish something. It's time to tone it down. Stop attacking each other please.

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    1. Hi, Charlotte
      I'm a long time reader of your blog and I've been posting on and off anonymously and just now have started to use my real name. In so sorry that you have to deal with all the negativity that's been going on lately. I'm a very huge Kate fan and I wish that even though we might not all agree we could respectfully disagree with each other.

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    2. Thank you very much Blair.

      There's a lot of negativity directed towards me at the moment but I hope you can all see how difficult it is to moderate here. I've always encouraged constructive debate but time after time it descends into arguments and personal attacks. I will moderate more carefully moving forward and I hope to see the comments section returning to the friendly, welcoming place it has always been.

      Thank you all for bearing with me, it's really a time issue. I have very little time at the moment and moderating arguments is very, very difficult.

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  32. Charlotte -
    I have held off and held off hoping things would improve but your last post that you are now being attacked really upset me - to think that people are now attacking YOU? Well, my heart goes out to you. You have brought me nothing but joy for almost a year of following your blog - by showing me all thats going on with Kate and her new life without appearing to intrude in a prurient way, and by giving us who want to follow her with admiration and respect a place we can go to do that and enjoy it with each other. I DO hope people will take pause, think twice and say to themselves; "Well, I may think that but is it advancing the dialogue in a way that has respect and a fresh perspective (other than the all too easy route of tearing someone down) built into it?" Please people - let's try to treat what Charlotte has built here - and this is HER creation - and done so out of the goodness of her own heart and on her own time - with some care.... Or she may just decide she doesn't need the hassle. I wouldn't blame her, but boy my days would be different!! I am embarrassed to think anyone visiting this site would ever attack Charlotte - and while I won't attack them back (and I am sorely tempted), I encourage Charlotte to do whatever she feels is necessary to allow her to continue to run this site and feel comfortable doing it. A Follower in Vermont, USA

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    1. Thank you so much for your supportive comment. We've had these issues before and it's a case of stricter moderation moving forward. I really want it to be a friendly place for people to discuss Kate and other royals, unfortunately it reads more like comments on a DM article lately. I'm going to work very hard to get it back to normal.

      Many thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts x

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    2. Hi Charlotte
      I have been reading your blog for a long time and can say it is my guilty pleasure, I check it daily for all your wonderful updates and I will never cease to be amazed how you find the time to put so much into each post, I love all the nice comments especially from ladies such as Sarah, kate, Pauline and so many others, I feel this blog was intended to be a place for admirers of Kate and William and to see all the beautiful stylish outfits, it is so sad to hear that your efforts are being attacked by posters that really do not fit in with the whole ethos of your blog. Please do continue to share these lovely posts with us, my days would be just a little bit more dull without this great site and its lovely contributors. Many thanks from a reader in ireland

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    3. Thank you so much! You're just one of so many wonderful readers who make this blog a joy to write. At it's core, it's always been a blog for fans and it's strayed a little lately in the comment section.

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    4. Well said, Anonymous! It is SO true that Charlotte is doing an excellent job here! I must say, Charlotte that I really admire your hard work. You must have so much to do for school and we all know you have a fiance. Well I am a student too and I barely have time for my boyfriend. It must be very hard to find time for school, personal life and this amazing blog. The amount of time you must spend just to get all the information about Kate, to write the posts and read all the comments. It is fantastic, what you do. So thank you so much for keeping us all informed and I do hope that posters will be a little more respectful in the future.
      A fan from Czech

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    5. @Anonymous from Ireland- Thank you for the nice comment.
      I love Charlottes blog and have been following it since she started it. But I really feel sorry for her right now tht she has to put up with being attached herself. We all need to show her respect and support her 100%. And if you don't want to respect nor support her then don't visit this great blog.

      Charlotte thank yo for all you do for us fans. And I am truely sorry you have to put up with so much crap from people who do not respect you or your blog. You have many of us who love you and the blog. We have your back my friend.

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    6. Agree with you Pauline. The worst thing about Charlotte being attacked is the unnecessary stress for her.And it is seriously not fair to her AT ALL. Its a drain on her energies to deal with all the hateful comments and seriously, she does not deserve to be treated like that. Im so grateful that Charlotte, you did not crack under pressure but just kept going forward.THANK YOU so much for all the hard work you put into this blog!!YOU ARE THE BESTO!!XOXO

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  33. Chantal from Canada16 September 2013 at 23:50

    Dear Charlotte!!! You are amazing! I never comment, but tonight I feel that I should cause you need the most posivity that you can get for all your hard work!!!! Every time theres a new page it makes my day!!! Thank you so much for all the time and effort you ut in this page... A blog is a place for you to express yourself, so put what your heart desires:) and Enjoy!!!! Thank you for sharing your passion and giving us a place to share our opinions (in a nice way of course) and creating wonderful who respect and enjoy the Royal family!!!!

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  34. Anon 22:11 Thank you for that very kind word to Charlotte. I'm sure she needs it after the last few days and for me my work , home and other areas have there drama and I am very determined to keep this a positive place of support for William and Kate.

    Also my coworker said she was in tears from the CNN interview. She said when she retires that is the one thing she wants to do is help save the animals.

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  35. P.S
    I remembered what I forgot to say.
    So sooo happy Prince Philip is able to be with George and of course Will an Kate.
    Also Curray Chicken for dinner and the house smells divine :)

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    1. Shantel (@FashionandFaith)17 September 2013 at 19:41

      Sarah, you just made me hungry! :)
      Shantel
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  36. Many thanks for all your comments :)

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    1. I was wondering, are there any other dates on on Kates calander? I know William has some coming up, is there a possiblity Kate will show at any of these? I read Pippas articule about her boxing, it was a nice read. I commented once b4 how I love to have Pippa's arms and (and Kates legs) and its no wonder Pippa has nice toned arms from all the boxing she does! It would be nice (but unlikely) that Kate will go to Pippa's charty advant so show her sisterly love!

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    2. Hello Charlotte. I was looking back over your blogs and realised I have been following you since at least Aug 2011. The quality of your blog is superb and all done during your precious spare time when you are not studying (Special thanks to your fiancé for his patiences). I also remember the awful time when you thought you would not be able to carry on this blog. So thank you for being able to carry on. I know you have many longstanding faithful followers and it is a delight to see their comments it has a really lovely community feel. Obviously I love all things Kate but you also bring the fashion, accessory and tidbits which keeps us all going and I would never find anywhere else. There is lots more I could say but running out of time. So just to finish THANK YOU CHARLOTTE.
      Donna

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  37. It must be so difficult to live in the public eye with know-nothing criticism of one's behavior and most cherished ideals. I prefer William's passion for saving animals to his great-great-uncle Edward VIII's passion for Wallis Warfield. William's passion has a great deal of utility to it compared with Edward's.
    Charlotte, thank you for everything you do for us. I check this blog several times a day as my guilty pleasure. I am fighting cancer and this helps to take my mind off unpleasant things.
    Colorado Eve

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    1. Shantel (@FashionandFaith)17 September 2013 at 22:54

      Colorado Eve,
      Here's to a swift recovery; sending good vibes, prayers and warm thoughts your way!
      Shantel
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      Just want you to know my thoughts & prayers are with you as you fight that nasty cancer. Take Care.

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  38. I have never commented before, but have followed your blog for some time, Charlotte, and it is fantastic!! I am a avid fan of all things Royal from Seattle, WA, and you are my "go to" source for everything Kate! I very much appreciate all of the effort that you put into making it not simply a source of "Everything Kate", which would be fabulous on its own :), but also providing the background and history that you do! I have learned so much! Just brilliant!
    E in Seattle

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  39. What a wonderful documentary last night! My husband & I were involved in wildlife rehabilitation - with an emphasis on raptors - for many years and are thrilled that someone as high profile as Prince William is such an avid conservationalist. In this time of disappearing habitat, poaching, and shinking budgetary support, wildlife needs all the help they can get!

    I'm also compelled to add my two cents to the people supporting Charlotte in this fantastic blog! I've followed it since its inception and can't state strongly enough how much I appreciate all the time, hard work, and consideration that Charlotte devotes to presenting such an informative, positive, complete blog. I hope that the barrage of negative comments and personal attacks is now a thing of the past. If people don't like this blog, tbey should go elsewhere!

    Thank you from the bottom of my <3, Charlotte!! Shine on!
    Julie

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  40. Just chiming in to say that, even though I don't post very often, I enjoy this blog so much that I check in on it at least once, if not several times each day. I do enjoy the comments section, but it makes me sad to think that some people can derive actual pleasure from sending cruel and hurtful, as well as frightening messages to you, Charlotte. I really wish there was some way of blocking or filtering them so that you didn't have to read them. I can't even imagine how difficult it must be to sift through all the comments you receive and winnow out the ones that can be published. It seems that sometimes the things we say on here can be misinterpreted - for instance, we can't hear the tone of voice which can sometimes make a difference to the meaning of a sentence - but usually people take the trouble to post an apology or a clarification if they've been misunderstood, and that makes all the difference. I'm well aware of the time it must take to keep current with everything that is going on with the delightful Cambridge family, and then compose these wonderful articles for all of us. In a relatively short time, this blog has become one of my chief online pleasures, and I would miss it very much if it should ever disappear because it simply wasn't worth it to you any more to have to deal with the nastiness. I hope you are aware that many of us think the world of you - your lovely personality shines through in everything you write - and speaking as someone who is often confined to her home, your blog really brightens my day. Lee from Canada

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  41. I understand George is still young, but if I were the bride and I saw evidence of Kate shopping when she could have attended my wedding, I would've been upset. They must have gotten heaps of clothes before he was born, how important is buying baby clothes vs a good friends wedding?

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    1. She didn't decline the wedding invitation to go shopping. She didn't want to spend a full day away from a seven week old baby, especially while she's nursing.

      Under the circumstances, I doubt Kate's absence raised a single eyebrow among those who attended the wedding.

      As my aunt says....those who matter will understand, and those who don't understand don't matter. :)

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  42. Hello Ms. Charlotte
    Are you going to do a post on William & Kates visit to Balmoral? I am sure there will not be any photos.

    I also want to thank you for all you do for us. And I am very sorry you are getting attached personlly. But you have many friends here that have your back. Just keep doing what your doing because it brings joy to many of your readers.

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  43. I am so sorry to hear of the unpleasant comments directed against you Charlotte. As a fellow blogger, I know how much time and effort goes in to publishing a blog of this quality and whilst everyone should be able to express opinion respectfully, there is no excuse for attacking Charlotte. Please remember that a blog is very personal and special to its creator who gives a huge amount of their time to make it interesting and enjoyable for readers, time that is given freely. Charlotte clearly works exceptionally hard for this blog and deserves respect and consideration, not personal attacks.

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  44. Enjoy Duchess Kate daily and wanted to Thank You for including a picture of the Bride and Groom of the weddings that are attended. Look forward to see the Royals, but the day belongs to the Bride and Groom.

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  45. Shantel (@FashionandFaith)17 September 2013 at 19:40

    Charlotte, this is a wonderful post--as they all are. :-)
    As far as the negativity: it is one thing to voice your opinion--we are all human and have our own likes and dislikes--I think the issue is when the opinion is rude, negative and/or hurtful. I think that a lot of the confusion comes from tone of the comment which, I admit, can me misconstrued in print. (Lost in translation as it were)
    With that being said, respect is the most important thing that we can all give one another, whether we agree or disagree with an opinion. We are all Duchess Kate fans and, dare I say, we are all Charlotte fans, too! Let's just keep that notion in mind and try to remember to respect each other. Disagree when you want--variety in opinion is what keeps things interesting--just be respectful!
    I truly love reading everyone's comments and feel that this is a fun, unique international community. Thanks for creating it for us, Charlotte!
    Shantel
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