Tuesday, 17 September 2013

William and Kate take George to Balmoral, Why George will follow in His Father's Footsteps + London Fashion Week

Hello Duchess Kate readers, I hope your having a great week thus far.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have taken Prince George to Balmoral, the Queen's private highland estate, to meet his great-grandfather Prince Philip. It is believed the couple chartered a private jet, the £14 million Cessna 750, on Sunday which took them from London to Aberdeen, Scotland. The jet was loaned to the Cambridges by the Duke of Westminster and royal sources said the trip "would not cost the taxpayer".

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It is thought the trio could stay on the Scottish estate until the end of the week. Charles and Camilla are currently staying at their nearby home, Birkhall and Prince Andrew is reportedly staying there with his daughters, so it is likely to be a very important family occasion for the Royal Family, as they spend time together away from the public glare and particularly special for 92-year-old Prince Philip who will meet little George for the first time.

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The royals enjoy the stunning views and spending time in the outdoors during their stay in Scotland.

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The visit provides a unique opportunity for rare and historic photos to be taken. For the first time in more than a century, three generations of heirs to the throne are alive. The last time such a photo was taken was in 1894 when Queen Victoria was photographed with her son Edward VII, grandson George V and great grandson Edward VIII. A photo of the Queen with Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George has been eagerly anticipated since the arrival of the little prince. It is not known when and if the photo will be made public, but undoubtedly it will be a very important one for the family collection. We will see official portraits of Prince George around the time of his christening, believed to be sometime next month.

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Over the past three years we have heard stories about William and Kate's Anglesey retreat, and now the Cambridges' time there has come to an end, there will soon be a chance to live like the royal couple when their secluded farmhouse is made available to rent.


'Not only will tenants sleep in the same bedroom and cook in the same kitchen as the couple, they are likely to have the opportunity to meet them in person.
The Duke announced last week that he was quitting full-time military duties. He and the Duchess will shortly move into their lavish apartments at Kensington Palace. The couple are said to have enjoyed living in the modest whitewashed cottage near William's base at RAF Valley so much that they will return to visit for holidays.'

A photo of the farmhouse has been made public and the press have revealed the farmhouse is located in an isolated part of Anglesey and can only be reached by a private lane.

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Did you all watch the Prince William: New Father, New Hope documentary? For those of you who missed it, it isn't available in full on YouTube just yet, but it was a fascinating watch. I particularly liked the emphasis on conservation and the work of Tusk Trust, it was a wonderful opportunity to highlight the vulnerability of endangered species and the importance of acting now rather than later to protect them.


The documentary shared a clip of Kate chatting with a guest at the Tusk Conservation Awards. More from The Telegraph.

'When asked about conservation by a dinner guest, the Duchess replied: "I'm just learning all the time and I think George will be too. I think he'll be following in his father's footsteps.'

We'll share a link to the documentary when it becomes available.

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A selection of Kate's favourite designers have been debuting their Spring 2014 Collections at London Fashion Week. I was interested to see Emilia Wickstead's offerings. I've always admired her designs and she has produced some stellar pieces, such as this green coatdress Kate wore on St. Patrick's Day.


There have been pieces that didn't quite hit the mark too.


What did Ms. Wickstead showcase at London Fashion Week? The designer did what she does best, encompassing ladylike elegance in her timeless designs. The collection has been described as a 'masterclass in summer dressing' with a selection of possibilities for the label's biggest fans, the Prime Minister's wife Samantha Cameron and of course, the Duchess of Cambridge.

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Like the Duchess, Emilia Wickstead has also recently had a baby, which may have inspired her more forgiving silhouettes.

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Wickstead said she was inspired by the Memphis blues this season, and there were strains of Dusty Springfield's 'Son of a preacher man' on the speakers as the models took to the runway. All in all, a pretty collection and the designer stayed true to her charming aesthetic.

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Moving on to another British designer favoured by the Duchess: the incredibly talented Alice Temperley.

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Ms. Temperley drew inspiration for her Spring Collection from a holiday in Sicily. Key pieces include trapeze shapes and a new way to deliver a bolero jacket, with sleeves that were structured yet flowing. Signature floral prints, exquisite embroidery and crystal embellishments added a layer of richness to the collection, a signature of the designer.

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Jenny Packham showcased her Spring Collection at New York Fashion Week. It was inspired by the young women of  1975 Australian cult flick Picnic At Hanging Rock (I'm always surprised by designers' muses). Ms Packham said: "Our mood board was already together, and it reminded us of the film. It just had the right feeling."

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More from The Telegraph:

'Shimmering dresses dripping with pearls on her catwalk, the spectacular Christina Hendricks on her front row, spots, beads and floral studs cascaded in abundance.
 The Duchess of Cambridge is just the most famous in a growing Packham customer-base, who cherish her emphasis on prettiness over provocation.'

Jenny Packham spoke of the moment she heard Kate had chosen her polka dot print dress when she emerged from the Lindo Wing with Prince George: "It was amazing, really exciting." With pieces like these, I think it's safe to say we'll be seeing Kate in plenty of Packham in 2014.

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Kate graces the cover of Hello! Magazine this week. I briefly read through it this evening and it mentions the Duchess's plans to join a scout group in London.

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Thank you for reading :)

72 comments:

  1. It is always a favorite past time of mine to get on the computer and see a new blog post. I love your blog so much! So smart, informative and well presented - ALWAYS !!!
    I love Kate, and so much enjoy every post of yours.
    Thank you for the gift of this blog!
    Jessica, Illinois, United States

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  2. Oh Ms. Charlotte what an up beat post. Thank you for posting this about their trip to let Prince Phillp meet his new great grandson. I can only think what it met to Prince Phillp to finally get to holed the little guy. I hope Kate got that in pictures.

    I wonder if KAte & William are stayin gin on eof the collage's they used to use when they were in college. What a romantic time to have their baby boy with them.

    I do hope if a picture of the Queen, Charles, William & Baby George is taken that we will get to see it. But they might not release it.

    Well Ms. Charlotte thank you again for this great post.

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  3. I hope they have a wonderful time at Balmoral. And it would be wonderful if the pictures were released. Fingers crossed! :)

    Some of the Temperely and Packham gowns are very nice, but I can't get excited about Emilia Wickstead. Her collection just seems to have an "unfinished" look to it. Almost like the first project you'd see at a fashion design school.

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  4. As always. Awesome post. Love the details. So glad the couple is able to travel in peace from the press. Wish them the best. Thank You for your posts

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  5. Jennifer from Wisconsin18 September 2013 at 02:12

    Thank you Charlotte! In my dream world a lot of those dresses are in my closet!

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  6. Oh my goodness I am sooo happy for Prince Philip and sweetie pie George. Very happy the family is spending time together. Sooo looking forward to pictures in the near future.
    So Beatrix and Eugine are what to Prince George? Not aunts. Not cousins so what? I hope they are holding him and totally enjoying him. William and Harry no doubt had great playmates with their cousins.

    Will comment more later ,so many of the lastest fashions are beautiful.! Thank you Charlotte :)

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    1. Kristin, San Francisco18 September 2013 at 04:38

      Hi Sarah from CA - I think we call them first cousins once removed, right? Love the JP fashions & Temperley dresses...

      Thank you Charlotte for your post. ..always an enjoyable & entertaining read...

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    2. Beatrix, Eugenie, and George are first cousins once removed.

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    3. Beatrice and Eugenie are William's first cousins and George's first cousins once removed. If Beatrice and Eugenie have children, they will be George's second cousins.

      Thank you for the update and fashion post, Charlotte.

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    4. Thank you ladies. First cousins once removed. Got it.
      I am a great Aunt and I really like that special title. I'm not ready to be called Grandma yet. :) :)

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  7. Rose from Montreal, Canada18 September 2013 at 03:40

    Thank you so much Charlotte for this great post. It is so wonderful that Prince Philip finally gets to meet his only grandson. I am looking forward to the picture of the three heirs to the throne with the Queen. It is so wonderful to be living history. Just imagine one day others will be reading about what we are experiencing today. Wow. Some of the designer dresses are great others oh well. I saw the documentary on Prince William on CNN and it was wonderful. Once again great job Ms Charlotte.

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    1. Rose from Montreal, Canada18 September 2013 at 15:38

      I meant his only great grandson.

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  8. What a great post. I'm really hoping that they, will release the photo of all the royals together. It would be amazing.

    I'm loving the Jenny P collection, it's stunning. Can't wait to see Kate in more Jenny designs. I think she always look gorgeous in them. I'm especially excited because now the weather is starting to get cooler and I'm hoping Kate will come out in some new coats. She always looks fantastic in them.

    I watched the documentary on CNN and was very moved and touch by it. It bought me to tears at one point. I was excited that we saw small glimpses of Kate.

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  9. Such a fun update! I love that William and Kate have taken little George to meet his great-grandfather. Made me tear up a bit as I adored my great-grandmother and am her namesake. I do hope George will one day get to experience precious moments he can remember with both the Queen and Prince Phillip. I have always loved the pictures of Balmoral. SO majestic and beautiful! I do hope it is a lovely visit for everyone. I REALLY hope to see an official 4 generation picture. It is such an historic moment to capture and hasn't happened in 119 years. Charlotte, absolutely not trying to nit-pick, but It was Queen Victoria, Edward VII (her son), George V (grandson), and Edward VIII (great-grandson) :) I would like to see one taken while at Balmoral, but think it will take place at George's christening, as was the one taken many years ago at Prince Edward's christening. Again hoping it's a relaxing time together as family and they enjoy each other's company. :)

    The spring 2014 designs are pretty, but none struck me as WOW. I love all designers mentioned and I am positive we'll see Kate in their designs. What was really weird to me was to see the date 2014. There's only 104 days left until it's 2014. That was my WOW!

    Charlotte, has anyone mentioned what the house on Anglesey will rent for? I'm sure they are going to push the price up as many would be jumping at the chance to rent it! Such an exciting time for the Cambridge family as they leave Anglesey behind and begin this new chapter in their lives!

    Charlotte, thank you for a wonderful post and the great job you ALWAYS do! You give so many great pleasure with your writing talent and the latest news. I wish and hope your readers would flood the comment section will praise for all your hard work! You deserve the VERY best! Will, Kate, and George, happy vacation! Relax and enjoy!

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    1. Thank you so much for the correction Kate, I've just updated the post. It is not known if the Anglesey house will be publicly available, it could be done very discreetly although the interest will be huge.

      I do hope the four generations photo is made public :)

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  10. Would the princesses be 1st cousins once removed?

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  11. If I recall geneology correctly, I think that Prince George is a first cousin once removed to Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice...

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  12. Nice post. Interesting to see the different designs from the collections. I doubt we'll see Kate in any of those or much at all before spring/summer of 2014 but it will be interesting to see how her new shape influences her style choices. I'd be very surprised, at least, to see her at engagements before next year. And Beatrice and Eugenie would be the baby's second cousins, I believe. Not sure how close they are to Kate since there have been reports of friction between Charles and Andrew but I have read that they and Harry are pretty close. One of the princesses and her boyfriend vacationed in Ibiza earlier this summer with Harry and Cressida. I think they're closer in age anyway to Harry and Cressida than to William and Kate.

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    1. Well, your previous prediction about Kate not being seen until "well into 2014" has already been proven to be incorrect based on two engagements (before the baby is even 2 months old) so I'm not sure why you would repeat it.

      And God bless Kate, but I don't see a "new shape". :)

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    2. According to the strict "rules of genealogy," Beatrice and Eugenie are George's first cousins once-removed, I believe. Children of Beatrice and Eugenie will be George's second cousins. At least that's the way I learned it!

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    3. Sorry for the redundancy! Someday I'll learn my lesson about reading the blogs from the bottom up! (In my defense, this site always sends me straight to the end of the blogs when I click on "Comments." I wish it would just open up to reveal the comments in the right order. Does anyone else have this same experience?)

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  13. MS. Charlotte
    I heard that William has some up coming engagements. Do you have any idea if Kate will be joining him? They are such a beautiful couple and so good together.

    Again thank you for everything you do to bring us fans this great blog. And I hope all the nasty comments you have received have stopped.

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    1. Hello.

      I will ask around as soon as William's engagements are formally announced. I know there's a football match at Buckingham Palace on October 7th, however as far as I know Kate isn't expected to be there.

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    2. I would love to see Kate walking about BP Gardens with George in his pram all dolled up in football attire. One can wish right? How cute would that be?!?!

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  14. @Elizabeth. I believe that Cressida was introduced to Harry by either Beatrix or Eugenie, the latter, I think. Hence, Harry has been spending more time with the York girls, of late-- when in Cressidas company. I expect that Cressida feels more comfortable with them than with Harrys older friends, or with his older brother and Kate.

    I think you may be wrong in assuming that Kate will not undertake any engagements this year, but time will tell.

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    1. Cressida was introduced to Harry by Eugenie. Cressida, Harry, Eugenie and her boyfriend-Jack Brooksbank vacationed together in Africa.

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  15. On an unrelated note,
    Does anyone know if the mint velvet plimsolls that Kate has been seen wearing are available anywhere in the U.S. I absolutely love them and would like to have them but when I go on their website I get an error message and I'm not sure if they are sold out. Or if they ship across the pond. Also if you know if any good replikates that are similar in style I would greatly appreciate it.

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    1. Hello Blair,

      I don't believe they're available in the US however another reader mentioned some time ago how helpful they were when she called them. They might be able to sort something out if you get in touch with them. Asos is a good place to try for alternatives :)

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    2. Darn I want those shoes toooo. They look so comfortable.

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  16. as usual what a fantastic post Charlotte. I cannot wait for a photo with the Queen and Prince Philip with Prince Charles, William and George.

    I loved the tusk trust indeed. It actually brought tears to my eyes with all the animal suffering. I am so glad William is behind such an important foundation. It will bring much awareness to this much needed cause.

    I hope the duke and duchess have a beautiful and relaxing time in Scotland. I would love to visit that beautiful country one day.

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  17. Thanks ever so much, Charlotte, a wonderful post!!! Loved all the pictures of the new collections, beautiful, really.... wish I had the money to afford some of them... ;-)) Thank you so much again!!!
    Eve

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  18. Hey Charlotte, i ve been reading your blog for some time now and i absolutely love it. Thank you for all the great posts. I come from Germany and it s really difficult to get informations about the duchess but thanks to you i no longer need to search through magazines or the internet :-) the jenny packham dresses are beautiful, i wish i could buy them all. Greetings from germany :-)

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  19. Hi Charlotte,

    Just a helping hand...The Duchess of Westminster is William's godmother. The Duke isn't a godparent.

    PPx

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    1. Hello Penelope,

      The Telegraph and Mail Online reported he is William's godfather. Thank you so much for the correction.

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  20. What a lovely post thank you Charlotte. I can see why the RF love Balmoral so much, it looks stunning and so peaceful. I guess they can really relax there without having to worry about paparazzi.

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  21. The area round Balmoral is so beautiful---hope they manage some walks.
    Seems like a nice family gathering.
    At some stage, but possibly the Christening, I am sure we will get to see a 4 generation photo.
    I doubt whether Catherine will do too many engagements before the end of the year, unless they are short little ones around London, though I would be surprised if she is not at the Remembrance Day service and of course the Christening. Perhaps they will be able to settle on a date whilst at Balmoral.

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  22. Wonderful post with lots of lovely photos, thank you. The Temperley designs really shine for me. Emilia Wickstead's collection seems more suitable for a woman of "SamCam's" age than the Duchess, but I could see her doing day dresses with a little bespoke touch.

    I hope the Palace agree to publish a copy of that historic photo. And if they do, I look forward to seeing it here.

    I had forgotten how much Balmoral Castle has that Middle Europe touch in the design, courtesy of the Coburg Prince Albert.

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  23. Out of curiosity looked up the temps at Balmoral right now. Ahhh, 54 degrees (12 C). I'm a bit jealous. I hope they are enjoying the cool weather and bundling little George up for afternoon walks. :) Sounds divine! The high today is 96 F (almost 36 C). Would love a bit of the Scottish weather here! Hope everyone is having a great day!

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  24. Hello ms charlotte,
    Hold old will prince goerge be when he is christened? The queen is still on vacation until october correct?
    I'm so very happy we have you to keep us informed with sharing photos and lots of info on our favorite royals.
    I sent the duke and duchess a congratlations baby card on 27 of august, couldnt do it sooner for ive been very ill at the hospital, but im sad that I havent received a thank you from them.. I sent it to clarence house..
    I live at chester, virginia at the USA... I admire prince william and the duchess catherine so much..
    I cried when I saw what has been happening in africa and those beautiful animals. They have taught me that I need to get involved within supporting causes such as this and many more..

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    1. Hello Carmen,

      Thank you so much for commenting. The christening date hasn't been announced yet but it is expected to take place next month. Official photos will also be released around that time.

      Many thanks to you all for taking the comment :)

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    2. Hi Carmen
      Sorry to hear you have been ill and in the hospital. Hope you are feeling better and getting stronger. Don't worry, you will hear from KP. It just take's time. Somtimes up to 6 to 8 weeks. I have sent many cards to William & Kate and have always received a note back. Liek I said it just takes time. And I too live in the US.

      Sending healing thoughts & prayers from California.

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    3. Pauline, thank you so much for sending me your prayers and healing thoughts.. I so need them right now very much.. I'm no longer in remission so basically I'm struggling with my illness right now.. your sent strength means so much and is so thoughtful.. it truly touched me.. as far as receiving a thank u card from K.P, I'm so relieved to read that there might still be hope. I just need to be alittle patient.. I send to you my very best as well. Stay extra safe, may God keep you healthy and happy..with my best, Carmen from Chester, virginia

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    4. Hey Carmen,

      I was so sorry to read of your illness, and hope that you can get to feeling better. I'm often laid low myself so very much agree with you about how lovely it is to read Charlotte's blog for all the Will & Kate news! :o)

      Prayers for health and peace,
      Julie

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    5. Carmen
      Stay strong and know that you have friends here that will stand by and help you fight your illness. I will light a candle in your name and keep praying for you. Please keep me posted on how you are doing so I can continue to send healing thoughts. You can send me personal e mails if you would like. pmsockser@aol.com

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    6. Carmen, know that you are being prayed for!

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  25. I have been thinking about how hectic their lives are and wondering if the Cambridges are able to keep straight where and when they are sleeping. Since the prince's birth not even 8 weeks ago, they have slept at: Nottingham Cottage, Anglesey, Diana's sister's house, Bucklebury, and now Balmoral. And soon, they will move into KP and Anmer (sp?) Hall. This is not really important but something I've been wondering about.

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    1. Good point, Theresa. Baby George must be getting used to new surroundings. I assume that George's nanny has joined them at Balmoral.

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    2. Good point, Theresa. Baby George has been moved around quite a bit in his first 8 weeks. I assume that George's nanny went to Balmoral as well.

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  26. I love your blog posts! I started out being such a fan of the HRHs, but you're turning me in to a fan of fashion as well!

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  27. A photo of William and Kate's Anglesey farmhouse has been made public. I just added it to the post :)

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  28. Ohhh love the farm house. So cozy and romantic. What great memories they will carry with them. :)

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  29. LOL...W&K's humble Welsh cottage is bigger than anything I've ever lived in! Really curious what their day to day life was like there-- did they have staff? It seems like it would be so empty and almost scary with just two people. I'm sure there was security, but still.

    Like Theresa in NY wondered about their hectic lives, I also wonder how they manage to jump around from home to home. How does Kate manage her wardrobe?! What kind of planning must be involved? I know when I go out I am often changing outfits/details up to the last minute-- does Kate need to plan things exactly (for engagements) or in general (for whatever low-key items she wants around)?

    I wonder if she always has backups/2nd choices for engagements, especially royal tours.....as I know sometimes what I'd thought I want to wear ends up feeling uncomfortable for whatever reason....temperature, fabric, "food babies"...lol!

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    1. Shantel (@FashionandFaith)19 September 2013 at 17:11

      "Food babies..." LOL!! That made my morning!
      I have often wondered about the packing and traveling, etc. It takes me forever to figure out what I want to pack for each occasion when I travel--and my wardrobe isn't half as fabulous as Kate's! Now, with a baby, it will be even more of a task.
      The farmhouse is beautiful!I can just imagine sitting with a glass of wine and reading a good book...so peaceful.
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      Minnesota, USA

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  30. Thanks for another wonderful post, Charlotte. :o)

    Now that I've seen the farm house where Will & Kate lived, I can really understand why it was so hard to leave! I hope they're having an excellent, peaceful time at Balmoral. The countryside there is stunning! I can only imagine what a delight it's been for Prince Philip to finally meet his great-grandson. And I join others who have commented about being anxious to see the four generation photo of the Queen and three heirs to the throne. It's so historic that surely there will be an official photo released...

    It will be interesting to see if Kate selects any of the dresses you featured on this post. Some of the dresses are beautiful and I can picture the Duchess wearing them. (Others...not so much. ;o)

    Thanks again for all your hard work on the best Kate blog, Charlotte!
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  31. This is such an interesting read! Their farmhouse in Anglesey looks so pretty and quaint! Just like the house in the movie, The Holiday(Kate Winslet's house). I wonder if they will disclose who the next renters will be. How awesome of Prince Phillip to have his first cuddles with Prince George!!Love ALice Temperley's collection,, although I would have liked to see more fall colors like maroons and browns. Lets see if Kate wears her designed clothes for the Christening.Thanks chica for this fabulous update!!xoxo
    And Thank You for all the hard work you put into this blog!!

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  32. Theresa from Austin, Texas USA19 September 2013 at 15:20

    I was just looking at Elie Saab's Paris haute couture fall/winter 2013 line and these dresses are gorgeous! I think many (some with minor modifications such as added lining) would look beautiful on Catherine. I do wish she would branch out more and explore other designers. She always looks beautiful, however!

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  33. Dress worn to the Tusk Trust function...ill fitting and too much bling to make out the shape of the dress. I love Catherine, but this gown was not a good look on her. Possibly, she should have worn her hair up with it. The 'bling' aspect of it was light catching and the sparkle great, just too much. Lost the fit and fashion aspect in all the beading & sequins. When I saw the dress alone in photos on the invisible 'mannequin' it looks stunning, but the shine is toned down. Nice to know there will be more fashion in the future!

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  34. I am just having a little giggle to myself---the "Evening Standard" list of the twenty most influential people in London has been announced and the winner is Prince George!
    There's some sort of a "do" tonight at Battersee Power Station---when the second on the list (the Mayor of London"} will give a speech---presumably because the winner's oratory is not easy to understand (except possibly by his parents).

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  35. Ohhhh fashion! Temperley and Packham designs absolutely divine. Wow!!!
    Kate would look utterly beautiful in several of those.

    So looking forward to the next family pictures. As someone above stated , it is amazing to know that history is playing out in front of me. I will be able to say to my grandchildren "I remember when they were married , I remember when George was born. I remember when George went to see his Great Grandfather for the first time etc........."
    That might not mean a lot to some people but it means the world to them.
    Siddhii , yes I thought the same thing about the cottage in Anglesey. Must be sooo hard for Kate and William to leave there. I loved the movie "The Holiday" and the British accents. Okay pardon me but, yummy.
    I sometimes wonder how funny or corny we Americans sound to you British folk. !?
    Bye for now!

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  36. On an unrelated note about movies and documentaries: Charlotte have you seen "Middleton" with Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga?

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    1. Hello IP,

      I haven't but just took a quick glance at the IMDB page. It looks like a really nice movie. There's a major lack of good quality romantic comedies at the moment! Thank you for sharing :)

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  37. Special message to Lynn from California: I am so sorry I missed your request for information about visiting London. I am so excited about your trip with another Lynn! I concur with all Kate's advice (and she has visited more recently than I!). I will add some details about specific sites you mentioned.

    Althorp: Even though the Diana Exhibition may not be open, Althorp has to stay open to the public a certain number of days per year--so no one has anything to fear about being able to get inside the gates to public events at some time or other. Visit the althorp.com site to find out about scheduled events. (Diana's grandfather at some point early in the century was forced to turn to the British government for funding to replace the roof. In return for the money, the earl had to agree--much to his chagrin!--to open the property to the public a certain number of days per year in perpetuity. The present earl--Diana's brother Charles--does, of course, have a say in which portions of the property are open.) I have visited twice, attending a literary festival held every year in June--always the same weekend as Trooping the Color. (I wonder whether Charles Spenser planned it that way as a little jibe at the royal family?) Anyway it's a wonderful festival. The lectures are held in various rooms inside the house (you can attend as many or as few as you like); Charles Spenser himself is usually one of the speakers; the Diana memorial is a short walk from the house; the little village of Brington with the church where all the Spensers (except Diana--maybe!) are buried is a fairly short walk away (maybe a mile and a half). As Kate advised you, take the train to Northampton--and I always take a taxi out to Althorp. (Consult nationalrail.co.uk for train schedules, rates, and the London station of departure). The Althorp property is a fair distance away from the train station (several miles). A bus does stop at Althorp's front gate, but I could never get a handle on the bus schedule. The taxi is a bit pricey, but if you are halving the fare with the other Lynn, it won't be too bad. For the trip back to the station, someone at the gate at Althorp will call a taxi to pick you up--or maybe help you make connections with the bus. (The bus is a public bus, not a bus provided by Althorp.)

    All your other special destinations are quite easy to access. I have never gone the tour bus route because I wanted more flexibility in time, places, etc.--and the tours are usually more expensive than train fare. I buy an Oyster card for the tube the day I arrive--and use the tube and trains to get everywhere. I have rented a car to visit some remote sites (train to a town outside greater London, then get in car); however, driving on the wrong side of the road, on the wrong side of the car is pretty stressful for me. And renting the car is expensive, too.

    You won't have that problem for your preferences this time. Windsor is a short train ride away. (I think you do have to make one transfer.) Kensington Palace is right across the street from the Kensington underground (tube) station. Depending on the location of your hotel, the palace may be in walking distance. Buckingham Palace is located a hop and a skip from several tube stations. However, it is open for tours only in August. You didn't mention Hampton Court, but I think it's a must! It's a very easy train ride--with the palace a short walk from the train station.

    I'd love to help you with any other info. As Kate from Texas will agree, we London/England lovers get vicarious delight from seeing others enjoying the experience!

    If Charlotte will help us exchange emails (and if you agree), I will be happy to communicate with you directly.


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    1. Kristin, San Francisco20 September 2013 at 21:03

      Thank you to all ladies posting their tips re: visiting London. It is also on my bucket list once I retire! No car for me either but can do the public transport thing as well as a taxi here and there. While still stuck in the office I peruse the airbnb.com site and I travel that way - it is sooo exciting and mesmerizing to look at the neighborhoods - I want to go now...
      Thank you for the tips, I keep them in a travel file and still need to continue to research as I want to get to Hull where my maternal grandmother hails from.

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    2. I second Kristin's sentiments! I also keep notes in a file for future reference. I have to say that I had never really wanted to go to London until I became interested in the royals' activities over the last few years. I could think of many more places around the world I'd rather travel to. But now I am so excited to one day visit the historical landmarks and see the city for myself! I may have to do it myself though because my husband has absolutely no interest in the royals.

      Thank you, Kristin, for the Web site you posted. I've never heard of it; I will have to check it out!

      Rachel from Arizona

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  38. Oh the farmhouse in Anglesey looks absolutely glorious! So beautiful sitting all alone with the animals to keep it company. I would love to spend a week or two there walking throughout the countryside and just letting my kiddos run their hearts out. :) Picnics on the lawn and hide and go seek would be so fun! I can see why it was so hard for them to leave. It is certainly different than KP right in the heart of busy London. :) I know they will love bringing their family back for visits and recounting memories from their wonderful years here. Thank you so much for sharing the picture Charlotte!

    Hope everyone has a wonderful and relaxing weekend! :)

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  39. Nice post charlotte im thinking prince phillip and prince george will have a great time im not hoping pictures to come up

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  40. Sorry Charlotte, but it should be "hope you're having a great week" instead of "your."
    Thanks again for the great post!
    Don't publish this btw :)

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  41. Charlotte is a great writer and I wouldn't blame her if she found the "need" to point that out very disheartening.

    God bless the individual who hasn't had a disconnect between thought and keyboard.

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  42. Someone has mentioned here that history is unfolding before her, and she will point out to her grandchildren, 'I remember when George was born'. Sadly, those of us who are old enough, remember the time when Diana became engaged, got married, gave birth....I don't think there had ever been a wedding like it in Britain, and then, tragically, there will never be a funeral like it. Us 'older ones' can all remember the shock and our sadness at hearing that she had died. (actually, I still agree with William Hague who suggested, at the time, the renaming of 'Heathrow airport' after her, so 'her name would be on thousands of people's lips everyday'.) A member of the public, interviewed on television, apparently said that he was more upset at Diana's death than his grandmother's death, which a colleague told me was 'ridiculous'. When Kate appeared to be losing a lot of weight before her wedding, my sister commented that it seemed like a similar loop running round again. I think that Kate is under a huge amount of pressure to look good.

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    1. Hi Maureen... OMG. I can relate to so much of what you wrote about Diana. And TOTALLY agree about the airport being named after her.

      Regarding Kate, I do agree that she's under a lot of pressure to look good, as anyone in her position would be. But I also believe she's a young woman who would take pride in her appearance even if she wasn't in the public eye.

      I recall her being criticized for wanting to look her best when she and William were dating and [it appeared that] she would brush her hair and put on lipstick before they left a club, for example. I could never understand the fuss because IMO that is simply an indicator of class and self-respect.

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  43. Princess Diana .... Was. Breathtakingly Beautifull ... And. It. Was. An Honour. & A Pleasure. To have a treated. HerOn royal. Deeside.

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