Monday, 14 October 2013

Kate Loves: Jewellery (Borrowed Items)

Continuing on with our Kate Loves: Jewellery series, we begin tonight's post with a look at 'Borrowed Jewellery' worn by The Duchess of Cambridge, meaning pieces from The Royal Collection or items which are likely to remain in the Royal family indefinitely.

When Prince William gave Kate his mother's iconic engagement ring, many thought the striking piece would be the first of many of Diana's jewels we would see the Duchess wear in time (I tend to agree with that sentiment, but stress "in time"). In 2011, William gave Kate a pair of sapphire and diamond earrings from his late mother's collection, obviously chosen because they work so well with the engagement ring.


Diana had a fabulous collection of jewellery which included quite a few pairs of blue stone earrings. There has been endless speculation on which pair Kate was given. According to the excellent Diana's Jewels, Kate was given a pair of drop earrings. The top sapphire is surrounded by eight diamonds and the bottom by nine diamonds with a single diamond between both clusters. Diana wore them on a number of occasions, notably for the cover of Vogue's July 1994 issue, photographed by Patrick Demarchelier.

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The Princess of Wales also wore them in 1985 when 24-year-old Diana danced with Hollywood's leading men and President Reagan at a glittering White House gala. Worn with a timeless off the shoulder Victor Edelstein gown, Diana never looked more beautiful.

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Below we see a closer look at the earrings. Diana looked rather nervous in the arms of Magnum actor Tom Selleck (I'm reliably informed this is a perfectly normal reaction to dancing with Mr. Selleck :)).

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The bottom part of the earrings may have been re-set for Kate and modified allowing the Duchess to add her own twist to them.

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Below we see a side by side comparison. As we can see Kate's are a sapphire cabochon just like Diana's, leading me to believe they are indeed the pair given to Kate, although I doubt we will ever know with complete certainty.

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Kate has worn the earrings many times and they have become a favourite of hers. In my opinion they looked especially well with Kate's Erdem 'Jacquenta' dress during a 2011 visit to Quebec City. They're classic jewels which will serve the Duchess in good stead for many years to come, and we may even see her have them modified in time to come.


Next, we take a look at the Shamrock brooch which was first worn by the Duchess for an Irish Guards Armed Forces Day in June 2011.


This is a rare piece because it isn't owned by the Royal family. It actually belongs to the regiment and they determine to whom it will be loaned. The Cartier gold three-leaf Shamrock brooch has an emerald stone in the centre.

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It has previously been worn by The Queen Mother, who died in 2002 at the age of 101, and with her passed a long affiliation with and love for the Irish Guards. Her Majesty first attended St Patrick's Day in 1937 but it wasn't until 1964 that she began to present shamrock to the battalion. The Queen Mother continued to present the shamrock very often despite conflicting dates with the Cheltenham races. The Irish Guards became her favourite regiment and carried her coffin at her funeral.

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The Queen Mother once said of the ceremony:

'For 32 years I have had the great pleasure of presenting shamrock to Irish Guards on St Patrick's Day. This gift has enabled me to forge a link with the Regiment which I greatly cherish, and wherever they are serving, at home or abroad, my heart and best wishes will be with them.'

After The Queen Mother's death, The Princess Royal continued the tradition and was also loaned the Shamrock brooch.

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In 2012, The Duchess of Cambridge took on the role and began a long standing arrangement with the regiment. We can expect to see Kate present shamrock on St. Patrick's Day annually and attend medals parades, too. At all of these occasions, we shall see her wearing the brooch.


Moving onto another brooch worn by The Duchess of Cambridge, this time during the royal tour of Canada in 2011: the Maple Leaf.

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The diamond Maple Leaf brooch has quite a storied history; it was given to Queen Elizabeth (later The Queen Mother), by her husband King George VI in advance of their 1939 Canadian tour. On the cusp of war, this was no ordinary tour, but it turned out to be hugely successful. The Queen Mother treasured the brooch until her death, whereupon it passed to The Queen.

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We all love to look at sparkling pieces of jewellery but there's another element to brooches from The Royal Collection I love - Symbolism. The Maple Leaf became the central national symbol of Canada with the introduction of the Canadian flag in 1965, which uses a highly stylized eleven-pointed maple leaf. As the Canadian emblem, it seems fitting royal ladies wear the brooch when undertaking Canadian tours.

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The Queen wore the brooch during the royal visit to Canada, most recently in 2010. Below we see Her Majesty looking regal in red and white whilst meeting the crowds on Canada Day.

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The Duchess followed in The Queen's footsteps by electing to wear the Canadian colours; a white Reiss dress and a red hat with the Maple Leaf brooch for Canada Day.

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It is one of the very few pieces of jewellery members of the Royal family share. The Duchess of Cornwall wore the Maple Leaf during her first tour of Canada with Prince Charles in 2009. It was not lent again to Camilla for her second Canada tour in 2012.

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It will be interesting to see if Kate wears it for her next trip; it's a lovely piece.

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Another look at the brooch on Kate just before the couple left Canada.

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William and Kate visited Los Angeles after Canada and attended a BAFTA reception with Hollywood's elite. The Duchess looked beautiful in an Alexander McQueen gown and a pair of earrings loaned to her by The Queen. No further information was released and they are not well-known pieces.


More from Diana's Jewels:

'This is composed of a bezel-set diamond at the top surrounding three flexible fringes. The fringes are made up of round and baguette diamonds. The central fringe ends with a pear-shaped diamond. The two outer fringes are anchored to a diamond crescent that surrounds the central fringe.'

A closer look at the diamond earrings.

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We look forward to seeing Kate 'borrow' more pieces from The Royal Collection! In our next Jewellery post we'll be looking at Kate's earrings. :)

94 comments:

  1. Great post, thank you. :)

    I would bet my last dollar that Kate's sapphire and diamond earrings *are* from the lower half of Diana's earrings. I only hope that some of Diana's other pieces end up in Kate's hands. "In time" I suppose....as you stated Charlotte.

    I also love the earrings loaned to her by the Queen for the BAFTA reception. I think the length works well with her long hair.

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    1. Thank you :)

      I've looked at endless close-ups and I do believe they are the earrings Kate was given. I spoke to some royal jewellery experts who hold that opinion and it does seem to be right. I am very much looking forward to seeing Kate wear more of Diana's exquisite jewellery. After we look at Kate's Jewellery, we'll be having a couple of 'Prediction Posts' (It's a nice opportunity to drool over tiaras :))

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    2. Diana's jewellery should be kept in it's original state, not altered and changed.
      Her jewellery is as important to her legacy and aught to be displayed in a museum, not handed down for Kate to wear. as the comparisons between her and Diana will never end.

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    3. OMG...a "Prediction Post" sounds like a terrific idea! Looking forward to it......

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    4. Very much looking to writing it, any excuse to take a peek through The Royal Collection :)

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    5. Love tiara drooling!

      And I like the BAFTA earrings as well. I think I'm the only person on the planet who didn't care for her gown, but she does look good. Although wouldn't they be really heavy? Especially with what looks to be a gargantuan diamond in the centre?

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    6. Kate, Texas, USA14 October 2013 at 21:19

      A "Prediction Post" sounds GREAT!!! Ohh, can't wait!!! I am ready to see Kate go all out and don the beautiful jewels. Definitely ready to see a sparkly tiara atop her head! Any chances for that to happen Charlotte? :)

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    7. @ Anon 09:49

      Altering jewelry is something the royals have done for generations. Personally, I would rather see Kate wear them than to put them in a museum *at this point*. IMO, Diana died too young for that. It's wonderful to see the jewelry worn by William's wife...another future Queen...as they were intended.

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      I'm smiling because that gown wasn't my absolute favorite either. She looked stunning in it, but I felt it was almost too much material for her frame from the waist down.

      And I have no idea how heavy the BAFTA earrings are, but I'd be more than willing to do a test run and report my findings. LOL.

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    8. Charlotte had previously explained that Harry had chosen his mother Diana's engagement ring as a momento after her death. The brothers exchanged their momentos so William could give the ring to Cathryn.
      Perhaps the sapphire earring were divided between the two brothers as some sort of compromise. Then each brother would have a pair from the original to give to their spouses.
      I actually wondered if the earrings that the Duchess wears is the smaller, upper portion of the originals. Monique, Boston MA

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    9. I don't think Kate wears the upper portion of the sapphire earrings. Kate's earrings are surrounded by 9 diamonds, like the lower portion of Diana's earrings. The upper sapphire is surrounded by 8...as Charlotte pointed out.

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  2. Great Post! I just love all of the background info regarding the jewerlly! It makes me wonder. Prinicess Ann doesn't alway give off warm feelings towards Kate, I wonder if she is peeved that Kate replaced her for passing out the shamrocks. Just a thought. Also I wonder why Cammilla wasn't loaned the brooch for the 2nd trip to Cananda.
    I can't wait for your next post of Kate Loves. Also I am not liking the rumors that there will be no Royal Family as godparents. I wonder when they will offically anounce who they will be.

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    1. According to rumours at the moment, the contenders for George's other three godparents include St. Andrews friends Oli Baker and Olivia Bleasdale along with others from the couple's social circle Alasdair Coutts-Wood, Virgina Fraser and Alicia Fox-Pitt.

      All very low profile names and not people we often see photographed at weddings etc with William and Kate. The Times reports that no member of the Royal Family/Middleton Family has been selected. We'll know soon enough but it appears it will be a surprising list.

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  3. Thanks so much for your post. Question - wouldn't Princess Diana be 34 in 1995?

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  4. It is so awesome to be commenting again!!(After being down all week with cough.cold and fever!)Coming back to this post, this is a delightful read!! Cant get over how beautiful and gorgeous Diana looks!!!Looking at her gown reminded me of the black velvet strapless gown Kate wore at the Sun Military awards.My favorite piece of jewelry would have to be the earrings she wore with her lilac gown at the BAFTA awards in Los Angeles. Never knew the Shamrock brooch was borrowed. Another pretty piece. Cant wait for the Christening on the 23rd!Charlotte, any predictions on what Kate will wear for the Christening?Thank You chica for this fabulous post!!xoxo

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    1. So sorry to hear you were ill, are you feeling better now Siddhii?

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    2. Rose from Montreal, Canada14 October 2013 at 20:46

      Sorry to hear you have been sick. Welcome back and take good care of yourself.

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    3. Best wishes of a speedy recovery, Siddhii!
      Hope you're feeling better.
      Hugs,

      Ana B. from Brazil

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  5. hi charlotte im looking forward too your kate loves ... im loving all your post especially this one ... im looking forward to the dress and jewels the she own and some borrowed items or some gifts in some foreign visit

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  6. Sarah from Calif.14 October 2013 at 06:04

    I love love the sapphire earrings. On Diana they were perfect for her personality. Now they are absolutely perfect for Kate.
    Love the Shamrock brooch. I have an affinity for emeralds and hope to be able to see Ireland some day with all things gloriously green!
    Beautiful Maple Leaf brooch!
    I have a tea cup I found at an Antique shop from when Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip visited Canada in Oct. of 57 :)
    As for the Alexander McQueen fown and earrings , Kate looks like a goddess :)))))
    I hope this goes through. Sent you a voice message bia FB Charlotte :)

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    1. Thank you so much Sarah, I haven't been able to catch up on FB but I'm very much looking forward too :)

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    2. I like that brooch also. I also love that outfit she has on, and don't blame her for wearing it again. BUT I think it would have looked better using the brooch to anchor the shamrock corsage. It looks like she didn't know what to do with both of them like that. Unusual for her too.

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    3. I prefer Kate's earrings over the ones Diana wore, actually. They really look great and I want them.

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  7. What a fabulous post. Diana's and now Kate's earrings are stunning! Also I love the royal maple leaf broach. It is just stunning and I hold a special affection for it being Canadian. I do love her maple leaf hat as well. Thanks again Charlotte for your hard work!

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  8. Marci fom Salt Lake City14 October 2013 at 07:08

    Wonderful post, Charlotte. I can drool over every single piece of jewelry, not just tiaras . . . I love all the pictures, but maybe in this post I will have to confess a special place in my affections for the one of Diana dancing withTom Selleck--O to be in her shoes (lol)!

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    1. I was chatting to my mom over the weekend about it, my generation tend to know him as an actor from Blue Bloods but back in 1985 'Magnum' was quite the heartthrob I'm assured :)

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    2. LOL, Charlotte. Way to remind us old timers how much younger you are!

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    3. I will always think of Tom Selleck as Richard, when he was Monica Geller's boyfriend in Friends!

      Ana B. from Brazil

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    4. Kate, Texas, USA14 October 2013 at 20:43

      Oh Marci and Charlotte, Magnum PI was one of my FAVORITE shows and I loved watching Tom Selleck! He would zoom around the Hawaiian island in his red Ferrari....whoa!!!! Such a hunk!!! :)

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    5. Lots of love for Tom Selleck on the blog today :)

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    6. Tom Selleck is a hunk..............sums it up adequately.

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  9. Z. from Portugal14 October 2013 at 11:55

    Love the earrings that she wore at the Bafta reception, they're gorgeous. I would love to know their story.
    I am very curious about the list of George's godparents! And -- still very surprised that the Countess of Wessex wasn't invited to the christening...
    Hugs!
    Z.

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  10. I really enjoyed reading this post! I am looking forward to seeing more pieces of Diana's jewelry on Catherine. I'm sure Harry's future wife will wear some as well. I like the way that Catherine accessorizes with elegant pieces, but never looks gaudy.

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  11. I liked the choices Diana made. Somehow to my eyes Kate always make it so low key, almost too low key for the future Queen of England.

    The tiara Kate wore at her wedding was waaaaaaay too small.

    I think she and William are going overboard on the trying to be 'normal' thing with the Christening, the godparents, the pretending they don't need or want staff taking care of them, etc.
    All that is going to do is end up with them losing the privileges that come with rank, and that is very short-sighted.
    If this is due to Kate's influence, she is the ruin of the monarchy in the long run. If William has told her that he doesn't want to be king, well, they are doing a good job of making sure that that transition will happen.
    Make your self common and soon you will BE a commoner as you have let the monarchy abolish itself with your 'democratic' behaviors and choices.

    I know this post was about jewelry, so I digress.
    The maple leaf loaned by the Queen was the only good piece Kate has worn, except for her engagement ring.

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    1. Pauline Oak HIlls14 October 2013 at 17:24

      OMG why can't this couple do things their way without people saying they are to common. What the hell is to common? William most likely calls the shots in this marriage. They are doing this with the queens blessing. So people just let this couple have a nice life and let both William and Kate do their engagements and raise their baby with being called "to common". And I doubt very much that William wants to give up his role in the royal family and quit blaming Kate for this.

      William know's what his duty is and will do a great job when it is his turn. Give him a break.

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    2. I was going along thinking you had a point (except about the wedding tiara) until you brought up the "common" thing. This is my big beef with some people who don't like Kate. The old "well bred" "good family" stuff, being a disguise for plain old snobbery.

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    3. With all due respect, I don't think that W&K are "pretending" at anything. IMO they both understand the obligations and restrictions of royal life, but they are trying to do things their way *if and when* possible. William even stated that in his recent interview.

      Of course they will have staff to help them and a nanny when one is needed, but I give them credit for not wanting to have people around 24/7 waiting on them hand and foot. Would it be preferable if they surrounded themselves with courtiers and hangers-on? I don't think so.

      I also think it's important to remember that William must have felt terribly hurt and angry when his mother (and father) were betrayed by former members of staff who wrote books, etc. Who could blame William for being very cautious as a result?

      And I'm sorry but I do think it's over the top to suggest that Kate will "ruin" the monarchy. To the contrary...she and William are the breath of fresh air that the Windsor's need to keep the monarchy relevant and popular as time goes by. (Something I do not think can be said about Charles and Camilla as they come across as very Edwardian. Never mind other factors.)

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      If you think that a royal tiara lent to Catherine by HMQ was waaaay to small, then I think I'm in agreement with bluhare that plain old snobbery has reared its ugly head.

      I loved the way the tiara, with its scroll work, matched the oak leaf scrolls on her earrings.

      I'm surprised that you don't kind this fantastic blog way, way to low key.

      Point of interest - If you are not a Monarch or a member of the peerage in your own right you are a commoner. So, for example, that's Princess Anne, QEQM, Camilla, Catherine, me and YOU.

      Apologies for going slightly of topic

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    5. Jean from Lancs.15 October 2013 at 16:14

      I too thought the Halo Scroll tiara just perfect at the wedding. It glinted and glistened so beautifully and is really such a beautiful piece.
      It was not considered too small to be worn by Princess Margaret at the 1953 Coronation and though she was fourth in line to the throne---she was the first adult after HM. Also it was bought by George VI for his wife to wear at the 1937 Coronation of his brother---but of course by the time that came around he was KIng and she Queen Consort with a crown to wear.
      It seems to me that it was an honour to wear it.
      Unfortunately some people are determined to try to demean the Duchess. I have been around a long time and consider William and Catherine to be the best thing that has happened to the Royal Family for a very long time.
      Off topic, I see that the Duke is to conduct his first Investiture this Thursday and attend a Gala Dinner for the 150th anniversary of the FA.
      It seems as though they are alternating on evening engagements, so that one is always with little George. That would seem to be a good thing, bearing in mind how he has been moved around in his short life--at least he has the security of his parents presence.

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  12. Thanks Charlotte for such an interesting post! I have noticed that the sapphire earrings and the diamond pair borrowed from the Queen look like they are about to fall off. I don't know if the backs screw on or not but I'd hate to see her lose one of these beautiful earrings.

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  13. Oh to have access to all that jewelry!! I am looking forward to the day that Kate borrows a tiara to wear.

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  14. Great topic for a Kate Loves post! I absolutely love jewellery! I can't even imagine how many wonderful pieces Kate has available for her to choose! I'm particularly fond of blue stones, so I really love both earrings and engagement ring!
    Can't wait to see her Friday!!
    Charlotte, do you believe in these rumours about George's godparents? Thank you for this awesome post! Best wishes of a great week!
    Hugs,

    Ana B. from Brazil

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    1. Hello Ana. B,

      I don't know about the godparents, I've been thinking about it and the names do seem unlikely. Apart from Hugh, I don't believe Fergus and Emilia are their closest friends but we won't know for sure until the Palace announce it. What do you all think? Is The Sunday Times story true or not?

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    2. I do not want to belive it is true. I hope it false rumor Prince William planted. I remember that I read he has done it in the past, to see who he can trust.

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    3. Charlotte, I have to admit I really scratched my head at these names. At least the Fergus Boyd and Emelia D'Erlanger ones. Neither of them seem that close to WC and if Kate wanted schoolgirl friends you'd think she'd have picked Trini (can't remember her last name).

      That being said, if this is as Emily wondered, a move by William to see who he can trust, I hope he told the outed people beforehand, as how embarrassing for them to be on the front page as godparents and then have it whipped out from under them later.

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    4. My sentiments exactly, I would have thought Trini Foyle and Thomas van Straubenzee would have been chosen long before Fergus and Emilia. I imagine we should hear soon, it will be interesting to see who the choices really are.

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    5. Jean from Lancs.15 October 2013 at 19:33

      I always thought that one had to be Confirmed in the Church of England to stand as God parent in an Anglican Church. Perhaps it has changed now, but if not, then Hugh Van Cutsem may be a problem, as I believe they are a Catholic family..

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    6. I don't believe this rumours and totally share your point of view. Tom and Trini seem much more likely to have been chosen.
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

      Ana B. from Brazil

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    7. Kate, Texas, USA16 October 2013 at 03:33

      I've posted a couple times and haven't seen the comments come up, so wondering if there's a problem??? Charlotte, any news on issues???

      Anyway, I definitely think Thomas van Straubenzee is a likely contender. I will be surprised if he is not chosen. He is a trusted and loyal friend of William's and has been since their days at Ludgrove. He is also one of the few friends that would have really known Diana in a more personal way. I think that is really important. We all know William and Kate like to do things their own way, but given Prince George's future position, I wonder if a member of the Royal family or a royal family will be included? Charlotte, I was also wondering if the palace would announce who the chosen godparents are prior to the christening or wait until the christening to confirm them?

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    8. Hopefully these folks are the godparents as would be embarassing for them if they weren't after all the fuss. Guy Pelly already went through that. Not a suitable godparent but was a shame he had to come out and say he wasn't chosen. It might have been better just to announce the godparents when the christening date was announced so there would be no wrong speculation.

      Also think would have been better to not discuss the "intimate" nature of christening, highlighting that some relatives weren't invited. Doesn't mean it can't be intimate but why say so. If hadn't been discussed, Anne and Sophie - and partners - might have been assumed just to have other engagements or be traveling.

      It's frankly been a bit awkward. Don't remember that from William's christening. Doing things your own way is fine but do it well!

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    9. Kate, Sarah mentioned some issues with posting comments yesterday, I will look into it for sure.

      To be honest, we all thought the Palace would have released the godparents name by now, we should hear soon :)

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  15. Rose from Montreal, Canada14 October 2013 at 20:51

    Thanks Charlotte. I love all the pieces featured here especially the Maple Leaf one. Looking forward to the christening and seeing what she will wear and how big Prince George will be.

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  16. Wow charlotte u surely r extremely knowledgeable!!!! I looooove jewelery so I love love love this kate loves series. Thanx for all ur hard work! Do u ever sleep?? It is very time consuming to do research! But u should know that we appreciate it!!!

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  17. Kate, Texas, USA14 October 2013 at 21:16

    I loved this post! Seeing pictures of Diana still makes it hard to think she's gone....just the image frozen in time. Sad and strange all in one. :( I vividly remember Diana dancing with President Reagan, Tom Selleck, and definitely John Travolta in the midnight blue velvet gown. She looked amazing that night! I love that Kate used the earrings from Diana, but remade them to her liking. There will be many pieces in the future as Kate's engagement ring that were exactly as Diana wore them, so again glad Kate had the earrings done a bit different. They definitely are beautiful.

    A favorite piece of mine is the shamrock brooch. My family is Irish, so it makes me like it that much more. I love seeing Kate wear it knowing the history. Can I say that the Queen Mother is absolutely lovely and adorable! I do miss seeing her. She had such an infectious smile! :)

    The maple leaf brooch....enjoyed reading the history on this. It is obviously a very special piece and I am glad it was lent to Kate for the 2011 tour. She wore it beautifully throughout the tour which I am sure pleased the Queen. Curious to know why it was only given to Camilla once? This is obviously a piece we'll see for years to come.

    A DEFINITE favorite of mine was seeing Kate at the BAFTA reception in LA. When she stepped on to the red carpet, she looked like a goddess! WOW!!! She was gorgeous!!! I remember even Hollywood's biggest were starstruck by both William and Kate. I wish we knew more about the diamond earrings she wore because they were stunning! I think these would be a favorite of mine! I would love to see these worn with a beautiful tiara in the near future! :)

    Thanks for the post Charlotte! Such lovely pieces and ones that we will all see again (hoping for the diamond earrings to come out again). Wouldn't it be wonderful to gaze at all the Queen's jewels and have a pick at a thing or two. Sigh. Maybe we'll see borrowed pieces for the gala dinner next week! Hope you all are having a wonderful week! Charlotte, we miss seeing you on FB. Hope you can jump on sometime in your busy days!

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  18. Such a beautiful and insightful post Charlotte, thank you. Andrea from Canada.

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  19. Jane from New England15 October 2013 at 00:01

    I LOVE Catherine's hair pulled back or in an updo. I hope as she gets older she will wear it this way more often. It is so much more elegant. I think she will -- especially when she gets children to the age where they want to pull hair (which they all do!!) :-)

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  20. Thanks for another great post, Charlotte!

    I must begin my comments by mentioning Diana. She looked so amazing at the time of the Vogue photo shoot. Another one of my favorite photos (I don't know the source) is a headshot where she is wearing a black turtleneck, I think, and also has short hair, but it is styled differently. So beautiful. What a shame that she left this earth so soon and was unable to live a long happy life.

    I love sapphires and designed my engagement/wedding ring to include three of them, so I am partial to all of the sapphire jewelry. I smiled when I read Laurie's (from CA) comment because I thought the exact same thing! Earrings with real jewels must weight a lot and you need secure backs to keep them on and not lose them.

    I can't imagine being able to pick items from the royal collection to wear. How cool would that be? I like Kate's understated style. Some of Diana's jewelry was over the top for my taste, but then, it was a different time. I am not one for tiaras, so I don't mind that she hasn't worn any since her wedding day. I didn't even like that tiara until I saw it up close on this post and agree that it was the perfect choice to go with her earrings.

    If the rumors about the godparents are true, I am indeed shocked that Harry and Pippa won't be named among them. However, I know that William and Kate have put a lot of thought into their choices and we may not understand nor ever know their reasons.

    Looking forward to seeing George again!

    Rachel from Arizona

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    1. The photo of her wearing the black turtleneck is one of my favorites too. Mario Testino photographed her and she was on the December 1991 cover of Vogue (in the US).

      No jewelry...just Diana in a simple black turtleneck. Stunning! I think that some of the more casual photos where she didn't dress up really showed what a natural beauty she was.

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  21. The "Diana's Jewels" website had some interesting information about the origin of Diana's sapphire & diamond drop earrings. These stones were originally part of a suite of jewels from the Prince of Saudi Arabia; they were part of a watchband in the suite. Four of the sapphire and diamond clusters from the watchband were made into the earrings, with two clusters for each earring. And now Kate has modified those clusters again, to make her own version of drop earrings. They are so beautiful.

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  22. On close inspection I don't believe the sapphire and diamond earrings are from Diana's collection. Diana's sapphire had only 4 claws holding it in place whereas Kate's has 9 claws, and the placement of the cluster off the single diamond differs, Kate's split between a diamond pair, and Diana's diamonds in alignment. S.

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  23. Ahhhhhh Charlotte gorgeous post! Lovely to see the subtle styling differences between Diana and Kate.
    But I can't wait for the next jewellery post containing items i can actually buy ;)
    Lucy x

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  24. Another replikate: for the Zara 'hospital print' blouse http://talbots.scene7.com/is/image/Talbots/33075113_1287?$zoom$

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  25. I'm late to reading / commenting on this post - maybe someone has already said this (sorry!) but is it possible that Diana's sapphire earrings were divided into two pairs? Maybe William took one pair of sapphire / diamond flowers and Harry got the other.

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  26. Something I read about Diana's earrings made me think they might intentionally come apart so they could be worn two different ways. Not uncommon with fine gems. However, that doesn't explain the difference in the claws noted above.

    It would seem odd though that William would get Kate earrings so close to Diana's when presumably hers are available to him.

    Diana's jewels are always going to be challenging to trace. Quite apart from having things reset, she borrowed things at the beginning of her marriage from jewelers and I always suspected she may have after the divorce when she wore pieces never seen before.

    The "is it or isn't it" is mirrored in the controversy over the Prince of Wales feather brooch often worn by Diana. Camilla was spotted wearing an indentical and or the same brooch at the races. Some say there are two brooches, some say she was given Diana's. Either way, that piece will no doubt come to Kate if William becomes prince of Wales.

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    1. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, The Prince of Wales Feather pendant/brooch worn by Camilla *is* the same piece worn by Diana.

      If you type this into a google search, you will see the DM article that gives the history of it:

      CAMILLA STEPS OUT IN DIAMOND BROOCH DIANA USED TO WEAR

      *IMO* it is in bad taste for Camilla to wear it. It may belong to the crown and she may be "entitled" to do so, but given the circumstances that placed her in her current role, I think it would be far classier (not to mention sensitive towards William and Harry) to pass on this piece and let it collect dust until the time comes for William's wife to wear it.

      Camilla steps out in diamond brooch Diana used to wear

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    2. Pauline Oak Hills16 October 2013 at 02:01

      I don't believe that Camilla should be able to wear any pieces of jewerly that belonged to Princess Diana. To me that is a slap in the face to William & Harry. These boys shoulf have been given all the jewerly that belonged to their mother, as long as it was not from the royal collection.

      And I think the earrings that Kate was given by William have been altered so they will not look the same. It was said that Kate had them made into drop earrings.

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  27. Hello Ladies,

    I would need some advice. :) I would like to buy a book about Kate and I don't know which one I should choose:
    1. http://www.amazon.ca/Kate-A-Biography-Marcia-Moody/dp/1782431098/ref=pd_sim_sbs_b_1/183-4511207-9567424
    or
    2. http://www.amazon.ca/Kate-Future-Queen-Katie-Nicholl/dp/160286246X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1381865259&sr=1-1&keywords=katie+nicholl
    Have any of you read any of these books?Or do you have any other suggestions?
    Thank you for your help! :)

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  28. I have not read the first book so I can't comment. I have read the second. It was marketed as not being totally favourable to Kate and I didn't see that at all. That being said, there wasn't a lot that hasn't already been out there, but that's probably true of most of them. I will also confess I bought it for a bit of dirt, and there wasn't any. :)

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    1. Pauline Oak Hills18 October 2013 at 05:15

      I have read both books. They are ok but I like Katie Nicholls book the best out of the two.

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  29. For a little dirt, I've been Youtubing awkard Kate Middleton. there are some pretty funny and informational videos.I like the good with the bad. I know Kate isn't perfect so watching these videos makes her more real. Also, I like to belive I know a lot about Kate and watching the akward or uncomfertable videos makes my knowledge more well rounded.

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    1. Pauline Oak Hills17 October 2013 at 04:02

      I too think I know alot about the beautiful Duchess. I have done alot of research on her since she started dating William. But why would you want to find any dirt on her? As you can tell there is really nothing out there that can really be called dirt.

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    2. I think that Emily wanted to say that Kate isn't perfect ... and it is true..
      It's wonderful that Kate is like rest of us and sometimes she makes mistakes :) nothing wrong with that :)

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    3. Kate isnt perfect, even tho she is near close to it. so yes I do like youtubs videos of her being awkward or uncomfy. Her give William the stink eye or saying "can you smell the smell by smelling it?" Makes me amused. Also like I stated there are informational videos, does not show Kate and Will in the most postive light but what they r saying are true. The video Im refering to is during thir South Pacific tour, after the topless pics, and they where being carried on thrones over the people of the island shoulders. The video talks aboht rasisim and The Adventures of Tin Tin. The media was so busy taklking about the topless pics but not about that. The video makes some good points. It may not be dirt but it doesnt speak about them with rose tinted glasses. I am not appling thats what Charlotte does but other articules may. Also I cant wait for tomorrow for a new sighting of Kate!!

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  30. Charlotte, what sort of paper is the Sunday Times? Is it affiliated with the London Times? I find it hard to believe that the names of three godparents would be released/leaked prior to an official announcement; it seems odd.

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    1. Hello.

      It's affiliated with The Times and their royal correspondent claims to have an exclusive on the godparents. With only a week to go until the christening, I'm very surprised the names have not been released yet.

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    2. Pauline Oak Hills17 October 2013 at 03:59

      This is just William doing it his way...lol

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  31. Hello ladies they are predication that the queen will not be there at prince george christening they are planning private family members including prince charles and his wife and mike and carole middleton im not quite sure about pippa harry and james will atrend the cheistening how about the godparents charlotte any idea

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    1. Who is making this prediction? I can't imagine that even the trashiest tabloid would try to sell that idea.

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    2. Pauline Oak Hills17 October 2013 at 03:59

      I would not think the Queen nor Prince Phillip would miss the christening of Prince George.
      I hope this story does not get wings and takes off, it is nothing but crap, sorry.

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    3. Gosh, when there's a quiet spell why can't the press just let it be instead of making up silly stories. I can c why aunts n uncles may not attend after all do we 'normal' people want every family member there or even get on with them though I'm not suggesting they don't get on with Ann or sophie. But the queen wouldn't miss it for the fact if the historical moment in time. Plus Charles wishes to streamline the royal family. Given the fact that a lot of the wedding details were only given out last minute I'm not surprised the christening details aren't out. Bella Wiltshire

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    4. Exactly right, Bella. But the press can always rely on people who dislike the couple or who don't reason things out to eat it up and run with it.

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  32. Jean from Lancs.17 October 2013 at 09:44

    Kensington Palace say HM will be there. The Baptism is at 3pm as the Queen has a reception earlier.
    God parents and guests will be given on the day---which from what I remember is how it has been done before.
    For those who complain that William and Catherine are breaking with tradition--in fact they are going back--the Chapel Royal was being used for Royal Family events centuries before Buckingham Palace was a Royal home.
    Elizabeth 1 was said to have prayed there for the country's defence against the Armada and certainly Charles1 received Communion there on the morning of his execution.
    The Duke and Duchess have a sense of history---not just following 19C actions.

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    1. Pauline Oak HIlls18 October 2013 at 04:38

      Hello Jean from Lancs- I really enjoy your comments. I would love to talk to you off teh record. Do you have an e mail address where I can talk to you? You may e mail it to me at pmsockser@aol.com. Hope to hear from you.

      Pauline

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  33. Hi Charlotte, I've never posted a comment, but I love this blog. Thank you so much for all of the work you do. I had a question and was wondering of you knew the answer. I noticed by looking at the Diana's jewels site that she had many jewelry pieces gifted to her for her engagement and wedding. Did Kate receive the same? Thanks so much, canny wait to hear about more beautiful jewelry!

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    1. Hello,

      I am quite sure she did, unfortunately we haven't seen much at all. There were reportedly gifts from Prince Charles and we saw Kate in stunning jewels at the Sun Military Awards which were also said to be a wedding gift. We'll take another look at them in future Kate Loves posts.

      Thank you so much for reading :)

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  34. Even if it's an intimate Christening, aunts and uncles on royal side should have been invited. There aren't that many of them. Would be nice if Spencer side was represented too. Wonder whether the lack of desire to invite Earl Spencer and/or the appalling blabbermouth Uncle Gary was behind the decision to ban all aunts and uncles. I hope not. It would have been perfectly understanble not to include those two and still have the royal aunts and uncles.

    Think it's most unlikely the queen won't attend. There simply is no note about it on her official calendar since it's a private event. Doesn't mean she won't be there.

    There have always been rumours Princess Anne said something tactless about the Middletons at wedding. I never gave that much credence buut Anne's tart remark after the birth of George does make me wonder if there is some tension there.

    William may being doing things his way but that doesn't mean it's the correct way. While not that young, he is not terribly experienced as a practicing royal and not clarifying the godparents which leads to speculation about who may - or may not - be included simply is tacky. It leads to speculation about people who may not be chosen - no reason for that to happen. Far better just to announce it.

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    1. Well, personally I don't think William owes us a clarification regarding the godparents. They have every right to announce the names on the day of the christening. And if information is leaked and it leads to speculation (something we have been doing here) it still doesn't require them to confirm or deny. IMO it would cheapen the monarchy if they responded to every leak or speculative article.

      Prior to William's christening, for example, no one expected to be privy to the guest list or the names of the godparents. I think the internet is a wonderful thing, but it has also created a sort of "right to know" mentality. That's unfortunate because there is still something to be said for the "right time and place" theory.

      LOL. I think I just aged myself but oh well... :-)))

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    2. I am sorry but it really is not our business who William & Catherine pick as godparents or if the invite the whole royal family. Nor does it matter to us when they will annouce who is invited. It is their business who they want at the christening.
      And I do no why you call it tacky. It is only speculation to the people who want it to be. Maybe they don't want the world to know their business.
      I am pretty sure that what ever is going to happen on the 23rd for the christening has been cleared and approved by the Queen.

      They are holding the christening at 3pm because the Queen has an engagement in the morning. And we do not know if the Spencer family will be invited so you are throwing this out.

      So why don't you just relax and wait until William & Catherine decide to announce the guest list and who the godparents will be.

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    3. Pauline Oak Hills19 October 2013 at 04:44

      @royalfan I think you were right on. I have no idea why people think they deserve to be told what Will & Kate are doing as far as the christening, the guess list and the godparents. We all are just big fans of this beautiful couple but they owe us nothing.

      It is none of our business what they do with their family. I would be lieing if I said I did not wonder what their decision was but I am not going to put them down nor would I get up set because they are not telling me their plans. People just need to get a life.

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    4. With respect they may not owe the USA fans anything , but they do owe the British public something. They are after all funded by us, they represent r country like it or not so yes the British public deserve to have some insight into our heritage for us to keep them in their hugely privileged life. Ann Kent

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  35. Thank you for this lovely informative post! I always like reading Kate loves and I find them to be really great idea. I think it is a touching gesture that so many beautiful jewellery pieces have been loaned to Kate for these occasions. I think she wears them well - as she always does. I especially love the sapphire-diamond earrings - I think they are stunning. I love the Maple leaf broach too =) Does Kate have any royal jewellery that has been tailored specifically for her like Diana had?

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  36. Charlotte, do you know what the green circle on the St. Patrick's Day dress (just under the shamrocks) is for? I never noticed it before.

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