Sunday, 24 November 2013

Kate Loves: Jewellery (Bracelets, Watches, Rings)

We continue our look at Kate's jewellery collection tonight with bracelets, watches and rings. As with the rest of the Duchess' pieces she favours several items which we see repeatedly. We begin with Kate's charm bracelet.


The gold bracelet was a wedding gift from Kate's step-mother-in-law, The Duchess of Cornwall. The disc charm has Kate's monogram on one side, and Camilla's on the other. Both Cs are under a coronet, but Kate's C has an extra curl, while Camilla's is surrounded by a circle. We haven't seen it in a while but the Duchess wore it quite frequently following the royal wedding at events such as Armed Forces Day and Wimbledon.


Below we see Kate's and Camilla's monograms on official letters.


St James's Palace/Birkhall/ Diana's Jewels

Every girl loves Tiffany jewellery, and Kate is no exception. One of her go-to bracelets is her Tiffany & Co. Diamonds By The Yard Bracelet.

Tiffany & Co.

The $525 Elsa Perretti design features round diamonds in sterling silver with three bezel-set diamonds separated by a chain. Kate has worn it with a disk charm on several occasions.

Canadian Heritage Flickr

Kate has only worn her Catherine Zoraida 'Spread Your Wings' bracelet once thus far, at a reception hosted by His Majesty The Agong in Malaysia. The gold bracelet has four gold leaves side by side and a single leaf at its closure. I mentioned before, this was the event where many of us were expecting a tiara but the 18 carat  piece worked with the McQueen dress.



Next, we look at a heart charm bracelet worn by Kate at Harry Aubrey-Fletcher's wedding. It remains unidentified. Perhaps a gift from William? It's a lovely piece.

Splash News/Allpix

Moving on to some serious bling, we previously looked at Kate's diamond and ruby necklace which looks as though it can be converted into a tiara. Today we take a look at the matching bracelet. It is beautiful. The cluster bracelet is truly a statement piece.


Kate debuted a stunning diamond bracelet at a BAFTA event in Los Angeles in 2011. It is believed they are part of a wedding gift from Prince Charles. As we can see the Art Deco design is composed of flower clusters alternating with baguette diamonds.


The bracelet came with matching earrings.

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And possibly the bow shaped ring Kate wore to the 100 Women In Hedge Funds Gala in October 2013.


We also look at Kate's garnet and pearl ring. It has been in her possession since at least 2005 and Kate has been photographed wearing it on multiple occasions both pre and post wedding. Diana's Jewels correctly noted garnet is Kate's birthstone while pearl is William's. I expect it may have been a very early gift from the Prince to his future bride. It obviously holds sentimental significance for Kate.

Diana's Jewels

Finally, we take a look at Kate's watch. The Duchess has been wearing one much more frequently since Prince George was born. Below we look at her stainless steel and gold plated piece initially thought to be by Gucci.

Splash News.

It is in fact a two tone Tissot watch, as identified by My Small Obsessions. The Swiss firm was founded in 1853 and since 1983 a member of The Swatch Group Ltd. 

My Small Obsessions

In our next 'Kate Loves' post we'll conclude our jewellery series with a predictions post taking an in depth look at pieces from The Royal Collection and Princess Diana's collection which we hope to see Kate wear in the future. I have ridiculously very much enjoyed researching tiaras and look forward to sharing it with you all :)

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  1. Haha Charlotte! I wish I could see your face when she actually wears a tiara for the first time :)

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    1. Let me tell you I will be one very happy royal blogger :)

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    2. Charlotte, I cannot wait for your next 'Kate Loves'post!!As for this jewelry collection, my favorite would have to be the heart charm bracelet Catherine wore at the wedding, infact, today i bought a pretty necklace with blue stones and a heart pendant, cannot wait to wear it at the movies, with him :)) Thanks chica for this fabulous post!!xoxo

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  2. You really brighten up Sunday evening Charlotte.
    Catherine has some very pretty pieces and a few very splendid ones, but for a young woman in her position, she doesn't really have a lot does she?
    I read in one of the newspapers that next year when Prince Harry reaches 30, that Earl Spencer will hand over all Princess Diana's jewellery to divide between them. Don't know if this is true---but hope so for Diana had some beautiful pieces.
    Thanks for all the info and the research you do.

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    1. That is so lovely to hear Jean, thank you.

      You know I couldn't believe how small Kate's collection (for a woman in her position) is. I'd like to see her with some of Diana's pieces and a couple more sets for black tie occasions.

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  3. I absolutely love your blog and check it every day (sometimes twice ;)). I've really enjoyed the kate loves series. I too keep hoping to see her in a tiara. Is it just not as common any more?

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    1. Hello Diana,

      I'm afraid it isn't as common any more at all and it's a great shame really because if a member of the British Royal Family can't wear one, who can? As for Kate, she hasn't really attended function which would call one. A state dinner/white tie event would be the perfect time to bring one out :)

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  4. Rose from brooklyn ny24 November 2013 at 21:11

    Fabulous post charlotte! Did Camille the duchess of Cornwall ever wear a tiara?? I don't recall ever seeing her in 1. The for all u r hard work researching this.!!!

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    1. Hello Rose,

      Thank you for commenting. Camilla has indeed worn tiaras. Most recently she wore the exquisite Boucheron Diamond Tiara previously worn by the Queen Mother for at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Banquet in India.

      There's some photos here http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2507762/Camilla-wears-Queen-Mothers-tiara-dazzles-Prince-Charless-side.html

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    2. Rose from brooklyn ny25 November 2013 at 00:31

      Thanks for u r nice reply. Will check out the sites as soon as my kids r asleep!!

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  5. As I was reading this (great) post, I noticed how many different (and cute!) clutches Kate carries - I would love a "Kate Loves" post on her clutches!

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    1. Ooh that would be an amazing post. Kate really does have tons of clutches.

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    2. I'm not sure if you have Charlotte but have you ever done a Kate Loves hats and fascinators post? As we all know she has a wide variety of them.

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  6. I'm having trouble seeing the difference between the Gucci watch and the Tissot watch. They look very similar to me. Are you sure they're not the same?
    In fact, the one identified as Tissot doesn't look quite like the advertizing picture - it has some extra letters under the designer name on the face.

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    1. Hello, I just asked Anna (a jewellery expert) and it is the same piece. It was first identified as a Gucci piece but she is now certain it's Tissot, the Tissot watch shown is very similar but not the exact one.

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  7. Thank you Charlotte for another great post :) I simply love reading about jewellery ... who doesn't ? :D I think I need to go to a nearest jeweller's shop and buy several trinkets :) (it's your fault ;P)
    I'm looking forward to reading a prediction post next JUPPI :)
    Your blog is the best ! Take care !
    Marta
    Marta

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  8. Hello Charlotte,
    What's your theory as to why Kate has been wearing watches more since the birth of George? Could it have to do with her breast feeding or is she checking the time so she can get back to her baby as soon as possible?

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    1. Hello Blair,

      I imagine it is all about little George :)

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  9. bluhare in Washington State24 November 2013 at 21:52

    Oh my. I think I was a magpie in a past life, because I really gravitate to the bling. Love the two diamond bracelets! I have the same charm bracelet (the one with the heart), and it's hugely sentimental as my grandfather gave it to my grandmother. I wonder if Kate's is sentimental too.

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  10. I've really enjoyed the jewelry series! On the one hand, I love that Kate wears such elegant, understated pieces, because that's my personal taste when it comes to jewelry, too. But on the other--I'd love to see her bust out some serious jewels more often. I can't wait until she finally wears a tiara!

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  11. The Tiffany bracelet is so lovely, i'd love to own it! And the other pieces are exquisite !

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  12. Pauline Oak Hills24 November 2013 at 22:17

    Kate does not strike me as one who will wear alot of bling. She is a very down to earth person. So when she does bring out the bling it sure has to be for something very very special. IMO it is just her style.

    I do love the new ring she wore to the 100 Hudge Fund Gala and I bet it is a gift from William after George was born. I do have one that looks like it. But mine has a ruby & a diamond.

    Thanks again for thsi great post. I am really having Duchess withdrawals. And it seem's like it will continue with just a few on her calendar. But I love the fct that she & William are putting their baby boy first and that is the way it is supposed to be.

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  13. Thank you for another great post Charlotte! It's amusing to see how the Duchess did start wearing a watch frequently after George's birth!! I love the style of her bracelets - they are very pretty! Well I am so excited to see the Kate Loves - prediction on a tiaras and Diana's jewels. I will be equally excited to see Kate in a tiara - I think it will seal the whole Princess Fairytale deal!

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  14. wonderful post Charlotte! Thank you !! I love her choice of bracelets!

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  15. Looking forward to tiara speculations--thank you for this post.

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  16. Charlotte, I'm in love with these Kate Loves Jewellery posts! Awesome idea, really! Thank you!
    I love her bracelets but I'm particularly fond of the bracelet Camila gave her! I've always tried to find a Replikate for that piece, but it's been hard work! I'll keep trying, though!
    Kate has very good taste... I love her jewellery!
    Can't wait to see her again this week!
    Hugs!

    Ana B. from Brazil

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    1. Hi Ana, I agree with you, I really like the bracelt Camilla gave her I think it was such a nice gesture and obviously Kate is very fond of it as well.

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  17. The gorgeous pieces Kate wore for the Sun Military awards and the BAFTA reception are my favorites! The more diamonds the better! Kate looked stunning at both engagements and having amazing jewelry added to her beauty. I wonder if she was given any pieces previously owned by Diana and if so, when we'll see them....just curious. :-) The bracelet gifted to Kate by Camilla is pretty, but there's part of me that wants to see a "D" on one side. **sigh** I do love the garnet/pearl ring just because of the sentimental meaning. All are such lovely pieces, but oh I think we are all waiting for that tiara atop Kate's head.

    Thanks for the post! Looking forward to the next Kate Loves post!

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    1. Kate from TX, I agree. :) And I hope Charlotte excuses my bluntness here...LOL...but the bracelet Kate received from Camilla was totally inappropriate. It was more about reminding Kate of Camilla's rank than it was about a gift for Kate. A single "C" for CATHERINE, or a "C" & "W" would have been a nice gesture. Considering the part Camilla played in Diana's life, it was in bad taste to say the least.

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    2. bluhare in Washington State25 November 2013 at 16:27

      Well, royalfan, you know how I hate bluntness or dissention of any kind, so I'll take this opportunity to agree with you. Why give Kate a bracelet with Camilla's cipher on it? I've mellowed on Camilla quite a bit, and think she's actually a pretty decent sort, but when you said the "considering the part Camilla played . . . " made me think of the bracelet Charles gave her when he married Diana. The Girl Friday or Gladys/Fred one, depending on which report you've read.

      I agree that it should have been C and W. Two C's together make me think of Carbon Copy.

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    3. I think you're right, royalfan.

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    4. I just found this article that I remembered reading in The Telegraph (Dec 30, 2012). (Not the only source for the story, btw).

      www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/theroyalfamily/9769571/The-Duchess-of-Cornwall-and-the-gift-she-had-to-hide-from-Kate-Middleton.html

      If true, it could explain the lack of any recent sightings of the bracelet.

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    5. bluhare, ohhh how I would love to have a friendly, non-mellow debate about this issue. :)

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    6. bluhare in Washington State26 November 2013 at 01:08

      Allrighty then, royalfan! If Charlotte will let us hijack the thread for a second, I'll start.

      Camilla gets the blame for being the third wheel, and she was. No question about that. However, it was Charles who married Diana, not Camilla. Yeah, I suppose girl code should have meant Camilla backed away but Charles had a few mistresses, not just Camilla, so there would have been others even if Camilla had pulled away from Charles (Lady Tryon for one). So, IMO, it's Charles who should get the lion's share of the blame, not Camilla. Diana should have been told what the lay of the land was instead of just assuming she'd play along because that's what everyone else did. Had she been, we might have seen a very different outcome.

      How's that for starters? :)

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    7. bluhare, I absolutely agree...the blame is not hers alone. But there is such a thing as girl code, as you stated, and it was totally ignored. The other women you mentioned did not have the same goal. And by "goal" I mean a determination to maintain a strong presence in his life to the point of manipulating him, and by extension, his married life as well. She is a stronger and shrewder woman with an easy task before her. (You can read into that remark).

      And from Diana's perspective, what woman can win against a third party who is so willing to provide tea and sympathy...?...something that is so easy to do when you're not the one facing the day to day issues within the marriage.

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    8. Charlotte, I responded to bluhare a short while ago, but I don't want to go *too* far off on a tangent if you'd rather we didn't "go there".

      For the record, I have no problem with you giving her my email address IF she would like to chat that way. Your call, ladies. :)

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    9. I wonder if Camilla was perhaps trying to "mend the fences" some with the 2-C bracelet. It's possible this gift was given as an act friendship, or at least as a gesture saying she wanted to open the door to friendship. After all, Camilla never did anything to Kate. It was Diana that suffered.
      And Camilla and Catherine share similar roles within the royal family. They are both outsiders who married into it, and they are both spouses of an heir to the throne.
      Just saying - it might be possible that Camilla has a little bit of "good side" to her :)

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    10. bluhare in Washington State26 November 2013 at 17:08

      First of all, yes, Charlotte, please say something if you'd rather we keep it to jewellery. I'm happy to go private with royalfan if you'd prefer that. The other option would be a "conversation" page or something like that? Don't know how difficult that would be to moderate, and I know you've got an actual life, unlike me at this point in time. :)

      But, Camilla. Hmmmm. I get what you're saying there and you are DEAD right about Diana never being able to win against the tea and sympathy card. That one's as old as dust, and is played out every day somewhere by someone. Grass is always greener . . . .

      But actually, I think Camilla did back off . . . at first. But Charles went back to her when things deteriorated. Even Diana had to admit they had been relatively happy at first. I think her pregnancies wreaked havoc with her hormonal system which made her moods even worse. If half of what was written is true, it must have been hell in their house. For both of them.

      From what I understand, though, it was/is very common if not de rigeur that once the heir and spare had been produced the partners were then OK to have discreet affairs as marriages were more business propositions than love affairs. And they both did. But Camilla's the only one maligned, and for that we can blame Diana's masterful disinformation campaign.

      I've got more (along with a very spirited defense of Diana believe it or not), but this would get too long. :)

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    11. Hello,

      Please feel free to chat away about anything royal you wish. I know it will be interesting for other readers too :)

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    12. Thank you, Charlotte. That's very kind of you... :)

      bluhare, I'm sorry but I don't believe that Camilla ever truly backed off. She was Charles' confidant when he was considering marriage to Diana and she gave her blessing believing that Diana would be an obedient mouse of a wife who'd know her place and not threaten Camilla's place in his life. When a "former" g/f backs off, she doesn't stay in the picture and act as a hostess or companion. And she doesn't invite the bride-to-be to lunch to inquire about her future intentions regarding riding/hunting. (An interest Camilla shared with Charles.) She wishes him well and sends him packing, especially if she herself is a married woman. And...a man who is about to get married doesn't give his "former" g/f a gold bracelet as a "goodbye gift."

      IMO, Charles' interest in marriage was based on practicality and necessity. Diana was looking for love and security. She wanted to nurture, and to be nurtured. Unfortunately, she was marrying a man who was always on the receiving end and couldn't give her what she needed. This was not an ideal match, but I think they shared enough that it *could* have worked if he didn't have an easy out in the form of a confidant and other flunkies who were only too willing to sympathize and validate his victim status.

      His emotional investment in the marriage didn't match the understandable needs of a 20 year old young woman who was thrown into the deep end of royal life and became a wife/princess/mother within one year. Not only wasn't he equipped to provide support and encouragement to his new wife, he resented her popularity. Sadly, I think the public admiration and the media coverage was the only positive feedback she received.

      Did she reach out for support outside of her marriage? Eventually, yes. But I cannot agree with the suggestion that they both did it so they're even. Who threw the first stone? I don't blame Diana for Camilla's reputation; Camilla's reputation was in her own hands. Diana was guilty of leading from the heart and not always from a cool head, but she lived in a system where she feared losing her children in a divorce so yes she needed public opinion on her side and she did what she needed to do to survive. Camilla and her future husband did their own share of campaigning over the years, but theirs was motivated by selfishness. It was never a level playing field and Diana was at a disadvantage from day one. And it continues to this day whenever her stability is questioned or when they try to airbrush her from history. And the fact that Charles has stood by, repeatedly, and allowed the reputation of his sons' mother to be questioned speaks volumes IMO. If he had spoken up *once* in her defense, it would have given him dividends beyond anything PR money can buy.

      That's just how I feel, bluhare. Hope you don't regret responding... :)

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    13. When I first saw this bracelet, I thought Gladys&Fred. It's a lovely, but it reminds of an earlier and more difficult time for everyone, even those who loved Diana.

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    14. Bluhare, I LOVE a good (and decent) debate..... Go on with your defense of Diana! :) Royalfan and Bluhare, I agree with everything. Isn't the Queen Mother who once said, "well, all men have affairs," when speaking of Charles and Diana's marriage. I wish I can remember who quoted that in an interview I saw. I would love to know of a future king or king who did not have a mistress. Unfortunately, that has always been. It was the way it was handled and so viciously played out in the press. Ugh. Diana didn't stand a chance against "tea and sympathy". I wonder if Diana had received the medical help needed....along with a little maturity in age....and Charles had received the intense counseling he needed, if things would be different today. I guess we can't play the what ifs. The bracelet just didn't seem appropriate at all. Debate on friends!

      I am thankful and I truly feel William and Kate's relationship will be much different that kings and queens of the past....speaking of mistresses and such. I think William was so deeply wounded by what he witnessed in his childhood, that will solve that problem. Thankful there's a mutual love and friendship that runs deep. Really thankful for little George in that respect to have parents that are in love and committed to one another. :-)

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    15. For whatever reasons, we know this, Diana felt betrayed. And Charles broke his vows first. Everything else seems to be about excuses and justifications. William and Harry made their peace, and because she loved them so much, this would be what she wanted. I bet she would have even forgiven Charles, maybe Camilla. She is the Queen of Hearts.

      I really do enjoy reading these comments.

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    16. Kristin, San Francisco27 November 2013 at 16:47

      Royal Fan & Bluhare in Washington State - I so agree with both of you on every letter above. Been traveling so could not post sooner, good thing for huge sunglasses in planes; they hid my teary eyes just thinking back to the 1980s...I would love to do the conversation page, not to re-live the day necessarily but to read and share everyone's thoughts and perspective in trying to make sense of it all - there are a lot of angles, trajectories, tangents and people in this pie, so to speak; all of them had their own ulterior motives in getting Diana & Charles to the altar. Relationships on the side are common knowledge even for the common folks...and, had Diana lived, what about the 3 of them living in today's complicated and complex media crazed world? I would say Diana would have remained the people's Princess, overshadowing C&C - taking her stated withdrawal time from her charities, then pulling herself up by her bootstraps and coming back with a lioness' roar for the second half of her life.

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    18. bluhare in Washington State27 November 2013 at 19:21

      I don't regret responding at all, and I will be back to add more of my two cents/tuppence shortly! If we all agreed, life would be really dull, and I love a good conversation with differing viewpoints. Just because we don't agree on everything doesn't mean we can't have a good time doing it, right?

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    19. Outsiders can never really know what goes on within a marriage and so perhaps should not judge.
      Sadly Diana has been dead for 16 years, but has left the great legacy of two admirable Princes and now Catherine and little George. It must be hard for them to keep hearing their parent's marriage re-hashed, because I don't doubt they love their father too.
      The past is gone--we should look to the future.

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    20. Outsiders can never really know what goes on within a marriage and so perhaps should not judge.
      Sadly Diana has been dead for 16 years, but has left the great legacy of two admirable Princes and now Catherine and little George. It must be hard for them to keep hearing their parent's marriage re-hashed, because I don't doubt they love their father too.
      The past is gone--we should look to the future.

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    21. Kristin, I agree. If Diana was alive she would have continued to overshadow them. She needed no royal title, as her brother stated. And I don't think it would have been as easy for C&C to get married because Diana would have been a living, vivid reminder of what could have been.

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    22. Kate, TX I agree with your assessment of W&K's relationship. I believe the tide has changed. William witnessed enough pain on his mother's part and I suspect that even before he met "the one" for him, he was determined to do it right. And thank goodness that he and Kate have such a solid foundation to their marriage. It will serve them and their children well in years to come.

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  18. Charlotte i love the kate loves blog i love all bracelets she wore BAFTA reception tgey are all my favorites i love the bracelet cammilla gave her looking forward to jewels she wore the past and looking forward next jewels they will wore

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  19. Hi Charlotte,

    I'm an avid reader of your blog and I have to say I always look forward to reading your posts though this is my first time commenting. As one of your readers commented, the heart charm bracelet with the double chains is most likely a vintage/antique piece. I found this listing on a popular vintage jewelry website :

    http ://www.rubylane.com/item/529490-4535/English-Sterling-Double-Link-Bracelet

    it has a few good identifying pictures that I believe matches Kate's bracelet. Keep up the good Work!

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    1. Thank you so much, I will look into it later today :)

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  20. Thanks for another informative post, Charlotte! You put so much work and thought into your blog.

    I love the bracelet given to Kate by Prince Charles, and the pieces she wore at the Sun Military awards were stunning. I've always thought it was odd that Camilla gave Kate a bracelet with both of their monograms. And I agree with Kate - I so wish that Diana was still here to see the lovely woman her son married. <3

    Add me to the group who can't wait to see Kate in a tiara! Bring on the state dinners. :o)

    "See you" on Thursday.
    Julie

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    1. Julie, wouldn't Diana be so proud of William, Kate, and George? I will admit every time I go to KP, I leave in tears. Such a sad, short, and tragic life for Diana. I know her boys will continue her legacy. They are doing a brilliant job now keeping their mother's memory and causes close to her heart alive.

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  21. Another great post! I love the Art Deco-esque pieces Kate has. Really beautiful! Was the ruby and pearl ring the same one that Kate started wearing again in the early months of her pregnancy?

    I second the Kate Loves: Clutches idea. There are a few of them in more practical colors that we see frequently and others that have only had an outing or two. I'd love to see them all together.

    One last thought after seeing the picture of Catherine at Armed Forces Day: I so wish she had stopped right there with her teeth. Her smile was so genuine and natural (as are all the pictures around that time). They're too perfect now and somehow she's lost just a touch of that endearing quality. I understand the pressure she must feel being photographed constantly, it just makes me slightly sad when I look back at older photos.

    Can't wait to see the tiaras post!

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  22. Could we have a kate loves on her make up style? Bo. Texas

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    1. That would be great! I´ve got some suggestions for variations (says a stylist)!
      Anja

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  23. Hi!
    Happy Monday! No recent Kate sightings? I am going through withdrawal, LOL
    Best Wishes!
    Landon

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  24. So many excellent 'Kate Loves' suggestions, I will of course do them all :)

    Tomorrow is the Winter Whites Gala, It looks like it's going to be amazing even though Kate won't be there but she will attend the SportsBall Thursday.

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    1. I heard Kate is attending some private reception with donors who contribute over 50,000 pounds at the whites gala is that true? Hope we will see some pics. I would love to see Kate in a dress like the one Taylor Swift wore with Prince William at the whites gala.

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  25. Lovely post! She has some really nice pieces, my fave is the Catherine Zoraida one!

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  26. Charlotte, I'm really looking forward to the Winter Whites Gala. I know Kate has declined her invitation, but hoping for a sweet surprise and maybe a brief appearance! Looking forward to the SportsBall on Thursday too! It will be a busy week for you! :-)

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  27. Charlotte I am a big fan of your blog and have been reading it since the beginning but I do not make comments. It just get's to heated and people here tear each other apart if they do not agree. But I think if you allow talk about Charles, Diana & Camilla or any other subject relating to cheating then you have opened this blog up to nothing but people disagreeing and getting nasty toward each other. You already have a few that have very strong feelings about Catherine and so on.
    This is just a person looking in.

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    1. bluhare in Washington State27 November 2013 at 19:20

      Well, thanks for sucking the fun right out of that. If you look above, everyone was having a good time.

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    2. Charlotte, my original offer stands... If YOU would prefer that we don't chat off-topic, please say so and you can give my email address to bluhare. I think we've been very civil, but if the discussion causes unnecessary frustration for you, we can continue behind the scenes. :)

      ** And a very happy Thanksgiving to those who are celebrating.**

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  28. Hey, we're not rude to each other. I appreciate all of the views that are expressed. Sometimes views are attended with accompanied emotion...we are human, and women after all, and we care very much about these royals. How boring it would be if everyone to felt the same.. I don't see that disagreeing is nastiness, and I believe that everyone tries to use good manners. We are just talking to each other, right?

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    1. bluhare in Washington State27 November 2013 at 21:49

      That's how I look at it wolfpup. Seems to me everyone up there was enjoying themselves and the conversation.

      I'll continue, but I'm in the middle of making dessert for Thanksgiving tomorrow. It's not exactly Thanksgivingy, but a special request by my very American nephew for my white chocolate raspberry tart. So of course, because it's him he gets it!

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    2. White Chocolate Raspberry Tart????? OMG. May I bring the coffee...and pour it for you? :) LOL.

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    3. bluhare in Washington State28 November 2013 at 17:26

      royalfan, of course you may pour the coffee!! If I can find the link to the recipe I'll post it. It's easy to make, just a bit labor intensive.

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  29. Wow! Awesome posts about the bracelets.
    I love bracelets but don't wear them since I find they interfere with a lot of keyboard work and computer work.
    AND a double treat with the most excellent, spirited, informed, sensible and civil discourse on Camilla and Diana!! Thank you ladies for the great posts.
    The role that Camilla plays in the royal scene now and the role that Diana might have played continues to fascinate me, since I was and continue to be a total Diana fan!!
    I've read a number of pieces citing friends of Diana's who have said, interestingly, that if Diana would have lived, it's very likely William would not have ended up marrying Kate, that Diana, with the strong influence she had on her sons, would have steered him into a marriage with a member of the established aristocracy or nobility. I've also read some really, really interesting musings on what the relationship between Diana and Carole Middleton would have been - with most who know/knew either or both women saying it wouldn't have been good, with two strong personalities, both who want control. So that's interesting to ponder.
    I've mixed feelings yet about the Camilla and Diana issue.
    I agree with whoever said that Charles bears the lion's share of the blame. I think he does. I think Diana was young and naive and needy and this was the greatest catch in the land. She certainly was aware of the relationship with Camilla prior to the marriage. It was Charles's duty to completely break it off and sever the romantic ties with Camilla once he was married and had a family and, by all reports, he never did that.
    Camilla bears a lesser extent of the blame but still shares blame. I can't imagine what she thinks when she sees William and Harry but especially William, and recalls that she was romancing his father when Charles should have been with his wife and baby son.
    The interesting part will be to see if Charles does, indeed, make her his queen or sticks with the queen-consort title, once he becomes king.
    I've read that the early relationship between Camilla and Kate was a bit tense, with Camilla being very catty about Kate and her duties, calling her "Duchess Do-Nothing" and such.
    I'd expect a couple of things - the "crowned C" bracelet was a gift but also a reminder (not just to Kate but, perhaps, to Carole as well) that Camilla still outranks Kate, no matter Kate's popularity, that Camilla WILL be a queen first and, perhaps, a reminder to Kate to ally herself WITH Camilla instead of against her.
    It probably sounds dramatic but palace intrigue and drama and maneuvering for position didn't die on Tower Green, it's alive and well today. The royals are a large, fractious family with their own family dramas and likes and dislikes, the same daughter-in-law, mother-in-law tensions that any family has.
    But thank you for the excellent and unexpected discussion!! And thank you, Charlotte, for letting it stay up!!
    Even though she is gone from us, Diana and her life is still a vital part of this whole story!!

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    1. OMG Regina, I think you summed up the purpose of the "C" bracelet beautifully!! :)

      It had more to do with rank and territory than a sincere welcome to the family. And I doubt there's an ounce of guilt or regret on Camilla's part when she looks at William or Harry. If a woman puts her own self-interest ahead of her husband and children, I cannot imagine that she would be too concerned about anyone else's. I think her *only* concern was how W&H would act towards her because if they made it difficult, it could directly impact her position in Charles' life.

      But despite the past, they do love their father and it wouldn't bring their mother back if they made his life miserable. I think they accepted her for his sake. How they feel in the privacy of their own thoughts and heart, we can only speculate.

      And I'm not sure which sources you refer to, but one of Diana's closest friends stated publicly that Diana would have adored Kate and that she is exactly the type of girl she would have wanted for William. Diana was never fond of the stuffy yes-men who would surround her husband because of his position and she had the same concern for her sons' future. I honestly believe she'd be tickled pink that he found a girl like Kate and that he has such a close relationship with her family. In Kate, William found everything that Diana ever wanted in her own life.

      This is the title of a Youtube video of one of Diana's friends speaking about Kate....

      "Princess Diana's Friend Lana Marks Says Diana Would Love Kate"

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    2. royalfan, thank you for the feedback, I really appreciate it! And it's nice to see someone gets my point that there still is palace intrigue and politics and maneuvering, etc. going on.
      No disrespect intended but ... you wouldn't expect them to say anything different, really, would you? I mean, speaking of "yes men" ... I'm not criticizing you but I always take glowing praise of the royal family from sources close to the royal family with a rather big grain of salt.
      I'll try to find the link to that story or interview where that remark was made. It's been a while since I had it. I think the point was that it wasn't Kate herself that Diana would have objected to but the fact she is a commoner. I can't recall who the interview was with, it seems like it was one of Diana's former aides, but they just mentioned that Diana was very acutely aware of William's position and his future role as king and would have steered him toward someone who understood that life. But I think the battles between Diana and Carole certainly would have been epic!!
      I like to think Diana would have found happiness but I rather tend to think she would be a figure similar to Princess Margaret, a lonely, divorced socialite with A-list friends, jetting around to the houses of famous friends and, occasionally, making a stop in London to see her boys.
      In fairness to Charles, I think he became a good father and closer to his boys AFTER Diana was killed. He seems very close to them and, as much as the royals can be, very demonstrative in public with them, very easy and casual.
      I've read differing accounts of Charles as a father, some say he was a good father to William as a baby but, of course, they relied on Barbara Barnes and the old-school, aristocracy method of child-raising, which is that the child is raised mostly by nannies until they're old enough to be shipped off to boarding school.
      Other accounts say he was distant and not involved and especially as Harry was growing up, since, by then, he and Diana were, for all intents and purposes, estranged.
      As far as Camilla is concerned, it's going to be very interesting watching the maneuvering that will happen within the immediate royal family once Charles is on the throne.
      But she is a very hard worker, she alone and she and Charles have a busy schedule of royal engagements. And from the video clips I've seen of her at events, she seems to be one of the more down-to-earth, friendly and approachable royals.

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    3. Regina, now that you added the "commoner" part, I think I recall the interview. It was from before their engagement, no? Wasn't it stated from the point of view that someone who isn't a commoner would have a better understanding of the demands of royal life? As a general statement that may be true, but I believe that Diana would like Kate precisely because she *was* raised in the real world and she offers William a valuable connection to reality. Over the years, I have read my share of books on Diana and more than one source stated that Diana enjoyed spending private time with "real" people and just being Diana, and not a princess. This is the reason I believe she would be happy about what the Middleton's have to offer. But I *do* agree that the relationship between Carole and Diana would be interesting. :)

      As far as Charles and Camilla's future is concerned, I agree that it will be very interesting. IMO, the current level of "acceptance" will be tested (understatement!) once reality hits.

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  30. Hello :) Do you recognise as well that the Duchess hardly wears the clothes from her american tour wardrobe? Or just I didn't see them on her?

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  31. I really love the monogram bracelet. It is so lovely. It is pretty simple yet strikingly beautiful. So I guess there is no wonder why she frequently wear it.
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  32. On her wrist, every Diamond Bracelets looks beautiful.

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