Sunday, 10 November 2013

Kate Solemn In Temperley For Remembrance Sunday

The Duchess of Cambridge joined members of the Royal family for this morning's Remembrance Sunday ceremonies in London.


Kate was joined on the balcony in Whitehall by The Countess of Wessex and Sir Timothy Laurence (husband of The Princess Royal). Protocol dictates that those married into the family, with the exception of the Duke of Edinburgh, watch from a distance. Prince Charles and Camilla were notably absent from today's ceremonies. The couple are currently undertaking a tour in India where they attended a service of remembrance at the Afghan Church in Mumbai.


The National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in Whitehall is a unique expression of national homage devoted to the memory of those who have given their lives in war. It was originally conceived as a commemoration of the war dead of the First World War by King George V in 1919, but after the Second World War the scope of the ceremony was extended to focus on the dead of both wars. Remembrance Day or Memorial Day is observed in commonwealth countries.

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The streets of London were filled with thousands wanting to pay their respects to those who have fallen in wars. As Big Ben struck 11 a.m., a two minute silence was observed for the remembrance ceremony at the Cenotaph. No doubt Kate's thoughts turned to her late grandfather Peter Middleton who trained Canadian pilots during the Second World War in Calgary. He died in 2010, aged 90.


More from GOV.UK:

'Every year, the two minute silence for the remembrance service on Whitehall is conducted with military precision. On Horse Guards Parade the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire their First World War guns to mark the start of the silence, and a Corps of Army Music bugler from the Household Division marks its end at precisely the same time that the guns fire again, 120 seconds later.'

How do they get the timing just right? Last year the responsibility lay on the shoulders of Captain Michael Rose and Staff Sergeant Beer who spent the morning of the ceremony inside one of the clock faces of Big Ben itself ensuring the silence was timed perfectly.

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Veteran groups lined up ready for the march past.

Royal British Legion Twitter Feed

The Queen led the poignant service around the Cenotaph - which is simply inscribed "The Glorious Dead" - by placing a wreath against the stone.


Her Majesty was followed by other royals including Prince Philip,  Prince William, Prince Harry (on behalf of Prince Charles), The Earl of Wessex and The Princess Royal. Below we see William wearing his RAF uniform.


Kate singing the national anthem.


After the national anthem, the royal party attended a reception in the Foreign Office.


It is the third consecutive year the Duchess has attended the ceremonies. Below we see Kate at last year's service.


And her first Remembrance Sunday in 2011.


As expected Kate's apparel reflected the sombre tone of the day. The Duchess wore the £1250 Temperley London 'Noa Coat'  (with many thanks to our lovely commenter Sarah who identified it immediately). The elegant piece features a high neck, long sleeves, a single breasted front button fastening, a jacquard diamond check design and a pleated hem. Our Facebook friend Penny shared news the satin quilted garment remains available in limited sizes at Coco Boutique.

Temperley London

The coat is described this way.

'Classic Temperley, the Noa Coat has clean angular shoulders, a nipped in waist and a trapeze flair at the hem. Made of satin quilted in a geometrical pattern and a viscose mix herring bone, it is an exceedingly sharp, timeless dress coat.'

A closer look at the coat.


The Duchess brought back her 'Fairy Tale' hat by Lock & Co. It's a pretty piece which works very well on Kate, it originally retail for £285.


Kate wore her Buckley Poppy Brooch on her lapel. The £25 piece is hand crafted with over 100 ruby and olivine crystals, it is also plated in a gold tone.

Poppy Shop

Kate accessorised with her Annoushka pearls.

Annoushka

Kate wore her Cornelia James Pure Wool Gloves.


You can watch a video at The Telegraph.


As always, observers paid their respects by wearing poppies.These flowers bloomed across some of the worst battlefields in Flanders in World War I, their vibrant red colour an appropriate symbol for the blood shed in war. During the Second Battle of Ypres a young Canadian artillery officer was killed, he was serving in the same unit as his friend, Canadian military doctor and artillery commander John McCrae - who was asked to conduct the burial service because the chaplain was away. The evening following the burial Major McCrae began the draft for the now famous poem 'In Flanders Fields' which references the red poppies.

BBC

We conclude today's post by sharing 'In Flanders Fields'.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Lest we forget.

210 comments:

  1. Lovely piece and thank you for finishing with the Flanders fields poem. Lest we forget

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  2. It's the Noa coat by Temperley!

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    1. Sarah, you were the very first to identify it. Thank you so much :)

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  3. Hi charlootte you are amazing and fast the duchess looking good i love her coat and the coutess sophie of wessex was good as well as the queen

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  4. Hi Charlotte! Super fast post as usual! Absolutely loving Kate's look today - would love to see a full shot of the coat that she is wearing at some stage - maybe we will see it in the future!

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  5. I read on twitter that the cornflower is the chosen flower if the french to mark Remembrance Day as it was the colour of the troops in ww1. Such lovely flowers to look at and remember our fallen men and woman who gave the ultimate for our freedom. Bella Wiltshire

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  6. TEMPERLEY LONDON
    Black Noa Coat
    Black 'Noa' coat from Temperley London featuring a high neck, long sleeves, a single breasted front button fastening, a jacquard diamond check design and a pleated hem.
    http://www.lyst.com/clothing/temperley-london-noa-coat-black-1/

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    1. The very lovely coat looks dark ink blue on my computer. Is it, indeed, black?

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  7. If you can survive the first four years of your child's life with your health and sanity that is a definite bonus. That gives you about seven years to regain your strength and peace of mind in preparation for their pre-teen and teen years, not to mention their early twenties. lol

    That's for those of us who brave it on our own. Kate has PLENTY of help available to her. I don't think the "average" person has any idea how much help she has available. Yes, Kate is human, but there are alot of women around the world juggling families and huge responsibilities who manage to look professional at work and work-related events.

    As for all the dialogue of the previous post, a picture is worth a thousand words they say.........
    See. She took the time and effort to look polished and prepared today and it SHOWS.
    Would that she show each venue the same respect like some of the other posts suggested. And, yes, if you take the time to look at the photos of her shopping she truly does look more polished than at more than one of her events.

    Does that mean that Kate is a bad person, or that we are shallow people for even noticing? I don"t think so. We also give her kudos for many other things.

    I personally learn alot from all the different perspectives given in Charlotte's excellent blog. It broadens my perspectives for sure and it totally proves how much we all have in common even in our particular disagreements. Hearing from women from other cultures and parts of the world, to me is amazing. I love getting to know ya'll. ;) I hope we can all agree to disagree from time to time and keep this blog organic and healthy within the guidelines Charlotte so conscientiously maintains.

    North Carolina girl

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    1. Yes, Kate has *access* to a lot of "help" if she wants it, but I believe they are trying to keep it to a minimum. I suspect they don't want staff in and out of their home 24/7 and it's really the only way to ensure privacy.

      I wouldn't want to trade places with her for all the tea in China, because the perks that people like to point out come with a huge personal price tag. Every decision, every outfit, every expression is analyzed and criticized by the world. And imagine raising a child under those circumstances...knowing what he/she is in for. What *she* has to juggle, most of us cannot begin to comprehend. No thank you. :)

      Diana was quoted as saying that she could think of nothing more relaxing than ironing clothes while watching TV. I'm sure she had good reason to feel that way. We look at a fancy gown or a diamond necklace and think "oh, if only." But I have a feeling in their world they dream of being completely anonymous for a single day and having the personal freedom that we all take for granted.

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    2. Yes, but it is what it is, royal life. Trying to be "normal" is exactly how in touch with reality actually? They are used to having people around all the time. Ken Wharfe, William's bodyguard in childhood had a bedroom next to one of the nurseries. Diana had nannies, Sophie has had nannies since hers were babies. William and Kate have the ingenuity and resources to find "normal" time when they want. They still need to get the necessary help to get the job done best regardless of how many people that may take. And if Diana had truly wanted to watch TV and iron I am sure she could have. She found time to do many things she enjoyed. She wasn't as aggressive or experienced as William and Kate at creating "normal" pockets of time though, sadly.

      I think they already have their administrative and clerical staff, some of them, relocated at Kensington palace. There are articles if you google 52 rooms in Apartment 1A that say and show that there are 52 rooms, not just 21, and that some of those are being used for the administrative A-team. So, like it or not, they already have quite an entourage. One or two more necessary additions wouldn't be so out of place.

      I wouldn't want to be in their roles either, but if Kate needs more help to do what she has to do she should get it and not try to overplay the "normal" card, inadvertently or not. Her life, will never be "normal" again, bless her heart.

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    3. Very, very well said, North Carolina girl! I happen to agree.
      @royalfan, since you are fan of the royals, you surely followed the seven-year-long relationship of Will and Kate before they married. They were under constant scrutiny and attention so she had some idea, a very good idea, of what life would be like as William's wife. And she stayed for it so it's not like she didn't know what was coming. I would go further to say that, with Will and Kate now being so reclusive since their marriage, she's got more privacy now than she ever had in the years before her wedding.

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  8. Emily J. small villiage IL10 November 2013 at 13:42

    Great post! I always like Kate and Sophie smilling and laughing. I do wanna believe they r good friends.
    I love Kates hair curls. Her best lookin hair in awhile.
    have a good day!

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    1. I think she always looks lovely but I think the ringlets are a little Shirley Temple. I would personally love to see her with more layered shoulder length hair. It would suit her and be more age appropriate and fitting for her status. Its just too long in my opinion.

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    2. I was surprised to read another story (Celebitchy) that criticized Catherine for "playing" with her hair at this event. Doesn't everyone rearrange their hair if something is not working. How small to focus on such an innocuous behavior. Fix your curls Catherine, photo's are being taken to send around the world, right? Diana had to put on a smile, even when she was hurting deeply. It would be so hard to hide your feelings with every expression of the eyes and each mannerism of the face being filmed.
      But we all do enjoy the spectacle, and if she groomed herself, as if she would be seeing the queen, before her engagements, I think we would be satisfied.
      I do not see anyone on this blog that doesn't wish her well. We just have constructive criticisms. Some of them are really good, and maybe they will be noticed by her handlers.

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  9. She looked lovely. I loved the post. Thank you for the history behind the days remembrance and for sharing the poem

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    1. Yes, thank you, Charlotte. The poem gives me chills. I hadn't read it in its entirety in a long time. It is so beautifully poignant. Anyone who reads its words can truly never forget.

      P.S. Why was the ceremony held today on the tenth instead of tomorrow, the eleventh (eleventh month, eleventh day, eleventh hour)? Is it always scheduled in Britain for the nearest Sunday? Here in the US we will be observing the moments of silence tomorrow, the eleventh, which is always a federal holiday.

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    2. The big remembrance day service here in the UK is always held on the closest Sunday to the 11th but on the actual day itself everything stops for two minutes at 11am. Supermarkets and shops etc will usually announce that everything will stop for the two minute silence and usually everyone will stand silent for the duration.

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    3. Thanks, Lesleyc! I'm glad the "silence" actually takes place on the eleventh. The photographs of the soldiers inside Big Ben confused me, I guess. At some point several years ago here in the US, the legislature (in all its wisdom!) "moved" Veterans' Day (as we call it) to the closest Monday in order to give federal workers a three-day weekend holiday, a practice employed successfully for several other holidays (Martin Luther King's birthday, Presidents' Day in February, etc.). However, there was such an outcry of protest about moving Veterans' Day that the legislators moved it back to its sacred eleventh month, eleventh day, eleventh hour spot, thank goodness!

      One US blogger noted that we also use the poppy as a commemorative flower. I really have not seen it used in any of the places I've lived (granted--only three!) so I ordered a lapel pin from Britain last year and began wearing it November 1. Several people have asked me about it. (Of course, the US did not enter the war until long after Ypres! However, I feel that the poppy has become a fitting symbol of the tragic but heroic sacrifice of lives for love of country and freedom--so I wear it with humility and thankfulness to all.)

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  10. M from the Netherlands10 November 2013 at 13:46

    Wonderful post Charlotte! Just one little thing, I believe it was HRH the Duke of Kent who laid a wreath, and not Prince Michael of Kent as you say in your post :) Kate's coat is lovely and she looks better and less tired than a few days ago.

    I didn't see the 'Your comment will be available..." the first few times so I tried again, I hope my comment doesn't show up 3 times :)

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  11. Also - is there a reason for Prince William being dressed in blue color vs black as the others ? Maybe his line of service ?
    Either way , the Duchess coordinated and I love that.

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    1. Hello!

      William was wearing his RAF uniform.

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    2. Hi! Okay! Thanks so much for the reply :-)

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    3. I also have seen that the coat is described as black - although in the pictures , comparing it against her black hat it seems like such a dark blue -

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    4. I think its just from the sheen of the satin that it can appear dark blue. Like a raven :)

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    5. Exactly! That's a perfect description.

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  12. Fascinating piece Charlotte-- impressed to find two soldiers inside the Big Ben Tower to ensure correct timing of the silence.
    Loved Catherine's coat---though of course today is not the time for being too concerned about fashions.
    I do believe H.M. is getting smaller---she seemed "swallowed up" between the hat and coat.

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    1. Thank you so much Jean. It's such a special and poignant day.

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  13. Charlotte, Thank You so much for this update!!Kate looks lovely, Love her coat,very stylish yet appropriate, to mark the somber occasion.xoxo

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    1. I think Kate's coat will get plenty of wear, it is very elegant :)

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  14. Great post! Always interesting to read about the history. I'm also interested where you find your information about royal protocol. It was interesting to read that members of the family by marriage watch from a distance.

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    1. Hello Victoria,

      I remember being confused about certain members of the royal family laying wreaths and spouses watching from the balcony back in 2011 so I asked a royal correspondent and a historian. It is interesting but I have so much to learn still :)

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    2. I found all that very informative and interesting also! I love this blog -

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  15. This is a wonderful look for Kate, I think it's my favorite out of all 3 times she's been to the Remembrance Day ceremonies. Love the Temperley coat especially.
    On another note, thank you for your wonderful post, especially with the respectful and somber note of ending with the poem. In the US, it's Veteran's Day tomorrow, so it's very appropriate for us across the pond, too.

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  16. Loved reading about the history of Remembrance Sunday-Thank you! Really liked Kate's coat today but really did not care for the sausage curl hairstyle at all...

    -Brooke from South Carolina

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  17. Pauline Oak Hills10 November 2013 at 15:24

    Thank you Charlotte for this great post. Kate looked great today.
    You know I am getting tired reading about all the help Kate & William have. But to be truthful I do not believe they have all that much. According to a comment William made yesterday they are having babysitting problems. That sounds just like any other family with little ones. Unless we are their in their home and know for sure what they have and don't have then we should not say that Kate has all this help.

    After reading all the negitive comments from the last post, it just really got to me. Yes Kate looked very tired and her hair was not the best but wow the vemon really came out from people who IMO does not know nothing what is going on with Kate. Kate is much more then a pretty face and a person who dresses very nice.

    And Charlotte I do wish you would remove the "Anonymous". There are to many people writing negitive comments and hiding behind the Anonymous. I think if we are going to post a comment here then we should have to sign our name. Just my opinion.

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    1. bluhare in Washington State10 November 2013 at 22:02

      Pauline, one way to look at all the negative comments (and there definitely were more negative than positive) is to realize Kate does such a good job with her clothing and hair the vast majority of the time that t really stands out when she has an off day.

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    2. Whitney from Arizona10 November 2013 at 23:24

      If Charlotte removes the "Anonymous" feature, I hope she also removes the ability of posters to use multiple identities. That too, is a form of hiding.

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    3. Pauline, two things... First, an opinion is an opinion regardless of the name attached to it. What are you thinking, like a "name and shame" witch-hunt? Does it somehow make an opinion less valid if it is written anonymously? I don't think so. I myself read every comment from the previous post and I don't believe there was ANY venom. It was lively, interesting debate mostly from people who wish very much for the Duchess to succeed. For some reason any time a comment is written that is not all rainbows and roses you jump in and attack the writer. I have commented many times on this blog, sometimes under anonymous and sometimes I sign my name. This is not because of a fear of reprisals, but because I only use my phone and don't know how to write under a name or account. The bottom line is that I have just as much right to use the blog to voice my opinion as anyone else whether my name is attached or not.

      Secondly, you refer to "venom coming out from people who does not know nothing about what is going on with Kate," and "Kate is much more than a pretty face and a person who dresses very nice." I have asked this before.... How do YOU know all about Kate, what she is, what is going on with her... when none of the rest of us do? How do you judge other's opinions and make a statement like that when I would bet you have never met her, or spoken with her, and have not a clue in the world what she is really like? Don't you think this is utterly condescending and over-zealous? My opinion is that if anyone should tone down their remarks it should be you.
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    4. THANK YOU KIM (and Whitney)

      I was wondering how long one was going to ride roughshod over this blog without someone saying, Hey, wait a minute.

      I agree with everything you said so aptly,

      Thank you




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  18. What a fabulous coat! And it's almost strange to see Kate looking (appropriately) somber at these events, she's such a smiley person.

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  19. I love the coat. I am glad she looks better than the last time. But I've just read the article at DM. It slams Kate for grinning and playing with her hair. They wrote the whole article about it and put many photos. I can't understand what's the reason they always write something negative about Kate? It's so unfair. But the most sad is that people write comments based on the photos. I think it's bulling and someone has to stop it before it affects her life. She reads the opinions because it's part of her PR and just can't ignore them.

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    1. I think "bullying" hits the nail on the head when it comes to some of those remarks and the papers love to stir the pot.

      Kate appeared in 40 photos (today) on Getty's site and she touch her hair in 3 shots. Big deal. :) Good thing the poor girl didn't have to blow her nose!

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    2. Well said.

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  20. Does anyone know where Prince Andrew was?

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    1. Andrew was in Afghanistan. 'Troops in Afghanistan were joined by the Duke of York (Andrew), who laid a wreath during a service held at Camp Bastion in Helmand Province to mark Remembrance Sunday.'


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    2. Afghanistan---laying the wreath at the memorial there.

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    3. Andrew was at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan. And Charles & Camilla commemorated their own Remembrance Sunday in India by visiting a cemetery and meeting veterans. I know Andrew isn't popular anywhere, but I do think he deserves recognition for noble things he does.

      And if anyone recalls, William was also at Camp Bastion for Remembrance Sunday back in 2010, days before his announcement to Kate was announced. Time flies!

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  21. I don't mean this to be mean but the Duchess needs to cut her hair. The kielbasa curls have to go! When in beautician school years ago, I got an F fin class for kielbasa curls!

    You are a mature woman who will one day be Queen of England, time for a change!

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    1. Oh I so agree - the ringlets are so little girl looking and not at all chic. Her hair is gotten way too long and heavy as many said last week when they had their bus ride and short walk-about. It looks like a hair-style I would have had when I was 5 yrs old -- just horrible.

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  22. I'm sorry ladies, but HATE the ringlets. This reminds me of the 1800s when women would wear two ringlets of hair on either side of their head. It wasn't a good look then and it is not now. She needs to pull her hair away from her face like she used to. I was hoping that with her wearing a hat today, she would look better. Unfortunately, I still do not like the look. I certainly hope this new look of hers is not under the influence of Emelia. I'm sorry I am being so negative but her hair was perfection before her pregnancy-- don't fix it if it isn't broken! Maybe with hormones and lack of sleep, she's gone a little goofy.

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    1. Lynn, although her hair today was a DEFINITE improvement - minus the finger-twirling - over that lank, center-parted hot mess the other day at the Poppy Appeal event, I'd agree. I have read comments from more than a few professional hair stylists that her hair now looks like she's doing it, or trying to do it, herself, vs. going to the Richard Ward Salon or summoning the Ward stylists/colorists to KP. I'd tend to agree. Her hair looked great before the pregnancy. Wish she'd have Rebecca ring up Richard Ward and have them pop 'round for a blow-out and a trim and style!!

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    2. "Wish she'd have Rebecca ring up Richard Ward and have them pop 'round for a blow-out and a trim and style!!"

      Thank you! For heaven's sake they came to the hospital to do her hair, why can't they come to KP? I realize she's adjusting to life with the baby, but for heaven's sake, she is not too busy to sit in a chair for an hour to look good. I wonder if since William no longer has his RAF salary that they are trying to cut back even more? Seems a little weird, since she can afford the new Temperely coat. Which, by the way, I really like and am glad to not see the same coat at R Day for the 3rd straight year.

      I'm not sure she is styling it herself though -- but even if she is, she is styling it a different style than before because the curling iron is being used up the entire head of her hair in the front and not just the bottom like we saw before. Very troubling....hope she grows out of it.

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    3. How funny. Would that she would have Becca call in some help. lol
      I would not be surprised if the idea has crossed her mind numerous times,
      Richard, where are you?

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  23. That coat - very stylish, I must say. And yes, I loved her curly hair, too. Apparently the weather has been much better in London during the last few weeks than here in Germany, as I see the sun shining and the trees still with green leaves....we had the first snow flakes mixing with the pouring rain today...

    Let us remember on this day how precious peace is - and how long we have been able to enjoy it here in Central and Western Europe. I spent happy times in Britain and in France, working there and never once did I experience anything else but warm welcomes! To think that our grandfathers and sometimes even fathers had been fighting against each other - it seemed unthinkable to us younger people! I sincerely hope it will stay that way forever - and may peace come to all the places on earth where there´s still war going on.... Thanks for that lovely post, Charlotte. Eve from Germany

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    1. My father fought in World War II and when he died some 40 years later, my mother received a lovely letter from a German officer whose submarine crew my father and his men had captured near the end of the war. He wrote so kindly of my father's courtesy and good treatment of these prisoners. We were very much moved by his thoughtfulness. Peace on Earth.

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    2. Greybird, what a wonderful memory to have. It gives one hope to know that these moments of humanity existed during such brutal times. Your father was a gentleman, in the finest sense of the word, and it sounds as if his former enemy was one too. Thank you so much for this posting. Peace on earth indeed. Lee from Canada

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  24. Hello,

    fast and great post as ever. I love your site! :)
    Kate looks very good to me, but I really would love to cut that hair of heres. It's definitly too long. :-/

    What do you make of this news about her "godmother of style"?

    CU Amy

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    1. bluhare in Washington State10 November 2013 at 21:54

      I'm shaking my head about the "godmother of style" sobriquet. And I think Kate was doing fine in that regard without her.

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    2. My thought on the "godmother of style" is that the papers found photos where there was a *similarity* in what they were wearing. It was an update from the prior Diana/Kate comparison. Lol.

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  25. Stunning coat! I hate to nitpick, but I really do wish she would tone down the eye makeup.

    There was a lot of fuss over at the Daily Mail about her hair being "inappropriate" for the occasion. I disagree, I thought her hair looked quite nice. Although an updo would have been nice and more formal.

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    1. i agree about the coat. and the eye makeup (and the blush is a little heavy, too, since we're on the subject).
      i also like her hair very much and was glad to see her looking a little better rested than a few days ago.

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  26. bluhare in Washington State10 November 2013 at 17:20

    There are six great uncles I never got to meet because of the War to End All Wars. The Cenotaph ceremony is lovely as well as sad.

    Now the shallow part. I still say Kate needs to fire her new hair person. She's talking her into styles that don't suit. LOVE the coat, though. Kate does the best coats anywhere.

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  27. One thing Britian and the United States have in common is the use of the Poppy to honor our veterans.

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    1. I watched your Veteran's Day ceremonies and I didn't see anyone wearing the poppy. Do Americans wear them on your lapels as we do in Canada and the UK?

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  28. Thank you so much Charlotte, your blog is amazing! Such a beautiful service today, we remember all of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of their country. Kate looked fabulous, I think I'm one of the few who actually adore her longer hair. It looked wonderful today. Hope George is doing well, can't wait to see them all together soon!

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    1. I love her long hair too!

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    2. I am a woman who has waist long hair. Both of my daughters wear long hair as well, and it suits us. I like to wear mine up - and I bet Catherine does when she's "off-duty". But anyway, long hair feels luxurious to the one wearing it. It's soft and silky and just falls on your skin and face as a covering, like St Paul told the women not to cut their hair (back then) because it was for a covering. It's so easy to take care of and style. There are so many opinions about what one "should" do with their hair, but it is a very personal decision.

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  29. I know this isn't really a "fashion" post, but I have to say today is the first time I've seen her recently where I've thought, "That's a Duchess" and not, "That's a new mom." She looks great - but then, I thought she looked great the other day, too. I kind of feel like she can't win - if she keeps it real, people complain that she doesn't look good, and if she shells out the time and the money to look fabulous, people will no doubt complain about the spending of that money and how unrealistic she looks (I saw someone on another site complaining that her curls were "too bouncy" for such a solemn occasion).

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    1. Wasn't this Charles complaint about Diana...that is, her spending money to look fabulous? I loved it, wasn't she something?

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  30. Oh another thought, I would how long after he's walking before Prince George will take part with his father in laying a wreath?

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    1. Really? Goodness royal children do not take part in duties like this. Why should they, it will be their role when they r an adult. Anna. Scotland

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    2. From the Prince of Wales website:
      November 11, 2007 (at age 25)

      "Prince William, a Second Lieutenant in the Household Cavalry (Blues and Royals), laid a wreath for the first time at the war memorial in Central London."

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    3. Thanks royalfan, being in America I'm not sure what all the traditions are and when they start, age wise.

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  31. Unfortunately Kate is getting a lot of criticism on other sources for "twirling her hair" and "smiling broadly several times". I guess she can't charm everyone. I personally love her. She's young, new at her job, new in her role as wife and Mother. I imagine the enormous attention that she gets would effective anyone and I think she has done beautifully growing into her role in the Royal Family.

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    1. bluhare in Washington State10 November 2013 at 21:52

      She's got a nervous habit of twirling her hair and she really should pull it back for events like these. She got crap a couple of years ago for laughing and giggling her way through this and, although she redeemed herself last year, you'd think she'd realize that she's going to be critiqued. And before you all jump on me about the hair twirling comment, *I* twirl *my* hair and get crap all the time about it. I confess I'm lucky I don't have to go out and get my photo on the first page of the Daily Mail, though. It caught her looking arrogant and bored. (Please note I did not say she WAS arrogant and bored, just the the photo made her look that way. )

      The Daily Mail coverage is interesting. It's changed tone recently quite a bit.

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    2. Shantel (@FashionandFaith)10 November 2013 at 22:24

      I agree!
      If i remember correctly, people complained about she and the Countess of Wessex smiling last year too. But I bet that, if they hadn't shown a smile this time, the media would have tried to say that there was a rift because of the Christening.... As I said in my comments on the DM the other day, it seems that the Duchess can't win sometimes....
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    3. I think the daily mail picked up on an attitude. Just like showing up for some events sort of unkept. Does she really want to be doing what she is doing. Giggling and twirling hair
      (I twirl my hair at times when I am bored and my brother hates it btw) not usually a big deal but with alot of other things, I don't know. On one of the news clips when they visited harry potter studios, right before she and William were getting ready to duel, she looked behind her to find Becca Deacon so she could hand her her purse and Becca was not there. Kate looked very disgruntled and very begrudgingly, acting exasperated by that really, rolled her eyes and sort of snickered and sat her purse on a near by table. In other videos of that same thing you can see that Becca was at that time engaged in conversation in the background. So, perhaps the DM picked up on some of that. Plus, Kate said in her engagement interview that she did not have a poster of William on her wall at school. Why? There has been more than one reporter who has interviewed more than one schoolmate there who say they personally saw not only a poster of William on her wall but one of Harry along with William. I just hope this kind of stuff fades and doesn't surface more and more, I hope the Kate that we thought we got is really the Kate we got. Hope no one goes into a tizzy because of these personal observations. I am sincerely concerned about Kate. She has a full plate for sure. She has kind of been a mystery to many. We still don't know her much, except for photo ops and walk-abouts and the usual royal activities.

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  32. Melanie from California10 November 2013 at 18:31

    Thank you, Charlotte for a truly beautiful post. That poem always makes me choke up a bit. My mom's parents died last year, and yesterday, they were honored at the funeral home due to their U.S. Army and Marine veteran status. They both served during World War II; Grandad in the Army in the western U.S. and Grandmom in the Marines in Washington D.C.

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    1. Shantel (@FashionandFaith)10 November 2013 at 22:29

      Thank you to your family--and all Veterans--for their service. Less than 1% of us sacrifice for the freedom of all of us...I am in constant awe and am eternally grateful.
      Also, thanks Charlotte for such a lovely post. This may be one of my favorite yet--so poignant, and so beautifullly done.
      As you said: lest we forget.
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      It was a nice surprise to see your note, Shantel. God Bless You!

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  33. I really like Kate but I just do not understand this hair at all. The tight ringlets remind me of something you would see on an American Girl doll or some similar children's toy...certainly not a hairstyle which one would want to recreate for an event such as this one. Also it appears that she was playing with it quite a bit during the ceremony to keep it coiled so tightly. Not the best impression to give during such a solemn ceremony. A sleek updo would have taken care of the issue and she would have avoided the onslaught of negative press for playing with her hair during an enormously important national day of remembrance.

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    1. http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/4250915?utm_hp_ref=style&ir=Style

      Either you've already read the story the Huff Post wrote or you're dead on.

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    2. I do agree with you about this hairstyle. I don't care for it either. I understand the role that pregnancy/hormones, not being able to color it if she's nursing, and a different stylist play here, but I think she's at the point in her life when it's time for a shorter, more sophisticated style. I am *not* suggesting that Kate looks old...she's a beautiful young woman...but IMO it does age a woman when she doesn't change or at least update her hairstyle periodically. This length is weighing her down and it isn't doing her any favors, especially while a baby is limiting her sleep.

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    3. Hi Blair! Wow, I had not read that article yet but that's exactly what I thought when I saw the pictures- a Samantha doll come to life! I had the Samantha doll growing up so it must have been stuck in my subconscious somewhere :)

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  34. Interesting - - as a child I learned the first line of that poem as "In Flanders fields the poppies grow" (not blow), so I looked it up. Turns out it was originally written as grow, but the first publisher changed the line to blow. Either way, it's a very powerful and moving piece. So many lives lost to war.

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    1. I also learned this as a child and learned it as grow. My mom was born right after the end of WWI when it was written and was something all children learned. We bought poppy lapel pins from the Vets of Foreign Wars (USA). Now they don't seem to be out and selling them like they used to and I miss having them to wear every yrs.

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    2. Hi beachgal, you must be similar in age to me. My mom was born in the early 20's. And yes I remember selling the poppy lapel pins as fundraisers when I was in grade school. So nice that this poem inspired both the USA and Commonwealth countries to remember their war dead in this way.
      I think Kate looked beautiful, participating in the remembrance ceremony. She is a lovely woman, having to deal with an incredible amount of attention. I don't envy her position!

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  35. Beautiful post Charlotte. Kate looks gorgeous. I love that temperley coat.

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  36. Looking at all those young faces in the BBC photo is a true reality check, is it not? And thank you for including the poem, Charlotte.

    I would agree with the description of the coat..."exceedingly sharp..." Yes! I absolutely love it! The detail is amazing (I hate to say it, but I didn't think it was an Emilia Wickstead for that reason).

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  37. Hello Charlotte,
    Great post. I have a question. Where exactly does this ceremony take place is it an extension of Buckingham palace? Or are they somewhere else? I wonder because there are never any pictures of Kate from the waist down just on the balcony and if it were somewhere they had to drive to get to wouldn't there be photos of her getting out of a car showing her whole ensemble

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    1. The Centotaph is in the middle of Whitehall. The House of Parliament, Downing Street and Westiminster Abbey are nearby. Where Kate and Sophie are - is the balcony of the Foreign Office which looks out onto the Centotaph below.

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    2. Whitehall is the name of the road. It is lined with government departments and ministries, for example the Ministry of Defense. I'm not sure if you are familiar with London at all, but Trafalgar Square is to the north and Parliament Square to the south (Houses of Parliament, Supreme Court, Westminster Abbey). Up and down Whitehall there are several monuments. The Centotaph is a war memorial. Anon 23:40 explained the whereabouts of the balcony. A side tidbit of information....there's also a monument to Prince George, the Duke of Cambridge, down Whitehall. He was once Commander-in-Chief of the British Army and grandson of George III. Thought it was an interesting find walking down Whitehall this summer...another Duke of Cambridge. :)

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  38. I think you have the gloves wrong, it looks like they are the wool short glove with bow, not the one with side bow.

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  39. Loved the coat it was very beautiful and I think we will see Kate wear it more than once. The hair different story, not loving the curls at all. I really wish she would get a mature cut to suit her age instead of standing there smiling and twirling her hair like a teenager. It really makes her look daft and bored. In my opinion Kate always did have awkward behavior at rememberance day. She looked bored like she would rather be somewhere else. Like the first time she attended and the press got photos of her laughing at an inappropriate time. The sombre look on her face looks fake in my opinion.

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  40. Thank you for a great post as always Charlotte. Catherine looks great.Andrea from Canada.

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  41. Oh what a difference a couple of days makes! Her hair, though still badly in need of a professional blow-out and a trim and style, looked much better than the other day! Great coat, appropriate color and conservative style, nice hat and she didn't look as haggard today as she did the other day.
    Someone mentioned that the center part doesn't flatter Kate and I'd agree, she's definitely a lady for a side part! I'd guess she's doing her hair herself for whatever reason. Today was a marked improvement over the other day but she could stand to have a trim and a professional blow-out.
    Thank you for the information on the Cenotaph ceremony and the rest of it. Very informative and interesting - and appropriate on a day when we say a heartfelt "Thank You" to all of our military veterans, from the US to the UK, Canada and Australia!!

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  42. Since there's been a lot of concern voiced about Kate struggling to cook, clean, launder and care for her baby and her husband in her new 20-room home without anyone to help her, thought I'd share this story, from the Guardian on William and Kate's advertisements for staff ... http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2011/jun/12/catherine-bennett-prince-william-royals-servants

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    1. I don't believe anyone here is suggesting that Kate is cleaning her own windows or polishing William's shoes. But if she is trying to take care of George on her own (as much as possible) then KUDOS to her. And if she appears tired because of it, then it's completely understandable. Any mother, or person with a heart, can appreciate that.

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    2. bluhare in Washington State11 November 2013 at 01:32

      royalfan, thank you ever so for the great visual you just gave me!

      But let's face facts. She's got all the help she wants and can play housewife as much or as little as she likes. I do think she's a breath of fresh air when it comes to her baby, though, and maybe there'll be a new generation of royal children all the better off because their mother (and hopefully father) spent a lot of time with them and didn't see them for a half hour twice a day. But I don't think it's fair to use George as an excuse either. She does have a job to do, albeit very privileged and glamorous one.

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    3. what a cute response bluhare. :) (so much better that the heart one, whew)

      I totally agree with this comment of yours. It has been said over and over and rightly so but you summed it up nicely. Thanks. :)

      North Carolina girl

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    4. bluhare, I never intended to suggest that her baby is an excuse. No excuses...just the reality of the situation...having children and preparing them for a future role within the royal family is the most important role she has.

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    5. Actually Bluhare, I disagree with you--just now she doesn't have a job to do. It was made quite plain that she would take leave following George's birth. She has done more than I expected, though I always assumed she would be at the Cenotaph.
      I'm afraid the "Daily Mail" is up to its usual trick---build someone up to knock them down.
      I don't know how long Maternity leave is in the US---but here in the UK it is now 1 year, and if she has read any of what has been written about her, who can blame her for taking every second of it.

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    6. bluhare in Washington State12 November 2013 at 17:25

      Jean, I too wondered what happened to the maternity leave. Trust me, Britain has much better maternity leave. Standard here is 6 weeks, unpaid.

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  43. Jane from New England11 November 2013 at 00:04

    Thank you so much, Charlotte, for the good article on Remembrance Sunday. I love the thoughtful way the British remember our fallen soldiers. I say "our" because I think many Americans still think of being "in this' with Britain. It is a sober reflective and thankful time. I agree with those who have written about Catherine's role and responsibilities not being "normal" and she should accept that and get the help she needs to be royal. I also agree that her hair would look a bit more polished some shorter and controlled. I'm sure that will happen as she grows more into her role. Good article, though. Thank you.

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    1. I agree also. It is so nice for everyone when she makes the effort.

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  44. I agree with Anon @ 13:41 and Royal fan, I think you missed the point. If Kate wants to be a give George her full attention I think we are all for that. What I think was being put forth was at the same time she can have her helpers, Becca Deacon even, schedule hair colorists, stylists or whatever ancillary help she might need so that she can look her best and have help with anything else she needs to accomplish. Many of us our mothers and some of us even grandmothers, and I don't think there is a heartless one among us.

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    1. bluhare in Washington State11 November 2013 at 01:26

      Bless you, Anonymous. My heart may be cold and dead, but I do have one! LOL

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    2. you okay bluhare? you definitely take the cake for the creepiest comment so far?
      What choo talkin' bout girl?

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    3. bluhare in Washington State11 November 2013 at 17:54

      Creepiest comment? Really? I was thinking more about how I post my opinion, good and bad, and sometimes it doesn't go over well. I'm all good, and all weepy today after reading about the people going to the old vet's funeral and the two minutes of silence. Made me proud to be British. So maybe the heart's not so cold and dead. :)

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  45. Hello all

    I do love the coat, very elegant. However, I don't think it was the appropriate occasion for this particular style, it's a bit too dressy and high-fashion. I also don't think that the ringlets were suitable for the occasion, too frivolous. Someone has said that they love to see Kate and the Duchess of Wessex laughing together: yes, that's nice, but not suitable behaviour for an occasion such as this.

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    1. bluhare in Washington State11 November 2013 at 17:56

      Couldn't disagree more re the coat. I think it's gorgeous and I'd kill for it.

      One question, though, for royal protocol experts. The Queen always wears black for this (I think it's the only time of year she does except for funerals), and I think Kate's coat is dark blue. As I said, I think it's great, but is protocol to wear black?

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  46. I thought Kate looked lovely today. I loved the picture of her and the Countess of Wessex chatting and smiling. Although it is a somber day, it's always nice to see a smile. I loved the Temperley coat Kate wore...LOVED! I'm sure it is a piece we will see in the future.

    To the important part of the day. Thank you for the write up with the poem "In Flanders Fields". After reading it and seeing the video with Prince Phillip (he is enduring), I was a bit teary-eyed. I miss my grandfather terribly. He stormed Omaha Beach in Normandy and was in the Battle of the Bulge...an Army man to the core. Thank you to ALL the men and women who fight so we can have our freedom. Freedom is not free.

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    1. Melanie from California11 November 2013 at 18:14

      Thank you for writing, Kate. I am indebted to your grandfather. I appreciate what he did. He helped so many in Europe, and he preserved our freedoms in the United States. Your grandfather saw horrors neither of us can imagine. My great-uncle was at Pearl Harbor; he never would talk about it. We know that when the bombs hit, Uncle Matt's typewriter flew up in the air and fell down. He was released from the hospital and able to notify his family he was alive in May 1942. Indeed. God Bless ALL the men and women who serve to preserve freedom!

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    2. Melanie, thank you for your kind reply. :) My hats off to your great-uncle for enduring Pearl Harbor. I have been to Pearl Harbor and as beautiful as it is there is an overwhelming sadness. I really do think those men and women were the Greatest Generation, as they have been called. I know my grandfather was beyond great to me. Thank you again!

      ***I meant to say Prince Phillip was endearing, not enduring in my first post. :) ***

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  47. Hello Charlotte, thank you for another lovely post! I'm sure these last few days have been busy for you, but I think I speak for all of us when I say we deeply appreciate all the work and thought you put into the posts! I think Kate looked lovely but as usual dressed to the occasion. I think out of all the coats she's worn for remembrance Sunday this has to be my favorite. In the first picture Kate looked kind of emotional, I wonder if her thoughts were on her grandfather?

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  48. Rose from Brooklyn ny11 November 2013 at 02:43

    Hi charlotte!! Fabulous post!! Very informative!! Why r people nitpicking her!! Let her be!! Why do ppl care how she wears her hair! ! Whatever she wears is fine and whatever she does is good!! I feel so terribly sorry for her that whatever she does or doesnt do everybody has something to say about it!! I adore Kate but boy am I glad not to be in her shoes!!

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    1. Roer I think the peole who complain here has nothign better to do. They need to walk in her shoes for a few weeks then come here & complain and I bet they would keep their mouths shut then.

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    2. Pauline. I commented that I was not fond of Kate's hairstyle or coat and you are telling me to shut my mouth???????????
      I think those war dead who are being remembered would be appalled at such intolerance.
      So, anyone who has ever said they do not care for some of Kate's outfits or hairstyle should walk in her shoes for a few weeks to get our thinking right? We can express an opinion differing from yours without being told to keep our mouths shut. Telling people to keep their mouths shut is far worse than any sartorial opinions expressed to date on this blog. You may be a favorite of some, but you are way out of line with this comment.

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    3. Having just attended the funeral of my little brother, I can tell you that the warmth and love and smiles at seeing my extended family again, being there for us, was the greatest comfort. There were smiles, there were hugs, and there was love from people who knew me from childhood. His death was so tragic, that things needed to be lightened up...So there must be some sort of balance if our grief is not to sink into an impossible sadness. The love, the smiles, help us to carry on. It is sad...but we need the warmth of each other to do this. I do not think that smiles and warmth are inappropriate.

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    4. Wolfpup,

      My sincerest condolences. I am so sorry to hear about your brother's passing.

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    5. bluhare in Washington State12 November 2013 at 17:26

      wolfpup, my condolences as well.

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    6. Sarah from Calif.13 November 2013 at 01:47

      wolfpup, I am so sorry for your loss. I hope and pray for your comfort during this time.

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  49. the dailymail did a whole unfortunate article on her hair twirling and her giggling ...

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  50. The dailymail did a whole unfortunate article on her hair twirling with her fingers and her giggling unfortunate she allowed herself to be photographed that way.

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    1. Shantel (@FashionandFaith)11 November 2013 at 17:24

      I don't understand why, out of everything that the DM could have focused on during that beautiful ceremony, they chose to focus on Kate running her fingers through her curls. I think it is a habit of hers and was not done to show any disrespect. I think that the DM had a photographer who took consecutive shots of Kate, some of which caught her running her fingers through her hair. Then, being opportunistic (and mean-spirited) they decided to focus on that knowing it would get people all up in arms and get more people over to their site. I agree with you: it is unfortunate. And pathetic. And the comments on the article...wow! People really took the bait.
      I, too, like many others here, feel bad for Kate.
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  51. Marci from Salt Lake11 November 2013 at 03:28

    I don't understand how it can be disrespectful to share a smile and even a laugh with a relative on this occasion. Whom does it disrespect? The dead? Did they not fight and die so that people could be free to smile and laugh with their loved ones? Does it disrespect the Queen? The other members of the Royal Family? Why? How? Does sharing a funny story about the Departed at a funeral disrespect the Departed? I can't see how--unless you were laughing AT them, trying to ridicule. I can't see in any way that the Countess of Wessex and the Duchess of Cambridge were seeking to ridicule the occasion nor any person who was a part of it by their behavior. Nor did they succeed in ridiculing anything--and that is the only reason I can think of that would justify the condemnatory label "disrespectful behavior." As for the Duchess's hairstyle showing disrespect--REALLY. Can people honestly think that the Duchess styled her hair on purpose to disrespect the War dead--had she appeared with something like cornrows or pig tails she would deserve condemnation, but ringlets are historical as well as an easy style for very long hair, which she obviously likes (I didn't like the style, but I will defend her right to choose her own!).

    Now, before you all attack me for my tirade (and of course I deserve it), I have to ask if anybody noticed the cute style in which the Countess of Wessex wore her hair? I thought it looked really lovely.

    As always, Charlotte, terrific work on this blog! I loved the ending with "In Flanders Fields." It made me tear up and be very, very thankful for my grandfather and great uncles who fought in France in 1918.

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    1. Way to go Marci. To tell you the true I really am getting very tired of people putting down the duchess just because she did not wear her hair to please them. Sure I did not care for it but I am not going to write about it here becuase she does not owe us anything.

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    2. Pauline, I seem to recall you having made some critiques of Kate's hair and clothes in this blog. most us of here on this blog love Kate I think but we can still critique her hair and outfits. I love my mom and sisters and they love me, but we still critique each others hair and outfits, and those of my aunts and nieces. sometimes those critiques are favorable and some times they are not but we all get along with each other. this blog does have a comment section. I didn't know we were supposed to only leave a comment if we like her hair and clothes.

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    3. Hear, hear Marci. I bet if you look at the hundreds of press photos that were taken at the Cenotaph, you would have found one of pretty much every member of the RF and politicians smiling at some point. It's just that the one of Kate has been chosen so that rags like the Daily Mail can run a non-story and get everyone riled up. And as for her hair, I can't believe the fuss that has been made since Kate's impromptu appearance at the poppy day fundraiser at KP. You would have thought she had turned up in old rags and at death's door the way people have been going on. Yes she looked tired and still does to an extent but the over-reaction to her hair has been ridiculous. Kate has always made a great effort with her appearance and if she has chosen not to dye her hair at this time, I am sure there is a very good reason for it. But at the end of the day, it's hair - I even read a comment on another blog that her hair was too curly to be respectful! I had no idea that curls had a respect measurement! Honestly, I think people need to chill. Kate had one off day at the KP fundraiser event and now there's rumours of illness, depression and even another pregnancy. Everyone, royal or not, wealthy or poor, has off days - this complete over-reaction is one reason why I wouldn't trade places with Kate for all the wealth in the world.

      Okay rant over!

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    4. I agree, Marci. It would be another matter if Kate was giggling and fidgeting just before laying a wreath, but she had no official duties on the day and was simply catching up with a member of her family, an aunt, in fact. I didn't care for her hair, she might have tied it back, but it really is entirely her affair, not mine, and she's young enough to carry it off. Many men prefer long hair, I expect her husband likes it very much. The coat is wonderful. It is a great thing to see the British knack for solemn ceremony and honor perfectly rendered. I remember parades like that when I was very young, but don't see those in the US anymore.

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    5. bluhare in Washington State11 November 2013 at 18:03

      Opinions are opinions, Pauline,nothing more. I don't think it's putting down the Duchess to say her hair's looked better.

      I also don't agree that Kate doesn't owe us anything. She's a public servant as long as her husband is second in line to the throne. She lives in a house partially paid for by the public, and the security she needs due to her role is also paid for by the public. Her husband has duties because of his position and she supports that; therefore, like any public figure she'll get criticism from time to time.

      If this means I'm putting her down, fine, I'm putting her down. But I want her to succeed, I do. She's one of us, and that is her appeal to me. She isn't aristocratic (or wasn't) and she walked in and made it look easy. She did us proud on her wedding day, and she's done us proud since. But she's not perfect and sometimes it shows.

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    6. Bluhare. Sounds like you are contradicting yourself. You say she's not perfect and sometimes it shows. I read that as you want Catherine to be perfect. I guess she has to be human first.

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    7. bluhare in Washington State12 November 2013 at 17:28

      Hi Anonymous. You are reading my posts incorrectly. I do not expect her to be perfect, and I think I've said a few times that she's a human being and just by virtue of that is not perfect. So, no contradiction.

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    8. Oh I just re read your comment. Yes she get's alot of things but with you living in Washinton State you do not pay taxes in the UK. So really she owe you nothing for sure.

      And how can you say she is one of us? Lasted I looked I was not a Duchess nor am I married to a Prince. And on her wedding day she did the people of the UK proud, not the people of the United States. I think you are dreaming that you might live in the UK and Catherine belongs to you but she does not. cShe does not even belong to the ones who live in the UK. So since you do not live in the UK nor pay our high taxes yoiu should let up on Catherine. You have really gone overboard on all of your comments regarding Catherine.

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    9. Disliking her hair doesn't make us heartless. You yourself said you didn't care for her hair Pauline. Why can you say that and we can't? The words may be different but the sentiment is the same.

      This is such a fun blog and so much of that is all the opinions from around the world we get to read. Please don't belittle this community's opinions because we say what we think. It isn't an attack on Kate. It's just about fashion and style not her personally. The nature of free speech is diverse opinions. I imagine this blog is even more fun for those who respect others' opinions and keep on scrolling rather than being on a constant crusade against different views than your own.

      I assure you Kate is fine. No need to crusade here.

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    10. Kathy, It hurts my heart that your comments are so ethnocentric. I am a life-long and patriotic US citizen, but I love the UK, too. I majored in English literature at college (university), and I've visited your lovely island every time I can scrape the money together--maybe twenty times--but never for long enough (since my money always runs out before my list of "must-do's"). It's true that I don't pay taxes in the UK, but I hope my dollars and pounds have added a little to the British economy over the years.

      I know Catherine doesn't belong to us in the US (any more than she "belongs" to Britons either on a personal level!), but as Charles Spencer said about Diana, "She is a very British girl with international appeal. As is Catherine. Hence, for good or bad, I guess people from all over, including the UK, feel the freedom to make comments--whether that's fair or not.

      And I also object: Catherine (and all of Britain) did me very proud, too, on her wedding day as I stayed up all night in Augusta, GA to watch the whole shebang! I smiled and smiled--cried a little, too!--all night. What a universal love story! Everyone loves a beautiful, joyful wedding--and, boy, you in Britain really know how to do pomp and ceremony!

      You may not realize that many of us in the US feel a really close connection to Britain, giving your country great credit for our democratic and social traditions (even though we did act like rebellious children in 1776!). We also owe a great debt to you for the sacrifices that your people endured in World Wars I and II long before we pitched in to help out. I truly believe that a special relationship exists between the US and the UK--and I want us to be friends, not adversaries--here on this blog as well as in the international arena. Let the friendship begin with us!

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    11. bluhare in Washington State13 November 2013 at 17:36

      Kathy, I will respond to your comments in order, but I'm confused. Are you also the Anonymous who said I was contradicting myself? I don't think I was and I will explain.

      First, I do live in Washington State and don't pay British taxes. However, I am British born and bred and am thinking of returning. I'm scratching my head wondering where the "owing me nothing" comment comes from.

      Second, I say she was one of us as she was a middle class commoner when she married William. She was getting a lot of heat from some circles about her lack of breeding, which is one thing that sets me free. She's not an animal in a farm. And at the wedding, I was proud that a middle class woman looked so wonderful. She has poise in buckets.

      As to the rest of your comment, it appears you are calling me delusional. As I try to stick to the topic at hand and not get personal, I'll let that one slide. However, if you think people who live outside of the UK and, therefore, pay no taxes should shut up, then Charlotte would lose half her posters. Although I think you mean that we should shut up and not say anything that is not 100% positive. Well, I will be sorry to disappoint you, Kathy, as I have no intention to moderate my comments to make you happy.

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    12. bluhare in Washington State13 November 2013 at 23:06

      Lynn, your response almost made me cry. Almost. (Remember that cold, dead heart!)

      I stayed up all night watching the wedding as well. Coverage here started at midnight, and I don't think I got any sleep until around 5:00am. I cried, and I'll admit it. It was beautiful and so was she. And Pippa made my jaw drop (first and last time!) when I first saw her. When I was in London earlier this summer we wanted to go to Westminster Abbey, but it was the one day this year it was closed as the Queen's coronation service was the next day. We got to listen to the choirs practice through the doors, though. Beautiful.

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      Kathy London: Apologies; I do now see where the "owing me something" remark came from. And in terms of her being a public servant, she owes us all, not just me.

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    14. Bluhare, I had the amazing opportunity of attending the Queen's Coronation concert at Westminster this summer. It was AMAZING!!! I've been there several times to tour and for church services. I always leave teary-eyed. The beauty and majesty are like no other!

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  52. Thank God! Kate seems to be back at her best. Loved her hair! Loved her coat! Absolutely perfect.
    Beth from San Francisco

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  53. Impeccable coat. Gorgeous hat--one of my favourites, and I think it's great she keeps bringing it back. Beautiful hair: Kate rocks so many different hairstyles, and this is no exception.

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  54. Catherine looks great today. It's unfortunate that the laughing and hair twirling are getting so much press. The DM is not showing much respect for the day if that's their highlight from the service.

    As for her hair.... .She clearly loves her hair and its her 'thing'. Shes been criticized for not doing anything new with it. It's a tough move to decide to cut your hair shorter when it's been your signature for so long and after just having a baby. Maybe Will likes it long...??!!?? She did try to change it up while staying in her comfort zone and she got criticized for the middle parting. Maybe she felt good with it that way. We've all gone out on occasion feeling great about our outfit and look only to see pics afterwards that show we didn't look as good as we'd thought. Yes it would probably look better on her shorter but surely she and not a bunch of bloggers should be the one to decide when to take that step.?

    Id love to know how she feels reading all the comments. Does she laugh at the insignificance of it all when there are terrible things going on right now in the world like in the Philippines or does she take it personally and get upset?

    Charlotte a q for you. Do you know much about when Diana began her charity work in earnest? Catherine is constantly compared to Diana in so many ways especially her charities and appearances. Diana's work was tremendous for her charities but I thought she was 4-5 years married before she really got involved in which case Catherine is not doing so bad after all. may be wrong but I thought it was the mid-late 80's and after she had safely completed her most important task and had delivered the heir and spare expected of her.

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    1. Hopefully she reads them like I do. With polite interest, but leaving behind what does not suit her. Nobody is mean on this blog - and opinions, well, everyone has one. Just because we do not agree does not mean with have to attack the person of the one who made the comment. Just pass it by...or make your comment...but there's no reason for anger, because by sharing our thoughts, we are informed and changed. We get closer to the truth. Really, is it that important that everyone agrees? I've always thought that I needed friends to tell me the truth about myself, because who else would?

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    2. Erin, Diana did start her royal duties right away. But in a nutshell, she was thrown in the deep end and did not have the support of a loving and supportive husband. Charles was used to having center stage all to himself so he, and the rest of the royal family, became resentful of her star power. When she had William, she also dealt with postpartum depression, again without the support and understand of the nearest and dearest.

      I believe William is doing his best to see to it that his wife does not suffer in the same way and every decision, including the length of their courtship, has been based on that goal. And it appears that he has the full support of the Queen. Considering the successes of her children's marriages (Charles, Andrew and Anne), I suppose she has realized that a solid, happy family foundation is what translates into a successful monarchy. (I think Edward and Sophie had a long courtship and lived together prior to there marriage for a reason.)

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    3. Beautifully said wolfpup!!

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      Count me with Sarah, wolfpup. That was a great post.

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  55. Kate is clearly a hair-twirler; being one myself, I recognize it. (I wore it short for that reason when I worked as a lawyer, as to not look unprofessional.) But long loose hair does need to be pushed back frequently, probably why Sophie and Anne wear theirs pulled back, even though it's not the most becoming style on Sophie. Kate has wonderful hair and chances are William likes it long. Kate's hair looks better today than in the last few engagements, center parts are not easy to wear and think the new hairdresser doesn't have the skill of her old one. Kate's coat is fabulous and she looks fantastic overall. If she smiled for a minute, so what.

    Diana worked much harder and much earlier than Kate. Her first solo engagement was, the turning on of Christmas lights soon after her marriage. I believe the funeral of Princess Grace was her first solo engagement overseas. She had many more patronages than Kate much earlier and did a lot of solo engagements, particularly remarkable since she was a decade younger than Kate at the time, and already in a troubled marriage and suffering from bulimia.

    Back then, there was no Internet so comments about Kate's appearance now may seem novel but friends and I noted how thin Diana was after William's birth and how she didn't face the camera at the Christening photos. Being looked at and speculated about is one of the disadvantages of being royal, but there are so many privileges, it's a balancing act. William may be trying to buffer Kate but making her seem work shy is not really protecting her. She does need to get on with it more next year.

    There were always comments about Diana's appearance which sometimes she encouraged with flamboyant outfits, but she did so many more engagements, her work drew a lot of notice in and of itself. That's why she was so beloved when she died. She seemed to truly care about her work and people.

    Do think Kate must have backed out of that ball, since can't imagine the Cambridge's staff wouldn't check the proofs of the invitations, for errors in form, if nothing else. And if there had been an error, it would have been brought up immediately, not weeks later. Very odd, since Kate has taken on other engagements at the same time. Embarrassing for the charity. Would think Kate could have appeared for part of the reception, even if not the dinner, five minutes of her presence would help. Think in many ways, the Cambridges are feeling their way, not always with the best advice, but will sort it out in time.

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      All right, I'm going to say it. Is she pregnant? That's the best reason I can think of for backing out. Even though her appearance was never confirmed, it would be extremely remiss of their staff to let invitations go out with her name attached if she hadn't said she would go. Heads should roll if that's the case, and the charity should get an apology for letting them take the heat.

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    2. I think a lot of use thinks she is pregent. We read reports about 2 babyrooms also about havin kids close n age. Like Will and Kate or Kate and Pippa.
      Another thing Kate is not the youngest new mother(which is not a bad thing) so havin babies closer in age makes since.

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  56. Kate looks very well, the hair is beautiful, (I thought she would wear this hat ;-) ). I don't like the coat very much but the whole look is very good, and so is her solemn attitude. She looks a little tired, though.

    Thank you for this post, Charlotte. The last picture that you posted, the BBC photo, is very touching. To see the faces of some of those young men who have fallen is quite shocking. I was very moved. War is such an unnecessary violence.
    Hugs.
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  57. Theresa. New York11 November 2013 at 14:09

    My father (I was born late in his life) and all of his brothers served in WWI. My father was gassed and suffered the rest of his life because of it. One good thing came out of it. After his death when I was a teenager, I was declared a "war orphan" which meant the government paid for my college education for which I am forever grateful. I always honor Armistice Day as we called it in our house.
    I'm so glad the British still give the Day the respect it's due.

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  58. I had decided to stop commenting here for while but, given some of the comments written on this page, I couldn't keep my mouth shut this time. I can't believe how petty some people can possibly sound... It's sad, actually. "Her coat is too fancy for the occasion, her hair is too long, her hair is too curly, her hair is too boring, her hair should be in an updo, she shouldn't be smiling..." REALLY? Dear God... She is a human being, a woman, she is not a Goddess. Tell me, how could she possibly please each and everyone of you? Can you imagine how must she feel reading all these negative things about her? I'm not saying she can't be critiqued. All I'm trying to say is that all you do is complain about something she did or did not. What about her own tastes? Does it ever count to you? Have you ever considered this is what she likes? NO!!!!
    And all of you, saying that you miss the late Princess Diana, do you, really? Cause if you do miss her, I cannot understand why keep scrutinizing Kate and start the same damage that was caused to Diana. I know, I know,.. Some of you will say the same damn thing : "she is older than Diana, she should have know better, she came from a stable family, she has the support of her husband..." But am I sure you're missing something here: she is human and she has feelings. I can't imagine how someone can cope with this situation without being affected by it. Yes, she is married to William and for that she is famous now. But that doesn't mean she should be bullied like that. It's ok to dislike somethings. But all you do is complain about every little thing. It's a shame. You must have terrible lives, I guess. That's the only thing that comes to my mind as a reason why you judge her so much and for the pettiest things. So you can feel better than her at least once or twice.
    If you want to feel better about yourselves, why don't you just go on and start helping a charity? Or at least do something to change some people's lives? It's a good way to feel you're just as good as her. While you're sitting here complaining about her toe nails, she is doing something to change or help her community, her country. Shame on you.

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    1. OMG you hit it out of the ballpark. I totally agree with you. I would really like to know if those same people complaining would like to be criticized about how they look, dress and hair not being appropriate length, etc by their friends, co-workers, etc. Sure it's easy to criticize hiding behind the computer and not to Catherine personally. I have never met Catherine and only read about so have no right to judge her because when it all comes down to it she is a woman, a human being just like each one of us, faults and all.

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    2. Good heavens, Grace... Lighten up. This blog is supposed to be a fashion and lifestyle forum for people who enjoy the history and significance of members of the Royal Family, and specifically Catherine. It is a bit draconian to level accusations at people of "bullying" simply because we express opinions TO EACH OTHER!!! None of us are lining the streets of London with placards telling the Duchess to cut her hair, or that we don't like her coat. This is a forum for the purpose of people with the same interest to express opinions, and if you don't like the forum, don't read it.

      I would bet that, contrary to your statement, many of the people who comment here do in fact volunteer for charity, are educated and aware, and have meaningful lives. Chances are very high that the DofC does not have any inkling that we discuss her hair and toenails, but if she did she would probably also realize that there are a great many people out there who care, support her, and have support for the whole family. The one thing that the Royal Family has to fear is APATHY. The minute we as the public cease to be interested in them, or to care about them, the institution will begin to crumble. They are indeed public figures and their accessibility to the public is key to their longevity. If we don't see them, don't admire and respect them for their good works, and don't feel a connection to them in some sense, then they will have failed. You should hope, and they should too, that we see them not as "ordinary," but that they represent the "extraordinary" to be found in all of us.

      We don't know Catherine, and she doesn't know us, and this blog isn't about us considering her tastes. The fact is that I don't know any "ordinary" or "normal" housewives who live in Kensington Palace, are given estates like Anmer Hall for holidays, take vacations whenever they wish, dress in the finest clothes and jewels, and rub elbows with world leaders in the most opulent of circumstances with experienced staffers to lead them through. None of us has the benefit of such a lifestyle, ours can be fraught with worry about real, "human" issues and if we stop through the day and share an opinion with our acquaintances on this blog then so what? I'm sure Catherine is savvy enough to understand all this, and you should be too.

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    3. @Anonymous 05:55 -
      Grace from NY has a point of view which is, in my opinion, very realistic. She isn't saying any lies. Yes, Catherine is Human and she may have her own tastes and sometimes they aren't the same as ours. Even though many people consider the opposite, she isn't here just to please us. She is here to help people who didn't have the chance to be so privileged as she did. When she became a part of the BRF it was not like she had sold her soul to the devil.
      I know many of you aren't critiquing her with bullying intentions. But the amount of criticism and why she has been critiqued does sound like bullying to me.

      Lilly, Wiltshire.

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    4. Lilly, the definition of "bullying" is as follows: "Bullying is the use of force, threat or coersion to abuse, intimidate or aggressively impose dominion over others. The behavior is often repeated and habitual." Are you actually telling us that if we come to this site ten times and express delight over Catherine's work, baby, family, clothing, hair etc., and one time we come here and say we don't like her hat that we are bullies?? You are inserting a word that is inflammatory and completely out of line with reality.

      I was shopping with a friend of mine recently and tried on a dress to wear to a charity function. My friend didn't like the dress and told me so. Was she being a "bully?" Of course not. She cares about me and wants me to look my best, so she was honest. I will say again that I believe the vast majority of the readers here admire and care for the BRF and want them to succeed. I think before we insert incendiary words like "bully" we need to put this all in the proper and correct perspective.

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      Anonymous 05:55: Standing ovation!

      Re bullying. In my view, throwing that word out is just a means to shut people down. I have been bullied and I know what real bullying is like and to call this blog's posters bullies is so ludicrous it's laughable. Stating an opinion that disagrees with yours is simply that, disagreeing.

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  59. Kate Middleton looked every part royalty, in her lovely clothes, that is true, we can all see that. Can you all see though how inappropriate her giggling & twiddling her hair with, what it looks like to me, a wistful almost dominant, drunk on power look. I can also understand that I can be completely wrong & looks can be deceptive, but saying that, Kate being in the public eye should be far more aware of how emotions come across on the face & in that situation she should remain more appropriately poe faced. They haven't trained her that well have they. With everything I've mentioned Kate is only human right? & I should not analyse her & give the woman a break. After all, going into the Royal family is a tall order to live up to & being on that pedestal, you're not infallible & bound to fall off. In other events Kate will go to, she will light up a ball with scintillating conversation & fun, but I'm sorry although she looked the part yesterday, she did fall off that high pedestal a bit with her innapropriate gaze, albeit she may be misunderstood.

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  60. I left a comment just now, I suppose it was a little strong & too much to be approved. Well, what do you want me to say?. She looked glorious at the memorial service & acted & dressed appropriately for the occasion. The clothes were lovely & she, as always was a trooper & did a wonderful job for the establishment, aka our Royal family.

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  61. Kate looks lovely, she's done the Royal family & us the British public proud. You're a breath of fresh air Kate.

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  62. Thanks for not putting any of my comments on here. Yes, that's definitely the right thing to of done. My comments were a little too much. She really did look very smart though, that's true.

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  63. Hmm, my previous comments were a little too strong. Kate did look great at the memorial. Her choice of clothes to wear, were great. Subtle & the right touch of elegance when remembering the brave soldiers who died for our freedom.

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  64. Hi again, I've already put three comments up, but unfortunately none seem suitable to show. Mabye that's a good thing as what I wrote before wasn't correct. I shouldn't of been so judgemental, about Kate's mannerisms. I was being ridiculous, that someone should be judged for an expression they have on their face, is bonkers. I do realise that, & I do know better, so I don't know what I was thinking, thinking she may of behaved inappropriately in some way. She's a lovely person ( everyone would testify to that ) & always wears the right clothes for the right occasion. She looked great, I'm sure she made the Queen proud.

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    1. Hello,

      I published all your comments. I haven't been near the blog since I left for uni this morning, I'm afraid it often takes me a while to publish comments as I do have quite a bit to do and other commitments away from the blog. Thank you.

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  65. I honestly don't care how she does her hair; it makes no difference to me in my admiration for and interest in her. But I do think that her hair is very important to her. And why shouldn't it be; it is a major part of her self-image. (And that is not meant as a criticism. Anyone whose body has changed--through age or illness or childbirth or whatever--experiences this at some level.)

    Clearly, in the past, Catherine spent a good deal of focus on her hair. (Not a criticism; just a fact.) Now, two days in a row, we have had something kind of strange. First it was the the Poppy day hair, which seemed (to me and others) to be not well thought through. (Fine, not everybody can spend hours on their hair, and she is a new mother). But today, we saw her do something I don't think we have ever seen, which is curling her hair through her fingers. Maybe she's done it before, but it's not a usual gesture. It's like she was calling attention to her hair in a way she doesn't usually do.

    I have no idea what this means, but something seems a little odd in all this.

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    1. I think it means that Kate realized her hair might hide her poppy brooch, and she moved it back over her shoulder. That appears to be the case in the photo Charlotte posted, anyway. I haven't seen a video of Kate twirling her hair.

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    2. I did like her curlie hair, I am tad jelious since I have chest length hair and bearly holds a curl, but her hair did bother me that was covering poppy.

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  66. At least her sister is getting a break from having her every move scrutinized.....

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  67. Kate (and Sophie) do not deserve criticism for sharing a smile.

    I have seen *many* Remembrance Day photos over the years (going back to Diana's first appearance in 1981) and there are *always* a few pictures where the people on the balcony are sharing a lighter moment and smiling. Most likely, it's while they are waiting for the ceremony to start or during a pause.

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  68. Point for information: The people on the balcony come out prior to the start of the formal ceremony. Just like people in church before the minister starts, people talk and smile. And when the ceremony starts, they stop doing that and take part - be it happy as ina wedding or solemn such as the Remembrance ceremony,

    Catherine and Sophie smiled and chatted until the ceremony started. Then they stopped

    Considering there are many on here who follow Catherine I find it a tad surprising that you don't realise this. The Daily Mail is known to put out negative coverage on a regular basis on every member of the royal family,excl HMQ. They then say one nice thing and start the negatives all over again.

    Don't be so naive as to believe everything in the British press (we certainly don't) and remember that a large portion of the US press only repeat the juicy bits.

    Love the Temperley coat; always liked the hat; do not like the ringlets. Reminder that she is probably not dying her hair because she is breast feeding.

    Thanks again Charlotte.

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  69. I agree with Anon. @ 12:48. I had to watch that video clip more than once because to make sure that was for real. I am so surprised the media didn't cover that (thankfully). They caught her looking bored and twirling her hair but they missed that. I did kind of wonder if becca would be in her employ afterward. I also agree that no commenter here should tell another to shut up. we don't allow our children to talk to each other that way and mother's of their peers also do not allow that. It is rude and uncalled for.

    I do think Kate can look nice when she chooses to do so. I hope she does start using Richard Ward again now that she is in London more. I wonder if Carole and Pippa still get their hair done there. I hope Kate finds someone also to help with her updos when she wears them for fancier events and maybe they can teach her how to do a simple, non-messy chignon for those "bad hair" days. Given her future intineraries that might be a helpful thing to know. I think it would definitely alleviate alot of anxiety from some of us who participate in this blog. :)

    Thanks again Charlotte for all your effort. I pray you are getting enough sleep and taking the time to eat properly. :)

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    1. What video are u talking about and incident please? I can't work out and would like too!! I can't see anon 12.48 comment!! Esther. Boston

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    2. Catherine was pregnant then did you ever think about that. You do go through many many emotions then. Lighten up people. Geez.

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    3. I personally do not like Catherine's hair up, but in any caseI think she should wear it the way she wants. I don't get this insistence that she wear it the way you want.

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  70. Hi Anon @ 12:48 and Anon 13.07 - can you post a link to that video ? I am curious !

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    1. Sure. I don't know how to "post a link" but I will try to find that one and post what I can so if anyone wants they can find it, hopefully. :) Becca is usually very social, gregarious in the background if you notice. People do engage her though. Going to you tube.

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    2. Me too!! I looked on you tube to no avail. Sally ohio

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    3. Hi Portia and Sally from Ohio,

      Regarding the requested video links. I know this may sound sketchy but I could not find that video again yet either. The one that I think it was was the telegraph's coverage. She is standing right by that table where she put her purse and then there is a quick uneven edit and they go to the william and kate dueling. It is an odd edit and that may have been it. A couple of other titles that sounded like they might be that one, those the domain had expired on them. The event was the Warner Brothers studio Visit on 4/26/13. (Harry was with them.) I should have researched the location and address before I shared that. Honestly, that video did exist or may even still exist and I just haven't rediscovered it yet. I watched it more than once. Sorry about that. It would be so nice if someone does happen upon it and shares the location. Sorry that took me so long to answer you but my son came in from college and I have been in the kitchen mostly since then. I had forgotten how much a 6'1' 22 year old can eat. :) (and of course, he brought all his laundry with him so that has been keeping me busy also.) I am going to continue the search and if I do find it of course I will share the information asap.

      Anonymous @ 12:48

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    4. I do hope someone can find this video in question. as I stated in a earlier post I do like an awkward Kate videos.

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    5. Anon @12.48. No worries thank u for the answer. Sounds like ur busy so not to worry!!! Have a good day. Sally

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  71. I think Kate looked great and acted appropriately for this situation. Personally, I like her hair and LOVE her outfit and earrings. A photo can be taken out of context and all this uproar seems a little ridiculous. Scrutinizing her every move seems unfair as she is human just like the rest of us. She has taken on a huge job and, in my humble opinion, I think she's doing great.

    Charlotte, I love your blog and read it everyday. Thanks for the excellent coverage!

    Lauren in South Carolina

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  72. Carmen in Australia13 November 2013 at 09:23

    Hi Charlotte
    I've been reading your blog for a long while but this is my first comment. Thanks for all the time & energy you put in - you're treasured!

    Personally I like Kate's look for the Remembrance Day ceremony. I also enjoy the different points of view & personalities here whether I agree with them or not. As my mum says the world would be a boring place if we were all the same.

    I've just had to do a crash course on British royal history to write 3 posts that cover every king & queen from William the Conqueror to the present Queen. It was interesting to see that there have been 4 King Willliams up to now. If anyone's interested in a quirky take on royal history see http://embroiderersact.org.au/blog/

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  73. Is there a flypast during the Remembrance ceremony? Why is Kate, standing on a balcony above the Cenotaph, photographed looking upward?

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  74. Beautiful hair and awesome attire.

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  75. I can't imagine what it must be like to have every hair on your head - literally - debated around the world.

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  76. I posted this on another site. It is not directed to anyone here; the level of discourse here seems to respectful, for the most part. I just thought I'd share my thoughts with you. I wrote it in response to some really horrible comments I saw on an entertainment news site. I ususally don't read those comments but this time I did & I felt a need to respond. Again, this is not directed at anyone on this site...just sharing my thoughts. xo lulu

    "It’s unfortunate that people are so cruel & mean spirited in their comments on-line. It’s ok if you don’t like the royals or Catherine but is it really necessary to have such a venomous discourse with so much name-calling& disrespect? I am assuming the majority of people commenting are grownadults. It's really shocking to see people acting this way. When people comments on-line, about anything these days, it seems that all decorum & manners & compassion & kindness are ignored. It’s really quite disheartening.

    As for comments about her laughing & “twirling” her hair, the negative comments are misguided. They’re allowed to smile; she was not the only one; they are not required to stand there stoically the entire time. It is a long ceremony with some moments that warrant a smile. She did nothing wrong & again, each photo is just a spilt second in time; it’s not as if she was up there guffawing for 30 minutes. And she was not twirling her hair; she was simply flipping it from the front to her back…something that almost every woman with long hair does a dozen times a day. If you see the video of it you can clearly see that she is simply moving her hair to behind her shoulder.

    It’s incredulous that people make such harsh assessments & judgments based on a photo that only shows a spilt second in time.

    The distain shown for Catherine is really shocking. And while everyone is entitled to their own opinion, I often wonder why people feel like they need to write things on line that they would never say to that person’s face.

    Practice Kindness! xo lulu

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  77. I tried to comment yesterday, but the data field would only let me write half a sentence (definitely an issue on my end), so I'm commenting now. Remembrance Day, Veteran's Day, Armistice Day...whatever you call it...is a day to remember those who have fought for our respective countries, but it is not expected that your every action on that day, even during a ceremony, be dour. A smile, a laugh or a hair twirl does not show disrespect. I am a US military spouse. I've been to too many remembrance ceremonies, memorials and, unfortunately, several funerals at Arlington for soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. To be sure, there were solemn faces and tears, but there were also memories to smile about and off-topic remarks to lighten the mood. Public figure or not, I see no disrespect from Catherine and I wish people would stop making such a big deal out of her actions.

    Furthermore, bullying is such a charged term. No one here is bullying Catherine because there is no direct interaction with her. Should discussion turn to repeated personal attacks from one commenter to another, then one could claim bullying, but I haven't seen it yet. We should take care when asserting such things.

    Personally, I didn't like the curls combined with the length of Kate's hair. It felt incongruous with a modern woman. I LOVED the coat though. Much more beautifully tailored for Kate than on the model. I'm not sure I would have picked it for myself if I'd only seen the shots of the model. And, the hat has never let her down. She could have saved everyone so much angst if she'd just worn a hat last week. ;)

    Charlotte, I so enjoy reading your blog. I love your detailed posts and that you take genuine interest in the history of the Royal Family. I have learned so much from you. Thank you...

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  78. When I first saw these shots on the other blog site I left a message expressing I was a bit bothered by them and of course I had anticipated that I would be smashed. I love Kate's style and enjoy reading blogs and articles about her and William. However what is beyond me is why some people fail to see both side of the door: it doesn't matter who the celebrity is, there are always people who like them and people who don't as much. In my opinion, these shots aren't the best for the event, and it's unforunate that Kate was caught on the camera. Her mistake or not, it shouldn't be a big deal not to mention writing lengthy comments to defend/attack her. Let's just sit back and enjoy what our great Charlotte brings to us about the young Duchess and her life. :)
    PS. don't beat me for calling her "Kate". It's quick and efficient to type comparing to her title.

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  79. The only problem that I see going on here, are differences of opinion. Another, is the shrill way that some writers address other writers, who see things differently. But everyone has an opinion! And people say the darnedest things. "Let It Be" normal for people to have differing opinions. I think expressing an opposing viewpoint, can be done with good manners, and without presumption. And yes, I'm here for "girl-talk" about the princess. Thumbs up, bluhare!

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  80. Just a note to say I received a Buckley poppy brooch just like the one the Duchess is wearing in this post, and it is even prettier in person. And such a good cause, too.

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  81. I saw the BBC coverage and Kate was respectful. This story is all from some nonsense of a millisecond of someone pushing back her hair and The Daily Mail deciding to call that twirling and writing one of their usual silly stories around it. I really don't know how anyone can take such a silly tabloid so seriously. A mountain out of molehill. Diana often had fits of giggles at serious moments (through nerves). Goodness knows how she would have been reviewed on the internet.

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  82. CJ from Minneapolis14 November 2013 at 19:36

    This post seems to be on record for the most commented by our little community... Kate has the most beautiful hair - how fortunate to have such long, beautiful locks. However, this hair style reminds me of Mary Pickford. I am not crazy about the style on Mary either... I think the coat is lovely - I love well tailored clothing. I liked the hat with the hair last year with the green jacket/dress by LKBennet. I think it looked better with more of a tilt and the hair back. I am not a fan of the heavy make up. I feel she looks more stunning with less makeup. I am usually left feeling that she is one step away from out of the ball park. But then again, why should anyone care what I think - especially Kate!

    Anyway, I have great respect for all the ladies - Mary, Letizia, Mette Marit, Maxima, Masako and Kate - who started out commoners and have filled their very difficult roles with style and grace. I enjoy looking at their satorial choices - to be honest, since hanging out here, I think that I am actually taking more care in my dress and grooming habits. Now if I could find my own prince or Mr Darcy - not too picky am I? ;-)

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  83. I love this coat and the overall look, but the ringlets are much too young for a woman in her thirties. She always looks so elegant with her hair up, and a chignon would have been more appropriate for the occasion and would have shown off the coat beautifully.

    Thank you for the well written and informative post!

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