Thursday, 7 November 2013

William And Kate Meet Poppy Day Supporters

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met London Poppy Day supporters as part of the annual Poppy Appeal at Kensington Palace this morning. The couple welcomed ambassadors, beneficiaries and uniformed personnel.

The Mirror

Following the reception, William and Kate took the Routemaster bus from Kensington Palace to High Street Kensington Station to meet poppy vendors. The couple who had left aides watching their three and half month old son Prince George hopped on the red double decker bus crammed with fundraisers.

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Kate sat beside soapstar Barbara Windsor who enquired about George, Kate replied "He's half asleep", to which William added "He's behaving himself this morning".

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The Royal British Legion tweeted they were entering "some very special gates" as they arrived at the Palace to meet the royal couple.

The Royal British Legion Twitter Feed

The supporters arrived in a 1960s Routemaster, donated for the day by Transport Commissioner Sir Peter Hendy MBE.

London 24 Twitter Feed

The bus toured the capital making a number of special stops along the way. The official kick off took place this morning at Covent Garden where they were joined by legion beneficiaries and uniformed collectors on the London Poppy Bus, before moving on to Kensington Palace. The day's itinerary included stops at Downing Street - where Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed the bus - and Heathrow Airport.

The Mirror

Transport for London and Network Rail have teamed up to decorate London's Transport Network in poppies in support of London Poppy Day.

London Poppy Day

Retired servicemen and women made announcements at up to five stations encouraging passengers to give generously. There were also more than 2,000 volunteers collecting at seventy Tube and mainline stations.

London Poppy Day

Kate met with RAF personnel.

The Mirror

Whilst speaking one of the RAF men Kate revealed William misses flying helicopters and she has taken a few lessons herself to try out piloting a plane "Mt grandfather flew planes. I've had a few lessons on fixed wing".

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Commuters shared their delight at seeing the royal couple.

Royal British Legion Twitter Feed

More from The Mirror:

'Huge crowds gathered at High Street Kensington Tube Station when commuters realised William and Kate were visiting poppy sellers. Extra police had to be called in to cope with the crowd as hundreds of people tried to catch a glimpse of the couple during the visit, which had been kept under wraps.'

The couple chatting with staff at the tube shop.

The Royal British Legion Twitter Feed

Each year, the nation expresses its support for The Royal British Legion's work through the Poppy Appeal. The appeal is the Legion's biggest fundraising campaign, and it takes over 350,000 staff and volunteers to organise and get it into action. More than 40 million Remembrance poppies, 5 million poppies of other types, 100,000 wreaths and sprays are made at the Remembrance factory annually. All money raised goes to support the organisation's welfare work for the Armed Forces community. It is hoped at least £1 million will be raised today, and through the support of high profile figures such as the Cambridges, the appeal will gain additional coverage.

Wonderland Magazine Twitter Feed

Are you interested in supporting the Poppy Appeal? There are a number of ways to support this incredibly important fundraiser. You can visit the Poppy Shop and purchase a pin, brooch or earrings. Those who enjoy pearl bracelets may be interested in the Claudia Bradby Poppy Bracelet. £5 from each sale will be donated to the Royal British Legion.


Poppy Shop/Claudia Bradby

Alternatively, you can donate here. There is a selection of donation options available.

The Royal British Legion

Supporting the Armed Forces is one of the primary aims of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. In 2011, William and Kate hosted a gala at St James's Palace for the National Arboretum Appeal which raised funds for a Centre of Remembrance in Staffordshire.


The Duchess selected her L.K. Bennett 'Ami' Coat. The piece is a wool/nylon blend with a high collar and comes from the brands Autumn/Winter 2011 Collection. Given the nature of the day the colour of the coat worked very well. 


L.K. Bennett

Below we see the Duchess wearing the 'Ami' during a visit to UNICEF's Emergency Supply Centre in Copenhagen. 

UNICEF

Kate wore a black dress underneath and a poppy on her lapel.

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Kate wore her trusty black suede Episode 'Angel' shoes and black tights. Below we see Kate wearing the shoes on a previous occasion. 


There is a good video from the event at ITN Source. It was splendid to see William and Kate supporting such an important cause and a memorable morning for London commuters :)

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In other news, two new engagements have been added to Kate's calendar for later this month. On the 19th of November, the Cambridges will visit the offices and projects of ex-offenders charity Only Connect. The organisation provides training, support and creative opportunities to help prisoners, ex-offenders and at risk young people realise their own value.

Only Connect

More from Majesty Magazine:

'Their Royal Highnesses will visit two further complimentary projects Bounce Back and Homemade Alliance, also based at the Head Office premises, before moving to a nearby Only Connect project venue to watch a dance performance.'

The following day, 20th of November, the Duchess of Cambridge, patron of Place2Be, will attend the charity's 'Resilience and Emotional Strength in Schools Forum' at the offices of Clifford Chance in Canary Wharf, London. Kate will meet with and listen to event speakers. Place2Be provides emotional and therapeutic services in primary and secondary schools, and the charity strongly believes children need a safe space to be heard.

Place2Be

Our next update involves the Winter Whites Gala on the 26 November at Kensington Palace. It has been confirmed Kate will not be joining Prince William for the dinner and concert. It was widely reported across several media outlets the Duchess would be there, but it was never confirmed by the Palace. A Centrepoint spokesperson said 'We had hoped the Duchess would attend but sadly she can't make it'.

Centrepoint

Royal commentator Victoria Arbiter revealed there was an error in the invitations.

Victoria Arbiter Twitter Feed

I know many of us were hoping to see the Duchess in a new evening dress at the event, which promises to be a highlight of the season. Moving forward, I believe we'll see the couple take on more solo engagements as opposed to joint appearances, as they still do not have a full-time nanny and Kate remains technically on maternity leave. Nonetheless it will be a spectacular evening, I'm sure.

Finally, we share a segment from Richard Palmer's latest Express article which reveals the Cambridges recently spent a week in Balmoral. Perhaps they plan to use it as a country retreat until Anmer Hall is ready?

'The royal couple, who returned last weekend from a week's holiday at Balmoral, have a busy programme of official engagements lined up between now and Christmas in between looking after Prince George.
 Kate is expected to step up her work schedule in the new year, when Prince William will begin a series of special projects working with charities and other organisations in blocks between then and the spring.'

We'll see you all on Sunday morning, for this year's Remembrance Sunday ceremony.

185 comments:

  1. The Duchess always looks great, however, she needs a new hairstylist! Her hair lately looks very drab and lacking shine and bounce. Just an observation as a fellow beautician.s

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    1. agreed! hair hasn't been looking its best. center part is a disaster!

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    2. I totally agree. That was one of my first reactions when looking at these photos. Her hair today looked so flat around her face...

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    3. I agree! It's typical for new mothers to have this issue with their hair, which is why so many women chop their hair after they have a baby. A trim and bringing back the bangs would do wonders to freshen up her exceptionally beautiful face.

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    4. I agree with you.
      By the way, Crown Princess Victoria is visiting London at the moment. Her hair looked beautiful today.

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    5. I wonder if she is being ultra-cautious and avoiding hair dyes while breast-feeding? The obnoxious Daily Mail went on and on about her gray hair showing.
      Thanks, as always, Charlotte. It looks like the Cambridges gave a good many commuters a treat and raised money for an outstanding cause. I saw close-ups of Kate's poppy, evidently she created a pin from three poppies that was much admired. Disappointed to hear she will not grace the Winter Whites Gala, but motherhood comes first.

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    6. "She has help, it is her only job to look pretty."

      Excuse me?

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    7. Agreed! Her hair is so flat and I don't like the darker roots... She needs a side part, a dye solid dye jib and about 3 inches taken off.

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    8. i'm sorry to say that i also agree. the hairstyle is not good. even pulled back into a chic bun would be prettier. this makes her look like "tired mommy" (i'm a tired mommy. so i'm not knocking it. but. surely she can look a little more put together than this)

      i do like the coat, though.

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    9. I feel badly for her, being a new mom is so hard. Whoever is giving her advise this last time about perking up her style is making a huge mistake. She needs to darken her gorgeous hair, give it a trim of 2-3 inches to get some weight off of it. I love the way she dresses most of the time. The Duke and Duchess are so elegant, they are impossible to take you eyes off of them. Their chemistry is infectious. I love them and only what them to continue to be fun, get rest and look their best. Let her go back to what she wears the best. She has such beautiful legs, I hate for her to cover them up with long coats and the coat while nice made her look too thin and long. Bring back the Kate we have all come to love and let her be so she can radiate that gorgeous charm and smile

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  2. Whew, Charlotte - you're like lightning! Love the Duchess in red, and thought she would wear it today. Your blog is always a happy way to start the day. I will look forward to seeing more of the Duke and Duchess after Christmas when it looks as if they will step up their public appearances considerably. I thought the way the powers that be eased her into her public life was wise and considerate - kudos to BP! Lee from Canada

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  3. I totally agree #1 Anonymous, I came here to post the same thing!
    I miss her "old" hair, lately it's been so flat.

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  4. Hi charlotte you are fast as the wind blows i read on twitter then i came blog i admire your blog as well you im loving the pact the go to train station and commute my fiancee told me that royal they will never go with the cab or even train since i saw him a picture queen elizabeth and the prince phillp he proven im correct all the things hi just love she recycle her dress

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  5. Hello Charlotte, great job again !
    I'm a huge huge fan of Kate, I really love her, but this time, she goes wrong. She looks so tired and much older than what she actually is, and the make up she chose doesn't help her on this point. The way she parted her hair in the middle doesn't suit her at all. I prefer when they are more voluminous. The combination of the coat, which is too long, and the micro dress underneath doesn't match very well. She used to dress in a better way before the birth of George. Anyway, like any other woman, she must have been uncertain in front of her closet this morning :)

    By the way Charlotte your blog is great, i'm a very faithful reader of it !

    Have a nice day

    Fiona

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  6. I'm super confused on how kates engagements are chosen. I don't recall kate being patron for only connect so was she just invited to visit randomly? How can you tell the difference between kates patronages and royal duties?

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  7. Jean from Lancs.7 November 2013 at 14:21

    Love the coat---she wore it with a leather belt in Denmark, but I prefer the self belt.
    She seems to have made a spray of three poppies on her coat.
    They caused quite a stir on the station, as people tried to get photos--hoped it added to the collection.

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  8. William looks like Bond on 15 picture. But Kate is so natural and elegant as always;)

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  9. I always like how kate looks, but not today she looks older tired and she's not smiling as much. I know she's a new mom, but we know she has help, she needs to use it!

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  10. i really like this coat's color! i also like the coat's upright collar and shoulder details, and def prefer the coat with this the original belt, instead of the patent leather belt she wore it with in copenhagen.
    but i think a little more fullness in the skirt would have been a more flattering style on kate, who is tall and lean.

    but her hair! her glorious hair looks so flat, and overly long. and i def do not like the center part - not flattering at all! i agree with a previous poster who thinks it's time for a new hairstylist, or at least a new hairstyle. i'm not sure when she switched, but i haven't liked her hairstyle for a few months now. maybe she is going for a more natural look? but her hair is so heavy and long, the result is flat, and the flat to the head look is not flattering on anyone imo.

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  11. we don't have natl standards or support for maternity or paternity leave in the US, so could you tell me how long is maternity/paternity leave in britain?

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  12. Her hair is driving me crazy!!! It needs to be fixed better and needs to be darker. She looks better when her hair is dark.

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  13. Thank you, Charlotte! You're always on top of the latest news! I love Kate's red coat. Both the color and style are gorgeous. I have to agree that Kate looks tired, but that is to be expected. Her priorities have changed since becoming a mother. She would look fantastic with shoulder length hair. The long hair adds too much weight and makes her hair droopy. It needs some lift and definitely avoid parting hair in the middle. That look is fine if your seventeen years old. Wonderful pictures! Thanks, Charlotte.

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  14. Kate is a beautiful woman, but her hairstyle is not doing her any favors! She needs to darken the color, take a few inches off, and go back to a side part. The Daily Mail pictures really show how much her current hairstyle ages her. She is still gorgeous - she just needs to switch hairstylists.

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    1. yes since she works with that woman her hair has just lost it. I mean it is still nice but the guy who did her hair before was a freaking genius. She really should get him back. I really wonder why they parted from one an other

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  15. I love the Duchess, but I thought she looked really (and understandably) tired in these pictures. I didn't like the coat the first time I saw it (too stiff), and her hair is flat and kind of wispy at the ends. None of this is meant as a critique of her; she seems to be a wonderful person, inside and out. But it's hard seeing her look so tired and almost bedraggled, as in picture 2.

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  16. im glad kate is showing grey hair..she looks like a normal woman...my mom started getting grey in her 20s so it isnt unusal for younger people tos how grey
    also if she doesnt have time to even get her hair died i feel more ok with her not doing a lot of engagements cuz shes at least busy doing something
    those people on the tube had one awesome journey today i bet!

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  17. Goodness. She needs a haircut and fast. At least 6 inches should be taken off. That will automatically give her the lift that she needs up on her face - now it just hangs off. I hope she takes note of these pictures and gets the help she needs.
    I was sorry to see that she appears to have lost the extra weight off her face. Photos are always HEAVILY photoshopped and so in the ones that are not photoshopped you can see how tired and haggard she actually looks. She's always had sunken eyes and dark circles, even pre-marriage, and that along with the non-botoxed lines on her forehead reveal how she looks without makeup. Gives one quite a fright, doesn't it. She still has gorgeous facial structure and body, but unfortunately she seems to have inherited the rapid-ageing genes of her mother. I do hope that she lays off the tanning and the dieting. I think that it's also clear that she had been using botox on her forehead, and in copious amounts. She stopped because of the pregnancy. She really needs a makeover. CP Mary or any of the other royals would never be caught dead looking like this.

    There are limits, really! Her ENTIRE job is to look good. That is really her only job.

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    1. Happiness and joy to her, I say, and keep up the good work. Bless her. I will not, ever, criticize her appearance. I cannot imagine being in her shoes. She does it a million times better than I ever could.

      Annabelle in NY

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    2. Jean from Lancs.8 November 2013 at 10:00

      "Her entire job is to look good---that is really her only job!"
      Everyone is entitled to his/her opinion--but forgive me if I say such a statement is ridiculous.
      Basically the wife of a direct heir to the throne is to produce and nurture the next generation of heirs, if she can.
      Which she is most obviously doing very well.
      The statement that no other royals would look like this is of course true---she's the best looking of them all., but comparing one woman to another is not nice.
      It is so sad to see some women only too anxious to tear another woman to pieces at any opportunity.

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  18. Hi Charlotte, any guesses on the earrings that Kate is wearing? I was able to get a closeup at PopSugar and they appear to be the Kiki citrine drops that she has been wearing a lot lately.

    I have to agree with one of the ladies above, I really do not like her hair. Something about it being parted in the middle makes it look sloppy instead of polished. She would have looked better with it parted on the side (like she used to) or pulled half up.

    Also, is it me or does she just look tired today? I feel so bad for her. She seemed more lively at the SportsAid function -- perhaps George was a naughty boy and kept her up all night.

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  19. Wow, Kate looks so very tired. Perhaps George is not sleeping through the night. Interrupted sleep takes a toll. It appears that she is trying to engage and be present for this event but something is different today. The photo of her on the bus is not very complimentary, the shadows highlight her weary face. Kate always looks so pretty and polish. It is very apparent when she has an off-day.

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  20. Her hair needs some lift at the roots. It looks pretty plastered to her head on this occasion. She just needs to have it blown-dry in the opposite direction.

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  21. I wonder what readers here think of Kate's centre hair parting? I suppose it makes a change; not sure if it's quite right for her. The 'Daily Mail' online is making a big fuss, saying that Kate is showing 'grey roots'. Kate looks more natural since having Prince George, she wore a thick, dressy belt with this coat before, now she's just wearing the belt the coat comes with. I quite like her more 'down to earth' image, less preened.

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  22. As much as I love the DofC, her hair is a mess. She looks so much older, the style isn't at all flattering, and it makes her face look long, thin and drab. She needs a new stylist very badly. I just don't understand, she looks so bouncy and glamorous when she wears it away from her face, even in a bun or ponytail... And she is drop-dead gorgeous when she wears the occasional updo. Why doesn't she do this more often???

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    1. Boy you nailed it! I think so too. Her updos are smashing. The few times she has worn them she looks so elegant! I just don't understand her. What is wrong? Doesn't she want to look classy and elegant? She seemed to in the beginning. She acts bored!

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    2. Bein in the spotlight is something I believe she is not enjoying too much. She seems sometimes a bit unsecure and shy. And to be honest who wouldn`t be in her position. I believe having her hair long is just the way she feels most comfortable (so shen can hide a bit) and if that`s what makes her feel good, so be it. I also find an updo for many occassions much more suitable, but it is her decision and I guess we have to respect her for that.

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  23. How ironic that after you spent so much time and effort, Charlotte, in bringing us that wonderful earrings article, that Kate isn't wearing earrings on her first public engagement after your article! I wonder whether she's gotten to the point of not wearing them because little George is grabbing at them.

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  24. I'm wondering if pregnancy, hormones, nursing, weight loss are taking a toll on her hair. I don't think the middle part is her friend either.

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  25. I have loved this cost since she wore it with Princess Mary in Denmark. However her hair is flat here and she needs a new hair cut and style. Lovely post as always Charlotte.

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  26. Theresa, from Paris7 November 2013 at 19:16

    Oh dear, there is something wrong with the Duchess' beautiful hair... Too long, too much hair... It gives her face a sad expression, pulling it down. I do hope she gets a better cut and somehow tames it better. Obviously, the pregnancy changes things, as some of you girls said already...
    Otherwise, lovely to see them both !

    I am wearing my poppy pin and the "bleuet", which is the French pin for remembrance of our fallen soldiers, a blue flower. Sadly the French do not wear their pin as much as the British. A pity...
    All best to all :)

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  27. Kate picked the perfect outfit for today. She looked tired...maybe George had a bad night. Completely understandable! :)

    I must admit that lately I find myself wishing more and more that she would cut her hair. It's getting too long and it's weighing her down. I think Princess Mary has the perfect length for a long hairstyle. It's not too much when she wears it down and it's easy enough to do different things with it.

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  28. She looks so tired and skinny. She used to be very slim and being very slim looked good on her. But now, wow, so skinny... This baby is definitely exhausting to them !

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  29. bluhare in Washington State7 November 2013 at 21:06

    I find it quite strange that only now are we being told Kate was never scheduled to attend, when the story has been out there for how long? There's something else going on, and I've got my tinfoil hat on so I can go investigate. :)

    I also think she looks awful today, so much so I wouldn't be surprised to find out she's ill or something. Her hair needs a bunch cut off it; it's looking ratty. Sorry people; can't find much to say that's nice today and I usually love Kate in her coats.

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    1. Hi Bluhare,
      I agree with you, the press has been saying the Duchess was attending the Winter White Gala for quite a while now and the Palace is just getting around to denying it? I am wondering if she might be having a bit of the post-baby blues and is only attending events that she really, really has too.
      Since she has only attended a few engagements since giving birth I would think she would want to look her best for them. But maybe she can't quite get up the energy to shine like she did before George. I am hoping that as George gets older and sleeps better, Kate will be able to sneak out and get a hair cut, color and style. It might make her feel better.

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    2. Oh I so agree - her hair looks horrible today - it does need a ton cut off and it's plastered to her head like she had a sleeping cap on all day before they went out! Oh well - we all have bad hair days - I would think she might think of how consuming kids are and why many moms pull their hair back when they don't have time to deal with it - or cut it short!

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    3. Bluehare,
      I agree with you. Something's afoot. I think that she may be pregnant again. That is the only explanation. It would also make sense that William is stepping up his duties, knowing that she may be out of commision again for several months.

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    4. Have to agree sleep deprivation is a killer. I had it. I was crying all the time.

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  30. Oy Vey, i love Kate but she looks exhausted. I also much preferred the coat with the thicker belt and i think its a bit too long. And im usually a fan of a middle part and a change in hairstyle but this ages her and weighs her down in my opinion (and im usually a huge fan of Kates long hair and how she usually wears it down). Im so dissapointed about the Gala. And kind of wondering why she cant make it... if she has a full time nanny and doesnt have a job aside from getting dressed up here and there for an event, she really should push herself to make it. This is her "job" after all. (if you can even call it that) Cant understand what the big deal to wear an expensive gown worth thousands and walk from one side of the palace to the other. So dissapointed.
    Maybe im just grumpy because i love when Kate gets all dressed up. How did this "rumor" of her attending even begin?

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    1. good point! the winter white event is in the same bldg! she doesn't even need to put on a coat :) at the very least, she could attend the cocktail reception or something for 1-2 hours, and skip the rest. if she is breastfeeding, maybe she feels physically uncomfortable if more than a couple of hours go by?

      we don't know if she a full-time nanny. but if she is breastfeeding and feels uncomfortably full if she does not feed regularly, and if he is a baby who *really* likes to eat regularly, maybe going out for a whole evening, esp for something which is not directly tied to one of her charities seems like more trouble than it is worth?
      (according to my parents, i was an easy-going and happy baby *except* when i was hungry)

      tho after 3.5 months, you'd think she could attend an event in the same bldg for a couple of hours! :) we all know it would make a big difference to the charity.

      centrepoint announced she was attending. now, oddly, after weeks of not contradicting the announcement, the palace says she is not attending.

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    2. The nanny isn't full time. She just does spot duty. During the hedge fund and sports aid events, it was mentioned from the press that William was watching George. The rumor got started because Centrepointe had her name along with William in the body of the invite. KP never confirmed her as going . Also according to the invite, it from 530 to 1130 if I recall. That is a long time from baby who might not like a bottle.


      As for the hair, Granny Carole needs to come and babysit for an morning while mummy get her hair cut.

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    3. Wonder if maybe she is pregnant all over again this soon and it has caught her not feeling well again? They could have cancelled her dates coming up knowing she will be under the weather or need to hang close to home port! She does not look well today I think.

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    4. Before an official invitation goes out things are checked and double-checked. The invitation went out to donors WEEKs ago. It clearly stated that there would be a reception with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The palace is backing out now because she has changed her mind, for whatever reason. It is a pity that they are shifting the blame on the charity. I personally think that she is pregnant again.

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    5. If you would have read Charlotte's side bar with the dates of the Duchess's engagements you would have noticed that was not "CONFIRMED" that the Duchess would attend. Now that it has come out that she will not be in attendance people are making a big deal. This is a charity that is Williams. We might not like it that the Duchess will not be there but we also don't know if it is because she is a mommy now and William would rather have her home with their baby.

      So with that we should not be making a big deal about it. And I really don't think Palace is backing out now.
      Yes I will miss seeing her all dressed up just like everyone else but let us be happy that she wants to be a hands on mommy and be with her son. And they do not have a full time nanny.

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    6. Ok so it wasn't confirmed by the palace but a huge mistake from the charity whose invites said duke and duchess. And why has the palace taken so long to follow this up? Very strange. Amy. London

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  31. Dear Charlotte,

    I absolutely adore your blog! Thank you for sharing so much interesting information on such a regular basis! I'm looking forward to every single post of you!

    I agree with my previous posters: Kate's hair looks terrible! I'm aware of the fact that she does not have as much time for her hair as before she gave birth but she has a stylist and for events like this it should look better. There definitely are more important things in life but that's just a remark.
    I also do not like her eyeliner, she's always been wearing far too much of it but at the moment, as she apparently doesn't get much sleep, it just makes her look ever more tired.

    I would also wish that Kate took Emilia Jardine-Paterson's advise to heart and dared to wear more brave outfits. She looks very well most of the time but unfortunately it's also quite boring most of the time.

    Another remark I have to make now after "observing" Kate and her outfits for quite a while (and thanks to your blog very detailed!): As I am a nail varnish-maniac, I wonder why Kate is almost never wearing nail varnish? Are there any "royal restrictions" on that or does she simply not like it? Has she ever been wearing coloured ones or darker ones? I've only seen her in nude shades as when she married William... Would be lovely to see her in darker shades, it would add a little more style to her outfits ;)

    So thanks again for your lovely blog and good night from Germany!

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  32. Shantel (@FashionandFaith)7 November 2013 at 23:02

    Oh my...I think Kate looks really tired today (which is understandable as, with a 3 month old, you don't get a lot of sleep). I hope it is just that she is tired and not ill.
    I don't love her hair, at all, but couldn't care less about her grays (that's to you, "writers" at the DM). I love the coat but I think that it is swallowing her up!
    She seems more "human" to me today than ever before and I believe it is because we all have had those times when we have had to drag ourselves up and do the job, regardless (as a matter of fact, I am having one of those days today! LOL!) . With that being said, I sort of hope she doesn't see the pictures from today--they are pretty bad--unless she see the ones where she is smiling. Her smile really lit up her face and made her look more like the Duchess we are all used to seeing.
    I can't wait to see what hat she will wear on Sunday! I think she will pull herself together by then...! :)
    Thanks Charlotte! You remain my go-to source!
    Shantel
    Minnesota, USA

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  33. What's happened to our dear Kate? She seems to have lost her sparkle ever since having George. I understand the toll physically and mentally a baby can have on you but it just seems to be hitting Kate like a ton of bricks. She looks so tired today. And agreed her hair is a disaster, it needs a good cut. I also agree with what of the other posters, Kate does seem to age rather rapidly. I was looking at the photos of her on the Kate loves jewelry post and she seemed so fresh faced and young pre engagement but after she got married she didn't look the same. She unfortunately looks older than her 31 years at the moment. She's lost her sparkle.
    Dare I say it but do you think Kate could be suffering from post partum depression? My opinion is that when she is holding George she doesn't look comfortable with him like a mother should.
    Maybe she's just having a hard time, I think it's time she should hire a full time nanny.

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    1. Nancy Redman WA.8 November 2013 at 02:40

      OMG how are you supposed to look when you are holding your baby? In all the photos I have seen she looks just beautiful & glowing.

      Our Kate is still here. You people are making a much to do about nothing. Can't a girl have an off day? I don't believe for one minute she is suffering from anything but lack of sleep. Her baby is only 3 months old and if you have ever been a mother you would know that he might not be sleeping through the night yet. So why don't you cut her some slack.

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  34. Kate was off today. I think we can all tell that. And, it was completely beyond her hair. She just didn't have her spark. She's present, she's doing what we expect, but she's not completely engaged and dazzling us. What we should take away from this is how much it actually takes to be "on" and cut her some slack. The hair though...if someone other than Kate styled it, maybe it's time to reevaluate the position. The droopy style just amplified everything else about her appearance. I, too, am disappointed about the Winter Whites Gala. Hopefully, she'll be back on for the next appearance so that we can ooh and ahh instead of being critical.

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  35. I do agree with others that she does look rather tired but I think that the majority of the time that's to be expected with new moms. Love the peacoat-- want it for myself!

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  36. Oh me oh my Kate's hair has lost it's beautiful shine. There has always been that rumor that Kate has worn hair extensions to add that extra volume to her hair and now I'm starting to think that it's true.

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  37. Wow, I am shocked at the ugly comments shown here today! This young woman, who has so many admirable qualities, is attacked for being tired and having a bad hair day. I think some of you need to re-think what it is to be human, with all the foibles that can entail, and what is is to be humane, particularly toward another woman! Kindness and understanding is better than sniping cruelty and saying her only job is to look pretty! How imbecilic can you possibly be? I can only say thank you to Charlotte for her continued dignified and positive blog, which I usually enjoy so much. Onward and upward, please!!

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    1. Thank you for saying this so eloquently. I agree completely.

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    2. bluhare in Washington State8 November 2013 at 02:51

      Nora, with all due respect the only thing talked about here with Kate is her appearance. If all we could do is say how wonderful she looks, this page would have three (guesstimate) comments on it.

      Perhaps Kate is suffering from post partum depression. It happens. Perhaps her hair is going through the post pregnancy blahs. But that doesn't mean she can't cut it and style it properly. She could pull it back or up. Simple. We know she's got someone who comes to her to do her hair, and I would think that would be nice and relaxing for a new mom who might be a bit stressed out.

      And, honestly, I don't know what Kate's admirable qualities are. Seriously. Because nothing except what she wears and how she looks is ever reported.

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    3. I understand the fun of critiquing her fashion and style. That is why I visit this blog also. However, there is a difference between making observations vs. blatant dismissive cruel remarks. At my age, I can detect character, gentleness, generosity, and love in a person. Sometimes I'm wrong, of course, but in the person who draws our interest on this blog, I would say she deserves some credit for being more than a coat hanger. If you truly believe that is all she is about, why on earth would you be interested in reading about her?

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    4. The last sentence is a great question. I'm guessing the answer is that some people just like to criticize others in order to feel better about themselves. Sad.

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    5. Nora, you say "she deserves some credit for being more than a coat hanger".

      What qualities does she deserve credit for ? What has she revealed about herself that would compell us to give her credit ? She is a very private person who only has a public 'face' that she brings out a few times a year when she does appearances. Her work involves going to her charities once every 2 years for 2 hours. One cannot detect passion there either. She makes listless speeches.

      I WANT to put a character to go with her face and her clothes. The problem is that she does not want to reveal that character. I WANT to talk about her work - the problem is that she doesn't do much, and what she does is dispassionate. One needs to look at Diana and Queen Rania to see what real work and passionate involvement looks like.

      What can the public do other than talk about her appearance ? There is simply nothing else to talk about. Visit forums that talk about Rania or Diana or even CP Mary. People DO talk about their work.. their legacies, their involvement.

      Give people some credit. We're not all imbeciles.

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    6. bluhare in Washington State8 November 2013 at 18:16

      Nora, I didn't say anything like that. And, I have said here before that I find it sad that everything reported about her concerns her appearance. And it's the only thing in my post on which you focused. Why I read about her is my business, though, although I thank you for your interest.

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    7. bluhare in Washington State8 November 2013 at 18:19

      Angie, so only nice looking people should criticize the Duchess? If that's true, move over. The big guns are in town. However, what's interesting is when people can't think of a response the only thing that comes out is criticism of the poster. That's sad too.

      Sorry, meant to add that to my response to Nora. Wish there was an edit function.

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    8. I wonder if the grey hair was not calculated to show how 'normal' Kate is? She obviously has help with George, and could have nearly any hair dresser in the world do her hair if she so chose.

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  38. Maybe she's with child again. It's reported that they want to have not only another but a lot of children. Let's give her a break she's a woman and we all have our days when we aren't feeling quite royal.

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  39. She looks ill and very, very tired...gone is her usual sparkle.

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  40. Charlotte you did agreat job today. As for some of the comments today all I can say is how some of my fellow posters are being unbeleivable. Cut the Duchess some slack.Some of the women should understand that some days it's hard to get up to speed with a young baby on hand. Plus it was early. Andrea from Canada.

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  41. Hi! Okay so I see that Kate looks a bit tired and not her best today. I feel bad for her and hate that all of the things she is going through are stressing her out. She will get a makeover soon.... trust me. This is temporary.

    What everyone in the "normal" world fails to realize is that there is more to Kate's life than baby George and parading around in gowns and J Brand jeans. Despite the claim that she is on "maternity leave", Kate is constantly learning her future position in the UK and taking in all the realities it includes. This isn't just tiaras and palaces. A lot of things are not revealed to the public and I am not referring to family/ marital issues. Can you imagine what she has to take in, really? All of the responsibilities that come a long with her title and future title?

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    1. Bless you! Kindness and some insight is wonderful.

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    2. Thank you.
      I also wanted to add that Kate has a role and a duty as a member of the royal family. It is is not her job or career but her life forever. She does not make a living off her looks and should be respected as a HRH, not just for her clothes, hair and glamorous event attendance.

      The shallow comments show the true colors of the readers of this blog and unless she is aesthetically pleasing to the eye, not worth praise or positive comments.

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    3. I think most of the readers of this blog (critical ones included) would JUMP at the chance to look half as great as Kate does on an "off" day.

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    4. Angie I'm sorry but I have to disagree with you here. Just because another woman says something about another woman's appearance does not mean she is jealous. I'm a very big fan of Kate's but I myself think that I am beautiful. Kate is a beautiful woman, no question about it but she's not the prettiest in the world. In fact without all the expensive clothes and jewelry and glossy hair Kate would look average. Just refer to her photos at St. Andrews. I'm sure the readers of this blog are beautiful some may be more than Kate. It's a fact of life that there's always going to be someone prettier, smarter, and nicer than you but that does not mean you're jealous of them.

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    5. I disagree. I saw the Mario Testino exhibit in Boston. She is drop-dead gorgeous; MT himself said so as well.

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    6. I don't think Angie was accusing anyone of being jealous. Personally, I took it more as her saying that Kate looks good even on a bad day. And I would agree with that :)

      Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and people have different definitions of beauty based on their own preferences. But when a comment is particularly nasty, it does make a person wonder about the people and circumstances behind the remarks.

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  42. Hello everyone,

    Thank you so much for your comments! It was great to see William and Kate supporting Poppy Day and getting behind the cause. As for the comments regarding Kate's appearance, I would say, we are so used to seeing celebrities looking immaculate at all times and looking glamorous weeks after giving birth.

    It really is very unrealistic. For most new mothers with a baby at home, they're dedicating their time and energy to caring for the baby and not prioritising getting their roots done. Contrary to some opinions it is not Kate's job to look a certain way for the pleasure of the general public and I have to say I think it's refreshing Kate isn't succumbing to the media pressure to look immaculate at all times. Yes she looked tired, Yes her hair didn't look particularly well (I do wonder if it may be something to do with the new hairdresser) but with a new baby at home it's perfectly natural. George comes first, just as it should be. I imagine he could have been up all night and the Duchess had very little sleep.

    I hope you all have a lovely weekend, by the way. Christmas shopping is underway already here :)

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    1. Thank you for this. I dare say that those criticizing Kate would change their tune if they had to say such things to her face. (So easy to be critical behind a computer screen.)

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    2. Dear Admin and Angie I slightly disagree. It means when you have a baby you stop looking after yourself? This is the problem with so many women out there, just because you have a baby you do not need to give up yourself. Greasy hair, untidy clothes. I talk about what I see not the Duchess. I do not say she should look like all celebrities, picture perfect all day especially after having a baby. But she represents herself every time as well. And she shocked me that's all.
      I see nothing wrong with anybody's tune out there if it is not appropriate for Admin's taste she won't publish it. Nothing was said which is not seen but everybody.

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    3. Anon sometimes tiredness and feeling under the weather will always show no matter how many stylists, hairdressers or make up artists try to work their magic.

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    4. I respectfully disagree. I had twins a few years ago and was back in the workforce after 5 months. I also lost all the weight- actually more weight than I should have, and was up all night, sometimes every 1-1.5 hours *each and every* night feeding, changing them. Then I was going to work, putting in 8 hour days staring at the computer, writing code, meeting deadlines. At night, even when the twins would sleep it was hard to fall back asleep after being up with them for 45 minutes. My husband was doing the same. We did shifts - I was up with them from 2.30 onwards, while he would be up till 2.30 am. Neither of us got more than 3 hours of sleep at a stretch the first 5 months.

      So I have been there, and I know how it feels - like millions of women. I know how hard it is to get clothes on. Some days the only thing that would be a spot of bright light for me during the day was the smell of my body wash in the shower. Some mornings that would be the only thing I could look forward to. The sleep deprivation made me unhappy, cranky, exhausted. Work made me stressed, anxious.

      Through all of this I never forgot that there are standards that need to be upheld. I did not go into work looking like a mess simply because I had children. I did not give up on doing the best I could at my job. Basically I simply did not make excuses that kept me from being the best I could.

      There are *millions* of women like me who do the same thing.

      There are many many women who do *fantastic* things, who accomplish a lot in their lives, and are happy and energetic and put-together. There is absolutely NO need to make excuses for a 31 year old women who has been born and bred in great priviledge and is now married into one of the wealthiest families in the world. The stresses she feels, and the logistics she deals with are simply not of the same magnitude as the rest of the world.

      Let us not keep making excuses for her. Millions of women have children, and work, and have good and bad days. Maybe this was one of Kate's bad days. We can say that and leave it at that. Let us not take it further and say that BECAUSE she has a newborn she is excused.. No. That is not fair to millions of women AND men who juggle and accomplish and leave behind fantastic legacies. It is regressive. Let us not make excuses for ourselves like this.

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    5. Anonymous 15:36 - Amen! I couldn't agree more.

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    6. Kate looks like a mess???

      I don't understand your comment.

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    7. @Anon 15:36 & Beth I would like to see you both walk in the Duchess's shoes for one week and then come back and make a post. Neither one of you know what this woman goes through on a daily basis. So until you both walk in her shoes then I woudl suggest you don't make those kinds of comments.

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    8. M from the Netherlands10 November 2013 at 02:21

      Kathy London, you don't understand Anon's post, do you? Kate is wonderful, but not a saint. I don't understand the people here who find it so special that Kate is doing some engagements these days. Millions of women are working 9 to 5, 4 months after their child was born. Yes, Kate is constantly in the spotlights and that is difficult. But I think it is offensive for these millions of women when people are exaggerating Kate's effort.

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  43. I am a new mom, too - and I look older and more tired because my baby boy doesn't sleep through the night. I haven't slept more than 4 hours in a row in over 8 months. She looks tired, yes, but let's give her a break - even as a public figure there are things more important than if her hair looks perfect.

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  44. This is exactly why I don't envy Kate too much. Look at all of the pressure she has to exist under! It is IMPOSSIBLE to look good (not to mention great, as she usually does) on a daily basis. Who knows why she looks tired. Baby George keeping her awake at night? I don't do well with sleep deprivation and I am not a mom! Post-partum depression? Who knows? Is she pregnant again? Just because she was ill the first time doesn't mean her second pregnancy will be the same. We can speculate all we want, but the fact remains that she is human and everyone should recognize that.

    I feel bad for Kate because of all of the scrutiny she is under. She's between a rock and a hard place: she wants to be a hands-on mom, but it means that she is more tired and can't be as available as everyone expects her to be. If she employed a full-time nanny so that she could take care of herself more, people would be criticizing her for not being like other moms who can't afford the help.

    I wish Kate all the very best!

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    1. Precisely. The fact that she hasn't collapsed under the public scrutiny proves that she's made of much stronger stuff than I am. Some of the comments I've read here are just plain cruel and would, I'd imagine, enrage William. After all, look at what public scrutiny did to his mother's life.

      Kate made an appearance to support one of the worthiest causes imaginable. The least people could do is stop crowing the level of shine in her hair.

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    2. You have made some excellent points, Angie! Good to keep in mind.

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    3. Emily J. from small village IL8 November 2013 at 04:38

      She may be pregnent? She may have the 'baby blues'? She may b just tired from Prince Georgie? This is her job by marrying in the Royal Family? Also she has grey in her hair, whatever it maybe I lovr Kate and this blog.

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    4. bluhare in Washington State8 November 2013 at 18:21

      So anyone who criticizes Kate is on a par with evildoers who killed Diana? That's a bit hyperbolic, don't you think?

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    5. I said public scrutiny. I did not say paparazzi.

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  45. Thank You Charlotte for this update!!I agree with the others, Kate does look very exhausted and tired. George would've kept her awake the night before. But I appreciate the fact that she dint hide her stress under gobs of make up. She looked real just like any other stressed out new mother. Thanks chica,and looking forward to the Sunday Remembrance Day post!xoxo

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    1. Sarah from Calif.8 November 2013 at 04:36

      Have but a minute but I must say well done William and Kate! Love the spontaneity of the moment :) love the brilliant security gaurds.
      Thank you Charlotte for a delightful post! OX

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  46. Quite frankly, I am a little worried about our girl. She looked so very thin and tired and sad. I am not saying that to be mean or catty. I just hoping that she is not suffering from depression.

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  47. Yes, she DID look tired and not "her best" and her hair REALLY didn´t make her look any better..... but I don´t think most of us writing here wanted or want to CRITICIZE the Duchess! It´s (hopefully) more out of concern because really she does look somehow tired and sad. In my "feeling" it just makes her all the more human - and that´s just so wonderful in an age where everyone seems to think you have to be "immaculate" at all times (whatever "immaculate" means....). I think it´s great that she goes out to these public engagements despite the fact that she MIGHT look tired. I just hope she is ok and that she will be able to have the rest and "freedom" she needs as a young mother..... Lots of love, Eve from Germany

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  48. I've been led to read the comments here, which i seldom do. I, too, felt sad that so much emphasis is placed on Kate's physical appearance. And how quick some people throw words like 'sick' or 'depressed' judging from a few photos. If you look at the videos you'll see she was actually quite bubbly. But the point is these royals are humans. For Kate, with every grey hair & wrinkle, she is foremost a mother of a 3-month old whose primary responsibility is to look after her family & support causes NOT by looking perfect but by contributing with her presence. It's not her job to please us with endless new wardrobes & blow dries. And thank goodness that she isn't! As in William & Kate's wedding vows, "in the busyness of each day, keep our eyes fixed on what's real & important in life." I trust this young family knows what's best for them, and the more space we give them & the less critical we are (especially in something as trivial as physical appearance) the better they'll fare.

    Wishing the Cambridges happy & exciting days as they enjoy parenthood. Privately. We may be royal enthusiasts but that doesn't entitle us to watch their whole lives on display, nor does it make experts us on what they should do or how they're feeling.

    P.S. kudos to William for the fantastic work he's done this week!

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    1. With all due respect, I am quite surprised by your comments. Yes, compassion is always key, but critiquing is not condemning someone. And, perhaps Kate does need to reassess to incorporate all her roles, including public appearances, so that she does each of them to the best. There have been many occasions where she was less than properly tailored and groomed. (bad pedicure, or lack of one, and with a formal gown, remember? Poorly altered salmon colored coat for the races, a very messy updo for passing out shamrocks). The point is, as others have pointed out, is the William and Kate represent Britain basically when they are out and about. It seems from her appearance at times that that is just a non-important afterthought to her. It totally should not be. There are many, many women who have more than one child and no help whatsoever who manage to look the best they possibly can 24/7, and they succeed. (quite nice role models for their children also IMO). Kate has plenty of help available, don't doubt it. If the prime minister of Korea had shown up looking less than polished, that would have been an insult to Britain. Diplomacy is pretty straight forward in that respect. And respect, to me, is the issue. If she had had more respect for the Shamrock regimen (they were spit polished for her), and if she had put more esteem to the poppy event, it would have showed.

      Perhaps she did not want to use even organic vegetable dye on her hair while she is nursing, if she is nursing. That is something we have all had to deal with with our children. However, I know from experience that they are hairstyles that are attractive that you can do to better hide grey roots if you have an social event to attend. They even have harmless powders you can use. (great hair day by Joan Rivers is one I find helpful and that works very nicely and there are other brands). My point is respect, not only for those you represent, but also for those to whom you are respresenting. Again, Queen Elizabeth gets it, she always looks the best she can, even with four children. It IS and INTEGRAL part of her job.

      AND, PLEASE, if Becca, Carole, Phillipa or any of Kate's friends read this PLEASE out of kindness to Kate, tell her NO MORE middle parting of the hair, tell her about grey cover powders AND encourage her to hire, retain, something, a talented and honest tailor. She was just one, sad, basically darktone from head to toe. The coat was too long and made her look way too thin and her hair looked like she hurriedly did it herself. She can and should do way better. And, yes, she may be, we do not know that for sure, nursing during the night but she can have her staff prepare things for her, etc. Not being cruel in any way, Kate can do alot better and without really trying much, if she has the caring to do it. It would add so much to everything. Let's hope she augments what she has already done.

      And as for learning to fill her new role. Many women I know are taking on and enlarging their roles on a constant basis, and some with PR roles and CEO responsibilities not unlike Kate.
      My mother-in-law is one of them. Sometimes, really, a multi-million dollar account can basically hinge on not only her appearance, but her knowledge of the people and product, their needs and aspirations, the whole package, all the while keeping more than one gracious home for her family and friends and keeping us all on an even keel. She makes it look effortless and seamless really and I believe that is because she respects her role and all the people pertaining to that. And she doesn't have half the help that Kate has available to her. And then there is my friend who works at a bank and has three children, volunteers alot, keeps her family in church and church activities and so on and she looks the best she can at all times and for her it is again a matter of respect.

      Not to be harsh on Kate. But when people start making excuses for her, to me, those just do not ring true.

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    2. And, in addition, it would seem to me that if the problem is post-partum depression, she has a medical staff most likely the size of a small army who most likely are looking after her, especially if they are planning on conceiving again any time soon. My prayer would be that her most likely highly-trained team would be on the lookout for post-partum anything and be right there to address the situation. I don't think that those are unrealistic expectations. They care about Kate no doubt, and they cannot afford to have the Duchess of Cambridge laboring under any post-partum anything, most particularly any unaddressed or unattended issues. Not good PR for the palace. Plus, I think, these days, they do really care about
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    3. Diane from Boston8 November 2013 at 15:43

      Well said. The press has a perpetual, destructive process of building young women up and then tearing them down, and that's certainly what is happening here with the Daily Mail and the like. That doesn't mean we have to buy into it. Personally, I follow several good blogs because I enjoy seeing pictures of the duchess. Period. She's not my best friend, and I don't feel the need to tell her how to dress, how to do her hair, whether or not she's pregnant, or how to self-diagnose for depression. She is not letting me down by having a bad hair day or wearing a dress I don't care for. And I wish her the best.

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    4. Dash thank you for taking the time to come & read some of these nasty post. Now you see what I was saying. Some of these people are down right rude.

      And I say AMEN to your post.

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    5. Dash, you said it beautifully! A VERY important message for us all to remember from the wedding vows. Thank you!!!

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    6. Anonymous,

      I am not making excuses for anyone. I simply lament in the fact that many neglect the more important aspects of the royals' existence. Instead we dedicate endless debate on physical imperfections and second-guessing emotions and illnesses based on a few pictures. We really do NOT know these people. (I'm inclined to talk about Harry & how people are concluding this-and-that about his life & relationships, but that's off topic). Personally, I'm not very fashion or appearance-focused. I don't find it particularly vital. Still I don't begrudge those who are more into Kate's fashion and follow it very closely. However I think it's unfair to insinuate that Kate has forgotten her duties or disrespected the Royal Family by parting her hair the wrong way or neglecting a few grey strands of hair. IMO it's okay not to look 100% It's okay to make minor mistakes. We've seen it for decades with Diana, Fergie & all the blood royals. It's hard enough to live their lives in a fishbowl, let alone live up to public standards. The Queen, above all, understands that.

      The sad part for me is: how many people have mentioned the pleasing fact that William & Kate thrilled the commuters with a surprise tube visit (a royal first for London Poppy Day)? Or how wonderfully William did during a busy week of engagements? As someone who works in health care, I thought the Royal Marsden activities were uplifting. William, Kate & Harry gave a reception for their charities forum yesterday. There's so much more to their job than looking perfect. They are real people with personal priorities and personal choices. It pains me to think of them as clothes horses or fleeting teenage crushes. But if we focus too much on appearance, that's all they'll ever be. And they deserve much, much more!

      I look forward to joining in more discussions on the things royals do going forward. As always, kudos to Charlotte for always including info on their charities in every post. To me it makes it all the more meaningful.

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    7. bluhare in Washington State10 November 2013 at 00:55

      Pauline: Serious question. Do you consider my posts rude?

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  49. Agree with Angie and the other comments in the same vein. We have no idea what goes on in Kate's life beyond what we read in the media. I, for one, wouldn't have cared if she'd turned up in jeans and a t-shirt for this event. It's one of the most worthy causes there is and the Cambridge's presence will have brought extra donations and has clearly given all involved a massive boost. I really like the down to earth causes that Kate & William support.

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  50. I'm the person that put the first comment about the Duchess and her bad hair day.....little did I know it would cause such an uproar! Just an observation of a beautician.

    Yes she is a new Mom, and in a new role of Duchess, but I still think that someone can give the New Mom a gift card for a day at the spa/hairdresser and she has many babysitters that can help!

    Everyone has a bad day..but when you are in the public eye so much, I would try and avoid the situation that the Daily Mail did with the article about the grey hairs! Bad article!

    Sorry for causing such an uproar!

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  51. 1. she needs to get that genius back who used to do her hair
    2. she still has beautiful hair, the problem is we are just used to see her with the most gorgeous hair ever.
    3. she should eat more. She lost so much weight! I guess it is all the stress. But someone has to step in and give our girl some (more) help.

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  52. Didn't the queen always look spotless after her children, during royal engagements? I would say that Kate has far more pressure to find her place, as she is a "newcomer". Is she being phased out for awhile, so her popularity does not overshadow the other royals?

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  53. Oh poor Kate. There are sometimes that I hope she reads the blog and comments posted and sometimes I hope she doesn't....although I don't think it would matter to her. Why is everyone so concerned about outward appearance? Many of you are right that Kate looked tired and the hair was lacking, but I for one am thankful that we see a "real" person and mom that is more focused on her family and 3 month old baby than having the latest vegetable dye for her hair or making sure to schedule a botox appointment for a little perk up. God bless her! Her smile is still radiant and she looked happy. Maybe George had a bad night, maybe she's not feeling her best, maybe she is pregnant, who knows. She's out and about bringing attention to a great cause and obviously one important enough for her and William to do a joint engagement. Kudos to Kate for being a mom first and future queen second! Kate, you look marvelous!

    On a funny note..... After watching a couple videos, I loved watching the by-standers faces! The excitement and shock are funny! I would have loved to take the blood pressure of the security detail after a casual stroll through the tube station. They seemed a bit stressed if you watch and listen. Hahaha!

    I hope you all have a beautiful weekend!!!

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    1. oh, you are SO spot on correct. shame on us. (but still. if she were my bestie, i would tell her "wonderful smile. captivating as always. next time, try an effortless bun.")

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  54. Why not enlist some help? With her duties she deserves a couple of nannies to get some sleep, some rest and time to get a beauty treatment! I do not understand why make it so much harder on yourself when being a mother already is so hard!

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  55. Jean from Lancs.8 November 2013 at 21:38

    Today the media are after the Duke of Edinburgh for joking with a military amputee and for wearing his medals---earned for his service with the Royal Navy during WW2. The young man--injured in Afghanistan told HM and the Duke that he and another military amputee were attempting to row the Atlantic and the money for their venture had been given by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry's Charity.
    The Dinner Catherine hosted for the Women in Hedge funds raised almost $!million.for Charity.
    I suggest these are the things we should be concerned about---not whether she parts her hair in the middle for a change
    If you look carefully at the pictures you will see the pleasure the crowd have from finding the couple in their midst.

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    1. Thanks for mentioning these, Jean. William, Kate & Harry's foundation has contributed to numerous endeavors. Whether they're private or public (and they are usually private), these expensive galas do have an outcome! Another great idea is the Charities Forum, which gathers their charities & help them collaborate for mutual benefit. I think it's smart that aside from giving them publicity, they are building these charities networking framework for longevity.

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    2. Jean, I always appreciate your comments, and I couln't agree more this time!
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  56. EXACTLY. One attribute of successful leadership is admitting when you need to recruit help and then delegating accordingly. George and his family will always be surrounded by other people. That comes with the territory and Kate knew that when she signed on. Why not add additional help to produce maximum results. Getting tired and run down and not properly prepping for your responsibilities won't benefit anyone. If mama ain't optimal for any length of time, ain't anyone optimal in the long run. Trying to be "normal" is exactly how in touch with their reality actually ???? Seems that that could be counter-productive sooner than later. They are at the palace now and will be on the royal stage more and more. I pray that they settle into their royal life royally and not disdain it. They will never be snooty about it IMO. They can learn not to shy away from it. It is when all is said and done, a royal life. William has a genetic heritage for that that goes directly to the first king of recorded history. There's alot that has come forth from that and, given the longevity of it all, it would seem providential. Let us hope Kate learns to avail herself of some more of the privileges as she fulfills her responsibilities as Queen Elizabeth has so diligently all these years, looking perfectly tailored and perfectly groomed all those years. Please get the help you need Kate.

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    1. The Queen was raised differently than Kate in too many ways to list. Therefore, the way Kate may deal with this new pressure and emotions are different than how the Queen may have handled it.
      The Queen was raised and groomed as a royal since birth. She was born Princess Elizabeth and Kate was born as a commoner. To compare how immaculate the Queen was and always has been is unfair. The young Princess Elizabeth was hardened and ripened from a young age. This is still new to Kate and it has taken a toll on her as it would any commoner.

      Sophie of Wessex never wanted to be a full time royal and she too had her struggles too. It took her many years to adjust and she finally looks happy now compared to years ago. Any new royal will face many challenges and emotions.

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    2. apples and oranges- the queen and the duchess. and WHY are you all anonymous?

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    3. Apples and oranges indeed. I'm not sure how you can compare the way the Queen was raised to Kate??? The Queen was born into the royal family...and two generations before Kate was born. And while I respect HM's selfless devotion to duty (and sincerely hope she lives for many more years!), I suspect that if she had it to do over again she would put a little more emphasis on her role as a mother.

      Diana and Charles took William to Australia not long after he was born. And I don't see William and Kate allowing a royal tour to separate them from George for weeks or months at a time. And their son would not be greeted with a pat on the head upon their return.

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    4. Apples to Oranges?

      Showing up dressed and groomed professionally? It is not rocket science nor does it take a "royal upbringing". That's is not what was even implied in those comments. Queen Elizabeth would have been very capable of showing up to events professionally groomed and dressed without any royal training is my guess. The point was, if she can do it so can Kate. And guess, what? Kate took the initiative to do it for the remembrance ceremony today, and guess what? :) She looked professionally groomed and dressed. Why some events and not others. They all deserve her full respect and attention, even in dressing (like she chose to do today at the remembrance ceremony).

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    5. Kate looked tired and she didn't have the best hair day. But to go on about a problem with grooming is unkind IMHO.

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    6. I was not "going on" about Kate's grooming, just stating that comparing the queen's dressing and Kate's is not comparing apples to oranges as the Queen could dress as she does without having had a lifetime of royal training be it in any era.

      And the reference to Kate's grooming today at the remembrance ceremony was not "going on" about anything as you put it but was mentioned to simply illustrate a point. Sorry if that offended, Certainly I am not the first commenter to mention something twice.

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  57. No longer will I bother with the comment section of this otherwise lovely blog.

    It's a shame, considering Kate and William's empathy, warmth and positive attitude are a couple of their many appealing qualities. Perhaps there's a desire for like-minded fans of Kate and Will to form an online group of some sort?

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    1. Angie I don't understand you. I think we're all like minded Kate fans on here, I have not read one disgraceful comment about her on here. Kate does indeed look tired for who knows why but just because we aren't all fawning over her doesn't mean we wish her ill will. Like many of the lovely readers of this blog mentioned that it is indeed Kate's job when she represents the royal family on public duties. And to go out looking less than polished seems odd when she knows there are going to be a million cameras on her. As I'm sure you and lots of other commentators of this blog have a job you wouldn't go to work looking less than sub par. There are even some jobs out there that hire solely based on appearance. Kate's job on these trips is indeed to dress up and play princess and meet the people. If Kate wanted to take a more active role she could but at this point it seems Kate would rather be seen and not heard. It seems as of late she puts more effort into her appearance to go shopping or to the grocery store than she does a public appearance.

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    2. Shantel (@FashionandFaith)9 November 2013 at 02:39

      Angie,
      I hope that you change your mind about no longer commenting; the varying opinions make the comment section interesting to read. With such a diverse community, you are able to hear a variety of voices--I think yours would be missed.
      I do however feel that although everyone is entitled to their opinion, there is a way that it can be expressed without venom.
      This is an amazing forum in which to discuss the Duchess' works as well as what she is wearing. Sometimes the comment section gets a little "heated" but I think it is mainly because of that variety of opinion and because of our wish to see the Duchess do well (we all just hapen to have varying ideas of what "doing well" entails).
      So, basically this is my long plea for you (and others) to keep posting. I really enjoy reading your opinions--whether I agree or not.
      Have a fabulous weekend, everyone!
      Shantel
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    3. Your kidding right? I live in California and most people, regardless of their job title, come to work looking like they just rolled out of bed. As far as "playing princess", that is not her job. She has a DUTY to perform. Big difference. Kate is the Duchess of Cambridge, not some American celebrity like K Kardashian that has marketed her looks, body, family and private life to the world to get paid.
      Whether or not you think she looks tired or her hair is dull, she is still waking up as the Duchess tomorrow and it does not affect her role or position in this family.
      Princess Anne looks old and started looking older early too but it does not affect anything in the royal world. Looks don't matter all that much.
      If she didn't show up at all, you would all be calling her lazy. The poor lady can't do anything right or even have a bad hair day to most of the readers, I see!

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    4. Your last sentence begs disbelief. I rest my case.

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    5. Well if that's how u feel dear then stand by it. You seem new to the blog anyway so maybe you don't understand that sometimes it gets heated but never nasty and we all respect different opinions. Jean from Lancs

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    6. Actually I'm pleased. It's been your comments that have stirred up the hornets nest. Sue. Boston

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    7. bluhare in Washington State9 November 2013 at 19:26

      Angie, I'm sorry you feel you have to leave. I'm not the most popular poster here, but look at the conversations that start happening when someone posts a dissenting opinion. I personally think that's healthy and we should all look at Kate as a fully formed human being with all the complexities that involves. She isn't perfect; she can't be. She's going to make mistakes and I don't think those should be verboten topics.

      That being said, my posts could have been clearer in terms of the empathy I do feel for Kate being a new mom and then having to go out under the microscope.

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  58. Oh dear. Oh my. How ever do you ordinarily get by in a world of tabloids, media and magazines?
    There has always been a healthy dialogue on this blog site and it has stood the test of time. A blog site with only one discussion would not be very realistic or true IMO. We all think Charlotte posts with discretion and has the upmost integrity concerning her blog. You may want to re-consider and stay around a little longer. I think you will find that we are a caring and and loving, if not opinionated group of people who truly do care about William and Kate and actually support them and the various charities they endorse on a regular basis. We do however, have many opinions.

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      I agree with you. Charlotte states in the comment section that constructive discussion is encouraged (for which I thank her!), and she puts a stop to it when she thinks things get too heated.

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  59. Let's first talk about the impact of pregnancy:-
    - it definitely screws up your hormones so skin quality, condition of hair can suffer and no hairdresser has the automatic answer to fix it
    - your hair can fall out (happened to a friend of mine)
    - breastfeeding accelerates weight loss
    -when breastfeeding, majority of mothers do not take alcohol, use sun beds or tanning machines and do not dye their hair. All this is to avoid chemicals in the bloodstream that the baby could digest
    - you cannot decide in advance the nature of child you have. George has been described by William as "lively" - British understatement for difficult.
    - you prioritise your child ( "fans" need to take that into account big time)
    - you lose sleep - a lot of sleep. This gives you bags under your eyes and makes concentrating difficult.

    OK - back to work. Most new mothers in the Uk take time off for maternity leave. Can be up to a year. They do not normally get in help whilst on maternity leave - they wait until maybe 2-3 weeks before going back. I think this is what she will do. She will get full time help and will be back post Christmas.

    I agree with Angie that some of the comments on here are appalling - but I'm cutting those people some slack because maybe they havent fully understood the situation. They could do the same for Catherine.

    Catherine is not a celebrity - everyone should know that by now. Try and take into account all the changes she is going through; new life in a new home; domestic staff to manage; more responsibility as well as the baby; less domestic privacy (boy does that take getting used to) and a husband who is missing his old job.

    Being wealthy and royal does not take away all the physical and emotional issues that women go through. So instead of thinking of her as a fashion plate or just a princess, try thinking of her as another woman and as such, you should empathise.

    Apologies Charlotte for the length of this post.

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    1. Beautifully written. I am happy to read your comments and see that we feel the same way!

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    2. Best post on the blog- I hope more ladies see the situation she is in much more clearly now. so very well said.

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    3. CP Well stated. These people who come on this great blog Charlotte has set up for us fans and do nothing but make nasty comments about Kate just breaks my heart. This poor woman has been in the public eye way before she married William. And then they were not as nasty about what she was weraing or how she looked because she was not a royal yet.

      Also people don't remember or elect not to that neither William or Kate are still not full time royals. But they still feel that they should be out there everyday doing things. William is still trying to figure out what he wants to do after he left the RAF and Kate is busy with baby George. And they still do not have a full time staff nor a full time nanny. They are hands on parents. But again that is not good enough for some of the people who post here.

      So IMO these people who come on this blog and do nothing but tear apart Kate because she might look tired and maybe has a few grey hairs showing should try and walk in her shoes for a few days to really know what this poor woman goes through on a daily basis. Then at that time maybe they would have a little more respect for the Duchess.

      And one more thing, someone made a comment here stating that the Duchess was disrespecting the royal family by not looking her best on Thursday when she was with William. This statement just blow my mine. How in the heck did she disrespect the royal family because she looked tired and had a few grey hairs, come on people cut this poor new mom a break. Another one's comment was where was the love between William & Kate. I have no idea where that one came from. Again just because they were not always looking at each other does not mean there is anything wrong in there marriage.

      People are just trying to make up problems where there is not any.

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  60. I think charlotte needs to eliminate the " anonymous" option. The negative , critical comments they make shouldnt be allowed to b anonymous

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      I agree as well. It's not only the negative opinions that are posed under anonymous, but they are definitely the majority.

      I've never posted anonymously anywhere. If I'm going to put my opinion out there I own it.

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  61. The majority of comments on blogs that cover female royals have to do with fashion and appearance. And IMO there are "extremes" on both sides. To suggest that Kate is perfect all the time is as unrealistic as it is unfair to write an essay based on a close up of a pedicure or a couple of gray hairs.

    I think most people here appreciate that her role is not that of an airbrushed fashion model and that she has gone from being Miss Middleton to a Duchess as seamlessly as one can achieve it. Having said that, yes she looked tired (probably a bad night with the baby or perhaps she was coming down with the flu) and yes she didn't have the best hair day. :) I don't believe it's any more dire than that.

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    1. I really enjoyed your post royalfan- I feel the same way- however I am sadden to read that HRH will not be attending the gala- I love seeing the two of them dressed and enjoying themselves.

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      I agree with you, royalfan! I think that's twice now. :)

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    3. Thank you, Americanfan. I'd love to see her attend too, but I suppose they are making decisions based on the needs of a 3.5 month old baby. And I really respect them for that because it will go a long way in George's life.

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  63. I also noticed her hair kind of flat and thinner lately with her engagement photoes. I think it could be caused by the excessive perm. I had it before.... bad luck with the hairdresser...in that case, she wouldn't want to damage her hair more by dying or any other harm. I agreed with the other post that this just shows that she's normal, showing us her natural side and just like us...we all had our bad hair day and no one's perfect! But we could all radiant form within like she did the other day.

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  64. It is easy to criticize from behind a computer as mentioned previously. But I must say that I thoroughly enjoy reading everyone's comments and perspectives. If it was all "sugar and spice" I would find myself completely bored...it becomes meaningless after a while.

    I thought Kate was looking somewhat forlorn. I was curious to know why there were not more photo's of the couple. She always seems animated when she is with him. I'm wondering, since the birth, where are the "couple in love?"

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  65. I would miss your comments, Angie. If, you do start an online group, perhaps it could start with the stipulation that any commenters give up their Anonymous byline, as we can't tell one person from another when that is so prevalent.

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  66. After looking at the pictures and watching the video...I still think she is beautiful. My hair does that same horrible thing where it shutters my face if it's parted in the middle, so I feel for her! There are small changes she could make to improve her appearance, but they've been beaten to death. I thought that in the video the people talking to her looked thrilled, and she looked interested and friendly. What an exciting moment for everyone involved to meet and see the future king and queen! I hope she takes care of herself and doesn't worry about our perceptions: keep at a healthy weight, keep happy, and keep her family tight.

    One quick thing, however, to contradict my previous statement: goodness gracious can we not get some variety in footwear? I was sad to see the black tights and black shoes come out instead of...something else. I'm certainly not the authority on footwear, but I really wanted something to make this outfit special.

    Thank you so much, Charlotte! I check your blog religiously and am so happy when you post an update. I also love that Kate Loves series!!! I have learned so much about the royal family through you and have grown to appreciate their work greatly because of you!

    Katie from Sac

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  67. The hair was just a hot mess and one would think, with all the care Kate took with her hair before the baby (remember the hairdresser Charles paid for to accompany them on their Asian trip?), one would think that she would at least retain a better stylist and trim it up to lighten it up if she doesn't want to dye it at this time. It just looked lank today.
    I love the coat and always have. I would have thought she would have worn her boots but it may be that they are still a little too tight or maybe the Angel pumps are just more comfortable.
    Kate looked extremely tired at this event and less than happy or less happy than she usually does at public engagements.
    I do know I've read a number of stories from the credible royal reporters who have repeatedly and even before the baby was born state that William and Kate want to have two children close in age.
    So she could very well be pregnant or she could be suffering from post-partum depression.
    As for criticizing her appearance and the rest of it - some to conveniently forget that Kate waited for the role she has now for seven years. She was well aware of the scrutiny and life in the public eye and what the royal life was like. She had time, and William alluded to this, to back out if she found it all too terrible. And she didn't. She knew what she was getting into by marrying William.
    It's nice that she's the patron of different groups and organizations but if she would embrace some more, for lack of a better word, substantial causes, for instance, a new mothers group or a group that raises awareness of acute morning sickness, or a group that raises awareness of eating disorders and/or healthy eating and fitness in young women (since Kate alluded to the strict diet in preparation for her wedding and so much has been made of her miraculous, seemingly effortless loss of her baby weight), then I really do think, as a previous commenter said, we'd see more focus on Kate as a champion for important causes and issues, rather than just a royal mannequin and heir producer.
    With all due respect, as far as her work as a royal goes, she's done nothing yet of any substantial substance, other than wear clothes well.
    Her appearance today alarmingly reminded me most of Princess Diana when she was suffering from bulimia and was tired and unwell. I'm not saying she has bulimia but only that these photos today reminded me of those photos of Diana.

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  68. My baby was born 2 days after George. Just this week he has started to sleep 10-11 hours some nights, but not all.

    I am 5lbs below my pre pregnancy weight. I look thin. My hair has a non toxic hair color but my grey still appears through. My stylist refused anything stronger until I'm done nursing. I get my hair blow dried once a week.... Yet after 2 days it goes lank and brittle. Every time I touch or brush my hair clumps fall out. I get my nails done once a week... The 2 week OPI one, yet within 2 days one is cracked or broken. My clothes don't fit properly so I bought some new outfits for going back to work. I went back this week , FT, this is Friday and I look like hell. I also caught a cold but seem to be fighting it off. My daughter who is 3 told me to I need to sleep to feel better.

    I am very conscious of not 'letting myself go' and I make an effort every morning getting up but all it takes is 1 tiny thing to make me feel exhausted. It may be heavy traffic on the drive home, a long queue at lunch or a boring conference call. I'm almost 4 months with sleep deprivation and no matter what I did this week I did not look my best .

    I am mother to an infant.

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    1. God bless you!

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    2. Congratulations on your baby Erininnyc ! :)

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    3. She knew wot scrutiny she would be under and how royal life would be. She did have a choice. And yes the queen always looks immaculate the younger royals ought to stop moaning their position and look up to the fantastic role model that is the queen. And I agree with another poster that yes kate has looked better recently in casual shopping trips than royal engagements. And b4 someone chops my head off for my comments I am a fan! Just an observation. Helen. Winchester uk

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    4. Theresa, from Paris11 November 2013 at 10:03

      Beautiful post, Erininnyc ! Thank you for sharing :)

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  69. When I had my first child I really looked very tired, my complexion was not fair, my hair without lustre and I remember how I felt ugly. When I look at these photos now, it makes me smile. What was important was the child I was carrying in my arms and not my appearance. I suffered from baby blues too, which did not happen for my two younger children.
    Catherine is tired no wonder as her little George "roars like a lion". Well, my first daughter used to "roar" too all day and night. This is a delicate period a time for any woman. Just give Catherine a break. She might be a princess or duchess but she is first a human being after all!

    Thanks for the wonderful post Charlotte!

    Monica, France

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  70. Worth adding: I have 7am to 7 pm help Monday to Friday, I use online ordering for groceries and baby items. My husband works from home 2 days a week. My office is ten minutes from home. I am neither depressed or pregnant. My son is an exceptionally 'good' baby. No colic, no illness, no random crying. He laughs and giggles and eat easily. He is a true joy to be around and I wouldn't swap my time with him for any tiara.

    It's 4.55 am. I've been up since 4 feeding my son. I know I will not look great when the sun comes up no matter what I do. I also know this phase will pass. I am giving myself every resource to make this easier on me for now but ultimately I will always be the one worrying about and up with this child when he needs me. No amount of money or staff will change that.

    I am mother to an infant.

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  71. Last comment and I'll go back to being a reader not a poster.
    Thank you for this blog! I love the distraction from my routine.

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  72. Jean from Lancs.9 November 2013 at 12:48

    British Royals state that the Duke and Duchess and Prince Harry held a reception for Royal Forum yesterday.
    .A couple of blogs back, someone suggested they had a meeting of their charity yesterday---can't remember who.

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    1. william and Harry attended - no Catherine

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    2. Kate attended the reception for the Charities Forum on Friday along with William & Harry. It was reported by both the Express & the Telegraph. In fact, the Telegraph says their foundation increased TENFOLD since Kate joined the family. However I cannot confirm that information, so I didn't tweet it.

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  73. Hello Ladies,
    I love your blog, Charlotte and I like to read all the different opinions on the appearance(s) of our Duchess. She really seems to have lost some sleep, but that´s only natural, especially in the first three or four month of a child´s life there are often problems of belly aches - day and night. Good on her that she takes care of that herself (and William, too, I suppose, but when it comes to nursing it is Mum on duty). Regarding to her hair and outfit, as a stylist (and I am one) I have to say, there are solutions to avoid bad hair days and tired looks. Especially colors matter a lot. The red coat is nice, but for a tired day there would have been better possibilities to match her skin tone (make up as well - I always want to change her make up!), but other than that, she is a beautiful woman and young mum and I always love to see her and William working together. Thanks for your great job and letting us discuss all those interesting matters, Charlotte. Lots of love and have a nice weekend all, Anja from Germany

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  74. Sarah from Calif.9 November 2013 at 18:27

    Erininnyc , I think you have made an excellent point. To you and all moms with newborns a hearty congratulations.! I hope you can get the rest you need. I know it's a juggling act but things will smooth out. Take heart, I'm sure your (not best) is still beautiful :)

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  75. Charlotte, completely off topic but did you see Sophie Wessex crying at the festival of remembrance? It was very touching to see genuine emotion from her! What a lovely lady!
    Jude

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      I did and I thought it very touching. It's such an emotional time of the year for so many and a special time for remembrance and reflection. I'm a huge fan of Sophie's, she's doing wonderful charitable work, I only wish she got more coverage.

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    2. I saw the festival of rememberance too - went through lots of tissues, especially when Morgan's dad made a surprise visit and the mother wearing her sons VC led the procession of bereaved families - which is when I think Sophie was emotional too. I've said it before but I have a lot of respect for Sophie and the work she does and echo Charlotte that she deserves more coverage.

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  76. I don't think it's just because being mother to an infant... Many of you ask what's going on?

    I've been following her life for a long time. The true is the couple have spent the last few years doing what they like, mostly having fun. They have time for each other. Most time together. Since the child is born Will left his beloved job and Anglesey, where he felt free. He's never liked his royal duties but now he has to. Kate had much time to go shopping, have hair done or make-up. She was waiting for her husband beautiful and scented. With romantic supper and time to spare. Now they have more problems than joy, more duties than fun, more work than leisure. They will live in Kensington Palace, the place where Will was witnessing the marriage of his parents collapsing, listening to the rows.
    Kate is very ambitious, Will takes life easy. She tried very hard to prove she's a perfect girlfriend, perfect woman, perfect wife, perfect mother, perfect royal, perfect daughter...
    Instead the papers and media describes her as a lazy social climber. She's scrutinized at each step she takes. For Will it doesn't matter because he knows the media well, but for Kate it's real hell.
    Don't forget she's from a small village, she doesn't want to let her parents down.
    And now - with postnatal hormones - it's probably too much for her... If somebody doesn't help her, she'll end up like Diana.
    Sorry for my English. It's not my native language.

    Mother to small twins.

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    1. I like your analysis. Kate is keen to please. She may want to be a hands on mother; midnight feedings etc. I heard she makes her own jam. She is the English version of Martha Stewart!

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    2. I think your English is fine, but I believe you are reading way too much into a single appearance where Kate appeared tired and had a bad hair day. I also don't buy into the postpartum angle because this was not her first appearance since she had the baby and she has always looked perfectly fine. She looked fine in Anglesey just one month after he was born. And do you recall the photos of her playing volley ball just three months after giving birth...with a figure many woman would kill for?

      She wants to be a hands-on mother and I give her credit for that. And I see no danger of her going down the path that Diana did because *this* young wife and mother has a supportive husband by her side who has his priorities in order...and under ONE roof.

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    3. I have always belived that Catherine wants to be a mother and wife first. She fell in love with the future king of England and now she bravely accepts everything that goes with it. I don't know so many people criticize her :(

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  77. Wow, I am fairly new to this blog and all I can say is I don't think I will be back. I love the body of the blog which Charlotte spends alot of time putting together but for the people who come here and post unpleasant comments regarding Catherine and the way she part's her hair or that she has grey in it is just darn right disrespectful to Catherine.

    I bet none of you have walked in her shoes nor wored with any charities. Well from someone that has and proud of it you all have no idea what it takes to be involved with a charity. You just don't go and show your face but you have to do alot of things on the side. I am invovled with several charities and I do not visited them on a weekly nor a monthly basis but I do spend a good amoun tof time doing work on the side. This is my job. Cahterine had I think 7 or 8 she is involved with plus she is involved with Williams also.

    Then I read a post here that this person I guess has first hand knowledge that there might be problems with William & Catherine. I sure would like to know how she know's this. Also this person stated that William does not like his royal duties again how does this person know this.She slso stated they have more problems then joy. Come on you are just talking trash regarding this couple. If you know all this gives us proof and do not hide behind being Anonymous. What you wrote is just so untrue. OMG then you say she does not want to let her parents down, she is a married woman now, the only one she need's to please is William, no one else.

    So with all this trash talk regarding Catherine and the fact that people can come on this page talk trash & write thing they have no idea about, I will not visit this blog again. Sorry Charlotte.

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    1. Nancy Redman ... there are many people here who are respectful to Catherine and William. I think you are simply unfair. You cannot generalize all readers ! I would even say that Charlotte's blog is the best on the Internet and the community here is very special. Of course the more people, the more opinions and sometimes the discussion is heated but come on ... Charoltte always pays attention to constructive comments and she allows people who have different opinions to participate in the life of the blog. There are many readers whose posts I love reading (for example Kate form Texas, Sarah or Jean, Pauline or Ana B.) and I will not give up reading their comments because somebody else wrote something negative...
      Moreover, you can always skip the comment section and read this wonderful blog.

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    2. Well said!! I totally agree with u. There are some opinions that we don't agree on that's the thing about a blog. Likewise u can skip the comments and just read the blog. I enjoy reading everyone's comments even if I don't agree with them. This blog has always been a nice place to come and peek into Kate's world for a moment in my day. Bella Wiltshire

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    3. I agree with the two above comments. There are always going to be differing comments and to say you are not going to visit the blog anymore because someone's comments offended you might be either a little pollyanna-ish or prima-donnaish I am not sure which one. To think that is going to censure people's opinions by virtue of your comment to leave the blog is more harmful in its controlling aspect than the comments to which you were referring, IMO. Perhaps you could have touched base with Charlotte via e-mail and received any foundational clarity and/or any comfort you needed. That may have been a more beneficial option for you.perhaps. NO OFFENSE btw. :)

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    4. really............you are entitled to your opinion but with the tone of your comment, who is "trash talking" (vulgar term?) now? geeesh.

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  78. I think she still looks beautiful - so what if she is tired, she has a baby! There is more to her life than hair and heels and dare I say that there ought to be more to ours than scrutinising and second guessing her private life!
    Louise, Bath UK

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  79. uh, this blog, an excellent one, is to stay updated on Kate's life and make comments.

    North Carolina girl

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  80. Since it had only been announced that William and Katherine would meet the poppy bus at Kensington Palace, and since it's been said that extra police had to be called, it may have been a last minute decision to ride the bus and enter the tube station. In that case, Kate did not dress for all the cameras she encountered. I do like her long red coat with black hosiery and heels, very elegant. The hair experiment is less attractive. But after all, she looked wonderful at the christening and the gala the next night. The poppy event was just an hour or so out of several months when Katherine has been as beautiful as ever. And, though appearing tired, she looked very interested and happy to meet people at the station. I think she and her husband were good sports to go along for that ride in order to support the military they both care about!

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  81. Kate looks tired and old and gray. Someone suggested that she may not be coloring her hair due to breastfeeding but she doesn't look like she lactating to me ( mom of six) in fact she looks very thin in the body making her head even appear larger and I wonder, she in her thirties and she has more gray hair than me 57. I always thought she wears a little to much black liner especially under her eyes. I know what its like to be a new mom but she has nannies and she doesn't do laundry and housework and cook.

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