Friday, 20 December 2013

Royal Tour 2014 Confirmed; Will George be joining His Parents? What will Kate wear?

Last night Kensington Palace announced what we have all known for months, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will tour New Zealand and Australia in April. The Palace released the following brief statement confirming the trip.

'The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit New Zealand and Australia in April 2014. Their Royal Highnesses have been invited by the New Zealand and Australian governments. Further details on the exact dates and itinerary will be issued in due course.'

It is very much "anticipated" they will take Prince George with them, although no final decision will be made until nearer the time, as new parents William and Kate want to see how things go and take the lengthy travel into consideration. I cannot see the Cambridges not taking little George, and I think it's pretty much a certainty he will accompany them. Contrary to reports, it is not believed Carole Middleton will make the trip, although nanny Jessie Webb could very well join the family.


The tour will kick off in New Zealand where William and Kate will spend roughly ten days before taking a few rest days, most likely to have quality time with George. They will then spend another ten days or so touring Australia. Between the two countries, travelling and days off, it is thought they will be away for 3.5 weeks.


Exact details and the itinerary will be released next year, however, from previous tours we have a vague idea of what to expect. More from The Mirror:

'If the tour follows the pattern set by other royal visits it will have formal and more relaxed elements. There are likely to be events involving the prime ministers of both countries, others recognising the military, indigenous people, and religious groups, and visits to see the spectacular natural attractions both countries have to offer.
 William and Kate's charitable interests are also likely to play a part in where they travel.'

In September 2012, William and Kate toured South-East Asia, where Kate made a speech at Hospis Malaysia and announced her patronage East Anglia's Children's Hospices planned to collaborate with Hospis Malaysia to roll out a new programme. During next year's tour, Kate's dedication to supporting hospices will no doubt feature on the itinerary. Kate's 2012 speech can be viewed at ITV.

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The Australian media have already confirmed an engagement for the couple. They will be guests of honour at Royal Randwick's $18 million festival of racing (with thanks to SJ). More from The Daily Telegraph:

'A racing insider confirmed "We are expecting William and Kate to attend the championships on April 19th for the $4 million Queen Elizabeth stakes. Racing NSW Chairman John Messara is understood to have been working quietly behind the scenes to secure the visit to Royal Randwick's new flagship carnival.
 And there will be no question which horse William and Kate will be backing on the day with Queen's Gai Waterhouse-trained Carlton House set to race in the stakes.'

Commentators believe the tour will be "historic" and "unforgettable". Indeed it will mirror Charles and Diana's 1983 tour of Australia. Diana had to ask special permission form The Queen to break with tradition and take nine-month-old Prince William with them for the six-week tour. Coincidentally, George will also be almost nine months old when he joins his parents for his first overseas tour.


Diana, Charles and William received a tumultuous welcome. It was Princess Diana's first overseas tour and according to The Telegraph it "lit the flame of 'Diana-Mania' that carried on for the rest of her life". William stayed with his nanny Barbara Barnes on a ranch in the outback where his parents visited them as often as they could. The public did have an opportunity to see the young prince during photo calls such as the one seen below. I'm sure we'll see something similar with George.


It will be Kate's first visit to both countries - although she and William created a stir when they flew to Brisbane airport to catch a flight home at the end of their South-East Asia tour.

Photo used with kind permission of Media-Mode

William has travelled to Australia and New Zealand a number of times. More from The Telegraph:

'The Duke's last visit to the two countries was shortly before his wedding in 2011, when he made solo visits to flood-damaged areas of Queensland and Victoria and to part of Christchurch in New Zealand damaged by an earthquake. He also visited the two countries in 2010.'

Below we see the Prince at a 2010 reception in Sydney, speaking with Barbara Selby who showed him a large photograph of the late Princess Diana meeting her daughter and grandson. Mrs Selby said, "I wanted him to know that we loved his mum." Of course, many Australians will have fond recollections of meeting Diana in 1983 and will be eager to catch a glimpse of her son and his wife.

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Of course, like Diana, Kate will need a hairdresser by her side to style her hair for engagements and evening functions (Diana wore a tiara during her tour of Australia, perhaps Kate will bring back her Papyrus tiara for a state dinner?). Indeed it has been widely reported the Duchess plans to avail of the services of Joh Bailey, the same hairdresser who tended to Diana's locks when she visited Australia in 1996. Mr Bailey is enormously talented and I'm sure Kate's hair will look fabulous throughout the tour.


Below we see Mr. Bailey with some of his most famous clients, including Diana.

Joh Bailey

Kate will need an extensive wardrobe with her for her stay. This tour is considerably longer than the previous two she has undertaken, not to mention she'll be packing for George. There are many elements to take into consideration, and it is not simply a case of choosing garments one is partial to for the royals. The Duchess will need to think of the occasion, honouring her host country, climate, incorporating a mix of her favourite designers whilst paying homage to the New Zealand and Australian fashion industries. Kate did this extremely well in 2011 on the Canada tour, when she wore dresses by Erdem.

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While I feel certain Kate will opt for pieces by Australian and New Zealand designers, I think the majority of her wardrobe will comprise of pieces from a mixture of designers and high street brands she feels comfortable with. Kate will most likely bring back pieces we've seen before, too. She'll be looking for bespoke pieces from her favourite three - Alice Temperley, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen and Jenny Packham. Perhaps Kate's favourite Temperley 'Amoret' will get another outing? Is a fourth public appearance for the lace gown on the cards? (I can hear many of you voicing a resounding 'no' to that question :)).


Another one of Kate's go-to designers who will feature during the tour is Emilia Wickstead. Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Emilia has become a firm favourite of the Duchess over the past couple of years and given her connections to New Zealand, she is a definite possibility.

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Karen Walker is perhaps New Zealand's best-known fashion designer, lauded internationally for her modern, tailored style. Fans of Ms. Walker's designs include Liv Tyler, Claire Danes and Madonna. Below we look at three looks from her Resort 2013 Collection.

Karen Walker

A reader suggested Auckland's Adrienne Winkelmann. As you can see her pieces are 'very Kate'.

Adrienne Winkelmann

Ms. Winkelmann's wedges would be perfect for the Duchess who is a huge fan of the style.

Adrienne Winkelmann

Moving on to Australian designers, although the fabulously talented Collette Dinnigan has decided to step back from the fashion industry to spend more time with her family, I still think she is a strong contender for the tour. Kate has been a fan of her designs for years, as has her mother Carole. Ms. Dinnigan's Resort 2014 Collection offers plenty of suitable options for Kate.

Collette Dinnigan

Whilst researching this post, I was interested to discover just how unique Australian fashion is, full of originality and edgy labels. I was also very excited to discover classic, timeless Carla Zampatti, a designer I had heard of but not studied up on. Described as the "Australian Dame of Fashion" Italian-born Zampatti moved to Australia with her family as a child and debuted her first limited collection in 1965. Now in her seventies, the Zampatti label is still going strong and I think you'll agree her designs are fit for royalty.

Carla Zampatti

Aside from stunning evening wear, there are several other Carla Zampatti designs which would be perfect for daytime engagements such as receptions.

Carla Zampatti

And four more looks from Ms. Zampatti.

Carla Zampatti

Nicki Zimmermann has been one of Australia's most influential fashion figures for over twenty years. From her ready to wear collections to her beach wear, she has gone from strength to strength and is in demand both at home and internationally.

Zimmermann

Finally, several looks from celebrity favourite Alex Perry.

Alex Perry

What do you think of the above designers? Which ones would you like to see Kate choose?

More details should emerge over time regarding the tour, and I have no doubt it will be the couple's most exciting yet. I look forward to more moments like this...


...this...


...and this :)

Michael Middleton

Some may wonder why the tour was confirmed at 7 p.m. only days away from Christmas. According to royal commentators it may have been done so the media would stop talking about "Babykins". You might wonder what it's about if you haven't already heard. Briefly, the phone-hacking trial yesterday revealed voicemails Prince William left for Kate during the early years of their relationship. In two of the voicemails the Prince affectionately called his girlfriend "Babykins" and in another revealed he was "almost shot with blanks" during a training exercise at Sandhurst. Former News of the World editors are on trial with four others, accused of a number of offences including conspiracy to illegally intercept voicemails.

Will many of our readers from New Zealand and Australia try to meet the Cambridges during the tour? Is their excitement surrounding the visit? For those who simply cannot wait for April, William and Kate have arrived in Sydney's Madame Tussauds - in wax form that is!


Have a lovely weekend and for those who will be away from their computers/iPhones over the festive period, we'd like to wish you and your loved ones a very Happy Christmas!

116 comments:

  1. What an interesting post! Being American and not understanding all of the royal protocol I find it incredible that Diana needed permission from the Queen to take William overseas. Especially in this day and age, I think most people would consider than an outrageous amount of time for both parents to be away from a child so young, regardless of how excellent their childcare must be! It must be a very daunting excursion in either case!
    I look forward to seeing some new wardrobe choices from Kate. Her repeat looks really don't bother me, but I think finally we can be assured to see several new things. I hope the tiara makes an appearance! I loved everything she wore on her previous tours, and it will be exciting to see some candid moments of the family together.

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    1. bluhare in Washington State21 December 2013 at 00:28

      When someone like Kate marries into the RF, they cede control of their children to the monarch. It's always been that way, and is the reason that Diana toed the line as much as she did as she knew William and Harry could be taken from her. Sounds medieval, but Kate had to agree to it as well.

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    2. Cate I am also American,,,,,and I think the permission thing has to do with the fact that Charles is second in line to the throne, and William is third. I think also it must have been a much bigger deal 30 years ago= but I could be wrong about that. Anyhow I think I read that the Cambridges had to get permission to fly to Balmoral after George was born- flying him and William at the same time for basically the same reason although George is 4th. Maybe I am totally wrong about my entire post! OH well, Merry Christmas to all

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    3. Your numbering is off- Charles is first in line for the throne, William 2nd and George 3rd. You don't count the Queen since she on the throne. I think the heir traveling in the same plane was more of a bigger deal earlier in the early days of commercial aviation. Plane travel is way safer that a car and we have already seen William and George in the same car. Charles asked for permission for him, Wills and Harry to fly back to the UK after the Queen Mum died when they were in Klosters. The Cambridges took a private jet to Balmoral - didn't see any stories about asking the Queen at the time.

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    4. Cate, I *believe* the main concern over William traveling with C&D was that two generations of heirs would be flying in the same plane.

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    5. Yes they are- sorry about that. I did read about the flying to Balmoral thing- doesn't make it true, just means in was in print and we all know how that goes. Merry Christmas

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    6. Merry Christmas to you all!

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    7. bluhare, Diana did NOT "toe the line," and when she and Charles divorced, she did not lose control of her children to the Queen. Not by any means. In this day and age, that is not how it works. Catherine was not required to agree before her marriage that she would cede control of her children to the Queen. I'm afraid you're thinking of a pre-modern model of monarchy.

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    8. bluhare in Washington State22 December 2013 at 16:37

      Vittoria, I don't believe I am wrong. The Queen has final say in everything, and Diana was concerned that she would not be able to see her children.

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    9. bluhare you always think you are right. But did you ever think you could be wrong this time?


      Fan from Texas

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    10. William had to obtain the Queen's consent to marry, didn't he? So no great surprise that the monarch has significant control over the most senior Royals. I expect most permissions are just for the sake of form and custom but they still must be obtained.
      I think perhaps Diana's relationship with her in-laws was so fractured at the time the divorce was being worked out that she perhaps got overly paranoid about what might happen to her maternal rights, but I agree, I too recall media reports that she was very concerned about Charles whisking her boys away from her.

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    11. I think that any woman who marries into a royal family would have legitimate concerns over access and input where her children are concerned if the marriage was unraveling.

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    12. bluhare in Washington State24 December 2013 at 16:24

      Well, Fan from Texas, perhaps I am correct most of the time. I don't post things here that cannot be verified. Feel free to search and if I am proved wrong, I will be happy to say so.

      Happy Christmas.

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    13. bluhare in Washington State25 December 2013 at 01:00

      I did some more research, and here's what I found out.

      The sovereign has legal right over direct heirs, and their children until they reach legal age. That means Queen had legal right over William and Harry, Beatrice and Eugenie, Zara and Peter until they were 18 and continues to have legal right over Louise and James since they are still underage. There is one loophole: This law was written at a time when grandchildren were all that was expected to survive. Though great-grandchildren were not an impossibility, it wasn't the norm. So it was limited to children and grandchildren. This means that for now, unusually Kate, Autumn Philips and Mike Tindall [when Zara gives birth] will have legal right over their own kids; however, I have a hard time believing Kate's wedding contract didn't cover this eventuality as she's married to the heir. Whilst Autumn and Mike can be allowed to remain unrestricted, Kate cannot. They would have made this provision in her marriage contract assuming letters patent weren't quietly issued to correct this anomaly. If Charles becomes King whilst PG is underage, this right is automatically invoked if it hasn't been revised in the contract.

      This rule is why children of royal families ALWAYS belong to the royal family as opposed to the people who married in.

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    14. To add to what Bluhare has written, Diana absolutely had to 'toe the line' as far as the children were concerned. She had no legal right to them. She wasn't being paranoid when she feared that Charles might take them from her. She eventually reached a shared custody agreement, but that agreement could have been revoked at any time by Charles or The Queen if they wished to do so as a result of this royal perogative/law.

      To us, regular people ruled by regular laws, it seems absurd, archaic and ridiculous, but it is a fundamental truth about royals.

      There are sets of rules that govern them that we do not live by and one of them is that the children are the legal responsibility of the sovereign until they are of age.

      The loop hole that exists may have been closed already since they had to issue letters patent to close the loop hole that would have meant that George was only LORD G of Cambridge instead of HRH PRINCE G of Cambridge. The law extends only to children and grandchildren, but had to be extended to cover great grandchildren ie George which means other laws would have also had to be extended to him.

      Finally, since George is a future sovereign as opposed to a regular child, there are laws that govern his welfare that trump any rights Kate might have over him.

      So Bluhare is right in saying that Kate, like Diana previously, has to toe the line as far as George is concerned because she doesn't have legal rights over him.

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    15. Thank you bluhare and Anon for your informative posts. Sometimes it's easier for people to see the perks that come with royal life without appreciating the true reality of it.

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  2. I will be out to see them if they come to Christchurch. I don't think nz has too much of a republic following that I know of. I think they will feel very welcome. There was much excitement when Charles and Camilla visited, although then there was the insane pensioner that got caught planning to tip horse poo on them in Auckland... When I saw them in Christchurch there was excitement more than anything. I can't wait.. Already got the day of work whenever that day maybe!

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    1. Do let us know if you catch a glimpse of the couple when they tour!

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  3. DoC will need lots of different kinds of outfits because the weather in April isn't hot across the entire region. It is very hot in the North of Australia but if they visit Christchurch in NZ or Melbourne in Australia, then it will be quite mild.
    Australian designers that are suitable for daywear for women in their thirties that I love:
    Australian branch of Jigsaw (much more fashion forward than UK Jigsaw)
    David Lawrence
    Saba
    Scanlan & Theodore
    Willow
    Moss & Spy
    Eveningwear:
    Jayson Brunsdon
    Aurelio Costarella
    Josh Goot
    Carl Kapp
    Australian fashion is quite edgy; but I look foward to seeing DoC wearing some wonderful new looks next year!
    From an Australian follower!

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    1. So many stellar suggestions, I think we may need another predictions post, many thanks!

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  4. Lovely post Charlotte! I am glad you included Diana and Charles' tour with William in Australia. It really made me think of them when I heard Kate and Wills were off to Australia in the spring.
    I am very disgusted that William and Kate's phones were hacked. How embarrassing for them and the media is making a big deal that he called his own girlfriend ''baby''?! First they say they show no affection to each other and when their is evidence about affection they carry on as well. No wonder with Diana's being re-investigated and then this hacking scandal William has not looked too happy as of late.

    Anyways Merry Christmas Charlotte.

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  5. I really enjoy your posts Charlotte. I had a car accident a few weeks ago and your posts are a welcome distraction while I recover both mentally and physically. You have very intelligent readers and I enjoy reading their comments as well. All of the people who comment on your site are respectful and quite witty. Thank you again for your knowledgeable and well written blog. Cheers

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    1. Rose from Montreal, Canada21 December 2013 at 02:01

      Sorry to hear about your car accident. Hope all is well with you. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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    2. bluhare in Washington State21 December 2013 at 02:25

      jenndog, I'm sorry to hear about your accident as well. Hope your recovery is uneventful and speedy!

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    3. Kristin, San Francisco21 December 2013 at 02:48

      Hello Jenndog -
      So sorry to hear of your accident.
      Best wishes for a speedy & complete recovery....
      Hope you can take some time off during this holiday season to recuperate.

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    4. jenndog, all the best wishes to you !!! I remember you telling us of another member of your family being involved in the accident, so I sincerely hope you both are on the best way of recovering from the accident! I will pray for you both... Lots of love, Eve from Germany

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    5. I hope you feel better soon. Sorry this had to happen to you especially at christmas time. Best wishes and prayers!

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    6. Sorry to learn of your accident. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

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    7. So sorry to hear of your accident. Hope you'e feeling well and looking forward to an enjoyable Christmas!

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    8. We are respectful!!! Thank you jenndog, because we have worked on that.

      Accidents are terrifying, and it takes a little time to feel safe again. Be careful with those pain med's!

      Sincerely wishing you many moments of Christmas magic...and a complete and speedy recovery.

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    9. Thank you all for your kind words. This is a lovely little community. Merry Christmas everyone!

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  6. Delighted to have this to look forward to in April! Thank you for the post.

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  7. bluhare in Washington State21 December 2013 at 00:28

    Are Sass and Bide gone? I think I read Colette Dinnigan is.

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    1. bluhare in Washington State21 December 2013 at 02:27

      Before everyone thinks I've really lost it for sure, I was responding to a post that's no longer online.

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    2. Bluhare - Sass & Bide is still very much out there. I can't really picture the Duchess wearing it. Maybe a little too bold, sexy and adventures. Although I would very much love to see her giving it a go and experimenting with it. Another NZ designer she might enjoy looking at is Kate Sylvester. Always classic and feminine but with this slight hint of punk and a good sense of humor. In NZ we are a bit obsessed with street chic and we leave the brushed and polished glamour to others. I do hope the Duchess will find designers she really likes and can't wait to see her in Auckland.
      Anna, NZ

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    3. bluhare in Washington State21 December 2013 at 16:07

      Thank you, Anna. I don't know Kate Sylvester; I'll go google. Thanks!

      (my original post was a reply to the Aussie/NZ designers one; I must have hit the wrong reply button)

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  8. So super excited! Hope they visit Brisbane or the Gold Coast in Queensland, I will be lined up to catch a glimpse!

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  9. Hello, Charlotte,
    I can't wait to see the new wardrobe choices Kate makes for the tour. I wonder if we're going to see more color since there's that rumor that her friend is helping her with her clothing choices. Only time will tell.
    I think it's just atrocious that their phones were hacked. It's just disgusting that they can't even have privacy on their on cell phones. It would make me very paranoid about even making a call now.

    But I have to say I think "babykins" is adorable.

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  10. I'll be there if they come to Melbourne!

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  11. As a New Zealander and very keen royalist, I am looking forward to seeing Kate and William in NZ. Another New Zealand designer whose clothes I have always thought would suit Kate Is Adrienne Winklemann.

    http://www.adriennewinkelmann.com/

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    1. Julie, Adrienne Winkelmann would be an ideal choice for Kate. I'm adding it to the post now :)

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  12. My friends and I (the 1st Sunday of the month brunch girls) will have fun researching possible sites she may visit and what types of clothes would work well. With the Aussie designer names it will be easier to do thanks to earlier posters. We might even sew some look-alike clothes for ourselves. Thanks for info. Wishing you a Happy Christmas and a Good New Year!
    Peta

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    1. That does sound like fun Peta! Happy Christmas!

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  13. Also in Christchurch and very much looking forward to the visit - goodness knows we need a lift and they are such a delightful couple! I wonder if they will stay at Otahuna Lodge - would be perfect!

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    1. The lodge looks perfect for William and Kate. They spent a night in Skoki Lodge during the Canada tour.

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  14. Greetings lady Charlotte. Merry new year everyone.

    I'm a bit sceptical about William and Kate taking baby George on tours. Just because Diana did it doesn't mean this generation has to follow everything she did. They must be their own people and have their own life.

    The Queen went on a 7 month royal tour soon after her coronation. And she was a young mother of 2 young children at the time. The Queen always puts duty before her family. She wears the ring of state. It literally means she's married to her duty her country. The commenweslth was bigger than it is now. She hardly saw her children. Diana was always acting up and complaing about her duties. She was impossible sometimes. Routines itineraries were thrown into confusion to accommodate her.

    I have been to New Zealand on a Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, and what a beautiful country. Some parts look like you're in Norfolk Surrey or Wales its remarkable. I have also worked in Melbourne Australia .its completely different. More cosmopolitan lots of new people from Italy Ireland Greece Asia Middle East and the Pacific. I'm guessing that's where the republican movement is strong. The original British are much more linked into the heritage of the monarchy. They always talk about " back home" even they've been there for many generations.

    I hope Will and Kate have a good time and try to be themselves and connect with the native Aborigines. They have the real name for the land and its not called Australia. Just like the moari don't their land New Zealand.

    All the best. Xxx

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    1. They are both beautiful countries Sam, I'm sure the Cambridges will have a wonderful time.

      Merry Christmas!

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    2. The thing about the Queen is - she decides her schedule. If she wanted to stay home with the babies she could have. This constant going out and being seen by the public is her choice - she has no boss. She and Phillip simply choose to do it. She was 25 when she took the throne in 1952 - and felt compelled to visit all those nations as their new queen. She could have taken the children - there is a long list of heirs to the throne - no shortage of people to carry on. Not to be cold-hearted, but had something happen to Charles and Diana and William - the monarchy would have survived and gone to the next in line. 2nd sons taking over include the Queen's father - George VI, and his father, George V.

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  15. These Carla Zampatti designs are absolutely SMASHING!! Thank you so much, Charlotte, for sharing this with us! I am quite into fashion, too, but I´ve never heard of her, which is a shame, because these really are beautiful designs! Sigh... uhh, if I had the money, you could be SURE I´d buy a couple of those wonderful dresses! Never mind, just to look at them really is a nice treat.... so thanks again, Charlotte. Have a wonderful Christmas!

    I wish everyone a very lovely Christmas!!! Lots of love, Eve from Germany

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    1. They are beautiful designs, very demure and elegant too.

      Have a fantastic Christmas Eve!

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  16. Merry christmas Charlotte!! All the best to you and your family for the New Year

    Jude, Hampshire

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    1. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones Jude!

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  17. Exciting news and lovely post!
    Charlotte I wish you and all the readers there a merry Christmas and happy holidays. A thought for those who will be alone on that day!
    Hugs to all!
    Monica, France

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    1. That is a very apt thought indeed Monica. I hope you have a splendid Christmas!

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  18. I think it much more likely it was announced at 7pm UK time as a courtesy to the Australian and NZ governments, so that it would make early morning news there rather than trying to smother babykins/shooting news in the hacking trial. The babykins nickname has long been known and to be honest if Buckingham Palace/Clarence House/Kensington Palace PR departments are worrying about nicknames like this then frankly there's something wrong with their sense of proportion and they need to get a grip.

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    1. It's certainly possible that was the reason but it was generally thought it was an odd time (just before Christmas) to announce it.

      Happy Christmas Lesley!

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    2. I agree with Lesley. The "Babykins" nickname is nothing new, nor was the joke call William made to Harry calling him a "ginger". All that was reported eons ago. I don't think it's necessary to look for special explanations for the announcement. Too much second-guessing.

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    3. Without inside knowledge, any explanation is a guess, but it is a fact that a good PR person would recognize an opportunity to trump something and go for it.

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  19. Thank you everyone for your kind words. Merry christmas🎁

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  20. Australia is very much looking forward to their visit, I agree with previous comment from fellow Aussie, Australian fashion is quite edgy/contemporary, Zimmerman & Dinnigan would be perfect for Kate! I think Perry & Zampatti are for the more mature women (like Carols age group). Looking forward to seeing her wardrobe, sure it will be amazing!!

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    1. A huge thank you to our readers from OZ and NZ who are taking the time to comment and provide insight!

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  21. Brilliant post as ever. I love the Carla Zampatti range. Will she wear anything from that collection? I am looking forward to the tour it is so exciting especially as I know you will cover it so excellently.

    Happy Christmas Charlotte and all your wonderful loyal followers. Donna

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    1. That is very kind of you Donna, I do a love a royal tour and despite the time difference, It's worked out well for me in terms of exams (which take place in late May) so I feel quite lucky it's in April. It should be a fantastic tour!

      Merry Christmas Donna :)

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  22. The Karen Walker dresses look the sort of clothes Catherine likes and looks good in and she will need a lot of clothes as they are going for up to a month. Hope they are able to take George with them as we have never seen him in her choice of clothes---the first photos he was in a shawl and then in the marvellous Christening gown,
    The contents of the hacked phone calls that were read in court were rather sweet and certainly nothing to cause embarrassment---but the fact remains that they were private and ought to have remained so. Many people sued for large sums of money over these phone hackings---hope Catherine too got a large sum.
    Hope to "see" everyone on Christmas morning---mean time Happy Christmas Charlotte (and long-suffering fiance ) and all "Duchess Kate" friends.

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    1. Wishing you a very Happy Christmas Jean! Thankfully we're having Christmas lunch a little later this year, so I will be publishing a post Christmas morning as soon as photos come in :)

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    2. Sarah from Calif.22 December 2013 at 14:23

      Jean wishing you a very warm and cozy Merry Christmas!

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    3. Thanks Sarah---the same to you and your family.

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  23. Charlotte, I want to thank you for this incredible blog. Every time there is a new post, it feels as if I have received a Christmas present. It is ridiculous how much pleasure and happiness it gives me! So Charlotte, I want to wish you a Merry, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    Beth in San Francisco

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    1. Thank you so much for your beautiful comment Beth. It amazes me to think you're in San Francisco and reading the blog.

      Wishing you a very, very Merry Christmas!

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    2. Beth from San Francisco, I agree with you!!!Charlotte has blessed us with her blog in this year and I'm so happy I am a part of it! Thank You Charlotte for all the work you have put in this year for your loyal followers!!Wish you and your families a Very Merry and Joyous Christmas!!

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    3. Pauline Oak Hills24 December 2013 at 04:02

      AMEN Siddhii

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  24. I had a thought about their staff luncheon. As we did not see photos I was wondering if they had it in the public part of Kensington Palace which would help them to keep it private. Given the hacking trial they may have opted to go that way. That made it possible for them to either bring George for a visit or get back to him quickly.
    They also could be opting for a weekend event.
    Happy Christmas all from California. May you enjoy the holiday in the special way you celebrate it. I had an uncle who took ill and had to rush to the wine country to see him. He is recovering and the trip back was SO magical as the entrance to the wineries were so tastefully decorated. I wished I could have taken photos but the trees were in lights lining the driveway. It was a nice reward after a long drive and made more so since mu uncle is healing from his stroke with no residual effects, so far.

    It was so peaceful and a nice change from the gaudy lights you often see.

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  25. Hi Charlotte I adore your post thank you so much for writing. I am Australian and screamed when I saw Carla Zampatti!!! I was married in January and wore a beautiful long sleeved Carla zampatti dress (wonder where I got that idea from!?). I really hope Catherine chooses zampatti designs they are beautiful...and I would be so excited to have worn it!
    I'm so excited to hopefully see them when they are here.
    Fiona

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      Your wedding dress sounds beautiful, I do hope we see Kate in a Carla Zampatti piece, I think it's a definite possibility!

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  26. Caroline in Montana21 December 2013 at 22:21

    Lovely post as always. Can't wait to see her wardrobe on the tour. Hoping for some good shots of George over the holidays. Agree it will be interesting to see what he's wearing as we haven't seen him in everyday clothes. Love your blog and reading all the comments too. You do a wonderful job and it makes my day when I find a new post! Happy holidays Lady Charolette and everyone else here!!

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  27. Princess Mary of Denmark had a gorgeous wardrobe when she visited Australia recently, very stylish.........

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    1. Her outfits are always wonderful and never boring. I mean she wears very different styles and shapes. Her shoos are also perfect choice. Always looks very well. And of course she is the most beautiful and classy woman in the world. And her husband is a handsome man, always smiling.

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  28. Thank you for another great post Charlotte! I'm very much looking forward to the tour, as everybody else is. I'm curious to see what Kate will choose to wear during the tour. I wonder if it will include many recycled outfits? I'm also looking forward to a lot of 'Cambridge' moments during the trip. Well, Charlotte, I hope you get to rest and spend some quality time with your family during the upcoming days - thank you for all the posts and keep up the good work!

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    1. Thank you Nala, I hope it's a lovely time for you and your family.

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  29. Why are they going, exactly?

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  30. Very interesting timing on this visit. Both Australia and New Zealand have called for referendums upon the death of Queen Elizabeth II so citizens can decide if either or both countries should become republics or remain constitutional monarchies. So I'm guessing this tour is to remind those in Oz and New Zealand what they'd be missing.
    It'll be early fall when they arrive in April so Kate's wardrobe choices are going to be interesting to see.
    I don't expect that Carole Middleton will be going along but I'm sure Nanny Jessie Webb will be going as well as plenty of other servants.
    As for the "Babykins" nickname and the phone calls - in my opinion, speaking from a PR standpoint, it did Will and Kate (and Harry), far more good than harm. Those calls showed us that the two had and have genuine affection for each other and actually do have a human side. I would expect, as someone has already mentioned, the odd timing of the Oz tour announcement was more for the sake of the news outlets there than it was to tamp down the phone call news. Their nicknames for each other aren't new news, that's been known for some time.
    I don't quite understand what the hatred is of Kate recycling her clothing, particularly the black lace gown. That single piece of clothing cost thousands of pounds. We're not in the high-flying 1980s where a royal can wear something once and then toss it in the trash bin. Kate's not the wife of the heir to the throne, as Diana was. She allegedly embraces causes that serve low-income and poor people. British taxpayers paid over a million pounds to renovate her new 20-room home while she and William are tooling around in a 250,000 pound Bentley. So who with a grain of conscience would think it's perfectly OK for her to wear a piece of clothing once and then throw it out? The black lace gown is stunning, it's beautiful and it's one of the most flattering evening gowns she's worn. I'd wear it a lot too. Good for Kate.
    Despite the fact her parents are millionaires and her husband's family are billionaires, she's showing some frugality and some sensitivity by recycling her clothes and wearing them more than once.

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  31. Grace from Yorkshire22 December 2013 at 09:48

    I have been a long time reader of this blog but have never posted. I'm really looking forward to this tour and your wonderful posts about it Charlotte. Happy Christmas to everyone.

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  32. Sarah from Calif.22 December 2013 at 14:32

    Lovely post Charlotte! A lot of great choices of outfits to chose from for the up coming trip. Personally. I love shopping but this degree of choosing an outfit for every day and getting the right designer, the right this and that sounds like a lot of work, especially with baby in arms. Wow plus needing to read up and know who is who that they are going to meet etc......
    Well I hope everyone is well and ready for Christmas. I'm not quit ready :(
    If you don't celebrate I hope your homes are warm and happy :)

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    1. Happy Christmas Sarah, I hope it's a wonderful one for you and your family :)

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    2. Sarah from Calif.24 December 2013 at 07:05

      Thank you! A very Merry Christmas to you and yours Charlotte!
      Hope you are resting from your studies and enjoying time with friends and family!

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  33. I hope when the Cambridges are in New Zeland they visit some Lord of the Rings sites! It would almost be as good as they saw the Harry Potter things!!
    Merry Christmass Everyone:)

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  34. Love to follow your blog from here in Auckland, New Zealand. The picture you show of Diana, Charles and William on a rug is taken at Old Government House in Auckland. You see the little toy in the front of the picture? That is an iconic Buzzy Bee - every New Zealand child has one - and they are talking now of what the NZ gift to George will be. I'll bet it is a Buzzy Bee! Apparently, William was given Buzzy Bee cufflinks on one of his trips here recently.

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    1. Very interesting information, thank you so much for providing an insightful background to the photo. I've always loved it!

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    2. And now I think of it, I waited on the side of the road with my baby and toddler for Diana and Charles's arrival at the airbase near to where I lived, for a glimpse of them as they passed by.
      She gave me a wave.

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    3. Thank you for sharing... :)

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  35. Another excellent post, as always, Charlotte!

    That photo of nine month old William with his parents really took me back. I remember following that Australia trip all those years ago and am now anxiously awaiting William & Catherine's trip down under! I'm picturing the Duchess in beautiful clothes, William's happy smile, and nine month old George conquering the world! :o) I'm sure the three of them will have a marvelous time!

    Thank you for all the long hours and hard work you put into this fantastic blog, Charlotte! I wish there was some recompense I could give you for all the hours of enjoyment you give with your lovely writing and interesting facts. I do wish you a very happy Christmas, and hope that you have a restful, delightful time celebrating the season! <3

    Happy Christmas to all Duchess Kate readers! May your days be merry and bright. <3
    Julie

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    1. Thank you so much for your very kind comment Julie. Wishing you a very, very Merry Christmas!

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    2. Julie, the photo took me back as well. I'm really hoping for a similar photo when William and Kate arrive. That would say it all....no PR needed! :)

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    3. It's a gorgeous photo. Very simple and natural.

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  36. I have been wondering about these wax figures. Did Temperley make another exact dress or did Kate actually give up the dress?

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      Alice Temperley made an exact replica for the wax figure.

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  37. As always Charlotte, many thanks for a year of outstanding work on this blog, and Happy Christmas to you and yours.
    It is wonderful to see so many comments from our friends Down Under about fashion there, I am excited to see how Kate honors her host countries on this visit. I think she has loads of gorgeous fashions from which to choose.
    I like the good old Temperley black lace, who doesn't wear a favorite gown repeatedly? Just not to the horse races ;-)

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    1. Wishing you a very, very Happy Christmas Greybird K :)

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  38. What is the dress Kate is wearing in the overhead shot you posted of them at the Brisbane airport? It looks lovely, with a beautiful flower print. I love those summery dresses.

    Happy Solstice everyone!

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    1. Hello,

      It's the Project D 'Penelope' dress. Merry Christmas :)

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  39. Charlotte,
    Thank you for your hard work all year long. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! And any other holiday you may celebrate!
    Colorado Eve

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  40. Charlotte,
    I hope you enjoy a very merry Christmas with your fiancé and family. And a *huge* thank you for all your hard work throughout the year! :)

    Merry Christmas to everyone!

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  41. Dear sweet Charlotte, thank you for the lovely post! I have been incredibly busy lately and facing many health issues with my kiddos, so I haven't posted lately. I do wish we could post from our iPhones, but I guess Blogger still has issues. I follow on my phone, but truly have missed posting.

    LOVED the confirmation of the tour! We all "knew", but it's nice to hear the confirmation! I know we will all be eagerly awaiting many wonderful and historical moments from Will and Kate...and precious little George. :) Looking at the designers you mentioned above gets me excited to see what Kate will choose. I know she will have a beautiful selections in her wardrobe and she will not disappoint. I'll be looking forward to the itinerary being released closer to the April date. SO excited!!!!

    As far as the phone hacking....it's so sad and absolutely ridiculous. I do feel for William and Kate. I agree that part of their life is lived out in the public domain, but the line was obviously crossed. I wish we could all say that the line would never be crossed again, but..... :( The only positive I can find in it is that you know there's a true affection and love for one another.

    Charlotte, I wish you and yours a very Happy Christmas! May you enjoy all the celebrations and relax a bit. Thank you for blessing SO many around the world with all your diligence and hard work you put into the blog. I know how grateful I am for the happiness and reading pleasure it brings me! Merry Christmas!!! :)

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  42. Wish U a Happy Christmas Everyone. The Black dress of Kate is really awesome.

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  43. Hello Charlotte :)
    On the occasion of Christmas, I wish you that you were happy and that your blog was so wonderful, so far :)
    Eweli, katethecambrdiges.blogspot.com

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  44. Theresa, from Paris24 December 2013 at 17:24

    Dear Charlotte,
    Just to wish you, your family and loved ones, and all this community from around the world a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year !
    Thank you for bringing us together in such a fun and lovely way.
    May 2014 bring us all good health, happiness and joy... and may we all keep smiling with the Duchess :-)
    All best,
    Theresa, from Paris

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  45. Pauline Oak HIlls24 December 2013 at 23:40

    Ms. Charlotte
    Thank you for this great blog and all the hard work you do to bring this to us Kate fans. I hope you can relax this holiday season with your family and enjoy it.

    I would like to wish all my friends I have met on this great blog thanks to Charlotte's hard work a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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  46. So many lovely designers to choose from! Re Carla Zampatti being a bit too "old" for the Duchess, there's also Bianca Spender (who happens to be the daughter of Carla Zampatti) who has her own label. Same same but aimed at a slightly younger demographic.
    I'm actually wearing Zampatti as a bridesmaid in my sister-in-law's wedding next year, it's beautiful (and on sale at David Jones right now...!)

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