Wednesday, 25 December 2013

The Cambridges celebrate Christmas at Sandringham

The Cambridges celebrated Christmas with the Royal Family at Sandringham this year, beginning the day with communion at St. Mary Magadelene's Church on the estate.

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Following communion, The Queen, Prince Philip, William, Kate and other royals were seen taking a walk on the estate before returning to change for the 11 a.m. service.

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Kate walking alongside The Countess of Wessex.

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The Duchess wrapped up in the coat she most notably wore to the wedding of Mark Tomlinson and Laura Bechtolsheimer in Swizerland. The stylish single-breasted piece appears to be a wool/cashmere blend with defined shoulders. It remains a UFO (Unidentified Fashion Object) at present. It is thought it might well be bespoke.


Below we see a closer look.


One of our lovely readers noted Kate's tartan scarf appears to be the Cashmere Mix Tartan Wrap in Claret by Really Wild Clothing - a brand the Duchess has worn for years. The £135 piece consists of claret and navy checks. It worked beautifully with the cream coat and it would have been a very practical choice taking the chilly weather this morning into consideration.

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William and Kate held hands as they made their way to the service. Churchgoers noted the couple looked "incredibly happy together". I do love to see these types of photos of our favourite royal couple, and it's very nice to see them looking so relaxed (and it's quite romantic too).

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Prince George did not join his family this morning. Yesterday it was revealed this was a  possibility, although dependent on little George's routine and the weather. I didn't think it would happen myself, although perhaps another year in the near future.

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Around thirty members of the family made the walk this morning. The group arrived at The Queen's 20,000 acre Norfolk estate yesterday. In fact, it is such a full house at Sandringham this year, it has been reported some visitors have been put in servants rooms whilst members of staff are sharing rooms to accommodate everyone.

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Other members of the Royal Family present were Prince Harry, who returned from an expedition in the South Pole just days ago, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, the Yorks, Wessexes, The Princess Royal and her family, including a heavily pregnant Zara Phillips. The late Princess Margaret's children also joined the group; Viscount Linley and his wife Serena (many will know Serena wore the Queen Mother's Papyrus tiara Kate wore to the annual Diplomatic reception for her wedding day) and Lady Sarah Chatto and her family.

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Kate received flowers and exchanged Christmas wishes with the 5,000 strong crowd.

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Kate told churchgoers George enjoyed opening his presents.

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The parish church of St Mary Magdalene is a country church of exceptional historical interest, with memorials to many members and relations of the Royal Family, from Queen Victoria onwards. The building dates back in its present form to the 16th century and is widely considered one of the finest carrstone buildings in existence. Today, it is regularly used a place of worship for the Royal Family and estate staff.

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It is Kate's second Christmas with her in-laws. In 2011, the Duchess joined the Royal Family for the annual Church walk in an aubergine coat by an independent designer.


Following the church service, the royals made the walk back to Sandringham where they enjoyed a traditional Christmas lunch before viewing Her Majesty's annual Christmas speech. In the evening they will enjoy board games and television shows - very similar to millions of families all around the word. No doubt, it was an extra special year with the addition of Prince George.

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Kate looked festive in her green tartan Alexander McQueen coat dress. The Duchess first wore it for a visit to her old prep school, St. Andrews in 2012.

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The coat dress incorporates many elements from the Alexander McQueen Black Watch Coat. The McQ Fall/Winter 2012 piece is available via special order at Net-A-Porter for $7200. Cut from swatches of Black Watch Plaid, the mohair-blend coat "marries the romantic and theatrical influences of the collection."

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A look at the back.

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Kate's matching hat is by milliner Gina Foster.

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Kate teamed the coat with her trusty Aquatalia Rhumba Boots. The weatherproof stretch suede boots are available in sizes 4.5 - 12 at Nordstrom.

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The Duchess accessorised with her Kiki McDonough green amethyst drop earrings, reportedly a Christmas present from William in 2011 and her Tissot watch. Kate's gloves are most likely by Cornelia James.

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You can watch a video here!

The Queen's Christmas Speech can be viewed here, reflection is the central theme. There's some nice footage from George's christening too!


Before I sign off to join my family for Christmas lunch, I'd very much like to wish you all a very, very Happy Christmas. I hope it's a wonderful day for you and your loved ones.

95 comments:

  1. Robin Indiana USA
    Prince William and Catherine looked so happy!!! Merry Christmas everyone and God bless,

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  2. William and Kate look so lovely and in love. :) She looks absolutely beautiful.

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    1. Yes, They look very happy and rest. Kate is really in good form.
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  3. Grace from Yorkshire25 December 2013 at 13:26

    Hope everyone has had a lovely Christmas morning so far. Thank you for such a speedy post Charlotte.

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  4. Lovely post as always Charlotte.......and HAPPY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  5. Kate looks beautiful!!!!!
    Merry Christmas Charlotte <3

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  6. merry christmas to those celebrating and happy holidays to everyone else here.
    to charlotte, owner/writer of the blog, very merry xmas n thx for this blog. it's my go-to blog for everything duchess kate :)

    regards from faw, kl in malaysia.

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  7. Charlotte thank you so much for taking time out of your christmas to do this!!

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  8. Merry Christmas Charlotte and to all your readers!! I was hoping Kate would wear this lovely McQueen coat again, and here it is. Her and William look so happy today and wow, they are holding hands in public, I can't remember the last time I saw that.

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  9. Woke up Christmas morning and your blog was first on my list today. Kate looks amazing and they
    Both look relaxed and happy. Merry Christmas.
    Park City, Grandmother

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  10. Thank you, Charlotte. Merry Christmas to everyone.

    Kate looked lovely, but seeing them so happy together and holding hands beats anything else.

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    1. Theresa, from Paris25 December 2013 at 16:31

      Totally agree, royalfan ! Don't think they have held hands in public since the morning after the wedding. So sweet ... And they look so wonderfully happy !
      Merry Christmas to you, to dear Charlotte, and all :-)

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    2. bluhare in Washington State25 December 2013 at 16:51

      They do look happy, don't they. Especially Kate. Maybe William did something really nice as she can't be with her family on Christmas.

      Not a fan of the hat though I love the coat.

      I hope everyone had a lovely holiday.

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    3. Happy Christmas all. Having seen a clearer brighter picture of the hat/coat combination I can see why you don't like the hat. I don't care for it much either because it would have been a better match if the birdbow on top would have carried a bit of the blue from the plaid or if a few ribbons of the blue had been sewn onto to the hat to make it more unified. To each his own.
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    4. bluhare OMG why would William have to do something nice for his wife for her to be smiling. Did you ever think that she in very much in love with him?????

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    5. bluhare in Washington State27 December 2013 at 19:10

      Has your husband/partner never done something for you that made you especially happy, Fan from Texas? Sad you have to find negativity in a post about just that.

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  11. Laurie - New York25 December 2013 at 15:51

    Merry Christmas, Charlotte!! And to everyone else on this wonderful blog! Love, love, LOVE the holding of hands. Such a small gesture that speaks volumes of how they feel about one another :-)

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  12. Merry Christmas Charlotte!! Thank you for your hard work!

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    1. My sentiments exactly!! Soooooo appreciated!!!





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  13. Thank you so much for this wonderful blog. I enjoy it so much. Happy Christmas to you.

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  14. Kate also wore her watch. Merry Christmas.

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  15. I love seeing William and Catherine hold hands! The plaid McQueen coat was a great choice and the Duchess looks very happy.

    Merry Christmas everyone!

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  16. Rose from Montreal, Canada25 December 2013 at 16:53

    Thank you Charlotte for this speedy post on Christmas Day. Merry Christmas to all fellow bloggers and Happy Holidays to the rest. Kate and William look so happy and relaxed and holding hands no less we are very blessed today. Hope Prince George enjoys his first Christmas. This is such a precious time for the Royal Family and so many people present. What a treat for Her Majesty.

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  17. Wow, they are holding hands. I watched the movie the queen for the first time yesterday...Helen Mirren did an amazing job! Anyways, Merry Christmas everyone. It has been an interesting year๐ŸŽ€๐ŸŽ„♥

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  18. Thank you Charlotte! This is a fantastic Christmas present! I squealed when I saw them holding hands. Very romantic and I love when they allow us to see that side of them. I love her tartan outfit and hat she looks gorgeous.

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  19. ps Merry Christmas Charlotte all the best to you and your fiance!

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  20. All the royal ladies look wonderful today! Love that Kate brought back the tartan coat. I think we can all see, at $7200, why it's sensible of her to recycle her clothes, as opposed to wearing these pricey garments once and then tossing them in the trash? As for the handholding, it's nice that they do but they're not the first royal couple to hold hands on their way to the church on Christmas morning. Harry looks awesome, looks extra-handsome with the ginger beard!!

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  21. A Christmas treat from you, Charlotte! Thank you!

    I absolutely love seeing William and Kate look so relaxed and happy together. Nice to see them holding hands, as protocol probably doesn't allow them to on official visits.

    Merry Christmas to everyone!

    Victoria, Oregon

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  22. Hmmm. I think it should be 2012 in the pic when she first wore the outfit?

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  23. Charlotte, you are always the first~ I have been always in love with black watch tartan, and not surprised that I love this coat dress on the Duchess. I am not, however, a big fan of the green hat...I thought one of her blacks ones would have worked just fine. :) Happy Holidays to everyone on this blog from the States

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  24. Any ideas who made the tartan shawl Kate was wearing earlier in the day?

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  25. forgot to comment on the angle of the pictures taken every year on the royals as they were walking...they almost always look the same, with those wood fences and surrounding...it's kinda funny. :)

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  26. Pauline Oak Hills25 December 2013 at 19:14

    Thank you Ms. Charlotte for this great post on Christmas. Loved Kate's look today. She is just so beautiful. Loved seeing them holding hands, I bet it was nice for them to be able to show the world just how much in love they are. Both of them were just glowing. It is always a very special Christmas for them with baby George. I had to smile when Kate told the crowd that George liked the paper more then the gifts, that is babies for you...lol

    Well again Charlotte thank you for taking time awat from your family on this blessed day to bring us fans this great post. Hope you & your family are enjoying your Christmas day. Merry Christmas to all.

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  27. Merry Christmas, all! I watched the Queen's Christmas address and noticed the three pictures on the little table beside her -- one of each of her parents, and the historic photo of the Queen and the three heirs to the throne. I guess that tells us something about who and what is important to her. I liked the christening footage that was shown, too.
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  28. THE BEARD'S KILLING ME HAHA!!
    Wills and Kate looking absolutely adorable.
    Happy Christmas Charlotte!!

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  29. Thank you, Charlotte, for interrupting your own celebrations to report to us. The Cambridges look truly happy. I've been wondering - do you suppose Kate is permitted to call the Queen "Granny"?
    Kate's tartan coat suits her. That MCQueen back detail is really lovely.
    Are there any photos you can post of the Countess of Wessex? I heard Sophie had on a beautiful white coat for the official walk from church.

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    1. Check the Zimbio pictures; there are some nice ones of the Countess:

      http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/zvSeIIVBvYb/Royal+Family+Attend+Christmas+Day+Service/AR3Rbac2A_2

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  30. Thank you Charlotte for a great post.

    I love the Black Watch tartan coat and the hat picks out the lighter green in the tartan. IMO I dont believe she paid the price quoted on this coat. Not because she gets clothes cheaper (they dont do that; well documented) but because the cut on her coat requires way less material and therefore less complex styling/dressmaking. I prefer the simplied look over the original. It is a great look.

    The earlier morning Communion service coat is one of my favourites.

    The pictures of the royals "having a walk" and in familiar grounds as mentioned by "The Way We Were" - they are walking the path to the church in the morning - that is why it looks the same.

    I've looked at a lot of the pictures and I think that Autumn Phillips (who looked lovely) is wearing a navy version of Catherine's brown hat (sorry can't remember the maker) but she wore it the 1st time she handed out the shamrocks to the Irish Guards. Link to public access Getty Images

    http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/prince-william-duke-of-cambridge-and-catherine-duchess-of-news-photo/459296301

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    1. Helen from Wiltshire26 December 2013 at 13:43

      Speaking of handing out the shamrocks CP, I've been wondering whether the next time we see this green hat will be on St Patrick's Day 2014 - it would be a great example of Kate's forward planning wouldn't it?

      I thought she got it spot on again this year. I really love both outfits, even though neither is new, and as everyone has commented, it's fantastic to see William holding her hand in public. So refreshing and heartwarming.

      Merry Christmas to all and thank you so much Charlotte for keeping us all up to date with such great images and info. Here's to another great year in 2014.

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    2. Betty Boop by Lock, wasn't it?

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  31. Sarah from Calif.25 December 2013 at 21:17

    Lovely! Merry Christmas Charlotte and all Duchess Kate Fans. I hope your homes are warm and cozy with loved ones beside you.
    PS Kate and William looked Brilliant :)

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  32. Charlotte do you think this is Kate's scarf http://www.reallywildclothing.co.uk/product/Cashmere-Mix-Wrap-in-Claret

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    1. Hello!

      Yes, yes I do indeed. Well done!

      Thank you all for your comments and for taking the time to pop in on Christmas Day. It was lovely to see William and Kate holding hands. I added a link to a video towards the end of the post in case anyone missed it :)

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  33. Merry Christmas everyone!

    They all look so happy. Odd question but what brand is William's coat? My boyfriend and I are searching for one similar.

    Best wishes for everybody into the new year. :)

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    1. Do a search under Crombie. The style can be expensive bit there are "repli-wills" out there

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  34. There has been a lot of commentary in the media about Prince George's absence from the walks to and from the church at Sandringham. But he is the youngest of the Queen's descendants, at the moment, and three others who are older than he is were also not there. The youngest who was, Lady Louise Windso, who is ten years old. Her seven year old brother Viscount Severn and the Queen's Phillips great granddaughters Savannah, who is 2, and Isla, who is not yet a year old, also remained at Sandringham. This should tell us that it may be another decade before Prince George, and Zara Phillips's coming baby, join the walk to church!

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    1. I read some of that "commentary" too and all I can say is that if anyone has followed the royal family, they would not have expected to see George. William and Harry were older before they attended. And this year, Lady Louise was there, but her brother (age 6) was not.

      Sometimes I admire some of the European royals and their approach to family occasions, but there's also an argument to made for children staying at home (and warm) when they would only fuss and not appreciate the service anyway.

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    2. I just checked and I believe William's first appearance on Christmas Day was in 1988 (he would have been 6 years old).

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    3. I agree that it will be a few years before we see George on the Christmas walk. Don't forget that those who walk to the church must also sit quietly through a church service when they arrive.

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    4. I agree that it will be a few years before we see George on the Christmas walk. Remember that those who walk to the church must also sit quietly through a service once they arrive.

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  35. Thank you Charlotte for that amazing post! So nice to see William and Kate holding hands. Do you think there is a possibility of seeing prince George on Boxing Day?
    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your family. Mine was fantastic.
    Again, thank you for your excellent work!
    Hugs,
    Monica, France

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  36. Okay, I tried to be good on Christmas and I've been biting my tongue, but I just can't do it any longer. :)

    On Christmas Day 2011 (Kate's first as a royal), William and Kate walked to church directly behind Charles and Camilla. Yesterday, this was NOT repeated. From the footage, it appeared to me that Charles and Camilla walked together somewhat on their own after the dust settled. Call me crazy, but why do I believe that hearing "Kate...Kate..." can cause a royal earache?

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    1. bluhare in Washington State26 December 2013 at 17:54

      You aren't crazy (well, maybe you are; I don't know!!) but I can see Camilla getting mighty sick of "Kate, Kate". From Camilla's perspective, she's worked really hard to get past the negative impression she has/had. The cynic in me says that she just hired a really good PR team and didn't really do anything other than kick back and have a few gin and tonics after some good public engagements. Pollyanna bluhare thinks that Camilla has worked her butt off to engender good public opinion by being approachable, doing good charitable work (osteoporosis and the rape kit initative), and supporting her husband in his endeavours. Then Kate goes to a movie premiere, and everyone talks about her new dress. I'd be a bit cheesed too.

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    2. Royalfan Did you ever think that maybe Camilla wanted to be seen all by herself? She better get used to the idea that Kate is the shining star of the royal family and will be for a very long time. People think the the English have excepted Camilla but that is not true. So she will always be in the shodows of Kate like it or not.

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    3. bluehare, I believe there has been an ongoing PR campaign behind Camilla (from before they married), but I will give her credit for coming across as approachable and down to earth where Charles does not. Far from it. But I think there's more to it than Kate grabbing headlines with a new dress. The media is influenced by age and looks, yes, but there's more to it than that. *IMO* William and Kate will always have the public's goodwill and affection where Camilla will have to settle for a quiet acceptance (largely due to the realization of what cannot be changed). Frankly, she's lucky she got this far.

      When Camilla & Charles first married, I think she stuck close to the Queen for fear of being heckled, but with Kate she will want to keep her distance to avoid being eclipsed. So in that respect I have to agree with Kathy.

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    4. Yikes...I swear I'm not sipping eggnog. I meant bluhare and I included one too many "more to it's"............. but I stand by the rest of it! :)

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    5. bluhare in Washington State27 December 2013 at 19:14

      royalfan, I agree with most of what you wrote. You say that Kate and William will always have the public's good will and affection. Why is this true and Camilla will never be able to access the same good will? I truly don't get that. We (as in The Public) are notoriously fickle.

      And I think Charles does his best to be approachable. It is funny, though. :)

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    6. I don't think it's about being famous or not. Camilla isn't a sort of person who seek attention. She's very loyal to her husband and doesn't care about the world's opinion or adoration. If she did, she wouldn't marry Charles. It's clear she loves him, supports him and nothing else matter. I dare to say they love is even stronger than Will&Kate's, it was against everybody's will, forbidden.

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    7. I have no idea why there are bitchy comments about Camilla and her relationship with Catherine. IT seems from every picture I';ve seen there is no problem between them. I know that certain trashy american magazines run stupid stories including Camilla pushing for the Queen to abdicate (not to mention Catherine is already pregnant)but please, get real. She is a positive, fixed item in the family and she will be Queen.

      And if you are referring to history, then people need to get over it. If William and Harry are handling it, why can't other people. It isnt as if you actually know them. I think that these comments will annoy some but it is my opinion. I'm not going to respond further.

      I thought it was a wonderful family event and everyone looked happy and involved.

      Catherine looked lovely and well done on matching that scarf she wore at to the communion service. I've always like the black watch coat-dress and think that the hat is a lovely accessory (and so is William).

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    8. bluhare, I realize that William (and Harry) have a father, but for the purpose of answering your question I will say this... W&H will always be seen (by many) as "Diana's boys". When she died, the public sort of took them under their proverbial wing and people are happy to see the young men they have become. And it's wonderful that William has found happiness with a supportive, loving young woman and now he has a family of his own. Together, W&K will enjoy the sort of goodwill and affection that I just cannot see being directed at Camilla. Perhaps if she had come on the scene AFTER C&D's marriage fell apart it would be a very different story. But the "path" travelled will always taint what follows *IMO*.

      CP England, I'm not sure what you consider "bitchy" (to quote you), but I simply threw out an observation in a polite and lighthearted manner. I didn't call anyone names or make assumptions about their sources and discredit them. Nor did I say this is my opinion and I know it will annoy some people but I will not respond further. It *is* possible for people to have very different opinions yet have a civil discussion about it. I'm sorry if you don't share that outlook.

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    9. Anon 19:39, It isn't about being famous or not. But if you consider how unpopular Camilla was in the 80's and 90's, she wouldn't be human if she didn't care about what people think. Her marriage to Charles was the ultimate validation for a woman with her reputation. She cares very much about her position and what people think.

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    10. bluhare in Washington State28 December 2013 at 00:22

      Well, royalfan, my opinions annoy some people and I will respond further. Because this is a blog. Where people publish their opinions. I'm not ashamed of mine, and it doesn't appear you are ashamed of yours. You're a fan of Kate; I'm a bit "meh" with her. BUT we can have a discussion, disagree, not get insulting, and I thank you for that. I enjoy a good debate and my opinions are not so entrenched that I can't be persuaded to change them. You're good at giving it a go!!

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    11. Thank you very much, bluhare. I enjoy our "discussions"....

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    12. bluhare in Washington State28 December 2013 at 16:24

      I enjoy them too, royalfan. But back to Camilla. I'm in almost 100% agreement with your last post except for that "woman with her reputation" thing. Not quite sure what you mean by that, as it reads like she's . . . um . . . a bit of a tart. She might be a lot of things, but I don't think that's one of them. And if she is, then Diana was too as she didn't have any issues chasing after married men. Just not her own. (LOL!! I killed myself with that one!)

      Camilla's mistake was choosing Diana's husband. Anyone else's husband would not have been an issue at all. And as that sort of behaviour is endemic in that social stratum, probably due to the business-like arrangement of some marriages, it's a bit undeserved IMO.

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    13. Still I don't think she is a kind of a jealous and selfish person. People blame Camilla and Charles for the Diana death. I think it came not from the Royal family... Charles was already divorced. He could marry Camilla anyway. I'm not a royal fan, but I work in PR and I like to watch people behaviour in different circumstances. Definitely the royals act in front of cameras. They try to please us and the media. The media has more power than all politics and royals together. Even the Queen knows that it's important to keep people interested in royal family and life in a good way. Kate and William holding hands and walking first - was a good step. I was their year. It's just the way people want see the Monarchy: stable, lovely and strong - a good example.

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    14. bluhare, I recognize that Diana looked elsewhere for what she wasn't getting in the marriage (support, affection, appreciation) and I am not suggesting that two wrongs make a right. However, I believe she did so only after she felt rejected by her husband and totally unappreciated by the rest of his family. She didn't cast the first stone. C&D may not have been an ideal match, but I do believe it could have worked on some level if Camilla wasn't ready with the tea and sympathy.

      And I wouldn't call Camilla a tart, but I do think she is a selfish woman who was willing to put her own family on the back burner to hold onto Charles in whatever way she could. Given that APB was not exactly an unknown Mr Smith within the royal circle, I will never understand how he stood for the public humiliation, but I guess it is acceptable in those circles. It almost seemed like he was proud of the connection. Foreign to my mind.

      And I am sorry but I just can't give Camilla kudos for her service to the crown as Duchess when it was her prior "dedication" that did so much harm to it. It still boggles my mind to think of how she ever made it to the balcony of BP without having to scale the wrought iron gates.

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  37. there is a lovely video at itnsource that appears to show the Queen calling Kate to go over and collect flowers from the crowd, lovely to see :)
    with warm regards

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    1. As Kate starts toward the children who want to give her flowers, she invites Lady Louise Windsor and, I believe, Margarita Armstrong-Jones to go with her. Very sweet. The two young girls look lovely. One can also get a glimpse of Lady Sarah Chatto in the background of the family group on the church steps. It's interesting that the Queen's granddaughters and daughter in law seem to curtsy every time they assist by taking her flowers. I think I also saw Zara Phillips curtsy to the Duchess of Cornwall. The family interactions are very interesting to see.

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    2. bluhare in Washington State27 December 2013 at 19:18

      The royals curtsey to each other in public and private so if Zara hadn't seen Camilla before then, she would curtsey to her. The Queen has a document -- the Royal Order of Precedence -- that dictates who curtseys to whom and when. It's complicated!

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  38. Gotta say - my heart's all aflutter seeing Harry in a beard! Really makes him look handsome! :)

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    1. Yes, some men can really pull it off. :) I loved seeing William with a beard a few years ago and it's also the reason I have always thought of Prince Michael as being the most handsome man among his generation of royals.

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  39. Has anyone else noticed how the Duke and Duchess always seem to walk together "in-step"? It looks pleasingly harmonious. They are holding hands...all is well in paradise...and the dream for all of us remains. Both of them seemed so happy, I wonder what they got for Christmas...

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  40. Great post---thanks Charlotte. Loved both outfits--at one time we never saw the earlier trip to Communion, but the photographers seem to get there earlier now.
    One videos certainly shows HM turning and calling Catherine down to take some flowers, but it may have been that the police told her that some of the children wanted to give the Duchess flowers as some interviewed earlier on "Sky" had said that was what they wanted.
    Nice to know that Baby Princes are just like other babies and prefer the wrappings or the boxes to whatever is inside!

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  41. I liked the beautiful off white coat and dark red scarf Kate wore to communion better than the black watch outfit. I would like the latter more if it were the original Alexander McQueen design made of the large plaid. I do like the green hat.

    It's true that Kate is getting a lot of attention, but Camilla has the maturity to know that it is based on youth and beauty. She will, if all happens as expected, be queen consort before Catherine, though Catherine will no doubt be queen consort for much longer. They have a shared destiny.

    It was interesting to see Kate laughing with the Queen, and walking with first Princess Anne and then the Earl and Countess of Wessex. It seems her company is enjoyed by the family. Also, did anyone else think William and Kate both looked sleepy, though very happy, after the second service? They were certainly demonstrating their closeness (for the media as well as because they felt close?), and it was nice to see, as everyone has commented.

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  42. Wonderful post as always! Thought you would enjoy this as well: http://www.buzzfeed.com/ellievhall/27-times-kate-middleton-proved-she-was-the-most-flawless-hum

    Tracy

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  43. Many of the people came there to catch glimpse of P. George rather than Will and Kate. The media was speculating he might have been there. It would be a perfect opportunity to see P. George closely, even in a pram. Kate is used to walk with Gorge in the Royal garden so it was very possible he would be.
    I watch today a movie on YT: Queen Elizabeth II - NOT the rightful heir to the Throne of England
    I's quite confusing but it was pretty funny to see her as a casual women doing shopping in a German store.

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    1. bluhare in Washington State27 December 2013 at 22:52

      There's another book by Sue Townsend, I believe her name is, where republicans win the British elections and the royal family has to move into council houses. It was written when Charles and Diana were married, and is quite entertaining.

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    2. Queen Elizabeth is the rightful Queen because under the Act of Settlement of 1701, Parliament decreed that when Queen Anne died without living children, the throne should pass to Sophia of Hanover, the nearest Protestant claimant and her descendants. Sophia was the daughter of Elizabeth Stuart (Herself a daughter of James I and VI), but she died before Anne, so her son George of Hanover became George I.
      The Monarchy is no longer a "Divine Right" but reigns by the will of the people, as expressed by Parliament. Any other claim is illegal.

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  44. CJ from Minnesota27 December 2013 at 22:35

    Can someone explain to me the concept of "coat dress"? Is it like a dress or do you wear something under it like a regular coat? What happens if you get too warm? If you don't have any other garment under it, then I guess it doesn't come off...

    Lovely to see the RF so happy on Christmas. I am wishing them and all my fellow DoC group a very happy holiday season. Thank you Charlotte for all you hard work.

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    1. bluhare in Washington State28 December 2013 at 00:16

      A coat dress is pretty much that, CJ. A heavy dress that can do double duty as light coat. So you don't have to wear both, I think! Looking at Kate's McQueen, it does look a bit heavy to be just a dress, although with the nipped waistline it would be difficult to use it as a coat. Hope that makes sense.

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    2. A coat dress is a dress designed to look like a coat. They come in all kinds of fabrics, but Kate seems to prefer to wear them in the winter which means hers are made of heavier winter proof heavy fabrics which makes them look more coat than dress.

      You wear them the way you'd wear a regular dress ie undergarments only.

      Not to be confused with a dress suit which is a dress with a matching dress length coat. Here, the dress underneath is (usually) similar fabric and material and colour as the coat. It's not a hard and fast rule because you can have the coat in a heavier (or lighter) fabric to the dress. Usually the dress is a sheath dress that can be worn on it's own. The two pieces can work as a suit or as separate pieces that can be mixed and matched with other items in your wardrobe.

      To illustrate my points, that green dress that Kate is wearing above (and 2yrs running to Irish guards) are coat dresses whilst the salmon pink coat and dress she wore to an engagement whilst heavily pregnant is a dress suit.

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    3. CJ from Minnesota28 December 2013 at 16:19

      Thank you both for your responses - I really appreciate it. I notice how Kate doesn't take her coats off and has them buttoned all the way. CP Mary often removes her coat when she arrives at an event. When I saw that green dress, I was thinking that I would be very warm in it so probably not something I would wear. Kate seems to really like the coat dress style.

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  45. Traditionally, a coat dress is a dress that is made like a coat, but is not as heavy. I can't tell whether Kate had a dress on under the black watch outfit, but it looks like a coat dress in style and fabric.

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  46. Merry christmas to you all i love the christmas speech lovely the coat and group of duchess and prince harry and i wonder what better gift prince george received

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  47. This may be a dumb question but does anyone know if she would be wearing a dress underneath the coat dress or is it a one piece outfit? Thanks in advance!

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  48. Loved reading all of your comments and thank you Charlotte for giving us this "special" gift for Christmas. I wonder if the "royals" give presents to each other? It is a large family. Some "commoners" I know, who have large families, exchange names by putting them all in a hat. Then on Christmas Day they find out who pulled their name. It can be lots of fun!

    I've also wondered how Kate addresses the queen and Charles and Camilla? I'm sure everyone else would be on a first name basis. I think I read somewhere that William and Harry call the queen "Granny." Has anyone else heard differently?

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    1. bluhare in WashingtonS tate28 December 2013 at 18:20

      The royals exchange silly gifts, or inexpensive ones, I understand. Expensive ones are "not done". I want to say Kate gave homemade jam her first Christmas there.

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    2. Yes they do.

      They do not give each other serious, useful presents. Over the decades, it's leaked out that they give each other silly, humourous presents eg nne year, allegedly DoE received a toilet seat which he apparently loved and promised to use everywhere he went. Last year, Camilla allegedly received a framed newspaper cartoon drawing of naked Kate being chased by paps in France!!!!

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    3. bluhare in Washington State28 December 2013 at 20:09

      Anonymous, I read about Camilla's gift as well. It was from her ex husband!

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    4. Now someone please tell me that the gift from APB to Camilla (one that makes fun of an incident that had to be extremely difficult for William and Kate on so many levels) had a single degree of good taste to it.....and that K&C still meet behind the scenes to catch up over tea. Anyone??? :)

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  49. Americanfan, Florida28 December 2013 at 15:57

    Hello Charlotte and all posters on this blog. I love reading the blog and the comments as well. I am very happy to see some of my "American Sisters" posting here. I think we can all or mostly all agree that TRH are an amazing couple. It's so enjoyable to come to this website. I sometimes check the mail online and DREAD reading the comments from all those unhappy posters. Anyway, I wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year and will look forward to reading all the posts in May God Bless us all and may he keep our armed forces close to his heart.

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