Wednesday, 18 December 2013

William and Kate Take Prince George to The Queen's Pre-Christmas Lunch

The Royal Family gathered at Buckingham Palace today for The Queen's annual pre-Christmas luncheon.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge look relaxed as they were spotted on their way in with Prince George and his nanny Jessie Webb. The foursome arrived fifteen minutes later than the other guests and stayed for roughly two hours.


Her Majesty throws the 50-strong lunch every year for the entire extended family, many of who will be spending Christmas with their own children and grandchildren rather than joining the annual gathering at Sandringham. The Queen and Prince Philip are expected to make the journey to the Norfolk estate within the next couple of days, where they will settle in before welcoming their children, grandchildren and other relatives on Christmas Eve.


It is one of very few occasions where immediate and extended members of the Royal Family are assembled together. It is said The Queen takes attendance at the luncheon very seriously, although Prince Harry and Princess Eugenie were absent today. The Prince will join his family at Sandringham next week. Indeed, it is not the first time one of Her Majesty's grandchildren has missed the get-together. In 2011, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie opted to attend Holly Branson's wedding instead.

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Among those seen arriving were Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke of York, The Earl and Countess of Wessex, Princess Anne, Zara Phillips, Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly, the Kents and Gloucesters.


It is the fourth consecutive year Kate has attended. Below we see the Cambridges arriving at last year's luncheon.

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It appears Kate wore the bespoke Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen red dress from the Jubilee River Pageant in 2012.
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The striking wool crepe piece features long sleeves and incorporates elements from the designers Pre-Fall 2011 Collection and it worked beautifully on Kate.


Another contender is the Elsa Dress by Beulah London (with thanks to all of you who have suggested it). The £350 garment features puffed sleeves at the shoulder and a peplum at the waist combined with a crisp fitted skirt and darted detailing. We know Kate is a fan of the brand and from looking at close-ups it's a definite possibility.

Beulah London 'Elsa' Dress

As we won't see photos from inside the reception, I doubt we'll ever know precisely which dress Kate wore.

Kate brought back her £140 Catherine Zoraida Double Leaf Earrings Kate wore during a state dinner in Malaysia. The 18ct gold plated silver earrings are very pretty and I imagine they worked very well with the red McQueen dress. Quite a festive pairing?


It was a wonderful opportunity for the family to catch up. No doubt Kate is preparing for Christmas at Sandringham next week and making last minute preparations!

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We have just a couple of additional tidbits to share (the Cambridges have been keeping a low profile and there's been very few sightings of them out and about). In this day and age of paparazzi and Twitter pics going viral within minutes, the couple have done an excellent job of keeping George shielded from the press. Like any new mum, I imagine Kate has been dressing George in some adorable outfits.

The Duchess allegedly purchased a couple of items fit for a king at the Chelsea branch of London chain Trotters. Kate picked up the aptly named 'George' jumper with a Union Jack on it.

Trotters

The £34.99 piece is billed as great for "afternoon tea with the Queen":

'Rule, Britannia! The majestic George sweater proudly boasts the Union Jack flag across its centre front as a patriotic statement of Brit cool. Wear with a smart Oxford shirt and preppy chinos for afternoon tea with the Queen.'

Kate reportedly also picked up the £19.99 Guard T-Shirt which is described as the perfect garment for the little boy who dreams of one day becoming a soldier boy. In relaxed marl grey tone, the top features three soldiers with the slogan 'left, right, stop'.

Trotters

It's the second time Kate has been in the store shopping for little George.

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Our next segment may be of particular interest to our male readers. Prince William has added a £250,000 Bentley to his garages. The Flying Spur, which William and Kate will use for travelling to and from official engagements is one of the world's fastest saloon cars with a top speed of 200 mph.

Bentley

It includes a host of special features including a hand-crafted walnut interior, champagne cooler and Wi-Fi Internet. It is understood the Cambridges opted for quilted leather seats which have a massage function. It's said to be an incredibly safe vehicle with bullet-proof windows and super-hardened steel armour. It is being leased privately from Bentley, a well-known arrangement for official cars used by the British Royal Family.

Bentley

We should see William and Kate on Christmas Day, next Wednesday! :)

92 comments:

  1. Have you noticed William's face expressions?

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    1. Maybe the little prince was screaming.

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    2. I saw different pictures as well. I think that today is not their day. They are regular people and they have own issues as well.

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    3. Kate was smiling so probably a no on George screaming. I would hate to think what kinda facial expression I have when driving. I think that's just his driving face.

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    4. Maybe he is 'over it' with the press always there taking pictures and/or holding up traffic. We know he isn't a fan of the press.

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    5. I think it had to do with Scotland Yard investigation into his mother's death that came up as no murder plot. Has to be painful to bring everything up again.

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  2. Good that you noticed that Kate wears red dress not a coat as many sites state. She looks stunning.

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  3. Jenna from Germany18 December 2013 18:51

    I saw in a picture in the DM or in the Express, where you could see her earrings a little better, and I instantly thought that she might be wearing her Double Leaf Earrings bs Catherine Zoraida, the ones she wore to the dinner in Malaysia?

    Thank you Charlotte for your wonderful posts over the last weeks! I especially enjoyed the Christmas post and will certainly be back later to read the new comments!
    I'm wishing you and all your readers a wonderful Christmas!

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    1. Hello Jenna,

      I was thinking Catherine Zoraida too, although It's difficult to be certain without HQ images! There's lots of rumours claiming Pippa is engaged to Nico Jackson, we'll have to wait and see if they're confirmed.

      I hope you and all our readers have a fantastic Christmas!

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  4. Hello,
    Thanks for the fast post!

    Did somebody else noticed the round mirror on the back seat? I think they bought a baby mirror for their car (so you can check if everything is okay back there). We've got one too, me and my daughter poking fun through the mirror when we've got red light. Nice to know that they have one too, even though they've got a nanny.

    Do you think we will we a christmas card from them this year?

    CU Amy

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  5. I was also wondering why William is looking so Glum these days.. Kate looks fabulous in Red!!!

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    1. I really think people aren't required to look bright and cheerful when they are just going about their ordinary business, like driving somewhere. When you're driving, you need to concentrate. That might make you look glum when you actually aren't.

      We've seen plenty of pictures since his son's birth in which William has looked perfectly cheerful.

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    2. I agree with Vittoria. I cannot imagine driving through crowds of people with photographers snapping pictures and flashes going off. And if he was beaming from ear to ear, he would be accused of being cocky.

      And I agree that Kate looks great in red. That's a very flattering dress on her.

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  6. Hello Charlotte,
    I'm so happy about this post. I've been going through Kate withdrawals lol. She looks lovely.
    Are we sure that's the McQueen dress and not the red Armani coat? It's hard to tell from those pictures but something looks different about that dress.

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    1. The Armani coat is a wrap style and does not completely cover the upper chest. This item does. They are also slightly different shades of red, and when I saw the picture, I was sure she was wearing a dress without a coat. The item isn't thick enough, and there seem to be no buttons or lapels.

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    2. Couldn't tell if the chest was completely covered up but now looking at the pics I see it. Thanks.

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  7. Maybe William is missing his work as a rescue pilot

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  8. William has had to make a hard decision to give up the RAF job he loved and they have had to leave Angelsey. It takes quite a bit of adjustment. I'm sure he will get used to more public roles and learn to deal better with photographers.

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    1. I think you nailed it on the head. When it is not a "planned photo op" he just seems to be "gritting his teeth". I think it may have to do with all the photographers. He had the same expression not too long ago at the "tiara" event.

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    2. It's probably best if people do not try to "read the minds" of other people they don't know. No one here has any idea what's going on in Prince William's mind as he merely tries to drive to his grandmother's Christmas luncheon. We really shouldn't pretend that we do or try to make some great psychological drama of it. We don't know these people. We have no idea what they are thinking in any situation.

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    3. Those of us who are old enough had no idea that the marriage of Prince Charles and Diana was so unhappy; it was 'confirmed' with the publication of 'Diana: her true story' in 1992, I was absolutely shocked.....

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    4. Dear Vittoria, you are absolutely true: in fact, I wrote a "maybe" as the first word in my post. But it's not exact to say: we don't know this people. We have a lot of information about, they are like our second or third cousins: in our families, we have relatives we never meet, or very seldom, but we know a lot of them because our aunt or our first cousins are telling a lot about (gossip? yeah…) and, if we are not destructive people, we try to understand why are they behaving in a certain way… in order to say our aunt or first cousin "look, he's not so bad as you are thinking, maybe he has some reason…".

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    5. Actually, Mo, Diana was making it obvious how unhappy she was with her facial expressions and body language, as was Charles. She didn't have to say she was miserable with him, you could tell from her appearance.

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    6. Paola, I'm very sorry, but no, they are not like our second or third cousins, whom we have at least met at the occasional family gathering, and the information we receive about them comes from the media. We frequently don't know whether it's true, and the fact is that the types of media that cover the royals often make things up. We really don't know them. I'm not trying to be rude, but I'm very disturbed and bothered by people who talk about the state of mind of this or that royal as though the royal were a longtime personal acquaintance and the speaker had some special insight into his or her psyche and feelings about this or that.

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    7. Diana Her True Story was not a shock; it just confirmed years worth of rumors that there were problems. In the end, I believe Diana had regrets about it, but I think she was desperate at the time; Charles' side was trying to make HER out to be the bad guy to make up for his actions and she was tired of going along with a charade of a marriage.

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    8. Kristin, San Francisco21 December 2013 02:57

      Hi royalfan - Agree; so sad but true. ..

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  9. Kate is trying to smile, but Will does not look happy at all. They were the last people who came and the first who left. I think Kate smiles because she knows there are photographers and pretends all is great. They are public figures and have to smile and wave- simple as it is, but sometimes it is difficult to play good game.

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  10. On a slightly unrelated note. Did anyone ever find out what kind of pants Kate wore at the children's hospice engagement? The possibly J Brand cords or velvet. I went shopping and found some J Brand one's that looked strikingly similar.

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    1. Sorry, I am being puerile & cheeky, but in the UK we take 'pants' to me 'knickers' and I thought you meant that at first!

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  11. Jean from Lancs.18 December 2013 20:38

    To me the Duke looks as though he is concentrating on driving.--that part of London in the middle of the day is not the time or the place to be losing concentration----particularly if police motor cyclists were weaving in and out as they usually are. Some of these photographs seem to be taken from in front of the car---rather dangerous I would have thought.
    I was surprised when saw in one of the papers reporting she was wearing the Armani coat---I did think then it was the dress from the Diamond Jubilee boat trip---red really suits her.
    Viscount Linley's car reminds me of my first car---a little Fiat 126--it was great fun and fitted into the smallest of parking places.
    Wishing everyone a lovely Christmas---and hoping we will see some pictures on Christmas morning.

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  12. it's not difficult to understand, he was just a young boy when his mother died in a car crash caused by a group of paparazzi running after her… I don't know if he will be ever really able to overcome this terrible feeling. He will have to fight with it all his life. I admire his sense of responsibility, in some way he is rather similar to King George, the father of the Queen: he was a king not willing it, not liking it, just for a great sense of responsibility.

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    1. I agree with your assessment of William. Sometimes people underestimate the impact of Diana's death and the circumstances she faced prior to it.

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    2. amen I agree with you both!

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    3. This is all true. But have you seen the pictures of the Queen and Peter Philips as they entered the palace driveway? William looks positively placid by comparison! Most of the royal family seem to find the photographers fun, but those three do not!

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    4. I don't think any members of the RF think of photographers as "fun", though Camilla does look for them and always accommodates with a smile.

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    5. Kristin, San Francisco21 December 2013 03:11

      Hello royalfan - have you any theories of Camilla working those photogs for when she is Queen? She smiles and chats with them frequently, seems she is buttering them up for her future use - talking about being shrewd - was that you or another poster?

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  13. I adore that red dress the first time. It is one of my absolute favorite outfits she has! Thank you Charlotte! I also think William looks so cute in his glasses. Hope the royals had a beautiful christmas dinner.

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    1. Their work is the only thing that matters not how they look.

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    2. Anonymous, then why are you reading a post about a Christmas lunch and not their work

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    3. Mellie - I love that dress too!

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  14. Hi charlotte what a fantastic update all eyes to prince george is that coat recycle from their denmark trip ..oh did prince harry misses the lunch

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  15. William has his 5 month old baby, wife and beloved nanny in the car with him while the paparazzi (mostly blood sucking leaches) are blinding him with flash bulbs...nevermind his mother was murdered by the paparazzi and a careless intoxicated driver. What exactly is William supposed to look like? I'm sure he wants to drive because he wouldn't trust anybody else driving with his first born in the back seat. Leave the forced smiles to Kate. It looks like Kate is just trying to keep William from knocking a paparazzo in the mouth by smiling and being positive. They certainly know how to balance each other out. What a lovely little family.

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  16. I'm sure I will get some flack for this but the life of a royal seems so miserable and suffocating. I honestly don't know how some people are able to handle so much fame. Its strangely fascinating to me how famous people are able to handle the lack of privacy and constant public scrutiny. If there are any famous people in this forum could you please tell us how you cope lol��

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    1. carrie colorado19 December 2013 18:00

      I'm not famous but my cousin is kristen stewart. She deals with the same thing. But she loves acting and wouldn't change her job. Its much different being a royal though because you can't hide whereas kristen can hide, throw up the finger, curse the papz out all to avoid the photo or video of being published. I personally wouldn't mind being a royal. I'd love to work full time with charities and oen several houses. I would love to never worry about money and tour the world. The fame I wouldn't mind but the criticism I could do without. I see a lot of that on this blog but nothin we can do about it is there.

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    2. bluhare in Washington State19 December 2013 18:40

      No flak from me. I think it would be awful, and I am not sure if the perks would be worth it.

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    3. I'm with you bluhare! I would probably become horribly depressed. Carrie...thank you for sharing

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    4. Actors and celebrities need to stay in the public eye - more hits about them on the internet; box office figures, press interest all means work, business and money.

      The royals are privately wealthy. They do what they do because of duty to their country, the 15 realms and the people. They do really difficult stuff (IMO) such as going to war zones and talking to the bereaved. They do not get paid for it - none receive a salary. The money the Queen receives is for the expenses of running the state owned buildings and for staff.

      Would I do it - under NO circumstances. The loss of privacy, spontineity in life, a proscribed calendar, the media "ownership" of everything you do - none of this to me makes this life worthwhile.

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    5. I think that I could stand to try it. People who have money, who have also not had it, say that it's much better to have it. I could go for luxury. But I am also content, as it is a sad fact that 80% of the earth's population, lives on about $2 a day. How do they do it? With a LOT less!

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    6. Jenndog, I enjoy reading your comments and questions. I hope you are recovering well and that you have a peaceful and happy Christmas.

      I agree.. I think the life of a royal would be suffocating and a bit scary (in terms of privacy, who to trust, threat of kidnapping [thinking Princess Anne here], criticism). I can't believe that the press is able to publish what was in their cell phone conversations. I would be paranoid to ever talk on a cell phone again if I were them.

      On the flip side, I would love the admiration, money, travel, privilege, influence, and historical importance. I guess there are always two sides to the coin.

      All the comments to jenndog's question were very interesting - CP, bluhare, and wolf pup - love reading what you have to say.

      Victoria, Oregon

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  17. I love your blog. I think you are doing an amazing job.
    Have a Happy and Merry Christmas.

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    1. DITTO! you really do the best job on this site. thank you for all of your hard work. Merry Christmas everyone reading here.

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  18. I cannot wait to see Kate during Christmas Day. It will be a wonderful day for their family!

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  19. What I find funny is how many times Kate is branded a faker for smiling by message boarders and DM commenters who now complain about William NOT smiling. A photo is captioning probably a half second period of time let's not put too much into it.

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  20. Kate sometimes seems to 'recycle' outfits when she attends a public engagement with William. (recent occasions) (I don't mean private functions, like this dinner) Maybe so not so much public attention is directed at her new outfit? (and taking attention away from William?) People have commented on William's expression here; I agree, it looks pretty glum. Speculating: maybe he's not happy to arrive 15mins late?

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  21. Dear Charlotte,
    My name is Silvia, I am Portuguese but England is the other half of me. Since I was 12 years old I was doing summer school in England and at the age of 16 I have decide that I was going to to my University in the Uk and as it happen I did. I was a student at Royal Holloway calss 99 Economics and Management and the years I have lived and studied in UK made me a broader human being. I own a lot to England and I love the Royal Family specially de boys William and Harry as well as Catherine! Thank you so much for making my day brighter and for all your care towards us, your readers!!! :))) I am based in Portugal since 2000 my beloved country. I wish you all and specially to you Charlotte a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!!

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    1. Thank you very much Silvia, I hope it's a peaceful and Merry Christmas for you all :)

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    2. Z. from Portugal19 December 2013 18:30

      As you see, Charlotte, so many fans here in the peninsula :))

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  22. Jean from Lancs.19 December 2013 14:03

    Maybe William was aware that some pre-marriage phone calls to Catherine had allegedly been hacked by the "News of the World."
    Unfortunately their contents have been revealed in Court and hence published in the press--thus further confounding their right to privacy.
    It seems to be a negation of justice that the victims of alleged crime have their privacy further invaded by the lawyers.

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    1. That is exactly what I wanted to say. I do not think it is driving that he is so concentrated on. He was driving his son previously and never had such expression. I think that these hacked phone calls made him upset. For sure, they knew about them way before it become public. I am almost sure that was the reason. Actually, Kate does not look as happy as always. Remember the issue with naked pictures? At that time Kate and William had similar expression. Therefore, I think that this did not have to do with driving nor with Diana nor with two of them fighting.

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    2. Well said, Jean. It's another face of the same coin: they aren't allowed any privacy, nor visual (paparazzi) nor auditive (phone calls).

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  23. On a completely unrelated note - that close up picture of Kate from Malasia (where she is looking down) ... looks like she is wearing fake eye lashes!!! This excites me because I feel like it gives me a perfectly fine excuse to go get some myself!! LOL anyone else think so?

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    1. It looks like she is using strip lashes, and they are fitted well. Lashes that are placed individually, can look very natural.

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    2. I was thinking the same thing (Kate's eyelashes.)

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  24. A poster on another forum said William was driving very fast. And photographers were taking pictures from all directions. Then there was whatever made them late. He looked a bit irritated, but I think that's understandable. It also looks to me as though Kate, though smiling, had not had time to polish her makeup. Something must have caused a delayed and hasty departure.

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  25. Z. from Portugal19 December 2013 18:35

    I loved to see them both! Kate looks wonderful (but William seems a little worried.) Unfortunately we didn't catch a glimpse of little George...
    Now I can't wait for the Sandringham walk!
    As I'm going to travel abroad soon, I want to wish you Charlotte and to all the lovely readers, a very Merry Christmas :)
    Hugs!
    Z.

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  26. Regarding William's expression. When driving I certainly don.t smile due to concentrating on the traffic & road conditions so I would have been surprised if he had been smiling. Last year they were driven to the event a totally different situation. Looking back to a photo taken when they drove from church at Balmoral in September they had similar expressions on their faces. Kate seemed to be smiling quite normally when arriving at the Palace and I would not say any smile was forced just slight smiles in keeping with the circumstances.

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  27. William definitely looks annoyed in these photos - but who can blame him? His mother was literally hounded to death by the paparazzi. And he knows that there is nothing he can do, absolutely nothing, to change his situation. He will be famous and live in a fishbowl his entire life. Plus, he had no choice in the matter - he was born into the fishbowl. At least Kate had a choice about whether she wanted this type of existence.

    Can anyone tell me if other royals, in other countries, get the kind of attention that Will & Kate do? Is the constant paparazzi just a fact of life for all royals?

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    1. I personally don't hear or see much about royals from other countries. Will and Kate are a special circumstance....because of the worlds fascination and love for Diana and then her sudden death...many were left broken hearted without closure. I for one thought Diana was such a lovely classy lady. Though she had the ability to act a bit spoiled, people loved her because she was magnificently imperfect. I still feel quite sad when I think of her death. I can't imagine how William and Harry must still feel.

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    2. In those countries, yes, they are often hounded. There has been more than one lawsuit filed by a European royal against a magazine or tabloid for this reason. On the other hand, Princess Madeleine of Sweden spent some time in the UK and was shocked by the voraciously predatory behavior of the British paparazzi. She'd never experienced anything like it. She apparently likes living in the US because she can walk down the street totally anonymously. She couldn't do that in the UK.

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    3. The simple answer is No. Limited paparazzi although the French like to follow Princess Caroline of Monaco's young children (attractive and a tad wild). But then the national press in other country's aren't going crazy about their royals either. The fact is the BRF are a world brand and they sell; and it's got worse since instant news. Accuracy isn't important, just to be first matters. Very sad. The British and world press have not learnt anything from Diana's death.

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    4. Kristin, San Francisco20 December 2013 04:16

      Greetings Jenndog- agree with you. Old Man Fate moved our cheese for us and wrote Diana's last chapter. Some of us have lost parents at a young age but most of us are not on the world stage nor do we have relations on the world stage. I always hoped that W&H had plenty of counseling thru the years to help them.

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    5. bluhare in Washington State20 December 2013 04:57

      William could take himself out of the line of succession. It's been done, and I'm not even talking abdication. Prince Michael renounced his claim to the throne, and did not renounce his children's place. So William wouldn't necessarily take George out of the line of succession unless that's what he wants for George. If he were to do that, the pressure on himself and Kate would probably plummet. Harry might not thank him, though. :)

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    6. Prince Michael lost his place because he married a Catholic

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    7. Sorry Charlotte - hit send too early

      Prince Michael lost his place in the succession because he married a Catholic. His children were not brought up Catholic and have remained Anglican. They stay in the line of succession for that reason.

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    8. Merry Christmas Kristin, the loss of a parent is devastating. A parent is a childs connection to the world. We must all remember that though the holidays are a time of joy, for some who have lost a loved one, it can be an extremely difficult time. I'm sorry if you have lost a loved one, as I know how this feels. Again, merry christmas��

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    9. That is very interesting CP, I had no idea about Prince Michael.

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    10. bluhare in Washington State20 December 2013 20:08

      CP, Prince Michael lost his place because he chose to marry a Catholic who did not want to convert to the Church of England and agreed to raise is children CoE so they could remain in line. But the operative word is chose; he could have not married her or she could have converted. Doesn't mean William can't take himself out of the line of succession. Although you do make me wonder if that means he has a choice re PG or whether that would happen with William stepping out.

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  28. I never really cared for the McQueen red dress. Those flaps at the hips do nothing for the style of the dress, let alone for the figure of the person wearing the dress!
    The Elsa dress is more attractive, probably because the pencil skirt is a sleeker look, rather than pleats.

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    1. I partly agree with you, but I wonder whether Kate would acquire two such similar dresses? And would it not be a compliment to the Queen to wear a Jubilee outfit to the Christmas luncheon?

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    2. Yes, the Jubilee outfit would be a nice touch. And fortunately Kate doesn't need to avoid outfits that accentuate her hips.

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  29. perhaps William was angry due to the voicemails that have now been leaked. or perhaps he has a great disdain for photogs taking his picture while he is driving , as it can be very dangerous (he's all too well aware)

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  30. I believe it is the Catherine Walker dress. You can see it more clearly on this page about the Canada tour. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/kate-middleton-royal-tour-of-canada-182750

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    1. But the Catherine Walker is a dress and coat. I don't see lapels in the luncheon picture.

      As for William, take a look at the picture Charlotte posted from the Jubilee. William's lips are folded tightly and his fists clenched, apparently facing the media! It's a different expression, but it shows his dislike of them.

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  31. Happy Christmas lady Charlotte. ..
    Greetings everyone.

    I'm so happy for the Queen, she has her family around her for the Christmas. I've notice how happy and outgoing she is recently and in her public duties.

    It's nice that this time her great grand children prince George, Savannah, Isla and newborn baby Maud. And Zara Phillips due next month, the royal house this Christmas will be rockin' will kids. Lol.

    I'm guessing William and Kate will spend the Christmas period with his family and boxing day with kates family. Seems practical. I wouldn't worry about the photos of them in the car. William is concentrating on driving and probably talking to kate at the same time. Those cameras can snap a hundred frames a minute. It can't be easy for him, being constantly spotlighted. The Bentley is magnificent. Wow. Smooth luxury automatic. Must be like gliding on a cloud. Dunno about the telly in the interior back seats. Lol. I don't think William is going to take the wife and kids on a day trip to the seaside me thinks.?? Now that would be "ordinary" !!!...

    I wondered what happened to that red dress kate wore for the jubilee. She looked stunning. I wondered at the time if she would've wore red stilletto type silk shoes to go with the red dress like the model in the photo. ? I guess not. She wore the LK Bennetts. Instead.

    I like duchess kate's style. She's not done too bad so far. My favourite look was when she was in Malaysia. And the time she went to Grimsby in the north of England.

    Happy Christmas. Sam.

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    1. Happy Christmas Sam :)

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    2. bluhare in Washington State20 December 2013 17:54

      It's been reported that they will probably stay for Boxing Day shoot and go to Berkshire afterward. Unfortunately, despite my extensive ninja skills, I do not know for sure.

      :)

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    3. I think it's been many years since Prince and Princess Michael have been included in the RF's Christmas celebrations (with the exception of the lunch at BP). Supposedly, Princess Michael criticized something about the accommodations and I guess the Queen made sure it wouldn't be a problem again. :)

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    4. I remember that tale, too. However, Sandringham does not have the space available in Windsor Castle. Nowadays, I think only the Queen's descendants and their families spend Christmas with the Queen and Prince Philip. It's apparently a relief to some of the extended family, who prefer to spend Christmas with their own immediate families.

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  32. Kensington Palace confirmed that the Australia tour will be in April. :)http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/prince-william-and-catherine-to-visit-australia-in-april-kensington-palace-confirms/story-fnisprwn-1226787106108
    Looking forward to the 2014 tour! :)
    Hugs
    Z. from Portugal

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    1. I only hope they decide to take Prince George along. In three to four weeks, otherwise, he will have forgotten his parents, though the Internet could help him retain his knowledge of who they are. It's a tradition of the royal family to send its heirs to the throne to Australia as soon as they have a child. This is about the fourth generation. But today it needn't mean the lengthy separation that reduced the Queen Mother (when she was Duchess of York) to tears.

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  33. Sarah from Calif.20 December 2013 20:34

    I have so enjoyed the last couple of posts! Thank you Charlotte. I hope you are resting from your studies. We just got back from our sons graduation in Charleston S.C. Now he is here with us for Christmas. :)
    So happy for the Queen to be able to have George with her and Prince Philip this year. Sounds like there will be a lot of little ones!

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  34. I have just had the pleasure of watching the Queens Christmas message. Very imformative and features video footage of Prince Georges christening. A tradition in our household to watch the Queens christmas message. When does it play in the UK??
    Louise, NZ

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