Friday, 31 January 2014

Kate Takes George to Mustique, Kate's Valentine's Day + Updates

We begin tonight's post with news Kate and George have joined the Middleton family for their annual holiday in Mustique. It is believed Prince William did not join the group as he remains in the UK to continue studying at Cambridge. William and Kate normally join the family each year on the holiday. We had wondered if they would go along this year considering George's age. The Middletons normally rent a £19,000 per week villa on the island and generally photos emerge at some point.

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News of Prince George's first holiday features on the cover of The Sun tomorrow. We expect to hear more details about the trip in the coming days.
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In our last post we discussed a rumoured engagement for Kate on 14 February. This morning, Kensington Palace confirmed The Duchess of Cambridge, in her role as patron, will officially open The ICAP Art Room at Northolt High School, Ealing, West London.

Her Royal Highness will greet staff and pupils, experience a short art room session and learn how the school and charity work together, before officially opening the facility. The Art Room has studios in Oxford and London and Northolt High School was chosen for their seventh venue due to its vibrant learning community serving a diverse population.


The ICAP Art room was made possible thanks to a donations from funds raised on ICAP's charity day in December 2012, where proceeds from the day's broking and company revenues are donated to various charitable organisations. Below we see Prince William at the annual charity day in 2010.

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More from Majesty Magazine:

'The Duchess of Cambridge has been Royal Patron of The Art Room since January 2012, reflecting her interest in the arts and her particular interest in using the creativity of art to enrich the lives of young people.'

Kate has attended a number of events on behalf of The Art Room since becoming patron including a visit to the Oxford facility and a reception at the National Portrait Gallery.


The engagement is expected to take place quite early in the day. No doubt William and Kate will enjoy the evening together afterwards. So, that's two engagements scheduled for Kate's diary in February, the 11th and 14th.

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In other news, Vanity Fair's Katie Nicholl claims the Duke and Duchess spent part of last week at the Sandringham estate checking on renovations at their country home Anmer Hall.


The article offers a couple of new tidbits:


"We’ve not seen much of The Duchess of Cambridge since the start of the New Year, but I can reveal that Kate and Prince William have been hard at work putting the finishing touches on their magnificent new home, Anmer Hall, in Norfolk. Last week the pair were up at Sandringham, the Queen’s 20,000-acre country estate, on which Anmer Hall is located.  
The vast Georgian pile was a present to William on his 30th birthday, and the couple plan to divide their time between Norfolk and their London residence, Kensington Palace, from now on. The hall has a swimming pool and tennis courts, and with a brand new conservatory adjoining the kitchen, it is the perfect pad for entertaining. 
As well as meeting the builders and ensuring the final stages of the refurbishment are going to plan, I’m told the couple enjoyed some downtime. “They were there to relax and have some time out from London and see how the property is coming along,” my green-Wellied mole told me."

Kate was also spotted shopping in London during the week.

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Those of you who loved Kate's Hobbs London Dalmatian Print Coat will be disappointed to hear we won't be seeing it on the Duchess again (with thanks to WKW FB) because clothing and ceremonial articles used by Her Royal Highness when the Royal Princess Ship was christened are currently being exhibited.

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Whilst we're on the subject of Hobbs, it seems an appropriate time to take a look at new season pieces being offered by the brand. I was glancing through the website earlier this week and noted several items which practically screamed "KATE". Below we take a look at the Invitation Clemency Jacket and the Marlena dress (both such a striking blue hue), the Invitation Etoile Coat and the matching dress. We also see the stunning Rossetta dress, designed from in-house artwork.

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Next, a selection of gorgeous outerwear; The Abby Mac, the monochromatic jacquard Amara Coat and the Saskia Trench.

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With the spring tour in mind, I spotted quite a few dresses the Duchess could take along with her, including the very summery Foxglove Dress, the sophisticated Tamara, the dark apple green Sammy, the Euphemia and the Luann.

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At the moment, there is still a significant sale underway at Hobbs London with a number of items fit for a Duchess including the Prue Jacket and Skirt, the Regis Dress, the Ross Dress, the Cheryl Coat and the Lulu Dress.

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There's no shortage of solid Repli-Kate's either, with the Laurence Maxi Dress providing an alternative to the sequin Jenny Packham gown worn at the Tusk Trust Awards and the Lola and Oria dresses offering many similarities to Kate's Topshop Contrast Collar Dress.

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With that, we wish you all a very Happy Weekend! In our corner of the globe we're hoping for a little less of this weather and looking forward to summer way too early :)


Until next time, we leave you with a photo of William showcasing his dance moves much to Kate's delight; if that doesn't inspire a 'Friday Feeling' we don't know what will :)


81 comments:

  1. I love the Etoile dress and coat for Kate but the jewel tone darker blue is probably more trendy this year. Won't it be autumn in Australia when they go? I am sure it will still be quite warm but maybe a light coat will come in handy. Is the Queen still in residence at Sandringham, maybe they had some Granny time on their country weekend. Would be great fun to see the Anmer Hall interiors when they are finished. Unilkely but wish we could. Thanks for the update, Charlotte.

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    1. You're very welcome Greybird!

      I updated the post to include news Kate has taken George to Mustique. William did not accompany them as he continues his studies.

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    2. That figures that the palace announced two engagements for her to do in feb today.

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    3. I am not a fan of Katie Nicholl and reading the Vanity Fair article only reinforces that opinion. The article includes a couple of facts, but the rest is novel-like speculatiion. This style of writing only serves to provoke the negative feedback and KN isn't the only one doing it. Much of what is written today (not just about W&K), and is intended to pass as journalism, is anything but.

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    4. My sentiment as well, anonymous 23:11. 2 months between charity appearances is incredibly long.

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  2. Emily J. small villiage IL1 February 2014 at 04:04

    Thanks for updating the post! I haven't commented in a few postings bc I like to say something more then her outfits.
    I have been wondering if she was going to go on Holiday w her family. as I recall correctly, she went last year after her morning sickness scare and people were upset about it. But I also remember after her Holiday she came back w a vengence, with many back to back dates in her schdule. that was her only vaction in the year. So after thinking it through, I am not upset she is getting her last family time, parents siblings and Georgie, before her handful of engagments and Tour.
    Hopefully soon we can see new pics!
    Ps. I live in Central Illinois USA and we are having a COLD and snowy winter! And I am SICK of it! I live in a country villiage 18miles from town, and I havent left my villiage in over a week! Spring cant come soon enough!

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    1. carrie from the rockies1 February 2014 at 17:49

      Me too. I only comment on things other than her outfit unless I really really enjoy an item on her. There's so much more to her engagements than what she's wearing.

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  3. Hi Charlotte,

    It's interesting that you mention the dalmation coat on display because that is not the only item of Kate's on display.

    Living in Southern California, I recently discovered that there is a Princess Diana display going on right now at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA. It's been going on a year and will be going on two more years as I was advised when I called to make sure that I didn't miss anything. In any case, while perusing through the pictures online, I noticed that there were some of Kate's items on display as well!

    From one photo, I found the following items on display (I haven't been yet so I don't know if they are still there):

    1. The tan Reiss Shola dress that Kate wore to meet the Obamas at BP.
    2. The green DVF wrap dress worn in the CA tour plus to a pre-wedding event of Zara Phillips (now Tindall).
    3. The purple Issa dress she wore to an evening event in Canada
    4. The black and white lace cocktail dress by Zara that she wore with a black blazer to an evening charity function in December 2011
    5. Blue skinny jeans, red blazer and scarf she wore during the London Olympics.

    I certainly hope these items are still there when I do go. I always find how fascinating the size of people really turn out to be (most famous people seem to be quite small). For instance, I went to the Marilyn Monroe exhibit there a number of years ago and I always thought MM was a good size woman because they always described her as voluptuous and she was larger than other stars around that time frame -- but low and behold, even at her largest (she fluctuated greatly in size through her life), she was tiny!

    I can't wait to carve a day out to go see this exhibit of Diana's (I never made it to Althorp in time!) and Kate's items too of course.

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    1. Lynn, thanks for sharing those details! I wish I was in So Cal so I could see the exhibit. Well, maybe I'll make it down in the next couple of years :). I was thinking the same thing... how it would be interesting to see her actual clothing/size in person. I didn't know until recently that they displayed her clothes (other than her wedding dress). I thought that only happened years after a famous person had died. Did they do that with Diana's clothes when she was living?

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  4. Emily J. small villiage IL1 February 2014 at 04:24

    Sorry if my comment about Kate's clothes seem bitchy, it wasn't meant to be (sarcasim runs deep in me sometimes!) I just like solid news on Kate.

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  5. Thanks, now I am happily well-informed!

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  6. Pauline Oak HIlls1 February 2014 at 04:38

    Great post Charlotte, thank you. But I will have to say we will get those who feel Kate does not deserve a vacation. And that William is left behind and now can do whatever he wants, like the saying goes "the cats away the mice will play". I hope I am wrong but reading some of the past post, people think William will cheat on Kate just like the other royal men, his father & grandfather.

    I for one don't think it will happen. I don't think Kate would have left William if she did not trust him nor would have gone if William did not give his blessing. He is going to miss his son & wife both. I think they will only be gone for a week.

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  7. If this Mustique rumour is true, the trip seems the height of tactlessness and poor judgment. England has been pounded by horrible weather -- dreadful floods have destroyed farms, people have lost their lives. People are slogging through rain to get to work. In the old days, members of the royal family would have been closely involved in supporting those who had suffered or who were helping with the rescue and clean-ups. Sometimes visiting locations if appropriate, but at least showing their support so there was a feeling they were concerned and involved. And at the height of this, as the papers are filled of appalling pictures of floods, Kate jets off to sun herself.

    Yes, it's a Middleton family tradition, but the royal family is her first family now and she should be prepared to make appropriate changes to her old ways. It's not like she has been working. She has spent the entire month on personal pursuits. Taking care of George may be a worthy one but she manages to find time to decorate her private home (as that fatuous Vanity Fair article informs us) go shopping and to New Year's parties. The announcment of two engagements hardly balances this. We are expected to feel privilaged Kate has deigned to attend a function of one of her few charities. It's no wonder people look to celebrities now than the royals for examples of caring young people.

    I miss Diana so much. She may not have been an ideal wife for Charles but she had a true empathy about people and their pain and losses. That's why she was so loved and so deeply mourned. Not just because she was beautiful and wore nice clothes. I recall her visiting the injured and afflicted on many occasions. Yes, she took holidays, but that was balanced with masses of engagments.

    I had the highest possible hopes for Kate at the start, and was prepared to wait (years) to give her and William private time but honestly she seems to think mainly of herself. If this is the face of the so- called new monarchy, it may be in tune with the me-first mentality of today, but I frankly don't have high hopes for its long term survival.

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    1. Well, even Diana used to be criticized when she went on sunny vacations. And I always found a degree of irony in that because if she had chosen to holiday at Balmoral during a blizzard, for example, it would have been a non-issue. Pardon the pun , but it seems to be the destination that gets people heated. The Middleton family has been taking these vacations for years and I don't fault Kate for going.

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    2. Until we walk in her shoes......and/or live in her 'fishbowl' how can we judge her- no one really knows what a full day is like for HRH.

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    3. Wow, so much hatred!! Hard to believe. Are you a mother (parent)? Do you understand the concept of parental leave when you have a baby? It's been around for some time... And the fact that some people would expect nobody to leave England because of the weather is just ridiculous. By the way, there are many (many!!) places in the world were the weather is much worse than in England (read below from the nice and decent lady from Illinois, have a look at the weather anywhere in Canada or some Northern European countries, please!) and nobody expects their dignitaries to stay put when on leave from work). Have we gone back to the 14th century? Just some common sense please!

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    4. Anonymous 4:57 I completely agree.

      People are forgetting that Kate is not the average parent. She is funded by the people and expected to work.

      Now, if she had worked extremely hard since 2011, before giving birth, I don't think people would be upset. But she has done less than the bare minimum expected ever since she got married, and people are getting tired of it.

      And they are welcome to criticize. No need to label critical comments as disappointment as hate, which is a strong word, Anonymous 16:48. Calm down.

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    5. Well yes as a matter of fact. Worse, I took care of my mother when she had Alzheimers. I hired help but it still meant no holidays for some years. I have had friends who have gone though severe nausea like Kate did and still had to pull themselves out of bed to go to work or they would have lost their jobs. A friend now just had a preemie but has her own business, so she will have to be at work within the month. The royals don't have lives like most of us so claiming rights meant for those less lucky doesn't seem quite right.

      With a sister-in-law in Minnesota I know a lot about terrible weather. And you are simply wrong. Any US politician who went off on a sunshine holiday while his constituiants were dealing with floods or other calamities would be pummeled brutally in the press and most likely not be reelected. Absolutely, people in the US expect their digniaries to stay put in times of crisis. Just some common sense please!

      No, I don't know what is going on with Kate privately any more then you know what's going on with me, but Kate is a member of the royal family. In the 14th century, the royals had power, used force and still went on progressions to be seen. Today, most of that power is gone and the royals justify their many benefits by a devotion to duty. We are not in the 14th century, we are in a media driven world and the royal family has to be extremely aware of public appearances.

      Hate is such an ugly word. I actually like Kate and want to see her do well. I'm not a republican (in the British sense) and I hate to see the royal family give republicans ammunition to say they are a waste of taxpayer money.

      One would think I was suggesting that Kate do something really oppressive like going to work nine to five and putting George in day care. Like most of her future subjects will have to do, like it or not. Kate is hugely pampered and privilaged, she had years of being with William to know what she is buying into and suggesting her timing was a bit off for taking an expensive holiday after two months of no public duties, in a month when England has been hard hit by national disasters doesn't seem out of line.

      I think it's nice Kate wants to be a hands on mum and see no need for her working full time but showing some awareness for what is going on in the country where she may one day be queen doesn't seem out of line.

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    6. Agreed on the "common sense" point. It's 28 below zero where I am and it wouldn't help me at all to have dignitaries or politicians around. And - as a parent - I can only hope we'll allow William and Catherine to look after their child - including taking a leave from any duties for a while. And taking him on vacation. We should all be glad the little boy will have a chance to play in the sand with his family and enjoy the warm weather! He deserves it like any other child!

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    7. bluhare in Washington State2 February 2014 at 16:49

      It's not the going on vacation. It's going on vacation while doing nothing other than shop for clothes and rehabbing yet another house. It's tone deaf to public opinion, and that's the issue here, not spending time with her family or son.

      And apparently, she's now having to take advice on her wardrobe for the upcoming trip, as Angela Kelly is helping her apparently.

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    8. bluhare in Washington State (Apparently)2 February 2014 at 19:35

      Apparently, I'm a big fan of using "apparently". Oops.

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    9. Apparently so........... :)

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  8. Is it just me or does it look like the Hobbs Dalmatian coat that Kate wore, did they put a fake baby bump underneath it on display?

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    1. Lol. It's not just you. :)

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    2. Well thank goodness I'm not the only one who sees it! My first thought was "that coat looks pregnant". How odd that they would include a fake bump underneath it. I'm aware that she wore it while pregnant but still I'm sure it would have looked just as nice if it wasn't "pregnant!"

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  9. Robin Indiana USA
    Hi Charlotte I enjoyed reading the post. So many pretty dress and I loved the coat section. We have had over 75" of snow and 6" for Saturday. I would love to go to Mystique. I am happy they are letting Prince George experience it for the first time. It's nice to make family memories. Mystique is a special place for the Middleton family too bad William can't come. Anmer Hall sounds lovely and a great place for Prince George and future sibblings. Stay dry this wkend Charlotte and enjoy. Hugs from Indiana!!!

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    1. Hey Robin!!We too are getting 3-4" snow in DC on Monday,,cant wait for spring!!Thank You Charlotte for this post,, I wish we could all join the Middletons in Mystique! Anyone else excited for Superbowl Sunday?I know I cant wait to see the Broncos play the Seattle Seahawks!xoxo

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  10. Oh how I wish I could go to Mustique!! haha Hope they have a fantastic time. thanks for keeping us in the loop Charlotte!

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  11. I hope Kate and George have a nice holiday with her family. I do enjoy holidays with my family too. Shame William can't be there though, it will mean he misses George's first holiday abroad. I have a feeling it won't go down well with the public as some will just see a month of no engagements ending with a holiday. It would be interesting to learn about a typical working royal day on days during times of little or no engagements as I'm sure there is lots of interesting background work that goes on. The art room engagement will be a lovely one, right up Kate's street. When will this rain end?! Bring on my holiday to Italy! Never been before so I'm very excited!

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    1. I am sure there is a lot of behind the scenes work and research that goes on but this would be done by the royal aides and presented to the royals.

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  12. The Dalmatian Print Coat from the exhibition it's not the same one Kate had. Look closely at the prints f. e. around the neck. However it's a good copy.

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  13. Well, I for one have left the idea that they are "just like us" behind. They act like very rich and privileged people, enjoying their cache. There just doesn't seem to be much of a focus on the populous, Seriously, how hard can it be to show up in some pretty clothes, now and then? Their upcoming royal tour, looks like a lot of fun, as well as filled with a lot of coddling, How could that be anything, but a really good time? Why is this called "work"? All they do is show up, and enjoy the preparation of the people in the organization, and get treated like "royalty" (smile,shake, wave, photo-op, and having complete deference shown to them). How would it be to have everything centered on your presence and smiles, only? And having that presence spit-polished by lots of helpers? I think I would call that a royal vacation.

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    1. They are not just like us and I don't think they ever suggested that they are. "Just like us" is the public's translation (and not an accurate one) of what William and Kate are trying to do, which is to simplify and do things as *normally as they can* within the parameters of the royal fishbowl.

      And to suggest that all they do is show up and shake hands is quite an oversimplification of their responsibilities. That's almost like saying that if a photographer isn't around to document an actual engagement, they're not doing a darn thing.

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  14. I have not commented for a while but thought that with all that has happened recently I would make a few points.
    With the news today that Kate & George flew to mystique at the beginning of the week I just wonder whether that was why Prince William looked rather glum in that photo that was removed by the Telegraph and also that may be the reason why, judging by the large bag he was carrying, he was staying in Cambridge and not commuting home.
    Like some of your other correspondents I have a feeling that going off on holiday having undertaken no public duties in January and so far only two listed for Feb with an indication she will do very few before the April tour will do Kate's image no good at all. I know it is a year since she has been away & this is a regular family holiday that in the past she & William have always joined but the timing could not have been worse, she is beginning to come across as an idle young lady even to the many supporters that she has. No one knows what work goes on behind the scenes in some ways it is a pity more is not known of how much preparation & research goes in prior to public engagements. She has a young son who she obviously and understandably wants to spend time with but she now needs to get out and work for her charities and rather more than a couple of times a week if she is to improve her image and regain the support that she had from the public. I have always been a strong supporter of Kate so I suppose I am rather disappointed with her attitude at the moment. I am also concerned at how she seems to be unable to break away from her family and lead her own life with her husband and son without her mother and sister constantly being around. Strong family support is good but not constant family presence. Her mother and to a lesser extent her sister should back off and allow William, Kate and George to lead their own lives without their constant presence. Kate's mother is very hard working but judging from reports also a strong dominant lady who would seem to be dictating to Kate. At 32years old it is time Kate became her own person for the sake of William and George and to ensure a long and happy marriage.
    I must say that I thought the video of her as Eliza was great and showed what a lovely & talented young girl she was. I really hope that when she returns from Mystique in a few days time that she undertakes a lot more engagements this month and hopefully a few with William as well.

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    1. I'm not sure how an annual family vacation (or time W&K choose to split between both sets of in-laws), equates to the Middleton's "constantly being around". And if one or both of their parents was dominant, I doubt that their three children would WANT to constantly be around them.

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  15. Maybe now we know why William had that large duffle bag and looked ticked off....Possibly didn't want Kate to go or upset he couldn't go himself.

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  16. I have to say I'm not one bit surprised...my first thought when we were informed that PG had a passport was - Mustique....not royal tour. It is a shame William can't go...duty first...

    I am inclined to agree with the other comments that I'm becoming disillusioned with Kate and as for PG - I really wish they'd adopt more of a CP Victoria & Daniel approach with Estelle...wishful thinking...

    Haven't posted in months but Charlotte I really did enjoy the polls and all the posts you've done for us, thank you.

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  17. Pauline Oak Hills1 February 2014 at 16:40

    OMG we do not know what goes on behind closed doors. Here we sit and write all this stuff about what Kate is doing or should be doing and no nothing about what is going on with her and Williams life. We write what we think (I for one has done it) but it is wrong for us to do it. We all need to walk in her shoes and then we can make all the comments we want.

    Yes Kate has not been seen for a while but we have been told that she is taking care of baby George and there is nothing wrong with a mother being a mother to her child. I do beleive we shoudl be putting Kate down for not working.

    And to the person who wrote about the closeness of Kate and her family, William like's the idea and supports it and would never come between them. Yes she is a married woman with child but there is nothing wrong with going on vacation with your family and this is something that has happened for many years. To bad that William was not able to join them this year. I think it is wonderful that she still has a great relationship with her family.

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  18. It is a year since Catherine and William were last away----everyone's entitled to a holiday and not many of us would consider a visit to Grandmother-in-law a holiday---even if she does live in a big house.
    Prince George could not be taken out of the country without the permission of the Queen and Prince William and January has always been quite a blank time for Royal visits--after all HM stays at Sandringham until after Feb 6th, as did her two predecessors.
    It should be obvious by now that it has been decided for Catherine to be the main carer for their son--a decision obviously accepted by the Queen and the Prince of Wales.

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    1. Yes, it has been a year since Kate has left the country for a vacation, but not since she had one.
      The entire month of May, was a staycation for her. Zero workdays. And then there was Balmoral. Christmas staycation. January. Zero workdays.

      Going out of the country to a beach is not the only form of a holiday.

      Again, if Kate has been a hardworker this last decade, I am sure there wouldn't be so much disappointment. But she has always behaved this way.

      Charlotte, I want to say thank you for your hard work on this site. I will always check it out! I loved the end-of-year polls. Please keep this site up. I do love reading about Kate's fashion. It is the only reason I admire her, I'm not afraid to admit.

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    2. Sarah from Calif.2 February 2014 at 16:32

      Hi Jean, just wanted to say Hello and hope you are well. Maybe someday I'll make it to England and I can visit you over a cup of tea :)

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    3. Lynn Georgia USA2 February 2014 at 20:16

      Stephanie,
      I, too, am unabashedly interested in Kate's fashions, and I feel that this is an eminently suitable spot to comment on a "look" that I particularly like or on one that I particularly dislike. This is, after all, a blog about Kate's life and STYLE. Thanks for providing us this opportunity, Charlotte.

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  19. I think it is nice she took a vacation but am disappointed at her lackof engagements. She did them in the fall when the baby was small and now he is bigger she stopped.
    Her husband is. also slacking off with months off and then school followed bytie off to prepare for a tour
    Perhaps George will inherit his great grand work ethic for our sake

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  20. carrie from the rockies1 February 2014 at 19:29

    That's so great she is with family. We can all relate to wanting to be with family when our husbands are away.

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  21. Interested Canadian1 February 2014 at 22:58

    It would seem that a lot of posters are missing the point; Kate is no longer in charge of her life. She takes her orders from the Palace/Queen and from Prince Charles and his spin-doctors, who are fixated upon promoting Charles and Camilla. The less William and Kate do, the better for the latter--and its cheaper too, since Charles is responsible for William and Kates working wardrobe expenses.

    Charles has always been a petty man, given to jealousy. He was jealous of Diana, and he is almost certainly jealous of William and Kate. Further, he has, for years, used both of his sons in his ongoing effort to redeem himself and Camilla.

    Clearly this alleged vacation to Mustique--no proof--has the approval of the Queen and Charles, if indeed it has taken place at all, and is not something manufactured by Charles and his press gang.

    And even if Kate and George are in Mustique, who could blame Kate? She lives in an apartment at Kensington Palace, under the watchful eyes of protection officers, in-house video cameras, vulnerable, since her husband is spending so much time at Cambridge, to Palace/Charleses enforcers--the men/women Diana and Sarah called the-men-in-grey-suits.

    Until I walk a mile in Kates shoes, I would never have the temerity to criticize her. She has a really rotten life, devoid of privacy, even in her so-called private life. Neither her husband, nor Kate herself, has the power, derived from money and influence, of the Queen and Charles, who control the agenda.

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    1. Well written Interested Canadian :)

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    2. I agree about Charles having a lot of say over their lives and the jealousy angle. And you raised an excellent point about him using his sons to promote Camilla. After all, if they "love" her, who are we to question it? :) They love their father and may not want to make his life difficult, but they are not stupid. They witnessed enough for themselves and there's certainly enough information available to fill in any gaps about the role Camilla played in Diana's life.

      Regarding KP, I don't think W&K have to worry too much about privacy in their private apartment. I suspect that is one of the things that is being done different this time around.

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  22. I say, everything changes with a wee one in your arms. Be well take care and always strive to be happy.

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  23. Portia from Chicago2 February 2014 at 04:23

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2550166/Out-short-skirts-tiaras-Its-Kates-regal-makeover-order-Queen.html

    And there you have it. All this time many readers of this blog, myself included have been bemoaning the state of Kate's clothes, or lack thereof. Many readers would point out that her clothes likely had the Queen's blessing. Well, not quite, it turns out. I think that it's about time they trained to dress her like a professional royal - about time ! So, I for one welcome this and look forward to her new wardrobe and makeover.

    These articles are put out there with the palace's blessing. This article says more than it actually says. Maybe someone from the palace or Charles' team actually does read these blogs.

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  24. Sarah from Calif.2 February 2014 at 04:25

    I hope Kate and George are having a delightful time with her family. So refreshing to see a strong family bond .
    I love the Abbey Mac coat. Enjoyed the selection of dresses you posted .
    Charlotte have a relaxing weekend!

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  25. I must admit that I was a bit shocked today whilst in the supermarket & saw 'The Sun's' headline about Kate & George's holiday. I felt that it was a PR disaster, (as she has not been doing much recently regarding public duties) and I agree with the people who write here that she is a married woman now and shouldn't really be going on holiday with her family (without William) ; she should be going with George and William. Absurd to go without him. Slightly odd marriage, I feel. I am interested in Kate, but like others here, feel that she has not really been doing enough since her marriage.

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    1. I see it differently. Nothing absurd IMO. If this has been the traditional Middleton family vacation and he is unable to go this time, why would he deny his wife the opportunity to go and enjoy time with her family, and allow her parents time with their grandchild? Sure, she could stay in London for her "husband's sake" but that is a bit martyr-ish to me and if he loves her he wouldn't want that.

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    2. I totally agree royalfan. It's a family vacation, and the Middeltons will enjoy spending time with George, as well as Kate. Why people have to make more out of it than it is seems silly to me. I don't believe for one minute that William would have married and began a family if he didn't plan to stay married. He has already lived thru one divorce. I think they are very happy together.

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    3. Royalfan, you just said it: it is a traditional middleton family vacation. But Kate is no longer a ms. middleton but the duchess of cambridge. That doesn't mean at all one wouldn't allow her to spend time with her family! But i can also very well understand those wondering why the duchess feels the need of spending another holiday with her parents (after spending a few weeks round Christmas and new year at her parents home) while her husband, the duke of cambridge's prorities seem cleaner: he has a duty to fulfill and so he does stay in cambridge to continue his bespoke course. I think Kate also has a duty and this of course includes spending quality time with her family. But i consider her own family as The Royal Family. What really are Kates priorities? Since she had years to consider whether she is able to live a great amount of her life devoted to the people of her country one can expect her to act as if she would. As she only showed off for shopping trips and a walk to church at Christmas in the past two months i understand those questioning her idea of how a duchess' life seems appropriate and the signals she gives.

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    4. Maybe it's because of my Italian background (warm, loving close knit families) but, just because she is married to William now, it doesn't mean she is not a Middleton anymore nor should she quit spending time with her family. I believe they said they wouldn't try to tear Kate apart from her family, as it was very hurtful to Diana. I totally disagree with these statements disaproving the amount of time she spends with her family. It shows she had a great life while with them and is a family oriented woman, which in my opinion, is a great quality to a member of the royal FAMILY.

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    5. When someone gets married, there are TWO families to consider and, fortunately, things are different for Kate than they were in the past with other ladies who married into the RF. Diana comes to mind. It would be nice if instead of putting W&K down and questioning their marriage, they could instead be given credit for having a partnership that works (and that is the true definition of a marriage). This is a traditional vacation that BOTH W&K have enjoyed with her family for many years now. If William cannot go this time, I don't see the drama in her going anyway. And I'd bet my last dollar that if she HAD done 2 or 3 engagements per week for the last month there would still be cries of "another vacation." She can't win.

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    6. I politely disagree with your last two sentences, Royalfan. Had the Duchess undertaken more engagements in the last month, this holiday would seem much more balanced out.
      The issue is that we don't really know what she gets up to when she isn't doing engagements (besides any sightings of the Duchess in the shopping street etc.) - perhaps she works incredibly hard behind the scenes and we just don't get to see that side? - but as a member of the royal family it IS important that the public know she isn't just shopping and going on holidays.

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    7. Ahhh..."balanced" is a relative word, Anon. I'm sure there are many folks who would still have something to say about it.

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    8. People forget that most Royal ladies, The Queen included, were not very active on the work tab when they were young wives and mothers. We remember Diana at the end of her life, when her children were older and in school, doing a lot of engagements. And she was the wife of the heir to the throne, a most senior Royal. After she divorced, she used her worldwide celebrity for good causes, and to put one in Charles's eye. Catherine will be smiling and shaking hands for decades to come, poor thing, and this is her first child. Why expect her to dump him on a nanny and do 300 engagements a year at this time? That day will come soon enough, and certainly when Charles is King she will be a full-time working Royal. As for married women vacationing without their husbands, it is not as if she jetted off with a few girlfriends to some singles hot spot. This is the 21st century, after all.

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    9. Hurray for the duchess for spending about three months living at the Middleton home in the past year. I'm sure the royal protection officers that accompany her to the home are second guessing their decision to join Scotland yard. William recently being photographed looking beyond miserable (maybe he ate something that didn't agree with him) I'm sure glad that millions if dollars were spent renovating Kensington palace, at least the staff are enjoying it because given a choice, Kate would rather be sleeping two doors from mommy at the Middleton home. I know that we all need our mothers from time to time, granted we are lucky enough to have a mother, but I never would leave on vacation while my husband was being forced to stay back. I don't believe this is martyrdom, but common sense. Idk, maybe the wealthy and famous have a different mind frame.

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    10. In regards to my last post, I guess I'm feeling a little resentful today. Its just different over here in the states. Politicians over here ( although not always the case) are expected to earn their keep. They make themselves available to the people in times of crisis because they aren't believed to be celebrities, they have a job to do. I am starting to believe that the royals are a waste, which hurts me, because I used to be a huge fan of British royalty. I think I will take my leave from the royals and commenting. I really have enjoyed reading everyone's comments. The people who comment here have above average intelligence, that's for sure. Thank you charlotte for your hard work and I hope you continue to write this blog for years to come. Bye everyone, love u all��

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    11. bluhare in Washington State5 February 2014 at 17:35

      Awww, jenndog, we love you too. Which is why I don't want you to leave. I get worked up from time to time too, but I come back. You too? Please?

      Smooches!

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  26. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2550166/Out-short-skirts-tiaras-Its-Kates-regal-makeover-order-Queen.html

    Has anyone read this article by the DM? It's quite interesting. Apparently the Queen does not approve of Kate's short dresses anymore and is now making her lower her hemlines. She wants Kate to dress like the wife and mother to the future heirs of the throne. She's supposedly going to be wearing lots of tiaras on the Australian tour. Not sure I believe this but it would be nice to see Kate lower her hemlines once in a while.

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    1. The report in the "Daily Mail" seems to be almost identical to a report prior to the Far East tour in 2012. and we all know that no jewellery was lent for that tour.
      Quite candidly the whole article seems to be rather ridiculous, though I suspect that a tiara or at least some important jewellery is more likely in Australia or New Zealand than in the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu.
      However hope there is some truth in the suggestion that HM will "lend" a dresser for the tour---with so many changes per day and almost a month away, as well as George's things to think of, some help would be good.

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    2. I completely agree with this Jean. I believe Kate may have a dresser for the tour but I definitely wouldn't believe everything written in the article.

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    3. Yes I definitely didn't believe everything I read in it. I do hope Kate does invest in weighing her hemlines down though. We don't want a repeat of what happened in Canada.

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    4. The Daily Mail is good entertainment but I do not think they will ever be known for spoiling a good story with facts. Based on the Christmas photos Kate seems to be in HM's good books. But I do hope she gets some hem weights in those lovely floaty skirts, whatever length she chooses. It wasn't just Canada.

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  27. I believe it is a grand idea to have a "trial flight" before the big one to Australia. One never knows how young children will react inside an aeroplane. The noise frightens some younger children, and breast feeding on a plane takes a bit of practice. Catherine is a very wise woman indeed, I wish her and her young family all the best!

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    1. Yes Florence, I was thinking myself it's a good idea to have a trial flight with George first without it being under the pressure of the tour. George can get used to the heat etc too. I'm no baby expert myself but there must be so many things to think about when taking a baby on holiday.

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    2. And plus Mrs Middleton will no doubt be giving useful advice to Kate.

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    3. Eve from Germany3 February 2014 at 07:31

      That´s indeed a very interesting point. I flew to Mallorca when my own child was three years old. She absolutely loved it but I will never forget the amount of small babies flying with us screaming their lungs out during the whole time of the two hour flight - I coud hardly bear it.... And then think of going to AUSTRALIA - right the other end of the world.... it´s a huge risk if you´ve never done it before...

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    4. Lynn Georgia USA3 February 2014 at 17:28

      Let's face it, traveling with a baby is a risk PERIOD--but what's a mom to do? Just because a baby does well on one flight in no way guarantees how the babe will "behave" on another flight. I experienced some really good flights and some really bad flights with the same child! My apologies to those who shared our cabin on the bad ones!

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    5. I can see how this flight would be a good practice flight for the Duchess with the baby, but babies are still unpredictable! Plus there is way too much time between the two trips for a baby to really get accustomed to flighting or heat...

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    6. Yes I guess babies are unpredictable anonymous. It certainly looks such hard work taking one abroad :)

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  28. "British Royals" has a photo of the Duchess carrying Prince George on their way to Mustiqiue,

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    1. Thank you for the heads-up. :) I will look for Hello! magazine when I go to the bookstore.

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  29. Catherine sees her family more in one month, than I see mine in a year. When is she going to cut the "umbilical cord" from mommy Middleton. I know it's a graphic reference, but dang.

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    1. :) Some people are a lot closer with their families. My take....if they get along, God bless them. William must get along with them too or he wouldn't spend as much time with them and opt to vacation with them (when he is able to go).

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    2. Royal fan, I am close with my family and I have to say that maybe the little green monster gets to me when I see how much Kate gets to enjoy and be with her family. I just have the ideology that once an adult child leaves the home, they should be starting their new life with their new family...just like my mother did and her mother before her. I do talk to my mom almost everyday on the phone, but I think mr. Jenndog would become a little concerned for my mental health if I constantly went visiting, instead of focusing on the life we are building together. I feel sometimes that Mrs. Middleton plays a bigger role in Kate and the little prince's lives then we realize. I'm not saying that Kate shouldn't be close with her family, I just hope it doesn't start to affect her image too much. Some people (not me) would take kates actions as a sign of weakness, by always relying on mommy. Anyway, god bless Kate, wiliam and little George. God bless u too royalfan!

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  30. I'm completely happy with Catherine & her development as a duchess thus far. I watched a little of the video showing her asking when to shake hands, etc., & I think she did this for a couple of reasons. 1) She wants to do the right thing. 2) They were on a schedule. She's learning. She seems very nice, so she's enjoying visiting people. The lady behind her saying "no" when Catherine allowed the photo to be taken probably got word to Catherine not to do photos again. The incident with Crown Princess Mary, et al, was confusing, & I can see how Catherine wouldn't know where to stand. Contrary to what a lot of people think, being a senior royal is an all consuming job. Constantly planning their next venture, getting the outfit right, the hair, everything right, not offending anyone, walking perfect, etc. I remember Diana would go into a crowd to shake a hand to where you couldn't see the top of her body, she'd just lean in. Then, when they get away for a vacation, they are spied on in case they do something wrong on vacation. And this business about Catherine being close to her family. We had a princess who didn't have much attachment to her family, her husband could have cared less for family. She was lonely & sad, & the hubs nitpicked her constantly. Now, we have a lovely duchess & a really normal family who is close to each other, & everyone doesn't like it. Catherine IS off & establishing her family, & doing quite well, but life is short, & if my mother were only an hr or so away, I'd arrange to see her as often as I could. This would have helped Princess Diana cope so much. So I have no complaints. I've watched about every appearance the Cambridge's have made, & they are a wonderful family. I hope Grannie Middleton gets to see her grandson this weekend!!

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  31. I like the ones that are just below the knee. They make her legs look longer and slimmer ... not that slim is a problem for her. Knees always look so knobby to me. I like dresses ... more formal wear that is ... just below the knee cap. They look elegant and classy.

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