It was very much business as usual today for The Duchess of Cambridge who was spotted out walking with Prince George and Lupo at Kensington Gardens.
|Photo used with kind permission of Katharina|
One of our lovely readers Katharina said she was walking in the direction of the Royal Albert Hall when she noticed a dog which looked very much like Lupo. Katharina then noticed a woman walking with a stroller and realised it was in fact Her Royal Highness. Katharina said she was on her phone and accompanied by a royal protection officer.
|Photo used with kind permission of Katharina|
Kate repeated the look she was photographed wearing at Kensington Gardens late last year. It's a common tactic used by celebrities and public figures to avoid paparazzi, and the Duchess often wore the same outfit whilst shopping in Anglesey in order to deter the paps. We can see Kate was wearing her trusty Barbour Ladies Defence Jacket, J Brand jeans and 5:11 Tactical baseball cap. Katharina noted the Duchess also wore a white and blue print scarf and her shoes appeared to be new.
George was in his SilverCross stroller, a royal tradition which has continued with the Prince.
With many thanks to Katharina for sharing her sighting and photos!
Back to Kate and George's holiday in Mustique. There's an array of photos available at PopSugar.
The Daily Mail shared details from the holiday in this article:
'The four-bedroom villa, staffed by a butler, chef, housekeeper and gardener, has an outdoor dining area overlooking the sea, as well as a lush tropical garden.
Their villa which is smartly decorated in crisp whites and tasteful tropical prints, was filled with flowers and candles. Designer built in the 1970s and refurbished a few years ago, it has four bathrooms, upper and lower decks and a gazebo for extra hot days.'
The UK media led with headlines questioning why the Palace did not object to the paparazzi photos published in Hello! Magazine this week, compared to previous occasions when they were published in other British publications, including The Telegraph. It has been suggested there was a prior agreement in relation to the photos meaning they could be published after the holiday once the family was afforded total privacy aside from the airport departure - although I stress this is merely a suggestion and there is nothing to confirm this.
There's been varying opinions on the subject. Royal commentator offered this:
'The photographs set a significant precedent. In the past palace aides have jumped up and down and cried foul about gross intrusion of privacy. It suggests that if other organisations follow the royals on holiday and get photographs taken on public beaches the palace will no longer complain.'
Ingrid Seward editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine shared her thoughts with The Mirror:
“I think this could be more of a one-off thing. It was in a public place, they weren’t harassed or followed and they probably feel it’s pointless making a fuss.
I would think this is a bit of a one-off.I think they are using a bit of intelligence, you can’t go potty for everything because it would have no effect at all. I think they will complain about privacy when they have been really upset and on this occasion they haven’t.
There has to be a line somewhere and this is where they’ve drawn it obviously.” But she added: “There’s no doubt in my mind that the palace are just as vigilant as ever about the Cambridge’s privacy.”
I've always believed it's a very fine line and it's become increasingly fine with the addition of George to the family. I suspect the Palace (knowing photos are taken every year) felt this was an unavoidable situation and it all comes down to a reasonable expectation of privacy. If they had been taken in Mustique, I imagine it would have been a very different story. What are your thoughts?
Moving onto a very interesting story. Kate has turned her talents to writing and penned a foreword for an upcoming publication about life as an RAF wife - 'Living in the Slipsteam'.
Kate and William enjoyed three years on Anglesey where the Prince worked as a Search and Rescue pilot at RAF Valley. The Duchess recall her time fondly, but noted the sense of concern one feels as an RAF wife:
'I loved my time in Anglesey. But I can't pretend I didn't feel anxious when William was flying in challenging conditions, but he loved it and I felt incredibly proud of him.'
A royal source said, "The Duchess was approached about doing something for the book and she thought she would like to do a foreword." Living in the Slipstream is available to pre-order on Amazon and all profits go to the Royal Air Forces Association and the RAF Benevolent Fund. Kate's involvement will help sales enormously. An excellent way to support RAF organisations, and I'm very much looking forward to reading it :)