Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Kate Photographed Shopping at GAP, Kate in Trousers? William's Latest Engagement + More

Good morning dear readers,

The Duchess of Cambridge was photographed departing GAP yesterday following a shopping excursion at the Kensington High Street store (In fact, it is located just 500 yards from Kensington Palace). Kate arrived in a Range Rover, accompanied by three bodyguards, and spent over twenty minutes browsing the shelves of Baby Gap for Prince George.

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With just days left before the Cambridges embark on a royal tour of New Zealand and Australia Kate stocked up on a number of casual items for her eight-month-old son. Her Royal Highnesses purchases included the £14.95 Contrast-Trim Striped Footed One-Piece, the very cute £14.95 lush green Plaid Button-Up Bodysuit and the £6.27 grey and navy Stripe Pants.
GAP

More from the Mail Online's story:

'The Duchess of Cambridge spent a total of £126.44 and queued behind other shoppers to pay for her purchases with a credit card. Among the items she picked up for George was a green checked bodysuit, she also bought some denim shorts, striped babygrows and cotton trousers.
 On the way out Kate couldn't resist picking up two pairs of trousers for herself from the women's department. Members of staff said the Duchess had become a "regular shopper at the store" since becoming a mother.'

It's interesting to note the article mentions Kate purchased 'two pairs of trousers' before leaving the store yesterday. Readers have been suggesting dress pants as a possible look for the Duchess for years now, although for some reason it is a look she has never favoured. Worn with a blazer, a fitted shirt and heels it would make for a very chic look. Will the Duchess surprise us and wear trousers during the tour? Below we look at the 1969 Real Straight Cords, the Slim Cropped Jacquard Pants and the Skinny Mini Skimmer Khakis.

GAP

Kate looked stylish during her shopping trip in a long sleeve black sweater with a high neck and the multicolour Whistles Maria Skirt (duly noted by Jane Barr via her Twitter Feed). Featuring various print patterns, black trim at the waist, contrast patterned hem and a concealed side zip, the Maria is a very eye-catching piece. It originally retailed for $75 before going on sale, at the time of publishing this post it is currently sold out. It reminds one of Kate's pre-engagement style actually.

Whistles

Kate completed the look with black tights and knee high boots, most likely her Russell and Bromley suede pair. There's an additional photo from the outing at E! Online.

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The Duchess has also been stocking up at high street favourite Zara and purchased three stylish items there recently (with many thanks to Susan who shared the info via What Kate Wore's Facebook Page). First up, we look at *another* pair of pants Kate purchased: the €40 Slim Fit Navy Chinos. Again, it's quite possible Kate will return them or they may be a gift for someone but considering her purchases at GAP, it's looking quite possible she's planning to try them out.

Zara

The Coated Pleated Skirt is a pretty piece and would work very well with a simple white blouse.

Zara

The Duchess also bought the Printed Zip-Back Dress. It's a lovely piece with short black sleeves and a striking blue and white print.

Zara

I do hope we see these items during the tour; Zara continue to produce fashionable on-trend pieces at high street pieces. 

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Speaking of fashion, we've been inundated with requests regarding the brand behind Prince George's blue jumper.


It turns out the baby blue cashmere jumper with his name embroidered on it was a gift from grandfather Prince Charles. It was created by Royal Warrant holders Corgi Hoisery. The Carmarthenshire-based company gave it as a gift to Prince Charles to celebrate the birth of his first grandson, who then passed it on to William and Kate.

Corgi Hoisery Facebook Page

More from the Mail Online:

'A spokesman for the company said they regularly supply the prince and his family with 'fine quality' knitwear and had been producing bespoke hand-finished cashmere personalised baby jumpers for the past few years.
 Chris Jones, who now runs his great grandfather's company with his sister Lisa Wood, says he was delighted when he saw the photo. "We were so happy to see such a beautiful photo of the prince with his parents and we were thrilled when we noticed that he was wearing our gift. The staff who designed and produced the jumper are very excited, as we are, to know that his parents chose to dress him in a Corgi jumper for such an important occasion.'

For those interested, we will be covering what George wears throughout the tour.

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Meanwhile, doting dad William was out and about yesterday as he joined his grandparents The Queen and Prince Philip for a rare joint engagement as Her Majesty unveiled a bronze statue of two of her Windsor Grey horses, a breed that has been drawing the Monarch's carriages at State occasions since Queen Victoria's reign.


William joked he had his arm twisted to act as patron of the project in which the people of Windsor raised £200,000 to erect the statue to mark The Queen's jubilee. It is believed to be the first time since the Braemar Games in 2005 that the Prince has undetaken a royal engagement with his grandparents as a trio. It would have been splendid to see Kate there too, and hopefully we shall see the foursome together another time.


What do you think of the statues?


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As we mentioned in our last post, the Governor-General of New Zealand has been sharing stellar updates and news via his Facebook Page including specific timings and details on the best spots to see them. As you'll see below the royals will arrive in Wellington at 11.45 a.m. on April 7.

Governor-General of New Zealand Facebook Page

Details for April 10th.


Friday 11 April in Auckland.


Saturday 12 April in Waikato.


Sunday 13 April in Dunedin and Queenstown.


Monday 14 April in Christchurch.


The last day in New Zealand 16 April.


We hope to receive similar information from Australian media outlets within the next week or so. The itinerary is very detailed and extremely helpful for those wishing to follow in real-time. What part of the world will you be watching from? There's an excellent Time Zone Converter here.

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The Cambridge family grace the cover of Hello! Magazine this week.

Hello! Magazine

Finally, it's April Fools' Day, so if you see any shocking royal stories or rumours bear the nature of the day in mind. A few hopeful Groupon readers were left perplexed by this joke :)


Not long now! Are you all excited? Here at the Duchess Kate Blog we simply cannot wait for it all to kick off.

185 comments:

  1. Sigh...she really has the life. I'm on holiday next week and I've been working 16 hour days at the office preparing for my absence, and I desperately need to find the time to hit the shops to pick up clothes for my holiday. On a more positive note I have the same Whistles Maria skirt. I haven't worn it in a while but seeing the Duchess in it makes me want to wear it to work tomorrow!

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  2. It's dawning that the tour is really happening soon! I can hardly wait to see the Cambridges out and about, and of course little Georgie! Hopefully, we'll get photos where he is actually looking into the camera =) I am sure you just can't wait, Charlotte - I hope you get some good rest these few days, because I am sure you will be really busy once the tour kicks off!

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  3. Your blog is the best Charlotte. I check it daily and a new update always makes my morning!

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  4. I know I'll be watching from Westhaven Marina in Auckland on the 11th of April! It seems like it will be the best place to spot them without them being in a car.

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  5. Personally I like neither the dress nor the skirt, call for a fashion police. Terrible I hope she is not serious with them :-) Thanks for the tour update Charlotte I really appreciate it though.Blue 27

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  6. The Royal Circular lists Prince William as 'The Duke of Cambridge, Patron, Windsor Greys Jubilee Appeal.' Therefore he accompanied the Queen when she unveiled the statue. I thought she looked absolutely splendid in her cream outfit. The men were very handsome too, Prince Philip in a grey suit to honor the horses, and a bright blue tie to match Prince William's blue suit. Grandparents and grandson looked so happy together. The beautiful spring flowers on the roundabout made me long for spring.

    The 'rumor' about the tour has been explained as a joke by the person who reported it. She posted it a day early because April Fool's Day started so many hours earlier in New Zealand and Australia. Clever.

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  7. The Duke of E looks very fit - nice to see him out and about.

    Charlotte, this column saves my sanity at work. Bless you.

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    1. Wasn't it fun to see Prince William and Prince Phillip together? I always thought PW resembled his paternal grandfather, but just look at the nose, the smile and- um- the hair!

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  8. Wow, Kate does love to shop!! I have to wonder how big her closets are, as she seems to always have some new item or such. Seriously though how much can one person shop?

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    1. An entire life, Iam afraid:-) It is funny though I love to see her new outfits but it is probably because this is a way to get to know her little better as we have so rare opportunity. On the other hand her timing is questionable sometimes if she can leave George behind and go shopping she could easily do an engagement too. But this was said so many times.....Blue27

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    2. In 20 minutes? Maybe an appearance at McDonalds?

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  9. Maryland Moxie1 April 2014 at 15:35

    Thanks for the converter information, Charlotte. Very handy. For those on the East Coast of the United States - the party arrives at 7:45pm on April 6th, Sunday.

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  10. anon from Leominster1 April 2014 at 15:56

    Kate seems caught between two worlds, the world of Gap and queues, and the world of taking a fancy car for such a short distance. Must be security but I don't understand why when she walks further than that in Kensington Gardens.

    Also odd how she often is snapped shopping when William does something without her. There have been several instances, last year when he attend the wedding in Northumberland and now when he has an engagement with his grandparents. Kate got all the attention with her time in the shops. I trust it is just coincidence.

    A pity she couldn't have joined William. I suppose that was how it was planned.

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  11. I for one like the horse statue!

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  12. Lynn Georgia USA1 April 2014 at 17:11

    What a great post, Charlotte! How I wish Corgi would make George's little jumper available (to order from US, too!)! I need to purchase a very special baby gift for a little boy baby--and that little sweater (excuse me, jumper!) would be perfect beyond belief!

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    1. I agree with Lynn. What a classic baby gift to give and keep as a heirloom item. So sweet and thoughtful to put Prince Charles gift on display to be seen by the world. I love to knit and I wonder how long it will be before someone comes up with a pattern and graft to place any name on the front. Best bet would be for Corgi to make the item available internationally.
      Three protection officers? Is this the standard number? Hope there is not something ugly going on to have increased security for H.R.H. Duchess of Cambridge. Either good manners or PR, was nice Catherine stood in line with other customers.

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    2. Agree it was nice to wait her turn We don't know how many times she has done this before. The wait gave someone a chance to note her purchases and prices. I doubt if store staff would reveal this, as HRH is a regular customer there and that would end if someone were indescreet.
      Security wise, I have also been concerned and thought her decreased engagements, apart from unscheduled unannounced appearances, were related to security issues. Wasn't her first engagement at a military base? There is a lot of hateful nonsense going on out there. I imagine she would rather have walked and taken her time shopping. Also, an engagement -with getting ready and travel time alone taking more than 20 minutes.- would take much more time.
      She could have the shops come to her, as other wealthy/royals do. What would some people have to say about that?
      I wonder if C&W were aware that the jumper was a "freeby" to PrInce Charles? Apparently, not the first from that source.
      It would make a delightful baby gift. I imagine the name is done separately and then appliqued.



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    3. Kate, Texas, USA2 April 2014 at 06:31

      I agree Lynn! It would be an absolutely adorable baby gift!

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    4. bluhare in Washington State2 April 2014 at 15:23

      G. Allyn, I think the standard protection officer detail is two or three. Perhaps two to walk with her and one to drive?

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    5. Remember the pictures of her strolling along the street with only one officer? This seems far more agressive, with her arrival and departure by car via side entrances , surrounded by officers Seems to have started with several evenings at restaurants, erc. She used to enter and exit the front doors of shops. What a way to live.
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  13. I'm looking forward to the tour and following it on your blog, Charlotte. Especially as New Zealand is my homeland. I live in the States now, so I won't be able to catch an in person glimpse. I remember waiting on the street to see Diana in '83. I was seven years old. They drove past and she was waving and wearing a yellow dress and hat. Actually, Diana is really a big part of my earlier memories because I remember my mother getting me up in the middle of the night to watch the Royal Wedding. It was such a big deal! I hope George is given a buzzy bee toy like William - a NZ classic toy.

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  14. Can't wait, can't wait :) xx

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  15. I heard there was a fuss over security concerns with the exact timings of their visits. It's great for those who want to see the royal couple though. I am excited to see what Kate wears and how they enjoy their visit.

    I suppose not being British and only ever contributing to the upkeep of monarchy through tourism, it is easy for me to say I view the Duchess as a typical wealthy young mother with plenty of household help who can do as she likes and have time to herself for shopping and holidays. She seems normal for her social class and income. And I believe the Palace must be agreeable with her limited schedule of engagements - for now - and not expect her to keep up the busy calendar of someone like the Princess Royal. But I understand why she is criticized in the UK.

    The Queen looked wonderful in her white hat and coat among all the spring flowers. There will never be another like her, she is always a beautiful and gracious woman in all circumstances.

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    1. First, I also liked the queens outfit. Cream tones really suit her skin.

      Your words about the duchess just hit the point for me. Something has bothered me for quite a while, but I never could quite point the finger on it. I loved her at the wedding. She was a girl with a great education coming from a ``normal``background. Know I start thinking she is just getting a little to comfortable in her role of doing mostly nothing in the public, but maybe that`s what she is used to (miss dolitle). I guess I was hoping for a new role model for young woman, someone that says you have to study hard and you can make something out of your life, instead of marry rich and you can do as little as possible

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  16. The Windsor Grey statues are wonderful! The patina is nice also, very natural looking. The Queen really seemed to be examining the features closely, doesn't she? I think Prince Philip and William enjoyed the event too, from their expressions in the photos.

    Thank you for the time zone converter, Charlotte! I have a weather app on my iPhone and have programmed it with the tour cities so that I could estimate the time and forecast, but this converter makes it all simpler.

    I'd really like to see the Duchess experiment with a tailored trouser look. The silhouette would need to be streamlined to suit her height and best represent her aesthetic, and maybe that would be difficult to pull off. I can picture her in a cream/beige look even as I type this, though!

    I wonder if Prince George has had a growth spurt and needed a few additional outfits for seasonal layering before they take off? I remember having to make similar hurried trips to the store for each of mine before a trip when they were maybe 8-15 months old, especially. It's as if they outgrow their little suits overnight, my favorites on them in particular.

    The countdown continues! I'm excited to share the tour with all of you!

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    1. Summer, I think the skinny pants are seeing their last hurrah. Her age and position would dictate that. Dress slacks are just the proper thing. And she would look fabulous in them.

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    2. Summer and A non,
      Amen! Let us hope and pray that the skintight skinny jeans (or denim-look tights, however you interpret what they are) have been donated and/or put away for good!! I grit my teeth whenever I see some of those skinny jeans pics, ESPECIALLY when she's wearing them with the sky-high wedges. Can you say "flood pants"????
      I'd expect the Gap purchases that Kate made might be for casual wear and/or the private events that they'll be attending. I don't expect that we'll be seeing her in pants or trousers for formal events, it's just not "done" by the royal ladies!!

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  17. Maryland Moxie1 April 2014 at 19:59

    I agree with Greybird's assessment of Kate - the thorn comes when the "income" is actually from the taxes of the working class, which is not quite the same as how the other aristocrats derive their income, so it's not quite the same class. William and she both have trust funds to draw from (Spencer inheritance and from her family), but never have to spend a dime from them to support themselves. I believe they have allowances from the Duchy of Cornwall - the Prince of Wales private trust, which they will inherit in the next ten years or so. And finally, they will eventually inherit all the queen's personal wealth. It boggles this American mind why they must draw from the people as well.

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    1. The Cambridges do not receive public money from the taxpayers. They are funded by the Duchy of Cornwall which isn't the govt. just like the Duke of Northumberland is funded by his inherited estate. The Duchy of Cornwall provides money for the heir and the Duchy of Lancaster provides personal income for the monarch. The only thing being paid by the govt is security. However, if you take the money from the Crown Estate which is given to govt and only a small portion is then given back to Queen to run the palaces, the taxpayers probably pay nothing. Definitely much less than what the US taxpayer (which I am) for its head of state.


      With the yatch racing and the jet boat, Kate will definitely be sporting some pants for those activities.

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    2. Jean from Lancs2 April 2014 at 12:44

      Skippyboo--- Many of us have explained this---but sadly just too many people don't want to hear.

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    3. Anon from Leominster2 April 2014 at 16:09

      It's not quite that simple.

      First of all, security costs are extemely high. This is not really an "except" item. Every time, there is travel, such as to the Maldives, those costs soar, even if some of the expenses of room and flights are discounted. That's always the way with business travel,which is what it is for the security officers. This is a sensitive subject since the exact figures aren't made public. Charles is trying to cut back on security by reducing it to other members of his family. His nieces, for instance.

      The Duchy of Cornwall isn't exactly private either. It is a part of the crown estate and would most likely revert to the government if the monarchy ended. As it did, with the Commonwealth. At the moment, the main issue is tax and whether corporate taxes should be paid. The issue is undetermined, as best as I can tell. Those taxes would bring in quite a lot of income to Britain.

      Charles has contributed privately to the treasury for some time. (As opposed to corporate taxes.) He reduced the amount when he married Diana. But in 1993, he agreed to a tax on non-public expenses. (What happens to the royal family after a bad year. The government begins to pick at it as some members are doing now with royal consent.) The amount of non-public versus public expenses seems to be pretty much in Charles' discretion for determination but it's not meant to support non-working royals.

      The amount taxpayers pay per head is relatively small. But there has long been speculation that the queen is using public money too much and hanging on to her private wealth. Should the monarchy become more unpopular (quite likely in the reign of Charles, after the first burst of enthusiaism) there is likely to be increased pressure for the monarchy to use more of its private funds for responsibilities now covered by the public purse. For instance the repair expenses on William and Kate's flat in Kensington Palace and the said-to-be-urgently-necessary repairs to Buckingham Palace.

      As for the President of the United States, his salary is not particularly high but the cost of the White House and security, is extremely high, probabaly too much so. (Like prime ministers these days, a president anticipates being able to earn considerably more by publishing after his term) It seems unlikely a British presidency, if that occurred, would cost nearly as much, European ones mostly don't, but I don't think most people want to see such a thing happen regardless.

      The real question of the monarchy is not just its expense. It is also the deference expected from subjects, the public nature of its role, the great and priceless privilages its members receive, and the opportunities it grants them. They are not just private citizens. All of them are expected to work hard for these benefits. The monarchy calls itself a firm with good reason. Duty is the key to its existence and more important than ever, in a rapidly changing nation where traditional support can no longer be relied on.

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    4. Maryland Moxie2 April 2014 at 17:55

      Thanks for all the information. I've often seen the statistic about the tax being so little per person, but I don't see why the richest family in England needs to collect it, rather then collecting it and distributing it to the poorest of the nation who could really use it. Comparing the royal family to American President is also an illogical argument when presented - as that is our government which is equivalent to the Prime Minister and Parliament. We don't fund a government and support a Monarchy. (We had a little discussion and war about that a couple of hundred years ago.) I just can't fathom a community in the U.S. raising the equivalent of 200,000 pounds to honor a family's breed of horses. In fairness, the money went to the artists and construction of the piece and not directly to the purse of the monarch, it's just the idea of continuously acknowledging one family for simply existing over everyone else who contribute in meaningful ways to the community and country that is so foreign and fascinating to me.

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    5. Jean from Lancs2 April 2014 at 18:55

      The most expensive Head of State in Europe is in France and remembering the numbers of security the American President brought on his State Visit, the cost must be enormous,
      It seems to me where Presidents have superseded monarchies they keep all the trimmings, like Presidential Guards and Palaces.
      As I understand it-- the agreement when the Crown lands were exchanged for expenses, stated that the lands must be returned, if there was no monarchy, so other housing arrangements would be needed for a President---unless you believe a government should grab land or property which is not theirs. In that case no one's home would be safe.
      Incidentally it is usual for the owner of a home to pay for repairs/improvements to the fabric of a building, whilst the tenant paid for internal decorations---don't see why it should be any different for members of the Royal Family

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    6. It appears you compare to the Commonweslth at times when convenient,at other times you state times have changed. Wasn't the Duchy of Cornwall created to support the POW? If there is no longer a Duke, it would seem the income would go to the State. Or to Cornwall?
      However, does it state in that ancient agreement that the recipients must "work" for their keep? I am really asking here. Not rhetorical. They certainly did not back then. The income went with the title. Period.
      Or have times changed? If the royals must work for their keep, then it is earned income ...and taxable. But not a gift, to be offered and withdrawn at the will of the State.

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    7. anon from Leominster2 April 2014 at 20:30

      The country is indeed changing but I don't believe under any circumstances, should the monarchy end, that the assets of the Ducy of Cronwall would be given to the current holder. Most likely, they would be seized by the state. It wouldn't go to Cornwall, as that's many a formal title and the holdings are scattered although a good number are in Cornwall. It is difficult to say what would happen to the assets but it seems most likely a settlement would be made on current members of the royal family.

      What is clear is those assets of the Duchy are not the private property of the Prince of Wales and while they can be managed there are limits on what he (or if the beneficiary is a female, she,) can do with them.

      I trust and hope this is extremely unliikely, Following the current pattern, I would expect to see a further wittling away of rights and privilages, some based on the popularly of the monarch and his or hers family.

      The monarchy faced a crisis in the 19th century when the last of its polictical power was stripped away. Like most of the other surviving monarchies, it reinvented itself as being based on duty (i.e. good works) and diplomacy where it still has a limited function. The present commonwealth provides, at least at this hour, a further role.

      In a sense, the royal family are employed by their subjects. Their work is not a gift and they now, do pay tax. But I don't think they would want the government treating them as hourly employees on behalf of their people. They retain a certain automony of what they do or don't do, but many members of the public are not too happy to being paying their few quid for members who aren't being seen to carry on a reasonable amount of work.

      Having friends who are recent immigrants, they are some of the least tolerant of the royal family, most having come from commonwealth nations or from countries that abolished their monarchies. So I do feel it is a time of considerable change for which the monarchy will have to further adjust.

      One interesting thing I recently learnt is that Charles has private holdings in Romania. Heaven only knows why. Apparently he admires the country, if not their treatment of their royal family.

      I do believe France's president is one of the most expensive, no doubt in part due to the palace he resides in. But France is in such a flux, there could be changes there too.

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    8. As I understand the UK taxpayer support of their royal family, the upkeep AND the salaries of all palace staff, in Buck House, KP, etc. are borne by the taxpayers, in addition to footing the bill for security for all the members of the royal family.
      The queen AND Prince Charles are extraordinarily wealthy in their own right and I think, if I recall my current events even a bit accurately, the issue of them paying taxes and/or contributing a larger share to their own upkeep, has been a recurring issue in the House of Commons for many sessions.
      I think the whole "who pays for what" issue came into the spotlight after the devastating fire at Windsor Castle, when the queen wanted the taxpayers to foot the entire bill for the restoration and recovery of the castle - even though it is also her own private residence, she's unimaginably wealthy and the UK was in the midst of some difficult economic times. I think a compromise was reached with each side paying part?
      The issue of who owns what vs. who pays for what in the UK when it comes to royal residences has always seemed to be a bit of a grey area.

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    9. Elizabeth, maybe more muddy than grey. I don't think anyone knows for sure the who is what and what's what of the British monarchy. There might be a reason for that.
      I thought Windsor was the official residence of the monarch, and not one of her private residenses. Balmoral and Sandringham, perhaps? I remember feeling actually nauseous when Windsor Castlle burned, thinking of the history that went with it. And the picture of the Queen, standing there, watching helplessly.
      I have tried to educate myself about the UK and monarchy, but obviously I have far to go

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    10. Windsor Castle is not the personal property of the Queen. It is owned like Buckingham and Kensington and St James's Palaces by the state.

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    11. bluhare in Washington State3 April 2014 at 15:38

      Jean hit on something that may not be familiar to those of us on this side of the pond. In Britain a lot of property is legally different than over here. I don't understand it totally so if I make a mistake, please correct me. I'm going to use London as an example as I know the Duke of Westminster owns huge chunks of it. So let's say you buy an apartment in London. It's like buying a condo here. You own your apartment, but you don't own the land its built on. Same if you buy a house. A lot of times you don't own the land it's built on, and you sign a lease (or there is already an extant lease) for 100 years of something like that, and pay rent. And you buy your house. I don't know the technicalities of how that is handled as I've never bought a house in Britain. Hopefully I've got he basics right.

      So William and Kate's apartment interior is theirs to do as they wish, but someone else owns the building. There's a charity (that used to be housed in WK's apartment) which runs the buildings for the public entity that owns them. The Queen grants the grace and favors, but she doesn't technically own it. BUT, William and Kate pay no rent in exchange for doing royal duties, is the way it was explained to me, and the way it's been explained for P/P Michael having to pay rent on theirs -- because they are too far down to do royal engagements to "work" their rent payment.

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    12. Maryland Moxie3 April 2014 at 17:02

      I think European government comparisons to the U.S. are illogical because the U.S. has over 317 million people, where as Britain and France are countries of about 65+ million each. Thus if you were to divide the cost of the government by the number of citizens - would we come about equal or would the U.S. govt still be a bargain? There actually is a law call eminent domain in the U.S. and compulsory purchase in the U.K. where the government can in fact take your property as long as they compensate you for it. A non mouse, there is a helpful website called The Royal Residences which helps sort out Official Royal residences, Private Estates, and Unoccupied Royal residences from the perspective of the Queen (Charles's and William's holdings are not discussed).

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    13. Thank-you, Moxie. I actually had visited such a site previously; that is how I knew Windsor was not private, while Balmoral and Sandringham were.
      "Eminent domain" is a phrase I was trying to think of. I believe it was used to clear slums, build highways and such. Its abuse at times is well known. There were also questions of what constituted a fair price, other than market value.

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    14. Bluhare, what the US has is mineral rights. You own the surface land only. Mineral rights must be purchased separately and are very costly. A company with mineral rights can drill under your house and, if necesssry, force you to sell your surface rights and destroy your dwelling.
      England has the aristocracy. The US has oil companies and, in your state, lumber companies, I believe. I think that concept could help explain how some in UK feel about their aristocracy.

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    15. Bluhare- The charity that runs the palaces is the Historic Royal Palaces. They run the non occupied royal palaces such as the Tower of London, Hampton Court and the public portion of KP. The palaces that the Queen uses such BP, Windsor, Holyrood. The public visitation is handled by the royal collection people which is part of the Queen's household.

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    16. bluhare in Washington State4 April 2014 at 04:18

      I did not know that about mineral rights, a non. Thank you. Also, thanks for the info skippyboo.

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    17. As far as the presidents large security detail....the us has had multiple assassinations and assassination attempts dating all the way back to president Lincoln. President kennedy's assassination was beyond traumatic. I'm not saying that the royal family isn't in potential danger wherever they go...but they don't run the country. The us president and his aids are responsible for the welfare of the country. Tax payers are more than willing to foot the bill where secret service is concerned.

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    18. bluhare, knowing about mineral rights comes from having been married to a lawyer Probates were our bread and butter. Not much fun, though
      .The law was not my field of expertise.

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  18. I plan on going out to Cambridge to see them. Looking forward to it!!
    I noticed a article from Intercity Coachline's which one assumes is an April Fools joke!!
    You can check it out here... http://www.intercity.co.nz/royal-visit/?utm_source=fb&utm_medium=fb&utm_campaign=april1

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  19. Jean from Lancs1 April 2014 at 20:13

    If Catherine did not go shopping, everyone on this site would be disappointed and complaining she always wore the same outfits.
    I don't suppose it struck the "Daily Mail" that she might be in the car because she was going on somewhere else.
    How many outfits do you think she would need for a three week tour? She has to buy them somewhere and then there are clothes for George.

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      Jean, it may surprise you, but I agree that it could be that Kate was stopping off on her way home.

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    2. I was thinking that he may have grown a bit and she realized he needed or would need the next size when abroad

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  20. When I saw that picture of the Queen in front of the blossoms, I thought, "She looks terrific! " She has aged with such grace and maintained her dignity through all sorts of troubles. What a class lady.

    Have to admit I didn't like the Whistles skirt at all. To me, it's not attractive to jumble all those patterns together, especially when the colors don't really mix. But then Kate can wear anything and make it look good.

    Seeing all those updates for where to see TRH in New Zealand took me right back to my honeymoon! Dunedin, Christchurch, Queenstown - can't wait to see them all again on the news (and in this blog!) Hope we see darling George out and about in all his new clothes :)

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  21. Charlotte, Can you identify the brooch that the Queen is wearing on her white coat?

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    1. Hello,

      It looks like the Pearl Trefoil Brooch. There's more on it here at the 'Her Majesty's Jewel Vault' Blog. The lady who runs Order of Splendor owns it and does a fabulous job http://queensjewelvault.blogspot.com/2012/07/the-pearl-trefoil-brooch.html

      The Queen looked magnificent as always. We are really so incredibly lucky to have her, her dedication and service to the Commonwealth is immeasurable. A truly inspirational woman.

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    2. Charlotte, another question. What about the suggestion for a post on Kate's hairstyles?
      Also, do you plan to put all this into a book? Either about Kate or the mechanics of running a blog.

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    3. Hello Erin,

      That is an excellent idea for a 'Kate Loves' post and one we will definitely cover after the tour. No plans for a book at the moment, I've had a couple of offers but to be perfectly honest I wouldn't know where to start, if I had quite a bit of spare time it would be a great project though. 24 hours are simply not enough :)

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    4. I could guarantee you at least one purchase. Maybe you could just dictate as you drive around London. Lol
      Judging from your journalistic efforts so far, you probably would not take on such a project , unless you could do a thorough job.
      I re-read your " Kate's Gap Year" last night- you set yourself quite a precedent there.

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    5. Thank you Erin! That was such a fun post to research and I was so lucky to come into contact with a great source who provided some excellent info on Kate's gap year.

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  22. I love your blog, and the royal family... You just make me smile each time there is an update. :)

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    1. Thank you so much, that is terrific to hear :)

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    2. I want you to know, you are responsible for my getting any work done. I promise myself blog-time with these interesting people from all over the world, once the work is finished I used to just read and now I take part. Of course, Charlotte, your posts are the main draw.

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  23. Have you seen the "Daily Mail Make Over" for April Fools' Day for the Duchess. Doesn't look that bad. ;-)
    http://www.dailymakeover.com/trends/hair/kate-middleton-pixie/

    On another note: Thank you for these tidbits, Charlotte. You are great!!

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    1. Thank you for sharing Vicky. Could you imagine Kate with a pixie? From the shopping pics her hair does look a little shorter although not drastic just a couple of inches.

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    2. Honestly, I cannot imagine a pixie on the Duchess. :-) but it was a nive joke. Yes, you're right, her hair looks a little shorter. I noticed that too. I'm really looking forward to how she is styling it on the tour. Sooo excited about the tour!!! :-)

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    3. Thanks for the tip to the article. I think Kate looks much better in a pixie cut. It opens up her pretty face, which is now often obscured by hair. Also, I love the Windsor grey horses sculpture.

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    4. Could her hair appear shorter because she has her head tilted forward, pulling it up off her back?

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  24. Thank you Charlotte, for another amazing post. For those who think HRH should have walked from KP to the Gap I would cite security- if she walked they would all have to walk- probably not the safest plus who knows where she was before the Gap or where she stopped next. I, like the other followers on your blog and of course looking forward to the tour. Oh and thanks for the post on your wonderful Queen-she looked amazing as did the two Dukes. Its always interesting (for me) to be able to read about PW- so many of us remember the day he was born. He certainly would have made Diana proud with his choices. Looking forward to more. Thank you again.

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    1. I wondered if George may have been in the Range Rover?

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    2. Jean from Lancs2 April 2014 at 11:05

      Hi Charlotte----that was my first thought when the 3 security officers were mentioned. Wondered if they ere perhaps off to join William in Windsor, to say," Cheerio" to Granny before the tour---and perhaps get some advice.

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    3. Absolutely security reasons. We used to see it with Princess Diana quite frequently. And would you like to be photographed walking back to KP carrying all your bags with some ghastly headlines to follow..,

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  25. Wouldn't it be fantastic if Kate would stop shopping at the likes of GAP, Zara, Topshop... all the brands with bad reputation regarding work conditions in production and environmental sustainability. Those cheap prices come at a huge cost. Considering the massive influence she has on consumer behaviour, she really has the power to make a statement without saying a word. All her choices bear a massage. Just look at us and how we analyse her smallest move. There are british and international brands who focus on organic and fair work conditions without compromising in style and fashion. In my opinion they would be more deserving of all the attention then .... bloody GAP. Seriously!

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    1. Good point, Anna. Do you think Kate is aware of the manufacturing environment? Is your info current?

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    2. You really make a good point there Anna. Personally I like to avoid the cheap, mass produced brands exactly for that reason. Not that anyone cares except my children.. But if Kate did it, wow! It would really complement Prince Charles' organic cause as well.

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    3. I am not an expert in that field, just a consumer who tries to make conscious choices. And I might be wrong about some of them but I think there is something fishy about GAP, https://www.cleanclothes.org/news/2014/01/23/public-eye-awards-2014-gap-receives-award-of-shame.

      I know exactly how tempting it is to go for the quick and cheap fashion fix and I am fighting my own battle here. But we can all do our bit and even more so Kate since she has the financial resources. And I so agree with your comment Florence, building a connection to Prince Charles' effort would be so powerful. Some of you may say there are more important causes to worry about, but I think caring about the environment (people & material) should be among the top items. And again, it would be so easy. Just pick the right clothes.

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    4. Great point and something I've been thinking about for a while now too. I've watched a couple of documentaries about the horrific working conditions of GAP and Banana Republic in particular, and on that basis I would never, ever shop there. And that's not even considering the dastardly high levels of pesticides used in cotton production, before the fabrics even get to the factories! Here's hoping Kate reads the blog and decides to enlighten herself and refocus her consumer power in more ethical directions :) Beulah is a GREAT start!
      I have decided this year to only buy ethically produced clothing items. I live in New Zealand too, and have discovered there are plenty of fantastic clothing stores that sell ethically produced clothing. Love it.
      Haven't decided if I'll go down to the marina to see the Cambridges yet (I have two small people in tow which makes it a bit difficult to manage big crowds). Very interested in how their visit to NZ and Aussie go though.

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  26. Kate, Texas, USA2 April 2014 at 06:30

    Another post and a Kate sighting...a fun surprise! I love to shop Kensington High Street and have been in Gap there many times shopping for my kiddos. It's very convenient for Kate and George will look adorable in his new wears! Someone commented on the need to drive such a short distance.... It is a short distance that I have walked many times, but the sidewalks and street are always crowded with people and very busy with cars. Walking in KP Gardens is definitely more spacious and alot easier to go undetected. Gap is on the opposite side of the street as KP, so maybe she was driven for safety and convenience (not that she can't cross a street like the rest of us, but...) , maybe they had several stops to make as they were out and about, etc. Just my thinking. :)

    Trotters is another wonderful store with adorable baby and children's items. There are a couple stores in London, but have one right by the Kensington High Street tube station. I've purchased several things there and wondered if Kate's shopped for George there. They have an adorable Union Jack sweater called the George sweater. Very cute!

    It was lovely to see William on an engagement with his grandparents. Prince Phillip is looking well and the Queen as beautiful and gracious as always. I think all three of their smiles speak volumes, such joy and enjoyment in the day!

    We're in the final stretch leading up to the tour! I'm getting excited and SO looking forward to following it!

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  27. I love Kate's skirt she wore on her trip to the GAP. It is so nice to see Prince William with his grandparents. He looks very happy and handsome.

    Thank you Charlotte

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  28. I just had a random thought. Apparently Kate paid with a credit card. I wonder if she still uses her cards that her family provided before she was married with her maiden name Middleton? Now that she's a duchess, you can't really have a card that says "The Duchess of Cambridge" on it lol.
    Don't really know where I'm going with this....
    Late night ramblings, don't mind me Charlotte :)

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    1. Blair, your comment reminded me that I saw the name "Middleton" as her legal name on a document. The document Charlotte published when they fought against this magazine which published the topless photos of the Duchess in France. I was wondering at that time why she wasn't called "Catherine Mountbatten-Windsor". Isn't this her surname after marriage because this is the family name of the Royal Family? Sorry for this off topic asking, just wondering about it.

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    2. Vicky I remember that as well and I was curious about that as well. I'm not sure but I don't think Kate legally changed her last name after she was married. I believe she still goes by "Middleton" on legal things. Maybe someone could correct me if I'm wrong or does anyone know the procedures for changing a last name after you marry into the royal family.

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    3. @Blair I believe Kate took Williams name when they married. I think Charlotte wrote something regarding that. There was a reason why on the court documents they used Middleton. I need to go back and find all the stuff regarding the lawsuit. But Kate is Mountbatten-Windsor. That is how she signed the mariagr registar.

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    4. anon from Leominster2 April 2014 at 17:14

      The Duchess surely legally changed her name because otherwise Catherine Middleton would be on George's birth certificate. France, as I recall, as some unusual rules, that required the use of her maiden name.

      The members of the royal family normally never carry money but the senior members don't often shop in public like Kate does. In the past, they would sometimes shop after hours in private and the bill would no doubt be sent to the palace. The idea of a royal credit card is a bit new but I have a vague recollection of hearing about a credit card reading Duchy of Cornwall being used. This could be what Kate has.

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    5. @Anon 17:14 I do remember hearing that members of the royal family don't carry cash on them, I recall an incident when Kate was in Angsley where she went to buy a wet suit and didn't have any money on her.

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    6. Jean from Lancs2 April 2014 at 18:39

      She used the name Middleton when a complaint was lodged against the invasion of privacy---we were told that was according to French Law.
      Here she is HRH the Duchess of Cambridge or Princess William---senior members of the Royal family do not use a surname. The Mountbatten-Windsor is used by members of the family who are not princes or Princesses, though I seem to remember that Princess Anne used it on her marriage certificate.
      It is long time people showed her the courtesy of using the name she has had for almost 3 years, particularly now she has a child.

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    7. Blair, interestingly enough - and this is one of those pieces of useless trivia that gets stuck in one's head - I recall stories about Princess Diana (or rather, one of her flunkies) paying for items for her during shopping trip with a credit card - seems like it was American Express - with "Duchy of Cornwall," her then-husband Prince Charles's very profitable business enterprise, title and estates, on it. It seems like it was a shop in London but I can't recall where. I would expect that any credit cards are billed to an official title or estate holding.
      Prince Charles is known to be frugal with his own money so I don't expect that he's footing the bill for all of Kate's shopping trips. William and Kate are extremely wealthy in their own right so I'd guess William pays for his wife's expenses, not the Duchy of Cornwall.

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    8. I recommend a look into
      https://www.royal.gov.uk/thecurrentroyalfamily/theroyalfamilyname/overview.aspx
      It would strongly suggest that if any surname at all, she uses Mountbatten-Windsor.
      However, I remember that Anglesey incident too. I think she asked at a shop for something to be put on hold so she can pick it up later (because she didn't have any money on her). When the shop assistant or owner asked for her surname she said "Cambridge" and he replied something down the line of "what an unusual name" because he didn't recognised her.
      I have the feeling we won't find a definite answer on the name subject.

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    9. Blair, I remember that. Didn't she promise to come back with the money and signed herself "Mrs. Cambridge? " Apparently, the clerk didn't recognize her.

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    10. @Erin Yes when asked what her last name was she replied "Cambridge" and the shop keeper found it a strange last name. Perhaps she uses "Cambridge" and "Mountbatten-Windsor" both whenever she needs them.
      My guess would be more towards "Cambridge" because that's what she replied with in Anglesey.
      @Anna you're probably right we'll never know a definitive answer unless someone peeps a glance at the card she uses when shopping and that would just be an invasion of privacy in my opinion, but I'm honestly surprised it hasn't happened.

      Does anyone remember when Kate ordered something from an online website and they tweeted a photograph of her name on the package. I may be wrong but I believe it was "Middleton" as her last name. I'll have to go back and look it up.

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    11. anon from Leominster3 April 2014 at 20:24

      Did a little Wiki looking because I find the whole businessof royal surnames confusing. (Maybe a future subject for the Royal Digest.) And it is confusing! For one thing, it is the House of Windsor, not the house of Mountbatten Windsor, although that double name has been used unofficially by all of the queen's children at one time or another. It seems the use of Mountbatten Windsor officially as a surname would be for male-line great-grandchilden of the queen who have no other title. (A so-call cadet branch of the royal family.) This in theory would apply to children of Edward's son Viscount Severn, even though his sister is termed Lady Louise Windsor. As I understand it, if Beatrice or Eugenie had a child out of wedlock (or chose not to use their husbamd's name?) this would also apply to their children. I think in theory it will someday apply to descendants of George and of Harry's children but it will be some time in coming.

      Aristocrats with titles usually sign themselves by their title. E.G. the Duke of Devonshire signs himself Devonshire, not Cavendish, even though his daughters would be Lady ? Cavendish. (Confusing with Diana because Spencer was both the title and the family surname. That doesn't seem to happen above earls and not often with them.) So Cambridge is an official surname for Kate as she is the Duchess of Cambridge. (And in the future, her descendents will presumably be know as the Cambridges, much as we use the Kents and the Gloucesters.) Wlliam and Harry have also used Wales as a surname. Presumably right now Harry still does but will most likely get a title on marriage.

      All this is about as clear as mud and I would be happy for more clarification.

      As for security, I can't imagine Kate is being kept from engagements while the queen, a much greater target, is out there all over the place. The threats said to be made don't show a lot of research since they were made against the queen and she rarely attends either Wimbledon or Cheltenham. But there are more likely information we don't know about and security may be heightened for all members of the royal family, hence the additional guards for Kate. .

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    12. Firstly, I am not MI 5, nor anything close. However, I would think the loss of the Duchess would deeply affect two heirs to the throne, possibly three. I don't think it is Kate herself who is a possible target, but the monarchy and up until recently,she has been a fairly easy target.
      If the Queen is "out there all over the place," you can bet there are more than three officets involved and many precautions. Also--and I don't know how to put this delicately--- she is not seen as a long-term (future) representative of the monarchy. This is not to say that she is irrelevant.
      I don't know what to think about Prince Charles. I imagine his security is comparable to the Queen's. Also, maybe the younger generation is seen as leading to a more popular, therefore stronger, monarchy.
      Regardless, I do so enjoy your posts and appreciate the effort you put forth to be accurate, and not just "spout off."

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    13. anon from Leominster4 April 2014 at 01:00

      For me this is a rather queasy making subject of trying to balance the value of the life of an elderly but highly experienced monarch who virtually symbolises Britain in the eyes of the world, and the thought of the emotional loss of a beautiful young mother.

      From a pragmatic point of view, Kate is easily replaceable - she has little royal experience and almost no duties, but from an emotional point of view, would perhaps be a more devasting loss to her young family than her grandmother-in-law. (I quite agree with you about active young royals leading to a stronger monarchy.)

      But when one thinks how Philip would feel if something violent happened to the queen or visa versa -they would manage as they always do - but it it doesn't bear thinking of. Let us all hope things go naturally in their intended way Long live the queen, she is very relevent indeed!.

      This does bring to my mind recent remarks of Patricia, the countess Mountbatten. Thr world mourned Lord Louis Mountbatten and he was given a grand state funeral but she observed, as much as she deeply loved her father, she felt the loss of one of her twin sons to the terrorist bomb more greatly, a loss that was only slightly noticed by the public. I hold to my view that the queen is a greater target from the world's prerspective, but the personal weighing of loss can only be known to the family members themselves. Hoepfully, they are all well protected!!!

      Regardless of what happens to any royal, the monarchy in theory is ready for it. That's what the line of succession is for and courtiers would be prepared for a Queen Beatrice, or even a Queen Zara. Looking back at history, there has often been blips in the succession, the abdication being the most recent, but not the only, and in history, both Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth !. took the throne only due to the deaths of closer heirs. (Victoria was actually born in some sense for that purpose after Princess Charlotte died but it was widely expected one of her uncles might have produced a son who would be ahead of her.)

      One thing I have thought of is how little experience William and Kate have and how much they are relying on a long reign of Charles. Although I'm no great fan of Charles, I certainly wish him the longest life possible and trust it will be so - he will make an interesting king - but it would seem worthwhile to have William and Kate ready. Some baby steps have been taken in that direction but I think at this moment, William and Kate would find it quite a shock.

      The queen is no doubt aware of this as her own father had to take the throne unexpectedly and even though he had carried on considerable royal duties prior to his accession, it still weighed heavily on him, especially with a country about to go to war.

      I appreciate your support. I try not to just "sprout off" but I wouldn't want anyone to rely too heavily on my accuracy as I haven't time to research things as well as I would like. I like to hope anything I write will make people think and go off and look up things. We get wonderfully divergent and well thought out views on this blog and people come up with fascinating ideas and information. And Charlotte does an amazing job, considering this is just one part of he life - I say three cheers to her!

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    14. William and Kate's descents are not going to known as the Cambridges. William's titles will change as he get closer to the throne. Once the Queen dies and Charles is King. William gets the Duke of Cornwall title in addition to his Cambridge one. Then he will be made Prince of Wales so Prince George will go from of Cambridge, of Cornwall and then of Wales. Harry will lose is designation of of Wales when Charles is King so eventually the Cambridges will becomes the Wales. Until the ultimate upgrade of King, then the Cambridge dukedom is merged with the Crown and William could give out to his second son if he wanted.

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    15. anon from Leominster4 April 2014 at 16:28

      Quite right, although technically if a second son of William and Kate takes the title of Cambridge, which seems possible, given there aren't a lot of royal dukedoms to be granted, then their descendents will be known as the Cambridges through their second son. But there of course is no certainty even of a second child and if there is, she may be a daughter.

      It will be interesting someday, in the new spirit of equality whether such an eldest daughter of a future monarch will simply be made Princess Royal as has been traditionally done, or whether, in the new spirit of equality she will be granted a royal dukedom in her own right and be a royal duchess who can pass the title down to her heirs. All this assunes that William is made Prince of Wales, but in the normal course of events, that seems most likely, as long as Charles survives his mother.

      Since royal dukedoms are usually given these days on marriage, I'm likely to be a very old lady if George follows his father's example and waits until he is thirty to wed and he may never be made a royal duke given that Charles is older still. But there is a lot of longevity in both my and the royal famly, so here's hoping for an interesting royal future whatever it brings..

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    16. Anon- "As long as Charles surives his mother?" I was already confused. Why did you have to throw that into the mix? The Queen Mother lived to 102!
      I seriously think, after this monarch, there ought to be some sort of king test , to be given after age 75, say.Then follow the Netherland's example.
      And I think Charles should have his chance, while he can still get around on two legs He has done some innovative, progressive things and could bring the monarchy into the 20th century . I really believe that. Now, if he could do something about that appendage.

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    17. Isn't the second son traditionally known as the Duke of York? If Prince Andrew is no longer the second son, but the brother, would Harry become the Duke of York? With Prince William the POW?

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    18. I was going to correct my "20th century" remark, but on second thought ,I believe I'll let it stand.

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    19. The royal princes are given dukedoms or earldoms when they marry, to provide them with titles to pass on to their descendants. It's true that George VI was Duke of York, as is Prince Andrew, but it's not because they were second sons. The Queen simply wanted to give her favorite son her father's title. Andrew will not give up his title. Harry will be given a different dukedom or earldom when he marries.

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    20. Andrew is the Queen's favorite son? Please note English history. "Duke of York " is traditionally the second son's title, when there is one. Richard III, for example, was a Duke of York, prior to becoming king. I think Henry VIII was when his older brother Arthur was POW. Arthur died and I believe Henry was briefly POW. For awhile, the third son was Duke of Clarence. The succession around Queen Victoria was a bit fluid. However, check back to George III, her grandfather's era. I don't remember Edward VII era. I will check on that.
      And I really didn't think Prince Andrew would give up his title. Not without a fight, anyway.

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    21. Did a quick check. Second sons have become DOY at least ten times. Sounds like tradition to me. Including Henry VIII. It was Edward IV son Richard, not his brother Richard who was DOY Edward VII. second son George (later George V, ) was DOY, prior to his older brother's death and George's becoming POW.
      Tidbit from Wiki: After the first DOY , over 500 years ago, not one DOY has passed on his title to an heir. Every one either died without male issue or became king.

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    22. anon from Leominster5 April 2014 at 04:39

      Once you have a title, you keep it for life (unless you do something truly dastardly like being a traitor.) So Andrew will be the Duke of York for the rest of his life. Remember, he could still produce a legitimate heir too, not likely, but if he married the Croatian beauty who is supposed to be his girlfriend, she is barely older than William. Or he might marry someone else. It's always a possibility.

      So while the dukedom of York is often granted to a second son, it has to be available first. Given the longevity of the current royal family, it is quite likely Andrew will still be living at the time a potential second son of William and Kate is ready for a title. Say a son was born in 2018, five years after George and married at thirty. Andrew would still be in his eighties, younger than his active father is now.

      One title we know is likely to be available to this hypothetical son is the dukedom of Cambridge, at least once William becomes king.

      William will almost certainly be made Prince of Wales by Charles if Charles survives his mother. If he didn't for some reason, and I hope that's not the case, the queen might still make William Prince of Wales but that is a bit less certain, particularly if she was extremely elderly and William was likely to become king quite soon. However it works, I would imagine they will want to spread Charles' cornination and William's formal investiture out a bit, although William can still be Prince of Wales without the fairly modern ceremony of the investiture.

      Another interesting thing is the speculation that Edward will be made Duke of Edinburgh on his father's death. This would mean Philip's title would be passed down to one of his sons. Frankly, I don't quite see why they would do this so late on, but since Edward only was granted an earldom, it may be in the cards.

      And it will be interesting to see what happens to titles like this if Scotland votes to be independent. There are a lot of unknowns right now and how that would affect the royal family is one of them. It seems to be still up in the air a bit.

      Given at the moment Andrew is a robust fifty-four, and Harry is likely to marry fairly soon, he will most likely be granted a different dukedom or earldom on his marriage. The dukedom of Clarence is out there although not all its holders have been too lucky. But there are other possibilities or the queen could grant a new title for Harry that hasn't been previously used. Time will tell and the next decade of the royal family should be an interesting one.

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    23. The title once was duke of york and albany'( trying to type with a cat in my lap) in tie in with unification with Scotland.
      As I noted above, I wasn't serious about Harry's becoming DOY. At least not during Charles's time.
      Again enjoyed your comments. This is my only blog and I am having a lot of fun.

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  29. How comes a royal highness goes shopping in Gap...??. What's going on here..??

    I want the Duchess to arrive, to a fanfare of trumpets, wearing a tiara, an elegant shimmering gown, pearls, long white gloves, the crowds suddenly stops. Everybody bows/curtsys, she has at least 5 ladies-in-waiting, and a chauffer at her beck and call. (downtown abbey style), she momentarily poses for photos for her adoring public, while shop assistants run around bringing her the latest fashion samples...etc

    I want glamour and splendour A real princess, so us gentlemen can treat ze' ladies like princesses. lady Charlotte if u got some inside connection with our kate....Please tell her to glam it up a bit.

    We don't want all this ordinary stuff. Cuz...

    We love her. .

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    1. anon from Leominster2 April 2014 at 17:17

      I agree entirely. We want to see her both act more princess-like and dress more princess-like. I believe there would be far less attention paid to Kate and her shopping if that wasn't all there is quite often. Being seen as ordinary is not truly an asset to the royal family.

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    2. Anon, you don't like bowing and curtseying, yet you criticise the common touch. What are you really trying to say?

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    3. My Great Aunt was a Baroness and no one in our family ever bowed or curtsied to her, she wouldn't have expected it!

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  30. I have just come across the printed zip-back dress in my local Zara store last night and a bit disappointed to see the duchess purchased it. It is an extremely cheap-looking dress, made of 100% polyester with some added stretch, unfinished hemlines, very poor quality. So while it my look good from a distance or in look-book, definitely not a garment you would like to wear.

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  31. Thank you for another great post Charlotte! I love new Kate sightings. Not a fan of the skirt but I do like the dark casual look and I always love her foot wear.
    Excited for Monday to arrive!!

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  32. I will try once more to post. It seems if my comments are in any way not gushing over the Duchess I don't get posted. I think Kate needs to drop the flimsey cheap clothes and try some better brands. Her clothes right after the wedding seemed more put together, The flimsey dresses on her tall frame jsut look junenile. She needs to drop the skinny jeans as well..i just dont get her school girl look

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    1. Hello Milo,

      Let's keep it friendly if possible. If you look over any post you will find a vast mixture of comments both positive and critical of Kate. I can tell you, I haven't elected not to publish any of your comments, I simply haven't received them. My fiancé is going to look into the issue over the weekend but it is a Blogger issue and unfortunately they're terribly slow at resolving problems.

      My sincerest apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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    2. Hello Charlotte! I have a question for you, I would like to know what we can expect from you in connection with the royal tour? Of course I wmean how you plan to cover it, as will be around +10-11 hour time differences. Shall we get you anything, coffee maschine etc.:-))))Blue 27

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    3. I'll be covering everything as it happens, exactly the same as the last tour with a post for each event :)

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    4. Jean from Lancs3 April 2014 at 16:27

      Charlotte, You are going to be completely worn out by the end of the tour---after all, the previous ones were much shorter.
      Do take care of yourself.

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    5. Hello Jean,

      Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment. The timing worked out very well for me. My exams are next month and I used the past two months to study and prepare. There will be very little sleep for the next three weeks but it's going to be such fun and I really hope to do a good job covering it :)

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    6. Mrs. Thompson in Chicago3 April 2014 at 19:45

      You're a rock star Charlotte!

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    7. It is all a matter of attitude and dedication. Everything worked out , because you made it work out.

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    8. Hopefully you will have a few weeks to re-review before the exams. I know you will do well if they involve writing. Best wishes for successful exams!

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    9. Thanks for your answer, have fun with the tour too!Blue27

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    10. I totally agree about the skinny jean look. Maybe that's OK when she's lounging around at home or on vacation. But it's really a teenager look - and especially wrong for someone in her position. It's almost like Kate doesn't want to admit that childhood (or even college years) are over. She's an adult, a mother, a duchess, circulating in the highest echelons of British society. She needs to accept that this is her role, and gain some maturity and dignity. This would include developing some different hairstyles. She doesn't need to cut it - just needs to put it up under control more often.

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    11. If I had to pick among drugs, infidelity, meanness, or skinny jeans, I' d pick sj . A little hanging on to the past can't hurt.
      Do agree eelady, would be better to keep them to off-duty hours.
      Wait a minute. When is she off-duty, again?

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  33. these off the rack cheap clothes do not fit her well. They make her look school girlish in ill fitting clothes. The sheerness and flimsey fabric are not suitable for a young mother her age and position. I was hoping she would take it up a notch after the baby was born.

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  34. Mrs. Thompson in Chicago2 April 2014 at 20:41

    Hi Milo. I think we just need to be patient with comments. I too have had some appear quickly, some later, and very rarely not at all. But, the third seems to only happen when there are tons of comments in a short span and I can't imagine how Charlotte is able to devote so much time so reading and posting comments when she receives literally hundreds of them, much less all of the work she does with the posts. Not to mention her life outside of the web with school, family, friends and a fiance! I often forget this blog is just a hobby because she does such a professional job. I feel the same way as those who aren't impressed with the Gap purchases, for similar reasons of wanting to see Kate support more socially/environmentally conscious businesses and also loving when she goes glam. That said, I am guilty of making a few Hobbs purchases bc of Kate when I have no idea of its track record. I also wanted to share my thoughts with the previous commenter on the "Do Little" reputation. I think the Duchess is a lovely and smart person who is an asset to the Royal Family, but I have tempered my expectations of seeing a woman unafraid to develop her own voice to become a true champion of worthy causes, and just enjoy the blog for all of Charlotte's interesting factoids and the fashion. Perhaps in time.

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  35. Jean from Lancs3 April 2014 at 13:11

    There should be no shortage of reports or photos of the tour.
    British Royals blog is quoting a New Zealand source that 350 NZ reporters have been accredited to the tour, plus 120 foreign reporters. Of the latter 56 are British.
    Can you imagine, every time you put your nose outside the door 470 people flash their cameras; criticize your clothes; your hair and any thing else they can find fault with! Then publish it for the rest of the world to tear her to pieces.
    Would anyone like to change places with her---I know I wouldn't?

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    1. Maryland Moxie3 April 2014 at 16:20

      Oh, I doubt she reads any of the stuff written about her. Why would she and when would she have the time? She's been dealing with this since she took up with William and they were first spotted on the slopes, this tour with press is not new to her. She's spent the nine years as William's girlfriend working out, getting her hair done and shopping and more of the same after the wedding. She's been training for this for years!

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    2. Portia from Chicago3 April 2014 at 19:37

      Moxie - you forgot the watching TV part. They've told people at events that they watch the shows: Apprentice UK, TOWIE, Downtown Abbey and they watched the Killing in one shot over a weekend. They are big TV watchers ! Working out, beauty routines, TV watching and shopping. That about covers it.

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    3. Diane from Boston3 April 2014 at 19:58

      Can you believe they have the nerve to watch TV? Honestly, that is just the last straw. Who do they think they are?

      And yes, that is sarcasm.

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    4. Maybe the fact that she has had to deal with it for so long could be the reason why it gets more difficult. One can cope with a neighbor's loud music for a time ; but after awhile, it becomes intolerable.
      I wonder if you could have found a kinder phrase than " took up with?" It doesn't have a nice connotation and seems disrespectful.
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    5. On days when I have to do more than an hour and a half of work absolutely!

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    6. @Maryland Moxie
      In the past reportedly Kate did read a lot of what was written about her.
      There's a very interesting story, online about Kate and her mother I believe in the grocery store together and Kate picked up a magazine that she was on the cover on and proceed to read it while waiting in line then put it back.
      I'm not sure if she pays as much attention now but I'm sure she does hear things about her as its inevitable when you're in the public eye like that.

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    7. Just wondering why they are being put down for watching tv? Don't we all watch tv at time's?

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    8. Portia from Chicago4 April 2014 at 02:28

      Hey - I was in a somewhat sarcastic and humorous mood when I wrote those comments. Not to be taken that seriously. Pipe down people. I think I will go join some purse blogs for a change. Things are getting too toasty around here !

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    9. bluhare in Washington State4 April 2014 at 04:20

      Which purse blog, Portia? Don't go for too long; I'll get lonely!

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    10. Sarcasm is fine. I love sarcasm! The only problem with online posting and sarcasm is that it doesn't always come across as funny or sarcastic. Instead the post appears angry and jealous, which is unfortunate, especially if you were just having a bit of fun!

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    11. People take every sentence too personally, have you heard about co-existing? I enjoy your comments Portia, jest, humour, sarcasm can help a lot in life.Blue27

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    12. Portia from Chicago4 April 2014 at 15:39

      bluhare - I found one called bagfetishperson. Oh my - the purses ! I have to do some serious budgeting now. No more clothes for 6 months !!

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    13. Portia, (via bluhare) " bagfetishperson!" Now that remark was truly funny. Knew you had it in you. You seem to be a very inventive personality.

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    14. Mrs. Thompson in Chicago4 April 2014 at 21:34

      We enjoy the banter ladies! It keeps things interesting! :-)

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    15. bluhare in Washington State5 April 2014 at 15:37

      Will check it out, Portia. Thank you! Love my bags.

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  36. Does anyone think Kate's scarcity of late is because she may be expecting again? Think back to Christmas day. Kate and William holding hands like they were sharing a wonderful secret. Plus, she wore two coats on Christmas Day that she wore when she was just pregnant (as if hinting to us).

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    1. Lynn Georgia USA3 April 2014 at 16:52

      I do not think so. If she had been pregnant at Christmas, she would be beginning to thicken a bit by now at three and a half to four months pregnant (even though she stays very slim when pregnant). She is definitely NOT thickening! Furthermore, I do not think she would chance a pregnancy while on such a strenuous (and important) tour so far away from her doctors.

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  37. Portia from Chicago3 April 2014 at 19:43

    Another day, another shopping trip. The life. Each day as I fight deadlines and office politics and traffic and kids acting out, the DofC spends another day in the life of a ducchess. In another 20 years I will have 20 new wrinkles and oodles of grey hair while she will have glowing skin and perma-glowing brown hair :) Long live the monarchy.

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    1. Downton Abbey. Downtown Abbey would most likely be set in London.
      And yes, that's irony.

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    2. Portia and Moxie: why post in Charlotte's beautiful blog if you have such a negative attitude to royals? I had to ask.

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    3. Portia Dear, spot the difference ........ Kate picked the Prince and you probably did not : )
      But I personally think giving up your freedom is a very high price to pay.
      Be glad.

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    4. Portia Are we jealous?

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    5. Portia from Chicago4 April 2014 at 02:25

      Anon 00.56 - of course, dear ! Why ask.

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    6. Portia from Chicago4 April 2014 at 02:26

      Anna - I picked a prince too :) The comment was made in jest, my friends.

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    7. Maryland Moxie4 April 2014 at 07:26

      I'm just keeping myself entertained - hoping Harry fast tracks marrying Cressida Bonas so his Grandparents can attend the wedding. That girl has style. How about you Florence? Just why are you so enthusiastic about the royals? What has Kate ever done that inspires you? Do you agree with Anna from NZ that Kate has given up freedom? Or has Kate actually gotten opportunities most people will never experience? Like an all expenses paid eighteen day trip to New Zealand and Australia? She's free enough to match race America's Cup yachts in the harbor and ride on the Shotover Jet. Does that sound negative? Or like hard work? It sounds pretty fun to me.

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    8. People take every sentence too personally, have you heard about co-existing? I enjoy your comments Portia, jest, humour, sarcasm can help a lot in life.Blue27

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    9. Blogger glitz? @1737. I had made a reply to moxie at this time, but this isn't it. Something to the effect that maybe moxie was bored and at loose ends and she was trying to liven things up.. And that those comments had been around the track a few too many times and it might be time to retire them.
      Maybe my original remark will show up. Maybe they will both or neither appear. We'll see.

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    10. Excellent questions Moxie! I have always been enthusiastic about European royals, ever since I was a child. I enjoyed the history of kings and wars and the queens and princesses.. fascinating! The elegance, the beauty of the clothes, the jewellery, palaces and ancient buildings, their use of the English language, literature and art. I thoroughly enjoy when royals put their talents to good use and help people, and when Princess Diana came into her own, I was captivated (like everyone else I guess!). She was my age, and I remember watching her getting married to Prince Charles on TV, whilst sipping Pina Coladas with my friend in a bar in Spain after a day on the beach. I thought "oh wow, I am so glad I am not you, even if I LOOOOVE that wedding dress, and the upcoming lifestyle seemed amazing. I loved how Princess Diana brought up her boys, and have enjoyed watching them grow up through media.. I think that the life of Catherine is severely restricted now that she is married to Prince William. Kate Middleton was a girl who came from a wealthy family. With another husband she could have travelled to Mustique, France and the Swiss Alps every year without a care in the world. She could have had her hair done, her facials and body treatments, work outs and diets without anyone noticing. Kate could have shopped til' she dropped and had a fine lunch with a friend, then partied all night with the 24/7 nanny to look after her babies. Nobody would have known. And that is the life of many rich girls and ladies. But Catherine had a different destiny, and I think that's what's so fascinating. I don't think that anyone could anticipate the stress involved with being scrutinised for absolutely everything you do. How could she not have married Prince William, they seem such a perfect fit?! I believe the royal family is doing everything they possibly can to avoid the tragic fate of Princess Diana. They are in fact doing such a terrific job, that they are possibly hiding her away a little bit too much. Can you blame them? What would you do? Would you not be scarred for life if that had happened in your family? An ancestor of mine committed suicide, generations ago though, but everyone in my family are still absolutely vigilant about "healthy mind in healthy body" attitude. I can see the pattern that they have created. It is absolutely crucial that nothing of the sort happens to Catherine. It would crush the whole royal family emotionally. They may have a stiff upper lip and all that, but they are human beings. They have a duty of care to their subjects, yes, but they have duty of care to themselves as people first and foremost. The lifestyle they live may appear lavish, but it is how they have always lived. It is irrelevant how much the taxpayer has to fork out. Palaces are historic buildings that require upkeep. It costs money. The royal family is not middle class and they should not be middle class. In that case we might as well have a president in every country and forget the royals. Salary and security would have to be paid for every x-president as well, and they would not do charity work until they were nearly 100 years old with a smile on their face, trust me.

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    11. Part 2. You inspired me Moxie! So, no I don't think I would like to be the Duchess of Cambridge travelling to Australia and New Zealand, having to change clothes every couple of hours, visiting places I had not chosen, where my child could not go with me. Every outfit, every hairstyle commented on. If I choked on an olive the whole world would know and the media would come up with a story about me refusing olives because I was pregnant with Prince Harry's triplets haha. People might hate my shoes and my new make up stylist made me look old oh nooooo. sounds like a nightmare. I'd rather take my dogs for a walk in my local park in my trackies, dress up for anonymous lunch with my girlfriends, colour my hair with L'Oreal from the local chemist and blow dry it to perfection myself. I would like to take my kids around Australia, show them the outback, and explain about indigenous history and teach them respect. I would not climb Uluru. I would go skiing in NZ , shop at the market in Christchurch and spend all the time in the world with Maori people to understand their culture. I would visit where they filmed Lord of the Rings and only my FB friends and family would see the photos! That's why I admire the royal family and the extraordinarily brave Catherine of Cambridge, who is taking on a life of scrutiny and restricted access to her own private life. They can do that, I could not. Watch her develop in her own time. Prince William and Catherine will be amazing given half a chance to raise a family and a little bit of privacy.

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    13. Well said, Florence ! hope W&C know there are lots of people rooting for them.
      There are also those who enjoy causing conflict and then acting innocent. Sort of the old bait and switch game.

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    14. One thought, Florence- re former presidents not doing charity work ...Jimmy Carter is close to the Queen's age and you won't see a bigger smile than his, as he cheerfully volunteers for Habitat For Humanity and other charities. There are other examples. They don't all sit home and paint pictures; although, what is wrong with that? Winney did it.

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    15. Funny you should say that Erin, as soon as I posted it I thought of Jimmy Carter. Thanks for feedback :-) let's move on to the tour!

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  38. I am George was at KP with the nanny. I am increasingly frustrated by the DOC. I will NOT call her Kate Middleton and nor should any of the press because she isn't. That's the first rant but the second is that she seems to be doing pretty much nothing other than holiday and shop. I was a huge fan after the wedding and imagined she would work hard, get involved with good causes and generally make us proud. The hair needs sorting out and she needs to stop wearing high street and start wearing the best of British haute couture. Goodness knows she has the figure for it. We don't want royalty to be ordinary, we want them to be special. Top Shop dresses don't cut it for me. She would do well to look at the transformation that Mary Donaldson made when she married CO Frederick of Denmark. She is so dignified, well dressed, busy and committed to her work. Same goes for Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. DOC needs to get to work ...

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    1. The Duchess of Cambridge is not the Crown Princess neither is she Queen. There is no need for her to make the transition that you are talking about just yet. They have their whole lives in front of them for this transition. Please see previous posts about this topic. I think it has been discussed enough.

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    2. Mrs. Thompson in Chicago4 April 2014 at 17:09

      I respectfully disagree, and think to say the DOC isn't Queen or TRH W&K aren't the direct heirs is a bit of a cop out. Charles' reign would be on shakier ground if not for his sons, and now the DOC. She has proven to be just as captivating to the UK and the world as those ranked above her and it would be foolish not to capitalize on that.

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    3. Mrs. Thompson- you are correct and thank you for saying so.

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    4. She may not be a crown princess, but impressions are lasting, and photos...

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    5. I think people aren't expecting her to take on the responsibilities of a direct heir or the actual Queen.

      They want her to work/give back more to justify the supported lavish life she lives and represent the people better.

      I repeat:
      They want her to work/give back more to justify the supported, lavish life she lives and represent the people better.

      One more time.
      They. Want. Her. To. Work/Give Back More. To. Justify. The. Supported, Lavish. Life. She. Lives. And. Represent. The. People. Better.

      You are correct Florence - to look back at previous posts about this topic, it is clear the issue has been discussed enough.

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    6. I think it's time to say it's ok to agree to disagree. There are two definite sides here. So be it :-)

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    7. Thank you Stephanie. The requests are simple enough - work for your lavish lifestyle - yet she doesn't seem willing or able to step up and do the job for which she is so ridiculously well-compensated.

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    8. Thank you Anon 03:58!

      And I am with you then Florence - let's agree to disagree! You are a sweetpea. xo
      I will say though that I genuinely am looking forward to the next few weeks to see how TRH do!

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    9. Please see Erin, 06:51.

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    10. ...You think I am trying to cause problems then act innocent?
      Seriously?

      Sigh. Well, if that's the way you wish to see it, by all means.

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    11. I didn't think that at all Stephanie. Thanks for your reply :-)

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  39. Maybe the commenting problem is caused by the type of browser you use! I use safari and chrome on my laptop and safari on my phone. My comments do get through when I'm on my phone on safari or when I am on chrome at my laptop. My comment is not shown when I am on safari at my laptop. When the "your comment will be visible after approval" line does not show up, I'll know my comment won't either.

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  40. Do you think we will see pictures of them leaving from say heathrow on their way to New Zealand?

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    1. The only airplane photos most likely be arrival in Wellington. They are flying British Air on a scheduled flight to Australia and then the NZ Air Force is bringing them to Wellington. For the Canada tour, the Canadians came and picked them up.

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  41. I certainly hope so! With how quiet things have been recently we're very much looking forward to an influx of pictures, especially of George and his chubby cheeks!

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  42. The 2nd and 3rd in line to the throne on the same flight? My memory is a bit blurred but I think to remember that the monarch and the heir are not supposed to take the same plane, to reduce the risk of a double loss. Does that not apply for 2 heirs on the same aircraft?

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    1. @Anna I believe the Queen had to give her permission for the family to fly together.

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    2. It may take approval but it happened often enough with Charles and William. It does appear they take separate cars. Anyway no biggie as Harry is well suited if their were to be a plane crash.

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  43. just a little tidbit in a local paper today about the baby car seat prince george will use in new zealand http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/royal-tour/9906043/Plunket-preps-seat-for-Georges-visit

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  44. Hello Charlotte :)

    Kate, William and George will be in Wellington 11:45 a.m , but is it Greenwich time???
    Thank you in advance for your response :)

    Dorota

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  45. Jean from Lancs4 April 2014 at 21:43

    Seems the press pack flew off tonight. I suppose they have to be there to report on the arrival.
    It is also reported that New Zealand alter their clocks this weekend, so they will be eleven hours ahead of us-i.e. I f they arrive around 12 midday Monday that is about 1am here,
    Have I got that right---I'd hate to miss the arrival?

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    1. Jean, under "tools" my phone has world clock. Mine is set at Sydney. It is now 10:47 am Saturday in Auckland and 10:47 pm Friday in London.-- 12 hours. See if that works for you.

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    2. Just a thought- is the time next to our posts London time? If so, something is off. Maybe Blogger time, wherever that is.

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    3. Forgot about the NZ time change. That explains it.
      Need to stop posting when I am half-adleep. Asleep.

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  46. I know it is Gap, but isn't that little plaid onesie-shirt for George the cutest thing? Are there any eco and worker-friendly children's manufacturing companies ? That the average-incomed person could afford?

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  47. Only about 48 more hours! I am very excited for the net few weeks. Looking forward as well to the tiny glimpses of George here and there. I bet she does dress him cute.
    It's a Club Med tour but I am very much looking forward to the fashion of DoC. Thank you for your hard work Charlotte xo

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    1. What do you mean by "Club Med" tour? Would that also be a positive comment?
      My first reply got censored. Don't know why.
      Although it wasn't subtle or surrounded by cheerful statements.

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  48. Thinking to wear something different to prom I wish to buy the same printed zip-back dress.

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