Sunday, 20 April 2014

Prince George joins His Parents at Taronga Zoo & Kate in Stella McCartney for Canberra Arrival

Prince George joined his parents The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Taronga Zoo this afternoon.


Reporters said Kate wiped drool from George's face as they walked in to the zoo.


There was great excitement as the Cambridge family arrived.


Little George taking in his surroundings!


The royals first viewed the Bilby Enclosure. On the occasion of Prince George's birth, the Government of Australia made a donation to the zoo for its bilby preservation programme, which is helping to restore numbers of the animal to the wild. According to the Palace, William and Kate were delighted to hear the enclosure will be named after their son.


George looking at the bilby (oh the cuteness).


William turned to Kate and said "He's trying to grab his ear", to which Kate replied "If he gets it he'll never let go".


The little prince was very happy to receive a toy bilby, though he proceeded to throw it to the ground in excitement!


Kate pointing out animals to George.


George chewed a sticker.


It was wonderful to see William and Kate interacting with George. They really are doting parents.


Taronga Zoo is the city zoo of Sydney and is located on the shores of Sydney Harbour. It was officially opened in 1916. Divided into zoo-geographic regions, the 21-hectare facility is home to over 2,600 animals and 340 species.

Wikipedia

At Taronga, they believe humans and animals can share the planet. Staff are working tirelessly to achieve a shared future, helping threatened species to breed, protecting their genetic diversity, and even re-introducing them to the wild. They're striving to be a centre for conservation excellence and aim to inspire individuals and communities through their work.

Taronga Zoo Facebook Page

It is the ideal place for a family day out with so much to offer.

Taronga Zoo Facebook Page

Troy, the California Sea Lion.

Taronga Zoo Facebook Page

The Taronga Zoo ferry services are the preferred mode of transport for many tourists, providing a twelve minute ride from the city to the location.

Taronga Zoo

The view from the zoo is quite exceptional.

Clarence House Twitter Feed

Animal lovers may be interested to hear you can adopt an animal, including a bilby, or support one of the very worthy appeals at Taronga Zoo. All details can be found on the official website.


There was so much interest in today's visit the zoo was full to capacity.

Taronga Zoo Twitter Feed

After the bilby enclosure visit, William gave George to nanny Maria whilst he and Kate continued to explore the zoo. Prince William was eager to learn more about ongoing conservation projects.


Their Royal Highnesses viewed tree kangaroos and other indigenous Australian animals.



Prince William said meeting the koala was his favourite part of the visit.


William and Kate laughed as birds swooped over the heads of the assembled media.



Kate repeated the primrose yellow eyelet dress she wore in the Solomon Islands during the last royal tour in 2012. The dress is by an independent designer and features a boat neckline, full short sleeves and a self belted waistline.


 A closer look at the fabric.


It's a very pretty dress, perhaps most appropriate for a warmer climate. It's very nice to see it again.


Kate accessorised with her Stuart Weitzman Minx Wedges. The stylish camel wedges are currently available at Zappos for $395 with Free Shipping. They're currently on sale in ivory at 6 p.m. reduced from $395 to $118.

Stuart Weitzman

Kate wore a gold pendant with three charms. The eagle-eyed Anna from My Small Obsessions identified the charms as the oak leaf, mushroom and acorn from Asprey's Woodland Collection. Many readers will know the acorn is from the Middleton family crest. Perhaps it was a gift from one of the Middletons? The bracelet below features several charms including the three we believe Kate is wearing.



Kate completed the summery look with her Kiki McDonough Citrine Drop Earrings. The 18K gold pear drops are available at Neiman Marcus for $740.

Kiki McDonough

George looked adorable in the Rachel Riley Striped Jersey Polo and the navy Pocket Shorts. They're available for $69 and $89 respectively. The prince also wore his Early Days Alex Shoes (with thanks to HRH George Pieces). It was an incredibly cute look for George.


While we're on the subject of style, Prince William looked pretty darn stylish in his gingham shirt - a welcome change from the blue suit he's been sporting and most appropriate for the zoo and handling his son.


One of our lovely readers, Charlie, suggested William's shirt is by well-known Australian brand R. M. Williams. Below we see the brand's $125 Forster Shirt. I contacted the brand who confirmed it. How wonderful to see William supporting Aussie fashion.

R.M. Williams

You can watch a video of George meeting his bilby at YouTube and watch the adorable tot throw his toy bilby away in this video. For our last photo from the zoo, take a look at this precious shot of William kissing George's head.


Following the zoo, the royal party relocated to Canberra for the remainder of their visit where they will stay at Government House.


They were welcomed by Governor-General Peter Cosgrove and Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop. The Duchess received flowers upon arrival.


Little George looked happy after his visit to the Zoo.


George was introduced to a little boy :)

British Royals

For Kate's third outfit for the day, she wore her Stella McCartney Ridley Stretch Dress from the Fall 2012 Collection. The Duchess previously wore it during the London 2012 games and for the Aiming High Exhibition. 


The vibrant crepe dress originally retailed for £515.

Stella McCartney

Prince George wore the Rachel Riley Moss Stitch Cardigan. The $89 dark sky blue cardigan is 100% cotton with pockets.

MEDIA-MODE/Rachel Riley

Tomorrow (Easter Monday) is a private day for the royals. In case you've just joined us, this is our third post today.


We'll see William and Kate on Tuesday when the couple visit Uluru.

137 comments:

  1. Just gorgeous, thank you Charlotte!

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  2. So cute but was hoping to see many more photos of George and wonder if they they strolled him around in a buggy?

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  3. George is such a cutie! They all looked great; I like the yellow dress and it seemed just perfect for a visit to the zoo.

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  4. I loved this dress when Kate wore it the first time and I was hoping we'd see it again. THIS is how eyelet should be worn! Great look, although I would have preferred her hair back. But the whole outfit is entirely appropriate for a day at the zoo.
    I love William holding his son and interacting with him, at least being a hands-on dad for the cameras. Shirt sleeves rolled up and being casual is how he looks best.
    I continue not to be a fan of the black loafers with black socks look on the baby. I cannot believe that the shoe company couldn't make a white pair or a pair that resembles sneakers to go with white socks for a more casual, baby-appropriate look. This continues to remind me of A) the old men who trot around the beaches in warm climates wearing short pants, black socks and black leather loafers or B) a boarding-school look that went out of style everywhere 100 years ago.
    Buy the baby a pair of baby Adidas, throw some tiny white socks on him and it'll be great.
    The baby continues to remind me of William more so than Kate and especially in these pictures. He reminds me of William at that age - except minus about 15 pounds. Baby George is a really little porker!!
    I don't see any interactions with the full-to-capacity crowds at Taronga so I presume this visit was for the media - meaning, arranged so the media could photograph them being a family at a public venue?

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    1. Marion from Germany20 April 2014 at 07:22

      Dear Elizabeth,

      perhaps we should not forget that we talk about the "shoes" of a nine months old baby who will only start to walk properly in about three months time. I for one think that this kind of protection of a little baby boy's feet is perfect.

      Apart from that I can imagine many people not appreciating white shoes and socks for a boy - that could remind anyone of old German tourists strolling through Mediterranean cities. ;-)

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    2. Good reply Marion, love the analogy! I don't think my son's shoes would have lasted a day if they were white!!

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    3. Elizabeth, George's shoes and socks appear to be dark navy (at least on my monitor). I also happen to think that this is a very traditional look which both appropriate and comfortable for a baby his age. Why put anything stiff and heavy on his feet at this age?

      The photos of them interacting as a family is sooo very nice to see. And as someone else commented, this shows that they ARE very hands on with the baby because you can't force these moments for the cameras.

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    4. It is nice to see how hands on they are. The nanny is very much in the background, more like a babysitter. Good for them.

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    5. Good to see them lending their support to a worthy cause. Appearances like this draw attention to the "venue" specifically and Australian tourism in general. Also, the zoo had honored Prince George on his birth and the Duke and Duchess acknowledged this.

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    6. Just because we didn't see crowd interaction, doesn't mean it didn't happen. I didn't see the sun come up this morning, so I guess that didn't happen, either,right?

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    7. William interacting with George is just beautiful. What a handsome man! I think the shirt, his arm muscle in that pic of him holding George, and the way he is affectionate with his son, made me think this is the most attractive he's ever been to me!

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  5. So cute wonder if they strolled him around in a buggy? Hope they're more pictures coming. I think George needs some stride rite hard bottomed walkers these little shoes are only for dress. He needs some hightop walkers!

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    1. I strongly disagree. The muscles need to develop naturally rather than walking with some stiff shoes for support.
      I didn't put shoes on my son and he started walking at 9 months.

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  6. Oh how adorable. I love how George and William were both wearing blue.

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  7. Charlotte, I forgot to add - those photos of William making the face at his son and the one of him holding the baby almost make me cry. I think of how proud Diana was of William and of Harry and how proud she would have been of her little grandson and her son's role as father.
    William interacting with his son reminds me of the photos of Diana with William at about that age, the famous nursery photo and the photo of William in his little snowsuit.

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    1. It was really lovely to see William interact with George. I was watching the live feed and there was a moment when he kissed him on the head. Hopefully one of the photographers caught it!

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    2. http://pbs.twimg.com/media/Blo7oj0IYAA1GNl.jpg

      There's a photo of it going around on twitter.

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  8. Jean from Lancs20 April 2014 at 07:21

    Ah--such a darling and how excited he got----his little legs go like the clappers.
    Pity they did not take him round the rest of the zoo.
    He looks as though he will soon be walking.
    Nice to see the dress again; so suitable for an informal occasion.

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  9. The other charms on the necklace look like their from the necklace Pippa gave her as a gift.

    http://www.mercimamanboutique.com/cart/for-her/the-duchess-necklace

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  10. William's shirt looks the same as Kate's when they were in Queenstown last week. His and hers (so cute)! Agreeing with everyone else about taking George around the rest of the zoo - he seemed so taken with the bilby I wonder what his reaction would've been with other animals! :)

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  11. I think this event was the most enjoyable for them as a family. Lovely to see them together PG is an adorable very active little beauty. I love so many photos of them, some of them certainly hit the family album at home. Blue27

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  12. Prince William's shirt is from RM Williams, an Australian brand.

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  13. Theresa, from Paris20 April 2014 at 08:58

    Such fun ! Loved to see them with Prince George. Gosh, he does seem full of energy, doesn't he ? They will have to run fast to catch up with him once he starts walking :-)
    Loved both their looks. Duchess was lovely at the zoo.

    I've always wanted to visit Australia someday. This tour makes me want to do so all the more :) Thank u, dearest Charlotte, for the brilliant coverage and hard work. Eat some chocolate today to keep up the energy for the last days... sadly !

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  14. I like the dress but am starting to think the style is too girlish for a woman who is 30+. Love the photo of her holding the flowers as it looks almost bridal. How elegant does she look with her hair up in the Solomon Islands. Glorious hair so suitable for styling but I guess she has made her long flowing tresses her trademark.

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    1. Michelle- I agree with you about the eyelet. It is a bit girlish, but I do love the dress. I too prefer the look in the Solomon Islands, she looks so elegant with her hair that way I really wish that she would wear it that way more often. Maybe William prefers her hair down?
      The Ridley dress looks gorgeous again- that color is so fabulous.
      George is just the sweetest baby- those photos of him at the zoo are just darling and it's so much fun to see the family interacting together. You can really tell from the photos that they have a genuine bond together, because there's no way to get a baby to fake that for the cameras! They must truly be hands on parents. The picture of William kissing George is just adorable.
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    2. George has been known to re-arrange Kate's hair. Doubt an updo would have stayed up-done. lol!

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  15. I love getting to see the whole family together! Charlotte, does it look to you like Kate's hemline has been lowered since she last wore the dress? I might be crazy, but it looks longer to me this year!

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    1. Look closely at the waistline in in today's photos and compare with photos from when she last wore the dress. It appears there originally was a waistband that does not appear in today's photos. I wonder if that material might have been used to lower the hemline from the waist, even if just a tiny bit!

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  16. I don't think so but I could be wrong!

    I've added photos from the Canberra arrival, Kate's in her blue Stella McCartney. Two repeats today!

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    1. Yes! Looks like the eyelet dress HAS been altered and the waistband added to the bottom to lengthen it or to have it look a tad less busy. So very pretty and cheerful on her! Can you imagine being so fortunate to have an alterations team to work with whenever needed? A dream :) The duchess is beautiful inside and out!!

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  17. It looks as if little George is getting used to coming out of planes, he looks so happy!!

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  18. I love the pic of William kissing his son - just devine.

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    1. I love the picture of Prince William and Prince George, also. He seems to love his son deeply. They are a beautiful family. Prince William followed his heart and Duchess Kate is a wonderful mate for him. They are natural and well suited.

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  19. I did not like the yellow dress but she looks happy so what she's wearing is secondary.....or maybe third since the real showcase today is how CUTE George is! It's nice to see him smiling and animated, but a shame he didn't get a full tour of the zoo! LOVE the Stella dress! Wish she'd worn the long necklace again (wasn't it a Cartier?)

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    1. Rose from Montreal, Canada21 April 2014 at 00:05

      Can you imagine wearing that long necklace and holding George. He loves grabbing.

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  20. Awesome photos! George is a cutie. What does everyone think of Kate re-wearing quite a lot on this trip? Do y think its her staff that advises this so they appear frugal? I've always wondered that. Did Princess Diana re-wear much when she toured?

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    1. I think Kate's recycling her very expensive outfits is amazing. She's got great clothes and they are extremely expensive. It would be out of touch as well as stupid for her to wear these outfits only once. With their recent join and individual very expensive vacations and Kate's extended "maternity leave," as well as William's self-styled additional gap year this past year, it makes sense PR-wise too.
      I think shopping her own closet was something she did before the wedding and something that she has kept up with, at least a bit, now that she's married.
      I don't recall Princess Diana rewearing many of her ensembles but she was a step up in the royal hierarchy above where Kate is (Diana was the wife of the heir; Kate is the wife of the heir to the heir) and the 1980s and early 1990s were a different time economically and socially.

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    2. Talking points . Thought we had moved past that. Like your name.

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  21. I enter your blog everyday to keep myself updated for the Royal Tour. Thank you for every speedy and informative blogs you have done so far. You are a Star!!
    Prince George is so cute. I really enjoyed seeing the Cambridge as a family thus far.
    Happy Easter and take some rest Charlotte.. :)

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  22. What a cutie! George is such a charmer and his parents as well. Diana must be SO proud.

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  23. I'm going to be so sad when this tour is over! I've loved all the wonderful pictures of this adorable family.

    As to Kate's dress--I do wonder if it's been altered, as I also though the hem looked a smidge longer. At the very least, it no longer has the self-belted waist!

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    1. About her encore outfits sometimes appearing a bit longer- I lost 50 pounds and hems that used to hit me just below-knee now come to.mid-calf. I do think she has at least redistributed her weight since the Asia tour, if not actually lost some.

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    2. When she first wore it, the dress had a waistband. It does not have it now. Maybe it was used to lengthen the dress just a bit, from the inside waist.

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    3. Such sweet pictures from the trip to the zoo! I would have thought Prince George was old enough to see more of the animals, but perhaps security did not want him exposed to large crowds of people at the same time as Prince William.

      I agree that the eyelet dress looks longer, and the belt is missing. But I can't quite tell how it could be inserted at the waist without adding a seam. All I can see is some reinforcement inside the waist, no additional seaming. Is it possible that the belt was really a tuck put in the bodice to shorten the dress in 2012, now let down to lengthen it?? I do think the dress may be a bit longer at the waist as well as at the hem.

      I loved this yellow dress with Kate's hair up. It has such a beautiful neckline. Maybe she doesn't want to take time away from Prince George to sit while more elaborate hair styles are created. Otherwise, she might have worn it up in warmer areas on this tour as she did in southeast Asia.

      Canberra must be colder than Sydney. George arrived wearing a sweater, and the young ladies presenting flowers were in warm coats.

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  24. Laurie - N. Carolina20 April 2014 at 14:35

    Oh, that picture of William kissing George brought tears to my eyes. Such an adorable baby and such a beautiful family. I can't imagine how much William must miss his mother and how much he wishes she could be here to see her beautiful grandson. Makes me just want to give him a hug. So happy that he and Catherine have found such happiness with one another and now, with George. I can feel their joy when I look at them together. You can tell that they are very comfortable with their role as new parents and that they are definitely as "hands-on" as they can possibly be. God Bless them :-)

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  25. Sarah from Calif.20 April 2014 at 14:56

    George does appear to want to bounce out of his parents arms and start running! High energy kid :)

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  26. Great day! 3 different outfits on Kate and loads of family photos.

    Did anyone see the video of Kate wiping George's drool on her dress? She kept wiping away at his mouth, and would usually wipe it on his bottom or something...until one time she just wiped her hand on her dress! I laughed at the sweet moment - nothing should be too precious/expensive you (she) can't have it withstand family life too.

    Regardless of how they parent behind closed doors, I think all of William's efforts to carry George show he is also caring about Kate and giving her a "break". Although I'm sure behind closed doors, William makes a good effort too. I think he genuinely wants things to be extremely different in his marriage and the family he is creating.

    Great job, Charlotte!

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  27. Charlotte - you are amazing! I hope you have a holiday planned after this tour!! We should all make a contribution so you can get some pampering and rest!

    Love all three looks today! I know it must be proper to have little George wear shoes and socks but would LOVE to see those adorable little toes!

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  28. Aww, this such a sweet post! I enjoy watching the Cambridges as a family! It's clear to see Will and Kate adore their son and George is such a happy baby. I am sure he enjoyed his visit to his Zoo - I am pretty sure this was his first visit. As usual Kate looked lovely and William looked good in his gingham shirt. I also like George's outfits they are so cute!

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  29. All the pictures at the zoo are great! George is so cute! I don't think the yellow dress's hemline is longer, though Kate did remove the belt from the original wear. I liked the more defined waist, but she still looks lovely in the dress. I actually think William was the standout for me today. He looked very handsome in his ensemble and more relaxed with George in public this time.

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  30. is it just me or does william look incredibly attractive in these photos?

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    1. I'm not sure in which way you mean of "incredibly attractive". However, people in general tend to be more attractive when they are happy, confident and feel safe. I feel that William looks very unguarded and relaxed in these photos and is having genuine interactions as a family-man which his wife and son. Sometimes Williams seems stiff, grumpy, etc and he isn't right now. So I take "incredibly attractive" as a wonderful testament of how accepted and loved and safe he feels with Kate, which then transcends into these wonderful moments.

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    2. Besides, a man with a baby is guaranteed chick-bait, Silvereyed.
      Can't believe I just wrote that.
      But also, what she/he said.

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    3. Marion from Germany21 April 2014 at 06:39

      I totally agree with you, Silvereyed. As everybody else I concentrated more on Kate's appearance, but taking a second look at the photos I realized William's attractiveness as well. He was really striking as a teenager, but then somehow I had the feeling that he had lost that - along with his hair? No, it could not have been that as I think that there are many bald-headed men who are enormously attractive. Anyway the pictures show clearly that he is in fact a very handsome man and this must have something to do with his status as a husband and father. The self-esteem that he has developed in the last years definitely contributes to his charisma. They all look so happy – and this is how a family should look like. It is nice to see and this makes them more a role model for young people today than any pretty dress and sophisticated style, although this is also important today for young girls. I say this as a mother and teacher.

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    4. I totally agree about William. He is a beautifully built man with lovely sculptured facial features. I like to see him in slightly looser clothes. I think his suits are a bit staid. What I really love is that he is unfazed by his wife's obvious popularity....in fact and I think delighted that people love her.

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    5. I would go for HOT, but I guess incredibly attractive is more polite. (WILLIAM IS HOT)

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  31. I have been diligently following along with your blog for this Royal Tour of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge from Canada.Thank you for the sophisticated,refined and well articulated posts about this lovely young royal family.

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  32. George will be incredibly bored when he returns home.
    My take- George reached for the Bilby, thinking he was the real thing and tossed it away when a cursory inspection revealed it wasn't real. He knows what he wants and isn't afraid to go after it.
    The sticker- a miniature roadside sign. I've seen them for wombats, kangaroos to warn drivers.
    Maybe George's happiness reflected his parent's in anticipation of a day off.

    I thought both outfits lovely and appropriate.

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    1. OK- correction- it is a sticker for the wind screen of a car that says,"Wild child on board." Very funny and a little bit true. Maybe in reference to the"Baby on Board" sticker from her visit to the tube?
      Any indications whether George will be a lefty, like his Dad?

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  33. In the video Kate twice had to wipe George's drool, he's probably teething :-) I love her necklace, it's so gorgeous. I have to say I think this tour has done a lot for the Royal image Down Under, we loved having them here in NZ and even the usual grumpy anti-Royal crowd were charmed by this lovely family.

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  34. I'll remember this tour as "the family tour", kate's stylistical choices being quite secondary. We are looking to a very beautiful young family poor diana would have been very proud of (and i bet charles too). I. Was strike by william, it's the first time I can see in him a would be head of staste, he has grown in his role.and kate will be a fine compaignon to him

    Gabriella, italy

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  35. Another wonderful look on all 3 occassions. She is looking lovely and polished and suprisingly refreshed at this point of the tour. However I don't believe in recycling on tours. That should be left for home visits in Britain.

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    1. I think we are seeing the evolution of a new style of monarchy--one that can no longer condone that kind of waste but one that respects the three Rs. Charles has already reduced the Royal retinue. Reusing and Recycling must follow. The days of lavish excesses or protocols that distance the Royals from the population are numbered. No one is going to suggest that HM is too stuffy by far. But her incredibly successful brand will end with her.

      The next generations understand that the 21st century is going to be very different from the 20th century. Permitting selfies is but one example. They cannot replicate what HM has done--nor should they try as it's bound to fail. If the brand of the Firm is to endure and the republicans to be successfully held off, it will be Charles, then William with Catherine and after him George who will do it. How? By being wonderful, sincere, caring and committed people who do a great deal of good in ordinary people's lives throughout the Commonwealth.

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    2. Bring back royal splendour. tiaras, diamonds, glittering balls, beautiful gowns and receptions.

      That's what we want......!!!

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    3. @Anonymous 09:24, for this stuff we have plenty of Disney's princesses! :)

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    4. I'm pretty sure that the 21st century in England is going to be Muslim but until then let's drop this silliness of K&W being just like us. They aren't. Read the Mirror and the Daily Mail and you'll see that's a good thing.

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  36. in the 2nd and 3rd pictures i think george looks so much like kate's father!

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    1. I think the same, he looks like a small Michael! But babies are always a mix of their parents, the resemblance changes through times as well as through different expressions.

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  37. Rose from Montreal, Canada21 April 2014 at 00:17

    Thank you so very much Miss Charlotte for these wonderful posts. The picture of William kissing George on the head is priceless. That little boy wants to run before he can walk. Recycling clothes is Kate's way of letting the attention be where it should be on the zoo and not her outfit. They are a lovely family and I for one am very proud of them. Only a few more days to go. My how time flew on this tour. 3 1/2 weeks seemed so long when they started. I know I am going to have severe withdrawals. George is so cute and active. Get some rest Charlotte. After this tour you deserve a long break and some good pampering. Thank you for your hard work, we truly appreciate it. Your posts have been the best by far.

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  38. Julie Bishop is not Deputy Prime Minister, she is the Australian Foreign Minister. The Deputy PM is the leader of the National Party, the other half of the coalition that has the majority in Australian parliament. The Coalition is led by PM Tony Abbott.

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  39. Lovely pictures. Thank you.

    It seems that Kate wears the same makeup regardless of the event or outfit. Do you have any information on the cosmetic brand and/or colors that she wears?

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    1. Hello Tabitha,

      Kate uses Bobbi Brown!

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    2. And it has been reported since pre-wedding that she uses Lancôme Hypnose mascara - she was seen buying it ahead of the royal wedding, and prior to this tour!

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  40. What a wonderful day for this happy family. You can't fake such simple, genuine human affection for the cameras unless your name is Meryl Streep. This is the real thing and it is lovely to see. I'm glad they had Nanny Maria take George into the shade while they went on a longer tour. It would be hard to ask intelligent questions with a wriggly active big boy along. The republicans must be tearing their hair out. So much positive press.
    I like this yellow dress. It is perhaps a bit naïve for a 32 year-old but it looks nice on her and is suited to taking care of George while maintaining one's modesty. The blue dress is a nice workhorse style for her. Very smart to recycle when all the cameras are turned her way. She seems like a lovely British girl who will become a popular and caring Queen consort one day.

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  41. Prince George seems to be a very alert, inquisitive & active little guy. He doesn't like to be turned toward his carrier, but wants to be facing out so he can see everything that is going on and can participate in it if he can. He also seems to be very long for his 9 months. He'll be tall like his father.

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    1. He is such a big boy!!! And ready to start walking ...

      Gabriella, italy

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  43. Any idea what brand of pants William wore to the zoo? He seems to wear a lot of a flat front colored jean. Light blue/gray, tans, navy. A nice fit for a tall slender man. Would love t know the brand.

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    1. So did you find out?

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  44. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/20/prince-george_n_5180698.html

    Hey Charlotte, one of your tweets is in this article. Thought you might want it for your files.

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  45. Thank you dear Charlotte! I love both outfits.
    Starting with the yellow dress ... just so pretty on Kate she looks angelic. I love William and Kate with their son George they are such a beautiful family and they look so happy together!!! Really wish Diana was still alive to see George and meet Kate.

    On the blue outfit... I loved it the first time and the second time equally as much and I love that George is in the same colour. This colour suits her so well!

    PS William looks very handsome in these photos.

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  46. The yellow dress has been lengthened it is now minus the small waistband shown in the Singapore pictures and sits just on the knee now.

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    1. KJ (Dallas, TX)21 April 2014 at 20:25

      Good eye! I didn't even notice that.

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    2. adey, thanks!! I thought SOMETHING looked different but I couldn't put my finger on what it was about the dress that had changed!! I wondered if it was Kate herself - on careful examination of the Solomon photo, her arms look skeletally thin and I recall there were concerns about her weight at the time.
      But it IS the dress after all!! Good eye, as KJ pointed out!!
      I'm a big fan of this dress, I think it looks cool and comfortable and appropriate!!

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    3. Adey, you heard back from Kate? Or maybe the seamstress told you. We really don't know for sure, but it is a good guess. Just do not know if it is fact, do we?

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  47. I enjoy William and Kate the very best when they are dressed casual. My guess is that Kate rarely wears much make up privately. For example, the few glimpses we have seen where photographs should not be taken but have is where we have seen her with little make up and yet she still has a natural beauty. I am so very glad that Kate chose not to wear new outfits every time she has appeared on this tour. Kuddos to Kate for recycling her outfits!! Kate has chosen such class in every outfit she has worn. William looked extremely masculine at the zoo and I think I might know what one poster meant by "incredibly attractive". I marvel at how well behaved George has been on his public events, especially at the play date with all those other children. I cannot think that George has had that much introduction to his peers for socialization skills when living so very privately. The way the three of them interact with each other leaves no doubt as to hands on by both parents. This is how I believe this family is behind closed doors. I have been very surprised at how much William and Kate have shared George with all of us. Thank you Charlotte for your graciousness to us all, for your outstanding and timely blogs. Take care.

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  48. Charlotte I can't seem to get the updated post up with the photos of them in the gardens in Canberra is there a problem with bigger or have you taken the post away ? Ann London

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  49. Jean from Lancs21 April 2014 at 12:03

    Is it my imagination or did George look less chubby yesterday than last week? Might have been different clothes, but tends to happen when the little one starts to crawl and then walk and George is certainly active---even when carried.
    For everyone who wondered what Catherine was doing in the last few months---very obviously taking care of her beautiful son.
    Some lovely pictures of them in the garden of Government House in Canberra in the local newspaper.

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    1. Kate, Texas, USA22 April 2014 at 23:25

      I LOVE seeing the family together! They are all beautiful and little George is just precious! Kate has been doing exactly what she should be....being a wife and mom first and future queen second. You can tell they love being together as a family. So refreshing and happy to see!

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  50. These zoo photos have a particularly luscious, intimate quality - rich , yet informal and as if we are just next to them. I see what Kate meant by calling George "podgy"...his dad said he was a big , heavy boy the day he was born and now they refer to his strong grup...yes he will be tall like both of them! William's shirt really accentuates his gorgeous broad shoulders!

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    1. Jo: I so agree with you. George is very adorable, and big! Catherine will develop great looking arm muscles carry him around and calf muscles picking up after him, but it is all good. Thanks Charlotte for a great blog and for deleting the pap's photos. When this tour ends, I will be having withdrawals from not seeing new photos of all three together, but oh well. Such is life! Make it a great day!

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  51. Love this blog....so much wonderful coverage. I don't know if you've seen this:
    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/after-days-of-formality-on-their-royal-tour-of-australia-kate-and-william-enjoy-a-day-off-in-canberra/story-fni0xqrb-1226891054787?from=google_rss
    Lovely photos from their day off in Canberra. May be too private for you but not sure of your policy of sharing links to outside sites with other photos. Much of Kate and George and also K and W holding hands! Swoon!

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  52. What the Australians really want is a an native Australian monarchy. Now what I propose, is to install the Middletons as an Australian royal family. A Queen Pippa (sounds Aussie doesn't it). Now her offspring will be ligitimate Australian born prince and princesses over time through the bloodline of Kate and baby George.

    Didn't our very own parliament invite the prince of Hanover and the descendants of Sophie the electress to become our monarchs many years ago. I say all this because I see the way Aussies think about Cp Mary. They see her as an 'Aussie princess' and very popular. you never hear any republic talk when she is around because she is their modern princess or perceived to be. Our kate represents the generation of the monarchy .which is a little different.
    All this and they could have and still keep their tried and tested Westminster model of government.. Win win..!!

    What do reckon lady Charlotte..? I

    Am I fantastic.

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  53. Charlotte, were you asked to remove the post about their private day? I hope I'm not going insane here thinking I saw it late last night.

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    1. Hello,

      I wasn't but after asking some questions about how they were taken I decided to remove it. I published a post before all the photos of George came about. As I said below, it's always a fine line.

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    2. I was wondering the same thing! I kept refreshing my computer thinking that would help update Charlotte's blog. I knew I had seen those pictures. Charlotte, I do appreciate your discretion with respect to the Royal Family. It's what makes you stand out from the tabloids.

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  54. Hi Charlotte
    thanks for the great job with the blog updates. Hope you've had a lovely Easter. The TV news and Fairfax press here have had lots of photos and a video of Kate relaxing with George today in the grounds of Government House, Canberra. Obviously taken with a long lens - she's clearly a doting and hands-on mum. Just looks very happy being with her son.

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  55. Hi Charlotte, I saw your post this morning of Kate and William and Kate with George on their day off but just after I viewed it, you must have deleted it again. I can understand and appreciate your deleting the post. I think the pap photos were a breach of privacy but even more than that...a breach of security. It someone could snap them, someone could harm them. This will be a concern for the parents as they are to leave George here for a night away from him. I wonder what will come of this. That said, it is also heart warming to see their real love for each other. The previous generation of royals were all fake and divorces. I think seeing these two really loving each other and being real is what makes them ever so popular. But it must be very hard to have such little privacy. Well done also to Kate, this is a different tour than NZ...she is absolutely flawless in her attire!!! (Lize)

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  56. I think George looks so much like his grandfather Michael Middleton. Thank you for your wonderful posts Charlotte I really do enjoy reading your work.

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  57. Claire from France21 April 2014 at 19:55

    thanks Charlotte! I'm totally found of your blog! I never left a comment before because I don't speak english very well, and I'm sorry

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    1. Claire, have you seen the translating option? Would enjoy hearing your thoughts.
      Marg

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    2. No I haven't but thanks, i'll try to improve my english :)

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  58. Hello Charlotte, all
    Beautiful posts Charlotte, you have out done yourself. They are a wonderful and loving family, I love to see the pictures of them all together. I checked your blog last night after work and could have sworn I saw a new post with pictures of their day off, walking in the grounds Charlotte, did something happen to it? Was just curious where it went. Hope everyone had a happy Easter. Take care all.
    Jennifer

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  59. Regarding yesterday's post

    Photos emerged of William and Kate walking around Government House but it later transpired they were long lens pap photos and Kate and George had been followed around. I spoke to a journalist about how they were taken and decided to remove the post. It's always a fine line and it's never an easy decision with pap pics but when a baby is involved I thought it best to remove it.

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    1. Pauline Oak Hills21 April 2014 at 23:16

      Thank you. They deserve some privacy. And since a baby was involved they over stepped their bounds.

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    2. totally agree, good decision Charlotte-

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    3. Charlotte, I serioously doubted my mental faculties there for awhile. Ha!
      You did the right thing. And I don't think William will let this drop. Security immediately entered my mind. Hopefully , we just didn't see the officers but I worry she slipped out for some peace and solitude.
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    4. I'm with you A non, I was beginning to think I had dreamt it! But I totally agree, that was way out of line. That was their private time and should have been respected. The world is getting plenty of pictures of them when they do their official business. Good call Charlotte!

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    5. I agree with your decision; and I was sad to see pap photos taken when so they so generous with themselves the others days on tour. Seemed to be an English newspaper publishing them; sure they will be unhappy the security issues especially... Gee.
      Theresa, Kiwi in Auz

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    6. I too thought I had been seeing things and was sure I had seen those obvious snaps of their privacy on your blog. Even though yes it does give a sense of how they really are behind closed doors so to speak, I think that you had made an obvious good call on deleting them from your impeccable and so respectful blog. This is an invasion of their sought after privacy. Thank you Charlotte.

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  60. Mellie, could you send me an email please? :)

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  61. Thank you for removing those photos. The royals have been more than generous in regards to photo opportunities. Who ever snapped those photos should be ashamed of themselves! How invasive!

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  62. Do you think these intrusive pictures will have an effect on the remainder of the tour? I can imagine William upset at the invasion of privacy. That could have been a security issue. I hope that it dosn't leave a bad feeling for the family. They did so much good work and gave so much of themselves for the tour, I hope they are not too upset.

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    1. Hello Milo,

      I imagine William is absolutely livid. The photos of him and Kate walking were one thing, but the images of Kate and George (long lens, behind the scenes stuff) is another issue entirely. They're all over mainstream Australian news sites too. The Palace respectfully asked their privacy be respected at Government House but there appears to be teams of photographers/journalists around the place.

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  63. Bravo for taking down the pics, Charlotte. I didn't see them on here, rather on Twitter. Once I saw the first and that it appeared to have been taken through bushes, I forced myself to stop looking for more and just walk away. Clicks = verifiable interest and money and can almost create a frenzy for more, always more. As much as we long to see the Cambridges and observe scenes of their family life, it isn't acceptable to stalk them from bushes or with long lenses. And by searching for pics, I would feel as though I were helping to increase demand and encourage more intrusion by money-hungry paparazzi.

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    1. Summer, you got right to the heart of the issue. I checked the Aus. paper when it was remo.ved here, trying to figure out what was what.The ones of the two were a violation of privacy, too, and William has a good case. The difference between the Government House photos and the ball game ones amounts to reasonable expectation of privacy. One you have it, one you don't. Anytime a long-lens is used, you're on a slippery slope.
      As far as consumers are concerned, it is a bit of a chicken and egg thing Restraint has to start somewhere. Summer and Charlotte showed it, I probably didn't and I am kind of ashamed of myself.
      After the unselfish way they shared George at the zoo, too.
      Still, why didn't security catch this?
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    2. You're very kind, Marg. You also raise a good point about security on the perimeters of the property. As extremely cautious as the family's protection officers are during walkabouts and transportation times, you would think an increased presence around the grounds by home-based officers would prevent these kind of shots. Long lenses or no, the property looks expansive to my admittedly unknowledgeable eyes.

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  64. The pictures and videos in the Australian papers are appalling. Privacy row? how could this have happened, and who is responsible? I hope William rips someone a new one. THey did not deserve this. I will be surprised if they show up to finish the tour. If they do, it will be interesting to see if they have the same demeanor as two days ago. This is just so very dad and disappointing.

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  65. It's up to you, of course, as the site administrator but they were really great photos and they showed the human, unposed, unprepped side of the royal family.
    I'm sure I'll be attacked for enjoying the photos and saying they were great but here are two questions for my attackers - first of all, if they truly wanted absolute privacy, I'm sure there are locations they could have chosen for that near Canberra - the remote lodge they stayed in immediately after arrival in New Zealand comes to mind as an example - and the second question, which was posed by A LOT of folks after the topless photos of Kate - where the he&& were their security teams? It was also pointed out after the France photos that where a long-lens camera can reach, so can a sniper's rifle.
    So it would seem that security either weren't quite on their toes or something.
    I understand - though I think he either needs to abdicate or deal with it - William's dislike of the public in general (including his future subjects) and the media in particular.
    However, that being said, he really needs to figure it out and, if he truly wants to keep himself and his family out of the media eye forever, abdicate for himself and his son in favor of Harry. If he's that passionate about his and their privacy, seems the only logical thing to do.
    I would also point out the law of supply and demand - the more photos there are of the royals, the less the demand becomes. Really. The fact that William and Kate have been so reclusive puts a high dollar value on any photos of them, particularly the unposed, unplanned ones.
    The other thing I'd point out is that Kate seems far better able to deal with even the photos of her private moments than William does. I'm sure and once my detractors here stop seething, I'm sure they will be too, that there's always the possibility (ESPECIALLY after France) that they may be photographed. She simply goes about her business and whatever she's planning to do, which is the smart, sensible thing to do.
    The video of her clicking her heels together, whether planned or spontaneous, shows that she's still full of life. William, on the other hand, didn't even turn to acknowledge his wife's playful gesture or smile or laugh at her, just kept dragging her forward by the hand. Poor Kate!!
    I'll be amazed if the Palace or William's team pursue any action against these photos. These aren't the first photos of the little prince or Kate with him in an informal setting. Kate won a lawsuit, assisted by the Palace attorneys, a number of years ago, against harassing photos of her. So the media, whether you believe it or not, knows how far they can go.
    No newspaper - and these were published in the Canberra paper - is going to risk a million pound (dollar) lawsuit just to publish a few photos, especially when they've had photographers at all the official events, if they know that the photos cross the official rule boundaries. That includes purchasing photos from paps. Newspapers have attorneys they consult, especially knowing how contentious William and the Palace press office are, before they purchase and publish any photos.
    The casual photos go more to establish the image of the Windsors as "just like you and me" and people just like the rest of us than all the photos of a scowling Prince William and a formally dressed Kate and George at the zoo, carrying out carefully-planned and scripted photo opps, could ever do.

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    1. I can see the pro and con arguments on this one too, Elizabeth, and I agree with you for the most part. They were clearly visible; there was no shrubbery in the way and one would think that France has shown them that if they can see out people can see in.

      Personally, I found them to be a nice counterpoint from the argument that there's no affection between them, and that Kate never spends time with her child because of having a full time nanny.

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    2. Elizabeth I was amazed that you knew if William was smiling at his wife while she was kicking up her heels. I did not see you in the photo. I think you would be very happy if William stepped down and let Harry be the next in line. But that will never happen.
      It is not wrong for him to want to protect his wife & child from the media. They are indeed entitled to privacy and this time was one of them. He has learned from what his mother went through and does not want that to happen to his wife.
      Yes I saw the photos and felt so sorry for them. I am happy that alot of the sites are removing them and I take my hat off to Charlotte for removing them from her blog. It show's the respect Charlotte has, not like some of them.

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  66. Wow, Elizabeth.
    I appreciate your admitting up front you enjoyed the pictures. So did. I. If you viewed the pictures, but blame the paps and papers It is similar to railing at the big energy companies, or against global warming, but still enjoying lots of hot baths, airconditioning, and driving 3 blocks to the store. It is called lip service
    But I wonder, just because the paps and the media can get away with it, does it make it right?
    Marg

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  67. Everyone deserves privacy. Just because William is a future king, does not mean he and his family must forego any aspect or expectation of some private moments and a feeling of safety and security. William dosn't have "to abdicate"
    to seek privacy, but I'm sure he dosn't appreciate his child being at end of a long lense camera when he so generously shared him with the public.

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    1. Very much agree and appreciate your position. I believe the request for privacy was made before their arrival, and the family acted in good faith on the assumption that it would be respected. That makes the photos and video taken a willful disregard for their privacy. And, as you said, right after they had taken George out for a photo call to share him.

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  68. Actually, William looked happier in the zoo pictures than he has through most of the tour. In the pap pictures I have seen, his face did wear a grimace. Sometimes I think Kate is trying to talk him into a better mood. I agree that I enjoyed the garden pictures and thought they showed a lovely side of the Cambridge family. But I also agree that security was extremely lax. I am surprised they spent the free day in Canberra, but perhaps it was in order to accustom George to a new environment before they left for a day and overnight away.

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  69. I don't think people know how the business works. A pap can take a chance and try to make big money by getting an intrusive photo say, and the tabloid publication can also take a chance and publish it, but they will face a legal challenge by top legal teams available to the royal family. They will most likely lose because the royal family can hire the very best lawyers. They can study whatever privacy laws at home and abroad and cross the "t's" and dot the "i''s" The mags could get away with it once but they won't get away it a second time. So would it be worth a magazine paying huge money for a photo and then paying huge legal cost at the same time. It wouldn't make financial sense for the organisation and they could suffer a huge financial hit. Diana never had this protection because she dismissed royal protection, and the tabloids turned open season on her hunted her to tragic end.

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    1. I'm don't think people are taking into account how the British monarchy, nationalism and how a free press works... if you come to a country and have your picture taken all over the place to raise good will so people will continue to support your monarchy, you can't go around suing the newspapers when they publish photos of you in their country. And that is not just any baby... someone gave that child the title of "his royal highness" and put him 3rd in line for the throne. May the worst thing that happen to these folks, is people taking pictures of them. If they want privacy, they can go home to their palaces.

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    2. And she's back!! Missed you, Mox.

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  70. I apologize for my earlier posting of a link to the photos--I truly appreciate all the discussion here and desires to protect the privacy of the three of them and especially little Prince George. One thought I had, though I doubt it is at all accurate, is that these pictures were "allowed" to show the three of them in a more normal light (someone previously commented that they put the lie to grumblings about a lack of affection between the couple and Kate using a nanny to raise George). I do think they are lovely, though clearly private, moments. And, along with what others have said, William does look handsome in these photos (as in the ones from Uluru). I like it a lot when we get to see both of them in a more casual mode.

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  71. Kate, Texas, USA22 April 2014 at 23:22

    For some reason Blogger would not allow me to comment on this post from my computer...I tried several times. SO, I came to my in-laws because I just can't resist posting! The Cambridge family...oh my goodness! Absolutely precious! What an amazing day and engagement. Prince George is absolutely adorable. If he hasn't stolen your heart or the hearts of Aussie's yet, this engagement should do it! He is such a doll face! He seems a bit cheeky (like Uncle Harry) and very active! I know Will and Kate are so loving this time in his life and the joy he brings to them. I miss having tiny babies. :) Will and Kate look happy, relaxed, and like they are having a great time as a family. Kate looks bright and beautiful and the guys look so sharp! I hope someone got a great family photo for their own album. The picture of William kissing George is such a precious moment. For a moment you forget they are both future kings and just see a loving, gentle father showing affection. So sweet and genuine. I hope they frame that one for George's nursery. :)

    Charlotte, as always you have done another amazing job! LOVE THIS POST!

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  72. What do you think Kate says to William in the beginning of the YouTube Video? - it looks like something is wrong for a moment.

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  73. Where is this "Broderie Anglaise" from?

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  74. Could somebody please tell me about the brand of William's jeans? Thanks.

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