Wednesday, 16 April 2014

William, Kate and George Bid Farewell to New Zealand

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George spent their last day in Wellington, New Zealand today.



Following a private family day with Prince George, William and Kate visited the Royal New Zealand Police College on the outskirts of Wellington.



The facility was opened by Prince William's father - Prince Charles - over thirty years ago. Amongst those attending were serving members of the No.25 HRH Prince of Wales Cadet Wing, who participated at the opening ceremony of the College on 1st April 1981.

New Zealand Police

There were several elements to the visit, but it began, most importantly, with the Duke and Duchess acknowledging the sacrifice of 29 officers in New Zealand who have been killed during the course of their duties. This element was accompanied by a Mihi and Karakia, a traditional Maori greeting and prayer, with music from the police Kapa Haka group. William and Kate also laid a wreath.



The Cambridges had the opportunity to see a modern style of policing, with staff and recruits showcasing their capabilities. Commissioner Mike Bush said, "The college deeply values it association with the Royal Family and it is a great privilege and honour to host the Duke and Duchess".


William meeting a little girl.

Governor-General of New Zealand

The royals toured the facility and watched police recruits in training from close up before moving on to the parade ground for a policing and dog handling demonstration.


William and Kate met two of the youngest recruits :)


Kate enjoyed meeting the police dogs.


The weather was dismal and once again the rain followed the royals.



Police ready themselves for the guard of honour as the royals prepare to depart the police college.

Renee Graham Twitter Feed

After the visit, the couple made a final drive back to Wellington, where they stopped in the city centre to sign the City of Wellington's Visitors Book.



William and Kate conducted a walkabout, offering a final chance for them to meet locals. The Duchess was gifted a toy dog for Prince George and said, "He'll love it".



Prince William looks at friendship bands they were given.



Big Blue, the Plunket bear was waiting to see the royals.

Plunket

Prince William mentioned earlier this week that plenty of eager parents had been suggesting their daughters would be potential partners for George when he grew up. Below we see Ruby-Cate with her father. :)



Kate spoke to a member of the crowd about George.

Victoria Murphy Twitter Feed

Next, The Royal party will travelled to Wellington Airport at lunchtime for the three-hour-flight to Sydney.


It was splendid to see William carrying his son (oh those cheeks!).


George looked very sleepy.


The New Zealand leg of the Cambridges tour was a tremendous success. It saw the royals taking in Blenheim, Auckland, Hamilton, Cambridge, Dunedin, Queenstown, Christchurch and Wellington. With a varied mixture of mostly informal engagements, William and Kate had a wonderful time during their visit whilst having time to give George his breakfast and put him to bed at night. It was a nice balance for the doting parents.


The Duchess chose her navy 'Sparkle and Tweed' Rebecca Taylor suit from the designer's Pre-Fall 2012/2013 Collection today. The designer is actually from Wellington, New Zealand, although she moved to New York over twenty years ago. Kate first wore the jacket and skirt in April 2012 for the Scott-Amundsen Centenary Race to the South Pole.


Both pieces are crafted in heavily textured melange weft. The jacket features frayed trim and sequin floral embellishment at the neck. Back in 2012, Rebecca Taylor revealed the palace asked her to send some pieces, Kate loved them and paid for them.

Rebecca Taylor

It was great to see Kate championing a New Zealand designer, although I must admit I had expected to see someone like Trelise Cooper or Karen Walker in there at some point (Ms. Taylor is very much established in the US). We know Kate was sent a coat from Trelise Cooper and returned it, so wearing the designer was definitely on the cards at some point. Perhaps Kate didn't love the pieces she was sent and decided to wear two New Zealand born designers she already knows - Emilia Wickstead and Rebecca Taylor. The choice of a blue outfit was a nice nod to the police force.


Kate accessorised with her prada pumps, black suede clutch diamond and sapphire earrings and Cartier watch.

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The Duchess wore her hair in a very pretty half up - half down style.


You can watch a video at TVNZ.



Now on to Australia. The Royal party will arrive at 2.30 p.m. local time (our Royal Tour Clock on the sidebar has been changed to reflect Australian time) and head straight to a reception at the Sydney Opera House. We'll be back with another post in just a few hours. Are you all looking forward to the Australian tour? :)

90 comments:

  1. The Puppies are my favorite accessory!! So darn cute!

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  2. Enjoying your coverage of the Royal Tour. Keep up the good work! Kate, as always, looks stunning.

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  3. oh, I'm first, I'm first! She must be reading this because she did the great hair thing again! Love the suit although if her hair was all the way up you could see the fun detailing at the collar. I think it's a nice look.

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  4. I'm sure the people of New Zealand had a wonderful time and will always remember this tour for years to come.
    I expected to see more NZ designers as well. Going off of what we've already seen I'm predicting more repeats in Australia, and maybe one or two Aussie designers. I have to say I was a little disappointed that Kate didn't take the opportunity to showcase a few new NZ designers and give their business a good boost. I guess the stories about her ordering jewelry from NZ designers weren't true, unless she wears it in Australia which I don't think so because that wouldn't really make any sense.

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    1. Blair, Could the jewelry have been gifts for her mother and sister? Someone said in a previous post that the pieces looked like "knock-offs" of Fergie's jewelry.

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    2. IMO, she hasn't worn them in NZ because they went to the press. According to one royal reporter, they were on approval, ie only pay for them if she wore them. I can't remember whether she asked to see the items or whether they sent them

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    3. I agree, Daisy. If they hadn't "sold out" for the publicity, she probably would have worn them. Discretion at all times.

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  5. Oh, no, more rain! Kate's is a hairstyle I wore a lot in the 1970s--interesting to see it come back.

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    1. Me too, Martha, I wore it on my wedding day in 1971. Retro is in.

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    2. Revealing our age, Greybird! It still is nice, though.

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  6. I love this piece on Kate and she looked lovely today with her hair 1/2 up. I am very disappointed that she didn't wear any NZ based desingers. Adrienne Winkelmann would have been perfect for her. Trelise Cooper is probably a little too abstract for Kate's style. It was sad that they didn't get to see how lovely our weather can be but it was great that they came all this way. I think NZ was lucky because they seemed to have covered much more ground in our country, as opposed to what the Australian leg looks like, so I think we have scored one up on them in that (friendly rivally). Looking forward to some new fashions in Oz. Will be interesting to see how she incorporates their national symbols into her look.

    Thanks again for wonderful coverage of the tour. It is the first point that I come to when I want to catch up on their progress. Keep up the fantastic work.

    Kiwi Nic

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  7. Wonderful thank you Charlotte. Prince William and Catherine are certainly doing a marvellous job! It has been interesting to learn about the various places in NZ that the royals have visited. I didn't think Catherine would recycle during the tour, but I think she chose well on all occasions. Classy, elegant timeless pieces that make her stand out in a crowd. And it's been lovely seeing William and Catherine enjoy themselves so much, it's a hectic schedule after all! Bring on Australia!!

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  8. Well the premier of NSW has literally just resigned this morning (over a forgotten $3000 bottle of grange of all things)
    so this will make their arrival to NSW/Sydney very awkward as the premier was expected to have a leading role in their visit...

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    1. What is grange?

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    2. A bottle of incredibly expensive red wine. Has usually been cellared for a very very long time!
      Has a reputation world wide for being the leading wine of its kind.

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    3. A problem was he allegedly lied about receiving it to a committee on corruption in government.A thank-you phone call and a note were introduced. Poor guy got caught being polite Note to self- do not write thankyou notes when accepting illegal gifts.. Thank goodness the Cambridges are staying with the governor-general, not the premier.

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  9. That puppy looks very happy with Kate! Wonder what Lupo would have thought of him.
    Probably the Taylor instead of Cooper, because she already had it. I thought it appropriate for the event.
    Looking forward to seeing her Sydney Opera House gown!
    Can't believe I didn't recognise Aus. time.

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  10. I wonder what happened to the jewellery she purchased from a NZ designer - never saw the pieces worn on the tour. A necklace and 2 pairs of earrings ....

    Linda, Canada

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    1. The designers talked to the media and I bet Catherine decided not to wear any of their pieces.

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  11. What does "podgy" mean, as in he's a very podgy baby?

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    1. Podgy is an endearing term for chubby. It usually refers to a baby who enjoys his/her food. So it's really a compliment!

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  12. Thank you ever so much for the coverage of the Royal visit to New Zealand. Believe it or not, all the coverage on the Royal visits has been had from blogs like yours or social media. Thank you again and I am looking forward to the Australian leg of the tour. Take care and Blessings on you.

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    1. Not sure where in the world you are, Anonymous, but you can view online The New Zealand Herald which is running a Live Blog during the NZ and Oz trip.

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  13. Jennifer from Wisconsin16 April 2014 02:15

    Another great look. Those puppies are so cute- it must have been hard to give them back.

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  14. Podgy is how the British say pudgy (chubby).

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  15. Sarah from Calif.16 April 2014 02:23

    Yes what does "podgy" mean?
    Love Kate's suit. She has chosen well for this tour. Very Classy.
    Hope William and Kate are making wonderful memories for their family and for the people around them.also hope that they are getting a little rest between all action.

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    1. Sarah from Calif.16 April 2014 03:19

      Oh thank you, new word podgy!
      Love the pictures of William and George.
      Loveeee those podgy chubby cheeks!

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  16. This outfit is one of my favorites of Kate's. She looks fabulous and I love her hair. I am looking forward to the Australian part of the tour. Charlotte, great job as always!

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  17. Podgy is how they say pudgy (chubby). Different vowel sounds like Mummy vs Mommy.

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  18. Great coverage as always. Prince George looked adorable. I wonder though, with the weather so bad, why was he in shorts? Hmmmmm.

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    1. Maybe he gets restless and/or grumpy in pants. My mom told me that even as a young baby I would always fight her and cry whenever she tried to out me in pants instead of shorts. I suppose I didn't like my legs to feel tight or confined. George seems he may be the same way! He appears to be a very active baby and as Kate herself said, quite "podgy" so he probably stays warm with just a sweater and shoes with his legs bare! ;)

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    2. It might be wet but not freezing.
      And George is not actually out in it like his parents.
      He's carried out for a brief moment from a warm car into a warm plane and I'm sure there's a blanket there for him.
      A paediatrician once advised me (as I tended to suffocate my children) - "best underdressed than overheated" especially if the climate is not actually hard into winter.

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    3. Exactly. They aren't touring Antarctica, for pity's sake. He was wearing a warm-looking blue one piece with feet when they arrived from Dubai. He's not out in the elements for vey long and he's clearly a healthy, sturdy child.

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  19. I love this suit. Wondered about "podgy" too. I think perhaps Kate did not fall in love with any newer NZ designs, but she did her best to honor local motifs and colors at every stop. Wonder if the "Duchess of Excess" moniker also led her to choose some recycled clothing on this trip?
    Thanks, Charlotte. Looking forward to the Aussie leg.

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  20. Thank you Charlotte for your excellent coverage.
    Kate looks beautiful I love this outfit.
    Does she have a new hairdresser because her hair is glossy and beautiful.
    I love to see William holding baby George.

    Thank you for this great post look forward to your coverage in Australia.

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  21. Regarding NZ designers, some of them talked to the press a lot particularly a jewellery brand Kate purchased pieces from. Perhaps that's why she didn't wear them?

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  22. I was wearing my blue "RepliKate" jacket today with blue suede heels. I love it when that happens

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  23. I'm not surprised about no new NZ designers. As someone else said, Trelise Cooper is not really her style and some of the others I've seen didn't seem suitable. Also, the clothes have to be available in London and are all the designers that have been mentioned available? I think she did the right thing and stayed with the known designers.

    The teal dress by Emilia Wickstead was good and I think that it was new. The pink one was not very well made, and this one didn't have as many mistakes in the seaming. And today she looked very elegant.

    You've had a great tour Charlotte - thank you.

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  24. I for one am hoping Kate wears some Aussie designers- our style is a little more laidback, edgy and informal for Kate but I am thinking Alex Perry would be a standout option for a formal Opera house event. Collette Dinnigan is another option but she recently closed up shop

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  25. I like the term "podgy" as opposed "chubby", sounds British. I do like her hair. I am so glad the tour is not so much about new designer clothes and more about Kate enjoying the trip and New Zealand people. Thank you Charlotte, you are the best!

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  26. Liz from the US16 April 2014 02:47

    George is so darn cute! I love his grumpy expressions!

    Kate looks beautiful, as always, but this is not my favorite suit. The sleeve length seems a bit odd to me. Her hair, however; looks fantastic! I love that she has been pulling it back more often.

    What is everyone's favorite look from the NZ leg of the tour? Mine is the blue McQueen coat.

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    1. Also McQueen
      With her hair pulled back, her slim (unpoofy) skirt, and William holding grumpy-sleepy George, hopefully everybody is happy.
      Liz, do you think someone will.still find something to pick on?

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    2. Charlotte, ABC Aus. is calling the Sydney Opera House event a "meet and greet." They were fairly silent during the NZ tour, but now have a nice review-preview coverage.
      Is meet and greet another term for reception? My hopes for glitz and bling are fading away.
      How are you holding up?

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    3. Hello!

      It's a reception, and they'll be heading there straight after landing.

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  27. I think this was wonderful ending to the NZ leg of the tour! William and Kate did a great job and I enjoyed seeing our favorite couple in action! There have been a good number of pictures of Baby George, so I am very content and happy right now. He is such an adorable and chubby baby and he looks so like William with a bit of Middleton features! It has been truly wonderful to see Will and Kate as parents - holding Georgie in pictures - they seem very hands on. I loved the suite Kate wore and I think her style so far on this tour has been good! Thanks for all the updates Charlotte - we all appreciate it!

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  28. The suit is not my favorite but she looks beautiful, despite the rain. If I had to complain, it would be to please change into a different pair of shoes! Give us something besides black! I'm always so happy when Catherine recycles, but disappointed too. Poor PG doesn't look like he's coping with the time change well lol but at least he's with his parents and not left behind! He's so cute!

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  29. Very nice final event in New Zealand. I wonder whether the Queen loaned Kate one of her clear umbrellas.

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  30. I like that she recycles, but I feel like shoe could have really stepped it uo for this tour and brought attention to little known local designers. The Kate Effect could given them a boost.

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    1. I expected also more local designers as it is also a little help during this recession in the world. I loved this outfits blue really fits her. Lovely hair style too. I will be cheeky here but I can definetely say that preparing her wardrobe for this tour was not a tremendous amount of work from her part!!! Which is really sad!Blue27

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  31. I opened your blog Charlotte and there was William holding the baby and wow..I don't know why it hit me so hard. God love Diana, she would have been so very proud. I think this leg of the tour has been very heartwarming to witness. The pictures of New Zealand are beautiful and the people seem so receptive and warm. My daughter has been saying for the past 2 years she wants to visit New Zealand. I hope to make that trip with her someday. This couple is growing in their role and I think they have done a fantastic job. I have so very enjoyed the pictures and the experience I have had through your blog. I believe William is doing things his way and on his own time frame and Kate and his son as support. Beautiful family

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  32. Any idea why I suddenly have advertisements popping up on the right side of my screen cutting off large parts of the comments left?

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  33. I love the entire look today,, Kate was far more relaxed at this event as compared to the previous events...I love the last picture with them singing in the rain in the background while Will and Kate look on.....xoxo

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  34. Rain Rain go away!!! My goodness, they have been plagued with bad weather. I love Catherine's look, she is always SO elegant and classy. I wish we could see some pictures of Prince George smiling or laughing. Baby smiles are just so cute! I am looking forward to the rest of their trip, but I'm really afraid that when it's over and we don't have these amazing daily updates and posts I will probably go through withdrawals!! LOL! Good job as always Charlotte! Thank you so much for all your hard work and dedication

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  35. oh dear what have my country folk done! from the Sydney Morning Herald:

    Plans for who will greet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Sydney Airport at 2.35pm remain in disarray.

    A spokeswoman from the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet has told Fairfax Media that no decision has been made on who will represent the NSW Government following Mr O'Farrell's shock resignation this morning.

    "We will know when everyone else does, and that is likely to only be made clear at the airport this afternoon," she said.

    Mr O'Farrell and his wife Rosemary were scheduled to join Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove and his wife Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove, along with NSW governor Marie Bashire and Sir Nicholas Sheadie, Prime Minister Tony Abbott and wife Margie, and Ian Watt, secretary of the Prime Minister's Department on the tarmac to greet the royal couple on their first official tour of Australia.

    Mr O'Farrell was also due to meet the couple at the Sydney Opera House at 3.10pm to attend a welcome reception he was co-hosting with the NSW Governor. It remains unclear who will host in his absence.

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  36. Both William and Kate looked pleasantly relaxed. I think it took them (William particularly) a bit of warming up before really getting into the swing. George looks like he's been woken up from a nap in his car seat. That dazed look is gorgeous on littlies.

    I felt their tour was balanced whilst trying to juggle the demands of a toddler as well. However, I get the feeling that many public outings were rushed. Especially the footage at the square where Rebecca Deacon seems to really be pushing/hurrying Kate up. There were times when she actually looked like she was throwing some awful glances towards Kate too. This kind of thing upsets me. Yes, maybe they have to be elsewhere at a certain time, but an extra 10 minutes seriously won't harm anyone. In fact it will bring a smile to many more faces who have had to stand out in the damp ground for hours to get a glimpse of the couple. I think Kate did a great job of ignoring her a little. Makes you think who is actually running the show?

    It would have been nice to see some more kiwi in Kate's clothes but the points put forward about the style of the designs available are valid. I am more than certain there will be a couple of Aussie outfits that make their debut on this second leg. As mentioned above, there a lot of different designers to choose from and many would suit Kate to perfection.

    I've mentioned this many times on this tour, and here it goes again.."please, please hold unto this hair stylist".
    So glad she's experimenting with her long hair.
    Love the tweedy texture on the suit, but felt the jacket needed to be a tad more fitted in the bodice, so it didn't appear so boxy. Kate always looks great in this shade of blue.

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    1. Does anyone have a link to that video with Rebecca? I've heard about it bit not seen it.

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    2. The feed I saw was from Reuters, but I can't call up the link via my history. Maybe it's cached elsewhere. I thought Rebecca seemed to be pointing out small children or other groups to her? The female protection officer (in pants suit) was by her side constantly when she was greeting the crowd and was clearing a path through the hands for her, or at least trying. She did seem gruff at times, but I can't imagine having her job.

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    3. I haven't seen the video but I saw some still shots and I'm thinking they were from the same angle/time as the video being described. Ms. Deacon appears to be almost pushing Kate and she (Deacon) has the most sour, nasty look on her face - which isn't unusual for her, she seems really not to like being in public and being in crowds. Following photos show Deacon moving back and Kate with her back to her, possibly ignoring her.
      Deacon had the similar look at various events last spring, when Kate was well enough before George's birth to do some engagements. Kate looked very friendly and happy with the crowds, Rebecca was always with a scowl on her face. She might be a great assistant behind the scenes but she doesn't seem very suited, personality-wise, for a life in public as she'll have with Kate.
      In the great BBC documentary "Monarchy," one of the episodes talks about the assistants who go with the royals and and they talk to one of the staff, I think it was one of the queen's staff and he said if the royals want 10 more minutes with the crowds, you make 10 more minutes with the crowd, that's it, it's their call and they're the boss.

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    4. Also, Charlotte, check the BBC website. They've been broadcasting clips from the trip on BBC World News and they mention for more coverage and video, to go to bbc.com. I haven't checked but if it's pool video, BBC likely has it too.

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    5. Here is the link to that video.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mq1m26tP28&feature=youtu.be&ac

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    6. Eve from Germany16 April 2014 12:31

      I can´t share the opinion that she had any negativity around her. She rather was VERY concentrated and also I had the impression, the sun was somehow shining into her eyes, too. I get the same kind of expression as my eyes are very sensitive (Even as a baby, I immediately started to sneeze as soon as the sun was shining in my face). She didn´t hurry up Kate AT ALL, she was just making sure, everything was running smoothly, no-one was left out and everything was safe. Walking a crowd like this is PURE horror for any member of staff, as the one walking the crowd is totally exposed and you really can´t control anything. Everyone around Kate has to be in total alert. So please, give the woman a break!

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    7. It would be nice if they could stay a little extra time but you wouldn't believe how carefully the time is booked on these tours. Even potty breaks! I was involved with a Prince Andrew visit many years ago and everything is expected to be right on schedule. When they have a number of stops to make even a few minutes added on to each can add up by the end of the day.
      Joanne in Canada

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    8. The video shows both a police woman, with Kate, and Rebecca Deacon (striped skirt) in the background, occasionally taking flowers so that Kate has her hands free. Rebecca looks perfectly cheerful and helpful. She did give the balloon bouquet to a little girl to carry. Don't know what that was about.

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  37. I'm curious about that video, too. People aren't mistaking Kate's female bodyguard for Rebecca, are they? Because her body guard definitely had that look. ;)

    Victoria, Oregon

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    1. Victoria, no, it was Rebecca Deacon, not the bodyguard. I saw the still photos that were taken about the same time as the video. It's definitely Rebecca Deacon.

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  38. Beatrix in New York16 April 2014 05:07

    I haven't been posting lately...

    I have to say, the little girl/baby with the MARRY ME GEORGE tshirt really brought a smile to my face. I can only imagine when she is old enough :P LOL!!!

    I want to see that video of Rebecca Deacon too, somebody, please share :)

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  39. the video would not post..the story is there on everythingkate,,but not video

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  40. What do you think about the idea that she is not wearing a skirt, but instead a dress under the jacket? There is a fringe waist detail that isn't shown on the skirt photos.

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    1. It looked like a dress to me. Also, they should be in Sydney now!!!

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  41. I cannot believe the Queen made this trip just 3 years ago. What a woman!
    Have you seen the David Wells portrait of Catherine? to hang in Kensington Palace. Wish they could replace t h e NPG portrait with that one. Check out abc aus, click "news."

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    1. I just looked it up.

      She doesn't look like herself. Her face is to round and full in the painting and she looks different... more like Pippa.

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    2. Do we know when she sat for this portrait? Or if from a photo, when it was taken? It could have been while she was pregnant. Anyway, she has a full face. Remember all the references to injections etc. Just need to check childhood pictures to know thar is ridiculous.
      I still think it is more like her than the NPG one. If it is meant to be displayed in KP , it can't be too far off. They'll have to look at it every day.!

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  42. It's a good sign when it rains. We have been conditioned to think rain is a bad thing in this world when it's not. Rain cleanses the environment, replenishes the soil, makes it lush and vegetation to grow. In some parts of the world it never rains. Life disappears.

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  43. Wonderful tour of New Zealand. There has been some disappointments regarding her choice of outfits but for the most part it was fabulous and she looked beautiful, especially towards the end of the tour. I think it was wise of her not to wear new NZ designers. There are other ways to give a nod to a country and this she did. The Queen certainly does not wear new designers when visiting countries. I think Kate avoided a president to be set where she is expected to do this...even it sounds to the point where designers sent her clothes to look at and spoke to the media even before she wore it (the jewellery) to cash in on marketing. And it could also create conflict between designers chosen and not chosen. Thus I think she acted wisely. Well done Kate, looking forward to Australian tour. Whatever is going on...be sure that William and Kate will deal with it professionally!
    Lize (SA)

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  44. Oh those puppies!

    On to Catherine, I love her hairdo. Very romantic and feminine :)
    The suit is good too, it's navy colour is lovely.

    Can't wait to see her Aussie looks!

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  45. I love, love, love this look. Just perfect. Another great classic suit from Kate's closet. Everything about this look is appropriate and perfect for the event and on Kate herself.
    I have a thought that Kate is recycling so much on this trip to offset some of the criticism of the expense of the Maldives trip, her vacation to Mustique, his vacation to Spain and the fact that neither of them have worked very much in the past year, not to mention the cost of this trip itself.
    This way, the focus stays on the trip itself and there's no big media splash on Kate's expensive new wardrobe for this trip on top of the rest of it. I would expect there's been advice from the Palace that an entire new wardrobe wouldn't be appropriate.
    But I really love this combo and Amanda Cook Tucker is doing a great job with Kate's hair. I love that it's pulled partly back, we can see her pretty face instead of a big blob of hair hanging there and it also is keeping her from that infernal fiddling with her hair or pushing it back.
    It was great to see William holding his son.

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  46. Eve from Germany16 April 2014 07:48

    Great. Great choice of clothes for this rainy day. Comfortable, quite warm and no "wind problems" are likely to occur. Same with her hair. Not that I would expect her to "listen" to our "recommendations" - but you could almost think so! Nice to see Prince William holding Prince George. You could instantly see, he´s USED TO IT - as it should be... And Prince George behaves very much the same on his father´s arms, so it´s clear, he´s totally used to it, too. It should be normal, but what a difference to older generations! Remember, it´s just two generations that Prince Philip was a father to a young baby - could you imagine him stepping off a plane, holding his baby son? Great that things HAVE changed....

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  48. I do hope the little prince can go barefooted quite frequently. Fancy having to wear those shoes.

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  49. Silvia from Portugal :))))16 April 2014 09:39

    What a Urra ending of the tour in New Zeland!!!!!! Loved the outfit one of my favourites and once again they rocked it up!!!! Looking forward to Austrália :))) Great job Charlotte :))))

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  50. Dear Charlotte,
    I've been a long time reader/admirer of this blog and all the work you do to update not only on Kate's sartorial choices, but her philanthropy as well. To your point about the Trelise Cooper coat, I could be mistaken, but I believe it's a policy that royals do not accept clothing sent by designers? That is to say, they do not accept what they don't purchase? So it could be a little hasty to say that Kate didn't like the coat, and may be so even if I'm wrong about this. At any rate, to others posters' points (here in this post and on others) that Kate keeps recycling clothing and wears a "uniform" that they are tired of, I find her to be conscientious about her choices. Perhaps the royal family does have the finances that she doesn't have to recycle so much, but to my mind, she is trying to be responsible and thrifty, in a struggling economy. Likewise, it might be important to remember that she's traveling. Yes, she has resources the rest of us don't, but I must assume that one of the reasons why we're seeing the same shoe/clutch combinations (for example) is that she packed for the trip in a thoughtful, economical way. Again, a sense of being responsible and conscientious, as the rest of us must be. I see her as setting a great example, in her clothing choices and her general approach to these circumstances, for all of us, but particularly young women. So I'm always a little bothered by those who criticize her for such choices.
    Thanks again, for your wonderful blog. Best wishes from Ohio!

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  51. Anon from Leominster16 April 2014 15:00

    Love Kate's hair this way and love the puppies, too adorable. George is adorable too, looks like he'll be a true character.

    Do wish she had worn one of the active in New Zealand designer because unlike other royals, she always brings wonderful publicity to designer and some of them had such pretty clothes. She could easily have saved that Burch dress for engagements in the UK. But that's life and she may have decided to break the cycle of wearing local designers. Can't really do it in Australia now, I would think, without causing feeling. Don't think there is as much feeling about cost of new clothes unless something truly outrageous -- people are more concerned about how much she does and this tour has been so refreshing.

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  52. We almost made it through two posts without someone going off on their talking points and dredging up old issues. The fact that Catherine is given absolutely no credit for anything done well sort of shows the hand of a a person with an inability to tactfully critique.
    Please, let's not go down that bleak path again.
    Marg

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    1. Anon from Leominster- my 18:25 comment most definitively does NOT refer to your post.
      Marg

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  53. It looks to me like the skirt has been lengthened. It looked longer in this case than it did before, and it also looks a tad bit less flares. When her jacket lifts up a bit you can see there is a horizontal tweed panel above the frayed seam, the original photo on the mannequin just has a waist line of different fabric. It seems she added a bit more tweed to lengthen it a bit.

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