Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Thoughts on the Royal Tour & What's Next for the Cambridges

Following a restful weekend, plenty of sleep and fresh air, I spent yesterday evening reading through posts from the tour and thought it an appropriate time to look back, share thoughts and observations as well as The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's reported plans for the future.


We had spent months discussing the tour, the itinerary, and what Kate would wear. There were so many fantastic possibilities for Her Royal Highness in terms of New Zealand and Australian designers and I must admit, I along with fellow Kate bloggers and fashion writers, were somewhat surprised when Kate did not select a piece from a brand based in New Zealand, although we did see Kate in an Emilia Wickstead dress and her blue tweed Rebecca Taylor suit; both ladies are originally from New Zealand. Instead, Kate incorporated sartorial nods to the countries in other ways.


We saw Her Majesty's Fern Brooch in New Zealand.



The Duchess worked with one of her go-to designers, Jenny Packham, to create a bespoke black dress with an embroidered fern. Symbolism is very important and the thought that went into the dress will have meant quite a lot to their hosts.


In Australia, Kate chose a white eyelet dress by influential Aussie label Zimmermann (for those interested in the piece it will be stocked at ShopBop, Anthropologie and Direct around mid-June in white and black). The Duchess also carried a clutch by Australian brand Oroton and wore a hat by Jonathan Howard for Anzac Day events.


There were familiar designers in there too, most notably three winning Alexander McQueen ensembles.


Casual looks including nautical stripes, a navy blazer, a GAP gingham shirt, skinny jeans and those (not so popular) Stuart Weitzman Corkswoon Wedges made several appearances during the tour - very much a signature look for Her Royal Highness.


There were royal repeats; one of the aspects of Kate's style people enjoy most is her ability to rewear items and change them up. For engagements in Christchurch Kate wore the striking red Luisa Spagnoli suit we first saw back in 2011 when the couple visited St. Andrews before the royal wedding and to sign the condolence book for victims of the Christchurch earthquake. It was a lovely touch to wear it again and it looked magnificent and very fresh without the turtleneck, black tights and boots.


The Duchess opted for vibrant colours and chose a striking green twice, first by Erdem and then by Catherine Walker.


For me, the most notable and memorable sartorial aspect has been the inclusion of American designers. Kate wore Tory Burch, DVF, Lela Rose and Michael Kors, all labels that are "very Kate", but nobody expected to see Kate in a Michael Kors coatdress for Anzac Day events. We all know how much preparation and thought goes into Kate's choices and this was not merely by chance. Not at all.

Kate is clearly expanding her list of go-to designers and honouring American designers. In terms of planning, it's more than just a case of Kate happening to like a garment, there's a lot of other factors to experience and it's great to see her representing a wider variety of brands. I think she felt very comfortable in these pieces and perhaps did not find many pieces she loved from New Zealand and Australian designers; in fact, we know she requested several pieces, but then sent them back.


The Mail Online reports Natasha Archer, a royal PA, helped Kate put her wardrobe together:

'Natasha - or Tash as she is fondly known within the royal circle - has been helping Kate remodel her style. Natasha's main role is a PA, but over the last few months she has assisted Kate as a style adviser. The source added that Natasha orders lots of clothes - particularly from Asos and Topshop - online for Kate.'

Kate beside Natasha at a rugby match during the tour.


As with many Daily Mail stories, one does have to take them lightly. Remember, reports Kate wouldn't be bringing her L.K. Bennett sledges, "Lots of Tiaras", pieces from the Royal Collection, and endless other so-called tour exclusives proved inaccurate. Also, Kate's style has not been remodelled. Aside from the inclusion of new U.S. designers and longer hemlines at some events it is very much the same. I imagine Natasha may well be helping Kate by sourcing or ordering pieces for her, but certainly Kate doesn't have a stylist, as far as we know.

With 30 outfits it seems sensible she would have someone assist. I think Kate may have also used Pippa as a sounding board for a couple of her looks; some Pippa favourites including Tory Burch and Susannah were in there. The Duchess does a great job choosing what works for herself, so much so that she was voted Britain's Most Stylish Woman in a poll revealed yesterday, beating the likes of Kate Moss and Emma Watson to claim the top spot.

Amanda Cook Tucker did a stellar job with Kate's hair throughout the tour.



But this tour was about so much more than what Kate wore. We saw a family enjoying time together and it was our first opportunity to really see Prince George in a relaxed, informal manner. And my what a wonderful tot he is. At each event he was a part of he absolutely stole the show.


When the couple brought Prince George to a playdate with families from Plunket New Zealand - George's first official engagement - little did photographer Simon Woolf know he would take Kate's favourite photo of the royal tour.

Governor-General of New Zealand

More from People's story:

'Woolf was the official New Zealand government photographer allowed at every event that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended during their nine-day tour of the country. And it was his picture of little George cuddling into his mum's shoulder that has been reproduced so many times. Woolf was told that Kate called this her favourite photo of the tour and gave her a black and white copy.'

The future King, who has been dubbed the republican slayer, stole hearts whilst he was introduced to a bilby at Taronga Zoo. The visit provided the best photos of the tour depicting a very happy family.


William and Kate really had fun during the tour.


Who could forget this?


They exchanged playful moments.


And romantic ones, too.


Traditions, such as the 'hongi' maori welcome were embraced.


Memorable photos included the couple posing at Uluru, just as William's parents had done three decades earlier during their tour in 1983.


However, this was much more than a spur of the moment photocall. The Telegraph shared a great article revealing Behind The Scenes of the Tour information:

'The planning for that photograph began last year, when Australia's Cabinet Office, responsible for VIP visits, decided to include the country's most famous natural landmark on the couple's itinerary. Having agreed on a date for the visit, civil servants checked the time for the sunset on that day (6.25 p.m.) and organised a programme that would build to the couple's arrival.
 The British media alone amounted to 60 reporters, photographers and TV crews. Making sure they all had somewhere to stay meant booking two hotels near Uluru months ahead of time.
 Then there was the question of what the Duchess would wear. Clearly a brown or terracotta outfit would make her disappear against the red Sandstone of Uluru, so she chose a favourite white patterned dress from Hobbs. She did not however, choose it when she got up that morning - she and her aides went over every engagement of the tour programme - weeks before leaving London to consider every eventuality. '

Posing outside Sydney Opera House; a photo which will be reproduced again and again.


Reporters on the trip described it as the tour where Kate really came into her own and exhibited a new found confidence.


From Richard Palmer's article: Kate The Great: The royal tour where the Duchess of Cambridge really came into her own:

'Motherhood and three years inside the Royal Family appear to have given her the strength and confidence to reveal just a little bit more of the real person behind the studied smile and dispel the idea she is some kind of Stepford Wife Duchess. The Kate who beat her husband sailing in Auckland and wagged her finger at him playing cricket in Christchurch was anything but that.
 The real revelation, though, came on Good Friday when she and William went to the Royal Easter Sunday Show. A member of the couple's entourage noticed something different. "I noticed that she suddenly seemed to have gained a new confidence when she got out of the car," the aide said. "She just puffed out her chest and seemed to say, right let's do this."'

Kate gave a speech at Bear Cottage Hospice, in which she said "to be here together as a family has been very special and we will always remember it with found and happy memories". Palliative care - a cause very close to her heart and one we can expect to see her champion further in the future. She spent time with families and both she and William felt very emotional, on the verge of tears, upon meeting a dying baby around George's age.

Bear Cottage Facebook Page

William, too, showed a more serious side in terms of his royal role with eloquent speeches and military engagements.


 It was an incredible tour. I don't about you, but I only wish it had been longer.


What's next for the royal couple? Can we expect to see more of them in the coming months? The answer is yes absolutely. More from the Daily Express story:

'After a break to recharge their batteries, they will begin a much busier than usual programme of events over June, July and August, a senior royal aide said yesterday. What happens after that will depend on what William decides to do from September at the end of what Kensington Palace has called a "transitional year".
 An aide said, "We have got a really busy programme for both of them and Prince Harry. There will be a significant upsurge in engagements."'

There's rumours of a visit to Scotland towards the end of May. French news outlets are reporting William and Kate will join Her Majesty The Queen to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in France on 6th of June, and speculation they may travel to Belgium in August to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War One, not to mention there will be a variety of engagements in England. In fact, William's already got an engagement scheduled for 12th of May, so I doubt it will be very long before one is announced for Kate.


For those asking about Guy Pelly's wedding in Memphis on 3rd of May, the press are reporting only William and Harry will travel while Kate and George plan to stay in Bucklebury with the Middletons. We won't know for sure until the day itself though. The Duke and Duchess celebrate their third anniversary today, and we wish them a very happy and private celebration!

The British Monarchy Flickr

We'll be back with our end of tour fashion polls next; have you already chosen your favourites? :)

182 comments:

  1. What a beautiful post Charlotte! Thank you so much. They really did a great job of promoting Australia and the continuation of the monarchy. I think they are such a beautiful and warm couple. I wish them only love and happiness with their baby this anniversary.

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    1. I can't believe they have been married for 3 years already! The time sure went fast! It doesn't feel that long ago when I work up at 430am or so to watch the wedding. Waking the whole house up bc the TV was too loud! Ahh memories ..

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    2. They are so adorable! I checked this website each day during the tour. Great article, thank you :)

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    3. I also checked the blog, sometimes more than once a day! This was beautifully done, and I also started from the beginning and read it through, like my favorite bedtime story. Have you seen how People magazine reporters are calling her Princess Catherine now? Love it, love the blog, and enjoyed every moment. Thank you for all your amazing hard work. xoxo

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  2. Great Post! I am glad that you got rest but I''ve been getting itchy for a new post!
    I think the tour went to fast also! All the months in planning it, and over in 3 short weeks! This was the longest tour in generation, but it went sooo fast. How long was the longest Royal tour? Was it Queen Elizabeth and Philip after she was queen??
    I can't wait for new events scheduled for Kate. And I do love her with the queen...
    I do have a favk and look for the tour, but I'm not going to sag until after the poll??
    Can there be a poll of the favorite komen and of the tour?? That''ll be fun!!

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    1. Ugh, I hate when I put the time to spellcheck and grammar check my response somehow I lose internet connection and it goes away. But when I hurry and don't spell check, I always notice a mistake after it is posted.
      So I apologize for the errors at the end of my post.

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    2. Oh, one more excuse for my errors. I have a new phone and the auto correct is not used to my words...
      So komen was supposed to be moments.

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  3. Jennifer from Wisconsin29 April 2014 at 03:48

    Great job Charlotte!

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  4. AAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH, Charlotte, What a wonderful job you did covering the Royal tour. Now that it is done, I feel as if I'm going through "withdrawals" from daily posts! I just go back and look, read and savor each detail over and over again! Thank you so much for your tireless dedication to this blog and to covering the Royal tour as beautifully as you did. They are an amazing couple and little George is just as cute as a button! Happy Anniversary to William and Catherine. Love and admire you both. Mari from Utah USA

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    1. Mari, I agree with you. I am going thru withdraw also. I went back all the way to the very first days of Charlotte's blog. 2012. :). William, Kate and baby George are darling. Charlottes coverage of the tour was fabulous. I cannot wait to see what she has up her sleeve for the future. I read William and Harry will be coming to USA for wedding, and as part of the celebration they will be touring Graceland. Hope they love it as much as I did. Happy 3rd Anniversary to William and Kate. :).

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  5. What a lovely wrap-up - thanks! I can't get enough of them and thought the tour was a smashing success. You have the best pictures, the best writing and best spirit and I enjoy stopping by your blog to visit.

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  6. Wow! What a wonderful post. I am having withdrawals so it is so nice to see the pictures. I am SO impressed with both of them during this tour. What wonderful work they are doing! Kate seems like such a wonderful person, mother, and wife. She really is coming into her own and it is spectacular to see. Of course marrying into the family would prove stressful, but Kate is doing such a wonderful job of molding her title to her personality and traits. She lights up wherever she goes and no doubt makes those who she visits with so incredibly happy. She really does seem like a princess. It is in my humble opinion that the monarchy is going to be absolutely fine with these two (3). They are so much more than figure heads, I can't begin to describe how much good they are doing not just for England, but the world.

    Charlotte, I hope you are getting a lot of rest and relaxation after these hard 3 weeks, you are such an amazing writer and I am so happy your blog exists!

    Happy anniversary to one amazing couple who looks more in love every day and hopefully will continue for a very long time!

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    1. The Royals learned the hard way thru Diana. Kate had 8-9 years in the family before marrying into it. She has been given time to learn the ropes. She has done a wonderful job so far. I love watching her and William work as a team. We no longer hear/read about how disappointed ppl were when they were not on the "right" side of the street as we did with Prince and Princess Diana. People love these two equally.

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    2. Ellie and Smittyk... AMEN! :)

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  7. Lovely recap! Thank you for all your hard work.

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  8. Aww what a lovely post. I enjoyed the tour as well and really loved reading all about it everyday. I really do miss the daily posts and comments we all exchanged on here agreeing or respectfully disagreeing about what Kate wore. I'm glad to hear you've got some rest Charlotte.
    I look forward to upcoming engagements and seeing Kate's clothing choices.
    Hopefully it won't be long.

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  9. Though the tour is over, we continue to have this forum. Thank you for the work you put into your blog, Charlotte!

    How will we ever predict any designer possibilities again, based on location? Then again, the world is full of talented individuals and endless possibilities. It's sure to be a fun ride.

    I stumbled across yet more private-looking photos today but didn't hear a back-story. Did you see/hear about photos of TRH's private egg roll with George on the lawn?

    A very happy third anniversary to them!

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    1. Do you have a link to the photos?

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    2. Hello Summer,

      I did, I was surprised to see them after the request for privacy but I don't believe they were published anywhere only used on Tumblr sites.

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    3. I find it so hypocritical that people look at 'private' pictures of the couple then cry their privacy is invaded and we don't want pics published here on this blog

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  10. Ive Got A Gal in Kalamazoo29 April 2014 at 04:10

    Charlotte, thank you so much for this delightful post! It was wonderful to read again about their trip and view the lovely photos. Thank you again for all your work these past weeks!

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  11. Hope we see more of joint engagements now that George is a little older and they have a great nanny. They can still schedule their time around George but they do make a great couple. It is noce to see they are not afraid to show they are in love with each other.
    But I do think it is wrong that Catherine is being left at home while William goes off and parties without her. Bad idea.

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    1. One source said that she had declined to go on account of the media circus it would create and her wish not to take the focus from the bride.

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    2. I agree with Anon 04:11, because while I think they are a solid couple it bothers me how much away time William needs with the guys. Not just a night at the pub, trips away from home (read: not coming home at night). I think we can speculate as to why she isn't going: media circus, a short but far trip with/without George, she doesn't like the groom, etc.

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    3. Laurie - N. Carolina29 April 2014 at 21:38

      I don't see what the big deal is if she stays at home. In my opinion, there's NOTHING wrong with either a husband or a wife being away for a few days without the other...especially to attend the wedding of a very close friend. To me, it just shows how secure they both are in their relationship. Maybe I'm in the minority, but there have been times where I've gone away for a weekend with my girlfriends or my husband has gone somewhere with his guy-friends and it doesn't bother either one of us in the least. We kiss each other goodbye and tell the other to have a good time! Because we trust each other. When you get married, it doesn't mean that you are eternally joined at the hip and I think that's a mistake many couples make. Taking a few days away from one another every once in a while is no big deal. As a matter of fact, it's pretty healthy and shows just how strong their relationship is. :-)

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    4. I agree. Anyhow, Harry needs a little minding and brotherly sympathy now he's apparently single again. Absolutely ridiculous to think the woman who kicked a future king out of the front seat of a jet would stay home unless it is what SHE wants. It's not "away time with the guys". Silly.

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    5. Laurie There is nothing wrong with hnim going to the wedding but William has a history even being married to have a roving eye. There are photos out there during a stag weekend where William was pictured with another woman in a bar. And Catherine was at home very pregnant.
      I just hope that William remembers what he has at home waiting for him.
      And let's face it women are out there that would love to be with a Prince no matter if he is married or not. And William love's to drink alot.
      Now that Harry is single this could play into William drinking and partying more which can lead into things getting out of hand.

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    6. My husband goes to events without me and I go to events without him. Whenever a wife starts the needy and possessive act it's a surefire way to make her husband yearn to get out of the house so he can breathe.

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    7. I agree with you, Laurie - I think it's fine that Kate elected to stay home. I've read that she's going to be spending some time with her parents. I hope that's true, as it would be a restful break for her after being on public display during the tour. And, after getting George back on London time, I would imagine that Kate doesn't want to go through jet lag again - with or without George - so soon after their return from down under.

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    8. Laurie - N. Carolina30 April 2014 at 21:55

      Anon - 01:13 - I will respectfully disagree with you here. I assume he had female friends before he met Kate, and I think it would be very silly to think that he couldn't even socialize with another woman (whom he probably knew), if his wife wasn't around! My husband had female friends before we met and I had guy friends. Neither of us expected the other to give up our opposite sex friends after we married.

      As an example...I love to go to concerts. My husband...not so much. I happen to have a guy friend named John who I've known since I was 16. He has the same taste in music as I do and loves to go to concerts as well. So you know what? When a show comes around that I want to see....I go with John!! We have an awesome time and my husband is totally fine with it. Because he trusts me...as I do him. Now, sometimes my husband likes to go out with his guy friends and drink. And there have been times where he's definitely drank a wee bit too much (lol!), but not even on those occasions does my trust in him waiver...not for a second. Because I know that he loves me. I wouldn't consider William to have a "roving eye". He happens to be a 31 year old young man and honestly...if he DIDN'T appreciate a beautiful young woman (wife or not), I would think there was something wrong with him!! He's married...not dead!! I'm quite sure he remembers exactly who is at home "waiting" for him and I don't think that if his wife isn't there to "keep an eye on him" that he might be persuaded to stray by some other young woman. Of course you are entitled to your opinion, but to me...that just seems like silliness.

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    9. I don't see it as Kate being "left behind." After traveling halfway across the world with a little one, and the separations that the tour required, they are choosing to put their son first and do what's best for him. And I agree that this also shows the strength of their marriage.

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  12. Another great post. I want to congratulate you on such fine work during the tour on keeping us all up to date. Well done! My favorite outfit, easily, was the eyelet dress by Zimmermann. It was perfection on Kate!

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  13. Nicely said. The designers from NZ that sent pieces to her I don't think would have suited Kate much. So looking forward to the coming summer season. It will be nice to see them all back out and into their charity work.

    Kiwi Nic

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  14. Kate, Texas, USA29 April 2014 at 04:54

    First, Charlotte thank you SO VERY MUCH for the BRILLIANT job you did covering the tour. You gave us all accurate, fast, and IMO the BEST coverage of the tour. You deserve mush rest and relaxation after the amazing job you did! Thank you!

    This was such a fun post! 21 days seems long, but yet it went by so quickly. The tour was simply amazing. William and Kate did an amazing job representing Queen and country and that Prince George...oh my! You are absolutely correct in saying he stole the show! What a cheeky and handsome little guy. Such a doll! I do hope that we see him before his first birthday, but I know the chances are slim. Fantastic job for all who were involved from the host countries, to W&K's entourage, to the beautiful Cambridge family. I hope everyone is enjoying some much needed and well deserved down time.

    As far as favorite outfit, goodness there were so many fantastic moments regarding fashion. I will say that I was a bit surprised as was everyone else that there were not more designers from New Zealand or Australia, but the choices Kate made were fabulous! I LOVED seeing her in Lela Rose! I was shocked and thrilled to see a designer from Texas! :) As I think of all the different colors Kate wore throughout the tour, she really looks great in just about any color and that is so difficult to pull off. So, I'll be thinking for the upcoming poll.....

    Happy Anniversary to our favorite couple. It's hard to believe it's been three years. Kate is just as stunning on this tour as she was on her wedding day and you can tell she has really "found her place" in the Royal fishbowl. I love what was said about her strength and confidence. As millions of eyes are fixed on her and her every move the past three years, she's gone about her business investing in her marriage, family, and Royal family brilliantly. William has found an absolute diamond in Kate. I hope they enjoy celebrating together and have many years of wedded bliss ahead!

    Congratulations William and Catherine on a job very well done! You have a beautiful family and are doing a wonderful job as ambassadors for Britain! I hope you are enjoying some well deserved and much needed rest!

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    1. This is a lovely post, Kate from Texas. You said just about everything, so I'll just say, "I second that!" (except I'll reserve my vote for favorite outfit).

      Charlotte, so many thanks, you'll never be able to count them all!

      Marci from Salt Lake

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    2. I will third that, Kate. Well said! :)

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  15. I always enjoy your insights and reflections. It was fun to "re-live" the tour through this summary post and think ahead to what the future will bring. I agree that the Duchess was very self-assured on this tour. Despite her quiet tone of voice and caution with the spotlight, I bet she is a very strong, capable, focused, and intelligent woman who will spread her wings and hopefully help important charitable causes in the years to come. All of the media attention she commands means there is great power in her actions to literally change the way the world if she uses it properly. So far she's off to a great start. That said, I adore all the fashion and can't wait for more to come!

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  16. Thanks again,Charlotte! (May I call you Charlotte? Though I've never met you, I feel like we're good friends.) My family is glad I'm not glued to my Twitter account anymore, but I am missing seeing W and K everyday. I think the events they participated in reflected their age, future, and personalities very well. I will look forward to the fashion polls. We'll see how my favorites fare. And of course a very happy anniversary to Will and Kate. I hope their special day is great!

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  17. Hello Darla,

    Of course! I also feel like I know so many of you through your comments :)

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  18. Agree with all that has been said here. I too have enjoyed all your posts and hearing from everyone.Kate and William look very happy.Goodluck and best wishes to them.A gorgeous couple.
    And … it's still raining here in Christchurch, NZ! The wettest month ever!

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  19. Eve from Germany29 April 2014 at 07:48

    What a wonderful post, Charlotte. You just get it right, every single time.... it´s amazing..... truly AMAZING...
    A million THANK YOU´s for all your hard work. The greatest thing about it: you make it look as if it was no work at all!! As if this is what you´re doing naturally every day - like us doing the washing-up or driving a car.... THAT shows the real master of the "craft", I would say!!! One can really feel that you are enjoying what you´re doing... it makes me enjoy it all the more! I´m glad that you could take a rest - it was SO well deserved!!

    As far as this wedding in Memphis is concerned - I never thought Kate would attend. After such a lengthy tour abroad I was pretty sure getting back to a good routine would be the most important thing for her as a young mother... The tour was certainly a huge adventure for little George as well, flying a lot, changing places all the time, his parents being away for long periods of time (at least from his perspective), so many new impressions - he has to "digest" this first and a stable environment with at least one of his parents around will provide that in the best possible way. I know it´s sad if you miss a good friend´s wedding, but that´s what being parents is about... your child comes first...
    Good luck and all the best wishes for William and Kate on their third wedding anniversary!!!

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    1. William and Catherine were only away from him 2 nights through out the whole trip. They did "their day job" and returned back to George like any other working family does.



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    2. Yes, but I think one has to consider that all of those changes (lots of travel, time change, unfamiliar locations) are difficult for many babies to deal with unless they are quite easygoing. My daughter was very sensitive to such things when she was a baby, and too many changes outside of her normal routine disturbed her quite a bit. Prince George seems quite easygoing, but that is still a lot for such a little person to go through. So no, it's not just like any working family- it's not like they had 20+ days of engagements in England.

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  20. Marion from Germany29 April 2014 at 08:17

    What a lovely post to round up the tour. I am not only having Kate-withdrawals, but also Charlotte-post-withdrawals.
    As I said before, Charlotte, you are a very talented writer, each post is a joy to read. Thank you so much for your blog and your dedication.
    And the polls are coming up next, so we have something to look forward to. Wonderful!

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  21. hi charlotte thank you for giving us a nice and accurate update in royal tour in nz and is aussie you did great job and fantastic post i been busy but i always make a point to visit in our beautiful blog but i forget to comment i love the catherine duchess cambridges confident after 3 years she been truly embracing the royal life and mother to prince george enjoy the moments and of mother Charlotte are you having good sleep happy 3rd wedding anniversary to my favorite and fabulous royal couple anyways there a photos of prince george the duchess on easter sunday

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  22. Thank you for all your hard work during the tour. I have loved every day coming home form work to more news and photos. It has been great to have so much activity and outfits and hair styles to look at. Great job - thank you

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  23. Silvia from Portugal :))))29 April 2014 at 10:32

    Dear All,

    Charlotte is also celebrating this blog anniversary, if I am not mistaken she has started blogging and following the life of HRH Catherine at her wedding day, so MANY CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU AS WELL Charlotte!!

    For me reading this blog is a wave of fairy tale in a very demanding world... Of course there are not fairy tales and relationships are hard (very hard) to keep but I believe that as long as we know why we are are together with our beloved one thinghs will always be sorted (not married yet, 35 years old, business woman, but happens to be in love with her fiance :)). I am a believer in love, life and human beings so this couple proves us that life can be simple and demanding at same time.

    I think I have never shared this with you Charlotte but our paths have crossed on the tour to Asia of WK I just found your blog by chance onn the web and since then been checking it every day :)))

    I am aware that your Exams are about to come Charlotte so just neglect us for a while and do a great job at your exams :))) If I recall you are a business person- like me and like you also love to write :)))

    I have to admit that I am quite glad with news that Catherine will not be attending the weeding as I am off to London after tomorrow, there is still a slight possible of simply see her about in London :))


    Have a great week girls :)))

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    1. Have a great trip, Silvia! So nice you remembered Charlotte's anniversary.
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    2. Aww thank you Silvia. I cannot believe it's been three years. Time is really flying past which is good. They say time flies when you're having fun and this blog is just that :)

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    3. So happy to see a new post today! :) I've been watching lovely candid video of their trip and really admire what a great presence Kate has with crowds; full of kindness and warmth.
      Happy Annniversary Charlotte and best of luck with your exams.
      Jax in Canada

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    4. Silvia from Portugal :))))30 April 2014 at 09:57

      Thank you Marg :))) Thank you Charlotte :))) Really upset to hear also that Harry and Cressida split.... I wonder if Harry will ever settle down lolol wild boy he is, but I also like him a lot :)))

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  24. I have been following your coverage throughout the tour, and I just wanted to thank you for your dedication to your posts and the incredible detail throughout. I loved getting to know Kate and George on this tour, and I had my own glimpse of the couple in Canberra. This has been a memorable event and your coverage has helped to make it very special. I'm having royal withdrawals now!

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  25. What about the idea of comparing the 3 tours, Charlotte?

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  26. Theresa, from Paris29 April 2014 at 11:37

    Lovely post, dear Charlotte !
    Three years today ! And to think that glorious wedding was the beginning of this blog that brought us together, from so many countries... We have never met, all of us Duchess Kate fans, but we feel like friends, thanks to you, Charlotte :-)
    I remember when you nearly gave up because of the credits problem for the photos. I remember writing to you to encourage you to persevere. It was the first time ever I commented on a blog ! I'm so glad you did continue. Well done ! Your work is so much fun to follow.

    I've been wondering what they do with all the presents they receive when they are out and about. I suppose they give the cuddly toys and flowers to hospitals. And they do have room for all the rest, of course.

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    2. Happy Third Anniversary Charlotte!! Thank You so much for all of the hard work,,and sleepless nights you have spent on the blog for the Royal Tour,. I have enjoyed each and every post and I feel like Ive been a part of the tour with them in person. Love all of the information and the pictures you posted,,they have been simply wonderful. Cannot wait to see what you will have next, for your followers!!!THank You once again,,
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  27. Jean from Lancs29 April 2014 at 12:31

    Thank you for another great post, Charlotte.
    Hope the Duke and Duchess have a lovely day.
    I think it almost impossible to choose Catherine's best outfit as she looked beautiful in everything, and each outfit suited the occasion. Much of the time was spent greeting the crowds and those swinging skirts were ideal for getting down to child level.
    They make an ideal couple; complementing each other and then there was their secret weapon---Prince George.
    Can well understand why Catherine has lost weight over the last few months, caring for a child is hard work, what ever critics in the past have chosen to believe.
    George seemed to change so much in the time they were a way---a lot more hair to start with.
    I loved the photograph of George from New Zealand and also the one from Australia where the Duke was kissing the baby's head.
    The future of the Monarchy seems assured which pleases me, though I most assuredly will not be around to see it. It's rather like seeing the younger generation of your family going on into the future.

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    1. Lynn Georgia USA29 April 2014 at 16:28

      Jean, I love every comment and observation you made in this post. I'll add that I, too, think Kate is a beautiful size. Even though she is very thin, she (lucky girl!) has a natural slim, willowy build so that she just looks graceful, not skinny. It's obviously partly genetics--and partly picking up George! He requires heavy lifting--and then he resists sitting backward and helping to support his own weight by balancing on her hip. No, that little fellow wants to face forward! Boy, his preference gave us great pictures of him, didn't it?--but I know he's heavy for such a slender girl to carry. I don't think he's going to get less energy efficient anytime soon either. He'll soon be running everywhere--with his mum and dad in hot pursuit.

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  28. They had a very photogenic tour, no doubt about it. Not a lot of substance, but very pretty indeed. You throw a baby in the mix and of course we all get googly (and I'm the biggest baby googly person around!), but if you remove George and the resulting adorableness, what did they really do? I don't include the ANZAC Day commemoration in that; it was excellent that the Queen had her representatives there. I also don't include the visit to the children's hospice. That would be difficult for anyone; however, let's not forget it's a cause Kate is championing so of course it will involve visits and meeting children who are dying. And kudos to her for doing it. But that is one day and a one hour visit over three weeks.

    Perhaps it's not their fault and they're merely products of the age, where a sound bite and a couple of photos counts as news, but it doesn't add up to much to me.

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    1. Liz from the US29 April 2014 at 20:46

      I completely agree. Many of the events seemed more like vacation actvities than work. Although I don't fault the Cambridges, as I doubt they had complete control over the itinerary. Part of me wonders if the New Zealand and OZ governments were hoping to use the Cambridges' influence to increase tourism. Does anyone know who developed the itinerary?

      I do give the Cambridges credit for handling the tour well. I can't imagine how unnerving it must be to have your every move photographed!

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    2. bluhare, I respectfully add to your list of substantive engagements: there was also a hospice visit in NZ; the honoring of service personnel and veterans in NZ, not just ANZAC Day activities ; Christ Church and meeting with survivors of the terrible earthquake ;visiting the survivors of bush fires in the Blue Mountains with private meetings with families-(the Girl Guides were also a worthy part of that visit ) meeting with leaders of the native Australians and the school there-tourism may be a frill for some, but to them, it is a life-line-recent political manoeuvres may mean a drastic cut to assistance for their business, jobs, and education and highlighting these native Australians was extremely important; and don't forget their drawing attention to Elizabeth and the area, with their attempts to deal with future economic loss to the area by the loss of auto manufacturing-( the discjockeying and skateboarding drew media attention, whereas photos of meetings with town leaders would not)- this has been a huge story in Aus news the last months. There are surely more worthwhile engagements, but this was just off the top of my head.
      So, not a "Club Med,"family-vacation, touristy visit at all.And keep in mind that the countries involved plan the majority of the site visits. I understand that W&C insisted on some of the engagements with great substance.

      We see what we want to see. Where republicans want to see "fluff" and tax- burden, monarchists will see meaningful engagements and Commanwealth- building relationships. It is all there and we need it all to keep an even perspective. I don't think avoiding touchy subjects is the answer; nor is allowing one-sided rants, in the name of keeping the peace.This is all very much a part of Kate's life and is worthy of discussion here i personally enjoy the fashions and most certainly Charlotte's presentations and descriptions of Kate's charities ; but I am also very much drawn to the free, but polite, exchange of opinions on issues a part of her life.
      We just need to continue to be respectful, knowing that nothing is all good or all bad on this earth. Besides, someone could just turn out to be my next-door neighbor! Actually, I kind of feel that way about all of you now.
      Marg

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    3. Marg I love your comment.

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    4. A non mouse, I like your writing style. Thanks for including some extra perspective.

      Marci from Salt Lake.

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    5. Hello Bluhare.
      I echoed the same sentiments before the tour.
      When I looked at the itinerary it simply spelt ANOTHER Cambridge trip to me. And I was one of the taxpayers contributing to the Australian leg of the tour. It didn't seem quite right.

      However, after watching the tour closely and watching the couple, I have had a shift in opinion. As explained by Marg so clearly. Thanks Marg.
      I was surprised to discover that the bulk of the itinerary was laid out by Australian officials.
      If one sits down and assesses the tour on a daily basis and classifies the type of event, I would be inclined to think it's almost balanced - with perhaps a small percentage weighing towards the fun "touristy" activities.
      I don't think it's too bad overall.

      I have expressed on a previous post that I still don't agree that having the Cambridge's makes a huge impact on our tourism. But there has been an increase in awareness of what our countries are all about. It's re-assuring to hear even from posters on this blog that they are now aware of certain landmarks and issues since the tour.

      I naively took for granted that everything we have to offer is well known across the globe. I'm thrilled that some of you now realise that NZ produces some of the most gorgeous wines (especially whites). Perhaps it may entice you to try a bottle! And that our indigenous people are still facing a political struggle with us - but still produce wonderful art work. (I loved Kate's jewellery offered to her by the Aborigine people). We are a lucky country, but still face many conflicts like everyone else out there around the world.

      To touch on another point briefly. I must say that even on a holiday/tour with my family, I find it daunting just juggling the logistics of travel and find it mentally/physically exhausting. Although William and Kate may be out doing some "fun" activities, we must consider "is it really that great?". There are hundreds of cameras in your face the whole time. Simply the noise factor would be more than enough to handle. Are you really enjoying a private moment in quiet?
      So, I guess regardless of the event - fun/political/ethical......, either way you're out there having to deal with the public constantly. I wouldn't find that enjoyable.
      But I could deal with it if it was part of my job description and it was temporary.
      So, to me I see this tour more of a job than a holiday. They may see it differently. Who really knows?

      I wonder if they'll be jetting off on another real holiday soon?

      Thank you for bringing both sides of the argument to the table ladies.

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    6. I agree bluhare, I too felt there was not a lot of substance. Just a tour for the photographers. Particularly after the time allocated to each venue was released. I kind of lost interest (but yeah, still peaked to look at her outfits)...
      Especially here in the US, if it weren't for Kate blogs there would be no more than an outfit pic and a small caption... when I saw some of the pictures I thought it was the department of tourism that arranged/scheduled their appearances to give their industry a boost.

      The ANZAC ceremonies were something I knew nothing about and I was touched by their appearance. I also appreciate the attention to hospice care and think it was wonderful that they shared a bit of George with the world... I also read many locals expressing their frustration with the visit and that influenced how I looked at it.


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    7. I'll give on a couple of your points, Marg, but my main one still stands in my mind. What do any of us know about the attention brought to the things you mention? Nothing. We know about the sailing contest, George, playing cricket, her clothes, George, wombats, etc.. Do we talk about how terrible the people in Christchurch have had it since the earthquake? No, we don't. We don't know anything about the people affected by the fires either. We do know what Kate wore on both of those engagements, though.

      All that being said, I do think Kate is growing into her role, and I hope she continues to do so.

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    8. Jean from Lancs30 April 2014 at 22:20

      I was just reading a piece in an Australian newspaper, which commented that since the fires about 500 jobs had been lost, because tourism is the main employer and tourist numbers had fallen. However over the Easter weekend and the Anzac weekend tourist numbers had risen by about 20% and inquiries were also up.
      The report suggested that was because of William and Kate's visit.
      The cricket was fun for them and those watching, but it's aim was to publicize that they are hosting the Cricket World Cup. After the earthquake they had to move the Rugby World cup elsewhere and so lost much needed revenue
      Most of what they did had a reason.

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    9. Anon 01:03, Marci, Helen- thank you for your kind comments and for taking the time to respond.

      Update: A lead to an article in today's ABC au: "The Federal Government will pour an extra 40 million into a fund to help car industry workers who will lose their jobs." The timing of this announcement is interesting to me.

      BLUHARE- Although I meant every word of my windy post, sometimes my attempts at subtlety fade into obscurity.
      I meant to convey,in part, that I am seeing your viewpoint and also agreeing, somewhat. The press thinks certain things sell and they are right, unfortunately. Who wants to dwell on fire, earthquakes, and dying children? But somewhere in our minds, hopefully, W&C's experiences, Charlotte's posts about them, and now maybe a little bit my remarks ( you have challenged me to not let anyone forget, bluhare) somewhere in our minds the seeds have been planted . We may not want to talk about it, but who can forget those images
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    10. I think much is made of "having to deal with the public constantly". This is not true, the time is carefully controlled - there is no "constantly". The public they are dealing with are happy and excited to see them, are shoving flowers and presents at them and saying kind things to them. This is done in about one hour shifts or less. I do not see what is so difficult or exhausting about it. It's not like they are working the day shift at a department store on Christmas Eve - "dealing with the public". Quite honestly, I think each and every one of us would have enjoyed this tour - spending 3 months picking out outfits someone else pays for, someone else handled the itinerary, you got to travel from place to place quickly on airforce jets with no waiting around, someone to do your hair, someone to look after your baby, people giving you gifts everywhere you went and asking after your precious son. You meet interesting people and see interesting sites. You go home and there are thousands of pictures of it, you didn't even need to pack a camera, and can concentrate on redecorating your palace. I still can't quite work up a "poor Kate and William" vibe that some are able to conjure. You could handle this lifestyle.

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    11. I agree. It was all very nice for the cameras and such. I guess we shall see how things go now that they're back home, if they much work or not.

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    12. Just curious, Mox. Is Charlotte live now? How else could you get a supportive response from"anonymous" 10 minutes after you posted?

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    13. Thank you, Marg, for both your comments, so well written and based on concrete facts. Generalizations are easy, but they don't convey specific reality. I always enjoy your well illustrated and thoughtful insights. It does seem to me that the Cambridges' tour included things that were fun for a young couple, things Kate especially wanted to experience since these were new lands for her, and very serious events honoring the military and hospice work, along with opportunities to meet people affected by disasters, natural and human made. And of course Prince William gave his little son the same sort of experience he had as a baby, and repeated some of the things his parents had done. All in all, a well rounded tour, and thank goodness for Charlotte's descriptions. The Court Circular lists activities; Charlotte makes them real for us.

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    14. bluhare, I'm not sure it's fair to fault W&K for the way the media covers the news these days. Yes, it is about photos and sound bites, but that's because it's what the public responds to. If W&K visit flood victims, for example, what's stopping the public from getting involved, or reaching out and making a donation online? Nothing, IMO. If we chose to debate hemlines and hairstyles, is that Kate's fault?

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    15. Jean's " Most of what they did had a reason."
      And royalfan's "...what's stopping the public from getting involved..." "If we chose to debate hemlines.."
      Great, succinct comments.



      To paraphrase ( and generally mangle a beautiful line ): The fault is not in our stars (W&C) , but in ourselves
      Marg

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    16. And thank you, too, Moxie, for your remark."..like working the day shift at a department store on Christmas Eve. "Kinda funny; yet, if you watched any of the video of W&C working the crowds, that is exactly what it was like. No one waves their arms wildly and yells " hey, Elizabeth" at the Queen. Now there is a carefully controlled time.

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    17. Maryland Moxie1 May 2014 at 19:00

      RNNOKC - Charlotte posts in the order that she receives the comments - they don't necessarily follow one another in sequence/conversation. There is no way to tell whether that person is responding to my comment on another one above mine. Any other questions about how the internet/blogs work? Do speak up when you have questions - wouldn't want you driving yourself crazy with conspiracy theories on a fashion/entertainment blog.

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    18. Maryland Moxie1 May 2014 at 19:19

      royalfan - what is interesting is that people prefer to come here, rather than the official website from the offices of William and Kate, which actually covers the tour in the way they wish to be seen. This couple did a lot of promotion for their own family - where they uncovered a portrait of their Grandmother, acknowledged a bilby pen named after their son, signed a book where previous generations had signed, took pictures where William's parents had their picture taken. The press could just as easily have focused on their "self-interest" in taking these tours - the perpetuating of an institution for the sake of it.

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    19. MM@1900 I apologise for my comment. I am sorry I upset you.

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    20. Thank-you anon 02:16- for your kind words. I just wrote another brilliant comment, which vaporized . On reflection, it really wasn't that great and probably deserved vaporising.

      I will say, it had to do with a quote I made and its relevancy for one of this blog's loyal factions.
      Marg

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    21. I too had an extremely lengthy comment which vapourised. (Not sure if Charlotte decided not to print). Although absolutely nothing offensive to anyone existed anywhere in the comment.

      Very briefly MM @ 23:55- I can assure you that that tour would have not been a holiday for me. It seems presumptuous of you to insist that I do not know my own feelings and that everyone of us here would treat this type of trip as some kind relaxing day by the beach. My opinion is that some of us may not find it 100% enjoyable at all times. How the royals deal with it I don't know. None of us do.
      They are trained to take on this work and William and Kate are certainly seasoned jet -setters.But at the end of the day - I can't assume what is going on in their mind.
      Neither can you. But you have proven that by some miracle you do know - as you have clearly stated that I will enjoy a trip like this despite my saying I don't.

      They do have a privileged lifestyle and I too think they have far more to offer. I even partly agree with your comment at 19:19. Australian officials put most of this itinerary together, I'm inclined to believe that they chose some of these events to acknowledge William's and Kate's "Royalty".
      Of course these are my thoughts and you may choose to differ - which is great because I sit on the fence with the Cambridge's and like to read various points of view. I'm still waiting to see more wonderful and worthy things from them, but the potential certainly is there.

      Until then, we cannot make assumptions about how anyone (royal or not) thinks, feels, or how they are managing to pave their way through this world.


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    22. Marg.
      May I say, how absolutely refreshing it is to hear/read such a civil, sophisticated tone from you in the comments section.
      Although I may not always see eye to eye with your viewpoint, nor you with some other comments made on this blog - you still have a very gracious and courteous manner about agreeing to disagree.
      It is an example to all that despite having different opinions on certain topics, we must all respect each others opinions and if we must disagree, to do so with decorum.
      Why do some feel the need to throw in sarcasm and rudeness with such an irritable tone when stating their thoughts?

      So once again Marg - thank you.

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    23. GEEEEZZZZ Louise.
      MM - 19:19. Why? With such biased Republican tendencies are you here reading about the royal family?
      If everything they do is corrupt, wrong, and an institution worthy of giving the mafia a run for their money, then why show an interest?
      Your opinions are received.
      However, do not attack anyone in such a peremptory manner who holds an opinion contrary to yours.
      Royalfan made a valid point. You too made a valid point.
      Do it without attacking the other side.
      Do it with far better penmanship.
      Is there something wrong with stating ideas in an affable manner?

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    24. Maryland Moxie2 May 2014 at 07:53

      RNNOKC - Apology accepted. I do hope you continue to contribute to the conversation, everyone's perspective has value. Be well.

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    25. NZ and Australia's good wines, amazing landscapes, earthquakes, unemployment etc. didn't exist in my mind before the royal tour. Now I hope I will have the opportunity to go there, if I'll have money enough :), and I'll suggest my friends to go there for a vacation. I guess I'm not the only one in the world…
      I think their job is a mix of fun and stress: a lot of stress, I suppose, if a young aristocratic as Cressida is so worried about becoming a member of Royal Family (the same happened to Chelsy, if I remember correctly)…
      In my opinion, we tend to forget the political side of their engagements. They have to study a lot, before the tour, they have to know everything in detail, they are not meeting their friends and aunties, but prime ministers, governors, etc., and the stress is not just in meeting people and shaking hands, but also in talking to the politicians without gaffes:) The backstage includes a great, great, work we can barely imagine (and, generally, it seems that people don't like to imagine it at all).

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    26. Excellent point about the gaffes, Paola. All the advance work and prep by assistants won't help when you are standing nose-to-nose with a government official. One has to think on one's feet. And . I never notice aides hovering next to W&C at functions, as other royals have.
      Marg

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    27. Helen 05:34- Very gratifying praise. I am having a bit of a Sally Field moment here. Hope I can live up to your kind words.
      However, I have this habit of doing /saying something ridiculous at such moments of praise (not unlike Miss Field) . Makes me wish for a third leg, so I can continue walking whilst my foot is lodged firmly in my mouth
      Marg.

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    28. This may be off-topic. Another example of sharing a private moment that should not have been photographed, but which revealed so much. The Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, whom some of us love to disparage- I thought she looked quite lovely ,as photographed emerging from the church yesterday. Her face was softened by grief and her outfit was one of the most attractive and flattering I have seen on her. Credit where due. She and Prince Charles have a long road ahead.
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  29. Lynn Georgia USA29 April 2014 at 16:44

    Charlotte, Thanks so much for this great "wrap-up" post and for your wonderful coverage of this marvelous tour! (I know I'm "gushing," but I can't help myself.) Please leave all the tour posts accessible (and give instructions for accessing them if possible). I still want to enjoy and digest all the details and images. Also, please keep trying to get an i.d. on George's precious little ivory cardigan and the red one! I want that red one for a friend's grandchild so badly! I'll get to see the baby, born in February, for the first time in the fall, when we all meet for a football game and tailgate in Mississippi--and Ole Miss's colors are guess what? RED and navy!

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      You're all so incredibly sweet and kind. I'm really so pleased you enjoyed the tour coverage. There's a Royal Tour 2014 page at the top of the blog and I'll leave it there for some time.

      Here's the link http://hrhduchesskate.blogspot.com/search/label/Royal%20Tour%202014

      I hope you're all having a great day :)

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  30. Hi all! Since I am a newly-addicted member of this joyful group and am learning about Charlotte - the author of this wonderfully fun & intelligent blog...would it be possible for me and other rookies to have a little review of who you are...what exams? etc. Also..to the question about the longest tour ever...The Queen and Prince Phillip went on a Commonwealth Tour for 6 months..from, I believe , November 1953 (5 mo. after the Coronation!) to May 1954). I read that The Queen lost 15 pounds and she was tiny (and famous for her lovely figure....very tiny waist!) Tours have obviously been fine-tuned over the years. One more teeny thing...not all Southerners are tacky. They do get tarred with the brush of racism, but, unfortunately, that is everywhere. I am totally and completely addicted to this blog!!!

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      Thank you so much for reading. I might do some sort of a Q&A or a little post for new readers after our polls!

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    2. ...and the hairstyle poll? Maybe not from just this tour. I think my favourite is from the Asian tour.
      Marg

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    3. Lynn Georgia USA29 April 2014 at 20:00

      Jo from USA,
      Welcome aboard! You sound as if you have a wondrous "store" of royal family knowledge. I'm looking forward to your future posts. We're all hungry here for interesting details such as you have shared.
      I do wonder where your defense that "not all Southerners are tacky" came from. As a longtime "addict" from Georgia USA, I have never read any comment or intimation on this blog that characterizes Southerners unfairly. I would certainly take umbrage, too. Almost without exception, we bloggers on this site are pretty polite and respectful. The only back-biting or bickering that I've seen has involved differing opinions about the Duchess's fashions or work habits, and sometimes a republican and a monarchist will have a bit of a spirited debate. This past winter there was a little "give and take" about which regions of the world have the worst weather, but that's the only "territorial" debate I've heard here.

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    4. Lynn Georgia USA.... clearly I was replying to someone else's remark about southerners..not insulting them! I wouldn't point it out even if I Could find it..which I can't..(WAS IT REMOVED??) I am glad that we are able to gently reprove nasty remarks herein but I truly did not make one...only attempted a gentle reproval. Glad you like my long-reaching anecdotes of HM The Queen. She has been my North Star since I saw her Coronation on tv..the more I learned about her ...her deep commitment to her people and country....her integrity and lack of ego...work ethic...etc. During some pretty bleak times in my life those were the qualities that I hoped to remain a constant standard in how I try to live. TRY being the operative word. Oh, and her lack of pretentiousness despite the grandeur and position. She may seem remote..but that is shyness. Thanks for your patience with this ramble

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    5. Lynn Georgia USA30 April 2014 at 16:04

      Jo, I loved your "ramble." I think we may be soul mates--and close to the same age, since I, too, remember the Queen's coronation. (My mom bought me the paper dolls! Wow! I wish I still had them.) And we're both from the South. Where are you from?
      I regret that you encountered an insult against us on this forum. It must have been a "one in a million comment." I'm happy that I missed it!
      I look forward to your future posts.

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    6. I have coronation tea cups and saucers. Not sure where Mom got them, although they were in England in 60's, when Dad met with Princess Alexandra..
      Marg

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    7. Another Southern reader here (North Carolina). Charlotte, your blog is wonderful. I love all the pictures. I was especially excited to see the pictures of Prince George. Thanks so much for all the time you put into this!!

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  31. Well Done Charlotte! I loved your coverage of the tour.....look forward to what's next.
    Kate is so lovely and a good role model for young women, my only complaint fashion wise was that some of the hemlines were too long.....she's still young and I would hate for her to start wearing monochromatic like the Queen.
    Mel in SoCal

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  32. Hi Charlotte!

    Don't forget the Trooping the Colour. It will be held on Saturday 14th June.

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    1. Thank you. I'll add it now :)

      Surprised to hear, it looks like Harry and Cressida have split!

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    2. I read somewhere that Kate was tell Cressida what a hard life she has. I wonder if there is any truth to it.

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    3. Oh yes, we have got tickets from the Ballot VERY excited to be attending and seeing TRF all in one go!!

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    4. Oops...I misunderstood ..Georgia from USA did realize that I was commenting in response to someone ELSE'S remark ...which I cannot find anywhere! I KNOW I read it....hope I'm not losing my marbles! (Reminds me of a funny story about The Queen naming a (colt? filly?) whose sire was Lord Elgin..dam was Amnesia..the little one got named "Lost Marbles!" I THINK I got that right! Anyway Georgia...apologies for misunderstanding and being defensive!

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    5. Lynn Georgia USA30 April 2014 at 16:06

      No problem, Jo. Your story about Lost Marbles more than made up for any misunderstanding. Thanks.

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  33. Jo, it was removed following requests :)

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  34. I don't think I've seen anyone mention it yet, but I love the hat Catherine wore with the blue Emilia Wickstead dress. It reminds me of the red maple leave one worn in Canada as if you look closely, it has what looks to be a fern leaf running across the top. Perhaps it's just me, but that's definitely what it reminded me of as soon as I saw it.
    As always, thank you for the updates throughout the tour :)

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  35. Whew! I thought my post-menopausal memory was messing with me!!! Good judgement call!! This blog is a forum of fashion and royalty admirers who are also intelligent and kind. I LOVE THAT...Fashion note....I saw another angle of the pink, deep V-neck outfit that Kate wore to the skate park and DJ studio....what was "off" for me was that it was too deep PROPORTION-wise, to the rest of the outfit. IMHO But
    It still looked very smart....I loved it...

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  36. Jane from New England30 April 2014 at 00:18

    Lovely post, Charlotte. Can you help me? What is a PA (as in Natasha Archer "Known as a Kensington Palace PA")? I'm just curious. I like her choices and I think Catherine looked smashing throughout the tour! The dove grey she wore on Easter Sunday just blew me away!! Thank you for helping ignoramus here!! :-)

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      I should have explained that one actually :) A PA is a personal assistant and in Natasha's case I believe she primarily assists Kate's private secretary Rebecca Deacon in various ways.

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  37. Patricia Florida USA30 April 2014 at 00:35

    Hello Charlotte (and all)-welcome back after your MUCH deserved R & R- We are all grateful to you for your amazing posts and up to date coverage of this tour, TRH, baby PG and the rest. For unknown reasons I have not slept well these past weeks and jumping online to visit your blog has kept me sane. Thank you so much for all of your hard work and insight. I look forward to each and every post. From what I have read (elsewhere) this summer sounds like it will be a busy one for the Cambridges. I hope so.....we addicts need our fixes :) My very best wishes to you Charlotte, and to all fellow posters on this blog.

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  38. Charlotte, your coverage was outstanding all the way. I experienced severe withdrawal over the weekend while you got your well-deserved holiday from this labor of love you give us.
    I think William and Catherine truly came into their own on this tour and we saw all they can bring to the 21st century vision of a monarchy. They were brilliant. So curious to see how they move forward off this triumph.
    I continue to see glimpses of HM The Queen in young George, it's that serene imperial gaze.. No wonder he is called "the republican slayer"!

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  39. Question: Kate has worn two outfits on this trip that appeared on previous tours, the yellow for the zoo, and the grey for Uluru (either a repeat or a very similar dress from the same designer). I am trying to remember whether she has ever worn a dress at home that was worn abroad. Is there a policy about this? Does it reflect who pays for trip clothing? These were both nice reminders of the other tours. There have been other outfits I thought she might repeat, such as the kimono dress from the orchid nursery or the pale blue dresses, all from the southeast Asia tour. And of course the evening gown from Los Angeles - have we ever seen it again?

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    1. Lynn Georgia USA30 April 2014 at 20:37

      Interesting question. She definitely does wear "tour" clothes at home, too. I can think of several "repeats": the hand painted silk from a polo match in the US to a Spencer family wedding; the green from US to Zara's wedding party aboard the Britannia; the white sailor inspired knit from St. Edward Island to Wimbledon; a white blouse from Calgary for the latest formal portrait with George and William; the light blue from US (exiting plane in LA) to some special event in London. I can't think of an example from the Asia trip though. I'm sure someone can think of some instances--AND will remember the designers better than I do. She did get pregnant soon after returning from Asia, so maybe we'll see some of the beautiful things again soon. Of course, the light yellow was Asia to Australia/New Zealand. (This was a fun exercise in remembering outfits!)

      P.S. I know I'm "hogging the blog" this time, but I was away/busy during most of the tour and didn't have time to get my thoughts together. I'm making up for lost time! Sorry!

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    3. Thanks, Lynn! Now that you list them, I do remember some of those repeats, though not all. Maybe some of the summery outfits from southeast Asia will turn up this year. When Kate returned from that trip it was autumn, and then as you say she was pregnant and caring for George for the next year, into autumn again.

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  40. I was curious about the jewelry Kate wore,seems as if she wore one necklace in New Zealand and then one in Austalia.I have no criticism just that it seemed strange and that the pieces did not always coordinate with the rest of the outfit.
    Thanks for a great go to source on all things Kate.

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  41. great post, it was so lovely so go back in time with this tour.
    I confess I'm still in the habit of checking your blog as as a first thing in the morning, this is a clear sign of kate-alcholic (and georgealcholic, and willalcholic)

    gabriella, italy

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  42. Jean from Lancs30 April 2014 at 18:23

    There is an announcement about the August 4th Commemorations. William and Catherine will be at a Belguim service in Liege, followed by a visit to the British Military Cemetery at Mons--where Prince Harry will join them, having been at a service in Folkestone.
    All the senior royals are attending something.

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    1. Thanks for that, Jean!
      Marg

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  43. I just want to add my congratulations to Charlotte for the wonderful tour coverage. I, too, have been following your blog since the royal wedding, and SO appreciate all the hours of research and work (not to mention lots of typing!) that you put into your thoughtful posts! I selfishly hope that you'll continue your blog for years to come. :o)

    Happy anniversary, William & Catherine! Here's hoping you celebrate your joy for decades!

    Julie

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  44. Sorry, my mind is a jumble of : " lost marbles-" thankyou, Jo-;Princes Catherine! Princess Catherine -" from the little girl in the crowd ; visions of wombats and Bilbeys and little boy hugs.
    Can't begin to process anything else, although there have been storms, threatened war and terrible losses on land and in the air and in the sea....sometimes escaping to my Kate state of mind for a brief respite is comforting.

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  45. Lynn Georgia USA... I'm in the metropolitan Washington D.C. area...Maryland specifically...near Andrews AFB. Iwas an Air Force "brat"and also lived in Mississippi, Japan, Kansas. Virginia....but our three years in England right after The Coronation really stuck in my soul! Patricia...have you tried Badger Sleep balm to help you sleep? A salve in a little tin made of gentle essential oils..also Valerian...no side effects with either one...The Queen is also homeopathically-oriented...but she takes a warm bath every night which is why she is known to sleep very well...and is probably one secret of her excellent health! Not trying to be a know-it-all ...it was pertinent to the subject. Hope it's helpful!

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  46. Patricia Florida USA30 April 2014 at 23:17

    Jo I have not heard of this Badger Sleep balm but I promise you I am going to get some this week-end. Thank you so much for the suggestion, I really appreciate it ALOT. It's very helpful. That's the thing about this blog, we are getting to be a sorority of sorts. I'll let you know how it works out.

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  47. I do hope they don't take the entire month of May off to recover.

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  48. Patricia ..Badger Sleep balm may not be easy to find...but there is badgerbalm.com and their # is 1 800 603 6100 on the back of the tin. Valerian is also excellent...smells awful but if you plunk it into a mouthful of water or whatever, there is no problem....AND cats act as if it's catnip!! Good luck...please let us know! Now back to Kate...it didn't seem logical that she wore The Queen's NZ fern brooch and NOT her wattle brooch in Australia. The fern is smaller..and Kate does seem to favor very delicate pieces, her new watch notwithstanding, and she only seems I believe, to wear brooches when she HAS to such as the maple leaf in Canada and the fern in NZ...but maybe the Wattle was a bit much for her..too big & too formal & sparkly? I thought it would have been gorgeous on the dove grey (gray?) coat that she wore to the Easter service...was that in Australia?

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    1. Patricia Florida USA2 May 2014 at 17:26

      Hi Jo, you will think I am off my rocker when I tell you that I used Badger cuticle cream on my fingers and Badger foot balm on my feet OMG! I never noticed that the brand was Badger, I just liked the aroma and the small tins fit so well in my night table drawer....I know exactly where I can get the sleep balm---right back at the little store where they stock Badger products- I am off to that store Saturday. Last night when I actually took a look at the tins I burst out laughing....Archie Bunker used to say..."what a dingbat" Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your guidance and advice. Now onto Catherine....I agree with all that you said and I wish she would not wear her watch when she is dressed to the nines b/c I find it to be sporty- expensive....oh yes....but something more delicate for high end. She gets a 10 from me! Hope William and Harry enjoy the wedding... thanks again

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    2. Patricia! You lucky duck!! If I want Badger products I have to order themfrom a catalogue! Hope it helps your sleep....remember though that there are SOME nights when nothing helps. But this balm is wonderfu! As to the tour- it was a goodwill visit. And since England originated the Commonwealth (and The Queen is credited with building it up from 12 countries in 1953 to the current membership of 54!!!) then the Royal Family has a duty to keep in touch with them. One thing....is the tone of some of these exchanges occasionally taking on a thinly veiled, hostile acidity? Is everyone all right out there? Seems a touch combattive sometimes during debates of points...Or maybe I'm just reading things wrong! I got a bit defensive myself when I misunderstood a point!

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  49. Charlotte, thank you so much for a wonderful summary of their tour. :)

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  50. What a perfect team they seem to make. We should all be so lucky in love, hope Will values Kate and how perfect she seems to be for him. Well done William and Kate!

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    1. Patricia Florida USA2 May 2014 at 17:20

      Agreed, I hope the both realize what they have found in each other- even more so after three yrs married- Bless them both-and BPG

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  51. Pauline Oak Hills1 May 2014 at 18:51

    Charlotte I heard that William & Kate will be going to Scotland, do you have any info on this. I think it said in May.

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    1. Hello Pauline,

      Nothing is confirmed yet but it's rumoured for May 29 :)

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    2. Pauline Oak Hills2 May 2014 at 16:04

      Good morning Charlotte. Just wanted to know if you have any information regarding a possible joint engagement for William & Kate on May 13th. It seems William is hosting a dinner at Windsor Castle.

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    3. It's a solo for Wiliam!

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    4. Pauline Oak Hills2 May 2014 at 19:00

      Oh well we could only wish...LOL

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  52. kate has engagements on may 29 in perthshire, Scotland and june 6 in arromanches, France

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  53. Charlotte, thank you for keeping the comment section going. It helps to let us down easy from our tour high.

    Wonder if Silvia is enjoying her London visit. I am living it with her vicariously.
    Marg

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  54. Sarah from Calif.2 May 2014 at 02:42

    Hi Charlotte! Hope you have got some much needed rest!
    91 degrees here yesterday Wow! A bit hot.

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  55. The tour was wonderful in every way. I so enjoyed reading about the enthusiastic and responsible behavior of the royal couple. I just wanted to make a suggestion about breezes catching the Duchess' dresses - if she doesn't like weighted hems on the dresses, maybe a silk half-slip underneath with a weighted hem might not be too uncomfortable??

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    1. I was very surprised to see that she doesn't wear slips under her dresses! If it's not the breezes that catch her unawares, backlit photos (sun shining thru the dress) could also cause unwelcome exposure (as Diana discovered...) The slip is there to give an extra layer of modesty.
      I loved the red ensemble she wore when arriving in NZ - I thought, wow! she looks fantastic. But she should have worn a sheath dress, and could have still kept the silhouette of the flared coat without any worry about bad photos.
      Why, after all this time, doesn't someone advise her about these basics?
      She's such a beautiful woman, I wish the photographers weren't always there, ready to pounce at any opportunity.

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  56. Have you heard anything to confirm or deny the rumors about Prince Harry now being a single bachelor?

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      Harry is single, much to the delight of many ladies :)

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  57. I've been wondering about something since reading the (awesome) story about the pre-tour visits staff take and how many details are worked out then. I can't remember but think it might have been Richard Palmer for the Express?

    The story mentioned how staff took extensive photos and notes and paid much attention to where the press would be standing, time of day, likely weather conditions, where the Cambridges would be standing, etcetera. I wonder whether during those visits photos are taken from the press area to mimic those taken later, and if in some way that helps the Duchess decide what colors/shapes are most likely to fill the frame and provide the best aesthetics in different settings?

    I suppose I'm one of those who keeps looking for that secret recipe or special trick used by those who almost always seem to get this sort of thing right.

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    1. Many of you probably already know this and/or it may have been mentioned in the article, but before every Royal visit the
      staff conduct a reconnaisance
      trip on site. They call it a
      "recce" (prounounced "recky")
      during which every possible detail is noted down to precisely how much time it takes to drive or walk from one point to another. Angela Kelly writes that coordinating the outfits and their accessories to the planned occasions is like a "military operation" with every possible factor anticipated as much as possible. About these tours: I think that even with an hour's
      engagement the sheer intensity of such adulation every day for weeks, added to the travel, jet lag, trying to sleep in an unfamiliar room and bed...several of them...I think I WOULD find it a wee bit tiring.

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    2. I completely agree! Tours are hard work. Constantly moving and recalling bios you've read about people you've only just met. And yes, all the factors you mention. They're work for everyone, well in advance, and all have a job to do.

      Re watching some of the video also reminded me that while security is prominent and very present, the couple takes on great personal risk when they do, for instance, that farewell walkabout in New Zealand. Yes, bomb sweeps are conducted and snipers placed on rooftops, but they do these type events with much trust.

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  58. I will add my two cents here and defend bluhare's original comment directed at Pauline. bluhare was simply stating a fact; Pauline *has* stated that she will not post again, on many occasions, and she always cites negativity as the reason for it. Meanwhile, she continues to post and doesn't see the irony in her own negativity when she reprimands posters with opposing views.

    I think the key to making this "community" a pleasant environment for ALL is not about one's opinion; it's the manner in which the opinion is conveyed.

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    1. Thank you, royalfan. I appreciate that and I agree 100%.

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    2. You're welcome, bluhare. We aren't always on the same page as far as the subject matter is concerned, but we ARE when it comes to treating each other with respect.

      I haven't had much time to post lately, but I sure do miss our chats and debates!! :)

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    3. Well you're half right, royalfan. I treat you beautifully; however, I'm not sure I get all the adulation I deserve from you. LOL. I made myself laugh with that one.

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    4. LOL. :) bluhare, does that mean I should go back to my room (NO chocolate pudding of course) and practice my curtseying?

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    5. You STOPPED practicing? Yes, you should, young lady, and leave that pudding right over there.

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  59. I was wondering why the comment count suddenly went from 155-144? At least one of my comments was dropped. Did I write something offensive? I thought my remarks were fairly altruistic.
    It would be helpful if a short explanatory remark could be offered, so that those of us with sometimes fading eyesight and memory need not worry. Or be concerned that some invasive little computer worm is attacking.
    Or maybe I did something crazy with my computer. Wouldn't be the first time.

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  60. Hello!

    There was a bit of a disagreement going on and following several requests I deleted the conversation that caused it as I was asked by one of the initial posters. So very sorry your comment got deleted RNNOKC!

    Everyone let's calm down and please don't attack each other :)

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    1. Lauri from Ca3 May 2014 at 03:45

      Hi Charlotte,

      I was wondering why some of these types of conversations (the ones were disagreements lead to name calling)are even approved? I read your blog frequently but quit posting any comments because I just couldn't stand the hateful behavior by some of the regular readers. I think you do a terrific job and I'm sad to see that people can't be respectful toward you and all the hard work you do.

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    2. Hi Lauri,

      I think various posters are trying to express their views in a respectful way but their point often gets misconstrued and then there's accusations thrown around and it escalates very quickly unfortunately.

      I'm all for allowing the conversation to flow naturally, which is why it does get out of hand sometimes.

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    3. So sorry, I clicked publish before finishing :)

      I will say, having observed other areas of debate and discussion, that there are instances where certain posters do a get hard time which is a pity. There's one in particular here who is constantly accused of spreading negativity by people who hold some very strong views on other blogs etc including accusations of infidelity on William's part when he's pictured with any female, even a protection officer.

      There's another poster who gets a group of people to get in touch with me about to criticise the blog, moderation, how it's "gone downhill" and how "regular readers will drop like flies" and how I should be ashamed of myself for publishing comments which debate whether or not we liked what Kate wore.

      Yet the poster who is accused of being negative never ever does anything like this. I know sometimes my moderating can seem a little off (and believe me I do make mistakes, plenty of them) but there are other factors going on behind the scenes that most readers don't know about.

      I do think we have a great community here. A really great bunch of people who share their thoughts, insights and debate in a very polite manner. If anyone does see a comment they feel shouldn't be published, please do let me know!

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    4. Again, my positive post was deleted, apparently. Are there some people we aren't allowed to support? I don't understand what I am doing wrong.
      Until notified otherwise,I will have to assume, again, that I am not welcome to post on this blog.

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    5. Hello,

      In order to delete the posters comment, Blogger automatically deletes all replies to the comment. I'm very sorry for any inconvenience. You are always most welcome on the blog.

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    6. It was a post I made after Lauri's post. It was no where near the disputed posts.It has nothing to do with blogger. I am trying to offer support to a fellow poster, bluhare, whose wit and humor i enjoy very much. This is the third time I have tried o do so. I am concerned for her.

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    7. Obviously, the third time was not the charm.

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    8. Hello,

      I looked in the spam filter for it and I can assure you I publish every one of your comments I see, unfortunately they don't always get to me.

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    9. Charlotte, I think it's a pity that anyone would try to tell you how to run your blog or to even think of asking you to remove comments. In my time, have read some that I felt were over the top, but it was/is my choice whether I respond or chose to ignore them. I would never think to harass you to that degree and I am sorry if this is what you are experiencing behind the scenes. It sounds like bullying to me... :(

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    10. No but the poster who gets the negative coverage also name calls and that's what gets too personal when names are used. Abbey uk

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    11. Please show me where I called anyone names. Abbey uk.

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    12. Actually, royalfan, I've asked Charlotte to remove comments. Mine. When I bested you so badly I didn't want you to be mortified publicly.

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    13. okay, bluhare, so I stand corrected, and will remain grateful........ ;)

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    14. My post needed a smiley thingy on the end, royalfan. It reads much more seriously than I intended.

      And Abbey, uk, I'm still waiting. Unless you mean I call names by mentioning people to whom I am responding in my posts. If that's the case, guilty as charged.

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    15. No problem. I read the smiley thingy into your remark. LOL.

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  61. Thank you royalfan.

    I do try to keep things balanced and fair. I think we need a little more calmness :)

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    1. Theresa, from Paris3 May 2014 at 14:45

      You are doing just fine, dear Charlotte !
      We must all moderate ourselves, like in real life :-)
      What I enjoy about this blog is that we all can have opinions and say what we think, as long as we are polite and respectful to others and to the Duchess and the Royal family. I love some of the witty remarks from royalfan or bluhare... We don't want a bland blog, for heaven's sake !!
      Neither gushing fans or mean, critical remarks, based on jealousy and envy... That's us, "Duchess Kate" fans from the first ...
      And congrats on your way of moderating. I wonder what on earth goes on behind the scenes as you seem to imply :-))

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    2. Behind the scenes, Theresa? In addition to the pettiness and back-biting Charlotte described, I have an idea. Just speculation, but I wonder if she doesn't have a number of VIP readers and even posters to deal with. She alluded to this when mentioning a palace-connected source whose identity she couldn't divulge.
      I am giving Charlotte the same consideration and empathy I give Kate, when I say, "We don't know the half of it."
      Marg

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    3. Theresa, from Paris3 May 2014 at 22:57

      You are right, Marg... I see what you mean. People get aggressive so often. It is a pity. After all, this is supposed to be fun for us all. Some people seem to get too involved and take things so personaly. I expect poor Charlotte has to put up with a lot and "we don't know half of it", as you say :-)
      Gosh, a "palace connected source" ... with a problem :))))))

      All best from a springtime Paris :-)

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    4. Back at you from Tornado Alley, now known for also having more earthquakes than California.Ha!!
      Marg

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    5. And even more intriguing, who's the VIP poster(s)? Other than me of course, she questions humbly. ;)

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    6. You are all VIP posters :)

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    7. LOL, Charlotte. Diplomacy *is* your middle name!

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  62. Speaking of bullying, I have just launched my own little tiny shoestring effort to help with the bullying and other types of abuses. To celebrate, I will share with you all the contents of
    my first & so far only bumper sticker (window cling actually):
    RIDICULE*BULLYING *ABUSING
    cost you
    RESPECT*SELF-RESPECT*INTEGRITY

    Maybe it will do some good - hope so.

    About the clothes for the tour...one reason that Kate may have been advised to wear bright, solid colors is so that in large crowd events, she can be easily seen even from a distance. I know that especially The Queen hates for people to be disappointed & she knows that people often come from great distances just to catch a glimpse of her so she tries very ard with them in mind.

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  63. This is a beautiful, beautiful post, as others have expressed! It includes all sorts of bits of information that I didn't know, about the PA who may now be assisting Kate with her outfits, links to 'behind the scenes information' about the tour, reporters' views of the tour, your analysis of the tour. Thanks.

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