Monday, 12 May 2014

Choose Kate's Best Separates Look + The Cambridges to join The Queen in France & Another Overseas Trip This Year!

Good evening, we hope you all had a terrific weekend!

Continuing on with our tour polls, tonight we're asking you to vote for Kate's Best Separates Look. From chic skirt suits with pencil skirts to a casual sweater and skinny jeans, the Duchess selected a variety of looks to cater for the host of engagements she and William undertook down under.

We begin with a favourite look for the Duchess. For a visit to Auckland Kate wore a navy Zara blazer, Zara skinny jeans and a Breton top by London based brand Me + Em. It was a busy day with diverse engagements; from a meeting with military families to a head to head in boat races, the look very much served its purpose.


For Rippa Rugby Kate looked comfortable in the Jonathan Saunders Deborah Egg-Knit Sweater. The slim fitting ribbed sweater has a round neck and long sleeves. The Duchess completed the look with her skinny jeans and mint velvet plimsolls.


In Queenstown, we saw an almost identical look again; Zara blazer: skinny jeans and Stuart Weitzman Corkswoon Wedges with the addition of the GAP Gingham Shirt. The shirt transforms a very familiar look and it's a very wearable and versatile piece.


When William and Kate visited Christchurch many royal fans were a little underwhelmed to hear the Duchess had repeated her red Luisa Spagnoli suit - until they saw photos. Kate completely changed the look of this outfit by having the dress altered to a pencil skirt, foregoing the black turtleneck she wore in 2011 and selecting nude tights. It was undoubtedly one of my favourite looks of the tour.


For the royals' last day in New Zealand it was another repeat: a blue tweed Rebecca Taylor jacket and skirt crafted in heavily textured melange weft. The jacket features frayed trim and sequin floral embellishment at the neck.


The Duke and Duchess enjoyed a rare night off in Sydney and enjoyed a rugby match with members of their staff. Kate looked stylish in a grey sweater, the Beulah London Eden Scarf with a fractured dark blossom print and skinny jeans.


Kate was pretty in pink Alexander McQueen for engagements in Adelaide. The pale pink colour is one of the brand's most popular this spring and it worked very well for Kate's v-neck Peplum Top and Pleated Skirt.


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This one was a no brainer for me. I loved the Luisa Spagnoli suit. The Duchess looked very regal, sophisticated and comfortable. A lot of thought went into this look and the alterations worked incredibly well. Which one did you vote for?


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Next, we have a number of updates to share. Kate's much-loved Mint Velvet plimsolls are back in stock for £119. Renamed the Bibi Plimsoll the comfy shoes are available in sizes 3-8. The company will ship to many countries including the US. For international orders one should email customercare@mintvelvet.co.uk.

Mint Velvet

Kate's Pied A Terre Imperia Wedges are also back in stock at Dune London in black and natural.


Splash News/Dune London

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We all know Kate's beautiful engagement ring is undoubtedly the most famous in the world but how much is it worth now? The ring consists of 14 solitaire diamonds surrounding a 12 carat blue oval Ceylon sapphire set in 18 carat white gold and was worth £28,000 when Prince Charles gave it to Diana in 1981. Having been worn by two of the most famous women in the world, Diana, Princess of Wales and The Duchess of Cambridge, it is now said to be worth a whopping £300,000.


On to Sunday stories I found interesting and thought were worth sharing. Firstly, by Camilla Tominey: How fatherhood made Prince William a real man:

'Behind the gates of Kensington Palace, aides have been furiously working on not only establishing the Prince's new household but also his position on the world stage. "Stature" was the buzzword being bandied around during the tour and by the end of his time Down Under, William was oozing it from every pore.
Behind the scenes his chief advisor Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton has been advising him on the next phase of his life. A well-placed source said, "What the tour showed, if we did not know it already, was how the Duke and Duchess work together. For the Duke it was an opportunity to consolidate his relationship with those countries and the feeling was it could not have gone better.'

The article shared this particular item of interest:

'The Cambridges are expected to undertake another, shorter overseas tour in the autumn.'

One can safely assume another overseas trip would be very much welcomed by royal fans :)


Another Daily Express article confirms the rumour that William and Kate will join The Queen in France on the 6th of June:

'The Queen arrives in France on June 5 with Prince Philip, spending the following day in Normandy for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, where they will be joined by Prince Charles and Camilla and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.'

We can expect to hear more details later this month. Judging from what we know already it promises to be a very special day of commemoration and remembrance and the significance of the day is evident from the number of senior royals attending.


At the moment, there are no engagements scheduled for the Duchess for this month, although this is subject to change and we could very well hear something during the week. In fact, I'll be surprised if we don't. Prince William's calendar is filling up with a number of appearances including a star-studded dinner at Windsor Castle next week; Kate is not expected to join him. For those asking, William and Harry did participate in a polo match earlier today but despite a couple of conflicting reports the Duchess was not there.

Next we'll be voting for Kate's best hat and hairstyle!

205 comments:

  1. I know I'm going to be in the minority, but the blazer, wedges and checked shirt in the vineyard is one of my favourite looks of the entire tour. (The Duchess sipping wine was nice, too. In times past, royalty was not photographed eating or drinking. But I digress)

    First, the look fit the setting in a way that a dress wouldn't work in an outdoor setting (like the eyelet one on the beach). The blazer gives it enough gravitas and--as Pippa recently pointed out in an article about Ascot--heels do not work on grass. The blue and white check of the shirt contrasts better with the blazer than the stripe which is more suited to the marine activities of the earlier occasion.

    However, I like that look most because the Duchess looks relaxed and like herself, not acting in a role which is what she must do when she represents the Queen. I understand that. However, I am defending my choice of my favourite by pointing out what I like about how she looks in her clothes.

    I think a relaxed monarchy works. I think Diana understood that even though she couldn't achieve that while in the House of Windsor. I never did get the Queen Mum's idea that people wanted to see her finery in the WWII rubble. It's always seemed a bit off-key to me. Today's monarchy with the princes sandbagging during recent flooding and the Duchess on a day camp with Scouts resonates more with the 21st-century public. Of course, the glamour is nice, too, but not every day. Even on a tour, day-after-day it would become commonplace.

    It's hard to compare the suits to the more casual looks fairly. However, the altered dress (Spagnoli) didn't work as a skirt. The proportions were wrong. She would have done better to wear the dress at the shorter length and jacket with nude tights, heels and no sweater. The McQueen was a lovely concept. I liked it and the colour very much, but it was not properly hemmed. Nor did it suit the occasion and neighbourhood as well as the vineyard look did.

    My (lengthy) two cents.

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    1. fortheloveofmushrooms12 May 2014 at 13:25

      Completely agree with you, the check shirt/blazer was my favorite. It was so classic and polished and clean yet it still looked young on her, and I agree she did look very comfortable.

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    2. I agree. The Vineyard Tour ensemble was absolute perfection in every way.

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  2. Thanks for another great post! I'm with you, Charlotte - I really, really liked the Luisa Spagnoli. Kate looks fantastic in red!

    Another overseas trip? Woo hoo! :o)

    An off topic question: did Kate take ballet when she was younger? At various engagements, it often looks like she's standing in a modified first position. :o)

    Happy Mother's Day to all the moms in the U.S.!
    Julie

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  3. Just in case I wrote in the last segment too late for most of you to read: while Kate gets lauded worldwide for what she wears...William, a future king of England, gets an article in the Telegraph mentioning that he must now wear one of his favorite belts buckled in the very last hole! They even had a side by side of the 2009 and the present holes used! I voted for the Luisa Spagnoli suit and the pale pink Alexander McQueen (despite the proportionally too deep neckline (to me, at least) and the inexplicably long-
    in-back hem. Overall, very smart and elegant.

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    1. Poor William! I'd die if anyone did that to me.

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  4. What a wonderful post once again Charlotte, thank you ever so much! I have been waiting, not patiently lol, since the last one.
    I had to agree with you, the red Spagnoli was my favorite! The whole look, head to feet, was so well put together and gave the Duchess a sharp and beautiful look IMO. The pale pink Alexander McQueen was a close second, however I was not overly fond of the pleating. It was nice, but almost made the skirt too full for my taste. I also loved the eggshell sweater too.
    And thank you for the update of the upcoming tour this fall. Will you be covering it as well, like you did with the Australian tour? I so look forward to it and all your posts! You do an amazing job! Take care everyone! Oh, and here in the US it is Mother's Day, so Happy Mother's Day to everyone (again for those of you in the UK)!

    Jennifer

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  5. Hello Charlotte,,Thank You for this post!!!I voted for the gray sweater,,Beulah scarf and skinny jeans..I like her other looks also,,but this look of hers is casual yet stylish...Im getting excited about the engagement in France,,I hope Kate recycles her Alexander McQueen gown that she wore with the tiara,,we should get to see it in its entirety,,thanks chica!!xoxo

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  6. Great post again! I love these polls and that's great news on more Kate sightings soon! Just wondering if there was any news over the weekend? PW's friend James Tollemache married on Sat in Somerset and I haven't seen any pictures that either PW or the Duchess attended. Do you know of any sightings?

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    1. Hello,

      Scarlett Johansson actually attended that wedding. Neither William nor Kate were there according to photographers.
      http://www.express.co.uk/news/showbiz/475272/Scarlett-Johansson-makes-a-loved-up-appearance-with-fianc-Romain-Dauriac-at-royal-wedding

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    2. RM from California12 May 2014 at 23:37

      I actually thought it very sad that a princess's (Princess Florence Von Preussen) wedding got zero billing in the news, but Scarlett Johansson got all the press there. I was also very disappointed that no British RF were there.

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  7. I hesitate to follow the crowd, but of course the Luisa Spagnoli suit is very special, and I voted for it. Also I do like the navy blazer. The pink outfit is a lovely color and has great possibilities, but the hi-low hem, deliberate or not, detracted badly. I am never quite satisfied with the way Sarah Burton fits the Duchess of Cambridge.

    Hopefully, it is true that the Duke and Duchess will be at the D Day the Sixth of June remembrance. (I don't exactly trust the Express, which often contradicts itself and other news outlets.) What a special gathering that will be.

    Also, I hope the Cambridges have had a good rest since they returned from Australia, and that we will see William, Catherine, and George before too long!

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    1. I completely agree with you about Sarah Burton and you stated it perfectly. There is so often something just not quite right about the fitting of the clothing she designs for Kate.

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  8. I have seen several pictures where it looks like the prongs on her ring are twisted. Does it need to be repaired or is that the photo?

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    1. Me too. The claws of that ring are becoming quite damaged. I'm surprised not much has been said about it. She said "I hope I look after it" - I hope she does too...

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    2. I noticed that too on the prongs. It looks like it snagged on something and pulled them. I hope that gets attention soon for fear of loosing the center stone. It puts pressure on remaining prongs.

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  9. Jennifer from Wisconsin12 May 2014 at 03:39

    Hello everyone!
    I must admit that even though I have the Gap shirt, I think the red suit is divine. And the blue Rebecca Taylor suit. And the pink McQueen really grew on me. Hope everyone in the U.S. had a great Mother's Day! I am beginning to think Kate's closet might be bigger than my apartment.

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    1. fortheloveofmushrooms12 May 2014 at 13:27

      I have always wondered what the size of Catherine's wardrobe is...

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  10. anon from Leominster12 May 2014 at 04:15

    Wish Kate would retire those saggy kneed jeans, although the tops were nice. She wore such stylish casual clothes before her marriage that could be brought back. I also think the pleasant but dull Rebecca Taylor suit ended the NZ portion of the tour with a wimper rather than a bang. It would have been the perfect time to close by wearing an outfit by a NZ designer. There was some disappointment that none were featured.

    But the Spagnoli suit looks as fresh as ever. (Read somewhere it came with both an underdress and a separate skirt but could be wrong.) My vote though went to McQueen who seems to rarely fail the Duchess, producing simple but striking outfits such as this pink one. Perfect for Kate.

    I find it understanable that William and Kate might do separate daytime engagements to maximise their appearances, - and think the British public would love to see Kate appearing on the home front - but I do find it most odd that she is not attending the party at Windsor. Almost as if she doesn't like to appear with William in the evening, or perhaps him with her, other than premiers and those informal receptions down under. Once at Kensignton was possibly understanable and one can see why Kate wanted to avoid the joyful riot of the Pelly wedding, but her absence at Windsor does seem a bit disconcerting. Hope this won't continue as a trend, they make such a lovely couple.

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    1. anon from Leominster12 May 2014 at 05:07

      Seem to have left the "H" out of whimper, My apologies for bad typing. And while still my favourite, am puzzled by the uneven hem on the McQueen.

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    2. Bluhare...thank you for sharing the reason HRH is not attending the dinner. I admit, I wondered about that myself, although I try not to make assumptions and give people the benefit of the doubt. And I also admit, I am usually one of those people whom you mentioned (about less than positive comments), however, you make a valid point. I actually read your comment twice and I see your point, and others in the past also, who share the same view.
      It's almost like a light bulb went off over my head, lol, I finally get the point about HRH engagements (or lack thereof) when she is in her home country. I put myself in your shoes, so to speak. If I was a loyal UK subject, I believe I would feel the same way and wonder why HRH has slowed down in terms of the number of engagements she does or doesn't do. Correct me if I'm wrong, but before the wedding and immediately afterwards, she did far more of them didn't she?
      I don't know the reason behind the change, but I do know that she really does seem to care about the Royal family and most definetly about the causes she is passionate about. I suppose I am also admitting that everyone has a valid point on this subject as well, just took me a bit longer than some to see that point.
      Hopefully things will improve in time. And like you bluhare, I also apologize in advance if my own comment is met with disapproval. I just had to share it, as it was quite an epiphany for me :)

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    3. I too find it rather funny that Catherine will not be with William at Windsor. And as Charlotte stated Catherine has no engagements this month. Get's the thoughts running.

      Pam/Portland

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    4. I too wondered about the Windsor party attendance. I do hope Kate doesn't take too much time off after the tour.

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  11. My choice is based on a comment I made on the previous post: but somehow disappeared :(.
    Regardless of how good/well-tailored the outfit is, I think it is "how" Kate wears the outfit that makes it special.

    I love the Rebecca Taylor blue suit, but it seemed flat on Kate that day (maybe the rain?).
    The Spagnoli seemed ok on the day she wore it to St Andrew's; but on the tour it really stood out as something quite unique.
    Not because the style is anything unusual or amazing - it's just a red suit after all with a cute peplum - but because that day Kate really glowed, had fun, and seemed to be genuinely herself with William.
    So my vote goes to the Spagnoli simply because it has Positive Associations!

    The pink AM just didn't work on that day in Adelaide.
    It really felt out of place with her events, and a dour note was immediately set when the couple first stepped off the plane. It seemed the most published photographs showed both Kate and William in a sombre mood as they first appeared emerging from the plane's doorway.
    So, although the outfit may be nice (loved the shade of pink), but didn't like the plunging neckline, the mood that seemed to be set that day made the outfit more ill-fated for me.

    Just a little psychological analysis on how our moods are affected by the association of events. :)

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  12. Eve from Germany12 May 2014 at 05:47

    That was a little bit difficult for me, I´m afraid to say so. I loved the red suit, definitely, but, I loved the skinny jeans plus the blue-striped shirt as well. The thing is, it´s a little bit "unfair" to put together "official engagement" outfits with "leisure engagement" outfits in one poll (no critizism meant here!!). In my opinion, they are two very different things because they have a different "purpose" and are used in different circumstances. When you see the "official" outfits, the complete styling is different (hair, etc.). So in my opinion the "leisure" outfits didn´t really stand much of a chance which is sad, because, although I´m not a particular fan of those skinny jeans (it´s the way they are styled most of the times, i.e. with high heels), that outfit with the blue-striped shirt did look just perfect for the occasion.
    Well, I thought "stop moaning" and just voted two times - one for the red suit and one for the skinny jeans plus the blue-striped shirt - haha! Thanks for all the news and information, Charlotte. I think it would be quite amazing to see three generations of senior royals together ABROAD.... Wow...

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    1. I agree... too hard to compare dressy skirt separates that are almost like dresses to me, with jeans/top outfits. So, I'll copy you, Eve, and say my favorite skirt outfit was the red one (like Charlotte chose) and my favorite jeans outfit was the one she wore to the rugby match (although I really like all her casual jean outfits).

      Victoria, Oregon

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  13. I think I like the red or blue suit.

    Regarding the dinner next week, I read the reason Kate isn't attending is because they want to spread their influence around, and not do joint appearances. I'll apologise in advance to those who don't like less than positive opinions, because my first thought was "HUH?" In order to spread influence around, one has to actually get out there to do it. Looking at the upcoming engagements on the sidebar, every last one is a joint appearance.

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    1. Admittedly Bluhare, I too am incredibly disappointed there have been no engagements from either Kate or William since returning home.
      It seems such a shame, They seemed to have done really well touring here and it felt like they had found some momentum at last. Was it too wishful to think the momentum would continue even just a little upon their return? After some down-time of course!
      Now it's like they have become hermit crabs hiding in the shells of Kensington Palace/Berkshire.
      I'm even more surprised that not even a shopping sighting has been made of Kate.
      I hope all that effort and positive feedback of the tour doesn't go to waste and they return to their "old ways".
      I'm sincerely hoping I am proved wrong.

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    2. I agree about the joint engagements bluhare. I would have thought the Royal Marsden at Windsor Castle PERFECT for Catherine, who has worn RL in the past. It seems like such a great event, I would like to go!!
      I love seeing them together..

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    3. anon from Leominster12 May 2014 at 11:44

      That's because there are no real engagements listed for the duchess other than the two overseas war related ones. Naturally, they will both attend the trooping and the garter ceremony, I believe William has several solo engagements that have been posted but Charlotte doesn't normally list William's engagments. However, I tend to think there is more to the lack of joint appearances except when on tour, than just spreading influence. Don't ask me what though.

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    4. Agree with you on the clothes, I must say I thought by now she will be out and about instead of this nth is for this months, not yet!? Not even the usual garden party thing.

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    5. Hi bluhare,

      That was my first thought as well!! "huh?" Doesn't William realize that by having Kate in attendance,that will only increase the amount of coverage this engagement will receive? I have to admit that as much as I admire Kate and William, I am getting frustrated at their lack engagements, both the the Queen and Prince Charles are such hard workers and are known for their amazing work ethic but I feel that it's skipped a generation with these two.

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    6. I don't know how my reply to bluhare's comment came before her actual comment (weird lol), but I am happy at least to see I wasn't in the minority with agreeing with her.
      Bluhare...again, thank you for finally opening my eyes to what you called "less than positive opinons". I agree with all of you, I hope the Duchess will begin to do more engagements at home, other than just on tour. I believe it would have a very positive impact, not just in the UK, but abroad as well.

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    7. Thank you, Jenn. I've always thought that constructive criticism is helpful (even when directed my way, LOL). I think that we do Kate a disservice when we blindly laud everything she does. Yes, it probably gives her a nice ego boost when everyone falls all over her, but on the other hand she is arguably a public servant. And there's nothing wrong with saying how someone could improve, right?

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    8. Hit publish, instead of edit, as I meant to give everyone else a shout out for agreeing with me. Doesn't happen often here!

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    9. Jennifer from Wisconsin13 May 2014 at 22:10

      Agreed. Think they are great but need to get out more and use the platform they have - I understand George might be a handful- my Samantha is too but Nanny Maria seems capable of watching him for a few hours every now and then. Kate would probably enjoy getting out too.

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    10. You are most welcome! And no, there is nothing wrong with anything you said, in either comment you made. I agree wholeheartedly :)

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  14. I am not a fan of the skinny jeans for public engagements. I voted for the pink McQueen; I just love the color on her!

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  15. I agree with you about the skinny jeans unless it is a sporty event like the boat race and the volleyball engagement. In the vineyard trouser jeans or dressier slacks would have been more appropriate in my opinion. If Kate were to wear a pantsuit ever, I thought the play date with PG would have been the perfect time.

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  16. I loved the pink McQueen also, very elegant.

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  17. Blue might be the color most associate with the Duchess, but for me it always has been and always will be red. She looks all the more regal when she wears it - perhaps because that isn't as often as her beloved blue? The red and black Luisa Spagnoli suit got my vote. She wore it and hit with a cricket bat, for goodness sake! That suit has game!

    Her style sensibility is very much apparent when you look through this set of photographs. The mix of labels, sourcing, alterations, price points, event appropriateness (with the exception of the pink McQueen, perhaps) and aesthetic speaks volumes about her.

    Helen's comments about positive associations due to the type of engagement, her involvement, the weather, etc. resonate with me, too. This is one reason I enjoy the second wears so much: The circumstances could be so different as to allow a completely new appreciation for an outfit.

    I'm also puzzled, ala Bluhare, about the public (and private) reasoning behind the Duchess not attending evening functions hosted by the Duke. There's precedent where both have attended one of "his" charity's functions. It seems odd that a reason is being offered that doesn't jibe with past precedence?

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  18. As usual great post Charlotte! I voted for the Luisa suit as well she looked lovely in it.

    I'm very excited to see them going to beautiful Normandy with the Queen for such an important event.

    Thank you for the great article on William loving fatherhood.

    Looking forward to your next post and poll.
    Cheers

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  19. Silvia from Portugal :))))12 May 2014 at 09:10

    Good Morning to all of you,

    I have just voted for my favourite look and the one I have selected was the Alexander McQueen Pepul Top and Pleated skirt. I love it all the colour the tayloring everything is perfet.

    For those who have stated that the clivage was a bit too down, may I remembre you that Kate is a young woman and no matter if you are princess or a commoner a clivage always points out your woman nature. Regarding the longer hem on the back of the dress is a fashion trend. It is ver fashionable at the moment the assimetric lenght of the skirts and dresses either in the front or th back.

    Have a great week.

    Silvia

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  20. skinny jeans and wedges is a NO NO for a duchess and future queen, secondly, she should TRY and keep her hair Neat at all times, she has enough time to groom herself, do your best kate!!, her hair makes her clothes look undone!! and please more accessories, she should take risks, she is too safe, Princess charlene takes risks and it works most of the time!!

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    1. Everyone has to live in their comfort zone, HRH is no exception

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    2. I was actually speechless for a moment after reading your comment anon 11:22...one question though: Wouldn't you want to be comfortable in your own choice of clothes? Granted, I am not a fan of EVERY look she wears, but I would never dream of telling her what she can and cannot wear/choose.

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    3. Jennifer from Wisconsin13 May 2014 at 22:03

      I find this post interesting since she had a hair dresser with her and rarely was her hair discussed negatively. The style and grammar of this post makes me wonder if you are just trying to stir the pot. It seems over the top. Kudos to the other replies for the class the ladies are showing.

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    4. I think this is a post from someone who posts all the time on sites that are critical to Kate. The writing style is the same, as is the topic. This person does not stay around to converse; just likes to troll. Although I will give him kudos for toning down the rhetoric for this site. :)

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  21. I am so grateful Charlotte for mixing the skinnies and those separate pieces in one post. I loved the red suit, fab. But I also like the blue one as well hard to decide. If you ever consider a post which obviously you wont do on her least fave choices: that is skinnies with wedges.I do not want to even think about them.:-) Hardly wait the duchesss to go backto work again!

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  22. Laurie - N. Carolina12 May 2014 at 12:32

    My favorite was the red Spagnoli suit. I love that it was changed to a longer pencil skirt....that slim silhouette is my favorite on Kate. I usually LOVE McQueen on her, and I did like the light pink skirt/top, but I can't figure out what went wrong with the hem in the back. I would have expected better tailoring from a designer of that caliber. Of course, Kate looks gorgeous in it anyway, but that hem is really what took it off the list for me. I also really liked the striped shirt, skinny jeans, and mint velvet plimsols for the boat race and the gray sweater and scarf for the Rugby match. I really love Kate's casual outfits...not working outside of the home, I really have no occasion to wear more formal attire (unless it's a holiday, wedding, etc.), and her more laid back styles are looks that I can copy and actually wear!!

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    1. Hi Laurie, where in NC are you, if you don't mind me asking? Always nice to see close neighbors :)....I am in Hendersonville.

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  23. Jean from Lancs12 May 2014 at 12:47

    I loved the pink McQueen suit. I suspect the skirt looks longer at the back because Catherine is tending to lean backwards; not surprising when she is carrying Prince George, who must be quite heavy.---it becomes a habit, but she will probably correct it when he is walking.
    It is possible that the Duchess has no engagements yet, because the nanny has had to have time off made up. EEC laws are very strict about working hours, so it seems t me she probably had a week or so to make up.
    Apart from that, it does seem that HM; the Prince of Wales and the Duke are more than happy for her to give her time to her child and having seen the secure; loving ; bouncing child, who can blame them. I am sure a great many mothers who have to go out to work, wish they could stay with their child..
    Prince William is visiting submarines today and has quite a few other engagements during the week. Maybe Catherine will join him on Sat. for the FA cup final--we shall see.

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    1. Wow Jean .. It would be nice to see the Duchess at the FA cup final, walking along the line-ups on the pitch and maybe present the cup at end. Royals used to do this all the time. There are iconic images of this in every generation.

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    2. What are the chances that Catherine will attend with William???


      Pam/Portland

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    3. Unless they've changed her job description, Antonia Freswhateverhernameis, their cook, has child care as needed in her job description. Jessie Webb may also be available on an as needed basis, as is Carole Middleton, I bet. I don't think Kate has a shortage of babysitters.

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    4. Heck, bluhare, I'd climb on a plane in a New York minute and fly across the ocean (currently, I will not board a plane to fly as far as Nashville to see my own grandchildren) - to babysit Mr. Chubby Cheeks.

      Maybe it's that "attachment bonding" thing?
      Marg

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    5. I'd be on the plane with you, Marg.

      I don't think it's "attachment bonding". If that were the case, they wouldn't have left him at home when they went to the Maldives for a week.

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  24. I was blown away the day she wore it and even now, weeks later, it is my favorite look from the tour - the red Spagnoli suit. That day, she looked like a Duchess to me. I actually wish Kate would wear more pretty, feminine suits or dresses with jackets. She used to wear the look frequently before she switched to long coats and I think it often better suits her figure and the occasion. I liked the pink outfit, but I think I was put off by how out of place it was for the engagements that day.

    Others have said it over the last several posts and I'm echoing the sentiment. I liked her pre-wedding/first year of marriage casual looks better. I do think she looks good in the navy outfit with checked shirt from the winery. It's my second choice from this group. But I can think of several re-wears that I would have liked better and I think, after wearing the appropriately nautical jacket for the sailing day, I would have preferred a change of jacket or color scheme. We caught a glimpse of a white jacket at one of the airports.

    Looking forward to seeing the Duchess back out and about.

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  25. I voted for the pale pink McQueen, I think that McQueen and Kate are a dynamic duo!! I did notice that Kate tends to lean back slightly from the waist which makes it appear as though the hem of her dresses is longer in the back, wonder why she does that?

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    1. Lynn Georgia USA15 May 2014 at 20:16

      I think it's just her natural stance, probably exacerbated in the last year by a pregnancy followed by carrying a heavy little prince around. However, a good seamstress should be able to adjust the hems to compensate for--and to camouflage--slight posture idiosyncrasies.

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  26. These options are not comparable - in my mind. How would you compare the 2-piece suits with jeans and sneakers? Totally different categories.

    As far as the suits go, to me the red one showed Kate's figure best without being frumpy. And her face looked more radiant than usual because of the bright colour. Whilst the choice of outfit given the day's events is somewhat questionable, it is a n overall great look for her.

    The blue suit also fits well, it is just too blah for me (would look fine on her mom - pretty much like the pink ensemble too, or her Easter Sunday outfit - not to mention her Michael Kors dress - all very appropriate for a lady in her 50s).

    The pink suit did really nothing to help her look anything but ill dressed (maybve she raided Carole's dressing room for something different? (Cause it sure was at least 1 size too big for Kate). Colour is indeed nice - but overall she looked wahsed out and lacking any charisma - the outfit took away everything from her.

    Onto her jeans-based outfits, my favourite is the one without the omnipresent Zara blazer (nice as it may have been about 3 years ago when she first sported that look, it's way - way! - too overused). So I would have voted (had there been a separate category) for the Jonathan Saunders sweater look. (I guess there was also the grey sweater she was wearing during the rugby match - but I couldn't tell much from the photos available - at least she didn't wear that blazer again!).

    Next time, my suggestion is to rather group her looks differently: maybe take out of the "dresses" category those worn for evening events (and make them a separate category - granted, only 2 options in this new category for this particular tour) and keep the 2-piece suits with the other day dresses - it makes more sense that way given the overall look and the occasions that Kate wore them. And then have a "casual outfits" category - where all the jeans-based and other such outfits could be grouped together. Makes more sense to me (all the 2-piece suites she wore were more formal than at least 3 of the dresses she sported during the tour, you'll have to admit that).

    Still fun to read - keep going young lady.

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    1. Maybe you need to start your own blog then

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    2. Hello Anonymous,

      I appreciate your feedback and if these were 'End of Year' polls I would have separated them. However, for 'End of Tour' polls it's not about formal/informal choices it's about Kate's overall wardrobe and the aim is to narrow it down to the absolute favourite looks.

      I feel they are comparable because it's about choosing YOUR favourite look out of Kate's separates worn during the tour.

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  27. Either the pink McQueen or the Jonathan Saunders Deborah Egg-Knit Sweater outfit, both are for such different occasions. I love the pink McQueen because I feel its very age appropriate for her, get rid of the high necklines! Show off what your momma gave you!!!

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  28. Agree it's difficult with jeans and sweaters up against stylish suits. The Spagnoli and Rebecca Taylor suits are my favorites. Surprised to see that pink McQueen leading, it is one of my least favorite looks of the entire tour. Not well tailored, low neckline, washed out color, not great on her, just really a blah look to me.
    So no engagements in May? I am beginning to come over to the Doolittle side of the fence, even allowing for motherhood and not having a large number of patronages, this is not what the press reported as to the Cambridges's schedule picking up.

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    1. Lest we forget: The Duchess is still on maternity leave. She should not be expected to do any engagements at all. You and I aren't expected to see our time eroded or to show up at the office when we are on mat leave. Why should she? She just came back from an international tour lasting 3 weeks. Do-little is quite unfair. Plus, they cannot take the limelight from the four senior royals and their partners as the case may be. The Princess Royal's husband is not out there stumping it like Sophie. It's only fitting that they should be carrying the greater share of the public duties as the Queen sees fit to delegate more of them.

      And let's be real. The press is the press. It reports all sorts of things--factual and not. Oscar Wilde said something along the lines that "We used to have the rack. Now we have the press." Wonder what he might have had to say about the tenor of some threads on blogs.

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    2. anon from Leominster14 May 2014 at 13:19

      Know a number of women in reasonably high powered jobs (and some that aren't) and none of them took anything close to a year's maternity leave. Worth noting the British actress Emily Blunt who just had a baby in February is already heading back to work. Samatha Cameron returned to work after seven months. Most people who have to worry about rising in their employment use the benefit judiciously.

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    3. Philly, she's been working for quite a few months now. Not full time, definitely, but she's been working. Their press office no longer refers to a maternity leave either.

      Like I said on another thread, if she wants to be a stay at home mom, she should. And just say so and quit with the dithering and press releases.

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  29. Patricia Florida USA12 May 2014 at 18:26

    Oh Charlotte, this was a fun one to vote on! I picked the Luisa Spagnoli suit- I really love HRH is red and the suite remake is just beautiful on her IMHO. Ladies- it's fun to be back reading all of our comments, and of course our absolute thanks to our dear Charlotte for keeping us all in the loop. Happy Monday to all.

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  30. This poll is very easy, the Spagnoli ensamble is a stand out, and the whole look was uber gorgeous. I loved the pink MQ, the sweater and the check shirt but I'm so tired of the skinnies in formal events.

    Lookink forward next oversea engagements and I fill this announcement will stop all the second pregnancy speculation.

    I also think will is growing in his role and expect kate to grow too

    Gabriella, italy

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  31. Patricia Florida USA12 May 2014 at 20:50

    I forgot to mention that I really like the Pied A Terre Imperia Wedges, although only with a very casual look- skinny jeans with the high wedges......not a fan but the lower wedges work. Wonder if we will ever see HRH in just plain old trousers! I am sure that's a look she can pull off without any problem.

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  32. It's always fun to "follow" their tours and find out what she would be wearing. Looking forward to more~
    I caved in and bought the gap shirt this morning. I own quite a few check/gingham shirts by J.crew but never have one in navy, so...

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  33. I wasn't mad about any of separates personally. I loved how she had the Luosa Spagnoli dress altered as I think it's much more ladylike as a skirt rather than the dress. However none of them blew me away. Perhaps that's because I'm biased generally towards dresses :)

    Also I just wanted to say how much I love your blog. Your posts are so thorough and highlight not just what Kate wears but the issues around what she's trying to promote which is heartening. I think we all really appreciate your work on the tours. It can't be easy working with such a mad time difference, but your blog had a full post and pictures up before the normal press did, and as a fan of Kate and the royals I really appreciate it!

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  34. I like your website! Fantastic! I voted for Rebecca and McQueen.

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  35. fortheloveofmushrooms12 May 2014 at 21:53

    I may be in the minority, but I wasn't a huge fan of the pink McQueen. It was pretty, yes, but that was it. It was a bit too "princess-y" or something, or maybe too simple? I don't know, it just didn't pop for me. I loved the blue and white stripe tee--so flattering! While I quite like the Rebecca Taylor suit, it wasn't my favorite. Kate glowed in the red suit, though!! Loved the whole look, *especially* without the turtleneck and with the new skirt.

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  36. Would someone please explain if William and Catherine are considered senior royals yet?

    Thanks! Julia

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    1. Hi Julia! I do not believe they are considered senior royals yet. I just did some googling, though, and could not find how one is designated senior! It can't mean by age, right?! Hopefully someone else will pop in with information. :)

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    2. Yes, would someone kindly explain why they are not, especially considering PW is 2nd in line? Does it have to do with age? Thank you Julia for mentioning that! Thank you also in advance.
      Jennifer

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    3. Anne in Dublin13 May 2014 at 10:07

      As far as I know they are still classed as "part time" royals as William is on a "gap year" and he will complete this in September when he will decide his future and if he will become a full time royal and take up duties like the Queen and Prince Charles and then I presume Catherine will automatically follow as well. But yes they are considered senior royals as William is second in line to the throne as was shown during the Queen's Jubilee when they appeared on the balcony with the Queen, Prince Charles etc. They are being given time by the Queen to decide but as she is getting older there is more and more pressure on William to take up full time duties and I would not be surprised if this is not announced in the next few months.,

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    4. Succession and precedence aside, I also wonder who coined the term "senior royals"?

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    5. I'm going to go against the tide and say I consider them senior royals. I always thought that it was based on who is closest to the throne. William and Kate are two steps away; therefore, I would consider them quite senior indeed.

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    6. Yes Summer, I don't think the term "senior royal" exists in royal circles. It was probably coined by media. And even so, we know that William and Catherine are not yet undertaking full time engagements as Prince George comes first. Having said that, I would love to catch a glimpse of them out and about. But that may just be selfish :-)

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    7. anon from Leominster14 May 2014 at 13:35

      I believe "senior royals" is used for the queen and her immediate family, including her children and grandchildren such as William and Harry who are expected to take on public roles.

      Junior royals are the cousins such as the Kents and the Gloucesters. It doesn't really relate to how much work they do as both families have done an incredible amount of work over the years.

      The term is used loosely by those who write about the royal family, authors as well as media. It may not be used by the royal family itself.

      Charles is said to want to streamline the monarchy but he has not made it clear who he expects to take on many of the quite important patronages the cousins now hold. Sooner or later, this will have to be faced as some of the cousins such as Princess Alexandra and her brother the Duke of Kent, are starting to experience health issues which may affect the amount they can do.

      There really is a very small generation of working royals coming up, since neither Anne's nor Andrew's children are active royals or likely to be. Even if William and Harry took on full time roles, it is unclear who will take on all these patronages when you count the number that the Queen and Philip already carry too, not to mention the fact Charles. Anne and Edward already have very full calendars.

      Unfortunately, some of these charities who have had royal patrons may end up having to take celebs or politicians as patrons. That is a pity as celebrity fame waxes and wanes in a way royal family members shouldn't. (Although it can.) It seems likely a void may be coming up. William has spoken of consolidation with foundations but this can be extremely hard on small and obscure charities who rely a lot on additional public support coming from the prestige of royal visits. It seems like changes may be coming and not all for the good.

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    8. Some excellent points and useful information. You speak/write with authority, anon Leo.
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  37. Sarah from Calif.13 May 2014 at 00:33

    Oh the Rebecca Taylor is the winner for me, although I love your choice too Charlotte. Ok now I voted I will go back and read all this news. I was just thinking about 30mins ago, how lovely that Kate,William and George have had some spectacular and delightful time with George. No paparazzi included :). Ok on to reading.......
    Oh and.... P. S.The son that I wanted to find a wife for has found a stellar young lady who happens to love all this Royal stuff to. They are getting married this August!

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    1. Ive Got A Gal in Kalamazoo13 May 2014 at 03:29

      Oh, congratulations Sarah! I'm delighted for you and the new daughter-in-law to be that you share interest in all things royal!

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    2. Congratulations! Have fun enjoying following the royals with your new daughter-in-law! :o)

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    3. Pauline Oak Hills13 May 2014 at 04:28

      Wow Sarah you didn,t tell me that. You now have someone else to go royal crazy with. Congrats.

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  38. I went with the outfit she wore to the rugby match. She looks so chill and not "on" and is just enjoying a night out.

    Amy from Detroit, Michigan

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  39. Sarah from Calif.13 May 2014 at 01:00

    Oh my to see The Queen , Prince Philip (my son's name) ,Prince Charles ,Camilla,William and Kate together at this most Honorable 70th occasion of the D-day Invasion of Normandy would blow my mind. Alas I will probably not be there but what an incredible celebration of the fight for Freedom.
    I pray that every country in the world can have the Freedom that we all hope for. Not Freedom to abuse power but release the oppressed to peace and joy.
    Okay I have carried on to much.

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    1. Wonderful!

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    2. Lovely thoughts, Sarah. Please do "carry on."
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  40. Hello all. I have an idea for a poll, although someone may already have suggested it; 'Kate's best hairstyles on the tour'. I thought her hair looked great in the Luisa Spagboli suit, it added height to her face, made her look quite different, very flattering.

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  41. I suspect the palace is limiting Kate's appearances, for a combination of reasons: (1) to avoid overshadowing William and, to a lesser extent, HM and Prince Charles; (2) to keep her fresh and prevent overexposure; and (3) to ensure she does not get burned out. In other words, the palace, probably at the Queen's instruction, is doing everything it can to prevent another Diana.

    The palace has even acknowledged this (to a degree). A source stated the reason the duke and duchess took off the second day of the tour was to avoid overshadowing a conflicting event with the Queen. If Kate were to attend this event (particularly if it requires a tiara) all of the press would be about Kate. Not William, not the Queen, and not the charity. Similarly, the palace has said several times they tried to learn from Diana and ease Kate in to her role. Bottom line, I think the Queen would much, much, much prefer Kate to be known as lazy than even remotely risk William feeling overshadowed or resentful, or Kate getting a superstar complex. I actually think this explains a lot of the seemingly odd Kate decisions, like insisting she is not a princess when of course she can properly be called Princess William (just like Princess Michael of Kent).

    I also feel it is very unfair to call Kate lazy when, if my understanding of mat leave in the UK is correct, at any other job she would still be on paid leave following the birth of Prince George. She had to be back in phenomenal shape very quickly, everything she does always has to be perfect, she has to avoid even a speck of controversy, she can never be in a bad mood or unsmiling when she is in public, she has to learn all sorts of details about esoteric things, and she has to give so much of herself while being careful not to upstage her husband. I cannot even imagine the stress she must feel.

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    1. Well said, Elle. Ditto. I firmly believe we have no idea what goes on behind the scenes. AND we should always be aware that in the internet age, the Duchess may be READING what we say. Sobering, no?

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    2. Philly, she's a public figure. And she's said she does not read coverage about her.

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    3. Elle, I totally agree with your comments. For anyone who followed the royals in the 80's and 90's, it makes perfect sense.

      I would add one more reason to your list.... Camilla. For many people, she remains an unpopular figure. The RF has to "sell" her first and a superstar couple is not exactly the best way to achieve that goal.

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  42. I think Kate did such a great job on the tour and really grew in her role. I was hoping to see her do some engagements when she returned after a nice rest. If she has a handful of important charities and devoted a regular schedule to them i think it would go a long way to not only help her doing solo engagements and build her confidence, it would put the negative comments to rest. Is she a senior royal? Was her maternity leave a year? None of it seems clear. They can't hide her away forever just so she dosn't upstage other royals. I don't think the handleing of her has been consistent.

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  43. anon from Leominster13 May 2014 at 04:20

    An interesting and quite possibly accurate analysis. But the Palace is playing with fire if they accept Kate being known as "lazy". Reputations and particularly nicknames like "Duchess Dolittle" get cemented in the public mind and can't always be turned off at will when the time is seen as right.

    "Airmiles Andy" is one such example of a once golden boy prince, handsome, hugely popular and war hero, the Harry of his day. According to many in the know, he later worked very hard for British business, but all t took were a few instances of bad judgment and a rapid turning of public tide, for him to get a reputation he will never shake, no matter how much good he does.

    No one expects Kate to become another Princess Anne, at least at this moment, and take on hundreds of engagements, but a judicious balance of engagements would pull her back from what is becoming an unfortunate and possibly unjust reputation for being work shy and light weight.

    As far as not overshadowing William and Charles, much of the problem with Diana lay in Charles' jealously of her popularilty. At the end of the day, this cost Charles far more in the long run than his short term overshadowing. Charles III with Diana at his side would have most likely been a powerhouse monarch, now the future is less certain and he is likely at best to be seen as a caretaker monarch for William.

    I don't believe William is at all jealous of Kate in the same way, but great care needs to be taken not to create an unexpected problem by trying to avoid another. By tryng to prevent a Diana, the palace could end up with an Andrew situation instead. Similar sudden falls from public favour also happened with royals like Princess Margaret, once the Kate of her day but better remembered now for her partying on Mustique.

    The Australian tour has brought good will that shouldn't be forfeited on the home front. I hope William and Kate find a proper balance of public duties and private life, and thus be both wonderful hands on parents to George but also secure his future as heir to the throne.

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    1. Anne in Dublin13 May 2014 at 10:17

      Royal aids from KP have stated after the tour returned that the months on June, July and August are going to be extremely busy from William and Catherine and then there are rumours of another tour in the Autumn. So I think we just have to be patient for the next couple of weeks and then we will be seeing plenty of them. They seem to announce the appointments two weeks in advance so if they are going to Scotland on the 29th it should be announced on Thursday.

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    2. I really don't think William is jealous of Catherine at all. Matter of fact I think he is very proud of his wife and that shows when they are together. Look at Williams eyes when he is looking at Chatherine, just that look of love there. It is like he can not get enough of her. They mostly walk side by side and almost touching each other. When they stand next to each other again they are shoulder to shoulder.

      But I do wonder why they are not going to be doing any joint engagements. I read where a "source" stated that they want to keep their charities separate so they can do more for them. That just do not make any sense to me. Maybe some one can explain it to me.
      They have in the past spent doing many engagements together for thier charities so why now. Maybe Charles has a hand in this???

      Pam/Portland

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    3. If Kate has engagements in June, they should be on her calendar by now and there aren't any.

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  44. Thankyou anon from Leominster, that is a very good analysis.

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  45. It may be unpopular for me to say this, but I've been looking at pictures of Pippa this morning, and I must say that her style is so much more fun and interesting than her sister. For one, she has a LOT MORE CLOTHES, and for another is her use of color; she has skinny jeans in more than one color, for example, lots of different colors and even styles when it come to slacks and bottoms. I get tired of the same old blue ones the duchess wears (different labels, I know). Why does Pippa have so many cool, interesting looks, yet we see her "richer" sister in fashion repeat after repeat?! Does Kate just get to slide in the public mind, because of her occupation? Is anyone complaining about the money that Pippa spends on clothing, and she is not even royal? Yes, I know that Kate's clothing is copied, and sold out after she wears them, but is that just because she is Will's wife? One thing that has always set monarchs apart is that they have clothing that says so - at least in the movies...(like the first Queen Elizabeth or Henry VIII or even the current Queen Elizabeth). Gosh, Kates dresses are just something that I would wear to church! Not that special to me.

    I know that many will be defending the duchess about this. I would like to hear other people's take on this. Remember that these are just ideas and opinions that can be changed with the right information. Don't yell at me.

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    1. anon from Leominster13 May 2014 at 17:34

      I think Kate's repeats are a case of royal versus public disconnect in understanding. Kate has just as many outfits as Pippa. Before her marriage, Kate showed the world she had a vast wardrobe available to her and wore new outfits frequently, although many were high street.

      I think wearing outfits repeatedly has less to do with what clothes are available and more to do with Kate trying to look thrifty during years when times have been hard, and also trying to draw attenton away from her clothes. But this becomes a vexed issue.

      Frankly, the public that supports Kate and the royal family loves seeing new clothes and seeing her dress up. I don't think the queen mother (one of the best royals to have her finger on the public pulse) was wrong when she said during the blitz that she would put on her best to visit bombed sites because those affected would put on their best to come visit her.

      I really don't think times have changed as much as all that, and imagine those military families in Australia were a bit disappointed when Kate turned up in jeans instead of a pretty dress they could describe and talk about.

      So the public would ironically be much more tolerant of new beautiful outfits than they would the expense of a fancy holiday in the Maldives or the redecoration of a flat and country house we will never see. It's a shared pleasure. I think it is good Kate recycles but only to some extent, and it would be nice if new outfits weren't so often saved for tours instead of being worn at home. There should be a balance.

      Kate may feel that too much press is paid to her clothes but until she becomes known for something else, that will be the primary focus. There will always be attention paid to clothes, as there is to all royal ladies, being royal is heavily visual and always has been. But when Kate develops a stronger identity with certain causes, much as Diana did, her reputation will no longer be based primarily on her wardrobe.


      Until Kate does take on more work, and no sign of that yet (and I've been burnt too often to believe those hints from courtiers until engagements this summer are really announced) we will love Kate, as the old song says, mainly for the cut of her clothes, not to mention her youth and beauty.

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    2. Maryland Moxie14 May 2014 at 02:54

      Wolfpup, you bring up a point that has been nagging at me... Kate has dresses altered from Alexander McQueen's creative designers -- and those alterations are very "conservative" and staid - church clothes is EXACTLY how I would describe them as well. Alexander McQueen himself was very visionary and none of Kate's "McQueen" wardrobe reflects that vision or brand. She does the same thing with other designers as well - as is her prerogative - but I find more and more that she isn't showcasing the best and brightest of today's fashion - but borrowing their people to make her clothes - which really don't reflect their creativity. I appreciate it when Charlotte shows us the designers and collections and find I am not enthralled with Kate's personal wardrobe. I remain impressed with all the time, effort, and money that is spent on it and marvel that this is what it amounts to.

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    3. That was delightful - thank you.

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    4. Maryland Moxie, Kate is not a fashion model and I wouldn't expect her to appear in some of the designer's more edgy designs. And trust me, I am sure the designers are more than happy to alter their designs to accommodate a photogenic Duchess.

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    5. I do not comment normally, just reading the blog (which I love, by the way!). But I really have to say something here: Isn´t it interesting that, when the Duchess wears too many new (more pricey) clothes, she´s criticized for being took spendy. When she´s wearing the same things again, she´s criticized for being boring..... Hmmmmm..... I think we should all just leave her, wearing what she feels comfortable in and doing her job. Which, by the way, she seems to do very well.

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  46. Interested Canadian13 May 2014 at 16:46

    Very interesting discussion, and one which I think is correct; that is, Prince Charles could well go down in history as Charles the Jealous. Indeed, serial jealousy seems to be his thing; first jealous of his younger brother, Andrew, who as stated above, was much better looking than himself and who was treated as a war hero, deservedly or not; then incredibly jealous of his first wife, Diana; now jealous of William, Kate and Harry.--Check out their wardrobes; generally speaking, they all suck--where have you seen Kate with a hat, coat and purse which match? how often have we seen William and Harry having to resort to wearing a suit jacket, as opposed to a proper sports jacket with chinos and even blue jeans? As far as shoes go, all three need more and better footwear. Charles, who is responsible for the wardrobe of all three, has been disgracefully and, I believe, purposely negligent given his annual income of close to 20 million Brit pounds.

    That said, I doubt that the Queen is entirely blameless. She managed to turn a young and pretty Sophie into a frump, and altho Sophie clearly has more money than she used to have for clothing, probably in an effort to counter Kate, it was/is an exercise in futility: you can't turn back the clock and Sophie is fast approaching 50.

    The same philosophy carries over into the number of appearances, and the type of appearances--forget new ball gowns for Kate; she looks far too exquisite in same--Kate is permitted to make.

    Kates problem is that she is an exceptionally pretty young woman and, I rather think, a very nice person who has had the bad luck to run into William and his dysfunctional family, who are not particularly nice. Her office staff amounts to one-and-a-half: Rebecca Deacon and a new personal secretary she shares with Prince William. Both are young and inexperienced; both are in the pay of Prince Charles. Chances are that Kate had no say in their appointments

    The only viable option open to Kate is quiet, private volunteerism, now that she finally has a well-qualified full-time nanny. Perhaps she could continue the volunteer work she began with the Scouts, when stuck in Wales. Perhaps she could also choose to volunteer at one of her patronages, the one she personally most enjoys. And perhaps she could work stacking shelves in a London food bank or maybe chop vegetables in a local soup kitchen. She just might be able to do this quietly, without fanfare, yet, when the day comes, and it will, these organizations could, and I trust they would, praise her thru the roof.

    Kate, as I see it, is caught between a rock and a hard place right now. All we, her supporters, can do is to continue to support her, despite all.

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    1. Interested Cnadian,

      As a fellow interested Canadian (not sure if equally "interested" or not... but who cares?) I believe you are blowing things out of proportion a bit. I doubt Charles sets "allowances" for Kate's or William's shoes. What he may do (and any person accountable for any type of budget will do exactly the same) is setup limits (upper limits, that is) for what they can spend overall. Whether they spend that on shoes, blazers or hats, I seriously doubt he cares and has time to worry about (I believe he is a rather avid amateur painter - and a reasonably talented one too, so if he finds himself with spare time I doubt he'll count pounds spent on shoes versus hats...).

      Whilst the British royal family has been dysfunctional (visibly) many times, - I am convinced they aren't all evil or anything of the sort. Plus, unless Kate is completely immature, she must have had some indication of what she is signing up for, before she accepted William's proposal. Like all relationships in life, it comes with pluses and minuses, and there is never anything close to a "perfect" anything (marriage, family... you name it).

      Is Charles the jealous type? Maybe. I will not pretend to understand what he has lived through - or the kind of accountabilities / pressures he has. It may very different than we perceive it from the outside. With being a member of any royal family (and in particular the British one), come some obligations and such Kate (like Diana before her) should understand that. Actually, I believe Kate does understand it. Can't really comment on Diana, we only saw what the press wanted us to see. May she rest in peace, I am quite convinced she was also not perfect - in more than one regard. So give Charles a bit of a chance to be a reasonable person, with privileges and accountabilities like any human being. And with faults. Maybe that includes jealousy. But with qualities as well....

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    2. How long has it been since all accessories to an outfit had to match?? Better footwear than Kate's beautiful pumps?? And when did age 50 become the cutoff age for dressing beautifully?? The most elegant women I know are well past that age!

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  47. There are a few in the Royal Family who are renowned for their arrogance toward people..The Queen is shy but known for her kindness and lack of hauteur...remembering that she has been taught that she is still The Queen. She is also well known for letting her family learn from their own mistakes, stepping in (or Philip does) only in a Monarchy-threatening emergency. Charles is deeply insecure...resulting from his father's harsh efforts to toughen him up and not be so sensitive....but both Charles and Philip work extremely hard for the welfare of others and the odd temper tantrum aside, are not known to be arrogant toward others as are Edward
    Andrew , the duchess of Glouster and Princess Michael AKA Prkncess Pushy. Anne is no-nonsence and hard working like both of her parents. They are human. Faults like the rest of us...
    Oh - Sophie isn't the product of The Queen's attempts to frump her up...
    she has a completely different build from Kate . she's not tall and athletic..AND she's had two children! Just wanted to respectfully disagree with a few points.

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    1. Maryland Moxie14 May 2014 at 03:06

      I am just going to point out - that requiring people to refer to others as "His Royal Highness" or "Her Royal Highness" is arrogant. And the whole curtsying behavior is a form of bullying. You may call it tradition, but the tradition was, if you didn't do it - then this family would kill you. The day I see Phillip or Charles cooking meals and serving it to the hungry is the day I will agree they are working hard for the welfare of others. You could show me a picture of them changing bedpans and I will concede as well.

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    2. I spoke too soon.

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    3. Jean from Lancs14 May 2014 at 18:39

      Do tell!; when was the last person killed for not bowing to a member of the Royal Family?
      Also when did you last see a 93year old at work.
      The Duke of Edinburgh served in the Royal Navy throughout WW2 and deserves respect for that.
      We cannot all earn our living doing the same thing.

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    4. Did anyone read the article about Angela Kelly over the weekend? Talk about arrogant.

      Anyway, Jean, I did just read an article about a 90-odd year old woman who still works the bar at her local pub after a zillion years!

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    5. Wow, seems to be a lil heated on this subject...I wasn't going to say anything, but Moxie, after that last comment, I can't help myself: almost every member of my mothers family has been in one of our US military forces, covering from pre civil war to current and I for one am very proud of all that they have done to protect our way of life and Freedom that we enjoy (what you so errounously call "trained in the art of killing people"). And just to point out, the family you are talking about, the RF, have served and still serve in their military branches, to protect and keep safe everyone that considers themself a citizen of the UK. I am trying to be respectful and polite in my disagreement with your comment, but honestly, I am having trouble doing so: because I found your comment to be very disrespectful of anyone who has served in our armed forces or the UKs, in a word, for your freedom and way of life. I could go on and on, but I think I have made my point.

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    6. There is something inherently subservient about bowing and curtseying. It is a custom rooted in the practice of elevating one person's status above the rest. The titles acheive the same objective. To people who have been brought up thinking that all people are equal this can be offensive and abhorent. It is funny to me that older generations of the British empire do not see how it can offend others not brought up in this tradition.

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    7. Hi Moxie. Do you salute the American flag? Do you put your hand over your heart when the flag goes by in a parade? Have you recited The Pledge of Alligience to the flag? There are those who feel the same way about those forms of showing respect to our country as you seem to feel about bowing and curtseying. They are all forms of showing respect to a symbol of one's country.
      I think you are correct that there was a time when monarchs were oppressive and bowing could be a form of debasement. But Moxie, times have changed. The queen is now a symbol She can't shout " off with your head!" and have anybody take her seriously.

      I would suggest that you refrain from curtseying to the Queen and our GB friends refrain from saluting the American flag. They should no more tell you not to show respect for our flag than you should tell them not to curtsey.
      This is a difference settled over two hundred years ago. No need to fight that battle again, Moxie. We won.
      And in a sense, they won, too.
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    8. All I can say is Moxie how disrepectful can you be toward the royal men who have served and still do. I guess none of your family has served our country. Well mind did and I am very proud of that.

      Jenn Well said I just think all this Moxie has to do is be disrepectful of anyone who has served their country.

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    9. Pam, I think Moxie gets bored and restless when we are all getting along so well-disagreeing, but respectfully.

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    10. Patricia Florida USA!!!!16 May 2014 at 00:25

      As an American I am offended by what Moxie wrote- I love my country, it isn't perfect and we have our problems but we are a super power. I love our flag, we just bought another one for our flagpole in our yard because as with the last ones, the wind rips them and the sun dulls the. My husband served and protected in the Air Force. My Dad in the Navy. Moxie what country would you prefer to live in? I love the USA!

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    11. Maryland Moxie, if you are so turned off by the monarchy, why do you follow this blog? I don't understand that. As an American, I think your comment was very disrespectful. Thank you (NOT!) for contributing to the view that we are all arrogant and ignorant about other cultures.

      I also think your comment about meals and bedpans was a tad narrow minded, to be honest. How about the money that charities raise because of their associations with members of the royal family? I suspect it has covered the cost of a meal or two.....and likewise for a hospital wing or two....etc...etc.

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  48. It seems to me that Kate is spending time with George, which she to some extent had to forgo during the tour, and that she is following William's schedule. He is not yet a full time royal. The pattern of their lives was set in Anglesey, alternating military duty for him and home life for her, with time in London which included certain public events. Alternating a demanding overseas tour (in a different hemisphere and climate and culture) with some time to regroup and settle in at home as a family, seems wise. William is scheduled to host a large charity event at Windsor Castle. Then they are both expected to go to France for the June 6 events.

    Comparisons with Pippa seem somewhat beside the point. She is a wealthy young woman about town, not a Duchess whose husband is second in line to the throne. Comparisons with Diana are also a bit moot. Remember how she went from pretty young princess to assured senior royal to divorced vamp in her attire. At one point she famously resigned from almost all of her patronages, and then found a few causes to support. And indeed she overshadowed Charles throughout. I'm sure the Palace does not want William, who is a bit diffident, overshadowed. Not that he would probably mind! He seems very proud of Kate.

    Our interest in (obsession with?) Kate has been well satisfied for now. The Queen herself is not constantly on view. It would be presumptuous of any of us to try to influence Kate's activities or life style or attire. She will have many years to fulfill our fantasies, and to do the real work of the monarchy.

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    1. Patricia Florida USA14 May 2014 at 15:50

      Anon 13 May 2014 19:49 Thank you for posting this important information- I believe your opinion to be on the mark.

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    2. There is no such thing as a part time royal. They are royal all the time. What they don't do all the time is work. So they are part time working royals, they are not part time royals.

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    3. That's true, bluhare, although William also strongly believes in a private life, and he liked his work as a rescue pilot. Those things make him no less royal, but he is entitled to some choice in his life.

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    4. Well said, Anon 19:49.

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    5. No one should deny them the right to a private life, Anonymous, and the vast majority of their lives are private. I do think the British public deserves some return on the money spent on their upkeep though.

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  49. My favorite dressy separate outfit is the pink McQueen. I defer to Silvia's delightful remarks regarding neckline and hemline. Also, I found the pink outfit no more inappropriate for the Elizabeth engagements than the red suit was for playing cricket in. I do really like the red suit and I felt it a wonderful tribute to Christ Church. Maybe her hairdo in the pink outfit helped.

    I thought the gray sweater with the scarf, combined with her hair, make-up and earrings was an elegant casual look.

    Have been reading the other comments. -amount of work and whose fault is it, etc.--- and initially thought, "Oh, no!" Same song, second--one hundredth verse. I am now thinking that the tone of the discussion is more respectful than at other times . I hate that people feel it necessary to apologize for offering an opinion.( that may well have been tongue in cheek in at leasr one instance) I don't think that was ever an issue- OFFERING an opinion. It is when one's personal view is flung out at us as the only possible answer, as well as unkind remarks and epithets for both Kate, Charles and family and for those of differing opinion.
    I think the truth almost always lies somewhere in between.
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    1. Silvia from Portugal :))))14 May 2014 at 17:58

      Marg, you liked also the pink McQueen :)))))

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  50. Jo, why do you think the Duchess of Gloucester is arrogant?

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  51. The reason that I think that the duchess of Gloucester is arrogant (which really is all about being insecure) is that I have read too many accounts by reputable authors that she does not treat people well....e.g. that she reminds people to curtsy to her ....that she has had the highest staff turnover of any royal. None of that is true of The Queen....who has made curtsying & bowing optional!

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    1. Thanks for the explanation, Jo. I had never read such things about the Duchess of Gloucester, who seems to go about her work quietly and effectively. She is very attractive. But since she is originally Danish, she may have a different attitude towards her position than the British. The Queen of course is a very down to earth lady. She does expect respect for her role, but she is humorous and can see the funny side of things. Princess Anne is another matter - hard working but somewhat gruff like her father. Once after she tripped and fell on the street during one of her visits, she would not allow anyone to touch her to assist her back to her feet!

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    2. Zara told a Telegraph writer in 2008 that she curtsied to her grandmother every time she saw her. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/theroyalfamily/2510882/Queens-grandaughter-Zara-Phillips-No-one-knows-how-to-curtsey-anymore.html

      I haven't seen communication from the palace indicating this show of respect and deference to be optional. Can you share your source?

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    3. I'm not sure about the optional part either. I think the royals curtsey to each other in private -- maybe not the younger ones, but certainly when the Queen is around and perhaps Charles as well. He is quite formal. I don't think the Queen requires people she meet curtsey to her any more though.

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  52. I am glad I return to see view more comments as I so enjoyed the many individual responses/opinions. It is good to have a plethora of view points. I learn new things and ponder those I never thought about. Some of you are very astute writers who have a serious prolific gift.

    Kate had about a 10 year, behind the scenes so to speak, relationship with William before taking the giant step of a marriage certificate in front of a very public stage. This is a considerable amount of time to be "educated" by William into what kind of royal life she would be immersing her life into. By all accounts of a very young 19 year old Diana, there just can be no comparison of any kind on any level who also let us not forget came from a dysfunctional broken up family. Considering this, Diana did quite well in raising two fine sons who would not be the men they are today without her loving mother role. Kate, on the other hand, had first and foremost a very stable home environment that apparently William took to immediately. His choice in a soul mate speaks volumes of just who and what he is as a person. Their love seems to be the kind of love that continues to grow with time. I applaud Kate on the maturity in every aspect she has shown and to which she has never faltered since she entered into the stage as the wife of a future King. There are going to be quirks along the away that everyone is going to criticize but thankfully this means she is not absolutely perfect. Obviously Kate chooses with great care what she will wear and do and yet bends perhaps the so called royal protocol by doing something unexpected such as climbing into a jet cockpit with heels and a dress on, playing cricket with a suit on, etc. I am so thankful that her dress may blow, her hair may be askew, and still she carries herself as a regal "princess". She is still so young with plenty of time much later on to dress matronly and hair plastered in place. William and Kate are still a young couple, raising a child, and figuring out their roles in this unique royal society while trying to maintain a private normal home life.

    A special thank you to all of you commentators: and again, I do appreciate any and all respectful comments and opinions that have been given. It is so interesting to see the variety of individualism. Thank you so much Charlotte. Your blog is an absolute treasure.

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    1. And I want to thank you Kat, for such a well worded and astute observation and comment. While I am one of the group who would like to see the Duchess doing more publicly, I also respect and appreciate other viewpoints and comments that make me think differently.
      I agree with you on some points you made: I do believe the Duchess has had a much better easement into the royal life due to how long her and PW were dating; and that, yes, they are still young and have many years to settle into the "full time working royal" role.
      I also enjoy the diverse and interesting comments from others, as long as they are respectful (I have sadly seen some on this post that are skirting the polite/respectful tone), and your comment defintely was very respectful, thank you. Take care,
      Jennifer

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    2. Kate has had more help than pretty much anyone else marrying into the royal family (with the exception maybe of Camilla, but hers was PR to counter her image) and has arguably done the least with it. That's my issue with her. As I've said a million times, if she wants to be a stay at home mother and not work, she should do so. But that hasn't happened. Instead we get a lot of messages about what she's going to do, but nothing else. It gets old.

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    3. I do not think we should blame Catherine for her work schedule. It is her team of advisors who put together the schedule. So put the blame on them.

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  53. Jean from Lancs14 May 2014 at 10:17

    Is it quite fair judge any member of the Royal family, when we don't know them? If the Prince of Wales (or the Queen for that matter) didn't want William and Catherine to shine, they could have vetoed the tour of Australia and New Zealand, which anyone could see had the makings of a rip roaring success--which it was.
    Engagements of any kind and tours in particular take a great deal of planning. The Duke and Duchess do not seem to have the same amount of staff as most of the other "active" royals--no equerries or Ladies in Waiting or even a dresser and valet.--not as many people to do the planning. It is obvious that making arrangements for Prince William will always come first.
    It seems obvious that at present Catherine would like to make George her primary concern----nit the easy option, but it also seems that her greatest interest is in Children's Hospices---but there she will have to tread carefully, as most of the family have at least one Hospice on their list.
    I cannot remember a single member of the family who has not been accused of "slacking" at some time----yes even HM( "spending too much time in Malta) and Princess Ann ( too much time on her horse!).

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    1. Is it fair? I don't know. We all judge. Even people who judge them favorably. I imagine it's the less than favorable judgments you don't appreciate.

      They do have a dresser and valet. Kate has that Natasha person, and William's driver is a part time valet.

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    2. Yes, George is the primary concern. I agree. And I'd rather see Kate criticized for spending too much time with George vs. spending too much time on a horse. :)

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    3. I don't believe that Catherine has made a misstep either, as one of the commenters pointed out. She is amazing considering EVERYTHING. I do wonder about the young and inexperience staff. I wonder who is advising this couple. What are the long term plans, the objectives and goals, like any business would have. If they were to share some of this, perhaps public frustration would subside. They are criticized for being distant from public opinion. This gap can seem like arrogance.

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    4. How is she amazing, wolfpup? Honest question!!

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    5. Well, I am really thinking... It's amazing she loves Will? Actually, she seems quite ordinary. Perhaps it is her circumstances that are so amazing. (When will I learn to pre-think everything I say?!)

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  54. anon from Leominster14 May 2014 at 13:10

    I find it peculiar that Kate wouldn't attend the party so she and William can "spread out their patronages" when she is clearly available and doing nothing but staying at home with George with no engagements on her calendar.

    I wonder if she doesn't like this kind of star-studded fundraiser since it is the second one she has avoided with no real excuse, and she has most nights to be home with George. (Most of us would gladly find a sitter to attend such a party with our husbands.)

    There has been some criticism directed at William for planning such flashy parties although he has visited Royal Marsden at least twice, to watch a surgery and at one time with kate in a lovely meaningful engagement before they took up this separate but equal plan.

    It is too bad most of the publicity for the event was headlined with the fact Kate wasn't there.

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    1. The message from their PR is not helping them, IMO. Why give excuses that are so lame, even I can pick them apart? Just say Kate is a stay at home mother. Full stop. Yes, there'd be some of us who would say she needs to be out working, but no one is going to complain too long about someone who wants to be there for her child. Problem with that is then what to do with the full time nanny?

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    2. bluhare- "Stay at home mother." What a concept! Taking a page from Sophie's book when her children were babies.
      I suspect the nanny is on a well-deserved break. She will soon be put to good use, with the Cambridge's coming engagements, which will probably involve nights away from home.
      Are we absolutely certain she was not hired full time for the tour only?

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    3. Absolutely certain? No. But no article about her ever said she was temporary. They said WK had hired a full time nanny. I don't know why they'd need a full time nanny, either, but they've got one. I believe her salary was even discussed here.

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    4. Maybe the nanny is not full time but on call when needed. Also I read that she is not a live in but has an aptartment at KP. I always wonder if William wants her to be at stay at home mom and just be involved with the charities she has now.
      But I do wonder why Catherine has not been seen sine the tour. Hope all is well with her and Prince George.

      Pam/Portland

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    5. Actually, I've not read that Jessie Webb is actually gone -- just that she didn't want to travel so Maria B??? was hired as full time nanny. Jessie Webb could still be around on a part time basis. Does anyone know?

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  55. anon Leo.- I am finding it difficult to believe you wrote this comment. Your remarks are usually so studied and even-handed. But, "doing nothing?" "....she has avoided?" "Most of us?"
    These seem like "fly on the wall" judgements to me.
    As far as the publicity, it might depend upon your news sources.
    It is regrettable that William apparently chose to apologise for his wife's absence and remark that people would prefer seeing his wife to him. (from The Telegraph) . I thought perhaps part of the reason for Catherine's absence was to allow him to shine and to gain confidence in such events.
    It amazes me that hundreds of words have been written here (including mine) about her non-attendance at an event .In the absence of facts, we are making things up. If KP or CH were to offer an explanation, we probably would discredit it. The (as far as I know) lack of explanation just might mean it is none of our business.
    I think the truth lies somewhere in-between.
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    1. I just assumed that William said that about preferring to see his wife because it was a Ralph Lauren and fashion-themed event. Maybe she didn't attend for that reason.

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    2. Eve- Good point! It makes a difference that he was speaking (reportedly) to Ralph Lauren. See, that is the beauty of someone's citing his source; makes it easier to refute the remark.
      I can understand why some make broad,general, but unsubstantiated references . That's easier than making the effort to cite sources and reckless, considering the huge damage that can result from rumors and gossip.

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    3. I read William's remark as light, self-deprecating humour.

      Thank you Marg (A non mouse @ 19:04) for your comments. I, too, think that we (and I include myself in that plural) sometimes go too far and over-step ourselves in our comments. Bad enough that certain segments of the press make up outrageous fictions--let's leave the trash-talk to them.

      The engagements on the Royal calendar are divided up as they are for whatever reason KP and CH deem fit. It's not as if they are rolling dice to decide. Who and when and how their jobs are assigned is their business. Of course, as in any profession there are those who gripe about it not being 'work' or this, that and the other thing being 'wrong.' Usually those most ignorant of the facts.

      And don't forget that even while she jounces George around on her knee, the Duchess still has to plan and prep for the next round of engagements. If we remember the article in the Aussie paper outlining the specifics, she doesn't simply waltz into those wearing a pretty dress and shoes we may or may not approve of without hours of briefings and planning.

      The nanny will take charge of George during those times. And a full time nanny is not a slave but will have hours, and days off just as any employee might. I have colleagues who work, are intensely involved with their children,and have nannies. These nannies also travel with the family on vacation--and even then time off must be observed or time allocated in lieu. It's not abnormal.

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    4. I believe I read where they want to keep their engagements seperate. But she has attended these charity event with William in the past. And I like the idea that he was sorry that his wife was not there last night.
      I also believe that if Catherine attened all the focus would be on her/what she was wearing and not on the real reason for the gala. And I do not believe that William is jealous of his beautiful wife but very proud of her.
      But I do wonder why we have not seen Catherine after the tour. Hope all is well with her.

      Pam/Portland

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    5. anon from Leominster15 May 2014 at 02:02

      Didn't mean to be less studied. (And appreciate you noticing, because I do try to be even handed.) It just seemed a very peculiar reason, as given by the palace. If Kate and William did a lot of engagements, spreading themselves out would make sense, but, at this point, when they have relatively few engagements and Kate no solo ones at all, that just doesn't quite reason out.

      I just wondered, and we have no way to know of course, if Kate really doesn't like this kind of party since she has not attended two of them. I wouldn't entirely blame her as they do seem just a bit celebrity driven. Although this one was for a very important cause and one not just close to William's heart but close to his late mother as well.

      Don't think it's a case of William's confidence. At that party last December he seemed pretty confident, singing with Taylor Swift and company. And Kate's absence did get noticed at least in most of the British press. When Kate is with him, I don't think it takes that much attention away from him, they are mainly seen as a handsome young couple, the future of the royal family.

      Made me think about royal couples and there does seem to be a lot of variation. Generally Philip seems to attend most evening events with the queen. Camilla often seems to go with Charles as well, and not too often on her own. She just wore a rather stunning dress to a music graduation. However, I've noticed that Edward and Sophie attend evening events on their own and so do some of the young European royals. And William and Kate have done so in the past at smaller events. So perhaps it's just the way of it.

      I have to admit I do like to see them together for they are such an appealing couple. Didn't think it at all odd Kate avoided the Pelly wedding, both exhausting and a bit rowdy but it would have been fun to have had a hat trick of Kates at Windsor. (And would have shushed riduculous remarks about Kate Moss flirting with William, pure nonsense.)

      Haven't really seen Kate out in a dazzling new gown with William since the tusk party soon after George was born, although it's hard to say what was planned at the Natual History museum before Mandela's death changed everything and Kate chose to repeat her black lace. Hopefully, they will occasonally indulge us with a joint appearence, in Britain, not just abroad.

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    6. Your other post hit.me funny, I guess. I felt like saying, "Who are you and what have you done with anon from Leominster?"
      Enjoyed your above 02:02 comment very much. I agree, it did seem strange not having Kate there, but who knows why? I did not realize that about Sophie and Prince Edward and other young royals
      Thank-you for being so gracious about my remarks.
      You just set such a high bar for your comments.
      Marg

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    7. Apparently, Ralph Lauren wasn't pleased at Kate's absence.

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  56. I read where William will be at some game this weekend. Is there a chance we might see Catherine with him or does she not attend things like this? Also does she attend his polo games?

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  57. The soft pink Alexander McQueen ensemble got my vote. In my opinion is was the most stylish outfit and perfectly supported by Kate's hairstyle of the day. And I think it worked so well because of the deep V neck. The proportions were perfectly balanced. The Luisa Spagnoli suit is nice and colour wise certainly a good fit for the occasion but there is nothing special about it. Conservative in a rather dull way. But then, I am not a Luisa Spagnoli fan.
    Skinny jeans for public engagements are such a miss for me ..... real sadness. I guess I mean to say: The fact that skinny jeans seem to by the only type of trousers Kate approves of leaves me puzzled. I know, the world doesn't care if I am puzzled or not! Still .... puzzled. Go Alexander McQueen!!
    I would also like to see Kate wearing some other designer. I could so picture her in Burberry or Marni. :)

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  58. There certainly seems to be a large question mark over why Kate isn't attending certain events.
    I'm fairly positive these are not palace decisions. My instincts tell me that any interference, from the Queen into Kate and William's life, is quite minimal. It's more likely to be the "top advisors" that direct their actions.

    However, my current observations presently lie more with William's apologies for Kate's absences.
    Upon some thought, it struck me that he seems to do this almost always when Kate isn't beside him at any event.
    Which then made me contemplate this could mean one of a number of things:

    1. He and Kate prefer to work as a team. If circumstances don't allow for this, he may feel a little "guilty".
    It's a bit like when you present a project at work and your team is not all present. It either feels that the pressure
    is all on you, or you feel that your team member is missing out on some of the glory.
    Personally, I prefer to see them attend events together. They seem to achieve far more, and bring the best out in
    each other. "Just" William or even "just" Kate do not resonate the same as both William and Kate.

    2. It's simply manners, and he's being polite.

    3. He is fully aware that the public love to see his wife. Hence, if Kate isn't there, he feels that he must apologise for
    any disappointment.

    I'm more drawn to no.1, perhaps because seeing them together has far more effect on me and I believe also highlights the cause/event they're promoting.
    "Only Kate" - and all you hear is about what Kate has worn. "Only William" and the media focus is on why Kate isn't there. "Both William and Kate", and we actually get to hear something about the cause they're promoting.

    William, I believe is quite chuffed at his decision to wed Kate. I think, he likes to "show her off" and is proud of what they are achieving to date. Regardless that many of us would like to see more of their work.
    I don't get the impression that he is "jealous" of her popularity at all. If anything, it makes him feel certain in his choice of wife. As a matter of fact, I find William more grounded when attending an event with Kate. She has a positive influence on him and his mood, and I'm pretty sure he know it too!

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    1. I'm with you, Helen. There seems to be a bit of magic going on with those two. For awhile,earlier in the year, with William seeming to distance himself, I was concerned for them.
      I have to admit, it is mostly selfish. I love a happy ending. Remember when JFK Jr. married that beautiful girl? To have it all end so tragically. Shoot, I even remember Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. The list goes on.
      I think we , in our secret hearts, want so much for William and Catherine to make a go of it, because we are so tired of disappointment. The world can be so dark- sometimes, just seeing the rainbow is enough; you don't have to get the pot of gold.
      Hope that doesn't sound too shallow. First thing in the morning, I plan to get a life!
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    2. Marg I wait for your posts, your style is so bright and witty. "You don't have to get the pot of gold"… davvero bellissimo!

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    3. Well said, Marg. With all the bad news in the world and sad endings, it's nice to see some "rainbows."

      Victoria, Oregon

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  59. I think that Kate's plight has much to do with the confusion of how to be a modern day monarchy in Britain. I have been following the Danish monarchy (which I never have before, and they seem to be in a more relaxed state of mind, therefore more glamour in dress and more creativity. This may just be due to historical evolution of both countries but I do hope Kate will be enabled to take on a working schedule both independent of and integrated with her husband, as with Princess Mary and Prince Frederik.

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  60. Summer: My source: Elizabeth the Queen by Sally Bedell Smith, p. 419.
    Obviously the Royal Family members and probably EVERYONE is going to show The Queen the respect of a bow or a curtsy - I certainly would...and I'm an American!! I will also add to my information about the duchess of
    Gloucester that her husband - who,unlike her was BORN royal - is one of the very nicest people. My source: Not in Front of the Corgis by Brian Hoey- pp. 78 & 83.

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  61. I just think the comment from William at the event was just meant to be funny. It was to Ralph Lauren. If my husband met Ralph Lauren he would most likely say the same thing, after someone told him who Ralph Lauren was :)

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    1. So funny, Kentucky !
      Apparently, there is a whole backstory to the Ralph Lauren thing. Not sure who to believe on that, but Prince William was on video saying that about his wife. (DM?)
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    2. In the miscellaneous department: Didn't someone suggest a post on Prince George's expressions? What a great idea! In looking through the photos Charlotte has posted, as well as others, I marvel that like snowflakes, not one seems alike. He manages to encompass the entire Seven Dwarves clan.

      Also, did anyone else think the pictures of the Queen at a recent horse faire were unbelievable? Literally. Who was that? She looked just like that woman they get to play the Queen in those fake pictures- Kate's baby shower, etc. That smile! If it was the Queen and all it takes is a horse to bring that delightful smile, then sign her up for the horse of the month club.
      If that woman was someone portraying her- well, that brings up a bunch of questions.

      I'm serious. I need you all's input.

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    3. It was the Queen, standing with her racing managers and dressed for the country! There is one picture of her with her quilted jacket flying open over a partially buttoned cardigan and open collared blouse, with flat tie shoes on her feet. Her favorite garb, I suspect. And one of those moments when she allowed the wind to prove it is no respecter of royalty! (Kate, take note.) And yes indeed, she does love the horses! As a child Princess Elizabeth planned to be a lady living in the country with lots of dogs and horses. Part of the time, she is!

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    4. I don't know if anyone will read this since another poll has been started but to answer the question about The Queen's smile
      yes she has the most wonderful smile and it is genuine since she doesn't smile for effect or for the cameras. She has herself said that she doesn't hsve a naturally smiley face....and I read somewhere that she pointed herself out on tv? in a photo? saying "Oh, look Philip! I've got my Miss Piggy face on!" It amazes me that as she has gotten older she hasn't become unrecognizable...she has aged with grace.. ..oh and those who know her say that often in public she looks like thunder when in fact she is deeply touched.

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    5. Thank-you for your input, anon 02:32 and Jo. She had a brilliant, natural smile as a young woman. She nearly always smiles for public appearances, but not quite like the race-horse smile. That was something to see and I liked seeing her so thoroughly enjoying herself.

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  62. Was finally able to locate my source about my comment about the duchess of Gloucestet reminding staff to curtsy...The Monarchy -an Oral Biography of Elizabeth ll ..p.539. The Archdeacon who tells the story also mentions that he read about it in the newspaper. (Maybe The Queen (whose husband says she"reads every bloody paper!") will read about Angela Kelly's ugly behavior!) I love it when bullies are exposed to the light!! They do so much harm to people who don't know how (or can't) fight back!

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  63. That makes a difference, as I didn't realize you meant the Duchess of Gloucester's staff. I've seen the Queen bend down to physically encourage a curtsey from a little flower girl in Canada, who she thought would be embarrassed if she forgot to curtsey. But that was some years ago; maybe now she doesn't react if children forget. I also noticed on Christmas Day that the Queen's granddaughters, acting as her assistants, curtseyed every time she turned to hand them the flowers people gave her after church. There have been pictures of the family one by one curtseying to the Queen Mother as they arrived at her place in Scotland. Obviously the members of the family do take the customs of curtseying and cheek kisses seriously. I have read little about the Duchess of Gloucester's private life and nothing about her staff. The Gloucesters seem to be very private people. In any case, if a newspaper was the source, one would hope such a rumor is accurate if it reaches print. Too much royal lore is bogus, and the subjects of it usually cannot reply.

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  64. Great post Charlotte. I too liked the classic red hat but I loved the grey one she wore on Easter so I voted for that elegant one. I loved her ponytail with the blue coat and the elegant Demi-Chignon but I had to go with the updo.

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  65. Hi Bluhare,

    Maria has been hired as a full-time nanny with accommodation at KP. As far as I know, Jessie isn't looking after George any more.

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    1. Thanks, Charlotte. Appreciate your response.

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    2. No problem at all. There's been a lot of confusion about Maria with rumours that she was just hired for the tour but I was talking to a royal correspondent earlier who said she's definitely a full-time nanny living at KP.

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    3. From everything I've read and seen on "film/video/youtube whatever.. the courtesies are very much observed: all stand when The Queen enters a room..I've seen on tv her grand children greet her with a kiss on both cheeks followed by snappy "neck bow" or a quick little curtsy. Prince Charles kisses her hand as he knows that she loves that! At Balmoral when with close friends
      they curtsy in the morning upon first greeting HM then a final curtsy at night before retiring (or bow!). Even when entering a room together as a family, The Queen enters first. In some ways- such as seating at table, I have read that HM would defer to her late mother.....who was, in fact nearly ALWAYS late!!!!

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    4. Did the nanny get any time off after the tour, or did she continue on without a break? Would your source be the one from the DM? Perhaps you could ask this person about actual work hours, days evenings and time off arrangements. Just not sure what"full time nanny" actually means. Does she stay in the nursery 24-7, or do W&C take over in the evenings or nights. If she works.8 hour shifts and there is.no relief.nanny, as you said, Charlotte, then George's parents must be caring for.him the other 16 hours of the day.Or perhaps full time means she is paid for all day and all night, but only used on an on-call basis and otherwise stays in her apartment.
      I'm not trying to.be difficult, but saying "full time.nanny" can mean different things and does not automatically presume Kate is now a woman of.leisure, free to pick and choose what and when she wishes to do activities. This is . what some were alluding to. It is just not that simple.
      I trust I can expect your consideration of these points, much as you responded to others. Also, I respectfully suggest that the statement was hired " FULL TIME for the tour only."

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    5. Hello,

      No the source has nothing to do with the DM and I have no idea about Maria's work schedule. That sort of information isn't available. William and Kate are very hands on parents. I can only presume Maria is available when they're busy.

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    6. Thank-you so much, Charlotte.
      About a George post- would it have to be a poll? How could there be any doubt which would be the favorite...the three of them, with little George hugging his Mum. Could we just celebrate together all the moments we were allowed to share with that sweet family?
      I especially enjoyed his droll expressions ( what I call his "seven dwarves' " looks- Grumpy, Bashful, Happy...) and when he tossed the toy Bilbie away. And flapping his arms in excitement. This is a child who has had a loving, secure environment in which to explore his world. He actually reminds me alot of Harry around that age. Oh, and the expression on his face when the little girl was frightened by George's exuberance and started crying- "What'd I do?"

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  66. Verrry interesting that William is consulting with Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton. I always thought that Lowther-Pinkerton was sort of a father figure to William, someone William respected and whom William actually listened to and took advice from and I think Lowther-Pinkerton gave William good, strategic advice, particularly about how actions and activities would look to the public.
    If one does a quick glance back at the horrible PR missteps that William and Kate have made, their "professional vacationer" period, Kate's ridiculous extended "maternity leave," the hunting trip, etc., that all happened after Lowther-Pinkerton was off staff, like William and Kate were doing what they darn well pleased, the image of the royal family and/or William's image as a future king be damned.
    They quickly burned through a lot of the good will they'd built up by not working or giving excuses like her "maternity leave" and his "gap year part 2 and/or finding himself" "year off."
    I would hazard a guess that William and Kate were told, either gently or firmly, to get their individual and collective acts together and get on the ball. I'd also expect that it may have been suggested to William to bring Lowther-Pinkerton back on in some capacity to advise.
    Their lack of any substantial work as far as engagements or a regular royal schedule go is and has been glaringly obvious, especially when compared with other members of the royal family.
    If Prince Charles wants to "slim down" the royal ranks and keep the "working" royals to himself, his wife and his sons and Kate, then Chuck might want to talk Will and Kate into undertaking more than one engagement every two or three months.
    I mean, we're all fans of Kate but this is ridiculous. What's with the seclusion? Why won't she appear in public? What happened to all of the charities she "personally" picked out and wants to help?
    This is a public life that Kate chose and she DID choose it, she waited seven years to get that ring on her finger, she certainly knew what the scrutiny would be like.
    I think the "she's adjusting to royal life" card has been played out as has the "he's deciding what to do after the military" card.
    William and Kate certainly were given more private time together than any of the other royal couples has had, including the Queen and Prince Philip and Charles and Diana.
    She's a senior royal and she made more public appearances before she became engaged than she has since she was married
    The NZ/Oz tour proved that she and William are capable of holding down a full-time calendar of engagements WHILE at the same time being hands-on parents. It showed us they have plenty of staff to cope with every need they have (Kate traveled with a retinue of four ladies, plus the nanny). Both houses are decorated.
    What's the delay???

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    1. Lowther-pinkerton never went off-staff. If you will check back, you will find he went to a part-time consultant basis.
      Otherwise, "talking points," as someone once said.

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    2. Elizabeth, I understand where you're coming from. Admittedly my sentiments were the same during the last few years.
      However, as I watched the last tour unfold, I feel that maybe they are finally finding their path.
      No more pressure for babies, pilot shift hours etc. etc. etc....
      All actions are pointing to them taking on royal responsibilities on a far more than part-time basis.

      I'm hoping so desperately that this summer they show us that they can continue their Aus/NZ success on a far more permanent basis. There really should not and cannot be any more "legitimate" excuses.

      Having said that, I have commented recently that Kate's "disappearance" since coming back to the UK is rather odd. Not even a spot of window shopping! This alone has me wondering - why?

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    3. You might want to hold on to your panties because they will not be full time royals for a few years. This is coming from the Palace. Again it has been stated many times here that the maternity leave in the UK is up to a year. Catherine is no different that she is entitled to that year royal or not. Have you ever took the time to think that maybe William want's his wife to be at home with their son and has the backing of the Queen? You keep going on and on about Catherine's working and what William is doing or not doing, this is not the only post you have made reference too. It is getting old. This subject has been pounded into the ground. They will do their engagements when they are good and ready. I just read where it takes 6 month to plan engagements and a year to plan a royal tour. This was stated on royalcental. Also do some looking into how the royals plan things and then maybe you will understand.

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    4. Honestly, Helen- if I were coming back from a three-week dose of constant public scrutiny and comment to a very active baby and absent husband ( the wedding and seemingly frequent engagements and activities)-
      I would crawl into bed and pull the covers over my head. Let nanny tend to George.
      However, I am not like Kate .Kate is certainy not like me. I don't think she is doing nothing, just because she is not being photographed every 5 minutes.I hesitate to say that, in fear of bringing on the whole "behind-the-scenes work or not" rhetoric. Hopefully, she has discovered a way to shop and visit her charities, without alerting the press. She used to quietly visit the children's hospice, for one, before they were married.
      Marg

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    5. Ah, Pam. Stick around for three years; then, it gets really old. See my previous comment that should appear just after yours.
      Marg

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    7. I swear I would have done the same...........a baby, my husband in a wedding abroad all the weekend....Thank God, she was with her parents.....no with parents in law......ha, ha...

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    8. Yes Marg.
      There is a point in needing recovery time. I have mentioned before that having the public craving your attention can be overwhelming. For me anyway. Of course there were replies to my comment regarding this implying that I would enjoy travel and the public shouting at me. Not for me. Truly!

      Anyway. My question is more along the line of "where is Kate?" It really is strange that there are no strolls in the park, shopping trips. I'm wondering if she is even in London.
      To be honest, if there was a country get away such as her parents' in Berkshire, that's where I would be.
      I certainly don't begrudge time with her family and son.

      I guess it seems selfish on my part; but it would have been nice for the couple to do even a small appearance somewhere, when they arrived, just as a sort of "we're back" gesture. I honestly believe we all would have liked to see something like that.

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  68. Excuse me, but I wish I could say something: the nanny´s name is MARíA TERESA, no only María. It´s very common in Spain that the first name was that, but we say both, or only the second.. (I´m from Spain ...ha, ha..) My first name is Maria too, but nobody calls me by Maria..

    Thank you for the blog Charlotte, is fantastic. I´ve been reading you for days and you´re doing an amazing job

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    1. Esti- Thank-you for that. I can't believe the interesting bits I learn on this blog!
      Marg

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    2. Oh my god!!...Marg...........Everyybody calls me Esti.......How did you know it????

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