Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Kate's June Calendar Fills Up, William to Return to Flying? & Those Photos...

Hello-Hello dear readers,

June is one of my favourite months of the year; we finally begin to see summer arriving, exams come to an end, plans for the summer season are firmly underway and for royal watchers it marks one of the busiest months of the year. In fact, two new engagements were added to Kate's diary this morning. Let's take a look at Her Royal Highness's June calendar - both confirmed appearances and likely ones.

6th June - As we know, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will join senior royals including The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day. William and Kate will meet veterans at a tea party before attending the commemoration of the Normandy landings at Gold Beach.

10th June - The Duchess of Cambridge will attend the launch of the America's Cup at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. The racing events showcase yachts from all time periods and in the past visitors to the exhibition have had the opportunity to discover the history of the cup since its launch in 1851.

National Maritime Museum Facebook Page

More from Hello!:

'It was originally known as the One Hundred Guinea Cup, named after New York Yacht Club's schooner America when she defeated fourteen British yachts in the All Nations Races at Cowes, Isle of Wight in 1851.'

Sailing fan Kate showcased her skills in Auckland when she beat her husband twice during boat races.


12th June - Two days later the Duchess will attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace for the 150th anniversary of the Red Cross. The event is one of four garden parties hosted by The Queen each summer; Kate is expected to attend one of these annually and the Red Cross is a wonderful organisation to support. From basic first aid to emergency response appeals in the Balkans and South Sudan, the dedication and work carried out is amazing. The event will mark the third garden party Kate has attended.


14th June - Kate will join the Royal Family for Trooping The Colour, the annual parade which marks The Queen's birthday. It's a fabulous event full of pomp and pageantry. It begins at 10 a.m.


16th June - The Order of the Garter ceremonies take place. Kate missed this event last year because she was expecting Prince George. I think it very, very likely she'll be in attendance this year.


Moving on to possible events where we might see Kate in June. Children's Hospice Week takes place from 13-20 June. As patron of East Anglia's Children's Hospices, Kate is extremely interested in the work carried out by hospices around the UK and in supporting them by raising awareness. Last year Kate recorded her first video message and visited Naomi House to mark the week. I expect we'll see an engagement or two to mark the week again this year.



Undoubtedly William will participate in polo matches during June (the Cartier Queen's Cup takes place on 15 June). Perhaps Kate, George and Lupo will go along to cheer him on at a match or two?


Wimbledon kicks off on 23rd June and tennis fan Kate won't want to miss seeing British number one Andy Murray attempt to take the title for the second consecutive year. There has been much talk regarding the possibility Kate may become a Wimbledon ambassador in the near future.


The Palace said there would be "a significant upsurge" in royal duties for the summer, so we can expect to see plenty of Kate in the coming months.

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As Prince William's "transitional year" will come to a close in a few short months talk has turned to what his next move will be. Rumours have been circulating in the press. Full-time royal duties? A stint in the Foreign Office or a charitable organisation? According to various reports, William plans to return to flying. More from The Express:

'The future King, an accomplished pilot, stepped down from the RAF's Search and Rescue team last year but it is believed he is not keen on taking up royal duties on a full-time basis. The East Anglican Air Ambulance Service, located near his home at Anmer Hall in Sandringham, is the likely destination for Prince William.'

In my opinion, it is unlikely William and Kate will be taking on a full-time schedule of royal duties in the foreseeable future, so a role with the East Anglican Air Ambulance Service would permit William to return to his love of flying and allow the family to be away from the public glare in London.

In terms of public perception it may not be considered the best move, as it was thought the Prince would take up more royal duties or a role in government which would serve him well in later life. Interestingly, royal correspondents discussed this with aides and were given the impression this was unlikely, however, communication between the Palace and the press has not been at its best, shall we say, since Kensington Palace and Buckingham Palace merged their press offices.

Richard Palmer Twitter Feed

We'll know William's decision officially in the coming months.

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Finally, as you all know German tabloid Bild published photos of Kate's dress flying up as she prepared to board a helicopter en route to the Blue Mountains. The intrusive snaps were reportedly taken by a woman who sold them to the highest bidder. They show Kate's buttocks and the incident has caused quite the furore in the press and amongst royal fans.


Many were disgusted that these invasive photos were published whilst others feel it could have been avoided if Kate had chosen different clothing. As a woman, I find the popularity of publishing such photos abhorrent, but in this age of Internet media and a desperation for readers, it's sadly not going to change any time soon. For Kate's sake, I do strongly feel she should consider alternative clothing. Be it trousers, pencil skirts, weighting her dresses or choosing different undergarments. It shouldn't be necessary of course, but for one of the most famous women in the world it's very much a necessity. The Palace has not made an official comment on the matter. Please feel free to continue your debate on the topic in the comments section.

William and Kate will visit Scotland tomorrow; we'll see you then! :)

150 comments:

  1. Hi - great post.

    If any of your followers are in London, I can strongly recommend the Maritime Museum in Greenwich - the whole area is delightful

    Re William's possible Air Ambulance Role. - I would be shocked if he were criticised for taking up a public service role. This is a vital service for East Anglia and as a charity depends on public support/money to survive. so he would be using the flying skills he has. helping the community and working for a charity - what is not to like? The work pattern is 10 hours shifts (rota'd) over 5 days, then 3 days off. So royal duties could still be carried out. The premis is that they would be based at Anmer - so perhaps Catherine could volunteer for EACH?

    I'm not going to comment re the Australia pix - so many people have said everything there is to say at least 4 times on various sites. I've had enough and think we should move on.

    Finally - August 4th - there are 2 engagements, the 1st in Liege and the 2nd in Mons. This is from the Royal website

    "HRH The Duke Cambridge, accompanied by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, will attend a service of remembrance hosted by the Government of Belgium at Liege. TRHs will subsequently travel to St Symphorien Military Cemetery, a Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in Mons, Belgium, for a UK commemorative event."

    Thanks again

    Daisy

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    1. Daisy I agree that the issue of Catherines dress flying up has been pounded into the ground so much here. But people here continue to harp on the subject just because it is Catherine. If it was some other royal they would not say a word. But many here must have it out for Catherine. Many women do not wear under garments so who are we to say Catherine should or should not. It looks like she had pantie hose on and maybe even a thong ( I believe that was stated in the post before). I would say personal choice.
      So I think it must be time to move on.

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    2. Daisy, I agree. William shouldn't be criticized, but I believe he will be. Royal or not, the risk is the same for everyone, but that won't be the hot topic. People will accuse him of not wanting to pull his weight within the royal family, etc. I'm not saying that William doesn't prefer more private time for now, but it's a fact that this is ideal for C&C.......W&K out of the spotlight with their reputations suffering a bit in the process. Making W&K seem less committed to their royal roles does make C&C an easier pill to swallow. NOT for me, lol, but I think you see where I'm going with this. :)

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    3. anon from Leominster29 May 2014 at 06:12

      Anonymous 19:08,

      I do think attention would be paid to any royal in this situation. Imagine it happening to the queen. It would not be ignored on this blog, or anywhere else. But it simply hasn't happened at this level and with this amount of indiscretion, to other royal ladies in recent times.

      I believe when Princess Margaret was photographed indiscreetly at one point many years ago, there was much attention paid. Particular attention has been paid here because it is not the first or second time it had happened and there is feeling she should be taking more precautions at this point.

      Catherine has lived with the press for over a decade now. She is not a novice. I'm delighted to drop the subject on what is a minor blip but we shouldn't feel bad for commenting upon it just as we admire her clothes and praise her work when granted an opportunity.

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    4. The problem is IT KEEPS HAPPENING and it is TOTALLY AVOIDABLE. I love her and this constant choice of blowy skirts in the presence of wind and photographers is undefendable.

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  2. It is a shame that these "photographers" would sell such obscene photos, but as you rightly said in this day of instant viewing of anything photographed in public, Kate will need to be more mindful of this possibility.

    Great work on this blog! I love following and look forward to hearing more from you this summer.

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  3. Wonderful post! Love your blog! I have to agree with you. I pity Kate for the humiliation that she must feel but since its not the first time such intrusive photos have been taken I have a hard time still being sympathetic:( Surely she is aware of the concept of weights by now?? Or a sleek pair of slacks would work beautifully:)

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  4. None of the June appearances are for her charities. They seem to be the regular crown-related events like Trooping and a couple of 'fun' ones like the Tour de France, of the same flavor of events she carried out in Australia. I am confused - how exactly is this stepping up her work ? Is she still a patron? I would hardly call this a 'a 'significant upsurge' in duties - it is just a sleight of hand. The palace being clever and thinking the public is stupid.

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    1. It has been said before that the Duchess often works with her charities quietly behind the scenes. She regularly goes unannounced because she knows the media circus any announcement creates just gets in the way of getting the job done and makes it difficult for (say) hospice patients and staff. That's a no-brainer.

      As for the perception that the Duchess is not working, that's rather like a husband who leaves at 8 AM, comes home to stay-at-home mom and kiddies at 5 PM and nothing looks different. How easy it would be for him to think that he was working and she was doing nothing. Let's make sure that we are not making false assumptions.

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    2. Very well said. I think ceremonial appearances are the most fun and easiest because she doesn't have to give any speeches and is not the main focus of the event. She should always be attending these, as it's the foundation of royal work.

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    3. Anon 16:16- As Charlotte said, June is busy with crown events Those activities ARE her duties. The charity work is personal, I believe, and entirely left up to her, with some guidance at times, I would imagine. Who is to say she is not quietly working with her charities? She was able to visit at least one charity before marriage, without the paps following. At times, representatives of the various groups visit her at KP. It is set up for just such meetings.
      We need to be careful to differentiate what KP or BP Or CH officially state and what is hear-say or " royal reporter " stories- and they are just that. Written with selling the most papers in mind.

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    4. Philly, no she definitely hasn't been working on charities behind the scenes. The Times publishes a Court Circular on a daily basis, and everything the Royals do gets published on a daily basis (such as Board meetings) Charity work, no matter how discreet, will get published. The Duchess of Cambridge has not been mentioned since returning from Australia.

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    5. Anon 09:51- You speak with authority, so I assume you are one. Still, are you absolutely certain that, while pre-scheduled, regular board meetings are listed , informal meetings at KP are not published. She could also visit a charity as a private person, which probably would not be listed on the Court Circular.

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    6. A non mouse: There is also a public royal diary that lists potential meetings and activities. They don't always match up because the activities that are in the royal diary aren't alway 100% certain, but as anonymous at 09:51 says, only the meetings or activities they've participated in are recorded as the final say in the court circular. And no, the charities always leak when they have been visited by any member of the royal family privately eg When Kate had a private visit with the scouts in which she taught them how to gut a fish on the beach in wales. it was leaked and twittered. Since then, there hasn't been a single leak of any behind the scenes activities except Kate being spotted shopping in various locales.

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    7. You have intrigued me as well as others. "The charities ALWAYS leak" Well ,I am convinced you are Catherine's personal assistant. Only person who could know everything she does privately. By the way, a charity that consistently leaks private information about the Cambridges will soon find themselves left out in the cold.Hopefully, you do not. believe everything you see on Twitter.
      You still haven't addressed private meetings at KP. It has been mentioned previously that she has these meetings and they do not get published as they occur.
      Interesting- multiple shopping sightings and not one photo.The press -and I think you may be one of them- are desperate to fill pages. It is unfortunate that the royal press office reorganization has made keeping track of all the royals so difficult recently.

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  5. I agree with Daisy. Everything that could have been said about the pics has been said. Frankly, if we ALL stopped TALKING about the photos they would become a non-issue. Fast. Over time the incident will blow over--as have many royal gaffes in the past which get dredged up by unskilled hacks with nothing NEW to say. Let's change the subject, shall we?

    I am looking forward to the D Day Ceremonies, Garden Parties and Trooping of the Colour choices for any of the royals who make appearances at the events. I have always suspected that Kate would attend only the one of the garden parties so as not to upstage the rest of the royal team. She and William are still part-time in their roles.

    That the Queen and her immediate successors (other than George) will attend the D Day Commemoration as a family unit is an incredibly powerful statement to the world from BP about the stability and importance of the British Monarchy. Meant to underscore the fact that with her incredible reign's end, the Monarchy will continue in very capable hands. Though Charles's reign (if he does not predecease his mother) will be short, the next generation is well-prepared to carry on in the best of British tradition. With less of a stiff upper lip about it, perhaps, but there to stay and evolve with the times well into the future.

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    1. I totally agree with you Philly! By the way, my daughter is going to the DDay celebrations. Lucky girl! :)

      Monica, France

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    2. A woman of power's skirt blowing up in the wind to expose her bare bottom when she is on official business will never be a non-issue.

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    3. I will say this Over and over until you all understand......THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A PART TIME ROYAL. THEY ARE SENIOR ROYALS AND JUNIOR ROYALS. RIGHT NOW GEORGE IS A SENIOR ROYAL. end of. they decide how much work they wish to do. William and Kate are choosing to do little work. And for royalfan who keeps insisting this is The POW's plan, tell me how come the POW is not pulling back Harry who is the star of the royal family? more so than William and Kate? it's exesperating that the public keep coming up with excuses for why William and Kate do not work as much as the rest of the family. i can assure you, as a former worker bee at the Palace, they are choosing this. Not POW or HM or anyone else. William and Kate. The only Prince who was actively discouraged from working or being involved in any way with any duties was Bertie, Victoria's heir. He spent his 60yr wait partying up a storm. The fact that Charles is the only POW in history who has given meaning to his title escapes everyone in the rush to denigrate him and to blame him for the failings of other members of the royal family.

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  6. Yes, I must say she should consider alternative clothing.. considering the nature of her travels, especially being beside a helicopter. Then again, there are plenty of pictures of her in very skimpy swimwear from her dating, girlfriend days.

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  7. Having read twitter comments the picture was taken by an amateur who didn't realise until she put her pics to disc. All proceeds from the photo she has donated to a charity for the bush fires in the area. Maybe if you were in the public domain u would think about the likely hood of your dress blowing up the under garments u might wear. Without a helicopter there's still plenty of bending over and up to greet people in the crowds so every likelihood of a snap like this being taken. I doubt she is bothered if she hasn't thought to think of these incidences before considering thru have happened previously too. Ann London.

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    1. Lynn Georgia USA28 May 2014 at 17:04

      Yeah, I'm going to quit talking about the revealing picture, too--after I say this! LOL! The stone steps leading up to the front door of my church are quite high and steep. Therefore, if I wore a full dress and a paucity of underwear, the congregants gathered at the bottom could see more of me than I would want them to see as I ascend and descend the steps. No wind is necessary; therefore, I am very conscious of the clothes and underwear I choose for church. I hope that Kate learns to exercise caution to protect her modesty and dignity, too.

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    2. I agree we need to stop talking about this tacky photo. It's unsupportive and accusatory of women in general, regardless of Kate's shortcomings. But my last comment -- wait, you're saying this "photographer" is donating proceeds of her intrusive photo to the bush fire charities? That is twisted and plaster saint morality. Unbelievable!

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    3. Ann, We are to believe all this, because it was on Twitter? The Palace account, no doubt.Sounds like damage control to explain the time gap between photo and publication.
      I certainly hope the "confirmation" of the photo's authenticity wasn't via Twitter.
      I will happily reveal my moniker here, if anon 16:16 will.

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    4. That's what went through my mind also. If this is what she wears under her work clothes, which is always dresses, you look back at other pictures of her working this tour and think, wow, that's risky with what you have on underneath. Bending down, all that walking over the windy rocks, getting off planes. There are pics on other sites that have multiple shots of the red dress incident arriving in New Zealand where her dress blew up that show more than what was published. that should have been a warning to her right there.I don't get it.

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    5. Anon 16:22- "Bush fires?" I'm sorry, but that twitter post as you quote it sounds like a very bad joke to me.

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    6. I will be awaiting the story from the Blue Mountain fire survivors about the generous anonymous (I assume) donation they received.

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    7. Agree with the "bushfire donation" comments. What a load of rubbish!! I'm sure the money would have been raised (no pun intended haha) just by the visit of William and Catherine!

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    8. It's hard to support a continued choice to take the focus off her work and have it on her bottom.

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    9. Anon 18.55...I didn't say it was authentic what was read on twitter ... I was merely writing that I'd read this on twitter and another point of view. Who knows what is right, only kate and the photographer. Nothing is clear press/twitter etc unless you hear it first hand from the person. Ann London

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  8. Who says these photos were not photo shopped? Seems it would be an easy adjustment to make to a photo!

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    1. As has been said before, the press photographers and the buyer all verify that this photograph is not retouched. Their spokespeople aren't talking either, which you can bet they would if it were. With William's attitude toward the press and photographers, don't you think he'd be on the warpath if doctored photos of his wife were out on the market?

      That being said, I'm sick of all this too.

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    2. bluhare, I'd be interested to.know where I can read that quote from the photographer and the quote from Bild- do you really think the buyer is going to admit if the photo is fake?
      If the delay. was to find the highest bidder, why the new story that it was apparently because the photographer wasn't aware he/ she had the photo?
      If it wasn't long-lens, then a staff member must have taken it. I did not see any one anywhere near in pictures taken the same time and area near the helicopter except for W&C and the pilot. The angle seemed to be from the area near the front of the helicopter. And where was security?
      I'm not stating the photos are altered; I am saying there is still a possibility. There is so much spinning going on, I'm getting dizzy.
      And blulare, you have my. word: if the pictures are proven.legit by an authorized source ( there are plenty of people that do this for a living and i don't count photographers and royal reporters sitting around with a beer or two) I will accept it. Furthermore, I will join the Kate weight the skirts down cabal. I don't think curtain weights would have helped in Calgary.
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  9. Photoshop! DWLee3

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    1. Sarah from Calif.29 May 2014 at 01:19

      Yep having seen I agree, photoshopped.

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  10. Charlotte, thank you for this updated post- and yes as previously posted- lets just move on. the photos are out there the damage is done. Looking forward to tomorrow and the rest of the summer. Charlotte, where would we all be without you? I shutter to think that we'd get our news from 'other' sites! Thank you again.

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    1. Patricia, I appreciate the altruism, but I shudder to think there are among us on this blog those who can cite chapter and verse regarding the Duchesses' various nude and partially-nude photo postings. I have no idea what "main stream media" is these days, but bully for them.for not printing the pictures.
      Again, just because something is done for money and is becoming accepted, is it right? Is this truly the direction in which we as humans are headed?
      Those desparate for freedom, uniqueness, or privacy will sometimes do things seemingly counter-productive to their cause. A stand is made, a line is drawn: this is my right and I will defend it, no matter what.
      That may be what is going on with Kate.
      I , personally, am more concerned about those who search for such photos, and those who make money from them, than I am about the flashers.
      The worst thing we can do is sweep it all under the rug and go on to more pleasant topics. Charlotte has provided a forum rare on the internet- a place where such unpleasant, but vital questions can be discussed relatively pleasantly.
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    2. I agree with a non mouse (great name btw) about Charlottes blog. Except I will continue to talk about the skirts blowing up and how it disappoints me though - it is deeply disappointing because we can no longer assume it is a rookie mistake. It is a choice - one I do not agree with.

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  11. This has happened to her too many times already in just a few short years. Its not entirely unreasonable to consider that she needs to change her wardrobe options.

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    1. Agreed. You have to assume that she is well aware of the potential risk. Also-the topless photos. Were they totally alone in that big house or were there staff? If there were staff then obviously being topless wasn't too smart an idea anyway. She needs to remember that people will go to any length to get compromising photos of her and she needs to act and dress accordingly.

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    2. Susan: they never travel without staff or bodyguards. Even when it's a 'private' holiday for two. they always have an entourage. So she was topless and bottomless on the terrace of a staffed villa.

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  12. Perhaps William's taking the Air Ambulance job means that they plan to focus on their family for the foreseeable future, which seems to be the sensible thing to do, actually. There would be no better time than to do so right now, and the realities of royal life do make it a necessity to take such things into consideration. They could spend the next five or six years based mostly at Anmer Hall then take a fuller role later when the children are older.

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    1. Jean from Lancs28 May 2014 at 18:22

      It would indeed be sensible to complete their family whilst the Queen and the Duke are still managing engagements at home---before too long the Duke and Duchess will probably need to take over some of their patronages.
      I don't doubt that once Prince William has decided on his future an announcement will be made.

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    2. Anon 17:16- As the Countess of Wessex has done, brilliantly. I really liked your post and hope that plan will work, if so done .. However, Prince Edward will likely not become King. And William will, perhaps sooner, rather than later.
      A difficult, complicated issue. I am glad I don't have to resolve it.
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    3. What are the realities of royal life? They make their own schedule. The annual royal show-offs - Trooping the Color, Order of the Garter are their own family traditions. The only "official" duties the monarch has are to Open Parliament and attend State Dinners. Everything else is just them getting their photos taken around the UK and the world. Don't know if this is a reliable source but here is some insight: http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/customs/questions/royal/duties.htm

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  13. KJ (Dallas, TX)28 May 2014 at 17:23

    Well the photos are abhorrent, obviously. BUT I can assure you nobody has taken topless or bottomless photos of me because I have never appeared outside in that state! At some point, one does need to change what you are doing. "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." - Albert Einstein

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  14. I think that real plans would be great! Giving their "subjects" a real handle on their objectives as part time royals, would lessen all the criticism. As it is, the populace is left in the lurch, and they grumble. I really do not see how their work takes the focus off Charles. They represent an institution to me, and what Will and Kate do, could only add to the to the grandeur of it, really! William seems recalcitrant to be a part of it. It would just be nice to know the parameters of their life, and if they are just going to be at Anmer Hall, raising a family, going only to official types of events, then expectations could change. Everyone would accept that. Not understanding their method and motive, just keeps everyone on edge.

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  15. I'm not convinced that weighted hems could be much of a match for some of the winds that have proven such an embarrassment - especially from helicopter rotors! I still say wear a
    petticoat/slip!!! AND that any photographer who gets their embarrassing photos published should be forced to publish an identical one of themselves!!
    About William - it does make sense for him to put to good use that very costly flight training - and there is plenty of time before he has to "get into harness" full time. Look at the life The Queen leads....it's a relentless schedule - even now that she is 88 and
    Prince Philip 92! I believe he said that they lead a life "that no one in their right minds would choose!"

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    1. a differently cut skirt in a different, heavier, fabric would also work. Items like her red suit or, god forbid, pants.

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  16. I just wanted to say that i agree with you all on the topic of Kate's skirt. And I agree that weights would help, although not necessarily in that particular case. I assume she is wearing undergarments with stockings over them. And likely if we could see her undergarments, the world would be fixated on the brand, etc...
    That aside, thanks for the informative post with so many lovely pictures, as always :)

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  17. Princess Diana was caught semi-flashing her legs once with that beautiful shot of her standing against the sunlight. It never happened since (unless she wanted it to happen). Kate should've learnt her lesson by now, it's not that hard.

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    1. totally. i respect every single other thing about her and her choices and even her mistakes. this one is beyond me.

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  18. Enough about the photos already, this is a new thread. It's not fun reading about the same thing over and over in every thread. Thanks Charlotte for this fantastic Blog.

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    1. Charlotte did say that readers could feel free to continue the discussion about the photos in this thread, so that's what people are doing.

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    2. And we are documenting and discussing things that happen- not the edited version of only the glamourous parts of what happened. Charlotte showed respect by not posting the photos and mentioned them because they happened. AGAIN.

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  19. I love that picture of Kate smiling at William after a polo match. Her expression is so sweet!

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    1. Anon 18:18- The sweet smiler isn't Kate. Kate is standing partially out of view to William's right. I would, however, love being wrong about this.

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    2. Kate is the 3rd person on the left in the brown jacket with the green wellies. She is fully visible. If I remember right, she was camping with kids prior to the polo match. This is also from the same polo match that had all the cute Lupo Savannah photos

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  20. I, too, second the position that it is best to drop the subject of Kate's latest mishap. However, I would really like some definitive clarification on one issue: is it, or is it not, against British Royal protocol for royal ladies to wear nice pant suits/jump suits when on official engagements which do not involve sports, or which are not a nod to certain Muslim factions to cover the legs? In sum, could Kate have worn a quality pant suit to the Blue Mountains, or indeed, to any other day/early evening engagement? This is unclear, at least to me, altho it would certainly solve the issue of mishaps at airports or helipads, where virtually all have occurred.

    I have noted that most--Sweden may be an exception--of the rest of the Royal Houses of Europe allow the use of both pant suits and one-piece jumpsuits at normal events. Is this a simple case of having an elderly, old-fashioned woman, and her equally old-fashioned heir calling the shots in Great Britain?

    Moving on.... I am of the opinion that the Royal press office, now under the thumb of the Prince of Wales, is floating ideas re William, and his immediate future. I have always thought that an ideal placement for William would be a spot as an aide/underling of some sort with the Commonwealth Office--not sure of the title I have given it--which is located in London, England. This would provide him with a 9 to 5/6/7 job, 5 days a week, permitting him to give as much time to his wife and family as most of the rest of us get with, perhaps the occasional overseas visit with his boss, thrown in. It would also allow him to get to know how the Commonwealth works, would introduce him to many influential members of the Commonwealth, etc.

    I have serious reservations re an air ambulance job--think it would leave Kate and George either stuck in London, if Anmer Hall is still unready for occupation, and given the state of the front yard, and the number of work-trucks parked in the driveway, it aint ready yet--or it would leave Kate and George stuck at Anmer Hall; if, as one poster mentioned,above, William was to work 10 hour shifts, 5 days a week, he wouldn't see much of his family. If he worked days, forget George. If he worked nights, forget George--he would be sleeping thru much of the day. Add to that the apparent need for William to show up, in London and elsewhere, in support of his charities and duties, no doubt scheduled during his 3 days off, and William may as well be living in Outer Space, as far as Kate and George are concerned.

    I am of the firm belief that William needs a job based in London, assuming of course that he would like to spend time with his wife and child.

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    1. I would think William's main focus is Catherine & George. Why would you make the comment "assuming of course that he would like to spend time with his wife & child."
      do you feel he is going back to flying to get away from them? I do not think so.ust look at all the photos of them during their engagements, they are so in love, he would not want to be away from them. He also made a statement that he misses George when he is away. And working 10hr shifts is nothing. It would be like a regular husband/daddy going to work everyday and coming home in the evening.

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    2. Anonymous 05:25: Kate herself told someone at the playdate in NZ that William had barely been around the first few months after George was born which is counter to their PR which extends the idea that William was around all the time with afew excursions to finish his RAF commitments. Kate used the words actually said she'd had to 'cope' without him. That is straight from the horse's mouth.

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  21. Yankee from California28 May 2014 at 18:22

    Didn't the former Princess Elizabeth have a very light schedule at the beginning of her marriage and when Charles and Anne were tiny? Of course, that changed when she became Queen. I also recall, barely, that Diana had a very light schedule when her boys were small. Please correct me if I'm wrong as it's not so easy to confirm numbers from so long ago -- at least for me! It seems that the Cambridges' schedules follow this pattern, especially considering that Princess Elizabeth and Prince Charles were heir apparent and Prince William is 2nd in line. I remember waiting for weekly magazines to publish images of Princess Diana and being disappointed because she wasn't out very often. I think we are a bit spoiled in the internet age of instant satisfaction and our expectations are a little out of whack. Don't get me wrong -- I would love to see them much more often, but I'm not bothered that I don't. Anon 17:16 said it so well and I've said it before, I'm happy that their children get to have as normal an upbringing as possible and it is clear that George is very bonded to his parents. I think that is more important at this point in all of their lives than anything else and there are decades of work they will be performing in the future. Just my two cents/pence, for all it's worth!

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    1. HM as Princess Elizabeth had a full schedule. She was groomed by her father for whom she undertook lots of duties and tours. It's well documented and in the archives which are open to the public. People simply don't look beyond the latest media spin of what they assume her life was like. Ditto the myth of her taking time out after marriage to live in Malta with Philip. It never happened though she did visit Malta from time to time while he was stationed there. She was less visible when she was in Malta and could do normal things with normal people, but everything about that period has been distorted which is really silly considering a cursory glance at the archives will reveal her full working schedule and movement during that time. One thing is very clear, She WAS a very hardworking Princess.

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      Anon 23:12 - Genuine thanks for the information as my comment was based on things I have read (note to self, don't believe all you read!), not personal memory. I am curious where to find the "archives" to which you referred. I am genuinely curious about this as I've had an interest in the BRF since I was 11. Maybe I'm bored or something, but it would be fun to see if my memory of Diana's years are as accurate as I'd like to think they are!

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    3. You have to make a request for the relevant information from the royal archives via the British royal family's own website or the national archives via their same name website or have a look at vintage royals blogspot. the lady at the blogspot specialises in vintage royals including The Queen. For Diana's own record of engagement, the court circular still holds her record so you can still tally up her totals. she started off with 200 in her first year, and never let up until her divorce even with pregnancy and children.

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  22. I can't really picture Catherine in pant suits, it just doesn't seem to be her style....that said....I agree that she needs to do something to protect herself from these kinds of intrusive pictures. Be it weights (which I understand the Queen has used since forever ago) or the pencil skirts etc. that would allow her to continue her style (which I love) but without the risk.

    I am super anxious and excited to see pictures of her future engagements. After all the pictures and fun of her during the trip to Australia and New Zealand I have to admit I kind of went through "withdrawals" for new posts!

    Great job as always Charlotte. I'm glad you didn't just gloss over the picture incident but hit it head on.

    Thanks!

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    1. MARI- so glad you gave Charlotte credit for putting the issue out there for us. She could easily have avoided it and saved herself a lot of work.
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    2. I agree. Well done, Charlotte. I like that you are running a blog that is based in reality and thought rather than fantasy or worship.

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  23. Hello! I am Patricia from Portugal and I respect all your opinions (obviously) and I certainly believe we all love HRH The Duchess of Cambridge!
    In my opinion, the press wants Catherine because she sells magazines/newspapers (whatever) like no one else and
    when they don't have news or photos about Her they need to write something...I think people don't get enough of Catherine, they want more and more and this is leading to this...I am very sorry for Her but I agree with you Charlotte when you say she needs a wardrobe change...I like it just as it is but I think this is going to get worst, it just takes a second and a click and Her work and all She has done don't care anymore...and I don't think this will stop if we stop talkinh about it! Honestly, this Princess life is not as easy as everyone thinks and that goes for William too: doing what you love or what you should be doing...They will be King & Queen one day and rule a country but certainly they don't rule their lives (at least as they would)!
    Thank you for this blog, your opinion is very dear to me...Best wishes

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  24. I can see why William wants to continue flying and would want to whisk his little family away to Amner Hall. The media's invasion of their privacy has to be reminiscent of what happened to Diana. It makes me incredibly sad to see a sweet family terrorized. Of course I say this as I am having withdrawals from not seeing Kate and George. :p

    As far as the wardrobe malfunction, I have to agree with the consensus, Whatever it takes, Kate. You've got the world at your disposal and I have no doubt you can and will figure out a way to keep your hemlines down.

    Once again you've managed to keep us informed with all things Kate in a tasteful manner. Bless you, Charlotte.
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    1. This is nothing like what happened to Diana. The sad truth is that Diana removed her protection officers and kept calling the media informing them of her plans. The lack of protection enabled the paps to get close to her - remember this wasn't the era of telephoto lens cameras. Paps had to get very, very close to their target. And the calling of the paps enabled them to find her. she played with the media fire and it consumed her.

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    2. No telephoto lens in 1997? Amazing and unbelievable. She did not notify the paps the.night she died, which is what this is about. They even used a decoy car at another entrance, and the vultures figured it.out.There was a protection officer sitting close to her, who survived the crash. What they lacked were the SUVS before and behind them, which Diana was no longer eligible for. That would have prevented the "accident'" Actually, Maybe not SUVs then, but some vehicle.

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    3. I lived through Diana's last summer. she definitely called the paps and toyed with them. James Whitaker [look him up!] said she invited the media into her life with by telling them that they were in for a big surprise - rode right upto the boat holding the paps and told them this. result? every pap worth their salt descended on them in France. That fatal night, the hotel was surrounded by paps. a decoy was never going to work and they were foolish to leave the hotel that night based upon the pack of paps that had the hotel surrounded. finally, their bodyguard was and is no match for a royal protection bodyguard. he was fayed security, nothing more and nothing less. I urge you to google and read Ken wharfe's book. he was Diana's chief royal protection officer for 10yrs until she insisted on getting rid of them. he details some of the techniques they use to ensure no one harasses their charges and he tells you exactly why paps are unable to come close to the royals when they are in charge. if you don't believe me, think about this....Have you seen a pap pic of Kate that is a close up since she wed? even taken by telephoto lens camera? That''s how good royal protection officers are in keeping paps at a distance. France might have had a different outcome if this one factor [and others] had been in play.

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    4. Helicopter exit picture. Government House grounds. Rugby game. If the PPO's were that good, those photos would never have been taken That is just a few recent examples.
      So,you are blaming Diana for the paps chasing her? They had no choice?
      Yes, she notified the paps in that yacht incident. She was fighting a battle for survival in the face of a powerful enemy. And again, the paps were helpless children with no choice in behavior?

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    5. all those examples you give are long range photos. the paps are more than 100yards away. The cameras we have these days don't require a person to stand very close to their subject. with the right zoom, the resultant photo can appear as though subject and photographer are close. again, i urge you to read ex-royal protection officer, Ken Wharfe's book, to understand the difference in how royal protection officers operate vs how regular bodyguards operate. he may also have contributed to a few documentaries that are available on youtube.

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    6. "...Have you ever seen a pap pic of Kate that is close up since she wed? even taken by telephoto lens camera?" Your words. Yes, I have, and I gave examples.
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  25. It appears that she is wearing hose, which is how the undergarment is designed to be worn to avoid panty lines. The press would be all ove panty lines for Pete's sake. The girl can not win.
    Kinda makes the Kardashians, we'll....just sayin'

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  26. On the one hand, I agree that Kate needs to be more concerned with her modesty and wardrobe choices. On the other, I think we also need to be very careful about "blaming the victim" by forcing her to change her wardrobe choices....In other words, I see it both ways.

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  27. Why doest she just put weights in the hem? Interesting!

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  28. Interesting how Kate doesn't just put weights in her dresses…hhhmmm.

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  29. Poor Kate. So much for the longer hem lines.

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  30. Many exciting outings ahead! Thanks for the update Charlotte!!

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  31. I think that Kate is not ready for her royal persona just yet. She wants to be a supportive wife and dotting mother. She may even want to concentrate on having more children. By her career choices in the past, she is not very ambitious.

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  32. Unfortunately, the media has lost the knowledge of human decency. Whatever happened to modesty? When Kate was in labour, a photographer(who was a woman) happened to be in the right place to get a photo of her entering the hospital. At that moment, she realized that it was a special moment for Kate and William, and decided not to take the picture. That, my friends is an example of human integrity! I read that article in Vanity Fair.

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    1. Sorry it was a guy who was at hospital. I watched an interview with him. He did the correct thing.

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    2. Probably after he saw the WOMAN reporter not take the picture. Read it in Vanity Fair as well.

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  33. Jane in Virginia28 May 2014 at 21:44

    I am sorry for the humiliation the Duchess may be feeling over these photos , however this is only one of many times this has happened to her . She should consider having her dresses weighted , or wear slim skirts . And maybe not go outside topless either . I do so enjoy your blog , and look forward to the posts !

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  34. My final word about the recent photos: The truth will out. I am equally prepared to say "I was wrong," as to say "Told you so!"
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    1. Final word? Not so much.

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  35. i agree with you, charlotte: kate needs to plan for known-to-be-windy occasions, whether it is weights, tighter fitting clothes, etc. i remember thinking at the time that it was odd that she wore the (very pretty) full-skirted dress to the mountains, and pants to the wine-tasting.

    i'm ambivalent about william's (possible) return to flying. i was a very strong supporter of his flying before - he's years from stepping up to a higher level of responsibility and there are many capable royals carrying out duties, and in the meantime the public sees him doing a "real" job. on the other hand, with the queen and duke of edinburgh showing signs of their age, there's room for him (and kate) to step up. lastly, all full-time royals are now around 50-90; the royal family needs young royals out there also, lest the family be perceived as old and out-of-touch.

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  36. My thought is she probably has learned her lesson now she cannot wear dresses that have loose skirts of any kind with thong undies! Just is a non option now. It's happened to others before but in days before thong undies were popular - I'll never forget the photos of Catherine Deneuve/David Bailey wedding in 1965 when her dress flew up for everyone to see - that photo went round the world - live and learn!

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  37. I thought the whole reason for moving from Angelsey to London was for them to take on more Royal duties. So far, they've only undertaken a royal tour, which I'm beginning to believe was a personal vacation. Now that they've done that and renovated the apt at KP, they're retreating to the country. Oh, and renovating that country home. They seem to want all the benefits of full time royals, but don't want to put in the time. Of course, we have no way of knowing how much the DofC is doing for her charities, but when was the last time she made a public visit to one? If they don't want to be "royal", there are options...........

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  38. It is time for major wardrobe changes. She is certainly not lacking in the human or financial resources to get pants, pencil skirts, etc. And Kensington Palace has access to the forecast. If it is expected to be windy at whatever engagement, plan ahead of time to prevent skirt\dress fly ups. Thanks for this blog.

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  39. Im all for Prince William doing the air ambulance thing. He still takes time to do engagements even when he had a full time job.
    Kate on the other hand better pick up her royal duties. She has a nanny. It isnt too much to ask for her to spend a couple of hours a couple of times a week supporting charities. She needs to show that she is more than just a house wife/stepford wife. It seems like yesterday we were excited about her and that she would breathe new life into the royal family...and thus far I have been disappointed.
    My mom worked many hours a week and we still have a close relationship. Now, we are not asking kate to do that, but she needs to show some sort of work ethic..she never showed it when she dated william. Shes starting to become the type of woman i hate, a kept housewife who lives off her husband. I champion women to forge their own paths and careers. If I were kate I would dive right into charity work, or SOMETHING.
    And for god sake I am sick of seeing her naked. She needs to realize shes being watched, that may suck, but its a small price to pay for living a lux life and never having to worry about making ends meet
    and as a member of the media in America i am disgusted how the british media is treated by the royal family. they are very respectful (and personally I think they go to far to protect the royal family) and they get treated like scum.
    if I hear william or harry bitch or moan about the media one more time Ill slap them.
    Without the media no one would know what was going on the the royal family, and thus they would stop being supported.
    the royal family needs to realize that soon. they are NOTHING without the media.
    i would trade places with them in a second. I wouldnt have to worry about paying rent, and my work would consist of actually helping people
    So step it up William and Kate
    and people PLEASE STOP MAKING EXCUSES FOR THEM. there is no such thing as a part time royal, especially if said royals dont have another job

    sorry for the long rant, its been on my mind for awhile

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    1. Sarah,
      I completely agree with your take on W&K's "work" schedule.
      I'm so disheartened that they did not continue the great trend they started on their last tour.
      The "disappearance of Kate" was too obvious (in my mind). And there is no excuse for her to continue with such a low profile and a very empty diary. Something is better than nothing.

      But, I must disagree PARTLY with the media portrayal.
      What I think the Media need to do, is FOCUS ON THE WORK!! They get too absorbed in silly gossip without giving the due attention to what the royals are DOING. True William and Kate don't seem to be doing much, but all the others are. And unless one deliberately tries to find what the rest of the royal family are bringing attention to, we never find out at all. This may be a reason why the royal family find the media a little too invasive. But you're right, they do need them, but there needs to be some form of "proper reporting".

      I wouldn't be surprised that this may be ONE of the reasons Charles becomes upset and despondent at W&K's popularity in the media. When they make front page news it's always about silly, fluffy stuff. No real substance to hardly any of it at all. If he saw the couple's photo on the front of the paper championing a major cause and DOING something about it - I think he would be chuffed.

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  40. Sarah from Calif.29 May 2014 at 01:30

    June 6th. D-Day , no more needs to be said
    My deepest respect.

    June 12th Red Cross Day again my sincere appreciation and respect.

    June 14 Trooping of the Colours
    June 16 Royal Order of Garter, I almost got to go :(......
    Kate from Texas bring home some great pictures!

    Hope you are well Charlotte. Thank you for all you do to bring us this lovely blog.

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  41. I do believe that these sorts of photos should not be published. Thats an invasion of privacy for anyone.

    Kate can fix this quite easily. Just ensure that there is a lining in her dress that is either straight or slightly flared that stops mid thigh = the style of the dress can stay the same but if it blows up the lining shouldn't. Then she doesn't have to alter her lingerie and can wear what she wants underneath and her dignity remains in place. Ive done this for years and it works a treat.

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    1. An excellent idea. Then the skirts would still be flowy and she would be protected when the wind blew.

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  42. Charlotte, thank you for writing such beautiful blogs that have a mix of compassion, fun and education. I've really enjoyed learning more about the UK through your journalism, with an emphasis on Kate.

    I can't imagine what it would be like to live under the scrutiny that Kate does, and I've been sympathetic in the past for what I felt were violations of privacy by the media. It's extra sad in this most recent situation that William requested no media on their visit to the fire victims out of respect for the local community, and this is how one of their people pays him back. HOWEVER, this was an official tour and there's really no excuse for Kate this time. On an official tour, she represents the Queen and country... it is them she let down and embarrassed.

    For me, although I still have an interest in learning more about the UK, I just don't think Kate deserves my time anymore. This has happened enough times for her to make the necessary corrections. Absolutely no reflection on you, dear Charlotte. Hopefully you'll still be blogging when Kate either matures or hires a lady's maid.

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  43. As pointed out above by anonymous @ 16:16, many of the scheduled events are based on the usual "royal appearances" due to royal protocol and tradition.

    It is however wonderful to see Kate promoting sailing on the 10th June and I hope the Garden Party appearance DOES put emphasis on Red Cross. I must say Charlotte, we find out more information about the relevance of many of Kate's appearance through you. I'd like to see how or whether Kate promotes/recognises the work of this charity.
    I'm finding it increasingly frustrating that the "reason" for any royal's appearance is always placed on the wayside by the media. They just don't acknowledge the purpose of the event accordingly.

    On the topic of charities, I'm strongly hoping that Kate makes a discernible effort to do something really special for the "Children's Hospice Week" given that this is one of her main charities. Fingers crossed!

    It is far from obvious that W&K have no intention of filling up their diaries with royal duties, and there are many valid reasons for this to date. However, I find it rather interesting and discouraging that the press have printed that William is in fact "not keen on taking up royal duties on a full time basis."
    It's the "not keen" that has grabbed my attention. Do we note an element of truth in this interpretation?
    I believe this is why Amner Hall will certainly end up being their full time residence. They want to escape the public eye all together and remain as private as possible.

    To end on a far more positive reflection. I think it would be tremendous to have William offer his services to the public through the Air Ambulance Service. At least he"s contributing to the public in his own mysterious way.

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    1. HELEN- I have a special connection to the Red Cross and also hope they receive publicity via the garden party. Is Princess Alexandra ( if she is still with us) going to attend? She and my Dad worked together on a Red Cross Youth program in the 1960's. I actually have a photograph of them from that time. She was quite lovely then.She was wearing a uniform and beret-type hat, I believe.
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    2. Marg.
      You have the most amazing connections to the royals. Not to mention the number of photos you bring up out of the blue at times.

      Isn't Princess Alexandra delightful?
      I believe she suffers from polymyalgia which has brought her charity work down significantly. I too suffer from a mild condition of this disease and it really can be tough going on a bad day. I sympathise.

      But this has made me think.....
      This woman is 42nd in line to the throne. Almost classified as non- working royalty really.
      In 2012 before her disease set in, she performed 110 public engagements. That is pretty much 2 engagements a week. Not bad for a 76 year old, who could probably get away without doing any public work given her placement in the line of succession.
      She too has to prepare for her engagements just as all the royals do. Briefing, planning wardrobes, speeches, etc..

      I wonder then, how can we keep excusing Kate and William when they are 3rd in line?
      Yes, they are young with a toddler and maybe still trying to work things out and want to spend time together as their family grows.
      But let us look at the other side of the coin. Where a royal (quite far down the line of succession), has reached an age where she is entitled to retire and enjoy her later years of life. Princess Alexandra, such a royal, has chosen not too retire, but to continue her work.
      Why is a mature, ailing woman's rights any different to a young mother's? If one can find a moment to dedicate her time to causes held in her heart, why can't the other?

      It's this wonderful older generation of royals that W&K can learn so much from, and use as examples to prepare themselves for their journey.
      Just a thought.

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    3. Actually, I am almost certain Princess Alexandra will be there, if her health allows. I understand she has returned to her many duties and activities- one of which is Deputy President of the British Red Cross Society.
      I think she would be an absolutely ideal mentor for Catherine. At age 77, she still keeps an active diary/ when her health.allows. She dresses immaculately and has many causes Kate might identify with.
      I don't know her personality, but she seems kind and quite intelligent. I really can't think of a better person in the RF for her to emulate and I think they would.be compatible.
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    4. HELEN- It's ok to pull your tongue out of your cheek now. There was only one picture event and one connection. Sorry if I have repeated the story and have seemed to irritate you. My point is : Alexandra is THE most undervalued royal and I noticed her especially because of the picture. That is how I knew she was associated with the Red Cross.After I wrote that first comment, I read her biography on the Monarchy site- I really wasn't sure she was still living. I had read about her in the past, but haven't kept up.
      Without the necessity to degrade one person to lift another, I think she would be a marvelous mentor for Catherine.
      Maybe we can offer solutions, other than weights, etc. A mentor would be a start. I can't blame her for not being able to identify with some of the younger and most of the over 50 group. The Countess of Wessex may be a little too identified with the members of the RF who reportedly have not welcomed her with open arms.It is also possible that both Princess Alexandra and the Duchess of Cambridge would laugh at the idea.
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  44. I am incredibly sad about the way folks have turned on Kate about this wardrobe malfunction. Turn on her about a lack of appearances or speeches or interest in various topics - no problem. Respectfully dislike certain clothing choices - no problem. But some of these comments about mooning people (from her college days - who cares???) or about skimpy swimwear (what?? it's swimwear!) and then say clearly based on those bits of information Kate meant to show her butt to the public is just a sign that our society is heartless and judgmental. I hope you're all perfect b/c I'm not. I'm giving up this blog. Thanks, Charlotte for your work - you're a gem.

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    1. I agree with you Anon. These people here do nothing but tear the princess apart. I feel they think the princess went out that day saying to herself she was not going to wear any panties or a slip so some lady with a camera can take a photo of my butt when the wind picks up my dress. Well people I don't think that is what went down in the princess mind.

      And now some are also bring back the fashion show she was in during her college days that rasied money for charity. And the fact that she wears a swim suit. What is she to do wear a bag over her head and a straight jacket so her besutiful figure is not seen by anyone. They even bring back the times when she was daing William getting in and out of cars showing her long legs. This is a very beaitiful woman and I would think if the Queen was upset with her, she would behave herself. But she has done nothing wrong so people please get off her case.

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    2. Nobody is asking for a bag over her head when they point out that several occasions of blowy skirts in the wind have resulted in several shots of her bottom in the news and we are disappointed by that.

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  45. anon from Leominster29 May 2014 at 03:38

    I was quite interested in Helen's statement that her daughter wished William and Kate would act more royal and her suggestion that this is something we could discuss. I think it would be an interesting subject.

    Personally, after the royal couple's early start, I regretted that they seemed to back away from a balanced royal formality and have become increasingly casual, almost like celebrities. But I will admit that I'm older and grew up as a child looking at Cecil Beaton photos of the royal family which carried a great mystique. The young Princesses Margaret and Alexandra in all those lovely gowns. The air of such magical formality and pomp. I suppose that can never again be captured, but I thought the Queen Mum did a wonderful job of seeming at once very royal yet very warm and human.

    When I was young, Diana in those early Bellville gowns seemed very princess-like and very accessable at the same time, - a lovely balance. She always looked elegant and never really lost her princess allure. I wish William and Kate would follow the example of the European royals and cultivate a greater level of formality. But others may feel differently, especially the young.

    I really don't feel William should continue flying professionally. To try to do two different things is generally to do both not well, and in those last couple of years he generated a feeling of reluctance and indecision that is not comforting in a future king. And flying with a civilian programme could raise issues less likely to happen with the military.

    What if a patient or their family feel things aren't handled properly? A mistake could be something William might carry into kingship. There are reasons royal family members avoid civilian jobs. (Think of Sophie and earlier Edward's broadcasting work, a proper mess.) And William would be a hugely expensive pilot, and no doubt put extra burdens on his co-workers. I just feel it's not a wise move. William is of an age where he should learn from his grandmother and grandfather while he still has the chance. His father does not have their level of wisdom.

    But others disagree and we are all entitled to our opinions. It would be interesting to know how such a wonderfully diverse internation group of all ages sees the future of the monarchy and the level of formality of William and Kate.

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      You know I didn't even consider the ramifications of the "public responsibility and duty" that would come with an Air Ambulance Service.
      You bring a very valid point to the table. And I don't doubt that the palace advisors are probably pulling their hair out right now at how they will work this one out. Most importantly, how to convince William otherwise if this is not a clever manouvre. But William does what William wants - as evident from almost every move and decision he's made to date.

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    2. I agree with William not taking that job. There is someone out there who could use the work and income instead.

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  46. When Kate was working in London after her graduation from University, the Queen was quoted as saying, "If she doesn't want to be photographed, why does she wear short skirts and boots?" This was an era when Kate was also photographed in cars with most of her legs exposed, sometimes in fairly suggestive positions. We know that she also was accused of mooning her classmates at school. Her walk down the runway in a scanty costume during university was actually in pretty decent coverage, much more so than in her bikini, but it was said to be in underwear. Since Kate married, she has been photographed more than once with her skirts blowing up. This time the picture is pretty vulgar, whether or not she had on tights. Remember, Marilyn Monroe wore shorts under her dress when she stood over the subway grate!

    Kate looks so lovely, so enthusiastic, and so energized by the people she meets that it is hard to believe her sense of self confidence is so poor that she needs to resort to what someone in the last thread called exhibitionism. But how can we not wonder what the psychological basis is of her repeated public exposure?

    I have read that the photographer was a woman who did not know she had taken this latest picture until she downloaded her photos from the Blue Mountain visit. She then decided to peddle it, and give the money to charity for those affected by the bush fires in the area. I have no idea how much of this is true - it's what I've read.

    I guess I think the only useful thing we can do is to reassure the Duchess of Cambridge that she does not need these risque pictures to bolster her sense of herself, if that is in any way the issue. Everything else she does is lovely. I hope she learns to rely on her true ability and ward off unfortunate revelations that no one needs.

    Prince Charles threw away all the positive coverage of his and Camilla's trip to Canada with one remark. Kate has damaged all the positive coverage of hers and William's trip to Australia and New Zealand by allowing one photo to be taken. It isn't possible for the Palace to protect the royal family from themselves! Discretion is their own responsibility.

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  47. First, I completely agree with Tess (17:10) above. The yellow dress in Canada? There are pics where her bum was exposed...not just nearly. The red dress on arrival in NZ. And of course the much discussed current one. A few other pics of her dresses blowing up and nearly revealing all are out there too. And these are on official duties. I'm ignoring the topless pics from France because I think we all agree that those should never have been published and they were on a private vacation with an expectation of privacy. But all these other occasions are official duties or public appearances where you have to expect cameras to be waiting.

    She needs to either weight the hems, eschew full blowy skirts, or wear a slip.

    Now...as to the possible air ambulance / live at Anmer Hall...I think on the one hand it is going to come off very badly. They should be doing more official duties. Look at the age of the Queen and DoE. All this talk about streamlining and fewer members of the family to do appearances. And now Will and Kate will be slacking again? Not a good PR move. Yes, she had a rough pregnancy which impacted her availability. And yes, she's been on "maternity leave" but really...with all the help and support available to them she couldn't have done a few more engagements? She only had time for 2 vacations after all.

    And now, possibly living in the country for a few years and putting off royal duties. Let's face it, at some point they are going to have at least 1 more baby. So Kate will essentially do nothing for another year due to that. It's getting a little ridiculous and honestly, they better get Kate out there supporting more charities and attending more engagements because right now it's beyond ridiculous.

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    1. Write their PR people and the Queen. Let them knpw that William & Catherien need to work more.

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    2. I love Kate, but I really feel strongly that she needs to weight her skirts so as not to have them blow up as they did in Australia. It was a public outing , not a private one and Kate needs to consider that closely.

      I so enjoy your blog and the info. Reading about Kate and William and George just makes my day. Thanks!

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    3. I agree. The topless photos were a gross invasion of privacy. These skirts however were on official business where it was known press would be there to photograph and the incident and shots of it could have been avoided.

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  48. I didn't expect to return from my trip abroad to find ... this. How completely unfortunate for everyone involved - the Duchess, the Royal Family, her family, those of us who follow them. It's Machiavellistic of the photographer, nothing less.

    And it angers me because it was completely avoidable. Kate is smart. She knows how to dress. She knows how to be photographed well. This goes against every reasonable form of preparedness we've grown to know and love about her. Then-Lady Diana faced this same sort of issue on her first public engagement with Prince Charles when she struggled out of their car in an ill-fitting, off-the-peg gown that showed too much cleavage to a fleet of photographers ready to capture her from an unfortunate angle. She paid heed to comments and criticism that involved modestly representing the family and applied it to her selection of work attire. She knew the burden was on her to keep those incidents from happening and didn't leave it to weather, poor tailoring or chance.

    Whatever it takes, this shouldn't happen again.

    Since I'm on the soapbox, I'll stay there long enough to share why I think William and Kate are very publicly and continually making statements about prioritizing their family life and time together: because William wants that. He did not grow up in a home where this happened. His childhood was fractured by the disharmony of his parents' fighting for years before they separated, then during that period and as they divorced. Then he lost his mother. I think he is unabashedly and unashamedly determined to have the family now that he didn't then, and he'll do (or not do, as it involves his and Kate's schedules) whatever he thinks will best accomplish his No. 1 goal. Kate will not push him toward anything different. Honestly, how could she possibly? Could any of us as wives look at the life William has lived and how it shaped him and tell him flat-out that he should do things differently?

    I hope that at the end of June we can look back on a month filled with highlights and instead see the positivity and good will this family is imminently capable of fostering.

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  49. I learn so much from these blogs and the comment sections: everything from lessons on dress designs to education of the British royal monarchy. Finding pearls of truisms and not the beating resumes of the rumor mills that abound outside our inner circle are located here. Being allowed to voice our respectful humble opinions in a democratic way is a true treasure.

    As someone responded it may be that the excitement of becoming a royal has worn completely off. The ultimate truth of exactly what royal and charity duties/functions encompass beyond private family duties are huge and very glaring when one does the actual experiencing. William has known his destiny all his life. They had years of behind the scenes carefree courtship. Then Kate made the decision for her destiny when she decided after their break up to pursue him which would end in matrimony with all the royal trimmings then and future. William and Kate had the luxury of a very for the most part private enjoyable life in the quiet country side of Anglesey. Comparing that part of their idyllic life with the rustle and bustle of London in Kensington Palace (not so private place), adding a bundle of joy, and taking on a bit more public royal roles, made a sudden thud of reality peak its rearing head. And Kate can no longer plead the cloak of innocence of not knowing what is expected in a royal protocol setting.

    I am thinking that they both have decided (and obviously it appears they are being allowed a choice of more full time versus part time royal duties) to retreat to Anmer Hall which is more to what they had in Anglesey. If one compares the exciting full filling life of a helicopter rescue occupation to royal duties such as appearances at galas or the honoring of knights, what do we think William, knowing him as we do, desires. They are already spending a lot more time with Kate's parents which says to me they more enjoy the quieter neighborhoods away from the constraints of royalty. This almost a year in London has given them more of a glimpse of the true royal realities.

    As others have noted, we do not know what the machinations behind the royal bureaucracy are that might result in whatever ultimate decisions are made. One can only hope that William and Kate have the future of the British monarchy high in their hearts.

    Thank you Charlotte!! Thank you everyone for your awesome insights!!

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  50. Dear Charlotte its disgusting their printed those photos. I don't think the duchess should change her clothing. She is a young beautiful woman and should wear what she wants her clothes were respectful and it was just natural wind. She already weights down her dresses. Sometimes the press makes me sick.

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  51. I love and admire Kate so much and I cannot defend this continued "mistake." The first time, yes, the second time, oops but this is the 4th time we have actually seen her bottom and the 7th or 8th time her skirt has flown high up. She should absolutely know and expect photographs to be take - as sick as it may be - and dress accordingly for windy weather. The whole thing is completely avoidable. And no, she shouldn't have to, but she can't control the photographers and she can control her clothes, so yes, she should.

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    1. Yes, exactly. She's been given a great deal of latitude to work her way slowly into Royal life, avoid another Diana debacle[ and her evident lack of concern on this issue is puzzling. We all have to dress appropriately for our roles in life, male or female, duchess or ditch-digger. If you are the most photographed woman in the world, you have to think a bit more about your undergarments than the rest of us. You must expect unforgivable intrusions into your private life and confound the press when you can. It's absurd that the gracious, compassionate woman we saw on tour could be so defiantly stupid about this.

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  52. Good moaning lady Charlotte.

    Hello ladies.

    Stop having a go at the royal family. They work. They work all the time. In-fact they never stop I read somewhere they did 4,000 engagements in a calendar year between them. Sometimes they'd do 3 engagements in a day. A lot of you guys are used to instant celeb news pictures and instant internet. etc. All their schedule is planned in advance and never cancelled. Did anyone see how many engagements Harry did recently ? Or Sophie Countess of Wessex. I bet no one noticed. .....

    Duchess kate has only been back from Australia a couple of weeks And already y'all want to see her again outhere doing the okey-kokey. Give it a rest girls. Or be patient and least. I know your gagging too see her but blimey, take it easy. She's a new mum.

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  53. BTW I agree about the photos. It was a bit reckless of her and she could've worn the same outfit but a little heavier material..... Maybe a Burberry trenchcoat in lilac. My sister just bought one for relatives in the America.

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  54. Jean from Lancs29 May 2014 at 09:24

    . Everything thrown up by trashy newspapers is taken as gospel by many on this site. You can have no idea what goes on behind the scenes.
    I am still waiting to hear one word of sympathy for the 155 times her phone was hacked by a Murdoch newspaper---the same Murdoch whose papers in Australia have printed this photo.
    Sorry Charlotte, but the hatres on here has sickened me.

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    1. I'm with you, Jean. Unfortunately, it is mob psychology and the hanger's-on will go with which ever side seems to be winning, or has the active support of those in power.
      Just ask Riichard III, who ,by the way, is a direct-line ancestor of Kate's. (sorry, Helen- I know that sort of thing irritates you) LOL
      Marg

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    2. Richard III is not a direct line descendant of Kate. It would have been noted at her wedding, plus that would mean she was related to william, something that would have been publicly noted.

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    3. Anon 02:09- Ancestry.com did a geneology study. Via Edward IV, I believe. I doubt many online sites would carry it, as it is clearly a promotion meant to grab attention. It certainly got mine. I saw it on two sites. If.it weren't accurate, they would get sued all the way from Balmoral to BP.I think it was in reference to a new movie coming out- that an actress playing a princess was actually related to the same ancestor and therefore related to Kate. Elle Fanning,I think.It wasn't billed as a Kate story, I don't think.
      Pretty convoluted. I think half of England descends from Edward III, etc.
      My point was what happened to Richard III at Bosworth Field as being the result of a kind of mob-psychology.

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  55. Jean from Lancs29 May 2014 at 09:26

    Any word of support seems to be rejected with a "flag up" .

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  56. Eve from Germany29 May 2014 at 09:27

    First of all, a big "Thank you", Charlotte, for once again giving us the chance to discuss "certain photos" of the future Queen. It shows what great work you do, time and again!
    The future Queen. That´s what Kate chose to become - by marrying William. He gave her enough time to get used to this idea and see whether she was ok with it and all that comes with it. Apparently she was as she married him. My British working colleagues used to say: if you can´t stand the heat, get out of the business. Right they were, in my humble opinion. I´ve said it before, many times: either you don´t give a ..... about any photos that are or could be taken - fair enough, no problem, then you shouldn´t be annoyed about what might or does happen. Or you do care, then you should accept reality (meaning photos WILL be taken and published) and dress accordingly. Or behave accordingly (like NOT going topless sunbathing ANYWHERE because we live in today´s age and smartphones are a fact of life!).

    I remember the late Princess of Wales and her wardrobe "development" over the years very well. She chose to "learn" from any "wardrobe malfunction" and chose to wear tight skirts or long jackets over full skirts in order to prevent exactly that: skirts flying and underwear (or worse, "royal bottoms") showing. That was her reaction to reality (i.e. the media and the public) and her role. Kate obviously has a different view - otherwise she would adjust her wardrobe choices.
    I start wondering how I would do it if I was Kate..... would I care - knowing that I have a wonderful female body which is almost picture perfect - to see photos of my bum on the internet? Is it still necessary for a modern royal of this time and age to act like e.g. the late Princess of Wales and avoid such situations? Does it still hurt or endanger my future position as Queen if people see photos like this from time to time? I personally would probably react like Diana and avoid such "wardrobe malfunctions" - but maybe this fear of being "judged negatively" is quite outdated? Because quite honestly, the funny thing is that I personally do not care about Kate´s "wardrobe malfunctions" at all. If she´s happy with it, I certainly am. I could still accept and respect her as the future Queen. The only "problem" I have is that I THINK she might be upset about it and if she is she could easily avoid that by dressing differently. But, as I´ve said, maybe she isn´t.....
    It´s quite interesting that the Palace has not reacted to the photos so far. Maybe we should all quit reacting "shocked" regarding photos of "wardrobe malfunctions" and see them differently. After all, all what you see is a very lovely human body. How could that be "shocking"? Perhaps we should all go "WOW - what a lovely body the future Queen has!! What an example of nature´s beauty!" Because that´s really all it is, right? So why bother? Because we still cling to maybe old-fashioned and outdated "rules" of "appropriate" clothing for members of the Royal Family? Remember, it was only in 1981 that it was considered to be "appropriate" that the happy newly wed royal couple was allowed to kiss on the balcony - ever since then we all would be almost outraged if they didn´t kiss!!! That´s how quickly things can go from "royal no-go" to "royal must-have"... Should give us some second thoughts about what´s "appropriate" and what is not....

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    1. EVE- "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen." -President Harry S. Truman

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  57. I just want to put forward another perspective on this photo debacle, even though I feel enough has been said on the topic.
    But I would like you to consider this:
    "Would Kate's skirts flying up to expose a derriere (for the umpteenth time) be acceptable if she was the present queen?"
    Would we continue to excuse her again and again and again for the same silly mistake?
    Somehow I think most of us would not be so lenient towards her, (especially for the umpteenth time)..

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  58. In the aftermath of the bottom photo saga I can't help but think.. CONSPIRACY!! Prince Charles' media office photoshops Kate's bottom.. Et Voila... The comment about good ol' Putin disappears....
    Possible? No idea?!?!

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  59. I really like this blog! I do think that she should consider a different style for such engagements. She is a really pretty woman, so an other style would work wonderfully for her. It was not the first time it had happened, so she should have learn how to dress appropriately. I do like Catherine, and her style, but her mistakes shouldn't be hushed up. These were repeated mistakes (everybody does some, so I don't condemn her) of the most photographed woman in the world. Apart from these I do like her other sartorial choices.

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  60. Honestly, I just can't blame the victim in a situation like this. Kate can wear a thong with panty hose if she feels like it, just like somebody else can wear something different if that's what they prefer. The REAL issue is the fact that the media feels totally comfortable publishing pictures like this.

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    1. Yankee from California29 May 2014 at 21:08

      I wish there was a like button for comments like yours, Paige!

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    2. I could not have said it better! This poor woman should be able to wear what she wants under her dress with out rude people taking pictures.
      Joanna (New York)

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    3. Agreed!!!

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  61. My point about the panty hose was that on the derriere in the photo there is no evidence of panty hose. Either she was wearing them or not. If she was, the photo is fake.
    It's that simple.

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  62. I think Kate doesn't think it's such a big deal and that is why no changes have been made. Seriously, I think we can agree that "she should know better" and the fact that she hasn't done anything means she doesn't feel uncomfortable showing a bit of skin (this is also obvious from her single day outfits, her swimwear, her short hemlines, etc). She has been followed by the paps for years, she's had more than 1 official engagement and knows about the million lenses, so she probably doesn't think it's a big deal. Maybe she thinks we should all lighten up :P
    (I personally wouldn't feel comfortable but that is ME, call me prude, I don't care and clearly neither does she)

    I agree with this article from the DM :
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2641053/Please-learn-covered-Kate-As-Duchess-embarrassed-wardrobe-malfunction-AMANDA-PLATELL-running-sympathy.html

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  63. Kate should know by now not to wear flowy dresses when she will be boarding or de-boarding an airplane or helicopter. I definitely think she should choose different clothing to avoid that happening again. At least she has a beautiful bum to look at. She'd make more of an effort to hide it if it looked like mine! LOL

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  64. I think she should wear a stiff coat over her outfits when getting off a plane, helicopter, christening a ship etc. The coat will keep everything in place and then she can take the coat off once she is inside and show a lovely dress. Now we know why the Queen always has on a stiff coat for outside events!

    It doesn't seem to bother Kate. She seems quite calm as the wind blows around. So good for her!

    Also - for all the critics out there - if she wore giant granny underwear and a slip and stockings - they'd be criticizing her for being "too bulky" or having VPL or something. She can't win with critics. I think it's jealousy since she is so lovely!

    I adore her and she can wear what ever she wants as far as I'm concerned!

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  65. I watched and admired Diana and was just out of college when she got married to Charles. It's times like this that I think "if only Diana were still around." I adore Kate and love Charlotte's blog from the photos to the comments. I personally think about what I'm wearing under a dress - cause let's face it, even a staircase could be unfortunate for someone not paying attention. I wish that Kate would have one of favorite dress designers create a slip for her that she could wear under her dresses. A flash of silk is much more acceptable than a naked bum. It breaks my heart but it's also a fact. Media, technology and society have moved us in this direction. I too hope she figures it out.

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  66. I had a look at those photos on Twitter and they were so clearly photoshopped. It is absurd that anyone could think that they are real.

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  67. Emma - I DID LOL! That was SO funny!
    To those who feel that William and Kate are not doing enough engagements....there is some precedent in the Royal Family - the then Princess Elizabeth joined her husband in Malta where he was stationed, having assumed command of HMS Magpie. They were there together on and off, between 1949 and 1951. Prince Charles remained in London as "the climate in Malta deemed unsuitable for a young child of his years." ( It was a time very different from now .) Perhaps the family tradition allows for time for a just married couple to settle into their new lives together and to organize their new homes and in William & Kate's case, to truly bond with their baby....(having learned the hard way how crucial it is to strike a balance between giving time to family and one's duty to the nation.) I daresay that this is the case with William & Kate, and it will prove to be all for the best. In time, they will be working as hard as The Queen and Prince Philip.

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    1. the archives show that the queen worked and toured extensively when Philip was in Malta. the rest is media re-writing history.

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  68. Do any of us think that Kate would not wear appropriate under garments when wearing a dress? The photos have been manipulated! she would at east be wearing a full bottom.... please give her some credit!

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  69. Anonymous 02:12 - I did say that Princess Elizabeth joined Prince Philip in Malta Off and On. Believe me - I am one of Her Majesty's greatest admirers. I have also several times pointed out that Prince Charles has worked incredibly hard for the welfare of the UK - especially in terms of his Prince's Trust, helping to give disadvantaged youth a better start in life! I admit that I have reservations about his depressive and sometimes angry personality - especially when he becomes King - but I have no doubt that he genuinely cares deeply about others - and he is endearingly funny at some of his engagements - trying not to be intimidatingly grand or formal.
    I recently read that Camilla said that sometimes she goes looking for him at 2a.m. only to find him fast asleep at his desk...working on a speech or one of the charities he cares about so deeply - and that he Never stops working or relaxes. - I DO hope I got
    THAT right!

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  70. It would be great to hear William volunteered to fly the air ambulance (instead of getting paid to do it) and that might allow him to have more time for official duties. If he was volunteering, perhaps he would not be required to work as many shifts as the paid employees.

    However......it seems like a stint in a foreign office would help prepare him for being King.

    I looked at the photo of Kate's dress flying up - pretty sure it is fake because a) the dress was about knee length, and from what I can see there is not enough material "flying up" for a knee length dress, b) don't you think there would have been more than one photographer who captured this shot? and c) I hate to say this, but it seems like there is too much "meat" showing for someone so slim.

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