Friday, 16 May 2014

Kate's Next Engagement & Vote for Kate's Best Tour Hat & Hairstyle

Hello to you all! We begin today's post with confirmation on Kate's next engagement.

On Thursday, 29 May, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - known as The Earl and Countess of Strathearn in Scotland - will visit Perth and Kinross. The day begins with a visit to Strathearn Community Campus where the royals will meet local groups including young carers, Scouts, Cadets and Brownies as well as representatives of Scottish Air Ambulance.

Crieff High

Their Royal Highnesses will also visit the newly restored MacRosty park in Crieff and unveil a plaque to mark the dedication of the park as a Field in Trust. Prince William is president of the Fields in Trust organisation which works to secure and improve outdoor spaces for sport and play for future generations to enjoy.

MacRosty Park

Next, William and Kate will visit The Famous Grouse Distillery where they will tour the facility before meeting locals at a reception. Finally, the couple will visit a fete and view stands displaying local wares and produce.

Scottish Whisky Store

Perhaps the Duke and Duchess will sample a tipple of the hugely popular whisky? I can safely say I'm not a whisky drinker but I was introduced to this brand by my fiancé's family and it's actually quite nice. Especially good to have a bottle on hand for colds and flu (to be used in a sparing fashion!). It's an important local business and employer and it's excellent to see the royals to be supporting such places.

The Famous Grouse

I think this day of engagements is a wonderful way to begin a busy summer of appearances for the Cambridges. It's quite possible the Duchess will select a tartan piece for the day. Below we see her sartorial choices form her visit to Scotland last year. We can safely assume we'll see Kate sporting her Strathearn print scarf from ScotWeb.


Scotland is a beautiful place with so much to offer. I'm very much looking forward to this one!

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Continuing on with our polls, we look at hats worn by The Duchess during the tour. We begin with the pillbox Gina Foster hat Kate wore upon arrival in New Zealand. The £450 Seaford Hat is described as a "Jackie O pillbox with felt flower trim".


The Duchess teamed her teal Emilia Wickstead dress with a Jane Taylor hat. It's a striking piece with fern detail.


Kate selected a grey hat by Jane Taylor for an Easter Sunday service.


For the royals' last day in Australia, Kate chose a local milliner - Jonathan Howard. Mr. Howard revealed there had been months of correspondence before the Duchess selected the dark navy blue Boutton Hat.


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I voted for the red Gina Foster hat. There was something very classic and reminiscent of Jackie O about the entire look. That hat is a beautiful piece, one of Ms. Foster's finest creations.


Our second poll today has been highly requested by readers and covers Kate's hairstyles throughout the tour. For your convenience we've narrowed it down to six options.

1. Classic Kate

Our first option is Her Royal Highness's signature look. Kate has always favoured wearing her tresses down over her shoulders in loose curls or waves.


2. Straight and Sleek

We also saw Kate's hair looking straighter and sleeker during the tour, especially in Uluru.


Overall, wearing her hair down worked very well throughout the tour, apart from one occasion when little George was eager to play with his mother's locks :)


3. The Ponytail

Kate looks youthful and fresh when she wears her hair in a ponytail, and it looked particularly stylish with the cornflower blue Alexander McQueen coat.


4. The Demi-Chignon

Since the royal wedding, a demi-chignon has been my favourite style on the Duchess. It looks very sophisticated and showcases the face whilst still showing off the length. Kate chose this look several times during the tour.


5. The Chignon

Kate wore her hair in a chignon at a reception in Australia just before the tour ended. It looked splendid and very appropriate for an evening function.


6. The Intricate Do

Hairdresser Amanda Cook Tucker outdid herself for the Easter Sunday Service when she styled Kate's hair into this intricate look.


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As I mentioned earlier my favourite is the demi-chignon. What did you choose?


We'll be holding our last 'End of Tour' polls in our next post. What would you like to see included? Jewellery? Shoes? Bags? A poll featuring Prince George? Let us know in the comments!

240 comments:

  1. I would love too see a poll on all of the above! Thank you for all your hard work on this blog. I check it daily and so enjoy your input! Many thanks! -Casey

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    1. You're very welcome. Thank you for reading Casey :)

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    2. I would like to see a poll on all of the above,too – with George's outfits, please.

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  2. Sarah from Calif.16 May 2014 at 02:53

    Haha I chose the Classic Kate hair do. Its not my favorite but there is something so Kate about it that I love.
    As for hats, loved the red Seaford one but leaped out and chose the gray Taylor!.
    As for Whiskey don't have a clue but if you want to talk wine!
    As for posting Charlotte, post away... purses, jewelery etc.... We are all very happy to be with you and your lovely blog.
    Stay well and have a lovely weekend.

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    1. Thank you Sarah. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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    2. Kate, Texas, USA18 May 2014 at 05:09

      Bluhare, your comments crack me up! You are TOO funny!

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    3. Kate, Texas, USA19 May 2014 at 04:01

      Somehow my computer scrambled all my comments and posts up. Grrrr. The comment for Sarah's post is way below and Bluhare's post is up here. I think my computer is on its last leg. Anyway, Sarah, I loved your response! Bluhare, I'll post again for you below. Your post was too funny not to comment on....LOL!

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  3. Hi Charlotte!
    All of the aforementioned! Great post Charlotte!

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  4. Jennifer from Wisconsin16 May 2014 at 03:20

    Charlotte, I think whatever there are more new pieces of to vote on would be great. I almost said jewelry but I am not sure there were many new items. Whatever works- we'll have fun with it.

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    1. Thank you Jennifer, these polls are such fun.

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    2. Lynn Georgia USA17 May 2014 at 15:23

      I'm hoping for a chance to vote on George's little outfits!

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  5. I voted for the Gina Foster red pillbox and the "intricate do." Both were fun yet chic and stylish. The hairstyle reminds me a little of a loose braid with pins to keep the strands in place, rather than weaving them tightly. The effect is wonderful!

    Looking forward to the Scotland trip! I wonder, too, if we'll see the Duchess in a tartan piece or a block color with her special scarf?

    I'd love to see the results of a George poll. Maybe a favorite moment, with selections of him with each parent?

    Hope you enjoy your weekend, Charlotte!

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    1. Hello Summer,

      I think we will see the scarf for sure and excellent suggestions about the George poll :)

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  6. Kate's hair is a difficult choice for me because I think it is gorgeous any way she wears it! But I vote for the demi-chignon!! Thanks for a great blog Charlotte!

    Tracy in North Carolina

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  7. Had to restrain myself from voting for all hairstyles, so I left off the straight and the half up half down. A thought..maybe W & K are taking turns sfaying home with the baby vis-a vis evening engagements? (I'm still catching up with comments/replies on the previous poll!) Charlotte- I hope you don't get tired of our gobsmacked admiration of this wonderful blog!

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  8. Hi Charlotte,
    I voted for the Red Pillbox, it just had such a classic look to me. I thought it looked wonderful on Kate. And I voted for the demi-chignon, it looked so beautiful on Kate. I love that look on her.
    As for the polls, I would love to see one on moments with George also, as someone already suggested. I think there were some very sweet pictures of him with his parents, and I think he should be included because he really was very much included by his parents in this tour also. They only missed 2 days being with him, every other night they were with him.
    But whatever you choose will be wonderful Charlotte. You do such an amazing job! Thank you and have a great weekend! Take care.
    Jennifer

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  9. I'd love to see a piece that includes little Georgie-porgie! He was the star of the tour as far as I was concerned :) He is an amazing little boy - he seemed so unfazed by all the attention. So many people taking pictures and wanting to touch him and get close. Every time he appeared in public, there was a huge crowd who were all focused on him. It's surprising he didn't just burst into tears with all that intense interest. He's got the makings of a public figure already!

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  10. I love the whole look during the Christchurch visit. The hair the Luisa Spagnolli red suit, Kate's aura. She looked so radiant, glowing and blooming in the pictures.

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  11. Hi everybody!
    I chose the blue hat (I think it's funny and fresh) and the intricate do, even if I'm a fan (and envious) of the Classic Kate hair do.
    I'm a little disappointed because the next engagement is one month after the royal tour.. such a long time without public engagements isn't good for her because of the negative thoughts of the public opinion...
    Anyway I guess che will repeat the Catherine Walker red coat with the tartan scarf..

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  12. Most definitely the pill box.
    Hats such as these ooze class. I just don't find those small, flat hats flatter Kate. As don't the fascinators (if they can be called hats). Perhaps it's the way they are worn too far forward towards the face? Not sure? Or maybe it's the unsuitable hairstyle that is often worn with this style. To wear a dainty hat, hair must be up. And on some occasions this has been achieved nicely.
    Pill box style set back away from Kate's face are always a winner as are the wider brimmed hats.

    The hair is a tricky one. Love her hair in any style as long as it suits the occasion. I simply find that too often Kate wears it in loose locks when there are better and more sensible options. This last tour just proved that any hairstyle complements Kate's face, so hopefully we'll see her doing more of this.
    Strangely, I even found the "straight and sleek" to work well. I believe this is how Kate must have worn her hair most often before her engagement to William.

    So glad to hear they really are off to Scotland. It seems like a full schedule for a few days but I'm thrilled they are placing some real attention on this beautiful part of the world. Hopefully many will notice this through the media reports. As a matter of fact, Scotland is being contemplated as our next travel destination! Any travel hints from Scottish blog followers would be greatly appreciated!

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    1. Helen, I totally agree about the pill box hat vs. fascinators (not my favorite for the reasons you pointed out). I also wish we would see her wear a wide brimmed hat from time to time.

      Hair...I voted for the chignon. Although I do wonder if I am the only one that thinks she could wear it a bit tighter or "neater"....... :)

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    2. royalfan- As a non-fashionista, I have noticed that ladies in the news have adopted a "not quite perfect" style. It started with non matching accessories. This goes along with the asymmetric look and includes hairstyles: the little wisp of hair left out of an updo has been popular for some time that . I used to think was unintentional; uneven length on the sides, longer on one side; roots showing. Sometimes, an outfit will be suave and elegant with funky shoes. Helena B.C. Loves to do this, among others.
      That said, I think the messiness with the hairpin in the chignon 'do was George's work, with no time to repair the damage. That event was in Government House (?), where they were staying with George, I believe.
      I will never forget the chignon from the Asia tour (BG-before George) that was quite perfect- with the pearls.
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    3. Marg, my original reply to you must be lost in cyberspace.

      I know what you mean about a "not quite perfect" style, but for some reason (I can't quite put my finger on it), I don't think it works on Kate. Your theory about George may be on the money. :)

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  13. Silvia from Portugal :))))16 May 2014 at 10:23

    Dear All,

    I have to admit that I my self I am a huge fan of hats and facinators ( i think this is the other correct word), fell free to correct me if it is not :)) I wear hats for several parties and engagments that I have and they are a lovely accessorie to give that little touch of sparkling. Here in Portugal it is a fashion item not very common among young woman and woman, but i simply love it :))) Maybe I got it from my mum because my mum wedding dress was quite adavnced for her time and instead of a veil she wore a lovely hat :)))

    So back to the pool, for the hat pool I was very very balanced between the grey hat by Jane Taylor and the Button Hat, one is classic all over and another is a modern detail all over. I know that the Boutton Hat was a very questionable choice by many readers but not for me so modern... In the end I voted for the Grey Hat by Jane Taylor, just because the all package of the outfit was sublime!!!

    Regarding the hair style, well for me it was between the Chignon and the ponytail and even though they are too distinct between themselves I have gone for the Ponytail, just because I found a very good hair style variation and extremelly appropriated for the events :)))

    Finally and not the leats I think the final pool should be not about jewerly or bags ar any other fashion imte, I think the final pool should be about the most valuable thing in the world family :))) I think that we should vote for the best family moment in the tour, namely choosing the photo that best catches them as a family of three (for now :)) After all this blog is about following the life and style of Duchess Catherine :)))

    I wish you all a wonderfull weekend and now I am ready to start to work :)))

    Charlotte whatever pool you decide for, it will be perfect, it was just my opinion, but please try to realeast it until Thursday next week as I am flying to Paris and Milan, Friday to Sunday with a busy working agenda full of meetings :)))

    Silvia

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    1. I love hats, too, Silvia. So much so I have my funeral outfit all planned for when Mr. bluhare goes to the great beyond. My hat involves lots of netting and I see myself dabbing my eyes very elegantly with my black lace hanky without messing the netting up at all.

      Reality? Red puffy eyes, wadded up Kleenex and snagged netting.


      PS Yes. Mr. bluhare has been annoying me to no end today so I have been plotting his demise and funeral. And my boytoy who drives my limo to the funeral. Can't decide on David Beckham or Prince Harry.

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    2. Laurie - N Carolina17 May 2014 at 00:05

      Lol, bluhare! Your comment about Mr. bluhare and his funeral made me laugh so hard I almost spit out my coffee!! PS - I vote for Prince Harry for boytoy driver 😁

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    3. Pauline Oak Hills17 May 2014 at 00:47

      I would take Harry. Beckham is taken...lol

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    4. I wouldn't waste them sitting in the front seat driving. They'd be in the backseat with me. The better for me to admire them, of course.

      Thanks for the giggle-actually, guffaw- bluhare. I needed that.

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    5. Oh bluhare! LMBO! You made me laugh so hard! I agree with the others, you should definetly pick Prince Harry, he would be my choice, no doubt!

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    6. Jennifer from Wisconsin17 May 2014 at 05:52

      Bluhare- Have them both in the car with you and if you need a driver maybe one of the Property Brothers could help and if they get lost on the back.... Jennifer from NC and I will happily come help.

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    7. bluhare, my response to *your* poll (LMAO) is Beckham. His eyes just.........hmmm.... ;)

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    8. Oh yes! Indeed we would!

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    9. I confess to a moment of wondering if I had stepped into a parallel universe, but thank you for that nice response, Pauline. Harry is mine, everybody! I require no help with him either. :)

      royalfan, you look at his eyes?

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    10. LOL! Well, the offer of help is forever standing if ever required ;)

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    11. Kate, Texas, USA18 May 2014 at 05:13

      Bluhare, I know that news about London hosting the Olympics if Brazil can't get it together was reported on our evening news over here. SO, I would say there's some truth to it. The London games were the most watched games in history, so it could be another win situation!

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    12. Thanks, Kate. I just think that's so strange that Brazil has reached out so soon! I've never heard of a city doing that.

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    13. Kate, Texas, USA19 May 2014 at 04:04

      Now hopefully this will post under the correct comment. Bluhare, you are hilarious! Has Mr. Bluehare shaped up today or are you still plotting? That was so funny!

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    14. Mr. bluhare has redeemed himself. He's made me so many cups of tea, he's worn the kettle out. :)

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    15. Helen, I don't know if you are from England or America, but I was wondering what the term "classy" means. Is it the same across the pond? That word is often used, and I wonder exactly what it means.

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    16. LOL!!! Yes, bluhare, I look at his eyes. It's a start, anyway....................... ;)

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    17. I'm disappointed in you, royalfan. I didn't even know David Beckham had eyes.

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    18. Hi Wolfpup.
      I'm neither Brit or American.
      Just plain old Australian.
      Our language, spelling and grammar is based on traditional English with a bit of American slang thrown in.
      But we do have our own slang words which have developed over the last 100 years.

      To answer your question "classy" is simply sophisticated, elegant and stylish. I guess it has reference to the upper classes of society and how we perceive them to be or (have been in the past.) It has English roots.

      Isn't wonderful how this blog links all of us from every nook and cranny around our planet. Simply marvellous.

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  14. Hello Charlotte! I love your posts! I am truly fan of Royals! I voted for grey hat Easter Sunday and I like Kate's classic look! I would like to see some polls about Kate's relatives! I like Pippa! Sometimes she is more stylish than Catherine! Only my opinion! Diana R.

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  15. Just a small thing: it's whisky without the e in Scotland. Your blog is one of my little pleasures.

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  16. Jean from Lancs16 May 2014 at 13:51

    I love her hair, however she wears it---even blowing in the wind or being chewed by baby George, but have come to the conclusion that when wearing a hat, it is better off her face. I, therefore,voted for the Easter Sunday hat and the hairdo that went with it.
    I liked all her hats, but think the last one ( I call it the bilby hat) would have been better with hair back.
    Look forward to their away day, but Charlotte, Scotch whisky has no "e"----that's Irish or US..

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    1. Sarah from Calif.18 May 2014 at 21:07

      Hi Charlotte and Jean! I almost made it to England with Kate from Texas this summer but alas it was not meant to be, YET. I'm sad but Family first. Have a lovely weekend.

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  17. I voted for the grey Jane Taylor hat, I just loved the look of that whole outfit! I also voted for the demi-chignon hairstyle, I really hope that Kate adopts this style as her go to look in the future. While I love her hair down, I feel that for engagements the demi-chignon is a bit more professional looking and allows for others to see her from a side view. Also, when her hair is up like this she isn't constantly fidgeting and playing with it, that drive me nuts, especially when she's making a speech and it keeps falling in her face. Very distracting!

    While I would love to see a poll on jewelry, she just didn't wear enough new stuff on this tour, so I'll vote for a Prince George poll.

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  18. Please do jewelry AND Prince George! Love your blog as always, Charlotte! - Heather C USA

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  19. Hi Charlotte, Thanks for another wonderful post. Your blog is so informative on Kate, her engagements, and fashion choices. I love the polls and would be happy with all of your suggestions. Its so much fun to see what wins and what doesn't.

    Have great weekend and looking forward to the next post.

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  20. Canadian Friend16 May 2014 at 15:36

    Hi, Charlotte,

    Thank you, as always, for your fabulous postings. I would love one about George but would probably lose an hour or two just staring at "His Royal Cuteness"...

    I chose the gray Easter hat. I'm still not sure if I liked the hat itself or if I just liked the way Kate wore it- very elegant. The others were lovely too-except the dark blue hat for Anzac Day. I just didn't "get" it. The months of correspondence between Kate and the designer should have been about choosing a different hat!

    I love Kate in ponytails- so smart and youthful so I chose that style for my vote (remember how pretty she looked at the Mandela premiere?). All the other styles are great. I guess I just like her to change it up frequently.

    This weekend is Victoria Day in Canada, celebrating Queen Victoria's birthday. It's also known as the May 2-4 Weekend (a 2-4 is a two dozen pack of beer cans/bottles). It generally marks the start of our Summer but our weather is cold and rainy. That's not unusual either. All the best to Canadians shivering in tents camping, out watching fireworks displays in single digit temperatures and opening their summer cottages in the pouring rain. It will get better!

    Have a great weekend, Charlotte! May your readers have the same!

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  21. I know its What Kate Wore but I would love to have the chance to vote on what George wore or maybe the best coordinating outfit between mother and son. In regards to the poles, I prefer Kate's hair up especially on windy days. Indoors, "classic kate" is my favorite. I enjoyed all of the hats, but didn't like the Gina Foster pillbox as much as other people seemed too.

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    1. Oops, wrong site, this is HRHduchesskate, not What Kate Wore. :)

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    2. Huge bad on my part. Sorry Charlotte : ( I love your blog.

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  22. I voted for the navy blue hat because I thought it went so perfectly with the beautiful coat, and I liked the style and make of the hat. That outfit was so well put together and so appropriate to the occasion. For the first time, I voted twice in the hair poll. I love Kate's hair down in curls, and I think she looks very elegant in a chignon. Unlike everyone else, I am less taken with the pony tails and demi chignons, though of course they get her hair out of her way and are good in hot or windy weather and sports events. When she made a speech, she should have had it back. But I think such styles are basically utilitarian; I voted for the pretty styles.

    How can we vote for George? We'll be voting for every picture of him! But anyway, forge ahead with a George poll because we'll love seeing him all over again!

    I'm glad William and Catherine are going to Scotland. That should provide some lovely pictures. I suppose Trooping and Garter will be their English events, and June 6 the European. Wonder if they'll do something in Wales and maybe Northern Ireland before too long. Rumors of an Autumn tour abroad - USA, I hope?? Or maybe Africa or Islands?

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  23. Patricia Florida USA16 May 2014 at 17:05

    Hello All and very special hello to you our amazing Charlotte! I voted for the Gina Foster red pillbox, it does so remind me of our former FLOTUS, Jacqueline Kennedy, and I voted for the intricate do- but now I think I should have voted for the classic Kate because as was previously stated, she looks amazing no matter what. As for polls- any and all Miss Charlotte because we have no doubt you will select and put them together with the same care that you use for all of your blogs....you keep us on our toes! Have a wonderful week-end everyone- safe and happy!

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  24. For me, the pillbox was not Kate but someone older- and from a diffrrent time! As for fascinators, at least they don't obscure one side of the face like a platter smacked the wearer upside the head! I imagine those must cause a lot of disappointment to fans who made an effort to come to an event to see them...and only got to see their gigantic face-obscuring hat!!

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  25. Can anyone hazard a guess as to how Kate deals with her long hair being blown all over and presumably knots being created that have to be brushed out later? That was the toughest part for me many years ago when I wore long hair. Sometimes it was so tough that the brushing produced tears. Seems a high price to pay for a hair style unless there's some new product that prevents it. If not, NZ must have been a nightmare for Kate.

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  26. I got so wrapped up in hats that I forgot to mention - I imagine that aftet resting up from a truly arduous trip - Kate must have had a lot to catch up on...plus back tlo endless wardrobe-planning for future engagements...all while taking care of Baby George. .Lupo...William...(not in that order!) catching up with family...etc. etc.

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    1. Yes sounds an exhausting schedule. Bea. Ny

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  27. I have already voted, but I always come back to read the new comments...doing so, I also looked back at the pictures for the poll. Maybe someone can help answer this for me....isn't the demi-chignon very similar to the intricate do? I can't remember what the back of the demi looks like, but it seems to me they are quite alike, in MHO. Thank you in advance for helping to answer this for me. Have a great weekend everyone!

    PS. Bluhare, where are you? Was curious to see what you thought of this poll and the fact that Kate isn't doing an engagement till the 29th?

    Take care all,
    Jennifer

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    1. You probably don't want to know my opinion of Kate's work ethic, Jennifer. I'm a bit sour as it seems like business as usual.

      I wasn't a great fan of her hats either. I guess I'll vote for the pillbox when I get around to it. I'll get perky when it comes to George's Best Pout poll, though!

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    2. Hi Jennifer,

      I think the demi-chignon is a bit simpler in the back compared to the intricate do. I do agree though the front is very similar, it's just the back that's different.

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    3. Actually yes I would like to know it...we have the same opinion on it (now that I have really taken a hard look at her engagements, and how much time space is between them). So, I'm pretty sure I can guess lol. Good to see you again.
      And thank you Lauri, I was very curious about that.

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    4. Bluhare, I am intrested too.:-)

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    5. Actually, Kate needs to play to the press, IMO. Have you guys seen the latest from the DM? Kate's redoing Amner Hall into a WAG palace. I think that's a bit unfair, but it certainly indicates the press' regard (or lack thereof).

      There's lots of talk about what they WILL be doing, but nothing actually happens. Just like the last tours. Huge public goodwill that goes away when they disappear then show up occasionally to throw the peasants crumbs. (Told you my opinion was sour, but you did ask!)

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    6. At the risk of sounding ignorant(which I am), what is the DM and what does WAG stand for?

      Your opinion may be sour, as you said, but it is pretty spot on, IMO. And I agree also, the Duchess needs to play to the press more. They can definetly be ruthless when they want to be. I guess that will always be the case, no matter what their subject matter is (just MO).

      Jennifer

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    7. Jean from Lancs18 May 2014 at 11:18

      Bluhare,
      That' is I believe the third time that DM has had an article on the tiles on Amner Hall---it's a grade 2 listed building, so they cannot use just what they want. It was explained before that these are what the originals would have been.
      There is absolutely nothing new in their article, as everything was reported when planning permission was granted.
      The "Daily Mail", like you, was obviously feeling sour.

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    8. For once bluehare I agree with you!! Well said. I like this couple but their work ethic isn't gr8, full time royals or not they are royal and take the good bits. Shame. There was such high hopes. Annie London

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    9. Has anyone seen the article in the Express about Kate? I liked her main point, which is we dont' have a clue who Kate is and it would be nice if we saw Kate instead of Catherine. I agree with that. I do think there should be some mystique though, and that would be a very hard line to follow.

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    10. Jenn, the DM is the Daily Mail, and WAG stands for wives and girlfriends. WAG's are pretty tacky, so it wasn't a nice reference.

      Jean, that was my point. I think the tile brouhaha was silly; they'll fade in time. And if she wants a conservatory, who am I to say that they shouldn't have one? My point was the DM is taking a pretty aggressive attitude about it; basically calling it "common" without actually saying it. That's a bit slaggy, in my opinion.

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    11. Wives and girlfriends of football players, apparently. Zara Phillips should be insulted. I thought the article was silly. The snide implications about cost made little sense given that the renovation is needed and is paid for privately (bad roof, rotting window frames, etc.). The property belongs to the Queen herself, not the Crown. The builder who commented on the small conservatory was also snarly. It does not detract at all from the appearance of the building, and it fits into a niche that connects the main building to a smaller out building.

      It seems to me that the people who criticize the Cambridges in the press are bitter individuals who ought to have better things to do, or they seek personal visibility at the expense of someone who is well known. There's a lot of obvious jealousy, even when taxpayers are in no way involved. The press attitude is often mean. Turning a simple effort to keep her hair from hiding her poppy into hair twirling, via a stupid made up video - that sort of thing, along with all the criticism, has probably discouraged Kate from appearing in public in London more than necessary. She has a life and doesn't need the nonsense.

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    12. "She has a life and doesn't need the nonsense." Sums it all up, anon.02:08
      . I do wonder if she has a choice anymore.

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    13. Right, Anonymous 2:08. Everyone with a critical opinion is a bitter and jealous egomaniac.

      Step away from the keyboards, peasants! bluhare's posting and no one's opinion is more important than MINE!!

      You know, it's not bad being a bitter, jealous egomaniac.

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    14. The article on Amner Hall is not a huge surprise is it? I'm waiting for the next chapter on Carole's assigned parking space.

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    15. Bluhare - I thought the Express article was spot on. Nobody really knows who Kate is because she never expresses any opinion on anything. I like Kate a lot, but if I had the name "Waity Kate" prior to my marriage, I would make sure I changed people's minds once I was in a position to. She has minimal patronages that are well and good, but nothing on the world stage like Mary or even Harry - who travels all over in support of wounded service men and other military causes. The fact that we barely hear her speak, IMHO, adds to this issue. There are plenty of pictures of her smiling at people she meets on walkabouts and the few times she is out for her patronages, but there is not much of substance people can really relate to. Poor Pippa's writing career is pretty much over due to the fact that she is forbidden to speak about anything related to her family. Hence the issue with Kate - she relates nothing back to herself personally which leaves people not knowing what she is all about.

      It's good to have some mystique, but if she wants to be known for more than being a hanger for clothes, she really needs to change people's opinion of her. We keep hearing she is going to step up her role in the Royal family, but 3 years in and this has not happened yet.

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    16. Sarah from Calif.20 May 2014 at 02:05

      Oh all the critics about Will and Kate's house should try living in Monterey County, Ca. USA. What they are doing to fix that huge house up is pittance compared to the cost of living in this area.

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    17. Sarah from Calif.20 May 2014 at 02:10

      Kate we are all soooooooo excited for you and know you will get us some fabulous pictures! We will make it there together some day!

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    18. It isn't, royalfan, but weren't you surprised at the level of bitchery (for lack of a better word) in it? That was my point in mentioning it. Not that she shouldn't redo her house in the way she wants it, but the way it's being reported . . . and making it sound like she's chavving up the royal family.

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    19. Jennifer from Wisconsin20 May 2014 at 04:33

      Bluhare- Hope you don't take this the wrong way- but I heard Maleficent's voice in my head reading that last comment. I don't think of you as an evil witch at all, but it was kind of funny. Glad things are going better with Mr. Bluhare.

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    20. Jennifer, if that means you visualize Angelina Jolie when you see my name, that's totally fine with me!

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    21. PS Totally agree with you, Melissa. Your disappointment is my disappointment. I keep hoping Kate's going to grow into her role.

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    22. bluhare, no I wasn't surprised at the tone of the article simply because it's nothing new. Going after Kate (and/or her family) sells papers and, sadly, it seems to make some people feel better if you read the comments sections of similar articles. How does/would the Express or DM (etc) write full length articles about the color of tiles and a conservatory?

      bluhare and Melissa212, *I* continue to be disappointed that Kate's work ethic is criticized when her role within the family is based on the history of the RF. I don't know what the long term affect of this will be, but I firmly believe that is the reasoning behind it. The thought of an attractive, young and popular Mrs William must make Charles twitch when he considers what a long road it's been (promoting Camilla) and what lies ahead..........

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  28. My favorite hair-do is the one lovingly styled by baby George. Casual, yet trendy and whimsical. Ha!
    Actually, I'll go with the whole Easter Sunday look- hat and hair.
    Next poll? Please about George, but not a poll. Who could choose? We all have our favorite "George moment," but as for the favorite photo, probably Kate's reported favorite would win a poll. And that face! Maybe favorite George expression?
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    1. George's expression while he was studying the top of Kate's head was priceless. He looked as if he knew just how her hair should look.

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  29. One more thing I forgot...I know this is a fashion blog for Duchess Kate, but this was mentioned here, so I'm going to ask here. The upcoming tour that Prince Harry is taking, I think I remember that he is supposed to go somewhere in South America(?)if I'm correct. Does anyone remember, is he supposed to go to Brazil? I'm asking because I just read that Brazil is in chaos because of all the fighting and people being killed, and I wonder if Prince Harrys' tour will be changed last minute? I think it would be dangerous for him to go anywhere near there.
    Sorry, I know its off topic, but was just curious, I follow Prince Harry as well as Kate, William and George.
    Thank you in advance for any help with this question. Take care all and have a wonderful weekend!
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    1. I thought I'd read he's going to Brazil, Jenn. He's in Estonia now, charming everyone in his military uniform (swoon). Yes, I like Harry. A lot. :)

      I also read that Brazil's Olympics are so far behind, they've reached out to London to see if they can host again if they can't get it together? Am I really gullible? Can any of our SA posters elaborate?

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    2. Jean from Lancs16 May 2014 at 22:26

      He goes to Italy after Estonia for the 70th anniversary of Monte Casino and the liberation of Rome.

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    3. Thank you bluhare, I thought I had heard that (or read it) somewhere. I would imagine his tour might be changed, as far as Brazil is concerned.

      And yes, I like Prince Harry a lot also!!! Always have!
      Thank you Jean, I knew he was doing something in Europe as well, but I couldn't remember what.
      Appreciate the reminder. Take care.
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    4. I think it is interesting that Harry has had engagements that have kept him away from GB a lot of the time. Especially since he parted with Cressida. Or perhaps he was doing this when they were still togetherand it wasn't publicized?

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    5. What I think is interesting is that Harry gets more substantive engagements. He's done a couple of overseas tours (although nowhere near as long as the Cambridges last one) where he's mixed some fun stuff in with heavier things. They tend to send him out on the military expeditions and, imo, he does them very well.

      My bias for Harry is well known. I think he'd make a better King than his brother.

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    6. William gives me the impression he would have been happier in the RAF the rest of his life. I can actually invision W&C living the Anglesey life indefinitely.
      Harry certainly has the heart and charisma. He still reminds me of a young Edward VIII He wasn't all playboy prince. There was a caring and capable side that maybe the right woman could have brought out. I think his family saw this and it was one reason why the abdication was so demoralizing for the RF. I doubt if Harry would make being king his first druther.
      I have read that Queen Elizabeth would have preferred being a country resident, with her horses and corgis.
      The only person I know for sure wants to be king is Prince Charles. But I'm afraid the expiration date on that package is about to expire. And again, the right woman......
      And probably Prince Andrew. He would probably be king in a heartbeat.

      I certainly hope I haven't spoken out of turn. I do have the greatest respect and admiration for the BRF , as a whole.

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    7. Bluhare, I very much agree with you about Prince Harry, he does do a wonderful job with the tours he is given. And yes, I also agree he is given the ones more geared toward military. I suppose, seeing as he is still active duty (regardless if not still out in the field or not), that gives him a better apreciation for it and advantage. And, I am totally biased toward Harry as well. I think he would do an amazing job as King as well, even if he didn't want the job.

      RNNOKC, you have every right to your opinion, and I tend to agree with it. You are right about PW and a military career, IMO. I think he was much happier before retiring. Even though I think he will do a good job as King, it doesn't seem (to me) that he necessarily wants to be King. Just an impression I get. And I have always thought PC was not suited for the position. Although you are right, he wants to be King very badly, has for years, IMO.
      I have a very high admiration and respect for them also RNNOKC, but we are all allowed to voice our opinion, and I think you put yours nicely :).
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    8. Prince Harry's own words published in the Telegraph and also in video on youtube :

      How sad, then, to hear him say wistfully: "I don't want to sit around in Windsor. But I generally don't like England that much and, you know, it's nice to be away from all the press and the papers."

      Would you think that a prince who does not like his own country and is pleased to be away from it would not make a good king? Well, I for one do not think so!

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    9. Yes, I think he would make a good King. I do. I think those comments were made about the media in Britain, no? I think if he'd have made them about his own country, the backlash would have been huge. I'd have even been in on that one. I was born in England too.

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    10. JENNIFER- Well said and thank-you, I hoped I wasn't unkind, but maybe I was at points.
      Reviewing my comment, I realized there may be those who associate Edward VIII with his political-philosophical leanings in the 1930's and 40's; from there, to a certain costume Prince Harry wore to a party. I promise that had nothing to do with my comparison.
      Also, Jennifer, perhaps in your desire to be diplomatic you seem to be leaving vast spaces between the lines OK, said in . in plain English- with which of my statements did you not agree? It's OK, I can take it!

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    11. bluhare. , Context is everything. I seriously doubt Harry doesn't like England. (is that a double-negative?)
      He does, however, seem to have an especially good time in the USA

      My device has "learned" bluhare. Ha!

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    12. Prince Harry does a nice job with his overseas assignments, especially the military events. I doubt, however, that he would be happy doing all the government paper work that the monarch is required to attend to. He seems to be a man of action, and I believe he is dyslexic as well. He has said that the study part of becoming an Apache pilot was very hard; he is said to be a natural pilot but not a natural student! And meetings with government officials? I think Harry would be bored with the constitutional duties of the monarch. He will need to find an appropriate niche as well as a good wife in order to live a fulfilled life.

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    13. RNNOKC,
      I'm a little confused. I didn't disagree with anything you said, just the opposite. Maybe I typed something wrong, or worded it wrong, I was getting tired when I was typing that lol.
      Bluhare, thankyou for clearing up the DM and WAG thing. I have been working a lot and sleeping a lot when not working as I don't feel well, and I haven't been able to read the DM like I usually do. I have only caught one article on the tiles. Just catching up on the comments here, on to the next one! Take care all.

      Jennifer

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    14. Sorry, Jennifer. Usually when someone begins with " You have every right to your opinion," there's a but in there somewhere.
      What can I say- I'm an idiot.

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    15. RNNOKC, oh no, you are far from being an idiot. And you are correct, usually when someone starts a comment as I did previously, you would think it would be negative. I am sorry, I worded it wrong. Again, you are not an idiot!
      Jennifer

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    16. Babababa baba ba

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  30. I would love to see a Prince George poll! As one noted above, perhaps best picture of him with parents, separately and together as a trio? I'm not sure a jewelry post is needed, as she wore very, very few new items, and I feel that the only thing that stood out was the fern brooch loaned to her for the first day. Ditto for shoes, most (if not all?) of them were repeats.

    One thought on her hair - I'd have loved to see more updo's, but I wonder if there simply wasn't time. I know that with my long hair, an elegant hairstyle can take a couple of hours. With multiple engagements in a day, factoring in meals, time with George, travel to and from engagements, I would think that having one primary hairstyle for the day, something simple like all down (although curling/setting does take time, too!) is just so much easier. I recall there was even a day with one less outfit change than expected due to running out of time. Not that we will ever know for sure, but I bet it was a factor in her styling decisions every day.

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    2. Kate, Texas, USA19 May 2014 at 04:10

      Bluhare, aren't George's expressions hilarious! Like a grumpy old man! Such a cutie! :)

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  31. Laurie - N. Carolina16 May 2014 at 19:50

    Yay! Another poll!! :-) For the hats...it was a close one for me, between the red pillbox and the gray Easter Sunday hat, but the gray won by a small margin. I think perhaps because I LOVED the entire look...understated and classic. For the hairstyles, I voted for the demi-chignon. I do love her hair down and loose in her regular "Kate" style, but she has such a beautiful face and when her hair is back, you can see her features much better. Honestly, as with all things Kate, she pretty much ALWAYS looks good, no matter what!

    I would love to see a post on favorite George "moments"...expressions, pictures, family moments...something like that. He's just so adorable, I can't stand it!! I can't get over how well behaved he was with all the activity swirling around him. I believe William had mentioned that he was a tad "difficult" for the first few months, but he seems to have grown out of that. I just want to "squish" those chubby little cheeks!!

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    1. Lynn Georgia USA17 May 2014 at 15:38

      I loved the whole grey look, too. I'm thinking (hoping!) we'll see it again soon--at either the Garter Ceremony or at the D-Day anniversary in Normandy. Does anyone want to make bets with (or against) me?

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  32. anon from Leominster16 May 2014 at 20:06

    I like Kate with long hair because it suits the shape of her face. I like it in the traditional style, as long as it's neat but the demi-chignon is lovely and works well with hats and when it is windy. I also thought the intricate style was very striking and suited the hat. The whole Easter outfit was my favourite. The chignon in this instance also worked well and many of her dresses look perfect with it up, but some of her updos have looked messy. Her hair is quite heavy. I loved all the hats on the tour, they really make an outfit.

    I don't think her long har is too difficult. Having long hair myself, it doesn't tangle badly, even in wind, if you brush it out every night. The most difficult for me is getting it dry in a timely fashion but a stylist can do that quite quickly.

    Would welcome any further polls. They all sound like fun.

    Looking at the wardrobe Kate took with her, while I like almost all her outfits, and thought them very suitable, I don't think it would take that long to put together. There was a good mix of old and news and fittings on those outfits that had fittings, wouldn't take any vast amount of time. There were no complicated evening gowns. Her shoes and bags come from quite a limited pool. So I don't think there is endless wardrobe planning. The hardest would be trying to predict what will be needed with the weather. We all are faced with that on holidays. I do recall Diana had to have some clothes flown in to New Zealand because it turned unexpectedly cold.

    It will be nice to see the couple in Scotland.

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    1. Lynn Georgia USA17 May 2014 at 15:43

      I think William likes Kate's hair long--and I think he likes it down--in which case, I think we'd better get used to it! Actually I think it's usually beautiful however she wears it. She did let it get too long at one point, but I think it looks great now.

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  33. I have a question about hats and sun. We see a lot of photographs of the Duchess outside in the sun. She rarely wears sunglasses and her hats rarely have a brim (they're mostly fascinators, not hats). Yet she has gorgeous skin that is both youthful (no visible sun damage) and beautifully madeup and matte (no visible gunky sunscreen ruining her makeup). Any idea how she accomplishes this?

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    1. The sunscreens now a days are quite nice, no white residue. Also, a lot of foundations and tinted moisturizers have sunscreen in them. Plus I don't think she is out in the sun for hours on end but she does like her tan. I guess only time will tell, if she starts wrinkling then we'll know that she didn't use sunscreen.

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    2. Clinique has nice foundations with sunscreen, SPF indicated on the labels.

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    3. Agree with what Lauri said...I sincerely doubt she would be standing outside all the time...a few engagements...big deal...

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    4. I wonder how much photoshop is used for her wrinkles. Sometimes her make-up looks quite different than the original photos. And sometimes you can see her neck or eye wrinkles, and sometimes not. Wouldn't it be nice to see a photo of yourself that enhanced for the news outlets? Not quite like looking in the mirror...

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    5. Wolfpup- I just lost a long response to your post. It involved lighting and angles and indoor/outdoor, as well as photoshop and young girls and unrealistic expectations. Also wrinkles and rag press/ RF and facelift by 40.
      It ended with the question: are pregnant women advised not to use botox?
      I guess the world will survive without all those probably superfluous words.
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    6. Hi Marg! (that's my mom's name!)

      I would have loved to read what you wrote, and after all that, you must be tired, but it would be such an interesting discussion, if you ever chose to share about that again. The beauty-myth is pretty much operational until a woman is done with that deal. Part of aging is accepting it, and that is particularly hard for women who believe that happiness is on the outside. I'm bummed that you worked so hard, and we didn't get to see it. It's important subject for women.

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    7. WOLFPUP- And I am probably old enough to be your mother. My Dad said I was named after Princess . Margaret Rose and an ancient Danish ancestor who used to ride into battle at the head of her army. Of the two, I prefer the second one My Mom said I was named after the babysitter and an aunt.
      Regarding the long post. I started out trying to explain how Kate's wrinkles could seem to come and go without photoshopping. Then I offered an explanation for the apparent rapid aging the past three years. Then I got off on the subject of women in the news and their effect on young women-who used to have only their mothers and female relatives to emulate and who are now presented with impossible botoxed and photoshopped images. There has been a sort of effort- by model agencies claiming to hire "average-sized" models and by famous women twitting make-up-free "selfies" - which often doesn't help the non-perfect image when they still look gorgeous.
      Well, there's the gist of it.
      I told you it was superfluous.
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  34. I usually apply sunscreen but nowadays it´s a BB cream 50+....cream-coloured.......Avene is very good brand for example, althoug there are plenty of them............

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  35. Rose from Montreal, Canada17 May 2014 at 01:57

    Hello Charlotte
    Thank you for this wonderful post. I chose the Easter hat and the intricate do as my favorites. I am joining my vote to a George poll. I am thinking it will be very difficult to decide since I loved absolutely loved all the pictures of George. Take care and have a great weekend. Its a long weekend here in Canada so off visiting relatives in Ottawa.

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  36. Jewelry, bags, shoes, Prince George, do them all in polls. I can't get enough and the pictures are so much fun. Thanks, Charlotte, I love your blog!!

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  37. I wanted to thank you all for your comments and votes. You're all so kind and supportive. Thank you!

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  38. Are your exams over yet? If so, maybe a nice trip to the countryside? I know you are young, but you work very hard.
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  39. Thank you Charlotte for the little tour for the upcoming engagement. The polls are great, I think we definitely like anything with PG and his facial xpressions, also jewellery maybe shoes and maybe least fave look though I am not sure we all could handle a post like that.:-)
    My fave hair is anything with an updo, semi or not, anything whicj keeps her hair out of her face and no fiddle. The hats vow hard choice, the Easter Sunday and the last funny one were my faves. Thanks again for the polls.

    I can hardly wait for the busy summer to be honest, we are getting really slow there, I thought she would take up more but who are we kidding? :-(

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    1. Jean from Lancs18 May 2014 at 11:08

      blue-27
      "Pop Sugar " have a piece on George's expressions---there's a connection through "British Royals"

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    2. You know, if they were just more direct about their plans instead of their endless bad excuses, they would probably hear less grumbling. Honestly so much frustration and disappointment could be avoided, if they cared about the pleb's concerning this.

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    3. Agree wolfpup.

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    4. Wolfpup-- "They" being KP/CH? I wonder how much attributed to "the. Palace" actually was initiated by them? Hints and innuendo from the tabloids don't count. Further, of the information put out by KP/CH, how much actually came from William and Catherine and what was PR manipulation? Does anyone actually believe , for example that Harry said, "Well, I liked that Estonia chap. Think I'll go visit him." I doubt any royal, with the exception of Prince Charles, has control over engagement assignments.
      How can one person decide another person doesn't care? I don't think anyone on this blog knows W&C personally, enough to pronounce they don't care. Go back and look at those tour pictures, or the GB hospice and Girl Scout, Action on Addiction ...
      Sometimes I get the impression that some people are playing a game with dissing the royals. ( not anyone on this blog, of course) It is not a game and passing on rumor and half-truths isn't harmless fun.Being accused unfairly of being or doing something is not fun.
      It has been said on this blog how reputations ruined by gossip can sometimes never be repaired. I admit, some royals have pushed the limits, but I gotta tell you, if I had the paps hounding me- I don't know what I would do. Maybe try to outrun them.
      The worst part of it is, I am as responsible as the paps, because I look at their pictures. But the gossip stays there.

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    5. Thanks Jean, I checked it out, this little fella should be so much fun!:-)))

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    6. Jean from Lancs20 May 2014 at 14:41

      I wonder how many of us would be smiling and gracious whilst being chased by paps wherever we went. It is not just photographers---last week the former Royal reporter of the now defunct "News of the World" admitted at the Old Bailey that he had hacked into Catherine's phone a total of 155 times and into Williams 45 times---all before they were married. That is the first time anyone had admitted that.

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  40. Has anyone heard if Prince George will be joining his parents in Scotland?

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  41. I have a question about the diary....is this year The Order of the Thistle and might we see them in Scotland again over the summer?

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  42. Seriously off-topic, but tiara lovers who haven't yet seen Queen Maxima in this week's event are in for a treat. http://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty/2014051518774/queen-maxima-ruby-tiara/

    The Mellerio Ruby Parure Tiara, earrings, necklace and bracelet are stunning, and she looks breathtaking in them!

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    1. Holy cow!! Now them's some gems!!!

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    2. I believe that's what the king said, Bluhare!

      I can't imagine wearing that gorgeous tiara, much less the entire collection. Truly exquisite.

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    3. That is most beautiful tiara I've seen so far, but there are plenty yet to see. I love the way royal women wear their gem encrusted tiara's. There is a sense of presence and history and ownership of power that is just wonderful to see a woman stand have. Where else can we see a woman with that quality of regal confidence?

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    4. I actually goggled over that necklace. Wowzer.

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  43. Kate is still working on getting Anmer Hall ready for them to use on weekends. That was on another link but I can't remember which papet or media outlet reported it. They may want to use it also for part of the summer if they aren't at Balmoral or in Berkshire.

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    1. Patricia Florida USA18 May 2014 at 00:37

      Hi Jo- I believe the DM had the article- of course the haters are out in full force on that site and so I try hard to make a positive comment and move on quickly. Best regards.

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    2. Jean from Lancs19 May 2014 at 09:49

      There's a much more reasonable report in the "Express" on line

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  44. Looking at these close-ups I start to understand why Kate always uses heavy eyeliners...her eyes sparkle~ that's amazingly beautiful.

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  45. Kate, Texas, USA18 May 2014 at 05:06

    Sarah, I loved your response!

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  46. Thanks Patricia from Florida! I didn't read any of the comments...just the article. I've been (mostly) very spoiled by the very high level of behavior, even in disagreements. When someone gets nasty or imperious and rigid, it at least exposes the writers as people who don't feel very good about themselves. Proof: people who DO feel good about themselves ALWAYS treat ALL others with respect & integrity. I'm always SO impressed, Charlotte, with how well you respond - even when you are sometimes not treated as respectfully as you ought to be and certainly deserve to be. This blogspot sets a very high standard which is a safe, fun, and extremely informative haven!

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    1. Well said Jo!

      Monica, France

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  47. Kate has the kind of hair mixed with her beauty that she can wear in any style which makes for a hard choice as a favorite. I did choose straight and sleek but also do like ponytail style. Hats are not a real hard choice although I do wish Kate would choose wide and brimmed look. I did like the Easter hat the best of our choices. We so need hats here in USA as make for such elegant classic looks.

    Thank you again Charlotte.

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  48. Kate, Texas, USA18 May 2014 at 05:24

    I am a huge fan of Kate's hair! She seems to have fabulous hair that can be worn just about every way and look great! I really liked the pony tail, demi-chignon, chignon, and intricate look, but we can only vote once....LOL!!! SO, I voted for the "intricate look" and the grey Jane Taylor for the Easter Sunday service. I am a sucker for the sophisticated very Royal look. :) I am a huge fan of hats and fascinators. I wish we wore more hats here in the US.

    My big news of the day..... I WAS CHOSEN IN THE LOTTERY TO VIEW THE ORDER OF THE GARTER PROCESSION AT WINDSOR CASTLE!!!! My tickets came in the mail today! Can you tell I'm a tad bit excited? So I will get to see Trooping the Colour and Order of the Garter this year! Charlotte, I am hoping to get some fabulous pictures you can use like last year!

    Charlotte, thanks for continuing the fabulous polls and updates! You know how much I love the blog and your work! Hope you have a relaxing Sunday!

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    1. I am so happy for you Kate! Congratulations!!! I hope you have a wonderful time and safe trip! Would love to see photos of it from your perspective also. Take care.
      Jennifer

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    2. Jean from Lancs18 May 2014 at 11:04

      Congratulations Kate. Enjoy your visit to the UK.

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    3. Outstanding!! Enjoy, have a safe journey, and please share your perspective with us!!

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    4. How fun! You get to giggle at William in his plumy hat! I laugh, but I think it would be wonderful to see that up close and personal.

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    5. Wow Kate, that is so awesome! My daughter is flying to London at the end of the month, and I want first hand accounts, about all of it. I've lived in Germany, and have traveled in France, Austria, and Switzerland, but I didn't make it to England because I thought that it wouldn't be exotic enough. Now I know how wrong I was. It would be interesting to hear comments from those from the US (or vice-versa) about the differences in culture. I struggle to understand because a monarchy is so different than a democracy. The mind-set seems so odd (foreign, right?) to me. I wonder if this phenomena of not understanding English culture, that has been the problem of posters, trying to understand each other's comments.

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    6. I do feel that, as a rule, the Brits and Canadians are more polite than the Yanks.
      I also think some remarks about the RF and monarchy by USA posters are meant to provoke discord.
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    7. Lynn Georgia USA18 May 2014 at 20:49

      Hi Kate,
      I'm jealous! I was chosen in the lottery to attend the Garter ceremony about three years ago, and it was one of the best experiences of my life! It was so much better for me than Trooping the Color because of the lack of crowding. (Although I have entered the "Trooping" lottery, too, I've never gotten seats for the stands at Trooping. Have you?) Also, at the Garter parade you get to see everyone up close TWICE--as they march (some of the wives, etc. rode in cars) down the hill and as they ride the carriages back up the hill after the church service. I hope you get good pictures (and that you'll share!). I have good ones while we waited, but once the procession began, I was so excited that I forgot to keep clicking!
      Where is your designated area? We were in Engine Court up at the top of the hill. Luckily we bought a couple of cheap collapsible chairs before leaving London on the train, so we were quite comfortable the whole time. (We gave the chairs away before leaving so that we would not have to lug them back to London on the train.) The queen extended an invitation (conveyed on the program, I think) for everyone to tour the chapel after the ceremony, so plan for a whole day at Windsor (take a sack lunch!), YOU LUCKY GIRL!!!

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    8. anon from Leominster19 May 2014 at 01:25

      Having spent extensive time in both the States and Britain, I can't say that there is any real difference in politeness, quite honestly. Generalisations are unwise. True politeness to me is being kind and helpful to people and gracious in speaking, and I've met wondeful examples on both sides of the pond, and only occasional examples of rudeness, which speak more of individuals than their homeland..

      I do find people on this blog in general, regardless of their national origins, are for the most part, respectful of others and their views. There may be differences of opinions but that's what makes the blog interesting. (For instance, I was not at all partial to that Lela Rose white dress but it was clearly very popular among many voters.) We all see things in varying ways, but the one thing unifying most of us is a strong belief in the value of a royal family, and the continuation of traditions in a changing world.

      One of the most interesting and delightful thing to me is the clear affection for the royal family as an institution and interest in it, as represented by commentors from all over the world. We may moan about particular outfits or lack of engagements but we all look forward to the day Kate will be queen, very different from the nasty comments all too often found in the papers.

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    9. Kate, Texas, USA19 May 2014 at 03:52

      Thank you all for your kind comments! I am still in disbelief that I received the tickets! I will admit I didn't sleep much last night because of the excitement. :)

      Lynn, I am in section 10 Lower Ward, so in the middle grassy area, at the bottom of the hill, looks to be directly across from the chapel entrance. I'm thinking a great spot, but you can tell me better. Any advice for the day? We will have access to the chapel after the day is over. I am really hoping to see the exhibit now on display, but I know most of the castle will be closed or with very limited access. I have been there several times before, but there's always something new I discover with every visit. Anything you'd like to share is welcome. Also, where did you purchase your chairs? My thought was to pack some, but maybe I should buy them over there. I'll be at Trooping the Color also, so I can use them both days.

      I am just SO EXCITED!!!!

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    10. Very very well said anon!
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    11. Lynn Georgia USA19 May 2014 at 17:00

      Oh, Kate! Your spot is going to be fabulous--better than mine was! If you are in view of the chapel entrance, you will get to see everyone THREE times. You'll see them enter (or disembark if they are not on foot), then you'll see the carriages line up to pick them up after the church service. (Is there an investiture this year? There was not one the year I went. I think the church service is longer when there is an investiture. But more important people show up, too!) You'll get to see them embark, and then the carriages will proceed to a little turn-around spot and then will head back up the hill right in front of you! You will also get to see one band that I missed. It joins the procession about halfway down the hill, I think. (I presume everything will adhere to the SAME traditions, ha! ha!).

      My advice for the day: 1) Let me use one of your tickets! I'm so nostalgic! 2) Get there really early! Although the gates do not open until a certain hour, everyone starts queuing up outside the walls to go through security. Being near the head of the queue will allow you to get to your designated area with a good chance of "setting up" on the front row. Not knowing this, I arrived a bit later and made it only to the second row. (However, some very polite and gracious Brits allowed this polite and gracious Yank to "scooch down" between them on the front row when the procession was passing!) 2) If your area is where I think it is, it can be quite sunny, so take plenty of sunscreen. I do hope you'll have great weather! 3) We purchased our chairs the day before at some kind of outdoor/camping type shop over on Kensington High Street near our hotel. The price was about 10 pounds each, I think. They were the bagged type with a strap for easy carrying. 4) The castle was closed to everyone when I went. Only the chapel was open to us invited guests (WOW!) after all the ceremonies. I had been a couple of times before, but I never get enough of it! 5) Take a bag lunch--a bap and some crisps! What fun! Everyone "picnics" while the church service is taking place. Some of the Britons around me took really nice things--like strawberries and cream, etc.--which they very graciously shared with us. The whole day was wonderful in every way! 6) Take bottled water, too. I don't think there were any kiosks at all--not even for water. There are some drinking fountains if I remember correctly, so you can refill your water bottle. 7) Don't get excited and forget your tickets or your passport--AND HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!

      What else do you have planned for your trip? I will get vicarious pleasure just hearing about it!

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    12. OMG, Kate! Congratulations! I'm so jealous. :)

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  49. That is so exciting. CONGRATULATIONS Kate!

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      Thank you dear Charlotte! I'll be emailing you throughout my trip like last year. Hoping to get some great pictures! I am beyond excited!

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  50. Kate ....that's fabulous!! I'm so excited for you that I can hardly type straight!! (Plus one of my cats, Whimsy, has gone into head-bump overdrive as I type!!!) Did you know that the fabulous Queen Mary's Doll House is also at Windsor? My Beloved got the book for me - it's not really dolls house ad much as it's a scale model of a royal residence...the detail is incredible and over a thousand craftsmen - including some Royal Warrant holders - confributed items to it....such as umbrellas..cars. tiny tins of household items etc. DO TELL THE ROYAL FAMILY WE SAID HELLO!!
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    1. Patricia Florida USA18 May 2014 at 21:20

      Kate I am pea green with envy- I wish you a safe and totally awesome journey and we will wait for Charlotte to post your amazing photos. Safe travel! Im.agine.....one of us....one of our own will be there 'representing us' Safe travel

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    2. Kate, Wonderful! How fun! I somehow got the idea you were currently living in England-maybe husband stationed there? Your job assignment?
      If not, chalk it up to imagination gone crazy. I have made up back-stories to go with some of the personas on this blog. Guess I've been caught.
      Have a safe, enjoyable trip.

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    3. anon from Leominster19 May 2014 at 01:11

      Congratulations, Kate, it should be a brilliant experience. Hope you get wonderful snaps.

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    4. Kate, Texas, USA19 May 2014 at 03:58

      Thank you all for your sweet comments! I hope to get some good pictures for Charlotte. Jo, Queen Mary's dollhouse is exquisite! The scale of the house with all the detail and electricity is absolutely amazing! I have been to Windsor Castle several times and seen it. If you ever have the chance to go, it is definitely a must see!

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    5. JO, Thanks for reminding me about the doll house. Wouldn't it be great to see it up close? I had read some disturbing information concerning Q Mary in a biography about her acquisitive nature, especially relating to some of the Romanov jewels. That doll house was a huge project. Something must have motivated all those artists and craftsmen to contribute. There was a mention of two fashion dolls with designer wardrobes given by France to the little princesses, Elizabeth and Margaret. I doubt they even got to hold them.
      Wonder if Prince George will ever see his gifts.
      I bet Lupo got his toy!

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    6. Jennifer from Wisconsin20 May 2014 at 04:41

      Kate-
      With all the talk about the dollhouse, my imagination has gone wild. If you can, would you snap a picture of that too? Maybe Charlotte would post it for us- it sounds exquisite.

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    7. I LOVED the dollhouse the one time I saw it. I was in 10th grade, and I hate to admit it, but that was nearly 40 years ago! Ack! But the dollhouse is amazing. I love miniatures in general, and could have spent the better part of a day looking at it.
      Kate your trip sounds fabulous. I'm so jealous! I hope to get to London next April, - my husband is planning to run the London marathon, and I'm planning to go sightseeing :)

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    8. Jennifer - the book that Beloved got for me is called The Queen's Dolls' House by Lucinda Lambton and is from Royal Collections Publications. You can gaze forever at the exquisite, incredible detail in every item...the colors, art on the ceilings....portraits..I could natter on and on. I don't know how he got the book or how much he paid, but it's a treasure!

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    9. JO, Sounds as though Beloved is a treasure, too.

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  51. I'd love to see a poll for best overall look. Also, bags and jewelry would be fun.

    Thanks for all the time and effort you put into your posts. I really enjoy reading your blog and your royal tour coverage was excellent!

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    1. I would like a poll for the best overal look, too. It would be nice if as part of it you could vote for the “look I liked best” and for “most appropriate outfit for the engagement” (both from head to toe). I would also like a poll on the "best coordinated family trio look". Thank you for asking and for your interesting blog!

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  52. A few thoughts....Marg...don't forget that some of us Yanks can be counted on to go to bat for the Royal Family, in the nicest possible way of course. Detractors will be debated and finessed before they even know what hit them !! With absolute respect for their right to be wrong!!
    About Harry - I think that The Queen may be an experienced guiding hand in his engagements and royal career. She very well may be trying to help him to avoid the fate of her own sister Princess Margaret...who led an aimless, empty , purposeless life and came to a very sad end.
    On a lighter note - re Harry's mention of getting away from the press....his grandfather, Prince Philip once said during a tour of the Caribbean "You have mosquitoes. I have the press."

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    1. Here here Jo!!! I second that (coming from a southern rebel, twice removed from Ireland)...see if you can figure that one out lol

      Jennifer

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    2. Jean from Lancs19 May 2014 at 09:44

      Jo from USA.
      Perhaps you only heard of Princess Margaret in her later years, but from the end of the war (and particularly) after the Queen's marriage, she was the hardest working of all the royals She was also surro also surrogate mother to Charles and Ann when the Queen lived in Malta and after the Coronation when HM went on long Commonwealth tours.
      She was not allowed to marry the man she truly loved and I always thought she must have felt ill-used when she saw the Queen's children allowed to divorce and remarry.

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    3. JO, Regarding my 20:46 remark. I was responding to Wolfpup's reference to culture clash or differences. Conversation gets a little weird here, with responses sometimes published 12 or more hours later and sometimes way down a thread. I appreciate your riding in with the cavalry to defend the Yanks. "The right to be wrong," huh? Love it!

      ANON LEO- My mother-in-law was from a well known British family. You won't find a more polite family. I was speaking of the Emily Post kind of politeness and you are right- that was a generalization and a cliche to boot. I just threw it out there and now I am taking it back
      I also prefer the kind of politeness that is rooted in kindness. It is hard to go wrong if you base etiquette on the desire to make your companions comfortable. I get really confused with the proper type of politeness. Sometimes I think it is designed to make others feel less secure, but I can. appreciate a certain form of politeness can provide comfort and structure- as long as everyone knows the rules.
      Cats and California drivers are very polite: you can get yourself killed if you're not.
      Marg

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    4. Patricia Florida USA19 May 2014 at 20:55

      Yes Jo and Jenn, count me in....a upstate New York Yank, transplanted to south Florida- I am right there with you. (oh and Jenn, I tried but my head started to hurt!)

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    5. JEAN 09:44- So glad you said that about Princess Margaret. I remember Gr. Captain PeterTownsend very well. I couldn't remember whether he was still married at first. We had Life and Look magazines in the home and although I was quite young, my friends and I discussed it and thought it so romantic and sad. Of course, we didn't understand all the ramifications of such a relationship.
      She could have married him outside the church and renounced her royal rights , but apparently chose not to. I say apparently, because I doubt we know the whole story, even now.
      I didn't realize she was a working royal. I think the romance went on for a good while before the end. Weren't they actually engaged at some point?
      I don't really wonder what Princess Margaret thought about Charles and Andrew's divorces. She died before Charles remarried; but it was after Diana's death, so it was a different situation. The living wife/spouse was the problem with Townsend, as well as Edward VIII and WW Simpson.
      I most sympathize with Queen Elizabeth : she made the only decision possible at the time in her eyes. And then for her sister and her Mum to die within three weeks of each other.
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    6. Hi, Jean from Lancs...it IS a shame that Princess Margaret isn't better known for working so hard....and most of what I've read about her - even in those early days focused on her partying and
      staying up till the wee hours playing show tunes on the piano leading the singing....and people were desperate to go home and to bed...but no one could leave before she did! She was breathtakingly beautiful...leader of the "Margaret Set" going to nightclubs, the theater etc. That's the reputation of the young Margaret that most peopke remember, I'm afraid. She said toward the end of her life that her children were her greatest accomplishment.....don't quite know how I managed to not have to reply 20 comments down!!

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    7. Lol patricia, yes it even hurts my head sometimes trying to work it out, and its MY family!

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    8. JEAN- Not sure if or when this will appear, but to add to my previous post about Princess Margaret (if it appears) I completely forgot about Princess Anne's divorce and re-marriage. Now, that really would have been difficult for her. Or perhaps, she had worked through all that by then. We never hear much about her children and grandchildren, except when the whole clan get together.

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  53. One interesting poll would be "wich was the most important/interesting cause they supported or an engagement they took. Then again I don't think that many of us would know what to pick as favorite since it's the clothes and appearance we talk about not the substance.

    Eventhough Charlotte writes very well about the events the Cambridges attend, the discussion is always on how Kate looks.

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    1. Lynn Georgia USA20 May 2014 at 01:55

      I do admit, Anna, that my observations are often frivolous and trivial--but I really don't apologize. I am interested in the causes Kate and William support, and I'm really happy that Charlotte includes so much substantive information about charities, British history, institutions, traditions, etc. However, the fashions and all the "hoopla" are just so much fun that I cannot resist the temptation to indulge myself!

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  54. Rebecca - sweden19 May 2014 at 13:31

    Hi!

    A question out of the blue. Does anyone know if the royal kids stans on the balcony too during trooping etc. If so, when did william and harry start being a part of that? Or is it some kind of 18 year Old limit or something? Just wondering if it is possible that we will see George there this summer?

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    1. Rebecca, Hi! I know I've seen numerous photos of the younger royals on the balcony after Trooping the Colour... I just found one from 1964 with
      Andrew age 4 and Edward age 3 months in The Queen's arms
      on the balcony...so there's no protocol against it....it may depend on a judgement call if the baby is in a good mood or whatever!

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    2. Hi Rebecca, I believe William and Harry's first Trooping balcony appearance was in 1985 when Harry was 9 months old and William was 3 years old.

      Or does someone have different information...? :)

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    3. I think the Queen believes the more the merrier! How Prince George's parents feel could be a different matter, of course.

      http://youfrisky.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/The-Royal-Family.jpg

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    4. That's a lovely family picture on the balcony! The Queen looks like she is really enjoying herself!

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    5. Rebecca - Sweden20 May 2014 at 11:56

      Thank you :-) Ok, ofc it depends on the kids mood and such. But it's nice to know we don't have to wait until he's grown :)

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  55. I wish I could reply just under the replies to mine...when I try, I end up at the beginning of the post! So I'm forced to go to the end of the line! So I don't risk this disappraring I'll just go by subject...can't remember who said what anymore! (Post menopausal memory, don't you know!)
    Queen Mary was so reknowned for her acquisitiveness that people hid things before she came to visit. I daresay that she was that trraumatized by the humiliation by the public sale of her parents belongings to settle debts!!! I'm not sure if I can find my source but will try later. Furniture...silver..objets d'art...all went up for auction as I recall.
    I've actually seen a photo....in HELLO! I think..of Princesses Elizabeth & Margaret holding their dolls...I'm sure they didn't get to really play with them in the usual sense!

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    1. It took me a while to figure it out :) but just click the "Reply" directly under your original comment.

      And I heard that about Queen Mary as well. From what I have read over the years, if she liked something and said so to her hosts, it was offered to her. Makes me wonder what SHE said when she was on the receiving end of a compliment on something she acquired in this manner.

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    2. JO, I just wrote a lengthy reply and I think I lost it. Will rest up and check back later. Ha!

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    3. OK JO. . I'm rested up. About the dolls. There was a book about the princesses by a governess named "Crawfie." I seem to remember the girls got to hold the dolls for the picture, and that was it.

      Re: QM- The mother of Czar Nicholas II escaped to England (George V Was a cousin) reportedly with her jewells sewn into the hem of her dress. She needed funds to live on and had to sell most of her jewells.It is said that QM snapped them up at a fraction of their value. This from a bio about the Romanovs. Ap p arently QM proufly wore some of them repeatedly One would think, after what you related of QM's family bankruptcy, that she would have had compassion for the destitute woman and at least paid a fair price. . This woman is Prince George's six times great grandmother and I have probably said enough on that subject.

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  56. Congratulations to Kate for winning the ticket. Ladies, maybe someone can explain to me the lottery business. I have never heard of it before (this type of lottery that is). You can win a ticket to attend a royal event? How interesting. What does it cover and how do you enter the draw? Thanks for enlightening me :)

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    1. Yes, yes! I want to know what you do to enter too!

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  57. Jennifer from Wisconsin20 May 2014 at 05:02

    Charlotte,

    I just had my last exam of the spring session. Are you done now too? Hope you are- I literally was so happy to be finished with the exam and usually I do not mind them. I am sure several of us are wondering and you know, we all are hoping the best for you. Since I am on the subject, would you or someone else explain to me about was the grading system in the UK. In the US, an excellent score is an A, a good score is a B, average is a C, below average is a D and a failing grade is referred to as either a F or an U. When we hear about Kate and William's University grades, how does that compare? A total tangent from asking about you now, but there it is...

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    1. Hello Jennifer,

      This is my last week thankfully, I do hope your exams went well :) I'm sure you're looking forward to a nice break.

      There's a great page here on degree classifications Jennifer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_undergraduate_degree_classification

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  58. Anna, there were lotteries in Australia for places at, I think, a tree planting ,outside church, and airport. I think the purpose is security and crowd control. It is done several weeks ahead so that some sort of security clearance can be done.I don't know if there is a limit how many different lotteries you can enter That's about all I know.
    I'm sure Kate or Lynn can tell you more.

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  59. Just a side note on the comments made here.
    I'd like to thank everyone for their tit-bits of information regarding absolutely everything.
    Royal history, sunscreen, philosophy. etc. etc....This is quite educational indeed.
    Charlotte, you may have to consider renaming your blog to "Duchess Kate and the life and times of her followers!"

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  60. Charlotte,
    Why don't we have a poll on the "overall look" - not just one component of what Kate wore, but the entire ensemble, from head to toe, and how appropriate it was for the occasion (as you wouldn't expect her to have the same look for Easter Sunday service and the winery tour?

    I think that the overall look makes a person stylish more than any one component - and Kate had some good ones - and some that were less outstanding (as expressed by many of us in the comments).

    Also, I think we should give George a break and allow him to be a baby, even is we know it's all Kate's decision what he wears. The little boy was not in a public role - so we should just not become silly...

    My two cents.

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