Saturday, 24 May 2014

Tour Poll Winners Announced; Kate's Zimmermann Dress Available; and Eternity Band ID'd

Welcome to our tour polls results post. You voted in your thousands for Kate's sartorial pieces and memorable moments featuring Prince George and now the results are in. So without further ado...


Best Tour Coat Award

With almost 8,500 votes, the coat poll proved to be our most popular from the tour, but there was one clear winner from very early on - the bespoke dove grey Alexander McQueen coat Kate wore on Easter Sunday for a church service - and upon reflection it's easy to see why it proved so popular. It was a very elegant, fitted, regal piece befitting a future queen.


Best Tour Dress Award

We all fell in love with Kate's L.K. Bennett Lasa Poppy Print Dress and it comes as no surprise you voted for it as your favourite dress from the tour. The £245 sheath dress was the first high street dress the Duchess wore during the tour, and the popularity of the piece is a testament to just how far brands such as L.K. Bennett have come in terms of competing with designers.


Best Tour Formal Separates Award

Kate's pale pink Alexander McQueen peplum top and pleated skirt wins this one. Once again we see the collaboration between Her Royal Highness and Sarah Burton working well.



Best Tour Casual Separates Award

In terms of casual looks, Kate's outfits were quite similar which explains the fact that this was our closest poll, however, Kate's appearance at a rugby match in Sydney is our winner. It was a great look, casual and comfortable with the addition of the chic Beulah London Eden Scarf.


The Least Popular Sartorial Choices

I thought it interesting to share the least popular sartorial pieces Kate wore during the tour, too. The vivid green Catherine Walker coat was an obvious one for me. The moment I saw it, I instantly thought it didn't work well for the Duchess (in fact, I cannot think of anyone it would work for). We also have the Hobbs Wessex Dress and the Rebecca Taylor tweed suit - most likely considered underwhelming pieces because they were repeats.


Best Tour Hat Award

The Jane Taylor hat Kate wore on Easter Sunday wins our best hat award.


Best Tour Hairstyle Award

I was very interested to see the results for our very first poll about Kate's hairstyles. Once again, the Easter Sunday look is our voters' favourite. The intricate do was beautiful; Amanda Cook-Tucker outdid herself with this one. This entire look was a resounding success, perhaps because it's rather understated yet classic.


Best Family Photo Award

Photographer Simon Woolf captured a very special family moment during a playdate at Government House when George was leaning on his mother's shoulder. It's Kate's favourite photo of the tour and was voted as yours, too.


George's Cutest Outfit

George's departure outfit in Australia really was terribly cute. The red and white stripe dungarees by Neck and Neck and the bright red cardigan: ADORABLE!


George's Best Expression

The little Prince displayed a delightful array of expressions during the tour, and it really was impossible to choose. I know I couldn't and several readers shared the same dilemma. They're all equally cute but George's pout is our winner.


With many thanks to everyone who voted and commented. These polls have been such fun! Did your choices win? Are you surprised by any of the winners?

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Moving on to royal news and updates. The Palace has finally confirmed the Cambridges' attendance at the D-Day 70th anniversary commemorations in France. More from the official royal website:

'On 6 June, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will meet veterans at a tea party in the town of Arromanches before attending the commemoration of the Normandy Landings at Gold Beach (Arromanches).

Our next update concerns Kate's much talked about eternity band. The wonderful Anna (who runs a splendid blog on The Countess of Wessex) successfully identified it as the Eclipse Diamond Eternity Ring by Annoushka.

Annoushka

More from the product description:

'Brilliant-cut micro pavé white diamonds are meticulously hand-set into this 18ct white gold eternity ring, in a uniquely modern twist on a timeless classic.'

It's a beautiful piece.


Finally, there's no doubt you all remember this dress...


The Zimmermann Roamer Day Dress is now available for pre-order at Austique for £410. The intricate broderie anglaise eyelet detailing on the ivory cotton makes this a feminine and eye-catching piece perfect for the summer season. We expect it shall become available in stores and on other websites in the coming weeks.

Austique

We hope you all have a relaxing weekend! A surprise Kate appearance wouldn't hurt, too :)

206 comments:

  1. You've done such a great job following the tour, and putting together these great and so-much-fun polls! Thank you for all the hard work it must take to produce a great blog!

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  3. had some fun of the royal tour Charlotte im sure the royal couple enjoy the tour as well george did

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  4. Thankyou very much Charlotte! It was great fun voting for the different looks!

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  5. Good work on the blog !!!
    What makeup does Kate use on an everyday basis? I found her wedding makeup on the blog ans everywhere else, but nothing on the rest of the time... Am sure she uses différent Products as we all change them every now and them, which means a duchess sure does too and peobably more often !!! Thanks a lot !

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      Kate is said to use Bobbi Brown products.

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  6. Thanks for the lovely summary, it was so good to read your post again even if there is no news from the duchess. I liked the results pretty much, the only suprise for me was the pink AM dress as I found that piece really boring but thats just me! I hope we rrarely see that horrid green coat the other least ones were repeats probably thats why we did not bother, although they appealed to me any time. Have a lovely weekend!

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    1. Lynn Georgia USA26 May 2014 at 15:51

      Yes, blue-27, I did not like either green coat (especially this one) on this tour. I hope she won't repeat either for St. Patrick's Day next year! The pink AM was beautiful except for the uneven hem, which has been noted before. The contrast in length between front and back was not dramatic enough to look like a designed asymmetrical. I think the hem just needed "leveling." ( My mom, who was a wonderful seamstress, never talked about hemming a dress or skirt. She always called it "leveling." She always "leveled" everything I bought, contending that I held one hip higher than the other. I assure you that I look symmetrical to the naked eye, but my mother was a perfectionist about "leveling.")

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    2. anon from Leominster27 May 2014 at 15:34

      I think the uneven hem, as subtle as it is, may be intentional. I recently tried on a dress with a similiar unfortunate effect. At first, I thought it was either me or that the dress was badly cut, but clerk assured me it was meant to be that way. It seems to be a current regrettable fab and one that will hopefully fade away soon. I'm sorry to see Sarah Burton fall for it. Even on someone with as slim a figure as Kate, it looks accidental and sloppy and raises questions about her posture.

      I agree with you about the green coat. Definately an off performance by the usually brilliant Catherine Walker firm. And it is so odd Kate would choose two green coats that are so similiar, both with zips down the front. Another look I think is ready to be put aside.

      Love the bit about your mum. I too tend to stand a bit unevenly and am the despair of my local seamstress (since my mother was hopeless at sewing) when she is faced with "leveling" hems on me.

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  7. Charlotte, thank you again for all of your hard work on your blog and these polls. Looking forward to all of your future postings. Happy Weekend to All!

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  8. Thank you Charlotte for a great blog!! I really enjoyed voting and seeing the results. I was surprised that the LK Bennett Poppy dress was the only one that I voted for that won. I was even more surprised that the casual look at the rugby game with the Beulah scarf won! Very, very interesting since it was not even an official tour event and we can hardly see Kate's outfit because she was sitting down the whole time at the game and we never saw her standing up. Very interesting! Thanks so much for all your work on your blog. I enjoy each and every one of the posts that you make and I am looking forward to some more Kate and William sightings in the near future!
    Jen from USA

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  9. Thank you for the polls and the summary wrap up!

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  10. anon from Leominster24 May 2014 at 15:40

    Many thanks Charlotte for the wonderfully fun polls, Prince George is so adorable, not a smiley baby and not a tearful one either, at least in public, but clearly most interested in all the activity around him. I loved Kate's Easter outfit, she looked elegant and regal in it. It seems to have been the biggest winner. I know we all appreciate your efforts, especially at exam time. The best of luck to you.

    I normally avoid pregnancy speculation and can't imagine Kate knew she was pregnant when they went on tour since it was quite active and included that boat ride. (Not to mention the wine tasting, which alone would hardly be harmful but I doubt Kate would do it if she was pregnant.) So this business of girl twins is ridiculous. Still, one wonders about her prolonged absence from sight since the return almost a month ago. So who can say. But odd that they would announce a possible tour in the autumn if that was known. Time will tell.

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  11. Melanie from California24 May 2014 at 16:51

    Hi, Charlotte,
    Excellent post! Please post when that pretty Zimmermann dress is available at other sites. 410 is not a bad price, but I need a site that sells the dress in US dollars because exchange rates are brutal. So excited for the dress to be available in June!!! :) Thank you for your quick updates and event coverage.

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    1. I agree Melanie and I am interested too!

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    2. Hello,

      It should be available at ShopBop and other online retailers shortly. I'll definitely post when it is :)

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    3. I think that you are such a kind person, Charlotte. I love how you write. Thanks for the info.
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    4. Aww thank you wolfpup. You are all so kind!

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  12. Terrific wrap up! Thank you.

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  13. Dear all, here is something I have been wondering about for some time: When you like/vote for a single piece (a dress, hat etc.) why do you do so? You like the colour, material, style, …, you wear a similar style, you like it on Kate, you would like it for yourself, you like the way Kate wore it, you like it together with the rest of the outfit, you think it appropriate for the engagement, you would like Kate to wear it in the future, …, … ?

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    1. When I vote, it's for how it looks on Kate. How it fits into the occasion factors in, but not in a conscious way. It's just that looking back, I realize that even if I like an outfit, I don't usually vote for it if it didn't look good in the setting. Her wearing it in the future or if I would like to wear it never even crosses my mind, actually. Interesting question! :)

      Victoria, Oregon

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    2. I vote for the look of the item, then factor in how it looks on HRH- and that's basically it for me. Either I like it in general and the way Catherine wears it- but never that I would consider it for myself. The price with the exchange rate is way out of the ballpark for me. Plus (to be honest) at this period in my life I try to avoid "dressing up" and go for casual 99% of the time. Thanks!

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    3. I vote for outfits that look good on the duchess and my own preferences in colors do sometimes show through as in the separates winner. I do love pink personally. My body shape is much different than Kate's, so whether it would look good on me does not effect my choice.

      Good question. I hope more people respond.

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    4. I vote for what looks good on the Duchess but of course my personal preferences seep in some times. Having said that, I read an article which said that every choice in attire and even accessories made by the Duchess has a meaning behind it whether it is to bring attention to a cause, a charity, a people or a country: the Duchess's choice in attire is never about her. Further, if it is an occasion where she is a guest representing the BRF and say the Queen is present, she usually chooses something that will blend in not stand out. Of course having read that, I won't look at her fashion choices in the same light again!. But, the Duchess in my opinion has a "frame" that wears clothing quite well and her sense of what suits her is very well developed. It is perhaps what most members of the BRF do, I really should not be surprise that the Duchess does what has worked for the family for decades.

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    5. anon from Leominster26 May 2014 at 08:17

      I make my choices based on:

      1; How striking the outfit is. Some like the blue lace dress Kate wore in Malaysia are easy winners.
      2, How the outfit looks on Kate. Some outfits like the Lela Rose dress are fine in themselves but don't work on kate. I thought the peplum a poor fit on her.
      3. How appropriate the outfit is for a royal princess. Kate isn't a celebrity. Very short skirts aren't appropriate. Some outfits look more royal than others.

      What I would choose, assuming I had the budget, has nothing to do with my choices. For instance, if I was allowed to choose one outfit for myself, it would be the Kors coatdress, not the Macqueen Easter coat that I voted for. But that coat looked fabulous on Kate. While some readers clearly buy every outfit they can, I suspect many of us given a choice might decide on a different outfit than we picked in the polls.

      As for the flashing, whether this instance is legitimate or not, there have been too many examples such as the New Zealand arrival. Kate really should have her clothes fitted with a close lining, as was done with her sailor dress in Canada, or go retro and wear a slip, not to mention knickers. Think how sexy Elizabeth Taylor looked in her slip in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Kate could start a well warrented revival.

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    6. ANON- Good point. A slip would be helpful in any event. That slip picture of Elizabeth Taylor, who knew a thing or two about the paps, is iconic. I never can remember if it is from "Cat," or from "Butterfield Eight."
      As for Kate, unless she had time for a quick trio to the beach or a spray-tan, I think she was wearing hose, which would totally debunk the bare-bottom pictures.
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    7. anon from Leominster27 May 2014 at 03:28

      Marg, we're both right! Liz wore slips in iconic poses in both films, as best I can tell. Very glamourous she looked too.

      Regardless of whether the current photos were photoshopped, Kate's arrival faux pas in New Zealand certainly wasn't. The first time she flashed the world back in Canada, it was rather sweet. She was a young bride on her first tour. Now it is becoming a bit tiresome, Kate doesn't learn. She is a future queen and really should take some precautions. The snap of her when she was pregnant at the wedding is about the most unflattering photo of her existing.

      Many of us who have worked with the public have had to consider whether an outfit is suitable or not. It isn't just because of photographers, it's respectful to the persons you are meeting. It doesn't seem unreasonable to expect Kate to take some care in what is often a windy world.

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  14. Charlotte:

    It was indeed a pleasure touring with the royals on your blog. We royal watchers like to be in the company of like-minded people, and without a doubt, this, "Duchess Kate" blog by Charlotte, is it. I am forever divorced from the network media coverage or more precisely, lack of coverage of royal events. This is where I will be for all future tours, updates, discussions, polls on the Cambridge's. I know you mentioned that your blog is free, however, if in the future you find that you must require donations, I will be the first to give because you truly provide a much appreciated service.

    My sincerest thanks and appreciation for all you do, and Blessings on you.

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  15. I found an article Starpulse.com Duke and Duchess of Cambridge settle into more routine life after Australia and New Zealand tour. Explains a lot why she is not doing duties since comming home.

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  16. Thank you for the post, Charlotte. I'm glad the pink outfit won! I loved the color on Kate.

    And maybe it's me, but of all the lovely dresses Kate wore on the tour, I don't see the Zimmerman dress warranting the price tag mentioned above. And definitely not at the current $1 to 0.59 GBP exchange rate. :(

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    1. Lynn Georgia USA26 May 2014 at 16:16

      The Zimmerman is incredibly lovely, but I'm so happy that someone else considers 410 GBP (650 USD) expensive (oh dear!) for a day dress! I was beginning to think that I might not meet the "income requirements" to belong in this blogging club!

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    2. I'm happy too...........and relieved, Lynn. :)

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  17. Sarah from Calif.25 May 2014 at 01:51

    Lovely post. I keep deleting my message so Ill keep it short.
    Kate looked absolutely regal in the Alexander McQueen.
    The Poppy dress is growing on me :) have seen many knockoffs lately.
    As for the Zimmermann white eyelet dress it has alwsys been a favorite of mine.
    Oh dear I now have two of my 3 boys engaged so I need to find a couple of dresses !!!!!

    Memorial Day here in USA on Monday. My deepest appreciation to all the men and women who have given their lives in the fight for Freedom.
    Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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    1. I second that Sarah. Blessings on all our service men and women whether in service or retired. Have a lovely day, Sarah.

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  18. Thank You Charlotte for the poll results!!My favorite picture of PG won,,(not a surprise:)) Loved the blue and white poppy dress also!! Agreed about the least favorites,,,although I did like the grey and white dress she wore at Uluru,,it went perfectly with the backdrop of the mountains..Thanks chica!!xoxo

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  19. Fantastic post as always Charlotte.

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  20. Charlotte your blog is wonderful. I'm so glad you identified her eternity band; I've noticed it in the past and kept forgetting to ask. It's beautiful and so simple.

    One question I've been wondering about for some time too is, what happens when the royals travel? For instance when William came to the US for a wedding a few weeks ago...did he travel first class? Or was it a private plane? If he travels first class do they pay for the rest of the seats in the cabin so he is essentially alone? I'm so clueless on this. :-).

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    1. Lynn Georgia USA26 May 2014 at 16:20

      Thanks for asking. I wonder, too. And sometimes Kate changes clothes before disembarking. Where?!? Surely not in the airplane loo!

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    2. My understanding is for the Australia/NZ trip they booked out the entire first class cabin. On private trips, I'm not sure. I think WK traveled first class to the Maldives; however, I have also read that the police depts. do not pay for first class travel when the royals are on private trips. So not sure on that one.

      I've not flown first class on BA, but my mother's neighbor will not fly anything but, and I believe you have your own little "room" with a flat bed plus they give you pyjamas. :) So I doubt Kate has to change in the loo.

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  21. The only surprise for me was the winner for Kate's casual outfit since we didn't get a very good look at the outfit she wore to the rugby game. I personally loved what she wore on the boat in Auckland. I thought it was very appropriate and just enjoyed the little competition between th duke and the duchess that day. There were no other surprises. I am looking forward to June 6 and the engagement in France with the six top Royals all together.

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  22. Thanks again, Charlotte, for all the work you do to offer us this wonderful blog! These polls were just the thing in which to participate as we await another Kate appearance. :o)

    I hope you have a fabulous, relaxing summer, and can get a much deserved break!
    Julie

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  23. Kate has an inner beauty that shines through with her outer beauty in whatever outfit she chooses to wear that may or may not be a style that uniquely befits her. I would imagine she is more at home being in her casual comfortable style both in dress and hair do away from all the cameras and written critiques especially at this time in her life being a mother to a very busy little boy. One cannot blame her in a way for wanting to be completely away from everything for a long while in view of being on public pawing display for 3 weeks. It may just be a different type of exhaustion beyond explanation even though yes we desire that sooner rather than later glimpse of their family life.

    Now that we have seen many different photos of George in several situations, I can sure see why William has made the comments that he has about his son. George, at the moment, is a full time job as he is a very serious, curious, and energetic young baby. I cannot imagine that either one of these two parents would want another child quite so soon. One has to laugh at the continual rumors made by the press that there just has to be a "bump" or a baby(ies) on the way. I hope they wait as the first three years are so paramount in the development of a child.

    Thank you Charlotte for allowing us to air our humble opinions on such an exciting young royal couple. And thank you one and all for sharing your individual and most respectful views.

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  24. There were pictures of William in coach on his way from Memphis to Dallas, and reports that he was in a private lounge in Chicago's O'Hare airport on his way to Memphis. I would guess he was in first class once he was on a transatlantic flight. Apparently he was traveling scheduled airlines, as he and Kate did on the New Zealand and Australia tour.

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    1. I remember reading that the Memphis to Dallas flight had no first class or business class option. I do wonder though, when royals travel do they have to stand in line for ages at immigration and patted down at security like the rest of us?

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    2. I'd bet my last farthing that William and Kate do not stand in line, nor are patted down as we are.

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    3. anon from Leominster27 May 2014 at 15:43

      Celebrities and the like are taken through a special place in the airport and don't need to queue. I believe all members of the royal family except the queen carry passports though, but I doubt they draw much scrutiny. Other issues we are faced with such as baggage weight and number of cases are also not an issue for the rich and powerful.

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    4. I agree bluhare. For security reasons alone, I don't think anyone responsible for protecting them would want them standing around and waiting like sitting ducks. I hope that makes sense. LOL.

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  25. Kate will attend the ceremonial start of the Le Tour De France at Harewood House in Yorkshire (pictured) on July 5th

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  26. Don't you think Kate in McQueen during Easter Sunday looks like Carole Middleton at The Royal Wedding? So cute! She's amazing!

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  27. Tammy from California25 May 2014 at 19:18

    Charlotte, I was just wondering if there was a spot on your blog in regards to the Easter Sunday earrings Kate wore on the tour? I thought they were just beautiful and didn't see anything on them, so I probably missed it... Any information on those?

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    1. Hello Tammy,

      They haven't been identified yet but Kate has had them for at least a couple of years. The blue stone surrounded by diamonds makes for a beautiful piece.

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  28. Although some of the choices are different from mine, I like all of them except the two dresses and the front of the grey hat (it is lovely from the back). The Alexander McQueen coat is beautifully cut and fitted, for a change from Sarah Burton's frequent errors in fit. I'm not crazy about the color on Kate. I love the George choices, they are all so cute.

    I hope Kate has had her ring repaired, and maybe the necklace she stopped wearing during the tour. I wonder if it was also damaged somehow.

    The lovely white eyelet dress is intricately seamed and very well designed, but it does seem a steep price for a cotton dress.

    Thank you for all the tour coverage and for the polls, Charlotte! They have been a lot of fun for all of us. And Happy Memorial Day to my fellow US residents. I hope you're all enjoying the long weekend.

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    1. My husband is a jeweler and has worked with De Beers in London. I showed him pictures from this blog and asked him if he thought the prongs were damaged. Although it is a picture and he can;t see it to give an opinion, he stated that it appears several look like they have been pulled and the heads damaged. I hope she gets it looked at right away also. The loss of just one prong can risk the setting. My husband is quite knowledgeable about the history of the Crown Jewels which has been so interesting to learn about from him over the years. His diamond source in Amsterdam , the Royal Asscher Diamond Company and family were a thrill to meet and their family story and history. The grandfather cut the cullinan diamond.

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    2. anon from Leominster27 May 2014 at 15:46

      A very exciting history. I wonder if a ring that size is truly meant to be worn all the time. Your husband would know best but the large stone would seem to put more pressure on the setting. Diana didn't wear the ring all the time (often just wearing a plain gold band) although that could have more to do with her feelings about the marriage than anything else.

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  29. Being a part of both this blog and William and Kate and George's extremely long tour of New Zealand and Australia has been an addictively interesting and educational experience in so many ways! It was terrific to learn about both countries and the people...watching William & Kate and George in action - and their clothes choices.....and the interactions of the comment s herein - with some amazing ups and downs - all presided over by the very wise and amazingly talented Charlotte! I look forward to MORE!!!

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  30. Thank you all so much for your comments.

    Some not so good news for the royals today. A German tabloid 'Bild' has published photos of Kate's bare bottom. Unfortunately her dress flew up when they were boarding a helicopter for the Blue Mountains.

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    1. Yikes. I can hear it now. Unfortunately, the sad part is that it was/is avoidable. It doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure out the type of undergarment she wears, but I am surprised that should would take a chance like that.

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    2. I love Kate, but ... why on earth wasn't she wearing knickers?!

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden26 May 2014 at 09:50

      She's probably wearing a thong. That's quite normal when wearing tight dresses or dresses with thin fabric because otherwise the seam of the panties can be seen through the fabric. Unfortunate, but not wierd. I world probably wear som kind of tight dress under, but considering the heat I understand her choice.

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    4. I am so disappointed that Kate has not learned that the paparazzi will always try to get indecent photos of her. This is the second time she has worn a circle skirt dress and the wind has flashed her bare rear (1st in Calgary in 2011 and now this). She really really really needs to wear underwear and put weights in her full skirts, or just wear pencil/form-fitting skirts during official engagements. I know this furor will pass, but she really needs to think of everything, or hire a Dresser who will.

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  31. How embarrassing, or at least it should be! I have the feeling Kate either isn't aware of her skirts' movements or doesn't care. Surely this young lady needs to learn to wear underwear and hold her skirt down in wind. To be fair, William's coat had blown up, too, but he had on shirt and pants under it. We always say, and it's true, that Kate has never put a foot wrong in all these years - only a thigh or two. And now a pair of buttocks! We shouldn't be able to write things like that about her. I feel bad doing so. But where is her training in public modesty? This may explain her facial expressions the next morning when she looked so unhappy. She perhaps knew about these pictures by then. Evidently she rues the pictures, but she doesn't prevent them. How sad.

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    1. Of course it's embarrassing - have a little bit of empathy, or at least sympathy. I feel badly for Kate - I would hate to have that picture out and about. Her training in public modesty?? Please - it's not as though she lifted her skirt and posed for a picture - it was an accident that shouldn't have been publicized. What's sad is that people take those pics and sell them and that we all judge her. Give her a break.

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    2. There are several photos of her underwear, and bare bottom from the last twelve years. It hasn't been a thigh or two. There is no excuse for all of this from the future Queen Consort. It's enough.

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    3. Kate has had many breaks. And there's one thing that you aren't taking into account. Kate is working when a lot of these malfunctions have occurred. Imagine what your employer would say if you flashed your bits every time the wind blows. Not to mention how embarrassed you'd be if your coworkers saw your bum.

      These aren't taken on her down time. Would your employer be forgiving if you flashed everyone not once, but at least three times? (I'm counting Canada, arriving in New Zealand and now this one). And those are the ones that actually showed her bottom, not just skirts flying high. I was really sympathetic the first time it happened, and even a bit the second. Now I wonder what her problem is. She should try wearing full underwear instead of thongs if she's going to wear full skirts with no slip underneath.

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    4. That's right, Stephanie. It makes it easier to realize that the current photos would have to be photo-shopped. It bares (!) no resemblance. Also, compare to back views during tour of Kate in form-fitting sheath dresses.Almost flat, in fact someone remarked about it. Finally, the derrierre is out of alignment with the shoulders and waist area. The dress view looks altered around the edges.
      On the other hand, if pic taken just after she got off the helicopter (hence the wind) the only person in that area in front of the copter would have been the pilot or security. No press would have been allowed berween the Cambridges and the helicopter.
      I checked the site myself. I read German. The only only thing discussed is how she could have acquired her new bottom-- stairmaster etc.
      I think it is a crock.Some people will believe anything they see in print.

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    5. Anon 05:40, you've hit the nail on the head. It is a bunch of "crock." I think readers aught not be drawn in by these parasites and their lies. Ignore them! And as for the print media one has to be very skeptical, always!

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    6. at the risk of offending everyone, the bottom matches the bottom in her Canada, Australia and France pictures. I was very surprised at how much bottom she has when i first saw her bottom in her Canada pics because the way her clothing drapes, she looks completely flat bottomed, but if you look at pics of her in the bright blue jeggings at the Olympics, and also during her pregnancy, she has a neat little bottom.

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    7. Anon 19:35- Not offended. Just amazed that anyone could say the France bottom matches this latest bottom. And since the actual bottom portion of the Canada flyaway skirt didn't appear right away, who is to say it wasn't photoshopped, too? I don't remember Kate acknowledging those bottoms.
      Ok, discussing Kate's bottom is becoming surreal and I have to stop now.
      And why do I feel as though I am talking to myself, anonymouses?

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    8. LOL @ anonymous 03.45. yes. talking to myself. The Canada pics were instantly on the internet. they just never made the main stream media. ditto the Australia pictures. I remember the canada pictures preciselt because about a month after they came out, the dress designer was interviewed and said she'd received a letter from an american who baretted [sp?] her for designing a dress without hem weights and she joked that she had no idea Kate would wear it in windy conditions and that perhaps she'd design some sort of weighted hems into all her clothing - just in case. Bild magazine is simply re-printing the old pictures, and since many people haven't seen them before, it appears that they are new. Now on the subject of Kate's bottom. Her dark blue jeggings are loose in the bottom area or perhaps it's the dark colour that doesn't show the shape so easily. look at her bottom in the light blue jeggings at the Olympic event when William, Harry and Kate met the Olympic torch. compare with France, Canada,Australia and This recent episode. Also google white bikini pics from 2006. She has a small neat rounded bottom.

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  32. Other senior royals have made gaffes equal to this. Yawn! It's only a bottom; although, I guess she's trumped Pippa now. In some ways it's funny (just like wishing to be a feminine hygiene product is funny). We all do these things that if caught on camera or recorded and published world-wide would humiliate us all. We simply don't have cameras pointed at us 24-7 like royals do. I find it grossly unfair that the public does not have a sense of propriety. But no. We have an insatiable appetite for the stuff. We want to see it, to gossip about it and to feel superior to those "above us" in wealth or station. That's why the paps can sell it.

    Good thing it happened after she is safely hitched and has produced one cute heir. They can't kick her out now, but they can make her feel good and miserable for a while. I'm sure she'll get a royal talking to and her royal wrist slapped. The Queen might even institute a panties law as there is already a hose-law for women attending Buckingham Palace occasions (as Michelle Obama learned--and I learned from the Mrs. O blog while it was running).

    Eventually it gets forgotten--and is only dredged up again when someone wants to go on an anti-monarchy rant. Personally, I'm all in favour of not wearing underwear. It's hot, uncomfortable and constricting.

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    1. Everyone has accidents (I've seen the Queen with her skirt blowing -- gosh, she wore a slip of all things -- and Sarah Ferguson's -- underwear covered -- bottom), but to the best of my knowledge those women do not have constant issues with this. They appear to have learnt from experience.

      I have got out of planes on tarmac, worn skirts in windy weather, and even had to hang on to something to not get blown over. Not once did I flash anyone. And even if I did, were I wearing a flippy skirt, rather than an A-line or pencil skirt, I'd have underwear and a slip on underneath. That, or a straight skirt, would solve the problem.

      Honestly, I cannot understand why Kate doesn't realize that getting out of helicopters is windy. She flies in enough of them, you'd think she'd know that a relatively full skirt, thong (or no) underwear and no slip is a recipe for disaster if she's not totally aware ready to hold her skirt down at a moment's notice. It's plain stupid, I'm sad to say. And juvenile.

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    2. For a gal who, IMO, always seemed to be "to the manner born", this frustrates me because it is so unnecessary and avoidable.

      And no one has mentioned William... He must be very upset that this was done to his wife, but this incident is unlike the topless photos. I do not see Kate as totally blameless here. Sorry to say because I am in her corner, but this one is difficult......

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    3. Jean from Lancs26 May 2014 at 12:48

      To be fair Bluhare, I suspect that no one is following you around and holding the camera very low down.
      I think it very suspicious that this has only now surfaced---plenty of time to cobble it together..

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    4. There doesn't need to be a camera to listen to people laughing about what I did at every Christmas party afterwards, Jean, although that's a fair point.

      As to the photoshopping, I wonder about that, but the shot itself is quite blurry and this amateur can't tell. It also doesn't look like the camera was held low down. She's walking away with William, his jacket is blowing up the back, as is her skirt. If it's photoshopped, then Bild got taken to the cleaners and I'd assume would want their money back.

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    5. I feel like Kate should really consider wearing a nice pair of trousers once in awhile. Have we ever seen her in any? She's worn skinny jeans, but I can't recall any work appropriate trousers at any point.

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    6. I don't think she's ever worn slacks at an engagement. Just the jeans. She'd look great in slacks and a long coat/jacket. I think she's self conscious about her torso/legs ratio, and a nice long jacket would take care of that, especially if she wore heels with the pants.

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    7. Jennifer from Wisconsin28 May 2014 at 02:57

      I am hoping that now she finally gives pants a try. What a shame she did not weigh the hems or wear more suitable undergarments. Bluhare and Royalfan- I can't agree with the two of you more. I think Kate seems terrific but she really needs to learn or this is going to keep happening.

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  33. The only reference I can find to above-mentioned pictures is that a photographer has claimed to have taken the pictures as Kate was getting off the helicopter- which doesn't make sense,unless she backed out. They probably couldn't have been taken when she boarded, because it was probably at an AF base or some other secure area.
    Also, after reviewing the pictures of W&C standing by the helicopter, it is apparent they have just deplaned (decoptered?) and they appear upset- which might lend itself to the story or could be about the men who were detained.
    Most tellingly, Kate appears to be wearing panty hose, or some sort of hosiery, which adds to the possibility of some fancy photo-shopping I wonder if this is just more propaganda from those who wish to devalue Kate, or would gain from her embarrassment.
    Remember those two really odd-looking characters arrested and searched near there? Wonder, if story is true, if these were the photographers?
    Very strange that this story and the one about Prince William returning to flying and TRH not expanding royal engagements anytime soon came out so close together, when Prince Charles is doing damage-control for his gaff in Canada. A time-lapse of nearly six weeks is also strange. Just a thought. I think whoever is engineering the obvious barrage of post-tour negative press just went into over-kill.
    Anon 00:25- I will reveal my moniker, if you will.

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    1. The photo has been published, and it shows her full bottom from the rear. Was it photoshopped? I don't know. Seems sort of stupid to photoshop something like that and then put it out for bid. The buyer would figure it out pretty quickly, but then a sucker is born every minute, right?

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    2. PS I do think the time lag is a bit strange. Why hold on to it for six weeks? Makes no sense to me at all.

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    3. Photoshopped? I don't know, but I did wonder about that. If it is, it would make it easier to address from a legal standpoint. Unlike the topless photos where Kate's privacy was intentionally invaded, this was a very public setting in the presence of photographers. Different scenario.

      As far as the delay is concerned, it is strange but it has happened before. Not all photos/stories are released right away...for whatever reason.

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    4. But plenty of tabloids don't care about whether something is true, so I could see one publishing it anyway. It looks pretty photoshopped to me.

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    5. Yesterday Bild had two versions of the Kate photo, one blurry and closer than the other. Today they have three pictures, two of them actresses with obviously photoshopped rears, and the one of Kate. What does the German around those pictures say now? (My college German isn't helping!)

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    6. Interesting enough, the shot was taken by a woman. (What we won't do to our own tribe.) As to the time lag, it may have taken six weeks for her to get the price she wanted as she shopped it out for bids to the trash tabloids. (I'm guessing that the editors of those mags were not searching their consciences, only their bank accounts.)

      Also, I'm quite sure that this view lasted for the same millisecond that the red coat and dress "mishap" on deplaning lasted. One lucky--or unlucky--shutter click catches the micro-moment and a parasite can make a great deal of money because the editors will pay for this "news." At one time photographers and newspapers were more respectful. There were things which were well-known to the press that simply were not reported or published. Who needs to know?

      I predict (and will watch to see whether I'm correct) that the fallout of this will put the Duchess into a straight jacket of matronly pencil and a-lines as her only sartorial choices--at least until the Queen passes. After that, Charles & Camilla's brief reign will be less restricting to her. But for now, I'm guessing that wide and flowing skirts will likely be allowed only during formal occasions where yards of skirt are unlikely to flip up. If I'm right, our loss.

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    7. Paige, fake or not, the photos have given that site at least thousands of hits. ( probably millions, by the time the dust settles) The time between photo taken and photo printed, if legit, usually involves shopping it around; and if not legit, maybe some photoshopping, too.
      On the plus side, the comments on this blog have picked up considerably. Remember what Charlotte's island holiday lead lead to?
      If the site had not been named here, I would have never seen the photos, much less commented on them. Maybe I am in the minority here. I am not too internet savy.
      Charlotte is my complete source for all things Kate, with a few brief excursions into DM and WKW territory and other sites, when mentioned here. She provides a wonderful service, at ,I suspect, considerable sacrifice to her personal and student life, not to mention, her family life. On the British Mothers' Day, she was fielding our comments from her Mum's home, I believe.
      So, thank-you, Charlotte for a job well-done!
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    8. On the "Bild" article I found, it was interesting to see a picture from the Canadian tour of her in the yellow dress with her bum showing. I had seen pictures of the skirt blowing up before, but not one showing her bottom. Seems this is not the first time for the problem? Assuming photoshop is not involved.

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    9. Sue: Forgetting the many crotch shots pre-wedding, Canada was the first time she had a full skirt blowing up. the main stream media have been very respectful in reporting Canada and Australia [when they changed planes on the SE tour and her friend's wedding when she was pregnant. The only version of the pictures of those incidents shown in the mainstream media have always been censored and so many people have never seen the full set of pictures so to speak. Honestly, France is the only incident as far as the general public is concerned, but those were special circumstances. These other pictures have been available on the internet foe several years. Bild magazine is the first main stream western paper to print full version of Canada pics to show full extent of that incident. Photoshop is not involved in these incidents. these pictures are real. The Australia incident comes with video too and you can see JLP trying to help with her flying dress.

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    10. It makes perfect sense to come out now. An amateur would need to hire an attorney to make the deal for them and make sure they wouldn't be breaking any laws where it was published. A Publication would wisely wait for there to be a lull in coverage to maximize exposure. We were saturated with images for 3 weeks and no one has seen or heard a peep from her in over a month. Now is the perfect time to put it out there. This photo is Kate's fault for not being properly dressed for the environment.

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    11. I say photo shopped all the way. Her body does not line up to her bum in the photo.

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    12. I don't think Bild would buy a photshopped photo. Keep in mind, they didn't doctor it. So they wouldn't pay big euros for a print someone else did. That would be idiotic.

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    13. Hello everyone,

      I've asked around about these photos. The reason it took so long for them to be published was due to the photographer (reported to be a woman who happened to be there, although many professional photographers are not so sure about that) waiting for the highest bidder. They were rejected by the British press naturally. According to everyone I've asked they're definitely not fakes.

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    14. Thank you for the update Charlotte.

      And Lucy's comments make a lot of sense as well.

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    15. Thank you so much for the confirmation Charlotte, it really is a pity that Kate was cought with the skirt up, I imagine nobody expected this type of picture to arise so long after the tour was over!

      As usual, I have really enjoyed all the posts, polls and information in the comments area. The blog is just fantastic!

      Marina from Madrid!

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    16. I think it is so disgusting the German paper published the photo of the duchesses' bare bottom. This was due to the wind. They are doing the same thing to her as they did to Diana. I hope this won't break her.

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  34. Bless her heart....maybe we can all send her petticoats...just to be helpful!
    Or we could send her some designs for petticoats that would go beautifully with whichever outfit might blow up
    in the wind.....different colors, fabrics- an exercise in petticoat fashion design.
    Didn't she have a similar mishap in Canada with the yellow silk dress that she had not worn since?

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    1. Petticoats...deliciously feminine! Guys fall harder for feminine, than the bits and pieces, in the long run. I suspect her under garments have something to do with wanting to be attractive to her husband, which we can all understand. She just needs a bit of guidance (?) for "on duty", and some lovely petticoat designs.

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    2. I know, wolfpup! I love lacy underthings. Love, love, love them.

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  35. I would think seriously about that:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2512135/How-Kate-Duchess-Cambridge-stop-Marilyn-moments.html

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    1. The article was published last year! It hasn't had the desired effect.

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  36. Interesting article. If William DOES go back to flying it would support my theory that this works well for Charles and Camilla. W&K could remain in "part time" royal status and C&C will continue to be promoted as the next King and Princess Consort (NOT). I never did buy her proposed title as it was sold when they married.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2638792/Will-Prince-William-return-skies-air-ambulance-pilot-Plans-new-day-job-close-countryside-home.html

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    1. I´ve just read it , here we are the explanation of Kate´s absense. Actually they haven´t a well defined status.

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    2. If he doesn't want to be a full time royal then this is a good way to be productive, IMO. However, the reason given is it will let him spend more time with his family (I read about it in the express). What I don't understand is how working 5 days on, 3 days off will allow him more time with his family than working 0 days on and all of them off will.

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    3. bluhare, IMO selling it as him wanting time to spend time with family is ideal for public consumption. It also happens to work very well for you-know-who and his wife. Ditto for Kate wanting to concentrate on being a mother. I'm not suggesting that she doesn't, but if the Queen wanted her to be more active (and it didn't present problems for "others"), I think she'd be out there doing her bit.

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    4. Maybe it is difficult to organise so many people . Some Head of Goverment of other countrys are abdicating, however that is tricky in Spain and Great Britain as well the last has even more people in line with the crown because of that I think may pose a problem,

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    5. Hi Estibaliz, it isn't a question of organizing them. (In my opinion.) More an issue of W&K taking the spotlight from Charles and Camilla. The royal family doesn't want a repeat of the 80's and 90's. Certainly not at this stage of the game.

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    6. Bluhare.
      I see great contradiction, as do you, about taking on a piloting job to spend more time with his family, and off course this leads to far less time in London (as the job apparently lies close to Amner Hall). Less public sightings for them all..

      This to mean reads very clearly, that neither Kate nor William are remotely interested in taking a royal role seriously. This reads less public appearances than previous to George. This reads that this couple enjoy the perks of aristocracy without royal obligations.I am not saying this is my idea of what is going on, as know one really knows. BUT. This is what it reads to the majority of the population. Disinterest in their public duties.

      Has the Queen or C&C a part in all this?
      Who knows?
      It would be most unwise for them to take Kate and William out of the public eye and minimise their appearances so drastically.
      The way around this is to find better advisors who can manipulate royal diaries and increase the publicity of C&C's work. I read that on C&C's Canadian tour, there was an event Camilla attended herself. Only 70 members of the public waited outside to greet her. Imagine how she must feel compared to the thousands that turn up for W&K? And the great shame is that a LOT of C&C's events are truly worthwhile causes that tend to be left on the wayside by the younger royals.

      The royal advisors need to seriously think how they are managing the 3 royal generations.
      It takes balance and it takes major promotions to showcase the work that they ALL have to offer.
      Pulling W&K out of the picture would simply backfire. Not only would it be so obvious (so much so that many of us are noticing), the public would be furious. They enjoy seeing W&K visually as a young family.
      Give the public the chance, and they would enjoy noticing C&C's work too.
      The problem is - C&C's work doesn't get the media attention needed. Why does the palace continue to let this happen?

      After all this, the most saddening thing is, that unfortunately, my instincts tell me (and I hope I'm wrong) that W&K are reveling in any such decision of reducing their public role. A bit of work for William, a spot of shopping for Kate, and a great few tropical holidays dispersed in between. That would truly be a waste of young blood and the amount of awareness they can bring to their chosen causes. I've almost forgotten which causes they are both supporting given that they do very little to promote them. It doesn't have to be a hectic schedule. Even 1 appearance a fortnight would suffice. Gosh, even one a month! But this seems very unlikely to happen.
      I am so disheartened.
      But I do hope to be proven wrong!
      (gosh I have trouble stopping my waffle..)

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    7. Hey royalfan, I would think you-know-who and his wife would welcome some help with engagements! Aren't the Queen and DoE wanting to cut back a bit? At this stage of the game, William and Kate are still overshadowing them . . . and not in a good way.

      Seriously, though, don't you think that (assuming Charles is serious about the streamlined monarchy thing) Charles would welcome William and Kate doing more engagements (as well as Harry; I shouldn't pick on WK all the time)? If they don't, then the streamlined thing goes to hell in a handbasket and then he'll have to have those pesky Yorks do some work! From what I've read, Andrew would be dancing in the streets at that prospect.

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    8. royalfan, but the RF has to remain relevant and whether Charles likes William and Kate out and about or not isn't really the issue. For the RF to remain relevant, they've got to prove their worth. I think even Charles would have to recognize he can't do it all.

      William appears to be showing he'd rather do anything than royal duties with all the trial balloons that have been floated as to his "career plans" or whatever you want to call it. That's not a great trait in a future king and if I were Charles I'd be concerned.

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    9. Helen, I totally agree with you. You say things much more politely than I do!! I am not privy to the inner workings of the Queen's mind, or anyone remotely close to her, but I have a hard time believing she is sitting there with her gin and dubonnet airily waving her hand, while saying "kids today!!" She takes dignity very seriously which is why I'd bet she's furious at this new photo.

      I do think William sets the tone in their public life, though, and Kate goes along with it. It would not surprise me to learn she gets very anxious about her public appearances and is OK with doing less. If that's true, it won't help in the long run, though. The nervousness will get worse and pushing through it will be harder. And that's written through my own experience, albeit not on such a huge public stage as they have.

      I hope you keep posting (and waffling!!), Helen. I enjoy your viewpoint, even if I don't agree with it all the time!

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    10. BLUHARE- You create such vivid word-pictures, it is hard for me to let go of the image long enough to focus on your point. I still chuckle about the picture of you over your typewriter, twirling your pearls.
      "Kids today," indeed!
      Marg

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    11. Edward VI, George V AND George VI went to great lengths to ensure the longevity of the monarchy. Particularly George V. Foe all of you, that would be the current Queen's grandfather. They all recognised that IF they were to survive, the entire royal family had to be visible, be seen and be seen to be doing 'work' whatever that entailed. Between them they invented a better form of the annual summer progress that the monarchs used to do around the country. instead of it being a celebration of the monarch with everyone tugging forelocks, they turned it into a procession of do-gooding and charity works. They also invented things like Trooping the colour and revived ancient ceremonies like the order of the garter with a very public march so that the public would see them and feel connected to them. The current royal family is still following the guidelines they set down with the charities, patronages, world wide tours and various ceremonies. PS: did you know that it was The Queen Mum who orchestrated the first public wedding? before that weddings were held very much indoors. Edward VI orchestrated the very first public funeral that allowed such long processions and soldiers and made a kind of public spectacle of it. All this in service of ensuring longevity of the monarchy.

      William and Kate are being very short sighted in not recognising this aspect of monarchy and what it takes to keep it going in to the next century or at least for their son. They don't appear to have a plan to ensure the longevity. Doing their way seems to mean that they become less visible, don't do public works and only show up to galas. Since most of their subjects don't attend galas, there is a very real worry that they'll start to be viewed, rightly or wrongly, like the french monarchs and we all know what happened to them!!! Acquitaine.

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    12. anon from Leominster27 May 2014 at 16:18

      Small typo there, it was Edward VII but otherwise you are quite right, and it is very well put. At the turn of the century, the royal family did come to realise they needed to reinvent their role in order to make it fit with the times. (The investiture of the Prince of Wales was another such occasion.) At the turn of this century, in a quickly changing world, that is true as much as ever.

      I believe there is a strong royal misconception that if William and Kate don't assume a public role, that attention will turn to Charles and Camilla. But this is misguided. Charles and Camilla are neither popular nor young, and attention will simply turn away from the royal family all together, making them seem unnecessary and anachronistic in a modern and rapidly changing world.

      It is becoming unfortunately apparent that William seems conflcted about his role. I think too now that the novelty has worn off, Kate isn't as excited about hers as she once was. Like most employment, being a royal has its tedious aspects. But William is never going to be a "normal" search and rescue pilot. They don't have London flats in palaces or fancy country homes, and they don't require security whose salary probably exceeds that of most helicopte pilots. William seems to want the pleasure of what he likes to do combined with the perks of royal life.

      William has had a generous amount of time, well over a decade, to live much as he pleases. With the queen and Philip aging, it seems time that he and Kate develop their public persona, something that doesn''t happen overnight and start to represent the family that provides their privilages on a reasonably full time basis. I believe the public would gladly accept Kate being at home with George if she would just do one or two engagements a week.

      Most of the subjects of the future William V have to work, many in jobs they may not find that interesting or exciting. Most young mums have to contribute to the family income, often in jobs with long hours that take them away from their young children most of the day. William and Kate aren't going to be held to that kind of a daily work schedule for now, but it is time to show a connection with their subjects and prove they are not just glamourous celebrities but members of a family committed to the public good.

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    13. It has been a while for you, Aquitaine. But- Edward VI? (Did you mean Edward VII?)
      Only galas?
      where have you been? Perhaps on an extended pilgrimage to Tibet?

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    14. bluhare, to answer your question....I do not believe that Charles wants W&K to be more visible/active. Would it help with the overall workload? Yes. But I think Camilla and her future role are first and foremost on his mind. He has waited too long and worked too hard to allow a popular young couple (with double the dynamite power compared to Diana) overshadow him or Camilla. And would he do this at the risk of harming the institution itself? IMHO...yes.

      I believe that W&K do have respect for HM and the institution itself. If the current workload/scenario wasn't cutting it with her, I think she'd do something about it. But I honestly believe this is a situation that works for William (keeping his family out of the limelight as much as possible) AND Charles (not having younger competition). Unfortunately, who gets the blame but W&K.

      That's just my take on it and it makes perfect sense given the history and personalities involved.

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    15. ANON LEO- Another. astute, well-written and thought out comment for you
      Excellent point! that attention will not automatically turn to the Duke and Duchess of Cornball, if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are removed from the public eye. People well may.just lose interest in the royal family.
      Also, good point- William will probably not be your average anything. His right to choose a life and career ended at birth. He is living the lifestyle he was raised with through his father. . We all do, unless we hit the lottery or go to prison for insider trading. Also, his right to privacy ended at birth. With that comes the ever-present security officers. I certainly wouldn't want a stranger privy to my most personal activities, always present.You can't even run to the store or take your.kid to the park without them.The smallest activity must be planned out hours or days in advance.
      Of course, if the alternative were literally no life st all, I guess I would have to put up with it.
      We admire the Queen for her adherence to duty above all, but that was the life she was raised in. Diana apparently tried to show her sons another life and at this point, William is caught in between.
      But Ms. Leo, great post.
      It makes me so mad when I have to agree with you, whether I want to or not! Ha!
      Marg

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    16. Sorry. definitely typo. i meant Edward VII. Current Queen's great grandfather. Acquitaine.

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  37. I've noticed that some few days BEFORE William and Kate make an appearance after some weeks of low profile, the gutter press is ALWAYS lashing out a new kind of story. I do not believe for one moment that the duchess of Cambridge will go out without knickers. This story is all made up. By the way have you read the one telling that prince William is near to death due to a fatal disease? Why is it again and again that people believe everything they read thus playing the game of the papparazis? I simply will never understand that. Whatever the gossip, they believe it right away.
    No wonder that we see less and less of Kate now.
    They will pursue her and they did Diana. Like the wolves they are!

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    1. I saw the photo and she did. I think she wears sheer hose with no panties underneath. There is nothing wrong with that; I wear hose with no panties, although I usually don't wear the sheer to waist with nothing underneath. But I wouldn't do it with no slip and a full skirt in windy situations.

      All she has to do is either (a) wear slacks, or (b) a straight skirt. Problem solved.

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      Or a full skirt with a straight matching lining, something very easy for a designer to do (Sarah Burton already does, judging from the sailor dress) or which can be added by a royal dressmaker in the blink of an eye. It has no effect on the fit of a full skirt. It is such a simple fix, one really wonders about Kate. She is starting to look just a bit vulgar on not taking heed of these instances.

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  38. I honestly don't think that things will calm down when Charles & Camilla become King & Queen consort. The Queen of course has a strong sense of what works and what doesn't - and her viewpoint comes from long experience and some of Queen Mary's influence....BUT she also, as Prince Philip has said "...has tolerance in abundance," and is a very kind, loving person.
    Charles is kind- but he is also angry and depressed and I don't think his own family are looking forward to his authority over them. He will need to be careful, though...the press will pillory him if he gets too heavy handed. One good thing about Camilla is that I've read that she seems to be the one person who can buck him up when he's feeling sorry for himself. Charles leaves himself open to great deal of criticism because he is known to be very indecisive, very EARNEST, insecure, and gets angry and depressed when his efforts are not appreciated. He is also carrying a lot of baggage from his father's lack of sympathy and harshness. Hasn't he been quoted as saying "You shouldn't speak to me that way - Just you wait until I am King - and I WILL be King!!"-
    (Or words to that effect.) I'm not sure how I managed to achieve bold type there!
    About Kate - please don't ask for the source - I think it's in a storage box somewhere - but didn't Kate go through a "mooning" phase in middle school? If the press started calling her by her old nickname - Kate Middlebum, she might take to wearing a slip/petticoat. Unless the story was completely apochryphal. The author is very reputable. OR if on future trips , Kate sees photographers anticipating THOSE shots - maybe she'll learn.

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  39. Regarding photos: guess no one's talking about Charles' comparing Putin to Hitler anymore. Nipped that in the bud.

    Whether faked or not, the timing of the release of the pictures could not have been more convenient.
    Now comes damage control for the Scotland trip.
    Or maybe , W&C will just tough it out, as they did on 2012 tour.
    And those paps who stood outside Diana's car and snapped pictures were arrested, detained, questioned, and I think some prosecuted by the French. Although the focus was libility for the crash, I wish more public persons would prosecute - shouldn't there be an "outrage of public decency" charge? Ok, before you say it, BLUEHARE, you would probably go for Kate's being charged! Ha! . I suppose that just keeps it in the news longer. I am sure the.tabloids would be happy to settle quickly.Could Australian courts have jurisdiction this time?
    HELEN or SIMONE- (where are you, Simone from Melbourne? Are you ok?) Are there "Crown Courts" in Australia?

    This whole thing just makes.me sick
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    1. It makes me sick as well. I feel that she was violated and that woman who sold that picture is vile. She should be completely ashamed of herself. I am 100% behind Kate.

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    2. While I wonder about selling it (I do, truly), she would have nothing to sell if Kate didn't provide the material.

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    3. Hi Marg
      I'm doing well thank you! Making good progress with the back recovery now and will be able to go back to work in a month to 6 weeks. Finally after 5 months!
      I'm not sure about the legal side of things in Australia - I would have thought the UK courts could take action if the photo was proven to be "false"
      I don't believe that Kate would be quite so naive to be honest and so I'm not really taking these alleged photos at face value - strikes me someone is out to make a few fast $'s. Which is sad but seems to be the way of things in the world of the paparazzi. I am still 100% supportive and hope it all blows over quickly as it must be very upsetting for a relatively young couple dealing with all of this fuss....
      How are you Marg?
      Simone from Melbourne

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    4. You are 100% behind someone who is supposed to represent a nation, yet keeps embarrassing said nation by failing to dress herself appropriately? Time, and time again? And again. And.. again.

      Kate is not a delicate flower, she is a grown woman who keeps messing up.

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    5. Cheeky American27 May 2014 at 03:53

      So was the photographer!

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    6. SIMONE- So glad to hear you are progressing! I was a bit concerned.
      I'm still able to climb out of bed in the morning, and for that I am thankful.
      I'm just bummed I'm not going to get to see Prince George be King.
      Marg

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    7. Ah well Anonymous 03.52 ..... I guess I don't believe the photograph is real and you do, but yes I am still supportive over and over and over again :-)
      Simone Melbourne

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    8. I wonder why doesn´t she wear a pair of white pants for summer, for example, Letizia of Spain usually wears trousers although not jeans at work and here in Spain there is very hot all the summer as well I would like to apologize for my English I improving a lot reading all of you . Sometimes I can´t explain well, sorry.

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    9. Lynn Georgia USA27 May 2014 at 16:41

      Estibaliz, You explained your point very well, and I heartily agree with you. This whole incident makes me sick. On the one hand, I do feel sorry for Kate; however, I am also very exasperated with her. The whole tour went so well. The pictures of her and little George and William were wonderful. I was ecstatic! After all her efforts to make everything perfect, how could she let this happen? Although she clearly prefers full skirts, she looks equally good in straight skirts. I'm sure she would "rock" dress slacks, too. She definitely needs to make the switch, especially when conditions are windy and when she knows she will be crossing tarmacs and crawling in and out of planes and helicopters.

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    10. Do no worry Your Royal Highness! There is nothing to be ashamed of! When a little girl you were bullied and you still are now. It is true that you are not a fragile flower but you are a human being with feelings, a wonderful wife, mother and princess, a breadth of fresh air in this world. And as such you should be respected. You did not harm anyone. Yet you have become the target of many haters and blackmailers. People who are out to find fault seldom find anything else. It is but a waste of their time but it's their problem not yours. Prince William and you did very well during the tour and so did little Prince George.

      There are people in this world that can't simply bear to see someone happy. Hence their pathetic hatred of who you are and what you represent and their ugly desire to destroy that happiness at all costs. Just ignore them Your Royal Highness. What goes around comes around. Blackmailers will pay one day. So smile Ma'am! You're brave. And simply BE who you are. This is the way the way most people like you.

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    11. I am Anon 2:17 and to Anon 3:52 (and Simone!) - yes - I am 100% behind a victim of sexual assault. This is cyber bullying. I feel awful for her and I'm behind her. (Though I think it may be photo shopped as well.) That photographer should be ashamed if it's real.

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    12. Anon 20:35- Blackmail? Are you serious? That would explain a lot of seemingly unrelated circumstances.I really would like to know where you got this idea.

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    13. Anon 20.35... blackmail as in threatening to reveal the photos? That may be a stretch here, no? The photos were taken in a public setting with many, many photographers around. Unless I am not following your reasoning..........

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  40. Looks photoshopped to me. We shouldn't be so quick to judge. Apart from the angle of her bottom looking wrong vs her torso, it looks like the fabric has been cutaway by Photoshop. There's a fair bit of fabric in that skirt and for it to have lifted that high I would expect it to have billowed more around William's arm and to see some of the folds and furls where it had caught the wind.

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  41. Did she not wear under wear? I'm confused!!

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  42. Just a thought- I think P rince George and Princess Estelle should get married some day. True, she would be an older woman, but - can you imagine the two of them on the throne?
    Problem is, which throne?

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    1. LOL!!! Estelle is one of my favorites. Such presence for a two year old!

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    2. BLUHARE!- Did you see the picture of little Princess Estelle sitting ramrod straight on her own little chair at her Aunt Madeline's wedding? This was in February, 2013.
      The Swedes really know how to appreciate and promote a good thing.
      I think Prince George has the same kind presence. I doubt he will suffer fools gladly.
      But seriously, Princess Estelle is second in line to the Swedish throne. George is third, but they will likely become monarch around the same time. I doubt either would renounce the throne. I fear their romance is doomed.
      Marg

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    3. OMG ; i feel Little Estelle would own PGtips.

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  43. Pauline Oak Hills27 May 2014 at 01:03

    Come on people let's show some respect to Kate and not continue to talk about this photo being taken. I for one have not stooped that low and looked at the photo. It is an invasion of her privacy and down right disgusting.

    I would hope Charlotte puts halt to this conversation.

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    1. It would be an invasion of her privacy if it happened during her down time. It was not. She was on the job when this happened, and on the job when the rest of them happened. Frankly, I'm very surprised she hasn't adjusted to at least wear a slip if she's going to wear flippy skirts when getting out of a helicopter.

      While we're talking about respect, how about Kate show the Queen some respect and at least wear undergarments when she's working? I honestly don't understand how people are still cutting her slack over her inability to keep her tush under wraps. You'd think she's still Kate Middlebum with the reputation for mooning her school chums.

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    2. Jean from Lancs27 May 2014 at 10:39

      If people didn't fall over themselves to view these photos, it would not be worth the huge sums reported as being paid for them; nor would it be worth paps hanging around with cameras at the ready, hoping for some wind.
      These incidents happen in a second, so they must stand with cameras ready.
      The paparazzi hounded Diana to her death--do the never learn?
      Pictures of Catherine on that day show that she was wearing tights or stockings--just a pity some people believe every word they read in some trashy magazine

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    3. Pauline, to be fair, if you haven't viewed the photos, I'm not sure how you can be so quick to condemn the discussion.

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    4. Please imagine for a moment, that this is about a professional at work who is representing a nation, who has had multiple (preventable) wardrobe malfunctions.

      Then realize - it IS about just that.

      The paparazzi are not "hounding" Kate here - they are taking photos of her at work.

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    5. The thing is Stephanie that that wasn't a paparazzi photo - it was some random woman who snapped the shot and who capitalized on it. How sad. I hope she feels awful.

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    6. If this was a photographer registered with and traveling with the tour, it would not have been necessary to use a telescopic lens, if it is not actually photoshopped. They were the only ones authorized to take pictures of her "at work." Why didn't the long lens capture her with the Girl Guides or comforting the fire victims? That was her work, not getting off a helicopter. I think we all know the answer to that. There was no intention to take "photos of her at work."
      I would hesitate to take the word of a photographer regarding the authenticity of this photo who would resort to these tactics to get a photo to alter.If the actual photographer wasn't consulted, who else could accurately vouch for it? It was obviously taken from seclusion, as were the Government House lawn photos.
      And again, the security issue. Obviously the Cambridges are given insufficient security to deal with these sorts of security breeches. Do we ever see long-lens photos of the Queen?
      Just a thought, according to one of the anonymouses, the Canada yellow dress photos (showing a derrierre) were on the internet almost immediately. Why. then, did it take nearly six weeks for these to appear ANYWHERE? Deals can be made much faster when there is no doubt of the authenticity.

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    7. Well said, Stephanie and you are exactly right.
      We're led to believe that this is her "job," and that she is, indeed, a professional at work representing a nation.
      Well, then, dress the part.
      She's a 32-year-old woman and a "senior" royal. She's been married to William for three years, dated him for seven. She knows how this goes by now. She certainly has the assistance and advice as well as the means to prevent this from happening at all with any dress.
      It's not like this is the first time it happened.
      To boot, she the wife of a former military pilot and she travels often on helicopters and other aircraft. She certainly understand the bit about upwash and the updrafts around aircraft.
      The job of these photographers is to take photos and sell them, or, if they're employed by the actual publication, to get the best photo and get it ahead of the competition. The paps and the photographers are doing their jobs, Kate needs to buckle down and do hers - and that includes dressing appropriately for the event and the conditions surrounding it.

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    8. "Just doing their jobs?" A hired gun is just doing his job when he shoots someone. So that makes what he does and how he does it.ok
      Please publish this. I have had 4 posts " filtered" in the last 24 hours.
      If people are going to criticize (and that is a nice word for what these discussions usually degenerate into) at least, please, use arguments that are logical. Some do.
      It really is disturbing when I see loyal Kate supporters deserting over unconfirmed, photographic gossip.

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    9. I just wonder what confirmation do u need seriously. She made a darn big mistake she should learn from it. Why depend sth that cant be defended any more? Just to know loyal fan or not we have all eyes, ears, minds. I do hope Kate also has. Thanks for everybody a respectful debate and for Charlotte to deal with it. I wish we could talk about pleasant things but it is also telling that we have nth bwtter. Sad.Blue27

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  44. I too don't understand why she doesn't show respect for the Queen or the Royal Family or herself. All of the pre tour articles about how the Queen's dresser had intervened to help her with these very issues and help her appear more royal
    have failed. I was so sorry to see this today. Of course people on this blog want to discuss it. We all hope for the best and root for her all the time. If we can blog or vote for her best outfits, why not when she has an wardrobe malfunction?
    I think she is dressing for William. I hope she gets through this and is able to move forward. Nothing worse then a stressed out mom.

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  45. In case the picture isn't photoshopped (part of me still thinks it is) it would appear Kate doesn't worry too much about the wind-full skirt-all legs and bum accidents. It happened many times and in very predictable environment. I say, she would consider different skirts and different underwear if she would be seriously concerned about the possibility of creating those moments. As long as Kate choses to take the risk it's her decision and she has to live with it.

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    1. See my comment to Florence - you are perpetuating an environment that rewards the perpetrator and punishes the victim. It is not Kate's fault.

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    2. Kate is not a victim.

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    3. Kate should show some respect for her subjects and HM. She owes an apology. I have had enough of her deplorable behaviour.

      Also, I think I am done here. Her fashion isn't enough to keep me interested any longer. So disappointed in her.

      Thank you for everything Charlotte. You are such a hard worker and a sweet lady. I hope for your sake that Kate gives you wonderful material to work with in the future.

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    4. Anon, I see neither a perpetrator nor a victim here. Just a lot of legs and bum. Real or photoshopped, who knows. The tabloid does what whey always do and they probably don't care if the photo was fabricated or real. The more anticipation of royal scandal the more papers they sell. It's just the reality of the matter. People love trash. Anyone one up for re-educating the masses?
      I am not saying it's Kate's 'fault' since I still doubt the authenticity of the photo. However, picking skirts a bit more carefully when around air- and heliports may be a good idea to look at. In other words: be smarter then they. Unless Kate doesn't care. But then again, she has to accept the consequences because the world will not turn into a nice, fair and respectful place - ever!

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    5. Wow Stephaine it sounds like you think Catherine owes you alot.

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  46. I have defended the duchess forever and ever. But if this is true, I must agree with Anna from NZ. It's time for those skirts to stay DOWN and for Catherine to behave like a classy, self assured lady. She has access to all the help in the world. Why is this happening? It is truly preventable.
    If my daughter could flip upside down on monkey bars in primary school and never show her bottom, Kate should be able to walk in windy conditions! Just sayin'....

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    1. Theresa, from Paris27 May 2014 at 20:20

      Totally agree with you, Florence !
      This seems to happen to the Duchess all the time. In Canada, it was her first trip abroad and we all suffered the embarassement with her, thinking she would quickly learn her lesson. But it goes on and on...
      It's ridiculous and preventable.
      I too do root for her, but this is just stupid. She isn't a novice teenager anymore.
      I wish someone would tell her :-))))

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    2. That sums up how I feel as well. That's what I find so frustrating...it was sooooo preventable. bluhare made the same point....don't give them the material.

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    3. Why do we blame the victim when it comes to situations like this one? She is being sexually harassed! It is completely wrong for a woman to be treated in this way - she doesn't deserve it, end of story.

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    4. Anon- That's not sexual harassment. That is the media taking advantage of a situation when Kate should have known and done better. Nobody lifted her skirt to take the picture. She could have prevented the whole thing from being a big deal by wearing underwear, a slip or weights in her hems. She didn't and then got off of a heliocopter which caused her skirt to go up and a photographer got a picture of that moment. The photographer lacks taste but Kate is the one who had the power to prevent it happening. She is a victim of bad timing and judgment. I feel for her but don't mislabel that as sexual harassment. That's different.

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    5. I agree anonymous, we should not blame the victim. But why would Catherine have to be a victim? I don't think she has to play that role. Not in this situation. France, Mustique.. Fair enough yes. Invasion of privacy, I totally agree. But as bluhare said, Catherine was AT WORK. (Not shouting, just making a point!). The duchess of Cambridge should not have skirts flying in the wind whilst representing her nation. She is inviting bad press and photo shoppers will inevitably have a field day with that type of material.

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    6. Anon 00:51, I implore you to find out what sexual harassment really is.

      Kate has flashed the public, while on duty representing a nation. She owes an apology for her behaviour (not to mention for her lack of work the last 3 years (and before)).
      The public, those who pay her way through life, deserve to know the unprofessional behaviour of those representing them.

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  47. It's so clear: just photoshop! How can you all spend a minute of your life talking about it?

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  48. i dont think we are talking the bum issue we are all have wardrobe malfunction even celebs had their i think we are not right to published it maybe we could stop talking about that and focus to the best part sarangreyo

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    1. I have never had a wardrobe malfunction at work. Kate is not a celebrity like Paris Hilton, she is a representative of the nation.

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    2. Has anyone ever taken a long-lens photo of you getting in and out of your car? ( on the way to work, of course)

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    3. I don't need cameras to prove I have not had a wardrobe malfunction, especially at work, and that I am a grown woman who knows how to dress myself.

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  49. It's either that she is very naive or she expects to weild the law every single time due to her status or both, if she hasn't learnt by now that photographers, paps or amateurs will take pictures of her and try to sell them whatever the state of her dress. If she doesn't want undignified pictures of her in he public arena, dress accordingly!!!! Acquitaine.

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    1. thank you, Acquitaine. It's really that simple, isn't it?

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    2. Amen! It really IS that simple, Acquitaine!! I don't think she's really that naive, I think she (and William too) think that his hissy fits and scowling and their rare public engagements are going to convince the world press to bow before them and only print the flattering reports and photos, like the UK royal reporters do.

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  50. I think the relevant point isn’t whether it’s gross or not for photographers to take pictures like this. I think we can all agree that it is – but that’s what they *do.* And if this has happened to you before – or in Kate’s case, about four or five times before- and you know it’s going to happen again (going to a windy place + loose floaty skirt = Marilyn moment) but do nothing about it – it’s all on you. And I can only conclude the Diva *wants* it to happen, since it could so easily be prevented (weights in the hem, different kind of skirt). As for her reasons, who knows. I personally think a bit of exhibitionism, more than stupidity, is the likely explanation. Nobody can be that dumb. And we know from her St. Andrews performance that she isn’t averse to a bit (or a lot) of show and tell.

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  51. anon from Leominster27 May 2014 at 17:19

    For the royal family, I've always felt that the press was like having a circus act of lions and tigers. At their best, the act is fabulous, but it is also dangerous. But without those lions and tigers, there is no act. As long as there has been a press, well before cameras were invented, the royal family has had a conflicted relationship with it. None of this is new.

    The royal family has also often used the press to their advantage. This includes the late Princess of Wales. Diana's death is a complicated matter and to blame it entirely on the press is simplistic.. The royal family carries a large portion of the blame. Diana should never have been stripped of her HRH title and should have been kept integrated into royal life. As it was, her militrary patronages were stripped from her, one of them handed over to a foreign royal and she was left outside of the family in many other ways.

    I suspect Charles was behind much of this, looking to build a place for Camilla. Had relations with Diana been kept smoother, the royal family might have been able to still provide her with security and the accident would not have happened.

    Diana's own paranoia about the royal family and her inappropriate love affairs didn't help matters either.

    In the end it was a perfect storm. The press photographers, lack of proper security, a drunken driver, trying to move secretly from prominent locations in the centre of Paris. It was all tragic and very avoidable and, judging from the Danish royal family, when faced with a divorce of a popular princess, lessons were learnt, but too late for Diana.

    None of this has the slightest bit to do with Kate's public fashion difficulties except to the extent that the any member of the royal family knows that they are going to be photographed and not always when they expect it, and should dress with that in mind. Had Kate heeded her prior difficulties, if she is truly not an exhibitionist and does care, and had worn a petticoat, the photo would not have been news.

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    1. Well said, Leominster, well said.
      I find it childish that people whine about "invasion of privacy" when the couple were in public within full view of the press and photographers, they knew well in advance that the media would be there snapping photos.
      For all her talk of being the wife of a military man and a helicopter pilot no less, and for all the time she's ridden in and disembarked from helicopters, it seems odd to me she wouldn't take into account the rotor wash and its effect on a lightweight summer dress, not to mention that a similar incident had almost happened to her just days earlier when they landed in New Zealand.
      Diana has been gone for 17 years this summer. William has been without his mother for more years than he had her (he was 15 when she died). There is no doubt and absolutely no argument that her loss was shattering for all who knew and loved her and particularly for her sons.
      But it seems a very convenient "go to" now for those who worship at the Will and Kate altar to trot out Diana's problems with the media and the paparazzi whenever Will and Kate have a bad or unfortunate photo of them snapped. They don't mention her any other time.
      Let's leave all the false modesty and whinging about invasion of privacy. As Leominster correctly pointed out - if Kate had planned a little better, this wardrobe malfunction wouldn't have happened.

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    2. anon from Leo, "perfect storm" is an excellent way of describing it. Excellent. I agree with your comments.

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  52. Jean. How can you see she's wearing tights? Certainly see she's wearing no underwear !! I just think silly girl. When will she learn. It only takes a second to snap a shot. U'd think she'd learn. With all the advice on hand to her. This couple seem very bullish, doing their own thing and taking no notice or caring over the publics opinion of this public funded couple. Maybe they'll have egg on their faces in years to come when everyone has had enough of them. Be sad. Such a promising couple wasted. Bo. Boston

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  53. Several news outlets have stated that the Palace said it was a 'grotesque' invasion of privacy. Did the Palace really comment? If so, seems the pictures are authentic.

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  54. Sarah from Calif.28 May 2014 at 02:30

    Well we've all seen Kate in the nude. Top side and bottom now. Hope we can move on. I think these photographers are very juvenile.

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  55. Oh for goodness sake, she's probably wearing a thong. Honestly, people are such prudes. Big deal, her skirt blew up. Shame on the photographer for taking the photo regardless of whether she is in a public place or not. It's just nasty behaviour on the photographer's part. I hope she is not upset by it but is able to put it aside and get on with being a mum.

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    1. Yes, it is shameful of the photographer anon.
      I don't think for one minute Kate is upset by this.
      If she was, she would have also been upset the last 4-5 times it happened and made sure it didn't happen again.

      My instincts tell me Kate is extremely proud of her figure and doesn't mind showing it off. No matter what the circumstances. This has proven itself many times in public as well as private.

      And I have no doubt she is definitely getting on with being a Mum, 'cos I haven't seen her doing much else lately. Kate and William seem quite ensconced in their very private lives at present.

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    2. Really, Helen? Your instincts tell you that Kate is showing off her figure? You don't think that she is mortified by this situation? You don't have ANY sympathy?

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  56. I tried in vain 5 times today to finish a post and it just vanished into cyber space.
    Quite frustrating, so I left it.
    However, it seems in the interim, many of my thoughts have been published by all you lovely people.

    I'm not going to delve into this so much except that my 14 year old daughter,(savvy as she is), just moments ago was flicking through my recent copy of "Royal Life".
    Our children here in Australia don't grow up with much knowledge of royalty, unless it is a particular family member's interest. So her comment as she casually turned the papers to a photo of Kate and William struck me as quite poignant.
    "Mum" she said. "I really don't like the way Kate and William are always so casually dressed and behave so normal.
    I like the Queen far more with her style of clothes and the way she acts"!!!!
    HA! HA! I thought. This will make for interesting conversation to all the lovelies on Charlotte's blog.
    What do we say to this!??

    This is coming from the generation that will see William and Kate on the throne.
    Naturally her opinion is one of many.
    But how many more see Kate and William this way?
    Let's face it. We want to see more style from W&K.
    The young generation LOVE the Queen. She has style, she is careful with how she speaks and behaves in public. She is IMMACULATELY groomed. She dresses beautifully, but not ostentatiously. She has honour and she receives the respect from almost everyone.
    In Australia the talk of Republicanism is always on the table, but we still hold the Queen in high regard.
    Simply put - she is a LADY.

    I forgave Kate's first few accidents involving gusts of wind, but this boils down to common sense and appropriate behaviour/dress code for a lady.
    We've all experienced similar unfortunate "accidents" - but we rest assured that no one really cares, so we continue on and take note not to make such a fashion blunder again.
    Kate knows photographers are everywhere at such a high profile event. Why take the risk?

    My 14 year old obviously was influenced enough by Kate's presence in a magazine to point out that she thought the couple acted too normal and didn't dress as royals should. These are the girls that could possibly see Kate as a role model of the future. How to behave, how to dress, how to give to society. Should we not therefore, be using K&W to promote the royals to this generation? Or shall we leave that to our Queen as well? Although she's doing a darn good job of showing what a royal at that age can accomplish. Another astonishing realisation for my daughter - She can't believe the Queen is that old and still keeping such an active diary.

    So what do you all seem to think?
    Should W&K take their public role more seriously and be great ambassadors for the royal family? (regardless of any "political" agenda that we think C&C have towards W&K).
    Should they set examples for the new generation that will see them on the throne?
    Or shall they hide away until C&C are almost off the throne?

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  57. Jean from Lancs28 May 2014 at 09:47

    All this criticism of Catherine, but not one word from anyone, but not one word from anyone about the gross invasion of her privacy when her phone was hacked 155 times_admitted last week at the Old Bailey trial of staff of the now defunct Murdoch "News of the World".

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    1. Jean most people here want to found fault in anything Catherine does. So the phone hacking was not her fault so they have nothing to say.

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    2. Jean I think that is a very different scenario; one in which she was a "victim."

      I wouldn't even blame her for a reasonable wardrobe malfunction (by that I mean something beyond her control) , but her choice that day was a recipe for disaster.

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    3. Jennifer from Wisconsin29 May 2014 at 05:32

      Ditto Royalfan. Kate's phone was terrible and not really discussed as a topic so maybe that's why. The trip was and her skirt flying up was preventable. I don't hate Kate, but I am disappointed she allowed this to possibly happen again by making the choices she did. Quite frankly, the dress billows out so worrying about showing a panty line was probably not why she wore what she did.

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  58. I disagree with a few of the comments here about Kate being a victim and this being sexual harassment. I like and support Kate, but what about personal accountability? Can we agree that this was not the best judgment on her part and it didn't have to happen had she made a different wardrobe choice?

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    1. It didn't have to happen if people didn't subject other people to this kind to treatment. It is not the victim's fault. If a woman wears a short dress and gets raped, is it her fault? No. It is absolutely not her fault. It is the fault of the man who raped her. Several people have commented that if we had a wardrobe malfunction like this at work, we would have been fired. I disagree. If I wore a dress like Kate wore to work - a dress that clearly passes as business casual that is long enough and professional enough - and an enormous burst of wind that I couldn't control hit up my dress and I was wearing either a thong or panyhose or nothing so that I wouldn't get ridiculed about underwear lines, and some awful colleague posted a picture of it - that person would be rightly so accused of sexual harassment by me.

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    2. Jennifer from Wisconsin29 May 2014 at 05:25

      Kate's issue is exploitation by a photographer of a bad judgment call Kate made in her wardrobe choices for the conditions. In work situations, it is expected you dress appropriately. Sexual harassment is not the issue here.

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  59. It is most disappointing to see how public opinion has changed so drastically and rightfully so after this incident. As a long time supporter I am sad and also quite frustrated at the lack of work. If I am correct Kate has made two appearances for her charities this year, counting the one in Australia. This is simply astonishing. I do not understand what is going on, and why they have cut down their workload so drastically. Even if Charles is leading this, surely they know what is good for their image? Or do they really not care. I have to agree with Helen - if Kate really did care she would have taken precautions to ensure she stopped flashing the public.

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    1. I believe it is called having a baby and taking care of it.

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  60. After reading all of these comments, I have decided to post one of my own- not that I have anything different to add. I wanted this shot to be a photohshop- just because of past problems. I can not imagine what life is like in that fishbowl-and more than anything I want to come up with something so profound that when you all read it you will shake your heads and say "yes...that's it! exactly!" but I am not able too so I will close by saying we we are all human, we all make mistakes -sometimes we make the same one more than once or twice = I know I have in my lifetime. But boy did I learn.

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  61. Patricia I love your comment - that is so true and I know I have ....

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  62. She chose to go outside without coverage and the wind exposed her to all those people standing around the helicopter. Not very respectful to Australia.

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  63. Sarah from Calif.29 May 2014 at 01:15

    Photoshopped picture.

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