Sunday, 27 July 2014

William and Kate Attend Batcombe Wedding, Calendar Updates & L.K. Bennett Autumn/Winter Styles

Hello dear readers, we hope you're all having a splendid weekend!

Yesterday The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the wedding of Alexander Vaulkhard and Sarah Nicholson at Batcombe. The groom went to Eton College with Prince William. (with thanks to Ikon Pictures for the info). There's a few snaps available at the Shepton Mallet Journal.

Due to the lack of photos it's very difficult to tell what Kate is wearing but if I had to guess I would say her pretty frock looks very much like the Jenny Packham dress she first wore to a polo match in Santa Barbara in 2011.


It's described as a "de Gournay silver and marble grey hand-painted silk chinoiserie dress". Below we see the dress on the runway, it's from Ms. Packham's 2011 Spring/Summer Collection.

Jenny Packham

Indeed, it is the second wedding Kate has chosen it for - she also wore it for Emily McCorquodale's wedding in 2012.


Kate's hat looks like the cream Jane Corbett piece she wore to Order of the Garter in 2012.

Jane Corbett

We'll updated with details and hi-res photos should they emerge.

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Tomorrow and Tuesday The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will attend the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The young royals will watch an array of events which match their personal sporting interests including hockey, swimming, athletics and boxing. It is expected the Palace will release specific timings on both mornings.

Commonwealth Games

William and Kate, who are known as The Earl and Countess of Strathearn in Scotland, always enjoy these events and we can expect to see some great shots of them taking in the games. Will Kate opt for her blazer/skinny jeans/wedges look or a smart dress? Do you have any predictions?


In other updates to Kate's calendar further information has been released regarding William, Kate and Harry's visit to Belgium on 4th August. More from Majesty Magazine:

'Engagement 1: The Duke and Duchess will first be welcomed to Liège by His Majesty King Philippe of the Belgians and Her Majesty Queen Mathilde at L'Abbaye Saint-Laurent. 
 Engagement 2: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend a ceremony at the Cointe Inter-allied Memorial, Liège, the main event of the morning. The Duke of Cambridge will deliver a speech. The Duke and Duchess will then attend a private Lunch at the Prince-Bishops' Palace. 
Engagement 3: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will attend a reception at Mons Town Hall.

Engagement 4: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will attend a commemoration event at Saint Symphorien Military Cemetery.'

It's always nice to see royal families mingling and interacting through their support of commemorative events and charitable organisations. It should be a real treat for royal watchers to see photos of William and Kate with King Philippe and Queen Mathilde.

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On 5th August, William, Kate and Harry will visit the exhibit 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' at the Tower of London, commemorating The Great War (the day itself marks the 100th anniversary of Britain's first day fighting in the war).

Historic Royal Palaces


'The evolving installation by ceramic artist Paul Cummins, with setting by stage designer Tom Piper, will be unveiled on 5 August 2014; one hundred years since the first full day of Britain’s involvement in the First World War.
 Entitled ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’, the installation is being created in the Tower’s famous dry moat. It will continue to grow throughout the summer until the moat is filled with 888,246 ceramic poppies, each poppy representing a British or Colonial military fatality during the war.
The poppies will encircle the Tower, creating not only a spectacular display, but also an inspiring setting for learning activities, as well as providing a location for personal reflection. The scale of the installation reflects the magnitude of such an important centenary, creating a powerful visual commemoration.
 The last poppy will symbolically be planted on 11 November 2014'.

It's an incredibly important year for commemoration, reflection and remembrance. It's excellent to see the Royal Family participating in so many events which do just that. Aside from Kate's trip to Malta in September, there are no other engagements scheduled at the moment, apart from the aforementioned ones above. This is very much subject to change, particularly considering how quiet this month has been.


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Last Tuesday morning, Kate and Nanny Maria Tereasa were photographed taking George to Buckingham Palace. Many assumed it was due to George's birthday and he was visiting his great-grandfather Prince Philip. It turns out George has been enjoying weekly swimming lessons with his mother every week, at the historic pool.

Buckingham Palace

The pool, which is situated at the rear end of the Palace, was converted from a conservatory in 1938 and has been used by a number of royals including Prince Charles, Prince Andrew and the late Princess Diana, who used it as part of her fitness regime and to teach William and Harry to swim, so it's very much a case of history repeating itself. Palace staff may also use the pool while none of the Royal Family are in attendance. Should a royal arrive they must leave immediately unless invited to stay.


At a recent engagement William admitted bath time had become "quite painful". Perhaps little George enjoys his splash-abouts at the pool a tad more?

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We're beginning to see glimpses of Autumn/Winter stock appearing at Kate's favourite brands. I don't know about you, but I favour Kate's choices in those seasons as the Duchess very much opts for coats on a regular basis and she has a fabulous collection, which look superb with a fitted dress, tights and boots underneath - perfectly appropriate for the colder weather.

I was browsing through L.K. Bennett's website when I noticed several 'very Kate' pieces in vibrant reds, elegant black and cool greys. Below we look at the scarlet Cadiz Belted Coat - a statement piece for the coming season with a pared-back collarless silhouette. We also see the £350 Beni Check Coat.

L.K. Bennett

Next, two stylish dresses which would work well for a variety of evening events: the Nerine Cross Front Dress and the Fiji Sleeveless Dress.

L.K. Bennett

A versatile shirt dress can be a wardrobe essential. Perfect for daytime engagements, they're a solid transitional piece to have in your wardrobe as the season changes. L.K. Bennett's Brindi Shirt Dress would be an excellent choice for Kate. The £195 piece comes in scarlet and ultra blue.

L.K. Bennett

The Marina Dress is a classic piece with a ruched side panel cut for a flattering shape. Again we see the strong scarlet colour included - a shade we'll be seeing plenty of in the coming months.

L.K. Bennett

Colour-blocking is a trend we saw the Duchess embrace during the royal tour of Australia. An excellent way to incorporate it is the simple but striking Santana Colour Block Shift Dress. Tailoring and smart skirt suits may also feature in Kate's autumnal choices. We think the Lupin Peplum Jacket and matching dress would look stellar.

L.K. Bennett

A look at the brand's Autumn/Winter 2014 Lookbook offers a peek into other items we can expect to see. On the far left, the Finch Lace Dress is very pretty as are the other floral inspired items.

L.K. Bennett

There's a lot to like in the collection, certainly many pieces we think a certain Duchess would like!

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In other fashion news, One of Kate's favoured designers Roland Mouret has designed a capsule collection for Banana Republic. Available from 7th August, Mr Mouret's love of showcasing the female figure in fitted silhouettes and versatile feminine dresses is very much evident.

Banana Republic

To create the collection the designer used Banana Republic's Sloan fabric, which he cut, draped and fashioned into dresses with slim silhouettes. The little black dress dominates the collection with several takes on the wardrobe staple to be seen below.

Banana Republic

Many will recall the retailer also collaborated with ISSA. The collection produced mixed results with many feeling the quality of the garments wasn't entirely up to scratch. It shall be interesting to see how this one fares. Prices will range from roughly $50 - $150.
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Finally, for those who simply cannot get enough of Prince George's birthday portraits, the Cambridge family grace the cover of Hello! Magazine.

Hello! Magazine

We'll see you all tomorrow! :)

118 comments:

  1. I'll be in London for the 5 August event. I saw Prince William by chance last visit to London and I'm very excited to see Kate this visit!

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    1. What time do you think the event will start? I am hoping to go myself! what time are you getting there?

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    2. I'm not sure, but am thinking late morning, maybe 10 or 11am. If anyone has details, please share!

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  2. Great post well done
    Just seen photos of Kate at Batcombe Church Sheppton Mallet,
    Donna

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  3. anon from Leominster27 July 2014 at 15:13

    Yes, it's a wedding. The photos I saw were poor. Gone are the days Kate adored the cameras at weddings before she was engaged and was looking to stay in the public eye. I remember the joyfulness of the couple at a wedding just before their engagment. Now, I hate to say it but they have gone very stingy on the public who's paying for those guards who are blocking the cameras. Shall stop now or I will get very grumpy.

    Hopefully, some better photos will appear.

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    1. If Wills and Kate came to your wedding or the wedding of your daughter- who would you want to see in the limelight?? get over it, they are guests and I am sure they aren't looking to be front and center.

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    2. Markie, did you read her post? But if it were my daughter's wedding I don't think I'd be upset at the attention. At the end of the day, it's invited guests at the ceremony and reception. William and Kate wouldn't be treated any more differently than they'd have to be, given they come with security. And I'd have "free" (note the quotes!) security at my daughter's wedding. Not a bad trade off.

      Personally, I think Kate still enjoys the cameras (on her terms of course) and it's William who doesn't.

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    3. anon from Leominster27 July 2014 at 17:45

      Yes, absolutely I would be glad if they were front and centre. Why on earth not? I would be thrilled. And no bride is ever ignored. Quite often I looked at the snaps of the bride at weddings Kate attended and thought how pretty she was.

      William and Kate attended a number of weddings before their marriage. In not a single one of them did the bride or groom look the least bit unhappy with the attention. I should imagine most of them thought it was a great complement.

      I don't know whether it is William and Kate or both of them, but this camera shyness started in around the second year of their marriage. Kate attended several wedding right after her marriage, one of them with Pippa without feeling the need to hide behind her hat.

      I have no idea who or what triggered the change but suddenly it was the public pays for our roof and our guards but is only allowed to see us on our terms. I don't believe it has anything to do with brides or grooms. Nor is it completely consistant.

      I suppose Kate could be so cynical as to put herself forward over the bride and groom when she needed to catch a prince, only backing away later, but I believe it is part of a bigger and more complicated picture.

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    4. I agree with Bluhare, it is not Kate who hates press these days.Blue27

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    5. I don't think W&K control photographers when they attend weddings, Anon. Access would be for the hosts to determine, no? Perhaps some hosts want maximum privacy while others are happy to be seen as having royals attend. The church/venue has something to do with it as well (how far are they walking from their cars, etc).

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    6. bluhare, I quite agree.
      I think Kate has always seemed more amenable and agreeable to being photographed, whether at formal engagements or when she's out and about.
      William has always seemed rather petulant and grumpy when out in public. The alleged ban that William and Kate want on any off-duty photos and photos of their homes is purely William being spiteful, in my humble opinion.
      As long as they are future heads of state of the UK, they'll be in the public eye, both in their private and public lives. Their guests certainly understand that and, obviously, accept it or they wouldn't be invited.

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    7. Elizabeth, I agree that photos are William's issue rather than Kate's, but I wouldn't call it "spiteful". In his case, I think it's the result of what I would call life experience.

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    8. No, I think Elizabeth had it right, royalfan. William has little cause to hate the press on his own account. The press in Britain has honored press bans any time they were in place and don't print photographs that foreign press prints. William himself benefited from it while in college. The only things he has to be angry about are the shots taken while they were holidaying in France and the photos on their honeymoon. The ones in France were awful, and I thought they had every right to scream about their privacy being invaded there. But I also think that part of it was it caught them lying about what they were doing, as they begged off the Paralympics to prepare for their Asian tour . . . just omitted the fact it was preparation done on a balcony in France . . . with suntan lotion. But even so, those photos were horrible.

      The facts are, that's his life. He's going to be photographed everywhere, as is his son, and as is his wife. Yes, he deserves some privacy, and he gets it. But, in my opinion, he seriously overreacts as he's a public figure and a future head of state. I wouldn't want his life; I'd hate the scrutiny. But it is his life and he's going to have to make his peace with it.

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    9. Markie-"get over it"???
      I loved the brick "lacework atop the church--AND that someone
      brought their dog!! Bride? Groom?

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    10. I'd bet that William has heard all of his life from both Charles AND Diana how intrusive some photog
      raphers can be--then Diana died.

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    11. Sarah in Minneapolis28 July 2014 at 04:36

      Markie USA - Inviting the Cambridges to your wedding will guarantee diversion of some attention away from the bride. It would be foolish to believe otherwise.

      Is it true that royal protection officers have recently begun interfering with attempts to photograph Will/Kate/George when they are not performing an official duty?

      Is a church car park considered public space in the UK? If it is, then I would be very alarmed by royal protection officers interfering in attempts to photograph the couple there because William would be using tax-payer funded RPO's to restrict freedom of the press. That's a big, big deal as it means William arrogated unto himself, the right to restrict press activities when he is in public.

      A free press is imo something that must be vigorously protected even when William is doing private activities in public as long as the photos are not a security threat.

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    12. My understanding is Kate's security stops people from taking photographs of her when she's out shopping.

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    13. I don't think the UK has what we call "freedom of the press".

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    14. Actually the UK does have a measurement of freedom of the press - measured internationally on a scale of 0 to 100 - where North Korea is worst on 97 and Sweden and I think Norway are best at 10 points. US is on 21 points and UK on 23 points - so much of a muchness between UK and USA.
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    15. bluhare, the press will always be a reality in William's life and he does need to come to terms with it, but if he doesn't have good reason to hate them, no one does. They hounded Diana to her death; drunk driver or not, had there not been anything to run away, it may have been an uneventful evening. And then they took pictures of her dying in the back of the car. This was a tragic event in his life (understatement) and I think that professional counseling would have been helpful. Instead, I'm sure it was another example of the RF's suck it up approach. Harry appears to have come to terms with it, but I believe he acted out in other ways.

      Sarah, I can't comment on UK laws as they pertain to what we in the US call freedom of the press. But if we were talking about a US president, I would not believe that the freedom of the press supersedes his right to a degree of privacy while attending a private function. And if the PO's are deterring the press from taking W&K's photos during private time (off duty), I don't see a problem with it. I honestly don't. I am making a GENERAL statement here, but in my mind, sometimes the "freedom of..." or "right to..." arguments can be taken to the extreme and eclipse common sense.

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    16. The question is how long can you cover his action or non-action rather with the loss of his mother? A lifetime? He does not want to accept his royal duty, that is the truth. Wants the privilege, protection, wealth and all that come with it. I wonder if Diana could back him up in this. Blue27

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    17. That's why I said "on his own account" royalfan. His mother's experience is her own, not his. His has been quite different than hers. And, frankly, I'm a bit tired of him playing that card every time he doesn't like something.

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    18. While HM is alive, then Charles is King, I think William is being allowed to really live while being eased into harness.

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    19. Anon 12:57/Blue27. The "loss of his mother" IS for "A lifetime". It will always be with/part of him. I am not sure how you can say as a "truth" that "he does not want to accept his royal duty". As has been pointed out by several others in multiple other post, he is currently 3rd in line, he has a long time ahead of him to play the waiting game. He had a military career that ended with privatization and has spent the last 9 months getting extra education for his future role as head of the Dutchy of Cornwall, preparing for a tour on behalf of the Queen, carrying out that tour quite successfully, carrying out multiple other functions/appearances since their return AND also looking for and finding another job where he can be productive and use the skills for which he was trained. A job where he can also intertwine his Royal and charity functions - not an easy task (I think). I do not see this as "non-action"

      I can not fault him for wanting to protect his family. I might wish for more pictures of the Kate and George, but I can surely understand his fear for them in light of his past experiences.

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    20. bluhare, his mother's experience changed his life forever. It is very much his experience and it must trigger something in him every time his family's privacy is threatened. I am not offering it as an excuse, but tragic, life altering events are forever woven into the fabric of who we are.

      blue27, you are combining his attitude towards the media with what you perceive to be an unwillingness to do his duty and I do not believe that to be the case. I think there are other factors that determine his current role, as has been discussed here many times before.

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    21. Haven't they always wanted to take a back seat to the happy couple? It's nonsense to demand that private events should be photographed like public duties. It has nothing to do with William's enthusiasm for the role he is to inherit. It is about having a private life and allowing friends to shine on their special day. The public has no right to grumble because the Cambridges choose to defer to their friends.

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    22. Yankee from California28 July 2014 at 21:21

      Eva B -- I agree with you completely!

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    23. Quite right Bluhare.

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  4. Hi Charlotte,

    Thanks for a very informative post! I mentioned in my post for George's birthday that maybe Kate and George had a little dip in the BP pool after visiting Grandpa Phillip. Wow, I guess I was right!! I feel so lucky maybe I should go buy a lottery ticket. LOL

    I am looking forward to seeing the royals in Scotland, they all seem to have so much fun at sporting events and it's great to see them enjoy each others company. My only fashion wish for Kate, is that she wear new skinny jeans, if she feels she has to wear them at all. The last few times we've seen her in her skinny jeans, they appeared rather faded and tired, so I think a new pair is in order. Or maybe she could wear a nice pair of slacks? And please not the striped shirt again!! Please.

    It's going to be so interesting to see Kate and Mathilde together, as Mathilde has such a um... er... daring sense of fashion. She can wear some very um...interesting hats to say the least. It'll be interesting to see if she tones it down for the event with the Duchess or ramps it up to show case her royal fashion sense Will the fashion fur fly?

    Charlotte, so far this summer most of Kate's engagements have been royal related as opposed to her charities and patronages. Any idea why this is? do you know when she might start working with her charities/patronages again? And what happened to the "significant uptick in engagements" that courtiers were saying we could expect?

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    1. I actually like Mathilde. She's got her own style and she owns it.

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    2. I would wager that it's all happening quietly under the radar without fuss--like the swimming lessons. And why shouldn't it? The royals are not figures on a cuckoo clock who must rotate in spectacle all the time in spite of public appetite for it.

      Before social media and the paps this was never an issue. People could TRUST that they fulfilled their roles--without constant scrutiny and verification in photographs--and so should we.

      After reading all the clucking in the last post about who is a good royal and who is bad because of choices and conflicts on the calendar often based on indignation instead of evidence of any kind, I had to shake my head.

      Social media allows people to indulge their hen-pecking traits anonymously and without restraint. (Ha! that first typed annoymously, Dr. Freud.) For that it is tedious and annoying

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    3. As things shaping up Lauri I wouldnt expect too many engagements from her. She turned the other way round from September they move in the countryside.Blue27

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    4. anon from Leominster27 July 2014 at 18:10

      Quite honestly, that's wrong. The royals have been in the spotlight ever since there were cameras to take pictures. There are a number of photos of the queen as a child, of Charles as a child. The British press used to have a peculiar relationship with press, that William and Kate have still tried rather unfairly and unrealistically in this internaitonal day and age to enforce, but the world's press was out there taking pictures of Edward VIII and Wallis on holiday.

      Before there were cameras there was royal paintings and progressions. Royals have to be seen or they very soon have no throne to sit upon. They exist at the will of their subjects and royals who have forgotten that have found themselves out of a job. There is also a long history of royal cartoons. a less flattering side of royal life, almost as soon as there was a press to print them.

      There has never been the kind of trust you speak of except in royal dreams. Victoria's hiding away after Albert's death was a huge problem the royals had to deal with. The talk of Mrs Brown is not that much different than speculation today.

      Royal gossip has always existed. We could go back to talk of warming pan babies, although the ill-fated Stuarts would probably rather we didn't. The most successful royals are the ones who have stayed in the light of day, letting the public see the work they do.

      So yes, the royals are in a sense a cukoo clock who are expected by their subjects paying their few pence, to appear on a regular basis. If Kate did so, even once a week, there would be much less talk of swimming lessons and cooking classes. Those stories are out there to fill a void.

      The day will come, sooner than she imagines, when Kate will walk out the door and find few cameras. It's happened for Charles, it happened for Princess Margaret, it's happened to Andrew. It hasn't happened for the queen because she has balanced her private time (Balmoral, Christmas) with ample public exposure the rest of the time and has built up carefully a reputation for hard work and devotion to duty. It doesn't seem unreasonable for William and Kate to find a light but steady similar balance.

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    5. Theresa, from Paris27 July 2014 at 18:46

      Dear Lauri from Ca,
      Aren't you perhaps mistaking Mathilde, Queen of Belgium, with Maxima, Queen of the Netherlands ? Mathilde is quite conventional, but Maxima has an Argentinian flavor to her fashion sense, that is often great fun and sometimes a bit over the top :-)))

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    6. philly: With you all the way! "Figure on a cuckoo clock"! Love it.

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    7. Lottery ticket indeed, Lauri! :) I'm with you on a more casual look in Scotland, but after she wore the green coat recently, I think it's a 50/50 shot. (And I realize I couldn't be playing it any safer if I was a weather forecaster! LOL)

      Regarding Mathilde, my vote is on her toning it down and allowing Kate to shine. (I have noticed this "theme" before when royals greet other royals.)

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    8. Shouldn't Mathilde be the one to shine if there's a contest? I think Kate's general wardrobe is very appropriate and Mathilde should be Mathilde in all her Mathildedness! After all, she's a Queen and Kate isn't even the heir's wife.

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    9. PS I think that was a very realistic and reasoned post, Leo.

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    10. anon from Leominster28 July 2014 at 02:47

      Thanks Bluehare.

      Mathilde has been wearing some unusual and flamboyant hats recently, although she generally is a little less out there than Maxima. She wore an orange one the other day (Maxima has it in pink) that was quite something. But this is a quite serious occasion and I think the royal ladies will dress quietly. Won't be surprised if Kate wears her blue coat again.

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    11. I wonder if Kate wears lots of coats as a compliment to The Queen? Not to flatter, but perhaps to please..or to look more regal?

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    12. Jo, that seems to be Camilla's signature. :) Looking like my husband's grandmother is not something I would strive for, but that's just me.

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    13. Dear Theresa from Paris,

      I am a rather conservative dresser myself, so to me both Mathilde and Maxima are very daring fashionistas. When I wrote this post I was thinking of that large, orange hat that Mathilde wore to the Belgium National Day event.

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    14. Agree Royalfan--while Kate is elegant--she's also young and sometimes dresses so--some times elegant, --then confused.

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  5. Looks to me like Kate may be wearing the dress she wore to the Santa Barbara Charity Polo Match - I liked it then and still do if it is that one - very appropriate and a lovely choice.

    Bit fed up of the 'stories' around what Kate does in her own time i.e. if George has been having swimming lessons why go on his birthday and no mention of it prior to this?...all seems a bit strange to me. The Palace doesn't comment on private matters so how do we really know? Even one Royal Correspondent had enough of the press office this week...

    I agree with Lauri and hope for an alternative look for the C.Games this week.

    LOVING the LKB collection it gets better and better - loved the Marina - went to have a look, it's 'Out of Stock' already!





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  6. Jennifer from Wisconsin27 July 2014 at 16:14

    Charlotte- Can you be my stylist? Your taste and Kate's is superb! Have a wonderful day!

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  7. I hope I am not alone on thinking George is way too young for swimming lessons... Sorry but this sounds ridiculous!

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden27 July 2014 at 17:34

      It's porbably not swimming lessons in that sense. In sweden almost everyone goes too babysim (baby-swimming) with their babies/toddlers where kids get used to water and the parents to having their kids in the water. Small kids can still "breathe" under water so they train "diving" etc. It's a kind of playsession more or less. People usually start when the baby is around 3-4 months. It's to get the child accustomed to water (preventing fear) but mostly it is a way of getting to know parents and babies around your kids age. Kind of like a mummy and me group. And maybe Kate is combining it with the healthy workoutpossibilites of a pool.

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    2. Apparently you never saw the cover of Nirvana's Nevermind album.

      I almost drowned at 3, and I think getting children used to the water in a safe environment is a great idea. But I imagine there's plenty of people who disagree.

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    3. No, not ridiculous at all. They aren't teaching him the breast stroke, just to enjoy the water, put his face in, blow bubbles, etc. Babies at this age aren't afraid of the water. If you get them use to it early on it's much better and safer.

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    4. ... I'm sure it is just Kate floating around holding him. Like many, many parents do in pools with their babies.

      Babies do not have the manual dexterity to do backstrokes.

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    5. Look up "infant self rescue swimming". Incredibly successful and not ridiculous at all.

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    6. I am sorry but you are incorrect. I am a swim instructor and there are babies as young as 6 months taking lesssons. Now let me explain these are not "lessons as you would think of. What we do is get the children used to the water, how to float and kick thier feet. Their arms are to small to teach them any arm strokes as you & I would learn if we were to take lessons.
      So it is not as you say ridiculous. Just a safety thing.

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    7. In my area, the swimming classes start as young as 6 months. I doubt that George is swimming laps, but I think it's smart to expose him to it and teach him the concept of floating, etc. I'm not sure I could watch, but I have seen babies thrown into the pool during the lessons and they do just fine.

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    8. Agreed. I guess they have a kind of pre-swimmers' education with a focus on playing and having fun...

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    9. Hi Anon 16:33

      We, down in NZ, start our kids off really early in life too with swimming. There are pools everywhere, and being Islands (like the UK) and living close to the sea or easy access to it, we understand the importance of ensuring children are efficient with their swimming abilities.

      KiwiNic

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    10. Valerie in Arizona28 July 2014 at 00:52

      He is a year old and it is a great time for him to get comfortable in the water. Here in Arizona there are billboard ads that encourage people to teach their children to swim as young as possible for safety reasons. Not that George probably has any danger of falling into a pool unnoticed but babies love water and to be in the water.

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    11. Valerie in Arizona28 July 2014 at 00:54

      Thank you for the update Charlotte! Personally, I think that William and Catherine would be happy to dispense with the "paid protection officers" if they could. But then if something happened--as with Diana--people would be all up in arms. I don't think Catherine likes the limelight in the least and I feel she does what is asked of her. As I've said before I am of the group that thinks she married William in spite of his being a future King, not because of it. And he loves her for it.

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    12. Young Babies / toddlers have been taken to swimming when they were 6-12 months old for sure. We took our daughters around 18 months or so. One was already swimming by the time she was 21 months old. Both of them latter went into competitional swimming and to this day (in their mid to late 20s) are extremely grateful for that. Their aren't afraid of water and can enjoy swimming in any conditions - oceans, lakes... one of the best and most important skills to have in life (pointless to say can be a life-saver skill in certain extreme situations). But without it - you're missing on one of life's extraordinary pleasures... swimming in a clear ocean / lake /river.

      And the earlier you learns it, the better! The kids love it at any age!

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    13. Actually, I started my sons both when they were about 9 months old. They were given at the WMCA. It taught them how to be safe around water at a young age. It worked very well and they both became good swimmers.

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    14. I hope Kate will wear something different at the Commonwealth Games - I just seriously hope no Bretton stripes and no Stuart W wedges... and ideally no skinny jeans either. I am sure there are so many good casual options she can just grab from one of her closets.

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    15. It is very common in the US to have Mommy and Me (and Daddy and Me) swim classes at that age. It's a fun way to bond with baby.

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    16. Hi, Charlotte- are the repky areas now farther apart-or fewer in num
      ber? Also my replies appear miles from the comment--or at the bottom!

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    17. @Anon 15:33: Why do you think that swimming lessons for Geoege would be ridiculous?

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    18. Bluhare--(way up there!!) I was
      5 or six when I slipped out of an innertube -- don't know how I got back to it, but never forgot it!!

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  8. Yay a new post!! I can't say much, bc I'm at work. I can't wait for tomorrow and see the Royal Trio! Hopefully it's a smart dress!
    Have a great day everyone!

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  9. A former Olympian started a swimming school for babies in the 1960's , in Long Beach,Ca. I enrolled my daughter
    When she was George's age.

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  10. My children were in the water by his age. They naturally paddle around a bit and it keeps them from fearing the water. Usually small children wear float devices for awhile.

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  11. you are never too young to learn to swim.Great post as always Charlotte.

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      expertly swimming underwater, having a grand old time!

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  12. Babies and toddlers are often started very young these days and do quite well. It's good to get that muscle memory built in early on because knowing how to swim can possibly save one's life. He wouldn't be forced into laps at such a young age, but is likely taught to enjoy the pool and as he develops, will do strokes and tread water. At least in the States, such classes are common and widely popular :).

    Charlotte, love your blog and thanks for the look at some likely fall/winter options.

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  13. Hello Anonymous 16:33. You might want to check out this article (and others like it online) at http://brainworldmagazine.com/babies-can-swim-when-to-begin-swim-lessons-and-why/.

    If PG is raising a royal fuss about water (as William hinted recently) the sooner he gets over it the better. Especially in a family that is as sporty as the Windsors. That means before his baby highness can remember that he dislikes it and puts that into his arsenal for the Terrible Twos. All kinds of aversions can be dealt with, but the earlier you start the easier it is.

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  14. I have lost my interests in the duchess in connection with sport events. I vote for the skinnies and wedges staff and something Scottish maybe. Skinnies and wedges for sure.Grrrrr.Blue27

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  15. Never too young to get children swimming, it's an essential life skill. Lucy. York.

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  16. I like the Jenny Packham dress, very pretty and summery and one I think she should wear more often.

    Loved reading about the swimming!

    And I beg the Duchess, please leave the skinny jeans at home for the Commonwealth Games. I just purchased a few pairs of skinny pants that are not dress pants, and not jeans. They look good with wedges, flats, heals, sandals, and loafers. I sooooo wish she would look into something like that, the skinny jeans are a tad too skinny,and are a tad unprofessional.

    Great post, the LK Bennett clothes are gorgeous!

    Amy,Detroit Michigan

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  17. Jean from Lancs27 July 2014 at 19:55

    Babies take to swimming extremely well.
    I wonder if all that kicking his legs and waving his arms, when he was in Australia and New Zealand, was because he thought he could "swim" through the air!
    Lovely to have a Sunday post---thanks Charlotte

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  18. I'm hoping that Kate does not wear her now predictable outfit of skinny jeans, wedges and blazer. I'm guessing that she probably will wear something along those lines. I'm hoping for a cute summery dress. Fingers crossed! The "uniform" is killing me.

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  19. @ Anon 16:33 I started my own son swimming when he was roughly the same age as George, nor do I regret it. True, the one-to-ten? crowd are too weak to save themselves in an utter catastrophe, but this early introduction ensures that kids are unafraid of the water; it lays down a foundation for a great swimmer, and, in the meantime, provides the child with fun and exercise--and with a sense of accomplishment, when he/she can finally swim independently. In sum, it builds confidence.

    I don't know why more people are not aware of this but William was a great swimmer as a teen; my understanding is that he was rated as one of the top 100 Brit swimmers, in his age group, while at Eton. He was certainly good enuf to play water polo, at a high level, while he attended university. And he was given an early introduction to swimming by HIS mother. How can this be bad news?

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  20. Great post, Charlotte. Nice to see the new haute couture. Alas, unless we see Kate's engagement schedule pick up quite a bit more, I don't expect we'll be seeing a ton of new clothing, particularly given the extraordinary taxpayer monies spent on and publicity surrounding the renovations at the Kensington Palace residence and Anmer Hall.
    I love the handpainted Jenny Packham and am glad to see Kate recycling those beautiful outfits from that first tour. She didn't miss a beat on that tour, every look was absolutely appropriate, classic and stunning. She hasn't worn many of those ensembles since, I was wondering what became of them.
    I love the bit about the Buck House pool. I remember reading about Diana swimming there and then swimming with her sons, I always wondered where in the palace layout it was located.

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    1. It's in the SE corner of BP..and
      I've read that from the Belgian Suite, one can smell a whiff of the pool's chlorine!

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    2. CORRECTION! OOPS!! BP's pool is in the NORTH east corner!
      Sorry!

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    3. Great replies Sarah & Royalfan to ME . AND ME, the bedroom remark is a rather nasty way of disagreeing, don't you think?

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  21. I'm trying another way of posting, since my previous four comments didn't show up. :o(

    Thank you, dear Charlotte, for all the lovely posts in the past few weeks. I haven't been spending much time on the computer - too busy hiking around in the beautiful CO mountains! - but have popped in occasionally to see what was going on. :o)

    The poppy display at the Tower of London sounds like it will be spectacular and very moving. I hope you include photos in future posts...

    I was glad to see Kate wore her hand-painted Jenny Packham dress again. And a lot of the dresses in the fall lines you highlighted in today's post look very much like Kate - it will be interesting to see if she ends up wearing some of them.

    I think it's wonderful that Kate is giving George swimming lessons, a skill that every child should learn. I remember taking my son to swimming lessons when he was George's age. He had a ball splashing around and learning to hold his breath.

    Have a restful Sunday, and thanks again!
    Julie

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  22. Actually its easier teaching g babies than older kids.

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  23. Charlotte, I live relatively close to Belgium and have the day off, so I was thinking of going there - do you think it is more worth in Liège or in Mons? Will
    it be possible to see the Royals anyway? I would of course share my pictures with you :-)

    Best regards,
    Natalia

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  24. I really hope she doesn't opt for skinnies and wedges. Please try some other casual outfit - just for a change.

    KiwiNic

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  25. Nice unexpected post, thank you Charlotte.
    I loved that dress before and I love it now. It looks really fresh and summery.
    If Catherine and William go to a wedding and manage not to be snapped, good for them. They are careful not to take the attention away from the bride and the groom.
    So cute that George is having swimming lessons. I started taking my kids right after their MMR injection, and they loved it. It has been proven over and over again that toddlers who fall in a pool have a greater chance of survival if they already know how to float, and later paddle. They don't panic and swallow water as much as the water is a familiar environment.
    My son who had asthma benefited greatly from lessons as he quickly learnt how to control his breathing, and both my kids became confident both in pools and in the ocean very early, which made family holidays a pleasure!
    I can only imagine how much fun George will have next time they go to Mustique!
    Nice proactive and modern parenting!

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  26. Sarah from Calif.28 July 2014 at 01:13

    Hello ladies,
    As for babies in the pool. I'm part mermaid so I say wade them in. Jolly good! Always a wise and safe thing to teach a child to swim and then Lifesaver lessons. IMHO.

    Charlotte and Kate from Texas,sent you a message via FB.

    Brilliant Summer we are having on the Central Coast of California.
    Loved the dresses especially the lace bodice and black dress.. I have lace issues. Thank you Duchess Kate for ushering it back in.

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  27. hi Charlotte thanks for the update i really love the dresses and its nice too see the duchess once more looking forward to see tomorrow with william and harry

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  28. Thank you for the update Charlotte - nice surprise :-)
    Loved that dress and was sad not to have seen it again so great to see it now!
    Let me think for a nano second why Kate might feel differently towards photographers 3 years down the line from her wedding - could it possibly be the topless photos, the honeymoon pics, the baby bump pics, the bare bottom shots, the royal thighness shots - I know silly girl, brought it on herself, should have been more aware etc etc etc but do you think this could possibly, just maybe, be the reason??? I say good on them for avoiding the cameras if they are at a private function - they are not performing Wales (deliberate sp) and also deserve time off for good behaviour. Although many on here seem to be of the opinion that their behaviour is not good as it's not what they want :-) like everyone I love to see shots of the three of them but I am not at the point of believing that they are spiteful or selfish or whatever other adjectives have been bandied about because they are not "on" full time royal duties yet.
    This is a great site with some great debates and I thoroughly enjoy it but I am at a bit of a loss to
    Understand why the lack of photos from a private wedding has stirred up such emotion.
    Anyway I am sure that there will be some great shots from Glasgow when they are "on duty".
    Sorry for the rant.
    Simone

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    1. Simone I beleive those here think that William and Kate owe them everything. And the silly fact is I believe most of them are from the US or other countries besides the UK. W&K owe us nothing. We are fans, we know nothing but what we read. This goes for what they do or do not do. And I am surprised that they do not demand to know what goes on in W&K bedroom. Oh I am sorry to say this but they demand everything else from them.

      ME

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    2. Sarah in Minneapolis28 July 2014 at 09:24

      Simone - Some of us advocating for full-time royal duties view the Cambridges as public servants (employees in a sense really), because they receive public funding in the form of free luxury accommodation, free 24X7 protection, free luxury travel by heli to many of their official duties as well as to their official and private residences etc. It naturally follows, that some of us believe the public has a right to assess the performance of its paid employees. Some of us also believe there are strings attached to the BRF's public funding in the form of a tacit agreement to serve the public on a full-time basis.

      Most Brits would be very upset if PM Cameron during his current term only worked 10 hours per week but took full advantage of his 10 Downing street residence. In my view, William's obligation to work full-time is not any different than Cameron' obligation to work ft.

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    3. Sarah in Minneapolis28 July 2014 at 09:32

      Simone - If RPO's interfered with photographers standing in a public space, they were restricting rights to free press. That would stir up my emotions.

      If have to say though, if William wanted to minimize opportunities for pap photos, why did he walk from the car park to the church? He should have been dropped at the church door.

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    4. Bravo! Anon. 0652.

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    5. Sarah, and had they been dropped off at the door, it would have lead to cries of aren't they regal. And perhaps not being dropped off at the door was a courtesy to their guests (as in keeping it low key vs HERE WE ARE).

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    6. LOL, Anon. Applauding your own post?

      By the way, if you were letting someone live in a very desirable apartment in a very desirable neighborhood and paid for upgrades to it, yet were not charging rent, would you be out of line to ask for some "in kind" exchange? Like work when requested?

      And, by the way, First Anon, Same Anon, or Different Anon . . . don't start with the "foreigners should shut up" arguments again. We've been over those ad nauseum.

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    7. Sarah from Calif.28 July 2014 at 15:15

      Anon. 6:52, I've been on this blog sight for about 3 years. I can name about 7 ladies that I know personally from U.S. and other countries who do not want W&K to be full time workers in regards to royal duties. Also there are oodles of others that I have listened to over the years that I don't know personally but know there thoughts on the subject. It really sucks when people say it's the Americans who think they should be working full time. I really think if I lived in England my views on many things would perhaps be different. As for now I have the pleasure of watching a young couple get married, start a family, see babies first steps. I'm really quit satisfied........as for those who are not satisfied with their work load, not much I can do about that.

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    8. Sarah from Calif.28 July 2014 at 15:20

      Anon. 6:52, I've been on this blog sight for about 3 years. I can name about 7 ladies that I know personally from U.S. and other countries who do not want W&K to be full time workers in regards to royal duties. Also there are oodles of others that I have listened to over the years that I don't know personally but know there thoughts on the subject. It really sucks when people say it's the Americans who think they should be working full time. I really think if I lived in England my views on many things would perhaps be different. As for now I have the pleasure of watching a young couple get married, start a family, see babies first steps. I'm really quit satisfied........as for those who are not satisfied with their work load, not much I can do about that.

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    9. Simone, thank you for the rant. Well said. And thanks to Anon 0652 and 1058 for the support. As for the 10-hour week example, that's right up there with the kind of ignorance that says teachers only work 25 hours a week and get 170 days off per year. Many people refuse to count additional "voluntary" coaching of teams, the preparation of lessons or evaluation of assignments which consume long evening hours and whole weekends that easily add up to 80-hour weeks.

      Similarly, some (and sadly, some here) credit only those minutes between the time that royals exit and re-enter the car bringing them to an event and only if cameras are present to collect "proof" that they are "working" as time spent "doing their duty."

      Attendance at a friend's wedding on a weekend is part of W&C's private life. There's no need to provide a photo op to anyone--especially after being burned by the press's insatiable need to profit from their embarrassment. Yes, royals in the past had to be careful about image. But as one of the George's said, at one time a king only had to look splendid on a horse. Lots of truth to that.

      Also, in the past the expectations and the public demand was lower because they were not regularly fed addictive images more-or-less on demand 24/7. Yes, people did gossip and photographers did take pictures in the past as Leominster points out, however, in the past editors regularly chose not to publish that information.

      Our post-internet brains are not the same as those of the early or mid 20th-century public. We're wired for instant gratification now. For what? To see the next dress? What right does anyone have to demand that? Enjoy it fine. But demand it and whinge about not getting it? No.

      I for one hope that today's outfit will be the same wedges, skinny jeans, striped shirt and blazer. It would be an apposite "Up yours. I'm not your dolly."

      Catherine has duties: provide an heir (check), love and nurture her husband who will have a difficult role to fulfill, mother the future king well, and attend those events that HM and the courtiers put on her agenda. Dressing up to please the press, the paps and the peeps is not one of them.

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    10. AMEN Well said.

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    11. Philly, you have said it perfectly and I applaud you.

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    12. Sarah from Calif.28 July 2014 at 21:27

      Well said Philly!

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    13. But Bluhare are they not doing exactly that? Working when requested - the only difference is that I suspect the request is coming from the Queen and her advisors rather than the HRHduchesskate blogspot advisors ..... Simone

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    14. Sarah in Minneapolis28 July 2014 at 23:25

      Philly - I agree they are not obligated to provide a photo op during private activities.

      But if RPO's are restricting rights to free press, are you ok with that? Quote from my post was "If RPO's interfered with photographers standing in a public space, they were restricting rights to free press."

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  29. Patrick from Austria28 July 2014 at 12:25

    Thanks for this unexpected post. Its always wonderful to hear that they are attending such events!
    I am surprised that some sites already saud today that the Duchess WAS really wearing the said Jenny Packham dress with a fascinator, so congrats to your right thoughts about this!
    Cant wait for the post about todays enagement.

    Thanks for all the work,
    Hugs from Austria

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  30. Agreed Sarah absolutely.Blue27

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  31. Hi Sarah
    I do understand the point you are making bit William and Kate are not public servants, that is quite incorrect, they are members of the royal family and as such their role is to support the monarch. And the fact is that William and Kate are not full time Royals yet.
    I do not get the comparison of William to David Cameron? I don't remember voting for William at any stage in the past or Charles or The Queen for that matter. Yes, indeed they live a privileged life but it is a birthright as part f a 1000 year old constitutional monarchy. That surely is the debate - whether one believes in a monarchy or a republic? And of course if Britain were ever to go down the route of a republic there would be a cost to this too - in all likelyhood higher than the cost of the monarchy at 63p per annum per tax paying individual if we were to have a president for example.
    But this all gets away from my original point which is good on them for avoiding being formally photographed if they are at a private function.
    As regards your point about protection officers stopping photographers from taking pictures I have no knowledge or fact on this so cannot comment.
    Cheers Simone

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  32. Why does it have to come to this every time there is a new post? William and Kate have not even appear to the event. Backlashing, bickering, jealousy, orders indirectly given to them such as: "you must wear this, don't wear that" etc. Do you think that will work?
    Sometimes, I think at best that we are in playground school. At worst, I could not imagine what a psychologist would think of it is but at the end this nastiness and silliness will bring nothing good to Charlotte's blog.
    So before, this beautiful blog is definitely ruined, I will suggest that we all read that this link:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troll_%28Internet%29

    Thank you!

    Monica, France

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    1. AMEN to your statement. Most who visit this blog have nothing better to do then blast W&K. I agree they have ruined this blog. I also have noriced that a few really think they know it all. So I guess they must live or work for W&K because the sure know it all.
      I wished this blog would have stayed like it was in the beginning, small with nice people commenting but it grew to big and with people who make it there life to complain about everuthing the couple do.

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    2. ANON/P 16:03, as you recall, in the beginning there were a handful of regulars commenting and agreeing for the most part. As Charlotte's blog grew, more people chimed in and now we have different opinions and subjects to discuss. I don't see that as being a problem with that as long as the exchanges are civil. And the majority of them are.

      Your own comment(s) do (does) not add a friendly tone to Charlotte's blog, so I'm not sure how you can point fingers and accuse anyone else of "ruining the blog".

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    3. Where's my secret decoder ring when I need it?

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    4. I will send it back with a new battery, bluhare. Promise!

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    5. Thank you for the thoughful post Charlotte. I adore this costume, the dress in particular is gorgeous. The High Street fashions you have posted are quite interesting choices for HRH. Much appreciated!

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  33. This is very exciting can't wait to see what she will wear in belgium!

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  34. Thank you so much for this incredible post, Charlotte! I truly cannot get enough of Prince George's birthday celebrations. In fact, I recently held a birthday party in honor of HRH's first birthday, in order to raise money for a fantastic charity called, Every Mother Counts. After all, as much as we love to celebrate George and his inspiration mother, "every mother" and her child should get the care and attention she deserves during pregnancy and early motherhood days! For more information, please consider checking out everymothercounts.org, or you can take a look at my own blog post about the party and the money we raised at makeupandmacaronsblog.blogspot.com

    Thanks, everyone!!

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  35. LOL. Another navy blazer, more stripes....and wedges!!

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2713276/Danish-royals-Mary-Frederik-set-sail-Greenland-four-children.html

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  36. Fab post as always! How divine is the Jenny Packham dress and the lacy one she is wearing while holding George. Do you know which make/designer it is all please? Cheers, Julia.

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