Sunday, 6 July 2014

It's Jonathan Saunders for Wimbledon Final & Other Updates

Tennis fans The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were in the Royal Box for the men's singles final at Wimbledon this afternoon.

Wimbledon Twitter Feed

It is the couple's second visit to the tournament this week. On Wednesday they supported British number one Andy Murray in his efforts to win through the quarter-finals and retake the title he successfully claimed last year. Unfortunately Andy was unsuccessful in his bid. Today Wimbledon's prince Roger Federer, who has won Wimbledon an astounding seven times, competed against Novak Djokovic in the hopes of securing his eighth, making him the record holder for the title.

Live Tennis Twitter Feed

Of course, we can merely speculate but I've heard Kate and Pippa are huge fans of Roger Federer.


It was a beautiful day in London and the atmosphere was electric with a host of past and present tennis stars and celebrities including, Kate Beckinsale, Hugh Jackman, Orlando Bloom, Bradley Cooper, Samuel L. Jackson, Rod Laver, David and Victoria Beckham enjoying the match.

Live Tennis Twitter Feed

A look inside the Royal Box.

Wimbledon Twitter Feed

Michael, Carole and Pippa Middleton were there too. For those interested, Pippa's dress is by Kate Spade New York. It's completely sold out as present.


The couple watched the match intently.


It provided plenty of tense moments as the two talented players fought for each point.


And joyful ones too.


The Duchess has been an enormous fan of the sport for years, a fact very much evident by her expressions during the game.

Live Tennis Twitter Feed

Prince William got into the spirit of the game.

Live Tennis Twitter Feed

We do love seeing little moments of PDA between the couple.

Live Tennis Twitter Feed

The couple were on their feet as Roger Federer claimed the fourth set.


It was a truly fantastic final which offered fans five sets of spectacular tennis. Novak Djokovic was victorious in the end. Congratulations to both men for an amazing final.

Wimbledon Facebook Page

William and Kate congratulated Novak after the match. During the chat the tennis star asked Kate about playing "I'm slightly out of practice since having George" she said. Kate also revealed the two enjoy "competitive games" and when asked who wins most in practice "It's even". You can watch a video here.

British Royals Twitter Feed

In a change from her usual choice of white dress, Kate brought back the Jonathan Saunders 'Evelyn' dress she first wore during the Malaysia tour in 2012. 


The Evelyn is a cotton viscose blend with short sleeves, a self-belt to cinch in the waist and a back v neckline. The forest green, aqua and white print gives the garment a summery feel. It's from the designers Pre-Fall 2012 collection and originally retailed for £840 and sold out entirely some time ago.

Jonathan Saunders

The dress is described this way:

'From a collection inspired by designer Charlotte Perriand, this green-check-print Evelyn cotton dress by Jonathan Saunders captures a retro-cool 60's vibe. A figure-flattering shape cuts a classically feminine silhouette.'

Jonathan Saunders is a Scottish designer, one we've seen Kate wear with some frequency lately, and knowing the level of thought and consideration which goes into her sartorial selections, I would guess it may be a nod to last year's champion Andy Murray. The first time the Duchess wore it, it was considered a nod to the host country, with the colours being very similar to the Solomon Islands flag. Indeed, it wasn't the only reference to Andy today; 12-year-old Nathan Bullimore, representing Action for Chldren Scotland, conducted the coin toss, upon Andy's recommendation.


Kate carried a cream scarf and her L.K. Bennett Avona Clutch.



The Duchess accessorised with her Kiki McDonough green amethyst earrings and Givenchy sunglasses.

Live Tennis Twitter Feed

Kate wore her Cartier watch, an accessory she is rarely photographed without.

Cartier

Some of you noted Kate has been looking rather tired lately. I watched the tennis live and think she looks radiant and in excellent form today. The new haircut really suits her.


It was great to see William and Kate at Wimbledon twice this year.

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In other news, there have been some changes to William and Kate's household. Their most trusted aide Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, who recently reduced his role to work in the private sector, has been appointed an extra equerry. It's largely an honorary role which will not involve any regular duties. William and Kate asked Jamie to be George's godfather last year and his influence has been credited in helping William particularly, in recent years.


Their communication secretary Ed Perkins is leaving to retrain as a lawyer. The former BBC producer has been with the royal household for seven years and is expected to leave before the end of this year. Below we see Mr. Perkins taking the announcement of George's birth to Buckingham Palace where it was placed on an easel.


There's been consistent rumblings from the media regarding strained relations and a breakdown in communication between William and Kate's communication staff and the press. Perhaps a change could improve this?

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Fans of Kate favourite Beulah London will be pleased to hear their Spring/Summer 2014 sale is currently underway.

Beulah London

Sale pieces include breathtaking gowns, The AuroraThe Jasper and The Bisque. There's also scarves, cocktail dresses and printed tops on offer. They would all look wonderful on the Duchess particularly the Aurora, as it offers a vibrant splash of colour.

Beulah London

At present, there are no engagements announced for Kate until the Commonwealth Games on 28th of July, however, we expect to hear something within the next week. We hope you're all having a lovely weekend and thank you all for reading this week :)

301 comments:

  1. I'm shocked she's not in white!! I thought that was her tennis uniform haha.I wasn't a fan of the dress, I didnt care for they pattern.

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  2. Rebecca - Sweden6 July 2014 at 15:20

    Dad came and told me Kate and William was on TV. So I am watching tennis!! Or, the funny people picking up the balls and the royal box to be more exact. :-P IDed the dress on the spot to my dad. He looked funny at me :-P Haha.

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      I'm loving the teens in blue running around like hyper mice picking up the balls. The expressions on their faces is priceless, so intense and serious. They've provided me with some good chuckles!

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden6 July 2014 at 18:39

      Yes, they were hilarious and good at the same time. They look like military and then suddenly they're rushing. And can someone tell me why the teens with umbrellas have to stand in that ridiculous pose with their arms stretched out?

      I actually ended up watching the whole game. Apparently tennis can be fun :-P

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  3. So surprised not to see DOC in white but Im loving it! This dress is cool 60s retro, isnt it? No earings?

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  4. This is one of my very favorite looks. I'm thrilled to see it again. I also think her hair looks terrific.

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  5. What a surprise post Charlotte.
    You are on the ball! :)
    I quite like this dress, but wasn't a fan of how Kate had put it together during the Pacific tour.
    Today I think Kate wore it well. She looked nice.
    Kate's hair is making a difference to her face. Gosh it's looking bouncy. I'm wondering if she's slowly creeping it up to a longer bob style like Pippa's.

    It's Kate's smile that makes a huge difference to her appearance. I think what some posters note is how "tired" her skin looks when she is actually not wearing a smile. I can see that today as well - in the photos of her coming down to her seat behind William.
    Off to watch Le Tour....Another late night. ..... :)

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    1. Helen, I wasn't crazy about the dress the first time, but now I realize it was the hat! :) It looks so much more contemporary without it.

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    2. Lynn Georgia USA8 July 2014 at 15:19

      I agree, Royalfan. I liked the dress much better in this sportier milieu--without the hat for sure!! I also did not see the cute v-cut back when she wore the dress in the Solomons. Such "sassy" details are exactly what Kate needs to "kick up" her conservative preferences a notch or two.
      P.S. Her hair looked good, too. I like it shorter and bouncier. When it gets too long and heavy, she starts looking tired.

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  6. This is my favorite non-favorite of Kate's dresses, if that makes sense. I don't particularly care for the print, so I don't like the dress, but I love the fabric and cut, so I do like the dress. Either way, I am glad to see her embracing a nice summer dress.

    Day 2 of her hair looking great!!!

    Amy, Detroit Michigan

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  7. This new hairstyle is huge improvement I think. Still I would wish for once that she would have her hair done by a stylist that does the hair of Beyonce or Jennifer Lopez.. Then her hair would look absolutely terrific. Nevertheless this cut and style seems very much dated. It looks like taken straight from late 90s. There are so many lovely styles for long thick hair, for instance the way Queen Rania of Jordan wears her long hair.

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  8. I didnt like this dress the first-time she wore it but I do now. I think the hat put the look off.

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  9. Jean from Lancs6 July 2014 at 16:17

    They have certainly spread themselves around this weekend.Three major international sporting events this weekend.
    Three of them at the cycling yesterday; Harry at the F1 racing and Now the Duke and Duchess at Wimbledon.
    She looks great.
    I was glad to see their communications Secretary is leaving---one can hardly say he has done a good job for them recently---particularly on the subject of the helicopter which was not a birthday gift from the Queen, or even purchased by her. They need someone who will fight their corner.

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    1. Jean, I hope you're sitting down because I agree with you. There has been a purge in their office after KitchenGate. At least that's how it looks to me.

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    2. VERY interesting to see that Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton is being brought back to the team. I don't care what the "official" explanation or job description is but I'm guessing Lowther-Pinkerton is being brought back to whip the whole team - and I'd guess Will and Kate too - into shape.
      I work some in journalism and have worked in public relations and I have watched events unfold - from the expensive Maldives "second honeymoon" (who goes on a second honeymoon less than two years after the first one???) to KitchenGate, and been absolutely amazed at how utterly tone deaf Will and Kate and their PR team have been toward how their recent actions come across to the public.
      Lowther-Pinkerton announced his resignation in May 2013 and you can almost trace how things started going downhill PR-wise for Will and Kate after that. It was like they had nobody to tell them "no, that's probably not a good idea." I think Lowther-Pinkerton did and will again fill that role.
      Lowther-Pinkerton has always seemed like a father figure toward William, at least that's what I see. He's older, he's a decorated military veteran and a special forces veteran. It seemed like when he was on the team, William had a real sense of direction and purpose. I think Lowther-Pinkerton was someone William respected and listened to. Keep in mind that nearly everyone else on their administrative staff is either the same age or younger than Will, Kate and Harry. That means a lot of "yes-men" but not anyone older that the threesome would respect and listen to.
      With his abrupt departure, Team Will and Kate was drifting around without direction, doing - or not doing - what they wanted. And even though the posters on here worship at Kate and Will's feet, that's not true of the entire UK population.
      Perkins's departure is predictable. It's not just that he "hasn't done a good job for them," since it would be a monumental job for even the best PR professional to put a positive "spin" on their recent activities but I'd think it's got to be rather mortifying to go from being a professional journalist to being known only as "the guy who carried the birth announcement out to the easel."
      The expected replacement is Perkins's assistant so I wouldn't expect any big change in how the communications office is being operated.
      It's not just the need for someone to "fight in their corner," Will and Kate themselves need to sit up and realize how all of their actions are coming across, not just to the media but to the public as well.
      Ironically, since Prince Charles took over the Buck House PR and media relations operations, the great working relationship that the royal beat reporters had with the Buck House and KP communications offices has gone south rather rapidly.
      Even the most devoted royalist royal reporters, like Richard Palmer, have commented on how bumbling and really disorganized the communications operations seem to be now.
      Palmer would gladly lay down in a mud puddle if Queen Elizabeth II and/or Carole Middleton would deign to walk over him so you know things have to be pretty bad when diehard royalists like him offer a criticism.

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    3. Hello Elizabeth,

      Jamie has been with part-time but he's leaving now. Extra equerry is just an honorary role. He gradually reduced his role over the past year before moving into the private sector full-time.

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    4. Rebecca - Sweden6 July 2014 at 18:52

      I don't know any of the ins and outs. But I really hope they get some good PR people in the mix soon, before it's too late.

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    5. Elizabeth,

      While I liked most of your post and you make some very good points, I DO NOT worship at Kate and Will's feet.

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    6. ELIZABETH -
      I'm with Lauri from CA on this too.
      Agree with the messy PR issues at KP/BP; but you are quite wrong if you categorise all those who comment here as Kate worshippers!
      If you read the comments section you will see many that are often disappointed and offer intelligent debates.
      There are even comments that suggest we are all a bunch of horrible critics of W&K.

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    7. Elizabeth, Why is it necessary to use this site as a forum for pointing out that William and Catherine are selfish, stupid, rich, spoiled people? I don' t understand why you come to a site that admires them since you clearly do not. There are plenty of other sites you can visit to bash them.

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    8. Elizabeth, did the royals every officially call it a "second honeymoon"? Or is that coined by the media? I always thought of it as them going on a couples only vacation...that was where they happened to honeymoon (and vacation pre-marriage, right?). My husband and I have revisited our honeymoon sight as simply a VACATION. Sure we reminisce about how we honeymooned there, but we don't call it a second/third/etc honeymoon and how we need more honeymoons. We simply WANT and can AFFORD to repeat that amazing trip.

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    9. Elizabeth Why do you even bother to visit this blog. All you every do is trash Will & Kate. I for one are getting very tired of your nasty comments all the time. They are entitled to take whatever vacation they want. Futher more they can build what ever number of kitchens or do what ever the hell they want to their houses. It is not coming out of your pocket or mine. And not even the tax payers in the UK all the inside stuff is being paid for by either themselves or Charles. So get off your high horse and trying being nice.

      Pam/Portland

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    10. @Elizabeth I think the problem is you see William and Kate as robots not as humans who are not entitled to experience and do what humans do. How do you know it's a second honeymoon and not just an ordinary vacation? Oh yes, because the tabloid press called it so. They privately paid for their vacation I suppose sans the security, but should having security mean they shouldn't go out and do anything other than public duties because they shouldn't be adding to security costs? That would make anyone go crazy! Have you had a difficult pregnancy in the public eye? Or cared for new-borns? They can be difficult for anyone, more so for one in the public eye. Maybe they needed that vacation to re-energize and luckily for W & K they have Mike & Carole to care for George and not just leave him to nannies. Having my own mom help me care for my newborn is such a tremendous relief for me.

      As for the kitchens, what choice do they have? They had to have a huge kitchen for staff to work on for functions that they will host for years to come. They don't own KP so they have to ensure that whatever is installed in that kitchen is in accordance with English standards. They wanted a smaller private kitchen because Kate probably wanted to have a place of her own to cook for her own son and husband without the staff! Should a wife and a mother be denied that? And they are paying for the smaller private kitchen with their own money, so what's the fuss about? Same thing with the kitchen in Anmer Hall, they are paying for it, not you, me nor the UK taxpayers, so what's the fuss?

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    11. Hi Elizabeth,

      My name is bluhare and I am Presidentress of the local chapter of Unrepentant Posters Anonymous. Meetings are Tuesday's at 7:00. Trust me, meetings are fun. We respect others' opinions and have lively debates!

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    12. I'm glad about the change in their office. It's about time. Let's hope that things improve. Soon. :)

      Pam, telling someone you're tired of their nasty remarks and that they should get off their high horse isn't a shining example of "trying to be nice" [your suggestion].

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    13. I think Will and Kate are an adorable couple but to say I worship them is a little over the top.

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    14. Jean from Lancs7 July 2014 at 10:31

      Elizabeth,
      I worship only God; I respect the Royal Family and believe Constitutional Monarchy to be the best form of Government for this country.
      I have never thought that the Queen ,"has never put a foot wrong". She is human and made many mistakes, but I do believe she has the beat interests of the country at heart.
      I would expect those working for members of the Royal family would have similar views. The communications from KP have been a disaster over the last couple of years--from their comments when Prince William recorded Catherine on George's birth certificate as, "Princess of the United Kingdom". when it became obvious that they had not even bothered to find out the position of their employer.
      There have too many similar disasters--eg a year for William to prepare for his future roll, became a "gap year" and the obvious wish by Catherine to be mostly concerned with her child in his first year, could have been made plainer.
      There have been other mistakes--including not entering known engagements on the Royal Circular---their day in Scotland has still not been entered, though two of Catherine's engagement were eventually entered days later.
      Let us hope that they find a replacement who is a Constitutional Monarchist at heart and that he or she should at the very least, know the positions of his/her employers.

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    15. bluhare, LOL!
      Many of you criticizing me for criticizing Will and Kate actually hit the nail on the head - watching the Will and Kate Show over the past 18 to 24 months has been like watching a train wreck happen slowly.
      We all had (including me, GASP!!) such high hopes for them, given their willingness to get involved and carry out a busy schedule of public engagements leading up to the wedding and even immediately following. We have been kept well-informed by Charlotte, who does a magnificent job of maintaining a timely and informative blog with updates, often with little to work with.
      I come here because I enjoy seeing pictures of the dresses and the shoes AND, as a Brit history and architecture buff, the pics and information of the places visited. Charlotte does a wonderful job of not only supplying us with the style information but also substance, the wonderful histories and photos of the places the royals appear as well as information about the different organizations involved.
      I guess I'm more disappointed in the royal couple and it really does go back to what many of you pointed to - a really, really badly planned and poorly executed communications and PR plan from Buck House and KP, who built up expectations of the new, young royals far beyond what they were actually able and willing to do.
      You folks ARE right - they ARE only human. So it really becomes baffling when they're treated as if they can never put a foot wrong and are always blemishless and above reproach of any sort.

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    16. Elizabeth, I agree with pretty much everything you said. I've said before that I don't think we do them any favors if we sit and never question. They're human beings, with everything that entails -- good, bad, ugly and fabulous. If we never look at the bad or the ugly, then nothing will be learnt.

      That being said, I too think we can get too picky (and I'm using the global "we", not you and me "we"). I don't like to pick her appearance to pieces; after all she's a human being with her own taste and way she likes to look. I will pick what she does (or doesn't do), because to me that's much more important than what dress she wore yesterday.

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    17. Bluhare, great sense of humour and valid points!

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  10. Is that Bear Grylls sitting behind the Middleton family?

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    1. Yes, it is. I really enjoy his show and look forward to the upcoming season when he takes celebrities out to test their survival skills.

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    2. Yes it is! He was at the Djokovic match on July 4th as well in the royal box.

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  11. Finally this dress is back.. I have been waiting so long for her to wear it again!! Her haircut is a huge improvement in my opinion, it looks much less weighed down. I also think the dress gives her nice shape as she is often criticized for looking so thin - and I think in the first picture you can actually tell that she is quite muscular & in good shape!

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  12. I love Kate and Pippa's outfits. I am always looking online to see what they are wearing. Did you see the interview with Pippa and Matt Lauer?

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    1. I watched all the clips of the Matt Lauer-Pippa interview. She came off as a very nice humble, down to earth person who is still trying to do d her niche in life. I wish her lots of luck!

      I was amazed at her comment that she looked at the royal wedding as just a family wedding until she saw the crowds from the balcony. That seemed a little clueless and naive, but sweet!

      I wish I could have cheered her on during her USA bike race, but they didn't go through CO.

      And about Kate's dress today. I loved it, especially the v in the back. Very cute and summery and appropriate.

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    2. I remember Kate mouthed a "WOW" when she came out onto the balcony and saw the size of the crowd stretching down the Mall. There had been a teasing remark from William at the altar about "this small wedding in a country church" but I think even the Abbey and the carriage ride had not prepared Kate, and evidently Pippa, for the magnificent crowd reaction.

      I agree that Pippa sounded very nice in her interview. I don't know what the financial arrangements were, but perhaps NBC contributed to the charity she was biking for. I never saw the map of the ride, and don't know exactly where they went. It seemed a rapid crossing (if it was) of a large country.

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  13. Thanks for the great post Charlotte! I'm watching the match today just to see Kate, Will and the Middletons, as I don't understand tennis at all:).

    I think Kate looks great today! The hair, the dress, her smile all came together for the best look in a while. I didn't like this dress the first time she wore, I think the Puritan style hat which I hope she never wears again, really took a lot away from this dress. But today she really rocked it!

    Does anyone know why the Middleton's aren't sitting with W&K? It seems so odd to me that they are all attending the same event, sitting in the Royal box but aren't sitting together. William is the future King of England surely he could have pulled a few strings to have his in-laws seated with him and his wife. I did notice shots of Carole not watching the game but looking off to the side, I wonder if she was looking at Kate? Glad to see Nico and Pippa together, it's been awhile and I was worried that all might not be well in Pippaland.

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    1. I understand the royal machine probably has reasons for thinking others should sit front row in the royals box, but I too agree how nice it would be to see them all together. Although, that may further fuel the nepotism gossip...

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    2. Actually, the Royal Box is seated by Wimbledon. The ranking royals get precedence, but after that, the invitations go out from the club. You'll notice the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra actually had the best seats.

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    3. I agree with you Lauri on everything you said. One exception, I do happen to understand tennis for the most part thanks to two brothers :). Thank you Anonymous 08:57 for the Royal Box seating arrangements protocol. It finally helped answer the question why the Middleton family do not sit with the royals. But I do wish that we could see them enjoy events like this together as a family.


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  14. I think she looks great. Nice dress and her new haircut is very becoming.

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    1. Seconded! It's amazing what a fresh cut can do for a girl.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden6 July 2014 at 18:44

      Agree! The dress was pulled down by the hat the last time but this time it was perfect. And I love her hair!

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    3. I agree! I love her new cut, very fresh.

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    4. Rebecca, I feel the same way, to the letter.

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  15. anon from Leominster6 July 2014 at 17:38

    I've always liked this dress on Kate; it's bold but it works on her.

    I think the Middletons may have felt that it might look like they were taking advantage of Kate's position to sit in those prime seats. I believe they are correct. No doubt they can have fun discussing it afterwards.

    In an interesting note, I noticed that Madame Tussaud's has a new William and Kate display. I always thought the royals approved the figures but perhaps not because they have put Kate in an Issa gown and not one she has ever publicly worn to my knowledge. It's quite a lovely gown and the colour is perfect for Kate, although I don't suppose we will ever see her in it, if she even owns it. The gown replaces the Issa engagement dress, perhaps that informed the choice. They have gone for a demi-chignon hairstyle which looks quite nice.

    Loved them as a child but I'm not a fan of wax figures now, so will leave it to others to go and see.

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    1. Dear Anon,

      Sigh, I know you're right, if the Middletons joined W&K there would be a big uproar. Still it seems off to me, we haven't seen Kate with any member of her family in quite some time. I understand that they still see lots of each other in private but it was always great to see Kate out and about with her mom or sister.

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  16. Nice to see some of the tour dresses being brought back. I really like Kate's new haircut, it's definitely more flattering.
    For those wondering why the Middletons weren't seated front and center, this from the Wimbledon website ... "British and overseas Royal Families are invited as well as heads of government, people from the world of tennis, commercial partners, British armed forces, prominent media organisations, supporters of British tennis and other walks of life. Invitations come from the Chairman of the All England Club, taking into account suggestions from members of The Championships’ Organising Committee, The Lawn Tennis Association and other relevant sources."

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    1. Dear Elizabeth,

      So would that mean that the other times the Middletons have sat in the royal box was by invitation?

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    2. According to the information from the Wimbledon website, that's what I gathered too, that they were there by invitation.

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  17. Tammy from California6 July 2014 at 18:33

    I feel like recently, when seeing Kate not smiling (like when she was getting to her seat), she looks a little tired. I don't know if the relentless pressure of public life is aging her quickly or if she just needs a break but it's disheartening. I can't imagine the constant pressure she is under and it is obvious why William wanted her to be prepared for it and is protective of her.

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  18. Canadian Friend6 July 2014 at 18:48

    Hi, Charlotte,

    Thank you for this surprise post. I was feeling withdrawal at the thought of no appearances until the end of July! I imagine with Gorgeous George's first birthday approaching, there will be something official for us...

    I love this dress! So nice to see Kate wearing it again without that awful beige hat from the South Seas tour. The dress has a lovely summery look. I've always loved green and blue together. The fabric pattern is very interesting. I also love Kate's new haircut. It lightens up her look and frames her face nicely.

    Have a great week everyone!

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  19. I saw on the US ESPN feed that after the match, inside, Novak had a brief chat with Will and Kate. I was in the kitchen and could not make most of it out. Anything interesting or cute in their chat? I think there was something about Kate playing and also Novak asked about Pippa playing too.

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  20. Nicole from California6 July 2014 at 20:04

    Kate looked great! I think this dress is so much more appropriate for Wimbledon then the Zimmerman she wore a couple of day ago. She seemed like she was at the wrong event then, but today she looks perfect for the occasion. I agree that her hair looks great and that the dress is so much better on its own without that terrible hat she wore with it the first time around. Well done Kate!

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  21. Love, love, love the dress and the Duchess looked super! I especially love the "surprise deep "v' in the back of the dress. It sure looks good, "coming or going."

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  22. The Duchess looks absolutely gorgeous! I love, love, love her new hair! It looks beautiful framing her pretty face! I'm not a fan of the dress but I'm a fan of any pattern that she wears lol!

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    1. Anon: 21.28. I agree with you about her new hair cut. Now, that's the way to cut layers. The problem is you'll have to have hair like the Duchess, or Sofia the fiancé of the Swedish prince ( can't think of his name at the moment) thick and long for it to look like hers. Oh dear, sigh! Frankly, I think she has always had some amount of layering, however; I have never noticed it being so defined. It looks fabulous and frames her face perfectly.

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    1. Glad her shoes were not shown. Less criticism that way.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden8 July 2014 at 11:58

      I found these pictures.

      http://33.media.tumblr.com/95e3d3d652e06b9804080ed67bb6831d/tumblr_n8b3lte9ZE1rldv0uo8_1280.jpg

      http://38.media.tumblr.com/42588f8d39200caa0d4cb6f023a46273/tumblr_n8b3lte9ZE1rldv0uo9_1280.jpg

      My uneducated guess is that it's her new nude ones with the pointy toe that she had on the garden party and the school recently, if I remember correctly.

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    3. @ Anon 4:27... LOL. :)

      Rebecca, I think you're correct. That is my guess too, unless someone has a different opinion...

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  24. Finally, this is the Kate we all know and love! Ironically, I wasn't crazy about this dress the first time she wore it. But I think it looks much better the second time around. I like the style and the color is very flattering on Kate. Everyone is commenting on Kate's new haircut. Honestly, it looks the same length to me. But it does look fuller, like it would after a good blowout, and a bit darker. For awhile, her hair seemed to be getting a little lighter. The lighter highlights made her look a bit washed out, in my opinion. Kate really looks great here, I’m happy to say.

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    1. Agreed about not being crazy about the dress the first time...she looked kind of like an American Amish lady with that hat she was wearing...

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  25. I think Catherine looks absolutely stunning in this whole ensemble!

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  26. Great post! Really great match too - unfortunately to the wee hours here in Melbourne :-) thought that Kate and William looked really happy and relaxed and I liked the dress too. Most of all loved to see the interaction between them and know "all is well". Wimbledon is one big tradition and custom (and rules) after another / kind of nice to to have such strong traditions run through our British events

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  27. Ps have a good week everyone! After 4 months of flat on my back I get to drive again this week - beyond excited :-) Simone in Melbourne

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    1. I'm thrilled for you, Simone! Enjoy the freedom and continue to take good care.

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    2. Wonderful news, Simone!

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    3. You go, girl! Have a fast recovery!

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    4. anon from Leominster7 July 2014 at 17:38

      Wonderful news Simone. Hope everything continues to go well.

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    5. That is awesome news Simone! So happy for you! Wishing all the best and a speedy recovery :)

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    6. I was just catching up on the comments and thinking how positive they all were and came across your replies and wishes to me - thank you so much it made my day! The feeling of freedom was wonderful and I even got to the supermarket and made the families favourite chicken pie - everyone happy last night! :-) love to you all. Simone x

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    7. Shantel (@FashionandFaith)8 July 2014 at 17:45

      That's awesome news, Simone!
      Wishing you the best,
      Shantel
      Minnesota, USA

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  28. I think Kate looks great. I always did like that dress, and it's so good to see it again this time without that awful hat that looks like she was a pilgrim coming over on the Mayflower.
    I hope we continue to see some more dresses she wore on their Malaysia tour. They were very beautiful and stylish.

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    1. Simone-- you GO, girl!
      Blair--you, too!

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    2. Thanks Jo!!!
      You're so sweet. Still having technical issues?

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    3. Blair--- uh huh! Works best if I keep it brief, darn it! Apparently there's a planned obsolescence with my phone afoot!

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    4. Yup! I'm told that this is stressing the phone's capacity--& it's a VERY good phone! (Might have gotten a dud, though! Short answers seem to work for now!!

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    5. Hopefully it's not a dud. I'll keep my fingers crossed! I know how irritating that can be sometimes my phone doesn't do what I want and I get so annoyed!

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    6. Is TWEETING what I'm having to do? Mind you--I'm grateful not to have to give you all up entirely!
      CHIRP!!

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    7. JO- I am so grateful you are able to get your comments through also (no matter how short they are)! I love ready your thoughts, you seem like a very upbeat and lovely lady, and you always lighten my mood if I am having a down day :)! Nice to see you still trying despite the tech problems. Take care!

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  29. On another style note. I also thought Victoria Beckham looked very beautiful. Lover her dress!

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    1. She never smiles. I guess her husband makes up for her lack of a pleasant expression.

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    2. David Beckham is a hottie!!! :)

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    3. Blair, regarding DB......in a word.........YES!!! ;)

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    4. Yes indeed royalfan!!! He looked so handsome at Wimbledon!

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    5. She never smiles because that´s a performance, the tough girl.......the morbidity..

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    6. Esti- morbidity? Remember Adam's Family? ....Morticia? That kind of morbidity?.....(or was that The Munsters?)
      ?????
      Agree about she's putting on an act. It is called "dead-pan." Maybe is where you got "morbidity?"
      Cher used to do it on Sonny and Cher Hour. Mrs. DB actually kind of reminds me of Cher in that picture. Or maybe act is she is so bored with it all...the photographers, the fans...so plebian. Or, sometimes certain cosmetic procedures prevent a mobile facial expression. Unlike our girl, whose expressions are all over the place.

      I have completed my trip back into 80's television.(70's ?)

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    7. Blair, I find myself needing an iced tea...with extra ice! ;)

      http://royalista.com/12491/prince-william-and-david-beckham-join-forces-to-save-wildlife

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    8. MARG: Morticia Adams was Angelica Houston, wasn´t she??? The Monsters: Lily Monster; Ivonne de Carlo....70´s I was a child, the best.....
      I can´t find neither the morbidity nor the beauty of VB but you can see her husband and her wallet........uuuuuuuuuu green...........

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    9. Sorry,I have just noticed that It was "MUnster", I have always said "Monster" what does Munster mean?',

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    10. Esti- Morticia was played by Carolyn Jones,I think, in the tv series. I think there was a movie? I love Anjelica Huston.
      Ha! and I am green- envy. DB, not the money.
      I can't find the lividity of VB. She can make a garment look great, I know that.
      That look was all a part of the posh spice act, wasn't it? Probably what you meant in the first place.

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    11. MARG: Did you remember that her maidem name was VICTORIA ADAMS??

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    12. NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! You are kidding me! The real Adams family.
      I don't know, Esti. I thought Munster was a cheese? Or a cathedral? Maybe means show is cheesy.
      Actually, a play on words- Munster/ monster. It would have been politically incorrect to say "monster" family.
      By the way.I think Esti will agree- there are no closed conversations on a public blog, as far as I am concerned. Always feel free to leap right in. More people, more fun. Agree, Esti?

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    13. Months ago, I saw a photo in Hello! That Becks posted saying "See, I told you she smiles!"
      It must have been an accident!

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    14. Oh my my my!!!
      I'm going to need an iced tea as well royalfan..David is the kinda man that gets better looking with age. And that beard is rugged and sexy! I wish Harry would have kept that beard he had he looked so GOOD!!!!

      Also with Victoria Beckham, i agree she always looks so morose. It takes twice as many facial muscles to frown as it does smile. If she keeps it up her face is going to stay like that permanently lol. I do love her clothing line though I have a few dresses from it and I love them. Could you imagine the frenzy if Kate ever wore one of her dresses it would set a new record for selling out.
      I barely remember the Adams family or the Munster's. I was a 90's baby lol. The vague memories I do have is from my mother watching the old reruns on television.

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    15. JO- Lol, I remember seeing that photo also. I was in shock! I remember thinking to myself, "WOW, she actually CAN smile!" Before seeing that picture, I honestly didn't know if she could lol.

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    16. I totally agree, I´m writing in a public place and the more, the merrier..

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    17. Oh girls!! I used the word "morbidity" due to my Spanglish, In meant : cause morbid fascination=turn on.., the story about a bad girl but eventually it turned out funny.........

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  30. Wasn't that Niko Jackson sitting next to Pippa?

    Love the surprise extra-appearance..which means the suprise extra post by Charlotte. :). You can't have one without the other (it's like the "love and marriage" song).

    The DoC dress is fantastic and I agree that her new hair is lovely! Silvia

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  31. I think the dress is cute, and I like how it is flirty/fun with being a bit low-cut in the back. I'm also VERY happy she isn't wear the Ray Bans...while they're sporty I didn't like them when she was dressed up at the last match. I think they look better when she is overall sporting a sportier vibe :-)

    I've heard rumblings about issues with Rebecca Deacon...maybe not tension, per se, but if things aren't a good fit and the media is feeling it more change may be needed? Especially since Kate has taken a bit of a beating with the cost of renos at two houses in the recent past.

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  32. Anybody know the significance of the purple/violet/? flower pinned on lapels at Wimbledon?

    Canada

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    1. Purple and green are the official colors of the All England Club. The flowers are a huge part of the venue - I read that 9,000 on-site plants were augmented tugs year by 47,000 potted plants. I'm a garden enthusiast, so stories (not to mention numbers) like that catch my eye!

      There may be something more significant about the pin, but these are my general guesses.

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    2. Correction: 9,000 plants comprise the LOGO!

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    3. At the ladies final I believe it signifies a previous winner (there are usually quite a few invited to sit the Royal Box). Rather a nice tradition, I think. I cant be sure of the rules for the Men's final, but it seems that they may just be offered to ladies with seats in the Royal Box.

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    4. Rod Laver was behind Will and Kate in the Royal Box. Becker and Edberg were in the player boxes as coach. Most of the recent winners were playing in the tournament -Andy, Rafa, Novak and Roger. That about 13 Wimbledon trophies right there.

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  33. Another stunning look for our favourite duchess :-) she looks radiant, feminine and shapely! I would have loved to be part of the action in the royal box lol, I'm a big Federer fan, how exciting!

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  34. I really love her hair and those earrings.

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  35. Oh how I love the haircut and style. The length and those re-discovered layers work miracles. Does it look very similar to the hairstyle Kate wore around the time of her engagement?

    I think it would do heaps for their image if they would have more private outings as a couple and family. Outside official engagements with little protocol to worry about. It makes them very approachable when they attend sport events, concerts or shows. They can be seen showing emotions, affection and the most wonderful display of facial expressions. It makes them real. Have you seen the photos of Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark at the Roskilde Festival? I think those outings charm the public no end.

    The Jonathan Saunders dress is one of my favourites. Cut, print and colour composition is absolute perfection for me. Loved the dress before Kate actually wore it 2012 and was very excited when I saw her seeping out of the plane on some tiny south pacific island. And yes, that hat combination was a miss for me too.

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    1. They went to the butterfly exhibit on a private outing as a family last week. I think Charlotte had some pictures that were taken by someone's phone. So I really think that they do more than we know.

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  36. DOC looked beautiful today and I am loving her haircut. Her dress while lovely isn't my favorite; it looks boxy to me. I really enjoy the shots of Will's and Kate's facial expressions. Priceless. Thanks, Charlotte.

    Becks, NC

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    1. Agree, Love the haircut but the dress was a bit of a surprise,,.Im so GLAD Novak WON!!xoxo

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  37. For some reason, human beings tend to be more drawn to negative perceptions than positive ones. Critical views are seen as the more honest and perceptive, while positive views are dismissed as pollyannaish, or even, worshipful Given how abusive some commentators have been in the coverage of Kate (not here but elsewhere), the positive comments act as a welcome corrective to a distorted picture and are a more accurate reflection of reality in many instances.

    One of the problems in our current age is that memes, especially negative ones, magnify as they bounce to and fro across the internet. They are also highly contagious. One person's mild murmur about Kate's hair being untidy or a bit messy looking soon metastasizes into a nasty Daily Mail comment that her hair is an unclean, limp, straggly mess. There is no reality in the universe in which that could construed as a fair statement. It it were, than standards are so high that just about every other woman on earth would have be described in even worse terms. That would be absurd.

    I can't think of any public personality who gets more media coverage today than Kate. Perhaps William's mother had more in her time, but there were far fewer media outlets in those pre-internet days. Kate has borne the weight well so far, but one of the reasons I feel compelled to defend her is that I wonder whether anyone can hold up under so much withering scrutiny?

    The nicest skin, if examined under a 10x or greater magnifying glass, can look as pockmarked as the surface of the moon. And in those conditions, I suppose someone who is always well-groomed and nicely dressed would look "unsightly and unkempt".

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    1. Thankyou Anon 04.44, I couldn't agree more.

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    2. AMEN! Unfortunately, some of the criticism regarding her appearance is published on this site also.

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    3. Sarah in Minneapolis9 July 2014 at 13:11

      Anonymous 04:44 and other posters here, I'm curious what you think. Does Kate read/watch media reports about herself on some sort of regular basis? I've wondered if she does which then makes me think about the pros and cons of it.

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  38. Dear Charlotte, great post. I loved this.dress on its first outing and I love it more today. The DoC appearance was quite lovely and so was Williams. Ruth.












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  39. Is there still speculation that Kate is pregnant? She looks very tired of late and it seems that she has been selecting some of her roomier dresses for the past few dates

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    1. Let us give that a rest until the official announcement comes from the Palace. Poor Catherine has been pregnant so many times!

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    2. This is going to be like an elephant pregnancy: 2 years....

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    3. ha!!!!! ESTI- u u u uu u!!!!!

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    4. Sarah in Minneapolis10 July 2014 at 11:23

      Anonymous 12:35
      I think it's fun and supportive to speculate about Kate being pregnant and I hope some posters don't stop you from it. The motive behind such speculation is the hope and anticipation of another Cambridge baby! Since George's birth and especially after watching video of him in Australia, I have to confess I've joined the ranks of the pregnancy watch. I wondered after seeing photos of Trooping of the Color a few weeks ago if Kate was pregnant for the same reason you state. She did look tired.

      So let us give a rest to admonishing any of us who are eager to see signs of Cambridge baby #2.

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  40. Ladies, I must recommend that you go back to 2012 and read Charlotte's blog about Catherine and William attending Wimbledon. It was all so sweet and there was Pauline defending the duchess in case anyone peeped the slightest negative comment.
    I think it would be so relaxing and refreshing if we returned to appreciating Catherine, the amazing events that she attends and the beautiful outfits that she wears.
    This blog was, as somebody put it, an escape. I also used to have a cup of tea and some chocolate and read about the duchess. Now, I skim it, and often can't be bothered.
    I understand and agree that discussion and varying opinion is interesting. But I get all my critical thinking done at work, I don't need that when I come home. This blog is the only one that was truly friendly and troll free.

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    1. Hi Florence,

      I took your suggestion and looked back at the 2012 Wimbledon post and to me it seemed very much like today's post. Some loved the outfit she wore and some didn't. The only time Pauline seemed to defend the Duchess was when some thought that Kate and Will were having trouble, But I didn't see any horribly negative comments nor was it all sweetness and light. Just people voicing their opinions.

      I do understand how you feel though. I frequently take a break from reading the comments or posting my own because sometimes people can get rather snarky with one another and I get tired of it. But I've only seen a rare few that truly bash on Kate. I think most of us here like Kate, we like her sense of fashion and are interested in her life. But like most things in life some days we love her and some days we don't.

      I guess what I'm trying to say is, don't take all in. If it gets to be too much, then leave it alone for awhile and come back to it later. Or just read Charlotte's bit and not the comment section. Enjoy your tea and chocolate :)

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    2. anon from Leominster8 July 2014 at 02:11

      I think part of the problem is that William and Kate have changed. I've been following this blog from almost the beginning, and at first, William and Kate seemed to have a good balance of private time and public engagements. I was delighted and had nothing but positive things to say. When Hillary Mantel attacked Kate, I was one of the first to jump to her defense. I assumed that the couple would gradually take on a larger royal role while still leaving time to have a family and be hands-on parents.

      I was following Kate not because she was a pretty middle--class girl but because she was a future queen of England and I wanted to see what sort of princess she was going to be. She seemed to have enormous potential.

      Three years on, I still don't know. There were announcements that she was going to take on more patronages. This has yet to happen, and perhaps shouldn't because she is barely supporting the ones she has. There were multiple conflicting and postponed statements about William's future. We still don't know for sure. Some of this is bad public relations, no question, but the couple is still only rarely out there. William seems to be doing some more but Kate's July calendar remains mostly empty. There have been a lot of theories about this. I have no idea which one is correct.

      If we saw more of Kate, even once a week on a regular basis, I think a lot of this speculation and emphasis on other matters like holidays would settle somewhat. If we knew for sure that they planned to use Kensington Palace regularly, we wouldn't care so much about the kitchen, but this stil seems unclear.

      Some very good commentators have gotten fed up and left the blog. I would be glad personally to appreciate Kate, and the amazing events and the wonderful clothes if only there were more amazing events and perhaps, more important to me, a reasonable amount of worthwhile events as well.

      We all chat about the clothes when there are clothes and activities to chat about - but weeks can go by with nothing, Charlotte finds us topics when she can, we spent a lot of early spring admiring clothes by New Zealand designers, although Kate wore clothes by none of them.

      June has been a more active month and even though Kate's calendar seems empty, I remain hopeful and still a supporter. She and William are still a popular couple, more popular than anyone else, in the royal family with the possible exception of the queen. But just speaking to casual followers who watched the wedding but wouldn't follow this blog, a lot of good will is being squandered.

      I'd be delighted to hear from Pauline. I always agreed with her about Kate and William being a loving couple and I was prepared to take my lumps if she thought I was too critical but I don't like being told I'm angry and stressed when I'm not. I still very much like our little group and feel we care about each other. I would be delighted to pour myself a cup of cocoa and read about the amazing events the duchess attends. Just as long as there are amazing events to discuss. Something more than Wimbledon.

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    3. Sarah in Minneapolis8 July 2014 at 02:11

      Florence,
      I'd like to go back and read that 2012 Wimbledon post. Do you have the url or specific date?

      I read this blog a lot (but post only sporadically) because I've learned that Charlotte posts very quickly, her information is reliable and I learn a lot from others' opinions. And Florence, on this blog, I have not read any trolling posts ever i.e. no trolls who meet the standard definition that someone intentionally posts incendiary statements or who just wants to otherwise sow discord. Because Charlotte chooses to post my comments even when they are critical of Kate as well as my rebuttals to other's comments (except for yesterday she didn't ;)) I take that to mean she does not intend for this site to be strictly a fan blog.

      I do periodically see eruptions of discord, but they seem to be set off by a poster stating that someone they disagree with is a Kate-picker or has anger issues or other similar statements. So Florence or someone else, please give me insight as to what those posters hope to achieve with this type of declaration.



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    4. Hi Florence,
      I am sorry you feel that way. I think things are different here now, because back in 2012, people were lenient with the newcomer. Now, in 2014, nothing has improved with her work ethic and passion to represent the country as per her duty.
      Never stop critically thinking - especially with something like the monarchy, which is unfortunately mistaken as entertainment only. It is not.

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    5. Florence, I did mention that this blog is an escape (perhaps someone else did also). And the majority of the time, this is a friendly, troll-free environment, but these "guests" can wear different hats... ;)

      I agree with your wish that it be a positive environment, but I think that is possible even if the discussions go beyond strictly flattering remarks about Kate. And to be honest, three years into her royal role, I think it's nice to have more to talk about. (My two cents anyway....) :)

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    6. I agree with you whole-heartedly!

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    7. Of course royalfan, I just think negativity is unnecessary. I'm all for everything else :-)

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    8. Thank you for your opinions ladies. I don't mind that you don't agree with some of my observations, it is what I have observed after all.
      Never did I say that I would stop thinking critically, but I guess that I don't mind if Catherine spends her time with George, on holidays or doesn't spend that much time working just yet.
      I think it's great that she wanted to have her own family kitchen, and not order food from the main commercial kitchen all the time, traditionally that's what royals did.
      I still think that Catherine and William are doing a terrific job, and are carving out their future.
      I'm sorry if some people are disappointed, but maybe the expectations were set very high?

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    9. i dont think the expextation that they do exactly what they are meant to, which is work and represent the nation, is set very high, no.

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    10. I think we are back to square one, it's been discussed so many times and I'm not going there again. They need to work vs they just had a baby. I think I'll go and find out about Marg's nursing career instead!

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    11. One way to look at the trolls & extremely negative posters--is that naybe we can help them to express opinions respectfully!!??

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    12. That is the best idea Jo!
      How could we do that, what do you propose?
      I'm all for a positive team approach :-)

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    13. Florence- if the choice is between discussing what is/isn't work and my nursing experiences, I guess I'll see you later down the road a littlle.

      Jo- We can always hope. But I lean more toward your unintended opinion- "nay be"" ha!

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  41. i agree with most of the posters who like the dress better this time than on the malaysia tour. it looks like the dress's sleeves have been modified, so they fit straight and with little or no flare - what do you think?

    i also think the dress fits her better in the top - she has put on a few pounds (not to mention having a baby, which changes your body) since malaysia. i much prefer it this way.

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  42. Agree with most about her hair, the hat, the dress-although not too fond of the print, I like the color and design and as someone else said, the flirty back. The close bond between William and Catherine was heartening, too...... But-. did anyone else notice the tie on the man behind Catherine? I am in awe.

    Also, I think Kate Beckinsale is my choice for playing the Duchess of Cambridge in my imaginary, glitzy yet substantive major motion picture. Ryan Gosling for William?
    Have been enjoying the holiday with my family. Daughter and family made the 1500 mile round trip. We're going to the dog-park today.

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    1. The man behind Catherine was Rod Laver a former tennis champion who won at Wimbledon many years ago. I saw the tie on other men. It must be associated with Wimbledon.

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    2. Hi Marg!! So nice that your family came so far to visit you! As a hopeless animal lover from infancy -- what kind of dog(s)??

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    3. Thanks, anon 19:57!

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    4. Marg; enjoy your family, how many grandchilds have you got??

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    5. Jo- a little jack russell, peke mix I think) anyway, her face looks like a combinationn Ewok/ Yoda from stat wars. she is a lap dog, but loves to make the rounds to be sure everyone is having a good time and has had enough kisses. She is technically my son's dog.
      Mine is a Border Collie/Australian Shephard mix.She is older now, but when she was 3 months old she would try to herd anything, including me and the cat-which turned out to be a life-lesson for both. Actually, all three of us.
      We never did make it to the dog park. Too hot-102'° We just played at home.

      Esti- I only have two grandchildren. One in college and one in middle school.She has. been campaigning for a puppy, so we thought we'd see if she would like an older dog. She has been watching.non-stop clips on the internet of litters of puppies frolicking .She is very responsible and it will be a rescue dog.
      Esti- So- how about your secret crush to play William? Who else?

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    6. Sorry. Star Wars. Too many years a nurse.

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    7. OHH!! I woould like to have a dog too, but I live in an apartment an it´s a bit tricky...My niece is the whole time asking for a poppy, and told me that if I bought a dog she would come many times to my house to care of him..-emotional blackmail...uuuuuu

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    8. Haha Marg you crack me up. I hope you never administered stat wars to your patients lol

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    9. Ha. ha! Florence. So do I. -! There were a few battles, however. Ask me. I'll probably tell you.ha! u u u

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    10. Please sneak it into your comments Marg, it really is interesting and entertaining. Much better than the ongoing debate of work ethics. It makes me pucker my face up like Mrs Middleton!

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    11. Marg! Thanks! I grew up w/9 St. Bernards--love all animals in all sizes-- after retirement I started petsitting---best job ever!!

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    12. Marg--dogs sound terrific-- one cute & lovey & one lovey & Very
      Intelligent! I've got so many stories I'm told I should write a book!

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    13. Jo- she is scary smart and loves to figure things out. Sometimes I hide her cookie in a series of wrappings, something like the Russian nestle dolls. She can recognize a situation after she has seen it once. My older daughter thinks up great games for her, but she isn't here much. I think pet-sitting requires a very patient , intuitive kind of person- which you obviously are.

      Florence- Nursing story #1 ....note: I have to be careful not to risk patient confidentiality.
      I had an elderly patient who had been even more frisky and inventive than usual in his challenges to nursing care . I had to leave the room for about 5 minutes. When I came back into the room I looked at him and thought: "What's wrong with this picture?" He was lying on his back very quietly, with a big smile on his face
      Then I realized.....where was his IV bag and tubing? Coming closer, I noticed he no longer had a catheter bag hanging from the bed. I could not find them anywhere. The worst part was I couldn't find his IV needle, either. I searched under the bed, the sheets- even in the bathroom. Nothing. Nearing panic, I took one more trip around the bed. I nearly tripped over a gym bag, sticking part way out from under the bed.
      I opened it up and discovered the catheter bag, and the IV bag, complete with tubing and needle.
      He seemed enormously pleased with himself. score- patient" 1; ; nurse-0

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    14. MARG, that is priceless! Of course patient confidentiality comes first.

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    15. Marg- HAHAHAHA! That elderly patient of yours sounds like a crack-up lol! That was a funny and interesting story, tyvm for sharing it. Boy, I bet you never had a dull say/night with him lol! Can't wait to hear more tales from "Nurse Wars narrarated by Marg" ;) (I know, corny name, but all I could think off lol).

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    16. Florence, Jenn- glad you enjoyed it. It really wasn't funny to me for awhile- a long while. ha!
      "Nurse Wars" sounds pretty apt to me. Maybe we should copywrite it. Many nurse stories concentrate on nobility and selflessness. You absolutely have to put the patient first- I'll never forget the Katrina stories- but it is also grubby, exhausting, and often frustrating hard work. Sorry! Didn't mean to say the W word. ha!

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    17. Rebecca - Sweden10 July 2014 at 11:19

      Oh dear lord. Nursing! The stories to tell! I only worked at a seniors center for 9 months (I'm not a nurse or anything). But 3 of those months I worked with people with Alzheimer. THAT was an unique experience. And I loved it. One of my favorite tidbits was when I started my shift and asked one of the seniors what they had been doing before I started. And I got the answer: "I've been in Narnia". So adorable!

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  43. Loralee from Atlanta7 July 2014 at 18:11

    I am glad to see Kate and Will out and about enjoying themselves! Kate is looking much better, more relaxed, happier, less strained, and a bunch healthier. I personally am relieved!

    I am also glad to see them go on "dates" occiaisionally together, and leave George at home with the Nanny. We have seen them together more often this week in a long time, and I think that is great. The nanny thing must be working for them, and it is good to seem them have a life outside of "work", where they can enjoy themselves together a little.

    Go Kate! Bless both of them.

    I am looking forward to George's first birthday, and hopefully more pictures of the family together! Time has flown, it was only a year ago when we were all biting our nails wondering when the baby would come!

    Loralee from Altanta

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    1. Kate looks perfectly fine, but her mother doesn't. Carole Middleton's face is even more grim than Victoria Beckham's usual expression. I wonder what is wrong.

      One picture shows the Duke of Kent and his sister Princess Alexandra. The Duchess of Gloucester also appeared, unidentified, in some of the newspaper photos.

      I like Kate's dress, though I think the print is a bit strange. Certainly it's better without the nurse's cap and lei. Kate's hair is beautiful. I wonder whether she has found a new hairdresser, or a former one perhaps.

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    2. They are watching the Wimbledon final Anon. It is serious business!

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    3. Anon 01:52, Carole does not look happy. I agree. The Middleton's put up with a lot of unwarranted criticism while Kate and William were dating and I gave them credit for smiling and carrying on. Considering everything that has been in the press lately, I wouldn't be surprised if she isn't feeling a combination of anger, hurt, frustration, as well as feeling very protective of Kate, George, and William.

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    4. Yes, I realize it's serious, but Carole also looked very somber when she walked in the day before. And the people around her have normal expressions.

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    5. Maybe she left her favourite sunglasses at home lol or maybe she had to pay for the kitchen after all! Just joking.
      Very possibly Royalfan has a point, there is a lot to take on for them, she may have a whopping migraine.
      Or maybe she has had enough of smiling for the cameras, and is just in her own tennis infused mood.
      Before I had kids I used to go to the Australian Open several times every year, I cannot remember ever smiling. Not that the cameras were focused on me lol

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  44. I thought this was a nice article about Harry...

    bluhare, did I just get your attention? Lol.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/prince-harry/10948569/Harry-at-30-a-Prince-more-at-ease.html

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    1. I thought that was a nice article about him. I totally agree that he's got huge charisma, especially around children and animals.

      I hope he gets to spend time with his nephew. Every kid needs an Uncle Harry. You know, the relative who lets them do things that mom and dad won't. :)

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    2. It was a great article Royalfan! Thank you for sharing :-)

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    3. You're welcome, Florence. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

      Bluhare, I agree. Every child needs an Uncle Harry! :) I wonder if George hasn't given Harry a purpose in life... He does appear to be more content these days.

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    4. bluhare- ha! but......who needs an Uncle Harry when you've got grandma?
      Actually, my Mom's brother owned a sporting goods chain that had a toy department. That wasn't bad, either.

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  45. The first time Kate wore this dress I didn't care for the look at all. I felt the hat and the dress clashed horribly. Goes to show how accessories can really make or break an outfit. Loved the look today with the new lighter haircut. Press wise, I have noticed a lot more negative articles lately. I think this was inevitable. The media loves putting celebrities up on pedestals and then knocking them down. I remember leading up to the wedding a lot of emphasis was placed on Kate being a normal, middle-class girl. Throughout her pregnancy and after George was born, there were more stories about how Will and Kate were going to be "normal" parents. But Will and Kate are not your average Joe on the street, they're royalty. They put up with a lot being under constant public scrutiny. They deserve to treat themselves to a vacation or a nice kitchen. I don't think that the media should criticize them for not fitting the "normal" image they created for them. I have a feeling that, unfortunately for Will and Kate, this positive/negative press cycle is going to continue for a very long time. If the palace was to announce a second pregnancy tomorrow, I have a feeling the press would once again embrace the fairy tale story and we would see a lot more positive stories.

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  46. HI everyone! I can see that the outlook is hot and many erudite have come out...sorry but I don´t read anomimous, because for one thing I have no time and in additon I get muddle up...
    I´ve been in Bilbao and the whole weekend was raining cats and dogs, however England is known for that,in the north of Spain rains even more than in London...There´s a joke in Facebook about The Basque Country and Mordor..and says " I love the summer here is the best DAY of the year....." The weather was so awful that when I saw the Duchess in a coat I thought: ( And know you´ll kill me and I don´t want to think of erudites....;-))) "I need one.."..maybe was too much but in all Europe this summer is horrible, (except the Mediterranean sea and the islands) in Madrid the water of my swimming pool is freezing.. and only 12-24C max ...JO:53- 75.20 Farenhait.. I donned a trench, I promise...
    Having said that I´d like to say that the coat unbuttoned and white shoes (IMELDA ANON FROM LEO: what do you think??), would have been a good proposal....My grandmother used to say that a good pair of shoes and wearing neat hair was better than clothes many times....
    On the other hand the dress at tennis match is great for me and I even liked that hat, mind you not for out and about London if not for goning out for dinner in Ibiza (the hat, the dress for anytime.....)
    MARG: Ryan Gosling is my platonic love.......
    ANNA: I love Dowton Abbey...

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    1. anon from Leominster9 July 2014 at 23:18

      Yes white shoes would definitelty liven things up but I think multi-colour shoes would really make that outfit rocke, I've seen some great Jimmy Choo pairs.

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    2. Hey, THANKS, Esti!! My chart is off to a great start!! Too bad I''m so awful with numbers!! But must keep trying!!!

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    3. Oh, Esti!! Maybe the anonymouses (1 - 20??) will want you to read their comments SO much they'll start inventing "names" for themselves!!!

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    4. JO: I have to take some time to understand well and to answer, so if I don´t know who is writing I can´t keep up with you...
      ANON: multi-colour I agree, I have seen Manolo Blahnick´s ones, green and mauve, there you go:

      http://www.zapatosadictas.com/la-primavera-llega-de-la-mano-de-los-slingback-de-manolo-blahnik.html

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  47. Grace from Yorkshire8 July 2014 at 14:04

    Have been away from this blog for a while but now am finally caught back up. I think Kate's hair is looking gorgeous now.

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  48. I' m wondering at what age do the Royals launch into a heavy full-time schedule of publuc engagements?

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    1. anon from Leominster9 July 2014 at 02:02

      Hard to say because there is a lot of variation but mostly in their twenties when they finish school and/or other activities like military service or sport and especially after they get married.

      Charles took on a fairly full schedule in his twenties as I recall. Anne also worked from the time she finished school (she didn't go to university) but I think she took time off to pursue her Olympic horse-back riding career in 1976. She was working full-time by the time she was thirty. Andrew took on tours before he was married even though he was in the navy; after his marriage to Sarah he both did a number of engagments and continued his military career.

      Princess Alexandra had a full schedule from the time she was in her twenties. I think Princess Margaret did too. The Duke of Gloucester started later though because his brother was killed. After that, he took the title, and dropped being an architect for a full-time royal schedule. I'm guessng he was in his early thirties. Not sure about Edward (was he really that forgettable?) but he messed around with film and theatre some before taking on engagments. I'm going to say he was in his late twenties. Sophie planned to keep her career after their 1999 marriage but it turned unpleasant rather quickly and I think she was grateful to take on a full royal role and get better press.

      Diana of course, was doing royal engagments from Day 1, in her early twenties. She took on independent engagments quite early.

      So there really is no set rule but I would say it is expected that a royal family member who is being given security and royal perks such as an apartment in Kensington Palace should be working fairly full time. There has been some question about security for Andrew's daughters and also royal flats - a lot of criticism there- because they are expected to be working royals and yet one of them (Eugenie? I forget which) had quite a fancy flat I think in Saint James Palace while she was at University.

      In the past. the queen often let royal relatives, particularly elderly ones, live rent free in palaces, especially Kensington Palace. That is no longer considered acceptable and "non-working" relatives such as Prince Michael of Knet (although he shows up a lot on royal events, I rather think the queen likes him or thinks he has a good diplomatic manner) are expected to pay "fair market rent" Whether what they pay is really fair market is hard to say. Princess Michael recently implied that the Gloucesters might be moving out of their large flat and that it could go to Harry but she probably is just talking.

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    2. I think it depends, Jo. Charles was next in line from a very young age and he was thrown into the deep end relatively early (and Diana was too as soon as she said "I will"). Not so with William and Kate; Charles remains next in line at 65! :) It will be interesting to see what happens when George is older....

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    3. Thanks AnonLeo & RoyalFan....
      couldn't quite remember that far back! So much for THAT theory!

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  49. hi charlotte i been posting 3 times here at comments section i love kate new hair or its just me have technical issues love the conversation novak with duke and duchess i understand niko jackson was brought by pippa so he finally sit with her any word of the duchess public engagement i don't know jo from usa i understand william kate and harry are not yet full time

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  50. Kate's Zimmermann "Roamer" broderie anglaise dress that she wore recently at Wimbledon will be available at net-a-porter in the next day/week (depending on which site you shop from). Item # 483772 if you'd like to contact them for a pre-order.

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  51. I love the cover photo! :)

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2685527/Prince-George-looks-lovingly-father-Duke-Cambridge-lands-Vanity-Fair-cover-ahead-birthday.html

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  52. Hi! This is my first time posting here but first I much say that I love this blog. You do a wonderful job, Charlotte. I have a question though, do you know who was Kate's hairstylist around the time of her engagement through the first couple of years of marriage. I always think she looks beautiful but I can't help how glamorous her style was in the first few years. I would love to see her recycle ore outfits from the early days, like the teal evening gown with the lace back. I also noticed that she wore more sleeveless dresses then. I'm not sure if now she is conforming to more royal protocol or if it is just her style choices have changed. I'm sure she has less time on her hands now with Prince George of course.

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    1. Hello and thank you so much for commenting.

      Kate's hairstylist was James Pryce, he worked at the Richard Ward salon. Kate was photographed arriving there several times having her hair done. Carole and Pippa were also customers. Apparently there was an internal disagreement and James left to start working on his own. He accompanied Kate on the 2011 Canada tour.

      No one knows why Kate (and her family) stopped availing of his services. There was talk of him using his royal customer to further his career. I will say, he did a stellar job with her hair. It hasn't been the same since.

      Amanda Cook-Tucker does a fine job, however not quite as good as James.

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    2. Kate, Texas, USA9 July 2014 at 23:46

      Charlotte, I have to agree. I think James did an amazing job with Kate's hair. It ALWAYS looked great! I thought her hair was beautiful on Sunday, but Amanda just doesn't do the job quite like him.

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  53. I loved the Jonathan Saunders dress and I'm very happy to see it being worn again! Love the vibrant colours that go so well with her hair colour and simple, easy but flattering and chic style of the dress. A perfect choice for a summer visit to Wimbledon.

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  54. Kate, Texas, USA9 July 2014 at 23:43

    Kate looks beautiful! I wasn't a huge fan of the dress when she wore it on the tour, but I liked it much better today. Maybe it was the hat she wore in 2012 that some mentioned above that took away from the dress. Anyway, she looks great today and her hair looks fabulous!

    I have loved seeing W&K together the past couple days at the sporting events. It looks as if they enjoyed the match. I watched it live and recorded it, so I watched it again a second time. It was a fantastic match and both men played well. My heart was aching a bit for Federer, but there's always next year to grab the 8th right? :)

    Thanks for all the great posts the past couple days Charlotte! As usual, FANTASTIC job! Hope you are all having a great week!

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  55. Charlotte, I love this site and great community! I don't usually comment and want to say a big hi everyone!!!!!!!

    Question for you Charlotte. Have you thought about adding a copy Kate clothing page or post on it every now and again. I love Kate's effortless style and her on and off duty picks.
    I love emulating them and would love a spot online where I could share my finds and see others. It would be a super super addition.

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    1. Hello,

      Thank you so much for sharing feedback. I've thought about doing something separate for 'Repli-Kate' posts and for readers to share info with each other. It would need to be a sister site or page because I've tried it before here and it didn't work particularly well with our usual posts.

      Perhaps other readers could let us know if it's something they would like?

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    2. Yes yes definitely Charlotte I would love this. I find so many repliKates that I would love to share with everyone.

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  56. When I was watching the short clip of Kate talking with Novack, I realized I haven't heard her speak very often. In the engagement interview and in the speeches she's given, she's sounded pretty formal, which is understandable given those circumstances. Plus, she was probably quite nervous. At the Wimbledon event, it would seem like we'd be catching Kate speaking in her most natural way, as the audio was really just picking up some small talk about tennis. Yet, she still sounded so tight and clipped. She has such a warm smile and facial expressions, but the voice just doesn't match. In the only time I've ever heard Carol speak (on the steps of the hospital following the birth of George) and in Pippa's interview on the Today show, their voices sounded so much more like I'd expect Kate to sound. I once read that William compared himself and Kate to ducks on water: looking calm and collected, but with their feet nervously paddling along underneath the surface. I'm wondering whether Kate's nervousness in any public setting or in front of cameras catching her speaking might impact her speaking style. I'm a Yankee, so maybe her accent is throwing me off. Looking for some thoughts from others, particularly the Brits, as to whether Kate's speaking style sounds natural? I mean no offense, just curious as to what some of you KateFollowers think.

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    1. Sarah in Minneapolis10 July 2014 at 04:03

      zzz - That's an interesting question. I have also noticed that Kate has a different accent/elocution style than P & C. Buckingham Palace supposedly gave her 'princess' lessons which may have included speech and diction training. When she is a full-time royal and especially after Charles becomes king, she will likely be making a lot more speeches than she does now.

      Here's an interesting article about regional accents in the UK. It's from the DailyMail (tabloid) but it seems more credible than many of their pieces as several times they quote research on the topic.

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2684637/Too-workers-posh-accent-avoid-accentism-discrimination-claimed.html

      I hope some people respond as I'm interested in also learning from Brits. I also hope some people will respond to question I submitted yesterday wondering if anyone thinks Kate reads/watches media reports about herself.

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    2. Indeed a very valid question and interesting point. I remember reading an article about Catherine receiving training in speech, but that article is no longer on the ned unfortunately, I checked. I did however come across another one that may be of interest to people: http://www.executivevoice.co.uk/kate-middleton-duchess-accent/

      I think that due to her eduction and mingling with the "upper crust" of society, her "accent" has naturally become quite polished. I have noticed that with my children since they started highschool and have changed friendships somewhat, I think that is inevitable in some way. However, she has of course received speech training in how to speak clearly and slowly whilst delivering a speech.

      Hearing her speak, I personally find her speech very neat and beautiful. It is of course possible that nerves might stiffen it up a bit, and Catherine is probably acutely aware of how she sounds. They say that public speaking is the thing that people fear more than anything, including death... I suspect we will hear her relax a little bit over the years to come, but I also think she has a natural affinity for very tidy speech.

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    3. The Queen's (King's) English is spoken (and mangled) in numerous variations around the planet; therefore,I would think the Queen and her direct heirs would feel some responsibility to keep up the form--much like they do the Church of England, glorious pageantry and all the rest. I don't suppose that future King George should learn habits of speech from birth that he'd have to correct as a monarch. I'm not betting that Catherine will 'relax' much over time.

      I have also noted of late, that the general public does not appreciate refined elocution. (Perhaps because it's not longer taught or held up as desirable. Overtones of colonization and all that.) Good diction has been given the boot in favour of sounding 'relaxed.' Casual, anything-goes is the norm appreciated most--which neatly allows most people to low ball everything. (And fling the passive aggressive charge against anyone more polished or correct that they sound 'too uppity.')

      Alas for the hard of hearing who have to deal with mumble-speak, as well as those who speak beautifully but are criticized because of it. Speech is an art--but like many arts--grossly under-appreciated by today's society.

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    4. Kate is indeed very understandable - the sort of British speech we expect from listening to film stars and public speakers. Also, her voice seems very warm to me, and I agree with Florence about its beauty. To Kate's audience that warmth is probably more important than her accent. Or am I not British enough to get the importance of accent?

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  57. hi everyone i do love father and duo i enjoy reading it here article

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2685964/What-earth-does-THAT-mean-Prince-Charles-left-baffled-described-buff-1970s-diving-days-delight-sniggering-William.html
    looking forward to prince george birthday next week

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    1. Very funny story. The event is part of a series of sports related activities over the past week - the Tour de France, Wimbledon, diving. It was listed in the Court Circular:

      "The Prince of Wales, former President, and The Duke of Cambridge, President, the British Sub-Aqua Club, this morning attended a Reception at the Oasis Sports Centre, 32 Endell Street, London WC2, and were received by Wing Commander Michael Dudgeon (Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London)."

      All three sports are favorite active and/or spectator sports of the Duke and Duchess.

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  58. About the Beulah London gowns: the Bisque- is that a front panel, or is the skirt gathered? It almost looks like an inset.
    And the center black dress- great backdrop for jewels? Or maybe it is too informal. I think it would depend on the fabric.
    The red dress is stunning (=I stun easily) I agree with Charlotte that it would be lovely for Catherine, but would she wear something that bare? She seems to be sticking with some kind of sleeve. Maybe a black-tie function. Would that gorgeous , huge diamond necklace of the Queen's work with that?
    I really would like to see her wear more Beulah, with the brand's social awareness. I loved the powder-blue with vail/scarf she wore-was it Malaysia or Singapore?

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  59. Jean from Lancs10 July 2014 at 12:11

    Charlotte,
    The daughter of some friends of mine returned from Malta a couple of days ago. She told us that the Duchess of Cambridge is going there in September for the 50th anniversary of their Independence.
    Is there any info on that, or is it just someone's wishful thinking?

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