Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Day Two in Glasgow & Kate's Jumping for Joy!

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry spent the day in Glasgow supporting the Commonwealth Games.


It's the trio's second consecutive day at the games. They arrived yesterday afternoon via a commercial flight and enjoyed boxing, swimming, athletics and hockey before meeting volunteers and staff. It provided some wonderful photos including William and Kate holding hands. We do love a little royal PDA here at the Duchess Kate Blog. William in particular tends to be incredibly guarded, so it's nice to see him relax.


Before taking in sporting events, the royals took the opportunity to attend separate engagements in aid of their personal charitable interests. The Duchess went to a reception in aid of her patronage SportsAid.


Her Royal Highness met fifteen of the rising stars of British sport - including three competitors in the Commonwealth Games - at Home Nation House where she viewed a mentoring session led by tennis star Laura Robson and former world champion open-water swimmer Keri-Anne Payne.


The organisation helps the next generation of British athletes by being the first to recognise their achievements and support their ambitions. Since it was established in 1976, the charity has helped many of the UK's most successful sportsmen and women, including two-thirds of the British team at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.


Readers will recall the Duchess attended an engagement for the organisation last October - her first solo appearance since the birth of Prince George. Wearing her signature uniform of a navy blazer, jeans and wedges she participated in a game of volleyball.


A royal patronage can be vital for charitable organisations. SportsAid is particularly proud to have Kate on board:

'SportsAid is very proud to have The Duchess of Cambridge as the charity's patron - a champion of future champions. Her support for young and aspiring athletes through SportsAid stems from her own love of sport and a desire to help young people realise their full potential .'

At the moment SportsAid is nurturing and working with our future Olympians and Paralympians. If you wish to find out more or donate you can find all relevant information on their official website.

SportsAid

During the visit Kate revealed Prince George loves swimming. Last week it was revealed she takes him to the Buckingham Palace pool weekly.


Meanwhile, William and Harry travelled to the Gorbals Leisure Centre to meet young people training on the Coach Core programme. Again, this engagement was about supporting young people in sport. Coach Core gives those aged 16-24 the chance to become the next generation of inspirational coaches.


Following their solo visits, the royals regrouped and went to watch the athletics at Hampden Park.


Kate was enthusiastic as she watched the athletes.


Kate's expressions during sporting events have proved very popular among fans and press alike.


Next, the royals visited the Athletes' Village where they were given a tour of the facilities, before moving to the village green where they heard a performances of the Games' anthem for UNICEF from a group of local school children. The trio posed for a photo with the talented singers.

UNICEF Twitter Feed

The Games provided the perfect opportunity for UNICEF to launch a global fundraising appeal. Spectators, athletes and viewers were invited to participate in the Put Children First initiative by donating via a text number or web address. With the establishment of the Children of the Commonwealth Fund by UNICEF, the aim is to create a Games legacy for children in every country in the Commonwealth. The appeal has raised almost £5 million thus far, if you wish to donate please click here.

UNICEF

Kate received a teddy bear for Prince George.


Always a good sport, Kate decided to try out the South African games of Three Tins with children from UNICEF UK.


The game involves jumping over a set of tins placed on the ground.


One could say The Duchess was jumping for joy.


The itinerary for this trip was very well planned including a variety of events and ensuring the royals met as many people and charities involved with the games as possible.

Clarence House Twitter Feed

The Duchess had an excellent time.



Kate and Harry chatting.


William, Kate and Harry with Usain Bolt.


William and Kate teamed up for a game of table football.

The British Monarchy Facebook Page

A sweet moment between the couple.


The Duchess opted for familiar pieces again today.


Beginning with the one button crepe blazer by Canadian brand Smythe. Kate's jacket is available at Saks Fifth Avenue and in black at Shopbop and there's a solid selection of blazers by the label available at Nordstrom.

Smythe

Kate wore her striking blue Stella McCartney Ridley Stretch Dress from the Fall 2012 Collection. The crepe frock originally retailed for £515.

Stella McCartney
We last saw Kate wearing it in Canberra in April.


In fact, Kate wore this exact look during the London 2012 games when she and William watched British number one Andy Murray compete at Wimbledon.

Bryan .A. Graham Twitter Feed

Whilst Kate has opted for her go-to uniform and repeats for the Glasgow visit, it's worth noting she didn't choose blue both days by accident. Yesterday's blue and white shirt and today's dress are a nice nod to the Scottish colours. Blue is also one of SportAid's colours. It does appear the Duchess is determined not to let her sartorial selections detract from the events, hence repeating entire looks.

Wikipedia

Kate wore her Stuart Weitzman Corkswoon Wedges again today.

Stuart Weitzman

Kate's new clutch is the L.K. Bennett Frome Suede Clutch Bag (another splendid I.D. by My Small Obsessions. With thanks to one of our great commentors for sharing).

L.K. Bennett

Kate accessorised with her Cartier watchKiki McDonough Citrine Drop Earrings and her Asprey charm pendant.

Cartier/Kiki McDonoygh/Asprey

I have to say, I really enjoyed seeing today's events unfold. From patronage engagements to watching the games and making time support the UNICEF appeal (and of course Kate's participation) it was a delightful day full of memorable moments What's your verdict?

462 comments:

  1. She looks good in blue. I wish she had left those wedges at home. It is amazing how lazy and boring her style became. Utterly disappointed. Blue27

    Thanks for the post!!!

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    1. Is there anybody who grew tired of her style nowadays? I wonder if it is only me who is dissatified with the duchess choices?It would be comforting to talk to sy who shares the same opinion. Blue27

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    2. Amanda from Los Angeles29 July 2014 at 15:03

      I found the Corkswoon wedges at a Neiman Marcus outlet in Camarillo, CA for 99$ in black patent leather. I really like them and see why the Duchess loves them. They really are the most comfortable shoes. They add height and are really fun to wear. I do not see why everyone hates them so much! My favorite combo is with the J Brand Maria high rise skinny jeans, my wedges and tshirt. I own many other pairs of wedges as well and cannot tell you how much more comfortable they are than regular heels.

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    3. Did you ever stop and think since she is on her feet alot that they are very comfortable? I would think she wants something that will not hurt her feet.

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    4. Then maybe high heels are not the right choice. They look ridiculous.

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    5. Blue27, I'm with you. I am amazed at how boring Kate's style has become. I wonder why. Some people argue some "let go" once they get married (I was surely advised against it when I got married) and I wonder if that's it.

      I have always hated those wedges. Hate with a passion :P lol! They ALWAYS make me think Lady Gaga should be wearing them and no one else. I love wedges, but thse just seem ridiculous to me. Kate loves them, I hate them. Such is life.

      I'm grateful she didn't wear the same worn jeggins from yesterday. I hate those too :P but not more than the wedges.

      I was afraid she would wear the grocery shopping stripped top just to kill it even more.

      I find it silly to think she dresses in a bad way to put focus on the event. Um, I think she could wear a sack of potato and people (cameras) would still notice her. Especially at sporting events because of the face gestures, so I don't buy that argument.

      Clearly, money isn't the issue.
      She doesn't seem to hate the cameras (that is reserved for P. William).
      She really hasn't given us "more of her" to focus on anything other than her outfits...

      So I am left with: She has a boring style and is letting go of herself.

      I hope to be wrong on the "letting go". The boring style, well, there has been plenty to support that.
      Still Kate looks pretty. She is a pretty girl... even if she's boring.

      Speaking of boring style. I'm afraid P. William is the same. His outfits are soooo boring. I bet you my grandpa has a better sense of style, I can't understand why he dresses like such an old man. Prince Frederick from Denmark is so cool and fresh with his outfit choices, he always manages to seem so youthful, fun, in love with wife, playful, etc. Yeah, I think Prince Frederick is my crush :P

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    6. Amanda: Thanks for the tip on Camarillo outlet. I drive by that outlet but have never stopped only because I figured that the prices were not much different from the stores, but you prove me wrong. I also own several pairs of wedges and find them to be very comfortable. They go great with jeans and most casual out fits--I so much prefer them to trainer! Of course the Duchess looks smashing!!!. PS: The brand Shultz makes wedges similiar to the kind the DOC wears at very affordable prices.

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    7. Amanda, I believe you about the shoes being comfortable. I wish they weren't quite as high (I'm not that brave), but I love the look! I think of them as a "sexy" shoe. Don't ask me to define that...lol...but I think they look great.

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    8. Sarah from Calif.29 July 2014 at 22:45

      Amanda from Los Angeles,
      so happy you love your shoes and are comfortable! Oh I miss the days of higher shoes but am thrilled you younger ladies can enjoy them!

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    9. Since the day was definitely not about Kate it was a very classic move for her to wear the colors of everyone else as to blend in and not standout as much for pics. KUDOS!!!

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    10. Amanda from Los Angeles30 July 2014 at 08:16

      The Camarillo outlet is not the best by far but I was quite surprised to see the Corkswoon wedges on the clearance rack in my size 8. I was very happy and it was so unexpected. I also found Christian Dior and Stella Mccartney dresses and skirts in the Off Saks Fifth discounted deeply. Like any outlet, you have to look through a lot of junk sometimes to find the hidden gems.

      I prefer the Cabazon Outlets because they have bigger designer names such as Prada, Dolce and Gabbana, Gucci, Diane Von Furstenburg, Mulberry, Jimmy Choo, Tods and much more. They also opened an Alexander McQueen store there in April! It is the first "outlet/ discount" one in the US. I have not been to Cabazon since they opened though since it is so far from where I live unfortunately.

      The prices can be great and sometimes not so great but I have found some amazing pieces discounted on my hunts.

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    11. I wouldn't say Kate is "lazy" as such.
      She's always dressed quite "ordinary" from way back when. I would say even from her university days. Some of the photos posted of her "gap" year just before starting university show what Kate "really" is like and how she prefers to dress. One could even go so far as to classify her dress sense as "boring" back then. That's just Kate.

      What we need to remember is that Kate is actually from a "middle class" background. I would imagine that her childhood was not about spending money on clothes and trying to keep up with the upper class girls. I don't imagine a lot of emphasis was put on clothes whilst she was growing up.
      Once money came to the family and Kate entered some very high brow schools, she and her sister were picked on. My guess is that her lack of interest in clothes and trends had something to do with it.

      It really is not easy to "change" who you really are and what you feel at ease in. This would include the clothes you wear. I get the feeling Kate does not feel comfortable wearing "loud" fashion pieces for day time engagements. Evening wear is different. Every girl loves to glam up for a big event. But daytime - no. Kate is, and always will be a denim girl.

      Having said that, I'm so looking forward to the day Kate strikes the perfect balance and sticks to it.
      Something with a bit more pizzazz, something she feels "herself" in and something that is comfortable to wear. This can take some time. Not even a dresser can work this out for you.
      A dresser may pick out wonderfully co-ordinated outfits to suit the occasion, but they won't necessarily find the successful combination of outfit to personality.

      We'll have to wait and see. Unfortunately, it looks like the wait is going to be a long one.........

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    12. Rebecca - Sweden30 July 2014 at 16:02

      Wow, great post Helen. Agree with every word!

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    13. Helen, I respectfully disagree. IMO, when Kate was dating William, she always dressed "a cut above" the crowd. I'm not suggesting that she wore designer outfits from head to toe, but even back then she had a knack for combining High Street with expensive, classic pieces. Even at a polo match, she would look fantastic in jeans, espadrilles and a nice blazer or sweater. And when she attended weddings with William, she didn't look like the average 20-something year old to me. There was an elegance and poise about her that made her stand out.

      I realize that some folks may be disappointed that she didn't go crazy in the wardrobe department after she got married, but I believe it's a combination of Diana's history in that area and Kate being more conservative.

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    14. Hi Royalfan.

      It's interesting that the polo outfit you've described Kate wearing pre-engagement is very similar to what she wears today. Her dresses were always very simple too. Bit like what she continues to do today.

      The elegance and poise you pointed out at weddings is part of "who" Kate is. She could wear anything (within reason) and look poised. Its the aura she eminates. Many of the wedding outfits she wore before getting married, she has worn since. So I can't see much difference there either.
      Kate's wardrobe to me, looks pretty much as it was years ago.

      However, you're right when you mention that it's the public's disappointment with the lack of new and fantastic outfits, not the fact that Kate is becoming "lazy" or "boring" in her choices. It's simply that we've seen her outfits many times and are used to her style - which really is a very simple style of clothing.

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  2. Charlotte- WONDERFUL post! It also underlines that Kate KNOWS that she can outshine an event with fashion --
    And has the sensitivity NOT to do so!

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden29 July 2014 at 14:59

      I actually agree with this. For my own selfishness I would like to look at new clothes but I think in the big picture this is a good choice.

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    2. Good point, Jo. She could wear something new everyday. The fact that she doesn't, speaks volumes about her confidence and priorities.

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    3. Sarah from Calif.29 July 2014 at 22:47

      Soooo agree ladies :)

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  3. Not crazy about the cut-out in the back of the blazer.

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    1. Hi Jo,

      It kind of reminds me of the victorian style coats that ladies wore. The cut out was to provide room for the bustle. Obviously not needed here. :)

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden29 July 2014 at 18:06

      I think it looks okay but a little odd. But one thing I noticed is that it makes her bottom look bigger :P. And because she is very thin and tiny, maybe that was the effect she was going for? :)

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    3. I actually like the cut on the blazer. It adds an element of different to a simple blazer.

      I really don't think it makes her bottom look bigger (she really doesn't have a big bottom) but it does disguise that she is rather flat (comparing the pictures where she is holding prince George). So I think it serves a good purpose too.

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    4. Jo, I agree again. I prefer the one she wore yesterday. This one might look better if it was layered on top of navy pants or skirt. The contrasting color emphasizes the cut too much.

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    5. Sometimes I feel that current designers produce goofy lines
      just to do something/ANYthing
      different! But young buyers want
      that, I guess!

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    6. Yankee-"Well stated anon14:27"
      joined the rudeness, not saying
      "horrible." Respectful disagree ment safe- albeit w/misunder-
      standings as w/AnonLeo.

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    7. Marg! I missed the point of your
      cryptic (to ME-Duh!) reply. So Royalfan, thanks for the timely elucidation! Bluhare-you GO girl!

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  4. Guessing she only packed an overnight bag.

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  5. The Duchess is a very confident woman.
    I think that Carol&Michael Middleton
    raised a very strong and level headed
    person. My guess is that it's one of the
    things that William loves most about her.
    Shame on those that made the very snobby
    remarks about her mom.

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    1. AMEN anon. There is nothing but a bunch of very rude people posting here anymore. It is really sad. Charlotte does a nice job, then she get's these rube people visiting her blog.

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    2. Yankee from California29 July 2014 at 17:55

      Anon 14:27 - Well stated. The Middletons have done a very fine job and have a marvelously close family. I also feel it was unfortunate that horrible comment was made about her mother. I am confused why someone posted below that your comment is inappropriate in any way. I read it as being as respectful as is possible. If we want to step up the level of discussion here, which many have stated recently, expressing distaste for hateful comments as you did should be allowed.

      I have been impressed with the DoC's choices for these events. Yesterday was more relaxed and I would definitely wear something like she did while attending a game or series of events like that. Today was more professional and yet she still managed to jump over cans in her dress and shoes. I wouldn't want to do that in flats, especially knowing I was being photographed! I think her respect for trying to keep the athletes at the forefront as much as is possible is admirable. And the two of them together are super cute.

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    3. Anon 14:27. I totally agree with you.

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    4. Sarah from Calif.29 July 2014 at 22:50

      Ahhhh Carole Middleton, a wonderful Mum! Agree with ladies above.

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    5. I hope this isn't a double post. Apologies if it is.

      Yankee I agree with you regarding comments and how we should feel free to disagree and voice an opinion on one we find distasteful. Isn't that what discussion is all about along with debating different points of view? But this particular Anonymous doesn't just take on comments she finds inappropriate. She posts comments deriding the posters. That, in my opinion, is not cricket. Take on the comment and the point of view without insulting the person who said it. Anyone who posts something she doesn't like is one of those "very rude people" who visit this blog. As one of those "very rude people", I invite Anonymous to try a polite debate sometimes. She might find that some of us are actually quite nice and enjoy talking with people with whom we totally disagree. This isn't North Korea where dissent isn't allowed, and last I heard Charlotte isn't Kim Jong Un in drag.

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    6. Anons 14:27/16:20 & Yankee frm
      Calif- that remark was meant as a CONTRAST-NOT AN INSULT. That poster doesn't use insults- as you have- to disagree.

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    7. But matching the Scottish flag &
      SportAids colors was the point of the colors that she (& William &
      Harry wore on both days.

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    8. anon from Leominster30 July 2014 at 04:09

      Same people who have been posting from the start here, Anon 14:27. So if something has changed, it might be the Duchess and the choices she is making.

      In a blog where fashion is one of the subjects of conversation, I see nothing rude or inappropriate to discuss Kate's clothes. For the most part there is an interesting mix of opinions. Usually, someone likes the outfit while others may not. There's nothing rude or hateful about that. I think most of us love to discuss Kate's engagments when we get a chance, but our chances are somewhat limited in recent times.

      Not agreeing with someone doesn't make the other person hateful or rude. We all face criticism in like, at work, from families, in many different ways. Kate had almost a decade of public life to decide that this is what she wanted. It was a package deal. Other young women such as Chelsy felt it wasn't for them.

      I just faced a review of some work I did. There were many positive remarks but some negative. I didn't assume the person giving the review hated me - or was rude. I felt there were areas pointed out to me where I could make improvments as well as things that would working well. I would imagine most of us on the blog have also faced review of their work at various time.

      Kate is a working woman, even though her hours are limited. She is a princess and a future queen of England. Some of us thought yesterday her worn-out jeans didn't quite fit her job description. Today I thought she looked wonderful and was having a great deal of fun. There were some delightful pictures of her with William yesterday and many of us commented on that as well as the games.

      What Kate wears when she is home or walking Lupo or playing with George is indeed her own concern although like all people in public life, she needs to be mindful that there are likely to be cameras you don't see, But I think we are entitled to state out opinion on what she wears on public occasions without it being assumed that we never like anything at all, because that's simply not the case. A divergence of opinion makes the blog interesting and when there is a majority opinion it means that something worked, or didn't.

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    9. Good heavens Yankee, there is nothing rude not snobbish about stating the fact that the Duchess is the daughter of an air hostess, nor making the comparison of her "go to uniform" to other uniforms sui generis or specific. Nor in pointing out that Princesses do not, on the whole, wear uniforms, nor any other thing in the original post - whatever are you reading? You've got the wrong end of the stick. Two peoples separated by a common language, and all that, eh?

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    10. Good heavens Yankee, nothing rude nor snobbish about stating the fact that the Duchess' mother was an air hostess, nor commenting Princesses, on the whole, do not wear uniforms. Two peoples separated by a common language, eh?

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    11. haha bluhare, love the comparison to North Korea..
      Excellent points and I couldn't agree more.

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    12. Anon 16:20... and you don't think it's rude to make such a dismissive remark like "bunch of very rude people."?? Comments like that, or starting a post with "you people" and attacking posters for expressing a different opinion, are exactly that.

      bluhare, I almost spit out my coffee as I read your "in drag" comparison. I bet Charlotte did as well! :)

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    13. Charlotte apologies for the double post. Thank you for your fantastic coverage.

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    14. Glad I could bring a smile, Florence and royalfan. :)

      But now you've brought on another rant! Anonymous (and some other people) always say what a wonderful job Charlotte does, and I think so too or I wouldn't read here. So Charlotte does a wonderful job, yet she lets those rude people post here. What a back handed insult there as well! Charlotte posts opinions so we can talk about them, not because Kim Jong Un & Co. can come around slagging the people who post them. If anyone is rude, it's KJU and her friends. Yes, I do believe you have friends Anonymous and I bet I know who one of them is. You are much too invested here to just be a casual reader and poster.

      I got my secret decoder ring back! New batteries too. Thank you, royalfan. :)

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    15. Bluhare, you are cracking me up!!

      Amy, Detroit Michigan (who only posts as Anonymous because her tablet throws a fit when she tries to make a profile)

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    16. bluhare, earlier, you made it difficult for me to read and drink coffee at the same time with your reference to KJU. Now you're making me feel like I need Depend's! :)

      But seriously, that's an excellent point you bring up. All the compliments in the world directed at Charlotte don't make up for the fact that her blog, and other posters, are being disrespected in the way you described.

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    17. Just an observation here- not addressed to any particular person, so please don't take my comment as a personal insult.
      In my life, I have worked as a baby-sitter, college cafeteria cashier, a flower-shop assistant, and a fast-food employee. I have since worked as a public and private school teacher, a social worker, and, most recently and longest, as a nurse. Would it be appropriate to refer to me as a babysitter or fast-food worker now? I am usually referrred to as a "retired nurse," as that was my most recent field.

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    18. BLUHARE: " Charlotte isn't Kim Jong Un in drag", with Sophie´s boa??? Ha, ha...

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    19. Yankee from California30 July 2014 at 21:41

      Bluhare, I can't tell one Anon from another. Is there something I'm missing that helps you distinguish one from another? Anon from Leo, the comment about Carole Middleton that offended me must have been from you because I can't find another like it. But I can't remember another time you said something that bothered and I can see that you have now posted a clarification as there are obviously a few of us that misunderstood. I didn't actually notice at the time I read it that it was you or I may have interpreted it differently as I have always found you to be a really awesome poster so my sincere apologies. Pandora, why is it wrong for me to support another person's post about disliking horrible comments? And didn't I have only positive things to say about the Middletons? I don't have a problem with Carole's former career -- just the opposite.

      Twice now I've posted supportive comments to others who I happen to agree with and end up getting bashed by many in this group. Sadly, it's many regular posters who want to give etiquette lessons to the rest of us. Jo, you said I used insults to disagree. Is "horrible" the insulting word I use? That's pretty tight, but before Leo's clarification, that's what that comment was to me. Bluhare, in your response to me above you said the Anon poster I was supporting posts comments deriding other posters and then later called for "KJU" as if that's okay. All I can guess is that Leo's post was misunderstood by a few and many of you felt the need to protect her by doing exactly what you don't like to me and this Anon.

      I've been reading this blog so long that I remember when Charlotte had to shut it down for a bit. I have been so happy to read along after it came back and even ventured to post some thinking it was relatively safe but it's not so I won't anymore. Marg, I'll miss you second most (after Charlotte, of course) because you are an incredible spirit.

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    20. Esti, you ladies are killing me today. And I mean that in a good way! :)) By the way, you have excellent taste, for a NON-drag Queen. LOL.

      Marg, that's a very good point. Being a stewardess is hardly the last item on Carole's resume.

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    21. I shall stop posting as well, shall we all take our toys and go home? Bluhare - Kim Jung Un = Brilliant! I did hear vulgar gossip this blog is about HRH's Life and Style...HRH is the daughter of an (I have to bow to Marg who is always so kind) former air hostess. She's also good for Britain or neither Charlotte nor we would bother. Bluhare, may I beg loan of your secret decoder ring? Better yet, if you licence and manufacture it we can all apply for one and harmony will reign.

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    22. Gosh. I think that is really sad that Yankee feels this way because of the replies and comments she has received to her earlier post. This is a blog where one should feel free to express themselves politely and with respect, agree or disagree but not to make individuals feel so hurt that they no longer wish to post. I really think that is awful.
      Simone

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    23. Yankee 21:41- your kind words to me meant a lot. Thank-you
      . I have grown frustrated with the comment section of this blog numerous times. I obviously have a thing about fairness. I have never understood how remarks that are ok to say about Catherine and the Middletons are suddenly anathema when applied to a poster. It is not ok either way. I could give numerous examples of words, but it would truly be depressing to go back through comments. Some of the comments have been made by those who may consider themselves the leaders, or "originals" of this blog.
      The only reason I always come back ,after brief respites. (sometimes the anger and resent.ment posted here have caused bad dreams. One recentlly was actually kind of funny, involving Sophie .) the reason I return is I ,like Jo, have seen the souls of some of the most critical-and I know some don't want to say mean things and probably regret them, but are not able to back-track; some sincerely believe their arguments; and some are right in some context and are frustrated with presenting facts, to have them overlooked . I lend special consideration to those living in the UK and the Commonwealth. Some have been viewing the monarchy and various members for years from a vantage point that the rest of us won't have. This includes ex-pats, living in US and elsewhere. It is also possible that they are too close or have various opinions and emotions both from their own and their parents, family, friends experience. Certainly, anyone who has attended school or social engagements with the young royal crowd or on the fringes would have acquired various feelings and attitude. Anyone having a hard time financially and being daily exposed to financial excesses of the upper class (but all countries have that) would perhaps become bitter.

      Yankee, to make a long story a little shorter, , I stay because I see potential and goodness in this patch-work quilt of a blog. ( we call them "crazy quilts in the South) I see kindness and compassion that has truly made a difference in the lives of some of us.I see a wealth of knowledge from years and from books. I see comic-con worthy, gut-ripping funny funny remarks.
      I just can't give that all up. I'll just have to take occasional respites.
      Out of curiosity, has anyone counted the number of times "wedges" appears in the last two posts?

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    24. Pandora and Yankee, please don't stop posting. I hope you didn't think anything I said was directed at either of you, because I absolutely was not referring to either of you at all. That's the problem with Anonymouses isn't it? They can post their spiel and aren't held accountable, yet we who have names are accountable for ours.

      In my opinion, and it's my opinion only, there is a cadre of people here who want the blog to be only complimentary comments about Kate. And they have targeted people who they think don't do that. If you quit posting, they win. Simple as that. I may not agree with you on a lot of things, but I don't think anyone should think their thoughts aren't valued, and I personally enjoy a little civil disagreement. If we all agree on every single thing, how do we ever learn anything?

      I think Kate has a way to go before she's what I would call exemplary. She does some things well, but she doesn't do them enough in my opinion. What's wrong with saying that? What's wrong with explaining why I feel that way? Why can't someone respectfully disagree with me and tell me why my opinion is off? That's all I'm posting here is opinions, yet you'd think they were dangerous weapons the way some people carry on.

      Yankee, we all have a style of writing. Anonymous has a style that reminds me of someone else. Some people's writing style is quite unique and as much as they try, it's tough to disguise totally.

      But I've now ranted three times today, so perhaps I should call it good. :)

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    25. PS Amy, you sign your name. You aren't Anonymous!!

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  6. As always, great post Charlotte!

    Kate really surprised me today and I don't entirely know why. I did not expect her to wear a dress for some reason, but I suppose I should have. I actually don't mind it too terribly much. It's not my favorite look on her, but it's not my least favorite (I just am not a fan of that jacket with that particular colored dress). I think it was appropriate to take a step up in the wardrobe department today as she was visiting SportsAid and not just watching the games. Also... I LOVE seeing Will and Kate's shows of public affection, it's really cute and reminds everyone that they truly are in love and it's so refreshing to see. Hope Harry finds that kind of happiness one day as well.

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    1. We have two people in agreement here about Harry. I truly wish the same for him too, even more when I see the threesome. He has such a fun, humble outlook in all his engagements. Particularly love his meeting up with Usain Bolt today. The video on ITN source was fun to watch. My wish for Harry for his upcoming September birthday. Today is also Diana's wedding anniversary!

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  7. Valerie in Arizona29 July 2014 at 14:36

    Wow you are up early Charlotte! Thank you for the great post!

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  8. I think Kate maybe carrying baby No 2 on board! Kate & William are showing so much public affection than I've ever seen before.....he seems to be really watching out for her & comforting her. What does everyone else think?

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    1. Sarah from Calif.29 July 2014 at 22:52

      Well (baby) could be in the making :)))))

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    2. Women who are pregnant don't usually jump over tins, Anon 24:45. Think about it!

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    3. It is always a possibility but I personally do not think so. I think that William loves Kate more and more everyday. They look tremendously happy. Kate is glowing with happiness and you can tell that they live a happy, happy life. Some people are great at hiding stress and marital problems but it is wrote all over their faces how happy they really are.

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    4. anon from Leominster30 July 2014 at 07:39

      Kate was out on the playing field when pregnant with George, so not sure it means anything one way or the other. They seem like a very happy couple and always have, love the photos of them together.

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    5. Every new post there is an "anon" saying "she´s pregnant", one of these days you´ll hit the target...

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    6. Anonymous, 29 July 14.45, I think you could be right, Kate may well be expecting!

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  9. Love the wedges, the dress and the jacket. Catherine looks gorgeous and very happy. Thanks for the post Charlotte!

    Mel in SoCal

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  10. Another quick and lovely post - thank you Charlotte. Love the Duchess in this shade of blue! I think the wedges, as much as some folks don't like them, must be very comfortable. I'm amazed at her ability to keep her balance so well at that precarious heel height (at least, it would be precarious for me!). Perhaps that's one of the side benefits of her athleticism. Lee from Canada

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    1. anon from Leominster30 July 2014 at 04:12

      I'm not a fan of the wedges but I am impressed on how well she jumps in them, and in heels. She has amazing balance. I fear a broken ankle everytime I see the pictures but she has wonderful confidence. I would fall flat on my face if I attempted. The blue dress worked very well where she knew she was going to need an ID badge.

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  11. I thought it was nice to get a back shot of the famous blazer that she wears so much; it is a very unique cut. Personally, I love the wedges!

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  12. Oh i am actually relieved to not see another navy trio or the worn pants again on Kate! Smart choice this dress, much more sophisticated and joyous then yesterdays outfit and still not outshining the atlethes! People who made remarks yesterday about the not so stylish jeans from the princes must be happy as well. Better pants today for both of them. Talking of uniforms btw!

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  13. This is a dress I think she should have left in Canberra :\

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    1. California Cambridge29 July 2014 at 17:28

      Agreed! There really is nothing to this dress.

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  14. Very happy that the Duchess switched things up for her second day at the games! I've always been a big fan of this Stella McCartney dress. I liked how she dressed it down with the wedges. I know they might not be everyone's favorite shoes and I don't own a pair myself so I can't comment from personal experience but they look comfortable - just the kind of shoes I'd like to be wearing all day traveling between various events. Even if she is spending a lot of time sitting down watching events its not like she could ever slip off her shoes for a minute to give her feet a rest (could you imagine the press reaction to those photos).

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  15. The more I see of these three young people, the more I like them! By the way, Duchess Kate is as beautiful as ever.
    Suddenly, as I write this comment, a part of Her Majesty's 2013 Christmas speech comes into my mind. I remember the words she said when she spoke of her joy to be a great grand mother. She added something like "And for their parents - as any other parents - nothing will be the same again." It may well be that the Queen in her wisdom has hit the nail.

    For little George really changed the way some people used to see their parents. The public in their majority now realise that William and Kate are much more than a Ken and Barbie. Little George has become their first priority. And it is indeed a change for the best. The bringing-up of a child is much more important than fashion, which can be left to movie stars. I think that now we are following the LIFE (and much less the style) of the Duchess of Cambridge), which is really nice. I see Kate for what she really is: a lovely, somewhat shy but strong young woman, a wonderful wife and a doting mother as well. But also she has become a fantastic ambassador to HM the Queen and the Royal Family. It is not for nothing that she is sent alone to Malta. I have a little idea that we'll discover something there and I am not speaking of a pregnancy. Wait and see!

    FANTASTIC POST CHARLOTTE! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

    Monica, France

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    1. Sarah from Calif.29 July 2014 at 22:55

      That was beautifully said Monica! I whole heartedly agree with you !!!

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    2. That was a lovely post Monica and you have me intrigued :-) Simone

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    3. I couldn't agree more Monica, thankyou for your great post!

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    4. Oh, Monica! What a tantalizing
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    5. Rebecca - Sweden30 July 2014 at 12:04

      Second Jo here. Curious!

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  16. Dear Lynn from Ca,

    Was that you I heard screaming this morning? Or was that the echo from my own scream? :)

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    1. LOL, can I join the screams?

      Amy, Detroit Michigan

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  17. Jean from Lancs29 July 2014 at 15:27

    They all seemed to have now moved on to UNICEF.---so they have included charity visits with attending the games.
    I like today's outfit very much. Seems to me to be perfect for what she was doing.
    Anon 14:27---totally agree with you. Disparaging remarks about Catherine's mother are snobbish and ill-mannered and I hope they will be discouraged---the one yesterday now seems to have been removed.

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    1. I have not seen that particular comment, but in general I think it's a shame that Catherine's mother is often portrayed so negatively. She has (along with her husband) created a successful business from scratch and raised 3 children along the way. And it's certainly no coincidence that they remain such a close-knit family. People who make her out to be this 'evil' social climber most be ignorant and/ or jealous. So while people may continue to talk in such a manner, I think her success speaks for itself.

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      Hi Jean! Do wish I could meet you some day. We so think alike!

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    3. Jean-that poster has never been nasty-I think it got mis-
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  18. Sigh! :( I guess Kate has two sporting event uniforms....skinny,faded jeans with a blazer and this Stella McCartney dress with a blazer. At least she was able to pack light, probably only needed an overnight bag.

    On the plus side, it was great to see all the royals taking the time to visit their patronages. It is a wonderful thing to encourage youngsters to become involved in sports. Being able to be active in this high tech world is so important for ones health. And being involved in team sports really teaches kids about being reliable, being trustworthy, how to relate to others and in my opinion how to be a gracious loser. All the lessons one needs to learn in life to be a successful human being. With so many school sports programs suffering cut backs and such it's great to see other ways for kids to be involved.

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  19. I am not fond of those wedges, at all. She looks great in blue but for me the wedges are ruining it for me.

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  20. Kate is so sensible and forward thinking. She wants her clothes to be essentially a uniform, to be appropriate and no big deal. Fashionistas haven't yet got that message.

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  21. Anon14:27- instead of taking the op-
    portunity to be shaming &insulting, why not disagree respectfully? Those
    remarks meant to contrast-not insult.

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    1. Jo, Respectfully and I sort of feel I am "going where Angels fear to Tread", but here goes, When I first read the comment in question from yesterday, I also read it as an underhanded swipe at Kate's mother and found it offensive. In reading your and that particular posters statement that it was a contrast, maybe I can look at it as just that. However, looking at it from another view - all the negativity towards Kate, that comes out from certain posters on a consistent basis can be and, in my honest opinion, does come across as nasty. Maybe it was not meant that way, but that is the way it came across. IMHO I think there is a fine line between constant negativity and nasty. On the other hand. I didn't initially see Anon.14:27's post as "shaming &insulting" - in retrospect, the poster could have stated her position leaving off or changing her last sentence. However, I am not sure that it deserved the rather heavy handed comments that have come down against her/his post. I feel some of the these border on what might be considered a form of "bulling".

      I guess this debate just shows us how we each perceive things differently and Not always correctly. I have tried to make this come across as positive, not sure I have succeeded.

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    2. Eva B I think you were courageous to write this post.
      I agree that when people start getting hurt by comments on a blog then that is a form of bullying and it's not ok.
      I think it's a shame if we end up down that road.
      Simone

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  22. I'm going to throw my 2 cents (pence) worth in and make a positive comment. Thank you Anonymous 14:27 and Jo USA for keeping the tenor of this wonderful blog on the plus side not the minus. Both of your comments are bang on. As for comments banging on the same-old same-old themes,are starting to get as boring as the given look they are bashing.

    Maybe Charlotte could consider giving us a vote button under the photos of the items Catherine wears on any given day. Then we could simply tally the loves and hates on the shoes/jeans/blazer/top/bag so we could get over it in a click and a glance and move on.

    I'm all for expressing a like or a dislike about a particular item the Duchess chooses to wear. That's largely a matter of taste and often related the era in which the person posting grew up. And that can be done respectfully. As someone pointed out (not that I failed to realize it), this is a blog about the DoC and opinions about her fashion choices will be part of that.

    However, the disparaging tone and 'mean girls' spirit of some posts (hiding behind nameless anonymity and sometimes fueled by a great deal of ignorance) is not enjoyable. Remarks about a person's mother are among the lowest of the low. In the past you could have been challenged to pistols at dawn for that sort of thing. Once upon a time insults were taken more seriously. (Not that I recommend the practice be revived, but if it spared us another line about the Corkswoon shoes, there might be some merit in it.)


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    1. Life has a positve and negative side, why you lot cant accept that. I can assure you there will be pretty lots of comments about those horrible WEDGES!!! Unless she stops having outings at sports events but I do not think this happens soon. Blue27

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    2. Thank you Philly .... Simone

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    4. I think the point is that there are particular ways people who post here can express their negative and positive opinions. It's ok to say "In my opinion the wedges don't work with the UNICEF blue dress".
      OK no worries, but someone else might say "I can see where you are coming from, however because they give her height and are seemingly comfortable, I like them".
      Then two and/or more people can have a civil conversation and take an interest in what other posters have to say, maybe even gain an understanding as to why things are the way there are.
      Just dismissing things doesn't usually work in life.

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    5. @Philly. I like the way you think;)

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    6. Philly, I would vote for this, plus an arrow as to agreement or disagreement with what has been posted.

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  23. Much better than yesterday.....except for the shoes. I understand wedges, they really are super comfortable, but these ones are just so severe. I like every other pair of wedges that she has, just not these ones. And afer reading comments from this site, I am glad to see that I am not alone, lol

    I almost wish she would have left the blazer off of tis one, the dress is so pretty and summery, but I am someone who is sitting her in the middle of summer wearing sweats because I am cold, so I guess the Duchess also gets chilled and a blazer is the perfect solution.

    The Princes look much better today as well, no dad jeans!

    Great post, Charlotte!


    Amy, Detroit Michigan

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  24. Eve from Germany29 July 2014 at 16:37

    OK, the cutout of the blazer looks a bit weird, but apart from that - look how easy it is to look stylish and still not too formal! The wedges are not my all-time favourites, but I can understand that they are comfortable to wear (that is comfortable for high heels....) and they gave this look a more "leisurely" touch.
    All in all, it´s nice to see all three royals out and about having some fun while still supporting some good causes...
    THANK YOU, dear Charlotte, for once again a lovely and quick post - you´re the best!!!

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  25. I must say the jacket our kate is wearing is class. I see a lot of posh young women wearing the exact same one. I'm begining to understand the "kate effect" now. It kind of creeps up on you, and then subtly hits u for six.......And the hair looks lovely too.... She's looks happy and healthy = Beauty

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  26. Judging by the group shot, she nailed it. A nice touch on her part.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden29 July 2014 at 17:24

      My thought exactly. Wow, how identical in colour it is.

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    2. Perfect! Agree ladies :-)

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    3. I think this why I am such a fan. She stuck the landing and she nailed the look. Total respect.

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  27. Thx charlotte :-) the dress suits her nicely, but am not sure abt that blazer on top, maybe the colors dont really match or the cut doesn't really embellish the dress I don't know.. Doesn't matter, that woman could wear a paper bag and will still manage to be classy, elegant and chic :-)
    Can you find out what makeup products she uses" I know abt those she used for her wedding, but what abt the makeup she uses on a day to day basis ? Thx a lot x

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  28. HRH looks lovely and appropriate today. It is very nice indeed to see the Royal couple so affectionate, and their natural enthusiasm for sport is a huge asset to the Games. I hope it is very gratifying for the RF to see everyone so charmed by TRHs. And huge kudos to the entire Family for pulling out all the stops at this crucial juncture in Scotland's history.

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  29. Rebecca - Sweden29 July 2014 at 17:10

    Btw, anyone else noticed the, for them, increased amount of PDA these two days? Might be the effects of sleeping away from George. *Nudge, Nudge. Wink, Wink*

    Haha, kidding aside. It's nice to see them happy and in love :-)

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    1. Yes, Rebecca, I did notice that! :) And thought the same thing....they're enjoying a bit of time as a couple. Good for them. It's wonderful to see because it's real.

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden30 July 2014 at 12:08

      Maybe a little bit of both? :)

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  30. I really like this look and I think the blazer really finishes the dress nicely. Both K and W look well, happy and engaged in what they are seeing. You can't ask for more.

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  31. Kudos to Kate jumping in those wedges!!

    Liked the splash of colour with the dress today.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden29 July 2014 at 18:08

      I agree. And that landing! Only a princess can land like that in 4 (?) inch heels and a tight dress and have hair like a shampoo commercial :P

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    2. Rebecca, I'd like the patent on a shampoo that could list all that among its benefits. LOL!!

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    3. Agree Rebecca! Maybe it's the modern princess test, NOT sleeping on peas!

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    4. Rebecca, this is one of the sweetest and truest comments I've seen on this blog.

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    5. LOL Rebecca - lovely comment! The looks on the faces of the children as she was jumping and bowling the ball were priceless. Ditto the crowd behind the Duchess who are all smiling and enjoying the moment.

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    6. Rebecca - Sweden30 July 2014 at 12:11

      Royal fan - Haha, make me rich!! :P
      Florence - You crack me up! But so true...

      Aw, thank you guys. It was just the first thought that went into my head. "Only a princess can look like that while jumping"

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  32. Both of these pieces are very nice - but she needs to refresh her wardrobe. When I see these pix from the last few days - I keep thinking of the Olympics - as these outfits are pretty much the same. Those wedges need to go ..... Kate is becoming very boring when it comes to her wardrobe.

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  33. I know I'm in the minority, but I look the wedges. Anyone who can jump over the tin cans in them deserves to wear them as much as she wants.

    I like this dress (the bright blue is great on her) and it is good to see her downplay herself and what she wears and focus on the events. A great touch on her part.

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  34. Maryland Moxie29 July 2014 at 18:51

    I, for one, question the wearing of high heels to sporting events. They are not practical and they are not healthy for the feet. Meanwhile, according to the Duchess Kate Tracker: http://duchesskatetracker.blogspot.com/
    this is the seventh sports related event out of twelve for the year in the UK that she's "officially" attended on behalf of the royal family. Touring a stadium, visiting a community center sports complex, opening a park, boosting the America's Cup, in addition to her official showings at Tour de France and Commonwealth games - she is quite the sport's groupie. She can cross promoting SportsAid off her list of patronages and that only leaves Action on Addiction left to attend to. She did press releases for Natural History Museum (George's B-day) and EACH (Children's Hospice Week) - so she's almost completed her week's worth of charity commitments. And it is just the end of July! The WWI centenary acknowledgements and Malta trip withstanding, I think we are in for a very quiet fall when William heads to his job and they rough it at Anmer Hall.

    Good news is - I don't foresee any events where wedges are called for!

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    1. You're obviously a big fan, aren't you.

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    2. Maryland Moxie. Thanks for the facts listed so plainly. That means C is working and can't be called lazy after all. Each one of those events comes with an event plan that is planned to the last detail (think of any typical wedding large or small) because every single one of them must come off perfectly--for every single member of the entourage going.

      Then there are the clothes & accessories to match to the unpredictable weather as well as the dossiers of information on all the important people she will meet at every function. That would be quite enough for any person. Then add renovations of two homes and familial responsibilities to the job.

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    3. Philly come on it is totally unnecessary to pick on each other, as you have so different opinions on work, sorry. She did more fun events than proper charity events this year.
      Moxie: it would be such a good news for the rest of the summer not to see these shoes again.:)))))

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    4. Maryland Moxie31 July 2014 at 00:26

      philly - she has spent 32 of the first 212 days of the year making appearances. That is 15% of her time. She has several full time staff to support her in these endeavors as well as her domestic ones. Managing to dress yourself for the weather and the event you are attending is a task that is required of every human being on the earth. It's not classified as "work" in any society. Meanwhile, she is not negotiating contracts with people at these appearances and must impress them with facts and figures and get them on her side. She is asking after everyone's well being and inquiring about their interests and thanking them for their gifts. There are no wedding plans being made - most of these meet and greets last less then an hour.

      I've never once suggested that Kate is lazy - I have no idea what she does with the 85% of the time she is not interacting with the public - for all we know she could be training for marathons. It is true that she spent 32 days with the public and 18 of those days were not in the UK. This is what she has contributed to the UK thus far.

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    5. Anonymous 17:37. Attending a "fun event" over a "proper charity event" is the same amount of work for each. And touring a stadium is hardly "fun." What's so exciting about looking at a building full of empty seats and cutting a ribbon or pulling a velvet cloth from a plaque?

      I have been in the position of attending numerous functions as an honoured guest and feted like royalty abroad as part of cultural exchange. There were those who complained that I was enjoying a vacation and not really working. It was anything but. Of course there was much about it that was gratifying or I wouldn't have signed up on for it, but make no mistake. It was work. Every royal duty is work. Maybe some people need a broader experience of work to realize that.

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    6. Maryland Moxie31 July 2014 at 00:44

      Anon 7:26 - Let me go on record right now and say that NO. I am absolutely not a fan of high heels. They are pleasant for no one who wears them. I do not support high heels.

      Also, I am not in favor of funding staff for a duchess who then goes around advocating for sports. I am of the opinion that sports manages just fine on its own and does not need a paid government cheerleader. Perhaps it is merely the timing of the Olympics and Commonwealth games and that in the future she will be less focused on leisure activities that folks already adore. Or, it is quite possible she could be traveling around the world to watch those games on behalf of the people of Great Britain. Wearing the same outfits so she doesn't take attention away from the athletes. The future is not mine to see.

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    7. I agree with you, MM. People have been asking questions for a while. Kate always wins everyone over when she goes on tour overseas, then all the talk starts up again afterwards when the engagements lapse again. Interesting that the Queen hasn't yet awarded Kate the 'Royal Family Order'.

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  35. Love that she matched the blue of her dress to her patronage's color - so thoughtful. I can't believe she jumped those cans in a dress and heels! Given that cameras are always on her - that was brave.

    My only issue is that the suede purse seems too heavy for summer. I vote for a wicker purse or navy patent leather! :)

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  36. Hi - can you please delete my full name from the comment! Thanks!

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    1. No problem at all. could you let me know which comment is yours?

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    2. You have a delete option under your own comments Anonymous 19:50. You can use that and re-publish your comment without your full name.

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  37. I love, love, love that she is wearing the same clothes–it helps keep a focus on events, on her as a patron and on her causes. And a reminder to us, too–we don not need new clothes all the time. Good for her. For the life of me, though, I don't know how she manages to jump in those wedges (which I love!). Silvia

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  38. Tammy from California29 July 2014 at 20:24

    That Kate really IS a good sport! Jumping in high heels AND rocking it!! I always love to see Harry make her laugh, he's so good at it!

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  39. Jean from Lancs29 July 2014 at 20:35

    Am I the only one who finds the continuous complaints about the wedges; her blazer; her trousers; her hair; her eye makeup. any dress or coat, just too boring.
    For goodness sake look at the whole package and how happy everyone is who meets her .

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    1. Jean from Lancs: Nope.

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    2. No Jean, you are far from being alone in that respect. It has become really boresome and oppressive.

      Monica, France

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    3. definately not alone

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    4. Definitely Not Alone

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  40. Well I guess I'm in the minority today because I do not like this outfit at all. I can't believe I would ever write these words but, Kate actually looks tacky to me. That blazer is way off to go with that kinda dress. And the dress looks so baggy on her opposed to the other times she's worn it.

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  41. Dear Charlotte, great lost. I admire your presentation no frills. You let the reader decide what he/she wants to comment on. I like the.DoC sartorial choices today. Ruth from Brooklyn.

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  42. I also like the wedges and would like to know the secret of how she plays volleyball and jumps over the cans with them on. Probably because of her athletic ability like someone commented before. I really like the Stella McCarthy dress. The color is great on the Duchess. The shoes must be comfortable, I know my wedge sandals are my favorite in the summer.

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  43. I like this outfit. I find it boring (since she looks exactly last time she wore it), but I still like mixing the blue.
    I'm glad she didn't wear the ugly jeggings from yesterday. It would have been embarrassing, especially next to the tennis star and swimmer. Those ladies look very pretty, accomplished and sharp. I loved the white blazer.

    For Kate, I would have loved a white blazer with that dress and a ponytail to change it up a bit. Oh yeah, minus the hideous wedges (yeah, I hate them with a passion).

    I have wedges, but those just seem to silly. Even if she manages to jump cans and play volleyball with them...

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  44. What can I say in my eyes The Duchess was a perfect 10. Lovely post as always Charlotte.

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  45. I love her choice of outfit today! Hurray! No more skinny jeans and cheap blazers! So much better. Although a tad formal (but I understand it is because of her Sports Aid visit... clearly) - so much better than yesterday! Even the wedges - I am willing to "forgive" them... YES!

    Wish she would at least raid her closets more often for more casual options - no need to stand out (including not standing out by NOT repeating over the same choices - which gets more "press" then repeats...), just re-cycle separates or dresses that fit the event.

    Overall: so pleased!

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  46. I love the jacket. The cut is unusual and fashion forward. I enjoy seeing her in pieces like this as opposed to when she wears modified versions that have that quirky element eliminated or softened. She really looks her happiest and most relaxed at these sporting events.

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  47. Sarah from Calif.29 July 2014 at 23:05

    I think the shoe thing is funny! Queen Elizabeth always wears the same shoes and carries the same purse. Sometimes I think , oh my gosh that doesn't match....lol. So what! She certainly doesn't get any flac, nor should she. Her presense is representing Her country not Her fashion industry.

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    1. anon from Leominster30 July 2014 at 07:49

      It's worth remembering though that the queen is in her eighties. When she was Kate's age she wore a lot of different shoes and had a huge variety of clothes. We may disagree on how young Kate should dress but I don't think any of us think she should copy the style of an eighty-eight year old woman.

      There are a lot of royals close to Kate's age, who wear very interesting clothes, as well as shoes, hats and handbags. They all manage to look royal and most repeat their clothes in different combinations since money is a consideration to most of them . Kate could look there, not for specifics, she's her own woman but for a general feel for formality which is reasonably consistant.

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  48. Thank you Charlotte for another great blog post. Catherine's hair looks gorgeous and I love seeing these three together. I do hate those wedges and it must be hard to jump in them so good for her though! I love that blue dress always have. I think William and her will be having baby number 2 soon with all this affection! We can only hope :)

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  49. I like this look for more than yesterdays. Maybe a tad impractical seeing she did partake in some sporting acitivity herself. I agree with many of the above comments that she is starting to be a little too repetative in her satorial choices but I also understand that if they are in her wardrobe and they still fit she may still want to wear them.

    KiwiNic

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    1. Maryland Moxie30 July 2014 at 06:46

      KiwiNic,
      I, too, thought it odd she participated in activities in a dress, but yesterday she wore jeans. Seems backwards. But then I find it confusing that these rich folks are also funded by taxpayers to "represent" at sporting events. I thought that's what the athletes were doing - representing their countries. One nice thing to come from all this - I found out there is a sport called Lawn Bowls. And I like it.

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    2. I'm of the opinion that today's appearance was more "official" - hence the slightly smarter outfit. Kate was meeting up with charity groups such as UNICEF and Sports Aid and their officials.
      Not sure, but that was how I summed up the look in my own mind.
      But boy to jump in those shoes!!!!!!!!!

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    3. Kate is amazingly athletic to be able to pull off that cans jump in a dress and high wedges! But I think she dressed for her patronage events on the second day, hence the dress. She looked very nice, and I appreciate the posters who pointed out the color coordination with Unicef and with the Scottish flag. The latter is parallel to learning the words to the Welsh national anthem, which she did while she was in Anglesey. Since Kate has lived in both Scotland and Wales, I expect she will always be sensitive to their patriotism

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    4. Lawn bowls is huge in Australia :-) Moxie very gentle sport I always think. Simone

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  50. Diane, Indiana, USA30 July 2014 at 00:24

    I wondered if Duchess Catherine would wear this ensemble. I like her sartorial choice to wear blue. She looks lovely in this brighter shade of blue. I also love how animated she is in her photos, esp those where she is watching competition. One can tell that she is very engaged in the activity. I think her hair looks great. What I love the most are the loving glances between the couple, William's hand on the small of Catherine's back, etc.......sweet, sweet, sweet :)

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  51. California Cambridge30 July 2014 at 01:49

    Man, is she taking a risk or what jumping in those heels?! Could you imagine if she didn't stick the landing the field day the press would have (and potentially embarrassing pics!). She must have a good sense of her abilities to take on these kinds of things in heels.

    Also, another "two thumbs up"!

    Yes definitely feeling the love btwn W and K this trip. Nice to see.

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  52. Allow me to digress a moment... I know this blog is all about Kate, but I can't help but notice William is wearing his "favourite" belt again! I believe he wears it at EVERY casual event! William and Kate are so well suited for one another. They make me smile!

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  53. I love the pictures of her jumping over the tin cups,,,,pure joy!!!I don't like the wedges either,I think she shoud've switched her wardrobe and worn jeans today. It would've been easier jumping on the cups!Thanks Charlotte!!xoxo

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  54. The wedges were perfect with this outfit in my opinion for this particular venue. Apparently from reading a post above wedges are more comfortable than high heels. Kate obviously puts thinking into her color choices for whatever event she is attending. That photo with the entire group shows how perfectly matched she was. Blazers add the appearance of professionalism which probably is why she chooses to wear them. I admire anyone who is able to bend over in a dress and place 3 cans, make a jump over them, and all this without any mishaps.

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  55. Can someone please tell me constructively, what is wrong with the wedges?? So many have had such visceral reactions to them!! I know even in my younger days I couldn't have stood up and walked in them let alone jumping over a 3 can tower AND land upright!!! How amazing... I did like the combination of the dress, jacket and wedges today. I think the blazer she wore yesterday would also look good with this dress. I like the extra brass buttons on that one and they would enhance the beautiful simplicity of the blue dress.

    Again, putting aside the fashion issues, Kate's warmth and caring interactions with the athletes, other participants of her charities and especially with William came across loud and clear. From her expressions you can really see that she puts all her attention, focus and energy in supporting/rooting for the athletes.

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    1. Hi Eve,

      I can only speak for myself, but I find the height of these wedges too much. If they were about an inch shorter I think I would like them much better.

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    2. Ditto, Eva B. Well said.

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    3. constructively, those wedges look hideous to me. Agreed, wedges are more comfortable than stilettos. But that's no rationale to choose THOSE wedges - in particular with a Smithe blazer and a relatively dressy Stella McCartney dress. They may be somewhat better with jeans and a cheap Zara blazer. Although the height of the heels becomes questionable at that stage.

      For an outfit like she chose for the second day of her appearance (and that included at least one formal meeting) the dress and the blazer were very much appropriate. Nothing wrong with recycling - I never understood why people expect her to have a new outfit every day (that would be horribly wasteful and Kate is not that kind of a person - thank God). There are plenty of dressier wedges that would have worked well with the outfit - including at least a couple of models from Stuart Weizman. No comfort needed to be compromised.

      And that has nothing to do with being a fashionista - just common sense when constructing an outfit for the day. Like these posts demonstrate, not to mention other less friendly sites, repeating too much (or "way too much") of a certain outfit actually does not necessarily result in drawing less attention. On the contrary. Balance - like with everything else in life - is what matters most.

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    4. Hi Eve,

      For me, personally, I don't like the proportions of the wedges. It's like 80% cork, 20% fabric. I think cork is ugly...I sy this as someone with corkwedges, but the heels are only 2 1/2 inches high.

      So basically, these shoes are too...cork-y and they look clunky.

      Amy, Detroit Michigan

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    5. Hi Eva,

      They are too high and unprofessional in appearance and usage. She tripped in them in a vineyard in Australia.

      People would like her to work more given what she (and her husband) take, and while she doesn't, at least she should be professional in appearance when she does do duties. Hence the complaints when she does not do that, either.

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    6. Hi Hannah
      Ok so you don't like the shoes - understood and message received. But I am struggling to understand how you are linking the shoes to Kate being unprofessional - perhaps you could explain your thinking?
      Simone

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  56. Hi All
    I posted this yesterday but it was right at the end of the day so Sarah in Minneapolis suggested I post it again as it would maybe be an interesting topic to discuss. Hope that's ok? :-) Simone
    I was thinking as I was driving around Melbourne earlier today - how would I feel and what would I do if I was a famous person, possibly like Kate and the papers and Internet were full of pictures, "stories" and commentary about me, my family, my looks, what I do or don't do blah blah blah .....
    Would I be able to be secure enough in my own self to resist the temptation to read it all?
    Would I have some "go to" newspapers and websites to monitor my impact and adjust accordingly when appropriate?
    Or would I trust my staff to let me know what I needed to know and totally time out of the rest?
    I found it quite hard to answer bit being honest I think initially at least I would find the temptation to
    Google myself irresistible but I suspect after a while I would become a little hurt and maybe disillusioned with it all. Gosh it would be hard though.
    I was wondering what my fellow posters would do if they found themselves famous - how would you handle it, what would you do? What would be your coping strategies?
    Thanks Simone

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    1. anon from Leominster30 July 2014 at 08:29

      My thought would be to avoid reading about myself, but I would be certain I had aides or possibly family members that would do it for me. I would want my aides to be honest with me - if a large number of people were expressing an opinion, I would assume it would be at least worth my time to hear it. I would want to be careful not to choose yes men and women and not let them think I was going to kill the messanger if they told me what I didn't want to hear - but honestly, I would hope they would tell me good things and well as negative.

      I think it might be pretty difficult to read about yourself. I'm not just thinking of Kate. There has been really bad things written about other royal ladies from Mary to Letizia and I'm not thinking of the very mild comments we've seen on a blog like this. (despite the many comments about rude and so forth.) I'm talking really offensive personal things that go far beyond work ethic and wedges. You have to be tough to be in public life. Some like Maxima have had far worse things written about their family than Kate, and Charlene deals with constant speculation about her marriage. The Japanese crown princess found the pressure from the palace and worry about producing an heir so great she had a breakdown. So Kate's situation is not unique, in fact she has been handled much more lightly than some by the press.

      In that position, would I be tempted to look at what's written about me sometimes? I don't know. Think I would have to be there. I have to say I've never had the slightest interest in being in public life.

      I suspect my coping stratigy would be long walks with my dogs, same as it is now, but I would make use of the lovely grounds at Balmoral and Sandringham and the gardens at Buckingham Palace if I could. It would almost be worth it. I love watching people too so I would probably be lurking behind the curtains at the palace watching the crowds.

      If I had to be famous, being royal would be my choice, much more fun than being a celebrity and hearing the critics trash your latest performance and much more fun than being a politician - they really get terrible press, but then they often seem to deserve it. I actually feel much more sorry for Sam than I do for Kate, I would be more upset with people making horrid remarks about my husband than worrying about my shoes.

      Most of us do face reviews of our work, job losses, family issues and the like. It's on a much smaller scale than someone like Kate but we may also be treated much more harshly with little buffer. (Having had friends lose jobs in the credit crunch, that is not fun!) So we are all tough in our way. We have some truly brave people on this blog that are going through rough times. I'm glad we support one another.

      Diana had terrible touble with the press, particularly after the separation but she also seemed to have almost as much trouble with the palace, so that's another less obvious area of concern. I think Kate is less exposed to this but that she is also super cautious. Diana's many worry though, let's face it, was Charles. A strong marriage helps a lot.

      Kate has had years of experience with this type of attention, including going through a break-up with William. There was never any doubt in my mind that she wanted to marry William and wanted the role. (Unlike some girls like Chelsy and possibly Cressida.) I suspect Kate is a pretty tough girl.

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    2. I think it is almost impossible to answer this question, personally I think I would browse thru the net, but there are so many things we do not know how her office and assisstants work and how the royal family work. But I would read it because there are spiteful articles but there is always a little truth in them so good food for thought.Blue27

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    3. Great question Simone!

      I think the Duchess (like other members of the royal family) is aware, in general, of how she is portrayed in the press. I think that members of her staff look through the papers and probably even read this blog to see how their boss is faring in the court of public opinion. The monarchy, like celebrities and politicians, rely on the will of the people to survive. If they were to fall out of favor for too long, the people might decide that becoming a republic might be the thing to do and abolish the monarchy. So, having at least a general idea of how people feel about you would be a wise idea. On the flip side, being too interested in what others say or think about you would make someone truly neurotic.

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    4. Sarah in Minneapolis30 July 2014 at 23:58

      Hi Simone,

      If I traded places with Kate, at age 23 or so when she first grabbed media attention, I think at that age I would have paid a lot of attention to my own press in the beginning. But after a few months of constant classist comments like 'doors to manual', I bet I would have ignored all media reports thereafter.

      Fast forward to being a newlywed and my more mature self would have:
      1. had a series of meetings with William, a top outside PR team plus BP PR staff to develop a media/branding strategy for for us as couple and a coordinated strategy just for me
      2. diversify in terms of age and ethnicity, all the office staff assigned to us
      3. find an older/wiser/more experienced female outside of BP who was/is the focus of global media attention for several years to be my confidante/mentor/supporter
      4. separate my sense of self worth from my media image - not that hard to do if a person is purpose-driven and has the proper perspective i.e. that managing one's media image is a necessary business endeavor that is wholly separate from my authentic self

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    5. Sarah in Minneapolis31 July 2014 at 00:03

      Lauri from CA - Excessive interest in others opinions could make someone neurotic, if they don't filter the information properly, I so agree. And which side of neurotic a person lands in depends on whether you focus on the critiques or the adulation.

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    6. Thanks do much for the replies! Really thought provoking isn't it ... Just to put yourself in another's shoes (or corkswoon wedges!) briefly.
      Glad I'm not famous - I think I would not enjoy it :-(
      Thanks again everyone.
      Simone

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    7. Sarah: very well written!

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  57. Sarah from Calif.30 July 2014 at 07:54

    Simone, I would stay away from reading the papers and trust my team of advisors. Who wants to read so much negativity? Not me.

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  58. Sorry but I have to put my two cents here: who cares about the dress, the skinnies, the wedges...when we had priceless pictures and expressions, PDAs of William and Catherine, clearly in love more than ever and having fun with Harry! And we watched Catherine at an event of her patronage, and supporting UNICEF too! No, frankly I don't care at all about the clothes this time. And I am one of those who replikates every time it is possible or affordable, so it's obvious I would like to see something new each time Catherine has an engagement, but this time it was just perfect. She paid a tribute to Scotland and the Games with her choice of colours too, and to UNICEF too in my opinion, with that Stella McCartney dress. And she did not upstage the atlethes and the events. Very thoughtful, Catherine is a very clever woman. Don't we all love this side of her besides her clothes? :) Sorry for the rant!
    Sara in Italy

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden30 July 2014 at 12:59

      Thumbs up, Sara!

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    2. Good rant, Sara in Italy.

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    3. Go for it Sara!!! Love your thoughts and agree with you wholeheartedly.
      Thanks for putting in your two cents.

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    4. HIGH FIVE SARA!

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    5. "Sorry but I have to put my two cents here: who cares about the dress, the skinnies, the wedges...when we had priceless pictures and expressions, PDAs of William and Catherine, clearly in love more than ever and having fun with Harry!"

      Because people want their future monarch to be a professional and great representative of them and their nation. Many people understand that being good at one's job means behaving and dressing professionally, not hamming for the camera and holding the hand of her husband.

      It's pretty simple, really.

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    6. I really like the way you expressed yourself in
      Your post Sara! Great thoughts. Simone

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    7. Hannah
      In my personal opinion Kate is exactly that - professional and a great representative of her country. She spends time talking and interacting with the people she meets and is described as warm, interested and fun.
      After living through the times of Diana and Charles marriage trust me when I say that holding hands and being so clearly in love is very important to the British people / very important indeed.
      Simone

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    8. Way to go Sara!

      Hannah at 00:27 that may be your opinion and your entitled to it but you can't generalise. Your viewpoint is not supported by the poll data for the UK in relation to the Cambridges so actually it's not that simple.

      As someone who lives in a Commonwealth country I don't have any issues with how the Duchess looked or behaved at the Commonwealth Games. And judging by the photos and social media nor do the people interacting with her at the Games.

      I've just checked the databases and reviewed the media coverage in the UK of the Cambridges for the two days at the Games and it's positive. What appears to have drawn the favourable coverage are the things that Charlotte highlighted in her post and Sara in her comment - their warmth and relaxed attitude with people; the fact that they are really engaged with what's happening at the Games; and their happiness. The Duchess has also got a lot of kudos and fans for jumping in those wedges!

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  59. Maybe neither one of them really care all that much about clothing. Maybe they just really love each other and their family. She looks fine.

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  60. love the duchess kate looks and i enjoy her jumping and i love her recycle dress i love they enjoy the games and the duchess is not clever and i do love the side of recycle

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  61. Hear, hear Sara! Well thought and well said.

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  62. I have to say this - and please don't take offence: it is clear that those writing here from the States have a pretty serious misunderstanding of what the monarchy represents and how it works (from comments around being "publicly funded" to comments on people deciding they don't need a monarchy and let's all go republic).... Such a difference from those who actually live in countries with their OWN monarchy. The value of monarchy goes way beyond the public (and often uneducated) opinion of the day. Might I make a suggestion: read some fact-based history books that talk about the various ways that monachies dealt with crisis situations (like the wars) - not just in the past history - but also pretty recently. And don't limit yourself to British monarchy - try gathering more information about some of the Nordic countries (like the role that the Swedish one had in WW2 in saving Paris from being destroyed by the retreating Nazis, for a quick example) - or even other European countries (some of which have afterwards switched to republic - much to their detriment... see former communist countries - again, as history sadly proves). Or even try to find out from people who post here. Then you may gain a different perspective. Or maybe not - but at least you've looked at things from more than one angle. It will never hurt you.... Just a suggestion. And again, please don't take offense. It's not judgmental, just an observation.

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    1. I am interested in following the British monarchy but not sure of the role for the future.

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  63. She had pumps on in the morning and switched to the wedges in the afternoon when she had to walk on grass. It makes sense whether or not you like them. I think she is such an wonderful example of of excellent taste and grace. I love to see what she is wearing because she's a beautiful woman who knows what suits her. But she's not dressing to please me and I try to keep that in mind and not take it personally if I don't like what she's wearing.

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  64. This link includes some fun videos of Princes William and Harry participating in sports in Glasgow. (Just don't expect to see William bouncing a ball when the caption says he's dribbling!) They are a good look at how the princes relate to people, not to mention their considerable sports skills.

    http://www.heraldscotland.com/sport/commonwealth-games/cwg-news/video-watch-prince-harry-and-prince-william-battle-it-out-in-the-f.1406635744

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  65. Thanks Royalfan, Sarah, and
    Florence-- I think our Kate has a lot of substance--with more to be discovered in time!

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  66. Thought people might like to read this article about some of Kate's favourite brands, although it says that she wore the Burberry coat with the frill at the bottom on many occasions but I only remember seeing it once (in Northern Ireland) http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/blogs/546950/kate-middleton-fashion-brands-the-duchess-of-cambridge-s-top.html?utm_campaign=MarieClaire_Newsletter_14072930-2&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua

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