Friday, 11 July 2014

Kate to Visit Malta?, Fashion Updates & Prince William: 'Having My Own Family is 'Silver Lining'

Hello to you all,

As we appear to be approaching a brief quiet period in Kate appearances one will note the upsurge in pregnancy stories, possible upcoming engagements and other unconfirmed rumours (undoubtedly we can expect another story or two, most likely from the Daily Mail, on the kitchens in Anmer Hall and Kensington Palace).

 One such story which is gaining increasing coverage is a report from The Malta Times:

'The Sunday Times of Malta is informed that Kate Middleton is expected to be the guest of honour as Malta marks its Golden Jubilee since gaining independence on September 21, 1964. The British High Commission said no decision had yet been taken.'

UPDATED: We've asked around about this and it appears this story may very well be true. The trip will see Kate undertake her first solo trip abroad without William. We also know the Cambridges are set to undertake an overseas trip in the autumn, but the location is as yet undecided with suggestions including the Caribbean.  We'll keep you updated as news becomes available.

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Recently, we've noticed the Duchess wearing past season, sale and sold out items with increasing frequency leaving hopeful 'Repli-Kate's' disappointed they couldn't snag the same item worn by Kate. Whilst browsing social media last night I came across the following article titled 'Kate Middleton more in control of her image than you'd think, says industry insider'.


Caroline Smiley, the owner of fashion brand Moloh which Kate has previously worn, shared her thoughts on the topic:

'Kate's clever and often waits before she wears pieces. She's very much in control of her image and I'm sure she likes the idea things aren't still in the shops when she buys them so not everyone can go out and buy her look.'

Ms. Smiley's daughter Sarah revealed Kate sees their look book before anyone else:

'We send our look book to Kate's office first, before sending it to our wider mailing list. As we only produce 20 or 30 of each garment, each style is limited. We usually receive a call within a couple of days from one of her staff, who lists the pieces she has selected.
 Once the pieces have arrived at Kensington Palace it's a waiting game. If the pieces don't work, her office will contact us within a couple of days and ask for them to be collected. Other things are kept indefinitely on approval and may or may not be worn.'

It sounds like quite a process and again shows the level of organisation there is behind Kate's wardrobe. The article would suggest Kate's collection from Moloh surpasses the Workers Day Coat she wore in Scotland. Below we see several looks from the current collection.

Moloh

If there is truth to the theory Kate waits to wear pieces to ensure "not everyone can go out and buy her look" it would be somewhat odd as the Duchess is such a wonderful ambassador for designers and the high street. In fact, Alice Temperley has described her as "the perfect ambassador". One would imagine supporting fashion at home and abroad could only be viewed as a positive rather than a negative. Whilst Kate pays a lot of attention to what she wears I've never got the impression she's obsessed with fashion or trends but always appears conscious of the influence her choices have. What do you think? It's an interesting topic worth debating.

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We mentioned one of Kate's favourite designers Alice Temperley above and next we're taking a look at her Resort 2015 Collection. It's been a busy year for the designer who made the difficult decision to merge her diffusion line Alice By Temperley with her main line Temperley London. This collection was the moment for the unveiling.


Temperley London

Alice Temperley said:

'I am one person, one vision, so I felt that with two lines, I was confusing my customer, and I certainly didn't want to do that. After all, my customer is queen and I respect that.'

It is a varied collection offering a wide range of looks, from Temperley London's breathtaking evening gowns to a Prince of Wales check suit, structured coats and fitted blazers.

Temperley London

There are also splashes of colour and monochrome print. Fans of the diffusion line will be pleased to see the three looks shown below very much embody the elements they have come to love. There's plenty to like from Kate's perspective, particularly in the gowns and coats shown above, however, it's not my favourite collection from the label.

Temperley London

There is a significant sale currently underway at Temperley London. Below we see the Lily Graphic Dress (reduced from £995 to £400), the Trellis Dress (reduced from £1,200 to £480) and the Orchidea Structured Dress (reduced from £1,250 to £500).

Temperley London

Evening and bridal gowns on sale include the Christa Dress, the Clover Dress, the Botanical Dress and the Piper Dress.

Temperley London

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In our 'We wish Kate would wear' segment today; take a look at these gowns from Elie Saab's drool-worthy Fall 2014 Couture show. During the tour, we saw Kate experiment with new designers, and we think Mr. Saab would be the ultimate choice for a glittering gala which calls for an outstanding frock.

Style.com

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Kate's ever popular Pied A Terre Imperia Wedges are now available in two new colours, pink and blue. Carly from Kate Middleton Style shared the exciting find which comes just in time for fans of the stylish wedges to enjoy them for summer. They're currently available for $141 at Dune London.

Dune London
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Prince William has been busy this week with a number of interesting engagements. During a reception to launch an award for The Queen's Young Leaders the Prince spoke with two brothers who lost their parents in the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Official Website

From The Telegraph's story:

'The Duke of Cambridge has described having his own family as the 'silver lining' in his life following the tragedy of his mother's death. The Duke, who was 15 when Diana, Princess of Wales died in 1997, said people who lost parents at a young age have to simply "dust yourself off and carry on".'

During the launch William was joined by Prince Harry, and the duo made royal Internet history when they appeared on a live question and answer session to promote the award, which encourages young leaders across the commonwealth to step forward and be recognised. In the web chat with young people from Australia, India and Jamaica, William said, "All I would say is believe in yourself - you've got a lot more to say than you think."


William and Harry posed for this royal 'selfie' (LOVE this). It was such a fun and interesting event and it's lovely to see the princes sharing personal stories and inspiring young people.

Gordon Rayner Twitter Feed

Prince William also teamed up with his father Prince Charles as he donned a wetsuit and went scuba diving to mark becoming president of the British Sub-Aqua Club. Wearing a mask, air cylinder, regulator, buoyancy device and fins he swam to the bottom of an open-air pool with a group of other divers at the Oasis Sports Centre in Central London. During his time in Anglesey, the Prince regularly enjoyed diving so this was a nice opportunity for him to display his skills.


Sometimes our parents embarrass us mildly; it's amusing and usually all down to a generational gap. This engagement was proof the royals are not immune to this happening. Prince Charles was left baffled when he was described as being "quite buff" during in his 1970s days.

BSAC Divers

Looking confused he turned to his son who responded, "Pa, you should be pleased." It didn't take Charles long to adjust to the term and he told the audience, "I know my eldest will now demonstrate his buff credentials".

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Official Website

During a speech Prince William said:

'It's a great honour to be here with my father and accept the presidency of the British Sub-Aqua Club, continuing that from my grandfather as well. I hope that one day my son George might follow in our footsteps. For the moment bath time is quite painful, but I imagine as he gets a little bit older, donning a mask and snorkel might calm him down.'

I don't know about you, but I'm very much looking forward to seeing William team up with his father and brother again soon!

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In case you haven't heard, a very special little boy turns one this month :)

Vanity Fair

To celebrate CNN are airing a half-hour special 'The Little Prince' at 10pm EDT tonight. It includes an interview with Jason Bell, the photographer who took the christening photographs. A clip is available here. It looks like a very insightful and enjoyable watch.

CNN

We'll be continuing with our 'Kate Loves' series next :)

220 comments:

  1. Well hello again to you Charlotte!
    Interesting post.
    I don't think I believe everything that article says about Kate not wearing clothes for a very long time because she doesn't want people to copy off her. If that were the case she wouldn't wear high street designs at all and would wear nothing but bespoke clothing. I do think there's a certain time frame she does wear clothes, some clothes she buys and wears right away and others she saves for a special occasion.
    I do this as well. I still have certain clothing items now in my closet with the tags still attached that I have not worm yet and some I have had for a few years like Kate probably does.
    And we're not exactly sure Kate purchased them years ago. There a still lots of stores and dealers that sell new clothes from past seasons. Such as Last Call Neiman Marcus. I was recently shopping there and found a dress from 3 years ago that was still new. Kate could possibly have someone shopping for have and finding past season clothes. I think Kate has over the years accumulated a very large wardrobe and some things end up getting pushed to the back of the closet and forgotten about then found and you kinda have that "oh yeah I forgot about this dress" moment. Happened to me today I found a dress I forgot I had that I bought a few years ago lol.

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    1. I agree with you completely. I think these people love to be able to publish something that makes them sound like they have some kind of insider or expert knowledge of what Kate is doing. I think she constantly needs clothes for events. For some events she knows exactly what color the rug in the room will be or what color the rest of the family is wearing or what the historical or emotional significance of a color is when it's put on her schedule, so she'll be looking for something specific. God knows, if she forgets for one second that the outfit needs to look good in an indigenous setting, be cool, go with shoes that can be worn on soil, not be too dressy, look good with her husband tie less in jeans and a jacket, and forget to consider that she is getting off a helicopter for 2 seconds of the event, the rest of the world will torture her with it. She has to plan a long, long time, in advance, what she is going to wear. For other events, she'll be looking for something less specific, but that won't attract a lot of attention away from the cause, or will be comfortable around kids, etc. etc. So they are probably always looking for lots of specific things and then lots of not so specific things that are pieces she likes and that look nice on her that will work for the types of events that they know will come up in the future, but aren't scheduled yet and they hang on to them for when they might need them. Exactly like when we see a really good piece that we know will be great to have, but don't have a specific event to wear it to, but buy it anyway and stick it in the closet. It would be awful to have to be worrying every single month about each detail of every outfit for every appearance for the following month and impossible with her schedule. Which is probably why we see her rotating through her wardrobe seasonally. What she wore the previous year in May, will pop up the next year in May with a new hat and a different purse. It's a practical way for a busy woman to live. I think it has more to do with that than trying to outsmart people so they can't wear what she is wearing. I think she probably prefers to have what she wears boost the British economy or the economy of country of the designer. She's a smart ambassador.

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    2. Very well said Jane!

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    3. I have to agree with Jenn. I do not think any of us can begin to imagine what kind of contemplation goes into the royal events, private visits, etc or just how much preparation is done. I quite believe that Kate probably does her own hair more often than we think. Thank you Jane and Blair for your perceptions.

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  2. My theory on Kate's wearing of discontinued garments is that she is trying to take the focus away from her/her clothes and put it back on the causes she is patron of. So, when she does an appearance at a charity or organization, the first question is not "What is she wearing and how can I get it?", but "Where is she today and what is the appearance about?" with maybe the outfit as an afterthought (oh, that dress is cute!). Or, if the first question is about her garment, it is unsatisfying and so one focuses more on the cause. I think she is very well aware of how well she represents the brands she wears, but when she is representing a charitable cause, she wants the focus to be on that.

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  3. I really don't think Kate is worried about people copying her. I think she just wears the outfit when the weather and outing are appropriate for the dress/shoes/pants etc. If anything she would want to boost sales of English/Commonwealth countries designers.

    I'm not surprised she gets a first dibs at their "Look Book." (Is that what we call a catalogue in the USA?) That sounds like good marketing from the designer's end. I think it's a nice perk she can keep the clothes she likes for a long time and return them later if she chooses not to wear the item.

    I'm waiting for the pictures to commemorate PG' s 1st B-Day. I do hope they have butterflies in the pictures!

    It was so sweet to hear William refer to his family as his "silver lining" after losing his mother so young. I hope he always feels that way!

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  4. Interesting article regarding Catherine and her fashion choices, thanks Charlotte!

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  5. I would die to see Kate in an Elie Saab dress! He is by far my favorite designer because his gowns are absolutely breathtaking! She would look stunning in anything he designed.

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  6. Thanks for this wonderfull post!
    Well, I am not economist, nor british tax-payer, so I can't say anything on her impact on the british fashion industry, but I can perfedtly understand that she wants to look UNIC, and the less imitated possible. I do believe she has immense impact on fashion anyhow, even one can't buy the exact replica of what she wore.
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  7. I am sooo enamoured by the Temperley "prince of Wales check suit". Fantastic stuff. Kate should try something as adventurous as this!
    And that divine shear "botanical dress". .......... I'm in Downton heaven with that one.!!!!!!!!
    I actually love this Temperley range.
    Classic, elegant, but with enough quirkiness for someone to make more of a personal statement through their clothes.
    Fantastic!!

    As for the theory that Kate holds on to clothes for some time to avoid replicating - I believe there may be an ounce of truth in that. More so with complete High St outfits which are easily accessible and affordable.
    Usually you see Kate pulling past season clothes out on a more casual level. I believe it is to avoid any chance of a "commoner" wearing the same outfit. For instance some of the more casual visits she does at schools, hospices or even meetings (the rare glimpses we get of that), Kate is always in an outfit from at least 2 seasons ago. This could also have to do with the impression she wants to give - "I'm here to listen and help, so haven't bothered with any new outfits or designer fashion". And this is quite plausible too.
    The more exclusive designer wear, being far more pricey and out of most people's reach is more likely to be pulled from the current season. Less chance of someone turning up to the same event in the same garb.

    Fantastic news to see William and Harry out together on a worthy cause.
    I actually love seeing the two brothers together at an engagement.
    They are so different but still work really well together. Always so happy.
    Similarly, William with his dad. I'd like to see much more of this on a regular basis. (Love the way William referred to the PoW as "Pa" in public.)
    If we see a lot more of this kind of work from the male trio, there'd be less criticism overall.

    Thanks for the post Charlotte :)

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    1. Great post. I agree with you about the new Temperley range. It seems too adventurous for conservative Kate (and let's remember she always dressed like that, before her marriage) but I wish she'd try something a bit more edgy. Tall slender women owe it to the rest of us to show off the clothes.

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    2. Greybird K --this particular pear-
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    3. I think there could be some truth in it as well, Helen.

      Most people can't afford the bespoke items, or even the off-the-rack high end labels. I've wondered why the high street clothing she wears is a season or two old. It's not like she can't afford new!

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    4. Also--I've read so many times that when Kate wears something,
      it sells out instantly--so lots of people are wearing "her" outfits!

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  8. Eve from Germany11 July 2014 at 07:32

    I absolutely LOVE the picture of Prince William and his father sharing the moment. You can clearly see how close they are and that there is a lot of love and natural understanding between them. This bodes well for the relationship between William and his son.
    Every time I see Prince Harry, I cannot help but see so much of Charles in him, especially his eyes...

    As far as fashion is concerned, I just love Elie Saab. His creations.... ADORABLE, each and every one of them..... They have this "wow-factor"......

    Thanks, Charlotte, for helping us over the "no Kate appearances" time! It´s very much appreciated.... ;-)))))

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  9. My 12 year old daughter was just watching some snippets of Harry and William's on-line chat on the ABC. Part of a teenager's "news stream".
    I was circling with dust cloth in hand when this came on and stood listening to the Prince's speak.
    What impressed me most is the casual way Harry speaks. Not just the use of his language, but his accent.
    If I wasn't intently listening, Harry could have easily passed as an Australian. His accent was very "plain".
    (That's the only way I can define the Australian accent. Unless we define the "rural" accents which become more of an Australian "drawl" - which is quite endearing.

    This reminded me of one of the conversation topics on the previous post regarding Kate's accent.
    I thought it quite funny, that if you put W & K & H together, Kate would easily sound the most "posh". The boys actually have a far less stifled way of speaking.
    Interesting.....
    I do think Kate's accent has evolved. I'm certain she wasn't raised to speak with such diction. (None of her family members speak in this way). Many factors have influenced her speech over time. But it can sound a little brittle especially when she's talking quickly.
    On the other hand, Harry I could listen to for ever.
    Charming, relaxed, and not stand-offish at all. :) (That one was for you too BLUHARE). :)

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    1. Wow eve do you really see prince charles in harry? Annie.

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    2. Interesting, I thought when I heard pippas voice the other day on her interview I thought it sounded very like Kate's voice. Family trait. Her mother spoke very well I thought when george was born. Polly London

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    3. I agree about Harry's eyes, very like Charles, the Queen, and Queen Mary. Also his ears, a tidier version of Charles's. Harry speaks so well in a casual situation. William said some important things, too, but he looked slightly ill at ease.

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    4. As a non-native English speaker kate and pippa's accents sounded very similar to me. The way they pronounce the "O" in particular. I don't know whether they seem similar because I am a non-native speaker or whether they really do pronounce things in the same way.

      The mother's accent, on the other hand, was distinctly different.

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    5. I agree...I do see Charles when I look at Harry (the nose and eyes...not the Spencer height and hair color.) What I like about Harry is that he smiles so readily, or one is never too far off. Lol. Very much his mother's son in that respect.

      Regarding speaking...I think William talks fast and can be difficult to understand.

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    6. In regards to what Helen has said about the Australian accent. Northern Australia has the more distinct drawal which can sound qutie harsh particluarly when comparing to the southern accent of Australia. This area, the accent does not sound too different to the English accent and can sound similar in ways to New Zealand accent. I do agree with all who say that Harry is the most relaxed. A good catch for a lucky lady with his twinkle in his eye and quick to smile.

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    7. I agree, I can see PC in Prince Harrys eyes. But what I notice more so is that when PH smiles, he smiles with his eyes also. I'm sure bluhare will agree with me on this one, Prince Harry's smile is the most genuine, IMO, of all the BRF. I have thought so for a long time. There are other members of the BRF (do not want to point fingers), who when they smile, that smile never reaches their eyes, hence makes it look like a pasted-on smile. I'm not a fan of that look, on anyone. Again, this is just my personal observations and opinions. Who knows, I could be wrong (but don't think I am ;) lol).

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    8. Duly noted, Helen! William and Harry both have nice speaking voices, but Harry's is sexier I think.

      I do think Kate has taken elocution lessons. Her accent is different than her family's.

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    9. I have to agree with all of you (though I admit I have to now go back and look at photos to see the eyes and nose similarity, you all are so observant and always give me new insights which I so appreciate). It is always so good to see siblings together or father and son or sons. Harry is my favorite. William appears to be the more serious of the two but perhaps he had to be, whereas Harry can be the more real one. Harry appears to be so more comfortable in whatever setting he is presented with and seems to enjoy Life!! I so hope Harry can find the true love of his life who fits with him.

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    10. Jenn- I love that the photog. who
      did The Queen's birthday photo
      (Unflattering IMO) says that she has such a twinkle in her eyes!♡

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    11. JO- I completely agree. I have a knack for reading people (or so I've been told), and I love looking at the RF's pictures and trying to figure out what they were really thinking at the time. I know that might sound weird, lol, never said I was normal! But in doing so, I have found the same people seem to consistantly come across (to me anyway) as more open and real. Prince Harry is at the top of that list, IMO. Hence, I totally agree with you as well Kat ;).

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  10. Oh my! I am drooling over the Elie Saab pieces. They are so feminine and beautiful.

    Regarding Kate waiting to wear pieces, it's possible, I suppose. That way she can be "like everyone else", yet have some degree of control over it. And it looks like the pink and blue espadrilles were released in time for a certain birthday. Lol.

    And I do agree that it would be nice if Charles and William did more engagements together. A lot more! :) But please not Camilla and Kate. Ugh. I don't have the stomach for all the "she's taking her under her wing" articles.

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    1. Royalfan--yup, uh huh, and yes to all three paragraphs!

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  11. I just read online in the Canberra Times that the mother of the two boys present at the tree planting ceremony with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had passed away with breast cancer. It's so terribly sad, one of the boys had Downs Syndrome. You can read about it here: http://m.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/duke-and-duchess-saddened-by-death-of-canberra-cancer-campaigner-20140709-zt145.html

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    1. I am so very sorry to hear that.
      Just devastating for all of them.

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    2. Florence, thank you for sharing a reality check. 41 with young children. Wow. My bad day at work suddenly became very insignificant. How terrible for her family, especially her young children.

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    3. Those two little boys had a wonderful spirit.

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    4. Yes, it was one of my favourite moments from the tour (one of many nevertheless!). One can only hope that the children will have beautiful memories from time spent with their Mother. Just like William and Harry..

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    5. Wow, that is heart wrenchingly sad. My thoughts and prayers go out to those adorable lil boys and their family. Thank you Florence for sharing that with us. I'm sure their mother will always be watching and looking down on them, till it is time to be reunited.

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    6. anon from Leominster13 July 2014 at 22:54

      I was just looking at the photos of those adorable boys. They are so precious. How horribly sad to lose their mum so young. I hopw they do well.

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  12. Charlotte any chance the photos taken at the butterfly exhibit will be released to mark George's birthday?

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    1. I think there's a good chance :)

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    2. William and Harry and also their cousins call the Queen Grand Ma and Prince Philip Grand Pa. Even in speeches, I've heard William and Harry say: "Your Majesty, dear Grand Ma" and Prince Charles "Your Majesty, dear Mum". That is their way of speaking I think learnt at a very young age.

      Excellent post Charlotte. I can't wait Kate going to Malta.

      Monica, France

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    3. Duchess is busy planning her sons first birthday and so the public enengagements are few this month..one at the beginning of the month and one more at the end of the month. Wonder which babies are invited...Baby Mia ..

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    4. They may also call her "Granny"-
      I've heard some of them in TV
      interviews refer to her as "Granny"

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    5. If indeed little George's first birthday photos are the butterfly exhibit, just think, we were privileged on Charlotte's blog to know before many.

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    6. AND The Queen always called Queen Mary "Granny"..the Girls of Great Britain & Ireland tiara - she calls it "Granny's tiara."

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    7. Downton Abbey! What does Lady Mary call Violet? Granny! Maybe it's a British aristocracy thing.
      My explanation point key has a mind of its own!

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    8. Granny is very English: we learn that as "Little grandmother"..

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    9. Very true Kat, very true. I used to call my Grandmother Granny or Nanny. Makes me remember fond memories. I miss her so.

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  13. Yay, I can't wait for the next post! Great coverage on William's engagements this week--they were so diverse and enthralling.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden12 July 2014 at 21:20

      I agree. I like it when William is included here!

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  14. Lynn Georgia USA11 July 2014 at 14:09

    Thanks, Charlotte, for a very fun article. Ever the George fan, I can't believe that his bath difficulties have anything to do with fear of water. I think he's just a strong little fellow with a strong will who does not want to be interrupted from whatever other fun thing he's doing. I love hearing William and Kate tell us about George's "escapades." I also loved the segment on Charles and William. William's comment, "Pa, you should be pleased," was priceless! Isn't it cute that William calls Charles "Pa"? I never knew that.
    P.S. I don't believe for one minute that Kate deliberately chooses to wear "sold out" clothes so that others can't purchase them. What flawed logic! If they are "sold out," that means they are hanging in lots of closets--and, believe me, I would get very excited about wearing my OLD clothes after Kate wore them! Wouldn't you? (The information about their sending the clothes on approval, etc. was very interesting though!)

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    1. Actually, I don't know anybody that calls their father "Pa." It reminded me of the "Little House" books and Laura and Mary.

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    2. Darla-
      Don't forget Bonanza. Ben Cartwright? Probably never heard of it. ha! Pa Kettle?
      Maybe it was a bit of "reverse snobbery." I wonder if it was part of a sort of script. A little Abbot and Costello going on there.

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    3. I think he calls Charles Pa because as a child he called him Papa.

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    4. When Charles dropped William off to begin his training at Sandhurst, William said "Bye, Pa" in the hearing of others. I don't think it's anything new or scripted!

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    5. Re:-01:25- forgot the ha! lol! u u u Did not really think it was scripted. I enjoyed it, too. It could not have been funnier than if it were scripted.I also think Prince Charles is perfectly capable of pre-arranging some snappy repartee.

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    6. I think Charles got confused because in his day "in the buff" meant "nude!" Now, "buff" refers to being very fit!

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    7. Good point, Jo!

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    8. This is the third time I write the same: LAURA INGALLS, her father´s name wasn´t the late Michael Landon, who was in BONANZA too?? Here we called it: "The house of the crying"...

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    9. Esti- Laura Ingalls Wilder, a real person, wrote the "Little House Series., popular children's book series. In the tv series about the books, Laura Ingalls, callled "half-pint," had a father named Charles Ingalls, played by Michael Landon. He also appeared in "Bonanza" as Little Joe Cartwright.
      "The House of the Crying?" That IS a stretch.

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  15. An update on Malta. It now seems Kate is undertaking a solo trip in September!

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    1. I just read the short article from People which says that a Kensington palace spokesman said, "We will announce any overseas trip in due course"… I am surprised to hear it, but for people criticizing her amount of engagements it could be good for her. (http://www.people.com/people/package/article/0,,20395222_20833754,00.html)
      As far as the outfits go, I don't think that she deliberately waits to wear things so people can't get the items.. I would imagine that when she finds something she likes she waits for the appropriate time to wear it - which may just be when it is no longer available!

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    2. In this instance I agree with people who think she shouldn't be called Kate Middleton. The Times in Malta should have used her married name.

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    3. Bluhare-- I'm also seeing her referred to as the Duchess of Cambridge nee (with accent)
      Kate Middleton, as if people wouldn't know the title.

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    4. Kate going to Malta in September! Well that should hopefully deter all these pregnancy rumors for what 2-3 more months. :)

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    5. Maryland Moxie13 July 2014 at 09:06

      bluehare,
      I stand firm! She is married to William Mountbatten-Windsor (they name he gave for legal purposes). This would make her Catherine Mountbatten-Windsor - a name no one will recognize!
      She was given a title on the day of her marriage to raise her status among the British aristocracy.
      A married name does not change upon the death of relatives - she will only be the Duchess of Cambridge for a short time. The press do use her courtesy titles in their articles - but it is a title, not a name. "Duchess Kate" is technically incorrect - one would have to use Kate (or Catherine), Duchess of Cambridge - in a headline to inform the reader. Press have a limited amount of characters to use in their headlines. If you use Kate Middleton - the reader immediately know who you are talking about. That is probably why you will continue to see press use 14 characters to refer to her, rather then 30 characters. Will everyone go nuts when the press call her Princess Kate when she becomes the Princess of Wales? Because we all know she will really be the Princess William...

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    6. UUUGGHHH!!!

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    7. It's OK, Moxie, stand firm. I'm standing firm in my opinion that in this case the paper could have referred to her as Duchess of Cambridge, not Kate Middleton. It was a story in a paper, about an official engagement. They could have used her official name. :)

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    8. She is Princess William now.

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    9. She will really be The Princess of Wales. Kate was not given a title to raise her status; William was made Duke of Cambridge to give him a hereditary title when he married, as all the royal men have been, and therefore she is Duchess of Cambridge. Not Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge - that would indicate she is a widow! I believe the Duke of Cambridge title stays with William when he becomes Duke of Cornwall, and therefore she will be Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge until William is named Prince of Wales. I see no reason why the media should not refer to Kate by her title, which is the Duchess of Cambridge.

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    10. Correction: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge would indicate Kate was divorced. If widowed, she would be the Dowager Duchess of Cambridge as Prince George would become Duke of Cambridge, illustrating the reason for giving William a hereditary title when he founded a family.

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    11. " According to their flight suits as seen in television interviews, Princes William and Harry both used WALES as their surname for military purposes; this continues to be the case for William since his creation as Duke of Cambridge." maybe any you may know why.......

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    12. MARG if you are right is WIDNSOR only; No Mountbatten-Windsor " On 8 February 1960, after the death of Queen Mary and the resignation of Churchill, the Queen confirmed that she and her children would continue to be known as the House and Family of Windsor, as would any agnatic descendants who enjoy the style of Royal Highness and the title of Prince or Princess.[4] Still, Elizabeth also decreed that her agnatic descendants who do not have that style and title would bear the surname Mountbatten-Windsor.[4]

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    13. Sorry, giggling over Catherine being a Dowager anything. I don't think she would follow in Queen Victoria's footsteps. Besides, if she were a widow ( that is very sad to contemplate) William would most.likely have been.King and she would therefore be the QM and George King. That's following the logical progression of events.
      Anon-18:03 right. e.g.- Sarah, Duchess of York. Would a Duchess still be Dowager, if her son has not married? ( another one for your English lessons, ESTI.)

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    14. Just to further confuse things: now. that primogeniture ( will look this one up) is no longer in effect for the Monarchy, what happens when a first-born daughter becomes Queen? (With a subsequent male sibling) realize this is not going to be a problem until George is King, (and maybe not then) but it is an interesting idea to me, with.many ramifications.
      On the other hand, I may be talking complete nonsense.

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    15. anon from Leominster13 July 2014 at 22:41

      Just to jump in here. Mountbatten-Windsor is not Catherine's surname. It's confusing but that double name only applies to the children of grandchildren of the queen, outside the main line of succession. So the children of the son of the Earl of Wessex, will use that surname. Not sure it applies to anyone else at this point since Prince Andrew only has girls and their children will take their husband's name most likely.

      So William - and Catherine's surname is either Windsor or Wales. It is not clear which - both have been used by Charles. Royal surmanes are not as rigid as they might seem to the rest of us.

      Should William and Kate divorce, Go forbid, she would be Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. It is possible she might lose her HRH - Diana did, but I don't know if the royal family would be that foolish again. (That happens automatically, but the queen has a lot of flexibility to step in.) If Kate was widowed, she would be the Doweger Duchess of Cambridge regardless of her age (again God forbid) but:

      Assuming William was still Duke of Cambridge, not Prince of Wales, George would at once become the Duke of Cambridge. There is a precedent for what Kate might be called. When the Duke of Gloucester died, the queen allowed his wife to assume the title Princess Alice (which she was not previously entitled to since she was not a princess in her own right.) This avoided confusion with her son and his wife.

      Would the queen or Charles do this for Kate. Hard to say. Princess Alice had over thirty years of royal service when her husband died and her son was married. But it is the only way Kate could ever become Princess Catherine.

      Let's hope she just becomes the Princess of Wales in due time.

      She is Princess William but the Duchess of Cambridge takes precedence over that title.

      The future will be interesting. George's birth took it out of consideration for the time being but will a future heiress become Princess of Wales in her own right. I would assume so, that's how the Dutch and Spanish have handled it. It's worth noting that the present queen did not become princess of Wales, she remained presumptive heir not apparent, even though her mother was too old to have a son. Nothing is ever assumed. The queen mother could have died and George VII remarried and produced a son.

      Future dukedoms will be interesting. A second son is often the Duke of York but that title is in use (And Andrew could still have a son.) It will be interesting to see what title Harry gets on marriage.

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    16. Marg, I think Kate would still be dowager duchess because her son would then be Duke of Cambridge. He would not be named Prince of Wales unless he was the son of the monarch.

      There is another precedent: the previous Duchesses of Kent and Gloucester were given permission to skip the dowager part. As widows they were Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent and Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester. In the latter case it was a departure from protocol because Alice was not a princess in her own right as Marina was. But Alice was allowed to follow Marina's example. They had both been very active royals and as the Queen's aunts were allowed to be styled as they wished to be.

      Some of this seems flexible. There have been cases in which prince and princess titles were not used by those who could have: Lady Patricia Ramsay, Lady Louise Windsor, Viscount Severn. In an actual break with a decision of the Queen, Princess Anne signed her second marriage register as Anne Mountbatten-Windsor. Apparently she wanted her father's name as part of hers.

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    17. At her 1st marriage I read that when signing the registry, Princess Anne signed herself as Anne Mountbatten-Windsor in loyalfy to her Dad.

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    18. anon Leo- Enjoy your explanations. Any chance Harry could take over Duke of Cornwall, upon marriage, if William becomes POW? I'm asuming Duke of Cambridge would be held for George.I know a title doesn't become available until vacated by death or divorce, but can titles be refused or resigned in favor of another?
      I had not realized Queen Elizabeth was heir presumptive. Little did they know, George VI would die so soon and leave QM to live to 102!

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    19. Thank you! Finally get the Princess Michael of Kent title now :)

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    20. Maryland Moxie14 July 2014 at 03:56

      I remind the gentle folks - that when asked for his name for legal documents: William Mountbatten-Windsor was supplied. The first sentence in the article gives the customary title. Malta is a Republic, not a constitutional monarchy with a British Queen as Head of State. They gained their independence in 1964 and went to a constitutional monarchy, but in 1974 said goodbye to the Queen as Head of State and became a Republic. They are still a member of the Commonwealth. Free Independent Press in a Republic, especially a heavily Catholic one (As you may know, if a descendant married a Catholic, or became one, you lost your place in line to the throne - that's one heck of a discriminatory policy) as well as a former British colony, do not have the same love of the aristocracy as most of you do - owing to their experiences with them. Generally, they will not "conform" to those artificial conventions. Meanwhile, it seems the Malta press caught the royal family and British Government by surprise by publishing the information? Another way to express independence? Or is it the host country's role to announce the visits? Would love more info on that protocol, Charlotte, if you come across it.

      As for Harry's dukedom, if he ever marries, my money is on Duke of Albany.

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    21. But lets not forget that time Kate went to buy a wetsuit and forgot her money. When the shopkeeper asked her what her last name was so he could hold it for her she replied "Mrs.Cambridge".

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    22. Prince Charles was Duke of Cornwall from birth. The Duchy of Cornwall supports Charles, and that title will go to William as his oldest son and heir. Good question as to what Harry's title will be when he starts a family.

      When they married, the Queen signed Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor; her husband, Philip Mountbatten. The marriage certificate of the Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles does not give a surname for Charles, nor for William who signed it as a witness. William and Harry use Wales as their military surname. The marriage register of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has not been made public. On his birth certificate, George is named His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge.

      When and where did William give his surname as Mountbatten Windsor??

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    23. OOPS-- I hought it was at Princess Anne's first marriage that she signed herself as Anne
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    24. anon from Leominster14 July 2014 at 14:18

      Marg, whatever title Harry will take, it won't be Duke of Cornwall. That title belongs to the heir to the throne and carries income for the heir with it. William and eventually George will presumably be Duke of Cornwall when they are the direct heir. Unlike the title Prince of Wales, I believe Duke of Cornwall is automatic. So William will become Duke of Cornwall when his father takes the throne, while Charles will need to make him Prince of Wales, almost a certainty.

      I would presume a future female heir will be either the Duchess of Cornwall in her own right or Duke of Cornwall like the queen is Duke of Lancaster. Does anyone know if this has been settled?

      While normally heirs to a title of nobility, take their father's second title as a curtesy title, (eg. Viscount Severn) the heir to the throne doesn't. So William doesn't use Duke of Cornwall.

      Mountbatten-Windsor has been used unofficially by William in France and by Anne and many others but it seems to be the Official name only for certain descendents of the queen. Anne and Andrew and others no doubt used it to honour their father. Not sure why William used it.

      Starting with the children of William and his generation, the Catholic restriction is going to be defunct (once all relevant countries sign on) Not sure what this means if Andrew married a Catholic but I think the rule might still apply to him. Iffy though.

      I'm not so sure about the Duke of Albany. Technically, there is a pretender. However, the line in question, according to Wiki, didn't ask the queen for permission to marry (they were stripped of the title for supporting Gemany in WW!) so that might not stop its use. The queen has not avoided controversey in this way - The name Charles was controversal because of the Stuarts and their pretenders.

      But the last legit Duke of Albany died young and I'm not convinced the title suits Harry. They say Edinburgh is going to go to Edward so it will be interesting to see what title Harry takes. The large number of sons of George V has caused a lot of traditional titles to have heirs now. There could always be a new creation. Duke of York is possible for a second son of William although if Andrew is as long-lived as his father, it might not be available even if Andrew doesn't have a son.

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    25. If I remember correctly, the Mountbatten-Windsor name was used in a French lawsuit. Attorneys may have given it, but according to the Queen's stated wishes, William is part of the House of Windsor.

      I think there is considerable confusion about surnames; Windsor was invented during WWI and is supposed to be used by the Queen's descendants who use HRH titles. Her marriage register lists her as Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor. Mountbatten is a WWI derivation of Battenberg. Prince Philip used it in the British Navy even though it was not originally his name. He is listed as Philip Mountbatten on his marriage register. Prince Charles did not use a surname for his second marriage register; Princess Anne did, and did not follow the Queen's directives. William and Harry use Wales in the military.

      George's birth certificate names him as HRH Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge. This would be parallel to the way Prince William and Prince Richard of Gloucester were known, and Prince Michael of Kent still is. But the Kents and Gloucesters use Windsor when a surname is needed, as in Lady Helen Windsor (now Taylor) or Lady Gabriella Windsor. The Earl of Wessex's daughter is known as Lady Louise Windsor.

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    26. Marg, Prince William will be Duke of Cornwall when Charles is king, and Prince George will be Duke of Cornwall when William is king. The hereditary Duchy of Cornwall belongs to and supports the oldest son of the monarch, who is traditionally also named Prince of Wales.

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    27. Yes WINDSOR WAS INVENTED, THE REAL SURNAME IS BATTENBERT-SAXE-COBURG -GOTHA
      This name, which came to this monarchy through marriage, in February 1840, Queen Victoria (1819-1901) Prince Consort Albert, son in turn of Duke Ernst I of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, sounded too Germanic.

      An air attack on London carried out by the Germans on June 13, 1917 with fourteen airplanes called "Gotha", in which 162 people were killed and 432 wounded left, but did not highlight the urgent need for change.

      Circumvent any connotation with the enemy became a primary task during the reign of King George V, from 1910 to 1936 - that together with his family and advisers weighed more alternatives to suit the British people.

      After shuffling options such as York, Lancaster, Plantagenet, Tudor-Stuart or Fitzroy, was the private secretary of the king, Arthur John Bigge, the first Baron Stamfordham, on the proposal of Prime Minister Lloyd George, who came up with the solution.

      Windsor, like the famous namesake castle, near London, was a symbol for England, besides being a hundred percent English name and strongly linked to royalty.

      Until today, the British royal family responds to this name, who inherited Elizabeth II.

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    28. Thanks, anon. 17:34. That came to me after I had already posted.A lot of things come to me sfter I post. ha!

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    29. anon from Leominster14 July 2014 at 21:31

      I never did understand why the Franch lawsuit names (the use of Mountbatten-Windsor and Kate referred to by her maiden name) was done that way. It seems incredible to me that a French solicitor or barrister woulld not consult with his or her English counterparts as to the proper use of names so there must be some French legal reason. Does anyone know?

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    30. Maryland Moxie14 July 2014 at 23:11

      A respectful correction to Anonymous who stated that Charles was Duke of Cornwall from birth - he did not gain that title until he was 3, when his grandfather George passed away.

      Regarding Windsor vs Mountbatten-Windsor - I believe the confusion comes about because Elizabeth had to negotiate between two strong willed people - her mother and her husband. Her mother wanted Windsor to remain the family name and Phillip is on record as complaining about not giving his descendants his name (which isn't really his - he adopted it.) so she came up with that strategy to appease the both of them - meanwhile the individual members seem to do whatever they choose.

      As for Kate calling herself Mrs. Cambridge - that is a fair point - but do you think she would still say that when she is in the position of Queen Consort? Here's an interesting question - what name will she sew onto her kids sports cloths when they are away at school? Cambridge, Wales, or Windsor?

      What do you think about Duke of Windsor for Harry? Would certainly brighten that title's legacy.

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    31. anon Leo- EVE colorado, an attorney, xchecked that out at the time. Something about French law requiring use of maiden name. I thought it had something to do with identification- birth certificate, etc.

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    32. The traditional English-French refusal to deal with each other's names accurately?

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    33. Also, and seriously-- I thought that the Mountbatten-Windsor name was to be used by the non-
      royal members of the family.

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    34. Harry Duke of Windsor? Not while Elizabeth lives. Terribly traumatic time for that family. Maybe later. It would be nice and a title one doesn't hear bandied about.
      I always thought Edward would make a great Duke of Windsor redeaux. Guess there are other plans for him.

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    35. anon Leo 14:18- Elizabeth became Queen without ever having been her father's legal heir? The Duchy of Cornwall should have been hers. What happened to all that income? Had the title reverted to the Crown when George became King? I don't think he was Duke of Cornwall while he was King. Charles couldn't be heir apparent until his mother was Queen and then was automatically DofC as the monarch's eldest (only at that time) son.

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    36. Anon from Leo, I have found one source that indicates Charles and Anne were born with the surname Mountbatten (but, after the accession of the Queen, Andrew and Edward with the surname Windsor). King George V's directive specified that the monarch's oldest son's oldest son (now Prince William) would be named Windsor. But apparently it doesn't specify the oldest son of the monarch's oldest child if that oldest child is a daughter (Elizabeth). Women who married into other families were expected to carry their husbands' names. Could this in any way be a reason for Anne and William being known as Mountbatten-Windsor? The sources are pretty unclear even though they repeat the Queen's directives verbatim. Her decree says that her children, and her male line grandchildren, will be known as Windsor.

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    37. I don´t know about that, but for instance; how many Mrs. Smith can exist? Her maiden name may be required for identify them in a lawsuit.

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    38. MARYLAND MOXIE: I reckon that´s the point, she is not only a woman if not she´s The Queen/King therefore her surname is the most important...

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    39. You are right, Moxie, Charles inherited the Duchy of Cornwall in 1952 when he became heir apparent to the throne. It's also been said that he and Anne were born with Mountbatten as their surname, under the George V directive, while Andrew and Edward were Windsors from birth, under the Queen's new instructions. Could this be a reason that Princess Anne used Mountbatten-Windsor on her second marriage register?

      I don't know whether a quick answer in a shop should be taken as authoritative, but perhaps it does reflect Kate and William's sense of their Cambridge family unit. The silly part of that story of course is that Kate had to identify herself to a clerk!

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  16. Thanks for the update, Charlotte! That will be a huge project. Lots of planning. Perhaps solo to leave William with George? Or maybe Catherine's role is being expanded. I imagine there will be a speech or two!
    Enjoyed your post. The William stories and pictures (and male family members!) were most entertaining. Of course, Elie Saab's creations are gorgeous, but made for a Duchess I liked the Temperley London "Clover" dress. Clean lines with interesting detail.
    I have two things to say about the past season clothing:1) I appreciated and agreed with each and every thoughtful comment about the issue; 2) I don't think we'll be seeing many, if any, Moloh fashions in Catherine's future. There haven't been any since that coat, I don't think. Maybe "sour grapes?" .......Esti -do you know that one?
    Telling tales out of school is one thing the Cambridges seem to have zero tolerance for. e.g.- hairdresser?

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    1. I agree, marg, she is not likely to shop with Moloh again. And that coat may be the least attractive garment the Duchess has ever worn. What an awkward length, and an unattractive plaid!

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      in lieu of those "painful baths!"

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    3. Anon 22:07, my least favorite was the Orla Kiely brown print dress. If I had to choose between the two, I'd take the plaid coat in a heartbeat. :)

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    4. I liked the worker's coat at the time ( I think because she was pregnant and I thought everything was cute) Off hand, I did not like the bird's eye dress.
      Why can't some of those fashion guys pick more attractive names? Moloh? Goat? I don't mean to offend, but...
      JO- BP has a pool? Well then, I think KP needs one.

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    5. I do not know Moloh, but Goat is so named because they work with cashmere. I have one of their sweaters and it's lovely.

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    6. Marg--BP does have an indokr pool--staff get to use it, too, if the royals are not! You'd think that they could find a space at KP for one!

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    7. anon from Leominster14 July 2014 at 14:24

      I was never crazy about that Moloh coat. It was too short for Kate and look skimpy. I think it might have been quite nice with black trousers underneath but that's not a look Kate is likely to use.

      Let's hope they don't decide to build a pool at Kensington Palace, too much controversy already. There's a pool at Highgrove. Likewise Anmer hall where George is likely to do his swimming.

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    8. Re: KP pool- forgot the "ha!", again.

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  17. anon from Leominster11 July 2014 at 15:53

    Lovely to see William on his engagements. Quite funny to see him interacting with Charles - love it. William and Harry have such a warm touch with young people. Hope we can continue to see the William engagments here.

    Not certain I fancy any of those replicate clothes but I've blown my budget on a nice jacket for autumn anyway so no matter. I debated one of the Temperley gowns which is just within my reach but it's poly! If I'm to spend two hundred pounds, I'd rather have a silk gown by an unknown designer!

    Hard to say why Kate may save her clothes. I shouldn't like to think she is denying commoners the chance to wear them. Maybe she just likes to buy as she sees and saves them for the right occasion - I know I do.

    Before she was marryed Kate was seldom seen in the same outfit twice - she had a simply huge collection of clothes. I suspect she still does privately when she visits friends, that she's not spending all her time in jeans with George.

    I remember being dazzled by the number of private gowns Diana had when the auction took place although many of those were for royal events that weren't photographed.



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    1. ANON FROM LEO: I learn quite a bit about the monarchy reading your posts besides you write very good English...

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    2. anon from Leominster15 July 2014 at 11:20

      Thanks, Esti. Don't trust my spelling though. I'm a poor speller and often post in the middle of the night when I have time. Unfortunately, the browser I use which let's me post won't spell check!

      The others have advert protection and block me from posting on this site for some reason. I try to check spelling but sometimes I look at my remarks afterwards and cringe at the typos and errors.

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  18. This is very interesting. Not only would it be Kate's first solo assignment abroad, Malta is also a special place to the Queen, who lived there off and on when she was a princess and Prince Philip was stationed on Malta in the Royal Navy. I wonder whether the Queen has specifically asked Kate to represent her at Malta's celebration.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/royalty/9688343/The-Queen-and-the-Duke-of-Edinburghs-65th-wedding-anniversary.html?image=5

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    1. As story goes the Queen met Prince Philip at fourteen and felt in love with him (he was very handsome), and thought ¨"That is for me",..........

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    2. Esti--Elizabeth and Philip are a true love story--67 years married in November!! That deserves some hearts!! ♥♥♡♥♡♥!!!!

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    3. Sweet story....You have to admit it's good to be a Queen. LOL

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    4. She even has a cushion saying that--but she has worked not just hard--but relentlessly--for 62 years as Queen of England.

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    5. Thank you to many for sharing books and web sites to read.

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  19. Great Post!! I can't wait for the Kate Loves posts, I sure have missed them! Silly question but where is Malta?? I never took a geography class in high school.
    I am really hoping we see Kate out and about soon!!
    I really love those blue and pink wedge shoes, they are super cute!
    Have a great day everyone!

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    1. Malta is an island in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Sicily and north of Tunisia.

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    2. I have been to Malta in 2005, La Valleta, you think you are in Medieval Times: armor, casttles, catacombs, etc...·Troya· was shot in Malta, clean mediterranean sea..........and the Gozo and Comino Island opposite....I liked a lot.........

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  20. Grace from Yorkshire11 July 2014 at 19:56

    Oh my those Elie Saab dresses. I want, want, want. I would love it if Kate wore something like that especially with a tiara ;)

    Personally I don't think she deliberately keeps clothes so that others can't buy them, I think she just wears an outfit when it's appropriate to.

    Lovely work as always Charlotte

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    1. Indeed the Elie Saab gowns are wonderful! I do hope Kate wears one when she has the right occasion.

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  21. I think Kate picks her clothing the way most of us do - looks at her options (new and old) decides what would be appropriate and picks what she feels like wearing given activity and climate - she just has to put more thought into how it will be received by the public. She may have clothing from designers (like Moloh) that she has worn, it was just to something private like a friend's dinner party. We used to see more of her "off duty" clothing than we do now, so we see less of her wardrobe overall.

    Elie Saab is one of my favorites for Red Carpet events. Absolutely stunning! I would love to see Kate in a dress like the ones he creates, but given her recent tendency toward spareness, I doubt we'll see it.

    I usually love Alice Temperley's designs because they are so feminine and well cut, but I don't care for most of the new offerings. There's always next season!

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  22. Is it odd that W&K will tour in the fall but they don't know where yet? Doesn't the Government send the RF where there is some diplomatic need?

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    1. JO, girl, try to keep up! ha! The overseas trip is Malta. No tour,too, as far as I know.And I expect an announcement by Christmas.An expected event. No tour.
      Boo. Hiss!

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    2. Marg-thanks- I got it all confused then! Thought there's another tour in the fall-W&K going they know not yet where! Oh dear duh!

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    3. Jenn- still limping along -tried 5 times to thank Marg above- 5 replies may appear! Thanks for asking-hope all is well!

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    4. Marg--I tried & TRIED to answer right here--finally got it to stick farther down! I'd hate for you to think I boo! Hissed! You!!

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    5. JO- I was Boo! Hissing no new tour, not you!
      I would never knowingly Boo! Hiss! you. ha!

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    6. Marg--THAT one I got!! I missed the two tour thingy but I KNEW you were boo hissing the tour-
      or, the UN-tour!

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    7. I also remember talk of a tour by William and Kate for the fall. Confusion is understandable! The rumors must have been about Kate's trip to Malta, if that is accurate.

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    8. anon from Leominster13 July 2014 at 22:44

      Don't know that the two are mutually exclusive. The Malta trip is fairly short so there could be an additional tour. My guess they will wait for the announcement of any longer joint tour until they are sure there is no pregnancy.

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    9. JO- I just reread Charlotte's post about the trip/tour. She thinks there are two-the Duchess one and an overseas one for W&C-" maybe Caribbean". I stand corrected, although not admitting I was wrong. ha! I think it possible.that trip to.Malta.was originally planned for.both, but changed to.just Catherine, for some reason. That actually makes more sense to me. All this about something not yet confirmed by a. palace.
      PS- Jo, do you think supermoon could be affecting your phone? A little bit serious.

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    10. Marg-could be-but this started well before supermoon, which DID affect my CATS! I'm getting more confused about the one-or-two-
      Tours!!!

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    11. Thank you JO, yes, I am much better, ty :). As I was walking in the house just now, I saw that supermoon you're talking about Marg; WOW, it seemed so much larger than usual! Is there something special about this full moon? Like a lunar eclipse or something? I thought I read somewhere something about it (can't remember what though lol).
      Leo, very interesting thought about the palace holding off on an announcement to make sure Catherine isn't pregnant. I hadn't thought of that, but you make a good point. I would have to agree with you, it does seem very likely.

      I hope everyone is doing well. I recently went back to work and it has been non-stop catch up for me. And I haven't been able to get on here as often as I like. I feel so tired all the time, but at least I can sleep now :). Eve, I hope you are still doing better with the new chemo treatments. Even if I can't get on here when I want to, I do think of you all often. Take care everyone, I hope you have a good week!

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    12. Jenn-This orbit closer so moon is 14% closer & 30% brighter(??)
      DearHeart-much caring & strength goes out to you♥♡♥♡

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    13. JO: you reminded me Princess Leia.. (Star Wars)...

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  23. Sarah in Minneapolis12 July 2014 at 00:52

    An answer to Charlotte "What do you think?. Whilst Kate pays a lot of attention to what she wears I've never got the impression she's obsessed with fashion or trends but always appears conscious of the influence her choices have."

    Favored apparel brands shed some light on Kate’s intention to be fashionable or trendy. According to the Daily Mail, between the November 2011 engagement announcement and December 2012, her most worn clothing labels were: McQueen: 16 outfits, Temperley: 8 Jenny Packham: 7 Zara: 7 Reiss: 6 Erdem: 6 DVF: 5 Whistles: 5 LKBennett: 4 Issa: 4 Amanda Wakeley: 4 Libelula: 3 Katherine Hooker: 3 Joseph: 3 Emilia Wickstead: 3 Missoni: 2 Burberry: 2 Roland Mouret: 2 Collette Dinnigan: 2 Orla Kiely: 2 Beulah: 2 Mulberry: 2 Matthew Williamson: 1

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2263585/Kate-Middleton-From-favourite-neckline-fabric-hates-need-know-Duchess.html#ixzz37CnPIYnj

    British Vogue published their Katepedia in January 2013 before the DM piece. It would be interesting to look at their statistics as well. I would also like to see an updated analysis for comparison. If anyone has seen one, please do tell.

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    1. Wasn't it the blue Missoni coat that she wore w/HM to Foftnum's & a wedding--and it was being worn by another lady?

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  24. Sarah in Minneapolis12 July 2014 at 01:00

    Regarding this quote -- 'I'm sure she likes the idea things aren't still in the shops when she buys them so not everyone can go out and buy her look.'

    Gosh I hope this is false. That would be so petty of Kate if it were true. I agree with other posters above that Kate is no longer a customer of Moloh.

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    1. Isn't that a speculation on the part of the fashion house rep?
      And wasn't Issa also dropped due to association with an al
      Fayad relative? Or am I mistaken?

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    2. NOPE!! I'm NOT mistaken!

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  25. Would love to see Kate in an Elie Saab gown! She would look fantastic! If I were getting married, I would save all my money and have an Elie Saab wedding gown or dress! And I would want my arms covered, I'm not too fond of sleeveless wedding gowns

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    1. Have you seen his line for Pronovias? Slightly more accessible than his haute couture gowns and over half of them this year have sleeves. I particularly love the elegance of "Folie." I chose a Pronovias gown when I got married 2 years ago and somehow I didn't realize that Elie Saab had a collection with them or I would have checked them out!

      http://www.pronovias.us/collections/wedding-dresses/2014-elie-by-elie-saab

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    2. anon from Leominster13 July 2014 at 22:46

      I agree it would be wonderful to see Kate in a Saab gown. She would look fabulous. But he is so closely linked to European and Middle Eastern royals I think it's unlikely. Then again, Lela Rose took me by surprise.

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  26. Sarah from Calif.12 July 2014 at 01:49

    Great post Charlotte :) the Elie Saab gowns are gorgeous!!!!
    Looking forward to a birthday picture of George. I'm wondering if Kate does a solo engagement, does George go with her or stay at home with William?

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  27. Lovely post Charlotte, thank you ever so much!

    Very interesting theory about whether Duchess Catherine waits to wear her clothes. I am with most of you on this one, I don't feel like the Duchess does it with the intention to keep others from copying her. It just doesn't sound right to me. IMO, she wears what she feels is appropriate for the occasion, or wears something she is most comfortable in.

    I am curious about one thing though. I saw others commenting about how she had an extensive and varied wardrobe before/when she met Prince William and they started dating. I do wonder if she has kept many pieces from that time and how often she wears them (and to what occassions does she wear them, seems to me if she does, they must be private affairs).

    I loved the pictures of William and his father, they looked quite at ease and like they were really enjoying each others company. The whole article makes PC and PW seem so down to earth, like a regular father/son relationship, IMO. I also love when PW and PH do engagements together (just brothers, its endearing). They seem to have a wonderful, happy, engaging and honest brotherly relationship (you can feel and see the mutual respect and love there).

    JO- wanted to thank you for your comment on previous post. I have missed you and your wonderful comments as well. I hope your tech problems are completely solved now.

    Someone mentioned missing "our Camilla & Jennifer from Wisconsin" on last post (MARG was that you?)- I miss them too, are they not well? I noticed they haven't said anything for awhile now. I hope all is well with them & that they return soon.

    Just my personal opinion, but I think if the Duchess is truely doing a solo trip to Malta, that it is probably a good thing; a good thing for the RF, the British people/country, and for herself personally. What do you other dear ladies think? Just curious, haven't seen too many opinions on this part of the post.

    Well, getting tired, take care all, sleep well :)

    Jenn

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    1. Jenn--I tried to wish Jennifer Wisconsin Happy Birthday but it only posted 5 days late! & you're right--where also is Camilla!?

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    2. Yes, Jenn. I commented a couple of times I am wondering about Camilla and Jennifer from Wisconsin. Hope they are just crazy busy with family and/or job.

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    3. PS- JO- Esti's birthday is coming up! Hope we didn't miss it.

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    4. WHAT!!!??? ESTI--Please reveal your birth date--you KNOW how much we want to celebrate!!
      Whooo Hoooo!!!

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    5. I am not sure how I feel about Kate doing an overseas touring event solo. It would depend on how long would be my main concern. I cannot imagine that she would be bringing little George with her on a solo journey but yet how can she leave him behind. Thankfully she does have her parents since as I understand the nanny cannot go over too many hours. I enjoy more Kate and William together on events except those that of course reflect their personal causes.

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    6. JO: Stay alert to the tv, it´ll tell you....

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    7. Jenn--I TRY to sneak in extra words, but no go! So I get lots of practice being terse, laconic, succinct, concise, etc. YUK!!!

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    8. ESTI--You are SO funny!! COME ON NOW -- I'll tell you mine if gou tell me yours! (Jump in anytime, Marg! (And where do you LIVE?)

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    9. Moon landing, Jo. Apollo.

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    10. Agree with Kat. I am sure Catherine would do GB proud, as well as boost interest in Malta, but didn't Malta have some sort of armed rebellion in the last year or two? Maybe I am confusing with somewhere else. ((there are several choices out there.ha!)
      Wonder about the specific timing. What is going on in GB at that time -September 21-that might involve the Wales boys and their Pa? Without Catherine. Having some sort of daja vu it doesn't ring true feeling.
      Anyway, Kat. Understand your reservations. If trip confirmed, George will probably stay with grandma.

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    11. Out of curiosity, has Duchess Camilla ever made a solo overseas trip/tour? And- what is a tour and what is a trip, British royalty-wise. Can a two-day trip be a tour? I notice the print news uses the terms interchangeably.

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    12. JO, I can´t believe you don´t know wrhere I live...........Madrid......
      I think I have trouble, many post of mime don´t come up..

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    13. anon from Leominster13 July 2014 at 22:50

      Malta is quite small - I would expect the tour to be short. Diana's first tour alone (other than Princess Grace's funeral) was to Norway and was just overnight. Camilla has gone on a short tour to France alone but I don't recall others although I don't keep too close track of her. Often royal wives travel on tours alone because the visit is linked to some particular charity, event or interest, longer tours are usually with their spouse. (Anne is an exception of course, as is Alexandra)

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    14. Thank-you , Leo.

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    15. Thank you Marg you understood. And thank you Leo for always answering those questions we wonder about. I always enjoy your posts with the royal historical background, fascinating reading. Those were good questions Marg. I too would think the "tour" would be quite short for a solo trip.

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    16. Oh, the Apollo landing- Marg, when did we learn that!? I've looked thru this whole post...
      Thanks for telling me!

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    17. JO- yes, I see that you are adapting well to keeping your comments short ;), but I am sure that it is frustrating, I know I would be very put out to have to keep my thoughts to 2 or 3 lines; bravo Jo! Keep up the good work dear friend :)

      Ok Esti, now I am curious also, when is your birthday dear?

      Interesting question Marg, I'm wondering now myself what "the boys" have planned for that date in September, to keep PW from going with his wife to Malta.

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    18. Hi Jenn!...JO- did you notice that@16:51 you said Marg jump in any time and I responded at 16;51? We've all been singing together and our hearts are in tune.
      Jenn-re: "the boys-" Isn't there a birthday? Harry, but another? Where will the Queen be? Balmoral?
      Kat and Jenn-something's not right. Maybe the trip is a rumour, or will be cancelled for security reasons. My antennae are vibrating all over the place. ha!

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    19. MARG; Malta belongs to the European Unión and it´s Euro zone, no rebelion ...

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    20. It was a political rebellion. The nine-year Catholic PM and his party were ousted.

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    21. Calling to earth planet, can you hear me???I swear this is the firth time I try to reveal my birthday date but the post haven´t appeared.........I´m having problems. The 19th , however it is said that was the 20th because of the time difference, I see, I can´t remember my mother told me...

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    22. MARG: I don´t know about that, when was that?? I was in Malta in 2004, maybe you are talking about Cyprus??

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    23. ESTI-Maybe the supermoon OR sunspots are messing up our posts!! I wonder if your husband has special plans for your big day?

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    24. JO: Having dinner at a Japanese restaurant..

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  28. Interesting stories...I suspect there could be some truth in it...Although it's not very hard to copy some of Kate's looks without the original pieces.
    I only heard Kate talking in one of the documentaries about her engagement to William. She sounds very nervous and stalls from time to time...but hey that might be her first speech as princess-to-be. I am sure she has made improvement since then.

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    1. ESTI-sweetie, of COURSE I know where YOU live! One of Marg's posts appeared to be in a far-off time zone, so--???

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    2. Bless her heart- she seemed to forget to breathe! After the interview, she fell back onto a cushion-"I'm so bad at this!" she said.

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  29. Perhaps Catherine purchased the past season items shortly before she got pregnant with George.
    So she just wasn't able to wear them earlier.

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  30. hi charlotte as robert jobson and emily andrews the duchess will be going to malta that what they are saying that its true but they no date yet i bet mom kate and dad wills together uncles and aunt are prepping a party with prince george first birthday party looking forward that they release a official photo of them as a family love those dress and gowns

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  31. Let the Duchess become a butterfly. We may see a completely new
    side to Kate. I believe that she is a very competent woman who will
    make the UK proud.

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    1. Jean from Lancs12 July 2014 at 20:51

      I agree Anon 14:08, in due course she will surprise some people.
      However, just now she is more concerned with her son and thankfully she is being allowed to put him first. That can only be to the long term good of the Monarchy.

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    2. Sarah from Calif.14 July 2014 at 01:43

      Jean and Ano 14:08, well said!
      I was thinking today , I wonder what WK&G are up to. I love the down times because they are having family Kodak moments......cooking, bathing Geo, watching the soccer games, news , calling the grandparents etc....the things that life is made of. Precious :)
      Jean hope you are well. Some day perhaps I will make it there for a cuppa tea!

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  32. I don't agree with Moloh's take on the Duchess' habits at all, in fact her timing in wearing their garments contradicts this statement. The Worker's Coat was from the same-year collection when she debuted it in 2013. The Zimmermann Roamer day dress hadn't yet been released when she first wore it on the 2014 tour, if memory serves? These are two examples off the top of my head, but I'm betting a detailed comparison might further discredit their theory.

    I also wonder, along with others of you, what this might mean for Moloh in the future. Jonathan Saunders also was quoted in the article, though with a bit more discretion. L.K. Bennett offered a much more tightlipped comment, to their credit. It baffles me how a designer in good graces would potentially shoot themselves in the foot when it comes to dressing the woman who sells out styles with one wear??

    Ok, rant over. :)

    I can only think a solo visit to Malta by the Duchess would pay huge dividends for Malta in terms of highlighting the country. Dare I say she might even put it on the map, at least in the eyes of many who don't know its location, history or tourism efforts. It will be interesting to watch this tour unfold.

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  33. Tammy from California12 July 2014 at 18:48

    Can't help but laugh at the "accidental photobomb" in the background of the three taking a selfie. Made me giggle!

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  34. Thank you Charlotte. I missed the program will it repeat on cnn or is it available online? It must be scary for kate to do her first solo overseas engagement. I know diana found it very difficult for the first time. I agree it was so nice to see william and harry with their father they do adore him.
    cheers

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  35. ps happy birthday to beautiful prince george!

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  36. ANNA, Where are you?? It´s the final countdown ; World Cup: GERMANY versus ARGENTINA, I support Germany...

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  37. Oh yeah that's today, right? ESTI-She's probably taking a nap (short bit of sleep) because of time difference.
    TRY TO STAY CALM, NOW!! hahahaha!!

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  38. OH GIRLS!!!! Thanks so much for your support, Esti. I am like many germans: not much of a patriot and not much of a football fan .... but world cups are setting something in motion. Have been glued to the screen for weeks now and this morning (yes, it was early morning in NZ) was really crazy. Went to the office at 6.30am to make sure I can watch the entire game. Most Kiwis were only mildly passionate (because it ain't no rugby, haha) and I was a bit lonely, bouncing around and shouting at the screen. I must have looked absolutely ridiculous, but what can you do?!?!?
    Sooooooo close, but the german team won. Argentina was just as good and it could have been everyones game. How exciting! Congratulation to each and every team, the last 4 weeks were great fun. Now I am physically and emotionally exhausted and it' only MONDAY MORNING.

    ESTI, 4 more days to go until the moon-landing-birthday celebrations. Let me tell you, your birthday will first happen in New Zealand : )

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    1. Congratulations to Germany!! Spain was the previous winner, here we are nothing patriots but "La roja" ( that is the name of Sapnish team, because they wear red team shirt) connects the whole country..
      This is goning to be the largest bithday of my life from New Zealand to the States, anybody in Japan??

      I dont know if this post is going to appear on not....

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    2. ESTI, I know someone who currently lives in South Korea. Would that do??

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  39. Anna- a global birthday celebration! I like the sound of that.
    You should watch with my son-in-law in NSW. There's a fan
    Reminds me of how wrapped up I used to get in college basketball championships. I did brackets!

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  40. Marg - sounds tempting, but Oz is not as close as I would wish ... sometimes. Is he in Sydney?
    The difference here, dear Marg, is that you got wrapped up in games you were actually playing. But I was just a frantic weasel, running around and sending random and unqualified messages out into the world and to tiny people on the screen.... LOL. Oh wow, what fun it was. Hope your son-in-law had also a blast!!

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  41. About Kate and public speaking, I don't think she is still comfortable making speeches in public. You can hear the nervousness in her voice. And I think when she's nervous it probably causes her to speak slower and makes her voice sound more "posh" than it really is because she's worried about how she will sound. To be honest I actually prefer Pippa's voice over Kate's because it has a certain warmth in it that I've never heard with Kate. Kate also talks very quietly and it sometimes is hard to hear what she's saying. Back when she was dating William there were a few videos on YouTube where the paps caught her talking to friends and her voice sounded completely different. She had those " princess lessons" where she was taught to speak more eloquently but I think she took it to heart and is now very eloquent in her speaking but her personality doesn't come out as much as it should and in my opinion has a certain coldness to it. She still is very inviting and nice. But you can just tell that when she's talking she's using the "Catherine" voice opposed to the "Kate" voice that she uses in private. With William and Harry I feel they are used to speaking in public more that their nerves have eased and more of their real personality comes out instead of the public voice they use. Sometimes William talks a little fast and its a bit hard to catch what he's saying.
    I think as the years go on Kate will become more accustomed to speaking in public.

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    1. Hi Blair - Your thoughts echo the sentiment I was raising with my comment/question from Charlotte's earlier post. As with others, I hope her speaking style relaxes and she allows her personality to shine through as she gets more comfortable with her role. I think the working assumption that she's had voice lessons and maybe ongoing coaching is spot-on, and shows the seriousness with which she takes her position. (Thanks for the interesting article, Florence). We can only hope she isn't going to take advice on elocution from her father-in-law - Prince Charles has a beautiful sounding voice but, boy, this American finds him very hard to understand! :)

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  42. Eve from Germany14 July 2014 at 10:08

    YEEESSSSS - They´ve done it! Finally, after so many second and third places, the German team has won the title!! What a great game - what a nerve-racking finale!! Yesterday was the first time during these World Championships when I truly felt so sure that Germany will win - and then this "HELP! Where is my valerian bottle!"-game! I couldn´t sleep all night because of all this adrenaline still pumping through my veins... Argentina fought hard, so chapeau to them as well. And thank you, Brazil, for 4 wonderful, emotional weeks!

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  43. Have you heard Jessica said Kate's pregnant? She was correct the first time. So the news are on the way :)

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    1. anon from Leominster14 July 2014 at 21:36

      I have to say I find Jessica very tiresome and prefer to think she has no connection any more to Kate. It would certainly be a very strange way to have the news spread. Surely, any real friends of Kate's wouldn't say a word to Jessica by this time. But she was right the last time. Lucky guess?

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    2. AnonLeo - pardon my ignorance
      but who's Jessica???

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    3. Anne in Manchester15 July 2014 at 10:00

      Kensington Palace have let it be known that Catherine has not spoken to her former friend Jessica "for very many years". It is on the British Royals page. Jessica is quoted as saying she got the information from Catherine's inner circle of friends, which I don't believe they would break any confidences of W & K.

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  44. Jessica who?

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