Wednesday, 2 July 2014

William and Kate Spend The Day at Wimbledon & A Morning Outing with George!

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge enjoyed an exciting day of tennis at Wimbledon.


Their Royal Highnesses were all smiles as they arrived and took their seats in the Royal Box.


William and Kate greet The Duke of Kent, President of Wimbledon.


British number one Andy Murray took on Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov (who has been dubbed the next Roger Federer) in the quarter finals. The much anticipated match tested Andy as he attempted to defend the men's singles title he won last year. Kate missed Wimbledon 2013 - and the opportunity to see a British man take the title for the first time in 74 years - because she was expecting Prince George; no doubt she was excited to see Andy today.


Below we see Kate and Pippa supporting Andy Murray in 2012.


Kate has been a tennis fan for years and has attended Wimbledon almost annually for years. The Duchess also enjoys playing and there's been talk she may become an ambassador for the tournament in the future. Her Majesty is patron of Wimbledon, although she has never been a great lover of the sport, visiting the tournament just twice in 35 years.



As an avid tennis fan I can assure you watching tennis brings out ones funniest expressions.


As evidenced by our favourite royal couple.


There's plenty of moments like this.


And this.


Kate's parents Michael and Carole Middleton were also in attendance today. For those interested Mrs. Middleton wore the Jaeger Dogtooth Shift Dress.


Kate chatting with AELTC chairman Philip Brook.


William and Kate appeared to thoroughly enjoy the day.



Exchanging smiles.


A lovely shot of the couple.


Sadly and surprisingly Andy was beaten in three straight sets 6-1.

Wimbledon Twitter Feed

Undoubtedly a disappointing result for British (and Murray) tennis fans.


We do so enjoy Kate's sartorial choices at this tournament and had wondered which white dress she would choose? A new piece or one already in her collection?


Kate chose the much-loved Zimmermann 'Roamer Day' Dress she first wore in Sydney during the royal tour.


The white cotton broderie dress is from the designer's Summer Swim 2014 Collection. It features a fitted waistband and fitted three-quarter length sleeves. As expected it's proven incredibly popular, although it remains available in limited sizes on the Zimmermann website and Austique are expected to have more stock shortly.

Zimmermann

Kate teamed the dress with her L.K. Bennett 'Sledge' Pumps.

L.K. Bennett

The Duchess added a splash of colour with her red Anya Hindmarch Beaded Red and Gold Fan Clutch and a red scarf - quite possible her Hugo Boss piece.


Kate also wore her trusty Cartier watch.

Cartier

The Duchess completed the look with Ray Ban Folding sunglasses and her Annoushka pearls.


You can watch a clip at the Wimbledon website.


It was lovely to see the Cambridges supporting such a stellar sporting tournament today.

All England Laws and Tennis Club

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William, Kate and George enjoyed a family outing to The Butterfly Exhibit at the Natural History Museum this morning. Emily Rickard was staying at a local hotel when she heard the family were nearby and as she was planning to visit the museum anyway she went along and managed to take photos of the trio as they were leaving.

Photo used with kind permission of Emily Rickard

The trio were accompanied by staff including Kate's private secretary Rebecca Deacon, nanny Maria and royal protection officers suggesting it may have been a private visit associated with a charitable organisation or perhaps a family photoshoot. It's most likely the latter because we can see a photographer in the photos. The Duchess has been patron of the museum since April 2013 and has attended a number of official events in that capacity.

Emily shared her excitement at the royal sighting via Twitter.

Emily Rickard Twitter Feed

The popular exhibition offers families the opportunity to experience the magic of coming face to face with hundreds of free-living butterflies as they wander through the tropical butterfly house. Learn about the metamorphosis of these fragile creatures, discover species from all over the world and, most of all, enjoy a family day out. I expect the Cambridges had a wonderful time with George. If you're interested it's open until September and all details can be found here.

Natural History Museum

From what we can see in the photos, it appears Kate wore her Budding Heart Silk Tea Dress by Suzannah. The £475 frock is based on the brand's best selling 1930s inspired tea dress style. It's described as "a fabulous day dress" with a matt silk crepe skirt part lined in 100% habotai. Kate wore it underneath coats during the tour.

Suzannah

Hopefully we'll hear more about the visit in the near future officially.

216 comments:

  1. Charlotte you are amazingly fast, hardly find words. It must be an exciting day for the Cambridge's, great to see them out and about.
    I am not fan of this Zimmermann dress I do not know why, it is just one of those days. Wedges back, sugar.
    I am more excited about her mom Carol, now she is a stunner, gosh, she was pretty. The girls should learn from her I must say. Thanks for the coverage, let's hope Andy goes through.Blue27

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  2. Jean from Lancs2 July 2014 at 14:23

    Thought she might be at Wimbledon today. Love this dress.
    I hope George enjoyed his trip to see the butterflies. It was reported over the weekend that Catherine had taken him to Bucklebury Farm Park last Friday, but no photos surfaced.
    Perhaps we will see some photos for his birthday..

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    1. Gosh, you are 'up' on the Kate news! I didn't hear that.

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  3. I would place a bet that that was a photoshoot to get a picture for release around Prince George's first birthday?

    It looks like there is a photographer in 2 of those pictures, behind Rebecca Deacon ??

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    1. I agree with Charlotte B, it would make a lovely first birthday photo release of PG and some butterflies.

      KiwiNic

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  4. I like everything but the sunglasses....even though she's watching a sport, they seem to sporty for the outfit. But there are more important things to be concerned about in life, than her choice of sunglasses :-) Nice that they could get away for a date.

    Whenever you show pre-engagement photos of Kate, she's wearing multiple accessories. I kind of wish that when she isn't on official duty, she'd show more of that personality and accessorize more.

    Good call, Charlotte B. I see what appears to be a photog and with how dressed up they are I think a birthday photos is likely!

    Amanda, Canada

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    1. Lol. For a REAL set of sporty sun glasses, take a look at Princess Anne. OMG. ;)

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    2. When mentioned there was a photographer at this private event, I thought same thing, might be a first birthday photo shoot.

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  5. This is Kate at her best and, in my opinion, so much better than yesterday! I love her hair like this. For once, the length doesn't bother me because her hair has life to it. I know everyone is tired of the sledges, but I like them so much more than the Jimmy Choo's from yesterday. So nice to see the fan clutch back out as well. It's not as costume-y as it was in Canada and adds a bit of fun color. Love the shape of the sunglasses on her too. Something different than the big rounds.

    I've been waiting to see the Duchess re-wear the green dress since the tour. Hopefully, we'll get to see hi-res photos of her in it. I imagine the butterfly house would make for some really wonderful photos.

    Thanks for being so fast, Charlotte!

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  6. I am so excited to get another glimpse of my favorite of the Duchess's handbags! So summery, I just adore it!
    I like the dress alot, still don't like the hair.
    The pic of William with his hands on his forehead cracke me up.....I have been there, dude, I feel your pain. Lol

    Mr and Mrs Middlenton sure do look nice, not sure I'd pair those shoes with that dress, but that's a minor nitpick and they look great.

    Nice to see a few shots of a family outing, and I am sure Prince George had a splendid time.
    That green Tea Dress is a personal favorite of mine, so yay for another sighting!!

    Great post, again, Charlotte!

    Amy, Detroit Michigan

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    1. Alex in Bristol2 July 2014 at 16:39

      I really liked Caroles sandles and added a fun element to her outfit. I wonder whyKate generally wears tights and court shoes with a summer dress. It is actually hot today so sandles would be a younger and weather appropriate and lifted yesterdays and todays dresses especially as there are some lovely dressy sandles around. Loved to see them enjoying the tennis. My sister is at Wimbledon today so waiting to see her photos !

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    2. I´m remembering a pair of sandals LKBennet, in Canada too??

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    3. PS It was in a Polo Match in Santa Barbara..

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    4. Oh don't getme wrong Alex, I like Carole's shoes. I think I would like them with her dress better if they were just all white. But it definitely is a minor nitpick.

      Does Kate have white summer shoes that we have seen? White sandals would look great with this dress. Or even the wedge sandals she wore with the dress on the tour would have worked.

      Amy, Detroit Michigan

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  7. WOW! Charlotte! Thank you so much for this amazing post! We are spoiled.
    I really love to see Wiliam and Kate together and their little butterfly George.
    You made my day!

    Monica, France

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  8. Rebecca - Sweden2 July 2014 at 15:18

    So beautiful! And they look happy. Love that they went to watch butterflies. Even if it's "just" for a good picture it means they would like him to have fun during it.

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  9. Shantel (@FashionandFaith)2 July 2014 at 15:23

    Emily's tweet was HILARIOUS!! It is exactly what I'd say to myself (and anyone else who'd listen) if I ever saw the Cambridge Trio!
    This post is a lovely surprise; I really like Kate's outfit today and her hair looks amazing! It seems to have more life--maybe it is how it's curled away from her face....
    That green dress is everything! I want it--IMMEDIATELY! ;)
    I've got to run!
    Take care, everyone!
    Shantel
    Minnesota, USA

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden2 July 2014 at 15:34

      Such a fun tweet. And a really normal reaction. It' all 3 (!) of them!!

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  10. Yay, yay, yay on the green tea dress! I hope that better pictures come out soon so that we can see it more closely.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden2 July 2014 at 15:33

      I agree! It seems absolutely stunning.

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  11. Love, love, love the Cambridges at the tennis, just wonderful! I was hoping Catherine would wear the gorgeous Zimmerman dress again.
    Not sure about the sneaky photo of George, a bit invasive perhaps. And what was the swearing about? Totally unnecessary I thought...

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden2 July 2014 at 15:43

      Agree about the swearing. But I much rather it be an excited civilian taking a few bad quality snapshot than a bunch of paparazzi. For their sake.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden2 July 2014 at 16:15

      Nowdays with cellphone cameras and such it's quite inevitable. If people take pictures of their extra large icecream or new shoes and share with everybody it makes sense wanting to share seeing 3 members of the royal family :-P

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    3. To photograph or not to photograph, that is the question.. It's only inevitable if that someone Clicks.....

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  12. Wow Charlotte, do you stay up all night to get these posts out so quickly? I thought Kate looked nice today, summery and pretty. However, the sausage curls just aren't my favorite look for her. Maybe she did her own hair yesterday and today, that would explain why it looks different than normal.

    I thought it was kind of strange that Kate's parents attended Wimbledon today but didn't sit with Will and Kate. They sat is the royal box just a few days ago and I would have thought that W&K would have wanted to spend some time with them watching tennis.

    I hope the trip to the butterfly exhibit was for a photoshoot for George's first birthday. I would love to see Kate in the tea dress as I think it's very pretty and feminine, just her style.

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  13. It's really exciting to see the Cambridges out today:) I love Kate's sunglasses I think they're really fashionable:)

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  14. I´m remembering a pair of red shoes in Canada....Thoes might have fitted ....I have never seen them again..

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    1. Agreed, they were great, I am dying to see her in coloured shoes for a change. Blue27

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden2 July 2014 at 18:07

      Colored shoes would be a nice change of pace.

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    3. True...red shoes would have been nice. This outfit reminds me of last year when she wore a white dress and blazer with the animal print clutch bag.

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  15. I was wondering if she would wear the Zimmerman dress as it is her newest acquisition in white. I think she looks fantastic! Summery and effortless. So glad to see the whimsical fan clutch. One of my favorites, and she doesn't bring it out often enough.

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  16. Again you are the best and fastest Kate blogger out there! Thank you! I adore this outfit on Kate she looks elegant and so in love! Thanks nice to see her out with her son at butterfly world and that dress looks nice on her too.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden2 July 2014 at 16:17

      Have to second this one! Some of the other Kate blogs just posted their posts on yesterdays outing. That dress seems soooooo beautiful! Really hope we get alot of photos.

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  17. The budding heart tea dress seems to me the perfect choice to go see butterflies--I hope Prince George had a good time and that their photographer got some great photos (AND that we get to see one or two sometime!!!). Great job, Amy! I'm not sure I would have reacted fast enough to get one picture, let alone three.

    I thought Kate looked wonderful at the tennis match; very nice that she and William were together this year at it. Alas for Andy Murray.

    I agree with whomever said Mrs. Middleton looks fabulous. She's my age and oh boy what I would do to be able to still wear heels!--but my feet won't let me, alas and alack!

    Thanks Charlotte, for all your work. You are SO MUCH APPRECIATED!

    Marci from Salt Lake

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    1. I meant to write "Emily" not "Amy"!

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  18. Charlotte- A++++++++++++!!!!!!! Wonderful palette! I like everything. The Zimmermann! The Suzannah! The Middletons! The romantic glances! The surprise! Like a Secret Sister gift- so unexpected.
    I do hope that candid won't spoil the birthday photo, but agree- better excited fan than the paps. Uh....security?
    Agree about the LK Bennetts.

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  19. What a wonderful post! the photos are priceless. Too bad for Andy Murray, but Wimbledon is crazy sauce this year! Did anyone see the slugfest between Kerber and Sharapova? It was FANTASTIC!
    Love the Zimmerman. It is a perfect dress for Center Court.....they both looked marvelous.

    My rant: I wish people would show some respect about photographing family moments and stop calling her Kate Middleton. She is the Duchess of Cambridge and the mother of a future king.

    Mel in Cloudy SoCal

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    1. Ew, I loathe it when I hear them still calling her Kate Middleton. I wonder why nobody uses Duchess of Cambridge or Catherine? Bugs the hell out of me!
      I am in Socal too but it is quite sunny in the San Fernando Valley :)

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    2. Maryland Moxie2 July 2014 at 21:16

      Because we are a free people. With a free press. If the Queen of the UK "commands" us to call someone the Duchess of Cambridge or Catherine - we are under no obligation to do so - she is not our boss or leader. Meanwhile, Kate's parents called her Kate Middleton for years and if it was good enough for them - should be good enough for anyone else. Some perspective for you - the world has 7 billion people - the UK is 63 million of this population - that is equal to less then one percent of the world's people.

      We can go on with the "it's disrespectful not to use the courtesy titles" to the "it's bullying to ask someone to use special titles and use terms like "royal HIGHNESS" which imply that someone is greater than another. The free, independent press is not wrong to use whatever name they choose to refer to these people.

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden2 July 2014 at 21:57

      To nitpick, her family calls her Catherine. The Kate nickname is from school etc.

      I agree that it is free press, and I call her Kate sometimes. But it annoys me when they call her Kate Middleton. For the simple reason that it is inaccurate. I'm not gonna say that they can't, but free speech allows me to complain about it if I like.

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    4. @Maryland Moxie: Plain and simple it is rude to call her Kate Middleton when she is married to HRH Prince William. No matter where you live. Free Press....now there's an oxymoron.

      Mel in SoCal

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    5. Yes, people are free; free to be respectful...or not. I am not suggesting that everyone has to call her by her proper title, but I happen to agree that it is disrespectful to refer to her as Kate Middleton at this point. If we set aside the royal factor for a moment, who would continue to refer to a female by her maiden name after her marriage UNLESS she specifically requested it? It's almost like not recognizing the marriage. But I do realize that some people would rather not.

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    6. anon from Leominster3 July 2014 at 01:34

      I think more and more people are using Duchess of Cambridge. Some of the slowness may have come from sites wanting to make sure search engines found their articles.

      Frankly, I've always thought Catherine sounded just a bit affected because William clearly called her Kate up though the engagement interview. I've heard conflicting reports of what her family called her - she was plainly Kate as school. Could be she didn't care for the diminutive - lots of us don't! If William had called her Catherine from Day 1, it would have been different - but he didn't and we were mostly used to calling her Kate when we were told to change.

      Always think of Shakespeare - paraphrasing - "they call me Katherine who do talk of me - and the retort of Petruchio - you lie...for you are called plain Kate and bonny Kate .....but Kate, the prettiest Kate in Christendom." And so the onetime Kate Middleton now the Duchess of Cambridge arguably is!

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    7. Maryland Moxie, neither High nor Low3 July 2014 at 02:23

      It IS plain and simple - Elizabeth is not everyone's queen. The titles she bestows on her family members are meaningless to 99.9% of the world's population. She may have a grandson SHE calls His Royal HIghness Prince William and she is referring to William, son of Diana and Charles. The reason everyone keeps using Middleton is because William did not give her a last name ... and if you just call her Kate, people may not know who you are talking about. You are absolutely free to use whatever terms you want and be annoyed it others don't use them. But, William and Kate are not "higher" then anyone else in this world - so it is not disrespectful to not refer to them in that way.

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    8. Maryland Moxie, neither High nor Low3 July 2014 at 02:39

      To nitpick, Kate referred to herself as Kate: http://abcnews.go.com/International/Royal_Diary_Blog/kate-catherine-middleton-choose-royal-wedding/story?id=13087017

      Also be aware - In the recent criminal lawsuit filed by the Duke and Duchess in France over the publication of topless photographs of Kate, the presiding judge called them Mr and Mrs Mountbatten-Windsor. The court papers listed them as William Arthur Philip Louis Mountbatten-Windsor and Catherine Elizabeth Middleton. http://overtheretohere.com/101-kate-middleton-part-1-two-and-a-half-royals/

      Why? Because Elizabeth granting her kin folk titles mean nothing in a world where she is not queen.

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    9. I must ask which world you belong to Moxie? If you post here it must clearly affect you one way or the other,

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    10. Maryland Moxie3 July 2014 at 18:59

      I live in a world where on Friday, we will celebrate our independence from British Colonial rule. I live in one of the original 13 Colonies. We will sing a National Anthem about a war in a city, that I live in, that defeated the British again in the War of 1812 written by a fellow named Francis Scott Key. We sing it before every sporting event it is called The Star Spangled Banner. You hear it when our countrymen win Gold medals. Our city is named after Lord Baltimore, whose father was a secret Catholic unknown to the royal family and he provided a safe haven here for the Catholics that were persecuted in England. It is a city filled with lots of Irish Catholics - they immigrated here because they were having a tough time in their country and were starved out of their homeland during English rule. We all drive over the Francis Scott Key bridge and through the Fort McHenry Tunnel - named after the Fort, which still stands, where our National Anthem was written.

      None of this affects why I post here. I post here to work on my critical thinking skills and I study how "royal" families are portrayed in the media. The debate about whether or not to use titles, honorifics traditionally bestowed by a monarch is interesting to me. I did not point out that these titles, particularly for William and Kate, are transitory. When someone dies, their names will change again - Charlotte will have to update her blog title. I think it is very interesting to see how they were referred to in a European court where they have no "royal status".

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    11. Leo- only you could be counted on to quote Shakespeare! (I personally think a duke well-acquainted with QEI and her court did the writing, . but that is another subject)
      And what an apt quote! But..."Taming of the Shrew?" ..... Subtle put-down there? ..Ha! ...Also, the more common" ... "a rose by any other name would smell as sweet," although, was that Blake? Or WS , referring to Juliet?
      In my life, I have gone by various versions of my given name. It has varied by time, occasion, others involved- school or family, non-family, for example.
      The Cambridges have made it clear they prefer Catherine.
      I think part of the confusion stems from "Kate" being associated with Middleton and "Catherine " associated with Duchess of Cambridge.
      I don't care what William calls her in the privacy of their own home (babykins?) Whether you have an aversion to titles or not, the least we can do is use the name they prefer for public use. We are not, afterall, her relatives, although some of us get motherly or sisterly urges toward her at times.
      Call her Duchess Catherine, or HRH, or Catherine, or even Catherine Cambridge. That has a nice ring.
      Don't call her by her maiden name. Since Kate seems to go with Middleton and perpetuates that cult, call her Catherine. And it is a cult. If you don't believe that ( not you, Leo- I am way past my response to you by now. Ha!) there are still those around who call her "waity." They also call her Kate Middleton. It is a form of disrespect and a put-down, regardless of search engines. and a constant reference to her days as a middle-class girlfriend-in- waiting. (we don't call Camilla Cammie) If one does not know by now that she is married (and royal family married name confusion is part of the problem), then I do not understand the interest in her.
      When I do a search, I always start with "Duchess." Not "Kate."

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    12. Moxie- correspondingly, what is used in a French court of law, or any court of law, means nothing to 99.9 % of the world outside a courtroom. Maiden names are often used in legal papers to correspond with a birth certificate. There may be any number of Mrs. Brad Pitts, but only one with a certain birth name, born on a specific day at a specific time, in a specific place of specific parents. The name used was for legal identification only. Not to make a social comment.
      COLO. EVE- it is up to you to defend or refute my statements. ha!

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    13. Moxie, Elizabeth isn't my Queen, but the general concept of not continuing to refer to a married woman by her maiden name (unless she requests that people do so) is not a foreign one (pun not intended).

      Do I think that Kate is better than me as a *person*, no. Do I recognize her marriage and position, yes. If my interest in the RF wasn't based on generally positive thoughts (as they pertain to the idea of a monarchy), I would not spend my time commenting here.

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    14. Thank you for sharing and clarifying Moxie, that makes more sense now. Most of us here just like the duchess of Cambridge, her fashion and the royal family, so we are not too concerned with critical thinking.
      That's probably why you meet a bit of resistance.

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    15. Moxie- I sometimes doubt you read all the rebuttals to your arguments, but here goes again.
      I enjoy your comments, although not always agreeing with them. I would miss you, if you stopped.

      No need for you to curtsey or bow or calll anyone RH or HM. (do you approve of Sir? Doctor? Dame? ) My Dad earned a PhD. , but he always said,"Just call me mister."( Gary Cooper or Gregory Peck may have also said that ) So, I really do not come from snobs.
      On the other hand, let the people who are in the realm of QEII decide what to call her and her family.
      I cannot believe that, as you were giving that moving account of the history of the drive for the colonies' independence from England, you failed to reflect upon the thousand-year history of the monarchy in GB. They must be doing something right. Think how many US presidents there have been since QEII became queen. While PMs come and go, the monarch remains, a unifying source of identity. We mostly have our flag and some national monuments, but nothing human to carry us through the constant political upheavals.

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    16. She's referred as Kate Middleton because that's what most people think of when they think of her and do google searches. Simple.

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    17. I have suddenly learned that comments are continually made after the initial date of post. I am so enjoying our blog (hope it is okay to refer as "our"). You all have valid "critical thinking" (love that term) observations. This has been a very fascinating discussion. Part of the problem too is that Kate use to have a last name and when she married she no longer has a last name. As someone pointed out, William referred to her as Kate until they were married. It was a very long time that we all knew her as "Kate". If I had the fortunate experience of being introduced to her, I am sure it would be as Catherine, and then that would mean I would henceforth when speaking to her call her Catherine. To the world when she got married she became Duchess Catherine of Cambridge. In her private personal world (close friends and family), she probably is not called Catherine (just a speculation). But I seriously doubt that either of them are offended if we use the name Kate.

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    18. Maryland Moxie4 July 2014 at 05:03

      Marg, I respectfully disagree about the French Court. When they petitioned the court for help they supplied their legal names. What is a marriage but a legal contract? I agree that the court name supplied by Kate was probably her maiden name -- however none of the words cambridge, duke, duchess, prince or princess were used. These words only carry meaning in the country they were bestowed, England - and they will change over their lifespan. Consider what happens when they go to Scotland - everyone loves to trot out other names for them. In the U.S., where I live, they would also legally be Mr. and Mrs. Mountbatten-Windsor. In my state, we have a Cambridge, Maryland. They are not the Duke and Duchess of it. Here, if you wanted to use the most often used cultural form of address she would be known as Mrs. Catherine Mountbatten-Windsor. If the press used that - people would have no idea who they are talking about.

      I'll have a tough time discussing your other concern about status - exactly because I do not think it is a healthy system - neither the aristocracy nor determining your identity by who you married. If I were you, I would track the types of press doing that and then avoid them. I tend to stick with blogs and news outlets that source their information.




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    19. Maryland Moxie4 July 2014 at 05:23

      Hi royalfan,
      I somewhat addressed the question of what exactly is Kate's married name in a post to marg - Elizabeth has said that it is Mountbatten-Windsor. Your statement about married women and maiden (aka birth) names got me curious as to whether that was true culturally across the world and I did look that up and discovered there are many countries where that is not the cultural norm. It is generally a Western English speaking tradition. It was fun to look up and read about different traditions so thanks for providing the spark.

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    20. Wow. What did I miss? Thought the fireworks were supposed to be for the 4th of July, seems they are here instead.

      Just my personal opinion, but, if I were still married, I wouldn't want to be called by my maiden name. Didn't know there were such strong views about what the Duchess is called (I think you can guess by this sentence where MY respect lies), but everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

      Just a thought- Moxie-my ancestors too are from Ireland (just under a century ago), and when they arrived in NYC, they found such a degree of resentment toward the Irishman, that they changed the spelling of their name (from Mc to Mac). So in the blink of an eye we went from being Irish to being Scottish. The point of me telling you this? Well, honestly, I think your comment is a little offensive toward the british people. Your history lesson was more or less correct (rudely worded perhaps), but my point is that apparently the United Kingdom isn't viewed by every American the way you described.

      Geez, maybe its the pain medicine, but I feel like I'm rambling and not making my thoughts clear. Ugh.

      I mean no offense Moxie, it just is my experience that a lot of Americans look to their ancestory with pride and interest. And let's face it, a lot of us came from the British (13 colonies you mentioned).

      Idk, maybe I should go back to just reading the comments till I'm better. I'm not thinking clearly enough I guess. Lol, I knew what I wanted to say when I started, now it seems like a chore to finish.

      Marg, Esti, Jo, Royalfan- how are you all doing? I haven't seen any comments from bluhare, is she ok? Eve, I hope your new cemo is working for you and that you're feeling better.

      Thankyou so much Charlotte for all the wonderful posts to read, you are amazing.

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    21. Moxie 05:03- perhaps we were each using a different premise: I was approaching from the use of Catherine (not Kate!) Middleton and you, I believe , threw in the use of titles, which I didn''t address.Well, not really.

      Re titles: not being recognised in countries other than that of origin. Name one country where they have been that they were not known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge .Other than Scotland
      Moxie, I really do understand you are saying royal titles have no intrinsic meaning. I'm just having fun here. OK?

      Re maiden names: interesting point. Probably in matriarchal societies- Esti says Spain, Mexico-I think China-
      women are born and die with their maiden names. I wonder if there is even a word for it in those languages It is just their name. .I believe any children in matriarchal societies will also carry the mother's birth name. Is that right, ESTI? Anyway, it makes a whole lot more sense to me.

      In patriarchal societies, mostly the Western countries, , the female takes the male's name, traditionally.
      These days, since women's lib, Western women have become more conscious of self and personal heritage. Remember when Hilary Clinton became Hilary Rodham Clinton, adding her maiden name ? Also, facebook had its part in bringing back use of maiden names Made it easier for old school friends to find you (sometimes unfortunately) . I know my legal name, on certificates, licences and such, includes my birth name. By the way, my daughter never took her husband's name. At all. She has professional licenses in her maiden name and kept it as her legal name.No heritage issue. Just simpler.Except for the people who still want to call her Mrs._.
      Who knows what will happen with gay marriages.
      I think today, the individual is the deciding factor. The Cambridges wish her to be called Catherine for public use. As I have said, we don't call the Queen"Lillibet" and neither should we call Catherine "Kate" or Camilla "Cam, " for example.
      Moxie, yes, titles change in time. But that does not mean we should not use the current title currently. I am sure if you prefer to call her Mrs. Mountbatten-Windsor if you should meet her someday, on the underground say, I doubt she would shout, "Off with your head!" ha! She called herself "Mrs. Cambridge" at a store.

      PS- it would technically be Battenberg-Coburg-Gotha. whatever. Who wants to mess with that.

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    22. BLUHARE-04:01- (caps for attention. I think you skim) And why do "most people" continue to think of her as Kate Middleton?

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    23. Maryland Moxie4 July 2014 at 19:24

      Marg,
      The U.S. takes full responsibility for perpetuating this British monarchy. If we hadn't come over there when asked, everyone might be speaking German. Sometimes you've got to take the lesser evil.
      Jenn,
      The history of my hometown is fact, not an opinion. There were wars on this land and the Irish did come here seeking a new life because of the famine in their home country created by the British. A song about kicking the British's ass is our National Anthem and the battle it refers to is Baltimore. Florence asked "my" world view. And 300 million people, 5 times the population of Great Britain - are celebrating the liberation from Monarchy today - the British Monarchy. So if Elizabeth gives her grandson and his wife a title of "status" upon his marriage and the American press don't use it - maybe there is a clue somewhere in my remarks as to why that is.

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    24. JENN NC- 1) your comment was fine. As clear as many of mine. (some will say most)
      2) if you go back to just reading, please sneak in a "I'm ok" from time-to-time. Goes for all, especially those who shared their troubles with us.
      3) thanks for reminding us that every brilliant, wordy comment we write, Charlotte has to wade through it. OK, Jenn. That's not what you meant by posts. I still have difficulty with blog terminology- but,I still think my version is worth thinking about, too.

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    25. anon from Leominster4 July 2014 at 21:37

      I think my remark got eaten so here goes again. My computer apologises if another version appears.

      Marg, I hadn't really intended anything by Taming of Shrew but if the sledge fits.

      Rose by any other name is Romeo and Juliet. When asked who I would most want to have to dinner, past or present, I always say Shakespeare because I'd like to ask if he wrote the plays.

      I think Shakespeare would called the duchess Kate. All his Catherines were Kate. There's Hotspur's wife although I believe her name was really something else.

      William started it all by calling her Kate. At home, no doubt she is Babykins or Popprt. To us, Poppet is a spaniel.

      Homework Moxie. I'm not sure you're right about Mountbatten-Windsor. Think Lady Louise Windsor. The combined surname is used only in certain instances. William also uses Wales as a surname. I've hoped Charlotte or someone with a better brain than I could do a post and sort royal surnames out because it doesn't seem straightforward.

      Glad to see you back, Bluehare, we missed you.

      Happy Fourth of July and a belated Happy Canada Day to all. I wouldn't expect anyone from the States to curtsey but the fact that is expected in Britain and elsewhere does set the royal family apart, deference carries with it obligation, you aren't just a normal citizen.

      Lots of talk about equality. I've noticed new immigrants to Britain that I've met are particularly concerned, unhappy might be a better word, about the issue of royal family and equality. Something the royal family will need to consider in the future.

      If I were Kate, I would be most concerned about Duchess Dolittle. Like Airmiles Andy, those nicknames stick and are hard to shake. They can destroy a reputation.

      I use my married name but would be proud to be referred to by maiden name if it didn't muddle things. I don't see it as an insult. And I think it looked a bit pretentious for Catherine to try to change her first name right when she got a title. A bit show-offy even if that wasn't intended. Just my opinion.

      Other royal ladies do get nicknames, including Max and Leti even though they may never have used them, And the increased marriages of royals and commoners, not just aristocrats, but personal trainers, party girls, news readers, royal mistresses and now a lingerie model is making the whole thing just a bit blurry. Kate is not alone at all. Poor Sofia in Sweden is taking quite a beating.

      I think there is a "where does it stop?" feeling out there. I have absolutely no answers to this and I'm not even quite sure how I feel about it. But to the world at large, this may not be a time for royals to worry too much about what they are called.

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    26. Battenberg-Coburg-Gotha was got rid of after WWI to not have any conection with Germany...
      By contracting the current sovereign marriage to Prince Philip of Greece, maternally belonging to the family of Mountbatten, the Queen ordered that his descendants Mountbatten-Windsor is apellidaran.

      The maternal grandfather of Philip of Edinburgh, German prince named Louis Alexander of Battenberg (1854-1921), who married a granddaughter of Queen Victoria, Victoria of Hesse-Darmstadt, translated his surname, German, English equivalent of Mountbatten (berg is mountain mount and mount in German and English respectively).

      In April 1952, two months after his accession to the throne, Elizabeth II decided that she and her children would be known as the House and Family Windsor, surname and his descendants would inherit respective children.

      A subsequent decree issued on February 8, 1960, requires, however, that while the Sovereign and four children-Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward, to be known as Windsor, other family members who were not princes or royal highnesses lead the surname Mountbatten-Windsor

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    27. Thanks Marg. Yes, I'm ok. I'm sure I will continue to comment, perhaps just not to people who I know will just nitpick my comment apart and not get what I mean lol (not referring to you). I agree, your version is well thought out and I got it ;).

      Hope all is well bluhare :), have you been ill?

      Take care all.

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    28. JENN.
      I've been getting similar vibes too.
      I don't mind people not agreeing with me, but some responses to one's comments almost become personal attacks.
      We can do without that, especially when one has many personal issues to deal with in their lives.
      Anon from LEO - I think you deal with many such comments beautifully and eloquently and put your point of view with graciousness. You're a real trooper.

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    29. marg, I do skim from time to time. I think Kate MIddleton is still used as most people do not follow Kate and they may not know her real title, so Kate Middleton is still used. It gets page hits.

      Jenn, I'm fine. Just haven't had much to say lately, I agree with Helen about the vibes lately and I've not really been in the mood to dive in.

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    30. Why is it people feel it is acceptable to nitpick and make personal attacks on Catherine, who is not present to defend herself, but a critical comment to a poster present in the dialog about such remarks about Catherine is somehow offensive? If anyone needs examples of derogatory remarks aimed at Catherine, I will quote them.
      One would think, after receiving such criticism aimed at one personally, one would be careful no to do this to another. Apparently not
      I'm sure Catherine has problems to deal with, too.

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    31. MARG: The answer about surnames: I have two surnames, first, my fathe´s last name and second my mothe´s last name., so I am Estibaliz N........L.........in my Passport....when I go to London between my first name María and my two surname , in the hotels they drive crazy.....ha.. and I end up being María N.......and I don´t know who is that.......

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    32. Moxie, I'm glad you appreciated the "spark." :)

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    33. Maryland Moxie5 July 2014 at 03:47

      Esti,
      Thanks for clarifying - so upon her marriage, Elizabeth kept her maiden (birth) name.
      Too funny that we are having this conversation and no one has mentioned this.
      Meanwhile, when Charles becomes King, he can change the family name anyway he likes too. He might change his King name too - like his Grandfather who became George but was born Albert. As can William... and so on. One thing is clear - they will use whatever name they think is good for public relations.

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    34. Maryland Moxie5 July 2014 at 05:01

      Marg,
      Seems to be several points being discussed.
      In my view, using Kate Middleton in the press is not intended as a slur -- feminists will tell you women do not become greater because of marriage. Because they were not less as single women. Getting married is not winning a prize. It is taking on a responsibility for another person. (Some do this badly, that is why there is so much divorce.) However, when you throw a "monarchy" in the mix - where they do use status titles to infer greatness - things get complicated. If you don't subscribe to a monarchy view - you don't pay any attention to these things - because you consider them absurd. Press don't care about "etiquette" - they are writing to inform their readers and use terms that will quickly identify the person they are talking about. Aristocrats are a different kettle of fish - titles and last name do matter in their world. Interesting to note - these titles were bestowed by a monarch for "services" - mostly warfare.

      Jenn - my commentary was focused on the effect of the British Monarchy and Government Policy and how that governance created unacceptable conditions for people who fought back and/or were forced out of there own country. The treatment of the Irish Immigrants is America is well documented - my conversation was more to the point that the Irish should have never experienced the conditions that forced them off their land in the first place - but that is what happened under British rule. Fun fact - there are almost as many people in the U.S. today who identify as Irish-Americans as there are people who live in the U.K (60+ million). It has been my experience that most Americans today do not harbor ill-will toward the current monarchy or UK government - they simply don't pay any attention to them. Those in America who do like the monarchy have the unique position of not having to pay to support them.

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    35. Helen, I totally agree. It seems to be more frequent I've noticed, IMO. Yes, it is definetly not something that I feel is necessary or helpful. Hope you are doing well. Take care.

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  20. PS- the FACES on Catherine! Is there any doubt where George gets his multitude of expressions?

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      HAHAHAHA! Didn't think about that. It all makes sense now!

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    2. Rose from Montreal, Canada5 July 2014 at 00:25

      Those expressions are priceless.

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  21. I wasn't crazy about the dress to begin with and it hasn't grown on me a bit. But the Duchess looks beautiful and I don't mind at all seeing her faces as she watches the match. I think it shows both her enthusiasm and competitive nature. If she ever becomes an ambassador for Wimbledon, we'll know that her heart is truly in it. Can't wait to see the pictures of George's chubby little hand grabbing for some butterflies. What gorgeous birthday pictures those would be! I think Catherine's choice of green is perfect for a garden picture.

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  22. I like these shots of Kate, where she looked more energetic and refreshed than yesterday's post...
    I remember that clutch, which I believe she used during Canadian tour, no?

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    1. Oh yes, you're right! I knew we'd seen it before; it was when she wore the white Reiss engagement dress in Canada, with red shoes, Canada day, I think.

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    2. That's right--with the red maple leaf fascinator---love that fan-shaped clutch!

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  23. I do wish people would stop nit-picking about Kate's appearance. Discussing the clothes is fine, that's what the blog is for, but bashing her weight and hair and expressions is simply bullying. She has a toddler. He is not even a year old and apparently running and opening doors already! That takes a toll. And don't say that having a nanny means none of that affects her. It certainly does. I had a live in nanny when my son was this age and I was simply a legal assistant. It was actually cheaper for me to have someone live in (since I had room in my house) than it would have been to take him to daycare. The nanny was a help while I was at work, but when mommy is home, baby knows exactly who he wants and a good nanny will not get in the way of that. My son knew who his mother was no matter how many care-givers were around.

    Her hair. She has very long hair. I can't even imagine how long it takes to wash and blow dry such a beautiful mane. It doesn't matter whether she does it herself or gets it done, it still takes a significant amount of time in a day. She can't possibly have that kind of time anymore - nor would she (or should she) care so much, so comparing her hair now to her hair shortly after her wedding is like comparing your picture at 55 with your picture at 25! Of course you're going to think you look better at 25!

    I had two boys in my early thirties. I was haggard much of time, but they grow up and when they were a bit older and I had a bit more time to look after myself, I really started to look and feel better. My best years were my 40s. Perhaps that's why everyone compares Kate so unfavourably with Queen Letizia and Princess Mary. Both of them are in their 40s, both of them have children who are a little older. Please, give Kate a few years to get comfortable with the new pressures on her from family and the public. She will only grow more beautiful in the years ahead.

    As for her weight and expressions, she is young new mother with the whole world analyzing her every move, garment, shoe choice and makeup regimen. She was at a tennis match today, not the grand opening of an art gallery or something. She likes her sledge heels. They are probably very comfortable. Why shouldn't she wear them? Women should be kinder to each other.

    I stopped reading Daily Mail because of all the awful comments. I expect more from this blog. It is so well done and most of the comments are supportive. For the rest, give her a break, please. IMHO.

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    1. I agree with you completely!
      My hair was wavy and beautiful....then I got pregnant.....three kids later my hair is straight and lacks the luster before kids.

      Oh and I.LOVE.THE.L.K. BENNETTS. Everyone has favorite shoes.....those are hers.

      Mel in SoCal.....it's still cloudy......

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    2. Anon, East London2 July 2014 at 21:37

      But it's quite natural for women to have opinions on a public woman's style/hair etc. It's not written maliciously. Sometimes we like and applaud Kate's choices, sometimes we don't. Perhaps some of us think we could help her make better choices. (I for one would like to source clothes for her and be a 'style advisor! - in my dreams!) It's sometimes easier to select a look for someone else than for ourselves. It often starts when we are very young and we selects outfits for our dolls, dress their hair etc. It's unlikely most of us have Kate's figure and height (at least I don't!) or budget come to that. I don't think it's too difficult for her to look very good in most outfits. But, we think some clothes suit her more than others.

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    3. Yankee from California3 July 2014 at 00:39

      Just Me -- What a very eloquent and caring comment!!! I couldn't agree with you more!

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    4. anon from Leominster3 July 2014 at 01:38

      I agree with Anon East London -I think there is no malice - just pleasant bickering -sometime one of us likes something, sometime another (I liked this coral dress very much for instance, ditto the Burch.) If we all don't like something, that makes a statement too but far more often there is a wide range of opinions.

      You were lucky to have a nanny, Anon, most young mums I know are left with day care or Nana, who is often trying to handle a toddler when she is in her fifities or sixties.

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    5. JUST ME- I wrote a reply to you, but somehow it ended up down the road a bit.

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    6. @just me - thank you! I came onto this page/blog recently thinking it would be interesting discussion about fashion but all I see is constant criticism & nit picking of Duchess Kate: her hair is too long, too curly, too fly away; her makeup's too heavy, she looks tired (hello! most of these photos are in the sunlight, they're not airbrushed nor done with professional lighting - wonder what you ladies look like in similar photos ---?).

      Then there are the comments about her facial expressions - I say thank you Katherine for having a marvellously mobile, expressive face! How do you know she's "tired" or "unhappy" - have you spoken with her & confirmed that?

      Finally, IMHO her fashion sense is right on point; she wears classic, often understated outfits that are totally appropriate for the occasions, doesn't do the matchy-matchy outdated look of shoes matching handbag. As for the comments by someone that the Goat Scarlett dress looked cheap - er - it is Italian Wool crepe, sells for $800 & fitted her perfectly. I really think some posters want her to wear that skin tight trashy look. As for her body - please stop going on about the too thin bs. She's very slender, athletic, and gorgeous. With cameras focused on her constantly she wants to look her best & does.

      As for it being "normal" for women to pick other women to pieces -- NO, not normal in my world. Yes, we discuss fashion and looks we love, but we don't denigrate & critique other women in the process.

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    7. Paris, really? Please come back . We need your comments for perspective. I do hope you realize there are posters who roam from blog to blog, throwing out statements and then racing off to taint another site. I call them "hit-and- runners."
      Jayne, we also have regular posters who share in this community. They express strong opinions, but are brave enough and secure enough to hang around and defend their positions.
      I have been shouting into the wilderness about "Kate-picking." Then, you came along and very succinctly, told it like it is. I truly believe that some do not understand the difference between
      critiquing Kate's fashion and making personal, ungracious comments about her.Or sometimes, implying such judgements.
      Perhaps you could lead by example here.
      I think Catherine is in the process of changing her image from fashion icon to supportive wife, mother, and patron. Wearing familiar, comfortable items is a step in that process. Wimbledon was not an official appearance. Place to be was and she wore a stunning dress.
      Finally, Charlotte's blog incorporates Catherine's fashion, but was never meant to focus only on her fashion. The title of her blog indicates we discuss other things that are in her life. And Charlotte has graciously allowed comments to be about other things in our lives- those of this very open, non-exclusive community.

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    8. How do you criticise something without saying you don't like it?

      Sign me,
      Stumped

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    9. Very well and eloquently expressed Marg!

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    10. Jayne- I agree with Marg, please come back! Wonderful comment!

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  24. Canadian Friend2 July 2014 at 17:09

    Hi, Charlotte,

    How wonderful to return from Canada Day at my Internet-free cottage to two posts!

    I liked the coral coloured dress and Kate's newer shoes at the Islington appearance but her hair was TERRIBLE!! It looked vaguely 17th century (the trailing sausage curls that Royalist ladies used to wear). The pulled back sections were chosen from spots too close to the top of Kate's head, making it appear small and rather pointed.

    I loved the patterned Tory Burch dress at the conference attendance.

    I'm not against the Zimmerman dress again but it seems really busy and a little girlish. I think it may be the way the fabric runs in different directions. I love the clutch bag and red wrap. Further to Wimbledon, Carole Middleton looks fantastic. I wish Kate could take a page from Carole's book, especially on "off-duty" appearances. I would love to see her in a more modern shoe, like Carole's sandal.

    Maybe we will see the elusive and beautiful green tea dress in a family portrait. I feel for Kate. She looked tired at Islington. I wonder if Gorgeous George is treating her to a transition to "Toddler Mom". When they get so active but have NO regard yet for their own safety, it's exhausting for parents.

    Love and fond remembrance to Princess Diana who would have turned 53 yesterday. I hope she can rest knowing that her son and grandson have the love and care of a decent and kind woman.

    Thanks, Charlotte. All the best to your readers.

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  25. I'd like to see photos of some of the commenters. I'll bet most of the people who snipe at Kate don't look too good themselves and have never worked a day in fashion.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden2 July 2014 at 19:31

      Haha, I actually kind of agree. GOD how many pregnancy rumors I would get!! (all my fat goes straight to my stomach!) And how many fashion mistakes I make. And I have favorite pieces of almost everything from jewelry, clothes and shoes! I would be a terrible Duchess apparently. :P

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    2. Canadian Friend3 July 2014 at 16:51

      Just wanted to clarify since my comment seems to have been misconstrued somewhat:

      1) I have absolutely no intention of ever comparing my fashion sense, my ability to look acceptable in a photograph or my composure (or lack thereof!) to HRH The Duchess of Cambridge. If age brings anything, it's the good sense to know when I'm completely out of my league...
      2) Anonymous 17:10 may wish to note that my comment was full of compliments to HRH. I described her as looking lovely in several of the outfits being scrutinized. I commented that she looked tired likely because she is an involved parent. I described her as "decent" and "kind".
      3) I'm a committed booster of the Duchess in a way that is quite unusual for me personally. Every comment of mine that Charlotte is kind enough to post comes from that place. I'm replying because I enjoy and value the community Charlotte has been kind enough to create and maintain. I don't wish to have my comments misunderstood.
      4) In conclusion, I just wish other commentators would read what I actually said before descending into snippiness.
      5) I promise never to waste my time or that of other readers by making a similar comment ever again-thank you!

      P.S. To continue to call HRH "Kate Middleton" at this point is just far more silly than it is disrespectful (although it is disrespectful too!). I think it's just part of how quickly commentary moves nowadays. It hard for any of us to imagine that there are people who need to be reminded that "The Duchess of Cambridge" and "Kate Middleton" are one and the same.

      "Thus endeth the lesson...."

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    3. Straw man. When you've got no argument, point the figure elsewhere.

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    4. Victoria, Oregon4 July 2014 at 05:42

      Please continue to comment, Canadian Friend! I didn't take anything negative from your comments. I value this community, too, and would hate for people to be so afraid of snippiness that they refrain from commenting. (I'll admit, I sometimes start a paragraph, read it, and realize I just can't make it come across the way I want it to, and don't post for fear of misunderstanding.) You didn't waste my time with your comment. I enjoyed it.

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    5. anon from Leominster4 July 2014 at 21:50

      Your comment was just fine, Canadian Friend. I think Anonymous was out of line. It doesn't matter what any of us are like, some could be more beautiful than Kate or may have worked in fashion. What we look ike is no more relevant than it would be for any reviewer of fashion, or films, or art. We dom't expect a music critic to sing like a top soprano or an art critic to be a Monet. We are all entitled to our opinions and I would expect we might all differ. It doesn't take being a fashion expert to know what we like or don't like.

      As for most I've read who do consider themselves experts in fashion, they have a low opinion of Kate and her look. Contributers to this blog are far more friendly to her style.

      Kate knew exactly what she was getting into when she married as far as comments. She had been on the scene for almost ten years. Some like Chelsy may really have loved her prince but didn't want the life. Kate made her choice and it will come with both praise and criticism. Most of us face that everyday as well, at work, at school, in many settings.

      I see not the slightest harm in any of this. Certainly not in Canadian Friend's remarks.

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  26. Ah, the beautiful Zimmerman dress! I love it. I only wish she had carried a different clutch and pashmina with it. Her hair is lovely in these pictures. Someday maybe we'll get to see that green dress! I know they must have enjoyed the butterfly exhibit. We were delighted by the one at the Natural History Museum in Washington, which also has a variety of exotic plants. Happy Fourth, US readers!

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  27. What has happened to Carole Middleton? She doesn't look well in that picture.

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  28. anon from Leominster2 July 2014 at 17:16

    So sorry about Andy but there will be many more opportunities. The dress was not my favourite but it works very well for Wimbledon. I see the return of the sledges -(Marge the queen wore t-straps to royal wedding, and quite a variety of shoes in the eighties - gave a few more details in comments on last posting.)

    The buttterflies would make a lovely photo. Regardless, I'm sure George was thrilled to see them.

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  29. I enjoy your posts so much!!! If I see a post in news about a Kate sighting, I immediately come over here because I know you already have it up. I love your blog so much. Kate's hair looks WONDERFUL!!!

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  30. Just you- I thought at first you were referring to the comments yesterday and before about how haggard , tired etc. her face appeared.. Today, I think we were celebrating her wonderfully expressive face and how nice to see her animated and enjoying herself ( if watching Andy lose could be seen as enjoying oneself) I hope her lovely face never sees a drop of Botox.
    Otherwise, I am with you all the way on the rest of your comments. My "Kate-picking" comment.....

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  31. Just when I thought we'd seen the last of them, the Sledges are back! Funny, I thought they would have looked better with yesterday's dress, this dress is so summery the shiny courts seem a bit formal. Hair looks better today, more gloss, more body. Kate looks great as always!

    Too bad there aren't any good pictures of her in the green tea dress, but maybe another time!

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  32. I LOVE her hair here! So full and shiny, and the colour is so rich. It looks like shampoo commercial hair. Love the white with pops of red. I too would have liked to see strappy sandles, but the sledges do go with everything. This dress is one of my faves, so pretty!

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  33. Anon, Made in Chelsea2 July 2014 at 21:20

    I'm a moaner, but I find it a bit tedious that Kate has a 'Wimbledon uniform' of white or cream. Shame the Butterfly visit wasn't a public one, but it was probably partly for George's benefit and one can definitely now see the difficulties they face in taking him to places as a family privately and the interest it causes/possibly of being photographed by the public etc. Mrs Middleton looks quite pink in the face, maybe too much makeup? The dress doesn't suit her as much as her usual styles. Mr Middleton looks a bit awkward, and he looks a bit like the former MP Martin Bell in his light suit.

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    1. It was very hot today at Wimbledon.

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  34. Anon, East London2 July 2014 at 21:23

    I think that Kate's hair didn't look as good yesterday as when she wore that style before as it was piled too heavily on top of her head, backcombed to give volume, which raised the height of the hairstyle. This had the unfortunate effect of looking top-heavy, making Kate's forehead seem bigger than usual.

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  35. I would like to share with you an interesting observation about the attitude of the Royals ladies on the rotation of a certain outfit.

    The majority of the female Royals (e.g. HM The Queen, The Duchess of Cornwall, CP Mette-Marit, Queen Letizia, CP Mary, Princess Marie and CP Victoria), except The Duchess of Cambridge, recycle an outfit waiting the good amount of time (usually a year), so we kind of "forget" about that outfit. They also change the accessories or they wear it in a total different way, or they have it altered, so the repeated outfit looks like a new one.

    On the other hand, The Duchess of Cambridge wear the same outfit too soon (after just few weeks) and usually doesn't change a lot about it, so we immediately remember the outfit and we praise her for doing that. After 3 years I am convinced that this is a strategy, she just wants to be praised, because with all the dresses she has, she could rotate them much better. I think the rotation of all the other Royal ladies is much smarter, classier and even more praiseworthy.

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    1. I don't think it's so that Kate can be praised but just how some girls are where we (I'm like this as well) buy a new outfit so end up wearing that more than the older outfits or just have some "go to" outfits that are in the front of our closet. I feel like that's what Kate does. So instead of searching in the back of the closet for stuff we haven't worn we will wear the stuff that comes to mind first which happen to be the outfit we wore most recently.

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    2. I don't think HRH gives a rip about praise, I think she wears what she wants when she wants and I think your comment Anon C is very snarky- HRH doesn't need praise she is the future queen and mother of a future king, so praise that!

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    3. I disagree. Camilla recycles quite a bit actually and I even recall her being criticized for doing so within a week or two. If Kate DIDN'T recycle for Wimbledon, there would be cries of "see...she wants attention." For a woman in her position, I give her a lot of credit for the self control she has in the wardrobe department.

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    4. Anon C is convinced that this is a strategy, she [Catherine] just wants to be praised. Right she's just drawing attention to herself in passive aggressive ways. She probably stays awake at night thinking up these little ways that she can promote herself--which might explain the fatigued look yesterday. She'd been up all night thinking of ways to draw the cameras off centre court--as if being in the royal box wouldn't do enough to advance her agenda for keeping the attention on herself. What better way of doing it than wearing a dress that she'd worn several weeks ago? With the Sledge heels yet. If only she could have worn the navy wedges at the same time, I am convinced she would have done it. And some people are convinced that Elvis is still alive. Oy vey!

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    5. You are joking, Anon C, aren't you? She recycles TOO SOON? Hilarious. I've been wondering what are the correct number of official engagements per month to win the "hard-working" description. What are your thoughts on that? I expect that like most women, Catherine wears favorite clothes more often, considering what she expects to be doing and the weather. I think she is getting on with her life, which will be controlled in a way most of us could not bear, but is now that of a wealthy young wife and mother. She'll have years, decades, to shake hands and unveil plaques. I do not blame her for taking a few years before taking up the dreary yoke of full-time royal.

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    6. @ royal fan: I am not saying at all that recycling is bad. I just note that the other European Princesses and Queens don't wear the same outfit after few weeks, but usually a year after and in a totally different/altered way. Catherine always recycles outfits of the same season and usually she never wears again dresses of the past years. I would love to see her wearing again some of the wonderful dresses of the Canadian tour for example!

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    7. I am a huge fan of Crown princess Mary and she recycles a lot her outfits, but THE WAY she does it is totally different compared to the one of The Duchess of Cambridge. Mary has like an "art of recycling" that results very classy. The same can be said for Queen Letizia. It is good to recycle dresses, I just think that Catherine could use a different technique.

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    8. CP Mary is a unique style icon in her own right. It's not just her recycling, it's her total accessorising that creates her outfits. I feel Kate doesn't put so much importance in accessories. We don't see much in scarves, jewellery, even hats, unless it's an official royal event. CP Mary has the "art" of this down pat.
      I may be biased, as we both come from the same country.
      Princess Mary is a true gem.

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    9. Helen, you said it yourself:" ...unless it's an official royal event." As I have mentioned in other comments, I believe there is evidence that Catherine is trying to emerge out of the "style icon" box. Emphacizing the difference between official and unofficial style is a good start.

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    10. I do agree that CP Mary has a very different style of recycling, but she also has 10-year's worth of royal wardrobe to choose from. And in Kate's case, it isn't just the time-in factor, but the conscious decision (IMO) to avoid causing the RF the same level of "distress" (pardon the sarcasm---not directed at anyone here) that Diana did with her wardrobe and popularity.

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    11. Theresa, from Paris3 July 2014 at 22:13

      I totally agree with you, Helen... Princess Mary's style is quite beautiful and her work is terrific. I am a great admirer of her dedication, her elegance and her poise. Quite a wonderful woman !

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  36. Carole Middleton has worn a few dresses in a similar style to the green one.

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  37. Didn't Kate's parents sit in the royal box today? On the Daily Mail website, only saw pictures of them arriving!

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  38. I wonder if they are scouting that location for a private birthday party for Geoge's first. Also what are thsoe Ray Bans?

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  39. Suddenly I have remebered , Diana and the thinness, what a pain!!

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    1. Suddenly I have remembered that Kate is NOT Diana!!! Thanks Goodness!!!

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    3. anon from Leominster3 July 2014 at 15:56

      I do think all of us have become very conscious of thinness and the concerns it can bring. Concern means simply that we care.

      Some of this worry does date from the time of Diana. Many of us who feel an affection for royals noticed that something was strange with Diana's weight but ignored it. Afterwards, it seemed like we may have perpetuated a fairy tale vision that didn't exist. I can still remember looking at a photo of Diana in a blue Oldfield dress (truthfully a ghastly gown) and noticing how stick-like her arms were and feeling uneasy.

      As for Kate, who can say. She certainly is much slimmer than before her marriage but many people in the public eye realise that the camera adds weight and keep themselves very slim. She may just be very discliplined.

      Anonymous, I don't know if you intended it this way but your remark sounds rather offensive to Diana. She was a remarkable woman in many ways, and did an enormous amount of good, particularly in some very difficult areas. Yes, she openily stuggled with eating disorders but many great people have had their struggles. (Think of Churchill!)

      Hopefully in time, Kate may prove to be remarkable too in her own way.

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  40. I love the white dress on the Duchess and frankly if I could afford it I would buy one. Hopefully, ABS comes out with a knockoff soon! I read somewhere that the bill for the Duchess's clothing for event is being footed by the Prince of Wales, Will's father. That being said, I don't think they would want to abuse that privilege by seeming to drop hundreds of dollars for a new outfit, accessories etc. every time duty calls. In my opinion, I think William grew up seeing his mother amass a large amount of dresses which in the end she sold at auction and lest we forget, it was his idea that the dresses be sold and the money donated to charity. So, my point being, that I don't see his wife, the Duchess amassing tons of clothing in the way his mother did, besides, the Duchess herself is quite frugal. In any event, royals maintain a certain standard when they present themselves in public as representative of the monarchy and to the extent that they can use their clothing to acknowledge their host or patron, they do at least the BRF does, so what they choose to wear on any given occasion may be totally out of their hands. I have a question, is it because of the advent of the internet that what the royals wear is being scrutinized and talked about on the scale that it is today?

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  41. Loralee from Atlanta2 July 2014 at 23:47

    Yay! Kate and William look so happy, relaxed and in love! Their expressions are priceless. she looks so much better and more "herself" in these photos. Oh good! Everybody has an "off" day now and then, and everyone nneds to do thing sto just relax and enjoy themselves.

    Wow, thanks so so much for the photos from the Butterfly Exhibit, what a treat!

    You made my day!

    Loralee from Atlanta

    PS. Yes I agree, the press should just quit callinge her Kate Middleton! It ia bad habit! SHE IS MARRIED, for goodness sake, so quit calling her by her maiden name. I couldn't stand it when friends kept calling me by my maiden name after I married....good old Kate, she seems such a good sport. She will be Queen Kate someday, probably not ever Queen Catherine. And when Will becomes the Prince of Wales, I hope and pray by that time the press will have long ceased from calling her by her maiden name. My two cents, or two pence, for what it is worth!

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    1. I totally agree. Catherine is the ONLY princess to be called that way in the ten remaining monarchies just like before her mother-in-law was called Lady Di when her title was HRH the Princess of Wales. And people at that time found it very disrespectful. It would not occur to anyone to call Princess Charlene of Monaco "Charlene Wittstock" or Crown Princess Mary of Denmark "Mary Donaldson" or Princess Marie of Denmark "Marie Cavallier" and so on.

      Charlotte, maybe you could help in that way - it's only a suggestion - by removing Kate Middleton from your research. Your site is the most famous of all and I think it could help. Maybe other blogs will follow who knows? Maybe you could replace it by "Middleton Family" or such like. Remember it's ONLY a suggestion, nothing more.

      And what if all the readers of this blog agreeing with Anonymous and Loralee from now on only research "Duchess of Cambridge"? It would be a small beginning but pershaps it will create a snowball effect. One can hope.

      Presently, I have in mind this quotation of the LOTR: "Even the smallest creatures can change the future of the universe". Let we be these small creatures!

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    2. Hello!

      I don't believe I've referred to Kate as "Kate Middleton" since the wedding, unless referencing a pre-engagement event. I'm afraid it's a major search engine issue with "Kate Middleton" still dominating searches and traffic to newspapers.

      I just checked my stats and the majority of people who come here search for "Duchess Kate" "Duchess of Cambridge" and "Duke and Duchess of Cambridge", so if our littler corner of interwebs offers any indication, it would appear Kate's title is catching on :)

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    3. anon from Leominster3 July 2014 at 15:35

      There are a number of reasons for this.

      The Middletons have a much more public face than most of the parents of other princesses. Some of this is their own manking, some of it is probably Prince William's doing,, some of this is a press creation but it has kept the name more current in the public eye. Charlene and Mary's families don't even live in the same country as their daughters. (Although I'm not sure whether Mary's father has moved.)

      Middleton is also an extremely easy name to spell. Charlene's and Letizia's names aren't and Mette-Marit's is extrodinarily difficult, requiring the use of symbols on most computers. The same with Maxima's and her first name generally loses its accent.

      Kate was in the public eye for years under that name so change was going to come slowly.

      The adoption of the title Duke and Duchess of Cambridge further confused the matter. At first googling that brought up earlier holders. I don't disagee with the style, but the British royal family has never just put Princess before a new arrivals name as other countries do.

      Some titles aren't often used for these other royals even when they exist. Felipe and Letizia were prince and princess of Asturias but they seldom got called that, at least in the English popular press. I don't recall Maxima too often being called the Princess of Orange.

      Doesn't help also that Duchess of Cambridge and Duchess of Cornwall are easily muddled.

      To add to the confusion Kate also changed her first name and made it more formal. It still sounds stilted when William uses it. He sounded much more natural when he called her Kate.

      So basically, I don't think any offense is meant. Diana was Princess Diana and Lady Di after her marriage, the latter in the foreign press.

      At the end of the day, the press and public are going to use what's easiest and brings the best results if googling. I do think Kate Middleton is dying away but I think Kate will remain Kate until she becomes queen. She may well end up being called Princess Kate when William is granted Charles' title some day (that will be a whole new adjustment) which isn't correct either. It's all just a product of today's informal world and I don't think Kate is being singled out.

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    4. That's true that calling the duchess "Kate" sounds much more affectionate than calling her "Catherine". It is just the way the gutter media speaks of her as "Kate Middleton" or worse simply "Middleton" which I find very rude. Anway, thank you Charlotte and Anon for your sharing your wiews. Charlotte, I know you never referred to Kate as "Kate Middleton" since her marriage. I was thinking of the "major search engine".

      Concerning Princess Charlene, I think her brother Sean is a Permanent Resident of Monaco, which I personally don't mind. Maybe someone could confirm or infirm? Thank you!

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    5. ANON from LEO
      Totally agree, you have said all I would like to say...........this post and previous.

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    6. Intelligent analysing ANON from LEO.
      Well done.

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    7. Maryland Moxie4 July 2014 at 03:16

      Anon for Leo - I will also add - the titles are also utterly meaningless. They don't reside in Cambridge and they don't have any official role there. There IS a duchy of Cornwall - so those titles at least make sense somewhat, even if Charles and Camilla don't live there. The same is true of Beatrice and Eugenie - of York. Pretty sure they weren't born there, never lived there or had anything to do with the place and neither does their father. There isn't anything wrong with Elizabeth making up titles for her family when they get married - but I don't understand why people get bent out of shape if others don't pay any attention to it. These Cambridges will one day become Wales and Cornwalls and if you don't call them William and Kate, no one will know who you are talking about. That is probably why press don't use those titles, because they don't refer to actual people, and if in the future if you just search Duchess of Cornwall you will have to figure out are they talking about Camilla or Kate? If you search Duchess of Cambridge - is that Kate, or George's wife - if he inherits the title?

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    8. Great post Leo! Thank you :-) Simone

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  42. What a wonderful post and a lovely surprise! Thank you Charlotte :-) I think she looks especially happy when she is out and about with William - they have such a special chemistry and I am sure she feels more confident with him at her aside. I can't imagine the pressure I would feel appearing in front of 100's of paparazzi every where I went (not that it is likely to happen) but to face banks of cameras everywhere you go must be intimidating and just easier to do when there are two of you. Look forward to seeing the "butterfly" photos and Prince Chubby Cheeks :-) beautiful sunny day here in Melbourne ... Only 2 more months of winter to go :-)

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  43. These pictures are absolutely lovely Charlotte!!Thank You so much for posting them., The choice of her dress was perfect and she looked pretty as always..Emily's tweet and pictures were awesome,,I can relate to her excitement!!xoxo

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  44. I would expect we'll be seeing more recycling of Kate's already-voluminous wardrobe, given the recent release of the royal finances and the controversy surrounding the costlier-than-expected renos at KP and Anmer Hall and the "Two Kitchen Kate" brouhaha.
    But the white eyelet is a nice choice and appropriate for the event and the weather. Doesn't look like it's been particularly warm at Wimbledon, judging by the audience's clothing.
    Besides, Will and Kate weren't at Wimbledon in any official capacity, they attended to watch the matches.
    Not so sure the dress at the butterfly exhibit is the green silk one. It looks like the dress she's wearing has longer sleeves and is shorter than the green silk tea dress.
    The Huffington Post has a good bit here about the name/title confusion --> http://www.huffingtonpost.com/quora/why-did-diana-become-a-pr_b_2457149.html

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    1. I liked this article quite a bit. Something similar happens in UK with Sofía, Felipe´s VI younger daughter. The media in UK, calls her "Princess" and she is not , she is an "Infanta". In Spain there are only Princess King´s offsprings who will become monarch....Leonor is Princess of Asturias now, because her father is The King, and Sofía is only an "Infanta". Besides Elena y Cristina, Felipe´s sisteres, these days are only relatives and don´t belong to the Royal Family.

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  45. Maureen M Phx, AZ3 July 2014 at 01:53

    Wow. What a difference from yesterday! She looks stunning. I'm jealous of all the fun they seem to be having! Good for them. Love love love the hair. Love love love the dress. This is so Kate and I'm loving it all.

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  46. Charlotte, I fail to see why, or how, you have concluded that nanny Maria was at the butterfly exhibit with W/K/G. I see her in none of the photographs posted on various sites.

    Kates hair looked much better today, at Wimbledon, than it did yesterday. As another poster mentioned, I also suspect that Kate might, very frequently--another recent example would be her visit, with George, on Fathers Day, to watch William play polo--be doing her own hair. Have the Windsors gone belly-up?

    All in all, I thought her outfit at tennis was appropriate for the event; the material of her dress allows for natural cooling, and the colour does not attract heat. Beyond that...meh.

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    1. Good afternoon,

      In the first photo the lady behind Rebecca Deacon in the dark skirt and blue shirt is Maria, I believe.

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    2. Anonymous - Bet you US$500 that is the nanny. Good spot Charlotte. I would not have noticed her without your mention. Sarah in Minneapolis

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  47. As soon as I saw that Kate and William were attending Wimbledon, I just knew that we would have another excellent blog. But I saw them at Roger Federer's tennis match and then knew they must have stayed on after the Andy Murray match. Aside from the fact of backing Andy Murray, I do believe Kate and her sister Pippa have been fans of Roger Federer for a very long time. Kate does look her best at casual events. She just glowed today in her exquisite white dress, hair, sun glasses, accessories, and yes even in all her expressions.

    Kate's Mum Carole always looks so fashionable and younger looking in her chosen outfits and hair style. It seems odd that they all do not sit together when attending same event. The royal protocol seems to be so strange at times such as... what is wrong with putting your hand in your husband's arm when walking or even hand holding, there are some things that are just gentlemanly ways that should be allowed.

    A special thank you to Emily for your very humorous tweets and photographs. It was not all that invasive since was taken from a distance and shared on our private blog. A little something shared between just "us".

    Thank you Charlotte, you are the best!!

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  48. oh charlotte love the updates of the Wimbledon i know the duchess is a loves of tennis no surprise she watches that once but twice seen the royal box the duke and duchess was very relaxed and normal couple enjoying the match love duchess facial expression its normal reaction im disappointed too but its ok next year will be a great time mike middleton looks dapper in his suite carole looks fine it her dress princess beatrice looks classy and legal in her casual look dave clark looks good in his suite the Cambridges fam crew they look like normal family outing strolling the park view museum look like normal family plus love the green dress im not quite sure if this dress topped with coat she wore new zealand or is aussie

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  49. Dear Charlotte, I have been visiting this site since the.Canada tour. You do a marvelous job. Each event is thoroughly presented. I was born in one of the queen Elizabeth realms and find.it disrespectful when the DoC is referred to by her maiden name. Many women in the business world who use their maiden name for business are offended when the same is used in private. Catherine became the.DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE on her wedding day. Let us be mindful of this. There is nothing that will change this fact except William moving up the chain. Ruth from BROOKLYN.



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  50. "A Family Outing" really.. with the PA, the nanny and security ; security I understand, but everyone else... :-)

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  51. I would just like to say that just because another woman comments on another woman's appearance does not mean she is jealous of her. Or any less beautiful. It grinds my gears when someone says things like that. Such as a comment on here suggesting that the readers of this blog are in some way unattractive because they comment on Kate's appearance. I would like to think as women we've evolved past the catty "well she's probably just jealous and ugly" mindset just because someone makes a comment about not liking another woman's dress or hair. I've read several comments on here that ticked me off implying that the readers are not pretty or as thin or whatever it may be as Kate. Women come in all different shapes and sizes and some are more beautiful than Kate including I'm sure several posters of this wonderful blog. A comment simply stating that you prefer one dress over the other doesn't mean you're putting down Kate or jealous of her. Just your own opinion..

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    1. Blair, well said. My hunch is the 'jealous-ugly-hater' accusations are done to silence dissent. --Sarah in Minneapolis

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    2. Agreed, Blair. I choose to think it's because they've got nothing to come back with so have to fall back on tired old saws.

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  52. After I have slept on it , I have come to a conclusion that Suzzanah dress is great and I would like see it again. Zimmerman´s is gorgeous too, nevertheless I prefer that MacQueen´s visiting a Rolls Royce Factory In Singapour, a little more decollete, as it were......
    Having said that Kate was amazing yesterday , however loking for trouble where there is none, I would suggest that and the colour of the shoes, as I said before in other post..........

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  53. The Wimbledon appearance brings with it a reassurance that Kate is back to her cheery self.
    Her visit at the school yesterday and the photos taken from the meeting previous to that, weren't Kate at her best.
    Although I do believe the hairstyle at the school engagement was the contributing factor to Kate not looking quite right.
    I love the Zimmerman dress. Did from the last time she wore it. It shows some fun, some classical lines and looks extremely comfortable.
    I would have loved to see the dress teamed up with Carole's shoes. That was my first reaction once I saw Carole's outfit. Mother and daughter needed to do a shoe swap! :-)
    And any tea dress is beautiful in my mind.
    I agree with the speculation that the museum sighting (thank you Emily!) is a private, family "visit" and photos seem to be the logical conclusion. I'm sure the family is delighting in their "private time". :)

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  54. A White eyelet frock paired with elegant pumps is just awful on Catherine, the opposite of chic. White cotton + eyelet call for sandals or wedges if you are a woman. This way, they are a classic chic, a safe win. They call for polished shoes, whatever colour, if you are a baby girl. Again, a classic chic. And Catherine is a woman. That's all.

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    1. I have to agree with "From Italy" - the polished pumps were an odd choice to wear with a summery eyelet dress. I've always felt that dress was too "little-girly" for Catherine, and her social position, but if she chooses to wear it then she should match the feel of it with some espadrilles or cork wedges or sandals.
      Otherwise, she looked cool and comfortable at Wimbledon, and enjoying the day out with her husband.

      As for the commenter who felt that all of us who have an opinion on Catherine must be much uglier than she is..... well, what a strange way to look at it. I suspect that many of us come to this blog to enjoy and fantasize a teeny bit about what it must be like to be Catherine: to be a woman with a fabulous figure, a beautiful face, a prince for a husband, an adorable child, and the financial means to buy any piece of clothing that catches her eye. It's fun to speculate about what that must be like! That's why I'm here on this blog - to get a glimpse into the royal life.

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    2. Anyone know if closed-toe shoes is part of the Wimbledon dress code? I believe coats and ties are required for men so there may be an equally formal requirement for women. --Sarah in Minneapolis

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  55. Ugh. Kate - time to retire the sledge pumps. We have seen these too much in the last 2 years. Try some summer sandals - (and different earrings than the pear ones) - would be a good way to mix things. up.

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  56. I forgot that here we usually translate the names by protocol , then : Catalina de Cambridge, from now onwars....Carlos de Inglaterra, Guillermo de Inglaterra y Jorge de Cambidge.....

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  57. Catherine was clearly carrying George. The nanny , if indeed she was present, was not needed at that point. It is also fairly obvious that she. would be needed at some point, most likely during a business meeting. No other explanation. Ha!
    There are many other explanations, none of which are our business. It was an unannounced visit. Combining business with family time? Who knows. We will just have to wait and see.
    For those who subtly imply - "Oh, see! Not working! Not working!" every chance they get- we JUST DON'T KNOW.
    ps- parents do not generally bring business associates to private family excursions.

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  58. Kate seems to be such an avid sports fan! It was nice to see our favorite couple go to the match together - and I love the Duchess's expressions!! I do hope there will be official photos released from the Butterfly Museum - perhaps an official photo for George's birthday???

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  59. 13 engagements in June :)
    Don't slow down Kate ! :)

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    1. It's been excellent! Quite a few engagements have been announced for William, so I do hear we hear something for Kate shortly!

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    2. Jean from Lancs4 July 2014 at 17:29

      Charlotte---British Royals is recording that Catherine will present the yellow jersey in Harrogate tomorrow--seems she will be at the start and finish of the race tomorrow.

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    3. Thank you very much Jean!

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    4. anon from Leominster4 July 2014 at 21:55

      That will be nice. I am sorry she missed the Order of the Thistle though. With so much bad feeling in Scotland right now, it would have been thoughtful to have called as much attention to that ceremony as possible.

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  60. Charlotte, I stand corrected--sort of--re the presence of nanny Maria, and I sure hope that you're right.--I love the IDEA of Maria, for two reasons; not only is she Norland trained, but she is fluent in Spanish. What an opportunity to raise George as bilingual! And Spanish is such an all-purpose language taking in a large American ethnic group, not to mention Mexico, Central America, South America and of course Spain. As a retired teacher, I know that a child who is introduced to a second language, while still a preschooler, will find it much easier to pick up other languages later on. Like French. (France, Switzerland, parts of Canada, etc.) I cannot imagine a better start for George, provided, of course, that Maria fits into the Cambridge family. Anonymous 3 July 2014 01:53

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    1. It seems the royals were there for official reasons. It might have been useful to have Maria there. Let's just say I think we'll be hearing (and seeing) more about it in the coming weeks :)

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    2. Charlotte!! In Spain we have heard that the nanny is named María Teresa, here all women who were born up to 1975 their first name is María...we usually write Mª Teresa..but she might be called only María..........I´m not sure, could you find it out?? Thanks Charlotte, actually are you totally right yet??

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  61. Sarah from Calif.3 July 2014 at 23:22

    Love the dress, always have, always will!
    Kate looks brilliant!
    Butterflies for George, I'm sure he was trying to grab them all and was absolutely amazed, my boys would have been also.

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  62. Not having had time to comment on previous 2 posts I will include ref. to them as well as this one.
    I liked Kate's coral dress for the visit to the school the colour was lovely and ideal for the visit to the school. From the quoted remarks the children seemed to like it. I think Kate looked as if she was enjoying talking to the children and bearing in mind the rest of her visit was on a serious topic I would fully expect to see her appearing more sombre when talking with the staff but reacted with a genuine laugh at John Bishop's joke There was a very interesting video from Comic relief which I found on British Royals Twitter which showed clips from inside the school with John Bishop's speech comments from the CEO of both charities and a short clip of Kate asking a question and commenting the one thing I did not like was her hair.
    I was pleased to hear that William accompanied her on the privet visit it was good to see him supporting one of her charities. It was reported that they spent over 2 hours at the event listening to talks and information on a very serious topic so I am not surprised she had a what I regarded as a thoughtful expression as she left as no doubt her mind was on what she had been listening to not on the photographers who were waiting outside. With regard to Pippa I feel that she has brought most of any adverse press on herself by some of her behaviour and I have no sympathy for her and very much hope she does no more press interviews. Her mother has suffered a great deal more from snide press comments in my opinion quite unfairly.
    It was lovely seeing William and Kate at Wimbledon Kate looked lovely in an appropriate dress and her hair was much nicer. She and William were really enjoying themselves but like so many of us must have been very disappointed at Andy Murray's defeat. It certainly showed in their faces. Although Prince George's outing was private I am doubtful if it was a family outing as I would not have expected Rebecca Deacon to have been present if it was a family trip security yes and possibly the Nanny as they were going to Wimbledon later but surely not a PA

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  63. This is only a question, don´t you really mind loosing your surname after you´ve got married?, Here we keep our name and surname, even if this has been a male chauvinist country, not yet. I am the same if I am with a man or not that´s nobody´s bussines that´s like loose my myself, besides if you had got divorced and got married again , another surname??.......but it´s only a question.........and I´m married...just in case...

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  64. I need to share this. Is it just me or is this mildly creepy?
    https://www.etsy.com/nz/shop/TatianasDelights?section_id=all&page=1

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    1. Victoria, Oregon4 July 2014 at 05:27

      Amazing, Anna from NZ! Not anymore creepy than all the people who repliKate as much as they can (like What Kate Wore [facebook], in my opinion. There's definitely a market for it. But I would feel weird, personally, wearing mostly only things inspired by Kate, as each person has their own unique personality and why would you want to totally copy someone else? I'm not talking being inspired by her fashion and copying some things, but totally losing oneself in Kate's fashion choices and losing your own sense of uniqueness.

      Oh... one more thing... I guess if people are looking for an exact outfit that they absolutely love of Kate's and can't afford the real thing, your link might be helpful...in a creepy way. ;)

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    2. why? how is it any different than style blogs showing where to get the clothes? at least these arent absurd prices if you are into those kinds of clothes.

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    3. Oh my!! I have no words..!!

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    4. anon from Leominster4 July 2014 at 22:00

      I don't see anything creepy about it. Fashion has long been about expensive styles being copied. Many women copied Jackie Kennedy's and Diana's styles.

      Most of us can't afford Kate's fashions but Charlotte always posts the links should we be interested in something. I would quite like a version of that grey Katherine Hooker coat - just because I like it, not to look like Kate. It's still a bit dear, even on Tatiana's site.

      Now that woman who had plastic surgery so she would have Kate's dimples. That is a bit strange.

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    5. Leo- my only claim to Kateness-dimples.

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  65. JENN from NC, are you alright? JO, more technical problems??

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    1. Thank you for your concern Esti, yes, I am much better actually. The bad dreams have stopped :). Physically, I am still healing, but getting better. I hope all is well with you.

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  66. I have a question. What is with the new round of pregnancy rumors? When I got home from hospital my magazine was waiting for me (In Touch), and they have the Duchess on the cover "under bumb watch". The article actually says that she announced it (I'm thinking when?), then changes slightly and says that they will be announcing it anyday.

    I know that if she was, it would explain her appearance lately, but I just don't see it. I don't see a "bump".

    Has anyone read this article? Or anything about her "inner circle" (whoever they are), knowing the truth and saying she is? Was just curious everyone else's views on this. Personally, I will believe it when BP announces it, not before. Sigh, guess this means my fav magazine is not as accurate as I thought.

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  67. JENN-NC!!!!You just made my day! ESTI and I have wondered. As I remember, In Touch has great fashion pictures, but leans toward the gossipy side with stories. I could be wrong. Did you notice that fading leg scar? HELEN was probably right-it looks deep, and maybe surgical, to me. Certainly would explain lack of public appearances those few weeks after the tour. There is always a good reason. We just have to wait for it.
    Jenn, one thing we know about W&C's inner circle-anyone who tells tales is soon out. (Esti, hononyms for you)
    Now, if JO would pop in, all will be well.

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    1. Lol Marg! I don't know what I did, but I'm happy to be of service ;). Tyvm for the scoop on In Touch. Disappoints me that they are another gossipy mag, but I guess I shouldn't be too surprised. Good point about the "inner circle", I'm sure you are 100% accurate about any talker getting the boot. Well, like I said, will have to wait for more concrete evidence. Will chalk it up to another "bump watch" lol.

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    2. MARG---ESTI EVERYONE!! Still struggling with tech trouble...customer service says ny phone is fine & that it" s the website that's the problem-- even when I telI them that I cant post a reply on another website either!! Will keep trying-- miss you all!

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  68. Any way to track down Carole's yellow and white wedges? They look so cute and comfortable!

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    1. anon from Leominster4 July 2014 at 22:01

      The thing about the pregnancy rumours, everyone ignores them, then suddenly it does happen, and then the tabloids can say they were correct. The times they weren't correct may be forgotten by many.

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    2. Very good point Leo, I had not thought about that. Sneaky little buggers aren't they ;)

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  69. I don't know any French law, but at the time of filing of the French lawsuit, I remember looking it up and discovering that the French courts require that a woman suing in a French court use her maiden name.
    My chemo this time seems to have fewer side effects but it does exhaust me. Thanks for asking.

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    1. Eve- glad of the less side effects, so sorry its still so tiring. Hang in there, we are thinking of you :)

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    2. Yes, we're still thinking of you EVE. Hopefully, the side effects will continue to lessen with consecutive treatments. It's a testing time. Stay strong.
      JENN - are you faring any better?

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    3. Eve, I remember exactly the same thing. I was even squawking about it somewhere and someone told me it is the way things are done in the French courts.

      Glad you aren't feeling too terribly bad.

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    4. Yes Helen, thank you for asking. The bad dreams and sleepless nights have passed me by :). I am still healing physically, and the pain is much better controlled now. There were some recent developments with the "friend" that did this to me, and I won't have to worry about him harming me again. That is when the sleepless nights stopped, guess it makes sense. My subconscious knows I'm safe I imagine. It is so nice being able to sleep again :)

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  70. I really wish mags would lay off the pregnancy rumour stuff, especially given the way Kate suffered in mid-pregnancy the last time. Surely people should recognize that she needs a bit of time to fully recover. Years ago, I was advised--and I had an easy first pregnancy--that it was best to wait a full two years between giving birth and and conceiving for a second time in order to give my body a chance to fully bounce back--and that that would be better for the next child as well. Optimum growing conditions, so to speak. Kate is young enough to wait that long, so why not?

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  71. Thank-you, Eve, for taking the time and making the effort when blinking your eyes could seem like an exertion. A lot of people rooting for you.

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  72. @Admin 4 July 2014 01:14 What a teaser of a reply! And what does it mean? Are you suggesting that Maria may have been present, but that she was only there for the occasion and that she is not full time? Or are you inferring that we will see pics, taken there, in order to promote the site, one of Kate's patronages? Or perhaps you are rather sure that the pics taken here will be released about the time George celebrates his first birthday? Do tell. Anonymous 3 July 2014 23:00.

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