Monday, 11 August 2014

The Duchess Enjoys Retail Therapy at Bicester Village, Takes George to Diana Memorial Playground & An Upcoming Wedding in Italy?

Hello dear readers, we hope you all had a splendid weekend!

As we prepare to start another week let's take a look at what William and Kate got up to in recent days. The Duchess spent yesterday enjoying a spot of retail therapy at Bicester Village, the designer outlet complex in Oxfordshire.

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Home to over 130 brands including Kate favourites Jimmy Choo, LK BennettJaeger, Mulberry, Burberry, Hobbs, Tod's and many more, all of which sell past-season and end-of-line pieces at significant discounts. From ladies apparel and footwear to home ware, children's clothing and excellent café's, it's becoming a go-to destination for shoppers both at home and abroad.

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Fellow shoppers were incredibly pleased when they spotted Kate shopping beside them.

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The Duchess shopped at Ralph Lauren, a brand she has previously selected for casual sweaters, nautical tops and dresses. She was also spotted browsing through clothes at Reiss before picking up a pair of pyjamas for Prince George and bathroom accessories.

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Kate spent quite a bit of time at the Gucci store.  It is not known which items she purchased but wouldn't it be interesting to see Kate in a piece by the Italian brand. According to her uncle Gary Goldsmith, Kate's passion for fashion began when he gave her a handbag by the designer when she a teenager. Below we see her carrying her red suede Gucci clutch.


Below we see several looks from Gucci: the very pretty magenta Silk Cloqué Dress, the embellished Silk-Cady Dress, the ivory Stretch Crepe Dress, the Metallic Textured Clutch and the Horsebit-Detailed Nubuck Knee Boots.

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Kate has been a huge fan of the outlet for years and is regularly spotted shopping there. Back in 2012, during the first day of the South-East Asia tour Kate mentioned it to Sadiah Bte Shahal at Changi Airport and said she "loved it" because "everything is so contained".


In fact Kate is a familiar face at Bicester. Last year a sales assistant at Reiss told author Mark Ellwood she visits frequently:

'Kate Middleton is here all the time. You look up and there'll be Kate going through the 60 per cent off rack. You have no idea she's there and security must be outside but she comes in all the time. And she's totally different to the Prince of Thailand, who I heard shut down a restaurant and brought his own staff when he visited Bicester.'

In March 2012, Kate purchased a blue coat and scarf at the M Missoni outlet - staff were very pleased when she wore it during an engagement with Her Majesty and The Duchess of Cornwall at Fortnum & Mason.


Bicester Village is a great place to spend a day and there's always an excellent, friendly atmosphere. It's great Kate can still enjoy a day out like this without photographers surrounding her.

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In a touching tribute to the late Princess Diana, Kate introduced George to the playground built in her memory last week. 


More from the Express Story:

'Last week she was spotted playing with the spirited toddler on "the beach" in the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens, a few yards from Kensington Palace where she and Prince William have an apartment.
"It was lovely seeing them play together in the sand. They stayed for about fifteen minutes," I am told. "They had three protection officers with them but Kate seemed oblivious to anyone except her gorgeous baby enjoying himself."'

The children's wonderland opened in June 2000 in memory of the late Princess. Located next to her Kensington Palace home, the playground is a fitting tribute for Diana, who loved the innocence of childhood. Over 950,000 visitors enjoy the playground each year and kids, like Prince George, enjoy the beach which surrounds a huge wooden pirate ship, toys and play sculptures.

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It's always lovely to hear of Kate and George enjoying walks and playground visits around the beautiful Kensington Gardens.

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With the Cambridges calendar a decidedly quiet one for the coming weeks, we may see them and Prince Harry attend a friend's wedding in Italy next month. The royal trio have been invited to Charlie Gilkes' wedding which is set to be quite the social event. Mr Gilkes attended Eton with the Princes and has spent the last decade running successful restaurants and nightclubs.


More from the Vanity Fair story:

'"The Cambridges are really looking forward to it and William and Kate are planning to leave Prince George with Kate's parents so they can go and have a good time," a chum of theirs tells me.
 Gilkes is also a former flame of Pippa Middleton's, and is reported to have popped the question to Anneke von Trotha Taylor, his girlfriend of three years, using a message inside a specially crafted fortune cookie.'

It's quiet possible Kate will attend this one as, unlike Guy Pelly's Memphis wedding, she would only be away from George for a night or two.

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Speaking of Vanity Fair, following the release of this year's Best Dressed Lists, they have included the Duchess in their International Hall of Fame. Kate earned the honour after appearing on the Best Dressed List for the fifth time.

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Meanwhile, Prince William made two surprise appearances during the week; firstly at the Commonwealth Games wrap party where he thanked 1,500 workers who helped to make the games "the best ever". The Prince chatted with workers and volunteers where he had the opportunity to congratulate them on a job well done.

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William took to the stage in Glasgow's Merchant Square and gave a speech:

'When Catherine, Harry and I visited last week we saw the slogan 'People Make Glasgow' was written all over the city. You epitomise that slogan in the way you ran the Games - with professionalism and great care, allowing the Games' friendliness to shine through.'

Prince William also joined his brother Prince Harry for a surprise visit to athletes gearing up for next month's Invictus Games at Lee Valley. Inspired by the Warrior Games which sees wounded servicemen from U.S. navy, air force and army compete in a variety of track and field sports, the British version will see 400 competitors from 14 countries travel to London for the games. Prince Harry has worked tirelessly on the project and hopes to make it a regular event.

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Harry was left holding the baby when one of the Invictus Games managers asked him to hold his son for a few moments. The Prince looked a natural in his temporary role!

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I do expect William and Kate will attend events associated with the games next month.

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We leave you with a look at this week's Hello! Magazine cover featuring all three Middleton siblings.

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We'll be continuing with her our Kate Loves series during the week :)

540 comments:

  1. Doing what she does best.

    Thank you for the post Charlotte, you always put in 100%.

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    1. Agreed, Stephanie. What she spends the majority of her time doing - spending the taxpayer's money. No time to work, but plenty of time to shop.

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    2. I know what you mean...I do wish she'd even pick one main charity or cause to champion. She has such a platform on the world stage, and it just seems so wasted right now. Nothing is certain in life and there may not be such a stage later for whatever reason. Oh well, choices, choices!

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    3. Anon I guess you still have not read while William and Kate do not get paid by the tax payers. So any money she spends shopping is either hers & Williams or if it is for an engagement then Charles pays for her clothes. So before either one of you start to say crap about Catherine do your reading and research.

      Mel

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    4. I agree Stephanie.

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    5. Meow, meow, meow and scratch. After a day of making nice we're back to form.

      Personally, I'm glad she had an almost incognito Sunday to visit a favourite place of hers. Can you imagine what it would be like to lose that form of ordinary freedom (along with many others)? Never to simply hop in a car alone and check out your favourite shops? Or answer the impulse to go for lunch with a girlfriend or your mum without a posse of protection officers in tow?

      Yes, the choice to marry William has given Catherine many benefits and opportunities as well as responsibilities. However, they come with a price few are willing to pay. And a great deal of the cost you come to realize after the fact in a way that you couldn't before. (Love's lens is so-o-o rosy. All you need to do is read Diana's or the Duchess of York's stories to learn how challenging life in a palace can be.)

      Another case in point: Look at Harry's girlfriends. Each has eventually said, "Thanks but no thanks." And he's the spare to the heir's heir. That's not half the pressure of the crown and raising a future king who has to do you credit every time he's spotted anywhere.

      Frankly, I don't begrudge her a Sunday shopping--or anything else she wants to do for her own pleasure. She's entitled to me time as much as any of the rest of us.

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    6. Why do you people always think that William & Kate get paid by the tax payers. They do not receive any "money" from them. The do get their protection paid but that is it.
      So when you see her out shoping she is spending her/Williams own money.
      It has been said over & over again here by the people who live in the UK that they are not paid.

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    7. Anon 15.41 you are seriously beginning to sound like your needle has got stuck in a scratch on the record! The same sentence repeated over and over again!
      Simone

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    8. Where do you think William's money comes from? His RAF salary?? His inheritance from his mother came from taxpayer funds, and his father's funding comes from the Duchy of Cornwall which belongs to the nation same as the Duchy of Lancaster that funds the Queen.

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    9. It appears again there are those who come on to post who are either very misinformed (how can one be after reading all these posts) or on purpose to stir up our community.

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    10. A quick note to my earlier post -- William's RAF salary also comes from the taxpayers. I say that as a former government employee myself who was always mindful to meet my duties and responsibilities because my salary came from the nation's funds. Should we expect the same mindfulness from royalty?

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    11. Do the royal duchies belong to the nation? Diana inherited assets from her father, Earl Spencer. Her divorce settlement came from Charles's funds, presumably from the Duchy of Cornwall, although he may also have assets from his grandfather. We need to be clear about financial matters before making assumptions.

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    12. Yes, the royal duchies are Crown assets and cannot be sold by the Queen or the Prince of Wales. And the Spencers we're not wealthy, they had debts, and the money went to Diana's brother the Earl. All that information is readily available online.

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    13. http://www.duchyoflancaster.co.uk/faqs/
      http://www.royal.gov.uk/TheRoyalHousehold/Royalfinances/FinancialarrangmentsofThePrinceofWales.aspx
      It doesn't look like either Duchy belongs to the nation. They are trusts not owned by the nation. They are intended to provide income for the monarch and her heir. They must each pass the trusts/Duchies along intact to their heirs.
      The Spencers would be considered wealthy even though they have struggled like many landed families with inheritance taxes and maintenance of their large estates. It may be fair to say that they are a bit cash-strapped.

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    14. Anon, the info is there is the links. The official term is "assets held in trust" by the UK govt, just like the royal art collection. The Queen and POW no more own the duchies than they do the art collection. They have an arrangement with the govt to receive duchy revenue, not capital, as "private" income used to fund private activites, like purchasing Highgrove or paying for Kate's wardrobe. And Earl Spencer was so cash poor upon his inheritence that he was doing things like selling his lesser noble titles for a couple burned thousand to fix the plumbing at Althorp.

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    15. Victoria Murphy (royal reporter) wrote a great article on the royal finances. Charlotte, I would love to see you take on the subject with your excellent eye for photos and story vignettes.

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    16. mm, sorry for another link but it's better than me paraphrasing...
      http://www.thecrownestate.co.uk/our-business/faqs/#whoownsthecrownestate
      "The Crown Estate belongs to the reigning monarch 'in right of The Crown', that is, it is owned by the monarch for the duration of their reign, by virtue of their accession to the throne. But it is not the private property of the monarch - it cannot be sold by the monarch, nor do revenues from it belong to the monarch. The Government also does not own The Crown Estate. It is managed by an independent organisation - established by statute - headed by a Board (also known as The Crown Estate Commissioners), and the surplus revenue from the estate is paid each year to the Treasury for the benefit of all UK taxpayers." Maybe we're playing a game of words here, but since the topic is so often discussed, I think the nuances are important. Perhaps it should be said that these things don't belong to "Elizabeth" but they do belong to "The Monarch" perpetually, so "Elizabeth" can't sell any of it. And all sources clearly say The Crown Estate is not owned by the government.

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    17. The Crown Estate was pledged (for lack of a better term) by George III (I think; I should go look that up) as at that time the monarch paid for the government. All of it. George found he was taking on a bunch of debt that he really didn't want, so he pledged the Crown Estate in return for an income. Currently the queen gets 15% of its revenue based on two years ago income. It is not her "property"; if it was she would have to fund the government.


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    18. The duchies aren't part of the Crown Estate (the art collection is). Anyway, don't want to run ths convo unto the ground. Maybe Charlotte will have a feature on it someday. Nice talking to you!

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    19. .... And in Europe we would simply call it "Old Money"...
      Love your insight however :-)

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    20. I'll throw in another scenario MM.
      What will happen to all Crown estate, Duchies etc if the monarchy is abolished?
      My impression is that it will revert to the people (in one way or another).
      I guess that would therefore change the perception that none of this belongs to the tax payer.
      It's all about agreements on pieces of paper that can change in an instant if there was a crisis.

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    21. Bluhare, interesting that you brought up George III. His son, George IV, loved shopping!! His extravagance defined the Regency era. I've read articles on how this Elizabethan era may be defined, and most focus on how the Empire was whittled to the Commonwealth Realms. I wonder if it may also be remembered for the acceptance of royal finances moving from just an entitlement to money that is "earned" through public engagements. It's the royal aides who are quoted as saying the monarchy is "value for money."

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  2. Phew Charlotte! I haven't even reD your post yet but I have never been so glad to see a new one! I am left with nervous exhaustion after the last few days and "load more's" :-)
    Thank you for saving my sanity once again :-) love Simone x

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  3. Charlotte, thank you for all the informative posts. I have been a follower but this is my first time posting.

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  4. Linda of Huntington Beach, Ca11 August 2014 at 05:46

    Hi Charlotte, another great post :)
    Always up to date and filled with all the latest information. This is my 1st time posting but have followed all your post for awhile now:)

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    1. Hey Linda
      Warm welcomes :-)
      Simone

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    2. Linda of Huntington Beach, Ca12 August 2014 at 06:48

      Thank you Simone for your kind words :)

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  5. I feel like I've been through the five stages of grief over Kate these past few months, but I think I've finally come around to calm acceptance of her actions, choices, and decisions for her future.
    Of course we would like to see her attend more engagements, and maybe wear less outfit repeats, but as that's unlikely to happen any time soon, all I (and we) can do is hope she enjoys this quieter time in her life and spends as much time as she can with George and any future children she may have.

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    1. I share your sentiments exactly, Silvereyed. Mostly, I suppose I feel hurt that William and Kate don't seem to love the RF as much as we do! I want them to love being the future King and Queen, to unreservedly love and be proud to represent the British people, to love going out there and changing the world! I want them to have rich, full, fascinating lives that are spent doing amazing things -- not hiding in their mansions. I want Kate to be as beautiful and elegant and glamorous as she possibly can be and to use her exquisite education to use in speeches and causes and patronages. She could be doing to much more. Maybe she and Will are just not that imaginative or intelligent. I truly hate to write that because I am a huge fan -- but I have been let down. And before anyone writes "it is not her job to please you...." let me say that it IS her job to please the public, and to inspire and encourage us. We should feel proud of them! Or else, why bother having an RF? I am not interested in following the vapid lives of celebrities or rich people. I am interested in people who have the power to change history! Kate and Will don't seem interested in doing that.

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    2. Beth Just because they have choosen a different path in the royal family does not mean they do not care. During one of William's interviews he stated that he knows whath is future is going to be and he excepts that. But again there is no hurry for them to step up. We do not know what goes on between the Queen, Charles, and William & Catherine.

      If their life style (I will call it that) was not approved by the Queen then we would see them doing more engagements and that would make every body here very happy. But that is not the case. William is going to being working flying choppers saving lives and Catherine will be a wife & mommy. And do engagemtns as the Queen see's fit.

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    3. I agree William "excepts" his path, ME. His actions certainly show he takes exception to it.

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    4. Beth in SF, that was an excellent post! Thank you for writing down what many of us are thinking.

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    5. anon from Leominster12 August 2014 at 05:59

      Beth, I think you have expressed beautifully what we all feel. As for the queen, I would assume nothing. To much has happened that she would clearly not approve of but she has done nothing to stop to make any assumptions about how she truly feels.

      She is standing by William and Kate, but that's all we can say. The fact she had Kate join her on several appearances leads me to believe she was trying to ease Kate into her role and teach her the ropes. Hopefully, William and Kate will be offered, and take the time from their lives, to learn from the queen hands on before she is gone. Such experience can't be underestimated.

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    6. I wonder if the long game is to prepare themselves for living in a republic. What if Charles' tenure leads to a referendum?

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    7. Thank you Beth!
      There needs to be balance. I see none.
      There has constantly been contradiction in their actions. One minute it's this, then it's a 180 degree turn in the other direction. We blame PR. But surely PR can't be that incredibly daft to keep this type of topsy turvy merry-go-round continuing. Lack of commitment from elsewhere is just as likely to produce bad PR.

      Just like many here don't "buy" that the Queen doesn't want W&K putting in more engagements, I don't buy that it *is* something that she necessarily approves of.
      William has *always* used his late mother and his upbringing to live a more *private* life. And I would not be surprised if this is what has happened with the Queen.
      Let's face reality, the Queen as gracious as she is, is not a tyrant especially to her grandchildren.
      If they feel not ready to take on engagements, then so be it.
      Although as LEO has pointed out, the Queen has tried to include them so they can begin understanding what is expected of them. This was short lived. Haven't seen so much of that for some time.

      MM - I find plenty of truth in your statement. I would not be surprised if that has crossed William's mind at least.
      At this stage, it's a hard call as the English adore the Queen. All this may drastically change if Charles is not seen as a popular figurehead and hence alter the course of the entire family.
      This is realistic speculation for sure.
      It will either be a republic or an enormous change of the royal's profile, if they continue to reign.

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  6. My thoughts:
    I hope that picture of Harry with a baby helps him land a lady.
    I have always wished Diana and Charles had a girl too - that would have been some fun royal watching.
    Kate does not have a best dressed wardrobe.
    I still like that Tory Burch dress she wore to the play group.
    I have always wondered what women athletes think of Kate playing around in sports with high heels and short skirts. Because it irks me.
    And lastly, I've got my fingers crossed for a Kate Loves Spending Money or Kate Loves Rebecca Deacon feature!

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    1. I heart you, Maryland Moxie! Hilarious! :)

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    2. Oh yes a Kate loves Rebecca Deacon feature (she says coyly avoiding MM's other suggestion :-) :-))
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    3. I am sorry to say but Maryland Moxie it seems everythign Cartherine does irks you. I think this poor girl copuld stand on her head and it would please you.

      Why would it bother other athletes what Catherine does in heels. Again you don't seem to think they should do anything relating to sports.

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    4. Jennifer from Wisconsin12 August 2014 at 04:06

      Anonymous 1:49 aka ME~ I have noticed and stated before that you have a super blunt style that shows how passionate you are about your point of view. Reminds me strongly of a past poster who went into attack mode often and you also seem to do so. Please tone down your comments towards Moxie and others. Charlotte runs a classy blog that respects others and different points of view. Moxie says it like she means it and is respectful when she does. She encourages conversations and discussion. We have had enough issues lately. Please be nice! If you are just trying to stir up something, try a different pot.

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    5. Jennifer--I SECOND that!! I'm amazed at how ill-mannered, hostile, and even nasty posters can be-- did no one ever teach them any better!?

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    6. ME,
      I am irked at Kate doing sports in high heels because that is the exact opposite of what sports is about. Sports is about athletic competition and training and eating healthy and working hard. It is not about looking cute in high heels and short dresses. If Kate is going to be packaged as a "modern female icon" then I, and others, are going to be very upset at the presentation of a female role model in this way and will speak out about it. Pippa didn't swim across the ocean in high heels, because that is ridiculous. So is playing volleyball in wedges. Yet we have seen these images from Kate more then once. It is not something to praise.

      You are correct that I think it is ridiculous to pay people (royalty) to represent you at sporting events, that is what the athletes are doing, representing the best of the people of their country in that sport. I'm pretty sure your countrymen are rooting you on - you don't need to keep people in palaces so they can cheer for you at events. That's some really expensive cheerleading.

      Be well.

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    7. Sarah-- Coincidentally--my father also lost much of his hearing in WWll -- the Veteran's Administration refused him a hearing aid--said it wasn't necessarily the war that caused his hearing loss!! He, too had nightmares for the rest of his life about fighting for his life in hand-to- hand combat with a Japanese soldier. Bluhare--yes, THAT IS service to our country!

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    8. Jenn, Jennifer, & Camilla!! I've witten TWO posts to Camilla that Poofed into the ether!! So GLAD you're back!!
      J&J--thanks for the support! It's appalling to be tasked with teaching these posters with basic manners-- but this blog may be the only place they've ever seen civil behavior!!

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    9. "J&J--thanks for the support! It's appalling to be tasked with teaching these posters with basic manners-- but this blog may be the only place they've ever seen civil behavior!!"

      That is a big stretch, simply because people disagree with your opinion.

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  7. Lovely post Charlotte. I love the photo of the brothers together with Harry holding the baby--so very cute. The baby looks content and ready to fall asleep. I am happy the Games have taken off. Harry did good, as the saying goes!

    I had no idea that such a fitting memorable to the late Princess Diana existed--what a lovely tribute to a lady who was so natural around children and they inturn always looked comfortable in her presence: as they do with Prince Harry evidenced in this a many other photos of him with children.

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  8. I love that I am reading tomorrow's news while it is just 10:45pm on Sunday night in San Francisco. Thank you for keeping us up to date on all the latest Charlotte. It is great fun to check your site and see a new post. What a treat to end the weekend. Enjoy your day!

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    1. Thank you very much for reading :)

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  9. Surprised that it took you so long to report on the fact that Kate has been inducted into the Vanity Fair fashion Hall of Fame. This was reported in The Telegraph on August 6, and has been reported on many Kate-friendly sites since.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden11 August 2014 at 15:05

      Wow, this comment sounded rather snark. Hope it just got lost in translation, because Charlotte is doing a stellar job!

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    2. Hello,

      It wasn't a big enough story or interesting enough for readers to warrant a whole post. I have many other commitments aside from the blog and have always tended to wait until there's a build of news or an appearance to post.

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    3. Marci from Salt Lake11 August 2014 at 19:32

      Dear Charlotte, you do a terrific job on this blog. Most of us appreciate your style of reporting. There was no need to report the Best-Dressed list while it was still the only piece of information that was new.

      I really enjoyed the bit about the Diana memorial in Kensington Gardens, especially the photo. I can just picture Kate and George there. (And I am very glad there were no actual photos--that would be too intrusive.)

      Thanks again for your hard work.

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    4. Agreed, hope that was not meant as a snarky comment towards our darling Charlotte!

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    5. Amy, Detroit Michigan11 August 2014 at 22:03

      Wow Anon...charming. RME

      Nice entry, Charlotte. I, myself, just got lost at the local Outlet Mall for a few hours, so it's always nice to read about the Duchess shopping..

      The rest was lovely as well!

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    6. I agree, Rebecca. And Charlotte shouldn't have to explain that she has a life aside from this blog.

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    7. Don't bite Charlotte :-) but brings me back to the question I asked on the last post about anonymous posters? Simone

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    8. Media giving out awards to women with the disposable income to wear designer labels isn't news. Kate didn't do anything new - which are the first three letters in the word news. I appreciate Charlotte distinguishing between when the duchess does something and when media are writing features and giving awards to generate interest in their paid publications.

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  10. Super sleuthing Charlotte!
    I guess this is what we'll be seeing most of for a while. Shame we probably won't get to see some of the designer wear on Kate.

    The Diana garden looks charming for the littlies. A beach! What a great idea for some imaginative sand play.

    Can I just add - Harry looks far more comfortable with a stranger's baby than William. Could simply be the photo, but the body language speaks millions.
    Same thoughts on the photo of W&H speaking to the lass on the recumbent bike. Why am I getting the feeling that Harry is genuinely listening but William's thoughts seem miles away on something else?
    Could be wrong of course; but as they say "pictures speak a thousand words!".

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden11 August 2014 at 15:07

      I think Harry is more of a natural people person. And I think William is a little to self conscious in these situations. Everybody say that from a young age William has felt the weight of the world on his shoulders so I think he tries a little too hard to "behave" in these situations while Harry just lets loose. + Harry got more of Dianas people-skills. We are all different. That doesn't mean that we don't care or listen.

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    2. anon from Leominster11 August 2014 at 16:14

      Harry is clearly more of a natural "people person", he has a lovely way with him, but both brothers look quite relaxed here to me. The problem is William's "extra arm". It should be behind Harry. But blokes don't do that instinctively, I suppose.

      William never does sound natural when he calls Kate "Catherine". Always very stiff. I don't believe he ever does at home. He used to call her Kate; probably uses diminutives now as before.

      Glad to see them at the playground. Don't think the great Norfolk flit has has happened yet. The house may still be being made ready. Imagine they may go to Scotland first.

      Don't think much of those Gucci clothes and hope Kate avoids them. Gucci is owned by one of those huge European firms. Wearing the clothes of Britsih designers is one of the few things Kate is known for at the moment. If fashion isn't to be her focus, she needs other work to draw attention.

      For my snark remark of the day, have to say most of Kate's life has been a gap year, at least on the surface. Yes, I know being a mum is hard work, but most have to do it without nanny and housekeeper. When young women I know want to go to the shops without the little ones, they have to get Nana or find a sitter, so quite often the baby ends up going along.

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    3. I am sorry but why do you always have to get a dig in there regarding Catherine and her life. And who know's that William might havebeen on daddy duty while she was shopping. The nanny does not work 24/7.

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    4. Marion from Germany11 August 2014 at 17:14

      Dear Helen,

      I agree with you, Harry looks more light-hearted when in contact with the public, but take into consideration that he is "only" the younger brother. If he makes a mistake (remember the swastika-uniform or the pool-party in Las Vegas), everyone forgives him because people accept him for being the "party-prince". If William did the same thing, there would be so much uproar. William knows that he will be King one day, and Harry knows that he will "only" be the King's younger brother. I have the feeling that Harry embraces his "fate" very much and that is good for him.

      I thought the same when people discussed the question if Harry is jealous of William's family life. I think it was on the Daily Mirror-site and even if most comments are impudent there was one clever person explaining that s/he has never had the impression of Harry wanting to get married in the near future. I think the same.

      To cut a long story short: There is so much pressure on William and so little burden on Harry. Apart from that their characters are so different, but what I appreciate is that they are so close, Harry includes Kate and calls her his sister (so sweet) and I can see so clearly that there is a deep bond of love, support and understanding among them.

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    5. Hi Rebecca,

      I agree with you. While William is visually not as comfortable in public as Harry, I get a real sense that he tries to connect with others. I can totally relate to this, I have a sister that could make small talk with anyone, anywhere as I sit in the corner hoping to just get through the evening. I have made a real effort lately to work on my small talk skills but I can tell by others reactions that I still have a lot more work to do :).

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    6. It seems to me that as soon as Charlotte puts up a new blog, we get all these people having a dig at Catherine (and even at Charlotte in some cases..
      This site is becoming more like the "Daily Mail" every day.
      Most here seem to want to criticize her clothes, but don't think she should ever go shopping.
      We have no idea what is happening in Catherine's life, but one thing is obvious, that she wishes to be the main carer for her child.
      I cannot understand why so many women cannot understand that.
      I used to like coming on this site, but I hate to see anyone being continuously torn to pieces.
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    7. Jennifer from Wisconsin11 August 2014 at 23:09

      Anon- I think that's unfair. She is one of the most balanced posters on here and cites facts and the history of the family to support her comments. She also uses a moniker which shows she is not afraid to stand by her comments. You may not have agreed with her on this post, but to negatively comment on her in a general sense is not right.

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    8. I reckon Harry *can* be more natural because of the direction of his life and career .... Can you honestly imagine what we would be saying if William had got himself into some of the scrape that Harry has or made some of the comments that Harry public ally has? :-) I love his sense of fun and relaxed charm but I would personally be in agonies of embarrassment if William had got himself in the same predicaments in his role as heir to the throne...I think they are a good balance for each other and I am sure Harry will occasionally say stop acting like a stuffed shirt Wills. But I must say everything I've ever read about William has me thinking he is a lovely person who makes people feel at ease. One story I remember was after the black Saturday bush fires in Australia and Williams visit in 2010 was that a woman was telling him her story and just calling him William and realising her mistake was mortified (no doubt been briefed to call him sir) and he said no no William is just fine! The press after that visit was incredibly positive about him and how empathetic he had been. :-) I don't think he's all bad, we are just questioning his current decisions I believe. Personally I am still rooting for him and like the guy a lot. :-) Simone

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    9. I would agree that Harry is a real natural with people, and sometimes William can appear inhibited, but as Rebecca pointed out, people are different. In these photos, I happen to think they both look comfortable. William is engaged when he is on duty; it's when he's off duty that he has zero tolerance for press intrusion.

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    10. I like William, too, Simone! You've probably read this from me before but I do think that even before that awful day that Diana was killed--and papparazzi took photos of her dying, both she & Charles had a lot to say to him about intrusive photographers!
      Yet he has very cordial relations with royal photographer for The Sun, Arthur Edwards--the whole family likes him! --as well as those who've done portraits upon invitation. William has his father's & Grandmother's more reflective & contemplative sides, I think.

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  11. oh charlotte love your post im so glad the she did manage to take a paparazzo pics and enjoyed her shopping did kate was spotted taking george in lady diana memory

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  12. Lovely surprise post that has brightened my morning. Thank you.

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  13. Landon from Washington, DC11 August 2014 at 09:06

    Hello,

    First time commenter here but long-time reader! I am very excited at the possibility of seeing Will and Kate in Italy; and I am very curious to see where the wedding takes place. I studied in Florence from January to May of this year, and as a self-professed royal watcher and huge fan of the Duchess, I was almost as excited to retrace Kate's experience in Florence as I was to make my own! In fact, it became something of a joke amongst friends that what I really wanted out of my study abroad experience was to be Kate Middleton since I am also an art history major and would whisper reverently "Kate was here," with every trip to the British Institute or Art Bar (on a side note: how fitting would it be for Kate to one day succeed Charles as patron of the British Institute in Florence?). I would love to see the couple in Florence, just as much as I would love to see a Florentine wedding in the news again to chase away the memory of the "Kimye" wedding extravaganza.

    It would also be very interesting to see Kate in Gucci, a Florentine label (if the wedding did happen to take place in Florence and Kate wore Gucci, it would be quite the sartorial nod from Kate-but now I'm wishing so hard that I'm getting ahead of it all haha). Regarding Italian fashion, I personally think Kate would look amazing in Dolce and Gabbana, and there are more than a few items on the D&G site right now that I think she could wear very well in bespoke versions.

    I think that's all for now! Thank you for providing the one site I am always happy to see updated; great job and always a pleasure to read!

    -Landon

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    1. Hello Landon,

      Welcome to the blog and thank you for commenting. We don't know which area of Italy the wedding will be but details tend to come out closer to the date. We have a post on Kate's Gap Year which covers her time in Florence. I think you might enjoy it Landon :)

      http://hrhduchesskate.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/kate-loves-gap-year.html

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  14. Rebecca - Sweden11 August 2014 at 10:49

    Great post Charlotte.

    I like that Kate still knows how to bargain. :)

    I love that picture of William, Harry and the baby. So cute.

    I don't know if I think going to an overseas wedding is the best use of some free days during Williams training. I think it will leave a bitter aftertaste. Unless they do a lot of appearances at the Invictus games. But I don't see how William can do that while training. Maybe Kate goes by herself? Hmm, we'll see :P

    Thank you Charlotte for always giving us something to read :)

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    1. First it has not been given a date for the wedding or when William will start his training. All it says is in September.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden11 August 2014 at 16:45

      Yes, I know. I was just speculating and thinking out loud.

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    3. Rebecca, if the wedding takes place on a weekend it may work out just fine (assuming training is a M-F scenario). But I do get where you were going with that... :)

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    4. Rebecca - Sweden12 August 2014 at 08:32

      That's true royalfan. Didn't think that far :P

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    5. Rebecca, I'm just trying to be optimistic ... :))

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  15. Seem to have been quite a few "unofficial" sightings of Catherine in the last week or so, There are some photos on British Monarchy Heir of her pushing George around the park and one with the nanny, where he looks as though he is making a very determined effort to escape from the pushchair!
    I expect the paps have now stationed themselves by the playground, in case Catherine and George return.
    One thing for certain, by Sat they had not gone either to Norfolk or anywhere on holiday..

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    1. Jean, I noticed that too. The Express story is suspicious to me because if anyone did see her, I'm pretty sure they would have snapped a picture, and put it on facebook, instagram or twitter. Who called up the Express and "told" the reporter? No one was mentioned. That sometimes can mean the press office told the reporter so that there would be some warm fuzzy press to counter other news that may not have been received so well and impacted their image. I put that under "maybe she did, maybe she didn't" - it is interesting that the Express is the only one that had the story. The shopping story is more believable because at least 3 persons with verifiable twitter accounts mentioned it. I believe Harry is holding a baby because I can see Harry holding a baby and someone took the time to shoot a picture of Harry staring at a camera holding the baby and making sure press outlets got a hold of it. That is Harry promoting his organization and the shot is from the charity press offices and not independent press.

      So in this lull of actual news, we can think about how it is we know, what we know. Press can tell a story with no verifiable witnesses revealed. Twitter, tumbler, instagram, and facebook can provide eyewitness accounts. Charity organizations release photos to put themselves and their patrons in a positive light.

      And William "surprises" everyone because he will not let you know where he is going to be at any given moment! Does anyone else imagine that when Kate decides to go shopping, William goes "Oh, I guess I will go surprise the people of Britain, then!"

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    2. MM,
      Suppose you can be forgiven for thinking Catherine was courting publicity, but I prefer to think that she enjoys playing with George. Photographing other people's children in playgrounds doesn't seem like a good idea.
      The main duty of a direct heir to the throne is to produce and nurture the next generation---you may find that odd or old fashioned, but it is true.

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    3. Is it possible that the Express was given the story with the understanding that it would be sans photos? Just a theory...

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    4. Jean,
      I have always assumed (but I could be wrong) that Kate cares for and plays with that baby every day. I'm not saying that Kate courted the publicity. Her staff (or Charles' staff) may have or the newspaper may have been looking to drum up page hits with a very safe benign story that no one questioned. What bystander would call a reporter on a phone? Who sees Kate playing with a baby in a park (named after Diana) and thinks - I should let this one fellow at the Express know about it so he can let the world know. I have my doubts. The press offices merged and Charles' people are known to work with and/or try to manipulate press. I don't mean to suggest Kate personally is throwing stories out there - just someone on the public relations team. It's good to pay attention to how we know - what we think we know.

      And Jean, it is the definition of FAMILY to produce and nurture the next generation, it is not a special duty exclusive to Kate and the monarchy. I do not find it odd or old fashioned in the least.


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    5. Moxie & Jean--since Kate lets George "take the air" in the park so near to KP it's a very good bet that reporters (and papparazzi)
      are there more often than not--waiting for them. Their new apartment has a huge enclosed and beautifully-landscaped gsrden & lawn--but one excited squeal from George would have tourists scaling the walled fences to see them! Makes Anmer Hall a very tempting destination!

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  16. I wonder if, when she is queen, the Duchess will still be known to some as ":Kate Middleton." If I were going to live long enough, I might take bets on it! ;) I also wonder if her staff - including her protection officers, who are with her all the time - call her "Duchess" or "Ma'am." As in, "Look out, Duchess! George is heading for the duck pond again!" Unlikely scenario, I know, as she would hardly take her eyes off him long enough for him to head anywhere! Thanks for another interesting post, Charlotte.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden11 August 2014 at 15:10

      My guess is she is called Catherine or maybe even Kate. This is based on that William and Harry has asked before to be called by their names. But I'm just guessing :)

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    2. anon from Leominster12 August 2014 at 06:08

      I would be extremely surprised if any of the staff calls her by her first name. It's probably"ma'am.

      I read that the staff actually like some of the more formal royals because they know where they stand. With some like Diana, William and Sophie there is less certainty, friendly one minute, demanding formality the next.

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden12 August 2014 at 16:54

      Hmm, that may be true. Ma'm might be true... But I'm not sure how comfortable Kate and Will are with that. Maybe their closest RPO's, Rebecca Deacon, the nanny etc is more informal and the housestaff that just works around and not with William and Kate are more formal.

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    4. I believe we discussed the probable confusion between
      "The Duchess of Cornwall" and "The Duchess of Cambridge" and also--it's MUCH shorter to write "Kate Middleton!" I'd bet that when she becomes "The Princess of Wales," aka "Princess Catherine" (Press version: Princess Kate)
      OR "Her Majesty" also "Queen
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  17. Oh lord......... So when does royalty shop at high st retail outlets....? Blimey our kate Duchess will be shopping next with shop discount cards, and looking for end of sale bargains like the rest of us ordinary shoppers.

    I like Fortnum and Masons. They are so polite and treat u really well, call u sir and madam and everything. I bought my great auntie in Tennessee, America one of their hampers for Christmas. She was absolutely made up. Shows all her friends. She especially likes the biscuits and royal jam.

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    1. Sam--what a fabulous gift! Even after the jam & biscuits are gone, the hamper is a gift forever!

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  18. I am glad Kate can still simple things like shopping and playing with her baby in the playground. It must get tiring to have the media in your face all the time. I thought it was soo touching that she took George to the playground named in Dianas honour. I am just curious as to what she bought in Ralph Lauren? I am sure Diana would be very proud of her sons as they continue her work of touching other peoples lives i.e. the invictus games. Thanks for a great post Charlotte!

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden11 August 2014 at 15:12

      I too am very glad she can do things without photos all the time :D

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    2. Me too but I wonder how nobody even caught her on a camera phone? Simone

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    3. Yet, they called a reporter to tell him.... I wonder if someone from her own press office saw her and picked up the phone. It is a warm and fuzzy story for sure.

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  19. Ooops, Vanity Fair's text and photo don't agree. Thanks for a fun post!

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  20. I was at Fidenza Village last friday, which is the italian "twin" of Bicester Village (although some Kate brands aren't present sadly) I told to my friend who was with me hey, Kate is used to go to Bicester Village and she's often spotted there, and now this! She must have read my mind! Lol!
    Charlotte, is it known where the wedding will be? If it's not far from me I could go and be your special reporter!
    Have a nice week you all!
    Sara in Italy

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    1. Hello Sara,

      It's not known yet but I will post if there's any more information revealed :)

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    2. Sara,

      I guess many of Kate's brands aren't there because many of them are British... and an Italian outlet will likely focus on Italian brands :)

      Camilla

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    3. Thanks for another fun post, Charlotte. Designer outlet shops seem so un-English, somehow. I suppose everyone needs and likes a bargain these days, even a Duchess. I hear George Clooney may wed next month in Venice, curious to see where William's Eton pal chooses.

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    4. Sarah in Minneapolis12 August 2014 at 04:15

      Greybird, Outlet shops seeming un-English is the perfect description to me too. I was surprised to read they exist anywhere across the pond.

      I wonder if outlet shops are similar to ours in the USA in that the best bargains are for women who are American size 2 & 4 with shoe size 5.5.

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    5. Outlets in the UK are fantastic!
      And there's a lot of second hand - charity shops.
      I remember hearing that they built an outlet in Portsmouth so that tourists had somewhere to go where it rains.
      It makes a lot of sense, and that outlet village is great.

      Camilla

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  21. Thank you for the great post Charlotte! The photo of Wiliam and Harry with the baby is so cute! :) Those two really love children and Kate too. Children have a sort of sixth sense for these sorts for things and it is not for nothing that Kate is named: "The Children's Princess". I think Wiliam and Harry could be named: "The Children's Princes." :)

    Anyway, thanks again! Keep up the good work!

    Monica, France

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    1. Renee in California11 August 2014 at 23:22

      Poor Kate. She just can't seem to please you. How easy it is to sit at your computer and tear her to shreds. She shouldn't be bargain hunting, she shouldn't be looking at Gucci, this entire year has been a "gap" year. That one really made me laugh. How quickly some people forget about the trip to Australia and New Zealand. Would you want to make 3 changes of clothing to attend 3 different functions in one day? I doubt it. I don't know why I am surprised that the most hateful comments come from the cowards that sign off as anonymous - for example Anonymous @ 15:41 about "no time to work, but time to shop." Just plain stupid. I'll bet she's gone to Her Majesty and voiced concern that what she wears receives more attention than the event she is attending. Could that be one of reasons we see "recycled" outfits? Why knock yourself out if people are going to slam you anyway, no matter how fantastic you look. She is the Best. I have nothing but respect for her. She's done a great job for the Royal Family and I'm sure they are going to protect her. None of us can imagine how difficult it would be to give up your own life to serve your nation. Sure they have lots of perks, but NOTHING can make up for losing your anonymity. NOTHING!!

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    2. Jennifer from Wisconsin12 August 2014 at 01:35

      Renee- Are you trying to reply to another post?

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    3. I'm puzzled by the choice to depict dressing up as a hardship, and to interpret 2-4 years of country life as giving oneself to service.

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    4. In the spirit of friendly discussion, I will address your points, Renee.

      1. It's also quite easy to sit at home in front of your computer and praise Kate, or insult other posters for having an opinion.
      2. The New Zealand Australia trip was three weeks. The year has 52. That's 49 weeks left over.
      3. Yes, I'd be happy to change clothes three times for three different one hour engagements in one day.
      4. You missed a few hateful Anonymous comments there, but I won't bore you with them.
      5. You bet she's gone to the Queen? I bet she's been summoned to the Queen.
      6. Don't know why we see recycled outfits, other than every other royal does as well.
      7. I think Kate spends a lot of time on her appearance, a lot. In spite of people finding fault.
      8. Kate chose the life she is leading, she was not uninformed. Watch their engagement interview. William himself says he prepared her.

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    5. Sarah in Minneapolis12 August 2014 at 03:20

      The childrens' princes - that's sweet Monica and I agree both princes are very good with kids of all ages. I know a lot of adult males won't or perhaps don't know how to hold a baby until after they've had their own child.

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    6. Sarah in Minneapolis12 August 2014 at 04:04

      Renee - "None of us can imagine how difficult it would be to give up your own life to serve your nation."

      Please don't claim Kate has given up her own life to serve her nation. It is an egregious insult to anyone who has served in the military and to those who died in service.

      A specific example of someone who truly sacrificed to serve their county was my father. He was a heavy machine gun operator in the US army for 18 months during WWII. He was honorably discharged after time spent in a field hospital with malaria and jungle rot so severe they considered amputating his foot. He was sent home and spent several more weeks recuperating stateside. His army service caused severe hearing loss in one ear, lifelong residual health issues and lifelong recurring nightmares that a Japanese soldier with a bayonet was chasing him through the jungle.

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    7. My hat is off to your father, Sarah. That is service to one's country.

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    8. anon from Leominster12 August 2014 at 06:23

      Beautifully worded, Sarah. Hat's off to your father and all the men like him. What a touching story. Imagine living with those memories.

      One reason I think older royals from Queen Mary, the Queen Mother and the current Queen, are so intent on duty is that they went through terrible wars. But even though Harry has seen a lot, I'm not sure the other young royals have quite the same perspective. We stand a bit distant from all that now.

      William and especially Harry are doing wonderful charity work for soldiers, yet it wasn't so long ago that a group of verterns set off on a bicycle trek and the only royal to see them off was Beatrice. Octhttp://www.blesma.org/media-centre/press-releases/2013/hrh-princess-beatrice-of-york-to-wave-off-injured-veterans-as-they-set-off-on-a-cycling-tour-from-windsor-castle/ober of 2013. I wondered why Kate couldn't have taken a short time away from George to be there. (Nothing against Beatrice but she brings far less attention to the cause.)

      Recently reading a book about WWI. A lot of the rich toffs were very keen on flying and were some of the first to volunteer, mainly so they could fly. They were killed in vast droves of course but were very brave and very jolly. Somehow this kind of odd mingling of privilege, the need for excitment and duty reminds me a lot of William.

      There is a beautful story in the Daily Mail of a very old couple who died within minutes of each other after being married seventy-six years. He was one of only four suvivors of his regiment when they were taken prisoner by the Japanese. He endured terrible hardships, yet came back to quietly live his life. Now that's public service.

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    9. Thanks so much bluhare. That means a lot. My dad was terrific in every way. I was SO blessed to have a great father (and mother). He passed away awhile ago, but he managed to live long enough for us have a big party for my parents 50th wedding anniversary. Cheers!

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    10. Sarah, I have tremendous respect for anyone who has served in the military. And your father's experience is a shining example of it. I mean that sincerely.

      To be fair to Renee, I don't think she was putting Kate at the same level. I interpreted her comment as Kate has given up things we all take for granted in our daily lives (such as anonymity). At least that's how I read it, but Renee can speak for herself :)

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    11. Sarah-
      Keep sharing your stories of your belated dad.
      The war veteran's generation is taking many valuable life lessons with them and not enough is made known to the younger generation who take so much for granted.
      You are blessed to have known someone so special, despite the trauma and hardship he suffered since.

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  22. Marion from Germany11 August 2014 at 17:27

    Dear Charlotte,

    Thank you for giving us new posts on Kate regularly, that will cover up the Kate-free time perfectly. In one of the last posts someone asked if we are going to get less information by you now that Kate does not seem to appear more often in the future. You answered that you have enough ideas for (my favourite) “Kate loves”-posts, so I think everything will be fine. I just wanted to take the opportunity to say “THANK YOU!!!” as there were “only” thirty-something comments so far. Whenever there are so many comments, which I all enjoy to read, with all the turbulent discussions going on ;-) there has always been another Kate-fan who has said what I have in mind (which is alright for me).

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    1. Hi Marion,

      What a great post!!! I agree, Charlotte certainly does spoil us during Kate-Free times. I can't wait for her Kate Loves Rebecca Deacon post. I would also love to see an update on Kate Loves Jewelry, as Kate has been sporting some new pieces lately. Hint, hint :):)

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  23. Absolutely love the picture of Prince George!<3 <3 <3 xoxo

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  24. How beautiful that she took her son to his grandmother's memorial. Diana is smiling down on them. I hope she takes George to althorp where she is buried next. God I wish HRH Princess Diana was still with us holding George.

    Thank you Charlotte.

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  25. Charlotte, thank you for a new picture of Kate in the beautiful Singapore kimono dress. It's a favorite of mine, and I am glad to see it from the side. With dresses like that, why doesn't Kate have a best dressed wardrobe? I could name so many others. I also like the burgundy coat and the picture of Kate and her brother. Nice to see him with Pippa also. They are all close siblings.

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  26. Living in US, I wish we had more shopping "villages" like this one instead of gianomous cookie cutter malls. :(

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    1. Orlando, Florida have WONDERFUL shopping villages/malls. Go with empty suitcase, come home with new wardrobe. Hurray!!

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    2. TWWW, this reminds me of some of the outlets I've been shopped in. (Although I don't think they are quite the bargain that outlet shopping suggests :)

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    3. Jennifer from Wisconsin12 August 2014 at 01:33

      There are a lot of them but it depends on where you live. The newer lifestyle centers are being built this way. I have seen them all over the West, South and even in Wisconsin. :)

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    4. Oh I agree Florence :-) I love shopping in America! Simone

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    5. Sarah in Minneapolis12 August 2014 at 04:19

      Simone and Florence - Do you mind telling us your home countries? And as an American who just loves to shop in London and Paris, I'm so curious about your experiences shopping in the USA. So please say more about why you like it so much.

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    6. Hi Sarah
      Firstly, I wanted to make a comment about your Dad - I was so touched by your post, but everything I thought to say sounded so trite. He was indeed a brave man and a true example of giving your all for his country ....
      I am originally from the UK, in Berkshire just outside London but moved to Australia a few years ago for work and have now married and settled here.
      I like American shopping so much firstly for the price! Everything is so reasonably priced compared to the UK and especially compared to Australia. My husband bought 4 pairs of Levi jeans when we were in Chicago last summer for just over $100 and in Australia it would be close to $100 per pair.
      Also the choice that you have over there. And finally for the malls with the choice of the big department stores and all of the smaller more boutique shops. I think Florida is hard to beat on price - in my humble experience - but I know NY very well as my uncle lives there and so have been visiting for years and again love shopping there.
      I buy very little in Australia and prefer to buy on line in the UK or us and that includes homewares too. And when places like Marks and Spencer and John Lewis (big UK department stores) are offering free shipping to australia then will continue to do so :-) we also have 2 large department store chains throughout Australia but I think a lot of their stores are like shopping was some 30 years ago.
      Through work I have heard one of our large supermarket buying directors describe Australia as Treasure Island as the retailer and supplier margins are so high here and also accuse Australian suppliers of being fat and lazy. (Large margins and low innovation on new products) Clearly that's their take on things but as a consumer not used to shopping here I would tend to agree. Have to say shopping aside it IS an amazing country to live in though and I do love it here very much :-)
      London is also fun to shop I agree but my favourites for shopping would be Bath and Winchester. Paris - not so much for me anyway. :-) Simone

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    7. Simone, I completely agree with what you are saying about shopping in the US. Someone explained it to me once, that because the population is so much bigger in the US, there is so much more stock available. I love finding rack after rack with every colour, every size. And the prices are unbeatable. The bargains are real, and available.
      In a "small" country like Australia, with "only" 20 million people spread out over a whole continent, you will never get that. It's a bit here and a bit there, and when it's sold out that's it. So prices can stay up for the really good things. Although the sales are there to be found as well, and improving as online shopping increased competition with department stores.
      But then I also guess that shopping abroad or overseas is always fun, because it's in a setting of a holiday.
      I do love shopping in London too, but I have frequented the US lately as the Australian dollar was strong agains the US dollar, and not so great against the Stirling.

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    8. I'll vouch for the horrendous shopping prices here too!! (Aus).
      I admit, I'm letting the retailers down by shopping from the UK and US (on-line).
      Better prices, far superior quality. Shipping can be exorbitant and shoe sizes tricky! :)

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    9. Gosh, Simone & Florence--so interesting to read how things REALLY are in another country! The "behind the scenes" & realities behind the quick glimpse one gets of a country from say, a royal tour--or a piece on the news! Thanks for a great learning experience!

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    10. That's why we are here Jo! Bridging some cultural differences that are sometimes incredibly subtle because we all speak English. I think it's interesting too!

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  27. Jenn, Jo, Marg,

    I'm glad to be back and hear from you again :)

    Things seems to be going better, here, thank you - and I intend to enjoy this blog as it deserves! Talking with you all, that's to say.
    And - obviously - reading Charlotte, whom I've never directly thanked but who has all my admiration and gratitude for running this beautiful virtual place.

    Camilla

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    1. Camilla,

      Wonderful to hear from you also! I am very happy that you seem to be doing better. I was concerned about you for some time. And I look forward to speaking with you again soon.

      Also looking forward to your views regarding the posts and the many varied comments. I am getting sleepy, so I will make my official comment tomorrow before work (lol, unintentionally made my comment seem important). Regardless, I am too tired to think clearly to express myself well I think :). Sweet dreams Camilla, talk to you soon I hope!

      Jennifer

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    2. Camilla -
      wondered where your comments had gone.
      missed your little astrological insights.
      Keep well. :)

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  28. Linda, Linda & Landon! Lovely to welcome you as new posters--especially since your posts were so very nice! Welcome!!

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    1. Linda of Huntington Beach, Ca12 August 2014 at 13:06

      Thank you Jo from USA and Simone for both your kind & welcoming posts:) Linda

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  29. Marg
    Your comments are getting through - honest! :-) it could be the load more feature is playing up!
    I replied to you on the previous post and I will drop a line to Charlotte :-)
    Simone

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  30. Lauri-I've been EXACTLY in youf shoes! Was desperately unable to talk to people--even had to read books to learn how--worked SO hard to learn--and it was SUCH a worthwhile effort! True, it's easier to strike up a chat with a fellow pet lover you've never met as you shop for pet food than it is to try to think of something to say at a party-- but a genuine compliment on clothes, hair, jewelry can be a start--and adding an experience you've had to a conversation--of admitting the difficulty of conversation--and asking advice can even start s chat! I'm always glad to hear that others have trouble with NAMES!! I'm great with animal names--awful at remembering people's names!!

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      Thanks for the advice! You know what has been helping me lately? I've watched videos of the Queen talking to folks in the crowd and see what questions she asks, etc. Sometimes I kind of pretend I'm her, well not her, but like her, asking questions and more questions. Kind of silly, but it helps. :):)

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    2. Lauri, I loved that. Might be kind of silly, but it's kind of brilliant too! :)

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    3. That's lovely Lauri :-)
      Simone

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    4. Hey Lauri from Ca--I don't think it's silly at all. How flattering that you take an interest in the person you are talking with and express it in the form of questions! The Queen is a master at this and I can't think of anyone better to use as an example of how to be. Who wouldn't love to talk with you--you are exactly the sort of person whom I would love to get to know better. Someone who cares about others. I think that Duchess Catherine is developing into the same sort of person.

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    5. anon from Leominster12 August 2014 at 17:11

      I love that Jo!!! I remember pet names much better than "people" names and remember pets better than their people too. So you get: That person with the Jack Russell...

      I was painfully shy when I was young but my father had to entertain clients so I needed to learn to speak to people. I found asking questions always helped but it could be dreadful if they gave a single answer and the conversation lagged again. Hated to feel I was just rattling on.

      I'm said to have blossomed a bit since I met hubby thirty years ago. He can talk to anyone although I can still feel a bit awkward when it seems like he is saying too much. Experience does help enormously, especially when you have to speak in public.

      Worst when I once found myself sitting at a table at a dinner where everyone else were elderly Germans. Several spoke fair English but you couldn't get them to answer more than a word or two. They didn't even talk to each other. I almost would have preferred they chatter among themselves in German.

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    6. Hi all,

      Thanks for all your wonderful support and advise!!! I just wanted to let you all know that I will be taking a break from reading/posting comments for a while. I just feel like I'm losing sight of why I started reading this blog in the first place, to follow the life and style of the Duchess of Cambridge.

      I wish you all the very best and may your days be filled with sightings of the Duchess or at least some previously unseen pics. :):)

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    7. Hi Lauri
      I will miss your sense of fun. Wishing you all the best and I do understand what you say ....
      Simone

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    8. Lauri! I hope that you at least keep reading ( the NICE posts!)
      We never know when we might miss something! I know that the snarkies get a bit much--but there's US, too! We're NEVER a bit much!! Hahahaha!!

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    9. AnonLeo--Maybe your German table companions felt as shy as you! Beloved & I saw the oddest thing (to US, at least!): two people sitting at a table in a restaurant --both texting. Beloved wondered if they were texting each other!!
      I'd never have guessed that you were shy--you who write so very confidently & forthrightly!!
      I used to try mnemonic (sp?)
      devices to remember names but had to give that up when I discovered a perfect gift for screwing them up!!! I STILL can't remember if a history professor of mine was named Lewis OR Clark!
      I kept calling our mailman
      "Birmingham" but his name was
      Montgomery (both are cities in our US state of Alabama--sorry!)
      But, with pets' owners , they don't mind being called, say "Bentley's
      (a huge St. Bernard) Mom," or
      "Flat Cat's Dad!" They Love it!

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  31. Anon !6:33- Anon Leominster does not ALWAYS have to get in a dig--the way that YOU just did in criticizing her for doing the same. She happens to be one of THE most respected commenters on this blog. You could learn quite a lot by paying attentjon to how she treats others-- her kpinjons about Kate's working appearances have been well expressed in past posts.

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      Jo- Thank you for also saying something. My comment didn't go where it was supposed to and also defended Anon Leo against the comments from the same person you mentioned. Not sure what happened but it sure seems the claws are out for some of our best posters and that's so upsetting to me. I am wondering if it's the same person. Bluhare- have you seen the secret decoder ring? My sunglasses are in the car. I can ask the Magic 8 ball if needed... :) I will stop now though because Anon Leo and Moxie can more than take care of themselves but a little support never hurts.

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    2. Jo- Amen my dear! Couldn't have said it better myself! Hope all is well, with you, and everyone else. As I just told Camilla, I am too tired and sleepy to make much sense ;) so I will come back before work tomorrow. Take care and sweet dreams (for me too I hope!) Nitenite,

      Jennifer

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    3. LOL, Jennifer. ;)

      I agree. Support is a very nice thing.

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    4. anon from Leominster12 August 2014 at 05:53

      Jo, Jennifer and Jenn, thanks for your support. I truly appreciate it. This time, I think I'll let Kate have the final say, in her own words from her engagement interview.

      TB: Kate, you've had a long time to contemplate this moment.

      Miss Middleton: It's obviously nerve-wracking, Because I don't know what I'm sort of … I don't know the ropes, William is obviously used to it, but no I'm willing to learn quickly and work hard.

      TB: A lot of opportunities obviously within the family, a huge ability to change people's lives for the better, I guess that's something you must have contemplated as well.

      Miss Middleton: Yes, well I really hope I can make a difference, even in the smallest way. I am looking forward to helping as much as I can.

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    5. Jo from USA i thought we all have our own opinions. If so I was expressing mine.

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    6. Leo, my interpretation of these interview comments is that she was expressing humility, enthusiasm, and a willingness to do what is expected of her. I believe she has done that.

      If you compare the Royal Firm to a law firm, does the junior partner's wife call the shots? I don't think so.

      I too wish that W&K were out there more, but much of the criticism is based on the presumption that they, and they alone, have made certain decisions. I'm sorry, but I don't buy that.

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    7. I agree Royalfan. Simone

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    8. AnonLeo, you make excellent points. You are very talented with the written word.

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  32. Victoria, Oregon12 August 2014 at 05:20

    Charlotte, you are so quick! I saw a few of your forwarded posts on Twitter and then, minutes later, you have your blog updated. I am quite impressed. ☺

    When I saw that Kate was out shopping, my first thought was, “Oh, no. That is not gonna be good for her PR.” I’m just being honest here. Fair or not, her spending has been trending in the press. And after the announcement that she will not be upping her duties, it probably won’t sit well with a lot of people. But she is definitely entitled to do some bargain shopping. Who knows? Maybe she’s partly shopping for something to wear in Malta, or to the wedding in Italy. And I heard she picked up a bathroom rug (can’t remember which store) probably for Anmer Hall.

    I am glad she's getting out and about with George, and what a great place to do it... at a park dedicated to his grandmother.

    I recently looked up Princess Mary of Denmark on YouTube because I’d never heard any of her speeches. I was really impressed after listening to a couple and I also stumbled across and watched a documentary (which she participated in) about her, called “Mary Elizabeth Donaldson” that was made 10 years ago. I highly recommend it for any of you who are interested in her.

    The documentary made me wish that W&K were more open with the press. And I thought of the huge, worldwide platform that Kate has, as much if not more, like Princess Mary. Ok, Princess Mary is wife to the heir of the Danish throne, but she is only 10 years older than Kate, with small children, too. And she is doing so much. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see what Kate does when William is the Prince of Wales. But, that could be a long time. I really hope they don’t miss their opportunity to make the most of their positions.

    I am still a Kate fan and believing for the best! Can’t wait for her trip to Malta. Thanks for “listening” to my ramblings!

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  33. I've thought about posting as an Anonymous because my posts never make it to the comment section for some unknown reason. But, I'll try once again by saying Harry looks great, very natural with kids and charity functions.

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    1. anon from Leominster12 August 2014 at 16:42

      Vava, I know I've seen posts from you. Are you sure you're pushing the "Load More" button if there are a lot of posts. You have to push it over and over until it doesn't say "Load More" anymore.

      Also some browsers won't accept comments on Charlotte's blog. I have no idea why but I have to use a browser I don't normally use and it doesn't have spell corrector on it. It is terrible because I'm an awful speller and also make many mistakes when I type fast and often if I'm posting late at night, don't catch them.

      Once you push the "publish" box, it has to say "comment will appear after approval". If it doesn't say that, even though it looks like it went through, it won't appear. I suspect advert protection may have something to do with mine but not completely certain.

      Also all of us have remarks that disappear into the ether or post in the wrong place.

      Unless you say something outrageous, Charlotte doesn't censor remarks. Posting anonymous doesn't make any difference to that.

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    2. Thanks for the tips! I'm not sure I've pushed the Load More button. I'll have to remember to do that.

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    3. Vava--we call it "the DREADED load more button" as it has tripped up all of us--more than once!! Good luck!

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  34. Jenn, Jennifer & Camilla-- I think this is the 8th time I've tried to communicate with you!! Replies--IF they posr--go to weird places--Sam's was the One exception! Thanks J&J for replies & Camilla-Welcome Back!!

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  35. I want to respond to two comments.

    First, mm said: I'm puzzled by the choice to depict dressing up as a hardship, and to interpret 2-4 years of country life as giving oneself to service.

    When considering any expectations for her, we should remember that Catherine has not made a vow of service to her country as HM did on her coronation. She has indicated an eagerness (and she brings great natural gifts as well as sensitivity to others and intelligence) to be of service and to support causes. We also know that Prince William and the Firm realize that throwing others in the deep end and expecting them to take to royal waters like little ducks went very badly for Diana and Sarah. Sophie also had a wobble or two. Catherine is still being eased in gradually.

    That's probably because those are the express wishes of the Queen. While she is raising her family and while there are senior royals ahead of her and William on the dynastic hierarchy, I believe that there is likely a strategy not to over-expose W&C to the detriment of senior royals or the fickle public who can turn on anyone in less than half a heart-beat. It's a very delicate balance to keep the public sentiment supportive of Charles & Camilla who will (barring misfortune) reign first when there is a taller, more handsome and younger prince in the wings. A little distance to the country with carefully doled out engagements is just the thing.

    As for the hardship of dressing up, that's little-girl-dream of long dresses and tiaras talk. It's hard enough reading all the belly-aching that goes on over every choice Catherine makes, every gray hair, every wrinkle and the botox question, every fly-away skirt and uneven hemline--and that's just here. (I know it's worse elsewhere.) Can you imagine being the object of the censure and the derision and the armchair criticism? Each one of those choices has to be considered in advance for comfort and colour and symbolism and weather, and kept in good condition. Even a modest work (or travel) wardrobe such as one I use has to be carefully considered and maintained. It takes time and effort. So while it isn't perhaps a "hardship" as third-world hazards go, I would suggest that in royal-worlds it can be. (It can even be a hazard on this thread to bring out certain pairs of shoes.)

    Second, Sarah in Minneapolis states: Please don't claim Kate has given up her own life to serve her nation. It is an egregious insult to anyone who has served in the military and to those who died in service.

    Let me say that there are multiple levels of service to one's country. Some, make the ultimate sacrifice of their lives or endure grave life-long injuries because they chose to enlist. Others find many other ways to contribute to society as part of organizations and groups of volunteers. Doing so, they create a society that supports its weakest members, uplifts the downtrodden, and create a rich civic, cultural and spiritual life for us all. We can't dismiss the value or the sacrifice of living service because people died in service.

    By giving up her ordinary personal and private life (not her physical life) knowing that she would become the Queen Consort and her husband and son Kings in their turn is an awesome (in its original, older-fashioned sense) responsibility. In spite of some mistakes along the way, Catherine has taken on that supportive role with dignity and aplomb. (You can see how well she works with William and how much love there is between them. Can you imagine William still searching for the right partner and getting it wrong the way his father did?) Catherine has revealed a natural affinity for her role in spite of not being born to it. And don't forget while putting life on the line as measurment criteria--there is always a very real and present danger of Catherine losing her life even in the entry-level service she does now. That's why she has security officers, folks.

    That should give us pause.

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      This is a comment very worthwhile reading.

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    2. AMEN to your statement.

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    3. Thank you so much, philly, for a reasoned and compassionate comment. I hope that all the naysayers, who are in many cases jealous of Kate and William, will read and consider carefully what you have written. I also hope that those who expect a continuation of the immediate past will think about what you say. In reality William is more like the Queen than he is like his parents. Like her, he has a certain reserve, along with a wish to use his talents well. And he is obviously deeply protective of his family.

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    4. Good comments Philly :-) Simone

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    5. Standing Ovation, Philly!

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    6. Well... not to spoil the party. BUT, we see 12% of Kate's life - 88% of it IS private. So I think those folks worried about her privacy don't have the statistics on their side. In the conversation about service to one's country - I agree that there is a spectrum - with Sarah's father on the doing the least desirable and enduring the most hardships side of it and Kate doing the most desirable and most perks side of it. You have to remember that most military pay and benefits are crap. That's why there are so many service member/veterans charities. Their clothing and housing allowances are nothing like Kate's.

      Also, it IS important to realize that WWI and WWII were bloody attempts to end the monarchy by the Germans and only the Queen and Phillip were alive (of the monarch family) and really understood the threat to themselves and the people. The monarchy survived because so many people stood up to the Germans and Japanese. I'm not sure that Charles and William really get that and they may take their positions more for granted. If there is a change in governing - may it be a peaceful one.

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    7. Moxie--I have a strong feeling that when Charles becomes king, that reign is going to be a Very bumpy ride! The original House if Cards alluded to that --heck, alluded is a euphemism! They
      PREDICTED it in that enthralling
      (And superbly written--and acted!) series! Charles may well rock the royal boat--very hard!!3

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    8. Thank you MARYLAND M!!!!
      I would like many of us to see that being a royal is a privilege given to them by their nation!
      Look at the slaughter of how many royal families (related to the current Queen) during these wars. Thank you for bringing up this fact MM!
      And I won't even mention that the Russian royals DID call out to the English royals for help (which wasn't given).

      Regardless, history proves that royalty these days is purely granted by the people of the country.
      So let's hope that they will continue to respect that gift.

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  36. I have enjoyed reading comments on the past two blog posts. I found the possible upsides/downsides to Williams career choice interesting and thought provoking. So… my two cents. I was initially dismayed at the choice, and indeed at the low amount of engagements from the Duchess as of late. I was concerned they were retreating and unsure what that meant for their future and that of the monarchy. I too think Catherine has much to offer and can make a real “go” of it…. Having mulled it over, here is what I think: There is already an heir, and that’s Charles. Every engagement W&K have done has been pretty pitch perfect. When called to act, they do. But we want more and perhaps Charles and Diana created an expectation. Diana was doing hundreds of engagements almost out of the gate. (Please know I checked, and many many of these were solo). It created, however, a need that could not be sustained, it left little time to build a private marriage (the public marriage worked GREAT as anyone who worked with them has often said, they were a “world beating double act”) and… the marriage failed. (yes, there were other factors, I understand that too). But the facts are that Charles is a workhorse, and Diana had a ton of energy. They both worked extremely hard and had a strong belief that they should “serve.” (Ich dein). Despite the professional success - it did not save their marriage. Their failed marriage rocked the monarchy as nothing has since the abdication. The monarchy is not always about TODAY, it is about the long haul. So, I think the combination of the Wales’ experience, plus the fact that Charles is still around, has led to a different approach this time. This time its: (1) get the experience, be able to step up when the time comes; (2) let Charles take the lead (3) build your marriage and your family. “Service” in the traditional royal role is not the focus at this time. We may not like it, we may expect more, we may even sense that at some level W&K LIKE it this way. But I don’t think I can fault the priorities that lead to that approach. And then there is this. When Diana was asked how she explained her failed marriage to her kids, this is what she said: “I put it to William, in particular. I told him that if he loved someone, and was lucky enough that they loved him, that you must look after it and take care of it (the relationship).” This relationship can NOT fail. They tried KP, and the publicity and press was horrendous. Every time W&K step out they get all the press. They have one son they adore and want more and besides Charles needs to step onto center stage. So…what do we now see? Catherine is no longer the fashion queen, she is not throwing herself into charities, she is not out and about every week. William is going to go into a real job, and they will come out and do their “royal bit” from time to time. It is a new world. Is it a risk? Perhaps. Does he not appreciate the need to be “seen” to “believed? “ Perhaps. Does he perhaps not even enjoy his royal job? Undoubtedly. But he, better than anyone, knows that press adoration and constant engagements come at a very very high price. It appears he has decided there is no need to pay this price while Charles is still around, that Charles and Camilla should be the focus of the country’s attention as the next monarch-to-be. Meanwhile, he and Kate will try to build what his father and mother could not. Again, I accept that others will find his choice and priorities to be “Wrong” its just that I personally can not begrudge them that. In fact, at this point, I am getting to a place where I respect it if only because we know the pressure to do otherwise is so great. Follower in Vermont

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    1. OMG you hit the nail on the head. Loved the way you put everything.
      And I say AMEN.

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    2. I enjoy your post very much. Well said, Follower in Vermont. :)

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    3. Victoria, Oregon12 August 2014 at 19:28

      Great food for thought, Follower in Vermont. :)

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    4. Beautifully written Follower in Vermont.

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    5. Courtney from NC12 August 2014 at 22:50

      This is a very good, valid and well thought out point. Any marriage takes work. Constant work and I think being in the spotlight, especially with the somewhat rigid expectations of the British Monarchy, makes that work more important. You really cannot blame William for wanting to have a marriage the opposite of his parents, especially the way he lost his mother. Charles is next in line. Once he steps up we will see how things change.

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    6. Follower in Vermont really enjoyable and balanced post! Hope to hear more from you! :-)
      Simone

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    7. Follower in Vermont--I also believe that there is a behind-the-scenes effort to stave off a "rock star hysteria" from enveloping W&K such as what happened wjth Diana. It wasn't good for her--or the rest of the Royal Family as a whole-- I think there is a strategy to try to achieve balance.

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    8. I enjoyed your essay! I disagree with many points, but I enjoyed reading it very much.

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  37. Mrs. Thompson in Chicago12 August 2014 at 15:37

    Great post Charlotte! We have a recently new high-end fashion outlet mall here in Chicago and I'll admit, it can be a dangerous place to shop with so many luxury brands (on sale!) in one place! I share the sentiment of many other readers. Because Kate is so great in many, many ways, we look to her as a champion of causes, and more specifically as a woman who possess a lot of power and can influence change-makers and world thinking. That is very rare these days. From what I gather, Kate doesn't owe her subjects any more than what she is already doing, and she seems pretty set in her ways, but I will continue to hold out hope that one day she wields the considerable influence she holds in an iconoclastic way that redefines the world stage for women.

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  38. I actually agree with most perspectives on what Kate could or could not be doing with the extraordinary opportunity she has as a member of the British Royal Family. However, Kate is not Diana, who visited the elderly as a schoolgirl and worked as a mother's helper as a teen. Kate's gift is much closer to home: the ability to love and be loved by her family. This quality is obviously valued by her husband, who didn't get to see that in his parents. After so many failed marriages in the BRF, the Queen may also prize this gift as a benefit for future generations of royals. So, Kate's arrival in the family is not a guaranteed boon to charities who would like a more active sponsor, or to us who would like a more visual affirmation of her contributions to the world stage.

    On a side note, I really like the idea of the monarch being the one person who must be made aware of the course the government is steering. Weekly meetings with the current Prime Minister and regularly receiving the "boxes" of government documents is a tradition that must be of great value to the politicians as well as those at home who can take comfort that someone is taking note of all the minutiae and machinations of the political sphere. Pageantry and ribbon cutting comprise the frosting that attracts our attention and admiration, but that one person being spoken to honestly each week is the real value of the institution. (In my humble royal nerd opinion.)

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    1. I wrote this on the previous post, but that one had 550 comments by then and probably wasn't being widely read, so I'll add it again:

      I wonder whether William is prepared for the constitutional responsibilities of the monarch. He had tea with the Queen every week when he was at Eton, but he was very young then. I don't believe the Queen could have fully prepared him for his future governmental duties. I remember a picture of Princess Elizabeth working with her father on the government papers when she was about 18 to 20 years old, and she had a special course in constitutional law from a Cambridge or Oxford professor. William is well educated, very kind, and fully capable of carrying out his public royal role. Probably he must wait until Charles is king to become his understudy and have access to government papers. But I have seen no commentary about preparation for the more serious role William needs to be prepared for.

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    2. I believe that everyone has "the ability to love and be loved" :)

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    3. They may not want him (and Kate) on center stage just yet, but I do believe he is being guided behind the scenes.

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    4. May,
      I have always found the boxes tradition interesting. What puzzles me is why is it a hereditary position. It would be wonderful to have an adviser of great skill, aptitude and longevity looking things over. Just being born wouldn't necessarily mean a person has the aptitude for it. Who wants a helicopter pilot advising on economic policy? Constitutional Law is really just all the if, ands, or buts one has created to favor oneself in a nation. In the US, our Constitution did not let females and person of color to vote - we've had to work to revise those things and adjust our Constitution to create a more just and inclusive society.

      Just some random thoughts on a complicated topic - William will probably hire someone expert in Constitutional Law to help him out should he make it to the throne. Really no need to sweat it now.

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    5. ANON19:06 -- I have read that The Queen would sometimes exclaim "Why wasn't I educated!?"
      when she found her knowledge lacking. She has more than made up for not being thoroughly enough educated as she needed to be by being so conscientious that she Never neglects to go through the relentless red boxes, saying "If I missed one, I'd never catch up!" And also that "Fortunately, I am a very quick reader!"
      I think I've said before--an education in International Studies ought to be part of a future Monarch's education--and the government & economy & sociology, and History -and for the Consort, too!

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    6. Ida--that is the ideal...being loved is the best foundation anyone can have--and from that, they learn how to give love--and respect for all others.

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    7. Moxie, the elected person you're describing is the Prime Minister. But the monarch does have an advisory role, and Prime Ministers say the Queen's long and dedicated experience is a great advantage to them. William will need prior training for this role. I do agree about the need to "adjust the Constitution to create a more just and inclusive society." Well put.

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  39. Perhaps, having spent some time in the Gucci store, Kate will be wearing Gucci to the wedding she'll be attending in Italy.

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  40. Sarah from Calif.13 August 2014 at 00:57

    Just back from my son's wedding in Garden, Michigan. It was wonderful!
    I have missed the last post. Omg 500 or so comments on William's job. I'm so happy he is going part time. Being the future King might not happen for awhile.
    So thankful for Inviticus games.....well done Will and Harry.
    Great post Charlotte...I didn't know about the park in honor of Diana. How appropriate, given her love for children.

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  41. ANONYMOUS 23:42 This blog contains at its core a close-knit group of people who care very much about each other. We discuss & debate points great & small--and we often strongly disagree with each other--and all agree that through disagreement, we learn from other points of view. This disagreement is, with occasional lapses, conducted with RESPECT for each other--with no bad language, snarky insults, catty remarks, veiled hints of nastiness, or outright viciousness--unlike some who
    address others with such ugliness that they give themselves away as not having an opinion as much as having a very abusive attitude. We explain or reprove--hoping they'll learn to behave better. I DO hope that answers your comment adequately --and, if you noticed,
    respectfully.

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    1. Jo, I haven't found the close-knit group of people who care very much about each other to be very caring about those outside of the close-knit group. When the core disagrees with those outside, it is often quite dissimilar. I don't always agree with Anons or those with monikers sometimes they offend me, but that anon was right to take issue with your comment that you have been "tasked with teaching these posters with basic manners-- but this blog may be the only place they've ever seen civil behavior," I'm not the same anon, although we may be soul-sisters. No bad language in your remark but certainly all of the rest of the things you profess above are there, except the respect you are advocating. Respectfully, Another Anon.

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  42. Marion--I love your patient,
    philosophical, and positive attitude!!

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  43. We explain or reprove--hoping they'll learn to behave better. I DO hope that answers your comment adequately --and, if you noticed,
    respectfully.

    I find your comments exceptionally condescending, Jo from USA

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