Sunday, 31 August 2014

William and Kate Photographed on Date Night & Trip to Norfolk + A Tour of China Next Year?

We haven't seen the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for quite some time in terms of royal watching and tonight not one but two sets of off-duty photos have emerged of the royal couple. Today's Sunday Express features a photo of the couple enjoying a date night.

Sunday Express

William and Kate were photographed holding hands as they enjoyed a night out at The Kings Head Hotel in Great Bircham where they had a romantic dinner.

Daily Star Sunday
More from Camilla Tominey's story for the Express:

'William and Kate, both 32, tucked into sea bream and shared an ice cream dessert. William, dressed casually in a blue shirt, denim jeans and white trainers, held his wife's hand as he ushered her to the bar at the Grade II-listed country house hotel just three miles from the Queen's Sandringham estate.
 William who was driving, ordered a lime and soda, while Kate sipped on a white wine spritzer as four bodyguards sat an adjacent table.'

Built in the Edwardian era, the family-run hotel combines all the traditional warmth and comfort of a long established country house with sleek contemporary facilities. Given its close proximity to Anmer Hall, it may become something of a local for the Cambridges.

The King's Head

The restaurant offers a varied yet traditional menu. William and Kate both decided to try the same meal, grilled fillet of black bream with roasted Mediterranean vegetables, baby spinach and oven-dried tomatoes, priced at £16.25. Afterwards William ordered two scoops of vanilla ice cream, with two spoons.

The King's Head

Back to the Express story:

'An onlooker said: "William was extremely affectionate and considerate towards Kate throughout. She walked in with wet hair. She kept playing with it, twisting it around her fingers while talking to him. They were quite flirtatious and couldn't keep their hands off each other.
 When they had finished their meal, a couple of locals came up to them and said hello. They smiled and were very chatty. My overwhelming feeling was how normal they were."'

The Duchess was casually dressed in a black sweater, her J Brand skinny jeans and Pied A Terre Imperia Wedges. The sling-back espadrilles are still available for $140 at Dune London. Kate wore her hair in loose curls; it's a very natural look and reminiscent of her days at university and before the engagement.

Dune London

The Mirror published a separate set of photos of the royal couple with their dog Lupo dashing through crowds at London's King's Cross station. A gallery of photos can be viewed on The Mirror's website.

The Mirror Facebook Page

Commuters were surprised to see William and Kate dashing through the station on Friday as they returned to London following a visit to their country home, Anmer Hall. The couple are expected to spend much of their time there for the next few years as Prince William begins training for his role an air ambulance pilot. Prince George did not join his parents on the trip.


Kate was attired in one of her signature outfits with plenty of layers for the cooler weather. The Duchess wore one of her Barbour jackets. As the photos are rather blurry it's difficult to be certain but it looks very much like her Defence Jacket - a piece we've seen her wear again and again.

Barbour

The Duchess wore her favourite skinny jeans, a baseball cap, a sweater and a plaid shirt underneath. The shirt is very similar to the Gap Gingham Shirt Kate wore during the tour of New Zealand and Australia, and it's quite possible it's the very same.

GAP

Kate opted for casual footwear - her Mint Velvet plimsolls.

Mint Velvet

Kate carried two bags. The smaller bag is a piece she's had for years by Tod's (with thanks to Ashley Marie). We've seen Kate carry it at polo matches, including the one photographed below.


Meanwhile, the little Prince was photographed with his nanny, Maria Teresa, toddling around Kensington Gardens in an adorable rain suit by UK brand Hippychick (with thanks to What Prince George Wore). The suits can be worn over clothing and come in several colours.

Hippychick

More from Hippychick:

'With the UK experiencing an average of between 150 and 200 rainy days each year, opportunities for outdoor play can be halved unless you have the right protective clothing - a recipe for frustrated children and frazzled parents! All-in-Ones have been designed to be completely waterproof, windproof and breathable ensuring complete comfort and protection in all weathers.'

Prince George appeared to be having a great time out and about with his nanny. The pair have been spotted and photographed in the beautiful Kensington Gardens on a number of occasions recently.

It is thought the couple will be displeased by the publication of these photos. Royal commentators noted demand for paparazzi photos is higher than ever at the moment due to the drought in official appearances.

Phil Dampier Twitter Feed

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In other news, The Sunday Times reports the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will undertake an historic tour of China next year:

'Plans are being drawn up for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to make a historic tour of China. Sources have confirmed that Kensington Palace and the Commonwealth Offices are in talks about a potential trip that would take place next year.'

This is an incredibly interesting story if true (The Sunday Times tends to be reliable). China offers vast opportunities for British business and it may be an excellent step in improving relations between the two countries. Monday week William and Kate will open a China Centre Building at Oxford. We'll keep you informed as news comes in about this - it would certainly make for a very interesting tour!


Finally, royal editor Martin shared news he expects William and Kate to play a role in the Singapore State Visit this October, most likely the State Banquet. The couple toured Singapore in 2012 and it would seem very fitting for them to be in attendance.

@Courtier UK


If so, we can expect to get another glimpse of the late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother's Papyrus tiara.


We hope you're all having a stellar weekend!

341 comments:

  1. I was so excited to see the photos of William and Kate. But then again to me it was an invasion of their privacy.
    OhI hope we will see her in a tiara in October. And the possible trip to China. Wonder if they will take George along too. And also what this trip will do to their baby planning?
    Oh well we have somethings to look forward to.

    And to Moxie don't worry it sounds like there will be no sports.

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    1. I think it depends on what stage planning for the tour has reached. Certainly if W & K were planning to have another baby next year one would imagine the tour would have to take place before that.

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    2. What surprises me is that they were published in Britain. If the Palace complained they wouldn't be; at least that's my understanding.

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden31 August 2014 at 22:43

      I don't think they will complain. I don't think they're uncomfortable with these pictures. That doesn't mean they have to be comfortable. The ones of George on the other hand....

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    4. The date night photos kept the anniversary of Diana's death from getting the coverage it normally does.

      Coincidence?????

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    5. royalfan, I don't think the date night photos necessarily kept the anniversary of Diana's death from getting the coverage it normally does because the media has plenty of space to cover anything they want and the could have used the two instances together. I saw relatively little coverage of the anniversary for the first time since the tragic accident. Maybe after 17 years the media have decided to move on. Not saying she will be forgotten, just finding her place in history.

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    6. Anonymous! I appreciate you looking out for me! :-) Although, I would so appreciate it if Charlotte would include a Warning in her Headline: WARNING: This post has photos of wedges.

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    7. Rebecca,
      I do wonder about the photos of Prince George. I cannot help but think that they must have expected someone would take a photo, if they saw Prince George toddling around the park in that cute little outfit.
      He would not have been out without security, who could have protected him from a photographer.
      I suspect they will deal differently if he is followed when he starts school, in a couple of years.

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    8. I think they exprect them when in the park areas etc. But I think they don't like them. I think UK should pass a law that makes it illegal to photograph kids in that manner. It's another thing if they are on an engagement or going to a movie premier etc. But I think kids should be off limit. Isn't it something like that in USA?

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    9. anon from Leominster1 September 2014 at 14:00

      There are similar photos taken in London parks of the queen and Charles when they were children and were being pushed in their prams by their nannies. This is not new and the historical value of those photos are striking now.

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    10. It's true that those pictures of the Queen and Charles in prams are wonderful. But with the elevated terror warnings, I wonder whether Prince George will continue to be seen outside with just his mom or his nanny and a protection officer. Allowing blurry phone pics of George may be Kate's way of giving us glimpses of him now and then. Maybe they are a little like the answers she and William give to questions (His name is Lupo; George is walking and can open doors, etc.) It will be too bad if Prince George has to be protected more completely.

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    11. Rebecca, last time photos of George were taken they screamed blue murder. I also think there was displeasure stated when papers ran the photos of William looking grumpy coming home on the train on Kate's birthday. Both are strikingly similar occurrences that produced palace complaints (and I think the photos of William were pulled after the fact, and no British papers published the photos of George in the park). I don't think the British papers published the George photos this time, but I haven't heard palace complaints about any of these. Don't you find that odd? I wonder about the selective complaining; doesn't make much sense to me.

      Moxie, I overreacted to a post of yours on the prior thread. I apologise.

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    12. Jennifer from Wisconsin2 September 2014 at 03:29

      Rebecca,

      Regarding photos, not to my knowledge, but several celebrity moms like Jennifer Garner and Halle Berry have been pushing for legislation.

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    13. Rebecca from Sweden, there's not any restriction on photos of celebrity children or the kids of officials that I'm aware of. The Obama daughters have been photographed lots of times out during casual events and pictures of celeb kids appear on a weekly basis here and mostly in casual settings.
      I think in the US, for the most part, the celebrities and the photogs seem to have worked out a truce. The photogs get a couple of pics and then leave them alone for a while and many celebrities court the photogs.
      While I don't see William and Kate ever courting photographers, I do think it would be wise, just in the interest of getting a little extra privacy, to offer the photogs a photo call or something like that, as has already been suggested.
      There certainly are a bevy of protection officers with George and Maria, though they're not in the frame. They know what's allowed and what's not and what they can prohibit and what they can't.
      Will and Kate might not like it but I think they're learning that they can't prevent it.

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    14. anon from Leominster2 September 2014 at 05:47

      Terror isn't exactly new to royals, thinking of Empress Elisabeth of Austria and Archduke Ferdinand and his wife among others. Sadly, there's always a risk. Except when it's open to the public (around now) George could be walked in the gardens of Buckingham Palace, a car ride away if the risk was too great. So many things could happen - to the royals or any of us - that's it's probably best not to dwell on it.

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    15. Bluhare - Yes, their complaint pattern is a little weird. Maybe they are getting better at choosing their fights?

      Jennifer & Elizabeth - Ok, maybe the bigger gossip sites have a no-children policy then. I think doing like the European royals with photo calls and released pictures regularly really would help Kate and William.

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    16. bluhare, thanks for your kind words. I still chuckle at your Game of Phones comment - it pops into my head out of nowhere and people wonder why I am laughing to myself.

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  2. I love surprise post like these! I can't wait for a new tour, are they still going on another one this year or is the one in September it?? Georgie is getting so big! And I loved seeing the pictures of Will and Kate, there is a nostalgic feel to them isn't there??

    I have a busy labor day weekend, it is my small village busiest time of year. With a small carnival, food, a softball tournament, beer tent and a parade on Monday the people is 4 times or more the normal amount. Sadly I work the weekend, but all I can think is the money I''ll be making!
    Have a great weekend everyone!

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    1. Have a great weekend Emily and don't work too hard!

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    2. Since I'm a waitress, I want and need to work hard to make money! I don't get stressed if I have everything ready. I'm a pretty good waitress; I hardly make mistakes, I know a lot of coustomers first names, and I always have a smile on my face( on the floor at least!) I open the restaurant, I'm there about 620 a.m or so and I'm none around 1 p.m. so it's not a bad day.

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    3. anon from Leominster2 September 2014 at 05:53

      Hope you had a good holiday weekend, Emily, got lots of tips and didn't have to work too hard!!!

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    4. Thank you Anon from Leominster! The weekend was long and busy, but I did make good tips! Its nice when coustomers say that I'm there favorite waitress!
      Oh, I love the new pics of Prince Georgie run around and playing w the soccer ball!

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  3. Great post Charlotte!
    Kate, if you read this blog, PLEASE give us a good tiara photo op in October!!!

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  4. Jennifer from Wisconsin31 August 2014 at 01:47

    Tiara time!!!! :)

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    1. It would be great to have another look at the Papyrus tiara. I don't believe we've seen Kate in a gown this year?

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  5. Post updated with all the details on William and Kate's date night :)

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  6. Love the pictures of both Will and Kate, but also of George with his nanny.
    I really think George is really starting to look like William at this age. At least from that distance. Loved the rain outfit. Is this common in England? So cute.

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  7. If there is a tour coming sometime in the near future, then maybe Kate will repeat some dresses she wore on the first time around when they toured. I just loved that Prabal Gurung dress!!!

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    1. I loved the Prabal Curing dress also! I love Asian styles, and hopefully for the Chinese tour we will see a lot of new and different dresses on kate!

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  8. Amy, Detroit Michigan31 August 2014 at 02:38

    Yay to a possible tiara event!

    Boo to those damn skinny jeans!

    Have a lovely Labor Day weekend (or regular weekend), everybody.

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    1. I agree with you about the skinny jeans!

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    2. Why down on the skinny jeans ladies? She looks great in them and it's her "date night". What else would you like her to wear? I am just curious -- would you prefer a different color or something completely different like a skirt / boot cut jeans, etc? I have to admit I am tired of seeing her wearing them for sporting events while working, but on her off time, I don't have a problem with them.

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    3. P.S Will doesn't look like he changed clothes from the time he left the restaurant to the time he got off the train at King's Cross ;)

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    4. Yankee from California1 September 2014 at 01:11

      It seems that the blue skinny jeans are catching on within royal circles. CP Victoria wore them last week with a navy blazer to Estelle's first day of school, then on to a sports-related event. CP Mary wore them on her recent tour with a navy blazer and striped shirt -- a carbon copy of Kate's look. Maybe Kate is the ultimate trend-setter! :-) In this case, they look very normal to me but I understand many here are sick of seeing them, so I can understand where you are coming from, Amy!

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    5. Not to mention William and those trainers that he's always always always wearing!!!!

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    6. Amy, Detroit Michigan1 September 2014 at 01:48

      Hi Lynn!

      My issue with the skinny jeans is that they are beyond skinny jeans...they are more like those tacky jeggings that infomercials were trying to get us gals to buy. I doubt a piece of paper would fit between the fabric and Kate's skin. Basically, they are too, too skinny. I just want to see her in a regular pair of jeans, she wore them a lot before she got married. Now it's all skinny jeans, all the time.

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    7. Hi Amy,

      Ok, I get it now. They are a little worn. Perhaps she brought an older pair with her because she was just in Norfolk for the renovations. I don't know if you noticed, but in the pictures of them by the car after coming out of King's Cross, her Plimsoll's looked like she had been traipsing through the mud -- and those on not cheap shoes! So I have a feeling perhaps they were "roughing it a little" in the yard maybe around the outside of Anmer? I'm only guessing of course.

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    8. At least they ere a decided improvement of those worn by Queen Letizia---hers had holes in the knees!!

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    9. anon from Leominster1 September 2014 at 14:09

      I agree, although I don't like either. I was shocked when I saw Letizia in those. In general, I don't care what royals wear on truly private occasions but those jeans of Letizia's looked so tawdry. Know they're very much in style, so suppose I'm showing my age.

      Kate dressed much better in private before her marriage. Even when she was wearing jeans, she would look put together. William seems to like to dress down, perhaps she copies him.

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    10. Amy, Detroit Michigan1 September 2014 at 16:18

      I suppose that could explain it, Lynn. I'm to the point where I would rather see her in yoga pants if she were roughing it in the yard than these skinny jeans, and that s saying A LOT because I just can't even with yoga pants being worn in public.
      I also think I hate the color of the skinny jeans. I actually think the red ones she has are cute. But she has these 2 pairs of worn out blue, blue, BLUE jeans that she normally pairs with the Corkswoon wedges that are a completely different shade of blue, and it looks weird...so maybe I have residual hate from those occasions every time I sed them, lol.
      I guess I just want to see regular jeans. Maybe they would keep me from noticing how shockingly skinny she has gotten over the past few years, which the skinny jeans showcase.


      And Jean...there were holes in Letizia's knees????? Oh my word!

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    11. If you read things properly you would have noted that I referred to her jeans not her knees.(NOTE---those worn by}

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  9. Rose from Montreal, Canada31 August 2014 at 03:02

    Thank you Charlotte for all your hard work keeping Duchess Kate's loyal fans informed. Love these informal photos and oh my isn't our little Prince getting big!!!. He is 13 months, how time flies. Would love to see Kate in a beautiful gown and tiara. It's a long weekend here too. Once more thank you so much Charlotte. You are the best.

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    1. George is growing really fast and looking more and more like his dad every day. Thank you for your kind comments :)

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    2. I agree, Charlotte, George looks like a Will mini-me now!

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  10. ooo a trip to China! How exciting! There could be lots of opportunities for glamor in a trip like that :)
    And like the previous poster, the first thing that popped into my head was - how would the tour fit in with a possible next pregnancy? I can't imagine she'd do a big overseas trip if she were pregnant.

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    1. Honestly, I think it's none of our business to speculate when Kate's next pregnancy will be. When she does get pregnant then she will find the right time to tell the world. But until then let's just enjoy George!

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden31 August 2014 at 10:58

      I don't think this was speculation.. More like a high probability and wondering the thought process behind the tour planning.

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    3. anon from Leominster1 September 2014 at 14:04

      I believe Charles and Diana's expected first tour of Australia/N.Z. was pushed back because of her pregnancy with William. I think planning may go on regardless and dates are simply finalised later.

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    4. Yes, plans have to proceed for women in their childbearing years! Even in this modern day and age, Mother Nature still has the final say in when a pregnancy occurs. Since I tried for five years before getting pregnant, I would have foregone a lot of fun times and fun trips had I put everything in abeyance while I waited for the magic moment. (That moment finally did occur on a wonderful trip to the American West while nestled in a cottage on the rim of the Grand Canyon--as well as I can figure!)

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    5. Even if there was another winter pregnancy announcement this year, with another summer birth, the tour could still go on.
      I wouldn't expect an announcement much before the end of this year. Singapore is a 13-hour flight and given the issues Kate had last time (and throughout that pregnancy according to most accounts), I can't believe that she or William or the Palace would risk it, not to mention it's a 13-hour flight back or more. That's a long flight for anyone, let alone someone who's ill. I also don't think they'd risk her being pregnant and having to be hospitalized abroad.
      Early autumn is said to be generally the best time to visit China (depending on where you're going). An early to mid-summer birth in 2015 would both allow Kate to recover and spend some time with the baby and George before heading to China.
      And if you think WE'RE being tasteless and tacky talking about all this planning for a pregnancy, etc., I can guarantee you it's already been discussed - and in likely far greater detail - AND with Kate and William. The RF plans everything!!

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    6. anon from Leominster2 September 2014 at 05:52

      A lovely way for it to happen when it did happen!

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    7. Lynn - So glad to hear you got a child! :) I really hope when I wan't to try for a family that it can go smoothly..... But it sounds like a romantic way to get it done ;).

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    8. Just wondering Elizabeth how you can guarantee it has already beem discusssed. I really don't think William & Catherine would talk about this personal issue with the queen or his dad. I believe (my opinion) William & Catherine discuss this matter themselves.

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  11. Thanks for the fantastic upadate althought the duchess and duke does that want to be photograph but i love the paparazi shot but i think invasion private life i see photos george looking so fast and i think nanny maria does want to be photograph i love too see the duchess on tiara love that i think its possible too see that duchess is pregnant if she plsn to go on big overseas trips higher risky for her

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  12. Do we know when the date night photo was taken?

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  13. We have had a gown this year. The ink blue - lovely, but a repeat. About time we had a treat !

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  14. How nice if they come down to China! Maybe they'll also tour India. :D

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  15. I don't think it is an invasion of their privacy to photograph them publicly walking somewhere. Anyone can be photographed out in public. And they are not in any way being "chased" whatsoever or anything.

    Thanks for the updates Charlotte! The tour in China sounds interesting, can't wait to hear more about it :)

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    1. Of course it's an invasion of a person's privacy to photograph them when they are going about their activities in their private lives. That's why there is a distinction between public/work lives and private lives for every person on earth.

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    2. Sarah in Minneapolis31 August 2014 at 13:18

      Stephanie, I don't view it as an invasion of privacy either.

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    3. Sarah in Minneapolis31 August 2014 at 13:36

      Jane Rosenbaum - The European Court disagrees with your opinion that W & K's privacy was invaded.

      A precedence was established in 2013 by that court regarding European Human Rights Article 8 which the UK has adopted. That ruling applied to Caroline of Monoco but since the UK has adopted Article 8, the ruling establishes a precedence that would apply to W&K should they sue for this week's photos.

      In 2013, the EU Court ruled against Caroline of Monaco's attempt to prohibit publication of photos taken of her in public spaces (shopping, public beach) citing European Human Rights law Article 8.

      Details of Caroline's case at this link.

      http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/european-court-rules-photos-princess-caroline-holiday-did-not-breach-her-privacyshopping).

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    4. Sarah in Minneapolis31 August 2014 at 13:42

      A quote regarding Article 8 ruling re: Caroline of Monaco's privacy litigation I forgot to include:

      "Claas-Hendrik Soehring, head of legal affairs at Axel Springer Verlag AG, said in a statement: 'As a celebrity you cannot on one hand seek public attention – for example when it is about enhancing your career through the media – and then on the other hand, once there are judicial proceedings, seek to have all coverage forbidden."
      http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/wire/8662

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    5. Hi Jane, I'm sorry but I am with Stephanie on this one. My take is this: They are public figures, period. William unfortunately, was born into it so he had no choice, however, no one said life was fair. Kate knew full well going into it what it was going to be and she chose the life to be with her love. The downside to that is that they will be photographed when in public. There are compensating benefits that they have that the regular Joes do not have that they do. They cannot possibly expect to have all of the pluses of palaces and exotic ultra private vacations along with blending in with regular Joes when out in public and pretend to be one of us when they want. They cannot have their cake and eat it too. It's just not going to happen. Life doesn't work that way.

      For me personally, I would HATE to be photographed or followed once out my front door and scrutinized at every turn. That is why I would never in a million years associate with anyone famous, period, ever. One time meeting, yes, friends, no. Because I am a very private person. I would just not want anyone knowing about me. I don't have a facebook or myspace or twitter for that reason. Kate knew exactly what she was getting into. Tough. I really can't feel bad while I work 40 hours a week chained to a desk, commute an hour each way to work, come home and have to do chores (grocery shopping, cleaning the house, washing the car, doing laundry, cooking meals, caring for my animals, etc).

      Can they go out in public without being photographed? Sometimes, but most times, probably not. At the same time, there are compensations, so it balances itself out. They cannot have it both ways, no one can.

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    6. No, yu cannot privately walk in public.

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    7. I think all the rationales are baloney. It is not our business what they eat for dinner, if she touches her hair, what she is wearing, when she is having dinner with her husband. We are not entitled to this information. If they don't draw the line of personal vs. public life, they will be consumed by the public and hounded to death. It's intrusive and it's wrong. They are smart to have drawn a line and to stand by it.

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    8. Jane, I do agree with you there -- "It is not our business what they eat for dinner, if she touches her hair, what she is wearing, when she is having dinner with her husband".

      I was just commenting on the aspect of them being photographed while walking to their car. But yes, it is sad that locals will report to media what they ordered, etc. That is a bit much, I agree. However, unfortunately, it's to be expected because they are in the public eye -- people are going to want to know and as long as there is demand, there will be people who will report on it. It's just how things are now a days. It's the reality for all people in the public spotlight. They don't have to go out, so if they don't want to be reported on, then don't go out. I live my life perfectly fine without eating out in public (because I can't afford to) and my life is none the poorer for it. They have access to a cook and acres of beautiful land that they could picnic on. They may have been forced to eat out because the house isn't ready so they could have easily ordered takeout and had the security detail pick it up for them. So it's still hard to feel sorry for them. I see your point and yes, in an ideal world private would be private and work would be public, but that's just not how today's world works. Unfair? Maybe, but they have their compensations. There are people who are suffering a great deal more than the Cambridges in this world.

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    9. Valerie in Arizona1 September 2014 at 06:41

      Jane, I agree with you. Much as I enjoy reading this blog, there is a part of me that feels slightly embarrassed to be so fascinated if it means that W & K feel like they are under a microscope. I may be naive but I think that Kate married William IN SPITE of his being a Prince, not because of it. She loved him, period. And he loved her. I honestly think if he could walk away from being a Prince, he would. But he knows it would devastate his grandmother, whom he loves very much. He may still do it after she dies. Who knows? And as far as them living it up and so therefore they have to "pay" for it in terms of frequent photo calls, I think that's rubbish. William is NOT the direct heir to the throne yet! Princess Victoria is. Queen Letizia is now Queen. Frederick and Mary are. W & K go to the events they are requested by BP to go to. They smile and are very polite. They answer letters, they attend charity meetings.
      Most of the days of the week I have a life and I am not devastated if even a few weeks go by and I don't see photos of W & K. Growing up, if I saw a photo of the Queen once a month (I lived in Canada) that would have been a lot. It's only our media mad culture nowadays that leads us to think that the Royals have to get with the program and be seen weekly to earn their keep. Who says that "the program" is a healthy obsession? I certainly don't. I am embarrassed by the fact that I read the Daily Mail and wish, like my obsession with sugar, I could cut it out.
      I enjoy your blog, Charlotte, but if W & K want to bow out of the public arena for awhile, I certainly understand. I would get on with other things in my life as W & K deserve to do. If the Brits don't want to support the monarchy anymore, vote them out. It's not like the Royals campaigned for their cushy lifestyles like some politicians do.

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    10. "I think all the rationales are baloney." Jane, the law is the law, not baloney. No matter who you are, if you are on a public street, you are not in a private place. The rest of us do not have privacy in a public place, so neither should they. They chose to eat in a public place, other people in the restaurant chose to share that information (if you think this story is real and NOT a an obvious PR plant to distract from the fact that they were away from their child for 2 weeks). If you do not like the news, don't read it.

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    11. Valerie, I have to say, before I bow out, again, you clearly stated the reality of the current royalty scene. Especially regarding our favorite two.
      Unfortunately, too many people make a living and reputation from news, non-news, and made-up news about the couple. They exist because many people live their lives through other's lives .... I guess, if you have to choose two lives through which to live, they're not a bad choice. .... However, I think it a nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there!

      By the way, I broke myself of the Daily Mail habit, acquired here, and so can youu. Try going just one day without reading it. Then two...soon, you will find you are not missing it at all. %°>}

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    12. I agree with you Anonymous. They are public people on a public street. While I can sympathise with them in this day and age of people taking photos everywhere and posting them online, they have no expectation of privacy in a train station.

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    13. I agree that when the Royal Family is out in public, they must expect to be photographed. This isn't the nude photos in France situation at all. If they want absolute privacy, they have lovely homes and servants to fetch a nice meal of bream and veg from the restaurant. Seems to me they want to be part of the community and be normal during these early years ( I for one do not begrudge them this time at all and believe they do it with full support of Charles and the Queen).

      Whoop whoop! A possible tiara event and maybe even long gloves.

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  16. Wow! There're a lot good news for one morning! Great post, Charlotte!

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  17. In the second picture, she looks SO much like she did when she was at uni!

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      She really does!!

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  18. Rebecca - Sweden31 August 2014 at 09:48

    So nice to see pictures of them. Nice that they seem to be so in love still. Great that she has her natural hair. She is so cute in that. I liked seeing the picture of George too but I also feel kind of creepy looking at them. I think when George is not with his parents (like at polo, not in the park) he should be left alone....

    Nice seeing them taking the train! Must have been quite a shocker for some fellow travelers! And Lupo seems so welll behaved!

    China trip? I did not see that one coming. Ofc, it will be speculation for a LONG time. Both because they don't release information until late usually. But also, they can't confirm a tour and if Kate get's pregnant (which is very possible) cancel it. So I think they will wait to confirm it until they no there is no baby on the way.

    China is an interesting choice. On one hand, it seems clever because of it's high standing in the import and export market. But it seems like a risky choice. No uplifted skirts for sure! They have to be really careful following all the local traditions. It would not do good to insult China... But if they do good it can be a good start for closer relations between the countries.

    And China will probably give a lot of occasions for glamour. I don't think they gladly will show the poor parts etc. That means more formal settings. Maybe a tiara?

    Speaking of tiaras... I really hope the Singapore rumor is true! I would love too see her on a state visit. Tiara and all!! :D

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  19. Eve from Germany31 August 2014 at 10:03

    Well, I don´t understand why they take the double risk of taking a train instead of driving by car. First it´s much more difficult to protect them, second it´s bound to get them photographed by someone (I said it lots of times: we are living in the age of mobile phones that can take amazing photos and send them all of the world in a matter of seconds...). It´s once again that almost stubborn "we are normal" when, in fact, they are just not. It´s asking for trouble and then blaming others for getting it. Very sad....
    Charlotte, you said it all: "Royal commentators noted demand for paparazzi photos is higher than ever at the moment due to the drought in official appearances." That´s it. They could take the example of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden. She acknowledges the public by giving them regularly photo opportunities of both herself/her husband and her daughter. Result: no hazzle. And her daughter learns from an early age to deal with being photographed, with public interest in quite a natural way - instead of dreading what she can hardly avoid not matter what she does. That´s acknowledging reality - saves you a lot of energy and bad feelings IMO.

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    1. Well, we've seen plenty of photos of the Queen taking the train to and from Sandringham. Their lives will never be completely "normal", but at least this is an attempt at it. (I would love to see other royals live a "greener" lifestyle instead of just preaching about it. LOL)

      As far as privacy is concerned, date night photos like this are taken of Felipe and Letizia, Frederik and Mary, and Haakon and Mette-Marit. They seem to take it in their stride and as long as they aren't photographed while they're eating or watching a movie, I don't think these photos are so terrible. I'd have more of a problem with my baby being chased in KP Gardens, but *to a degree* even that is to be expected. Similar photos were taken of Charles and his nanny.

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    2. I am also under the impression that tge British royal family is very famous, and doesn't ask for more attention. Other royal families and in particular other princesses may be wanting more attention as they don't already get as much.

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    3. It's galling to blame them for being stalked by photographers. Ridiculous, in fact. Once again, Princess Victoria is the heir to the throne. William is not, at this point, Charles is. Therefore, William and Catherine are in a very different role than Princess Victoria is, currently. Why is this distinction so impossible for people to understand?

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    4. I do not believe another royals you have mention above has had a parent killed just to get a picture. I think and this is just my opinion William is very protective of his wife & baby that he does not want their photos taken when they are on private time.

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    5. Rebecca - Sweden31 August 2014 at 23:09

      It's not fair to compare with other royals. For example. Sweden does not have that kind of paparazzi culture. It's coming more and more, but are nowhere near the UK. Sometimes you see a picture of Victoria and Daniel jogging etc. But some of their garden area is right inside a public park with a jogging trail going right by. People wave, say hi etc. But nobody would dream of taking snapshots of them. So I don't think it's fair to compare. Plus what Anon 19:39 said. Ofc having your mother being chased by paps and then die "because" of it have to leave scarring in anyone. I'm actually surprised he handles it as well as he does. I understand his impulse of locking away his family to keep them safe. I'm not saying it's the best for them or the monarchy. Just saying that I understand his impulse.

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    6. I agree anonymous. He knows first had the blood thirst that exists.

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    7. Anon 19:39

      Diana was not killed just to get a picture, the driver of her vehicle was drunk and she, along with everyone else who died, was not wearing a seatbelt.

      As well, this is not a matter of being photographed during private time - they are walking in public space, and not in any way shape or form being chased or harrassed.

      I am of the opinion that it is possible (not a known fact) but possible, that they do call photographers sometimes in their favour and this could be one of those times. I do not believe that the paparazzi would happen to be at a place that is completely random and unexpected of W & K to be. And not showing up after they arrived, but as they arrived. Of course, I could be wrong.

      Either way, they need the positive PR for their taking more than they give, so I would be very shocked if they complained about this.

      On a more positive note, I think they look great and relaxed, and I do love Kate's more natural hair. I love the green jacket. I am getting one similar, but with a hood :)

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    8. Anon 19:39. I am not minimizing William's feelings about photographers and I don't blame him for wanting to protect his family. But it is my opinion that these types of photos aren't "terrible" (no one is chasing them and it isn't a safety issue).

      UNLIKE what happened to Diana on the night she died. Yes, alcohol played a role as did the absence of seatbelts, but the car was chased and surrounded by photographers on motorcycles. If not for the chase, it's quite possible that the other two factors alone (alcohol and seatbelts) would not have killed three people.

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    9. Sarah in Minneapolis1 September 2014 at 02:07

      Eve,
      There is intelligence information that can impact W&K's mode of transport we will never know about. If we assume that W&K follow the advice of their protection officers, it follows then that train travel must not have been any riskier than travel by car on the day of travel. For all we know, their RPO's might have had information that made them decide the train was the most safe form of transit that day.

      Regarding 4 protection officers at dinner - I don't know the typical number of RPO's assigned but one factor that could impact the number of RPO's is that the UK recently issued their highest level of security alert due to threats from ISIS.

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    10. I must be one of the few train fans! What a lovely way to travel - you can watch the countryside, read, listen to music, go through emails, work on a project, sleep, use the bathroom, stand up and stretch - all the while getting somewhere! I, myself, hope to see Canada and Scotland by train. Driving yourself is over-rated. I'm disappointed no one has mentioned it, so I will: I guess someone else in the family was using the helicopter that day!

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    11. Agree re helicopter Moxie. They probably didn't go up by train or else there probably would have been photos of them at the station.

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    12. @Maryland Moxie: agree with you about the travel by train! But in W&C case, I think unless you have your own compartment, it´s not so "cosy". I mean, fellow travellers are bound to stare at you and at every station new ones are coming in, so it starts all over again... I mainly thought of the bodyguards and their job. It must be a total nightmare steering W&C through the crowds at King´s Cross on a Friday (of all days)....
      It was interesting for me to hear that the Queen was also travelling from Sandringham by train. But somehow.... it might sound weird but because she´s always "keeping her distance" in some way I believe that people respond to her in the same way. She´s got that kind of "aura" that says "I´m the Queen so you better respect that". I don´t think she attracts them same kind of attention as W&C do....

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  20. I guess Kate's hair looks so good old times because - as the onlooker said - she walked in with her hair wet.
    So that's what her hair look like if dried naturally, and not blowdried as we usually see it at engagements.

    Also: wow, how healthily they eat :)

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    1. Her hair instantly made me think back to her single days. The curls do make her look younger IMO.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden31 August 2014 at 12:43

      I love her natural hair. Wish she wore it more like that. I loved that she had it like that at the Malaysia etc tour. Probably because of humidity.

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    3. I agree, Rebecca. I like her natural curls so much better than the ringlets.

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    4. Or maybe because it seemed appropriate for an informal engagement in the nature... She also walked barefoot and wore a very simple (cotton?) dress.
      I love it too, and noticed during the Asia tour :)

      Camilla

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    5. Rebecca - Sweden31 August 2014 at 22:48

      Yes it might have been a choice. But seeing as she almost never has her hair like that, even while out grocery shopping, my bet is still on humidity. Maybe that she knew her hair wouldn't stay flat so she made a choice to have it like that from the beginning. Very pretty anyways!

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    6. Probably got her hair wet between the car and the pub---the rain has been very heavy at times, these last few weeks.

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    7. I suspect Kate had been swimming in the Anmer Hall pool. Her hair is too long and thick to dry quickly, so she just rinsed and toweled it and went to dinner with it wet. She looked very young and casual.

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  21. Mary in Nebraska USA31 August 2014 at 13:59

    Four security guards? Bet they were doing a final security walk-through of Amner Hall before the big move. Wonderful to see them so happy and in love.

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  22. I have a question about British English... the papers are saying that William and Kate spent a fortnight in Norfolk away from George. That really means two weeks?

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    1. Yes, it means they left their child with the nanny for two weeks.

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    2. Kate was seen shopping in London during the week previous to their visit to Norfolk. I think they were there for a weekend, or perhaps a long weekend.

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    3. The papers were reporting they had been there for two weeks. Perhaps Kate took a few days to go see her child.

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    4. OMG I really don't think William & Catherine would leave George with the nanny for two weeks.
      There has been nothing in the papaer about them leaving him. Here again is just a bunch of crap being written.

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  23. seventeen years ago a bit of the beauty and light and hope in the world was snuffed out..."a candle in the wind."

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    1. anon from Leominster1 September 2014 at 04:55

      It seems like yesterday!

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    2. Goodbye England's Rose...

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    3. Great to see you again RNNOKC. I hope you will post soon again. It is unfortuunate when we lose good posters.

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    4. Agree Florence! (spring chickun..)

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    5. anon from Leominster1 September 2014 at 14:12

      We seem to be missing quite a few usual posters. Jo and Jenn, Esti and Marg and others, hope all come back soon.

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    6. Appreciate that, Florence. Will not be hopping into the frey. Just could not let the day go by without a remembrance on this blog about William's wife.
      I thought there might be some sort of honoriuum today, so I thought I would catch the blog for a few days.

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    7. An annuual honorium would be nice RNNOKC. Did you mean William's Mother?
      Sorry if I am honking on about nothing.
      I could not agree more Leo, where are they all?

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    8. Florence, I meant the blog is about William's wife. ..remembrance of William's mother on this blog about William's wife.....?

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    9. anon from Leominster2 September 2014 at 05:51

      Don't know. Don't think Charlotte knows. Hope they come back soon.

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    10. Anon from Leo - The ladies you mentioned exchanged email addresses and I believe they are keeping in touch that way at the moment!

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    11. Sorry RNNOKC, it's been a rather loung day. I confided William's wife with his Mother. William's wife certainly does not need a remembrance or annual honoriuum. Whereas I do think it would be nice to honour Diana, Princess of Wales. But I understand if William and Harry find that to be a personal matter. I wonder if they took little George to the island grave.

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    12. Spell check spell check: I meant CONFUSED. Not confided. Apologies.

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    13. Oh, I really hope they come back. Alot of good posts are missing....

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    14. Agree Flourence, again!!

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  24. Sarah from Calif.31 August 2014 at 18:49

    Wish they could walk in public without being photographed (at least once in awhile) Wishful thinking is all this is....
    My advice to Kate would be, get out there and ignore the newspaper, we all need some fresh air :)

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    1. They do. We have plenty of news and tweets etc about sightings with no photos.

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    2. Sarah from Calif.1 September 2014 at 00:59

      Stephanie, I'm glad to hear that. Trust me I want to see George but, am happy to have to wait.

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  25. I love seeing pictures of them out and about. Such a lovely couple!

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  26. But if it is the case that it is an invasion of privacy, then should we request that Charlotte not support the papparazzi and refrain from making such posts from this point onward?

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  27. Charlotte, spot-on observation fro Phil Dampier about the drought of photos. I think this is what Will and Kate better be ready for if they decide (and it appears they already have) to quit royal duties and live in the country. There's going to be an even greater demand for pap photos, which will command even higher prices which are going to prompt the paps to go to greater lengths to get pics.
    Remember - paps also get photos by circulating offers to non-photographer regular folks for pics, often they'll circulate a very appealing financial offer for photos in and around the areas the royals are known to frequent. With the economy the way it is, I bet you'll be surprised how may people would take them up on those offers. Not everyone worships at the altar of William and Kate.
    And I also think there's going to be a greater attitude as Dampier alluded to - so what if it makes Will mad or the Palace mad? If they're not going to work or undertake any regular royal duties, this is what they can expect.

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    1. Elizabeth There has been no talk of William & Catherine quiting royal duties. If you read all the stuff being written about William's new job, you would see that his schedule will still allow him to do royal duties. He will be working either 7 to 4 to 4:30pm to 1am. This will allow him to still have a family life and he will work 4 days and be off 3.
      With this tyupe of schedule he can still do roayl duties. So he will not be quiting royal duties.

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    2. They will be decreasing their royal duties.

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  28. Charlotte, I have a question for you. I am not familiar with how the press works. But how would photographers know exactly where Kate and William will be exiting from at King's Cross station? Also, how would they know which restaurant they are eating dinner at ? After many years of no one finding out where they are, it is funny that there are two photo ops of random outings of Will and Kate. It is also funny that William did not object to any of these pictures of the one of George.

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    1. Hello!

      I think largely (with a couple of notable exceptions including France) the media have been respectful of William and Kate's privacy since the wedding. Photographers and news outlets have ways and means of finding out where royals and celebrities are. Often times a diner at a restaurant will tweet about a celebrity sighting and twenty minutes later a pap arrives. It was a pretty safe bet for any photographer to guess they were either in Anmer Hall or Bucklebury this month. There was some talk on Twitter suggesting the King's Cross photos were taken by a member of the public.

      In William and Kate's case, these photos are a result of the lack of official appearances. The media have had nothing to write about them for some time and it's really been quite a while since the last public appearance. I do know of six sightings of Kate shopping in the London, Norfolk and Berkshire area this month where photos have not emerged and this is how it's been since the wedding.

      William and Kate do enjoy more privacy than most well known figures. Certainly there has been a much needed change since the Diana days. I definitely see more pap photos of others royals such as Princess Madeleine than I do of Kate. Unfortunately, if there continues to be such lengthy gaps in appearances it's possible the paps will be making trips to Norfolk.

      I do believe the team at Kensington Palace should consider spacing out the engagements rather than having three or four in a two week period and nothing for weeks afterwards. In this day and age, with mobile phones and social media total privacy is an impossibility for the royals but certainly in terms of pap photos things have improved hugely since the pre-engagement days. The European royals do regular photo calls and this helps to alleviate demand for 'off duty' photos.

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    2. Sarah from Calif.1 September 2014 at 01:07

      Thank you Charlotte for that info.
      Thank goodness things have changed from the hounded ' God Rest her soul ' Diana days. Kate has a wonderful advocate in William.
      The pendulum often swings but, they will get it right!!!!

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    3. anon from Leominster1 September 2014 at 02:06

      Charlotte, I completely agree with you. I predicted that once William and Kate decided on a mostly "private life" while still taking the benefits of being public servants (security and rent on Kensington Palace, expenses most celebrities have to pay) that demand for private pictures would increase enormously. I actually think the public would be much happier seeing pictures of William and Kate at work, particularly ones of them "being royal" with Kate in gowns and a tiara. They would have much more privacy if they assumed public duties, if not, they will be increasingly photographed at private moments.

      It's pointless to say that William isn't a public figure because Charles is the first in line to the throne. William, and George, are still heirs. Charles no longer sells papers and magazines, Camilla, may actually be a negative draw, friends and I don't buy magazines we might usually buy if she is on the cover. Public interest lies with William and Kate and if there isn't official news, unofficial news gets published.

      Anne, Andrew, Edward and Sophie would most likely be thrilled if they got this kind of coverage but it won't happen. Someday, it may well not happen for William and Kate either. Youth passes quickly and while some royals always remain draws, other who lose public favour, don't.

      The royal family cannot exist without the press. Before there was a press, they had to find other ways to be seen. In a sense, royalty exists only to be seen. Other then diplomatic functions, which could easily be taken over by others, there isn't much other point in having a royal family these days.

      The European royals do get a lot of attention as anyone who has ever read Hola, can attest. Allowing photo shoots does help and justifies a request for privacy. Some royals such as Madeleine as Charlotte pointed out, and Zara, get more attention than some working royals.

      The most unhappy royals have been those deprived of tradtional duties - Diana and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Without those duties, attention focuses almost entirely on private life. In Diana's case, a drunken driver, bad decision making on her part in getting rid of her security, vindictive decisons by Charles and the royal family all led to her death. The press was just one part of the equation.

      Since William and Kate are still accepting public support for very miminal duties on their home shores, I think all bets are off and all photos should be allowed to be published. When they assume tradtional duties, they will have some call to ask for privacy in their non-public moments.

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    4. Charlotte, I couldn't agree more regarding spacing their engagements out more as well as doing regular photo calls. Helpful strategies IMO.

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    5. Anon and Royalfan - Since the Palace confirmed there will be no increase in engagements for Kate. It's definitely time to look at strategies to ensure the engagements are maximised in every way. Norfolk is really very accessible for the media and if the public don't see William and Kate, these candids are going to become more and more frequent.

      It's all about balance. Accepting such a public role with a private family life. It's proving a real struggle for them - one of the reasons I felt returning to flying may not have been the wisest choice for William. Should anything happen to HM or Prince Philip (at 88 and 93 one wonders if they can continue their current pace for another four years, the length of time W wants to fly at the very least) there will be an overnight change for them. Somehow, I think a more gradual transition may have been easier.

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    6. Charlotte, I don't disagree with you; it is about balance. But I don't believe that W&K are calling all the shots here. I honestly don't. There's just too much history for this older chick to ignore. :)) The current game plan seems to have one objective.........the next coronation.

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    7. Charlotte, your thoughts are in line with what many of the veteran UK royal reporters have been saying since the officially official (I jest because the Palace has been talking about William taking that helicopter job for MONTHS before the "official" announcement) word came about the move to Norfolk.
      A lot of people think it's absolutely ridiculous for William to make that kind of commitment and for them to essentially move to Norfolk for the next few years, you mentioned four and I've also heard a minimum of three years. And the reason, as you mentioned, is that he would have to abruptly leave that post if something were to happen to move him closer to the throne.
      While I don't buy the "William and Kate could be on the throne in five years" bit (although anything is possible), simply because Charles comes from long-lived stock on both sides and he's certainly not going to relinquish the throne once he has it, after having waited for it for six decades, I do think William and Kate will have to undertake more royal duties as the queen reduces her schedule.
      I think they're trying to get back what they had when they were just a young couple, not engaged, living together in Anglesey. Those years were nice and I am sure they look back on them with yearning but those years are gone. They're married, they're parents and thanks to Charles's reorganization (some would say disorganization) of things, they're farther up the royal ladder than they were before their engagement and wedding, even with William's status as the heir to the heir apparent.
      Again, it seems like this is William charging off half-cocked, doing things his own way, without a thought to all of the consequences and without anyone on the staff to tell him this might not be the best idea. One huge negative consequence is that candids and pap shots, as you noted, are going to become a hotter commodity and tabs and newspapers are going to offer huge sums for those pictures.
      This semi-paranoid, reclusive lifestyle that William seems to want to have isn't possible, given his rank and position and his and Kate's popularity. They need to find some sort of balance with the media and the public. Photo calls, interviews, even scheduling a couple of events a week or every two weeks but on a regular schedule.
      Oddly, it really seems like Kate was the one who was able to balance a private life with life in the public eye and manage it pretty well. It seems like William isn't able to do that at all.

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    8. Yes absolutely. While William and Kate will not be on the throne in five years, it's entirely plausible to suggest they will be first-in-line. As first-in-line they will have an enormous diary of engagements, meetings, official duties and many other responsibilities. To go from so little to 600 engagements per year will be a huge change for William and Kate.

      There is so much more to being first-in-line than ribbon cutting. Take a look at the official website for The Prince of Wales '6000 engagements in ten years' http://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/onlinereview2013/engagements-and-activities/index.html

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    9. Royalfan - We don't know the full story only that things have been a shambles in the press office and there's been challenging times between KP and BP press office. Certainly the next coronation is firmly on the minds of the Palace.

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    10. Two points to contribute:
      There is precedent for the heir to the heir living in Sandringham/Norfolk while his elders ruled...Victoria/Edward VII/Albert V. There is only one Monarch and she has set this in motion, who gave William Amner Hall? To suggest Elizabeth is not controlling this may be wishful thinking. Will and Kate and Charles bend the knee to her. If she wants them to be doing something else all she has to do is ask.

      As PoW Charles created a life for himself that was fulfilling. No PoW does what the person before him did. POW is not a job ... it is a title. I highly doubt William will create an intense schedule like his father is doing... His father is not raising a family. Most likely Charles will split the work b
      etween his sons or hire administrators.

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    11. Elizabeth I completey disagree with you. If you have read many of the articles regarding William taking this new job you would find that his father and grandmother are in full support of this move. Charles has stated (true or not) that he wished he could have stayed in the Navy and ben able to have a somewhat normal life. That is one big reason he wants Kate & William to be able to raise their family as normal as possible.

      William has made comments in interviews that he knows his position and what is expected of him. We do not know what goes on between him, his father and the Queen. All we can do is guess. And that is what everyone seems to be doing.

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    12. That should have been written: Victoria/Edward VII/George V

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    13. Maryland Moxie,
      I think you are right when you say the HM does not really want William and Catherine taking the limelight.
      They have been married 3.5 years and never once been invited to anything concerned with incoming State Visits.
      The Queen seems to prefer to have her cousins and her children at these events. Had she invited any of the younger royals they would have been there. The consequence is that there is only limited reporting of most of these events, with a little more if the visitor is historically important--eg US and Irish Presidents.

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    14. Moxie, all good points. Thank you.

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    15. anon from Leominster1 September 2014 at 14:40

      I don't know that I agree about the queen. The royal family goes out of their way not to show dissent, but this decision of William's came after announcments that he was going to take on more royal duties. A royal residence was set up for him at Kensington in anticipation of this. There was a lot of delay about the making of this announcement, more than I would expect from even a disorganised press office. Charles seemed to be trying to get William involved more, as the queen did with Kate. I've come to believe that the decision was William's, and the family is going along with it.

      The risk to the monarchy is very high with William's decision. One person dies because his helicopter arrives late or something else of the sort happens, and his monarchy is tainted for both himself and George. William might not even become king and if he doesn't become king, the line might jump over George as well. Taking on a job where people's lives are involved is dangerous. We read about issues about troubles with ambulances all the time in the papers, but the people in question aren't in queue for one of the most important jobs in the world.

      I don't think William and Kate are at all prepared to take on a full-time royal in the monarchy -- neither has any experience with that sort of work load, and that is why I've become concerned about the couple over the last year. It's easy to admire them when they are young and radiate so much charm, but the monarchy works very well with its present image of doing good works hands-on. Changing that is high risk. It's not at all clear at this point how William and Kate see their future role since they have not yet defined themselves as other royals do. Hopefully more than flashy charity parties and an oblique foundation.

      But there is a lack of steadiness about the couple. It's unclear how they will deal with hard work and boredom, which is what most royal duties are about. William seems adrenaline driven and Kate has never carried a full load of anything since university. I had such high hopes for the couple when they married and still hope, but have concerns for the monarchy after the reign of Elizabeth.

      As for the house, the queen has always helped provide homes for her family. In this case, with Kensington, I think William and Kate were handed a little too much, too soon. For well over a decade, they have had everything their own way. At some point, as is true for all of us, that will have to change.

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    16. HM and Charles need these two to be popular. Period. Hiding away in Norfolk is a bad move all around, but William is too spoiled to see reason. There have been no public, on the record comments that HM or Charles support this move -- and that is extremely telling. This semi-paranoid choice (as Elizabeth stated above) is a move in the wrong direction. And before you say, "It is for the baby" kindly note that they just dumped the baby on the nanny for TWO FULL WEEKS.

      Anon from Leominster - brilliant comment.

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    17. Bothersome photos are actually the result of glamorous published pictures. Think Princess Margaret, Princess Madeleine, Princess Diana, and Catherine. If they were not so beautiful and so splendidly attired and bejeweled for their public events, there would be less interest in proving what they look like when dressed down or scantily or not at all! Some of the 'proof' is even hoaxed.

      Compare the Queen's face. She flashes her brilliant smile, and then there's a picture of her looking abysmally cross (an expression often directed at nuisance photographers). There's an odd wish to prove that what we see is not always what is there all the time.

      William and Catherine are photographed going about their private lives because they are a very glamorous couple when they are dressed, made up, coiffed and smiling for their public roles. This is no doubt one of the reasons Kate is more covered up now than she was as a younger woman. It's partly the dignity her role requires, and partly a wish to appear less a paparazzi celebrity.

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    18. Anon 16.57
      The newspaper reports suggest that Prince Cheeks was back at Amner Hall on the night William and Kate had dinner out - which I think lays to rest the idea that they "dumped him on nanny" for 2 weeks.
      I get that you question their role / their work ethic and whatever other gripe you have bit do you really need to question their love for their baby when it's plain for the whole world to see how much they love him and want to
      Protect him? Really!? I think that's just a mean girl comment.
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    19. Yankee from California2 September 2014 at 00:56

      Anim 16:57 I am out of the loop. How do you know they left George for two weeks with the nanny? Just looking for information, not being snarky! : )

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    20. Yankee from California2 September 2014 at 01:03

      Ack! I hit send too soon!

      It was reported that Kate was shopping in London just a few days ago. It seems more likely that they have made a few trips to Anmer Hall recently, this time without George?

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    21. Agree Elizabeth and Leo. And Anonymous too. I too don't think the Queen is 100% behind this. I think she's putting on a united front, but I would not bet she's all for it. I'd say more but it's already been said.

      I think William and Kate need to realize that they are the future of the monarchy -- and I truly believe the Queen thinks this way -- and you don't blow it off because it doesn't suit your needs right this minute, like William is doing. And I put the blame on William on this one. He needs to grow up or hire someone who will tell him when he's about to make a really bad move.

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    22. Anon 16:57, Wondering why you have chosen to believe 'they just dumped the baby on the nanny for TWO FULL WEEKS." Just because a questionable news source puts it in an article. Especially when on Wednesday, 27 August Charlotte reported tweets from other sources that placed Catherine shopping in London even stating what she purchased. While she may not have been shopping on Wednesday, I am sure it was within a day or two as Charlotte is very quick to keep us up to date on Kate's sightings. And these tweets are dated 2 hrs and 17 hrs. before they were copied onto the post. She can't be in 2 places at the same time.

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    23. There's one more factor, that's been pointed out by many of the royal reporters and commentators - who tend to be vehement royalists and absolutely devoted to the RF - that would seem to work against William's idea to be "just like everybody else" and take the air ambulance pilot's job. And it was pointed out above by anon from Leominster.
      That problem is the enormous security issues William flying an air ambulance poses, both for him, for his crew and, most importantly, for the patients.
      Air ambulance crews have an extremely cramped space already in which to work AND they have a given weight limit that has to use every inch for medical equipment, life support equipment and the medical and flight crew. One would suppose that since this is a non-military flight job, at least one of William's protection officers will be flying with him at all times. That begs the question - who or what gets left out of the flight to make this special accommodation for William's security personnel?
      Another issue that's been mentioned is that all it is going to take is for one person to recognize William at the controls, sound the alarm and gather a large crowd which could, conceivably, hinder getting the sick person into the air ambulance or delay takeoff until the area is cleared.
      Charlotte and some others mentioned that this plan doesn't seem to be very well thought out from William's perspective and that seems more and more true. And, again, it seems to be what HE wants, not necessarily what's the best thing for all those involved.
      Did the air ambulance service agree? Well, of course. Who's going to say no when a member of the royal family comes in and says they want to fly your helicopters and, ostensibly, make a large donation and bring attention to the absolutely vital air ambulance service?
      Is this the same as the SAR flying on Anglesey? A bit but mostly not. William went largely unrecognized there and he was flying military helicopters and always had a member of the military with him as co-pilot and crew members.
      This flying gig has been broadcast all over the world, including all over the UK. You can bet your sweet bippy that every paparazzi and every tabloid worth their salt is doing their due diligence to find out the areas these crews cover and strategizing over ways to get a shot of William at the controls.

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    24. @Charlotte at 02:33: I totally agree with you.
      As far as William´s new job is concerned: I have my doubts about whether this is a good idea, too. One of my relatives is a doctor and he used to fly with the ambulance helicopter for a long time. I can assure you it changed him which he said so himself. This is a completely different work than William had to do in Anglesey. The ambulance helicopters are only asked for in case of total emergency. It´s mostly NOT about someone needing help from a helicopter because it´s otherwise too difficult to get to him/her (like having your ankle sprayed in the middle of the mountains). It´s almost always really a question of life or death and your job as the pilot is getting there (wherever "there" is) as quickly as possible - and back. It´s pure stress 24/7 - and not only for the doctors on the helicopter, I can assure you that. It´s an enormous amount of responsibility - and heaven forbid you as the pilot for some reason are responsible for a delay that may have caused the death of the patient!! We all make mistakes and William is no exception to that - but what happens IF this happens? A "normal" pilot would have to deal with that which is bad/difficult enough. In William´s case it would most probable mean the whole world would know about it (or he would have to fear for the rest of his life that the world MIGHT know it). William´s decision is certainly an honourable attempt to live a "worthy" and "normal" life as possible - but he is risking a lot.....

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    25. Thankyou Simone, words of reason!

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    26. I'm actually with you Elizabeth. I don't think the rewards are bigger than the risks in this case. Add to your list the risk of being sued etc. Ambulances sometimes get late and if William is on it that can get really, really, really bad.. Plus there is much greater risk of colleagues blabbing... Nah, I really hope this doesn't go as bad as it can......

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    27. The Palace has said that William's protection officers are already paramedics. They are now receiving extra training for ambulance duty, so that whoever rides in the helicopter with William as security will be part of the medical crew.

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  29. Historic Tour of China? Representing Her Majesty in Malta? Quitting royal duties?

    Something here does not compute.

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    1. No it doesn't compute. I think some folks equate William's new job and the move to Anmer Hall with quitting royal duties, but I see it as more of the same.

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    2. I agree with you Lizzie and royalfan. I don't think any palace official has ever said William was "quitting" royal duties. I see it as the naysayers jumping on William's trying to be useful and not just sitting around waiting for his destiny to happen and twisting it into a negative image for William and Catherine.

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    3. anon from Leominster1 September 2014 at 04:50

      One weekend in Malta, one single scheduled engagement in the country where they will be king and queen and generalised talk of a China tour that may or may not happen. This is not even a light royal schedule at this point. We'll see what autumn brings.

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    4. Kate was carrying two bags in the train station, and it was probably easier to wear her coat than to carry it. But she is also very slim, which might make her more prone to feeling cold. On the other hand, I am a cold plump person, and I have skinny friends who are warm, so it doesn't always work that way.

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    5. @anon from leominster Catherine has more then one engagement in Malta. Read what Charlotte has posted on the side. Then you will see she has alot for just two days. Again is this your way of putting down Cahterine???

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  30. Fascinated to see the photos here and hearing the comments from onlookers about them being very attentive in the pub towards each other, and flirtatious. I agree with you entirely, Charlotte, that Kate's hair here reminds me of the way it looked whilst she was at St Andrews University. As posters have expressed, it is surprising that these photos have been published in British newspapers and British websites, I suppose it due to the dearth of public appearances. Maybe this makes it harder for the royal couple to object to UK publication.

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  31. Quick question for you Charlotte, has it been cold in the UK? I ask because you mention or it was mentioned that Kate was bundled up against the weather, she's wearing a heavy sweater in the date night photo and then again in the King's Cross photo. I was looking at the weather for Norwich (the capital city of Norfolk) and it looks like temps now are right in the 70s (Fahrenheit).
    She just seems a little warmly dressed for summertime, even in the UK!!
    I thought the UK was having this heat and humidity wave that we experienced here in the US a week ago (and still are in many parts of the country!) but Kate's clothing would suggest otherwise?

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    1. It's changeable but not too bad at all. We're expecting temperatures in the mid twenties later this week. Kate was quite warmly dressed. I've often wondered if she's a very cold person as we've seen her select coats and coatdresses in warm weather.

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    2. OK, thank you!! I agree that I think she tends toward warmer clothing, even in warm temperatures but she wore a lot of light summer dresses before the engagement. Not much meat on her bones to keep her warm or maybe she's just cold-blooded!!
      In fact, at first glance, the date night photos confused me because it looks so much like photos taken when they both were at university!! Her hair looks more full and curly and with the sweater and there's just something about how they both look that could have been 10 years ago!

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    3. Charlotte...is that mid twenties Fahrenheit or Celsius? Cause mid twenties to us across the pond is winter time in my part of the country. lol

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  32. hi charlotte everyone loves being normal even them they love every single time they will be normal love seeing younger royals brtish or another royals enjoyed their normal cmon they are people just like us they have too enjoyed love those snapshot http://www.justjared.com/2014/08/30/prince-william-kate-middleton-go-undercover-for-train-ride/

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  33. Note to royalfan and others: I did see the sparkling conversation in the last post, however I would get a headache if I tried to remember where and when they were taking place.

    Anon from Leo - the analogy is meant from the perspective of the Queen - the term junior is meant in younger and experience... (Who is more royal - the children of the monarch or the grandchildren of the monarch?) William will rise about his Aunts and Uncles when his father becomes King. (They will become siblings of the Monarch). Do you think there is a difference in saying "My Mother. the Queen, sends her greetings" and "My Grandmother, The Queen, sends her greetings?" I do. Is there a difference in saying "My brother, the King, sends his greetings" and "My father, the King, sends his greetings"? I think so.

    Jean from Lancs - I wonder where the folks from the Foreign Office went to University? It's all connected. :-) I do not mean to suggest it is suspicious - It is very common in the US for Middle Eastern royal and wealthy families to donate to our Universities and Hospitals where their family members have received care. (They don't all hate us.)

    royalfan - in the tradition of royal families - W&K receive far more attention then their status and contribution to the monarchy warrants. The Head of State doesn't get as much press - and that would be a problem in any country. I think they've recognized the situation and are adjusting it to their advantage. A smart monarch would put Will and Kate where they do want media. (I think we saw this when Kate suddenly switched to Garden Party on Phillip's Birthday - so Phillip got press too.) I think you will see a focus more on what the Monarchy is actually employed to do - which is foreign affairs. State Dinners, Travel, and meeting with folks visiting their country. The flip side of that is British Business - exports (like Famous Grouse) and highlighting those areas. I think William's job is meant for him to be positioned as supporting his countrymen in their time of need - 4 days a week, and Kate will be positioned as taking care of the children (her own and the few charities that she does support now). This is not an uptick in duties but a reworking of how what time they do spend on royal duties is managed. May have been the plan all along - but we are just seeing it taking shape. I would not foresee a major shift in time dedicated towards the charitable end, until Kate is no longer raising children. I disagree with the idea that Will and Kate need to court the UK populace in order to keep their roles - they are not politicians. The politicians need to decide whether they are properly taking advantage of what the Monarchy can do for the country.

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    1. Moxie, I agree with your reasoning. That is my feeling as well... the current scenario is part of a plan (orchestrated at higher levels) and it isn't William stomping his feet and refusing to do royal duties. And while he may prefer the life he and Kate are living right now, personal preference would not fly (pardon the pun) if HM wanted them to do more on behalf of the firm.

      It is easy to lay this at William's feet and refer to him as unwilling or indecisive, but doing so seems to skip over an entire chapter of royal history. Bottom line...the RF does not want a sequel.

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    2. Well said, Maryland Moxie.

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    3. " I disagree with the idea that Will and Kate need to court the UK populace in order to keep their roles - they are not politicians. The politicians need to decide whether they are properly taking advantage of what the Monarchy can do for the country. " The populace keeps them in palaces, security guards, and multiple beach vacations away from the baby every year. Yes, they do need to court the UK populace to keep their roles. Both Prince Philip and Prince Charles have publicly stated as much.

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    4. Of course those men said that. Bless their hearts. Otherwise they would appear as attention seeking meglomaniacs. The Queen decides how the money is spent. And she only spent on housing. Security money is spent by the government. Income from the duchy of cornwall pays for royal business clothing. They don't receive a salary for their time... so all their private expenses are paid for from private family funds.

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    5. I agree, Anonymous. When the public doesn't support the monarchy the monarchy will die. William needs to figure that out. The Queen's also said that (in so many words) with the must been seen to be believed comment.

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    6. Maryland, the Duchy belongs to the people, Charles is the current steward. That means it does belong to the taxpayers, and any money spent out of the Duchy is the taxpayers money. And he receives a refund of all purchases that are used for "royal work" including her clothing. All of their security comes from the taxpayers, $250,000/per RPO/year. $500,000 on taxpayer funded security for a honeymoon is not "from private family funds." They are funded by the taxpayers.

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  34. Maryland Moxie,
    I suspect about 70% of the top civil servants at the Foreign office are Oxbridge graduates.
    We seem to be agreeing more and more. While HM and the Duke seem able and wanting to fulfill so many engagements, it is perhaps considered prudent for the younger generation to have space were they can quickly fill in if trouble arises.
    It would also seem wise for William and Catherine to complete their family during that time--it will not be so easy for Catherine to spend a few years bringing up her family, when she becomes Princess of Wales.
    When that happens, I think we will really find out where her charitable interests lie. My guess is that she will try to draw all the Children's Hospices under her patronage---perhaps those in the Commonwealth too.
    Only a guess, of course and might be totally wrong.
    There will also be a long list of military duties which the Queen will eventually not be able to carry out.
    William may have a few years to continue service with the Air ambulance and Catherine with her child or children, but I have no doubt that within a few years they will be very busy with Royal duties.
    Don't begrudge them those few years.

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    1. Valerie in Arizona2 September 2014 at 03:30

      Amen Jean from Lancs! By the way, my grandfather was Lancashire born and bred--Hoddlesden :)

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    2. A very nice comment, Jean. I believe you think like the Queen! :-)

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  35. Charlotte, you reported on Wednesday, August 27 that Kate had been seen shopping in London. Wasn't the report of her trip to Harvey Nichols from the day before, August 26? Kate and William were seen dining in Norfolk on Thursday, August 28. They returned to London on the train during rush hour on Friday, August 29. This does not add up to 2 weeks in Norfolk away from Prince George! More like maybe two days. It appears the 'fortnight' comment originated with the Daily Mail, which often invents the 'news.'

    The newspapers have also reported that Kate and William spent August at Balmoral, and that they spent August in Buckleberry. Given their other activities, they may have spent a week or so in each place, but I don't know of evidence for Balmoral. They were seen dining in Buckleberry on August 1, and Kate shopped nearby on August 5. Perhaps they were at Balmoral between August 5 and August 25 or 26, but if so their visit was not reported.

    In any case, we need to read with some awareness of media carelessness, and avoid accusing Prince George's parents of neglect!

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  36. I agree with Anon from Leominster. I have been very surprised about some of the decisions that the couple have made: the '2nd honeymoon' after a very light period of engagements, (and Kate had already very recently been to Mustique) missing the Paralympic closing ceremony and going on holiday to France, now William's new post with the Air Ambulance. I don't think the Queen has much say/influence over their workload, although she may think that it is very important that they establish themselves as a family unit first and foremost and that there will be plenty of time for engagements later. The couple do seem to be determined to do things their own way; I was a bit concerned that they didn't announce George's birth until four hours had passed. People were beginning to wonder if everything was OK. As Anon from Leominster has mentioned before, they do seem rather 'bloody minded'.

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    1. William and Kate didn't call it a '2nd honeymoon', the press did. One should be careful about judging other people, whether positive or negative, based on what the media reports.

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    2. I admired them for taking a few hours to enjoy their newborn son and to share the news with immediate family members. I'm not in their shoes, nor would I want to be, but I *can* sympathize with their wish for a few hours of sanity ahead of a lifetime of anything but.

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  37. One does wonder what Diana would make of William and Kate's life is she were alive: one suspects that she would not approve, perhaps.

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    1. What would she not approve of? Despite the impression that some people seem to have on this blog, I don't think that Diana was a workhorse with regards to engagements.

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    2. Perhaps Diana would tweak some things and be fully supportive of others.

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  38. I am interested in whether Kate's hair is naturally as curly as shown in the 'Express' photo here. In photos taken when she was at Marlborough school, I don't think her hair looked so curly. I doubt she was 'straightening' it when she was at school. Thus I don't think her hair is naturally 'frizzy'

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  39. Somebody mentioned the skinny jeans Kate's wearing in the date night photos. The thing with skinny jeans is they look awesome on tall girls - if they're the right length.
    A lot of us have commented in the past that Kate's skinny jeans seem to be creeping further and further up her legs. In the date night pics, they are well above her ankles even when her legs are straight.
    There are a couple of photos of Kate pre-engagement that I love and the reason is that she looks tall and stunning in them - due to the bootcut, full-length jeans she's wearing. One is the pic of her and her dad coming out of a restaurant. Kate is wearing a white camisole, faded hip-slung bootcut jeans and she looks stunning. Another is of her taken, I believe, in Ireland after they broke up. She's wearing a blue jacket, a short tank or camisole and a pair of darker bootcut jeans. She looks tall and leggy and amazing. The third photo is the pic of her and Chelsy walking on the polo field and Kate is wearing white bootcut jeans, full-length, a white top and some sort of light cardigan sweater. Again, she looks tall, slim, leggy and amazing.
    The bootcut jeans flatter her figure every bit as much - and far more - than the floodwater skinnies. That's basic styling - when your eye has a full line to travel down the leg, it doesn't stop 'til it gets to the ground. That makes the leg look 100 miles long and the wearer look taller and even more slender.
    With skinny jeans, the eye cuts the look at where the jean ends - in Kate's case, above the ankle. So that results in her looking chopped-off and shorter and oddly proportioned. When you add the four-inch wedges, that proportion gets even weirder. Not to mention that since there's a good amount of Lycra or stretch in most skinnies, it's hard to find any figure that they completely flatter. Do they hug the figure? Absolutely. Do they flatter the figure? Usually, not so much.
    As for the case that she's always embraced skinnies, not exactly the case. She wore them tucked into boots, which makes complete sense since there's not as much fabric to tuck. But when she wasn't wearing tall boots, she opted a lot of times for a good bootcut jean. And she always looked amazing in them.
    I know it's an impossibility but I just wish she'd go back to the awesome, classy, classic style she embraced, both in casual wear and in dressy clothes, before the engagement. Yeah, I know it's been 5 or 10 years but she could make a few adjustments and still nail it every time like she used to - without those unflattering skinny jeans.
    Skinny jean rant over. As you were. Thanks for listening. I'd like to know my dear fellow readers' thoughts. In fact, Charlotte, there's a great post idea. How about "Kate loves" jeans or pants?

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    1. Elizabeth, I totally and wholeheartedly agree with you! You spoke from my heart.... I´ve said that many times, this length together with the wedges, it just looks weird. It´s supposed to make her legs look longer, but to me, it just always looks as if she has grown out of her jeans.... And I agree with her pre-engagement choices. I´ve just had another look at the Morton book about her and William and there are two pictures of her wearing jeans wth either boot-cut or "normal" length - WOW I can only say. So, another one "ranting" about her skinny jeans... ;-))))))

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    2. I know the trend has been ultra skinny and I don't see Kate giving hers up, but I've always liked the dark bootcut jeans she wore at the Calgary Stampede and I wish she'd bring that look back (though maybe not the too-skinny post-wedding-stress size). Boyfriend, high-waisted, distressed and retro flared jeans styles are back in for fall. I can't see Kate wearing anything baggy or distressed, but she should embrace the bootcut slightly flared styles once again. They really did elongate her legs and make her look great.

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    3. Well, I admire how quickly she got back into them after George was born...God bless her. :))

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    4. If you Google "Audrey Hepburn skinny pants", beware.....you will see lots of ankles, and many combined with heels. I happen to think a nice, slim ankle is a flattering look on a woman. And in recent years, it seems that dresses and pants have been available in different lengths.

      No rant here...just observations. :)

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  40. I regret to say that I find the interior of the restaurant rather lacking in atmosphere! It looks bland

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  41. Elizabeth agree with your comments. Have no idea why her jeans are 6 to 8 inches above her ankles. Tucked into a boot great or if she had them reaching her instep great, but as they are they just look like they shrunk too much in the wash. They are odd, no idea why she does not get a long pair.

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  42. Link to the iTV preview about Harry at 30 that u will have to watch :-)
    Simone
    http://www.itv.com/presscentre/press-releases/harry-30-video-preview

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  43. Does anyone not see that Prince Charles might have encouraged the move to Norfolk because of his fear of William overshadowing his future monarchy?

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  44. New Prince George pictures:
    https://www.facebook.com/The.British.Monarchy.Heir/photos/a.206000832886061.1073741883.134249850061160/378544132298396/?type=1&theater

    https://twitter.com/royaltykate/status/506570875517145089/photo/1

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  45. I will cast my vote on the skinny jeans debate: A resounding NAY! also nay to the accompanying wedges. Don't understand why she keeps clinging to that odd combination. Many celebrities are photographed wearing straight leg jeans at a longer length. However, it is imperative to make sure they are neither too long or too short. I will say, that as a tall girl (5ft.9") I have major problems finding a long enough length. Maybe Kate does too, but she certainly must have alterations at her disposal. Also, I want to see her in some FLATS! Not sneakers, not heels, but just plain flats. They look so much better with jeans than high wedges.

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  46. I think we should all donate to the orphanage that houses all of Kate's imaginary media children.

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