Saturday, 2 August 2014

William and Kate to Take Month-Long UK Holiday? & Fashion Updates

Good evening, dear readers!

On Monday The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will be in Mons, Belgium representing The Queen at events commemorating WWI including a service and a reception. The following day, Tuesday, commemoration continues back home at the Tower of London's poppy installation in the Moat. The final work will consist of 888,246 red ceramic flowers - each representing a British or Colonial military fatality - that flow through the grounds around the tower. It's really quite an incredible undertaking with breathtaking results.

Historic Royal Palaces

I've received quite a few emails and messages inquiring about William and Kate's schedule this month aside from the events mentioned above and thought I would touch on the subject in tonight's post. It appears August will be another quiet month for the Cambridges with many speculating the couple will take much of the month off. Back in April, following the royal tour, a Palace aide confirmed "there would be a significant upsurge in engagements" during the summer months.

We share a segment from Richard Palmer's article for the Express at the time:

'So successful has the tour been that the Duke and Duchess plan a 'significant upsurge' in royal duties over the next few months. After a break to recharge their batteries, they will begin a much busier than usual programme of events over June, July and August, a senior royal aide said.'

June certainly proved to a busier month than usual with annual events such as Trooping The Colour, Order of the Garter, The Queen's garden party, a commemoration ceremony at Gold Beach Normandy and a couple of solo engagements.


July proved significantly less busy with just four official public appearances - the Commonwealth Games, a visit to Blessed Sacrament School and The Tour de France send-off in Yorkshire. However, the couple did carry out private visits and receptions during this time.


As we're in early August I asked former royal editor Martin what this month will bring for William and Kate.

Martin/Courtier UK Twitter Feed

It is believed the couple plan to take a holiday at Balmoral with Prince George. The month is traditionally one of the least active for the royal family; they enjoy time in Scotland and it provides a secluded place for the Cambridges to spend time with William's family. Aside from this it is thought much of the coming weeks will be spent in their new country home, Anmer Hall in Norfolk, where they are expected to spend much of their time when William takes up a full-time job as an Air Ambulance pilot with the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Wikipedia

More from Hello! Magazine:

'The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will reportedly take a month-long holiday in the UK this month. The royal pair and their one-year-old son have picked Prince William's father's home in the highlands for their annual break.'

Kate's engagements tend to be bundled together and often times two or three are planned within a week. As for the statement claiming there would be "a significant upsurge" one can only imagine it was a result of continuing issues arising from the royals' (thus far very unsuccessful) press office merge. Various reliable reporters were led to believe once Kate finished maternity leave things would be considerably busier, however, it does seem we'll see a pattern consistent with her schedule since the royal wedding, especially with William's new job. August is likely to have very little in terms of engagements but September may be the opposite with Kate's first solo visit to Malta and appearances at home.


We'll know for certain later this month if these rumours are true. Overall I don't think there's going to be a major schedule change for Kate in the near future. I hope this clarifies things somewhat for those enquiring :)

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Every now and then we take a look at prospective designers for the Duchess, and for tonight's fashion corner we're doing just that. Have you heard of Nicholas Oakwell Couture? If not, you fashion lovers are in for a treat.

Nicholas Oakwell Couture

Despite being a designer relatively new to Couture Week, British designer Nicholas Oakwell has established himself among a host of popular names in fashion including Helen Mirren and Gillian Anderson The designer began his career as a milliner before realising his passion for couture clothing and has become renowned for immaculate design and impeccable British craftsmanship.

Nicholas Oakwell Couture

Fashion critics have suggested Mr. Oakwell as an ideal choice for the British royals. Below we see Princess Beatrice with the designer in one of his creations at the Serpentine Gallery Summer Party.

Nicholas Oakwell Couture Facebook Page

The Spring/Summer 2014 Flower Collection was inspired by the work of celebrated British photographer Sir Cecil Beaton. The collection draws on British society and the joys of 'The Season', with a particular nod to the lavish parties, events and lifestyles enjoyed during the 1950s.

Nicholas Oakwell Couture

The aim of the collection was to present fresh, feminine and modern whilst reflecting the glamour of a past era. Floral motifs combined with geometric patterns and traditional 1950s silhouettes make this collection a visual treat.

Nicholas Oakwell Couture

Previous collections share the elegant, timeless and glamorous theme.

Nicholas Oakwell Couture

Dramatic evening gowns adorned with jewels.

Nicholas Oakwell Couture

The detailing in the garments is magnificent.

Nicholas Oakwell Couture

Whilst Kate's calendar involves very few engagements which call for a show stopping evening gown, inevitably this will change, as she and William represent the Royal Family at at glamorous occasions, home and abroad. Mr. Oakwell would be an excellent choice, particularly for creating bespoke and unforgettable pieces whilst maintaining the conservative elegance we know Kate favours.

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Next, let's take a look at Autumn/Winter styles from one of Kate's go-to brands, Max Mara.


The sophisticated yet relaxed collection offers a range of comfortable garments suitable for a variety of daytime engagements. Below we look at the Scrigno Dress, the print Monile Dress and Fiamma Dress in cornflower blue and pink.

Max Mara

There's plenty of possibilities for outwear too, with the Ozio Coat, the classic Angelo Coat and the stylish Eliana Coat. They're quite simplistic, and we know Kate has a beautiful collection of coats, so it shall be interesting to see how she adds to it this year.

Max Mara
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A much-loved photo from the tour graces the cover of The Lady Magazine.

The Lady

We'll see you on Monday!

270 comments:

  1. its nice too chill in our on country love their patronizing their own country i heard that they will be with the queen and prince Charles and Camilla in Scotland is that true love the haute couture charlotte

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  2. Remember please all that up till 20 years ago all information came from a printed press, weekly at best. the idea that any one has to be doing stuff all the time is related to the urgent internet craziness of checking on people non stop. It is not just royals but everyone. Please anyone under 40 check yourself. People are not doing stuff nonstop to feed the internet blogs, unless, that is your only source of income, i.e. Kardashians, other celebs.

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    1. You make a point, but I disagree with it and I'm not under 40.

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    2. Well, this 40+ gal tends to agree. :) I think it's part of the instant gratification mentality. With Diana, I had to wait for my copy of Majesty Magazine and I would buy People Magazine if they covered the royals. These days, people want news (or entertainment since there is a difference), and they want it NOW.

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    3. There were daily papers back in the day and Diana devoured them. I'm talking Britain, not the US. Matter of fact, my understanding is she'd do things to stay on the front page. So to say that media has changed that much doesn't make sense to me. The internet has made things more instant, it's true, but there's always been scrutiny and daily coverage in Britain. Where I feel for them is camera phones everywhere they go.

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    4. Understood bluhare. I wasn't comparing the US to Britain. My statement was more general regarding what the internet has to offer vs. newspapers, or at least that was my intent. :)

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    5. It would be seriously off topic but I have many opinions (surprise!) about the internet and what it does for society. Some good, some really not good.

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    6. anon from Leominster4 August 2014 at 00:22

      The change for me came when Hello! began to publish in English in 1988 as a weekly. Before that, I would sometimes buy Hola so I would have colour pictures to go with the clippings but newspaper clippings weren't very satisfactory. But Hello! brought lovely photos with a bland but not too gossipy text that didn't say anything unpleasant, and I would wait with great excitment to see what Diana had done that week. I got to know a lot of her charities - she wasn't so hounded privately when she was still working or if she was, Hello! mostly didn't publish private snaps.

      I began to get interesting in other royal families around that time as well. I actually didn't follow the royal that closely on the Internet until William and Kate married - suppose I associated computers with work and I didn't have a laptop. Not to mention I lost complete interest in the royal family when Diana died. Didn't really come back until Kate began to appear a great deal. I didn't enjoy following Camilla and Charles and after the disappointment of Diana and Sarah, I didn't pay much attention to Edward and Sophie until Sophie began to take on royal engagments.

      But I'm told I'm addicted now and that certainly is true for photos.

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  3. Ahh do not see my comment

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  4. Jennifer from Wisconsin2 August 2014 at 07:24

    Love it Charlotte! Thanks!

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  5. Thank you Charlotte for the amazing new post.

    I have seen photos about the preparations in the Moat, the site looks breathtaking, really and truly an amazing way to commemorate.

    The new designer for me at least has some great designs, Beatrice looked fantastic in that white gown, although the sisters were not known for their impeccable taste. But this choice made me think maybe money can buy good taste sometimes;)))
    The Max Mara clothes did not give me any goosebumps I must say.

    As for the lackof engagements, it is really heartbreaking, it looks like they start isolating themselves from the public. But it was discussed so many times here, reasons and the acceptances of this whole situation is highly based on how lenient or ardent fans we are of the duchess. From my part I would form a third group, which is where I put myself into and this is the "drifting away" from them fan club:))) Due to so many disappointments in them.



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  6. Bea looks as though she feels beautiful in Nicholas Oakwell's creation. His work is stunning, and I would love to be able to feel the textiles and see them up close.

    Max Mara looks a bit ... I'm struggling for the right word ... more mature to me in these photos. The tailoring appears more forgiving than flattering. And there's certainly a need for garments that perform that function, but the best designers fuse the two.

    I'm not surprised to hear that the Cambridges are checking out for August, as it seems to be a custom for many of the senior Royals. The confirmation stings a little though, in light of what was said earlier (and as you point out, Charlotte).

    The poppies will be breathtaking and moving and memorable. The symbolism and colors are quite dramatic.

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    1. The poppies ARE breathtaking. I agree. Lovely photo.

      The Max Mara pieces look boxy to me. But I love the glamour of some of Nicholas Oakwell's designs. Romantic and dreamy.

      And I agree that August is normally a quiet month in the royal calendar. Was the reference to a 'significant upsurge' just a bit of PR they thought people would forget?

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    2. Victoria, Oregon3 August 2014 at 05:44

      I absolutely love Nicholas Oakwell's designs! Wish I had the money to buy and the places to go in those dresses... divine! I hope Catherine will wear one of them someday... with a tiara? One can hope. ;)

      I'm not so hot on the Max Mara pieces. They're too plain for me. But I tend to like Temperly-type, very detailed designs.

      On another note, I've been watching a 1992 (?) Documentary about Queen Elizabeth. Wouldn't it be great if they would do one on W & K like that? Then we could see what goes on behind the scenes. I don't see it ever happening, but it would be cool.

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    3. Count me in as not loving Max Mara. Quite basic and boxy looking.

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  7. On the topic of fashion, wouldn't it be interesting to see Kate link up with a UK or Commonwealth designer whose focus was creating beautiful, sustainable garments that fit with her aesthetic? The more I read, the more convinced I am that sustainability in textiles and locally based manufacturing is definitely something worth supporting.

    A coalition or consortium of designers would be even better, to provide her with more options and maximize exposure for many houses.

    A girl can dream.

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    1. HI Summer,
      I think you have a lovely idea there; despite it being a "dream".
      A dream has to happen before the idea comes to fruition.

      However, I can't see Kate endorsing a "fashion" idea - reason being that she doesn't strike me as someone who is really into fashion that much, and you would then have the "political" implications of why wear one designer and not the other.

      I am interested in what textile you would consider "sustainable"? Are you thinking along the lines of natural fibres such as cotton which is notorious for having more money spent on growing it and producing the thread compared to what the final garment sells for. Of course synthetics waste much energy in their production also.
      Wool seems to be the better option in respect to sustainability.
      Or maybe it is a simple fact of how and where garments are manufactured.
      But I have digressed..........

      Still love Owen's creations and I think Beatrice's dress suits her beautifully.
      This dress style reminds me of that lovely dress Kate wore to Malaysia with the pearl pins in her hair.

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    2. Oooops.
      Meant to say Nicholas Oakwell (not Owen). when referring to the designer in my last comment..:)

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  8. I'm going to do a "sandwich" comment here in a very calm manner (as my daughter practises her Chopin in the background on the piano- rather beautifully I must say) :)

    1. First bread slice is the positive. How magnificent are the poppies spilling out of the tower.?!!! That is one incredible sight. I'm amazed how these artistic types come up with these ideas.

    2. the filling in the sandwich unfortunately is the negative. Unfortunately, it is now official that W&K are almost out of the public picture. Another few token engagements to appease the public. Shame about the cut in engagements going forward from the holidays. My guess is that the PR did in fact *lie* about an increase in engagements simply to pacify any cries from the public given that once back from NZ/AUS the couple had disappeared yet again. Their consorts are not doing them favours. Wonder how rectifying the palace PR will actually change how W&K manage their itinerary, the media and the public? I'm thinking it's not.
    It isn't uncommon to see the royals take August holidays for the summer and what lovelier place than Balmoral. Hope the extended family get to enjoy George and his bubbly toddlerhood.

    3. second slice of bread and another positive. I am beyond enamoured with Nicholas Oakwell!!!!!!!!
    This is seriously FANTASTIC fashion. This man has everything covered in women's fashion. You've covered his design brief perfectly Charlotte. Shame we can only see it in gown form. I'd love to see what his creations would be for day wear.
    And an extra positive. BEATRICE LOOKS STUNNING!! (can't get over her resemblance to Queen Victoria)

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    1. I like your sandwich pretty much Helen!:)

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    2. I'm eating the same sandwich, Helen. Other than listening to Chopin while eating. :)

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    3. anon from Leominster3 August 2014 at 16:04

      Same sandwich here.

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    4. Hi, AnonLeo!

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  9. Thank you so much Charlotte for all your hard work. While HRH gives you very little to work with, you always make the most out of it, tirelessly.
    Do you have any other blogs of any kind? I do love your work! Looking forward to Monday and Tuesdays posts :)

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  10. Nice round up of royal news from this week - thank you! I don't believe that this holiday, if true, will replace their holiday to Mustique as some articles have reported this week - I think it'll be an additional break...

    I LOVE Nicholas Oakwell - I think his designs are divine!! I thought Bea looked stunning when I first saw this and I still love it. I also really liked the pops of colour with the shoes/bag and that she took him with her as her guest...super!

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  11. Where W&K fit in the overall plan of engagements & appearances has not , to my knowledge, been announced--
    which leaves them vulneable to so much speculation & criticism--and, sometimes, outright anger! Why in the world has there not been an indication so people KNOW? Fashjons are just
    GORGEOUS, CHARLOTTE!! THANKS!!

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    1. Jo, their PR people need to go back to PR school. Much of it defies basic common sense.

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    2. Yes Jo.
      So right.
      Big mistake on palace PR.
      There has never been clarification from HRH herself to confirm her plans for W&K.
      I believe it's because she DOES want them to take on more and they continue to be indecisive.

      Having seen and heard the latest news, there is no doubt W&K have finally made their decision to veer away from a public role and try to establish a "regular" household for themselves and George.
      I am speculating greatly here, but I would say that W&K may have tried to give having a public role and a private role (eg William's flying) a chance, but they had trouble balancing it out. So one "role" had to go.

      I would almost compare it to a career couple trying to also manage a family by trying to always be there for their children's school, sporting, music and social commitments and realising that time wasn't allowing for the huge juggling act. A hard call for anyone, but the decision is ultimately an individual one and can go any way. Some couples successfully do manage both, others find it tiring.

      I think we know now which path W&K have decided to take.

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden3 August 2014 at 14:36

      Have to agree. The PR-people this year (at least) have NOT done a good job. Number one, they haven't updated the court circular which would make it alot easier to see if they are working. And that I think would contain the "behind the scenes" meetings as well. And you should never say stuff like they are gonna do more etc. That will just make people dissapointed. Even if they do more, people will think it's not enough. And even that royal reporter got fed up on twitter. TIME FOR A CHANGE!

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    4. Rebecca - Sweden3 August 2014 at 14:38

      Have to agree. The PR-people this year (at least) have NOT done a good job. Number one, they haven't updated the court circular which would make it alot easier to see if they are working. And that I think would contain the "behind the scenes" meetings as well. And you should never say stuff like they are gonna do more etc. That will just make people dissapointed. Even if they do more, people will think it's not enough. And even that royal reporter got fed up on twitter. TIME FOR A CHANGE! Agree with royalfan. PR-school, or new people!

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    5. "I am speculating greatly here, but I would say that W&K may have tried to give having a public role and a private role (eg William's flying) a chance, but they had trouble balancing it out. So one "role" had to go."

      If two educated, extremely privileged 30-something cannot handle their privileged life, time to give it all back. He can reimburse the millions wasted on KP out of his inheritance, they can pay the going rate for the rent on Anmer Hall, and pay for all of their own security out of his inheritance. Only once they grow up and are willing to accept their royal responsibilities, are they allowed to be funded by the taxpayers again.

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    6. "There has never been clarification from HRH herself to confirm her plans for W&K." Helen, she is Her Majesty (HM), not HRH.

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    7. Thank you, Anonymous. I agree totally.

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    8. If W&K had trouble balancing their private and public lives, you don't believe that the Queen or Charles would have stepped in and put them on the right track?

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  12. Charlotte-Dear Heart - I seem to be able to make longer comments since I asked (begged!?) for your help. I'm not back to perfect yet-*but it IS Improving and I can't thank you enough!♥♥♡♡

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  13. Again and again W and K promise thru their press office to ramp up their work schedules and then..... They don't. It's becoming a bad joke. The tide is turning.

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    1. I really think it was their PR people saying things they knew were not true just to shut people up. So I don't think it was really W&K.

      Pam/Portland

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    2. It may have been the PR people desperately scrambling to come up with excuses for W&K's inexcusable behavior.

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    3. I don't think it makes sense to separate William and Kate from the people who work on their behalf. It doesn't seem fair to me that posters here blame everyone around William and Kate, from the PR office to Charles, when mistakes are made, instead of acknowledging that the Cambridges are ultimately responsible for their own image.

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    4. But are they responsible for their own image, now that PR has been scrambled into one office under the control of Charles's staff? A staff that omits some of William and Catherine's activities from the Court Circular, for instance. William and Catherine's current plans may be a reaction to a loss of control of their activities, or perhaps they are being encouraged to reduce their public exposure. But actually we don't know what their level of activity will be in the future.

      As an Anonymous poster, I have always tried to keep a focus on the facts. Unfortunately the term 'Anon bashing' has come to mean 'bashing of Anons.' Not all of us are trolls, or even negative in our approach! I wish everyone would try to pay attention to what is said in a comment rather than by whom. I don't want to start a lengthy discussion of this; it is just an observation based on reading the comments.

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    5. Anon 19:25, please don't think that people are "bashing Anons". Posters here would like to be able to connect a name (any name) with your comments. If I respond to you here, I'd like to know it's you if I chime in on another of your posts. Imagine a masquerade ball with everyone in the same costume....now try to have a conversation(s) and keep it flowing..... :) Difficult, no?

      But the main problem with posting anonymously is that it makes it too easy for some people to abuse the anonymity it offers.

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  14. I would just like to say I think the poppy installation at the Tower of London is absolutely beautiful.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden2 August 2014 at 17:36

      I so agree. Hautingly beautiful.

      (And like you, I will now ignore the rest of the debate...Don't have energy for THAT one again...)

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    2. Bkuhare & Rebecca - I'm with you--hauntingly beautiful--and so heartbreakingly poignant.

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    3. Yes, Laurie-King George VI & his consort did suffer numerous privations at BP dufing WWII-win-does blown out & dust & dirt blowing in--being "bounced about by bombs" -- not fun.

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    4. Stunning and so evocative .... I wish I was in the UK this year.
      Simone

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    5. Helen & Bluhare-how dreamy to play Chopin in my mind as I Try for longer posts! I'm so glad I'm not the only one who sees the almost eerie resemblance to Queen Victoria in Beatrice!!

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    6. I SO agree about the poppy installation --yes, hauntingly beautiful, and utterly poignant.

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    7. Even though still hiccupping along, I post from a phone-grate- ful for even the little reply box!
      Agree about banning anons-can that be done legally though? We cannot lose our diplomat-in-residence, AnonLeo, who took a drubbing with such grace!

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    8. I read somewhere that The Official Website of the British Monarchy endures some very nasty posts but doesn't feel it can now close down--free speech, & not fair to those who care!

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    9. I wish I were in the UK this year to see that too, Simone. Jo, I'm going to address the anon issue below. I don't want to get in the way of the poppies here. :)

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    10. DEAR HEAVEN, MARG --DON'T LEAVE!! Remember you said we're a family-and in a post that I couldn't reply to (4LoadMores messed with my phone!) you said I write a tapestry-and this blog is also a crazy quilt--what a fabric!
      You have an ineffable kindness to which those anon "t-words" need to be exposed!" And ESTI will MISS you!!!♥♡♥♡♥♡

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  15. Good time for us Kate fans to have a little vacation, too. Thanks for the post! The poppy moat is amazing!

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  16. Great post Charlotte, I am loving the Nicholas Oakwell collection. The dress Princess B wore was perfection, so feminine and floaty, I think it's the best she's ever looked. While I would love to see Kate in his dresses, I don't know if they would suit her figure, most of his models seem to have hourglass figures while Kate has quite a trim, athletic figure. I think the Max Mara line is kind of blah. But maybe I just need to have my second cup of coffee. :)

    This year has been a bit of disappointment engagement wise. I went to the Court Circular and discovered that Kate has only attended 17 engagements since January (not including the tour). That's just a little over two a month, so much for the "uptick". It really seems that this press merger isn't doing any favors for the Cambridges. If the press is being told to expect more engagements and then they don't happen it makes W&K look bad. I agree with you Charlotte, I don't think we will see Kate attending many engagements for quite some time, probably not until the children she has reach school age. I was reading about how King George and Queen Elizabeth went out to meet the people during WWII when London was being bombed and lived with the same austerity as their subjects and wondered if that was Will and Kate would they be doing the same thing. I would hope so but at this point I honestly don't know.

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    1. Lauri from Ca You have to remember that Catrherine was still on maternity leave most of this year. Also I have read that the Court Circular did not have all of the engagements for W&K listed. And I do agree that their PR people really dropped the bomb. We also do not know what she has done behind the scenes. We do know that she has attend several things that were not in the press until later.
      And it is really funny that many complain about her and her charity work but there was not much talked about when she attended to her charity during the Commonwealth Games.

      Pam/Portland

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    2. Jean from Lancs2 August 2014 at 18:47

      Prince William has had many engagements only recorded on the Court Circular and a few that the press has reported, but have been omitted from the Circular.
      The day in Strathearn never did make it to the Circular.
      It seems to me that Catherine is giving most of her time to George.at present.
      It is perfectly true that prior to the internet and blogs we would hardly have known what they were doing.
      Like every woman in the country, she should have the choice of how much of her time she spends with her child. It will possibly be another 10 years or so before there is a real need for full-time royal duties.

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    3. I'm one who doesn't care what she does behind the scenes. I care what she does in front of it. That's the whole point of being a public figure. Which she is. There's no getting around it when you're married to the second in line to the throne, and mother to the third.

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    4. Hi Pam,

      I verifed my numbers with a neat blog called duchesskatetracker. It has all her engagements and sightings listed according to month. This blog has tracked her engagements/sightings since 2011.

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    5. Lauri I believe your numbers. But I was just trying to make a point that Kate was on leave for most part of 2013. So she would not have many engagements.

      Pam/Portland

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    6. I've shared my theory on the reason for them not having a busier schedule (and I stand by it), but even I must admit that it isn't doing them any favors. The strategy *I* believe is in place is far too focused on short term goals.

      They could still raise their son and be seen a couple of times a week. Even with William back to being a helicopter pilot, if Kate was out there doing her thing, it would take some of the pressure off him.

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    7. Ohmygod, I hate this. I agree with royalfan.

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    8. Hi Pam.
      My theory would be that Kate's charity during the Comm games visit didn't receive as much recognition because she in effect tried to "kill 2 birds with one stone".
      The Comm games visit was geared up more as a "sporting" visit, which 99% of the time it was. Her charity drop in came across as a last minute opportunity to show support to her charity which happened to be at the same venue. I think it got lost within all the hubbubb of the day.
      Great shame.

      BLUHARE - this moves shows quite clearly that being in direct line to the throne gives you many privileges to do as you see please, regardless of what the people of your country would like to see.

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    9. bluhare, I apologize if I ruined your Sunday, and I promise that we'll disagree again at some point. Lol. XX

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    10. anon from Leominster3 August 2014 at 16:11

      Jean, I have to say most of the young mums I know don't have a lot of choice about how much time they spend with their child. They have to go back to work, usually within six months, some as soon as a month, to support their families. Many would like to stay home full time but can't.

      One of the great gifts of the royal family at it's best is the balance of great benefits with a commitment to public duty. It is what separates them from celebrities and the rich. For Kate to take on a bit more (still leaving time for George) would put her more in tune with the other young mums of the nation.

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    11. My Sunday is now better for knowing that I can continue to get on your case like a cheap suit, royalfan. :)

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  17. Thank you all for commenting. I wanted to pick up on a few comments:

    Anon from Leo: I do hope you don't let that overly heated debate get to you. I cannot describe some of the comments/messages/emails I receive. Only this morning I received several emails quite angrily expressing their disgust about today's post and their belief I shouldn't have written about the holiday. Unfortunately this is the issue with the Anonymous posting option, I would much prefer if everyone used a moniker. There is no need for an account or any personal information/email address. I think there would be far less personal attacks if people had to own their opinions. What does everyone else think?

    The last thing I want is to lose a poster like yourself, I know for a fact your thoughts and contributions are enjoyed by many, so please, please reconsider :)

    Jo - I am so pleased to hear you are having less issues with leaving comments. I've put in a request and will keep you all updated on progress!

    A poster mentioned the annual Mustique holiday. The press were definitely off in assuming this holiday would replace that one. The Middleton family tend to visit Mustique in January and that tradition will almost certainly continue. This August holiday is entirely different.

    Lately a number of you mentioned you'd like to see a post on Rebecca Deacon; her bio and style? I forgot to mention that's something we'll have coming up during the quiet spell :)

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    1. Hi Charlotte,

      I agree with you, if people want to say horrible things then they should have the courage to own it. But as we constantly see, the internet has created a world where people feel free to say the most horrible things, things that they don't have the courage to say to someones face. I think they are a bunch of cowards! Also, why the personal attacks? This is a wonderful blog, the subject matter is rather light and fluffy, what is there to get that upset about? We are not curing cancer here, we are discussing the life and style of a woman that has captured our imagination. Sometimes I think we put to much of our own issues into our perception of Kate. There are those who think she must be sweet, kind, hard working, etc and there are some who think she is lazy, gold digging, etc. And we want to defend our opinion to the death. Why, what does it matter in the great scheme of life? I wonder if Kate reads these blogs and thinks we are all nutters? On the other side, we have those that want to defend Kate from any possible slight, real or imagined, most often imagined. The rants that can get started over someone saying they don't like her dress or hairstyle are so out there it's a bit unreal. It's gotten so bad at times that I've quit posting, just because I don't want to be any part of the nonsense.

      I would love to see a post on Rebecca Deacon!! She works for one of the most photographed women in the world, one who is looked at as a fashion icon. What would that be like? How could you get dressed in the morning? I have to say I saw a picture of Rebecca with Kate in Australia at Manly Beach and she looked great. The skirt and blouse she wore really accented her figure, I thought she looked nicer than Kate.

      Thank you Charlotte for all the hard work you do putting these posts together. You have built a wonderful (for the most part) community here and I really (for the most part) enjoy it.

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    2. I would vote to ban posts using Anonymous. However, I understand that posting from a phone is difficult. So I'm not sure what the solution is actually. Other than asking people nicely to choose a name or sign their post if their phone makes it difficult to choose the "name/url" option. Amy from Detroit does that, and it's nice to know who that particular "anonymous" is.

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    3. I agree with Bluhare about banning Anonymous posts unless they are signed. Charlotte could give ample notice of this change in policy before enforcing it. I used to sign my Anonymous posts before I figured out how to put my name on them. P. S. For all who have inquired, I seem to be doing well wih my new chemo. Just very tired all the time.

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    4. I am glad to read that, Eve. When I don't see you for a while, I wonder how you're doing.

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    5. Theresa, from Paris2 August 2014 at 20:07

      Just loved Lauri from Ca's comment that "we are not curing cancer here, we are discussing the life and style of a woman who has captured our imagination"... A pity some people get too worked up about it. Charlotte does a wonderful job, interesting and amusing at the same time. I have been an enthusiastic follower of the blog since the beginning. Let's just have fun, folks :)
      Yes, the Duchess is leading a charmed life. Great for her ! None of us can come close to it. I think it is just wonderful to see her and the Duke so happy together. I do admit a bit more work might be good in such a difficult time for many people, but I'm sure she will pick up as the years go by.

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    6. I agree about not having Anonymous posts. It makes it difficult to follow a conversation and it can be cowardly, yes, if it is used to attack people. (Granted, people can, and have, used different identities but, fortunately, that is far from the majority of mature posters here. :)))

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    7. Charlotte, thank you for expressing your thoughts on a couple of issues that should not be issues. There are so many posters (those who have monikers) who have had such a huge impact on this blog in the way of enlightenment and food for thought. I have gained a different perspective of the British monarchy that I would never have known if it were not for those in our known community. The beauty of this blog is that we are allowed to express our opinions whatever they might be. We are not going to agree with everyone and we should not, but we should be respectful in how we say things about and to anyone. This should not be about who is right or who is wrong except in the clarification of facts versus falsehoods. There is also nothing wrong in having a good healthy respectful and fun debate.

      I do agree that anonymous posters need to provide a name if not able to use the name option since it does appear there is a hiding behind response.

      I think you have done an outstanding job in your choice of subjects along with the education and your questions to promote conversation. Anything that has to do with Kate to coincide with your blog theme during the quiet time can continue to provide a place for us to continue to learn and express our feelings.

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    8. I agree, royalfan.

      Jo, back to anonymouses here. I think most of us don't care if an Anonymous signs at the bottom who they are like Amy from Detroit and Pam/Portland do. We know who they are, and can respond to them by name. It's the unsigned anonymouses that I don't like. As royalfan said, it could be one person really having a whale of a time posting wild statements, or it could be a lot of people. We don't know. And when they post in a disrespectful manner, as some have done, it makes it worse.

      I don't think there's any issues banning "anonymous" other than Charlotte having more work deleting every person who posts as anonymous, and some people who have had trouble posting with phones.

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    9. Dear Charlotte.
      I get the feeling you're caught up in the middle; but are soldiering along trying to keep the peace.

      Seriously no-one needs to leave the comments section; but I'm all for eliminating the anonymous option.
      Admittedly I hid behind the "anonymous" veil for a few comments early on, but realised there was no point.
      It is actually more beneficial to open up a moniker as we then get to know snippets of how a person writes. Do they write with slight sarcasm, wit, joshing etc..? This then allows the reader to not "misunderstand" some comments.
      However the attacks aren't necessary.
      If you're not sure what someone is implying, for heaven's sake ask them to clarify before jumping down their throat. This is what annoys me with some come-backs (usually an anonymous) :)

      I have come across blogs which won't publish a comment unless you have a "blogger" account.
      I'm hoping we're mature enough to deal with this without Charlotte having to go to such extremes. After all she is gracious enough to open up comments to anyone. Let's be respectful of that.

      EVE. good to hear you're managing better. I hope there's no nausea this time round. Best wishes your way:)

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    10. Victoria, Oregon3 August 2014 at 05:35

      I used to sign my name when I posted under "Anonymous" when I didn't know about the Name/URL option, too. I think it should be required, to make everything easier and people accountable. I really enjoy the (usually) friendly debating, although I don't usually take part since I am a busy mom, and usually only have time to read, not write out my opinions (that takes me a lot of time!).

      Charlotte, I would love to see a post about Rebecca Deacon. I did a tiny bit of research on her, as I was really interested in "the woman behind the woman." Her mom is an Anglican Priest, I think. Anyways, much appreciated.

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    11. anon from Leominster3 August 2014 at 16:01

      Charlotte, I want to thank you so much for so many things. First , for holding out a hand of support . It’s made all the difference. (and I will email you.) The fact that three of us felt uncomfortable enough to consider stopping posting shows how intense feelings got. I hope very strongly that Yankee and Marg come back too.
      It made me realise how difficult it is for you who are faced with posts you can't even publish. How much simple statements of fact like vacations turn into a minefield as people put all levals of interpretations on things that were never intended.
      Thank s for the effort you have put into creating these wonderful posts, of late making beautiful silk purses out of sows ears. The idea that people will stop talking and speculating about the only young active British royals out there is unrealistic. The interest is there and will be filled with something. The press is turning to issues such as kitchens that would never have been raised if there was real news to print. You have managed to come up with great posts. As I've watched other blogs who started up after the royal marriage for those interested in Kate in a positive way, lose supporters as people drift away, you managed to keep us going.
      When I started posting, I never expected there to be any need for controversy. William and Kate had an excellent balance of engagements. I believed Kate when she said in her first interview that she was prepared to work hard and was eager to make a difference. There was an immediacy to what she said and I don't think any of us, thought she meant some time in the nebulous future.
      Thank you for what you wrote at 15:33. You expressed what I feel beautifully and with so much fluency and grace. The fact that if Kate started to build up a work reputation by a reasonable but steady leval of engagments, attention wouldn't be focused so heavily on external appearences. I've seen this happen with Diana, and with other royal ladies such as Princess Mary and Letizia.
      This present posting has led to a lot of very thoughtful and interesting comments and is a breath of fresh air after the heavy hitting of the last couple of posts including my grumpy and badly worded entry. It’s been mostly free of personal remarks and that's a great relief. Even when I haven't been a target, I've been uncomfortable with personal remarks being made on both sides - and I really regret that there have to be "sides". But William and Kate aren't proceeding on their expected course and we're all grappling in our individual ways on how to see that.
      I am a bit concerned with Philly's remark that posting is an addiction - for us, for her, it's not clear to whom he or she extends that. Addiction is a strong word. I don't think any of us are addicted to posting, we just want to enjoy doing it. It leaves me though with the odd conumdrum of making her seem right if I do post and ignoring those who have asked me and others to stay if I stop.
      There have been some thoughtful people on this blog that don't post anymore. Some were driven away by personal attacks but quite a few left because of all the indecision about William and Kate. I miss those people and don't want to see Yankee or Marg join there numbers either. I'm grateful to you, Charlotte, for stepping in, because it does make a difference to me. It's your blog and if you feel we should continue, your voice should rise against all others.

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    12. anon from Leominster3 August 2014 at 16:02

      To add a bit more, I felt with the last post, it's the feeling of discomfort I have of constantly changing plans on the part of William and Kate. Some people have mentioned William's engagements recently and if I thought those were going to continue at that leval, I would be delighted, but we're told he's going back to be a helicopter pilot with a private firm. As I've said before, there are a number of qualified people who can be helicopter pilots, one of whom he is taking a job from, but only William and Harry can be princes. Maybe he should appont a surrogate for his princely role. Can you imagine the applications!
      I see a lot of what Blue52 alluded to. There are some who will be supporters of the royal family no matter what, some that will never be but a larger number who are losing interest in William and Kate after the great momentum of the first year and are drifting away. There is such a dearth of young royals now, and the idea that the royal family, is now, or ever has been, above public opinion is a fallacy. What separates them from other celebrities these days is their commentment to public work. Certainty and honesty is what leads to respect for the monarchy as an institution and that's what's missing here.
      So I guess I'm posting at least today. Thanks to everyone including the anonymous who encouraged this and I hope Yankee and Marg join too.

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    13. Jean from Lancs3 August 2014 at 18:55

      Everyone is very quick to blame the Duke and Duchess, but I get the impression that it is the Queen who does not wish them to take on more engagements. If she did want them to do more, they would be doing so. I note that they have not been invited to state banquets or to take part in inward state visits. The only time they were invited to a reception which required the much desired(by us) tiara, photos were banned.
      Soon after the marriage HM declared an order of precedence which was quite candidly insulting to Catherine and hence to William and led to all the stupid tattle from BP when William registered George's birth and named her as a Princess of the UK and led to a denial from BP, until they had at last to
      apologize and admit they were wrong,
      Many on this site have blamed Charles and Camilla as not wanting the Cambridges to be seen too often---but I think it is other and lesser members of the family who have been jealous. William has obviously decided the best plan is to get a job and Catherine to do what she wants and care for her child.I think it is a sad waste----but it happened before, so why should we be surprised.
      Anon from Leominster--I am quite well aware that some women have to go back to work early--but having spent many years of my working life trying cover for staff on maternity leave, I found very few who returned before their allowed time

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    14. Anon from Leo my number is blue27 but great to see u back!!;))))

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    15. I don't know if addiction is the right word either, Leo, but I understood what Philly was trying to say. Perhaps a better word is connection in that we feel like we make "friends" or have supporters or people whose opinions we value, and we don't want to lose those. Thus it's hard to just cut the cord and disappear.

      glad you decided to stick around. I prefer to think it's because I called you a lily livered coward, though. :)

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    16. I do not know who to blame so I think I try to be fair to everybody. But if Kate really wanted to make a difference she should have cared only about her charities, not appearing countless sports events but visit one each months. As bluhare pointed out who cares what she does behind the scenes, they wont have more money and publicity behind closed doors. But Kate is not the person I imagined her to be, she is someone who had everything, got her prince, and boy, and happy with it. Can we blame her? Yes and no!

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    17. It has been stated by Palace officials that they set their own schedule. HM has given them an enormous London home. She has given them an enormous country home. She has given the 3 years to get their act together, and they continue to act like ostriches when it comes to doing their role in exchange for the perks. No one is holding W&K back but themselves.

      The Order of Precedence was changed as some evil move against Kate Middleton. It has been updated periodically each time someone marries in. There is nothing different about it now, HM is not secretly bashing Kate Middleton in the OoP, she merely updated it as has been done many times before.

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    18. anon from Leominster4 August 2014 at 00:40

      Sorry Blue27, I'm number challenged. Like your comments very much. I agree with them.

      I also agree Jean that when I worked, it did feel like some young mums took forever since I was carrying much of their work. But recently the mums I know have taken shorter time. I think the credit crunch had a lot to do with that, at least in one case hubby lost his job. Overall, there was much more nervousness about financial situations. Others have their own business and were back to work as soon as they could be. I noticed in a Daily Mail article about young mothers who had babies on the same day as George that all were back to work within nine months or earlier except one single mum. And given that Kate has a housekeeper and a nanny, she has fewer household responsibilities than most women.

      You could be right about the queen and the cousins. I always felt the queen was very close to them even though they are much younger. I like the cousins too, grew up paying attention to them, especially Alexandra. But really, young people have no interest in them now, and to have William and Kate take at least a moderate schedule doesn't seem to be a conflict. The press pays no heed to the cousins anyway.

      I was puzzled by the order of precedence too but took it to be the working of Prince Andrew and the queen. She is said to be very close to Andrew and his daughters. But Beatrice and Eugenie could be in public life but aren't, so it's not clear while William and Kate taking on more would be a conflict there.

      It's all a bit of a mystery but bad PR is without question.

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    19. I think Jean has a good point about state banquets and visits. I doubt the reasoning is that one of them might use the wrong fork. :)

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  18. Charlotte - this is something I've been wondering for a while, do you ever get concerned that Kate's lack of appearances will make the blog too difficult to keep up in the long term? I've always been so impressed by your ability to fill the "quiet spells" with informative, interesting posts, and I have to admit, the thought had crossed my mind more than once that you almost certainly put more time and effort into covering Kate's life/work as a duchess than she does making public appearances. I certainly understand her wanting to raise George herself, but this is not a new pattern - ever since she got married we've had *so many* posts that start off with "We'll be discussing 'x' while we wait for this quiet period to end . . ." Maybe she really will be a full-time royal once George and any other children they have are in school, but that's years and years away. I would really hate to lose your wonderful blog and the community you've built here, so I'm just curious whether you think there's enough to cover while Kate devotes her attention to activities outside the public eye.

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    1. Hello Whitney,

      Thank you for your comment. You know, things have been so quiet (apart from the tour) for such a long time now. January, February, March, May, July and now August had such few engagements and to be honest I don't see it changing drastically for some time. Not for years or until Charles becomes King.

      Of course it would be great to have more events to cover, as aside from the fashion I enjoy researching organisations and sharing their work with readers. It's also wonderful to see our royal family out there championing worthy causes. One of the reasons I started the blog was to provide a space on the web which included info on the charity's and not just the clothes.

      The tour was wonderful, the Normandy visit and next Belgium and Malta, however I'd like to see more work at home in areas such as palliative care, addiction and young people.

      I do find, there's always something to write about though and judging by pageviews and search keywords it seems people are more interested in Kate than ever.

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    2. Your last sentence is really interesting, Charlotte. I'm wondering why interest in Kate is higher even though she is not seen that much. Is it truly just for having a cute baby? Or is it because we don't see her a lot and people are curious? Or are we so shallow and vacuous as a society we only care about looking at pretty things and don't care about the substance? I'm going to think on that.

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    3. That's an interesting question Bluhare and one I've often thought about.

      There is no denying much of the public interest is focused around the love story and Kate's appearance. Through examining search terms there's far more people coming here searching for "What shoes did Kate wear today" than "What did Kate do today", "What organisation did she visit" and I think a lot of the interest is very much focused on that.

      Very interestingly, three separate people I know (not royal watchers) have all mentioned over the last month that Kate has become "less glamorous" and "The young royals are not glamorous any more". I wonder if the recent outfit repeats are an effort to combat the obsession with her sartorial choices?

      I think the PR office and other staff could look at it in a different way. If there were more public appearances with more substance I do believe there would be a shift in conversation. There are some engagements where we never hear what Kate said or her conversations with people. I think more variety in terms of appearances, rather than so many sports based ones would be good. I'd personally love to see Kate working more with hospices and really becoming the public figure associated with supporting them.

      No one draws attention to an event like Kate. It would be wonderful to see that utilized.

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    4. Charlotte, I agree that Kate's appeal should be utilized. Absolutely.

      A very general statement here, but I think W&K were expected to be this generation's C&D will all the fuss and coverage that surrounded them. Fortunately, the love story is real this time, and thank goodness for that. But the theater aspect of royalty (NO disrespect intended) is missing. So, to a degree, the void continues.....

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    5. Hi Charlotte,

      I am in complete agreement with you, no one draws attention to an event like Kate. For me, this is part of my frustration with her. She has such a wonderful and world wide platform to highlight the works of the various charities she is patron of but does so little with it. As you said, we almost never hear what she has said or conversations she's had with people, only little snippets of how George is doing, etc. In fact on most news sites so little is said about the charity the focus seems to be on what she wears. If she were add some substance to her visits, maybe make more speeches, the focus would slowly start to shift from her outfits to the actual charity. If she wants to be seen as more than a pretty clothes hanger then she must become more than that.

      Bluhare,

      Great question. I think the answer is all three. We are caught up in the royal magic of a beautiful new baby that will one day be king, along with his beautiful mother and handsome father. The visions of Kate being crowned Queen Consort one day keeps me going. Also, since we don't see much of her, that I believe, helps keep the public's curiosity peeked. Thirdly, of course we are shallow and vacuous as a society, if we weren't people like the Kardashians wouldn't exist. I mean really their sole claim to fame is due to a sex tape, how much more shallow and vacuous can it be? The media spoons feeds us daily doses of shallow, just look a the rise of reality television. So, to me, it's up to the individual to seek the substance and not to be blinded by pretty, shiny things.

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  19. Tammy from California2 August 2014 at 15:45

    First I want to say that I LOVE the three-quarter length sleeve tops and dresses (Maxmara). That is such a perfect fall/winter length for us Californians, because we really don't have extreme weather here. Love it.

    Second I want to say, that the picture of Kate at the Glasgow games above, standing, looking at the camera with no expression is probably my favorite I have ever seen of her. It is so purely HER. It's like for a moment, you can see right into her big eyes and almost see her soul. Love that picture very, very much. She's just beautiful always, but to me, really authentic in that picture.
    Happy vacation to The Cambridges!

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  20. Everyone should realize that it's August! In Europe, August is holiday time for everyone including the Queen, so cool it please.

    When you counted Kate's engagements, Lauri, did you count William's? He has been quite busy this summer, as promised. The comment from the Palace was not just about Kate. And there has been no indication as far as I know that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will not have engagements in September.

    Anon from Leo, please don't leave us. You write great comments!

    The Nicholas Oakwell gowns are very beautiful. One of the models has a Grace Kelly hairstyle, and I remember that era well!

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    1. Anon,

      No I did not count William's as this blog is about Kate and that's who we discuss here.

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    2. And that's the problem! I think we should discuss William as well as he did many engaments this year and he is the second heir to the throne and the future king at that. And little George could be discussed too. I do not feel pessimistic regarding Kate's future engagements. Simply, they will be announced at the last moment. Maybe for safety reasons. Did you know that little Princess Elisabeth of Belgium, duchess of Brabant, heiress to the Throne of Belgium, and eldest daughter of King Philip and Queen Mathilde has been threatened several times with kidnapping.? Who can say, in those crazy days, that it has not been the same with little Prince George?
      Well, we don't know and this is the case I don't think they will let us know. But it can be. And what if it happened? Then, we would understand the reasons why William and Kate had been so cautious these times. But it would be too late. Rembember it did happen to Princess Anne who was almost kidnapped soon after her marriage and one of her bodyguards died in that attempt. So we'll never know what can happen.

      Anyway, I wish the whole little family wonderful holidays with the Royal Family, which was something we all craved for putting down the Middletons, remember?

      Charlotte, do you know the programme concerning Malta? I am still thinking something great will happen there.

      Thank you very much and happy weekend to all!

      Monica, France

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    3. True, but the Palace was talking about both of them. Someone below mentioned the direct line to the throne. That, too, is about William. Kate is his wife and supporter, not an heir to the throne, of course.

      As for Harry, he has been very busy with the Invictus Games, which are a great project. But what will he do next? Again, his royal role is basically as a supporter of William, and hopefully he will work as hard as Princess Margaret did when she was in good health, but avoid her mistakes. And find a good spouse.

      The poppies are very beautiful - what an amazing display. It reminds me of all the bloodshed in the Tower itself, as well as during WWI. I wish everyone on earth would stop fighting!!

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    4. This is entirely my opinion and how I view this blog. (Charlotte you may correct me if I am in error). Yes, this blog is entitled Duchess Kate. But if we limited the discussion to just Kate there is so much that we would miss out on. The subject matter is Kate but is it not about all those who are involved with Kate such as her husband, son, siblings, parents, in-laws, press, nanny, secretary, housekeeper, the entire royal family and their ancestors (and so on), all as it relates to our subject matter Duchess Kate. I am interested in everyone who interacts with Duchess Kate which results in a constant educational adventure in her life's journey.

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    5. I agree with Lauri, why count William's engagements here, I remember in their engagement interview she sais she had wanted to make a difference, well, not yet.

      I would also address who wrote maybe this post maybe in the previous that when the duchess visits her charity even then we talk about clothes and not the cause she supports. Personally, it is difficult to relate to things when they are mentioned once in every 6 months. But here I would really thank Charlotte who gives us background info whichever charity she visits. I think the duchess should take a more active part during her visit, giving more speeches etc.especially now when she has hardly any engagements.

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    6. anon from Leominster3 August 2014 at 16:14

      I would be willing to look towards William's engagments if there was an understanding they would continue at that leval after the August break. But it sounds like he is retreating into private employment.

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  21. Eve from Germany2 August 2014 at 16:20

    Wonderful post, dear Charlotte - you truly should do this for a living.... To make so much out of nothing (at least as far as the Duchess herself is concerned) and once again turning it into such a beautiful and interesting post - not many on this planet who can do this, I can assure you of that! Nicholas Oakwell Couture made me almost swoon.... Sweet J... how elegant! If I had the money, that would be it.... (ok, with some of the silhouettes I guess I would have to increase my number of workouts per week, but it would definitely be worthwhile... ;-))) ). Truly stunning, those designs and definitely something for the Duchess (that is if she decided to go to a respective event and somebody was able to convince her to wear something new and truly glamorous....).
    That poppy installation at the tower is quite breathtaking and truly special...

    It made me very sad to hear that you receive negative comments and some regular posters who add constructive comments and personal opinions like "anon from leominster" might even consider not to comment anymore. This is/would be very sad indeed.... I wish, too, people would stop hiding behind the "anonymous" and at least give themselves some kind of name so that you know who´s who... I would hate to see the "constructive" comments disappear and the "anonymous bashing" taking over more and more.....
    Unfortunately, the Duchess is not giving her fanbase many positive things to talk about at the moment. I see nothing "bad" in their August holiday at Balmoral. It´s a very traditional thing for the Royals and I´m sure HM and Prince Philip will thoroughly enjoy having Prince George around..... Mind you, we take them all "for granted" (that is, that they will live forever), but they are both not that young anymore and you never know how long they will be around (I sincerely hope it will be a VERY long time...), so I think it´s lovely for Prince William and his family to spend time with them as much as they can....
    As for the number of engagements, I truly think that 1 or two days of engagements per week shouldn´t be too much, even for a young mother. There are many worthy causes out there which would deserve to profit from the Duchess´s support. I´ve said it many times before she could wear new clothes and auction the "old" ones and give the money to charities - there are solutions for every "problem". If you are in direct line to the throne you have to be out and doing your duty - otherwise you just create a lot of unnecessary problems for yourself.
    That said I wish you all a very lovely weekend!!!!

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    1. Eve there is a great article in the Express that was post a while back. If you read it, it explains why William & Kate are doing limited engagements. Their lives are being limited by Charles. And I say this because of the article. It was written by a royal reporter who has been writing about the family for a long time. I can't remember his name, sorry. But go to www.express.co.uk and see if yo can find the article.

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    2. Because I am as well concerned if we lose awesome posters such as Anon from Leonminster, I want to thank you Eve from Germany for your heartfelt comments. I have learned from so many of you. Please, please do not leave us.

      When I hear mention that the Royal Family take their August holiday at Balmoral, I am reminded of the lovely photographs of the Queen and her husband's children playing in that area: fishing, picnics etc. This is their time to be with the family of those who can take this time which now has grown to be a large family to enjoy each other and have down time in such beautiful country.

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    3. I can't find it. When was it published?

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    4. I cannot find it either and would be very interested to read such a thing. Charles is not limiting Harry and Harry is now a big success. It makes no sense at all to limit W&K in the light of escalating criticism, so I do not believe for one minute that Charles is doing that.

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    5. anon from Leominster3 August 2014 at 16:19

      Kat USA, thanks for your support and everyone else's. I'm cautiously back and hope Yankee and Marg will be too.

      I wonder if Pauline isn't referring to the Richard Palmer article.

      I think we're all wondering about Charles' role in these decisions. I don't have any answers but if he does think the people who are ardently trying to follow William and Kate will turn their attention to him, he's out of his mind! All I see is the lessening of the interest in the royal family, the drifting away Blue23 referred to, especially among the young. I trust the monarchy is strong enough to survive but why they want to squander what makes them the most relevant is beyond me.

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  22. The poppies looks breathtakingly beautiful.

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  23. On Monday William and Kate will also be attending a commemorative service at Liege in the morning when they meet the King and Queen of Belgium prior to all four of them attending the service which takes place at 11.00 am. After the service they will have a private lunch with the King and Queen before travelling to Mons.
    The Mons service takes place at 7.30pm there is a reception which William, Kate and Harry will attend prior to the service.
    This will be a full day for William and Kate and I wonder whether Kate will wear 2 different outfits for the events as one is in the morning and the other an early evening one. Just my view but I think the outfit she wore at the Anzac parade prior to leaving Australia would be appropriate for the Mons service. The Mons service is being shown live on BBC 2 coverage starting at 6.30pm.
    Like others I think the Poppies at the Tower of London is a very moving tribute and will have quite an impact on those fortunate to see the display even the pictures in the papers to date have quite an impact

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    1. Hello,

      Two outfits would seem quite probable. It's possible Kate will wear a coatdress and hat which will see her throughout the day.

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    2. Jean from Lancs2 August 2014 at 18:53

      The Morning services--mainly the Commonwealth one from Glasgow, but almost certainly including the Liege Commemorations are on BBC ! at 11am.

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  24. That picture with the poppies is sad and stunning at the same time.


    As an American I don't really know if I have an opinion on the workload of Will and Kate. I do think PR-wise they do themselves no favors by being so low profile. They are popular, so I can't imagine why the RF doesn't take full advantage of that.

    BUT, as I said...I am American, so I really have no dog in that fight. I'm pretty much here for the clothes.


    Thanks Charlotte, for a very informative post!
    Amy, Detroit Michigan

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  25. Marg - like Anon from Leo you're such an interesting poster who always supports others and offers interesting opinions. I know I'd hate to lose you on here and many feel the same way. Please don't leave :)

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  26. Anon from Leo and Marg - Could you please email me at hrhcatherineblog@hotmail.com

    Many thanks!

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    1. Come on people, stop sulking around and post! We would hate to lose and miss you!!:))))

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    2. Anon from Leo and Marg (and Yankee) - whilst I have not been posting long, I have followed this blog from Charlotte's beginning. I have always so enjoyed everything each of you have to say, even when I violently disagreed with you or rather, you with moi :-). The fact that so many people write agreeing or disagreeing with one, no matter how nicely or meanly that is written, means one has made a significant contribution. Some of us can be a tad tart (myself included - or perhaps especially). Charlotte, I cannot think how you manage - all of us have our fits of pique and I expect it can be dispiriting. However, as the "pageviews" suggest, you beautiful job - and that is not just increasing or unabated interest in the Duchess, but in how fascinating and thoughtful your blog truly is. Today your thinking to include the beautiful, haunting, memorably moving picture of Tower Moat, and those of the brilliant Nicholas Oakwell collection, is just an example of how much you give to each of us - and inspire us to write, however well, poorly, kindly, or rudely we express ourselves. Thank you very much Charlotte - and thank you very much each and every person who posts here, too - for making my life more enjoyable.

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    3. Pandora thank you for your beautiful and thoughtful comment. I love the community that has grown here and each poster makes it special, I do hope we don't lose anyone. Thank you for altering me about Yankee (if you're reading please stay :)).

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    4. This alarms me that the list of those of my favorite posters not desiring to continue to contribute is growing. You cannot know how you have broadened my horizons on the Royal front, you have provoked my thinking, you have encouraged me to write my opinions and so much more. It is just not that easy for me to express feelings especially of a negative nature since I tend to try to write only positives but I have felt comfortable enough thanks to many of you to go outside the box. Thank you Pandora for expressing such truths and with such respect and thoughtfulness to others. Thank you Charlotte for caring.

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    5. anon from Leominster3 August 2014 at 16:22

      Thank you Pandora and Kat for your amazing support and I hope Marg and Yankee come back soon too. Charlotte, your words have encouraged me to do so --- more above.

      Marg, in the heat of the moment in the last posting, I made reference to one of your posts personally, and I'm sorry I did that. Everyone wants to see you back. Same with you, Yankee.

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  27. Hello Charlotte,

    At the very least, we have entered a very telling time for W&K. I've recently wondered if this is what we'll see (limited engagements) for years to come. Time will tell. Interestingly, I also wonder if the public engagement of their family, everyone from Pippa to senior royals, will finally eclipse W&K in the press. As you know, W&K are just two members of a larger family, with a large purpose. I'm sure the other royals will provide plenty of fodder for The Royal Digest blog. Perhaps it's time to place added focus on those who have dedicated their lives to the service of the people, Princess Anne being just one example.

    It should of course be mentioned that William's air ambulance job will certainly be invaluable and is in fact a position of service. Just a shame that we can't see a bit more balance between their private lives and the use of their power to rally around public causes.

    I hope you don't mind if I leave you with two thoughts...

    What do you suppose Diana would think of W&K's approach to public service?

    As George quickly grows up, who do you think his biggest role models will be? And how will they shape his expectations of his future role?

    Kathy

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    1. Hello Kathy,

      I can't say with any certainty but I think Diana would have supported William in Harry in pursuing whatever they wanted and George's role models will most likely include his parents, grandparents and wider family.

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    2. Kathy,
      I too, have wondered how Diana would feel about the public service done over the last few years by W&C and Harry. She seemed incredibly proud of her boys, but she was a very hard worker from a young age. It makes me wonder what her continued influence would have been if she were alive today.

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    3. Agreed Anon. The late PoW worked incredibly hard from her engagement onward (anyone remember the televised interview TRH' gave about the upcoming wedding whilst still engaged?). Her honeymoon included press calls. Whilst I agree with Charlotte she was very supportive of her children, I cannot think but that behind closed doors she would be saying "well done Harry", and "you and Catherine have a special responsibility, like it or not, William, so you'd best get on with it". Although I also believe were Diana alive, she would still fascinate, and there would be less pressure on the Duchess - who has not figured out yet how to manipulate the media as well as Diana had in three years of marriage.

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    4. Valerie in Arizona2 August 2014 at 23:43

      I have been reading what I think is a very balanced biography of Diana. She turned to the public because she was so terribly unhappy and insecure in her own life. Yes, she worked hard but what we remember most about her hard work is AFTER she and Charles were emotionally estranged. I think if she were here today she would be glad that William and Catherine are managing their own lives, the way they want to, and that they are so happy together. Remember, they are NOT the next in line, Charles and Camilla are. Just as, in her day, she and Charles were. I have said it before, and I will say it again, Catherine did not hire herself out as a celebrity. She doesn't tweet, she doesn't tip press off as to where she is going to be, and she doesn't get paid by how "famous" she is. The fact that the Royal Family is tax funded is not her fault nor is it her responsibility alone to make it "worth it." Once the Queen dies, things will probably have to change but if I were W & C I would be making the most of every minute. Just as the Queen did during the short period between her marriage and her father's death. Look at the difference between the smile on her face when she was just an officer's wife and once she assumed the "mantle."
      Oh and that tribute at the Tower. Absolutely gorgeous!! I had four great uncles in World War I. One died a month before the end of the war. His devastated young wife never married again and neither did his only child who chose to devote her life to being with her mum.

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    5. I think things would be very different if Diana was alive.

      In their twenties, W&H would have accompanied her on engagements and we would not have seen them leaving night clubs looking less than "alert". And she would not go along with them being out of sight while Camilla, in particular, is being marketed as the next Queen. No way, no how.

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    6. This is exactly why I posted above that some Official announcement should be made about where W&K fit in the grand scheme of things. They'd NEVER get away with hiding & shirking their duty as THEIR decision.

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    7. KATHY -
      my inkling is that W&K had trouble trying to balance, private, public, social, family etc etc. Maybe it was a time thing; but definitely William's extreme dislike for the press's writing/photographing anything not to do with an engagement has made the couple take such extreme steps to almost remove themselves from a public role.
      He may continue his little private meetings on the side and so on, but certainly we will not see them as much as you would expect to.
      It's a pity because I see their "youth" factor playing an essential role in keeping the monarchy alive.

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    8. I might be a little "controversial" in saying this but I think had Diana lived there probably would be no Catherine Duchess of Cambridge at all.
      Wills life would have been very different. Yes he would have still came from a broken family, but he would still have both a mother and father. He would probably have been so drawn to the Middleton family as much as he was. I've always thought personally that he went to St. Andrews not only to pursue his education but to get away from all of his life troubles stemming from Diana's death.
      If she were still around I don't think he would have ventured out so far, but rather stayed closer to home possibly going to Oxford.
      He possibly wouldn't have met Kate at all.
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      Diana bless her soul, would have possibly preferred for William to marry someone of blue blood. In my opinion. Also William now being 32 with a mother that was alive would have a much different view on the press, he wouldn't see them as blood thirsty hungry pariah's who relentlessly stalked his mother and caused her death.
      She would be right there with a gentle hand on his back saying " I know son it's tough having every aspect of your life scrutinized, but as the future heir to the throne this is something you have to do"
      We would see a more confident William who didn't loathe the press and even possibly his royal duties. He would be much more active as a full time royal. No jobs with RAF or wherever else.
      His wife would be the same she would be in a lot of ways like Kate. Beautiful, smart, stylish. But with Diana taking her under her wing she would tell her " this is the life you wanted, you picked this not born into it so you have much more to prove there's going to be people who doubt that you can do this but prove them wrong"
      She would balance her public engagements and being a mother much like Diana did. Because Diana would give her this "if I did it then so can you" mentality.
      Just my opinion and a little food for thought.

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    9. Patricia in Minneapolis3 August 2014 at 11:23

      royalfan +1

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    10. Jo, correct, but I am not holding my breath waiting for any such announcement. That would make the motivation all too clear IMO. And I know this sounds very cynical, but this way we are second guessing (for the most part) W&K motives, decisiveness, devotion to duty, etc.

      Blair I'm not so sure Diana would have wanted her sons to marry blueblood. She was not a snob and I think her happiest times were spent with people who weren't royal. I believe her primary concern was for them to find ladies who love them for THEM. William found that. I hope Harry does too.

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    11. anon from Leominster3 August 2014 at 16:28

      Blair, I'm not sure about the blue-blood part, Diana was very open-minded, but I completely agree with everything else you wrote. I do think we would have seen less clubbing and a greater early committment from William had his mum still been alive. Charles was very absorbed with Camilla during those -what I would guess I would call formative years. He's unquestionably a devoted father but I think he had less influence on William then he might have. Unclear what role Charles is playing in decision making now.

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    12. Royfan & anon from Leo-
      Possibly. I don't mean blue blood, as in the snobbish I only want my child to marry from upper class. More or less like someone who is a bit more used to the inner workings of what it takes to be royal, instead of just someone who's thrown in head first and expected to be an expert. Like Diana was. Of course she would want it to be for love. Possibly he would have married Jecca Craig or someone else from that inner circle.
      It's so crazy how one life event can shape how your future will unfold.

      Also forgive my numerous typos, was posting from my phone and got a new manicure. Surprisingly hard to type with round tip nails hahaha. They're cute but very hard to function with them. I'm always asking people to open things for me, or help me put on a necklace. Might rethink them next time I go for a manicure. :p

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  28. Sarah in Minneapolis2 August 2014 at 19:13

    The Tower looks incredible and I have to believe it would be even more stunning for those lucky enough to view it in person. To me it is as beautiful as it is sobering and strangely it also makes me feel somewhat wistful.

    A fair amount of art commissioned to memorialize war and fallen soldiers is often predictable which is not a bad thing and such art certainly does not negate its memorial value in any way. But this execution is so unexpected which I think is part of the reason it is so evocative. The Viet Nam memorial in Washington D.C. also surprised me in a powerful way. I was initially caught off guard because one must descend below ground level in order to view the long wall of names. It was very moving.

    Until today, I had not been a fan of installation art partly because Christo's is the only work with which I'm familiar and his aesthetic just doesn't appeal to me. This work is brilliant. Too bad it is a temporary exhibit. Had it been a permanent exhibit, I would have put this at the top of my itinerary for my next visit to the UK.

    I googled this installation but couldn't find the artist's name. If anyone finds that info, please share.

    Thanks for sharing this Charlotte.

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    1. Victoria, Oregon3 August 2014 at 05:08

      I agree, Sarah, The Tower art is breathtaking and moving, isn't it? Thanks for sharing, Charlotte. I saw it on my phone and liked it, but now that I'm at a bigger screen on my computer, it's that much more inspiring.

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    2. Great analysis Sarah.
      I'm picking up some interest/study of art in your comment.? :)

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  29. Yes! No more anonymous posts, please. I use my phone everytime, ban anons!

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  30. Rebecca - Sweden2 August 2014 at 21:08

    God, it makes me so sad some people want to leave because of the attitude here.. I guess I'm more used to "the hateful internet" since I have grown up in the IT-years. But to me this place is like a haven compared to the rest.... Not saying people aren't allowed to feel upset, I do too during some discussions here. But I guess I have a natural filter on that automatically censors out bad comments from anonymous posters. I really hope people stay--- Charlotte makes this blog such a lovely place. And the regulars are very good at disagreeing respectfully. So I choose to overlook the bad-anons (can't remember who, but someone called them hit-and-runs) because I like reading the rest of you smart, witty, sad, thoughtful, tired, happy, sick, giddy (....) posts!

    Hugs from a relatively new face around here that wan't to keep this haven!

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    1. I agree. I have been following this blog for years and no amount of negative posters will stop me. I just quickly swipe when I read hostile posts. Yes, disagreeing is one thing but getting all hostile is rediculous.

      Another poster mentioned this and I tend to agree. Yes, they should up their the appearances since they are royals but we are so use to an age where we want them "in our faces 24/7". That's not realistic or healthy! Let them be a young family and grow their family under privacy. They have YEARS before being the next tin in line so I think we need to back off a little.

      Thank you, Charolotte for all your knowledge and history. I am grateful to read all you've posted.

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    2. so maybe they should resing from some priviliges if they dont want to work :) And then.. they can do what they want as long as it is possible :) just a thought

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    3. anon from Leominster3 August 2014 at 16:34

      Anon, in a sense I agree. I'm bemused why the Kensington Palace flat was prepared, with significant public contribution if the couple doesn't plan to use it as a full-time working base. (Which is what we were told as justification for the work.) And I don't see why security should be provided for a couple in private life.

      We get to the reasoning that royals get their privileges from some obscure right of birth rather than a commitment to pulic duty which has been the focus of the last century. And it's hard to believe in the promise of future work when promises of the present are continually broken.

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  31. Why is it so hard to understand that they are not full time working royals and therefore, do not work full time? You can insist that they are public people all that you want and demand that they appear as often as you deem they "should" appear because they are third in line to the throne, but it's a bunch of meaningless rules that you've made up so that you can sound off. And heck, you don't pay near as much attention to the royals that are out and about all day, working full time.

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    1. Then they should not be taking full-time benefits.

      Also, there is NO such thing as a part-time working royal. Either you are a working royal, or not.

      "you don't pay near as much attention to the royals that are out and about all day, working full time."

      Well, no. Not on this site, because it is about Kate. There are many blogs and sites that focus on the monarchy as a whole.

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    2. Jane, it's true that other royals are out there working, but they do not have the appeal that W&K do. It was the same with C&D. W&K's appeal factor is, IMO, the reason they are being kept off to the side for now and the public is told that it's because they want to raise their son and William wants to pursue other interests.

      Had C&D enjoyed a solid marriage, and had Charles embraced her popularity rather than feeling threatened by it, they would have been an unstoppable power-couple. Where he was always seen as being old before his time, she was the breath of fresh air with an appeal the firm should have used to their advantage.

      The RF did not want (or know how) to deal with it then, and they definitely don't want to deal with the issue now with a rather Edwardian C&C being next in line. In the meantime, it's W&K's reputation that will suffer.

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    3. As others have written, there is no such thing as part-time vs. full-time royals. Give back all the privileges and use his inheritance until they grow up and face their duty.

      Using the excuse of their place in line makes no sense either. The hard-working royals (other than HM & Charles) are ALL further down in the line of succession. No matter if William is the heir to the heir, he is still higher in the succession than Anne (& Tim), Andrew, Edward (& Sophie), Prince and Princess Michael, the Kents, the Glouchesters, etc. W&K should be working more than anyone further down in the line, especially since most of those people are past retirement age. And yes, many of them do want to do less. Read Prince Philip's interview from his 90th birthday about how he wants to get out before he is past his sell-by date. That was a public plea to W&K to step up and they ignored it.

      The Charles being jealous argument also does not work, otherwise he'd have Harry in an bunker somewhere instead of doing multiple overseas tours, Invictus Games, and Wounded Warriors. HM & Charles are not limiting their schedule, they are limiting themselves. The BRF needs these two out there working and being impactful. W&K are failing the family firm, and unfortunately neither HM nor Charles seems capable of setting them straight.

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    4. Amazing to me the rule book and how judgmental most of the commentary is. I've never seen a rule book. I have seen that the supposed rules that were followed led to rip roaring dysfunction that tore apart the private lives and family relationships of the royal generation prior to William and Catherine. I also see that the people are living longer and longer lives and this very real fact is changing the face of the work of the monarchy and the rules. You can ignore these facts, but sensibly the Royal family is being realistic and is paying attention. Granted, it's very entertaining to criticize them for breaking the supposed rules now and live viable realistic lives and to have watched them when their lives imploded when they did follow the old school "rules" and all hell broke loose, but the truth is, it's a very ugly pass time to so critical and harsh when it is not warranted or invited.

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  32. Interesting article on Kate's style ...

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/11007690/Forget-smart-casual-as-Kate-knows-its-the-way-most-of-us-dress-now.html

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  33. Hi! First of all, I think those Nicholas Oakwell dresses are gorgeous and Beatrice looked fantastic in that outfit, and was much more fashion forward than Kate ever is.

    Second, I still think there is a disconnect between the press office at KP and/or Buckingham Palace with W&K. There has been talk for months about William taking on a job as an air ambulance pilot, but still no official announcement. His "Gap" year is certainly over and yet no announcement of his future plans. I think Diana would not approve of William's lack of career or the lack of engagements Kate does. Diana was a workhorse - she was patronage of tons of charities and was always seen supporting them. She always knew how to dress to please the people and was still taken seriously (note to Kate). Not there's not room for change, but I still think Kate's lack of engagements really works against her being taken seriously. She's so lovely and engaging, I don't know why she cannot do a few engagements a month...at least!

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    1. Why didn't they say that Prince William has just unherited all of his grand father's charities and some of his father's as well?
      Just wondering!
      Monica, France

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  34. Charlotte thank you for all the beauty in this post. The poppies installation is such a powerful and moving statement. Sombre and stunning at the same time. The Nicholas Oakwell dresses are also stunning. The embellishment on the surface of the fabrics is amazing - I'm itching to get a closer look at the hand cut flowers and embroidery.

    I think of William and Kate as a team like most couples are so I'd like to see more coverage of William's activities if that's possible. I think this was discussed a few posts back. He's the second in line to the throne and the emphasis is always going to be on him but especially so while they have a young child.

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  35. I also support the idea of a required signature for anonymous posters who can't sign on with a moniker because of tech limitations. A reader can't identify one anon over another and it's irritating. Then readers can at least skip over the posters they find tedious and/or antagonistic if they don't want to read the whole thread.

    As for begging people to stay, I don't think you need to, Charlotte. Seriously, I don't think they'll be able to stay away for long. I think the compulsive habit (addiction) is well-entrenched. They, too, may take an August holiday--or try. However, my hunch is they'll be back before month's end.

    As for W&K taking a month off, that's pretty much standard in many areas of work. Some split that month up for personal reasons, but that's not unusual. Plus, I will underscore once more that all the work behind the scenes has to count in our calculations.

    As for not counting the NZ Aussie tour as part of Catherine's appearances? What kind of perverted logic is not counting 3 weeks of multiple appearances nearly every day (plus pap intrusions on a day off)? It reminds me of a conversation I had Thursday last with a former ambassador. Somehow we got onto this topic of what constituted work in his (as well as the royal) milieu. Many people believed he was on a decade-long holiday. In their eyes all the stuff BEHIND the scenes that he was responsible for counted for nothing. They saw a long career of perks: parties, black tie dinners, limousines, drivers, personal chefs and endless travel. Like how hard is that?

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    1. The work "behind the scenes" is NOT counted for any other member of the BRF, and those members do far more behind the scenes. It seems to me it is only trotted out as an excuse to desperately try to justify W&K's behavior.

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    2. anon from Leominster3 August 2014 at 16:50

      Philly. I think addiction is a very poor choice of words. The discussion on the last posting was very heated and a number of us were left feeling uncomfortable. I'm back for one reason, and one reason only, Charlotte and a number of other people I respect spoke out. It's the same for Marg and Yankee who I hope also return. I've never wanted anyone to leave this blog and some very good posters have left.

      Let's try to keep personal motivations out of it.

      I'm in complete agreement with you about counting Australia but there does need to be a good balance ont he home front. And we do believe what we see, especially when there has been so many contradictions and changes in plans, it takes quite a leap of faith to calculate how much is done behind the scenes. With consistant public work, it would be much easier to make an estimate on what happens behind the scenes.

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  36. I think the issue with Kate's lack of engagements is not the number of engagements themselves, but a lack if understanding on our parts as to what goals she and the Duke have for the next few years. I suspect they are mindful, even fearful because there will be no early retirement for them. As the age, they will HAVE to take on greater responsibility. The peak of this will likely occur in their 6Os as William potentially ascends to the throne. They've probably got 10-15 years at most to enjoy life as not full time royals. Tropical Yankee

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    1. I think this is an excellent point! First time poster who LOVES your blog Charlotte!
      -Kate in the US

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    2. Then they can give back all the perks, refund the cost of the Kensington Palace refurb out of his inheritance, pay market rate rent for Anmer, pay for all of their security themselves. When they are *finally* ready to graciously accept their royal role in this world, THEN they are allowed the perks but not before.

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    3. Jennifer from Wisconsin3 August 2014 at 20:27

      Anonymous~ Didn't the Queen give them Anmer? If so, then that wouldn't make sense to pay rent. While I would like to see more active charity work, I think some of what you suggest is impossible. I understand your frustration with some of it though.

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    4. Jennifer, they kicked a business out of Anmer, a business that was paying rent. It stands to reason that Sandringham (which Prince Philip has tried to make self-sufficient for decades), is now losing out on that income. If they want to be "normal" than they have to pay their way like everyone else. That includes not being a drain on Sandrinham, so they should pay the going rent.

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    5. anon from Leominster4 August 2014 at 00:47

      They could pay fair market rent for their Kensington Palace flat and should if they aren't planning to use it soon as a reasonably full time working base. Some of the interior cost of Kensington could also be refuned. Could easily be asked to cover their own security, after all Diana wasn't protected after the divorce. Not likely to happen though. The politicans don't like to mess with the royal family.

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  37. i'll just leave it at:
    i laughed when i saw the headlines about the cambridges "taking a vacation."

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  38. Hugs to You, too, Rebecca--you have made some lovely comments of your own that have contributed to tbe quality of this community!

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden3 August 2014 at 14:50

      Aw, hugs!!! :D

      Really love that you continue writing while technically crippled :P Really hope you can get your phone in order :) Look forward to reading your full posts again :D

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  39. I think I also just breeze over some of the posts I don't care for. The blog itself is so much fun! Thanks Charlotte. May I just add that threatening to stop posting reminds me of one of the tantrums a middle schooler would attempt to get attention. Don't fall for it. At least that's my take.

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  40. I've been away for a few days from the time I posted but coming back and seeing the last post haa 455 comments and still going I'm a little lost on all the rude anon posters. But I'm in agreement that the completely anon feature should be taken away. I have read this wonderful blog for years and Charlotte you do a wonderful job. I feel just awful that all of this bickering is going on.
    I think there is a way to respectfully disagree and not be rude about it.
    But with the anonymity of the internet. Anyone can sit behind a keyboard or post from their phone and call you every rude, nasty, hateful thing and get off basically without any consequences. I call them "internet gangsters" lol. Not afraid to say nasty things about people online but get them face to face and they're not so tough. My opinion on Kate as of lately has wavered unfortunately and I no longer see her as the bright eyed, fun, energetic always smiling young lady from not so long ago. I don't agree with lots of the choices she and William make, it doesn't sit right with me that her work ethic or lack thereof will change over the years. And all the "vacations, holidays,gap and transitional years" are nothing more than them not wanting to embrace their duties. Also spending millions of dollars on one residence only to move to another one months did not go over well. Has only made my wavering stronger. Kate doesn't want to be seen as just a clothes horse she's beyond a doubt proved that lately, now comes the time to show that. Instead of decreasing engagements. Take up more, George would not suffer from her going out 3 times a week for a few hours. I'm still in my early 20's and even I see that something there is off. I think the problem is that in todays get it now age, like others have said we want to see whatever we want now. And within that somehow we(and using we figuratively) thought we would see Kate all the time. But the truth is, now we're finally seeing Kate for who she really is. Ever since graduation Kate was work shy, she's used to living a life of leisure. Yes she met and married the man she loved but I think she'd have been much more settled marrying a private wealthy citizen. No one would care whether she shopped all day, took as many holidays as she wanted. I think the fantasy of being a princess and the reality of being one has finally collided for her and its not as glamorous as it seems. And if something doesn't change soon she won't be the media darling anymore. She was already dubbed "Waity Kaity" it would sadden me to see the "Duchess Doolittle" title stick and not go away. I have my thoughts on the future but for now I'm keeping those to myself.

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  41. I don't see any difference between people posting under anonymous and people posting under made up names... the made up names are in some way more duplicitous.. pretending to take responsibility for what they are writing yet really hiding behind colorful monikers. William and Kate are running a charitable foundation. Anyone who can't be bothered to find what they do behind the scenes as relevant is looking to be entertained a la People magazine celebrity style reporting and should seek out Kim Kardashian and other celebrities to keep themselves entertained in between Kate and William's appearances.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden3 August 2014 at 14:56

      I don't agree actually. It's one thing not wanting to give out your real name. It's a whole other thing not being able to see that two anon-posts are from the same person. And if everyone has a moniker, you can learn to skip over the posts by the "stir-the-pot" people. I think bluhare, royalfan etc. really stands by their posts and you get to know them. You doesn't need a real name for that. The same way Florence or Esti doesn't get any more or less real to me. But the 5 anon posting, and you don't know if it posted before etc etc is a whole different thing. In my opinion.

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    2. The staff run the Foundation.

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    3. Sandy-excellent, extremely valud point--there IS one disadvantage to the Nasties--they are too cowardly to be replied to directly--a d to be TOLD that they are out of line!

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    4. anon from Leominster3 August 2014 at 17:02

      The reason for colourful names is so postings can be tracked. It is hard with anonymous postings to tell how many people are involved. It could be one or many.

      I've tried to follow the royal foundations. I'm a bit cautious about foundations because some do an enormous amount of work while others are a shell for rich people and corporations to attempt to look charitable.

      One of the most important things about successful charitable foundations is the encouragment of matching funding and the development of public interest in the causes.

      I looked up some time ago the list of charities William's and Kate's foundations supposedly supports. Many of them sounded worthwhile but were completely unknown to me. Nor do I see where the money is coming from - there have been a couple of flashy parties to raise money and I suppose there may be donations from the rich but this is unclear. We've seen William and Kate attend a meeting or two but that's it.

      So I would like to know a lot more. There are many rich people who have foundations but the royal job description has been a a public dedication to charitiable acts. This is something best done by royals and can be enormously poweful - look at the attention a single visit of Kate's brought to the Scouts.

      The papers and magazines are filled with parties allegedly supporting good causes and corporations trying to prove they are worthwhile to the country by charitiable foundations. I don't want to see the royal family lose their unique abilities by falling into the ordinary. Why have a royal family if it's just another foundation. Really successful work such as the Princes' Trust, has entailed huge amount of personal involvement and consistant public appearences on Charles' part.

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  42. Dear Charlotte, you.should be called dame Charlotte, so young yet so wise. Those among us.with more than two weeks vacation take a summer and winter vacation, so why question the DoC time off. There maybe a few events.plan; don't forget there has not been a scouting event yet this year. I can see her and PG involved in scouting as he gets older. The upcoming poppy exhibit looks exciting hub

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  43. Interesting article on W&K future plans: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2714405/After-4-5m-refit-make-Kensington-Palace-fit-prince-William-Kate-head-live-Norfolk.html

    Anna

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  44. Well I was away from the internet for a few days so I missed a few things on this blog and just caught up... just wanted to say that I hope folks will reconsider and continue contributing their unique voice and perspectives - you're very much appreciated.

    bluhare - didn't get a chance to respond to the discussions we were having in the last post before this post was published - I'll bring the topics back up in upcoming posts so we can explore them deeper. Because you are wrong and I am right. :-)

    Florence - when I said question everything - I didn't mean me. :-) I will flip your question back to you - what am I suppose to like about the royals?


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    1. Moxie dear--you'll never get us royal fans (get it??) To dislike the royals as much as do-Ha! Never the (Royal) train shall meet!!:-)

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    2. I'm dusting off the encyclopedias, Moxie!

      I thought Moxie's question was valid, Jo. I like the royals because they represent tradition, and as much as I question what they do and how they are funded, they are a part of Britain, and the part of Britain that sets it apart from the rest of the world. There isn't a country (in my opinion) that does pomp and pageantry better than Britain and when there are trying times that can be a very unifying thing. That's why I think the royals still have a role, and I hope it continues.

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  45. Hello everyone,

    I hope you're all having a lovely Sunday. A quick update on tomorrow's events. They begin at 11 a.m. and I expect will continue until 8 p.m. so I'll be updating the post as photos and news comes in.

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    1. Thank you Charlotte. Will keep refreshing your blog tomorrow. :)

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden3 August 2014 at 18:06

      We sure will, Mela. I'm a refreshing-addict on this blog even days when it shouldn't happen anything. Always have it open and checks it and get all giddy when a new post is up. (You nearly killed me with the Fathers Day Polo post.) :D

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  46. Hello everyone, I hope you're all having a great Sunday.

    A quick update on tomorrow's updates. The first event begins at 11 a.m. and the last should conclude around 8 p.m. I'll be updating as photos and news comes in.

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    1. Hello everybody,

      It is only today that I fully realized the magnitude of the events William, Catherine and Harry will attend in Belgium. So I did my own little research. I found this article on tomorrow evening’s event particularly touching: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/world-war-one/11007634/A-musical-tribute-to-the-First-World-War-enemies-who-now-lie-at-peace.html
      If you want to participate in the evening’s lights out from 10pm to 11pm or spread the news, here is more: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/take-part-in-lightsout

      Interested in following the day’s various commemorations of the beginning of World War One LIVE ON TV/internet? The following details on BBC coverage are from http://www.bbc.co.uk

      BBC ONE: 9:10 a.m. LOCAL TIME (GB) !!! World War One remembered across the commonwealth Duration: 2 hours, 5 minutes (with the Prince of Wales)
      Huw Edwards introduces live coverage of a day of commemorations marking the centenary of World War I. The day begins with a service from Glasgow Cathedral attended by HRH the Prince of Wales, reflecting the contribution of the Commonwealth. Three million men from the farthest corners of the world left their homes and travelled thousands of miles to fight alongside Britain. Their little-known story will be told and honoured here.

      BBC TWO, 18:30 h LOCAL TIME (GB) !!! World War I remembered from the battlefield Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes
      Huw Edwards in London with Sophie Raworth in Belgium introduce an evening of live coverage of commemorations marking the centenary of World War I.
      The evening begins with HRH The Duke of Cambridge, accompanied by the HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, and HRH Prince Henry of Wales attending a unique commemoration held in St Symphorien military cemetery in Belgium, where British, Commonwealth and German soldiers are buried alongside each other.
      Hosted by Dan Snow, the commemoration pays tribute to those on all sides who died. Among those taking part are Gareth Malone with a children's choir singing their own specially-written song, Eddie Redmayne and serving British and German soldiers reading poems and testimonies.
      For the first time ever, musicians from the London Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle come together to mark the occasion by performing British and German music.

      BBC TWO, 21:00 h from Westminster Abbey LOCAL TIME (GB) !!! Duration: 2 hours, 15 minutes (with the Duchess of Cornwall)
      Huw Edwards introduces a special candlelit service from Westminster Abbey that marks the moment the war began 100 years ago. The Abbey moves from light into darkness, until one candle remains at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior, which is extinguished at 11.00pm, the exact time war was declared, reflecting Sir Edward Grey's famous remark that 'the lights are going out all over Europe'. Communities across the country join, as the nation comes together for an hour of reflection

      I am (only almost!!!) sure that the BBC's coverage will also be available for some days to watch later.

      French speaking Belgian television “La Une” - www.rtbf.be - will report from very early in the morning until late in the evening (live reporting, documentaries, etc.) I didn’t check Dutch-speaking Belgian TV, yet. www.rtbf.be

      (To me, historic events like this or the one in Normandy “count” - I don't know how to put it appropriately- 10 times + x compared to, of course, very valuable “normal” engagements.)

      Dear Charlotte, Thank you for EVERYTHING!

      Would you please consider already putting your “blank” post on the commemorations in Belgium online? Then we could exchange related information in that post instead of continuing here. Perhaps you could do the same with your upcoming post on the installation at the Tower of London? Then we could also post our thoughts on it over there.

      Thank you to all fellow commenters for making this such a special place!

      Love, peace and “Charlotte’s Basingstoke” to you all,

      Rose

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  47. Hi Charlotte,
    I was reading the Duchess of Devonshire's (Deborah Cavendish nee Mitford) memoir "Wait for Me'' and that is where I learned that August is Grouse Hunting season and that is what you find most of the rich, leisure class getting up to this time of year - grouse hunting and deer hunting. So I'm not sure this is a "vacation" either - it is simply their tradition as leaders of the aristocrats and they have moved to their country homes. I also think we've developed a habit of projecting middle class values and assuming these are hard working folks who need to take breaks for their mental health. When it just might be that they are very wealthy folks who occasionally undertake public engagements.

    I think the idea of tracking William's engagements is a good one - more in a weekly/monthly report style if there is enough content. I'd appreciate knowing what Kate's husband was up to but I don't want to read about every separate event as a blog entry. I think it would be interesting to see their family contribution (together, with George, and as individuals) to the UK summarized at the end of each month.

    LOVE the idea of Rebecca Deacon profile - complete with out of focus pictures where you can just see her behind Kate's spotlight. :-)

    One thing I wanted to comment on is that I really appreciate the information shared from your more knowledgeable posters about clothing styles - one poster pointed out that the recent jacket was a modernized form of the Victorian Bustle - which was itself a symbol of wealth and power. I disagree with those who think fashion is irrelevant - It is an industry that provides dignified careers with the opportunity for creativity (versus a mass produced clothing economy basically created by children and slaves). So I also welcome more study of the clothing, what historical influences and trends they reflect, where the fabrics come from, the designers who make them and their background stories, etc.



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    1. Hello Moxie,

      I will definitely include William's engagements. I was going to do a weekly feature focusing on them but it seems his pattern over the summer will not be continuing once he takes up his new role. There should still be a few.

      Very interesting point about Grouse hunting season. This month will be one of the quietest in the year for all members of the BRF which is why it baffles me a senior palace aide said there would be "a significant upsurge".

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden3 August 2014 at 18:09

      A monthly William roundup sounds really great :). Because in a way it involves Kate. At least we get another level of information about her life. :)

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    3. Charlotte - Here are some stats (thanks to the duchesskatetracker)
      Public engagements
      30 days in 2011 (counting the wedding and forward)
      45 days in 2012 (this included olympics and diamond jubilee)
      34 days in 2013 (gave birth to a baby this year)
      and the Belgium trip will make 35 days so far in 2014

      Again, using the Duchess of Devonshire as a guide to aristocratic seasons - and looking over what has been done in the past 3 years, one could see see another surge of appearances in November and December (there are many charity balls/dinners/diplomatic events at this time of year and the season moves back to London) as well as Tusk Trusk Awards in Sept that could bring her appearances back up to the 2012 levels - the most she's ever done and which reflects a 12% use of her days in a year for public appearances. (For comparison - the average worker taking weekends and 4 weeks of vacation - spend 66% of their days of the year for work.) I'm saying she won't show up somewhere in October as well, but I think we can see some patterns forming in her schedule.

      The term "significant upsurge" is relative. She'll do more then she did last year. Interesting to note that most posters here think she should average 2 days a week - 104 days which will work out to 28% of her days - about half of the average worker. I'm not sure that is realistic given the tendency to be in the country at least 4 months of the year.

      I think it must be very difficult job being a member of the royal press office trying to spin all of this in a positive way. It is a new age where information is readily available on the internet.


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  48. The only ones who throw tantrums by leaving are those who are disrespect ful & get called on it. Others who are our wisest & most principled who say they want to leave are thoroughly worn down by the ugly "disagreement" and are --I hope--just taking a break--and are just letting us know.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden3 August 2014 at 18:11

      Agree. I thought that tantrum comment was really disrespectful. It is some of the most beautiful, adult hearts that put their foot down. And I understand. There is no point wasting energy on something in your free time that doesn't leave you with a good feeling.

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  49. On the anonymous posters - I have always signed my post and it is easy to do but it is not a biggie. Some of the anonymous posters are very positive. I think the uproar is people seem to want a name to associate as someone they disagree with. To me this lack of tolerance is harder to understand. Why are regular posters suddenly declaring they won't post because the world does not see things their way. That seems disrespectful to Charlotte. She works hard at trying to write upbeat posts even when there is nothing of substance to report. I am sure when she had to write about a vacation after a long period of no activity she took a deep breath before she hit post as she knew all the comments that would come. The comments given the disappointing news have been more upbeat that I would have thought. My personal take is that they are planning another child eminently and they want Catherine in a place where if she gets sick again she is not in the public eye and she can have the first year with the new baby as well as George. I do think if this is the plan a visit or two extra in June and July for their charities would have gone a long way to buying them some credibility but William seems to feel he has the right to extra privacy because of what happened to his mother. Perhaps he does but it will not serve him well. For his sake he has to come to peace with the press and then his plans would be communicated better and people could support him better.
    Nancy from California

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    1. anon from Leominster3 August 2014 at 18:45

      Very thoughtful and interesting remarks, Nancy, but I like the idea of a name for people I agree with too! And unless it's personal which isn't nice, I'm interesting in the thread of thoughts of those I both agree and disagree with. Particularly when there is something about William and Kate that arouses a reaction in me, I'm interested in how other people see it. If people sign a name like you did, that's no problem but we don't have any continuity from those who just say anonymous.

      I used to use anonymous originally, did for quite a while but then people started to say was a comment mine - they thought they saw patterns of speech (and probably terrible spelling). But a couple of times they were wrong. I've seen that happen with others too. So some type of identification is best in my mind and helpful when you do respond, since the times (e.g. Anon 16:28) get very muddling, especially when a response is separated from the originally reply.

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    2. Nancy, that's why I want Anonymouses to sign as well. I don't care who I disagree with but I want to know who I do agree with and whether it's the same person all the time or someone different.

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  50. Marion from Germany3 August 2014 at 18:59

    After having read all the comments, which really took me some time and much pleasure, I suddenly got the idea that it is presumably not William’s and Kate’s decision to only do so few engagements. As people have mentioned before, William is “only” the successor to the successor to the throne, which means he and his wife should not appear as often in public as Charles and Camilla. And do you know what? As much as I dislike seeing Kate so rarely in public, I still see Charles’s difficult position, especially as with Willem-Alexander from the Netherlands and Felipe from Spain so much younger kings have received the status that fits to their age. They are forty-something, an age which was once declared as the best age to ascend the throne by Princess Beatrix, who is no doubt a very intelligent and impressive woman. And how happy people were about the new kings, how much celebration was going on, even in Spain, although King Felipe wanted to keep it a “low-key” event. Just try to see all that through Charles’s eyes.

    Perhaps Charles is kind of jealous of William’s and Kate’s popularity, a feeling that a father should never feel if his son and his daughter-in-law are concerned (and I am convinced that he loves them dearly), but in a corner of my heart I feel for him. The Queen has never been more admired than today, so what will the people’s reaction be when he becomes King and Camilla Queen Consort? It is really a difficult future that lies ahead of him.

    Does that make sense? And if yes, who can we blame? Nobody, I would say.

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    1. As stated above, following your reasoning Anne (& Tim), Andrew, Edward (& Sophie), Prince and Princess Michael, the Kents, and Glouchesters should all stop working as they are all much further down in the succession. If Charles were jealous, he'd be holding Harry back and he isn't doing that, so the jealousy argument doesn't work here either.

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  51. Tammy from California3 August 2014 at 19:02

    Somehow I missed the whole argument that went on above.

    1) I, personally, don't care who leaves their name and who doesn't, I don't care who leaves and who doesn't because you can't please all of the people all of the time. The majority of people here make really great comments and for the few that I don't agree with...well...that's part of having an opinion: it's an opinion.

    2) As Charlotte said, there really is something to the saying whatever is on your mind, filter-less and not having to own it, and I guess, that is exactly how I see the comment when I see there is no one owning it: I don't take it seriously (boy was that the most run-on sentence ever!). It's not something I do out of spite or on purpose, it is just how my mind processes it. So if something is posted anonymously, unless you say something positive, I really think you are here to just complain, so I skip right over you. I can turn on the nightly news for that.

    3) This is a B L O G for goodness' sake, and as one person above said so wonderfully, it adds to our lives in a wonderful, hopeful, fun way. Maybe it's good to leave it as such and not have the attitude that it is OUR lives. We all are, afterall, speculating on almost everything, so why is there fighting?

    4) Lastly, I would like to say, that I am a BIG fan of this blog. Charlotte, you are amazing at writing this, and if the poster above with Cancer, stating that she is doing well, just tired (Prayers from me to you poster!) isn't enough to see what you do for all of us here- give us a little, much needed break from the problems in our own little lives than nothing ever will be. You inspire us, give us something to contemplate, hope for and love. You are going to lose some readers, sadly, and have others you wish would leave, but all in all, it is like life: a rollercoaster. You do something that the majority of the people here love and let that be your inspiration instead of the few naysayers.

    5) As for vacations, raising money, being seen too much, not being seen enough, etc. My 2 cent opinion is this: I like the roll the royal family plays in the UK. I am American, so it easy for me to say because my tax dollars go to my country, who BELIEVE ME, has it's own share of waste and ridiculousness. The one difference is, you have been blessed with a queen who really has given her life for duty, solidarity of the UK, unification (at least an attempt) and stability. There is something to be said for that. I don't know many Americans who feel satisfied with the leaders of the USA over the last 2 decades and most of it not for the betterment of America, but the politicians and friends of, who run it. So, while there will be some who can't stand the monarchy and think it's ridiculous, every country has it's problems. I am thankful that I don't live in a place like Darfur, like Gaza, where the average life is difficult, to put it mildly. I guess what I am saying is: perspective, gratitude, the little things in life like this blog, gratefulness that we have the technology to read this and respond. Maybe this is reality check we need.

    Tammy out.

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    1. I so agree with you Tammy,l come here to read about the Duchess and Charlotte wonderful blog. I enjoy the comment but I don't take it personally.No one can make me like the Duchess like less.

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    2. Hope you come back in, Tammy!

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    3. Tammy, I am going to fly to Cali and buy you a drink!


      Amy, Detroit Michigan

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    4. Tammy from California3 August 2014 at 23:53

      Oh I was never OUT, out, just saying my bit and being done with saying it, that's all. I could never leave, I am unequivocally addicted ;)

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  52. anon from Leominster3 August 2014 at 19:21

    Anonymous 6:08, I finally went back to that prevous set of comments (which I think should be forgotten by all) and saw your supporting remarks. Thanks so much, I think I am back and hope Marg and Yankee will be too. Same to you Florence although I have no idea what that was all about.

    Thanks Helen and Simone for your support and to everyone else who told me to quit being silly.

    Let's all forgive, forget and move on. I think maybe we need some type of "word" to trigger that and I was thinking for those familar with Gibert and Sullivan. In Riddigore, he has Mad Margaret say she needs a word to tell her to tone it down and they pick "Basingstoke". Very funny. Maybe Charlotte should nominate something.

    And no offense to anyone from Basingstoke. It's a lovely city with Jane Austen connections.

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  53. Love those poppies coming out of the Tower! What a nice little side story Charlotte! The dresses by Oakwell are beautiful. They remind me of my favorite TV show, Dowton Abbey. The other designer looks that Princess Bea is wearing suits her. She has more of an edge about her. She is willing to put herself out there with flair. I do like Kate's sleeveless blue blouse she wore this last week. IMHO she just doesn't really care all that much about her clothes, maybe that is what makes the royal family like her. It makes me like her more. Even though I would love to see her in a tiara a little more. Hehe. For now I will just have to look at the fake one my work friends bought me. Haha.

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  54. Lin from the Netherlands3 August 2014 at 20:56

    Hello everyone and good evening. :)
    I have been a long time reader of this blog but never posted so this is my first comment here! I would like to take the oppurtunity to thank you Charlotte for your great coverage on all things Kate on this blog!

    I love Kate and William, but I am also surprised that they are reportedly taking a month off, especially since there were supposed to be more engagements over the summer. It does seem that they have been taking off more time than people were expecting. In that I think lies a large part of the problem; if people are being told one thing and then they get something else, there is bound to be disappointment. Maybe there is a lot going on 'behind the scenes' or maybe there are private engagements we do not know of. Maybe raising George takes more time and effort than previously expected? But as senior royals they must also know how important it is to be visible to the public.

    Kate and William (and Prince Harry) have been great at ' rejuvenating' the monarchy and making it more appealing to the younger crowds. I hope they will continue to do so in the future and not retreat from the public eye too much!
    Anyway just my two cents...

    Charlotte, I can definitely see Kate in a lot of those fashions! I was recently looking through Jenny Packham's 2015 bridal collection (Inspiration for this soon-to-be bride!) and instantly thought they may be very Kate worthy evening looks (if in another colour perhaps)!

    Grettings from the Netherlands,
    Lin



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  55. There is too much respect going for HM for angone to ignore her wishes--and when things get difficult, she is perfectly capable of unleashing "the persuader." Prince Philip is still the head of that family and even at 93 is still a force with which to be reckoned!

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  56. Does anyone know what time the Duchess will arrive at the Tower Tuesday for the event?

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