Saturday, 20 September 2014

Prince William in Malta, Tells Crowds Kate is 'Feeling So-So'

According to royal reporters on the ground Prince William's solo visit to Malta is proving to be a huge hit.


The Prince is undertaking a two-day whirlwind tour in his wife's stead. Accompanied by Kate's private secretary Rebecca Deacon and adviser Sir David Manning, William was all smiles upon arrival. As Kate's right-hand woman Rebecca would have played a huge role in planning and preparation for the trip; it seemed prudent for her to join William.


The visit was expected to be Kate's first solo trip abroad, but became unlikely following the announcement Kate is pregnant and is suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum. The Duchess consulted with doctors before finally deciding she was too unwell to go. How is Kate feeling now? When asked William replied the Duchess is 'doing so-so, a bit up and down at the moment'. He also spoke of Prince George "Malta might not survive George. There are too many nice things here".


William apologised to the crowd: "I'm sorry you've got me instead of Catherine". Looking at this photo I think they were pretty pleased :)


The Palace said William is "honoured" to represent his grandmother for the visit, which marks the 50th anniversary of the island's independence from the UK. Malta holds a very special place in Her Majesty's heart, as she and Prince Philip enjoyed many happy carefree months there when Philip was stationed with the Royal Navy.


Clarence House shared images of crowds in Valletta awaiting William's arrival.

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There was a fantastic atmosphere and according to onlookers everyone was incredibly excited to see William.

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William enjoyed chatting with locals and at one point said, "Sorry I'm chatting too much".


William's first port of call was San Anton Palace where he will be staying for the duration of the visit. He met with the President of Malta, Marie Louise Coleiro Preca.


Planting a tree at San Anton Palace.



The Prince viewed a re-enactment of an historical event - the inspection of the fort and garrison by Grand Bailiff of the Order of the Knights of St John.



Next, he travelled to the National Library where he viewed historical documents, including letters from kings Henry VIII and George II, and the original citation awarding the George Cross to Malta.




Among the treasured objects, The Prince saw the 'Piae Postulatio Voluntatis' bull of Pope Paschal II. It is considered one of the most important pieces conserved in the Archives of the Order of Malta at the National library. This 900-year-old parchment documents the official recognition by the Holy See of the of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem.


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Prince William gave a speech and spoke of Kate:

'While I know that you were not expecting me until a few days ago, I must admit I feel honoured to be able to represent Her Majesty in a country so beloved by her.
 Catherine has asked me to say how very sorry she is that she couldn't be the one to pass on The Queen's greetings to you all. She was looking forward to coming here, and I know she hopes very much that she will be able to visit in the future.'

Later, Prince William attended Independence Day Celebrations at Upper Barrakka Gardens

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It was a memorable evening set against the backdrop of the Grand Harbour.


Day one of the visit has been tremendously successful so far. The Maltese are very pleased to have William there, and as expected, he's doing a splendid job representing Her Majesty. It would, of course, have been wonderful to see Kate there. One imagines it's a visit she would have enjoyed and will be sad to have missed out on.


From William's own words, regarding his wife 'feeling so-so', there's no doubt the Duchess made the right decision.

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Our other topic today concerns a wedding William and Kate were expected to attend. Yesterday the couple's close friends Charlie Gilkes and Anneke von Trotha Taylor said I do at the stunning Carlo V Castle on the seafront in Monopoli, Italy.


While William was preparing for his Malta trip, Prince Harry flew over for the big day.


Kate's family were there too. Below we see Carole and Pippa Middleton with Pippa's boyfriend Nico Jackson and James Middleton's girlfriend Donna Air.

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Pippa chose a beautiful pink and purple dress by Tabitha Webb which looked splendid on her. It would have been very interesting to see what Kate would have worn.


We'll be continuing our coverage of William's tour tomorrow!

99 comments:

  1. Great coverage - thank you! William appears to be enjoying himself. I thought Rebecca Deacon looked especially good. It is fun to think about what Kate might have worn to the wedding, given Pippa's colorful choice. Looked like a "beautiful people" wedding!

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  2. anon from Leominster20 September 2014 at 19:25

    The "I'm sorry you've got me instead of Catherine" reminds me of John Kennedy saying "I'm the man who accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to Paris".

    William seems completely confident - I don't think he's ever troubled by being upstaged by Kate the way Charles was with Diana.
    The Maltese seem delighted to have William and he seems delighted to be there. It is a wonderful itinerary and looks to be a beautiful island (I have hopes of going next year!) It looks like the independence celebration will be a great success!

    Looks like a lovely wedding too, I like the Middleton ladies' dresses. I wonder if Kate ever meant to attend - if she would have perhaps flown from there to Malta had things gone as planned. Hope she's feeling better soon.

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    1. I love that he seems so confident in her popularity. He seems more proud than anything.

      He seems soooo happy. Amazing to see!!

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    2. Leo, you beat me to it!! :))) I too was reminded of JFK and thought, how refreshing and sincere...none of the awkward sarcasm that was always part of Charles' comments.

      William looks quite happy and likewise for the crowds. There was no choice here...he *had* to make the trip.

      And I really like Pippa's gown. The colors and style are young and fun. I'm not always a fan of her wardrobe, but this one is very flattering on her.

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    3. Yes, Pippa's gown make me happy! :D

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    4. Leo, I really agree with your assessment that William appears "completely confident." and I also don't think he has ever been at all concerned that he will be upstaged by Kate. I think they are both confident in each other AND come across very secure - which is translating into what we have seen of George so far.

      I think his remarks also put to rest as to at least one reason why he was in Scotland last weekend. I think he is doing a wonderful job representing the Queen and she will be very proud if him (as she would of been of Kate as well).

      Royalfan and Rebecca - also love Pippa's gown. I also sort of like Carole Middleton's outfit.

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    5. Yes, Pippa looks great. Her dress is amazing. Any ID on it?

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    6. William and Kate have a close friendship and marriage partnership that continues to grow in their love for each other. The kind of love that seems to be based on 1st Corinthians 13 verses 4-7: 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

      It makes one teary eyed to think how happy Diana would be for her son and his family. William and Kate truly do love each other and want the best for each other. The Queen has to be so proud. This is just yet another example of doing outstanding when called upon.

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    7. anon from Leominster21 September 2014 at 16:08

      I'm sure while William was in Scotland, there was much talk of the referendum among the present and future monarchs, even if little was said in public. The queen said as much as she could - I do think it was a warning of sorts for people not to allow their emotions to carry them without considering the facts.

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  3. The weather looks lovely in Malta and William's having a great time! Thank you for still covering the tour.

    I feel sad for Kate and hope she can feel better soon - I can only imagine the heat in Malta wouldn't help her condition much and the schedule is packed...she has made the right decision to stay home it's best for her and baby's health which must come first. It really isn't very nice at all having HG.

    I am swooning over Mr Jackson - what a handsome man Nico is!!

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  4. Lovely report Charlotte. Beautiful Island and the people seem pleased to see William.
    Looked very smart--nice tie!That's the "fashion " dealt with!
    William does a great job. as does Catherine, but the two together are even better.
    Catherine doesn't seem to be very well yet,
    When George was expected several of the blogs associated with her arranged donations to her EACH charity. I wondered if something similar could be done this time, but perhaps to an HG charity.
    I was very sad to read Shannon's report of her experience with HG and saddened to realize that in the 50 years since I experienced it, little advance seem to have been made. In my case the GP did understand how bad it was, but only as short time after the realization of the thalidomide disaster, no doctor would prescribe any drug in the early stages of pregnancy and I never heard the Latin name until I was admitted to hospital miscarrying my baby and met a very irate Gyn/obs consultant.
    Now, of course, help is available, but does not work in some cases,or GPs do not know of it. I had hoped that Catherine's experience whilst expecting George would have altered that, but reading some of the comments on the "Mail", it seems some people do not wish to understand.

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    1. Oh dear Jean, I've never heard of this drug thalidomide. Will look it up. Watched the ' Call of the Midwives' then read all the books. Wow, we've come along way and yet more steps to take. I'm sorry about your miscarriage. So long ago yet such a painful thing to have gone through. Hugs from California :)

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    2. Thalidomide was mainly a sleeping drug (but some times used for nausea that caused major limb malformation in the fetus (late 50's - early 60's"). We used to use a drug call Bendictin for HG that worked fairly well, but after the thalidomide and other drug misshapes it was taken off the market. The closest we have come now is Zofran. HG is still understudied/researched.

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    3. anon from Leominster21 September 2014 at 15:56

      Sarah, here's a link to an article about Thalidomide. It was a nightmarish drug, leaving so many with horrific disabilities and killing many babies in Europe and elsewhere. The U.S. was very fortunate that Dr Frances Kelsey of the Food and Drug Administration fought to keep it off the market or tens of thousands more would have been affected. It never got FDA approval. That doctor was a true hero.

      The drug has use today as a cancer drug and some of uses but it is extremely important pregnant women not take it. As this article from the New York Times shows, that has happened sadly in Brazil.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/23/booming/the-death-and-afterlife-of-thalidomide.html?_r=0

      Jean, I'm so terribly sorry for what you went through. H.G. is horrible enough, to lose the baby because of it a tragedy.

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    4. Thank you ladies, I will check this information out....

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    5. anon from Leominster, just watched the video. Wow....thank you for the web address. That was intense.

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    6. anon from Leominster22 September 2014 at 15:37

      So sad and horrid for those involved. It used to be you would see affected adults quite often - many were very brave and did well in life in spite of their disabilities. Thank God it is part of history now and today they are much more careful when testing drugs.

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  5. William is so sweet :) and his sorrys adorable :)

    Camilla

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  6. Do you think kate would have gone to the wedding and then flown onto Malta for her visit from there had she not been pregnant? Looks like there would have been plenty of nice photo ops of kate had she gone! Still don't blame her, not many woman can travel n continue their work easily with mild morning sickness let alone HG. Anna london

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  7. Tammy from California20 September 2014 at 20:40

    I just love him! No one can be upset or say the British don't do everything in their power to attend things. Sending Wills instead of cancelling: BIG BROWNIE points!

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    1. Absolutely.......William is such a good man.

      Mel in SoCal

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  8. I'm laughing because it looks like all those men are wearing the same tie! William, Harry, and the groom. Ah, men's fashion is unfortunately not as varied as womens. :)

    Thanks for the coverage Charlotte! It looks like a fantastic place and a wonderful visit. I'm glad William is there if Kate can't be.

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  9. I am so happy William decided to go in her place and I am sure the People of Malta were very excited to have him be there....Catherine and William are very popular together or even on separate visits! I loved Pippa's dress but I am sure Kate's dress would have been a repeat..she doesn't like to upstage the bride.

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  10. I love Pippa's dress but I wish she had done something more snazzy with her hair :)

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    1. Snazzy?! What an amazing word!! :D

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    2. Yankee from California21 September 2014 at 03:30

      Hi Rebecca! I really enjoy your comments and always look forward to reading what you think. This is completely off topic, but I am a huge fan of CP Victoria (in addition to the DOC!) and I think Estelle is the cutest little girl. I love her sass! What do the Swedish people feel about their royal family? They seem to be very well regarded and so hard-working, very much like my feelings about the British royals. There just isn't much coverage in the US about any other than the Windsors. When the Queen and Princess Madeline stayed away from the dinner a few weeks ago, I was pretty amazed. I like people who stand up for their beliefs and I know it is a very hard thing for royals to do. I thought the way the entire family handled it was perfection.

      I am so happy that William is in Malta. He seems to be genuinely enjoying himself. I am also laughing about his wardrobe, because it is exactly what you all predicted it would be. He looks great, don't get me wrong! But you all really called it!

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    3. Aw, thank you Yankee!! :D

      Estelle is AMAZING!! Hmm, you don't talk that much about the royal family :P People seem kind of neutral in general to them. So perfectly Swedish of us :P Victoria is respected, the king... not so much! Many think he's a goofball and sex-scandals does not help. So I (and many others) think it will all get better with Victoria as queen. They are quite hardworking (except Madeleine...). Madeleine get alot of critizim for keeping her title but living in the US and not working much. That prize. They stayed away from the prize ceremony and went to the dinner... I admire their stance, but it fell kind of flat when they went to the dinner.

      :)

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    4. anon from Leominster21 September 2014 at 16:16

      Estelle is a charmer. They are doing a wonderful job of balancing private and public with her and I hope she makes a great queen one day.

      Victoria seems to do an excellent job but I wish she would find a softer hair style. It's possible she thinks that severe look makes her seem professional.

      It did seem odd that the family split - nice that they made the statement but would have done better had Silvia and Madeleine skipped the dinner as well. But that did allow them to show they Were making a statement, not just absent for other reasons. I didn't know Madeleine was considered work-shy - always thought she was involved in her mother's charitable foundation for children. But don't know much about it.

      There does seem to be much controversy over Carl Philip and his bride-to-be. I may be old-fashioned, in fact I know I am, but there does seem to be a line drawn over who is suitable to be a princess, since deference is expected - but how do you determine where that line is!

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    5. I read that Chuck Berry did not attend said dinner and the Queen has said that she attended to honor the second winner.

      I think it's admirable that they took a stance. Not only do I personally believe that it was the right thing to do, but I think given their great involvement with that children's charity anything else would appear quite hypocritical.

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    6. Estelle is amazing! And I agree that they do a great job balancing private and public.

      Madeleine might work. But it isn't seen. And she's not in Sweden. That hurts alot.

      It's not that much controversy about Sophia. Maybe a little. But it seems that they royal family rather get plus points for being open minded. She was a reality star and glamour model when she was like 18 years old. She's now in her 30s and have driven and worked with charitys for years. She is the leader or owner or something like that of a charity that works with children in Africa. I think the line should be drawn with evil or criminal stuff, not mistakes. Like Mette-Marit and her partying days etc. But it is a hard decision..

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    7. Leo, I see that we agree on Victoria's hairstyle. I too wish she would opt for a softer look. And as far as Estelle is concerned, I think Victoria and Daniel are doing an outstanding job of introducing her to royal life.

      Rebecca, did Madeleine ever do royal duties? Just wondering... :)

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    8. Actually, I'm not sure. She disappeared to the states when her first engagement ended badly. And that's quite a few years ago. I think I was too young to care then ;) All I know is that she was at all "Victoriadagen" (Victoria Day), National day and Nobel Prize things before. And those are the big ones. Nobel Prize and Victoria day is like missing Trooping of the Colours and Christmas in the Brittish Royal family. And since she moved to the US she has been missing those more. But it kind of seems like she's upping her game again. She probably feel safe again after the whole Jonas ordeal.

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    9. Thank you for explaining, Rebecca. :)) Her first engagement ended for a reason that had to be even more painful since she is a public figure. I'm glad she found a man who seems to love and care for her very much. His emotions on their wedding day were very sweet and I am happy for her.

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    10. Yankee from California21 September 2014 at 23:10

      Rebecca, thank you for sharing! Like Leo said, I didn't know Madeleine had anything negative at all. I can understand it is a sore spot to have your Princess living in another country though. I have only really paid attention in recent years, so I just missed her absence. I heard there was an engagement gone bad but I know nothing of it. I'm off to Google it! I also hadn't heard about the King -- I think I'll skip any research on that as it will make me sad!

      I generally thing Victoria's hair is amazing when she is at formal occasions and I do love a good ponytail having spent years wearing one just out of desperation chasing kids all over -- to me it looks normal. But I have to agree with all of you that she would look so pretty with her hair down sometimes.

      Well, thanks all for sharing a little time loving Victoria and Estelle with me!!

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    11. I suppose Victoria's got hair people to do her hair, but I wear mine like she does quite a bit. I do mostly because it's easy to just pull it back and it does look a bit more professional than a wild unruly mop. I don't know how hands on she is with her daughter, but if she is that could explain it too.

      Rebecca, it doesn't seem like the Swedish royals are as grand as the British royals . . . is that true?

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    12. Bluhare - They are not as grand. They wouldn't survive in Sweden if they were. "Landet lagom" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagom)

      But if you want grand. The weddings!! Long gowns and tiaras on the guests :)

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    13. bluhare, I do like the look of a chignon bun and have stated that I wish Kate would opt for it sometimes, but Victoria's is very tight and I don't think it flatters *her*....

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    14. Bluehare,
      I think that CP Victoria has really beautiful hair though I'm not really a fan of her very very tight chignons. They look headache inducing.
      Estelle is just too cute. I like that they introduce her to the public early and in a natural manner. That's make it easier for her to handle as she gets older. They do the same in Denmark. CP Mary and CP Frederik brought their 3 year-old twins on their Greenland visit this summer, that's the first time they've been seen in public in an offical setting (apart from balcony appearances). In an interview CP Frederik talked about the upbringing of their children. They want them to have a fairly "normal" childhood, but they also explain what it unusual about their family when the children ask questions - like Prince Christian asking why he didn't have a last name like the other children in his school.

      Off-topic:
      Bluehare, I just wanted to tell you that I've really enjoyed our conversations over at Celebitchy. I tried to post it there, but the post was removed, and since I now feel decidely unwelcome over there (where my apparent "knowledge snobbery", whatever that means, isn't appreciated) I decided to look you up on this site.

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    15. anon from Leominster22 September 2014 at 15:33

      I agree. I like a chignon as well, (and think an undo suits kate when she wears one) but Victoria has quite strong features with a decided chin and a style that would frame her face would become her. She would need to keep it long enough so she could wear the tiaras from the magnificent Swedish collection but I think that could be managed.

      Maybe Daniel likes it quite long so she keeps it that way for him and just wears it up in public. Mr Leo likes it that way too on me, and it doesn't suit me either - particularly at my age, but he moans if I even suggest cutting it. So long it stays.

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    16. The Swedish weddings and Nobel ceremonies are very grand! And what wonderful jewels.

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    17. Oh, the nobel! I can't believe I forgot the Nobel as pomp! The yearly tiara parade!! :D I guess I just forgot it. If you compare opening of parliament attire and surroundings.

      Sweden: http://www.svd.se/migration_catalog/riksdag8_487738.svd/representations/d/riksdag8?1253028030000

      GB: http://media.web.britannica.com/eb-media/21/100421-004-8CAD2D01.jpg

      Haha, but you are right. Nobel is amazing for royal watchers. Silvia, Victoria and Madeleine every year showing up in full glitz! (It actually is 2 days in a row. The first night is the banquet, and the second day the King invites the winners to dinner at the castle.)

      http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-eB0h-p1VMbw/TtR9T4vKhbI/AAAAAAAAEow/TAd4lYHCoSw/s1600/VictoriaNobel2008-2010.jpg

      And to compare. The guest at big royal weddings.

      Sweden: http://svenskdam.se/files/2010/06/carl-philip-silvia-madeleine1.jpg

      GB: http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2011/04/30/article-1381800-0BD71ED700000578-546_634x780.jpg

      So I guess I mispoke. We have pomp at other events. Not the parading and shooting and capes and planes. Just canons at birth etc. Our glitz seems to be in the clothing, and that christenings etc are televised.

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    18. AH! Lovely to see you!

      You guys, ArtHistorian is exactly that. She's got some great historical royal knowledge, and she's a serious jewellery nut. We had some great off topic conversations about royal history and regalia.

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    19. Welcome, ArtHistorian...

      I totally agree with you that Estelle's introduction to royal life will make things easier for her as she gets older. I understand the desire to shield and protect your children, but the earlier it's done, the more "normal" the circumstances appear to the child.

      My guess is that George will be kept out of the limelight for as long as possible. First, it seems to be a pattern with the BRF and, second, I believe it will be William's (perhaps more so than Kate's) preference.

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    20. Thanks.
      I have seen Victoria in some lovely updos, most for formal events. She often has great tiara hair. She looks better with a softer styling than some of the more severe styles. I don't know how posting pictures work here though. I have one pic of her in the Swedish Fringe Tiara where just just looks amazing.

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    21. Re: the photo....is it link you could post? :)

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    22. Royalfan,
      I quite agree with you on that one. I do think that it is William's wish to keep George away from the public as long as possible because he doesn't seem to like the press very much. I just think that the approach of the Scandinavian RF's is more sensible. The young children of their RF seem very much comfortable with being in the public eye (Princess Isabella of Denmark positively enjoys it! She's a little firecracker and totally adorable to watch. Mary and Frederik take their children with them on official engagements that are child-related, fx the opening of the Children's Art Room at Statens Museum for Kunst/National Gallery of Art - where the kids proceeded to paint pictures. Very adorable - and they're really well behaved).

      Pics of Vikkan:
      One where she wears a hair ornament (love those): http://www.pinterest.com/pin/472807660851619312/

      Crown Princess Victoria, wearing the Baden Fringe Tiara, at the Nobel Ceremony 2008: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/472807660851611033/

      And one of her wearing Queen Josephine’s Amethyst Tiara: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/472807660851610741/

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    23. ArtHistorian, thank you so much for posting the links. The jewelry is to die for. OMG. :) And the photos are a perfect example of the way a looser hairstyle softens her features.

      I do agree with you; the Scandinavian royal family's approach is far more sensible. And images of one big happy family also happen to be PR that money cannot buy. In comparison, the BRF seems to have a somewhat territorial approach to their royal duties and appearances. I believe William and Kate will change that at some point, but I don't see it happening in the Queen's lifetime and somehow I cannot imagine Charles being fond of little ones running around when he is on duty.

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    24. Oh my. The two profile photos of Victoria wearing the tiaras, especially the second, are absolutely beautiful. She looks so serene and regal!

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  11. It was lovely to see Prince William in Malta this afternoon. He was wonderful. I was disappointed Duchess Kate wasn't well enough to attend and I sincerely hope she is feeling better soon. She deserves to enjoy her pregnancy and not be sick with this dreadful HG. I wish some people would understand she is not suffering from normal morning sickness and not make these nasty comments in some of the UK newspapers. Although I am sure some of the reporting is done in such a way to encourage negative comments. I think she made the right decision not to come to Malta. The weather looks lovely in the photographs but it was very hot and very humid this afternoon and difficult to cope with when you are feeling well. I really hope both William and Catherine will come to Malta together one day. I think I spotted Emma Probert, Catherine's protection officer this afternoon as well. Thank you for your fantastic coverage as always. You are my "Go To" blog for Duchess Kate news.

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    1. I also hope they will go back together to Malta. Kate can get another trip as her first solo one. Malta as a couple makes sense!

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  12. William is a wonderful young man, a fantastic husband and father and when the time comes he will make a fabulous king.
    Kate must be very proud of him as he is of her. What a handsome pair they make!

    Thank you for this great post Charlotte and happy weekend to all!

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    2. Monica, my thoughts exactly!
      Would be a delight to see Kate but, such an honor to have William also :)
      Ugh HG, ugh.... well hopefully Kate will be out of the woods soon and able to enjoy her pregnancy. Shannon's story was incredible. How wonderful that Kate's situation has brought light to HG for many ladies and they are able to get help.
      Pippa's dress was was lovely :) the bride looked beautiful too, love her dress, of what I can see.
      Agree with the men's clothing issues ladies....yawn....

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  13. I think it is wonderful for William to be in Malta. It seems right although I was very excited for Kate. And Nico is quite handome - who cares what Pippa wore? He is the eye candy for me.

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  14. Thanks so much Charlotte! It's wonderful to see how comfortable William seems to be here and he does look as if he's enjoying himself. I too loved the comment about being sorry the crowd has him instead of Catherine. What a sweetie he is!

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  15. You have the best coverage! Wonderful!

    William is delightful. The itinerary is quite packed full and unless Kate was 100% it would have been too taxing for her. It looks quite tiring even if someone is healthy!

    It would have been wonderful to see Kate's first solo journey on behalf of the Queen, but I hope she is feeling better.

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  16. What's not to love about William. He's doing a wonderful job on this trip. The people seem to love him and he seems genuinely pleased to be there for the Queen. I loved his comment about being sorry he was there instead of Kate. No sarcasm as one would get from Charles about Diana. He's definitely not jealous of Kate be seems immensely proud of her. She's a very lucky woman.

    Had to laugh at the fashion comments. He does need to change up from the color blue once in a while.

    Michelle.

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  17. Oh Charlotte, but you didn't tell us where William got that tie and what label it may have on it . . . (ha ha ha ha). I loved reading and seeing details of his trip, especially the things he said. What a fine person he is. I also noticed Rebecca Deacon's outfit: she looked really good.

    I too admire Pippa's dress. I also liked Carol Middleton's, except for the seemingly awkward fit of the top--I thought the cut and the lines should have made it lovely all around. Donna Air's dress looked interesting, but it wasn't clear enough to see the details. And yes, Pippa's boyfriend is certainly one handsome (and Tall!) man!

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  18. Amy, Detroit Michigan21 September 2014 at 03:11

    Sounds like Malta is a success, not that there was ever a doubt.


    Love, love, love, LOVE Pippa's dress! More Pippa!

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  19. I agree with the sentiments expressed here; it's a shame that Kate wasn't well enough to attend, but it would have been impossible for her to commit to an engagement like this feeling poorly. Hope she feels much better soon.

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  20. Thanks Charlotte - great coverage!!! I love William´s "dress changes" so far (hahah ;-)))))) ). It´s so much easier for men - they wear a suit and that´s it... On the other hand, they miss all the fun of "dressing up", don´t they?
    I agree with the comments on Pippa´s boyfriend.... Am I the only one who thinks that James´s girlfriend looks very much like Cressida? I first thought it was her when I was looking at the pictures....
    As a matter of fact, Charles also joked about Diana´s popularity at the beginning - it was only later on that he started to resent the fact that people seemed to totally adore her and think she was a saint (which she wasn´t, nobody is). Plus, William is "adored in his own right" as the son of Diana - if people reacted openly disappointed with "only him" appearing he would have some problems, too, I assure you....

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  21. Nice to see William in Malta but I do miss Kate! I found a DM article saying she was gifted a Sunita Mukhi clutch with the Maltese cross on it. Looks like it could be the one on the designer's website. From this article it sounds like Kate will definitely be visiting Malta in the future - yay! :)

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  22. love the coverage of prince william in malta as much i love too see the duchess i beleive she could better at her home cause its hotter in malta she survive it oh i love pippa dress and i love the duke said sorry the crowd has him instead catherine what sweet he is maybe kate would love be there but because she pregnant and doing so so

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  23. Also, isn't it nice to see the dramatic change of style from long-sleeved/jacketed British weddings to light dressy Italian ones? :)

    Camilla

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  24. anon from Leominster21 September 2014 at 16:05

    Love the difference in fashions, Camilla. But am I losing my mind or is James wearing a pink suit? Did I miss a comment above. Perhaps it was the theme of the wedding for several of the men have pink ties.

    I too thought it was Cressida rather than Donna Air although I never thought the two were much alike from the front.

    Even if Kate had been healthy, I think the heat would have been very hard for her when she is pregnant. It is one thing to be on the beach - another to be trying to do engagements. William looked very well in his suit considering - I would have wilted for certain.

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    1. Yes, he's in pink.

      Camilla

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    2. Is it really? I don't think it looks like him. Just another guy with a brown beard.

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    3. anon from Leominster22 September 2014 at 15:28

      I do think it might be him now I look more closely. Whovever it is seems to be part of the Middleton party and I don't see anyone else who could be James.

      At the risk of me being a cat, James may wear such a thick beard to look older - Donna is almost a decade his senior, altough she's quite lovely. However, I like a man with a beard, so no complaints from me from me - the pink suit, now that's another matter....

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    4. I agree, Rebecca. That's not James.

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    5. Another "not James" vote. :) This person looks older.

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  25. What a fantastic post! Thanks Charlotte. I just love and adore Prince William he is so much like his mother. I'm glad it's going so well and the duchess is resting.
    I usually am not a fan of pippa's clothes but this dress looks stunning on her and her bf looks hot as well.

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  26. Pippa and James Middleton certainly have a great eye for beauty, judging by Nico Jackson and Donna Air! Two really gorgeous humans. I also like Pippa's gown, though it seems more formal that Carole's and Donna's. But is that really James in the pink jacket? The gentleman looks older to me. Apparently Mike Middleton stayed in England to be near Kate.

    William obviously has done a special job of substituting for Kate and bringing his own expertise to the Malta trip. He also answered one question about his trip to Scotland, as quoted by the Daily Mail:

    "Earlier in the day, William said he had spoken to his grandmother about her time in Malta, where she spent two years as a naval wife when Prince Philip was stationed there between 1949 and 1951.

    "He said: 'I was asking my grandmother all about her time in Malta just a week ago.

    "'It was very interesting to me to hear about that history.'"

    And he wore an elegant blue tie - have we seen it before? Judging by the dresses of the other ladies on Saturday, Kate would have worn a cool summer dress for the daytime part of the Malta visit, and an elegant cocktail dress for the evening. William ditched the tie and put on jeans with his jacket and white shirt after the Mass on Sunday, including for the garden party, so probably Kate would also have dressed for the heat. He spent some nice time playing games with teenagers during the afternoon.

    According to the BBC, William told a concerned questioner that Kate was feeling "a little better" on Sunday morning.


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    1. Yes, that's James in pink!

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    2. In other pictures, one can see that the bearded gentleman is actually wearing a pink suit! If he's James Middleton, he doesn't seem to have been photographed next to Donna Air or his family.

      William wore a blue tie, on Saturday and a pink tie for the church service on Sunday. He didn't wear the pink one for long, but perhaps the blue and pink were a baby reference. He also read a greeting from the Queen to the people of Malta when he made his speech.

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  27. Prince William called life with Prince George "hectic" while he was speaking to well wishers on Malta. My prediction is that Baby # 2 will need to be a cool cucumber to deal with brother George, and probably will be a much quieter and easier baby, as often happens.

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  28. I'm Maltese & I was delighted (and lucky) to meet William during his short visit on our little island, and though I would have liked Kate to be here, I think they did the right thing by sending William instead. It's too hot and humid for a pregnant woman let alone one suffering from severe morning sickness as well. William did great. He's very charming and easy going.

    Hopefully we'll get to have them here as a family sometime soon. They'll be most welcome, that's for sure!

    Have a look at my blog for more pictures on William's Royal visit in Malta - www.whimsical-truth.blogspot.com

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    1. Ruth, saw your pictures. Loved them :) how exciting for you to see William!
      I also thought no one would want to miss with those bodyguards....

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    2. Thank you so much for sharing your pictures. You are a lucky lady! :))

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    3. Thanks Ruth you've captured the buzz and excitement of the occasion. William looks like he's really enjoying the occasion and people.

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    4. Thanks, you're all welcome!! Yes it was surely an exciting time!!

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  29. it's a shame that we didn't get to see Kate on this trip. William lools graceful as always.
    Is it just me or in the first picture the head shot of rebecca resembles Kate? I thought it was an old picture when both will and kate were out...

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    1. I don't think they look alike.
      Rebecca imitates Kate's style for sure, and maybe that can trick the eye... but not for long :) the two are very different.

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  30. Harry on his own at the wedding? Oi!! I am sad that Kate can't be there in Malta - it is the most amazing place - my husband and I were lucky enough to visit it earlier this year! But William is doing a great job and it will make it all the more exciting when Kate is well enough to start up public appearances again... Hope she will be much better very soon. Thanks Charlotte for the great coverage...your blog is my sanity form two very busy toddlers!;o)

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  31. I don't know why I just noticed this...maybe because I got recently married myself...bu,t William doesn't wear a wedding ring? Is this something more unique to the US or does he just not like to wear it?

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    1. The aristocracy in England usually don't wear it, I've been told. Prince Philip and Charles (I think) wear their family signet ring instead. William doesn't wear any rings at all.

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    2. anon from Leominster22 September 2014 at 17:31

      The only senior royal man who wore a wedding ring was Andrew and it was quite an exception at the time. There were no words for it in the service, so Sarah just slipped it on his finger. Although the marriage came apart, he was a very loyal husband so thinking it's not such a bad thing.

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  32. Oh, and stupid me. Congrats on the marriage!! :9

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    1. Aaaaaand, stupid me (or the IT) again. That post was supposed to go under Anon 15:58....

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    2. Thanks Rebecca! :) Very interesting...I would be pissed if my husband didn't wear his ring lol...but than again we have all these special vows that go behind the ring and its symbolism, I've never seen a European wedding, so not sure what they entail. And the fact that my husband is very good looking and it tells other women that he's off the market! :)

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    3. In reality, a ring will prevent someone from cheating as much as the lack of one will lead to it. It's about morals and not jewelry.

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    4. Who ever said anything about cheating!!?? You wear it out of respect and remembrance of the vows you gave each other. I’m not saying he’s a “bad” person for not wearing a ring, if his wife doesn’t mind than that’s all that matters! It’s personal preference. For me when I look at my new husband with his ring on it just makes my heart smile because every time I see it I remember our wedding and our vows to each other…I was just asking because (not for everyone) but here in the US wearing wedding rings is a big deal…I was just curious if it was practiced the same way in the UK.

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    5. Kristen-Portland.
      People here in Scandinavia wear their wedding rings. Interestingly enough, the exchange of rings is not part of the wedding ritual, which simply asks they bride and groom to give their hand (shake hands) after their vows. However, I've never been to a wedding without a ring exchange, and most people wear their wedding bands. The use of engagement rings is not that common though. We actually have a special word in Danish for people who seal their engagement with a ring, "ringforlovet", which literally translates as "engaged by ring".

      I'm just as flummoxed as you about the royal British men not wearing their wedding bands. I must admit I side-eye that. Actually, a lot of my male friends who are married have also taken their wives' maiden name as a middle name, it has begun to become a new trend among younger people, which I quite like.

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    6. Kristen 16:26.... I was thinking out loud... :) I suppose your comment about being "pissed" and hubby being "off the market!" made me go there. That's all... :))

      It was a general observation on my part and one I stand behind. I have always believed that a wedding ring won't save a marriage, nor will the lack of one destroy it.

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    7. Thanks! ArtHistorian - very fascinating, especially about the men changing their middle name, that's pretty cool! Do you have a "kiss the bride" at the end of the ceremony? Or is the shaking of hands the end? Here in the states there is a whole presentation of the rings, with special words said as each person slips the ring on the other person's finger, something in the way of "with this symbol of my love and devotion, etc etc"...we even have a ring bearer (usually a little boy) who carries the rings down the wedding aisle.

      Royalfan - you're right a ring won't save a marriage - but it will (in most cases) keep women from approaching and/or hitting on him...at least when I was single if a man had a ring on he was automatically off limits and I wouldn't even bat an eye in his direction...like I said before it's a respect thing...and a symbol to others that you are married and devoted to your significant other. Not everyone wears rings here in the US, most, but not all, it is personal preference of the couple.

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  33. It is nice to see William enjoyed the trip :)


    Pippa's dress is GORGEOUS. I love it! The most flattering wedding dress I have seen her in. The colors, so lovely and vibrant. Mr. Nicco is so handsome.
    Not long ago I read they were out having dinner with W&K (can't remember if the whole Middleton family was there or just the 2 couples) and all the comments were about everyone being captivated by the handsome Nicco. I had not paid close attention to him but I now understand :P hehe

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  34. Charlotte there is an interesting article why women don't want to be Kate: http://www.newsweek.com/2014/10/03/duchess-cambridge-how-britain-stopped-believing-royal-fairytale-273100.html

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