Thursday, 2 October 2014

Kate Forced to Pull Out of Engagement, Spring 2015 Collections & Kate's Style Comparisons

We're back with unexpected news regarding the Duchess. Kate had to pull out of a previously unannounced engagement in London yesterday because she is still suffering from Hyperemesis gravidarum.


The news comes shortly after media reports over the weekend which claimed the Duchess was very much on the mend and planning to resume engagements for October and November. Yesterday's engagement, the launch of a new project by Kate's patronage The Art Room, was more than likely planned before the pregnancy announcement and given the fact it was in London, Kate had hoped she would be well enough to attend. Sadly, it would seem the Duchess is still far from fully recovered.


The Palace said Kate was "hugely disappointed" to be unable to go to support her patronage. Instead she sent a personally penned message offering her support and encouragement:

'I want to share my congratulations with you all for the launch of the new Clore Art Room. I was looking forward to joining you all for this particularly special day as part of the Clore Duffield Foundation's 50th Anniversary year.
 I am truly sorry that I cannot be with you all today as you celebrate this milestone. As patron of the Art Room I feel great pride to see the work that the charity is doing. Vulnerable children flourish in the safe havens that the Art Room provides; this highlights just how important it is to support children at a time when they most need help and support.'

The Duchess continued to extend her apologies once again and express her wish to visit on another occasion:

'It really is hugely exciting to look to a future with even more Art Rooms, where the lives of many more challenging and vulnerable children will be transformed. I hope that you have a wonderful afternoon. My sincere apologies for not being able to join you but I hope that I will have an opportunity to visit Barlby and see the Clore Art Room soon.'

As mentioned in Kate's letter, the new Clore learning space, one of ten new spaces celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Clore Duffield Foundation (which holds a special interest in supporting young people), enjoyed a wonderful launch with Dame Vivien Duffield and Grayson Perry in attendance.

The Art Room Twitter Feed

All further engagements will be reviewed on a case by case basis and as with yesterday's appearance we expect we may not hear about them until the day they take place.

Kensington Palace

It is thought Kate is around ten weeks pregnant at the moment and has been sick for a month now. HG varies with each pregnancy and it would seem it is worse this time round. We wish Kate all the best and do hope she feels better very soon.

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In other news, designers are still showcasing their Spring Ready-To-Wear offerings and Alexander McQueen's was as creative and colourful as ever. Sarah Burton drew inspiration from Japan - the geisha and samurai embodied the extremes of her latest looks. As always, we will most certainly not be seeing the Duchess in these creations, however, certain prints and stylistic elements may feature in bespoke pieces over the coming year.

Alexander McQueen

Of course, these looks will be much more accessible when they hit stores. The current collection contains many styles Kate could wear without modification including the Swarovski Crystal Embellished Gown, the Wool A-Line Dress and the Keyhole Detail Pencil Dress.

Alexander McQueen

Meanwhile, Roland Mouret's offering was altogether more wearable looking. Focusing on his strengths: the figure hugging sheath dress, with complex construction and fabulous cuts.

Roland Mouret

We saw the incorporation of a variety of colours including lilacs, sky blues, buttercup yellows all combined for one garment. There's plenty to like here and no shortage of possibilities for Kate.

Roland Mouret

I've always felt Kate and Mr. Mouret's designs are an excellent fit. The two collaborated together to create the beautiful Ella Wool Crepe Gown, which the Duchess wore for a dinner at Claridges and the Nelson Mandela première. The €2,600 garment remains available at Net-A-Porter.


The current collection offers several strong possibilities for Kate. The Duchess generally opts for a dress for engagements and the following pieces are professional and stylish not to mention suitable for day to night. Below we look at the Tipula Stretch Jacquard and Striped Crepe Dress, the light grey Atria dress, the Lepas  Dress, the royal blue Nepa Dress and the Aglais one-shoulder dress.

Roland Mouret

Aside from 'the dress', Mr Mouret has established himself as an expert in creating flattering and versatile separates. The following pieces would be stellar choices for the Duchess; the royal blue Drymus Coat, the sharp Luciola blazer, the Tasgius skirt and the Myzus crepe blazer. As you can see the royal/storm blue colour Kate favours is very much present in many of the pieces.

Roland Mouret

Have you been following fashion week? If so, which collections have you enjoyed seeing most?

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Our final topic today arose from various articles appearing in recent days comparing Kate to George Clooney's bride, human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin. As so many of you will know the Hollywood star wed the 36-year-old in Venice last weekend.

Mail Online

A quick refresher; Amal debuted a number of incredible looks during the days before and after the wedding; quickly earning the title of one to watch as a chic style icon unafraid to experiment with fashion. Below we see the beauty in a Dolce & Gabbana striped dress, a dramatic stepped-hem Alexander McQueen black and red dress, a blossom embellished white lace Giambattista Valli mini dress and a Stella McCartney ensemble with wide-leg white trousers.

In Style

Indeed, comparisons with the Duchess began before the wedding as Sarah Burton was the rumoured designer of the wedding dress. In the end, the off-the-shoulder lace creation was by Oscar de la Renta. A stunning wedding dress, and perfect for the bride.

People / Hello!

But the comparisons didn't end there with news outlets and bloggers declaring Amal has taken Kate's style crown. One article for the Daily Mail by Catherine Ostler described the Duchess as "frumpy" compared to Ms. Alamuddin:

'Kate can sometimes look a little frumpy. At least, that is the effect when seen against Amal, with her impeccable knack of giving her wardrobe a clever twist.'

It's interesting because from what I've seen, the two ladies have completely different senses of style; in terms of cuts, lengths, prints and everything in between. We've seen Amal in floral-print trousers and quirky footwear whilst the Duchess prefers to step out in her trusty skinny jeans, boots and a coat. Both ladies are very stylish in different ways; Kate in a classic, conservative sense (being cautious of her position at all times), while the glamorous Amal is experimenting with couture and expanding her personal style.

It is a shame the media tends to pit women against each other in a competitive sense rather than celebrating their individuality. It's something we've seen time and time again with Kate, whether it's comparing her to her late mother-in-law Diana, sister Pippa or tennis player Andy Murray's girlfriend Kim Sears to name a few.

Rather than comparing, I rather enjoy seeing both ladies enjoying fashion and expressing their own taste. What are your thoughts on this? Do you enjoy seeing comparisons or find it disappointing to see such articles? Should Kate's style be analysed against other women who don't have protocol to consider? We had an interesting discussion on a survey which asked 'Would you like to be Kate?' on our last post and we look forward to hearing your replies and thoughts! On another note, congratulations to George and Amal, it was undoubtedly the wedding of the year. :)

212 comments:

  1. It seems reasonable that KP will have to review Kate's diary on a case by case basis. Hopefully, she won't suffer throughout her pregnancy...

    I like the black Swarovski embellished McQueen gown and Keyhole pencil cut dress, as well as the black Roland Mouret suit. The other pieces, not so much. As far as the McQueen models are concerned, I suppose they were going for the "beam me up Scotty" look. I don't get it, but oh well...

    Regarding Amal... I thought her wedding gown was stunning and suited her perfectly. Normally, I am not a fan of strapless wedding gowns, but this one was beautiful. The blossom embellished dress, on the other hand, was ridiculously short. I expected "edgy", but this was over the top. I told a friend that the bride was one sneeze away from leaving nothing to the imagination. Had it been a few inches longer, it would have looked cute on her. I did like the potential of it.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden2 October 2014 at 14:23

      I totally agree with your first paragraph. It's good that they have unannounced events planned if she get's better but having them under wraps so people don't get disappointed if she can't come.

      Haha, "beam me up, Scotty"!!! :D

      She has a very nice style, Amal. Quite regal actually. Exept that flash-risky dress :P

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  2. Kate, Texas, USA2 October 2014 at 03:56

    Good evening Charlotte and readers! I had read about Kate having to pull out of the Clore Art Room engagement. As was stated, it must be hugely disappointing to have to pull out of an engagement so dear to her heart. I know those at the engagement would have been looking forward to seeing Kate, so there's disappointment on their end also. I feel sad for Kate. It's really difficult when you desperately want to feel well. but continue to feel horrible. I truly hope and pray she does not suffer for her entire pregnancy. Continuing to pray for William, Kate, George, and the sweet baby to come.

    Not following fashion week, but I'll follow through the blog. :) Not too hip on the McQueen frocks, but I did love the crystal embellished gown. It will be interesting to see if Kate recycles much of her maternity wardrobe or steps out in new attire. The seasons will be different as this little one will arrive in April, so maybe we'll see some new!

    As far as the comparison between Kate and Amal, I really wish comparisons were not made. You worded it perfectly Charlotte when you said you wished the two women shouldn't be pitted against each other in a competitive sense, but rather their individuality should be celebrated. Exactly. I don't know much about Amal other than what has been reported the past couple weeks. She's obviously intelligent, stylish, and very beautiful, but so is Kate. They are different women with different styles. I don't think either woman's objective in life is to wear the "style crown". Why make comparisons?

    Congrats to George and Amal! Her dress was beautiful and she was a stunning bride! I did love seeing some of her fashion choices over the wedding weekend. Very classy and chic!

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  3. Oh my, what are those headpieces, and more to the point, why are they? They make the models look like monkeys. Whatever the vision is here, I'm not seeing it. I hope she never wears anything based off that pink thing in the top row, that looks like a feather duster, or the white top that looks like a cross between a bra and a bandage.

    Poor Kate, I'm sure we'll see people sniping (not here, of course) that she isn't really sick and just doesn't want to work, or whatever judgmental conclusions they can bring to bear. And I absolutely cannot understand how Amal has suddenly become Kate's "rival," like dressing well is a competitive sport and only one woman can be on top at any given time. They have completely different lives. I don't know why Mrs. Clooney's dress sense cant be praised without throwing in some gratuitous snark about Kate. This makes me tired.

    -juniper

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  4. Pauline Oak HIlls2 October 2014 at 04:38

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    Charlotte I have been away from reading the blog for a few weeks. I was in a car accident and have been taking care of myself. I am still in alot of pain but thought I would take a minute and try and check up.
    Wow I feel so sorry for Kate. I bet it is really hard on her not being able to take care of George or William, A nanny is not the same as having mommy & daddy holding and love on them.
    I was reading yuour last post and I do have to say I was kinda surprised that William took off and went to a wedding when Kate was so sick. I understand that there really isn't much he can do but it would be nice for him to take care of poor George, since he claims to be a hands on dad. Then there was talk of William at another wedding last year while Kate was home again being pregnant and not being able to travel since it was in June and the baby was due in July. He supposely got his tooth knocked out dancing widely by one of his friends. Again I question his actions.
    But it is their marriage and if Kate is good with it then I guess we can't question his actions. But we can have our own opinions. And mine is William is a guy who does what he wants, when he wants to and nobody will tell him other wise not even his wife.

    Hope all is well with you Charlotte.

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    1. I've Got A Gal in Kalamazoo2 October 2014 at 10:30

      Pauline, I'm sorry to hear the news of your car accident and hope your recovery will be speedy.

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    2. oh pauline i hope your ok how everything going on missing the little home over there i hope your ok

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden2 October 2014 at 14:31

      How scary!!! Hope everything is okay under the circumstances an praying for a fast recovery!!

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    4. I'm very sorry about your accident. Regarding William going to weddings while Kate is indisposed, I don't even see why it's controversial. I have a long-term chronic illness that has a knack for being exceptionally bad right when there's something I really want to do... I would never even think of asking my husband to stay home. Like Kate, I have family and friends nearby to help if needed (which it usually is), and these are events for people that are important to both of us. And people for whom our presence is important. Of course one of us should go, if we can't both go. I'm not worried about my husbands behavior if I'm not around, and frankly I doubt that Kate is worried about William's. If I actually needed him specifically to be with me, or if no one else was available, he would and has stayed with me. I'm sure William is the same, except they'll always have someone available.I wonder if people aren't just LOOKING for things to criticize about the Cambridges.

      If you're wondering if we have small children, the answer is yes, we did; two girls 13 months apart, but they're university age now. When they were really little, the grandparents stepped in, and when they were older he sometimes took them along if it was appropriate. It's kind of the point of having a network of extended family and friends -- you celebrate each other's joys and help out when one of them needs help.

      -juniper

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    5. I agree with you Pauline about Wlliam. 100% agree!

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    6. Rebecca - Sweden2 October 2014 at 20:08

      I'm with you, Juniper. Just because you (or in this case me) is indisposed doesn't mean you want everyone around you to stop their lives. If you ask them, they would have stayed. But no-one feels better sitting there looking at you. That just gives you guilt instead. Ofc life shall go forward as normal as possible.

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    7. Juniper and Rebecca, I agree with both of you regarding what I consider a mature, healthy and balanced approach to life in any relationship.

      I suppose some people have the "get on with it gene", while others seem to thrive on drama, no matter how manufactured it may be. ;)

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    8. Oh for Pete's sake. Is he supposed to sit and home and stare at her? Can you imagine the contempt and jokes William would be subject to if he cancelled everything and stayed home?

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    9. Rebecca - Sweden2 October 2014 at 22:54

      Royal fan. I agree with your last statement. And ofc everyone have different needs in this regard.. That should be taken in to account. But that does not mean "the other way" is the wrong way.

      And though we all like some good drama I prefer it to be fiction ;) No use to try puppeteer some "innocent" people,

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    10. Sarah from Calif.3 October 2014 at 01:46

      Pauline, you know I'm thinking about you! Rest up. You have a full plate.

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    11. Pauline Oak Hills3 October 2014 at 06:40

      Thanks Sarah.

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    12. anon from Leominster3 October 2014 at 16:16

      So sorry to hear about the accident, Pauline. Take care, lot's of rest and feel better soon!

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    13. Paulline Oak HIlls4 October 2014 at 18:25

      Thank you anon from Leominster.

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  5. I do not think one person's style should be criticized against another. I think it perfectly alright to analyse and discuss. I agree with the comment that Amal's style is more regal. I especially like her choice of wider leg pants. I just think they are much classier. And it was refreshing to see them. She is just more continental and exotic. Catherine is more British. My own opinion is that Catherine looks a little too common. She is improving. But the skinny jeans are just awful. If she ditched those and got some classy pants that would help. I like them both. They are just different. but my personal leaning would be toward Amal. And I'm sure the fashion leaders (for whatever that is worth!) are going to lean in her direction. Maybe Catherine will be relieved. It doesn't seem she wants to be a fashion icon. And that's okay. She doesn't have to be. She is who she is.

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    1. I agree. The skinny jeans are terrible. I think the wedges are awful too.

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    2. anon from Leominster3 October 2014 at 16:25

      I think Kate loves clothes, looking at her long interest in shopping, her choice of fashion for her brief career choice, the variety of designers she uses and her style before and right after her marriage.

      But I think Kate became worried that was all she was known for and is trying to look less interested which leads to slightly schizophrenic results, of being very fashionable one minute and in repeat jeans and wedges the next. (a look never seen when she was dating William.) I think when Kate develops her royal identity in time, and it make take her some time, her style will settle much like Sophie and the European princesses she will be able to dress quite stylishly and still be know for her work.

      As for Amal, both women are dark and there is a vague similarity at times as Amal sometimes dresses professionally but the comparison is something invented by the press because Kate's name sells and there is no other news for her at the moment.

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    3. Leo, Kate wore a lot of dresses and skirts before she married William, but her wardrobe did include jeans and espadrilles. I do agree with your "slightly schizophrenic results" assessment.

      Regarding Sophie, well, I just can't put her in the same league as the European princesses. Mary, Maxima, and Mathilde are great examples of princess-like power dressing. In comparison, Sophie is rather bland. I have yet to see her in something I could get excited about. Most of the time she looks like she is about to meet the in-laws for the first time and doesn't want to overdo it. :)

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    4. Hi Royalfan,

      I don't get the fuss about Mary at all. I think Sophie has found a new sense of style in recent years - the electric blue at Easter last year, the white Pucci in Canada and the Emilia Wickstead at Ascot immediately spring to mind and I liked her Bruce Oldfield for Kate's wedding she has had some lovely outfits. Each to their own and it all makes for interesting times for us royal watchers.

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    5. anon from Leominster6 October 2014 at 03:24

      Royalfan, Kate wore jeans before her wedding, but they were neat, not tight, and paired with nice tops. Very different from those ratther ratty and tight ones she has worn too often of late. But otherwise, I do like her clothes most of the time.

      I also do think Mary has very good style and Mathilde is very queenly. Maxima is bold and when she gets it wrong, it can really be wrong, but somehow it fits her personality. I love Sophie with her hair styled down and around her face. She has a strong jaw and I think it suits her well. (I also love Kate's long hair, except when she features ringlets.) I think Sophie is branching out a bit but she isn't young anymore (boo hoo, neither am I) so don't think she will get too daring.

      I loved the Mouret dresses but the others not so much. The McQueen diamante evening gown is fabulous and they are very good at adjusting things for Kate. I was surprised the coat dress she wore in Belgium had a couple of technical glitches but generally Emma Burton does marvellous things for Kate.

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    6. Penelope, I think the fuss has to do with Mary always getting it exactly right. Her look is elegant and consistent. Of course, an enviable figure and posture does help. :)

      I do agree with you about Sophie's white Pucci (I even commented about it). On occasion, I do like what she wears, but overall I don't see her having the same flair for fashion that some of the European princesses have. It's also interesting that Sophie started experimenting at a time in her life when most women have it down pat.

      Leo, Kate wore the jeans that were in style back then. Skinny jeans are a more recent trend and she isn't the only royal lady to be seen in them.

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  6. Ahh poor Kate. I was blessed with pretty easy though high risk pregnancies. Lots of stress and Dr visits, but I felt pretty good all the way through all my pregnancies and births. It would be so depressing to be sick all the time and stressed about the health of your baby, very hard. I am sure she is hugely and truly disappointed about having to cancel engagements. I am sure she wants to be out of her bed and bathroom over the toilet and out of her house and enjoying her George, and her new growing baby. Wish she feels better soon. Ali

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  7. "Frumpy"?! That is one of the most insane, unreasonable adjectives that I can think of to describe HRH Kate. No way!

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  8. hi charlotte i believe that she want to but for me health first i love both duchess and mrs clonney style btw the way i love sweden royal family accept prince carl phillp fiancee

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  9. I think it is odd to put out press releases about events that no one knew about. I wonder how the press corp feels about being used in this way. If she can't work, she can't work. Obviously she needs to communicate with the folks where she was expected - but to release it to the press corp seems contrived.

    Regarding dress... who creates protocol? Who decides skirts and heels versus flats and pants? I do believe the UK royals follow the Queen's standards and this is an 88 year old monarch whose only been seen wearing pants once or twice. Elizabeth does not dress as Queen Victoria did - so protocols do change. I would say we do not see Kate dressing for herself - we see her dressed for her job/role with protocols established by two generations above. I think comparisons with other European royals is a better metric. Compare and contrast her style to Mary, Letizia, Victoria, Charlene, Stephanie (Luxembourg) - women more her age and doing similar things in similar roles, keeping in mind, all of these folks are closer to the throne (or on it) than Kate is. Compared to them she looks frumpy, in my humble, but usually correct, opinion. They seem like they have a personal style, where Kate's style comes across as a uniform.

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    1. "....in my humble, but usually correct, opinion." I love it! I really love it. :))) May I borrow that? Lol.

      Re: frumpy....I am struggling with the word; in my mind, it would apply more to Princess Anne...or the York ladies (more often than not). But I do see what you're saying and I believe that Kate should, and could, take it up a notch. In her attempt to avoid upstaging anyone and being labeled a clotheshorse (and I firmly believe she has been doing that from day one of her marriage), sometimes she has played it a little safe and bland. NOT always, but enough of the time. And I would add hairstyle and jewelry to the list.

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    2. Yes, I wish she would add a little more glamour to her look, and take more fashion risks. She is too conservative and her look is getting boring. I'm tired of the coat dresses she wears all the time.

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    3. Yes, I wish she would add a little more glamour to her look, and take more fashion risks. She is too conservative and her look is getting boring. I'm tired of the coat dresses she wears all the time.

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    4. Royalfan,
      I too am struggling with"frumpy" as a description of Catherine and also of the "too common".
      I know we have a great many people for whom English is not their first language, so can only assume these words have different meanings

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    5. Moxie, that's a great point about announcing she wasn't going to an engagement no one knew she was attending!

      As far as dress protocol, some institutions are more conservative than others. The BRF is quite conservative and I bet William relaxes things quite a bit when it's his turn. But it isn't his turn yet.

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    6. anon from Leominster3 October 2014 at 16:39

      As I said above, I don't think Kate has really defined herself as a royal outside of fashion so that's what everyone focuses on. That has led Kate to try to be less known for her clothes but at the moment, that has left something of a void.

      I thought Kate's look the first year of her marriage was perfect. It is a slightly conservative look as befits her position. Lately, there has been variations where she has looked a bit frumpy in her worn jeans at some times and has worn too short skirts at others. Diana too went through a strange period (that spot look in the Middle Eighties). I believe Kate will eventually settle into a style that works well for her perhaps with less high street and a more limited choice of designers.

      Have to say I think some of Amal's recent choices too flashy and in Sweden, Sofia's dress in her formal portrait much too tight and a bit cheap looking for that. (Along with her bedroom hair.) I would rather see Kate play it a bit safe than show too much.

      At her best, which is much of the time, Kate looks fabulous in my eyes and if she would follow her natural instincts more than trying to convince us she isn't a fashion person, I think she would continue to dazzle us the way she did at the beginning instead of ithings being a bit more hit or miss.

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    7. Rebecca - Sweden3 October 2014 at 17:06

      They probably released it so the Art Room would not miss out on the planned extra press. Ofc there is much more good PR that comes out of it (showing Kate in a good light and gaining sympathy) but I think a big part of it is showing support to the cause, which prabably would have gone under the radar without this letter.

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  10. I really don't think the two of them are comparable at all.

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    1. I think we can agree that they both have FABULOUS hair!

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    2. YES! I wish I had kept my hair long in my thirties.

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    3. Yes we can! Absolutely fabulous hair!

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  11. I agree with you Charlotte. There is room for many style icons no need to make it a duel.

    Having said that Amal had 4 fantastic outfits, all I can say is WOW
    Nancy from California

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  12. Tammy from California2 October 2014 at 06:41

    Amal and Kate: NO COMPARISON.

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  13. Eve from Germany2 October 2014 at 07:56

    I absolutely LOVE Oscar de la Renta - he truly knows how to make "swoon" dresses each and every time... This one certainly is no exception. I often read the US Vogue and they often report about him and his dresses. Just in this September issue, editor-in-chief Anna Wintour reported about her son´s wedding and the wonderful cooperation with de la Renta in creating her daughter-in-law´s dress. He seems to be a truly special and considerate person - and that shows in his creations. It would be interesting to see what he would create for Kate if he had the chance (like e.g. for an evening dress).....
    Back to the Duchess. I am very and truly sorry, that she still seems to feel unwell. Still, I don´t think it´s necessarily worse than last time. She made a surprise visit to the award presentation during her first early pregnancy but it could just have been a "lucky coincidence" of her feeling well enough on that particular day. I remember the photos of Christmas Day when she left the church together with William and her family and she looked really, really poorly. We have to wait and see and in the meantime send her lots of good wishes for her recovery.
    IMO it would be much better for everyone involved and concerned if everyone stopped this "game" of "we take it day by day". I assume they all want the best with this policy but it puts enormous strain on the Duchess. Why not accept reality as it is and accept the fact that the Duchess has this illness and therefore should not have to worry about "can I attend or not"? If I were KP press office I would just say "Right, you suffer from HG, all engagements are cancelled for the first three months. After the 12-week scan we will see how you feel and extend the "no-engagements" period if necessary". All this "leaving everybody on their toes" whether the Duchess will be able to attend an engagement - it makes everything just far worse. People tend to have the ability to live with clear facts (ok once they get over the initial disappointment) much better than with constant uncertainty..... I know they want to show everybody how keen she is on fullfilling her role as patron or ambassador - but this policy has the reverse effect and puts the Duchess under unnecessary pressure. Well, it seems to be an ongoing thing, this "not fully acknowledging reality as it is"....

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    1. You are so RIGHT!! :-)

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    2. anon from Leominster3 October 2014 at 16:48

      I tend to agree with you. The surprise non-visit was a bit baffling to the public and undoubtebly disapponting to those at the Art Room who expected her, even though a return visit has been promised.

      Kate and William have not been well served by their PR and that seems to continue.

      It may be Kate is more ill this time, last time by Christmas she seemed much better although the only engagement she did after the sports awards was the portrait gallery until her fifth month or so. I would think Remembrance might be her first reasonable appearance.

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  14. Thank you for this post! Hope Kate will be better very soon! I think there's no way to compare Kate & Ms. Clooney. Kate could or would never wear so (!) stylish clothes. But that's ok because she's a member of the royal family. Kate is stylish - but in a classic way and that's what makes her so special! I love her style!

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  15. Amal is a very successful Human Rights lawyer now married to a Hollywood actor. I don't get the point of comparing her to the Duchess because they are dressing for different roles.

    I'm really confused as to why an announcement had to be made about the Duchess not being able to attend this engagement at the Art Room. I don't recall it ever having been announced in the first place - am I wrong? If it wasn't an announced engagement, why announce the cancellation? I work in PR in London, and I work with celebrities, so I apologize for being a little skeptical, but we do tend to use tricks like this to manipulate the public and media.

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    1. I have some experience in PR as well, and my take on it was that they wanted to get her letter out to the press -- both what she said and that it was hand-written. A bit of 'keep her in the news' and a bit of 'hey, she really is passionate about her causes, people.' Im only guessing, of course.

      -juni

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    2. Jessica in Texas2 October 2014 at 18:19

      Since Kate gets so much PR maybe by just announcing she couldn't go it still brought The Art Room press which is a goal as a being a patron... i agree with you about tools to manipulate, it gains her more time at home to recover, shows that she did have something on the calendar ect... I'd love to hear more inside scoops from you on media stories! Being in the US by the time I hear something it's either a commenter on this blog or popped up in yahoo news so I miss what everyone over there is reading

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    3. In which way?
      Like, to make it seems worse than it is? To attract attention?
      It's great to have an insider's point of view :)

      Camilla

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    4. Rebecca - Sweden2 October 2014 at 20:16

      Very interesting. I agree with you all. A trick does not have to be ugly, it can be for good reasons.

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    5. My guess? To make her look like she's agonizing at not being able to work. Thereby feeding into the Caring Kate image they want to project.

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    6. Bluhare, really? You can do better. The statement was released because the Art Room and the Palace machine decided to release it. PR 101.

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    7. We are at a disadvantage 3culprits. You know me but I've got no clue who you are. PR 101 also talks about maintaining an image.

      And a guess is just a guess.

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    8. How does the statement help the charity? How is someone too sick to show up for work further the mission of the charity? It seems Kate's job was to personally thank the donor and look at the set-up and meet some of the beneficiaries. The Art Room functions just fine without Kate - it does need the donor. The press release was for Kate's image.

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    9. Rebecca - Sweden4 October 2014 at 01:54

      The press release puts Kates name in the same context as The Art Room, which leads to PR for them which in return leads to more understanding and usually opens eyes for more donors etc. That is the whole reason at all for having patrons.... I don't see what is confusing about that. I'm not saying that her own good PR isn't part of the reason. But can you seriously not see the good it does for the art room to?

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    10. Rebecca - why doesn't Kate just write "Sorry I missed you" letters every week to her charities and then send it to the press? Per your logic that would have a great benefit to them.

      There is a difference between Kate doing something in public and the press covering her actions in an authentic way and Kate sending out letters to her charities and copying the press on it.

      Do you seriously think anyone has read this letter and thought "I better go take care of the Art Room - Kate's not feeling well!"

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    11. Rebecca - Sweden5 October 2014 at 12:20

      Firstly, I would like to apologize if I sounded a little harsh at first.

      Secondly, to my reasonings.

      If she would send out those notes all the time it would get the opposite effect. It would show her cancelling alot and that she would rather write a note than do actual work. Also, they would end up sounding rather ironic. It is a difference when the event was actually planned. The charity or the organisation was expecting the added PR of having her show up and when she can't do so this is the next best thing.

      It is a difference, if she had a system in place to use this. But since this is a one time deal it seems (relatively) genuine to me.

      No I don't think anyone read it and wanted to help. But if she hadn't sent that note no-one would even know the opening existed. This is the next best way for them to get the opening acknowledged in the media or at tumblr etc. Every time a charity is mentioned (except for in scandals) they get more well-known. And that in turn gives them better chances of being financed. Being mentioned together with Kate (even with just a letter) gives a relatively big coverage which has the possibility of benefiting them. Am I making myself clear or not? (I hear that this last sentence can sound sarcastic, but from me it is a genuine question.)

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    12. Hi Rebecca,
      You don't sound harsh and you are clarifying your position very well. I will try to explain my perspective better. There are three entities being discussed - 1) Kate, 2) the charity, and 3) the press. Kate and the charity had a date. They didn't invite the 3rd entity - the press. But when Kate couldn't make the date she decided to write a letter to 2 with her apologies and good wishes. Suddenly they want to engage with the 3rd entity and let them know about their plans that they weren't invited to. Because they want to use the 3rd entity to tell more people about it.

      I understand that you take the view that whatever can help the charity is great. I question the way the press is used by these parties - because on the one hand Kate wants press for HER charities (not all charities)... but heaven forbid someone take a legal picture of George in a public place and publish it. My issue is the manipulation of press. And Kate using press for the work that she does not do.

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    13. Yes, Rebecca, your logic is very clear, and I thought it quite accurate in your first comment. There is an article about Princess Anne's visits to Africa, and her constant quiet efforts for Save the Children and the Vine Trust. The officials of those charities have said how effective her work is. A lot of it is never mentioned in the media, but connections are made and Save the Children has become globally known and widely respected, partly because of Princess Anne's name. Kate is at a different stage of life, but she can bring awareness to her charities, and it is good for them.

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    14. Rebecca - Sweden5 October 2014 at 22:08

      I would agree with you Moxie on everything IF it wasn't that the press uses them back. They sticks Kate's name to everything to gain clicks etc. They have a mutual love-hate relationship. And as I see it, giving that the press is "using" them, they have the right to use them back.

      I don't know how legal those pictures are. This resent paparazzi thing seems to have several layers to it. No permit in those areas, refusing to back of when security asked/urged, following and finding out his schedule. They don't like any pictures of him being publicized. But they just take it. This time is different.

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    15. The press do not 'use' William and Kate more than any other commercial entity uses the world and their environment to further their gain. William and Kate are public figures. It is the duty of the press to report on them.

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    16. Hi Rebecca,
      I agree with you that the press has its own agenda - and different press have different agendas (serious news, entertainment news, tabloid news, and so forth). Just about all of it is motivated by profit. Just as the royal family is motivated in being funded by the taxpayers (for example Kensington Palace and protection officers) and keeping their royals status. And the only way to connect with the taxpayers is to show up in public - engage one on one and invite the press to report on that so that it reaches a larger audience.

      I've been reading different points of views regarding the photos of George in the park - and I see the point of folks who are saying that parks are public places and were intended for folks who do not own or have vast tracts of land in which to engage in outdoor/nature activities. George does not have to be out in public parks - if they don't want his picture taken - remove HIM from the situation. I agree with those that think Will and Kate should stop trying to control and complain about legal activities taking place in public spaces. That photographer is within the law.

      I'll sum it up this way - Kate doesn't show up in public and wants to use press for her own means. George shows up in public and they get upset when press checks it out.

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    17. Maryland Moxie, Kate is an adult, George is a child. What I understand is the pap's in question have been in essence 'stalking' him not just "check(ing) it out". You will also be the first to criticize them if they retreat to Anmer Hall, as you do of everything Will and Kate do.

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    18. Moxie, why should George not be allowed to go to a "public Park", because he is a Prince?. By being in an area where other children are allows him to interact with these children and will allow him to grow up without being in isolation. After all, this is what Diana instilled in William as a child. She tried to give William and Harry as "normal" as possible childhood, so why should William not try to do this for his child(ren)?

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    19. Rebecca - Sweden6 October 2014 at 19:52

      I'm with you anons... They could keep him away. But the thing is, they should not have to. "It's their fault they were in the park" sounds alot like a "blame the victim"-defence. It is the same principle (but ofc not the same thing. I am in no way comparing the two) as in blaming a victim for a rape. "She shouldn't have been drunk", "She walked alone at night", "Her skirt and blouse was too revealing". Ofc those are things we sadly have to think about, but that doesn't make the action more legal or right. The way to battle injustices in the long haul is not to tell the possible victims what not to do (even though in the meantime ofc they should be informed). To fix the problem you have to fix the problem-makers and not the victims. In this case, stricter laws of photographing children and way's for the security to keep back stalking/intruding photographers (and other ofc). As have been said, Will and Kate don't like any photos being published of them, but they can accept the odd paparazzi or tourist picture here and there. But not organized stalking and harassment. It is two different things.

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    20. The point is that it would be very easy to keep George in parks where photographers are not allowed without permits. This photographer does not have one. There are acres of royal parks in London alone. They know that someone is photographing George, yet don't pull back and change his routine. If George were your child, what would you do if you thought your child was being "stalked"? You would not allow your child to go where the "stalker" is. And then you'd probably notify the authorities. But wait . . . the authorities are actually WITH George while he's being "stalked"! His RPO's are police officers, right? That's what doesn't make sense to me. George has not been in any danger or his protection officers would have taken action. That is, in fact, what they're there for!

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    21. I see that approach as creating laws to accommodate one family. Meanwhile, you have failed to provide proof that George has been harmed in anyway by having his photograph taken. What is George a victim of? A public park is not a private place - you cannot violate someone's privacy when they are in public. This is not at all like the situation you describe above. It is legal to photograph people in public places. (the other activity you describe is not legal) The reason you will not see that law changed is because it protects the press and the people in the reporting of civil clashes - in the case of a riot or reporting on aggression from a police force, or other government authority. Do you know where they have those types of laws you describe? Where tyrants rule. How on earth are you suppose to know if the person you are photographing is 17 or the legal age of 18? This is one family's issue, not a nation's problem. Because they have other options in which to walk George around in his pram - I don't think you are going to get the sympathy vote for the poor royal baby who can't be strolled in public without his picture being taken.




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    22. Rebecca - Sweden7 October 2014 at 23:39

      I see your points. And in a way I am not arguing against you. I myself is a little torn and I am really listening too your points. Just trying to see it from different points of view. My anxiety is acting up alot right now so I will not continue this "discussion". Not that I don't find it interesting, not because I don't have any valid arguments and not for any lack of respect for any of you. I just don't think my days ration (?) of power and energy is best spent on this. Hugs!!

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    23. bluhare, I actually agree with you on this issue. Kensington Palace Gardens covers 242 acres and Hyde Park 350. It certainly seems like a very reasonable option for daily walks with a toddler. Unless they take George on a specific outing, like the zoo for example, I don't see the need to drive to a park in a different area of London.

      I'm not suggesting that it's okay for photographers to harass George and his nanny, but a degree of logic might be useful here.

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    24. I think there is a fine line and either side of that line could be considered right or wrong.
      I believe this particular photographer had been "known" to Kate and William for years - he was rumoured to be the go to photographer of the Middletons.
      Violation of privacy is in itself a subject matter that is not clear - is it a sex crime as J Law has claimed by having her photos hacked and naked images of herself all over the Internet, just because she is a public figure?
      Similarly, is it ok for Prince George to be photographed by a professional pap - knowingly or unknowingly - wherever he is taken by his nanny or grandmother? He surely has a right to privacy as well? Battersea Park has a children's petting zoo within its 200 acres - what could be more entertaining for a child than seeing and touching the animals. He needs to be get used to be out and about and socialising and developing new skills - are we saying that just because the royal family do have access to the many royal parks that Prince George should be kept only within their grounds to avoid constant pap photography? Would any one of us want that for our children or grand children or nieces or nephews? I can certainly say I wouldn't.
      I think far from being a tyranny it is a warning that once again the paps are escalating their behaviour and a shot has been put across the bows by William.
      Having said all of that it is unfortunate that this particular photographer was involved as it is well known that William and Harry actively dislike him and William got into a scuffle with him once outside a London nightclub. I think KP or Clarence House - whoever is calling the shots - could have handled the entire thing privately and more delicately and it once again points to a breakdown in the press / royal relationship and PR machine. Things are not consistent and some photos have been ok: Canberra with Kate and some not: like now. That is where the fine line comes in .... An interesting debate though! Simone

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    25. What "proof" do you require Maryland Moxie? For Pete's sake he is a baby! If you were walking your child in a public park in America and some unknown chap started taking photographs of you and your baby do you think you may have something to say about it? I suspect you would. This is as much a moral issue as it is a legal argument about bloody privacy laws - simply ask yourself the moral question do you think it is right for a child to be photographed by total strangers when he is out in his pram, or playing on the swings in the playground, or swimming in the river or sea - what if that person were some sexual predator, then would you think it right? Is it right that he is photographed having a childish tantrum, or falling over, or picking his nose - because sure all of those things will happen. He is a human first and prince second, give the family some respect for that.

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  16. I agree with the note that they don't have to be competitors! They are both beautiful, stylish and happy women married to some famous person but have very different lives and ambitions.

    But, i must say, the white suit with hat is Jaw Dropping !!!! Imagine Kate stepping out the plane on Malta for example in THAT outfit! Wind-safe as well ;)

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    1. I agree totally! Whoever made that white pants suit & hat should send one to Kate! I am in love with it!

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden2 October 2014 at 20:18

      I agree about that pantsuit. Amazing! So much old Hollywood glamour!! :D

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    3. I'd love to see Maxima in the pant suit. I think it needs some curves.

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    4. Rebecca - Sweden3 October 2014 at 09:21

      Oh, nice point. Maxima would do it really well!!

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  17. Putting Kate and Clioney in the same article just ups the clicks and the sales. It's just about money, not actual comparisons.

    Camilla

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      Sounds very likely!

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  18. yes i i think it would be possible too see the duchess nowadays but i do believe there will be a possible to see her on the next couple of days when she alright i think prince william have possible engagement later today i dont compare mrs clonney to the duchess pls they have their different styles to compare at they cant be a style icon meanwhile cressie was spotted in prince trust
    http://www1.hellomagazine.com/celebrities/2014100221228/cressida-bonas-attends-princes-trust-art-auction-saatchi-gallery/

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  19. Charlotte did make an excellent point about not pitting women against one another. (Especially over clothing.)They have two very different lives. I did love Amals wedding gown. In fact it is the prettiest gown I've seen in awhile! Don't really care for her groom choice though. I never understood the hype with Clooney, even his early days on ER. I was almost disgusted when I heard he was on Dowton Abbey! Haha.
    I could see Kate wearing the black floor length gown or the royal blue coat. The rest of those fashions I wasn't keen on personally.

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  20. I'm hoping that Kate feels better very soon. It must be horrible for her to feel so bad and unable to fulfill her commitments. Regarding the comparison between her and Amal I feel that it is to be expected. Two now-famous women who will be in the spotlight for years to come. I love Amal's fashion sense and style. It's wonderfully youthful and at the same time classy. I initially thought the day-after dress a bit short in front, but I've now changed my mind about that. She has the long legs for it and it was edgy and risky - two qualities I love in fashion. I wish Kate could dress more appropriately for her age and less for her "position". Kate's dress/fashion sense is that of a much older woman (40's and 50's) and she's only 30. Though I usually like her choices, now that I've seen more of Amal's style, it does make me want to see some of that same edginess and risk-taking on Kate's part. I understand she is limited in her choices due to her position and that's unfortunate, but I'm of the opinion that she could do much better and dress less conservatively and get away with it. She isn't queen yet, so I say go for more fun and live it up! Thanks for this post, it was lovely.

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    1. Agreed. I would love to see Kate have more fun and dress more becoming to her age and youth. She has done it before, and she could do it more (I do understand her need for keeping her outfits under control with wind conditions and a lot of soft, flowy, feminine fabrics can end up swishing upwards easily). I see her professionalism coming through with her LK Bennet's, however, she could change up her shoes for some real classy, stylish, and interesting design (but not sacrifice comfort, either). Quite the balance to achieve with everything taken into consideration.

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  21. Can you imagine the screams of abuse were Catherine to wear her clothes as short as some of Mrs. Clooney's?
    So many designer clothes look unwearable on the catwalk, but the black gown with the crystal embroidery seems very elegant.
    "Sky " is reporting that Prince William is taking legal action against two paparazzi who have been harassing Prince George and his nanny. Seems they were warned by security---but continued following them..

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    1. Jean, I heard the same on BBC news as I drove my daughter to school this morning. It would seem the paps are lying in wait at local parks and pouncing.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden2 October 2014 at 15:23

      I read that. Sick people. It's good they take action. Okey if someone sees them and takes a picture. But this person has learnt Georges schedule etc. Creepy. If it was a person without a camera it would be called stalking but with a camera "they're just doing their work".... Blerk....

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    3. Agree. HRH stands for something different and dresses accordingly (and I do think, in this regard, that it was important and relevant to critique HRH's flying hemlines). HRH's style is fashionable and contemporary, yet steadfast. She has never, and will never, look outdated, flashy, inappropriate. Alamuddin can dress in however way she sees fit and, frankly, she will fade from headlines as quickly as she was written up in them. HRH stands for a grander, larger picture and, frankly, slow and steady wins the race if that's the lens we choose to look at what I otherwise think is an apples vs. oranges situation, not apple vs. apple (or orange vs orange, take your arbitrary fruit choice). S

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    4. I'm glad they took legal action. And I'm not sure how receptive William (in particular) would be, but perhaps KP could make a deal with the press and agree to periodic photo calls in exchange for respecting their son's privacy on a day to day basis.

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    5. Rebecca - Sweden2 October 2014 at 23:19

      I think that deal would be very good actually. Both so the media doesn't get into some starved frenzy. But also so people see and "grow up with" George. That way he won't just show up like some random person in his 20s some day. Plus, I think it would be good for George to in a controlled way get used to the press.

      Victoria and Daniel does this good. In the beginning they just sent out their own pictures. (or showed Estelle from afar. Like for example Victorias birthday. Estelle has been there every year. But this year was the first time she spoke to some of the people. Just a few. So she is gradually getting used to it. And that combined with occational press photos (National day portrait, seasonal movies etc) helps acclimate her and feed the media at the same time. (link to the cutest gingerbread-baking video with Estelle and her parents: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSW1S53LO3c&list=UUZPxZX-eRWxvEt2n65UstOA )

      I somehow doubt William will allow it though.... I don't know if that is the wisest choice.... but...

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    6. Oh, Rebecca, what a sweet video. Thank you for posting it. :) Estelle is adorable and what a normal, happy family unit they are. Lovely to see.

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    7. I take issue with "screams of abuse". Kate also isn't married to a film star. She's married to a future King in a very conservative family. A bit different.

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    8. bluhare, it's true that Kate and Amal have very different roles in life. No argument there. But I believe this dress was so short that the length just isn't appropriate, regardless of who may be wearing it. I don't want to put words in her mouth, but perhaps that was Jean's point...that Amal is being praised for her choice while Kate would be crucified for it.

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    9. I think that in order to support this, fans must stop posting any photos of the Cambridges not on duty and show no interest in any such candids. I would fully support Charlotte if she chose from here on only to post photos of them on duty, in the name of consistency and support. Even if the photos have captured a moment that is good PR, as date night was (hence no suing or warnings... I think? I don't recall any).

      Much as I like seeing candids, I think consistency is key.

      Charlotte, would you be open to only acknowledging and discussing official photo releases from the Cambridges only on official duty? I would completely understand and support your choice if you did :)

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    10. Hello Stephanie,

      It's a discussion we've had several times on the blog and when asked readers said they wanted to see Kate candids because they are so rare, once they were taken without harassment. There are certain paps photos I will not post, no matter what, because of their reputation. In fact, it's very rare we even see pap photos of Kate.

      As for George, I haven't posted the pap photos of him. There have been so many and it's really been escalating lately. It's not something I feel comfortable with. I believe, he should be allowed to enjoy his childhood as privately as possible.

      I'm totally open to another discussion on candids and how people feel about them though.

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    11. Rebecca - Sweden3 October 2014 at 13:53

      I agree with your boundaries, Charlotte. Candids is okay, long lens etc is not. George is of limits always etc.

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    12. I didn't care for the length of that dress either royalfan, no matter who is wearing it. But Amal isn't out representing the Queen. That's the big difference IMO and where the criticism (or not) comes in here.

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    13. The Duke and Duchess do not appear to be troubled by the odd camera photo when someone recognizes them in the park.
      The man complained of seems to have been following the little prince and his nanny which is rather different.
      Taking photos of a child---whoever he or she is, without parental permission, is likely to find a person having to explain themselves to the police.
      There have been quite a lot of photos of George released, or as in the case of the polo, allowed..
      Some praise the Swedes for the number of photos allowed of Estelle---that is of course, her parents' decision, but personally, I think she is too often allowed to "take over" events---as at her Aunt's wedding.
      I cannot see any member of the British Royal Family being allowed to do that---except of course where the Bride has chosen the child as a flower girl or page.

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    14. anon from Leominster3 October 2014 at 16:59

      I think Victoria and Daniel have done quite a fine job of balancing appearances with Estelle with privacy.

      When Kate is better, I would like to see William and Kate give George an occasional photo op as they did in Austalia which will both get him comfortable with his role - as Estelle clearly is and also the Belgium children, and asking in return for privacy from the press. That won't stop all paps but it would mute the demand a bit. Right now, there is so little, it is making the press a bit desperate.

      I agree with Charlotte on publishing reasonable candids of Kate and William but not those of George. That's the general standard the mainline press has used.

      I do never think it is reasonable to ask the British press to not publish photos that are clearly going to be used by established overseas agencies like Reuters and those in the States. Drawing a line between the respectable press and the paps is something that hasn't always happened and it would help.

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    15. Kate, Texas, USA5 October 2014 at 04:31

      Charlotte, I think you always do a great job of discerning what to post/not post as far as candids. Your blog and posts always maintain integrity. As far as George, I agree he's off limits. He should be able to enjoy his childhood with complete privacy unless his parents choose to have him at an engagement or publish photos.

      As far as the photographer who was sent the "warning", I don't remember if it was on a news broadcast or written, but apparently he feels he has done nothing wrong and will continue to take pictures of Prince George. Are you kidding me? I guess it will take a lawsuit for him to back off. Must be so frustrating for Will and Kate.

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    16. It has been some time since I have seen any unauthorized photos of Prince George in the US press, but then I don't read the rags. The last pictures that were generally known and discussed were of George in Battersea Park with his nanny, probably a couple of months ago. There is nothing in the general media now except the reports about William's current objection to "harassment."

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    17. Regarding the pap who is being sued. He does not have a permit to photograph in the park adjacent to KP. I'm not trying to say that William and Kate should keep George in that park only but it's a bit disingenuous to accuse one particular photographer of stalking when there is a very easy way to remove George from the other end of that particular lens.

      Also, where are George's protection officers if they're allowing all these photos to be taken? I thought that was their job; to ascertain if people are indeed stalking with nefarious intent. I've read that they have stopped people photographing Kate; why won't they interfere with George?

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    18. Rebecca - Sweden5 October 2014 at 17:31

      Bluhare- From what I have read the security officers have stepped in multiple times and told the paparazzi to go away. Both warned and really told them (I don't know how forcefully). Even then the same paparazzi(s?) have come back day after day and refuses to stop taking the pictures. That is why this has become an issue.

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    19. To clarify, William's legal team has threatened to take legal action against one man who, according to them, has been following George and his staff around when they are in public in Kensington Gardens. There's been a lot of discussion that the legal team didn't go immediately to court because of the negative publicity that would generate and because they might not win the case, since the photos were taken in a public setting and the photographer has vowed to fight the charges if it goes to court.
      The irony is that the more reclusive that William and Kate become, the greater value that any photos of them or their family are going to have. It's the law of supply and demand.
      As many of you have noted, scheduling regular royal photo calls would at least provide some photos into that market.

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    20. Pictures have been taken in Kensington Gardens, too. Protection officers have consistently warned this photographer, and Prince George has been removed from the vicinity when he appears. I don't understand, however, what "harassment" means. Is the photographer stalking the prince by following him around, or is his behavior more intrusive?

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    21. Hi Rebecca, the point I was trying to make is that the photographer in question -- Niraj Tanna -- does not have a permit to take photographs in the royal parks. If George were in those parks, he couldn't take any photos of him.

      George also has security with him at all times; one would think they would be checking out suspicious behavior. My understanding is Tanna is the one who was sued to taking photographs of Kate playing tennis before they were engaged. They know who he is.

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    22. Rebecca - Sweden6 October 2014 at 00:18

      Ok, Bluhare. I agree that they could stay to the royal parks. But a thought? Doesn't alot of other "royal photographers" have permits in those park? Those parks might be "expected" to see a royal in and maybe tourists go "royal watching" there, and that might be a reason they avoid those park? Just a thought....

      And I think the security is well aware. As I said, I read that they have told Tanna of alot of times and I think that includes them keeping an eye on him/her, maybe?

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    23. We know that Kate and William have issues statements implying they have been upset at other random candids of them, such as shopping etc. As a fan, I think it is important that in order to show support for them, consistency is key, and that any photos of them not on duty should be ignored and not posted. We know it would make them most happy. I don't think we can assume what is "okay" candids as they have made it clear their privacy is very important to them. Surely we can give them that wholly.

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    24. anon from Leominster6 October 2014 at 10:32

      Since there are huge gaps of time with no engagements for the couple, possibly months, that basically means no photos at all. Frankly, since they don't seem to care what much of the public is upset about (no public work) I'm not sure why we should be that sensitive about their feelings. About George, yes, certainly, but for two adults granted public funds for security and other benefits, I'm not so sure.

      If there were more public photos (when Kate isn't ill of course and presumably not going out at all) there would be less demand for the comparatively poor quality of photos from private outings.

      All royals do get photographs taken on holiday. Most seem to accept it as part of the job. Some offer photo ops to then be left alone. If you are a royal, you are going to be photographed, it's part of the job.

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    25. I completely agree Leo, but Will and Kate have made it clear they wish for those expectations to not apply to them. I love candids, but they desire more control and privacy.

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    26. Hi Rebecca, George could be photographed by photographers who have permits to work in the royal parks. However, they aren't going after them. They're going after this guy who is in a public park. If it's this individual who is the problem, then removing George to a royal park (and I'm not a geographic expert but I think there are several in London alone) solves it. Instead they're making a big deal about something that could be fixed. I wonder why.

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    27. But Leo we are not talking about a polite posed family photograph being taken but of photographers pursuing them in shops, down pavements, hiding in bushes, on helicopters, on boats, posing as staff and all with obscenely long lenses. How can that be right? And your comment about there being months between engagements or "no public work" is simply not correct - granted we have not seen Catherine for weeks but last time I checked she was pretty ill. William has been carrying on his required public duties and we have seen him at least once per month and in many cases many more times than that throughout this entire year - do you recall Malta, Invictus, Commonwealth Games, Investitures, Oxford - I could go on? Some seem to desire to have photographs of Catherine whenever they snap their fingers. They have as much right to privacy in their PRIVATE life as anyone who posts on this blog does. In their public lives they are of course "fair game" but some on here don't seem to appreciate the trade off that is made for "public funds, security (really??) and other benefits" - as was discussed in the last post, very few would trade their lives for that of Catherine and William. They are the most famous couple in the world today, bar none, and no amount of posed photographs would sate the appetite of the media frenzy that surrounds them. The belief that the UK is generally complaining about the "lack of public work" that is completed by William and Catherine is also grossly exaggerated, there is an interest in what Catherine in particular does, but you could soon start to believe that the musings on blogs and internet generally represents the feelings of the more general UK population and that is simply not correct. Very few people in the UK exhibit the level of interest in Catherine and William than the readers of a blog such as this one - and thats ok - no doubt there are blogs about steam trains, aeroplanes, birds whatever, which others will follow ... but we do not represent "real world" UK thinking - especially with the skew in nationality that is represented here. To use your word Leo, frankly, it is only the UK support that really counts - it is our monarchy, everything else is opinions only. Interesting debating material but nothing more and importantly the UK still supports the notion of a monarchy. Whether things will change over time who knows but my absolute belief is that this young couple with their growing family also deserve their privacy.

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  22. If Amal were a blonde with porcelain skin, I doubt we would see the comparison-driven press picking Kate as her rival. Are tabloid photo editors so shallow that they can only see that deep? (Rhetorical question.)

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    2. Haha!! And here I thought they had that one shelved until Harry was seen out with a brunette?

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    3. We constantly see Kate's fashion, and entire being, compared to a tall, blonde, porcelain woman.

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  23. I quite agree with you in regards to what a shame it is that we pit women in the spotlight against one another, as if one or the other must be better in some way. Appreciating both of their styles and individuality and celebrating diversity of style opinions should be discussed and encouraged. I thank you for bringing up the point.

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  24. What is with the black mask like thing on the A. McQueen models? That is very odd to me. Am I missing something?

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      It's fashion week. Need I say more? :P Those are pretty tame for being fashion week :P

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    2. Jennifer, in this case, I'm quite happy to be on the "missing something" side. ;)

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      Can't blame you for that ;) I guess I'm used to it. :P

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  25. I agree, celebrate fashion for fashion!

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  26. I love post like these, so unexpected but I itching for a new post tho!
    It's too bad that Kate had to cancel on her engagement but her and the baby's health should be the number one priority!!
    I am hoping that Twitter is right and she is able to go on more engagements in Oct and Nov!
    So when I was reading Kate's message, I envisioned it in her voice even with her nervousness. Anyone else did that?!
    Amal and Kate are both beautiful and sophisticated and educated ladies. We shouldn't pin them against each other.
    But when Amal and George did a walk about after their wedding it did remind me of Will and Kate and their walk about For the photographers after the wedding.

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  27. I would like to point out the silly headline, "Amal Alamuddin is the new Kate Middleton." Please. Kate is her very own special, beautiful person. Amal has her own amazing qualities. They are two separate women that lead different lives. Why do we have to compare people so as if they are some sort of 'trend'? People should be valued for who they are, and not as if they are some 'thing' that can go in or out of style. I suppose that goes along with the 'celebrity' idea, however, people should value other people more and skip the distorted, exaggerated headlines. To reference a recent Ellen Degeneres broadcast, where she tried to bring some 'good news' to the media in the midst of all the bad news, thank you. We could all do without the frivolous headlines and superfluous talk. As Charlotte has written and highlighted in the past here on this blog, both the lovely fashion outtakes of Catherine, but also the causes for which she stands for and supports, the substance by which we all should care about more than dehumanizing people and making them objects of superficial trends in headlines that inflict, not inspire.

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    1. Now Amal Alamuddin is the new Jackie Kennedy, which is equally silly.

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  28. I'd say the article is good PR for the Duchess and the charity. It raises awareness for the Art Room, and it keeps the Duchess relevant in the news and it garners sympathy for her. It also portrays her on a flattering way - perfect opportunity to publish old photos of her at past events, underlining her commitment to charity.

    All this can backfire if, say, photos emerge next week of her shopping. Suddenly she'll be portrayed as "work shy". And this is why I really feel for her. The media here can be brutal. There are about 10 newspapers published daily, a couple of which are free, and they all have huge circulations - Londoners love a good newspaper to read during their long commutes! The paps here are everywhere and celebrities are constantly being hounded, even more so than in Hollywood. The RF is no exception, and the British media has always had an obsession with them.

    Lastly, I don't think she wrote that letter. I'd say it was written by someone on her PR team. This is what they're paid for, to make official statements like this.

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    1. Sabby, too true.
      Of course that letter wasn't written by the Duchess. It's absolutely a PR piece.

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    2. I have no idea if Catherine wrote the letter and had it reviewed by her staff, or if her staff prepared it and she okayed it or if she and the staff worked on it jointly. Ali

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden6 October 2014 at 19:36

      I'm with you Ali. Unless someone have seen it we can't say either way. Therefore I usually give the benefit of the doubt. :)

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    4. The language of the letter does not sound as if it was professionally written. I think it probably is Kate's. It has been said that she writes her speeches, which probably are OK'd by palace and charity.

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    5. Why do you people think that Catherine did not write the letter. Do you all think she is some dumb person? There were statements made a while back that she writes all her own letters when it pertains to her charities.
      And unless you work for her then I would not question who wrote the letter.

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    6. Rebecca - Sweden7 October 2014 at 23:14

      Anon 02.49. I agree. It sounds like her tone and vocabulary.

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    7. I doubt that any member of the RF writes *all* of his/her own letters. Even Diana, who was know for doing so or sending nice thank you notes, didn't write *everything* on her own.

      Maybe it's me, but in this situation does it even matter? A diplomatic letter had to be written and it was done.

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    8. "Us people" think that she has staff who writes her letters and she just signs them.

      Let me get this straight, if we think she might not have written the letter we are "you people" and don't know what we're talking about because we don't work for her.

      Yet YOU appear to know exactly what is going on. Do you work for her? Or do you just know what it's like to walk in her shoes and know what goes on behind closed doors? Enlighten us, Anonymous!

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  29. Theresa. New York2 October 2014 at 22:48

    I saw the article comparing Kate and Amal in regards to their outfits. In the pictures where they are wearing similar outfits, I do think Amal dresses with more flair. However, Amal's two dresses with the different hemlines are GHASTLY! I don't want to be inelegant but hemlines that are inches from your crotch are not attractive. that being said, I think Kate really needs to lose the skinny jeans in her public life. To me, they are simply not suitable for public engagements.
    I hope I haven't been too controversial.

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    1. I have had the exact same thoughts. I have long though Kate's skinny jeans were completely inappropriate for her to wear outside her house or possibly when doing informal things like shopping for groceries or walking her dog. And I was horrified that Amal wore that white dress with the flowers that barely covered her crotch - she is too old and is a serious professional woman as well - that's something a non-professional 19 year old might wear. Old fuddy duddy here....

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    2. I have not paid enough attention to Amal to know how she dresses, but I suspect the short lenghts may have been her way of saying she is quite capable of fitting in with the Hollywood set. Pity really because she has no need to fit in with that aspect of it. She is very accomplished in her own right.

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    3. Hope she does not wear them that short when she is in court. A woman wear dresses/skirts that short in a court room here in the states and she will catch it from the judge.

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    4. The comments about Amal's courtroom attire seem a bit gratuitous. Why would her wardrobe on her wedding weekend have anything to do with the clothes she wears at work? I didn't really like Amal's lampshade-like minidress but it seems a bit of a leap to imply that she would ever wear anything like that while working, even though she's a very highly-respected lawyer.

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  30. I agree that the very short hemline on Amal is not becoming at her age.
    And I recall that the Queen asked Kate to lower her hemlines?

    I think Kate is quite elegant and lovely.

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    1. Amal looks like a curious ostrich or flamingo in that dress. Getting in and out of the boat in that kind outfit does not seem practical, but she did. anon 1

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  31. I think this statement you wrote:
    "It is a shame the media tends to pit women against each other in a competitive sense rather than celebrating their individuality." sums it up perfectly. They are two different women with different everything, except for the fact that they are in the spotlight. Other than that singular similarity, they are individual women and not to be compared.

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  32. Sarah from Calif.3 October 2014 at 01:45

    Kate, so agree with you. The comparison thing is ridiculous, in my humble opinion.
    Two different ladies in two different worlds.

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    1. Pauline Oak Hills3 October 2014 at 06:35

      AMEN Sarah

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    2. Not just the media. How many people on here who bristle at any criticism of Kate have made the most unkind and snarky comments about other royal ladies, including Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, the Countess of Wessex and others?

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  33. Sarah from Calif.3 October 2014 at 01:49

    Hi Charlotte, how is school going? You know many of us think about YOU and are hoping and praying the best for you!
    As always, thank you for all you do :)

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    1. Pauline Oak Hills3 October 2014 at 06:35

      I agree with you.

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    2. It's going very well thank you Sarah! I hope you're well and having a great week :)

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  34. wishing Kate a prompt recovery. These 2 different women are perfect for their own situation...

    Annie v.

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  35. There are only two outfits here that Kate could wear, the Nepa dress and the Myzus suit. Most of the dresses are strange, and the shoes are bizarre. And what is it with the monkey helmets?? Such an awful way to depict women!

    Amal's flowered dress is ridiculous, and it could be so pretty with a normal, decent hemline. Some of her other clothing is attractive, but I don't see the point of comparing her with Kate.

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  36. I agree, it certainly isn't a competition. It's wonderful to see both of them looking beautiful and tasteful in their own ways. Let's not forget that Kate has the additional impediment of the House of Windsor judging her every move and look. Amal has an enormous amount of freedom to express herself in the playground of the world that Kate does not. I believe the comment that Kate can look frumpy sometimes is almost entirely the Queen's doing with her mandate for longer hemlines. Kate is doing what she can to please the Queen and not offend. Kudos to her!

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  37. I really hopek kate and baby are getting well soon.
    on the side note, i don't dislike George Cloony but this media craziness really gets to my hair. i couldn't care less whom he's dating or marries. These days, media seems running out ideas; they tend to compare any big celebrity wedding to the royal wedding...Americans seem desparate to come up with their own royal families. This is just plain annoying. and i was surprised the Chelsea Clinton didn't get more coverage. LOL

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    1. I must comment and disagree with you, The Way We Were. The media craziness about George and Amal (who is British, remember?) was largely from the Daily Mail, which is also a UK news outlet. I'm not sure you can really call it that, however, since most of their stories are fabricated… But nonetheless, I think it is rather snide to say that "Americans seem desperate to come up with their own royal families." I think this is far from the truth.

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    2. Americans made our wishes about royalty known long ago! As the rabbi said about the tsar, "God bless and keep the tsar, far away from us." Actually, we like visiting royalty and like to follow their lives and styles, but we do not want royalty of our own. Eminent families come and go, but they do not become royal. That is not in our nature.

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    3. anon from Leominster6 October 2014 at 03:37

      I'm not a fan of George Clooney myself but he has been so long put forth as the most eligible bachelor that there has been much interest in his wedidng. (He even swore he would never marry again.) There was a very funny advert about him and a bride for some insurance company in Norway a couple of years ago. I suspect interest will die away rather quickly now he is married.

      Amal is only four years or so older than Kate but I think they both look best when their skirts aren't too short, that foral dress of Amal's is a mess.

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  38. I would love to see pics of George a little more frequently than what they officially release. However it is never ever ok for a photograph to come from a pap that is harassing that precious boy! That is my opinion Charlotte. Royalfan, I am glad I'm not the only one! Haha

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  39. I don't think that these two women are comparable. They're very different types with very different lifestyles. They're both looking great!

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  40. It's funny to me when people want to make a fashion icon out of Kate. She is very much an average woman in that respect, in that she is neither unkept nor glamorous. She has good taste it's true, but you can look back at the years when she was dating William and see that she was never a fashionista, not to mention she never wore couture, although she had the money even back then to afford it.

    The fact that we want her to dress and look a certain way says more about our projected image of her and our understanding of the concept of "royal" than it does about her. Let's face it, most of us associate it with a teensy bit updated image of purple velvet capes and emerald tiaras. Thing is.. Not only was Kate a commoner when she married William, but her family did not come from money but made their own, making it highly doubtful that she is one to indulge in luxury. It's likely she places more value on responsibility, manners and hard work. Combine that with all the factors she has to take into consideration with her sartorial choices, of which I'm willing to bet we only know or correctly guess about half, and it's no wonder the result is a classy, yet slightly middle-aged-business-woman attire.
    I think it's pretty obvious that Kate's main concern when stepping out to an event/engagement is not to "wow" but to "get it right".
    It's my personal feeling that Kate is someone who wishes to be liked, to be approved of, and you can only imagine what effect this astronomical level of scrutiny has on a person with that disposition. I think this reflects accurately in the sartorial (and not only) choices she makes, but I do want to say that I don't think this makes Kate a boring or weak willed person. I actually think Kate is a witty and fun woman to be around, exceptionally strong in her quiet, steady way, and very empathetic towards her husband and the people as well, but ultimately a homebody. A homebody will never seek to be the center of attention, which is why I've always had the feeling (I am reaching now, but bear with me :)).. that she did not take on this role enthusiastically but more like a daunting task accepted out of love.

    My point to this long rant is that Kate is special enough without being glamorous by nature. She is very much royal in her demeanor and has an elegance of character which I think shines through and at least in my regard places her much higher than if she were a fashion icon.
    I think she is still adjusting and she may yet surprise us, albeit not on the fashion front :)

    Oh and yes, Amal is obviously one of those women who have a very special relationship with their clothes and use them to express themselves and enjoy the admiration. She looks amazing in everything.
    (I don't get the comparison thing either. I mean, would you ever compare New York to Rome?)

    Loreley

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    1. I agree, Catherine's clothes are classic royal.
      I too think she is a home bird. Only my opinion of course, but I certainly get the impression that husband and children will be her first concern.
      However as the children grow up, I think she may surprise us---but after all, we hope she is in for the long haul, so she has plenty of time for all the rest.
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  41. You know Jean I think you are right. There are shifting priorities that are based on the stage of life you are in. When my children were little I had no desire to sit on committees at work. It was work part time to help cover bills. The priority though was being home with my four children. Now that they are teenagers and pursuing their own interests I can be free to sit on a committee at the hospital. It is no different with the duchess. Plenty of time for public duty later. Though I do love seeing her esp in bling! The real stuff that is probably from HM vault. Hehe

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    1. First, I hope you're on the mend, Jennifer... :)

      I understand the point you and Jean are making and I happen to believe it is the "sanctioned game plan" given lessons learned from the past, and the fact that William is not next in line. I am feeling rather old here, lol, but if you think about it, in the thirty plus years since we witnessed Diana's wedding and William's birth, nothing has changed; Charles is still next in line.

      The Queen ascended the throne very early in life and her dedication to duty has been remarkable. But let's imagine that George VI had lived for another 15 - 20 years and Princess Elizabeth had been able to devote more time to raising her children. Fast forward to today, and would we criticize her for it? Absolutely not. She has already reigned at least two decades longer than the average retirement age. And I sincerely hope she has the QM's genes!

      I do understand the concept of PR and public mood, etc., and I admit that I too wonder how the current situation will be seen many years down the road. But when we talk about the institution of the monarchy, this is a very minute analysis. And comparing W&K's situation with European royal couples is almost as relevant as the comparison between Kate and Amal.

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  42. I haven't a clue who this Amal is, but she doesn't hold a candle to Kate. Kate is just naturally beautiful Amal looks just like a clothes horse and nothing else to me. I'd rather see Kate on this site than George Clooney's wife.

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    1. Jennifer from Wisconsin5 October 2014 at 02:23

      Snickelfritz- By any chance are you from Wisconsin? I knew someone who called my daughter that and said it was a nickname he had for someone else. If there is more to it, I never knew but thought it was cute. Just curious.

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    2. She's an internationally known attorney. I'd heard of her before Clooney found her.

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    3. It's pretty sad that an internationally-renowned human rights barrister is dismissed as "a clothes horse and nothing else, and somewhat ironic that this comment was made on a website devoted to covering a woman whose most notable achievement thus far is marrying into a certain family.

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    4. Totally agree with you Snickelfritz. Never heard of this Amal person who ever she is. Why compare Kate to her. Also don't Know who George Clooney is a s I don't follow American movies. Certainly would not go out of my way to see either, but would to see Kate

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    5. Very disrespectful to call Amal a clothes horse. She's highly educated and a very successful Human Rights lawyer and is well-known professionally in the UK. Also, European women tend to dress a lot trendier than their American counterparts, and they tend to take more fashion risks than Americans do. Amal is only 36 and has a fantastic figure; I see nothing wrong with her wearing short skirts in a non-professional setting. That's the beauty of living in London: You can wear anything, anywhere, and nobody bats an eye!

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    6. Amal Alamuddin is an internationally-known human rights attorney with a London-based firm. She's represented Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, among others. She's hardley "just a clothes horse."
      She has been famous for her work before she was famous for what she wears.
      As bluhare said, she has had a career and a good one for some time now and was known and seen in public before she met George Clooney.

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    7. George Clooney is well known for his humanitarian efforts and for a considerable body of work as an actor and producer in the film industry. He is the only person ever nominated in all six categories of the Academy Awards. He has spoken out about climate change, the adverse effects of militarism, and other serious issues facing the world today. And of course, he's the handsomest male alive. :-)

      Amal has studied and worked in the US as well as Europe. She once had a stint in the office of Sonia Sotomayor who is now a Supreme Court Justice. She takes on controversial cases and is well respected in the legal profession. And she is a glamourous beauty. Those who profess not to know or care who these two people are should read about them; they are very interesting.

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    8. Amal is an educated, accomplished woman and I would not refer to her as a clotheshorse. I don't think that's fair or accurate. However, any woman who wears a dress as short as the lace one *is* making it about the dress and wants the shock value. She was marrying a famous man who would "never" get married in a setting that Hollywood couldn't trump. Let's call a spade a spade.

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  43. LOL a clotheshorse? I'm sorry, I know this is a Kate fan site, but Amal is a highly successful, internationally known attorney. To call her a clotheshorse while saying that she doesn't hold a candle to a woman who has had few personal accomplishments aside from marrying a prince and giving birth to a future King is ridiculous. This is nothing against Kate, but so far the only thing she is known for in the public IS her clothing choices.


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  44. Rebecca - Sweden5 October 2014 at 14:30

    Has anyone else heard the rumours that William and Kate might do a little tour in New York somewhere late November/early December? If she is well enough that is. Might that be the tour it was talk of earlier this year. I am quite shocked if it is true. But I hope it is... If she feels well it would be really nice to have a week or so of engagements in the Big Apple. I wonder about the reason for the visit though. People are speculating that they will see some of the touristy stuff and also visit Ground Zero. But usually there is a "reason" for the trips. Such as a new monarch, a jubilee, some celebration or mourning etc. And considering USA is not a part of the commonwealth it seems a little curious. Might just be a false rumor though.

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    1. The "Daily Mirror is reporting a New York visit, but there may be no truth in it.
      However there is a Royal Diary site on line, recording them visiting Ireland and William going to Kenya. Suspect we will just have to wait and see and , of course whether Catherine is well.

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    2. It would be exciting seeing kate n william do engagements in New York. But surely they can't be planning this as who knows if kate will be betr from the HG. Long flight when you aren't 100%. I think the palace ought to give her time off until after the new year to be fully fit. Anne london.

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden5 October 2014 at 22:19

      I don't know if it is the Daily Mail. As I said, it sounds suspect! :P But just wanted to check if anyone knew more. It could be that it was the one talked about early fall I think, that it has been planned awhile. And in that case it seems logical that it is in limbo but not cancelled. So just dreaming a little :P

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  45. This latest fiasco regarding the event Kate was allegedly scheduled to attend points to just how incompetent the Palace, KP and Will and Kate's own staff is.
    The trend or practice seems to be to drum up anticipation and expectation for engagements or royal calendars that they know will never come to fruition. Why?
    If Kate's health, physical, mental and/or emotional, seems to be more delicate and precarious this time - and from all accounts it would seem to be, I think that "case by case" bit is an indicator that something is definitely wrong beyond the HG - then just announce that. Just tell the public she won't be undertaking any engagements for the remainder of her pregnancy due to health concerns.
    Someone on here mentioned Diana and this has the ring of the Palace PR failure that was going on in 1991 and 1992, when the marriage was clearly coming apart, the public could see that, but the Palace was either putting out "happy, happy, happy" news or not saying anything at all.
    Of course, that would also mean that she wouldn't be well enough to travel to Mustique for the annual Middleton vacay in mid-winter nor would she be able to make the flight for another luxurious "babymoon" or second or third honeymoon. If she's as ill as she seems to be, I can't imagine she'd want - or that her doctors would allow her - to make those long flights anyway.
    The royal PR machine started this with that silly post-engagement interview. We were led to believe that Kate was going to lead a life of service and royal engagements. If the couple and the royal PR staff knew then that was not what Kate wanted to do, why put that about and build up expectation?
    I'm not criticizing her but if she never wanted to undertake a royal schedule, why even suggest that she did?
    I've read a number of comments from Britons who are decades-long royal watchers and royal reporters, who really know the ins and outs of the royal family, that this isn't news or a surprise to them, that William isn't particularly ambitious or inclined to royal duties - though he does, like his father, enjoy the perks and privileges, and that it's Harry who is the more interested and ambitious of the two brothers.

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    1. Elizabeth, I always enjoy your comments and I couldn't agree more with you.

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    2. Hi! I find it very interesting that Harry and Sophie are probably the two Royals that have actually been doing the most engagements recently. Harry is totally committed and has a real passion for the wounded vet causes, and this comes through in everything he does. Whereas, with W&K it's hit or miss. When was the last time Kate did anything for one of her patronages? I think that is why the Palace put out that announcement last week about her not being able to to to the event that nobody knew about. What has Will done in the past two months? Besides the trip to Malta, which he originally was not supposed to do, it's been months. I generally feel that W&K just do not care about the negative publicity they generate and that is why everybody loves Harry.

      I know a lot of people think it's Charles holding W&K back, but I do not think so as you do not see that happening with Harry. I think Will wants to have it both ways, and it's obvious that the job of King is not one that he wants. I don't blame him for not wanting it, but either step up to the plate or get out.

      s far as a NYC trip, I don't see them doing that when they have not been seen in the UK in months. This would be a publicity nightmare.

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden6 October 2014 at 19:39

      William has done investures recently (including a midwife/professor). Also, he is studying for his helicopter exams. During Malta he mentioned he will have to do 14 of them this fall. He probably has done more stuff. Not excusing, just giving some more facts.

      I agree a little with the publicity nightmare of a NYC trip. But I have gotten the feeling they do more overseas engagements than UK ones. Could that be right?

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    4. It doesn't have to be a publicity nightmare if they handles their media image differently. Imagine if Clarence House and KP came together to sell that Charles and Camilla, as the couple second in line, would focus on engagements in the UK while the young couple third in line will be utilized for building intergenerational relationships overseas. People might buy it! Except that means Charles would have to reduce his travels and he really does like to travel.

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    5. I see you point re William, but still think having Harry doing his Invictus Games and a ton of other functions for his charities, in addition to Sophie, Charles and Camilla and Anne all out and about and W&K not really doing that much since their Aussie tour just does not look good. I guess the Queen is ok with this, but I do find it strange they are really in the background when the other Royals are all out there.

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    6. How understanding the naysayers are being seeing that Kate has been vomiting her guts out for over a month!!! How unfortunate things couldn't have played out as would have been planned for the Art Studio. Just because it was not announced to all of us does not mean it wasn't planned as it is my understanding things were not going to be announced too far ahead of time during this time of increased security. It is quite obvious that the detractors on this site will do anything to tear both Will and Kate apart and conveniently forget all the appearances Will did in May and June.

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    7. Kate, Texas, USA7 October 2014 at 20:02

      I've read a couple articles today (People Magazine, Hello, etc) that Will and Kate are planning a trip to New York later in the fall. Obviously don't know if there's any truth to it, but...... While we would love to host them on American soil, I think people will ride the "no work" bandwagon and it could make for the PR nightmare a few have mentioned. I really like your idea MM of Charles and Camilla being on the home front while William and Kate travel abroad building relations overseas.

      Not that my thoughts or opinion matter in the least, but I am still a bit baffled as to why William and Kate are not transitioning into full time Royal duties. Why is he taking the flying job? Charlotte, maybe you can offer some insight on it. Is it just to focus on raising their family? I definitely know it's a topic been debated and discussed over and over, but when I read the possibility of a New York trip it came to mind again. My opinion of them doesn't change and am still a supporter, but wonder.

      My thoughts on NYC....oh dear. :X

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    8. Yes, Melissa's idea is an interesting one. But I don't think it would fly beyond the first foreign tour where W&K would get more coverage than C&C's engagements on the home front.

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  46. Personally I'm hoping they give NYC a miss, no matter how well she's feeling by then. There's plenty of charity work to do in the UK, and I don't see the point in them visiting a non-Commonwealth country.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden5 October 2014 at 22:55

      In a way I actually agree....

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    2. anon from Leominster6 October 2014 at 10:19

      As much as I would enjoy seeing the clothes from a tour, even a short one, I agree too. Unless there is an awfully good reason to be in NYC. it's likely to be seen as a doodle when there has been hardly any engagements on the home front.

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    3. Sabby, I quite agree. While we certainly would welcome them in the US, I think their first duty and responsibility is to the UK and the UK taxpayers who help support them.
      I, for one, enjoy Charlotte's wonderful photos and really interesting backstories about some of the venues that the royals have visited in the UK and the historic and significant locations.
      It just seems to me, as you said, that there are plenty of charities that could use their help in the UK.
      A trip to the US might legitimize that Will and Kate, especially Kate, is well enough for a long flight, with an eye toward the annual winter beach vacation journey to Mustique or Seychelles, but I really think it's more appropriate that they stay in the UK.
      If Kate is too ill and has been too ill to carry out relatively local engagements in and around London, it would seem to be in poor form, not to mention a PR headache, to suddenly jet off to the US for a tour, no matter how short in duration.

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  47. This is a really important article for those who wish to be informed of the debate surrounding freedom of press.

    http://www.express.co.uk/comment/columnists/camilla-tominey/518977/Camilla-Tominey-on-Prince-George-paparazzi-Keira-Knightly-and-the-Clooney-wedding

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    1. Funny that they waited until there was photo proof of royal employees possibly abusing their status?

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    2. I would have to seriously question your categorization an article in the Express as "important".

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  48. And a bit about the history with Niraj Tanna.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2010/06/08/why-william-and-kate-held-off-again.html

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  49. Oh and this as well: http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/165633/Royals-target-scapegoat-in-privacy-fight

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  50. Hey Charlotte what do you think of Amal? I think she is waaaaaaaaay more than a clothes horse.

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    1. Hello!

      From what I've seen, Amal appears to be lovely. I was familiar with her before she began dating George Clooney, and despite being married to Hollywood's most famous bachelor she's managed to retain her own identity which is a testament to her work and professional/educational achievements. She isn't defined by her partner.

      As for her style, it was great to see her experiment with couture and showcase her own style during the wedding weekend. Professionally I've seen her in tailored grey and black suits and neutral colours.

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  51. On a different topic, Talbots is carrying a packable nylon tote which looks eerily like Kate's fave Longchamps Le Pliage bag (medium size?). It comes in pink for Breast Cancer Awareness :)

    maria

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  52. I saw a a beautiful pink Lela Rose dress the other day, and thought of Kate. The dress was very well designed in a fabric of nice substance, and well constructed. I think Lela Rose will soon be a well known designer.

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  53. A couple news sources reporting William and Kate are heading to NYC! Possibly true and maybe Kate will be well enough to travel.

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  54. http://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/519895/Duchess-of-Cambridge-pulls-event-due-to-morning-sickness

    :( another engagement cancelled yesterday

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