Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Kate in GOAT for SportsAid Workshop

The Duchess of Cambridge continued her return to engagements with a visit to a SportsAid athlete workshop at the GSK Human Performance Lab in Brentford, West London, this afternoon.


Kate has been patron of the organisation since April 2013 and selected the organisation following her role as a London 2012 ambassador during the games. The Duchess is a keen sportswoman and thoroughly enjoys participating in sporting events during engagements, making SportsAid an ideal choice for her.

SportsAid

Below we see Her Royal Highness showing off her volleyball skills at another workshop for SportsAid in October 2013 and looking elegant in a black Temperley London dress for the annual SportsBall, the charity's annual gala dinner last November. There's no word on whether or not the Duchess plans to attend this year's ball, however, there's no mention of it on their information page (we wouldn't expect to see Kate there every year). It takes place later this month.


The Duchess met thirty SportsAid athletes who are potential Tokyo 2020 Olympic hopefuls as they took part in a number of advanced performance assessments. The resulting data will be supplied to their coaches to inform their training and competition programmes.


Kate chatted with the athletes.


Tests the athletes underwent included strength and power assessments, cognitive testing, body composition assessments and tests in an environmental chamber set to match the heat and humidity.


It demonstrates the incredible endurance of these athletes and the level of preparation each and every hopeful gives.


Kate offered support to athlete Emma Allen. Reporter Rebecca English revealed Kate walked over to chat to Emma and when she discovered she couldn't respond because her face was covered with a mask she burst into laughter.


The Duchess was joined at the workshop by swimmer Kerri-Anne Payne and wheelchair athlete David Weird, CBE, and a former recipient of the organisation's support.


The purpose of SportsAid is to help the next generation of British athletes by being the first to recognise their achievements and boost their ambitions with financial and other support. Established in 1976, it has since helped many of the UK's best-known sportsmen and women, including two-thirds of the British team at London 2012.  Athletes supported by SportsAid are typically aged from twelve to eighteen.

SportsAid

Clarence House shared this tweet during the engagement.

Clarence House Twitter Feed

The venue of the workshop will be one of interest to sportsmen and women. The GSK human performance lab carries out research with elite performers - athletes, sports teams, extreme explorers - to better understand how the body and brain function. This allows scientists to help develop improved training, recovery, nutrition and competition programmes for participants. In return the research helps GSK develop consumer healthcare products. No doubt, this will all have been of interest to Kate today.

GSK

Kate tried her hand at a cognitive test and said "Finally, something I can do while I'm pregnant". Normally we would see Kate in her blazer/skinny jeans/wedges joining in the sporting events.


Kate thoroughly enjoyed the test.


More from the Mail Online:

'Kate was put through four tests of increasing difficulty by neuroscientist Barry O' Neill. The sporty Duchess said "You should have my husband here".
 Afterwards Mr O' Neill was at pains to point out he wasn't being rude when he said the Duchess had done well "for a woman of her age". "She actually did very well for a woman of her age". he explained. "I'm not being rude, I must stress, but your reflexes do decrease every decade you age.'
 "Jenson Button was here recently - he's 34 - and completed the tests without a single mistake". When this was explained to the Duchess, she seemed fascinated and said "It makes you wonder whether he is a good driver because he is so sharp mentally or whether the years of driving have honed it. It's remarkable that people haven't really thought of working the mind and body as one. This could be used in so many environments, even in an office. It is absolutely fascinating".

Kate posed with the athletes.


Moving on to what Kate wore today.


The Duchess looked looked stylish in the Vreeland Shirt Dress by Goat. The £450 piece is a light crepe fit and flare dress, 100% wool, with a belted waist. It's a great transitional piece and Kate has long been a fan of shirt dresses. It's currently in stock in iris at Goat and in limited sizes in iris at DIANI.

GOAT

The dress is described as:

'The Vreeland dress is ultra-classic and demure. The collar and buttons on the top combined with the belted waist and skirt create an uncomplicated yet complimentary shape.'

A closer look at the Vreeland.

GOAT

The Duchess has been slowly incorporating more pieces by the British brand, synonymous with understated luxury, into her wardrobe. Below we see Kate in the labels very pretty coral Scarlett-Pleat Front Dress and the 1960s inspired Redgrave Coat. Both pieces remain available at Matches.


Kate teamed the dress with opaque black tights and a new pair of black suede boots.


Ashley quickly identified the low block heel boots as the Russell & Bromley Half N Half. The boots are detailed with trademark stretch panel at the back for a clean fit and elongated silhouette. The boots are also available for US customers - the Stuart Weitzman Mezzamezza Suede Boots. They're identical apart from the Stuart Weitzman button logo and available for $598 at Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus (Get $100 off with the promo code NOV50).

Russell and Bromley

Kate accessorised with her diamond and sapphire earrings and Russell & Bromley black suede 'Muse' clutch.


You can watch a video from the engagement on YouTube.


Do you like Kate's look today?
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In other news today, James Middleton has given an interview to Good Morning America to promote his business Boomf. In the interview Kate's brother revealed he gave William and Kate Lupo as a wedding gift and discusses how he wants to be "a cool and fun uncle" to Prince George. We're seeing Pippa and James Middleton in the media more and more. I'm not entirely sure this is a good idea, perhaps a topic for a future post? What do you think? You can watch the interview here.



Also today, as so many of our readers are from the US, you will no doubt have heard rumours regarding a possible visit to New York for William and Kate. Initially it was cited as a solo trip for Prince William, but now Kate is on the mend it appears quite likely she will join her husband for the trip to the big apple. The rumours appear to be true and we can expect official confirmation later today or tomorrow.

The Cambridges will reportedly undertake a three-day trip during which the couple will meet conservationists to discuss illegal poaching and meet with officials from charities including the World Wildlife Fund.

A spokesperson for the charity told the Mail Online:

'We will be in New York to talk about our Widlife Crime Project, which is why the Duke and Duchess are involved.'

Another reason for the trip is said to be the opportunity to unveil their new charity, United for Wildlife, which was created by The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. The plan is it will be very much led by William, who is deeply passionate about conservation and will bring together the world's leading charities to create a global movement for change.

United for Widlife

We look forward to bringing you all the details of this trip once the Palace confirm it. We'll see you all tomorrow evening when the Cambridges attend the Royal Variety Performance; Kate will be in a full-length gown. Do you have any early style predictions?

149 comments:

  1. She's looking lovely: healthy & energetic! Which goes against why I think she's wearing flat boots (well, essentially flat) - I figured it had to do with how she was feeling being pregnant. I think the only "official appearance" I've seen her wear flat boots is when she emerged from the hospital after being treated early in her pregnancy with George.

    Fashion-wise: predictable, safe. Personally, I think the dress is more mature than her age and more conservative than usual. Just because it's an expensive designer doesn't mean I have to like it :-) Nothing I'm upset about, just "meh".

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    1. I agree. I'm underwhelmed as well.

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    2. Theresa - Austin, Texas13 November 2014 at 01:31

      I agree, too. The boots are practical, but I wish they were more like riding boots with a bit of hardware on them. I just don't think they are flattering at all.

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    3. Agree - I'm not a fan of the black boots and stockings with that colour dress.
      She looks happy and healthy which is fantastic.

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    4. Theresa, I like your idea about a riding style boot! That would have made a big difference.

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    5. I personally would like her in something like these:

      http://cdn.straightfromthea.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Giuseppe-Zanotti-knee-high-flat-boots-1.jpg

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    6. Oh, Rebecca! LOL :-D

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    7. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2833359/A-right-royal-duvet-day-Sophie-Wessex-gets-hug-excited-Girl-Guide-adds-final-stitch-charity-quilt.html

      No, not copying at all. :)))

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  2. Thank you for an insightful post!

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  3. Yes! Very elegant and appropriate look for this engagement and she broke the spell of her sports-related engagement uniform! The colour is perfect with hair, eyes and skintone.

    On a more critical note, now also the second sibling giving an interview, to ' promote his business' but definitely shamelessly lifting on his royal link. Not royal at all!

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    1. I haven't seen his interview yet. I heard he talked about the Cambridges more than his business. Seems a bit opportunistic, BUT my hope is the Cambridges have given their blessing before her siblings interviews have happened. To be fair though, Harry has discussed the Cambridges in interviews. While he's already famous it's probably a hard boundary for W&K to draw.

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    2. Pippa walked better on the line I think in her interview. He is really close to go over the line. It was like 95% Cambridge talk.. I have a bad feeling about this....

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    3. I think it's a hard line to walk: it's not that James is intent on talking about the Cambridges, it's that questions about the Cambridges are what are being asked! I would imagine it takes quite a bit of practice to deflect those questions and keep bringing the interviewer's attention back to what you are there to promote! As you said, Anonymous, even Harry gets caught up in it, and he's had plenty of practice! Just because his sister is famous doesn't mean he should never promote his business ventures publicly! He'll just keep practicing how to politely NOT answer those invasive questions. Well done, James!

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  4. My first thought that came to mind. MEH!
    I could take it or leave it.

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  5. Like the dress, but am puzzled as to the colour---looks grey to me. Never mind, she looks great and seems in better health than at the weekend. The flat boots are a change for her, but sensible.
    Her hair looks so shining just now.
    Hope she is well enough to go to New York. Some people are saying that she will take George---be rather surprised if they do.
    I thought James Middleton did rather well on the interview. The interviewer said she had read that the Duke and Duchess were to visit NY and all he said was "I read that too", but added he new nothing of their diary.

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  6. I LOVE the flat boots- those SW ones have been popular for a few years now, so I wonder if they are old. I think they are more down to earth and reasonable for an engagement at a sports charity. I wish I could afford them!

    I also wonder how the palace feels about Pippa & James- especially Pippa, who would be appearing on national TV quite often as a member of the Today Show. I really like Pippa a lot, but I don't think this would be a good move for her- it just wouldn't look good.

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    1. Alas, if your sister marries someone this famous and is in a lifetime position of great national and international importance, your life-lotto is screwed. Permanently. There will always be those who think you should find a lifestyle close to cloistered. Nonsense!

      If you do anything--like walk on a public sidewalk somewhere--you will be accused of drawing attention to yourself. If you take any opportunities that could be viewed as 'taking advantage' of your familial connection, you will hear about it loud and long. For everyone else, however, networking is de rigueur. Double standard!

      All you can do in this situation is live your own life on your own terms and ignore others. That said, there are wise ways to achieve that and some not so wise. Bike rides for charities? Probably okay. Interviews? But you have to be very, very, careful. En guarde!

      However, both Pippa and James should remember that HRH the Prince of Wales has been badly misquoted and misrepresented in the media all his life. There is no winning this, just navigating it with all the savvy you have. I wish them both splendid success in their lives. (Everyone deserves that much.)

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    2. I just find that the difference here is that anybody can/will walk on a sidewalk. Not anybody can be a presenter on the most popular American morning show. And, no disrespect to Pippa, but she has no broadcasting experience (her career has been a party planner), so without her connections, she would not be considered for this position. Most journalists would have to work their way up for a long time to be on a nationally broadcast TV show- so her hiring would be purely because of her royal connection, which I find to be distasteful. I'm a huge fan of the whole family- don't get me wrong- but I think this is a poor move for her.

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    3. In the video I saw, I thought James was very circumspect. Whet he said about George was almost exactly what Prince Harry said

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    4. I agree Jean. The difference is that Harry is not promoting anything when being asked the question. James is.

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    5. I politely disagree Rebecca. Harry is promoting the Royal Family when he agrees to an interview. Often times he is promoting a charity. Harry (or any royal) always have an agenda when speaking to the press.

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    6. Pippa and all Middleton family have to trust everyday the bad side of being connected to the Royal Family (and it's VERY bad): they have ALL the right to the good side too. Amen.

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    7. Yes, Moxie. I said it wrong. WHat I meant is that they have no (direct) financial motive behind the promoting.

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  7. I like her boots. I'd like to see her wearing flat shoes a little more, particularly for relatively active engagements - she doesn't need the height of heels, as her legs are so lovely and long, and I always find it a little odd to see her playing volleyball or hockey in big heels or towering wedges!

    I share your misgivings about James and Pippa being in the spotlight, Charlotte. I suppose the difficulty is that the areas they want to work in (starting a business/ writing & journalism) require publicity to be a success. I feel sorry for them because they really can't win - either they don't pursue what they want to do and take advantage of the opportunities they've been given, or they do and they get criticism for "cashing in" and milking their sister's position.

    Lupo was a wonderful idea for a wedding present!

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    1. I have to say, I am disappointed James and Pippa have decided to take this route. The Middleton family did such a great job of maintaining a dignified silence for so long. Lately it seems James and Pippa are using the royal connection for career opportunities. It's just such a pity because there is no way the Palace is pleased about it, and somehow while I have no doubt Kate supports her siblings, I cannot imagine she is either.

      I've always been a big fan of the Middleton family and I do hope someone is advising James and Pippa to tread carefully.

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    2. I so agree with your flat shoes comment.

      I loved the clour she looks fantastic. My only concern is this dress looks just the same like the previous one. Maybe one is never enough:)))

      Thanks for the marvellous post and I look forward to your future Middleton post. I think they are cashing in again and I find this disturbing. I also think this will generate a huge debate.

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    3. Agreed Charlotte.The thing is the media is interested in them because of the connection otherwise nobody would give a bl...dy damn, sorry for the wording. They could have these interviews but stricly on business not about RF and personal things. But in this case and with these conditions nobody would call them anywhere.

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    4. I agree with the flat shoes. I'm tall too and I find heels give me good posture that gives me more confidence. Perhaps that's where she's coming from? Or she just thinks it looks more appropriate as a royal. However, for being a sports patron I think she can get away with it.

      As for Pippa & James, I think they are capitalizing. However, the careers they're trying to establish are closely related to their parents business. To me that means they aren't intentionally trying to pursue things just for fame. The Middletons we're already established with their business, and even then the poor people get flack for selling anything with a Union Jack or wtvr. I guess my point is if Mike & Carole were librarians, I'd be more skeptical of the careers Pippa & James are attempting. But I agree that I think they are testing their limits and I hope it doesn't come to a head.

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    5. Diana's brother has spoken to the media to promote his books on a regular basis; Camilla's son does the same to advertise his books; Mark Philips has spoken to the press to promote his career; Peter Philips has given interviews in order to promote his work, and so has Zara etc. etc

      These people do not answer v personal questions about their royal connection. All these people need to make a living. No secrets given away.

      So dont assume the Palace is worried, especially when you consider Peter Philips

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    6. Charlotte, I totally agree. I listened to the interview and cringed. Less is more!!! The media will always be interested in the Middleton's and clips of the royals will be included in these types of interviews. They may not be able to control that part of the formula, however, they *can* give vague one-line responses that say "don't go there." Many people gave the Middleton family tons of credit for the way they handled the courtship years; it would be pity if they adopt another policy at this stage of the game.

      Anon 19:32, I agree about Camilla's son commercializing on his connection to "Sir". He has done so repeatedly. I think Charles Spencer was careful about crossing lines while Diana was alive, but he has a right to write books about his estate/ancestors and stick to that topic. Peter and Zara, well, I think they're in a different category since they don't have titles.

      Regarding Kate's engagement...first and foremost she looks well which is a good thing! The dress...I must agree with the "meh" assessment. And while I like the boots, there's something off about combining them with a dressier dress and this sleeve length. Does anyone remember her green turtleneck knit dress? I realize she wouldn't wear it now, but that would be a better look, IMO.

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    7. I agree. A simple "George is amazing" instead of "I wanna be a cool uncle". Or saying the family wedding thing but not telling what kind of gift he gave etc. There is a line that I think he crossed and Pippa walked on. I hope they fast get better at it if they want to continue this.

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    8. I'm with anon 19:32. They aren't the first, and won't be the last to engage media for whatever agenda they choose. We don't judge William harshly for using the media to promote his Conservation agenda - William doesn't raise money to give to animals, he raises it to pay people to promote what William wants to promote - the business of Conservation. James Middleton is promoting novelty candy - to pay people to produce and promote novelty candy.

      What is interesting to watch is WHERE promotion takes place. If you weren't following a Kate blog, would you even know James gave an interview to the American media? Does Britain get the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN)? Because Sarah Ferguson and Beatrice and Eugenie pretty much made money by telling their family tales and personal business on American TV. Peter Phillips sold the picture rights of his wedding to a British magazine - Hello. I don't think you can put out more personal info about the family then those two have done.

      Imho, James Middleton's candy business is quite harmless and as another reader pointed out, he gave the same answers as Harry about being an uncle. And here is something to consider - how do you know that William and Kate aren't investors in her brother's business? That's a detail no one is ever going to disclose.

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    9. Pippa and James did not ask for their sister to marry a prince. It is not their responsibility to live by the rules of the palace - and frankly if I were Kate's sister I would be annoyed at the affect that her choice has on my life. I'd want to maintain a good sister bond while living the life I choose, so I just hope that the family remains close!

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    10. I like the boots. For her height, her legs are not very long, so I think that's why she tends to wear heels a lot. The black hose & boots tend to not break the line as much as nude hose would.

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  8. Great post... I think the US equivalent for the boots may be closer to the 5050 Reserve style - available at Bloomingdales and for pre-order at SW site.

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  9. On another note, it's been an extremely strange engagement in terms of photos. There's very few and they came in much later than usual.

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    1. I noticed that too. At first only Clarence House released a few photos. It took the DM forever to get some other than a few outside. I am not sure why they were held back this time

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    2. Hmmm... interesting. Any ideas why? :)

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    3. That could be down to something as simple as lack of internet connection. No internet, no way to send in photos

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    4. I believe very few photographers / reporters were present. This is quite common with certain royal engagements and always means a delay before photos are available.

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    5. Several points come to my mind - 1) room for press in the venue... 2) Proprietary equipment, you are in a place that is training athletes to compete against future nations -- you've got to be careful not to let the competition see what you've got. 3) The lighting in there was terrible for photography -- you can tell by the shadows being cast in the pictures, photo editing was most likely needed. In summary, basically you are seeing inside a facility that no one was really meant to be seeing the inside of - unless you were training in it.

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    6. Very good points Moxie. In that case I'm surprised that photos were at all allowed.

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  10. Lovely to see her - she looks amaZing - Linda

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  11. I think Kate looked lovely! I love the color of the dress and I looooove the flat boots. Looking back at previous photos of her at Sportsaids on their website, she definitely color-coordinate with them. On a previous photo with some children she wore the blue dress the exact color of their shirts with a darker blazer. Today she again fitted in with the clothes of the trainers and thus the athletes could stand out. Her hair looked lovely. It is inevitable that when Kate's siblings are talking with the media for whatever reason, they will be asked questions about Kate and William and as Harry gets asked questions about Kate and William and sometimes gives some answers and other times avoid it, so I guess Kate's siblings can do that too as long as they keep it discreet. Still, I think we all respected them for their silence and would have preferred them to keep it. I will be very surprised if Kate goes to NY since on a video of Sunday's balcony appearance it was clear that she was indeed unwell and very nauseous, trying to hold it back, and Saturday evening she was also feeling unwell.

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  12. It is so nice to finally see her in flat boots!!! It is interesting though that on all the other times when she knew she would be active she wore sky high wedges. This time she knew she could not be active (there are quotes from the event where she mentions that) and yet she wore flat boots. This visit she could have worn heels and chose not to, yet the other times she should have worn flats and chose not to. I don't understand her thinking :). Does that seem odd to anyone else?

    On a side note, I have similar boots to these, but mine do not look good with dresses-only pants. I wish mine would go with dresses.

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    1. Maybe cos she is pregnant and wanted comfort today?

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    2. I really don't like the boots! They are to loose on get and don't really go w the dress!
      It is nice to see her in Shorter heels, but to me these boots are not worth the money.

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  13. New to commenting here, but I've been reading up on all your posts the last few months. Actually love it, and thank you for all the time you put into it. Glad to see that Kate is feeling much better now :) the dress is nice, good to see her wearing relatively flat shoes for a change. But her hair! It would look so much better in a ponytail instead of dangling all over her face, but clearly this is the way she likes it and that is really the only thing that matters.

    I can't help but think it a bit hypocritical of Prince William to be launching a 'United for Wildlife Campaign' considering the fact that he hunts himself. I mean its a great cause to work behind, but how can he be expected to be taken seriously if he doesn't stop hunting himself, don't get me wrong though I do love William so please don't think I'm a hater. And its disappointing that James is following in the footsteps of Pippa, there would be more respect for him if he kept silent rather than using his royal connections to further his career.

    Rebecca :)

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    1. Wonder if he got the ok from Kate to speak about her & George???

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    2. Umm, I can't imagine the palace would be happy with him talking about Kate and George, and none of us can say what Kate would think to it, be interesting to know though.

      Rebecca :)

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    3. William does not hunt endangered species. His hunting in confined to animals which MUST be culled, and usually have a set hunting season, so that the remaining animals will not starve. Also I suspect that any animals which he shoots are either eaten locally or donated to food banks. I do not think that hunting, and I am not a hunter, has anything to do with supporting endangered species.

      That said, I think the Duchess looked great!

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    4. I don't see the big deal about James's interview. The only thing he's said that was new was that he gave the Cambridges Lupo as a wedding gift. I think his new business venture is cool, newsworthy, and has the best name ever--go Bumpf!!

      I thought Kate looked nice as usual, but understated. I think she still looks pale and think it very good of her to do as many engagements as possible when she isn't feeling the best. As any woman who has been pregnant knows morning sickness lasts all day and night, too.

      I have a theory about both Kate's and William's choices of clothing. It seems to me the palace would like the spotlight to be on Charles and Camilla more than William and Kate so their (Charles and Camilla) wardrobe is a little more "upgraded." If you have a better word for this please write. When Charles becomes king I wonder if the Cambridges will "upgrade" their wardrobe. (BTW, when Charles becomes king will William become the Prince of Wales?)

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    5. Anne in Manchester13 November 2014 at 13:10

      Generally yes they will be the Prince and Princess of Wales but the title has to be granted to them by the reigning Monarch and it might not be given immediately. They will however automatically become the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Cornwall when Charles is King.

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    6. I am smiling at the thought of Kate having the title Princess of Wales...and wondering how C&C will feel about it given the inevitable comparisons.

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  14. Yes, after watching the interview with James and saw the various shots inside the studio and outside...for how many entrepreneurs would a tv programme give this much footing if any??? Personalized marshmallows are not that big a wow. The programme was after just one thing...a connection with Kate and James took that opportunity and gave them their tidbits so he can get the maximum exposure. I do not like that at all...

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  15. I have never been a big fan of her family's behaviour. They've been social climbing for ages.

    I love her boots and dress today! I would actually wear this. And she looks really good. Was cute and funny today.

    Feeling kinda irritated about this New York thing. Don't really know why the US (a non-commonwealth country at that) should have to foot the bill for what is essentially a Big Apple holiday... for a guy who, while stating he is "passionate" about WildLife Conservation, continues to blast animals out of the sky during his downtime.

    Sigh. I'm sincerely not intending to be a bitch - this next question is completely genuine: How is he even able to take so much time off from his studies to travel so much? The Maldives in the Spring (do we know what ever became of that course at Cambridge?). Malta, Balmoral and now New York?

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    1. Just because people make a good living and can rise above the social class they were born into doesn't make them social climbers :-) Her parents are incredibly discreet and supportive. I think if her parents were we'd hear more stories than the same recycled gossip.

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    2. Stephanie that is exactly what I thought, why is he saying he is so passionate about animal conservation when he kills some himself?? It doesn't make any sense to me, and I will be a bit annoyed if they bring out George for the NY visit but rarely bring him out in the view of the British public, after all it is the British people he is set to rule over one day, but I will only be a little annoyed because I would love to see George! He must be so big now :) I just wish they would show him to us Brits a bit more, though I can understand why they don't. I am not the biggest fan of her family either, always got the impression Carol, Pippa and James are social climbers but love Kate and her dad seems lovely.

      Rebecca :)

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    3. Anon 20:27, I do not care for her family not because they rose above the financial class they were born into, but because of their other behaviours the last 12+ years. What's happening now doesn't surprise me, it's just more overt than what they've been doing in the past that's all.

      I've been dying to get a good comparison of Kate's Charge-It boots as I cannot afford the actual ones! I loved them. Even if I do find the right shape, the material is pleather or something. I like the velvet appearance. Does anyone know good substitutes??

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    4. Anon 20:31 - as a mental health nurse, its like me saying I am "passionate" about reducing stigma, but then during my downtime when socializing, I grumble about why people living in poverty can't just get a job, and spit on them as I walk past them.

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    5. Carol and Michael Middleton seem like wonderful parents. Pippa and James are taking advantage of Kate's connections.....so what! Many people take advantage of family connections everyday everywhere.

      Could you show some proof of actual social climbing or are you just quoting what you read in the press?

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    6. I am not for hunting. And I realize that it is a little PR disaster. BUT, he is against the illegal (or supposed to be illegal) hunting of animal on the verge of extinction. The animals he hunt is the ones that are lot's of. Here in Sweden we have special times to hunt elk etc. That's a way to keep the amount of each species lower to prevent starvation and illnesses in the remaining animals. I am not saying this is ok, or that I like it. But they are two different things.

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    7. Hi Mel,

      The list of examples would go on and on. My intention was to answer Charlotte's question about the family's involvement in the press - not highjack the post about this.

      If you would like to know, invest a lot of time scouring various articles and statements made by reporters and people who have encountered the Middletons. Examine their behaviour and trends over the past 12 years in order to make sense of it all. There are many, many articles from many reputable journalists, but it would take me forever to do all the work for you.

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    8. Stephanie - Mel's question was perfectly logical and if the list of examples would go on and on, I would think you'd have one or two you could list. It seems that you are stating your perception of the family, which is fine, but it's not fact. It's a feeling not based on much proof.

      I hate the negative connotation of "social climbing." It feels really prejudice actually and implies the upper classes are "better" than the lower or middle solely because they have money or were born into a family name? I disagree with that premise.

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  16. So excited to see the bump! That reflex test sounds neat... Mind and body are so connected. I liked her comments regarding that.

    I do think Kate's sister & brother should be careful about the media. It would be easy for people to say they are taking advantage of her, which I believe so far has kept them from doing many interviews. So long as they're discussing mainly their endeavors I don't believe it is a problem.

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  17. I'm not sure why people think Pippa and James Middleton should not do any sort of promotion for their jobs on TV. The Queen has no right to tell them what to do, as they are private citizens. Thus far have done very little self-promotion and, In my opinion, they are dammed if they do and dammed if they don't. It's not as if James gave away any family secrets, and he wants to promote his business int he U.S. I am sure, as a family, they could have done a lot more with their fame and notoriety then they have. They are business people, not royalty.

    On another note, since I live in NYC you can believe I will be staking out a place to see W&K if this trip happens.

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    1. I see your point. The problem most of us have is not that they are promoting their business. The problem is that they are talking about their royal connections. If the interview had been around the Willy Wonka concept, boomf (or what ever the name of the company was), boomfaloompas, the couple proposing with a giant marshmallow etc I would have no problem. The problem was that these (rather interesting i must add) parts of the interview was so small and it focused on the royal family.....

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    2. True, but let's face he was not going to give an interview in the U.S without saying nothing about his sister. He said a few innocent things and got his business promoted...I'm sure he was aware of this and spoke to his sister about it beforehand. The same for Pippa - she gave a couple of comments and her relationship with Kate and said how lovely George is...nothing earth shattering and nothing for the Royal family to be embarrassed about. They have to make a living and get none of the perks that their sister does.

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    3. I agree that they wouldn't get to do the intervirews without saying something about the royal family. BUT, there's a difference saying "we're so happy there will be a new kid, kate feeling better, yadda yadda" like one or two lines. Not the majority of the interview. That's why I think Pippas interview (as I remember it) was more okay than James. It's a fine line.

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    4. We should also keep top of mind that the "majority of the interview aired" is perhaps not the "majority of the interview given." Much more may have been said about the business side of Boomf, but it may well have hit the GMA cutting room floor during the editing process. What we see is not necessarily all of what was originally said.

      As for paying the price of silence for having improved one's position in Britain's class system on account of one's business savvy, that's a ridiculous and long outmoded expectation in the social media age. Simple prejudice, really. That sort of thinking belongs in the past.

      I'm not suggesting that the other extreme of Reality TV celebrities and their indiscretions is appropriate or desirable; however, there is a middle ground and the entire Middleton family seems to be navigating that discretely and graciously--quite royally, IMHO.

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    5. Your first part is true. And I didn't think of that. BUT, that's another reason to keep your answers about the family short, not to give material to put over your topic of choice.

      I agree that they should not have to be silent, but they do have to be clever :P

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    6. The Middleton's have every right to promote their business endeavors. But they shouldn't allow themselves to be baited into talking about W/K/G. I like Rebecca's being silent vs clever comparison. Exactly.

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  18. Maggie - Minneapolis12 November 2014 at 20:01

    I feel bad for James and Pippa - they have to deal with all of the negatives of their sister marrying into royalty, mainly all of the unwanted attention/paparazzi hounding, but get none of the benefits that Kate enjoys, such as security, palaces, etc. The businesses they are in (which they were in before Kate became a Duchess) require publicity. It is impossible for them to publicize what they do without their relation to a future Queen being commented on. Are they "cashing in"? Sure, in that they are enjoying more publicity than most people in similar businesses because of their sister. But that doesn't mean they are doing it on purpose or that they should feel bad about it. They will get the publicity regardless of if they try or not, because of the public's interest in Kate. Can we blame them for at least trying to make a negative into something that helps them? I ESPECIALLY think that the royal family has no right to stop them. The royal family is one big PR machine - they only still enjoy benefits based on arcane principles only because they do public appearances that are based in publicity. I mean, really. This is not to knock on the royal family, but what did Kate do today? She went and visited an organization, but she did not help them develop any of their projects or anything. She, as with all royal family members, relied on her "brand" (based on her fame as royalty) to draw attention to the project. Nothing else. I'm not trying to put down what the royal family does, because the attention they bring to important projects is definitely helpful, but why is it okay when the royal family "cashes in" but not when others do? Seems like the ultimate hypocrisy.

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    2. ... the difference is the royal family is using their brand to make a positive difference, highlight causes, be patrons, and be representatives of the nation, as that is their JOB.

      The Middleton's cash in on their connection with the RF as per Kate.
      For example, Pippa (although her degree in English Lit is not related to the limelight and not the actual prerequisit usually expected for journalism) has constantly sought after said limelight, writing awful and uncomfortable columns for magazines and putting out a poorly made cookbook, doing interviews and photoshoots... and then complains that she is just trying to live like any other 30 year old and wishes people would be nicer to her.

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    3. Maggie - Minneapolis12 November 2014 at 23:09

      "... the difference is the royal family is using their brand to make a positive difference, highlight causes, be patrons, and be representatives of the nation, as that is their JOB."

      Yes and Kate's siblings' jobs are to promote their businesses. It's impossible to do that without acknowledging their relationship to a future Queen, because others do it for them on a daily basis. This is just real life! People get favors from their friends and families all the time in relation to their careers. And those who go into business are taught to make connections. Why are Pippa and James being called out for something that everyone does and is encouraged to do? Just because they are lucky (or unlucky enough depending on how you see it) enough to have a sister who married into royalty?
      And let's not make the Royal Family seem like gods here. Yes, they promote good causes. Why do they get to do that? Because they are so well-funded by taxpayers that they do not have to worry about having real jobs/businesses like Pippa and James. Why are two entrepreneurs being hated on for having to make a living for themselves? And the Royal Family promotes good causes at least in part because if they didn't, they would lose their funding because of negative PR. Let's not pretend like they do it solely out of the goodness of their hearts.

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    4. I agree with Maggie, except I don't feel sorry for James and Pippa. They are children of the upper-middle class, had private schooling, mixed with a wealthy crowd, and now have connections to further their careers. They both, no doubt, have trust funds and they will one day follow the royal lifestyle when their brother in law becomes Monarch of a country. You may one day see these folks doing the Christmas Walk at Sandringham. I don't think criticism of them is valid, but I can't quite work up a tear for them either.

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    5. Well said, Maggie. And let's not forget that the royals DO cash in on their fame and faces - Zara and her husband famously sold the first official family photos of themselves and their baby to a magazine for a lot of money, Peter Phillips sold the photos of his wedding and wedding reception for a lot of money. You can bet that "Airmiles Andy" has feathered his nest quite nicely in the guise of promoting English business and industry abroad, particularly in the cash-rich Middle East.

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    6. Maggie i do like your point about the RF also capitalizing their connection.

      It's just that Pippa and James really cannot complain about any unwanted attention if they use the same media to promote themselves! If they would not have sought this publicity totally based on their link to Kate, i would have more respected their claims for privacy or whatever.

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    7. Maggie - Minneapolis13 November 2014 at 14:59

      I agree that Pippa and James cannot complain about unwanted attention if they are capitalizing on it. But I hope people can realize that the royal family, including William and Kate, also cannot complain for the same reasons.

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    8. And...let's not forget Sarah's commercial projects over the years. She was not shy about using her title at every opportunity.

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  19. Maggie - Minneapolis12 November 2014 at 20:04

    I mean, seriously, the royal family has "taken advantage" of their own fame for years. That's the only reason they receive public funding and free palaces. The only reason the royal family would ever say anything to James and Pippa is because Kate's siblings risk "cheapening" the image of the royal family. It's just a PR concern; not any sort of moral concern that they are "cashing in" on things they don't deserve. Because the latter criticism applies just as much to the royal family, which has done just as little as Pippa and James to deserve the attention it gets. Again, not trying to be negative about what the royal family does, but rather, just pointing out an obvious double standard.

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    1. Marci from Salt Lake12 November 2014 at 22:01

      Maggie - Minneapolis, I agree with you, and thank you for your astute analysis of this situation. It IS a double standard and highly unfair to the Middleton siblings. So far, though, any criticism of the Middleton siblings has come from the public and NOT from the Royal Family that anybody knows about for certain. Let's hope the RF does not engage in that double standard.

      As you say, Pippa and James were in publicity-necessary businesses before Kate joined the RF. Or they were training for it. James and Pippa's schooling was directed at exactly the careers they are trying to be successful in--and if Pippa is offered a plum job in the communications industry, well, that's something that her schooling did prepare her to do, although as was said by someone else, usually one would have to work up to such a position for years. Yet, the public wants news of Kate and William, and if hiring or interviewing their siblings brings that about, then of course the business entities controlling the delivery of news will do their best to be the most popular by delivering what the people want.

      All that does not excuse Pippa and James from a responsibility to maintain discretion. I don't find his comments about his role as an uncle to Prince George, nor the wedding gift he gave to be out of line. It IS still a question about James, after all, although of course it would never be asked except that his sister is famous. And that's the problem: James didn't write the questions. He's not in total control here, and he does have to be pleasant and cooperative or there goes his chance for any future interview to help his business. The show edited his interview heavily to focus on every question they could manage to stick in about Kate and her family. It actually became awkward--they were totally ignoring his business partner until the very end of the interview as shown. You could clearly see James wanted to spend time on his business, and just as clearly he managed to keep the questions about his sister and family focused as much as was possible on his role regarding them. I thought he showed considerable skill that I hope will increase and become smoother as he continues. I wish him luck with the business.

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    2. Ditto to Maggie and Marci. I think both Pippa and James are being responsible and discrete.

      As for others not getting jobs in journalism (or other fields) without working years to achieve it, that's simply not true. It happens in many areas of life. All the time. I have heard many people's stories (mine included) with that theme.

      There is often a bit of serendipity and luck (or sometimes even tragedy) in a life and an individual walks into a job that they were initially unprepared for, but did admirably. Why not celebrate people's luck and achievements? Why demean them as undeserved?

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    3. Here's the thing... these media jobs are temporary... they are in the same vein as Jenna Bush and Chelsea Clinton. It's something for them to do until they want to do something else. Do we really think Maria Shriver and Anderson Cooper succeeded on talent alone? Did their connections have anything to do with their opportunities? I don't even know what Pippa's suppose to be doing... but it will probably last right up until she gets married and has kids, if even that long.

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  20. She FINALLY wears flat boots and they're... those. Wah-wah. This is the first time (honest) I have actively hated her footwear... Those boots are so unflattering and make her feet look extra long. I love flat boots, and commend Kate for picking something, at long last, that will be *comfortable*, but for that kind of money she could do far better than those.
    I do like the dress, and the tights, just fine. And Kate herself, of course, looks fab.

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    2. I think her feet only look long because we are not used to seeing her flat footed. She always wears heels which make the length of the foot appear smaller. Kate wears an 8.5 so her foot is a little longer. Which I have a feeling she should really wear a 9 since her toes curl when not wearing shoes-common from wearing too small of a shoe. But I get what you are saying about these boots. For that price she could do better. I have a pair like this that cost 49.95 (this style is everywhere right now). I would never pay over $100 for these. These would look better with skinny jeans I think!

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  21. Maybe it's the quality of the photos, but I thought she looked washed out, which to me reads tired or not feeling well. As to Pippa and James, they have a right to live their own lives. Peter Phillips sold his wedding photos exclusively to Hello magazine, Andrew is on the record of making behind the scene deals with unsavory characters, Sophie was exposed using her royal status to gain clientele for her PR firm. Why don't Pippa or James have the right to talk to the press. It's not as if they were dissing the RF

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  22. Amy, Detroit Michigan12 November 2014 at 20:51

    I'm of the opinion that Pippa and James can do what they please. They should take full advantage of the opportunities that are presented to them. Their sister may have married into the Royal Family, but if this kind of thing would upset the RF, they need to get over themselves...they have done pleanty of unsavory things themselves.

    As for Kate's outfit, I am just so happy that she left the skinny jeans, striped shirt, and wedges at home that she could have shown up in a burlap sack and I would give it a thumbs up!

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  23. I also don't see an issue with James' interview. He has a business that he's trying to promote in the US. The footage was not edited by him, it was edited by the interviewer and I'm sure the focus was not as heavily on his connection to Kate as it appeared due to the editing. Live and learn. James himself may not be happy with the editing and will learn to come to these interviews with a firm list of do's and don'ts for the interviewer. I've never understood why people blame Pippa for always being photographed going about her life when its the photographers who chase her, the papers who print the pictures, the public who reads it and demands more... poor Pippa. No wonder she has said that she is very surprised by the attention she has garnered. Why blame her? She has no control - unless she goes completely underground and never goes out.

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  24. I quite agree with some comments here on Pippa and James. I just saw his interview and thought he handled the royal questions well when the TV anchor was trying to milk every bit of royal detail out. I don't think the palace is too concerned. They above all have experienced extended family capitalising on their name - as anyone would if they're in business or making a living.

    The Queen's cousins, Diana's brother, Camilla's son, the Phillips siblings, Sarah Ferguson - they have all promoted their books and businesses on TV shows and magazines. One would only need to google Tom Parker Bowles to see he's given interviews from the UK, US, Australia and Asia. In an ideal world, of course everyone shouldn't take advantage. But we live in the real world.

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  25. Wow, but not in a good way. The dress is something that I see at the shops every day. I didn't like it at all. Boring and I didn't think it particularly suited her. Just awful. Please put this one at the back of the wardrobe.

    In saying that Kate herself looked lovely and healthy.

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  26. Theresa, from Paris12 November 2014 at 21:21

    The dress is a bit boring and sad, and I'm not a fan of the boots. But the Duchess looked well and happy, and that is great.

    Pippa and James are having great difficulty in existing on their own. James' business was said to have made tremendous losses in the past couple of years. Luckily he has his parents to help out. He has to use his connections in the US to hope to make a bit of money, otherwise it just doesn't work.
    Pippa seems absolutely sweet and charming but her book was a dismal, dismal failure. She cannot manage without using her connection to the Royal family. It is a fact, sadly for her.
    But then again, since Kate has married William, their lives are difficult in a way. They cannot be failures or successes in the shadows. It is a fine and delicate line to tread for them. Really difficult. Though ups are certainly better than the lows in being British and related to the future Queen...

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  27. I actually liked this outfit quite a bit. Although a very plain outfit, I think what makes it so appealing is how physically comfortable and at ease she looks in it.

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  28. Hmm, Kate's dress is rather a dull colour, looks a bit 'non-descript'. I quite like seeing Kate in flat boots (I prefer these to the high-heeled boots that she wore with the ice-blue coat recently) but the style is not particularly smart for a royal engagement. As regards James's US interview, it does seem as though he and Pippa are exploiting their 'royal connections' somewhat, it IS a shame, in my view. His eyes are very blue, they are attractive. He looks quite 'royal' himself!

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  29. Blimey never noticed before I'm sure the flat shoes accentuate it but kate has huge feet!!! Do you think the dress could be the one she wore under the blue coat on Saturday ?

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    2. Tall women need big feet out of physical reasons. Somehow their height and balance has to be managed by the muscles and bones. Kate's feet stick out because she is so lean, if she had more substance the proportions of body and feet would be better.

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  30. The Duchess looked great. It seems that each time we've seen her since the announcement of her second pregnancy and issues with HG she seems to be looking healthier and happier which is of course" a good thing," and it makes me happy. Oh, and I love the boots--they are great for walking around--I have a similar pair and they are beyond comfy. Sportsaid sounds like a great way to incentivize athletes!

    I think Pippa and James should be allowed to live their lives and being as they are from such a close knit family, I feel certain that they discuss consequences and would not do anything that would make their sister look bad. On the other hand, and this is my opinion , I think the media especially that certain "program" is trying to improve ratings and because royalty sells they are going after the Middletons, big time.

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  31. Thumbs down on this dress Kate is wearing. It's one of the dullest, dowdiest things I've ever seen her wear, pregnant or not. I'd like to know...does Kate EVER wear nice dress pants??? A boot cut or slightly flaired dress pant in a good fabric, along with a complementary blazer, would look SO good on her. And pants look good with boots too. Nice dress pants can be found in maternity also.

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    1. A boot cut or slightly flaired dress ok, but combined with boots? In my book, that is a absolute no go :). Interesting how opinions of what looks good differ so much!

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    2. I said boot cut or slightly flaired "dress PANTS. Also known as trousers. The pants MUST be worn long enough to cover all but the toe of the boots. In winter, here in the north, boots are worn with everything.

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  32. Caroline in Montana12 November 2014 at 21:58

    Hello Charlotte and all! I don't comment very often but just cant help myself this time. I thought the color of the shirt dress was really great on Kate, but really wish it was full length. I am not a tights fan either and the whole bottom half of this outfit didn't work for me at all. love the boots but IMO would have looked better with pants or an ankle length dress, would have tied it together so much better, for me:) i thought she was looking really well today and seems to be looking more rested with every appearance. hopefully she can enjoy the rest of her pregnancy. i am also in the corner that is just so happy that there were no wedges and those awful skinny jeans!! onto the James and Pippa interviews, i agree that for Pippa to get a job on the today show is just for her "celebrity status" ie having a famous sister, so many people work for years to get a gig like that and still don't get it. I still need to watch the interview with James but agree that they must be very careful of what they say. if i was Kate I'm not sure id like my siblings doing interviews, seems like a break in privacy. her family seems so close, i know i would want to protect my sister if that was me and id keep my mouth shut no matter what career i wanted. loved that you could see the baby bump!!! looking forward to seeing the next event, hoping for a spectacular gown. - Caroline

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  33. It's been a while since I've gotten on and commented but I have been following every day! It's so good to see Catherine looking healthier and healthier every time we see her out since the announcement! I think her dress is demure and lovely and probably very comfortable, no judgment from me! As for Pippa and James I feel bad for them! In all honesty you can't make it in the careers they've chosen with out publicity so of course their will be interviews! And who really thinks that they won't be asked about their sister since she is The Duchess if Cambridge wife of the second in line to the thrown and mother of the third in line to the thrown and a well known and loved member of the Royal family. I'm sure James and Pippa had goals and dreams for their life long before William and Catherine were married so do you really expect them to abandon what they want for their lives in order to avoid ever being in the public eye or giving an interview all because their sister married into the Royal family? So if we stick to these standards for Catherine's siblings is it realistic for us to expect Williams brother to stop speaking about his brother whom he loves, just as James and Pippa love Catherine, or his sister-in-law and nephew whom he adores? No of course not because he is also a royal so what is so wrong with James mentioning that he wants to be a cool uncle to George or that Lupo was his wedding present to William and Catherine? In my opinion this can't be considered capitalizing because everyone already knows who they are and what their connection to the Royal family is and may or may not give them preferential treatment because of it.

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  34. I love Kate's outfit. Her hair looks beautiful....so shiny! THE BOOTS ARE FAB! I would really love a pair, they also looked great on her big feet!! :):)

    I find James Middleton a little odd. What's with the beard? He ruined the christening pictures looking like a mountain man IMHO. Kate's an accommodating sister.....I would of asked him to trim it or better yet shave it off!

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    1. Eve from Massachusetts13 November 2014 at 01:46

      Beards are really "in" in England right now. But check out James' resemblance to Prince Michael of Kent!!!

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    2. Ruined the christening pictures? Really? Seriously? I thought he looked very handsome. Different strokes. Sigh...

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    3. He looks like a Russian emperor to me, brought from the XIX. Very odd.

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    4. As Eve said, scruffy beards are rather fashionable right now. It's not necessarily my cup of tea, but not everyone has to share my style. I thought his beard looked better-groomed at George's christening than it has in other recent pictures.

      I'd feel kinda rude and uncomfortable asking my brother (or rather, uncle or brother-in-law, since I don't have a brother) to shave so as to better fit my personal style for some photos.

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  35. Cashing on RF? Don't joke. If the heir to the throne, prince Charles cashes in on his own farming (http://www.highgrovegardens.com with photo of him) or even the Queen has her own horses to make money. So I think Pippa and James can use they fame to set up their future (with dignity of course). Look at Beckham's children - they also take advantages of their parents. If they weren't famous, Romeo would have rather stayed unnoticed by the fashion designer. So luck for them!
    About the dress: quite nice, but Kate's head looks bigger in photos than usually (photo signed 458854902), the rest of body looks very tiny. So she looks unproportionally to me. But I'm glad she didn't put on her skinny jeans and those awful wedges.
    Mr O' Neill should have made allowance for Kate being pregnant. Not average, pregnant woman of her age does the test ;) I bet Kate was the first one.

    On the other hand I wish Kate was so prepared to her engagements like Charlotte prepares the articles. And put so much heart and effort in her work like Charlotte does writing the articles. And was so passionate about she does like the commenters are writing the comments. (sorry for my bad English)

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  36. A bit meh on the dress -might have worked better with a different belt, a fantastic scarf, more *bring-it-on bling*, so I'll pass on it and wait to see if it pops up again with a different flair. Boots are so-so, but I'm so tired of the skyscrapers, this is great. And not a T or A in sight! so it's overall a winning performance.

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  37. I think it's so unfair to pippa and James to face accusations that they're using the cambtt name to get ahead. It's seems unfair bc every time u hear talk about William and Kate, "they do things theyt own way they don't follot the rules" Pippa and James to be allowed the same freedoms

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  38. It is wonderful seeing Kate in lower heels! Wearing 4 or 5 inch heels is bad for the back and can cause so many problems down the road. In addition, she is a role model for many young women around the world, so she really should ditch those high heels and opt for 2-3 inch ones...

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  39. At first I thought what a totally boring outfit, and a dress my mother might have worn in the 1940s, but I can see that it is similar in color to one of the SportsAid tshirts. I do like the flat boots so much better than high heels for an engagement like this. Most important, Kate looked lovely and healthy, and so did her hair. She seemed to be enjoying the visit thoroughly, and she looked so much better than she did at the Remembrance service.

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  40. The Duchess looks beautiful and her hair is gorgeous but the clothes and boots are just......meh. Not impressed.

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  41. I liked the dress, it was a good length. The boots, no, they were not flattering. I like that she was wearing a shorter heel, just not those boots.

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  42. Sarah from Calif.13 November 2014 at 03:09

    Still thinking Kate might not be feeling up to par yet, she is moving forward as all mums must do.
    Love, love the boots!

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  43. Hi Charlotte thanks for the great post but i do not like this outfit much it looks a bit boring and dont like the boots or hair. However I am glad to see the duchess out and about and looking happy and doing great work! I praise her for that. I dont think her family should keep going to the media either.

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  44. Loved the photos of Kate!!! She wears clothes so beautifully!
    I cringe when I read many of the comments above. Kate has
    never wanted to be a fashionista yet you treat her as if she is one.
    She always looks wonderful in my book and I think she is a such a great
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    Pippa and James can do as they like. I do not think it is our business.
    If It bothers you look the other way.



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    1. I disagree. Kate loves attention and even her family (her uncle), has said that she always had a love of clothes. She did some modeling in University-not just the fashion show-so I would not have been surprised if she wanted to be a model at some point.

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  45. Quite unimpressed by her choice again. I guess the boots are okay - but that dress is the epitome of boring. Perhaps it is necessary after that ridiculous cut-out dress - maybe they balance each -other.

    Prediction for tomorrow? Black and boring. What I would like to see again on Kate? The deep green McQueen gown she wore in 2012 at the sorts awards gala.

    Not sure you have seen the DM article on Sophie copying Kate's style - interesting

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  46. LOVED this dress on her for so many reasons. First, it's a good length - knee length, and not the embarrassingly-short frocks we saw so often during the first pregnancy so I hope she keeps that up and buys clothes that fit her AND her expanding tummy. This dress is simple and classy and timeless and appropriate and warm, with the wool crepe material. This one could easily transition to post-pregnancy events and/or under a long coat later.
    I adore those boots. I love a half and half boot and I love Kate in flat boots. I suspect she invested in these because they're comfortable and safe not to mention they can accommodate her legs as she gains some weight with the pregnancy. The one thing I dislike about the Rhumba boots - I do own a pair - is that they are pretty unforgiving as far as gaining a single ounce in your calves.
    The other thing about the flat boots is pretty classy even if she didn't intend it, is that the wheelchair-bound athletes don't have to strain their necks to talk to her. It's more respectful of them and their situation, IMHO and I see a glimmer of Diana in that thoughtful gesture.
    She's really getting out and I suspect that she's had marching orders from the Palace and perhaps even an ultimatum that if she and Wills don't get back to work at least a little, then it's no go on the annual vacay to Mustique in January and/or babymoon to some sunny, exotic locale.
    As for all the hate directed at Pippa and James for speaking out - please consider this - they are not saying one single word without permission from the Palace and from Will and Kate's PR staff. They simply aren't. So whatever they say and whomever they say it to has been approved in advance by the crown.
    The Middleton siblings are far too close, the family is too small and too close and they realize the scrutiny they are under from the public, to go blabbering without the OK from the Palace PR machine. If you read any of the interviews they've done, their comments about their royal sister, brother-in-law and nephew are VERY general. There are no specifics, it's all very polite and vague.
    I think James and Pippa have done an admirable job of handling their very public lives. They're in the most difficult situation imaginable, even with their parents being millionaires - they have all of the burdens of living in the public spotlight and none or few of the security perks that Kate and Will and the royals enjoy.
    Pippa and James will inherit their parents' fortune but that's nowhere near the billions that Will and Kate and Harry will someday receive from Charles and his Duchy of Cornwall. They know they have to make their own way and they also have to do that under intense media and public scrutiny. I find it admirable that they are even out trying to work at jobs apart from their parents' company.
    I've heard from people who saw Pippa when she was in the bicycle race in Missouri in the US and to a one they found her friendly, approachable and not at all stuffy or stuck up.

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    1. I don't recall Catherine wearing too short dresses during her first pregnancy. She is so tall though, that I guess it's easy for things to appear a bit too short on her.

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  47. love the dress im colorblind with colour when i see iphone its black but when i saw in my laptop it plum and i love those boots looking forward on her next engagement the interview of james middleton us interview its not bad its given host will ask about the royal family about william his brother in law and her sister the duchess it really never presented that bad and i know that nor pippa or james they will not ruined her sister reputation or the royal family it that interview they can given by the situation invade their private things or life james middleton only talk about his business outside the us as well its unfair too say those people say that james and pippa uses their sister name to get job or to get notice i think james and pippa does not like they were tail hundred of paparazzi camera wherever they go
    looking forward her next engagement
    oh for those who did watch interview here
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeHH9sN58vk

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  48. i love duchess dress dress color blinded i see i iphone its black and then when i see in my laptop its plum looking forward to see her in flown gown tomorrow on royal variety with william as for james middleton interview its good its given that host will ask the question about william his brother in law and the duchess his sister its normal and i think nor pippa and james will never ruined the duchess reputation or even royal fam by these interview and i think they pippa and james never want the duchess in bad reputation of her nation and her new family i think that pippa and james middleton does want to uses her sister connection to get a job to promote his business i think that james goal to introduce james business to us that all its unfair to say james and pippa uses the duchess connection to get what they want and i think james and pippa are tired to get notice hundred paparazi following them
    looking forward what she will be getting tomorrow engagement
    here video of james middleton interview
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeHH9sN58vk

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  49. anon from Leominster13 November 2014 at 10:58

    Will try to comment again, on holiday, dodgy Internet, wretched computer and lost comments. Thanks Jenn for noticing my absence and hope you will be back to commenting now, always great remarks.

    Love Kate's look today, a quiet one for Armistice week, and she looked happy and healthy. A great charity too.

    As for the Middletons, never seen why they are viewed as wonderful parents, loving and average maybe but not wonderful. James is a uni drop-out with a struggling business backed mainly by his parents and Pippa is a social climber. Neither would get the slightest notice without their sister, and both are clinging to her coattails, threatening to pull her down with them as they court more and more publicity. Putting them in the same league as Sarah Ferguson (remember her trying to sell time with Andrew and she is still out there being indiscreet) and the Parker-Bowles (who get less notice simply because few care about Camilla although, having grudging read one of his books, Tom has more talent than the Midddletons put together. ) The Spencers have been generally more discreet although that model niece who keeps saying she looks like her late aunt (she doesn't ) is no prize. Andrew and his daughters have been pulled down by to a considerable extent by Sarah, it would be a shame if the same happened to William and Kate.

    Royalty relies on a certain mystique, without that they are just rich people living off the public purse. Royal relatives have often been a problem over the centuries but it would be nice if the Middletons tried a little harder not to join that dubious club. They should call their younger children to heel and take ten steps back, remembering that Kate is a princess, not just a celebrity.

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    1. Agreed on the Middletons. Other than being above-average athletes, can't tell what they have accomplished in their first 30 years. No one would invite them for an interview - if they were not related to Kate. That should only go so far - unless they do come up with something remarkable on their own.

      I don't like this look on Kate - on the other hand. It could use a nice classy scarf or something. On the other hand - at least it's not skinny jeans and stripes with cork wedges... so it is all relative in the end.

      If you look - on the other hand - at the outfits the queens have spotted this week (Letitia is visiting Belgium)... now that's quite remarkable and stylish - from both.

      Royal Fan from Canada

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    2. Leo: How would you define anyone as a "wonderful" parent? Being both a child of semi-wonderful parents and now a parent myself I think that I have much more appreciation for how difficult it is not to just raise well-balanced and successful children, but also how hard it is to maintain meaningful, loving and respectful relationships with children as they grow older.
      What the Middletons have - a strong bond and unconditional love and loyalty is not that common within families. It is, in fact, quite unique. Kate's marriage has put James and Pippa in an utterly thankless position. They get a ton of flak for basically existing. Personally I think that I would have started to develop a healthy dose of resentment against a sibling, especially if said sibling and in-laws were trying to muzzle me, which the Palace does. Yet, the family unit is stronger than ever. I truly admire this bond, this absolute devotion and loyalty to each other's well-being. I wonder whether it will last a lifetime.

      About James and Pippa - the classism and inherent snobbery of the posters from UK has never been more evident in this blog. You don't believe in letting people jump income brackets or social classes, do you - over in the UK ? And that includes you too Charlotte - I am quite disappointed that you hold the same view. I had come to regard you as a reasonable and democratic young mind. But I guess that they brainwash you from the womb in the UK about one's "place" and "breeding". As much as I love visting the UK, I have never felt more grateful to be living across the pond.

      It is interesting that the "US haters" are the ones who are perfectly fine with James and Pippa selling their brands and their wares on their family connections, which is pretty much standard these days everywhere else. Everyone uses one's networks and connections to get ahead. Why should J&P be any different? And as pointed out by many esteemed posters here - the British royal family has made a nice little financial nest for themselves (both Charles and Andrew) based on their royal status. God forbid any ordinary child of a miner does that.

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    3. I was fascinated by the UK perspective on this as well -- just who decides who belongs in what social class? Is it not royalty who decides who is in favor and who is not? Isn't that how all the Dukes became Dukes - because the royal family made them so? At one point, wasn't everyone a social climber? If a prince marries a woman, do you not "raise up" her family automatically?



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    4. You are perfectly entitled to your opinion as such "we" haters as well. Some comments were really about class but I must weigh in here on behalf of Charlotte who never stated anything like that or my bad because I still cant speak and read in English. So next time be a bit careful what you state!

      My other problem is that usually people who tend to be free spirits cant tolerate people with diff. view. You r the perfect example of that.
      Finally not everybody needs to pull some strings to get ahead although nowadays yes it is perfectly natural. :(((And because everybody does it, it is perfectly allright to do for the Middletons too, right???. Our ethic differ pretty much here.

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    5. Anon 17:10, I think your comment directed at Charlotte is unfair and unwarranted. She posed a simple question and, IMO, it had nothing to do with social classes. The Middleton's were silent during W&K's courtship; I thought that was very classy indeed and many people gave them credit for it. While I don't begrudge business people the right to promote their business, and the interest in them is understandable, I think they should not cross the line of speaking about W/K/G. I certainly don't wish to put words into Charlotte's mouth, but that was my impression of the question she posed....

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    6. Anon 17:10, I do agree with you about the close bond the Middleton family enjoys. It is wonderful to see because their *desire* to spend time together comes shining through, rather than actions based on a sense of obligation. For example, I sincerely doubt they moan and groan about spending holidays together....and isn't that a beautiful thing! :)

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    7. Anonymous - Your remarks about me are unwarranted, untrue and quite frankly I'm highly offended by them.

      I 100% support the Middleton family and admire them for all they have achieved. I'm delighted to see Pippa and James doing well in their chosen professions, however I don't believe capitalising on royal connections is the way to do it. Not for their own sakes or the BRF. Once they open that door it's going to be very difficult for them.

      Being a monarchist and wanting what is best for the future of our royal family does not equate to classism. It is very unfair to generalise the views of UK posters.

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  50. Hi,
    I've been reading this blog since the royal wedding, but have never commented. Thanks Charlotte for this bit of entertainment I love to read! It is my go-to when my baby is napping :)
    I just wanted to say that I think Kate looks so happy and beautiful at this event. I love her outfit because I think it's pretty, fits her well, and she looks super comfortable in it. Kate looks like she feels a sense of purpose at this event and that comes through in the pictures. Her smiles seem so genuine. It must be a great feeling to know that you are really making a difference in areas you are so interested in!
    All the best to this beautiful family, I really wish them every happiness.
    I'll be looking forward to seeing a beautiful gown soon!
    Jackie from Canada

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    1. Welcome Jackie and to our recent new posters. We hope to hear more from all of you :)

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  51. This is not about Kate... Well kindof. It's about William and George. It's from an Express story:

    After receiving a little bag of festive bells from a group of schoolchildren, Prince William joked: “We’ll put these in his pockets and then we’ll know where he [Prince George] is in the house!”

    Just thought that sounded so adorable. How big George must be now!

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  52. This is a classic under-stated Kate look. She's putting the focus on others. Nice dress and boots, no flash. I like that. I also agree with those who have remarked on the lack of thigh high skirts so far. The school girl coats really were a pet peeve of mine during George's gestation. Pleased to hear they will visit NYC. I don't recall Kate having been there before.

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  53. I have no issues with James on this interview--or other future interviews--as well as with Pippa trying out to be a host at NBC. They're trying to find work and make living given their circumstances and the opportunities presented to them. No doubt they are using their connections but who hasn't in real life? At least they are paying their taxes. And James is keeping other people employed too. Until the day they write their tell-all book, I don't really consider these interviews as tacky.

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  54. well i dont think its tacky being interview my guest pippa and james are give guidelines at the palace ro do the interview james interview all given they will ask about the duke and duchess i fine with his interview

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  55. How perfectly wonderful Kate looks, and how much better her choices have been this week (maybe excepting the SportsAid dress) than the first three she wore when she reappeared after her long HG confinement. The blue coat in Wales, and the whole outfits for Remembrance Sunday and tonight, are the way she should look. I love it. Even more, I love her smile. And her hair. And no slit or sandals or nail polish or queasy looks (except on the balcony), thank goodness. Our Kate is back.

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    1. This comment of course belongs under the next post. I seem to have forgotten where I was after going away to attend to something else! I am copying and posting the message where it belongs, but I don't know how to delete it here. Anon 2:39

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