Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Kate Supports East Anglia's Children's Hospices Appeal in Norfolk

The Duchess of Cambridge attended the launch of East Anglia's Children's Hospices fundraising appeal to build a new children's hospice in the heart of Norfolk.


Kate looked happy upon arrival and was greeted by large numbers of the media and many interested spectators.


The fundraising event took place from late morning to early afternoon at the Norfolk Showground, just under an hour's drive from the Cambridges' country home, Anmer Hall, located on the Queen's Sandringham estate where the Royal family spend Christmas annually. It was revealed over the weekend renovation have completed and the family have moved in. It is believed they will spend much of their time there in the coming years with William beginning his new role as a pilot for East Anglia Air Ambulance in the spring.


An overview of the Norfolk showground area.

Norfolk Showground Facebook Page

The Duchess received a posy of flowers from local children.


Kate has been royal patron of EACH since January 2012. It was one of her first choices following private visits and much consideration. Since then the Duchess has opened The Treehouse Hospice for EACH, visited other hospices in the UK, recorded a video message supporting Children's Hospice Week and forged links with organisations and hospices abroad during royal tours, including Hospis Malaysia.


Speaking about Kate's involvement with the charity, chief executive of EACH Graham Butland said:

'Everyone at EACH is honoured and extremely proud to have the Duchess of Cambridge as Royal Patron. The Duchess's support continues to help us increase awareness and understanding of the care and support we provide, and in this instance, to highlight the need for a new children's hospice in Norfolk.'

Hundreds of guests gathered to learn more about the appeal which has been organised to bring people together from all walks of life in Norfolk and beyond including individuals, businesses, charitable trusts, schools and community and voluntary groups.


Her Royal Highness met families, volunteers and supporters of the hospice and discussed their experiences before joining the launch of the appeal.


Among them was Leigh Smith whose baby daughter Beatrice was just sixteen weeks old when she passed away from a rare heart condition called restrictive cardiomyopathy in January (with thanks to Rebecca via Twitter) Mrs. Smith revealed Kate wrote to her personally:

'I was so surprised to receive a letter with such personal comments and signed by her. It was a lovely gesture and helped me through a terrible time. I was touched she had taken so much time to carefully read my letter and then to reply herself - it shows how much she cares. I hope Beatrice was looking down as I met Kate.'

Leigh gave an emotional speech at the launch about her daughter Beatrice. Reporters said afterwards, a tearful Kate put her arms around her and said "you're a brave lady". Below we see a beautiful photo of Leigh and Beatrice taken by talented Norfolk based photographer Rob Dodsworth.

Rob Dodsworth Photography 

The Duchess was appropriately seated at the 'George' table. A selection of the 100 most popular names were used for each of the tables.

Emily Andrews Twitter Feed

Kate admired a new range of pottery she helped designed to raise money for the appeal with Emma Bridgewater.


The Duchess helped design two 'Flower and Insect Mugs'. £5 from each sale will go to directly to EACH. They will go on sale in March.

Emily Andrews Twitter Feed

Regular readers will be very familiar with the work of East Anglia's Children's Hospices, and many of you kindly donated to the charity in aid of the Baby Cambridge Fundraiser, a charitable endeavour spearheaded by five royal bloggers, which I was incredibly proud to be part of. The organisation offers care and support for young people with life-limiting conditions and their families at a terribly painful time.

EACH

Let's discuss the appeal in a little more detail.



Due to the high demands of the charity's specialist services in Norfolk, the team has outgrown their current hospice in Quidenham, a very old two-storey building. Accessibility and flexibility within the building is restricted and there isn't scope to expand. EACH has obtained planning permission for a five-acre site but needs to raise £10 million to make this dream a reality. The organisation relies entirely on donations and requires £6 million annually to deliver essential services.

EACH

If you wish to support the fundraiser by donating, getting involved or attending one of the many events planned to spread the word and help achieve the target please click here. One can also visit the charity's online shop and purchase an array of interesting items including the EACH bracelet (previously worn by Kate), the EACH Umbrella and the charity's single 'Each and Every Day'.

EACH

Kate wrote a foreword for the launch "I greatly admire the dedication, generosity and achievements of the charity's supporters and volunteers and look forward to seeing the progress of this campaign".

Victoria Murphy Twitter Feed

£10 million is quite a sum and it will be no mean feat to achieve this target. It is hoped Kate's presence will give the campaign a boost and help to capture the attention of potential donors.


I've always felt EACH is particularly special to Kate, and even more so now as a mother expecting her second baby.


There was some confusion regarding Kate's choice of designer for the day. Initially reporters were told she was wearing a Catherine Walker design. It turns out the Duchess was in fact wearing Katherine Hooker. It could be a last minute change of dress or simply an error at the Palace.


Katherine Hooker Twitter Feed

Katherine Hooker confirmed the Duchess wore the Ascot Dress in custom red fabric.


The classic shift dress features a high neck which is described as the ideal choice for daytime or evening wear. It retails for £380 and is available in navy and black. Those who would like a custom colour like Kate's can order one by contacting the team.

Katherine Hooker

Kate has been a fan of the British designer for almost a decade. Most notably she has worn a herringbone coat by Ms. Hooker many times and the very elegant dove grey Buxton Grey for the Order of the Garter ceremony in 2011 and to the wedding of William's cousin Emily McCorquodale.


Kate wore her black suede Jimmy Choo Aimee Pumps.


The eagle-eyed Anna quickly noted Kate accessorised with the £4,000 Mappin and Webb Fortune Pendant and her Kiki McDonough green amethyst cushion cut earrings.

Mappin and Webb / Kiki McDonough

And carried her black suede clutch.


The Duchess wore her hair in a gorgeous ponytail today - it's a great look for her.


There's a good video at ITN Source and YouTube.


Finally, a new photo of William, Kate and George has emerged (with thanks to Rebecca). The photo was taken by Jason Bell before the tour and was the official tour gift. It's a gorgeous family shot and Kate gave a nod to New Zealand in her blue Rebecca Taylor suit. The designer was born in NZ.

Hot Monarchy

Wishing our friends across the pond a very Happy Thanksgiving! 

142 comments:

  1. What a wonderful day for the charity, I am so proud of Kate today, really great cause. Even helped with design of that
    pottery. She should do so more like this.

    On fashion front excellent choices, lovely dress, hair, colour, jewellery. Perfect!!!

    Thanks Charlotte for the coverage.

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    1. I agree. She made me really proud. Although the design was not my taste, I love that she did it. That plus her writing that letter and hugging the mom. And then in the clip you can see her picking up a toy a baby dropped and talking closely too kids. She really seems to care! And I love it.

      I agree. It wasn't the most exiting look. But very beautiful and appropriate. She looked beautiful in that ponytail. Such a great choice! And red is great on her!!

      What a great engagement!

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  2. I think she looks lovely! Simple, but lovely. I know her "work" maternity wardrobe tends to be large or tummy-altered normal clothes, as she seems to try to avoid maternity wear. However, the problem with trying to fit off-the-rack clothing with a bump is this - it is too large in her arms and underarms.

    I'm excited to see she partnered with Emma Bridgewater! I live in Canada, and on my last trip to London I discovered her shop in Marylebone and bought a beautiful serving dish. I would have loved to buy more, but pesky luggage weight restrictions (LOL).

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    1. Yes, the first thing I noticed about her dress was how wrinkled it looked, and then the ill fit. Color and accessories are spot on, and I love her hair away from her face.

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  3. Elegant and as usual, dressed suitably for the engagement.
    She has obviously written pieces for the programmes of the engagements she has carried out recently--obviously done in case she could not attend.
    She certainly does not forget her charities, even when she cannot get out to them.

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    1. You're right, Jean. And just in case some may have missed it--that's work. Yup. Work. Just because it's not working in the public view does not disqualify the effort. And in case anyone wonders how much 'work' it is to write a simple letter (that will go down in history for all time and be scrutinized by future historians) or program pieces, figure two or three hours from point-form notes through first drafts to revisions and proofreading before the final copy goes on official letterhead--for each. And yes, she probably has staff to do the typing, but the words must carry her voice. And that's just one example of the many ways the Duchess works.

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    2. How exactly do you know she writes it? You don't. That is why you have staff, they write this stuff and you sign your name to it. It is well known the Queen's lady's in waiting respond to letters, so it should be no different for Kate. I highly doubt she wrote any of those forwards, but rather just approved them.

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    3. Anon 19:40, and how exactly do you know she *doesn't* write her own letters? I'm not suggesting that she writes all of them, but she wouldn't be the first royal to put some personal effort into it.

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    4. I don't know if she does or doesn't. But Philly made an assumption that she does in fact write them. Which, honestly we don't know. So, I was pointing out the other side, since the Royals have people to write for them, like the Queen, that there is a chance she doesn't really write these things.

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    5. anon from Leominster27 November 2014 at 16:25

      I would doubt that any royal writes letters of these sort, although they presumably review them and can make changes or additions. There must be interface between the charity and the palace about what should be said to best represent the charity. The only exception I suspect are these rants of Prince Charles that have caused so many privacy issues.

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  4. the duchess is lovely and gorgeous in full bloom and love her dress yeah i think she really loves maternity dress in full bloom she really lovely i love the her hair bit ponytail i see its was so chilly there

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  5. Rhonda - Wisconsin25 November 2014 at 14:18

    Perfecto!!! Hair back and off her face - not blowing in the wind, love the color and everything else. She nailed it again today. You go girl!!!! :o) Thanks Charlotte for a great post!

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  6. The Duchess looks wonderful today. I love her hair and that dress is fabulous.

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    1. I agree. She hit a home run with her look today.

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  7. Warm-hearted Kate supporting a great cause! She continues to express her happiness to be involved and with her ability to provide comfort to children in distress.

    Red is a perfect colour for a brunette! Well chosen Ma'am!

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  8. Didn't like the dress at all. Too matronly and it seems that she was wearing something underneath because you could see a "seam" across her chest. Always look forward to next time! Charlotte, love your site, always the first one I go to on anything, Kate! Happy Thanksgiving!!

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    1. I saw the "seam" as well underneath her dress, it's possible it could be her bra.
      My theory is that Kate wears some kinda shape wear underneath her dresses when she's pregnant to give her a smoother more rounded out look, and not look so "bumpy". Also I think it makes her stomach look smaller than it actually is, I noticed it when she pregnant last time, on engagements her stomach looked smaller and when she was spotted out shopping on same day her stomach was bigger.
      Not critiquing her though.

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  9. Great color on her and Hallelujah a PONYTAIL!!

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  10. Thanks for the post Charlotte! Kate looks lovely and red looks

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  11. I like.her style....simple yet lovely..

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  12. Lovely engagement for the Duchess and the Hospice. I see that Kate was involved with matching the charity up with manufacturers and assisted in the design of pottery for the campaign. Sort of makes some of you who think she doesn't do enough work feel a little silly, I hope. She obviously does quite a bit behind the scenes that we don't hear about. Just because there isn't a camera in her face, doesn't mean she doesn't work. Nice to see that confirmed at last.

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    1. Ditto, Melanie. Of course, there are those who believe that going to state functions at home or parties abroad aren't work either. Don't imagine they'll be convinced that designing something or writing something is work either. Some work (hard as it may be for some to get that due to limitations of their minds) involves only thinking. Who knew?

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    2. Kate is not doing "quite a bit of work behind the scenes". Please stop it.

      Non-profit organizations seek “figureheads” as patron. The relationship does not involve money, nor does the patron have any membership rights. They do not attend meetings,carry any responsibilities nor make decisions for the establishment because they are not trustees / apart of management committee.

      They lend their name as a way of supporting. They are able to get media coverage for the Charity, that can help bring in donations from the public. The more a patron is involved with fundraisers and public events, the better results will be in terms of donations, fundraisers and publicity. Kate's very lovely gesture of helping design bugs and flowers on pottery was just that. Writing letters and forwards is just that as well. The key is how public their involvement is. Consider, for example, how we have little information about how she has been helping these charities, and we finally learn today that she helped by assisting with pottery design. The charities do NOT benefit if her help is not publicized. That's the ENTIRE purpose of lending her name.

      If the Patron may want more authority, position in the organization, they are welcome to apply for that position and to take on more responsibilities, they will then be listed on the organization’s website as whatever position they hold.

      ( so this notion that Kate is busy at an office desk working with her charities, that is beyond ridiculous. When she is not out publicly as patron, she is not working very much. She writes a few letters, very kind indeed, with plenty of help. That “private event” that circled on tumblr was actually a scheduled event held inside the building and posted on the website. Her JOB (yes, royalty is a JOB) is to be SEEN. Her pottery designs and letters do count.)

      Diana was Patron, President, Chairwoman and Member of numerous charities
      Crown Princess Mary is the chairwoman of 8 trustees
      Princess Ameerah -Vice-Chairwoman & Secretary- General of Relief foundations
      Princess Charlene is MONAA’s honorary chairwoman (Monaco Against Autism)
      Prince Henry of Wales, President of the Invictus Games, Co-founder of Sentebale, President of School’s Games,Honorary President of England Rugby 2015 & Captain in British Army.

      Duchess Catherine is patron for - The Art Room, National Portrait Gallery, London, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice, Action on Addiction, Place2be, Natural History Museum, Sportsaid and The 1851 Trust.

      I appreciate that Kate was involved in the design of the pottery. It's integral to her JOB to be so involved and help these charities raise money to make their dreams a reality. Of course it counts as work.

      The complaint about her work ethic surrounds the fact that she rarely is seen supporting her charities. Doing secret work is not her JOB and will not help them unless it becomes publicized.

      Anyways - I would like to finish up with saying she looked really good today, healthy and bright, I think the dress was suitable. Excellent post Charlotte!

      Signed,

      Not a Hater - but a Critical Thinker

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    3. Philly, I know that work involves the mind, you don't need to be rude about it. However, both Melanie and Philly I don't know why you think this engagement proves she does so much work. It proves nothing to me. The fact is we never really know how much she does behind the scenes. You know no better than I. But if you think that her 'writing' a forward proves this than you are sadly wrong. The Royals have staff who write this stuff and letters. The Duchess just approves it. I think it is quite naïve to believe she actually sits down and writes it herself. So, no I still believe the Duchess doesn't 'work' that much. But at least I can admit that we really never know how much work she does behind the scenes, both a lot or a little. Can you?

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    4. Since you think she works so much. Did you know she only stayed for 1 hour and 20 minutes of this 3 hour event? That is hardly work. I am glad she is bringing attention to this noble cause, but she hardly spent any time there.

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    5. There is a video on the EACH site (can be reaches via "British Royals), when the head of the hospice tells that Catherine visits frequently to meet children and staff, without any publicity
      I suspect Anonymous that you will never be persuaded..

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    6. And this is why I've stopped commenting on this blog ....
      I don't have room in my life for so much negativity dressed up as "critical thinking"
      Call me Pollyanna but things have become more and more openly negative and critical.
      So don't suppose one person is missed much but I wonder how many other people feel the same?
      I look at the pictures of the event sometimes on this blog but generally Just stick to Twitter.
      Sad as it used to be a fun / positive / intelligent site to visit.
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    7. +1 Stephanie!!!

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    8. I just came home and was happy to see Charlotte's coverage about Kate's engagement. This is such an important charity and Kate looked healthy, happy, and lovely. And yet we already have a debate about how much she does. Am I the only one wondering why, oh why? Ugh.

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    9. I miss you Simone! You are like a human ray of sun. So please keep commenting :) //An optimistic "critical-thinker"

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    10. Royalfan,

      I too ask why someone had to wonder out loud if those of us who wish Kate would represent her charities more "feel silly now", and wonder if we would consider her designs and letters as work (personally, I do). They wondered, they got responses. The end (I hope :) )

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    11. Clearly you're not RoyalFan but we do seem to be lone voices at times ....
      It's a complete turn off for me these days....
      Thanks Rebecca - you're a little ray all of your own too! :-)
      Simone

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    12. The part that bugs me is the one poster (yes, you, philly) who had to make it personal with the "limitations of their minds" comments about people who disagree with her. Sorry, but that to me is out of line, not a difference of opinion about whether Kate works enough. I agree, Kate won't do enough for some, and others think that if she lifts a finger we should all cheer. Personally, I'm in the middle. But I'm not in the middle about insulting people who post here, and it happens on every single post these days. I come here for some intelligent conversation, not that kind of mentality.

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    13. I'm with you, Bluhare. I looove discussions, clever discussions or just random thoughts. But I don't understand why people can't just lay out their case instead of saying bad things about the "opponent". It's so much more fun to listen for real. Maybe you learn something, maybe you change your mind, or maybe you get to lay out a great argument against something you didn't even know you had an argument about. It's really interesting, try that instead guys ;)

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    14. Thank you, Simone. I didn't think so... :)

      bluhare, yes, there have been some personal comments on both sides and I don't dispute your feelings on the subject; I don't like it either. But I believe it's equally personal for some folks to persistently question Kate's work ethic and basically make her out to be a lazy, unmotivated rich girl, while measuring her against their own preconceived notions of how this chapter in royal history should play out.

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    15. Thank you Rebecca! You're one of the people I like talking with. :P

      royalfan, please show me personal insults that people with less than positive opinions of Kate have made. I imagine there might be one or two somewhere, but the vast majority of people who post less than 100% favorable opinions of Kate keep their opinions to Kate. Not the people posting here. And even those of us who do that don't even say things like Kate's stupid, ugly, or anything else that could be considered personally insulting. They keep it to what she does or wears, and "lazy" is about as bad as I've seen it. And even that is an opinion borne out by what she does (or doesn't do) rather than something she can't control (her looks or intelligence).

      If I were to call some of you (personal opinion redacted by writer) I'd be thrown off the blog. Yet it's ok to call those who think differently "stupid" which is what philly did in so many words.

      And, for what it's worth, if Kate puts out effort that appears to be that of an unmotivated rich girl and I compare that against what I think someone in her position should be doing, it's a fair argument, in my opinion. You've nicely consolidated my viewpoint and that's too personal for the blog?

      And Kate stayed for half of the event yesterday.

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    16. Stephanie, I agree with your excellent explanation and perspective except for one point - "royalty is a job". "royalty" is a class designation that one attains by birth or marriage - you can't be appointed, elected or hired to be "royalty". You can't be fired either - you can be divorced. The only one with a "job" is the Monarch as Head of State. She may ask a family member to represent her or accompany her in that official capacity. This year Kate's been to 4 countries, and in 19 days did 45 appearances. She came as a member of the family to 3 family events (Trooping, Garter, Remembrance). Additionally, in the UK she's done 12 days and 18 appearances to review/promote/highlight UK business, community, culture and sports because of her status. She is an invited, honored guest - often receiving gifts. They haven't hired her temporarily to take care of some filing chores or sweep up the gyms.

      Royalfan, given that "royalty" is a status and not a job - the construct of "work ethic" does not apply. Kate uses her status to promote charitable efforts. Stephanie gives an extremely useful lesson above about how that exactly works. Being seen is hugely important, especially if your goals are raising funds and volunteers - which are the only goals of any charitable organization. The poster who commented about Kate only being there an hour and 20 minutes - that was all the time the organization needed of her. She wasn't thanking volunteers or donors nor directly soliciting and making speeches. She had photo taken with the pottery she helped design (putting her 12 years of home goods shopping experience to good use) and highlighted the cause. Often times the discussion is focused on whether Kate does enough for her charities - a better question might be "how do Kate's efforts effect the charity? Are there more volunteers and funds because of what she has done? Is she an effective patron? It is up to the charity to report out on that or the "royal fans" to ask for the statistics and share them with the community if they wish to "defend" their point of view. This means you, philly. You'll make a better argument about her impact this way rather than trying to use the "time in" approach. You have to be careful about giving Kate all the credit - but state it in organizational terms like this "since Kate's become a patron of X, together, the organization has increased x....".

      Jean from Lancs - you've proven Stephanie's point about being seen. The organization has to publicly state Kate's involvement in order for it to have an organizational impact. Which is what they do in that video. "Frequently" is a relative term, but to ask for clarification on how often is counter to the spirit of the act. The organization wants you to be like Kate and volunteer "frequently". For those who assume that there is "more that we don't know about" - you will definitely be told about it - by the organization, by photo press releases, and by first hand press accounts covering events. Non-profits have their own sophisticated communication team and practices - and they coordinate with Kate's KP staff.

      For the critical thinkers in the bunch - how are you interpreting the China invitation? I'm thinking the Chinese are pretty cool with just having the future King of the UK and Head of State for the Commonwealth to their country and are not interested in the press value of including his wife. I think it is interesting how folks think they should move the trip to the Fall when Kate would be available... but would Elizabeth do that if Phillip were not able to come? Perhaps the Chinese are busy in the Fall with other things?


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    17. It's OK to say "Please stop it" or slam a "notion [about Kate's work] that is beyond ridiculous"? Kate's critics can be rather rude! Thank you, royalfan, you have made the point quite clearly.

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    18. My opinion is that I believe kate does do a lot on a daily basis. I'm sure that although she has a nanny and housekeeper and stylist, she takes on most of the work as a mom, housekeeper, and dresser. She also does attend private meetungs at varioys places without media coverage. And of course she's got her parents who she frequents and a husband to attend to. But on a yearly basis, I consider her load quite small. I can garentee that if I compare her hours of actual work to mine, I work way more. I still absolutely love her though and her outfit was so perfect for the occasion.

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    19. Philly - yes you. You are one of the rudest, most condescending and most lofty posters on this site. Cut it out.

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    20. bluhare, I didn't disagree with you and I believe I was fair in acknowledging that personal remarks have come from both sides. Although, I will not name names or use quotes...no...not going there. :)

      But it isn't necessary to use words to make it personal. Tone has a lot to do with it. Blunt, dismissive comments (directed at posters or Kate) can be equally rude. For example, it's one thing to start an opposing viewpoint with something along the lines of "You're kidding, right!?" or "Cut it out..." vs. "Well, in my opinion..." or "I thought she..."

      And yes, I recognize that we are all expressing our opinions, but tone plays a huge role when communication is limited to words on a screen rather than being face to face with someone.

      And no, I don't think *anyone* here is stupid, nor should it be suggested. My very personal opinion here for what it's worth... Bottom line...this is a site about Kate. I come here because I like and respect her and wish to "follow" her (and William) as I did with Diana. I don't worship the ground she walks on and have even expressed some opinions that weren't strictly along the lines of "beautiful Duchess."

      I also can appreciate someone's feelings about strictly sugary comments. However, I think an element of frustration comes into the equation when the same disappointment in her is repeated over and over again. Persistent negativity can be a downer, both here and in real life. Goodness knows I am not a fan of C&C and I have stated my opinion of them as it pertains to the Firm's current game plan, but I don't seek them out...

      I sincerely hope I have not offended anyone here in expressing my opinion. I really do. :) Hopefully, I have offered a different perspective on how some comments can be viewed.

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    21. Okay...my comment just disappeared so here I go again.. :)

      Moxie, I have no argument with your comments. I truly appreciate your "big picture" perspective. Regarding the Chinese being okay with William going alone, well, perhaps there was an assumption (expectation) that Kate would go regardless of the pregnancy. A woman's role can be seen somewhat differently in other countries. My two cents, anyway. :)

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    22. royalfan : This is anon who said "cut it out". I have been reading this site for a while now but rarely post. When I do I use anon because I have seen how a few of those who used monikers were personally chased out. I do not wish to be picked on. I do not wish to be labelled as "pro" or "anti" kate and using anon suits me well for that purpose. I use the phrase "cut it out" quite intentionally. This is not the first time that Philly has decided to cast aspertions on readers' intelligence. I would sincerely like her to cut it out.

      MM : About China : I think that both Charles and China are quite comfortable in having William visit. Charles has knowingly and willingly snubbed China on account of their imperialist tendencies towards Tibet and HK. I think that he would have happily snubbed them again had an invitation been extended to him and Camilla. I agree with you that China is quite possibly quite indifferent to the charms of the Duchess and merely wants to be seen as being "back in" with British royalty again. And William will do quite well for the purpose.

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    23. Anon 20:19...I apologize. I said I wouldn't use quotes and, in a bad attempt to rephrase, I ended up doing exactly that. And I do understand where you're coming from.

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    24. Thank you Moxie. I should have been more clear when I use the term "Job". When I used it here, I am using it in the way one might when they say a parent has a "Job", you don't get fired or hired to be a parent, but you have a defined role and expectations. It was my intention to use the term Job that way when describing Kate's role.
      She stood in front of the world publicly on Nov 16 2010 and said she would do this job/role/expectation. And her critics would like her to do so and have their reasons to believe she is not fullfilling said job/role/expectation completely and with integrity and passion sometimes. (Personally I think her involvement in design is wonderful and of course counts as work).

      I am not going to instigate discussions about Kate and her work ethic - as of recently, I have only replied to people who have brought it up initially. A poster here wondered if people who criticize Kate might feel silly now - they got a reply. Bear this in mind. If people are going poke, then expect a reply.

      See you guys Dec 7 (or hopefully sooner if an event occurs :) )

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    25. Point taken re tone, royalfan.

      Stephanie, I agree with every word you wrote. I personally think that when Kate doesn't do much then critics have more to work with and fans take more umbrage. Things have been much more negative around here in terms of personal interactions this year I think because there really hasn't been a lot to talk about.

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    26. anon from Leominster27 November 2014 at 16:36

      Stephanie, I agree too and offer another voite for polite (on both sides) critical thinking. It is interesting how we are often accused of just discussing fashion and yet when we try to consider other issues, we are jumped upon for not just saying "wow, how wonderful..." And I do think the work Kate does is wonderful, just would like to see a bit more of it. This autumn has been an improvement over the spring but I wonder how much Kate cares that she's missed Malta and is now missing China.

      I have always felt that Kate wanted very much to marry William and worked very hard towards that goal but really never formed a plan about what happened next.

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    27. Leo, I like your last sentence pretty much. Kind of felt somthing similar, glad you put into words.:)

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  13. Kate looks lovely, and her support for this charity is great. If you google, you'll find that Emma Bridgewater china is available from several North American outlets. I don't know whether they would carry the hospice designs, but I especially like the new Christmas Rose pattern. A year of so ago I bought a small vase in the pattern with hearts, for Valentine's Day. It is quite pretty.

    Is this the Mappin and Webb necklace that Kate stopped wearing in the middle of the Australian tour, or is it a new one?

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  14. Great cause. I am so pleased that she is championing - what can be more important than children's lives? And when the sad reality hits - then we all need lots of support. I am impressed she took the time to write and sign, but then she is a mother herself. Hat off to all her efforts in this regard.

    Onto style... although in this particular set of circumstances, it really seems irrelevant. However... Very nice - I like it in every single detail, so I am back to admiring her sartorial choices.

    Royal Fan in Canada.

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  15. an interesting articke about Cornelia James Gloves:

    http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/11/24/style/international/cornelia-james-a-glove-maker-to-the-queen.html?hpw&rref=fashion&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=well-region&region=bottom-well&WT.nav=bottom-well&_r=0&referrer=

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  16. I've always liked Kate in bright colors. She really should wear red more often. With her dark hair, red is a great color on her. I also like the ponytail, although I don't know why so many people criticize her when she wears her hair down. Down, up or pulled back... Kate has great hair. It's very rare for Kate to have a bad hair day. Although the color is great, let’s be honest… the dress itself is nothing special. I'm someone who prefers simple designs, but I think this dress might be a little too simple. I can't believe that it retails for £380!! That's ridiculous. Nonetheless, Kate looks great.
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  17. Terrific cause, terrific patron.

    I very much liked the dress Kate chose to wear to this function; she always looks lovely in red and the colour is cheerful/hopeful and one kids would like.

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  18. Hello everyone,
    it is a great cause and the Duchess got it perfectly right today. You can see that she is really caring.
    I also liked her style today. Sweet low ponytail.
    I know Charlotte this is off topic, but: I am now definitely sure that Kate is expecting a girl this time. It's just how her hair and face look this time. So my bets are on a girl for William and Kate. :-)
    Have a wonderful tuesday evening!

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  19. Funny that the lady in the teapot picture looks like she has same or nearly identical dress to kate.

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  20. She looks gorgeous! Even if the dress is a tiny bit to big but I don't care. Love it. Love her. And I completely agree with the above poster who commented that writing letters is work. I just had to do thank you notes for my wedding and let me tell you - writing those bad boys took me ages! That is only one letter we heard about - who knows how many more she sent (or sends) out or time she took to help design the pottery. She's awesome!

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    1. I actually think she wrote these letters, or at least worded them. Maybe not the forewords, but those letters to the parents of Beatrice (and also Fabian that was mentioned a while ago) I actually think she might write. Especially since she said she remembered this letter and before she left she went teary eyed to the mother and gave her a tearful hug. I think she genuinely cares.

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    2. Well don't worry--she will surely grow into it>

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  21. The Duchess looks just gorgeous! I adore her ponytail, love the bright color, and love how happy and engaged she looks in all the photos. I also am so pleased with all the behind-the-scenes work that we found out that she does: writing personal letters to grieving parents, helping design pots to support her charity, and writing the foreward for programs. Having these little tidbits do help the public realize how much effort goes into her charities and how much we do not know she does.

    One tiny critique that really isn't and might just be my personal preference: I wish she would coordinate her jewelry to match better. The necklace and the earrings don't really go together and I notice this quite a bit with her jewelry. What I wouldn't do to have her jewelry options! :)

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    1. You are not alone, I have always wished she would coordinate her jewelry. They do not go together. It makes me think she does not really understand accessories to well and does not know what to do with them.

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    2. Amy, Detroit Michigan26 November 2014 at 02:19

      Omg, YES!!!! I am so glad I am not the only one who notices the jewelry not matching.

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    3. May I add another vote to the list? :) Not only coordinate...but I would love to see her wear some larger pieces. Nothing over the top (I get that it isn't her style), but just a bit larger so the jewelry is more in proportion with the overall look. Her earrings are beautiful, but her daytime choices don't show up very well.

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    4. I agree about the larger pieces. I loved the dress - I think Kate always looks great in red - but I didn't care for the necklace and earrings combo . A statement necklace of some kind would have been amazing. Zara always has some interesting pieces - I loved the crystal one the Duchess wore. I wonder if Kate has have thought about trying one out.

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  22. I loved Becca's look today! Actually liked it more than kates!
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    1. Really? I think it is a little teenageish. Not ugly at all, but a little juvenile :)

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    2. The red reminded me Christmas is around the corner. I don't care much for black around the holidays.

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    3. Rebecca's dress seems to me to be a little short. And again she was in alot of the photos.
      I thought an assistant was there to help if needed not to be photographed.
      You heardly ever see any of the queens assistants in any of the pictures. But her eyou have Rebecca sitting at the table with the other people of the charitiy. Don't thinik that is correct.
      Just my thoughts.

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    4. I actually noticed (in the other clip, the one I linked below) something that bothered me. Kate stood and talked to a woman just after getting inside. And in the middle of the conversation Rebecca reached her hand forward and "disturbed" Kate just so that Kate would give her the flowers. I understand that Rebecca wanted Kate's hands to be free for handshaking but it seemed really rude of her to interrupt. (Usually I haven't seen the things people complain about her, but this time it felt a little disrupting)

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    5. I think it's the way she was anxiously trying to get around the gentleman then seemed to weave quickly to get to Kate. I think she missed her opportunity before they walked in. The way she moved to get to Kate bothered me more than the actual touch of the elbow to get the flowers

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  23. I really like what she is wearing, the red suits her and her hair is looking lovely in a ponytail, a hairstyle that looks so much better on her than when her hair is all over her face. She is looking very elegant and regal today. Love it when she does some meaningful work and the fact that she helped design the pottery, and sent a personal letter to a mother who had lost her child which I think is a very thoughtful thing to do. I wish that Kate would do more work like this.

    Rebecca :)

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    1. That is work that takes place behind the scenes. She probably does it a lot but we dont get to hear about until there is an event like this. What we see is not the only thing members of any royal family do. Lots of work with their charities and patronages; mtgs, letters, phone calls - all happens but with no cameras.

      Good example. Tonight (25/11) William is at the Tusk Awards as Patron - lots of pictures emerging. Yesterday, William met with all the nominees of the awards. No pictures, just a mention in the Court Circular.

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  24. What a wonderful charity. I was so lucky to be blessed with two healthy children; I can't imagine what it would be like to have a child with a terminal illness. Kate has chosen this patronage well. She looked beautiful and bright - a great spot of color and cheeriness for the families.

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  25. The pottery is beautiful. I wonder why there's only Emma Bridgewater name if Kate helped to design it. It would be nice if they put Kate's name too or something like "This collection was made with The Duchess of Cambridge support". It would be nice aspect in it. Her outfit is ok. Not distracting, right for the engagement.

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  26. anon from Leominster25 November 2014 at 18:54

    An important cause - so sad about the baby. I know someone who lost a baby in hospital with a similar problem - devastating. The mugs would make wonderful Christmas gifts but haven't found them on the site yet. Will try later.

    Kate looked beautiful - truly glowing now and I like her hair that way. I've always liked Katherine Hooker clothes (wish I had the budget) and am glad to see Kate returning to her. The dress was so elegant and simple - Kate's best look and a perfect length on her. With the exception of those mismatched separates which hopefully will find new partners in the future, Kate's clothes have been much more flattering this far in her pregnancy. The red truly brightened the day for the hospice cause.

    Is another baby Cambridge fundraiser planned this time?

    China is all very odd but it would be a good visit for William --- Kate's pregnancy was not the best timed as it turns out but babies come when they come. It will be nice for George to have a sibling so close in age but he may need to be a bit older to appreciate that!

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  27. It bothers me that poster seem to think that it is inappropriate to comment on style in an engagement such as this. It also bothers me that some posters seem to think that you have to dress like Mother Theresa to help those in need. Diana always looked like a million dollars at her charities! That brought press attention and enormous cheer and pleasure to those who needed it most -- the sick, the grieving, the poor. Fashion to me is one of the pleasures of life! Why dress in drab colors or depressing clothes? That does not help anyone. Beautiful surroundings, beautiful positive thoughts and actions, and yes, beautiful clothes can bring comfort and happiness. By the way, I thought Kate did look lovely today.

    Beth in SF

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    1. Yes, but Catherine is not Diana. Maybe her whole style is a little more understated than Diana's was. We have seen that in many of her outfits as well as her jewelry choices.

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  28. This is the video I mentioned above about her picking up a kids toy:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXP9hufed3o

    There are some different moments in this one than the ITV one.

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  29. Theresa. New York25 November 2014 at 19:08

    I have tried several times to order the bracelet but my order won't go thru. Although the site says they will ship anywhere in the world, my order stops with the notice that there are no shipping options. Has anyone in the US been able to order the bracelet?
    BTW, Kate looked lovely.

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  30. Love Kates hair and accessories however not loving the dress. Just seems boring, especially when comparing some of her past maternity outfits. Thougt she could have done better with the dress.

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  31. Normally I like her hair back, but this ponytail just looks sloppy. I am hoping she didn't pay anyone for it. Normally, she wraps hair around the elastic, but not this time. I am wondering if that is partly do to less hair. Does her hair look less thick to anyone else? I am assuming this is from pregnancy hormones. I have thin hair, so it makes no difference to me. But I just noticed it looked thinner than normal.

    I love red on brunettes!! Such a good color. The dress is nothing special, hides her bump, which she likes to do. But the color looks great on her and the jewelry. The earrings today look more white gold than gold.

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    1. I would bet the hair that was wrapped came out. With all those bobby pins sticking out she probably just had a hair cut or the hair just didn't want to stay. I know sometimes my hair won't stay put even with pins!

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  32. Does anyone know if this picture is "new" (for our eyes I mean, not when it was taken) or am I just a little late?

    http://blog.hotmonarchy.com/image/103569847545

    An adorable family picture!!

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    1. Oooo!! So cute :D I don't know when that was taken.... maybe in the summer sometime? Around George's bday?

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    2. I have never seen that photo. By the clothes they are wearing it was taken during the New Zealand/Australia tour. But I wonder where it is framed and how someone got a photo of it?

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    3. That picture is new to me as well! Thanks for posting it!

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    4. Oh, my word! That is the cutest picture. Where did it come from?

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    5. Rebecca - that looks new to me!

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    6. Oh I think that might be new - it is to me at least!

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    7. This picture was taken at the same time as the window/Lupo picture prior to Aus/NZ tour. IT was the official gift in the monogram frame.

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    8. I'm not sure why my comment never appeared, so I will try again. What a cute photo. It is new to the public anyway. Guessing by their outfits it was taken during the New Zealand/Australia tour. But I wonder where the framed photo is and how they were able to take a picture of it??? Maybe it was a gift to someone in Australia?

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    9. @Anon 22:54, how do you know this was taken the same time as the window photo? That is great info, so I am just genuinely curious how you found that out?

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    10. :) I looked at the photo before reading all the comments here. And I agree... The window photo was released prior to the Australia/NZ tour and I believe this one was taken with the intention of it being used as an official gift(s) (especially given the frame).

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    11. Hope this helps. I first saw it on British Royals and followed it feed to Rebecca English and HotMonarchy.

      https://twitter.com/britishroyals/status/537342099599798272/photo/1 and
      https://twitter.com/hotmonarchy

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    12. anon from Leominster27 November 2014 at 16:41

      A wondeful photo with great expressions. I like it a lot better than the butterfly photos that really looked like loo paper adverts to me --extra soft for Georgie's bum. I liked the window photo very much too- George is a wondefully expressive baby as we saw on the tour.

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  33. Rhonda - Wisconsin25 November 2014 at 20:29

    Oh - loved the picture. Thank you Rebecca from Sweden for sharing the link!

    I also loved Rebecca Deacon's outfit today - she looked very chic. :o)

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    1. Meh, no problem. It was too cute not to share :P And I wondered if I had totally missed it :P

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  34. This does sound rather critical, and I don't intend to be, but there is a strange and quite pronounced line across her chest and under her arms in the first photo.

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  35. I thought Duchess Catherine's choices today were great. I love the red dress, the shoes, the purse and the earrings. Her necklace isn't one of my favorites, but she is. :o)

    Does anyone else think that she looks really tired? I've thought at her last two engagements, she didn't have her usual sparkly eyes. I think this pregnancy is harder for her than her first.

    And Rebecca - I love the Cambridge family picture!

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  36. I'm reading on some other sites that some people think it's terrible that they are using a grieving mother as PR to make Kate look good.

    But the mother is the one who spoke out about it. And that Kate approached her and gave her condolences. I don't think its a PR move I think it is genuine.

    I think there are some things to criticize, but this is certainly not one of them. I am glad to see Kate showing empathy and compassion during her engagements. I think today was a successful one.

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    1. They always "use" grieving people at stuff like this. Hungry African children on TV, Pandas in cages, Women without breast. It's the way to get donations. And I quite frankly think the mother "happily" is the face of sorrow in this case if that means it helps with donations. And she didn't have to say all the stuff about Kate, I think it was very genuine gratitude.

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  37. Does anyone know whether the lady with the pottery is Emma Bridgewater, if there really is such a person?

    Kate's hair is nice enough in ponytails, but this one looks as if she dressed at Anmer Hall and did not have a hairdresser on hand to help her. I really prefer her hair either down or in a chignon.

    Thank you, Charlotte, for your Thanksgiving wishes! I have been baking for days, and I'm just about ready for the annual gathering.

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  38. Effortlessly stylish, classic dress, she looks lovely today, and helping a wonderful charity. A Kate the Great event. Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow America readers.

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  39. Sarah from Calif.25 November 2014 at 23:59

    Lovely post!
    Adore the family picture :)

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  40. Rebecca Deacon has quite a presence in the clip.

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  41. Catherine looks wonderful. I love everything about the dress as well as the hair. She really seems to favor those green amethyst earrings, doesn't she? I'm looking forward to some outfits where she can wear some different pumps though. A little color perhaps.

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  42. Rose from Montreal, Canada26 November 2014 at 01:16

    Thanks Charlotte. Kate looked great today. Loved the entire outfit. The family portrait is precious. Happy Thanksgiving to our American friends.

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  43. love the rebecca shared the pics to us usually love the duchess dress and hair what a fantastic event happy thanksgiving to all the readers here in america

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  44. She looked absolutely beautiful! Thank you Charlotte for a wonderful post. I have been a fan for nearly a year now and really enjoy your blog so much. I have learned so much about European fashion design, travel, and history. Keep up the great work!

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  45. Amy, Detroit Michigan26 November 2014 at 02:28

    I think she looks pretty good today. The dress itself is a tad boring, but it's a "pretty" boring as opposed to "ugly" boring, so I give it one and a half tumbs up. The color, however, is just completely fab on her!

    Like the hair pulled up too, it's a more youthful ponytail intead of the usual sleek ponytail, which I like since it is a charity for children.

    The girl still needs some lip gloss or something, but I'm beaten that poor horse to death, revived it, and beat it to death again...so I guess I just have to get used to dull lips.

    I want to wish all of my fellow Americans a safe, happy, and blessed Thanksgiving. And be safe on Black Friday as well, lol

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  46. Charlotte: Thank you so much for this post... so many nuggets of useful information. I can't wait for March to purchase a piece from the Flowers and Insects collection-- a mug and a teapot for me, please!

    I am happy whenever the Duchess is able to be out and about during this time because it means she is feeling better. I would be remiss if I did not mention that I was pleasantly surprised to find a new picture of little Prince George and a smiling one at that--much thanks and it is indeed a thrill.

    Lastly, thanks for the Thanksgiving wishes and may I say Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow royal watchers who post on this lovely blog. Blessings on you all.

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  47. Tedi in California26 November 2014 at 05:09

    Wonderful, and emotional event. Kate looked beautiful as always! Loved her outfit and hair. Great family picture too. Thanks Charlotte.

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  48. I love that Kate is patron of such a wonderful organization. EACH obviously plays such a vital role in the lives of families who are experiencing indescribable pain and grief. Seeing little Beatrice made my heart ache a bit. Prayers and love to her precious mom. I hope the money is raised quickly to build new facilities. I'm sure having Kate as patron brings attention and awareness to a great cause.

    Kate looked lovely today! Her smile was beautiful and she definitely had the pregnancy glow. LOVED her hair back! She looked like she enjoyed the event and her time there. I know she brought encouragement and love to those needing it today. :)

    The Cambridge family picture....oh my stars! LOVED the picture! George is such a handsome lad! It would make a lovely Christmas card. Maybe we'll see it in the background while Granny gives her Christmas Day message.

    Thanks for the wonderful post Charlotte! Happy Thanksgiving to all the blog readers. I hope you all enjoy spending time with family and friends this holiday. I am thankful for you Charlotte and the time you invest in this wonderful blog! :)

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  49. It surprises me each and every time how WELL theses "60ies-looks" work with her. Whether it´s hairstyle or clothes - it works so much better than those wide pleated skirts! Usually I do not particularly like the 60ies style with these very understated designs and shapes - but for Kate it just works brilliantly. It looks incredibly elegant. Comparisons were often made with Jackie Kennedy at that time - but I like it even more on her, especially when she uses bright colours on top.
    I agree, though, with those who noted the "problems" that can occur when you alter "normal" clothes into maternity clothes or just use a bigger size.... it shows (I know what I´m talking about as I did the same while pregnant. In my case maternity wear just didn´t fit as my belly wasn´t big at all - I remember my neighbour being totally thrown when I came home with a newborn in my arms!!! She swore she hadn´t seen any signs of pregnancy....)
    I had to smile while watching the ITN clip. Kate has always been very much at ease with children but now you can see so clearly that a MOTHER is speaking to those kids!! It´s so nice to watch her.....
    EACH is such a worthy cause and it´s such a shame that you need donations to finance hospices. I wonder when we start having to ask for donations to finance war material?.... Sometimes I have to think it´s a really strange society we live in.....

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  50. As usual, a wonderful post by Charlotte, you truly are talented!

    Love how healthy and happy Kate is looking!

    What a beautiful family photo!

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  51. Love the "new" photo. George looks so much older than her did at the early part of the tour---but think it is probably the clothes.
    He has a lovely smile.

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  52. I wish you all in the US a Happy Thanksgiving! British posters may not be aware that the original settlers of North America were instructed by their sponsors to hold a Thanksgiving service at the end of their first successful harvest. Therefore Thanksgiving has its strong British roots.

    When I was a student in England one year, the local hotel made an excellent Thanksgiving dinner for the American students at the university. Turkey and dressing were easy, with the typical English addition of a sausage link. I think we had swede instead of sweet potatoes, and there were delicious lingonberries to stand it for our bog cranberries. I do remember pumpkin pie; I believe the chef obtained canned pumpkin from the post exchange on a US army base. The hotel staff were very kind and helpful, and really interested in fulfilling our traditions. One of our colleagues offered the Thanksgiving prayer. I have known many fine Thanksgivings, and that was one of the best.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate it this week in the US, and belated good wishes to our Canadian friends, who celebrated Thanksgiving on October 13.

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    1. Lovely to hear of your traditions. That's what I love about the blog. I never realised canada had a different date or really had a thanksgiving. Have a wonderful day everyone.

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  53. Prince William carried out another Investiture this morning on behalf of the Queen. I think that is his third in the last two weeks.

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    1. Yes Jean, Thank you for update on Williams activity as well. He has been quite busy lately.

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    2. Speaking of William. Canada/Japan tour early 2015 confirmed without Kate.

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  54. Charlotte what a wonderful post Catherine looks gorgeous and glowing in that dress and hairstyle.

    I love that new photo of the royal family it's their best yet!! I hope they release it to the public soon!

    Cheers and happy Christmas

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  55. I saw this and thought it was sweet. It's said by Graham Butland, Chief Executive of EACH

    “She not only likes to be kept in touch with what’s going on, but she’s made a number of private visits to the hospice and to meet with families without any publicity etc., the things the public don’t see but really do make a difference to our families. I saw the tears on the families’ faces as she came through, so delighted to have met her and have had the opportunity to talk to her. She’s just a wonderful lady.”

    So nice. Let's skip the discussion if this is her work or not, and agree that it is a beautiful thing she does as a human being. That makes me happy!!

    (I really hope I'm not bombarding the blog with this post. I've clicked "publish" alot of times but not gotten the message that it has gone through... But if it's gone through, sorry for the spam)

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    1. Wonderful insight into the reality of it. Thank you for posting it.

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    2. Thanks for posting this, Rebecca!

      Camilla

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    3. I think your inputs are wonderful, Rebecca. Keep them up. :-)

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    4. Condescension or rudeness or truth plain spoken (call it what you will, I can own it) Catherine is doing what she does so brilliantly--working to build genuine relationships. In this case (and likely many others), it's clear that she has been an an on-going pillar of support and encouragement to the dying and the grieving. No easy task, that. One that requires very special gifts and takes a great emotional toll.

      After reading Graham Butland's tribute, my respect for Catherine increases enormously . I only wish that people who consistently disparage the Duchess for a lack of commitment to her role could understand the value of her contribution. Perhaps put that way, it might be more palatable to readers who don't see it that way; however, I have less and less patience for those who must always find fault.

      Though the photo ops are wonderful and much needed publicity, so too is the privacy and intimacy of off the radar visits. There's no need for us to 'see' it all to know or trust that it happens. Rather like driving your car with your hood/bonnet off so that you can see the engine in order to realize and understand that it is on the job.

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    5. I like what you wrote. Catherine is also a pillar of support for William, I believe. I expect she will be immersed in motherhood for a few years, as all women who want to should be able to do. I think she will be a very fine Queen Consort one day, and the quiet work she does is to her credit.

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  56. Thank you Charlotte for all the info about this wonderful charity. Kate looks elegant and she can pull off the minimalist look of this outfit.

    Hi Simone - welcome back! I've missed your sunny outlook on life. Hope you stay. Is you back OK now?

    Rebecca thanks for finding that new photo - George is too cute.

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    1. Hello Blue Wren
      Back is nearly back to normal and I'm off back to work in a week! After 11 months off I guess it's time :-)
      Rebecca your last post was just lovely - thank you!
      Simone :-)

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  57. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who is celebrating. :)

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  58. The announcement today of the visit by Prince William to Japan and Chine makes it obvious why it could not be put off until the Autumn as he is to open The Great Creativity Exhibition in Shanghai on March 2nd.

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    1. I saw that. But is that a big thing? Seems like there is something bigger, like a reason under the reason :P

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  59. anon from Leominster27 November 2014 at 16:53

    So the word is out that William is going alone to China and Japan. Hopefully, Kate won't go into labour early. I suppose it must be some imperavtive on the part of the government, more a tour to soothe hurt feelings than to bring attention to British-Chinese relations to the populace.

    It does remind me of Charles III which I saw recently -- William terribly bland to Charles' dangerously forthright manner (and Kate very conniving - not a flattering protrayal of any of them.) One senses William will say nothing that doesn't please (to paraphase Jane Austen) although his views on poaching will have to be handled quite delicately.

    As for Kate, it would have been lovely to see her but it seems the tour can't wait on that. The situation must be rather tense behind the scenes. I've come to feel Kate is more sunning in Mustique than royal touring by inclination anyway -- and there will be many more tours in her future so I doubt missing these two (Malta and China) will have much impact on her.

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    1. I agree that there seems to be alot untold to the public about this tour. Seems a little panicky but I can't figure out what they're panicking about :P

      Also, I wonder if Kate and William will go to Mustique?

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    2. I wonder what kind of response Kate will get when she goes to holidaying in January but not going on this next tour. Certainly I understand but anyhow...

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    3. I personally think she seems to enjoy the Royal Tours immensely - she always seems to be "on her game" and the people who have waited hours to see her and William always have a positive outlook on their interactions with
      The couple. So although I'm sure she loves her family beach holidays too (as I do) she does not give me the impression she prefers one over the other - one is "the job"and the other is her "down time". Anyway just a different perspective. Simone

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    4. Thank you, Simone. Your balanced approach is so welcome.

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