Saturday, 13 December 2014

Christmas Photos of Prince George & Thoughts on Royal Visit USA

Good evening dear readers,

What better way to end the weekend than with new photos of the ever-adorable Prince George. The Palace released three new photos of the little Prince to mark Christmas and to show gratitude that he is not photographed going about his daily life. It is an unexpected treat for royal watchers to see another glimpse of the 17-month-old future king before his brother or sister arrives in April.

Clarence House Twitter Feed

The photos were taken on the steps of Kensington Palace by Prince Harry's private secretary Ed Lane Fox who used to work as a freelance photographer. George has certainly grown since the last time we saw him and looking very much like his grandfather Mike Middleton. Who do you think he resembles?

Clarence House Twitter Feed

During William and Kate's trip to New York Prince William revealed the tot loves iPad games while the Duchess said, "I am listening to a lot more classical music at home with George so we are all learning together."

Clarence House Twitter Feed

George looked incredibly cute in the Cath Kidston Guards vest and Polarn O. Pyret organic cotton bodysuit (with thanks to What Prince George Wore and HRH George Pieces). The Prince has grown out of his pre-walkers and is now sporting the Jo by Start rite Shoes.



The GEORGEOUS (perfect term for gorgeous George) photos made the cover of Hello! Magazine.

Hello!

When will we see the Duchess next? There are no engagements scheduled at present, however, we can expect to see arrival/departure photos of Kate and other royals at Her Majesty's annual pre-Christmas lunch. Martin from The Courtier Blog revealed it is set to take place mid-next week just before the Queen and Prince Philip depart for Sandringham.

@Courtier UK Twitter Feed

Are you feeling festive? We certainly are here at Duchess Kate Blog (with many thanks to my fiancé for creating a seasonally appropriate header for the duration of the month).

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It's been a few days since Royal Visit USA ended and I thought it a prudent time to share thoughts on various aspects of the whirlwind trip: the style, media and public reaction and previously unseen moments. We begin with some of the lighter moments from New York.


An amusing video emerged on social media during the week from Kate's visit to the Northside Center for Child Development in Harlem where the Duchess enjoyed talking with locals and staff whilst wrapping. As happens while engaging in conversation, Kate was distracted from her wrapping duties, but an officious supervisor instructed her to "keep wrapping". Kate is seen rolling her eyes and returning back to the task at hand. The video can be viewed here.


A glimpse into the couple's Christmas plans was revealed when William spoke to Downton Abbey's executive producer Gareth Neame:

'He said he was really looking forward to the episode that we run on Christmas Day which is the season finale. So we know William and kate are fans.'

When one is staying at The Carlyle with access to New York's finest eateries what would you order? The royals meal of choice was pizza. More from US Magazine:

'The insider tells US Kate, who was taking a break before the St Andrews' 600th Anniversary Dinner at the Met Museum ordered "three very specific pizzas from NYC eatery Serafina", which included a "spicy sausage pizza with no mushroom and a prosciutto "di Fabio" pizza.
 The five months pregnant Duchess shared the delicacies with a Kensington Palace assistant, private secretary Rebecca Deacon and hairstylist Amanda Cook-Tucker while she prepared for her evening engagement.'

Speaking of The Carlyle Hotel, upon the Duke and Duchess' departure they shared a message about the couple: "Their kind and gracious demeanour was captured here so beautifully upon their departure. On behalf of our entire 41 staff, we would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to them for choosing The Carlyle as their home in New York".

The Carlyle
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Moving on to Kate's style for the trip, there are several sartorial elements which caught the attention of readers. Noticeably we saw the Duchess select two garments by maternity brand Séraphine. During Kate's first pregnancy she elected to avoid maternity wear, but this time she is showing earlier and one imagines the maternity brand's pieces offered comfort as well as style. The Marina Maternity Coat worked especially well for the royal arrival and the Vanessa Dress was a superb choice to showcase some serious Cartier bling.


We cannot mention bling without discussing the show-stopping emerald and diamond jewels Kate debuted for the St Andrews' 600th Anniversary dinner. The jewels were "a private gift" (perhaps a wedding present?) and looked beautiful on Kate.


The more I look at them, the more dazzling they appear.


The jewels added another dimension to the look as initially there was some disappointment at Kate's decision to wear her Jenny Packham ink blue off-the-shoulder gown for a third time (one of our posters coined it a 'threepeat'). It was a stellar look for the Duchess, and all the more special because her gown and jewels echoed the colours of St Andrews.


As expected, Kate gave a nod to US fashion by wearing the Tory Burch metallic tweed Bettina Coat with the black  J Crew Toothpick Jeans for a reception with the Clintons and an NBA game.  There were many varied opinions on this look, but I quite liked it.


Many noted Kate favoured black garments during this tour. An  LBD such as the Beulah London Amara dress shown below is an excellent wardrobe staple which would work for a variety of events and we know how much the Duchess loves a lace dress. Some were surprised Kate wore the black GOAT Washington Coat to meet children at the Northside Center. Other black items included the aforementioned Séraphine 'Vanessa' dress and the J Crew jeans.


The cerise Mulberry coat Kate wore for a visit to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum provoked heated debate and divided opinions across the board. Many felt the bright hue was wholly inappropriate for a visit to a memorial of such magnitude. Others suggested there is no imperative here and the coat was fine for the nature of the day - which included a quick visit to the One World Trade Center.


I respect the spectrum of opinions expressed on the matter and given the fact the visit (and the coat) led to emotive responses from a number of our readers, perhaps a more subdued colour would have been a better choice. It's a tough one with such varying feelings, but one fact I am quite certain of is this: Palace aides would have spoken with US officials about ensuring correct protocol was adhered to. Have your thoughts on the subject changed since you initially saw it?

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Other topics I wanted to briefly discuss include the media's reaction to the tour and surprisingly it was not all positive. Some journalists expressed disappointment with Kate, feeling she was more guarded on this trip than previous overseas visits, and the word "boring" was mentioned more than once. Again, this was very, very surprising and following a little digging it seemed to stem from frustration with the levels of security surrounding the event. Hindered views for members of the media and a lack of quotes from the Duchess were the main complaints.

As an observer of the tour, I felt it signalled something of a major improvement in terms of William's relationship with the press. Upon arrival at The Carlyle, Prince William turned Kate to briefly pose for pool photographers.


Again, at the St Andrews dinner someone in the crowd shouted "turn around Kate"; William duly obliged and prompted Kate to do the same.


The trip appeared to be a very successful one - $3.4 million was raised for St Andrews University, a significant chunk towards their ultimate fundraising goal and no doubt generous donations will be made to The Royal Foundation as a result of the trip. We saw both William and Kate support causes close to their heart and William taking on more of a statesman-like role, meeting with politicians, delivering effective speeches and he seemed to be genuinely beaming from the beginning of the visit to end.


Finally, we share photos from two of our readers who had the opportunity to see the Cambridges in New York. A huge thank you to Katie and Mary Beth for sharing their pictures, we are so pleased you saw William and Kate!

You can revisit the trip on our Royal Visit USA page :)

267 comments:

  1. Terrific, I was hoping to see how much George has grown! Lovely post!

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  2. How he has grown.
    he's like his Mummy.
    I like the fact that the Duke and Duchess say they have issued these as a thank you to the press for not following him around.
    Thanks Charlotte

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    1. Me 2. I think this is a good "trade off" :)

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    2. I think he looks like his mother as well. It's becoming more apparent as he gets older.

      He's a cute little devil, he really is.

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    3. Hey there bluhare!
      I found The Royal Paintbox narrated by Charles as well as the PBS special, Wallis Simpson: The Secret Letters on-line. I enjoyed them very much! Any other documentary suggestions are much appreciated. (Others are welcome to suggest titles as well).

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    4. Good to see you Moxie. Glad you liked those specials. I really enjoyed them too and will pass on any I find.

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  3. Prince George looks adorable, and SO grown up! I really wish they'd release a pic every now and then, instead of waiting six months in-between...I appreciate the desire for privacy, but he's going to be king one day, and it's a good thing he's seen in public every now and again!

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  4. I've just read the Geroge part so far. How adorable and big. He looks so cute!! Those cheeeeeks! I think he is maybe Middleton on the top half of his face and Windsor on the bottom half :P

    (Just have to wave the flag a little. Polarn O Pyret is Swedish!!)

    Now, on to read the rest of the post :P

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    1. He's looking like a little boy instead of a baby. I'm glad he hasn't lost those cheeks since he started walking, though!

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  5. Great post and thanks for the fast pictures of Prince Georgie!!
    I love his rosy cheeks, he looks like Uncle Harry with them!!
    This is not my favorite tour, I liked some of the clothes but wasnt overwhelmed with love for them. too much black, and too much bright colors at the wrong time.
    Also I did not like her clothes or her hair for the basketball game.
    But I still love her style and class. And I crossing my fingers for more dates in her schedule before Christmas.
    I haven't comment in a while but I check it daily.
    Have a great night everyone!
    I loved the video of Kate's side roll, iconic already!!

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  6. I loved everything she wore for her visit. I have been to the World Trade Center memorial and I am not surprised she picked a brighter hue. The memorial is vast and huge - remember it is the footprint of the two buildings! - and if there were people to see her or take pictures she would have been lost in a somber color. She may have picked this color due to the size of the memorial. It does make her stand out and has long been a trick used by Her Majesty the Queen.

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    1. This was my thought as well, especially while laying the roses outside. She stood out through the clouds and heavy rain, black umbrellas, and dark suits.

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    2. Royals have to be seen. If you consider the large scale involved and the nasty weather conditions, a subdued color would have made her practically unrecognizable.

      http://i4.mirror.co.uk/incoming/article3547262.ece/alternates/s615/September-11-Memorial-Museum-stands-beyond-the-north-reflecting-pool.jpg

      http://www.vosizneias.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/RTR4HB49.jpg

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    3. Practically unrecognizable? I'm sorry, but I think we all know Kate when we see her.

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    4. Thank you, royalfan, for the links. Both, but the second most especially proves your valid point. You can't distinguish anyone wearing a dark colour.

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    5. Where was her focus here? On being shown or paying respect, I am seriously getting confused here. Other commenter said wearing pink with kids would have taken the focus of her visit away. Here?

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    6. anon from Leominster14 December 2014 at 20:52

      And do you think it's appropriate if she next wears it in another big grey place -- Auschwitz?! Would it be acceptable if it was raining? Would that mean "we are moving on"? Where does one draw the line?

      I'm not comparing numbers but Kate was in a place where thousands of civilians who did nothing more than go to work one morning died horribly and yes, she stuck out - like an angry sore thumb. If she had worn vivid pink to Hillsborough for instance, there would have been outrage but here "it's just a musuem."

      I frankly think this is the most inappropriate combination of place and outfit I have yet seen on Kate -- even though I like the coat.

      If she wanted to wear pink later in the day, she could easily have changed her coat -- she has dozens of coats including maternity ones. It would have drawn the line between the seriousness of her first engagement and the lightness of the second. We know she had a black dress on underneath.

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    7. Betty...NO disrespect to Kate was intended. But, yes, given the scale involved here, you would only see a group of people huddled together with umbrellas, and you would not be able to distinguish her from the others.

      Leo, I am sorry if this is personal to you and no disrespect was intended. For the record, I *was* impacted on that tragic day. It's not something I wish to go on about, but I was. But I will state, again, that I was not offended by the color of Kate's coat. I followed our news closely and this was not an issue. The visit was received well, (very well, as a matter of fact) and I think most people were pleased that the memorial was included on W&K's itinerary. New Yorkers are made of tough stuff and a tragedy quickly becomes a challenge to overcome.

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    8. Personally, I think we should go with intent. Was it her intent to be disrespectful? No, I don't think it was. I also think she might wear something different if she had it to do over again. Of course, I'm one of the people who think too big a deal is being made of it. A pink coat is not inherently disrespectful or rude. There was no ceremony, it was a visit, and she was head to toe black except for the coat. She also said that the visit there overwhelmed her more than she thought it would. That indicates that she learnt something there, and was appreciative of what it means.

      She wore bright blue at the Tower of London poppy installation which represented 800K war dead, and the Tower is the graveyard of many innocent souls as well. No one said anything about that.

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  7. Just a question. Is there any photographs of William (or Kate for that matter) around the same age? Would be fun to compare :)

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    1. As soon as i saw the photos last night, I thought of a picture of Catherine climbing and thought the likeness was strong. Some of the TV are this morning comparing the same pictures

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    2. Yeah, I know the picture. But she's much older there, right? I don't think there are any (official/public) pictures of her around that age. But maybe of William?

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    3. I think George is a very good combination of W&K.... :) Wish I could find

      http://www.eonline.com/eol_images/Entire_Site/201437/rs_560x415-140407102852-1024.kate-middleton-catherine-prince-george-william.ls.4714.jpg

      http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/09/05/article-2413052-16594951000005DC-503_634x800.jpg

      http://us.hellomagazine.com/imagenes/royalty/2014042518408/royal-tour-best-moments/0-96-277/outfit--a.jpg

      http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/07/11/article-2359293-1AC4ADC3000005DC-129_640x748.jpg

      http://i.huffpost.com/gadgets/slideshows/267264/slide_267264_1831780_original.jpg

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    4. Yikes. I have not a clue what I was "wishing" I could find. :)))

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  8. Oh my gosh these pictures of George are absolutely to die for!!! He is so ridiculously stinking cute!!!
    I hope that when Baby Cambridge 2.0 comes along we get to see a few candids of George cuddling or playing with his new baby sister/brother!

    As for the NYC Tour, first off I'd like to give major props to Charlotte!!!! You did an amazing job covering this Tour as always and I sincerely appreciate all of your hard work and all of the insightful details you include in each post.

    I thought that as you said, William looked especially pleased and confident the entire tour and Kate seemed genuinely happy to be in be in New York and I am probably one of the rare few who thought very single look Kate had the whole tour was great!! I would love to own the Seraphine dresses and the Bealulah dress and I thought the Basketball game looks and the Met gala looks we're completely appropriate and wonderful for the given events...she was definitely a modern Princess all weekend!!! :)

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    1. Oh, sibling cuddles! Something like this picture of P. Estelle and P. Leonore.
      http://svenskdam.se/files/2014/04/estelle-leonore-hovet.jpg

      Yes, Charlotte did an amazing job. As always!! :D

      I agree. He looked happy and confident and so did she. It made me happy. Gives me hope for their future :)

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  9. Initially, when I saw William pull Kate towards him and pause for the photographers, I wondered if a new PR approach was unfolding. And now with the release of these photos, and the thank you, I *really* wonder..... :) But good moves for sure, regardless of the reason(s) behind it.

    Any reference to "boring" has me scratching my head. What do people expect from a future king and queen? The *media* has turned them into celebrities and then reprimands the couple for not living up to *their* expectations. And sadly, people buy into it.

    As far as her wardrobe choices are concerned, I thought she looked lovely and perfectly appropriate at every engagement. I was not offended by the bright pink coat and I guarantee that if she had worn black some folks would have a problem with that as well. She didn't photograph well...doesn't she understand that part of her role?...she's being dramatic...it wasn't a memorial service....etc. ........... :)))

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    1. Royalfan, I agree with every single word. The media, and especially the american media, seems to forget the real status of William&Kate. They're not cheap celebrities, they're royals. Don't expect them to act like celebrities!!

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    2. They do act more like celebrities than royals, unfortunately. That might be why a mistake is made with the fanbase and American media.

      We saw from this trip that Kate's best move to apparently get more focus on the charities is not to, you know, say anything, make a speech or do anything. But to a) wear black, or b) wear a repeat outfit. These have been pointed out as her "brilliant" moves - by her own fans.

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    3. Kate's primary public role is that of a supportive spouse and she gets straight A's in that department. And why shouldn't she wear new clothes? Look at the grief over a gown we've seen before. Had she recycled more than that, we'd read comments about her wearing ill-fitting, altered coats that are too short for a pregnant woman...or that she doesn't care enough about her hosts to be bothered. Bottom line...she can't win.

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    4. Royalfan, is that post 03:27 in response to me or just a general observation?
      If it was to me, I don't think you understood my point... if not, no worries :)

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  10. Rose from Montreal, Canada13 December 2014 at 23:31

    The pictures of Prince George are adorable. He has grown a lot since we last saw him Wow and double wow. I loved everything that Kate wore on the trip. As the saying goes you can't please all the people all the time. She might as well be herself and enjoy herself and let the chips fall where they may. Had she worn dark clothes for memorial, some would have complained if she blended in with the crowd. How come no one complains when the Queen wears all those bright colors? I am 100% certain if the Duchess was not in line with what is acceptable by Her Majesty she would have been asked to change. If the Queen and the palace is okay with her, we should be also.

    Thank you so much Charlotte for your tireless hard work and for bringing us updates so quickly. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. As an American I can say I was not offended at all by the bright coat at the 9/11 Memorial. As someone else said it is a memorial not a funeral.

      Prince George is adoreable! (Had to laugh at auto-correct changing adoreable into affordable :-) I've always thought he looked more like Kate. Look at those cheeks and brown eyes. What a cutie!

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  11. Rose from Montreal, Canada13 December 2014 at 23:32

    I was so shocked. The computer didnt ask me to prove that I wasnt a robot.

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    1. Haha, same here :P

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    2. same same ;)

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    3. anon from Leominster14 December 2014 at 20:54

      It seems to have decided that I'm human too. And thank you Charlotte, and your fiance, for the great work and the great banner.

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    4. I'm so glad to know I'm not the only human, all of a sudden! I was afraid my message would not go through.

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  12. What a lovely surprise! Such a dapper little man. I think he somehow looks like both Will and Kate in the eye and face shape. I wonder if he is talking yet.
    Does anyone know which side of the family tree has given George such dark brown eyes?? RF or Middleton's/Goldsmith's?

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    1. The brown eyes come from the Middleton side. William's eyes are clearly blue, as are/were Charles and Diana's. Kate's eyes are darker, and appear to be either hazel or light brown. As far as I know, there is no one besides George in the Royal Family who has brown eyes. In fact, the only kings of England who have ever had brown eyes (as far as I know) were Charles II and William of Orange, both from the 1600s. George will be the first brown-eyed King for hundreds of years.

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    2. Stephanie, the brown eyes come from Michael Middleton. Kate's eyes are green, though they do look more hazel in some photographs. Carole has blue eyes.

      Blue eyes are ubiquitous amongst the British royals, as well as amongst most of their European royal cousins. Because two blue-eyed people can only produce blue-eyed offspring, the eye color has perpetuated. Of course, Diana brought "new blood" to the family, but she had blue eyes, too.

      I have to say I was surprised to see that George's eyes were dark when he was young, but just because the odds seem to favor blue eyes doesn't mean genetics are that simple! Both of my parents' children are brown-eyed, though my mother's are green and father's blue. Like George, my sister and I inherited our brown eyes from a grandparent.

      I think the brown eyes suit him perfectly, though I'd imagine we'd say the same if the handsome little rascal had ended up with any other eye color! And in an odd way, it's fun to think he'll be the first brown-eyed British monarch in centuries. Nearly all of the Queen's descendants bear an incredibly strong resemblance to her, but it looks like this one may break the mold!

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  13. Cannot get over George! He looks like a kid who is pretty happy with his lot in life, and appears to be so expressive...and cooperative re sitting on those steps all by himself. Altho its hard to be sure without any references, he looks TALL/long-legged, just like Daddy, but there is no mistaking the Middleton genes, facially. Could be that he is one of those lucky kids who inherits the best from both parents. Thanks for posting these pics, Charlotte.

    JC

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    1. He looks tall to me to. Tall with dark brown eyes.... Wow, he will be a heartbreaker :P

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  14. Sarah from Calif.13 December 2014 at 23:41

    OMG, George is Scrumptious!!!!! Adorable, adorable :)
    Loved Catherine rolling her eyes.....
    Loved the jewelry.....

    I think their trip to New York was very successful. I am amazed that they would choose such a hot spot in this turbulent country. Well done to the Security personnel.
    I loved the Pink Coat :))))
    Charlotte, a thank you to your fiance for his support and help with the Blog. :)

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    1. Marci from Salt Lake14 December 2014 at 01:58

      Yes! Thank you Charlotte for this and another year of great coverage of the DoC and family!

      I agree with you, Sarah, on the success of the NYC trip. I don't see why the media complains that Kate was boring for not saying anything on camera when they got that fabulous eye-roll that said waaay more than all the speeches possible in such circumstances. Loved it too!

      I too liked the pink coat and saw nothing wrong with her wearing it to the memorial site. But I have changed my mind a little on it, in that since there was such a visceral reaction from so many people that I think all future official visitors should be warned to wear subdued colors--not necessarily black, but no hot colors or florals, except if one is the Queen of England and such is one's uniform.

      I'm one who loved the ink-blue dress and the emeralds together. I may not have any fashion sense, but at least I can say I have the Duchess on my side! I also liked that she didn't wear a necklace, although at first I wished she had. Looking again and again at the photos, I think the choice of jewels and dress complemented each other better without the distraction of a more serious piece at the neck. She simply sparkled that night.

      Finally, Prince GEORGEOUS, oh! He is too, too cute for words. Sarah I so agree. Isn't it great that when they do release photos of him, they are this good?

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    2. Sarah from Calif.14 December 2014 at 14:56

      Marci, yes this is all they need to do. Pictures here and there, like they did with William as a child.
      Sometimes when I try to go for a bracelet, earrings and necklace I feel a little like a Christmas tree and have to tone it down. I suppose if I was the Queen then it would feel perfectly appropriate but, alas I'm not. :)

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  15. LOL! In the first photo, Prince George reminds me of Spanky from the Little Rascals (the 1930s version). LMAO
    Just the expression on his face is priceless -- he's gonna be a character if these photos mean anything.

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    1. Too funny! LOL. True.

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    2. Sarah from Calif.14 December 2014 at 14:58

      Lynn, I get the feeling he is a real ham. I can only imagine the funny facial expressions he makes.

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  16. Thank you for such a lovely post Charlotte. I LOVE those photos of Prince George! And your tour summary was excellent.

    I have to say though, I don't think my opinion on the tour has changed. In fact 'boring' is a word I use to describe Kate from time to time and I've been using it more and more frequently unfortunately. Kate really could have used the tour as an opportunity to glam it up - I mean, it's New York, you know?! It was very disappointing, especially the Jenny Packam dress. I loved the jewels, but then they didn't even match the dress. And I do still think she should have worn a more subdued colour for the memorial visit. It didn't have to be black, even light blue or pink, something a little softer. Hot pink wasn't right, especially because we know Kate doesn't opt for striking colours normally, so why that day? And why wear black when visiting a Childrens centre for Christmas? Why not a nice green or red? We've seen Kate in those colours many times. I was happy with the outfit for the NBA game though. I thought that worked really well.

    And I don't think they're relationship with the media has changed much. You're really grasping at straws when you say they 'posed for a photo' and 'turned to wave when asked'. They don't give much back to the media generally, tighten security, not to mention the statement released to the media about how to dress before the tour started. They should have just let it go. It was only for a few days. Of course I do think security should be at an appropriate level to protect William and Kate. Perhaps those measures were necessary.

    I think sometimes the British media is afraid to criticise Kate because of their turbulent relationship with the couple already. The American media is not like that. Hopefully this is a good thing so that their relationship can improve. I don't think its good that the British media dote on Wiliiam and Kate because they're afraid of access being more restricted. That's not a good relationship. And let me be clear that I don't mean the media should invade their privacy and take photos of them on holiday, etc. I mean it seems that there are mostly positive articles on Kate, yet when you read the comments it doesn't seem to be reflecting what people think sometimes. She should be open to criticism just like everyone else in the public eye. And the media have critised her for things in the past, but it's been brief and then it goes back to the doting quite quickly.

    I also think this could be a reason people don't recognise Kate in her position fully enough. Many of us were surprised they were meeting such high profile people. But they're second in line for the throne!!! And the Queen is getting up there in years so they are very close to first in line. Everyone here was surprised because half the time they don't act like who they are. The media still refer to Kate as 'Kate Middleton' most of the time.

    I don't know if I'm making much sense here, but I think if Kate and William embraced their roles a bit more it couldn't hurt. And I still think they would be able to have a good family life and relative privacy. They need to start giving back more. Hopefully the American media highlighted that. I think releasing the photos of George was a good step, but they have a long way to go.

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    1. I think she still gets called Kate Middleton a lot simply because she apparently is NOT to be referred to as Princess. People really want to use a name. The Duchess of Cambridge is very impersonal (and Duchess Catherine or Kate, while cute for the blog name, would never in any circumstances be a correct form of address.). I honestly feel William should say something about his wife still being called Middleton and not given her title; it's disrespectful. She did not choose to keep her maiden name. The Palace needs to give in on this and just give the OK for her to be called Princess Catherine as a courtesy title, the same as Princess Diana. I realize Kate is one rank down, but it doesn't matter.

      What I hear from my personal sources (mainly one friend who moved to London and is now dating someone on the outer edges of the York princess' social set) the refusal to let Kate be called Princess is mainly about appeasing Beatrice, who deeply resents all the attention Kate gets. I don't know if that's true at all. My friend has been pretty on-target so far with the few things she's passed along, but this story seems kind of odd -- I mean Beatrice must have understood that William would eventually marry someone, and that that person would automatically assume a prominent role in the Family. So maybe that's not even it. Whatever their motives, I think they need to make a change. If people want her to act more like a princess, that might be helped along by acknowledging that she actually is one.

      Posting anon per my friend's wishes.

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    2. All I am taking from this comment is that you are unhappy with the way Kate dressed during here trip to New York.

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    3. Anon 00:37, I tend to believe your friend. Let's face it... Not one of the York ladies has ever received rave reviews in the fashion department and the media has not been kind to Sarah over the years. And now, here comes a pretty and popular young woman who is "only" marrying into the firm and destined for a much higher "rank". I cannot imagine this contributing to warm and fuzzy feelings behind the scenes. :)

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    4. The York princesses are such hardworking girls. It really is too bad that Bea gets made fun of for her big eyes and both get made fun of for their weight, while their contributions get such little attention. I'd be frustrated as well.

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    5. I think when you are in a country to raise awareness for a cause, and money for your alma mater - you tend to treat the press kindly - because it is exactly because you are famous because of the press - that you have the platform to do so.

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    6. Maggie - Minneapolis14 December 2014 at 08:08

      "The Palace needs to give in on this and just give the OK for her to be called Princess Catherine as a courtesy title, the same as Princess Diana. I realize Kate is one rank down, but it doesn't matter."
      I disagree - the entire argument for Kate and William not being "full-time royals" is that they aren't next in line to the throne. As a result, protocol dictates that she not be called Princess Catherine. Saying that it's because of Beatrice seems unfair to the York sisters. Calling Catherine 'Princess Catherine' when Camilla, who is married to the next King, isn't called 'Princess Camilla,' seems inappropriate. Sophie also isn't called a Princess, and she is married to a Prince whose mother is the reigning monarch. It's not like they're holding out on a deserved title for Kate. This is protocol. It has nothing to do with the York sisters.

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    7. But Catherine is a princess. She is the Princess William to anyone who wishes to use that title. But it seems no one wishes to do that--perhaps the duchess herself doesn't like it. I agree that Duchess of Cambridge does sound overly formal, but I doubt that the British Press would take to calling her Princess Catherine as it's not tradition. However, the Americans could. But I agree, Kate Middleton is getting very stale. So is "the pregnant Kate Middleton."

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    8. Oh, I think it's about Camilla. I don't get the impression anyone really cares about whether Beatrice is upset. She gets passed over all the time. But Princess Catherine would imply a higher rank than Camilla has, so she will be Duchess of Cambridge until Camilla is either Princess or Queen, whereupon, Catherine will become the Princess of Wales and called Princess Catherine as Diana was Princess Diana.

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    9. The British Monarchy's titling protocols are a bit archaeic to say the least. Kate can't be Princess Catherine as only born Princesses can be Princess with their first name (ie Princess Anne, Princess Beatrice etc.). People who marry in become Princess . Even Diana wasn't Princess Diana technically. She was Diana, Princess of Wales. Princess Michael is the only married in royal to be called Princess and only with her husband's name. So Kate would be Princess William and Camilla Princess Charles. (although good point, Elle!)

      I recall reading in the run up to the wedding that William did not want a dukedom as he thought Duke/Duchess made he and Kate seem older. Apparently he was overruled. :)

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    10. The title situation is really interesting. The press are the ones that christened Diana "Princess Di or Diana" I think the press got so used to calling the DoC "Kate Middleton" for so long that it is almost her nickname now. The press really had a few short months with Diana before she married.. Most of the time the Queen gives out a royal dukedom so that the wives are not known as Princess "male name". Technically, Catherine is Princess William.

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    11. I think Kate's title has more to do with Camilla than it does with Beatrice, Eugenie, or any other royal. While Camilla may be the Princess of Wales, she will never use the title because of Diana. Although she hasn't had a problem making the point *visually* with a few items of jewelry.

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    12. Kate's rank, as indicated on George's birth certificate, is Princess of the United Kingdom. Her title is The Duchess of Cambridge. Diana's rank was Princess of the United Kingdom, and her title was The Princess of Wales, until she was divorced and became Diana, Princess of Wales. The media christened her Princess Diana, but that did not make it accurate according to protocol; nor would Princess Catherine be any more appropriate than Kate Middleton.

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  17. Oh what a cutie cutie pie! such an adorable face! I feel like overall, he has more of William. However, he's got the Middleton eyes (color wise), William's hair, Kate's nose. :)

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  18. Oh, this is such a treat. Pictures of Prince George, I can't tell you how excited I am! This is great! He is still so cute and adorable in his knee socks. One can tell that the Duchess is having fun dressing her bundle of joy, who is more than a bundle now, in the cutest of clothing--precious! He does look like his Grandpa Middleton and has those adorable expression of both is parents.

    Thanks Charlotte, for always giving us more than a cursory glance and shallow analysis which is why you standout among blogs about the Duchess. As far as the Duchess's choice of clothing, I have no complaints. As mentioned, much consideration is given to what she wears specific to each event, therefore it seem in my view, to have an endless debate of what "she should have worn" is fruitless.

    There is one nugget of information included in your post that is quite interesting and I bring it up because many who are not basketball fans may not know this. The word "threepeat" is a basketball term coined by Pat Riley, coach of the Los Angeles Lakers during the reign of the LA Lakers as champions in the 1980's. They had won two championships in a row, (repeat) and were destined as it were to win a third and thus the word 'threepeat" was coin by Mr. Riley and which he also "patented" and now it is a permanent part of the basketball lexicon--so there you go.

    I am not surprised that security was at a higher level than normal for the royal couple. They were in New York City! A place as we all know is high on the list of targets for terrorist! We all want everyone to be safe and I feel like the powers that be in New York as well at the British Government and the Palace wanted to leave nothing to chance in terms of the safety and well being of the royal couple.

    As to the "boring" discussion in terms of press compliants, it has been around and it falls flat. I don't know what they expect? They will forever be disappointed if they are expecting some juicy tidbit to put on their front covers--it is not going to happen! Everything is choreographed, nothing is happenstance!

    Charlotte: Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year to you and your family. I hope you will continue this blog on the Duchess: this reader thinks, it is the best!

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    2. Thank you, and you a welcome!

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    3. A thousand apologizes for the typo... It should have read "You are welcome." It's all the excitement !!!!

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  19. I would not have noticed what your fiance had done if you had not indicated since I go straight to the post/blog :). Thank him for a very nice and clever Christmas greeting for your post.

    I truly liked every outfit that Kate wore except for the top to the basketball game. She looked great and we got to see new outfits and jewelry. Definitely not boring. I have to agree that had she worn black to the 911 memorial and museum on such a gray and rainy day, she just would not have been seen. Thank you to LondonLady for pointing out the description of the "memorial being vast and huge" (a "footprint of the two buildings", wow what a description) since I have never been there..... it so makes sense that Kate wore a colorful outfit. William and Kate flawlessly accomplished this short tour trip.

    George is getting cuter and cuter if that is even possible, but of course it is. He does look a lot like Kate (except for the lighter hair) and I think there is a photo of Kate at a young age (not sure of her age in photo) with pigtails where she looks like she has rosy cheeks. Harry has very rosy cheeks but William has rosy cheeks also.

    http://royal-fans.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Adorable-in-girly-pigtails.jpg

    I am having a hard time with the color of eyes from photos of Carole and Mike Middleton. Although it does appear that Mike and Pippa might have the darker brown eyes.

    Thank you Charlotte for a well done post in summarizing a recap of the NYC tour trip. I just loved the video of Kate rolling her eyes in such a cute way. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you, your fiance, and family.

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  20. Maggie - Minneapolis14 December 2014 at 00:43

    I'm not surprised by some of the negative reaction to the tour. I think the Cambridges have had their PR strategy backwards for awhile. First - the idea of making them seem like any other couple. That led to a rise in expectations that have been dashed by the multiple holidays, lack of appearances, and renovations on two lavish homes, along with a slowly expanding staff. I'm betting their press office was behind the push to call Kate "Kate Middleton" in the media, rather than Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. It made her seem more relatable, and they thought that would be a good idea. And it would be, except that Kate and William don't want to live a lifestyle that any of us can relate to much. And this New York trip exemplifies that - aside from a less-than-90-minute-visit to a children's center, they spent most of their time mixing with the rich and famous. This trip made them seem even less relatable. In a way, maybe that is smart. The more they can get the glamour aura back, the less people will expect them to spend money like regular people do. But also, given all of the bad PR they've been getting lately regarding their reclusiveness, expensive renovations, even more expensive vacations, and lack of appearances, this tour seems like it was the exactly wrong solution. A trip that had Kate spending an entire afternoon with a hospice or the children's center, rather than attending lavish dinner after lavish dinner, would have been much better in my opinion. Instead, this New York had them just play into the 'rich and spoiled brats' trope even more. I mean for goodness sake's - Kate's last patron announcement was for a SAILING charity.
    Secondly, I really think that Kate accompanying William on this visit was a waste of money for taxpayers and multiple organizations. She participated in no way in the conservation efforts, which was the point of the trip. And it's not like New York needs a tourism boost. Her choosing to come along meant money spent on food, travel, and lodging for a LOT of extra security, a private secretary, a personal assistant, a hairdresser, etc. The city of New York also had to spend a lot of extra money on security, including an ambulance dedicated to following Kate. She spent less than 90 minutes at a children's center. Aside from that, she attended a basketball game, and a bunch of fancy dinners/events. She did not help any cause, since she didn't speak publicly about anything. Prince William would have still been a draw to the basketball game, not to mention that Lebron does perfectly fine drawing crowds on his own. Prince William would have raised plenty of money for the Foundation on his own, too. He's a future King. Kate is good for drawing crowds of the average person. William doesn't need her nearly as much when the people he's meeting are the rich upper class. They'll come for him. Yes, it's nice to see them together. But it feels like she just wanted to go to New York and schmooze with a bunch of rich people; not actually do something useful. It would have been cheaper and she would have been so much better utilized if she remained in the UK and did a weekend of appearances for her own charities.

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    1. You sum it up nicely.

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    2. I don't see anything wrong with her "tagging along". As a wife I would tag along too. And she DID a lot just being the spouse present at these events. No man wants to go to those things alone and sometimes it's nice to have your wife if she is good at making conversation, makes the trip more enjoyable and why not? If she had stayed home I'm thinking you would be complaining that she spends too much time in that apartment or country home and God forbid she's seen shopping two weeks before Christmas. I feel as if you are being too critical. We knew from the start she wasn't originally slated to go but decided to tag along. Maybe she needed to get away. As a mother of a 14 month old and expecting #2 as well, I would love to get away for a few days.

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    3. So this "boring" woman who recycles far too often for most people's liking came to New York to schmooze with the rich people? I don't think so. Like any other royal tour, it included formal, charity-related dinners.

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    4. I pretty much agree Maggie, except who am I to say Kate shouldn't get to go to a city she's always wanted to visit when she has the chance? If my husband was going somewhere I'd always wanted to go I'd jump at the chance to tag along if I could. I can't blame her for that.

      But it wasn't a royal tour, royalfan. And, along with seeing a city (and apparently enjoying it's pizza) she did schmooze with rich people to raise money.

      I'm surprised William isn't catching more flack for saying that people graduate from St. Andrews either married or alcoholics, actually. He was trying to be funny, but that was more of an "ouch" IMO.

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    5. bluhare, it was not exactly a vacation. "Royal tour"..."royal visit".....it was a business trip. :)

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    6. Maggie - Minneapolis14 December 2014 at 08:10

      I have no problem with Kate tagging along. She absolutely has every right to do so. But the Cambridges should have covered the expense. As for blaming her for staying home and being lazy - that's why I said that doing a round of UK appearances for her charities the same weekend or the weekend before (in order to avoid detracting attention from William) would have made her seem just as much of a hard-worker.

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    7. Maggie - Minneapolis14 December 2014 at 08:13

      And I'm not sure what charity-related dinners it involved. The first dinner was to raise money for the Royal Foundation, which didn't actually do anything to attract attention to any specific charity (the dinner, not the foundation), and Kate didn't need to be there for William to raise plenty of money on his own. The third dinner was for St. Andrews, which yes, is raising money, but I certainly would not consider it to be for charity, since it's an elite private university.

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    8. Yes, bluehare, "she did schmooze with rich people to raise money." That is part of her job. This was a working tour. The royals have made charities part of their raison d'etre. Together, both she and William know that they can bring in a great deal more for St. Andrews than if one or the other is there alone. The other visits were similar, with William's jaunt to the White House solidifying his role as future King. As for basketball, like the rugby in Australia, going to a game to "relax" with cameras on you all night is a way that a city can showcase its athletic culture. They were working then, too.

      And what, exactly, is so dreadfully wrong with "a bunch of rich people" that persuading them to share their money is some how a despicable way to work?

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    9. I agree totally with Jessica. Why should William have to make a calculated, politically correct choice every time he wishes his wife to accompany him on his engagements. That's why people get married..to have their life's partner at their side wherever they go. I do have a bit of a problem with the size of the entourage however. All the secretaries and assistants could have been pared down by half.
      I don't necessarily think Kate needs to devote herself to visiting sick children in hospitals, like diana did. That was a very personal and tremendously worthy cause that diana took to her heart. That doesn't mean Kate must follow that path also. But I do think it is nearing the time that Kate needs to choose one or two legitimate worthy causes (not sailing) that she personally cares about, and then really put the work in.

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    10. Sarah from Calif.14 December 2014 at 15:04

      Well They certainly did raise a lot of money. :)

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    11. Hi Maggie, the way it worked when Mr. bluhare tagged along to an event I had to attend (in Hawaii so he wanted to go!) was the host paid the costs and came up with an amount they paid for spouses to go. That was provided to the IRS as taxable income to us. My guess is the British royals have a better deal than we got, but they may have the same sort of thing.

      philly, I suggest reading the string of posts to understand context and why I used that phrase. Thank you.

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    12. St Andrews is not a private university.

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    13. St Andrews is not a private university. I speak as someone whose husband has just retired from nearly forty years' lecturing and research there.

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    14. Kate is married. Therefore, she is not Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. She would be if she were divorced. Since she is married to the Duke of Cambridge, she is the Duchess of Cambridge.

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  21. Maggie - Minneapolis14 December 2014 at 01:07

    Now, for her clothing. I thought her arrival coat was perfect. Just enough sparkles for NYC. I wish it got more than ten seconds of wear. The black dress later that night was fine. If it was two years ago, before all of her other black dresses, I'm sure I would have loved it. But at this point, it was just fine.
    I think the children's center visit outfit was all wrong. It was too short (have people seen the picture of her waving? It looks like she forgot to put pants on) and too dark. I don't care if the teachers wore dark colors. I have a feeling they did that in order to look uniform and allow for the spotlight to be on the visitors. If she had to wear black, some nice fun, bright jewelry would have been nice. It seemed obvious to me that Kate was dressing for the city, not for the children she was meeting. I think it's funny that people are defending her 9/11 coat choice by saying she wore a bright color to stand out for pictures, but then don't seem to care when she does the exact opposite here. For meeting the Clinton, I thought the jeans were too casual. William had time to change - I don't see why Kate couldn't either. I did like the outfit for the basketball game, although I wish she had taken her coat off so that it was more casual. Sidenote - what is with Kate never taking her coats off?
    I also still have reservations about the 9/11 memorial coat. I understand the Queen and Camilla wore bright colors. Maybe it was wrong of them too. Additionally, I'm not against Kate wearing something other than black. I just think that a HOT pink was wrong. A deep red or blue would have been perfect, or even a pale pink. Even Camilla's coat was a deep pink color (that I still think was red especially given the fact that she wore a red necklace but others disagree). For those who think she planned to wear the pink coat to visit the kids until she saw the First Lady's coat - first, why couldn't that have been coordinated ahead of time? It's not like Kate or her staff had to prep any speeches or much of anything of substance. It doesn't seem that hard to ask the First Lady in advance what she will be wearing. I'm sure this happens all the time. Also the black coat would not be okay for the memorial either. It would be entirely too short, not to mention make her very cold. It seems fairly obvious just from the style of the pink coat that it was always intended for the 9/11 memorial visit, because of its warmth. I think that the pale pink coat she wore last year at the end of her pregnancy could have been nice.
    As for the St. Andrew's gala - she looked GORGEOUS. Dress looked great, her hair looked amazing, and the jewels looked magnificent. I was very disappointed she chose not to wear anything new for the trip's biggest event, especially given that she wore all new outfits aside from that (including the arrival coat which got all of 10 seconds of wear). But I understand her thinking, given the likelihood that she could never wear a new gown again. That being said, she could have commissioned something like the gown she wore - something that could be reworn when not pregnant. But overall, a beautiful look minus the jewelry not matching. I understand that it's St. Andrews colors, but imo, that's only nice if they look good together. Overall for the trip, I thought she looked mostly nice. Nothing memorable, though.

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  22. Maggie you're taking this waaay to seriously.

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    2. My initial reaction also.

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    3. Maggie - thanks for taking the time to share! I'm always fascinated when people comment about Kate's choice while pregnant being "practical". This is one of the wealthiest women in the UK - she can afford a new frock and can afford to have it altered for after pregnancy wear. (Is it practical to re-do your apartment once you've had it done? Is it practical to rip out a recently remodeled kitchen in your new country home for something new?) Boggles the mind to see her in priceless jewelry and wearing the same dress for the 3rd time. I disagree with those that say "it was new to the people of new york". These folks read fashion and gossip magazines the same as the rest of us.

      I'm not sure I agree William would have gotten similar exposure if Kate were not here. I wonder if people would follow William in the US without Kate's presence - he might not like to find out. Kate's itinerary was definitely a socialite itinerary - the opportunity to meet many interesting people.

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    4. Maggie - Minneapolis14 December 2014 at 08:30

      This seems rude and unnecessary. Everyone on this blog is taking this way too seriously to a certain extent. I mean, it's a blog about a woman who is only famous because of who she married. Everyone, including Charlotte, analyzes her clothes, her appearances, her work ethic, etc. I don't judge. So please don't judge me. Or keep it to yourself at least.
      I come to this blog and I talk about Kate because I think it's an interesting discussion, and one that reflects on our society. I find it super interesting how people talk about Kate, and also how the media treats her. And, seriously, all I did was comment on her clothes and the reception of the tour, which is the topic of the blog post. I decided to get all my thoughts out at once, instead of spreading them over several comments/debates.
      Lastly, and I struggled with whether or not I wanted to post this but these comments just upset me so much so I'm going to, I recently got diagnosed with cancer. The 5-year survival rate isn't bad, but it's still terrifying. I'm about to give up at least the next 6 months to chemo. So sometimes, it's nice to be able to channel my pent-up-energy into whatever the hell I want. Maybe my posts were a little too much for such a blog. If so, I apologize, and I'll stop posting, or at least keep it limited. Either way, there is no need to be rude or judgmental.

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    5. DO NOT QUIT POSTING because someone picked on you, Maggie. Please consider it a badge of honor that you've been picked on. It means you've arrived!

      I'm sorry to hear about your diagnosis, and I hope you will come here to post your opinions. You are never belittling, you don't insult others for their opinions unlike a small group of people here, and you make your points well.

      So here's a vote for telling Anonymous to stuff it.

      Moxie, I don't think William would have got quite the exposure, or perhaps he'd have got the same exposure but Kate's presence amplified it. I do think she added to it, without a doubt.

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    6. Maggie i am sorry to read about your illness. Ive decided to stop reading and commenting on this blog because i find much of what is written here by commenters to be excessive. Good luck with your treatment.


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    7. Maggie, I wish u all the best, and please comment because u r fit in, as all here.

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    8. PLEASE DON'T STOP POSTING!! At least not for any other reason than not finding it fun any more. I'm so sorry to hear about you illness! God, this stupid world..... You use this blog as an outlet. Sometimes that means getting into heated discussions about silly stuff. Because you need it, and face it, it is fun! I myself use this blog as an outlet and as a way of safely communicating with people on my own terms. I'm battling anxiety and is sitting at home day in and out. I cannot talk to people much because I don't have the energy for it. This is a way for me to still have "company" but being able to be quiet or leave when ever. Sometimes I start a debate but then duck out because at that moment I don't have energy to continue. Sometimes I just wanna watch the frilly things and not think about the impact on society etc. And sometimes that's exactly the kind of brain-stimulation needed. So please, keep us company here! We're all a little broken (and good) in our own ways! :D

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    9. Yes, we are all entitled to our opinions, etc but even in our opinions we are still being judgmental and so we are still judging. You can't have it both ways Maggie. You have an opinion, but then take responsibility for it too. This site is turning into the Daily Mail.

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    10. Maggie - Please do not stop commenting, we thoroughly enjoy reading your comments and would hate to see you go.

      I am so deeply sorry to hear you are ill, I sincerely hope your treatment goes well. x

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    11. In my opinion, Anonymous above Charlotte, Maggie DOES take responsibility for her opinions. And what happens? Not one of you have countered her opinion with something that might indicate she came to the wrong conclusion. Not a one of you. Yet you're all screaming at her for having one you don't like. So how about you tell her what you don't like about her opinion and why, and have one of those things some people call a discussion.

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    12. anon from Leominster14 December 2014 at 21:05

      Maggie, all my thoughts go out to you. Please don't stop posting! You write so thoughtfully. I would very much miss your remarks. And there is no harm at all in constructive criticism. This blog has a wonderful diversity of opinions and you are part of that.

      I'm glad the survival rate is postive and know you have a hand outstreched to you here. Many hands!!!

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    13. bluehare says: In my opinion, Anonymous above Charlotte, Maggie DOES take responsibility for her opinions. And what happens? Not one of you have countered her opinion with something that might indicate she came to the wrong conclusion. Not a one of you. Yet you're all screaming at her for having one you don't like. So how about you tell her what you don't like about her opinion and why, and have one of those things some people call a discussion.

      No one is screaming at Maggie even though you have to admit she had a right long good grump going on about every single aspect of the NYC tour. And a good number of people HAVE countered her opinions with their own perspectives throughout this thread without referencing anyone directly.

      Think about it. Once a person throws their cancer diagnosis into the mix, there isn't much anyone will be willing to say for fear of looking like a right insensitive abuser. No matter how rational or logical or even gentle their counter argument it comes across as "rude and judgmental."

      Maggie, as anon from Leominster says, many hands [and let me add hearts] go out to you.



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    14. Amy, Detroit Michigan15 December 2014 at 01:12

      Maggie, you are in my thoughts and my prayers. And thank you for your well thought out post.

      Anon.....stay classy :-/

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    15. Maggie, you got upset because someone does not agree with you and you state "Either way, there is no need to be rude or judgmental", but yet that is just what you and several other do constantly to Kate and William. It is also hard for those of us who found absolutely nothing wrong with either the outfits Kate wore or the fact she allowed her husband to give the speeches or choose to believe she also has a primary responsibility to take care of George to continually read her being torn apart. Respectfully, if all it does is give you an outlet it is not a very healthy one to be constantly be negative.

      Bluehare, many have commented over the last several blogs on why they feel Maggie and others have come "to the wrong conclusion", but again Kate is torn down - repeatedly. Yes We ARE ALL entitled to our opinions, but the constant negativity becomes grating. It is almost impossible for "discussion", if the objective is to constantly criticize. If it not the objective - it certainly feels like it. You don't want people to call you on your statements, then don't do the same thing. Many good positive posters have been chased off this blog or at least chased away from using their moniquers over the last few months.

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    16. Maggie - Minneapolis15 December 2014 at 03:01

      Thank you, everyone, for your good wishes. I really, REALLY appreciate it. Others may disagree, but I didn't really mean to "throw my cancer diagnosis into the mix" in order to make people not disagree with me. People can disagree with me all they would like. And I'd like to make this clear because people seem to misunderstand - I don't think it is rude or judgmental to make arguments for why my arguments were wrong. I DO think it is rude and judgmental to say I was 'waaaay overthinking this.' That was the only thing I was commenting on. Not ONCE did I say that people cannot counter my arguments. But yes, I am offended by ad-homs. They are not arguments. They are rude. Tell me why you think my arguments were wrong by making actual arguments, not by attacking me personally.
      Anyways, just wanted to say again - I appreciate all of the happy thoughts being sent my way :)

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    17. I don't think anyone should be chased away, Eva. I really don't. I came here because I'd actually like to discuss what she does, and it feels as though every time someone says something someone else doesn't like hordes descend. You've no idea how much I wish we could have discussions instead of shouting matches, and no idea how much I enjoy a good conversation. It's very rare here these days. Some people try and get shouted down. It's unfortunate and it's turning a lot of people off, not just fans who don't like negativity. My opinion about Kate has softened since I've been posting here, and it's because of some points people have made as we've talked.

      And my point stands. People criticize, yet they aren't called on what they said, just the fact that they said it. That's no fun for anyone, and I assume most of us come here because we have an interest and would like to interact with others who do as well. I guess the difference between you and me is I don't care if I meet people who differ with me as long as they respect my point of view. If you do that, I'll try to see yours. I just wish that it could be more this way here, I really do.

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    18. Maggie - Minneapolis15 December 2014 at 03:09

      And Eva B. - please tell me when I got upset because someone didn't agree with me? Again, all I did was saying that I was "waaaay overthinking it" was rude. Am I judgmental of Kate? Maybe. I honestly think it is a little different, because the royals rely on PR to keep their government funding and privileges alive. It is all about image for them. If people did not care about them, or turned against them, they could lose their major source of income. In the same way, when they LOOK good, people are less likely to turn against the monarchy. So I think that their "careers" as royals demands a certain level of judgment. The only difference between my judgment and your judgment is that mine is mostly negative right now, and yours is not. It's all judgment. This entire blog is.
      Lastly, I don't think I'm constantly negative. And if I am, it is because I had high hopes for Kate. Obviously she has no obligation to fill my hopes, but I really thought that a 'commoner' marrying into the family would change things. I thought little girls SHOULD look up to her. But I don't think that anymore, and that makes me disappointed, because she has such a tremendous opportunity, and while it isn't her obligation to take advantage of the opportunity, I just wish she would. Is that so terrible?

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    19. Maggie, I didn't think you threw it in the so everyone will be nice to you. Didn't occur to me for a second. I too come here for an escape sometimes, and I suspect others do as well. I totally agree with your pointand it is very well made. It's not disagreement, it's insult when someone reads something they don't like and chooses to attack the poster rather than the content of the post. It's my biggest of hot buttons here and it's relentless. I really wish there was a site where middle ground is not a dirty word; I'd be over there in a heartbeat!

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    20. I think I just repeated myself. OOPS. Sorry everybody!

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  23. I honestly do not understand any of the negative comments on this blog. If you think Kate is boring or you want to criticize her clothes/hair/eyeliner/work ethic, why go to the bother of reading a blog about her and commenting on it? If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.

    I thought everything about her and William's trip to NYC was delightful and really liked all of her wardrobe choices. I think the Jenny Packham gown was lovely and can't believe that people wanted her to show up in a brand new gown that she would literally never be able to wear again because it would be made for her five-months-pregnant body.

    I don't love every single outfit she wears, but I like her a lot and I enjoy these updates about her public appearances and wardrobe choices and I wouldn't say anything negative about her even to people I know personally, much less to strangers on the internet.

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    1. I do not agree. Analyzing information and sharing opinions is a healthy activity. In so far as tax payer money supports the "royal industry" critical analysis of what they do and how they do it is valid. William is the UK and Commonwealth future Head of State and Kate as his wife will be accompanying him in that manner. Expressing an opinion - that wearing high heels and short skirts in freezing cold weather to a children's charity may not be the best representation of the people of the UK - is the right of the people. She did this in a foreign country. How she is perceived is important. She wore a hot pink coat to a museum honoring a horrific tragedy. I can't think of one America who would have made that choice - and we've got some flamboyant characters. I would not call it "offensive" but the choice was definitely odd. The argument that she had other things to do that day doesn't really help because that message suggests she had other important things to do and can't be focused on this one thing.

      The "say something nice, or don't say anything" approach is the true waste of time. "Have an opinion or don't bother" creates a more dynamic conversation. Do you know who always said something positive about their leader? The Nazis. Do you know who does it now? The North Koreans.

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    2. Exactly, Robyn. But the negative, spiteful comments don't stop. Saying Catherine is boring is just an inane media comment; what do you American posters want? A royal version of Kim K. Ugh.
      HRH's clothes were spot on. As for the complaints that she should have worn the pink coat to visit the children - absolutely not. The children were the focus & she blended in. It was about them not her. Disrespectful wearing the pink coat at 9/11 memorial - I'm puzzled, since many, including the Queen have worn colourful outfits when they made similar visits and Catherine would have definitely been briefed on protocol. I doubt on these occasions she just decides to "throw something on at the last minute". Every detail of such visits are carefully planned. Finally, just loved that she wore her ink blue gown again -- and oh, that jewellery! She looked so beautiful. HRH is her own person with her own tres chic style!
      Little George is adorable. While he does strongly resemble Catherine, I also see a lot of William at the same age. Thanks again Charlotte.

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    3. Robyn I totally agree with you. I have been reading this blog now for about 6 months and it is always the same people who seem to make all the negative and nasty comments regarding Kate. God for bid they give her a good comment. I don't know why they bother to come here and read this blog if they do not like Kate.
      I also don't think they know all what goes into a tour even if it is only 3 days. They need to go to the sites that do nothing but write trash about Kate.

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    4. Maggie - Minneapolis14 December 2014 at 08:34

      Why bother saying anything nice either? Does that really have a point? Nope. None of it has a point, aside from everyone wanting to post their own opinion, and most of us wanting to engage in a healthy, stimulating debate that is not just about Kate and her clothes/hair/eyeliner/work ethic, but also about modern day expectations for the British royal family.
      Also, I used to love Kate. I had a lot of hopes for her. Now, I read this blog in the hopes that one day, she will do something of substance.
      Lastly, I think it's important that the public express their opinion, however they choose to do it. I have no interest in giving the royal family a false sense of entitlement to do whatever they want without fear of public backlash.

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    5. Jayne, sorry but u write it is good that she didnt wear the pink coat with kids because of the focus. With all due respect where was the focus when she visited the memorial? Certainly on her and her coat. Thanks:)

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    6. Maggie, I agree with your sentiments completely.

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    7. Jayne, I also agree with you whole heartily. I think that what Maggie has put into words "I have no interest in giving the royal family a false sense of entitlement to do whatever they want without fear of public backlash."
      You know the negative posters after reading this blog only a few times and IMHO their goal is to bring down the Monarchy (even though most are not British). Regardless of what any one wants, the BRF are "entitled". They are the British Royal Family. IMHO they are trying to be a modern day Monarchy - but there is a hierarchy with in that family and William and Catherine are not at the top - several layers before them! They are all acutely aware of the "public backlash" that can occur. If the supporters of William and Kate do not "bother saying anything nice" then this blog would turn totally into a very negative place to visit. It is already such a negative place and Will and Kate are not negative people. Maybe they do not do everything you want, but they do not deserve the constant criticism they get here by several posters. I would very much like to see a blog site such as on one of the newspapers does with red and green arrows to agree or disagree with a certain comments - then maybe we would see just where the 'PUBLIC" sentiment really lays.

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    8. Maggie - Minneapolis15 December 2014 at 03:11

      Maryland Moxie - yeah that's fair that you think William wouldn't have gotten the same exposure. I guess for me what I think is that sure, Kate coming raised a bunch of publicity with the general public about their trip, but that doesn't seem that important for the trip, if that makes sense. They spent most of their time meeting highly successful and incredible wealthy people. Those are not people that, in my opinion, needed the attraction of Kate coming in order to donate money to a Prince and future King. If they did more, or any events, with the general public, then I absolutely think Kate was necessary for more exposure. Not sure if that makes sense, though.

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    9. Negative posters want to bring down the monarchy? Please explain that because I couldn't disagree with it more. Assuming that I'm in the "negative poster" camp, if I criticize it's because I want the monarchy to continue and thrive past the Queen and the way William and Kate are treating their roles, I have serious doubts. I want them to ramp up what they do, and when they do that I'll be cheering and will be one of those little old ladies wearing union jack clothes from head to toe on William's coronation route. Well, that might be a slight exaggeration to make the point. :)

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  24. Tammy from California14 December 2014 at 02:31

    I.COULD.DIE. Those pictures of Prince George are absolutely DARLING! What a doll! Made my whole day!!!!

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  25. OMG those pictures! Absolutely adorable. Wouldn't Diana have loved to cuddle the little guy.

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  26. Kim from Washington14 December 2014 at 02:36

    Thank you Kate and William for sharing these beautiful pictures of your son. Thank you Charlotte for posting. My heart is singing. Thank you for sharing.!!!

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  27. He is adorable! And loaded with personality! I see both Middleton and Windsor influence!! In that cheeky grin I see Windsor eyes. A photo of William at 16 months had similar eyes. He has Kate's nose and eyebrows, and brown eyes, but William's lighter hair. His face is shaped like his Grandfather Middleton's. He looks like a little rascal! I bet he rules the royal roost!! And of course, his outfit is spot on. Catherine's influence there!! Can't wait to see him with his sibling! Thank you Charlotte for our first peek at these new photos!!

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    1. I agree. Gorgeous! Certainly he looks like William, but the face shape is all Michael Middleton. I originally thought that during the Australia tour, and he looks even more like Michael now IMO. I reckon he has inherited Michael's mannerisms too. Time will tell!

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  28. I read an article somewhere and the author supported her choice to wear something brightly colored by pointing out the fact that she's young, beautiful, healthy, and expecting a child and these are examples that life goes on after a tragedy. Americans chose to build a beautiful memorial, not preserve a footprint, to remember what happened and that feat is a celebration of resilience. She looked beautiful and as an American who was old enough to experience/process 9/11 as it happened, I didn't give the color a second thought.

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    1. Thank you, I agree absolutely about the coat. There is a lovely bright color mural at the site. This is about courage to go on with life, not sorrow and fear.
      Little George looks all Middleton to me. Very cute photos.

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  29. Love that little rascal. That is the face of trouble!

    Charlotte - could we do some sort of poll on favorite outfit?

    Happy holidays everyone!

    Margaret

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  30. Prince George is as adorable as ever. I'm torn, I think some expressions favor the pictures I've seen of Prince William as a baby but other times, I think he's a nice mix of both of his parents.

    Your coverage of the NYC trip was fantastic as it always is. I thought the Duchess looked beautiful throughout the tour and I commend her for being pregnant, traveling, attending events and completing a relatively short turnaround for a return trip home and still looking amazing.

    As for the trip to WTC, as an American who lives an hour the City and has spent many hours there....she did nothing wrong. I was 19 years old when the Towers fell and I remember it like it was yesterday. I still have the ticket from my visit to the Towers and the observation deck in the late 90s. I've been to the site, I've stood next to those reflecting pools and have seen, sadly, much worse behavior. It's a place of remembrance and strength.

    I think this brought about an important conversation. Many people have only heard about the Memorial and have never seen it. They've never experienced its beauty and sadness, its hope and despair. Kate wore a beautiful coat, yet the biggest response was to the color choice. It serves a purpose in my mind, the more people that talked about, the more people probably googled and looked for pictures, in turn, looking at the memorial and drawing attention to it. That coat brought more attention to the memorial in one weekend than its probably had in awhile.

    Just my 2 cents.

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  31. Charlotte -- I just wanted to thank you for all of the effort and time you put into this blog. You always manage a perfect mix of the reasons for each visit and the fashion that surrounds her visits. I know that you could probably be doing many other things with the time you spend on this blog. So thank you for continuing to create such an amazing experience on this blog. You are a lot more professional and informative than most paid reporters and you allow almost no bias shine through in your posts. I hope that you and your family have a wondrous holiday season.

    Gorgeous George displays more of his personality with each successive set of photos released. Most children do not convey personality traits in photos as much as the little prince. His eyes and smile are so vibrant and expressive. William and Catherine are blessed to have a beautiful, happy and healthy little man. I pray that their next child is as happy and healthy as the older brother.

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  32. I have a very different opinion, it seems, than many others who comment on this blog. There are times I do not like what the Duchess of Cambridge chooses to wear but most of the time I do like what she chooses or at the very least I understand why she chooses what she wears. I believe she did a wonderful job dressing on the mini NY tour. Each pregnancy causes a woman to show sooner in the pregnancy so I am glad she is embracing more maternity wear this pregnancy. I didn't love what she chose to wear at the children's center in Harlem but she looked beautiful in it.

    I have multiple sclerosis and I often feel like my clothing, make up and accessories are a form of battle armor. Bright colors often make me feel more alive and vibrant. Even if I am exhausted and feel very poorly certain colors can pick up my mood. I can understand why Catherine might choose to wear a bright, vibrant shade of pink to the September 11th memorial. The feeling in places that somber and serious can be oppressive.

    I thought she might repeat at the Saint Andrew's Gala simply due to her pregnancy. I truly believe that this outing of the JP dress was the best one. Her fuller pregnancy body fills the dress out nicely and even just the small weight gain makes her look healthier and the dress sit better on her body. Putting her hair up and off of her shoulders also changed the way the dress looks. The dress looks more elegant and more appropriate for a black tie affair with the up-do. The addition of the earrings and bracelet take the look from black tie appropriate to a sophisticated, classy and regal look. Since her wedding this is the closest look to being royal she has accomplished.

    I know that people believe Catherine could be doing a lot more for her charities and that may be true. I don't know what goes on behind the scene in her life to make a call like that. I don't know what the royals who are senior to her are asking of her either. Whether it be to lay low or change the way she dresses we do not know. A person can go into a situation believing they have made an informed decision, but you never really know what to expect until you are there. She has married a future king, birthed an heir and is having a hard pregnancy with her second child. That is a huge adjustment for anyone. The media, and a lot of people, wait for her to step out of line, make a faux pas, so they can essentially crucify her in the public opinion. I have always tried very hard to not judge a person since I don't know the whole of their situation. Unless someone is privy to almost every detail in a persons life they are not qualified to make judgments or cast aspersions on the person. People believe she is aloof and because of that they call her a snob or other names. Many times a very shy, or insecure, person can come off as aloof because they try and mask their emotions in the eyes of people who do not know them. I try to give the benefit of the doubt to most people. Catherine is a public figure but she is still a person with insecurities and foibles. If I was Catherine and I saw the negativity and cruel comments made about myself in almost every article I would shy even more away from attention.

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    1. Oh! Battle armor! Such a good description. I use that too!! :D

      Your whole post is very good!

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    2. A very thoughtful post, Courtney. Valid points indeed. Thank you.

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    3. You are so right and Kate need all the "Battle Armor" she can muster. It appears she can do nothing right, no matter what she does. It is obvious she is doing a great job with Prince George. She wears a pink coat over a black outfit and looks absolutely stunning. She places a bouquet of white roses and lilies at the memorial with great respect. She only repeats an item once - a very expensive gown that accommodates her growing baby beautifully AND she looks radiant as well. She pulls out some exquisite jewels which are fabulously!! BUT she is torn apart. It really doesn't make any logical sense except some want her to fail and she is NOT. She is succeeding beautifully!!

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    4. Great post! I enjoyed your thoughtfulness and kindness.

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  33. A wonderful post as always. Those Christmas pics of George are just delicious - he is so cute.

    I am a New Yorker and I thought her choices were perfect. We all wear black here - constantly - so the black/gray color for the first two days were very NY. Tory Burch - perfect nod to young fashionistas. I LOVED the pink coat. It was an awful, cold and dreary day - and she was outside and in the museum and that bright color could allow all the people from surrounding buildings to actually SEE her from far away. (I'm told this is why Queen Elizabeth wears bright pops of color.) It's difficult to see in those pictures but the site is surrounded by tall buildings and everyone was probably at the windows trying to see them.

    In addition that picture of Kate (I hope you have it somewhere) of her in that pink coat in front of the blue wall of tiles at the 9/11 site - was stunning. To me it was the picture of the trip. I say as someone who works right near there and know the agony of the whole thing - her choice was fine. Their note and respectful moment of silence was all that was needed.

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  34. anon from Leominster14 December 2014 at 05:30

    First of all George is an adorable little man -- brimming with character. Wonderful photos of him.

    As for Kate's clothes, I thought she looked lovely at the St. Andrew's banquet and fine for basketball but was not so keen on those coats. I have never liked her in short stiff skirts, they seem childish and look out of proportion on her.

    As for bright pink for the memorial, I suspect Kate chose it becuase it was a very dark day but I do think it was a terrible choice -- and I don't exempt the other royal ladies who made similar choices. I don't think it was necessary to wear black but a quiet outfit, grey or brown or even pale blue -- all colours that Kate wears quite frequently would have been so much better. Unlike the queen, vivid festive colours are not a daily occurance in her wardrobe. Part of being royal is making tasteful choices that don't invite controversy.

    As for other visitors, tourists will wear what tourists wear, they may not have many choices available, but I would not expect other official visitors to choose colours like screaming pink. It was a poor choice.

    As for that article, it is hard to make judgments about such a short tour but we are dealing a bit these days with what it means to be royal. Lines between royalty and celebrity are getting a bit blurry in part because celebrities are taking over areas which were once the exclusive provence of the nobility. Reading a new book about duchesses and in the past books by the late duchess of Devonshire, show that today a fete may be opened by a footballer's wife rather than a countess. It makes a tricky area for young royals like William and Kate to find their balance.

    I'm all for raising money for charity but this private dinner to encourage donations by the very rich for the royal foundation makes me uneasy. It is not novel -- Charles has done the same for the Prince's Trust but the Prince's Trust has a very defined role that stands apart from the foundations the rich often have for their charitable donations. I don't see that kind of distinction for William's and Kate's foundation, and it makes the line between the ordinary rich and a prince and princess less clear. Attending that kind of party is not going to make William and Kate loved and admired by their future subjects. I think the undercurrent of that article is saying that something more is needed to keep them from just being pretty people dabbling occasionally in good causes -- they need a workaday role.

    I do think William made an excellent and well-balanced speech but the article is correct in pointing out that he needs causes that relate to Britain directly. Conservation is extremely important but it is also a bit trendy among rich young men at the moment. As the queen ages, and the role of the aristocracy diminishes, I think there is an urgent desire among monarchists for William to assert himself and show that he is prepared to make a stand for the monarchy in a rapidly changing world and for Kate to assist him by making a name for herself in her chosen areas. Forty-eight hours in the states proves little but overall, I do think making the monarchy seem relevant to the young and distinct from the world of celebrity is a very important goal and one that shouldn't be left until it is too late.

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  35. On all the black Kate has been wearing....I thought it was against royal protocal to wear black? I remember Diana getting flack for wearing a black (and low cut) gown on one of her first royal engagements.

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  36. As a royal watcher, Kate's trip to New York was the most boring thing happening this week. Princess Charlene of Monaco had twins and the Swedes rocked some serious pageantry with tiaras at the two day Nobel Awards. Victoria was stunning in her red ball gown. Kate is repetitive and formulaic in her appearances. "Kate visits a children's charity and says nothing" doesn't give reporters a whole lot to work with. "Kate visits another war memorial". "Kate has lunch with some people from the UK". "Kate goes to a sporting event". "Kate goes to her college fundraiser and repeats a dress."

    So yes, compared to what other royals do - Kate is boring. She's got a cute baby though.

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    2. If "Kate is repetitive and formulaic in her appearances" so is every other royal appearance except perhaps Harry's disappearance into Afghanistan (until he was outed by the press). The same headlines Moxie offers could be said of HM, Charles, Camilla or anyone else cutting a ribbon, unveiling a plaque or bringing attention to a cause. It's true of other Royals as well whether they are rocking tiaras or popping twins with greater frequency than the House of Windsor.

      Not all that long ago being a trending fashionista trotting out the contents of the royal vaults was not part of the larger public expectation for Royals. They wore huge hats or satiny dresses with bling sewn on and pictures appeared once in a while in Life Magazine or the like. But even then the press had to create a narrative to fit the photos. What we read about the royals is not necessarily the way it is. More than likely it has a spin dependent on the bias of the paper/network and the writers working for it.

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    3. Agreed, I wonder how long she can get away with not giving a speech. The kids will grow up, she grows old, people start to concenrate on more her work than appearance.

      I find it interesting when there is a "controversy", there are suddenly baby photos. Is it only me?

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    4. I kind of agree. Except their happiness made an impact on me, Williams speech and her new jewellry. But I think she is good when talking to the kids. Give her a 3 hour session just "helping out" and talking with kids and show alot of it to us and we would see more of the real and good Kate. Now they just show snippets and she's in and out very quick. If they stretched it out a bit I think it would make more of an impact.

      Also, I think this tour seemed even more distanced because of all the security. Ofc it was probably necessary. But I think that contributed to the feeling.

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    5. Blue27, I think that's a little to cynical. Most of the reactions of the "tour" was neutral to positive with a few complaints on some aspects. Nothing more controversy than usual. Plus, I think the pictures must have been taker before their trip. I think it's just a way to keep the hype for George pictures lower so they leave him alone.

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    6. It's not just you, blue27. Charlotte had indicated a spate of not-so-nice articles were coming up, and the photos of George are released right as the first one hit (Camilla Tomwhatzername in the Express) and the one in the DM about how Kate doesn't like William's friends or something like that. It's the classic "the best offense is a good defense" or best defense is a good offense in this case. Get people talking about George (who is ADORABLE) instead of those pesky articles talking about how Kate didn't go to Mia Tindall's christening.

      Disclaimer: This is one person's speculation about the release of those photos. No more, no less.

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    7. Bluhare - Your observations are correct. Several royal correspondents and commentators noted it was a clever move to release the photos to counter the negative articles coming for the Sunday papers.

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    8. You guys might be right though a little. Maybe they got released a week or so early? Clever in that case :P But I think they were always meant to be released.

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    9. Help me out please, but after the NZ tour came the naked bum pic, huge cost of Anmer, kitchen stuff and out of the blue George photos. Am I right? Or Am I mixing them up? Sorry if I do. I still did not mean any bad but strange coincidence and better pr if it is true.

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    10. I agree Rebecca. I think they were going to release the photos as well, but the timing may have been altered to fit an agenda; in this case to blunt criticism that may be caused by those articles.

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    11. Moxie, Charlene is free to turn it up as much as she pleases. And ditto for Victoria who is next in line.

      Well, if the timing of the release of the photos was PR, can we give them credit for being PR savvy since they are often criticized for not being good at it? ;)

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  37. George is just too much! He looks like he'd be a very amusing toddler to have around!

    The whole "controversy" regarding that pink coat got me thinking, and I've found a very distinct pattern in Kate's sartorial selections when it comes to memorial engagements:

    If the event is a formal memorial service, she wears conservative black (like on Remembrance Day or at the service in Australia.)
    If she is visiting a cemetery, she wears subdued pastels (soft blue in Singapore, pink-beige in Belgium).
    If she is visiting a memorial site that is not formal service, she wears more lively colors (blue McQueen coat in NZ, electric blue dress at the poppy instillation in London, and now the bright pink Mulberry in New York).

    I don't really have an opinion on why this pattern has emerged or if it's a good way to do it, but it's interesting to me.

    At any rate, I love that pink coat. She looked so vibrant in it that I hope we will see it again at some point during this pregnancy! (Part of me wishes that it will be a chilly day when baby #2 is born, so she can wear it to show off a baby girl to the press.)

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  38. Charlotte, thanks for the hard work that u put into this blog every time.
    How much I adore those cheeks, he is certainly a big boy now. And rather take after his Mom.

    As for the trip, for me it was a bit of a disaapointment. I liked only her plum coat when they arrived. The rest is either boring or I dont understand category. But Stephanie in the previous post put into words so nicely.

    You can definitely say Kate was not meant to go in the first place. But I do not blame her for this. They managed to find some events for her where she could do what she does at these occasions every time. I miss her active role as well, at some point she needs to start giving speeches.
    Well William has few elements as well, I find it an odd joke that about the uni, also with Obama was it really so important to talk about the sex of their baby? I do not know but he did not convince me. Time will tell.
    About the media, I think they have to work on that rel.ship because there will be more articles about Kate and their being a normal couple with abnormal priviledges.;)))

    I do not expect to see any of them before Christmas maybe a glimpse when they arrive.

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  39. The cute little boy, with his smart eyes and his confident attitude, shows how important for children is the parent's care - how much time he spent with his mother, a loving and good mother, a time that was needed to make him grow up in this fantastic way. It's a pity for me to read all those bad comments on Catherine, she is doing an excellent job. In my opinion, the NY mini tour was planned for William, he was the star of the tour, not Catherine who had just to be supportive of him. The S.Andrews gala was the main reason for her to be there: her presence added a further meaning to the event, and when you want to raise money you have to do all you can for it. It seems quite obvious that she didn't buy a new expensive dress, seen that she added herself to the trip at the very last minute, while the coats are an obvious choice for a pregnant woman on wintertime, she can wear them in London or in Sandringham as well as in NY.
    As to the black short coat, I think it had a funny side, very suited for a meeting with children: the withe bordure looked like the withe chalk on a blackboard. So nice, I love it so much.
    Thank you Charlotte for your hard work, you are the best.

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    1. I agree that they seem to be raising him well. I think Kate is actually quite interested in teaching techniques and such. Like she said now that she listens to classical music with George. And a few months after he was born she said they had "introduced him to messy play". That sounds like she's read up on tactile progression and similar things in the growth of children. Otherwise she would just have said "he plays around a lot, he's quite messy" or something like that. So I actually think she is quite active in the development and education of George. I think that is admirable. We have already seen that a little in her patronage of The Art Room. A way of artistically help learning, behavior and mental health seems to be a theme in a lot of her charities. She usually is involved in artistic activities even at hospices etc. I think she might take a bigger role as a patron of the importance of Art in the health and learning of kids. At least that's my hope since there is some tendencies towards that.

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    2. I am with you Rebecca and Paola Magi. From the interaction he had with the other children on the tour this spring, I felt it showed Katherine was spending a great deal of time with him as he demonstrated a great deal of self confidence and security. Very reassuring.

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  40. George is pure cuteness, and what a big boy! For me, he looks a mix of grandpa middleton and william.

    The tour ... Well, for sure a fine jouney, despite a very short one, but I think the honeymoon is over: kate has to start adding some contents to her role (william too). It will be harder,she is pregnant with her second child and think it's normal she wants to enjoy her family, but she's not merely a wealthy housewife. She has a role.
    As from the fashion point of view ... Well, I give up with her style long ago. Nothing bad, but nothing really interesting from this side.but she's just at the beginnig: she has time to improve

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  41. love the 3 days visit on nyc there so many highlight of their trip and i know they enjoy the trip also they meet the queen beyonce fantastic day for them as well as beyonce and jay z and they meet with nba legend lebron james although the been a backlash of them hugging the duchess its breaking the royal protocol but the palace told lebron never break a protocol as per the hugging 2nd the meeting with prince william and president obama was good too
    3rd when go visit 600 foundation of alma mater was nice too 4th the meeting Hillary Clinton she told the duchess how she bond with chelsea as baby
    btw love the photos of prince george they are nice and cutie last time we saw him her dad polo match now he grows fast

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  42. Merry Christmas dear Charlotte and to all the readers!

    Oh my gosh George is so adorable! He's a chunky little monkey so cute!!

    Did anyone see on an aside note Princess Charlene of Monaco gave birth to a twin girl Gabriella and boy Jacques?

    Back to the tour in NYC I think it was a smashing success and Kate looked beautiful in each outfit!

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  43. The press think them boring because they have good manners and behave themselves.
    Her clothes for the trip, to my mind were spot on. Monday was the day when Prince William was making the speech at the World Bank and meeting the President and Vice President---firsts for him, so Catherine dressed quietly, so as not to draw attention away from him.
    The criticism of her coat on the Tuesday is hard to understand--people regularly go to graveyards in bright colours--I do myself to my husband's grave
    Some people coming on this site were complaining before she even arrived---demanding that she observe Pearl Harbour day, so were looking to criticize. I think what they fail to understand was that at the time of Pearl Harbour this country had been under daily attack for two years---I know this as a young child, being woken to be taken to the shelters night after night.
    Thank you Charlotte for yet another great article

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    1. Right on, Jean. Good manners and behavior are boring. Too bad they didn't go to Vegas and get naked. That would have been a gold mine for the press. Ironic, a drunken romp is more boring than anything.

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    2. Better yet. A sex tape!! :P

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    3. anon from Leominster14 December 2014 at 21:14

      I think that comment about Pearl Harbour is a bit out of line, Jean. In London, on Remembrance Day, I noticed a number of Americans wearing poppies even thought it isn't traditional in the states. Should they have shrugged and said it is a British thing. Surely we can all sympathise with loss without making it a question of numbers.

      I have never had a chance to visit Hawaii but friends who have say it is extremely moving. I think it would have been nice if some mention had been made of that during William's and Kate's visit. But that's the role of the planners of the visit of course -- and I think it could have used a little better planning.

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    4. Leo, we have use poppies in America on Memorial Day and Armistice Day in the past. I think as the Wars have been forgotten as some people have demonstrated against any conflict. Even as time has gone by some have forgotten 9-11. I think this year's Anniversary of WW I at the Tower of London has renewed our respect for the use of the poppy.

      As far as Pearl Harbor, there was little to no mention in this country. "Lest we forget" is forgotten in this country and I hope it does not come back to haunt us.

      As far as Kate's coat color, I see nothing wrong with it. She lovingly placed flowers and arranged the ribbons and paid great respect to the victims of 9-11. This should speak volumes and much louder than the color of her coat!!

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    5. Hi anon from Leominster, if you saw Americans wearing poppies in London, it's probably because Veteran's Day is celebrated in the U. S. on November 11 as a federal holiday honoring those who have served in the U. S. armed forces. Veteran's Day happens to coincide with Remembrance Day in Britain, and it is actually quite commonplace for us to wear poppies in the States as well. FYI =)

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    6. Amy, Detroit Michigan15 December 2014 at 01:27

      Wow, Jean...I dont even know what to do with that comment about Pearl Harbor.

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  44. Prince George is so cute. He seems so tall already. I guess he will be taller than Prince William!
    Lovely photos!

    Thank you Charlotte. You made my day.

    Monica, France

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    1. I actually think he might be as well. I hope he carries it with confidence. William and (especially) Kate hunch to much. But if George manages to keep a confidence and posture despite being tall it can be very authoritative and powerful.

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  45. WOW - I cannot help the feeling, that this new press guy is already starting to have some influence!! And some much needed one, in my humble opinion.... Theses photos - hopefully published on a regular basis from now on - are the very best "bodyguard" for the little prince (and WHAT A CUTIE HE IS!! Absolutely ADORABLE....), I am 100% sure of that. If this happens regularly, on a kind of "reliable" basis, this will reduce the price of paparazzis photos very, very much... So a right step in the right direction.....
    I think Prince George is a very good mixture of both of them and there definitely is a lot of his mother´s features as well there.... Anyway, he really is a cutie and I cannot help the feeling that one day he will be a real charmer !!

    As far as the New York Tour is concerned, I loved Kate´s reaction to that supervisor!! It was so natural!!!
    And yes, I loved that Mulberry coat. I certainly have much understanding for those who say it was too bright for the occasion. On the other hand, the rest of the outfit was black and I agree with those who say that most definitely this was somehow checked with local "authorities" in terms of what "message" should be sent out to the world.... And I think that the message now is to look into the future (bright colour) without forgetting the past (black colour).

    Thanks, Charlotte, for giving us these cute photos of Prince George and another insightful and very balanced post!! Thank you!

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    1. well said! Memory and hope, who better than a pregnant, shining, royal princess could send this message? Black inside and pink outside, the perfect colour choice.

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    2. I have that feeling to. That even if he hasn't started he has been in meetings and explained what kind of strategy he will implement.

      Yes, he is really a good mix of both. Which can be good. Some new genes to faze out some of those sharp Windsor features :P

      I also think that this is a very conscious choice from the museum not to want black. Since all British royal ladies have worn really bright colours there, I've seen a picture of Michelle Obama there (Once, I think for the opening, in black and on another occasion in patterned pastels). If you watch the whole concept of the site it is hope, future and they have a wall of beautiful colours. I actually think Kate was advised to wear a bright and/or happy colour.

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  46. Love the pictures. The first one is a real Middleton face. Like the picture of the young Kate in a jumper climbing up towards a camera.

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  47. George is positively adorable. He looks so much like Pippa in the third picture.

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  48. Love the holiday masthead. 😃

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  49. Monica from Virginia14 December 2014 at 14:14

    I stand by my original feelings. The coat worn to the memorial was an inappropriate color. I'm positive she would have been seen in black and the point is to pay respects not whether or not you will be seen. As for the repeat..she looked gorgeous but this was the time to showcase an American designer. I still have to give a thumbs down on this trip. They are a lovely couple though and Charlotte thank you thank you for all your hard work. May you have a wonderful holiday. Merry Christmas from Virginia

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  50. Monica from Virginia14 December 2014 at 14:17

    Thank you Charlotte for all your hard work. MERRY CHRISTMAS from Virginia. I still say coat color was inappropriate and however beautiful, I don't want to see the Peckham again. This was her time to shine with an American designer. I remain disappointed with the NY wardrobe choices but look forward to seeing her again.

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    1. She was there to help raise money not to show case a new dress. Kate knows when and where to wear new clothes. Why can't people give here credit for knowing what she is doing. But no people have to complain all the time. This poor woman can not win.

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  51. Pretty sure that these are HRH Prince George's trousers: http://www.caramel-shop.co.uk/cherry-bloomer.html

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  52. Many thanks to you all for reading and commenting. George is incredibly cute and so full of character and personality. In one photo I thought he looked particularly like Mike Middleton, and I can very much see William and Kate.

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    1. And a very Happy Christmas to you, Charlotte. You do a yeoman's job here even though we don't stay in line all the time! :)

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  53. Many thanks to you all for reading and commenting. George is incredibly cute and so full of character and personality. In one photo I thought he looked particularly like Mike Middleton, and I can very much see William and Kate.

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  54. Sarah from Calif.14 December 2014 at 17:47

    Truely Scrumptious (Prince George), your truely, truely scrumptious.......name that tune!??????

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    1. Chitty Chitty bang bang! Love that movie!

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  55. I love this site. You do such a great job!

    With regards to some of the points made, having visited the 9/11 memorial with American tourists walking around in flip flops and sun tops and logoed t shirts and hats (BTW this was the same at the Pearl Harbor memorial), I don't think wearing pink was unusual. They were being shown around a tourist site (unfortunately, that's what it is). The fact that they weren't in jeans and sweatshirts was conservative enough I think. (If you doubt it, just use google to see them taking selfies at the same place Kate was pilloried for wearing a pink coat!). The only thing I'd add, is that if they had attended ON 9/11/14, I would have expected a much more sombre color.

    As far as NY paying for the ambulance and other exepnses, this is a quid pro quo for when US dignitaries travel to other places (and let me assure you, the US head of state travels with between 500 and 900 people!).

    In the UK, Kate married into the royal family at a time of great austerity and poverty. She started her royal 'career' reusing clothes and mixing and matching regular $25 items, shopping at the local grocery store, and generally trying to embrace a relatable life (remember the inelegant coaches taking royal guests to the wedding reception?). It's important when you are in a place of privilige in the UK to show humility. She would be criticized roundly for having a new outfit for every occasion.

    And lastly, vis a vis her few grass root charity visits, remember she was included in the trip at the last minute. I think they probably picked the one place they knew they could secure, and had protocol for dealing with dignatories, as quite a few other royals and foreign heads-of-state-type people had already visited. This is probably why she didn't give any speeches. Any speech a royal gives is submitted and okayed by the government to ensure the message doesn't conflict with any national policy. There probably wasn't time for all that to happen.

    Just my 2c. Love the blog and love the regular commenters.

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  56. Also, I wanted to check if you'd seen my comment on the last post. About cataloging/indexing. (I don't mean to sound naggy, but you get so many comments so I don't know if you've seen it or not)

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    1. Hello Rebecca,

      My apologies for not seeing your original comment Rebecca. Thank you so much for your incredibly kind offer. I'm hoping to do quite a bit of work on the pages and updating them over the holidays and indexing sounds like a wonderful idea. My fiancé is planning to work on the site to enable such a page to be more reader friendly and easily accessible. Once the coding work is done, I will be very grateful to avail of your kind offer and any suggestions. Many thanks :)

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    2. Okey, then I will start. Any suggestions/requests?

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    3. None yet but I will let you know when I start working on it :)

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    4. I doubt I will be done with indexing during the holidays ;) But when I get into stuff it can go fast sometimes :P I will sort all the Sightings/Engagement after each piece of clothing, "Look at fashions" (All posts with possible fashions/fashions from her designers), One category for each patronage. Anything else? :)

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    5. Rebecca, please don't go to such trouble as I'm not sure when I'll be adding those pages. I have a 'label' index but if I do need help I'll let you know. Thank you very much anyway :)

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    6. Ok, I'll just start doing it for fun then :P (Yeah, I'm weird like that!!) And if/when you want some of it you can tell me :) Have a happy holidays :)

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  57. I think maybe one of the reasons why the press is beginning to get frustrated is because we don't see W/K often. It just seems like they are spending money and getting all the perks. Look at Prince Harry it seems like he is doing so much more than William and he also is in the Army.

    Its been 3 1/2 years since Kate joined the royals and we still haven't really heard anything from Kate. I'm a bit disappointed. I don't understand why its so hard for her to do an interview or something to speak out on behalf of her charities when Pippa and James have no problem speaking to reporters. They are under no pressure or anything, so what's the difference you know? So I think that's another reason why the press's attention is getting waned. Kate needs to start doing more, she's obviously feel better so what's going on?

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  58. Look, she is just lovely and I as a US citizen appreciate their visit. Especially the 9/11 visit. She's lovely, she's fresh and I think she's a big hig. Prince William seems to be a very warm person himself and I like him. Little George really looks like his Dad when he was that small a one. Nice young people and bravo for their tour.

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  59. What a beautiful, precious boy. I have 3 of them myself. Each child, boy or girl, healthy or infirm, is a gift from heaven. ♡♥♡♥

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  60. Charlotte, could they still release a family photo or christmas card like they did last year. I think everyone would be very pleased with that. Taunya

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      There are no plans to release the Christmas card, however it may get leaked on social media.

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  61. Georgie is such a cutie!!!!AN adorable little baby boy:))I think he looks like the Middleton side of the family. Frankly, I found the gift wrapping comment to Kate, quite rude. There was no need to rush her,, also she was there to interact with people, which is what she was doing,, I Wouldve had the same reaction that she did,,,
    Thank You to Charlotte and to your fiancee for the lovely work he has done on our blog page!!!!xoxo

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  62. Amy, Detroit Michigan15 December 2014 at 01:36

    Oh my, I just want to pinch those little cheeks off!! He is just so cute!!

    As for the trip, her outfit for the basketball game is still my favorite.
    LOVED that she brought out the Cartier Trinity necklace again, it's stunning.
    I thought she looked lovely for the St Andrews fundraiser, changing the look up and looking fresh.
    The pink coat to the 9/11 Memorial did not bother me then, and it doesn't bother me now. I wore summer white when I visited.

    The rest was fine.

    Lovely job, Charlotte, and your sweetie did a good job on the Christmas header!

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  63. I think it was an OK visit. Not a lot of substance and not any real point to it but they did fine.
    As for the comments about Kate, I think this is about the best we can ever expect, a nice smile, a pleasant wave and the occasional "action" shot, wrapping presents, accepting flowers, etc. I don't think she will ever be one of the really dynamic royals, like Princess Diana was or like Princess Anne, Prince Harry, Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla.
    Kate's job is to stand and look nice in expensive clothes, birth a couple of heirs for the heir and follow along behind him.
    We will rarely hear her speak and she won't ever take on any big issues or charities or anything that has the whiff of controversy or discord, such as Diana's work with AIDS patients and Harry's work with military veterans, Prince Charles's work with organic farming and the environment.
    That being said, she's the perfect match for William, who's not particularly dynamic or exciting himself.
    The only problem with that is that the British royal family, to continue to be relevant and worth supporting by the British taxpayer, have to continue to be seen as being relatable, contributing and relevant to the world today. That might be an issue for William and Kate.

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    1. I think you might have hit it, Elizabeth. Oh well, dreams dashed. :)

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  64. All I can say is: what a handsome little boy George is, my goodness. You KNOW he's going to be a stunner (what eyebrows/eyes)!

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