Friday, 27 February 2015

Kate's March Calendar Filling Up, Prince William in Japan & More

Good evening, dear readers! We have a varied selection of updates tonight.

It's shaping up to be a busier than anticipated March for the Duchess of Cambridge, with four engagements announced already. On Monday, 9 March William and Kate will join Her Majesty the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall for Commonwealth Observance in Westminster Abbey. The service commences at 15:15 local time.

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More from the official press release:

'Organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Observance is the biggest multi-faith celebration in the United Kingdom and takes the form of an hour-long service in Westminster Abbey. Featuring a mixture of testimonies, readings, hymns and musical performances, it is attended by politicians, high commissioners, Commonwealth dignitaries and also by over 1,000 schoolchildren, with 2,000 people present in total.'

On departure from the observance, Her Majesty, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge will be presented with posies of flowers before members of the Royal family walk by the Commonwealth flags held by invited children. The event would be an excellent opportunity for Kate to wear the bespoke pale-pink Jenny Packham coat and dress she wore to The Queen's Coronation Service during her first pregnancy.


On Wednesday, 11 March, Kate will spend the day in Margate.

The Duchess, as patron of the National Portrait Gallery, will visit the Turner Contemporary Art Gallery to view the 'Self: Image and Identity' exhibit which includes a self-portrait by Sir Anthony van Dyck. Her Royal Highness will tour the gallery, meet artists and see how Turner Contemporary engages with the local community. Kate will then meet a group of school children involved in art project before attending a reception.

Turner Contemporary

Kate's second engagement in Margate is a visit to Resort Studios - a vibrant organisation which offers a high-quality programme of events and workshops alongside art studios and exhibition space. The Duchess will view an exhibition featuring photo-montages of local personalities.

Resort Studios

We know Kate has a keen interest in art and will no doubt have a fascinating time.

On Friday, 13 March, Kate will join members of the royal family at a service to mark the end of combat operations in Afghanistan. The service begins at 11 a.m.

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We expect Kate may also attend the annual St. Patrick's Day parade at Aldershot.

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We're hearing more and more in recent months about private events attended by the royals. Earlier this week the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry attended the Chairman's Dinner for their Royal Foundation at the Kensington Palace State Apartments.

Court Circular

We mentioned the National Portrait Gallery earlier in our post. Yesterday, Kate received the gallery's retiring director Mr Sandy Nairne. It was an opportunity for the Duchess to congratulate him on his enormous contribution to the gallery over the years. Below we see Kate with Mr Nairne at the NPG in February 2014. Interestingly, they are viewing the van Dyck self-portrait she will have the opportunity to see again in Margate next month.

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I feel Kate has significantly stepped up her efforts in terms of royal appearances both public and private this year. It's a telling sign of increasing comfort in her role and a wish to expand it in areas of particular interest such as supporting young people and the arts. It's so important for members of the Royal family to forge a role in areas they want to make a difference in and I predict over the next couple of years we'll see her doing just that.

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Meanwhile, Prince William today began his visit to Japan, arriving at Tokyo's Haneda International Airport to a warm welcome. The visit has been described as "key preparation" for his future as King.



The Prince was in high spirits as he was greeted by officials. Before departing for Japan, it was announced William had passed all 14 exams and qualified as an air ambulance pilot. He is expected to begin his new job with the East Anglian Air Ambulance this summer.


The official website reports:

'The Duke, who is making his first trip to Japan, was served tea by a grand master who has performed the ritual for his parents The Prince and Princess of Wales, and his grandmother The Queen.
 His Royal Highness was taken to a centuries-old Tokyo teahouse and seated at a small table where he received the green tea, said to have life-prolonging properties.
The ceremony was performed in private with The Duke joined by a few dignitaries including the Governor of Tokyo, Yoichi Masnzoe. The teahouse was built more than 350 years ago in Japan's Edo period and is a traditional single-storey wooden building of white paper walls and mat flooring which was restored in 1978.'

Prince William enjoyed a stroll in the beautiful Hama Rikyu Gardens.


William followed in his mother's footsteps as he paid his respects at the Yokohama war cemetery outside Tokyo. The late Princess Diana laid a wreath in the same spot twenty years ago.

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William looks at the photo of his mother.

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The message on Prince William's wreath.

BBC Peter Hunt Twitter Feed

There's an interesting itinerary lined up for the next few days. We do hope to hear some quotes on Prince George too :)

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In our last post we look at the Autumn/Winter 2015 Collections from several of Kate's go-to designers. Whilst browsing through other designers I was really very impressed by Lela Rose's offering. It's a collection where a number of pieces could be taken from the runway and worn, with a host of designs ideal for Kate.

Lela Rose
The Duchess chose the US-based designer for a government reception in Canberra last year - wearing the brand's Circle Lace Trim Dress.

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The designer dedicated her Fall Collection to a beloved vacation spot: Wyoming.

Lela Rose

A parade of sheaths, fit-and-flares and A-line skirts graced the runway. It was very much in keeping with previous collections; Lela Rose knows her customer and unapologetically caters to effortless ladylike elegance.

Lela Rose

Evening gowns were sleek and effortlessly chic.

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Three more looks with beautiful splashes of colourful prints.

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The current collection encompasses many pieces one would describe as "very Kate". Beautiful prints and feminine florals are evident in an abundance of gorgeous designs. Below we look at the black and blue Fit and Flare Dress, the Floral Print Elbow Sleeve Sheath Dress, Rose-Print Spiral Dress and the Flared Shirt Dress.

Lela Rose


We hope you all have a fabulous weekend :)

134 comments:

  1. I wrote this at another place so it's just copied to here :P

    I'm really impressed so for. Not for any specific reason more that you can really tell he is taking this dead serious. He knows this is an important tour in diplomatic terms and he makes sure he won't screw it up. He isn't his normal joke-y self, he waves smaller, you can see he sits and do the exact things as the man next to him at the tea house etc. I think he has really tried to study the culture and do's/don'ts for the way to behave in his host countries. Kudos to him, I really think he will do this tour well!

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    1. Rebecca, I can't even begin to tell you how much I agree with your assessment of William's approach to his duties. AMEN!

      He is representing the Queen and, therefore, must act accordingly. I've already read comments elsewhere about him "not being into it" and I think the big picture isn't being considered. His role is not one of a confident and cocky rock star. :)))

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    2. I can see how someone may interpret this low key William as bored. But to me it just looks like he is purposefully moderate, and very aware of that they cannot afford any mistakes.

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    3. And aware that it's easy to make a mistake. It's not Australia or New Zealand.. this us another culture, and a nation which had been at war with the UK.

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    4. Right, Rebecca. In Japan all ideal behavior is purposefully moderate. Restraint and subtlety is a social art form and highly respected.

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    5. Tammy from California27 February 2015 at 17:02

      I too agree. He is being respectful. The "not into it's" are just press people looking for news to MAKE instead of REPORT. He represents GB very, very well and does his granny proud!

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    6. I agree. At the GREAT event he was more of his normal self because that is a situation where it is appropriate, but he was even then making sure to not make any offence. He said multiple times "no offence" to the astronaut when telling that he wouldn't want to be one.

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    7. Jumping on the bandwagon to say, Rebecca, your assessment and analysis is right on the money.

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  2. Sarah from Calif.27 February 2015 at 02:05

    Oh wonderful!!! You go Prince William !!!
    I agree ladies, Prince William is taking this seriously... I know what it's like to have a William and Harry as son's. They both shine in their own special way!!!!!! + I'm blessed to have one more :)
    The picture of William looking at his mum's picture....sigh. Because of her there are two kind hearted young men (Princes) in this world. IMHO. That statement does not diminish the work Prince Charles has put into his boys.
    Well done William on your piloting accomplishments :)
    As for the new Kate dates.....:))) she is shining and will continue to do so!

    There are some lovely dresses there.
    No voting on baby 2 yet ( name, sex,...) ?
    Thank you Charlotte for this great post, hope all is well with your studies :)

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    1. So glad we'll see Kate a few more times before her maternity leave begins. I suppose when that happens, the guessing will begin also with sex, names, dates, etc. I'm going for a girl this time...I think. I know Prince Charles would LOVE a granddaughter! Before we know it the Great Kate Wait round 2 will commence outside the Lindo Wing! At least April will be cooler than July. :)

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    2. I think/hope it will be a Girl this time. I am looking forward to see how long the Great Kate Wait will take this time. As I will go to London on April 29th, I hope the Baby will be born then, but the chances are really Slim.

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    3. Tammy from California27 February 2015 at 17:07

      I agree with you Sarah, his mother brought two loving boys into the world because of her own loving-self. I read somewhere that one time Harry and William played a joke on the Queen (who knows if it's really true, but it gives me a giggle thinking it could be) by getting her cell phone and recording a voicemail message saying "It's Liz! Leave a message". They got humor from their mother too! A great legacy she left in the spirit of love.

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    4. I think that it was Nancy Bedell Smith who described this incident in her well researched biography Elizabeth the Queen. If I remember correctly, she named Harry as the main perpetrator of the joke on his grandmother. He allegedly added something like, "I'm sorry I missed your call. I had to step away from the throne for a minute."

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  3. Great post! March is stepping up to be a busy month for Kate, I love when she does events w then Queen!
    William is is making his Country Proud!

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  4. I never tire of seeing pictures of Westminster Abbey. The many times I have been there, I am still in awe of the majesty and beauty. It is truly glorious against the blue London sky! I'm looking forward to the service on the 9th of March. It will be nice seeing the senior Royals together for the engagement.

    Best of luck to William on his trip to Japan and China. I know he will represent the Queen and UK well. The picture of him looking at his mother's picture makes me a bit sad. Sigh. I know she would be SO proud of both William and Harry.

    I love the Lela Rose dresses and gowns. So very pretty! Looking forward to all of Kate's upcoming engagements and wondering when there will be an engagement for her to don a lovely evening gown!

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  5. Charlotte, I agree the Lela Rose collection looks to have many choices that would be perfect for Kate. I did not care for the white dress with those odd sleeves at all but the new dresses hit the mark beautifully.

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  6. I love the Jenny Packham coat and dress. It is one of Kate's loveliest outfits, but will it be warm enough in early March?

    I happened on a Lela Rose dress one day in a store. It was beautifully made as well as very nicely designed. I agree that she has a great future.

    For those who wonder how Prince William likes his wife's hair, take a look at the picture Charlotte posted above from Australia. And remember how he looked at her at the St. andrew's dinner in New York. I think he has given you his answer. :-)

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    1. I don't think we can deduce from that picture that he's thinking, Oh this is what hair should look like.
      Also, you can find dozens of pictures of him looking in a lovely way at her - with any hairstyle :)

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    2. I also doubt it will be warm enough, but like the fun suggestion. Always to have a good throwback pic.

      Haha, i very much like your analysis of the goofy in love looks of William, maybe it is because he can actually see her face?

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  7. Maggie - Minneapolis27 February 2015 at 05:10

    I'm glad to see Kate doing more appearances than we expected in March. If I'm correct, she has still spent more days/hours on vacation than she has working this year, so I'm still not ready to say that her workload is anything deserving praise, but it's certainly improving, which is a good start!

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    1. I think it is unfortunate that the "private" visits, the undocumented visits to the many places HRH attends are not documented more as they are also a part of her workload. I guess some are never going to think she does enough.

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    2. I'm not sure I'd classify having tea or lunch at your home (or in other part of Kensington) with a private guest as "work". They were socializing as he is the outgoing director. She's a patron, not a board member. Oddly enough, Kate's not even mentioned on the National Portrait Gallery website.

      Maggie - she's been in public 6 days - and had 2 foundation engagements - so she's averaging 4 days of work a month. She has 2 days scheduled in March - and she usually does the St. Patrick's Day event as well (no word yet). Then, most are predicting she'll take time to have her baby and bond and adjust to two children - as she should. So she's not increasing her workload - but it is being thoughtfully undertaken so that the news is more evenly spread out. She may be more visible in the upcoming months because she'll show off the new baby in April, there may be a National acknowledgement of the end of WWII in May, Trooping the Color and Order of the Garter in June, Wimbledon in July, August the royals are usually out of sight on holidays, and then perhaps we'll see her start back with engagements in September.

      When she had George in July, she did an engagement in August to say goodbye to the people of Anglesey, and then did an evening engagement in September with William. In October she did 2 days of charity events. So I don't think she'll disappear of the radar - but it will be awhile before she'll be more active.

      What I'm wondering is if we'll get a family portrait - so we'll see how George is growing. It's been quite some time since he's been seen. And pap shots on vacation do not count.

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    3. Something we shouldn't forget as we consider her workload (and William's) is that when they are second in line to the throne their duties and patronages will increase. If they take too many on now, they would likely have to "dump" some of the causes dear to their hearts. I'm sure they wouldn't want to do that. Think of the bad PR. I suspect that is perhaps a factor in their choices now when they are likely a decade or more from ascending to that role themselves. The senior royals not so close to the throne quite rightly lend their hands to those causes on behalf of the monarchy.

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    4. Undocumented visits are standard practice across the royal family - internal meetings with patronages; receiving officers from patronages, officers of regiments. Have a look at the Court Circular on Royal.gov.uk over a few days - then you will understand the range of work they all do. Being in the public eye is only about 20% of what they do.

      The Court Circular is now 100% up to date for 2015.

      Another engagement for Catherine on the 13th March - Thanksgiving Service at St Pauls for Afghan campaign- about 10 members of BRF attending inc HMQ

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    5. Philly, I agree - it would impractical to take on too many patronages. I've made that point myself - the older generation will be leaving quite a gap when they pass on. We've seen her out more this year visiting folks who are not a part of her patronage system.

      Anon - I disagree that the wife of the 2nd in line to the throne is performing duties on behalf of the country when she has a visitor to tea or lunch.

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    6. Read the Court Circular! The Queen and the Prince of Wales constantly meet in their homes with people who are accepting or leaving various kinds of posts, from diplomatic to religious to military to charitable, etc. The other royal patrons also have these meetings with the heads of their organizations as they come and go. It is expected, and it's part of their duties.

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    7. Moxie you disagree with anything about Kate.

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    8. Actually, as Kate only has six or seven patronages right now, I think she's got plenty of room to add to them with no ill effect.

      Moxie's basic point is valid. Having someone for tea isn't exactly serving your country depending on who the visitor is of course. Sometimes schmoozing goes a long way to fostering long term relationships, though, no doubt about that.

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    9. The Monarch and her Heir are performing duties on behalf of the government and these events are documented with photos. When William does investitures he is working for the government, when he goes overseas he is working for the government. A private visit for tea is socializing.

      The Court Circular is a press release by the royal family published in newspapers - it's not a government document. The contents are informational - not authoritative. Just because a press officer wrote it down doesn't make it work.

      So what if the royal family is having people over for tea who are leaving charity posts? How is that furthering the interests of the country and/or the organization? It's not. But it is kind.

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    10. You know they don't have them in their home, right? It's in the state apartments (aka. their office). It's the equal of a business lunch at the office. But because it's tea and a palace instead of takeout in an office building, it's not work? Well then....

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    11. The official website of The British Monarchy states: "The Court Circular is the official record of the previous day's Royal engagements." It does not list private social events. It lists the public engagements of all the working royals, who serve at the pleasure of the Queen. The senior royals will also attend the two official cathedral services at her pleasure, meaning that she expects them to be there. She will attend in her official capacity as monarch, head of the Church, head of the Commonwealth, and head of the military. Please note that there will be a military parade and receptions to be attended as assigned by various royals. The Prince of Wales will accept the salute of those who have served in Afghanistan, presumably including Prince Harry. These are official public events. They are not the same as attending church at Sandringham on Christmas!

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  8. A dream is coming true as I will be visiting London with my husband between 7th-10th March!Now the news that the royal family will attend the service in WA,so we will have the chance to see them!Big thank you to Chaelotte for the information!:-)I am sooo happy and excited!:-)

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    1. Oh, how fun! You must tell us eveeeerything when you get back! :)

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    2. We will celebrate our first wedding anniversary in London, I can't wait! :):)

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    3. How fun indeed! Give us an impression if you got the chance to see them!

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    4. OMG!! :) You will love London!

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    5. Congratulations. London is one of my favorite cities in the whole wide world. You are going to love it as some one else mentioned. Take note of all the places and pictures in many of Charlotte's post and try to visit- I am sure you will fall in love again because it is just that kind of a place--Yes, I am going a little overboard here, but I am so passionate about it. Have a safe flight, see all the sights, shop a little and tell us about it when you return.

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    6. Don't forget to visit Hackney, Tottenham, Brixton, Barking, Newham, all worthwhile!

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    7. Thank you girls for the lovely wishes and tips! :)

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  9. Lela Rose would never be my go to designer:( I never had such a negative vibe towards any clothes that Kate wore but this is the ONE. Anyway, thanks for the fashion update.

    I think the new pr guy is trying to keep up the amount of engagements she did last year, because we cant talk about raising here. But she is in her final phase of the pregnancy.

    About William, sorry to say this but I do not care, I lost interest in him....

    Have a fab weekend too.

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  10. well i love lela rose collection charlotte looking fabulous i hope duchess could put some of her wardrobe looking forward to see prince william in japan and china i know he will represent the queen and uk very much here an article

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-2971518/Prince-William-strikes-friendly-contrast-Japans-prince.html
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/prince-william/11438808/Prince-William-pays-respects-to-British-PoWs-at-war-graves-in-Japan.html

    looking forward too see duchess making appearance

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  11. Just been watching William being received by the Emperor and Empress. They looked so small compared to him, but then he is tall by anyone's standards.
    China has just announced a ban on ivory imports for a year---a step in the right direction and a tribute to Prince William
    Noticed a crowd of girls yesterday waving a notice reading, "We love George"..

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    1. Sarah from Calif.28 February 2015 at 00:08

      Jean, Sweet!

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    2. Sarah from Calif.28 February 2015 at 00:46

      Jean, the ban on Ivory is great news!

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  12. It's interesting that we are now getting information about social calls to Kensington Palace. I'm not sure how Kate receiving the outgoing director of the National Portrait Gallery furthers that institution, but it is kind to have folks over for tea or lunch. Meanwhile, Kate did not have a private visit to the NPG this year - the palace confirmed that it mis-stated in the release and they meant to say she viewed the portrait last year at the event you see pictured above - where she is looking at it.

    I think it is a good idea for the 3 generations to do more engagements together to reinforce the links between them - this event ought to become an annual tradition.

    Charlotte - I wonder if there are national plans to acknowledge the 70th anniversary since WWII ended - I know last year was D-Day anniversary - but this year marks the anniversary of the end of the conflict. German surrender was in May and Japanese was in September. If so, Kate might be out and about earlier then predicted to be with the family if there is something on the calendar.

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    1. Wow, do only hard labor count as work. Ofc it is work to receive a high ranking official within an organisation. Maybe not if you are buds drinking wine in front of the tea.

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    2. Nothing new for the royals and it's not like she's meeting a girlfriend at Starbucks. :)

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    3. First time we are hearing of Kate receiving a visitor. And he retired - he's no longer the director in charge of the organization. They were socializing, not working together to advance the institution. I wonder if we will hear more about Kate's entertaining schedule. It is interesting to know.

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    4. She was saying good bye not visiting with him.

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    5. Clearly, this was a "goodbye, good luck, nice working with you" type of gesture that will be a special memory for this man to share with his friends and family. How sad that it must be turned into another form of "entertainment." Baiting.

      Yet when someone responds to comments like this, *they* are accused of making it personal or being too invested. Ohhh the irony.........

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    6. The new structure at the office is doing a better job of publicizing what she does, which is not a bad thing at all. If this was happening before and not being stated, then an opportunity was missed. We all socialize with clients, which essentially a patronage is for lack of a better term. Helps with relationships and working together.

      I understood what you were saying, Moxie! Unless, of course, I didn't. :)

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    7. You are right. It's working with clients. Is a dinner/hockey game/go-cart race/golf game with clients not work? Well, concidering my dad is at least as tired and has put up as much work thought as when entering numbers into the computer and this is what makes him able to sell things, I really consider it work. If only physical labor is work, there are alot of lazy ass people in the world :P

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    8. I am surprised that some readers of this blog you do not seem to appreciate the amount of business that can be done in a social setting. I have read a number of complaints--admittedly by only a select few--about the lack of public appearances made by the Duchess, and it causes me to wonder if some truly understand the logistics behind each appearance by any royal on behalf of a cause. Maybe this is different, but I choose to look at the appearances as only a small part that the public sees regarding the royal duties and patronages.

      Consider this, please. For every appearance that we do see, there are countless hours behind the scenes of research, communications, introductions, meetings, studying, and consideration. There are phone calls, emails, and letters back and forth in order for a royal (or any concerned citizen making an effort to be involved) to learn not just about the cause or a particular site to be visited but also to learn about the people one is likely to meet, their concerns and difficulties, what a royal might do to assist, and how best to approach and interact with those people. Conversely, the cause to be supported also takes time to learn about a royal's personal interests and takes the time to facilitate those interests. None of this can be done if time is not spent out of the spotlight with a sincere and continuous dialogue between parties in order to see to all of these logistical details. In my mind, a private meeting with an incoming or outgoing director facilitates many of these goals and keeps a royal on good footing with a patronage. Similarly, though you might not have a particular issue to address, it is nice to have a business lunch or dinner with clients or co-workers every once in awhile to check in and see how all are doing or if any issues have arisen. It is far easier to keep a business relationship positive than to build a new one from scratch or to rebuild one after a problem has been encountered.

      From my own experiences, I know that you cannot be effective in anything you do without backing it up with knowledge and heart. It is true whether I am talking about work as a trial attorney, volunteering with high school kids, organizing charity events, or making a meal for my family. No good lawyer goes to trial without extensive investigation into a case, serious research, consideration of how to present the case, and fine-tuning the execution. Similarly, you don't make a meal for your family without grocery shopping and spending time in the kitchen. No one may see your work until you reach the final presentation stage (be it the courtroom or the dinner table), but you spend countless hours beforehand making sure things are in place and go off without a hitch. All of that time spent is not wasted just because others only enjoy it for a brief amount of time.

      While I have gone on a bit, please do consider just how much time and effort we all spend on work, projects, interests, and family even when there might be no recognition attached. The fact that we are starting to hear more about these private meetings is not because they have never taken place before 2015. Rather, it simply a new feature coming about as Prince Charles and Clarence House continue the adaptation of how the monarchy deals with the press.

      Personally, I appreciate how much work goes into anyone supporting a cause close to them. For that matter, I also appreciate how much work it takes for a lady to support her husband and do her best to raise an extraordinary son in as grounded a way as possible.

      Charlotte, my many thanks for covering not just the public appearances that the Duchess makes but for always taking the time to educate us about the charities and what amazing work they do.

      Surprised in Colorado

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    9. A LOT of the preparation is done by the Private Secretary, however......

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    10. Amen, Anon 3:29

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    11. It's lovely that she spent some one on one time with him - but do you think perhaps the Board of Trustees and the staff at National Portrait Gallery hosted a retirement ceremony for this gentleman? I suppose royals don't bother to attend the official organizational send off - but invite them to their house for tea. It's kind, but it's not "work". I actually don't think she has done any of these before - has any other director left their post while she was their patron? Royalfan, what do you call it when you have someone over for to your house for tea? Kate entertained the former director of the NPG at KP. It's the proper word.

      I disagree with the client analogy completely - Kate isn't employed by the NPG. The Board of Trustees and staff however have defined roles. If Kate chooses not to associate with the NPG - no one has to fill that honorary title. Royal patronages are not a necessary part of running an organization.

      Surprised in Colorado - I don't think Kate's doing all that background you suggest is happening - just like I don't think Kate is scrubbing all the toilets in her house. What does that big ole staff of theirs do - if not all the work you just wrote out. She spends about an hour at each place she visits - I hardly think SHE is doing weeks of research work for that one hour of "how do you do?" The organizations themselves are working out how to solve their particular problems - not Kate. She looks in and the press takes a photo. She's not developing organizational strategy, hiring appropriate personnel, raising funds, marketing the services and doing the day to day work to support the clientele. She takes an interest, socializes a bit, and moves on to the next thing in her life.

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    12. Anon 05:32 Amen to what you had to say. Their are a few here that do not believe even if it written by someone who knows what goes on behinds the scenes. The few don't believe Catherine does anything if she is not in the public eye.

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    13. Yes it is, Liz. But the rapport building and connection can't be done by any aid. Ofc Kate has meetings with people in beforehand.

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    14. Maryland Moxie,
      There are plans for the VE Day anniversary, but it comes the day after the election, so I suspect the majority of the commemorations will be in Aug. when the war in Japan ended

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    15. I have a strange feeling that the previous thread about this subject went unread by some posters. There is still very little acknowledgment of the fact, clearly described in the Court Circular every day, that heads of organizations visit their royal patrons every time they take up or leave such positions. The facts are getting lost in the work debate. I fully agree with what you say, Colorado. We just need to be clear about the nature of Kate's duties.

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    16. Surprised in Colorado,

      I am surprised that you do not take into account that they have a staff of 27 who work in the office. What exactly do you think they do all day long? They are the ones doing the preparation and behind the scenes work. Kate and William are handed portfolios which they browse on the way to their destination or probably the evening before. I don't think that they spend more than an hour preparing for each visit.

      As for meeting people at their homes - I believe that they are stepping up on that at the insistence of the new PR guy who is also taking the initiative to publicize it. I simply do not believe that they were doing ANY behind the scenes meetings previously. They were doing very few official visits - I will eat my hat if they were doing things behind the scenes.

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    17. Maggie - Minneapolis28 February 2015 at 20:22

      Yeah I'm not sure why people think that a woman with a private secretary, a personal assistant, and multiple other advisors/assistants does all of the preparation herself for an appearance. I hardly think Kate calls up a patronage and organizes the dates and what will occur at the appearance herself!

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    18. Amen indeed, Surprised in Colorado. Your logic and reasoning is appreciated. :)

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    19. I once read an account in the Minneapolis newspaper about the planning for a visit to the city from Princess Alexandra. She was very much involved, and even advised her hosts that she could accomplish more in a given time span that they had thought. She was said to welcome the host committee very kindly. Ladies attending afternoon events were asked to wear tea length dresses. That was awhile back!

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    20. Jessica in Texas1 March 2015 at 16:56

      I still think it could take half a day of meetings to review all the decisions she has to make. So even though people work for her I imagine there is a lot of back and forth between confirming dates and updating her ect....

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    21. The client analogy was the best I could come up with, Moxie. I agree that taking tea with someone isn't work as most of us define work, but if she wouldn't take tea with this guy if she wasn't involved with his organization (which is where the client analogy came from), then it does shade it a bit, don't you think? Perhaps the tea with Kate was part of the retirement celebration. The organization had its shindig and the other part was having tea with the Big Patron.

      Although I'm not used to being this charitable, Moxie. You'd better stop making me defend her!

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    22. Moxie, the problem is that if you go to meet somebody you must know what to say, how to move, how to manage, and that involves a lot of time to check what people has done for you, for the organization of everything, to learn names and information, as to not be wrong with stupid faux-pas or gaffes. A head of a staff must know a lot about the work other people are doing in his own behalf. She will always be seen as the responsible for what she does: other people work behind the stage, but the only one to be seen on the stage is her. I do not think she is the kind of person agreeing to just do what a secretary tells her to do. She was described, when a student, as a sort of nerd, very careful - she got some A, am I wrong? - and this kind of people does not change so much when stopping University.

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    23. I agree that an engagement requires some preparations by 'the royal' involved but no way anything with logistics. I do think they prepare well in terms of who are they meeting and what are issues/successes here? I do wonder, Surprised in Colorado, how you combine this description of work with the amounts of engagement the Queen or Charles does? They must be pretty burnt-out by now!

      I read an interesting argument above that Kate can't take up to many different new patronages, since there will also be patronages from the Queen and Princi Philip later on to take up. I also feel Kate prefers to concentrate on a few and do them very well (within her part time job). Everyone who meets her describes her as dedicated and loyal.

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    24. Maryland Moxie2 March 2015 at 17:33

      bluhare, I think having tea with folks is swell and I understand that an invitation by a royal to a palace is considered a great honor in some circles. So I get why she had him over. If I'm not mistaken NPG was one of her first patronages and she no doubt has spent time with this gentleman. For me, it's just odd to make a public announcement of it - unless of course - she's billing the Duchy of Cornwall for the expense. I've always had trouble with the "public announcement" of a "private visit".

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    25. Maryland Moxie2 March 2015 at 17:35

      Jessica, I can only imagine how many meetings it must take to just sort out the wardrobe and arrange for the blowout.

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  13. oh i heard some reports that prince harry is quitting his army
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/prince-harry/11439730/Prince-Harry-and-his-career-in-the-Army-in-pictures.html

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    1. Sarah from Calif.28 February 2015 at 00:48

      Yep, he is. Sounds like he has a good plan in Africa.

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    2. Has this been confirmed or is it another rumor like Kate in false labor?

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    3. It has been neither denied or confirmed either by Kensington Palace or the MOD

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  14. Rhonda - Wisconsin27 February 2015 at 14:37

    Thank you Charlotte for posting the beginning of William's trip to Japan. Again, I love all the little tidbits you put in your posts - will you continue for the duration of the trip? Thrilled that we will be seeing more of Kate before maternity leave and very jealous of Kadry who is going to be in London for one of the events! Keep up the good work Charlotte!!

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  15. Good trip and good luck to Prince William! He is putting all his heart and efforts in this visit to Japan.

    I can't wait to see the duke and duchess of cambridge with Her Majesty in Westminster Abbey.

    Monica, France

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  16. British Royals reporting that William; Catherine and Harry will attend a service at St. Paul's on March 13th, to mark the end of the withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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    1. Sarah from Calif.28 February 2015 at 00:51

      Oh my , God bless us all concerning the events in the Middle East. I'm praying for wisdom for our younger generation.

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  17. Tammy from California27 February 2015 at 17:11

    I love all the dresses shown here. I will say that I don't see Kate ever wearing a dress with an uneven hemline or see- through-short dress. She seems to go for business-like styles. I know some call it "boring" but I actually love it about her. She always looks very classic, elegant and appropriate.

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  18. @RoyalCentral: Members of The Royal Family will attend the Service of Commemoration to mark the end of operations in Afghanistan at St Paul's on 13th March

    @RoyalCentral: The Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles & Camilla, Duke & Duchess of Cambridge & Prince Harry will attend the commemoration at St Paul's.

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  19. Hello everyone!

    I've updated the post to with info on another engagement. Kate will join members of the royal family at a service to mark the end of combat operations in Afghanistan on 13 March.

    On another note, very surprised to hear reports Prince Harry plans to leave the Army.

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    1. Are you going to post about Williams trip on a daily basis. He is doing a great job for England. Just miss Catherine.

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    2. Hello!

      Not on a daily basis, but I do plan to cover it in a couple of wrap up posts. Thank you for your interest :)

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    3. Sarah from Calif.28 February 2015 at 00:55

      Charlotte, I do understand Harry's decision. My son moved on after 6 years in the Air Force. Harry can make a major impact for your recovering British soldiers. That alone is a wonderful endeavor.

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    4. I think Harry's done all he's wanted to do in the military. He spent a longer period of time then William since Harry didn't go to college. He never wanted a desk job - but he needed to transition from front line back to normalcy. His military lifestyle wasn't suited for developing relationships to settle down and have a family. I'm curious to see what he gets up to next - read rumors he wants to spend time in Africa. That would be difficult to do if you are beholden to the military.

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  20. Another engagement has just been announced for Kate. William, Kate & Harry will be joining the other Royals including the Queen & Prince Philip at a service at St. Paul's on 13th March to commemorate the ending of combat operations in Afghanistan.
    She has undertaken considerably more engagements once she recovered from HG this time than she did when expecting Prince George though people were did not complain then as of course William was in the RAF and they were living in Wales. William is still not doing many engagements due to his studying for his exams and I think Kate has been in a difficult position and I suspect advised on how much she can do so as not to overshadow William. She is certainly showing a lot more confidence and I feel we are beginning to see the real Kate hopefully when she returns to work after the birth of the baby she will undertake more engagements.

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  21. Charlotte and British and European friends: I just read in a "soft news publication that the Duchess was taken to and admitted the hospital because of severe abdominal pain--she was kept overnight and released—there was no date or time given. I don't believe these soft news outlet because they print everything and they have been known not to check and confirm their sources. Attached is a link to the article of which I speak.

    http://au.ibtimes.com/pregnant-kate-middleton-rushed-hospital-after-having-severe-braxton-hicks-contractions-report

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    1. All of the publications that carried this story seem to be 'soft.' I did not see a reputable news source when I googled.

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    2. I strongly suspect that had the Duchess been in hospital overnight, there would have been official word.
      However it was stated just before George was born that no announcement about any admission would be made until it had been confirmed that she was in labour.

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    3. My favorite this week is another one from Life & Style where Kate's "At War With The Queen!". Kate's tired of being bullied by HM! It's almost as good as the Globe

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  22. Thanks for sharing the link, Anon 00:23. I am extremely sceptical about anything appearing in this publication and many others. They never specify who their mysterious sources are. It's sad that these sites feel the need to publish such nonsense.

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    1. I totally agree--nonsense sells! But it is truly a shame and a disgrace that these outfits peddle such lies and get away with it. Amazing!

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  23. This comment is rather tardy, but referring to the long and complex debate in the previous thread about whether Kate should wear smart trousers (we refer to 'knickers' as 'pants' in Britain!) versus dresses, I read some years ago that Kate has always felt that her legs aren't that long in relation to her body.

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    1. I thought that "knickers" is British slang for ladies underwear.

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    2. Exactly, Lynn. Pants is a word for underwear in Britain so Liz pointed out that the word trousers would be better used :P

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  24. https://instagram.com/p/zoe_YeqZM7/

    William being cute with kids in Japan. The "man in the movie" is an avatar of William :P

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  25. We don't know too much about Kate's personality, perhaps that's one of the reasons why she's such a source of endless fascination, we scrutinize and project ideas onto her about what we think she should do/say/wear. We perhaps wonder how we would behave in her role; as someone wrote before, she's like a doll we can 'dress' and design ideas for. As much as we nit-pick, it's unlikely many would actually want her role, the constant scrutiny. As an aside, on the recent BBC2 'Royal' programme whose transmission was supposedly delayed by Prince Charles, it was stated that William is 'controlling.

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    1. Anon 07:22...i think you are so correct. I would fold like oragami in Catherine's position. I am by nature a private person, by no means an introvert, but private to say the least. My job is busy and faced paced and involves a lot of interaction with clients and other employees. Needless to say i am surrounded by people all day long...when i get off work...i more or less want to be with my husband and just have a nice quiet dinner...maybe run to the local pharmacy to pick up a few items. I even dislike when people show up to my home unannounced. Again, this is why i would fold. By the way, i read an article about Catherines supposed fued with the queen...i dont believe this for a second. Then again i wouldn't have believed princess diana was at odds with the entire royal family, including her husband prince charles until she came out and said it.

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    2. jenndog, I agree with you in that I don't believe the Kate's 'feud' with the Queen is true either. Just tabloid fodder, I think .

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  26. Excuse me if I come over as sarcastic but I was just wondering what my boss would have said if I had told him that I was working on any given day because I actually attended a SERVICE. No matter how commemorative or how worthy the cause - I guess it would be very safe to say he would have either laughed his head off ("Nice try, Eve, very funny") or seriously questioned my mental health status.....I don´t think that HM would call that work either!! Going to church is not work but your personal affair. Or are we going to call Kate´s going to church on Christmas day together with the Royal Family "work" in future, too? Don´t get me wrong, I see the "official" touch of these church services, but for me, that´s still not work. Or else all church goers would be "working" while attending services....

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    1. Their personal church going is not work. But a televised mass where you will be watched all the time is. Simple as that.

      Also, a mass is work for people. The priest, the organist (words.....) etc.

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    2. Eve from Germany1 March 2015 at 08:19

      @Rebecca: With all due respect, Rebecca, I was clearly talking about church GOERS, not the ones preparing and holding the service, which of course are working!! Attending a service is not work, it´s being able to "live" your belief. The Royals are attending these services to show their respect to the respective "purposes" or "causes" the services are held for. I have attended services in order to show my respect, too, in my life - as many of us have. Even if these services had been televised and I had been any kind of "centre of attention" - I would never ever have even dreamed of seeing this as work!

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    3. Jean from Lancs1 March 2015 at 10:30

      Eve,
      The Royal family will be representing the nation at a service to honour those dead and injured in Afghanistan and in thankfulness that our troops are home. I don't know what your job is, but have you never represented your company at the funeral, or a memorial service for a colleague? Perhaps that is not done in Germany, but it certainly is here and this service is the same principle.
      According to you, there are a great many jobs which should not be considered work because people do similar things in their own time.
      You do not tell us what your work is--so we cannot know whether we should consider it real work.
      "Judge not, that you be not judged."

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    4. Maryland Moxie1 March 2015 at 15:06

      The Queen is the head of the Church of England - and it is a national celebration. It's a part of HER ceremonial role. However, I do agree that being related to the family member who is partaking in these roles that you are attending is not "work". This same relationship comes up in Trooping the Color, Order of the Garter, and Remembrance Sunday. The Sandringham Christmas service isn't even a national event that is televised - however, people naturally might like to see what the head of Church of England is up to on this day and that's why the cameras are around - in addition to the press profit motive of getting photos of the family.

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    5. I don't understand the need to split hairs here. :) Whether it's defined as work, duties, obligations, etc., if members of the RF attend a memorial service, visit a charity/factory/farm/museum, etc,.....etc, they are not there as private citizens. It's all part of "the job." Their jobs are a way of life; some of it is luxurious and some aspects of it may feel monotonous and intrusive, but it's all part of the job.

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    6. Well, it counts as an engagement so I guess it's work as the royals define it. Kate will be the wife of the Defender of the Faith one day. The work probably counts as trying to stay awake during the sermon.

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    7. Let's all save a thought for all the grown men who play at the ball and are paid millions for that.
      Is playing soccer a job?

      Let's discuss :)

      Camilla

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    8. @ eve. HM doesn't call this work either, for sure. It's her duty. It really is a very different concept from what you and i do for work (except if you are a german princess ;).

      Like Jean said, sometimes in business you also represent your company, and you have to look and act professional and be of good behaviour. Your role can be limited to that and still be very important.

      It's called the engagement calendar, not the work calendar. We are the ones who are trying to fit what they do into our own concept of work.

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    9. Bluhare please... I'm having a paresis to my jaw! LOL

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    10. Maryland Moxie2 March 2015 at 17:09

      royalfan, I've always appreciated Charlotte's vocabulary in stating we are following the lifestyle of Kate. It gets away from the "job" framework that means an exchange of time/skill for money. As I see it - being royal is a social status, not a job. When royalty actually ruled and had power - they did have a duty/obligation to the people - that role has been taken over by government. I actually think it does matter what the circumstances are regarding the engagement. When Kate does charity work - she does it as a private citizen - she is not representing the government or the people. She does not start off with "I bring greetings from the Queen". Her promotional videos are on behalf of her and William, not on behalf of the Queen. When they travel abroad officially - they are representing the government and the people - as William is doing now in Japan and China and he is bringing greetings on behalf of the Queen. At this upcoming service, Kate is not representing the people or government, the Queen is. Eugenie and Beatrice, royals who are out in public all the time, are private citizens 99% of that time.

      Anyway, I just wanted to opine that the language that is used to describe the royals is misleading - they have ceremonial roles and they are socially active - but I don't think words like work and job fit. Except when they actually have one - like William's job with the ambulance service.

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    11. Maryland Moxie2 March 2015 at 17:13

      bluhare, I would never make it in the British Royal Family. I could not handle all the military reviews and constant war remembrance ceremonies and services. The British people do love their military ceremonies.

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    12. Moxie, I stand by my 19:36 comment above.

      I hope Charlotte chimes in if I am incorrect, but her blog is devoted to the life *and* style of Kate and I understand that to mean her life (certainly her public role and to a degree her private life) and style as in fashion. I do not interpret Charlotte's headline as being dismissive of or downplaying Kate's responsibilities as you appear to be determined to do. I am not stating this sarcastically, but in post after post you seem to do exactly that so it's difficult to form a different opinion.

      As Fabulousdaan stated above, ".... We are the ones who are trying to fit what they do into our own concept of work."

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    13. I think you forget, Moxie, that the Queen is head of state in a constitutional monarchy. The working royals support her in this role and her others. She is also head of the Commonealth, the Church, the military. She has an important diplomatic role. All of this constitutes far more than social status.

      I sometimes wonder, in all seriousness, why you participate on this blog, since you don't seem to care for its subject or her role or the royal family.

      Camilla, yes, any sport played at the professional level is a job.

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    14. Maryland Moxie3 March 2015 at 02:20

      Royalfan, If you could be more clear as to what Kate is responsible for, perhaps I could see your point of view better. I stand by my position as well. I don't think Charlotte is being dismissive - she is being accurate - she shares content on all aspects of Kate's life - not just the "official" narrative that is put out by the press office.

      Anon, I recognize the Queen's role - yet, when you get to WHAT her role is - it is ceremonial. She is not dictating to the government, the government calls on her when they need someone to host on behalf of the people. She doesn't decide it's time for relations with Ireland to improve - the government does and then she plays her role in visiting the country and making speeches and appearances. She is accompanied by ministers who do the actual background negotiations and what not. She runs none of those organizations you mention - the military, church, and Commonwealth have leadership - again, she performs the ceremonial parts on their behalf.

      I read Charlotte's blog to learn - just like everyone else. I comment to practice analyzing content and improve writing skills. I do it in a forum where the blogger has editorial control on whether to publish my writing or not. If you see my remarks, it's because they were approved to be here - just as yours are.

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  27. You forget the role the British Monarchy has in the church, Eve. Since the time of Henry VIII the British King is also the Head of English Church (sorry if I am inaccurate…) therefore the presence at the religious ceremonies has a public strong value. Catherine is still not a Queen, but she will be, as the wife of the future King. The Queen, the Heirs and their Wifes and Husbands MUST go to the church, it's not their personal choice.

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    1. Paola, you are quite correct. Since HM Henry VIII broke with the Roman Church English and British Monarchs, Emperors and Empresses have held the style and title "Supreme Governor of the Church", save HM Queen Mary I, who reverted England and Wales to the Roman Catholic Church for the five years of her reign from 1553-1558. The Monarch has held the title continuously since HM Elizabeth I. To reply to a post elsewhere, in an odd and rather curious historical twist, the style and title "Fidei Defensor", or "Defender of the Faith", which has also been held continuously since the reign of Henry VIII (Queen Mary I held this title as well), was bestowed on Henry VIII whilst he was still a Roman Catholic by Pope Leo X for his book "In Defence of the Seven Sacraments" as a riposte to Martin Luther. Technically, Henry VIII lost the title when he was excommunicated, but every English and British Monarch, Emperor and Empress has retained this style and title "Defender of the Faith" ever since.

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  28. Looking at some of the photographs of William's Japan tour on twitter he appears to have enjoyed himself and had some lighter moments as well as very formal ones. What a pity Kate was unable to go. I suspect the China trip will be covered more in the British Press. Talking of Kate I too hope she will wear that lovely Jenny Packham outfit for the Commonwealth service.
    Regarding Harry possibly leaving the Army This is the time he will have to decide whether to stay in for a long time or leave and reading the press reports I suspect he will leave though I hope that if he does his future work is properly mapped out thus avoiding the utter shambles when William left and no one seemed to know what to do with him including William. All that indecision did William & to a lesser extent Kate no good at all Referring to the comment made earlier by someone else I also saw the Royals film on TV and it was clear that a good many of the press reporters covering William & Kate's tour of Australia were upset and annoyed by the treatment they received from the officials and attitude to them from the Royals. William was referred to as controlling. Mention was also made of the Pap shots that were taken of them when staying in Canberra and these photos were actually shown in the documentary 3 very nice informal photos I must admit I do think William & Kate do need to publish a few informal shots of their private time with George like the Swedish & Danish royal family do

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    1. Why do they have to show photos of George if they do not want to. William is a very private person and very protective of his family thanks to the death of his beloved mother. And the press was not very nice to Kate while they were dating. So I can understand why he does not what photos of George out.
      Also with all the stuff going on in the world today, they might be affraid of something happening to George or even Kate.
      So let him be protective of his family and when they want to release photos then they will. But they do not to just to please the fans.

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  29. Prince William as a Samouraï!

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-31671889

    Happy week end to all!

    Monica, France

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  30. As to painting in a white dress, look at tis film of Monet painting in his garden... http://www.ilpinguinoinnamorato.it/wordpress/video-autentico-immagini-eccezionali-claude-monet/

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  31. Im sure many will disagree with me on this....maybe it would have been better to give the picture of princess diana to william in private. Im sure he has come a long way in his grief, but it just seems to cross the line...in a very innocent unitentional way. Do you think they would have put that picture on display if Catherine had been the one paying respects at the memorial site? It almost feels like i am spying on a very private moment when i see william looking at that picture of his mother. Although, im sure the display is very innocent and the intent is to show william that his mother is missed...it just seems strange. Did they have to write may she rest in peace? If the intent was to remember her life....then why remind william of her death by writing that message. I dislike that william is forced to be faced with her death in a very public way. He must of felt terrible having to walk behind his mothers casket in front of all those people on the street and hundreds of millions television viewers. Grief is a private emotion, yet william and harry had to endure such public grief as children. Im sure many will disagree with me on this...but its only my opinion. I dont know william personally, obviously. Maybe he was sincerely touch...at least i hope he was. I cant wait to see what Catherine in going to wear at the Abbey. I absolutely love Catherine's peach outfit. It is at the top of my list out of everything she has worn. The color is beautiful and compliments her complextion very well.

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    1. jenndog, I think I understand where you're coming from. And I also questioned the "RIP" on the photograph. Maybe it was intended to be seen as an additional sign of respect...? I don't know.

      But I look at it this way... Aside from their private memories, William and Harry are faced with constant reminders of their mother. Some good, some not so good. In this particular case, I believe William saw it as a sign of respect and appreciated the gesture. And I would imagine that he is accustomed to people sharing their memories of his mother and he is prepared for it. My opinion, anyway... :)

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    2. Royalfan, i was hoping you would respond to my post....your comments are very well balanced and not full of malice. I was a little reseved about my last as i feared it would ruffle some feathers. Thank you for your always gentle responses. Im sure you are right...william probably did see it as a sign of respect.,.i feel much better

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    3. Thank you, jenndog, but I just responded in kind. :))

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    4. I also did have a vaguely disturbing feeling when i saw that pic, thanks Jenndog for elaborating your thoughts on this one. I suppose it was meant to be respectful and considerate, but is indeed quite intrusive. Maybe someone with thorough knowledge on Japanese culture can fill us in on this one?

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    5. I think it is important to remember the religion of the Japanese Imperial Family (and most of Japan), Shintoism, is based upon reverence for one's ancestors. Regardless of our customs and etiquette, by displaying the photograph of the late POW was meant as a gesture of deepest respect. As the daughter of a diplomat, I should be astonished if HRH The Duke was not briefed ahead to expect it. I also strongly disagree with those comments which characterise HRH The Duchess - or any other member of The RF - as "socialising" or "private religious observance" whilst having someone to tea in one's official capacity or attending ceremonies of The Church of England (or any other church for that matter, as a member of The RF might be attending on behalf of HM, Head of the Church of England).

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  32. Jean from Lancs1 March 2015 at 18:38

    According to the St. Paul's site, the Service at St, Paul's on March13th is just the start. It will be followed by a parade of personnel who served in Afghanistan, with a fly-past, at which the Prince of Wales will take the salute,
    Finally there will be a reception at the Guildhall.
    The BBC will show it all from 10:30a.m.

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  33. Completely agree with your point about the photo and message of the late Princess of Wales, jenndog.

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  34. Hello! This is my first comment here but I do enjoy reading all the posts, it is a wonderful and very accurate blog.
    I live in Italy and I will be in London on March 9th, so I thought it'd be nice to get a peek of the event at Westminster... does anyone know if, standing outside, you can see anything at all? I guess it will be very crowded? Any tips? Thank you!!!

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  35. Hello! This is my first time posting on here, even though I do follow the blog regularly and I really appreciate it! Thank you Charlotte! So please forgive if this post appears twice.
    I live in Italy but I will be in London next weekend and I would love to try and see the Duchess on Monday at the Westminster event. Does anyone local have any advice on where to stand? Is it always very crowded in such occasions, and most of all, is there a good chance to see anything at all? From previous events, I saw that the Royals all stand in front of the Abbey's entrance and that part is closed to the public, of course. Then I guess they get on the cars...
    Thank you if you have any tips!

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    2. You reckon? Maybe it's not worth trying then... thanks for replying. And SORRY for the double comment!

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