Monday, 23 February 2015

News on Prince William, All About Mirabelle Jewellery & Fashion Week Favourites

We hope you all had a splendid weekend!

We're enjoying the Academy Awards red carpet with a glass of chardonnay, and as Fashion Week is underway, tonight's post will be very much focused on the event and a jeweller Kate's started to wear. Before we get to the glitz and gowns we'll do a quick wrap up of several news stories of interest.

The Mail on Sunday reports the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are searching for new domestic staff for their country home Anmer Hall following the departure of their housekeeper and gardener.


More from the article:

'It remains unclear why Amy Wood and her husband Colin handed in their notice after less than five months at Anmer Hall on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk. The couple started working for William and Kate last September when restoration work was being completed on the Georgian mansion.
 They had previously been trusted employees at Sandringham House two miles away, and it is thought that they will go back to work for the Queen there. William and pregnant Kate moved into the 18th century hall with their baby, George, in October after it was given to them by the Queen. Mrs Wood, 34, looked after the ten-bedroom house while her 37-year-old husband worked in the garden. He had been doing landscaping and planting work at the hall. '

Next, we have two updates regarding Prince William. As previously reported the Prince has been taking a number of exams in preparation for his new role with East Anglian Air Ambulance. The BBC reports:

'Royal sources have said the Duke of Cambridge will still be taking up his post in the spring as planned, but he will not be flying until the summer.
 He will be employed by Bond Air Services, which operates two helicopters on behalf of the charity based in Cambridge and Norwich, serving Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. The prince has been taking a series of exams in preparation for his new role with the charity, where he is due to earn about £40,000 a year. He is due to donate his after-tax salary to charity.'

The Telegraph has an interesting article about William's upcoming historic trip to Japan and China.

'Indeed, in a reflection of the significant diplomatic role being assumed by the Duke, it is expected that he will meet Li Keqiang, the Chinese premier, and other senior Communist Party leaders during the three-day visit.
 Penny Junor, the royal biographer, said: “Not only is this a historic visit, but it is also an indication of how highly regarded William is by the Government and Foreign Office. After all, this is not going to be an easy trip. His father is a friend of Tibet’s Dalai Lama and there is the question of human rights.'

Details of the trip, which begins on Feb 26, can be found on the official website. It's been reported Kate will not have any engagements during this time, however, I think we'll see her once or twice before she takes maternity leave. The annual St Patrick's Day Parade at Aldershot is a likely one to finish up with.

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Next, we're taking a look at a new jewellery brand debuted by the Duchess last month - Mirabelle Jewellery. Below we see Kate wearing the brand's £30 Lolita earrings.

Mirabelle Jewellery

The small gold-plated earrings are a very pretty and affordable addition to any jewellery collection. They look considerably more expensive than they are and work for day or night wear. 

Mirabelle Jewellery

As we know, the 'Kate Effect' on fashion is quite something. Speaking to the The Inquisitr, Mirabelle Jewellery founder Veronique Henry spoke about the reaction and the story behind the hand-made Fair Trade earrings.

'Our website crashed, it went absolutely mad but I’m beside myself with happiness! She got them at the jewellery boutique ‘Felt’ in Chelsea. They are very popular earrings, but now even more so since she wore them. They are made in Indonesia by just one family. That’s the great thing about Kate wearing these — they are made in a little village by a lovely family. So now all the cousins, aunties, everyone in the family are rallying round to help out.'

Veronique called the family personally to let them know that their earrings were worn by the Duchess of Cambridge and they were "thrilled". It's one of those times where it's just lovely to hear the story behind the style and how Kate wearing a pair of earrings can have an effect on a family living so far away and enable them to grow their business.

More on the benefits of Fair Trade from the website.

What is Fair Trade? Fair Trade is a tool for reducing poverty in developing nations. It's a form of Trade that builds equitable and long-term partnerships between producers in developing regions of the world and consumers in the north.
 Fair Trade Guarantees many things including the following: Producers receive a minimum set price for their goods, financial and technical support, healthy and safe working conditions, economic development of their communities, and educational opportunities for their children. Consumers receive excellent products plus the peace of mind that comes with knowing they are actively addressing poverty, preserving the environment, and promoting an end to child labour.
 The Planet receives a chance at health and healing since Fair Trade actively promotes sustainable farming techniques, biodiversity, and bird and animal preservation.

Other items in the 'Lolita' range include a £90 Gold Plated Necklace and a £60 Gold Plated Bracelet.

Mirabelle Jewellery

There's several great collections available on the website. The Vintage British Collection has some fabulous little gems with unusual details. Below we take a look at the Ballerina Pendant with Pearl (the ballerina has articulated legs), the Cladagh Gold Plated Pendant and the Scotty Dog Pendant with Semi Precious Stone.

Mirabelle Jewellery

Pieces from The Natural Pearls Collection.

Mirabelle Jewellery

There's a good sale underway with some great statement pieces on offer. The Mini Key and Coin Pendant is reduced from  £45 to £24, the Gold Plated Earrings with Seagreen Glass are reduced from £60 to £24 and the Ovala Necklace with ruby is discounted from £75 to £48.

Mieabelle Jewellery

I've always been a supporter of Fair Trade products and it's great to see such a business which actively supports and incorporates it doing so well. Hoping to see Kate in more Mirabelle pieces!

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Moving on to Fashion Week! Many of Kate's go-to designers have been showcasing their Autumn/Winter 2015 Collections. We saw British designer Jenny Packham channel Marilyn Monroe for her spring offering. This time round, there's a much cooler vibe. The designer was inspired by a trip to the Prado Museum in Madrid.

Jenny Packham

Reviews of the collection focused on textures, and use of lace and velvet. The signature Packham embellishments is as evident as ever but are somewhat softer with Art Deco motifs used heavily.

Jenny Packham
Three beautiful gowns.

Jenny Packham

Jenny Packham's star is on the rise with her clientèle ranging from the Duchess of Cambridge to Charlize Theron and Taylor Swift. There's plenty to like and many choices for Kate. I have no doubt we'll see one of these designs, or at least a bespoke version on Kate this year.

Jenny Packham

Ms. Packham with the models backstage.

Jenny Packham Facebook

Three gowns from Jenny Packham's current collection which would look amazing on Kate: the Embellished Tulle Gown, the mint-green Silk Georgette Gown and the Wrap Effect Tulle Dress with gorgeous silver sequins and beads.

Jenny Packham

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Emilia Wickstead turned to director Wes Anderson for inspiration although she first called him 'Wes Gordon'. "I'm pregnant by the way. That's my excuse," she said after correcting herself.

Emilia Wickstead

It's very much what we expected to see from the designer, apart from the inclusion of a couple of rich gowns. I know like myself, many readers don't always love the designs on Kate. They look great on the runway but often times the structure of the garment doesn't quite work. Again, there's plenty of possibilities for Kate. What do you think?

Emilia Wickstead

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I particularly look forward to seeing the Temperley London shows. This one was quite different to its predecessors and offered very little I could envisage the Duchess wearing, though there are some great white shirts, coats and dresses which could be altered for Kate. 


Four classic Temperley looks from the current collection: the Silk-Satin Jacquard Coat, the Coco Lace Dress, the Novah quilted satin and crepe coat, and the Francine Gown.

Temperley London

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We leave you with four looks from Mulberry's Fall 2015 Collection. The navy skirt suit on the left would look incredible on Kate.

Mulberry

Who were your favourites from fashion week? Did you spot any Kate designers at the Oscars? :)

106 comments:

  1. Pauline. Oak Hills23 February 2015 at 04:37

    Charlotte will you be covering Williams trip to Japan & China? Sure hope so.

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    1. Sarah from Calif.24 February 2015 at 01:41

      Hi Pauline! I'm sure Charlotte will. :)))

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    2. Pauline Oak Hills24 February 2015 at 18:22

      Hey Sarah. I know this is a blog about Kate but William is part of Kate so I do hope she will cover his trip.
      I just wish shw was going with him. They make such a beautiful couple.

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    3. There is just a small article about the first day of his trip many, many pages in, in tonight's 'Evening Standard'. The difference of the coverage that there would have been if the Duchess (and George) had been accompanying him is enormous.

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  2. LOVED seeing all the beautiful gowns at the Oscars. So pretty! From the fashions pictured above....nothing I really cared for in any of the Autumn 2015 looks. :X I'm sure Kate will don a bespoke piece from Jenny Packham (and I will love it), but none above.

    Back to Oscars....congrats to Brit Eddie Redmayne on his win for best actor! I read he and Prince William were classmates at Eton and played rugby together.

    Thanks for all the updates in the post. A little of this and that info is always fun! I'm looking forward to Prince William's trip to China. Should be an interesting trip with much to learn! Hope everyone has a great Monday!

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    1. And our Oscar goes to Charlotte for this brilliant and wonderful postings! :-)

      I loved seeing the excitement of Eddie last night! He is such a cutie. It's interesting two gingers won best actress and best actor with Julianne Moore and him.

      Yes, you are right, Kate. I read that too. By the way, there is a photo with Eddie and Prince William: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2096243/Prince-William-Birdsongs-Eddie-Redmayne-pictured-Eton-wearing-wacky-waistcoats.html

      I'm looking forward to the Duke's trip!

      Have a nice week everybody! :-)

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    2. Sarah from Calif.24 February 2015 at 01:44

      Kate, did you watch Downton Abbey in between the Oscars? I stuck with Downton Abbey :)

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    3. Sarah, I absolutely watched Downton! I DVR'd it, but also caught the midnight rerun on PBS. Next week is the season finale. I'm a bit bummed, but looking forward to retreating to my bedroom with tea and becoming Lady Katherine for a brief moment!

      Vicky, I LOVED seeing how giddy and excited Eddie was to receive the Oscar! Very well deserved. Thanks for the link. I'll definitely check it out!

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  3. Sarah from Calif.23 February 2015 at 06:25

    Lovely jewelry and beautiful gowns!!!

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  4. Lovely post as always, Charlotte I love seeing what Kate's favorite designers present each season. Some of the designs I could absolutely see Kate in. So fun! I will be following William's China trip. Gosh, we're getting so close to baby #2 as well!

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  5. Charlotte,

    Here is a video of Prince William wishing 'Happy New Year' to the Chinese people in Mandarin.

    http://www.dukeandduchessofcambridge.org/news-and-diary/the-duke-of-cambridge-has-recorded-video-message-ahead-of-his-royal-visit-china

    Happy new week to all and thank you Charlotte for this wonderful post.

    Monica, France

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    1. Sarah from Calif.24 February 2015 at 01:28

      I love seeing people tackle a new language. I sign ASL and seeing people attempt to sign is so enjoyable. It's all about wanting to communicate with someone who speaks a different language :)))))
      Go for it William! Oh and I can still say thank you and count to 10 in Manderian Chinese because of my 5 year old playmate.

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  6. I was expecting a post like this because I have already bumped into Jenny P.'s new collection. I think they are all stunning, the colours, style. I wish Kate would go after more two-piece items, tops/blouses with skirts or pants. She is tall and slim to pull this off.

    Regarding their search for new staff, it is confusing for me to keep in mind and follow this kind of lifestyle. I suppose with William working they settle down in the countryside. But it must be lonely without her family and shops. Moreover if she wants to do some work too it requires travelling a lot. It will be interesting to see how it is shaping up.

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  7. I find it interesting that the original word from Mirabelle was that the earrings were a gift and they "periodically" send her pieces... now the story is completely different.

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  8. Always enjoy it when you post designer collections, thank you! You picked a great day to showcase the Jenny Packham gowns. After watching the Oscars last night, I can emphatically state that all the Packham gowns are prettier, more elegant, and more sophisticated than ANYHTHING I saw at the Oscars.
    And... I also watched Downton Abbey last night when the Oscars got boring, and the four Emilia Wickstead outfits look like just like the women of Downton!

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  9. Rhonda - Wisconsin23 February 2015 at 19:08

    No engagements on the calendar? Say it isn't so!!!! I agree with Kate, please post some coverage of Prince William's trip. I loved the three gowns from Jenny Packham that you posted - any one of the three would look fabulous on Kate! Cheers Charlotte!!

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  10. I suspect the Sandringham staff transferred over for 6 months whilst William and Kate settled in to the house and decided how they would be using it. Given that she was only just pregnant when they moved in and had a tough time both with George in pregnancy and the early months, it would be understandable if they didn't really know where they wanted to be and what would suit them. The obvious thing is to borrow some local staff from Granny to help with the transition and then recruit exactly who they want for the roles. Is Nanny Maria going to have an assistant for example? Might they want somebody to work half time as housekeeper and fill in with the children too. That's what their London housekeeper was said to do I think. I'm old enough to remember countless stories about Diana and Charles losing staff. Always with the undercurrent that it was due to failings as employers. Fact is in the world of work people change jobs all the time. This really is a non-story. On a par with the alleged Harry/Emma Watson romance......

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    1. I agree with you, Harry and Emma, what a couple they would make:)

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  11. Just an interesting note. . .
    if Kate had a hair day like the models of Jenny Packham, everyone would be crying out get a hair stylist.. . .it looks like she just got out of bed, etc, etc. And yet somehow that style is befitting a model. . .
    Cressida (Harry's ex-girlfriend) wears hair much like the models, and people were quite critical of her hair.
    It seems society is more critical of real people. . .and yet in real life it is most difficult to get it perfect. . .
    It seems we want both. . .we want people to be real, but also to be perfect. . .
    Just a thought. . .

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    1. Sara, you made me take a second look and you are sooo correct. Most of them are a mess. :))

      I do like the JP gowns and I could see Kate in some of them, especially the three highlighted by Charlotte (my favorite is the "nude" on the left.) Feminine, sexy, and classy all rolled up into one. :)

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    2. Sarah from Calif.24 February 2015 at 01:39

      Sara from Canada, great point about the hair....actually I am laughing :))))) ....models can get away with some amazing things. I think Kate has done quite well overall :)

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    3. Sara from Canada,
      I do not recall ever reading anything on this blog or elsewhere that has caused me to conclude that a certain criticism of Kate or pattern of criticism indicates the critic must expect her to be perfect. Your conclusion seems illogical.

      However, I do believe that some of her followers are blinded by the horn-halo effect. Such people always judge others as all good (halo) or all bad (horn). Such a person is not able to form a more complex view of Kate or anyone else. Viewing people as all good or all bad severely impairs a person's ability to function in work and personal relationships. It's so sad to witness this. The fact is that people are complex and most of us do and think both good and bad things. No human is pure halo or pure horn.

      For followers blinded by the halo effect, everything about Kate is positive and they will vigorously (sometimes viciously) defend their opinion of her. For those blinded by the horn effect, everything Kate does is wrong and they find a way to criticize even innocuous things.

      Back to Catherine. Imo judgments about the appropriateness of Kate's hair and fashion are fair game because she is a state-funded official representative of the UK. Someone who criticizes her a lot may have very high standards but it does not necessarily indicate they expect her to be perfect.

      As for comparing Kate's hair to fashion show hair. That is a false equivalency. Model hair is fantasy land, and liking or disliking it is purely a matter of subjective personal taste. Kate's hair and fashion on the other hand is and should be subject to the constraints of the very conservative and unique British royal protocol.

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    4. Annon 04:17
      I actually do not think most of the posters are that simplistic, but texts done quickly quite often come across as black and white. Your last sentence however is nonsense.

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    5. The Duchess of Cambridge is not state funded.

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    6. Very well stated Anonymous 417. I like the horn halo description , Is there a school of belief or a book which describes this in detail?
      BTW I am middle of the road on Catherine and find the extremists blinded to the whole picture. She is a really woman and sometimes she has great hits, sometimes great misses, but most the time in the middle where I really like or do not care for her fashions for the most past.

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    7. Balbina - Austria24 February 2015 at 23:16

      Fashion and how it's presented and accessorised for shows and campaigns can be as artistic, eccentric, edgy, trashy, provocative, hilarious …. free in expression as the creators chooses it to be. Messy hair of some description may be part of the concept. I agree with the ‘fantasy land’ remark.
      This approach however will most likely not work for a member of the british royal family.
      Every official outfit Kate is wearing including hairstyle has been translated into something royal, save, elegant and pleasing. But it’s not high fashion.

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    8. anon from Leominster25 February 2015 at 05:39

      I'm at a loss as to how the Duchess of Cambridge isn't state-funded. Her security, the single largest expense of any royal is entirely state funded. She has an opulent and underused flat in a royal palace and the roof over her head was paid for by the public as well as many improvements, given priority over other necessary work.
      The vast majority of her expenses are paid for by the Duchy of Cornwall which is quasi public and has public disclosure requirements. On royal tours when she is representing Britain, most of her expenses are paid either by the visiting nation or through special funding. Kate represents Britain as a princess. That is her employment, put down on public forms.

      If William and Kate truly became private individuals their life would change dramatically. They would face huge bills they don't face now - rent bills on a flat in Kensington Palace just for a start. While they are a well-off couple thanks to Diana's legacy and in a tiny amount to the Middletons, they are far less privately wealthy than even many of their friends. William could not afford to be a helicopter pilot if they went private - he would have to get a "real" job much as Prince Michael who is not publically funded is on boards and the like.

      William and kate are super privilaged. Royals like Andrew and Edward whose future is less secure are clinging to their royal roles desperately. As for Kate, she had hopes of marrying William for almost a decade and was well aware she was marrying a job, something the royal family has always said. She is a public figure now and has a public role to play and will be judged on how she carries that role out over time. Hopefully, she will do well but the mere fact the ring was slipped on her finger in a huge ceremony in Westminster Abbey is enough to say she is something more than a private individual.

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    9. That was well written, Leo. I copied and saved it.

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    10. Leo, I know that what you say about public funding is true. I do have one question, though - how do you know that the KP flat is underused? Is there any way of knowing where the Cambridges are.at any given time, unless they are in public? Are they really living at Anmer Hall, or are they following the usual royal pattern, Clarence House-Highgrove-Birkhall for example. I also suspect they will have to have a town life as their responsibilities increase and their children reach school age.

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    11. Jeez, Leo! You just made me agree with Moxie! Nice explanation. Anon, not to speak for Leo, but I think she said underused because since it's been renovated and they moved in, they've since decided to base out of Amner Hall for the foreseeable future. So KP is only used if they're in London for work. I think it's still described as their primary residence, even though they won't be living there full time while William's at that pilot job.

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  12. America Ferrera wore a JP gown to the Oscars last night http://ca.eonline.com/news/628158/america-ferrera-takes-to-the-2015-oscars-red-carpet-in-airy-jenny-packham-gown-ultra-glam-earrings-see-her-stunning-look

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  13. I believe at the Oscars America Ferrara (former Ugly Betty show in U.S.) said she was wearing Jenny P.

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  14. So wonderful of william to donate his entire salary to charity. He must really love to fly. I dont think i could do the same...even if i was cambridge wealthy. Work is work, am i right, and i like to get paid for work. I would probably donate a big portion, but all? No. I know this blog is about Catherine, but william really is such a good person....this can be seen in his decision to marry a woman of Catherines character. All of the kate criticism aside, she really seems to be an honorable woman, with a great system of values. I have always respected how she remains true to herself and close with her family. I see a lot of the statements she made in her engagement interview coming to fruition. She will make a great queen consort. Are you sure we cant skip camilla and charles?😛 I like JP a lot. She design's some very beautiful gowns. Saw a few that i wish to see Catherine wear, but sadley, i think they may be too daring for her to ever consider. I wish so badly that she would take more risks.

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    1. when you consider the good will and the tax benefits for the donation he comes out ahead. By making such gestures the family is a allowed to have the much greater financialx benefits. He is able to never work and he gets to do what he likes rather than royal duties so he is probably willing to pay them for the opportunity to ork. I do think he struggles with his studies so its nice he was allowed more time to qualify . Nice all around

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    2. I think it is necessary for William to do donate his money. He doesn't need it. Rather he wants to do this job and postpone Royal duties, so it is a win for him. He gets to do what he loves if he donates his money. Honestly I think he should donate it. He is taking away a job from someone else who might really need it. I think he would get so much criticism if he kept the money. He already had some criticism for taking this job, so this way he kind of balances that out. It is a smart PR move.

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  15. Some of these are beautiful gowns, though I don't see Kate in them really. I do like the story of the earrings. So nice for the family. Speaking of Spain, has anyone noticed that, heavens, Queen Letizia wore a white coat last week! She also is said to have recycled the black and white top, again.

    http://members3.boardhost.com/Oranjes/msg/1424700219.html

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  16. i love those gowns and emma watson who wrote twiitter these
    https://twitter.com/EmWatson/status/569485718361378816 charlotte are you covering prince william trip in china and japan

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    1. Well said, Emma Watson :)

      Camilla

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  17. A random thought not related to anything.

    I liked Kate's previous hairdresser much more than the present one. He seemed to be magically able to give her Barbie hair - volume, shape, proportions... so beautiful it was almost unreal.

    Or is it maybe that Kate devoted more time to hairdressing in 2011-2012 than later?
    Pregnancy may play a role, but even the way her hair was tied was more well done at the beginning.

    Curious about what you all think about it.

    Camilla

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    1. I agree Camilla. The previous hairdresser did a wonderful job with her hair. But pregnancy definitely plays a role.

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    2. I agree with you camilla....i think Catherines previous hairdresser did a much better job. I think he recognized that regular trims were a must. The condition of her hair was much better...and that sort of makes all the difference in movement and volume to the way it shapes our faces. Her hair use to have volume at the root and flatten more toward her shoulders...now it is flat at the root and heavy toward the bottom. I dont the circumstance under his departure but Catherine really should have held on to that one. Its hard to find a hairdresser that understands movement and shape.

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    3. I also agree. Her hair was in better shape and cut and styled much better. Even if the first hairdresser needed to go I think she keep on looking for someone with a bit more skill. Ali

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    4. Maggie - Minneapolis26 February 2015 at 04:28

      Her old hairdresser was absolutely much better. If I remember correctly, the new one is someone who also cut William and Harry's hair as children, so I imagine that after having publicity-related issues with the old hairdresser, Kate wanted to go with someone she knew she could trust not to take advantage of the position of being her hairdresser. I think perhaps that has limited her choices. I wish she would just cut her hair. Obviously she can do whatever she wants, but it seems fairly obvious from pictures of her in Mustique and other places where she doesn't get her hair done that her hair is the opposite of what she wants it to look like publicly. It's curly and puffy normally. I'm sure shorter hair would be easier to manage and would look more professional at times. But I can understand some wanting to keep their longer hair.

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    5. She has gorgeous hair the length is not important nor that she wants it to look less curly. If she wants to spend the time on managing it well good for her. I have a wonderful friend with crazy curly hair and she spends way more time than I on her hair, but should I insist she cut it to make it easier? No, she likes her hair and has the patience to work with it. There is not a right type of hair for an age. I think she looks great with longer hair, you think she would look better with shorter hair, but if she likes her longer hair even if she knows she does not look as "good" who cares. :)Ali

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    6. Kate's hair, as it is and has been now, is very aging to her. It's long and lank and heavy and always looks, even when it's just hanging, "done." It never looks natural or like Kate sat down at her dressing table and did it herself.
      "Done" hair that has clearly been styled by a hairdresser evokes images of MUCH older women, the queen, etc.
      I don't have a problem with long hair on older women but it needs to be styled differently than she did in her 20s. It needs some layers, some shape, it needs to be shorter and a few highlights wouldn't hurt.

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    7. Maggie - Minneapolis26 February 2015 at 21:46

      I don't really understand everyone who says Kate has gorgeous hair. Yes, it's gorgeous after she gets it done several times a week and has a hairdresser style it almost every time she has an engagement. But her natural hair is nothing like what we normally see (it's curly and much puffier). I'm not saying her hair isn't gorgeous; rather, we don't really know if it is, do we? I'm pretty sure all of us could have as nice of hair as her if we had the money and time to pay as much attention to it as she does via her hairdresser?
      I also don't get why people keep saying that her hair length is her choice. Obviously it is, as is almost everything else we discuss on this blog. I thought it's pretty clear that it's implied we are all just stating our own opinions/preferences.

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    8. Have anyone ever thought that William might like her hair long? I know many guiys that want their wives hair long and the wives do as they are asked by their husbands.

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    9. I actually like Kate's hair when she lets it curl and keeps it a natural color. Her long hair is her trademark. I suspect Prince George also has curls that should be allowed to do their thing.

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    10. Anon @ 21:52, I don't remember where I read it as it was awhile ago, but she did once say that William prefers long hair. So it may also be for him. My husband prefers long hair. He would still think I'm pretty with short, but knowing his preference is nice and nothing wrong with that :).

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  18. The black Mulberry suit is fabulous, but I don't think we'll see Kate in that second from left Mulberry mess of a dress! Thank goodness!

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  19. Theresa. New York24 February 2015 at 14:56

    I bought the earrings and a necklace from Mirabelle. The earrings were sold out so it took about 3 weeks for my order to arrive. the earrings are very light and comfortable. They tinkle a tiny little bit when you move your head, which is pleasant. I also got the buddha necklace. I opted for the long chain and it is the perfect length. Love the jewelry. I try to buy fair trade so I feel like I'm doing some good while I splurge.

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  20. Hi everyone! Can you tell me which pair of earrings is Kate wearing? Do you think they're the lolita or the gina one? Thank you.

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    1. Hello Margot!

      Kate wore the Lolita :)

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    2. Thank you Charlotte! :)

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    3. I finally went to the Mirabelle site and really like many of their pieces. I like that they have some fair trade items as well British made items. They also have some very whimsical charms or for necklace pieces. I will most likely buy a few pieces. Ali

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  21. Balbina - Austria24 February 2015 at 23:31

    Gosh - I so love Emilia Wickstead. Could grab the entire collection. Her design aesthetic just blows me away, collection after collection. I have to say I do like her clothes on Kate and I hope the Duchess will wear many EW creations.

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    1. Balbina, me too!!!!! I just LOVE every single outfit created by EW and worn by Kate. She always looks amazing in EW creations.

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  22. I like the mint dress. It would be beautiful for a spring/summer event.

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  23. Not a big fan of any of them. They may be better in person, fabric movement makes a big difference. Best of the bunch for me; the Packham silver strapless long dress and the Mulberry navy belted suit.Ali

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  24. Court Circular records that the Duke and Duchess and Prince Harry attended a Foundation dinner at KP yesterday.
    Probably won't see what she wore..
    Prince William held an Investiture yesterday morning----he's having a busy week.

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  25. I can't locate the businesswoman thread anymore, so I guess I'll answer here.

    I was talking about symbols, of which Kate seems to be always very aware.

    One can get married in trousers, and be beautiful and appropriate, but that's not what a bride looks like in our collective imagery.
    Bride prompts the vision of a woman in skirt.
    Princess does the same.

    When we saw Kate on the steps of the Metropolitan in New York in gown and big jewels, we all screamed 'Princess!'
    because that's what a princess looks like in our shared subconscious.

    I don't know about you, but I don't scream Princess! at the sight of Letizia in trousers.
    I may think elegant, classy, but not princessy.

    My point was, I think Kate wants to be a symbolic princess. She wants to speak to our - and her - subconscious to look what a princess looks like in our culture.

    Obviously I never meant to offend women in business, and even less to be sexist.

    I was talking symbols in a History of Art meets Anthropology sense.

    And while we're here, I think her long bouncy hair fits perfectly in the collective image of The Princess.

    Camilla

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    1. Brava Camilla!

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    2. What do skin tight jeans evoke? Those are the only trousers Kate's worn in public. I do take your point, however.

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    3. Maggie - Minneapolis26 February 2015 at 04:25

      Symbols of what a princess is supposed to look like are based in very old-fashioned, sexist ideals. Princesses were dressed in ball gowns because they were never expected to do "men's work," which required more "practical" clothing. When I see Letizia in trousers, I see a woman who is elegant, professional, and working. And yes, I see a "princess," because to me, a princess is not someone who is in dresses all the time, but rather, is someone who exudes an aura of regality, which comes from being a hard-worker and much-loved. Maybe that's why I wish Kate would be seen in trousers more. Because I think that being a traditional "princess" means being a woman that no little girl should ever look up to, because the concept of a traditional princess involves being seen and not heard, not to mention a ton of other very, very sexist ideals. It's the same reason I don't want any daughter of mine to read any traditional fairy tales, which all have a prince save the princess, who cannot do anything herself.
      Also, Diana was seen in pants and I don't think she ever looked like anything other than a "princess."

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    4. I also see your point. But the idea that princesses wearing gowns comes from Disney's fairy tale. It is different in real life. I would also welcome some pants or costumes anything different than the regular coat or coatdress.:)

      I had a good laugh at your comment bluhare:)) Certainly you are back;))
      Wearing a dress without panties also not very duchessy like;))

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    5. A woman can perfectly work in a skirt. I honestly think it sexist to think otherwise.
      again, it's only about symbols.

      Skinny jeans = young woman with a beautiful body, admired and envied by her peers.
      Which she totally is :)

      Camilla

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    6. Disney?

      Google pictures of Elizabeth II or I, Victoria, whoever. They're in skirts.

      Camilla

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    7. Pants do not necessarily evoke anything. I have never associated a women's power, strength, type of work with her clothing. I come from a large family of mainly women and our clothing is simply our personal preferences and means nothing more to us or how we view others. Also the idea that a Royal should dress to please the public or dress to promote a "non princessy" image is equally wrong from both sides. Whether it is the sophisticated pants some want or the gowns others want. Catherine is her own person with her own tastes. She strikes up so much conversation because she is such a mixture. Frankly she strikes a cord with me not because her fashion choices are any I would make but because she seems to sometimes care and other times be to busy to worry which is me. Ali

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    8. I think it is Kate's choice. Nobody is forcing her.
      And it doesn't have to evoke - even if sometimes and to someone it does - it's more under the radar. Subconsciuos.
      then obviously one can come from a culture in which subconscious is shaped differently.

      Oh about Disney princesses. Their dresses are inspired by real princess dresses from different countries and periods.
      Sleeping Beauty's, for example, is 13th century Italian.

      Camilla

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    9. More specifically,

      Skinny jeans: off-duty supermodel.
      adds a touch of modern day royalty = celebrity.

      Camilla

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    10. Letizia is a Queen. She got a promotion last year.

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    11. Skinny jeans don't evoke anything negative, unless one is going there. :) It's a current style and Kate has the age and body to pull it off.

      Queen Letizia has worn black leather trousers (with red pumps), and Queen Maxima has worn a black leather dress. And they're older than Kate. If it's sexist or old fashioned to suggest that a princess should wear dresses or ball gowns, then suggesting that Kate is somehow "less than" for wearing something modern is quite unfair.

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    12. Camilla, I took your point but I don't agree with it. In this day and age I think a better symbol for those who look up and admire her (especially girls) is a woman who lives up to her responsibilities, and one of those is representing the British royal family well. In my opinion, looking like a Barbie doll and waving isn't all there is.

      Skin tight jeans because she has a beautiful body that everyone envies? Why didn't you say that about Letizia who wears beautifully tailored slacks that flatter her? Oh wait. She's out there looking professional and doesn't give a fig if she doesn't look like a fairy tale princess.

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    13. This is an interesting thread. I have enjoyed it except when, again, old criticisms of Kate are dredged up. Queen (no longer Princess) Letitia has worked out what outfits are appropriate for which occasions. She always looks elegant in a modern way. Her role model is Queen Sophia, who is nearly a generation younger than Queen Elizabeth II. The influence of Angela Kelly has had its impact on Kate's clothing. It may be a bit conservative, but Kate did need guidance. She has looked lovely for her recent appearances.

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    14. Hey, I'm just taking Camilla's point about pants and expanding, royalfan. We all express our opinions here. Don't think I'd wear them as a royal Duchess greeting people though, but that's me.

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    15. Maggie - Minneapolis26 February 2015 at 21:33

      Royalfan - no one is saying that Kate is "less than" for wearing something modern. The only point anyone is making is that if Camilla's argument is that Kate is trying to symbolize a "princess," and that's why she doesn't wear trousers like other royal women, then maybe she should consider the fact that Kate wears skin-tight skinny jeans, which seem even less "princess-like" than the dress pants worn by other royal women.
      And Camilla - yes, it is sexist to say that women can't do work in skirts. But that doesn't change the fact that that is exactly why princesses in earlier centuries wore complicated dresses, while men dressed in pants. Women were supposed to look pretty, while men did the "real work." So it isn't sexist to say that in my humble opinion, if Kate is trying to symbolize the traditional princess, that does indeed evoke sexist ideals that I'd prefer not be promoted. I like that Letizia wears pants because I think they fight old-fashioned conceptions of what it means to be a princess. It is entirely possible for Kate to fight those conceptions while also always wearing dresses, but her tendency to never speak, along with playing an entirely supportive role to her husband instead of really claiming her own causes like Diana, makes it to where Kate already promotes many of those very old-fashioned ideals of what it means to be a princess. Let me be clear - I am not saying that Kate is doing something wrong by doing things like being a stay-at-home mother. But everything she has done since she started dating William, both before and after their marriage, is very much in line with traditional conceptions of women being seen and not heard, and being supportive of their husbands, rather than something special in their own right. She has every right to choose to do that. But I feel uncomfortable with the message it sends to young girls, and do wish she would take it into account when she makes certain life choices, including what to wear. But seriously, this isn't her fault. Sexism is a vicious thing and it should never be expected that a woman is the one to fight it, rather than all of the men who benefit from it. Kate doesn't have to fight it, and that's her right. I just wish she would, given the platform she has. And I think part of that is thinking carefully about her clothing choices. Or speaking up more, to make it clear that one can be traditionally "feminine" while also not being subordinate.

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    16. Maggie - Minneapolis26 February 2015 at 21:37

      Anon at 19:38 - yes, Angela Kelly has definitely had her impact on Kate's clothing. I'd be curious to know how Carole dresses at work - that's something we haven't gotten much of an idea of just because their company's headquarters are at their home, so there hasn't been a chance for pictures. It's interesting though because Sophie, who worked professionally before marrying into the royal family, does wear pants often, whereas Camilla, who never really worked before marrying into the royal family, does not usually wear pants. I know I've been advised that, in regards to the professional working world, women in pantsuits are often more respected than women in skirts. I wonder if royal women who worked outside of their home do indeed tend to wear pants more than royal women who didn't, and if that is the reason. Something interesting to think about.

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    17. Maggie - Minneapolis26 February 2015 at 21:43

      And Camilla - Kate should definitely be proud of her body and is welcome to show it off in skin-tight jeans if she pleases. But you know what? Camilla should also be proud of her body. So should every one of us in this thread. Wearing skin-tight jeans should have nothing to do with the fact that Kate is skinny. And she certainly should not be envied just because of it! A princess, or any other woman, should be envied because she is self-confident, strong, intelligent, well-spoken, or a myriad of other things. I'm not saying Kate isn't envied for any of those things. I'm just made incredibly uncomfortable by your idea that she should be envied because of her body. Because that's what leads to eating disorders.

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    18. I find it interesting Camilla that you talk about how our idea of 'princess' is wearing dresses (which is a big assumption btw). And how pants evoke the idea of a businesswoman, albeit a classy one. Yet, when someone mentions Kate's skin tight legging-jeans, you turn around and praise her as a modern day royal. You just contradicted yourself. You praise Kate for wearing skin tight jeans and not Letitia for well tailored pants after you just got done saying a princess wears dresses. It honestly just comes across that if Kate is wearing it, then it is fine and is worthy of a princess. Kate in your mind is the perfect princess. But any other royal does not get that same acknowledgment. You can't have it both ways. If you are putting down the idea of wearing pants, then when Kate wears her tight jeans, how can you praise her?? That makes no sense. And you can't say she only wears jeans off-duty. She has worn them to several appearances.

      Just so you know, I have no problem with Kate wearing dresses. I said before, she has nice legs and should show them. I also don't mind her wearing jeans as this is 2015 and a very normal thing (though I think she buys them too tight). I honestly don't really care. I just wanted to bring up that you seem to contradict yourself in appraising what royalty wears.

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    19. bluhare, I think Kate is doing a very good job of representing the BRF, as well as being a wonderful wife to one king and mother of another. And I'm sorry but comparing her to a Barbie doll is just over the top.

      And I think appearance is *extremely* important to Letizia. Perhaps to the point of it affecting her health.

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    20. How nice would it be if women supported the choices of other women? Seriously. We haven't come very far if we went from men telling us what we can and cannot do to telling each other what we should or should not do. Kate's role will always lean towards a more "traditional' one, but that doesn't make her role in life, and in the monarchy, any less significant. And if you consider the personal lives of the Queen's children, I would consider Kate's role *extremely* important. A happy and grounded family unit is a very important foundation for this family's future, and that of future generations.


      I also don't buy into the idea of Kate being a bad role model for girls. What about all the women who have full time jobs, and in some cases they are single moms struggling to do the very best they can for their children. If being a modern woman and having a full time job is the key to being a perfect role model for girls, then why do so many of them have self-esteem issues these days? And I am NOT being critical of women's roles or choices here, my point is that Kate's traditional role isn't the threat that some people are making it out to be.

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    21. How nice would it be if women supported the choices of other women? Seriously. We haven't come very far if we went from men telling us what we can and cannot do to telling each other what we should or should not do. Kate's role will always lean towards a more "traditional' one, but that doesn't make her role in life, and in the monarchy, any less significant. And if you consider the personal lives of the Queen's children, I would consider Kate's role *extremely* important. A happy and grounded family unit is a very important foundation for this family's future, and that of future generations.


      I also don't buy into the idea of Kate being a bad role model for girls. What about all the women who have full time jobs, and in some cases they are single moms struggling to do the very best they can for their children. If being a modern woman and having a full time job is the key to being a perfect role model for girls, then why do so many of them have self-esteem issues these days? And I am NOT being critical of women's roles or choices here, my point is that Kate's traditional role isn't the threat that some people are making it out to be.

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    22. Royalfan I don't think that is fair of you to say about Letizia. I think Kate and Letizia both 'extremely' care about their appearance. But if you are going to say 'almost to the point of affecting her health', you should probably put Kate in that same category since both women are incredible thin. I just don't think it is fair to say that about Letizia since no one knows, especially since Kate is just as thin.

      Maggie thank you for the comment about being envious of Kate's figure. Every time I read comments like Camilla's about how we should envy Kate's figure it makes me look at myself. I am small (a US 2), but with curves and when I read comments like that it makes me wish I was a stick like Kate. It messes with women's heads and sadly makes us believe we all have to look a certain way. Kate has an amazing figure, but to say we should be envious is walking a very dangerous line!

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    23. I'm glad you're happy with Kate, royalfan. I think she could do better, and I'm pleased to see an effort made this year. If you read the thread I'm talking about Camilla's take which was looking like a Princess and I said Barbie is what her description evokes for me. Didn't say I think so, just said that's what it evokes. You're the one trying to put words in my mouth here.

      I've always said I wish Kate would do more than wave and look nice. That should not be news to you or anyone else here.

      And Maggie, thank you for making my point better than I did.

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    24. My cute little 80 year old friend who wears skinny jeans would love the off duty supermodel image!

      Queen Letizia has said that she does not have an eating problem, she is just naturally very thin. I don't know whether it's true, but she felt it was worth saying awhile back.

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    25. Royalfan, well said. Somrtimes as women we put outselves and other women down worse than any man ever could. The irony is not lost

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    26. Plenty of women, including 'princesses' & 'queens' throughout history wearing 'dresses' have done great work, ('But that doesn't change the fact that that is exactly why princesses in earlier centuries wore complicated dresses, while men dressed in pants. Women were supposed to look pretty, while men did the 'real work') consider: Elizabeth the First (I), Elizabeth Fry, Florence Nightingale, Charlotte, Emily & Anne Bronte, George Eliot, Jane Austen, Marie Curie, Emily Davison, Edith Wharton etc. etc.

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    27. I know its probably to late to post a comment...but this is such an interesting debate. As far as im concerned...jane austin, anne bronte ect., where forced to wear all that costume clothing and im sure they werent very happy about, as i am reliably informed, that half the time they were unable to even breath due to the tightness of corsets. They had to wear all that crap because it wasnt socially exceptable not to. Now we have a choice to wear what we wish and kate has chose to wear dresses and skirts most of the time, or is it her choice? Who knows...what im trying to say is...we have come a long way since the days of marie curie....lets not go back. Im sure all of the above mentioned woman had tremendous stuggles, and those struggles should have never darkened thier doorway. Its all quite sad really. I really believe in the trailblaizers of today, but without the woman before them, thier success wouldn't be possible and thr next generation will benefit from thier success and on and on,

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  26. Court Circular 24th February


    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Henry of Wales, Joint Patrons, the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, this evening attended the Chairman’s Dinner at Kensington Palace State Apartments

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    1. Rebecca what is missing from Court Circular? It was you or someone else? who mentioned there are a few Kates engagements not mentioned there this year?

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    2. It was me and others complaining that some days don't show up (all over the board, for all the royals). Whole days that doesn't get written in at all or very very late. Totally unacceptable in my eyes.

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  27. any truth to reports in American press Kate was rushed to hospital with early labor

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    1. What press? Tabloid rumors? I haven't seen anything.

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    2. I don't think this is true. If it was I do not think William would have gone on this trip being a 12 hrs flight from Kate, George & the baby.

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  28. I like the Temperley fashions best. The gowns in the first row are too extreme for Kate, but could perhaps be adapted. Those in the second row are more her style but may be too repititious of gowns she already owns. She might find something nice among the Temperleys.

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  29. According to the CC, Catherine had a private engagement at Kensington Palace yesterday. I

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  30. Glad to see another engagement announced for Kate although it is a couple of weeks away but clearly she would not be able to do any while William is in Japan & China for publicity reasons. I notice that William has only taken 2 aides with him thankfully his own PA not like the Malta trip and his advisor on diplomatic matters. It is a shame that Kate was unable to go one assumes due to her advanced pregnancy she must be very disappointed.
    I see from the court circular that Kate & William attended a dinner on Tuesday evening hosted by the Chairman of their Foundation and held in the State Rooms of KP and yesterday morning Kate received the Director of NPG on relinquishing his appointment as far as I am aware this is the first time she has undertaken this official formal task also sometime during this month she paid a private visit to the NPG to view a special portrait just acquired by NPG.
    I think all of these things indicate that a great deal goes on behind the scenes that no one is aware of but I rather think that the new PR team are beginning to address the issue.
    Although off topic I have noticed that Kate's PA Rebecca Deacon has not been as evident during the last few events Kate has undertaken. She only appeared in one photo and then far in the background when Kate visited Portsmouth and I did not spot her in any photograph at either of the events in Stafford or Smethwick in fact I wondered if she was there seeing Kate struggling to get into the car due to her arms being full of flowers and gifts after the visit to the pottery and there did not appear to be anyone else in the car and there was no sign of Rebecca when Kate was near the helicopter. I wonder whether she has been told to keep a lower profile as other PA do when accompanying the Royals

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    1. Yes, Mary, I have noticed that Rebecca has been keeping a much lower profile ever since she accompanied William to Malta in September 2014. In videos, you can see her making a conscious effort to avoid the press.

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  31. From CC 25th February:

    The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron, National Portrait Gallery, this morning received Mr Sandy Nairne upon relinquishing his appointment as Director.

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  32. Another engagement for Kate has been announced. The Queen, duke of Edinburgh, Charles, Camilla and William & Kate will attend the Commonwealth Observance service at Westminster Abbey on Monday 9th March

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  33. Another engagement for the Duke and Duchess on March 9th they will attend the Commonwealth Service with the Queen; Prince Philip and Charles and Camilla.

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    1. Good news about the additional engagments. :))

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    2. 9 March at 3:15 pm the service begins. Looking forward to seeing the senior Royals together for the service. Will Prince Harry be attending also?

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  34. The articles about Prince William being greeted in Japan with a speedboat ride and a traditional tea ceremony also say that he has passed all of his exams and is now licensed to fly air ambulances. So now we know how he has spent his time this year, until he emerged in the last few days to attend a foundation dinner, do an investiture for the Queen, and make a long trip to visit Japan and China.

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  35. The little girl is absolutely adorable! :))

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2973262/William-transformed-ancient-Japanese-warlord-Tokyo-visit.html

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