Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Kate Shops at Zara in Zara, An Outing with Prince George & Fashion Updates

Hello hello, we hope your week is off to a good start!

The Duchess of Cambridge has been out and about over the past few days enjoying quality time with Prince George and a little retail therapy. We begin with a sighting shared with us by the informative Kate & Pippa Style.

Kate was spotted shopping at one of her favourite haunts, Zara, on Saturday, when an excited fellow shopper noticed her and took a couple of pics with her phone.


Kate reportedly purchased a pair of Leather-Bulcher soft-soled boots, available in sizes from newborn to nine months. The boots are unisex and neutral toned.

Zara

The Duchess sported one of her stylish coats from the brand for the trip. The dusty-pink, straight-cut coat originally retailed for £80 before going on sale for £30 and selling out. Kate was first photographed wearing it during a shopping trip at John Lewis in January. The roomy silhouette makes it a great choice for comfortable maternity wear.

ZARA

It also looks like Kate wore her trusty Russell and Bromley Charge-It boots. Below we see them worn on a previous occasion.


Kate was also seen at Trotters doing a spot of shoe shopping for Prince George. According to one onlooker the Duchess chose the Start Rite Flexy-Soft Milan navy blue leather casual shoes. How adorable are these?

Start Rite
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What else has Kate been up to? She enjoyed an outing with her lively toddler Prince George last Thursday at London's famous Science Museum to explore a selection of exhibits aimed at young children. Accompanied by royal protection officers, the pair spent a good portion of the morning at the Pattern Pod, a multi-sensory gallery targeted at young kids.

National Science Museum

A source told People:

'They seemed to enjoy themselves. It's lovely that she feels she can bring George here.'

Another feature of the exhibit is the Penrose Tessellations. How many different patterns can you make with just two simple shapes? The amazing thing about these colourful foam shapes is that they can be arranged in a seemingly limitless number of ways. Children can make patterns of their own on the table, or even the wall, thanks to the shapes’ clever magnetic backing.

National Science Museum

It's great that Kate and George can enjoy regular family outings, and it reminds me of reading about the late Princess Diana's activities with William and Harry. Despite their position, she was determined to instil a sense of normality and ensure they experienced as much as possible. The exhibits at the museum for young children are an excellent idea, and who knows, perhaps George will take a particular interest in science when he grows up.

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The Mail Online reports the Duchess was seen Easter egg shopping at luxury store The Conran Shop in South Kensington. A favourite haunt of Princess Diana's, the Duchess browsed for a while before purchasing the chocolate treats where prices begin at £15 per egg.

Conran Shop

Below, a look at chocolate treats from their website: the £15 Chocolate Tool Kit, Chocolate Big Bar with Blueberries and Raspberries and Chocolate Spoons.

Conran Shop

Pretty much a haven for chocolate lovers...

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Moving on to fashion updates beginning with restocked and discounted items. Kate's very popular Somerset by Alice Temperley Boat Print Dress is back in stock in most sizes at John Lewis.


You will also recall the gorgeous Max Mara Studio Villar Belted Wool Coat Kate wore with the dress. It's available in very limited sizing (with just a handful in stock) for those interested, reduced from £580 to £345.

Max Mara

Kate's aquifer Jaeger Silk Tile Print Dress is significantly discounted from £250 to £175 at present. The collared shirt dress is available at Jaeger and John Lewis.

Jaeger

Glancing through Kate's favoured footwear brands, I noticed the ever-popular Aquatalia Rhumba Boots are still on sale at Nordstrom, with a considerable saving of $250. They are available in several colours and sizes 4-12.

Aquatalia

Kate's (love em or hate em) Stuart Weitzman Corkswoon Wedges are also available at Nordstrom for $398 with Free Shipping. Keep an eye on the Stuart Weitzman website if you're a fan; there are various prints and colourways available.

Stuart Weitzman

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We leave you with a look at William and Kate on the cover of Hello! Canada. They chose a beautiful shot for the cover.

Hello! Canada

We'll see you on Friday for Kate's final engagements before the royal baby arrives!

119 comments:

  1. Marci in Salt Lake City24 March 2015 at 16:07

    What a lovely post, Charlotte. I like that Catherine takes George to places such as this museum and spends time with him in play. I'm always interested to see instances of George being treated to a well-rounded and intellectually stimulating upbringing. I'm also glad nobody photographed him. A step in the right direction?

    The chocolate treats at that specialty shop sound wonderful, even if I've lately become allergic to chocolate (waaah!). Sigh.

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    1. Hello Marci,

      It sounds like Kate's feeling really healthy and fit which is wonderful :)

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    2. Sarah from Calif.24 March 2015 at 23:32

      Oh yes ladies but, Kate needs to bring George to our Monterey Bay Aquarium. We have a fantastic child friendly area. A bit over priced but I'm sure they would fit the bill for Prince George :))))
      No pictures of George? Brilliant :)))

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    3. Sara you are SO funny. The Monterey Bay Aquarium with its seaweed and seal lions for George, ha ha.

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  2. Great update, thank you Charlotte!

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  3. Hello Charlotte,
    thank you for the lovely update.
    One remark I'm not quite sure about: Wasn't it this pregnancy with royal baby number 2 when Kate wore the Zara coat for a shopping trip to John Lewis (I think in January)?
    If I'm not right, then I would relly like to know when she first wore that coat.
    Sunny Greetings, Vicky

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    1. Hello Vicky, you are spot on! Thank you for clarifying :)

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  4. How fun to hear about the shopping and the chocolate eggs! Hope we will see a new photo of George one of these days soon--he must have grown to wear those cute shoes!

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  5. While it is really nice that Kate gives George a very stable background I am lost a bit here. These family "outings" mean Kate and George but what about William, honestly? If I look back at Diana's time, there were pics about three of them without Charles, this pattern seems to be copied which is sad, I suppose.

    On fashion front, I loved the Temperley dress, the rest not to mention the horrid wedges can stay in stock.;))

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden24 March 2015 at 19:33

      I agree a little. But since Kate is the more stay at home parent she is the one to activate George the most. And william was with them on Christmas visiting Santa and on mothers day building sandcastles :)

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    2. Debby from Paris24 March 2015 at 19:52

      I don't think it's weired, when I was young I had a lot of mother-daughter outings. My dad was (and still is) working, so he couldn't go with us to such outings. We were spending time with him at home, in the evenings. I see this pattern with a lot of my friends.
      Besides, there might be a lot of outings with William that we just don't know about.

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    3. I am sure there are alot of outings with mommy & daddy. But you have to remember William is still training for his new job. So his time is limited during the week like any normal daddy going to work.

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    4. William has a job outside the home.

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  6. Thank you so much, Charlotte. You mentioned the Duchess' trip to the Science Museum with George reminding you of the late POW's outings with William and Harry. I remember those well, and I would add one note: not only is Marci correct in pointing out no snaps of George appeared; when the Princess took William and Harry out not only was there almost always an arranged "photo op", but the entire event was...an event. I haven't the foggiest whether to put this down to The Cambridge's insistence, or merely the fact that George is not yet second in line, and the Duchess is most certainly not the late Princess of Wales, but whatever the reason, it harkens back to the days when the children in the Royal Family enjoyed a degree of privacy and mystery, and I for one applaud what TRH's have been able to achieve in one generation.

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    1. Time has changed - which the late POW Diana knew and appreciated... you said it - 'such a visit with Princes William and Harry would be given a photo op 'event" by POW, and rightfully so. The people of many countries invest a lot into the RF as their head, the historical value of the monarchy; if the subjects are not allowed to see the royals (an importance to the continuation and appreciation of the monarchy) then, they become irrelevant and just another celebrity (Prince George is expected to become monarch?!).

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  7. She's wearing a scrunchie again!!!
    Lol ok just joking :)

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    1. Omg you got to be kidding me... this just can't be true

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    2. Amy, Detroit Michigan25 March 2015 at 14:08

      That was my first thought too, lolol.

      Brit posters, please tell scrunchies are NOT making a comeback over there, are they?

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    3. Fabulousdaan-
      Oh it's true Kate has been rocking the scrunchie look recently lol.

      Amy-
      God I hope not! Apparently some fashion magazines say they are making a comeback, if so I still won't be wearing one. I know people will say how they are much more better for your hair, but they're just so ugly!!

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    4. That's the word: ugly. I feel like kate is testing me, although she has been easy on me to not wear the nude pumps for a while...

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    5. I for one like scrunchies - and nude pantyhose. I hope they do continue to make a comeback, although I never thought they were "Out of Vogue" so to speak. :-)

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  8. Erika from Massachusetts24 March 2015 at 20:38

    The Hello cover looks circa WWIi. Nice :-)

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  9. Maggie - Minneapolis24 March 2015 at 22:14

    For those noting that no pictures of George have showed up - I read that they closed the museum for the morning so that Kate and George could be there alone. So there wasn't really a way for pictures to be taken.

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    1. Really, where did you read that? When she was there, there were lots of people tweeting about it, and I read a few that said that they're little brother, sister, etc....got to play with George or was playing side by side with him.

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    2. Oh, are you saying that isn't George in the photo? Too bad.

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    3. E! Online is reporting that the museum was closed but they quote People as their source. People make no mention of the museum being closed. So it looks like a bit of creative reporting. Previous private visits to Santa, the sand castles, the teacup ride have all been while mingling with the crowds according to tweets. I don't think this is any different.

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    4. Does the museum allow photography? Many places do not. Just a thought...

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    5. Rebecca - Sweden25 March 2015 at 22:10

      My thought as well, royal fan. Many of the places they have went are private indoor places that can have no-photo rules. That would be nice for them. And visiting santa this christmas was private and people complained without knowing the story. The story was that every person visiting there got 15 minutes in private with their group in the santa land, but shaaaaame if George does :P

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    6. True, Rebecca.

      I doubt the museum was completely closed to the public during Kate and George's visit. On the other hand, if they did close off a particular section to prevent *K&G* from becoming part of the exhibit, I don't see it as being over the top. Besides, how long would she have stayed in any given section with a toddler?

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  10. He wasn't photographed because the facility was closed for just their personal use. Not quite a "normal" experience to have a museum all to yourself. But you can't spend all your time swimming at Buckingham Palace. Nice way to break up the routine.

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    1. I'd say "normal" for a Royal (8 months pregnant) with an almost two year old- Why would HRH want to be subjected to a crowd that would take away from her time with her child?

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  11. Thank you, Charlotte, for this post. I think the Science Museum appears to be a wonderful place for Kate and his Royal Chubby Cheeks to play together. I'd like to see it myself! I love the Hello Canada cover. You can see the difference in TRH's body language and William's parents at the stage in their marriage. It's clear that they love each other.

    I love the Temperly Boat Print Dress. It's one of my favorite looks for Kate this pregnancy.

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    1. Yes, amen to the body language between W&K. :)

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  12. I think it is great that Kate is taking George on all these special outings before baby number two comes along. She will be busy with number 2 for a while. Maybe we will see (or hear about )William and George on some father-son outings then. On the fashion front @WWKD showed some lace topped corkies. I loved them!! I wish I could find some repli-Kates! Anybody seen any? BTW, for those with slightly older feet wedges are one way to wear heels without as much pain to your feet. I, for one, have several pairs of wedges.

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  13. I'm so glad to see Prince George's natural golden curls! And I wish we could see more of his face. Time for a released photo or two. Please.

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    1. The picture is a stock picture. Not one of Prince George.

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    2. Debby from Paris25 March 2015 at 15:08

      It's not George on the picture. There were no photos taken. Which means, it's REALLY time for some new photos of the little prince.

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    3. Jessica in Texas26 March 2015 at 02:46

      I'm thinking they will wait and release a family portrait after the birth with George in it and I HOPE for a beautiful shot of just George and his new sibling!

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  14. Charlotte, will you be doing a post where we can vote on what we think the sex of the baby will be and what they'll name it? I can't remember if you did one before Prince George was born. It's so much fun to guess! And I'd love to know what my fellow blog readers think the name will be. I'm getting tired of these "news" articles mentioning certain names as possibilities. Camilla? Nothing against her at all, but why on earth would they name their baby that? Okay, end rant. Just thought a poll would be fun. :)

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    1. Hello Brooke,

      I will indeed. I've been researching possible names from both families and will include background on them before asking readers to vote for their choices. We'll be doing it next week at some point :)

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    2. Yay a new poll!! April is coming soon enough, along with it my 2 kids bday!
      This mom needs to start thinking about birthday celebrations. My daughter is turning 3 and her name is Elizabeth so I wanna have a Queen Elizabeth the 3rd, a Royal Tea Party but I don't know if it'll work out.

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    3. Emily J: your tea party sounds adorable. I hope it works out!

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  15. Im sorry but i just cant get over how completely unnecessary newborn shoes are. They grow out of them right away and there is really no need for shoes on an infant...in the words of my wise grandmother "baby shoes are stupid"

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    1. LOL. Did your wise grandmother have any more advice? I like this one! :)

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    2. Perhaps your wise grandmother is correct. However, in order to meet wise great-grannie HM, perhaps the child must be properly shod. Women who dine/stay at BP are often surprised to find that they must wear hose and closed-toed shoes. No choice in the matter. There's no free will when it comes to a royal decree.

      Still, it gives me great delight to imagine that HM could and would nibble a baby's toes (only a royal one of her line, of course). What an image! I'd hate to think of HM as having lived a lifetime without that sweet pleasure.

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    3. Hee hee it is true, but they are cute, and plenty of the stuff we buy for our babies and kids is not needed but for fun or the cute factor. :)ali

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    4. LOL Bluhare she had a lot of great zingers...im glad you appreciate that one. Philly, i think you are probably correct on the royal dress code ☺. Anon 14:21 yes we do buy tons of unnecessary items....i just never forgot my grandmother words about baby shoes...it still makes me laugh.

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  16. I noticed in one close up shot that the duchess' navy blue hat had a headband attached. So that's how she keeps it in place eh? I have the zara coat and it is really lovely! I love ZARA, well, who doesn't?

    I just wish they'd open a store here at the Mall of America!!

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    1. This hat has a headband... usually her hats don't :)

      Camilla

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    2. Shantel (@FashionandFaith)25 March 2015 at 15:01

      I agree!! MOA would be a perfect location--maybe it will end up in the new wing....
      The closest one to us is in Chicago. Whenever I go there, I make it a point to swing by for a few pieces.
      Shantel
      Minnesota, USA

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    3. Debby from Paris25 March 2015 at 15:13

      Actually, it depends on the hat. Some hats have a headband, but the fascinator she had for St. Patrick day 2014 or the red one she wore on Canada tour clearly doesn't have any headband.

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    4. Rebecca - Sweden25 March 2015 at 22:13

      I have linked this post/blog before but many seem stumped over how her hats sit on her head. This is a good post about how hat's sit on the head:

      https://royalhats.wordpress.com/2013/10/21/keeping-royal-hats-in-place/

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    5. I am betting it will be a girl from the on set of her pregnancy ( in July 2014). In general there is a saying boys are carried high ( upper) and girls lower ( does not necessarily to mean they are lower creatures). If that will be the case, she could be one of a girl of three boys siblings ( not that W&K will choose to have four kids, but the gene -gender ratio). Kate and George seem to have more of Kate's father's genes. M. Middleton is one of four boys in his family from information familiar to the public, and comes from a family of more boys ( according to Kate's uncle, Gary). How about that for some math?
      Anon 2015

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    6. Actually, i don't love zara. Price/quality is not ok. in my opinion.

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    7. My mother said the opposite - boys are carried low, girls high. I can never tell the difference!

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    8. Anonymous, (26 March 2015 at 19:54)
      Ok aside from the saying with some thinking carrying upper is a boy or a girl, for the same woman with different pregnancies, I have witnessed the baby carried either upper or lower ( supposedly a tell tell sign of gender of the baby). If you look at Kate's picture in dark blue (with William in uniform by her side), the position of the pregnancy looks below her waste line. If it is above the waste line almost towards the chest, it is upper. It could have made sense to be dependent on a woman's weight, length of trunk and width of the hips, how one carries pregnancy, but it varies for the very same woman.
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  17. hi hello i think the duchess and prince george enjoy them self of being photograph my the paparazzo its so the enjoy quality time with george without photos taken

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  18. Thank you Charlotte for the great post

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  19. Wow! It's almost April. I'm betting on a boy. What about you, Charlotte? What gender are you betting on? Of course, we all pray that Kate and William's second child is healthy and happy no matter what the gender is :)

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    1. It's so hard to know. I'm thinking perhaps a boy, however I thought a girl last time :)

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    2. I do not know but if the new baby shoes as shown are for the child on the way then it is a boy. I just would be surprised if Catherine would show the gender ahead of the game, so assumed they were a baby shower gift. But who knows. Ali

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    3. Ali, I agree. When she was pregnant with George, the purchases we were privy to always tended to be something neutral. I don't believe she would give anything away....if they do know the sex of the baby.

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    4. Response from--- Anonymous26 March 2015 at 04:19 was meant to belong to the Siopao comment block.

      Hello Charlotte,
      It seems I get mixed up with the right "Reply" under line. Is it not inside the subject line? Thanks for all your up dates.
      Anon 2015

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    5. Anon 15:20, if you want to reply to a particular comment, or stay in the same thread, you have to click on the "reply" directly below the original comment.

      Although there are times when the computer has a mind of its own. :)))

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    6. royalfan,

      Ok let me hope this comment is right below yours within the same thread of your response. Thank you for the explanation specially since this is not the first time it happened to me. If the computer does its own thing too, then be it ( Now that I know).

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    7. You're welcome Anon... :))

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  20. By the looks of her tummy i would say it's a girl *:o)

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  21. In three prior messages we had two posters state the museum was closed and one that it was open. Charlotte do you have any reliable sources for the open/close debate. Thanks. Ali

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      I will try to find out :)

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  22. Those baby shoes are so adorable! Some may say baby shoes aren't really necessary, but it's important to protect their little feet.

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    1. AMEN! well said.

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    2. Lynn Georgia USA26 March 2015 at 13:31

      Reflections on Baby Shoes:

      Grandma is right that babies certainly don't need shoes on a daily basis while at home, kicking their little feet and sucking their cute little toes. However, when they go out, pretty little shoes complete their pretty little outfits--and keep their feet warm, too.

      If Kate picked out those sweet buff and white saddle oxfords for her baby, then her baby is a boy. We'll soon see, won't we?

      My baby girl wore white lace ribbon tied Mary Janes home from the hospital. What fun! At least, we made it home with one white lace Mary Jane. The other was forever lost somewhere in transit--but we had to buy a larger size by the time of the christening anyway. (-:

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    3. I think a girl could wear the pretty little shoes. Perhaps Prince George, knowing he was getting new shoes, insisted that his baby needed some, too! :-)

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    4. Anon 16:20, I'm with you. I've never been a believer that little girls must wear pink or red and little boys must wear pale or navy blue. Victoria Beckham's little girl is an example of this and she always looks adorable! Comfortable and over the top adorable. :)

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    5. Rebecca - Sweden26 March 2015 at 22:18

      With the whole gender neutral thing being so big in sweden I forget that other countries have so strict and dated gender stereotypes still. Always shocks me a bit.

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    6. Lynn Georgia USA27 March 2015 at 14:51

      sorry Rebecca, et. al.! I think dated is the operative word!! My stereotypes are more a function of my 70 years than of my nationality!! As one who enjoys embroidery, smocking, and French hand sewing, I also have an esthetic affinity for fancy, intricately sewn baby garments. In defense of my preferences, I have always found fancy little baby clothes quite acceptable for baby boys, too. And I do agree, Royalfan, that Victoria Beckham's little girl is adorable.

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  23. Dear Charlotte, today I have noticed to my biggest surprise two new photos from St. Patrick's Day, when the Duke and Duchess unveiled a portainting with sodiers.
    http://lux-arazzi.blogspot.hu/2015/03/archduke-alexander-and-prince-wenceslas.html
    Emese

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    1. This link has something strange about it..

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  24. It is good that Kate has been out with George over this past week. The Mothering Sunday visit to a play park near Buckleberry sounded fun and the trip to the Science Museum was interesting. That morning William visited the security centre at Gloucester when Kate was at the Museum. Like others I am confused as to whether that part was closed whilst they were there or open. What one does notice that when George is taken out in Buckleberry and around Anmer the areas are open to the public.
    Slightly off topic but as Kate is about to disappear from view I thought I would look back over what has happened with William & Kate since George was born. Just my thoughts.
    I was not surprised when they went to Buckleberry after his birth where else could they have gone? KP was not ready nor was Anmer and Highgrove would hardly have been suitable the only alternative would have been Anglesey but William had decided to leave the RAF personally in my view as things turned out a year too soon.
    Unfortunately judging from the body language on a few engagements before Xmas 2013 I think the Marriage did go through a rough patch culminating in Kate spending a few days with George in Mystique celebrating her Mothers birthday I remember the look of thunder on William's face when photographed arriving at Cambridge, a photo that was quickly removed from the web & then a few days later William photographed taking a very close woman friend on a hunting weekend to a very secluded place all be it with some other male friends, Kate must have felt totally humiliated over that. The trip to the Maldives which received such adverse comment from the press was I feel much needed and enabled them to have what was clearly much needed private time together. Since then they seem to have been once again a happy united family and Kate continued to gain in confidence with the trip to Australia and attending the commemorative services for WW! and D.Day landings.
    Then of course she became pregnant and sadly suffered from severe HG again.
    Regrettably this time William did not appear to have the same caring attitude to Kate as he did with George leaving her with her family whist he continued to enjoy himself socialising and attending events no wonder she spent so much time at Buckleberry, however since recovering she has undertaken a great many more events than she did when expecting George and appears happy and more confident and she & William appear happy it is a long time since they have attended an event connected with charities together so let us hope that when she returns after maternity leave they will do more together.
    I must admit I am surprised at the dominance that Carole Middleton appears to be having.
    Originally it was reported that they were employing a maternity nurse after the birth of the new baby but now it would seem that Carole has taken over. I admire her success as a very hard working business woman but do feel she is overstepping the mark with her involvement with William & Kate. It does make me wonder whether Kate lacks some strength of character. There is a close bond with her mother and they are a close family and the weekend trips as a family to Buckleberry are understandable it is good for George but I must admit that I had hoped that with Anmer now completed I had hoped Kate & William would have a life of their own without her mother continually being around but if the British press are to be believed she is now moving into Anmer . She needs to step back and Kate needs to show more strength of character
    Reported this morning in the Times that Kate has written an article calling for an end to the stigma of mental health in children urging the importance of early intervention. In the message there was a suggestion that she could make this her priority when she returns to work. She also includes William's support to the campaign.. This message was in support of the Times Time to Mind Campaign.
    With only a few weeks to go let us hope Kate had a safe birth and a healthy baby whether it be boy or girl.

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    1. A Grain of Salt26 March 2015 at 14:38

      I'm sorry, but this reads like it's from someone who has read way too many supermarket tabloids. It is your right to spin information in the public domain any way you like, but spin it is. My interpretation of your spin is that you are looking hard for tension and problems with W&K. It is very likely that their marriage is just like everyone else's. Up and down. But strong and healthy. Given the pressures of royal life, I wish them all the very best. You say above "but if the British press are to be believed"... that rather says it all.

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    2. A Grain of Salt....how appropriate. :))) I had the same impression.

      And how sad that Carole is demonized for being a loving and supportive mother. Kate may have a very close relationship with her mother, but I don't see Kate as being weak and/or unable to function without her. Kate strikes me as the type who has a quiet strength. Besides, if William or Kate found her to be too much, they wouldn't spend as much time with the Middleton's as they appear to do . Given what William was lacking in his own life, I suspect he thinks of them as more than just in-laws.

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    3. It's all spin, GOS. All of it. Good and bad. I mean their new PR guy is an expert in crisis control, although I'm not quite sure what the crisis was. That being said, since he's been on board, things have been smoother, in my opinion.

      No demonizing of Carole for being a loving and supportive mother. A bit of an eyebrow raise over the statement that William and Kate get along better when she's around though.

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    4. Mary E Wow reading your post I thought I was reading something from the Star, DM or some other rag magazines. And to write that Kate & William were having trouble in their marriage was out of line I think. There is no proof of that. And why he took Jecca Craig hunting with his group and if he cheated on Kate we will never know and it really is none of our business.
      And all the other stuff your wrote about is just clear speculation. It looks like you just went through all of these rag magazines and copy whatever they had to say about W&K.

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    5. Spot on, A Grain of Salt! It's refreshing to know that both William and Catherine are really close to Kate's family. The Middletons have known William since he started dating Kate so he obviously knows that Carole is very loving and supportive towards her children. We shouldn't assume since we obviously don't know what goes behind close doors!

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    6. You guys certainly put up a spirited defence of something that is none of our business. If it's none of our business, it's none of it both good and bad, correct? I don't see how you can say that it's none of our business whether William took Jecca Craig hunting and cheated on Kate (although plenty was said on this very blog about it), then voice an opinion that there's nothing wrong with their marriage in practically the same sentence. That implies it's your business.

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  25. LeAnn North Carolina, USA26 March 2015 at 11:54

    Love the boots and classic jacket. I'm new to your blog and must say I enjoyed it very much. Look forward to reading more about TRH's and Prince George.

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  26. Hello, everyone! I just read Kate's message regarding children's mental health for the Times campaign. It's really nice to see that someone like Kate will be able to shed a light on an important issue like this. Not many people talk about children needing the support from their families or older individuals when dealing with mental health problems but with Kate's backing and royal seal of approval, I hope more people become aware about it!

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  27. Jean from Lancs26 March 2015 at 13:35

    Statement on Parliament site that the Succession to the Crown Act 2013 comes into effect today.
    Doesn't really make any difference in this generation, except that the two York Princesses will not have to ask the Queen's permission to marry.

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    1. Prince Michael of Kent is back in the succession. Autumn Phllips may wonder why she converted.

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  28. Hello everyone!

    I just spoke with Simon Perry from People Magazine and he said the museum was not closed, however one report misunderstood his original story and wrote it was closed.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden26 March 2015 at 15:11

      As I thought :) Nice that they can be there without getting to disturbed even with people there :)

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    2. Thank you Charlotte for checking. :) Ali

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  29. Mary E...i agree in regards to Carole Middleton. IMO, i think there is a stong aroma of co-dependency going on...both Carole and Catherine are completely reliant on one another. I understand why Catherine would need her mother...the royal family/ public life is probably anxiety inducing for Catherine...there is nothing like a mother's love and guidance through difficult circumstances...but on the same note, there comes a time when we have to learn to take on life's inconvenient nature with the help of our significant other and let our mother's "sit on the bench" for a bit. I have always been taught that when a person marries...this becomes thier family....william, George and the new baby are Catherines (Support system) family now. Mommy is there to confide in of course...but Carole is much to involved. I wonder if William feels ting of annoyance by mrs. Middeltons constant presence and influence. I must say...im sure the Queen has felt this way...especially after two household helpers show up at her door, baggage in hand asking for their old jobs back. Carole, take a hint.

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    1. The world would be a much better place if there were more Carole Middleton's in it. Most of society's problems cannot be traced back to loving and supportive families.

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    2. Erika from Massachusetts26 March 2015 at 21:24

      I rarely comment on rhe non fashion discussions that come up but I would just like to say that people are all very different, and that each and every family is unique
      What works for some will not work for
      others. There is not a rigid set rules for how
      life must be lived. I believe that is what makes this world interesting.

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    3. Note to Charlotte: Although this is not a fashion related, it is in response to comments made regarding the Duchess's relationship with her mother. If you decide not to post my comment, I will understand.


      I read this blog because I like Charlotte's postings and often when I read a comment that I don't agree with I just move on, but I just lost my mother-in-law, whom I loved dearly and was happy to have experienced the very close relationship my husband had with his mother, so the criticism of the Duchess' relationship with her mother really rubbed me the wrong way.

      I totally disagreed with the criticism obviously, but let me say this--it is a blessing to honor, love and respect your mother (parents). In todays' world where the family as a unit very often is torn apart, it is wonderful to see a family that is in the public eye espouse traditional family values.

      I am happy that the Duchess loves her mother and is not afraid to show it; that she wants her children to have good relationships with their grandparents and this I think it is perhaps rear to some that Kate' husband, William has such a great relationship with his in-laws. If Princess Di were alive today, I am sure that they would be dividing their time between in-laws. Of course, there is no replacing William's mother, but it must bring a lot of comfort that his wife is so close to her family--as a matter of fact, and correct me if I am wrong, he has alluded to the fact that he likes the closeness of Kate's family?

      Please love your family as much as you can because you never know when they will be taken from you--I miss my mother-in-law and it is painful to watch my husband grieve, Nevertheless, I am comforted that while she was with us "we" had a close, tight relationship, the memories of which help me in my grief.



      Blessing on you.

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    4. Anon 22:46, I'm sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Well said.

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    5. Yours is a lovely and thoughtful message, Anon 22:46. I agree, and I sympathize. Decades later, I still miss our parents. It seems to me that we do not know the extent or nature of Carole's involvement with her daughter's family. It is obvious, though, that there are few people Kate can fully trust and rely on, and her parents are chief among those few. I am glad she has parents young and vital enough to actively assist and support her when they are needed.

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    6. Thank you, Anonymous 22:46. The comments rubbed me the wrong way, too. However, I didn't have time to sit to compose a comment until now. I admire Catherine's relationships with her mother, father and siblings. Ironic and even tragic that a tight and loyal family is such a rarity now-a-days that it elicits negative comments and criticism.

      Plus, William now enjoys this closeness--something he did not have with his own parents, something that every child needs. That Carol could and would be a mother-figure for him in a way that Camilla (probably, I'm guessing here) never could be, isn't surprising either.

      In addition, let's not forget that whenever there is a competent, powerful woman in the picture; inevitably, the knives (of other women) come out. It started with the disparaging remarks about Carol's pedigree and now it shifts to accusations of being controlling simply because she can take charge and take care of business needing to be done. She didn't create a successful business by accident. People who are comfortable and secure in their own personal power don't have to bring down others who have it.They see it and celebrate it.

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    7. jenndog, I get what you're saying. Mr. bluhare would have gone berserk if my mother had been around as much as Carole is. That being said, if they like it, and it helps them do their public job better, I guess I just have to shrug and say "to each his own".

      I think Carole had good reason to be concerned when they got married, given royal family dynamics, that they would be relegated to the back row and I'm actually glad they stood their ground and have a place in George's life. I am surprised Kate appears to be so dependent on her though. I guess I thought she and William would have created more of a family unit themselves without Carole there all the time. It would have driven me nuts if my mother was around as much as Carole in my marriage.

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    8. Bluhare, thank you. Im glad Catherine has her mother as well...i hope that most of the other commenters that so strongly disagree arent meddling mother in laws lol. Well, i guess that would explain the outrage.

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    9. Philly, I tend to agree. I too believe that all the "Carole takes over" type stories are simply another attempt at making her out to be an unsympathetic figure. (And your last two sentences are on the money, IMO.)

      Loving and supportive does NOT equal domineering and meddling. I think William enjoyed spending time with Kate's family from very early on and he made his feelings on the subject clear in the engagement interview. No surprises here...just excuses for negative spin.

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    10. For the record, jenndog, I am NOT a mother-in-law. But thanks for the giggle! My mind didn't even "go there." :))

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    11. I think it is good that Kate has someone in whom she can confide in with confidence that what ever happens stays with in the family. We only have the reports from the DM as far a suppositions about Carole Middleton's involvement at Amer Hall or for a fact in Kate's and William's life in general.

      Jenndog, can you please give examples of what you call "stong aroma of co-dependency going on...both Carole and Catherine are completely reliant on one another". I do not see or interpret any of their actions as such. Just because there is a close family relationship that is healthy certainly is not an unhealthy co-dependency. We do not know what really happened as far as Amer Hall is concerned. Perhaps the couple were not equipped to take over the responsibility of such a large house. I am not sure what their responsibilities were at Sandringham, but I doubt they was in charge of the total operation.

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    12. I have to sit here and laugh at the thought of Carole being so involved. We do not know how much time she spends with William & Kate. All we get is hear say. I for one do not think it is true. Carole has a business to run and a husband to take care of. So I feel no way is she there 24/7.
      And as far as the Queen goes, I think by what I have read that she does not get involved in her grandchildrens privte lives.

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    13. Remember that we do not really know how much time is spent between the families. The for sure visits are one thing, and frankly, most families if in close range see the Grand Parents every couple of weeks at least. My Mother had died before I was married and my husband and I lived near his parents. We saw his parents regularly and my father and step mother a bit less due to the distance and frankly cause she was not the Mother:) It makes a huge difference whose parents and whitch of those two parents is around when one gets married in terms of whom the new couple spend time with. In general, the wife will pull the husband to her Mother if the Mother is still alive and close by. If the Mom is dead then the Mother in Law becomes the next force. For better or worse the Dads rarely carry the weight of a female in terms of who the newly weds visit with their newborns. Which is why I have made my husband promise to be very aggressive if I die in keeping connections with all the kids. Girls just tend to gravitate to their Moms and the boys go along with the girls, their significant others, and the original Mother of either of the couple tends to have the most pull. This is just my experience. I am all for strong families and also for calling BS on most of the reportings on Carole M. Ali

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    14. Actually, we do know how much time she spends with William and Kate. She and her husband are living there right now until they find new help. It's also been said Carole will be at Kate's or Kate will be at Caroles right after the baby is born just like last time. Carole is there all the time. As I said earlier, if it works for them it works for them, but that wouldn't have been my personal preference to have my mother in law living with us in the early years of my marriage, or even a constant presence, but perhaps you are much more tolerant and kind than I am.

      They are around a lot. Your opinion on that is your opinion on that. But don't say we don't know when this blog posts photos every time they're seen together, and there have been a myriad of articles about it lately, one even saying she's the third person in their marriage and how Charles is upset because the Middletons are always around George, and he hardly sees him. She's seen with her mother more than she's seen with William on her downtime. Again, no opinion other than I wouldn't like it, but not everyone is me.

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    15. Eva B,

      Its just my opinion...and no, i do not care to give examples as it im sure it would give you further reason to become defensive of Carols actions...do you get what im putting out there? Moving on to Charlottes next post...i respect your opinion and thank you

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    16. Anan 4:38, if what we hear about william, Catherine and Mrs. middleton is all hear say...then the same goes for the Queen. You say one thing and then another to suit your opinion, it doesnt work that way. Your post is clearly bias.

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  30. Well said royalfan and Erika from Massachusetts.

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    1. I respect all of your opinions 😊

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    2. Okay so the two question markes after my last comment where supposed to be a smiley face...go figure...i wasnt being snarky lol, i really do respect everybody's opinion.

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  31. I hope we don't have to wait until Cambridge baby number 2 to arrive for some new photographs of Prince George. I'm glad Kate and George can go on outings and not have to worry about intrusive press attention, but I'm dying for new photographs. There is so much press coverage of William as a child. I personally find a lot of the video clips adorable, but I can see how an adult looking back could be self-conscious and resent the constant replay of his childhood. Just an idea. William and Harry have been vocal in their hatred of the paparazzi. I am not aware of them addressing the many planned photo calls. I look at video clips of a toddler William in front of a sea of cameramen and can't imagine the experience (for William or his parents). I do hope we will get some videos of George and his sibling growing up. I know several of the Harry/William videos were part of documentaries or interviews. Any chance William and Kate would do something similar? I think it's time for another joint interview.

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    1. Such a thoughtful reply, Yes from a childs perspective, imagine looking out at all those cameras and all those people, and was your Mom happy or terrified, what was your security guard so anxious about, etc etc. The imprint would be huge. Ali

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  32. Goodness! The pink coat that Kate wore during the USA visit several months ago STILL fits her! The 'bump' still doesn't look very big. William seems very attentive on today's engagement, very touching. I mistakenly thought that George was featured in Charles's video....I guess the photo was featured to counter the recent stories that he barely sees his grandson....

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  33. I just want to give a big shout-out to Paola. The world needs more dreamers like you, Paola.

    xxxooo

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