Monday, 2 March 2015

The Duchess of Cambridge Celebrates The Goring Hotel's 105th Birthday!

The Duchess of Cambridge made a private visit to The Goring Hotel to celebrate its 105th birthday celebrations. Kate was photographed leaving the five-star hotel at lunchtime. Several photos can be viewed at the Mail Online.

Lucy Bonner Twitter Feed

The Palace revealed the event was not part of her official schedule, and the Duchess attended in a private capacity having received a personal invitation from the hotel.

The Goring Hotel Twitter Feed


'The Duchess of Cambridge, who stayed at The Goring the night before her marriage to Prince William, was there to officially reopen the London hotel in the company of Sir John Major, Helen McCrory and Damian Lewis.
 The Goring, located just moments from Buckingham Palace, recently reopened after the final phase of a top-to-toe refurbishment. Local office workers took to Twitter to comment on the party atmosphere created by the Coldstream Guards band positioned outside the hotel to greet the Duchess and arriving guests.'

Lucy Bonner and Ellie Sanderson shared these snaps via Twitter.

Lucy Bonner Twitter Feed

Of course, Kate receives numerous invitations but this was one she simply couldn't refuse. As you all know the Middleton family spent the three days before the royal wedding in The Goring. With last minute preparations, rehearsals and an ever increasing media presence it provided a relaxing sanctuary.


The Royal Suite, where it is believed the Duchess of Cambridge spent her last night as Kate Middleton.

The Goring

Back to The Telegraph:

'The hotel’s Royal Suite, which runs the entire length of the top floor, with French windows in each room that open on to a balcony overlooking the hotel’s private garden, is reputedly where the Duchess set up her HQ for the big day. The two-bedroom, two-reception room Royal Suite was commissioned by Jeremy Goring in 2010 to mark the centenary of his family’s hotel that year. The suite was designed by Russell Sage, and contrives to be both glamorous and homely.'

At the time Jeremy Goring said, "We are delighted to be playing a small part in a big day". It was outside The Goring we saw our first glimpse of Kate on her wedding day.


After the wedding, The Goring received a Royal Warrant for its role, which hangs discreetly on the outside of the building. The hotel was also a favourite of the Queen Mother who made her final public appearance there in 2002.

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To celebrate turning 105, the Goring shared a photo of the hotel over a century ago with one from today.

The Goring Hotel Twitter Feed

The Goring has recently undergone significant refurbishment thanks to designers David Linley, Nina Campbell, Tim Gosling and Nina Sage. The new look continues to encompass the spirit of the classic London landmark with an updated, creative feel. The front hall is now clad in hand-painted wallpaper depicting exotic animals in an English landscape. A striking lion and unicorn are also displayed, a nod to the aforementioned royal warrant.

The Goring Hotel

It is a beautiful place to stay or to enjoy afternoon tea in.

The Goring Hotel

Kate looked appropriately attired for spring in a floral-print dress by Erdem (with many thanks to What Kate Wore reader Annabelle Gonzalez) The long-sleeved 'Darla' dress is from the designer's Resort 2013 Collection. The pink and purple garment retailed for $1,518 before completely selling out.

Erdem

Interestingly, the piece is made of silk-chiffon and features a cut-out back. For both of these reasons I'm inclined to think the Duchess may have had it customized, perhaps even during her first pregnancy. It's entirely possible Kate has had it since she was expecting George. Unfortunately, there are no photos where we can see the back.

Erdem

Kate also wore her Alexander McQueen navy suede pumps. Below we see a photo of them from a previous engagement.


Kate completed the look with her Muse clutch and aquamarine and diamond earrings.

It was lovely to see Kate out and about today. 

176 comments:

  1. I love random Kate days. It is always nice to get unexpected photographs of her! So that was nice, now onto the dress...

    Firstly I will say that I don’t think this dress would look good on anyone! Having said that, it really was not meant for a 7 month pregnant woman. I really don’t understand Kate’s aversion to maternity dresses. I know that she is not comfortable with her pregnant figure (which is not bad, just an observation) and so it probably makes her feel better to be able to still wear normal clothes. But a maternity dress would flatter her figure so much more! She looks squeezed into this dress and it just look uncomfortable. Again, I don’t think this is an attractive dress and would be terrible on anyone, but on Kate it looks too tight. It doesn't look bad from afar, but the close-up photos of Kate on the DM does not make me like the dress at all. I would not pay $50 for this dress, let alone $1500 .

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  2. I'm sure this was a special visit for her on a personal level. How things have changed since April 2011. :)

    And although I would freeze with the opening in the back (lol) of the dress, I do like the colors. She looks terrific given how far along she is.

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  3. Erika from Massachusetts2 March 2015 at 22:31

    Wow, she looks really unhappy about being photographed today. The print is lovely, vibrant and bright but the fit is all wrong. Too tight around the bust and bump. The cuffs on the sleeves look uncomfortably tight as well. Not all
    that flattering. I don't understand what is going
    on with her this time around. Except for a handfull of outfits, she is wearing ill fitting
    garments mpst of the time. I may not have liked
    each and every ensemble she wore when
    pregnant with George but I can't remember any
    fitting as poorly as the ones she has been sporting during this pregnancy. Nice to see her out however!

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    1. Jessica in Texas2 March 2015 at 23:21

      I completely agree Erika! I'm not sure if she's uncomfortable pregnant but I do know I prefer clothes that are tighter and fitted when pregnant. To me the hold the bump in and accentuate it so no one wonders is she or isn't she pregnant. I know with Kate no one wonders but it may be her preference also. I also think she has a "work" closet and personal closet. If you look at what she's photographed in by tourist and paps versus her appearances it seems like two different sides of her closet.

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    2. I don't think she is uncomfortable with her pregnancy; I think she chooses to dress modestly and traditionally. Big difference.

      Also, I'm not aware of another royal lady who opted for a spandex style wardrobe. Is anyone else? Just going by what I believe is a reliable memory. :))

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    3. anon from Leominster3 March 2015 at 01:58

      Delighted to see her back at the Goring but Kate doesn't look at her best - either tired and ill or disagreeable. As my mum used to say, she needs to be careful with those frowns or her face could freeze that way. I fear too much sun too. Kate has such a lovely smile and her looks rely on it a great deal - when she smiles she glows - but here she doesn't even look pretty.

      I like the dress in theory but it is very ill fitting and I can't imagine it was bespoke unless it was done for earlier in her pregnancy. It cups around her bust in an unbecoming way and creases badly below where I dare not mention. Surely, she could come up with something better and save this for the summer - when she's not pregnant. It would be quite nice then.

      William seems to be doing marvellously on his tour. I am a bit concerned about the ban - it seems since it is only for a few months - they may simply forget about it when the attention from the visit is gone. That would be a shame.

      I was quite puzzled by people have difficulties with RIP as to Diana - it is a traditional saying of respect in my mind - used for all. I'm not overly familiar with Japan and am happy if anyone corrects me but I believe honouring and respecting dead ancestors is extremely important there and is often done publically - I can't imagine William would be anything but pleased that they recalled his mother's visit. It's hardly that he needs to be ashamed of her - painful though the loss is, I'm always pleased when people speak of my late parents.

      As for visiting the Goring - I stayed there on a visit to London when I was young and quite badly dressed and was treated with nothing but respect. (My parents picked it for me.) Perhaps it is different now Kate has made it so famous but I would not expect generally for anyone to have difficulties in London. Hubby and I aren't at all grand - and we had tea at Duke's not long back - we spent pounds and pounds but the sevice was excellent. As for Covent Garden - certain seating areas to have different doors - but when I've gone in the main hall for tickets - I've never had anyone object. Germany is quite different, I'm thinking - we have good and kind friends there, but the service has not always been gracious.

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    4. I love this out and about pictures out of the blue.

      Although I am a huge fan of Erdem, this dress is my least fave. I can also say I am puzzled with her "maternity" choices which is not maternity at all. I also cant take that explanation that she is frugal, when you spend a huge amount on this dress which might be bespoke, I am truly lost.
      This must be a wonderful time in her life, not happening too often, do not see why she doesnt dress accordingly? Anyone?
      The visit must have been really emotinal, though.
      Regarding botox, I am not an expert, since we only see airbrushed photos of her, nobody knows how she really looks in the morning. But it is terrible if she thinks this is the solution. Sorry but I am against anything like this especially at such an early age. Maybe using less orange stuff that the sisters are/were so keen on -Pippa is still- wouldnt hurt.

      Thanks for the quick post!!

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    5. royalfan, I don't consider a dress with a large cutout in the back to be "modest".

      I agree that this was a poor choice. Badly fitted, too tight under the bust, fabric folding up under the strain of the dress riding up over the bump, and the fabric creased easily. She knew she'd be sitting for a long period of time, why not wear something looser that wouldn't crease so much. Overall she just looks unkempt.

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    6. Well, anon, compared to most of the maternity wear I see these days, Kate's wardrobe *is* quite modest. And, in my book, the cut out back on this dress doesn't disqualify it. :)

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    7. Totally agree with you royalfan. This is mild as far as maternity wear today. Infact my initial thought was that it was one of the tight fitting dresses that are so popular with pregnant women. Rarely do you see loose fitting clothing. I also thought it was a maternity dress as the hem remains even despite the enlarging baby pulling up the front.

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    8. Not sure where you travel too to see more risqué maternity wear but living in SF where frankly anything goes I too see modest maternity wear. Short perhaps but not as short as she wore the first time!

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    9. Anon 16:47 - I have been in obstetrics for many years and YES I have seen many patients come in with tight fitting clothing to the point where their bulging umbilicus (belly button) clearly outlined under their clothes and short, short, short and in the warmer weather they even come in with a bear abdomen hanging out. It is also not unusual for them to wear non-maternity clothes throughout their pregnancies. I would dare say that most women chose this option. I really think that Kate's choices in either pregnancies goes anywhere near your assessment of "more risqué maternity wear" !

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    10. anon 4:09 we are not talking about how people show up to deliver. I am sure you have seen plenty just like ER staff sees odd clothing choices. I am talking about going for lunch mid-day in an urban city. Perhaps you do not get a chance to see city luncheons but rarely do women go there with bare mids.

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  4. Thank you, Charlotte, for this little update. What a beautiful hotel! I would love to have tea there, but unfortunately, I don't know if things have changed enough so that someone from a modest background would be welcome. One time when we were in Heidelberg we were booked rooms in a posh hotel through the local Tourist Info agency because all other rooms in town were full, and although (I know, this is crass to say, but I'm going to anyway) we had the money and to spare, we were made very aware by ALL the staff that we were out of our class staying there. Our experience in the hotel's restaurant was extremely uncomfortable. Maybe it is not like that in today's London, but it was when we first visited there too and inadvertently entered Covent Garden Opera House through the FRONT doors instead of the side doors where we found out people of our sort were expected to go, and we've been shy of the nicer places ever since.

    I do like Catherine's pretty spring dress. Too bad we can't see the back! It would be fun if she left the cutout in it. It looks good with the blue suede pumps in the photos on the Mail website. Lovely to see Rebecca Deacon too.

    I'm signing Anonymous deliberately because of my class-conscious comments! I'm too proud to let you know which of your familiar readers is actually one of the Great Unwashed, so to speak.

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    1. Hello!

      Thank you for your comment. I'm utterly disgusted by the disrespect you were shown at the hotel. I abhor snobbery and feel it demonstrates an enormous lack of professionalism. I'm very sorry to hear you encountered such an unpleasant experience. Shame on them!

      As for The Goring, I know friends and readers have popped in for tea and they all found it to be a delightful experience. It's become quite the tourist spot for royal watchers since the wedding.

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    2. Sarah from Calif.3 March 2015 at 02:18

      Anon 22:35,
      I personally find great delight in standing up to snobbery, it is all a huge joke. To think that you are better than someone else because of $. I have seen very humble people with a lot of money and those who think they are better than others because of their $.
      I'll never forget a wealthy co-worker who bragged about her $ giving but, wouldn't say hello to the homeless person on the street. Ugh......ok, now I'm on a roll...

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    3. Marci from Salt Lake3 March 2015 at 04:30

      You should have stuck your nose in the air and given them a freezing look! I would have dared them to try to intimidate me, but I'm an older lady and can be hard as nails when I want to! Shame on the staff of that hotel. Glad to hear from Charlotte that the Goring is not like that at all. Next time I'm in London, I'll check it out! Who wants to join me for tea at the Goring?

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    4. I am a regular visitor to The Goring. One of the hotel's greatest attributes is that although a 5 star establishment, it is completely unstuffy. The management and staff are extremely friendly and helpful. Book your afternoon tea - you will have a great time.

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    5. Jean from Lancs3 March 2015 at 09:09

      Some sixty years ago, when a student nurse in London, a former patient booked four of us for afternoon tea at the Goring as a "Thank you". We were treated like Queens.
      Hope that it is still the same.
      Hope Catherine enjoyed her lunch. Thought she looked tired, but then she is almost 8 months pregnant and sleep is often disturbed.
      William seems to be doing a great job in Japan and China.

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    6. I never understand why the workers at these places look down their noses at what they consider are lower class people after all they only work at these places rather than affording to be paying customers. I like to think we are all equal

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    7. It happened at Hotel Insel, Heilbronn. September 2005.

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    8. Not in the UK but rather Germany.... A world of difference in culture & etiquette. While on business in London, stay regularly at either the Savoy or the Roysl Horseguards (just down the Embankment from the Savoy), have always been treated with respect/good manners no matter if dressed down upon arrival after taking the red-eye from the US or dressed for business or evening theatre engagement. I believe it has to do with one's level of confidence/comfort in the midst of the wonderful world of olde English manners/traditions. There's nothing as luxurious as calling the floor butler to have your bath drawn!

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  5. Hello everyone!

    It was a nice surprise to see Kate today. What do you all think of the dress? I was surprised to see she chose a silk-chiffon dress at this point in her pregnancy. One of the reasons I think it may be bespoke.

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    1. I love that dress - the colors really suit her. She does seem unhappy to be photographed, though.

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    2. Marci from Salt Lake3 March 2015 at 04:24

      I like this dress very much--the colors are so pretty and flattering to her. The fit seems to me to be all right though a tighter style than the Seraphine maternity dresses. Some maternity dresses are styled this way though. If it is a bespoke piece, perhaps she told them to make it fit a pregnant figure but still be on the slim side. I am surprised at the idea of silk chiffon though because it is so delicate and easy to tear if pulled too hard. She does look annoyed by the photographers--did she really expect not to encounter them?

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    3. I like the dress too, it's bold and fun and that's what i like better for her then those boring coats and frumpy dresses. It is tight but thats nice as well with such a round belly :)

      If she is really annoyed by the photographers (i wonder if it isn't the sun in her face that gives her the grimace), she should get her act together.

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    4. It's a pretty print in flattering colors but the fit did appear to be awful. I'm certain Seraphine could oblige with maternity dress.

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    5. Charlotte - I quite agree with you silk chiffon would not have been my first choice as fabric for a maternity frock. The frock itself - lovely.

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  6. I love surprise post like these!! Kate looked wonderful, for the little we see of her. I know there is a video of her leaving. I haven't watched it yet. It's funny my Twitter people are more interested in this then William's tour!! I can't wait til next week when we see her again!!

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  7. I love the colours and pattern of the dress, very pretty. However, it looks a bit tight on her baby 'bump'. Would have looked a bit more attractive if it had been a looser style, I think. Regarding the pre-wedding photo of Kate outside the Goring hotel with Carol and Pippa, I thought at the time, and also think now, that Kate's hair looks a bit wild in the photo....odd, (although I know it was going to be primped and preened the following day) Carol's and Pippa's hair look groomed and shiny by contrast.

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    1. Erika from Massachusetts3 March 2015 at 01:26

      I have always wondered whether she had had a trial run through of her hair style for the big day on the day this was taken. Looks as if it had been put up and then combed out.

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    2. Lynn Georgia USA3 March 2015 at 17:12

      I agree. Her hair looks a fright! Funny, I don't even remember that. I guess the moment was so eclipsed by what came after!!!

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    3. I must be alone in this but I kind of like her hair there. It does look like it was being played with earlier in the day for the wedding, but I kind of like that look. Its a little unkempt, but I still think it looks great. Kind of fun and carefree.

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    4. I've always wondered why she didn't brush her hair. Or at least put in a ponytail. Also didn't care for the jacket with that dress - she should have borrowed Carole's. :)

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    5. What I always notice about that pre-wedding photo is that the hem of her jacket has come down on one side. I bet she was annoyed when she saw the photo, because she'd obviously not noticed the wayward hem.

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  8. Rebecca's coat or coat dress shown here with the zip up the front reminds me a little of Kate's green one (which is longer)

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  9. Rebecca - Sweden3 March 2015 at 00:54

    https://twitter.com/Duchess_Files/st...57141191483392

    William is on bilboards in China, for an ivory free China. They banned import of ivory for a year temporarily and will decide on it in a couple of months if I got it right. I really think that if China wasn't planning on doing "the right thing" that William would be allowed to be so open about his support on this trip.

    Also, a little superficial. Gotta say, on that picture he looks YUM!

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    1. Sarah from Calif.3 March 2015 at 02:22

      Ivory Free!!!! Those poor dear elephants......

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    2. Sarah from Calif.3 March 2015 at 02:38

      As for the pictures of Kate....
      If you get a picture of any of us with the sunlight hitting our faces like it did on Kate in the said picture Mail Online.....every flaw would appear, thus a few lines and that is what comes with the Glories of age.
      Personally I really like the dress, not to lose, not to tight. Plus I love the colors on her. I was pregnant during the time Diana was pregnant and the dresses were balloons then, the next fashion statement was tight, tight clothes for expecting mom's...which imo looked silly. I think Kate's dress is a happy medium and she looks great.
      Love the pictures of the inside of the Hotel.
      Sounds like things are going well for William in China :) he will have some cool gifts for George.

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    3. It was in the works and already approved before William arrived in China.

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    4. Sara how to you account for the massive wrinkling if the dress is not too tight?

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    5. Sarah from Calif.6 March 2015 at 01:54

      Anon, wrinkles have to do with the kind of material. Have you ever worn linen?

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    6. es but i have also seen laerge wrinkles in polester when dress is too tight

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  10. Kate's maternity style always confuses me. Like someone else on here posted I do think Kate is uncomfortable with her body when she's pregnant, and if that's the case I feel sad that she does. There's nothing more beautiful than a pregnant woman, and anyone who would dare judge a pregnant woman's body is a horrible person. But to me it does seem like she is uncomfortable, and the fact that she consistently wears non-maternity clothes is baffling, it makes her body look odd in the dress and you can tell that it's not made for a pregnant woman. Maternity dresses look way better on her, the fit her perfectly, but I think she simply doesn't like wearing them. Also I heard that it was very cold in London today, I don't get why she likes to go coatless in the middle of winter. If she doesn't want to be know as a clothes horse like so many people on here have said then she could have covered up, it was a private visit, so she didn't have to show her dress, but the fact that she chose not to wear a coat shows that she did want to show off her dress and that she was still wearing non-maternity clothes at almost 8 months pregnant really says something to me.

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    1. I think she likes showing off that she is 8 months pregnant and still wearing normal clothes. I am sure it makes her feel good since she is uncomfortable with the extra weight.

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    2. Blair, I quite agree. The maternity clothes she's worn have fit so much better and have been so much more flattering than the larger-sized non-maternity wear.
      I know Kate hasn't had easy pregnancies but she has managed to look pretty good through the first one and now almost to the end of the second pregnancy and she has looked fabulous in maternity wear so she should just embrace this different look while she's got it.
      I'd expect, given her extreme weight loss leading up to the wedding and then again after the first pregnancy, that she has some body-image and weight issues. She wouldn't be the first royal wife of Windsor to struggle with those issues!!

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    3. Anon-
      But that's the thing she is 8 months pregnant and you can tell that its a non-maternity dress, so she looks odd in it. It's obviously not meant to be worn by a pregnant woman. So its like she's says "hey look at me I can still fit in my pre-pregnancy clothes" but she looks bad in them. It's like a woman squeezing herself into a pair of jeans and saying she can wear them. Yeah you can squeeze your body in them but it makes you look worse. Instead of just putting on a pair that actually fits you. Because you're in denial that you've gained weight.
      I have a friend who does that and it irks me!

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    4. Blair I am in completely agreement with you. I don't think she looks good in non-maternity dresses. I was just saying I think she does it because in her mind it makes her feel better to still wear regular clothing. She is not comfortable with her pregnancy figure. Just because she does it, does not mean she looks good. Your friend thing makes me laugh. I see women all the time wearing things too small, like jeans with a muffin top. Just because you can squeeze into something, does not mean you look good!

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    5. I'm just throwing this out there ladies.... :) If she was really uncomfortable with her figure, she would dress more "strategically" and wear a coat, long cardigan, etc., rather than enter and exit the hotel wearing a dress (which was the only place she would have been photographed on this particular occasion). I thought the same thing about some of her engagements. My two cents, anyway.

      And thanks for the giggle over the muffin tops. How true.

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    6. Royalfan-
      Interesting observations on your part. For the most part she was wearing lots of coats and loose fitting dresses but this new fitted dress was a change.
      I think like any woman she has some body issues, like Elizabeth stated she wouldn't be the first Windsor woman with body issues, but hers are more heightened because she's constantly getting pictures of her taken.
      I've just always been confused about her maternity style. To me she seems a bit insecure about her body, and the fitted dresses, too short dresses, and non-maternity choices is like her way of trying to keep in touch with her pre-pregnancy body.

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    7. anon from Leominster6 March 2015 at 02:21

      I tend to disagree Royalfan - people who are severely anorexic do sometimes wear bulky clothes because they preceive themselves as fat, but people who are simply very body conscious as Kate seems to be, may compensate differently. Kate has lost a considerable amount of weight from the time she was a "normal" young woman and she appears very attuned to her appearance - not uncommon in someone in public life. I honestly think if Kate was a Hollywood celebrity, she might show exhibitionist tendancies, as many stars do, but she has been dressing the role of princess well before she was married.

      The fact her skirts shot up during her first pregnancy, far more consistantly than they had done before, made me think she was trying to compensate - not too successfully, by showing off her legs. When she was barely showing at Christmas, she made a remark about her weight gain - and while her skirts have stayed longer this time, she has featured dresses that weren't designed for maternity and thus don't fit well, and also coats which tend to disguise the pregnant figure. (I hate the word bump.) The latter's hard to judge because Kate wears a lot of coats anyway but she isn't choosing maternity ones.

      It's possible that Kate plans to have these clothes altered for reuse as Diana did, but she didn't do that from her first pregnancy much - although she did wear that tartan coat and she hasn't had a lot of appearences. I just don't think she has much interest in maternity clothes in general. It's interesting that she hasn't repeated many outfits from her first pregnancy - I wonder if she didn't care for their look afterwards. Some could certainly have been used this winter.

      When Charlotte wrote last time a "Kate loves pregnancy" I thought, no I don't think Kate does. That's not too surprising given her illness early on, but I haven't seen that look of thriving on being pregnant you find on some women. It has nothing to do with what kind of mother she is, I've known lots of women who really didn't enjoy pregnancy for one reason or the other but loved the results.

      I think Kate is one of those but she has very little choice - producing an heir and spare is one of her perceived roles - (given how often the direct heir hasn't become king, perhaps overinflated) and I also think she loves children. It won't surprise me if there's even a third, especially if this one is another boy, but I see little joy in Kate with pregnancy - I suspect she will be glad when her breeding days are behind her.

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  11. Michelle in USA3 March 2015 at 02:59

    I don't like the dress. The colors and the pattern don't suit the Duchess at all.

    I like seeing the inside of the hotel. It'd be nice to visit there one day, or stay.

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    1. I dont either. It has too many colourfull spots and I dont think the fit is very good either. I wouldnt wear or buy this dress. Nice post otherwise as well as the surprise of this event.

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  12. its nice too see the duchess out again i don't think these official outing for her i love the dress i read all the comments on daily mail i don't think she would fake her pregnancy and i love the duke in china been following him 3days now

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  13. It seems as if the Duchess has been choosing dresses that almost camouflage her bump from the front. The only way to really tell she's pregnant is when viewing her from the side. Maybe this is a way of taking the attention off her pregnancy while carrying out engagements?

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    1. I totally agree!

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    2. Camouflage is a good word. IMO it's not about hiding her pregnancy, but she definitely opts for a more modest, get on with it, approach.

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  14. Joy - Australia3 March 2015 at 09:24

    Thank you Rebecca for a lovely post. It is good to see Kate getting out with her assistant while William is away. How nice that they could go to a beautiful hotel. I was interested to see the hotel pictures. It is strange that one newspaper says Kate looks strained whilst another says she "blooms"! Both opinions seem to be based on a few seconds walk from door to car. Even though the dress isn't my favorite, it looks appropriate, soft, feminine and "springy".

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    1. Joy - Australia4 March 2015 at 05:59

      I meant Charlotte ... Not Rebecca ...sorry, senior moment!

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    2. That made me smile Joy :)

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  15. Is it just me or does she look in the good quality but not professional pics (the ones that were out first) more pregnant than in the HQ ones? Shows how much difference the angle and quality of a pic can makes.

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  16. Thank you for the post and beautiful pictures/history of the Goring hotel. Well, I have thought for some time that Catherine shouldn´t be called "thrifty". Where did it come from? Her clothes are always very, very expensive. The fact she rarely repeats one or two evening gowns doesn´t mean she is thrifty. In my opinion Catherine is really fond of designer and luxurious products and I also think she spends most on outfits in the royal family. I don´t mean it as a critic, she has the means so why not. But why to maintain a false image that is not true?

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    1. She doesnt maintain a "thrifty" image. It's the tag the press has given her. She has never discussed her clothes at all.

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    2. Lynn Georgia USA4 March 2015 at 14:18

      I agree. She has never discussed her clothes choices, and I always laugh when the press dubs her "thrifty." I did gasp a little when I saw the price tag on this latest Erdem (pretty, but not extraordinary). How surreal it must feel to be able to purchase any clothes item or accessory you like--expensive, inexpensive, similar to what you already have--whatever! I guess lots of wealthy people can do that, but it still seems surreal to me!! My choices are so much influenced by the price tag!! If the press calls Kate thrifty, they would call me CHEAP! haha--Of course, I don't look like Kate, but my truly thrifty daughter does!!

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  17. I love kates hair from her pre marriage days, straighter. Very nice. Liked the dress. Do you think its been customised to allow for room for bump? Can't see how it would fit otherwise. Nice seeing her out and about. I'd hate to think she's cooped up in palace.

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  18. Thank you for your up-to-date posts! I really enjoy them, and all those comments. I was wondering if anyone else noticed from the pre-wedding photo taken with her mom and Pippa outside the Goring hotel... is the hem of her white jacket coming off on the right side?

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  19. I think Kate's discomfort with being photographed reflects her intent not to deflect attention from William's trip. This was a private visit, but the Goring's reopening and the Coldstream Guards would have drawn attention. The dress is pretty, but it does't fit perfectly. She probably did not need a coat to walk a few steps between a warm building and a warm car.

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    1. I agree. This was a private visit and she wants the focus to be on William. Naturally, she expected photographers to be there, but if she came out beaming from ear to ear, she would be accused of enjoying the attention or having too much fun. And we can't have that. ;)

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    2. Maggie - Minneapolis4 March 2015 at 04:55

      I read somewhere that she entered through a side door of the hotel (and the band, which was out front, had to move to welcome her). I find it interesting that she chose to exit through the front. And honestly, if Kate was afraid of deflecting attention from William's trip, then she shouldn't have gone. I'm not saying she should never leave her home. But attending a large lunch at the hotel she stayed at the night before her wedding is just asking to be photographed and written about. There were 60 people attending that lunch, plus a bunch of hotel employees (whose place of work would benefit from the publicity of Kate attending). The chances of at least one person calling the paps is high.

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    3. I find this very far fetched: the idea of Kate not smiling to not distract attention from William's tour. She knows she is going to get attention, whether she is smiling or not. Very nice try though for an explanation.

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    4. She managed to be snuck into and out of another hotel for her cousin's wedding without being seen.

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    5. If she was really trying to not take away from Williams tour than why didn't she enter through a back way?? Someone trying to not be photographed does not enter through the front doors. I think you are assuming she didn't want to take away from William's tour. There is not proof of that. It is actually quite to the contrary. She has been able to hide in the past (i.e. her cousins wedding). She obviously knew there were photographers. I am sure they were spotted before even leaving the hotel. So, if she really didn't want to be photographed, she would have gone another way. I think rather it was intentional in order to bring more attention to William's tour, since the article with Kate's photos then were accompanied by William' tour. It may have even been the Palace's idea! It is such an assumption to think Kate wants the focus to be on William. I agree with Fabulousdann that it is a little far fetched about not smiling.

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    6. I think the 'entering through the back door' thing wouldn't really work here. Kate was invited to a celebratory event by the Goring Hotel, which is a business at the end of the day. These kind of events aren't just about having a celebration, they're about advertising and marketing. Having your highest profile guest arrive and leave unseen would miss the point for the hotel.

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  20. I think she looks good in the dress. Also think it was made for her as a maternity piece. The fit would be very different if not. I do not read much into facial expressions. I think she is about 6 weeks away. I also have never gotten the impression she does not like her pregnant body, that is speculation that I do not see any indication for. Ali

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  21. Kathleen from Chicago, IL3 March 2015 at 16:47

    I love the dress. It's beautiful and it fits like a maternity dress should! I don't care for Kate's typical loose maternity dress style, love to see her in something that hugs her bump for once :) She looks beautiful in everything she wears, though.

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  22. don’t think that the dress is too poorly fitting. It’s clearly been made to accommodate a bump. The problem with fitted maternity wear is that ones bump can change size and shape based on where the baby is situated. Later in the pregnancy the baby can move throughout the day and what fit nicely in the morning can look odd when baby is in a different position! (I had this problem a lot in the last couple months of my pregnancy.) and if Kate had this dress made when she was pregnant with George, it made not fit this bump the same since one can carry differently in different pregnancies

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    1. Very astute comment, Melissa. I learnt something today, thank you so much!

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  23. It was a pleasant surprise seeing Kate at a function today although it was a private one. I thought the dress was colourful and had been made to accommodate the "bump" quite well. I would imagine Kate was not very pleased to see the photographers when she left and didn't want to overshadow William's trip hence the unresponsive look when she left although her expression was not grim just not smiling. One realised why this morning with a number of papers having the photograph on their front pages and others featuring her as well as William on inside pages the Goring Hotel did well on publicity. It was nice for her to get out of KP while William is away I am sure she must miss him and be wishing that she had been able to visit Japan & China. Judging by how long it has been since the last visit from any Royal it is likely it will be many years before she has such an opportunity.

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    1. And it has been awhile since they have been away from each other for this long of a time. I bet she has missed him dearly and poor George missing his daddy. I hope William has missed them as much.

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  24. I'm really startled by how short Rebecca Deacon's skirt is. It's a private visit for Catherine, but Rebecca is at work here and I really don't think her hem length is appropriate for her position. For one thing, she represents the palace and it seems a bit tacky, and for another, as a private assistant the very last thing she should be doing is calling attention to herself. Still, she wears short skirts pretty often and I guess if her employers had a problem with it, they'd say so.

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    1. LOL. I caught that too and just thought to myself, if that was Kate, oh boy. :) Personally, I think she should dress more modestly than her employer, but as you stated, if they had a problem with it, it would be addressed.

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    2. Maggie - Minneapolis4 March 2015 at 04:50

      We don't know that Rebecca was there as Kate's secretary. People said it was possible that the nanny went to Mustique because her and Kate have developed a friendship. The same could be true for Rebecca. Maybe Kate invited her to come along to a nice lunch. Also, I don't get the idea that she should have to dress more modestly than her employer. We see Kate wear skirts that short often. Just because she isn't at the moment shouldn't be the determining factor for whether Rebecca can as well. And yes, people would react more if Kate wore a skirt that short because Kate works for the nation, whereas Rebecca works for Kate, and so only needs to worry about if Kate is okay with her skirt lengths.

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    3. Maggie - Minneapolis4 March 2015 at 04:56

      If Rebecca WAS attending in the capacity of Kate's secretary, any thoughts on why? I'm just curious as to what people think she would need to be doing.

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    4. IMO I think Rebecca trys to steel the spot light. You do not see any of the other assistants in photos as much as she is. Friendship or not she needs to stay out of the photos unless she is asked.
      And yes she does wear her dresses and skirts to short.

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    5. I would imagine that although they would be on friendly terms there's a employer/employee relationship. I think rebecca acts as an unofficial lady in waiting, and although this was a private visit she would smooth the way and steer kate out of any uncomfortable situations.

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    6. I do agree the dress us short but whenever I visit london the lengths seem to be short for all ages plus all job roles. Just fashion at moment

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    7. Pretty sure Miss Deacon was not included in the invitation, so she was there as Kate's assistant. Her job is to keep the Duchess on schedule and make sure she's comfortable, like any other day. Perhaps if Kate were not eight months pregnant she might have gone alone, but it's still RD's job.

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    8. Rebecca and Maria Teresa are employees, not friends. I'm sure if the nanny had said she didn't want to go to the tropics for two weeks, she would have been fired. Deacon accompanying her on this visit is another example of blurring public and private. As for Deacon's clothing, her skirts are often as short as her charge's are.

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    9. Kate wears dresses that short all the time. If it is okay for Kate, why not for Rebecca? Especially since Rebecca is not even Royalty? I know that she works for Royalty, but if the actual Royal doesn't always wear appropriate length garments, then why should she? Lead by example. There is a huge double standard here.

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    10. Funny, the subject of blurring public and private came up elsewhere and I thought the response was on the money.

      The point made was that whether this was a private visit or not, Kate is still the DoC and Rebecca is a salaried employee. She doesn't get paid by the hour and works when she's needed.

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    11. I don't see Rebecca in a lot of photos. The photos that she are in she can't help. She is there to assist the DOC after all.

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    12. This seems new to me, usually Rebecca is modesty dressed but recently she's been raising the hemlines. I wonder why? I'm not too sure she's trying to steal the spotlight, she's been Kate's assistant since she's been married so she's used to playing second fiddle to Kate, so to speak.
      So maybe she's just trying something new. Either way she looks a little silly with her skirts that short, the look doesn't fit her.

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    13. Marci from Salt Lake5 March 2015 at 04:06

      Do you think at this stage of Kate's pregnancy that it's a matter of practicality for her not to go anywhere alone? I wonder if Rebecca being with her is one of the contingencies in case she should need to be rushed to hospital unexpectedly. (God forbid, of course!) The bodyguards would not be able to provide personal care for her until ambulance or hospital personnel took over in that case; they must and should mind their own jobs. She would need a Rebecca Deacon or someone like her.

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    14. Marci, that's an excellent point.

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    15. Well, Rebecca knows she gets photographed. Surely she wants to look good, maybe sexy. Not appropriate as she's at work, but understandable as an emotional desire.

      I don't think there's a double standard. She's an assistant so she
      1. Should dress professionally
      2. Should blend in
      also, the two of them are built differently. Kate is tall and a banana shape - I think it's called - so short hemlines don't look out of place on her. On Rebecca they look disproportioned.

      Also, for Kate dressing professionally has a different meaning, as the two have different professions.

      Camilla

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    16. I think for security they have to go fast to the car which is why RD is in the shot

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    17. Camilla, you nailed it! 100%

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    18. anon from Leominster6 March 2015 at 02:27

      I had noticed that on official engagements Rebecca has dressed far more modestly of late. There seems to have been a new public relation move of late and I wondered if that wasn't part of it - Rebecca got some criticism for showing off her legs, probably unwittingly when she was in Malta with William. This being a private engagment, there may have been less concern.

      But she is an employee and her presence is no doubt to serve as a buffer and make sure all goes perfectly for Kate. There was a funny/ sad artilce in Tatler, decades ago, about the Duchess of York and her assistant Jane (later imprisoned for murdering her lover - I belive she is trying again for release) and the long list of demands for the duchess in a photo shoot. We tend to forget Kate isn't like us - life is harder in some ways - but also very much easier with many people smoothing her daily path.

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  25. It was a pleasant surprise to see Kate out and about today having attended this private engagement and celebration at the Goring Hotel. I liked the colorful patterned dress but thought that she should have been wearing a coat ~ while the sun was shining it still looked chilly. My thoughts after looking at the photos, is that Kate looks much bigger in the last few weeks and the baby is growing and dropping! While she is always beautiful to me, I think she looked a bit tired. She looks ready for maternity leave and should rest as she progresses into the final weeks of her pregnancy. Thanks for another nice post Charlotte.

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    1. I agree with you NancyUSA that she looks a little tired and that the baby seemed to have dropped; mat leave is very eminent! I do like the dress-- the patterns and colors are to me so cheerful. I wonder whether this is her first time back at the Goring since her wedding? I can imagine the memories and the emotions the visit brought back!

      Charlotte, thanks for the update.

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      I think she has attended a charity event or two held there.

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    3. Thanks, Lynn George USA.
      Anon:01:44

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  26. I think this is a very pretty dress. It's bright and cheerful and spring-like, and I love the cut-out in the back. But I have to agree with many of you that the fit isn't right. It looks quite tight on Kate. I know that the climate is milder in London than U.S. cities like New York or Chicago. But is it really warm enough now in London to go outside without a coat?? I really don't understand Kate and coats. Sometimes, she’ll wear a heavy coat in the summer, and we all know that she likes to keep her coat on indoors. Yet in the winter, she often goes outside without a coat!! This makes no sense to me. Nonetheless, I love this dress and hope that Kate wears it again, after the baby is born.
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  27. Maggie - Minneapolis4 March 2015 at 05:15

    I like the dress's fit/style in concept, but just think it's a little too tight on her. I do like that unlike most of her pregnancy clothing for appearances, this isn't very baggy and instead makes me feel like she isn't afraid of showing off her bump. I just think that it's too tight around her bust area, and then again around her bump. Also the material really isn't ideal for pregnancy, because it clearly wrinkles easily. But I do wish she would wear less of the "box-y" dresses/coats she gravitates towards during her pregnancies. That being said, has anyone noticed a significant trend of her wearing very baggy clothes for official appearances while pregnant, while doing the opposite when pregnant and doing things in private? For example, that Belulah shirt with hearts she was pictured in. And also that shirt and (maybe grey?) tight skirt she wore to the hairdressers when pregnant with Prince George. It's intriguing.
    Also I wish someone would tell Kate to stop wearing heels so late into pregnancies. It's not good for your back or feet, and is dangerous for the baby in the event of a fall. I understand the desire to make her legs look good, especially when she is pregnant, but she will look good in flats too!

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  28. I love the dress and think she looks great in it. She looks better at 7 months pregnant than I ever do, so I wouldn't dare criticize anything about her!

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  29. I think Kate is feeling the strain of being almost 8 months pregnant and being in the public eye. It must be so hard at times as she literally can't even pop to the shops without looking perfect. I hope she enjoys a relaxing maternity leave!

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  30. When I read that it was a private visit, my very first reaction was why Catherine left by the front door knowing that there was a good chance her photo was going to be taken. And since it was a private visit, is she and William going to sue the photographer who took the photograph? After all, they are the Royals who like to sue about these things.

    It must have been cold to not wear a coat even if from the front door to the car. Definitely, Catherine was not thinking about her baby.

    I did notice the short skirt Rebecca Deacon wore. Hmm. Well, they are all of similar age with similar mentality about these things. Yes, I'm sure Rebecca was at the same table as Catherine. It was a luncheon like how Rebecca sat with Catherine at another luncheon where they stayed for an hour and a half before going home. That was a public engagement.

    Yet, it's good to know that Catherine had a nice lunch at the Goring Hotel.

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    1. "Definitely, Catherine was not thinking about her baby." Really? In what capacity are you remotely informed on Kate's prenatal health routine? You must know very little about pregnancy to believe the baby was in danger or not cared for because its mother walked 20 feet in brisk air without a coat. Sigh. So sad to again see the woman-bashing-other-woman mentality this blog fosters. Shameful.

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    2. Claire, I agree with you -- on both points.

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    3. I'd like to join Claire and royal fan in objecting to the statement that Kate "was not thinking about her baby," by walking twenty feet without a coat. Are you joking? The baby is quite safe and warm inside her body and would not be harmed even by longer exposure to much harsher conditions. It seems some people are just *looking* for things to criticize -- and in the absence of any actual evidence, just making things up.

      -Jenny in Jersey

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    4. Claire in NC -- It is OK to disagree. (Relax. Calm down.)

      FYI: Sophie the Countess of Wessex was with the First Lady of Mexico at the set of Downton Abbey! What a treat for all of us fans! They both looked lovely in the photos with the cast!

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    5. Amen Claire and royalfan, sometimes reading these comments reminds me of when I used to read the mail on line- GRRRRR! thank you for stating what we were thinking. I so often wish the comments could be as they first were with out all this drama. Thanks for what you both said.

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    6. Bella, I know what you mean about some of the DM comments. It's sad that it happens here too -- on a fan site. I wish more people would speak up. I really do.

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    7. Bella USA -- I totally agree with you. There are those who just can't leave it alone. (Calm down. It's only a blog.)

      FYI: I read that Catherine is going to visit Downton Abbey on March 12th.

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    9. Perceival, with all due respect, I am a bit tired of the "calm down" remarks.

      Yes, it is only a blog, but it's a fan blog where people choose to participate. No one is being dragged here to participate if they have no use or respect for the subject. And if some folks leave repetitively negative comments, they are surprised when people jump in to defend Kate. Amazing really. Perhaps the calming down belongs on the other foot. :)

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    10. Yankee from California6 March 2015 at 01:27

      Royalfan -- Round of applause!

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    11. Royalfan -- You're right. No one is being dragged here to participate. I see you have commented three times. Just an interesting observation, that's all. You are truly a royal fan.

      I believe Charlotte has put up a new post for you. I'm off to enjoy my Friday! Sunny and warm weather up ahead! I do hope you enjoy yours, royalfan. Blogs need people like you. Live life to the fullest -- there's a whole world out there to be explored! Enjoy! :-)

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  31. Robbie from Virginia4 March 2015 at 15:02

    Jeez, these critics amaze me. She is out for a personal appointment. It may be that she suddenly didn't feel well. And now all these negative comments! Can all who write them say truthfully they would pass the scrutiny if photographed every time they left home. I think she is lovely and appears to be gracious.

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    1. Yes, I agree, and I'd love to see a couple of "how-to" selfies. :)

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    2. anon from Leominster6 March 2015 at 02:44

      We may not be photographed Royalfan but many of us spent years having to think about our appearence when we went to work - daily, not just occasionally like Kate.

      Personally, I don't miss the days of coming home exhausted and having to do laundry to make sure there were clean knickers and nighties, check for runs in tights, lay out shoes and makes sure tops were clean -- and find the time for taking things to the dry cleaners, not to mention all the other errands - and for me at least - work at home in the evening. Travel made it that much more complicated - no one carrying suitcases, no hairdresser along or personal asisstants to take care of clothes. I somehow don't think Kate has to worry on a business trip if she spills something on the last clean blouse she has.

      And for most mums these days, this is the only time with their children and all those added responsibilities.

      I may not have been as polished as Kate but I had to make sure I looked as perfect as possible and tens of thousands of other women do the same. Most of us, yes, would probably look all right in photographs and if we didn't have to worry so much when we stepped out on the weekend, we were also dealing with this on a huge level compared to Kate's occasional appearances.

      And many of us had to do this even when we were tired, ill and many when pregnant - I enjoy Kate but I have little sympathy for her at this point - she really has the most delightful life and the attention she gets is balanced with priviliges that even the very rich can barely dream about. And while I think Kate is often lovely, she looks far from gracious, for whatever reason, in these photos.

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    3. I dont think getting dressed for work in any way compares to the perfectiion Kate is expected to pull off every day. And the readers here do t have to deal with .millions of frustrated women projecting their fantasies on them.

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  32. Faith from Boston4 March 2015 at 16:39

    Charlotte, has Kate attended any of the events surrounding the Mexican president's state visit? I didn't see that she was mentioned.

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    1. Hello Faith,

      The Duchess was not involved in any of the events. I hope to see William and Kate involved in state visits with some frequency in the coming years. It will provide excellent experience in that area for them. At present, those events tend to be attended by the most senior royals.

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    2. This is my first time seeing the first lady of Mexico, and she's a really beautiful lady. And the dress she wore to the state banquet looked gorgeous on her and Prince Phillip looked very happy to be chatting with such a beautiful lady lol. :)
      I think I'll start a little style watch on her.

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    3. Blair, I saw the pictures and I totally agree...PP looked very happy indeed. :))

      And I wasn't surprised that Kate was not involved with this latest state visit; not given William's tour. In October, William and Kate welcomed Singapore's president (after their visit to the country in 2012) and this time Charles and Camilla welcomed Mexico's president after their visit to Mexico in Nov 2014).

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  33. She didn't look happy to be photographed exiting the hotel so I wonder why she didn't use a back entrance? As much as she might hate it, she knows she'll attract attention and photographers (pros and amateurs), so she can certainly plan around that if she doesn't want her pictures to distract from William's trip. Now she's got to contend with being on the front page, and unflattering comments about looking tired.

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  34. Meh. She was going to lunch. Big deal. Who cares what she was wearing as she wasn't doing anything except going to have lunch at the hotel. Apparently someone thought it was a big deal to have a band playing and all. Promotion for the hotel maybe? Kate a little cheesed at being used for promoting the hotel (for those who thought she looked a bit out of sorts)?

    I might have to look into having a military band play when I enter and leave somewhere though. :)

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    1. Hi bluhare, I appreciate so much your unique way of looking her engagements, so welcoming and funny.:)
      So you want a military band now to celebrate you, girl you are hilarious?:)))

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    2. Actually I'd be mortified, blue. I'm not a big attention seeker. And I guess that was my point . . . this wasn't something that was supposed to be "work" for her, yet it's been treated as such and analyzed to death.

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    3. I still hold true to my first sentence, your view is appreciated so much at least by me but I am sure not only by me.
      I am afraid at this last leg of her pregnancy we only get these kind of fun events. Gallery and DA set visits. Good photo op.

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    4. Bluhare, I am certain if applied to, the Coldstream Guards Band would happily serenade you anywhere! :-)

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    5. blue, thank you. I try.

      Pandora, it is not a good idea to get a bluhare thinking about handsome men in uniform. We can get a bit . . . um, overwrought. :)

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    6. anon from Leominster6 March 2015 at 02:49

      I suspect Kate may have planned to make a more discreet exit but that the hotel may have liked the attention of having her exit from the front door - that may be why she looks less than pleased. One could hardly blame the hotel - if Kate was just Miss Middleton, she wouldn't have been invited. While it isn't a public engagment, it isn't exactly a family one either or being out with friends - royals do have these events that don't quite fit in either catagory. The emphasis on it being a private engagment may have more to do with making it clear that Kate wasn't doing this as an advert for the hotel - at least officially.

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  35. This dress is gorgeous and so beautiful for spring! I love the back too.

    Charlotte and other readers if you haven't seen already more photos can be viewed here:

    http://www.popsugar.com/celebrity/Kate-Middleton-Goring-Hotel-Anniversary-Party-2015-Photos-36994902#photo-36994902

    Thanks Charlotte for another stellar post!
    Mel

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  36. IMHO, Kate's 'bump' doesn't look very big considering the baby is due next month.

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  37. Good evening everyone!

    There has been a huge reaction to the botox conversation and a large number of posters/readers have been in touch to say they felt it inappropriate to have such a discussion. A lot of readers felt offended by it, and certain comments made.

    I hadn't anticipated such a reaction and due to the volume of people involved I decided to delete it (there were many unpublished replies which were quite unkind and just plain trolling) and because it's going from constructive to hateful I thought it best.

    The comments section has evolved hugely, however certain topics still provoke an enormously hateful reaction from Anonymous posters. I sincerely apologise to those of you who participated in the debate constructively.

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    1. Good for you, Charlotte. I stayed quiet but agree that it seemed pretty mean. I'll never stop reading your delightful blog (I have been reading since shortly after you began publishing!) but the comments of late have made me a little sad.

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    2. Just curious, why is a discussion about her botox use considered inappropriate? Botox is an appearance/fashion choice, just like her decision to dye her hair, tanning, hairstyle, makeup choices, etc. If those other things can be discussed, why not botox which is a choice in the same vein?

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    3. Erika from Massachusetts4 March 2015 at 22:14

      So frustrating when an innocuous topic turns toxic. I was one of the first the posters in that thread and we all tried to make it clear that there was no negativity attached
      to the observation. Im so discouraged that
      it became tainted with ill will.

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    4. Anonymous - That is a very good question. The reason is the negative response from so many, and by negative I mean nasty. When we discuss hair/make up that sort of reaction doesn't come with it. The unpublished replies to the botox discussion were terrible with some horribly unkind remarks about Kate's appearance and her abilities as a mother.

      It is very unfortunate the topic turned toxic as Erika said.

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    5. Luxembourgermeister, you are not alone in feeling that way.

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    6. Like Erika said the first few comments were just discussing the subject in a very civil way. I was also one of the first few comments, and made it clear that I was not trying to be rude. I'm sorry Charlotte you had to deal with such mean comments.
      That can be a very touchy subject to talk about, for any woman and unfortunately some people get nasty about it and say things that are very inappropriate.

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    7. Personally I think everyone should develop a sense of humor and not take this all so seriously. Have our opinions, certainly, but not get so bent out of shape about it all. None of this really means anything in the grand scheme of things.

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    8. bluhare, I'm all for a having a sense of humor, and I believe I have one, but I don't find it useful if comments are laced with ill will.

      Sometimes I have visions of an elementary schoolyard where a handful of mean girls are pulling a pretty girl's ponytail and enjoying it. And I do not mean to be funny here.

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    9. Erika from Massachusetts5 March 2015 at 17:58

      Well said bluhare :-)

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    10. Dear Charlotte - how awful for you. I personally do not understand the rather uncivil tone this blog has taken lately. Your posts are so well researched, so beautiful and informative, and so well written - you so clearly put a tremendous amount of your time into informing and entertaining all of us and I think it very bad form when posters continue to argue points aggressively (as opposed to those who do so with jolly good fun), etc...and that is just what you publish! I cannot imagine what you must read in the posts you do not choose to include and I am terribly sorry you must deal with such rubbish. Thank you so very much for everything you do for each and every one of us who follow your brilliant blog.

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    11. Thank you Charlotte. That is really too bad. I hadn't had a chance to post in a while as I have been away. Came back to this news :(

      It's really so sad that some people actually think Kate's choice to use botox has a bearing on her being a poor mother. She clearly is putting her child first by choosing not to have treatments while pregnant. And when she does get it done, it is subtle and extremely well-done!!

      Very much looking forward to the next week of engagements!

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    12. Thank you, Erica!

      I think a nicely developed sense of humor is essential. I would not still be here otherwise. One person's "ill will" is another person's interesting comment.

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    13. anon from Leominster6 March 2015 at 02:53

      I think most of us try to be balanced and I'm certainly sorry Charlotte is faced with comments, regardless of their opinion, which cross the line of respect. But there is the old saying - Harry Truman, I believe, that if you can't stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen. Kate knew what she was buying into. Weddings at Westminster Abbeys, and free homes come with their own sort of price tags.

      There is not a royal woman out there who can expect to be popular and not draw an analysis of her looks and clothes - and most, including Kate, are treated more lightly than political wives and female public figures.

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    14. I feel that having a "discussion" as to the use of Biotox was perhaps inappropriate because when the first posts came out it was stated as a FACT that Kate was using this when to the best of my knowledge nowhere has it ever been reported or known as a true statement of fact. I think this is where a discussion can get out of control. My main thought when reading the original post re: the use of Botox was why would anyone ever jump to this conclusion because someone had a wrinkled forehead when exiting a building into brilliant sunlight. Thank you Charlotte for pulling the hateful comments toward Kate!

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    15. Well said, Anon 3:51. I had exactly the same reaction, and I am also very glad that discussion disappeared.

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    16. "why would anyone ever jump to this conclusion because someone had a wrinkled forehead when exiting a building into brilliant sunlight."

      But that's not the reason why.
      Also, it has been reported that she receives treatments. I, for one, think she does a very subtle and exquisite job.
      Also, it has never been officially stated, by the palace for example, that she has lost weight over the years, but one can see that she has gotten into excellent shape since her partying/dating days.

      I suppose I just don't understand the big deal that Kate might not be 100% au naturel. It's really not a bad thing.

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    17. Why on earth would the Palace comment on the weight of a member if the royal family??

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    18. Erika from Massachusetts7 March 2015 at 19:50

      @anon 3:51 Charlotte deleted the thread because it went off topic in a negative way. The initial thread was respectful with posters just making a hypothesis based on an obervation. Of course it is pure speculation as are many of the threads on this blog. There have been threads about her weight, her orthodontic work, her hair coloring practices and so on. All of it is speculation because no one outside of her circle really knows much about anything, and that is understood. As Stephanie says, why is cosmetic enhancement perceived as a negative? I found the thread interesting because I am interested in how she looks the way she does. Just as I would be interested in her skin care routine or how she gets her hair into a cascade of waves, I'm interested in her possible cosmetic enhancements. The thread wasn't meant to take her down, it was meant to hold her up.

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    19. ....They wouldnt. Point is we would never expect official reports that she has had treatments so we have to use our eyes.

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    20. Exactly right, Erika! Totally agree :)

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  38. It's nice to see her in some color, though this isn't one of my favorite dresses on her.

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  39. I have just been watching "Reinventing the Royals" from the BBC and I have to say I find it fascinating in regards to this post. I always knew the Royals manipulated the press (Diane was great at it), but I didn't know to what degree they control the media. Having said that I fully believe they orchestrated these photos of Kate. She entered through a side door and had she really not wanted to be photographed could have exited the same way without ever being seen. The fact that she left through the front and thus we got the resulting photos leads me to believe this was done on purpose. It seems like something the Palace would plan. William's tour has not been receiving as much time in the press as one would hope. So what better way to draw attention to what William is doing than to print photos of the ever popular Kate? These photos then included stories about what William has been doing on his tour. It was brilliant PR. I fully believe Kate knew these photos were coming and they were planned as a stage photo-op (that may also be why Rebecca was there working). It just seems to make a lot of since and something the Palace would do in order to draw attention to William's tour. Otherwise Kate could have easily exited without ever being noticed like she entered. Just food for thought.

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    1. Seems to me Granny and the couple from Mexico sort of stole William's thunder! Could that be why Prince Charles looked a bit gloomy? If Kate was attracting attention to William (and how could the Palace predict the joint article), surely she would have smiled?

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    2. If she had smiled she would have appeared more staged and the last thing the Palace wants is to tip their hand. This way the photos appear to be a surprise. Besides just because she knew about the photos doesn't mean Kate was happy about it. Also, it is kind of predictable that when one half of the couple is away, when an article is written there is normally a bit at the end about what the other person has been doing. The DM does it all the time. Or even, the Palace could have worked out the photo-op with the DM on the terms that they include a large section about William. It would not be the first time they did that. They do work with papers sometimes when they want something. It is pretty well known and that documentary confirmed it.

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    3. Maryland Moxie5 March 2015 at 09:42

      I'm not so sure it was the palace - I think it was the Goring Hotel who created the opportunity - because she certainly brought attention to that re-opening and the hotel was all over the press. The hotel planned the party, hired the band, invited Kate. They also invited former prime ministers, actors and actresses, and other folks rich enough to have used their services. So, I don't think the hotel went to the trouble to get press for William but for themselves.

      Also, something to ponder - is the point of going to a foreign country to get press in your own nation, or the nation visiting? Or is there any reason to have press report on these diplomatic exchanges at all? Do they serve a different purpose? Sometimes I wonder if people think "press coverage" is the standard by which people measure success of foreign visits and I would question that way of thinking.

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    4. Jean from Lancs5 March 2015 at 11:55

      You cannot possibly know why Catherine entered the hotel by a side door and left by the main entrance!
      This morning's "Daily Mirror" on line is reporting that the police are aware of 220 stalkers of the Duchess, causing them concern.
      Maybe her protection officers had a reason to advise using the front door.
      Also Sky News covered William's trip quite extensively.
      I note Catherine is to visit the "Downton Abbey" set on March 12. Doubtless that will be criticized too---but remember this programme is viewed all over the world--earning money for Britain

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    5. If she had smiled she would have appeared more staged and the last thing the Palace wants is to tip their hand. This way the photos appear to be a surprise. Besides just because she knew about the photos doesn't mean Kate was happy about it. Also, it is kind of predictable that when one half of the couple is away, when an article is written there is normally a bit at the end about what the other person has been doing. The DM does it all the time. Or even, the Palace could have worked out the photo-op with the DM on the terms that they include a large section about William. It would not be the first time they did that. They do work with papers sometimes when they want something. It is pretty well known and that documentary confirmed it. It is a smart way to contain an image, and also to get stories you wanted noticed, like William.

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    6. Anon 2:34 - I believe you may be correct. HM and HRH The Duke were so clearly enjoying this visit that it seems to have got all the press. On the one hand, however, I was very glad to see them having such a jolly time - however, HRH The DoC seems to have done a brilliant job without nary a foot wrong and that was gratifying to see as well in foreign news outlets.

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    7. Jean I am merely pointing out a possibility. I didn't say it was the definite answer, just something to ponder. With the Royals, nothing is as it seems. You don't need to get so defensive and upset. I am not sure what her going to Downton Abbey set has to do with anything? On a side note, the Daily Mirror is a gossip rag, which should be taken with a grain of sand. And most celebrities have stalkers. It is a sad reality and nothing new.

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    8. Pandora, I also very much enjoyed the fun pictures of the Queen and Prince Philip with the Prsident of Mexico and his wife. It was the scheduling of the state visit at the same time as William's visit that caused the conflict. The Palace perhaps failed to realize what glamorous and entertaining guests had been invited, but I think it would have been an unnecessary conflict in any case. Yes, it seems William did a fine job in an area where the Prince of Wales has definitely put a foot or two wrong. Anon 2:34

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  40. Kate, Texas, USA5 March 2015 at 07:39

    Kate looks lovely and what a treat to see her out and about! She did look a bit tired, but that is absolutely to be expected at this stage in her pregnancy. I loved seeing her blossoming bump! The colorful dress was very pretty and I really liked the fit. I saw a couple comments that some were surprised Kate was not wearing a coat. I know with my pregnancies I was blazing hot 24/7, especially in the final stretch. The cool air might have felt good to Kate. Anyway, I thought she was appropriately dressed and looked pretty!

    I know the luncheon was yummy! The Goring looks absolutely grand and I would love to stay there on my London adventures. Maybe a reservation for afternoon tea!?!? Thank you for the post Charlotte!

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    1. Sarah from Calif.6 March 2015 at 02:06

      Kate, we can go there for Tea on our trip!

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    2. Kate, Texas, USA6 March 2015 at 06:18

      Sarah, YES! Tea at the Goring sounds lovely! :)

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  41. Another engagement has been announced for Kate. She is visiting the Downton Abbey studios at Ealing and meeting the cast on March 12th, so next week she will now have 5 engagements 2 on one day at Margate the only day she is not at something is the Tuesday it would seem she is packing in as many engagements as possible before she goes on Maternity leave. No word yet on the St. Patricks day parade I do hope she goes.
    Yes Williams trip to China was overshadowed by the arrival of the President of Mexico but there has been reasonable coverage of his speech yesterday about ivory poaching overall his trip has had reasonable coverage although somewhat spasmodic there would certainly have been considerably more if Kate had been there.

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  42. Tgoldin84 from Atlanta, GA, USA5 March 2015 at 14:52

    People magazine is reporting that Kate will visit the set of Downton Abbey next week. March is shaping up to be a very busy month for the Duchess.

    http://www.people.com/people/mobile/article/0,,20395222_20905851,00.html

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    1. So far we're at four days but I do take your point especially as she's in the final stretch of her pregnancy. Before I get too charitable though, I just talked to a gentleman whose wife is due to have her baby any day now and she's still at work -- 8 hours per day, 5 days per week.

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    2. anon from Leominster6 March 2015 at 03:00

      Exactly so. And Kate had nothing but the private lunch this week, and I'm thinking nothing the week before. Technically, women should have a month off before the birth - as Kate may well, but many don't - many work right up to the day of almost. I've known future mums who were dropped off at work by hubby because they could no longer comfortably drive - so I don't think Kate is wearing herself out. She likes to cram her engagments together - possibily because she is living in the country much of the time - but down the road, she's going to need to arrange things differently if she will be a successful queen.

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  43. People is reporting that Kate will visit Ealing Studios (Downton Abbey set) next week also...Mar. 12.

    http://www.people.com/people/package/article/0,,20395222_20905851,00.html

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  44. love these the duchess will be visit the set of downtown abbey set next week a lot of going in march duchess was busy march i hope in april see may rest up

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