Friday, 27 March 2015

Kate in Cerise Mulberry Coat for Day of Engagements in South London

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge carried out three engagements in south London today, which marked Kate's final public appearance before the arrival of the couple's second child next month.


William and Kate's first stop was a visit to the Stephen Lawrence Centre, home to the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.


Few people in Britain have not heard the tragic story of Stephen, who was born in south-east London in 1974 to parents Neville and Doreen Lawrence, who described their son as an artistic young man who adored art and maths. A young entrepreneur, at 16 he set up a small business selling clothing and book covers. He even appeared as a film extra alongside Denzel Washington in the film For Queen and Country. He was working towards his dream of becoming an architect.

Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust

On the 22nd April 1993, age 18, Stephen was murdered in an unprovoked racist attack. He didn't know his killers and his killers didn't know him. Sadly to this date, only two of the five perpetrators have been convicted of his murder.

In his memory and to inspire and help young people just like him, his family set up the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust. Since 2000, the Trust has helped many young people realise their ambitions to become architects by supporting them with bursaries and mentoring support. In 2008, the Stephen Lawrence Centre was opened in Deptford, south-east London, giving thousands more young people an opportunity to nurture and use their creativity.

Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust

Stephen's mother Doreen was appointed OBE for "services to community relations" in 2013 and was created a life peer. An incredibly brave woman determined to ensure her son was not forgotten, she has carried out work in his name since his death. Baroness Lawrence accompanied the Cambridges today.


Today, the centre is a place for community learning and social research, inspiring and motivating young people. The space is available for conferences, meetings, training and seminars.The trust continues to campaign for fairness and justice, ensuring the lessons from Stephen’s murder are acted on.


William and Kate chatting.


Kate received a posy of flowers.


Their Royal Highnesses toured the building and met with staff and volunteers at a reception.


Afterwards, they saw the Harris Academy law workshop in the Centre's lecture room and viewed a display of some of Stephen Lawrence's architectural work.


The Duke and Duchess then met with SLIK (Stephen Lawrence Instils Knowledge) Magazine editors in the PC room who are working on the The Write Way project, a digital magazine and website project which offers young people aged 16-26 the opportunity to create, design and manage a digital magazine and interactive website.


An exhibition of work by the Architectural Bursary recipients concluded the tour. Before departure the royal party signed the Centre's visitors' book.

Next, the Cambridges visited XLP, “The eXceL Project” a charity working to create positive futures for young people from inner London boroughs.


In 1996, in response to a stabbing in a school playground, the school’s headmaster asked Patrick Regan, a local church-based youth worker, to come into the school and work with their students and teachers to help with difficult behavioural issues. This was the beginning of XLP, a Christian charity that has an emphasis on being faith-based, but not faith-biased. XLP works equally with young people of all faiths and none.

XLP

William and Kate met key volunteers and supporters of the organisation as well as young people from each of the boroughs XLP supports.


The Duke and Duchess watched an arts performance and were invited onto the stage to meet and thank the performers. They were presented with XLP shirts bearing the logo “I refuse to believe this is a lost generation”.


Finally, William and Kate visited an XLP community bus and the XLP mobile recording studio on the Hazel Grove Estate.


The bus project acts as an accessible point of contact for many young people. The buses provide accessible drop-in sessions, which include 1-2-1 mentoring, cooking lessons and small group activities.


The couple posed for a photo.


Speaking about fatherhood Prince William said "not long now" and this memorable quote:

'The first time is a learning experience, the second time is a game changer.'

There was a clear theme in today's engagements - support organisations created out of terrible tragedies and loss of life. The Duke and Duchess had the opportunity to meet inspirational people who created positive places to help others out of senseless crimes. If you wish to donate to the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust please click here and for XLP please click here.


Kate repeated the cerise pink Mulberry coat she wore in New York last December for a visit to the National September 11 Memorial Museum.


The double breasted coat is a double crepe wool/silk blend. It originally retailed for £1500 before selling out shortly after Kate first wore it. It is described as "a timeless winter style with a reassuringly classic silhouette".

Mulberry

For me, the look worked better today. Kate looked radiant today and her hair looks fantastic. Do you prefer today's look or the first time she wore it?


Underneath, Kate wore a black dress.


Kate wore her favoured Stuart Weitzman 'Power' Pumps again today. The pointed-toe stilettos are currently reduced from $355 to $178 in a variety of colours on the Stuart Weitzman website. They are also available in black and taupe at Nordstrom and Zappos with Free Shipping.


Stuart Weitzman

And carried her Mulberry Bayswater Clutch. The power pumps and Mulberry clutch have been a favourite combinations of Kate's recently.

Mulberry

Kate accessorised with her gorgeous new Kiki McDonagh morganite cushion cut earrings.


A closer look at the £3,400 earrings. They are stunning.

Kiki McDonough

You can view a video at ITN Source.


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Also today, we have a couple of other updates to share. The Duchess shared a message with The Times newspaper reiterating the importance of children's mental health:

"I have been heartened to see that so much progress has been made in ending the taboo of adults openly treating mental wellness as the health issue it is. I believe that our generation of parents, caregivers, teachers, and health workers now have the chance to give the mental health of our children the focus it requires.
 I feel strongly that young people and parents need to know that they can ask for help. Just as with physical health, we need to act early to provide support when a child is faced with emotional difficulties.
"This is a discussion that William and I hope to play a part in during the months and years to come. We welcome all work to highlight this important issue for the benefit of all our young people."

This is an area Kate is passionate about and one she could make a significant difference in. We're seeing her slowly forging an individual role for herself within the Royal family, and tackling important yet often overlooked issues such as children's mental health. I look forward to seeing this commitment continue later this year.

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Yesterday, William, Kate and Harry attended the memorial for Richard Meade at Bath Abbey. Mr Meade was Britain's most successful equestrian and his son Harry Meade is a friend of the princes. The Duchess repeated her Beulah London Chaira Coat which she wore for a service at St. Paul's Cathedral earlier this month (with thanks to Kate & Pippa Style)

Kristina Schuler / @livelovelaughr

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A gorgeous new photo of Prince George with Prince Charles can be seen in the background of a video he made for the WWF in advance of Earth Day. The message can be viewed here.

British Royals Twitter Feed

Finally, as many of you may have heard the next season of Downton Abbey will be the last. Surprising and disappointing news for fans of the show!

We hope you all have a wonderful weekend; we'll be talking all things royal baby next! :)

191 comments:

  1. Rebecca - Sweden27 March 2015 at 12:01

    What great causes!!

    She looks really beautiful, her hair looks amazing. Love the little poof of volume on the top :)

    I love that she made a statement and future commitment on childrens mental health. I myself am diagnosed with Aspergers symptom and am at the moment struggling with anxiety to a severity making me unable to work and meet friends. I got my diagnosis just recently, and I don't see my diagnosis as a sickness. But if I had been aware before I might have been able to transition into adult life much easier. Thank lord that I have a stable and amazing family, many don't. This is a area that makes me so proud and happy to hear Kate speak out about!! You go girl!!!

    Also, love her repeat of the Beulah coat to the memorial. New hat? Also, might just be a snap-moment, but William doesn't look that happy to be photographed :P

    Can't wait for the baby!!! I hope we get to see George visit!

    (Also, fun with her wearing pink at both her last engagements before birth. I would love if she at the other 2 engagements today removed her coat and had a blue dress, just for the pleasure of toying with people!! :P )

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    1. Marci near Salt Lake City27 March 2015 at 12:54

      Hi Rebecca,
      I am wishing you all the energy and peace that you may need to be successful despite your struggles. I always enjoy your comments here. Take care of yourself!

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden27 March 2015 at 15:11

      Thank you :) I was unsure if I wanted to tell, don't want people to think less of my comments or something. :P

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    3. Erika from Massachusetts27 March 2015 at 16:33

      Hi Rebecca:-) No one will think less of you. The more we talk about these issues, the more educated and tolerant we will become. Best wishes to you! I enjoy reading your posts.

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    4. Diane from Boston27 March 2015 at 17:06

      Dear Rebecca, your comments are always interesting and insightful. I hope that receiving this news will help you make sense of some things that perhaps have always perplexed and bothered you. It's important to remember that having Asperger's is only one aspect of who you are; you are much more than a diagnosis! You are a vibrant, warm, and intelligent person with so much to offer. Please be well and keep commenting!

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    5. If anyone did think less of you I'm sure they are not the type of person whose opinion anyone would care to hear! Just think, like Kate, you are helping lessen the stigma of mental health issues! :)

      I agree with you, I think she is wearing pink to tly with us on purpose. But how beautiful she looks in pink! I love these charities and I hope she continues to work with them.

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    6. Rebecca, if anything, people should respect and admire you for sharing your circumstances. And if anyone (anywhere) doesn't, OH WELL... Take care of yourself and don't sweat the small stuff. :)

      And kudos to Kate for taking on these important causes.

      William does look annoyed in the last photo, but they were attending a memorial service and I can appreciate where he's coming from.

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    7. Rebecca, I think it was commendable that you allowed yourself to share your diagnosis. I read nothing different into your postings either prior to or after. You Go Girl!!!

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    8. Rebecca - Sweden27 March 2015 at 21:59

      Thank you guys :) I don't think bad of the Asperger part. I wouldn't want to be without that part of me even though it screws it up for me sometimes :P I like the good parts that comes with it, and thankfully it's one of the accepted diagnosises and not one people are scared of. What annoys me (and what has made me pull out of discussions here, where people might have thought I gave up on the argument) is that simple things like that can trigger the anxiety attacks. But I really cherish this place. This is where I get most of my social needs filled these days. I can have social contact without having to get ready, and it's on my own terms. I can write whenever I want and as deep as I want on my own terms. So thank you Charlotte for this little haven you have built :) You keep me "sane" :P

      Thanks for all the support you beautiful people!! :)

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    9. Theresa, from Paris27 March 2015 at 22:38

      Dear Rebecca,
      How could we think less of you because you are suffering from an illness anyone of us could have ? Of course not. I find it wonderfully brave of you to have told us, and thank you for sharing what must be so difficult. Do keep heart and keep well :-) !!
      I take care of my brother who has schizophrenia and feel so much empathy for all mentally ill persons.
      All best :)

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    10. As if we'd ever think less of you, Rebecca! :-P

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    11. Rose from Montreal Canada28 March 2015 at 01:03

      Dear Rebecca,
      Thank you for sharing and you take very good care of yourself. Rest assured that we will not think less of you. Thank Duchess Kate for opening this door. I am sure we have not seen even a small portion of the impact she is having. Open dialogue on mental illness for children is perfect. Lets keep talking.

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    12. Rebecca - Sweden28 March 2015 at 01:34

      Awww, you guys!!! You are very nice people! :) This is exactly why I love the "climate" at this blog. We can bicker and such, but it ultimatley is a safe place :) That is a great testiment to Charlotte as a blogger and moderator! :)

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    13. Canadian Friend28 March 2015 at 03:37

      Dear Rebecca,

      I've thought about you all day since reading your comments earlier.

      I really admire your courage in putting yourself forward to talk about Aspergers and your diagnosis. I've had the good fortune to meet several people with the same condition. My son has a learning disability and went to a school for 4 years where several students had Aspergers. I found them to be very intelligent and sensitive with a unique perspective on the world and the contributions they want to make to it. One of my son's best friends has Aspergers. I spent a wonderful afternoon with him recently, celebrating my son's birthday.

      I think a big challenge for you and for my son and others who are neurologically atypical is anxiety. People with Aspergers and other neurological conditions are just more sensitive to sights, sounds and other people's ideas and ways of expressing them.

      I hope you can find different coping mechanisms that work for you so you can manage your anxiety. Keep looking-I've found that practising yoga and meditating have helped me with anxiety.

      I'm glad that Charlotte's wonderful blog and this community help you. I always appreciate your comments and observations and hope to read many more of them.

      Take care of yourself and continue being wonderful and brave!

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    14. I often think the Queen frowns in pictures because of what a photographer is shouting. That probably is the case with William here. Kate does not look pleased, either.

      You have shown great courage in speaking of your diagnosis here, Rebecca. It surprises me, because your comments reflect a person who cares deeply about others, and who is outgoing and wise. My only experience of Asperger's is with someone who has difficulty with empathy. You obviously do not. Please know that we are with you. I do know what anxiety is like, though I function around it, and it has lessened with age. My very best wishes to you!

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    15. Rebecca - Sweden28 March 2015 at 14:32

      Thank you so much Canadian friend :) You seem to understand exactluy. My problem isn't my Asperger per se, more the anxiety coming from me not having the same tools as others to build a similar life. But I'll get there. This bbig chunk of time disappeaaring from getting over the anxiety sucks, but I am a clinically positive person :P

      Anon 05.47 I understand what you're getting at. My mother has "trained" me without knowing it my whole life + my family is very empathatic so I guess that balances out stuff for me. Plus being a woman. Asperger in women often doesn't get noticed or very late because females are better at(and have a bigger want to) fitting into society. :)

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    16. Asperger is not a sickness - more like one of the endless ways human brains are built and function.
      And finally knowing what it's all about will allow you to reorganize yourself and tackle your problems.
      Not to mention that Asperger comes with upsides as much as downsides :)

      Wishing you a journey full of awareness and self-discovery,

      Camilla

      P.s. I've always been a fan of your comments - logic, synthesis, balance - what's not to appreciate :)

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    17. Hi Rebecca I agree with the thoughts others have expressed here. I enjoy your comments - they're well-informed and always have a sparkle. I read your thoughts here to my grandmother and she said to tell you that you come across as smart, caring and fun. She hopes you find a way of managing your anxiety and says that one of the things she's learnt from looking back on her long life is that all the things she worried so much about at the time never happened.

      We're all here for you. Take care.

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    18. Rebecca - Thank you for sharing your story, We all love your comments here and you come across as a wonderful, witty person. We wish you all the very best.

      Reading through the comments, it's lovely to see the community spirit here and so many kind, caring replies.

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    19. Rebecca - Sweden29 March 2015 at 18:13

      Aww, you guys :) Thank you so much for lifting my spirit :) So many kind people at this blog! :)

      Say hi and thanks to your grandmother Blue Wren :)

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    20. Hi Rebecca, it was very nice of you to share your experience of Asperger syndrome. It was rather surprising, too, because you are perfectly able to interact with the posters; maybe your syndrome is very light, or maybe in your childhood it was different than in your adult life; having been surrounded by a careful family and having been helped in the right way made you strong enough to overcome your difficulties. With your coming out, you give a great help to the cause of supporting children's mental health. A big hug from Italy!

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    21. Helen from Wiltshire30 March 2015 at 11:20

      Hi Rebecca

      I just wanted to offer a big high five from one 'Aspie' to another! I don't have an official diagnosis like you, but I self-diagnosed a couple of years ago after reading Rudy Simone's book Aspergirls. I know exactly where you are with all the anxiety and I wanted to share a few things that have really helped me to feel better, just in case they help you too. First of all, I find meditation and light yoga really good for reducing stress. I don't go to yoga classes (you probably understand why), but I have a Yoga for Stress Release DVD at home and try to do a bit most nights if I can. The other thing that has helped me so much I can't rave about it enough is giving up all wheat from my diet. I gave it up about a month ago now and my mood has stabilized beyond recognition - I feel so much more positive and have had no depressed times at all since then. Even around my time of the month! The last thing I would recommend is not to focus on it too much. When I first diagnosed myself, I spent ages reading anything and everything I could find to try and understand more, but the more I focused on it the worse I ended up feeling. So I stopped reading and started living my life again (almost as if I didn't have it).

      I really hope that some or all of this might help you. As they say on one of my meditations: 'May you be safe and free from harm; may you be as happy and as healthy as it is possible for you to be; may you have ease of being.'

      God bless

      Helen

      P.S. I guess to keep it on topic a bit I'd better just add that I thought Kate looked fab in this pink coat! I agree with Charlotte that it looked better this time around now that she fills it out a bit more. I really think that some of her best maternity clothes from either pregnancy have been worn during the latter stages of this one - loved the cream Jojo Maman Bebe coat, the blue flowery Seraphine dress and the brown Catherine Walker coat for St Patrick's Day. I'm still thinking it's another boy though, much as I would love it to be a girl. She just looks too similar in shape to the last time to me. Can't wait for your posts in about a month's time Charlotte!

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    22. Rebecca - Sweden30 March 2015 at 21:29

      Ey, Another Aspie!! :)

      How different we can be. I have to much anxiety to do life changes right now. I live on a day to day basis, slowly improving. But what you said about not reading about it, I'm the total opposite. The more I read, the more self-aware I became, and the more comfortable I am. I love having all the facts :) Even Aspies are different ;)

      Take care. All of you!

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    23. Huge credit to you for speaking about this, Rebecca. It might also be a very healthy thing for you to talk about it. A friend of mine has dreadful anxiety problems and lives in complete terror of having a panic attack (sadly, his whole life has been dominated by the condition for a number of years now) but is not able to confide in many people about his condition which, perhaps, compounds the problem. Prescription drugs did not help him. He doesn't want to return to the doctor, feels they cannot help him. He was offered counselling, but did not go, too far for him to travel anyway, his fear of having a panic attack severely restricts his ability to travel far from his home.

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  2. I've rarely seen her look so tired. About time her maternity leave started, I'd say!

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  3. Kate looks wonderful today! The chemistry between her and William is SIZZLING! I cannot wait for the Royal Baby. I'm still betting on a boy.

    Siopao from the Philippines

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  4. Great post! The pink Mulberry coat was the perfect choice for a spring day like today. Being a New Yorker, I found the coat an odd choice when she visited the 9/11 Memorial. But then again, we are guilty of wearing way too much black in this city. Have a good weekend all-

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  5. Thanks Charlotte fro the tidbits, and the very detailed post.

    To be honest I have never heard of Stephen's story, it is really sad and appalling at the same time. I do not know where our world is simply going.....
    I like Kate seeing this devoted to children and their well being. She might find this a really worthy cause to support too.
    I partly expected Downton Abbey to end soon, as they ran out of material I think. But it was a huge experience.

    On fashion note, I found her wearing this coat puzzling for the first time but since she likes wearing black visiting kids, and wearing fuchsia to the memorial, I am not suprised. Certainly, I would not have picked this coat for this occasion, especially now knowing the background story of this charity.But it is me.

    Wish her a safe delivery and a healthy girl:-)

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    1. You seem to feel Kate's choice of a cherise coat is inappropriate for visiting this charity. I am a little puzzled by this, as the young man who inspired the charity died in 1993. How long after the fact must someone in the Duchess' position wear sober colours in visiting such charities? Thr victim's own mother, Baroness Lawrence, is wearing a fairly cheerful garment. Is she too inappropriate?

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden27 March 2015 at 15:13

      I agree Anon 15.03. This charity is an obvious case of wanting to bring something good from a bad situation. My guess is that the mother is the last one wanting that to be a place of sorrow!

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    3. OMG the mothe rof the boy did not wear black. This happened in 1997 not yesterday. The dress the Duchess wore was spot on and so was the mother of the boy killed. Read Charlotte's posting carefully before you make comments tha tthe dress was not the write color.

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    4. Oh I stand correct the boy died in 1993

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    5. The mother is wearing a bright color so why does Kate have to wear black?

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    6. I do not understand why this beautiful coat would be unsuitable for a charity founded to remember a promising life cut short 22 years ago. That's his mother in the snazzy lime green coat. Only Queen Victoria would still be so ostentatiously grieving. I live near the Prntagon, where many lives were lost in 2001 and I loved this cerise coat on her visit to the WTC memorial. I often wear black, and I am not in formal mourning, haven't done that in 50 years. I remember this horrible crime and I'm American. Bless Baroness Lawrence for her brave work.

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    7. Greybird, I agree with you...on all points.

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    8. Lynn Georgia USA28 March 2015 at 17:26

      I, too, agree. I find the coat eminently suitable for the occasion. It is gorgeous--fabric, color, cut, fit etcetera! And it looks great on Kate! As I mentioned at the time of the 911 Memorial visit, I find the image of Kate in that coat as a symbol of optimism and hope for the future--much in the vein of the little girl in the red coat, who keeps darting across the bleak black and white landscape in Schindler's List.

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  6. Marci near Salt Lake City27 March 2015 at 13:01

    I liked this coat the first time she wore it and even better this time. She really looks amazingly well, as well as beautiful as always. And these causes are terrific for her to bring attention to. She is doing a great thing in creating a consolidated message that investing in children's futures is a critical imperative, especially in cases that have begun in bleak circumstances.

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  7. Anja from Germany27 March 2015 at 13:01

    What a nice post and a ray of light for me after some sad days here in Germany with so many young victims in that terrible airplane crash (the town the Students came from is not too far away from where I live). Kate looked beautiful and the coat suited the occasion perfectly, I think. I hope they will have a little baby girl! Can't wait for your baby names poll, Charlotte!

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    1. I am so sorry about the loss of the people on the plane. My friend teaches in Germany and is traveling with her students now. Such a sad end to so many young lives. My condolences.

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    2. And that it was the pilot who did it! Absolutely horrendous, my thoughts are with anyone affected.

      Rebecca

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    3. Anja from Germany28 March 2015 at 10:30

      Thank you, Carolbee. Germany is still in shock, and we are sad for all of the victims of all nationalities. It is a tragedy. So brave of your friend to keep on showing her students the world and its beauty in this difficult time.

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  8. It might be a coincidence, but it appears that the Baroness is wearing a pink ribbon pin on her coat - perhaps this is the reason the Duchess chose to wear the pink Mulberry? I think she looks wonderful! You can hardly tell she is about to have a baby.

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  9. Very nice. Happy to see their support for these organizations. Do you know, mothers of boys are statistically more likely to wear pink? I think George will get a brother.

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  10. Love the coat this time around as so much more appropriate, but love the hair the first time around, when you could see her face. Needs a good 8-10" off that mane, or at least tie it back -people come to see her, not the hair. And a shame, because lately it looked like a new stylist on board, it was remarkably so much better .

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  11. Loved the coat last time and again this time--and it's perfectly appropriate. You don't see Stephen's mum wearing black at this event, why should the duchess? At both engagements the point was to honor and celebrate the lives and memories of those who died, not to mourn. The duchess obviously thinks through her choices.

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  12. Love this coat. The color is wonderful and the fit looks good on her.Thought it looked great both times she wore it and appropriate for both visits. Ali

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  13. Erika from Massachusetts27 March 2015 at 13:53

    I love this coat, and it fits her much better now than it did in NYC. Is it known which hat she wore to the memorial service?

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    1. It seems to be the same color and style as the one she wore on Anzac Day--but with the "bunny ears" reshaped, perhaps?

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    2. So hard to tell from that one photo. I thought it was the Anzac hat at first too but I don't think its the right color or shape. Could be wrong though.

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  14. well i love the duchess cambridge now i really love the duchess second time she wears it i love now because her hair down and she glowing im very sure that its girl for her looking forward next engagement after she gave birth i love the downtown abbey last season and ending

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  15. Robbie from Virginia27 March 2015 at 14:00

    What did the Duchess wear for her last official engagement before Prince George was born?

    I will greatly miss seeing your posts on her official engagements during her maternity leave. Hope you will find lots of interesting topics for us during that time. Thanks for your wonderful reporting!

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    1. Hello Robbie,

      Thank you so much. I have several posts lined up for Kate's maternity leave I think you'll all enjoy :)

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden27 March 2015 at 15:16

      She wore a pink Alexander McQueen coat with pearl buttons. She recently wore it to church this pregnancy. It amuses me that her last outfits both times were pink. :)

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    3. Lynn Georgia USA28 March 2015 at 17:33

      Me too, Rebecca! I think she has a very piquant sense of humor and loves to tease us--with red herrings


      It amuses me, too, Rebecca. I think she has a very piquant sense of humor and loves to tease us -- with red (rather, pink and blue!) herrings!!!


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  16. Jean from Lancs27 March 2015 at 14:12

    Loved Catherine in this colour the first time she wore it and love it now. It would seem that this is another fact-finding day. There is a short video on British royals of them arriving at their final engagement---there is a stump in the middle of the path. William is talking to someone on his left, but his hand goes out to ensure Catherine goes safely around it
    Stephen's death was a tragedy and for his parents must have seemed like the end of the world, but his mother, in particular, has ensured that a great deal of good came from it.
    I wrote a couple of reports back, that Catherine's interest in young children's emotional and mental health seemed to have stimulated the political parties to promise support if elected and the "Times" too has taken it up. Glad to see the Princess joining with them.
    Unsurprising she looks tired, but I believe most women at this stage of pregnancy do not sleep too well--even unborn babies can get very active at night.
    On British royals there is a connection to a video of Prince Charles, where there is a photo of him holding George--possibly last summer, as George is wearing a sun hat, but I haven't seen it before.
    Praying for a safe delivery and a healthy child---boy or girl.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden27 March 2015 at 15:18

      I saw that photo of Charles and George. A clever way to counter the recent tabloid rumors. A really cute picture. It amuses me highly that Charles is in a full suit, pocket square and all. One would think he sleeps in those things :P

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    2. Jean - you have it backwards. The push for greater awareness for children's health has been coming from the bottom rungs and has after much effort, made it to the top. This has been happening under the wings for a long time now, not just in the UK but internationally. There are many people who have been working towards this for several years. The Times has joined in the movement now, and Catherine is a more recent addition as well.

      Please do not attribute credit to where it is not due. There are actually many who work at the ground level slowly pushing their issues to the forefront, one rung up the ladder at a time. Do not discount their contributions, as they are key. Catherine has joined the bandwagon and good for her. But that is it. She is not leading the movement and never has.

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    3. Jean from Lancs27 March 2015 at 16:28

      Of course there are innumerable people working for these charities--I have myself, but I know that publicized visits from a member of the Royal Family helps enormously.Most people working for any charity will tell you the same..

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    4. Could someone please link the video where you can see that picture of charles and george?
      Thank you really really much!!!

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    5. Marci near Salt Lake City27 March 2015 at 17:35

      Anonymous 15:25, I don't believe Jean has anything backwards. It's good that you have highlighted the fact that this movement has its initial momentum from the people who experience it daily, because without that there would certainly be nothing done at all. But Catherine and the politicians have joined the movement, which is what Jean pointed out; she never said Catherine was leading the movement--just that Catherine was ahead of the politicians. And there may be a politician or several who were ahead of Catherine. It doesn't really matter who joined first, second, or third in the end, does it? It matters that more and more are getting in and helping somehow. All contributions should be celebrated; none should be discounted in any way. In my opinion, of course.

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    6. I think it makes a difference in how it is stated in the context of politicians and royalty. It is important to recognize that these organizations are grass roots efforts by the people. Not initiatives led by the politicians and royalty. Kate said so herself: I believe that our generation of parents, caregivers, teachers, and health workers now have the chance to give the mental health of our children the focus it requires.

      Kate and the politicians are neither caregivers, teachers, nor health workers supporting parents with children who have needs. They are simply on the sidelines applauding those that do. They haven't joined the movement. They didn't recognize a problem and come up with a solution as leaders do. I think that's what anonymous is pointing out. Kate sent a few words to a newspaper who have been highlighting the issue for three weeks. Kate didn't cause the newspaper to write about the issue through her efforts.

      Her statement "We welcome all work to highlight this important issue for the benefit of all our young people." is rather vague and I'm not sure if she means - get in touch with our office and we will come visit you. If so that will be born out in the increase of future engagements on the issue which may produce more press on the subject. Time will tell if they follow through.

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    7. Anon 16:44, I believe they are referring to the picture shown here:
      http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/prince-george-steals-the-spotlight-from-prince-charles-see-the-pic-2015273

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  17. Which hat did she wear in Bath yesterday?

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden27 March 2015 at 15:19

      I don't recognize it either. It doesn't seem to match (shape + colour) any of her known hats. It might be a new one, or at least new to us. Very hard to identify it from that one picture :)

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  18. I wasn't sure about this coat the first time Kate wore it in NYC. I like it much better the second time around. I think the bright pink is an appropriate choice for early spring. Kate's hair is nicely styled, and the black shoes and clutch contrast nicely with pink. I love the earrings, too. I cannot understand why Kate keeps her coats on indoors(!!). But she looks great here... very pretty and stylish.
    Betsey, NYC

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  19. I loved this coat the first time she wore it, and I love it here. It's such a beautiful color, and one she so rarely wears - I hope she gets more into darker shades of pink!

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    1. I agree. Loved it in NY and ditto for today.

      And the shoes (in red patent) are going on my wish list. :)

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  20. I think this is the best she's looked in a while! Hair is gorgeous, makeup isn't too dark and she is glowing!! I love, love, love this coat - the color is fabulous on her!! This is the Kate I love :)

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  21. I was born in 1993.it makes me very sad the murder of such a bright young man along with the murder of james bulger happened on my birthyear.just thinking about them makes me so frustrated. Baroness Lawrence must be such a wonderful person that she has turned her sadness into strength & used it for the goodwill of others.on the fashion front,even though the coat is too pink,love it

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  22. Tedi from Caifornia27 March 2015 at 15:37

    What a wonderful post, Charlotte, thank you so much. And, what worthwhile causes. Kate looked positively glowing today. I love that coat, and her hair was beautiful. They are a loving, caring couple, and their country should be proud, and happy to know that with them, the future looks bright.

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  23. Who accompanies William and Catherine when they attend events together? In looking at pictures I realized that someone must be along to collect the gifts and flowers that they both receive on these outings and to do all the stuff Rebecca does when Catherine is on her own. Thank you to whoever has the answer. Ali

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden27 March 2015 at 16:22

      I saw Rebecca in videos and pictures from today, and remember her and Emma (one of Kates protection officers) on the Afghanistan mass engagement. So I know that Kate has her people with. My guess is that they have both their groups with. But I'm not familiar enoguh with Williams crew to point them out in photos.

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    2. Miguel Head, Prince Williams secretary accompanies him. Both he and Rebecca Deacon were there today. Wishing the Duchess a safe and easy birth and a healthy child and sibling for the Cambridge's.

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    3. Rebecca Deacon was there and a personal protection officer as well. I just saw those two.

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    4. William's people know how to stay out of the camera's view. Ms. Deacon always seems to be in some photos. You very sledom see the Queens people in photos. They were trained correctly. Maybe Ms. Deacon need's some training.

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    5. Rebecca - Sweden28 March 2015 at 21:55

      It can also be so simple as Kate is constantly the focus of the cameras, the others are not. Plus we know how Emma and Rebecca looks.

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  24. I loved the coat. But please can someone explain how a non maternity garment fits so well on the shoulders etc? Do you think they are custom made for her or just altered by a tailor. Btw, I thought her mum had been styling her of late. She's looked much more polished n styled.

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  25. Is this coat a maternity coat? Cant believe she's in her 9th month, she really doesnt look it! Love her hair

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  26. it kind of kills me that she is wearing non-maternity clothes in her 8th month! :)

    seriously, i love the cut and color on her. i also really like that she has recently gone back to her fuller blow-dry hair look - such thick, bouncy curls, a lift at the scalp so it looks lighter (i find her straight-hair-look looks too heavy on her), all beautifully framing her face.

    i'm surprised by how little kate has repeated her pregnancy clothes from her first pregnancy. on the other hand, many of her coats seem to be non-pregnancy coats (or convertible to non-pregnancy cuts), so it's not odd that she bought so many new coats.

    charlotte, as we go into a hiatus of sightings as she goes into month 9, followed after the birth by time off for the new baby, perhaps you could do a post comparing her 2 pregnancy styles, incl repeats. what do you think?

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  27. and thank you for finding the memorial pics! i love that coat, and look forward to seeing it again when she is not pregnant.

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  28. All good things must come to an end.... and it looks like I am in the minority here. I didn't like this coat the first time she wore it and her wearing it today just confirmed I do not like it at all. I don't think pink is Kate's color, and a bright bright bright pink like this is really not doing her any favors. There is also no style to this coat, it is more like a sack sadly. Once again, this proves how much better maternity wear looks on a pregnant woman. I expected her to repeat today, but I was hoping it would be a different coat. Maybe the light blue Seraphine coat she wore in her second trimester. That was such a lovely coat and fit perfectly. I will say I have learned what not to do from Kate-maternity clothes look so much better. I am jealous though of her being able to wear a coat though. It is so hot where I live and I would love to bundle up! I think her hair looked fantastic and William really seemed in his element here :)

    Charlotte, can you do a post showing all of Kate's outfits from this pregnancy? I think it would be fun to look back at them all and maybe even vote? I will say, overall, I preferred her wardrobe this pregnancy so much more than last time. Too many short dresses last time. And I think this pregnancy she wore more maternity wear as well, but I could be wrong (I feel like with George she only wore 2 maternity items or something around that). :)

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    1. Marci near Salt Lake City27 March 2015 at 23:28

      I agree with you CuriousKat, I didn't like the short dresses last pregnancy, and I prefer the fit of the maternity styles overall, but it's amazing how well she gets away with wearing non-maternity things. I really think some of them must have been tailored just for her, they do fit so well. What do you think? I hope Charlotte will do a posting such as you or others have described, either recapping just this pregnancy's styles, or doing a complete comparison of both (I would prefer both, but I know that's a lot of work for Charlotte!).

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    2. I completely agree with you Marci that she must have the non-maternity styles tailored for her. Buying a few sizes up, which I am sure she does to fit her bump, would look so odd on the rest of her body (shoulders, arms). But they always fit nicely, so I definitely think she buys larger sizes and then alters them to fit her exact measurements. Personally that seems like too much work, I would rather just buy maternity :). But that is me and I don't have a personal tailor, maybe if I did I would do what Kate does. I just think around her belly the maternity wear looks so much more flattering. People who design solely for maternity styles seem to understand a pregnant figure better. Oh, I would love a comparison of the both! I think Kate overall did much better this pregnancy than last. I am still surprised that Keira Knightley was voted best dressed pregnant woman over Kate. But that's just my opinion :)

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    3. I'm not a big fan of double breasted coats, but I think Kate looks nice in this one. And I totally agree with you that she's dressed herself beautifully this time. Much better than with George.

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  29. She looks pretty today. The color of the coat and her hair just look good. Of course I cant resist those pink sparkly earrings! I pray she has a smooth easy delivery with the best nurses on hand to care for her.

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  30. She looks pretty today. The color of the coat and her hair just look good. Of course I cant resist those pink sparkly earrings! I pray she has a smooth easy delivery with the best nurses on hand to care for her.

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  31. Oh my goodness she looks just gorgeous today. She always looks beautiful but I agree, she is glowing!! Her hair was stunning, maybe my favorite look for a while! I much prefer the coat with her hair down than up like she had it at the Sept 11 visit. I was sad that the coat offended or seemed in poor taste to a lot of people by being so bright for a memorial visit, but I thought it was a lovely choice today.

    I am due with my second in 5 days and if Kate is on maternity leave now I feel like I should be too! Can NOT wait to find out what she is having!!!

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    1. Rose from Montreal Canada28 March 2015 at 11:59

      All the very best to you Anna. I wish you a safe delivery also. Enjoy your little on when he/she comes.

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  32. Wow! I know I am repeating comments on previous posts but Catherine looks amazing for this stage of her pregnancy.
    I hope she and William will continue to create a positive outlook for the Royal Family. I live in the US however I check
    Your post every day. Great job.
    Park City, Utah

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  33. Her hair looks amazing... Finally her hair dresser put some volume in the roots. Cant wait for the royal baby to make an appearance. Maybe with this being her second pregnancy, we will get to see the baby arrive on time.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden27 March 2015 at 22:10

      I agree. I loved her fuller top of her hair today! Looked really, really good!!

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    2. I agree with how nice her hair looks,,the coat looks lovely too, although Kate does look tired. Charlotte, I look forward to all the posts you have for us, ahead,it would be nice to recap her second pregnancy,, I hope its a girl this time!!xoxo

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    3. Siddhii, i agree...Catherine does look a little rest deprived. I wonder if she may be suffering from late term discomfort ie, back pain etc, maybe she is having trouble finding a comfortable position while sleeping. There isn't much one can do when suffering from nagging back pain while pregnant. Although, wallking does help a bit.

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  34. Jean from Lancs27 March 2015 at 22:22

    The on-line Court Circular records that Prince William attended a meeting of their Royal Foundation this afternoon.
    Catherine does not seem to have been present

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  35. I must chime in with the minority and say I don't like this coat. Perhaps it is because I don't like this shade of pink. That being said, I love seeing her with William. They have such a wonderful vibe with each other.

    I'm sad to say I had not heard the stories of unbelievable violence, but I'm so glad THR have brought attention to these worthy charities. Good has come out of tragedy!

    I like the picture of PG with the PW.

    Can't wait for the baby. I'm hoping for a girl this time, but if it is a boy, that's wonderful too. Just hoping it's healthy.

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  36. Incredible: the pink coat that Kate wore several months ago still fits her! (She doesn't seem very 'big') I imagine that Charles placed the photo of himself & George next to him for the filming to try & dispel recent reports that he has complained that he barely sees his grandson: a rather obvious PR move.....I misread the information & thought that there was film footage of George included, that would have been wonderful to see!

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  37. I certainly like the coat for this occasion more than the last time she wore it.

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  38. Rose from Montreal Canada28 March 2015 at 01:10

    Thank you Charlotte for you hard work. I love this coat when she wore it before and still love it. She looked fantastic. I wish her a safe delivery.

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  39. Wonderful to see Will and Kate support such worthy charities and have a joint engagement.

    This is one of my favorite Kate’s coats and great that she got to wear it again this pregnancy. Although, I expect that all these non-maternity coats and dresses will be tailored for her post-pregnancy and we’ll see them again. Personally, I preferred her hair style in New York, but like the coat with the nude hose and without the gloves better this time around.

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  40. In some of the pictures in other papers she looks dehydrated. I wonder if her morning sickness has returned to some extent, or she is just not getting enough fluids. She looked lovely and her and William look so happy. Hope she is getting good rest and care.

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  41. I love her bright pink coat. I hope to see other types of earrings besides the cushion cut style she's been wearing from Kiki McDonough. Her earrings are beautiful, but they're really just a gemstone variation of the citrine and green amethyst ones she already owns.

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  42. Kate looked better today than she has during the preceding 8.5 months of this pregnancy. I also thought she looked some of the best she did in the first pregnancy at the very last engagement before she gave birth, in that spotted coat at the boat christening. The late stages of pregnancy seem to agree with her the most.
    She looked happy and relaxed and well-rested here. The coat continues to be a hit, love that color and her hair looked great. Usually I like her hair back but today the hair down and loose struck the perfect note.
    I think clothes definitely have told the story of this pregnancy. I've noticed that toward the last few weeks, she looks more in line with the 8 months' pregnant schedule and less like she's about to drop the baby on the red carpet. In this coat, while she's big and the baby has dropped, she doesn't look as big as she did in a few past ensembles.
    As far as Charles seeing George on a regular basis - I am admittedly no fan of Carole Middleton, I think she's much more controlling than and manipulative than she's been portrayed and she certainly pushed Kate to the throne. That being said, I find it difficult to believe that even Carole and Kate would knowingly deny the future king any opportunity to see his grandson. Carole is a master manipulator and shrewd but I have to think even she sees that Charles will be king before her own daughter will be queen-consort and it's not prudent to get on the bad side of Charles, even as meek as he's portrayed to be.
    Charles was raised in a very different way, as were his sons, from Kate and her siblings. I think Charles likely finds it difficult to accept the very personal, hands-on and less formal way that William and Kate seem to be raising their son and, soon, this second baby. I think of the casual photos that were taken of Kate and George while on the tour Down Under and I just don't see Charles being that casual and touchy-feely, hold-the-baby with his grandson. Maybe strolling along as nanny walked him but not the real hands-on kind of parenting that Kate seems to enjoy.
    I thought of one thing - the Queen's birthday is 21 April and Trooping the Color is June 13. Any bets as to whether we'll see Kate make her first post-baby appearance at Trooping the Color? I have to think we will, I think it's kind of mandatory for the senior royals.
    And I would expect the royal second baby will make an appearance more late April, early May. I'd be shocked if Kate gives birth before the middle of April.

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    1. There you go being reasonable, Elizabeth. Except for bringing up the C-word, that is. Both of them!

      I know some think your, mine and others' posts are relentlessly negative and bitter. I just want to sound off and tell you that this bitter pessimist does not find your posts to be that way at all.

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    2. Elizabeth,

      I enjoyed reading your comment...thank you.

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    3. Elizabeth I just wonder, do you know Carole Middleton? If not then how can you make those remarks about her being manipulative. This is just all hear say. And in your words pushed Kate to the throne. Well don't you think William had a say into this? If William did not love Kate and wanted to marry her then he would not have.
      I know you have an opinion and so does ewveryone else here. but to make comments regarding someone you do not know is not right. Again everything we read pertaining to how Carole Middleton did this or that is just here say unless you know her personally.

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    4. We all make comments about people we don't know here, Anonymous. Unless you know Carole, Kate, William and Elizabeth personally, you are too. Given that, it's pretty hypocritical to say someone else does not have the same right to draw conclusions that you do.

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    5. I realize this may sound like a wild and crazy idea, and even a happy one, but perhaps W&K were at the right place at the right time, they clicked, the relationship stood the test of time, and William decided Kate was "the one."

      Besides, if William is as "stubborn" as some people would like to believe, I'm not sure anyone could have dragged him to Westminster Abbey unless it was something he truly wanted to do. :)

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    6. Bluhare, you are doing a crusade here or maybe a windmill battle is more exact, you know that:-))

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    7. Personally, I think the whole Carol Middleton reputation is bunk.Strong, successful women always get a rough ride in the press. Oscar Wilde wrote: We used to have the rack. Now we have the press. Nothing has changed about that form of torture in more than 100 years except that we are all free to indulge anonymously on the Internet.

      Added to that, British commoners always get the scornful sniff (and worse) from the aristocracy. Especially those commoners who make gobs of money or do actual work for a living instead of inheriting wealth or any who marry up.

      Alas there are too many people who read the trash tabloids, gobble up this stuff and take it for fact when it is heresay. Next thing we'll read is that PC is upset because George stole his thunder in the recent video released for Earth Day and has taken control of George's PR. This sort of stuff is more predictable than cliff-hangers on Downton Abbey.

      It's a lot more fun here when we talk about clothes and jewels and (even hated) shoes than speculating along with greedy hacks.

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    8. "Greedy hacks" Can you say blanket statement? Wow

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    9. I know, blue27, I know. I do enjoy pointing out the obvious, though.

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    10. Good job, Philly, thank you!

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    11. There is a difference between
      'She's manipulative'
      and
      'We can't say she's manipulative'
      even if in both cases you don't personally know Carole Middleton.

      Camilla

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    12. blue27,

      Don't worry, other people are feeling like they're battling windmills here.

      Camilla

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    13. I'm going to be serious here for a minute. This place for a while had a much nicer give and take to it. It's unfortunate that it's turned into what it has.I enjoy bantering with a lot of you, and the sense of humor that used to allow that has dropped like a rock. The tolerance has gone. Unless you wax poetic about Kate and her mother, you are a horrible person who's in league with the devil these days. For the life of me, I don't know why people can't scroll past threads they don't like. I do it constantly. There's a lot said here that makes me roll my eyes but I don't comment on it. Why? Because it would be rude and mean spirited. There's even a way to hide the threads you don't like. If you click on the upside down triangle next to "Replies" at the top of the replies, all the replies roll up and you only see the initial comment. My point is you don't have to see things you aren't interested in.

      But I do agree this is really really old. Some of us will never agree on anything, and a lot of us will never agree on most things. Why can't we just accept that? If comments are posted here, that means Charlotte thinks they are OK for the blog. Why not alert *her* to ones you find inappropriate? If she agrees, the comment will be pulled. That would be a way to deal with your concerns, wouldn't it?

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    14. Today a governor who signed a deeply intolerant bill into law has blamed his critics for intolerance. Reading his words, I was immediately reminded of some of the comments here. It is not intolerant to object to criticism based on hearsay and faulty journalism.

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    15. Point of logic, jendog, there is nothing blanket-like about saying "greedy hacks." Otherwise to say "green trees" would qualify for the same criticism. Only actual trees (not shrubs or lawns) and/or green (not red or dead) ones would count in that designation.

      Likewise, only those journalists and paps who are greedy and/or hacks are included in those two words. No others. Photos sell magazines and papers. A great deal of money can be made from one shot or story that goes viral. This is a well-known fact. A great deal of what is reported on royals, public figures and celebrities is speculation. Some of it might even qualify as outright fiction. Worse, some of it is shaming and bullying. And some of it is created by greedy hacks.

      As for waxing poetic about anyone, bluehare, there is nothing wrong with pointing out that there is another point-of-view possible--on either side. I don't always agree with your perspective, but you have a right to your opinion. Still we all need to be highly aware of lines that are easily crossed and when what is said becomes shaming or bullying.

      Sometimes journalists and commenters on threads say things that they cannot verify about the Middletons (we've all read it and sometimes we have read it here) that are a form of public shaming which is a lot different than hating skinny jeans or wedges or other matters of personal taste.

      Perhaps people may have seen the TED talk by Monica Lewinsky about her public shaming and her courage now in speaking out against shaming and bullying in social media. If you haven't listened to it yet, you might like to take note of it. It's well worth hearing. https://www.ted.com/talks/monica_lewinsky_the_price_of_shame?language=en

      Sure, we can scroll past anything we like. However, I am becoming more and more uncomfortable with tacit agreement with a perpetrator by being a bystander.

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    16. Do you think I agree with every post here if I don't respond to it? That argument holds no water for me. I don't think any of you think I agree with a lot of what's written here, just as your not commenting on something makes me think you agree with it. And if you don't agree and want to respond, I have no problem with that either. What I DO have a problem with is the responses that belittle the writer personally, don't address their points, and suggest they find other places to read and post. The response that started this didn't suggest Elizabeth leave, but it attacked her, not what she said. "Why do you post that?" "Making comments about someone you don't know is just not right", for example.That is my concern and, frankly, no one has ever said why it's OK to do just that although that response was mild compared to many.

      So please let me know why it's ok to criticize the poster personally and not respond to what the poster said. I'm all for disagreement -- wouldn't be here if I wasn't -- but some of this is just over the top.

      Bringing Monica Lewinsky into this is an attempt to deflect. I'm talking about what is said here on this blog, not in the world at large. I agree there have been plenty of uncalled for things said out in the world at large. They are generally not said here as they don't make it past moderation. There is plenty of speculation based on no verifiable facts here about Kate, which no one ever questions because it's all about how wonderful she is. Why is that not questioned? That's the stuff I scroll by because, believe it or not, I pick my battles.

      If you'd like to discuss bullying and shaming online and in general, I'm happy to do so, but I think we also need to include bullying and shaming of other participants in this blog as well.

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    17. Bluhare, I so agree with you.... Arent you up for writing a book or something I really enjoy reading you:)

      "Some of us will never agree on anything, and a lot of us will never agree on most things." this will be a sentence to remember, cheers.

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    18. Maggie - Minneapolis29 March 2015 at 21:15

      Why is it that only the people who say negative things about Kate/her family are the ones considered to be using faulty journalism? Those of you who steadfastly always stand behind Kate - you also do not know her and are using just as many assumptions. Yes - shaming/bullying are real problems in the online world. But there's a reason most anti-bullying initiatives are focused on bullying done towards private individuals, not movie stars or royalty. Because certain "professions" rely on being talked about publicly in order to be successful. There is absolutely no reason they have a "right" to be talked about in purely positive terms, but then also have a "right" to never be criticized. Once you allow yourself to become a public figure, you are a public figure in all ways. Not just only when people have nice things to say about you (although the royal PR spin machine will try to make it like that). For example, why did Kate and William include their young son in their Australia/NZ tour if they think he has a right to privacy? Bringing him to the zoo or the playgroup with cameras everywhere is much more intrusive for George than occasionally releasing a picture. But including George in the tour was good PR. And Australia/NZ, before that tour, were expressing the highest percentage of favor towards becoming a republic than ever before. Otherwise, why would Kate and William allow so much access to their son in those two nations, but so little in their own home country? Now am I making an assumption about their reasoning for including George? Of course. But so would anyone who responds with their opinion, giving a different reason. And it's all PR. The royal family recognizes this - as the Queen said - they must be seen. They rely on good PR in order to maintain their free housing and security and incomes. The better their PR is, the less negative things will be said by them. But that's up to their PR. We have no obligation to only say positive things about them, especially when it is their choice to put themselves out there in public. They don't have to do it. They do it because that is the way to ensure, again, their free housing, security, and income. So let's not act like they are hopeless victims in some big bullying scheme. They do not have to be public figures. They just don't want to lose the luxury that comes along with it.

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    19. Maggie - Minneapolis29 March 2015 at 21:18

      The difference between Monica Lewinsky and the royal family? Monica Lewinsky did not choose to be a public figure. She simply had sexual encounters with a President, which got exposed. That was not a choice on her part. But everything Kate does in terms of public appearances is a choice for public exposure. Heck, Camilla, you said it yourself on an earlier thread. Kate's job is not to "counsel" the people she sees during charity visits. It's to bring attention to those charities/initiatives. You cannot rely on publicity, and then get angry when that publicity backfires. That's hypocritical. Yet that is what many of you expect. We are only allowed to see the good things, but not the bad,even though it is the royal family's desire to publicize the good things that also makes the bad things apparent.

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    20. Maggie - Minneapolis29 March 2015 at 21:22

      As for the Middletons - at times, I feel more uncomfortable with saying things about them, because unlike Kate and William, they arguably had much less of a choice about their appearance in the spotlight. That being said, Pippa and James have benefitted quite a bit from their sister's status, and have used that to their advantage. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. But if they're going to do that, then I feel more okay with bringing them into discussions.
      Here's an example of bullying - the nurse who was vilified after giving out private details about Kate's hospital stay. She had no choice in the matter of becoming a public face. Kate and William do. If they give up William's spot in line for the throne, and as such give up all royal benefits and live as a pilot and his wife, then yes, absolutely, they do not deserve to be the subject of criticism any more than any other private individual. But as long as they benefit in many, many luxurious ways from being public figures, I don't think it's crazy to say that they should also have to face the negative side effects of that.

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    21. Well said. Thank you, Philly! It's unfortunate that a couple of members delight in bullying those whom disagree with. I, for one, have decided to find a friendlier environment. It's unfortunate. I don't think Charlotte ever intended this site as a place to lambaste the royals. After all, the masthead clearly says "Follow the Life and Style of the Duchess of Cambridge." Somehow we have lost our way.

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    22. My thoughts on this thread...

      Negativity is draining. Don't we all deal with enough of it in our daily lives in situations where it *cannot* be avoided? Well, how nice if that *could* be the case on a FAN blog where we choose to spend some downtime.

      It isn't a question of everyone having to LOVE everything about Kate.......IT'S ABOUT WANTING A POSITIVE ENVIRONMENT ON A FAN BLOG. There *is* a difference.

      Indulge me in this example for a moment.....

      If I did not like golf and chose to express this sentiment, repeatedly, on a blog devoted to the subject, I would fully expect golf enthusiasts to question why I bother and what makes me tick. Wouldn't they have good reason to be frustrated with my need to constantly criticize the game? And wouldn't it add an additional layer of frustration if I offered a laundry list of excuses for doing so, similar to the ones we've heard here? Me thinks yes.

      And my take on the reason it has gotten worse here lately is that so many things HAVE changed for the better and many of the issues people moaned and groaned about are no longer present...YET...the negativity has not subsided. It's draining.

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    23. Philly,

      If you want to debate logic then read the premise of your comment i originally responded to and in your conclusion its quite obvious you made a blanket statement...if you want to play semantics....tree/ shrub...they are both flora.

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    24. Philly,
      What's your take on Kate blogs that earn income from advertising for repli-Kate items? Do you put them in the "greedy hack" category or "smart entrepreneur" category?

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    25. Royalfan, draining or not. If you do not like it, do not read it. It could work, scroll down anyone and it will be a jollier place.

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    26. I think people would have every right to wonder why you post on a blog about golf if you hate the game, royalfan. However, they would not have the right to personally insult you for doing so.

      I don't think that the people who post here hate Kate. Those people are on the forums like royal dish and royal gossip. I don't read over there; too negative for my taste. I think most people here, even if they aren't huge fans, want her to succeed. We all have different ideas of what that is and that's OK. I think she's really upped her game lately, and I think most people here will agree. Interesting that Kate wasn't the topic that started this latest melee, though. And again, no problems with disagreeing. You and I would never have had a conversation if we agreed, and if I remember correctly I fell all over you when you responded to me here because you were the first person to be nice to me. Everyone else was treating me like I had a horrible disease and they would get infected if they said anything. But you didn't, and I truly appreciated it. I don't feel like that would happen here now. Too much animosity, which is a shame.

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    27. Moxie,"faulty journalism" means making things up. Sources are missing or unidentified. It also may mean harassing people, witness the media's treatment of Sarah Ferguson when she was married to Prince Andrew. And it may mean castigating people who cannot reply. In all of these cases, a victim is chosen and repeatedly maligned. We need to be careful what we believe.

      You will say that positive reporting may also be based more on imagination than on a factual basis. But positive journalism does not have the purpose of destroying reputations, making people suffer, and causing us to mistrust them. Hopefully we can all find sources of honest reporting, and if it is not available we can remain open minded and caring toward those we are interested in.

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    28. Sorry, I addressed my reply to Moxie rather than Maggie.

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    29. I wrote a message here about journalism, and addressed it to Moxie. But it was Maggie to whom I was actually replying. Sorry for confusing your names!

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    30. Caroline in Montana31 March 2015 at 16:31

      I agree with everything Royalfan has said in her above 2 posts. I must also add that when i see certain names i do scroll past the comment as they are still beating that tired old dead horse. on a brighter note I think the Duchess looks lovely, cant wait for the royal baby. Caroline in Montana

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    31. I still think it is an interesting discussion question. Philly makes a fair point that paps and writers use the topic and image of Kate to make money by discussing her and called them greedy hacks. She focused on print media, but so do bloggers (new media) and the most obvious are those who receive advertising revenue. Where fashion, hair and makeup are the only focus and very often selling "repli-Kate" items to folks who want to buy the look. Not patronize the same clothing brands, but cheaper and similar goods. I just wondered if this was looked down upon as much as the traditional, written word article - where the supposed "made up story" is the focus. What about the fantasy of looking like Kate - would that qualify as "greedy hack"?

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    32. Thank you bluhare. Those were the good old days, yes.

      But lately I feel like the tone here has gone from the odd hearty/civil debate to some folks just campaigning for the right to be negative and stir the pot. If that's a "win", I'll take door number two. :)

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    33. Nothing has changed here at all. Some people post positively and some post negatively. And the two shall either not meet or they shall clash. Charlotte allows for all these posts to be published, positive and/or negative, so she endorses these type of discussions. If you want to post on this Blog, that is how it is. Like it or lump it. There are other Blogs with a friendlier more positive tone and there are far nastier ones. I do not think that it is worth getting upset about.

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    34. the problem is, no one feels heard. bluhare Freud is now posting, and we all should acknowledge the others' point of view. I understand that some feel that criticism of Kate should not be tolerated here. To validate that point of view, I think that people might do well to take a look at what they post and not be critical all the time. Compliments don't mean defeat, and it's easy to think that way. Conversely, criticism of Kate isn't criticism of the blog or people who post here, and it also doesn't mean that the person does not like Kate. It means that the person does not like that particular facet of Kate. Criticism means we acknowledge her as a flawed human, and we are all human, no one is perfect all the time, people do have different motivations, and opinions are only opinions.

      If we all took a step back, and gave that some thought, I think we'd all get along better. I think we're all sick of it, and I'd suggest a group hug, but someone would probably refuse, say something rude, and that would just defeat the whole idea. So I'll suggest we all just try to get along instead.

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  43. I like the cerise coat, and I think Kate wore her hair appropriately for each occasion. I also like the way she changed accessories for the memorial service, making the Beulah coat appropriate for both occasions to which she wore it. And I like William's choice of a tie to go with the cerise coat, in a subtly similar shade. It emphasizes the rapport between him and Kate.

    Such a nice picture of Prince Charles and Prince George. I'm sure it is his comment about the gossip concerning his time with his grandson. I had been taking all of that with a grain of salt, because Prince Harry has described seeing
    George at Highgrove. The vendetta against Kate's family in the press perplexes me.


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  44. I'm not a fan of this color in general, so I don't really like the coat. I'm glad Kate is getting involved in mental illness in children (it hits close to home for me). But I'm wondering why she didn't do like an interview or something. A statement is good, but I don't think its really effective. Its similar to that video she released for her hospice charity. Hopefully, after the baby, she can start doing interviews or documentaries like what William and Harry do with their charities.

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  45. She does look wonderful, I like deep pink on her :) I like this style better than the NY style as well. But I was wondering about the maternity leave - many have commented here that while she gets "only" 2-4 weeks off before the due date, she still gets much more than normal mums who work up to the due date/birth of the baby. Is that true? I'm really curious, what kind of systems do you have in your home country or what's the system in Britain? Because from where I come from (Finland), everybody has to start their maternity leave 30 days before the due date or if they want, even 50 days. So from my point of view, Kate is cutting it pretty close, although of course she doesn't have a normal day job.

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    1. In Germany, maternity leave starts 6 weeks before the due date.

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    2. In Canada it doesn't matter when it starts but an employee gets a year of maternity leave. It can be shared between mummy and daddy. Obviously, Kate isn't an employee so it isn't relevant in her life, but Valerie did ask. I hope Kate takes the time she needs and comes back when she's ready.

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    3. In Italy you have a total of 6 plus 6 months that you can decide when to start - so it's up to you.
      in some professions, considered risky, you start leave as soon as you know you're pregnant. Then you get the 6 plus 6 months after the baby is born.

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    4. Very nice! :)

      The US is definitely behind on this issue. (And perhaps that has been reflected in some of the complaints about Kate's maternity leave.)

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    5. Rebecca - Sweden29 March 2015 at 18:09

      In Sweden I think it is similar to Canada. Yeah, US is a bit late on that matter :P

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    6. Maggie - Minneapolis29 March 2015 at 19:12

      Well it's not just about the US being behind - even in Europe, where maternity laws are certainly much more progressive - not all women have the luxury of feeling like they CAN take all of the maternity leave technically/legally allocated to them.

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    7. Rebecca - Sweden29 March 2015 at 19:22

      Well, in Sweden at least it is paid maternity leave based on your previous earnings so you can uphold a similar life standard as before.

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    8. Maggie - Minneapolis29 March 2015 at 21:42

      For example, 4 in 10 women in Britain do not take their full maternity leave, and 45% of them say it's because of concerns about job security. And for those who take their full maternity leave - after 39 weeks for which they get 90% of their salary, many only get 138 pounds per week for every week after that, which isn't an affordable income for them even if they aren't concerned about job security. So to make it seem simply like Kate is taking maternity leave like every other woman is really over-simplifying things. That being said, I think the real problem is that not every woman has the luxury that Kate does to really use their "right" to maternity leave. But Kate's maternity leave experience is certainly not very similar to most women. Even if Kate got the same rights as every other woman - it would not be the same as her current experience, since her benefits (which are her "income") are not reduced at all when she doesn't work based on maternity leave, which happens to those women who DO have the luxury of using their entire leave. And of course, women who get maternity leave are almost always not allowed to come back to their jobs and work part-time, i.e. less, than they worked before, which is what Kate did.

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    9. I'm sure jealousy/envy at Kate's freedom may be a factor behind some of the criticism from American readers. However, in addressing maternity leave, I think people should focus on raising standards to Kate's level, not restricting her to the public level. The US definitely needs to update its policies (I am an American reader).I understand Kate going on maternity leave for more than a month before her baby arrives. I personally would be completely paranoid about going into labor in front of the world media and this is something most women don't have to worry about. We also should remember that, although Kate will be on maternity leave, she and William will still have to make an appearance on the hospital steps after the birth and will risk being photographed by the paparazzi or a member of the public's smartphone anywhere they go before and after. I've been really happy with the number of engagements so late in her pregnancy. I hope the heavier workload will continue next fall. If Kate elects to stay away from formal engagements this summer, I would love to see her stay active in her charity work - maybe some video messages or even written statements.

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    10. I never felt the need to take maternity leave before the baby arrived. I preferred to save what time I had, so I could spend it with my babies. I think my company allocated me 6 weeks of time off at 3/4 pay. With the first child I had an extra week of vacation so I could extend to 7 weeks. With the second child I was able to have 9 weeks.
      Besides, if a woman is feeling OK, why should she take time off before the baby? I would have just been sitting around at home. Might as well be at work & getting paid for it. (I have a job where I sit in front of a computer all day.)

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    11. Lynn Georgia USA30 March 2015 at 15:55

      I am interested in more details about maternity leave in European countries and Canada. Is the leave paid or unpaid? Is the woman's job held open for her for an extended period? In the US maternity leave policies vary from job to job. However, as far as I know, in most cases the leave of six weeks is essentially unpaid, since the employee must expend her accrued sick leave/personal leave/vacation days in order to be paid. Once those are exhausted, the leave often becomes unpaid. I think the employee is assured of a similar job with equal pay after she returns--maybe not the same job. This was the case with school teachers in my state as of 2004, the year of my retirement. I have not heard about any change in this policy since then.

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    12. Jean from Lancs30 March 2015 at 18:36

      In the UK maternity leave is 12 months---6 months full paid and six months half pay. Most people take a month before the birth and the rest after. A new arrangement allows the father to take some of the time to look after the baby whilst the mother goes back to work.
      Catherine of course doesn't really take Maternity leave as she is not in paid employment---it's just "short-hand" for having some time for the birth and bonding with her baby.
      It is reported that Prince William started work with Air Ambulance today.

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    13. That is not accurate regarding maternity leave in the UK at all. Some employers may offer enhanced packages as you describe but the statutory is 6 weeks at 90% of pay followed by 33 weeks at 138 GBP (or 90% of pay whichever is lower) and then the remaining 13 weeks without pay.

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    14. Its 14 weeks maternity leave in Switzerland, regulted by law. In theory I think it is allowed to take a few of these 14 weeks before delivery, but most women work until delivery. In order to save these weeks to spend them with the baby. The payment is 80% of your normal salery during this time.

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  46. she looks stunning in this coat. A lot better looking today then when she wore it to NYC. 8.5/10

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  47. I love it when she wears bright colors. It's a nice change from the dark blues and beiges/creams.

    I would love it if she wore a different style of earring beside the cushion cut gemstone. She already has this style from Kiki McDonough in citrine and green amethyst.

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    1. I agree. I would love to see larger earrings, especially when she wears her hair down. Although her recent appearance at St Paul's Cathedral was quite a jewelry statement!! :)

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  48. Loved this coat in New York and love it here. Baroness Lawrence also rocks her coat. Not to mention William and his pink tie.

    Thanks Charlotte for the information about these charities and the inspiring people who set them up. Just awesome.

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  49. Catherine looks STUNNING in that fuschias coat wow!! I love her whole look!

    Thanks for a great post Charlotte

    George is a cutie can't wait for his sibling!!

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  50. Maggie - Minneapolis29 March 2015 at 21:26

    I think a lot has been said recently in regards to “debates” that happen on this blog. I am honestly starting to get really tired of the constant vilifying of anyone who dares say anything negative about Kate or the Middletons. Here are some examples.
    On a post a month-ish ago, Royalfan, in response to Elizabeth making several critical posts about Kate, posted:
    "Elizabeth, are you having a particularly bad day?
    Signed,
    Not a "Kate-worshipper", but someone who comes here because I *enjoy* following Kate and her young family.
    May I ask what you get out of it?"
    I saved this because I was going to respond earlier, but then chemo got serious and I lost my energy.
    The personal attacks that Kate-supporters make are starting to get really upsetting. Criticism about Kate was called "bitch sessions". I was personally called out on the last post. And this isn't out of the ordinary. We are all allowed to have opinions. I'm not sure why the opinion of loving everything Kate does is better than choosing to be critical sometimes. And being critical, contrary to what seems to be public opinion on this blog, does not mean our lives are horrible or we are ugly. Everyone on here is judging Kate. Saying positive things about her is also passing judgment. However, I have almost never seen someone who is critical of Kate personally attack a Kate-loving poster. I HAVE seen a LOT of the vice-versa. Many have brought up the point that if we don't like Kate, then why do we read this blog? Aside from the fact that criticism doesn’t equal not liking someone, frankly, it’s none of your business and I'm not sure how it's relevant. Whatever our reasons are for reading this blog, we are allowed to have opinions. I read this blog because I'm interested in royalty, and I have high hopes for what Kate will do with an incredible platform. I read this blog to find out about important initiatives that Charlotte does a tremendous amount of very helpful research on, and for the fashion. And, until lately, I read this blog because I honestly enjoyed the discussions that we had in the comment section about what should be expected of Kate. I found the discussions interesting, and thought people had valid points on both sides. I'm allowed to have those reasons for reading this blog, and I am allowed to have opinions about what I read. People get so angry about us saying something negative about Kate, but are completely okay with saying negative things about other people. At least Kate’s life is more public than most, and so we can base our comments on some semblance of truth (sometimes). On the other hand, none of you know anything about my life, Elizabeth's life, or any other poster's life. So how is it okay to make assumptions about our lives? Especially when Kate, unlike the rest of us, is a public figure whose income, housing, and security depend on public goodwill. The Queen has said that royals must be seen. Why? Because they must be judged to “deserve” their public funds. The royal family must be judged in order to survive. So, sometimes, that judgment includes negative things. And guess what? Almost every positive thing said about Kate is based on just as much assumptions as almost every negative thing.
    I understand that many (but not all!) people read this blog because they admire Kate, and thus find the "constant" negativity boring, etc.. Well, you could choose not to read the comments. Or, you could realize that like every other part of life, there will be people who disagree with you. I enjoy the debates we have. Clearly, not everyone does. So if you don't, then don't get involved. But there's no reason to personally attack anyone else.

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    1. Thank you Maggie, I think you stated that perfectly! I fully agree with you. I have gotten tired recently too of those who are Kate worshipers (even though they say they aren't, there comments tell the truth) always looking down on other's for their opinions. And being critical is not being negative, nor does it mean you don't like Kate. I am middle of the road with my comments, some praise, some critical and there is nothing wrong with that. But I never get attacked when I praise Kate, only when I bring up a critical aspect. I think people take it too seriously as if they are friends with Kate and have to defend her (and can become quiet mean in doing so). So I really appreciate your well thought out comment. I always enjoy reading your comments for what it is worth. And I am so sorry to hear about your chemo-stay strong and please keep posting!

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    2. Nicely put, wish you all the best.

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    3. Amazing post!!

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    4. Maggie - Minneapolis31 March 2015 at 21:05

      Thank you for the well wishes! :)

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    5. Hi Maggie, your post is interesting because it moves me to an inquiry into myself. I don't believe I am a worshipper of Kate, at all. Anyway, when I see negative comments I feel a little upset. Your post makes me ask: why? I'm not talking of your posts, but just in a very general way. An answer would be the following: when I open this blog, it's because I need to find a calm, quiet place where I am allowed to dream. World is far from being a comfortable place, life is a battle, and it is beautiful to dream in peace, few minutes a day. I must admit that it is not the most rational approach to Charlotte's work and to the Duchess reality! But reading negative posts is like being waked up abruptly in the middle of a beautiful dream… like being obliged to see that the king is naked, as in the Andersen's tale.
      In the other hand, anyway, I like to see different approaches, like yours. You are not a dreamer, you are a very down to earth person, and I like to see how you can balance a clear appreciation for Kate with a critical eye on her (very human) imperfections. I like to dream, but I like as well to have a comparison with people thinking in a different way from mine. Furthermore, I am sure that some critics in this forum can be very useful to the Duchess. Her staff is clearly following the public voice, in order to improve the public image of our royal couple: therefore, some respectful critic can be sometimes more valuable than a blind worshipping. Wow, how a long post for a non native speaker as I am! Good night and let's have many beautiful dreams!

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    6. Maggie, I'm sorry you didn't include the link to the actual post so people could read all the comments (tone included) that preceded my comment.

      And how ironic that in a post where you state ...."I have almost never seen someone who is critical of Kate personally attack a Kate-loving poster" you did exactly that............AND you received support for it.

      Pot, kettle, black ladies?

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    7. Maggie - Minneapolis31 March 2015 at 23:51

      Royalfan - I did not personally attack you. I stated a fact - that you posted that comment about Elizabeth. And then I stated my opinion about it. I did not say you are a bad person, or accuse you of having a bad day, as you did to Elizabeth. The fact that you would compare my statement to your's is exactly the problem I am trying to point out. Please tell me where in my post I resorted to ad-homs, as you, and many others, have done. I did not call your posts a "bitch session," as others have done regarding mine. I did not say anything personal about you. I simply pointed out that something you said is perhaps too personal. The idea that responding to ad-homs automatically makes me a hypocrite is terrible logic.
      And please don't assume we are all ladies when you don't know.
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    8. Maggie - Minneapolis31 March 2015 at 23:55

      Paola Magi - as usual, your comment is so thoughtful, considerate, and insightful! I completely understand why you may be frustrated by some of the criticism on this blog, especially after reading your explanation. And I also appreciate you being willing to understand the other side. That is all I am asking for - is more openness, like your's. You seem to understand that not everyone thinks the way you do. I wish others would do that as well, and be okay with accepting that on this blog.
      I am obviously sorry that perhaps my posts, and others, sometimes interrupt your ability to see this blog as a calm, quiet place where you are allowed to dream. Maybe I can do better to not make that an issue for you. I'd be interested in any suggestions you have. Is there a way for me to fulfill my own expectations for this blog without impeding on others' expectations as much? I'd love your thoughts on this, and others' as well!

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    9. Royalfan... she quoted you, and made a point. That is not attacking, that is giving a concrete example.

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    10. Paola, that was a lovely post. Truly.

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    11. Oh Paola what a lovely post sweetheart!

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    12. Please Maggie, don't worry and be yourself. I am sure that you will find the right way of criticizing without hurting.
      You ask my opinion: well, I think that a good way to make people accept your critics could be to start with a nice remark, as to look less sharp when the negative opinion is coming.
      I promise you that I will try to say something negative, making it look a positive remark! It could be a funny game...
      A big hug to you and to our community (as Bluhare asked here in a post, I don't remember exactly if up or down). And remember: here there are many sleeping people, so ... let whisper! zzzzzz... (but you never make so much noise, indeed...)

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    13. Paola Magi, your writing in English is absolutely beautiful.

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  51. Kate, Texas, USA30 March 2015 at 03:33

    William and Kate look great together! They do make a great team! Thanks for the background info on these charities Charlotte. Great charities and work being done. Kate looked lovely in the hot pink. She looks very happy and healthy! He hair looked lovely, lush, and full. She's now in the final stretch, so I hope she can enjoy these last few days. Such an exciting time!

    Charlotte, will you be doing the "guessing" post on the prince/princess with date of birth, name, weight, etc? It was so fun the last time! Thanks for the great post!

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  52. Hello everyone!

    I wanted to address the recent unpleasantness in the comments section.

    We have a varied selection of readers from all over the world, with widely varying opinions but what makes it work as a community is respecting those opinions no matter how much we might disagree. I know we've all worked hard to foster healthy debate and in turn there's been some fantastic discussions thanks to all of you.

    I would greatly appreciate it if we continue to enjoy debates in the spirit intended, respecting each other and all individual thoughts expressed.

    Thank you :)

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    1. Charlotte, thank you for you comment. Should not the respect you request be extended to the people we write about, Kate, William, Kate's parents and all the rest of the Royal Family? It is one thing for a poster to say they don't like an outfit, shoes, hat, length or color of a dress, however it is different when any member of the royal family or Kate's family is being maligned. Charlotte, please accept my comment as it it meant and for the respect I hold for your comments,for the great job you do and most of all the amount of work you put into creating your posts!

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    2. I completely agree with you Eva. After much reflection, I have decided to take Maggie from Minnesota's advice and not read the comments. What I find disappointing is that when we are between Kate engagements, the comments slide into something beyond mere debate. Debate is a good thing and should be applauded. What isn't a good thing is bullying and hurtful gossip. When I write a comment here or anywhere else, I try to imagine Kate or her family reading it. If I have something constructive to say - good or not so good - I will strive to do so in a constructive way. It isn't many, but there are some on here who go too far in their "opinions", particularly about Carol and the Middleton family. Words like "manipulative", "controlling", these are not debate words and certainly not constructive - they can't be given that we know nothing about the relationship between Kate and any of her family members - including her in-laws. If we stick to debate about how Kate could develop and grow and make a difference, that's one thing. And applaud the strides that she's making and the steps she's taking to become more involved. Some of it works and some of it doesn't - in our varied opinions. But making statements of fact without personal knowledge is not respectful - not only to Kate and the Middleton's (who can't fight back), but to the rest of us. It's too easy to say that we are blindly loving her and everything she does. There are (a very) few on this site who take their comments too far and then cry disrespect when they are called on it. This is my view of the situation and I choose not to participate any longer. If I want to read speculation and gossip about something we know nothing about, I can get it from the Daily Mail or from the US rag mags. Thank you for your lecture Maggie. I will take your advice.

      Charlotte, thank you so much for all the hard work that you put into this blog, but it isn't for me any longer.

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    3. Eva,

      Being critical of the happenings in the RF or the Middleton family is not necessarily disrespectful. There is a difference.

      Also, just because this is a Kate fan site, does not mean people automatically owe her parents etc respect.

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    4. Maggie - Minneapolis31 March 2015 at 21:04

      Jane - for the most part - I think it is assumed that almost everyone on here is stating their opinion, and not fact, when they say something negative, whether it is about Kate or her family. Obviously no one knows for sure. But this is a blog about Kate. And her "job" is to be a public figure. I'm not sure why she has a right to compliments, but not to criticism. Yes, when you are a public figure, people will say mean things. But Kate has chosen to put herself out there as a public figure. She didn't have to marry William. She had ten years to decide if it was a good idea or not. And even now, she could push William to give up his spot in line for the throne so that they can live a purely private life. But the idea that they deserve only, or mostly, praise is ridiculous. It is not bullying for people to express concern that a member of the royal family who is receiving all the luxuries of their status is not earning those luxuries. People have a right to bring that up. They are not perfect people, and as such, I'm not sure why we should have to treat them as such. Saying that Carole is "manipulative" or "controlling" is an opinion, just as much as it is an opinion to say that she is not. It would be bullying if people called her a bitch, whore, slut, etc. But this is a blog about Kate. I don't really understand why it is considered wrong to discuss how she came to be in the position she is in, and whether her mother may or may not have played a part in it.
      Eva B - yes, if Kate or William spoke up about their lives or anything, they deserve respect for their opinions. But saying everyone deserves respect for their opinions is not the same as saying everyone deserves immunity from criticism.
      Look - here's how I see it. The public is Kate's employers. Their money and approval is what ensures that she will continue to receive free housing, security, and income. Is it considered bullying when employers criticize their employees? No. And Kate and William can always quit their "job" and retire to a private life. So saying that they are being bullied on this website seems rather silly to me.

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    5. Maggie - Minneapolis31 March 2015 at 21:13

      What I think people really are missing is that all judgment, good or bad, is still judgment. It is hypocritical for people to say things like "Will and Kate's body language makes it so clear that they are very much in love" or "George obviously has a very dedicated mother because of how happy and confident he is," but then to be offended by "Will and Kate seem to be having trouble" or "we see George with the nanny more than we do with his parents!" Saying that Kate is doing a good job is just as much judgment as saying that she is doing a bad job. I think that public figures can be judged more than private figures, due to the nature of their positions/what their income relies on. If you disagree, that's totally fair. But in that case, you shouldn't post positive assumptions/judgments either. Just because you conclude positively doesn't change the fact that you are analyzing and assuming things about Kate's life just as much as those who are criticizing.
      And also, I find it hilarious that people think Kate is being bullied. Have you seen the media post about Kate? A one hour visit becomes "an afternoon" spent with a charity. Or even "the day." No matter what she wears or how she looks, 99% of the media reports are about how she is glowing and looks wonderful, even when some of the biggest Kate fans on this blog disagree. She is not hounded by the paps like Diana was, and her pap pictures are almost never posted in Britain. Almost the only negative things said about her are on some blogs. The mainstream media and most of the public is very, very positive, almost to the point of nausea. I mean for goodness sake's, the media was awash with reports that she "deserved" her 2-week vacation in Mustique because she worked 3 days in two months, and had to plan/celebrate her birthday! I think she is much more protected from bullying than 99% of people in public positions.

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    6. Jane in Canada - well said and I agree with you wholeheartedly. The comment section has become a political circus with opposing parties pitted against each other on the same old issues, and ultimately very little constructive dialogue emerges.

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    7. Lovely thought, Eva and Jane. Wouldn't that be nice...

      When I read Charlotte's comment yesterday, I thought she reached out equally to both "sides" here without a hint of preferential treatment for either side (despite the two "sides" not being equal in number). How wonderful would it be if the respect she received in return was equally balanced. Butit is not.....and that is the great irony here.

      When a fan blog becomes an unpleasant environment for the people who actually enjoy and respect the subject matter, there's something wrong.

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    8. Maggie - Minneapolis31 March 2015 at 23:57

      Royalfan- who are you to say that those of us who criticize Kate do not actually enjoy and respect the subject matter? We just have a different way of doing so. I ENJOY this blog. I ENJOY the discussions we have here, even if some of them involve me criticizing Kate. So no, it is not unpleasant for everyone. And it seems like it is only unpleasant for those who refuse to acknowledge that not everyone agrees with them.

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    9. "The public is Kate's employers. Their money and approval is what ensures that she will continue to receive free housing, security, and income. Is it considered bullying when employers criticize their employees? No. And Kate and William can always quit their "job" and retire to a private life. So saying that they are being bullied on this website seems rather silly to me."

      Yes.

      The reason why I have continued to read this blog is because Charlotte is an excellent writer and a fair person.

      The reason I have stopped commenting about anything more than compliments about her clothes, is because I have come to understand this is not a site about the British monarchy and its value, history, purpose etc per se; it is a fan site about Kate. Hence criticisms about her contribution to the RF, or the behaviour of her family, is not well-received, so I have pulled back. As I said, hasn't stopped me from reading Charlotte's posts loyally :)

      But I certainly agree with every word you have said.

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    10. If we can't talk about the British monarchy, value, history, purpose, etc. etc., then I don't have much to say either Stephanie. I always thought that following the life and style of the Duchess of Cambridge meant that we talk about that life, and the monarchy is the reason we talk about her; if she wasn't an integral part of it, we wouldn't be here. I don't give a flying fig about her clothes for the most part and rarely say anything about them -- unless, of course, I'm trying to be nice. :)

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    11. Bluhare and Stephanie: I like to read (and sometimes to discuss myself) about the role Kate has in the royal family's history. The rational, critical approach, when clever and impartial, is always welcome for me. I'm not so interested in Kate as a fashion icon (and Kate's attire does not always meet my own taste), I'm rather interested in the way Catherine and William are trying to reconcile a royal life with a more human and bourgeois mood. I think they are succeeding, but it's a great show to see such a battle, believe me! And the history is written, day by day...
      Maggie: do you think I was able to say something unpleasant with the air to say just nice things? :))

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    12. Just my two cents,

      I really enjoy this blog because everyone has thier own take on Catherine...Royalfan and all those who have a lot of positive things to say about Catherine and everything associated with Catherine are a breath of fresh air....but part of the reason i love reading the comments section is due to the wide variety of opinions. I dont necessarily agree with the opinions of some...but i am interested in reading thier take none the less. Just because i dont agree with some doesnt mean i will take it personally...i think the comment section of this blog has a great dynamic. I dont always have a favorable opinion if Carole Middleton and i probably never will...but that doesnt mean i think she is a bad mother or person...when i say i respect the opinion of other commentators...i really mean it. I have been reading and commenting on this blog since 2013...and i have no intention of stopping. Catherine is a paradox and i am intrigued/ fascinated by her...but that doesnt mean that i will praise her every move. I remember the days of princess Diana as im sure a lot of the readers of this blog do...i absolutly loved princess Diana but again, i didnt agree with everything she did....and that never stopped me from being a fan of hers. Looking forward to reading everbodys comments in the future!

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  53. I have really enjoyed Kate's last few public engagements and it will be hard not to see her in the next few weeks up to the birth of her second child. She looks healthy, happy and radiant! I love the hot pink color on her.

    Thank you Charlotte for all of your hard work. This is one of my favorite blogs (the other is one on riding). I can't wait until her second child arrives and I look forward to the opportunity to guess on the future babies details.

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  54. Maggie - Minneapolis31 March 2015 at 00:22

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3016487/So-builders-leave-time-Royal-baby-Work-Norfolk-mansion-delay-birth.html
    ^ Interesting (and a little confusing given everything reported before) article about Anmer work being delayed and still not finished. Don't really understand how this is the case since Kate and William seem to have hosted the Middletons there for almost a month over Christmas, but maybe the work halted for awhile and is starting up again? If the report is correct, I do find it interesting that they are choosing to stay in a hunting lodge instead of their huge, very well-renovated (to their specifications!) "apartment"/mansion in London. They must really love the country! It does make those 4 million pounds spent on the Kensington renovation seem especially wasteful, but obviously I'm taking all of this with a grain of salt given that it's the Daily Mail.

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  55. I am usually not a great fan of Prince Charles, but that is a neat photo of him and Prince George. Grandfather appears to be paying good attention to what grandson is pointing out. The present listening to the future. I do admire the Prince of Wales for his efforts to pass the planet on intact.

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  56. Robbie from Virginia4 April 2015 at 18:19

    I am having serious 'hrhduchesskate.blog' withdrawal! I keep hoping they'll be seen shopping or dining out so there is something new for you to cover. It is always fun to pull up your blog and see a new post.

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