Monday, 20 April 2015

Royal Baby Fever & A Fug-Tastic Giveaway!

Hello, dear readers, we hope you all had a splendid weekend!

It's now the 20th of April and royal baby fever is firmly upon us! On an engagement in March the Duchess of Cambridge confirmed her second child was due "mid-late April" meaning the arrival could be any day now (While it has been repeatedly suggested the actual due date is around the 25th we all know it's really unpredictable.).  I've noticed excitement has been building considerably in recent days as royal fans around the globe wait in anticipation.


Signs the birth is imminent were evident at the hospital during the week as security barriers were put up in preparation for the world's media and positions for photographers, reporters and camera crews were allocated.


Parking restrictions were put in place reading "Parking Suspended from 15 April to 30 April" citing a "special event" as the reason.

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Dedicated royal fans outside the hospital in good spirits as they wait for the news.


While the media are not permitted to wait outside the hospital this time, there has been quite a presence outside Kensington Palace where reporters are preparing their offerings on the big event. CNN's Max Foster shared a photo of the "media machine firing up".

Max Foster CNN Twitter Feed

Speaking of preparations, I've been putting some thought into how best to cover the birth once the Palace officially announces the Duchess has been admitted. Do you all recall the Live Blog we had when Kate went into labour with Prince George? I think it might be most prudent to cover it that way again, as there are endless updates, photos of visitors, updates from the Palace, etc. to share. I'd like to cover it in the most timely fashion possible and think this is the most suitable option.


Let me know what you think!

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As expected, a plethora of articles surrounding the royal arrival have been circulating across all various news outlets. Let's take a look at some of the most interesting ones. We begin with an update on bets on the royal baby being named 'Princess Alice' from the Telegraph:

'The Duchess of Cambridge will give birth to a blonde daughter called Alice on Monday, according to the instincts of the British betting public.
 Despite the seeming impossibility of anyone knowing the name, so much money has been placed on Alice that the odds with the bookmaker Ladbrokes are as short as 5/4 – little more than even money, despite there being thousands of possibilities.
 Jessica Bridge, the company’s spokesman said: “The support for Alice is starting to get silly now, but we’ve been left with no option but to cut the odds as punters relentlessly back the girl/Alice combination.” Two people have bet more than £2,000 each on the baby being a girl, helping to shift the odds to 8/15 for a girl, with a boy now an 11/8 shot.'

The Telegraph also has an interesting article from Ingrid Seward, focusing on the vital role Carole Middleton will play in the coming months.

'What is certain is that she has been a godsend to her daughter and son-in-law over the last 21 months, as a hands-on grandmother to Prince George, and that she is all set to help when baby number two arrives.
 In the early weeks following George’s arrival in July 2013, I have no doubt that Carole will have taken George off his parents’ hands from time to time to give them a chance to sleep; she will have helped them establish a routine with him; and reassured them each time he will have screamed for no apparent reason – and kept on screaming, spurning every effort to calm him.
 As he has grown older, she will have been the one with the time and patience to play the same repetitive games to make him laugh, to read him the same story again and again, to sit on the floor with a jigsaw puzzle and to take his hand as he tottered round the garden. They will have drawn and painted together and might even have done a bit of cooking.'

People reports from Kate's home town of Bucklebury.

'"The excitement is bubbling away, but Bucklebury is just as sleepy as ever," says local shop owner Lynda Tillotson. "Nothing really changes here. In fact, just about the only sign that a famous new member of their tight-knit country community is about to arrive is the sudden appearance of some die-hard royal fans. 
 "The real royalists and the people who get really excited have started to come into the village," adds Tillotson, mirroring the gathering at the London hospital where Kate, 33, will give birth. "They are beside themselves in anticipation. So you could say the official countdown has started!"'

For Prince George's pram, Kate stuck with royal tradition choosing a Silver Cross pram for her son back in 2013. With the guidance of her mum Carole, Kate asked for specific features to be included in her son's pram, and the item, which costs approximately £1,600, was made to her exact needs. One of the extra add-ons that the Middletons requested was an insect net, which has now become a standard feature across all Silver Cross prams. More from Hello!'s article:

'"The Duchess of Cambridge is certainly helping us with our product development," said Nick Paxton, CEO of the brand.
 When asked whether it was nerve-racking to design the future king's pram, Nick said: "It is, it is, it's a huge honour. Safety is a top concern in all of our products but obviously for a future monarch. It was made in the same manner as all of our products, it was just made with that extra special ingredient for an special extra customer."'

You can see CNN's Erin McLaughlin taking a look at the prams in this video.

CNN Erin McLaughlin

I found it a thoroughly enjoyable watch!

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In fashion news, I was most surprised to see news of a collaboration between one of Kate's favourite designers, Alice Temperley, and... the Kardashians (with thanks to What Kate Wore).

The Mirror

More from the Mirror's story:

'A source close to Kris, 59, told the Sunday People: “The older girls, Kim, Khloe and Kourtney, have their own shop but Kendall and Kylie don’t. This is a chance to get a range out with the credibility of someone like Alice to design it.
 “Alice is one of the finest British designers and Kris’ friend. She is over the moon this partnership has worked out, she couldn’t stop smiling after the meeting. Temperley met Kris at the Chateau Marmont hotel in Hollywood to show her ­designs and talk about who would style the girls."'

I thought the story somewhat questionable until Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner posted a photo on Instagram of herself with the British designer.

Kris Jenner Instagram

What surprises me about this news is how Alice Temperley's whimsical, feminine designs are not at all in keeping with the edgier looks we see Kim Kardashian and her family sporting. One wonders what type of garments will be produced, and what sartorial "comprises" will be made on both sides. Alice has established herself as a go-to designer, not only for Kate, but for Hollywood's elite. In terms of perception and the brand's look, one wonders where this collaboration will lead.

UPDATE: Temperley London has confirmed the reports are "categorically untrue" (with thanks to What Kate Wore.

Looking through the current collection, we see some stellar possibilities for Kate. Below we look at the Checked Linen and Cotton Blend Trench Coat, one of the first looks to grace the label's Spring 2015 runway. It's a versatile, stylish piece also available in powder-crepe blue.

Net-A-Porter

The Novah Quilted Satin and Crepe Coat is an outstanding piece. It is described as a coat "that will flatter every figure - the full, pleated skirt creates the illusion of a smaller waist." Panels of crepe at the sleeves and back add structure and definition to the piece.

Net-A-Porter

I expect the 'Novah' may be an updated version of the 'Noa' coat Kate owns. There are some definite similarities.


As always, there are endless gorgeous gowns available. A cursory look at the Floor-length Silk Embellished Gown, the Ariel Lace Gown - an opulent gold piece, and the beautiful icy-blue Klara Embellished Gown.

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Next, we have a Fug-Tastic Giveaway to share with you. The terrifically talented Jessica Morgan and Heather Cocks from the enormously entertaining Go Fug Yourself website have released a fabulous novel titled The Royal We.

The Royal We

Inspired by our favourite royals, William, Kate and Harry, the story offers a new twist on the royal love story and characters you will come to love as you go through the pages. As one would expect from Heather and Jessica, it's enthralling, witty and a real treat for royal lovers. The book is available at a selection of retailers including Amazon.

More from the description:

'"I might be Cinderella today, but I dread who they'll think I am tomorrow. I guess it depends on what I do next." American Rebecca (Bex) Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister, Lacey, has always been the romantic who fantasized about glamour and royalty, fame and fortune.
 Yet it's Bex who seeks adventure at Oxford and finds herself living down the hall from Prince Nicholas, Great Britain's future king. And when Bex can't resist falling for Nick, the person behind the prince, it propels her into a world she did not expect to inhabit, under a spotlight she is not prepared to face. Dating Nick immerses Bex in ritzy society, dazzling ski trips, and dinners at Kensington Palace with him and his charming, troublesome brother, Freddie.'

We have one signed copy of the book to giveaway. It is open internationally. To enter, simply leave a comment and let us know the name of your favourite royal/fairytale book! We wish Heather and Jessica every success with the book, I know I very much enjoyed every word!

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Following a few days in Bucklebury, Kate is now at Kensington Palace as she, William and George anxiously await the arrival of the newest addition to their family. Our favourite photographer James Whatling took a beautiful photo of the Palace last week; it looks incredible at this time of year.


Perhaps the next time we see you, we'll have some very big news to share :)

175 comments:

  1. Was William at KP with Kate or is he away training ?

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  2. My favorite fairy tale books are Melanie Dickerson's adaptations. My favorite is probably The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest.

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  3. How about . . . The Princess Bride.

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  4. Although it is a YA book, I love The Selection trilogy by Kiera Cass. Thanks for the chance to win! Always appreciate your blog.

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  5. Thanks for all the updates! I have heard such great things about "The Royal We"!

    My fav fairytale (besides Will & Kate, of course!) is "Cinderella"...it was the very first movie I saw in theaters & I was mesmerized! I also was obsessed with her glass slippers as a girl-I wanted a pair so badly (I still secretly do!). ;)

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  6. Thank you for the post Charlotte!! I am very excited for the baby! I'm keeping looking at my Twitter for any news! Any day now!

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  7. My favorite Royal/fairytale book is Cinderella! True romance just like William and Catherine!

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  8. i love the book i love the idea that we would love been sleeping a lot and eat a lot been loving that live blog my fave book the other boleynn girl philppa gregory i love those history nne ad mary when she married henry vii i love the little prince too when child my mom read it for up to now karen queng phillppnes

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  9. Kate, Texas, USA20 April 2015 at 03:46

    Thank you Charlotte for the update! You had amazing coverage when Prince George was born and I loved the live blog used then. However you choose to bring us the info and updates, you will have MANY worldwide checking in to your blog! We can't wait!

    I know the excitement is building around London! It's hard to believe it's been 7 1/2 months since the announcement came from KP and any day now the prince or princess will be here. I hope William and Kate are enjoying these last few days as a family of 3 and hopefully getting some rest. Such an fun and exciting time! Eagerly awaiting the BIG announcement!

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  10. Love. love your blog. Thank you! Will follow closely this week, and always. Cheers from America.

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  11. Favorite fairytale: Beauty and the Beast!

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  12. For the "Royal We" contest- I love "The Runaway Princess" by Hester Browne!

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  13. For the "Royal We" contest- I love "The Runaway Princess" by Hester Browne!

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  14. Thank you for giving us an update, Charlotte! I can't wait for the next time you'll be posting :D Let's all pray that Kate will have a very smooth delivery and that she and her baby will be happy and healthy. No matter what gender it is, what matters is that the baby is normal, healthy and happy. Congratulations are in order to William, Kate and George!

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  15. A live blog....yes, please! You did such a great job keeping us updated the last time around!

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  16. I have to admit, throughout this pregnancy I haven't been as excited as I was for George, but as the due date gets closer I look forward to it more and more! It should be any day now!! My favorite royal book is Gyles Brandreth's book on The Queen and Prince Philip, who have their own fairytale romance, much like Will & Kate. ;)

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  17. When I first heard this on twitter I thought it was a joke. I can honestly say that I'm disappointed in Alice Temperley. Yes I know that she can work with whoever she chooses to work with, but I believe that we will no longer see Kate wearing her clothes again. Much like she stopped wearing ISSA after it was bought by the Al-Fayed family. I feel like Alice gave into the trend of associating your brand with the Kardashians, because you know that you will make money. But in 5 years when that trend fades, I would much rather be known for being associated with royalty than the family who isn't exactly known for their modesty.

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    1. Marci near Salt Lake City20 April 2015 at 07:41

      I know! Can you imagine!!

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    2. Kristin, San Francisco20 April 2015 at 14:23

      Blair- you said exactly what I was thinking - to the letter! History does repeat itself, doesn't it? I never did like that dress on Kate and time will tell with this collaberation.
      Best wishes for a healthy baby and mother!

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    3. I think you're probably right, Blair. It's a real pity though, I loved seeing Kate in her clothes!

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    4. I am also with you on this, Blair. So disappointed! I was not a fan of the cut black dress Charlotte featured above, but liked other things she has done. Now I sort of hope not to see Kate wear this brand, as I am not a fan of the life the Kardashians portray.

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    5. I'm not crazy about the Kardashian-Temperley partnership, but I'm not sure it's on the quite the same scale as ISSA and the Al-Fayeds. They were publicly hostile and vocal against the royal family, the Kardashians aren't.

      I think it stands to reason that Kate won't wear any of the clothing from the collaboration line (and most likely because it wouldn't be her style, anyway), but I don't know that a partnership between two fashion lines in of itself means that Kate won't wear any of Temperley's personal line at any time again in the future.

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    6. How true, Blair! I take less vitamins than the number of pics I see of the K-women each day. May I say "ugh"? Because that is exactly the way I feel. :))))

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    7. Caroline in Montana21 April 2015 at 15:59

      I was also very disappointed when I read about the Ktrash folks. I am an american and i can say that they are the worst sort of celebrity out there. I am also way too conservative for the things they wear! I should hope that Kate no longer wears this brand, I would not think that she or anyone would want to be associated with it, sorry but they are just so trashy. will be interesting to see what happens.

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  18. My favorite fairytale would be Sleeping Beauty. Well, it's in my top 10 and the only one I can bring up at this time of night. And yours?

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  19. Let's hope for a healthy baby! That is the only thing that matters. And all the hype is ridiculous, whilst we are all eager to see the new little royal, we need to give Kate and William the space that they need please

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    1. Health first. Absolutely. :) And I suspect they will delay the actual announcement to give allow themselves a few hours of privacy against a lifetime of anything but.... I believe it was four hours when George was born.

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  20. Hi Charlotte!

    This is my first time commenting after reading this blog for over a year. Thank you so much for this blog! I check it everyday and your posts are always so well written and interesting.

    I'm so excited for the new royal baby! I'm betting its a boy, but would love for them to have a girl.

    I can't wait to read this book. My favourite royal/fairytale is Snow White. It's such a classic.

    Also, I would love for you to do live posts when Kate goes into labour. I'm betting on a April 24th birth.

    I hope all is well with everyone! Thank you Charlotte!

    Jess from Australia

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  21. My favorite fairytale book as a girl was The Paperbag Princess. Cheers!

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  22. I love the Other Boleyn Girl and most of Philippa Gregory's royal history books! Been a fan ever since I was younger than I should be to read those books LOL

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  23. The Royal We sounds like a very fun book which I would love to read. I think my favorite royal book has to be the one from the auction of Princess Diana's dresses. I feel like I own a piece of history, and I love to look back at what was the most glamorous woman of the tine.

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    1. I envy you. :) Definitely a piece of history.

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  24. Eve from Germany20 April 2015 at 06:47

    My favourite "Royal Book" is "Royal Weddings", a German book by Friedericke Haenecke and Julia Melchior. It´s beautifully pictured and covers nearly all "major" royal weddings, incuding William and Kate´s. A true coffee table book I always enjoy picking up and having a read!
    As far as Carole Middleton´s role is concerned, I truly think Ingrid Seward´s article once again draws a picture that is more "wishful thinking" than actual reality. Carole Middleton is the owner of a very successful company. Having been responsible for sales and profit figures myself for quite a considerable time of my life, I can assure you, the time you would need for all the glorious "grand-mothering" that Ingrid Seward´s article describes is not the time an executive manager has! I rather think that Kate and William chose the Middleton home last time because it offers privacy and - air conditioning which was "vitally" important at the time Prince George was born. I agree, though, from personal experience, that living under the same roof with someone who knows about babies (even if this person has not enough time to be around all the time) makes you feel THAT MUCH calmer and more secure.

    Anyway, thanks for the post, Charlotte, I think everybody gripped by Royal Baby Fever (such as myself) is thoroughly grateful for any news that make the waiting time more "bearable"!! ;-)))
    Sunny greetings from Germany (with one glorious spring day after another at the moment!!)

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    1. True, but Carole does have the advantage of being her own boss. She can be flexible with her schedule when she wants or needs to be.

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  25. My favorite princess story has to be Ella Enchanted - I make it a point to reread it every year!

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  26. Marci near Salt Lake City20 April 2015 at 07:41

    Oh dear, oh dear, Alice Temperley, what have you done? Meanwhile, I would love to own that powder blue trench coat. I have had a thing about trench coats ever since I saw my first Humphrey Bogart movie--the one where he plays Sam Spade.

    I agree that Ingrid Seward's article was strong on imagination. However, even a busy executive woman has some time at home, and I'm sure that Carole could have arranged her schedule during the time Prince George was born to maximise the time she could spend with her new grandson and helping her daughter through those difficult first weeks.

    Yes!! Live blog!! Yes!!

    Oh dear again--so many books--how to choose? Ella Enchanted was enchanting. The Princess Academy by Shannon Hale is very good too and now has three books in its charming series. The Princess Bride by William Goldman is wonderful. One of my very favorites is Robin McKinley's "Beauty"--the best retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" I have ever come across. So let that be my contest entry:

    "Beauty" by Robin McKinley

    Thank you Charlotte for a lovely post as baby fever increases!

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    1. BEAUTY is an amazing re-telling of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. THE SPINDLE is wonderful too. Robin McKinley is a genius!

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  27. Quite like the cinderella story.
    Wish Kate the best of luck with the birth. :)

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  28. My favorite princess fairytale definitely has to be the Disney film "The Princess and the Frog"

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  29. Anja from Germany20 April 2015 at 09:34

    Hi Charlotte, two words for a live blog: Yes, please!!! Can't wait for the big news to come. And my favourite "kind of a princess story" is the ever so classic "Pride and Prejudice"! If that doesn't count it has to be Cinderella ;-)
    More sunny greetings from Germany, Anja

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  30. Praying for a safe smooth delivery and recovery. My favorite fairy tale is Cinderella.

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  31. My favourite royal book is Claudia Joseph:Kate The Making of a Princess.
    Actually this book made me a fan. I bought it just a few weeks before the wedding in 2011,and I couldn't put it down. I can only recommend it! :)

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    1. By Alison Weir? I thought was excellent, and I don't usually go for biographies.

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    2. She's an excellent author! She wrote a fantastic book about Elizabeth I as well!

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  33. Jennifer from Wisconsin20 April 2015 at 12:04

    Hello Charlotte! My favorite fairytale book still is Cinderella! Loved the new movie too.... Hoping for a Princess Charlotte or Caroline soon....

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  34. The Magician' s Daughter was the book I read frequently as a child. I am looking forward to you coverage of the next royal birth!

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  35. I love this blog but have never commented. A book giveaway was just too good to pass by. My favourite royal fairy tale is "Cindrella". It was the first one I remember reading and besides what girl (like Kate) doesn't hope to find her prince!

    Best wishes to Kate and William for a quick and safe delivery, and a healthy baby! Wish I were in the UK to be a part of the celebration!

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  36. Hello everyone!
    I'm so excited and anxious for the announcement that Kate has been admitted to the hospital to be made!

    Charlotte I loved the live blog the last time and I think that will probably be the best bet this time!
    You have all the information that some of us don't know how to find or have the ability to get!
    I cant wait to follow your blog for the royal birth number 2 whatever method you choose!

    I'm hopping for a little girl, Princess Mary Elizabeth Frances!

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  37. I loved Ella Enchanted and Princess Diaries too

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  38. Thank you for giving away a copy of "The Royal We." I've heard great things about it.

    My favorite fairytale book (when I was much younger) was "The Glass Slipper." I checked it out of the library many times. I'm looking forward to reading some of these other books--lots of good suggestions here!

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  39. My favorite princess story is Someday My Prince Will Come by Jerramy Fine!

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  40. Jean from Lancs20 April 2015 at 13:55

    The ban on parking is from 15th--30th April, so I suspect the due date is somewhere in the middle of those two dates around 22nd or 23rd.
    Can't believe William would have arranged to be at the ANZAC commemorations on the 25th, if that were the due date, but of course--the so-called "due date" really means nothing except an educated guess.
    Doubtless Mrs Middleton will help were it is needed, but she has a job and Catherine is no longer a new mother, besides having Nanny. She will be much more confident this time.
    I hope no one shows too much disappointment if this one is not a little princess---the poor little thing will have enough to bear being labelled "the spare", when he/she will be as much loved by the family as George is.

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  41. I love the Princess Series by Alyssa Crowne. My daughter and I read the first book in the series- the Pink Princess Rules the School and she was hooked. We read the entire series together. Great Memories know that she is all grown up. I kept the books to read to my grandkids some day!

    Also- can't wait for Royal Baby #2. So wish Diana was around, but glad George and his sibling have Grandma Carole to teach them about reality!


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  42. Dealing With Dragons is my favorite princess story. Can't wait to read the live blog!

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  43. My favorite princess story has always been Cinderella! Thanks for posting this royal giveaway! :) ~Emily, USA

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  44. I loved reading Ella Enchanted as a young girl :)

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  45. My favorite royal story is the Book of Esther. =)

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  46. For me, the countdown has begun and I sit on pins and needles waiting for news of the birth....I am checking this blog and the news each morning with anticipation. Whatever the gender, I hope the baby is in good health and both Kate and baby do well before, during and after the birth. Thanks for providing some interesting reading as we await the big day...Would be great if the little one came tomorrow on the birthday of the Queen....Nancy

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  47. Cinderella will forever be my favorite fairy tale.

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  48. Cinderella... what can I say, i'm a fan of the classics :)

    Cannot wait for Kate's new arrival! What an absolutely exciting time!

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  49. Theresa - Austin, Texas20 April 2015 at 15:13

    Waiting with bated breath!! My favorite fairy tale is Beauty and the Beast. I just loved the television series back in late 80s,with Ron Perlman and Linda Hamilton.

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  50. Love any story, movie or show on Cinderella! Cinderella has always been a captivating story for me ever since I was a young girl!! Anything royal works for me, right now I am into the show, The Royals! Love your blog! Lots of love from canada!! -melissa

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  51. Very excited!!!! Is there a webcam outside the Lindo Wing like for George?

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  52. I love all of Phillipa Gregory's novels! But my favorite fairytale is "The Princess and the Pea". I had this book as a child and the illustrations were so beautiful, it's been my favorite since!

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  53. My favorite Fairy tale is Cinderella.

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  54. How exciting!!! Will there be a live webcam outside the Lindo Wing as there was for George?

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  55. Debby from Paris20 April 2015 at 15:54

    First of all, a huge YEESSSS for a live blog!!!!! When George was born, I discovered the most awsome blog in the world (hint: it's written by a very lovely and talented Charlotte :))I just remember how I just clicked on the "refresh" botton over and over! It was such fun!!!!
    My favorite Royal story is definitely Cinderella - have always LOVE this story!!!!!!
    Praying for a smooth delivery for Kate and a healthy and normal baby, who will be - I'm sure - as cute as little Georgie!!!!!

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  56. I love the Fug Girls! My favorite "princess story" is from my childhood, "The Princess and the Pea". I still have the Golden Notebook version and the illustrations are adorable.

    YES TO THE LIVE BLOG!
    "Duchess Kate" is where I was glued to when Prince George was born and your coverage was brilliant!

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  57. Ella Enchanted is a wonderful book. For a movie, I'd pick the new Cinderella -- so magical!!

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    1. I just saw the new Cinderella last night!! I it was fantastic. I thought everyone was perfectly cast and it was so beautifully filmed. I had to comment in agreement with you :)

      I have never read Ella Enchanted, is it better than the movie?

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      SO SO SO much better!!!!!!

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  58. My favorite is the Princess Bride. I love it :)

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  59. Sandy- El Paso , Texas20 April 2015 at 16:19

    My favorite princess story if you can call it that would be Beauty and the Beast...i know she's not a princess right away but she does after she breaks the spell and her Beast becomes a prince. I recommend the one written by Robin McKinley

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  60. Tedi in California20 April 2015 at 16:48

    Look forward to your live blog, Charlotte. All good thoughts for a healthy and happy birth. Once Upon A Time, the story of Princess Grace and Prince Rainier is one of my favorites. Cinderella, also!

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  61. Please NO pictures or associations with the Kardashians!
    I love the novel Perfect by Jude Deveraux, a modern fairytale romance.

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    1. Totally agree with you HHH.

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    2. I went to both Amazon and JD's website looking for Perfect (since it sounded great) but didn't see it anywhere. Do you maybe mean Perfect by Judith McNaught?

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  62. Personally it would be great fun, it the baby is a girl named Alice. That's the name of my four-year-old granddaughter and she is SO into princesses (Disney etc.). On a visit over Christmas she asked me if I knew a lot about princesses. When I said I knew a little, she told me, "You should learn."

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  63. Ooh, that's a hard one! Non-fiction royal book: I do love 'Dressing the Queen.' Fiction (fairy tale): I love both 'When Beauty Tamed the Beast' by Eloisa James (SO romantic!) and 'An Offer from a Gentleman' by Julia Quinn.

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  64. The Princess Bride - both the book and the movie for totally different reasons.

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  65. Charlotte thank you for the update. I also am shocked at the Temperley collaboration with the Kardashians.

    Favorite royal/fairy tale is Cinderella!

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  66. Vonnie from Oklahoma20 April 2015 at 17:46

    I love Snow White. Thank you for your wonderful blog.

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  67. A due date of the 25th makes a lot of sense. Her last public engagement before George was born was June 15 and he was, by admission of William, late when he arrived the following month, on the 22nd. So Kate probably timed her final engagement for 4 weeks prior to that due date which could have been July 14. This time around, we last saw Kate on March 27, and 4 weeks from that date is April 25.

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  68. The Ordinary Princess by M. M. Kaye. I've loved it since I was a little girl. The song "Lavender's Blue," which is a theme in the latest Cinderella movie, is a motif throughout the book. If y'all haven't read it, it really is a charming little story.

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  69. Thank u Charlotte for ur great post. This is the first time I have commented since finding this blog during the Australia/New Zealand tour. I am disappointed to read that Alice Temperley is collaborating with the Kardashians. Let's hope that some of Alice Temperley's style rubs off on them.

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  70. I like the sleeping beauty as a fairytale. It's a german fairytale and I don't know how popular it is in England. Much more I like the modern fairytale of Williams and Kates Love. Its much more realistic and Kate and her role in this Love (how she act while they break up) are a great ideal for young women around the world. I love your blog !!! This week I will whrite my exams and maybe the royal baby arrives such an excitement *_*

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  71. YES TO THE LIVE BLOG!

    My favorite fairytale growing up was Cinderella, I read it to my own little girls now and the magic of the story is timeless.

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  72. My favourite is 'A Little Princess' :)

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  73. Since I was little my favorite fairytale, both movie and book, is The Princess Bride. It has everything you need :)

    BTW, am I the only one a little disappointed that Temperley is working with the Kardashians? I am so sick of them and I doubt Kate would wear anything with their name on it since they only want publicity and Kate wearing their piece would sell out. I remember supposedly Kim sent Kate clothes a few years ago and she sent them back since she can't accept free clothing. Although I have a feeling nothing was to her taste anyway :). Why or why work with the Kardashian's? Their fifteen minutes keep getting extended.

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  74. Rose from Montreal Canada20 April 2015 at 21:17

    Hello Charlotte,
    Yes Please to the live blog. My favorite book is still Cinderella. But I love them all. I do have royal baby fever and praying for a safe delivery for Kate. Get some rest please Charlotte you will need it. Wouldnt it be something if the baby comes on their wedding anniversary, April 29th?

    I am surprised about Alice Temperley and the Kardashians. I do hope she knows what she is doing. She might lose a lot of customers.

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  75. The fairytale which has continued to enchant and break my heart at the same time is Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid. (The Disney version is a travesty.)

    Such a powerful, cautionary tale. You gain nothing and lose your soul when you give up your voice to win a man. And darling, no prince is never worth that no matter what your longing heart says.

    Double ditto to every "yes" to the live blog.

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  76. My favorite royal book would be The Selection series by Keira Kass! Would love if you did the live blog again this year!!!

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  77. Hi.

    I love the idea of a live blog but i'll be here in Australia, I'll be reading it after the birth. I've had a feeling that it will be a night birth, especially after the press rekease that said if the baby is born later an announcement will be made the next day.

    In terms of my fave royal story: movie wise it is the prince and me, and fairytale is sleeping beauty. I'm also currently reading a book called the glass palace which is about the exile of the burmese royal family. Not a romantic story, but still very interesting

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  78. Shantel (@FashionandFaith)20 April 2015 at 21:50

    Hello Everyone!
    Charlotte, a HUGE yes to the live blog. It was so much fun to follow last time!
    My favorite fairy tale is more of an African fable: Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters. It's a bit of a Good Samaritan story with a rich, handsome prince in the end! The Princess Bride comes in at a close second.
    The Temperley-Kardashian collaboration is a bit strange but who knows? Maybe she can give them a little class.... Maybe.
    Thanks for the post! Won't be long now!
    Shantel
    Minnesota, USA

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  79. My favourite fairytale is Beauty and the Beast.. even if I'd like to see a version with a female Beast and a male Beauty ;)

    Camilla

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  80. Looking forward to your coverage Charlotte of the upcoming birth. It seams this pregnancy has gone much faster than with George.

    It is hard to pick what Princess story would be my favorite - maybe Princess Diaries or Princess Bride, but the new book sound intriguing.

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  81. Cinderella! Yay to the live blog... Thanks Charlotte. Looking forward....

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  82. My favourite fairytale is The Beauty and The Beast.

    I loved the live blog last time, so I’d be great to have it again.

    And while I’m hoping for a girl this time, I’m stating to feel a bit bad for the poor baby if it’s a boy. So many people seem to be disappointed with another boy, when having a baby in the first place is such a miracle.

    I’m still hoping for an April 21st birth, I guess we’ll see tomorrow. I think the due date is sooner than the 25th, because if she’s late a week, as she apparently was with George, it would take us into May and I suspect the hospital would have prolonged the parking restriction.

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  83. Wonderful blog as always!!
    my favorite fairy tale is Alice in wonderland! We are waiting for you Royal princess!!

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  84. Another vote for the live blog. I really enjoyed the coverage last time. :)

    I love the blue trench coat. The large pattern, not so much.

    Regarding the photo of KP, I'm really surprised at the way the garden was opened up to allow such easy access to the State Apartments. When the entrance was off to the side, it just seemed a little more contained.

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      I wondered about that Royalfan, it seemed like those people in the photo were really close to KP. I have never been but assume there are guards and that its not as accessable as it looks?

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    2. Caroline, no it isn't as accessible as it looks, but previously the part of the garden visible in this photo was gated off and you had to walk around to a path to the far right of this photo to enter the State Apartments.
      This (now public) part of the garden had provided an extra buffer to W&K's private garden. (But the main entrance to their apartment is accessible via a private road and through a courtyard on the opposite side of the building (not visible here).

      I hope that makes sense. :))

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  85. Sarah from Calif.20 April 2015 at 23:49

    Happily and patiently awaiting the arrival of the new Prince or Princess. I'm actually grinning from ear to ear :)))))

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  86. I like the Sergeanne Golon novels - "Angelique and the King"

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  87. I vote for a forever ban of anything Kardashian on this blog! Gads - they can be everywhere and I am so sick of them

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    1. Dear beachgal, Before I read your post I was going to say just about the same thing YIKES!!!! never never in the same sentence with Her Royal Highness should there EVER be a mention of the Kardashians. Bring on the FOEVER BAN. Again as previously posted, pray God HRH has an easy delivery of her second child....prince or princess, a healthy baby. Charlotte, as always, you do such an amazing job here, where would we be without you?? Good health to all. I feel like we are all in the waiting room .......

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  88. I hope I win! I've never been a big fan of fairy tales, but I love the one Will and Kate are writing.

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  89. My favorite fairy tale is the twist on Cinderella - Cinder by Marissa Meyer. It is such a good reworking of a classic fairy tale!

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  90. Ooh, it's hard to pick a favorite royal/fairy tale! But I've been searching for The Seventh Princess ever since I checked it out of the library in elementary school (25 years ago!), so I'll go with that one! I have no idea if it's really as good as I remember it being, but I'd love to find it and see!

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  91. I loved the live blog! I actually got married a few days before George was born, it was great fun watching what was going on. :) my favorite fairytale is Ariel!

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  92. Can't wait for the arrival of the new baby!! I love the 500 Kingdoms series by Mercedes Lackey - they put a new spin on traditional fairy tales.

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  93. My favorite is Beauty and the Beast.

    And I bet Carol Middleton Will take a little time off to stay with Kate, George and the new baby. Since she owns the company she had unlimited time off and as long as she has a phone she can talk to her employees.

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  94. My favorite is Beauty and the Beast.

    And I bet Carol Middleton Will take a little time off to stay with Kate, George and the new baby. Since she owns the company she had unlimited time off and as long as she has a phone she can talk to her employees.

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  95. Courtney from NC21 April 2015 at 02:36

    My favorite fairy tale is Beauty and the Beast because the library is amazing. I could live in that library.

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  96. I'm for the live blog and AGAINST anything Kardashian on this blog. I cannot STAND them - they are everywhere here in America. Ban them from your blog please!! Blueskygal

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  97. The golden Ariel gown would be beautiful on Kate. I also hope she wears the blue trench coat.

    My favorite royal book is still Marian Crawford's 'The Little Princesses,' and I also very much enjoyed the long (and physically heavy) authorized biography of The Queen Mother.

    The first movie I saw as a child was Snow White, which was dramatic and beautiful. But though it is in many ways a rather dark tale, I think Rumpelstiltskin is my favorite fairy tale. I only wonder how the miller's daughter fared in marriage to her greedy king.

    It appears that Cinderella is the runaway favorite among those commenting here!

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  98. As a child, I loved "Beauty", an adaptation of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley

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      It's such a great adaptation and its my absolute favorite book specially this version by Robin McKinley

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  99. My favourite fairy tale is Cinderella, but the Ever After move version!

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  100. Hi all! Yes to a live blog.

    My favourite fairytale is The Princess and the pea. It's quite extraordinary!

    Regards,
    .fawzana from malaysia

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  101. I am with you beachgal.. Prefer not to discuss kardashians. Hoping for a baby tomorrow for the Queens birthday. What a lovely present that would be.

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  102. Tammy from California21 April 2015 at 05:08

    I am with beachgal ^.

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  103. Fernanda, Brazil21 April 2015 at 05:47

    I'm so excited for baby Cambridge #2! Love your work, Charlotte. I know I don't comment a lot but I'm a devote reader and a fan. My favorite princess book is by my favorite writer, the one and only Meg Cabot. "Princess Diaries" is amazing and I'm anxiously waiting for the new one :)

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  104. Hello everyone!

    Thank you so much for the feedback, we will be running a live blog, I think it will be very exciting!

    As for the Kardashians, I have to say I share the sentiments echoed here. I was very surprised and disappointed to see a designer like Alice Temperley associating with them.

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    1. Oh, and on an entirely different note. There's reports Kate and George were photographed at Bucklebury Farm Park on Sunday. No photos have emerged yet...

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    2. Sweet! George must love animals with all the visits to these farms. :) And it may be a good way to introduce the concept of "babies".

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    4. Yes!

      I've been trying to find out a little more about it. I'll have a post later :)

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  105. Thanks Charlotte for another great post.

    My favourite royal book is "Sleeping beauty"

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  106. If it is true that Temperley is uniting with the Ks then ugh!!! Forget it. I find that family so tacky that I would never timg of the Y brad as anything but very very gaudy and cheap quality. I never cluck on articles about then or sever other celebs as I know the headlines are just add.

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  107. My favourite tale is the "Beauty and the Beast".

    Happy birthday to Her Majesty the Queen! She might be eager to discover her fifth great grand child I'm sure.

    A wonderful day to you all!

    Monica, France

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  108. My favourite 'Royal' book is MY ENEMY THE QUEEN by Victoria Holt or 'MISTS OF AVALON' by Marion Zimmer Bradley

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  109. Fun giveaway and thank you again for such a great blog.
    Our favorite around this house is The Paper Bag Princess.

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  110. We love The Paper Bag Princess!
    (I posted earlier as anonymous, sorry for the duplication)

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  111. Jean from Lancs21 April 2015 at 13:14

    It's being reported that Prince William has completed his training early and is now on unpaid leave until June 1st.
    Prince Harry is returning to the UK for 24 hours following the ceremonies at Gallipolli.
    Fingers (and toes crossed) for a healthy baby this week

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  112. My favourite royalty book (currently) is Suddenly Royal by Nichole Chase, although I admit to a huge soft spot for The Selection series by Kiera Cass.

    Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

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  113. Caroline in Montana21 April 2015 at 16:29

    thank you charlotte for the live blog we will all get to read! i am getting excited for the new royal baby. im not sure if my pick for a fairytale is quite a fairytale but i have always loved the Secret Garden. any day now!!

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  114. This baby needs to come already! I keep checking this blog and the Ken Pal twitter account. Ahh!!!

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  115. My favorite royal book is Someday My Prince Will Come: True Adventures of a Wannabe Princess by Jerramy Fine. It's the true story of a British-royalty obsessed American girl who dreams of marrying Peter Phillips (not technically a prince, but still a member of the family). I share her obsession with the royal family, but am not passionate enough to move to London to pursue a prince.

    I'm very excited for the live blog!

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  116. My favorite fairy tale has always been Beauty and the Beast, especially Robin McKinley's two versions, "Beauty" and "Rose Daughter."

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  117. My favourite is Marie Antoinette: Princess of Versailles, Austria-France, 1769
    by Kathryn Lasky

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  118. My favourite fairytale is 'The Elves and The Shoemaker' oh to have a pair of those handmade pink boots with the fringe and tassels...never seen a pair yet and it's been a while since I was read that as a child...still have the book!

    A live blog would be great to do again. Thank you in advance!

    Come on little one....

    PPx

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  119. like everyone else I hope the baby arrives soon and she has a healthy baby and safe delivery.
    I was delighted when KP announced today that William had completed the first part of his training earlier than scheduled due partly to the good weather and his ability so he is now on unpaid leave until 1st June and with Kate, so no last minute dash will be needed. It is good that he is able to support her during this important time and spend time with George

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  120. Didn't expect a "Royal We" mention here. I'm a bit sad there will be not the same baby fever/ wating as for George. I found that thrilling and I had time off then. But maybe the baby will be born on a weekend...

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  121. Oh Charlotte,
    Thank You So Much For All The Wonderful Work You Do & For The Respectful Way in which you do it! I have Such a New Appreciation for this, after reading (or I should say gobbling up) "The Royal We"! After I saw it here, I downloaded it Right Away & read it Straight Through!:) (Yes, it helped that I was sick in bed:) Such a Marvelous Read, that I think it will take me a while to look at Kate & to Not Think "Bex":) Which is strange as they did such an amazing job of writing a new original story! So that is my New Favorite Fairytale:) But like so many others, my first is Cinderella! I still hold out hope that someday, someone will make a new film adaptation of The Rogers & Hammerstein Musical!
    I missed The Live Blog for Prince George's Birth. as I hadn't found you yet:( But am So Very Excited to Enjoy It This Time Around!:) As I bask in the afterglow of "The Royal We", I have a renewed appreciation for their need to have their bit of their own special Family Time, Just Them:) Here's hoping all goes well & I'm personally hoping for a Darling little Princess for Wills to adore & to be wrapped around her finger:)
    Cheers To All,
    Becca USA

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  122. Charlotte, I'm so glad you're going to do the live blog! I am so excited for the new baby, perhaps even more than for George. I'm very much hoping for a girl, but will be happy for a healthy baby. I only wish I wasn't 7 hours behind here in the U.S. Oh well... Stupid earth rotating around the sun. LOL.

    Thank you so much for all your wonderful posts. Whenever I see a story, especially from the DM, I take it with a grain of salt and then check your blog because you have the most accurate information. Thank you again for your hard work.

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  123. I loved The Beautician and the Beast! Timothy Dalton and Fran Drescher!

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  124. hi charlotte there i paid article with its good to share

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  125. Maggie - Minneapolis22 April 2015 at 01:00

    I hope Kate and William realize that the ability of William to be able to take unpaid paternity leave for six weeks is a luxury that makes them not normal. It seems as though William has to take the leave because the next phase of his work needs 3 uninterrupted weeks, which he cannot give now because of the pending birth and upcoming engagements, so that's fine. But there are a lot of men whose family could not afford for him to take six weeks of unpaid leave (especially with a second baby coming!), and those men would have to continue on to the next phase and their wives would have to deal with them working right after the birth. William doesn't have to do that because obviously money is not a concern. So when the Cambridges try to be as normal as possible, I hope they consider all the benefits that allow for them to actually live a life of huge luxury.
    Also, this six weeks unpaid leave does frustrate me a little because it's just another sign that William doesn't need this job and is taking a job/salary that could be going to someone else who needs it more. And, if he hadn't spent two weeks on vacation in Mustique, maybe he could have finished up the next stage of training (the uninterrupted three weeks) before the birth too, and wouldn't need the six weeks of leave. It's his right to take the leave, and clearly he's financially capable of doing so, but this all just exemplifies how not normal the Cambridges are, and how William work experience is nothing like most men's work experience.

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    1. Maggie I am sure W realizes the privileges of his position and is trying to give back. Why should he donate his entire salary to charity? No normal worker does that. You are right, his work experience is not that of most men and I admire him for being set to save lives and giving his earnings to help others. Most men,even those who have the means don't do it. It also reveals an active young man, willing to do more with his time than just waiting to be king one day.

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    2. A young mother in my family just completed six months of maternity leave. Her husband is now taking several weeks of leave. They do not live in the lap of luxury, and they do live in a state adjoining yours, Maggie! Leave varies a great deal in the US, but it is certainly not unknown to have some uninterrupted months with an infant.

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  126. I support the idea of the live blog! Thanks for all you do keeping us readers up-to-date :)

    My current favorite royal story is the Kiera Cass trilogy - the gown on the cover of "The One" is to die for!

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  127. Robin in Ontario22 April 2015 at 02:42

    I hate that the Kar-trashians are in any way associated with the Duchess. I'm sorry to say that I hope she doesn't choose Alice Temperley anymore.

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  128. anon from Leominster22 April 2015 at 03:14

    I remember Carole said that the baby who turned out to be George was expected to be a Leo. (She was a short time off.) Yet William said the baby was late, so someone wasn't being straightforward. So I'm not sure how seriously we can take any "information". The parking restrictions could be easily extended and might be to throw everyone off.

    But there are some wild rumours out there that Kate has gone into hospital. I suspect that's all they are - wild.

    The Kardashions are known for their lack of taste and I can't imagine anyone with the budget to buy Temperley would be anything but put off by such a connection. Other companies - I can think of one - have done deals like this and regretted it because their regular customers didn't care for it and it cheapened the brand. I hope that doesn't happen here.

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  129. Loralee from Atlanta22 April 2015 at 18:45

    Hope it's not too late to enter the giveaway contest. "The Princess Bride" would be my choice!

    If it is a boy, then George and his brother will best of friends like Wills and Harry. If it is a girl, the whole world will go Princess crazy. Any little girl born to William and Kate will have a lot to live up to...comparisons to her mother, comparisons to her late grandmother Diana. I just hope the baby will be healthy, happy and raised with lots of love and fun, which I believe will be so, looking at the happy little George.

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  130. I read somewhere that the only significance to Alice is that Kate wrote a paper about Alice in wonderland. True or no? I'm assuming there is more to it.

    Favorite princess book is the princess diaries

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  131. I think we can all relax about the Temperley/Kardashians rumor. It appears to be completely false. https://twitter.com/WhatKateWore/status/590996423027650560

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  132. The Royal We is currently my favorite royal-adjacent book!

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  133. So hopefully we'll have a baby by the 30th? I sure hope so. Love the black & silver gown, to die for!

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  134. I love Hester Browne's The Runaway Princess.

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  135. Favorite book: Someday My Prince Will Come by Jerramy Fine

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  136. Mine is 'A Little Princess' by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

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  137. Thanks for another fun read, Jessica and Heather. Long live Fug nation :-D

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  138. Favourite princess book: Dealing with Dragons

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  139. Oh, The Princess Bride! Love that book.

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  140. My favorite fairytale is Beauty and the Beast!! I love The Princess Bride & The Princess Diaries too!!!

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