Monday, 25 May 2015

Prince George to Become More Visible, Back to Work for William, L.K. Bennett Updates & More

Hello, we hope you all had a splendid weekend!

We're back with several updates beginning with a story by The Sunday Times' royal correspondent Roya Nikkhah titled George to be Prince Visible:

'The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are planning to make more public appearances with Prince George. The prince’s visit to his newborn sister, Princess Charlotte, last month was only the third sighting of the future king on British soil but sources say George, who will be two in July, will become “more visible over the next few months”.
A royal aide said: “The duke and duchess feel most people have been very supportive of the measures they have taken to protect his privacy. But they do realise there is a good-natured interest [in him] from people."'

The article suggests one possible outing for Prince George could be the Royal Norfolk Show which takes place on 1 and 2 July. The event is the largest two-day agricultural show in the country, hosting an array of livestock and horses, theatre and food, music and entertainment for all ages, and is very much considered a splendid family day out.

Royal Norfolk Show

We know Prince George adores visiting local open farms and this would be a day out he would love. It would also prove an excellent way for the Cambridges to show their support for Norfolk and participate in such a famous event.

Royal Norfolk Show Facebook Page

The article also states new official photographs of Prince George and Princess Charlotte will be released in July before the Princess's christening (with thanks to Cepe) We believe Charlotte will be christened in late July before the Queen travels to Balmoral for August and September. These photographs would also serve as birthday portraits to mark Prince George's second birthday. Below we see the little prince's birthday portrait from last year.

Clarence House Twitter Feed

With a possible appearance for Prince George in July, official photographs and Charlotte's christening, it may prove to be a busier month than initially anticipated. As for the veracity of The Sunday Times story, Roya Nikkhah is considered an incredibly reliable and informative reporter. Among her exclusives, she was one of two reporters who revealed Prince William would be returning to flying, despite Palace denials at the time.

There's no denying the number of paparazzi photos of Prince George have increased in recent months, with several sets of shots of the prince with Kate and nanny Maria Teresa out and about published in various magazines. An increase in the release of official photographs and perhaps the occasional appearance could prove fruitful in deterring the high demand for such photos. It's all about striking the right balance for the Royal family - between high profile roles and life away from the spotlight while ensuring George and Charlotte enjoy as much privacy and normality as possible during their childhoods.

We've seen European royal families adopting such an approach to the ever expanding media by allowing more access to their children with photo-calls and official photographs. Perhaps William, Kate and their communications team have examined this and taken it into consideration too. William is fiercely protective of his family's privacy and by no means will we be seeing the Cambridge children with any frequency, but I think again, there is a realisation balance needs to be found.


What are your thoughts on this? I'm looking forward to hearing your opinions.

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The Cambridges had a very special visitor on Friday when Prince Harry was spotted travelling in the direction of Anmer. More from Camilla Tominey's story:

'The doting uncle was spotted travelling towards Anmer Hall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridges’ Sandringham home on Friday. He was seen driving through Brandon, a town en route to the Royal Family’s Norfolk estate in what one Twitter user described as “the nicest Range Rover I have ever seen”. Jake Cottrell tweeted: “I have just seen Prince Harry driving through Brandon.”
 Harry, 30, missed the Princess’s birth on May 2 because he was on a four-week attachment with the Australian Defence Force, followed by an eight-day tour of New Zealand. During an appearance at the Chelsea Flower Show last Monday he admitted he had still not met Charlotte, saying: “We’ll wait and see. That still hasn’t happened yet. I only got back yesterday afternoon. Time will tell when I have a chance.”'

No doubt Harry was delighted to meet his niece, Charlotte, who turned three weeks old on Saturday!

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It was a busy week for Prince William who undertook several engagements last week. The Prince attended United for Widlife talks in Switzerland to discuss next steps for the organisation which united government and non-government groups to solve important environment and development challenges. During the talks William said of the wildlife trade: "We are up against it. This isn't an issue we have ten or even five years to work on. We need results now."

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Official Website

In his role as President of the Football Association, The Prince visited England's Lionesses team who are due to fly to Canada this week for the women's World Cup. He revealed Charlotte has given him "a few sleepless nights" and big brother George is "becoming increasingly lively". William was delighted to receive a jersey for his daughter :)


The week culminated with a glamorous bash celebrating conservation charity Tusk Trust's 25th anniversary at Windsor Castle.


In his speech, the Prince told his guests that the charity is as much about helping "the great charismatic animals that roam Africa, the elephants, rhino, lions and so on…" as it is "the people of Africa who must be cared for too."


CEO Charlie Mayhew told People:

"He said that he was delighted and all is going well," his friend, Tusk Trust CEO Charlie Mayhew, tells PEOPLE. The conservation group was feted by royal patron William at Windsor Castle on Thursday evening. "He was having a week off from nappies, as he's been in London all week."

William is set to enjoy next week with Kate, George and Charlotte before retuning to work as an air ambulance pilot in June.

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Next, we have several fashion updates to share. Fans of Kate's enormously popular L.K. Bennett 'Lasa' dress are in for a treat. 


The brand's updated 'Lasana' dress has been released in an almost identical shade of cornflower blue and is exclusively available at John Lewis for £195. Interestingly, it retails for £50 less than the original piece (with thanks to Stephanie from What Kate Wore Facebook).

L.K. Bennett

More from the product description:

'Wear your florals with pride this season with this beautiful printed dress. Expertly tailored from a slight stretch cotton, this knee-length, silhouette-skimming style features a striking floral print, arranged on a crisp white backdrop.
The square neckline adds a contemporary touch, whilst elbow-length sleeves allow for additional coverage.'

Below we see the 'cornflower blue' beside the original 'snorkel blue' colourway.

L.K. Bennett

The 'Lasana' remains available in very limited sizing in pink on the US L.K. Bennett website and in yellow at John Lewis.

L.K. Bennett

Such is the popularity of Kate's L.K. Bennett dresses, we see them being re-released in new colourways. Kate's striking blue Detroit dress proved to be one of her most popular selections. The structure and the fit worked incredibly well for the Duchess and looked very professional too.


The update's Ross Notch Collar Fitted Dress comes in a striking jade green. It is described as "a wardrobe wonder. It's a new season update of the bestselling Detroit dress. Its body contouring seams serve to sculpt the figure beautifully, while the elbow-length sleeves offer a little extra coverage". It retails for £250 at L.K. Bennett, John Lewis and House of Fraser.

L.K. Bennett

Kate's beautiful DVF Zarita black lace gown is back in stock on the DVF website. It is also available at ShopBop. A shorter version of the lace sheath dress is also available in several colourways at Nordstrom.

DVF

I thought it one of Kate's most regal looks and a timeless piece I hope we'll see her wear again.


Whilst we're discussing regal gowns, Kate's Roland Mouret 'Ella' Gown is back in stock in limited sizing at Net-A-Porter.


Finally, follow many requests, we've created a Repli-Kate page on the blog for readers to share alternatives to pieces worn by the Duchess. I'll be adding tips I receive regularly, so please feel free to share your finds with reviews in the comments section of the page. You can visit the page here.

We could see a family photo of the Cambridges released at any point now :)

283 comments:

  1. Hi Charlotte! I love your blog and follow it religiously. I was wondering if you think we will see photos of Princess Charlotte soon (as we did about a month after George's birth) or if you think they will wait to release family photos in July?

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    1. Hello!

      I think we'll see a family photo within the next week or two. Possibly sooner :)

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    2. ... and we will know something about Royalfan dealing with Camilla's hat!

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    3. LOL. Yes, we will Paola. :)

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    4. Lol!! I needed that hilarious visual this morning Paola :-)

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    5. I heard Camilla has heard about the possible fate of her beloved bonnets and has secured in the Tower of London, just in case. :)

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    6. I think this one will do nicely ;) http://i.guim.co.uk/static/w-620/h--/q-95/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2010/7/7/1278523905990/Royal-weddingCamilla--006.jpg

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    7. Maryland Moxie25 May 2015 at 16:04

      Just waiting for William to come home so they can take one.

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    8. Camilla’s use of over large hats has gone to new extremes. I believe she wears the gaudy hats to stand out, even when she is with the Queen!

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    9. Love that one, Silvereyed! I think Camilla is also making the point that she is a descendant of a certain Edwardian lady. ;-) And no doubt Charles eggs her on, since he wants her to be a center of attention.

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    10. It's the same with jewels, though Camilla has modified her flashiness in that regard. For awhile she was wearing as many diamonds and rubies as possible. I think her naturally casual nature, or the responses she got to too much bling, caused her to back off a bit in spite of what Charles may have wanted. Hats, not so much!

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    11. Well, I believe Camilla is especially proud of how far she has made it for obvious reasons. For the record, I do like the large hats (I really do), but the seeking out and smiling for the cameras is inappropriate on so many occasions. It's one thing to joke with photographers when she is taking part in a lighthearted activity, but the opening of parliament (or other solemn occasions) is NOT the place for it. Not at her age, and certainly not as a future qu---. (Sorry, my keyboard froze up over that one! :)

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    12. Julia from Leominster28 May 2015 at 14:32

      I don't mind elaborate hats in general, especially at Ascot, but I don't think a funeral is the place for them. They call too much attention to the wearer. Ditto when Camilla is out with the queen - she often seems tto be trying to overshine her - which no one can.

      And the flash jewels are still around - recently she was wearing red velvet with what looked like a ruby breastplate. Tasteless. I suppose they came from the Saudis but would imagine the royals have some say in what they like. Camilla has terrible skin on her neck - I'm not one to make an issue of age-related issues, I have my own - by why go out of your way to call attention to those troubled bits.

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  2. thanks charlotte for these wonderful article I been busy these day I actually open your blog on my phone I read all your the comment but cant comment and I have cold and flu right now im glad the prince harry visit princess charlotte last time and I love seeing both chelsy and Cressida doing their thing on the craft chelsy I think she attend a charity with a lace gown I see Cressida snap at play with her mother and father
    I love too see prince George more appearance with his parents looking forward to that

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  3. Deanne from Canada25 May 2015 at 03:49

    Woah. Woah. Woah. A family portrait? I thought we'd have to wait until July? *uber excited with more PG photos*
    Again: fab post Charlotte!

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    1. Thank you so much :)

      I believe we'll see a family photo soon and according to The Sunday Times a portrait of George and Charlotte in July.

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  4. I also love the DVF Zarita gown. I would love to see her pull out her other gowns. The inky blue Jenny Packham is lovely, but I would love to see another gown from her closet.

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    1. Strange that my favorite (the Detroit) and almost least favorite (the Lasa) of Kate's day dresses are both L.K. Bennett! (She looked much more sane in the Detroit dress at the festival of poppies than at the event pictured above. It's hard for Kate to look that wild, and I've always wondering what was happening.) The Detroit looks lovely in the deep aqua color. The black lace Zarita gown is so perfect for Kate. I am not as fond of the ivory Ella gown, but it had its place at the film premier.

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  5. Although I enjoy seeing photos of Prince George, I do think William and Kate have a right to keep their children private. Although they have not "chosen" their fame, they have the maturity to handle it. Children do not. I do wish the demand for the childrens' photos would die down, though I do not see that happening. I am happy to see the few official photos they release and the children at the rare appearance.

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    1. You are absolutely right, Jenna.

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    2. Agree. Ali

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    3. I not only enjoy seeing photos of George; I love them...but, it just isn't kosher for an under-two-year-old to be subjected to cameras wherever he goes. Unlike some celebrities, his parents don't deliberately court press attention when off-duty, Kate doesn't waltz around Kensington High Street, using him like a rose in her lapel. Further, having watched videos of George and his Daddy going to visit Mummy and baby sis in hospital, I came to the conclusion that George was not entirely comfortable running the gauntlet of loud cheers from the public, nor did he seem easy when asked by Daddy, to wave to the cameras.

      Some appear to think that George needs more exposure to same, in order to accustom him to the inevitable fact that he will have to live his life in the spotlight. I beg to differ. IMO, a child needs a bit of time simply to gain a solid sense of self before he has to contend with the notion that he is a prince--and worse--a future king, and that that is his fixed destiny (short of a successful republican rebellion or his own decision to abdicate).

      So, when it comes to pics, I would favour the notion which William and Kate have so far favoured--one photographer only--but more often, rather than subject either George or Charlotte to mass press photo-calls, at least while they are under the age of 5, maybe older, depending on their personalities. Nor am I keen on seeing George or Charlotte on the balcony of Buckingham Palace before then. (They are not, after all, products to be sold; surely, the Palace and Clarence House and their spin doctors can come up with a new and better idea than that!)

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    4. I think the demand for paparazzi photos will diminish if they begin releasing a few more official photos and bring PG out for several appearances a year... maybe the balcony at the Trooping etc. The children do need their privacy and childhood protected but they also need to learn at an early age how to handle the inevitable exposure because it will be a fact of life for them forever. I think a little more accessibility will be a win/win for everybody.

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    5. I think it's just not correct to speculate that somehow giving the public more photos of Prince George would cool the appetite of the papparazzi. Thank god William and Kate are strong enough people to do what is right for their children rather than trying to appease an insatiable media fed by a curious public. I also don't think it's accurate to say that they are trying to strike a balance if Prince George is seen in the next couple of months. Seeing him in family photos of the Christening and at an event around the time of his first birthday is nothing different than what happened last year. If he is seen at Trooping of the Color, etc., it is because he is now old enough to participate to some degree, as opposed to his parents giving the public what they want in terms of George photo ops. I just don't think comparing the interest in the Cambridges to the interest in other European Royals is accurate either. The Cambridges are sort of the rock stars of the Royals. They are hounded in a way that others are not.

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    6. JC, perhaps there is a happy medium between facing the "wall" of photographers at the hospital, as George did, and the number/types of photos that have been released so far. IMO, Charles and Diana did a good job of presenting their boys to the public with various photo ops at KP and Highgrove. And we also had the opportunity to see them quite a bit during polo matches.

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    7. Rebecca - Sweden26 May 2015 at 00:47

      I do not agree that charles and Diana did a great job. William looked teriffied in most of those and he was pushed forward. At the hospital, at least George had the comfort of snuggling up in Williams arms. But if you watch the videos of William being photographed as a child he is almost pushed in front of the cameras alone without toys. Like they did at the zoo or playdate is much better, that way the cameras isn't Georges focus.

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    8. I tend to agree with you, Jenna. At his age, I think releasing more photographs is the way to go. For example, I'm not sure that having him at Trooping of the Colour is a good thing -- depending on how they do it. Perhaps a little bit at the balcony but no more than that. It's too long for a boy his age to sit in a carriage and it might be scary too. I think more regularly released photos and the occasional short appearance is plenty right now. I'm glad they appear to recognize that George is a future king, not just the child of two wealthy and privileged people.

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    9. JC 11:39- " using him like a rose in her lapel." Talk about word pictures. That amusing and succinct
      phrase took the place of what could have been a lot of words.
      Also, on re-reading your post, I realise you spoke of using one photographer. You also mentioned the need
      for time and maturity, versus repeated crowd exposures.
      William was 27 months when Harry was born and from the way he trotted up those Lindo Wing stairs,
      seemingly oblivious to the mass of cameras. He had not been immunized against large groups of
      photographers. As far as I can tell, Diana used only one photographer in those "at home" photos.
      I must admit , I absolutely love the video of William and baby Harry at the piano. They seemed to be completely wrapped up in the activity and ignoring the photographer. They were smiling, grinning.
      George at barely 21 1/2 months turned to his Dad for comfort. He seemed all too aware of the crowds.#99

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    10. I basically agree with you, JC, and I do think Prince George was a bit bewildered by what he confronted at the hospital after Princess Charlotte's birth. However, I think it would be OK for him to be on the balcony at Trooping, if he is accustomed to jet planes flying over. Other royal babies have handled that well.

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    11. Maggie - Minneapolis26 May 2015 at 11:51

      I think the demand for paparazzi pictures WOULD go down if George was seen more, either via pictures or appearances. Here's the thing - the British media already won't publish pap photos, which means the paparazzi, and magazines buying their pictures, are catering mostly to a foreign crowd. Yes, the Cambridges have huge star power, but people in non-British nations do care less (aside from maybe the US). They may be appeased by more regular official photos/appearances, and even if not, magazines always have to weigh the legal risks of buying the pictures and the paps have to weigh the legal risks of taking them, and the more William and Kate expose George, the easier it is for them to argue (and have support) that he should be left alone. I could even see more people refusing to look at pap pictures if official pictures were released more.
      Also, part of the reason the Cambridges are such a star family is because of how privately they live their lives. It's rare to see them out and about (as compared to other royals), and as such, a picture of them is worth so much. But if we saw Kate three times a week, it would be much less exciting for the general public. The same thing applies to George. It's like how people say playing hard to get is a good way to get a significant other lol.

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    12. Julia from Leominster26 May 2015 at 13:22

      With respect to Rebecca, I remember William being happy and confident in many of the early photos. We may be thinking of different ones. I recall him when he was quite small - being with Charles and the Maxwells watching a helicopter rescue event of some kind at Kensington Gardens and he seemed happy and poised. The Tim Graham photos of the family show the boys happy and engaged (if the happy family something of an illusion) and again with a helicopter - no doubt the beginning of William's love for them. William didn't seem to have any problems with the press when he first went to nursery and seemed perfectly comfortable on his first appearance on the Balcony. We may just be thinking of different photos. At polo and at Andrew and Sarah's wedding, he was quite the cheeky little monkey.

      While I don't think any royal really likes the press - it is a mutual love/hate relationship of necessity - I think William would have had a much better relationship with them had his parents marriage been strong.

      I don't think anything will stop paps or cameras on mobliles but more official appearances and photos wouould mute some of the interest in these less good photos and give William and Kate more ammunition in saying they aren't newsworthy and distinguishing between public and private snaps. As it is there have been so few sightings of George that anything is big news.

      The one who looked uncomfortable with the press when young was Charles - but I imagine he's quite happy when there's a good press turn-out fort his engagements these days as they are often ignored.

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    13. Jean from Lancs26 May 2015 at 13:39

      Sometimes we forget that a little child does not see the world as adults do.When William lifted him onto the pavement his view was blocked by the car and an array of notices---it seemed to me that he wanted to see what was going on. The look on his face was to me, very much the same as the look when he was at the Sydney Zoo and had leaned down to touch the stone. There was a burst of applause and he looked all round. as though wondering why they were clapping.
      However his parents are the best to judge whether he is ready to face the crowds ; after all he will most likely have fifty or more years before he becomes king--plenty of time to learn the job.

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    14. Maggie 11:51-I enjoyed reading your comment. It seemed pleasant and well-presented. A little different
      from some of the repetitive posts I've read here. You give the impression of considering fairly other's
      viewpoints in your comments.
      Of course, I can't agree with all your points, but refreshing, none-the-less.#99

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    15. I agree with Julia/Leo...I do not recall William looking terrified as a child. He was a curious, mischievous and sometimes serious little boy, but terrified...not IMO.

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    16. Rebecca - Sweden27 May 2015 at 04:12

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXfs9CVCJik

      I was thinking about this one. He's standing there alone in the front and when he tries to walk away he's lead back. It's not cruel and mean, but I don't think this is the ideal way to do it.

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    17. Is it my imagination or does HRH Prince William's facial expression whilst holding Prince George outside the Lindo Wing look almost exactly like that of his late mother when she held him on her hip either in one of the stills from the video mentioned above or at polo??? - I am getting so old I cannot remember the snap exactly but I believe she was very casually dressed and had William slung on her hip and was looking at the camera with just had the same ironic expression on her face...and I see it again as William is accepting the jersey from the Lionesses'? (Well done, Ladies!) I know everyone will think I am very thick but I have rarely seen much resemblance between the late POW and HRH the Duke (other than height and hair colour) - except now, as parents. Whilst I understand those whose opinion is "keep the childrens' privacy private" my opinion is we all - including the Cambridges - must accept that Prince George will be King and must be exposed to the media attention accompanying his life-long duty at an early age. The last "sequestered" heir apparent royal family - that of HM King George V as Duke of York and Prince of Wales - was not quite as successful as we may have liked, producing as it did Edward VIII, forced to abdicate - I think rather more over some of his pecadilloes than Mrs Simpson (one may indeed look at her as one of his peccadilloes) - HM's father of blessed memory, HM George VI, some of whose personal tribulations have recently been detailed in a moving picture, and poor Prince John. I am in no way implying the families are the same or have had the same experiences. I hope those who remember HRH the Duke and HRH Prince Harry.as very rambunctious, playful, confident children will think about how well all those "photo calls" and their participation at young ages at royal events prepared them both - HRH the Duke to protect his wife from the same intense media scrutiny as his mother (and Aunt) suffered from, and HRH Prince Harry to be the very confident, outgoing gentleman he is now. I don't tend to view this as some kind of "stunt" by BP, CH, or KP - just asthe natural order of things. Thank you Charlotte for a most fascinating post, as always.

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    18. Maggie - Minneapolis28 May 2015 at 00:06

      Anon#99 - thank you! That is very kind :)

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    19. Rebecca, I don't think William was afraid of the photographers (in the video you posted). More like he was "done" and not particularly impressed. And after Charles closed the garden door, William ended up walking back in their direction. He didn't cling to his parents.

      Btw, you do realize that you made me defend Charles here....... :)))))

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  6. I love this L.K. Bennett dress so much. Any colour will do:) The repli Kate site is aewsome too.

    I can hardly wait for the family photos, and more appearances. They are starting to make sense finally. I heard it from a reporter when PC was born, that PG actually was not seen on British soil only a few occassions. The tour took place in Australia. International press publish photos of them but the british press doesnt. As they have an agreement. So it would be a really nice change if they published more. Wait and see.
    Thanks Charlotte for the updates:)

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    1. I rarely covet for my own life much that Kate wears, however, the Lasa dress is the exception. It really is striking and I love it more each time I see it.

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    2. Julia from Leominster26 May 2015 at 13:23

      I agree, I love looking at Kate's clothes but would never think of most of them for myself. One exception is the DVF black lace - I would love that but it's just a little beyond my budget.

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    3. To be honest I feel the same, her working wardrobe, evening dresses not much use in everyday life. But this dress in particular really really caught my eyes.:-)

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    4. I'm the same - her working wardrobe is beautiful but incredibly impractical for my every day life with kids. I do covet her AMAZING coat collection though! Some beauties in there. And I really want to try on that cream Roland Mouret gown and see what it looks like on me. It's gorgeous and wool crepe is the loveliest fabric.

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  7. Maggie - Minneapolis25 May 2015 at 08:10

    Can't wait to see George's adorable cheeks more often over the summer! To be honest, while I like that the European royals bring their children out for appearances often, and think that there are some benefits to that (mostly the children getting used to it), I don't blame William and Kate for wanting to keep their children away from the cameras and screaming crowds. I DO think they could release pictures more often (which it sounds like may be happening this summer, yay!), but am okay with them not bringing their tiny children out often for actual appearances. Pictures seem like a good compromise - they let the public watch the kiddos grow up while allowing the parents to be able to control the environment. I'm pretty surprised that it seems like George will be seen in public more, just because that implies Kate will probably be in public a few times this summer too, and I really wasn't expecting that aside from the usual royal family events like the Order of the Garter. But certainly am not complaining!

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden25 May 2015 at 21:17

      I agree fully with this comment. There are also factors like the childs persobality to take into consideration. Like Louise and James. Louise is a calm young lady and James seems more lively wich means Sophie and Edward have different approaches to their public appearances, and as it should be. So we can't say "William was shown when he was 2 so George wil as well". People forget that kids are individuals, and it's the parents that know the kid and can decide, not the age. :)

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    2. That little boy is just the cutest. I'm available to babysit if Maria ever wants the night off!

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    3. Julia from Leominster26 May 2015 at 13:28

      James did seem like quite the wild man at the Windsor Horse Show - but the photos of the children were delightful and Louise does seem like a poised young lady - very pretty too. I wonder if James will be on the Balcony this year. I don't think he ever has been. George and Mia are possible too. The children always seem to have a good time - I wonder how much fun they have when they go back inside or if they must be on their best behavour. I alway loved Harry's cheeky actions - playing with Mum's hat and sticking out his tongue.

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    4. Yup, he sure is cute. However, your willingness to babysit would mean an extensive background check and god knows what else...it would probably help if you were a titled member of the British aristocracy. Just saying.

      BTW, I doubt that Maria works nights, at least not without compensation. She is a Norland grad, with experience, and they don't come cheap. Their annual salary, for a 40 hour work week--forget nights and weekends--seems to run to 60-80 GBP, annually.

      The good news is that she speaks fluent Spanish, and is perfectly posed to pass on this language to George and Charlotte. From there, it is a very short hop into French. Imagine having two British royal trilingual kids.

      JC

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    5. They're off the cuff remarks, Anonymous. I do not expect to be interviewed to be a babysitter. And as Maria is Spanish I would certainly hope she's fluent in her own language.

      Thank you for your informative remarks, however.

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    6. I'm pretty sure JC's comment was just as light hearted as yours, bluhare! Why reply sarcastically?

      Several members of the BRF are fluent in other languages - the Queen in French, Prince Philip in German (and maybe some Greek), and Prince Michael in Russian. These are the ones we know about through their public speeches and diplomacy. Probably others also speak languages in addition to English.

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    7. My remark was not meant sarcastically at all Anonymous. I was quite serious, in fact.

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    8. Maggie - Minneapolis28 May 2015 at 00:16

      I will fight you for the right to babysit George, bluhare! :P Or sneak bad things into this background check we apparently need to take :)

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  8. Jean from Lancs25 May 2015 at 10:13

    Looking forward to seeing a photo of the children.
    I have thought the Duke and Duchess have been sensible in trying to give George's childhood some privacy. However at the hospital, he took the crowds in his stride. He looked interested, as though trying to work out who they all were, but not frightened. At almost two,he possibly will be able to understand that the crowds cheering every time he puts his nose outside the door, are friendly.
    Perhaps we will see him at the Trooping the Colour, when he would perhaps love to go in the carriage and then watch Daddy on his horse.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden25 May 2015 at 21:19

      I agree. He seems to be a curious little boy, and safe in his fathers arms. His face made me think that he was thinking "Who are all these people and why are they acting so wierd?"

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    2. I think people may be forgetting that the original plan was to have George walk up to the entrance, as an older William did when Harry was born. A few months at that age can bring significant development.
      George's face did not exhibit interest, but anxiety or fear. If George had been ok with the mass of.photographers
      and flashes, he would have continued walking; instead, he held his arms up to his Dad to be picked up.
      At the time, it was seen as a negative reaction to the scene. I have mentioned before here and elsewhere
      that it depends on the child. I agree with anon 11:39 that it is years and maturity that build a foundation
      for a future in the public, not exposing the child when he is obviously not ready.

      I think the very fact that George is a seemingly very aware and intuitive child (remember the butterfly picture?) may be a reason he should not be exposed.
      I cannot understand the argument that repeatedly scaring a child with something will cause him to be less
      afraid. Very odd logic, I think. At best, a child becomes an exhibitionist, such as several various royal family
      members past and present have become.

      Maggie's mention of a single, private photographer, ideally someone he is familar with, may be a compromise plan.#99

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    3. I’d be happy with a cute pic taken by Grandpa Middleton, similar to the one he took when Prince George was a few days old. It would make for a lovely tradition, particularly if the couple plan to have another child.

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    4. Following post from Anon 25 May 2015 at 22:42

      George comes through as an intuitive and curious child. In fact by having William pick him up, it worked out very well for a historical marker of rare picture with his father at that time and place; that image will run through the future again and again.

      Many of PG’s actions from their tour and some of the pictures taken in England that were released showed him and/or the photography captured his own personality. He is one of those special kids with their own orbit who happens to be a royal and that hopefully will enrich it and not alter it. From the very day out of the hospital, his hand movement was in his own rhythm (which later got dubbed, “the first royal wave” by some of the major media. His sister looked of a calmer being in disposition by nature.

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    5. What do you mean the "plan"... do not disagree with the rest of your post. But do not agree he was frightened.
      To me it read as just, what is this all about?? Uncertainty not fear. Ali

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    6. Maggie - Minneapolis26 May 2015 at 11:39

      To me, George did not seem frightened on the steps of Lindo, but rather, confused. Confusion is often enough to get a toddler to ask his dad to carry him. It could also just be that he likes to be carried in general/is used to it, and so William trying to get him to walk may have just always been an unlikely hope on the part of the Cambridges (in an attempt to recreate William's visit of Harry).
      Really I think this is all one big circle. Parents should have every right to protect their child, and are the only ones who can know how much their child can handle. That being said, the Cambridges cannot know how much George can handle unless they try him at an appearance. There is no other way to really be able to tell.
      Anon 22:42 - you're right, that repeatedly scaring a child will not solve the problem. But there is also the possibility that the child would truly become accustomed to the cameras. And here's the other thing - now may be the perfect time to get George used to cameras/appearances. At around two, he won't know enough to be truly bothered by them. But if they wait until he is 5 or 6, or even older, I think it is much more likely that he understands what is happening and is bothered by them if that's the first time he really interacts with them. It's only going to get harder, the older he gets. Better he is exposed to his royal future now, when he is still at an age at which he will be mostly oblivious.
      That being said, I agree with bluhare from above that things like Trooping don't seem like a great idea for George. But, they could do more appearances like in Australia - where he just gets to play and be a baby, while the public gets to see.

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    7. Julia from Leominster26 May 2015 at 13:47

      Anon 22:42 it's called exposure therapy to get a child (or adult) who is uncomfortable with a situation used to it by being exposed to it repeatedly in a relaxed way in the company of someone who is confident.

      It is used for adults with phobias - I know, I've been there - where therapists and pilots guide people who are frightened of flying for instance - through their fears by exposing them repeatedly to what frightens them. (It's not fun - much better to not be frightened in the first place.)

      I've heard it is used for children too - one child I know was quite nervous about clowns (I sympathise as I never liked them as a child) but instead of allowing him to stay away - he was encouraged to go up and get a balloon and see it was just a normal man.

      I know more about pups and there exposure is extremely important if a dog is to live in the city - at a very young age, he must become used to sounds and cycles and such things or he or she is likely to be fearful and timid. There are actual fear periods and exposure should be before that. It's called socialising.

      Since George's life will be full of cheering crowds, getting him used to them at a young age would seem quite important. His parent's confident behaviour will show him there is nothing to be uneasy about. I would think a less intimidating situation than at hospital before a royal birth would let him get used to cameras and crowds gradually. The pap shots are more likely to reinforce discomfort if the adults around him are anxious and nervous about him being snapped - he will pick up their mood.

      I'm sure George is getting used to things from swimming *one reason why babies are exposed quite young) to helicopters that will be part of his life and getting used to crowds at a young age - perhaps on the balcony with many other little ones would seem like a postiive thing. George seemed a little timid but not truly frightened at this point.

      I'm remembering how easily William greeted crowds with his mum on a walkabout - I actually think Diana did quite a good job - Harry really has her instinctive touch and both boys an easy manner.

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    8. Ali-04:53- by plan I meant William intended to walk George to the door. This is obvious, because that's how
      the jaunt started-so part of the plan.
      Facial expressions can be a matter of subjective interpretation. There are, however, at least several professional charts used to identify mood, intent etc. from facial expression. They are used in crowd-searching technology to quickly identify possible harmful elements as well as in the medical profession to
      evaluate pain and discomfort. Other behavior can be correlated with the facial expression, such as George's
      wanting to be held.
      I believe I did state it as a fact, when it clearly is my opinion. That's all those charts are-tools to assist in making an assessment.From my professional experience, his face did not just register interest or curiosity.#99

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    9. I agree with you, Anon #99, that George appeared bewildered and possibly frightened at the Lindo Wing. A year ago, in Australia and New Zealand, he handled public exposure well, but he has had little or no experience of it since then, and the hospital scene was extreme. His uncertain (though cooperative) reaction could be a reason for giving Prince George more time in public to get used to crowds and photographers again.

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    10. Exposure therapy is not a universally accepted therapy. It is generally used to treat unreasonable fears
      after they develop-such as fear of flying or spiders. It is not a vaccination to prevent future fears.

      A child' sitting with a child psychologist in the comfort of an office at any rate, is not comparable to
      exposing that child to a battery of strangers pointing flashing lights and sound booms and cameras.
      Swimming lessons are not classed as exposure therapy.

      It will be interesting to see the current crop of baby and child royals after they reach adulthood.
      Although people have always been interested in royals, it has only been since Queen Victoria's reign that
      one did not have to actually be in the company of a royal to see the person (excluding formal portraits, of course) .Contrast that to the instant,
      inpersonal nature of the internet. The appetite of the public is voracious and a few photos released
      here and there will not stop it. At least regarding the BRF.

      Since we don't know what ultimate effect all this will have on these little ones, does it really hurt to let
      thir parents decide, based upon their knowledge of their individual children?#99

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    11. Anon#99
      Do not disagree I suspect I read your original post differently (i.e. more black and white) than you intended. I thought George displayed what I consider a typical reaction for his age, interest, fear, anxiety, confusion, comfort to be in Dads arms. I also misread your use of the word plan. I have no idea if William or Catherine even discussed whether he should walk up or be carried, assumed that at his age George typically starts out walking without being asked but still likes a pick up. I read your use of plan as "William and Catherine planed in advance exactly how George would make his appearance," sorry this is were internet conversations get lost in translation. Ali

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    12. One day recently in a village grocery store in the US, I bought three of the special editions of magazines issued about Princess Charlotte's birth. As soon as I went to the cash register, I found myself in a detailed conversation with the clerk and the person behind me, about how cute she is and how good it was to see Prince George. Knowledgeable comments were made. I suspect such conversations have occurred all over the world during the past three weeks! The public is indeed interested. And I remember a lady saying when the 1990s divorces shocked us, "To think I got up at 4 am to watch those weddings!" As I did. The royal family at its best provides a continuing source of interest for so many people, and the world's media are bound to take advantage of it. The three special editions, by the way, provided many beautiful pictures, some from the past, and quite a lot of text, most of it pretty accurate.

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  9. I think this is "all good", as they say. Their PR and decisions they have made has/have been excellent in recent months.

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  10. With their resources, it's not hard to create opportunities for their children to be more visible to the public in safe, controlled ways. I think it's smart and I'm for it.

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  11. Sarah from Calif.25 May 2015 at 13:53

    Oh that will be lovely to see George out and about. As a mom though I would be very anxious about what mischief George might get into under the scrutiny of the cameras.
    I agree with Jenna, a few official pictures here and there would be perfect.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden25 May 2015 at 21:23

      Probably nothing William and Harry haven't done before :P

      http://resources3.news.com.au/images/2014/08/29/1227041/638327-7f7e5ca8-2f1a-11e4-b9e7-d00f86afd90e.jpg

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    2. They may not want their kids to be doing that in photos. I remember in the video of Harry's Christening that William was running around like a wild man. I bet they won't want that either.

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden25 May 2015 at 23:42

      Like a wild man? Well... Or a little running to his father. That's normal kid behaviour.

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    4. Jane's right, Rebecca. William was a wild child. Look at video of Andrew's wedding. He was a page boy and apparently the Queen was not amused by his antics (blowing trumpets with his program for one). I thought it funny; it was a long time for a child that age to sit still. But William was running around like a maniac at Harry's christening. He wasn't always this sober guy.

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    5. Being a delightful typical child.

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    6. Rebecca - Sweden26 May 2015 at 06:15

      I agree that he was a bit of a wild child. But I don't agree that he was "running around like a wild man" at the christening. I mean, do you guys know how it is for a kid of that age to sit through a christening?!?! No wonder he ran around a bit later!

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    7. Julia from Leominster26 May 2015 at 13:50

      I always think it's charming if the children are a bit cheeky but the British royals do seem to like better manners better than some of the European royals - that could be the queen's taste. I remember one chtistening abroad - the Belgium royals I'm thinking where the children were positively riotious.

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    8. William was 3? or so at the time. And from what I've read, not particularly disciplined and the Queen and Queen Mother -- big proponents of the "children should be seen and not heard" maxiom were not amused. He was running around during the christening; I've seen the video. We can agree to disagree on whether he was a maniac or wild man. I think he was just 3 and 3 year olds do that. However, they apparently aren't supposed to do so at royal christenings. I remember reading something about how Charles and Diana were talked to about it.

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    9. I think William was only about two and a half if that. So really understandable behavior.

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  12. I appreciate and I'm very happy that Will is protective of his children. However, I think more opportunities for controlled photography is a smart idea. I'm one of those who thinks that it would dissuade the paparazzi--their photos simply wouldn't be worth as much if more photos are officially released of George and Charlotte, and they'd be less likely to take invasive photos. In my opinion, official photos are about the least invasive way of giving the people more glimpses into royal life, and I'm hard pressed to come up with a reason why sharing casual pictures or video would be detrimental to the young royals. It's seems to work well for other royal families, and it has the benefit of creating considerable goodwill and attachment among the people.

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  13. I think if they find the right balance it will work. The Swedish and Spanish royal families have done this with success. They control when their children are seen and photographed and hence 2 year old princess Estelle of Sweden is not stalked. As much as they might want to keep their children completely out of the public eye that's not reasonable. Prince George is the future king and the public has a right to see him at times. He should be allowed to live as normal a life as possible, but the public should get to know their future king in controlled settings. Charles and Disna were good at this. They gave the press just enough that the people felt like they were a part of their life's which meant they were not stalked. I wonder if Prince George will make his first balcony appearance at the trooping of the guard this year?

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  14. Hi Charlotte, what a wonderful post!! Would these portraits in July also count as the christening photos? Or will there be a separate set of Royal phoyos after the christening?

    Amelia

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      They will be separate as far as I know :)

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  15. I do think they need to set a plan for George’s appearances. I’d be happy with a couple photo shoots a year (for his birthday and around Christmas for example) and a few ‘’official’’ sightings. Things like balcony at Trooping the Colour, maybe William’s polo or football match and one or two children themed things (the Wessex children were at Windsor Horse Show this month and there’s also a horse/agricultural show on Princess Anne’s estate where other royal kids turn up, etc.).

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  16. I think more pictures of George and later Charlotte are inevitable as they grow. Unless any of them give up their place in line to the throne and totally retreat for a quiet life, people expect to see the royals.

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  17. Lynn Georgia USA25 May 2015 at 20:17

    If Nikkhah's report turns out to be accurate, I will be frankly quite puzzled. What in the world could have brought about such an abrupt about-face in Kate's and William's attitudes? I find it hard to believe that they have suddenly just realized that there is a great deal of good-natured interest in George! Duh!!!!!!

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden25 May 2015 at 21:25

      WHo says it's a new thing? George is older which makes a huge difference. They might have always planned to start showing him more around 2 years old for all whe know :P

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    3. Well, as everyone here is fond of pointing out, Rebecca, we do not know what goes on behind closed doors. It does seem a shift from the "raising their children away from prying eyes" story we've been fed for a few months now, don't you think?

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    4. Rebecca - Sweden26 May 2015 at 06:16

      It does, but they don't write the stories. We don't know if this was planned all along and the press just wasn't read in, or if they had a change of heart after the lindo wing.

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    5. Maryland Moxie26 May 2015 at 08:58

      I think it is a shift in identity for Kate. We won't be seeing her out doing many engagements. But apparently we will see her out socializing with George. It's not like we are going to see photos of George out by himself. And it may be a reaction to the fact that we see Nanny Maria and George more then we see George with any parent.

      There is an interesting timeline going on regarding family photo ops:
      1) the new family pic
      2) Trooping the Color
      3) Order of the Garter
      4) Charlotte's Christening
      5) George's Birthday

      I don't think the family photo release is that exciting, we just saw the kids - doubt they have changed that much in a month. And with the new PR guy - I don't know that it will be an amateur shot with lighting issues taken by a family member. Before they were at Bucklebury with family, now they are at Anmer with staff -- another non-family member isn't going to be intrusive.

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    6. Maryland Moxie26 May 2015 at 12:15

      I'm not surprised. In so far as Will and Kate won't be doing much in the realm of "engagements" they'll be positioned to the public as royal parents - George isn't going to be photographed at events hanging out by himself.

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    7. Julia from Leominster26 May 2015 at 13:54

      I do think the press offfices respond to the public mood - they would be insane not to. There was much talk that George at not been seen at all at home - while he was shown a great deal in Australia - and his appearance at the hospital was treated so favourably - that may have encouraged things.

      Likewise, William has put in more appearances than seemed originally planned after there was talk about his extended leave - hard to say how many of these were scheduled in advance.

      Also, sometimes things are announced that later don't happen - especially with William and Kate, so I'm not getting excited about seeing George - except of course at the christening until he actually appears.

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    8. You're on a roll, Rebecca! No, they don't write the stories, but they do provide the material. :)

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    9. Obviously the PR team's job involves keeping up with current moods and opinions. This could certainly be in response to not seeing much of
      WKGC. Also, since it did go smoothly for George at the Lindo wing, perhaps that could have added to the motivation. I do agree that Kate accompanying George to various outings might help offset the rumble about her number of official engagements, if they even feel that
      is an issue. A good PR team should have a current read on public opinion at all times.

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    10. Julia from Leominster28 May 2015 at 14:39

      I don't think we'll see children at the Garter ceremony - Kate possibly although I don't think that's certain. And George's birthday and the christening might well be combined.

      Just looking at some older photos of the queen mum and her babies - delightful - in some ways more intimate and telling than what they give today - even if you do sense nanny nearby.

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  18. I think perhaps the wise queen has weighed in on exposure of the children. She probable is aware that the media has made much of the funds spent on KP and they choose to live is a guarded royal compound rather than be in the public. She may have laid down the edict they should publish some photos at a minimum. She works so hard at her role it is sad the new generations don't have her dedication and work ethic.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden25 May 2015 at 21:54

      MIght be, might have been their plan all along, or might be the new PR person. Or a 1000 other reasons. We doesn't even know if it's true yet. :P

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    2. I keep looking online for photos of William before he was 2 and I don't find any except the much more limited exposure of him in Australia, than there was of George and the photo op in the garden when he's wearing the snow suit. I don't think William and Kate are doing anything less than William's parents did. I also think they will be more oriented towards what the child is ready for than in previous generations and I think the Queen is totally in favor of this. She's moved the monarchy up with the times, very, very skillfully.

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    3. Well, the Queen isn't known for weighing in on her children's lives, and she didn't do so even when there was something rather significant at stake. I'm not sure she would have "laid down the edict" on this one...

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    4. Jane, there were more of William at KP, aside from the snowsuit photo op in their private garden.

      There was one of him where Diana was wearing a red velvet dress (before the first Christmas, I believe) and then another with her in a grey silk dress. There was also the KP garden one of William walking right up to the camera and looking into it. (This is what I recall before Harry was born...others followed...).

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    5. Yes, and then there were candids of him getting off planes going to or coming from Balmoral in Diana's arms as well as several in his stroller with the nanny. Of course, there were the hospital photos, the ones released when he was a few weeks old and the baptism photos. The public saw a little more of William than they have of George but I felt W&K were very generous with their son while on tour.

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    6. And I should be able to spell my name!

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    7. The Queen is 89. I am very familiar with that age and the varying degrees of health and capabilities that come with being almost 90. I do not think she is laying down anything. I think she is enjoying her family and happy that William is in a solid marriage with two children. The Queen is not 60 or even 70, she is not superhuman. Let's be real here.

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    8. Julia from Leominster26 May 2015 at 13:58

      There was another photo session shortly before Harry was born - Diana was wearing a pink maternity sailor dress. It was also in the garden. I wonder if that wasn't for William's second birthday - I can't remember the occasion.

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    9. royalfan 23:33- the "laying down the edict" story seems to have originated in the same American gossip/
      tabloid magazine the multiple Kate pregnancy/twins stories and other similar stories did. It amuses and amazes me how such stories go from tabloid to tabloid, sometimes being picked up by so-called mainstream news, and then are quoted and commented on as "fact".#99

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    10. Yes, Julia, I had forgotten about that one! :)

      Anon 18:40...how true. :)

      Some photos of William and Harry's childhood....

      http://www.popsugar.com.au/celebrity/Prince-William-Prince-Harry-Childhood-Pictures-23651061#opening-slide

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  19. Rebecca - Sweden25 May 2015 at 21:12

    Haha, I hate when you post a long comment and then a new blog-post is posted and no-one sees the comment :P So now I will be silly and toot my own horn by reposting a comment I made on the last post.

    "I think why people clash alot is very clear here. We see the blogs as different things and that makes certain comments not too enjoyable. Alot of people come here as an escape or as a frivilous enjoyment to watch clothes and live in the fairytale. We all need stuff like that, and when people then again and again discuss financials and work-ethic, and complain on it, it takes away from the casual enjoyment that is sought when visiting the blog.

    Another group sees this as a levelheaded and interesting forum to discuss issues, future, parst and different aspects on the royals. They put alot of efott into writing debate-posts that tell the facts (as from the posters view) and want a discussion to arise from it.

    Neither group is wrong, this place can be both! what goes wrong is that the groups are in each otheres "spheres" wich prompts the first group to get popped out of their bubble (no negative meaning behind that word here) and the second group get defensive or repeats themselves.

    I myself is jumping between those groups. When I have the most trouble with my anxiety I'm in the first group, but when I have more energy I'm in the second one. A thing that might distinguish me from alot of the debaters are that I'm a glass half full kind of person. We have very limited facts which means that we can just have scewed perceptions of things. And alot of debaters have a very firmly critical point of view when looking at the facts. I myself always (to my own fault sometimes) give the benefit of the doubt and like to see people as good until proven otherwise, while others might do the opposite. None is better than the other, but the critical perspective can be very tiring in the long haul, especially when dealing with the same subjects again and again. That dampens the atmosphere a little I think. I really enjoy discussions, and I'm not one to always praise them, no human is worthy of all praise. But I think we would do good to see that we are using this place in different ways and be accepting that it will impact our way of writing here. So the casualls aren't blind/naive/sychophants and the debaters aren't jelaous/mean/anti-monarchist. Ofc, there are exeptions, but generally... we just need to learn to share this space, because I don't want people from either group to leave from here!"

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    1. Rebecca, you are too cute. :)
      Nicely thought out btw.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden25 May 2015 at 23:38

      Hhaha,anon 23.19 :P Felt a little silly, but did it anyway :P

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    3. LOL...toot away... :)))

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    4. we love ya Rebecca. toot away. :)

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    5. Rebecca-Sweden,

      Oh this is some calming effect on the previous blog. July/Leo also mediated nicely on the same blog. Personally, I don’t mind long posts as long as I can learn from it, it is rational reasoning or there is a good purpose for it. In fact I enjoyed some of the long posts from the previous blog. It also showed how diverse commenters come to this blog in thought, back ground and countries. Every time I hear the word rebuttal, I won’t help but remember the previous blog how it transpired to the court room/judge. That was something, but fun enough to laugh it off. Well, in the phrase of, royal fun, "toot away" ( some nice catchy phrase).

      Charlotte,
      It was good you allowed the reasoning and the “rebuttal” in the previous blog.
      I looked out for the rest of it, but there seems to be a cut of quota after lower 200s. After that the posts are not printed although the total numbers of posts at times almost reach close to 300. This had been the case for your other blogs some times of hrhduchesskate . If I am wrong please correct me. Otherwise what is the reason of not posting the entire comments of the last 25 and- up after 200 something?

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    6. Having some criticisms isn't the same as not liking them Rebecca. Frankly, they don't care if I like them or not, nor should they. But I hope they care about public opinion as the future of the monarchy depends on keeping public goodwill. Let's face it, the monarchy has Her Majesty right now and that's pretty much it. Charles is there, but he doesn't have her popularity. The only one close is Harry. Which is pretty sad when the spare is liked more than the heir, IMO, and I'm glad to see William appearing to realize it, or at least listening to someone who may recognize that William and Kate need to be visible, and allow glimpses of their children as well.

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    7. I did read your comment on the previous post, Rebecca, and liked it very much both times. I agree that it is fun to jump from Kate's life to her style and back again. And serious debate is certainly a good thing, as long as it does not become so negative and repetitive that it is hard to follow. It would be nice if all who comment were glass half full people like you!

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    8. Victoria, Oregon26 May 2015 at 04:20

      I agree with you, Rebecca. And I really enjoy your comments! :)

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    9. Rebecca you are SO RIGHT, you said it perfectly. I am, like you, with a feet in both groups: I am also a "half full glass". So please, with our half-full and half-empty glasses, let say "cin cin", "prosit", "cheers", "santé"... all together, and let be conscious that precisely our difference makes this blog so enjoyable.

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    10. Anon 15 - If you click 'Load More' towards the end of the comments sections it should load all those comments. Please let me know if you experience any issues with it.

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    11. Rebecca - Sweden26 May 2015 at 06:20

      Nice, thank you guys :)

      Bluhare - What? Did I say anything like that? *getting confused* I didn't say critique was bad?!

      Paola: Cheers!! Or Skål as we say here in Sweden!!

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    12. Maryland Moxie26 May 2015 at 12:29

      I think you are quite right in your observations. I've always taken the remarks directed at me as "you are ruining my fantasy." The strange part is - folks can just skip over when they see my name. They don't have to read the reality. I've never criticized Kate - just challenged the idea that she is this poor suffering independent hard working person leading the people. She's a comfortable, wealthy, privileged stay-at-her-mansions wife and mother who occasionally pops out to see what everyone else is getting up to. For some reason saying that really bothers people.

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    13. Julia from Leominister,

      I am sorry to misspell your name. As much as I like and very much appreciate your wonderful posts, I might as well get used to spelling the recent name update which also happens to be a beautiful name.


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    14. Charlotte,

      I appreciate your prompt response in solving my question. I have done that for other blog news, but never noticed it here. It will make a difference in appreciating this blog in its entirety.

      Thank you

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    15. Julia from Leominster26 May 2015 at 14:01

      Anon 15 -- you have to push "load more" and have to do it a couple of times sometimes - that starts at 200 and increases at around every additonal 25. It will then say "no more.". Confusing but one you catch on, it works.

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    16. You didn't say that, Rebecca. I took your comment and made my own.

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    17. bluhare26 May 2015 at 01:25

      I think there is a difference between popularity as in favorably approachable, easy going, purposeful as needed, and a wholesome confidence of passing responsibility as cumbersome as a modern crown. When it comes to practical reality, people could be more confident in selecting PC over Harry. William’s tempo is a life of its own by birth right, disposition and his choice. If factors are weighed in, age plays one part, but ultimately, the strength of W&K could be in providing the monarchy ( considering it continues an active reign) their well-coached children. So the real hope lies in PG and the future Princess of Wales, HRH CED. I also predict they will have one more child if not two.

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    18. Moxie, with all due respect, I think "the idea that she is this poor suffering independent hard working person leading the people" (your words in quotes) is *your* fantasy. I think what bothers most people isn't necessarily a contrary opinion; it's the tone of *some* of the comments and the need to minimize Kate at every opportunity.

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    19. IMO, William's personality is perfect for his role, and likewise for Harry. Harry can afford to be seen as being fun and popular, and he can get away with clowning around if the mood strikes him. But I doubt very much that it would be seen as suitable or acceptable behavior if he was next in line after Charles. Harry may be fantastic supporting role material, but a more stable and conservative approach is needed for the top job. Again, IMO.

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    20. Royal Fan @ 00:21
      exactly. you said what I was thinking about that perfectly Royal Fan.

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    21. Julia, not to get off topic, but I was wondering if you might have a good
      recipe for sticky pudding? you being
      English (not to stereotype or anything).
      I want to do roast beef and Yorkshire
      pudding (one of my favorites) and want an authentic, good recipe for sticky pudding to complete the meal. I am doing peas as a side (very English)
      and adding one of our southern sides,
      bourbon and brown sugared carrots.

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    22. Maryland Moxie27 May 2015 at 02:55

      As I've stated -- ruining the fantasy of others... who then find fault with the posters. These folks haven't really got anything interesting to say about Kate because Kate's not engaged in a public life - she's busy living her privileged private lifestyle.

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    23. I guess I think that if Kate had more of a body of work under her belt at this point, it would be very difficult to minimize her. I don't think that people here need to minimize her at all; you might find it surprising that some of the same people you find to be unfailingly negative have been known to defend her elsewhere.

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    24. I agree with royalfan. Moxie, I think that your opinions about Kate are just that; your opinions.
      They are neither reality nor fantasy. Yet, you are of course fully entitled to them.
      Please be aware that your reality may be someone else's fantasy, and your fantasy may be someone else's reality. So whilst you think that you are ruining someone's fantasy, possibly you are just ruining your own perception of what you think is other people's fantasy.
      I think that what bothers people about what you are saying about Kate, is not what you are saying, as much as that you want other people to think that it should also be their reality.
      There is a difference.
      Henrietta

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    25. Rebecca - Sweden27 May 2015 at 20:49

      Moxie. Your kind of comment there about people and their fantasies was exactly what I was speaking against. It was a snide remark belitteling the people that have "glossier" views of Kate than you. Can't we just be a little nicer.

      And I did not AT ALL mean that people that defend Kate are all here for the fantasy. As I've said, we have minimal facts so I think being critical and negative is just time consuming and I've rather give her a break. Hence, the "defenders" might be just as "factual" as you are. Because we all know there is not only one truth of any matter.

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    26. Everyone's posts are opinions, Henrietta. Every last one of them. I don't see anyone here -- including Moxie -- posting opinions as fact. Facts are pretty easy to distinguish from opinion. They are verifiable.

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    27. Moxie @ 2:55
      So, Kate has to be "engaged in
      public life" for anyone to "have anything
      interesting to say about her"?
      That's a very narrow perspective in my opinion. perhaps the perspective is somewhat obscured by a repetitive
      distain of her "living her privileged private lifestyle". And, Kate has been engaged in public life.

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    28. Moxie @ 12:29
      "They don't have to read the reality."
      That is not reality per se Moxie,
      only your expressed perception of it.
      So, it is not THE reality. :)

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    29. Royal Fan @ 00:21
      Nicely put.

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    30. Maryland Moxie27 May 2015 at 23:50

      My perspective is one based on facts: In 2015 Kate spent 8 days meeting the public and 3 days with her charities. She also went to church twice with the royal family and spent a couple of minutes introducing Charlotte at St. Mary's hospital. This has been Kate's public life thus far in 2015. She's expected to participate in more royal family celebration events this summer and fall but nothing is scheduled on behalf of anyone other then the royal family. It's being offered that she is on "maternity leave" but no one ever says maternity leave from what? She's a member of the wealthy royal family and she occasionally goes out and meets the public.

      I do not foresee this lifestyle changing until Charles becomes King as he may have greater expectations for the new Prince and Princess of Wales. This is opinion. The above paragraph is fact.

      I think folks have problems in that I don't see Kate doing anything different from my neighbor - who doesn't work, minds the house, and looks after their kids and doesn't participate much in society either. My neighbor just doesn't have help with it - staff, trust funds and rich Father and Grandmother in law.

      The fun part of "people watching Kate" is noticing that just about every time she attends these family events - she shows off her Alexander McQueen wardrobe -- so we'll get to see how she takes that advant-garde designer and twist it conservative. Who knows - maybe she discovered some new designers in all her private time! Only 2 1/2 weeks until Trooping!

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    31. Maryland Moxie27 May 2015 at 23:58

      Henrietta,
      Do you have anything to say on the subject of Kate? I fear this is becoming a blog about Maryland Moxie and her writing style. Because every time someone writes about me - they are proving my point.

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    32. Rebecca - Sweden28 May 2015 at 00:48

      Your problem Moxie is that you are always trying to fit her life into every-day life terminology. She doesn't have a job. She does events. She doesn't have maternity leave (but it's an easy term to use), she has a time of no engagements while bonding with her new kid.

      She has full right to choose a more child oriented version of her life now when the kids are young. This time is perfect for them to be less involved in the royal buissnes. She can fucos on mothering which she seems to want and he can focus on his dream job, flying a helicopter. Becuase when the Queen passes, that is no longer an option. So I say, go for it!

      ""I think folks have problems in that I don't see Kate doing anything different from my neighbor - who doesn't work, minds the house, and looks after their kids and doesn't participate much in society either. My neighbor just doesn't have help with it - staff, trust funds and rich Father and Grandmother in law. ""

      Wow, this sounds very... jelaous. Yes, I used that word, But even if I don't use it. You use money and wealth as an insult. Hanging on by a thread in "real life" is no better than having good things afforded to you. Why can't you be happy?!

      And on the Alexander McQueen. Might it be that she doesn't put time in looking for new fancy clothing, she does more of the walking around retail therapy shopping. She likes McQueen, and to those event she needs and is expected to have bespoke or at least tailored clothes.

      And again Moxie. We are not critiquing that you have a critiqal view. What we are criticing is that you bring it up a little to often, which makes it tedious and that you present it as fact telling us that when we don't think like you "we're not seeing the facts". I really, really don't have trouble with deep discussions about this. What I have trouble with is discussing with people that belive what they say are facts.

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    33. Nope. Not a blog about your writing style, Moxie. But your Alexander McQueen comment did just prove my last point about minimizing Kate at every opportunity ... and Rebecca's reference to snide commenting.

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    34. sorry, moxie, no offense, but only in your own mind are "they proving
      your point", no offense.

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    35. Speaking just as me, I really wish people would actually try to change Moxie's mind rather than just complain about the fact she said what she said. Because when you look at what she said (the fact part), her opinion is not that skewed. The disagreement comes in as some of you think Kate does plenty. Some of us think she doesn't. Why do you think she does enough? Because she has children? Because her husband doesn't want her to do more? I think there's an argument to be made that her husband doesn't want her to if someone wants to try to make it.

      I do disagree about Kate taking an avant garde designer and conservatizing him, Moxie. Speaking as someone who would sell her soul for a chance to own one of McQueen's highland pieces, I think we can clearly place blame for the drop in creativity and flair at Sarah Burton's door. I like some of her things, but I don't think they fall into the McQueen oeuvre. Besides, Kate hasn't worn a new McQueen piece in a while, has she?

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    36. I think Charlotte has Kate covered Moxie.
      I love reading about Kate's engagements and her style in clothing, however I have no personal opinion whether Kate is living a privileged life or not. If you have grown up in the lower echelons of society, then yes, you probably would be expected to think that Kate lives a privileged life.
      Yet, if you lived your life in the upper echelon of society, then her life would be seen as perfectly normal.
      And that leads me into bluhare's take on facts.
      Fact may be fact bluhare, but how we interpret fact is indeed opinion based.
      You may be of the opinion that a certain amount of public engagements is not very much, and that Kate and William should be doing more. Someone else may think that taking into consideration that they have a child, and now two, William has been doing training, they have renovated two homes etc. etc. may make the engagements seem numerous.
      As far as I know we are all entitled to engage in conversation, and just because your post is being addressed by other posters, does not mean that it is a blog about your writing style. That to me just sounds a bit farfetched.
      It is a blog about Duchess Kate written by Charlotte and supported by many blog fans. Simple really.
      Henrietta

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    37. I do not really get why Moxie's comment cause such an uproar. It is her opinion whether you like it or not. Why do u all want to convince her about sth, she doesnt believe in? Leave her alone.
      I might not agreee with you Moxie all the time but I like reading different styles and opinions. Please carry on. What I cant stand is people ganging on YOU or anyone else.

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    38. Henrietta, what you said makes so much sense. Especially about the
      perspectives on "living a privileged lifestyle". That is immensely helpful.
      Thanks. :)

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    39. Rebecca @ 00:48

      Wow. You go girl. Nicely said. :)
      Royal fan @ 00:59, loved your comments also.

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    40. Rebecca @ 00:48 and Royal Fan
      @ 00:59
      You go girls. :) Nicely, aptly said.

      (don't know if my first comment posted.
      so apologies for any repetition.)

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    41. I really do try to avoid saying things about other posters rather than the topic at hand, but seeing as the topic is apparently Moxie, I must say that I think you guys take her comments much too personally. Deconstructing her argument would go further than protesting that she said it. Rebecca, I don't think Moxie has a problem, but I do think a lot of you have a problem with what she says. And, I think the responses to her posts create much more negativity than the posts themselves.

      No offense, 2:24, but I don't have a "take on facts". A fact is a fact. There is no take on facts. They are or they aren't. We have opinions based on our reading of information -- some of that material being factual and some of that being opinion based. Where you live -- whether upper or lower echelon -- does not mean someone is incapable of seeing what is. I would hope that just because someone was raised in a privileged lifestyle doesn't mean that the person cannot see that they do, in fact, breathe rarefied air, just as I hope they can see that others do not. And if you think they've renovated two homes by themselves, I've got a bridge to sell you. I've renovated homes down to the studs in the dead of winter without a decorator and still managed to work 40 hours per week. And "engagements seem numerous" doesn't make sense. Because an engagement is one of those facts. They can be counted. The opinion is whether they do enough, which obviously is something on which we disagree.

      My issue is not with William and Kate, per se, believe it or not. If they want to live their life in that rarefied bubble, then let them live it. But then they should not be surprised if no one cares when it's William's turn to ascend and the Republicans start gaining votes because neither one of them put the time in to capture people's attention. That's what will happen if they aren't careful and they are fools to not realize it -- assuming they care about the future of the monarchy. Being a pilot is great, but that's not going to help when his grandmother and father die, is it? That assumes William wants to be King and I really wonder about that, because his behavior (this is where the opinion comes in based on what I've seen) does not strike me as someone who embraces his role.

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    42. Julia from Leominster28 May 2015 at 14:46

      Anon 15- please, don't worry about my name - my comments are always filled with ridiculous typos as I often send messages at night - and have no spell checking thing on this service.

      Anon, alas, I'm not much of a baker and have never made sticky toffee pudding. There is an excellent recipe from the BBC online - but you would need individual pudding basins which you may not have. I suppose it could be adapted for a single basin. There are also some wonderful new baking books out there - baking is so popular at the moment - I'm just not a dab hand, my late mum wasn't keen either. And don't forget treacle tart and banoffee pie. They would also be good. It sounds like a splendid meal. I wish I could join you!!!!

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    43. Rebecca - Sweden28 May 2015 at 15:23

      Bluhare. You are right in that you should debate the subject and not the person. And I have really, really tried, as you know. But at some point you just give up. Not because you don't have any more arguments, or the other person "won", but because you realize that you are speaking to a wall..

      My argument is that it's okay if she for a while doesn't do enough. I if anyone knows what happens to a person if the pressure is too high.... So to me there are some points that lessens her pressure (money, security etc) but the pressure she has on her is greater than a normal person. The psychological effect of having every move scrutinized is much higher than many realize. This gives you a lower tolarency for stress or other pressure. People say her engagements are just waving and stuff.. And on the surface that might be. But to me it's more of the pressure of a very televized live scetch or a catwalk show or a debate. Every move she takes will be watched at that engagement, and if she does good no comments will be made, but if she does bad it will be front page news. 3 gray hairs and it's on the front page. You shop one day and you're a slacker. The nanny is with you one vacation and you are a distant mother. The watching of her life makes every thing she does have more time and pressure value in my book. That is why I think it's ok for her to take it slow. Add to this that she is taking care of 2 young children. And PLEASE don't take the nanny argument. She is one person. And she is the same as putting your child in childcare. Noone would say that you're not raising your child just because you have them in childcare.

      The argument that she has to fix herself and look good for engagements is often laughed at. But I think it's a genuine argument. That time 1-2 h she get's hair and so on done + fitting of clothes etc is a work thing, I think. The normal Kate doesn't do that as we've seen. She uses scrunchies, she buys off the rack and she doesn't always wear makeup. The grooming she does is for the public and for her own sanity not having to get a gray hair frontpage. Yes, it's a fun thing to do... maybe the first times at least. And it's not a tedious work-thing. But it is work non the less. If a singer loves to sing, is them singing and practicing not work? An architect? A teacher? Were is the line drawn?

      And to the "she doesn't have to worry about money" argument. No she doesn't. But that's just one aspect of worrying in life. Even if she is free of that worry, she has alot of other worries that is unique to her situation that none of us can know. So I for one is happy for her not having to worry about that. And would never switch places with her. I'd rather worry about money that gatting blamed for trying to ruin a whole country, just because I went out shopping one day.

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    44. Sorry bluehare but I have tried to give reasonable responses to Moxie, you and other posters who continually put down Kate, Will, Kate's mother and other members of the BRF only to have my "opinion" put down. Moxie's comment above about "fact" leaves a lot out. Just as one example she mentions Kate presenting Charlotte at the Lido Wing, however it took a lot of "work" for her to do that AND a lot of gumption to pull herself together to the degree she did just 10 hrs. after giving birth. For everything she mentioned above it took a lot of behind the sceans activity to pull these appearances together, but she wants to present as fact only those obvious to her. Another example above she mentions as fact that George is pictured more with Nanny Maria than any other member of the family. I however see more pictures of Kate and George than anyone else. Yes there are pictures of him with Nanny, but that is her job. So why so negatively portray Will and Kate. We know she and a few others dislike Kate and probably William, but no matter what, on this site she puts them down at every post.

      Another question comes to mid as well, why does she feel she has to "ruining the fantasy of others". I think that statement only says a lot. Yes, everyone has a right to there opinion, but such negative put downs all the time also gives a lot of information about a persons motives.

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    45. "A fact is a fact." And the Earth is flat-I could go on WMD? . Reems of "facts" totally accepted at one time, now totally proven wrong, false, untrue... We may be getting into the realm of fact versus truth.
      Don't want to go there.
      Fact is relative and changing and totally dependent upon perspective. The hunters on first seeing an elephant and trying to classify it. Each one has a different perspective.
      The least one could do is keep that in mind, before making unqualified statements of "fact."

      We should considered the "fact" that some people thrive on attention. It doesn't seem to matter whether it is negative or positive. Just so one's name is mentioned, or one gets looked at. Why would someone keep repeating a behavior that causes an unwanted reaction? Reality TV would wither and die without such people.
      . #99

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    46. Julia at 14:46
      Thanks anyway. :)
      I don't even know what those other
      two deserts are. I will have to google those. Thanks for the tips.

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  20. While I think William and KAte's children can have a few more official photographs released, I also think it is their absolute right as parents to decide what is best for their children. I also don't think releasing official photos will stop the paparazzi. It may diminish the value of the shots, but it won't stop them just as they did not stop pics of William and Harry as children. Comparing British royalty to other European monarchies is also like comparing apples to oranges. The other royal houses don't come close to their global popularity and the public demand is not that high. So what works for Estelle may not work for George at all. In fact, there is a real danger of the public wanting more even if you give more. It's a tricky game William and Kate play for their children in order for them to have the best life and balance possible. I wish them luck.

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    1. I agree absolutely. Princess Estelle is already able to come out in public because her parents have brought her out slowly, starting with videos as the family baking Christmas cookies. They have shown her playing in the snow on the grounds of Haga Palace. The little princess was able to sit through her aunt’s wedding. Princess Estelle’s grandparents began desensitizing their children to the public when their children were young. However, we cannot compare Princess Estelle with Prince George and the Cambridges. The British Monarchy will always be superior to all the European monarchies, and much care will need to be taken in bringing out the future king, Prince George, security and otherwise.

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    2. Everyone is writing as though William and Harry were hounded by paparazzi as children, as their mother was. They weren't. They were photographed with their parents; they weren't chased down streets.

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    3. Agree Anonymous 22:15. It is really tricky. Issues I would not want to ever have.
      Ali

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    4. Julia from Leominster26 May 2015 at 14:05

      With respect, Anonymous .15 I wouldn't use "superior". (Although I don't like to get in semantic - I know what you mean. Like me using scheme a while back that was taken wrong.) More popular maybe -

      Although there does seem to be a lot of photos of the Scandinavian children in the local press - Rebecca may know more and the Spanish press with Hola and the other magazines is very active. I have seen pap shots of Spanish royal children published there.

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    5. Bluhare @ 5:37

      With all due respect Bluhare, could somehow quantify if possible, what in your opinion would constitute "more
      of a body of work under her belt".
      There are people who think she has
      been contributing nicely. Just wondering.

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    6. I think your comment is in the wrong spot, 1:41. However, body of work under her belt = worked more. I understand there are people here who think she has contributed nicely. If there weren't, no one would get bent out of shape when others think she has not.

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    7. Sometimes I think that no matter how many engagements Kate did or how many other tasks she completes, that will never be enough for some people.
      It seems that there is a contingency of people out there who will never be pleased with her no matter what.
      Thankfully, I think that the number of
      people who support her far outweighs
      the number of people who don't.
      I hope those of us who do support her
      remember to undergird she and her family in prayer daily. :)

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  21. I am excited for more official photos (I feel guilty every time I view the paparazzi shots). I know Michael Middleton took the first pictures of Prince George. I think it would be amazing if the royals released photos of George and Charlotte taken by Kate. This is a dream, but I don't think it is completely outside the realm of possibility (though Michael Middleton did receive quite a bit of criticism for his "amateur" shots of the new family). I am looking forward to more photographs, but am really hoping for videos. Some of my favorite footage of William and Harry as children was part of a television program. Charles and Diana did a joint interview (which I think Will and Kate are long overdue for) but the best part is the footage of William and Harry playing together at the piano.

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    1. Those videos are treasures and am also hoping W&K follow suit at some point.

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    2. I so hope Michael Middleton does
      the first photos of Charlotte. Then
      I hope the Arthur Edwards get to do a photo session with all four of them.
      I think he loves William and Harry and I hope the feeling is mutual. Those would be such special photos.

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  22. Thank you for the update, Charlotte! It's always a treat to see pictures of George and I'm really glad that the Cambridges have found a balance. Their children will be able to be children, experience normal things and we will be able to get updates and pictures regarding George and of course Charlotte which I think are splendid :)

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    1. Arthur Edwards is his name.
      I hope he gets some exclusives by
      Invitation.

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    2. Anon 19:11, wouldn't it be nice if Arthur Edwards was invited into KP to take some official family photos. I believe he has always been respected by the royals and, considering all the globe trotting he has done in his career, this would be a very nice ending to the journey. :)

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden27 May 2015 at 20:50

      Ooooh. That would be nice.... Buuuut I think a little controversial within the media. Better to have an independent photographer and give all papers access at the same time.

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    4. I agree. It would be so appropriate.
      I hope William and Harry or Kate
      realize this and send the Invitation
      asap.

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    5. Maybe after Arthur retired from
      The Sun he would be in a more
      appropriate position for an Invitation
      to do a private setting for those
      photos. Although, newspaper photographers might ordinarily be
      allowed to do freelance photos on
      the side as a rule anyway. I don't know. It seems like that would be
      allowable. I would love to see his
      photos of Wiiliam, Kate, George and
      Charlotte. I think that if that doesn't happen that would be such a missed opportunity.

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  23. Cool news Charlotte. I thought about your question on whether the Cambridges can strike a balance on photos of their children. It made me realise that I know very little about the European RFs and even less about the economics of the market for paparazzi photos. So I decided to do some research. I'm sharing very briefly some of what I found as this topic comes up regularly.

    Starting with the Swedish RF the main media markets where they feature strongly are Scandinavia & Northern Europe. There's interest in social media but in relative terms it's way down on the interest & coverage of the British RF. Interestingly in the English speaking media there's more coverage of Princess Madeleine because of her British-American husband.

    The European RF that has a reasonably high international media profile are the Spaniards because of the Spanish language press in the US, Central & South America. Outside of this & Spain coverage is, relatively speaking, sparse. The Spanish Infantas are now school age & they appear regularly at ceremonial, religious & sporting events. There are also annual official pictures and more informal ones of family activities. Despite this there are also regular paparazzi photos of private activities that were intended to be just family outings without the media.

    There's daylight between the interest in, and coverage of, the British RF in all forms of international media (including social media) and that for any other RF. I was staggered at the number of magazine covers worldwide featuring the Duchess of Cambridge & Princess Charlotte outside the Lindo wing. While power, tradition, glamour & celebrity are what drive some of this interest there's also demographics. The Queen is head of the Commonwealth which includes 53 countries and over 2 billion people. In India alone there's a mega market for material/photos about the British RF especially William and Kate & their children.

    So while the news that there'll be more photos of Prince George is great it'd be very optimistic to think that the market for paparazzi photos will diminish in any real way. Anon @ 22:15 sums it up pretty well. IMO we're all hoping that the Cambridges can find a balance that works for them & their children because whatever challenges they're facing with George are likely be amped up with Princess Charlotte.



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    1. Maryland Moxie27 May 2015 at 03:16

      Thanks for the research! It makes sense to me that British Royal family and their communications office would be more proactive in controlling the image of the family in international media by providing their own content. Given that the only place where pap photos are banned is UK print and TV --- everyone else is seeing George being tended to by his nanny via internet and foreign press. The Snettisham photos were the only time Kate and George were seen together since Australia/NZ -- and he was being quite obstinate in the photos - very normal for his age - however we see more happy playful photos of him and the nanny. They did release the family photos for George's birthday but he was interacting with the butterfly and not his parents.

      There is something to be said for controlling the narrative and putting out your own photos and videos - otherwise the world will form opinions of the family based on the content that is out there.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden27 May 2015 at 04:26

      Exactly!!

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    3. Jean from Lancs28 May 2015 at 09:40

      MM,
      It is not true that Catherine and George had not been seen together between Australia and Snettisham.
      There were loads of photos at Polo on Father's Day.

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    4. Hi Moxie & Rebecca I agree with you about taking control of the narrative and there's some basis for optimism in the research that I did. What came through is that the Swedish RF and their approach to photos of Princess Estelle are the exception. Their approach may be cultural and Rebecca may have insights on this.

      Looking at the back history of the current European royal children it's clear that authorised photos were limited when they were small. They started appearing more frequently when they got to 4 and 5 and older. So it'd be premature to jump to any conclusions about the Cambridges and their approach at this point as Prince George is still only a toddler. In the meantime bring on the Norfolk Show!

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    5. Question: if I can get 25 people to say the (theoretical) you is altruistic and fair-minded, but. someone else
      can convince 50 people that you are jealous and mean-spirited-what does that make you?
      Probably neither.
      Somewhere in between, most likely.
      But any judgement of a person's intrinsic value, if such judgement should indeed be made at all,
      should be made only after personal, frequent face-to-face contact.
      Then, we still have to accept that it is still an opinion.
      The philosopher did not say, "I think, therefore IT IS." #99

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    6. Maryland Moxie29 May 2015 at 01:44

      Thanks Jean - forgot about that one!

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  24. With respect to the pictures of Wills and Harry growing up, there were fairly regular shots, especially when they were a little older, not infants, but many of the videos and photos that we see these days about their childhood are photos that have been released once the boys were grown up. They came out after Diana's death and during William's engagement and so on. Just because photos aren't being released of George doesn't mean that photos aren't being taken of him. That would be absurd. Every parent takes copious amounts of photos of their children, particularly their first child. So it is likely that additional photos will come out in the future. Lots and lots of them.

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    1. Good point. I have never searched for the childhood photos of the boys and did not follow the Royal Family when they were young so have no idea of what the situation was. Thank you.ali

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    2. That would be a good "Kate Loves"
      Family. One week photos of william and Harry. The next week Carole and
      Michael, Peter and Valerie, etc.

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  25. Interesting point, and one that has not been mentioned here. Opinions have been formed and offered, sometimes as
    fact, without even considering this. I include myself in this.I had not thought of that. W&C could be creating an album
    as we speak.#99

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  26. Tammy from California27 May 2015 at 01:10

    First I have to say that I love seeing how baby George has grown. His golden locks are just precious, and for me, he looks just like grandpa Middleton with blonde hair :)

    I think it's sweet that the Cambridges realize there is a sweet interest in their children. It's true. While I am not one to be obsessed with things, seeing them makes my heart smile and me feel good. I couldn't tell you why, I don't even know them. Nevertheless, I think it is a great idea to have regular sightings at places where the public would see them anyway. Kind of like accomplishing two things at once: attending something they have to and paparazzi can have their pictures. Seems like a good balance.
    Have I mentioned today how much I adore this little family? :)

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  27. i love that duchess will return on her duties on June I think prince george is confused on lindo wing I think george will have grow with the media courting around him ... and he know he public figure he learn the ropes I think duke and duchess will protect prince george growing years

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  28. I remember that there were very few pictures of the young princes, at the time. It was something rather unusual, rather new, but it was generally considered a good attitude of Charles and Diana in order to protect them. This attitude never changed until the school time at least.

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  29. Off topic question. Saw the Queen wearing the Imperial Crown and wonder if anyone knows how she attaches it to her head? Does it just sit there or do they clip through some netting hidden under the fur and velvet. Incredible crown but I would hat to wear it.Ali

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    1. It looks like she just pulls it on and hopes for the best! But practices first! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperial_State_Crown

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    2. Glad you asked and hope somebody knows the answer, Ali, but I don't. I just want to add to this, did you catch the photos of the gorgeous tiaras worn by the Queen and Camilla as they arrived? Wow. Then the Queen changed into the robes and crown, and oh my, the diamond necklace she had on!! I want to know more about all this exquisite jewelry. I had also forgotten how huge the blue diamond on the back of the Imperial State crown was. Hard to wear? I'll give it a try! Ha ha ha.

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    3. Yes she was decked out in a full stunning array of jewelry and furs. I did see the gorgeous tiaras. You are right about it being worth a try:) The jewels in that crown are spectacular. The Queen also had on huge diamond earrings. Could not quite make out what all she had on. The robe looks like a hefty item also.Ali

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    4. Rebecca - Sweden28 May 2015 at 00:49

      This blog will serve your every demand, Marci!!

      http://queensjewelvault.blogspot.se/

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    5. You can read all about the crowns and the jewelry here:
      http://queensjewelvault.blogspot.com/2015/05/state-opening-of-parliament.html

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    6. There was a video about the Queen's coronation. Charles was sharing about how his mother had to practice wearing and walking with one of the big crowns on because it was so heavy.

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    7. Julia from Leominster28 May 2015 at 14:50

      If Charlotte doesn't mind us mentioning other blogs - there is also The Court Jeweller which did a nice bit last night. That's the same who used to have A Tiara A Day which I loved - unfortunately, it is no more. She has the Tiarapedia but it's not the same.

      I'm waiting for a resumption of the The Royal Digest because Charlotte is the best - but we all must read if she gives us her time.

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    8. @Rebecca and @Sofy, thank you both so much! Great websites.

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    9. Gravity holds the crown on. It weighs over two pounds and is shaped to fit down over the head. The large blue stone is actually a sapphire.

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  30. Rebecca - Sweden27 May 2015 at 20:40

    Did you guys catch that there will be a Chinese state visit this fall? Nice! I wonder if that might be William and Catherines first state banquet, seeing as William was there this spring and it would be good to build a relationship between William and China since Charles is not an option and the Queen won't live forever :) Would be really nice to see them there. And.... TIARA! :P

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    1. I expect William and Catherine will at least be at the welcoming ceremony for the Chinese president since William is the one who gave the invitation for the state visit when he was in China.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden28 May 2015 at 15:25

      I think so as well, Sofy. But am hoping that they will be at the banquet as well. It doesn't seem too unlikely :) *crossing my fingers* If only for my selfish, tiara wishing reasons :P

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  31. Why let those beautiful tiaras gather dust?
    Or all the other beautiful Jewelry? Work it Kate, work it. You can definitely pull it off and you are a Duchess, Baroness, Countess and future queen. If not you, then who? really give them something to talk about. :)

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    1. oh, and Kate, wear your hair up
      to showcase all the bling. Don't
      be shy. Don't have your hair covering all the baubles. shine girl,
      shine. :)

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    2. Julia from Leominster28 May 2015 at 14:51

      Oh, how I wish. It would be wonderful to see her look a proper princess - and the Chinese visit would be such a good place to start after William's tour.

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    3. did I also mention you are a princess?
      (no excuses now, it is actually your
      duty to make use of the bling.)

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