Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Kate's London Outing with George, Possible June Sightings, William Back to Work & More!

Hello hello, dear readers,

Before we begin today's post, I know many of you are wondering when will we see the official portrait? First of all, there's been speculation claiming we will not see a family photo until July. My understanding is we will see a portrait any day now, and according to The Sunday Times, there will be an additional photo of George and Charlotte released sometime in July.

Princess Charlotte turned four weeks old on Saturday, roughly the same age George was when a family photo taken by Michael Middleton was released. We may see a photo released for the daily papers as the Sunday papers had the exclusive on Charlotte's birth. I would be very surprised if it isn't released sometime this week or next week at the latest.

TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Meanwhile, there have been a couple of sightings of the Duchess over the past week. Kate was spotted picking up some groceries at a local Spar shop near Anmer Hall and interestingly, according to one onlooker, Kate and George enjoyed an outing at beautiful Holland Park in London on Sunday.

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I often gets emails from our readers across the pond enquiring about places not to miss when visiting London and I cannot recommend Holland Park enough. Situated on 22 hectares in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, it is considered one of the most romantic and peaceful parks in London.

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The onlooker who saw Kate and George was taking photos for his business, and did not photograph the royals (with thanks to Kate & Pippa Style for the tip).

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With Kate back in London, perhaps the Cambridges opted to have Charlotte's official portrait taken there.

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As we settle into the month of June (Is it just me or is 2015 flying past?) let's take a look at possible events the Duchess may attend. The Duchess of Cambridge is very much expected to attend Trooping the Colour on 13 June, I've asked several royal correspondents who all said they believe she will be there.


There's even talk of a surprise Prince George appearance on the balcony. Now, that would be a special surprise!

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Two days later - 15 June - the annual Order of the Garter ceremonies take place. Kate's attendance is thought to be 50/50 for this one, however, as she'll be in London for Trooping the Colour I'm inclined to think there's a strong possibility.

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One of my personal favourite sporting tournaments of the year, Wimbledon, kicks off on 29 June. British number one Andy Murray will be playing of course and hoping to re-take the title. We know Kate is an avid tennis fan and loves to attend a match or two during the tournament. We just might see her support Andy.

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Last June, Kate took George to his first of many polo matches, where he cheered on Prince William for a Father's Day match at Cirencester Polo Park Club. The outing produced a selection of adorable photos of the little prince with his parents. Perhaps, though unlikely, we'll see Kate at the polo this year.


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Speaking of polo, princes William and Harry participated in the Audi Polo Challenge over the weekend. The game was in support of three charities close to the their hearts - Centre Point, Child Bereavement UK and Well Child.


Prince William received a gorgeous pair of Hunter Boots for Princess Charlotte from Andre Konsbruck, Director of UK Audi. Upon receiving them he said "I think George would prefer those".


Angela got in touch with an ID for the boots. They are the Hunter 'First Gloss' Rain Boots. They retail for $50 at Nordstrom with sizing ranging from 8 - 12 months.

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A great shot of the princes after the match.


Following a fun afternoon of polo, Prince William returned to work as an air ambulance pilot with the East Anglian Air Ambulance yesterday. More from Hello!:

'On Monday William – who has been on a combination of unpaid leave and paternity leave – resumed his job as a pilot with the East Anglian Air Ambulance. It is understood that the Prince is in the final stages of his pilot training and when he is fully qualified, he will be responsible for transporting patients to hospital.'

William carried out several engagements over the past couple of weeks. Speaking to match of the day presenter Gary Lineker last week he was asked when he would take George to his first match: "I don't know, I'll have to pass that by the missus, see how I can get away with it! At the moment, being only 22 months, it's a little bit early."



You can watch the interview on YouTube.

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We have a few fashion updates to share today too. The identical version of Kate's ASOS Maternity Wrap Dress, the 3/4 sleeve, spot print dress is available in most sizes for £35.

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Kate's popular Somerset by Alice Temperley Boat Print Dress is back in stock again. The shift dress features short elbow sleeves and a flattering round neckline. It retails for £99 at John Lewis.

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Below we see Kate wearing it in February for an engagement with The 1851 Trust.


There's a significant sale underway at Nordstrom at the moment with up to 40% off. There's a number of Kate brands available including a significant amount of Jimmy Choo and Aquatalia footwear. Kate's Rhumba Boots remain on sale with a 35% discount.

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It's been a very fun week over on our Repli-Kate page. With thanks to everyone who got in touch to share pieces, if you haven't visited yet, you can do so by clicking here. :)

140 comments:

  1. First off, thank you Charlotte for the post! I am now just checking every week, due to the duchess having a slow summer. You are always on top of things!

    However, I am confused on an official photo v the family photo. Will the christening in July be the "official" photo and will the George and Charlotte photo be a separate one from the christening photos?

    Liz, USA

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    1. Hello Liz!

      My understanding is this:

      Official Family Portrait: Within the next week or two.

      Official Photos of George and Charlotte: Sometime in July.

      Charlotte's Christening: Late July.

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  2. Time will tell, but I have been saying that they will release the photo(s) this week. Fingers crossed! :))

    And the photos of Holland Park are just beautiful! I *believe* some scenes from the British Comedy "As Time Goes By" were filmed there. It looks familiar...

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    1. As Time Goes By is such a classic, I love Judi Dench :)

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  3. Toni from Colorado2 June 2015 at 05:07

    Those pink rain boots are darling! I always enjoy seeing how William and Harry interact together. We have much to look forward to as George and Charlotte grow and interact with each other over the years :)

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    1. They are adorable Toni!

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden2 June 2015 at 19:14

      I love that William said "I think George would prefer those" when opening them :) I think he was pointing out the size, but I like that he wasn't stifled by them being pink :)

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    3. Maggie - Minneapolis2 June 2015 at 22:01

      Rebecca - that was my thought too! (That he didn't care they were pink when saying George would prefer them). I liked that.

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  4. Charlotte, you said the princess was born a month ago on Saturday. I think it was a month ago today (Tuesday) June 2nd. Correct?

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    1. It was 28 days / four weeks on Saturday since Charlotte was born. I'll amend it in case it confuses anyone about the dates :)

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  5. Maryland Moxie2 June 2015 at 07:21

    Charlotte - any thoughts on why William and Kate don't participate in Royal Ascot with the rest of the royal family?

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    1. Hello Moxie,

      That is a very interesting question and one that has been the subject of much debate over the past few years. Here's a quote from a Richard Palmer article on it from last year when Harry attended http://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/483034/Royal-Ascot-Prince-Harry-joins-Queen-at-race-day

      "His absence, along with that of his brother Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, has prompted speculation that they felt Ascot with all its class divisions may not represent the best image for a 21st century monarchy.

      But that theory was exploded yesterday. Aides insisted his absence until now and the continuing absence of William and Kate was down to busy schedules.

      The Cambridges, who were enjoying downtime yesterday after a busy series of events including Trooping the Colour and Garter Day, are not expected to break their duck this year."

      I'm very surprised they have not attended yet, it's interesting because Michael and Carole Middleton have attended. I'll ask around and see if there are any updates!

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    2. Moxie,

      I spoke to a couple of royal correspondents today and the feeling is they will not attend in the near future. One said "It's just not their scene", while another said they feel they see it as "an outmoded part of our class system".

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    3. Erika from Massachusetts2 June 2015 at 17:54

      It will be quite a different reign under William, won't it.

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    4. Rebecca - Sweden2 June 2015 at 19:18

      I think the thoughts of the press are rather good. And also I think because he has limited time to do engagements he does the important family ones, the investures, the charities and a few that he thinks are fun. So I think he skips the more frivilous ones like garden parties and royal ascot. He has to balance his time more because he has a full time job as well.

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    5. Maryland Moxie2 June 2015 at 21:05

      Thanks for your response! I wondered if the Gambling angle of the event had an impact on their participation. I believe they attended in the first year of their marriage in 2011. Royal Ascot introduced strict dress codes in 2012 and they haven't attended since. One of the changes was no fascinators, (or it must be a base of at least 4 inches) and nothing shorter then knee length dresses. Kate looked beautiful in 2011 but she was not dressed to those specifications - much like the rest of her generation.

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    6. Maggie - Minneapolis2 June 2015 at 21:58

      I wonder if it's not even that Kate and William find Ascot to be outdated, but rather that not attending is another example of their desire to be completely out of the public eye as much as possible before, inevitably, they are completely in it all of the time. Being photographed every time you go out isn't easy, especially for Kate, whose "look" is always completely analyzed. She/they may just be trying to delay the constant analysis as much as possible. I only say this because a lot of how they live is still very, very upper-class, in terms of who they socialize with or even where they vacation. If Ascot isn't their scene, then why do they enjoy Mustique so much, since Mustique is a place for the gathering of the very rich and famous? Why do they choose to mostly only socialize with William's very upper-class friends? This is not criticism!!!!! They can socialize with whomever they want. And I understand a lot of this has to do with privacy. But it seems like they don't mind the gatherings of the upper-class. So why not Ascot? Maybe just because that is more in the public eye than the private gatherings similar to Ascot? Just a thought :)

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    7. Maggie - Minneapolis2 June 2015 at 22:00

      Rebecca - your post makes a lot of sense to me, although William hasn't actually been working a full-time job every time Ascot has come around post-marriage. He wasn't working or training last summer during Ascot, nor was Kate pregnant or having recently given birth. But every other year, your theory would explain it.

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    8. Maggie - Minneapolis2 June 2015 at 22:18

      Oh also William plays polo all the time and that's certainly a sport for the rich (even if it's technically for charity). Polo invokes many of the same ideals as Ascot (if I understand the history of Ascot correctly, which I may not), but he's fine with that. So what's the issue with Ascot? Maybe it's just not as fun for him?

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    9. Maryland Moxie3 June 2015 at 02:40

      My mistake! Kate hasn't been to Royal Ascot since marriage - it was Epsom Derby after her wedding. Different racing event.

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    10. I think it's the top hats, Maggie. Don't have to wear those playing polo. :)

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    11. Rebecca - Sweden3 June 2015 at 22:05

      Hahah, Top hats! That might be the thing, bluhare!! :P

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  6. Oh Charlotte, So much to say & get caught up on! We've had a bit of Family stress here, as my son who's been mysteriously ill has a Tumor & it's a Serious situation��. Extra hard as my Husband's a Dr & taking it hard that while he's done all he could & make sure our Son had top notch Drs, it was just a rare thing & we are doing all to get him ready for University Surgery here in Chicago. Soooo I've missed my daily fixes here & gosh haven't been online much at all��. So coming up I'll have lots of time to spend waiting & likely not much sleep (as tonight) So I'm Counting on you to keep the Great Reporting; Pics & Information Coming!���� Switching to brighter things I had a few short comments:
    1) I absolutely loved the sports interview with William!�� Such a Rare thing & it was Fabulous just listening to him in a comfortable situation talking about something he's into & referencing The Family (loved "The Missus" remark, So Cute!) I think it's The Best opportunity that I've seen to get a feel for who he really is! It felt like listening to the Fathers & Sons in our Family��
    2) I Reeeeally hope (like I'm sure everyone else) that we Do get to see Kate at some of these Traditional Upcoming Functions. I just feel like I feel different about them now that they are a family of four? Does that sound strange? To me with Charlotte's arrival & how they more or less took control of the narrative on a The Birth, combined with Kates Incredibly Posh Exit/ Photocall the Same Day as giving birth.... along with settling into the community @ Anmer.... It's like all these bits & pieces that maybe didn't make sense to people have all fallen into place like a puzzle & one realizes how all along they've been working to get to this place, where they have a Family in a Beautiful Family Friendly Home & Area in which to raise their Chuldren as long as possible, before they have to take those next steps closer to that Fish Bowl life & will be able to look back on this Treasured Special Time. & I Do think it can't Help but be a Healthier Start for The Children's Lives!
    3) & Finally I'll close Absolutely Gushing over The CB Sterling & Pearl Jewelry Pieces, created in Honor of Charlotte's Birth�� I ordered Several Pieces for My Grand Daughters 5 & 2, that they will be able to wear as young girls thru the rest of their lives & such a pretty & functional Heirloom. I bought a matching piece for my Daughter, as She favors Mommy/ Daughter items... & I Definitely Treated Myself to a few pieces!�� I'm So Thrilled with The Quality, Craftmaship, Beauty & Whimsy, that I'm Definitely going back for some more! Of Course I used the Discount Code that You Supplied & am Tickled at the $ I Saved!�� I don't think I mentioned it, but I hit The Jackpot Another Time that You Posted Sale Info along with a Discount Code! That time it was L.K.Bennet & Wow did I find some Shoes & Purses That I Loooove! Some were for me & Some were Gifts that were Wonderful.
    So If I haven't said it lately, Thank You Charlotte for The Very Dedicated & Detailed Work You Do to Bring Us This Blog! Still The Best Around��
    Cheers
    Becca

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    1. Becca,

      I'm so terribly sorry to hear about your son. My goodness, it must be such a difficult time. I'll be keeping you and your family in my prayers.

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    2. Very sorry to read your son is ill, Becca. I hope he comes through his surgery very well and the prognosis is good.

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    3. Julia from Leominster2 June 2015 at 16:16

      Thinking about you, Becca, and hope the surgery goes well - hugs and best wishes to you, Julia from Leo.

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    4. Erika from Massachusetts2 June 2015 at 17:48

      So sorry your family has to go through this illness Becca. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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    5. All the best to you and the rest of the family, Becca, dealing with your son's condition. Definitely--prayers for him and all concerned. Your thoughts on the royals are delightful to read. Keep them coming as you can.

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    6. Thoughts and prayers for your son and your family, Becca. I hope you will find a little relaxation by looking at pretty people in pretty dresses.

      All the very best.

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    7. Rebecca - Sweden2 June 2015 at 19:20

      I'm so very sorry! A big hug to you and your family! <3

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    8. Hi Becca, I am sure that everything will be right with the surgery and recovery. A big hug from Italy.
      I loved as well the "Missus"!

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    9. I'm so sorry to hear your family is going through this very trying time. Thoughts and prayers for your family.

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    10. Maggie - Minneapolis2 June 2015 at 21:52

      Sending positive thoughts and vibes to you and your family! I truly understand how scary and difficult this time must be - and my only suggestion is to not let yourself give up the little things in life that relax you and help you forget everything else. I know it's easier said than done, but I'm currently fighting cancer and I've found that my mother and father both seem more relaxed when I make them leave the hospital and do other things, even if it's just for a tiny bit of time. But anyways, I wish you, your family, and your son all the best.

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    11. I wish for your son a full recovery, Becca, and for you the peace of mind that comes with doing everything you can for a loved one. Our children are so precious to us.

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    12. Becca,
      I wish you and your family patience and strength. It was comforting to find you take up the lighter and pleasant side of life and shared your thoughts here. It is a lesson that people in stress and emergency health situation should not shut in to themselves. I hope your son recovers soon.

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    13. Rose from Montreal Canada3 June 2015 at 01:56

      My thoughts and prayers for your son for a his upcoming surgery. Praying all goes well and he has a speedy recovery. Praying strength for you and your family at this time. I hope you will take time to update us on his prognosis. Take care and God bless.

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  7. love those pink boots charlotte what time is interview prince William I read last time duchess will resume duties on june

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    1. Hello Bluefire!

      I believe those articles are referring to Trooping as the return to duties.

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  8. Charlotte, you are so very good at this. Not much going on right now and you're still able to get an interesting and varied post up for us!

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    1. Thank you Bluhare :)

      It has been unusually quiet actually. Even when there are not appearances there tends to be more news or talk of upcoming events. I'm hoping June will offer a little more in that respect!

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    2. Maggie - Minneapolis2 June 2015 at 22:08

      Charlotte - do you think the lack of talk is a response to last year's press office "flubbing"? I guess not everyone thinks of it as flubbing but I think the general trend on this blog and in public was that the press office misled people by saying there would be a large increase in appearances over the summer? I feel like the press office said this after a very quiet May perhaps in order to stifle any negativity as a result of the quiet month, but then the statement was not followed through on. So maybe this time, they are trying to make sure they cannot be accused of "misleading" the public by saying there will be an uptick in appearances when there won't be. Does that make sense? I hesitate to broach that possibility here because inevitably people will get mad at me for daring to suggest that the Cambridges (or their press office) "misled" people last summer. Disclaimer: I'm not trying to make this a debate about them working or not working enough. I just remember many people thinking that last summer, the press office's statements did not always match up with reality (and maybe I'm wrong about this). It's not about how much they worked, but rather, how much they worked in comparison to how much they said they would. But maybe that's why things are so quiet this time around.

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    3. Hello Maggie,

      It is no secret there were many issues with William and Kate's communications team. It led to something of a disconnect between royal reporters who have been in the business for years and the team at KP. It particularly caused an issue when a correspondent asked if Prince William would be returning to flying with the EAAA and was categorically told he would not be. This was seen as very misleading - especially when just weeks later The Sunday Times found out and wrote the exclusive.

      There were misleading statements too; talk of "a significant upsurge" in duties, and then with William's announcement stating "no increase in duties". Again, I think a disconnect between the British media (who have been very accommodating in terms of not printing candids that can be published everywhere else in the world) and William, Kate and Harry's Comms team could have proved to be a very bad thing because ultimately the relationship between the monarchy and the media is one that is very much needed.

      Of course we saw Ed Perkins leave and he's been replaced by American Jason Knauf and my understanding is things have improved. I noticed members of the press tweeting how well they were informed etc during Charlotte's birth and there was great appreciation for that consideration.

      I have noticed too, this time, there's less talk from "royal aides" and "senior royal sources" in the press. i think because of those situations in the past they are being very careful with what is said.

      Understandably, the princes have a very difficult relationship with the press and it's not something that's going to heal overnight. As I always say about monarchy, it's about finding the right balance.

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    4. I have always wondered whether whatever caused the scar on Kate's leg last summer also necessitated her taking care of it and avoiding too much physical activity. In addition, the time right after the Australia/New Zealand tour was probably a time off. William and Catherine were busy getting Anmer Hall ready for occupancy, and then of course later in the summer she was pregnant. In the middle of the summer, there was some public activity. But I get it that the press office could have been honest with reporters rather than misleading them. It's so good that things seem to have improved. Jason Knauf was photographed talking to the gathering media before Charlotte's birth, and I suspect William was coached as to how to handle the press, giving them excellent opportunities to take pictures of both of his children, and of him and Kate as new parents. It all seemed to go so well.

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    5. Rebecca - Sweden3 June 2015 at 01:39

      I agree that the communications team has really improved. So good job Knauf!

      I think this "longer maternity leave" might be as you say Maggie. I think she will show up to family things and a odd engagement here and there, but last time she started with tusk gala and other stuff and I think her regular engagements will wait a bit this time.

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    6. Anon 01:22- Agree with all, except possibly the misleading part. I'm not so sure. I would give William credit for being quite media-savey by now.
      I know what you mean about the scar. I always thought it was a surgical scar.

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    7. Anonymouse99 - I don't think it was William who was misleading the media last year, but rather the press office.

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    8. Anon 19:02- I knew that.I was not clear. What I should have said- I think the whole publicity arm for the younger royals was
      broken. I meant I didn't think there was deliberate mis-leading, at least not malicious. We may never know
      what was going on in May. Malta was already planned. There were royal events and war memorials in June.
      I think, until her pregnancy was known to the inner circle, there could have been every intention of increased
      activities. Benefit of doubt approach.
      About William- Mr.Knauf may have instructed him on how to meet the press.I just felt William generally calls
      the shots when it comes to his family.
      Hope I didn't just make things more confusing. ha!

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  9. Sarah from Calif.2 June 2015 at 14:24

    Lovely post Charlotte!

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    1. Thank you for reading Sarah :)

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  10. Eagerly awaiting the official photo of Charlotte! Thanks for a great post.

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    1. Thank you for reading Martha :)

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  11. Some in the press have taken umbrage with William's reference to "the missus." It's been suggested (see links below) that it's inappropriate for several reasons. I'm wondering what the feeling among HRHDK readers is.

    Is it "so cute" as Becca suggests, or is it sexist, demeaning and inappropriate for a future monarch? Not even okay for ordinary "blokes" never mind a future King of England? (Though compared to his antecedents, William's treatment of Catherine probably ranks as some of the best in history.)

    What say you?

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/11637938/Prince-William-calls-Kate-Middleton-the-missus-casual-sexism-alert.html

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-3104136/RACHEL-JOHNSON-try-calling-Kate-current-wife-William.html

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    1. Thank you for those links Philly, I hadn't come across them.

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    2. I suspect he thought he was being funny. I am sure the idea of him calling Catherine that term would seem ridiculous to either he or Catherine or to anyone under about the age of 80. Ali

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    3. I'm sure Prince William was just trying to be humorous in that manly football setting. He is very respectful of women in reality. It was a light-hearted, jokey moment. If Catherine had been there, she would have had a great come-back!

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    4. Strict feminism decrees that this word is now forbidden. So here's my opinion: they have a valid point, because it is in language that sexism starts--and ends. For pure equality between the sexes, neither should use a diminutive term to describe the other's relationship to oneself. We have perfectly functional words that can be easily used instead: "My wife," or "My husband," or "My spouse." William could have been even more charming saying, "Whooo, I'll have to pass that by Catherine." What's wrong with using someone's actual name? What would be wrong with showing the world that you two make decisions TOGETHER rather than the tired joke about either one ruling the other? (Let's hope it is a joke.) He would have scored a 10/10 in my book if he had said, "Whooo. Catherine and I will have to discuss that."

      On the other hand, we have to remember these are the royals we're talking about--people not known for moving swiftly with the times. They still use "Mrs." as a title instead of the feminist-friendly "Ms." on invitations. All of which is ironic to me when in the 1550s no fewer than three women successively held the throne of England, surely a spectacular feat for equality of the sexes even if it didn't filter down to the masses for another four hundred years.

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    5. Rebecca - Sweden2 June 2015 at 19:23

      I think it's a half-joke comment. More like "it's a joined decission/I don't make the decission on this on my own" than a "I have to ask the wife for permission". But it all depends on the family dynamic. It can be both cute as in "honey" with a bit of irony in it, or sexist as in "the old ball and chain". So it's hard to know I think :)

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    6. Maryland Moxie2 June 2015 at 21:16

      Well, it was crazy of the interviewer to suggest an under 2 year old attend a football match - so I think William handled the suggestion well and that he would leave the decision up to someone with authority over the child who isn't crazy. He was kind to the interviewer by going along with the suggestion.

      It's curious that folks see the use of missus as sexist, yet insist on the use of HRH Duchess when referring to Kate - which is classist.

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    7. Maggie - Minneapolis2 June 2015 at 21:43

      I don't think he meant anything by it (although you can be sexist even without intent), but I wish he hadn't said it, because it does invoke rather sexist concepts. He is a well-known man, obviously, and so what he says matters, and historically, "missus" IS a very sexist term. But I agree with Rebecca - it's hard to know how he intended it without knowing the family dynamic. Isn't a huge deal either way, but wish he hadn't said it.

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    8. It was a term of endearment (and it does imply the equality Rebecca suggests). No more, no less. Unfortunately, the press analysis of it is just another excuse to criticize William.

      If Kate made a reference to her "hubby", she would be cheered on for being a modern gal who has a sense of humor and has not been stifled by the Firm.

      So fair is fair IMO.

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    9. To clarify, I was referring to the criticism of William by the PRESS. :)

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    10. My son recently remarked that he would need to consult 'headquarters' about a certain decision. He is almost the same age as William. I have heard 'missus' all of my life and have always just thought of it as a slangy way of saying wife. Three or four dictionary definitions are available via google, and none identify 'missus' as sexist. The Telegraph's reaction seems a bit over the top.

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    11. The long time photographer of the royals, Arthur Edward who accompanied them to their Asian trip was quoted something to the effect of the following during their flight back. Arthur to William, “Your Missus did a good job” and William responded, “That is why I married her”. Well most likely a teaser.

      The question addressed with the word Missus sort of made me cringe at that time, although I thought maybe it is a convenient slang for the British. It had been very clear how much he cares, loves and respects his wife. It did not feel right to state you married someone exclusively for accomplishment and attributes, and even worse to announce it for such an official couple. I believe he loves her unconditionally. All William’s good intentions taken as good, still nerves in some situations can give people a slip of the tongue. In his sport interview, Missus sounded too casual and ordinary which at times he seems to want to connect to the viewer this way.

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    12. Maggie - Minneapolis3 June 2015 at 02:56

      Royalfan - I don't find this whole thing a huge deal but to say that this is just another excuse to criticize William ignores a large history of sexism that is inherent in the term. Do I think William meant it in a sexist way? No, but intent isn't always important. The comparison with Kate saying "hubby" seems rather ignorant of the way sexism works. Certain terms/ideas are more derogatory when applied to women than when applied to men...that's what sexism is...
      Also, and perhaps more importantly, "hubby" doesn't have the same sexist connotation or history that "missus" does. Things are not equal just because they are the same.
      It's the same kind of thing that is the reason Carole gets so much bad press. People don't like it when a woman seems in "power." And there is a negative connotation attached to women who perhaps do have power over the families - they are seen as manipulative, controlling, making life miserable, etc. That's what the term "missus", or the term "headquarters" comes from. Again, I don't think William meant anything by it and I don't find it a huge deal personally, but we shouldn't fault others (or say they are just looking for an excuse to criticize) given the sexist connotation/history of the term. People can mean something endearingly and still be sexist. Intent is not relevant to whether or not something said is sexist. Intent, for me, only matters insofar as how I decide to react to said sexist thing.

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    13. Maggie, I don't see it as a big deal either. "Missus" means "wife". How is that sexist? I also don't see how "intent" can be left out of a discussion like this, I honestly don't.

      Regarding your reference to Carole's bad press and how people don't like it when a women seems in power... Have you read the comments sections in articles written about her? I have and isn't the MEN who have a problem with her. Ironic, no?

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    14. Julia from Leominster3 June 2015 at 13:30

      I don't think there is any sexist connotation to "The Missus" anymore than "hubby" both are used a lot. I think it was more the informality of it (maybe with a hint of class distinction) that startled people. (As I said elsewhere, my hubby uses it all the time and it certainly never has offended me!.) I suspect if Kate referred to :hubby or "my man": there would be a similar response and it would be put to her middle class origins. I think Diana may have used something similar once - but can't remember precisely.

      It sounded fine to me, although a bit odd put next to the fornality of Catherine which always sounds royally stiff when William says it. It's a bit hard to imagine the queen and Philip using it in public but this is a new generation.

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    15. Personally, I like Mr. bluhare to call me his trophy wife. I, however, refer to him as my toygeezer.

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    16. I completely agree that William did not intend anything diminishing with regard to his wife in calling her "missus." There is way too much evidence of his love and respect for her. But I stand by my comments that it is sexist language, whatever the intent was in using it. It was not the most damaging of possible sexist terms, which might be somewhat mitigating to a purist, which I am not. I actually didn't mind it, but after reading several opinions for and against and weighing the historical connotations of the term, I came to my conclusion. I am NOT criticising William negatively--it is merely an observation about the term he used. I'm sure in an interview, the interviewee cannot be expected to weigh every single word usage out of his mouth, or there would be ridiculously long pauses before every single answer.

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    17. Julia, I believe Diana made the reference to leaving her "hubby at home watching telly" (something along those lines) during one of her first solo engagements.

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    18. Thanks, bluhare! I needed that. lol toygeezer indeed.
      Now, you as trophy wife...do you still like stiletto sling-backs?

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    19. Jennifer from Wisconsin4 June 2015 at 02:21

      OMG Bluhare! :)

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    20. Missus actually means Mistress, as does Mrs. The Mistress of the home. It is the feminine version of Master/Mister. Interesting that younger commentators find it sexist, while older ones do not. I wonder how they feel about husband (OE husbandman, the farmer person) and wife (OE wifman, the weaver person). Those terms make a distinction between male and female occupations; Master and Mistress do not.

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    21. Julia from Leominster4 June 2015 at 14:33

      Thanks for recalling that Royalfan - I believe you're right about Diana. And I'm with you Bluhare - I want Mr Leo to start calling me Trophy Wife. He'll probably say I'm as expensive as one!

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    22. Bluhare, reading the words Mr. Bluhare" I heard a sound of a mozartian music, very like to Papageno and Papagena air... Oh it was so nice to imagine Trophy Wife and Toygeezer jumping in a green valley...

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    23. Paola the picture that comes to mind of Mr. bluhare and I jumping around in a green valley . . .frolicking if you will . . . was enough for even me to go looking for the brain bleach! Thanks for making me smile.

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    24. Lol!! Thanks to both of you for making me laugh!! I needed that :-)

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  12. Fingers crossed for all appearances and photos! I'm so excited to see her out and about again! George would be the hit of the balcony if he is there for certain!

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    2. That would be a lovely surprise to see PGeorge on the balcony!!!Thank You Charlotte for this informative post!xoxo

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  13. Julia from Leominster2 June 2015 at 16:28

    I love the photos of the brothers together. There is so much affection there. Harry is wonderfully demonstrative.

    I'm a bit surprised at Kate in Holland Park but it is less open space than Kensignton Gardens and it is lovely. For me though, the great pleasure of a park would be to step out of your house and walk in it - not to have to be driven to it - as I suppose she must have been.

    Wish they would appear at Ascot. I'm an old fuddy-duddy royalist and like to see long-time traditions preserved and Ascot will lose even more class if it loses the young royals. I don't want to see William as just an ordinary bloke with the missus (although I don't mind him calling her that - hubby does that for me all the time - but it does contrast strangely with the stiff Catherine they're insisting on, rather than Kate as he originally called her.)

    I sometimes feel there is some floundering about what the public really wants when most of the public who supports the royal family want to see a prince and princess in the traditional sense - while those who don't support them won't change their minds - and use the "normal life" bit to claim they are the same as us, just more privileged. There has to be modernising of course, but it should come gradually as to not frighten off old supporters while not gaining that many new. Royals should offer something different - that's the point.

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    1. It's interesting about Royal Asoct, the feeling is they will not attend this year. I guess it is a very traditional event and seeing the royals in attendance has become something of a tradition. I think William and Kate plan to do things a little differently.

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    2. Julia from Leominster2 June 2015 at 19:43

      Yes, but polo is a hugely expensive sport, requiring trainers, grooms, the keeping of a number of ponies. It's much more elite than horse-racing - a flutter is something many people of all classes can appreciate.

      This is what frustrates me about William - and to some extent Kate and Harry. The half-way of doing everything. "I want to be a normal bloke with a job" as long as I live in a home worthy of a prince. "I want to be involved with the protection of animals but I won't give up shooting thousands of birds raised solely for the pleasure of their deaths." "I won't go to Ascot because it's an elite things but heaven forbid that I would give up polo." It's not that I mind him doing these things - it's the contradiction.

      I take no pleasure in pointing this out or similar contradictions with Kate - "I want to be a normal mum as long as nanny is there when I want to go to the shops so I don't have to fiddle with a push-chair." "II'm a normal girl who wears high-street frocks but who holidays on Mustique and other expensive resorts."

      Yes, I know I'm grumpy but I wouldn't deny these royal any of these pleasures if they just would be consistent and stop trying to pretend to be something they're not . If they would stop having "one foot in sea the other on shore" - we're going to be modern royals as long as it doesn't interfere with anything we love to do ir any pleasures we want to keep.

      At the moment, I have to confess I find William's vision of a modern monarchy murky at a time when other young royals abroad are getting stuck in. (Yes, I know he isn;'t next in line - but neither is Edward - or Alexandra - or Anne. What worries me is all this is about what William wants, not what's good for the monarchy which is mangeable when he is young with an attractive family but is likely to age badly.

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    3. Jean from Lancs2 June 2015 at 20:02

      Didn't they attend Ascot the year they were married, or was that the Derby?
      I don't know why people must get so uptight about a silly joke. William shows how he feels about Catherine whenever they are together..This was a short interview, sitting on a bench on a football field. Certainly my husband always asked me if I thought our son was old enough, when he was planning some treat.

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    4. Maggie - Minneapolis2 June 2015 at 21:48

      Julia - I couldn't agree more about Ascot/royalty in general. William and Kate will not help the monarchy by forgoing tradition/the grandness of royalty. Obviously I don't think they should demand people curtsy to them, etc, but they don't live normal lives (and that's okay!), and will never be able to win the battle of appearing normal. It will become impossible to justify taxpayer expense for the monarchy if it isn't, as you said, a bit different from everything/everyone else.
      For me, the monarchy reminds me of the tremendous history and tradition it brings to Britain. If they start giving up all of that history and tradition, or even most of it, I think the monarchy will be in trouble. I think it's nice if they give up certain traditions, as I said - especially the ones that imply that they are more important than everyone else (i.e. curtsying/bowing, not hugging members of the public, etc.), but I don't think things like Ascot necessarily say they are better than everyone else. Although I don't know much about Ascot and would be interested in hearing others' opinions on whether or not it does further perpetuate the class divide, etc.

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    5. Speaking as a distant observer, I don't think Ascot is what it used to be and it's possible that W&K do not want to be associated with it given **some** aspects of it. It's also a bit of a fashion competition; something Kate has been very careful to steer clear of.

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    6. Regarding Holland Park...who knows where Kate was before...or where she may have being going afterwards. And don't we all enjoy a change of scenery. :)

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    7. I think it was the Epsom Derby they attended in 2011.

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    8. Rebecca - Sweden3 June 2015 at 01:44

      The arguments above might be valid. But what you are arguing against is speculation. We have no idea why they've not been at ascot. It's only our speculation that it is to "snobbish" for them. It could just as well be that it's not snobbish enough nowdays with people getting drunk and trying to outshow eachother with their millnery. I'm not saying that is, but we have no idea about their reasoning.

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    9. I think the talk last time was that they were discouraged from attending because they,especially Catherine,
      took the attention away from the other royals. From the arrival show that was made of Edward and Sophie, Andrew and the York girls, this could very well be true.Imagine where the attention would have been had
      W&C attended. Their not going was the opposite of snobbery. I also doubt Kate stayed away from Ascot,as someone suggested, because she couldn't wear her fascinater.
      There was a recent garden party honoring the hundredth anniversary of WI, Women's Institute. Such fun to see the ladies all decked out in their finery. #99

      Someone said the designation HRH is "classism."it is actually a title,such as Doctor, President, Lord Mayor.
      Your Eminence.

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    10. Jean from Lancs3 June 2015 at 09:35

      The Princes play polo to raise money for their charities---doubtless they enjoy the games, but what is wrong with that?
      Ascot is different and I doubt whether the military would consider special time off for that, as they have done for royal occasions. Like the state banquets, HM issues invitations for Ascot week at Windsor and for both she seems to prefer to invite older members of the family.

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    11. Anja from Germany3 June 2015 at 09:42

      Hello, just to share the gossip: A member of my family attended the garden party for the 100th anniversary of WI. And she will have a place in the royal box with Princess Anne at Royal Albert Hall tomorrow. How posh is that?! ;-)

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    12. Julia from Leominster3 June 2015 at 13:46

      It's true that Ascot has struggled recently but the attendance of William and Kate would give it a boost - and that would seem nice to me as it is quite a British institution.

      Personally I don't like racing because of horses having to be put down - I still remember being shocked by the American tragedy of Ruffian when I was young but that can't be what's bothering William and Kate because Cheltenham is one of the absolute worst for that - along with the Grand National - and they have both attended Cheltenham quite regularly and are friends with a jockey. And looking at the clothes worn there and the action of the crowds, I don't see a lot of difference.

      Also William is so keen on football - talk about drunken mobs. And it was quite embarrassing for him speaking up just when the latest scandals broke.

      It could be due to other family members but that's not what Charlotte's sources seem to think - and William and Kate's attendance at the Derby didn't take that much attention away from the others - so I just don't know.

      Normally, there is a Windsor house party connected with Ascot - I don't think that William and Kate have ever attended that - and perhaps I should be more concerned that they have never attended the Easter services there - or attended services in public except when abroad. After all, William will be head of the church one day.

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    13. I'm finding myself agreeing with you Maggie and JuLeo. Pomp is good. You can have that without being pompous, IMO.

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    14. Maryland Moxie3 June 2015 at 21:10

      Which of those titles: Doctor, President, Lord Mayor, Your Eminence -- are granted upon a marriage? Those titles are bestowed on folks who demonstrate academic excellence or are elected, appointed. Mrs and HRH Duchess are contractual designations - upon marriage. Princess William loses her status if divorced. She obtains all her titles/status because of her husband.

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    15. Details, Anja! Both garden party andRoyal Albert Hall.#99

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    16. HRH is a "style," Duchess of Cambridge is a "title." There's a difference.

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    17. In an Express article written by Richard Palmer and updated January 25, 2015, about the 2014 Royal Ascot you can find the remark
      about reason for non-Ascot attendance by W&C. This seems to be part of the revamping of the original Express
      story from 2014 after the event. The 2014 version of the story, along with very-telling photographs, depicts the
      promotion of the royal family, sans W&C. Harry reportedly was making his first appearance ever. To put
      the situation in perspective, the Duke and Duchess had recently retutned from a wildly successful
      tour. As Jean mentioned, the Windsor Ascot dinner and activities are by invitation. I imagine there is
      a spoken or unspoken invitation to ride in the royal carriage parade, also. In 2014, Andrew rode with HM , and Phillip,
      while his daughters rode behind with C&C. I don't know how much more obvious one can get than that.#99
      I think if the Cambridges had attended and received their usual reception, there would be criticism decrying
      all the "pomp" surrounding them.
      To pomp or not to pomp-that is the question. lol

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    18. It is still a title, still not "classism." That was my point. Now you seem to be describing "sexism." The M.R.S. degree. It is the attitude that a wife has no deserved status that forms a tenet of "sexism."#99

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      Very very "posh". How fun. Ali

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    20. Maryland Moxie4 June 2015 at 00:31

      To use the words "highness" puts someone above someone else. That is classism. To only be recognized because you married a male and to be referred to by that male's title is sexism. Whether it is Princess William, Duchess of Cambridge, or Mrs Windsor-Mountbatten. Someone who marries a Doctor, Clergyman, Elected Official or appointee - doesn't take on their designation.

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    21. Oh wow Anja! Keep us informed of any news :)

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    22. Moxie,
      -I agree with you that HRH denotes a title styled in a class system.
      -assigned effectively at marriage to a member of the royal family.

      What I want to be clear is the context you apply “classism”. It sounds more of a broad term without specific definition and assigned context. There are all kinds of classification including income, behavior, IQ, achievement, rank etc. This does not necessarily share the same definition as sexism. Can you please be clearer what exactly you mean by "classism"?
      At least “sexism” is recognized as a word and defined as bigotry, chauvinism, prejudice etc.

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    23. I'd love Prince Philip's take on this since he is a prince while his wife is QUEEN. ;))))

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    24. Mox-00:31-good comeback!

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    25. Lucky that you will never have to worry about that, Moxie.
      Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is going to be the Queen of England.
      Hence the titles.
      In some countries a priest's wife is called the priestess and a President's wife is the First Lady.
      So it exists on many levels.

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    26. Julia from Leominster4 June 2015 at 14:37

      I'm not sure of the reason - I would have just guessed the opportunity hadn't come up for Ascot as William and Kate don't have a full schedule - if it wasn't for the reasons the press were speculating about.

      Don't think it would be a military restriction on time though - as William had copious time off for holidays and other events while he was in the military.

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    27. Moxie,
      Your response was not posted yet when I asked about classism.
      If you look into “classism” as in disparity, you might find inconsistency and just leave it as a culture/tradition all on its own especially when it comes to ancient established royal systems. It will take an entire modification.

      The queens of England are also expected to choose and (propose to their prospective husbands?). Isn’t that a treat? Shouldn’t feminists advocate for it as a woman’s right as well?
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      Mrs. M Windsor is sexist?
      Women taking their husbands names is most common in Western culture. The same culture also prefers to recognize the woman’s side of the family mostly if it is a famous name. Some cultures have the women continue to carry their fathers’ names. For some feminists, that is more defining, as in Hillary Rodham (until politics and her husband’s family took a role in having her add her husband’s name, Clinton). Charlotte Mezvinsky would have been just that, if her mother’s side was not famous and thus C M Clinton.

      In a way carrying on a family’s name is good since it makes it easier to trace one’s ancestors. The woman’s side should also be included which makes every commoner’s name, at least a set of three names.

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    28. Anon 22:08 - What is it that is obvious from the placements in the carriages? Keep in mind that there is room for only four people in those open carriages, so both daughters could not ride with Andrew and his parents. Riding with Charles and Camilla is more of a statement, since Charles seem to have denied the princesses the opportunity to perform royal duties. But they are his nieces, and his personal relationship with them probably is fine.

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    29. Julia from Leominster5 June 2015 at 16:25

      Not sure if you're completely accurate there - Maxie, in event of divorce. Kate might or might not lose HRH as Diana did, that could happen to either a man or a woman, but she would still be Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, I believe. Just as - in past times more - a married woman would go from being Mrs Leo Leo, to Mrs Julia Leo -(as an example - hubby and the missus are still together.)

      The same is true of husbands - the Earl of Snowdon, didn't lose his title because they divorced.

      I believe correctly Diana became, Diana, Princess of Wales, instead of just The Princess of Wales, although the former was used during her marriage so it's confusing.

      But Kate does take her title from her husband.

      In Denmark, when one of the princes divorced, his wife was made a duchess, even though she lost her HRH - that would have made sense for Diana and as the mother of the future crown prince - I don't think she should have lost her HRH - that was Charles being vindictive - probably egged on by Camilla.

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    30. Put correctly, CCM

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    31. Anon 18:56- If W&C had been "invited" to ride in the carriage parade, they would have been there. The Queen's invitations carry expectations. With Andrew and daughters included, the Cambridges, with William Charles's heir, could hardly have been banished to
      the stands. If Andrew had been excluded....I doubt the. Queen would have heard the end of that. Even simply
      adding another carriage would not have helped. There would still be the question of who rides with HM and
      the order of the carriages.The fact that C&C did not ride with the Queen tells me that something else was going on other than order of presidence ." Andrew and daughters were being promoted. Proximity to the monarch used to be a key source of power and influence. I suspect the concept is still in use.
      This is all "educated guessing," based ln what is known of past interactions.99

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    32. I agree with you, Moxie. The royal system is sexist and classist. I don't really see how anyone could think otherwise. They apparently think more highly of themselves if they're "of the blood" as opposed to someone who married in, at least as applied to the older generation. Margaret comes to mind. I'm not so sure about the younger generation.

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    33. The original comment on 2-6@21:16, referred to the use of "missus" being sexist and then added that
      the use of "HRH Duchess" for Catherine is "classist." It was this statement that initiated the discussion.

      There were further remarks to the effect that she really didn't deserve the titles anyway, as she only got
      them by .marrying William-which is a sexist concept right there; also, possibly "classist."The topic went off-topic, but I don't believe
      the entire royal system was in question. Perhaps I missed that part.
      The discussion was prompted by William's referring to Kate as "the missus." I still can't believe anyone took
      exception to that, given the context.
      As soon as I get a good definition of terms, I'll know if I agree with Mox or not.

      Bluhare, of course the British monarchy is sexist-if it means promoting the value of one sex over another.
      Male primogeniture was only recently over-turned. Since the Aristocracy is based on the existance of classes and monarchs generally come from their ranks, I imagine one could say the "royal system" is also
      "classist." Speaking generally is one thing. Applying it to individuals is when it gets tricky.99

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    34. Don't know that I totally believe Charles was behind removal of Diana's HRH, Julia. Not saying he didn't have a say, but my money is looking straight at the Queen Mother.

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    35. This is a rare moment I hope I get credit for :)) but I too would defend Charles on this one. I believe he was very decisive when it came to what he WANTED (Camilla), but less so when it came to his divorce from Diana.

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  14. Charlotte, I must thank you again for another informative post. A favorite author, the late, great P.D. James, was styled "Baroness James of Holland Park", and now I know what a lovely place it is.
    Hoping to see photos of young George on the balcony. Thanks for keeping us up to date. - Karen

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  15. Wonder if we'll see William and Kate at Twickenham this year during the rugby world cup? Loved the idea of Mike Tindall taking George to a Gloucester rugby game - funny article! Thanks for keeping us up to date Charlotte.

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  16. You do a great job with this blog, Charlotte, especially when there is little news to report. (Your reporting, of course, is top notch too.) Personally I like the blog feel, in that I like all the background pieces, all the history, the explorations of culture, styles and traditions and practices and so forth. Thank you for all the work you do.

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  17. Thanks for a another great post Charlotte. I am looking forward to seeing photos of the family in the upcoming weeks. Does a return to royal duties mean that there would be more appearances than just Trooping the Color? I often wondered if this is just a one off appearance until after the christening or if it is a true return to duties that will entail more frequent appearances. What do you think it means in terms of appearances for the next 2 months?

    I don't have any issue with William calling Kate 'the missus". It's better then a lot of other references to wives (i.e. ball and chain) that he could have used and something tells me it was meant in a loving tone. Not meant to be sexist or diminish Kate in any way.

    I'm glad to hear Kate is still able to spend quality time with George. With all the fuss over Charlotte I am sure he didn't understand sharing the attention he used to get all by himself at this age. It's important for him to still know that he has that attention and love so he doesn't get jealous and resentful later in life.

    Thanks for another great post. So glad you are able to find updates for us once a week. I consider this my first stop to get updates about the Cambridges.

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  18. I think William is allowed to put a little sense of humor in his relationship with his wife, isn't he? He said "Missus" with a little smile in the corner of his mouth.

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    1. That's why I always think of you as my little ray of sunshine, Paola. (You have to read that thinking of me with a smile and a twinkle in my eye!)

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    2. bluhare 16:40- something I think we can all agree on.#99

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    3. I wonder if we would be having the same discussion if HARRY made a reference to his "missus." I have a feeling we'd see more comments with "LOL". :))

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    4. LOL Royalfan!
      Bluhare it's so nice of you, thank you (and #99 as well).

      Well, do you know, my secret is that I am from the country of Leonardo da Vinci: Missus Gioconda teaches a lot about half-hidden smiles...

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    5. I don't think it is a big deal either.

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    6. Angelina Jolie was asked if she would like to star in the next StarWars film. She said she would if she could play Boba Fett's missus.

      She's totally anti-feminist, sexist and thinks women are inferior. Obviously.

      ;)

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  19. Looking at the photos of William and Harry reminds me of the bond they must have developed during their parents rocky marriage and divorce and following their Mothers death. I have a large family and those experiences either drive people apart in awful ways or form bonds that are just unexplainable to others. There is a deep understanding of each other. This is one of the things I thing that comes across when William and Harry interact, I suspect it will become even stronger and more meaningful for the two of them after they get to their 50s, and their own kids are gaining some independence. They are lucky to have each other. Ali

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  20. Vicky from Madrid4 June 2015 at 14:59

    Charlotte, loving your posts! Thank you for keeping all of us informed. Regarding the missus comment, I don't find it as offensive as others... I get the playfulness in his tone. I think it is because this kind of criticism that W&C limit so much their public exposure. It must be difficult to constantly measure every word, every gesture... I wouldn't mind the fancy dresses and posh events, but the scrutiny? Not so much! We'll, kisses from Madrid! Looking forward for new pics!

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  21. Bet we'll see Lupo in at least one family photo. =)

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  22. Kate, Texas, USA5 June 2015 at 04:02

    Wonderful post Charlotte! REALLY looking forward to the family picture due to be released. Now that Charlotte is going on 5 weeks old, hopefully she has settled into somewhat of a little routine. :) Heading across the pond next week. Looking forward to my trip!

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  23. Dear Charlotte. First of all I have to thank you for all you do with all this excellent job about informing us about the royal Cambridge family. I wanted many time ago to ask you something but I couldn't find the time. Why we didn't see anything from george's baptism? We saw photos and a video outside the curch but we never saw the baptism as we do with all the other royal babies.. Why is this case different? And secondly I had always the impression (maybe I'm mistaken) that the Cambridges are in some way "hidding" from the public and they appear in cases that cannot be avoided. Like they are in a hurry to make a public appearance and then go away again. I watch other royal families with babies or not and they are so close and warm with the crowds and I wonder why is this with Kate and william. In almost 2 years we only saw george in australia and in charlotte's birth. Only restricted photos have been released.. If you can Charlotte explain me.. :)

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  24. Vicky from Madrid5 June 2015 at 12:30

    They've announced Charlotte's christening!!!!

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  25. Julia from Leominster5 June 2015 at 16:26

    They've annouced the christening will be at Sandringham on July 5. :Lovely, because Diana was christened there so there is a link.

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  26. Charlotte's christening date has been announced! It will take place on July 5th at Sandringham. There should be plenty of photo opportunities available. I'm sure her little brother will be front and center for the ceremony..

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-33021075

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  27. The Mirror has reported that Princess Charlotte will be christened July 5 in
    the church that Diana was baptized in
    near the sandringham estate.

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  28. Lynn Georgia USA5 June 2015 at 21:45

    I wonder what brought Kate and family to London last weekend. Maybe it was time for a well baby checkup for Charlotte? Do any of you have any info?

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    1. Lynn-didn't Will have a polo match for charity? Maybe she and George came along, but not for the event. Surely they have physicians in Norfolk. She may prefer her London pediatrician, though.99

      I'm having a "Duh" moment-maybe George's swimming lessons were for safety, since Anmer has a pool.
      Similar to "Ah-ha" moment, but more embarrassing.

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    2. I suspect the reason they were in London was the FA Cup final. Aston Villa (William's club) was playing and he's the president of the football association.

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