Thursday, 2 July 2015

Kate in ZARA Shirt for Outing with George, Christening Timings, Wimbledon on Wednesday & More

Hello, dear readers. We have multiple updates of interest to share with you today.

New photos of the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George feature on the cover of German People MagazineGerts Royals discovered the cover and revealed the publication is relatively new - with its first issue coming out in March.

German People Magazine

The images were reportedly taken at Snettisham Park - a 329-acre working farm and petting zoo near the family's country home, Anmer Hall, in Norfolk.  The pair appeared to be having a lovely time with George, who turns two later this month, playing on the slides and tractors. Christin kindly shared scans and alerted us to the photos.

Packham Gown Twitter Feed / German People

Kate and George are frequent visitors and were photographed there in April enjoying an afternoon out.

The British Monarchy Heir Facebook Page / New Idea

Snettisham Park , incorporating Park Farm, first opened to the public in 1986, and is a working Norfolk farm growing wheat for animal feed, malting barley, sugar beet and grass, grazed by a 400 ewe flock, red deer herd, and horses and ponies from the stables. It's a lovely time of year to visit and Prince George clearly adores his visits to the farm.

Snettisham Park

The Duchess opted for a casual yet stylish look, wearing a plaid checked shirt by Zara (with thanks to WWKD). The 100% cotton piece is currently sold out, but it originally retailed for £30, before going on sale for £20. Kate's sister Pippa has been photographed wearing similar plaid shirts by the brand too.

Zara

Plaid shirts have been everywhere over the past few years and there's an array of choices by popular brand Rails for those wishing to Repli-Kate. Below we see the Rails Carmen Plaid Shirt, the Hunter Shirt and the Britt Plaid Shirt.

Saks / Nordstrom

Kate wore her favourite Le Chameau Leather Lined 'Vierzonord' Wellington Boots. They are available in most sizes for £165 at Country Attire (receive 10% off if you sign up for the newsletter). They're also in stock at Harrods.


Country Attire

The Duchess accessorised with her Cartier Ballon Bleu watch.

Cartier

Kate wore her hair in a bun and completed the look with her signature skinny jeans, mostly likely by Topshop or J Brand.

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Next, the timings for Princess Charlotte's christening on Sunday have been released. The christening will begin at 4.30 pm and the gates outside St Mary Magdalene Church will be open to the public at 3 pm.

Interesting info for those wishing to attend from the Western Daily Press:

'Norfolk Police said that anybody wishing to join the celebrations should arrive in time for gates to the paddock outside the church opening at 3pm. The ceremony is due to start at 4.30pm.
 Superintendent Kevin Clarke said: "With this being such a special occasion we are expecting the area to be extremely busy on Sunday and encourage the public to heed our advice so they can enjoy the event safely."
Car parking will be available but large crowds are expected.
"People are asked to consider their arrival time carefully as they could be queuing for some time in warm temperatures with limited refreshments and facilities in the area," a spokesman added.'

Any well-wishers who bring flowers will have them collected and they will be donated to Kate's patronage East Anglia's Children's Hospices.

Rebecca English Twitter Feed

£5 commemorative coins to mark Princess Charlotte's christening have been unveiled. The coin features two harp-playing cherubs encircled by swags of lilies. The Queen, William, Kate and Chancellor George Osborne all approved the design, which was created to by engraver John Bergdahl "to symbolise the link between the royal siblings".


The Mirror


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We've been very much hoping to see Kate at Wimbledon this year and were delighted to hear the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will watch the quarter-finals at Centre Court next Wednesday.

Richard Palmer Twitter Feed

Kate's parents Michael and Carole Middleton were among the guests in the royal box at Centre Court today.


Of course, Kate's love of tennis extends beyond watching the sport. She is also a keen player too, which is why it came as no surprise to hear the Cambridges are planning to revamp the old tennis court at Anmer Hall.


More from the Mirror's story:

'The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have submitted plans to revamp the crumbling old tennis court at their country mansion. The proposed designs show that the existing tennis court that has fallen into disrepair will be removed and replaced with a 3.65 hectare tennis court AstroTurf.
It will also be located on a new site further away from Anmer Hall, the royal couple's secluded 10-bedroom Georgian country house in Norfolk, - which will "improve the views" across the acres of rolling fields.'

A look at proposed plans.



The proposal reads: "The current Tennis Court needs extensive work to resurface and we have been advised that to resurface we need to remove all the existing Court and start again."

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Finally, readers will be familiar with Scot Web, as the Duchess has worn their Artisan Hand-Woven Spun Silk Scarf on several occasions during trips to Scotland.


The company has launched a new accessible luxury brand CLAN , designing and creating must-have contemporary clothing and accessories for men and women, using superb local fabrics, and made to the highest standards for which Scotland is traditionally renowned.

The brand has started an exciting kickstarter campaign offering customers the chance to purchase cashmere scarves worth £240 for £75.

CLAN

More from the website:

'We’re launching CLAN with an incredible offer for our favourite product: the fabulous extra large Scottish cashmere scarf with ripple finish. As you'll know, Scotland is famous for producing the world's finest cashmere. And it just doesn't get more luxurious than this. It's sumptuously cosy, stunningly gorgeous.'

A look at the beautiful scarf.

CLAN
 To read more about the Kickstarter campaign and pieces available for order click here.

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Are you all excited for Sunday's christening? It will be splendid to see the family of four together publicly for the first time!

159 comments:

  1. I love that Kate can go to tennis but since she's on maternity leave she can't attend events for the 7/7 anniversary and the RAF..there isn't any reason she shouldn't go
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    1. lol, here we go again. like flies on
      peanut butter.

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    2. geez, first comment and already complaints. That didn't take long.
      yuck

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    4. Yes Lize, you got it. Now if everyone else would. It isn't hard, no?

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  2. Colour Moving and Still2 July 2015 at 21:43

    "In lieu of flowers, donations to Kate's patronage EACH would be appreciated" would be a million times better. Think, people.

    So Kate is going to Wimbledon on Wednesday, but can’t watch a flypast on Friday. Because I guess tennis is more important than honoring those who fought and died in the Battle of Britain.

    Several royal reporters have said on Twitter that they think it’s not right that Kate has chosen to go to Wimbledon on Wednesday but not the Battle of Britain flypast on Friday. I’m glad more of them are questioning William and Kate’s actions, even if it is just on Twitter.

    Well, hopefully for them, the new photos of Kate and George will sweep the complaints under the rug as usual.
    Interesting that this is the fourth set of papped photos of George and William hasn't sued. Guess he only does that when it works in their favour.

    Do.... do the Cambridges ever actually think about what the hell they are doing? Like, at all?

    I like Kate's hair up and I love the plaid shirt. I want one. Zara here I come.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden3 July 2015 at 01:42

      Okay. I'll do this in parts.

      ---"In lieu of flowers, donations to Kate's patronage EACH would be appreciated" would be a million times better. Think, people. ---

      I agree, and they have said this before and around the time of Charlottes birth that they want people to donate to a charity in Charlottes name. But since they know people will still bring flowers they have a solution for that as well.

      First of all, as Charlotte mentions below, she was not invited. And also A woman on maternity leave is not on sick leave. They can go on dates, they can go on holidays, they can go shoppping and all that they want to do. All it means is that they are not working right now on account of them just having a baby. We've seen that the engagements Kate been to is family and fun now (Trooping, polo and tennis). It's the equivilent of going to a family birthday, a family day out and a date-day with your hubby. She has done no "official" engagements just as they said she wouldn't! And yes, it could be more PR savy, but I don''t think she's charry picking as much as she is just doing regular maternity leave stuff. Gonna go around being mad at women going to coffeshops when they're on maternity leave because they are paid by the state?

      And the thing about the pictures. He's complained thrice as far as I know. A stern announcement from the palace around Kates 25th birthday for the press to stay away from William, Harry and their friends, after stalking of Kate had escalated. He also made a lawsuit against a person using a long lens camera to take photos of his wife (who happened to be topless but I don't think that was the only reason he sued, rather that it was long lens into a private area). The third time was a specific complaint aabout ONE paparazzi that had started to stalk George and follow his schedle. The only other time that was a little iffy was when George and Kate was photographed in Australia after having asked to be left alone. They half complained then but let it go, probably to not garner negative press. Other than that, he doesn't complain to much. Maybe he want to and maybe he hates these pictures, that is only speculation. But it annoys me that people get surprised every time he doesn't complain. It has been very specific situations when he's complained, and in my mind, rightly so.

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    2. Prince Phillip only wanted commodore's there. Kate is not a commodore.

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    3. Oh my gosh! She isn't going to be on the balcony because she isn't an honorary Air Commodore! That is the decision of Prince Phillip.
      Do you really think she and William sit there deciding and "choosing" what formal events they will and will not attend?
      No of course not - the British Royal Family is much bigger than Kate and William. Of course they are important members but they do as they are told by those "in charge" ultimately.
      Sheesh ..... What a mountain out of a molehill.
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    4. Colour, why such SOUR grapes?

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    5. I really liked her hair up also. She used to wear her hair up some before she got married. There was one photo where she was wearing a beautiful black and white tunic sweater and leggings and she was emptying the trash. A very beautiful photo believe it or not and her hair looked very beautiful up like that. I wish she would wear her hair like that with some of her gowns. It would be gorgeous.

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    6. Maryland Moxie3 July 2015 at 04:27

      That's quite a statement to make: That someone in the royal family (Kate) does not have the status to attend the event and will muck up the photo.

      Your maternity leave argument would make sense if Kate actually worked while pregnant. But in the first half of 2015 - she did 17 days of appearances (4 of which were family appearances). So it's not a matter of taking a break from a busy work schedule. She doesn't have to make appearances - but to throw out the word maternity leave and compare it to working parents is illogical.

      Finally, when foreign independent press print photos who would William and Kate complain to? The owner of People Magazine? The German Chancellor? Do you think those folks care about William's feelings? It's not against the law to photograph people in public. Best William can do is to tell Kate to play with George on some of their thousands of privately owned land to avoid pictures if he hates them so much.

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    7. I can understand not appearing on the balcony, actually. If Phillip's been arranging it and he wants honorary commodores watching, I'm not going to get fired up about it. Besides, it's standing on the balcony watching planes fly over. Hardly taxing stuff.

      I do think that going to Wimbledon shouldn't be considered work, though. Watching Andy Murray play Centre Court is something a lot of people would give their eye teeth to be able to do, rather than having to sit outside and watch it on tv or at home on tv.

      I think it's unfortunate she isn't going to the 7/7 commemoration.

      I'm glad to see that the Queen is going to lead a minute of silence for the Tunisian victims tomorrow (today). I think it would be a huge impact if a member of the royal family went to welcome them home. I know they aren't coming back all together as the Dutch victims of the plane crash did some months ago, but the image of Willem-Alexander and Maxima holding hands with Maxima in tears as the coffins came by had even me getting misty. That's how it's done.

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    8. bluhare,
      Oh your last paragraph. It helped me remember how Willem-Alexander and Maxima looked genuine.
      It is definitely a touching tribute to the citizens of the Queen’s country to welcome the parted. These are memories people remember leaders especially the survivors. May they rest in peace.

      Whether the leaders want to attend or not, good politicians and advisers understand its value.

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    9. Anonymous 2:08
      Are you talking about this picture?
      https://scontent-dfw1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfp1/v/t1.0-0/10488202_651571491578745_1617411358145839291_n.jpg?efg=eyJpIjoidCJ9&oh=a1cd3eec0b43ce228004ec9631c526fe&oe=56124D8A
      It's from 2006 and yes I agree I love her hair up like that, I love that picture of her she looked so casual and stylish, put together but not trying to hard. It was effortless.

      I like the way Kate looks now but at times her looks are too put together, if that makes sense. I actually prefer her casual style.

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    10. Julia from Leominster3 July 2015 at 15:42

      You know Bluhare, I agree entirely. The Spanish royal family did the same when tragedy struck there. I remember Diana going to hospital to visit victims when the Harrod's bombing occurred. And yet now there seems no one in the royal family to take on that role. It would mean so much to the families of victims and those who were injured.

      I'm glad to see the queen observing the moment of silence but I do feel there is a gap now and the royal family needs to organise itself to be more spontaneously empathetic.

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    11. In fairness to Kate it has been reported that she wasn't invited, and if the Queen wanted her there I think she would have been. But I do think it's wrong that she isn't joining William for the 7/7 commemoration, particularly since she is watching Wimbledon the day after, I think she should be doing both or none at all.

      Bluhare, I think if anyone were to welcome them home it would have been Charles, I don't think William/Kate would have done it he were there to do it instead, but I do think it would have been nice for will and Kate to meet family members rather than Brad and Angelina. I must admit I never took any notice of Maxima until MH17, she showed herself to be very compassionate and I have so much respect for her now. I grew up with a British passenger who was on-board and I know his family are grateful to the Dutch King and Queen, I'm sure the families of the Tunisia attack would be equally as grateful if they met with a member of the royal family or if a member were there to welcome the bodies home.

      Thanks for the post Charlotte.

      Rebecca

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    12. I agree, non-Swedish Rebecca. When I was writing that my thought was that if anyone went Charles would be an excellent choice. What you said about your friend's family is exactly why someone should be there. It's symbolic, yes, but it can mean so much. I really like Maxima. She seems like someone who's warm, compassionate and smart. Her husband's a lucky man if she's the same in her private life.

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  3. Michelle in US2 July 2015 at 21:47

    Great post, Charlotte. I love the plaid shirt. I'd wear it! I just love pictures of baby animals. That farm seems like a great place for kids and adults.

    Wish I could be there for the Christening, but as I can't, I look forward to a post from you and the pictures as they are available.

    Thanks again.

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  4. You've alway been one of my Favorite Kate Blogs!!

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  5. Rose from Montreal, Canada3 July 2015 at 00:07

    Thanks Charlotte. Yes I am very excited about Sunday's christening. Yesterday, July 1, Canada Day here, I became a grandmother for the first time to a beautiful 9 pound, 22 1/2 inches baby girl whose name is Myra Rose. I am feeling so blessed. She will always have a big celebration with fireworks for her birthday. My cup is truly overflowing. Prince George and Kate seemed to be having fun. George certainly seems to love the outdoors. Looking forward to the christening and next Wednesday for the tennis.

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    1. Congratulations, Rose! What a lovely Canada Day present. I was born on Guy Fawkes Day and always thought the bonfires and fireworks were all because it was MY birthday when I was small!

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden3 July 2015 at 01:42

      Very nice! A big congratulations !! :D

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    3. Awh, a new granddaughter and namesake. Congratulations.

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    4. Aww congratulations!! My mother went into labor on labor day(a US holiday) so every few years my birthday is on the same day. I like to think the fireworks are for me lol.

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    5. Maryland Moxie3 July 2015 at 03:46

      Whatever are you talking about bluhare?! They WERE for your birthday!

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    6. Rebecca - Sweden3 July 2015 at 06:19

      How fun Blair. Especially labor day, hihi. My mother's birthday is on Crown Princess Victorias birthday so my mum likes seeing all the flags up on her birthday!

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    7. Us Brits are a sadistic lot, Moxie. Burning a guy in effigy to celebrate the real one being hanged, drawn and quartered. Clean wholesome fun for the whole family!

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    8. Yes its kinda cool, when I was younger and my bday would be on the same day as it I would go around and say that everyone was celebrating my bday that day lol.
      But having a bday the same day as a princess is pretty awesome too :)

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    9. Hi Blair, My birthday also falls on Labor Day now and then. I prefer spring to fall as a season, but a holiday for one's birthday is nice.

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    10. Julia from Leominster3 July 2015 at 15:44

      Congratulations Rose and a happy Canada Day *belatedly but sincerely) and Fourth of July to all!

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    11. Bluhare, you are my favourite :) Congratulations Rose :)

      Rebecca

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    12. Rose from Montreal, Canada4 July 2015 at 00:13

      Thank you all for you warm wishes. Happy 4th of July to our American friends.

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    13. Thank you, Rebecca! I'd tell you a story about my dad and the first Independence Day after we arrived in the US, but I'm afraid I'd get yelled at by our patriotic American readers.

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    14. You know, my great, great, great, great great grandfather Salathiel and his brothers served in the revolutionary war yet I celebrate the 4th of July.

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  6. Sarah from Calif.3 July 2015 at 01:14

    Thank you Charlotte, lovely post, I love the scarves, great price :)
    Looking forward to Sunday !

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  7. Hello everyone, thank you for your comments :)

    I was away most of today and only noticed the news about the RAF flypast marking the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Several reporters wondered why Kate wouldn't be there and Richard Palmer's article offers some insight from the RAF:

    However, an RAF spokesman said: “The reason she is not there is that all of the members of the Royal Family on the balcony are honorary air commodores and she isn’t one.”

    Another source said Prince Philip had been the driving force behind the royal line-up at the 75th anniversary event. “He wanted a full turnout of honorary air commodores,” the source said.

    The full article is here http://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/588462/Wimbledon-Andy-Murray-William-Kate-Duke-Duchess

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    1. The article also reveals Kate will be undertaking a small number of official engagements in the next month or so, according to royal sources.

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    2. yay Kate. raising a family, enjoying a sports outing with your husband and taking care of business with some Royal engagements while still on maternity leave. nicely balanced and healthful all the way around. Good for you. :)

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    3. Charlotte, those scarves are so beautiful and practical. Practical, yes, there I said it, so I can purchase one or two now and not feel "extravagant". Thanks for the information.

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    4. Maryland Moxie3 July 2015 at 03:52

      Wow. That's some serious passive aggressive "she's not important enough and hasn't earned the right" reasoning. Sounds just like Phillip!

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    5. Thanks for the post Charlotte!
      That expains a lot, still don't get why they don't say this before, as they talk about all members of the RF except Kate, but they come up with Wimbledon and the new tennis court. Bad pr again.

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    6. Rebecca - Sweden3 July 2015 at 06:21

      I agree Blue27. Charles and Camilla won't be there either, I've gatherd. They said The Queen and some of the royal family. It was KP that added that William would be there. They could easily have writtin something like The Duke will join bla..bla as a RAF commodie (or what the word was) and alot of this could have been averted.

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    7. Their PR team has always been like that. What were they thinking. Oh that's right. They weren't. :)
      No offense but they should recruit their team members from a pr or advertising firm on Madison avenue/Wall Street.
      no Mickey mousing around with or gaps there. Plus coming from an outside perspective might help a lot.

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    8. Anon @ 01:56
      There's a lot of that around here,
      making mountains out of molehills.
      You can say the sky is blue and get text after text of rhetoric yay and nay. :)
      It is almost comical, almost.
      There are some who contribute substantial and interesting comments
      that are rational. Skimming is a great tool here.

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    9. Prince Phillip organized a commemorative flypast for the military.
      What is the big deal? Kate is not in the military. No one is snubbing her. She is still patriotic no doubt. Phillip doesn't ask for much. And it is no slight to Kate or slacking on Kate's part at all. Ya'll are yapping at the wind.

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    10. Julia from Leominster3 July 2015 at 15:55

      I agree completely Rebecca - an announcement explaining this would have been an excellent thing. The press department of the palace continues to trouble me. The same with the erratic performance of the Court Circular. I'm a bit puzzled by the Duke's idea here and am wondering who is an honourary air commandore. It looks to me with a bit of scant research like it will include all of Philip's children and the Duke of Kent but no spouses of any of the same. Maybe a way for the Duke to bring attention to his children. Certainly nothing to do with military service as Edward seems to be one. So is Harry I think but don't imagine he will be returning home.

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    11. What's a commodore, please? In Italian it sounds rather funny (the sum of comodino+pomodoro, i.e. bedside table+tomato) but of course it has a very honorable meaning, I guess not the same as I read in google (a naval officer)............. Ten minutes later: wow, I just discovered that the Italian translation is "commodoro"! Unbelievable. I will study Italian this summer.

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    12. You know, Prince Phillip is a character, no denying that. He is a dutiful one though and has stayed in the background to let the Queen be the Queen. Don't know that he has ever asked for much really, so this flypast is fine and so is HIS guest list. He didn't invite the centerfold of the month or Donald Trump. Of course there is always voluminous controversy on this blog about any little or big thing they do or don't do so I don't even know why I'm putting forth this effort. :)

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    13. Blair, I think that is the one. 2006 sounds about right. I am going to try to find the photo with the info you gave as I saw the photo as I was surfing through photos of her so I don't recall exactly where I saw that. Thanks for the link.
      Yes I know exactly what you mean about some of her recent styles. I am a kate supporter but I have never liked any of her updo's. They have had me puzzled because (no offense) they look like a child did them. Like someone just threw the hair up there and stuck some bobbi pins in and hoped for the best. She looks good but could look so much better.
      Actually, I think this photo is art gallery worthy as the photo is the right mood and color, she is beautiful in it and it shows the future Queen consort doing a normal activity that she may never do again. The photo is priceless IMHO.

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    14. Julia from Leominster5 July 2015 at 15:53

      Paola, rather belatedly if you read this, an air commodore is a rank in the RAF. I had to check but it is higher than Group Captain (like Princess Margaret's Peter Townsend" and lower than a vice-marshall. It seems to be the commanding rank given to honourary holders just as colonel is used elsewhere in the forces.

      The equivant in the StatesAir Force is apparently a Brigadier general. I confess I don't know about Italy's air force ranks.

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  8. Thanks Charlotte for the nipping in the bud any flack about Kate not attending the
    flypast. whew. :)

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  9. awww so cute!! I am so happy for them and kate looks gorgeous

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  10. Julia from Leominster3 July 2015 at 03:17

    Some scattered thoughts.

    I think the comment about the flowers have more to do with telling people that no royal family members will collect them as happens at Christmas. It would have been nice to mention donations again but oh well....

    Glad the RAF business seems to be sorted.

    I have never felt that maternity leave as a hard and fast term should be applicable to Kate. Her situation is unique and hard to compare in any way to the average working mum, even very rich ones. I will simply say that since Kate mostly makes her own schedule and will not be required in the forseeable future to face consequences if she doesn't take engagments, her situation is more akin to a self-employed mum who isn't relying on her income to pay the bills. Such women normally don't use the term maternity leave - they just take time as they need it.

    I actually don't like being negative, I much prefer to have postiive things to praise so I'm delighted to hear that Kate will be doing a small number of engagements in the next month. Given the royals normally take all of August and much of September off, that shouldn't be too burdening.

    Appearances are everything in the royal world (I call this the queen's "dog leads cost money" situation. We know the queen is very rich and privilaged but she has created an impression of hard work and frugality.) Yes, Kate has every right to go to Wimbledon but if she misses other important events where she would be expected to attend, it doesn't look good. And I would have held off on improving the tennis court for a while, given the couple has already been gifted a house, a flat and extensive refurbishment of both. Again appearances. Just because you can, doesn't mean you should. Waiting until Kate was back to work on some sort of normal basis would be a better time.

    Most of the gutter press can be ignored but when royal reporters start to grumble, that means there's an issue. Hopefully the royal couple will take note and Kate will give me something to praise.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden3 July 2015 at 06:24

      I just wanted to point out that this was a very nicely balanced post. (Trying to outweight our tendency to only comment on negativity or comment negatively!) :)

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    2. Julia, my thought was they might be wanting to get George learning and playing tennis asap. Being a future king he will no doubt be taught swimming, skiing, tennis, horseback riding, etc. very early on to become as skilled as possible in the activities of his peer group. That might be why they are doing the tennis court now. Plus the old one was apparently unusable so they are replacing not creating a new one. I do agree that from a pr perspective it might have been better to do that after "maternity leave." Since they are paying for that themselves I don't think it should be any issue.
      What I did find interesting was the mention of ancient monuments. I researched that a little and found there
      we're medieval villages in the area and they are doing archeological studies on those. Amner Hall, not surprisingly, has some significant portions of those villages on their property.

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    3. Nice try Rebecca, 06:24, :)
      One can always hope I guess.

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    4. Julia you wrote it so nicely, great! Complimenti (Italian for: my compliments). When someone is able to put together sour and sweet in a nice way, it's the best.

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    5. Julia from Leominster3 July 2015 at 18:29

      Thank you, Rebecca, your posts are always well-reasoned and thoughtful too - and I enjoy them so much. I'm always interested in reading everyone's opinions to see how people feel about Kate and the royal family. Often people come up with theories and ideas = positive and critical - that would never have occurred to me.

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    6. Hope the swimming pool was prepared for the summer and K & G get to paddle about in the heatwave. I always had great fun with my family in the pool in summertime.
      ~Rena

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    7. ..."when royal reporters start to grumble..." Do you mean the ones that were grumbling that Kate
      chose not to attend the 7/7 festivities? They needn't have waited long to learn the truth-but chose not to
      look for it- that it was by invitation only and Kate was not invited. That is just one example of what I find
      disturbing about your 03:17 remarks.

      Paola, I have complimented your posts in the past, perhaps was the first to get in line to do so recently, but-
      re: Leo post..."sweet and sour?" I'm still trying to get the acrid taste out if my mouth after reading her
      subtly insulting scattered remarks about Kate. Perhaps that is the key. She phrased it in such a way
      that it would be difficult for those for whom English is not native to comprehend. Not purposefully, I'm sure.
      When one is trying to translate individual words, it is difficult to read between the lines.
      What is remarkable to me is that, even after Charlotte explained that the reports were wrong and Kate was
      not invited, commenters still said "she should be there...."
      And can we please give up the maternity leave discussion? She is the wife of the second heir. Period.
      She serves at the discretion of HM, and apparently, her husband Phillip, as we learned today.
      Places at Ascot, State dinners, balconies....not her choice.
      If she didn't make an appearance at Wimbledon, we'd hear about that here, too

      Hopefully, a certain commenter will take note of my critique and give me something to praise...as I have praised her comments before.

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    8. Rebecca, I thought Julia's post was nicely balanced also. When I said nice try I thought you were referring to the posts in general on this page.

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    9. Julia from Leominster4 July 2015 at 19:43

      99 - When I referred to royal reporters I was speaking of the ones who generally receive insider news from the palace and generally write favourable articles about the royal family. I tend to separate those reporters from what I will term the gutter press who are always writing that William and Kate, are "getting divorced, worried about Carole dominating things, dealing with a miscarriage etc." Maybe I shouldn't write those people off as we know from the Diana era, some of those outrageous claims proved to be founded in fact but I really think most of them aren't.
      Yes, the royal reporters could have "waited" and found out the truth but I suspect they already knew it. I think those tweets were their way of saying "this is going to look bad, the public at large won't like it. This will generate negative publicity". And they are right.
      I don't see the queen at all as domineering woman, running her familly with an iron hand and making decisions about what they are going to do and what events they will attend. There is absolutely nothing in her history and I have been watching her and reading books since I would small that supports that. I think she would be thrilled if William and Kate joined in more events - the first year of their marriage showed her including Kate - guiding her in how to go on. I think generally, these decisions are coming from the couple themselves.
      I don't know whose decision it is not to include Kate the 7-7 memorial, (I'm just very relieved to hear that William is going to attend). I will just say whoever's decision it is. it is a mistake. At an event like this, both of the couple should attend. The fact Kate can go to Wimbledon, just highlights she is can be away from Charlotte for some period. but whether she went to Wimbledon or not, this tenth anniversary is one she should be at. I pointed out I think that other countries - Spain and the Netherlands are doing better in this regard than the British family as a whole.
      I don't think any type of leave that is applied to ordinary grafters should be used with regard to members of the royal family because their life is so different. This includes holiday entitlements and sick leave. The royals have their privilages and ordinary people have theirs. But if we want to be legal about it, Kate did not work sufficiently prior to Charlotte's brith to qualify for maternity leave as a legal entitlement.
      I'm concerned at the suggestion that I'm writing in a less-than straightforward way. I make no claim to be a gifted writer and I had no hidden agenda If I sounded ambiguous, it's because I am at the moment - we'll see what these July engagements bring. I'm hopeful..


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    10. You are calling the 7/7 commemoration festivities? You do realize over 50 people were killed on that day don't you?

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    11. A fly past? Usually reserved for joyful occasions-weddings, birthdays...Of course I realise it should be a
      solemn occasion. Irony, bluhare, irony- my use of " festivities."
      By the way, there are Fourth of July FESTIVITIES -to which you referred-(go ahead, tell the story about your father, I promise not to bite) Do you realise how many died at
      Lexington and Concord, which lead to the signing of the Declaration of Independence, with the great loss of life that followed?

      It has occurred to me that there may be two different events-7/7 and the beginning of the Battle of Britain, neither one a joyful memory. The London Blitz is one of the most horrifying events in history to me.
      And someone mentioned Tunisia and Queen Maxima . Which is the fly over for?
      I do apologise if I have muddled this up. Comments got a little scattered there for awhile.

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    12. There are two events.

      A fly over commemorating the Battle of Britain.

      A service honoring the victims of the 7/7/2005 bombings in London.

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    13. Bluhare @ 19:59
      I guess we shouldn't say "HAPPY 4th of July" then. (do you know how many people perished during the Independence war?) The "festivities" are the celebration of the results brought about by those who gave their lives for others.

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    14. If you would like to call a commemoration of people killed in a terrorist attack festivities, be my guest. I personally find it in poor taste.

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    15. Thank-you, bluhare. Boy, I really muddled that. I don't know why I always remember the train bombings
      of March in Madrid- 2004? . I think I repressed 7/7 a bit.

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    16. Julia from Leominster5 July 2015 at 15:44

      Anonymous 4"14, that is one of the most offensive comments I've yet read. One says Happy Fourth to celebrate the United States' Independence, not the war and losses that preceeeded it, in the same way that the photo of the sailor and the nurse is joyful although WWII certainly wasn't. The Fourth is celebrated in the States with fireworks and barbecues and music concerts. It is certainly treated as festive there although visits to the battlefields (which I have done) would not be seen as festive.

      No one would call a memorial to the losses of 9-11 "festiivities", or a visit to the memorial museum there festive, despite Kate's shocking pink coat. It is a solomn and heart-breaking experience. Likewise the recent memorials to the losses in concentration camps and the queen's visit there, would not be seen as festive but commemorative.

      The events of 7-7 bombings left seventy people dead - civilians on their daily business, many young, and hundreds injured many with maiming injuries. Any memorial for that is not going to be a festive event.

      I wasn't terribly concerned about 99's words as I thought it was just poor semantics - something that can happen to all of us - but "festivities" means by dictionary defination - "the celebration of something in a joyful and exurberant way." It comes through the French from the Latin Festus or "feasting" It certainly applies to tbe barbecued steaks and salmon of Fourth of July but there won't be feasting at the 7-7 Memorial.

      99 - with regards to events:
      Maxima is the Dutch queen - the events referred to were the king and queen's great empathy with the families after the loss of Flight MH 17.

      Felipe and Letetizia have shown a similar empathetic presence at Spanish tragedies - most recenttly at the Spanish train wreck of July 24, 2013 that killed 80.

      The Flyby commenorates the Battle of Britain during which untold civilians died.

      The 7-7 memorial commenorates the loss of 70 civilians and hundreds of others injured in the terrorist bombings ten years ago on various underground trains and Tavistock Square.

      Tunisia refers to the loss of over thirty civilians, most British, who were shot on the beach there, at Sousse on June 26. There was a two minute silence in their honour the other day. The queen was seen observing it in Glasgow. The victims, both the dead and the injured, were recently returned home.

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    17. To whom it may concern: I thought the fly over was for 7/7 and/or the Battle of Britain memorial.. Fly overs have been described as marking
      joyous occasions, such as weddings and birthdays. I found the use of a fly over inappropriate in that
      context. That is why I used the word "festivities":to point out the irony of a commemoration commonly
      used for joyful, festive occasions being used to honor the 7/7 and Battle losses.
      If you had read my comments, you would have realised this. OR
      I can only assume some prefer an excuse to attack a person whose opinions differ from your own.You have
      ignored my explanations and apologies in order to do so.
      If by being the target if your wrath I have deflected a small bit if the anger directed at Catherine, for however short a time, I will consider it worthwhile. By the way, I did not notice anyone apologising for inaccurate
      criticisms of Kate.

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    18. Julia from Leominster6 July 2015 at 02:36

      99, I don't think anyone realised you meant to be ironic. The flyby is for the Battle of Britain which honours and remembers the fighter pilots of the RAF who participated. I've never understood a flyby to be a strictly joyful event - I believe they can even happen in connection with funerals should the situation be appropiate, just as military parades can be celebritory or solomn depending on the occasion.

      I think there was a lot of muddling of these two separate events because they come close together. I don't believe there is any flyby for 7-7 - it is strictly a memorial for those killed in the terrorist attacks. Whil countless civilians were killed during the Battle of Britain - the RAFwas very much involved - hence, I suppose Philip's wish to restirct the royal members attending to honourary air commandores.

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    19. Name the last five events that had a fly over with royal family present.Not a funeral among them.I remember
      Trooping, QEII's birthday, (yearly) W&C's wedding.....what else? Events in London. I really want to understand
      this.
      I clearly stated I thought the flyovers were for joyful occasions. The contrast of a joyful flyover/festive occasion
      with 7/7, Battle of Brittain IS ironic.It may take more than skimming and scanning to pick it up, I'll admit that.

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    20. Julia @ 15:44
      I said we say happy 4th of July to celebrate (have festivities) the Independence not the wartime loss of life but the Independence. I was responding to Bluhare's comment @ 19:59.

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  11. Deanne from Canada3 July 2015 at 03:20

    I hope my previous post sent regarding Carol's possible wardrobe malfunction? I normally don't notice these things. Ill fitting undergarments? Or just unwanted puckering?

    And my love of Kate in daily mommy mode! Hair up, no make up, take me as I am. Love it.

    Great post Charlotte!!!

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    1. I am happy about her mommy mode attire also Deanne. Hair up when chasing a toddler around at a park is very helpful.

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    2. Deanne, I know. I was so embarrassed for Carole when I saw those photos. I know they were probably focusing on the game but I hope there were other photos showing them smiling. They looked so serious.

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    3. I think it was poor tailoring. The puckers were unfortunate.

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    4. Is there any possibility that the Carole photo at Wimbledon is photo-shopped? There is so much of that
      going on these days. I agree that there seems to be an attempt to target Kate's family, perhaps to reflect
      poorly on Kate. I notice a jacket in her lap. Maybe the day got unexpectedly warm and she had not intended
      to wear the outfit without the jacket.
      I would like to compliment the restraint shown by DK commenters iwith this particular topic.It makes me hopeful.

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  12. Balbina - Austria3 July 2015 at 03:39

    I have a somewhat unusual question for Julia from Leominster and Anon from Leominster: are you the same or different?
    You may find it's non of my business but I am just curious.
    If one follows this blog as long as I have, one really gets used to the regular posters. It's almost like you know them a little. And in the case of Leo I was wondering if she has disappeared or just morphed into Julia : )

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden3 July 2015 at 06:24

      It's the same person deciding to be a little less anonomous :)

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    2. Julia from Leominster3 July 2015 at 18:34

      Yes Balbina - both are me. I commented under a couple of other blogs as Julia and noticed on one of them that people were thinking comments that weren't mine, came from Anon from Leo... So in the interest of clarity, I decided to combine my names.

      You can almost always tell me by my atrocious spelling. The sever that I need to use for Blogger doesn't have a spell checker. I try to double check my spelling but often post late in the evening or the middle of the night and get slovenly.

      So yes, I am Julia from Leominster, formally Anon. I appreciate your posts so much.

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  13. Maryland Moxie3 July 2015 at 04:00

    British Math is something else! The 5pound coin costs 80pounds!
    Where does the money go? Is it like buying stamps and it goes to the government purse? Which then goes to the Royal family? :-)

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden3 July 2015 at 06:26

      It's a commemorative coin, so more art or a collectible than a coin per se. My guess is that it goes the same way that the "I am the Queen"-cushions and fake Coronation crown sales. It goes to the state (this is part of the tourism income always talked about).

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    2. Moxie, you should be the accountant that allocates their income. That would teach them a thing or two. Just think how much better and enriched their lives would be. Gunny sac dresses for Kate, only ponytails, no vacations or recreation, board games instead, pre-fab housing, no servants necessary.
      and William would have only one pair of cords and one chambray shirt, not two. You would be so much happier. You may have missed your calling, I don't know.

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    3. In well-established democratic systems like the US, peoples’ ideology, commitment to causes, political participation, voting record etc. put them into categories of leaning left, liberal, right, conservative center, independent, socialist etc. If indeed Maryland Moxie is from US, the paradox of some of her opinion and her in depth interest in the details of the British Monarchy had made me wonder what exactly is her ( assuming it is a female) interest. Someone who majored history, may be had some affinity to the UK, or any other possibilities? Personally, the dynamic and fine line between her comments had been interesting except a few times. ( at least from the time I started to attend this blog/the last few months). Sometimes people evolve into establishing their true conviction from exhausting some contradiction of interest.

      This blog has people of diverse background / different opinion. It might be fans blog, but it also revolves around ages old system; strong opinion can be understandable.
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      No offense, I don't mean to speak for you except be honest in my observation and respond to an honestly felt post from Anonymous3 July 2015 at 09:34

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    4. Moxie,
      I assume you are knowledgeable of the worth of historical, sentimental or monetary investment. From what I understand, it is limited edition which total sales might be a drop in a bucket considering the wealth of the Queen although every small sum adds up. For collectors, its worth might pay off much more than what they spend for the commemorative coins in later years. Sometimes knowing your capability to be rational, your comment comes through as a cynic or a teaser.

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    5. Moxie, you should see all of the Lord of the Rings coins my husband and son have "invested" in! Do you really think this is a money-grab by the Queen or her government? Girl (?), you should considering chilling, unless of course you are baiting. Again.

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    6. no offense Moxie, but do they ever.
      I agree with anon 15.

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    7. Maryland Moxie4 July 2015 at 03:29

      I take no offense in your confusion anon 15! The American people are celebrating Independence from Great Britain and the royal family today! One of our historical figures wrote "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal..." in a little note he wrote to George III. The fella known as His Royal Highness Prince Phillip obviously does not feel the same, as evidence by his exclusion on the balcony of a titled royal family member in honoring British military history.

      It is American tradition to question -- where does the money go?! I honestly don't know where the money from the coins go - perhaps it funds the National Health Care system or does it provide funds to buy helicopters for certain members of the population (called royals) to use?

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    8. Maryland Moxie4 July 2015 at 03:37

      Anon 9:34 - Why would I give people who have so much, more money? What do they need it for? Here's a question for you - if the royals were not given money from the UK taxpayers would they still perform services for their country out of a sense of duty and history?

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    9. Yes, most folks on this side of the pond are celebrating July 4th while some are still going on like resentful colonists. ;)

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    10. I'll answer your last question, Moxie: No.

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    11. Rebecca - Sweden4 July 2015 at 20:31

      I actually think the Queen might had, on a smaller scale ofc because she wouldn't be able to finance it. She sees her role as a duty from God, and I don't think much money matters there.

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    12. Maryland Moxie4 July 2015 at 03:29
      It seems Thomas Jefferson’s quote is romanticized as it applies in this context. For the sake of the constitution and its application for generations, it was a wise and thoughtful contribution from TJ.

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    13. What about Alexandra? She seems to have a personal dedication, beyond the royal role. As do others.
      Catherine was quietly working with hospice long before she was a royal. How can one make such bald
      statements about what is in another's heart and mind? You're talking about motive. People can do
      exactly the same thing for many different reasons.
      Now, if you are talking about a royal who does two events, after a long string of constant partying and
      jet-setting...that would apply.

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    14. The Thomas Jefferson quotation is from the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution. And Prince Philip was including the Commodores, not excluding people. He was not picking on Kate; others of the Honorary Commodores have spouses. Their presence would be clutter, irrelevant to the occasion.

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    15. lol, anon @ 12:59
      very nice. They won't listen to you though or even acknowledge your comments. They just plod along unchanging.

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    16. Anonymous 5 July 2015 at 12:59
      It is obviously from the declaration of independence, and as also Moxie pointed out written in transition to independence from the British government and monarchy. There is a belief that the declaration is also a part of the foundation for the constitution. Regardless, your input in preventing misunderstanding is much appreciated.

      Philips’ exclusion of non-ranking/honorary Commodores may not be applicable in the context of “All men are created equal…”

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    17. Of course, Thomas Jefferson, Washington-the Virginia farmers all owned slaves.By "all men," it was
      meant all non slave men-not women at all, by the way. Slaves were considered possessions, not men.
      "All men are endowed by their Creator..." Obviously, not religious freedom, either.
      But in the context of a people breaking away from centuries of inequality of rank, rights, and hope for a better
      life, those words were truly revolutionary.

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    18. Second thought…
      “The 7-7 memorial commenorates the loss of 70 civilians and hundreds of others injured in the terrorist bombings ten years ago on various underground trains and Tavistock Square.”
      Credits to: Julia from Leominster5 July 2015 at 15:44 in informative history post.

      If the lost lives of 7-7 of Britain memorial is for CIVILIANS, why does Prince Philip makes the invitation exclusively to COMMODORES/ranking or honorary. I thought it involved military and related accomplishment/death/sacrifice etc. In that case, I see where Moxie was heading.

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    19. Julia from Leominster6 July 2015 at 03:09

      Anon 15 we're talking about two separate events. One honours those involved in the Battle of Britain. That is where there is a flyby and Philip has decided to restrict royal participants to honourary commandores. (It seems we shouldn't speculate about motives but I do wonder if he thought too much attention might be focused on Kate.)

      The other event commemorates the tenth anniversary of the tragedy resulting from the terrorist events of July 7, As far as I know, there are no particular exclusions for that event and I don't know why Kate is not included or whose decision it was. That is the omission that I find unfortunate - regardless of who is responsible - mainly becuase it is to remember a very recent event.

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    20. I thought this discussion was about two separate events, the fly past and the 7/7 commemoration.

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    21. Julia-Leo,
      Thank you so much for the post. It is a lesson in brushing up on history especially a major and outstanding period in World War II-The Battle of Britain.

      I assumed Commodores as stated by anonymous above in Britain might be another name for Commanders except unless there is a typo. In US Commodores are the navy’s musicians as well as the popular music band of by gone times, “The Commodores”. In general, before my awareness that the title of Commanders is shared by other military ranks, I have understood it to be a higher rank of the Navy in some countries.
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      Julia-Leo,
      Thank you so much for the post. It is a lesson in brushing up on history especially a major and outstanding period in World War II-The Battle of Britain.
      I assumed Commodores as stated by anonymous above in Britain might be another name for Commanders except unless there is a typo. In US Commodores are the navy’s musicians as well as the popular music band of by gone times, “The Commodores”. In general, before my awareness that the title of Commanders is shared by other military ranks, I have understood it to be a higher rank of the Navy in some countries.
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      Anonymous, 6 July 2015 at 06:02
      Indeed they are. The trouble with reading blogs between other tasks especially those that have serious substance.

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    22. Julia from Leominster,
      I saw the memorial stone of the 7/7 and the commemorative observance attended just about some representatives of London today. How sad and in a way, it is a version of 9/11/01 in US on a different scale. It was nice to see different citizens, government, church, royalty all observed the day. It makes the country look attentive in memorializing its victims to terror beyond the decorative parades associated with royal occasions.

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  14. I love too see the duchess see on the tennis sidelines I think the duchess will focus on her children so the duchess will be undertaking a small amount of official engagement maybe she in maternity leave and she enjoying her time of children I love too see the pictures of princess charlotte christening and I love the new pictures a mother and son outing

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  15. In the People photos, Kate's shirt appears pink and purple whereas in the Zara pics it looks red and black. I hope hers actually is pink and purple - I much prefer that combination! I'll be watching your blog for the christening news.

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  16. Maggie - Minneapolis3 July 2015 at 08:45

    Kate is not on maternity leave. Maternity leave is when you are working full-time or part-time (17 days of 90 minute appearances in 4 months is not even part-time by any job's standards). Maternity leave in Britain also means that after the first few weeks, you only get paid around half of your salary. Kate's security detail has not been cut in half. When she was pregnant with George and then after he was born, she did not have to spend less taxpayer money on renovating Kensington Palace. Do I think every woman deserves the right to spend time with her children after she gives birth? Of course. But to call what Kate is doing 'maternity leave' is quite insulting to women who are actually on maternity leave, imo.

    Additionally, women have the right to maternity leave because of several things, including the fact that once they go back to work, they won't be able to spend time with their children, and so this is crucial time for them to bond with their new child while making sure their older child isn't feeling left out. Also so they can look for childcare. And so they don't go crazy while having to take care of a new baby while also cooking, cleaning the house, going grocery shopping, etc. Almost none of these concerns apply to Kate. Even if she worked at the level that she did pre-birth, she would have PLENTY of time to bond with her children. She has help for cooking, grocery shopping, and watching the children already.

    Am I saying Kate needs to have a schedule like Charles right now? Absolutely not. But to go to Wimbledon (right after having tea with two movie stars!) and yet skip the 7/7 bombing ceremony seems incredibly tactless and selfish to me. I'll be even more angry if Wimbledon counts as an official appearance, because then I really don't think Kate can say "but this was just a date with my husband which is perfectly fair during maternity leave!" If it's an official appearance, then why not do a more consequential one? This is all aside from the fact that Wimbledon shouldn't count as an official appearance b/c neither of them have official roles in the event and they both obviously love tennis and it's a privilege for them to get to watch for free whenever they want. But seriously - Kate has every right to taking time to focus on her family. But the reason that it's important for women to take time to do fun things like watch Wimbledon is because once they go back to work, they won't have time to do more than go to work and take care of their children. That is obviously not the case for Kate. So I just think it's silly PR wise and selfish in general for her to commit to Wimbledon but not the bombing ceremony. It just doesn't look good after already picking a polo game over the Order of the Garter/Magna Carta, and being able to host a tea for two famous movie stars. And aside from looking good, it honestly makes me a little mad just because I would understand if she isn't feeling confident/ready enough to come out and be seen by the public, but that's obviously not the case since she's going to Wimbledon. Because realistically, the difference b/w most most women going to Wimbledon while on maternity leave and Kate going while taking a break is that for most women, Wimbledon is very different from their work. But for Kate, Wimbledon requires her to look good and smile for the cameras, which is also what she does for her other engagements. So then why not do that for something more important? For a normal woman going to Wimbledon, it's hard to say that because what she has to do to watch tennis is vastly different than what she has to do as her job.

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    1. Queen Eliazabeth smiles and looks good for the cameras. She does engagements more frequently than Kate because she is a full time senior Royal. The monies they get are not so much about the monies (which are their own heritage monies anyway) as much as it is about maintaining the power infrastructure that is inherently there as part of a world system that has been there almost forever. To say that the Queen is just a figurehead is naïve. The Royal family is vastly wealthy on their own. They do a respectable amount of charity works as a whole and benefit the commonwealth in many ways. It amuses me to see so many people in this blog get so out of whack about the amount of work vs pay. It is a distraction that no doubt amuses them also as that allows they and their colleagues to keep controlling the world basically at their whim. The focus is right where they want it.

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    2. Apples and oranges Maggie. It's all relative and Kate is on maternity leave *as it applies in her situation*.

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    3. Maggie - Minneapolis3 July 2015 at 23:57

      It's actually not apples and oranges. Kate is not on leave because she never had a real job to be on leave from. She is a stay-at-home mother who occasionally did family things and some charity work. We would never call any other mom in that position as being on "maternity leave" just because she decreased the amount of charity work she was doing.

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    4. Rebecca - Sweden4 July 2015 at 01:09

      This differs by countries though. People without jobs in Sweden still have the right to a year paid (lowest pay ofc) maternity leave where they don't need to look for a job. So that might be why our definitions varies. I think of maternity leave as a thing that comes with having a baby while you think it's dependant on having a full time job.

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    5. Rebecca - Sweden4 July 2015 at 01:12

      Also, I'll repost my view of why she's done what she's done.

      We've seen that the engagements Kate been to is family and fun now (Trooping, polo and tennis). It's the equivilent of going to a family birthday, a family day out and a date-day with your hubby. She has done no "official" engagements just as they said she wouldn't! And yes, it could be more PR savy, but I don''t think she's charry picking as much as she is just doing regular maternity leave stuff.

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    6. exactly, Royal Fan, exactly. :)

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    7. Maryland Moxie4 July 2015 at 07:44

      By your logic royalfan: I am the Queen *as it applies in my situation.

      Sounds nutty doesn't it?

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    8. I agree with you Maggie. I think it's fine for Kate to be on 'maternity leave' and spend time with her children, but she shouldn't be going to Wimbledon if she's not going to the 7/7 events.

      Rebecca

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    9. I'm completely with you on the "maternity leave". I just find it hilarious that they have been able to sell such rubbish.

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    10. Good grief! What a rant. Such absolute conviction about how Kate should be spending her time, what events she should and should not attend, what constitutes maternity leave and what doesn't. As the saying goes "she's more sure about everything than I am about anything". Are you this opinioated on every subject, or is Kate a special case?

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    11. I said relative, Moxie, not imaginary. :)

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    12. The irony here could run a foundry. Those who have strong opinions one way saying someone is too opinionated because she holds strong opinions the other way. Yet not doing much to counter what she said.

      Maggie, for the most part I agree but Rebecca's got a good point about Europeans viewing maternity leave differently than those here in the US. Frankly, I think it was just a phrase trotted out to justify that she wasn't going to be doing much of anything for a while. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens when she ramps up.

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    13. not "imaginary", lol, love it, Royal Fan.
      touché

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    14. Rebecca - Sweden5 July 2015 at 08:00

      I agree bluhare, I think maternity leave is used loosely as "the closest word" to what is going on. Just like "job" etc. It's more metaphorical and symbolic, a way to tell what kind of thing it is, since there are no applicable words to use. I think we shouldn't focus so hard on the word maternity leave and just listen to what they said in longer statements which is that Kate will do no/few engagements following the birth of Charlotte. "Maternity leave" is just a shorter (and not as detailed) way of saying that.

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  17. That coin is worlds better than the commemorative coin they did of Kate.
    Thank heaven. I was concerned when they said they were going to mint one for Charlotte.

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  18. Great post,Charlotte! :)
    I've just bought that Zara shirt,here in Hungary and I love it 💞

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  19. I feel that it is a pity that Kate is not accompanying William to the 7/7 commemoration in Hyde Park on Tuesday I do wonder just how caring she really is. We know she cares a lot about young children but just how generally caring disposition she has I have my doubts. I am glad there has now been an explanation although from the RAF rather than the Palace as to why she is not at the flypast but I must admit that it rather diminishes her standing within the Royal Family I think that is a pity.
    It will be good to see her at Wimbledon something that both she and William thoroughly enjoy and no doubt they will both enjoy playing on the planned new tennis court at Anmer when it is completed.
    We now seem to have most of the details for the christening just the godparents names are eagerly awaited. I must admit it has crossed my mind as to whether a relation of Diana's might be considered especially with the connections Williams' mother had with Norfolk. William & Kate attended the weddings of 2 of his cousins daughters of Diana's sisters. One of them lives near William & Kate in Norfolk and has been mentioned as being a close friend. I hope Kate is able to have at least one of her own close friends this time and I hope neither of the York girls or Kate's sister Pippa are selected. Pippa has enough input in Kate's life as it is without any more kudo's and I don't think either William or Kate are close to the York girls. It will be intersetin to see who they choose I thought the choice of George's was well balanced though I was sorry that Kate did not have one of her own friends as although she was good friends with most of them they had all been friends of Williams' before they met Kate even her school friend from Marlborough who is a very good friend of hers.

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    1. Mary, Emilia Jardine-Patterson isn't a good friend of Kate? I think she is but I could be wrong.

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    2. Erika, She was and I assume she still is.
      Didn't she marry the rich banking family guy Pippa dated for a couple of years or did she marry his brother?

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    3. Don't quote me on it @anon 2:15 but I think Pippa dated the younger brother.

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    4. thanks Erika. I think you are right.

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    5. Emilia is married to David Jardine-Patterson. PIPPA dated his brother,
      Jonathan.

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    6. Becky in Texas5 July 2015 at 15:41

      Emilia, the former Emilia d'Erlanger, and Trinny Foyle are about the only friends of Kate's, aside from her family, who have remained her friends after her marriage. Most of the other women in their circle are either ex-girlfriends of William's or the wives of his chums.

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  20. Julia from Leominster3 July 2015 at 18:38

    I did start to wonder who is going to represent the family at the 7-7 Memorial. I had just assumed it would be the queen and some others. I was a little shocked where something I read said Andrew would be the representative. I know he is a senior member of the family (and I once liked him so well) and that there may be an effot underway to redeem his reputation but a memorial of this importance hardly seems the place to do this. It will only lead to focus on bad feelings - rather than the event. Whether Kate attends or not, and it would be a lovely show if she and William did, since many of the dead and injured were young workers, I think a notable member of the family should be present. Some of this decision making is quite beyond me. Unless Andrew has been involved in some capacity I'm not aware of - possible, I suppose.

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  21. If Kate had been an active Air Commodore she would be there. She is not and so she won't be there. WHAT is it about that that a child couldn't understand?????????????? Ignorance gone to seed. Much to do about nothing. Questioning her compassion in general from a simple clear situation like this is beyond inane. Good thing they don't listen to any of us, they would be messed up big time. So glad they lead their own lives.

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    1. So why is Sophie being invited then?

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    2. She holds the rank of Commodore

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    3. she is a Commodore by rank

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    4. Sophie's an honorary air commodore.

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  22. "Passive aggressive" Moxie? That would not be my diagnosis at all and I do have a degree in psychology.

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  23. S - San Juan Island3 July 2015 at 22:27

    Had a thought about the tennis courts. I bet George will really enjoy watching the construction. Little kids are always so fascinated by the machinery. Or will they be at Kensington Palace while the work is done?

    BTW: Wish people wouldn't be so ready to jump to such negative reactions. Really in the whole scheme of things going on in the world is it really necessary to be so judgmental? I enjoy reading about the Cambridges because its fascinating to view such a different lifestyle.

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    1. So very well expressed! I totally agree.

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  24. Perhaps Mrs. Middleton should invest in a less revealing bra. Other than that, she looks good for her age.

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  25. Oh the scarves are tempting..... I'd love to buy a second as a gift, but spending ANOTHER $100 on a second scarf is a bit too hard to swallow. Which colors do you ladies like best?

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  26. I am in the US and I have no idea what the First Lady does on a day to day basis. Strange how Kate is criticized when she is not at the top of the pecking order

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden4 July 2015 at 19:23

      Very, very good point! Same as I have no clue what crown princess Victoria and queen Silvia does over here. Or Camilla over there. The thing is Kate is more visible because she sells papers.....

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    2. So true. But maybe there are blogs about the First Lady that dissect her the way those on this blog do Catherine. I read for the general fashion and general family updates the rest I skim over:)

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  27. Tammy from California4 July 2015 at 16:04

    Wow, I would LOVE to be wearing longer sleeves, jeans and boots in July! Maybe the short sleeved top instead. Still no boots and jeans though......sigh....

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  28. OMG the grups are out in full force! Lets face facts- HRH is not a full time working Royal, neither is William. How about the fact that she is not a commodore nor was she asked to participate by the EOE. Couple that with the fact as stated above that maternity leave is L E A V E, but not due to illness. Charlotte, why do we care what these grumpy people say? They would be better served over at the DM. Very much looking forward to tomorrow's activities. Happy 4th of July to all of my American sisters- grumpy or not. :)

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    1. Bella, enjoyed your comments.
      Don't try to reason with the naysayers. They are unreasonable.
      happy 4th to you also

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  29. Hello everyone!

    The Telegraph will have a live stream tomorrow from 3. I'll add the video on the blog and it can be watched that way also.

    Also, we were running some maintenance updates on the site over the last 24-36 hours. Apologies if anyone had difficulty loading the site or if any comments didn't get through.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden4 July 2015 at 20:34

      I read that! I know what I will be watching tomorrow!! :) So nice that we might get a little walk to watch this time :) Really seems like they are finding their own balance :)

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    2. Is that 3 London time? I assume it is.
      So that be 7 a.m. US time.

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    3. West coast. 10 am East. 9 am Central.

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    4. if you are on the West Coast

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    5. Can you please provide a link to the video? I'm not finding the video on the telegraph website and it's already 3:45pm...

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  30. I love seeing the pictures of her playing with George! I am appalled by some women's sexist views of motherhood and maternity. Pretty sure we could be supportive of new mothers regardless if their status. Leah, Missouri

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  31. Becky in Texas5 July 2015 at 15:39

    At the rate they're going, William and Kate are doing well to raise their children as private citizens because by the time George's turn to be king arrives, there likely won't be a British monarchy.
    If their job is to be decorative and attract tourists by appearing in public regularly, then Big Willy and Babycakes aren't doing the greatest job of proving their worth to the British electorate (who elect the MPs who in turn vote funding for the royals' homes, kitchen remodeling, security, etc.).
    Whatever they're paying their PR people is too much. This is the most pathetic and ridiculous - not to mention detrimental to their clients - job of PR across the board as I've ever seen.
    Using Wimbledon as an official engagement? "Maternity leave" for - what? A job that doesn't exist? Plus these planned and exclusive "photo drops," at Polo and at Snettisham. Even the royalist reporters are having a good laugh at that one. And herding people into a paddock to view the royal family from afar after the christening?
    Plus, the hiring of Mario Testino for the christening photos? Testino is an incredibly gifted photographer but he's known for his extensive use of the airbrush and for making his subjects appear almost mannequin-like in their perfection.
    Nobody denies Kate time at home with her children, millions of working mothers in Europe would jump at the chance to have half the time at home with their kids - as well as the means to support them - that Kate has. But please, can we ditch the "maternity leave" silliness? I'm fairly shocked that there's not one or two PR people who have the authority and respect from their bosses (the Windsors) to suggest that maybe, just possibly, "maternity leave" could be negatively construed as the Duchess, well, er, ahem, sir, doesn't actually hold a job. Don't call it anything, just firm up a date for her first post-baby official engagement or the next two or three, release that and let it be.
    I get why the Kate-worshippers are foaming but I don't see it so much as a criticism of Kate as the term itself. Nobody would deny a new mom time with her baby but don't call it what it isn't.
    As for Mum Middleton, somebody tell that woman a dirty joke or something to get her to smile. For all that she's the power behind the Anmer throne (come on, we all KNOW she is), she sure does look pretty grim every time she's seen in public. This is what you waited seven or eight years and what you and Kate worked so hard for, Carole. Smile and enjoy it!!
    Charlotte, you do a herculean job with this blog and getting every new crumb of information up promptly and with the best commentary I've seen on these types of sites. Kudos to you for keeping it going, a real example of how a blog, any blog, should be run!!

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    1. I think you should worry about what is going on in your own Country (and mine) and not be so fired up about what is going on in this Royal Family- I am really disappointed that your comment was even published. Take yourself over to the Daily Mail, they will love what you have to say. You are one grumpy Texan/American

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    2. Bella, I agree. Thanks for your comments.

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  32. I think William and Kate are doing a superlative job all way round. Their pr group might be lacking at times but William and Kate are flourishing in spite of that. Thank Heaven.

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