Tuesday, 21 July 2015

New Photo Released to Mark Prince George's 2nd Birthday!

As you all know, a very special little boy is celebrating his second birthday tomorrow :)

Kensington Palace Twitter Feed / Mario Testino

To mark the occasion Kensington Palace released a new photo of the prince via their Twitter Feed. The photo was taken at Princess Charlotte's christening earlier this month, and shows the prince in his father's arms, smiling and leaning towards the camera.

Kensington Palace Twitter Feed / Mario Testino

The Palace shared a teaser tweet this morning, revealing they would be sharing a photo of Prince George. It had been expected we wouldn't see the release of another photograph as we've seen quite a lot of George in recent months, but much to the delight of royal fans this was not the case. Once again, we're seeing the Palace using social media to release images of the Cambridge children - a trend we expect to see continue and grow in the future.

Kensington Palace Twitter Feed

The post on the British Monarchy's Facebook Page read "It captures a very happy moment on what was a very special day for the Duke and Duchess and their family".

The British Monarchy Facebook Page

Prince George's first birthday portraits were taken at the Natural History Museum. As you can see, he's grown quite a bit since then.

Clarence House Twitter Feed

How will Prince George be celebrating the day? It is believed Kate has planned a low-key family affair at the family's home Anmer Hall in Norfolk. Unlike last year's bash at Kensington Palace, when the Irish Guards played "Happy Birthday" it will be a more modest affair.

Kensington Palace Twitter Feed / Mario Testino

More from the Telegraph:

'His grandparents Michael and Carole Middleton will be visiting, as will Auntie Pippa, friends and godparents. But the other set of grandparents - Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall - will not be attending as they are on an official visit to the West Country.
 They plan to spend some quality time with George and Charlotte, who is almost three months old, at Sandringham at the end of the week.
Prince William has just started working as an East Anglian Air Ambulance helicopter pilot, so he may not be able to make the party due to work commitments.'

There's been some interesting and rather fun articles written to mark the future monarch's birthday. including the Telegraph's 'Prince George at 2: What our future king has learned so far'.

'Being a toddler is the best practice ever for ruling a country. Most mothers of children in this age group spend a lot of time persuading their offspring that not everything is “mine” (which may be harder when your son is the heir to the throne).Two-year-olds are control freaks – “me do it!” – with no fine motor skills. They see no difference between giving you a sweet snuggle and smacking you in the face with a toy hammer.
Toddlers have no bodily fears or concept of gravity. They never stop moving and never want to sleep. They’re clingy and whiny and shouty, and so, so heavy (my goodness, they’re heavy). But all it takes is one spontaneous little kiss and you’d forgive them (almost) everything.'

The Mirror has captioned an adorable set of photos of George in their piece, Prince George birthday: What is the royal toddler really thinking?

The Mirror

We've seen Prince George much more than anticipated over the past year - from official appearances to outings with Kate - and it's been wonderful to see him continue to grow into such a happy, delightful child. In his most recent interview Prince William described his son as "a little monkey".

Clarence House Twitter Feed

The boisterous toddler is said to be incredibly active and much like his parents adores the outdoors. From what we've seen he loves nothing more than a day out at the local pet farm or an afternoon of playing with his cousins at the polo.


Richard Kay wrote a piece for the Mail Online noting how similar Prince George is to his father.

'Like many a toddler — and to the exasperation of his parents — George has a habit of opening and slamming doors. Anything of value has to be placed out of reach. One visitor who left her bag open found the young Prince attempting to empty the contents. And without a strong parental hand — as William found at Charlotte’s christening — George will soon resolutely strike out on his own.
Three decades ago, the infant William was known by his father Prince Charles as ‘whirlwind Will’, with an alarming habit of flushing shoes down the royal loo, pushing the palace panic buttons and threatening to behead his friends or lock them up in the Tower of London.'

Perhaps my favourite George appearance over the past year was seeing him arrive at St Mary's hospital to meet his baby sister. There was a very sweet moment when William encouraged him to walk, but upon seeing the world's media at his feet, decided he would prefer if his dad carried him. We saw early glimpses of his royal wave too :)


The biggest change for George over the last year has been Charlotte's arrival. Going from being the only child to big brother can be quite the adjustment for any child. Judging by Kate's photos of the pair taken at Anmer Hall it looks like he adores his little sister!

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge / Kensington Palace Twitter Feed

In May it was revealed George would become more visible to the public. A royal aide said, "The duke and duchess feel most people have been very supportive of the measures they have taken to protect his privacy. But they do realise there is a good-natured interest [in him] from people." Below we see the tot making his debut at the first of many Trooping the Colour appearances.


The prince wore the same outfit William wore for his first Trooping appearance in 1984.

Kensington Palace Twitter Feed

Another unforgettable moment for royal watchers was seeing the Cambridges together as a family of four for the first time at Princess Charlotte's christening. George made the walk to St Mary's holding William's hand. Once again, the Cambridges referenced William's childhood, dressing their son in a red and white Rachel Riley ensemble - almost identical to the outfit William wore to meet Harry in 1984.


If you haven't seen this video of George toddling outside the church on his tip-toes, you must click here :)


And of course Mario Testino's father-son shot will no doubt take pride of place somewhere in the Cambridges' home.

Kensington Palace Twitter Feed / Mario Testino

Wishing our favourite little prince a very Happy Birthday!

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We have a handful of other updates to quickly share today. ISSA has re-released Kate's engagement dress renaming it the Phyllis. Crafted from midnight-blue. silk-blend jersey and gathered and wrapped at the waist it is a classic piece. It's a darker shade than Kate's dress, retailing for $650 at Net-A-Porter. It's also available at Harvey Nichols.

ISSA

Kate's much loved L.K. Bennett Lasana dress has been re-released in black with a striking pink poppy print. It's available for £250 in most sizes on the website (with thanks to Christin).

L.K. Bennett

Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale is currently ongoing with a selection of fantastic Kate-inspired bargains available. Andrea was in touch to share news she snagged a pair of Aquatalia Riyan Booties - an updated version of Kate's Royal Boots. They are discounted from $495 to $269 at Nordstrom Rack.

Nordstrom

Our friends at Black.co.uk are celebrating their 9th birthday with 25% off all collections until 27 July. The luxury accessories and gifts brand specialises in timeless, elegant pieces. Below we see Kate's Cornelia James Bow Gloves in satin lycra, the Foldable Ballet Flats and the Medici Silk Scarf.

Black.co.uk

Check out the new arrivals page to see the latest pieces also included in the sale.


Black.co.uk

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We have a request from one of our lovely readers, Amanda, who is moving to Manchester and hoping to reach out to other readers in the area:

I am a longtime reader of the blog who will be moving to the UK (Manchester) for a filmmaking program this fall.  I would love to connect with some local readers who are within a couple hours' distance - for friendships and also possible projects and conversations. (My background is in sociology, and I am so fascinated by the mix of fashion/feminism/critique/pressures that surround HRH) contact: amanda.manuk at gmail.
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Finally, I'm away at present and it is one of the reasons the comments section in our last post became out of hand. We all want a friendly place which encourages debate to discuss the Cambridges - instead it is descending into unpleasantness and becoming out of control. Let's try as a community to respect all opinions expressed, and respond in a calm, measured fashion. Due to the number of complaints expressed in recent days, I will be moderating more closely. Thank you all for taking the time to visit the blog, I want it to continue to be an enjoyable place to stop by!

We'll see you on Sunday when William and Kate will be supporting the America's Cup World Series in Portsmouth.

231 comments:

  1. You are so fast Charlotte even if you are away.:)) Hope you have a pleasant time whatever you do!!

    I love your pgoto selection, PG seems to be really a little monkey, must be tons of fun.
    About the photo I must say I prefer Kate's photos, I am still suprised at the quality that Testino released.

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    1. I very much prefer Kate's photos also.

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    2. Although I prefer Kate's photos (as I said above), I am so happy they released a photo for George's birthday. I love that spunky little guy's expression. (Do you think he will match the spunkiness of King Henry VII?). His previous photo on the steps of KP reminded me of that kind of pose and expression I had seen in movies about George's ancestor, King Henry. :)
      Although I love George's expression in today's photo, I do not like the quality of the photo at all.

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    3. Kate, Texas, USA21 July 2015 at 22:42

      Blue27, I have to agree with you on the photos. I am not a photographer, but Kate's pictures had a softness to them that Testino's did not. I still think he does fabulous work and his pictures were precious, but I favored Kate's pictures of Prince George and Princess Charlotte also. She captured her children beautifully.

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    4. You said exactly what I would have said blue :-) George's gorgeous genes more than make uo for the less than stellar photography. Looking forward to Sunday!

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    5. Maggie - Minneapolis22 July 2015 at 00:25

      I too prefer Kate's pictures but let's not forget that Testino had a far greater challenge than her in snapping his pictures. For one thing, he had to take pictures of a toddler and a baby after they had already been forced through the walk bw Sandringham and the church twice, along with a church ceremony (at which point they were probably a little uncooperative). Kate, on the other hand could have waited for the perfect time to capture her pictures - perhaps right after naptime to minimize crankiness from the children or something. And she could have changed days if necessary. Testino also had way more subjects to photograph, including the Queen, which makes it hard to organize a picture. Lastly, while it's hard to take pictures of children, I feel like child-only pictures are easier to get right because no matter what, the kids will continue looking cute in the pictures :P. With adults, I feel like the bar is set higher for how they look in pictures.
      I'm not at all trying to diminish Kate's photography - it's just that I think Testino had a far more difficult job than some realize.

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    6. I meant the spunkiness of King Henry VIII, NOT the VII.
      Can't you picture him as a little spunky King Henry VIII? (George will be a much better king than Henry of course and a man with better character).
      I have not recently seen photos of boys his age where such spunkiness came across so much in the photos. He must be a little monkey indeed. A very cute one.

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    7. I wondered if perhaps pictures were taken ahead of the Christening Ceremony. George looked a little tired on the walk.

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    8. I think most of the pictures (except large group poses) were taken beforehand. He did look tired on the walk back from church, and his little red shorts (Did anyone else besides me think they were linen?) had gotten a bit rumpled.

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  2. Sarah from Calif.21 July 2015 at 14:52

    Happy Birthday Prince George!!!!!
    What a cutie pie...... I was at the Trooping of the Colors and saw George's debut....special moments. Absolutely adore this latest picture. He looks like a ball of energy :)
    Lovely post Charlotte :) thank you

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    1. Thank you Charlotte for letting us know you are responding to our requests for a kinder more respectful and civilized comments section. As a person who has been with you on this blog since day one, I thank you.

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    2. Thank you for your future comments moderation. Thank you for another typically outstanding job on the blog itself. This is the best place to get a well-round and impeccably done update on all things Kate. Thanks Charlotte. :)

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    3. George on his very tippy toes to find out "what they had done" with his little sister is beyond uber cute. What an incredibly sweet Iconic moment in time.

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    4. Kate, Texas, USA21 July 2015 at 22:40

      Sarah, happy to share George's Trooping debut with you! Let's do it again next year! HA!

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  3. What other children does George play with? What sort of play frequency is typical for children his age? I know I played with others in daycare from quite an early age and had neighbors the same age and a sibling. George seems very happy, I'm just curious.

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  4. What a happy photo of George and William! This is a delightful post. And Charlotte, are congratulations appropriate?

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    1. Truly. Charlotte ???????????
      anything you would like to share? :)

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    2. I had that thought, too. Away, as in anything having to do with with Winnie the Pooh's favorite snack and
      something that rhymes with soon?

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    3. Omg Charlotte did you get married and not tell us?!?! My invitation must have gotten lost in the mail. Lol I'm just joking. If you did, congratulations!! I'm sure you made a beautiful bride.

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    4. Dear Chaaaaaarlotte.................,
      That is not an answer. :)
      You know that, right?

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    5. Where ever you are, wish you all the best. Come back soon. Well you are still busy here/what a commitment! I admit had been very curious to see your photo.

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    6. Julia from Leominster23 July 2015 at 03:16

      Oh, Charlotte, I was about to wish you a happy holiday, but if this is true, much greater felicitations are in order - all I can wish you is every possible happiness and countless years of sharing wonderful things together - including many royal things such as corornations (no hurry) and jubilees - maybe even William's Golden - what an event that will be - so different perhaps from what we can possibly imagine.

      So many, many blessings, I hope not prematurely, (but blessings even if this is premature) and so many thanks. We may disagree like mad on so many things but the one issue where I see drawing us together in complete unity is praise for this wonderful blog you have created, which has given us so much to think about at times, so much fun at times, a bit of frustration in the comments section at times (worse for you) but most important of all, so much comfort for many of us at difficult times -sometimes very painful and difficult times. I know many of us have our troubles and we come here to step out of ourselves - some to think about a future we may or may not see - some for a bit of escape for the present - some to enjoy the clothes - but all to appreciate the great effort you put into this project.

      May every joy be yours and I'm sure - you did - (or will) make as beautiful a bride as Kate - a beautiful one inside and out - with a caring spirt that we all treasure. A hint about the dress would be lovely - if not, we understand - and I'll just say your gentleman is a fortunate man indeed - as always, Love, Julia

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    7. Rebecca - Sweden23 July 2015 at 10:54

      If you did it, I wanna give a HUGE congratulations to both you and the lucky one that married you!! :D

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    8. Julia, So Beautifully Said!:) Charlotte, You Have Given All of Us Here (those who post & those who just read) an Amazingly Wonderful Gift in This Blog! It is Head over Heals Above All Others in terms of Speed & Accuracy, as well as Balanced yet Informative Coverage!😊 I Wish You All The Happiness In The World!
      With Blessings & Much Appreciation,
      Becca USA��❤️

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    9. Hello!

      You all guessed it :) Thank you so much for your kind wishes. It was a very special day which I'll have fond memories of forever.

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    10. Congratulations to you both!!:))

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    11. I hope you and Mr. Charlotte are very happy!!

      My marital advice is to forget that crap about never going to bed mad. If you're having a good fight, throw Mr. Charlotte's pillows down the hall and slam the bedroom door. Works for Mr. bluhare every time. :)

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    12. Wonderful, Charlotte! I am so happy for you, and I wish for you the greatest of marriages! I know your husband has supported you with occasional technical assistance, and he must be a patient man to watch the time, energy, expertise, and tolerance with which you weave our lovely Charlotte's Web(site). Please congratulate him for us, too!

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    13. Pauline Oak Hills25 July 2015 at 22:28

      Congratulations to you & your new husband. Here is wishing you all the best in the future as you both build your life together.
      I still read but no posting.

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  5. This photo captures a much more engaging smile than the version released after the Christening. I see a lot of Pippa in his eyes. I still think the quality of the snaps leaves a lot to be desired: the bleached-out top of PG's head makes this photo look very amateurish. Happy Birthday little prince!



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    1. Yes, I think he looks a lot like Pippa.

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    2. Julia from Leominster23 July 2015 at 03:17

      But not, I hope from the rear!!!

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    3. Ha ha Julia, Let us hope that is just his diaper.

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  6. Happy birthday, George!

    There is a really interesting piece over at the Daily Beast suggesting that Kate has very strategic reasons for dressing George the way she does for public outings. I know some criticize her for dressing George in an "old-fashioned" style, but as a resident of the American South I can promise you that George would not look out of place on a Sunday morning at most traditional Protestant church. It's still pretty common around here for little boys to be dressed like that for church and other special occasions.

    Anyway, here is a link to the piece in case anyone is curious or has any thoughts they might like to share about it: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/07/12/prince-george-s-secret-childhood-how-a-little-royal-goes-incognito.html

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    1. Thank you, munchlettebelle, that is very interesting, and it explains a lot about George's hair as well as his clothing. Seems his hair, however, has a mind of its own, following its own bent with George's help in these pictures! :-)

      I do think it is delightful that Prince George has worn an outfit that belonged to Prince Charles and was Prince William's first balcony outfit, and one that is a copy of what Prince William wore to meet Prince Harry for the first time. Whatever Kate's motive in dressing him up in public, and it makes good sense, those outfits are special.

      Following the link will get you a message saying the page is no longer available. But click on Daily Beast in the upper left corner, then put Prince George in the search box, and the commentary will come up.

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    2. I like George's style. He wears traditional baby/toddler clothes and looks adorable. We don't need to see him dressed in *insert name of cartoon character here* clothes! Although he'd probably look pretty cute nevertheless.

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    3. Thanks for pointing out that the little blue "Trooping" outfit had been worn by Prince Charles as well as by William. I spotted Charles in the outfit, too, in some old V&A photographs taken when Anne, the Princess Royal, was a baby. I love vintage clothing!

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    4. I am from the south and we dress our toddlers like that also for special occasions.

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    5. Munchlettebelle, Well Put! In fact We here on The North Shore Suburbs of Chicago (where my Daughter & Grand daughters live) & further Northwest (Where We Live) in Horse Country (not unlike my Mother's Family's Homes in Kentucky & Virginia)..... It's All Monograms & Smocking for Our Little Ones & even Mother & Child Coordinating Ensembles. I always have to yank myself back a bit from ordering too many Momogramed Clothing items, for The Little Ones in Our Family, as they can't be worn again as Hand me Downs:( I found that out when my grown Children were little:( However, I saved Their Monogramed or Personalized Clothes & they are nice heirlooms, especially when New Little Ones are Born into The a Family & are given the same Longstanding First Names:) It's just a matter of Taste! Kate dresses George in Adorable Timeless Outfits, with a Nod to the Heirloom Quality of what His Father wore. I was So Tickled that They Still had William's Little Blue Outfit, from His Own Debut on The Balcony, so that George could Wear It! Heirlooms in Reality & in Spirit, give Such a Sense of History to a Family & A Wonderful Nod to A Family's Past!:) Think of All The Royal Babies that were Christened in The Gown that Queen Victoria first had made for The Christioning of Her First Child... The Princess Royal (& future Mother if Kaiser Wilhelm) Victiria! & Now there is a Replica that will continue to be worn for Many Royal Babies in Generations to Come! What Wonderful Family Treasures! I think it's So Special that Kate likes that Stylistic Sense of History & Does The Research to Create those Treasured links to The Past!:)
      Cheers,
      Becca USA

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  7. Tedi in California21 July 2015 at 15:36

    What a wonderful photo of PG, and his proud Daddy. Great post Charlotte. Happy Birthday to an adorable little guy.

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  8. I LOVE this picture! It shows his personality more than others.

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  9. Happy Birthday George!

    I have a problem with seeing messages in posts where there are many of them. The ‘load more’ function isn’t working for me. This has only been happening recently, has something changed on the blog?

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    1. I don't look at posts on my phone and I've not had difficulty, although I've heard that some have trouble if they do?

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  10. What a gorgeous sweet pie! George gets cuter and cuter with each picture. I love seeing the joy on William's face which reminds me so much of his mother.

    Thanks Charlotte!

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  11. So cute Prince George! I preferred the christening photos for Prince George

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  12. Megan from the USA21 July 2015 at 18:30

    Daddy's boy for sure- and very much a Middleton I would say. Thank you Charlotte for this quick update.

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  13. The Sunshine State21 July 2015 at 18:32

    Thank you Charlotte, for recognizing the challenges with the comments. You do such a fantastic job providing us with more than just who the Duchess wore and where! I am an avid reader but the intense negativity that some people bring detracts from the great work you do. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions but there is enough hatred in the world without adding to it over someone else's life choices. I hope that those with differing opinions can debate maturely going forward...Thank you again for your fabulous work!

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  14. Caroline in MT21 July 2015 at 18:41

    wonderful photo selection Charlotte! you do such a nice job on this blog. I appreciate it. I don't always comment, though I do read the comments, but I'm always out here! enjoy your trip:) looking forward to sunday and some new pics. Love the duchess's style. - Caroline

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  15. Charlotte - I can't believe how fast you are about posting updates even when away. I hope you are doing something fun and enjoying the time away.

    PG looks adorable and I just love how the picture shows off his personality. What a charismatic young man and future leader he will be. I love Kate's engagement dress and would love to own it but that price tag is still out of my budget so I will have to love it from afar. The booties are more in my budget.

    I glad you will be moderating the comments more closely but sad that you have to do it at all. It's a shame we can't all respect the different opinions expressed on the blog without devolving into an unpleasant exchange.

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  16. What an adorable little tot. I hope they know my offer to babysit is still open! :)

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    1. That would be lovely Bluhare. lol
      Then you could have a heart to heart with William and Kate and set them on the right path. Then you could come back and tell us all about it. One thing is certain,
      the palace would never be the same again. :)

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    2. Jennifer from Wisconsin22 July 2015 at 02:34

      Maybe Harry will help you.

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    3. I swoon, Jennifer!

      But the only thing I'd have a heart to heart with W&K on that night would be about his bedtime and maybe what his favorite snack is. :)

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  17. The Mirror's captioned photos of George are so cute. I just want give him a snuggle and a hug. :) Makes me want to have another baby. :)

    I didn't have a clue what "conkers" is though and looked that up. They have world conker championships. Involving nuts, really? :)
    The Wikipedia elaborated on the origin of the name conker. They had it all wrong.
    Obviously can get conked over the head when playing. elementary dear Watson. :)


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  18. What an adorable little birthday boy! He's definitely got the Middleton cowlick like his beautiful mama and aunt!
    Thank you Charlotte and enjoy yourself wherever you are!!

    alexandra in florida

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  19. Kate, Texas, USA21 July 2015 at 22:39

    Happy Birthday Prince George! What an absolute doll! The pictured released by Kensington Palace is precious! He is such a cutie pie, but does seem to be "a little monkey" as his dad proclaimed. :) I hope his special day and year ahead is full of fun, learning, and sweet blessings. To William and Kate, enjoy celebrating your sweet boy and his life. You are truly blessed!

    Charlotte, lovely job on the array of photos used in the post. What a great two years it has been for the Cambridge family! I'm looking forward to seeing Will and Kate in their upcoming engagement. Enjoyed this birthday post! :)

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  20. charlotte, thanks for posting my message! I look forward to connecting with readers <3

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  21. Colour Moving and Still21 July 2015 at 23:29

    Happiest day o' birth to Prince George!! What a sweet surprise! He looks so happy there. Lovely little picture :D
    So weird to see the little guy with teeth! Haha :)

    Thank you again Charlotte, you are so prompt!

    So what do we all think Kate will wear on Sunday?? I am thinking a white or yellow eyelet dress she has worn previously. Any thoughts?? Hair up or down? Pumps or wedges? I am hoping for hair up :)

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    1. I think it'll be a bit more casual. Seeing as its a sporting event. I think we'll see Kate wear her "uniform" of blazer, striped or some kinda shirt underneath, skinny jeans and wedges.
      My prediction is Zara blazer, me + em blue and white she wore recently to polo match, skinny jeans and blue Stuart Weitzman wedges.
      There's also a selection of Ben A. racing gear available so Kate might wear a jacket from the collection. And more than likely hair down.

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    2. I love the eyelet dresses, especially the one Kate wore on the beach in Australia. I do think she will wear something more nautical looking, and more tailored, for this event. I expect she will be quite elegant.

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden22 July 2015 at 04:08

      I also think it will be more nautical and in line with her more formal olympic outfits. And her recycling or not might depend on the state of her body. Since she looks to be breastfeeding it can be hard to reuse at least the top of clothing, plus your hips change a bit after birth so it might be that she not yet fits/feel comfortable in her normal clothes :)

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    4. Maggie - Minneapolis22 July 2015 at 05:45

      I imagine Kate will stick to white and blue - I think she will wear a dress or coat instead of her skinny jeans and blazer because she is presenting the awards and will probably want to look a little less casual. I don't think she looked quite down to her pre-pregnancy weight at the christening or other recent events (nothing wrong with that - I'm liking it!!), so I wouldn't be surprised if she debuted something new or at least something a little more loose-fitting from her earlier wardrobe. Although, I guess I kind of think she won't wear something new because she's been wearing a lot of new clothes. Have we seen an old outfit from her this summer? The closest is her polo outfit but even that was a new shirt which was a pretty big change for her for that specific outfit lol!. And after the bad press, perhaps she might think now is not the time to debut another new outfit. My guess would be that white peplum dress she wore at the end of the last tour - peplum helps cover any residual bump she may not want to show (not to mention I thought it seemed big on her the first time she wore it anyways) and the white dress with some blue heels gets into the sailing nature of the event. But it may be too formal.

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    5. Blair I was expecting that too, although there have been some news outlets saying how much The Queen does not like wedges. I am curious to see if that is true. If Kate is wearing her normal uniform minus the wedges, it may be so. I can see the Queen not liking wedges, but it is a shame because they are so much more comfy. I don't think Kate has worn her wedges to a public event since last summer or maybe even the Australia/NZ tour?

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    6. CuriosKat I read those stories too. I'm not sure what to think about them. I can see how the Queen wouldn't like them, but at the same time I really doubt even if she did she would make Kate stop wearing them. Those articles also said how Kate never wore them around the Queen because she dislikes them but every engagement Kate has been at with the Queen has been a bit more formal. Kate normally wears them to more casual events. So I hardly doubt Kate would wear them to Buckingham Palace lol. I think the last time we saw them was in Glasgow and then a few months later Kate was pregnant again. Kate normally wears her wedges in warmer weather or to sporting type events. When she was pregnant with George she never wore them and it was warm. I think the reasons we haven't seen them has been a combination of weather/pregnancy. But I suspect once Kate gets to feeling like her old self she'll be wearing them again.

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    7. I think it was last summer at the commonwealth games where we last saw her wear those navy wedges but I could be wrong. I saw all those "news stories" about the Queen hating the wedges and I honestly I think the news outlets just ran with the story because there really wasn't anything else to report!

      Amelia

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    8. I really like Maggie's imagined outfit. All the details! Thanks for the mental picture. Now to see whether that is the reality, or if it's something unexpected.

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    9. I would so much like to see her in some elegant trousers... No skinny jeans and no dress/coat, just for a change. She would look great! But i guess she will stick to some loose-fitting dress/coat, probably to camouflage the remaining pregnancy-weight. Im still looking forward to sunday!

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    10. Maggie - Minneapolis23 July 2015 at 16:32

      Yay Marci!
      And I agree Blair. I think it's mostly pregnancy/weather that's had Kate not wear her wedges recently. And yeah, none of her engagements with the Queen would have been apprpriate times to wear those wedges.
      I also just highly doubt the Queen involved enough in the clothing of her family members to the point of commenting on a specific show style. I could imagine the Queen saying something if an outfit was entirely inappropriate for an occasion, but I can't imagine her banning an entire shoe style. She seems way more hands off with her family than that.
      That being said, I wish someone would ban those shoes :) well not all wedges, just the sky high ones of Kate's that make it look like she has blocks of wood on her feet.

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    11. Yeah, I really doubt the Queen has the time or desire to think about shoes her great-daughter-in-law wears. Considering the type of shoe she’s been wearing for decades I doubt she gives much thought to her own shoes.

      To be fair, the Queen, as well as her sister, were very stylish dressers in their youth. This photo from 1954 made me think of Kate and her lace dresses when I saw it
      http://www.thecourtjeweller.com/2015/07/vintage-royals-queen-in-sydney.html

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    12. Lynn Georgia USA24 July 2015 at 16:30

      I would like to see her in some elegant trousers, too. However, I don't understand the loose-fitting dress/coat reference, since both Kate's christening coat and her red Wimbledon dress looked fitted to me. Also, I do not see much remaining pregnancy weight.

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    13. Thinking about it, you might be right, Kate’s dresses were rather fitted. For Kate, that’s probably her “fitted” now, she doesn’t dress anymore as she dressed 5 years ago obviously. I was a bit too fast with writing and too slow with thinking:) I still believe though that she is not yet at the weight she feels most comfortable (I’m not saying that I personally think she should lose more!).

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  22. What a happy little boy...with a very proud and delighted father who is happy to share his joy! Lovely to see.

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  23. Forget the haters! I love your blog always, it's got such great content and it's the perfect form of escapism whenever it's my lunch break or free :)

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  24. Super cute picture of Georgie and William. Thank you, Charlotte for the great post and have a wonderful time wherever you are!

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  25. You do a fabulous job with this blog , it's become one of my go to blogs every day to see what news there is .

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  26. Thank You for all your hard work. I appreciate being able to get accurate news on the subjects. Love the photos of the family

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  27. The setting, and the angle of the light, in the official christening pictures surely was chosen to match that in Mike Middleton's first picture of the family with baby George. Thus the sun falls across the tops of the heads and hair. I like that effect, and it avoids blinding the people in the pictures. I wonder what Testino did to elicit such smiles - he must be quite amusing. I also love Kate's indoor pictures of the two children. I thought George looked slightly tired in those pictures; the time may have depended on Charlotte being awake and alert, and maybe it was time for his nap.

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      Hahah, i have had the thought as well that testino must be hillarious since he's managed to take so many smile and laughter pictures!

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      I wouldn't be surprised if Kate picked a time to take those pictures to coincide with when she thought George might be tired. Makes it easier to get him to sit for the shoot :)

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  28. What a great post today and what an adorable little 2 year old!! You can't help but smile and feel joyous when you look at a photo of George. He is such a cutie and so nice to see a happy family, especially these days when the news is nothing but dark and dreary. Thanks Charlotte for another great post and happy birthday to little George!!
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  29. This is by far the best picture of George! He is so relaxed in it. I love it. And I love that it is with William. Such a sweet photo of both of them!

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  30. Happy Birthday Prince George! He is a cutie pie! He has got some ornrey spunk in those eyes. Love it! I never noticed before but I think he has Queen Elizabeth's mouth! Haha how fitting! Overall though I think he looks like Michael Middleton with blond hair.

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  31. Julia from Leominster22 July 2015 at 02:15

    A very charming photo and very Testino, although I preferred the one they released with the christening.

    I am puzzled Charlotte, about the new standards you refer to. Does it mean we are no longer free to question Kate's "life choices" whether we disagree with them or not? I'm having a little trouble with the difference between civility and the censorship some already seem to be advocating.

    I notice the term "haters" used above in Melissa's comment and, although I think she meant it in an exurberant spirit, will say outright I find that quite as offensive for all of us who sometimes have issues about William's and Kate's decisions; just as offensive as those who use the Lord's name.

    There is no implication that someone who questions whether a sailing event was a good choice or whether William's work is a good plan, "hates" them anymore than I would use fawners or syncopates for those who accept everything without question. Most of us reserve such a strong term as haters for criminals and like, if at all. Here, it seems to be being used to derogate certain opinions, as if there is a "correct" way to think.

    There is no correct way to think. I may have to bite my tongue when faced with hardened republicans at times - but I still respect their right to have that opinion, even if I utterly disagree with it. Varied opinions, expressed respectfully to others, is part of what makes the blog interesting and gives it substance that others lack.

    My hope is that all are entitled to their opinions of Kate and it is worth remembering she is by her own choice, a public figure and future queen, not someone's sister or next door neighbour. Many young women may have loved a prince - or princess - but felt the life he or she offered wasn't for them. Kate embraced that life and with it the understanding that her life would be scrutinised. She had eight years and extensive press coverage to use in making that decision - there is no reason to believe it was a rash one.

    Some may be here for escapism - others interested in the development of a young woman who stands to inherit one of the world's most important positions and want to see what she makes of the role. I don't think either of these reasons is wrong and hope we can all continue to express our opnions respectfully - and yet honestly and not judge each other, or be "running to Charlotte" everytime there is a view we don't appreciate as happens elsewhere.

    Just as with any public figure, questions come with the job. I always respect those who disagree me and never hesitate to praise what I feel is right but I don't think any of us should be made to feel that we are thinking wrongly whatever our opinion is, just differently.

    I don't want to sound pompous and know my writing style is rather stiff and formal compared to others - but I sit on the fence on Kate - and have done so the last couple of years. I was the first to defend her against Hilary Mantel's remarks and at this point I'm still keeping an open mind, and have often highly praised her work.

    But I've seen a lot in many, many years of following the royal family and my "rose coloured specs" days are beyond me. I still very much appreciate those who do have nothing but happiness and praise and enjoy reading their comments. I just feel there is room for all opinions and to pretend divergent views don't exist helps no one - especially Kate.

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    1. Well said! Julia, I completely agree with you. I'm also sitting on the fence on Kate. There are times when (as an older person) see some immaturity, which combined with William's own, make me happy that there will be some time before they ascent to the throne.

      I have gained, on the other hand, a lot of respect for Charles lately. I'm willing to admit that I was prejudiced by his treatment of Diana and looked at him very superficially.

      Canadian loyalist.

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    2. Maggie - Minneapolis22 July 2015 at 05:37

      To be honest, I find it amusing how different people are interpreting the closer moderating Charlotte has promised so differently based on their own ideas of what the blog should be like. It seems like many are assuming that more moderating means letting through less Kate "hate," whereas I interpreted it as letting through less hating on the Kate "haters" (although I agree with you that I don't think the term 'haters' is accurate). Anyways obviously only Charlotte can say what she meant - I just find it kind of funny how everyone is reading their own wishes into this a little bit.

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    3. Maryland Moxie22 July 2015 at 05:47

      Frankly, I was quite surprised to see all the comments come through that were directed towards me. They added nothing to the topic of conversation - it was just a bunch of complaining about me. THAT's what turns the blog "ugly". Not my writing or point of view, but folks over reacting and commenting about me or someone they disagree with, rather than writing what they want to say about Kate and her lifestyle and role in the British royal family.

      I hope THAT's what we see differently and not a "Disneyfied" comments section. No more attacks on commentators and more conversation about Kate and the royal family. That's what people usually mean by civil discourse. Not censoring differing opinions and perspectives.

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    4. Very very very well said Julia! You were spot on and very eloquent. Thank you for saying that.

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    5. Hello Julia,

      I don't advocate censorship at all and think it is extremely important to respect every opinion expressed. They all add something different to the conversation and it's interesting to hear different perspectives. William and Kate are the future of the monarchy and all it entails. There's so much to discuss from various viewpoints. Some view things as monarchists and what's best for Royal family, whilst others are fans of the Cambridges and enjoy hearing about them, and others love to see what Kate wears. There's room for everybody here.

      My issue is the way posters are attacking each other. I don't want anyone to feel excluded and unwelcome because of their opinion and I want each and every poster to have the respect they deserve. I always say, disagree with the comment without attacking the poster.

      Apologies if moderation/responses are slow in the coming days. I will be here for Sunday's post though :)

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    6. Rebecca - Sweden22 July 2015 at 10:48

      I try very hard to only comment on the "facts" and posts and not the posters. And I hope that people can tell that :) I think it's 2 times I have commented on commenters here and when even I do that I think that commenter has, maybe not gone to far in it's comment, but rather in the frequensy of the comment and turning all threads into a certain topic. So I have "spoken up" when I have thought someone had been promoting an agenda or debating for the debates sake. I think SOME of the "lovers" are too quick to tell the "haters" to shut up, just in the same way I think SOME of the "haters" are too quick to put forward their opinion in to many threads. So I am happy Charlotte that you will (hopefully) moderate both those things a bit more strictly. You are doing a great job with the blog and moderating is really a tight-rope act!

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    7. Maryland Moxie22 July 2015 at 13:52

      Rebecca - some people think that only ever saying positive things about a subject - is someone pushing an agenda. Monarchists have an agenda just as Republicans do. I see Monarchists pushing their agenda all the time on this blog, yet folks don't personally attack them for doing so. What are their intentions on this blog? Perhaps they all motivated financially and benefit from the royal family. Meanwhile, question the value of someone attending a sports event and being praised for supporting her countrymen - when the other thousands of spectators in the crowd who paid to be there are not given the same praise and work credit - and suddenly folks can't handle the conversation. Asking why Kensington Palace continues to use Employment Language regarding Kate - when no one knows who her employer is and what her job description is - is a valid topic of conversation. In conclusion, I will politely include, that some "lovers" are too quick to immediately put forth their praise and admiration for a woman - who, we have been told, will be leaving her castles to go watch some sailing. And before you throw in "as a patron" - this isn't a charity event for the 1851 Trust - they are not a part of the days activities.

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    8. @ Canadian Loyalist. That is what the Palace wants - gain more respect for Charles who is due to ascend at any time and remain mildly interested in William until he is Prince of Wales. Your comment reinforces what so many have been trying to say on this blog.

      JLN

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    9. Rebecca, I agree about that. I remember one time I posted something that, believe it or not, was not 100% supportive of Kate and the post topic that day. When I posted it there weren't any comments up yet, and for the one and only time in my posting career here my post was first up. I felt badly that the first post up was perhaps not the best one to be in that spot (I think I said so; can't remember), but I haven't done it since. I wait until some comments post, let the theme of the conversation unfold, and then I say something -- and more often than not it's a response to someone else. I didn't today because my adorable little tot love kicked in and I had to say that. :). If I have something nice to say I say it. If I don't, I try to phrase it to where it isn't totally awful. Not always successful at that though. When I go berserk is when people go off on other people, like they did to Moxie last post. But you are ever the diplomat, Rebecca, and I appreciate your efforts to be even handed (and, yes, I can tell!).

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    10. I think the core issue here is trying to allow positive comments without those people who have criticisms following every attempt at positivity with a repetitive retort. By that I mean that often, if you review previous threads, you will see that very often the same commenters would immediately, repetitively follow positive posts almost to the point of hounding.
      A balanced dialogue is one thing. That is quite another. And in the course of that "hounding" the sarcasm towards those positive comments was bordering on abusive. Opinions can be expressed effectively without that.
      I think that is where the conflict lies, not is anyone wanting censorship. And those issues were addressed within the blog for quite awhile to no success, So
      "running to Charllotte" really seems like a normal recourse. She is the blog moderator.

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    11. Moxie, with all due respect, truly, people were reacting and responding
      to your writing and your point of view.
      I think some, if not many, found your comments to be personnally offensive and negatively responsive to their feelings and opinions. Many have reacted/responded to your posts.
      For you to say that their responses added nothing to the conversation is very revealing in itself, and indicative of what people have been saying all along. Somewhat disrespectful and very insensitive.

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    12. I do not think that using the term "haters" is on par with using the name of The Lord in vain at all.
      If the term "haters" is used, I believe that person should give a specific example/explanation of why the term was used and that that should done respectfully. Not just as a slur or attack on anyone's character.
      "Haters" is a colloquialism that is used frequently. It is certainly not the same as taking taking The Lord's name in vain. That is a whole different ballgame.

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    13. For Moxie
      Directly from the the web http://land-rover-bar.americascup.com/en/home.html

      " The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Portsmouth on the 26th July to show their support for home team, Land Rover BAR, as they compete in the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series, and visit the team and event's official charity, the 1851 Trust - of which The Duchess is Royal Patron.
      The Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series marks the team's first competitive outing in their journey to bring the America's Cup home to Britain, and the first time a British team will contest an official America's Cup event on home waters since it all began in 1851.
      The 1851 Trust was launched by the team in October 2014 and aims to inspire and engage a new generation through sailing and the marine industry, providing young people with the education, skills and training to become innovators of the future, and stewards of the marine environment.

      The Duke and Duchess will start their visit by meeting the skippers, technical staff and crew of the six competing teams from France, New Zealand, Sweden, Japan and the USA, followed by the home team. They will then go on to tour the team's new home to see the purpose-built facilities, learn about the team's investment in developing maritime and design skills through working with local colleges as well as meet staff, their families and some of the team's apprentices.
      In the afternoon, Their Royal Highnesses will visit the '1851 Trust's interactive zone' where they will be introduced to young people who have taken their first sailing steps with the Trust. They will also find out more on the 'sailing taster' project run by the charity in conjunction with the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation (ASSF) - up to a 1,000 local young people aged 9-14 are being given the opportunity to try sailing during the five week summer project, operating from Portsmouth Sailing Club.
      The Duke and Duchess will also have the opportunity to see the team in action, racing on-board foiling AC45F catamarans, watching the final two races of the event. Up to 500,000 people are expected to visit Portsmouth for the four day event, culminating on 'Super Sunday'."

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    14. Charlotte, I am sorry this kerfuffle has occurred while you are perhaps are on a special vacation or perhaps honeymoon :-), but it has so I feel I have to comment.

      Does Kate, Will and family not "deserve respect"? I feel respect should also be shown to them and the choices have made. From my point of view most of the time what I see as some who are CONSISTENTLY attacking Kate or family is what causes responses from others in defense of Kate, Will and their families. If commenters can't show respect to them, it is very difficult to show respect to the relentless negative posters.

      Currently they have chosen to limit the engagements she does and to concentrate on her family. It is very obvious that we posters do not agree on this issue!! Almost every comment section deteriorates into this topic and becomes a very frustrating read. Since there is NEVER going to be in agreement on this AND we already know where each commenter stands there is no benefit to keep on beating this dead horse, Can we PLEASE accept this as fact and move on and make it an "off limit topic" as you once did. Can I also suggest that negative posters also find away to make their comments respectfully to them and their choices. If commenters don't respect them then I have to question why they continue to post.

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    15. Moxie. the 1851 Trust is the charitable arm of the American Cup Team, so when the team is competing it also highlights the Trust. Further they are not only watching the racing and giving out medals, but also touring the teams facilities and learning about the "team's investment in developing maritime and design skills through working with local colleges as well as meet staff, their families and some of the team's apprentices." They will also meet some of the kids who have started sailing because of the Trust and learn about a "sailing taster" project run by the charity allowing up to 1000 children 9-14 years old to take part in a summer sailing project. I would say the Trust has some bearing on the day.

      JLN

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    16. The core issue as I see it is respect for other posters. I think when respect is shown, respect is given. As far as hounding positive comments, I would also like to point out that critical comments are also piled onto, with a lot of those comments having much less to do with the actual opinion and a lot more to do with who posted it. There's plenty of guilt to spread around on both sides of the fence, but I would prefer to focus on a more positive approach in terms of how we can get away from the negative and focus on what would make this place a nicer place for everyone.

      Believe it or not, when I first started posting here I was hopeful that I could develop "friendships" for lack of a better word with people. That died a quick death, let me tell you. I wish that people could just chill and recognize that sometimes someone disagreeing with you isn't necessarily a bad thing. I see it on blogs that are more critical too. There, I'm the "sugar" who defends Kate and I get as tired of reading the relentlessly negative "Kate never does anything right" opinions there as I can reading the relentlessly positive "Kate can do no wrong" posts here. I don 't know why people are so invested in being right. What's wrong with learning and growth? I learn things here. If I didn't post something that went against the grain, I wouldn't. So I don't see it as bad. I see it as what Julia and others would like to see -- a more balanced discussion.

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    17. Julia from Leominster23 July 2015 at 03:38

      Thank you for your clarifying remarks Charlotte - I agree with you Rebecca - and think, Rebecca (and Charlotee of course) that you do a beautiful job.

      A few scattered thoughts. I notice people say the tone of the blog has changed but I think it's worth remembering that William and Kate have not followed on the path many of us expected - they have changed their anticipated plans too.

      I was looking back on my book on Kate's first year. She did not do any huge amount of engagements but there was such an interesting variety - meeting the Obamas, joining Frederic and Mary in Denmark to support UNICEF, the cancer unit at Royal Marsden - initial visits to her three new charities, some military engagements, visiting Birmingham after the riots, a press reception, several evening engagements and still time in Wales and time for William to fly.

      I don't think there was a lot of disagreement then. No one speculated about the queen not included Kate since Kate did three engagements with the queen. But something changed - and it's when that changed that we started to see things as a group of commentators in different ways - and people left - some because they didn't like the negative and others because they were too disappointed in Kate to continue.

      When there is an event now, such as the christening - I notice most differences fall away and there were comments on how civil everyone was. But in the void when there is nothing - different views come out. I see us all as if we were on a long and sometimes tedious car journey. Some are certain that the destination will be worth it in the end. Some are just happy to be out driving, away from their daily routine and some of us are beginning to doubt that destination - in varying degrees - some like me still very hopeful but beginning to think we may be faced with an endless repeat of excuses for not taking on many royal duties. But regardless of our views, the progression of this journey hasn't been smooth or clear-cut.

      So I hope we can all respect each other and understand that circumstances themselves have led to some of this and if circumstances change -everything will. Charlotte and her blog have only improved but the William and Kate of the first year haven't continued quite as expected, even before Kate fell pregnant.

      As for "hater" I'm thinking I took that word too hard yesterday. I'm reading a biography about Jane Austen and one of her letters actually refers to "hating" George IV. (She sided with his estranged and far from blameless wife.) Yes, Jane Austen was a hater. It shows us that debate on royals is nothing new or a creation of the Internet. The illustrious Miss Austen was the Bluhare of her day!

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    18. Maryland Moxie23 July 2015 at 03:39

      Anon 15:29 - Did you consider my feelings and opinions when you posted just now? I'm pretty sure you didn't. I find it pretty offensive that you think I'm responsible for others reacting emotionally to what was, in fact, a very neutral presentation of Kate's sports watching activities. It was simply a list culled from the Court Circular and the numerous blogs that cover Kate's lifestyle. Are you telling me I hurt people's feelings by posting one? (Does the Court Circular hurt their feelings? Do other blogs?) Or are you trying to tell me they are sensitive to the fact that Kate doesn't engage much beyond watch sports - so they are lashing out at me, instead of her? Because that last one, actually makes sense, with all due respect to you.

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    19. This is to Anon 15.29. I find the constant praise to be tiring. And boring. Yet I have never responded to anyone pointing that out. I normally scroll past the effusive ones and pick and choose what I read. I think that the 'haters' as they have been labelled are asking for the same courtsey being extended to them. There are an excessive number of comments that constantly single out posters for their 'negativity' - I truly hope that we will not see any more of those comments.

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    20. Rebecca - Sweden23 July 2015 at 11:06

      Moxie - I will decline on comment further on this, not because I have nothing to say but because I don't wanna sour the comment section. But I just wanna say, when enough people have commented the same thing to a person it might be good to take a look and see if what they say have some merit and maybe take it to heart.

      Bluhare - I really appreciate your comments and think people unfairly attack you sometimes because I can really tell you are trying to be very diplomatic in your comments. I don't always agree when you go in and "defend" some of the commenters because sometimes they actually seem to be provoking on purpose (not saying they are, it SEEMS like it). But I understand your "sensitivity" to it. As I said, both ends of the spectrum needs to think twice before posting. And thank you for accknowledging my efforts :P

      Anon 15.01: Exactly! There is no harm in just letting positive comments be. Just as the positive commenters are encouraged to just skim over and skip the more negative discussions (a solution often thrown out by the negative commenters) I think that the negative commenters could do the same once in a while and let the positive comments slide and be "untouched". I think that would make for a much better atmosphere and make it easier to skip over parts of the comments that are not appealing to you.

      Anon 15.56 Exactly. I think this might be a generational thing. Words changes meanings and in the "modern language" a hater can be anything from a vocal non-fan to a cyber-bully. Listen to the song Shake it off by Taylor Swift and it explains the meaning well in the context used in younger language.

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    21. Praise for your thoughtful, articulate comment. It's difficult anymore to be in any forum virtual or otherwise and find mutually respectful, yet differing commentary. I was recent censured on a different forum for having a different opinion and find it sad that often, we won't listen to each other and weigh a pov without emotion taking the reigns. This is a good blog with lots of intelligent comments, and I hope it continues to flourish.

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    22. Maggie - Minneapolis23 July 2015 at 16:27

      I'm confused as to why it's considered "hounding" when someone perhaps often posts something "negative" on a positive comment, but not hounding when someone often posts something disagreeing with a negative comment. I often see many huge "Kate fans" constantly posting on most "negative" comments. And with way more personal attacks than those who tend to criticize ever do. Why isn't that hounding too?

      Being upset by Moxie's comments doesn't make it okay to personally attack her. It's not arrogant to say that ad-hominums don't contribute to the conversation! It's something taught in all basic logic and communication courses. Moxie presents reasons for what she says. Instead of responding to those, people attack her specifically. So yeah, I agree, those personal attacks don't contribute to the conversation.

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    23. Anon 23:40, Thank you so much for publishing the full description of Sunday! Having the facts before us makes it so much easier to comment sensibly. :-)

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    24. Rebecca, I agree about listening to criticism and seeing if it applies. I think that applies to all of us, not just the hater contingent, though. If fans are saying some people are too negative then perhaps we should take a look at how we word things and try to be more diplomatic. On the other hand, if those people say that they are being personally insulted or demeaned by others as a result of things they've said, perhaps people who tend to do that should be more circumspect in *their* remarks. It's a two way street.

      As for certain topics being off limits, I would also like to point out that the fans can be pretty repetitive as well. I personally would like to make "behind closed doors" and (and don't keel over on this one) the meaning of "maternity leave" off limits. Not really; I can scroll past all of it, but those would be my picks if I had a say in what we can and can't talk about here. On the other hand, I am not a fan of making Charlotte's job any harder than it has to be, so I think that self policing is the way to go. I will try to be kind in my remarks, although I will not censor my opinion. But I can be nice about it, and will. I will also try my best to totally ignore insulting and demeaning comments made about others. That one I can't 100% guarantee as it's truly a hot button of mine.

      And thank you for the nice compliment, Julia.

      Sincerely,
      bluhare Austen

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    25. Thanks Rebecca,
      You "got" what I was trying to say. yay
      I will listen to that song. Thanks. :)

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    26. Rebecca, That was so well said in all four of your paragraphs. Have you ever thought about applying for an ambassadorship? :)

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    27. Moxie, I would not want to hurt your feelings. Truly. and I apologize if I did.
      I was referring to many other posts that you have done in the past. And, if you review the post here by ANON @ 13:40, I believe, that full intinerary for Sunday is on here now and that might ease your concerns some hopefully as they will be doing many other things other than just watching sailing, including working with the 1851 Trust. And no offense okay, but I just have to ask, you were just kidding about Monarchists posting here by hire by the Royal family, yes? yes?
      I am very very happy Moxie that you are coming out of your more statistical format and talking with us as people, if that makes any sense to you. It is the best way I know how to describe it. You have a warm sense of humor, who knew? :) It is very endearing and engaging.
      So, it is nice to be getting to know you Moxie. :) I don't think anyone here has wanted to hurt your feelings. As Rebecca said, perhaps the comments to you have been numerous enough that you might give them unbiased consideration. We are only trying to help. (please read that Itinerary, okay? :)

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    28. awhh Bluhare, I think you have many friends here. In case you didn't notice, you are one of the most popular posters here, and for good reason too.
      I remember when you left for awhile and I was one of those who texted you a warm "Welcome Back". :) I had missed your level-headedness, your unique intelligence, and your positive wit.
      So, to make a long story short, you are loved here Bluhare. I think I speak for many. :) We all may have different opinions but SO WHAT? We are not clones. We can be nice. Yeh, I'm sure we can. Be encouraged Bluhare.
      This blog would sure be a lot less richer without you. :)

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    29. Kate and William's busy Intinerary for Sunday is posted @ Anon @ 23:14,
      not 13:14.
      That is so helpful. Thank you again Anon. yay. I am so looking forward to that.

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    30. Bluhare, I LOVE reading your posts, with the exception of those times you rally around some of the "negative" posters who seem at that time to be provoking rather than simply commenting. Your other posts have actually helped me gain some fresh perspectives at times and I very much appreciate that. And you thought we didn't notice. :)

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    31. Thankfully Julia the years do count for something. :) You have become our resident sage I guess. I really look forward to your posts. You definitely give us food for thought and wisdom that only comes through time and experience. Muchly appreciated.

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    32. Bunny, I agree. Perhaps we should all comment here with the courtesy and respect that we would expect from our children should they be engaged in debate, always wanting them to take the higher ground and perform with integrity. What kinds of examples have we been setting?

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    33. Tammy from California24 July 2015 at 05:10

      @Rebecca-Sweden: Your post was well said.

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    34. Julia @03:38
      That is a nice observation with very good memory and/or record keeping. Your analysis might bring some sort of introspective calm to the up and down of commenters clashes. You nailed it down the fact that as W&K’s participation changes so has the kinds of comments. The “draught’s period/no news on Kate and the car drive analogy nicely fit. It was a good reminder how good Kate was in her first year.

      It was the first year after their much advertised marriage and the “firm” definitely had some purpose for the hectic scheduling and appearances while they were very much in the public’s eyes. It worked in bringing global attention back to the BRF since Diana’s death. Once again, the “firm”/PR and the fact that W&K started a family are all factors that naturally change Kate’s frequency of commitment to her patronages.

      As far as haters, IMO it is the degraders/cynics on this blog that are dubbed as “haters”. No body, whatever their status in life or obligation to society deserve degrading language against them unnecessarily, and that includes Kate. The people labeled, “lovers” have been defending such tone of language. It had been obvious that not everybody who comes to this blog is necessarily a fan of Kate at the same degree. Everybody has a reason for being a part of this blog, but unnecessarily degrading and negative tone can be tiresome and annoying. I don’t blame people for responding because why get upset and suffer alone? Express and share it right here. Another reason, the “defenders” cannot be blamed is, the “degrader” could become too comfortable with business as usual. If the moderator posts the “degraders” comments, the “defenders” comments should be posted as well.

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    35. Can we please stop calling critical/realistic comment's negative???? It is exhausting and they are not. To me it is like saying the poster is jealous of Kate because they don't love everything she does. They 'negative' comments are just realistic/critical. Just like the adoring comments aren't necessarily positive.

      And I have to say that I don't see the adoring commenters being the ones always hounded by the critical commenters. It goes both ways. I just had an experience with this. I don't normally post critical comments, but last post I did and boy did I get attacked. The first comment to mine was just rude. So, I think it goes both ways. I have seen plenty of the adoring fans get vicious with the critical comments. I don't see why it is so hard to just not read the comments you don't like. I skip over plenty of comments when I see who the poster is because I know what they post all the time both critical or adoring. Honestly, I think Julia phrased it perfectly in her first post! And if Charlotte is okay with varying opinions and topics in the comments, then shouldn't we all be? It is her blog and like I said, if you don't like a comment, then don't read it. No one has to read all the comments.

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    36. Rebecca, @11:06
      It is a good reminder that your comments indeed reason with the post w/o accusing the commenter in past blogs; the few I remember which was a heated back and forth. It is a good skill, and in a way, you become a voice for some who get annoyed and others who are in the process of leaving the blog.

      Admin,@10:31- Rebecca and all
      A degrader does not make it easy to respond by separating the commenter from the post. It is not necessarily all about Kate, but also has readers’ intelligence insulted indirectly, remarks with assumption twisting /turning a response, almost deliberately denying the facts do not exist and exhausting the subject especially when it is narrowly/ subjectively one- sided. To be rationally provocative can be interesting and makes people to think further, or realize some factors/thought for the first time. To provoke can easily get a feedback without necessarily separating the post from the commenter. It is not facts vs facts that get discussed all the time. To counter a commenter can be out of personal principle in what a person values in general regardless of Kate and company although they are the subject matter.

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    37. Maryland Moxie25 July 2015 at 07:13

      It's good to hear that she is acknowledging the Trust! I'm gathering no one will mind if we notice how much time is spent doing that in addition to her other activities during the day. Its all a part of examining her lifestyle.

      Rebecca, I look forward to your silence regarding my presence on this site and appreciate your thoughtfulness is doing so. I hope others follow your lead.

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    38. I think google ate my post; if this is double, apologies.

      But I want to thank the two Anonymouses up there. That was really lovely to read and I thank you. I do feel like I'm out here twisting in the wind a lot, so thanks for the vote of support.

      As to the rest of it, it comes down to the golden rule. Do unto others. It's that simple. If you think a post is there *just* to provoke, if you get bent out of shape about it you're giving them exactly what they want. You're feeding the troll.

      If a regular poster says something that seems provoking, say something about the comment not that you think the poster's a bitch who should shut the #$##! up. That's essentially what those comments mean, isn't it? If I made a comment like that it would go over like a fart in church yet there's posts in this thread trying to justify it. Take the comment apart, not the poster!

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    39. Rebecca - Sweden25 July 2015 at 20:56

      Maggie - The hounding thing, I think, applies to both "groups" (I hate segregating it to groups but I doo it for practicallity!). The reason for the anger earlier for the "negative" ones is because of a simple formula. "Love trumps hate". If your friend loves someone and you hate them, you should try joining your frind in being nice and not expect the friend to join you in hating (this is not an exact metaphore). I do feel though that some of the posters "defending" Kate are really ruthless and personal in their comments, usually without veiling it. Some of the "negative" commenters do this as well but in a "nicely worded" way, expecting the others to be "too stupid" to pick up on it and that is just as bad. People shouldn't comment on other people, period! I have no problem with (in this case) Moxies reasonings, just the frequensy of the topic.

      Bluhare - I agree that "both sides" should take a look on what they write. Some of the "defenders" are waaay to trigger happy.
      I agree that some things should, maybe not be off topic, but close. Like word meanings. Job and maternity leave are not the exactly right words. But please, we can use them because there would be REALLY long posts if every time we would have those long explanaitions of the words. So I would hope people could accept these words as a more abstract version of their meaning, just to keep conversation going. And again, I usually really appreciate your comments. And you HUMOR!! :D

      Anon 03.23 - Wow! What a compliment!! :P I would never have the energy (or want) to do something like that, but very much thank you for the compliment.

      Anon 04.57 - Very well put!

      Anon15 - The "haters" and those words are used as a way to shorten the comments. It's a generalization that I for one use as a way to not make waaaay to long comments. So I hope most people understand that the words are just simplified generalizations for the sake of the comments, and not real commentary on personality. And thank you so much for you compliment! :D

      CuriousKat- The "negative" is also a way of generalize. But some comments here can be negative. And some that are very critical turn negative because of the sheer frequency it's posted. But I see your point. I agree with you as well that some of the "defenders" (another generalized word) are WAY to trigger happy and personal when trying to defend. Which in combination with the annoying amount of work-discussions can turn the blog quite sour.

      Moxie - I did not say I would keep silent. Was that the only thing you took to heart in my comment? I meant that I will not comment on you more IN THIS POST. If I think you take it to far, I wont be afraid to speak up.

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    40. Bluhare AUSTEN, I laughed out loud on that one. :)
      Bluhare, you are too much. lol

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    41. World Traveler25 July 2015 at 21:53

      Can I just say that the first time I posted under a name and not 'anon' I was hounded by a supposedly positive poster. I didn't even say anything negative, just an on the fence comment. The regular poster didn't like that I countered her comment and couldn't come up with an intellectual response and instead attacked me. And this poster pretty much tried to run me off this site like it was hers. I would like to say that even the posters who occasionally/rarely write a 'negative' comment get hounded too. I was not even given a chance. I tend to think that the 'rose colored glasses' commenters are the ones who are the most extreme. That poster turned me off to the extreme 'positive' posters, just as others have been turned off to the extreme 'negative' posters. So, can we please just all be nicer to each other and acknowledge that both sides can be vicious?? Thanks.

      There are a fair amount of us on the fence with Kate, which doesn't mean we love her or hate her, just like her and following her. We are in the middle. Therefore our comments may be positive one day and negative the next. That doesn't mean we should be attacked because of this or that it makes us haters. I don't see why that makes us bad people and treated so. I personally don't want to be afraid to post an opinion and then be attacked for it. I like posting to see if others disagree or agree with me and why, not to be told I am jealous and what not.

      And on a side note to the comment about they deserve respect. I thought respect was earned, not given? That is what I was always taught

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    42. Moxie, the schedule listed at Anon 23:40 is a pre-planned schedule with various time dockets for each portion of the schedule. I seriously doubt that William and Kate had any input into those specific time allocations. I feel that that is probably true with the majority of their scheduled appearances.

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  32. What a great year for George! I've loved all the nods to William in outfits and can't wait to see if/how Charlotte connects with Windsor history.

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  33. Rose from Montreal, Canada22 July 2015 at 03:34

    Dearest Charlotte,
    Thank you for deciding to do something about the posts in the future. I got so turned off by some of the comments that I only comment occasionally. I am more than sorry that this blog has come to that.

    I truly hope you are having a wonderful time away and like the previous posts say "Anything to share?????" You do an amazing, time consuming, informative job with this blog and I am truly grateful and thankful for all your efforts. This is the only blog I follow. I didn't think I was a blog person. Go figure.

    A very Happy Second Birthday to His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge aka Mr. Cutie Pie. That photo of him is simply adorable. Can you all believe it's was two years ago we were waiting, and waiting, and waiting for him to make his appearance. How time flies. I wish him all the very best. He seems such a live wire who I am sure keeps his nanny and his parents very busy.

    Once more many thanks for all your hard work Charlotte. It is very appreciated.

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  34. Ana B. from Brazil22 July 2015 at 03:38

    I've been an eager reader of this blog since day one. I used to comment almost on a daily basis, but since last year, I've decided it was time to stop reading the comments (and stop commenting as well). Now I just read the posts. Charlotte, you do an amazing job and I'm a huge fan of your work. But I miss the early days of this blog... We were just friends from very different places around the world connecting here and discussing all things Kate, in a polite and friendly way, always agreeing to disagree. Here, I had the amazing opportunity to become friends with a small group of very nice and special ladies and we always keep in touch. And I'm really thankful for that.
    Unfortunately people use the internet to spread non sense and hatred because of the anonymity. I completely understand your struggle. It must not be easy trying to reach a certain balance between allowing free speech and moderating the bad mouthing. Anyway, even though it's been a very long time since I last read the comments, I know you always do a superb job. Thanks for everything.

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    1. Hey, Anna B. I have missed you! I don't comment as much as I once did, and I am not really interested in debating political/philosophical/sociological issues on a blog. Though I may sound shallow, I have always been more interested in the fashions and the historical/cultural information that Charlotte provides--and in the interaction with people from all over the world--people like you! I have learned so much about the culture and customs of other countries and other parts of the USA from this blog--with Kate and the royal family as the fulcrum for discussions.

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    2. Me too Lynn. I LOVE interacting with people from all around the world. Different cultures but so very many similarities amongst us. It is amazing that we have the opportunity to communicate together like this. Truly a blessing.

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  35. does anybody know what type of watch william is wearing in the christening photos?

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  36. Looking forward to more photos of George and Charlotte together. 2X the cute.

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  37. Love all the photos in this post!

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  38. what a beautiful boy! happy bday prince george!

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  39. Tammy from California22 July 2015 at 05:09

    Happy birthday to my favorite little two year old Prince! Many more to come sweet little "monkey"!

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  40. Maryland Moxie22 July 2015 at 06:04

    So is seeing more pictures of George from the same day - the same as seeing George more? This is the 3rd time we've been shown this day - the actual day, the release of the official portraits, and this photo (all July 5). By my count, we've seen George officially three times this year - At the Hospital (May 2), Trooping the Color (June 13), and the Christening (July 5). There are the released photos Kate took which some think were the same day as the hospital. Everything else is paparazzi - including the polo match. I can't think of another occasion/reason that we might see him again this year - the children don't usually attend Christmas walk until about age 7. Perhaps they'll release a Christmas portrait of the children/family.

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    1. Charlotte was older in Kate's pictures than in the hospital pictures.

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    2. Or perhaps George will drag his mother to another petting/kid farm!

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    3. Maggie - Minneapolis23 July 2015 at 16:19

      Lol I highly doubt Kate's pictures were taken the same day she came home from the hospital. She was in labor the night before and then delivered in the morning before having to dress up for the press. I don't think even superman would have the energy to take pictures of a toddler and newborn after that. Not to mention Charlotte clearly looks older.

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    4. Maggie - Minneapolis23 July 2015 at 16:22

      And the polo match wasn't really paparazzi. Kate went with George knowing that they would be photographed. Word is they even tipped certain photographers off. It may have been unofficial, but it would be unfair to say the Cambridge family wasn't exposing George to the public by choosing to attend.
      Like I think the first 9 months of his life they handled George being in public/pictures poorly in the sense that the British public never got to see him. But this summer I think they've been quite good about it. What more could you expect? He's a toddler. I don't think he needs to attend many public occasions right now. Pictures seem like a great balance bw letting us see George while also not freaking out a 2 year old.

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    5. Rebecca - Sweden24 July 2015 at 02:00

      Very well put, Maggie :)

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    6. I think members of the royal family expect to be photographed at polo matches. As I understand it, many of the polo matches William (and Harry) participate in benefit various charities. I may be wrong, but I believe press photographers are invited to these events. They want the publicity. However, Prince George deserves some privacy. For me, I feel guilty every time I see a paparazzi picture (petting zoo, parks). I would like to see more official photographs or events. I hope we do not have to wait until Christmas to see George and Charlotte again "officially."

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    7. If I had been Kate and taken George to any of those events, even the parks, I WOULD HAVE BEEN TENSE AS ANYTHING. I remember squealing, shrill screaming, writhing tantrums that used to come out of nowhere very quickly. Not just with my own children either (in case any of you think I lack good parenting skills, :), but also with my friends who had their toddlers with them before I had mine.
      I think William and Kate lucked out at all of the events and outings they have had George attend. They are probably so incredulous and relieved. And, no doubt believe in miracles, if they didn't before.

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  41. happy birthday prince George I love those cheeks think he not a monkey that his father describe yes I like duchess photo too I think testino photo are good but I think the duchess capture was natural seems to these is fabulous and all done I like the picture I think Emily she should probably wear a replica clothes of queen Elizabeth that how I see it

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  42. Eve from Germany22 July 2015 at 08:57

    Happy Birthday, Prince Cutie!!! I know, all toddlers are cuties, but Prince George really is an adorable one! Even my teenage daughter (who´s currently in that stage where nothing is further off your mind than children - "having babies is something for the mid-thirties"-kind of attitude, if you know what I mean) couldn´t help herself when I showed her the picture "Oh my gosh, how CUUUUUTE he is!!".... :-)))
    I hope he will be able to spend a lovely birthday, with his mom, dad and little sister and loads of family and friends and birthday presents!!!

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  43. I see that Prince.Charles is going to spend soe quality time with his grandkids..please oh pleasr. Release a pic of him holding that granddaughter
    I would love it! Hehe.. Nothing beats the faces of dads amd grandpas light up with a little baby girl. Wrapped around a little finger for sure!!!

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    1. Jenny, me too. :)
      Can you imagine? Little Princess Charlotte has no doubt already won the hearts of Daddy, grandpas Charles and Michael, uncle James,
      granny Elizabeth, doting godparents, and after another visit, uncle Harry. The girl will definitely have some perks.

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    2. Hehe it would be an awesome pic. Talk about popularity boost!

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    3. With Kate's input, Charlotte will handle all those perks gracefully and not like a primadonna.
      going to take some serious guidance with all the advantages Charlotte will be given.

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  44. Happy birthday to our beloved Prince George...all the pictures of this pretty little boy are AMAZING!

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  45. Happy Birthday George!
    &
    Best Wishes.
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    I posted the same message yesterday, it did not print. I hope it goes through this time.

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  46. Completely off-topic, but I am a bit astonished at the brazenness of Tom Parker Bowles. He is very much into dropping names.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3167027/Tom-Parker-Bowles-insists-mother-Camilla-Kate-on.html

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    1. Maggie - Minneapolis23 July 2015 at 16:17

      Eh it's nothing different from what Kate's siblings do. Like Pippa's book and that interview James did.

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    2. Yes he is. Nothing new there :(

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    3. caroline in montana23 July 2015 at 23:50

      that is an interesting article. if i were him i would like to think id keep a really low profile! some how i doubt he and kate are in the same social circle? Im not a big fan of camilla's, but wasnt sure how much her kids and W&H are forced to spend time together? it seemed that camilla spends time with her family seperatley?

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    4. Camilla is a shrewd woman. She has both sides of this covered.

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    5. Camilla has made it up to opening day of Parliment, etc. so far. I doubt she wiil have any problem with the current situation.

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  47. Thanks for the post, Charlotte! Regarding the closer moderation, I have two comments. 1) I see this as a fan site, a place I can go to be with like-minded people who actually care what the exact model of shoe Kate wears, whether she will be going to Mustique this year, where she shops, what she reads, etc, etc. We all love her and wish her well. But also 2) I am also interested in discussing the future of the monarchy, what (if any) significance it will have in the future. So I also want to discuss the PR missteps of the Cambridges'. Basically, I want this blog to stay exactly the same....but without all the silly bickering!!

    Beth in SF

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    1. Dear Charlotte,
      DID you go off and get married??
      You can tell us. We won't tell anyone. :) lol
      Seriously though, if you did, I am sure we are all SO happy for you.
      xoxo
      :)
      we absolutely need to see some of your photos, at least of the dress and cake should you desire to otherwise maintain some anominity

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  48. Although it may not be a charity event for the 1851 Trust, it is a very high profile International event and it is very fitting that both William and Kate be there. Yes, it will no doubt be fun and enjoyable, but they have also been together to encourage and comfort after riots, hurricanes, etc.

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    1. This is one of Kate's charity.

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    2. It is a charity event for the 1851 Trust. (anon @ 23:40)

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  49. I am looking forward to seeing how Kate dresses Charlotte in the future. What fun she will have. Maybe there will be a "What Charlotte Wore" website. :)

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  50. Who's counting???
    I am just thoroughly enjoying the photos/videos. So LOVE watching the children grow up. Seems like only yesterday that George was born.

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  51. Rebecca, you are such a sweetie and always a breath of fresh air (and sunshine) here on this blog. :)

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden24 July 2015 at 02:03

      Aww... thank you so much! :) I try really hard, and sometimes have to bite my tounge ;) So thank you for saying that :D

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  52. H A P P Y
    B I R T H D A Y

    G E O R G E

    :)

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  53. This is off topic, but I forgot to ask this when the Christening pics for Charlotte were released. Does anybody know why there is no picture of the godparents? I thought I had seen one for George's christening. I would like to see one of all of them with baby Charlotte.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden24 July 2015 at 02:04

      They were released (I think) 2 days after, maybe?

      No godparents, same with George. Probably because the godparents are private. Pictures of them were probably taken, just not released.

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    2. Darla, I thought the same thing.
      Maybe they took that kind of photo but only for the family so the godparents might not have to deal as much with the media anytime in the future.

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  54. Too cute. Lovely photo of William and George.

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  55. On a different, lighter note: am I the only one thinking that PG looks much more like Kate than William (apart from the blonde hair). He has her eyes (shape, not colour), eyebrows and even the shape of the mouth, with the lower jaw "protruding" (for lack of a better word) outwards compared to the upper one - a very distinctive feature of Kate. This is very visible especially in the new photo with William where he has a broad smile. And as for P Charlotte, again I seem to be the only one seeing a striking resemblance with QEII - the same eyes, nose, cheeks, mouth, even the facial expression... she may change as she grows up but for now I can only see the Queen whenever I look at her... :-)

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    1. Tammy from California24 July 2015 at 17:28

      Anon 13:53, I think he looks a lot like Michael Middleton (Kate's dad). Pull up two side by side pictures of them and see what you think. Very similar shaped face and I think the eyes are a match almost exactly.

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    2. I totally agree! Sometimes I think people say that boys look like their dads, girls like their mom because they are the same gender, but that's not always the case! My brother looks much more like my mother and I like my father.

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  56. I think the one where George is peeking into the carriage to look at his sister is irresistibly cute. :)

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    1. Iconically cute. :)

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  57. I am still trying to determine the genetic source of George's very pronounced (and very cute!) cowlick. I have been examining every forehead in the family, and I see no cowlicks! Who knows, it may have surfaced again from way back in royal history. Does anybody here have an idea?

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden24 July 2015 at 02:05

      I've heard that it's from the Middleton side. I haven't looked myself :P

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    2. Someone mentioned in this thread that the cowlick comes from the Middletons--Kate and Pippa. I can't see theirs because of their hairstyles, I guess.

      Question: Why did this comment have a Reply or Delete feature? I've never seen that before. I'm sure my comment cannot possibly be considered offensive or controversial by anyone.

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    3. Tammy from California24 July 2015 at 17:30

      I think it is pretty cute that you searched every member of the family to find that cowlick! I agree, that cowlick is as much a cute part of him as his little punky smile. He appears to be a dickens, I love that about him.

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    4. Hi Lynn! I have noticed his cowlick in several pictures as well and more so recently now that his hair is thicker and more filled in. Both Kate and Pippa have cowlicks in their part like George. Kate's was more noticeable in her earlier days and seems less noticeable now because I guess when we see pictures of her, her hair has been blown dry and styled and less "on its own". He looks so much like Michael Middleton to me. Sure is a handsome little fellow!

      alexandra in florida

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  58. I agree with Julie from Leominster and Canadian Loyalist on their comments on sitting on the fence regarding Kate. I was quite happy and largely impressed with her performance up to the birth of Prince George but since then I feel her attitude has been somewhat mixed. Just as she appeared to be on the way up with the Australian tour followed by several impressive Royal representative occasions she became pregnant again. There is no doubt she had a very rough time when pregnant with Charlotte but when well enough undertook considerably more engagements than when pregnant with George and understandably wants time to bond with her young family but what she has not shown so far is any really strong dedication to the Charities she has become patron of all of them very worthy but with so few one would have thought she could have paid them more visits than she has over the past four years. We don't know how much she does behind the scenes but if she is to regain the public respect she does need to become more positive in her attitude. I very much hope that after the normal August break she will undertake more engagements.
    The public perception of both Charles and Camilla has improved a great deal over the last few months. They have been getting a great deal of positive press coverage as have Prince William and Sophie Wessex I am afraid Kate has suffered considerably but some of it is her own fault.
    The America's cup event was featured on the news today with quite a bit of coverage. It will be interesting to see what Kate wears and how she has her hair. The weather forecast for Sunday is unfortunately not good with high winds and rain forecast for the afternoon when the racing takes place. The morning should be dry but looking at the schedule most of the morning engagements will be undercover. This is a major international event so I really hope the weather doesn't effect it.

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    1. Wow. William and Kate are going to be way busy on Sunday. Thought George might be with them if they were just going to watch sailing but nope, they have a busy schedule.

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    2. Is it Ms. Charlotte or Mrs. Charlotte? :)

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    3. Oh here I am, once again, defending HRH! If all you really are interested in is what HRH wears or how she has her hair done, why worry about how she fills her days? I believe that she works very hard behind the scenes for her charities, and haven't heard any rumors that the Crown is unhappy with her. She is not a full time Royal, however she is the wife of & mother of future Kings, herself to be Queen consort and Queen mother one day. Wait for that will you?

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    4. Tammy from California24 July 2015 at 17:37

      Mary E, I have wondered for some time if the team for the Queen's PR has been slowly removing Kate (due to her popularity) and trying to insert Charles. I wonder if she feels she needs to "pass the torch" and knows his public persona hasn't been very good from the Diana years. I too have warmed to Charles and I think part of that is information I have read as of late about him (which I can't help but wonder if it is a planned release of information). I also can't help but feel some warmth for him in the way he loves his sons and now his grandkids. He gushes everytime he is asked about them.
      Any thoughts about this?

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    5. For awhile, there was a serious movement in the polls to skip Charles in favor of William. That would be unconstitutional, but knowing Charles's sensitivities (Diana isolated and pregnant on the opposite side of the balcony when Charles first took William out, for an example of his treatment of her), I think. it quite logical that he has wanted to dull the Kate effect a bit. Charles is more mature now, of course, and he also no doubt knows that what Kate is doing today is most important and that William needs to undertake official duties. But his streamlining of the Royal family may well include limiting the public exposure of its most popular member.

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  59. WOW. ANON. @ 23:40
    THANK YOU. That's clears up a lot. They will be doing quite a lot, and with the 1851 Trust also. They are going to be doing considerably more than just watching sailing. Reading their long intinerary made me tired. :)
    THANK YOU AGAIN, :)

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  60. I was really excited to stumble across this blog this week and equally pleases to see many familiar names from "another blog".

    The posts are wonderful and full of all things Kate and BRF .....kudos to you Charlotte.

    But as I read along I have noticed that this must be "the blog " that I have heard about regarding the "battle" of the lovers and the haters (not my words... the words ^^^^^). I find it unfortunate that folks have to resort to such negativity. I enjoy debate and we are all allowed our opinions but I am rather stunned at some of the comments. So much so that while I will read the blog I am not sure I will engage. I am no shrinking violet and I have opinions but for me while all topics are interesting it seems this blog at least on many of the posts drifts of into a war of words and folks trying to make their point... repeatedly. There is more commenting about how everyone feels about who said what and what did they mean. The blog post itself just gets lost.

    I like the blog and have spent much of today going back to read older post. There is a clear evolution as one reads along ..... this is just my very humble opinion as a newbie here. I am sure all are very lovely people here.... but for me? It is a bit off putting.

    Hopefully I have not offended anyone. .. just a observation and truly not said in a mean spirited manner.

    ~Nina

    Oh and very often my post pop up with terrible spelling errors... apologies. Not the typist... LOL

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  61. I have googled in vain to find the V&A pictures of Prince Charles wearing the blue romper. Could someone please post the link? Thanks in advance!

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    1. http://www.vandaimages.com/results.asp?search=1&screenwidth=1245&pixperpage=40&searchtxtkeys=1950+and+cecil+beaton+and+prince+charles&lastsearchtxtkeys=&withinresults=&searchphotographer=&wwwflag=&lstformats=&lstorients=All+Orientations&andtxtkeys=&captions=on&randomize=

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  62. the itinerary is at 23:40

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  63. Moxie, I have been reading this blog for a while and I have read many criticisms of you. You have remained undaunted through all of that so I do not think Anon's post hurt your feelings. History doesn't prove that out. And you have more chutzpah than that I just know it.

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    1. CHARLOTTE, wow, we did guess correctly. :)
      As someone who has been with the blog since before you had the snafu about knowing how to publish certain photos, I want to convey my happy thoughts and Congratulations to you. :)
      Do not know how you kept the blog progressing through the rehearsal dinners, wedding, honeymoon and all the prep for those things but you did.
      We have Bluhare Austen here, now we have SuperCharlotte, :). The blog just keeps getting better and better.
      Oh, and a friend of mine is considering starting a blog about photography. I told him to study your blog to see how it is done with perfect content and style. :)

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    2. Royal Fan,
      You didn't get lost in the fray, I hope.
      (miss you), :)

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  64. Well, I've been a reader for a long while now; and just want to chime in. I understand Charlotte trying to rein in the nasty "how much Kate works" debates it's gotten too ugly. However, in discussing Kate and BRF, I think the issue of Kate's engagements and the frequency of them is a topic that can and should be discussed. It goes towards the total perception of her and the BRF. I think honestly, the jury is still out-there are choruses upon choruses of people who think she doesn't do enough; but the outline of history is long term. I don't think however the subject of Kate's workload it's a dead horse worth beating. Repeatedly. Meaning, let's discuss it- like once a year. I propose Charlotte post a statistic laden piece on Kate's engagements and we can all give our opinions then. Then, tuck away that subject for another year!

    Tropical Yankee

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  65. Oh Charlotte I wish you and your husband all the best!
    I do not often comment but I have been reading your blog for a few years now. I am a huge fan of your amazing posts and check the blog several times a day. You have managed to create such a wonderful place which attracts so many nice women.
    Although we have never met & talked in person (it could be funny as I am not a native speaker of English), I feel like I know you!! Your beautiful personality is reflected in your posts.
    I hope that one day you will share with us one photo of you! :)
    See you tomorrow :)
    Marta

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